this is a NASCAR column, so we’ll discuss what happened in Watkins Glen. Rain, bent sheetmetal, rain, short tempers, rain and well, more rain. And fog.
The idea of adding a road course to NASCAR’s Chase has been floated about almost as long as there has been a Chase.
We are starting to witness the impact NASCAR’s new “wildcard” rule has had on the drivers and races this season.
What a nice little assist Brad Keselowski got from Mother Nature, right?
Carl Edwards has finally broken his silence. After months of giving no indication whether he was staying with Roush Fenway Racing in 2012, he has re-signed with the team that brought him up onto the Sprint Cup scene in 2004. This doesn’t just affect Edwards, however; it has left an impact on many other figures across the Sprint Cup garage. With that said, here are the winners and losers of his contract extension.
*Jack Roush* – Undoubtedly the biggest winner in all of this. He has seen his team enjoy a renaissance year, with two of his drivers having legitimate shots at the title after enduring a couple of seasons of mediocrity. One of those drivers is Edwards, but had he decided to leave, it would have completely demoralized the superb season the Roush camp has been enjoying thus far. More importantly, he can feel better about sponsorship. He has been struggling to find full-time and even part-time sponsors for next year. While sponsor details have yet to be announced with the signing, there is no doubt it will attract sponsors that this will help him big time.
*Did You Notice?*… The reason the Carl Edwards saga won’t go away? Sure, the sport’s most popular free agent has been begging for privacy, impossible to receive in this age of public transparency where every celebrity’s move is documented in full. Too many drivers, team members, and heck, even sponsors are affected by this decision for them to sit in silence, working off Carl’s schedule as the clock slowly ticks towards Homestead.
But the sad part about this whole scenario is these people are on edge because, just like the current economy, NASCAR is very much an _employer’s_ market. Drivers like Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Trevor Bayne, even Brian Vickers know their _only_ opportunities could come if Edwards opens the door – and a ride – at Roush Fenway Racing. That’s it; there’s no plan B, temp agency or million-dollar reality game show ready to save them.
Did Menard make it into the Power Rankings after his unlikely Brickyard 400 win for himself and his family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
Read this week’s Power Rankings and see if your driver was eating lobster or wondering why his tire bead melted in Loudon.
Once again the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race came down to fuel mileage, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race and the Truck race was the best.
Yep. Seems like just another day at the office for NASCAR Nation.
However, Busch would be too obvious of a choice for a “hot” driver, as would his fellow NASCAR winners this weekend, Ryan Newman and Matt Crafton. Congratulations to all three of them, but we’re going to take a look at some of the less obvious choices in this edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not.
No matter what plan you are on, here is who will be good in Loudon, N.H.
Did You Notice? Statistical oddities that tell us the story of the NASCAR Cup schedule halfway through this season?
Did the strength of Kyle Busch’s victory, pushing him ahead of Kevin Harvick in points, have him climbing to the top in our weekly Power Rankings?