1. Ranking the Non-Chase Drivers Most Likely to Play Spoiler in Final Races of 2014

    When Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this past Sunday at Martinsville , he flexed his muscle as a now-former member of the Chase for the Sprint Cup...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 1,097 reads 0 comments

  2. Would a Winless 2014 Sprint Cup Champ Be a Good or Bad Thing for NASCAR?

    NASCAR created the Chase for the Sprint Cup (originally the Nextel Cup) in 2004. After Matt Kenseth won the final Winston Cup in 2003 and captured just one win in the entire season, the Chase was seen as a way to reward winning over consistency...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 10,152 reads 30 comments

  3. Jeff Gordon Inches Closer to 5th Title After Strong Martinsville Showing

    Three checkered flags are all that separate Jeff Gordon from his fifth Sprint Cup championship. That statement doesn’t necessarily mean Gordon has to win all three of those final races of the season...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 4,489 reads 7 comments

  4. The Biggest Challenge Each 2014 Chase Driver Must Overcome to Win the Title

    Borrowing a well-worn line from Bachman- Turner Overdrive’s 1970s hit, when it comes to the remainder of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, you ain’t seen nothing yet...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 1,134 reads 1 comments

  5. Even Without Top Stars, There Are Still Many Reasons to Enjoy Rest of the Chase

    Forget the first six races that have passed—the real test for the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format begins Sunday...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 6,587 reads 23 comments

  6. Brad Keselowski Puts Week as Villain Behind Him, Now Focused on Chase Title

    If there were ever a perfect example of zero to hero, it’s Brad Keselowski . One week ago at Charlotte, Keselowski became one of NASCAR’s most vilified drivers—a ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 3 months ago 13,052 reads 13 comments

  7. NASCAR Drivers Most Likely to Lose Their Cool at Talladega During 2014 Geico 500

    In culinary terms, Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway has the likelihood of becoming one heck of a stew. First, it’ll start off at a simmer, as drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 4,428 reads 2 comments

  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Best Chase Title Chance Hinges on Win at Talladega

    After finishing 20th in last Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. may think about having a special bumper sticker created for his race car...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 3,639 reads 10 comments

  9. Will Brad Keselowski Face Consequences for His Antics at Charlotte?

    There's no other logical way to explain it: Brad Keselowski channeled his inner Tom Cruise in Saturday night's Bank of America 500...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 42,146 reads 74 comments

  10. 2014 Sprint Cup Chase: Burning Questions Ahead of Charlotte Night Race

    While there's still two races left in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway could wind up being the most important race of the season for several drivers...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 4,210 reads 4 comments

  11. Is Hendrick Motorsports' NASCAR Dominance in Question Due to Rough 2014 Chase?

    Going into this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, it appeared that in addition to Team Penske, Hendrick Motorsports was the other team to beat for the championship. Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 3,032 reads 10 comments

  12. Is Jimmie Johnson All but Done in the Chase After Devastating Finish at Kansas?

    Jimmie Johnson has never been at the bottom of the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings in his career. Sure, he came close in 2006 when he left Talladega, the fourth race of the ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 5,527 reads 8 comments

  13. The Top Highlights and Lowlights from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase so Far

    What a start it's been to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In the 11th edition of the Chase, and the first to be contested with an expanded driver field (16) and knockout elimination ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 1,457 reads 0 comments

  14. Drivers Most in Danger of Being Eliminated in Contender Round of 2014 Chase

    For the first time in NASCAR history, we have a 12-way tie for first place. Yes, you read that right: 12 drivers, all in first place—or last, if you want to look at it from a "glass half full, glass half empty" viewpoint...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 12,504 reads 13 comments

  15. Jeff Gordon's Dover Win Shows Rest of Chase Will Be Week-to-Week Roller Coaster

    Two plus seven equals one—at least that's how NASCAR's new math has worked thus far for Jeff Gordon in the Chase for the Sprint Cup...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 3,617 reads 3 comments

  16. Will Tony Stewart Ever Return to the Driver He Once Was?

    After suffering a broken leg one year and then being involved in a tragic accident that claimed the life of a young driver the next, will Tony Stewart ever return to the Smoke of ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 5,467 reads 19 comments

  17. Sprint Cup Chase 2014: What Drivers on the Bubble Must Do to Avoid Elimination

    In its simplest form, the third race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup will come down to nine drivers playing musical chairs for just five spots in this Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 2,099 reads 2 comments

  18. Sprint Cup Chase 2014: Time to Rank Joey Logano Among NASCAR's Elite Drivers

    If he hasn't done so already, Joey Logano needs to send a "thank you" note to his former boss, Joe Gibbs...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 3,409 reads 17 comments

  19. Ranking the Best Rivalries in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

    Racing and rivalries go together, especially when it's in NASCAR's marquee event of the season, the Chase for the Sprint Cup...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 6,801 reads 8 comments

  20. How Long Will Brad Keselowski's Hot Streak Last?

    If Brad Keselowski were an auctioneer, he'd be spouting out in rapid fire, "Two, two, two, I've got two...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 4 months ago 1,654 reads 3 comments

  21. Strong Performances from Top Favorites Show That Chase Is Still Wide Open

    JOLIET , Ill. — Brad Keselowski 's win in Sunday's MyAFibStory .com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was big, no doubt...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 3,328 reads 5 comments

  22. Power Ranking the Teams in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup

    The waiting is over. The long-awaited start of the expanded and tweaked format of the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 22,263 reads 5 comments

  23. What Top NASCAR Drivers Who Missed the 2014 Chase Must Do Differently in 2015

    While this week begins the focus on the 16 drivers who will compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this is also a week for those that failed to make the playoffs...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 5,214 reads 12 comments

  24. Is This Jeff Gordon's Best Chance at a Title Since 2001 Championship?

    Jeff Gordon may come into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the second seed, but he's likely No. 1 in the minds of his fans...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 8,072 reads 15 comments

  25. Complete Predictions for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

    The Chase is here. Now the question is where it goes from here—and where it ultimately winds up. With a record-size field—expanded from its previous high of 12 drivers ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 12,114 reads 20 comments