How much longer can Kevin Harvick keep up this pace?

Kevin Harvick had a phenomenal 2020 season on the NASCAR Cup Series. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver led the series in wins(9), top-5 finishes(20), top-10 finishes(27), laps led(1531), lead lap finishes(33), and average finishing position(7.7). The only thing he didn’t do was win the championship after failing to make the Championship 4 during the final stretch run of the NASCAR Playoffs. Title or not, however, the achievements of this driver and his team during the disjointed coronavirus-plagued 2020 season were quite remarkable. That is perhaps even more true when one looks back into NASCAR’s past and sees that many of the…

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Now or Never time for a Denny Hamlin championship?

Being labeled as the best driver to never win a NASCAR Cup Series championship comes with both positive and negative connotations. On one hand, any driver being considered for such a title has obviously won races and contended for titles. But on the other hand, the person carrying that moniker has no doubt, on at least a few occasions, finished seasons with the frustration of not having achieved the ultimate goal at the sport’s top level. Among active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series division today, the label of best driver to never win a championship is most often attached…

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There were plenty of positives that came out of NASCAR in 2020

It’s easy to find negatives from the year 2020. If you don’t think so, just look at social media and read all the negativity spewing from Facebook and Twitter everyday. But instead of focusing on the bad, a look at the positives that came from this soon-to-be-finished year would make for a much better way to dive into the New Year. NASCAR provided plenty of positivity to at least briefly turn the attention of its fans away from coronavirus, shutdowns, politics, natural disasters, and all of the other difficulties faced in America and the world during the past year. For…

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Which organizations will benefit most from driver shuffles?

The driver lineups of some of NASCAR’s major organizations will look a little different from last year when teams arrive at the Daytona International Speedway in February to kick off the 2021 Cup Series season. Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Chip Ganassi Racing have each shuffled their driver lineups as they prepare for the upcoming campaign. And as has been the case over the past few seasons, the trend continues to be that of replacing older veterans with much younger drivers as three of the four stated teams did. It was a substandard year for all of…

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Will single-driver domination of the power organization’s last beyond 2020?

Often times when people discuss domination in the NASCAR Cup Series, they tend to do so in terms of a particular team that appears to have an advantage over the competition. There have been seasons in which one organization would have multiple drivers to pile up wins and occupy multiple positions within the top-10 in the series standings. For example, the four drivers who piloted Toyota machines for Joe Gibbs Racing won 19 of the 36 races contested and had one of its drivers, Kyle Busch, to win the championship in 2019. And those wins were very much evenly distributed…

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Chase Elliott bringing spotlight to short track racing during off-season

Whether it be his intention or not, NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is about to bring a fairly bright spotlight with him when he competes in two major short track events during this brief bit of down time prior to the restart of his regular job. The 25-year-old driver plans to race a pavement Super Late Model machine in the upcoming Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on December 6th. He will then make his first ever attempt at the famed Chili Bowl Nationals in a Midget Sprint Car during the week of January 11-16 at…

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What has 2020 taught us that we should have already known?

As the end of the year approaches many have grown fond of saying they cannot wait for 2020 to end as if issues such as coronavirus, racial tensions, political divide, and general discontent are going to magically go away when the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to January 1st. Our society has faced some major issues during the past year and virtually all of those problems will remain beyond the current year and beyond the presidential inauguration that will take place shortly after the New Year. On a much less important scale, NASCAR has also been faced with…

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NASCAR moving Truck Series from Eldora to Knoxville

In 2013 the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held its initial race at Eldora Speedway making it the first time one of the sanctioning body’s top-three divisions competed on a dirt surface in decades. Since then, that series had continued to make yearly stops at the Tony Stewart-owned facility located in Rossburg, OH until the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 forced the race intended for this summer to be cancelled. And now, it looks as if the time in which the trucks will race on one of the country’s most historic dirt tracks has come to an end, at least for…

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Harvick exclusion shows folly of the system … or the greatness

I’m old enough that I have clear memories of every championship-determining system that NASCAR has used during its modern era from the season-long compilation of points to the current NASCAR Playoffs. Each has had its merits and each has had its drawbacks. And depending on your point of view, this year’s NASCAR Cup Series finale in Phoenix clearly shows that the current system has drawbacks … or merits. Keven Harvick has, to this point, had a very impressive 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has to date scored nine wins along with 20 top-five and 26 top-ten…

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Domination becoming the norm at Martinsville

The final cut leading into the NASCAR Cup Series championship finale will be held this weekend(hopefully) at the Martinsville Speedway. When the checkered flag waves over the field on Sunday, the four drivers who will compete for the series title at Phoenix Raceway will be known. Since it was announced last year that this paper clip-shaped half-mile track would serve as the venue for the final cutoff, the anticipation has been building. Many believe that this race on this track will provide twists and turns along with a dose of intensity that will make it the perfect site for the…

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