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Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

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Max Papis, post-Truck slap has been nowhere to be found in 2014 as the road ringer disappearance in Sprint Cup continues. Credit: CIA

When I first started watching NASCAR, the road course races were among the best of the year. Not only were the tracks — Sonoma and Watkins Glen — the only instances all year in the Sprint Cup Series where one could watch drivers actually take a right turn every lap. They were also chock full …

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Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Consistency can be a cruel mistress. On the one hand, you have Mark Martin, nicknamed Mr. Consistency for his steady performance over a healthy 25+-year career. Martin wasn’t always the winner, but he was near the top constantly, gaining the respect of fans, drivers and owners for simply being there at the finish almost all …

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Going By the Numbers: Calculating NASCAR’s “Biggest Loser”

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Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch are all having solid years as a whole. Each driver has won at least one race — two for Harvick and Logano — meaning Chase berths are upon them as long as something doesn’t go royally screwy and knock them out of the top 30 in …

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Going By the Numbers: Who’s the Worst of the Best at the All-Star Race?

This weekend marks the much-hallowed tradition in sports wherein leagues celebrate their so-called best of the best by letting them play in an exhibition event, the spoils of which are anywhere from home-field advantage to a nice wad of cash. So to honor the running of the Sprint All-Star Race, let’s talk about the worst …

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Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find out who’s among the hottest of the hot inNASCAR — and that’s not just because of our lovely Who’s Hot and Who’s Not feature every Tuesday. With the Internet (and its “Google machine“… thanks, Darrell Waltrip) at their fingertips, fans can log into various websites that’ll throw out stats for the …

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Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find out who’s among the hottest of the hot inNASCAR — and that’s not just because of our lovely Who’s Hot and Who’s Not feature every Tuesday. With the Internet (and its “Google machine“… thanks, Darrell Waltrip) at their fingertips, fans can log into various websites that’ll throw out stats for the …

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Going By the Numbers: Top-10 NASCAR Variety Hard To Come By In…

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While Chase Elliott has set the Nationwide Series on its ear the past few weeks, the rest of the season has been dominated by Sprint Cup interlopers.

A cursory glance at the current point standings in the NASCAR Nationwide Series entering the season’s eighth race reveals one thing: there’s not a whole lot of diversity at the front of the field when it comes to series regulars. Ever since NASCAR mandated that drivers could only declare for points in one of the three national series, the …

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Going By the Numbers: A Week Without Racing Can Bring Relief But Kill Momentum

Some say momentum doesn’t exist in sports. They’ll say it’s nothing more than a feeling, a faux sense of confidence that doesn’t actually propel a player — or in this case, a driver — to anything more than what they would have achieved on skill, luck or other circumstance alone. Whatever happens was going to …

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Going By the Numbers: A Rookie Winning at Darlington? You’re Funny

You’ve already heard plenty of people run down the extensive list of nicknames Darlington Raceway has made for itself over the years, so I’ll spare you. I will not, however, hold off on talking about how goddamn tough of a track this place can be. When one points at the hardest speedways to traverse in NASCAR, …

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