October 23, 2015 |
JOEY LOGANO vs. Matt Kenseth - the first major conflict in this year's Chase. With only five more Chase races remaining, there's bound to be more heavyweight heat generated among drivers and crews. The major question I have about Sunday's Kansas race is: Did Logano have to spin out Kenseth to pick up his fifth win of the season, or could Logano have passed Kenseth cleanly? Entering the Kansas race, Kenseth had collected the most wins this season (five). Logano had won four. Logano knew that if he could prevent Kenseth from winning the race, he would force Kenseth into a must-win situation Sunday in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega.
August 7, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN: I'm leaning toward launching a line of stylish T-shirts reading, "I hate fuel-mileage races. Are you with me?" Sure, there was substantial drama in the final laps of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono after the three fastest cars of Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ran out of fuel. Matt Kenseth inherited his first Pocono win in 32 starts. I know crazy things happen in races, but generally drivers with the fastest cars are supposed to win. Logano led the most laps, 97, but he experienced that empty feeling with just under three laps remaining in the 160-lap event.
November 6, 2014
WATCHING the postrace "festivities" after Sunday's Texas race, I thought a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl had erupted. I kept expecting to see Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly. As soon as Jeff Gordon parked his race car next to Brad Keselowski's car, I expected some action. When Gordon confronted Keselowski with edgy crew members and others in the vicinity, I was convinced something would happen. It did. After Gordon confronted Keselowski, the brawl began. Serious punches were thrown with the two drivers suffering facial cuts.
June 3, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - Maybe Dover International Speedway should rename the racetrack Jimmie Johnson's Playground. Johnson led 272 laps, including the last 34, to win the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks race to boost his record collection of Dover Sprint Cup series victories to nine. It was also Johnson's second consecutive win this year after an 0-for-11 start. Johnson now has enough Monster Mile trophies - a 3-foot high, gray, menacing, concrete monster crushing a race car in its right hand - to open a gift shop.
November 8, 2013 |
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
October 25, 2013 |
JIMMIE JOHNSON and Martinsville Speedway go together like pumpkins and Halloween, or autumn and fallen leaves. Johnson has the most wins (eight) among active Sprint Cup series drivers at Martinsville. He has won seven of the last 14 races at the historic south-central Virginia track. The five-time Cup champion dominated this year's spring race at the paper-clip-shaped short track, leading 346 of the 500 laps, including the last 138. Clint Bowyer was runner-up; Jeff Gordon was third.
October 1, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - For 375 laps, the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers kept circling Dover International Speedway's 1-mile oval without collisions or rancor. There were no wrecks, no driver mad at another. Then, following only the fourth caution period of the AAA 400, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept the estimated crowd of 75,000 on their feet. Earnhardt, the track-recordbreaking pole-sitter, stalked teammate Johnson within a few car lengths. The final caution erased Johnson's 5-second advantage over Earnhardt.
September 27, 2013 |
UH, OH. The temptation is to write that Matt Kenseth has quickly removed the drama from the Chase. Kenseth's victories in the first two Chase races give him a 14-point lead over teammate Kyle Busch. Next up for the Chasers is Dover, Del., where Kenseth is a two-time winner. His last Dover win was 2 years ago. He has led in four of the last five Dover races. If Kenseth wins Sunday at Dover he'll be the first Chaser to sweep the first three races of the 10-race playoff. Greg Biffle (2008)
September 20, 2013 |
MATT KENSETH opening the Chase on a winning note is bad news for his fellow Chasers. Kenseth leads the Sprint Cup Series with six victories, the most in a single year of his 14-year full-time career. With nine Chase races remaining, there's time for the top-seeded Kenseth to stumble, but he's been impressively consistent in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing. Last year, Brad Keselowski, seeded fourth, won the Chase opener at Chicagoland and went on to seize his first Cup championship.
July 5, 2013
Pocono IndyCar 400 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. When: Sunday, noon TV/Radio: 6ABC/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 2.5-mile tri-oval Distance: 160 laps/400 miles Forecast: isolated thunderstorms, mid-80s Track qualifying record: Emerson Fittipaldi, 211.715 mph (August 1989) Track facts: Sunday's race will be the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989 . . . Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe (three wins this year) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (two) lead the series . . . Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves holds a nine-point lead over Hunter-Reay in the standings.