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

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

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

Can Tony Stewart Turn It Around At Michigan?

by Ryan Isley Watching a champion go out quietly is always difficult in any sport. That seems to be where we might be right now in NASCAR when it comes to Tony Stewart. But this weekend at Michigan International Speedway could be the time for Stewart to show he can still compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. When Jeff Gordon announced at the beginning of this season that it would be his last one full-time in the Sprint Cup Series, many expected Stewart to make a similar announcement. The announcement still hasn’t come, but it is easy to see … Continue reading Can Tony Stewart Turn It Around At Michigan?

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

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

Ryan's Best Of NASCAR 2014 Columns

by Ryan Isley Each year since I have been writing for More Than A Fan, I have done a year-end piece with links to my personal favorite pieces I have written that year. In those first couple of years, the final piece of the year was always a mixture of regular site and the More Than A Fan Wheels site. For the first couple of months this year, I was sporadic in writing for either site. Then in March, Shay Hazen came to me and asked if I could begin writing a weekly column again for the MTAF Wheels site, … Continue reading Ryan's Best Of NASCAR 2014 Columns

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