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Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice?… Kurt Busch could be the fourth person in history to do theNASCAR/Indy “double,” running 1,100 miles in the same day? OK, you probably do because Busch was everywhere with a camera, a microphone, and a satellite signal Tuesday. Between the national rounds, from ESPN to NBC along with aKurtBuschDouble.com website rollout it’s clear this Memorial Day Weekend decision has been brewing for months. My colleague Huston Ladner, if you haven’t read it does an excellent job explaining the IndyCar side of this equation. For ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Timmy Hill on CircleSport, Commitment and Racing Sims

Beyond the Cockpit: Timmy Hill on CircleSport, Commitment and Racing Sims

Timmy Hill comes off a partial schedule in 2013 as a rookie driver in the NASCARSprint Cup Series. Driving for FAS Lane Racing, Hill wrapped up the year with an average finish of 34.0, although he posted just three DNFs – none of which were due to wrecks, an admirable result for a first-year at the sport’s highest level. Due to a lack of funding and some changes within the driver lineup, Hill was forced to find a new ride for 2014 — but ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix

Kevin Harvick could barely contain his excitement during the offseason, and now we know why. The driver knew his new team would be strong and he proved that Sunday. Happy held a wide smile after leading 224 laps, taking his first win of the 2014 season and first for Stewart-Haas Racing in only his second points-paying start.   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rode the wave from his Daytona 500 victory finishing second, once again the highest-running Hendrick Motorsports driver. Penske teammates ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: New Chase System – So Far, So Good

NASCAR Mailbox: New Chase System – So Far, So Good

Kurt Busch is either really brave or really stupid, if not some sort of hybrid between the two. When it comes to American motorsports, the only other race that is equal to (if not larger than) the Daytona 500 in terms of prestige is the Indianapolis 500. Every IndyCar driver wants to win it, and every driver who has won it wants to do it again. Race car drivers from all over the world dream of just being in the ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Phoenix – Las Vegas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Phoenix – Las Vegas Edition

Tornadoes threatened the Daytona 500, but conditions were near-perfect in the desert Sunday. Nearly 27 years after a lightning strike ignited the main grandstand at Phoenix International Raceway, there was plenty of sunshine for The Profit onCNBC 500k. The track transformed into a refreshing desert oasis for certain drivers troubled by Daytona results, yet still, some found no relief in the first stop of the Sprint Cup Series’ West Coast journey. To turn things around, they may be tempted to take ... 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 »

The Difference In NASCAR Between Oblivious And Relentless

The Difference In NASCAR Between Oblivious And Relentless

Once again, I am writing about a topic that, while obvious to the common man (and not to mention that most of us thought it had long ago been taken care of), has reared its ugly head once more: SAFER barriers. I know what you are thinking: aren’t SAFER barriers old news? Yes, Virginia, they are. Unfortunately (and much to my surprise) I learned during last week’s Daytona 500 that there are, in fact, still areas of the track that are unprotected! The first moment of ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism and/or praise is the primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Phoenix, Arizona. In between showers, we got in 480 miles of action. Blue Jeans Go Green 200 (shortened to 168) On Saturday (March 1), the Nationwide Series was supposed to be completely washed out. Drivers were going to spend the entire day twiddling their thumbs, having petty Twitter arguments ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR Gambles, And So Do Teams With Vegas Looming

Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR Gambles, And So Do Teams With Vegas Looming

ONE: NASCAR Teams Gambling Already No, I’m not talking about Las Vegas. It’s clear the new Chase format, rewarding race winners, is going to have a significant impact on the pre-playoff portion this season. We saw it take effect already this past Sunday, when Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team was comfortable with making, had they needed to, a fuel gamble to go for a second straight victory. Crew chief Steve Letarte pulled no punches on the radio, telling Junior, “We’re here to try ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix

Key Moment – Kevin Harvick missed the final 12 in “knockout” qualifying by .001 seconds and started the race 13th based on that result. While Harvick won practices and the race, his stumble in qualifying was the only thing that added any excitement to the weekend. In a Nutshell – Kevin Harvick won everything but qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway. Thanks to his poor qualifying effort Harvick needed 74 laps to take the lead for the first time. From that point he ... Read More »