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Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR expected to release 2017 schedules Thursday for Sprint Cup, Xfinity, trucks

New five-year sanctioning agreements allow for setting dates much earlier than in the past.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/nascar-expected-to-release-2017-schedules-thursday-for-sprint-cup-xfinity-trucks/


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Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is getting weird

http://www.foxsports.com/buzzer/video/the-2016-nascar-sprint-cup-season-is-getting-weird-050316

Landon Cassill on Kevin Harvick: He's 'fairly emotional' and 'pretty thin-skinned'

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/landon-cassill-on-kevin-harvick-he-s-fairly-emotional-and-pretty-thin-skinned-050316

Radioactive: Talladega - "I hate this [expletive] race track."

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/racehub/video/radioactive-talladega-i-hate-this-expletive-race-track-050316

Joe Gibbs Racing shows off 2015 team championship rings

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s beloved car, which he named Amelia Earhart, will be retired after two wrecks at Talladega on Sunday.

Power Rankings: Wreckin' is racin'?

Talladega was a wreck-fest, but it was an interesting one. How do you rank drivers headed into Kansas? Ryan McGee likes Kyle Busch in this week's wreck of a Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

Daily Fantasy NASCAR: It all starts with Jimmie Johnson at Kansas

NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway, where everything starts with Jimmie Johnson, writes Matthew Willis.


Courtesy NBC Sports

Staying grounded

The way Denny Hamlin sees it, there are two options to keeping cars from going airborne at Talladega: Slow them down or speed them up. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/02/denny-hamlin-says-there-are-two-options-for-keeping-cars-from-getting-airborne-at-talladega/

Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains what caused his steering wheel to detach

NASCAR America: Will drama between Logano and Kenseth ever go away?



Courtesy The Frontstretch

Clint Bowyer to Return to Camping World Truck Series at Kansas Speedway

GMS Racing announced Monday that Clint Bowyer will drive the team's part-time fourth entry this weekend at Kansas Speedway.  Sponsorship will be provided by Georgia Boot, 5-Hour ENERGY and Visine.  Read more

Entry List: GoBowling.com 400

On Monday, NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday night's GoBowling.com 400.  40 cars are entered, so no one will fail to qualify. Missing from the list this week are Michael Waltrip and David Gilliland, one-race deals for Talladega; Gilliland's No. 35 for Front Row Motorsports is not entered this week while Reed Sorenson replaces Waltrip behind the wheel of Premium Motorsports' No. 55.  Read more

Entry List: Toyota Tundra 250

NASCAR also released the entry list for this weekend's Toyota Tundra 250, the fourth race of the season for the Camping World Truck Series.  34 trucks are entered, including the aforementioned Clint Bowyer.  Read more
Today's Featured Commentary
Superspeedway or Junkyard?  Your Call
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

"The World's Fastest Junkyard"

FOX's Mike Joy may have coined the next great nickname for a track on the Sprint Cup circuit.  It's a shame that Talladega won't be able to use it in their promotional material.  Who wants to sell their multi-million dollar venue as a place where cars go to die?  Yes, over the years most fans realize that when we tune in twice a year to this Alabama superspeedway; watching a high-stakes demolition derby is exactly what we've signed up for.

As long as 'Dega and Daytona remain on the docket, we will be fighting with our consciences over whether we should find any enjoyment when cars are offered up to what is equal to unlimited amounts of TNT.  We're watching an old Buster Keaton movie, waiting for the fuse to burn down and the mine to go BOOM.  Boy, did those bombs go off on Sunday.  56 cars were involved in wrecks over the afternoon -- obviously, some of them made repeat appearances with each agitation of the wrecking ball.

It's funny, though because there's something else that is as sure as our quarterly visits to restrictor plate tracks. It is NASCAR's promise to revisit the current plate package and tweak aero, engine, brakes and tires for the next time to promote a safer race.

It's true, then, a fact we've known for a very long time.  Those who sign the big checks and make all the serious decisions in Daytona are insane...or else they would have stopped sending plate video and telemetry results to the R&D Center in the hopes of finding a different result.  You know, something that more closely resembles a stock car race versus an audition tape to gain entry into Dale Jr.'s auto mausoleum.

As expected, Monday morning brought us the same old statements.  They were criticisms that cars should not get airborne, the impacts to the wall were pretty serious, and parts failures like steering wheels shouldn't be happening.  Something must be done! My goodness, we'll have to study it and issue another slew of changes in time for the July Daytona production of the Blues Brothers' cop car chase.

Will it get better?  Will we end up with the vehicles being able to pull away from one another and leave the massive pack racing behind? Would anybody tune in to watch a Talladega event where the only question is who is fastest... instead of who is just plain lucky?

Or, maybe I'm insane. I seem to keep watching these demolition derbies and sit down on Monday afternoon hoping to pen a few meaningful sentences on Sunday's entertainment.  Except nothing changes.

With the current aero packages the insanity appears to be even more intense than before. Now, it doesn't matter if a rookie can't keep his car pointed in the right direction. Even veteran track champions like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have their cars spinning out from underneath them without any real driver error involved. "It's just plate racing" has taken on a less-predictable façade.

At some point, you would think that the checkbooks of teams would simply lie down in protest and stop sending cash into the great plate race machine.  That we should stop wasting the money, time, and lying to ourselves it is somehow possible this bastard child of auto racing could ever become a product worthy of fixing.

Or maybe what we really want in life is exactly what we get, the World's Fastest Junkyard.  In that case, just ignore me and carry on. It's seems to be what happens anyway.

Something Shiny

Well, it didn't come to pass, but it could have.  Tony Stewart took the green flag in his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops car Sunday.  But Stewart hopped out after the caution flew on Lap 50 to save his still recovering back and Ty Dillon took over.  If the No. 14 went on to win, Dillon would have done the burnout, but Stewart would have received the points for finishing the race. Stewart, then would have been eligible for the Chase if he managed to get inside the top 30 in the standings.  However, Dillon only managed to take the checkers in sixth place. It was a good points day for the team and a good showing for Dillon... but what if...

Numbers Game: GEICO 500

by Tom Bowles


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Laps led Sunday by third-place finisher Austin Dillon. Dillon has led just three laps this year but has three top-5 finishes and his third at Talladega was a career best.


0

Top-15 finishes for Danica Patrick in seven career starts at Talladega. She's got three top 15s at Daytona, by comparison in eight career starts there. Patrick was wrapped up in a crash Sunday and finished 24th, out of the race.


2

Poles for Chase Elliott this season in two restrictor plate race attempts. He was fifth Sunday after starting from the pole, far better than his Daytona effort (37th).


4

Drivers tied for the Sprint Cup Series lead with eight top-10 finishes through ten races. They are points leader Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.


4

Career Cup victories for Brad Keselowski at Talladega, the most for him at any racetrack on the circuit.


6.5

Career average finish for Ryan Blaney in the spring race at Talladega. He's run 22nd and 43rd in the fall event there.


7th

Finish Sunday for Clint Bowyer at Talladega, his best since Bristol last August (5th). 


10

Cautions at Talladega Sunday for 41 laps. That's the most for a 500-mile race there since the fall of 2008.


11th

Finish Sunday for Landon Cassill at Talladega, his best since a fourth in the fall of 2014 (also at 'Dega).


22

Laps led Sunday by Trevor Bayne, a career high for him in any race. The most laps he had led in a season prior to this year was 11 in 2011, also the last time he won a race (2011 Daytona 500).


38.0

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s average finish in two restrictor plate races this season. Sunday, Earnhardt finished last at 'Dega which is the first time in his career he's run dead last in a plate race.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Phil Allaway

by Matt McLaughlin

by Jeff Wolfe

5 Points to Ponder: It's Been Emotional
by Danny Peters

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Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Will Dale Earnhardt Jr., other top stars get shut out this year?




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Jennifer Jo Cobb Celebrating 25 Years Of Racing In Kansas City
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Recent News

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Courtesy NBC Sports

Forty cars entered into Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway

A maximum amount of cars will take part in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/02/forty-cars-entered-into-sprint-cup-race-at-kansas-speedway/

Clint Bowyer among 34 entries for Truck race at Kansas

Chase grid: Trevor Bayne, Allmendinger enter top 16 after Talladega

Austin Dillon’s career-best finish comes in car that reflects Talladega carnage

Clint Bowyer among 34 entries for Truck race at Kansas

Upon Further Review: Talladega

Has Brad Keselowski become the top restrictor-plate racer in the series now? Xfinity driver shows grace and class in tough...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/02/upon-further-review-talladega/


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Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series(http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Key takeaways from Talladega



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Is crashing part of racing, or does it add entertainment…  

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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Regains Lead after Wreck-Strewn Race
by Phil Allaway

Talladega always has the ability to jumble up the standings.  Just reaching the finish with a situation like Sunday's will benefit you.  Kevin Harvick technically did, despite being turned into the wall on the last lap and sliding across the line in 15th.  That performance was enough to allow him to regain the points lead he lost in Richmond.  Harvick's advantage is now nine over Kyle Busch, the lead Joe Gibbs Racing driver who finished second on Sunday and did not wreck.  Carl Edwards dropped from the points lead to third after crashing twice and finishing 35th.

Jimmie Johnson is down one spot to fourth in points after getting caught up in the lap 96 crash on the backstretch, then getting caught up in the "Big One" inside turn 1.  He would finish 22nd.  Joey Logano stays in fifth despite getting caught up in the lap 181 backstretch crash and finishing 25th.  Kurt Busch also stays sixth in the standings; however, he made up a lot of ground by making it to the finish in eighth.  Brad Keselowski, by virtue of his win and maximum points, gains two spots and is now seventh in the standings.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s miserable day and last-place finish only cost him one place in points.  However, he is now 20 points out of seventh place.  Martin Truex, Jr. is up one position to ninth after backing into the wall during the "Big One."  Somehow, the car still managed to finish not only on the lead lap but in 13th place.  Austin Dillon, meanwhile is up to tenth after finishing a strong third.  However, you would have never guessed that just by looking at his car.  Chase Elliott is now in a standalone 11th in points after his third top-5 finish of the year.

Denny Hamlin is 12th in the standings followed by Jamie McMurray, who made up significant ground with his fifth-place result.  AJ Allmendinger is up three places to 14th despite his last-lap wreck while Matt Kenseth basically lost nothing by rolling with eight laps to go and dropping to 23rd.  Trevor Bayne rounds out the current Chasers with a top-10 finish at Talladega sneaking him inside the top 16.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 351, 2) Kyle Busch -9, 3) Carl Edwards -14, 4) Jimmie Johnson -22, 5) Joey Logano -35, 6) Kurt Busch -39, 7) Brad Keselowski -51, 8) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -71, 9) Martin Truex, Jr. -77, 10) Austin Dillon -79, 11) Chase Elliott -80, 12) Denny Hamlin -82, 13) Jamie McMurray -90, 14) AJ Allmendinger -119, 15) Matt Kenseth -120, 16) Trevor Bayne -123.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Richmond)

Brennan Poole Cherishes NASCAR Opportunity Despite Close Loss

For a couple of minutes Saturday Brennan Poole was a winner in the XFINITY Series before video review took it away from him.  However, Poole's not that sore over a defeat that could potentially make the difference in him making this year's XFINITY Series Chase.  Read more

Letter of the Race: Sunday's GEICO 500 was brought to you by the letter "C," for Chances.  With the race under threat of being shortened due to rain seemingly all day every driver in the field appeared on edge.  Since no one knew how long the race would run, drivers were putting themselves in places where they normally wouldn't, leading to a crash-filled restrictor plate affair.  Despite the threat, it never rained until an hour after the race ended.  Then, it poured like heck.   - Phil Allaway


Quotes to Remember: GEICO 500

compiled by Phil Allaway

"I didn’t have a great frame to see what happened to everyone else.  The guys at Team Penske gave me a great Miller Lite Ford and this Fusion was hauling it.  One of the best tickets to stay out of the wrecks at Talladega is if you can stay up front, you’ve got a great shot of not getting wrecked.  But this No. 2.  Daytona didn’t go the way we wanted it to go.  We thought we were gonna be better than that, but we just didn’t show the speed in the 500 and the guys went to work and they brought me a really strong car here for Talladega.  I’m so proud of everybody at Team Penske.  To be back in Victory Lane with two wins this year, and we feel like we can get a lot more.  We’re growing as a team.  We made a lot of changes at Team Penske and this feels really good, really good." - Brad Keselowski
 
"It was some moves that you made that were just lucky and just trying to get through some of the holes that were there and that were forming and guys bumping and banging each other, pushing all around and everything and trying to get the most out of what we had with our Skittles Camry. You know, second’s not bad. I think the quota of three cars on their lids today is a little high, but it's racing." - Kyle Busch
 
"My car was actually probably dragging; the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray) could stick to my back bumper and he gave me a heck of a push all the way through (Turns) 3 and 4 and when he did that, I knew we were going to have a shot at it. But as soon as I pulled out, it was kind of a parachute but I had to make a shot at it. I wanted to have a shot at the win. If I would have pushed the No. 18 (Kyle Busch), he might have beaten the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski), I don’t know. But hat’s off to these guys. They fought so hard. We pitted 15 times, they said. That’s amazing. The car was killed, and to come home with a third-place finish we’ve got to thank the good Lord above." - Austin Dillon
 
"We had a really strong car. Fighting from behind, it’s hard to get it up front. I felt like if we could lead a pack at any point, we would have put ourselves up front. Early one, once I first got in the car, we drove right up into the top 10 really quick and we had some air on the nose and were able to go.  The team built an awesome race car. I just kind of got mired back. I made some mistakes being my first time here racing. But we were able to dodge crashes and survive here, which is the big thing. We made some good moves at the end to get us into the top 6 or 7." - Ty Dillon, finished sixth (Tony Stewart gets credit for it since he started the car)
 
"It was a good day. We felt like earlier in the race I couldn’t pick a lane that was worth a dang. We kept going backwards. Hopefully this turns around for us. There was one run before we got in that wreck where we got up through there into the top 10. I think we got to fifth actually again and then lost spots on the last pit stop. We got in that wreck, too. They did a good job fixing it. It ran fine after that. I didn’t want to see that last caution. I thought we were set up good to go to the end there and I wanted to keep digging. Everyone bailed to the top and I didn’t have a lot of help on the bottom. That was unfortunate but overall a decent day for us." - Ryan Blaney, finished ninth
 
"Very, very insane. You get butterflies in your stomach even thinking about coming here because you don’t know what will happen. You can have a great day and win. Even in the overtime I was sitting third and could have won or ended up on a wrecker with the roof torn off. It is hard to race here without being nervous or anxious. We were on the bottom on that last restart, when they all went to the top I might as well just be driving out of the rear-view mirror trying not to get run over. We pushed the 41 to a really good start. I think he might have cleared the 2 and I had help from the 21 but I think the damage on the 21 deterred some help. They all went to the top and we ended up 10th. I thought we had a great race car. I am proud of what my guys brought to the track this weekend but we finished tenth." - Trevor Bayne

"I think we have a pretty good superspeedway car. They draft well. I am proud of my guys getting it fixed. There were just a ton of wrecks here today and it is a really tough race. I am proud to bring this Fusion home in 11th today." - Landon Cassill
 
"Landon Cassill trying to cause a wreck for the last 40 laps and he finally got it done there at the end.  It was just unfortunate for our Busch Trophy Can Chevrolet. We just got shuffled out there and in a pretty big wreck there at the end. But all-in-all it was an OK day. We led some laps and ran up front; just got shuffled out when the No. 20 and don’t remember who else. We got back there and racing where we didn’t need to be racing and got crashed. We still finished, it is just torn up." - Kevin Harvick, finished 15th


"We got behind a little bit there and I went to pass the 22 (Joey Logano) and he ran me off the racetrack and lost four or five spots and then got us back there where we didn’t want to be. I don’t know, somebody must have gotten turned out of the top lane and just collected me. I was just going straight and saw a car come from the right side and cleaned our clock." - Matt Kenseth, finished 23rd (crashed out)
 
"I mean, I’m OK. I got an X-Ray so that was a concern. Just taking a deep breath.  I hit my foot pretty hard and hit my arm pretty hard.  I have hit the inside wall at a superspeedway I think like four times now and that was the hardest. You know these races are just…I get the running close and pushing. But the No. 95 was just drilling me every time. There is a high likelihood that he can take himself out. I’m all about bumping, and pushing and being close but when you hit people with a certain amount of momentum, it is a problem. I can’t quite remember exactly what started it. I know I got drilled from behind and turned sideways and...hello, wall." - Danica Patrick, finished 24th
 
"We crashed. That is part of Talladega. 75 percent of us crashed, I think. Congratulations to my teammate. That is great for them. It is a bummer for us, though. We were in decent position towards the end. I don’t know. Something happened up top and cars came down across my nose. It is what it is." - Joey Logano, finished 25th
 
"Yeah, the biggest thing is just something just let go there and you hate to collect anybody, so definitely sorry to the 88 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) guys for getting their car involved in that. We had something torn up there, drove down into turn 1 and I just felt the right front fall down and that was it. You’re kind of just along for the ride, but we appreciate the fans coming out. I appreciate everyone from ARRIS being here – wish we could have had a better run for them, but we’ll go racing at Kansas." - Carl Edwards, finished 35th (crashed out)
 
"It was so quick I never had any time to react. We got clipped in the right rear and as soon as it turned, it went up on its lid. I thought we were clear of the wreck. I saw it happening in front of us and checked up and the next thing I knew I was upside down. I am pretty sick and tired of speedway racing at this point. It has been a rough year for that. We felt we were decent this race. We were holding our own and waiting but here we are. It is unfortunate. I really hate it for the guys." - Chris Buescher, finished 37th (crashed out)


Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Ty Dillon-Tony Stewart driver swap flawless at Talladega


GEICO 500 winner Brad Keselowski embraces the challenge of Talladega (VIDEO)

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nascar-talladega-superspeedway-brad-keselowski-geico-500-050216



Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series(http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Stewart on getting out of car: 'It sucks'


Getting by with a little help from our friends


Courtesy NBC Sports


 NASCAR investigating Talladega accidents, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s steering wheel

NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell tells SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that officials are already looking into Sunday's incidents where cars got...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/02/nascar-investigating-talladega-accidents-dale-earnhardt-jr-s-steering-wheel/

Trevor Bayne basks in the glory of being ‘in the game’ again at Talladega

The 2011 Daytona 500 winner led a career-best 22 laps in 10th at Talladega.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/trevor-bayne-basks-in-the-glory-of-being-in-the-game-again-at-talladega/


Courtesy ESPN.com

Rundown: Drama all weekend at Talladega

It would be hard to have much better a time than Austin and Ty Dillon did Sunday, unless you were Saturday's winner, Elliott Sadler. John Oreovicz breaks it down in the Monday Rundown.


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Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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Bad Day For Carl Edwards Ends Winning Streak
Despite Fast Car; Trevor Bayne Settles For 10th At Talladega

Landon Cassill Solid 11th At Talladega Superspeedway

With Help From Ty Dillon, Tony Stewart Credited With Sixth Place Finish In Talladega Crash Fest

Austin Dillon Drives “Indestructible” Chassis To Third Place

 

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 Long: Thank God they walked away

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 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/long-thank-god-they-walked-away/



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 Brad Keselowski holds on to win wreck-filled Geico 500 at Talladega              

Brad Keselowski stayed out of trouble all day and it paid off with a win in Sunday's wreck-filled Geico 500 at Talladega...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/brad-keselowski-holds-on-to-win-wreck-filled-geico-500-at-talladega/

83 percent of ‘Dega field dinged

This was one of the most chaotic races at Talladega fantasy owners have seen in quite some while. Winning one’s league this week required a lot of luck. more



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Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Keselowski holds off field for Talladega victory

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/5/1/nascar-sprint-cup-series-talladega-superspeedway-geico-500-race-recap.html


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Brad Keselowski survives 'Dega demolition derby to win GEICO 500


'The Big One' finally strikes with 28 to go in GEICO 500


Earnhardt forced to park Amelia early at Talladega


Watch Chris Buescher go for horrifying barrel roll in GEICO 500


CUP: Michael Waltrip and Casey Mears Wreck - Talladega 2016


Tony Stewart, Ty Dillon driver swap goes off in 77 seconds






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 Green flag time moved up at Talladega


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Everything you need to know about the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway



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Ryan: In the NASCAR lug nut debate, honor can be realized by making things tight

Rule change necessary because safety standards can't be be determined by teams preoccupied with pushing the competitive envelope...

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 Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega: Start time, lineup, TV info

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'It is just a racing thing'

Joey Logano is uninjured after a late-race crash with Elliott Sadler had him sliding up the track, nose-first into Talladega's SAFER barrier.  

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Pockrass: Logano walks away from hard Talladega hit

Joey Logano walked away from "the hardest hit I've ever taken" in the Xfinity Series race at Talladega on Saturday. Sure, his ego was a little bruised, but at least that was the worst of it.


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Full plate

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to succeed in restrictor-plate races. What's the secret? Junior breaks it down before Talladega.

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 Today’s Xfinity race at Talladega: Start time, weather, radio & TV info

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With new rule, everyone will be able to see if a lug nut isn't on the car postrace. And NASCAR can't just swallow the whistle, wave it off and say fix it for next week.

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 Logano leads final practice, No. 14 team practices switch


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Frontstretch Folio: GEICO 500
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to Alabama for the second restrictor plate race of the year.  Coverage of the GEICO 500 can be seen on FOX starting at 12:30 p.m. ET while the green flag will fly around 1:20.  It can be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

Last year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race off pit road during the final caution of the race.  From there, the choo-choo train started chugging.  Earnhardt Jr. led the final 27 laps to take the win. 

Earnhardt Jr.'s win last year was his sixth career win at the 2.66-mile tri-oval, and the first since 2004.  He is the winningest active driver at Talladega.  Brad Keselowski has three career wins, including his first back in 2009.  Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray have two wins each.

All-time, Dale Earnhardt had the most success at Talladega, winning ten times.  The last of his 76 career wins came in the 2000 Winston 500 with his infamous charge from 18th in the final three laps.  Earnhardt Jr. is second all-time, followed by Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with four.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps (500.08 miles
Banking: 33 degrees

Frontstretch: 4,300 feet, banked 18 degrees in tri-oval

Backstretch: 4,000 feet, banked minimal

Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
Opened: 1969

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Qualifying: Saturday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. on FOX

Say What?!

"Talladega is always known for close finishes and I’m excited to get back. The racing there, you can’t really compare it to anything else. Talladega is a special place because it’s a historic racetrack for our sport. I remember watching a lot of races there. My dad still has that qualifying record and it’s obviously very impressive. It says a lot of him, Uncle Ernie and Uncle Dan, and really everybody who worked on those cars back then. They all went the extra mile to make things like that happen. So, when I think about that, it just takes the respect level that I already have for all that they did with what they had back then, and makes it even greater." - Chase Elliott

"It’s cool to get to race some more in the No. 14 and, this weekend, to share it with Tony is going to be great for me. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. I’m very excited. Talladega is a track that I’ve been going to for a very long time. I remember watching races there as a kid. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to race. I love superspeedway racing and have had some success there in other series, but I’ve always wanted to run in a Sprint Cup race there

"[The goal for Sunday is] easy. We want to win. Tony’s going to start and then get out of the car at some point and I’ll get in. You can make up a lot of ground quickly at Talladega, so I’m not worried about being behind. Of course, I want to get as much experience as I can and learn as much as I can but, at the end of the day, we’ll be trying to win the race just like everyone else." - Ty Dillon

"After seeing the speed in our Fords at Daytona, I’m really looking forward to racing at Talladega this weekend. The last couple of weeks have been frustrating because our finishes definitely don’t reflect how we’ve ran for a majority of the race. Anything can happen at Talladega so hopefully we can keep our Fifth Third Ford damage free and be there at the end to contend for the win." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.




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Tony Stewart says he is still unsure why NASCAR fined him

Tony Stewart praises the Sprint Cup Drivers Council for its unified support of him and talks about the growth of that group.

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2011 Finish at Talladega


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Five drivers to watch at Talladega Superspeedway

Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports drivers top the list.

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Logano looking for his first win of season at Talladega

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 Brad Keselowski Racing Announces May Driver Lineup

Thursday, Brad Keselowski Racing announced the return of two racers to the fold.  Austin Cindric will drive the No. 2 Ford at Dover while Austin Theriault will drive at Charlotte.  Read more

JJ Yeley Replaces David Starr at TriStar Motorsports

TriStar Motorsports announced Wednesday that David Starr has been released from his No. 44 ride in the XFINITY Series, effective immediately.  JJ Yeley will slide over from the No. 14 to replace him. Starr, 48, had failed to earn a top-15 finish with the team in his first seven starts of 2016. He was replaced by Yeley due to "illness" prior to last weekend at Richmond; Yeley promptly scored the best finish of the season for the No. 44 team (12th). Read more

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Potts on NASCAR Reversing Itself and Barber Park
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

Well, it looks like the question I asked in my last paragraph last week was answered rather quickly. NASCAR indeed had second thoughts about their new policy on lug nuts.

Of course, this change of heart occurred after Tony Stewart raked them over the coals about it and they saw fit to fine him $35,000. Does their change in policy mean he doesn’t have to pay the fine? I’m sure it doesn’t.

The Driver's Council voted to pay the fine for him but Smoke has since said he didn’t want them to do that, asking NASCAR to give the $35K to charity instead. Word is that it will go to Autism Delaware; I guess Tony intends to pay the "donation" himself. Let’s see, that would be 3,500,000 pennies, right? Sounds like something Tony would do, but I think they’ve instituted a rule against paying your fine in pennies since Rusty Wallace had 500,000 pennies delivered to them several years ago.

I keep wondering what all this sudden crawfishing on NASCAR’s part means – “Hey, Tony, you were right, but we still don’t like you telling us we’re wrong.”

Don’t expect that to happen.

Kind of reminds me of an incident back in the early 1950s. I was still a teenager and I heard the information from a pretty good source (someone close to the officials) during a sprint car race at Salem.

This incident was before AAA dropped race sanctioning (after the 1955 season). Seems Troy Ruttman was suspended the week before by their Contest Board for calling AAA “…a son of a b***h organization.”

I noticed Troy was there with his car, and was practicing, so I asked my source what happened. This was before I knew anything about an appeals process.

“Well,” he said, “They called him in and asked him if he really said it, and he admitted that he had. They lifted the suspension, they said, because he told the truth.”

I walked away wondering if he’d told the truth by admitting he said it, or by saying it in the first place.

Paying due diligence by paying attention to the IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday I was interested in the problems Simon Pagenaud had getting around Conor Daly. The jam-up allowed Graham Rahal to gain ground on Pagenaud and quickly make a race of it.

Daly was the last car on the lead lap and was doing his best to not get lapped. It’s my understanding that the “layover” flag is merely advisory if the car it’s being shown to is still on the lead lap, but that car is obligated to move over if he or she is a lap down.

I had to get a kick out of Pagenaud’s comment later in the week that maybe IndyCar should take a look at NASCAR’s “Lucky Dog” rule for cases like this one.

As it turned out, Rahal got close enough to challenge, actually taking the lead after bumping Pagenaud approaching Turn 8, sending the leader off course. Rahal kept his car fairly straight and took over the top spot. Pagenaud said Rahal initiated the contact; Rahal said Pagenaud blocked him.

The three-man group of stewards saw it as hard competition with the race on the line and less than ten laps left.

Rahal said, “That’s racing.”

Pagenaud commented, “He gave me a good piece of driving. It was amazing from him, and I have to put my hat off for that.” 
He later added, “That was a late pass, not a corner where you can pass. I went off but in the end it made me really upset. I have to say I said I was going to pass him back, and that’s what we did.”

Pagenaud got the lead back after drawing alongside Rahal as they were in Turn 5 and they came up on Jack Hawksworth, who was at that point the last car on the lead lap. Already driving a mishandling car because the right side of his front wing had been damaged, Rahal apparently misjudged the slower car and broke off the left side.

As you can imagine, this made his car even more squirrelly with virtually no front downforce. As uncontrollable as it was, Rahal still hung on to finish second.

Personally, I thought it was great entertainment.

The next race on the schedule is also a road race, held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 14.

I can hardly wait.

Speaking of entertainment, I did manage to catch a replay of Carl Edwards’ “bump and run” on Kyle Busch on the last lap of the Sprint Cup race at Richmond Sunday.

Carl said later he would have expected the same kind of move from Kyle if the positions had been reversed. Kyle wouldn’t even discuss it.

The next race on the schedule is Talladega. Don’t expect any recriminations there. As a matter of fact, I suspect owner Joe Gibbs has already had long talks with both drivers.

This one also reminded me of a past incident… 
I was announcing at I-75 Speedway near Mt. Vernon, Ky. back in 2002 and there was a great race going on in the Late Model feature between Robbie Brown of Corbin, a local favorite, and the late Chris Harmon of Louisville, an old friend of mine.

Coming off Turn 4 on the last lap, Chris nudged Robbie just enough to get him out of the way. At the time it happened, knowing Chris, I was surprised that he would want to win that way, but he proved I was right about him. He backed off, let Robbie regain control, and accepted second place.

I explained to the crowd that he just wasn’t that kind of driver.

He told me later, “I didn’t want to win it that way, but I wanted him to know I could have.”


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Stewart to pay fine, give council money to charity

Tony Stewart will pay his $35,000 fine for comments that denigrate the sport out of his own pocket after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Council had said it would give him the money.



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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s crew chief suspended; NASCAR warns Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart teams

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  First-time winners at Talladega don’t happen often

Since the introduction of restrictor plates, first-time winners have visited Victory Lane at Talladega just four times.

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Tony Stewart will exit Sunday's race at Talladega at the first caution, but if relief driver Ty Dillon wins, Stewart can use that victory to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.



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Entry List: GEICO 500

Monday, NASCAR put out the entry list for Sunday's GEICO 500.  41 cars are fighting for 40 spots which means one of the "open" teams entered will get sent home. Michael Waltrip and David Gilliland, both of whom have not attempted a race since Daytona, will look to make a start.  Gilliland is in the No. 35 for Front Row Motorsports while Waltrip is in the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports. Waltrip's effort is expected to be sponsored by Maxwell House. Read more

Entry List: Sparks Energy 300

The entry list for Saturday's XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 is out.  43 cars are entered with some driver changes.  Joey Logano is back in the Team Penske No. 22 while Brandon McReynolds will make his XFINITY Series debut in the JGL Racing No. 24.  Read more

Overnight Ratings Decline Slightly for Richmond

Despite the excellent competition NASCAR's audience decline continued at Richmond. Overnight TV ratings for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 were down six percent from last year.  Read more

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Does a Bump and Run Make an Awesome NASCAR Race?
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

The bump and run. It just doesn't get old. It doesn't much matter if I'm watching street stocks or the Sprint Cup drivers duke it out; a last corner pass using the chrome horn is possibly one of the best moves in auto racing.  My enthusiasm for the ending of Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 has little to do with the pair of combatants as we beat up on Kyle Busch and pondered Edwards' return to success last week.  No, the shock of joy I experienced had everything to do with what is good on a paved oval.

If we just set aside the whole Gibbs Glory thing, ignoring the fact that between the Nos. 18 and 19 cars they led 229 out of 400 laps, it is so satisfying to just sit back and savor a fantastic finish.  Who was destined to take the checkers paled beside the fact that a driver hoped he had the car to beat out the leader and then used all his talent to do it.  Hunger, focus, determination, and the crumple factor of sheet metal all combined into that perfect moment.  Can we do it again?

Like children, we yearn for the return of oversized elves dressed in red suits.  And it seems like 2016 is the year of great finishes. These classic battles will combine into one heck of a highlight reel in November.  But is it enough?  Is five seconds of guttural thrills enough to keep us tuning in each and every week?  From what I've been observing of gleaming, empty, aluminum grandstands on the television, passing excitement does not turn into a fan base that is materially invested in their sport.

I heard one of those annoying and uninformative stats on the radio this week.  The average American adult now has an average attention span of about eight seconds.  Well, that was about how long the Edwards and Busch contest lasted.  So, it was enough to make SportsCenter and possibly your nightly news YouTube clip.  We might grant the battle another minute of discussion around the water cooler during the week.  And as quickly as it came -- the thrill is gone.

We're left with six more days of predictable, un-life-altering moments; a week of groceries, gas stations, Little League games, and primetime television.  As soon as we've dismissed the giddy popping of the champagne bottles in victory lane we are already keying in on what will be coming our way next Sunday.

When you put it that way, perhaps Cousin Carl and Rowdy's rumble in Richmond is exactly what a NASCAR fan needs.  The mere thought that when we take the checkered flag in Talladega this upcoming Sunday, it might be one more chance for our steel gladiators to dazzle us with a few moments of glee and couch-thumping entertainment. That ending, those passes might be just enough to turn the ordinary time we spend in line at the post office into moments of hearty anticipation.

We look behind and agree -- Carl Edwards gave us one heck of a finish.  We look ahead...maybe Talladega will bring us another show worthy of impelling us forward for yet another week.

Was that bump and run enough?  You know... I think it is.

Something Shiny

It wasn't so much of something new as the return of something we've missed.  Tony Stewart was fined $35,000 by NASCAR this past week for daring to speak up against the establishment in favor of driver safety, specifically that missing lug nuts will become a hazard sooner or later.  It was equally refreshing to see the Drivers' Council stand up and pay the fine for Tony, sending a message of solidarity and support to the men in Daytona. It's important to keep the lines of communication open.  It's even more important that NASCAR realizes that money will not always get you what you want -- silence.  Now, we have new lug nut rules.  I suppose it was money well spent for Stewart.

Numbers Game: Toyota Owners 400

by Tom Bowles

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Laps led by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Richmond, historically one of his better tracks on the circuit. Earnhardt has led just twice in nine races so far this season.

1

Lap led by Denny Hamlin Sunday at one of his hometown tracks. Hamlin has two career victories at Richmond but has led just 15 laps in his last six starts at the short track, finishing no better than sixth.

2

Victories by Carl Edwards this season. It's the fourth straight year he's visited Sprint Cup victory lane twice.

4

Straight victories by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas on the Cup circuit. They've won five of nine races so far this season.

101

Points behind 30th place in the point standings for Tony Stewart. Stewart, 19th in his first race back from injury must be inside the top 30 and score a win to be eligible for NASCAR's postseason Chase.

11

Races missed by Kyle Busch last season before charging back inside the top 30 in points. Stewart, by comparison has missed only eight.

38.5

Average finish of rookie Ryan Ellis in his first two Sprint Cup starts. He made his 2016 debut Sunday for BK Racing, running 37th in a third entry sponsored by ScienceLogic. 

157

Green-flag laps to start the race at Richmond Sunday. It's the furthest the race has run without an opening caution since 1979.

9

Races without a top-10 finish this season for Greg Biffle, 14th on Sunday. It's the longest he's gone without a top-10 finish to start the season in his Cup career (which began in 2003).

40
Cars running at the finish at Richmond. It's the second time this season (Atlanta) all cars were running at the end of the race. Not a single car wound up behind the wall in this event; 40th-place Reed Sorenson finished ten laps down in 40th place.


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Upon Further Review: Richmond

Will teamwork suffer at Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend at Talladega after what happened on the last lap at Richmond?

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Xfinity Series entry list for Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega

Stewart, Elliott, Edwards, Almirola to test Wednesday at Indianapolis

Newman: 4-race, track type top-15 streak

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Casey Mears: 7 for 11 in recent plate races

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Watch Johnson, Earnhardt at Talladega

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Chasing the Chase: Consecutive Wins Give Edwards the Advantage
by Phil Allaway

Carl Edwards' bump 'n' run on teammate Kyle Busch coming to the finish not only gave him back-to-back wins; it gave him back-to-back maximum points hauls and the points lead for the first time this season.  His advantage is seven over Kevin Harvick, who led 63 laps but had a car better suited for long runs.  He didn't get them late and ended up finishing fifth.  Jimmie Johnson maintains the third spot in the standings after running third and leading 44 laps.  Kyle Busch may have been upset that he was the recipient of that Edwards bump, but his second-place result allowed him to move up one place in the standings to fourth.

Joey Logano had a miserable early part of the race due to Team Penske setting up the No. 22 for short runs, then getting burned with a 150+ lap run that put him a lap down.  After getting the Lucky Dog, Logano ran back up through the field to secure an eighth-place result.  It still cost Logano a spot in points, though.  Kurt Busch is up one place to sixth in the standings but he was likely disappointed with his tenth-place finish. Busch was leading prior to the final stops, lost spots, then got swamped on the restart.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. faded late to 13th place, dropping to seventh in points as a result.

Denny Hamlin is eighth, 20 points behind Earnhardt Jr. with Brad Keselowski close in tow.  Martin Truex, Jr. rounds out the top 10.  Further back, rookie Chase Elliott moved into a tie for 11th in points after finishing 12th.  He's tied with Austin Dillon, who finished 20th after an unscheduled pit stop.  Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the current Chase field.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Carl Edwards 331, 2) Kevin Harvick -7, 3) Jimmie Johnson -21, 4)Kyle Busch -29, 5) Joey Logano -32, 6) Kurt Busch. -52, 7) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -53, 8) Denny Hamlin -73, 9) Brad Keselowski -76, 10) Martin Truex, Jr. -85, t-11) Chase Elliott -97, t-11) Austin Dillon -97, 13) Jamie McMurray -107, 14) Kasey Kahne -109, 15) Matt Kenseth -119, 16) Ryan Newman -126.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Richmond)

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 was brought to you by the letter "W," for Wide Spaces.  While the race itself came down to the closest of quarters, that wasn't the case for much of the race.  The groove widened out to a level never seen at Richmond since the track was reconfigured in 1988.  The racing was interesting in that the passing occurred wherever you could.  Inside passes and outside passes were used all day long.   - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Toyota Owners 400

compiled by Phil Allaway
"Well, yeah, it was a huge question. Kyle [Busch is] an amazing teammate and it’s like he got really slow there at the end. Something happened that last lap. It was like his rear tires went off or something. He went down into (turn) 1 and I dove it in and I got to him and I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got something.’ And he went to get down to the bottom and park it in three and four and I had already decided to go down there so I thought, ‘Man, I’m going to give him a little nudge,’ and we both have got wins and we’re racing for fun getting these trophies and just an awesome day. I cannot thank XFINITY enough. I hope folks are watching with the X1. It’s a revolutionary way to watch TV. Man, I didn’t think we had anything. Kyle was so good there for that run. I was doing everything I could. He never spun his tires and if Dave (Rogers, crew chief) hadn’t screamed at me to just go get him that last lap I don’t know if I would’ve dove it in there that well. Just a team effort. I can’t think ARRIS and Toyota enough. It’s a great day for Toyota. They’ve done so much for me. Just everybody – Comcast, XFINITY all of these guys. And, all of the fans. It’s an afternoon race which made it a lot of fun to drive and a bunch of families here. Just very cool. Subway, too – it’s a big win for us." - Carl Edwards, race winner

"It was just racing, I guess. We had a great car. The Banfield Pet Hospital Camry was really good today. We were fast. Maybe not as good as Carl (Edwards) was on the long run but we did everything right. We did everything we were supposed to do and put ourselves in the right position. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) made some awesome adjustments to this car. We lost it there the second to last run and were fading a little bit but the guys gave me an awesome pit stop, got me track position and got us out front and we had a shot to win so that’s all that matters.” -Kyle Busch, finished second

"Yeah, it was. I think this tire was perfect for what we’ve been asking for. We had multiple lanes that laid the rubber in the racetrack and we didn’t have all those marbles build up on the outside, where it really limited your opportunities up high. It was fun. The cars were slipping and sliding; there was a ton of falloff. I enjoyed the long runs. I really like sizing-up guys that I’m racing with and seeing how that works out. And then, at the end we had a bunch of short runs. Thankfully, we got our Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet tuned-up at the end. We kind of lost our way in the middle part of the race, but we had good pit stops and some great adjustments at the end got us into the top 3." - Jimmie Johnson, finished third

"Yeah, it definitely is. The Mountain Dew Chevrolet was great the whole race. The pit stops were awesome and just the communication with Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and the team all weekend long; it was the same as last week and the same as the weekend before in Texas. It’s been solid and we’re heading in the right direction. It’s been really nice. We got a good restart there at the end. I had pretty good starts all day. I screwed one up and other than that, we had good restarts. It feels good.” - Kasey Kahne, finished fourth

"We started really loose to start the race and got into the wall there and we had to make some more adjustments after I self-adjusted it (laughs). And then, we had a couple of really good runs there in the middle of the race. As we started adjusting on it, we never could get the rear drive to go along with the turns. It’s kind of a balance of where the turn is good enough and you can still manage the drive, but everybody tried everything we could. We threw a lot at it and just never could find that magic balance for the car that we had there in the middle of the race.” - Kevin Harvick, finished fifth

"It was difficult. Definitely, the track was really slick. As you could see, the line was all over the racetrack. So, fun race. The tire did a good job holding up there and had a good fall off. Proud of the whole FedEx Ground team. We fought back from the pit road penalty and good for our teammates there one-two and we were just right there behind them.” - Denny Hamlin, finished sixth

"I needed to find a different lane. Every lane I found didn’t work. At the end, it started to and I felt like maybe a couple of more restarts and good pit stops we could have track positioned ourselves to be closer to the front and maybe squeak out a top 5 at the end. Taking a car from being the 35th-place car to a top-5 car throughout a race is quite impressive for what my team was able to do today. It was great teamwork. Everyone kept working hard and those are great opportunities to implode internally as a race team and completely throw away a whole race and start yelling and screaming at each other but there was not one moment of that today from my team. Everyone was very methodical about the changes and we tried things that didn’t work so we went the other way and it started to work for us. I am proud of the effort from my team today. We need to make the cars a little faster, but I am proud of the effort.” - Joey Logano, finished eighth
 
"We got tight at the end.  I don’t know … we couldn’t keep our track position.  The car wasn’t turning in the middle.  I didn’t like restarting on the bottom; that hurt me a little bit.  We just couldn’t get the car to turn at the end.  The last two runs were real tight.  I’m not sure exactly what we should have done to the chassis, but we certainly didn’t keep up with the track there.  We did a good job all day long.  Greg (Ives, crew chief) was giving me some good adjustments to get the car better.  We weren’t that good at the start of the race.  We kind of finished where we started.  The car was about as good at the end of the race as it was at the beginning.  Right in the middle there we had it handling pretty well.  All of those debris cautions hurt us.  We didn’t have good short run speed.  We needed the long runs and didn’t really need that.  Those last several cautions kind of tightened the track up on me a little bit.  I just wish it would have gone green, but it didn’t." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished 13th
 
"How much fun I had in it (laughs). This place is so cool anyway. It’s always been my favorite racetrack. Like we predicted, a day race we’d be all over the racetrack. That’s what made it fun. The drivers got to dictate it today as far as.  You weren’t just stuck in one line. You had the ability to move around and change lines. We got in a spot there with a group of five cars racing for position once and it was fun because the five of us totally ran the track totally different. So, it made it a lot of fun. We got the lap down there. I got a lap down and almost drove back by and got my lap back. But Carl (Edwards) was strong. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to hang on long, but I was going to hold on as long as I could and hope we got a caution. It just seemed like we would get really close to being able to get that Lucky Dog spot back, and something would happen and we’d miss it by one. So, magic cautions coming out at wrong times for us. But it was fun. I had a good time and I’m looking forward to running the rest of this year with these guys." - Tony Stewart, finished 19th

"Yeah, the cars were all over the place. The bottom, middle and top. The top rolled pretty well at the beginning of the race when it was fresh. Then rubber got laid on it and it wasn’t very good. You could roll the middle pretty good. I was best in the middle. I couldn’t run the bottom at all. It looked like the leaders, the guys who won, ran the middle too. That is promising I guess. We can move around the racetrack a lot and I think Goodyear did a decent job with that and bringing a good tire for us. That was fun." - Ryan Blaney, finished 28th



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Opinion: Carl Edwards crew chief knows it's all about good, hard racing


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NASCAR to talk to teams about lug nut issue

NASCAR's Steve O'Donell tells SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that officials will begin talking to teams today about the matter.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/25/nascar-to-talk-to-teams-about-lug-nut-issue/


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Relentless Attitude And Team Effort Allows Martin Truex Jr. To Recover In Richmond

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Samantha Busch apologized for cursing on live TV


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Carl Edwards gets second-straight win

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Slip and slide

Carl Edwards completed a last-lap pass on teammate Kyle Busch to steal the checkered flag at Richmond in the Toyota Owners 400.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/24/carl-edwards-bumps-kyle-busch-on-last-lap-to-win-at-richmond/ 

What drivers said after Sprint Cup race at Richmond  

Carl Edwards assumes Sprint Cup points lead after second win in a row 

 Tony Stewart on Richmond: 'It's always been my favorite racetrack'

Kasey Kahne says good communication is to thank for 4th place finish


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Oreovicz: Carl Edwards delivers thrilling finish at Richmond

Carl Edwards provided the most thrilling finish ever seen at Richmond on Sunday. His teammate Kyle Busch wasn't nearly as thrilled after being bumped out of the lead in the final turn.


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Edwards pulls bump-and-run on Kyle Busch to grab Richmond win


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Carl Edwards bump-and-runs teammate Kyle Busch to gain win


Stewart says he won't hold tongue on safety concerns


Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick offer ray of hope to grieving friend


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No burnout after win? Dale Jr. explains


Purple reign: Champ Kyle Busch pays tribute to Prince


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Tony Stewart’s fellow drivers glad to see him back racing

Tony Stewart makes his first Sprint Cup start of the season today at Richmond.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/24/tony-stewarts-fellow-drivers-glad-to-see-him-back-racing/

Pit stall assignments for today’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Start time, lineup, TV info and more

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/24/todays-nascar-sprint-cup-race-at-richmond-start-time-lineup-tv-info-and-more-2/


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes own team to victory lane at Richmond

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Stewart revved up on eve of return to racing


Dale Jr.'s victory celebration? A banana-mayo sandwich, of course

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Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in Saturday's practice. Kevin Harvick is on the pole after qualifying was rained out Friday. What to expect Sunday afternoon at Richmond? The drivers are excited. 


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Xfinity win boosts Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s ego, confidence

Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to sweep the weekend at Richmond after Saturday's victory.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/23/xfinity-win-boosts-dale-earnhardt-jr-s-ego-confidence/


Brad Keselowski unplugged on sport’s direction

Former Sprint Cup champion discusses key decision facing sport and how it should be decided.

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Dale Jr. holds off Ty Dillon for XFINITY win at Richmond


Dale Jr. holds off Ty Dillon for XFINITY win at Richmond


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Brennan Poole sparks crash that collects Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones at Richmond

Hamlin, drivers excited for daytime racing at Richmond



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It's fitting -- and not unexpected -- that Tony Stewart spoke up on an issue that was a concern for many drivers during the week he is returning to the race car, writes Ricky Craven.

NASCAR DFS: Stars and bargains for Richmond

Matthew Willis breaks down the best NASCAR drivers to target in a variety of price tiers in DFS contests Sunday at Richmond.


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Jimmie Johnson tops final Richmond Cup practice 


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 Jones, Poole grab Dash 4 Cash spots


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 History on his side

Kurt Busch has had a lot of success at Richmond and his relationship with crew chief Tony Gibson could lead to even more trips to victory lane.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/23/kurt-busch-looks-for-more-richmond-success-glad-to-have-tony-back/

Drivers Council action shows group is evolving

Less than a year old, the Council is making an impact in the sport

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Today’s Xfinity race at Richmond: Start time, weather, radio and TV info

Today's Xfinity Series race will start with a pair of 35-lap heat races, followed by the 140-lap ToyotaCare 250 main event.

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 Allgaier tops Richmond XFINITY practice



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 Dash 4 Cash returns for second week at Richmond


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Sprint Cup Drivers Council delivers message to NASCAR on Tony Stewart fine

Denny Hamlin said: 'Sometimes you just want to say what you feel, and we feel you should able to do that at times.

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{ I wonder how long it will take for Brian France,and NASCAR to finally admit that they "have egg on their face" !

 Many kudo's to Tony Stewart for focusing on this matter , and to the Drivers Council for backing him up on this .

 This certainly is not " just my humble opinion"

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Can lightning strike twice?

DiBenedetto is coming off a career-best sixth-place finish at Bristol and is hoping to keep the momentum going on Sunday.

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Cole Whitt fails to make Toyota Owners 400

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Tony Stewart fine raises confusion

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Rain puts halt to activity at Richmond 


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Frontstretch Folio: Toyota Owners 400
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to Richmond for their second consecutive short track race.  Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 can be seen on FOX starting at 12:30 p.m. ET while the green flag will fly around 1:20.  It can be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

Last year, the race was scheduled to run Saturday night but was postponed to Sunday afternoon due to rain.  When the race was actually run, Kurt Busch dominated, leading 291 laps (including 127 of the last 128) on the way to victory.  Kevin Harvick was second followed by Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano.

All-time, Richard Petty is the winningest driver at Richmond with 13 career victories.  Three of those came when Richmond was a dirt track while the other ten were on the paved 0.542-mile Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway that was in place until 1988, including seven in a row from 1970-73.  Bobby Allison had seven wins while Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson and Rusty Wallace each had six.

Among active drivers, Kyle Busch has the most victories at Richmond with four.  Four others (Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson) have three wins each.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: .750-mile D-shaped oval, 400 laps (300 miles)
Banking: 14 degrees

Frontstretch: 1,290 feet, banked 8 degrees

Backstretch: 860 feet, banked 5 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 59,000
Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Opened: 1946

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Pre-Race Schedule:

Qualifying: Friday, April 15, 4:15 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Practice No. 2: Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. on FOX Sports 1

Say What?!

"I’m looking forward to getting back to Richmond. The surface is worn out and slick, so that makes it fun to drive. It’s a wide track and I think with the new tire we'll be able to pass and that’s always good for the racing. I really enjoy short-track racing in general and I think we’re going to have a good race. Then, in the XFINITY race, I’ll get to participate in the heat races, which will be pretty cool. It should be a good weekend and I think the fans will enjoy it." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

"I tend to like short tracks. I think they make for good passing and I’ve always enjoyed going to Richmond. I had fun racing IndyCars there. I liked driving the XFINITY car there, as well. We didn’t have the greatest results, but it was still fun... we are definitely going to be moving around a lot more at Richmond this weekend. I kind of think we’re going to be miserable some of the time. I mean, there are times where the tires fall off and you’re like, ‘Shoot me out here, it’s terrible.’ And I have a feeling we’re going to have a few ‘shoot me’ moments this weekend where it’s just going to be moving all around and it’s going to be a lot of work. But as long as we have the opportunity to pass, I mean, even if you’re slip-sliding around and it feels like crap and you’re passing somebody, it’s still fun." - Danica Patrick

"The daytime race will make it tough. The asphalt will really change temperature and it will change how the race plays out. I like the night races there, but I think it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. It’s another good short track. You’ve got to figure out how to manage tires, manage brakes, and be there at the end. The new downforce package probably won’t play as big of a role at Richmond. It’ll be there, and we’ll notice it getting into Turn 1 more than anywhere else. You’ll have the higher speed and trying to keep a solid arc on entry. So you might see it a little bit there, but for the most part it’s going to be typical short-track racing." - Chris Buescher


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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Richmond

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 Kevin Harvick tops rain-shortened practice at Richmond


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Tony Stewart fined, fellow-drivers want to pick up tab

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NASCAR: No comment for now on Tony Stewart fine, fallout


Where 2 Watch: NASCAR television schedule for Richmond


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Ryan: NASCAR v. Stewart is complicated mix of politics, policy and possibly personal

The $35,000 fine to the three-time champion isn't the first time NASCAR has sanctioned drivers for speaking their mind.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/04/21/ryan-nascar-v-stewart-is-complicated-mix-of-politics-policy-and-possibly-personal/

Sprint Cup drivers to watch at Richmond

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Richmond International Raceway

Qualification could be trouble for Sorenson

That placed him ahead of two drivers, but he started last at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Do not make any commitments until after time trials, but with a be... more

Carl Edwards has 2nd-most Draft Kings points

Edwards has been a similarly good value in most fantasy NASCAR games and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. He is the best place-and-hold driver in the field for now. more

Kyle Larson batting 0.500 for top-15s

Three of Larson’s four races in which he failed to crack the top 15 came as the result of crash damage, which suggests he will be a solid value as long as he stays out of trou... more

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Rookie wonder Elliott hopes to continue early success at Richmond

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