No Day at the Beach for Playoff Drivers in South Florida

The drivers left in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take their talents to South Beach on Sunday, although they and the rest of the field really won't have much time for sandy frolicking. Instead, they'll line up in their 3,500-pound machines on Sunday for the green flag (1:36 p.m. CDT, NBC) at Miami-Homestead Speedway, site of the second race in…

Surprise Winner at ROVAL Celebrates as Playoff Rield Narrows to 8

The NASCAR playoffs have an interesting quirk. Anybody can take the checkered flag, whether they're in the playoffs or not. That explains AJ Allmendinger's emotional reaction after claiming victory at the ROVAL in Charlotte on Sunday, where the Round of 12 closed with the hybrid road/oval race that cut the postseason field to eight. "I hate crying right now, but…

Playoffs Heating Up with Move into Round of 12

Pull on your boots. Grab your hat. Saddle up. The Round of 12 in the NASCAR playoffs begins Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth hosts its 19th postseason event for the Cup Series (2:30 p.m. CDT, USA Network) with 12 drivers within 36 points of each other. That includes the "hometown" entrant, Chris Buescher of…

Hamlin Riding High After Victory at Bristol

Denny Hamlin has it all — Daytona 500s, Southern 500s, a Coca-Cola 600, an All-Star Race win, wide acclaim, a spot on NASCAR's 75 Greatest Drivers list and a near-certain reservation in the Hall of Fame. Almost all. He just needs that one championship. And the way he feels after winning at Bristol in the playoffs on Saturday night, that…