Who Should You Watch For In 2015?

Now it’s time for pure speculation, which is always fun. One thing that is really going to throw a monkey wrench into things will be the new rules package and how the teams and drivers adjust to them. The biggest changes will be in a lack of testing, less horsepower, a shorter spoiler, gearing and driver track bar adjustment inside the car.

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The Off-Season Gets Started With a Bang

Well that did not take long. No sooner had the burnout smoke cleared the air at Homestead than it was announced that Jamie McMurray would have a new crew chief in Matt McCall. Then Hendrick Motorsports followed suit and announced Keith Rodden as the new crew chief for Kasey Kahne. Rodden had been with McMurray and returns to Hendrick, replacing long-time Kahne crew chief Kenny Francis. In addition to that, Kahne signed a multi-year extension with Hendrick thus effectively snuffing out the rumor that Nationwide champ Chase Elliott would be…

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The Amazing 162-MPH Nuremberg Daytona

It was the mid 1970’s. NASCAR’s aerodynamic supercars were a thing of the past. The great American muscle car had succumbed to a slow death, strangled by illegal government regulations and an absurd 55 mile per hour speed limit. The US auto industry fell into its own Dark Age and would not emerge for another 20 years. But in Nuremberg, Germany, a small band of merry rebels picked up where America left off. They called themselves “The Autobahn 250” and they celebrated speed over a 28-mile stretch of their country’s…

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ESPN’s NASCAR TV Ratings Broadcast Up Slightly Over Last Year

ESPN’s live telecast of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 16, the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had a rise in viewership for the second straight year, leading to an increase in overall viewership during the 10 races of the Chase. The Miami event averaged 5,223,000 viewers, up from 5,119,000 for last year’s race and 4,769,000 for the race in 2012, according to Nielsen Media. The race telecast earned a 3.1 U.S. household rating, the same as last year, but up…

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Happiness is a Cool Trophy

Well, it finally happened. Kevin Harvick won his Cup championship. 13 years in the making, driving for only two teams —RCR and SHR. What he could not put together at RCR, he finally accomplished at SHR. And yes, let’s get this out of the way now, Logano would have won the title under last year’s point system. OK, we got that out of our system yet? Love it or hate it, the new Chase format provided some excitement to a race that has become a bit of a yawner over…

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