The Future Is Now For Carl Edwards

Now that champion's week is over and the tux is back in the closet, for all intents and purposes, 2015 has already begun for Carl Edwards. After a decade with Roush Fenway Racing, the Flipmeister turned his first laps for Joe Gibbs Racing in a tire test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While most of us are mailing out Christmas cards and finishing up our holiday shopping, the future is now for the 33-year old- a two-time runner-up in the Chase. In certain fan circles the switch from Ford to T ...

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Who Will Become The Elite Eight Of The Chase?

The Contender round of the 2014 Chase is ready to roll. 12 drivers, some of the best racers in the business, vie for eight spots to become NASCAR's Elite Eight. There's some fast company in this group, and when you throw a wild card track like Talladega into the mix, any number of scenarios can play out, including the elimination of a favorite or two. While handicapping auto racing is a fool's errand, it's always interesting to ponder who the top Chase contenders are, and seeing how reali ...

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Who Has The Most To Prove In The Chase?

  For some just getting into the dance is enough. Resetting the standings may offer an opportunity for outsiders AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola a chance to bust loose in the middle of the floor, but for these teams, just getting there is a big deal. Other drivers like Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, and Carl Edwards are the NASCAR equivalent of the Houston Rockets: good enough to get in,  just not enough to mount a serious challenge.  Among the field are drivers in their first year with ...

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JGR Crew Good At Atlanta, And They’ll Need To Be

  The 2014 ride has been bumpy for the Joe Gibbs Racing trio. Matt Kenseth- after winning seven last season- is oh-for-2014. Denny Hamlin has a win and a wild card spot, but he's a very un-Hamlin-like 20th in the points- and a race-by-graph of his season would look like a roller coaster, with good races followed by bad ones. It's been a summer of sorrow for Kyle Busch. He holds the other wild card spot, but look at his recent finishes: 42nd, 4oth, 39th and 36th. Atlanta comes at a ...

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A Change Will Do Edwards Good

  What does Carl Edwards have to lose? There's nothing but upside with his announced move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015. Sometimes you just know you've given it your all in one place, and it's time to try something new. Of course, the anti-Toyota crowd is howling in protest over it. It's a tired old argument, and frankly, if a fan says they are abandoning you over a nameplate, they probably weren't all that into you anyway. Let's be clear, there's nothing wrong with preferring one m ...

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