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Keselowski’s “cop out” explanation for Stewart case wrong-minded

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup heads north to Loudon, N.H., where Brad Keselowski is downplaying his role as favorite, championship darkhorse Aric Almirola is trying to dig out of a hole and Hendrick Motorsports looks to capitalize on lessons learned from a New Hampshire test session.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup heads north to Loudon, N.H., where Brad Keselowski is downplaying his role as favorite, championship darkhorse Aric Almirola is trying to dig out of a hole and Hendrick Motorsports looks to capitalize on lessons learned from a New Hampshire test session.

 

 

Chicagoland winner Keselowski prepares for reset as NASCAR Chase marches on

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 team overcome adversity, win Chase opener
Brad Keselowski makes statement with win at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR pushes on to second Chase for Sprint Cup event.

Qualifying has never been so important in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — just ask the six drivers with the best qualifying average on the circuit. Each has scored multiple wins in 2014.

 

Brad Keselowski is amongst that group. In fact, he leads it. Keselowski’s five wins are a series best, as is his 7.2-place average starting position.

 

That’s what made Sunday’s Chase kickoff race at Chicagoland Speedway unusual.

 

NASCAR Chase Race No. 1: The four things we learned at Chicagoland Speedway

Through the Gears: Keselowski wins first Chase race; Larson on verge of breaking through
Post-race reaction from Chicagoland Speedway, where Brad Keselowski won his fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and earned a pass into Round 2 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Wait a second. Are you telling me there was a pass for the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ visit to Chicagoland Speedway within the last 20 laps of the race? Not just one, or two, or three … but four passes? 

 

The Chase: No going back from NASCAR’s new Pandora’s Box

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Chicagoland Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off — complete with a hokey shiny new format. Also, Matt Kenseth looks for a Chi-town repeat, Jimmie Johnson begins his quest for a seventh title in earnest and some movement in the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Jr. investigation highlight the storylines heading into the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off — complete with a hokey shiny new format. Also, Matt Kenseth looks for a Chi-town repeat, Jimmie Johnson begins his quest for a seventh title in earnest and some movement in the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Jr. investigation highlight the storylines heading into the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

 

NASCAR's 2014 Chase: A Driver-by-Driver Preview

NASCAR Chase: Previewing Race No. 1 at Chicagoland Speedway

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR kicks off the Chase at Chicagoland
Contenders, pretenders and predicted winners for the first race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Predicting how the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase will pan out has always been a shot in the dark with one in the cylinder and no night sights. This year things get even more muddled with a new elimination format among the (Sweet) 16 teams that make up the 2014 Chase grid. 

 

Keselowski rolls, makes Richmond into a snoozer; NASCAR Chase field set

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in regular-season finale at Richmond
Post-race reaction from Richmond International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 and NASCAR set its 16-driver Chase field.

Richmond International Raceway hosted 650 laps of racing this weekend within NASCAR’s two major series — Nationwide and Sprint Cup — with 633 of those laps led by just two drivers. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch dominated each event, making the most interesting moment at NASCAR’s “most competitive” short track a drunken guy that climbed to the top of the catchfencing. Busch led all 250 circuits in the Nationwide event — a race that has averaged a whopping two lead changes in the last three NNS events held there.

 

The most memorable Richmond moments from NASCAR's Chase era

NASCAR Rookie Report: Kyle Larson is inconsistent — and it doesn't matter

Larson's inconsistency in line with other NASCAR greats' rookie campaigns
David Smith analyzes Kyle Larson's NASCAR Sprint Cup season and finds that his inconsistency is in line with other rookies greats such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers and more.

 

Today, David analyzes a top rookie’s consistency and asks whether it matters.

 

 

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