1. Bounceback at Atlanta Motor Speedway Would Mean Everything to Chase Elliott

    It’s rare that NASCAR drivers get to play a true “home game,” racing at the same track they grew up around, or that another family member had significant success at...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 2,170 reads 0 comments

  2. What to Expect from Ty Dillon as He Replaces Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Car

    Ty Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress and younger brother of Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon , will replace Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet for this weekend's Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 5,219 reads 5 comments

  3. NASCAR Drivers with the Best Chance to Win Their 1st Daytona 500 in 2016

    Pop quiz: How many of the 40 drivers in Sunday’s 58th running of the Daytona 500 have actually won the Great American Race? 15? 20? 25? The correct answer is nine (just under one-quarter of the field): Dale Earnhardt Jr...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 2,193 reads 1 comments

  4. Power Ranking the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Ahead of the 2016 Season

    As the green flag for the 58th Daytona 500 draws closer this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, this has already started out as a season of significant change...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 8,566 reads 4 comments

  5. Burning Questions as the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season Approaches

    As the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins, there are many questions lacking answers for race fans, media, teams, drivers and pretty much anyone associated with or interested in the sport...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 5 months ago 4,025 reads 1 comments

  6. Why the New Charter System Is a Win-Win for NASCAR and Its Race-Team Owners

    For nearly 68 years, it's been NASCAR's way or the highway. Tuesday, the sport took perhaps its most significant detour ever when NASCAR announced a revolutionary new system—known ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 3,961 reads 3 comments

  7. NASCAR Tracks Where We'll Most Likely See a 1st-Time Winner in 2016

    There’s an old saying in NASCAR that the first win is always the hardest. Once a driver visits Sprint Cup Victory Lane for the first time, typically the second time is not ...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 3,145 reads 10 comments

  8. NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers in Need of the Biggest Turnarounds in 2016

    Say what you want about guys like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch , Joey Logano , Jimmie Johnson and the like, but it’s a fairly safe assumption they’re going to be in the Sprint Cup championship mix every season...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 5,089 reads 8 comments

  9. Why Kyle Busch Is Set Up to Be NASCAR's Biggest Star for the Next Decade

    Earning three championships, the 1990s was Jeff Gordon ’s decade (he also won a fourth title in 2001)...

    Jerry Bonkowski Written by Jerry Bonkowski about 6 months ago 2,640 reads 7 comments

  10. 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 7 months ago 8,692 reads 7 comments

  11. 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 7 months ago 18,893 reads 27 comments

  12. 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 7 months ago 16,654 reads 19 comments

  13. 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 7 months ago 3,437 reads 2 comments

  14. 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 7 months ago 4,909 reads 4 comments

  15. 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 7 months ago 1,419 reads 0 comments

  16. 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 7 months ago 14,025 reads 16 comments

  17. 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 7 months ago 769 reads 2 comments

  18. 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 7 months ago 27,471 reads 18 comments

  19. 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 7 months ago 5,567 reads 9 comments

  20. 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 8 months ago 6,078 reads 9 comments

  21. 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 8 months ago 5,851 reads 14 comments

  22. 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 8 months ago 4,157 reads 5 comments

  23. 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 8 months ago 3,341 reads 1 comments

  24. 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 8 months ago 8,723 reads 9 comments

  25. 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 8 months ago 6,492 reads 12 comments