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Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Prestigious. Historic. Spectacle. All three words suit the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, run annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The flat 2.5-mile track has proven time and time again that it suits America’s top open-wheel series. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves’ battle during the last laps of this year’s event further cemented an already unbelievable 103-year racing past. That’s what Indianapolis Motor Speedway means for open-wheel racing. It means something entirely different to NASCAR: Disappointment. Boredom. ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: After Giving It Some Thought…

Voices from the Cheap Seats: After Giving It Some Thought…

There have been a few issues arising recently in the world of NASCAR about which I have been loquaciously silent. Loquacious is sort of like deafening silence, for those of you still wondering what it means (or maybe the opposite… look it up!). However, as anyone who knows me personally will tell you, I don’t usually practice the “silent” part for too long and get right on to the loquacious side of things. So with the Sprint Cup Series silent ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Summer might be in full swing, but with seven races remaining before the Chase cutoff, things are only starting to heat up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Drivers and teams received a bit of rest and relaxation over the season’s final off week but now, it’s back to business as stock car racing’s best prepare for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site of round 20. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not delves deep, in search of the stars ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: 17 Weeks And NASCAR’s Eldora “Take II”

Five Points To Ponder: 17 Weeks And NASCAR’s Eldora “Take II”

ONE: 17 WEEKS IN A ROW After a weekend to rest up and recuperate for the Sprint Cup circus, it’s time for 17 consecutive weeks of top echelon racing until we crown the 2014 champion at Homestead-Miami Raceway on Nov. 16. With the race to the Chase over the next seven weeks – paired with all the drama, entertainment and pressure that will inevitably bring – then the new playoff format, we have plenty to look forward to after a ... Read More »

Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart Team Up in New Go Daddy Ad Campaign

Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart Team Up in New Go Daddy Ad Campaign

In a first for the web-hosting and domain registry brand, Go Daddy will begin to air a new TV spot this week featuring both brand celebrity spokeswoman, driver of the No. 10 Chevy SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Danica Patrick, and her boss, and team co-owner, three-time Champion, Tony Stewart. According to the report in USA Today the new ad stays consistent with the ‘new and improved’ brand positioning for Go Daddy, staying away from what ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Key Moment – The dramatic changes to the Chase format announced in Charlotte during the 2014 Media Tour continue to be the key moment of the season. The “win and you’re in” philosophy is permeating the garage, and there have been obvious strategic decisions, during the season, altered by the fact that a team already has a win and is virtually locked into the Chase. Outside of the frenetic racing on restarts, it doesn’t seem to have greatly changed the ... Read More »

The Calm Before The Storm

The Calm Before The Storm

If nothing else, NASCAR enters this particular Monday morning well rested. Fresh off its last Sprint Cup off weekend, the news cycle slowed to a crawl last week as most participants were busy enjoying life elsewhere, away from the cameras on some Caribbean island. Even those who stayed at home would rather relax, mowing their yards in private during this small “vacation” stretch rather than keep hyping up a sport with a schedule that features 17 straight race weekends, zigzagging participants ... Read More »

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  These three names were the first to pop into mind though they never had a realistic shot for a race win.  For these guys, a ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting one to say the least, with plenty of storylines and drama to keep everyone occupied until the Chase starts eight weeks from now. With 18 ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

There’s a commercial for NASCAR which talks about how everything in the sport has changed, but in the end, how nothing has really changed at all, because the spirit of the sport remains unchanged. Drivers, after all, still want to win races more than anything, and fans still want to find their racing heroes on the venues on which they race. Nothing has changed, NASCAR says, and for just a second, you want to believe it. If only that were true. ... Read More »