Focused On Racing, Not Chasing

Here is a truism: wherever there is more than one, there's racing. The fact there would be auto racing was an eventuality, the moment the second car was made. Competition is hard-wired into our into our guts. Whose car is faster? Which one will hold up longer? Who will contrive the plan that enables them to first finish so they can finish first? These are all things we want to and got to know; otherwise, the speculation will drive us flat nuts. While there's intrigue concerning the matter ...

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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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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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