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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 »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

The revised Chase format brought exactly what was expected to the first round of eliminations at Dover. Jeff Gordon earned his fourth win of the season, becoming the first non-Team Penske driver to win a Chase race. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick dominated the day yet again, leading a race-high 223 laps before left front suspension issues relegated him to a 13th-place finish. The highlight of the day was the battle for the final transfer position between Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon ran down Keselowski and passed him on lap 305 and never looked back. In a Nutshell - The drama of the first ‘Richmond moment’ of the ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

The good news for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors is that defending and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson hasn’t done much lately. The bad news for those same competitors is that Johnson still sits fourth in points and the even more bad news for them is that the race this week is at Dover. It’s a track where Johnson has been dominant over his career and it’s one of those places where if he doesn’t at least contend for the win, then ... Read More »