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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Disappoints by Missing the Chase

2015 Richmond II CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr car CIA

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Early in the season the big concern was how well Joe Gibbs Racing had turned things around from 2014 and whether it was enough to be a factor in the 2015 Chase for the Championship. As the season played out, it became very clear the JGR was a powerhouse, but the same could not be …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Past Failures Lead to Success in Low-Downforce Package

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Perhaps it was fitting that Carl Edwards won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 after being such a huge supporter of NASCAR’s decision to try a low-downforce package, especially since the high-drag, higher downforce package appeared to be a failure in both of its outings. Edwards was the first to address the new package when the cars …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Racing Doesn’t Need Wrecks to be Entertaining

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Even before Justin Wilson’s crash in the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, I knew what the topic of this week’s column would be – fans who say they want to see more crashes during a race. As I drove back from Bristol Motor Speedway this morning, I almost had to stop and get my blood …

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Kickin’ the Tires: NASCAR’s Decisions Made in Best Interest of the Sport

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It’s pretty obvious that the high-downforce racing package isn’t what’s best for race fans or conducive to the best overall action on the track – at least in the current configuration. It failed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it didn’t seem to produce the desired results at Michigan International Speedway, either. But had the attempt …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Ward Family Seeks Jackpot Justice in Wrongful Death Case

2015 Watkins Glen CUP Tony Stewart car CIA

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Let’s just get the facts out there before anyone gets confused. On August 9, 2014, a guy racing under the influence of marijuana at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York got in a wreck battling for position against one of the best drivers in the world. The result brought about a tragic turn when the …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Safe to Say, Joe Gibbs Racing Has Done a 180

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano race for position in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Earlier in the season, the odds were against any of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers being contenders for the Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2015. Before the season had really even begun, Kyle Busch was looking at a potentially career-ending injury and would be out for an unknown number of races. The team, as a …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package at Indy Lacked Oomph

Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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As much as NASCAR wanted the new, high-downforce aero package to work, that doesn’t appear to be the case according to drivers and those watching from the sidelines. Even the most vehement supporter of the sanctioning body would tell you it’s impossible to say Sunday’s racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway eclipsed past performances there for …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Another Aero Package Debut, Now What?

2014 Indianapolis CUP Kyle Larson Kyle Busch Austin Dillon racing CIA

Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon race for position turning the Brickyard 400. (Credit: CIA)

A week ago, NASCAR unveiled a low downforce aero package at Kentucky Speedway. This upcoming weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a new high-downforce package will be the exact opposite – but the question is: will it produce the same type of exciting results? The hope is to slow the cars down to make the racing more exciting. As I …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package Brings Better Racing

KyBusch passes CEdwards

(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

It’s impossible for anyone with two eyes to argue that Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway was the best the sport has seen since it began racing at the track four years ago. Although some might argue better racing at Kentucky was a low bar to clear, it still baffles me how anyone can claim …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Fans, Drivers OK Because NASCAR Safety Worked

A last-lap crash in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona involved several racecars.

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

Contrary to popular belief, speed doesn’t kill; however, going fast has consequences and one of those is the danger when a fast moving object comes to an abrupt stop or, in the case of Daytona International Speedway this past Sunday night, when a car gets airborne racing for the win. The knee-jerk reaction for some …

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