Jeff Gordon Beats the Storms and Lights to Win at Kansas

By Richard Miller
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Storm clouds and the loss of track lighting couldn’t stop Jeff Gordon from being the first three-time winner at the Kansas Speedway.

Gordon, who won the first two races at the Kansas Speedway, took the lead with eight laps to go and held off the hard charging Kevin Harvick by a mere 0.112 seconds. The win almost guarantees Gordon and spot in the Sprint Car Chase. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – 5-Hour Energy 400 (Kansas)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Talladega Recap

A nightmare season continues for me with Kenseth (21st), McMurray (29th), Biffle (2nd), and Scott (42nd). All of them had fast enough cars, but everyone but Biffle got caught up in a wreck. The jinx is strong with me! [Read more…]

Denny Hamlin Survives the “Big One” To Win At Talladega

By Richard Miller
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

A late race caution turned out to be Denny Hamlin’s best friend as the Aaron’s 499 ended under the yellow flag giving the Virginia driver his first victory at the Talladega Superspeedway.

The FedEx Toyota team gambled on late race cautions by staying out on the track and maintaining track position. The strategy paid off when the caution waved on lap 187 giving Hamlin his first resistor plate victory. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Aaron’s 499 (Talladega)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Richmond Recap:

Horrendous is the word that probably best describes my lineup last week. Bowyer (43rd), Hamlin (22nd), Stenhouse Jr (38th) and Larson (16th) ended up dropping me almost 40,000 spots in the rankings.

The worst part was that I had Kyle Busch (3rd), Newman (8th) and Edwards (9th) all sitting on my bench collecting dust. The only decent thing I accomplished was finally starting the right rookie as Larson ended up 11 spots ahead of Dillon. I’m hoping you all had better luck. It can’t get much worse for me this week…can it? Just not my year so far, but I’m not about to quit now. [Read more…]

Are NASCAR Fans In For A Wild Ride?

By Richard T. Miller
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Have the new rule changes for the Chase accomplished their intended goals? After nine races it appears that drivers have thrown caution out the window and have concluded it’s a quicker path to the Chase by winning races than laying back and accumulate points and the race results seem to bear this out:

Daytona: Dale Earnhardt survives a late race pile up and survives a two-lap shootout to win his second Daytona 500.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Phoenix: The only runaway of the season. NASCAR decides even a late race caution wouldn’t stop Kevin Harvick this day as he dominates the day. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Bojangles’ Southern 500 (Darlington)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Texas Recap

My team wasn’t half bad last week even though I stupidly forgot to change my lineup. I had my team set while I was writing last week’s preview, but apparently I forgot to click “save roster.” I went to put my starters in on Sunday morning and was not real happy. I was in Florida on vacation so I’m blaming it on that and crummy hotel Wi-Fi.

My luck was actually pretty good as I ended up playing Gordon (2nd), Stewart (10th), Keselowski (15th) and Dillon (21st). All three of my Group A and B drivers led some laps and I could have done even better but Keselowski had a bad pit road speeding penalty during the final caution that cost us both a top 5 finish. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Duck Commander 500 (Texas)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Martinsville Recap

Martinsville was rough on my team last week. I started Gordon (12th), Stewart (17th), Hamlin (19th) and Larson (27th). It’s starting to feel like this just isn’t my year! Gordon, Hamlin and Larson all seemed to have decent cars but were all out of contention late due to a myriad of mechanical issues and accidents. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – STP 500 (Martinsville)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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California Recap:

I apologize for the lack of a fantasy preview last week it was totally my fault. There was a last minute decision to drive to San Antonio for the NCAA tournament games (I’m a Nebraska fan) and I barely even got my own lineup set in time. I didn’t watch one lap of qualifying or the race as I even forgot to set my DVR. So I probably deserve my bad showing in California. It resembled the Nebrasketball offense versus Baylor last Friday…ugly. [Read more…]

Carl Edwards Wins Bizarre Bristol Spring Race

By Tyler Johnson
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

There is never a lack of fireworks when NASCAR brings its drivers to the “Last Great Coliseum” located in Bristol, TN. The half-mile bullring has long been the track where anything can happen – there have been times that drivers pulled into Victory Lane with a car that looked like it had been used in crash testing.

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Bristol is unique because of its layout and short track strategy, but what made yesterday’s race memorable was the events leading up to the race and the bizarre way it ended. First, a forecast of rain had NASCAR officials on edge the day before. That forecast proved to be true and drivers were only able to get around 125 laps in before the clouds released their contents. Fast forward about three hours and the skies looked clear enough to go racing again. The goal was to make it at least to the halfway point, so that the checkered flag could be thrown if another delay happened and NASCAR could pack up and head to Fontana next Sunday. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Bristol (Food City 500)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Vegas Recap:

Last week went pretty well, I had Johnson sixth, Logano fourth, Edwards fifth and Burton 17th. The bad news is that I had Keselowski on my bench (race winner) and JJ didn’t get me a top 5 finish which feels like a wasted start. My sleeper in Group B, Paul Menard finished a terrific third, but I didn’t have the testicular fortitude to start him unfortunately.

The Group C choices didn’t really turn out to be a big deal after all. All four drivers I listed in that group finished 16th, 17th, 19th or 20th so there wasn’t much of a difference. I’m glad I saved an Austin Dillon start and only finished one spot behind him with Jeff Burton running a rare Sprint Cup race this season.

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Now we move to the bull ring at Bristol where it will be imperative that we pick drivers who have a knack for this half-mile track who can also avoid the myriad of crashes in this 500-mile meat grinder. [Read more…]

Keselowski’s Gamble Pays Big in Vegas but Earnhardt Jr. Still Cashing In

By Tyler Johnson
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Any time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Vegas, the talk around the sport revolves around gambling, big bets and high risks. After all, those three things are about the only traits that Sin City and stock car racing have in common. For yesterday’s Kobalt 400, it was more of the same, as Kesleowski, with a little help from lady luck, went all-in for a critical early season win and practically guaranteed spot in the Chase.

That luck came in the form of Dale Earnhardt Jr. running out of gas in Turn 2 after posting a dominant race time the last 35 or so laps of the race. Earnhardt Jr., like Keselowski, took a gamble with fuel and it didn’t pay off in the end. He did, however, finish second, marking the first time in his career that he has finished in the top-3 in three consecutive races. [Read more…]

Fantasy NASCAR Preview – Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Photo Credit: vivalasblogger.com

Phoenix Recap:

Now that’s more like it! My starters last week finished first(Harvick), third(Keselowski), eighth(Edwards) and 20th (Larson). Harvick had the best car all day and definitely deserved the win. Dale Jr. (my sleeper Group A driver) along with Joey Logano also had good cars and rounded out the top three. Larson was the only real disappointment since his car was fast in both qualifying and in practice, but he still was the highest scoring choice for Group C so I can’t nitpick. I successfully saved a start from Johnson, started the race winner, and won the week in both my leagues. Let’s try to keep it rolling this week on the circuit’s first of many 1.5 mile track races this season. [Read more…]