Chase for the Championship

NASCAR Chase for the Championship Preview

Two'fer Tony Stewart

by Matt Taliaferro Most had written off Tony Stewart as a legitimate 2011 championship contender — including himself, if you believed his words in the midst of a 27th-, ninth- and 28th-place string just six weeks ago. After all, his No. 14 team was winless through NASCAR’s 26-race regular ...

NASCAR Chase Preview

by Matt Taliaferro NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship gets rolling this weekend in New Hampshire … no, wait … Chicago. Yeah, that’s right, Chicagoland Speedway. Answer me this: Could the sanctioning body have awarded the date to a track more devoid of character? I get that it’s a facility...

Chicagoland Speedway

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Geico 400 Location: Joliet, Ill. When: Sunday, Sept. 18 TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winner: David Reutimann Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 18 degrees; Banking/Tri-Oval: 11 degrees; Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees Race Len...

And then there were 12

by Matt Taliaferro The final 300 miles of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ regular season were some of the most intense of 2011. Chase bubble boys Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin were involved in a lap 8 wreck; Chase longshot Marcos Ambrose spun three times; and Chase locks ...

What the Point(s)?

by Tom Bowles It happens in every sport, every year: the end-of-season playoff push causes fans to lose focus on what’s really important. With so many teams battling simply to make it into the postseason, others that have dominated for months get ignored faster than anything Bruce Pearl ev...