How a hunting trip set the tone for Clint Bowyer’s 2018 season

By Ryan Isley A hunting trip and a threat. That’s how Clint Bowyer went from missing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs to winning two races already in 2018. After a season in which Bowyer joined Stewart-Haas Racing and the team didn’t perform the way it had hoped, the driver took crew chief Mike Bugarewicz on a hunting trip to Texas. “We went on that hunt and I told him ‘hey man, we’re either going to figure this out or one of us is getting shot down here,’” Bowyer said. “We ended up having a blast and really … Continue reading How a hunting trip set the tone for Clint Bowyer’s 2018 season

Jeff Gordon Looking To Turn Back The Clock At Darlington

by Ryan Isley Jeff Gordon has not missed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup since 2005. This weekend at Darlington Raceway might help him extend that streak and make the Chase in his final season. With just two races left before the 16-car Chase for the Sprint Cup is set, Gordon sits in the 15th spot and would be in the Chase should the field have already been set. However, Gordon is just 17 points ahead of Clint Bowyer in what could be the most important spot right now. Should two drivers outside the top-16 who … Continue reading Jeff Gordon Looking To Turn Back The Clock At Darlington

Clint Bowyer Has Work To Do To Keep NASCAR Chase Bubble From Bursting

by Ryan Isley If NASCAR was to make its own version of the 2001 film Bubble Boy, the lead actor would be Clint Bowyer, not Jake Gyllenhaal. With just six races remaining before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sets the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, Bowyer is in a transfer spot. For now. But he is on a very thin bubble rolling around in a field of thumbtacks. And seeing as how Bowyer hasn’t found victory lane since 2012, the most logical chance for him to make the Chase would be on points. Bowyer currently sits 15th in the … Continue reading Clint Bowyer Has Work To Do To Keep NASCAR Chase Bubble From Bursting

What NASCAR Should Have Done About What Happened at Richmond

by Ryan Isley   What a week this has been for NASCAR as they have tried to put themselves on par with the NCAA when it comes to scandals. In the Federated Auto Parts 400 last Saturday at Richmond International Raceway, three teams in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series crossed the line when it comes to trying to manipulate the outcome of the race to benefit their drivers. First, Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing spun out to bring a caution flag out with Ryan Newman leading the race and headed towards putting himself in the Chase for the Sprint Cup … Continue reading What NASCAR Should Have Done About What Happened at Richmond

NASCAR Continues to Show Inconsistency with Jeff Gordon Incident

by Ryan Isley It looks like the days of letting the boys have at no longer exist in NASCAR. Well, depending on who you are of course. This past weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer after Gordon felt that Bowyer had wrecked him earlier in the race. What ensued was a fracas that hasn’t been seen in NASCAR in some time. Bowyer’s crew attacked Gordon’s crew, Bowyer sprinted from the pit road to the garage are like he was qualifying for a spot on the 2016 US Olympic track team and NASCAR had a storyline … Continue reading NASCAR Continues to Show Inconsistency with Jeff Gordon Incident

Sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship on the Horizon for Jimmie Johnson

by Ryan Isley Well that NASCAR season was fun while it lasted. Oh sorry – there are three races left? It’s just a formality anyway. After three more races, we will be celebrating Jimmie Johnson winning his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in seven seasons. Why’s that? It’s because when the dust settled after the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway last week, Johnson had not only won the race, but he had taken the points lead from Brad Keselowski, and now leads Keselowski by two points. He also leads Clint Bowyer by 26 points and Kasey Kahne by … Continue reading Sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship on the Horizon for Jimmie Johnson

The Time is Now if Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wants to WIn the NASCAR Championship

by Ryan Isley In sports, athletes like to say that they are taking one game – or one race – at a time. While that may seem like a cliché, it just might be accurate when it comes to NASCAR and this week’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the one race of the NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup that could shake up the standings, as the very real possibility – and maybe even probability – of a big wreck looms around every corner. And it might just be the most important race of Dale … Continue reading The Time is Now if Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wants to WIn the NASCAR Championship

Sizing Up the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

By Ryan Isley

It’s that time of year again – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has gotten to the Chase with only 12 drivers having a chance to walk away as the 2012 champion. Those drivers are:

Driver       Points
Denny Hamlin 2012
Jimmie Johnson 2009
Tony Stewart 2009
Brad Keselowski 2009
Greg Biffle 2006
Clint Bowyer 2006
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2003
Matt Kenseth 2003
Kevin Harvick 2000
Martin Truex, Jr. 2000
Kasey Kahne 2000
Jeff Gordon 2000

 

 

The real question is this – which of those 12 drivers will be the last one standing when the final lap has been run at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18th? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders, shall we?

Me might as well start with the defending series champion – Tony Stewart. Stewart is in a better position this season than he was last season, when he started 12 points behind the leader. Stewart of course made up that deficit by winning five of the 10 races in the Chase and won the championship by virtue of the tiebreaker over Carl Edwards when the two were tied at the end of the season. While it isn’t impossible for Stewart to repeat the feat, it will be more difficult this season. Stewart is averaging a finish of just 91th in the eight races this season at tracks that will be featured in the Chase (Chicago and Miami-Homestead the only two they have not raced at this season). That average is the worst among the 12 drivers remaining. Stewart finished fourth in the last race before the Chase, but finished 19-32-27-22 in the four races prior. He entered the Chase last season having finished in the top-10 in three of the previous four races.

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