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NASCAR Rookie Report: "Jumping" the Competition in the 600

Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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 attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each member of this year’s rookie class.


600 miles of racing at Charlotte might be a NASCAR tradition. It’s also utter ridiculousness.

NASCAR Rookie Report: Tackling their first All-Star Race weekend

Keeping tabs on the seven-driver Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the year crop
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year class prepares to tackle the All-Star Race weekend.

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 discusses the rookies in the news as they enter their first All-Star Race weekend.

NASCAR Rookie Report: And then there were seven

Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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 attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each member of this year’s rookie class.

Hamlin gets NASCAR season on track with win at Talladega

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega
Denny Hamlin got his season on track with a win in NASCAR's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

As an unproven rookie in 2006, restrictor plate racing put Denny Hamlin on the map. A victory in the Bud Shootout, NASCAR’s exhibition to open the season, proved the catalyst for a freshman phenom who wound up third in the final point standings. It was the start of seven straight Chase appearances, annual flirtations with the series championship and a seemingly lifetime contract to sit inside the No. 11 FedEx Toyota.  Denny Hamlin

NASCAR Rookie Report: Strengths and weaknesses of the 2014 class

Ranking the eight-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
Ranking the eight-driver crop of rookies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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 attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each member of this year’s rookie class.

NASCAR Rookie Report: 2014's first-year counterparts

The 2014 Cup Series rookies draw parallels to first-year drivers of the past
This season's NASCAR Rookie of the Year drivers draw parallels to rookie drivers of the last 20 years.

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 compares the drivers in this year’s rookie class to the rookie seasons of active NASCAR competitors.

Kevin Harvick secures NASCAR career Grand Slam with win at Darlington

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Darlington
Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers are proving to be NASCAR's most dynamic duo of 2014 after their second win of the season in the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Here’s a question for you: What does Kevin Harvick have that fellow modern-era drivers, both NASCAR Hall of Famers in Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett, do not?  Kevin Harvick

NASCAR at Darlington: Hamlin seeks rebound, Larson outperfoming Montoya

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Darlington 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, a possible Denny Hamlin rebound, a surging rookie, a less-than-traditional race date and Goodyear tires are just a few of the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 500-mile race at venerable Darlington 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, a possible Denny Hamlin rebound, a surging rookie, a less-than-traditional race date and Goodyear tires are just a few of the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 500-mile race at venerable Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR Rookie Report: Larson, Dillon proving able closers in Cup Series

Ranking the eight-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
A weekly ranking of the rookies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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 attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each member of this year’s rookie class.

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.

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