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NASCAR Chase: Previewing Race No. 1 at Chicagoland Speedway

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR kicks off the Chase at Chicagoland
Contenders, pretenders and predicted winners for the first race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Predicting how the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase will pan out has always been a shot in the dark with one in the cylinder and no night sights. This year things get even more muddled with a new elimination format among the (Sweet) 16 teams that make up the 2014 Chase grid. 

 

Keselowski rolls, makes Richmond into a snoozer; NASCAR Chase field set

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in regular-season finale at Richmond
Post-race reaction from Richmond International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 and NASCAR set its 16-driver Chase field.

Richmond International Raceway hosted 650 laps of racing this weekend within NASCAR’s two major series — Nationwide and Sprint Cup — with 633 of those laps led by just two drivers. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch dominated each event, making the most interesting moment at NASCAR’s “most competitive” short track a drunken guy that climbed to the top of the catchfencing. Busch led all 250 circuits in the Nationwide event — a race that has averaged a whopping two lead changes in the last three NNS events held there.

 

The most memorable Richmond moments from NASCAR's Chase era

NASCAR Rookie Report: Kyle Larson is inconsistent — and it doesn't matter

Larson's inconsistency in line with other NASCAR greats' rookie campaigns
David Smith analyzes Kyle Larson's NASCAR Sprint Cup season and finds that his inconsistency is in line with other rookies greats such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.

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.

 

Today, David analyzes a top rookie’s consistency and asks whether it matters.

 

 

Kahne grabs NASCAR Chase bid in Atlanta; sets up Richmond showdown

Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta
Kasey Kahne wins the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and locks his Hendrick Motorsports team into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick had the field covered on-track at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night; Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth had it covered on pit road. But at the end of a grueling 335-lap affair, it was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne that walked away with the hardware — and a coveted spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

Penske teammates "legit championship threats" after big NASCAR weekend in Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Bristol Night Race
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Penske Racing has been a multi-car team since the beginning of 1998. Despite making over 1,000 starts in the first 15 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it had only a single 1-2 finish — and that in itself was rolling snake eyes on a craps table: mastering plate-racing luck in the 2008 Daytona 500.  Joey Logano

 

Round 2 of Jimmie Johnson vs. Ryan Newman at Bristol?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Bristol Motor 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, as the circuit hits Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race, a new light is shed on last week’s Jimmie Johnson-Ryan Newman post-race conversation. Also, count Charlotte as a market that will bury Saturday night’s NASCAR race and keep an eye on Kyle Larson, who could be the 13th driver to slip into the Chase based on race wins.

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, as the circuit hits Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race, a new light is shed on last week’s Jimmie Johnson-Ryan Newman post-race conversation. Also, count Charlotte as a market that will bury Saturday night’s NASCAR race and keep an eye on Kyle Larson, who could be the 13th driver to slip into the Chase based on race wins.

 

 

Jeff Gordon bests Joey Logano in a NASCAR "battle of the ages"

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Michigan
Race recap of the Pure Michigan 400, where Jeff Gordon won his third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Once upon a time, 24-year-old Jeff Gordon set the NASCAR world on fire. In his third full season in the Cup Series, he won seven times, collected 23 top-10 finishes and intimidated The Intimidator himself en route to his first series title. It was a watershed moment, one that set the stage for other young, aspiring drivers to walk in Gordon’s path rather than spend 15 years “working their way up the ranks” in middling equipment before earning a primo shot.

 

Tony Stewart out, Jeff Burton in for NASCAR weekend in Michigan

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Michigan International 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, as the circuit hits Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400, Tony Stewart will sit for second straight race, rule changes under caution take effect, Jimmie Johnson looks to sweep and Roush Fenway Racing looks to rebound.

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, as the circuit hits Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400, Tony Stewart will sit for second straight race, rule changes under caution take effect, Jimmie Johnson looks to sweep and Roush Fenway Racing looks to rebound.

 

 

Tony Stewart remains out as Jeff Burton fills in

The 10 Wildest NASCAR Moments at Watkins Glen

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