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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Spongebob 400 at Kansas

2015 Kansas I CUP Jimmie Johnson trophy credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Another rain delay and another late finish. This time Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a late-race caution and chose track position over tires/fuel to claim his season-leading third victory. Kevin Harvick led the second-most laps (53), but after pitting and taking two tires, was unable to catch Johnson in the few laps remaining. He managed another …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

2015 Atlanta CUP Jimmie Johnson wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Throughout the 2014 season, the question on everyone’s mind was, when will Jimmie Johnson win his first race of the year? Although Johnson went on to win four races in 2014, he was never a threat for the championship, opening the door for questions about the team and combination with crew chief Chad Knaus. The …

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This Is (Not) Only a Test…

It’s that exciting time of year again, and no, I don’t mean the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship…. It’s that time when the NASCAR administration announces its revised procedures for the upcoming season. Even with seven events remaining in 2012, there’s no time like the present to begin talking about the new-and-improved future.

And the changes for 2013 go far beyond simply rolling out stylish new versions of existing popular models. NASCAR sees next year as an appropriate time to loosen up its current constraints on testing, qualifying, and practice so as to provide teams more track time and fans more access. Given the “mutual gains” philosophy of NASCAR, we should probably consider these upcoming changes a “win-win” proposition.

Talking NASCAR TV: Loudon Telecasts Marked by Bill Weber’s Departure in the Booth

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend, all three of NASCAR’s major series were in action. The Truck Series was in Millington, Tenn. at the Memphis Motorsports Park for the MemphisTravel.com 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Meanwhile, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both in Loudon, N.H. for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and …

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Beyond the Cockpit: The Future of NASCAR Timing & Scoring

This year, you may have noticed little black boxes stuck on the windshields of cars in the Nationwide Series. Made by a company called Tiwi – infamous for installing the crash data recorders in Cup cars following Dale Earnhardt’s accident — what these boxes are commissioned to do is part of a long-term process that will revolutionize not just NASCAR Timing and Scoring, but the way in which fans can view a race for years to come. Just what is this technology, you ask, and why should you understand it? For the answers, read on in this week’s edition of Beyond the Cockpit.

Happy Hour: Networks Prop Up The Chase; Real Fans Reject It

If you are a devoted sports fan, if you think the best man or woman should win, if you believe that the integrity of the outcome in any sport should be respected and preserved, if you think Bart Giamatti was right to expel Pete Rose from baseball, if at the very least you recognize that professional wrestling really isn’t a sport, then you cannot reasonably defend the Chase for the Sprint Cup on competition grounds. Your sports fan’s conscience shouldn’t allow it. Because when you get right down to it, the Chase does one thing and one thing only: it takes points away from drivers that were earned the only way points should ever be earned in motorsports: on the racetrack.

Chase Briscoe on NASCAR Offseason, New Cup Team, Reddit & Daytona


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Briscoe made an enormous splash in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020, an impact big enough to land him a promotion. After a nine-win season that launched him into the Championship 4, Briscoe’s stock rose as one of the sport’s bright young talents. The hard work paid off for 2021. At age 26, Briscoe …

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Mirror Driving: Unpredictability And Unusual Circumstances

k horse that we may be overlooking?*

Amy: I think of the top 10, I like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s chances. He’s always been strong at Martinsville, and he’s on a roll.
Summer: I think I’m going to go with Keselowski. He’s not known as much of a “short track” guy, but after winning the championship, there’s not much he still can’t do.
Phil: I’m going with Keselowski for the driver most likely in the front bunch. Don’t count out Earnhardt Jr., though.

Mirror Driving: Championship Consistency, Regan’s Release and Turning a Blind Eye

*In 2011, Tony Stewart won the championship on the strength of five Chase victories. After two races this year, Jimmie Johnson leads the points after finishing second twice. Will that type of consistency near the front be enough to capture a Chase title… or will it take multiple wins?*

Mike: It all depends on what happens around Johnson. In reality, most every year if you can average a top-5 finish you’re going to be right there.
Amy: I think it will take multiple wins…but will it take five? That’s a stretch to think it will go that way again with so many teams capable of winning two or more races.

Mirror Driving: Kenseth’s Big Move, Wild Racing Ahead And Who’s Got A Title Edge


*With his win at Atlanta, Denny Hamlin is guaranteed at least a tie for the top spot in the Chase. Given that Hamlin is currently a distant seventh in points, should this be the case?*

Amy: Um, the words “hell, no” come to mind… it’s a massive slap in the face to the guys who have been the best drivers all year long.
Tom: Hamlin’s pulling a Tony Stewart 2011 as we speak. What an awful summer of being completely irrelevant, but that’s the way this format works — he deserves it based on the rules given to all the teams in February.

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