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1. Still waiting for a Chase water cooler momentA palpable buzz is non-existent heading to Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ championship fight is now four races old, yet the potential drama of a season-...
Matt Taliaferro
11 months ago
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For years, Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship mixed like oil and water. Since its last title with Tony Stewart in 2005, JGR’s postseason has resembled an Atlanta Braves playoff run. There have been spectacular...
Matt Taliaferro
12 months ago
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Technically, Matt Kenseth stood in Victory Lane Sunday night, the winner of NASCAR’s 12 Hours of Chicagoland. There are all sorts of stats, analysis and history I’m supposed to pair with that for you. It’s his series-leading sixth...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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The first time Brad Keselowski asked Paul Wolfe to be his crew chief, Wolfe didn’t flinch. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I don’t want to do it,’” Keselowski said. “I think he was kind of mad at me because I had wrecked (his car).”...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Once the smoke cleared, the cars (or what was left of them) were loaded and the Sunday sun set over Phoenix International Raceway, a new championship landscape had emerged in NASCAR. But tempers as hot and raw as the surrounding Sonora Desert...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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A Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway could provide a clue as to how racy NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup car can be. While the focus will be on tires at the test, NASCAR also will experiment with the car in hopes of...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Times are a-changin’ in NASCAR but will fans see a change in who has been the champion most often in recent years? With starting times for the remaining races pushed back, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked if they liked the...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Denny Hamlin began Thursday playing the role of NASCAR Chase contender. How’d he end it? Trying to avoid the label of tragic footnote. Smashing his car into the Turn 1 wall at a reported 202 mph, a test at the repaved Kansas Speedway turned...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Hendrick Motorsports announced on Thursday that driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will sit out the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after suffering a concussion at Talladega on Sunday. In a release, the...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Do NASCAR fans want to see wrecks? Were they thrilled by the wild action on the last lap at Talladega or was it the 25-car pileup that made the finish more exciting? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council debated what they thought about...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Matt Kenseth’s win Sunday at Talladega completed one of the greatest seasons of restrictor-plate racing in NASCAR since 1988, the first season the plates were used for all the races at Daytona and Talladega. Kenseth won the Daytona 500,...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski admits he has conflicting emotions heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. “There’s part of me that says no matter how bad Talladega goes I can only be 47 points back...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Even with replacement referees, the NFL is drawing large TV audiences. With NASCAR’s title Chase under way, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked what they’re watching more of — NASCAR or NFL. The answer, from a group of NASCAR...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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Round one is over in the Chase but it already has produced many changes on and off the track for fans. Races are starting later, fans are seeing more of it and there’s a new points leader with the former points leader saying he’ll win this...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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If Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are the Muhammad Ali of NASCAR — the heavyweight that wins with both sheer power and poise — Brad Keselowski and his No. 2 Penske Racing bunch are the sport’s Sugar Ray Leonard. Not...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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1. Denny Hamlin   Hamlin slips ahead of Jimmie Johnson thanks to having the strongest car for a third consecutive week (despite the fact he didn’t win). He also gets a hat tip for those four regular season victories. Last week: 2 2. ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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Throughout the Olympics one often hears about a “Dream Team’’ in one sport or another. So what about NASCAR? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked if they were an owner with four teams and could pick any Cup driver in any era,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Ford 400 Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway Location: Homestead, Fla. When: Sunday, Nov. 20 TV: ESPN (3:00 p.m. EST) Specs: 1.5-mile oval; Banking/Straightaways: 4°; Banking/Turns: Variable (18°-20...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese Just three points separate Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards as they settle the 2011 Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But is this really the greatest (or even the closest) title fight ever? Athlon Sports...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  It’s tough to rank Stewart ahead of Carl Edwards or vise versa, but Smoke gets the edge here because he’s throwing wins on the board — and that’s fun to watch. 2. Carl Edwards  His consistency —...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA Texas 500 Track: Texas Motor Speedway Location: Fort Worth, Texas When: Sunday, Nov. 6 TV: ESPN (3:00 p.m. EST) Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18°; Banking/...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards Talladega and Martinsville were the wild card tracks, and the two Edwards and crew were most apprehensive about. They went into ’Dega with a five-point lead and left Martinsville up eight. 2. Tony Stewart...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Tums Fast Relief 500 Track: Martinsville Speedway Location: Martinsville, Va. When: Sunday, Oct. 30 TV: ESPN (1:30 p.m. EST) Specs: .526-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12 degrees April Winner: Kevin...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards No one driver wins the Chase at Talladega, but many lose it. Edwards did neither, which is a good thing for him. Expect top-10 runs from here on out. 2. Matt Kenseth Edwards’ teammate and the 2003 champ,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro And then, there were five. So it seems. Maybe. The one thing that is beyond debate is Clint Bowyer’s continued strength on NASCAR’s plate tracks. Bowyer made a last-lap pass of teammate Jeff Burton in the Good Sam Club 500 at...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago

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