Looking at the 2019 Cup season at the All-Star break

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series has reach its traditional All-Star break in the schedule. The break is a time for the teams evaluate where they are at this point of the season. There have been some interesting story lines and surprises as the Coca-Cola 600 approaches this weekend. The main story of the 2018 season was the “Big 3”, how Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. were winning nearly all of the races. As the playoffs approached, the “Big 3” weren’t winning as much and it was Joey Logano that knocked off all three in the finale…

Continue reading

Turn 2 Blog: New Aero Package Improving ‘Cookie Cutters’ but Hurting Short Tracks?

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. Richard: There was much talk and speculation coming into the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season regarding the implementation of a new package teams would have to use on the race cars. Horsepower limitations and various aerodynamic adjustments were mandated by NASCAR with the hope that the on-track product would be improved. And while those at the top of the sanctioning body might not say…

Continue reading

Chase Elliott’s win at Talladega was good for NASCAR in multiple ways

When Chase Elliott crossed the finish line ahead of the pack on Sunday afternoon in the Geico 500 at Talladega Super Speedway there were actually several winners. While it was the second generation driver’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2019 and his fourth overall, there were numerous people who felt the impact of that win. Going into the Talladega event, every one of the nine races held this season had been won by drivers from only two organizations. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. had scored a total of six triumphs for the Toyota team…

Continue reading

NASCAR needs its own version of Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is one of the most electrifying personalities in all of sports. He is one of those figures who causes people to care when they otherwise might not. Whenever he is in contention to win a golf tournament both die-hard and casual fans alike tune in hope of witnessing history being made. Whenever he is not playing well and is not in contention to win, they do not tune in. And those numbers are likely increased even more when the tournament in question is one of golf’s major championships. He also creates a general buzz that engulfs his sport….

Continue reading

Kurt Busch’s value for Chevrolet may run deeper than early top-5 finishes

In a season being completely dominated by the Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing and the Fords of Team Penske in terms of visits to victory lane, there has been little for those who carry the Chevrolet banner to cheer about. Not only has no car sporting the “Bowtie” logo on its grille taken a checkered flag while leading the pack in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, their sightings within the top-5 have been almost as rare. With eight races in NASCAR’s premier division now in the books, all eleven Chevrolet drivers have managed to score only five top-5 finishes…

Continue reading

Heat Races Could Solve NASCAR’s Qualifying Problems

Eventually NASCAR is going to get tired enough of all the shenanigans that have taken place so far this season during their qualifying sessions that they will institute an actual change rather than minor modifications. No doubt the sanctioning body is exhausted with having to explain why no car in a particular round posted a time or why a driver was or was not able to get on track to make a run as a result of a “clog” on pit road. It seems apparent that someone or some entity within the sport, whether it be the television networks or…

Continue reading

Who is most likely to challenge JGR and Penske supremacy?

There have been six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races held so far in 2019 and all six of those events have been won by drivers from the stables of Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske. What’s more, drivers from those two organizations currently reside in six of the top-10 spots of the series standings. Apart from their three wins, JGR drivers have scored 11 top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes among their four Toyota cars so far in 2019. Denny Hamlin won the season-opening Daytona 500 then Kyle Busch collected trophies from ISM Raceway in Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway…

Continue reading

What has happened to Chevrolet?

So far in 2019 there have been three races won by Toyotas as Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have scored those victories in this young season. At the same time, Ford drivers have taken two checkered flags as Team Penske pilots Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have each paid a visit to victory lane. However, those who campaign on behalf of the Chevrolet name plate have failed to earn a win thus far on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. More alarming for the fans and teams of the ‘Bow Tie’ brand, Chevrolet has not even…

Continue reading

Meeting high expectations has been difficult for NASCAR’s new package

Coming into the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season there were some very high expectations among fans, media, and competitors because of a new set of rules that would impact the amount of horsepower produced by the engines and the amount of down force placed on the bodies of the cars. Many seemed to believe that the changes instituted by the sanctioning body would bring about more drafting and pack-type racing as seen on the restrictor plate tracks in Daytona and Talladega. And at least on the start of each race and the restarts following each caution or stage…

Continue reading

Kyle Busch’s wins vs Richard Petty’s wins vs Dale Earnhardt’s Daytona wins

Unless you have been secluded somewhere well outside of the racing world, you probably already know that Kyle Busch is closing in on his 200th career win in NASCAR sanctioned races. His 52 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins, 94 NASCAR Xfinity Series victories, and 53 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series checkered flags amount to a total of 199 triumphs. It is certainly a remarkable feat for any race car driver to visit victory lane that many times. However, there are a significant number of detractors who argue that Busch has padded his statistics by winning races in what amounts…

Continue reading