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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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left out in the cold. But while that emphasis shone through on much of ESPN’s Sprint Cup Series coverage this weekend, one story in particular has ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, the Richard Childress Racing driver would still have a cushion on Clint Bowyer, who is currently 42 points behind. His only troubling scenario is if ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Chasing NASCAR’s New Chase Game

Fantasy Insider: Chasing NASCAR’s New Chase Game

NASCAR introduced its new fantasy game that will begin next week called the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge. It will give fans a chance to predict which drivers will make it through each round of the Chase, with four being eliminated after the Dover race, four more being finished after Talladega and then four more after Phoenix, leaving NASCAR with its version of the Final Four in the final race at Homestead. It sounds interesting and all, and I’ll probably give ... 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 »

Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

ONE: ONE TO GO: RICHMOND And then there was one. Just 300 miles and 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway separate us from the end of the regular season and the start of the newfangled Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Kasey Kahne became the 13th driver to win a race this season at Atlanta grabbing his berth in the playoffs. So, with winless Matt Kenseth locked in based on his position in the points, two spots are still up ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Divorce Papers – Making Sense of Turner Scott Motorsports

Truckin’ Thursdays: Divorce Papers – Making Sense of Turner Scott Motorsports

To say it’s been a tumultuous 24 hours for anyone connected to Steve Turner and Harry Scott’s NASCAR Truck program is putting it mildly. Early Wednesday afternoon, Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reported Turner Scott Motorsports had shut down all three of its Truck Series teams effective immediately. According to Spencer’s report, crew chief Mike Shelton delivered the news around 3 p.m. ET. Around that same time, Troy Turnage, team engineer for the No. 31 truck driven by Ben Kennedy, tweeted, “Boom ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Gauging NASCAR “Bubble” Brilliance At Atlanta

Fantasy Insider: Gauging NASCAR “Bubble” Brilliance At Atlanta

Playoff scenarios. You may be bored with all the “what ifs” but when it comes to your fantasy roster, they’re a “what launches” you above your competition. Just what drivers may or may not do with a Chase spot on the line could well factor into how your fantasy team does these next couple of weeks. With the Sprint Cup cars heading into Atlanta Sunday night, we take a quick look at how the strategy of those winless bubble drivers ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last question? The lead-up to the Chase provides fans of “bubble” drivers with a will-they, won’t-they sense of urgency, huddling at their TV sets and behind ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Key Moment - With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced through the cars in front of him. He worked his way past Kenseth on lap 456 and never lost the lead again. In a Nutshell ... Read More »