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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Kahne Proves Able at Atlanta
by Justin Tucker

While others have been basking in the glory of wins, becoming the topic of this year's championship conversation, the same hasn't been the case for Kasey Kahne.

Leading into Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kahne was in the midst of a 39-race winless streak that dated to back to Pocono last August. To say 2014 has been frustrating for Kahne, since then is nothing short of an understatement.  In 24 previous races this season, Kahne had only scored two top-5 finishes with a best result of third at Kansas Speedway in May. That left his Chase hopes heading into Atlanta on life support.

Lucky for Kahne, who's spent a lifetime it seems on the Chase bubble he knew the right way to resuscitate. With his season on the line, Kahne couldn't have picked a bigger time to record his first victory of the season and 17th of his career after outdueling Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout for the victory.

“We were all over the place during the race, but the guys stayed with me and worked hard,” Kahne said in Victory Lane.  “I’m really happy and real thankful.  We’ve had a downer year at times. … It’s been one thing after another, but now I’m in the Chase with my teammates and it’s great to be part of HMS (Hendrick Motorsports).”

Kahne was the 13th different driver to record a win in 2014, leaving only one more race for a winless driver to potentially take the victory in Richmond and clinch a spot in the Chase.

“This is a team effort,” Kahne said.  “The guys did great tonight and I’m pretty pumped to be in here.  We’re locked in.  I hate that it comes down to this, Atlanta and Richmond for me.  Sometimes we’re in and sometimes we’re out.  We made it again, third time with HMS.  I’m thankful for that.”

Kahne's victory ensured that all four Hendrick Motorsports cars will make the Chase for the third consecutive year. To do it, Kahne had to endure a series of late-race restarts, sparked by contact between Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Busch that caused a caution with just two laps remaining. That cut Kahne's lead to shreds, over what had been a dominant Kevin Harvick and sent everyone to pit road for fresh tires. Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard took two, leaving them on the front row for a first restart that ended with Harvick's, Joey Logano's, and Menard's machines all torn up.

“We all probably could have given each other more room," Harvick said. "I knew the No. 27 (Paul Menard) was going to get a bad restart and I tried to time it to where I could get on the outside of him. I got on the outside of him and he just kept coming up and I wasn’t going to let off the gas; I knew the No. 22 (Joey Logano) was up there. The No. 27 kept coming up and just came up until we all wrecked.”

That left Kahne sitting third, in perfect position to thread the needle on the next restart and pull up beside Kenseth, then pass him with less than two laps to go. While Kenseth's second-place effort officially came up short, it secured him his Chase position and he is locked in heading into Richmond.

“Those last two laps were really intense,” Kenseth said.  “… Things are looking up.  I’m looking forward to the next 11 (races).”

Joining Kahne and Kenseth in the top five of Sunday's Oral - B 500 were Denny Hamlin in third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Carl Edwards in fifth.  Meanwhile, Danica Patrick thrilled the crowd once again on Sunday night by recording her best career finish of sixth, even after falling of the lead lap twice as her Stewart-Haas teammate Kevin Harvick set a blistering pace in the early stages of the race.

“It was a solid, solid finish,” Patrick said.  “I was hoping for a top-five, right down there at the line with Carl (Edwards).  But sixth place is definitely something to be happy about, and I was hoping for a solid top-15. That was much better.”

Ryan Newman finished seventh, with Kyle Larson right behind him in eighth.  Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.

For as much as Sunday's race centered around who would make the Chase, it also marked the return of Tony Stewart to Sprint Cup Series competition after missing the last three races following a tragic sprint car accident that claimed the life of 20 year old Kevin Ward, Jr.

Stewart returned to a thunderous ovation during driver introductions and wasted no time marching into the top five from his 12th-place starting spot.  However, a night that looked like it might be a triumphant return ended in disappointment after early contact with Kyle Busch put him in the wall exiting Turn 2 and put him near the end of the lead lap.  Stewart's night ended on lap 172 when the right front tire blew on his Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and put him in the wall a second time, leaving him to settle for a 41st-place finish.

Kevin Harvick, for as fast as he has been in 2014, has had some of the worst luck of any driver in the Sprint Cup Series and Sunday night was no exception.  After completely dominating the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, leading 159 laps en route to his third Nationwide Series win of the season, it looked like Harvick was going to be the class of the field again on Sunday, leading a race-high 195 laps. However, a late race incident with Paul Menard on a restart dashed Harvick's chances, putting him 19th at the checkers.

“We all probably could have given each other more room,” Harvick said.  “I knew the No. 27 (Menard) was going to get a bad restart and I tried to time it to where I could get on the outside of him.

“I got on the outside of him and he just kept coming up and I wasn’t going to let off the gas; I knew the No. 22 (Logano) was up there.  The No. 27 kept coming up and just came up until we all wrecked.”

A look at Sunday's Oral - B USA 500 by the numbers: There were 21 lead changes among six different drivers.  Ten cautions slowed the pace for 56 laps.  The average speed was 131.512 mph.

Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Green flag is set for 7:46 P.M. ET next Saturday.

Chasing the Chase: Early Wall Contact Costs Gordon Some of His Points Lead

by Phil Allaway

Jeff Gordon had one of the strongest cars all night Sunday.  However, he blew a left front tire early in the race and lost two laps.  It took all the way to the Green-White-Checker restarts to get those laps back.  Gordon would finish 17th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had his own issues with handling, in addition to a chunk of metal punching out the grille at one point.  Earnhardt Jr. perserved through those issues to finish 11th and gain a little ground on his teammate.  Matt Kenseth just missed out on Victory Lane once again.  However, his second-place finish allowed him to gain two spots and reclaim third in the standings.

Joey Logano was in position to gain on both Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon until contact on the first Green-White-Checker restart forced him to pit to treat a tire rub.  The stop dropped him to a 14th-place finish, which allowed him to stand pat.  Brad Keselowski dropped two places to fifth after he ran in the back of Josh Wise late in the race.  Wise was trying to avoid Denny Hamlin and was forced up into Keselowski's path.  Keselowski hit Wise, then smacked the outside wall in Turn 4, putting him out of the race.  Jimmie Johnson is still in sixth after a relatively quiet run to fourth on Sunday.

Carl Edwards is up one place to seventh after a strong fifth-place finish on Sunday.  Edwards displaced Kevin Harvick, who dominated the proceedings on Sunday.  Despite leading 195 laps, Harvick's deficiencies were on pit road and restarts.  Those issues combined to put him in the wall on the first GWC, dropping him to a 19th-place finish.  One point behind Harvick is Ryan Newman, who nearly locked himself into the Chase, but came up just short.  He's still looking very good to qualify on points as long as he finishes on Saturday night.  Greg Biffle, currently the last driver into the Chase on points, rounds out the top-10.  He had a relatively miserable start to the race, but his Roush Fenway Racing team improved the Ortho Ford enough so that Biffle could bring home a top-10 finish.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Jeff Gordon 872, 2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -21, 3) Matt Kenseth -78, 4) Joey Logano -81, 5) Brad Keselowski -90, 6) Jimmie Johnson -106, 7) Carl Edwards -117, 8) Kevin Harvick -124, 9) Ryan Newman -125, 10) Greg Biffle -144, 11) Kasey Kahne -164, 12) Clint Bowyer -167, 13) Kyle Larson -168, 14) Paul Menard -197, 15) Austin Dillon -198, 16) Jamie McMurray -206, 17) Kyle Busch - 215, 18) Brian Vickers -222, 19) Denny Hamlin -236, 20) Marcos Ambrose -244.

Outside of the top 20, but locked into the Chase: 21) Kurt Busch -258, 22) Aric Almirola -278, 23) AJ Allmendinger -282.

Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona-1, Pocono-1, Pocono-2), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Kentucky, Loudon), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville), Joey Logano (Texas, Richmond, Bristol-2), Denny Hamlin (Talladega), Jeff Gordon (Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan-2), Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte, Dover, Michigan-1), Aric Almirola (Daytona-2), AJ Allmendinger (Watkins Glen), Kasey Kahne (Atlanta)

Key:
Green - Locked into the Chase via win(s) or points
Orange - Currently in one of the spots to qualify via points
Gold - Currently not in a spot to qualify on points, but can move in and displace a driver
Red - Cannot qualify on points, must win at Richmond to make Chase
 
Letter of the Race: Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 was brought to you by the Letter C for "Changes." Sunday's race seemed all but locked up.  Kasey Kahne looked like he was going to hold off Kevin Harvick, and viewers on ESPN were going to be treated to Harvick being bummed out again.  However, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. collided and everything changed.  Yes, Kahne still won, but the whole complexion of the race changed.  - Phil Allaway

Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. Collide Late, Argue Post-Race

Yes, Kasey Kahne ended up winning Sunday night, but Kahne's run to Victory Lane became a lot harder than it should have been when Martin Truex, Jr. was turned into the wall in Turn 1 by Kyle Busch with two laps to go, bringing out the caution and setting up the first Green-White-Checker.  Following the crash, Busch ran in the back of Truex's World Vision Chevrolet in Turn 2, then continued to bump him.  Both drivers continued after the crash and finished the race.  Busch finished on the lead lap in 15th, while Truex was a lap down in 23rd.

After the race, Truex approached Busch's Toyota and the two drivers exchanged terse words.  After talking to Busch, Truex also talked with Busch's crew chief, Dave Rogers.  Neither driver talked to the media after the race, preferring to catch their planes and get out of Georgia.

Afterwards, Rogers explained the situation.

"They’re hard-nosed competitors, and they don’t cut each other much slack," Rogers told MRN's Dustin Long.  "I talked to Kyle about what happened. He said he was expecting Martin to go in on the bottom, and Kyle was banzaing on the top and trying got get the pass.  Martin surprised him by going up top, and Kyle said he got to the brake but he got to the brake too late."

In regards to the actual argument, it was about as peaceful as could be, given the circumstances.

"[Truex] came over and said his [piece] and asked why Kyle got in the back of him," Rogers continued.  "Martin didn’t say or do anything wrong there. He kept it peaceful. He said what was on his mind, and I think that is accepted. It didn’t get out of control. Kyle tried to explain what happened and I think they agreed to disagree tonight but they’ll probably talk later this week and figure it out."

Despite the multiple meetings with the wall, Busch's 15th-place finish was his best run in a month.  He's locked into the Chase by virtue of his win at Auto Club Speedway in March, but doesn't have very much momentum on his side.

Quotes to Remember: Oral-B USA 500
compiled by Phil Allaway

"We were all over the place during the race but the guys stayed with me and worked hard.  On those restart – I didn’t know what would happen because I had great restarts all night and I struggle with restarts a lot.  That’s big, because that is one of the things you have to be good at and it worked really well tonight." - Kasey Kahne, race winner

"It was a long night.  Man, that race felt like it was 700 miles.  Sometimes when you are running well they feel like that because you are hoping it stays there, keeps going well, and you keep improving and don’t lose it.  There were definitely a couple of times late in the race when we fell back.  In the middle of the race the car was very good.  We took a little step back, and then it came back in the end.  Tony Gibson just reset everything to where we were when we were running well.  Obviously the pit stop at the end that was 11 seconds was so good.  There were a couple of rough ones in the beginning but that one made up for it because it put us seventh on that restart and we had a good line on the inside and didn’t get caught up on the outside.  I am just so happy for the team.  We have had pretty fast cars for quite a while now and not really great finishes for it.  So this is for everybody and GoDaddy.  I have sucked at Richmond every time so I sure hope I can run well at Richmond now." - Danica Patrick, finished sixth

"We had a solid night.  It was good at time, it was bad at times, it was just average at times and there at the end somehow on that green flag pit stop, with the way the caution worked out, it trapped us a lap down but we ran on the lead lap all night.  We just couldn’t get the grip we needed and struggled getting the car in the race track just like we needed to, so I’d be tight, I’d be loose, but never really had the balance I wanted so we just fought that all night.  It was a good comeback and anytime you can walk away from Atlanta with a top 10 after the last six weeks that we’ve had, it was nice to walk away with a car that wasn’t crashed." - Aric Almirola, finished ninth

"The position we’re in is [that] points don’t mean anything.  We’re locked in the Chase and all you have to do is go for a win, so I saw my opportunity to try to win the race and I went for it.  It was there and then the 27 blocked the 4 and I was right there with nowhere to go.  There’s not much we could do.  You either finish eighth or possibly win the race or finish second depending on how that move turned out.  Unfortunately, we got crashed, but that’s what we’re gonna do.  We’ve got one more week of checkers or wreckers and that’s what we’re gonna have.  I mean, you start someone up there with two tires that hasn’t been up there all day you have a mess.  I think we all saw it coming." - Joey Logano, finished 14th

"We all probably could have given each other more room. I knew the No. 27 (Paul Menard) was going to get a bad restart and I tried to time it to where I could get on the outside of him. I got on the outside of him and he just kept coming up and I wasn’t going to let off the gas; I knew the No. 22 (Joey Logano) was up there. The No. 27 kept coming up and just came up until we all wrecked." - Kevin Harvick, finished 19th

"We were rallying pretty well.  I made a pit road mistake a little bit earlier that got us behind, but got up to fourth and had a shot at winning the race.  Kevin was really strong, but we were just starting the pit sequence and one of the slower cars in front of us was pitting and so was Denny Hamlin, who was running second or third there, and he just made the decision to pit from the middle lane and clogged the whole track.  That kind of ruined our day with the Alliance Truck Parts Ford." - Brad Keselowski, finished 39th (Crashed Out)

"It’s been real good and we got off to a good start.  The car has had speed all weekend long and we qualified well.  I went into today with some pretty high hopes of finishing well and possibly coming out of here with a win but it just didn’t work out in our favor.  We got into a little trouble with the 18 and got into the outside wall, knocked the toe out of it, and a lot of heavy right side damage.  We were just trying to fix that and salvage what we could out of the day but then we blew a right front there right before that caution came out. So it’s really good to have him back and we are happy to have Johnny Morris here and Rusty Rush and the guys from Code 3 to be here to support him here on kind of his homecoming back.  Wish we could have had a better effort and better finish for them but we will move on to Richmond and see if we can’t get it done there." - Chad Johnston, crew chief for Tony Stewart, finished 41st (Crashed Out

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Fitzpatrick Completes CTMP Sweep
Record Fifth Win At Ontario Road Course
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (Aug. 31, 2014) – J.R. Fitzpatrick turned in another dominant performance to earn his fifth career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and secure a season sweep at the famed Ontario road course.
Fitzpatrick, from Ayr, Ontario, took the lead in the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 for the second and final time on Lap 34 in his No 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet and drove to his 10th career victory overall. He’s won a record five of the 10 all-time series events at CTMP, including both in 2014.
Jeff Lapcevich ended up second for the third time in the last four Canadian Tire Series events at CTMP to tie his career-best finish while Marc-Antione Camirand established a personal best when he crossed the line third. Season points leader L.P. Dumoulin finished fourth and Scott Steckly was fifth.
Gary Klutt, D.J. Kennington, Robin Buck, Brad Graham and Joey McColm brought home the top 10.
Polesitter Andrew Ranger, who led 15 laps in the event, finished 29th out of 31 entries with a fuel pump failure.
The 51-lap race featured six lead changes among five different drivers and was slowed just twice by caution.
With the victory, Fitzpatrick cut seven points off of Dumoulin’s championship lead. With two races remaining in the season Dumoulin now leads Fitzpatrick 378-359. Ranger’s troubles dropped him from a tie for second to a distant third at 327.
The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will premiere on TSN2 on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
The Canadian Tire Series will return to action with the Wahta Springs 300 on Sept. 6 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Pinty's presents the Clarington 200
Unofficial Results
Sunday
At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Bowmanville, Ont.
Lap length: 2.459 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 51 laps, 88.023 mph.
2. (7) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.
3. (3) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d'Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 51.
4. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
5. (6) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 51.
6. (12) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
7. (5) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 51.
8. (8) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
9. (19) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Ford, 51.
10. (23) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 51.
11. (15) Ryan Klutt, Milton, Ont., Dodge, 51.
12. (20) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
13. (14) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 51.
14. (9) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 50.
15. (22) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 50.
16. (18) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 50.
17. (26) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 50.
18. (31) Jocelyn Fecteau, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 50.
19. (27) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 50.
20. (10) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 49.
21. (13) Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 49.
22. (25) Matt Pritiko, London, Ont., Chevrolet, 48.
23. (29) Curtis Fielding, Minden, Ont., Ford, 48, engine.
24. (30) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 48.
25. (28) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 48.
26. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 47, rear end.
27. (24) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 42.
28. (21) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 40, mechanical.
29. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 40, fuel pump.
30. (11) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 39, off track.
31. (16) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 31, transmission.
 
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 25 minutes 29 seconds
Margin of Victory:
Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (106.321 mph, 83.261 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 6 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-8; J. Fitzpatrick 9-13; L. Dumoulin 14-15; A. Ranger 16-22; M. Camirand 23-24; S. Steckly 25-33; J. Fitzpatrick 34-51.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 378; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 359; 3. A. Ranger, 327; 4. D. Kennington, 322; 5. S. Steckly, 320; 6. J. Hathaway, 304; 7. N. Dowler, 301; 8. J. McColm, 279; 9. A. Tagliani, 216; 10. M. Dilley, 199.
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Long road back continues

Tony Stewart just wants to get back into the car so the healing can begin on his part. He gets that chance Sunday in the Oral-B 500. All eyes will be on him, how he drives, his reactions and so much more. SN's Bob Pockrass breaks it down

 
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Jamie McMurray Hoping to Score Win to Secure Chase Bid

Heading into this weekend, Jamie McMurray is one of the drivers hoping to reach victory lane so that way he can stamp his ticket for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

Fitzpatrick leads first practice as Kennington and Tagliani forced to change engines

It's only practice and the action has already started as teams are working feverishly in the pit area to have the cars ready for qualifying later today, and tomorrow's Printy's presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

The Healing of Tony Stewart

People have been wondering each week before a NASCAR Sprint Cup race if this would be the week that Tony Stewart would choose to return behind the wheel of the No. 14. It's not just NASCAR race fans but race fans in general and the public.

 
 

Reflecting: Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 Brought Forth Memorable Experience

When NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was coming to Canada, I couldn't contain myself as a Canadian fan. I knew right from the announcement that it'd be great to be able to see the trucks in my own backyard (only two hours from my hometown) and get the experience up close to them that so many fans down south know too well.

 

Freaky Fast, Again: Kevin Harvick Scores Oral-B USA 500 Pole at Atlanta

On the back bumper of Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet, it says 'freaky fast'. Those words played true for the sixth time this year as Harvick scored his sixth pole of the season in qualifying for the Oral-B USA 200. Harvick would post a lap of 29.118 seconds for his 12th career pole, and his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Keselowski Puts Fusion on Front Row in Atlanta Qualifying

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion – “It’s by far the best qualifying effort I’ve ever had here. That’s a testament to the team and the work they’ve done and trying to be better

 
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Harvick's Happy Place

Cup regular Kevin Harvick put on a display of dominance Saturday night, leading the final 159 laps to win the Nationwide Series stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Story » Results » The Rundown: Brian Scott

Racing Therapy

No one knows what will be going through Tony Stewart's mind when he gets back in a race car Sunday night at Atlanta. His fellow drivers will come closest. Ed Hinton » Racing Live! Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET »

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ThorSport's 'dream season' could improve on road

Snapshot: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Alex Tagliani wins Keystone Light Pole Award

Holyfield: I like NASCAR because I won't do it

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Jeff Gordon's 750th start brings career full circle

Atlanta Sprint Cup pit stall assignments

Saturday practice recaps from Atlanta, Canada

 
 
 I plan to be @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)  again tonight for "Beach Luau night" . Sitting in my usual area high over the beginning of the frontstretch. Wearing a black track hat. Dark Blue # 55 Steven Reed t-shirt. Sitting on a red/white seat cushion. Next to a  red/white cooler,with a sticker red # 21 sportsman  sticker on it.
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Atlanta Storylines Aplenty

Tony Stewart is back in the No. 14 Chevy. Jeff Gordon eyes his 750th consecutive start. Greg Biffle hopes
to lock up a Chase spot. What else happened at Atlanta? Notebook » Power Ranks » Chase 101Video

 
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NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade returns to Dover on Thursday, Sept. 25
DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce a special kickoff to the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and begins at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover.
The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public.
Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover before heading to the track.
The parade will once again create a can’t-miss spectacle in the capitol of The First State. Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80-feet in length, will make their way through town en route to the Speedway.
The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. After such a great turnout, Speedway and local officials agreed the event should return in 2014.
“Last year’s event was a huge success, so it was only natural to bring it back,” said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and being able to work with NASCAR and these hauler drivers to put on a great show makes our race weekend that much more exciting.”
The showcase will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Blue Hen Corporate Center before departing on the parade route at 6 p.m. Haulers will start north on Bay Road, before making a left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street). They will then turn right onto Legislative Avenue in Downtown Dover, before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 6:45 p.m.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28, 2014 for the Sept. 28 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway or on Twitter at @MonsterMile.
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Familiar face

Tony Stewart is back and made his rounds at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But it's his main driver, Kevin Harvick, who stole some of the thunder with his sixth pole of the season. SN's Bob Pockrass breaks down the lineup. 

Kevin Harvick wins another pole, this time Atlanta; Stewart is 12th

 
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Full practice recaps from Atlanta

 
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Alex Tagliani unveils special paint scheme, set for busy weekend at CTMP

On Thursday afternoon at the CHILL Ice House in Toronto, Alex Tagliani unveiled his new livery for this weekend's Pinty's Presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The new design comes as a result of the second annual Summer of Tag contest, in which allowed Canadian students to design what they feel Tagliani's car and helmet should look like to raise awareness for food allergies and Anaphylaxis Canada.

 
 
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 New Cup Schedule Brings Little Change

 
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Time to heal

Tony Stewart made an emotional return to the track Friday, addressing the media and reaching out to the family of Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart says his return is part of the healing process after the tragic accident. 

Granting Stewart Chase waiver a nice gesture but questionable move

 
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In quotes: Drivers comment on Tony Stewart

Harvick: 'I'm just happy to have my friend back'

Nationwide to sponsor No. 88 at Richmond  

Helio has no idea on NASCAR drivers' 'beer belly'

 
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Tickets to go on Sale for Atlantic City Indoor Auto Racing Events 

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – While summer may be coming to an end, tickets for one of the hottest events of the Winter, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Atlantic City Indoor Race are set to go on sale Wednesday, September 10 at 12 Noon. The extremely popular two day auto racing event is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 inside Boardwalk Hall. The event will be the thirteenth running of the Gambler’s Classic and will draw over 200 competitors from throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada. “We are extremely excited about this year’s Atlantic City…More

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Stewart: Sadness And Pain

Tony Stewart expressed sorrow Friday in his first public statement since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., saying it will "affect my life forever." Story »

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Comcast Xfinity to Become Title Sponsor of NASCAR's Second-Tier Series: Report

The Nationwide Series looks to finally have its new name. According to Sports Business Journal, NASCAR and Comcast plan to announce next Wednesday (Sept. 3) a 10-year agreement that will see what is currently known as the Nationwide Series transformed into the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Read more

 
Harry Scott Files Notice of Suit Against Steve Turner Over Race Team

In what has already been a chaotic situation this week for Turner Scott Motorsports, more fuel was added to the fire on Thursday as reports surfaced that Harry Scott has threatened to sue Steve Turner over management of the organization. Sporting News reports that Scott has filed a notice of suit in North Carolina Superior Court, with 20 days given to file said suit. Read more
Frontstretch Folio: Oral-B USA 500
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 25th race of the 2014 season Sunday, Aug. 31. Television coverage of the Oral-B USA 500 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN; your local Performance Racing Network (PRN) affiliate and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will have the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 325 laps (500.5 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Kyle Busch led the final 36 laps and beat out Joey Logano for the win last year at AMS, it was Busch's second win there in 16 career starts.

Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with six AMS wins but he isn't entered in Sunday's race. Jeff Gordon, with five wins, has more victories than any other driver currently on the entry list.

Track Facts

Track Length: 1.5-mile quad oval
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Degree of Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,332 ft., five degrees of banking
Backstretch: 1,800 ft., five degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 99,000
Website: http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atlmotorspeedway
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amsupdates

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, Aug. 29, 2:30 - 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Aug. 30, 3 - 3:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

Happy Hour: Saturday, Aug. 30, 6 - 6:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

Qualifying: Friday, Aug. 29, 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

VIPs

Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: Will Chase
Flyover: TBA

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Chance of Storm
Precipitation: 20 percent
High: 88
Low: 70

They Said It:

"We are in the position now where winning is all that matters to get into The Chase for us. We aren’t going to leave anything on the table. The focus is to win this weekend or at Richmond and leave nothing else to chance. Our fate is in our hands, and we know the challenge. It’s just time to go out and execute." - Marcos Ambrose

"Atlanta is a unique track because it’s one of the more worn out 1.5-mile tracks that we go to on the circuit. It’s also very bumpy, so getting a compromise of balance of being able to get through the bumps is important." - Greg Biffle

"Obviously, the Hendrick engines are the best right now, but Atlanta is such big handling. I would say the power comes more into play in qualifying than what it will in the race. You spend so much of the race in Atlanta sliding around that I think a good handling car will overcome horsepower. I think, if you could pick one or the other, you would take the car that handles really well versus the car with the most power. I don’t know that the engines, once we get through qualifying, are going to be as big of an advantage as what they are at a place like Michigan or Charlotte, tracks that you can use a lot of throttle throughout the run." - Jamie McMurray

"Yeah, if you took a poll of all the drivers, the number one track to race at is going to be Atlanta for everyone’s vote. It’s abrasive, it wears out tires and we slide around the track. It’s really fast for one lap, then it progressively gets worse from there. All of these factors make it really fun for drivers." - Paul Menard

"I don’t see it as the final tune-up [for the Chase]. I see it as another opportunity. It is such a different animal of a race track because of the way the tires fall off. You really don’t see that as much with the track’s coming up, except for a place like Texas. I see Atlanta as its own kind of animal because of the tire-track combination. But it is important. It does build confidence, which is probably more important than the actual balance of the car." - Ryan Newman

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Busy Weekend on Tap for Bridgeport Speedway 

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – With Mother Nature forcing the cancellation of last Saturday’s race night, the Bridgeport Speedway is packed full of action for the upcoming Labor Day weekend! Action gets underway on Friday night at 8pm with 600cc & 270cc Micro Sprints as well as 4 Cylinder Enduros and the Gasko & Sons Greenhouses sponsored 8 Cylinder Enduros. Last week’s Friday night program was completed as Chris Locuson picked up his first win of the season in the 600cc Micros. Glenn Frye won his second feature of 2014 in the 270cc Micros while Scott Dunn became a seven time winner…More

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#TBT: Harvick wins Atlanta after Earnhardt's death

 
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Stewart To Return at Atlanta
 
KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Aug. 28, 2014) – Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile oval will mark Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
 
Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway following the tragic accident on Aug. 9 involving Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
 
At 1 p.m. EDT on Friday in the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart will be available to the press, where he will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood.
#*#*#*
 
Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President
And Chief Racing Development Officer
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”
 
NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.
 
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Hot 20 – Atlanta’s Final Fall Race as it Springs to the Spring…er…Winter…in 2015

In 2015, the Atlanta 500 makes its return. Well, sort of. That was the name of the early season race in Atlanta before they pimped out the brand to the sponsors. In 2010, they lost that date, while what once was the season finale in Cup got moved to where we find it today.

 

PIR Teams up With Paralyzed Veterans of America This Veterans Day

Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has joined the track’s family of partners. This Veterans Day, individuals purchasing tickets online or by phone will have the option to support severely disabled veterans and their families through the “$1, $3, or $5…Let Freedom Drive” donation campaign in honor of Veterans Day, November 11.

 

Johnson Special: Tickets, Q&A, Build and Grow Clinic For Kids

Children can help build Jimmie Johnson a new race car prior to the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26.

 
 

Cameron Hayley set for Camping World Truck Series debut at CTMP

This weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, there are going to be four Canadians in the Camping World Truck Series field - with each of them making their series debut. One of the drivers that highlights the list is Cameron Hayley, who will be driving the No. 32 Cabinets by Haley Chevrolet Silverado for Turner-Scott Motorsports.

eBay Motors and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Up on New Sweepstakes for Racing Fans

eBay Motors, one of the largest online marketplaces for buying and selling all things automotive, announced the launch of a new sweepstakes with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Looking to connect auto enthusiasts with the things they need and love, eBay Motors and Dale Jr. have collaborated on the sweepstakes, designed for car and racing fans, as part of Earnhardt Jr.’s ongoing partnership with eBay.

 
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Joey Gase to make Sprint Cup debut at Chicagoland

Radio spat, slump come at bad time for Kyle Busch

With progress in place, Danica aims for results

Chase-clinching scenarios for Atlanta 

 John Hunter Nemechek eyes continued progress

 
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  • Venturini first female co-anchor in Sprint Cup Series radio booth

    (CONCORD, N.C. – August 28, 2014) – Wendy Venturini, daughter of two-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champions Bill and Cathy Venturini, will make her co-anchor debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
     
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    Stewart To Race At Atlanta

    Tony Stewart will race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the three-time Cup champion's first event
    since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed a fellow racer Aug. 9 in upstate New York. StoryVideo 

    Logano Surging

    Joey Logano did enough at Bristol to win his third Sprint Cup race of 2014. Was it enough to get him the
    No. 1 spot in Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings? Ranks » Chase 101Video  Burning questions »

     
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    Tony's return

    Tony Stewart hopes for a bit of normalcy when he returns to racing this weekend. But that won't be easy. Stewart faces a lot of challenges and questions after the tragic accident that killed driver Kevin Ward Jr.

    Stewart accident investigation ongoing nearly three weeks after Ward death

    Fast and furious

    Next week's race at Richmond is one of the biggest events of the season, but Sunday's race at Atlanta might be just as big. The 500-miler on a fast 1.5-mile track could have big Chase implications. Who has the edge? Our picks. 

     
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    MODIFIEDS TO RACE FOR DOUBLE POINTS LABOR DAY SATURDAY (8/30) AT WALL STADIUM

     

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ A pivotal race in the chase for the Downs Ford Modified stock car racing driving title is set for this Saturday night (8/30) as Wall Stadium Speedway celebrates the Labor Day holiday weekend. The 40-lap main event for the high-powered stock cars will award double points towards the season-long racing crown. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. with qualifying events are set for 5:45 p.m. and main events set for 7:00 p.m.

     

                Going into Saturday night’s action brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, both of Willingboro, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, defending champion Chas Okerson of Freehold, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Eric Mauriello of Howell are in a knot in the top spots in the title chase. Okerson, Mauriello and both Alspach brothers have enjoyed the winner’s circle this season, while Krause, Ingraham and Carrig will each be fighting for their first win of the year on Saturday.

     

                The Factory Stocks also have an important evening awaiting them, as they will compete in two points awarding 25-lap main events. Former champion and current point leader Scott Riggleman of Manchester is being chased by Tiffany Olejnik of Wall, Joey Helberg of Union, defending champ Ronnie Mullen of Brick and Jerry Koenig just to name a few.

     

                “Beach Luau Night” will also see the Legend Cars, 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Sunday Series Champ Karts all in racing action as the third mile paved high banked oval celebrates the unofficial end of the summer season at the Jersey Shore.

     

    On Saturday, pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5:45 p.m. Main events for all divisions are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

     

    Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special post-season events are set for Saturday, October 18 and for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in November. 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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    Snap-on Re-signs with Team Penske
    On Wednesday morning, Team Penske announced that Snap-on had signed a multi-year deal to continue as a company-wise associate sponsor and part-time primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series.  The deal continues a relationship between the two organizations that is currently in its fourth decade.  Read more at Fronstretch.

    Entry List Update:
    Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.


    Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500: 44 cars entered


    Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
    No. 32
    - JJ Yeley for Go FAS Racing
    No. 33 - Ty Dillon for Circle Sport/Richard Childress Racing

    No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

    No. 77 - Joe Nemechek for Randy Humphrey Racing


    Driver Changes:

    No. 14 - An unknown driver will be in the seat.  Officially, Tony Stewart is entered, but Stewart-Haas Racing has not announced whether Stewart will drive, or even travel to Atlanta for this weekend’s action. Jeff Burton is the likely sub if Stewart sits out.
    No. 33 - Ty Dillon is in the seat, replacing David Stremme.  If he qualifies, Dillon will make his Sprint Cup Series debut.

    No. 77 - Joe Nemechek is in the seat, replacing Nelson Piquet, Jr. Nemechek shifts to this team from Jay Robinson Racing, where he's run the majority of the Cup season to date.

     

    Driver who must qualify on speed (top-36):

    No. 77- Joe Nemechek for Randy Humphrey Racing (48th in points, 13 attempts)


    Drivers who have provisionals, but could fail to qualify:
    No. 7
    - Michael Annett for Tommy Baldwin Racing (31st in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 23 - Alex Bowman for BK Racing (37th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 26 - Cole Whitt for Swan Racing/BK Racing (33rd in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 32 - JJ Yeley for Go FAS Racing (38th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 33 - Ty Dillon for Circle Sport/Richard Childress Racing (41st in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 34 - David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports (32nd in points, 24 attempts)
    No. 36 - Reed Sorenson for Tommy Baldwin Racing (34th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 38 - David Gilliland for Front Row Motorsports (30th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing (35th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 66 - Brett Moffitt for Michael Waltrip Racing/Identity Ventures Racing (39th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 83 - Ryan Truex for BK Racing (40th in points, 24 attempts)

    No. 95 - Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing (42nd in points, 14 attempts)

    No. 98 - Josh Wise for Phil Parsons Racing (36th in points, 24 attempts)

    Nationwide Series Great Clips 300: 41 cars entered

    Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
    No. 5
    - Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports

    No. 20 - Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing
    No. 22 - Joey Logano for Team Penske

    No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

    No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

    No. 54 - Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing

    No. 87 - Chris Cockrum for Identity Ventures Racing/Rick Ware Racing

    No. 98 - David Ragan for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

    Driver Changes:
    No. 10
    - Jeff Green returns to the seat, replacing Mike Bliss. This team will start-and-park.

    No. 19 - Mike Bliss returns to the seat, replacing Hermie Sadler. Bliss returns to his normal ride, adjusted based on funding for TriStar.
    No. 20 - Matt Kenseth returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones. This JGR car rotates between Cup drivers and some up-and-coming youngsters.
    No. 22 - Joey Logano returns to the seat, replacing Ryan Blaney. Logano is sharing this car with Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney the rest of the season.
    No. 23 - Carlos Contreras returns to the seat, replacing Blake Koch. Contreras continues to run a limited schedule based on funding for Rick Ware.
    No. 46 - An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Matt Frahm. This car is a start-and-park effort for Key Motorsports.
    No. 74 - Mike Harmon returns to the seat, replacing Kevin Lepage. Harmon owns the car.
    No. 87 - Chris Cockrum returns to the seat, replacing Timmy Hill. Cockrum runs based on funding for Joe Nemechek's team.

    Drivers who must qualify on speed:

    No. 5 - Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports (Guaranteed to start via the Past Champions’ Provisional)

    No. 10 - Jeff Green for TriStar Motorsports (Has second crack at the Past Champions’ Provisional)*

    No. 13 - Carl Long for Carl Long Racing*

    No. 17 - Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

    No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

    No. 46 - Unknown driver for The Motorsports Group*

    No. 70 - Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing

    No. 72 - John Jackson for Carter Motorsports*

    No. 74 - Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

    No. 89 - Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures*

    No. 98 - David Ragan for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

    Not Entered:

    No. 29 - Milka Duno for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

    No. 37 - Ryan Ellis for Vision Racing

    No. 84 - Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

    No. 86 - Jake Crum for DRG Motorsports

    No. 91 - TriStar Motorsports

    Camping World Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250k: 28 trucks entered


    Driver Ineligible to Earn Points:
    No. 19
    - Alex Tagliani for Brad Keselowski Racing

    Driver Changes:
    No. 07
    - Ray Courtemanche, Jr. is in the seat, replacing B.J. McLeod.  Courtemanche will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

    No. 19 - Alex Tagliani is in the seat, replacing Brad Keselowski.  Tagliani will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

    No. 32 - Cameron Hayley is in the seat, replacing Ben Rhodes.  Hayley will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

    No. 36 - Justin Jennings is in the seat, replacing Blake Koch. This truck typically start-and-parks.

    No. 51 - Erik Jones returns to the seat, replacing Kyle Busch. Jones is splitting the schedule with his Cup Series driver and Truck owner.
    No. 63 - Scott Stenzel returns to the seat, replacing Justin Jennings. Stenzel is running a one-race deal.

     

    Since there are only 28 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers must still qualify on speed:
    No. 0 - Caleb Roark for JJC Racing*

    No. 36 - Justin Jennings for MB Motorsports*

    No. 53 - Andrew Ranger for NDS Motorsports.  This race will be Ranger’s Camping World Truck Series debut.

    * - Expected to Start-and-Park


    Withdrawn:
    No. 30
    - Ron Hornaday for Turner Scott Motorsports

     

    Not Entered:

    No. 01 - Jake Crum for Jake Crum Motorsports

    No. 03 - Mike Affarano for Affarano Motorsports

    No. 05 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

    No. 23 - Max Gresham for GMS Racing

    No. 25 - Justin Boston for Venturini Motorsports

    No. 28 - Bryan Dauzat for FDNY Racing
    No. 33 - Brandon Jones for Turner Scott Motorsports

    No. 75 - Caleb Holman for Henderson Motorsports

    No. 80 - Jody Knowles

    No. 92 - Corey LaJoie for RBR Enterprises

    Today's Featured Commentary
    Potts' Shots for August 28
    Potts Shots
    by John Potts

    I can’t take credit for this one. It comes to me from Frank Scott, a friend from Louisville who is still active as the weekly announcer at the Sportsdrome in Jeffersonville, IN, across the Ohio from Louisville. He knows a lot of the same people I do, and is responsible for taking care of a Facebook page featuring the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, which was active from 1961 through 1980. Each time I log on to it, I have to wonder if there is another short track which has been out of business for more than 30 years with more than 1,800 members.

    Here it is, in Frank’s words…

    “In a recent conversation with 10-Time ARCA Series Champion Frank Kimmel, his thoughts turned to present-day drivers. For instance, he told me he and Ken Schrader and Kyle Busch were sharing stories and Charlie Glotzbach’s name came up. To Kimmel and Schrader’s surprise, Rowdy didn’t know who “Chargin” Charlie was."

    “Well, Glotzbach happened to be there at the event that day and Kimmel took him over and introduced him. Rowdy and Glotzbach sat and talked for quite some time and both came away with a mutual respect for each other. It only figures - their driving styles and brushes with the hierarchy of NASCAR seem to closely resemble one another."

    “Keep in mind, Charlie won Cup events at Charlotte, Michigan and Atlanta, but his win at Bristol was maybe the most impressive. In 1971, Glotzbach won the caution-free Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in a record pace that still stands. The race was completed with an average speed of 101.074 mph (two hours, 38 minutes) at the .533-mile (at the time) track. Glotzbach required relief during the middle of the race from Friday Hassler. The track is known for a high number of cautions."

    “My most vivid memory of Glotzbach is when he tested for Chrysler Corporation when they were experimenting with the new high-winged, Dodge Daytona Charger. Charlie was clocked at 242 mph on Chrysler’s Chelsea, Michigan test track on bias ply tires, not the safer radials we have today."

    “In September of 1969, Glotzbach set a World Record of 199.466 mph at Talladega, driving the Nichels Engineering No. 88 Dodge Charger Daytona."

    “Glotzbach, now age 76 and operating a truck dealership in Sellersburg, IN, was the Fairgrounds Motor Speedway’s 1978 Late Model Division Champion after winning four NASCAR Cup Series events. He had 50 starts in the series and won twelve pole positions - that’s one pole for every five starts. Yes… I think Rowdy was impressed.

    “Frank Kimmel ended our conversation by stating: ‘Think that’s something? Matt Crafton (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star) didn’t even know who David Pearson is’.”

    Maybe stories like this one are the reason I feel so strongly about the history of our sport. Times like those may never come again. It's nice to sit back and remember when you could tell what kind of car a driver was in with just a glance.
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    What We've Learned
    Professor of Speed
    by Mark Howell

    Last weekend’s slate of races at Bristol was proof positive of one thing….

    NASCAR needs way more short track events on its touring series’ schedules.

    What has always struck me about short track events is that NASCAR rules often allow young or inexperienced drivers (and teams) permission to submit entries for such races. The speeds are lower, the distances shorter, and the expenses are usually a bit more affordable (no need to build a car specifically for high-speed, aero-driven competition).

    Racers typically cut their teeth on regional short tracks, so having newbies make their debuts at a place like Bristol seems obvious. The inherent difference here is that the touring series curtain for these teams comes at one of the most competitive and dynamic tracks in America; if you can make it through a Bristol slugfest, you most likely have a decent shot at future NASCAR success. And it is experiencing “the Bristol stomp” (as the old song goes) that forces drivers and crews to seriously consider what they have to offer when it comes to being part of big time NASCAR Nation.

    I found it fascinating that approximately 50% of the Camping World Truck Series lineup on Thursday morning was comprised of drivers between 16 and 23 years of age; granted, such a roster made the morning a little bit easier for veterans like Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Ron Hornaday, Jr., but one quick scan of the lineup provided fans with a glimpse into NASCAR’s crystal ball. Given focused guidance and sufficient sponsorship, several of the youngsters who competed Thursday just might find themselves advancing toward Sprint Cup careers.

    The same theme rang true during Friday’s Nationwide Series race when Ryan Blaney shot past Kyle (“They Call Me Mr. Bristol”) Busch to earn the second NNS victory of his young career. Sure, Ryan is the son of legendary short-tracker Dave Blaney, but it is no small accomplishment to outrun/outsmart Kyle Busch on a late-race restart at a track that Shrub essentially calls his own.

    Granted, Shrub wilted a bit more come Saturday night when an ill-handling race car led to a temper tantrum and verbal spanking (courtesy of crew chief Dave Rogers) of most memorable proportions. Who needs start-and-park when you can have park-and-walk (followed by gripe-and-push once the No. 18 crew found themselves rolling the M&M’s Toyota back to the transporter)? Such is the beauty of Bristol, a place where any mood swing can happen to anyone at pretty much anytime.

    That said: NASCAR should put more tracks of Bristol’s ilk on the schedule. I know that the NCWTS gets the chance to branch out and run different kinds of layouts, but maybe that’s why the racing in that series continues to improve. When you mix young drivers and hungry teams with curious sponsors and a diverse slate of speedways, the end result is – more often than not – a product that’s well worth the price of admission.

    One advantage to running a short track is that it often serves as a return to the sport’s more egalitarian era – the days when a local team with limited funding could send in an entry form, round up a crew, and challenge the big names in racing. That period of the journeyman driver (racers such as Tighe Scott, Cecil Gordon, J.D. McDuffie, and Richard Childress) running wheel-to-wheel against established stars like Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, A.J. Foyt, and David Pearson was what helped NASCAR become the sporting phenomenon once loved and cherished by fans across the nation.

    Unfortunately, as most things go, it was the double-edged sword of increased fan interest and an influx of corporate sponsorship that turned the little sport into a big business. With so much money at stake on all levels, small-time competitors were suddenly passed over in favor of big names; local hopefuls found themselves mired in regional divisions while the proven stars managed to shine brightly and increase the gap between having a shot and having a lot.

    Having money might make race cars go ‘round, but needing money tends to keep a young driver and his/her team stuck in neutral. Without a chance to race against the established elite, up-and-coming drivers are often overlooked because of having limited opportunities. Given the number of seats at Bristol and its whole “Roman Coliseum” kind of look, and given that just mentioning “Thunder Valley” conjures up images of bent sheet metal, short tempers, and flying equipment (like a HANS device, Denny?!), just making the show there means lots of attention and the occasional highlight on ESPN.

    So that’s why I was thrilled to see the composition of Thursday’s NCWTS race lineup, and that’s why it was so much fun to see a kid like Ryan Blaney outfox a cagey veteran like Kyle Busch (who was, not too long ago, a young upstart looking for a chance to showcase his talent – NASCAR even changed its eligibility rules because of his potential at such an early age!)

    Racing at a place like Bristol gives the inexperienced the essential track and seat time they need against teams with more money and more opportunities, and that’s just what NASCAR needs if the sport hopes to earn a youth audience. It’s also a way to keep an older crowd that’s become bored with seeing the same names atop the point standings year in and year out.

    Change is good, and more events at tracks like Bristol might be just the positive adjustment NASCAR Nation is seeking. I understand that many fans have made this plea for many years, but much more can be done than simply shifting race dates around the calendar. How about we increase the number of events at more popular and practical venues? Short track racing is what gave NASCAR its start, and who says hiring more fabricators is such a bad thing?
     
     
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    Same Old Kyle Busch... Or Not?
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    by S.D. Grady

    "Take your whiny little ass back to the bus."

    Yep, that's what No. 18 crew chief Dave Rogers told his driver Kyle Busch over the radio Saturday night.

    When you combine the above comment with a terrible day at the track, generally in the past we've decided that the Shrub was finally getting back all the negative energy he's spewed over his career.  However, after the conclusion of Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, I can't say I blame Busch or his crew chief, Dave Rogers, for getting more than a little overheated.  Let's face it; the No. 18 has had the kind of year usually delegated to also-ran teams -- not a top-tier ride.  I expected far more out of Kyle Busch this year, whether I like him or not.  He expected more.  And all he's been handed of late has been complete and utter crap.

    Call it karma, if you will.  No matter how hard the No. 18 has tried to excel this year, they keep getting handed their hat -- usually through no action of their own doing.  The last four races have been spectacularly bad: slapping the wall hard on Lap 4 at Michigan, scrunching his fender on the No. 78 at the Glen, and an engine failure back at Pocono all combined with Bristol's mess to leave Busch 17th in the point standings.  If he didn't have the win at Fontana, there would be a very good chance Busch would miss the Chase.

    We can all say that the subsequent meltdown, demanding he needed a whole new right front suspension at Bristol, was just a fine example of Kyle at his typical worst.  But really, it was no more than a driver suffering through a long, frustrating weekend.  Busch lost the Nationwide race the night before after being jacked up on the restart.  Then, he was collected in the Lap 125 wreck Saturday night, after awarding himself a nice speeding penalty.  The whole weekend had gone to hell in a hand basket; heck, the entire month!  With a wounded car, running several laps down, all Kyle had to do was just think about the previous three races and decide he had enough.  Things needed to turn for the better -- right now.

    Busch was correct.  Something had to give.  The fact that most of what needs to occur for the No. 18 is just a little bit of luck didn't apply.  You can call his grumbling unprofessional if you want, but what he and his crew chief really needed to do was clear the air and get their focus back on what they have control over.  You can't stop wrecks and the inevitable result of them at Bristol.  You can rally your team together and get ready to go after it next week in Atlanta.

    That, according to Coach Gibbs, is exactly what happened.  Rogers and Busch got together after the race and talked.  They've got a game plan moving forward.

    For many a year, Kyle Busch has been branded a whiny, wildly talented kid who only knew how to tick off teammates and the media.  That persona has certainly followed him through the seasons.  However, he has made a concerted effort to be less... disagreeable of late.  The fact that the old Kyle resurfaced for a moment this weekend simply conveyed to me that the hungry Busch is still in there.  He still is seeking a Cup for his crowded trophy case.  It's blindingly obvious 2014 won't be the year for that to happen.

    Maybe for that realization and the Bristol Stomp combined, Busch earned a little bit of slack for his outburst.  Maybe he'll get the No. 18 back in shape.  Maybe... there's always next year.

    First, we'll need to see that team get its game back.  And that includes the driver.  Mr. Busch -- it's time to get your nose to the grindstone and win a few.

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    Top Three Rookies for 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race

    1.) No. 42 Kyle Larson - Started 40th, Finished 12th (1st in RoTY standings)

    2.) No. 51 Justin Allgaier - Started 19th, Finished 19th (3rd in RoTY standings)

    3.) No. 3 Austin Dillon - Started 26th, Finished 28th (2nd in RoTY standings)

    Numbers Game: Irwin Tools Night Race
    by Tom Bowles

    0
    Laps led by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. all season. Stenhouse, sixth Saturday night at Bristol is 27th in points with just five top-10 finishes.

    1
    Top-5 finish for Kasey Kahne over the last 13 races. Kahne, who was 35th at Bristol has seen his teammates win eight times during that span.

    2
    1-2 finishes, after Bristol by Penske Racing since expanding to a two-car team in 1998. The only other instance of Penske running 1-2 was the 2008 Daytona 500 (Ryan Newman 1st, Kurt Busch 2nd). Joey Logano won on Saturday, followed by Penske teammate Brad Keselowski.

    3
    Victories by Penske Racing drivers throughout the course of the Bristol race week. Keselowski won the Truck race Wednesday, followed by Ryan Blaney's Nationwide win Friday night and then Logano's Cup victory a day later.

    4
    Straight top-10 finishes by Greg Biffle, including a 10th-place run Saturday night. Biffle sits on the "bubble," holding the last Chase spot despite a winless season (11th in the standings.)

    6
    Career wins for Joey Logano. He has four with Penske Racing, in less than two seasons after two victories in four seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing.

    9
    Cautions Saturday night, the fewest for the Bristol night race since 2011.

    37
    Laps run by the No. 37 car, driven by Dave Blaney before parking early Saturday night. The "overheating" DNF was one of the few start-and-parks we've seen this season as Tommy Baldwin Racing experiences financial growing pains while expanding to three cars.

    148
    Laps led by Jamie McMurray Saturday night, both a race and career high. He wound up eighth after fading during the race's final green-flag stretch.

    412
    Laps led by Matt Kenseth this season, including 62 on Saturday night. It's the most led by any driver this season without winning a race (and sixth-best overall in Sprint Cup).

    $136,605
    Money won by Kurt Busch for finishing fifth at Bristol.

    $144,866
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    1. Jeff Gordon: Gordon started second at Bristol but encountered handling issues that left him mid-pack for much of the race. He finished 16th, one lap down, and leads the Sprint Cup points standings by 27 over Dale Earnhardt, Jr

     
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    Sprint Cup Race Recap: Logano Rises and Conquers Bristol
    by Justin Tucker

    There was a time not too long ago where it appeared that Joey Logano's career was heading towards a crossroads.

    After being selected to replace Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing prior to the 2009 season, Logano found the transition to NASCAR's premiere level anything but an easy one.  After scoring only two wins in one of NASCAR's elite rides over a four year stretch and struggles to find the consistency to be a contender week in and week out, many wondered if Logano was brought up too young and too quick.  However, heading into the 2013 season and after departing Joe Gibbs Racing, one organization was ready to give Logano a fresh start.  Enter Penske Racing.

    While many would consider one win and a chase berth a successful season for any driver with a new team it was far from the case for Logano as he still faced questions as to when he would finally breakout and become a championship contender.  At Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Logano made a statement that the time was now and 2014 would be the year he would seriously contend for the championship after passing Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go to score his first career Cup Series win on the half mile bullring and third overall this season.  Logano joins Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brad Keselowski as three-time winners in 2014.

    "It's awesome," Logano said in Victory Lane.  "I've never won more than one race in a season, and now I've won three."

    "I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third or fourth biggest race of the year,'' Logano said.  "Just the atmosphere before the race, if it doesn't pump you up, nothing does.  It's just the baddest mamma jamma race track ever built.''

    Matt Kenseth, one of the drivers among the top 16 in points without a win, gambled on pit strategy by electing to stay on track when the leaders pitted with 67 laps to go.  It appeared that Kenseth was in the catbird's seat with clean air for the final run to the finish but Logano and his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski ended any notion of that rather quickly by slicing through the field and around Kenseth leaving Kenseth to settle for a third-place finish.

    "I just knew that clean air was going to be worth more than new tires,'' Kenseth said.  "They cleared everybody way too fast."

    Joining Logano and Kenseth in the top five of Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race were Brad Keselowski in second, Jimmie Johnson, who overcome two pit road speeding penalties to finish fourth, and Kurt Busch would lead the Stewart-Haas effort in fifth.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who finished second in the Spring race at Bristol finished sixth, Carl Edwards was seventh, and Jamie McMurray, who led a race-high 148 laps finished eighth.  Paul Menard had another strong Bristol outing to finish ninth, while Greg Biffle would round out the top 10.

    Bristol Motor Speedway provided its usual theme of no quarter given and short temper style of racing on Saturday most notably in an incident involving Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.  On lap 161, Harvick slid into the rear of Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota while racing for the lead.  Hamlin's car slid to the bottom of the track and into the inside wall before spinning back onto the racing surface.  There, Hamlin hit Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tearing the driver's door off of the Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet.  Harvick issued an apology after the race, but Hamlin had some strong words for Harvick.

    “I just lost the front end, honestly,’’ Harvick said after finishing 11th.  “That thing would take off on the bottom, and I just misjudged the slide and just ran right into the side of him.  Totally my fault.’’

    “He thinks he knows everything,’’ Hamlin said of Harvick.  “I wish I had some kind of car left to show him the favor back.  We’re not even halfway.  It’s just a misjudgment.  He’s a good driver.  He knows better.  He made a mistake.

    “I thought for sure after the first couple of runs we were going to win the race.  We were really fast.  These are the racetracks we have to capitalize on.  With what we’ve got, these are the tracks we can get wins and get the momentum going for the Chase.  This is still not going to stop our momentum because we ran strong.’’

    Earnhardt Jr., who was an innocent victim in the dust-up, was disappointed to see a potential solid Bristol finish slip away.

    “I couldn’t see what happened to Denny, but he got turned around or something and was coming up the track,’’ Earnhardt said.  “There was a lot of smoke so I couldn’t really judge the speed of his car to know whether I needed to be going up there and go around him on the top.  I had to make that choice.  I just went ahead and went to the top and ended up getting into him.  It wasn’t too hard of a hit, just did a lot of damage and tore the lower (control arm) off the left-front."

    A look at Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race by the numbers.  There were 16 lead changes among nine different drivers and 9 cautions for 64 laps slowed the race pace to 92.965 MPH.

    Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the final Labor Day race weekend at the track.  The Oral-B USA 500 goes green at 7:46 P.M. ET next Sunday night.

    Chasing the Chase: Gordon Expands Lead Following Earnhardt Jr.'s Crash

    by Phil Allaway

    As compared to recent form, Jeff Gordon had a bad night at Bristol.  He struggled for most of the 500-lap distance with handling issues, but still managed to finish on the lead lap in 16th.  The same couldn't be said for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was a victim in Denny Hamlin's crash.  Earnhardt Jr.'s crash dropped him to a 39th-place finish.  The damage was minimized by Gordon's bad night, but the lead is back up to 27 points.  Brad Keselowski took advantage of Gordon's issues to gain in the standings, but the margin was already so big that he was only able to claw back within 1.5 races of Gordon.

    Joey Logano's third win of the season helped him gain on his rivals, but did not allow him to move up in the standings.  His gains on Keselowski were minimal (four points).  Matt Kenseth maintained the fifth position in points after leading 62 laps and finishing third.  Jimmie Johnson moved up one place to sixth after finishing in fourth.

    Johnson's gain came at the expense of Kevin Harvick.  Harvick led 75 laps, but a speeding violation on pit road dropped him to a 11th-place finish.  Carl Edwards is still eighth in points after a seventh-place finish.  That seventh-place finish was Edwards' first top-10 on an oval since the Coca-Cola 600 in May.  Ryan Newman has fallen out of the tie for eighth and is now six points behind Edwards after finishing 13th.  Clint Bowyer rounds out the top-10.

    Point Standings (1-16): 1) Jeff Gordon 845, 2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -27, 3) Brad Keselowski -69, 4) Joey Logano -84, 5) Matt Kenseth -94, 6) Jimmie Johnson -119, 7) Kevin Harvick -124, 8) Carl Edwards -129, 9) Ryan Newman -135, 10) Clint Bowyer -146, 11) Greg Biffle -151, 12) Kyle Larson -177, 13) Kasey Kahne -184, 14) Austin Dillon -191, 15) Paul Menard -196, 16) Jamie McMurray -211.

    Outside of the top 16, but locked into the Chase: 17) Kyle Busch -216, 20) Denny Hamlin -251, 21) AJ Allmendinger -259, 22) Kurt Busch -263, 24) Aric Almirola -286.

    Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona-1, Pocono-1, Pocono-2), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Kentucky, Loudon), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville), Joey Logano (Texas, Richmond, Bristol-2), Denny Hamlin (Talladega), Jeff Gordon (Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan-2), Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte, Dover, Michigan-1), Aric Almirola (Daytona-2), AJ Allmendinger (Watkins Glen)
     
    Never Fear, The Underdogs Are Here: Bristol-2 Edition
    by Amy Henderson

    Underdog Selection No. 1: AJ Allmendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing; started 22nd, finished 14th

    The No. 47 team has had a resurgence since winning at Watkins Glen three weeks ago, finishing in the top 15 at both Michigan and Bristol. Allmendinger has outpaced some of the other Chase-qualified drivers each and every week recently…can he do that in the Chase and advance beyond the first round? It could definitely happen as this team is gelling at just the right time, while others seem to be running in place.

    Underdog Selection No. 2: Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing; started 28th, finished 18th

    McDowell is one of those drivers who came into the Cup Series at a young age without much experience in an upper-level NASCAR racecar, and like other hot young talents, it's all but killed his career. McDowell is a talented driver, and it showed on Saturday night, where he took his part-time team to a top-20 finish, the only top-20 LFR has ever had outside of a restrictor-plate or road course race. He beat some drivers with much better equipment on Saturday night. McDowell is not yet 30 years old, and had he had a little more time to develop, he could well be a rising star right now instead of labeled damaged goods.

    Underdog Selection No. 3: Justin Allgaier for HScott Motorsports; started 19th, finished 19th

    With the team under new ownership or 2014 and a rookie in the seat, the learning curve has been steep for the No. 51 bunch. But it's beginning to even out as Allgaier has begun to pick up solid finishes more and more often; he's been inside the top 20 in four of the last five weeks after posting just two top 20's in the first 20 weeks.

    Underdog Pick of the Week-Atlanta: AJ Almendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing

    My Bristol pick, David Gilliland was middle-of-the road at seventh among the small-team drivers. This week, teams visit Atlanta for the final time on Labor Day weekend. Look for Allmendinger to shine among his peers this week; not only does Allmendinger have momentum on his side, but he's got an average finish at Atlanta that many drivers for elite teams would love to have. His 14.4 average is sixth among active drivers, better than the average for Atlanta winners Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch. Next on the small team list in average finish is Casey Mears at 22.6, making Allmendinger the clear choice.

     
    Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race was brought to you by the Letter T for "Temper." Saturday night was not the first time that someone's been wrecked out of the lead during the night race at Bristol.  Heck, it happened just two years ago with Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.  The only difference now is that NASCAR has mechanisms to penalize for throwing HANS Devices at moving cars.  We'll have to see what happens with Hamlin later this week.  - Phil Allaway
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    Denny Hamlin Crashes Out, Throws HANS Device at Kevin Harvick

    After Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race, the big story coming out of the evening was the contact between Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick on Lap 160 while racing for the lead that sent Hamlin sliding into the inside wall, then back up the track in Turn 1.  There, Hamlin was hit by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was running fifth at the time.  Hamlin was out on the spot, while Earnhardt Jr.'s team made repairs and got him back out on track for 16 laps before pulling in for the night.

    Hamlin was very unhappy with Harvick after the crash and expressed his displeasure by throwing his HANS Device at Harvick's Jimmy John's Chevrolet.  While HANS Devices that run in the four-figures are not the usual weapon of choice to throw at a fellow competitor, such actions are not necessarily all that rare at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    Afterwards, Hamlin put direct blame on Harvick for the wreck.

    "[Harvick] thinks he knows everything," Hamlin said to ESPN's Vince Welch outside of the Infield Care Center.  "Probably thought he knew everything again.  I wish I had some kind of car left to show him the favor back.  We’re not even halfway.  It’s just a misjudgment.  He’s a good driver.  He knows better.  He made a mistake."

    After the race, Harvick owned up to his role in the crash.

    "I just lost the front end, honestly," Harvick stated.  "That thing would take off on the bottom, and I just misjudged the slide and just ran right into the side of him.  Totally my fault."

    Harvick will not see any punitive action come his way from the crash.  However, in the aftermath of the tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that resulted in the death of Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints driver Kevin Ward, Jr., NASCAR instituted Section 9-16 of the NASCAR Rule Book, which requires drivers to remain strapped in their seats after incidents until safety workers arrive at the car.  It also stipulates that drivers not approach the racing surface or apron on foot for any reason.  While Hamlin did not violate the first part of the rule, he did violate the second portion when he threw his HANS Device at Kevin Harvick Saturday night.  Hamlin did not touch the racing surface (the concrete), but did approach the apron in order to thrown his HANS Device at Harvick.

    NASCAR considers violations of Section 9-16 to be a behavioral issue.  As a result, any such penalties would not be bound to NASCAR's Deterrance System.  Instead, whatever penalties (if any) that NASCAR chooses to levy against Hamlin are subjective and will depend on the opinion of NASCAR officials.  Anything from nothing to an outright suspension could be in play, especially since there is no precedence to go by.  If any penalities against Hamlin are announced this week, we'll have it at Frontstretch, and here in the Newsletter.
    Quotes to Remember: Irwin Tools Night Race
    compiled by Phil Allaway

    "
    You know, I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third or fourth biggest race of the year, just the atmosphere before the race. If it doesn't pump you up, nothing does. It's just the baddest, mamma jamma racetrack ever built. You've got to hustle the car so hard. Something we don't typically have. We talked a little bit about it when I was in here the other day about how hard you had to drive the car and wondering if it was going to be like that in the race, and yes, you've got to drive the car that hard in the race to go fast. It just means a lot to be able to get this victory, and obviously Penske with the one‑two finish there and all three of Team Penske drivers being able to get a win with Brad in the truck and Ryan last night and ourselves trying to put the cherry on top in the Cup race. All of us got a win, everyone is happy, so definitely a very special win for Team Penske to be able to do that, and for Ford. Yeah, right now the momentum we have in the cars that we have, we've been fast at every type of racetrack, and I wish we were in Atlanta tomorrow. Well, maybe not tomorrow. I'm going to enjoy tomorrow. But Monday sounds good." - Joey Logano, race winner

    "
    I'll tell you, first off, this place, the race pace is really brutal and aggressive. With the cars having all the extra downforce this year and tires improving and some of the new rules, compounded by grinding the track and the track's high lane having a lot of speed, I swear, this is the most grueling race of the year. It feels good just to complete it and be able to kind of look myself in the eye and know I gave it all I had. It just wasn't enough, but I didn't fall out of the seat, so I'm damned near as proud of not falling out of the seat as anything else," - Brad Keselowski, finished second

    "
    I’m worn out.  I gave it all I had and raced hard for all that she would give me. It seemed like after every 50 laps our tires would drop off quite a bit. But man we rallied, rallied, rallied, and the crew chief (Knost) made a change with 130 to go that kept us from going a lap down and turned us into a top-five car. Great job to the team to make that call and to give up the track position and to bring our Haas Automation Chevy in for a top-five finish." - Kurt Busch, finished fifth

    "I don’t know what happened.  Our car got really tight with about 100 laps to go. We freed it up on the last pit stop and it didn’t really help. But I’m really proud of everybody on our McDonald’s Chevrolet. McDonald’s has been in this sport for so long and they’ve only won a few races and I really thought tonight was going to be our night to put them back in Victory Lane. I thought tonight would be a good night to be able to win. As we were running around there, I thought we had a legitimate chance to win tonight if we did everything right. It’s not like we did anything wrong, it’s just that as the track rubbered-up more and more. It just didn’t suit our car as much as it did for the other guys. In the middle of the race when I was lapping all these guys, I couldn’t figure out why they were slowing down so much. And then I was kind of in the same situation." - Jamie McMurray, finished eighth

    "This is a big night for all of us at Leavine Family Racing.  To get a top-20 at Bristol and be legitimately a top-20 car all night is amazing. We have great people and I feel like we are making big gains. Fun to have a great run for our new partner, Thrivent Financial as well. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going into Atlanta." - Michael McDowell, finished 18th

    "I couldn’t predict what the car was going to do.  It was very inconsistent. The car was tight then it was loose and it plowed through the corners. We had a couple of good runs, but couldn’t maintain the performance.  It never came together to maintain a top-10 position.  The good news tonight was that we avoided a number of wrecks out there. We came close a couple of times, but didn’t get collected this time around. We’ll see what we can do in Atlanta next week, it ranks right up there as one of my favorite tracks." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished 20th

    "It was just a rough night.  Our GoDaddy car just wasn’t that good from the beginning, and that kind of put us behind. The guys kept working on it with their adjustments, and they got it headed in the right direction, but it was just too late by that point. I think we all just did the best we could to hang in there, make the car better and try to make a good night out of it. It wasn’t the finish that we wanted, but we didn’t give up." - Danica Patrick, finished 27th
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    Solid Sixth-Place Finish for Stenhouse Jr. at Bristol

    After scoring his career best Sprint Cup series finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in the spring, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the Roush Fenway Racing trio with a solid sixth-place finish in Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race.

    Biffle Earns Fourth Top-10 Finish in Four Races with 10th-Place Finish at Bristol

    Greg Biffle drove his No. 16 3M Hire Our Heroes Ford Fusion to a 10th-place finish Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. With just over 100 laps remaining, contact on the track left Biffle’s bumper covering dangling. A perfectly timed caution allowed the team to remove the cover and Biffle was able to capitalize, earning his fourth top-10 finish in the last four races.

    Truex Jr. Finishes 20th in Bristol

    It was a perplexing Saturday evening for Martin Truex Jr. at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Furniture Row Racing driver said his car had a mind of its own as he struggled during the second half of the Irwin Tools Night Race to post a 20th-place result in the Sprint Cup Series event

    Earnhardt has Short Night at Bristol

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    The real deal

    At times this year, Joey Logano has looked like a Sprint Cup championship contender. At times, he has not. But Logano sent a statement with his win Saturday night at Bristol, SN's Jeff Owens says.

    Oops, my bad

    Denny Hamlin was furious after Kevin Harvick wrecked him during a battle for the lead at Bristol. So mad that he threw his HANS Device onto the track. Harvick said the incident was his fault

    Courteousy Bleacher Report.com

    (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

    Winners, Losers from Irwin Tools Night Race Read More

     
        WTG Jimmy Blewett !!!
    News & Results from Saturday Night's races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) are posted ! See my New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 :New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 !  ,for the details !
     
    Courteousy Amanda Vincent
    (Thanks Amanda !):
     
     
    Joey Logano leads Penske to one-two finish at Bristol
     
    Amanda Vincent
     
     
     
     (8/23/14)
     
    Courteousy Bleacher Report.com
     

    By Matt Fitzgerald

    Courteousy NASCAR.com

    Full schedule for Atlanta and Canada

    Logano gets third win of season at Bristol

    Hamlin spun out by Harvick, plows into Dale Jr.

    Almirola, Bowyer, Busch involved in first wreck

    NASCAR official: 'Games' must go on restarts

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

    Logano Wins At Bristol

    Joey Logano held off Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the closing laps to earn the win at Bristol, his third of the season. Recap »Results »Hamlin spun out by Harvick, throws safety device »

     
      It was another Great Night of Racing @ Wall Stadium Speedway ! Congratulations Adam LaCicero for winning the 1st Modified Main Event. Also to Eric Mauriello for winning the 2nd Modified main event !
     
    Courteousy FOX Sports

    David Ragan adjusting to life as a new dad -- one outfit at a time

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

    Second chance

    Kasey Kahne possibly could have punted Matt Kenseth for the win last year at Bristol Motor Speedway. But he didn’t. With a Chase spot on the line Saturday at the Irwin Tools Night Race, he might this time.

    Courteousy NASCAR.com

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

    NASCAR After The Lap returns for sixth-straight year

     
       Once again,I will be @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) , later today / tonight ! Sitting in my usual area ,high over the beginning of the frontstretch. Wearing a black track t-shirt (with a Giants sweater for later !). Plus a red # 9 Bud ,Kasey Kahne  hat.Sitting on a red/white folding chair. Next to a  red/white cooler with a red # 21 sportsman sticker on it .
     
    I hope to see some of you there !
    Joe
     
    Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette
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    Lance Frizzell is highly respected in Tennessee. A Community Watchdog investigation revealed Frizzell can now add another accolade to his resume: ...
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    The 2015 NASCAR season schedule will be officially presented on Tuesday, August 26 at 5 p.m. ET on a special 60-minute edition of NASCAR ...
    ABC News
    NASCAR will promote its revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format with a new ad campaign officially launched Friday themed "Sixteen ...
     
    Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
    Mike Fehling and his wife Hope Lotzer have always been race fans, especially NASCAR. In fact, they often talked about moving south to “race country.
    Courteousy NASCAR.com

    NASCAR, ESPN rally fans behind Chase 

       2 articles ,courteousy Amanda Vincent 

    (Thanks Amanda !!):
     
    Ryan Blaney scores Nationwide win at Bristol
     
    Amanda Vincent
     
    Kevin Harvick gets Bristol pole with record lap
     
    Amanda Vincent
     Courteousy ESPN.com
    (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):
    Ryan Blaney

    Blaney Blows It Out

    With six laps left in the Food City 300, Ryan Blaney needed to make a perfect restart to beat one of the best in the business with Kyle Busch restarting next to him. Done and won. Recap » Results » Standings »

     
     

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    Born on date  11/14/08
     
    Now for the reason for creating this site
     
    This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
     
      However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
     
    Now for a little bit about me ,
     
     
    I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
    I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
    My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
    I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
    My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
    Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
    My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
    My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
     
    My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
     
    My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
    Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
    Gone With the Wind,
    Fort Apache,
    She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
    The Longest Day,
    Saving Private Ryan.
    Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
    Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
     
    Favorite TV shows :
    MASH !!!
    Cheers,
    Seinfeld,
    Bones
     
    House
     
     
    24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz !(Always,and forever !!!)
     
    New for 2014 !
    24: Live Another Day !
    Almost Human
     
    Sleepy Hollow  !!!  & The Following ! (my newbies for 2013 !)
     
     
    Law and Order : SVU
     
     
    Touch
     
     
    Person of Interest
     
     
     
     
    Favorite all time master sleuth :
    Sherlock Holmes !
    (as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
     
    Favorite Comedy Routine :
    "Who's on First ? "
    Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
    Abbott & Costello !!!
     
    My other interests other than NASCAR :
    My family
    The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
    The New York Giants
    The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
    The New York Knicks
    The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
    The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
    The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
    The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
    Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
    I was a snare drummer in high school !
     
    I truly hope that you enjoy visiting my site. I also hope that you will come back often,and that you tell your friends & family about it.
     
    P.S.
    As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
    Personal note from me. ( AKA Site disclaimer...or something like that ! )
    If you see something here that you would like to use on your website / newsletter / whatever. Please feel free to do so.
    HOWEVER !!! 
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    Thank You,
    Joe

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