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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Joey Coulter

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Ride: No. 21 GMS Chevrolet Crew chief: Jeff Stankiewicz Points finish: seventh Stats: 22 starts, zero wins, three top 5s, 10 top 10s, zero poles, one lap led, two DNFs, 12.0 average start, 13.1 average finish Best finish: third, once (Pocono Raceway, August) (If multiple best finishes, separate each with a semicolon) High Point: GMS Racing wasn’t a total startup due to …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR’s Newbie Cup Runneth Over in 2014

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The 2014 season is over, and NASCAR’s gained the highest degree of attention – positive or otherwise – it’s received in years. And yet, you’re not happy. That’s certainly the case for many fans and viewers of the sport, who look at the experiment that was the new Chase format with disdain, even outrage. The …

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Going By the Numbers: Sizing Up NASCAR’s Chase Final Four

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What more to do this week than talk about the Chase? Many are vehemently opposed to it – whether that’s on the very principle of playoffs in NASCAR or the new format that’s been enacted in 2014 – but in a season where the sport was plagued with decreasing ratings and attendance, the new elimination …

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Going By the Numbers: Comparing the Old Chase and the New

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You know the drill; you’ve known it for years – 10 years now, in fact. Ever since the Chase for the Sprint Cup format was introduced a decade ago, pundits, fans, statisticians – anyone with a bit of free time, really – have kept track of a record that’s completely irrelevant these days, yet altogether familiar: …

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Going By the Numbers: Chase Elliott, Brian Scott Ramping Up Results as Season’s End Nears

When it comes to the Nationwide Series title battle, many drivers are peaking or gaining momentum at just the right time. Don’t consider it true for everyone, but when checking out the average finishes of full-time competitors in the second-tier series over the 2014 season versus what they’ve accomplished more recently, the results are simple: …

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Going By the Numbers: Brad Keselowski’s Hot Pole Pace

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Back in June, we discussed the abnormality that was the average starts and finishes of drivers like Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. At that time, both had a fairly sizable discrepancy – in Busch’s case, 10 positions – between where they started on average during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2014 and where …

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Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

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You gotta give it up for Silly Season; it’s never a dull moment. Well, maybe a little dull in this case, but certainly not uninteresting. Sam Hornish, Jr. has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports starting in 2015. The Ohio native replaces Marcos Ambrose, who’s heading back …

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Going By the Numbers: Erik Jones Joins Exclusive Club with Third Win

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Erik Jones is a future star, but you already knew that. Last weekend at the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 18-year-old Kyle Busch protege scored his third win in the Camping World Truck Series. The victory was his second of 2014 and came in just his 14th start; Jones hasn’t run a …

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