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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