Ryan Newman

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Richmond

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Saturday's race in Richmond
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.</p>
2012

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Richmond International Raceway for some good ol’ fashioned short track racing in the hopes of putting on an exciting race — something many fans are clamoring for after a dull month. Typically one of the more action-packed tracks on the schedule, Richmond has averaged 10.8 cautions since 2007 and last year's September race saw a total of 15 yellow flag periods.

NASCAR's Comers and Go'ers

Taking stock of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series at the Easter break
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell reviews the first six NASCAR Sprint Cup races of the 2012 season as the series takes its first off-weekend.</p>
2012

Taking Stock of the 2012 Sprint Cup at the Easter Break

Six weeks into the 2012 NASCAR season, the Sprint Cup Series heads into the first of only two off-weekends of the year. With no race this weekend, and thus no fantasy picks to make, let’s take a look at some of the biggest surprises thus far, which drivers and teams are on track for a solid season and which need to turn their season around before it is too late.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Weighing in on Reutimann, Martinsville vs. Bristol and the Truck Series
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council weighs in on David Reutimann, Martinville vs. Bristol and watching thge Truck Series.</p>
2012

by Dustin Long

Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had much to talk about in regards to Martinsville. From their thoughts on David Reutimann trying to make it to the end but causing a late-race caution to the racing in both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races, Fan Council members didn’t hold back in what they had to say.

Have Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus Lost Their Edge?

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Following an exciting short-track weekend in Martinsville, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

by Dustin Long

Tony Stewart ended Jimmie Johnson’s championship reign last year but are NASCAR fans witnessing an end of an era? For a driver who, on average, once won about one out of every six starts, Johnson has two victories in his last 50 races.

How Do You Stop a NASCAR Monopoly?

A look at the financials of NASCAR's top teams

by Tom Bowles

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the economics of NASCAR, where corporate funding makes the cars go 'round.</p>
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2005 NASCAR Driver's Forum

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds
<p> Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds</p>
2005

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

Top NASCAR Drivers Rooted in Dirt

Looking for the next Gordon or Stewart? Chances are you'll find him at the nearest dirt track, or in USAC's Silver Crown series
<p> Looking for the next Gordon or Stewart? Chances are you'll find him at the nearest dirt track, or in USAC's Silver Crown series</p>
2005

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

 

2004's 13 Tough Questions and Their Politically Incorrect Answers

Athlon asks the questions that are on everyone's mind, even if they may not like the answers
<p> Athlon asks the questions that are on everyone's mind, even if they may not like the answers</p>
2004

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following "13 Tough Questions" feature was originally published in the 2004 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

1. Can the ALLTEL car win the Nextel Cup?

2005's 13 Tough Questions and Their Politically Incorrect Answers

Athlon isn't afraid to ask the tough questions facing the sport, nor are we afraid to answer them
<p> Athlon isn't afraid to ask the tough questions facing the sport, nor are we afraid to answer them</p>
2005

Article originally published in 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual

1. Should Junior’s expletive have cost him 25 points and had a potentially significant effect on the Championship?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the most popular driver award and uttered the most popular four-letter word in the process. When Junior had his slip of the tongue at Talladega, NASCAR lowered the boom. That boom was 25 points.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Preview NASCAR's Sylvania 300

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush

Race: Sylvania 300
Location: Loudon, N.H.
TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST)
2010 Winners: Jimmie Johnson (June); Clint Bowyer (Sept.)
July Winner: Ryan Newman

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<p> Athlon Sports previews the second race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, Sunday's Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>

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