By Allen Gregory Mon, 2015-10-26 08:09
NASCAR drivers refer to restrictor-plate races as high-speed chess matches, but the grandmaster of the pressurized game came up one move short Sunday afternoon.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Speedway needing a victory to advance into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
With textbook high-speed driving, Earnhardt, Jr. accomplished the first part of his mission by leading a race-high 61 laps.
by Allen Gregory Sun, 2015-10-25 08:08
Timothy Peters developed his racing skills on short tracks around his hometown of Danville, Virginia.
Judging from his recent success at Talladega Superspeedway, Peters has learned some tricks to the mind-bending mystery of restrictor-plate racing.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2015-10-21 10:59
The best defense is a good offense.
This may not be as pertinent a point in NASCAR as it is in the NFL. Or the NBA. Or the NHL. Or in worldwide soccer in all its varieties around the world.
It's there, though, and it becomes an issue whenever controversy occurs regarding an incident that decides a race, such as the confrontation with Matt Kenseth late in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 that enabled Joey Logano to win the Kansas Speedway race.
Written by Tom Higgins Sat, 2015-10-17 08:40
Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here they come!
Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here they come!
They’ve got a beautiful race track there, and the NASCAR boys are goin’ to run.
I apologize to Fats Domino and the many others who have recorded this classic song for the play on their lyrics, but it was irresistible since this week brings the Sprint Cup tour back to Kansas Speedway.
The Casino 400 is scheduled there Sunday.
by Kelli Bennett Sat, 2015-10-17 08:09
Pressure is certainly building up for the remaining 12 drivers in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.
Brad Keselowski made an effort take a little strain off his team by winning the pole for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Sunday's race is the fifth of ten races in NASCAR's playoff system and the second of the 12 car Contender round.
Sat, 2015-10-17 08:08
With the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway just over four months away, fans will have an opportunity to get an early NASCAR fix when the track hosts an open team test for Sprint Cup Series teams on its 1.54-mile track Thursday, Oct. 29.
The test, open to one driver from each NASCAR team participating in the Sprint Cup Series, will be a preview of NASCAR’s new, low-downforce aero package, which will be used for the first time in 2016 in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The package includes a 3.5-inch rear spoiler, a .25-inch front splitter leading edge and a 33-inch-wide radiator pan.
Written by Louis Brewster Fri, 2015-10-16 10:14
Random thoughts about the NASCAR Chase as the Sprint Cup Series heads West for the first of two races in the last five of the season.
* So here we are, midway through the Chase season, heading to the Heartland for the fifth of the 10-race post-season. Four drivers of the original dozen have been eliminated from further title contention and another four are in trouble entering the second race of the second round.
By Allen Gregory Fri, 2015-10-16 09:50
It’s official, the Sprint Cup series will soon move in a new direction.
Earlier this week, NASCAR officials approved a lower downforce package for all races next season. The decision comes after fan and driver outcry over the lack of passing for many events this season.
In a Wednesday press conference, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell, said series officials are hopeful the changes will lessen the importance of clean air and create the sort of back-and-forth drama featured during the races at Darlington and Kentucky this season.
Wed, 2015-10-14 11:00
NASCAR announced today the base NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to be used during the 2016 season. The package was delivered to teams after an extensive collaborative process between NASCAR and industry stakeholders.
The base package will include a 3.5-inch spoiler, a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge and a 33-inch wide radiator pan. These components will provide lower downforce on the cars, and Goodyear will develop tires to complement them. Earlier this season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway featured a similar aero package.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2015-10-14 10:04
Not every race can be a classic. If they all were classics, then there would be no need for the word. Fans would jump out of their seats when the winner crossed the finish line and say, "That race was another one!"
Besides, there's a lot more to this racing gig than just close finishes, lead swaps and crashes. In NASCAR, fans have all sorts of stuff to follow. The Chase. Debris. Free passes. Wave-arounds. The pulse-pounding pathos of pit road.