The Subway Fresh Fit 500

April 17, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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The Subway Fresh Fit 500

The Cup Series moves its vans to the one-mile tri-oval of Phoenix International Raceway this weekend after a much needed weeks rest over Easter to recharge batteries and prepare mentally for the grind to come during the rest of the Cup Series season. It’s time to tune the engines and get the cars set up for a track that is unique as far as tracks go on the circuit. The Phoenix International Raceway is in disguise, it’s actually a short track dressed up as an intermediate oval.
The track designers have produced a track that has an irregular D shape and … [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 … [Read More]

List of the Week: 5 Tracks Improved by the COT

July 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: 5 Tracks Improved by the COT

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In the face of all of the scrutiny that has overcome NASCAR’s recent development, the Car of Tomorrow, there have also been quite a few tracks that have seen improved racing this year, largely attributed to the new car. Based on what we’ve seen this season and in the limited number of COT races in 2007, here are the tracks that have seen the most improvement:
5. Phoenix International Raceway - Though the racing was never terrible at Phoenix, it wasn’t great, either. The Subway Fresh Fit 500, however, ranks amongst my favorite races of … [Read More]

Rating the Race: Michigan - Lifelock 400

June 15, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Michigan - Lifelock 400

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It took 15 races with Hendrick Motorsports, and 76 races since Richmond in 2006, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finally once again reached Victory Lane - silencing his critics and giving Junior Nation something to cheer about. Earnhardt led five times on the day, last taking the lead from Jamie McMurray on lap 195. With the majority of the field making green flag stops for fuel in the last 20 laps of the race, Earnhardt fans watched nervously as the no. 88 team decided to stretch their fuel. Originally guesstimating themselves to be 2 … [Read More]

3 Teams Under the Radar & On the Move

June 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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3 Teams Under the Radar & On the Move

We all know that Joe Gibbs Racing has established themselves as the powerhouse of the field at this point in time. We know that Roush-Fenway Racing has come a long way in figuring out this new car and that Hendrick Motorsports seems to have lost the edge that they had on everyone else last year. We’ve analyzed potential contractual signings every which way we could, and still found ourselves locked in a guessing game. Been there, done that, but perhaps one of the stories that we haven’t talked nearly enough about are two teams that are holding out hope of … [Read More]

Gordon & Johnson Embark on Future as Fan Favorites?

May 25, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Gordon & Johnson Embark on Future as Fan Favorites?

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It’s probably fair to say that before the 2008 NASCAR season started, the dynamic duo over at Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, would have finished in the top-five “Most Hated Drivers” poll by NASCAR fans. For years, Jeff Gordon’s dominant on-track nature has had him marked as the “Alpha Male” in the sport, but it has also marked a huge target on his back in the eyes of the fans. And, ever since Johnson has entered the Cup Series ranks and adopted Gordon’s winning behavior, the typical fan has seemingly put Jimmie … [Read More]

Third Time’s a Charm for Montoya

May 20, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Third Time’s a Charm for Montoya

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For the third time in this NASCAR season - or, for the third time in the past month, for that matter - Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the no. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Charger, will hear a different voice over the team radio during the race this weekend. After playing a round of Charity golf with Montoya on Monday, by Tuesday afternoon Jimmy Elledge had received the official word from Ganassi Racing that his tenure with the race team was over and that he was being released.
Elledge started the season off as … [Read More]

Is Biffle Still 99% Sure on Return to Roush?

May 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Is Biffle Still 99% Sure on Return to Roush?

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In the midst of all the contract controversies that have taken place already this year, all along we’ve heard Greg Biffle state that his deal to resign with Roush-Fenway Racing is 99% complete, and that he hasn’t yet begun talking to any other teams. But, we heard these same statements from both parties last year, and a deal was never actually finalized. Now, after a dismal night in Darlington, we’ve started to see a different side of the Biff that we haven’t quite been accustomed to in the past.
Biffle smashed the track record … [Read More]

Newman Starting to Fly … Again

May 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Newman Starting to Fly … Again

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Sprint Cup Series driver, Ryan Newman, started the 2008 season off in grand fashion by winning the race of all races, the Daytona 500. Things couldn’t be better for Newman at the time. He was leading the Sprint Cup standings for the first time in his career, he’d bolstered the public perception of how well he and teammate, Kurt Busch, could work together after Busch gave him that huge push to win the race, and he’d forever solidified his name in the walls of Penske Racing by giving Roger his first-ever restrictor plate … [Read More]

NASCAR Taketh Away

April 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Taketh Away

Peyton Sellers won the season-opening Camping World East Series event this past weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC for Andy Santerre Motorsports. Following the race, however, NASCAR officials found that the 16-year-old’s car was in possession of an illegal shock, and NASCAR in turn stripped him of his victory. This is the first time in recent memory that I believe NASCAR has stripped a driver in any series of a win for any rules infraction, but the team definitely feels like they’re being made an example of.
Santerre said to reporters, “Needless to say we are shocked and disappointed. We … [Read More]

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