Michigan Playoff Buster: Tyler Reddick

Over the past few weeks there have been two drivers who were certainly not locks to qualify for the upcoming NASCAR Playoffs based on their point totals to win races, and thus, assure themselves of a chance to race for a championship. As a result of the victories by Cole Custer and Austin Dillon, the number of available spaces for those hoping to point their way into the playoffs has been reduced by two. Anytime a driver on the so-called “playoff bubble” or even out of contention to be on that bubble wins a race, those fighting to get one…

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New Hampshire looks to provide another Harvick vs. Hamlin showdown

There is no doubt who the two most dominating figures of 2020 have been in the NASCAR Cup Series. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick currently sits atop the series standings and has amassed a total of four wins throughout the coronavirus interrupted campaign. At the same time, Joe Gibbs Racing competitor Denny Hamlin ranks fourth in points and has piled up five victories so far. Out of 19 total races, these two are very near to taking 50% of the checkered flags having been offered at the sport’s top level. Last Thursday’s Super Start Batteries 400 at the Kansas Speedway…

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No qualifying for the rest of 2020 is the appropriate policy for NASCAR

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series used to employ a format that had the top-2 drivers from each heat race go to a redraw that then placed those drivers in order on the starting grid for the feature race. If there were four heat races(which is common) then a total of eight drivers, obviously, would be involved in the redraw. That system was completely unfair in that a driver could set fast time in his qualifying group and win his heat race then be forced to start a short 50-lap feature from the eighth starting position if…

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Pressure continues to mount for the likes of Bowyer, Jones and Byron

Two consecutive weeks have produced two unexpected winners on the NASCAR Cup Series. Cole Custer’s four-wide pass as the cars were taking the white flag at the Kentucky Speedway and Austin Dillon’s pit strategy combined with perfect restarts in the late stages of the race at Texas Motor Speedway earned checkered flags for those drivers. But at the same time, wins by drivers who were by no means guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NASCAR Playoffs further intensified the pressure for those who find themselves on the bubble. What’s more, two of those drivers who are flirting with not making…

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What happens to NASCAR’s “new fans” when other sports return?

NASCAR has, for the most part, had the sports world all to itself since its return to action on May 17th from the conronavirus pandemic shutdown. And with significant occurrences such as the attention surrounding Bubba Wallace and the Black Lives Matter movement, the banning of the Confederate flag at its tracks, some exciting finishes, some heated tempers, and a couple of unexpected winners, NASCAR has garnered numerous headlines and highlights over the past two months. During the months of May, June and July it appears as if a number of new fans have been added to the roster of…

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It might not have been the All-Star Race we were expecting, but …

When it was announced a few weeks ago that the NASCAR All-Star Race would be held on a Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway the anticipation level for the event rose dramatically. After having had a somewhat controversial and spirited ending to the points-paying race on that same high-banked track earlier in the season, the belief of many was that a $1 million-to-win exhibition event would produce untold numbers of run-ins combined with angered drivers who would give ill-tempered post-race interviews. However, none of that really materialized in a major way. Aside from an incident in the All-Star Open…

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Is All-Star money worth making a season-long enemy?

One thing drivers have to ask themselves going into the NASCAR All-Star Race on Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway is which they would rather have- the big money paid out for winning the All-Star Race or the risk of making an enemy that might cost a points-paying race win or even a championship at a later date. Sure, $1 million is a great prize but as a driver, what is the real goal for you and your team? If a team’s real goal is to simply win races and make money while letting the chips fall where they…

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Cole Custer just booted someone out of the NASCAR Playoffs, and that’s a good thing

It’s one thing when a driver already near the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings wins his first race of the season to definitely lock himself into the NASCAR Playoffs but it’s quite another thing for a driver who entered a race 25th in the standings to assure himself of an invitation to the championship-deciding stretch run with a victory. On Sunday afternoon in the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway, rookie racer Cole Custer did exactly that when he made a four-wide pass as the cars took the white flag then beat the competition back to the…

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Is Kyle Busch too good for his own good?

Easily one of the biggest surprises of the current NASCAR Cup Series season is the fact that Kyle Busch has struggled. The two-time and defending series champion has not only failed to win a single race so far this year but he has not even garnered a single playoff point to be used when the sixteen eligible drivers begin their quest for the 2020 crown. That is to say that one of the sport’s most prolific winners has not even won a stage during this coronavirus plagued campaign. To say that the younger of the two racing Busch brothers has…

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Why are Harvick and Hamlin so much better than their teammates?

There can be little doubt that two drivers on the NASCAR Cup Series have been ahead of everyone else in 2020. And the dominance of those two has been particularly evident since returning from the layoff brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin have each won four races so far this season, including the most recent three events on the Cup Series schedule and four of the last five. And since the sport’s return to action, those drivers have captured the checkered flag seven times out of the twelve races held. The duo have led a…

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