The Final Word – Did Matt Kenseth’s 2003 title run ruin NASCAR?

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Matt Kenseth ruined NASCAR. He did not mean to do it, and we did not know at the time that he did, but it would seem his single win 2003 championship changed everything.

The Final Word – Kyle Busch had the whole wide World 600 in his...

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Australia. If there was any road to success on Sunday, it was to be a native of Australia. Perth-born Daniel Ricciardo led from start to finish to claim the Monaco Grand Prix. At Indianapolis, Toowoomba’s own Will Power kissed the bricks and drank the milk. Unfortunately, the last Aussie to drive a Cup car was Tasmanian Marcus Ambrose four years ago.

The Final Word – Kevin Harvick dominated the race at Michigan, Keelan dominated after...

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Domination and elimination was the story from Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Harvick dominated and eliminated everyone else from view. He dominated the opening stage. He overcame another pit road miscue that cost him five spots between stages, but he eliminated the danger to come back to claim that, too.

The Final Word – Who in their right mind would enter a brand new...

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Back in 1949, Martinsville was a dirt track. Fifteen cars started the 100 lap event in the opening year of what was to become the Cup series. Red Byron won it in a 1949 Oldsmobile. A brand new car. In those days, there was little modifications done in the strictly stock division.
Brad Keselowski does his traditional victory celebration with the American flag. He also celebrated Team Penske's 500th career victory. Photo by Rachel Myers for Speedway Media.

The Final Word – The first race of the playoffs in Las Vegas damaged...

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Now it gets real. There is no argument as to whom the contenders are, and who are the pretenders. Say what you will, but even though there might be forty cars on the track, only 16 matter.

The Final Word – The Southern 500, a celebration of the passage of time

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Darlington was a day all about time. A time when in 1950 the first Southern 500 was run. A time when some of the great names from the past were brought back to be saluted by their sport in the present. A time when 0.6 seconds can mean everything.

The Final Word – NBC and race fans were the big winners in Chicago

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I was wrong. That is something you do not hear me say very often. How about this, then? The broadcast from Chicago was the best I have seen in years. That is something I do not ever remember saying, writing, or thinking. I did not think Chicago would be much worth watching. Boy, was I wrong.

Hot 20 – If viewership tanked for Talladega, imagine what the ratings for Kansas...

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Talladega was a ratings bust. Talladega. For fans who follow the sport, those four Stewart-Haas cars up front, doing what they had to do all day long, was something to behold. For those who simply tune in to watch incredible action, they had to wait for the final 20 laps for the payoff. However, they had to have tuned in to witness either. They did not even bother. That is troublesome.

The Final Word – Daytona and NBC delivered the goods, and the bads, on...

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Daytona delivered. The action and the broadcast were both superb. If you missed it, you really missed something.

The Final Word – Is it a big swing and a miss as NASCAR...

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Some of the changes are interesting. Moving the season-ending event matters not, as Homestead has never become an iconic event in most minds anyway. Adding a third short track is good. Keeping the roval in Charlotte as part of the mix is fine. Adding some tradition with the Southern 500 becoming even more meaningful actually comes across as a fine idea.