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(9/29/16) 

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

Sprint Cup Series Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover TV schedule






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The Critic's Annex: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300
by Phil Allaway

Last weekend, the XFINITY Series had their final standalone race of the 2016 season at Kentucky Speedway.  The race was quite the doozy, but how did NBCSN do with it?

As you all know, Saturday night was the first race of the XFINITY Series Chase.  Still don't believe it should exist, but I don't really think it affected the action that we ended up getting.  To that end, there was a lot of discussion about how the drivers should approach the first round.  Viewers also got interviews with most of the Chasers.

However, that was not all.  There was also a feature about Matt Tifft's recovery from his brain tumor (and the open brain surgery required to remove it).  Here, viewers got to see the uplifting, positive attitude that Tifft maintained throughout the ordeal.  Benign or not, open brain surgery is most definitely "a thing."  It is possible that complications could have occurred and he might not have been the same afterwards.  Tifft's perseverance through this should earn him some fans.

During the race itself, you had a much different feel than with a normal XFINITY Series race.  Kyle Busch wasn't around to try to hoard trophies like he's Gollum.  As a result, viewers saw a much more competitive race than normal.  Yes, Ryan Blaney was still there and quite competitive, but he wasn't destroying the field by any means.

NBCSN did a decent job in showing viewers the action through the field.  As a result, the race was more enjoyable for me to watch than some recent events.  I could have done without the wrecking, but those are legitimate cautions.

I did have a couple of issues with the broadcast.  One was the fact that viewers weren't really notified that there was going to be a Competition Caution on lap 25 until lap 15 of the race.  I've stated this multiple times in the past, but if there's going to be a competition caution, it needs to be stated on-air before the start of the race.  Of note, the decision was made for purely man-made reasons; track crews at Kentucky Speedway washed the track after the ARCA race on Friday night.

The third yellow flew just as Ryan Reed was going to pit due to an unwound tire.  The coverage of Matt Waltz's fire on pit road briefly pre-empted the tire issue, but this was an outlier as no one else of note had tire issues Saturday night.  However, NBCSN still did a pretty good job covering the issue.  Looking back, that yellow saved Reed's tail.  He would have been stuck a lap or more down otherwise.

Post-race coverage was relatively brief since the race went over its slot by quite a bit.  That happens when you have 12 cautions.  As a result, viewers only got interviews with the top two finishers (Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez) and Ty Dillon, who crashed out late with Erik Jones.  There was also a check of the points before NBCSN left the air.

Yes, there was still a fair amount of focus on the Chase, but not as much as we've seen on Cup broadcasts.  The result was a far more enjoyable race to watch that was focused more on the actual racing.  There were still a couple of issues here and there, but it was much more enjoyable than what we've been getting on Sundays recently.

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond The Cockpit: Michael Annett Trying to Prove Himself on the Track

"The biggest thing is even though we’re frustrated and not having the performance we want, we have a lot of fun. This team is like a family to me. I wouldn’t say it’s been a bad year because of the people that I’m surrounded with but the performance isn’t where we wanted it." - Michael Annett tries to put a positive spin on his 2016 season


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

Is it as easy as flicking the switch for Kevin Harvick? Which driver is feeling the most pressure headed to Dover? Who should be in a reality show? Our experts weigh in on that and more.


Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

Todd Gilliland was the driver to beat this season in…


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

Thunder in the hills: North Wilkesboro, 20 years later


How the 'tire war' was won -- at North Wilkesboro

Purple punch: Earnhardt Jr.'s classic North Wilkesboro memory







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


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html ): 

Penalties hamper Nemechek, NEMCO team in Chase

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

NASCAR hands out penalties after races at New Hampshire, Kentucky

3 reasons Kyle Busch will repeat as Sprint Cup champion



Courtesy NBC Sports

Chase Analytics: 64 percent chance someone drops out of top 12

The numbers show Brad Keselowski is the only non-Chase winner locked into the second round.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/29/chase-analytics-64-percent-chance-someone-drops-out-of-top-12/

Speed to the lead

Jimmy Johnson may not have gotten the start he wanted, but he has enough speed to keep him on the lead lap at Dover

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/28/nascar-america-jimmie-johnson-we-just-need-to-stay-on-lead-lap-at-dover/

NASCAR weekend schedule at Dover, Las Vegas

All three NASCAR national series are in action this weekend with racing at Dover and Las Vegas.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/29/nascar-weekend-schedule-at-dover-las-vegas/

NASCAR America: Does Jimmie Johnson have right mindset with 10 wins at Dover?


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
 (Thanks Heather !):

What’s in Store for Fans at Dover

 
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Recent News

(9/28/16)


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


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

The Elder Statesman: Rusty Wallace - 'NASCAR Race Hub'



Courtesy NBC Sports

Smoke screen

Tony Stewart reflects on what an honor it has been to be a part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during his 18-year career.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/28/tony-stewart-ready-to-shed-responsibility-of-being-voice-of-sprint-cup-garage/ 

NASCAR America: Xfinity’s Elliott Sadler surprised by relief from Kentucky win 

Justin Allgaier sees Dover as only true ‘unknown’ of Xfinity Chase  

 NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson: ‘We just need to stay on lead lap at Dover’

Alex Bowman has ‘unfinished business’ in Xfinity Series race at Dover

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

 Stars align at NASCAR Foundation Honors Gala http://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/659/stars-align-at-nascar-foundation-honors-gala#/0


2 articles , courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !!): 

  http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-dale-jr-plans-to-attend-dover-races/

NASCAR Cup: Dale Jr. plans to attend Dover races 

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-pit-crews-may-be-in-for-change-next-year/

NASCAR Cup: pit crews may be in for change next year

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy ESPN.com

Tony Stewart frustrated by state of NASCAR

Tony Stewart says he is exhausted from trying to play a role of outspoken veteran in a sport where he believes the drivers are often afraid to share their feelings.

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

 On the bubble

There are a number of drivers on the bubble as the Chase enters its last race of the Round of 16. Who has the best chance to advance?  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/28/nascar-america-which-bubble-driver-will-advance-to-round-of-12-after-dover/ 

Goodyear tires notes for Dover and Las Vegas

Matt DiBenedetto promoting breast cancer awareness with Charlotte paint scheme

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

Charlotte Motor Speedway gets jump start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/charlotte-motor-speedway-gets-jump-start-on-breast-cancer-awareness-month-092816



Courtesy National Speed Sport News.com (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/):

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make…



H2H: Sizing up the first Chase cutoff at Dover 


Roush Fenway Racing names new pit crew coach


NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Loudon/Dover 


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


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

Today's Featured Commentary
Dealing with Losses
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell
 
It’s been a rough couple of months around here. It’s been one of those times in life when it felt like every day brought the news of yet another death. Just as I began to accept the tragic passing of Bryan Clauson, I received word about the passing of Betty Jean France. Her lifetime of benevolence set the standard for NASCAR Nation and made our sport an organization that looked beyond the challenges of a racetrack.

Then, a few days later, came the death of a neighbor, a kind woman who lived across the street and always took time for a visit, or to share the bounty of either her garden or her kitchen. The last few months of her life were spent preparing for the inevitable as she’d been diagnosed earlier in the summer with a rapidly-advancing brain tumor.

Just two days after our neighbor died, I read in the newspaper about a 49-year old woman whose lifeless body was found on a local beach. The next morning, I received a phone call from my department chair at the college where I teach. It turned out the deceased woman was a colleague whom, for the past two decades, had been one of my closest friends at NMC. For many years, her office was located next to mine; we both had children who were close in age, and we knew each other’s families.

And the losses did not stop.

NASCAR Nation then lost journalist Bob Margolis and Herbert Ames, both of whom had been consistent fixtures around the garage area for many, many years. These two enjoyed well-earned reputations for openness and honesty within a business that often forgets just how important such qualities can be.

And then, last Sunday, we lost the great Arnold Palmer.

I know Palmer had nothing to do with automobile racing, but he did have something in common with the evolution of NASCAR:  Arnold Palmer was a name, and a face, that brought the then-gentrified game of golf to a mainstream audience. He ushered in an era of corporate affiliations, television ratings, and a groundswell of new fans.

In that way, Arnold Palmer often reminded me of someone like a Richard Petty or a Bobby Allison, or a Benny Parsons, or even a Jeff Gordon – an approachable sports legend who’d take time to say hello, sign an autograph, and leave a fan with a lifelong positive memory.

Palmer, like so many NASCAR drivers, recognized the fact that his occupation meant nothing without the support of loyal and dedicated fans. “Arnie’s Army” grew with each tournament won and every autograph signed.

And the popularity of golf, like that of NASCAR with the help of drivers like Petty and Allison and Gordon, grew as well.

In seeing photographs of Arnold Palmer from the early 1960s, I can’t help but make a comparison to photographs taken of Fred Lorenzen from around the same time. Both men possessed a certain photogenic quality that lent itself well to the emerging era of televised sports coverage. Their good looks, sandy-colored hair, and easy smiles made these athletes perfect for the period that was just about to emerge:  a convergence of sports and business and the media that led to the marketing-based world we know today.

Some people might complain that it was big corporate sponsorship and business affiliations that sent NASCAR down the road to near ruin with claims of “vanilla” drivers and their penchant for being “salesmen”, but imagine a NASCAR devoid of such corporate relationships. Where might Roger Penske and Joey Logano be if it were not for Arnold Palmer pitching Pennzoil to consumers in national television commercials? 

In that way, maybe Arnold Palmer had more in common with NASCAR than we ever imagined? He’ll be missed for more than just his prowess on the golf course. He also knew his way around a boardroom, too. Palmer ushered in an era of sports marketing that forever changed the nature of stock car racing.


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

XFINITY driver Ryan Reed to attempt Sprint Cup debut at Talladega  http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/xfinity-driver-ryan-reed-to-attempt-sprint-cup-debut-at-talladega-roush-fenway-racing-092816

Nationwide Dale Jr. Moment of the Week: Loudon

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/nationwide-dale-jr-moment-of-the-week-loudon-092816


Matt Kenseth: 'We still have some work to do' at the Monster Mile


Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

The NASCAR Foundation’s inaugural Honors Gala, hosted Tuesday night in…


Courtesy NBC Sports

 President Obama welcomes a Bush back to the White House as he honors 2015 champion Kyle Busch

President Obama met with 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch on Wednesday at the White House.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/28/president-obama-welcomes-a-bush-back-to-the-white-house-as-he-honors-2015-champion-kyle-busch/


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-nascar-made-right-call-on-lis-penalties/

NASCAR made right call on LIS penalties

Amanda Vincent

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

There are 16 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but four of them will be out after Dover. Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick will advance. Bob Pockrass breaks down the chances for the rest.



Courtesy NBC Sports

Shepherd plans 400th Series start at Dover

In 2017, Morgan Shepherd will also celebrate the milestone anniversary of his 50th consecutive year of competition in NASCAR. This will be a historic event and will most likel... more







Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !): 

Stock Car Gazette
Kevin Harvick Steals the Win at New Hampshire
by Chuck Abrams
 
 Stock Car Gazette
Track Trash – LowDown in Loudon
by Racing Maniac

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 Founder of Team Jack Foundation wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide

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(9//27/16)

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

 Chase Bubble Watch: Analyzing the playoff picture ahead of Dover 



NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Loudon/Dover 


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Xfinity Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html): 

@nascarcasm: Elliott Sadler is fascinated by everyday objects

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

NASCAR To Reduce Pit Crew Numbers In 2017?

Carl Edwards 'cant make any mistakes' at Dover to advance in Chase


Vote now on the best trophy in the Sprint Cup Series


Active Sprint Cup drivers with wins at the Monster Mile


RCR reveals Austin Dillon's 2017 Sprint Cup paint scheme



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


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

Martin Truex Jr. looked like he could have won on Sunday, but of course, he didn't. But he does get a nice consolation prize, staying atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings for another week.

DFS NASCAR: Drivers to build around at Dover

The Chase continues as NASCAR heads to Dover, and Matt Willis provides the five drivers he's planning to build around in daily fantasy contests for this week's race. 

Rundown: Martin Truex Jr. keeps it clean at New Hampshire

Martin Truex Jr. could have used the bumper to get by Matt Kenseth at New Hampshire. He decided to finish clean. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.


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



Courtesy NBC Sports
Monster mile

Jimmie Johnson has the most wins at Dover with 10. With nobody safe in an elimination race, does he need one to lock into the next round?

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/27/who-is-hot-and-cold-entering-the-citizen-soldier-400-at-dover/

Dale Jr.: ‘I like what’s going on’ with laser inspection rule changes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’ll attend Dover races; provides encouraging health update

NASCAR America: Kevin Harvick’s pit crew producing through two Chase races

Kevin Harvick’s win at New Hampshire was his least dominating in three years

NASCAR America: Which Chase driver is under the most pressure heading into Dover?

Team R&D departments are keeping busy after recent rule change

Teams looking for any advantage they can find heading into Sunday's race at Dover that will cut the Chase field from 16 to 12.


Kyle Larson still won’t spin someone for a win at Dover: ‘It’s a bad time to piss people off’

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver says he will race clean with playoff advancement on the line.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/27/more-aggressive-at-dover-kyle-larson-says-no-its-a-bad-time-to-piss-people-off/

Clinch scenarios for Sprint Cup drivers to advance in Chase

A look at what each driver must do to ensure they'll move on to the Round of 12.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/27/clinch-scenarios-for-sprint-cup-drivers-to-advance-in-chase/


Saturday night, 10/1/16, is Champions Night at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)!
(Thanks Jeff Gravatt ! )

CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Driving championships and top positions for all six auto racing divisions are still up for grabs and will be determined this Saturday evening (Oct. 1) as Wall Stadium Speedway presents “Champions Night.” Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 5:45 p.m. and main event action to follow. Due to the importance of determining driving champions, in the event of bad weather a Saturday, Oct. 8, rain date is in effect.

           ; In the Downs Ford Modified ranks Jackson’s Steven Reed is at the top of the point rankings as he seeks his second straight crown. Still, Reed’s brother in law, ten-time track champion Chas Okerson of Freehold, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson and Brick’s Shawna Ingraham are within striking distance. The Modifieds will compete in a double point 40-lapper.

            Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., whose September 24 win was upheld after technical inspection, former champ Kevin Davison of Howell, Brick’s Dom Fattaruso and Jackson’s Blake Barney are at the top of the Snap-on Sportsman chase going into Saturday’s double point 30-lapper. Defending champ Joe Mongeau of Brick and Scott Riggleman of Manchester lead the O’Shea Auto Repair Factory Stock points going into the night’s double point 25-lap headliner.

            The Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars find Louie Keraitis of Toms River and Malcolm Campbell of Eatontown locked in a battle for the title with one double point 25-lap race remaining. In the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks Todd Pilla of Beachwood, Howell’s Brian Osborn and Brick’s Jason Lane are the top point drivers going into Saturday’s double point 25-lap point finale.

Mike Tillett of Beachwood and former champs Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Howie Conk of Jackson and Bill Vanderveen lead the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model points with just one regular season double point 25-lapper remaining.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:30 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow. In the event of rain on October 1 an October 8 rain date will be put into effect.

Once the Saturday night season has concluded the “Spooky Spectacular” is set for Saturday afternoon, October 15, and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

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 DIRT Track Digest (http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/NewPress/):   

PAUCH RACES TO KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS TITLE

SWEDESBORO, NJ – During his forty plus year career, Billy Pauch has earned many titles. King of the Big Blocks can now be added! Billy Pauch raced to the win

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{ Sorry folks .I had to take a day off from this site, ob 9/26 /16 ,to get a personal medical condition taken care of .
 But I'm back now
 Joe}


(9/25/16) 


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

Kevin Harvick's performance at NHMS makes him dangerous in Chase


Courtesy ESPN.com

Kevin Harvick was mad about a lot of things this week, but his son, Keelan, helped put things in perspective. Harvick left New Hampshire a happy man after a pivotal victory, Bob Pockrass writes.

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

 A moment in time: How Kevin Harvick won on the final restart

Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick detail all that happened in the final laps that helped Harvick win.

Carl Edwards: ‘Really proud of my guys for not quitting’ (video)

Kyle Busch: Anything can happen heading into Dover (video)

9th-place Kasey Kahne top non-Chaser at NH

Most importantly, this was his fourth consecutive top-10. He has not accomplished that feat since spring 2013. If he can add another next week, it will be his first such strea... more

8th in, 8th out for 8th-place Johnson

That is not the kind of dominance we once associated with Johnson and the No. 48 team, but they took an important step nonetheless by having an error-free race. Johnson could ... more

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/25/a-moment-in-time-how-kevin-harvick-won-on-the-final-restart/


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kevin-harvick-wins-at-new-hampshire/

NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick wins at New Hampshire

Amanda Vincent

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


Courtesy ESPN.com

Kevin Harvick needed to dig out of a hole after a lackluster start to the Chase in Chicagoland, and he got it with an excellent restart after the race's final caution, beating Matt Kenseth to the checkered flag. 

NASCAR issues warning to teams on cheating

In an attempt to prevent teams from cheating and limit postrace talk to what happens on the track, NASCAR issued a stern warning to its drivers and crew chiefs at their prerace meeting Sunday.


Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

A year ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick…


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

Bad Boy Off Road 300 result: Kevin Harvick wins at New Hampshire




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


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

Harvick charges to New Hampshire win with late-race surge


Edwards, Hamlin survive potentially disastrous pit-road penalties


Matt Kenseth: 'The last restart is my fault'


Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/ ):

Rico Abreu arrived at Eldora Speedway Saturday evening via an…

Courtesy DIRT Track Digest (http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/NewPress/): 

Billy Pauch Powers To “King Of The Big Blocks” Win At Bridgeport

Bridgeport Speedway Modified Top 5:  Billy Pauch Sr, Jaime Mills, Dominic Buffalino, Duane Howard and Brett Kressley (Full story to follow)

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR race picks for New Hampshire

NBC Sports' writers and a fan with their picks to win today's race.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/25/nascar-race-picks-for-new-hampshire/

Todd Gilliland wins big at Meridian Speedway

Gilliland started the race fifth and moved into second behind Partridge, who had led a total of 121 laps before being overtaken by the NASCAR Next driver. Partridge held off a... more


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

NXS: Elliott Sadler Holds off Daniel Suárez to Win - Kentucky 2016

 

News & results from Saturday nights races at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !
(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

MAURIELLO BREAKS WALL STADIUM DROUGHT WITH MODIFIED WIN SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Eric Mauriello put all of his bad fortunes of the 2016 season behind him Saturday night and won the 40-lap Downs Ford Modified stock car main event at Wall Stadium Speedway. The “Snap On Night” win was the Howell resident’s first victory of the season.

           ; Mauriello took full advantage of the front row starting spot, earned in the handicapping system by his streak of poor fortunes, to rocket to the lead at the outset. He was first forced to fight off the advances of Derek Hopkinson before the Toms River race was forced to pit on lap 26 with a flat right front tire. Steven Reed of Jackson, the defending champion and point leader, then took up the chase and hounded Mauriello most of the way.

            At the checker flag Mauriello was the winner while Reed stretched his point lead slightly by finishing second. Title contender Andrew Krause of Holmdel, who spent much of the race passing cars in the outside lane, finished third and another title contender, Chas Okerson of Freehold, was fourth. New Egypt’s Jason Hearne was fifth.

            “It just feels good to get this off my shoulders and win a race,” Mauriello said in the winner’s circle. “This has been a real tough year. We’ve had some good finishes and we’ve had out share of bad luck. It is really nobody’s fault, just racing. I have to thank Dick and Robert Barney for giving me a great car every week and for sticking with it.”

            Snap On Sportsman title contender Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. overcame challenges by Dom Fattarusso of Brick and Jackson’s Blake Barney to cross the finish line first in the 30-lap “Fan Appreciation Night” feature race. Barney was second and Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan was third. Tyler Truex of Mayetta and Nick Shaw wrapped up the top five. Howell’s Kevin Davison, the point leader going into the event, was involved in two skirmishes during the race and was forced to come from the rear of the field twice. The combination of Collins’ crossing the line first and Davison’s eighth place finish puts them in a points knot going into this Saturday’s final point race of the campaign.

            As of Sunday the Sportsman finish is not yet official while technical inspectors determine whether or not a motor part in Collins car conforms to rules.

            Ron Booth of Eatontown grabbed the lead with ten laps remaining to win the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock 25-lapper. Booth, who works for Snap On, enjoyed his win in front of his company’s crowd. Brick’s Joe Mongeau all but wrapped up the driving title by finishing second, with early leader Scott Maher of Brick, Union’s Joey Helberg and Gerry Koenig of Seaford, N.Y. completing the top five.

            TJ Graves of Wall crossed the finish line first in the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lapper, but when his car had trouble with an unapproved chassis part in post-race inspection Brick’s Ronnie Mullen was awarded the win. Howell’s Brian Osborn, Darren Burdge of Jackson, Brick’s Jason Lane and Jeff Loesch of Neptune City were second through fifth.

            Defending champ Robert French of Howell won the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars grabbing the top spot near halfway. Joe McGrath of Middletown, Edgewater Park’s Nick Van Wickle, Brick’s Chris Gall and Peter Bruno of Little Silver completed the top five.

            Shannon Mongeau of Manchester won his second straight 25-lapper for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models coming from the rear of the field. Freehold’s Howie Conk, Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y., Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and point leader Mike Tillett of Bayville were second through fifth.

            The Saturday night stock car regular season wraps up this Saturday (Oct. 1) with “Champions’ Night” competition. All feature races will offer double points and champions will be crowned in every division. In competition will be the Modifieds in a 40-lapper, the Sportsman cars in a 30-lapper and the Factory Stocks, Legend Cars, Limited Late Models and the 4 Cylinder Stocks all racing in 25-lappers. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m. In the event of rain on “Champions’ Night,” a Saturday night, October 8, rain date is in effect.

           ; Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” on October 15 and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned. Each event will be contested during the daylight hours and details will be announced soon.

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, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

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MODIFIED FEAUTE – 40 Laps – 1. ERIC MAURIELLO, HOWELL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Chas Okerson, 5. Jason Hearne, 6. Shaun Carrig, 7. Ron Frees, 8. Shawna Ingraham, 9. Derek Hopkinson, 10. Zack Alspach, 11. Chris Lane, 12. Jonathan Mandato, 13. Justin Gumley, 14. Ed Delage, 15. Rob Hyer

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. RICKY COLLINS, WILLOW GROVE, PA., 2. Blake Barney, 3. Kenny Van Wickle, 4. Tyler Truex, 5. Nick Shaw, 6. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 7. Dom Fattarusso, 8. Kevin Davison, 9. Chris Owsik, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Roland DeMartino, 12. Dave Bailey, 13. Joe Cocca, 14. Jonathan Laureigh, 15. Jimmy Wolcott, 16. Kenny Green, 17. Donnie Ericson, 18. Scott Brannick

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RON BOOTH, EATONTOWN, 2. Joe Mongeau, 3. Scott Maher, 4. Joey Helberg, 5. Gerry Koenig, 6. Richie Byrne, 7. Bill Stockert, 8. Jerry Stanzione, 9. Rob Longo, 10. Rick Siddons, 11. Tim O’Shea, 12. Tom Rajkowski, 13. John Carpenter, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Matt Badessa, 16. Scott Riggleman

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK, 2. Brian Osborne, 3. Darren Burdge, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. Frank Ciancitto, 7. Richard Smith, 8. Mike Lavery, 9. Todd Pilla, 10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Fred Cannock, 12. Jay Conrad, DQ TJ Graves

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Joe McGrath, 3. Nick Van Wickle, 4. Chris Gall, 5. Peter Bruno, 6. Luke Marzano, 7. Malcolm Campbell, 8. Art Marrero, 9. Roger Nickerson, 10. Louie Keraitis

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Howie Conk, 3. Ray Minieri, 4. Brian Doyle, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Glen Conk, 7. Michelle Moorman, 8. Bill Vanderveen


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(9/24/16)

Congratulations to Eric Mauriello for winning the modified main event, and to Robert French for winning the Legends main event @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) tonight ! Great job guys !

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 Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) is where I shall be later today / this evening. Sitting in my usual spot high over the beginning of the frontstretch. Right on the aisle. Just  3 rows down from the top.

It's going to be cool ,so I'll be wearing a track sweater, and a black Yankees jacket (later) .

I hope to CYA there ! 

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Next Race: Bad Boy Off Road 300
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 25
The Time: 2 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 317.4 miles (300 laps)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Truex Jr. Wins Chase Opener
Martin Truex Jr. won his third race of the season in last Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener. He now has an automatic berth in the Round of 12, which starts following the upcoming Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
“Without a doubt it's the best team I've ever had, it's the best position I've ever been in,” Truex said after the race. “I really feel like we have what it takes to win this championship.”
Last season, the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver made the Championship 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, placing fourth in the final standings.
Although Truex cannot earn bonus points for the Round of 12 with wins in the next two races, he can keep some of his fiercest competition from the automatic transfer berths. For example, Kevin Harvick would not advance if the Chase ended today. He’s a point behind the cutoff, but if he struggles at New Hampshire, a Dover win by Truex could block the 2014 Sprint Cup champion from moving on.
The winner of the opening Chase race has gone on to win the championship three times: Kurt Busch (2004), Tony Stewart (2011), Brad Keselowski (2012).
 
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Update
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Chase drivers who have previously won at New Hampshire: Kurt Busch (3 wins), Matt Kenseth (3), Jimmie Johnson (3), Tony Stewart (3), Kyle Busch (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Joey Logano (2), Kevin Harvick (1) and Brad Keselowski (1).
Chase drivers who have previously won at Dover: Jimmie Johnson (10), Matt Kenseth (3), Tony Stewart (2), Kyle Busch (2), Kurt Busch (1), Carl Edwards (1), Brad Keselowski (1), Martin Truex Jr. (1).
Kenseth Goes For Third Straight New Hampshire Win
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Frontstretch Folio: Bad Boy Off Road 300
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire for Chase race No. 2.  Coverage of the recently-renamed Bad Boy Off Road 300 begins with NASCAR America Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBCSN, followed by Countdown to Green.  The green should fly around 2:16 p.m.  Radio coverage will be provided by local PRN radio affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's Sylvania 300, Kevin Harvick was in good position to pick up a win and avenge the issues that put him out of the MyAFibRisk.com 400 in Joliet.  However, Harvick's fuel cell ran dry with three laps to go, allowing Matt Kenseth to take what was then his second career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.  Harvick ended up finishing a lap down in 21st after leading 216 laps.

Amongst active drivers, five men have three career wins on the flat track.  Those drivers are Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.  Newman earned his first career win at Loudon in 2002 as a rookie.  Kenseth earned his third win at the flat track back in July.  Four more drivers (Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch) have two each.

All-time, Jeff Burton has the most victories at Loudon with four.  That includes leading flag-to-flag to win the 2000 Dura Lube/KMart 300.  In addition to the five active drivers with three wins, Jeff Gordon also had three wins at Loudon.  That includes the 1998 Farm Aid on CMT 300 that sparked the "Tiregate" issue after Jack Roush accused Hendrick Motorsports of soaking tires.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps (317.4 miles)
Banking: 2-7 degrees

Straightaways: 1,500 ft., banked 2 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 88,000

Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
Pace Car Speed: 50 mph
Opened: 1990 (first Cup race in 1993)

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Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 1: Friday, September 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. on NBCSN

Qualifying: Friday, September 23 at 4:45 p.m. on NBCSN

Practice No. 2: Saturday, September 17, 9 - 9:55 a.m. on CNBC

Happy Hour: Saturday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. on CNBC

Say What?!

"It’s just so hard to pass at New Hampshire – that’s the first thing that comes to my mind. It’s a tough place. It’s very easy to get frustrated when you catch somebody and it’s just so hard to get around them. At that racetrack, it’s a very fine line of being too low on the racetrack or being too high. The paving seams are very thick and wide and can upset your corner a lot. I think keeping that stuff in mind is the biggest thing that I think of when it comes to Loudon and the challenges you face. Things can go wrong there just as fast as they can anywhere else but I do think the frustration level sometimes can raise easier there than it can other places. But if you have your car driving like you want it to and you’re taking the correct approach throughout the day, then it shouldn’t be any different than the other tracks." - Chase Elliott

"[NHMS is] flat and tough to get around, sometimes. You just have to make sure you get through the corners OK and are able to get on the gas quick on the straightaways. It’s tough but, if you have a good car, you can pass and move up through the field. But it can be challenging if it’s not working in your favor." - Danica Patrick

"New Hampshire is a tough one.  I've have some success there, but because of the track size, passing can be tricky.  You want to be running up front and following the right strategy to have a chance.  Good track position is definitely key to getting the win." - Clint Bowyer

"Loudon is really technical. As a flat, one-mile racetrack, it's just a tough set-up. But I've always enjoyed New Hampshire. I've run well there in the Cup car and run well in the XFINITY Series. Hopefully the temps cool because it tends to be a really hot race if the ambient temperature is high. But the race fans up there are what really make it a special place. They just seem to really hang on to the pure tradition of our sport

"We've got The Pete Store on our No. 38 this weekend. They've been great partners of Front Row Motorsports for a few years now. They provide our Peterbilt tractors for our race haulers, and they just recently expanded into New England this year. So, in addition to the six East Coast states they were already in, they're now the exclusive Peterbilt dealer for most of Massachusetts. We're happy to go racing with them." - Landon Cassill



Courtesy NBC Sports ( http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):   

Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick clear air about Chicago contact

Martin Truex Jr. said the two drivers discussed the contact, which Truex originally thought was intentional.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/23/martin-truex-jr-kevin-harvick-clear-air-about-chicago-contact/ 

Richard Childress Racing official likes rule change, says team can’t look back

Ryan Newman was penalized after Southern 500 for failing Laser Inspection Station and couldn't overcome the penalty to make the...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/23/richard-childress-racing-official-likes-rule-change-says-team-cant-look-back/



Byron has top 10 laps in NCWTS Practice 1

His average of 129.776 mph was best of the five trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 23 Spencer Gallagher (127.387 mph), No. 22 Austin Wayne ... more


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html):

Nemechek, Byron ready for anything in Truck Chase 


  2 articles, Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !): 

NASCAR: Hall of Fame damaged by looters

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kyle-busch-visits-white-house/

NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch visits White House

Amanda Vincent

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Repeats and redemption

After Martin Truex Jr. won the opening playoff race, here are five drivers to keep an eye on as the Sprint Cup Chase heads to New Hampshire.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/23/five-drivers-to-watch-at-new-hampshire/


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

 

Alex Bowman Has Unfinished Business In New Hampshire

'Authentic NASCAR gibberish' video will make you laugh

Check out the lineup for inaugural Chase in XFINITY Series



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

Dillon wrecks in Larson-led first Sprint Cup practice


Logano: 'I know the influence I can have'


Junior, Dillon trade hair-related jabs, more tweets


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):



NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for New Hampshire, Kentucky

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy Speed51.com



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


Courtesy NBC Sports

Five drivers to watch at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth goes for his third consecutive New Hampshire win but there are others to watch this weekend.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/23/five-drivers-to-watch-at-new-hampshire/

Conflicting opinions mark Kevin Harvick

Strictly by his 2016 numbers, he is a favorite to finish in the top five, however. He won at Phoenix International Raceway this spring and has three consecutive top-fives on t... more

Bad luck marred Elliott’s NH debut

Elliott finished only 34th in his New Hampshire debut—seven laps off the pace. He should still be considered one of the favorites to score a top-10 this week and on the heels ... more

Austin Dillon remains consistent

Consistency got him into the Chase, but it is going to be difficult to maintain his spot without top-10s. Dillon is part of the scrum for 12th in the standings and currently s... more

AJ Allmendinger should go the distance at NH

In today’s age of parity with Free Passes and Wave Arounds, that is not a guarantee to finish in the top 20, however. Allmendinger was only 21st this spring despite completing... more



Friday NASCAR schedule at New Hampshire, Kentucky

The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the Xfinity Series is at Kentucky...


http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/23/friday-nascar-schedule-at-new-hampshire-kentucky/

Hurting credibility?

While the latest revisions to laser inspection penalties was needed, does constant altering of the rules hurt the credibility of NASCAR?

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/22/nascar-america-nascar-revises-penalty-structure-for-post-race-laser-inspection/


Tomorrow / Saturday , 9/24/16 , at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/): 

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT

                  Sponsored by Snap-On Tools 

                     Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Legends

                      $3 off all grandstand tickets from 4:00 - 5:00 pm!

                      Adult $18  -  Senior Discount (62+) $15  -  Student (7-17) $8  -  6 and under are always Free!

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

4:00 pm     GRANDSTANDS OPEN

4:00 - 5:00     $3 discount on all grandstand tickets!

4:30 - 5:30  PARTY ON THE RACETRACK!

  Meet the racecar drivers and get autographs and         photos! Don't miss this rare opportunity!!

5:45            QUALIFYING STARTS

                    INTERMISSION

7:00            OPENING CEREMONY

7:10            FEATURE RACES

  Lots of giveaways! Hold on to your ticket stub, we         will be calling lucky numbers all night!

Feature Order:

INEX Legend Cars - 25 laps

Limited Late Models - 25 laps

Sportsman - 30 laps

MODIFIEDS - 40 laps

4-Cylinders - 25 laps

Factory Stocks - 25 laps


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

 Harvick knows what to do when backed into corner


Kenseth: 'I feel like we can definitely get it together'


Fantasy Fastlane: Bad Boy Off Road 300


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


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

TV schedule for the Sprint Cup Bad Boy Off Road 300

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/tv-schedule-for-the-sprint-cup-bad-boy-off-road-300-092216

Courtesy NBC Sports

JR Motorsports, Brennan Poole most consistent in Xfinity standalone races

Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Brennan Poole are the only drivers to have top 10s in all four standalone races this season...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/22/jr-motorsports-brennan-poole-most-consistent-in-xfinity-standalone-races/

NASCAR America: Dissecting optimal tire pressure at New Hampshire


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !): 

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-two-crew-chiefs-fined-for-lug-nut-issues-after-chicagoland-speedway/

NASCAR: two crew chiefs fined for lug nut issues after Chicagoland Speedway

Amanda Vincent








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 Older News 

(9/22/16)

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

5 drivers who can win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


{ Sad news }

Throwback Thursday: 10 unforgettable races at New Hampshire


Courtesy ARCA

Jones in for ARCA-NASCAR double-header weekend at Kentucky

 Don RadebaughGo to full article
SPARTA, Ky. (September 22, 2016) - Brandon Jones will return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this weekend at Kentucky Speedway driving the No. 8 Valvoline-Menards Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with MDM, marking...Read more


This weekend  (Friday 9/23/ - Saturday 9/24 ) at Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/)!

Day 1 // King of the Big Block Weekend – 358 Small Blocks plus TSRS Sprints & Open Practice

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

| Free - $45



Friday September 23rd will be Day 1 of the King of the Big Blocks Weekend this date will include a 25 lap 358 Small Block Race, TSRS 305 Sprint Cars, and Open Practice for the Big Blocks

Pits – $35

Grandstand Adults – $25

Grandstand Weekend pass – $45(includes a concessions combo voucher)

Students(10-15) – $10

Kids 9 and under FREE

Pits open at 4pm

Grandstands open at 6pm

Racing starts at 7:30 pm

Day 2 // King of the Big Blocks – $12,000 to Win Sponsored by K & A Excavating & United Rentals

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free - $45



$12,000 to win Big Blocks, Crate/Sportsman, & Outlaw Stocks

 Details

Date:
September 24
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free - $45

 

Organizer

Bridgeport Speedway
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Courtesy NBC Sports

 White House recognition

Following his Sprint Cup title, Kyle Busch will visit the White House to meet with the President. 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/22/kyle-busch-to-visit-white-house-for-recognition-of-sprint-cup-title/


Kyle Larson should alter perspective

Someone should point out to Larson that he swept the top five in his first two New Hampshire starts with a third in July and second in September 2013. Two weeks ago, his test ... more

Trevor Bayne looks to keep streak alive

Roush-Fenway Racing is not necessarily the first team that comes to mind on short, flat tracks and that could make Bayne a solid fantasy value. Unfortunately, he failed to cra... more

Chris Buescher should rebound at NH

Buescher finished on the lead lap in a dramatic evening and scored a 24th-place result. That was his second top-25 on this track type—joining another solid run in spring 2015 ... more

Regan Smith sponsored by ‘Citizen Soldier’ documentary at Dover

NASCAR Next member Alon Day making Truck Series, oval debut in New Hampshire

Xfinity Series Spotlight: Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler followed in the family footsteps to make a name for himself in NASCAR.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/22/xfinity-series-spotlight-elliott-sadler/


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

Charlotte Riots Hit NASCAR Properties

Wednesday night saw the second night of rioting and protests in Charlotte in the wake of the police-involved shooting of Keith Scott.  Uptown Charlotte saw significant damage from rioters, including at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where a parking sign post was used to smash a window at the NASCAR NewsCenter.  Read more

The Critic's Annex: American Ethanol E15 225
by Phil Allaway

Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway was a rare four-day weekend of racing.  It's very tough to cover that much racing.  As a result, I chose to break up the critiques this week.  Couch Potato Tuesday covered the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.  Today, we're covering the Camping World Truck Series' American Ethanol E15 225.  Tomorrow, as a mini-preview of Friday night's Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway, we'll run a critique of the Scott 150 along with a couple of things to look out for in Kentucky.

Friday night was the last race before the Chase cutoff for the Camping World Truck Series.  Despite a situation that was barely more likely to see any chance than the XFINITY race on Saturday, FOX Sports 1 still went all-in on the Chase.  How did they did handle it?

NCWTS Setup was focused on two stories.  One was the John Hunter Nemechek-Cole Custer spat from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park two weeks ago earlier.  The other was the Chase.  I'm already on record as saying the Nemechek-Custer incident was ridiculous.  Also, I don't understand the interpretation that Custer tackled Nemechek.  Seeing that replay as much as I have, I want to argue the reverse.  Nemechek moved towards Custer, then tackled him in self-defense from Custer's attempt to tackle.  I think that's why NASCAR chose not to penalize anyone from that mess.

Then, we had the Chase.  FOX Sports 1 interviewed a number of drivers near the cutoff (Custer, Daniel Hemric, Timothy Peters, Cameron Hayley) on what they needed to do to get in (or stay in) the Chase.  I feel like I learned nothing from this.  Matt Tifft making his return Friday night from open brain surgery was a much bigger story to me.  Yes, he did get an interview, but it was 26 minutes into the Setup.

Tifft's return to the seat two months after the surgery is quite amazing.  Strange things happen when you start messing about in the head.  A family friend of mine had open brain surgery back in 2002 and ended up temporarily losing the use of one arm and one leg as a result.  It took a lot longer than two months for her to recover from that, but she did make a full recovery.  In regards to Tifft, he's a great story that should have gotten more play on the Setup.

The racing on Friday night was pretty good early on.  Spencer Gallagher was good enough early enough in runs to really take it to Kyle Busch.  Gallagher's a naturally aggressive racer (in addition to a real character), so it was good to see him take it to Busch.  Unlike Saturday, once Busch was able to settle in, he would drive away from the field.

The seventh caution was a little confusing to me.  According to the official results, the yellow was thrown for an accident involving Ben Rhodes.  All I could tell from watching the race was that a bunch of drivers were casually having contact on the backstretch.  No one spun or hit the wall.  It's like NASCAR overreacted or something.  There were no replays, so I found the situation really confusing.

The Chase focus continued in the race with constant point updates.   I haven't really talked about this, but the way that FOX Sports 1 does point standing updates does take away from the race.  On NBC broadcasts, point updates are a vertical drop down bar below the scoring bar.  I personally don't find that intrusive.

On FOX Sports broadcasts, they put the point standings in the FOX Box, then show them from three or four laps at a time.  I don't particularly like it because it makes it harder to figure out where everyone's running.  Remember, we're assuming the obvious truth that permanent on-screen scoring displays are being used as a crutch by the networks.  Also, note that this was done multiple times during the broadcast as well.  FOX Sports 1 needs to find a better way to show the points as they run so that fans can be better informed of where everyone is running.

Post-race coverage was pretty substantial since FOX Sports 1 needed to properly tease the Chase.  As a result, viewers were provided with interviews with all eight chasers in order to properly tease the whole shebang.  Honestly, I found a lot of the commentary that claimed that the Chase format is superior for the Truck Series to be garbage.  There was nothing wrong with the championship format prior to this year.

Overall, the Chase focus likely did hurt the broadcast.  It made it harder to figure out where everyone was running.  Ultimately, it was a non-story since next to nothing could have been done to change the status quo entering the race.  Custer was the closest to breaking in, but even he needed to win the dang thing to do it.

Having this dang Chase around obscures other stories as well.  Despite saying that, I thought the chaps in the pits did quite well with what they were given and the racing was at least slightly enjoyable.  Sadly, I'm not really looking forward to what the Chase is going to do to the series over the remaining seven races.

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond the Cockpit: Mike Bugarewicz Guiding Tony Stewart in Final Chase Run

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Clayton Campbell and Sean Fesko

by Huston Ladner

by Joseph Wolkin

by Bryan Gable

by Dustin Albino

"We didn’t start out the season talking because he was getting his feet wet, trying to learn about his deal and the same on my side. I think it was around Pocono in June when we started to communicate more. We just started to touch base, trying to get a feel of what each other’s doing each week. At this point, it’s a pretty good relationship." - Mike Bugarewicz, on the relationship with his future driver, Clint Bowyer

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


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda!): 
http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-rethinks-penalties-from-post-race-inspection-failures/

NASCAR rethinks penalties from post-race inspection failures

Amanda Vincent

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

Heads up: Loudon and Kentucky weekend


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

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

Who had the most surprising performance at Chicagoland? What about the new postrace inspection rules? Our experts weigh in on that and more. 

Power Rankings: The Chase heads North

To the victor go the Power Rankings spoils ... at least for a week. As the holder of the only Chase victory of the season, Martin Truex Jr. gets the early nod. The issue going forward: He hasn't been quite as consistent week-to-week as the guys right behind him.


Courtesy NBC Sports

Room for improvement

Several high-profile drivers are in need of a bounce-back performance in New Hampshire after disappointing opening Chase runs at Chicagoland.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/20/nascar-america-which-chase-drivers-need-improvement-heading-into-new-hampshire/

Chase analytics: Projections put Ganassi teammates in duel for final transfer spot

Jamie McMurray has a 78 percent chance of advancing to next round, while Kyle Larson has a 59 percent chance.


Ryan: An unfamiliar brand of NASCAR justice emerges from laser inspections

Breaking from typically iron-fisted rule, officials admit and correct mistakes, but questions still linger.


NASCAR weekend schedule at New Hampshire, Kentucky

The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are in New Hampshire, while the Xfinity Series is at Kentucky. 


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

NASCAR Hall of Fame among buildings hit by riots  http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nascar-hall-of-fame-among-buildings-hit-by-riots-092216

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Looted Overnight In Charlotte

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nascar-hall-of-fame-looted-overnight-in-charlotte-092216



Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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www.Catchfence.com
 

 Jeb Burton Teams up with The Z Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Burlington and Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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First, Furniture Row Racing is a one-car team, so all energy is focused toward his efforts. Second, Furniture Row is in a partnership with Joe Gibbs ...

(9/21/16)

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

4 hard truths about NASCAR racing after Truex, Johnson not penalized

Reaction to NASCAR Penalty Changes after Chicago


Courtesy NBC Sports (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):



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


  NASCAR solidifies post-race penalty procedures


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

NASCAR will not penalize Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson after cars failed inspection


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


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR won’t penalize Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson for failing inspection at Chicago

NASCAR also announces that it will eliminate the P2 and P3 level penalties for the Laser Inspection Station.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/21/nascar-wont-penalize-martin-truex-jr-jimmie-johnson-for-failing-inspection-at-chicago/

Goodyear tire notes for New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway


Matt Kenseth: ‘We shouldn’t be talking about a laser machine after the race’

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver questions whether LIS inspection is necessary given NASCAR's stringent regulations.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/21/matt-kenseth-raises-questions-whether-postrace-laser-inspection-is-necessary/

Cayden Lapcevich defied the odds to become NASCAR’s youngest champion



Courtesy The Frontstretch .com

Today's Featured Commentary
A Change of Season
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell
 
Maybe it’s because the leaves are about to change color? Maybe it’s because the evenings are beginning to get just a little bit cooler? Maybe it’s because school is back in full swing and Labor Day is a distant memory?

The autumnal equinox is tomorrow, which marks the official start of fall.

Call me Mr. Melancholy, but autumn invokes up all kinds of meaningful recollections:  Friday night football games, geese heading south, seeing old friends, and buying new pencils and notebooks. As my kids grow older, I catch myself lapsing more often into that oh-so-annoying habit of harkening back to the “good old days” when my life was simpler.

Today’s day-to-day grind is anything but “simple”. Growing up into responsibility is where one’s nose hits the proverbial grindstone. That’s what I enjoy most about the start of fall:  autumn takes me back to a time in my life when simple pleasures meant immersing myself in a weekly experience that many of my then-neighbors considered irritating.

It was all about Selinsgrove Speedway.

Allow me to explain. The year was 1987. I was a newly-minted graduate of Penn State University with a shiny diploma that read “Bachelors of Arts in English”. Since I had a background in journalism, I looked for newspaper openings. I had experience as a stringer in a sports department, but I was okay with any gig a paper might throw my way.

My soon-to-be-mother-in-law at the time saw a classified advertisement posted by an area county newspaper. The small, weekly publication sought an editor to oversee all day-to-day operations because the company that owned the newspaper was located a couple hour’s drive away. The editor would work for the parent company and make sure all ran smoothly.
Long story short:  I applied; I interviewed; I was hired.

As the new editor of The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune, I oversaw pretty much anything and everything that made it into print each Thursday. Looking back, it was a great training ground for a young journalist. I covered all kinds of stories, I took (and developed) most of the pictures, I edited and proofed all content, and I supervised page layout.

The job even required me to drive our mechanicals to the printer in a nearby town, drive printed newspapers back to Selinsgrove, and get copies to the post office for mailing that evening. On my way home, I’d swing by several retail stores to make sure they had copies ready to sell.
My home, back then, was a rented townhouse on the south end of Selinsgrove. I lived across the street from a factory where they built mobile homes, and at the end of the street – less than a block away – was Selinsgrove Speedway. While many people along the street cursed the dust, the crowds, the traffic, and the noise, I absolutely loved it and needed the uproar to keep me somewhat emotionally grounded.

Selinsgrove Speedway dates back to the mid-1940s. Joie Chitwood helped make the half-mile dirt track a reality, with events being run there since 1946. The inaugural race was won by 1949 Indianapolis 500 champion Bill Holland, with NASCAR Hall of Famer Red Byron finishing second. Legendary racing journalist Chris Economaki was track announcer at Selinsgrove in the 1950s. By the time I moved in down the street, the speedway was a hotbed of Central Pennsylvania sprint car action.

I hoped to cover the races at Selinsgrove Speedway in my capacity as editor of the town newspaper, but the opportunity never came my way. When I started at the Times-Tribune, I inherited a local racing enthusiast who voluntarily covered all races at not only Selinsgrove, but at nearby Port Royal Speedway, as well. Every Tuesday morning, the man would stop by the office. He’d be carrying four-or-five sheets of onionskin typing paper covered top-to-bottom with single-spaced highlights from that past weekend’s events.

Instead of reporting on the regional racing action, I resolved myself to edit and proof our volunteer’s coverage. Those four (or five) pages contained details about every heat race, every last-chance qualifier, and every feature of every division. I’d review names, car numbers, lap times, and cash awards. I would learn all about the races I heard from my little rented townhouse.

But, oddly enough, that’s what I loved about my job and where I lived. I’d sit in a lawn chair on my back patio, or I’d sit on my front stoop, and I’d listen to the races at Selinsgrove. It was like owning the world’s biggest radio; the cars would roar to life as the green flag flew, clouds of dust would dim the streetlights, and the track announcer would call the play-by-play, shouting over the din of sprint cars on Saturday night.

Sometimes I’d walk down to the track and peek through holes in the retaining fence, like a little kid. I might shoot photos through the fence as the winged cars roared past me. And the drivers who raced there were nothing short of area heroes. It was the era of recognized names like Don Kreitz, Jr., “Flyin’” Freddy Rahmer, Jim Nace, Stevie Smith, and Keith Kauffman. It felt like I lived on the frontstretch, and I loved every minute of it.

As Saturday evenings grew colder, and as the racing season began to wind down, the sporting focus would eventually shift toward the local high school and university football teams. My dedicated racing volunteer’s weekly missives would eventually stop coming across my desk, and I would no longer have to wash the thin layer of mud off my Ford pickup each Sunday morning. By wintertime, racing at Selinsgrove Speedway would take its place on the back burner of my newspaperly priorities.

From where I sit today – as a college professor with more than a quarter-century of teaching under my belt – it’s easy to reminisce about those simpler days in Central Pennsylvania. Memories seem to blossom alongside the shorter days and cooler nights. My stories of “back then” may drive my kids crazy, but they’re important to me. It’s nice to know that life hasn’t always been so hectic….

It was just dusty and loud and fun


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

"If you win a championship here, it still says, 'NASCAR Champion.' It doesn't matter that it's an Xfinity Series," said Justin Allgaier. He's one of several former Cup drivers going for a title.

Courtesy ESPN.com / racing(http://www.espn.com/racing/):

With Target's help, Chip Ganassi's racing empire has flourished

A sponsor doesn't go out and win the races itself, but the relationship between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing did help build an unprecedented path to motorsports success, writes John Oreovicz.

Courtesy National Speed Sport News.com (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

Less than three months after undergoing surgery to remove a…

Burton With Biagi-DenBeste For Charlotte


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

NASCAR Report: Menard Staying With RCR, Ryan Newman Out?



Meet Loudon the Lobster, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's unique trophy



Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):
http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-matt-tifft-makes-series-return-at-kentucky/

NASCAR Xfinity: Matt Tifft makes series return at Kentucky

Amanda Vincent

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Episode 43: Jill Gregory

The recently named chief marketing officer on the new promotions around the 2016 playoffs, “gateway drug” to NASCAR fandom and...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/21/nascar-on-nbc-podcast-episode-43-jill-gregory/

Jeb Burton gets additional Xfinity race with new partnership at Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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 Xfinity Chase offers a tale of two contenders in Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler

Joe Gibbs Racing driver moves into top seed for playoffs while JR Motorsports veteran's big lead disappears.  

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Saturday Night, 9/22/16, is "Fan Appreciation night" at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)
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ON-TRACK PARTY MARKS SEPT. 24 STOCK CAR SHOW AT WALL STADIUM 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Appreciation of race fans will be the focus this Saturday Night (Sept. 24) at Wall Stadium Speedway as enthusiasts will be rewarded with a 40-lap race for the Downs Ford Modifieds, plus action for the Snap-on Sportsman racers, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, O’Shea Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder division. Also on tap for the early part of the “Snap On Fan Appreciation Night” schedule is an on-tack party where fans can meet the drivers and check out the racecars while waking the famous third mile high-banked paved oval.

Grandstand seating will open this Saturday (Sept. 24) at 4:00 p.m. with early arrivals enjoying $3 discount on admission until 5:00 p.m. The on track party will start at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. and main event racing will follow at 7:00 p.m.

          ;  The “Snap On Fan Appreciation Night” on track party is popular with the fans and the race teams alike. Fans will have the opportunity to walk down onto the famous track and meet all the drivers. Many race teams will have giveaways for the fans and fans will be welcome to talk to the drivers, collect autographs, take pictures and sit in many of the racecars. Also during the evening Snap On will present both main event winners and many fans with special gifts and prizes. Fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautifully restored cars of the New Jersey Buick Club in the midway area.

          ;  The Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main event on the night is important in the race for the 2016 driving crown. Current point leader and defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson will lead the chase with Chas Okerson of Freehold, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Shawna Ingraham still in contention.

Also on the card will be a Sportsman 30-lapper as well as 25-lappers for the Factory Stocks, Limited Late Models, Legend Cars and the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Title races in all divisions are still up for grabs with champions being decided on Saturday night, October 1.

Pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; with practice running from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. and the “On Track Party” festivities are slated for 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is then set for 5:45 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow.

Wall Stadium driving titles will then be decided on Saturday night, October 1, when all six divisions will again see action in the regular season finale. In the event of wet weather on October 1 only, an October 8 rain date will be in effect due to the importance of deciding the driving crowns. Special post-season races will be presented on October 15 with the annual running of the “Spooky Spectacular.” The northeast racing season will then be completed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend with the annual running of the “Turkey Derby.”

 The 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. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.



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Today's Featured Commentary
What's Wrong in NASCAR: Locked Out of the Chase in Your Own Series
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

It's time to stop playing around and block drivers who are not running for points in a series from competing for wins. Why? Well, it's called NASCAR's brainchild: the Chase.

Just like in the Sprint Cup Series, drivers who win in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series can earn a guaranteed starting spot in their playoffs by winning during the regular season, as long as they are positioned above the cut off line in points.  In the Cup level, we saw Chris Buescher snag a coveted spot in the Chase by winning at Pocono.  His second tier team, who normally struggles to find funding for the best equipment, will now benefit from an avalanche of positive PR simply because Pocono got fogged in.  It's all bonus, and an extremely important moment for the No. 34, as well as every other small team working to make the big time in stock car racing. It's possible to live in the limelight with a little bit of luck and lots of perseverance.

However, the same cannot be said when we talk about the XFINITY and Truck series.  In these Series, even if you have the best performing car or truck of those competing for the championship on any given day, it doesn't mean you will win a race or grab one of those special Chase berths.  Why not?

It's the same old song we've been singing since the inception of the developmental system in our sport.  Busch-whackers are stealing the trophies, the spotlight and now they are stealing the chance to compete for a championship, when it would have been earned without their presence.
On Friday night, Daniel Hemric and Cameron Hayley managed to escape all the carnage and were lined up to battle their way to a win.  Neither one had a victory during the regular season. While Hemric would likely make it into the Chase on his points, a win would grant him three additional bonus points when the Chase grid was reset. Meanwhile, Hayley has only shown a few moments of brilliance over 2016, but as one of the young guns, he really could use a little extra media love that a Chase berth would offer him.

Neither driver had any hope of making their dream come true.  Kyle Busch in his seemingly unbeatable machine stole the purse, the trophy, the points and the chance to make the Chase.
Yes, it's tradition that inexperienced drivers get to cut their teeth running opposite the legends of the sport. But never before was so much on the line for the AAA pilot's future and career.  The existence of the Chase format at every level gives the media, the public and therefore sponsors a hyperactive glimpse into the week to week world of racing.  Bonus points lost due to wins that are removed from reach by interlopers can destroy a Chase run.

In short, it's not just about winning the race.  It's about having the chance to make the most out of the opportunities that NASCAR says winning a race can create.

If NASCAR is going to run development series complete with AAA-ball playoffs, then they need to let the kids in the sandlot play ball and keep the big kids out of the playground. It is simply not a fair system.

Either Hemric should have been starting the Chase this weekend at New Hampshire with a set of bonus points or Hayley should have had a spot in the running.  In either case, having Kyle Busch add one more trophy to his overstuffed display case did not benefit the series, the drivers or even Boy Wonder's overall career.  NASCAR needs to bite the bullet and do what they have avoided for so long--leave the Cup drivers in the Cup garage. End of story.

SOMETHING SHINY

As I parked our RV and thanked the already harrowed New Hampshire Motor Speedway track workers, I thought the thanks should extend to all the staff at all the NASCAR tracks that pull together to make our race weekends as much fun as possible. If somebody asked you to invite 80,000 of your closest friends over for a BBQ in a single week, would you cower in terror or welcome them in with open arms? It's an amazing job that gets done at a different place every seven days.  Let's hear it for the heroes behind the scenes of NASCAR!


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Less is more: Martin Truex Jr. gave Furniture Row Racing a discount in staying with team

Car owner Barney Visser reveals an aspect of Truex's loyalty after victory at Chicagoland Speedway

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Chase grid: Larson, Harvick among first four out with Stewart on edge of cutoff

The current first four drivers out of the Chase are Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher.

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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Tops Point Standings at End of Regulation
by Phil Allaway

With the Chase underway, points are crucial.  Martin Truex, Jr.'s victory has temporarily given him the lead in the season standings.  However, he's looking at a points penalty on Wednesday.  When that happens, Brad Keselowski will likely take over on top.  As of now, he's one point behind Truex after finishing fifth; keep in mind, though whatever happens Truex is still expected to keep his "automatic bid" into NASCAR's second round.  

Further back, Kyle Busch ran eighth after starting from the pole.  That dropped him to third in the standings, but still within striking distance.  Next comes Denny Hamlin, who overcame being down on power due to debris getting stuck on the grille early to finish sixth.  That still cost Hamlin a position, though.

As you might expect, with the points reset strong performances Sunday caused a lot of Chase positions to change hands. Joey Logano's second-place finish moved him up four places to fifth in points.  Chase Elliott's third-place result moved him up eight places to sixth.  Matt Kenseth maintains the seventh spot after finishing ninth on Sunday.  One point behind Kenseth is Jimmie Johnson in eighth.  Johnson wound up 12th after getting busted for speeding on pit road late.  However, the likely penalty that is coming his way will drop him further down the order.

Carl Edwards fell back four spots to ninth after finishing 15th at Chicagoland.  Behind him, Kurt Busch rounds out the top 10 after finishing 13th on Sunday.  Jamie McMurray is up five places to 11th after finishing 11th.  Tony Stewart is 12th after running 16th on Sunday and taking advantage of two Lucky Dogs.

Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick are tied for 13th after very different days.  Harvick got caught a lap down when the yellow flew during pit stops for a loose tire and was never able to fully make it up.  He would eventually finish 20th.  Dillon, for his part was 14th and off a step from most of the other Chasers.  

Kyle Larson is 15th after he was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop in the last ten laps due to tire woes. The stop cost him a likely top-10 result after starting from the rear.  Chris Buescher rounds out the top 16 and has already fallen 12 points outside the top 12.

Chase Point Standings: 1) Martin Truex, Jr. 2050, 2) Brad Keselowski -1, 3) Kyle Busch -4, 4) Denny Hamlin -5, 5) Joey Logano -7, 6) Chase Elliott -11, 7) Matt Kenseth -12, 8) Jimmie Johnson -13, 9) Carl Edwards -18, 10) Kurt Busch -19, 11) Jamie McMurray -20, 12) Tony Stewart -22, t-13) Austin Dillon -23, t-13) Kevin Harvick -23, 15) Kyle Larson -24, 16) Chris Buescher -34 

Best of the Rest: 17) Kasey Kahne 667, 18) Ryan Newman -12, 19) Ryan Blaney -54, 20) AJ Allmendinger -60, 21) Trevor Bayne -63, 22) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., -77, 23) Greg Biffle -157.

Regular Point Standings: 1) Kevin Harvick 897, 2) Brad Keselowski -26, 3) Joey Logano -74, 4) Denny Hamlin -88, 5) Kyle Busch -104, 6) Kurt Busch -107, 7) Carl Edwards -116, 8) Martin Truex, Jr. -117, 9) Chase Elliott -177, 10) Jimmie Johnson -190, t-11) Austin Dillon -191, t-11Jamie McMurray -191, 13) Matt Kenseth -192, 14) Kyle Larson -228, 15) Kasey Kahne -230, 16) Ryan Newman -242.

Outside the top 16, but in the Chase: 27) Tony Stewart -438, 29) Chris Buescher -511.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona-1, Watkins Glen, Richmond-2), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega, Daytona-2, Kentucky), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Bristol-2), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Indianapolis), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Richmond-1), Matt Kenseth (Dover, Loudon), Martin Truex, Jr. (Charlotte, Darlington, Chicagoland), Kurt Busch (Pocono-1), Joey Logano (Michigan-1), Tony Stewart (Sonoma), Chris Buescher (Pocono-2), Kyle Larson (Michigan-2).

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 was brought to you by the letter "L" for "Luck of the Draw."  Chase Elliott was just a couple of minutes away from claiming his first career Sprint Cup Series victory when Michael McDowell blew his right front tire and littered the track with debris.  With pit strategy being played, he ended up restarting fifth after getting beat out of the pits by Martin Truex, Jr.  That ended up being the difference as Truex won with fresh tires while Elliott finished third. - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
compiled by Phil Allaway

"We have more races to win – the more we can win, the better. What can I say? There are so many people who are responsible for this and I’m glad I get to drive this No. 78 with Cole Pearn (crew chief) and everybody on this team. Barney (Visser, owner) gives us everything we need. Thanks to TRD – the engines were incredible again – Andy Graves (TRD Vice President) and those guys are doing a heck of a job. JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) builds our chassis and we have competition meetings with them and all that stuff, it has been an awesome relationship. What can I say – this is how we want to start off. This feels awesome.

(On the unscheduled stop for the tire issue) "Don’t give up, just keep digging and there was only one way to go with that tonight. On one hand, the bad luck was going to bite us and on the other, we had a lot of time to battle back. We’re lucky it happened early and we were able to have an awesome race car all day. We’ll just keep working on it. We knew we weren’t that good early in the race and we struggled in traffic a bit. (Kevin) Harvick ran into us and bent our fender, I think on purpose and we had to come back from that. All in all, just an unbelievable day – it was a total team effort, that’s what it’s going to take to win the championship. - Martin Truex, Jr., race winner

"Yeah, just overall very proud of what this No. 22 team was able to do all weekend.  Brought a very fast racecar, one that was capable of running top three for sure.  Just took us a while to get to that point.  Then, anytime a caution comes out late like that, that’s the definition of pressure for a pit crew.  You’re in the Chase, there’s a lot on the line, you’re coming down to the end to win a race.  They executed and beat the No. 11 off of pit road. Couldn’t be more proud of the way they handled the pressure and the way the pressure made them better.  That’s pretty neat.  It’s a big thing to look forward to through the next nine weeks, we can handle it.  Showed it today.  Can’t wait to get to New Hampshire and continue this momentum. Obviously, a second‑place finish gives us a decent cushion for the next couple races, but we got to keep attacking the way we are right now." - Joey Logano, finished second

"Nothing is yours until it’s over.  I mean that is part of life, man.  You are not dumb, we have all watched this stuff long enough we know these races don’t go green that long.  We see more cautions come out at the end of these races than we do not. That is just part of it, you’ve got to expect it and be able to embrace it and move forward.  I feel like we did a good job controlling the things that we could control today.  We had a fast NAPA Chevy.  I appreciate everybody’s hard work this weekend, Hendrick (Motorsports) was strong; that is good to see.  Like I said, there are some things you just can’t control with the amount of guys that stay out and where you line up on a restart.  We played the cards we were dealt and came up short." - Chase Elliott, finished third

"The decision [to stay out during the final caution] wasn’t difficult at all. We kind of made that decision before everyone else came and we had nothing to lose as far as points. I wish a couple more cars stayed out. You never know. Those guys were on me so fast. We had a really good car all day. We started way back in the field and made it up there pretty quickly. We got our car decent at the end. We gambled and I prefer to do that. I prefer to take a gamble to stay out and try to hold those guys off." - Ryan Blaney, finished fourth

"It was uneventful. We didn’t step on our toes and nothing really bad happened. We did the best we could, I thought we were a third-place car and we ended up sixth, I can’t be too disappointed with that. You always want to be within a few positions of what you’re capable of in the first Chase race." - Denny Hamlin, finished sixth

"We probably would have ended up third or fourth if it weren’t for my pit road speeding penalty there. It’s that time of year, I guess where I screw up a lot so hate it for my guys and all the work that they’ve done on the Skittles Camry – it was really fast, we just need to work on some more outright speed and make it better and chase up those guys." - Kyle Busch, finished eighth

"It means a lot that Hendrick Motorsports has taken a chance on me and I really appreciate the opportunity to be here and we wish Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) a speedy recovery. Everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and Axalta worked so hard. They brought a great race car. We were really good at the start of the race. It didn’t seem to like the initial takeoff, but once we built air pressures it seemed pretty solid. But we were running sixth or eighth there; and then, we had two really bad runs and fell back. We tried some pit strategy and got pretty good there at the end. Greg (Ives, crew chief) made a good call to take two (tires) and recover from those two bad runs we had and get us a solid top 10." - Alex Bowman, finished tenth

"Yeah, very proud of this Lowe’s team, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports.  We are digging.  I’m just… I just can’t believe I got in trouble down there leaving the pits. I feel terrible for these guys. It should have been a top-5 day, but I will back down pit road even more and try not to make that mistake. Hats off to the team for our fast Lowe’s Chevrolet, I just screwed up.” - Jimmie Johnson, finished 12th

"It wasn’t much fun, but I was proud of Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) and the guys on the Rush Truck Centers Chevy.  We were probably a car that was going to be three or four laps down if we had to race yesterday.  Today, we got the lucky dog twice, but we were much better - we just weren’t good enough to be where we needed to be.  We gained on it, for sure.  But you gain on it and still aren’t going to be good enough to move to the next round if we don’t get better than this." - Tony Stewart, finished 16th

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Kevin Harvick didn't have a lot of luck Sunday at Chicagoland, and now he has work to do the next two weeks to dig out of a hole. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.



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 NASCAR executive answers questions about inspection, issues from Chicagoland race

Here's what NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell said Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/19/nascar-executive-answers-questions-about-inspection-issues-from-chicagoland-race/

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Busch fell to third in the points and may yet be happy that he started the season with 12 bonus points. Busch now has back-to-back top-10s, but he has not scored a top-five si... more


Speedy Matt Kenseth 9th at Chicagoland

Kenseth had a quiet day otherwise, which is precisely what he needed to start the Chase. This was his fourth straight top-10 in the first race of the playoffs. He has a great... more

Alex Bowman gives No. 88 a top-10

Many experts expected the first taste of relief success to come for the more experienced Jeff Gordon. Bowman did not fly under the radar, however, and was expensive enough to ... more

Martin Truex Jr. raises doubts about the consistency of laser inspection after failure

Furniture Row Racing driver says his No. 78 Toyota was off by 10 thousandths of an inch in the right rear.


Harvick's speed wasted after finishing lap down

After falling a lap down early, Kevin Harvick could not get back on the lead lap despite having one of the fastest cars... 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/18/speed-wasted-pit-call-lack-of-cautions-conspire-against-kevin-harvick/


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

Furniture Row owner says Truex took one for the team


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Joey Logano starts Chase with runner-up finish
Good Day Goes Bad For Jimmie Johnson At Chicagoland Speedway

 Gutsy Call For Ryan Blaney Delivers Top-Five Finish At Chicagoland Speedway

Truex triumphs in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland

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Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson failed postrace measurements following the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
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 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-race-winning-car-flunks-inspection-at-chicagoland/

Cup: race-winning car flunks inspection at Chicagoland

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martin-truex-jr-starts-chase-with-chicagoland-win/

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. starts Chase with Chicagoland win

Amanda Vincent

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


Pearn bummed after failing inspection

Bridesmaid baton passed to Elliott in Chase opener at Chicago


Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

Martin Truex Jr. came back from a cut right rear



Courtesy ESPN.com

Martin Truex Jr. took the early lead in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with a victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Chicagoland results: Martin Truex Jr. punches ticket to next round of the Chase with win

Martin Truex Jr. had the best car early in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and he ran away with the victory on a green-white-checkered finish to end it.

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

Late pit stop propels Truex Jr. to Chicagoland win

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/18/race-recap-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-400-chicagoland-speedway-sprint-cup-chase.html

Emotional Victory Lane for Truex

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.sprint-cup-series-chicagoland-speedway-victory-lane-martin-truex-jr.5130905985001.html

Chase Bubble Watch: Truex Jr. safe after Chicago; Harvick anything but

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/18/updated-chase-standings-bubble-after-chicagoland-race.html

Elliott: 'Nothing's yours until it's over'

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.sprint-cup-series-chicagoland-speedway-post-race-reactions-chase-elliott.5130923854001.html

Late speeding penalty plagues Jimmie Johnson http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/18/jimmie-johnson-speeding-penalty-chicagoland.html


Courtesy NBC Sports

Strong Resolve

Martin Truex Jr. rallied back from behind after tire issues to seal a win in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/18/martin-truex-jr-wins-chase-opener-at-chicagoland-in-overtime/

Martin Truex Jr. takes point lead after Chicagoland

Tony Stewart: ‘We’ll have to be on our game’ for New Hampshire (video)

Late-race gamble five Blaney 4th at Chicago

This was Blaney’s second top-five in the past four races. Notably, he was passed at the line in a near-photo finish by fellow rookie Chase Elliott. These two freshmen have bee... more

So close, Chase Elliott finishes 3rd Chicagol

On one hand, this is an instance of Elliott losing yet another race because of a late-race restart. The team is getting so much stronger overall and it still seems likely Elli... more

Joey Logano quietly 2nd at Chicagoland

Logano needed a solid run to elevate him in the points’ standings. He has been solid at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the past and could contend for the victory in race two ... more


 Drivers sporting teal/gold steering wheels in support of pediatric and ovarian cancer awareness

About a quarter of today's starting field will have these special steering wheels that will be later auctioned.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/18/drivers-sporting-tealgold-steering-wheels-in-support-of-pediatric-and-ovarian-cancer-awareness/


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

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

Five to Watch: Potential Chase rivalries

http://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/629/five-to-watch-potential-chase-rivalries#/0


News & results from last nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway ( http://www.wallstadiumspeedway.com/)
 are now posted ! See my Wall Stadium Speedway 2016 page:Wall Stadium Speedway 2016! ,for the details !




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http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-chase-field-set/

NASCAR Xfinity: chase field set

Amanda Vincent

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 Burning questions

NASCAR Talk's Nate Ryan and Dustin Long preview the Chase for the Sprint with the playoffs set to kick off Sunday at Chicagoland.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/15/pondering-the-chase-five-questions-about-the-playoffs/

Today’s Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland: Start time, weather, TV/radio info and more

All the pertinent details for the opening race of the Chase.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/18/todays-sprint-cup-race-at-chicagoland-start-time-weather-tvradio-info-and-more/

Sprint Cup pit stall assignments for Chicagoland

Ryan Reed says key to Xfinity Chase is racing smart 

Xfinity Chase gives Brennan Poole second chance 

Brandon Jones fired up for Xfinity playoffs  

 Ty Dillon says team needs more speed or ‘we’re not going to make it very far in the Chase

Blake Koch says Xfinity Chase is now time to ‘let it loose’

Darrell Wallace Jr. says his team has work to do heading into Xfinity Chase

Brendan Gaughan is ready for inaugural Xfinity Chase

Ryan Sieg looking forward to competing in Xfinity playoffs

Patrick could have worst Chi’town result yet

That was last year when she was not struggling quite as much as she is in 2016. Last year, she started 25th based on practice times; this year she is 26th on speed. more

Greg Biffle 1 top-15 for last 8 at Chi'land

Biffle’s best performance in practice at Chicagoland for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 was a 14th-fastest lap in the first practice session. He may surge into the top 1... more

Elliott second-fast in Chicagoland Happy Hour

Elliott’s best effort was his second-fastest lap set in final practice Saturday afternoon when track conditions were the most like what driver will face on Sunday. In that ses... more


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NASCAR Xfinity: Erik Jones closes out regular season with Chicagoland win

Amanda Vincent




(9/17/16)

Congratulations to Shawna Ingraham for winning the modified main event (and leading all the laps!)  at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com) ! Great job Shawna !



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

Gluck: Johnson looking like a contender again


First-round strategy differs for Chase contenders

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

 Snapshot: Chicagoland  http://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/636/snapshot-chicagoland#/0

Bandaged hand won't keep Ben Kennedy from Chase  http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/17/ben-kennedy-bruised-hand-at-chicagoland-chase-outlook.html

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Courtesy NBC Sports

Erik Jones survives duel with Kyle Larson to take Xfinity win in Chicagoland

Erik Jones held off Kyle Larson to win his fourth Xfinity race of the season.

Pit strategy takes away Justin Allgaier’s chance at Chicagoland win

Daniel Suarez: ‘We need to keep ourselves out of trouble’ in Chase

Pit strategy takes away Justin Allgaier’s chance at Chicagoland win


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Xfinity Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html ) :

Erik Jones holds off Larson to win at Chicagoland

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/17/drive-for-safety-300-chicagoland-speedway-xfinity-series-race-recap-results.html

2016 XFINITY Series Chase field

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/17/xfinity-series-chase-field-set-at-chicagoland.html

For small teams of Sieg, Koch, Chase berth feels like a win

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/9/17/ryan-sieg-blake-koch-small-teams-chase-berth-xfinity-series-chicagoland.html

Jones: 'I wish this was our first round'

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.xfinity-series-chicagoland-speedway-victory-lane-erik-jones.5129957528001.html



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

Erik Jones notches fourth Xfinity Series win of season at Chicagoland

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/erik-jones-notches-fourth-xfinity-series-win-of-season-at-chicagoland-091716

Kyle Larson: The most dangerous man in NASCAR right now

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/kyle-larson-chip-ganassi-racing-chase-chicagoland-most-dangerous-man-nascar-sprint-cup-091716


Strap in: NASCAR's Chase usually produces temper tantrums



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NASCAR Xfinity: Daniel Hemric joins RCR for 2017

Amanda Vincent


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

Sprint Cup final practice results, Kyle Larson fastest at Chicagoland


Courtesy NBC Sports



Kyle Busch wins pole for Drive for Safety 300 at Chicago              

Kyle Busch will be followed by Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/17/kyle-busch-wins-pole-for-drive-for-safety-300-at-chicago/

Sharing the Joy: NASCAR couple provides hope for those with infertility

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch and wife Samantha are helping infertile couples after their journey to have Brexton.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/17/sharing-the-joy-nascar-couple-provides-hope-for-those-with-infertility/


Windy City winners

No matter how the racers think about it, momentum may be the determining factor in the opening race of the Sprint Cup Chase on Sunday.

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/who-will-pull-out-win-chicagoland-start-chase



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NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch's race-winning truck fails inspection

Amanda

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

Courtesy ESPN.com

Ricky Craven believes this is the most balanced Chase we've seen. He breaks down the first four drivers out, the last four in and everything in between as things get rolling at Chicagoland


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

  Chase rookie Larson tops Saturday Sprint Cup Chicago practice

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

Kyle Busch's truck fails post-race inspection at Chicagoland


Matt Tifft makes impressive return to racing following brain surgery


Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ ) is where I shall be  , again, later today. Sitting high over the beginning of the front stretch. Right on the aisle. Just 3 rows down from the top.

I hope to cya there !

Joe 


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NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch wins at Chicagoland

Amanda Vincent

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



                 

Courtesy ESPN.com

A year after winning his first Sprint Cup title, Kyle Busch is on the pole -- thanks to his regular-season wins -- and feeling confident heading into Sunday's Chase opener, writes Bob Pockrass.


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Today’s Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland: Start time, weather, TV/radio info and more

This is the last Xfinity Series race before the start of its inaugural Chase next week at Kentucky

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/17/todays-xfinity-series-race-at-chicagoland-start-time-weather-tvradio-info-and-more/

NASCAR Saturday schedule at Chicagoland Speedway

Here is the Saturday schedule for NASCAR action at Chicagoland Speedway.


William Byron ends regular season No. 1 in Truck points, now comes the Chase

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

See the 8 drivers that make up inaugural Truck Series Chase

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/gallery/camping-world-truck-series-chase-grid-set-eight-drivers-william-byron-chicagoland-speedway-091716



(9/16/16)

Courtesy NBC Sports

Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Chicagoland; Hayley, Custer, Reddick miss Chase

Kyle Busch wins his fifth career Truck Series race at Chicagoland.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/16/kyle-busch-wins-truck-race-at-chicagoland-hayley-custer-reddick-miss-chase/


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html):   

2016 Camping World Truck Series Chase field


 
Courtesy ESPN.com

This Saturday, five NASCAR drivers will game against EG's best in Halo and NASCAR Heat Evolution in Chicago. Will rubber-and-asphalt NASCAR skills translate to competitive gaming?


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


Ty Dillon to fill in for Regan Smith
Ty Dillon will fill in for Regan Smith in the Sprint Cup Series while Regan flies back home to be with his wife for the birth of their child.


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

Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski: Adversaries to start on front row


Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson face stiff competition in Chase


Dale Earnhardt Jr., the businessman, offers some valuable tips


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-qualifying-cancelled-at-chicagoland/

NASCAR Cup: qualifying cancelled at Chicagoland

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

Mr. Ordinary

Jimmie Johnson was once a superstar but is now being overlooked after average recent results. He's not a fan of that reputation.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/15/long-once-superman-jimmie-johnson-seems-ordinary/  

‘Helldrivers of Daytona’ racing musical hits wall after just one performance


“Now let us go race,” says Stewart

Not to downplay the sincerity of their emotions, but NASCAR rivalries have a way of reigniting as soon as drivers make contact on the track. Stewart has much more to lose in t... more

Kyle Busch has vibration in practice

Look for the team to change axles before Saturday’s practice. This should not impact their starting position and Busch’s handicap should be based on how he runs in that sessio... more

Alex Bowman spins to end practice

Bowman had the sixth-fastest time in practice with a speed of 182.285 mph. Mistakes like this could cost fantasy players a lot of points, but as a part time driver filling in ... more





Brandon Jones, Erik Jones fastest in weather-interrupted Xfinity practice at Chicagoland

Kyle Busch suffers motor issue in session.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. back at the racetrack — but this one doesnt have any turns

While the rest of NASCAR was 750 miles away in Joliet, Illinois, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was watching racing of a different type...


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

If you were in charge of designing a Sprint Cup championship T-shirt, you should start working on designs of Toyota drivers first, Bob Pockrass writes.


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

Matt Tifft returns to racing 11 weeks after brain surgery


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


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

Who will Tony Stewart fans root for next season?

First-round strategy differs for Chase contenders


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

Stewart, Newman meet with NASCAR at Chicagoland


Courtesy NBC Sports



Tony Stewart: Chase Elliott has ‘extremely good chance’ of being as good as his father

Tony Stewart was the first driver Chase Elliott rooted for other than his dad, Bill Elliott.


Chase to Sprint Cup championship begins today

Camping World Truck, Xfinity Series clinch scenarios for Chicagoland

NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett on why Carl Edwards won’t get past second Chase round

Five drivers to watch at Chicagoland Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick could be among those battling for the win Sunday.


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com
NASCAR Cancels Sprint Cup Qualifying, Field Set By Chase Standings

Heavy rains forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Friday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway.  Since the cancellation occurred before any practice could take place, the field has been set by points.  Kyle Busch will start on the pole.  Read more

Rain Halts Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Chicagoland Speedway

Early Friday afternoon, XFINITY Series teams got a grand total of 20 minutes of practice before the rains came and wiped out the session.  Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top 3 with Daniel Suarez on top of the charts before the wet stuff arrivedRead more

Blake Koch Signed Through 2017 with Kaulig Racing

Kaulig Racing announced on Thursday that Blake Koch has been re-signed to return to the No. 11 Chevrolet full-time in the XFINITY Series in 2017.  LeafFilter will continue as the team's primary sponsor.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to Illinois to start the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Coverage of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 starts with NASCAR America Sunday on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. EDT, followed by Countdown to Green.  The green flag is scheduled to drop around 2:48 p.m. and can be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's MyAFibRisk.com 400, Denny Hamlin took the lead on the final restart from Jeff Gordon with five laps to go and held off the pack to take his first career victory at Chicagoland.  Carl Edwards was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.  Gordon finished 14th after a failed tire gamble.

All-time, Tony Stewart is the most victorious driver at Chicagoland Speedway with three career wins.  Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski have two wins a piece.  No one else has more than one.  All the past winners except for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (ongoing concussion recovery), Jeff Gordon and David Reutimann will be in the field on Sunday.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.5 mile tri-oval, 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Banking: 18 degrees

Frontstretch: 2,400 feet, banked 11 degrees

Backstretch: 1,700 feet, banked 5 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 55,500
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Opened: 2001

Website: http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChicagolandSpeedway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChicagolndSpdwy

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 1: Friday, September 16, 1:30 - 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports App/Live Extra

Qualifying: Friday, September 16 at 6:45 p.m. on NBCSN

Practice No. 2: Saturday, September 17, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m. on CNBC

Happy Hour: Saturday, September 17, 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. on NBCSN

Say What?!

"I don’t think it’s that critical [to set a tone for the Chase at Chicagoland]. It’s what you want to do and all the teams will strive to do. But, if you have a bad race at Chicago, or it doesn’t go exactly as you want, I don’t think it is the end of the world. The main thing each time is to advance to the next round. You have to outperform four other guys. Do you have to win or have a top-five at Chicago to start it off right? I don’t think so. But the last thing you want is to have a bad race that puts you in a hole right after Chicago.

"The win at Chicagoland in 2011 basically made me look like an idiot. I had preached for weeks that we did not belong in the Chase and, up until the Chase started, we didn’t. We were not running well, nor did we have an idea why we weren’t running well. All of a sudden, we show up and win Chicago. It was probably the only time I’ve ever won a Cup race and thought, ‘That was probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.’ I felt really passionate about the fact we didn’t belong in it and then turned right around and, ‘ta-da.’ It was like going to see David Copperfield in Las Vegas. It was like, ‘poof,’ all of a sudden something we said couldn’t happen happened." - Tony Stewart

"We reached our goal of making the Chase. Now we want to make it past this first round. We want to surprise some people. Our Love's Travel Stops team has been working really hard and gaining a lot of ground the last couple months, and we'll be hitting some tracks these next three weeks that we like and where we can perform well. We can also now afford to be a little more aggressive than we have been the last few weeks. We had to race conservatively in some situations to make sure we stayed out of trouble, but now we can go all out.

"I like Chicagoland Speedway. It's a place that's gotten a lot of character over the years. It's a little bit rough around the edges, and there's a bunch of bumps through Turns 3 and 4. We were there for a test not too long ago, so we've been working on a plan for going back there. That big arc all the way down the backstretch is unique to that racetrack. We really never go straight. We will always be holding the wheel somewhat to the left. But I think we'll be able to move around a lot, and I think it will be a good race." - Chris Buescher

"Chicago is a great place to start off the Chase. It’s a great market and a good track where we’ve run pretty well. I’ve wanted to win there so bad for (No. 48 team crew chief) Chad (Knaus) since it’s his hometown track. We’ve been close at Chicago a few times but ended up giving them away. For the next 10 weeks, we are in championship focus. We learned a lot last year from this format and we need to be there at the cutoffs and also to be there at the end at Homestead. We need to run well every week. There is a lot of effort going on to make this chase for our seventh championship." - Jimmie Johnson

 5 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
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My NASCAR Sprint Cup championship picks



NASCAR Xfinity: SHR names Cole Custer its Xfinity driver for 2017

Amanda Vincent


NASCAR Cup: Richard Petty joins Chicagoland's Legends Club


NASCAR Xfinity: how to make the chase at Chicagoland Speedway 



NASCAR Truck: how to make the chase at Chicagoland

Amanda Vincent

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

Are we going to have a Chase filled with drama like last season, or are things going to stay relatively calm? Calm in not really the goal of the concept to begin with, writes Bob Pockrass.

Police: R. Gordon's dad strangled wife, shot self




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

NASCAR: Five Drivers Most Likely To Win At Chicagoland


Exclusive: Brian France says NASCAR would like to add another manufacturer



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



 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
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NASCAR Cup: Aric Almirola gets new crew chief



NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Chicagoland Speedway

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR’s Friday schedule at Chicagoland Speedway

The Camping World Truck Series competes in the American Ethanol E15 225 this evening.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/16/nascars-friday-schedule-at-chicagoland-speedway/

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Episode 42: Austin Dillon

The Richard Childress Racing driver on enjoying his first appearance in the Chase, throwing out the first pitch for a White Sox...

Long: Once Superman, Jimmie Johnson seems ordinary

Five top-10 finishes in the last 19 races makes it easy to look past six-time champ Jimmie Johnson as a pick to win the title.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/15/long-once-superman-jimmie-johnson-seems-ordinary/

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

Motorsports TV Schedule - September 15 to 18


Saturday , 9/17/16, at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

 LADIES   NIGHT

                     Modifieds, Twin 25's Legends, Sportsman, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, ATQMRA, Senior Champ Carts

                        Ladies $10 grandstand admission!

                       Adult $18  -  Senior Discount (62+) $15  -  Student (7-17) $8  -  6 and under are always Free!

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

 

5:00 pm     GRANDSTANDS OPEN

5:45            QUALIFYING STARTS

                    INTERMISSION

7:00            OPENING CEREMONY

7:05            FEATURE RACES

All Ladies $10 admission in the grandstands!

Feature Order:

Senior Champ Carts - 15 laps (inner track)

ATQMRA - 25 laps (inner track)

INEX Legend Cars - 25 laps

Limited Late Models - 25 laps

Sportsman - 25 laps

INEX Legend Cars - 25 laps

MODIFIEDS - 40 laps

Factory Stocks - 25 laps


Saturday, 9/17/16 at New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/):

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALL STAR CUP

358 Modifieds- 50 Laps- $5,000 to win $400 to start
Sportsman- 25 Laps- $1,000 to win $150 to start
Crate Modifieds- 25 Laps- $1,000 to win $150 to start
NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door- 20 Laps- $1,000 to win $100 to start (if 10 or more cars)
Giveaways, Lap Money, Bonuses, Silent Auction, Fan Meet & Greet, and MUCH MORE!

Pit Gates: 12:00 pm
Grandstands: 3:00 pm
Hot Laps: 4:15 pm
Racing: 5:00 pm

Adults $30
Seniors 65 & Older $28
Teens 12-15 $15
Military & Spouses with ID $15
Children 11 & Under FREE
Pit admission is $35 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather!): 

Google Alerts 
Wilson County News
NASCAR has updated a few of its rules heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, set to begin Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Mile High Sports
Even a razor's edge isn't thin enough to gauge the margins in NASCAR – the powers that be have to use lasers. Furniture Row Racing failed the ...
Autoweek
On Wednesday, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano was at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan (a 93-acre campus owned by the Ford family) ...
Charlotte Observer
Tony Stewart said he expects to meet with fellow driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR officials Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in an attempt to ...
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The will of NASCAR matriarch Betty Jane France has been filed with the Volusia County Clerk of Court, but it doesn't remove any of the mystery ...

Motorsport.com, Edition: Global
NASCAR Chairman Brian France still believes the sanctioning body is on schedule to announce an entitlement sponsor for the Cup Series some time ...
Autoweek
Elliott Sadler has finished no worse than sixth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings during the past five years. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC ...
Racin' Today
 Edwards Says 2016 Gives Him Best Shot At A Championship

The Changing of the Guard

Tony Stewart: No reason to change “humble” approach to the Chase
     C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S

(9/15/16)

Courtesy Spirit Speedway, via Bridgeport Speedway   (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) and Spirit Speedway (http://www.spiritspeedway.com/ ):

Friday , Sept.16th  at Spirit Speedway:  Final Points Night 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cyl, & 8 Cyl Enduros

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Swedesboro, 08085
+ Google Map


Adults - $10.00

Find out more »  

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

Retiring Tony Stewart in spotlight as NASCAR playoffs begin

Courtesy Catchfence.com (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

2016 NCWTS American Ethanol e15 225 Final Practice Session Speeds


Daniel Hemric, with a lap speed of 176.563 MPH, was the quickest early Thursday evening in the final 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) practice session for Friday night’s American Ethanol e15 225.

Second quickest in the session was Spencer Gallagher with a lap speed of 176.465 MPH, and he was followed by Daniel Suarez (176.453 MPH) who was third, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Grant Enfinger (176.223) fourth and Ben Kennedy (176.171) was fifth.



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

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


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

 Harvick explains bull tweet: 'You have to be that raging lunatic'

Stewart on Newman's fiery comments: 'I can't blame him'



Courtesy NBC Sports






Tony Stewart expecting Friday meeting with Ryan Newman and is ready for bygones

He harbors no ill will toward his former teammate despite harsh criticism.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/09/15/tony-stewart-expects-friday-meeting-with-ryan-newman-and-is-ready-for-bygones/


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

Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart says he has a "whole different mindset" as he begins his final Chase and isn't worried about the possibility of being scrutinized by NASCAR.


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

The Critic's Annex: Southern Speed: The Legend of Darlington
by Phil Allaway

A couple of weeks ago, NBCSN premiered a new one-hour show, Southern Speed: The Legend of Darlington.  As many of you know, I'm a history buff, so this type of show was a natural fit for me to critique.

Here, we learn a bit about Harold Brasington, the creator/founder of Darlington Raceway.  Brasington was a big fan of stock cars, a guy who would go to events dating back to the board racing era.  The idea for Darlington came from a trip to Indianapolis, spurring what Brasington referred to as an unalienable right: daydreaming.  I've never heard that described as such before, but I'm willing to buy in.

The first Southern 500 race in 1950 was a scrum with 75 cars starting, driven by all the stars of the day.  Hershel McGriff, as an example drove his race car all the way from Oregon to compete.  A man that raced as recently as 2012, McGriff was on hand for this TV special to describe that first race.  The now 89-year-old McGriff detailed the start as essentially a free-for-all, one that Johnny Mantz won with his truck tires.  McGriff described the agony of waiting on tire changes while Mantz kept right on truckin'.  He finished ninth, 26 laps down while Mantz won the race by nine laps over Fireball Roberts.

Cale Yarborough was also part of the special, talking about the idea of having Darlington Raceway right in his backyard (he grew up within 15 miles of the track).  Today, he has a lot of respect for the facility and claims that winning the 1968 Southern 500 for the Wood Brothers was the biggest win of his career.  Remember that he captured consecutive Daytona 500s later on.

Naturally, the story of Darlington Raceway is not all syrupy sweet, especially in recent years.  There was time dedicated to Darlington's floundering in the series schedule, cutting back from two dates to one.  In 2004, Mike Helton described the moving of the Southern 500 away from Labor Day weekend as "Modernizing Tradition."

It screamed of a slap in the face.  Tom Higgins, the retired former columnist for the Charlotte Observer, recalled his reaction as something along the lines of "what the heck are you talking about?"  Today, the idea of Darlington Raceway shutting down is unlikely at best, but back in the mid-2000s, it was in play.  For the past few seasons, Darlington has no other major race weekends outside of the Bojangles' Southern 500 and has made that their primary focus.  Without that, the track would likely cease to exist and eliminate a major reason for anyone from outside the Pee Dee region to visit the area.

Overall, I did like watching the special.  It was an interesting look at the history of an iconic venue.  Someone who didn't have detailed knowledge of Darlington would take away quite a bit from it, in particular the real community aspect to the event.  Having "A"-list (or close to it at the time) celebrities in a place like Darlington seems pretty crazy, but Darlington Raceway (and likely, the city of Darlington as well) helped to get chaps like Clint Eastwood coming to town.

Darlington, S.C. today is actually a little smaller population-wise than it was when the track opened in 1950.  It's not the smallest place that hosts a Cup race (Watkins Glen has about one-third the population of Darlington) but it is one of them.  They've tried to recapture the community aspect since the Southern 500 returned to Labor Day weekend with varying levels of success.  The throwback aspect of the weekend has been a huge hit, one in which other racing entities are actively copying.  For example, this weekend's Sandown 500 for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is a Throwback weekend.

One criticism: while this show was fairly comprehensive, the special did not really talk much about the modernization of Darlington Raceway that took place in the 1980s and '90s.  That saw the removal of the box suites (I'm honestly not really sure what to call them, but we're talking about partitioned covered seating here) that were above the backstretch grandstands.  There was also the removal of most of the overhangs on the frontstretch.  Finally, the straightaways were flipped in 1997 along with the start/finish line.  At the time, it was viewed as a necessity in order for expansion to take place because the frontstretch is all but right up against Routes 34 and 151.  Most of said expansion never really took place other than the addition of one grandstand in what is now turn 1.

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond The Cockpit: Richmond's Dennis Bickmeier Implementing Fresh Ideas

"I think they’ll handle it equally as well as Sprint – well, Nextel – did when it came into the sport, or as we’ve seen with Nationwide and now XFINITY. I think it’s a great opportunity for a new sponsor when they come into the sport to bring in new ideas and innovation as well. A lot of it will go back to what are their strategic goals, like what do they want to get out of a partnership with NASCAR and racetracks to drive business?

They have to make the determination as to what the interactions will be. From the racetrack side, this is that meeting point between the sport and the fans. This is where things happen." - Bickmeier on the potential new title sponsor

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Phil Allaway and Sean Fesko