NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson Dominates NASCAR All-Star Race

Strategy, speed, execution propel Team 48 to win
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<p> Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus put together winning strategy to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race in Charlotte.</p>
2012

Prior to Jimmie Johnson’s win in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on May 12, it seemed Hendrick Motorsports would never get that elusive 200th Cup win. Its 16-race slide in between wins was relative in NASCAR terms, but for an organization lugging around tractor trailer loads of “200 Wins” caps and assorted other merchandise, it was time to hit the milestone and move on.

It turns out, moving on is just what Hendrick Motorsports has done.

Kurt Busch: A NASCAR Career of Controversy

Talent abounds, but decisions have taken toll on former Cup champ
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines how Kurt Busch's poor decisions may derail a successful NASCAR career.</p>
2012

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone, they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.” – Joni Mitchell

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

All-Star queries, Kurt Busch's penalties and grading Darlington
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council weighs in on racing at Darlington, Kurt Busch's fine and raises interesting ideas about NASCAR's All-Star Race in Charlotte.</p>
2012

Is NASCAR still on a high as Tony Stewart says? What should have been done to Kurt Busch and others for the incidents at Darlington? What about the All-Star Race? Are changes needed there?
Those were among the topics members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council debated this week. And some of their responses might surprise you. Check them out.

Danica Dances with Darlington and Kurt Busch Fined by NASCAR

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Following Hendrick Motorsports' 200th Cup win at Darlington, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 on Tuesday for his actions toward the end and after Saturday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington.

Busch was one of three people fined and one of four people placed on probation.

NASCAR put Busch on probation until July 25, citing Busch for “reckless driving on pit road during the race’’ and for being involved in an altercation with another competitor after the race.

Dodge's Precarious NASCAR Predicament

What will 2013 hold for Dodge and its involvement in NASCAR?
<p> Athlon Sports contrbutor Vito Pugliese examines Dodge's NASCAR predicament — and explores which drivers and teams may be on its wish list.</p>
2012

As Brad Keselowski celebrated in Victory Lane at Talladega, it was a scene both bittersweet and conflicting. Dodge had just won at Talladega for the first time since 1976, and yet there was precious little for the manufacturer to celebrate.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Danica's no-call, Gordon's Chase hopes and plate racing at Talladega
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council weighs in on plate racing, the Danica "no-call" and if Jeff Gordon has a chance at making the Chase.</p>
2012

Talladega always leaves fans with something to talk about and last weekend was no different from Danica Patrick’s bump that sent Sam Hornish Jr. into the wall after the checkered flag in the Nationwide race to the Jeff Gordon’s woes and the type of racing fans saw.

There was much to discuss after Talladega and members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council tackled some of those subjects.

Keselowski's Win, Biffle's Lead and Ambrose's Tough Start

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Following Brad Keselowski's win at Talladega Superspeedway, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

The Long and Short of It


Brad Keselowski’s victory in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega did more than put him in position to make the Chase again, it reaffirmed his position as one of the sport’s top drivers.

Brad Keselowski Wins Talladega

Keselowski holds off Kyle Busch in green-white-checker finish
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<p> Brad Keselowski held off Kyle Busch to win NASCAR's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.</p>
2012

Every five or six visits to NASCAR’s ultimate spectacle at Talladega Superspeedway, someone figures out a new way to conquer the beast. The freight train, the lead-the-conga-line, the tri-oval slingshot — all have taken their turns as last-lap moves du jour at the 2.66-mile behemoth in Alabama. In Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, Brad Keselowski introduced a new move.

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

Greg Biffle holds the field at bay
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<p> Brad Keselowski earned his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the year at Talladega, but Greg Biffle holds serve atop Athlon Sports' weekly Horsepower Rankings.</p>
2012

1. Greg Biffle   Found himself in roughly the same position at Talladega as he was in at Daytona ... which isn’t bad when you’re clicking off top 5s like it’s the ARCA Series.

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Doesn’t seem able to finish outside of the top 10 if he tries, but this is Dale Earnhardt Jr. we’re talking about, so only a win will keep the critics at bay.

What's New is Old: NASCAR’s Aging Population Problem

When will the next crop of drivers ascend to the Sprint Cup Series?
<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles explores a NASCAR Sprint Cup field that may have grown stagnant as its competitors have aged and become familiar with one another.</p>
2012

Quick, what do the names Kevin Conway and Andy Lally have in common? Are they:

A) Two prominent Wall Street investment bankers
B) Battling for the same role in One Life To Live
C) Americans running in the Tour de France
D) The 2010 and 2011 Sprint Cup Rookies of the Year

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