by Ryan Isley When the one team (or conference) that seems to have a stranglehold on a sport is struggling, it becomes headline news. This is just as true in NASCAR as it is in college football. So when Hendrick Motorsports had gone winless through five races in this NASCAR Monster Energy season and only one of its four drivers (Chase Elliott) had finished in the top 10, the questions started to arise about one of the sport’s super teams. It was reminiscent of what people were saying when the SEC started 1-4 in the college football bowl season this … Continue reading Has Hendrick Motorsports become the SEC of NASCAR?
by Ryan Isley Reactions from a segment of NASCAR fans during and after the Daytona 500 this past weekend read like a transcript from an Abbott and Costello skit. “Who’s in first? I don’t know who’s in third. Wait, who’s in first now?” I was among the many who were interested to see how things would unfold after NASCAR announced it would be going to segment racing this season with each segment having points awarded afterwards. That is the main reason I didn’t write about the introduction of segment racing or the ways points would be distributed sooner. I … Continue reading What’s the point? Trying to understand NASCAR’s new system
With the new format in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, the basic idea was win and you’re in. Well, things aren’t that easy for Chris Buescher this season. And it doesn’t look to get any easier this week. After cruising to the Xfinity Series championship last season (he never relinquished the top spot over the last 23 races), Buescher finds himself in a real pressure situation now. You see, it isn’t just a win that is needed for entry into the Chase, but a driver must also be in the top 30 in Sprint Cup Series points. Currently, … Continue reading Obstacles await as Chris Buescher looks to make NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup
Please note that this episode of Push to Pass is being released a few days later than anticipated due to circumstances beyond our control. Life has it’s own plans sometimes, which is strangely fitting for our focus this week… We opted to not take a week off from recording, but rather come together to support each other and the entire racing community in processing the loss of an incredible driver: Bryan Clauson. Clauson’s life had other plans for him the weekend of August 7th – plans that no one saw coming. And while the tragedy of losing him is still … Continue reading Push to Pass Podcast – Ep. 41: Remembering Bryan Clauson
Concussions have become a major hot button issue in sports over the past few years. NASCAR is no exception, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing the New Hampshire 301 this week after suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt, Jr., now 41 years of age, has been feeling the symptoms over the past couple of weeks following crashes at Michigan and Daytona in two of the three races prior to last weekend’s race at Kentucky. This comes after Earnhardt, Jr. missed two races in the 2012 season after suffering a concussion following a wreck in a testing session at Kansas. Multiple … Continue reading Dale Earnhardt, Jr. might want to consider retiring from NASCAR
With the news that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would be missing at least this weekend’s New Hampshire 301 due to issues with concussion-like symptoms, it brings up a question of whether or not NASCAR might have a bigger problem on its hands. While Earnhardt, Jr. has suffered from these symptoms before and even missed races in 2012 and gave up his chance at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship because of it, he can’t possibly be the only driver who has felt these symptoms. He just might be the only one who has stepped up and said something. I find it … Continue reading NASCAR in a difficult spot when it comes to concussions
In 2012, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s run for a possible championship was cut short when he missed two races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup due to a concussion after multiple wrecks. This season, even getting into the Chase has been made more difficult by those same concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr. announced on Thursday that he would be skipping the New Hampshire 301 because of concussion-like symptoms that he began feeling last week leading up to the Quaker Steak 400 at Kentucky Speedway. When those symptoms didn’t dissipate heading into this week, Earnhardt, Jr. met with his neurologist and they … Continue reading Concussion symptoms turn making NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup one big headache for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
by Ryan Isley When Kyle Busch took the checkered flag at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night for his fifth win of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, I didn’t see it. Why? Because I turned the race off with 50 laps to go knowing what the outcome would ultimately be. It was yet another race in which two or more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars chased each other around the track with no hope of a driver competing for the Xfinity Series championship having a chance at winning. And it was another race where Busch wasn’t going to be … Continue reading NASCAR Needs to Make Changes to Xfinity Series
by Ryan Isley Deadpool may have had a great weekend at the box office last week, but NASCAR just had a hell of an opening weekend for the 2016 season. Johnny Sauter won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in the Camping World Truck Series Friday night in what was a great race from start to finish, Chase Elliott held off Joey Logano to win the Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ on Saturday and then in the finale, Denny Hamlin edged out Martin Truex, Jr. at the finish in the closest finish in Daytona 500 history. Here are some of my thoughts … Continue reading NASCAR Opening Weekend Was One to Remember