Johnson and Blaney need to worry more about winning races than apologizing

As has been well documented, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney had an on-track incident in last weekend’s Go Bowling at the Glen event on the Watkins Glen International road course in upstate New York that led to a post-race discussion and war of words in the media. It appears as if feelings are still bruised as that war of words continued when the drivers arrived at Michigan International Speedway for this Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400. Johnson indicated to reporters in Michigan that he believes Blaney should have contacted him during the week to offer an apology. The seven-time Monster Energy…

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Making Enemies Now Could Have Championship Damaging Implications Later

Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, and Ryan Blaney are just a few of the drivers who left Watkins Glen International on Sunday evening either mad at someone, with someone mad at them, or both. Tempers were running a bit on the hot side during and after the Go Bowling at the Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with on-track confrontations and post-race interviews and discussions serving as the primary means for demonstrating displeasure. For some of the drivers who have angered others, there could be some very serious ramifications later on in the season. Kyle…

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It’s Not Just a Matter of Cup Drivers vs Xfinity Drivers

During Saturday’s Roxor 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway there was a bumping match that took place between drivers Paul Menard and Harrison Burton that ultimately ended with Burton’s car spinning and tagging the outside wall in turn one on lap 155. Multiple television replays provided by NBCSN were used to show the progression of events that eventually led to the final outcome. Radio conversation between Menard and his crew left little doubt that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular had intentionally bumped Burton as payback for previous contact. After the race, the much younger…

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Six NASCAR Drivers Who NEED to Win a Race

Every driver and team on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wants to win. However, there are several drivers who NEED to win, and they need to win very soon for multiple reasons. Obviously, a win at some point during this stretch of seven events leading up to the NASCAR Playoffs would serve a driver and his team well by essentially assuring them of a spot in those playoffs. Further, the contract status of some drivers going beyond this current season may be undecided and a win could show their current team or a prospective future team that he is capable…

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Daytona: The World Center of Feel-Good Stories

The Daytona International Speedway is often referred to the as the ‘World Center of Racing’ but this past Independence Day weekend the track located in the Atlantic coastal town of Daytona Beach, Fla. could have been more aptly named the ‘World Center of Feel Good Stories’ based on the way its two NASCAR sanctioned races played out. And who doesn’t love a feel-good story, right? Since the middle of 2018 watermelon farmer turned racer Ross Chastain has become the hero of many who have longed to pursue a dream. The Florida native got the chance of a lifetime and made…

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Is it the new NASCAR package or just two-team domination?

As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series approaches the halfway mark of the 2019 season, there have been some very exciting and interesting races while there have also been several events that have not exactly been riveting. And unfortunately for both NASCAR and its fans, the more recent races to have been run are among those considered to be some of the least interesting of the year. Using reporter Jeff Gluck’s(@Jeff_Gluck on Twitter) “Was it a good race?” poll as a guide, races at Pocono, Michigan and Sonoma(the three most recent events) have been counted among the worst of the…

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NASCAR made the right call in Chastain case

After making the decision to switch his points status from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series just a week before, Ross Chastain looked as if his gamble had paid off in a major way on Sunday at the Iowa Speedway. The Florida driver wheeled his Niece Motorsports Chevrolet truck into victory lane after taking the checkered flag as the apparent winner of the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Stores. As a result of that win, Chastain was all but assured of making the NGOTS Playoffs. It proved to be a very well received situation as…

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Did NASCAR just set a precedent for red flags before stage breaks?

On the surface, the SpeedyCash.com 400 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race held on Friday night at the Texas Motor Speedway might seem like a somewhat historic event in the history of NASCAR because of the fact that driver Greg Biffle came out of retirement to score his first win in any of NASCAR’s top three divisions since 2013 and his first NGOTS victory since 2001. However, this race could actually go down in the history books for another reason as there may very well have been a new precedent set by the sanctioning body regarding the officiating of stage…

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It’s not just that Jimmie Johnson hasn’t won in two years …

The significance of the date June 4, 2017 should not be lost on fans of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It was on that date that seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson wheeled his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into victory lane at Dover International Speedway marking his last win. To put it in perspective, it has been almost two full years since the winner of 83 races in NASCAR’s top division last took a checkered flag. Considering just how good Johnson and longtime crew chief Chad Knaus were for a run that lasted a decade and a half, the fact…

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Will the Coca-Cola 600 provide William Byron with his Jeff Gordon moment?

The similarities are remarkable. William Byron will start the 2019 Coca-Cola 600 from the pole position on Sunday as he seeks his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Despite having noteworthy credentials coming into his current opportunity, there have been some who have questioned whether the 21-year-old driver should even be where he is during his first year-and-a-half in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Poor finishes were somewhat the norm for Byron during his rookie campaign as he would prove to be the only Hendrick Motorsports driver to miss the NASCAR Playoffs ultimately finishing in the…

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