Cup Qualifying Canceled; Said in the Show Despite the Rain

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Cup Qualifying Canceled; Said in the Show Despite the Rain

Though they may not admit it, several drivers in the Sprint Cup garage area were probably a bit smitten when NASCAR was forced to cancel qualifying for the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Friday. The simple fact of the matter is that several drivers near the top at points are going to receive a better starting position that they likely would have, and while it still may not exactly give them a shot at winning Sunday’s race, it obviously provides a good path towards a better finish. That would be the guys like Greg Biffle … [Read More]

Race Preview for Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

July 31, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Coming off of a terrible weekend at Indy, you can bet that NASCAR’s feeling the pressure to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible at Pocono this weekend, and if the trip here back in June is any indication, then things should be just fine. It’s also a big weekend for the teams, as Pocono is only the second track on the schedule that the series has already traveled to once before this season, and this is about the time of year that you really begin to see how much some of these groups have been able to … [Read More]

Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

July 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka: the Brickyard) is home of the Indianapolis 500 and is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious tracks in all of motorsports. After taking a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will now return to the Brickyard for the fifteenth time in a race whose prestige to NASCAR regulars is rivaled only by the season opening Daytona 500. In the previous 14 trips to the track, Indianapolis has produced only three multiple winners in NASCAR, and only two of them will be in the field on Sunday – Jeff Gordon (4 wins) and … [Read More]

Is Ambrose the Ticket for the Wood Bros.’ Return to Prosperity?

June 23, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Is Ambrose the Ticket for the Wood Bros.’ Return to Prosperity?

Through 55 years of racing at NASCAR’s top level, the Wood Brothers have established themselves amongst the all-time winningest teams in the sport’s history with an accumulated 97 wins amongst the organization. The organization has housed such legendary names as Cale Yarbrough, David Pearson, Davey Allison, AJ Foyt, Tiny Lund, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, and Dan Gurney. The team made history in the late 70’s when they were invited to the White House by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter … Yet, Wood Brothers Racing has not visited Victory Lane since Elliott Sadler’s 2001 win at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the … [Read More]

Rain Cancels Qualifying, Busch on the Pole

June 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rain Cancels Qualifying, Busch on the Pole

For the third time this season, rain has cancelled Sprint Cup qualifying, this time for this weekend’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The field for Sunday’s race will be set according to the NASCAR rulebook, lining the first through thirty-fifth spots up according to the order in which they currently sit in the car owner points standings. This puts points leader, Kyle Busch, up front on the pole position, giving him his third of the year, with second place, Jeff Burton, lining up next to him on the outside of row 1. Row 2 will consist of Dale Earnhardt … [Read More]

Fantasy Preview: Michigan

June 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Fantasy Preview: Michigan

Recent Winners:
2007 – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards
2006 – Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne
2005 – Jeremy Mayfield, Greg Biffle
Recent Pole Winners:
2007 – Jeff Gordon, JJ Yeley
2006 – Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne
2005 – Joe Nemecheck, Ryan Newman
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Carl Edwards – 112.3
2. Kurt Busch – 106.8
3. Greg Biffle – 105.4
4. Jimmie Johnson - 104.7
5. Matt Kenseth – 104.1
Best Average Finishes (from racingone.com):
1. Carl Edwards – 7.3
2. Matt Kenseth – 9.7
3. Denny Hamlin – 10.0
4. Jeff Gordon – 12.5
5. Martin Truex Jr – 12.5
Most Wins – David Pearson (9)
Most Wins (Active) – Bobby LaBonte (3)
Most Poles – David Pearson (10)
Most Poles (Active) … [Read More]

Fantasy Preview: Pocono

June 5, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Fantasy Preview: Pocono

Recent Winners:
2007 - Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon
2006 – Denny Hamlin (x2)
2005 – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards
Recent Pole Winners:
2007 – Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman
2006 – Denny Hamlin (x2)
2005 – Jamie McMurray, Michael Waltrip
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Denny Hamlin – 133.1
2. Kurt Busch – 116.6
3. Tony Stewart – 103.2
4. Ryan Newman – 101.9
5. Jeff Gordon – 97.5
Best Driver Average Finishes (from racingone.com):
1. Denny Hamlin – 2.8
2. Jeff Gordon – 9.9
3. Jimmie Johnson – 10.7
4. Mark Martin – 11.7
5. Tony Stewart – 12.4
Most Wins – Bill Elliott (5)
Most Wins / Active Driver - Jeff Gordon (4)
Most Poles – Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader (5)
Most … [Read More]

List of the Week: Worst Trends in NASCAR

June 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Worst Trends in NASCAR

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5. “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity!” - It was pretty catchy at first, and then it just became tolerable for awhile. Let’s face it, though, at this point it’s just redundant and played out, and it brings serious question to the vocabulary range of Darrell Waltrip. Let’s find something new, shall we?
4. Retired Drivers Not Retiring – These days, I just don’t know anymore what it means when a driver says they’re retiring, because for a large handful of these guys it really just means that they’re moving to a part-time schedule. Mark Martin had a farewell … [Read More]

Rating the Race: Dover – Best Buy 400

June 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Dover – Best Buy 400

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Kyle Busch stayed atop the Sprint Cup Series points standings, and he did so in convincing fashion by dominating the later portions of the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway, outrunning the Roush-Fenway Racing cars to the finish. The race was 400 circuits long, and Busch was a third place car for over half of them, but his ability to get on and off of pit road quickly enabled him to pass Carl Edwards for the lead during a round of green flag pit stops with 163 laps to go, and there … [Read More]

Let’s Talk Contracts

April 29, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Let’s Talk Contracts

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It’s admittedly WAAAY too early in the season for NASCAR’s silly season to already have gotten as it deep as it has, that’s for sure … but, alas, I must do my small part in life to contribute to this nonsense, because – well, quite frankly it intrigues me.It all started just a few weeks into the ‘08 season when Richard Childress Racing announced the addition of a fourth team to their arsenal next year, and immediately everyone started pointing towards Bobby LaBonte to fill the seat in that ride due to his … [Read More]

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