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Tony Stewart And NASCAR’s Tragic Monday Morning Reality

Tony Stewart And NASCAR’s Tragic Monday Morning Reality

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s an ugly truth, one often buried in a modern reality where political correctness takes center stage. Every mistake can’t be fixed by sensitivity training or an on-screen apology. Sure, people forgive your past but they also never, ever forget when it comes back to haunt you. It’s a damning truth, one Tony Stewart grapples with Monday morning as he spends the next weeks, months, maybe years of his ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Sprint Cup: Watkins Glen Odds & Ends - One of the things that makes Formula One racing successful is the commitment the series expects from its viewing constituency.  Races typically conclude in a two-hour window, and when it seems that might not be the case, due to weather, an accident, or some other issue, F1 switches to a timed format.  Might this kind of practice be suitable for NASCAR? The airing of the Cup race at Watkins Glen seemed to last ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Watkins Glen isn’t known for being easy to drive. Four-time Glen winner Jeff Gordon finished 31st in his first Cup race there. Jimmie Johnson’s first race there, in a Nationwide car…well, you’ve seen it on every ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer to being able to stretch their fuel to the finish. The resulting chaos on the restart brought another caution flag and the two leaders were assured ... Read More »

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith will sub for three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen today, jumping in the No. 14 Chevy while an investigation continues after Stewart struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Competition Director Greg Zipadelli broke the news in a press conference this morning, explaining it was Stewart’s decision to skip the race after waking up with a “business as usual” mentality to start the day. RUTHERFORD: Tony Stewart Strikes, Kills ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up and down day for the top Power Ranking vote-getters after Indianapolis. Although six of the Power Rankings’ top 10 finished inside the top 10 Sunday ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GoBowling.com 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GoBowling.com 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For most of the race, Greg Biffle was an afterthought mired deep in the field. But thanks to some timely strategy, Biffle made it into the top 10 with 10 laps to go ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Key Moment – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer pitted when the pits opened after the Big One with 39 laps to go. That decision by Steve Letarte put Earnhardt in position to take a splash of gas to make it to the finish of the race. Earnhardt made that final stop to top off with fuel on lap 132 and that move put him out in front of all of the teams who waited to pit after that caution. ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Earlier this week Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally learned the identity of his new crew chief in 2015, but in the meantime he isn’t ready to close his storybook relationship with current crew chief Steve Letarte quite yet. Employing a well-conceived fuel strategy by Letarte, Earnhardt was able to hold off Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the GoBowling.com 400. Earnhardt’s season sweep at Pocono is the first since Denny Hamlin accomplished the feat in ... Read More »

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3), Pocono Raceway saw one of its most engaging races. From the get-go, the GoBowling.com 400’s start time was moved up due to the uncertainty of weather, causing teams to think twice about whether they were racing to a conclusion on lap 160. In fact, it was the story the entire weekend, with each of the three races going the entire scheduled distance – resulting in varying pit strategies. With the skies brightening and the question of ... Read More »