Mark Martin Wins the LifeLock 400

June 15, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Mark Martin Wins the LifeLock 400

Have you ever noticed how sometimes something wonderful falls right in your lap during an activity when it wasn’t your actual goal? Mark Martin has probably experienced this before, so when his plans to try for a top five finish in Sunday’s LifeLock 400 turned into a victory lap, he might not have been as surprised as a younger driver. This didn’t stop him from expressing his joy to the world in a bright smile that certainly speaks miles about his opinion about his good fortune and the final result at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Mark Martin looks as stunned at his victory as the other drivers Fuel... [Read more]

Camping World RV 400 Preview

September 28, 2008 by Tony Baldwin  
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Camping World RV 400 Preview

Good news for those involved in the Chase. Saturday’s practice times/speeds were faster for most than qualifying. Three of the top six times were the likes of Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle - the top three in the Chase standings. Biffle’s No. 16 car posted the fastest time during the practice round, cutting up the Kansas Speedway at 167.385 MPH. Biffle is tied for second in the Chase standings, along with Johnson, who finished the practice round with a top speed of 166.528. Edwards posted the third-best top speed in the No. 99 car at 167.271. So what are we looking at this afternoon? Well, the Kansas... [Read more]

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]

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]

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 and Kasey Kahne who historically get left in a position where they have... [Read more]

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 8/8

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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... [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]

Random Thoughts on Tires, Pocono, and NASCAR in General

August 5, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Random Thoughts on Tires, Pocono, and NASCAR in General

*** My name is Michael and I wrote over at b5medias’s boxing and pro wrestling blog, Jab and Grapple. b5’s staff of writers is guest posting on other sports blogs this week. Look for Tim over on the sports comedy blog dejuiced. *** After August 3rd’s long slog of a Pennsylvania 500 one has to wonder when either: a) NASCAR joins the rest of the motorsports world and runs races in the rain with rain tires as the did on August 2 in Montreal,  or b) Removes at least one of the two races at Pocono. I was amazed to hear Tony Stewart say during a rain stoppage that Montreal was the first time many Nationwide Series... [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]

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