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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega

As predicted, it took until the checkered flag before we knew who would be moving on to the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth all knew what they had to do to continue their bid for a championship: win. Johnson led the most laps, Earnhardt, Jr. led the second most laps, but in the end, Brad Keselowski (coincidentally pushed by Matt Kenseth) won the race, finalizing Keselowski’s advancement to the next round. Sunday’s win ... Read More »

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch Lead Practices at Talladega

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch Lead Practices at Talladega

The Sprint Cup Series took to Talladega Superspeedway on Friday for two practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Sunday afternoon’s GEICO 500. The first session lasted 60 minutes, and the second and final practice was only 50 minutes. Clint Bowyer topped the first session with a fast lap of 200.385 mph. Meanwhile, only 21 cars ran in the final session, though Joey Logano did not even complete a lap at speed. Kyle Busch sat atop the leaderboard in the second session ... 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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among cars with used tires. Harvick grabbed a big lead at the drop of the final green and held on to score his third win of ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Rolling The Dice At The Chase Halfway Point

Fantasy Insider: Rolling The Dice At The Chase Halfway Point

It was back in mid-May when Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a race this season and there were whispers about what was wrong with the No. 48 team. Maybe the relationship between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t what it used to be? Maybe the No. 48 team had lost its edge after winning its sixth title last year? Maybe others had caught up to them? But Johnson went on to win the next race at Charlotte and ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Most Likely Chase Spoilers

The Frontstretch Five: Most Likely Chase Spoilers

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. This week, Amy has some drivers who could steal a little thunder from the Chasers down the homestretch. 1. Kyle Larson It’s really just a matter of time until Kyle Larson finds Victory ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

The revised Chase format brought exactly what was expected to the first round of eliminations at Dover. Jeff Gordon earned his fourth win of the season, becoming the first non-Team Penske driver to win a Chase race. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick dominated the day yet again, leading a race-high 223 laps before left front suspension issues relegated him to a 13th-place finish. The highlight of the day was the battle for the final transfer position between Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and ... 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 »