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Marcos Ambrose, Tony Stewart look for NASCAR Chase berth at Sonoma

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Sonoma 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, the nuances of road course racing on the Cup and Nationwide series and the Chase hopes of road aces Marcos Ambrose and Tony Stewart highlight the storylines leading up to the Toyota-Save Mart 350.

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, the nuances of road course racing on the Cup and Nationwide series and the Chase hopes of road aces Marcos Ambrose and Tony Stewart highlight the storylines leading up to the Toyota-Save Mart 350.

 

 

Can a winning Dale Earnhardt Jr. turn NASCAR's tide?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Pocono Raceway
Race reaction from NASCAR's Sprint Cup race in Pocono where Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded his second win of the 2014 season.

Let’s turn back the clock to 2004. Kyle Larson was adjusting to middle school, simply make it through a daily class routine. People knew Bob Keselowski, Brad’s father, as a former NASCAR driver and Truck Series owner but absolutely nothing about his son. Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup title, while Jeff Gordon was king of the NASCAR hierarchy. Meanwhile, Mark Martin and Viagra remained the most amusing sponsor pairing in sports.

 

Tumbles, Triumph and Tragedy: Pocono Raceway

Johnson, Knaus heating up, win second straight with authority in Dover

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Dover
Post-race reaction from Jimmie Johnson's win in NASCAR's FedEx 400 at Dover international Speedway.

Two and a half weeks ago, a NASCAR storyline was growing: Jimmie Johnson was doomed. The No. 48 was winless, crew chief Chad Knaus and his driver were fighting with one another and a Chase bid, let alone a bid for a seventh championship, could be in jeopardy.

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.

Jamie McMurray wins NASCAR All-Star Race in Charlotte

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the All-Star Race
Post-race reaction from Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray has one of the strangest resumes you’ll find in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. He’s a record 0-for-10 on Chase appearances — making the Missouri native the only driver who’s run full-time since 2004 to get shut out. Despite wheeling playoff-capable equipment with respected car owners Chip Ganassi and Jack Roush, he’s never finished better than 11th in series points, as inconsistency and mediocre performances have been his hallmark. Heck, McMurray has only posted wins in five of 13 career seasons while racing Cup.

Hamlin gets NASCAR season on track with win at Talladega

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega
Denny Hamlin got his season on track with a win in NASCAR's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

As an unproven rookie in 2006, restrictor plate racing put Denny Hamlin on the map. A victory in the Bud Shootout, NASCAR’s exhibition to open the season, proved the catalyst for a freshman phenom who wound up third in the final point standings. It was the start of seven straight Chase appearances, annual flirtations with the series championship and a seemingly lifetime contract to sit inside the No. 11 FedEx Toyota.  Denny Hamlin

NASCAR wild card win possible, not likely, at Talladega

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Talladega Superspeedway
Five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Talladega Superspeedway's 2.66-mile tri-oval.

1. Chase wild card available at Talladega, but still unlikely  David Ragan
No one logically would have put David Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports team as a lock to qualify for last season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. But under NASCAR’s new points structure, that’s exactly where Ragan would have been thanks to his shocking win a year ago at Talladega Superspeedway.

Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Rookie Alex Bowman

NASCAR Rookie Report: Bowman talks goals, hurdles and lessons
An exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman.

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.

Prior to this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, rookie Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry for BK Racing, sat down with David for an exclusive, extended interview. What follows is an edited transcript of their chat.

NASCAR's Bonehead Moves of the Chase Era

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