by Ryan Isley Things just might get wild this weekend at Watkins Glen. If recent history is any indication, this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen could be a wild card in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In four of the past five seasons, the winner at Watkins Glen was a first time winner on the season, including last year’s winner, AJ Allmendinger. Should that hold true again this year, it could throw a wrench into the Chase just as it did with Allmendinger last year, as Allmendinger earned his way into the Chase under the … Continue reading Watkins Glen Could be NASCAR’s Wild Card Weekend
by Ryan Isley It seems like Kevin Harvick was just hoisting the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy over his head and yet here we are at the beginning of another NASCAR season. While there were plenty of stories in the NASCAR offseason that occurred off the track, it is time to finally focus on racing. As much as I am not a fan of doing predictions (thank you Twitter trolls), I figured I could at least give 10 predictions for this upcoming season. These 10 are separate for my first prediction from a couple of weeks ago when … Continue reading Ten Predictions for the 2015 NASCAR Season
by Ryan Isley Sometimes, things take longer than anticipated to develop for one reason or another. And while it has certainly taken longer than expected, maybe – just maybe – 2015 is the year when AJ Allmendinger makes the leap in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That leap seemed to be taking place between 2010-12, when Allmendinger had his strongest run yet as a regular in the series but was cut short. He finished with 10 top-10s in 2011 and then had three top-10s and a career-best runner-up finish in the first 17 races of 2012 before being suspended on … Continue reading Big Things Could Be on the Way for AJ Allmendinger in 2015
There’s no better time to learn something new than at the beginning of the year. It feels fresh – like we are starting with a clean slate and the possibilities are endless. The other great thing about the beginning of a new year, particularly if you are a race fan, is that the race season officially starts this month with the Rolex 24 in Daytona at the end of January. The Roar Before the 24 is this weekend, however. And that’s where my “learning something new” comes in. My best friend and I became best friends for a lot of … Continue reading Starting Off the Year with a Roar
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, I will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. With just one prediction left – the Top Five finishers and Sprint Cup Series Champion – I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at all of the previous NASCAR … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Predictions Recap: Predictions 1 Through 12
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: This is Part 8 in a 13-Part series. Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, Ryan will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. You can check out all of the predictions here. NASCAR 2013 Prediction No.8 is that AJ Allmendinger will win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race. If nothing … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Prediction No.8: AJ Allmendinger Will Get First Career NASCAR Victory
by Ryan Isley Back before the 2012 NASCAR season began, I decided to put my prognosticating skills to the test and made six predictions for the upcoming season. The season started with a Monday night finish at the Daytona 500 and ended this past weekend when Brad Keselowski closed the season by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. I thought this was the time to look back at those six predictions I made and see which ones I hit on and which ones I whiffed on. 1 – Kurt Busch Most Likely 2011 Chase Driver to Miss the Chase in … Continue reading Grading Ryan's 2012 NASCAR Predictions
by Ryan Isley How long does it take to change the career of a NASCAR driver? For AJ Allmendinger, it just might be eight weeks. That is the amount of time that it took Allmendinger to finish NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program after being suspended for failing a drug test and violating the sport’s substance-abuse policy. Allmendinger was reinstated by NASCAR this past Tuesday, but does not have a ride for the remainder of the season. Now the question for Allmendinger is what he will do in 2013. In the time that Allmendinger was away, he was released from his … Continue reading What is Next for AJ Allmendinger?
by Ryan Isley
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will get underway this Sunday at Daytona International Speedway when the running of the 54th Daytona 500 goes green just after 1:00pm ET. With that in mind, I decided to make a few predictions for the upcoming season.
1 – Kurt Busch Most Likely 2011 Chase Driver to Miss the Chase in 2012:
After making his third straight Chase for the Sprint Cup and finishing 11th in points in 2011, Kurt Busch was released by Penske Racing following the season. The reason for Busch being shown the door wasn’t so much for his on-track performance, but his antics off the track.
In September, Busch had a confrontation with reporters, most notably Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press. When he was asked about a comment he had made, he denied ever making said comment. When Fryer said she had the transcript, Busch went over and ripped the transcript up and dropped it back on Fryer’s lap.
Then in November at the final race of the season, Dr. Jerry Punch of ESPN attempted to interview Busch once Busch was forced out of the race with car problems. Punch was attempting to talk to Busch beforehand and the driver went crazy on the reporter, dropping expletives and f-bombs like they were sitting at a bar having a conversation like old friends. You can see the video here, but be warned – the language is harsh.