Written by Monte Dutton Thu, 2015-09-24 09:55
The Chase is under way. One race down. Nine to go. All last week, I'd be driving around town, listening to the NASCAR Channel (90) on Sirius XM satellite radio, and I kept shaking my head at the notion that there would be any predictable pattern to the Chase. Callers and so-called experts picked their "first four out," their "last four in" and their champion, and it seemed to me that no one had an accurate way of making their picks.
Partly, this is because there is no accurate way, but almost everyone assumed that, of the 16 drivers in the Chase, the first four out would be the weakest, the last four would be the strongest and the champion would be the best.
by Kelli Bennett Mon, 2015-09-21 11:18
Denny Hamlin didn't dominate Sunday's MyAFIBRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway but he came out on top when it mattered the most. But before Hamlin was celebrating in victory lane he was on pit lane trying to stay on the lead lap.
Hamlin, who is racing with torn ACL suffered in a non-racing accident, spun after he appeared to make contact with the No. 47 car of A.J. Allmendinger on lap three of the 267 lap affair. His big break, however, came on lap 259 when the race's final caution came out and when the race restarted with five to go in the race.
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Sun, 2015-09-20 07:22
In a race where teammates raced like archrivals to the checkered flag, Kyle Busch surged ahead of Matt Kenseth with a crossover move on the next-to-last lap and won the Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race by .791 seconds over his Joe Gibbs Racing stablemate at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday night.
Written by Tom Higgins Thu, 2015-09-17 07:37
What do Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Glen Wood and Tom Pistone have in common with George Halas, Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers and William "The Refrigerator" Perry?
They all "played" at storied Soldier Field in Chicago.
Halas, Butkus, Payton, Sayers and Perry, of course, are among the most famous of the NFL’s legendary Chicago Bears, whose home field is the great arena dating to 1926.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2015-09-16 10:37
I dread this time of year. People ask me, "Who is going to win the Chase?" Some of them are on the radio. Some are behind the counter at the Cheapo Gas and Smokes. I could easier predict the final score of the football game on Oct. 2 between Southern Utah and Weber State.
I'm going with Weber State, which wears purple. Furman, where I went, wears purple. When in doubt, I go with purple. Also, Weber State is the Wildcats. Purple schools tend to be Wildcats: Weber State, Northwestern and Kansas State. Furman, however, is the Paladins, so I'm not as sure about Weber State's chances against Southern Utah, but I am surer about Weber State than I am the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
by Kelli Bennett Sun, 2015-09-13 11:53
by Kelli Bennett Sun, 2015-09-13 09:54
The gang of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have put together some dominant performances this summer but none more so than Matt Kenseth's overpowering victory in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Kenseth, who started in the second spot, led 352 of the race's 400 laps to cruise to his fourth victory of the season and 35th of his career. The win also locks Kenseth into the third seed on the Chase grid.
Written by Louis Brewster Fri, 2015-09-11 23:37
When NASCAR CEO/Chairman/anointed one Brian France introduced the Chase to the Championship, he said he was looking for “seventh game” moments. Thankfully, the sanctioning body has been able to produce more defining moments than we usually get in a seven game World Series.
Take this weekend for example. We're not even in the post-season and we could have a classic moment in Richmond.
While it's highly unlikely there will be a new winner Saturday night in Richmond– the last one was in June in Sonoma, race No. 16 of the 26 events that comprise the regular season – that possibility exists. How exciting would be be if , say, Tony Stewart were to win and make the Chase.
Written by Tom Higgins Thu, 2015-09-10 07:37
Pandemonium and confusion reigned.
These words best describe what took place in NASCAR’s Miller 400 on Feb. 23, 1986 at the old Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway.
Two of the Cup Series’ biggest, most colorful stars—champions Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip—crashed in a wildly controversial wreck while battling for the lead with three laps to go. The incident enabled Kyle Petty to ride from fifth place into first and score the initial victory by a third generation driver in the circuit’s history.
by Kelli Bennett Wed, 2015-09-09 14:49
It's down to one race. The final chance for drivers who may have caught tough breaks or just flat out underperformed during the season to try and make NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.
There are four drivers who can make the Chase regardless of who wins Saturday night at Richmond -- others aren't so lucky.