Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Tunnel Turn, Johnson's roll, NASCAR on TNT on tap at Pocono

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Pocono Raceway
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, a new feature in Pocono’s “Tunnel Turn,” ARCA action, Jimmie Johnson’s win streak, a winless Matt Kenseth and TNT’s return highlight the storylines leading up to the Pocono 400.

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, a new feature in Pocono’s “Tunnel Turn,” ARCA action, Jimmie Johnson’s win streak, a winless Matt Kenseth and TNT’s return highlight the storylines leading up to the Pocono 400.

Is Jimmie Johnson's summer reign beginning?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Dover International Speedway
Five things to watch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover international Speedway

Jimmie Johnson’s summer reign may be just beginning  Jimmie Johnson
It was a bad, horrible and no-good storyline in the run up to last week’s Coca-Cola 600: a “struggling” Jimmie Johnson was winless and looked more average than a six-time champion really should in the season’s opening stint.

Kansas winner Jeff Gordon still a NASCAR contender after 20 years

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Kansas
The four things we learned after Jeff Gordon's win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Twenty years. That’s how long it’s been, on May 29, since Jeff Gordon won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at the ripe old age of 22. One of the first to do so well, so young, Gordon encapsulated the perfect mix of talent, speed, sponsorship and confidence cloaked in invincibility. Four titles in a seven-year span had many pegging him as the man to knock off Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt atop the Cup championship ladder.

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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

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Can Stenhouse, Mike Kelley, duplicate Nationwide success in Cup Series?
Previewing the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and Roush Fenway driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. concluded what most would consider a typical rookie season at 19th in the final Sprint Cup standings in 2013. While many expect continued gains, the rising sophomore is caught square in the muck of mid-major teams that will fight tooth and nail to gain footing in the points range just outside of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Jimmie Johnson, with little flare, just keeps on winning in NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Four things we learned following Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Homestead, Fla.

When I think of Jimmie Johnson and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship performance, I’m reminded of a simple analogy Rick Hendrick brought up after the race.

“I like to use the Parcells quote,” the winning car owner said. “You are what your record says you are.”

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix International Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the AdvoCare 500 in Phoenix
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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 Sprint Cup Series 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.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Phoenix

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the AdvoCare 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway means a lot of things to Denny Hamlin. The facility was the site of the beginning of the end to his ill-fated 2010 Chase run. Following its 2011 repave, Hamlin became the track’s most dominant driver and a winner in 2012. The track also served as an ancillary character in one the most puzzling penalties in recent NASCAR history, which involved Hamlin.

McMurray wins in Talladega; NASCAR Chase lead changes

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega Superspeedway
Four things we learned following Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday on Twitter, as a single-file line froze in place after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race’s final caution on the white-flag lap, I wrote the following Talladega evaluation:

“Great race, but last few laps, almost all drivers decided getting out in one piece was more important.”

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