Sprint Cup Articles

Sprint Cup
Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (please don’t call it the Pepsi 400 — Firecracker 400, however, will be accepted) marks the halfway point in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The year’s third restrictor plate race...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
What was the reason for the rash of 2011 postseason crew chief changes on championship-caliber teams? A perfect storm of circumstances and a desire to stay ahead of the competition at all costs. Steve Addington had been berated enough, thank...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
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
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Hollywood Casino 400 Location: Kansas City, Kan. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) June Winner: Brad Keselowski Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 15°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 10.4°; Banking/Turns: 15°...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Mike Neff For the last four years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, the mantra has been the same at the start of the Chase: Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have another title in him this season. Or crew chief Chad Knaus is behind the times. Or this...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA 400 Location: Dover, Del. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) May Winner: Ryan Newman Specs: 1-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 9° Race Length: 400 miles/400 laps Track Qualifying...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro Most had written off Tony Stewart as a legitimate 2011 championship contender — including himself, if you believed his words in the midst of a 27th-, ninth- and 28th-place string just six weeks ago. After all, his No. 14 team...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Sylvania 300 Location: Loudon, N.H. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winners: Jimmie Johnson (June); Clint Bowyer (Sept.) July Winner: Ryan Newman Specs: 1.058-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12°; Banking/...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Pure Michigan 400 Location: Brooklyn, Mich. When: Sunday, Aug. 21 TV: ESPN (1:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winners: Denny Hamlin (June), Kevin Harvick (Aug.) June 2011 Winner: Denny Hamlin Specs: 2-mile D-...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Kyle Busch  For the second race in a row, Busch overcame issues that hindered his early-race gains to post a top-10 finish. The runner-up at Pocono finds him just 11 points out of the points lead. 2. Jimmie Johnson...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  Edwards has been first or second in the point standings after 17 of the 19 races this year. It may be tight at the top, but as others come and go, Carl remains. 2. Kyle Busch  Kyle claims the flat...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro A typical fuel-mileage race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit finds a surprise winner in Victory Lane — a driver and team running mid-pack that have nothing to lose by rolling the proverbial dice and stretching a tank of gas...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Sprint Cup
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Location: Loudon, N.H. Specs: 1.058-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12°; Banking/Straightaways: 2° Race Length: 317.4 miles/300 laps TV: TNT (1:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winners:...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago