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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 »

Ryan Newman Fails Post-Race Inspection at Talladega

Ryan Newman Fails Post-Race Inspection at Talladega

Ryan Newman came out of Sunday’s GEICO 500 looking very good.  He had just finished fifth and qualified for the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup easily. Then came post-race inspection. In the “Room of Doom,” Newman’s car was found to be too low on both sides.  Normally, that would be considered a big enough infraction to see Newman being docked points.  Due to the ruling potentially affecting the driver lineup for the Eliminator round, NASCAR has ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought on the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell – Coming into Talladega, there was no consensus on how the race would unfold. For ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

Kevin Harvick exorcised his demons Saturday night, winning his third race of the season, but more importantly locking himself into the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Harvick won the pole and led the most laps, as usual.  This time, however, he was able to survive a late-race caution which set up a two-lap shootout to win the race. It was a very important race for a number of Chase drivers as poor finishes at Kansas set up a “do or die” scenario ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014′s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff without a second round win are within 26 points of not moving onward. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not sets up what’s forecast ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

Team Penske continued their dominating performance during the Chase as Joey Logano captured his fifth win of the season, second in the Chase and locked himself into the eight driver Eliminator Round. The Penske duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski have combined to win three of the first four Chase races. Many thought Talladega would be the wild card race in the Contender Round. After Kansas, however, a number of Chase drivers have used their “mulligan” including Jimmie Johnson, Dale ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

The more I think about all this elimination crap, the more I hate it. On one hand, it could be a Godsend. On the other, it could show Brian France and the top brass in Daytona that they are indeed dumber than a box of rocks. I’m praying for the latter. Of course, it’s all been said before that surely, when it comes down to it, the true champion will be crowned at Homestead. But wait! Jimmie Johnson crashed? Dale ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Kansas – Charlotte Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Kansas – Charlotte Edition

The Hollywood Casino 400 had all the twists and turns of a great Hollywood script and left many of the Sprint Cup Series’ best with unfavorable odds of advancement moving forward. A Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway did a number on the Who’s Hot and Who’s Not landscape and things are just getting started. Charlotte Motor Speedway presents its own set of challenges and is the perfect place for a pivotal race before the probable peril that awaits at ... Read More »