The Week That Got Weird

Five Observations of Oddity at Richmond
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This past weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway was a weird event.  Few of the favorites were anywhere to be found at the end of the race, and the cars that looked the strongest came out of nowhere.


Magic Mile Power Rankings - Richmond

Race 9 - Toyota Owners 400
Monday, April 29, 2013

Kevin Harvick picked up his first win of the season, but was it enough for him to climb into the Magic Mile Power Rankings? And will Jimmie Johnson maintain the top spot for a second straight week?


FANTASY: Start Up the Toyotas, Owners

Toyota Owners 400 Fantasy Preview
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seven of the last eight races at Richmond International Speedway (RIR) have been won by a driver in a Toyota, which makes me wonder if it's more than just coincidence that this weekend's race is called the Toyota Owners 400.


The power of expectations have shaped which of the drivers fighting for a Wild Card is considered to being doing well and which ones are considered to be struggling, even if they're all running in the same pack.


Magic Mile Power Rankings - Kansas

STP 400 at Kansas Speedway
Monday, April 22, 2013

Matt Kenseth (20) won for the second time this season, but was it enough for him to move up into the top spot in the Magic Mile Power Rankings? And how far did last week's leader Kyle Busch fall?


FANTASY: Cookie Cutter Continuance

STP 400 Fantasy Preview
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The crew chief and the teams need to start stepping it up.  There is enough data out there on this track type that the responsibility falls on the teams to roll a fast Gen-6 car off the hauler.


Magic Mile Power Rankings - Texas

NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Monday, April 15, 2013

Kyle Busch won the race on Saturday night in Texas for his second victory in three weeks. But was it good enough to climb into the top spot in the Magic Mile Power Rankings?


FANTASY: The Night Time is the Right Time

NRA 500 Fantasy Preview
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cut your cookies and serve 'em with milk.  The 1.5-milers are capable of producing unexpected winners now and again, but it's rare for the intermediate aces to put up a poor finish, barring unforeseen bad luck.


In this past Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went for a spin, and when the field came back around as he was re-firing, race leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson pulled by him.


Magic Mile Power Rankings - Week 6

STP Gas Booster 500
Monday, April 8, 2013

With two weeks between races, cooler heads prevailed on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, but that didn't take away from what was essentially bumper cars at over 120 miles per hour. Bumpers were cracked, quarter panels were dented and hoods were bent – and in the case of Martin Truex Jr., removed completely.


Obstructed View

Friday, April 5, 2013

To block or not to block. That is the question surrounding NASCAR following the race at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago.


And for the first time this year, Bump Stops is back. Despite the fact that we're locked in the interminable winter here in New England – where winter is threatening to drag right through August this year – the local race scene has fired up and started to take shape.


FANTASY: Keeping It Short

STP Gas Boosters 500
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In honor of this weekend's race at the shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, wish me luck as I try to keep each thought short in this Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing preview to a single sentence.