With a victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh series championship on Sunday night. Johnson joins Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the ranks of seven all-time Sprint Cup championships.
Pit crews often spray down sticky substances like coke (not pop or soda, you Philistines—coke) to increase traction during high-pressure pit stops, like this one during today’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami. Maybe someone swapped the coke bottle for bacon grease?
On a restart with 10 laps to go in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale, championship contenders Carl Edwards and Joey Logano got feisty and made contact. Edwards wound up in a wall, Logano sustained some damage and poor Martin Truex Jr. wound up with a fireball of a race car.
NASCAR’s elimination-based, playoff-style Chase for the Sprint Cup has its fair share of ups and downs. Playoffs up the drama, sure, but the championship doesn’t always go to the driver who wins the most. The insane videos they produce for the Chase, however, are by far the best thing about it.
An hour before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the cars of three of the four championship drivers had yet to pass technical inspection. The No. 18 team of Kyle Busch was the only one on the grid, and NBC Sports Network said the other cars failed three different times.
When sprinkles came down for the first time after NASCAR finally got the rain-delayed AAA Texas 500 underway, race leader Carl Edwards tried to convince everyone to stop it right there. He lost the battle and the race restarted on lap 270, but he still managed to get his way with 40 to go.
While running in front of Chase driver Kevin Harvick in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon wound up in the wall. The wreck, Dillon said, was because Harvick wasn’t happy about a “silver-spoon kid” outrunning him. But it sounds like Dillon’s still mad about an insult from three years ago.
These engines just don’t want to cooperate, do they? Much in line with the luck of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers so far this year, Brad Keselowski joined Martin Truex Jr. in the Talladega Superspeedway garage for a blown engine.
Martin Truex Jr., winner of two races in this year’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup and a title favorite, was minding his business at Talladega Superspeedway. That’s what you have to do, because avoiding wrecks is key. But engine issues sent him to the garage, potentially knocking him out of the Chase.
When you live in a residential area, you should mow your grass. If you don’t, the president of the homeowner’s association will probably break down your door. But in NASCAR, you let that grass grow. Don’t mow it. It will not end well.
The “Big One” is NASCAR a term typically only used at car-eating tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. But the Chase for the Championship thus far has been cruel to drivers going for the Sprint Cup Series title, and this huge wreck in Charlotte collected half of them.
NASCAR fans are a bit outraged at the fact that the series swore they’d crack down on Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors who failed the post-race technical inspection, and Chicagoland Speedway winner Martin Truex Jr.’s car failed after that anyway. But it’s by such a minuscule amount that NASCAR may not even bother,…
We know that asking NASCAR not to cheat is like asking an old Volkswagen not to drop oil, but a new ruling means that the series (and this comes as a shock) may now actually strip the benefits of winning from rule-breaking cars. You know what this means? Teams will just have to cheat harder.
NASCAR is debuting a new set of rule changes in to two of its minor league series this year, and they’re set to put on the kind of cheesy manufactured action that makes daytime soaps look unscripted in comparison.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series could see some big championship changes in its future—according to reports from Motorsport.com, a format mimicking the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase is under consideration. As ironic as it is, reports of these talks come during Matt Kenseth’s suspension for intentionally wrecking…
NASCAR driver and former Jalopnik editor-in-chief’s personal nightmare Jeff Gordon’s only win of his last year in the Sprint Cup is a meaningful one. By winning today at Martinsville Speedway, Gordon gains an entry into the final Chase for the Sprint Cup shootout at Homestead-Miami.
[A crew member congratulates Jeff Gordon after qualifying on pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports team qualified in four of the top five starting positions, with teammate and fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in fifth. Photo credit: Getty Images]
Something that may or may not come into play today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway is the ending to last week’s race. Driver Matt Kenseth is still adamant that Joey Logano spun him out intentionally when he was in the lead, and being quite vocal about that fact to anyone who will listen.
Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano had been dicing with each other all throughout the Hollywood Casino 400 and Kenseth going into the last few laps of the race. Kenseth tried to block and keep Logano behind him with five laps to go, and that’s when Logano got into Kenseth’s back end and spun him out.