New Pairing of Johnson & Ally Financial Signals New Opportunities

In a season of change for seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson comes a new sponsor. Ally Financial- a digital bank with a focus on auto loans- will be his new sponsor. Well now, what do we have here? A different kind of sponsor, and quite possibly, a sign of where the next wave of sponsors may come from. As time passes and things change, so does the sponsorship landscape. If you look back to the early days, it was about all things auto. Auto dealerships, auto mechanics, and auto care produc ...

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Change Will Do Knaus, Johnson Good

Few things last forever- especially race car driver and crew chief pairings. Given that, the combo of seven-time champion and crew chief Chad Knaus have defied the odds with 17 years together. This week we learned that Johnson and Knaus will go their separate ways in 2019. Knaus will lend his talents to the 24 team and William Byron, while Johnson will collaborate with Kevin Mendeering. Current Byron crew chief Darian Grubb takes on the role of technical director at Hendrick Motorsports. ...

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The Curious Case of Kasey Kahne

Sometimes you just don't get that Hollywood ending. No victory laps, no farewell tours, it just ends. For every Jeff Gordon, there is a Kasey Kahne. Health problems pertaining to dehydration have abruptly ended the career of the 38-year old from Enumclaw, Washington. He says he's perfectly fine outside of the conditions of a race car, but something goes terribly wrong in the cockpit of a closed-up NASCAR race car. It's like the poor man has a busted thermostat. It's weird. Kahne is oth ...

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Elliott Didn’t Spend Long “Chasing” Second Win

Chase Elliott won't go down in history as a one-hit wonder. The son of the legendary "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" Elliott follows his victory at Watkins Glen with an encore at Dover. Most importantly, it stamps his passport to the next round of NASCAR's playoff series. Secondly, it establishes the 22-year old as a bona fide winner. Don't believe for a moment this will be Chase Elliott's last celebration of the spoils of victory. Except for those elusive wins, Elliott has been a consist ...

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Chase Elliott Answers His Critics

Chase Elliott, popular as he is, has not been immune to critics. "He's only popular because of his dad." "They brought him up to the Cup series too soon." I've been guilty of this one: "He's got what it takes to compete, but he can't close the deal." That dog won't hunt anymore. With his victory at Watkins Glen, Chase Elliott is in the playoffs and off the schnide. His first career victory at NASCAR's top level came in his 99th start. Prior to this, Chase Elliott finished second eight ...

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