Carl Edwards

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Pocono

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkorses for your Fantasy NASCAR team as the series heads to Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 400.</p>
2012

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Pocono Mountains for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. When the series last hit the 2.5-mile oval in June, it was Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano that went to Victory Lane, leading 49 of the 160 laps and moving veteran Mark Martin out of the lead in the closing laps.

NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

Edwards, Allmendinger, Gordon and Ryan Blaney highlight storylines
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with Carl Edwards' new crew chief, AJ Allmendinger's test date, Martin Truex Jr.'s contract situation and Jeff Gordon's trip to Rwanda.</p>
2012

Carl Edwards, winless in his last 52 races and fighting to make NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, has a new crew chief, Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday.

Chad Norris will replace Bob Osborne as Edwards’ crew chief immediately. Osborne was with Edwards when Edwards made his Cup debut in 2004 and ran the final 13 races that year. The following season, their first full season together, Edwards won four races and finished third in the points. 

Kasey Kahne Wins in New Hampshire

Kahne Making a "Kase" for the Chase
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<p> Kasey Kahne took advantage of a Denny Hamlin miscue to win the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>
2012

NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship wild card hunt took a definitive turn at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team dominated the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, leading 150 laps. However, miscommunication during the final round of pit stops on lap 235 of 301 between Kahne and crew chief Darian Grubb dropped their Toyota from first to 14th.

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at New Hampshire

Favorites and darkhorses for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkorses for your Fantasy NASCAR team as the series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>
2012

The race may have ended Saturday night, but the smoke has yet to settle following the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway — both literally and figuratively.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Packs vs. tandems, tradition vs. change, shortened races and 2012 surprises
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<p> The&nbsp;Backseat Drivers Fan Council discuss tradition vs. change, tandem rdafting vs. pack racing, shortening races, 2012 surprises and the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.</p>
2012

Tradition vs. Change. Shorten races vs. keeping them the same. Tandem drafting vs. pack racing. Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council faced many choices with this week’s NASCAR survey.

There was more, including what has been the biggest surprise of the season to how they graded last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona. The opinions vary — and in some cases are quite strong. Here’s what the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had to say about these issues.

Recapping a Busy Week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around a busy NASCR Sprint Cup circuit. AJ Allmendinger's failed drug test, Denny Hamlin's contract extension, the US Army's bailing out of the sport and plenty of baby news is on the docket.</p>
2012

AJ Allmendinger issued his first public comments Tuesday since NASCAR temporarily suspended the Penske Racing driver before last weekend’s race at Daytona for a failed drug test.

“I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the ‘B’ sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR’s 2012 rule book regarding this situation,” Allmendinger said in a statement.

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Daytona

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Saturday's Coke Zero 400
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<p> Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkorses for your Fantasy NASCAR team as the series heads to Dayttona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400.</p>
2012

Here's hoping all the NASCAR fantasy players out there had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. After a week of firework displays around this great nation, the grand finale will come Saturday night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 — let's just keep Juan Pablo Montoya away from any jet dryers, OK?

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Kentucky

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses in Saturday's Quaker State 400
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Saturday's Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.</p>
2012

Over the past three weeks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has run on new surfaces twice at Pocono and Michigan. While Kentucky Speedway is not a new surface, Saturday night's Quaker State 400 is only the second Cup Series race on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. So while teams will have a slightly better idea of what to expect with the notes built from last year’s event, Kentucky Speedway still presents some unknowns.

The Matt Kenseth/Jack Roush Split

Kenseth's departure from Roush Fenway Racing just business, not personal
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the relationship between Matt Kenseth and Jack Roush and what led to the separation after 13 years together in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Kenseth's departure, Roush's title chances and the next driver to score a win
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council wieghs in on Matt Kenseth's departure from Roush Fenway Racing, his team's title hopes, the road race at Sonoma and on which winless driver in 2012 will break through first.</p>
2012

The announcement that Matt Kenseth will leave Roush Fenway Racing after this season has been the talk of NASCAR. Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council didn’t hold back on what they thought about the move on if it was good or bad for Roush and how this might impact Kenseth’s title hopes.

The Backseat Drivers Fan Council also weighed in on Sunday’s race at Sonoma, who between 11th and 20th in the points will make the Chase and more. Here’s what they had to say.

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