Game Changer: Daytona Edition

dis_nscs_checkered_2_022116As the white flag flew over the field in Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin sat fourth, seemingly out of contention for the victory.

He proved to have the most dominant car in the field, leading 95 laps and remaining up front throughout the event. However, fate seemed out of his hands as the laps counted down. As he trailed his teammates and Martin Truex Jr. in the Toyota train at the front of the field, there seemed to be no moves to make. Continue reading “Game Changer: Daytona Edition”

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Top Five Images of 2015

Photo Credit: Chris Trotman
Photo Credit: Chris Trotman
By Jason Schultz/@NASCARJason The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was full of captivating moments.

From the early morning scene at Daytona International Speedway when Austin Dillon’s car flew into the catch fence to Kyle Busch’s championship celebration at Homestead-Miami Speedway after completing a miraculous comeback, it was a year of powerful images.

These moments among others tell the story of the 2015 season. While there were many moments and images to choose from, I’ll highlight five of the most powerful from a wild year in NASCAR. Continue reading “Top Five Images of 2015”

Kenseth’s Suspension Highlights NASCAR’s Inconsistencies

MS_110115_08By Jason Schultz / @NASCARJason – The intensity associated with the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format is incredible. With the points tighter than ever and success meaning so much more, the level of competition has reached an unparalleled level.

As a result, the on-track product is changing drastically. On the positive side, the racing in the final ten races is more fierce and competitive than ever before. This benefits the fans who are treated to a thrilling pursuit of the championship where success requires perfection.

The ability of some to rise to the occasion has resulted in controversy. With gameplay factoring into how the drivers compete throughout the playoffs, it has led to moves being made that push the limits of what is considered acceptable. Continue reading “Kenseth’s Suspension Highlights NASCAR’s Inconsistencies”

The Beauty of the Chase

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By Jason Schultz / @NASCARJason – The new Chase for the Sprint Cup format has produced incredible moments, thrills, and drama in its short existence.

As the 2015 championship battle heats up, more of what fans have grown to love in playoff racing is ahead in the season’s final five races. The extent of the upcoming excitement is unknown. However, following the late-race developments in Kansas – it’s shaping up to be one wild fight for glory.

With the standings extremely close as a result of the points reset following each round, things can change in a heartbeat. While this didn’t play out early in the race at Kansas Speedway, the finish produced an unpredictable moment that will undoubtedly impact the Chase moving forward. Continue reading “The Beauty of the Chase”

Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of New Hampshire

It will take ten momentous weeks to capture the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Consistency will be vital as one bad run can throw a competitor’s mindset off and lead to mistakes.

Last season, fans witnessed an intense and dramatic final ten races. The potential is high for more excitement this fall as teams know what it takes to claim the title under the new format. 

The finale in Miami will feature four drivers who were able to put together a solid and consistent stretch of races. It seemed as last year, the top contenders changed after each and every race. This created unpredictable eliminations and surprises in each round.

Throughout this year’s playoffs, I’ll rank the competitors who seem to have what it takes to make the Championship 4. This will lead all the way up to Phoenix where the final four will be decided. It will surely go through plenty of twists and turns on the road to Miami.

Heading into the Sylvania 300, here are the contenders who seem to have what it takes to chase the Cup and those on the outside look in.2NH

Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of Chicago

It will take ten momentous weeks to capture the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Consistency will be vital as one bad run can throw a competitor’s mindset off and lead to mistakes.

Last season, fans witnessed an intense and dramatic final ten races. The potential is high for more excitement this fall as teams know what it takes to claim the title under the new format.  Continue reading “Chasing the Cup: Championship 4 Power Rankings Ahead of Chicago”

Johnson Reclaims Charlotte Glory with Superb Coca-Cola 600 Performance

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Photo- Getty Images

From Lap 1 to Lap 400, Sunday Night at Charlotte belonged solely to Jimmie Johnson. Johnson and his No. 48 team dominated as they perfectly executed a game plan in route to their first victory of the year.

Rarely does this team go too far into the season without scoring a victory. However, the team wasn’t fazed by the somewhat slow start. This was demonstrated in the race as Johnson once again proved why he’s a six-time champion. Continue reading “Johnson Reclaims Charlotte Glory with Superb Coca-Cola 600 Performance”