Chase for the Sprint Cup Tag

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona was an unusually mellow restrictor plate race, until it wasn’t. On lap 89, all hell broke loose when Jamie McMurray received a tap from Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet. McMurray broke loose and spun into an entire field of drivers going 200-miles-per-hour. In all, 19 drivers couldn’t avoid piling into what turned out to be ‘the big one.’ The big one in Daytona. #CokeZero400 — NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 3, 2016 Among those involved were several driversRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor There were times in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, where it looked like any shot Tony Stewart had at reaching victory lane had all but vanished, but the always stubborn Stewart would battle back every single time. As Stewart body slammed past Denny Hamlin in the final turn of Sunday’s race, it was incredible because just a couple of turns earlier it looked like Hamlin had nudged past Stewart for his first-career road course victory. “I made mistakes the last two laps,” StewartRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor As previously reported, a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra will keep Tony Stewart out of the car for some time. Some are already saying its a horrible end to an illustrious career, but before we get carried away just remember this injury will not end Stewart’s 2016 season and it does not prevent him from possibly having the ultimate send-off in his final season. According to a report from Dave Moody, Stewart is responding well to surgery and his team expects a possible return around the timeRead More
By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Charlotte, N.C. – Joe Gibbs knows how difficult it is to repeat as champion. Although he won three NFL Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, none of those titles came in consecutive seasons. “In pro sports, I think the hardest thing is to stay up (on top) because once you have a great year everybody else is pointing or looking at you,” said Gibbs, speaking on “Toyota Tuesday”, the first stop on the 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented byRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Let’s cut to the Chase. Starting this year, the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will use elimination-based playoff formats to determine their respective champions, just as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has done for the past two seasons. According to NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France, the new approach not only builds on the resounding success of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but it also provides a training ground for drivers who ultimately will compete at NASCAR’s highestRead More

Posted On November 13, 2014By Joey BarnesIn Monster Energy Cup

Hamlin on the Cusp of Vindication

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway during the 2010 season Denny Hamlin was the talk of the NASCAR world. The No. 11 FedEx Express driver had amassed a career-high eight wins and was the heralded favorite to unseat a dominant Jimmie Johnson. However, the weekend turned disastrous as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was left with a 14th place finish, and left thinking of what could have been. Fast-forward to 2014, Hamlin isn’t having statistically his best season, though it could be the most rewarding. The soon-to-be 34 year-oldRead More

Posted On November 13, 2014By Joey BarnesIn Monster Energy Cup

Chasing a Legacy

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is preparing for its final act, the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After 35 races, it all comes down to a career-defining 400 miles. The new tournament format has brought out some of the most intense battles in the sports history. Round after round fell by the wayside, left to ponder what could have been or what they should have done different. From Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, to the brash 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, the format hasRead More