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(4/17/15) 

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Jeff Gordon Could Add To His Talladega Superspeedway Legacy in GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 3

Will fans sitting in Talladega Superspeedway’s grandstands and infamous infield for the May 3, GEICO 500, see four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon add to his Talladega legacy with yet another victory?


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Goldberg: Dale Earnhardt 'was a bad ass'


Bristol Sprint Cup pit stall assignments


Sorenson to drive for Front Row at Richmond


Matt Kenseth wins Coors Light Pole at Bristol


Austin Dillon sets pace in final XFINITY practice


Waltrip, McMurray enjoy uniqueness of All-Star Race


Johnson: 'I want to be more competitive here'



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Sprint Cup drivers will see something new at Bristol -- a race track with no exposed outside concrete wall. Expect more tracks to follow suit, Bob Pockrass writes.



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Hamlin sets pace in opening XFINITY practice



Kahne tops chart in first practice at Bristol


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(BRISTOL, Tenn. – April 17, 2015) – With the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards off this weekend, a heavy contingent of current and former series drivers are in Bristol, Tenn. Sarah Cornett-Ching, for...Read more

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32nd Spring Sizzler Start Won’t Be Tomaino’s Last

Stafford Springs, CT —When the green flag falls on the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Sunday, April 26, Howell, NJ native and 1990 Whelen...

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Frontstretch Folio: Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer
by Phil Allaway

The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for its first assault of 2015 on the concrete. Television coverage of the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX; the race can also be heard on your local PRN affiliate and SiriusXM channel 90. Drivers will compete for 334 laps (501 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and Facts

Track Facts
Track / Race Length
: 0.533 mile concrete oval / 500 laps (266.5 miles)
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Degree of Banking: 24-30 degrees
Frontstretch: 650 ft., 4-9 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 650 ft., 4-9 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 153,000
Website: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bristolmotorspeedway

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMSUpdates

Pre-race Schedule

Practice No. 1: Friday, April 17 12 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Practice No. 2: Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, April 18 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Qualifying: Friday, April 17 at 4:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

VIPs:
Welcome: TBA
Top 10 Driver Intros: TBA
Grand Marshal / Command: Ella and Leo Gordon (Jeff Gordon's children)
Honorary Starter / Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA

Race Day Forecast
Sunday: Cloudy with Periods of Rain; Chance of rain: 90%
High: 67
Low: 56

Best Bets: Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas Motor Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR)

#20-Matt Kenseth 103.4
#24-Jeff Gordon 99.9
#2-Brad Keselowski 98.6
#16-Greg Biffle 93.5
#48-Jimmie Johnson 91.9
#4-Kevin Harvick 91.6
#41-Kurt Busch 91.6
#42-Kyle Larson 91.6
#11-Denny Hamlin 90.1
#19-Carl Edwards 89.9


Premium Motorsports, Brendan Gaughan Announce New Sponsor for Bristol

On Thursday, Premium Motorsports announced that Vydox Plus, a male enhancement supplement, will serve as the primary on the No. 62 Chevrolet driven by Brendan Gaughan this weekend at Bristol.  Read more


   

Michael Annett Has PhilMor on Car at Bristol

For Bristol, Michael Annett's No. 46 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet will be sporting special colors to promote PhilMor, Pilot/Flying J's new travel mugs.  The mugs are $1.99 each with a Pilot MyRewards card and can be refilled at any time in Pilot/Flying J locations at a discount.  Read more

Matt Crafton to Race TORC Season Opener at Texas

The TORC Series announced earlier this week that they will have a special guest at their season opener at the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway next week.  Two-time defending Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will drive the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit PRO 4WD truck next weekend.  Read more


They Said It:

"Bristol [Motor Speedway] is one of the tracks that we go to that has a little extra special meaning. I got my first XFINITY win there, and that's something I'll never forget. It's such a challenging track, and I can really make a difference there as a driver. Every year that we go to Bristol, the track builds more character the more we race on it, and as it ages. I remember this race being a big confidence booster for me last year. This is a big weekend with Auto-Owners Insurance on the car. They are going to have several guests at the track, so it's important to give them something to cheer about." - Justin Allgaier

"I do. I like Bristol. Obviously, it can be a little bit – the cars definitely got in a train last time we were here. It was tough. It was a little bit hard to pass. But like I said, that is why the bottom becomes important because, if you get stuck or even if you start on the bottom on a restart, if your car is turning, you can make that work, I think, for a little while. I think qualifying is going to be really important, so I’m definitely going to find myself doing a lot more qualifying runs – as many as possible before qualifying in the afternoon. But, I’ve liked Bristol since the first time I came here." - Danica Patrick

"Well, Bristol is a lot different than it used to be. The fast way around the racetrack it up against the wall now, so it becomes a little bit harder to pass. They’re also making some changes to the soft walls on the straightaways, so I think that’s going to make the bottom even harder to run. We’ll see what the weekend brings and try to keep track position as we go through the day to run up against the wall.

"It’s usually a lot cooler, so in the spring you don’t fight a lot of the same things that you fight in the fall. Obviously we have different rules this year, so I think we’re going to have to adjust to that, as well. I think it will be a lot like it is everywhere else in terms of the new rules – you’re just going to have a lot more throttle time through the corner, which at Bristol sounds hard to believe, but you’re going to have more throttle time through the corners." - Kevin Harvick

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

Eyes on XFINITY: Chris Buescher Setting the Standards High at Roush-Fenway Racing

by Joseph Wolkin

by Matt Stallknecht

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Roush revival: Roush Fenway Racing heads to Bristol ready to turn season around  One of the most storied organizations in auto racing, Roush Fenway Racing boasts two championships and 135 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Recently, RFR has hit some ...
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Developer Dusenberry Martin Racing announced last Friday, April 3, that NASCAR '15 is set to be released on the market this May 22, 2015.
NASCAR stars set to tee it up on the diamond
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Throughout both the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ...
NASCAR: Gordon, Axalta aim to boost STEM education
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Martin Truex, Furniture Row Racing driven to reward team owner
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Martin Truex Jr., at Furniture Row Racing headquarters in Denver in February, is 7-for-7 this year in top-10 finishes. "We have better race cars," he ...
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(4/16/15) 

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Chevrolet, with more than a century of motorsports success, reunites with Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) in a multiyear deal as the official vehicle and pace car of the iconic short track.




Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed heads to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) this weekend not only to try to capture his second win of the season on the track’s high banks, but also to spread awareness of the disease he lives with every day


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 JR Motorsports, Dale's Pale Ale announce 2015 partnership


P5 penalty upheld against No. 31 team


National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement


P5 penalty for No. 31 upheld; Lambert responds


Accident leads Busch to become unexpected safety advocate


President Obama to honor Harvick at White House




 #TBT: Davey Allison-Mark Martin photo finish at Bristol


Bowyer discusses Busch’s medical waiver


Texting between Childress, Newman during appeals

@nascarcasm: Fake take on conversations between owner, driver


Michael Annett: From the rink to the race track


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There's no timeframe for Kyle Busch to return to NASCAR after breaking his leg, but he hopes to be back by July. More      


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Will Roush Fenway Racing put a driver in the Chase? And how quickly should Erik Jones ascend to the Sprint Cup Series?

Pockrass: Kyle Busch healing, growing

Kyle Busch is itching to get back on the track, but his recovery from crash injuries has also helped him gain perspective and maturity, Bob Pockrass writes.



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The Critic's Annex: Masters Of The Clock: The Legend of Martinsville
by Phil Allaway

Every time that I read the title of the show, I think of Masters of the Maze, a 1994 children's game show originally hosted by J.D. Roth (and later, Mario Lopez) that aired on The Family Channel (now ABC Family) on weekdays.Back to the special. Reg E. Cathey, best known for roles in Se7en and various David Simon-produced shows set in Baltimore (including HBO's The Wire), but best known to me as "Dirty Dee" from the 2001 film Pootie Tang served as the show's narrator.  He paints a portrait of Martinsville as a down-home type of place where tradition rules, equating it with places like Wrigley Field or Augusta National Golf Club.

Drivers, active and retired, give their opinions about what it's like to race at Martinsville, and the common theme is that Martinsville represents a change from the norm.  When I discovered NASCAR in 1988, there weren't that many intermediate tracks.  There was Atlanta (still a true oval), Charlotte and Michigan.  Given the speeds, you could throw Pocono in there as well.  Everything else hadn't been built yet, so such a statement in 1988 might not have made that much sense.  The track is a throwback if you will, but definitely a difficult throwback.

From there, the show talks about the founder of Martinsville, H. Clay Earles, described as the embodiment of the work ethic of Southern Virginia.  He worked in a furniture factory as a youngster before acquiring gas stations, working hard to make a living for himself and his family.Earles saw a race in 1946 and was intrigued, thinking that Martinsville needed its own track. So, he built one that is still used regularly 68 years later. However, the first race was a quagmire.  Earles, in a file interview (Earles died in 1999) in the special talked about how he didn't anticipate as many fans for the first race (6013 showed up to a track that only had 750 seats) or the choking dust.

Early on, Martinsville attracted a string of different drivers to Victory Lane with none showing a particular level of dominance.  Of course, if that continued, they'd have to have a different title for the show because there wouldn't have been a definitive master of the track.

The first real master of the track was Fred Lorenzen.  His reign of dominance at the track roughly coincided with the track introducing the grandfather clock as a trophy in 1964.  At the time, the Ridgeway Clock Co. was three miles away from the track in nearby Ridgeway, but today, Ridgeway Clocks is part of the Howard Miller Company.  Production has been moved from Ridgeway to Michigan.  Footage of the clocks being made in the original Ridgeway factory and the current Michigan facility were used in the special.  Also of note, if you want one so that you can put on airs and claim you won at Martinsville, it'll cost you a couple of thousand dollars, depending on what you order.

Richard Petty won 15 times at Martinsville (12 after they started awarding the clocks).  However, much of Petty's dominance at Martinsville was more or less written off as an extension of his dominance of everything else at the time.  Remember, most of those 15 wins came during a period of time in which he had very few peers (and a number of those peers didn't exactly run full-time).

Darrell Waltrip was another master of the clock.  Significant time was given to the 1980 Virginia 500.  They had some quirky pit rules back then that I'd honestly like to know a little bit more about, as in, why did they institute them?  To cut costs?  The clip that was aired from MRN TV indicated that if a pale yellow flag with a red cross was displayed at the beginning of pit road, you could not change tires.  If you did, you got a two-lap penalty.

Time was even given to the hot dogs in the special. I'm surprised that people didn't flip out more when Smithfield replaced Jesse Jones this year... you know, after they tasted them.  It just shows how much things have changed since the last time they tried a change, people weren't even willing to try them.

The other masters profiled included Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.  Those three men combined for 23 victories.  While the top 5 all-time winners were profiled on this special, the addition of Lorenzen and Denny Hamlin makes me wonder why a couple of other drivers didn't get their due.  In this case, I'm talking about Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. 

Yarborough all but doesn't show up at all and is not interviewed.  Did he ask for too much money to appear?  The Earnhardt omission is really glaring as well, knowing that he won six times on the paperclip against some steep competition.  If you referred to Earnhardt as a master of Martinsville, no one would disagree with you.  I guess he wasn't flashy enough in earning his wins.  There's plenty of footage of Earnhardt kicking tail that could have been included and I'm sure Earnhardt talked about Martinsville in interviews countless times over the years.  The man was a veteran of Carolina short tracks before getting to Cup.  He prided himself on being on the man to beat at a place like Martinsville.  I just think that viewers were worse off without seeing one of the greats give his thoughts (via file footage) on the track.

NASCAR did a decent job showing just what Martinsville ultimately means to the NASCAR community.  There were exterior shots of Martinsville itself, but they really didn't get into what the track actually means to Martinsville, which would have been interesting.  That's something that FOX Sports has done well in the past.  A feature that aired on NCWTS Setup prior to the first truck race at Rockingham is an example. 

Regardless, I did enjoy watching the show.  It's a good history lesson for those who might not know all that much about the venue.  I've personally never been there, but would like to go at some point.


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH :  

Truckin' Thursdays: Memorable Moments at Bristol
by Beth Lunkenheimer

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Tony Stewart – More Feast, Less Famine KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 16, 2015) – In his 30 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway dating back to 1999, Tony Stewart has endured a ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.4nTuTucU.dpuf
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From the first checkered flag that dropped over Mike Skinner at Phoenix International Raceway in 1995 to Joey Logano's exciting win at Martinsville 
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NASCAR driver Kyle Busch: Daytona wreck that broke his leg 'all my fault'
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Hot 20 heading to Bristol – Even being among the Lukewarm 30 would be beneficial for Tony

Our Hot 20 is a look at those in contention to slip into one of the sixteen Chase spots. A win while in the Top 30 in points could prove to be just as good. Neither matters at the moment for Tony Stewart. Sadly, 2015 has been a year Smoke has been a participant, not a competitor.


Truex Jr. Taking Consistency to Bristol’s Short Track

Martin Truex Jr. enters this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol(Tenn.) Motor Speedway third in driver points as a result of scoring seven-straight top 10s to open the 2015 campaign.





Herman Unplugged: Kyle Busch should sit out 2015


 Earnhardt seeks speed at Kentucky test


Keselowski: NASCAR sent strong message on tires


Unwrecked car heads to Dale Jr.'s car graveyard


Busch responds to Keselowski’s blog


Kyle Busch discusses Daytona wreck


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 Kyle Busch, wife discuss crash, impending parenthood


NASCAR's wild, wacky and unpredictable


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Today's Featured Commentary
Out With the Old
Professor of Speed

by Dr. Mark Howell

Don’t look now, but it’s a young person’s world.

Erik Jones won his first career XFINITY race last weekend at the ripe old age of 18. That’s how old Chase Elliott was when he won his first XFINITY title just last season.

My oldest daughter is going on 19 and the thought of her being a working, driving, college-attending adult scares the daylights out of me.

Maybe it’s because I’m just two weeks away from turning fifty. That’s a milestone I’m struggling to pass. I know what they say: that “50 is the new 30” and all that kind of rot. But when I look at NASCAR and how it’s trending younger, all I see is my years in the sport creeping toward the gates of old age.

And I can’t aim the blame solely at Erik and Chase….

NASCAR’s kids’ club includes Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (21); Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Brett Moffitt (22); Joey Logano and Austin Dillon (25); and Landon Cassill (26).

Even seasoned veterans in the Sprint Cup Series are younger than some of the students I teach each week. Former Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne is 24. Former NSCS champion Brad Keselowski is 31, as is Regan Smith. Danica Patrick is all of 34, as is Denny Hamlin. Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex, Jr. are both 35 years of age. And Kevin Harvick, David Gilliland, and Jimmie Johnson are all 39 years old, just a year younger than Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who’s their senior at 40.

I laughed when news reports called Jeff Gordon NASCAR’s “elder statesman” at the ripe-old age of 43 when he announced his forthcoming retirement from driving. Thank goodness Greg Biffle is 45 and Mike Bliss is 50 – at least there are two drivers with whom I can chronologically identify!

Gone are the days when long-in-the-tooth hotshoes like Dick Trickle and Morgan Shepherd would mix it up with their youthful counterparts. Next week, I’m going to write about the 1990 First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro and how April 22nd will mark the 25th anniversary of pace car driver Brett Bodine’s first (and only) Sprint Cup win. Both Trickle and Shepherd were 48 years old and running up front that day. Alongside them, Harry Gant was still racing (and winning) regularly at the advanced age of 50.

To be historically accurate: “Handsome Harry” only won one race during the 1990 Sprint Cup season. Gant went on to win five races in 1991 at the age of 51, then another two races in 1992 at the age of 52. Nonetheless, the point is still pretty clear: experience is the best teacher.

Or is it? How does that old chestnut explain Chase Elliott’s 2014 XFINITY title? What about Brad Keselowski’s 2012 Sprint Cup championship when he was only 28? Or Jeff Gordon’s first Cup championship when he was 23 back in 1995?

If it’s true that experience brings success, then why are so many drivers accomplishing so much at such an early age?

Are today’s cars easier to drive? A driver can do amazing things with downforce, but what about the new rules package that lessens such a luxury? Maybe it’s that there are so many good cars scattered throughout NASCAR’s big touring series?

Is it because young drivers have better resources at their disposal? Do more parents have more money available to fund their children’s racing dreams at an earlier age? The success of a competitive division like the K&N Series speaks volumes about the development of young talent. So does the plethora of developmental programs managed by Sprint Cup race teams.

Do younger racers have access to more information? YouTube is an archive of race footage that enables drivers to view “game films” from past events. Might that be a way to study, absorb, and learn nuances necessary for running up front?

Could it be that young drivers familiar with video games are able to use iRacing as a way to gain much-needed “seat time”? It wasn’t all that long ago when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. admitted to using a NASCAR video game to learn his way around Watkins Glen, an education that enabled him to significantly improve his results on the road course.

Is knowledge as good a teacher as experience? For young drivers, it just might be.

One thing that young drivers bring to NASCAR is the enthusiasm that comes with their ages. That was part of Jeff Gordon’s appeal when he hit the scene back in the early 1990s, the good vibes of seeing a good-looking young driver climb from his car in Victory Lane, armed with energy and vitality to spare. Such youth played well with sponsors, and such vitality played well with the media.

It sure made better TV than having a gray-haired, craggy-faced, old-timer crawling through the driver’s side window and asking for a cigarette.

So if NASCAR’s audience reflects the “graying” of America and the abundance of baby boomers who consume sports entertainment, why is it that middle-aged fans find themselves cheering so loudly for drivers in their teens and twenties?

Maybe it’s like going to a soccer match on a Saturday morning and cheering for your grandkid who’s tearing around the pitch with a dozen other youngsters in tow. It’s the idea that we enjoy a sport vicariously through the exploits of the kids who make gutsy moves, show their skills, and nail the big wins. They do it all while wishing that Father Time was treating us “older folks” with a bit more respect.

This concept also begs the question: if so many NASCAR stars are between the ages of 20 and 40, where’s the audience reflecting that particular demographic? If there’s one aspect of youth that’s sluggish in NASCAR, it’s the decreased number of younger fans.

One thing, however, seems certain: the future of NASCAR looks glaringly bright. And that’s great, because what are we to do with that ancient Jeff Gordon? Come on; he’s 43 years old!

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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Auto racing fans will have the opportunity to check out the new cars that will see competition in 2015 free of charge as Wall Stadium will present the final practice session before the season begins this Saturday (April 18) from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. While the grandstands will be open to the public on Saturday there is a fee for competitors and crews.

            Last Saturday the shore speedway offered its first of two practice sessions and 54 cars participated with many newcomers taking part in the session. With the first of two session usually the lesser attended a large field of cars is anticipated for this Saturday’s final practice.

            Competitors are urged to visit the speedway office on Saturday to made arrangements for their 2015 registrations and competitors licenses so that they can avoid long lines on opening night. The speedway office will also be open during business hours during the week.

The 2015 weekly Saturday night campaign gets the green flag on April 25 with the Downs Ford Modifieds, Snap-on Sportsman cars, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks, Limited Late Models and Factory Stocks all in racing action. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying will start at 6:00 p.m. and main event action is slated for 7:00 p.m.

            The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

More information on Wall Stadium and the 2015 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium 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. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.


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45 Entrants Prepare for Bristol Battle

On Monday, NASCAR released the entry list for Sunday's Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer.  Like last weekend, 45 teams will attempt to qualify.  The only changes of note are that the Wood Brothers are not entered, while The Motorsports Group returns with Ron Hornaday, Jr.  Read more

Cup and Truck Stars Highlight XFINITY Bristol Entry List

Also on Monday, NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.  For now, the race is shaping up to have a short field with only 39 cars entered.  Read more               

Today's Featured Commentary
Sprint Cup Champion Martin Truex, Jr.? Well, Why Not?
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View

by S.D. Grady

What about that Martin Truex, Jr.? I know the points don’t mean anything when we’re lining up the awards ceremony at the end of the year, but after seven races, he’s looking mighty stout with all those top-10 finishes, running behind only Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano in the standings. We’ve run on the superspeedways, a couple of cookie cutters and short tracks. Truex’s No. 78 has performed remarkably well at all of them. And yet, are you really considering him for a run at the Cup? Despite the buzz that the auto racing media is trying to build for the New Jersey native, the general consensus is no, the Furniture Row machine will not beat everybody else to the finish.

There does seem to be a disconnect here between performance and perception. But why wouldn’t the congenial, if a little forgettable Truex Jr. not be in our thoughts? He’s doing everything he can to put his tiny team up front with the big boys. Well, not all the way up front. Truex has only logged 32 laps led for 2015, but the rest of his program is right on the money.

OK, what about camera time? Has Truex at least garnered national attention with his persistently great track appearances? Well, back when he drove for NAPA and MWR, I would see him lip-syncing some Know How. But his Furniture Row sponsor doesn’t go in for flooding Fox Sports with Martin’s scruffy face. No extra screen time.

Can you pick his car out on track? That poses another problem. It’s brown. Just plain brown running on a gray surface. Even if it is the only brown car out there, it’s not exactly neon green. Neither is its driver decked out in a fluorescent fire suit.

Does he do a great interview? I think Truex took lessons from Matt Kenseth. When you are in the room with Truex, he’s a charming individual. He chuckles and brings an honesty to the interview that you can relate to as a person. This earthiness doesn’t always translate on pit road with a camera in his face. Many times we get canned answers and forgettable responses when he’s about to climb into his car.

I’m beginning to think that Truex could do backflips off his car window and we’d still not notice the unique feat. Is it this nearly invisible physical presence that helps NASCAR Nation to dismiss Martin’s truly stellar talent?

These reasons add up as we don’t truly see Truex for everything he clearly is. The problem is obviously ours, not his. However, if we don’t acknowledge him soon, his no-longer fledgling career is approaching the line of no return. True anonymity is so easy to accomplish without the right backing.

When you can take a small team and make the car fly through the juggernaut of Team Penske, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing, you’ve undeniably got the chops needed to take it all the way to the top. The No. 78 has got the engines in place. There’s a major racing stable in Richard Childress Racing lending support, and Truex has hoisted a trophy over his head a couple of times in the Sprint Cup Series. He was poised to take his NAPA machine to the next level when Michael Waltrip Racing decided to make poor decisions during the 2013 Chase and disillusioned the sport of NASCAR. Truex has everything you need to make the leap to the head table in Vegas.

Except the fans’ support. That’s right. There’s always an elusive part of the equation when a team is riding high toward the end of the season. Call it momentum, determination, a crazy streak of luck... but the positive energy that follows a team to the top is palpable. It can be felt in the garage area. The grandstands groan under the weight of fans sharing their excitement with the next possible champion. When Martin Truex, Jr. takes the stage during driver introductions, it’s more like crickets on a soft summer night.

So, now it’s our turn. Let’s give that mighty underdog all the encouragement it needs to overthrow the dynastic choke hold that has driven NASCAR for the past eight of nine seasons. Truex has waited a long time to come into his own. He has proven he’s worthy of all possible accolades on the track; now, we’ve got to reward him before he gets behind that wheel, all so he is motivated to grasp the golden ring at the end of the year.

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2002 Sharpie 500

Before they destroyed Bristol and built it up again, it was the meanest track on the planet. If you didn’t bring your biggest set of balls, you were gonna get run over. Some drivers built their reputations at the massive coliseum—willing to eat the poor little drivers who were generally safe at most other tracks. Jeff Gordon was often perceived in his early years as a driver not entirely willing to get into the mud pit. But on this particular day in Tennessee, Gordon proved them all wrong, and ticked off Rusty Wallace while he did it. Good times. Good times!

After a 62-race winless drought, this moment reminded NASCAR Nation that Jeff Gordon had not given up, not yet, not for a long time to come.  Enjoy!

Numbers Game: Duck Commander 500

by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led by Toyota Saturday night. Chevrolets dominated, leading 288 of 334 laps.

1
Finish for Kevin Harvick outside the top two this season. He was second Saturday night.

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Wins apiece for Harvick and Jimmie Johnson just seven races into the season.

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Drivers who have scored a top-10 finish in all seven races: Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr. and Joey Logano.

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Wins for Jimmie Johnson in the last six races in Texas.

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Drivers who have "clinched" a spot in the Chase through seven races: Harvick, Johnson, Logano, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.

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Cars with Hendrick power and support that finished inside the top 8 Saturday night. That included all four main Hendrick Motorsports cars.

7
Straight races in 2015 without a top-10 finish for Tony Stewart.

14th
The lowest finish for Kurt Busch since his return to the sport four races ago.

$130,210
Money won by Carl Edwards for finishing 10th.

$133,004
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NASCAR Champions Featuring Bobby Isaac

Bobby Isaac possessed the one attribute that all NASCAR drivers crave. He was quite simply; fast. In 1969 he captured the record for most poles in a single season with 19. That record still stands today. In fact, only 38 drivers have achieved 19 or more poles throughout their entire career.       

The Final Word – Texas was all about Jimmie and Kevin with a Junior cameo

Jimmie, and Kevin, and Dale, oh my. Jimmie, and Kevin, and Dale, oh my. Last Saturday night was a good one if you happened to be a fan of one of the above-mentioned drivers. Johnson was the class of the field, leading 128 laps, including the final one.       

Nature Blast Increases Partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports

Expanding their relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Nature Blast announced today they are taking their partnership to the next level. The cleaning supply company will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 9 Ford and driver Sam Hornish Jr. during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 19.       

30th Anniversary of NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Offers 20 Percent More Action, Star-Studded Lineup of Sport’s Best Drivers

Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 30-year home of the biggest All-Star event in all of sports, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, announced this year’s four-wheeled donnybrook will feature more 200-mile-per-hour, nail-biting action than ever before, the most competitive lineup of the sport’s best drivers, opportunities for fans to vote their favorite driver into the field and a huge array of pre-race entertainment.       

 Erik Jones Calls First XFINITY Victory Surreal, Biggest Win of Career to Date

With 26 laps to go, Erik Jones had a solid restart, clearing both Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take the lead. He would then cruise the rest of the way to scoring his first career XFINITY Series victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Speaking in the media center afterward, Jones called the victory 'surreal'.


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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Slightly Expands Lead After Another Top 2 Finish
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick may have broken his streak of top-2 finishes at Martinsville, but he's still clearly on a roll.  Another second-place finish on Saturday night increased his points lead once again.  It is now 26 over Joey Logano, who had a coming together with Harvick with 20 laps to go.  From there, Logano had to charge to get back to fourth by the finish.  Martin Truex, Jr. remains in third after posting his seventh consecutive top-10 finish to start the season.  Brad Keselowski remains in fourth despite an unscheduled pit stop early in the race due to a vibration.  He would eventually wind up fifth.

Kasey Kahne is still in fifth after finishing eighth Saturday night.  He is still quietly the highest placed of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers in points.  Jimmie Johnson's victory boosted him up four places to sixth in the standings, 14 points behind Kahne.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is up one place to seventh after finishing third on Saturday.  Denny Hamlin is down one place to eighth after finishing 11th.

Aric Almirola maintained the ninth spot in points after finishing 19th Saturday night.  Behind Almirola is a log jam.  David Ragan is now tenth in points after finishing 13th and is one point behind Almirola.  One point behind Ragan is Jamie McMurray after finishing sixth and running up front for most of the Duck Commander 500.  Just behind McMurray is Matt Kenseth in 12th.

The biggest loser of the week was Paul Menard.  The penalties against Ryan Newman meant that he entered Saturday night sixth in points. However, a blown engine resulted in a 41st-place finish.  That result dropped Menard all the way back to 16th in the standings.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 306, 2) Joey Logano -26, 3) Martin Truex, Jr. -40, 4) Brad Keselowski -60, 5) Kasey Kahne -76, 6) Jimmie Johnson -90, 7) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -93, 8) Denny Hamlin -101, 9) Aric Almirola -111, 10) David Ragan -112, 11) Jamie McMurray -113, 12) Matt Kenseth -117, 13) Jeff Gordon -120, 14) Carl Edwards -124, 15) Casey Mears -128, 16) Paul Menard -129 .

Race Winners: Joey Logano (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Texas), Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas, Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Fontana), Denny Hamlin (Martinsville)

Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 was brought to you by the letter "D," for dominance.  Intermediate tracks lately have been the domain of both Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick: Saturday night was no different.  The two past champions combined to lead 224 of the 334 laps and finished one-two.  They're going to be a tough out for the foreseeable future. - Phil Allaway   

Quotes to Remember: Duck Commander 500
compiled by Phil Allaway

" I thought we were in big trouble once we restarted.  The No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) went up through there and got to the lead.  I just couldn’t go anywhere.  I got so tight.  We weren’t sure if it was a bad set of tires.  We felt like we had a set that didn’t match up with us earlier in the race.  So, we made no adjustments. We went out the next restart and the car was a little better, but made an adjustment.  Then that last pit stop we made the right adjustment.  I caught the No. 4 (Harvick) racing with the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray). I was able to get by both of those guys and check out.  It was an exciting race.  I hope the fans really enjoyed that one." - Jimmie Johnson, race winner

"I just got behind there and Jimmie was fast for those last couple laps and got around us.  I got loose coming off four and I got in the wall and just was trying to hang on to where I needed to be.  I just have to thank everybody on my Budweiser/Jimmy John’s team for all that they have done and we just raced as hard as we could and it was a lot of fun." - Kevin Harvick, finished second

"I had (Kevin) Harvick cleared off of two.  I had passed him on the bottom and I had a hard time on the top so I wanted to try the bottom in three and four and he beat me around there.  I still had Jimmie behind me at that point and I should have pulled up in front of Kevin and made it a little more difficult on him.   We weren’t as good as the 48 or the 4 early in the race, but we definitely improved it and Greg (Ives, crew chief) and the Nationwide team did a great job in getting it better.  We have had that speed all year and it’s good to get a good finish in the bank because these last few weeks have been pretty rough, but we know what we are capable of.  Greg and I are just getting started here and we are right there on their heels man. If we ever get this thing figured out – it’s going to be tough." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished third

"It’s hard racing.  It’s understandable.  We’re racing to the end of the race and I expect to get raced the way I race people and I would do the same thing, so it’s not a surprise there.  I felt like I had to guard that position.  I felt like if he got by me there I wouldn’t have the opportunity to get back by him and I felt like I would have lost the race that way.  We’re all just racing for wins.  We’ve got nothing to lose, so I felt like I made that move thinking, ‘Hey, I’ve got to win this race and do what I’ve got to do to win it.’" - Joey Logano, finished fourth, on racing Kevin Harvick

"It was an up-and-down night.  We led some laps early, faded in the middle and then found a little bit at the end and charged hard to get back up to fifth.  I think we were a second or third-place car there at the end.  It’s hard to say, but it was up and down.  We just have to keep working and find a little more speed." - Brad Keselowski, finished fifth

"It was a hard-fought night, for sure. We fought the car. We fought track position a lot and had a little trouble on pit road a few times. That hurt us a bit. At the end we had to start doing some strategy stuff to get our track position back and probably gave up a few spots doing it. It was still a top 10, so all in all, it was a good night for us. We’re just missing a little bit of something. The guys are working real hard. We just need to find a little bit of speed to run with those guys." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished ninth

"Our overall race was really good considering where we started at. We didn’t have the best pit stall selection, we were having to drive around cars all night. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and our Interstate Batteries team did a really nice job adjusting on our Camry and I felt like we had a chance at a certainly a top-10 or maybe even a top-five if the cautions would have fell right. We just weren’t at our best the last 50 laps. I don’t know if it was track changing a little bit, adjustments where we were at, track position is very important at these tracks. Not too excited about our finish, very pleased with our race. I think we learned a few things and certainly overcame a poor qualifying effort. When you have a good car, you need to capitalize on it and I felt like we gave up a little bit there at the end. We’ll look at it and learn from it. This is an important race here in the fall, so hopefully we can learn from it and these guys can be a little better in the fall." - David Ragan, finished 13th

"We broke a water hose, I guess. The main line that goes in the motor just broke. It pushed a bunch of water out. No warning. The temperature gauge never moved. I was coming down the backstretch to pit and was slowing down and it broke. We popped the hood but couldn’t see anything. So, we went back out but then had no power." - Paul Menard, finished 41st (Engine failure)      

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Martin Truex Jr.'s seven consecutive top-10 finishes to start the season is not a regular occurance in the Sprint Cup Series. The last time a driver opened the season with seven straight top-10s was 10 years ago in 2005 when six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat. The record for consecutive top 10s to open a new  season is 11 set by Morgan Shepherd in 1990. 
 
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Duck Commander 500

For the first night race under the vast Texas lights, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 19th annual Duck Commander 500. Surprising: This race featured a surprising number of penalties for driving through more than three pit boxes, surpassing the previous most popular penalty in the season to date for uncontrolled […]       

Johnson’s Texas Win Solidifies Contender Status

With Jimmie Johnson's win at the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, the 48 team has solidified their status as the team that could possibly dethrone Kevin Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing team for the Sprint Cup championship in 2015.       

Kasey Kahne Recovers to Finish Eighth at Texas

Despite having to head down pit road at lap 198 for a loose right rear, Kasey Kahne would recover during the second half of the Duck Commander 500 to post an eighth place finish.       

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fights to Third Place Finish at Texas

Despite qualifying outside the top 20, Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the race confident that he would have a good run. That confidence proved true as he crossed the finish line third. However, it wasn't an easy night, though.       

Roush Fenway Racing Shows Optimism Despite Struggling at Texas Following finishes outside of the top 20 in the first five events of the season, Roush Fenway Racing went to work in building new, faster cars. Those cars were debuted on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway and while they were better, the results were still poor. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would finish best of the three drivers in the 15th spot, with Greg Biffle finishing 17th and Trevor Bayne in 18th.


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Ricky Craven discusses the season-long battle between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, with Johnson getting the upper hand in the Duck Commander 500 from the Texas Motor Speedway.


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Power rankings: Harvick still out front, but Johnson closing fast

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/power-rankings?season=2015&week=7

 
Courteousy NASCAR.com

Dale Jr., Greg Ives 'are just getting started'


The Rundown: Texas


Tussle of champions: Jimmie Johnson outduels Kevin Harvick


J.D. Gibbs celebrates Erik Jones' XFINITY win



Courteousy ESPN.com

He dominated at times, but victory didn't appear inevitable for Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus on Saturday night. Then they worked their old Texas magic again.



Courteousy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):


Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):

Winners & Losers: Jimmie Johnson's win puts him among elite again



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

Mr. Consistency: Martin Truex Jr. adds another top-10 finish


Courteousy NBC Sports

  
  


1-on-1: Johnson springs forward for 5th TMS win



 Complete schedule for Bristol


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

Michael Waltrip spills taco on Denny Hamlin's windshield


   News & Results from Saturday Nights Races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) are posted ! See my New Egypt Speedway News Page 3:New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 ! , for all the details !

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 Strong late run pushes Jimmie Johnson to Texas win


Courteousy ESPN.com

Johnson gets fifth Sprint Cup win at Texas


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

Jimmie Johnson passes Harvick, McMurray late to win at Texas

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/jimmie-johnson-wins-texas-motor-speedway-duck-commander-500-kevin-harvick-jamie-mcmurray-041115

How can teams let air out of tire during race run?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/how-can-teams-let-air-out-of-tire-during-race-run-041115

Dale Jr.'s girlfriend unhappy after 'celebrity' driver bunny-eared

Danica talks engagement, Chase chances, more with DW


Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Darrell Wallace Jr. Carries Positive Momentum to Sixth Place Finish at Texas

Carrying the positive momentum forward, Darrell Wallace Jr. put together a solid performance on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring a sixth place finish. For Bubba, it marks his best finish of the season to date.



Crew chief handout: Duck Commander 500


Courteousy The Frontstretch


Courteousy NBC Sports
 
At only 18, Erik Jones is on the "fast track" to Sprint Cup according to car owner Joe Gibbs.



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NASCAR power rankings: Texas Motor Speedway
 
written by Christopher Sorbey
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent

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Pre-race rant: Texas Motor Speedway
 
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Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):

Drivers to Watch: Previous winners may stand best chance in Duck Commander 500


        

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

Ten Texas-sized things to watch in Duck Commander 500



No denying Jones as he takes Texas


Jones excited about beating Dale Jr.


Joe Gibbs gives update on J.D.


Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette
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Charlotte Observer
Moffitt's ascension to the top ranks of NASCAR hasn't come as planned, or by what anyone would consider a traditional approach. And there's no ...


NBCSports.com
In the video (which is above), Dillon is noted for being a relative unknown in NASCAR compared to his grandfather (championship car owner Richard 
All Left Turns
It is an age old question in sports, one NASCAR continues to deal with to this day. Judging by the odds for Saturday night's Duck Commander 500, the ...
AL.com
Kevin Harvick (4) drives in front of Kurt Busch during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 22, 2015.
NBCSports.com
In the case of Sprint Cup driver Alex Bowman, it was the news of a broken finger. When your car has huge brakes, don't spin the wheel while holding ...
Coming Home: Chris Buescher improves his vantage point at Texas
Motorsport.com
But it was a long road from the Lone Star State to North Carolina where Buescher knew he had to establish roots in order to succeed in NASCAR.

NASCAR: Duck Commander 500 preview in 3 minutes
News & Observer
Traditionally, teams have tended to argue the severity of the penalty in their appeal, but since NASCAR spelled out infractions and their penalties in ...
  A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)

TMS Pit Stops: ARCA driver hopes to make most of shot in Xfinity series
Fort Worth Star Telegram
TMS Pit Stops: ARCA driver hopes to make most of shot in Xfinity series ... to race, he thrived becoming the winningest driver in the ARCA series.

N A S C A R * C A N A D I A N * T I R E * S E R I E S
Inside Track Motorsport News
GRIMSBY, ON- Perennial NASCAR Canadian Tire Series contender Jeff Lapcevich is ready for another season of competition with Canada's national ...

(4/10/15)


Courteousy NASCAR.com

 (http://www.nascar.com/):

 Erik Jones scores first XFINITY Series win at Texas

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/4/10/erik-jones-wins-o-reilly-auto-parts-300-texas-recap-results-standings.html

Jeff Gordon looking for a little luck at Texas

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/4/10/jeff-gordon-strong-texas-sprint-cup.html



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

Starting lineup for the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway


Courteousy NBC Sports

  



Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com

If there was no Raymond Parks, there would be no NASCAR. Before Parks, all stock car drivers were disorganized with little consistency in who they were running for, or if they were running for themselves, wrecking their car and never being heard from again

NASCAR BTS: Kyle Busch and Girl Talk Foundations Partner for Prom

Leave it to Samantha Busch to bring together the NASCAR world through the Kyle Busch Foundation with fashion and prom dresses benefitting the girls who participate in the Girl Talk Foundation. And it all began with a chance meeting at a fashion event involving shoes.




Courteousy NASCAR.com

Kurt Busch wins Coors Light Pole at Texas


Texas XFINITY Series pit stall assignments


Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Pockrass: Texas big for those struggling

Roush Fenway drivers have a new car to sort out. Toyota drivers have some new bits, too. Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick are looking to continue an upswing. There's a lot to watch at Texas.




Erik Jones wins XFINITY pole at Texas


Courteousy ESPN.com

Waltrip plans to race Talladega, 2016 Daytona

Ganassi to Larson: Lay off 'pizza and tacos diet'



Courteousy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !):
 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-community-rallies-behind-steve-byrnes-with-steveselfie/

NASCAR community rallies behind Steve Byrnes with #SteveSelfie

Amanda Vincent


Courteousy NBC Sports

Greg Biffle says his Roush team will be faster after tweaking its cars over the Easter break.



 Kahne, Truex top Texas Cup practices

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/4/10/sprint-cup-series-texas-practice-results-duck-commander-500.html



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http://stockcarspin.com/2015/04/10/nascar-sprint-cup-series-at-texas-motor-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway: entry list

Amanda Vincent

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BIG SHOW AT BRIDGEPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH

BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY NEWS For Immediate Release – Thank You Media contact:  D&D Media Track Office: 856-467-4407 24 hr. info: 856-467-4408 Website: www.bpspeedway.com Twitter: twitter.com/bridgeportspeed      Follow us on Facebook Upcoming Events Friday, April 10 – Opening Night on the Quarter Mile - Sunday, April 12 – Five Division Show with Big Block Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stock, Rookie Feature and the return of the United Racing Club

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Still fast, Truex tops Texas Cup practice

    http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/4/10/sprint-cup-series-texas-practice-results-duck-commander-500.html

Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):

 That Moment When: Junior's first Sprint Cup victory


Courteousy The Frontstretch

Frontstretch Folio: Duck Commander 500
by Rick Lunkenheimer

The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for its first Saturday night race of the season. Television coverage of the Duck Commander 500 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX; the race can also be heard on your local PRN affiliate and SiriusXM channel 90. Drivers will compete for 334 laps (501 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and Facts

Track Facts
Track / Race Length
: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 501 miles (334 laps)
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Degree of Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,250 ft., 5 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 1,330 ft., 5 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 122,377
Website: http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/texasmotorspeedway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TXMotorSpeedway

Pre-race Schedule

Practice: Friday, April 10 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Friday, April 10 2:00 - 3:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Qualifying: Friday, April 10 at 6:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

VIPs:
Welcome: Willie Robertson
Top 10 Driver Intros: Jase Robertson
Grand Marshal / Command: Si Robertson
Honorary Starter / Wave Green Flag: Phil Robertson
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Alan Robertson
Invocation: Sadie Robertson
National Anthem: Reed Robertson

Race Day Forecast
Saturday: Scattered Thunderstorms; Chance of rain: 60%
High: 77
Low: 63

Best Bets: Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas Motor Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR)

#20-Matt Kenseth 105.9
#48-Jimmie Johnson 105.7
#18-Kyle Busch 101.3
#16-Greg Biffle 100.9
#14-Tony Stewart 98.3
#99-Carl Edwards 95.9
#11-Denny Hamlin 93.5
#24-Jeff Gordon 93.2
#15-Clint Bowyer 91.4
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 91.1

They Said It:
I’m feeling really good and really refreshed after the weekend off. I’m just really encouraged by the start of the season and how it’s gone so far. We’ve been to pretty much every style of track now, so I’m feeling confident. I feel like we only have up to go as far as how new our relationship is as a team at this point.” - Danica Patrick

“I’m really excited heading into Texas this weekend, and do some night racing. Texas has gotten to be pretty bumpy and rough on tires over the years, which always provides for some good racing.” - Mike Bliss

“You have to be comfortable or you’re not going to go fast. The more comfortable I am, the faster we go. This track, the grooves have moved around, especially in the last couple of years. We’ve seen the track get wider and it’s made it to where you can move around on the racetrack and where you can run the top side or the bottom side. It’s nice from a driver’s perspective to be able to have that flexibility behind the steering wheel, knowing that if your car’s not driving exactly the way you want it to, you can move around the racetrack and find a spot the car likes better.” - Tony Stewart





Bristol renames race to honor Steve Byrnes

Buescher back in No. 34 at Bristol, Talladega



Courteousy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):.


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Where 2 Watch: NASCAR television schedule for Texas


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Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette
 (Thanks Heather !):

Stenhouse Jr. Looks to Join Elite Group of Multiple Series Winners at Texas CONCORD, N.C (April 9, 2015) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks to become the eighth driver to win in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and NASCAR Sprint Cup ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.5eyBH4gk.dpuf
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PaddockTalk
During the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway, the first and only race in the NASCAR Mexico series that takes place outside Mexico, Pardo ...
NASCAR's Jeff Gordon to drive show car on campus, visit Creamery April 14
Penn State News
As part of his April 14 appearance on Penn State's University Park campus, four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon will drive a replica of the ...
Dallas Morning News
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage clowned around with NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon in March as TMS honored him for his career.
CBSSports.com
It's a nice looking car, and it will be driven by Mike Bliss, but I can't help but wonder how it'll perform. If it's anything like the Texas Tech football team in ...
Details on Nascar racer Stanton Barrett's Navy SEALs vs. Zombies
JoBlo.com
Now NASCAR racer, stuntman, and director Stanton Barrett is set to show us just how the SEALs would deal with the walking dead in the upcoming ...
Business Wire (press release)
Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR racing today, has been a spokesperson for Goody's for the past three years. This will mark the first ...
Danica Patrick off to a good start as NASCAR heads to Texas
AL.com
She finished in seventh place at Martinsville on March 29, sits 15th in the Sprint Cup Series standings and has had a week of to prepare and recharge ...
NASCAR's 2015 season so far: A mixed bag through 6 races
Charlotte Observer
NASCAR adopted group qualifying for the superspeedway race for the first time, and the results were, at best, mixed. Matt Sullivan Getty Images.
10 Things About Brad Keselowski
About - News & Issues
The weekly series of NASCAR driver interviews continues with 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite ...
Tony Stewart To Make His Return To Dirt Track Racing
Beyond the Flag
As reported by Hyper Racing on Facebook, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his crew chief will be swap their roles when Stewart returns to dirt.
NJ.com (blog)
They say everything is bigger in Texas. Martin Truex Jr., from Mayetta, New Jersey, is feeling pretty confident that he, and his Furniture Row Racing 
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I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
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Fort Apache,
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Saving Private Ryan.
Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
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Bones
 
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Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
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The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
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