Review Category : NASCAR

Whose going to step up and fill the gap once Sprint leaves in 2016? Your 5 best options are right here NASCAR announced recently that Sprint will not continue it’s partnership with NASCAR as it’s title sponsor after the 2016 season. Sprint has been the title sponsor since 2008 when Nextel and Sprint merged, previously it was the Nextel Cup and before that it was the Winston Cup for 33 years. So far no word has been said of who might become the new sponsor of NASCAR’s premier series, but here is a list of the 5 companies we would love to see take over. 1. Budweiser Come on this would be awesome. Aside from the fact that they have a boatload of money to invest in NASCAR, it’d be great exposure for them. As if sponsoring this years champion isn’t enough, or the fact the majority of the fans are already consuming ...

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Who made out big this season and who has their work cut out for them next season This season was one of the best seasons in a very long time for NASCAR. There was tons of excitement and drama with the new Chase format, the performances of the Chevy teams and lack there-of with the Ford and Toyota teams(with the large exception of Penske Racing), and all the buzz surrounding the 2015 rules change. Here are the drivers who made out pretty well this year and have set themselves up nicely for next season, and those who are going to be under some pressure this year. Champs Kevin Harvick: Despite the obvious fact the Harvick won the championship, he had an amazing year on top of that. There were many issues early in the season that really hindered his ability to win races(mechanical failures, poor pit stops, etc…). If the ...

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What worked and what needs tweaking for the 2015 season This year NASCAR went with a completely new format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup with the elimination format. Winning meant more than ever and things were exciting on and off the track. But there still is some work to do before this becomes a permanent fixture in the future. What worked Win and you’re in: This year a win was a guaranteed ticket to the show, unless there were more than 16 winners, which won’t happen for a very long time and possibly never again. People wanted those wins more than ever, especially in the Chase where it was an automatic ticket to the next round. The new format made it feel like winning a race wasn’t the important part, that the Chase was bigger than the individual races. I think that was really good call on NASCAR’s part, ...

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Kevin Harvick holds off Ryan Newman to win the Ford Ecoboost 400, and the Sprint Cup Championship Kevin Harvick came into the weekend as the heavy favorite to win the title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he delivered by winning the championship and the race. He held of a warrior effort from Ryan Newman, who would finish 2nd in the race and the final points standings. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were both threats throughout the day, but a decision not to pit on lap 249 when many other lead lap cars would come in to get fresh tires did not pay off as he was quickly passed by the fresher tires. Logano had minor issues on pit road, costing him positions throughout the day, but none were as catastrophic as what happened on lap 249. What as supposed to be a routine four tire stop, became a disaster when his ...

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Kevin Harvick takes the checkered flag and moves on to race at Homestead, Logano, Hamlin, and Newman join him Kevin Harvick had one of the most dominant cars NASCAR has seen all season, leading 264 of 312 laps en route to the season sweep of Phoenix. This win punches Harvick’s ticket to Homestead as he will now look to win his first Sprint Cup title. Polesitter Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano overcame big mistakes on pit road to move onto the next round. Ryan Newman made a very bold move in the final turn on the last lap to move on by just one point. Runner-up finisher Jeff Gordon was eliminated after Newman made his bold pass on Kyle Larson to gain the one point advantage over Gordon that he needed. Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski finished 3rd and 4th respectively, but were both eliminated from the Chase. Hamlin finished 5th ...

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Jimmie Johnson takes the checkered flag at Texas, Gordon and Keselowski brawl after race Jimmie Johnson won this weekends contest in Texas, making this the third year in a row that he has won at Texas in the fall. Johnson led 191 laps en route to his 4th win on the season and the 70th of his career. Kevin Harvick finished 2nd, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Jamie McMurray. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, and Denny Hamlin round out the top-10. Joey Logano rebounded from a slow pit stop to finish 12th, Ryan Newman ran up front most of the day and would finish 15th, Matt Kenseth led 59 laps, but would finish 25th, one lap down. Jeff Gordon was racing for the lead on the first green-white-checkered attempt when he was hit by an aggressive move by Keselowski that cut down one of ...

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Title contender Matt Kenseth wins pole, looks to clinch spot in final round Matt Kenseth ran a lap of 27.095 seconds(199.299 MPH) to claim the pole for this weekends AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon claimed the 2nd spot and was followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick. Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top-10. Carl Edwards starts 11th, Denny Hamlin 20th, and Brad Keselowski 26th. In the 2nd round of knockout qualifying, Tony Stewart ran a lap at 200.111 MPH, making that the fastest lap in NASCAR history on a 1.5 mile track. He will definitely be someone to look out for on Sunday. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are going to be looking to have a very good day after last weeks disaster for both drivers. The two drivers are 31 and 33 points back respectively from leader ...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Martinsville, Harvick and Keselowski have catastrophic day One week after be eliminated from the Chase after being deemed one of the favorites for the title, Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first victory of his career at Martinsville, fourth win on the season and 23rd of his career. Earnhardt led 79 laps en route to an emotional victory for him and all of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates. This weekend was the 10th anniversary of a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of team owner Rick Hendrick’s brother, son, and 2 of his nieces. Several other Hendrick Motorsports employees were killed in the crash. Earnhardt had this to say about the emotions of this immense tragedy: “I lost my daddy(NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr.) a long time ago, and I know how hard that is. I can’t imagine losing the magnitude of people that Rick ...

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Jamie McMurray will start on the pole, 8 drivers look to clinch their spot in the final race Jamie McMurray will start on the pole for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 with a time of 18.954 seconds for his 11th career pole and 2nd at Martinsville. Joey Logano will start alongside of McMurray, followed by Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch round out the top-10 starting grid. Other Chase drivers Carl Edwards(starts 11th), Jeff Gordon(13th), and Kevin Harvick(33rd) are 3 of the big Martinsville favorites. Harvick has an average finish of 15.8 at Martinsville, which is the worst among the 8 remaining Chase drivers. A win by any of the 8 Chase drivers(Logano, Kenseth, Hamlin, Keselowski, Newman, Edwards, Gordon, and Harvick) will guarantee them a place in the Championship race at Homestead. You can anticipate the drama ...

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Which 4 drivers will be in contention for the title at Homestead? The Chase field had been whittled down to 8 drivers and there are 3 races before the final race at Homestead. 4 drivers will be eligible for the title, and I’m going to tell you who it will be. Joey Logano: He has won a race in in both rounds so far and Talladega is the only race that he didn’t finish in the top-5 in the Chase. He is the hottest driver on the circuit and is a huge favorite for the title. But before we get to excited, lets not forget about what happened to Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. A string of bad luck put an end to their season after both were heavy favorites for the title. Jeff Gordon:  Jeff is the last Hendrick Motorsports driver left in the Chase. And the next ...

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