List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

The winless streaks by drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have ranked amongst some of the biggest stories so far this season. They came into this week’s race at Watkins Glen as some of the odds-on-favorite to win, but alas, Kyle Busch shut the door on those plans yet again. This week’s “List of the Week” will feature the 10 longest winless droughts amongst the drivers inside the top-20 in points. 10. Matt Kenseth - 22 races - Last Win: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fall 2007 9. Jeff Gordon - 27 races - Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Fall 2007 8. Greg Biffle - 29 races - Kansas Speedway,... [Read more]

List of the Week: Bubble Drivers Race to the Chase

August 4, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Bubble Drivers Race to the Chase

With the cutoff for the Chase quickly approaching, a mere 5 races now separates us from the beginning of NASCAR’s playoff season. Yet, still, there is quite a bit of uncertainty in the air as to whom will be competing for a championship in the final 10 races and who will be racing to build momentum for the 2009 season. Only 80 points separates 7th place Kasey Kahne from 12th place Clint Bowyer, and only 46 points from Bowyer back to 14th place David Ragan. Even Brian Vickers all the way back in 16th still has a shot at this thing as he lingers 203 points out from the final Chase cutoff spot. So, with 8 drivers still caught... [Read more]

Rating the Race: Pocono - Pennsylvania 500

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Pocono - Pennsylvania 500

Rain played a large part in pretty much anything NASCAR tried to accomplish this weekend, and Sunday’s race at Pocono was no different. It was also one of the more interesting weekends in Carl Edwards’ professional racing career, that’s for sure. He had to squeegee the rain off his own windshield under caution during Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Montreal (in which he finished 6th). Then, after both of the Sprint Cup practice sessions were rained out on Saturday, his team unloaded off the hauler on Sunday with a car that Crew Chief, Bob Osbourne, described as “experimental.” Then, they... [Read more]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Pocono

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Fantasy Follow-Up: Pocono

TZ’s Picks (Pocono): 1. Denny Hamlin - 23rd - No points 2. Kurt Busch - 38th - No points 3. Jimmie Johnson - 3rd - 41 points 4. Tony Stewart - 2nd - 41 points 5. Brian Vickers - 28th - No points 6. Kasey Kahne - 7th - 37.5 points Lock of the Week - Denny Hamlin - Outside Top Fifteen - No points Sleeper Pick - AJ Allmendinger - Outside Top Fifteen - No points Steer Clear of - Kevin Harvick - Top Five - (Minus) 20 points Roc’s Picks (Pocono): 1. Jeff Gordon - 10th - 38.5 points 2. Jimmie Johnson - 3rd - 41.5 points 3. Denny Hamlin - 23rd - No points 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr - 12th - 36 points 5. Carl Edwards - 1st - 41... [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 learn from the first six months of the season. More importantly, however, is the fact that there... [Read more]

As Expected, Drivers Disappointed With Goodyear Tires at Indy

July 30, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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As Expected, Drivers Disappointed With Goodyear Tires at Indy

For those of you that had the misguided pleasure of watching this past weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, chances are that you were extremely disappointed with the product that NASCAR and Goodyear brought to the table … and, the drivers and their crews were no different. Perhaps the closed door meeting from NASCAR a couple months back asking the drivers to keep the verbal car bashing to a minimum may have warded off some of the overly eccentric tyrades similar to what we heard from Tony Stewart when he bashed Goodyear following the Atlanta race, but nonetheless, many of the Sprint Cup Series’... [Read more]

Rating the Race: Indianapolis - Allstate 400

July 27, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Indianapolis - Allstate 400

With only two accidents and one blown engine, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis Motorspeedway still managed to see 11 caution periods during the 160-lap event because of tire issues …. that’s the story of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and unfortunately that story overshadows the one of Jimmie Johnson winning the pole award and going on to pick up his second career victory at the Brickyard. NASCAR knew that they were likely to experience tire issues, but they weren’t sure just how bad it would be. They had a competition caution scheduled within the first 15 laps of the race, but they... [Read more]

Toyota’s Horsepower Just Got Real Loose in Turn 3

July 25, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Toyota’s Horsepower Just Got Real Loose in Turn 3

Before I get into this week’s topic, I would like to point out that Bruce Simmons, who normally joins us here in our weekly “Loose in Turn 3″ segment representing Bruce’s NASCAR Bits ‘n’ Pieces, will to be joining us this week as he is off in San Diego on a separate venture at the moment. He will be returning with us next week, but in his place today is our guest blogger, one of DYN’s very own loyal readers, Rocky Akins. I’d like to give a special thanks to Roc for filling the gaps for us this week, and as a bonus, he even brought in this week’s topic of discussion for... [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

served by picapp.com 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 Tony Stewart (2 wins), with Dale Jarrett being the other.... [Read more]

List of the Week: Bottom Half Chasers

July 21, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Bottom Half Chasers

Image details: LifeLock.com 400 Practice served by picapp.com There’s only 6 races to go before we make it to Richmond, and then, after that 7th race is over, we’ll know once and for all who’s in and who’s out of the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Historically speaking - since they first turned to the Chase format a few years ago - those who were in at this point in the season have typically stayed in, and those who were out have typically stayed out ….. but, this season could be one that breaks all the rules. While I think it’s safe to assume that Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr,... [Read more]

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