Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson 2015 Season Driver Preview

Johnson looking to join NASCAR history in 2015.
Jimmie Johnson 2015 Season Driver Preview

A year ago, Jimmie Johnson was coming off his sixth Sprint Cup championship, looking down the barrel of NASCAR history and the seven-title record held by Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. It seemed inevitable that Johnson, already a future Hall of Fame driver himself, would join the party, perhaps as soon as 2014.

 

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.

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.

Celebrating Athlon's NASCAR Rookie of the Year: Kyle Larson

Larson's first-year stats on par with great rookies of the past
Celebrating a spectacular rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by Kyle Larson.

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 celebrates the 2014 Athlon Sports NASCAR Rookie of the Year, Kyle Larson.

 

 

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.

 

NASCAR Chase Report: Previewing race No. 7 in Martinsville

Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville
Pretenders, contenders and potential winners as NASCAR's Chase hits Martinsville

The one thing the 2.66-mile behemoth that is Talladega Superspeedway and the half-mile paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway have in common is the reversal of fortunes each potentially delivers. After raising the ire of fans and the garage (Matt Kenseth, in particular) alike two weeks ago in Charlotte, Brad Keselowski faced virtually no other option but to pull a Jake Taylor in Major League and win the whole f___in’ thing at Talladega. Keselowski did just that — which was no small task — in rather dramatic fashion.

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