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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 »

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 »

Jimmie Johnson’s Quest for 7 Finds Him at His Most Vulnerable Yet

Jimmie Johnson’s Quest for 7 Finds Him at His Most Vulnerable Yet

How many times have we seen it? – Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team come off a brutal summer stretch of races and struggles into the opening race of the Chase for Sprint Cup. More often than not. And despite that, how many of those times has Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team put it together over the last 10 races to win the championship? Six out of the last 10 seasons. However, this year ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Magic Number Is… Not Four

Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Magic Number Is… Not Four

And the number shall be three. Maybe Monty Python was onto something when it came to counting. Three might have been the magic number on which to release the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, but it also seems to be the magic number for race teams. You’d think that a successful three-car organization could easily become a successful four-car organization if the sponsorship and talent were in place, but it doesn’t often work that way. Even the powerhouse teams like ... Read More »

Nationwide Expands Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sponsorship

Nationwide Expands Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sponsorship

Nationwide is on your side. In May, Nationwide Insurance joined Hendrick Motorsports to back Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a part of three-year deal to serve as primary sponsor for 12 Sprint Cup races in 2015 and 13 each in 2016 and 2017. Having stepped away from series title sponsorship of the Nationwide Series in favor of individual team backing, the insurance company has now expanded its involvement with the No. 88 team. On Friday morning, it was announced Nationwide had ... Read More »

Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Silence on National Guard Sponsorship Situation

Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Silence on National Guard Sponsorship Situation

Back on Aug. 6, the National Guard announced that due to budget cuts in their marketing division, they would be leaving motorsports at the end of 2014.  The cuts affect both Hendrick Motorsports‘ No. 88 team in the Sprint Cup Series and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s No. 15 team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.  At the time, Hendrick Motorsports stated that they had a signed contract through 2015. On Friday morning, Hendrick Motorsports gave a very brief update on the situation. ... Read More »

Kasey At The Bat

Kasey At The Bat

Kasey Kahne has built his Sprint Cup career on intermediates. While Richmond sits just a week away, the site of his first career win, it’s also the only track where he has won less than a mile in length. That made Sunday night’s mission clear, the second Kahne worked his way into contention in Atlanta: win or go home. Take control, in the backyard of young Chase Elliott’s hometown no less – a driver who one day may be replacing Kahne in ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Cup: Sweet Relief for Kahne          By racing for the Cup juggernaut Hendrick Motorsports, there are high expectations for Kasey Kahne.  That his brethren at the organization have all earned three wins apiece makes his season look all the worse.  In fact, with only two top-5 finishes in 2014, Kahne was looking like a second-tier driver and one who had to be glancing over his shoulder at the upstart Nationwide and de facto Hendrick development driver, Chase Elliott. ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: This Is Only a Test, Suarez Moving Up, and the Lady is Back

Mirror Driving: This Is Only a Test, Suarez Moving Up, and the Lady is Back

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? & Frontstretch Editor-In-Chief Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty ... Read More »

Hendrick Motorsports Announces 3M Partnership

Hendrick Motorsports Announces 3M Partnership

Hendrick Motorsports announced early Tuesday that current Greg Biffle sponsor 3M will join the organization next year as a primary sponsor for Jeff Gordon. As part of the three-year deal that runs through the 2017 season, the company will serve as an associate sponsor throughout the season and primary backer in 11 events. “At 3M, we play to win, and we push hard every day to do just that,” Jesse Singh, senior vice president, 3M global sales and marketing said ... Read More »