NASCAR Articles

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...
Matt Taliaferro
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...
Matt Taliaferro
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...
Matt Taliaferro
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
by Matt Taliaferro Saturday night’s Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 from Richmond International Raceway was a tale of two teams within one race shop. Storyline No. 1 was Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team — a driver and team...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Richmond, Va. Specs: .75-mile D-shaped oval; Banking/Turns: 14°; Banking/Fronstretch: 8°; Banking/Backstretch: 2° 2010 Winners: Kyle Busch (May), Denny Hamlin (September) 2011 Race Length: 300...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. — Robert C. Gallagher These days, longtime fans, analysts and anyone with a NASCAR license is drawn into constant debate about the “good old days.” With well-documented, often-rehashed...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro Life can be tough at the top. Or even near it. And in the world of professional auto racing — where speed is not measured in horsepower, but dollars — it can be downright impossible to break through. Don’t tell Blake Koch,...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Vito Pugliese Ever notice how everything that’s about 25 years old comes back in style again? There are many sayings that help corroborate the observation: Everything old is new again. Nothing is original – steal from anywhere. Heck it’s...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro Restrictor-plate racing at NASCAR’s two largest ovals in Daytona and Talladega has always been known as a high-speed chess match — one that, more often than not, produces tight, thrilling finishes. At no race was that more...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Mike Neff Scientifically Treated Petroleum has been a staple of shade tree mechanics since 1953, but the product is perhaps best known for its involvement in motorsports. STP teamed up with Richard Petty in 1971, beginning a 29-year...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Talladega, Ala. Specs: 2.66-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns:33°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 18°; Banking/Backstretch: 2° 2010 Winners: Kevin Harvick (April), Clint Bowyer (Novemebr) 2011 Race Length: 500...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro  1. Kyle Busch   After runs of first, third and third, Busch slumped to 16th in Texas, courtesy of a persistent loose wheel. It can’t be a good feeling to run 200 mph into a turn knowing that a wheel could come off.  2...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro So much has been made of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s winless skid and the just-broken streak of Jeff Gordon that Matt Kenseth’s 76-race bout of futility has largely been overlooked. Not that Kenseth complained — after all, who wants...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Fort Worth, Texas Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18°; Banking/Straightaways: 5° 2010 Winners: Denny Hamlin won both races (April and November). 2011 Race...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Tom Bowles In sports, as in life, success and failure have an undeniable history of rotating in cycles. But for superstars, like MLB’s Derek Jeter or even NASCAR’s own Jimmie Johnson, they stand out by clinging to a bright side continually...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro  1. Kyle Busch  Young Rowdy nabs the top spot from Carl Edwards this week thanks to four top-3 finishes in the last five races. He’s led a race-high 151 laps in each of the last two, to boot.  2. Kevin Harvick ...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro Kevin Harvick’s new nickname, “The Closer,” is a well-earned moniker. Harvick rallied late in the afternoon at Martinsville Speedway to overtake Dale Earnhardt Jr. and win the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on Sunday. The victory...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
by Vito Pugliese The U.S. Navy SEALS have a certain code and mantra they live by: Not dead, can’t quit. That came to mind when looking back on the storied carrier of one of NASCAR’s most recognizable personalities. This Sunday marks a...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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