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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Some Have More Than A Puncher’s Chance At Daytona

The sun even shines on a dog's hiney; that's the conventional racing wisdom on restrictor plate tracks. Wins by Michael Waltrip, Derrike Cope, David Ragan and others are often held up as evidence that Daytona and Talladega produce their share of Cinderella stories. No one will deny Saturday's Coke Zero 400 presents an excellent opportunity for the likes of AJ Allmedinger, Aric Almirola and David Gilliland to get that elusive first Cup points win, but know that there are drivers who have a kn ...

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Denny Hamlin: All He Does Is Win

As legendary as he is, Jeff Gordon can't make this claim. As popular as he is, Dale Earnhardt Jr. can't come close to making this claim. Neither can Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle or Carl Edwards. Denny Hamlin has never gone a full calendar season without winning at least one race. That puts the Virginian in the rarefied air of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and even Tony Stewart, who managed to reel off one victory before his unfortunate injury last summer. How many of y ...

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2014 Southern 500 Odds

  The most underrated race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season is here. There's something special about Darlington. There's something special about night racing. Combine the two and Sprint Cup fans will see an amazing show Saturday night, especially when fans look at the latest odds. (more...) ...

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Auto Club 400: Win, Lose or Draw

[caption id="attachment_684241" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Getty Images[/caption] So much for March Madness only being on a court. The Auto Club 400 was a bracket busting event, leaving fans on their feet, teams on their toes and consequences that will last far beyond Sunday's race. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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Food City 500 Win, Lose or Draw

[caption id="attachment_684200" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Photo by Will Schneekloth/Getty Images[/caption]   Is the Food City 500 over yet? For the second time in the 2014 Sprint Cup season, I thought the race was postponed until Monday, put the kids to bed and randomly found the race on cable when trying to find something else to watch on Sunday evening. While extra night racing in Bristol is always a plus, there are some other winners and losers from Sunday's race. Here's ...

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Food City 500 Odds

[caption id="attachment_684194" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Image[/caption] Short track racing is back. Bristol always brings action, usually ruffles feathers and rarely offers a surprise winner. Those making the odds certainly hedged their bets in way that will change how you think about Sunday's Food City 500. (more...) ...

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Heavy Metal In Thunder Valley- It’s Bristol Baby!

It's been likened to flying fighter jets in a gymnasium. Bristol Motor Speedway is a test of endurance, nerves, and a seemingly unending traffic jam. After two weeks out west, NASCAR returns to its heartland at a sight reminiscent of a Roman coliseum. More so at the late summer night race than in the spring, racing at Bristol has a way of bringing out the gladiator in a driver. That names like Darrell Waltrip, the Busch brothers, and Jeff Gordon- none of them ever adverse to contact- dot ...

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Why The New Chase Qualifying System Works

We're only three races into the new NASCAR Sprint Cup season, so there's still a lot yet to be determined. It's still too early to establish which are bone fide trends and mirages. For example, Junior Nation is hoping hoping his current is a trend, while Smoke fans are praying Tony Stewart's present woes are a quickly fading mirage. While those issues remain a bit unclear, one thing seems undeniable: the new Chase qualification system has created a desired effect among the drivers. You se ...

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