Jamie McMurray

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.

Celebrating the 426: Mopar's Greatest Racing Moments

Dodge's eight most notable accomplishments. Why eight? Because of the twin four-barrel Carters that sit between those mile-wide chrome valve covers.
Dodge's greatest NASCAR moments

April 26th (4.26) is being promoted as HEMI Day by Mopar Parts and Chrysler in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary 426 HEMI engine. 1964 was a watershed year for motorsports as well as the Chrysler Corporation and its engine that would become synonymous with unequaled horsepower and winning in dominant, if not embarrassing, fashion.

Hype builds for the Daytona 500 as favorites emerge

NASCAR season begins with Hamlin, Kenseth, riding high
Pre-race favorites and storylines for NASCAR's Daytona 500.

A week of pomp and circumstance is nearly over in Daytona Beach. On the eve of NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, Cup cars roar around the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in the final practice session of the week — known as Happy Hour — looking for that last little bit of speed. Or handling. Or integrity. Or answers of some sort.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Jamie McMurray

Can McMurray finally crack Chase code in 2014?
Season preview for Jamie McMurray and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Jamie McMurray probably feels pretty good about the possibilities that this year holds. Of course, McMurray, one of the sport’s most upbeat personalities, probably feels that way almost every year.  Jamie McMurray and Keith Rodden

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Phoenix

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the AdvoCare 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway means a lot of things to Denny Hamlin. The facility was the site of the beginning of the end to his ill-fated 2010 Chase run. Following its 2011 repave, Hamlin became the track’s most dominant driver and a winner in 2012. The track also served as an ancillary character in one the most puzzling penalties in recent NASCAR history, which involved Hamlin.

McMurray wins in Talladega; NASCAR Chase lead changes

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega Superspeedway
Four things we learned following Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday on Twitter, as a single-file line froze in place after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race’s final caution on the white-flag lap, I wrote the following Talladega evaluation:

“Great race, but last few laps, almost all drivers decided getting out in one piece was more important.”

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Michigan International Speedway

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Pure Michigan 400
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Let’s be clear: Joey Logano making the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase in 2013 should be considered a coup, not an expectation.

At 23 years old, Logano has underachieved in the eyes of many, but not under the watchful eye of Penske Racing, his new home at which he is blossoming this year. He’d be more firmly in Chase contention if not for the 25-point penalty incurred earlier this season, but 16th with a bullet probably also suffices for developing ahead of schedule.

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.

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.

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