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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 »

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a rare physical altercation taking place in the garage between the two. I never have been a fan of drivers using their cars as weapons, so ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

ONE: THE BIG ONE As you might have heard, there’s a rather significant race next up this Sunday afternoon at big bad Talladega Superspeedway. Following the shenanigans at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday evening and the threat of the second phase of Chase elimination, I would expect this race to be even madder than the usual restrictor plate race craziness. Whether or not we see any retaliation remains to be seen but given the inherent dangers of this form of ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

While Brian France has made great strides to make auto racing akin to stick-and-ball sports, he still has a long way to go. Brad Keselowski, however, helped narrow that gap by quite a margin with his post race meltdown last Saturday night. As has been evidenced by the sports news, especially this past year, we all know the NFL is full of wife/girlfriend beaters, child abusers, murderers and dog fighters. What does NASCAR have? The odd druggie now and then, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be on task as well. Unfortunately, ESPN effectively screwed itself over by trying to be too many things at once. With everything that happened Saturday night, ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014′s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff without a second round win are within 26 points of not moving onward. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not sets up what’s forecast ... Read More »

How Charlotte Has Become the Most Important Race in the Chase

How Charlotte Has Become the Most Important Race in the Chase

Talladega Superspeedway has always been known as a “wild card” track. Restrictor-plate tracks are known for two-, three-, and even four-wide racing at 200 mph lap after lap. It also makes for surprise winners and big wrecks that can ruin a driver’s bid for a championship. So when NASCAR announced the new 2014 Chase format with three 3-race rounds that include the elimination of four drivers at the end of each round, leaving four drivers to battle for the title ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday’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? With the spotlight on his rookie teammate and rumors surrounding his job security swirling, Jamie McMurray put together a run that most of the Chase contenders would have happily taken to the bank Saturday night. McMurray, ... Read More »

Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

Kevin Harvick was the strongest car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. For the first time since Darlington in the Spring, Harvick was unencumbered by misfortune and came home with the win. The talk of the race didn’t focus on Harvick however. During the cool down lap, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin made contact. That was followed by pit lane shenanigans between Keselowski and Matt Kenseth, which ended with Tony Stewart being pulled into the fracas as well. The melee ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Drive For The Cure 300

Nationwide Breakdown: Drive For The Cure 300

The moon wasn’t full but you wouldn’t have been able to tell with the way the race played out at Charlotte Friday night. A number of storylines battled for top-billing including multi-car accidents, pit strategy and tire wear but in the end Sprint Cup regulars Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth found their way to the front taking the top three positions respectively. Attrition was high as eight total cautions slowed the race including three multi-car accidents that involved ... Read More »