- 8:53 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
November 19, 2017 is the culmination of a year of domination, penalties, sentimentality, pessimism, optimism, the past, and the future. The nine month NASCAR grind exhaled fireworks, champagne, and confetti this Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin Truex Jr.’s championship coronation is compelling enough, after a dominating season with Denver-based Furniture Row Racing. And Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s exit from NASCAR as a driver is a perfect story to dominate the human interest thirst outside of the championship. But several other stories make processing NASCAR’s final weekend more complicated.
Matt Kenseth announced two weeks ago his intent to step away [More]
- 12:41 pm Monday, June 5th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
Just. Like. That. February has become June and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is over a third of the way done. The summer stretch is underway, so the sample size of racing is big enough to show trends. Which drivers and teams are really that good and which are in real trouble? Laser-focusing on each race can distract one from these trends, so we are taking a look.
Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson are in a class of their own – Truex Jr. and Larson should each have more wins, but their teams are for real this [More]
- 10:15 am Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
As we saw at Daytona last week, leading the last lap is the one that really counts. Brad Keselowski overcame unscheduled pit stops for a loose wheel and a flat tire to stay in contention, then take the lead after race dominator Kevin Harvick sped on pit road. His 22nd-career win is his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he almost won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Here is how the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, a hard fought race on AMS’ 20-year-old pavement, played for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Flag to flag: This will be [More]
- 11:34 am Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
Kyle Larson had his day Sunday – finally. His berth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup came at the expense of a Chase…Chase Elliott, that is. The two battled over the last half of the race and Larson, in his third full Sprint Cup season, got that coveted first Cup win in his 99th-career start. Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.
Flag to Flag: Larson’s flight to the front was not an easy endeavor and almost did not come to be. The 200-lap race did not have a single dominator. Joey Logano (finished 10th) started on the pole and led 24 [More]
- 8:47 am Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
Strange things happen at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Stranger things happen than rained out races pushed to Monday and fog ending an August race early. Stranger things happen than animals on the track (an oft occurrence at Pocono Raceway). Fuel and weather strategy Monday gleaned 23-year-old rookie Chris Buescher his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the Pennsylvania 400 in the under-funded No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. No one predicted that, not even them. Here is how it went down.
Flag to Flag: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 38th) started on the pole for the third time this [More]
- 10:21 am Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull
Matt Kenseth wins Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway, but the win didn’t come easy nor did the race for anyone. Kenseth’s 37th-career win comes ahead of a caution-filled race and a charging young Kyle Larson (finished 2nd) and Chase Elliott (3rd). A massive wreck on a lap 356 restart eliminated several contenders and set up the thrilling drive to lap 400.
Flag to Flag: Rain canceled Friday qualifying and handed Kevin Harvick (15th) the pole, based upon Friday’s practice speeds. The Sprint Cup Series points leader actually had the dominant car on the day, as Harvick [More]