Martin Truex Jr.

Keselowski wins in Charlotte; important NASCAR test on tap

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Five things we learned following NASCAR's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Forget the Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 or Saturday’s 500-miler. NASCAR’s biggest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway happens on Monday in front of a handful of officials, mechanics and high-tech engineers. At stake: keeping the future of the sport intact after a season of less-than-scintillating competition with NASCAR’s much-ballyhooed Gen-6 chassis. It’s a test insiders say could kill off the dreaded “aero push,” enemy number one in what’s made trying to pass the leader a Mission: Impossible assignment.

NASCAR Numbers Game: Newman better positioned for Chase success than Truex

Martin Truex is out and Ryan Newman is in.

That’s the call per NASCAR following the stock car equivalent of the Ocean’s Eleven robbery. In this scenario, Daniel Ocean, played by Michael Waltrip, didn’t get away with his cut of $150 million without breaking a sweat. The spot earned by Truex, via the wild card, was awarded to Newman once a pre-seeding 50-point penalty was put into effect by the sanctioning body.

Now, how does this impact the Chase field?

Drivers look to transfer into NASCAR's Chase at Richmond

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Richmond.
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Richmond International Raceway and the final regular-date on the schedule.

1. NASCAR's regular season ends at Richmond
Twenty-five races ago, Danica Patrick was the story across the sport. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 and was kicking off a season bundled with optimism and overhype of NASCAR's new Gen-6 platform. Naturally, Jimmie Johnson won the first race.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 5 Amazing Stats for Richmond

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Federated Auto Parts 400
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

 “Momentum” is an overused buzzword in sports. Writers, commentators and athletes are quick to drop it into conversation, but, at best, it’s a myth created to build one’s confidence.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Atlanta Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the AdvoCare 500
Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500.

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.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Bristol Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Bristol Night Race
Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race.

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.

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.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Kentucky Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Quaker State 400
Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch lead the way in tips for your NASCAR Fantasy squad at the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

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 nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

Martin Truex Jr. ends NASCAR skid, wins in Sonoma

Truex puts on a clinic on the road, collects first Cup win since 2007
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<p> Martin Truex Jr. ends 218-race winless skid, wins the NASCAR Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.</p>

Not long ago, Sonoma Raceway was owned by drivers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who, between 1998-2006, won seven of the nine NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the 1.99-mile road course. Road-racing aces like Robby Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya were the real competition, not the typical oval-centric stock car crowd. And certainly not drivers with a short-track background like Martin Truex Jr., in the midst of a 218-race winless skid.

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