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Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing is continuing to show improvement most every week. This past weekend the teamy scored an 18th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway with driver Michael Annett. It was the team’s fourth Top 20 finish of the season and their best non-restrictor plate finish of the season. Crew Chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been quite candid about the goals of the team this year, and notes to Mike Neff this week in Tech Talk that ... Read More »

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

The Sprint Cuppers head to Daytona for the third of four restrictor plate races Saturday night. And the one thing about these races, as you may well know, is that you don’t know with any certainty what is going to happen. Sure there are some guys who have a knack for this kind of racing, going 200 mph with other cars only inches away, lap after lap after lap. There are some who prefer to stay up front and avoid ... Read More »

Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

Did You Notice? … The lack of passing on Saturday night? Kentucky lived up to its reputation once again this Saturday, and that reputation is not a positive one. The track has, quite frankly, been maligned since it joined the circuit in 2011. The inaugural event was plagued by horrific traffic problems due to a lack of proper infrastructure, and the on-track racing product since then has been just as bad as those traffic problems. Sunday’s race only featured 12 lead ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Things That Would Make Fans Happy at Daytona

The Frontstretch Five: Things That Would Make Fans Happy at Daytona

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, has five things that could make race fans leave Daytona happy. 1. No controversy This one’s important, and will probably be harder to achieve than it should be. But ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Like Sharks, NASCAR Media And Fans Drawn To Blood

NASCAR Mailbox: Like Sharks, NASCAR Media And Fans Drawn To Blood

“Keselowski Cuts Hand in Kentucky”  Well now, if you had never seen a good example of alliteration, this most certainly is a good place to start. Of the many wins Brad Keselowski has in his career, the headlines never quite had the same ring to them. I mean, “Keselowski Cuts Hand in … Phoenix”? No, this one was set up perfectly just for the writer’s own ears and the reader’s own pleasure. It’s amazing how no one really cared about ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings after Kentucky

Top 15 Power Rankings after Kentucky

The Penske Racing duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano asserted their dominance at Kentucky and put on a clinic for the rest of the field. Not only did they sweep the front row, they led a combined 236 laps. Although Logano slid back to ninth place after his engine began to flounder, Keselowski won his second race of the season. Penske has now combined for four race wins in 2014. Six of the top 10 in Power Rankings after ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn’t already torn up Kentucky Speedway’s surface with an excavator, the track’s general manager Mark Simendinger is going to be left with a difficult decision on whether or not to repave one of the circuit’s oldest surfaces. Junior made it very clear how he felt after his fifth-place finish Saturday, saying the frontstretch “sucks” and later calling it a bad amusement park ride on Twitter. Earnhardt vs. Kentucky asphalt became the newest NASCAR feud last weekend, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s Summer Series broadcasts. UNOH 225 A rare Thursday night outing for the Camping World Truck Series brought 32 trucks out for a 225-mile assault on ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Future of Cup Series Racing at Kentucky Should Be in Doubt

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Future of Cup Series Racing at Kentucky Should Be in Doubt

Last Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway was much like the last three previous Sprint Cup Series races at the 1.5 mile track — lackluster. But why is that? What’s causing the problems at a track many excitedly welcomed when it was added to the Sprint Cup Series schedule? Could it have been because Brad Keselowski was the class of the field by far? No. Is it because the track is considered a dull boring cookie cutter speedway ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Kentucky-Daytona Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Kentucky-Daytona Edition

Things were indeed blue in the Bluegrass State after afternoon showers passed over Kentucky Speedway.  Brad Keselowski rocketed back into immediate consideration with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ current top teams, making some history along the way. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is as close to a one-man show as it gets.  Others made some notable contributions to the Quaker State 400, however — some for better and some for worse. HOT Brad Keselowski has graduated from ... Read More »