For better or worse, the Chase is now one week old, meaning one of 12 drivers will be anointed Cup champion in just nine weeks’ time. So, let’s put aside for a moment the continuing debate surrounding the validity of the format, and take a look at what each contender brings to the table — along with what liabilities dog him as we begin this unholy pilgrimage towards Homestead…
Now that the Chase is officially underway, the standings are becoming chock full of playoff contenders — and they don’t want to move much of anywhere. In fact, the first 12 drivers in this week’s rankings are all the ones eligible to win this year’s championship. However, just because the Chasers are filling the top of the charts doesn’t mean they aren’t moving around amongst themselves. Which driver came oh-so-close to landing themselves a postseason bid — but came up just short and slid out of the Frontstretch Power Rankings in the matter of just two weeks?
The Chase is finally here, and after one race, there’s something very strange about the standings — Kyle Busch isn’t leading. An array of problems at NHMS knocked Busch from his perch atop the championship ladder, dropping him all the way to eighth while his two toughest competitors (Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards) stepped up to share the points lead he’d owned for the better part of the last four months. But Busch shouldn’t panic, as there’s still a long way to go until the champion is crowned. To see who looks primed to make a run at the championship — and who’s already primed to bow out of the running — check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.
Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The fifth edition of NASCAR’s Chase has three clear favorites: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Jimmie Johnson. But in a system where 12 drivers are separated by just 80 points, anyone could come out on top in a playoff race that seldom goes according to plan. With so many drivers and so much at stake, how do you sort out the mess? Well, your Frontstretch favorites have given you a head start. All your favorite experts have submitted their Chase picks, giving you their take on the good, the bad, and the ugly for the next 10 weeks.
Greetings race fans and welcome once again to NASCAR’s Fifth Annual Big Points Giveaway, where we find 11 NASCAR drivers without the points lead and furnish them with a brand-new points total and wipe away those lesser performances! You heard right everyone, every year before the fall race at Loudon, NASCAR celebrates its ongoing Nextel/Sprint sponsorship with our super smash Annual Big Points Giveaway, and 11 lucky drivers are going to be our winners and walk away with hundreds of absolutely, positively free, no-effort-required points, all courtesy of NASCAR! That’s right race fans, your favorite driver might just be a winner after all!
Over the final two months of the season, Frontstretch is proud to debut its newest column: NASCAR Confidential. Once every three weeks, we’ll have one of our Cup-driving friends stop by and give us his take on what’s going on in the series today. Don’t ask us who he is… because we won’t be telling you! His anonymity allows him to speak freely on most topics that might otherwise be muzzled by the political correctness of the sport.
Which one of the top three seeds — Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, or Kyle Busch — has Frontstretch voted number one to begin this 10-race stretch? And which three “darkhorse” contenders moved up three spots on the list, positioning themselves for a run at this year’s version of Chase Cinderella? To see who’s ready to rumble and who’s ready to flop in the playoffs — as well as which non-Chasers deserve their spot in the limelight — check out the results of our Top 15 Power Rankings below.
As we’ve seen in the past, it can sometimes be difficult to sort out playoff contenders from the pretenders. But on paper, who’s entering this year’s Chase with an edge over the competition? Read on below to find out Who’s Hot and Who’s Not heading into the final 10-race stretch.
Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.