Aspiring motorsports journalist, Boston University class of 2013. This is a collection of my work starting with the 2012 motorsports season. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and be sure to read my most popular pieces.
Attempting to pitch a 10-race late model championship to benefit charity for top NASCAR drivers to contest. After watching late model races blossom in national popularity thanks to the participation (and sanctioning) of drivers like Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, the concept could have a market - and some positive side effects for the sport.
There’s the hope - maybe a small hope, but still a hope - that a series like this would get some of the Cup drivers out of the feeder series and into their own exhibition races. Most of the reason they run those races is for the sake of racing, anyway. If they choose to return to their late model roots rather than race in the bigger events, maybe it allows some development driver to run more.
Addressing the disappointing first five races of Kasey Kahne’s first season at Hendrick Motorsports, including a series of wrecks that have left him 27th in points. What had been expected to be a top team and Chase contender in this Sprint Cup season may be relegated to second- or third-tier status in the series if its performance doesn’t improve quickly.
Granted, stranger things - and greater comebacks - have happened in NASCAR’s premier series. In this same car, Martin went from 34th place through four races in 2009 to make the Chase and finish second overall. But Kahne has shown an incredible ability this season to beat the one driver that no driver should ever beat - himself.
Assessing both the validity and the intelligence of Hendrick Motorsports’ continued pursuit of a reduced or overturned suspension for crew chief Chad Knaus and points penalty for Jimmie Johnson in the wake of validations from the Daytona 500. Given Knaus’ lengthy history, the piece suggests that leniency is unlikely; given the lack of quality candidates to replace him for six weeks, it suggests that exhausting the appeals process is entirely necessary.
Hendrick claims that the C-posts, which were taken at Daytona before going through tech, had passed through NASCAR inspection 16 times previously (four times in each restrictor plate race last year) without fail. The only problem is, proving something like that makes NASCAR look pretty bad. And if Johnson, Knaus, and Hendrick ran unapproved pieces all year in 2011, it’s pretty unlikely that they’re going to get any sympathy from anyone.
Assessing Penske Racing’s switch to Ford from Dodge for the 2013 Sprint Cup season and beyond. This post analyzes Penske’s history with both manufacturers, as well as future implications for both brands in NASCAR.