The Road to Miami: It All Comes Down to Phoenix

TMS_110815_07By Jason Schultz /@NASCARJason – The AAA Texas 500 highlighted the importance of each race during the Chase for Sprint Cup. With the points closer than ever and only four drivers advancing to the finale, near perfection is required to be among the Championship 4.

This led to a thrilling race that tested the tenacity of the remaining eight contenders. The excitement was produced without any controversial moments, unlike the previous three races. It was clean, competitive and captivating – the perfect storm for a great race. Continue reading “The Road to Miami: It All Comes Down to Phoenix”

Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of New Hampshire

It will take ten momentous weeks to capture the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Consistency will be vital as one bad run can throw a competitor’s mindset off and lead to mistakes.

Last season, fans witnessed an intense and dramatic final ten races. The potential is high for more excitement this fall as teams know what it takes to claim the title under the new format. 

The finale in Miami will feature four drivers who were able to put together a solid and consistent stretch of races. It seemed as last year, the top contenders changed after each and every race. This created unpredictable eliminations and surprises in each round.

Throughout this year’s playoffs, I’ll rank the competitors who seem to have what it takes to make the Championship 4. This will lead all the way up to Phoenix where the final four will be decided. It will surely go through plenty of twists and turns on the road to Miami.

Heading into the Sylvania 300, here are the contenders who seem to have what it takes to chase the Cup and those on the outside look in.2NH

Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of Chicago

It will take ten momentous weeks to capture the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Consistency will be vital as one bad run can throw a competitor’s mindset off and lead to mistakes.

Last season, fans witnessed an intense and dramatic final ten races. The potential is high for more excitement this fall as teams know what it takes to claim the title under the new format.  Continue reading “Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of Chicago”

Storyline Notebook: Week of March 9, 2015

A new feature to Turn 4 Racing News in 2015, “Storyline Notebook” will be the place to catch up on all the NASCAR news from the past week. This weekly infograph will be short and concise, while still updating fans on all the major happenings. Find it easily on twitter using the hashtag #StorylineNotebook.

Another busy week of news included penalties, Kurt Busch’s return, and safety updates at Daytona International Speedway. Catch up now and be well informed prior toSunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Paint Scheme Report: Atlanta Motor Speedway

paintschemereportA new season always brings new paint schemes. Many different looks made their debut at Daytona International Speedway last week, and will be back in action this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be a long, grueling race with plenty of different drivers taking their turns at the front of the field. This will allow for plenty of TV time for the cars, and some examination of the new looks. Another crop of neat schemes took to the track on Saturday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, and join the Sprint Cup cars on this week’s list.

The first edition of the “Paint Scheme Report” in 2015 includes some of the sport’s biggest stars. See whether or not your favorite driver made this list, and agree or disagree with the rankings. Continue reading “Paint Scheme Report: Atlanta Motor Speedway”

Race Reaction: Hollywood Casino 400

kansas2_nscs_johnson_garage_100514A lot went down Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. From shocking wrecks which took two champions and a driver having a career year out of the race prematurely to a not-so-surprising finish – there is plenty to discuss following the opening race in the Contender Round. Continue reading “Race Reaction: Hollywood Casino 400”

The Road to Miami: The Challenger Round Surprised, or Did It?

Photo: Getty Imgaes
Photo: Getty Imgaes

The opening Challenger Round of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship turned out to be an interesting set of three races. It’s tough to classify the round as ‘surprising’ when in most ways – it really wasn’t. However, in some cases– it definitely was. The competition proved to be fierce on every lap and it set the tone for the remaining seven events.

Continue reading “The Road to Miami: The Challenger Round Surprised, or Did It?”