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
The future is now for Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott. Ok, maybe not right now. But it is really close. This weekend, Elliott will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for Hendrick, where he will take over the No.24 Chevrolet being vacated by Jeff Gordon starting next season. First things first, though, as Elliott will drive in five races this season in the Sprint Cup Series to get himself accustomed to the series. This just might be the most anticipated Sprint Cup Series debut since Danica Patrick climbed into a Sprint Cup Series ride for the first time at … Continue reading Chase Elliott Better Equipped Than Others As He Makes Sprint Cup Series Debut
by Ryan Isley When Roush Fenway Racing signed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the replacement for Matt Kenseth beginning last season, they thought they were getting a driver who would soon be a name everyone would mention when talking about the best drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. So far, they have just gotten Danica Patrick’s boyfriend. In his two seasons behind the wheel of the No.17 Ford in the Roush Fenway stable, Stenhouse Jr. has just two top-5s and eight top-10s in 73 races and has not yet found victory lane. The two-time Nationwide Series champion has not yet … Continue reading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Needs To Step It Up In 2015
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, I will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. With just one prediction left – the Top Five finishers and Sprint Cup Series Champion – I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at all of the previous NASCAR … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Predictions Recap: Predictions 1 Through 12
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: This is Part 11 in a 13-Part series. Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, Ryan will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. You can check out all of the predictions here. With Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. moving from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013, it means … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Prediction No.11: Elliott Sadler Will Win the Nationwide Series Championship
by Ryan Isley As if being a rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wasn’t tough enough, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Danica Patrick just added an unnecessary level of difficulty. Just when it seemed like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year race couldn’t get any more interesting, news came out that Danica and Stenhouse, Jr. – the top two rookies in 2013 – are now dating. This cannot be what NASCAR wanted to see happen. This isn’t like a driver dating someone who works in another capacity within a team or a crew chief dating a female … Continue reading Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Relationship is a Bad Idea
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: This is Part 4 in a 13-Part series. Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, Ryan will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. You can check out all of the predictions here. Picking Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to finish higher in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series than Danica Patrick in their … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Prediction No.4: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. – Not Danica Patrick – Will be Top Sprint Cup Series Rookie
by Ryan Isley
In every sport, there will be movement among players going from team to team, be it by trade or free agency. While there aren’t actually any trades in NASCAR – unless you count crew members and crew chiefs – free agency has become a big part of the sport, especially among the top drivers.
2013 won’t be any different.
This past week, NASCAR was hit with a bombshell when Matt Kenseth announced that following the 2012 season he will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing and has a deal in place for 2013, despite not yet announcing with whom just yet.
There could have been many drivers lining up to replace Kenseth had Roush Fenway Racing waiting to play the field when this season ends, but they made a quick choice – and in my opinion, the right choice. They tabbed Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. as the replacement for the 2003 Sprint Cup Series Champion, giving the defending Nationwide Series Champaion a full-time ride in NASCAR’s top series starting in 2013.
While I wrote back in February about Danica Patrick not deserving the 10 races she was given in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012, I also mentioned in that piece that there were drivers like Stenhouse, Jr. who were more deserving of a ride in NASCAR’s premier series and it is good to see that his work and patience has paid off.