Harvick Penalty Fall-Out: Who is the New Favorite to Win Championship?

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?”

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Want to Fix NASCAR? Start With the Drivers

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Somewhere along the way our NASCAR drivers got soft.

Long gone are the days of Red Byron bouncing down a rut-filled clay short track with a leather helmet. So too are the days of Petty and Pearson literally crashing each other for a Daytona 500 victory, while Dave Marcis shined his wing tips. Cale, Bobby and Donnie’s epic fist fight that thrust NASCAR into a mainstream sport, seems like it would never be possible in today’s buttoned up sport. And Dale Earnhardt? Forget about it, no sponsor these days would touch him.
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Time to Go All-In on Brad Keselowski, Team Penske In Las Vegas

By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Brad Keselowski’s 2018 season started off in a frustrating manner.

The Michigan-native is regarded as one of the greatest restrictor plate drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage today, yet Keselowski’s ninth bid to win the Daytona 500 ended in a devastating crash while running inside the top-three. It’s the fifth time that Keselowski, 34, has had a DNF (four crashes and one engine failure) in The Great American Race. Understandably Keselowski was disappointed.

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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #478 Joey Logano / Road America Preview

SHOW #478 – Guest: Joey Logano – We recap the Kyle Busch Bristol Sweep, drivers start sharing their vacation photos, Toby and Kerry lose it again (wait until the end) Dale Jr. almost didn’t come back (gasp) plus a full Road America Xfinity Series preview. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie

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Opinion: Can We Just Start Stripping Encumbered Race Wins?

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that when NASCAR announced during the offseason that if a race winning car failed post-race inspection at a high enough level that they would tag the victory as an “encumbered” win, I was a fan of the move. An encumbered win would result in point penalties, but more importantly the win would not count toward the driver’s total of ever important playoff points.

It felt like finally something was going to be happening to teams that decided to bring a tricked up car to the track to tack on more wins.

However, after seeing the process unfold a couple of times so far in 2017, I can’t help but feel like like I was naive for my initial thoughts on the new rule. In fact now I feel the rule is a load of crock.
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