by Ryan Isley Is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series about to go out with the old and in with the new? Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch would like to think not. While NASCAR has been busy promoting its younger drivers, Harvick and Busch have been busy racking up points and wins. When the season was about to begin, Busch spoke out about NASCAR’s marketing campaign that centered around younger drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr, all drivers who are currently 26 years of age or younger. … Continue reading The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series youth movement will have to wait for now
By Ryan Isley If seven is indeed a lucky number, drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series should be aware of Jimmie Johnson this Sunday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It’s the seventh race of the season. Johnson has won at Texas Motor an all-time series best seven times. And Johnson also has seven MENCS series championships. So, while Johnson heads to Texas Motor Speedway mired in a slump that for the second straight season has seen him have just one top-10 finish in the season’s first six races, the number seven is just what might lead the … Continue reading Could Texas be the answer to Jimmie Johnson’s problems?
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?
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
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
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
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
by Ryan Isley For the second straight season, Kasey Kahne has gotten off to a rocky and inconsistent start. Luckily for the 35-year-old driver, the Tricky Triangle hasn’t been so tricky throughout his career. Pocono International Raceway is one of only three tracks where Kahne has found victory lane on multiple occasions, winning the spring race in 2008 and then the fall race in 2013. He has also won four times at Charlotte and three times at Atlanta. He has five top-5s and eight top-10s in 22 career starts at Pocono. Kahne isn’t alone when it comes to success at … Continue reading Kasey Kahne Looks to Improve His Season at the Tricky Triangle
by Ryan Isley At this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, look for the trophy to be delivered to Hendrick Motorsports, with either Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon being the one accepting. Jimmie Johnson has been dominant at Dover with nine wins, 14 top-5s and 19 top-10s in 26 career races at the track. The nine wins are the most by any driver in Dover’s Sprint Cup Series history. Johnson went to victory lane in this race last season, which was his second straight win at Dover. He followed that up with a 3rd-place finish in the fall … Continue reading Look For Hendrick Motorsports to Deliver in FedEx 400