Will Kyle Busch Make The Chase? You Betcha!

by Ryan Isley In NASCAR, things can change in the blink of an eye…or in the time it takes to drop the checkered flag. That’s exactly what happened this past weekend when Kyle Busch crossed the finish line on the final lap in front of every other car in the field at Sonoma Raceway, signifying his first win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most years, this wouldn’t be a surprise (or news even, as Busch already owned a career win at Sonoma), but in 2015 it is one of the biggest surprises and stories of the season. The … Continue reading Will Kyle Busch Make The Chase? You Betcha!

Kasey Kahne Looks to Improve His Season at the Tricky Triangle

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

Carl Edwards Heads To Kansas Looking To Improve His 2015 Season

This article was originally published on MTAF Wheels, which is now dark. Thank you for enjoying it here through the Live Full Throttle Archives.  Carl Edwards may not live in a pineapple under the sea, but he was born in Columbia, Missouri, which might be just as good this weekend. The 35-year-old driver heads to Kansas Speedway Saturday night (weather permitting) for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 still looking for his first win for Joe Gibbs Racing. He is also looking to win at his home track for the first time in his career. This weekend just might be the perfect … Continue reading Carl Edwards Heads To Kansas Looking To Improve His 2015 Season

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

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

Expect Tempers To Heat Up As NASCAR Heads To Atlanta

by Ryan Isley There will be fireworks Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. They just might not be in the sky. With just two races left until the field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, a number of drivers know that the only way they will have a chance to compete for a championship will be to somehow find their way to victory lane at either Atlanta or Richmond.  It is safe to say that in Atlanta (and the following week in Richmond), there will be desperation in the air. And with desperation comes short tempers. Drivers … Continue reading Expect Tempers To Heat Up As NASCAR Heads To Atlanta

New or Old, NASCAR Chase Format Provides Drama

by Ryan Isley Sometimes change is good. And sometimes it isn’t. Then again, there are times when it can be both. The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been an example of the latter. Prior to the season, NASCAR officials announced that there would be some changes made regarding driver eligibility for the Chase and also the number of participants in NASCAR’s “playoff” system. New this season is that the Chase has expanded from 12 drivers to 16 drivers. It could be 17 or 18 drivers if NASCAR decides to change the rules on the fly again this season, but … Continue reading New or Old, NASCAR Chase Format Provides Drama

Matt Kenseth Looking to Recapture the Michigan Magic

by Ryan Isley Vince Lombardi famously said that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Wisconsin native and diehard Green Bay Packers fan Matt Kenseth might not exactly agree with the legendary head coach. Kenseth won the then-NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) championship by winning just one race but accumulating 25 top-10 finishes in 2003, beating Jimmie Johnson by 90 points under NASCAR’s old point system. Ryan Newman went to victory lane eight times in 36 races that season, but finished sixth in points. The next season, NASCAR introduced a new points system and a new format – the … Continue reading Matt Kenseth Looking to Recapture the Michigan Magic