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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Grand Jury Got it Right, But Now It’s Time to Heal

Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Grand Jury Got it Right, But Now It’s Time to Heal

After weeks of speculation, the first questions have been answered in the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy. In case you somehow missed it, Stewart hit and killed Kevin Ward, Jr. during a sprint car race in New York State on Aug. 9 of this year. Ward, apparently angered at Stewart for spinning his car out, got out of his vehicle and approached Stewart, who was circling the track under caution in his own machine. Ward was struck by the right ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

The past weekend’s race at Loudon was less than spectacular for many of the teams in the garage. While the No. 7 of Michael Annett didn’t get caught up in any of the wrecks it managed to go a couple of laps down during the early green flag runs and they were unable to get back on the lead lap thanks to some unfortunate timing of caution flags. While it wasn’t the finish they wanted it was a day where ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

The good news for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors is that defending and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson hasn’t done much lately. The bad news for those same competitors is that Johnson still sits fourth in points and the even more bad news for them is that the race this week is at Dover. It’s a track where Johnson has been dominant over his career and it’s one of those places where if he doesn’t at least contend for the win, then ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Risky Play With Tony Stewart

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Risky Play With Tony Stewart

Did You Notice? … A difference between two leagues? The NFL, after days of pressure, one sponsor (Radisson) pulling out and a second (Budweiser) giving a veiled threat finally pushed the Minnesota Vikings to keep star running back Adrian Peterson off the field. Peterson, accused of child abuse won’t face trial until early next year but has seen the facts of his case go public, along with a second accusation of beating a child that’s surfaced from 2013. While the ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Relationships, Singapore, and Kentucky

Happiness Is… Relationships, Singapore, and Kentucky

Was that an actual race at Chicagoland?  A track not known for well, anything, seemed to produce a finish that was worth remembering.  Brad Keselowski’s ballsy move, splitting Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson as they raced for the lead, seemed to be just the type of thing that wasn’t supposed to be possible with the Gen-6 aero-dependent cars. Now, it should be mentioned that a caution flag set up that fun-to-watch finish, otherwise we might be looking at another one ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Then there was Clay Rogers, a veteran of the country’s short tracks who attempted his debut with Beard Racing, a startup in the series ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Look For A Slice Of NASCAR History Repeating

Fantasy Insider: Look For A Slice Of NASCAR History Repeating

We could see some familiar faces back up front at New Hampshire. The end of last Sunday’s race at Chicagoland saw Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson running up front for much of the event, with Keselowski winning and guaranteeing himself one of 12 spots in the next round of the Chase. Rookie Larson, through hard racing with Kevin Harvick, then Jeff Gordon kept trying for his first Sprint Cup win before ultimately coming up short. And while there are no ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Sprint Cup Series: Slow Start for Roush Fenway Racing - There has been a gap between Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all season.  Though both teams use Ford engines, Penske has been gapping their counterpart, and never was it more evident than at Chicagoland on Sunday. While Brad Keselowski earned the win and Joey Logano fought to a fourth-place finish, the RFR drivers languished on the track, never coming close to contention, and really, not ever being much of a ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

With the news Tuesday that Stewart-Haas Racing has elected to swap the pit crews of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, it confirmed two things: a squeaky wheel gets you grease, and SHR is serious about capturing its second championship in four seasons. Some traditionalists might balk at the notion, as this move occurs on the eve of the first race of the new elimination-format. They’ll adhere to the “dance with the one who brought you” way of thinking. But with ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Separating Your Team From the Chase

Fantasy Insider: Separating Your Team From the Chase

Yes, it’s certainly easy to understand all the talk about the Chase for the Championship heading into Chicago. We understand that in the real NASCAR world that what happens in each of the next three sets of races is the most important part of the season before the finale at Homestead. However, if you’ve been in a fantasy league all season and you’ve been rooting for the Danica Patricks and Justiin Allgaiers and Austin Dillons just to finish somewhere in ... Read More »