Hamlin Wins First Race of Sprint Cup Season

August 6, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Hamlin Wins First Race of Sprint Cup Season

Denny Hamlin must know himself, his team and his car pretty well or maybe he just decided that he was going to win one for his grandmother who passed away recently.  Either way, he successfully predicted on Friday that he would win Monday’s rain delayed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway and he was as good as his word. His win was a struggle throughout the 500 miles but he managed to keep his car in sixth position and in one piece until he was able to make his move with 13 laps remaining. Hamlin had his best race of the year, he was in front for a race-high 91 laps on the way to his first Sprint Cup Series... [Read more]

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch made perfect on his efforts to sweep the road course races in the Sprint Cup Series this season as he nabbed his first career victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. He led four times for a race high 52 laps, giving him his 8th win of the season and making him the first driver to win the races at both Infineon and Watkins Glen in the same year since his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, did it back in 2005. He also won the Nationwide Series race in Mexico City earlier in the year, making him the only driver in NASCAR history to win three road course races in the same season. After rain canceled Friday’s... [Read more]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Fantasy Follow-Up: Watkins Glen

TZ’s Picks (Watkins Glen): 1. Tony Stewart - 2nd - 42.5 points 2. Robby Gordon - 27th - No points 3. Marcos Ambrose - 3rd - 41 points 4. Kyle Busch - 1st - 41.5 points 5. Carl Edwards - 10th - 36.5 points 6. Kevin Harvick - 6th - 38 points Lock of the Week - Tony Stewart - Top Five - 10 points Sleeper Pick - Marcos Ambrose - Top Five - 10 points Steer Clear of - Greg Biffle - Outside Top Fifteen - No points lost Roc’s Picks (Watkins Glen): 1. Kyle Busch - 1st - 43 points 2. Tony Stewart - 2nd - 42 points 3. Denny Hamlin - 7th - 39 points 4. Carl Edwards - 10th - 37 points 5. Jeff Gordon - 25th - No points 6. Robby... [Read more]

Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

*Credit photo to Newscom. This week NASCAR heads to Waktins Glen International for one of their two road course races of the season on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. The race comes just one week after NASCAR made history for itself when they raced in the rain last Saturday in the Nationwide Series in Montreal, which most critics feel came off as a huge success. As of right now there are no plans to break out the rain tires on Sunday, but there’s still plenty to look forward to with just five races remaining until the cutoff for the Chase. Recent Winners: 2007 - Tony Stewart 2006 - Kevin Harvick 2005 - Tony Stewart Recent... [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]

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]

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