David Ragan

NASCAR Numbers Game: Taking stock of the 2013 Sprint Cup season

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats in the Cup Series
David Smith crunches the numbers for the Sprint Cup Series in his weekly "NASCAR Numbers Game" column.

The off week prior to the race at Indianapolis serves as a welcome respite to everyone in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series except crew chiefs who might be on the hot seat. One casualty of “chopping block week” occurred Tuesday morning when BK Racing relieved Pat Tryson of his duties as the head wrench for David Reutimann’s No. 83 entry.

Penske teamwork results in clutch win for Keselowski at Talladega

Through the Gears: The four things we learned at Talladega
Post-race reaction from Brad Keselowski's win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Multi-car teams working together: it’s a modern NASCAR philosophy that began in the 1980s, failed miserably, and was redefined during the 1990s by Hendrick Motorsports. Built with Jeff Gordon, massaged by Terry Labonte and perfected by Jimmie Johnson, the organization has won 11 championships based on multiple cars sharing information, turning from rivals on the racetrack into individuals openly helping one another.

Hamlin gets NASCAR season on track with win at Talladega

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega
Denny Hamlin got his season on track with a win in NASCAR's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

As an unproven rookie in 2006, restrictor plate racing put Denny Hamlin on the map. A victory in the Bud Shootout, NASCAR’s exhibition to open the season, proved the catalyst for a freshman phenom who wound up third in the final point standings. It was the start of seven straight Chase appearances, annual flirtations with the series championship and a seemingly lifetime contract to sit inside the No. 11 FedEx Toyota.  Denny Hamlin

NASCAR wild card win possible, not likely, at Talladega

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Talladega Superspeedway
Five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Talladega Superspeedway's 2.66-mile tri-oval.

1. Chase wild card available at Talladega, but still unlikely  David Ragan
No one logically would have put David Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports team as a lock to qualify for last season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. But under NASCAR’s new points structure, that’s exactly where Ragan would have been thanks to his shocking win a year ago at Talladega Superspeedway.

Johnson defends points lead as NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Martinsville Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

1. When will Jimmie Johnson’s Martinsville fortune run out?  Jimmie Johnson
I’ve been writing and talking this week about the shared topic of many others tasked with putting words together about Sunday’s race. That topic? Jimmie Johnson’s magical Martinsville touch.

Treacherous Talladega awaits drivers, NASCAR Chase leaders

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Talladega Superspeedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500.

1. Is riding at the back really Talladega’s key to success?  Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon won the fall 2007 race at Talladega Superspeedway in a way that has seemed to permanently skew impressions of restrictor plate racing. Leading just one lap, Gordon stormed from the back in the final laps — he averaged a running position of 28th throughout the day — to score the win.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing stats for Talladega

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega.

The Fifth of May was a day for underdogs everywhere. The little guy won. The Davids beat Goliath.

Front Row Motorsports’ taming of Talladega Superspeedway, the 2.66-mile track that is home to more action and unexpected turns of events than a pro wrestling cage match, might be the best feel-good story of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A former start-and-park team conquered the day. It made many fans feel all warm and fuzzy.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Daytona International Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Coke Zero 400
Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead the contenders for your NASCAR Fantasy squad at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Michigan International Speedway

Picking the best Sprint Cup fantasy drivers at Michigan so you don't have to.
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<p> Fantasy NASCAR tips for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.</p>

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season. The “also consider” section ranks unmentioned drivers strictly by expected result without consideration of start limitations.

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