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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 »

Temper, Temper

Temper, Temper

Talladega, five days from now was supposed to be the Chase’s wildest race, where panic over advancing in the playoffs combined with the chaos of plate racing produced either a 43-driver Demolition Derby or an eight-wide finish at the line. But as the week in NASCAR continues, it’s clear the panic that happened at Charlotte, both in the moments before and after the checkered flag, will likely become the defining moment of this year’s Chase. Brad Keselowski, in the aftermath ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a rare physical altercation taking place in the garage between the two. I never have been a fan of drivers using their cars as weapons, so ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

ONE: THE BIG ONE As you might have heard, there’s a rather significant race next up this Sunday afternoon at big bad Talladega Superspeedway. Following the shenanigans at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday evening and the threat of the second phase of Chase elimination, I would expect this race to be even madder than the usual restrictor plate race craziness. Whether or not we see any retaliation remains to be seen but given the inherent dangers of this form of ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: May the Best Man Have a Chance to Win

Holding A Pretty Wheel: May the Best Man Have a Chance to Win

My, how things have changed. For most of the NASCAR season, a few names stood out as title favorites: Jeff Gordon, who led the standings for much of the year; 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, who was a contender everywhere almost from day one; Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose three wins were a statement that he was hungry to prove himself; and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, because, well, you don’t ever count him out. And through the first three races of the ... Read More »