Monster Energy Cup

  1. Predicting Every Cup Winner of 2018

    By Matteo Marcheschi I went off and predicted every winner and the playoff grid for the 2018 season. It hasn’t even been a week… Daytona – Ryan Blaney Atlanta – Jimmie Johnson Las Vegas – Kevin Harvick Phoenix – Alex Bowman Auto Club – Kyle Larson Martinsville – Brad Keselowski Texas – Martin Truex Jr…. Continue Reading »
  2. 5 Drivers for 1 Spot: The Battle at Phoenix

    By Matteo Marcheschi Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have won the two races in the Round of Eight so far, cementing their positions in the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. has locked himself into that group by points. That means only one spot remains to compete for the championship at Homestead, and… Continue Reading »
  3. Talladega Wreckfest Shakes Up Playoffs

    By Matteo Marcheschi Only 14 cars finished the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, but only two (by my count) made it through without significant contact: the top two finishers, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman. Every driver listed “out” of the race was out because of a crash, or parked for rules violations after a crash,… Continue Reading »
  4. Kyle Busch’s Grueling Day at Charlotte

    By Matteo Marcheschi Kyle Busch was running in second, just behind Kevin Harvick, when his day went wrong. His weekend hadn’t been all that great to begin with, crashing in first practice and losing second practice due to rain. Busch wasn’t sure what to expect from his newly-repaired car entering the race. Busch’s misfortune would… Continue Reading »
  5. Pros and Cons: The 2018 Rules Package

    NASCAR has released its 2018 rules package, to be used beginning at Daytona in February. Here are the pros and cons to the changes, or lack thereof. Pros First off, the splitter and cooling systems will now be provided by NASCAR, so teams won’t have to spend money on research and development of those parts…. Continue Reading »
  6. 3 Changes NASCAR Should Make for 2018

    By Matteo Marcheschi The offseason is quickly approaching, and, as every NASCAR fan knows, that means it’s time for rules changes! Here are three changes NASCAR should make for 2018. Streamline the inspection process and increase penalties NASCAR’s inspection process is downright ridiculous, and its penalties are trivial at best. Making Joey Logano sit on… Continue Reading »
  7. Four Drivers Eliminated After Dover

    By Matteo Marcheschi Four drivers were eliminated from the Playoffs after the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway. Let’s recap each of their seasons. 13th: Ryan Newman: Newman made the playoffs thanks to a fuel-milage victory at Phoenix early this season. He has finished 27 out of the 29 races so far this season,… Continue Reading »
  8. Post-Race Burnouts: Yes or No?

    By Matteo Marcheschi Recently, controversy has erupted around the traditional post-race burnout. Recently, some teams have blown out their rear tires during their celebrations. Rumors have swirled that teams are trying to cover up modifications to the rear of the car by blowing out tires and damaging quarter panels. NASCAR is then unable to determine… Continue Reading »