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

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

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

Matt Kenseth Has A Chance To Go Big At Texas

by Ryan Isley Matt Kenseth is a perfect example that it’s funny how things work out sometimes. In the last season before NASCAR implemented the Chase for the Sprint Cup to determine a champion, Kenseth won the series championship despite finding victory lane just once.  Last season, he led the series with seven wins but lost the championship to Jimmie Johnson. So far this season, Kenseth is winless, yet sits 4th in the standings and a win this week would guarantee that he is the first driver locked into a spot in the Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Continue reading Matt Kenseth Has A Chance To Go Big At Texas

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

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

Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports Kick Off NASCAR Silly Season

The past week gave us two of the bigger stories we might see when it comes to decisions made for the 2015 season of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The first major announcement concerned the future of Carl Edwards with Roush Fenway Racing. As in, there isn’t one. 2014 will be the final season for Edwards driving the No.99 for the team, the only team he has known since coming to the Sprint Cup Series in 2004. Edwards has 23 career wins and has twice finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in his time with Roush Fenway. … Continue reading Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports Kick Off NASCAR Silly Season

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Hurting NASCAR Nationwide Series

by Ryan Isley The first step in fixing a problem is admitting that you have one in the first place. That is something NASCAR is not very good at doing, but they need to start. No, the problem isn’t that Aric Almirola won the rain-shortened Firecracker 400 to throw a wrench into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series. It has nothing to do with the newly formed Race Car Alliance. This time, it doesn’t even pertain to their attendance and falling television viewership. Nope, this time the issue is how NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are taking over and … Continue reading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Hurting NASCAR Nationwide Series