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

Will Kyle Busch Make The Chase? You Betcha!

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!

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 Hoping Kurt Busch Doesn't Make The Chase

Sometimes a gesture of good faith that you really don’t want to take blows up in your face. This could very well be the case with NASCAR when it comes to the decision to allow Kurt Busch to be eligible for the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup should he meet the requirements necessary. The 36-year-old Busch was suspended indefinitely on the Friday prior to the Daytona 500 (February 20) after the Kent County (Delaware) Family Court commissioner released a finding that shows he believed that Busch did indeed commit an act of domestic abuse against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. … Continue reading NASCAR Hoping Kurt Busch Doesn't Make The Chase

NASCAR Should Move Quickly on Kurt Busch Reinstatement

Just when you think things can’t get more interesting with the start of the 2015 NASCAR season, they keep doing just that. And once again, it’s a story involving Kurt Busch. He sure has been a popular topic of conversation for a guy who has yet to complete a lap in a NASCAR race in 2015. Thursday morning, the Delaware Attorney General decided not to pursue criminal charges against Kurt Busch stemming from an alleged incident that happened between Busch and his then-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. “After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is … Continue reading NASCAR Should Move Quickly on Kurt Busch Reinstatement

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

Ten Predictions for the 2015 NASCAR Season

by Ryan Isley It seems like Kevin Harvick was just hoisting the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy over his head and yet here we are at the beginning of another NASCAR season. While there were plenty of stories in the NASCAR offseason that occurred off the track, it is time to finally focus on racing. As much as I am not a fan of doing predictions (thank you Twitter trolls), I figured I could at least give 10 predictions for this upcoming season. These 10 are separate for my first prediction from a couple of weeks ago when … Continue reading Ten Predictions for the 2015 NASCAR Season

Drivers, Ex-Girlfriends and Trained Assassins – Welcome to NASCAR 2015

by Ryan Isley Last May, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch did the Indianapolis/Charlotte double. For the rest of his life, he may be doing a double take every time he looks over his shoulder. Busch appeared in court this week and testified that ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is a trained assassin. No, really. And no, this past Tuesday was not April 1. I checked the calendar. Twice. A trained assassin. Kurt Busch claims his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin. Let that sink in for a moment. Busch said that Driscoll claimed to be an assassin who took on missions in South America, … Continue reading Drivers, Ex-Girlfriends and Trained Assassins – Welcome to NASCAR 2015

New or Old, NASCAR Chase Format Provides Drama

by Ryan Isley Sometimes change is good. And sometimes it isn’t. Then again, there are times when it can be both. The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been an example of the latter. Prior to the season, NASCAR officials announced that there would be some changes made regarding driver eligibility for the Chase and also the number of participants in NASCAR’s “playoff” system. New this season is that the Chase has expanded from 12 drivers to 16 drivers. It could be 17 or 18 drivers if NASCAR decides to change the rules on the fly again this season, but … Continue reading New or Old, NASCAR Chase Format Provides Drama