Cole Swindell discusses “You Should Be Here” at NASCAR race in Kentucky

by Ryan Isley SPARTA, Kentucky – Cole Swindell could have been back home in Nashville on Saturday after playing a concert in Wisconsin on Friday night. But an open date and a NASCAR race being in Kentucky was just too much temptation to pass up for the avid NASCAR fan. Swindell stopped by Kentucky Speedway to see some friends, take in a race and of course attend yet another driver’s meeting. He joked that he has been in so many meetings that people are going to start asking what team he is working for now. He also took a few … Continue reading Cole Swindell discusses “You Should Be Here” at NASCAR race in Kentucky

Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

By Ryan Isley There is a saying I like to use quite often on social media – “haters gonna hate.” When it comes to NASCAR, the haters don’t come out for anyone stronger than they do for Kyle Busch. Those haters may not have a good weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night. Coming off wins in back-to-back races, plenty of NASCAR fans have already started to show their impatience and displeasure when it comes to watching Busch take the checkered flag. They might have to get … Continue reading Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

Has Hendrick Motorsports become the SEC of NASCAR?

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?

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. might want to consider retiring from NASCAR

Concussions have become a major hot button issue in sports over the past few years. NASCAR is no exception, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing the New Hampshire 301 this week after suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt, Jr., now 41 years of age, has been feeling the symptoms over the past couple of weeks following crashes at Michigan and Daytona in two of the three races prior to last weekend’s race at Kentucky. This comes after Earnhardt, Jr. missed two races in the 2012 season after suffering a concussion following a wreck in a testing session at Kansas. Multiple … Continue reading Dale Earnhardt, Jr. might want to consider retiring from NASCAR

NASCAR in a difficult spot when it comes to concussions

With the news that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would be missing at least this weekend’s New Hampshire 301 due to issues with concussion-like symptoms, it brings up a question of whether or not NASCAR might have a bigger problem on its hands. While Earnhardt, Jr. has suffered from these symptoms before and even missed races in 2012 and gave up his chance at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship because of it, he can’t possibly be the only driver who has felt these symptoms. He just might be the only one who has stepped up and said something. I find it … Continue reading NASCAR in a difficult spot when it comes to concussions

Concussion symptoms turn making NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup one big headache for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In 2012, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s run for a possible championship was cut short when he missed two races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup due to a concussion after multiple wrecks. This season, even getting into the Chase has been made more difficult by those same concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr. announced on Thursday that he would be skipping the New Hampshire 301 because of concussion-like symptoms that he began feeling last week leading up to the Quaker Steak 400 at Kentucky Speedway. When those symptoms didn’t dissipate heading into this week, Earnhardt, Jr. met with his neurologist and they … Continue reading Concussion symptoms turn making NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup one big headache for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

50 Thoughts and Questions as the 2016 NASCAR Season Revs Up

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

Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton Making Impact on NBC’s NASCAR Coverage

by Ryan Isley When NBC was putting together the broadcast team for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the network took a couple of moves that seemed like risks which were questioned. So far, NBC has had the last laugh. The move that really took everyone by surprise and was scrutinized was the decision to go with Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton as the analysts in the booth. Taking two guys who didn’t have television experience and putting them in the booth together with a veteran broadcaster like Rick Allen seemed like a huge leap for a network making … Continue reading Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton Making Impact on NBC’s NASCAR Coverage

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