NASCAR Chase? A Brawl Might Be More Like It

"“I wouldn’t consider us behind the Gibbs cars. I think we’re going to pound them into the ground. That’s what I think. Hopefully they can beat themselves." - Kevin Harvick.  Did you catch that little quote in the NBC Sports piece by Dustin Long? Does anybody doubt "Happy" means it? Let's just say that if he can't wheel the 4 car past his competition, he won't hesitate to make use of the "chrome horn" to get the job done. Looking over this highly combustible mix of characters that comprises ...

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In The Chase, There’s One Thing You Can Be Sure Of

"In baseball, you don't know nuthin'." Yogi Berra's observation of America's pastime is also true of NASCAR's "Chase for the Championship." Just when you think a driver can't be beat, he goes into a nosedive. Just when you think a driver can't find his fanny with both hands, he goes on a tear. It's tempting to think that one of the drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing has it won. Who would blame for betting that way? Matt Kenseth is the flavor of the week just after his win at Richmond. Teammate ...

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Toyota: No Longer A NASCAR Punchline

  What if I told you a Toyota has won 10 of the last 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races? What if I told you that Toyota trails Chevrolet by just 63 points in the season's manufacturer standings (by the way, Ford is just four points further back of Toyota.) Today, it might be believable, but imagine if I were looking into the future from 2007 and predicting this. It wasn't that many years ago, Toyota's hopes in the NSCS hinged on Michael Waltrip Racing, Bill Davis Racing and Team Re ...

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What Carl Edwards’ Win Means For Team, JGR

  Did you hear that? That's a collective sigh of relief for Carl Edwards, the 19 team and Joe Gibbs Racing. It's one victory in the scheme of things, but as Edwards himself said, this one is not like the others. The victory accomplishes a great deal. The move to JGR from Roush Fenway Racing didn't necessarily yield instant gratification for the 2008 and 2011 runner-up like it did for Kevin Harvick, when he moved from Richard Childress to Stewart-Haas, or like it did for Matt Kense ...

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Consistency, Not Conspiracy Is NASCAR’s Problem

  It seems like we've seen this movie before. A Joe Gibbs Racing driver wrecks and another JGR driver is unhappy with how the caution flag was (or wasn't) handled. Regardless of whether or not you like Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, JGR or Toyota, you have to admit the drivers of the 11 and the 19 have a point; in fact its one of the real issues that surrounds NASCAR. Consistency, not conspiracy is NASCAR's problem. On this page, yours truly poked a little bit of fun at NASCAR conspi ...

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