Who Will Rise At Phoenix International Raceway?

In Greek mythology, Phoenix is a bird that is re-born, rising from the ashes. This Sunday, at Phoenix International Raceway, six drivers will compete for two remaining spots in NASCAR's season finale at Homestead. The six are a star-studded cast: defending Chase champion Kyle Busch, 2014 champion Kevin Harvick, 2003 Cup champion Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch- the winner of the inaugural Chase of 2004, and perennial contenders Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. That's not a cast of unusual suspects. ...

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Pressure Off Harvick, On Hamlin At Talladega

What a difference a week makes. Prior to the Hollywood Casino 400, Kevin Harvick was on the outside looking in after a disastrous run at Charlotte. Harvick proved once again his value in the clutch, winning and stamping his ticket for playoff advancement with a victory. He will be playing with house money as NASCAR heads to Talladega. A good friend of mine who is a former racer admires Harvick for what he sees as his skill with the throttle in and out of turns. Whatever it may be, Kevin H ...

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The Curious Case Of The Fans vs. Brad Keselowski

Can someone explain to me why fans seem to hate Brad Keselowski so much? Here's a driver possessing so many of the traits fans say they place great value on, and yet, perhaps the only driver currently less popular than Brad Keselowski is his Penske teammate Joey Logano. He's a winner. The second-generation NASCAR driver has 20 wins and championship. I'm not much of a mathematician but I believe that's one more championship than the beloved Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns, and more than what Carl ...

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NASCAR’s 10 Most Disliked Drivers

Last week, we presented our semi-scientific findings on NASCAR's most popular drivers. If we're going to give you the good, we've got to present the bad. Our findings come from a far-reaching observance, social media, reader reaction at this website and other sources. It bears keeping in mind that you will find more than a few drivers who are alternately revered and reviled..... Here's our list. Like these drivers, there will be moments you'll say "Yeah, that's right," and others where yo ...

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2016 Sprint Cup Predictions

So it's the final column of NASCAR'S offseason. With the Sprint Unlimited coming up this weekend, it's time to make predictions sure to fail: predicting the 2016 Sprint Cup champion and the three other drivings who will race for a title at Homestead.  Last year's picks didn't go so well; so, apologies in advance if I pick your favorite Sprint Cup driver. (more…) ...

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