1. Will Chase-Like Format Changes Add Excitement to NASCAR's Lower Circuits?

    Brian France's tenure as chairman of NASCAR is similar to James T. Kirk's command of the Starship Enterprise: The third-generation scion of the ruling family has taken the sport where no man has before...

    Monte Dutton Written by Monte Dutton about 4 months ago 2,836 reads 6 comments

  2. Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. Can Become NASCAR's Third Straight First-Time Champion

    They may have many things in common—starting with being great race car drivers—but there’s one thread that binds Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch that no other NASCAR driver can claim...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 8,648 reads 7 comments

  3. Will Tony Stewart's Last Season Be Celebrated or Largely Forgettable?

    I traveled the country writing about NASCAR for 20 years, 1993-2012. Tony Stewart didn't arrive at NASCAR's highest level until 1999. It seems incredible now that I covered NASCAR for six seasons without Stewart in it...

    Monte Dutton Written by Monte Dutton about 4 months ago 5,142 reads 11 comments

  4. Who Are the Early Favorites to Win the 2016 Daytona 500?

    As the countdown to the 58th Daytona 500's green flag closes to just over a month away, race fans are starting to get the itch that a new season is almost here...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 18,805 reads 27 comments

  5. 10 Bold Predictions for 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

    The 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup has the potential to be one of the most memorable in the last decade-plus in NASCAR . There will be changes, such as the low downforce package...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 16,548 reads 19 comments

  6. Jimmie Johnson Feeling Added Urgency to Win Another NASCAR Sprint Cup Title

    No one is suggesting Jimmie Johnson 's time at or near the peak of NASCAR has ended. He remains, at age 40, a contender for victory in every Sprint Cup race he enters...

    Monte Dutton Written by Monte Dutton about 5 months ago 4,179 reads 8 comments

  7. What's Wrong with Roush Fenway Racing and When Will It Improve?

    Roush Fenway Racing was once one of the premier organizations in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. These days, meh , not so much. RFR is coming off one of its worst seasons ever...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 3,112 reads 2 comments

  8. Joe Gibbs Conundrum: What to Do with NASCAR Truck Series Champ Erik Jones

    Erik Jones hasn ’t even officially started his first full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and already he’s created somewhat of a conundrum at Joe Gibbs Racing...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 4,860 reads 4 comments

  9. New Year's Resolutions for the Top Stars in NASCAR

    What’s a new year without resolutions? Many of us make annual vows to ourselves, most typically for self-improvement. Among the more popular resolutions, we vow to lose weight, stop smoking, quit drinking, treat others better and so forth...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 1,415 reads 0 comments

  10. What Will NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing Be Like After Tony Stewart Retires?

    For many fans, NASCAR is going to have a significant identity problem in 2016 and 2017. When Speedweeks begin at Daytona less than two months from now, it is going to be very strange to see the No...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 13,343 reads 16 comments

  11. Holiday Wish Lists for the Top Stars in NASCAR

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re a NASCAR fan. By now, I’m sure that most of you diehards are in serious need of a racing fix...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 749 reads 2 comments

  12. Predicting Who Will Be the Next 5 Sprint Cup Drivers to Retire

    Jeff Gordon was a pacesetter in his illustrious 23-year Sprint Cup career, and now he’s become a pace-setter in another area — retirement...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 27,433 reads 18 comments

  13. Chase Elliott Must Be Allowed to Forge His Own Path, Not Be the Next Jeff Gordon

    When the green flag drops to begin the 2016 Daytona 500, there will be a new driver in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 5,558 reads 9 comments

  14. Will a Title Win Change Fans' Perceptions of Kyle Busch's Past Bad Boy Behavior?

    Psst. Over here. Want to know a secret? Kyle Busch is a charming interview. He always has been. The brand new Sprint Cup champion has arrived. He has put his problems behind him...

    Monte Dutton Written by Monte Dutton about 5 months ago 7,620 reads 23 comments

  15. NMPA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class: Inductees, Comments and Reaction

    Legendary NASCAR owners Joe Gibbs and Rick Hendrick are slated to join famed IndyCar driver Al Unser as the 2016 National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame inductees, according to NASCAR...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 5 months ago 6,136 reads 5 comments

  16. Drivers 21 and Under Who Could Be Part of the Next Wave of NASCAR Superstars

    With Jeff Gordon now retired and Tony Stewart set to retire after the 2016 season, the transition to the next generation of NASCAR stars has begun. And that transition begins with drivers who are 21 and under...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 6,038 reads 9 comments

  17. Why Chase Format Won't Allow for Jimmie Johnson-Like Run of Titles

    When Kyle Busch won the 2015 Sprint Cup championship, numerous predictions had him going on to win multiple championships from that point in his career...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 5,829 reads 14 comments

  18. Is NASCAR Facing a Star Power Crisis?

    Empires rise and fall. Heroes get older. One generation inevitably replaces another. Jeff Gordon didn't go out as Cinderella but rather as the Prince...

    Monte Dutton Written by Monte Dutton about 6 months ago 7,411 reads 12 comments

  19. Has Joe Gibbs Racing Overtaken Hendrick Motorsports as NASCAR's Dominant Team?

    As NASCAR prepares to celebrate Kyle Busch ’s championship Friday night in Las Vegas at the annual Sprint Cup Awards Banquet, Joe Gibbs Racing finds itself sitting on top of the stock car world...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 4,100 reads 5 comments

  20. 9 Sprint Cup Drivers Most Likely to Bounce Back in 2016

    The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season officially ends with Friday’s annual awards banquet in Las Vegas. But for many drivers who had a less-than-stellar 2015 season, they’re likely all looking forward to a rebound season in 2016...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 3,334 reads 1 comments

  21. Predicting the Biggest Storylines of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Offseason

    The 2015 Sprint Cup season just ended. So where do we go from here? We start looking ahead to the 2016 season, of course. There are easily well over a dozen storylines we could look at, maybe even closer to two dozen...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 8,712 reads 9 comments

  22. Awards for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

    With the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to hand out Bleacher Report's awards for a wild year that included an unlikely champion, a retiring superstar and a feud between two of the sport's biggest stars...

    Joe Menzer Written by Joe Menzer about 6 months ago 14,434 reads 5 comments

  23. Way-Too-Early Driver Rankings for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

    Three days after the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season ended, I find myself already missing the excitement and drama. While I wish the 2016 season would start tomorrow, the reality is it won’t for nearly three more months...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 6,463 reads 12 comments

  24. Final 2015 Report Cards for NASCAR's Top Stars

    Now that we’ve covered the winners and losers from the 2015 NASCAR season and we’ve ranked the biggest moments , it’s time, at long last, to hand out report cards before the drivers head off on school vacation...

    Brendan O'Meara Written by Brendan O'Meara about 6 months ago 5,704 reads 10 comments

  25. Kyle Busch Injury: Updates on NASCAR Star's Leg, Foot and Recovery

    NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch underwent surgery in an attempt to avoid complications in his recovery from his crash at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year. Continue for updates...

    Tyler Conway Written by Tyler Conway about 6 months ago 9,885 reads 6 comments