The Road to Miami: Contender Round Shakes Up Championship Picture

charlotte_nscs_race_field (1)Each race in the Contender Round of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship provided a unique twist to the title battle.

Three weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, the trouble Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Brad Keselowski ran into impacted their chances at moving forward in the Chase.

During the following week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, drivers including Earnhardt Jr. dug themselves a bigger hole while Kevin Harvick took the victory and was relieved of the pressure Talladega would bring. Continue reading “The Road to Miami: Contender Round Shakes Up Championship Picture”

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: A Look Ahead at the Chase

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Photo Credit: Robert Laberge

Almost eight months following NASCAR’s landmark announcement regarding the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, the time to write a new chapter in the sport’s history has arrived.

Excitement has been building around the new format all season-long. The importance placed on winning has increased the competition level in almost every race. Now, 13 victors along with three drivers in on points are about to embark on potentially the wildest ten races in the sports’ history. Its new, its different and it will surely be fun to watch. Continue reading “The Road to Miami: A Look Ahead at the Chase”

Greg Ives Named 2015 Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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CONCORD, N.C. (July 30, 2014) – Crew chief Greg Ives will rejoin Hendrick Motorsports following the 2014 NASCAR season to lead the No. 88 Sprint Cup Series team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ives, 34, was race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s historic run of five consecutive Sprint Cup championships (2006-2010) with the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. He will work alongside Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, in the shop shared by the Nos. 48 and 88 Chevrolet SS teams. Continue reading “Greg Ives Named 2015 Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.”

Trackside Duo: Three Storylines from Talladega

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As always, it was a wild and crazy weekend at Talladega. Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 proved to be as exciting as ever, as drivers constantly were running two to three wide around the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Sometimes dissecting Talladega races is just as much fun as watching them. This week, the Trackside Duo does just that as they give plenty of opinions regarding what went down at ‘Dega. Continue reading “Trackside Duo: Three Storylines from Talladega”

Elliott Silences Critics, Solidifies Spot as Future NASCAR Star with First Career Nationwide Series Win at Texas

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Chase Elliott is certainly not your average 18 year-old. Most kids his age are not racing full-time, let alone winning a race at the national level. Elliott’s competing on a week-to-week basis in the Nationwide Series with some of the best drivers in NASCAR and beating them on a consistent basis. Making him one extraordinary teenager. Continue reading “Elliott Silences Critics, Solidifies Spot as Future NASCAR Star with First Career Nationwide Series Win at Texas”

Trackside Duo: Five Things for Bristol

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Bristol Motor Speedway is adored by viewers and competitors alike. The tight racing, fender rubbing, and hot tempers the track produces has fans excited each and every time this Eastern Tennessee track shows up on the schedule. Some storylines have already developed this season, but by the time Bristol race weekend is over, the amount will likely be doubled.

In a special Thunder Valley edition of the Trackside Duo, Alanis and Jason discuss some of the biggest stories going into Bristol weekend. Take a final look at these stories as by the time the checkered flag falls in the Food City 500, a whole new topic field will have developed.  Continue reading “Trackside Duo: Five Things for Bristol”