How NASCAR drivers prepare for dirt racing

|

BRISTOL, Tenn. — As the laps wound down, Friday, Kyle Larson set his sights on race leader Chris Ferguson. To catch him, he all but banzai’d his way through the turns. To the point he about hit the Turn 4 wall multiple times. Alas, Larson ran out of laps and finished runner-up in the Super Late Model […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney collide on final lap of Clash

|

Well that was a hell of a kickoff to a new season of NASCAR. Coming to the frontstretch chicane of the Daytona International Speedway road course, Chase Elliott pulled up alongside Ryan Blaney. Now on the inside in Turn 14, Elliott drove in too hard and hit Blaney, sending him into the outside wall. “I just had […] READ MORE


Unpublished championship stories

|

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

|

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


The White Zone: Chase Elliott takes next step with Cup title

|

Anybody who watched Chase Elliott race super late models in the 2010s realized he was a generational talent. His XFINITY Series championship in 2014, his rookie season, reinforced it. His development progressed in the Cup Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He’s made the playoffs every year of his Cup career and won […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott cements road course ace status at Charlotte

|

Chase Elliott developed his road racing prowess from an early age. He drove Corvettes as a kid at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix. Moreover, he spent time with road course ringer, Ron Fellows, at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada. Along with Boris Said, he learned some […] READ MORE


Elliott and Truex collide in closing laps at Darlington

|

It was a classic case of two drivers fighting for the same real estate. In the waning laps of Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, Martin Truex Jr. was pursuing Chase Elliott for the race lead. While Truex had the faster car, he struggled to overtake Elliott. Rounding Turns 3 and 4, however, he took the high line […] READ MORE


What effect a larger spoiler played at Daytona

|

For much of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, one of the biggest criticisms levied at the high-downforce package was that it made passing the leader a Herculean task. I, myself, pointed this out many different times, this season. Sunday, however, was the exception to the rule, on the run to the finish. While Chase Elliott bested Denny […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: Dixie Vodka 400

|

What an exciting night of racing we had on Wednesday? Martinsville under the lights was spectacular. Now we race at Homestead in the middle of the season. Betting should be good for the Dixie Vodka 400. Odds on Odds: Dixie Vodka 400 For the first time since early in the track’s history we are seeing […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: Supermarket Heroes 500

|

For the fifth time in seven days we will have racing. This time we take a look into betting action for the Supermarket Heroes 500. Odds on Odds: Supermarket Heroes 500 Thursday night provided yet another great race. One in which we saw Chase Elliott finally redeem what had been a miserable week. Elliott was […] READ MORE