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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

Ben Stiller is no longer the Heartbreak Kid. The role now belongs to 23-year-old Parker Kligerman. Kligerman didn’t marry a crazy woman after knowing her for six weeks, then fall in love with someone else on his honeymoon, nor did he act in a subpar comedy. His story is full of heartbreak, though, just the same. The latest scene, yet to be completed has Kligerman uncertain of his future — and probably soon without a ride — eight races into ... Read More »

Racing To The Point: Rules Package Has Created Parity

Racing To The Point: Rules Package Has Created Parity

Seven drivers have visited Victory Lane in seven races and not one is named Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne or Denny Hamlin. In case you didn’t notice, those all happen to be Hendrick and Gibbs drivers. Along with Kyle Busch, they dominated the Sprint Cup season in 2013. Gibbs and Hendrick won seven of the first eight races last season on the way to winning 21 of 36. After seven races in 2014, each organization has won ... Read More »

Racing To The Point: Sliced Bread Ready To Be Served

Racing To The Point: Sliced Bread Ready To Be Served

There’s been a question mark hanging over Joey Logano’s head since the then-18-year-old filled Tony Stewart’s seat at Joe Gibbs Racing at the start of the 2009 season. The question was simple: could this driver who had developed more buzz than probably any talent that had come before him deliver at the highest level? For a long time, the answer was a definitive no, at least at the Sprint Cup level. Logano flat-out underperformed with one of the top teams ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Balancing NASCAR Trash Talk With Credibility

Racing to the Point: Balancing NASCAR Trash Talk With Credibility

There’s nothing better than sticking a microphone in front of a wrecked driver just moments after he or she exits the car. The quicker the interview happens, the higher the likelihood somebody is going to say something they might later regret. Just ask Kurt Busch, who spent two years of his prime in obscurity with mediocre teams because of one interview gone horribly wrong at the 2011 season finale in Homestead. The television crews know this phenomenon — that’s why ... Read More »

Racing To The Point: The Sorry State Of NASCAR’s Second Tier

Racing To The Point: The Sorry State Of NASCAR’s Second Tier

I could’ve sworn that NASCAR made a rule change last week stipulating that cars could no longer run cool-down laps at the bottom of the track, but then, I watched the Nationwide race on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Basically everyone except Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch was doing it. It’s dangerous, people; did you see how much faster those Gibbs cars were going than the rest of the field? Wait, those cars weren’t running cool-down laps? They’re just that slow? Give ... Read More »

Racing To The Point: Kinks In Qualifying Need Fixed — And Fast

Racing To The Point: Kinks In Qualifying Need Fixed — And Fast

You know when you’re driving down the interstate in a pack of cars going about 75 mph and, all of a sudden, you come up on that little old lady who can’t see over the steering wheel, taking up two lanes in her car that’s double the size of yours and is going about 36 mph? Everyone slams on their brakes or makes an evasive move to the shoulder, and for a brief second, you think about turning her sideways ... Read More »

Racing To The Point: How Rain Saved The 2014 Daytona 500

Racing To The Point: How Rain Saved The 2014 Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is an afternoon race — always has been. There’s something that feels right about the sun shining down on the newest race champion as he climbs from his car. Darkness and the 500 go together like tuna and peanut butter or Jamie McMurray and McDonald’s. It’s just not natural. On Sunday, however, a fairy tale ending came around 11:30 PM under the Musco lights. Nine hours earlier, it seemed unlikely that the Sprint Cup Series would put ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: “Game 7 Moments” Don’t Feel Like Game 7 At All

Racing to the Point: “Game 7 Moments” Don’t Feel Like Game 7 At All

Most playoff series don’t reach Game 7. Some go four games, some five, some six, but few go seven. There’s a reason for it: Game 7 is reserved for the playoff series that just couldn’t be decided any other way. They’re destined to have one last winner-take-all moment. As fans, we treasure Game 7s because we know they don’t come along very often, and we value how special they are. Game 7 isn’t just important because it decides a winner, ... Read More »

Almirola Finally Proving He Belongs In Sprint Cup

Almirola Finally Proving He Belongs In Sprint Cup

The former Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver won the pole for a Nationwide race at Milwaukee in 2007, and started the race only to have to give up his seat on lap 59 when Denny Hamlin finally arrived at the track. Almirola was running third at the time, but he was thrown to the side like last week’s garbage because Rockwell Automation wanted a Sprint Cup star in its car. Hamlin took over and drove from the back to Victory Lane. Hamlin celebrated while Almirola was credited with his first and only Nationwide win. It might’ve been the first time in history a driver was embarrassed to have won a race. Read More »

Racing to the Point: Everybody Loves Talladega! Don’t They?

Racing to the Point: Everybody Loves Talladega! Don’t They?

Let the phony smile-a-thon begin. While NASCAR and FOX revs up for another nail-biting weekend at Talladega, how many drivers are actually looking forward to the race? “If this is what we did every week, I wouldn't be doing it,” Junior said after getting involved in an accident at Talladega last fall. “I'll just put it to you like that. If this is how we raced every week, I'd find another job.” Read More »