The Cup Off-Season, Part 2

Thanks to all of you who participated in dialogue after my last article. Sounds like many of you are still fed up with NASCAR and don’t see much a future in it for yourself.

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Chevy SS Memories from Chevrolet Racing

This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the final race for the Chevy SS as the flagship vehicle for Chevrolet in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition. The SS made its on-track debut at during speedweeks in 2013 at Daytona, winning the first points paying race as Jimmie Johnson took the SS to Winner’s Circle in the season-opening Daytona 500. Since then, the SS has gone on to win 72 more races, making it the most successful Generation-6 NASCAR race car over its competitors. The SS has carried two drivers…

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What Kinds of Problems Can NASCAR Crews Fix During a Race?

Two hundred miles-per-hour is probably faster than you’ll ever travel in a car, but for NASCAR teams, 200 mph is a fact of life for hours on end. At such speeds, the wind resistance alone is enough to damage your typical family sedan. So when fenders start rubbing, and things get dicey, the job of keeping these highly specialized machines in the race falls to the pit crew. Unlike the small armies mobilized in Formula One racing, NASCAR limits the members of a pit crew to six. Armed with a…

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Is Martin Truex Jr. the New King of the Mile-and-a-Half?

Jimmie Johnson who? Remember the good old days when the Chase was stacked with mile-and-a-half tracks that seemed to suit Jimmie Jonson? He rode that Chase format and those tracks to seven Cup titles. We may have had a preview of the 2017 playoffs formerly called the Chase at Chicago where Martin Truex, Jr spanked the field for his first playoff win. Truex and Kyle Busch started on the front row and Busch held the lead for most of the first stage, which he won. But then things took a…

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Denny Hamlin Wins the Southern 500 in Style

Denny Hamlin swept the weekend races at Darlington, coming from behind in both cases. In the Cup race, he had a strong car but Martin Truex, Jr once again looked like the class of the field after starting on the front row and winning both stages. And if you add to that the fact that Hamlin missed the entrance to pit road late in the race, well, you pretty much thought the race for him was over. But that’s where you’d be wrong.

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