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Talladega Superspeedway Lives in My Mind

December 15, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Talladega Superspeedway Lives in My Mind

Going to a NASCAR event is a truly memorable experience, especially if you’re lucky enough to go to the monster that is Talladega Superspeedway.  A 2.66-mile track that towers over the countryside as you drive down I-20 on your way from Arlington to Birmingham. You can see Talladega from a distance as you drive, it grows bigger as you approach it and draws your eyes a little as you pass. Especially the size of the huge American flag flapping in the wind high above Turns 3 and 4 are stamped in my mind and will be forever planted there as …read more

Carl Edward’s Crashes in Aaron 499

April 29, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Carl Edward’s Crashes in Aaron 499

Dangerous sports and activities are always under review, but often changes come only after the ultimate loss is felt and someone dies during the execution. Sunday’s crash during the final lap of the Aaron 499 at Talladega Superspeedway has reawakened cries for changes to NASCAR, changes to blocking and aggressive driving that many see as the ultimate cause of the crash. NASCAR has responded by suggesting they may implement harsher penalties as a result of their analysis of Sunday’s crash, but stopped short of blaming the drivers’ tactics for the crash that propelled Carl Edward’s car into the track’s restraining …read more

Earnhardt Likes the Aaron 312

April 25, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Earnhardt Likes the Aaron 312

Talladega Superspeedway is a track that fills all drivers with energy, especially a veteran driver like Dale Earnhardt Jr. can look back through the years of his racing career to days at Talladega that he will never forget. In fact, Earnhardt has had some of his finest days as a NASCAR racer at this storied venue that has a history that will be remembered in the annals of NASCAR. Earnhardt has won a total of five Cup Series wins at this fast and dangerous track 2.66 mile race course and on race driving in the Nationwide Series, and he would …read more

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 …read more

List of the Week: 5 Tracks Improved by the COT

July 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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

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 …read more

NASCAR Rivals: Kevin Harvick vs. Tony Stewart

June 25, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

NASCAR Rivals: Kevin Harvick vs. Tony Stewart

Okay, so they’re actually pretty good friends and probably the furthest thing from being rivals with one another, but still. It’s pretty abnormal for Smoke to run this deep into the season without a Sprint Cup win to show for it, but so far in 2008, he’s managed to do just that. Of course, the racing Gods haven’t really seemed to help Stewart out much in that department, either. What … a pit road speeding violation during the last round of stops at Pocono … the cut tire at Charlotte … the late race wreck at Talladega … the mid-race …read more

Fantasy Preview: Infineon

June 19, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Preview: Infineon

Recent Winners:
2007 – Juan Pablo Montoya
2006 – Jeff Gordon
2005 – Tony Stewart
Recent Pole Winners:
2007 – Jamie McMurray
2006 – Kurt Busch
2005 – Jeff Gordon
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya – 115.3
2. Tony Stewart – 113.9
3. Kurt Busch – 109.3
4. Ryan Newman – 104.3
5. Boris Said – 103.9
Best Average Finishes (from racingone.com):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya – 1.0
2. Jeff Gordon – 8.7
3. Mark Martin – 9.2
4. Ryan Newman – 9.8
5.  Tony Stewart / Clint Bowyer – 10.0
Most Wins – Jeff Gordon (5)
Most Wins (Active) – Jeff Gordon (5)
Most Poles – Jeff Gordon (5)
Most Poles (Active) – Jeff Gordon (5)
Most Top 5’s – …read more

An Historic Weekend for NASCAR

June 17, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

An Historic Weekend for NASCAR

If you talked to most race fans last week, you probably didn’t pickup on a ton of excitement heading into this weekend’s action. The Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series were both heading to Michigan, and the Nationwide Series was set to take to Kentucky Speedway … two tracks that probably don’t rank up there on most fans’ list of favorites. Yet, somehow, someway, NASCAR is coming off of one of its most historic weekends in recent memory.
It all started with the Truck Series’ Cool City Customs 200 on Saturday afternoon. With a late race caution bunching the field up …read more

3 Teams Under the Radar & On the Move

June 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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

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