Fifteen seasons ago, Jack Roush was in the middle of what would be back-to-back championships for his teams at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. In 2010 and 2011, Roush Fenway Racing placed two cars in the top 5 of the final point standings and earned nine total wins. Ever since, though, the team has been on a slide to mid-pack mediocrity. The team winning percentage since 2012 is .017, a 60 percent drop from the win rate in the seven seasons prior (.043).
The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs wind down Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford EcoBoost 400. But after nine races, surprise winners and even a cheating scandal, the usual suspects are the ones competing for the series title.
Talladega Superspeedway is known for the Big One. But as the track prepares for the final restrictor plate race in its 30-year history it feels like the equivalent of a NASCAR earthquake has already happened.
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro was supposed to bulldoze the NASCAR competition. New car models in this sport typically lead to dominant performances, especially from the sport’s most successful manufacturer. Millions get poured into wind tunnel testing, development and engineering support to ensure fresh chassis lead to fruitful results.
Typically, NASCAR’s playoff opener, held at cookie-cutter oval Chicagoland, has been a bit of a snoozer. A switch to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racing held in near 100-degree heat last Sunday, was looked at as a bit of a gamble. Moving to Sin City, a track Kevin Harvick dominated this March to the tune of a race-low 11 lead changes, was like drawing 18 and hitting against the dealer in blackjack.
Ever have a friend who has a case of bad timing? They pull the punchline two minutes too late, show up just as the movie sells out and find their perfect match only to find out, well, they’re married. You know that guy?
Plenty of race fans do. In their world, he’s called NASCAR.
Social media created Throwback Thursday but it’s NASCAR who’s created the idea of a throwback weekend in sports. The Southern 500, one of the sport’s iconic races now gets paired with legendary paint schemes as teams and drivers come together to celebrate the past.
Pocono Raceway holds court this weekend to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race that’s... a little dormant. Seven drivers have already clinched their spot by virtue of at least one victory; another eight are at least 95 points above the cutline.