*NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: The Runner-Up Blues* Is there a runner-up jinx in NASCAR? For several drivers in recent years, it probably seems like there’s a hex on the second-place points finisher the next year. In fact, since the Chase began in 2004, the runner-up has finished in the top 5 in points the following year, and none has ever finished better than fourth. In recent years, it’s been even bleaker; since 2008, the previous year’s second-place finisher has finished no better than ninth. So, should Carl Edwards worry?
This race was pretty much over before it started…though that start came a lot later than anticipated. Two delays during Sprint Cup qualifying for a dirty race track and a crash during the pace laps delayed the start of the Pocono 200 repeatedly, but once it was green it was all Brennan Poole. Fresh off a dominating win at the Elko Speedway a week prior and having won the pole on Friday, Poole took off early and was never challenged, scoring his third career ARCA win and second of 2012. Chad Hackenbracht, Alex Bowman, Matt Lofton and Chris Buescher rounded out the top 5.
The second day of testing at the newly paved Pocono Raceway resulted in even faster speeds Thursday on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Kasey Kahne turned the fastest lap at 179.490 mph, following closely by Jamie McMurray with a speed of 179.401 mph. Kahne and McMurray were joined by Mark Martin(179.390 mph), Jeff Gordon (179.272 mph) and …
When the Camping World Truck Series takes the track Friday night for the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, Miguel Paludo’s No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet will have a completely different look. In an effort to raise more awareness for diabetes, the Brazilian, who has been named as the most recent–a first South American–Blue Circle Champion for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), will run a “Unite for Diabetes” paint scheme this weekend.
IDF is an umbrella organization that encompasses over 200 diabetes associations covering more than 160 countries all over the world. Their mission is to “promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.” Founded in 1950, IDF has united organizations worldwide that are all united for one purpose: finding a cure.
As NASCAR’s traveling circus rolls into Northeastern Pennsylvania this week, the cars and stars of the Sprint Cup Series are facing an entirely new Pocono Raceway experience. First of all, the challenging 2.5-mile triangle is sporting a new coat of pavement – the first to be laid down in almost twenty years. Secondly, this weekend’s running of the Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR 400 (a name inspired by NASCAR’s newly-minted relationship with Twitter) will be 100 miles (or 40 laps) shorter than previous events. The same will be true when the Sprint Cup cars race there again in August. One hundred fewer miles – according to public opinion – means 100 fewer headaches for teams and fans alike, but it also shows the lengths to which the folks at Pocono Raceway are willing to go to better meet the demands of their audience.
NASCAR and Twitter are rolling out the groundbreaking #NASCAR hashtag partnership during the Pocono 400 Presented By #NASCAR in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. It’s an exciting new venture, one the powers that be hope turns into a way for hundreds of thousands of new fans to be introduced to the sport. But I am here to tell you that the best laid plans, while groundbreaking in nature are already far too late.
Twitter, you see has been ruining NASCAR for quite some time.
It’s been awhile since we last talked, a number of races so why don’t we go with one: a difficult weekend at Charlotte in mid-May. What did you take away from your race weekend where you crashed, and why? You know, Charlotte we were running sixth with about 40 or so laps to go. So …
Hendrick Motorsports has shot out of a rocket ship, winning every race — including the Sprint Showdown and All-Star Event — since May 12th. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago we were talking about how HMS was struggling early on in the season? My, how time flies! But if the standings are any indication, they have quite a bit of competition on their hands for the championship, in particular from the Roush Fenway Racing duo of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle.
Which team is our team of NASCAR web experts more impressed with this week? Did wins or consistency determine the top spot in our rankings? Keep reading to find out…
The scoresheet will show Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover as a Joey Logano romp. And while the JGR Cup regular did emerge victorious in the 5-Hour Energy 200 after leading 154 of the laps run, this one was oh-so-close to being so much more. Also driving a JGR Toyota, hometown driver Ryan Truex grabbed the lead after misfortune of Logano’s own making (while leading the race, the No. 18 bowled over the lapped car of Tim Bainey Jr. exiting turn 2, wrecking the No. 24 car and forcing Logano to pit road for a check-up and tires), and was holding a steady lead of one second with less than five laps to go.
“I think it’s OK for me to give my opinion. I don’t think NASCAR would get upset about that,” said Rusty Wallace.
So much for THAT line of thinking!
After a recent interview in which Wallace said that NASCAR should shorten their nearly 11-month schedule, the recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee soon found out that he was in fact, wrong. NASCAR does get upset when someone voices a different opinion.