NASCAR News & Notes

Kenseth, Hamlin win Budweiser Duel at Daytona

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates sweep Duels; crash mars second race
Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin win NASCAR's Budweiser Duel at Daytona; field for the 2014 Daytona 500 set.

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 seven teams to back-up cars, the Duel was a comparatively composed affair — until the final turn of the night.

Stewart Out at Watkins Glen, Chase Shakeup Looms

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Watkins Glen
Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Watkins Glen
1. Tony Stewart’s injury hands Max Papis his best NASCAR opportunity
Stop for a minute and think what you were doing on Feb. 14, 1999.
 
Every single day since then, Tony Stewart has been an active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He's made 521 consecutive starts, and scored three championships. Thanks to a vicious sprint car crash Monday night in Iowa that caused a double open fracture of his lower right leg, that streak ends Sunday at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Kevin Harvick wins in Homestead, claims first NASCAR Sprint Cup title

Through the Gears: The four things we learned in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Post-race reaction from Kevin Harvick's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title-winning victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The knock on the No. 4 team this year with driver Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers was simple. Entering Homestead, they had clearly proven themselves as one of the fastest — if not the fastest — on the NASCAR Sprint Cup grid each week: four wins, including a Phoenix sweep and leading the most laps out in the series was their proof on paper. But for all the victories they’d tallied, this bunch still had a hard time finishing races.

NASCAR Embraces "Age of Instant" at Questionable Cost

MILLER: Chase finale ushers in new era for sport of NASCAR
With its new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, NASCAR is sacrificing authenticity for instant gratification.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The Internet Age has evolved to the Age of Instant, and NASCAR has drawn its course in parallel. 

 

The sport’s bid at returned relevance has become laser-focused on the instant highlight, every week, during every race. It’s tried to embed the best parts of its most TV-friendly races — restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega — into the season’s every moment and tried to scrub itself of cumulative, long-developing events like a season-long championship or a too-long green flag run.

 

Winning vs. Consistency: Surprise! NASCAR, Brian France change tune

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the season finale Ford 400. Among them: NASCAR CEO Brian France amending the sport’s domestic violence policy, NASCAR’s changing tune (again) on winning versus consistency, Kevin Harvick’s championship mind games and Carl Edwards’ last ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the season finale Ford 400. Among them: NASCAR CEO Brian France amending the sport’s domestic violence policy, NASCAR’s changing tune (again) on winning versus consistency, Kevin Harvick’s championship mind games and Carl Edwards’ last ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

 

Hamlin, Harvick, Logano and Newman to settle NASCAR Chase in Homestead

Through the Gears: The four things we learned in Phoenix
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR SPrint CUp race in Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano will advance for next week's final showdown.

Twenty-four hours after NASCAR’s Phoenix finish, the landscape within the sport is buzzing with more diverse opinions than we’ve heard in any recent election. On one side sits a growing chorus of voices claiming this new format is the best decision CEO Brian France ever made, a life-saving choice for stock car racing that turns the tide for NASCAR after years of steady decline.

Potential trouble again looming for NASCAR's Kurt Busch

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Phoenix International Raceway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, NASCAR rolls west to Phoenix International Raceway where the final four drivers will be set for a one-race, winner-take-all showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, NASCAR rolls west to Phoenix International Raceway where the final four drivers will be set for a one-race, winner-take-all showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. 

 

 

1. Kurt Busch investigated after domestic assault claim

Potential trouble is looming once again for NASCAR’s 2004 champion.

 

Will post-race fights be legacy of NASCAR's newest incarnation of Chase?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Charlotte
Post-race reaction from the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Jimmie Johnson took the win while Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick came to blows following the race.

CNN. ESPN. Good Morning America. Everywhere you turn this month, NASCAR has jumped to the front page of the news cycle as emotional outbursts have produced two-minute YouTube clips that cause millions of potential fans to pay attention. Don’t confuse it with the Jerry Springer Show; these men were clearly meant to drive, not box, as evidenced by 42-year-old Matt Kenseth’s recent headlock that looked more like playground roughhousing than grown men attempting Friday Night Fights.

Earnhardt, Hendrick score emotional win at Martinsville

Through the Gears: The four things we learned in Martinsville
Post-race reaction from NASCAR's Chase race at Martinsville Speedway.

Ten years. That’s how long since the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash, near Martinsville, which took the lives of 10 innocent victims. Among them were owner Rick Hendrick’s son, Ricky, and brother John; nieces Kimberly and Jennifer, engine builder Randy Dorton, Hendrick GM Jeff Turner, a DuPont executive and three pilots, two of which were at the controls. It was a tragedy that devastated the four-car organization, whose driver Jimmie Johnson won the race without knowing the darkness that unfolded in the hills behind the racetrack. 

 

Jeff Gordon looks for pass into Chase's final round at Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Martinsville Speedway
Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller explores the five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Chase heads to Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville is Jeff Gordon’s ticket to Homestead

Jeff Gordon is driving a brand new Hendrick Motorsports chassis this weekend at Martinsville, but his old fortune at the track may be his best weapon in advancing to the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s final round.

 

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