Dale Earnhardt Jr.: ‘We’ll be alright’


Entering this weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is riding the longest streak of consecutive races without a top-10 finish in seven seasons and his lowest point standings ranking in nine seasons.

Yet, the 42-year-old driver does not seem to be worried about his start to the 2017 season. READ MORE

Derrike Cope’s racing renaissance and 2017 plans


After competing for 30 years in NASCAR’s premier series, 1990 Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope entered the 2017 season with a wealth of experience competing against and beating the sport’s upper echelon of drivers.

He also began 2017 with a renewed optimism and drive, which is understandable given that he had not made a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start since 2009. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Feuds in NASCAR


It’s about time we got a little action going again.

The feuds and on-track retaliations we have seen this early in the NASCAR season bring excitement to the sport. READ MORE

LaJoie, Sorenson comment on Phoenix racing incident



AVONDALE, Ariz.—It wasn’t the first time the two drivers have tangled on the racetrack this season.

Reed Sorenson and Corey LaJoie made contact in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway Sunday, an incident that brought out the race’s first caution. READ MORE

Newman uses strategy to end 2013 winless drought

AVONDALE, Ariz.—After 314 laps under the grueling Phoenix sun, Ryan Newman ended a 112 winless drought for the Richard Childress Racing team.

The driver of the No. 31 Chevy became the winner of the 13th Annual Camping World 500 on Saturday after also ending his own stretch of 127 races without a victory. Newman hadn’t won a race since Indianapolis in 2013. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Camping World 500



AVONDALE, Ariz.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday.

The race was the fourth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Allgaier snaps 80-race winless drought in Arizona desert

AVONDALE, Ariz.—The 13th annual DC Solar 200 saw hot temperatures and boiling emotions.

Drivers took on the Phoenix International Raceway with temperatures in the mid-90s. Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet, handled the heat better than anyone else and walked away with his first victory of 2017 as well as his first win with JR Motorsports.

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Lessons double-duty drivers learned at PIR Saturday



AVONDALE, Ariz.—Six of the 40 drivers in the DC Solar 200 XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday will also compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday. Five of the six drivers spoke with The Racing Experts about what they learned running the XFINITY Series race that can be applied to the race Sunday. READ MORE

Previewing the Camping World 500



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the desert in Southwestern Arizona. Thirty-nine drivers have entered in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix (3:30 P.M. E.T. Sunday, FOX) READ MORE

Bowman talks about role at Hendrick Motorsports


The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Phoenix International Raceway in November 2016, Alex Bowman was subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., sat on the pole and led 194 of 325 laps. Bowman walked away with a sixth-place finish. Out of the 10 races he subbed for Earnhardt in the No. 88 last season, this was his best result of 2016—and his career. He and Jeff Gordon split time behind the wheel for the sidelined Earnhardt. READ MORE

Yeley has ‘pretty good chance’ to go Cup racing in 2017



NASCAR veteran J.J. Yeley may compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, the driver has told The Racing Experts.

Yeley, who is currently running in his second season with Tristar Motorsports in the XFINITY Series, says “there’s a pretty good chance” of him running in NASCAR’s premiere series in 2017. READ MORE

Whitt off to fastest Cup Series start of career



Cole Whitt is off to the best start of his career—in terms of points positions, average finish and laps led—three races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Whitt, driving for the single-car Tristar Motorsports operation, opened the season with back-to-back top-20 finishes and currently sits 15 points behind the Chase cutline, 24th overall in driver’s standings. READ MORE

Harvick blows tire, loses points lead



LAS VEGAS—A downed right front tire ended Kevin Harvick’s race early Sunday in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick, who entered Sunday’s race with a four point lead in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings over teammate Kurt Busch, was running sixth before cutting his right front tire and making contact with the Turn 1 wall on lap 69. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Kobalt 400



LAS VEGAS—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Kobalt 400 Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The race was the third stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017.

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Drivers talk about what they learned running Vegas XFINITY race



LAS VEGAS—Nine drivers who ran the XFINITY Series Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will start in the Kobalt 400 Sunday.

Of those drivers, four spoke with The Racing Experts about applying any knowledge learned from the XFINITY Series race that can transfer over to the Cup Series race. READ MORE

Do NASCAR drivers prefer slots or tables?



LAS VEGAS—NASCAR is in The Sin City for the third race weekend of 2017. We asked various drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series about their gambling preferences, strategies and if they are staying at a casino resort. READ MORE

Elliott leads second practice in Las Vegas



LAS VEGAS – The second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice concluded at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday.

Ford has dominated the last two MENCS races, claiming victories at Daytona with Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski at Atlanta. READ MORE

UPDATE: Rookie Report: QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500



All five of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500 Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The report reflects the 35 point penalty handed down to A.J. Allmendinger for three loose lug nuts post-race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. READ MORE

Keselowski overcomes loose wheel to win Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500



HAMPTON, Ga.—Keselowski dove beneath Larson with seven laps to go when the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet started running the high side but it was to no avail.


The 2012 champ got the run on the inside and pulled away from Larson for his first cup win in 19 races. READ MORE

Derrike Cope returns to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series


HAMPTON, Ga.—Cope will make his first Cup start since 2009 for the Jay Robinson-owned Premium Motorsports in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday.

His last start came in October of 2009 at Martinsville Speedway. Cope had attempted to qualify for seven races between now and that Martinsville race.

With 39 cars on the entry list, the 58-year-old driver was guaranteed to compete in the race will start 38th. READ MORE

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 fantasy picks


HAMPTON, Ga.—When the NASCAR circuit rolls into Hampton, GA at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the promise of a championship and multi-win season is still alive for all drivers.

Hope springs eternal at the beginning of a new year and this time of the year is always exciting. Drivers will be trying to either capitalize on the momentum of Daytona or turn things around before a tough opening race turns into an early-season slide. READ MORE

Bell holds off Crafton, captures third career Truck Series win


HAMPTON, Ga.—Christopher Bell rode off in the Atlanta sunset with a dominating performance in Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200.

Bell won all three stages of the event and cleared Matt Crafton with two laps to go to cap off a perfect Saturday in the Camping World Truck Series. READ MORE

Back-to-back; Kyle Busch holds off Keselowski for Atlanta victory



HAMPTON, Ga.Kyle Busch started and ended Saturday’s XFINITY Series Race at Atlanta in the same spot: First.

Busch grabbed the lead on pit road on lap 145 after his No. 18 crew got him out first and the defending race winner held off a late-charge from Brad Keselowski to make it back-to-back victories at the 1.54-mile track. READ MORE

Briscoe takes Daytona momentum into Atlanta


HAMPTON, Ga.—
The defending ARCA Racing Series champ didn’t make any friends early on in the Daytona season opener, aggressively bump-drafting Noah Gragson on lap two to start a 12-truck wreck.

But Briscoe bounced back from the rookie mistake to score a third-place finish in his Truck debut for Brad Keselowki racing while surviving a crash-filled race.
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Harvick puts ‘Freaky Fast’ Ford on Atlanta pole


HAMPTON, Ga.—With the sun going down and the lights coming on at Atlanta, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion got faster during qualifying. 

Harvick put down a lap of 29.118 seconds (190.398 mph) to score the pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 2014 Atlanta pole-sitter turned the fastest time of the day in the final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying. READ MORE

Kurt Busch on Daytona 500 win: ‘It's unbelievable’


“I'm still blown away by the amount of effort that it takes to win one of these races, let alone the Daytona 500,” Busch said post-race in the media center. “This is very special.”

“To have come here over the years and to have fast cars, to not deliver for the team, you leave here feeling more dejected than any other racetrack.  The years that you have really fast racecars, you end up on the hook, wrecked, those are the worst feelings.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: Daytona 500


Three of the four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday.

Click below to see a breakdown of how each driver fared. READ MORE

Waltrip has chance to make NASCAR history


A victory in the 2017 Daytona 500 would make Michael Waltrip the third driver in the history of NASCAR’s premiere series to win in their final career start.

Waltrip will make his 30th start in the Daytona 500 and 784th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, wrapping up a career in the sport spanning since 1985. READ MORE

Suarez has chance to make NASCAR history


If he finds victory lane in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Daniel Suarez will become the seventh driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their debut.

According to research across two racing databases, six drivers have won in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: How hard is it to win the Daytona 500?


I won the Daytona 500 31 years ago, and hands down, it was one of the biggest and hardest accomplishments in my motorsports career. All of the pieces came together to make that race special for us in 1986.

I was in my third year at Hendrick Motorsports, and our team was getting better each season. Performance and the finishes were showing, and we were gelling as a team. READ MORE

Daytona 500 fantasy picks


This weekend’s 59th annual Daytona 500 marks the start of the NASCAR season. Luckily, for a large number of racing fans, it also marks the start of the fantasy racing season.

Restrictor-plate racing is guaranteed to bring high speeds and tight packs for the field of 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers; however, it also commonly breeds unpredictable finishes and unexpected winners. READ MORE

LaJoie, Kennington race way into Daytona 500


Two drivers claimed the final open positions for the Daytona 500 Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Corey LaJoie and D.J. Kennington raced their way into the Daytona 500 in their respective duel races and each will make their first start in The Great American Race.
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Gaughan, Sadler will race in the Daytona 500


Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler are guaranteed to have a starting spot in the 59th annual Daytona 500 next Sunday. Reed Sorenson, D.J. Kennington, Corey Lajoie and Timmy Hill are the four drivers vying for the two remaining open spots in the Daytona 500 and will have the chance to race their way in via the Can-Am Duels Thursday.
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Bowman, Patrick among top-five in Clash


In a side-by-side battle with Kyle Busch on the frontstretch on the final lap, Alex Bowman was edged for third and Danica Patrick came across the line in fourth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race.

Both drivers were running outside the top-five on the final lap prior to contact between race leader Denny Hamlin and second-place Brad Keselowski in Turns 1 and 2.
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EXCLUSIVE: NASCAR official talks announcement of stages, cautions


At time of publication, five of the 23 racetracks the MENCS races at have announced the length of the stages for all of their 2017 races, and Daytona International Speedway
has announced the stage-length information for the Daytona 500. READ MORE

The sponsorship snafu that could lead to Danica’s downfall


They took a gamble, hoping to win big if Patrick had a breakout season and therefore see exponential returns on their investment. Unfortunately, that did not work out, as Patrick had a middle-of-the-road 2016 season, gaining no top-ten finishes and an average finish of 22nd.

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Trying to make sense of NASCAR’s new rules


All professional sports are businesses, but they are all sports at the end of the day. We’re not seeing amending of the rules in other pro sports. The people in charge, the rule makers, committees, they always have the best interest in making everything better.

They’re trying to make it better for everyone and are making changes they feel and hope will keep their fan base and attract new ones. But they’re chasing people away. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Final thoughts on 2016 and outlook on 2017


We are one month into 2017 and it’s been a busy year thus far.

I’m thankful to continue sharing my thoughts, insights and opinions with everyone for another season here at The Racing Experts.com with our first installment this year. READ MORE

Drivers discuss what they’re learning at PIR tire test


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Three of the 13 scheduled drivers partaking in the NASCAR Goodyear tire test at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday talked with The Racing Experts about what they had learned during the session on day one. READ MORE

Jones hopes to help team prepare for March PIR race at test session

AVONDALE, Ariz.—Jones, who is one of four rookies in the series in 2017, is one of 13 scheduled drivers to test during the two-day session at PIR Tuesday and Wednesday.

With NASCAR restricting the test to one driver per race team, Jones is hoping to talk and share information with teammate Martin Truex Jr.
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Track president says drivers were ‘really supportive’ of changes



PHOENIX—Phoenix International Raceway track president Bryan Sperber said that the initial talks with NASCAR drivers spawned support of Monday’s announcement regarding upcoming changes to the 1.5 mile raceway.

Sperber said that, about a year ago, he had the chance to talk with “about 30” NASCAR drivers about the possible changes to the track.

Suarez, Logano eye Phoenix tire test


PHOENIX—Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano are among the drivers participating in the two-day tire test at Phoenix International Raceway this week and see it as an opportunity to help their teams.

Suarez, who will be competing for Rookie of the Year honors this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, says there’s been work behind-the-scenes at Joe Gibbs Racing’s headquarters to get ready for this week’s test. READ MORE

Top-five Cup drivers without a win


It’s no secret that there is an abundance of young talent in NASCAR today, and that news puts a smile on the faces of fans everywhere. In fact, with the multitude of star drivers retiring recently, many fan-favorites are now racers around 25 years old or younger.

In due time, many names on this list will be seasoned veterans in their own right and will undoubtedly find great success in terms of both wins and championships.

A tribute to the best who never won a title


Every sport has their legends who were never able to cap off their incredible careers with a title. But for Mark Martin, his legacy exceeded the measures that any championship could provide. Martin is a perfect ambassador for the sport of auto racing in every sense of the word and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the 2017 class proves what everyone has known all along: you don't have to be a champion to be a legend.

A look at each of the 2017 NASCAR HoF Inductees



CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class officially inducted Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons Friday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The night was filled with laughter, memories and a ceremony for the five inductees.

Top five drivers with pressure to perform in 2017

In today’s world of racing where sponsorship dollars are more valuable than ever and competition is fierce, everyone must deliver solid results to feel secure.

However, it’s natural that some drivers are feeling the heat of the pressure-cooker more than others going into the 2017 season. The following are the top five drivers with the most pressure to perform this year. READ MORE


Top five paint schemes of 2016

Largely gone are the days of drivers having one primary scheme for all 36 races, as many racers will now sport five or more different looks per season on their cars.

This influx of different schemes has led to many creative designs being displayed over recent seasons, so it’s only fitting to take a look back at the top five paint schemes of 2016 before we wipe the slate clean and turn our attention to the fresh paint that 2017 will offer.


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Koch sets focus on 2017 XFINITY Series campaign

“I’m ready to get back racing, that’s for sure,” Koch said.

The 2016 season featured career-bests for the 31-year-old driver. Koch, who qualified for the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, the series’ post-season, finished the year with five top-ten finishes and seventh overall in points.


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Edwards to announce he will not race in 2017 Wednesday

Edwards has competed in 445 races in NASCAR’s top-tier series since August of 2004, amassing 28 career victories and two runner-up finishes in the championship in 2008 and 2011.

Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, Edwards has won five times for the organization, finishing fifth and fourth respectively in points in his two seasons with the team.

Stay tuned for more information from tomorrow’s press conference. READ MORE


7 potential milestones in 2017
There are less than eight weeks away until the Daytona 500. The 2017 season could provide the potential for various driver milestones. READ MORE
Season Recap: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch came up five positions short of becoming a back-to-back Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2016.

Eligible for the the championship in the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch’s sixth place finish was the third highest finishing driver among those in the Round of 4.
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Bodine to return to The Racing Experts in 2017


Retired NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine will continue his role as Driver Analyst for The Racing Experts auto racing media outlet in 2017 for a third consecutive season.

“It really is an honor to be an analyst,” Bodine said. “It’s an honor to do it and have people read and learn more about the sport.”

Bodine will continue to provide installments of “Geoff’s Journal,” a bi-monthly column giving race fans an inside look into the world of stock car racing.


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Season Recap: Joey Logano
Logano became the tenth different winner in the series in 2016, capturing the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway in June, the 15th race on the schedule. Logano scored three victories in total in 2016, including two during the Chase, extending his streak of at least one victory in NASCAR’s Premier Series to five consecutive seasons. READ MORE
Season Recap: Jimmie Johnson

2016 will be the season Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for most championships in NASCAR’s Premiere Series at seven.

Johnson’s win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway secured his 80th career win in the series, marking his seventh championships in 11 seasons. Petty won his seven championships in a 16 year span, Earnhardt in a 15 year span. READ MORE


What's next for Casey Mears?


Ten years ago, he was a promising young name in the Nextel Cup series.

Casey Mears is not a young driver anymore.

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Call him seven-time; Johnson wins race and championship at Homestead


HOMESTEAD, Fla.–Jimmie Johnson’s run at a seventh Sprint Cup Series championship looked bleak in the closing stages of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.
Then, all hell broke loose in front of the six-time champ with Carl Edwards crashing out of the 267-lap event by an unsuccessful block on Joey Logano with 10 laps to go that triggered a nine-car wreck. READ MORE
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