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Temper, Temper

Temper, Temper

Talladega, five days from now was supposed to be the Chase’s wildest race, where panic over advancing in the playoffs combined with the chaos of plate racing produced either a 43-driver Demolition Derby or an eight-wide finish at the line. But as the week in NASCAR continues, it’s clear the panic that happened at Charlotte, both in the moments before and after the checkered flag, will likely become the defining moment of this year’s Chase. Brad Keselowski, in the aftermath ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

Did You Notice? … Sam Hornish, Jr.’s strategy worked? His choice to run a limited schedule, in top-notch Nationwide equipment as opposed to running full-time with a struggling team paid off this week. Hornish will be the replacement for Marcos Ambrose in 2015, driving the No. 9 Ford for a Richard Petty Motorsports program that both won and made the Chase with their No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola. For Hornish, who lost his full-time ride with Roger Penske ... Read More »

Will Youth Be Served… Now?

Will Youth Be Served… Now?

Two NASCAR drivers, and only two have made it through the first four Chase races unscathed. One of them has already won twice, boasts an average finish of 2.5 and has won nearly twice as many races, this season as the rest of his Cup career combined. The other, while not having won yet boasts two runner-up results, a third and looks more like a title contender, despite having “missed” the postseason than the vast majority of drivers who made ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … How much of a crapshoot Talladega makes the next round of this Chase? No one has an advantage on paper entering this three-race sprint as all 12 drivers are tied for the point lead. That means it’s nearly impossible to create a 47-point cushion, locking yourself into the next round before the closest thing NASCAR has to Russian Roulette. No one, not even the red hot Kevin Harvick, was able to create such a cushion in ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

It was supposed to be a history-making moment. NASCAR’s first ever “Chase elimination” race, the lynchpin of its new format was supposed to make Dover a “Game 7” atmosphere, knocking potential title contenders out of the prizefight early. After Loudon, where top drivers got knocked around like pinballs, the bar was set for aggression, strategy, even panic as so many hovered around the “cutline,” whittling an expanded postseason field from 16 to a far more manageable 12. Dover’s Monster Mile, ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … A Monstrous Moment, Hendrick’s So-So Start And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Monstrous Moment, Hendrick’s So-So Start And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … The Monster Mile is entering a crucial weekend? Lately, races at the one-mile oval have been duds; Goodyear’s tire compound, combined with a conservative mindset have minimized the yellow flags and maximized the boredom at the one-mile oval. Dover’s track used to be one of the trickiest on tour, a matter of survival as the outside wall could come up and bite at any time. Finally, this spring we started to see a turnaround, with the ... Read More »

Throwing A One-Two Punch

Throwing A One-Two Punch

In a season marked by changes – new Chase format, new rules, and over a half-dozen rookies – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup title contenders have remained crystal clear. From Memorial Day Weekend on, Penske Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have remained a step ahead of the pack, inching by a faster-but-flawed Kevin Harvick and a lack of horsepower at Joe Gibbs Racing. They went six for six on making the new, expanded 16-driver postseason field; in the last sixteen races, prior to ... 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 »

Petty’s Rough Ride

Petty’s Rough Ride

Aric Almirola is driving like a man with nothing to lose. King Richard Petty, in a year filled with sadness sees light at the end of the tunnel, in the best position to win with his cars since handing the keys to investors several years back. Crew chief Trent Owens, in his first year on the Sprint Cup level, is quietly becoming a mechanical mastermind. The pieces, if put together right were there for David to rise up and challenge ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Racing Against Its Roots

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Racing Against Its Roots

Did You Notice? … The team/manufacturer breakdown inside the Chase? Right now, it sets up as the following… Chevrolet (8) Hendrick Motorsports – 4 Stewart-Haas Racing – 2 Richard Childress Racing – 1 JTG-Daugherty Racing – 1 Ford (5) Penske Racing – 2 Roush Fenway Racing – 2 Richard Petty Motorsports – 1 Toyota (3) Joe Gibbs Racing – 3 Clearly, three teams stand out above all others when creating this breakdown. Toyota, in a down year with only two ... Read More »