NASCAR Articles

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...
David Smith
10 months ago
Ten years. That’s how long since the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash, near Martinsville, which took the lives of 10 innocent victims. Among them were owner Rick Hendrick’s son, Ricky, and brother John; nieces Kimberly and Jennifer,...
Tom Bowles
10 months ago
Martinsville is Jeff Gordon’s ticket to HomesteadJeff Gordon is driving a brand new Hendrick Motorsports chassis this weekend at Martinsville, but his old fortune at the track may be his best weapon in advancing to the Chase for the Sprint...
Geoffrey Miller
10 months ago
The one thing the 2.66-mile behemoth that is Talladega Superspeedway and the half-mile paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway have in common is the reversal of fortunes each potentially delivers. After raising the ire of fans and the garage (Matt...
Vito Pugliese
10 months ago
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...
David Smith
10 months ago
Multi-car teams working together: it’s a modern NASCAR philosophy that began in the 1980s, failed miserably, and was redefined during the 1990s by Hendrick Motorsports. Built with Jeff Gordon, massaged by Terry Labonte and perfected by Jimmie...
Tom Bowles
10 months ago
Talladega’s eternal question: offense or defense?Conventional wisdom says Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway will be a non-stop battle of lead changes and side-by-side racing thanks to the building pressure of Chase for the Sprint...
Geoffrey Miller
10 months ago
With the WWE Attitude-Era finale to last weekend’s Bank of America 500 in Charlotte, you’d be hard pressed to remember how the first 25 laps were obscured by either a college football game or (of all things) a preseason NBA game. No...
Vito Pugliese
10 months ago
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...
David Smith
10 months ago
Brad Keselowski’s actions, both during and after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, are what everyone’s talking about this week in NASCAR. After running 16th and watching his title hopes potentially go up in flames, Keselowski took...
Tom Bowles
10 months ago
The Chase is dramatic — but is it working?Taylor Swift has one of the hottest tunes on pop radio right with a message for all of her, um, haters.  'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, playAnd the haters gonna hate,...
Geoffrey Miller
10 months ago
Charlotte Motor Speedway
The easy intro to last weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway would be to say that Chase contenders Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson crapped out, rolled snake eyes or drew a bad deck of cards. Whatever cliché...
Vito Pugliese
10 months ago
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...
David Smith
10 months ago
Joey Logano
Kansas is becoming known as the “cookie-cutter wild card.” Bizarre stuff has happened here during the 11 years it’s been a part of the Chase, from Greg Biffle winning a race in 2007 despite not crossing the checkered flag first to...
Tom Bowles
10 months ago
Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. Kyle Busch has to continue Kansas improvementKyle Busch never made it...
Geoffrey Miller
11 months ago
Last weekend’s race at Dover was billed as an event that was going to be completely crazy, mass hysteria, even — but that never materialized. If anything, it was rather tame and uneventful. Typically, Dover produces at least one track-...
Vito Pugliese
11 months ago
Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith evaluates the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report includes twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with drivers and more....
David Smith
11 months ago
So, NASCAR Nation, were the first three races of NASCAR’s reformatted Chase for the Sprint Cup more exciting than last year? Here’s a few statistics to help you decide. Lead Changes2013: 21.0 per event2014: 12.7 per event Lead...
Tom Bowles
11 months ago
Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup hits its first elimination...
Geoffrey Miller
11 months ago
Ted Nugent likely would refer to the third track of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup as “the concrete jungle hell-zone.” And honestly, that’s exactly what Dover is — an oversized Bristol with corners akin to the white...
Vito Pugliese
11 months ago
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...
David Smith
11 months ago
A debris field of Chase contenders at Loudon, with several drivers nursing home wrecked race cars and mulling potential elimination, was caused by none other than … debris itself. That’s right; an exciting end to the second race of...
Tom Bowles
11 months ago
Each week, Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" will help you catch up on the biggest stories on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' upcoming race weekend. This week, the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup heads north to Loudon, N.H...
Geoffrey Miller
11 months ago
New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNew Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the opening race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup until 2011, when it was replaced by Chicagoland Speedway. That’s a shame, since the 1.058-mile track in Loudon has...
Vito Pugliese
11 months ago
Qualifying has never been so important in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — just ask the six drivers with the best qualifying average on the circuit. Each has scored multiple wins in 2014. Brad Keselowski is amongst that group. In fact, he...
Matt Taliaferro
11 months ago

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