Sonoma Raceway proved once again why it’s one of the most interesting races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Holy crap, the last lap delivered.
A nasty electrical fire took Clint Bowyer out early from today’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Nothing has encapsulated the term “nope” more than Bowyer’s quick exit and helmet toss following this particularly grody-smelling car-b-que.
We’re riding along with Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin in the pace car this morning, so why not come along with us? Let’s take a quick lap of Sonoma Raceway, one of the few road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar.
The poor little bunny—er, large jackrabbit—“came out of nowhere” and left a huge blood splatter all over the front end of Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car in practice on Friday. While it wasn’t caught on the broadcast, Busch’s description of the events is pretty funny.
The shock! The horror! The surprise! Eh, this turning in both directions thing happens a couple times a year, when NASCAR visits the road courses of Watkins Glen and Sonoma Raceway. I’m here checking out the race, which rules, because road courses are always some of the most fun NASCAR races to watch.
Brad Keselowski’s car was held in the pits longer than his crew would have hoped at Pocono Raceway this afternoon thanks to a fender slam by one of his crew members that got caught by NASCAR officials. NASCAR told them to put the fender back, and the crew was just like, “What? No.”
This year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race may be a little hard to follow, especially with the caution at the end of the first segment. Fortunately, driver and grand marshal for the night Tony Stewart isn’t one to mince words about things when he’s unhappy.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race is always a little confusing, as the format changes almost every year. We spoke with 2015 winner Denny Hamlin ahead of Saturday’s All-Star Race, and he’s okay rolling with the changes.
A gear failed on Danica Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet during NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Dover International Speedway today, sending driver Jamie McMurray and Patrick’s team owner Tony Stewart into an unprotected hard wall. That’s worrying for Stewart, who is still recovering from a back injury.
Sometimes going three-wide into a turn doesn’t work out. Tonight at Kansas had one of those times.
Remember the end of last year, when NASCAR’s headlines were all dominated with the beef between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano? It’s baaaaaaaack! This time, Kenseth blamed Logano for contact during today’s Talladega race and gave him a bit of a warning as they were both outside the infield care center.
Did we watch a NASCAR Sprint Cup race or a demolition derby today at Talladega? With eight laps to go, Matt Kenseth went flying tail-up into a roll, triggering a restart with four laps to go. On the last lap, cars collided into a huge mass once again as Brad Keselowski drove away from the pack to win.
We had one “Big One” already at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Now we’ve had a much, much ‘Bigger One” that took out half the remaining field. 17 cars ended up damaged after this huge wreck.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a series of unfortunate events at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega. After getting back on track after a hard hit, Earnhardt’s steering wheel came off the hub. No big deal; Dale’s got hands.
Last year’s spring Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will probably not be anywhere near the top this time around after a hard hit sent him to the garage. Earnhardt’s car got loose as he tried to move between two others, sending him into the barriers.
If you ever want to feel as if you’ve wasted away your sad, underachieving life, take a look at Chase Elliott, the pole sitter for this weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 20 year old gets to wave that underage flag high for winning pole on his first trip to Talladega in a Sprint Cup Series car.
The good ol’ bump and run is alive and well in NASCAR. This time, it gave us the first last-lap pass ever at Richmond International Raceway, with Carl Edwards nudging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch out of the way for the win.
Good news, Smoke fans! Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend, and is even eligible for NASCAR’s playoff-style championship, the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bad news, everyone: he was also just fined $35,000 for calling out NASCAR on something he should be able to voice concerns on: safety.
Sprint Cup racer Matt DiBenedetto drives for the smaller BK Racing team, which isn’t as competitive and has nowhere near the budget of the NASCAR teams we talk about the most. Finishes in the high-twenties and mid-thirties are more what he’s used to. Scoring a sixth-place finish at Bristol moved him to tears.