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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 »

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 »

Four Burning Questions in Charlotte: Must-Win Races and A Surging JGR Team

Four Burning Questions in Charlotte: Must-Win Races and A Surging JGR Team

Well… that was interesting. What I’m referring to of course is last week’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas, an event that could potentially go down as the turning point in this year’s Chase for the Championship. Three pre-Chase favorites, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., encountered disaster-level problems at Kansas, and with only two races left in the Contender round, those three men find themselves outside of the cutoff line. With next week’s race being at the unpredictable  Talladega ... 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 »

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 »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

The more I think about all this elimination crap, the more I hate it. On one hand, it could be a Godsend. On the other, it could show Brian France and the top brass in Daytona that they are indeed dumber than a box of rocks. I’m praying for the latter. Of course, it’s all been said before that surely, when it comes down to it, the true champion will be crowned at Homestead. But wait! Jimmie Johnson crashed? Dale ... 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 »

Four Burning Questions – Points Resets and an Slippery Kansan Wild Card

Four Burning Questions – Points Resets and an Slippery Kansan Wild Card

The first round of the Chase is officially in the books, and the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now turn their attention to the Kansas Speedway, site of the first race in the second round of the Chase. Four drivers were eliminated from championship contention last week in Dover, and now with the Chase field thinned to 12 teams, the pressure ramps up a notch as the championship becomes within sight. Compound all of these playoff implications with ... Read More »

Happiness Is…Being Forgotten, and Vegas

Happiness Is…Being Forgotten, and Vegas

Well Dover was a letdown.  The rash of articles that posted on Monday and Tuesday that proffered analysis of the Dover race all seemed to hit on the fact that there was little in the way of anything exciting at the concrete oval.  These comments didn’t miss the mark. It should be noted that the Nationwide race also didn’t seem to have much going for it in the way of excitement, except for a wreck that nearly put championship leader ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Is Now Time to Think Outside the Fantasy Pit Box?

Fantasy Insider: Is Now Time to Think Outside the Fantasy Pit Box?

As we inch closer toward the finish line in this NASCAR season and the races become more important for drivers in real life, they also become more important for your fantasy team. If you are in a tight battle to win your league, or finish in the money, then every decision by a real life crew chief and driver will likely have a direct effect on your fantasy team. So, if you are in or near the lead, you can ... Read More »