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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way

As teams were gearing up for the Chase in August 2013, AJ Allmendinger was looking for a future in NASCAR — any future. He’d been running part time in the Sprint Cup Series for midpack JTG-Daugherty Racing; a couple of Nationwide Series starts with Team Penske, the team that had released him from a full-time Sprint Cup ride in 2012 after a failed NASCAR drug test; some IndyCar races with Penske as well. He’d had some success — but for ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

Kevin Harvick exorcised his demons Saturday night, winning his third race of the season, but more importantly locking himself into the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Harvick won the pole and led the most laps, as usual.  This time, however, he was able to survive a late-race caution which set up a two-lap shootout to win the race. It was a very important race for a number of Chase drivers as poor finishes at Kansas set up a “do or die” scenario ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

Team Penske continued their dominating performance during the Chase as Joey Logano captured his fifth win of the season, second in the Chase and locked himself into the eight driver Eliminator Round. The Penske duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski have combined to win three of the first four Chase races. Many thought Talladega would be the wild card race in the Contender Round. After Kansas, however, a number of Chase drivers have used their “mulligan” including Jimmie Johnson, Dale ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

Dover International Speedway did its job: separate the contenders from the pretenders. After 400 circuits at the Monster Mile, only 12 drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy. Which drivers have what it takes to survive the Contender Round and which are lucky to have made it this far? That’s what Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is for. The next spot on the Cup calender, Kansas Speedway, will be a good indicator, and this ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon ran down Keselowski and passed him on lap 305 and never looked back. In a Nutshell - The drama of the first ‘Richmond moment’ of the ... 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 »

Quotes to Remember: AAA 400

Quotes to Remember: AAA 400

“I don’t know what happened to Kevin Harvick. It was unfortunate for him. He was the class of the field. We were tuning on it to try to keep even with him. When I saw him go out, I knew we could compete with the No.2 (Brad Keselowski) car. The No. 2 was really good on short runs, but we could run him down. Of course he made us work for it there at the end because he was so ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Hip hip hooray, NASCAR announced its rules changes for the 2015 season.  Or something. The whole big hope is to mitigate the awful aero push that has transformed a number of tracks into circular parades.  The aerodynamic dependence of the cars, left unsettled by trailing in another’s wake, has become the bane of the circuit’s existence. Thus, by removing this aspect the cars should, in theory, be better able to pass. The shortened spoiler, created by taking two inches from ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

The good news for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors is that defending and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson hasn’t done much lately. The bad news for those same competitors is that Johnson still sits fourth in points and the even more bad news for them is that the race this week is at Dover. It’s a track where Johnson has been dominant over his career and it’s one of those places where if he doesn’t at least contend for the win, then ... Read More »