NASCAR Articles

by Mike Neff Stock car racing has been around for nearly a century, and NASCAR has been responsible for a vast majority of the growth of the sport since the early 1950s. From its humble beginnings — when Bill France Sr. pieced together an...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  Edwards had the most telling line of the weekend at Pocono: “What’s the point of having the points lead if you don’t use it?” Think about that. That’s deep stuff. 2. Jimmie Johnson  A dearth of...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro You know something big has happened when Jeff Gordon hits a career milestone. Gordon, NASCAR’s active leader in career victories and a four-time Cup champion, has a portfolio to rival any driver in professional motorsports...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Long Pond, Pa. Specs: 2.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turn 1: 14°; Banking/ Turn 1: 8°; Banking/ Turn 3: 6° 2010 Winners: Denny Hamlin (June), Greg Biffle (Aug.) 2011 Race Length: 500 miles/200 laps...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Tom Bowles It’s hard to believe that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is already halfway through its regular season, but as the circuit heads to the melting mountains of Pocono, Pa., (seriously … it’s pushing 100 degrees up in these parts) that’...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards   Leads the series with seven top 5s and 10 top 10s through 13 races, including his most recent masterful performance — a fifth at Kansas. 2. Jimmie Johnson  Considering his reputation, one would...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro For the second week in a row, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Letarte played the fuel mileage game. And for the second week in a row, they came up just shy. In the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway,...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Vito Pugliese Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 was its typical showcase of endurance, stamina and mechanical frailty — peppered with an F-bomb — and the cries of favoritism and foul luck for NASCAR’s most popular driver. Also on display during the...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Kansas City, Kan. Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 15°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 10.4°; Banking/Backstretch: 5° 2010 Winner: Greg Biffle (Oct.) 2011 Race Length: 400.5 miles/267 laps Track...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro  1. Carl Edwards  The day faded to night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Edwards’ car struggled to keep up. Regardless, he’s the man to beat on most weekends.  2. Kevin Harvick  No one but Harvick is quite clear...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro Jimmie Johnson was still celebrating in Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21, 2010, when runner-up Kevin Harvick addressed the media and uttered a quote that still bring impish grins to this day. Harvick’s...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Mike Neff Racing means many things to many people. There is the spectacle of the entire event, the crowds of people, the sounds and smells, strategy and pure speed. Perhaps the oldest — and most accurate — description that has applied...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Concord, N.C. Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 5° 2010 Winners: Kurt Busch (May); Jamie McMurray (Oct.) 2011 Race Length: 600 miles/400 laps Track...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro  1. Carl Edwards Not that an exhibition All-Star Race factors too heavily into the Horsepower Rankings, but Edwards was on top of the list before the race, then he won the race, and therefore, holds serve.  2. Kyle Busch...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro The 2011 Sprint All-Star Race certainly wasn’t as dramatic as past editions. The conclusion was no where near as exciting — or destructive — as 1992’s “One Hot Night;” there was no race-defining moment, like Dale Earnhardt’s...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Tom Bowles If fans are fascinated with an athlete’s rise to greatness, they’re guilty of being further fixated on the fall. It’s the strange way dynasties work in competitive sports — people cheer them until too much success turns excitement...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro  1. Carl Edwards  The bad news: Edwards’ finish at Dover was his worst since early April. The good news: He finished seventh. Yeah, that’s the type of year it’s been for Carl.  2. Kyle Busch  Rowdy’s run at Dover...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro The top two drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings were the two drivers to beat in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson combined to lead 324 of the first 364 laps...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Dover, Del. Specs: 1-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 9° 2010 Winners: Kyle Busch (May); Jimmie Johnson (Sept.) 2011 Race Length: 400 miles/400 laps Track Qualifying Record...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Vito Pugliese Of all of NASCAR’s greatest assets, there are two current active drivers who rank near the top of that list — though in some circles, the “t” in “assets” might be removed from that descriptor. Be it on the radio or on pit road...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
 1. Carl Edwards   Calm and cool in the chaos that was the conclusion of the Southern 500, Edwards rolls to a runner-up showing, his eighth finish of sixth or better this season. Congrats on the kid, by the way.  2. Kyle Busch  I...
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3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro As NASCAR’s oldest track on the schedule, Darlington Raceway is often compared to Fenway Park or Wrigley Field — venues steeped in tradition that provide links to the sports’ celebrated pasts. However, NASCAR visits...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Mike Neff An accident in Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond International Raceway once again highlighted the fact that improving safety in professional motorsports is a never-ending fight. On lap 302, Jeff Gordon was tagged in the left...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Darlington, S.C. Specs: 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval; Banking/Turns: 23° and 25°; Banking/Fronstretch: 3°; Banking/Backstretch: 2° 2010 Winner: Denny Hamlin 2011 Race Length: 501.3 miles/367 laps...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  Kyle Busch has been flashy, but Edwards continues to put top-6 runs on the board. He’ll put up a few more wins before it’s over with, too. 2. Kyle Busch  Still not convinced of this “New Kyle...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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