Marcos Ambrose

NASCAR's Bonehead Moves of the Chase Era

NASCAR, NCAA Final Four share weekend in Texas

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Texas Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, NASCAR sharing a weekend in Texas with the Final Four,’Goodyear tire questions and a possible seventh race winner highlight the major topics leading us into Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

1. NASCAR shifts schedule for Final Four
Since Texas Motor Speedway added on a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date in 2005, a majority of its spring races have been run in the daytime. But the schedule shifted in 2011 to move the April date from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night.

For this year — and this year only, presumably — the race returns to its traditional Sunday afternoon time slot. The change was made to accommodate another event in the Dallas/Fort Worth area you may have heard about: the NCAA Final Four.

Edwards endures rain-soaked Sunday in Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Bristol
Carl Edwards wins a rain-soaked Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

March Madness is supposed to apply to this week’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, not NASCAR, which endured an eight-hour, marathon of a race for the second time in less than a month Sunday. Mother Nature wreaked havoc at Bristol Motor Speedway, causing two rain delays and finally ending the event prematurely when caution lights malfunctioned for inexplicable reasons.  Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR in Bristol: Will aggression spike at the half-mile bullring?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR's new qualifying tweak, increased aggression, and Kasey Kahne's and Tony Stewart's opposite run of results in Bristol highlight Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" as the Sprint Cup Series heads to East Tennessee for the Food City 500.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Kasey Kahne’s and Tony Stewart’s opposite run of results at Bristol, the effect NASCAR’s revamped title format will have on the amount of in-race aggression at the bullring and an overdue qualifying tweak are just a few of the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 500-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Marcos Ambrose

2014 could be a make-or-break year for Marcos Ambrose and Richard Petty Motorsports
Marcos Ambrose and his no. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team face a make-or-break year on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit in 2014.

After improving steadily for three seasons — on the track and in the points standings — Marcos Ambrose still wasn’t much of a week-to-week contender for NASCAR’s Chase in 2013. But a distinct ability to win on road courses, combined with the occasional oval-track success, always kept the Chase door slightly open for him to make it in as a wild card entrant when the payoffs were a 12-driver affair.

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.

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.

Kyle Busch climbs back into NASCAR contention with Watkins Glen win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Watkins Glen
Reaction from Watkins Glen, where Kyle Busch beat Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Second place really is the first loser. We hear that cliché overused in sports, and the last two weeks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have taught us the consequences of settling for runner-up. Last week there Jeff Gordon, seemingly in control of his Chase destiny until a late-race Pocono caution set up a green-white-checker finish with Kasey Kahne. The No. 5 car got the jump entering Turn 1, cleared his teammate through the Tunnel Turn and — voila! — Gordon’s victory vanished.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 5 Amazing Stats for Watkins Glen

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats at Watkins Glen
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

So this is it. It has to be.  Marcos Ambrose

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.

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