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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Sizes Up New Hampshire, JGR At Halfway

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Sizes Up New Hampshire, JGR At Halfway

The best laid plans of mice and men can go up in smoke and sparks at the turn of a wheel at Daytona. Just 20 laps into the Coke Zero 400, the day for Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 team got ruined when they were caught up in the first big wreck of the day. They persevered, nursing a damaged car to one lap down in 20th place while several others got sent to the garage. That kept the ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

It’s been what seems like a quick, whirlwind journey for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series so far, and now the season’s hump has been traversed — the halfway point of 2014 has been reached. With 18 races completed in the Sprint Cup season, the same amount remains before a champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. That includes eight races during the sport’s regular season, plus the final 10 events run as part of the Chase. There have been ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

For some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, these are now desperate times. With a win needed to be guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and 11 winners so far after 18 races, that means points don’t mean much at all to some drivers. Part of the issue is that of the 11 winners, two of them, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola, are not inside the top 16 in points. That narrows the window, especially when there’s only five ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Makes LOTR Fans A-N-G-R-Y

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Makes LOTR Fans A-N-G-R-Y

Many a NASCAR fan has been sent into a blinding rage when their promised NASCAR race was pre-empted by, oh, literally anything else. Say the race is on ESPN, during a given week, but the network is airing a football game that runs long and into the time slot NASCAR is scheduled for. Suddenly, the Twitter-sphere is flooded with comments like “See? ESPN doesn’t care about NASCAR” or “Stupid football, no one is watching this game anyway, it’s a blowout!” ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the process. Rain postponed the race from Saturday to Sunday afternoon, eventually forcing NASCAR officials to call the Coke Zero 400 only 112 laps into the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… NASCAR’s top nine team owners in Sprint Cup have come together to form their own, separate “organization?” Of course you did, as it’s been the top story of a slow news summer. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will head up a new Race Team Alliance (RTA) that includes the top nine funded teams in the sport. Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Chip ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Landon Cassill has had an up-and-down career in NASCAR’s top three National Series. Seven years ago, Cassill was an 18-year-old prodigy in Hendrick Motorsports’ driver development program. In 2007, he started six then-Busch Series races for Hendrick Motorsports in either their Nos. 5 or 24 Chevrolets, sponsored by the National Guard. The results showed a green driver without a lot of experience, someone who was learning on the job. However, Hendrick Motorsports gave Cassill more seat time, fielding cars for ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons Why NASCAR Commercials Aren’t All Bad

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons Why NASCAR Commercials Aren’t All Bad

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, Amy’s taking a walk down memory lane with some of her favorite commercials featuring NASCAR drivers. 1. OK, I admit it…I have a real weakness for commercials featuring NASCAR ... Read More »

Kurt Busch And No. 41 SHR Team Penalized Following NSCS Daytona Race

Kurt Busch And No. 41 SHR Team Penalized Following NSCS Daytona Race

NASCAR announced today that the No. 41 NASCAR Sprint Series Cup team of Stewart-Haas Racing has been penalized for a rules infraction that was found during post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. NASCAR fined crew chief Daniel Knost $10,000 and penalized both driver Kurt Busch and car owner Gene Haas with the loss of 10 owner’s points. Per NASCAR, the No. 41 car was found in violation of “sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-12 (l) (for events at Daytona International Speedway and ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

This weekend’s activities at Daytona bordered on the biblical, with Mother Nature more concerned about flooding instead of full-fledged NASCAR competition. Final Cup practice was rained out, the Nationwide race was delayed and the Cup race was postponed to Sunday. That caused an extensive amount of on-air time with nothing but the Air Titan, a bunch of bored drivers and talking analysts as the main choices to show live, at the track for both FOX Sports 1 and TNT. Not ... Read More »