NASCAR Cup Series: Talladega Preview, Predictions, and How To Watch

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With the playoffs almost halfway over, when can we expect a playoff driver to finally win a race? Four races in, the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs have provided enough drama for an entire season, and now it’s time to see if the chaos continues as the drivers head to Talladega Superspeedway. The unpredictability of Talladega […] READ MORE


News analysis: Brad Keselowski penalty

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None of you asked for it, but hop aboard as I break down the massive penalty handed to Brad Keselowski‘s team. News analysis: Brad Keselowski penalty The news NASCAR levied an L2-level penalty on Keselowski’s No. 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford, Thursday, for violations of Sections 14.1 and 14.5 in the NASCAR Rule Book, which […] READ MORE


Daytona 500 eludes Brad Keselowski, again

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Sixty-seven laps. Brad Keselowski led a race-high of 67 laps, Sunday, at Daytona International Speedway. He ran all but three laps inside the top-15 and maintained an average position of 4.8. Of course, with seven combined wins at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, you wouldn’t expect less from one of NASCAR’s all-time best restrictor plate racers. […] READ MORE


Alex Bowman steals victory at Martinsville

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Six laps remained, and Denny Hamlin sat in the catbird seat. He held off Alex Bowman, who overtook him once for the lead, lap after lap for close to 20 laps. Then came contact. Bowman got loose into Turn 3, hit Hamlin and turned him into the wall. “For anybody that wants to think I […] READ MORE


Michigan wreck puts Austin Dillon in points hole

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Just like that, all the ground Austin Dillon gained on Tyler Reddick evaporated. After crossing the start/finish line on Lap 120, Dillon drifted up the track and across the nose of Brad Keselowski‘s car. As a result, the No. 2 Ford hooked his No. 3 Chevrolet, which pounded the outside wall head-on. It pirouetted, briefly lifted off the […] READ MORE


Aric Almirola Throws Wrench in Playoff Grid

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The call from the tower came on Lap 284. “Show the 10 car 10 (laps) to go.” With the waning daylight, the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 fell eight laps short of its scheduled conclusion. Aric Almirola, who took command of the race on Lap 247, was in the catbird seat. “I felt good about my race […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Pocono

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After the Pocono double, the crossed flags are out on the 2021 season. With both the Pocono Organics CBD 325 and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 in the books, there’s no shortage of storylines in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is Alex Bowman inching towards the next step in his development? Fuel mileage races (that’s the […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Welcome to Talladega

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Time to break out the Talladega Superspeedway checklist. Let’s see: Drivers angry after a “big” wreck? That was a hell of an interview from @joeylogano there. Lots to unpack. Raw and honest thoughts. 💭 "When are we gonna stop? This is dangerous. I've got a roll bar on my head. I'm one hit away from […] READ MORE


Unpublished championship stories

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During a sports journalism class I took at the University of Tennessee, my professor — Phil Kaplan, south region assistant sports editor for USA TODAY Network — invited writers to speak to us, tell us about their experience on the job. One of those speakers was Mike Wilson, Tennessee athletics beat writer for the Knoxville […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott rebounds from pre-race penalty to win championship

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Chase Elliott climbed out of the car and lied his head on the roof for a moment; absorbing everything. Then he hopped off and jumped into the arms of his pit crew. After his trackside interview with NBC, he walked over and hugged his father, Bill Elliott, and mother, Cindy Elliott. “All you can dream […] READ MORE