Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

Some would say that it’s been a trying season for Goodyear in 2008 as they continue to work on developing new tires to coincide with NASCAR’s latest project, the Car of Tomorrow. Things got heated early in the season between Goodyear’s racing group and some of the drivers in the garage area, particularly after Atlanta when several of the drivers bashed the tire in public forums. You might recall one man inparticular’s rants regarding the tires as they made headlines for several weeks. Yes, I’m referring of course to Tony Stewart. It seemed as though things had finally cooled off between all parties... [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]

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]

Johnson on a Roll, In Hot Pursuit of 3rd Cup Title

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Johnson on a Roll, In Hot Pursuit of 3rd Cup Title

Well, he doesn’t have 7 wins in the Sprint Cup Series this season, and it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be attempting to break any of NASCAR’s overall win records at the moment, but if you ask Jimmie Johnson, dubbing Kyle Busch as your 2008 Sprint Cup champion at this point is very premature. Johnson currently sits 4th in the points standings, but has been methodically working his way up the ladder these past few weeks after getting off to a rather slow start to the season by his standards. After winning 10 races last year and 5 in the year before, the no. 48 team had only one win and no poles to their... [Read more]

Newman Says Reports Are Wrong, No Deal Has Been Made … Yet

August 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Newman Says Reports Are Wrong, No Deal Has Been Made … Yet

For the second time in just a week, ESPN.com has made a report on a premier driver’s plans for 2009 only to have NASCAR.com turn around the following day to refute those reports. Last week it was the reports suggesting that Martin Truex Jr. and DEI had come to terms on a two-year contract extension, which Truex very adamently refuted, stating that the report (David Newton) knowingly falsified his statements. That very same reporter then followed that story up with another, this time landing Ryan Newman in the seat of the no. 4 car for Stewart-Haas Racing next year with what he dubbed as a “verbal agreement.” Early... [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]

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]

Vickers, Busch Remain Amongst Perrenial Chase Contenders

July 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Vickers, Busch Remain Amongst Perrenial Chase Contenders

Image details: Coke Zero 400 served by picapp.com With only eight races remaining until NASCAR sets the field for their Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2008, only 223 points separates 8th place Kasey Kahne from 18th place Kurt Busch in the points standings. While that may seem like a lot and perhaps too much to overcome for some, keep in mind that at this time last year, those two positions were separated by 416 points, and 18th place at that point time was consumed by Mark Martin, who was running a part-time schedule and had already missed five races. Something else to keep in mind, though, is that the only driver that sat outside... [Read more]

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