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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Nascar Odds: Cheeze-It at the Glen 355

If the 2014 Sprint Cup season is going off its rocker, this is the week. Watkins Glen is the second road course race of the year. Based on past performance, there's a real chance Chase contenders will have to readjust their strategy for the final races leading into the Chase. Here's why: (more...) ...

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Nascar Odds: Camping World RV Sales 301

There's a new streak in Nascar, though very few seems to care about it very much. After Aric Almirola's 60/1 win last week at Daytona, Ford has three straight wins on the the Sprint Cup tour. Surprisingly enough, that's the longest streak since 2005. However, odds are the streak ends this week at Loudon. Here's why: (more...) ...

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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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The Dissolution Of A NASCAR Marriage

NASCAR has played an unlikely matchmaker between fans and corporate America. When a NASCAR fan thinks of Wrangler, they don't just think of pants, they think of Dale Earnhardt tooling around in a yellow and blue race car. When they think of DuPont, they don't just think of adhesives and the like, the brand is also linked to the Rainbow Warrior, Jeff Gordon. The relationship between STP and Richard Petty was such that the sky blue that adorned his car became known as "Petty Blue." Over the ...

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Where Does He Go Now?

Cue the music from The Clash, "Should I stay, or should I go?" This is the question before the star of NASCAR's 2014 "Silly Season," Carl Edwards. For a decade, the photogenic, genial Missourian has been the face of Roush Fenway Racing, which for so many seasons has been the flagship team for Ford. Times has changed, leading to speculation Edwards will be changing addresses. Just recently, we learned two things: the 2011 runner-up to Tony Stewart spurned an offer to race for Richard Child ...

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FedEx 400: Win Lose or Draw

The 2014 Sprint Cup season is halfway to the Chase. After Sunday’s win, Jimmie Johnson is the obvious winner; Kyle Busch (going for another three-peat and finishing 42nd) is a disappointed obvious loser.  The rest is a bit murky. Using Nascar’s points system, here’s a Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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