NASCAR returns to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the second race in the Chase for the Championship. The track is nicknamed the “Magic Mile”, though I’m not sure how ‘magical’ the racing is there. It’s considered a short track, but it doesn’t seem to have the allure of a Bristol or a Martinsville. None the less, it has a huge role in who will win NASCAR’s championship.
Clint Bowyer may not be in the Chase for the Championship, but he still has something to run for over the final races of the season. So a 39th place finish was certainly not what he had in mind. The 15 team is looking for wins and top fives so it can carry some momentum into next season.
You know the old NASCAR saying, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”? As far as NASCAR is concerned, Brad Keselowski ain’t cheating, but Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s now former road manger is trying to infer that he is.
No more talk, the Chase for the Championship is on beginning Sunday at Chicagoland. This year’s Chase included 16 drivers but by the time we get to the final race in Homestead, only four will still have a chance to be Champion.
I’m still not sure why AJ Allmendinger was decorating cookies at Wednesday’s Chase Across America stop in Kansas on Wednesday. And I’m not sure AJ knows either, nor am I sure he cares. Allmendiger appears to be having the time of his life as one of the more unlikely participants in this season’s Chase for the Championship.
For as much as NASCAR wants to pretend like Jeremy Mayfield never existed, this is the one time of year that video is trotted out with great pride. And you have to admit, his win to get into the 2004 Chase for the Championship was incredibly dramatic and entertaining. NASCAR has been trying to recreate that ever since.
I’m guessing if Clint Bowyer had to pick one track to stake his season on, Richmond would make the top five. Two of his career eight wins have come at the ¾ mile short track, which is good because Boyer really needs a win at Richmond to make this year’s Chase for the Championship field.
One to go this time around and 19 cars are battling for the same thing, a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship. Since this year all a driver has to do to get into the post season party is win a race and finish in the top 30 in points, there are 19 drivers that still have a chance to get in. Drivers NASCAR refers to as “on the bubble” Even names like Danica Patrick, Justin Allgair and…
It’s hard to get over your first love. When it comes to racing for me that first love was the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It wasn’t my first race. That was Talladega. And although I enjoy going to Dega now, I didn’t get it at first. Atlanta, ah Atlanta. That was pure speed. Watching the cars enter the corners at close to 200 mph, it was the closest thing to the more traditional CART/Indy Car racing I…
Settle in and get ready to do work. That is the task ahead of Kansas native Clint Bowyer over the next two weeks. Bowyer’s 15 team needs a win over in that time to ensure a spot in the Chase for the Championship. But, no matter what happens two teams without a win will make the Chase and Bowyer doesn’t want a gamble for a win, to hurt his chance at securing one of those spots.
I get that some things needed to change. I mean, snow at the racetrack is never the desirable forecast and that has happened too many times at Bristol. And NASCAR never should have taken the Labor Day date away from Darlington to begin with.
It’s getting down to the wire for Kansas native Clint Bowyer if he wants to make the Chase for the Championship. With three races until the chase begins, Bowyer is 15 out of 16 teams on the Chase grid, with a 21 point lead over Kasey Kahne, who is currently the first driver out of the Chase.
The tweet on Friday night from Joey Logano pretty much said it all. Logano imploring his teammate Brad Keselowski to slow down, likely spoke for the entire garage. Keselowski has been the fastest thing in the Sprint Cup garage the past three weeks two poles and two races. The only thing keeping the points leader from three straight poles would appear to be the rain that washed out last weekend’s…
NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced today they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26.
Brad Keselowski is ready to win his second championship. By winning the Chase for the Championship opening race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, the Blue Deuce driver became the first to punch his ticket into the second round of NASCAR’s postseason.
Persistent rain and cold weather that inhibited track drying at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s scheduled time trials for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
With the field ordered according to top speeds in Friday’s opening Sprint Cup practice session, Chase drivers Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards will start from…
The investigation into the August 9th accident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, which resulted in the death of another driver, is now complete according to a release from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department in New York State. Sheriff Philip Povero did not release the details of the report, but the district attorney is expected to announce what if any action he will take next week…
It is an inauspicious end to what has been a disappointing 363 days. Not quite a year after “Spin-gate” changed the landscape of the Chase for the Championship. It also changed things for Kansas native Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing and not in a good way. Bowyer came up seven points short of making the NASCAR post-season Saturday night at Richmond. It’s the first time he has missed the…
With one last chance to make the Chase for the Championship this weekend at Richmond, it will be most of the usual suspects starting up front. Brad Keselowski put up a fast lap of 126.618 mph to edge out Jeff Gordon and win his fourth pole of the season.
Kasey Kahne had to win. With two races left before the Chase for the Championship, the number 5 team’s only realistic chance of making the Chase was to win a race. Despite the fact Kevin Harvick lead a dominating 195 laps, a late pit stop put Kahne out front and he didn’t let go of his chance at the Chase.
Call Kevin Harvick the new king of qualifying. On Friday Harvick put up a fast lap of 190.398 mph during the final round of knockout qualifying at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to earn his sixth pole of the season.
For the first time since he was involved in an accident that killed a fellow race car driver, Tony Stewart addressed the media. He read only from a prepared statement and did not answer any questions. But he did publicly offer his condolences to the family of Kevin Ward Jr.
Consider the bread sliced. Joey Logano, who earned the nickname ‘Sliced Bread’ when he burst onto the NASCAR scene as an 18 year old rookie in 2009, had just three career victories heading into this season. Saturday night under the lights at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Logano won his third race of this season, cementing his spot as a serious contender for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship.