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Racing to the Point: What Kept Marcos Ambrose from Becoming a Great?

Racing to the Point: What Kept Marcos Ambrose from Becoming a Great?

With all of the spotlight on the winner-take-all race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Marcos Ambrose probably won’t receive much attention in what will most likely be his final Sprint Cup race. He’ll run 29th, slip into the shadows and a year from now we’ll be trying to remember his name. Was it Marcus Ericsson? No, he’s a Swedish Formula 1 driver. Ambrose’s quiet exit will be fitting. Much like Austin Powers, Ambrose is an international man of mystery. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. With that said, here’s a handy guide to all your Chase competitors, sleepers and also-rans entering Chicagoland. I couldn’t win the title if the rest ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Revisiting Spingate, One Year Later For Michael Waltrip Racing

Racing to the Point: Revisiting Spingate, One Year Later For Michael Waltrip Racing

The spin, like an earthquake, lasted about five seconds. Its aftershock is still being felt. This was no ordinary I-want-to-be-a-NASCAR-driver spin. When Clint Bowyer followed orders to itch his arm and went sideways off turn 4 in the final laps of the regular season finale at Richmond last season, he set his organization back three years, cost Michael Waltrip Racing millions of dollars, cost employees their jobs and altered the course of his teammate’s career. “That’s the craziest thing I ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Wait Continues for the New Kyle Busch

Racing to the Point: The Wait Continues for the New Kyle Busch

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new Kyle Busch. You know the one I’m talking about: the guy that plows through adversity because his maturity matches his talent. It’s the new Kyle Busch that is going to realize his potential, pile up Sprint Cup wins and score championships with ease. Unfortunately, he’s a fictional character. Every once in awhile, like the Loch Ness Monster, someone thinks they’ve spotted the new Kyle Busch, but they can’t be certain and ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Who is going to crack first? Frustration is mounting in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and there are only three races until the new playoffs start. If Sunday’s race at Michigan was any indication, buckle your seat belts – and stay in your car until a safety worker arrives – because you know what is about to hit the fan this weekend. There were two confrontations on pit road following the race at Michigan International Speedway, a fast two-mile track ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Can you imagine the conversation between the JTG-Daugherty Racing owners — Tad Geschickter, Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty — and Bobby Labonte in June of last year? I assume it went something like this: Owners: Bobby, we’re going to bring in AJ Allmendinger to run some races in order to evaluate the program. Labonte: You’re replacing me, a former champion and icon in the sport, with the guy who recently served a drug suspension and has never won a race? ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Every time NASCAR shows up at a road course, the same question is asked. And no, it isn’t who is going to want to knock out Jacque Villeneuve afterward? Well, maybe there are two. The bigger question is should a road course race be included in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? The resounding answer is yes. Fans want to see it. Yet, we keep going in circles, both literally and figuratively. We ask a question about change, the majority vote ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: We Should Appreciate Jeff Gordon’s 90-Win Milestone

Racing to the Point: We Should Appreciate Jeff Gordon’s 90-Win Milestone

Amid all the brick kissing and reveling in Jeff Gordon’s fifth Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday, a more important milestone was overlooked. Gordon became only the third driver in NASCAR history to win 90 races. Ninety. That’s how many wins Aric Almirola has times 90. It’s an incredible feat for a driver in the modern era. Richard Petty won 200 races and David Pearson is second on the list with 105, but those legendary drivers did it in a much ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Prestigious. Historic. Spectacle. All three words suit the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, run annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The flat 2.5-mile track has proven time and time again that it suits America’s top open-wheel series. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves’ battle during the last laps of this year’s event further cemented an already unbelievable 103-year racing past. That’s what Indianapolis Motor Speedway means for open-wheel racing. It means something entirely different to NASCAR: Disappointment. Boredom. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Following the second caution for debris in turn 3 of Sunday’s race, the fan standing in front of me at New Hampshire Motor Speedway turned and suggested the safety worker probably went out and picked up the same piece he picked up last time. He was in the same exact spot. In other words, the fan suggested the safety worker must’ve thrown that first piece back to give NASCAR officials an excuse to throw the caution later in the race. ... Read More »