Monster Energy Cup

  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. 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 »
  5. 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 »
  6. 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 »
  7. 3 Options for McDowell in 2018

    By Matteo Marcheschi Michael McDowell is in limbo. After rumors began to swirl that Kasey Kahne would replace him in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet, McDowell was left calling the reports “#Fakenews” on Twitter. Now those rumors have come to fruition. Where will McDowell end up now? Here are three possibilities. 1. Stay… Continue Reading »
  8. 5 Outcomes of the Absurd Wreck at New Hampshire

    By Matteo Marcheschi On the final lap of the second stage of Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon made contact, sending Harvick spinning across the track. To stay away from the wall, Harvick smoked his tires, creating a smoke screen on the backstretch. Mall parking lot-style chaos… Continue Reading »
  9. 2017 Playoff Preview: A Rundown

    By Matteo Marcheschi The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs are here. 16 drivers are ready to battle it out over 10 races for the grand prize: the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Here’s what you need to know about each driver. Martin Truex Jr. Truex has been a weekly contender this season,… Continue Reading »