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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Pure Michigan 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Pure Michigan 400

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? Jimmie Johnson‘s luck at Michigan International Speedway has never been great. He finally got his first win there in June, but Sunday was an up-and-down day for Johnson, to say the least. He and his team ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the playoff picture with only five races remaining before the cutoff. Is it too little, too late for these drivers, or could someone outside the current ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

It looks like NASCAR has caught a case of flat-track fever. With stops in New Hampshire, Indianapolis, and Pocono all bunched together, Cup’s top flat-track talent has another chance to shine as the Chase closes in. This week, Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the proverbial meat in the flat-track sandwich – served as the stage for stock car racing’s finest. The series’ most historic oval put on a familiar show, with an Indiana boy stealing the show for a record fifth ... 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 »

Menard, Bayne Lead Nationwide Open Test Sessions

Menard, Bayne Lead Nationwide Open Test Sessions

On Wednesday, Kentucky Speedway’s bumpy track surface played host to two open test sessions for the Nationwide Series. However, with 5.5 hours of testing available before the official race weekend began, a number of teams chose to take it easy. Paul Menard, last seen in the series at Michigan, where he emerged victorious, was fastest in the morning session with a lap of 31.040 seconds (173.969 mph), followed by RCR teammate Brian Scott. Ryan Blaney was third, despite tweeting that ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Remember when all anyone could talk about was the fact Jimmie Johnson hadn’t won a race yet in 2014, and he kept saying over and over again not to worry? Looks like he was right. Johnson played the late-race pit strategy perfectly en route to his first career win at Michigan and third overall in 2014. Six-Time has now become the first driver this season to win three races and has only four tracks at which he remains winless: Kentucky, ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Wine Country, Kasey Kahne’s Breakthrough & the World Cup

Five Points to Ponder: Wine Country, Kasey Kahne’s Breakthrough & the World Cup

ONE: Wine Country After the Irish Hills of Michigan, next up on the Sprint Cup Series slate is a trip out west to beautiful Sonoma and wine country. One of the two road courses on the schedule — the other being Watkins Glen — the chance to turn left as well as right brings up a whole slew of new challenges. For me, this is an extra special race because this is now my home track as after 13 years ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart strategy won the day.  Watch out Ford, this trip to Michigan was dominated by Chevrolet. HOT Well, this is an easy choice: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 400

 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? It would be easy to give this week’s pat on the back for a non-winning but outstanding performance to Kyle Larson, but the damage from the crash he was involved in likely gave him an aerodynamic ... Read More »