Obstacles await as Chris Buescher looks to make NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup

With the new format in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, the basic idea was win and you’re in. Well, things aren’t that easy for Chris Buescher this season. And it doesn’t look to get any easier this week. After cruising to the Xfinity Series championship last season (he never relinquished the top spot over the last 23 races), Buescher finds himself in a real pressure situation now. You see, it isn’t just a win that is needed for entry into the Chase, but a driver must also be in the top 30 in Sprint Cup Series points. Currently, … Continue reading Obstacles await as Chris Buescher looks to make NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. might want to consider retiring from NASCAR

Concussions have become a major hot button issue in sports over the past few years. NASCAR is no exception, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing the New Hampshire 301 this week after suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt, Jr., now 41 years of age, has been feeling the symptoms over the past couple of weeks following crashes at Michigan and Daytona in two of the three races prior to last weekend’s race at Kentucky. This comes after Earnhardt, Jr. missed two races in the 2012 season after suffering a concussion following a wreck in a testing session at Kansas. Multiple … Continue reading Dale Earnhardt, Jr. might want to consider retiring from NASCAR

NASCAR in a difficult spot when it comes to concussions

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

Concussion symptoms turn making NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup one big headache for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In 2012, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s run for a possible championship was cut short when he missed two races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup due to a concussion after multiple wrecks. This season, even getting into the Chase has been made more difficult by those same concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr. announced on Thursday that he would be skipping the New Hampshire 301 because of concussion-like symptoms that he began feeling last week leading up to the Quaker Steak 400 at Kentucky Speedway. When those symptoms didn’t dissipate heading into this week, Earnhardt, Jr. met with his neurologist and they … Continue reading Concussion symptoms turn making NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup one big headache for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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

50 Thoughts and Questions as the 2016 NASCAR Season Revs Up

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

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

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”

Kasey Kahne Could Crash The NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup Party

by Ryan Isley Don’t send out those NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup invitations just yet. Someone might be getting ready to crash the party at the last minute. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is just one race away from setting the field for the Chase but before the field can be set, they must race 300 miles around the 3/4-mile track that is Richmond International Raceway. And if there is one guy who can crash the party after those 400 laps, it just might be Kasey Kahne. Kahne enters the final race before the Chase 31 points behind 15th-place … Continue reading Kasey Kahne Could Crash The NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup Party