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

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 [...]

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 8/8

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 8/8

Transactions:
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
- Due to a lack of sponsorship, Chip Ganassi Racing is forced to shut down the no. 40 car driven by Dario Franchitti for the remainder of [...]

Rating the Race: Indianapolis - Allstate 400

July 27, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

July 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 [...]

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/19

July 19, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/19

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
- Due to a lack [...]

2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

July 14, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
- Due to a lack [...]

Rating the Race: Chicago - Lifelock.com 400

July 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Chicago - Lifelock.com 400

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Kyle Busch continued his dominating run over the Sprint Cup Series Saturday night as he picked up his series-leading 7th win of the season by taking the checkers in the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. After rain cancelled Friday’s qualifying session, Busch was awarded the pole position due to leading the championship points standings, and that proved to be invaluable as he led the first 44 laps of the race en route to setting a new track record by leading a total of 165 laps, erasing the previous record set by [...]

Rating the Race: Daytona - Coke Zero 400

July 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Daytona - Coke Zero 400

*Credit photo to Sporting News 
Kyle Busch won his sixth race of the Sprint Cup season and picked up the second Cup restrictor plate win of his career, much to the dismay of the crowd on-hand at Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. But, whether or not you like Kyle Busch is irrelevent - what you cannot deny is that the action at Daytona was exciting once again and should be considered another victory for the Car of Tomorrow.
Paul Menard led the field to green after winning the Coors Lite Pole Award during Friday’s qualifying session, and he held onto [...]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Daytona

July 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Follow-Up: Daytona

TZ’s Picks (Daytona):
1. Tony Stewart - 20th - No points
2. Jimmie Johnson - 23rd - No points
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 8th - 38.5 points
4. Kurt Busch - 4th - 40.0 points
5. Kyle Busch - 1st - 41.0 points
6. Greg Biffle - 43rd - No points
Lock of the Week - Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Top Ten - 5 points
Sleeper Pick - Brian Vickers - Top Fifteen - 3 points
Steer Clear of - Martin Truex Jr. - Outside Top Fifteen - No points lost
Roc’s Picks (Daytona):
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 8th - 39.5 points
2. Tony Stewart - 20th - No points
3. Jimmie Johnson - 23rd - No points
4. Jeff Gordon - 30th - [...]

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

July 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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This week, NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, one of the biggest races of the year on the Sprint Cup schedule. With Daytona being one of NASCAR’s two restrictor plate courses, the track has fallen under quite a bit of scrutiny over the years. While it’s still loved by many, there are still those that feel as though things tend to get a bit overhyped whenever the series heads down to Florida. But, whether you love it or you hate it, one thing cannot be denied, and that is [...]

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