Jimmie Johnson

Auto Club Speedway: NASCAR's newest, raciest track?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Auto Club 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, Denny Hamlin’s return to Fontana, a sport’s continued — and inexplicable — lack of SAFER Barriers, Auto Club Speedway’s surprising raciness and Jimmie Johnson’s SoCal dominance highlight the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 400-mile race at Auto Club 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, Denny Hamlin’s return to Fontana, a sport’s continued — and inexplicable — lack of SAFER Barriers, Auto Club Speedway’s surprising raciness and Jimmie Johnson’s SoCal dominance highlight the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 400-mile race at Auto Club Speedway.

Edwards endures rain-soaked Sunday in Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Bristol
Carl Edwards wins a rain-soaked Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

March Madness is supposed to apply to this week’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, not NASCAR, which endured an eight-hour, marathon of a race for the second time in less than a month Sunday. Mother Nature wreaked havoc at Bristol Motor Speedway, causing two rain delays and finally ending the event prematurely when caution lights malfunctioned for inexplicable reasons.  Bristol Motor Speedway

Keselowski, Earnhardt surge, but NASCAR's season long and unpredictable

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Las Vegas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski flex muscles in NASCAR's weekend in Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 400.

Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran 1-2 Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But those results are part of a larger, 1-2 knockout punch they’ve been aiming at the rest of their Sprint Cup competition. Earnhardt hasn’t run worse than second in three starts this season, while Keselowski is just a step behind (third, third, first). They’re the only drivers to start this season with three top-5 finishes.

10 Drivers We Want to See Run the Indy 500-Coke 600 "Double"

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.  

NASCAR's 10 Coolest Paint Schemes in 2014

Earnhardt's Daytona 500 victory puts wind in NASCAR sails

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Daytona 500
Reaction to NASCAR's 56th annual Daytona 500 and race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Thirteen years after tragedy and 10 years after triumph, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into Daytona 500 Victory Lane a second time. Emotions ran high in a race where a car with the slanted, stylized “3” made famous by his late father led the field to green hours earlier. No one would have blamed the driver if, soaking in the breadth of history, he simply broke down in tears.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a thriller

Earnhardt collects second win in NASCAR's Great American Race
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins NASCAR's Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For a sport facing such drastic change — change that has not necessarily been accepted by an obstinate fanbase — NASCAR needed a dose of familiarity. In its marquee event, the Daytona 500, it got just that.

The Five Storylines to Watch in the Daytona 500

Geoffrey Miller highlights NASCAR's biggest stories for the Daytona 500
Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and the weather highlight NASCAR's five storlines to watch in the 2014 Daytona 500.

1. Joe Gibbs Racing easily the early favorites  Denny Hamlin
The sabre-rattling from the Joe Gibbs Racing camp early in Daytona Speedweeks has been impossible to avoid. Simply put: they’ve won everything, save for the Daytona 500 pole in single-lap qualifying.

Perspective: Ricky Craven talks today's NASCAR

Driver, commentator sits for exclusive Q&A
An exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR driver and current commentator Ricky Craven.

Ricky Craven didn’t put a full-court press on Victory Lane during his Sprint Cup driving career. He won only twice over a span of 11 years, but in his life as a racing analyst for ESPN — a role he’s held since 2008 — he has emerged as one of sports television’s most respected commentators.

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