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Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. With that said, here’s a handy guide to all your Chase competitors, sleepers and also-rans entering Chicagoland. I couldn’t win the title if the rest ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

With 26 races in the books there exist two distinct groups of drivers: those who qualified for the Chase and the many, many more who will have to wait until next year to lay stake over one of 16 playoff spots. The line was left anything but blurred after the regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway, as Greg Biffle grabbed the last available wild-card berth and Clint Bowyer was left mulling over a lost opportunity. It would be far ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond – The Chase is Set, Brad Keselowski Dominates and a Drunk on a Fence

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond – The Chase is Set, Brad Keselowski Dominates and a Drunk on a Fence

Key Moment – In a race where the winner leads 383 laps, including the final 274 in a row, there really aren’t any key moments in the race. Based on the practice sheets the key moment came between the first practice and the final practice. Brad Keselowski was 14th fastest in 10 lap average in the first practice and second fastest in the final one. The adjustments made by Paul Wolfe and his crew during the break between those two ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Federated Auto Parts 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Federated Auto Parts 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with 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? It’s hard enough to drive a Sprint Cup car in the heat of summer for upwards of three hours when you feel great. When you don’t, there’s an added challenge. Jimmie Johnson said he started ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will mark the final event of the 26-week regular season and set the stage for the latest iteration of NASCAR’s Chase playoff system. It’s been 10 years and four championship scenarios now, of heading into RIR the first weekend of September to see who’s in and who’s out. Despite all the changes and new angles being advertised of the 16 “nations” that will be competing, a few constants still remain: ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public statement since the tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, all the way through until Sunday night when Stewart’s race ended in the garage area. While I ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta – Richmond Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta – Richmond Edition

The Chase bubble wasn’t a major area of focus entering the Oral-B USA 500 after Bristol seemingly divided the haves from the have-nots. But as the Sprint Cup Series has shown, things can change in a hurry. After wild-card placeholder Clint Bowyer went to the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage, several drivers who were all but written off received new life, and then something highly unlikely happened – a driver outside the playoff picture rose to the occasion, grabbing an automatic ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Key Moment – Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. had a dispute in Turn 1 with two laps to go. Busch hit Truex in the back bumper and put him into the wall. The resulting contact brought out the caution flag, which prompted a Green-White-Checkered finish. Kasey Kahne, who was headed to a potential victory and a berth in the Chase, came out of the pits fifth and looked to have lost his shot at the win. Fortunately for him, ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

Give Jeff Gordon enough chances and he’ll eventually beat you. That’s what happened to Joey Logano as Jeff Gordon pulled off a flawless restart with 17 laps to go, taking the lead and claiming his third win of the season. It’s the most wins Gordon has had in a single season since 2011. It was a strong showing for those that needed strong runs, especially those trying to get into the Chase on points. Seven of the Power Ranking top ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Who is going to crack first? Frustration is mounting in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and there are only three races until the new playoffs start. If Sunday’s race at Michigan was any indication, buckle your seat belts – and stay in your car until a safety worker arrives – because you know what is about to hit the fan this weekend. There were two confrontations on pit road following the race at Michigan International Speedway, a fast two-mile track ... Read More »