Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
It's time for the majority of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to take their best shots. Currently, there are 20 "have-nots" in the top 30 in the series standings, 20 drivers who have not won a race and therefore are in jeopardy of missing the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. As everybody knows, the restrictor plate is the great equalizer in Cup racing, and this weekend, the series heads for Daytona, where, historically, predicting the winner has been a haphazard exercise at best. With just nine races left before the Chase starts, this will be the last, best chance for some drive
After Saturday night's dominating victory in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, there was urgency in Brad Keselowski's voice -- because there is an abiding urgency in the soul of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. "I really want to win a second championship," Keselowski said repeatedly after climbing from his winning No.
SONOMA, CA - It's as predictable as a good Cabernet in the Sonoma Valley. Every time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to a road course, whether it's Sonoma Raceway or Watkins Glen International some 2,700 miles to the east, reporters pop the same question -- incessantly. Should the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup include a road course? Theoretically, the idea is seductive. As the argument always goes, the Chase should test every aspect of a driver's mettle, including his ability to turn right as well as left.
Just in case you didn't realize it, Sunday's Pocono 400 was a preview of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. That doesn't mean, necessarily, that the top two finishers at Pocono Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr.