Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

By Ryan Isley There is a saying I like to use quite often on social media – “haters gonna hate.” When it comes to NASCAR, the haters don’t come out for anyone stronger than they do for Kyle Busch. Those haters may not have a good weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night. Coming off wins in back-to-back races, plenty of NASCAR fans have already started to show their impatience and displeasure when it comes to watching Busch take the checkered flag. They might have to get … Continue reading Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

by Ryan Isley Bristol Motor Speedway may be a short track, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there this weekend was not short on storylines. These are just a few of the top stories from the Food City 500: Through rain, sleet or snow, NASCAR finishes the race: The race took just over 26 hours to complete, as the weather in Tennessee just refused to cooperate. What was supposed to start as a 2:00 pm ET start on Sunday was moved up to 1:00 pm because of impending weather. Once the drivers took the green flag, the race … Continue reading No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series youth movement will have to wait for now

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Round Storylines and Prediction

by Ryan Isley The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has come down to this. Four drivers, 267 laps and 401 miles to crown a champion. That part is going to be similar to any NASCAR season under the current Chase for the Sprint Cup format. But one thing this season has that not every season will have is that all four drivers have a storyline heading into Homestead. Below are the storylines for each driver (in alphabetical order) and my championship prediction. Kyle Busch – The Comeback Kid: The 30-year-old driver couldn’t have possibly imagined he would be sitting … Continue reading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Round Storylines and Prediction

Ryan Blaney Showing Toughness it Takes to Succeed In NASCAR

Ryan Isley Everyone makes mistakes. It’s how they respond to the mistake that matters. Ryan Blaney has certainly passed that test in the past few weeks. While Blaney is not running a full-time schedule in any of the top three NASCAR series in 2015, he is running a limited schedule in all three – the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series after competing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series the past two seasons. Blaney looked strong in his 14 starts in the Xfinity Series in 2014, picking up a win with 10 top-5s and 13 … Continue reading Ryan Blaney Showing Toughness it Takes to Succeed In NASCAR

Watkins Glen Could be NASCAR’s Wild Card Weekend

by Ryan Isley Things just might get wild this weekend at Watkins Glen. If recent history is any indication, this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen could be a wild card in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In four of the past five seasons, the winner at Watkins Glen was a first time winner on the season, including last year’s winner, AJ Allmendinger. Should that hold true again this year, it could throw a wrench into the Chase just as it did with Allmendinger last year, as Allmendinger earned his way into the Chase under the … Continue reading Watkins Glen Could be NASCAR’s Wild Card Weekend

Clint Bowyer Has Work To Do To Keep NASCAR Chase Bubble From Bursting

by Ryan Isley If NASCAR was to make its own version of the 2001 film Bubble Boy, the lead actor would be Clint Bowyer, not Jake Gyllenhaal. With just six races remaining before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sets the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, Bowyer is in a transfer spot. For now. But he is on a very thin bubble rolling around in a field of thumbtacks. And seeing as how Bowyer hasn’t found victory lane since 2012, the most logical chance for him to make the Chase would be on points. Bowyer currently sits 15th in the … Continue reading Clint Bowyer Has Work To Do To Keep NASCAR Chase Bubble From Bursting

If Winning Really Matters, NASCAR Should Make Kyle Busch Chase Eligible

by Ryan Isley Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. NASCAR agrees with that idea. Well, sort of, as long as you meet other certain criteria. Starting with the 2004 season, NASCAR created the Chase for the Sprint Cup for its premier series and has constantly tweaked it to make wins more important in the overall scheme of crowning a season champion. This came in part because 2003 champion Matt Kenseth was able to win the title with just a single win, beating out Ryan Newman, who led the series with eight … Continue reading If Winning Really Matters, NASCAR Should Make Kyle Busch Chase Eligible

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