Jimmie Johnson

Busch wins in Atlanta; NASCAR Chase race tightens

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Post-race reaction from Kyle Busch's win in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

So much happened at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend that the winner was, in some ways, irrelevant. Kyle Busch’s fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory clinched his spot in the Chase, but it was one the driver had on lockdown for weeks. The No. 18 Toyota, comfortably within the top 10 in points, has been overshadowed amongst potential title contenders by Jimmie Johnson’s strength-turned-slump and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth’s five wins.

Drivers look to secure NASCAR Chase bids in Michigan

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Michigan International Speedway
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

Winning still not everything for nearly locked-in Chase drivers  Jimmie Johnson
Sunday’s green flag at Michigan International Speedway will leave just three left before NASCAR’s field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is set. Series points leader Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the 43 drivers who will start the race who knows he’s completely and totally locked in the championship field.

Top 10 Amazing Feats in NASCAR History

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.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Michigan International Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Pure Michigan 400.
Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

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.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Watkins Glen International

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

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.

Hendrick Motorsports continues NASCAR domination at Pocono

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Pocono
Reaction from Pocono Raceway, where Kasey Kahne beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's GoBowling.com 400.

Jimmie Johnson isn’t the only driver this season that’s made a specialty of serving up wins for someone else. For Kasey Kahne, this year has been a long line of should-have-beens, as top 5s were the result in a car capable of outright domination out front. One of the best cars on intermediates this season, he’s instead on the Chase bubble through no fault of his own. Three restrictor plate wrecks — none of them completely of his making — combined with a wreck at Darlington while leading had him searching for a summer of redemption.

Jimmie Johnson dropping the "C" word — clarity — at Pocono

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Pocono
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five NASCAR storylines to watch in this weekend's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

1. Pocono re-pave hasn’t taken kindly to Denny Hamlin  Denny Hamlin
The lore of Denny Hamlin’s exploits grew quickly at Pocono Raceway. That’ll happen when you win the first two races of your career at the tough-to-master speedway. Sprint Cup races, nonetheless.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Pocono Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway
JImmie Johnson and Tony Stewart top the list of Fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Pocono Raceway for the GoBowling.com 400.

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.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Pocono

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats at Pocono Raceway
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Are you prepared for Indianapolis, Part 2?

A long-standing belief across NASCAR shops is that what works at big, flat Indianapolis Motor Speedway also works at big, flat Pocono Raceway. Statistically, it’s true. A study on MotorsportsAnalytics.com this year proved that the two facilities closely correlate (with a comparatively high coefficient of 0.465) in results getting.

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