by Ryan Isley Is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series about to go out with the old and in with the new? Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch would like to think not. While NASCAR has been busy promoting its younger drivers, Harvick and Busch have been busy racking up points and wins. When the season was about to begin, Busch spoke out about NASCAR’s marketing campaign that centered around younger drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr, all drivers who are currently 26 years of age or younger. … Continue reading The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series youth movement will have to wait for now
By Ryan Isley If seven is indeed a lucky number, drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series should be aware of Jimmie Johnson this Sunday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It’s the seventh race of the season. Johnson has won at Texas Motor an all-time series best seven times. And Johnson also has seven MENCS series championships. So, while Johnson heads to Texas Motor Speedway mired in a slump that for the second straight season has seen him have just one top-10 finish in the season’s first six races, the number seven is just what might lead the … Continue reading Could Texas be the answer to Jimmie Johnson’s problems?
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 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
by Ryan Isley It’s that time of year again – where NASCAR ends its winter vacation and heads to Daytona to get back on track for another season. This year instead of doing a lengthy prediction series or post as I have done in the past, I decided to come up with a bunch of different random thoughts and questions that are on my mind as we head into the 2016 season. There will also be championship predictions for all three main series. In no particular order… I am not sure that I am smart enough to completely understand … Continue reading 50 Thoughts and Questions as the 2016 NASCAR Season Revs Up
by Ryan Isley The NASCAR Xfinity Series is coming to Ohio, and for point leader Chris Buescher, a trip to the Buckeye State probably couldn’t have come at a better time. After a bit of a struggle where Buescher failed to tally a top-10 finish for a span of five races, the 22-year-old finished third at Watkins Glen last week to solidify his lead in the standings over Ty Dillon and defending series champion Chase Elliott. He leads both drivers by 24 points. Buescher needed that strong finish last at Watkins Glen, where he finished ahead of both Dillon and … Continue reading Chris Buescher Could Use Mid-Ohio As a Springboard to NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
by Ryan Isley For the second straight season, Kasey Kahne has gotten off to a rocky and inconsistent start. Luckily for the 35-year-old driver, the Tricky Triangle hasn’t been so tricky throughout his career. Pocono International Raceway is one of only three tracks where Kahne has found victory lane on multiple occasions, winning the spring race in 2008 and then the fall race in 2013. He has also won four times at Charlotte and three times at Atlanta. He has five top-5s and eight top-10s in 22 career starts at Pocono. Kahne isn’t alone when it comes to success at … Continue reading Kasey Kahne Looks to Improve His Season at the Tricky Triangle
The future is now for Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott. Ok, maybe not right now. But it is really close. This weekend, Elliott will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for Hendrick, where he will take over the No.24 Chevrolet being vacated by Jeff Gordon starting next season. First things first, though, as Elliott will drive in five races this season in the Sprint Cup Series to get himself accustomed to the series. This just might be the most anticipated Sprint Cup Series debut since Danica Patrick climbed into a Sprint Cup Series ride for the first time at … Continue reading Chase Elliott Better Equipped Than Others As He Makes Sprint Cup Series Debut
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