NASCAR Racing: Most Popular Articles
Want to be a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver or get your child started down the path? This is how you get started in a career as a NASCAR driver.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series stars race every week towards the year-end championship. But how do they determine who the Champion is at the end of the year? The NASCAR points system was changed for the 2011 season to make it completely straightforward. Here is the full rundown as to how NASCAR points are calculated after a race.
Since 2004 the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship has been decided by a kind of playoff system called The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Sometimes this is called simply the Chase for the Cup. What is The Chase? Why does it exist? Who is eligible for it? Here is a primer on The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NASCAR has a long history of fantastic finishes, powerful machines and historic events. Most of all, though, NASCAR history has been defined by the drivers. Of the hundreds of men and women who have driven these machines only a small percentage have ever won a race and even fewer have ever managed to win a Championship. From that elite list who are truly the best NASCAR drivers of all time? Here are my picks for the top five drivers in the history of NASCAR.
The top ten fastest race tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
NASCAR has long struggled with its efforts to foster diversity and encourage young minorities to embrace the sport. NASCAR is over 50 years old and in that time only three African-Americans have made it to NASCAR's top series. Here is a look back at African-Americans in NASCAR.
Where to listen to the NASCAR race radio broadcast online.
Did you ever notice in the official NASCAR results that sometimes a lower finishing driver will earn more than the guys right in front of him? NASCAR has a method to determining how much each team earns, but it's not all based on your finishing position. Learn how the money is distributed after a NASCAR race.
Having a scanner at a NASCAR race allows you to hear the drivers, spotters and crew talk to each other during the race. You can also listen in on the NASCAR officials or simply listen to the radio broadcast. With so many choices available, buying a scanner can be a daunting task. Here are the best choices among the current lineup of NASCAR scanners available today.
Before you spend the money on a NASCAR scanner and headset, make sure that you are buying a scanner that meets your NASCAR needs with this set of tips.
Which is longer, the Sharpie 500 at Bristol or the Aarons 499 at Talladega? How does NASCAR know how many laps to race each weekend? Is it laps, miles or something else? These are popular questions that even seasoned NASCAR fans have. Let me take a minute to explain.
For those that have never been to Bristol Motor Speedway for NASCAR, try to imagine a football stadium that seats over 150,000 people, and instead of football on the field, they are running a 43 car, high-speed, bumper-to-bumper race at speeds exceeding 120 mph. Taking a few minutes to read this Bristol seating review will help you find the perfect seats for the race and maximize your NASCAR experience at Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks come in all shapes and sizes. Here are the top ten longest race tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.
This North American auto racing series was started in the American southeast by Bill France Sr. NASCAR sanctions racing leagues throughout North America.
How to contact NASCAR? Here are their mailing address, phone number and email addresses as well as the NASCAR JobLine which lists their current open job opportunities.
Tony Stewart simply does not have what it takes to thrive in today's NASCAR Winston Cup series.
Every one of the 36 points races on the Sprint Cup schedule are worth the same number of points. However not all races are truly equal in the minds of the drivers, fans and media. Here are the biggest races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
What is NASCAR? Why is it different from other racing series and just what is the point of all this?
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Last weekend in Rockingham NASCAR had to work the phones and raise the minimum purse in order to ensure that there were 43 cars on the track. This lead to a few drivers who had no business being on the track taking the green flag along side of drivers who do.
NASCAR defines a short track as any track less than one mile in length. NASCAR fans know that short track racing is defined by bumping and banging, short tempers and fast action. Ask NASCAR fans to name their favorite race track and more than half will name a short track even though only 6 of the 36 races are held on the three remaining short tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Here they are in order by popularity and excitement.
The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule features 33 events on a variety of challenging circuits that include short tracks, road courses and superspeedways.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup stars are known mostly for their uncanny ability to turn left. However twice each year NASCAR tests the drivers road racing skills at two of the finest road courses in the country. Here are the NASCAR Sprint Cup road course race tracks.
The worlds fastest half mile Bristol Motor Speedway packs in the NASCAR fans twice each year. The racing is fast and furious as often the only way to pass is to shove the guy in front out of the way.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is composed of 36 races spanning 40 weeks and also includes two non-points exhibition events.
Everyone knows that race cars are loud yet too many NASCAR fans are not taking good care of their hearing. Here are some solutions to protect your ears.
NASCAR reworked the Chase for the Sprint Cup prior to the 2014 season, giving it an elimination format that is unlike anything in the sport's history.
It is never impossible to get tickets for any NASCAR race, even on short notice. All it takes is a little work and a little know-how. At every race there are tickets that go unused that you could have had. Just follow these steps and you can get tickets to any NASCAR race that you want to attend.
There are eight different flags that the NASCAR officials use from the flag stand to control the race. This is the black flag.
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You see her in Victory Lane every week smiling for the camera but who is Miss Sprint Cup? How did she get that job? Is that all she does?
Overall the Racing Electronics RE3000 is a great scanner for NASCAR fans. The size and weight are excellent for a long day at the track. It's got plenty of channels for a full weekend of racing and plenty of very racefan-friendly features.
Biography of Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the Lowes number 48 for Hendrick Motorsports and Jeff Gordon. Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win four NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships in a row. Jimmie was the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship is the pinnacle of American motorsports. What does it really take to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup title? Here are the step-by-step instructions that the 2004 and 2005 NASCAR Champions Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart used on their way to the title.
The final lap incident in Bristol between Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte should have caused NASCAR to take away the victory.
What are those headsets that everybody is wearing at the NASCAR races? What can you really hear? Are they worth the money? Get all the information you need about scanners here.
How NASCAR qualifying determines the starting lineup.
Full review of Fan Vision scanner / video feed for at the track NASCAR fan use.
NASCAR has a rich history of racing dating back to 1949 at a variety of race tracks across the country. Many race tracks from the past disappeared on their own as victims of financial hard times or urban development. Other tracks were simply bumped from the schedule in order to free up a date for a newer track. Here are the oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks on the schedule.
Logitech has made an effort to produce the best steering wheel at a reasonable price. Does their Momo Force fill the bill? Here is a complete review.
It takes a lot of knowledge to get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car to go fast. Tires, engines, setups and safety all play a part in getting to victory lane. How much do you know about NASCAR race cars and the basic setup terms that you hear the teams talk about each week? Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge of the NASCAR Race Cars and how to make them go fast.
Hendrick Motorsports has been the most dominant team in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in recent years. Landing a Hendrick Motorsports ride means that you have arrived in NASCAR as the best of the best. Here is the 2010 Hendrick Motorsports lineup.
Interested in getting into the good seats for a NASCAR race at Bristol? Welcome to the club. Bristol hosts two of the biggest races on the NASCAR schedule each year, so you better do your homework to beat the average race fan to those tickets. Here are a few cool tips to help you get your hands on hot Bristol race tickets.
What is a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car? Here are the facts, figures, stats and rules that define what a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car is.
Ford drivers have dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships lately. Who are the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers that make up Fords Blue Oval Brigade? Here are the top Ford drivers in the sport today.
NASCAR qualifying includes spots based on points instead of speed. Page 2.
Here are all Daytona 500 winners and their average speed in miles per hour.
This fast 1.56 mile quad-oval has hosted some great races in its long history.
The Camping World Truck Series features several variations from the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, including the only dirt track event in NASCAR.
Table containing every NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to ever win a race, number of wins and number of championships, sorted by number of wins.
Take everything good about the Logitech Momo Force and add better pedals, a stick shifter and a lower
The best Force Feedback steering wheels for your PC gaming. These force feedback steering wheel product reviews will help you get the most out of NASCAR Racing games.
As NASCAR continues to grow, and continues to prove that they can not find an adequate solution to the drivers' concerns, it becomes more and more apparent that both Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway have outlived their usefulness to NASCAR.
Review of the NASCAR Mobile '13 iPhone App.
RJ Reynolds and the Winston brand have done a lot for NASCAR since 1973 but NASCAR has reached the point though where being associated with Winston is holding it back. NEXTEL brings no such social baggage to the brand. Now that the tobacco restrictions no longer apply there is an entire crowd of young NASCAR fans that can be aggressively marketed to.
NASCAR maintains two separate point systems, one for the drivers and the other for car owners. While the point systems are similar the points are used in very different ways. Here are the similarities and differences between the driver points and the car owner points.
A decent scanner can cost a couple of hundred dollars. Will owning a scanner really improve your NASCAR experience enough to make it worth the money? Page 2.
Biography of Tony Stewart NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, IRL Champion, 1999 Rookie of the Year, 2002, 2005 and 2011 Sprint Cup Champion.
In 2009 there are no women competing in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series. The Craftsman Truck Series has had a few female competitors in 2009 including Gabi Dicarlo, Michelle Theriault, Caitlin Shaw and Jennifer Jo Cobb. However none of these women have a full-time ride in the series. Page 2.
The 2014 schedule for NASCAR's Whelen Modified Tour.
The complete list of wheels sorted by their review score. Who is the overall winner? Page 4.
NASCAR is one of the few places in sport where it actually does pay to cheat sometimes. Recently in Las Vegas both winner Jimmie Johnson's and second place driver Kyle Busch's cars failed post race inspection. What should NASCAR have done?
The ProScan 100 Trackside Scanner includes a 100 channel NASCAR scanner and an FM radio in one attractive package. Could this be the perfect scanner for you?
Today NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in America. Where did the multi-billion dollar organization of today get its start? Who founded NASCAR? Where? Why? This article digs into the very early days of this great sport.
The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel is the finest force-feedback steering wheel available today. The G25 Racing Wheel features stainless steel, aluminum and leather components which highlight the overall quality of this wheel. The G25 costs a bit more than the other wheels available but if you take your sim racing seriously it is well worth it.
If you're looking for the best NASCAR news and information in print these NASCAR magazines are for you. Whether you are want great full color NASCAR photos or in-depth NASCAR news in a no nonsense format or to learn more about your NASCAR collectibles there is a NASCAR magazine here to suit your style.
Martinsville Speedway's flat paperclip shaped oval is a short track racers dream.
One of only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule Sonoma in California always puts on a close and interesting race.
Michigan International Speedway is a great place to watch NASCAR. The wide corners often feature three distinct grooves which allows for some exciting racing.
How well do you know the NASCAR rulebook? This fun quiz will test your NASCAR knowledge.
Fans can vote for the format of the 2013 Sprint Unlimited
What is the Snowball Derby? About's Matt Weaver explains all you need to know about Short Track Late Model Racing's biggest & most prestigious event.
Toyota entered NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing in 2007 after three years in the Craftsman Truck series. Toyota found success in the trucks fairly quickly but got off to a shaky start in NEXTEL Cup racing. Toyota has a lot on the line with their NASCAR investment. Here is everything you need to know about Toyota's NASCAR efforts.
The Great American Race has had some moments in its history that have helped define the sport. Photo finishes, fights and huge underdog winners have highlighted the history of this classic race. Here are the top ten greatest moments in Daytona 500 history.
Daytona 500 qualifying is completely different than any other race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. The drivers compete in standard time trials, but then also hold two races to set the starting lineup. Here is an explanation of how qualifying for the Daytona 500 works.
Since the very first Southern 500 race on Labor Day 1950 Darlington Raceway's tricky egg shape and narrow straights have challeneged NASCAR's best drivers.
Richmond International Raceway is a short track that features speedway style racing. There's just something about Richmond that allows drivers to race side-by-side lap-after-lap.
Jeff Gordon wins in Sears Point in 2000 to extend his road racing domination.
What does DNF mean in NASCAR? NASCAR Racing.
Biography of Kasey Kahne NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, 2004 Sprint Cup Raybestos Rookie Of The Year.
NASCAR related terms and phrases defined in this glossary such as push, loose, NASCAR, dnf, dnq, black flag, bump draft, provisional and more..
Biography of Rusty Wallace NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, 1989 NEXTEL Cup Champion.
Biography of former open wheel star and current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins each season with the Budweiser Shootout. This non-points race generates a lot of excitement as this is the first race of the year. Not all drivers qualify for this special event though. How does a driver get into the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout? Here is everything that a race fan needs to know about the Budweiser Shootout.
What is a NASCAR rookie stripe?: nascar race car veteran drivers tag examples page nbsp series rookie
With a large majority of NASCAR teams based within 30 miles of Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina this is truly the heart of NASCAR country.
ECCI claims that their Trackstar 6000 is clearly the best PC steering wheel and pedal set on the market. Is it? I had the pleasure of using one for a couple of weeks and here is what I discovered.
version 3.0, If you want to sling some mud on your PC Ratbag Games has the solution, Sprint Cars!
NASCAR is in the business of putting on a show and what makes a good show in racing is passing. How do you make the drivers pass? You make the drivers want to pass by enticing them with bonus points. Here is a suggestion for a new points system from a reader.
Biography of Dale Jarrett from Michael Waltrip Racing. Dale is the 1999 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion and 3-time Daytona 500 winner.
Talladega Superspeedway features a full 500 miles of white-knuckle racing for the drivers as any small mistake can cause the massive wreck at 190mph known as The Big One.
Buying binoculars for NASCAR can be confusing. What do all those numbers mean and why do you care? This guide can help.
Table containing every NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to ever win a race, number of wins and number of championships, sorted by driver's last name.
Who are the France family? Why do they mean so much to NASCAR?
NASCAR's colorful drivers and rich history have spawned many books. Here are the NASCAR books that are most worth your time and money.
The NASCAR Car Of Tomorrow will be introduced to NEXTEL Cup racing for 16 races in 2007. NASCAR will switch to the Car of Tomorrow for the entire 2008 schedule. What is the Car Of Tomorrow and why is NASCAR switching to it?
Earnhardt's Seat Belt May Have Been Cut! Dateline: 04/15/01 It now appears that Bill Simpson was
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NASCAR has diversified its schedule in recent years opening the door for a variety of different backgrounds to make an impact at the the highest levels of the sport
Daytona International Speedway hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup races each year, the Daytona 500 in February and the Pepsi 400 in July. These are two of the biggest, fastest and most nerve wracking events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. The fast 2.5 mile tri-oval uses restrictor plates to keep the speeds managable but those plates create fertile ground for The Big One.
One of only two stops on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule where the drivers have to turn right. The historic Watkins Glen road course really puts drivers to the test.
The 2014 Schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
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Here's an entertaining look at one fan's frustration with NASCAR on FOX, including some xtree advice for Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
Biography of two-time Nationwide Series champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Biography of Brad Keselowski. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the Penske Racing #2 Miller Lite Dodge and 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion.
Obviously a scanner needs a headset so you can hear during the race. Mine is a middle-of-the-road model. I replaced the factory ear seals with the gel ones you see here and recommend them. They are very comfortable. Page 4.
When a driver takes revenge on another driver for an accident in the real world, it's called Road Rage. Tony Stewart, however, chooses to call it Racing.
Matt Weaver's review of FanVision NASCAR.
A scanner adds a lot to your race day experience. This lives in an end pocket of my race bag which was made just for that purpose. If you don't own one I recommend renting one at the track. You get a lot more out of your race day with a scanner. Page 3.
Chase Elliott is the son of the 1988 Sprint Cup champion, Bill, and has been signed by Hendrick Motorsports. Combined he may be NASCAR's top prospect.
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is a wide, fast two mile D oval. Most races feature very few cautions which makes for fast speeds. The deciding factor is often fuel and pit strategy.
Biography of Jamie McMurray NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, 2003 Sprint Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year.
This racing stopwatch from Robic allows you to enter in the size of the track. Then when you time a lap it will calculate MPH. Mostly I use my stopwatch to track the gap between cars. When the leader has a big lead I use the stopwatch to see if the second place car is gaining. Television does this for you but you don't have that luxury from the stands. Page 10.
NASCAR drivers will primarily race on two different tires during the course of their career -- the bias-ply and the radial.
A description and schedule of NASCAR's three international touring divisions.
After Tony Stewart assaulted Brian Vickers in Sonoma NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France referred to the incident as a big deal. You would think that the punishment would have been a big deal too.
This is the newest addition to my race gear. I never found a seat cushion that I liked until I found this convenient inflatable one. It folds up small but is remarkably comfortable on the stands. The trick here is to not blow it up all the way. This cushion is much more comfortable when it is only 3/4 full of air. Page 13.
The Garmin Rino is a two-way radio with a built-in GPS receiver. If you go to the race track with friends and family and have a hard time keeping track of everyone then these high-tech gadgets just might be the solution for you.
With only six races remaining before the ten race NEXTEL Cup playoff series begins the heat is on for drivers to get into the top ten and have a shot at the title. Who still has a shot at making the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship and what are their odds?
There are many different steering wheels that you can buy for your PC. Here is a complete review to help you make the right choice for your racing needs.
This is the 2013 NASCAR schedule as announced by NASCAR in September of 2012.
What is the NASCAR Gen-6 Race Car and how is it different from the Car of Tomorrow?
NASCAR delivered its biggest penalty of the week to Robby Gordon. During the 2005 Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire race it was Robby who succeeded in making the biggest impression on people. Folks either love his spirit and enthusiasm or think that he's childish, immature and unstable. What happened and what was NASCAR's response? Page 2.
Danica Patrick has set the IndyCar Series on it's head since she joined in 2005. As a rookie she has single-handedly put the IRL back in the spotlight. The 2005 Indianapolis 500 enjoyed a massive 40 percent spike in television ratings as a result of the incredible media spectacle surrounding her. Why is Danica Patrick special? Who are the current women in NASCAR?
Thrustmaster's legendary racing system. The T2 was not without it's faults but probably served more race fans than any other wheel.
I always have one of these in my race bag. Shop around and you can find rain ponchos for less than a dollar each. That is a lot better than what you'll pay at the track. Also, I take the word disposable literally. I don't even try to fold it up and reuse it I just toss it and replace it. New ones take up a lot less space in the bag. Page 12.
The Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Steering Wheel has a lot of programmable buttons and good FF effects. But there are better options out there for the money.
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This one I learned from experience. You only need to sunburn your lips once in order to make a stick of lip block a staple in your race kit. It hurts, a lot. Avoid that pain if you can. Page 8.
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Hopefully this one is obvious. The perfect NASCAR day is hot and sunny. Most race fans end up spending at least six hours in the sun. There is very little shade at most tracks. Put sunblock on early and often. So many times I have seen bright red race fans scorched from a day in the sun. Page 7.
In 2005 NASCAR held its first modern era points race outside of the United States when the Nationwide Series visited Mexico in early March. Given that there are areas of the United States that are desperate for a local NASCAR race, does it make sense for NASCAR to be taking its product out of the country?
Since my scanner is an important part of my race day experience I carry an extra battery just in case. You never know when a battery will go bad, or you didn't get it fully charged, or you accidentally left your scanner on and ran your battery down. I have had all of these things happen to me so I like to have a fully charged backup ready to go. Page 6.
I carry two antennas in my bag. They are light and don't take up much room. I use the stubby antenna at most tracks and it picks up everything just fine. Some of the larger tracks (Indianapolis, road courses) require the longer antenna in order to hear everything. Page 5.
How many times have you heard a crew chief say we really didn't need that last caution after losing a race with a bad pit strategy call? It happens all the time in NASCAR where a late race yellow and a series of pit stops affects the outcome of the race. Why is it so hard for the crew chief of the leading car to make the right decision? Here is a look at late race pit strategy and why the leader is so often wrong.
This small foldable can cozy works well to keep a cold beverage cold on a hot day without taking up much space in my bag. Page 11.
Important race gear at even the smallest short track. Mine are 10x50 auto-focus binoculars. These are a little larger than I'd like but I traded size for the auto-focus and the higher power. Page 9.
The HyperStimulator is a full racing cockpit including top-quality PC steering wheel and pedals.
This is my race bag. It holds everything I need for a long day at the track. It holds 12 drinks plus ice and has pockets for all of my racing essentials.
Starting in 2007 SIRIUS Satellite Radio has launched SIRIUS NASCAR Radio. This service includes live coverage of every NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series event along with live scanner feeds. When they are not at the track SIRIUS NASCAR Radio brings round the clock news, interviews and expert opinion on all things NASCAR. SIRIUS NASCAR Radio is all the NASCAR information that any fan could want.
I keep this around to stick things in to keep them dry when it rains. I have the rain poncho for me but this bag often gets my scanner, cell phone and anything else I don't want to get wet when it rains. A shopping bag is small, light and has a million uses at the track. Page 14.
The complete 2014 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West divisions.
Logitech's newest racing wheel for the PC and PS3 is the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel. This top of the line force feedback racing wheel is probably Logitech's best but is it worth the upgrade from the Logitech G25 that it replaces in the lineup?
Biography of Jeff Gordon NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, car owner and four time NEXTEL Cup champion for Hendrick Motorsports.
: What Is a Real NASCAR Fan? You see it thrown around a lot on the Internet. In any NASCAR discussion
Recently on Tony Stewart's SIRIUS satellite radio show he compared NASCAR to the WWE. He claimed that NASCAR throws unnecessary caution flags in order to artificially influence the outcome of the races. Is NASCAR a sport or is it simply entertainment masked as a sport?
NASCAR's top race teams have formed a conglomeration known as the Race Team Alliance and it looks an awful lot like a union.
The leaders wrecked in the final turn allowing Kyle Busch to win the 2013 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
When you go to a race you can buy just about anything you need at the track or live without it for the day. The one exception to that are your tickets. Always doublecheck when you leave home and again when you start walking from your car that you have the tickets. Page 2.