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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Key Moment – The dramatic changes to the Chase format announced in Charlotte during the 2014 Media Tour continue to be the key moment of the season. The “win and you’re in” philosophy is permeating the garage, and there have been obvious strategic decisions, during the season, altered by the fact that a team already has a win and is virtually locked into the Chase. Outside of the frenetic racing on restarts, it doesn’t seem to have greatly changed the ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

It’s been what seems like a quick, whirlwind journey for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series so far, and now the season’s hump has been traversed — the halfway point of 2014 has been reached. With 18 races completed in the Sprint Cup season, the same amount remains before a champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. That includes eight races during the sport’s regular season, plus the final 10 events run as part of the Chase. There have been ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the process. Rain postponed the race from Saturday to Sunday afternoon, eventually forcing NASCAR officials to call the Coke Zero 400 only 112 laps into the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… NASCAR’s top nine team owners in Sprint Cup have come together to form their own, separate “organization?” Of course you did, as it’s been the top story of a slow news summer. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will head up a new Race Team Alliance (RTA) that includes the top nine funded teams in the sport. Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Chip ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons Why NASCAR Commercials Aren’t All Bad

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons Why NASCAR Commercials Aren’t All Bad

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. In the latest edition, Amy’s taking a walk down memory lane with some of her favorite commercials featuring NASCAR drivers. 1. OK, I admit it…I have a real weakness for commercials featuring NASCAR ... Read More »

Kurt Busch And No. 41 SHR Team Penalized Following NSCS Daytona Race

Kurt Busch And No. 41 SHR Team Penalized Following NSCS Daytona Race

NASCAR announced today that the No. 41 NASCAR Sprint Series Cup team of Stewart-Haas Racing has been penalized for a rules infraction that was found during post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. NASCAR fined crew chief Daniel Knost $10,000 and penalized both driver Kurt Busch and car owner Gene Haas with the loss of 10 owner’s points. Per NASCAR, the No. 41 car was found in violation of “sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-12 (l) (for events at Daytona International Speedway and ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Will The K-Factor Continue In Kentucky?

Fantasy Insider: Will The K-Factor Continue In Kentucky?

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will make its way to Kentucky for the fourth time Saturday night. When it comes to making picks, there is not a whole lot of history to go on here for the Cup drivers. But with three races, there are at least some trends we can look at. The one thing that you can’t help but notice is that of the three drivers to win at Kentucky so far, they each have a K at ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

It’s a totally different ballgame this week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup series visits Sonoma for the first of two road-course races on the roster. Yes, we’ve got right turns, and left turns, and more right turns and just knowing who to pick this week could very well turn your season around if you have been in a bit of a slump lately, or if your season has gone bad and you’re just looking for something positive. The 1.99-mile track ... Read More »