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2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Austin Dillon

Dillon ready for pressure that awaits in bringing the No. 3 back to Cup
2014 season preview for Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Richard Childress Racing’s iconic, stylized No. 3 will make its return to the Cup Series for the first time since February 2001. That will undoubtedly be one of the sport’s biggest headlines heading into the 2014 Daytona 500, as Childress promotes grandson Austin Dillon to the seat Dale Earnhardt made famous. And the expectations that come with carrying one of the most recognized and revered numbers in motorsports history are not lost on him.

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2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman a natural fit at Richard Childress Racing
2014 driver preview for Ryan Newman on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.

After five years with Stewart-Haas Racing, Ryan Newman seeks a new beginning with Richard Childress Racing for 2014. And RCR? It hopes Newman becomes the steadying, stable force inside the organization it just released in Jeff Burton.  Ryan Newman

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Paul Menard

Is Menard's best good enough in a deep Sprint Cup field?
Driver preview for Paul Menard on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.

Paul Menard has spent the past few seasons of his Sprint Cup career on the fringe of success. He has just one win on his Cup résumé, in 2011, but it’s one of the most prestigious wins a driver can have: the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s good for a top 5 and a few top 10s per year and, through conserving equipment, can achieve consistency. He was good enough to run inside the top 10 in points for 10 weeks in 2013.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: Is Jimmie Johnson's reign comparable to any the sport has seen?

The fourth in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 team has won six of the last eight Sprint Cup championships. In a day when parity in professional sports is not merely encouraged but is the norm, is this team’s sustained success comparable to anything ever seen in NASCAR?

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Greg Biffle

Steady Biffle chases playoff improvement
Previewing the 2014 season of NASCR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle.

Greg Biffle earned his sixth berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year, and it’s not lost on the Ford driver just how important making the sport’s postseason actually is. In fact, he believes the Chase is what offers the sport’s top drivers and teams a sense of legitimacy.  Greg Biffle

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.

30 Funny Fantasy NASCAR Team Names

Fantasy NASCAR is here, and this list will spice up your league
<p> Thirty of the funniest Fantasy NASCAR team names you're likely to find.</p>

The season is getting closer by the day, which means it’s time to plan your spring and summer road trips and to name your 2014 Fantasy NASCAR team. While it may be tough to win your league each season, it’s not as difficult to have the best team name.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: What did NASCAR learn from its visit to Eldora?

The third in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
As part of the 2014 NASCAR season preview, Athlon Sports sits down with seven of the sport's leading journalists to discuss what NASCAR learned when its Camping World Truck Series visited Eldora Speedway in 2013.

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

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