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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

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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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Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

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All hail Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, right? That’s how it’s seemed over the past few weeks – and perhaps rightfully so. Team Penske has been on a tear this season, the former champion Keselowski driving into Victory Lane more than any other driver in the series – including a win in the final race …

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Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

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For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor …

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Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

When millions of people turn on Dancing with the Stars this fall, many will be introduced to Michael Waltrip. Those unfamiliar with him – non-NASCAR fans, mostly – will become acquainted with the part-time driver and full-time owner, some taking a liking to him due to his ebullient, lively nature. Waltrip’s personality should translate well, …

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Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

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When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

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You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last …

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