Statistical Preview of the Pure Michigan 400

The Sprint Cup series makes its second visit to Michigan on Sunday, and that track may be the last best shot for Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to secure a spot in the 'Chase'. Those two and Carl Edwards have felt right at home at Michigan during (or after) their days at Roush Fenway Racing, being the top 3 drivers here in terms of average finishing position among active...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Ding! We Have a Winner!; Complete Cheez-It 355 Results

A.J. Allmendinger survived a bruising battle with road course ace Marcos Ambrose and emerged with a very popular victory in the Cheez-It 335 at Watkins Glen on Sunday. Allmendinger's first-ever Sprint Cup win qualifies him for the postseason 'Chase', and the win also marks the first time that the JTG-Daugherty racing team got to visit Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon started...
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Statistical Preview of the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen

Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose both need a win in order to get into the 'Chase' and Sunday's race at Watkins Glen represents the best chance to get the win that will salvage their seasons. Nobody has won more at the Glen in Sprint Cup than Stewart (5 times), and Ambrose has 1 win and 5 top-5 finishes in 6 career starts here. Last year might have been a second win...
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Earnhardt Sweeps Pocono, Ranked #1 in Chase Standings; Complete 400 Results

It's been 10 years since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had more than one win in a Sprint Cup season, and now he has two just at Pocono in 2004 and three for the year. Earnhardt and crew chief Steve Letarte used a fuel strategy that worked to perfection at Pocono, but the #88 had to withstand a charge from Kevin Harvick -- who not only rebounded from a pit road speeding penalty, he suffered...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the 400 at Pocono

The Sprint Cup series makes its second visit of 2014 to Pocono Raceway on Sunday, where Hendrick Motorsports has won the last 4 races with 4 different drivers. Greg Biffle was the last Ford driver to win here (August, 2010) and he could use an encore in order to qualify for the 'Chase'. Biffle, winless and 17th in the points at this time, would be on the outside looking...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon Gets Historic Fifth Brickyard Win; Complete John Wayne Walding 400 Results

Jeff Gordon became the first NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to win five times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a dominant performance in the John Wayne Walding 400. Gordon, hardly known for his successful restarts, blew past teammate Kasey Kahne when the green flag dropped on lap 144 and sailed away from there to a 2.3 second victory. Kevin Harvick qualified on the pole and was Gordon...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Crown Royal Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

Chevrolet has won the last 11 races at Indianapolis, and one Chevy driver who would like to continue the streak is 2-time Brickyard winner Tony Stewart. Currently 19th in the points and with zero wins in 2014, the Indiana native desperately needs a victory -- something he has never gone an entire Sprint Cup season without -- in order to qualify for a spot in the 'Chase'....
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Keselowski Sweeps Loudon; Complete Camping World RV Sales 301 Results

Brad Keselowski's consistent four-tire changes on pitstops enabled him to repeatedly tear through the field during Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he completed the weekend sweep after having won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race here on Saturday. By attempting to rely on fuel strategy, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon almost denied...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How It Looks from Their Side: Jeremy Clements Racing

(Posted by NASCARgirl01) Coming off his recent top ten finishes in Road America and Daytona last weekend (as long with being one of the four in the Dash for Cash in New Hampshire), Jeremy Clements has been getting a lot of attention. Every single bit of that attention is well deserved. He and his family have taken their own team from ARCA into a part time Nationwide series...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire

Jeff Burton is scheduled to return to Sprint Cup racing this weekend at Loudon, a track where he leads all drivers with 4 career wins and where he once (in 2000) dominated to such an extent that he led all 300 laps. Burton has participated in only one race so far in 2014, but he has a chance to make it 4 wins in a row for his manufacturer if he can take the checkered flag in the #66 Toyota.
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Almirola Wins on the King's Anniversary; Complete Coke Zero 400 Results

Aric Almirola took the Petty Motorsports Ford to Victory Lane at Daytona, at the same track and on the same weekend that Richard Petty achieved his 200th and final NASCAR win 30 years earlier. In an event postponed one day and then truncated to 112 laps due to rain, Almirola recorded the first win of his Sprint Cup career and probably assured himself a spot in this year's ...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What You Might Have Missed: Kentucky Edition

(Posted by NASCARgirl01) Kentucky Speedway has rapidly been moving up my list of favorite tracks. The setup of the infield, ease of traffic moving in and out of the track and in general being very fan friendly - it's no real wonder why that's the case. I was privileged to be one of the people at the races this weekend, even seeing it from a different perspective than...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Anything can happen at restrictor plate tracks, which often find a first-time winner in Victory Lane when the smoke clears. If you're looking for a sleeper to pick this week, the Coke Zero 400 just might be the first career win for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The 26-year-old driver is winless in 58 Sprint Cup starts but he has the best average finish at this track of any driver in...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Keselowski Dominates at Kentucky; Complete Race Results

Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano put on quite a display this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, first by capturing the top two qualifying positions on Friday and then by combining to lead 236 of the 267 laps in Saturday's Quaker State 400. Although Logano had engine trouble late in the race, Keselowski rocketed past Kyle Busch during the final 48-lap green...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

The Sprint Cup Series makes its fourth visit to Kentucky Speedway, with both Ford and Chevrolet still looking to get the winners' circle for the first time. Joe Gibbs Toyotas have won here twice but one Chevy driver stands out as the most likely to get his manufacturer on the board: Jimmie Johnson led 182 laps in the 2013 race, has top-10 finishes in all 3 races at Kentucky...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Edwards Edges Gordon at Sonoma, Gets Locked Into Chase; Complete Race Results

Carl Edwards, helped by a two-tire change on a pit stop to get track position, won for the first time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career on a road course. The victory, his second of the 2014 season, locks Edwards into the 'Chase' for the championship which begins in September. Jeff Gordon finished second and nearly got to Edwards on the final turn of the last lap of Sunday...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Gaughan Holds Off Furious Tagliani at Road America; Complete Race Results

When Alex Tagliani had to pit for fuel near the end of the Gardner Denver 200 on Saturday -- and restart in the middle of the pack with only two laps of racing to go -- it looked like Brendan Gaughan might cruise to victory if he could hold off Chase Elliott and Johnny O'Connell. Those two drivers put up a strong fight to no avail, but Tagliani roared through the field like a...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What You Might Have Missed: Michigan Edition

(Posted by NASCARgirl01) It was another great weekend stocked full of racing from start to finish. Most of the action centered around Michigan Int'l Speedway as they played host to ARCA, Nationwide and Sprint Cup. There were a lot of major storylines over the weekend, but as those consumed the majority of the media's attention, I once more noticed a lot of things that...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Several drivers who have never won at Sonoma will be trying for win #1 on Sunday -- the top candidates include road course ace Marcos Ambrose, who has won twice at Watkins Glen but never at Sonoma despite 5 top-10 finishes in 6 starts here. Kevin Harvick has been a factor in nearly every race this season, and is generally competitive at Sonoma but has never been to Victory Lane...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson Breaks 0-for-24 Streak at Michigan; Complete Race Results

Jimmie Johnson won for the third time in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup events, visiting Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway for the first time in his career on Sunday. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammates all finished in the top seven as well, a particularly impressive performance by Kasey Kahne as he rebounded from an early incident with rookie Kyle Larson...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What You Might Have Missed: Pocono Edition

(Posted by NASCARgirl01) Our sport of auto racing is a complex, all-encompassing thing and as such it's easy to miss a thing or two while trying to keep it up with it all. From Sprint Cup to ARCA or Truck and IndyCar - or even things that happen away from the track. This past race weekend seemed to yield even more of that than normal--and that only includes the things I caught! ...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Quicken Loans 400

If you're looking for drivers who have done the best at Michigan during their Sprint Cup careers, you'd do well to select a current (Biffle, Edwards) or former (Kenseth) Roush Racing driver. Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle are the top three drivers in average finish at Michigan, and they consistently run near the front. Could Sunday's Quicken Loans 400...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Earnhardt Jr. Completes the Hendrick Sweep at Pocono; Complete Race Results

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. joined Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne as winners of the last four Sprint Cup races at Pocono when he held off Brad Keselowski and took the checkered flag in Sunday's Pocono 400. The victory, Earnhardt's second of the 2014 season, gives him a multi-win season for the first time since 2004 and guarantees him...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pay More Attention to Us, ESPN!

(Posted by NASCARgirl01) During the Nationwide series TV coverage on Saturday, I noticed a somewhat disturbing trend, perhaps you noticed it too. It started during qualifying when the top 24 were the only ones shown at any point - and they never made it past the top 20 when showing the lineup at the end of coverage. Later, in the race, they referenced Regan Smith running &...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Statistical Preview of the Pocono 400; Matt Kenseth Needs a Win

Hendrick Motorsports will try to make it 4 in a row at Pocono on Sunday, with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne having won the last 3 Sprint Cup events here. Points leader Matt Kenseth is the only winless driver in the top 9 in the standings, and Pocono is a track where he has never won in 28 career starts. Only at Martinsville does he have a lengthier winless record (29 starts).
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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