Joey Logano

NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing Race No. 3 in Dover

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase moves to the high banks of Dover
Contenders, pretenders and predicted winners for the third race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Ted Nugent likely would refer to the third track of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup as “the concrete jungle hell-zone.” And honestly, that’s exactly what Dover is — an oversized Bristol with corners akin to the white cliffs of the same name that fall away into the abyss, only to shoot cars up onto a straightaway with what feels like an off-camber turn.

NASCAR Chase Race No. 2: The four things we learned in New Hampshire

Through the Gears: Balance of power clearly in Team Penske's court
Post-race reaction from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Joey Logano won the Sylvania 300, the second race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

A debris field of Chase contenders at Loudon, with several drivers nursing home wrecked race cars and mulling potential elimination, was caused by none other than … debris itself. That’s right; an exciting end to the second race of NASCAR’s playoffs may never have happened had officials not called a debris caution on Lap 171, “cleaning up” the track while bunching up the field after a long, sprawling green-flag run.

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

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.

 

Kahne grabs NASCAR Chase bid in Atlanta; sets up Richmond showdown

Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta
Kasey Kahne wins the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and locks his Hendrick Motorsports team into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick had the field covered on-track at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night; Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth had it covered on pit road. But at the end of a grueling 335-lap affair, it was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne that walked away with the hardware — and a coveted spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

Penske teammates "legit championship threats" after big NASCAR weekend in Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Bristol Night Race
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Penske Racing has been a multi-car team since the beginning of 1998. Despite making over 1,000 starts in the first 15 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it had only a single 1-2 finish — and that in itself was rolling snake eyes on a craps table: mastering plate-racing luck in the 2008 Daytona 500.  Joey Logano

 

Ryan Blaney promotion a boon for both Penske and Woods

David Smith analyzes a key 2015 transaction in his weekly NASCAR Rookie Report
Analyzing the transaction that brings Ryan Blaney to the the Wood Brothers — and eventually Team Penske — in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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 the transaction that brings future Cup Series rookie Ryan Blaney to one of the sport’s most storied teams.

 

 

Ryan Blaney promotion a boon for both Penske and Woods

David Smith analyzes a key 2015 transaction in his weekly NASCAR Rookie Report
Analyzing the transaction that brings Ryan Blaney to the the Wood Brothers — and eventually Team Penske — in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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 the transaction that brings future Cup Series rookie Ryan Blaney to one of the sport’s most storied teams.

 

 

Jeff Gordon bests Joey Logano in a NASCAR "battle of the ages"

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Michigan
Race recap of the Pure Michigan 400, where Jeff Gordon won his third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Once upon a time, 24-year-old Jeff Gordon set the NASCAR world on fire. In his third full season in the Cup Series, he won seven times, collected 23 top-10 finishes and intimidated The Intimidator himself en route to his first series title. It was a watershed moment, one that set the stage for other young, aspiring drivers to walk in Gordon’s path rather than spend 15 years “working their way up the ranks” in middling equipment before earning a primo shot.

 

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