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Four Burning Questions at the Brickyard: The Drive for Five and an IndyCar Ringer

Four Burning Questions at the Brickyard: The Drive for Five and an IndyCar Ringer

Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply reading those three words in succession should incite a fit of shivers up the spine of any race fan worth his/her salt. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will invade the historic facility today for the 21st annual Brickyard 400. It seems wild to think that Indianapolis has been on the schedule for that many years now, but alas, it has, and today will mark yet another key chapter in the NASCAR-Indianapolis story. Much like in other marquee ... Read More »

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to be some drivers who will be in a go-for-it mode in the final seven regular season races, some who will play it a bit more ... Read More »

The Calm Before The Storm

The Calm Before The Storm

If nothing else, NASCAR enters this particular Monday morning well rested. Fresh off its last Sprint Cup off weekend, the news cycle slowed to a crawl last week as most participants were busy enjoying life elsewhere, away from the cameras on some Caribbean island. Even those who stayed at home would rather relax, mowing their yards in private during this small “vacation” stretch rather than keep hyping up a sport with a schedule that features 17 straight race weekends, zigzagging participants ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the site of today’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, round 18 to be exact. The race marks the halfway point in a season that has been filled with drama and surprises…much like last week’s cluster of a race in Daytona.  Aric Almirola found himself in a rain soaked Victory Lane after NASCAR called the endlessly-delayed race, netting him a likely Chase berth in the process. NHMS is another track that has the capacity to ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

It’s been what seems like a quick, whirlwind journey for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series so far, and now the season’s hump has been traversed — the halfway point of 2014 has been reached. With 18 races completed in the Sprint Cup season, the same amount remains before a champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. That includes eight races during the sport’s regular season, plus the final 10 events run as part of the Chase. There have been ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

For some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, these are now desperate times. With a win needed to be guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and 11 winners so far after 18 races, that means points don’t mean much at all to some drivers. Part of the issue is that of the 11 winners, two of them, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola, are not inside the top 16 in points. That narrows the window, especially when there’s only five ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Remember when you were a kid at the beach — Daytona Beach, perhaps, and went into the surf only to have a huge wave rock everyone? Well, that happened at Daytona International Speedway this weekend in many ways. Rain forced officials to move the race back to Sunday, but precipitation continued to come into play despite NASCAR’s planning.  The constant threat of more bad weather led to a “race to halfway” strategy administered by many teams that contributed to a ... Read More »

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

In NASCAR, restrictor plate races, even under ideal circumstances, are quite unpredictable. The draft allows almost anyone that can spark their engine and afford tires ($2000 a set these days) a chance to win if they can play their cards right. But, all plate races are not the same. Even with the repave prior to the 2011 season at Daytona, races on the older 2.5-mile tri-oval still tend to be less competitive than at Talladega. Why is that? The fact that ... Read More »

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

The Sprint Cuppers head to Daytona for the third of four restrictor plate races Saturday night. And the one thing about these races, as you may well know, is that you don’t know with any certainty what is going to happen. Sure there are some guys who have a knack for this kind of racing, going 200 mph with other cars only inches away, lap after lap after lap. There are some who prefer to stay up front and avoid ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Things That Would Make Fans Happy at Daytona

The Frontstretch Five: Things That Would Make Fans Happy at Daytona

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, has five things that could make race fans leave Daytona happy. 1. No controversy This one’s important, and will probably be harder to achieve than it should be. But ... Read More »