2013 SPRINT CUP RESOLUTIONS: WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

So how is your New Year’s Resolution going?Now is the time when we all aspire to work out more, eat less and find some other way to better ourselves in 2013. For the first few weeks of the year, things go great. For the remaining 49 weeks of the year, it’s back to the same old same old for 90% of the country.When it comes to NASCAR, who will turn over a new leaf? Who will keep it the same as it ever was? Let’s break it down, Bert Convy style. Win: Hendrick Motorsports will w ...

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BEST AND WORST MOVES OF 2010 SEASON

What have been the best Silly Season moves of 2010? What have been the worst? RCR's decision to reorganize and Kevin Harvick's decision to stay with RCR has to be No. 1. The worst move of the Sprint Cup season? That would be Rick Hendrick's decision to force the No. 5 and No. 88 teams to work together.  The three best and worst moves in NASCAR this season (SI.com) ...

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CAN KURT BUSCH WIN THE SPRINT CUP TITLE?

Kurt Busch has his best shot at a title since 2004, when he won the Sprint Cup title by edging out Jimmie Johnson. SI.com's Tim Tuttle says Busch is racing at the highest level of his career. He must be. He's no longer the other Busch. Kurt Busch is primed for another shot at championship glory (SI.com) ...

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IS HAMLIN CHAMPIONSHIP A POSSIBILITY?

What are we seeing here?Denny Hamlin crossed under the checkered flag first after 400 miles at Michigan. He held off Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, the other two strongest cars in the field, during the closing laps. That is the basic picture of Sunday afternoon. But the bigger picture shows us Hamlin may be a serious title contender.Maybe. The Virginia native raised a Cup race-winning trophy for the fifth time in 15 championship events in 2010 and second in a row. He is third in Cup Series stand ...

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VISUALIZING SPRINT CUP POINTS ACCUMULATION

With the way the Sprint Cup points are earned, it can be easy to lose track of the big picture. In this post, I look at a couple of ways to visualize point accumulation so that it doesn't seem so cumbersome. I consider two approaches: 1.) Total points 2.) Points per race (PPR) average across all 36 races.I considered the top 20 drivers in points all year, and I did not count the Chase reset of points. What you see are the actual total points each driver earned. No artificial additives here. I ...

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