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RaceDayScore NASCAR: STP 500

Jimmie Johnson took advantage of fresh tires and a green-white-checkered finish to become the first multiple winner in 2016 at California. The race was dominated by Kevin Harvick until that final restart. He lost the lead in the pits after second-place Kyle Busch set up the overtime finish when he blew a tire (the second of the weekend for him). This week the series heads to its first short-track in Martinsville, Virginia....

RaceDayScore: Good Sam 500

After two consecutive races on 1.5-mile ovals the NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes on the unique challenge of Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500 this week. This is the second leg of the Sprint Cup’s “West Coast Swing” of three races. While Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson were strong in both Atlanta and Las Vegas, the Penske Racing Fords rose to challenge in Las Vegas last week. It was Brad Keselowski who pieced together the fastest car in the closing laps to pass an ailing Kyle Busch in the final miles to take the win. However, fantasy players shouldn’t count out Joe Gibbs Racing. Their drivers remain significant threats each week, and should be expected to be right in the mix this week in Phoenix. ...

Rotowire New: NASCAR Folds of Honor 500 Picks

his week the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will get a better gauge of their prospects for the remainder of the season. The logic behind that assumption is that the pack-style racing we saw last week doesn't necessarily translate to success on the rest of the calendar. This week we have a somewhat typical 1.5-mile oval in Atlanta Motor Speedway. ...

Rotowire News: RaceDayScore NASCAR: Daytona 500

The 2016 season of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing kicks off this Sunday with the biggest race of the season, the Daytona 500. The 500 is run during the day, which could make handling a bit more difficult for drivers and teams as the sun and heat can make the track more slippery than the night races. Restrictor-plate racing almost always creates a tight draft of cars, and being able to work forward through the draft will be the key to winning Sunday's event for drivers. ...

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