No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

by Ryan Isley Bristol Motor Speedway may be a short track, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there this weekend was not short on storylines. These are just a few of the top stories from the Food City 500: Through rain, sleet or snow, NASCAR finishes the race: The race took just over 26 hours to complete, as the weather in Tennessee just refused to cooperate. What was supposed to start as a 2:00 pm ET start on Sunday was moved up to 1:00 pm because of impending weather. Once the drivers took the green flag, the race … Continue reading No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

Sorting Through NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Possibilities

by Ryan Isley The more things change, the more they stay the same. NASCAR’s new eligibility rules for the Chase for the Sprint Cup are in their second season. And while people have gotten a little more comfortable with how a driver becomes Chase eligible, there still seems to be a little bit of confusion. With just nine races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, there are just four drivers who have actually clinched their spots in the Chase. Jimmie Johnson (four wins), Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kurt Busch (two wins each) are the only … Continue reading Sorting Through NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Possibilities

Why NASCAR Needs To Ban The Confederate Flag

by Ryan Isley Perception often is reality in the eyes of most people. And it’s perception that has NASCAR in a unique position when it comes to the Confederate flag. To some, the perception of NASCAR is still a good ol’ boys club in the south. One where fans (and drivers) are just a bunch of backwoods redneck hillbillies who drive beat up pickup trucks with a sawed off shotgun attached to a gun rack on the back as they drive through the woods to a spot where they guzzle beer (or moonshine), chew tobacco and strum a banjo. Hell, … Continue reading Why NASCAR Needs To Ban The Confederate Flag

Ten Predictions for the 2015 NASCAR Season

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

After Career Year, Joey Logano Looks Poised to be a Serious Contender

by Ryan Isley Joey Logano will find himself in unfamiliar territory when the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins. Instead of being just another possible contender, Logano will have to be looked at as a possible favorite to win the championship. The now 24-year-old driver had shown glimpses of the talent that made him shoot through the ranks of NASCAR heading into last season, recording 12 top-5s and 19 top-10s in 2013. The only thing holding Logano back from being a serious threat to the Sprint Cup Series championship was that he had not proven himself to be a … Continue reading After Career Year, Joey Logano Looks Poised to be a Serious Contender

Brad Keselowski Not Making Many Friends During NASCAR's Chase

by Ryan Isley Brad Keselowski was once known as the young up-and-coming, fun-loving, beer-guzzling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Now, he is simply known as a “dipshit,” to quote Jeff Gordon. Once again this past Sunday, it was Keselowski who found himself in the middle of controversy and flying fists, as it was his move on the racetrack that sent Gordon into the wall and may have cost Gordon not only a win, but a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in two weeks. With Gordon battling Jimmie Johnson for the lead on the … Continue reading Brad Keselowski Not Making Many Friends During NASCAR's Chase

NASCAR'S Contender Round Produces Some Surprising Eliminations

by Ryan Isley Sometimes, things shake out exactly how you expect them to – even if they don’t shake out exactly how you expect them to. That was the case this past Sunday in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Confused? Let me explain… When the new format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series was announced, there was one date everyone circled on their calendars – October 19. Every driver knew that if they were still in the Chase at that point and had not picked up a win at Kansas or Charlotte in the two weeks prior … Continue reading NASCAR'S Contender Round Produces Some Surprising Eliminations

Media Focus on Tony Stewart Once Again Misguided

by Ryan Isley You can’t fix stupid. This could not be any truer than in the case of some people in the national media trying to cover and report on stories that happen in NASCAR. Last Saturday night in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, there were plenty of stories to be reported – both on the track and off. As drivers were in jeopardy of falling in the standings and facing possible elimination from the Chase for the Sprint Cup, tempers flared and emotions boiled over.  There was drama during the race, during the cool down … Continue reading Media Focus on Tony Stewart Once Again Misguided

Dover Dominance Could Be Key For Jimmie Johnson In The Chase

Been there, done that. Those four words pretty much sum up Jimmie Johnson when it comes not only to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but also to racing at Dover International Speedway. It has been 13 races since Jimmie Johnson has been to victory lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but this just might be the weekend where the confetti comes out once again for the six-time series champion. A career-best nine of Johnson’s 69 career wins have come at Dover, where this week’s AAA 400 will be run. That includes his win earlier this season in the … Continue reading Dover Dominance Could Be Key For Jimmie Johnson In The Chase