Phoenix: Win, Lose or Draw

It rained in Phoenix. Really... That probably is the oddest happening at Phoenix International Raceway over the weekend. Kevin Harvick dominated and won for the third time in the last four races at the track. This Kyle Busch at Bristol approach may not have made for an eventful telecast, but those chasing Harvick did create some interesting conversations. Here's the Bert Convy breakdown: (more...) ...

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2014 Phoenix Odds

  Phoenix is the strangest race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. Teams spend months trying to get everything right for Daytona. The second the race ends, it's time to move to Phoenix and a totally different style or racing. Teams aren't the only ones making a transition as oddsmakers have to quick react as well. This might explain some of the numbers for Sunday's race. (more...) ...

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Daytona Qualifying: Win, Lose or Draw

Two starting spots are set. Forty-one still need to find a place for Sunday's Great American Race. But even though more than 90 percent of the field is still up in the air, the weekend activities created several important things that will change how you watch the Daytona 500. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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  Finally…. An actual race takes place Saturday night. Don't get me wrong, the Sprint Unlimited is a preseason event. The idea of wagering any kind of money on a preseason sporting event seems mindless. But odds are out, and they're worth seeing as fans think about the real race in Daytona a week away. (more...) ...

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NASCAR Media Metrics

Media moves the NASCAR meter. We all know that. Now there’s a new way to quantify one of the most important metrics in the sport. A public relations agency released how much media exposure drivers generated in 2013.  To the surprise of some, Jimmie Johnson led the charge. To the surprise of none, Danica Patrick finished second.  The entire list is here, and the takeaways are numbers for your favorite Sprint Cup driver. (more...) ...

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2014 Sprint Cup Odds

Sprint Cup teams just started testing at Daytona, and odds are already available for who will win the 2014 Sprint Cup. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Jimmie Johnson is the overwhelming favorite at 2/1. Some of the other numbers are far more surprising and might change how you think about the 2014 season. Here are three things to consider: (more...) ...

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Top 13 NASCAR Stories of 2013

For better or for worse, 2013 was an eventful season for NASCAR. While there are plenty more headlines beyond these on this list, this is what this observer is going with as the top 13 of 2013. Arriving at a final order was challenging to be sure, but at this moment, this is my story and I'm sticking to it: 13. RCR announces return of iconic race car number- Some fans say it is time, others still aren't ready. The number '3,' last used by the beloved Dale Earnhardt, will return to usage i ...

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Die-Cast Car Sales: In Perspective

  The die-cast car. It is a staple of many holiday gift lists for those who love, like or are forced to buy gifts for NASCAR fans. Recently, a list of top die-cast car sales for 2013 came out. The results show a lot of about the state of NASCAR as we end 2013. (more...) ...

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NASCAR Odds

  Odds are most of you are missing racing on the weekend. Odds are teams are taking the next few weeks to recharge their batteries and begin the Daytona blitz in January. Odds are it's time to do another odds column to get you thinking about 2014. (more...) ...

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JOHANNA LONG JUST WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE BOYS

 There’s no sense in being disingenuous; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long has this observer’s attention because she’s a young woman racing in the male-dominated world of NASCAR. It was the same thing for this fan watching Tyrone Bogues at 5-foot-3 compete in the land of the giants known as the NBA, when one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott made it to the big leagues; it’s interesting to follow the exploits of someone competing on the big stage of national s ...

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