Jeff Gordon

Joey Logano, Team Penske surge over a wet NASCAR weekend in Texas

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Texas Motor Speedway
Joey Logano outduels Jeff Gordon and wins a wild NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, but it’s his team at Penske smiling like it won the war. After all, it was one year ago in this very event where its dreams of two straight championships came crashing down. Severe penalties — only partially reduced on appeal — led to hefty fines and suspensions for both Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, and Paul Wolfe, head wrench for Brad Keselowski.

Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Rookie Justin Allgaier

Rookie Report: Allgaier talks aggressive racing, dirt vs. asphalt and a failed Roush tryout
An exclusive Q&A session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Justin Allgaier.

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, and more.

Following the race last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, rookie Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet SS for HScott Motorsports sat down with David for an extended interview. What follows is an edited transcript of their chat.

Keselowski feuds with race-winner Kurt Busch at Martinsville

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Martinsville Speedway
NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski and eventual race-winner Kurt Busch feuded in a physical STP 400 at Martinsville Speedway.

Four years ago, Brad Keselowski was young and unproven, a newbie on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit trying to build a winning reputation at Team Penske. Kurt Busch served as incumbent, wheeling the No. 2 Miller Lite car Keselowski would one day inherit, paired with the cache of a series title and one of the few drivers to openly joust with Jimmie Johnson. The two — Keselowski and Busch — formed a bond as teammates built on mutual respect for their independent styles that lasted even after Busch was canned in late 2011.

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Harvick, not Stewart, Danica or Busch, carrying banner for SHR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Phoenix
Reactions of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick leads the way at Stewart-Haas Racing, Jeff Gordon is off to a hot start, Roush Fenway Racing no longer king in the Ford camp, and suffering through another track's repaving.

One thing you can say about Kevin Harvick: he’s a quick learner. Thirteen years ago, in the midst of NASCAR mourning its national tragedy, he won in just the third Cup start of his career. Replacing Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 wasn’t easy, but he made it seem like a breeze, beating Jeff Gordon — in his prime — by a nose at Atlanta.  

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