By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

The freshman campaign is in the books for Bubba Wallace, and when you look back at the 2018 season for the young racer it can be summed up simply as a roller coaster ride.

Wallace began the season with a bang in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. He rolled from the grid in the seventh position. In a crash-marred event the rookie drove like a cagey veteran as he stayed out of trouble and was in position to chase a win in the closing laps. Continue reading “Review / Preview: Bubba Wallace”

By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

David Ragan may not have won any races in 2018, and he scored just one top-10 finish through 36 races, but he did have his most consistent season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2011. Continue reading “Review / Preview: David Ragan”

By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

There was a sense of feeling that when Michael McDowell announced he was moving to Front Row Motorsports at the end of the 2017 season, that the 33-year-old Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran would have his best season to date in 2018. That didn’t quite come to fruition but McDowell and the No. 34 did put out a formidable effort in their first season together. Continue reading “Review / Preview: Michael McDowell”

By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

For Ty Dillon, 2018 was a story of firsts. It was his first year with Matt Borland as his crew chief at Germain Racing. He recorded his first 13th-place-or-better finish at a 1.5-mile speedway (Texas in the spring). And Dillon also snagged his first-career top-10 finish by finishing sixth at in July’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

There is a lot for Dillon and his Germain Racing team to be thankful for. But they also still have plenty of room to improve, as inconsistency plagued the No. 13 team all year long. Continue reading “Review / Preview: Ty Dillon”

By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

Matt DiBenedetto’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was another positive step in the right direction for a driver looking to make his mark on this sport. Sure, his overall box score and championship points ranking (29th) aren’t super impressive on paper, but what DiBenedetto did for the small GoFas Racing organization was a good effort. Continue reading “Review / Preview: Matt DiBenedetto”

By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Within the NASCAR fan base, there seems to be a huge split on opinion on the NASCAR playoffs. As you know, I am all about opinions. Let’s delve into the current NASCAR playoff system.

What is it? How does it work? And lastly, why do I ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN’ LOVE IT?

Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: Are the Playoffs Good or Bad?”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Kyle Larson is obviously a super-talented race car driver, perhaps one of the best raw talents we have ever seen come through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. But is it possible that he is actually a fictional character from a movie that was released in theaters before his actual birth date?

Confused? Let me explain. Continue reading “Is Kyle Larson Actually Cole Trickle From Days of Thunder?”

By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Hold onto your hat folks. The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity season is shaping up to be a real barn burner. With Friday’s news of Ross Chastain earning a full-time ride in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and yesterday’s announcement of Austin Cindric in the No. 22 Penske Ford Mustang, we are seeing some big names being put into some top-notch cars! Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: The 2019 Xfinity Series, Where Big Names Will be Made”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Man, I hate the final stretch of the NASCAR season. There doesn’t ever seem to be any big stories that break this time of year — oh, wait. That’s right. Kevin Harvick and his team were busted with one of the biggest most egregious examples of cheating we have seen in some time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

After utterly dominating the field by winning all three stages of the AAA Texas 500 and leading 177 of the 337 laps on the day in Texas, Harvick’s car was found to have an illegal spoiler at the NASCAR R&D Center during post-race tear down. But the crazy thing wasn’t just that Harvick’s spoiler was illegal, it was that crew chief Rodney Childers and the No. 4 team attempted to completely circumvent the NASCAR rule book. Continue reading “Harvick Penalty Fall-Out: Who is the New Favorite to Win Championship?”