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!
NASCAR might just be in a position to which it has grown accustomed – changing the rules on the fly. Only this time, it would be warranted as long as it is done right. When Kyle Busch crashed with just 10 laps to go in the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season at Daytona, it looked as if his season might be over. After all, he suffered a compound fracture in his lower right leg and a fracture in his left foot and underwent operations on each injury. But it looks like the season may not be over for … Continue reading NASCAR Should Waive Chase Requirements for Kyle Busch
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
News and Notes from the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway The Roar before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway is the official three day weekend of testing announcing the start of the TUDOR SportsCar Championship racing season. Literally, the roar of the engines at the Roar ends the offseason and months of speculation around team sponsors, new cars, driver lineups, and IMSA rules and regulations. This weekend gives drivers and teams the chance to shake down new cars, new driver combinations, and settle into the steep NASCAR banking, horseshoe curves, the kink and the bus stop on … Continue reading Can You Hear The Roar?
Where there is smoke, there is fire. And when you look for drivers who can catch fire (not literally – Juan Pablo Montoya is no longer in NASCAR) at Daytona International Speedway in the summer, look no further than the driver they call “Smoke” – Tony Stewart. This weekend in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, Stewart will not only be looking for his fifth win in the Daytona summer race, but also for his first win this season – something that would help him in his pursuit to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The three-time NASCAR Sprint … Continue reading Tony Stewart Could Stand Strong in Daytona
by Ryan Isley
Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, all eyes may not be on Danica Patrick. But they should – because she is about to make history.
I know what you are thinking – is this April Fool’s Day? Ryan can’t actually be writing a positive piece about Danica Patrick, can he? Well, it is July 6. And yes – I am writing a positive piece on Danica.
I know that I have been critical of Danica in the past, saying she didn’t deserve the 10 races she will run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year and then again when she wasted a good performance at Talladega by wrecking Sam Hornish, Jr. on the cool down lap.
But as I have always done, I praise when praise is deserved and I criticize when criticism is needed. This week, I think there is room for praise for the driver of the No.7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.