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Jamie McMurray Plays Spoiler in Sprint Cup Qualifying at Martinsville

Jamie McMurray Plays Spoiler in Sprint Cup Qualifying at Martinsville

Jamie McMurray crashed the Chase party at Martinsville Speedway on Friday and will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. With a speed of 99.905 mph, McMurray edged Joey Logano, who will start alongside on the front row. Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer were the remaining drivers in the top 12.  With just two ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’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? His run wasn’t perfect, and an ill-timed move late may have ended Jimmie Johnson’s title bid once and for all. But forgive Landon Cassill if he’s not used to running in the midst of ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Taking The Talladega Gamble

Fantasy Insider: Taking The Talladega Gamble

It’s a race that real NASCAR teams and fantasy NASCAR owners as well have been anticipating and dreading at the same time. The restrictor plate race at Talladega Sunday could likely be the best of times and worst of times for teams. With such significant drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski most likely needing a win to advance into the next round of the Chase, you know anything is possible. Now, that is generally the case ... 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 »

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 »

Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

Can you believe it has been 12 years since we witnessed Joplin, Mo.’s Jamie McMurray shock the masses with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start? Here he is in 2014, still virtually with the same team owners and still with a shot to win many weekends, yet we have never witnessed him on the stage at season’s end with a top 10 finish in the standings. He has been victorious in ... 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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Breaking Down NASCAR’s Kansas Chase Race

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Breaking Down NASCAR’s Kansas Chase Race

Key Moment – With 53 laps to go in the race Kevin Harvick thought he had a right front tire going bad. After the team swapped out all four skins on his ride it was determined that all four tires were good. The end result was Harvick slipping back into the upper 20s and having to claw his way back to a top 12 finish. Harvick was not out of the top 3 before his perceived tire issue and his ... 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 »