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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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, combined with TNT’s second broadcast of the season, it was sure to be a weekend with its share of storylines. Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is lucky he has friends. Two weeks in a row, a driver with Hendrick Motorsports horsepower eased off the throttle and allowed Earnhardt to catch up and clean his front grille by sucking up on their back bumper. The kindness of his competitors kept Earnhardt in the hunt in both races, instead of down pit road to remove the debris or up in a ball of smoke after his engine overheated. NASCAR racing sure has gotten friendly. ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Key Moment - On lap 150, caution period pit stops took place for the last time. Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed out. They would pit with 35 or so laps to go and run the remainder of the laps to the finish. That strategy paid off in top 7-finishes for all five drivers, including the win for Johnson. In a Nutshell - Michigan’s racing surface hasn’t aged enough yet for Goodyear to bring tires other than ... Read More »

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

In a blistering fast lap during Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan, Kevin Harvick earned the pole position for Sunday’s race after pacing all three qualifying rounds. Harvick set a new track record in the third and final qualifying round, with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying lap since Bill Elliott’s lap of 212.809 mph in April of 1987 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is Harvick’s third pole of the season and eighth of his career. “Obviously, it was a ... Read More »