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
1 year ago
 Thirteen years after tragedy and 10 years after triumph, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into Daytona 500 Victory Lane a second time. Emotions ran high in a race where a car with the slanted, stylized “3” made famous by his late father...
Tom Bowles
1 year ago
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For a sport facing such drastic change — change that has not necessarily been accepted by an obstinate fanbase — NASCAR needed a dose of familiarity. In its marquee event, the Daytona 500, it got just that....
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
What happens when the Daytona 500 goes to a rain delay and FOX decides to re-air the previous year’s race?When confused viewers take to social media, Twitter hilarity ensues.The Daytona 500 was red flagged at 2:12 pm EST due to heavy rain in...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
A week of pomp and circumstance is nearly over in Daytona Beach. On the eve of NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, Cup cars roar around the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in the final practice session of the week — known...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
1. Joe Gibbs Racing easily the early favorites  The sabre-rattling from the Joe Gibbs Racing camp early in Daytona Speedweeks has been impossible to avoid. Simply put: they’ve won everything, save for the Daytona 500 pole in single-lap...
Geoffrey Miller
1 year ago
Ricky Craven didn’t put a full-court press on Victory Lane during his Sprint Cup driving career. He won only twice over a span of 11 years, but in his life as a racing analyst for ESPN — a role he’s held since 2008 — he has...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
The Budweiser Duel at Daytona, NASCAR’s twin qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500, enjoyed its first setting in prime time on Thursday evening. While the week leading up to the event witnessed practice crashes that forced...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
Jimmie Johnson
When I was growing up there was only one record, one accomplishment, one historic statistical club that I cared about.Home runs. It was the most sacred of records held by a class act of a man who was ahead of his time and beloved by all. But then...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Is Denny Hamlin’s back back? That is Question One in the Joe Gibbs Racing camp as the 2014 Sprint Cup season begins. The potent Toyota team, with one of the sport’s strongest lineups (Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Hamlin), remains in...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship last season, putting him closer to NASCAR icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, who totaled seven apiece — a number Johnson will pursue as the 2014 season unfolds.Barring catastrophe,...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
At Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage is split into two sections. The plum positioning — garage stalls closer to restrooms and track entry and exit — are given out based on last year’s final point...
David Smith
1 year ago
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has spent much of his career failing to live up to expectations. At this point, fans are preconditioned to believe that NASCAR’s favorite son will never win a championship with Hendrick Motorsports. But a funny thing...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
From Five-Time, to Six-Pack, to ... best ever? It might be a bit early for that, but there’s no question that Jimmie Johnson belongs in the conversation. His 2013 championship gives him six and places the California native just one short of...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Unpredictable. Unprecedented. Messy. Yet, at times, borderline miraculous. All of these words applied to four-time champion Jeff Gordon in perhaps the craziest season of his career. He almost won a few times. He got wrecked — a lot. He missed...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
What Kasey Kahne needs most heading into the 2014 NASCAR season is a little luck. He couldn’t seem to find much of it in 2013 and, as a result, finished a distant 12th in the Chase standings. Entering the season among the title favorites,...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
Kyle Larson, a boyish-looking 21-year-old who races far beyond his years, might be NASCAR’s Next Big Thing. Then again, he might run into the Next Big Wall.  Being cast as stock car racing’s newest wunderkind and can’t-miss...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Kyle Larson: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star of the future.  That’s an outlook that seemed rather predictable at the start of the 2013 season. The young Californian had shown impressive talent in his quick move through the racing ranks and...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jamie McMurray probably feels pretty good about the possibilities that this year holds. Of course, McMurray, one of the sport’s most upbeat personalities, probably feels that way almost every year.  With a new crew chief, a new teammate...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
On Sunday, a black No. 3 car sat shining in the Daytona Beach sun, cameras focused on a number not seen in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition since the 2001 Daytona 500. It’s been 13 years since that tragic end, but closure has finally come...
Tom Bowles
1 year ago
The stylized No. 3, made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt, has made its way back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. And it has done so in a big way.  Austin Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, who fielded Chevrolets for Earnhardt...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
Martin Truex Jr. has finally broken away from the nightmare that was the last 11 races of the 2013 season.  “It was like getting punched in the face. You didn’t see it coming,” Truex says of the ordeal last year. “It...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
There are fresh starts in sports, and then there is Clint Bowyer’s fresh start this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.No, it’s not a clean break for the favorite son of Emporia, Kan. And no, his actions in last year’s regular...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago

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