Archive for the ‘Nascar’ Category

Predicting the 2019 NASCAR playoff standings

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Almirola hasn't finished in the top 10 since Daytona in July and his last top-10 a a track that hosts a playoff race came at Talladega in May. Almirola is tied for last among all playoff drivers with the fewest top-five finishes (1) and it's pretty easy to see how that lack of speed will show in the playoffs. Both of those races were run in the evening and the finale at Homestead concludes after sunset. Newman then finishes 12th in every race to easily clinch his first Cup Series title.

The color of cool: A history of NASCAR paint schemes and special editions

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Mark Barrera's cubicle at Hendrick Motorsports has a Dallas Cowboys football on the shelf, a Rubik's Cube on the desk and secrets in the computer. As a graphic artist, he designs the team's race cars and thus maintains a strict devotion to privacy. Barrera hosted a surprise visit in mid-July for a conversation about this weekend's throwback cars at Darlington, and he made a quick scan of his station to make sure there was nothing an outsider shouldn't see.

Start your training camp engines: Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman arrives driving a NASCAR show car

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman needed a police escort for his official training camp arrival on Friday. He wasn't driving a street legal car. Sherman, a huge NASCAR fan, has always been creative with his attire on the first day of camp.

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Hamlin led a clean sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing, which went 1-2-3 in an overtime finish that honored team co-founder J.D. Gibbs following his death last month from a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. It was an emotional weekend at Daytona International Speedway for Joe Gibbs, who leaned on his eldest son to run their NASCAR operation while he coached the Washington Redskins. J.D. Gibbs was a driver, a tire changer, team executive, talent scout and the guy who discovered a struggling Virginia short track racer who is now a two-time Daytona 500 winner.

The Latest: Watt prepares for Daytona 500 by watching film

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

J.J. Watt used an offseason film session to prepare for the Daytona 500. The Houston Texans star and Daytona 500 grand marshal watched video of the last decade of celebrities who kicked off the race with the most famous phrase in motorsports. Watt said Dale Earnhardt Jr. had "tons of energy" during last year's command.

J.J. Watt to serve as grand marshal of Daytona 500

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The 2019 NASCAR season will get underway on Sunday with the help of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt has been named as the grand marshal of “The Great American Race.” It's the first time an NFL player has served in the role for the race, which comes with the command for drivers to start their engines. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Grand Marshal for this year's 'Great American Race,'” Watt said in a statement.

Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Truex fell one spot short of winning his second consecutive NASCAR Cup championship in a determined bid to send Furniture Row Racing out a winner . Truex stayed in contention until the final laps in a season where one of his top sponsors abandoned him and his team was set to go out of business. It was, Truex noted, ''one of those years where you can't believe everything that was going on.

This Week in U.S. Sports: Dez Bryant finds a home, Bryce Harper turns down big offer

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The NBA is in full swing, MLB's hot stove is about to start boiling over and the race for NASCAR's championship just got a lot more interesting. Meanwhile, in college footballl, Alabama proved to be the machine everybody thought they were. The New Orleans Saints on Wednesday announced the signing of Bryant to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Jimmie Johnson rides 48-race losing streak into Brickyard

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Jimmie Johnson doesn't have a playoff spot locked in as the seven-time NASCAR champion prepared for rain-drenched Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the final race of the regular season. Johnson is in a 48-race losing streak headed into the Brickyard 400 and his Hendrick Motorsports team has been inconsistent all season. It's put him up by just 19 points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in the battle for the 15th position on the playoff grid.