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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

After 26 races and 13 race winners, the 2014 Chase field has been set. Brad Keselowski made a championship statement Saturday night, leading 383 of the 400 laps en route to his season-leading fourth victory. With his win, Keselowski claimed the number one seed as the Chase standing reset heading to Chicago. Results were mixed Saturday night in Richmond, though. Half of the Atlanta Power Rankings top 10 finished in the top 10 this past weekend as well as Ryan ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: The Playoffs, Final Four Predictions & Format Explanations

Five Points to Ponder: The Playoffs, Final Four Predictions & Format Explanations

ONE: LET THE PLAYOFFS COMMENCE There’s part of me that is still very uncomfortable in referring to the next 10 weeks of racing as the NASCAR playoffs. By the same dint, using the term regular season for the first 24 weeks is equally disquieting. Not least, I suppose, because it’s still the entire field that races, unlike in other major American sports where the winners progress and the losers pack up and head home. But the playoffs they are, I ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Memorable Chase Moments

The Frontstretch Five: Memorable Chase Moments

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 says that love it or hate it, the Chase has produced some memorable moments. While the Chase certainly produces some debate about its validity as a way of determining the ... Read More »

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 »