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Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Short-Track Silence and Stubbornness

Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Short-Track Silence and Stubbornness

*ONE: NASCAR’s Silence On Restarts Troubling* In one of those rare instances at Bristol where the FOX crew seemed fully on top of the race, instead of their on-air personalities or a select handful of drivers, a well-presented set of replays demonstrated that Matt Kenseth in fact beat leader Brad Keselowski to the restart line on at least one occasion while coming close to doing the same on another. The video made it crystal clear. Yet there was no penalty that ever came down from NASCAR, although it never affected the end result (Keselowski held off Kenseth and won the race). Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Hamlin On-Track, Sadler Off-Track? and a Big Homecoming for Kurt Busch

Five Points to Ponder: Hamlin On-Track, Sadler Off-Track? and a Big Homecoming for Kurt Busch

*ONE: Sunday’s Win a Big Step for Hamlin, No. 11 Team* Two races into the season is hardly enough time to make a lasting prediction for the remainder of a long regular season that will stretch till September. But no matter how early in the season, Sunday was a very big day for the No. 11 team and driver Denny Hamlin. Two races in, Hamlin sits atop the point standings; in six previous full-time seasons, he’s averaged 20th in points by now. It was a second straight convincing showing that had the No. 11 among the class of the field, demonstrating that the learning curve between driver and new crew chief Darian Grubb may well be a short one. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Schedule Woes And A Winning Robot

Five Points to Ponder: Schedule Woes And A Winning Robot

*ONE: Daytona 500 Weekend Needs to Be Pushed Back* Look, NASCAR is not at fault for what Mother Nature turned into a debacle of a race weekend, one that went into Tuesday. But just as having the Super Bowl of stock car racing delayed for weather was a radical departure from the norm, so was the Monday after the 500 not being the President’s Day holiday. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Good Racing, Bad TV, and Some Mighty Fine Officiating

Five Points to Ponder: Good Racing, Bad TV, and Some Mighty Fine Officiating

*ONE: Thank You Thank You Thank You for this New Plate Package* A two car tandem still ended up deciding this Shootout, and along with the return of pack drafting came the return of the “big one.” But if the first 180-some miles of the season were any indication, NASCAR actually managed to find a technical fix to the problem (and yes, it was a problem) that turned last year’s Daytona races into a four-hour dance marathon with stock cars. The pack racing seen Saturday had all the inherent problems that the pack racing of the past has, but the amount of control the drivers’ had over their own destinies was exponentially greater. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Shortcomings, Hangovers, Schedules And A Look Ahead

Five Points to Ponder: Shortcomings, Hangovers, Schedules And A Look Ahead

*ONE: Why Winning Needs to Mean More* Both Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart entered Sunday's 400-miler knowing how strong each other were; Roush Fenway Racing has long made the intermediate ovals their dominion, while Tony Stewart was the hottest driver in all of stock car racing. Regardless of what the math said, both drivers came into the race knowing full well it was going to take a win to take the Cup. And lo and behold, two of Sprint Cup's heavyweights put on one of the best shows NASCAR racing has seen in recent memory. The last 40 laps of green flag racing were as intense as they come. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Motivation, Substitution, Last-Ditch Efforts, And Ending Eras

Five Points to Ponder: Motivation, Substitution, Last-Ditch Efforts, And Ending Eras

It's hard to believe that Sam Hornish, Jr. was able to make it through his post-race interview this Saturday considering how much emotion he was obviously holding back in Victory Lane. This win was a very long time coming for a driver that's been accustomed to winning, having scored multiple IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 trophies in another life. What's more, it was a return to relevance for a driver that seemed doomed to the graveyard of so many open-wheelers before him that tried to transition to stock cars and failed. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Same Ol’ Same Ol’, Rubber, and the Former Franchise

Five Points to Ponder: Same Ol’ Same Ol’, Rubber, and the Former Franchise

Let's get the whole Kyle Busch/Ron Hornaday deal out of the way. Yes, there is precedent that NASCAR followed to a T in parking Kyle Busch for the weekend. Yes, there is no defense for Busch doing what he did--making contact under yellow is one thing, but running a truck at nearly full speed into the fence at a high speed oval like Texas is taking that even further towards unacceptability. And yes, this Busch incident was a feud that's been building for years. It was only a matter of time before the sanctioning body stepped in, right or wrong. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Trouble In Paradise, Too Many Yellows, And Winning

Five Points to Ponder: Trouble In Paradise, Too Many Yellows, And Winning

*ONE: Chase Overshadowing Just How Good This Race Was* Tony Stewart's unlikely come from behind triumph at Martinsville this Sunday earned a tremendous amount of airtime, both for how dramatic a comeback the No. 14 team made over the course of 500 laps and how Smoke is having one of his patented hot streaks at just the right time in 2011... the fall, not the summer. There's definitely plenty of story there; Stewart not only stole the win from Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps, he also fired a shot across point leader Carl Edwards' bow in Victory Lane, saying he wasn't going to let the driver of the No. 99 sleep for three weeks. Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: A Paper Clip Edition

Five Points to Ponder: A Paper Clip Edition

After the tragic events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the 2011 IndyCar Season Finale last weekend, it was great just to see both races at Talladega proceed without a hitch. All the drivers made it home under their own steam (read: expensive private jets) and now head to Martinsville Speedway for some good old fashioned short track racing. Read More »