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

Kevin Harvick continues to show off his “clutch gene”

by Ryan Isley In sports, we always talk about athletes who have (or don’t have) the “clutch gene.” When it comes to NASCAR, the driver who has shown that gene recently has been Kevin Harvick. For the second straight season, Harvick has taken advantage of NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup format of “win and you’re in.” Last season, Harvick earned his spot in the Chase with a win at Phoenix in the second week of the season. He advanced from the Challenger Round to the Contender Round with two top-5s in the first three races of the Chase. … Continue reading Kevin Harvick continues to show off his “clutch gene”

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

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

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Round Preview & Prediction

by Ryan Isley Not one, not two, not three. Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will take their talents to South Beach in hopes of doing what LeBron James was able to do in the city – win that elusive first championship. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman all head into the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday with their eyes on the prize – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. The four drivers have survived three eliminations in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format and will now go head-to-head to determine who … Continue reading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Round Preview & Prediction

Denny Hamlin Taking Full Advantage of NASCAR's New System

by Ryan Isley Denny Hamlin currently finds himself in a tie for the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings with just one race left before the Championship Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The question is should he even be in the Chase at all? When NASCAR changed the format of the Chase entering this season, they did so without figuring in one major factor – penalties that occur during the season. When Hamlin’s car failed to pass inspection at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, the driver and team were each docked 75 … Continue reading Denny Hamlin Taking Full Advantage of NASCAR's New System

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