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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Winning Changes Everything

Isn't it funny- the ironic kind of funny? Think of how winning changes everything, including the narrative of a number of prominent drivers. Just a year ago, the talking heads were talking about the "R" word (retirement) in relationship to Jeff Gordon. Now with three 2014 wins and a points lead, Big Daddy is suddenly rejuvinated, his back feels great, and they're talking about the "Drive For Five." Just a few seasons ago, hater sites were having a field day with Dale Earnhardt Jr., chr ...

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Nascar Odds: Pure Michigan 400

I get it. With everything going on related to last Saturday's deadly accident involving Tony Stewart, there are far more important things happening in the world of racing. Stewart isn't racing. Forty-three others are. Here's a breakdown of how the odds might impact what Sprint Cup fans see Sunday. (more...) ...

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