Aric Almirola has been an upgrade for Stewart-Haas Racing

By Ryan Isley Let’s play a game. I will give you 10 chances to guess which driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the only one to finish in the top-15 in each of the season’s first six races. Could you do it? Here we go… It isn’t Kevin Harvick, even though he has three wins and four top-5s. It isn’t Martin Truex Jr, but the reigning series champion has finished in the top-5 in each of the last five races. It isn’t Kyle Busch, who has three seconds and a third in the last four races. It … Continue reading Aric Almirola has been an upgrade for Stewart-Haas Racing

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

NASCAR Opening Weekend Was One to Remember

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

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

Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery Still Have A Long Way To Go

by Ryan Isley Some things never change. And when it comes to Danica Patrick, that means it will always be a circus that isn’t even worthy of the big top. The latest dog-and-pony show put on by Patrick was the announcement of a multi-year contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing and more importantly, a new deal with Nature’s Bakery as the primary sponsor on Patrick’s No. 10 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. At first glance, the marriage of Patrick and Nature’s Bakery actually makes perfect sense. She is supposedly an up-and-coming driver in NASCAR, while Nature’s Bakery looks at … Continue reading Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery Still Have A Long Way To Go

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

GoDaddy Leaves Danica Patrick Just As She Shows Improvement

This article was originally published on MTAF Wheels, which is now dark. Thank you for enjoying it here, through the Live Full Throttle Archives.  Timing is everything. And it always seems like timing is never just right for Danica Patrick. Just when it looked like things were starting to go well for Patrick, it was announced this week that GoDaddy would be leaving as the primary sponsor for Patrick and her No.10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet following the 2015 season. On one hand, it makes sense for GoDaddy if they want to move away from NASCAR and take their business in … Continue reading GoDaddy Leaves Danica Patrick Just As She Shows Improvement

Addition of de Silvestro gives Andretti five in the 500

Yesterday in Philadelphia, Andretti Autosport and TE Connectivity came together to announce that Simona de Silvestro would pilot the No. 29 Honda in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The unveiling of the bright orange livery, perfectly matched the Spring-like temperatures and sunny weather that the East Coast & Midwest are finally starting to feel. de Silvestro joins Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and recently announced, Justin Wilson in the Andretti Indy 500 line up. Andretti Autosport and de Silvestro had a diverse audience when their news went public – from school-aged children visiting the Franklin Insitute to … Continue reading Addition of de Silvestro gives Andretti five in the 500

NASCAR's 2015 Season Is Off To A Crazy Start

by Ryan Isley Well that was one hell of an opening act for NASCAR, huh? If the first weekend of the 2015 NASCAR season is any indication, this is going to be one wild and crazy season.  Off the track, there was the suspension of Kurt Busch that made headlines. And then there were plenty of crazy things that happened on the track as well. Here are just a few highlights of what transpired to make the NASCAR season’s opening weekend a crazy one: Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin Altercation: Near the end of the second Duel race on Thursday … Continue reading NASCAR's 2015 Season Is Off To A Crazy Start