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Tony Stewart
In 2003, Matt Kenseth became the final Winston Cup Champion in less-than-dazzling fashion. He won all of one of 36 races while posting 24 top 10s for an average finishing position of 10.2. He clinched the title by merely starting the second to...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
The race shop was once a movie theatre. The team’s finances proved as stable as a house of cards. No surprise that one of NASCAR’s biggest dreamers was the owner. Five years later, Michael Waltrip’s team is in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Denny Hamlin   Hamlin slips ahead of Jimmie Johnson thanks to having the strongest car for a third consecutive week (despite the fact he didn’t win). He also gets a hat tip for those four regular season victories. Last week: 2 2. ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Trust and belief are core issues the Backseat Drivers Fan Council delves into this week. Members state how much they trust NASCAR in regards to debris cautions. Belief centers on what Fan Council members think about the title chances of Denny...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson  Denny Hamlin may be the hottest driver on the Cup circuit at the moment, but Johnson’s team will still be the one everyone keeps an eye on going into the Chase. 2. Denny Hamlin  Became the first driver since Tony...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
The changes to Bristol may not have worked quite how track officials imagined, but most members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council liked what they saw there last weekend. Is it enough to get them back to the track? You might find those responses...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle credits an aggressive approach with his team’s return to the points lead and says once NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup starts, there won’t be any backing down. Biffle regained the points lead after his victory at Michigan and held...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Few topics in NASCAR have been as polarizing as track owner Bruton Smith’s decision to “narrow up” the historic half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. Once the scene of some of NASCAR’s most memorable on- and off-track antics, the rough ’n’ tumble...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
One theme is consistent among competitors as NASCAR returns to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time since track changes intended to create tighter racing. “I just hope that they didn’t screw it up,” points leader Greg Biffle says. “I...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson  Loses a second one in three weeks in heartbreaking fashion. That may derail some teams, but with the 48, you get the feeling it only makes them more determined. 2. Brad Keselowski  Keselowski and the boys are...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Neither Greg Biffle nor team owner Jack Roush is unaccustomed to visiting Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. So it was no surprise that the duo ended up spraying champagne following Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race....
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson  Once an Achilles heel, Johnson rolled to his fourth consecutive road course top 10 with a third at Watkins Glen. In the process, he vaulted to the top of the championship point standings. Last week: 1 2. Brad Keselowski...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Buoyed by his victory at Watkins Glen on Sunday, Marcos Ambrose said the goal is quite simple for the next four races as he and his team vie for a wild card spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship. “Our focus has to be being aggressive on...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Northeast this weekend as it hits Watkins Glen International for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen. The second of two road course races this season, teams will have to adjust to turning both left and...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Throughout the Olympics one often hears about a “Dream Team’’ in one sport or another. So what about NASCAR? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked if they were an owner with four teams and could pick any Cup driver in any era,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson   Although a flat tire foiled Johnson’s hopes for a second straight victory, it’s pretty obvious who the best team on the circuit is these days. Last week: 1 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.   See: Johnson, Jimmie, then...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson (—)  Johnson has had two crashes in 2012, resulting in 42nd- and 36th-place finishes and one engine failure, leading to a 35th-place run. Otherwise, he’s been 12th or better every week. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (—)  ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
After a well-deserved off week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard. The annual Brickyard 400 is...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson  A Daytona crash is the only blemish on Johnson’s stat sheet since mid-May. Indianapolis is typically the event that Johnson, Chad Knaus & crew use as a jumping off point for the Chase. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
We live in an instant gratification society. Fair or not, Facebook and Twitter breaks the news of the world long before Brian Williams clears his throat and gets ready to report it on NBC. Groupon provides us with deal-a-day discounts, making...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
1. Matt Kenseth   Kenseth was the man to beat at Daytona for a second straight trip, although the fortunes of plate racing found him third by night’s end. Still, RFR is the team to beat on the plate tracks. 2. Jimmie Johnson   Johnson...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
The race may have ended Saturday night, but the smoke has yet to settle following the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway — both literally and figuratively. Defending series champion Tony Stewart did what few could Saturday night,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
Here's hoping all the NASCAR fantasy players out there had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. After a week of firework displays around this great nation, the grand finale will come Saturday night under the lights at Daytona International...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tony Stewart
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
Tony Stewart
1. Jimmie Johnson  Lost a shot at the win during the final restart in Kentucky when he picked up trash on his tires. Managed to rebound to sixth after a quick backslide, his 13th top 10 of the season. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Was never...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago

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