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 … [Read More]

Rating the Race: Chicago – Lifelock.com 400

July 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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 … [Read More]

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

July 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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 … [Read More]

Why Mark Martin Could be the Key to the Silly Season Domino Theory

July 1, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Why Mark Martin Could be the Key to the Silly Season Domino Theory

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With Aric Almirola now slated to drive the no. 8 car full-time for DEI next season, it appears as though the driver / mentor program that the organization set out to accomplish with veteran driver, Mark Martin, is now coming to a close. With Silly Season already in full effect, rumors are now circulating that Mark could announce his plans for the 2009 Sprint Cup season this weekend at Daytona, as reported by SPEED’s Wendy Venturini.
With the Silly Season talks turning into a chess match – or, even a poker game if you … [Read More]

List of the Week: Winless Cup Series Drivers

June 23, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Winless Cup Series Drivers

David Gilliland almost got it done on Sunday at Sonoma, and we’ve seen a few impressive runs from unlikely candidates earlier in the year. But, following up on a 2007 that brought us a handful of first-time winners in the Cup Series, I find it surprising that we’ve yet to have even one this season. So, it got me to thinking, that’s led us to this week’s “List of the Week”, in which I will rank the five likeliest candidates currently driving in the Cup Series to become the next first-time winner:
5. David Reutimann – Running in his second full-time … [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]

Kahne Happy With His Car After His Victory

June 9, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Kahne Happy With His Car After His Victory

Kasey Kahne comments on the race after scoring his ninth career Sprint Cup victory on Sunday at the Pocono 500. Hear comments from him following the race, as well as runner-up, Brian Vickers, who scored his best finish since moving to Team Red Bull in 2007.

Rating the Race: Dover – Best Buy 400

June 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Dover – Best Buy 400

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Kyle Busch stayed atop the Sprint Cup Series points standings, and he did so in convincing fashion by dominating the later portions of the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway, outrunning the Roush-Fenway Racing cars to the finish. The race was 400 circuits long, and Busch was a third place car for over half of them, but his ability to get on and off of pit road quickly enabled him to pass Carl Edwards for the lead during a round of green flag pit stops with 163 laps to go, and there … [Read More]

Gotta Feel for Vickers

May 27, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Gotta Feel for Vickers

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It’s been a trying run for Brian Vickers ever since he departed from Hendrick Motorsports at the conclusion of the 2006 season to hookup with Team Red Bull last year in the inaugural run for Toyota Racing. In their two seasons together, the team has failed to qualify in 13 events (all of which came last season) and has amassed only 2 top-five’s and 7 top-ten’s in 35 starts. They finished 38th in points last year, and currently sit 20th in the 2008 points standings after a 42nd place finish this past weekend at … [Read More]

Roush Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Gets First ARCA Win

May 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Roush Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Gets First ARCA Win

Roush-Fenway Racing’s developmental driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, brought home his first set of checkered flags in the ARCA Series during the Kentucky 150 this past Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Stenhouse, driving the no. 99 Roush-Fenway Ford Fushion, had to outduel Scott Speed, driver of the no. 2 Red Bull Toyota, through three late-race restarts, and beat him to the line by a mere 0.374 seconds to get the win.
Speed led 55 of the 112 laps, and held a commanding lead over the rest of the field with only 10 laps remaining until a series of wrecks tightened the field up and … [Read More]

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