Geoffrey Miller

NASCAR Mourns Loss of Dick Trickle, Prepares for All-Star Race

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch in the All-Star Race
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race.</p>

1. All-Star race, qualifying format changes in store
The most exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying event of the season happens Friday night at 6:00 pm EST.

That's a fact even without the new hair-raising rule change allowing drivers to speed both away from pit road (like always) as well as enter it without a speed limit (new).

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Denny Hamlin makes NASCAR return at Darlington Raceway

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Darlington
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles' Southern 500.</p>

1. Darlington celebrates a pair of 10-year milestones, good and bad
Darlington Raceway is the first place NASCAR ever raced on pavement, all the way back on Sept. 4, 1950. That event, the first Labor Day Weekend Southern 500, saw Johnny Mantz win his only NASCAR race as he beat Fireball Roberts and 73 other competitors by at least nine laps.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Southern 500 at Darlington

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Darlington so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.</p>

Should Denny Hamlin return to racing at Talladega?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Talladega
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499.</p>

1. Should Denny Hamlin really return this weekend?
Denny Hamlin will likely start Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, his first since his back injury in March at Fontana. He's not expected to finish, much less make it past lap 20. Still, he's hoping it will help his Chase for the Sprint Cup odds.

Simultaneously, the idea is both genius and insane.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Talladega so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.</p>

Will Joe Gibbs Racing come out swinging at Richmond?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Richmond
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400.</p>

1. Beaten down Joe Gibbs Racing should come out swinging
Matt Kenseth suffered perhaps the most crushing penalty NASCAR has ever assessed that isn't a driver suspension. Kyle Busch has a strong memory of team mistakes killing his chance to qualify for last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup. And Denny Hamlin, the best Richmond International Raceway driver by advanced statistical measure in the last five-plus seasons, won't even get to suit up for Saturday night's race.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Richmond so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.</p>

NASCAR Teams Head to Kansas, Honor Boston

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Kansas Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Kansas Speedway for the STP 400.</p>

1. NASCAR honors victims, heroes of Boston Marathon explosions
Just as it did after the large-scale attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, NASCAR will serve in the role of honoring those affected by Monday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon. Beyond the expected emotional pageantry of Sunday's pre-race ceremonies at Kansas Speedway, two Sprint Cup teams with unique ties to Boston and its annual road race have even made plans to recognize and support the victims and heroes in various ways.

NASCAR Returns to Rough 'n' Tumble Short Track

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Martinsville Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Martinsville Speedway for the STP Gas Booster 500.</p>

1. Back to the scene of the (original) crime
With the he-said, he-said war of words and fenders that Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have participated in during the last three weeks, it's been easy to forget that the final laps of Martinsville's spring race one year ago was the ultimate catalyst for last season's most-talked about rivalry.

Earnhardt Jr. consistent, but will wins follow?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Auto Club Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p>

1. Strong start, but when does Dale Earnhardt Jr. win?
Depending on how you judge these things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the most impressive start to a NASCAR Sprint Cup season in his career. The claim comes with Earnhardt, now second in the point standings, putting together his best average finish (5.0) after four races since he started full-time in 2000.

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