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Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

Did You Notice?… How ratings keep declining in this Chase? Talladega, the Russian Roulette 500-miler of the playoffs should have been a “can’t miss” race for those interested in the sport’s new format. There’s no event more unpredictable for an “elimination” event, whereby the checkered flag Sprint Cup’s postseason field was trimmed from twelve to a more manageable eight. Instead, what we found most notably trimmed was the audience sitting in front of their television sets. Viewership declined half a ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega

As predicted, it took until the checkered flag before we knew who would be moving on to the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth all knew what they had to do to continue their bid for a championship: win. Johnson led the most laps, Earnhardt, Jr. led the second most laps, but in the end, Brad Keselowski (coincidentally pushed by Matt Kenseth) won the race, finalizing Keselowski’s advancement to the next round. Sunday’s win ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Despite Chaos, This Season’s Main Characters Still Alive

Racing to the Point: Despite Chaos, This Season’s Main Characters Still Alive

This season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup is like watching the final season of a really good, violent drama. You’ve come to terms with the fact that characters are going to be killed off, but you’re hoping it’s done the right way. In other words, don’t kill off Walter White and Rick Grimes in the season’s first episode. They’re the reason people watch. They’ve carried the show this far. As a fan, you’re just hoping the writers and producers don’t ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Honoring Both Texas Terry And Underdog Efforts

Five Points to Ponder: Honoring Both Texas Terry And Underdog Efforts

One: Bracket Busters Hands up for anyone who still has a completely accurate 2014 Chase bracket. Silence? Crickets? Tumbleweed? Yep, thought so. Don’t even vaguely try to convince me that you had a final eight that didn’t include six-time champion Jimmie Johnson or the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., not to mention either Kasey Kahne or Kyle Busch. Now, maybe there are one or two Hendrick Motorsports haters out there who had three of the four HMS drivers exiting ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Race weekends at Talladega Superspeedway make my stomach churn. I’m nervous the whole weekend, just hoping that nothing terrible happens. The sad truth is, terrible things have been happening at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega with an increasing frequency in recent years. It’s truly sad, and since almost all of the bad things happen in or around the very end of the races, there’s next to nothing that anyone can do about it. Thankfully, we didn’t have that last weekend. ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Talladega – Martinsville Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Talladega – Martinsville Edition

Some of NASCAR’s best drivers from the regular season were left out of the Eliminator Round after falling flat at Talladega Superspeedway. Three former champions entered Talladega weekend on the outside of the bubble looking in, and one of them didn’t advance. Only three remain along with five drivers who have never lifted the Sprint Cup trophy. NASCAR’s most popular driver was also in need of a victory that didn’t materialize. Needless to say, this edition of Who’s Hot and ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’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? His run wasn’t perfect, and an ill-timed move late may have ended Jimmie Johnson’s title bid once and for all. But forgive Landon Cassill if he’s not used to running in the midst of ... Read More »

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch Lead Practices at Talladega

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch Lead Practices at Talladega

The Sprint Cup Series took to Talladega Superspeedway on Friday for two practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Sunday afternoon’s GEICO 500. The first session lasted 60 minutes, and the second and final practice was only 50 minutes. Clint Bowyer topped the first session with a fast lap of 200.385 mph. Meanwhile, only 21 cars ran in the final session, though Joey Logano did not even complete a lap at speed. Kyle Busch sat atop the leaderboard in the second session ... Read More »

Friday Faceoff: Penalties, Fireworks, and Momentum

Friday Faceoff: Penalties, Fireworks, and Momentum

Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1. The race at Charlotte last weekend will be remembered more for its postrace antics among Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart.  Did NASCAR ... Read More »

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 »