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(10/17/17 ) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

NASCAR America: Dale Jr. on father’s advice, racing in his shadow, Kelley’s influence (videos)

Dale Earnhardt Sr. gave more advice about life than racing to Dale Jr. while the latter was growing up. 

   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/17/nascar-america-dale-jr-on-fathers-advice-racing-in-his-shadow-videos/ 

NASCAR America: Dale Jr. and wife ‘giddy’ over baby due in May (video)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking forward to become a father for the first time.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Twitter Q&A
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spends part of his time with the NASCAR America crew answering questions from his fans.

Who will Dale Jr.'s fans root for next?
The crowd noise at Talladega noticeably increased when Chase Elliott took the lead, could he be a driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fans gravitate towards after his retirement?  Courtesy ESPN.com

 (http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/):

NASCAR won't issue any penalties from the Talladega weekend as all cars taken to its North Carolina tech center have passed inspection.

Courtesy The Frontstretch.com (https://www.frontstretch.com/): 

 TJ Majors to Spot for Joey Logano in 2018

 TJ Majors, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s longtime spotter, announced on an edition of the Dirty Mo Podcast Monday night that he's leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season for Team Penske.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Did the Five-Minute Clock Ruin Plate Racing?
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

This could be yet one more post-Talladega column that bemoans the high toll that the banks of the 2.66-mile superspeedway take on the field of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But that would simply be beating a dead horse. Perhaps we could look at this fiasco from a different direction.

Only fourteen cars took the checkers on Sunday evening after the typical high-speed demolition derby ripped up hoods, fenders, bumpers, tires, and our sense of anticipation. Was this high DNF rate because all cars were shredded beyond the ability to run?

No, not really. It was a direct result of the five-minute repair rule that NASCAR instituted for the 2017 season. If your car has to be towed back to the garage after a wreck, you're done. If you can't fix sheet metal damage with duct tape and determination earned in a 200 mph game of pinball, you're done. If your car needs a new... almost anything beyond an antenna for your radio, you are likely done.

Too many times, we have turned back this year to the good ol' days and wished for a little more excitement, competition, or a more varied menu on Sunday afternoons.  I admit to having a wistful thought of seeing at least one of those 26 cars pull some magic repair work out of their hats and log a top-10 finish, like the good ol' days. But it was not to be.

However, would allowing some of that shredded sheet metal back on the track actually serve any good?
It's debatable. The point of that controversial five-minute clock was to keep broken and beaten machines from shedding bits and bolts when they resumed racing with little more than a lick and prayer. Their early spot inside the garage was so that we could avoid an additional wreck caused by punctured brake lines or popped radiators.

Well, even with only 17 relatively intact cars running and just six laps to go, the pack was not finished running into walls, each other, and imaginary demons.  After two red flags and the majority of competitors packing up early, you would think we'd be able to enjoy the last 10 laps without unneeded drama.

In the end, we could say that due to the five-minute rule a few teams didn't get the opportunity to run one more lap and earn a point or two, but this rule did not affect the quality of racing at Talladega.  It is still home to the finest clusterduck of a race that we watch each and every year.

There is that saying about lipstick and pigs... I guess it applies.

SOMETHING SHINY

Junior Nation will be growing by one more according to the proud Papa's Instagram post. As reported above, Dale and Amy Earnhardt announced they are expecting a baby girl on Monday afternoon.  Congratulations!

Numbers Game: Alabama 500
by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led Sunday by Martin Truex Jr. at Talladega. It's the first time he's failed to lead a lap in a race since Bristol in August.

1
Career pole won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 35 career Talladega starts. Earnhardt is now eligible for the 2018 Clash but has said he will not participate in the Daytona exhibition in February.

2nd
Finishing position for Ryan Newman Sunday at Talladega. It's his best run in a Cup Series restrictor plate race of any kind since winning the 2008 Daytona 500.

2
Drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Matt DiBenedetto, who found themselves parked after NASCAR said their teams worked on their race car during red flag conditions. 

3rd
Finishing position Sunday for Trevor Bayne, his best run since finishing third at Daytona in July 2016.

4
Of 12 drivers in the NASCAR playoffs who finished Sunday's race. Only two, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, wound up on the lead lap.

9th
Finishing position for Gray Gaulding at Talladega, a career best. Gaulding also won Rookie of the Race for the first time in his Cup career.

11th
Finishing position for Ty Dillon Sunday, a career best for the rookie.

11
Cautions Sunday at Talladega, tying the all-time record set in 2004.

26
DNFs Sunday at Talladega, easily a season high and the most in NASCAR's playoff era (2004-present).

30
Lead changes Sunday at Talladega. That's tied for the fewest in the Fall race at the track since 1998.

59
Laps led Sunday by defending winner Joey Logano. It's the most laps led for him in any Cup race since Bristol in the spring.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Beside the Rising Tide: Temporary Unreal Permanent Insanity
by Matt McLaughlin
 
Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Perseveres Through Talladega Wreckfest
by Phil Allaway
 
Who's Hot & Who's Not In NASCAR: Talladega Demolition Derby Edition
by Jeff Wolfe
 
5 Points To Ponder: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short At Talladega
by Danny Peters
 
The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega... Sort Of
by Amy Henderson

Courtesy USA Today.com (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Beautiful photos from Dale Jr.'s last 'Dega race

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Dale Jr. credits sister for success of race team
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s focus remains on the Cup Series and he admits being hands off with JR Motorsports, crediting his sister Kelley with the team's success. 

  Dale Jr. was afraid of not meeting expectations
Dale Earnhardt Jr., a third-generation champion, discusses the fear he felt of having to race in his father's shadow.

How Dale Jr. celebrated his first Cup Series win
Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks back at his first Cup Series win and tells the story of being left at victory lane by his father, Dale Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. honors fans on farewell tour
Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses wanting to find success on the track deserving of the fan base he inherited from his father.  

NASCAR America: Dale Jr. ‘just wanted to have fun’ at Talladega (video)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits this past weekend at Talladega was very emotional for him.

 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!): 

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-standings-after-talladega-superspeedway-2/

NASCAR Cup: standings after Talladega Superspeedway

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-johnny-sauter-tests-spec-engine-at-talladega-superspeedway/

NASCAR Truck: Johnny Sauter tests spec engine at Talladega Superspeedway

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

William Byron tops Xfinity playoff grid to start second round

William Byron and his two JR Motorsports teammates lead the way into Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Courtesy ESPN.com

(http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/): 

A North Carolina jury ruled last week NASCAR driver Justin Boston owes Kyle Busch Motorsports $442,561 for breach of contract, according to court records. Boston drove 9 truck races for KBM in 2015, and KBM sued Boston, Boston's father and his father's company, Zloop, alleging $650,000 in missed payments to fund Boston's ride. Zloop eventually filed for bankruptcy, and Boston's father was indicted on fraud allegations, including using investor money to fund Justin's racing. As part of Zloop bankruptcy proceedings, KBM returned $462,500 of the $1.55 million it had received from the Bostons. KBM then went to trial to get that money from Justin. Justin's attorney said an appeal is being considered.

 

Special skills evident in Brad Keselowski at Talladega

Sunday's race helped prove to Ricky Craven why Talladega is in the right spot in the playoffs. And as the laps wound down on Dale Earnhardt Jr. at his best track, it is evident Brad Keselowski will be the restrictor-plate king going forward. 

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21052116/nascar-special-skills-evident-brad-keselowski-talladega

Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/):

Kansas, here we come .

Is Ryan Blaney among the favorites? Find out as we rank the playoff drivers 

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1556/power-rankings-talladega-to-kansas#/0

 Full weekend schedule for Kansas

NASCAR TV schedule week of Oct. 16-22    

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Martin Truex Jr., Sherry Pollex receive National Motorsports Press Association Spirit Award
The couple was recognized for their campaign to raise awareness for ovarian and childhood cancer.

Carl Edwards to receive Stan Musial Award for sportsmanship

Edwards will be honored for his sportsmanship displayed in last year's NASCAR Cup season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bump & Run: Who makes the cut at Kansas, who doesn’t?

The panel also debates where should Talladega be in the playoffs ... if even in the playoffs. 

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/17/bump-run-who-makes-the-cut-at-kansas-who-doesnt/


Preliminary entry lists for Kansas Speedway
There are 41 cars entered into both the Cup and Xfinity races

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !):

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-teams-may-have-standard-pit-guns-in-2018/

NASCAR Cup: teams may have standard pit guns in 2018

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette (http://MotorSportsNews.Net  )

(Thanks Heather !):

Catchfence

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NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine: Day 1 In The Books
50th Snowball Derby returns to traditional pit stop format
Public invited to NASCAR team testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway October 24
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If the next round of the NASCAR Playoffs started next week, Kyle Busch, the man who tore through the second half of the 2017 regular season and ...
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While other teams carried on with the traditional exercises of practice, the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers along with Martin Truex Jr., lined up in a ...
ESPN
Two people with knowledge of the situation told JeffGluck.com on Monday that NASCAR is planning to move to a standard pit gun - manufactured by ...

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The 26-year-old racecar driver entered Israeli motorsport history last weekend when he clinched the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in ...
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The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and the NASCAR Foundation will host the charity sale of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Edition on Thursday ...
Autobody News
Racing legend Richard Petty is a seven-time NASCAR champion with 200 wins. Now, at age 80, he is one of the most respected and well-known ...
The Final Word – If they weren’t racing, they were wrecking at Talladega
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Talladega
New Plate Racing Masters Emerge at Talladega
Good Finish, Great Weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

 Landon Cassill, wife Katie welcome baby girl

Landon Cassill announced the birth of his daughter Tuesday morning.

 NASCAR America: Changing of the guard in NASCAR already underway (video)      

The changing of the guard in NASCAR is underway, and Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott are leading the charge. 

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/17/nascar-america-changing-of-the-guard-in-nascar-already-underway-video/

NASCAR America: Don’t count out Kyle Busch at Kansas (video)
Kyle Busch advances to the Round of 8, according to NASCAR America's Nate Ryan, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty.

NASCAR America: What Talladega win meant to Yates family (video)
Doug Yates believes his father was smiling after Brad Keselowski won Sunday at Talladega

NASCAR AMERICA: How working radio, Joey Logano helped Keselowski win at Talladega
Radio communications and Joey Logano played big parts in Brad Keselowski's win at Talladega.

NASCAR America: Talladega brings Dale Jr. retirement into focus (video)
The reality of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is starting to really be felt by both himself and his fans.

 4 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!!!):  

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-jeffrey-earnhardt-stays-with-circle-sport-tmg-in-2018/

NASCAR Cup: Jeffrey Earnhardt stays with Circle Sport-TMG in 2018

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-dale-jr-s-spotter-moves-to-team-penske/

NASCAR Cup: Dale Jr.'s spotter moves to team Penske

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-leavine-family-racing-dumps-todd-parrott/

NASCAR Cup: Leavine Family Racing dumps Todd Parrott

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-dale-earnhardt-jr-gets-a-piece-of-family-history/

NASCAR Cup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a piece of family history

Amanda Vincent


Recent News

(10/16/17 ) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Keselowski understands how to position himself

The NASCAR America crew discusses Brad Keselowski's victory at Talladega and explain how Joey Logano helped Keselowski get back into victory lane.  

Dale Jr. puts on one last show at Talladega
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he had an awesome weekend at Talladega and discussed what it felt like to drive his father's old car around the track.

Dale Jr. humbled with weekend at Talladega
Now that we're entering the final stretch of the 2017 season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is beginning to realize that his time behind the wheel is almost up.  

Courtesy The Frontstretch.com (https://www.frontstretch.com/): 

Gray Gaulding Blown Away by First Top-10 Finish at Talladega 

While Sunday was a terrible day for most at Talladega, it was a career day for Gray Gaulding. The 19-year old brought his No. 83 Toyota home in ninth.  Read more

Vinnie Miller Survives Chaos to Earn Top 10 in Truck Series Debut 

 Lost in the playoff cutoff discussion was the fact that Vinnie Miller, making his series debut for Bolen Motorsports, scored a solid seventh-place finish on Saturday.  Read more

Brad Keselowski Simply Survives for Talladega Victory

Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the final lap to win a wreck-strewn Alabama 500.  Newman was second, followed by Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola.  Only 14 of the 40 starters finished the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with just a dozen cars winding up on the lead lap.  Read more
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bids Farewell to Talladega With Powerful Drive

Sunday was Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final race at Talladega, and by all measures, it was decent.  Earnhardt Jr. led laps, didn't get eliminated in any of the big wrecks and finished seventh.  Read more

Playoff Check: Martin Truex Jr. Escapes Talladega With Shrunken Lead
by Phil Allaway
 
On Sunday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff contenders were eviscerated by big wrecks.  Only four of the 12 contenders finished the 500-mile race.  Martin Truex Jr. was wrapped up in the "Big One" and finished 23rd.  However, his Charlotte win means the No. 78 team has nothing to worry about at Kansas. They're locked into the Round of 8.

Behind him sits Talladega race winner Brad Keselowski.  Not only did that lock him into the Round of 8, but it boosted Keselowski from 10th to second in points. 

With so many others eliminated, just finishing benefited you greatly in the standings.  Kyle Larson dropped from second to third after finishing 13th on Sunday.  Despite finishing all the laps, NASCAR docked him a lap for failing to reach minimum speed.
 
Kevin Harvick was collected in two wrecks on Sunday, but still managed a 20th-place result.  That was enough for him to gain points on Truex, but he dropped from third to fourth. 

Denny Hamlin's reward for making it to the end unscathed was maintaining the fifth spot in the standings.  He failed to gain a spot in points, but gained 18 on Truex.  Chase Elliott is down two places to sixth after crashing out in the final 10 laps.
 
Ryan Blaney gained four places despite crashing out on Sunday.  Winning stage No. 2 really helped his playoff chances; now, he's on the right side of the cutline.  Jimmie Johnson dropped one place to eighth after being parked by NASCAR following the "Big One."  Kyle Busch getting caught up in that same wreck means he's now seven points behind Johnson for the last spot in the Round of 8.
 
Matt Kenseth finished Sunday's race a lap down in 14th, the last car running.  He actually lost a spot and is now eight points out of eighth in 10th spot.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gained one spot and is now 11th; however, a late-race wreck likely doomed his chances of advancing. 

Sitting 12th is Jamie McMurray. His early crash means Kansas is a must-win situation for him.
 
Round of 12 Point Standings: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 3120, 2) Brad Keselowski -19, 3) Kyle Larson -24, 4) Kevin Harvick -31, 5) Denny Hamlin -32, 6) Chase Elliott -33, 7) Ryan Blaney -44, 8) Jimmie Johnson -46, 9) Kyle Busch -53, 10) Matt Kenseth -54, 11) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -68, 12) Jamie McMurray -75.

Bold: Advanced
 
Note: In the playoffs, ties are broken by performance in that round only.
 
Eliminated Contenders: 13) Kasey Kahne 2104, 14) Ryan Newman -1, 15) Austin Dillon -5, 16) Kurt Busch -15.
 
Best of the Rest: 17) Joey Logano 794, 18) Clint Bowyer -19, 19) Erik Jones -45, 20) Daniel Suarez -86, 21) Trevor Bayne -210, 22) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -223, 23) Paul Menard -262.
 
Regular Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 12402) Kyle Larson -101, 3) Kyle Busch -136, 4) Kevin Harvick -197, 5) Brad Keselowski -239, 6) Denny Hamlin -265, 7) Chase Elliott -282, 8) Matt Kenseth -319, 9) Jamie McMurray -361, 10) Jimmie Johnson -402, 11) Joey Logano -446, 12) Ryan Blaney -448, 13) Clint Bowyer -465, 14) Erik Jones -491, 15) Kurt Busch -495, 16) Ryan Newman -502.
 
Outside the top-16, but still in Playoff Position: 18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -585.
 
Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 64, 2) Kyle Busch -23, 3) Kyle Larson -30, 4) Brad Keselowski -38, t-5) Jimmie Johnson -47, t-5) Kevin Harvick -47, 7) Denny Hamlin -51, 8) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -54, 9) Ryan Blaney -55, 10) Chase Elliott -57, 11) Matt Kenseth -59, 12) Jamie McMurray -61.
 
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 953, 2) Kyle Larson -40, 3) Denny Hamlin -54, 4) Kyle Busch -57, 5) Kevin Harvick -65, 6) Chase Elliott -96, 7) Brad Keselowski -122, 8) Jamie McMurray -138, 9) Matt Kenseth -156, 10) Daniel Suarez -180, 11) Ryan Newman -182, 12) Joey Logano -184, 13) Clint Bowyer -187, 14) Jimmie Johnson -190, 15) Kurt Busch -217, 16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -233.
 
Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona-1), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville, Talladega-2), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland, Charlotte-2), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2, Richmond-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover-1), Joey Logano (Richmond-1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega-1, Daytona-2), Austin Dillon (Charlotte-1), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1), Kevin Harvick (Sonoma), Denny Hamlin (Loudon-1, Darlington), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2, Loudon-2, Dover-2)

Note: Wins in italics are encumbered and do not count towards Playoff eligibility.

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Alabama 500 was brought to you by the letter "D" for Damaged Vehicle Policy.  The race turned into what I feared would happen with the implementation of this rule at the beginning of the season.  You had a race with just 14 finishers, a season low while almost all of the other 26 were knocked out due to crashes.  - Phil Allaway

  Quotes to Remember: Alabama 500
compiled by Phil Allaway
 
"Yeah, of course it’s a special day any day you can win, but to win at Talladega for the fifth time is something I was never sure I’d ever have the opportunity to do. Just winning here once felt pretty incredible, and it’s hard to believe that was eight‑some years ago. To win here again, it still feels pretty darned good. It doesn’t feel much different. I’m a little older now, but yeah, you never know when your first or last win could be, and I want to of course soak this one up and be thankful for it, and of course there’s a lot of carnage and other things that we were able to survive that give me good reason to be thankful, as well.
 
"I think we made it through three big wrecks, and the races here at Talladega in the spring and both Daytonas, we got caught up in all the "Big Ones." This one, we made it through all the "Big Ones." I thought we were probably pretty strong at those other races and didn’t have the luck. Today, we had the luck that we needed, and then we were able to execute at the end with the moves on the last two or three laps. Just really, really special win to be able to put it all together at the end." - Brad Keselowski, race winner
 
"I don't know that it was a good kind of crazy, but that’s the problem we are in. Proud of the guys on this Caterpillar Chevrolet with RCR and ECR to do what we did. We tried to play it smart and in the end we were close, but not close enough. I got double-teamed with the No. 2 and the No. 22 (Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano). That was the difference.

"We held them off longer than I expected. I couldn’t tell how much nose damage I had and I hadn’t led all day, so I didn’t know what to expect. I saw the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski) car in the mirror backing up and then he lost his draft and then he backed up again and he caught the No. 22 (Joey Logano). That was all it took for him to get a good run. I would have maybe played it differently and backed it up in hindsight, backed up to them in hindsight, but I don’t think it would have made a difference. They were double-teaming me and it was still a good race to finish second with the Caterpillar Chevrolet." - Ryan Newman, finished second
 
"I maybe should’ve pushed the 31 (Ryan Newman) a little bit longer. I tried to pass him in a different spot, yeah just a flick shy of clearing him there and I knew if I could clear him then the runs were going to be very small because there were very few cars out there. I did what I wanted to do. I pushed him out there to the lead, stayed attached and then made a move, but I just didn’t do a very good job there those last two laps." - Denny Hamlin, finished sixth
 
"That was just luck being in the right place at the right time and not getting swept up in any of those wrecks. We had one there that knocked the splitter down really bad on the right front and that is why we couldn’t do anything at the end. The car was just dragging the ground and wouldn’t go, wouldn’t take off, so it was a little wounded out there at the end. Still got a decent finish and came out of here in one piece.

"The splitter on the right front was about an inch and a half low. When I’d go in the corner, my splitter would just get tight and slow. I couldn’t really push anybody or get any runs going. And nobody wanted to push me because they could see I was struggling a little bit. So, nobody wanted to go with us. But we got lucky and missed a lot of wrecks there. Man, it’s real hard to get up there to keep that track position. It’s a real challenge. These plate races get harder and harder to win. Congratulations to Brad (Keselowski, race winner). His race car there has got that cheers to Dale Jr. on it, and that’s pretty cool. It was nice of him to do. So, I was pulling for a lot of them out there if we couldn’t win it. There were a lot of friends out there. But man, it would have been nice. I thought I was going to be OK. We got going on that restart and I went down into (Turn) 1 and it was hitting on that splitter and we could get shoved from behind and weren’t going anywhere. They were just flying by us. There was just nothing we could do." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished seventh
 
"Well, I tried to get into a hole that was closing up at the wrong time and by the time that I got in the brakes trying to get out of there I got in the No. 38 (David Ragan) a little bit on the right rear and he got squirrelly out there and all hell broke loose. Just was trying to get to the end and get some track position and try to get towards the front and have a good day and ended up causing a wreck, so I hate it for everybody. We definitely had nothing to lose today, but at the same time you don’t want to be the person that causes others problems. Even though I feel like I’ve never been that guy here before, it looks like today I was, so I hate it for all of those guys and all of their teams. I wish I didn’t make that mistake. Just 18 to go at Talladega, trying to get going and trying to fill a hole. Bad judgment and should have been more patient." - Martin Truex Jr., finished 23rd (crashed out)

"I'm OK.  It knocked the wind out of me for sure. But the thing I’m most concerned about is that there was a cue given to our spotter for our guys to start working on the car. We went out and made a lap and advanced quite a few spots as a result. Now, it looks like NASCAR is trying to take that away from us. Us and a few other cars heard the cue to allow the guys to start working when the red flag had finished but we didn’t get the cue on pit row. I’m still not clear on what all went on. I think we’re in a bad situation as a result. Hopefully, NASCAR can look at it and we can get this rectified." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 24th (crashed out)

"I’m fine. I just didn’t know where the heck the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) came from. With all of the headrests and all of that stuff I never saw him coming. I wish I would’ve obviously, I would’ve tried to dodge left and go to the apron and shoot down there. Looking at it, it looks like I could’ve missed it. Just never seen him coming, so unfortunately we got caught up in that mess. None of our own wrongdoing. I thought when I cleared the No. 38 (David Ragan) I was home free of it and then had another one come up from the left side. Just hate it for my guys and everything going on with what our situation was today. We’ll just have to go on and go to Kansas now." - Kyle Busch, finished 27th (crashed out)

"It was kind of hard to see from my view. I was behind the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) and he started checking up, he swerved off to the left and the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray) was sitting there really slow on the racetrack so I didn’t really have any choice. Unfortunately, I ran him over and kind of caused a chain reaction from there. It’s a bummer. We didn’t get to race today and I was hoping we’d just get a chance to go up and see what we had. It’s unfortunate, but those kind of things are going to happen here." - Erik Jones, finished 36th (crashed out)

"We wanted to pit a couple of laps earlier, and you’re somewhat dependent on the spotters to tell you when you’re going to pit. You assume everyone is working as a group. It was my fault. I assumed that they said the No. 18 was going to let me in, so I thought we were all going to pit. I didn’t even know where the No. 77 was. When I got on the brakes, I thought we were all coming to pit road as a group. I’ll take the blame for that. I just kind of assumed we were coming to pit road right there. Obviously, not everyone was." - Jamie McMurray, finished 37th (crashed out)
  

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
 
Thinkin' Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Spoils Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Farewell Party at Talladega
by Mike Neff
 
The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500
by Christian Koelle

Up to Speed: A Lucky Final Season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
by Bryan Gable

Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski & Parker Kligerman Victorious in Wild Weekend at Talladega
by the Frontstretch Staff
 
Tracking the Trucks: Parker Kligerman Scores 2nd Career Win at Talladega
by Beth Lunkenheimer

Courtesy NASCAR.com

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 Dale and Amy expecting . Dale Jr. and Amy Earnhardt announce their first child is on the way

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/16/dale-earnhardt-jr-and-amy-expecting-first-child/

Dale and Amy through the years

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/703/dale-earnhardt-jr.-amy-reimann-through-the-years#/0

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces he and wife Amy are expecting a girl

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/16/dale-earnhardt-jr-announces-he-and-wife-amy-are-expecting-a-girl/

T.J. Majors leaving Hendrick Motorsports as No. 88 spotter at season’s end

Alex Bowman announces his spotter with the No. 88 Cup team next year will be Kevin Hamlin.

Jimmie Johnson’s spotter takes blame for team working on car during red flag

Spotter Earl Barban told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: 'I’m crossing my fingers at Kansas that that one point doesn’t make a difference for us.'   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/16/jimmie-johnsons-spotter-takes-blame-for-team-working-on-car-during-red-flag/

Spotter Earl Barban told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: 'I’m crossing my fingers at Kansas that that one point doesn’t make a difference for us.'   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/16/jimmie-johnsons-spotter-takes-blame-for-team-working-on-car-during-red-flag/

Courtesy National Speed Sport News (https://speedsport.com/): 

Todd Parrott Out At Leavine Family Racing

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 The big shakeup.

Wild Talladega race muddles playoff picture; where drivers stand before Kansas cutoff   https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1554/how-talladega-shook-up-the-playoff-picture#/0

 Bruce: 'Dega takes toll on bubble  

  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/15/kenny-bruce-talladega-shakes-up-monster-energy-series-playoffs-kansas/                        


Who's hot, not after 'Dega 

 https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/15/nascar-playoffs-update-standings-talladega/

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Monday Rundown: A playoffs shakeup at Talladega

Jamie McMurray was the first playoffs driver to crash out at Talladega, but he figured he wouldn't be the last. Wrecks put him, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the outside looking in with one race left to make the semifinals. 

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21038030/nascar-crash-filled-talladega-shakes-playoffs

Brad Keselowski cashes in on must-win situation at Talladega

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21032749/nascar-brad-keselowski-cashes-win-situation-talladega

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5 takeaways from Talladega: Playoffs now clearer

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 Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s dramatic ride doesn’t end in victory, but he walked away

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'I’ve raced scared here before and you don’t do well when that happens, so you have to block it out and take the risks and hope it’s not your day to get in one of those accident.’

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/15/dale-earnhardt-jr-s-dramatic-ride-doesnt-end-in-victory-but-he-walked-away/  

 Ten of top 12 finishers at Talladega weren’t remaining playoff contenders

Newman, Hamlin and Logano all thought they should have won Sunday.  

Jimmie Johnson confused over NASCAR parking car after team worked on it during red flag
Jimmie Johnson finished 24th at Talladega after NASCAR ended his day

Kyle Busch leaves Talladega outside top eight in points after DNF
Kyle Busch finished outside the top 25 for the second straight race.

Ky. Busch focusing on Kansas after Talladega wreck
Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car accident that knocked him out of the Alabama 500 and put his hopes of advancing to the Round of 8 in limbo.

The points standings and who’s in trouble entering the cutoff race at Kansas Speedway
Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray are on the outside looking in after Talladega.



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 Doug Yates: ‘My dad would be very proud’ https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/monster-energy-nascar-cup-post-race-reactions/doug-yates-my-dad-would-be-very-proud/

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. happy to leave final Talladega race in good health

 http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/21036553/dale-earnhardt-jr-happy-leave-final-talladega-race-good-health

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 Aric Almirola survives Talladega for third top-five of 2017

http://www.catchfence.com/265164/aric-almirola-survives-talladega-third-top-five-2017

Martin Truex Jr. apologizes for causing “big one” at Talladega Superspeedway

http://www.catchfence.com/265168/martin-truex-jr-apologizes-causing-big-one-talladega-superspeedway

Jamie McMurray Playoff hopes in jeopardy after Talladega crash

http://www.catchfence.com/265159/jamie-mcmurray-playoff-hopes-jeopardy-talladega-crash

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 What Cup drivers said after Talladega playoff race

Drivers share their thoughts after the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/15/what-cup-drivers-said-after-talladega-playoff-race/

Antenna change paid off for Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe explains just how important an antenna change was in Keselowski's fifth career win at Talladega.  

Double team blocks Newman from win at Talladega
Ryan Newman in position to win at Talladega, but Brad Keselowski passed him on the final lap.  

Joey Logano: 'Anything less than a win hurts'
Despite being involved in a late crash, Joey Logano was able to put himself in a position to win the Alabama 500.

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NASCAR Cup: Brad Keselowski wins Talladega wreck-fest

Amanda Vincent

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 Taming Talladega

Brad Keselowski wins after escaping three red-flag wrecks in race's final stage 

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/15/results-talladega-monster-energy-series-nascar-playoffs-alabama-500/

 Junior thrills fans, finishes 7th

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/15/dale-earnhardt-jr-talladega-finish-seventh/

Crewmember OK after pit road hit  https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/monster-energy-nascar-cup-highlights/no-21-crew-member-hit/

 Updated Playoffs standings 

https://www.nascar.com/playoffs

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Keselowski into 3rd round with Talladega win

Brad Keselowski picked up the win he needed to continue his championship chances with a victory Sunday in a sloppy playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/21036050/brad-keselowski-races-3rd-round-talladega-win

When the dust and smoke settled at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday — and there was plenty of both — Brad Keselowski won with a last-lap pass of Ryan Newman to get himself safely to the Round of 8 in the playoffs.

Brad Keselowski wins at Talladega as only 14 cars finished the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh.

Jimmie Johnson was upset that NASCAR ruled that his team worked on the car under the red flag. Johnson, after coming out of the medical center, said he wants credit for another lap. Johnson: "I hope Chad [Knaus] can get to the bottom of [it]. Us and a couple of other cars were on pit road and our guys started working on the car and I guess it was too soon. It was some miscommunication somewhere and hopefully we can get that rectified. There were a lot of cars that we passed on pit road that are points for us."

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Wreck fest: Keselowski wins Talladega playoff race

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Brad Keselowski wins Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

Brad Keselowski beat Ryan Newman and Trevor Bayne in a three-lap shootout

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/15/brad-keselowski-wins-alabama-500-at-talladega-superspeedway/

Keselowski roars to win on final lap at Talladega
In a race that featured multiple red flags in the final 20 laps, Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the final lap to win.

Late wreck at Talladega takes out Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez (video)
Race's third red flag comes after battle at the front.

Chase Elliott's day ends after accident
Chase Elliott tried to get aggressive with less than 10 laps to go at Talladega and he ended up causing another multi-car accident.

Second big wreck at Talladega takes out Harvick, Blaney (video)
Harvick and Blaney could take a bit hit in the points after being knocked out of the race.

 Clint Bowyer yells at crew after accident

Clint Bowyer's frustration boiled over after he was involved in a multi-car accident.

Massive crash takes out J.J. and Kyle Busch
The red flag had to be brought out at Talladega after a big crash took place coming out of the backstretch on Lap 172

Multi-car crash in back of pack at Talladega
Cole Whitt and Clint Bowyer were involved in a multi-car accident on Lap 155.

Ryan Blaney wins Stage 2 of Alabama 500 at Talladega
Ryan Blaney won the stage over Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer

Brad Keselowski wins Stage 1 of Alabama 500 at Talladega
Brad Keselowski edged out teammate Joey Logano in a one-lap sprint to the end of the stage.


Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Talladega
Here is who the NBC Sports writers are picking to win the middle race of the second round of the playoffs.

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NASCAR Cup: Furniture Row Racing announces sponsorship package for 2018

Amanda Vincent

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Kligerman crew chief says other drivers 'better grow up'   https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/14/parker-kligerman-crew-chief-react-drafting/

 " Spooky Spectacular " news from Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)

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WALL’S SPOOKY SPECTACULAR SET FOR SATURDAY (OCT. 21) OCT. 28 RAINDATE IN EFFECT

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Although the current long range forecast says that October 21 will offer near perfect weather for the annual running of the “Spooky Spectacular” at Wall Stadium Speedway, officials are taking no chances as an October 28 rain date has been announced. On either October 21 of on October 28 if needed, pit area gates will open at 11:00 a.m., practice starts at noon, grandstand seating opens at 2:00 p.m. and qualifying starts at 2:45 p.m. with main events immediately to follow at around 4:00 p.m.

An impressive field of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars can be expected when a 75-lap main event offering $3,000 to the winner headlines the annual Spooky Spectacular stock car racing card.

Newly crowned Modified driving champion and six-time winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell is sure to be a favorite as are top point earners four-time winner Steven Reed of Jackson and three-time winner Andrew Krause of Holmdel. Two-time winner Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and impressive rookies Blake Barney of Jackson and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. are also expected to be among those in the Modified field.

Also on the October 21 Halloween themed card will be the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, led by 2017 champion Scott Riggleman, in Twin 25 lap races and the Snap-on Sportsman cars, led by newly crowned champion Tyler Truex of Mayetta, in a 25-lapper. Robert French of Howell, the 2017 Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars champion, is expected to be in the field in a 25-lap main event and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, led by recent title winner Brian Osborn of Howell, will race in a 25-lapper.

With the season-long title chase completed drivers in all divisions can forget about earning points and race strictly for the prize money offered.

Also featured during the festivities will be a “Haunted Carnival” in the grandstand midway area. Included in the grandstand admission price fans will have the opportunity to play a variety of carnival games as much as they like in order to collect tickets to win prizes such as stuffed animals, candy, toys and more. Fans are also welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to the track to add to the fun.

Once the October 21 event is in the books all attention will turn toward the 44th running of the “Turkey Derby” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

Courtesy NBC Sports

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 Bass Pro Shops, 5-hour Energy to co-sponsor Martin Truex Jr.’s car for 30 races in 2018

Along with Auto Owners Insurance sponsoring the car for six races, the team has only two races left to fill for a primary sponsor next year.

 Jeffrey Earnhardt to return to No. 33 car for 2018

Jeffrey Earnhardt joined the team before this season.  

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Key information on the playoff race at Talladega

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 Delightfully unpredictable

The drivers who could shake up the playoff race Sunday at Talladega (2 p.m. ET, NBC) 

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1552/talladega-wild-card-analysis#/0

Cinderella man? Stenhouse Jr. looking to bust some brackets  

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/14/talladega-favorite-ricky-stenhouse-jr-looks-to-bust-some-playoff-brackets-home-track/

Sweep success: Drivers who swept Talladega https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1548/sweep-success-drivers-who-swept-talladega#/0

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Long: Today marks one last time for Dale Earnhardt Jr., fans at Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'The end of the season is coming really fast. I didn’t really feel much emotion about that and the finality of it until maybe this weekend.' 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/15/long-today-marks-one-last-time-for-dale-earnhardt-jr-fans-at-talladega/

Get a sense of what it is like to race at Talladega
Joey Logano takes you inside the car to give you a sense of what it is like in a restrictor-plate race

Today’s Cup race at Talladega: Start time, weather, TV/radio info  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/15/todays-cup-race-at-talladega-start-time-weather-tvradio-info-2/

 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

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NASCAR Cup: Brad Keselowski makes 300th start

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NASCAR Truck: standings after Talladega Superspeedway

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. excited about Talladega, but is it his last best shot to win?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still winless in his final season, but he's at Talladega, and that means expectations of winning. He's not calling it his last best shot to win, not with Texas and Martinsville still coming up, but he definitely has the motivation.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21024679/nascar-dale-earnhardt-jr-excited-talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last run at Talladega will start from the front http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21024478/nascar-dale-earnhardt-jr-happy-place-Talladega

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 Talladega pit stall assignments

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/14/talladega-monster-energy-series-pit-stall-assignments-2/

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Dale Jr. says Talladega 'has meant a lot to him'
After winning the pole for his final race at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanks his team and discusses the importance of getting back to victory lane.

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Donnie Allison To Pace Field In Dale Sr.’s Car

Tony Stewart To Appear In Pennsylvania Auto Show

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NASCAR Cup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on pole at Talladega

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Dale-adega

Dale Earnhardt Jr. collects Coors Light pole for final Talladega start; see lineup

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns his second pole of the season.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/14/dale-earnhardt-jr-takes-pole-for-sundays-cup-race-at-talladega/ 

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Bobby Allison recalls late son's first Talladega win

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NASCAR Truck: Parker Kligerman playoff spoiler with Talladega win

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 Truck points standings after Talladega

Christopher Bell is leading the points entering the Round of 6.

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Parked it

Parker Kligerman lands in Victory Lane at Talladega; Round of 6 set

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/14/results-talladega-camping-world-truck-series-freds-250/

Briscoe out of playoffs after issues

https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/truck-series-highlights/playoff-contender-chase-briscoe-heads-garage/

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Parker Kligerman wins at Talladega as John Hunter Nemechek advances in playoffs 


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 Parker Kligerman wins Truck race at Talladega

Parker Kligerman scores first Truck win since 2012. 

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/14/parker-kligerman-wins-truck-race-at-talladega/

A special night for Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains soured by competitor’s comments

Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains bothered by comments Jimmy Spencer made after Earnhardt's emotional win at Daytona in July 2001. 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/14/a-special-night-for-dale-earnhardt-jr-remains-soured-by-competitors-comments/


Christopher Bell wins pole for today’s Truck race at Talladega
Christopher Bell will be joined on the front row by reigning series champion Johnny Sauter.

Today @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/): 


Misfits Truck & Car Super Show plus Demo Derby
October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
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Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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Come on out to the Misfits Truck & Car Super Show Saturday, October 14th from 12pm – 9pm What is a SUPER SHOW you ask? A super show is a fully interactive car and truck show. We have show classes for Cars, Trucks, and Bikes. We also have participation events that all registrants can participate in like Mud pits, Burn out Contests, Tug O’ War Contests, Obstacle Courses, donut pits, Demo Derbies, and much more! We are currently looking for…

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My motto always is , and always will be  "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TRACK !"

Doesn't matter if it's a big track, small track, mid-sized track, Dirt, Paved, Concrete ,  Oval, road course, drag strip , indoor / outdoor ,or hill climb. Any day of the week. Anywhere in NJ., Pa., De., NY., Ca., Fl., or anywhere across the USA ! North America, and the world !

Without your support. These tracks  won't survive, and grow.

We simply have lost way to many of these tracks in the past, and continue to lose them.

So grab your seat cushions. Your coolers. Your relatives and friends , and go to your fan friendly tracks, and enjoy the races !

I am certain that this is not "Just my humble opinion"

Joe


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Alabama 500
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Sunday, Oct. 15
The Time: 2 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio                   
Distance: 500.08 miles (188 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 55),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap 188
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Travels To Talladega
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs travel to the second race of the Round of 12 – Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
Here’s how the rest of the Playoffs leaderboard shakes out as we head to Talladega:
 
Rank
Driver
Points
Race Wins
Playoff Points
Pts from Cutoff
1
Martin Truex Jr.
3106
1
64
-
2
Kyle Larson
3072
-
34
-
3
Kevin Harvick
3069
-
17
-
4
Chase Elliott
3059
-
6
-
5
Denny Hamlin
3056
-
13
-
6
Kyle Busch
3055
-
41
-
7
Jimmie Johnson
3051
-
17
-
8
Jamie McMurray
3044
-
3
-
9
Matt Kenseth
3043
-
5
-1
10
Brad Keselowski
3042
-
20
-2
11
Ryan Blaney
3039
-
8
-5
12
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3034
-
10
-10
 
Remember, drivers still earn playoff points for stage wins (one) and victories (five).
 
Truex Advances To Round Of 8 With Charlotte Win
Martin Truex Jr. continued his dominant season with a win in the Round of 12 opener at Charlotte. With the victory, he automatically advances to the Round of 8, which begins at Martinsville on Oct. 29.
 
Truex will carry at least his 64 playoff points – 30 for his six wins, 19 for his 19 stage wins and 15 for his regular season championship – into the Round of 8. He can still earn even more in the upcoming races at Talladega and Kansas.
 
Truex’s victory was his fifth at a 1.5-mile track this season, tying Carl Edwards (2008) for the most in a year. He still has races at Kansas, Texas and Homestead to break Edwards’ mark.
 
The No. 78 Toyota driver has led 1,977 laps this season – 23 away from 2,00. If he accomplishes the feat, he will become only the fourth driver since 2000 to lead 2,000 or more laps in a single season, joining Kevin Harvick (2015 – 2,294 laps led and 2014 – 2,137 laps led), Jimmie Johnson (2009 – 2,238 laps led) and Jeff Gordon (2001 – 2,320 laps led).
 
In the Modern Era (1972 to Present), only 11 drivers have led 2,000 or more laps in a single season.
 
Rank
Driver
Seasons with At Least 2,000 Laps Led
1
Cale Yarborough
7
2
Darrell Waltrip
7
3
Dale Earnhardt
4
4
Richard Petty
3
5
Rusty Wallace
3
6
Jeff Gordon
3
7
Bobby Allison
2
8
Kevin Harvick
2
9
David Pearson
1
10
Jimmie Johnson
1
11
Dale Jarrett
1
 
Truex leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins (six), top fives (14, tied with Kyle Larson), top 10s (21), stage wins (19), average running position (7.3), driver rating (115.7), fastest laps run (1,143, 16.4%) and laps led (1,977, 22.7%).
 
Elliott Scores Another Runner-Up Finish
Chase Elliott scored his second consecutive runner-up finish and third of the Playoffs in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As a result, he shot up from ninth on the Playoff leaderboard to fourth (16 points above Matt Kenseth on the cutoff line).
 
The runner-up marked the sixth career second-place showing for Elliott, who is still trying to win his first race.

Elliott will try to tackle Talladega this weekend, where he has a career-best finish at the track of fifth (spring 2016). He finished 12th (fall 2016) and 30th (spring 2017) in his other two starts at the 2.66-mile behemoth.
 
Stenhouse Goes For Third Restrictor-Plate Win Of The Season
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is trying to establish himself as the new restrictor-plate ace in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. He took the checkered flag in the May Talladega race and the July Daytona contest.
 
He’ll go for the Talladega sweep and his third restrictor-plate win of the season in Sunday’s Alabama 500.
 
Stenhouse’s success at Talladega shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. He has three top fives, five top 10s and a 10.4 average finish at the Alabama track.
 
A win on Sunday would automatically advance Stenhouse to the Round of 8. Currently, he sits last on the Playoff leaderboard, 10 points behind Jamie McMurray on the cutoff line.
 
Talladega has been swept seven times by six different drivers: Pete Hamilton (1970), Buddy Baker (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1982), Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1999), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002) and Jeff Gordon (2007).
 
Talladega Knight: Earnhardt Jr. Takes Final Ride At Alabama Track
No driver is more beloved at Talladega than Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
On Sunday, the restrictor-plate ace will make his last start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
 
In 34 starts at Talladega, Earnhardt boasts six wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s and a 15.6 average finish. His 91.0 driver rating at the Alabama track leads active drivers who have more than three starts there.
 
Earnhardt ranks sixth all-time in career superspeedway wins with 10 (six at Talladega and four at Daytona). Every eligible driver in the top 11 is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Dale Earnhardt (13 superspeedway wins), Cale Yarborough (12), Jeff Gordon (not yet eligible, 12), Richard Petty (12), David Pearson (11), Bobby Allison (10), Earnhardt Jr. (not yet eligible, 10) Fireball Roberts (seven), Bill Elliott (six), Buddy Baker (six), Dale Jarrett (six).
 
Keselowski Can Produce Another Wild ‘Dega Finish
Brad Keselowski is no stranger to success at Talladega. In fact, he’s had some wild finishes at the 2.66-mile Alabama track.
 
In 2009, the No. 2 Ford driver won his first career race at Talladega for Phoenix Racing, turning Carl Edwards on the final lap to take the checkered flag.
 
In 2014, Keselowski entered the Talladega Playoff race in a “win or go home” situation following a run-in the previous weekend with Matt Kenseth at Charlotte. Keselowski blocked out the distractions and won the race to make the Round of 8.
 
The Team Penske driver will attempt to muster some of the same magic for Sunday’s Alabama 500. He is currently 10th on the Playoff leaderboard – two points behind Jamie McMurray on the cutoff line.
 
Keselowski boasts four wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s and a 14.9 average finish in 17 career starts at Talladega.
 
 
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Confident Chase Elliott looks to keep Playoff hopes alive at Talladega  

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Joey Logano trying for three-peat at Talladega Superspeedway

http://www.catchfence.com/265130/joey-logano-trying-three-peat-talladega-superspeedway

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 Ryan: NASCAR needs to spread the word on rules when it’s about safety

If the goal of a rules tweak is preventing loose wheels, make sure the teams are aware of it ... also items on playoff beards, a trip to China and Daniel Suarez's surge.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/13/ryan-nascar-needs-to-spread-the-word-on-rules-when-its-about-safety/

Today’s schedule at Talladega: NASCAR Cup qualifying, Truck qualifying and race
Today's action at Talladega includes Cup and Truck qualifying and and the fred's 250 Truck race.

Here’s why NASCAR did not penalize drivers for pitting partly outside pit box
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte explains why NASCAR didn't penalize Jimmie Johnson at Charlotte.
 


(10/13/17 )

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 Frontstretch Folio: Alabama 500
by Phil Allaway
 
This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series returns to Talladega for the fifth race of the playoffs.  Coverage of the Alabama 500 begins with NASCAR America Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBCSN.  Coverage switches to NBC for Countdown to Green at 1:30, while the green flag should fly around 2:15.  Radio coverage will be provided by local MRN Radio affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

Last year's Hellmann's 500 was dominated by Team Penske.  Brad Keselowski led 90 laps early on and seemed to be very difficult to get past.  Unfortunately, he blew an engine and finished 38th.  With Keselowski out, that brought his teammate Joey Logano to the front.  Logano took the lead during the yellow for Keselowski's blown engine and held everyone off through a GWC to win his first race at Talladega.  Brian Scott finished a career-best second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Among active drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the winningest driver at Talladega with six wins.  Brad Keselowski has four victories, while Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer each have two.

All-time, Dale Earnhardt is the winningest driver at Talladega with ten victories.  Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon are tied for second with six.  Keselowski is tied with Buddy Baker, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison with four wins.  Davey Allison, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson each had three wins.

Track Facts

Track / Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps (500.08 miles)
Banking: 33 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 ft., banked 16.5 degrees
Backstretch: 4,000 ft., banked 5.5 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
Opened: 1969

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Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Qualifying: Saturday, October 14, 4 p.m. on NBCSN

Say What?!

"Talladega is indeed a wildcard race. I’m happy it’s not a cut-off for the Round of 8, but we really need to make it through the race and have a good finish. We don’t want to go to Kansas fighting to stay alive in the hunt for an eighth championship." - Jimmie Johnson

"I think, with the current points system, it’s better to stay up front and try to get as many points in each stage as you can throughout the day. Obviously, if you don’t qualify well, that makes it much more difficult but, with the new points system, I think you’re going to see a much different race. Guys aren’t going to be able to leave 20 potential points and playoff points on the table. They’re going to be racing for every point – that’s a good thing for the fans and should make it an exciting race." - Kevin Harvick

"Five hundred miles at Talladega is tough. But I’m just going to go all out. I want to score stage points and get a high finish and hopefully contend for the win. We might be taking risks that others might not, but we definitely will be aiming for a top-five and even a win." - Landon Cassill

The Critic's Annex: Drive For The Cure 300
by Phil Allaway
 
For the XFINITY Series, last Saturday was a cutoff race at the end of their Round of 12.  However, due to weather, it took forever to actually get to the racing.

The race was originally scheduled to be a day race with a 3:15 start.  Ultimately, the race started around 8:30.  What did NBCSN do to fill the time?  They aired Cup qualifying from Friday, the last 140 laps of the Apache Warrior 400 from Dover and NASCAR The Decades: The 1970s.  Once that was done, they left Charlotte for scheduled coverage of a Mecum Auto Auction.

At 7:40 p.m., NBCSN returned to Charlotte and did a normal pre-race show.  That's something that they basically didn't do at the regularly scheduled time.  The focus was clearly on the playoff contenders here.
 
Since Charlotte was a cutoff race, there was a decent amount of coverage given to the playoff contenders.  Extra emphasis was given to those around the cutoff (Ryan Reed, Brendan Gaughan, etc.).  It made for a rather disjointed race to watch.
 
There were also a couple of glaring errors on the broadcast.  Probably the most visible was when they were going to talk to Daniel Hemric during the caution after stage No. 1.  The NBCSN booth reached Hemric and the interview started off normally.  Or, so they thought.  Turns out that they typed in the wrong frequency and ended up getting Hemric's teammate Brandon Jones.
 
A couple of things stand out.  Personally, I've never met Hemric or Brandon Jones.  However, I feel like the booth commentators should be quite familiar with both of them by now.  It's not like either one of them was making their series debut on Saturday.  A quick check of the all-powerful YouTube shows that they don't really sound alike.  If anything, Brandon Jones has a slightly stronger southern accent.  Also of note, the booth doesn't just cut into driver radios  unannounced.  They have someone go to the crew chief and ask them for permission.  If permission is granted, the crew chief then relays to the driver that the broadcast booth is going to try to talk to you.
 
Long story short, they should have realized something was up before Brandon Jones told them that they had the wrong guy.  To NBCSN's credit, once they realized that they had the wrong guy, they decided to stay with Brandon instead of trying to dump him on live television to get to his teammate.
 
Another issue was the strange instance of the posting board falling onto the track to cause a yellow.  It was interesting for a number of reasons.  One was the fact that I cannot recall that thing ever falling onto the track in over 25 years of watching races.  Two, the fact that NASCAR still uses a posting board straight out of Double Dare in 1986 for their posting.  Seriously, it uses the same font as the clock on the popular kids' show.  It's about the only thing that hasn't changed in NASCAR in the past couple of years.
 
Also, it appears that NBCSN was a little premature for stating that no one hit and it didn't affect the playoffs in any way.  After the race, Jeremy Clements admitted that he clipped it.  It is unclear how much that instance affected Clements' finishing position Saturday night, but it is pretty clear that it didn't him.
 
Post-race coverage was relatively decent, but almost completely playoff-based.  Alex Bowman was the lone exception to this rule, but he won the race.  It would be completely disrespectful if NBCSN didn't interview him, yet talked to seven other drivers that were in the playoffs entering the race.
 
Overall, there was so much focus given to the playoffs that the race itself was a bit of an anti-climax.  The race itself didn't get any hype.  It was simply a means to an end.  That is really why the playoffs are hurting the sport.  The races don't matter anymore.  Everything is about the points and the stages not only exacerbate the situation, but make it more confusing at the same time.
 
A typical refrain this time of year is to simply cover a race like it's a normal race.  The action will sell itself.  But no, you have to couch everything in playoff discussion.  It frustrates everyone involved.

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?
by Zach Catanzareti

Friday Faceoff: Is a NASCAR Upset Brewing at Talladega?
by the Frontstretch Staff

Voice Of Vito: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominate One Last Time At ‘Dega?
by Vito Pugliese

NASCAR 101: 25 Years In Between Cup Starts
by Kevin Rutherford

2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 31: Talka-Dega
with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Mike Neff


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 Gifts fit for racing royalty

Dale Jr. is 'beaming' after Talladega gives him his father's 1979 Monte Carlo

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/13/dale-earnhardt-jr-gifts-talladega-dad-car/


 Retirement gifts for Junior this season 

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1271/track-gifts-for-dale-earnhardt-jr#/0


Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-christopher-bell-goes-full-time-with-joe-gibbs-racing-in-2018/

NASCAR Xfinity: Christopher Bell goes full-time with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

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NASCAR reiterates why it did not penalize drivers for pitting partly outside pit box
NASCAR on Friday reiterated to teams its decisions not to penalize drivers in recent races for having their cars slightly outside the pit box. Typically, if a car is not fully within the pit box or is over...

NASCAR consistent with pit stop violation reviews

After reviewing Jimmie Johnson's penalty in the pit, NASCAR established their calls on cars being out of the pit box have been consistent.

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On the fast track

Kasey Kahne tops the speed chart in final Monster Energy Series practice at Talladega 

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/13/results-talladega-monster-energy-practice-recap/


Courtesy National Speed Sport News.com (https://speedsport.com/):

NASCAR: Getting Safer By The Day

U.S. Olympian Named Pace Car Driver For Kansas

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 Kenseth redirects talk of his future with humor

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 Brand new No. 17 Ford built for Stenhouse for Talladega

https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/press-pass/stenhouse-talks-brand-new-no-17-talladega/

Briscoe calls Talladega 'nerve-racking' to race at  https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/press-pass/chase-briscoe-talladega-scary-place-truck-playoffs/


Courtesy NBC Sports

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 Stage points could add new element of drama, chaos at Talladega      

Drivers says that the aggression level could be up in the race because of stage points.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/13/stage-points-could-add-new-element-of-drama-chaos-at-talladega/

Chris Fontaine surprises with fastest speed in final Truck practice at Talladega
Christopher Fontaine is making his first start of the season in this weekend's Truck race at Talladega.

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Justin Marks racing at Talladega Superspeedway for a top-10 kids eat free finish

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 
Next Race: fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Saturday, Oct.  14
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250.04 miles (94 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 20),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on lap 94)
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
 
Dega Dance
Following an off-week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will close out the Round of 8 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday with the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger is the defending race winner, while 2017 Playoffs contenders Christopher Bell (sixth) and Johnny Sauter (seventh) both finished inside the top-10.
 
2017 NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard Update
Following the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs race in the Round of 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, below is an updated Playoffs leaderboard heading into the elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway:
 
Rank
Driver
Points
Race Wins
Playoff Points
Pts from Cutoff
1
Christopher Bell
2152
1
47
-
2
Ben Rhodes
2105
1
13
-
3
Matt Crafton
2101
-
14
-
4
Johnny Sauter
2098
-
25
-
5
Chase Briscoe
2084
-
10
-
6
Austin Cindric
2082
-
7
-
7
Kaz Grala
2074
-
5
8
8
JH Nemechek
2068
-
14
14
 
Playoff Bubble Drivers At Talladega
As the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff field gears for its first elimination race of the post-season at Talladega Superspeedway, below is an outlook of how the bubble drivers have performed this season and at the superspeedway if they’ve registered a start:
 
Chase Briscoe: The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Brad Keselowski Racing driver currently sits 10 points above the cutoff line. Briscoe has been on a tear all season – finishing top-25 or better in every race this year. He’s coming off a third-place finish at Las Vegas and has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega.
 
Austin Cindric: Also a Brad Keselowski Racing driver and a Sunoco Rookie, Austin Cindric sits eight points above the cutoff line heading into Talladega. Cindric has been stout during his Playoffs run as he has finishes of eighth (New Hampshire) and fourth (Las Vegas). He has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega – he finished 20th in this race a year ago in the No. 2 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford.
 
Kaz Grala: Having a strong Sunoco Rookie season for GMS Racing, Kaz Grala sits eight points below the Round of 8 Playoffs bubble. Grala has finished top-10 or better in four consecutive races and will need a strong finish, plus some help, to stay in the 2017 Playoffs. Grala will be making his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega this weekend.
 
John Hunter Nemechek: Due to mechanical trouble in the opening race of the Round of 8, John Hunter Nemechek is 14 points below the cutoff line heading into Talladega. He will need some help to get in the Round of 6 on points if he doesn’t win the race. Nemechek has two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega. He finished 32nd there last year due to an engine issue and 11th there in 2015.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Clinch Scenarios At Talladega
  • Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 2101 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 37 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 29 points.  He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 2098 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 40 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 32 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Chase Briscoe (0 Wins, 2084 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 54 Points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 46 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Austin Cindric (0 Wins, 2082 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 55 Points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, they would clinch on points with 48 Points.  He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Kaz Grala (0 Wins, 2074 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.
  • John H Nemechek (0 Wins, 2068 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round
The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs concludes the Round of 8 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with the Fred’s 250 on Saturday (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
Below is a look at the remaining NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.
 
ROUND OF 8
Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Super Speedway
(Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
 
ROUND OF 6
Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway
(Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
 
JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway
(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
 
Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway
(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
 
CHAMPIONSHIP 4
Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
 
Sauter Looking For Another Dega Win
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is looking to make his mark in the final race of the Round 8. Sauter was victorious at Talladega in 2013 and finished seventh there in back-to-back seasons (2016 and 2015).
 
Sauter had a rough night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his last race out but still managed to finish 10th. He finished ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs opening race at New Hampshire.
 
Sauter currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs point standings and remains a threat to win anywhere, any week.
 
Talladega Superspeedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250 on Saturday (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 2.66-mile track:
 
Races: 11
Pole Winners: 11
Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (10/22/2016 – 18 years, 8 months, 29 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (10/30/2010 – 52 years, 4 months, 10 days) 
Race Winners: 8
Youngest Winner: Parker Kilgerman (10/06/2012 – 22 years, 1 months, 28 days) 
Oldest Winner: Mike Wallace (10/22/2011 – 52 years, 7 months, 12 days) 
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 3
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Timothy Peters (10/24/2015)
Race Record: Todd Bodine 145.513 mph (10/04/2008)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick (186.827 mph (10/18/2014) 
 
First Timers At Talladega
There are six Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
 
Cody Coughlin, Austin Cindric and Grant Enfinger are the three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made previous career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. 
 
In 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger (10/22/2016) and current NBC NASCAR analyst Parker Kligerman (10/06/2012) are the only two drivers to win their first series race at Talladega.
 
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Tyler Reddick (10/18/2014) is the only driver to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole at Talladega.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
From The Booth To The Truck: Two current NASCAR broadcasters in Parker Kligerman (NBC Sports) and Regan Smith (FOX Sports) will be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Talladega. Kligerman won at Talladega in 2012 – becoming the youngest winner at Talladega in series history. Smith has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega and finished ninth there in 2007.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra leads ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota by 51 points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 18 races this season. GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado (-54), Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 Ford F-150 (-71) and GMS Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado (-78) round out the top five.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by 33 points in the manufacturer standings, 673-640. Ford occupies third place with 570 points.
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Barrett-Jackson, in conjunction with The NASCAR Foundation, today announced the charity sale of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Edition at ...
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Editor's note: Correspondent Matt Crossman is in Belgium this weekend for coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season finale at Circuit ...
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For the first time, The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide has a hometown favorite. Tammy 
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Fords grab first 9 spots in first Cup practice at Talladega, Brad Keselowski No. 1

Jimmie Johnson was involved in a spin from a flat left rear tire, and Kyle Larson's car lost total power during the session.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/13/fords-grab-first-9-spots-in-first-cup-practice-at-talladega-brad-keselowski-no-1/

Jimmie Johnson loses control of car in practice
Jimmie Johnson lost control of his car after his left rear tire "let go" while he was going into Turn 3.

Cody Coughlin fastest in first of two Truck practices at Talladega

Cody Coughlin was fastest in the session, points leader Christopher Bell was 17th fastest. 

Christopher Bell will drive in Xfinity Series in 2018
The 22-year-old driver will race for Joe Gibbs Racing next season.


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Is it 'all or nothing' for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Talladega?

Is it win or nothing for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Talladega on Sunday? Not in his mind. The winner of the past two restrictor-plate races knows a win would get him into the third round of the playoffs, but a good points day, win or not, would go a long way.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21005546/nascar-all-ricky-stenhouse-jr-talladega


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 Earnhardt Jr. prepared for last shot at Talladega

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Truck playoff clinching scenarios

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Dale Jr. proud of his mom's fantasy football fandom, more top tweets   https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1547/nascarcasm-tweets-you-might-have-missed-week-of-october-13#/0

Drivers weigh in on the Talladega-Kansas swap in the playoff schedule   https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/up-to-speed/trading-places-round-12/   

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22 Cup cars to miss practice time at Talladega for inspection issues

Most of the Cup teams will miss time in today's final practice session.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/13/22-cup-cars-to-miss-practice-time-at-talladega-for-inspection-issues/

NASCAR America: Here’s this week’s Pit Crew All-Star nominees

This week's nominees include two brothers and a guy named after a Clint Eastwood movie character. 


 Friday’s NASCAR Cup, Truck schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

Both the Cup and Truck Series have two practice sessions today. 


Best of NASCAR America episodes from NASCAR Hall of Fame
Denny Hamlin was STILL talking about his fear of lobsters in his episode from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR America: What’s it like to be part of Tony Stewart’s ‘Smoke Show’ fantasy camp?
Fans got the ride of their lives with Tony Stewart behind the wheel Wednesday.

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Stewart: Little things kept Harvick from top form
Tony Stewart's annual 'Smoke Show' fantasy camp has raised over one million dollars for children's charities by giving campers a full race day experience.   

NASCAR America: Talladega as non-cutoff race, Truex’s plate jinx

Talladega presents challenges that Truex would love to conquer.

Pit Crew All-Star: Ogles brothers, Harrell
This week's pit crew nominees include Brad Keselowski's rear tire changer Dwayne Ogles and Dwayne's younger brother Jeremy, a front tire carrier for Keselowski, as well as Dale Jr.'s rear tire carrier Rowdy...


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Talladega plights

Cain: Alabama track a source for Playoff pitfalls, no matter its place on the schedule

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/12/talladega-monster-energy-series-playoffs-no-playing-it-safe/

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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Talladega Superspeedway

Amanda Vincent




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NASCAR America: Does Dale Earnhardt Jr. have 1 more ‘Dega win in him? (video)

Dale Jr. hasn't won at Talladega since 2004, but he's always a threat to do so there  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/12/nascar-america-does-dale-earnhardt-jr-have-1-more-dega-win-in-him-video/


Truex Jr. needs to drive like jerk to win at 'Dega
Martin Truex Jr. is 0-for-50 in restrictor plate races in his career, which is something he's trying to address without changing his racing style.

Why Talladega will be key for Cup Series playoffs
Every driver who is still in the NACSAR Cup Series playoffs, besides Martin Truex Jr., will be trying to gain as many points as they can at Talladega

Looking back at Dale Jr.'s history at Talladega
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is tied with Jeff Gordon for the second most career wins at Talladega, but he has only found victory lane there once since 2004.

66-year-old Mark Thompson to make first Cup start in 25 years Sunday at Talladega
Thompson's last (and first) Cup race was back in 1992.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confident heading into Talladega


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Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From David Ragan Comfortable Elevating Front Row Motorsports, Expects to be Back in 2018
 
"Our biggest strength is the quality of our racecars. I think we have a good group of mechanics at the racetrack and the race shop that assemble our cars. We don’t have many part failures. We don’t have engine failures, driveline failures or parts fall off and break on our racecars, and that’s important. I wish we had more speed in our racecars, but often speed is a direct result with how much money you’ve put into engineering the car and wind tunnel time before going to the tracks.."  - Cole Whitt on potentially not racing in 2017 because it would not have been fun

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

2-Headed Monster: Will Ford Complete the Restrictor Plate Sweep?
by Michael Massie and Davey Segal

Truckin' Thursdays: Setting the Round of 6 at Talladega
by Beth Lunkenheimer
 
Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview
by Corey Brewer
 
Eyes on XFINITY: Matt Tifft Ecstatic for Chance at Championship
by Dustin Albino
  

News from  last Saturday's " Skyscraper Micro Sprint Spectacular " @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/): 

  
SMITH & HENDERSHOT ARE FIRST WINNERS IN SKYSCRAPER MICRO SPRINT SPECTACULAR   The checkered flags waved on the first ever Skyscraper Micro Sprint Spectacular at the Spirit Auto Center Speedway as Matt Smith and Jacob Hendershot raced to victories in the... read more


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Tune in, turn up for Talladega

High speed, high banks and high drama: 12 reasons to watch this weekend

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1546/ 12-reasons-to-watch-talladega#/0


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Chattanooga Times Free Press
A few weeks ago, that was NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, who had been barely clinging to the ledge in the Cup Series standings. He was the 16th ...
The Checkered Flag
This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the most unpredictable race of the 2017 playoffs; the ...
Roanoke Times
DENVER — Furniture Row Racing will field only one team next season, the ... But Jones is a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, and is being ...
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Martin Truex Jr. has had a target on his back since the playoffs began, but that just means he and Furniture Row Racing are doing something right.
Richmond County Daily Journal
This year, he is winning when he has to, taking the first race in rounds one and two. ... He drives for Furniture Row Racing and owner Barney Visser.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Matt Tifft's first full season racing the NASCAR Xfinity Series has had its share of high points, including advancing to the second ...

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Airdrie City View
Airdrie's Roy Wigley captured the NASCAR Modified Championship for the second time in a row Sept. 23, outpointing the next highest racer by 24 ...
All Left Turns
48 pitstop They've shot themselves in the foot so many times, it's a wonder that NASCAR hasn't needed an amputation. Once again, the National ...
Beyond the Flag
Should the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series consider moving its top series of racing to Saturday's to avoid conflicts with other sporting events?
Wyandotte Daily
The grand marshal for the Oct. 22 race will be actor Jay Hernandez. ... Oct. 21, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will wrap up the ...
Charlotte Observer
Some NASCAR drivers laughed, others cringed, but they all had something to say about Talladega. Sunday's Alabama 500 is at the famous (or ...
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NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport "could be in for some drastic changes as it looks to keep expenses from ...
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NASCAR's return to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Camping World Truck Series Fred's 250 on Saturday and the Monster Energy ...
Hot 20 – Talladega is not for wimps or the faint of heart
Will Talladega Deliver Magic Once Again?


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Moving into the future



Dale Jr. on taking leads at 'Dega

Cain: Wild race awaits at 'Dega



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Turn 4: Has Martin Truex Jr. reached a new level?

Is Martin Truex Jr. now better than he was even a week ago? Which driver and team has surprised the most in the playoffs? Will engines from Talladega be good in February at Daytona? Is Brian France instilling confidence? Our gang has at it.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20996349/nascar-burning-questions-martin-truex-jr-reached-new-level


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Why Dale Jr.'s 'oddball' Talladega record means…

NASCAR: What to watch for at Alabama 500


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 Xfinity Spotlight: Jeff Green on 26 years of marriage and growing up with the Waltrips

The 2000 Xfinity Series champion reflects on being inspired by the Waltrip brothers and Dale Earnhardt.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/12/xfinity-spotlight-jeff-green-on-26-years-of-marriage-and-growing-up-with-the-waltrips/

Weekend schedule at Talladega Superspeedway
Cup and Trucks head to Talladega, while the Xfinity Series has the weekend off.

Amy Earnhardt to drive pace car for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Martinsville race
Wife of Dale Earnhardt Jr. says: 'I appreciate the track letting me be a small part of Dale’s last race at a place that means so much to him.'

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 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-bk-racings-finanical-issues-seemingly-continue/

NASCAR Cup: BK Racing's financial issues seemingly continue

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martinsville-speedway-test-concludes/

NASCAR Cup: Martinsville Speedway test concludes

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-practice-penalties-from-charlotte-held-over-to-talladega/

NASCAR Cup: practice penalties from Charlotte held over to Talladega

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-vinnie-miller-makes-series-debut-at-talladega/

NASCAR Truck: Vinnie Miller makes series debut at Talladega

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NASCAR Cup: Tony Eury honored with Smokey Yunick Award

Amanda Vincent

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Patrick considers being role model inspiring

Danica Patrick reveals how interacting and inspiring fans reminds her about the importance of being a role model. 

 Danica Patrick quickly adjusted to NASCAR
Danica Patrick felt right at home after making the switch from IndyCar to NASCAR, but is still learning.

  Danica Patrick: 'You have to be selfish' in NASCAR

Danica Patrick believes the spontaneity of NASCAR makes helping teammates impossible.  http://www.nbcsports.com/video/danica-patrick-doesnt-think-teammates-work-nascar

Danica Patrick open-minded when it comes to future

Danica Patrick details what her future NASCAR plans are and explains why she's her harshest critic.

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NASCAR Cup: rain tires available for 2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race

Amanda Vincent

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Organizational test ahead of First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway all about ‘rhythm’

http://www.catchfence.com/265027/organizational-test-ahead-first-data-500-martinsville-speedway-rhythm

Tyler Young hoping for some superspeedway redemption at Talladega

http://www.catchfence.com/265068/tyler-young-hoping-for-some-superspeedway-redemption-at-Talladega

DJ Kennington to pull double duty in Talladega with Premium Motorsports

http://www.catchfence.com/265074/dj-kennington-to-pull-double-duty-in-talladega-with-premium-motorsports

Gnarly Jerky named official beef jerky of Las Vegas Motor Speedway

http://www.catchfence.com/265076/gnarly-jerky-named-official-beef-jerky-las-vegas-motor-speedway

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 Today's Featured Commentary
Mark Thompson To Make Surprising Return to Cup After Multiple Decades
by Clayton Caldwell
 
Talladega Superspeedway is all about Cinderella stories. Throughout the track’s history, we’ve seen a ton of surprise winners. Whether it was Lennie Pond, Bobby Hillin Jr., Phil Parsons, Ron Bouchard, Brad Keselowski before he was famous (2009) or even David Ragan (2013) there have been a ton of upsets.

Shocking moments always seem to happen at the track, sometimes before the race even starts. Each year, the entry list always seems to have a name pop up that makes you say ‘huh?’ This weekend is no different. On track to qualify for this weekend's 500-miler is a name that's unfamiliar to many NASCAR fans: Mark Thompson.

Thompson will drive the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. While the name might not be known, he’s been racing for a long time. Thompson has made 99 starts in the ARCA Series, a resume that includes two wins in 1997. Still, no one expected to see him on the entry list on Monday.

In July, Thompson turned 66 years of age. This season, he has driven two races for MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series so Sunday might have gone down as just another start. However, a Cup start 25 years ago has put Mark Thompson in rarified air.

Thompson made his lone Cup start at Pocono Raceway on Jun. 14, 1992. He was driving for Henley Gray and ran just eight laps, blowing an engine and finishing 39th in a 40-car field. The race was significant because it was the fifth and final career victory for Alan Kulwicki, who went on to win the championship that season.
Since then, he has attempted just one Cup start, failing to make the 1993 Pepsi 400 at Daytona and withdrawing before the 1994 Daytona 500 qualifiers.

The time gap got me thinking. Who holds the record for the longest time between Cup starts?

My research led me to several different people. Kirk Shelmerdine, three-time championship crew chief of Dale Earnhardt’s team was one of the names I stumbled upon. Shelmerdine went 13 years between Cup starts, making his series debut at Texas World Speedway in 1981. He wouldn’t make his next Cup start until May of 1994 at Talladega, followed by an eight-year gap before his third start came in 2002. 

I then remembered hearing a story about “Charging” Charlie Glotzbach. Glotzbach, who nearly won the 1969 Daytona 500 for Hall of Famer Cotton Owens, made what people thought would be his last Cup start in October of 1981. However, he only went about eight years between starts, making his next start in July 1990 at Daytona. After 1990, Glotzbach relief drove for Sterling Marlin in a couple of 1991 races and drove seven events for Junie Donlavey in 1992.

My search then led me to one of my most favorite names in NASCAR: Dennis Setzer. Setzer, known for his success in NASCAR's Truck Series had an interesting Cup career. He was hired by Bill Elliott to drive his cars for a short period of time in 1998. He made seven starts and had a best finish of 19th.

Setzer then won 18 races in the Truck Series from 1998-2008 before finding himself back in the Cup Series in 2011. K-Automotive Racing was looking to keep themselves high in the owner points after Brian Keselowski made the Daytona 500 and Setzer, a short track ace, was hired by the team to try and qualify their entry in the race at Bristol Motor Speedway in April. He did, putting the car 40th on the grid. It was his first start in the Cup Series in 12 and a half years.

However, when Thompson makes his first Cup start in over 25 years Sunday, it won't be a record for most time between Cup starts. It will be the second-longest period, though. 

The longest period between starts belongs to Jimmy Ingram, who started races in 1951 and 1952, then did not race again until the 1980 Mason-Dixon 500 at Dover, 28 years later. Can you imagine a football or baseball player making a start, 28 years after their last one? Me neither! That’s what makes our sport the best in the world.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Did You Notice?: Tackling The Unpredictability of Talladega And NASCAR Silly Season
by Tom Bowles

The Frontstretch 5: Calls NASCAR (Almost) Got Right
by Amy Henderson
 
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte
compiled by Frank Velat
 
David Ragan Comfortable Elevating Front Row Motorsports, Expects to be Back in 2018
as told to Dustin Albino
 
Angela Ruch on NASCAR Diversity: 'We're All Fighting the Same Battles'
as told to Zach Catanzareti
 
NASCAR Mailbox: Where Can Landon Cassill Go?
by Joseph Wolkin

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You're being watched while you watch

You see them all around NASCAR tracks, the new ISM video boards that show on-track action, useful information or just fun and games. But those boards are watching you, too, and providing key demographic data to the tracks.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20990688/nascar-being-watched-watch


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http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-standings-after-charlotte-motor-speedway/

NASCAR Cup: standings after Charlotte Motor Speedway

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-brennan-poole-departs-chip-ganassi-racing/

NASCAR Xfinity: Brennan Poole departs Chip Ganassi Racing

Amanda Vincent

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 NASCAR: What to watch for at Alabama 500

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Elimination race on deck for Truck Series; see the full playoff picture      

 https://www.nascar.com/playoff-standings/camping-world-truck-series/


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Talladega as the regular-season finale? It’s been suggested by drivers

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/11/talladega-as-the-regular-season-finale-its-been-suggested-by-drivers/

Time for Martin Truex Jr. ‘to be more of a jerk’ to win at Talladega  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/11/time-for-martin-truex-jr-to-be-more-of-a-jerk-to-win-at-talladega-on-a-stress-free-sunday/

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Furniture Row Racing To Shelf No. 77   https://speedsport.com/nascar/monster-nascar-cup/furniture-row-racing-shelf-no-77/

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Youth or experience: In NASCAR playoff, does it matter?


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 Feels like the first time

Talladega has produced plenty of first-time winners like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this year

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1100/drivers-who-earned-first-career-win-at-talladega#/0

iRacing champion crowned

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/11/nascar-peak-antifreeze-series-champion-ryan-luza

No. 19 team penalized for lug nut

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/11/penalty-report-suarez-charlotte-daniel-suarez

Better to run in front or back? Stats answer age-old 'Dega question     

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1544/eight-must-know-stats-for-talladega#/0

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Points penalty won’t affect Matt Tifft’s position in playoffs

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will lose his crew chief to a one-race suspension after his Toyota was found to be too low after Charlotte.

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Text chain helps drivers receive clarification from NASCAR on securing lug nuts outside box

Kyle Larson still believes Jimmie Johnson should have received a penalty at Charlotte Motor Speedway   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/11/text-chain-helps-drivers-receive-clarification-from-nascar-on-securing-lug-nuts-outside-box/ 

NASCAR America: Talladega can make just about any driver nervous

Always nerve-racking, Talladega adds another element with so much at stake in Sunday's playoff race.

NASCAR America: Brendan Gaughan Unplugged

Brendan Gaughan spent some time with the NASCAR America crew and had much to say.


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 Surging Chase Elliott has one goal for Talladega: ‘Keep all four (tires) on the ground’

Kyle Larson says the run of runner-up finishes for Chase Elliott will soon lead to something else: 'He will win.'  

   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/10/surging-chase-elliott-has-one-goal-for-talladega-keep-all-four-tires-on-the-ground/

Which driver will stumble in Talladega?
Martin Truex Jr.'s success sparks the question of which driver will falter late in the NASCAR playoffs.

Truex Jr. can afford to be mean now
Martin Truex is through to the Round of 8 and now he doesn't have to be as nice as he's been all season.

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Drivers are always nervous leading up to racing at Talladega and the new point system in the playoffs will make them even more concerned.

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Masterful Jeff Gordon guiding Chase Elliott through crucial Martinsville test

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/10/jeff-gordon-chase-elliott-martinsville-test/

Hamlin: 'Dega will be 'exciting'

  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/10/hamlin-anticipating-exciting-ends-of-stages-at-talladega/

88 things to love about Dale Jr. 

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500 

For Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500, there are 40 cars entered, meaning that no one will fail to qualify.  The biggest surprise on the list is Mark Thompson for Premium Motorsports.  Thompson, who's guaranteed to make the race would be making his first Cup Series start in 25 years.  Read more
 
Entry List: Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250

Saturday's fred's 250 for NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series has 32 trucks qualifying for 32 spots.  There are a number of driver changes to note, including Vinnie Miller making his series debut for Bolen Motorsports.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Why NASCAR Needs Deregulation
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

By now, everybody has seen the miles of empty seats glittering under the sun at every NASCAR venue on the circuit. Meanwhile, TV ratings for most of the races in 2017 have been clocking in anywhere from 15 to 30 percent below last year's numbers.

It isn't like efforts aren't being made to draw more interest to these gigantic sporting events. The tracks have initiated cheaper family 4-pack tickets, children's pricing, and loyalty programs to try and get more fans back into those seats. They've tried applying the mythical PJ1 compound to the racing surface in an effort to create more competitive racing on the track. The networks have taken to hiring familiar faces from other sports to help cross-promote our product with other high-adrenaline events.

However, are any of these efforts working?

No. That's because if a newbie tunes in for a playoff race, they get three-and-a-half hours of muscle cars in a high-speed parade. Despite NASCAR's best attempts to tweak the machines, tires, and tracks the magical combination of competition and mayhem has not yet been achieved.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted on his Periscope account that attendance and the competition might improve if some races were rescheduled to run during the day, instead of under the cool light of the moon.

But after two decades of careful research on the part of highly paid number crunchers, it is clear that night races sell more tickets and gain greater TV ratings. So how is going back to the old-school day races going to actually help the sport? That isn't going to help.

So, what will help? What's missing?

I've thought for quite some time that the somewhat boring nature of our cookie-cutter races can be laid at the feet of perfected mechanical engineering.  The dramatic storyline of each race these days is determined by aerodynamics, fuel consumption, and the durability of the tire compound.  Engines don't tend to detonate unless they belong to a third-tier team.  Suspensions don't fail. Mysterious mechanical failures simply don't happen to the top echelon of the Cup Series.

Even if the odds-on favorite doesn't actually grab the checkered flag at the end of the day, there is a 90% chance that one of five other drivers will.  There is literally almost no suspense left in this sport.

Take Sunday's race for example. What was the driving topic of conversation on Monday morning? Jimmie Johnson's lug nuts, which honestly had zero effect on the outcome of the race or the main storylines.  There was no nail biting, no great gasp of dismay, or even an "Oh no!" moment through the entire afternoon, save for Kyle Busch collapsing at the end of the day.

Consider this boredom also happened at Charlotte, the hometown of NASCAR. This oval used to be a punishing racetrack. Instead, a visit to this southern gem is now characterized by yawns and grumpy drivers. How, exactly is that going to bring a new fan into the auto racing fold?

We have simply engineered the fun out of watching this sport by creating tracks and cars that can stand up to the abuse of 500 miles without blinking. Remember when that used to be a nigh-impossible goal?
Yes, we need more side-by-side racing, but we also need an element of surprise worked back into the mix. Perhaps if we went to crate engines, NASCAR could spike a few... that might throw a wrench into the proceedings.

It's wonderful that all these multi-million dollar teams have got this system down. That's impressive, but it's not a good show. If we removed some of the rules and regulations that define the structure of every part bolted to the cars and let the teams loose to experiment, we may regain some element of the unknown that provided the background of fun for this sport in its golden years.

We always hear that NASCAR wants to put on a great show for the fans.  However, they may have only managed to regulate themselves out of their own sport.

SOMETHING SHINY

I hope this move marks the beginning of a new tradition in NASCAR.  After scoring the victory on Saturday afternoon, Alex Bowman signed the checkered flag and handed it off to a young fan at the start/finish line, following an example set by Ryan Blaney the week before. Keep it up! That's exactly the kind of fan interaction this sport needs. Now, wouldn't it be nice if the Cup Series drivers followed suit?

Numbers Game: Bank of America 500
by Tom Bowles

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Career points-paying wins for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Charlotte (12th on Sunday). He failed to reach Victory Lane in both the Cup and XFINITY Series during full-length events but did win the 2000 Winston All-Star Race exhibition.

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Top-5 finish for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 30 Cup starts this season, a career low.

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Playoff wins this season for Martin Truex Jr. in four starts, tying a career high.

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Of 10 cautions Sunday caused by Kyle Busch's Toyota. Busch wound up finishing 29th.

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Wins by Toyota in the first four NASCAR Cup playoff races this season.

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Points separating eighth place Jamie McMurray from 11th place Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR standings.

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Wins for Martin Truex Jr. this season, a career high.

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Straight top-15 finishes for Jimmie Johnson, the first time that's happened since mid-2014.

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DNFs for Danica Patrick this season including Sunday's crash at Charlotte, a career high.

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Finishing position Sunday for former NASCAR playoff contender Kasey Kahne. It's his best run since winning Indianapolis in July. 

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Cautions Sunday at Charlotte, the most for the fall race since 2009.

32nd
Finishing position for B.J. McLeod Sunday at Charlotte, tying a career high for him in the Cup Series (eight starts). 

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Beside the Rising Tide: A Hurricane Before I Go Insane
by Matt McLaughlin
 
Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Benefits from Rule, Pounds Playoff Theme
by Phil Allaway

Who's Hot & Who's Not In NASCAR: Charlotte Edition
by Jeff Wolfe
 
5 Points to Ponder: Number 27
by Danny Peters
 
The Underdog House: Is There a Road to NASCAR Competitiveness for Small Teams?
by Amy Henderson

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NASCAR Cup: Sonoma Raceway opens campground to wildfire evacuees

Amanda Vincent


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Sonoma wildfires have missed vineyards, raceway


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Furniture Row Racing has to go the extra mile ... and then some

Furniture Row Racing is not a traditional NASCAR operation. Based out of Denver, things are done a little differently around the nondescript race shop and the staff is a mix of NASCAR long-timers thrown in with Colorado natives. Somehow, it all works

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NASCAR Cup: Landon Cassill out at Front Row Motorsports

Amanda Vincent

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Bump & Run: Did NASCAR handle Jimmie Johnson’s pit stop correctly?

Steve Letarte, Nate Ryan and Dustin Long also discuss how far Chase Elliott will go in the playoffs.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/10/bump-run-did-nascar-handle-jimmie-johnsons-pit-stop-correctly/

2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Jan. 19
Tickets are on sale for the event

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Vinnie Miller to make Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway with Bolen Motorsports

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Donate Life Alabama and Eternal Fan join BK Racing, Joey Gase for Talladega

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Austin’s fast-rising teenage pop star Madison McWilliams to sing national anthem for O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

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Actor Mike Vogel named honorary starter for Hollywood Casino 400
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Red-hot Martin Truex Jr. looking to carry momentum into First Data 500

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NASCAR Cup: Jimmie Johnson's non-penalty addressed

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Forecast for Miami

Is the Charlotte winner more likely to become the Monster Energy Series champion? 

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NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series to crown iRacing champion Tuesday    

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/07/iracing-championship-nascar-peak-antifreeze-series-miami



NASCAR TV schedule week of Oct. 9-15


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Matt Tifft: Richard Childress Racing will be ‘totally new world for me’
Matt Tifft will join Daniel Hemric at RCR after two years with Joe Gibbs Racing. 

NASCAR America: Hometown fans pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Residents of the community Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up in say what he means to them.

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Stock Car Gazette Columnist

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins Charlotte The Hard Way

by Chuck Abrams


Stock Car Gazette

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What Kinds of Problems Can NASCAR Crews Fix During a Race?

by Scott Huntington

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NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch receives medical attention at Charlotte

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NASCAR America: Failure to communicate ‘biggest issue’ with lack of Jimmie Johnson pit penalty

Steve Letarte criticized NASCAR for not informing all teams they wouldn't be penalized for securing lug nuts outside the pit box.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/09/nascar-america-failure-to-communicate-biggest-issue-with-lack-of-jimmie-johnson-pit-penalty/

Brad Keselowski pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Talladega scheme

Brad Keselowski will drive a paint scheme from his days as an Xfinity Series driver for JR Motorsports.

Elliott making a name for himself in playoffs
Chase Elliott hasn't found victory lane yet but his second place finishes show how far he's come as a young driver

Charlotte a reminder every spot counts in playoffs
Ryan Reed and Brendan Gaughan's battle for the final spot in the next round of the Xfinity Series playoffs shows the beauty of the postseason.

Charlotte won't forget impact of Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from racing at the end of the season but his impact on Charlotte will never be forgotten

Heat a factor at Charlotte for Kyle Busch, others
Kyle Busch was one of the handful of drivers that felt the effects of the heat in Charlotte over the weekend.

 Long: It was an ‘over the moon’ weekend for Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr.

Charlotte victories were meaningful for different reasons.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/09/long-it-was-an-over-the-moon-weekend-for-alex-bowman-martin-truex-jr/



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Martin Truex Jr. Wins a Hot One in Charlotte  
On a very muggy day at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. rose to the challenge and led the final 57 laps to take his sixth win of 2017 and advance to the Round of 8.  Chase Elliott finished second for the third time in four races, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.  Read more
 
Kyle Busch Powers Through to Finish Charlotte Cup Race

Kyle Busch was a contender on Sunday until he hit the wall hard in turn 3 just before halfway.  From there, it was a struggle with a terrible car, additional incidents and carbon monoxide seeping into the No. 18.  Busch managed to finish the race in 29th.  Read more

Drivers Have Mixed Feelings About Final Charlotte Oval Playoff Race

Sunday's Bank of America 500 will be the final fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the quad-oval.  Next season, the Bank of America 500 will be run using the infield road course.  Opinions are mixed on the move.  Read more
 
Welcome Back: Alex Bowman Scores First XFINITY Win at Charlotte

On Saturday, Alex Bowman made his first XFINITY start of the year.  He made it a good one by winning the rain-delayed Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole.  Read more

Playoff Check: Martin Truex Jr. Solidifies Round of 8 Slot, Expands Point Lead
by Phil Allaway
 
On Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. did everything he needed to do in order to advance.  Leading 91 laps and taking his sixth win of the year guarantees a spot in the Round of 8.  Earning the win also allowed him to expand his points lead up to 34 (more than half a race) over Kyle Larson.  Larson finished 10th on Sunday after a tire rub developed in the final laps.  Kevin Harvick is up to third after winning the first two stages and finishing third.
 
Chase Elliott's third second-place finish in four races moved him up six places to fourth in the standings, followed by Denny HamlinKyle Busch's crashes dropped him to a disappointing 29th-place finish.  As a result, he is now sixth in points, having lost 33 to Truex.  Jimmie Johnson is down two places to seventh despite a seventh-place finish.  Jamie McMurray rode his fifth-place finish to a gain of four places up to eighth.
 
Matt Kenseth is now ninth, one point behind McMurray for the last spot in the Round of 8.  Brad Keselowski struggled a bit on Sunday to a 15th-place finish, dropping him from fourth to 10th.  Ryan Blaney dropped two places to 11th despite finishing eighth on Sunday.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. brings up the rear after finishing 13th.
 
Round of 12 Point Standings: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 3106, 2) Kyle Larson -34, 3) Kevin Harvick -37, 4) Chase Elliott -47, 5) Denny Hamlin -50, 6) Kyle Busch -51, 7) Jimmie Johnson -55, 8) Jamie McMurray -62, 9) Matt Kenseth -63, 10) Brad Keselowski -64, 11) Ryan Blaney -67, 12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -72.
 
Note: In the playoffs, ties are broken by performance in that round only.
 
Eliminated Contenders: 13) Austin Dillon 2086, 14) Kasey Kahne -12, t-15) Ryan Newman -18, t-15) Kurt Busch -18.
 
Best of the Rest: 17) Clint Bowyer 760, 18) Joey Logano -8, 19) Erik Jones -12, 20) Daniel Suarez -74, 21) Trevor Bayne -212, 22) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -219, 23) Paul Menard -253.
 
Regular Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 12262) Kyle Larson -1113) Kyle Busch -134, 4) Kevin Harvick -203, 5) Denny Hamlin -283, 6) Brad Keselowski -2847) Chase Elliott -2968) Matt Kenseth -328, 9) Jamie McMurray -348, 10) Jimmie Johnson -411, 11) Clint Bowyer -466, 12) Ryan Blaney -47113) Joey Logano -474, 14) Erik Jones -478, 15) Kurt Busch -502, 16) Ryan Newman -523.
 
Outside the top-16, but still in Playoff Position: 18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -589.
 
Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 64, 2) Kyle Busch -23, 3) Kyle Larson -30, 4) Brad Keselowski -44, t-5) Jimmie Johnson -47, t-5) Kevin Harvick -47, 7) Denny Hamlin -51, 8) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -54, 9) Ryan Blaney -56, 10) Chase Elliott -57, 11) Matt Kenseth -59, 12) Jamie McMurray -61.
 
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 935, 2) Kyle Larson -50, 3) Kyle Busch -54, 4) Kevin Harvick -68, 5) Denny Hamlin -72, 6) Chase Elliott -104, 7) Jamie McMurray -124, 8) Brad Keselowski -146, 9) Matt Kenseth -166, 10) Clint Bowyer -175, t-11) Jimmie Johnson -189, t-11) Daniel Suarez -189, 13) Ryan Newman -204, 14) Joey Logano -215, 15) Kurt Busch -216, 16) Erik Jones -232.
 
Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona-1), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland, Charlotte-2), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2, Richmond-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover-1), Joey Logano (Richmond-1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-July), Austin Dillon (Charlotte-1), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1), Kevin Harvick (Sonoma), Denny Hamlin (Loudon-1, Darlington), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2, Loudon-2, Dover-2)

Note: Wins in italics are encumbered and do not count towards Playoff eligibility.
  

  Letter of the Race: Sunday's Bank of America 500 was brought to you by the letter H for Humidity.  While yes, the race was very cloudy in Charlotte, the humidity courtesy of Nate was stifling.  Temperatures barely reached the low 80s on Sunday, yet the drivers felt effects inside the car more reminiscent of mid-summer races with air temperatures in the 90s.  - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Bank of America 500
compiled by Phil Allaway
 
"Unbelievable win. Just a total team effort. Every single guy – every guy on this team just did a perfect job today and I can’t be more proud of them and at this time of the year is just when you want it to happen. You dream about days like today. I don’t know if we had the best car, but we damn sure go it in victory lane." - Martin Truex Jr., race winner
 
"We needed to be a little better I think in the middle stage and not lose so much track position. That was where Martin (Truex, Jr.) came on and got his track position and we lost ours and it was just hard to get all of it back there toward the end. It was a hard-fought day and really, from where we were in those middle stages, I was proud of the way we fought back and were able to get back to the front. It’s frustrating to run like this. We’re definitely tired of running second. But, if we keep running like we are, hopefully the opportunities will be there." - Chase Elliott, finished second

"I would get close and then I would get loose, and as the day went I just got looser on the entrance to the corners. The car started bouncing really bad and started losing grip as the VHT went away and kind of lost what I had at the beginning of the race – to arc it into the corner and do all the things I needed to do to get through the middle of the corner and be in the throttle. I knew where I was running was kind of questionable as to how long it would last, and the entry was the first part that gave up for me and I just had to be really cautious getting in there and that’s why I lost my speed from the first half of the race." - Kevin Harvick, finished third
 
"We had such a good car at the beginning and you knew the race track was going to change as the substance wore off. We just were so good at the beginning in that sticky stuff. We were still good at the end, it is just man, it was all about getting in the right lane on the restarts. We had awesome pit stops, I’m so proud of those guys, they have turned their year around. We honestly, had the best pit crew on pit road today. But, it was good day, stage points in both stages, good top five finish. Long day, it was super humid and I think it’s really hard to explain to people how sticky it is out there today. It was super-hot." - Jamie McMurray, finished fifth
 
"It was okay. We worked our way up to fourth and then had a little miscue on pit road and restarted 16th or something and got back up to seventh. Decent progress, the car was not easy to drive and not fun to drive, but my conditions were a lot better than the other guys and I could work my way back up through there." - Jimmie Johnson, finished seventh
 
"It’s solid. It stinks we couldn’t get any stage points, especially in that first one, but I thought we did a good job of getting better throughout the race. We were a lot better at the end of the race than what we were at the beginning. That says a lot about the team and hopefully we can keep it up and run decent the next two weeks. I’m proud of the effort to get better and the hard work, so that’s what we needed. We just need to start better." - Ryan Blaney, finished eighth
 
"The damage made me a little nervous. But Daniel (Suarez) got a good restart behind me and got to my outside and was on my door pretty hard. I got loose and lost a bunch of ground. I felt like I had a car to win. I made a mistake on pit road early. We rebounded from that. And then we had a costly mistake late and somewhat rebounded; but then those last two restarts didn’t go my way.
 
"I [feel] like we’ve been better than the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr., race winner) the past two weeks. Last week was probably the first time in a long time he hasn’t been the most dominant. And then, he definitely wasn’t dominant today. I feel like the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) and the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) and I were better than he was. Their team has executed really good." - Kyle Larson, finished 10th

"It was really frustrating, really puzzling. We were running third that one run, catching both leaders and the end of the run thought we were pretty close, just wanted a little adjustment. I don’t really know what happened. We took off the next stop and it was just totally out of control. It was just so loose you just couldn’t drive it. We got a little bit better that last long run. We’re going to get back up in the top-10 there somewhere, it’s just I couldn’t restart either. It was just a frustrating day all around." - Matt Kenseth, finished 11th

"The effort, yeah, I don’t know that I have worked any harder at any race this year, but looking at all these drivers, everybody is worn out. What they did to the race track and had the race track kind of all screwed up, got everybody worn out. We didn’t know where to run and how to run you were just in there chasing the race car around the corner, a lot of work. So, the effort was hard. Considering how little practice we got and how bad the car was at some points in the race, pretty happy with 12th to be honest with you. I thought we were going to run… I mean we ran 18th – 20th all day.

"I wish we could have done a little better obviously. We worked so hard all day. I know all the drivers are wore out. It was just real humid, but whatever they did to the track had it out of freaking control. You didn’t know whether you were going to be tight or loose every corner. You didn’t know where to run and where not to run. It was just crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it. Probably the hardest I’ve worked inside a car in a long time and I bet that goes for the rest of the field too. Hopefully, the rest of the races are a little bit easier." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 12th

"I’m alright, I’m better now. I got heat soaked and felt like I had heat stroke just from being inside the race car for 200 laps with the crush panels knocked out of it. Obviously, it was my bad, just trying to get a little too much too early in the race and got too high out of the groove and got myself into the fence and tore the right side off of it. My guys did a great job trying to rebound and get it back together as much as we could throughout the day. It was just evil out there the rest of the day trying to stay with a relative pace with the rest of the field. We were just kind of hanging on with our Interstate Batteries Camry. After I first tore it up, it was just a handful from there. Literally as soon as I did it, just coasting around under caution I could feel it being about 50 degrees hotter inside the car. It just got so hot that you literally felt like you were going to puke and just trying to make it to the end of the race and luckily we did. From there, just trying to get cooled down and get body temperature back to normal.

"[The EMTs] said my CO was in the double digits and I’m fighting some of that too. That was just the hottest I’ve been in the car. I didn’t feel sick from the CO or anything like that, but I felt heat stroke and I’ve had that before. Living in Vegas, you have that a few times when you’re playing outside in the summer as a kid. I knew what it was, I knew what it felt like, but the only way to do it is to just get out and get cooled down." - Kyle Busch, finished 29th
 
"I just got into turn one a little too high. There’s a very fine line where there was a lot of grip and not much grip. Our car was really bouncy and loose. It was a handful for a lot of the day. Our TheHouse.com team made some good adjustments, but we were just trying to hang on. I should have been a little bit more conservative, but we were trying hard to just stay one lap down and I got a little too high and got loose. I thought I was gonna be OK and I just ran back down the track and Danica hit me. She didn’t have anywhere to go. If I would have locked the brakes up, I probably would have just backed it into the wall, so I was trying to do something and I ran out of talent and couldn’t hang on." - David Ragan, finished 37th (Crashed out)
 
"For sure I didn’t see [Clint Bowyer]. I know I got tight underneath him and I washed up, but I checked-up and when you check-up sometimes you wash up even more, but never the less, I don’t know if he turned me on purpose or not he probably had a right to, but it was early in the race and we had a good car. The Caterpillar Chevrolet was coming back through, we lost three spots on the pit stop and that was rough, but we started passing some cars and just either my mistake or his mistake, both of us going for the same piece of real estate off Turn 2." - Ryan Newman, finished 40th (Crashed out)
  
  TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
 
Thinkin' Out Loud: The Season of Truex Continues
by Mike Neff
 
The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500
by Michael Finley

Up to Speed: Doing Something Different in Charlotte
by Bryan Gable
 
Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Comes up Clutch, Alex Bowman Wins in First Start of Season
by the Frontstretch Staff
 
XFINITY Breakdown: Drive for the Cure 300
by Mike Neff

Courtesy USA Today.com (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

Five takeaways from playoff race at Charlotte


Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/):

Seven playoff teams set to test at Martinsville this week 

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/09/martinsville-monster-energy-cup-series-organizational-test-playoffs/

Alabama governor declares Oct. 15 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day' 

 https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/09/dale-earnhardt-jr-day-alabama/

Sonoma Raceway issues status update on North Bay fires

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/10/09/sonoma-raceway-california-wild-fire-update/   

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says tracks should not to use PJ1 traction compound for now

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/10/08/dale-earnhardt-jr-says-tracks-should-not-to-use-pj1-traction-compound-for-now/

Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

The Cup and Truck Series return to the 2.66-mile superspeedway this weekend.


Expect the unexpected at Talladega for playoffs
Talladega provides some of the wildest races of the year as the NASCAR playoffs continue Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sonoma Raceway Officials Battling Wildfires 


https://speedsport.com/nascar/monster-nascar-cup/sonoma-raceway-battling-wildfires/

Earnhardt Jr. Entering Texas Motorsports HoF

https://speedsport.com/nascar/monster-nascar-cup/earnhardt-jr-entering-texas-motorsports-hof/


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

(http://MotorSportsNews.Net  )

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