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(10/24/14)


Friday notebook: Harvick struggles in qualifying at Martinsville

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/friday-notebook-harvick-struggles-in-qualifying-at-martinsville-102414

Danica upset after boyfriend misses race, questions diversity program

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/standing-by-her-man-danica-upset-after-boyfriend-misses-race-questions-diversity-program-102414


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





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

Focus On Martinsville

Will tempers flare? What are some of the Chase contenders -- and those who aren't -- thinking?
John Oreovicz was on it. Notebook »



McMurray takes Martinsville Chase race pole


Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 starting lineup


NASCAR Illustrated: Behind the Dale Jr.-Amy Reimann kiss


Dale Jr. says Santa is #RealNotReal


The next event for Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ ) ?
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Johnson discusses relationship with Knaus


Zipadelli: Changes mesh personalities better 


Edwards, Team Penske up for heart-pumping Chase video   


Friday's practice recaps from Martinsville


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Courteousy The Frontstretch

 Texas Motor Speedway, Levy Restaurants Unveil Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos

Thursday, Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants teamed up to unveil a new, bacon-infused product that will be featured during the AAA Texas 500 weekend at the 1.5-mile oval. According to the release on the speedway's website, Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos feature four forms of bacon all in one dish: white nacho bacon cheese sauce, chunks of hickory smoked bacon, candied bacon and bacon powder. Read more.


Austin Hill To Attempt Martinsville Truck Series Debut

Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises announced early Thursday morning that K&N Pro Series East driver Austin Hill will attempt to make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Hill, who won twice this season in K&N, is set to pilot the No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors / Goodyear FleetHQ / A&D Welding / Wynn's Ford for Saturday's Kroger 200. Read more.

Frontstretch Folio: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series travels back to Martinsville Speedway for the 33rd race of the 2014 season on Sunday, Oct. 26. Television coverage of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN; your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90 will have the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 500 laps (263 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Kurt Busch fended off Brad Keselowski's attempt at retaliation and then beat Jimmie Johnson to the checkered flag for his only victory of the season in March.

Danica Patrick is the only female to compete in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville.

Drivers have won Cup races at Martinsville from the pole on 21 occasions; that's more than any other starting spot over 131 events.

Track Facts

Track Length:
0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Degree of Banking: 12 degrees
Frontstretch: 800 ft., 0 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 800 ft., 0 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 61,000
Website: https://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/?homepage=true
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartinsvilleSpeedway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartinsvilleSwy

Pre-race Schedule

Practices:
Friday, October 24, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, October 25, 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, October 25, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Qualifying: Friday, October 24 at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

VIPs

Grand Marshal / Command:
Richard Petty
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Junior Johnson
Honorary Starter / Wave Green Flag: Mixed Martial Arts star Miesha Tate
National Anthem: University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels
Flyover: Warbirds Flyover Team

Race Day Forecast

Sunday:
Clear
High: 75
Low: 45

They Said It:

“Somebody asked me ‘isn’t it great to not be involved in all the drama?’, but that can change in one lap at Martinsville. That place can get pretty rough. We’ll just go there and do what we do and try to do the best we can.” - Carl Edwards

“This is obviously our best track left in the Chase and it’s going to be a key part of whether we are part of the championship picture at Homestead or not. So, I think that this is a pivotal weekend for us. If we don’t get a win, we’ve got to get a top-5 finish to give ourselves a chance.” - Denny Hamlin

“Martinsville Speedway is a fun track to drive when you have a car that allows you to look out the front window. If you are spending too much time looking in the mirror and can’t get in the corner, you are going to have a nightmare of a day. We had a decent test at Martinsville last week that answered some of the questions we had so I hope we can be one of those teams up front and in contention for the win.” - Ryan Newman

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

by the Frontstretch Staff

by Amy Henderson

by Joseph Wolkin

by the Frontstretch Staff


Courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):
http://stockcarspin.com/2014/10/24/nascar-sprint-cup-series-martinsville-speedway-entry-list-2/

NASCAR Sprint cup Series at Martinsville Speedway: entry list

Amanda Vincent


 See my Bridgeport Speedway  page:Bridgeport Speedway !  ,for the latest news / schedules from that great NJ track (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) !

Courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

http://stockcarspin.com/2014/10/24/nascar-camping-world-truck-series-martinsville-speedway-entry-list-2/

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway: entry list

Amanda Vincent

Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette (http://MotorSportsNews.Net)
 (Thanks Heather !):

www.Catchfence.com
Xtreme Changes for No. 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Mooresville, NC (October 23, 2014) - - Team Xtreme Racing, formerly known as Xxxtreme Motorsport has recently some major changes during their time off from their limited ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.qX0Qa8b9.dpuf
Enrique Contreras III To Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut At Martinsville - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.VOW3mNgV.dpuf


Google Alerts

Roanoke Times
On Sunday, Dr. Jerry Punch will be reporting from pit road for ESPN, as he has done at so many Sprint Cup races in his long career. But Sunday will ...
Beyond the Flag
What do you do when you open the front door and the person standing behind the hostess stand is none other than NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick?
SportsBlog.com (blog)
So, do you think you have what it takes to "beat the blogger" (me) and guess all of the nicknames from 10 the NASCAR tracks on next years schedule?



Lexington Herald Leader
Longtime NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, a Covington native and Berea College graduate; custom car show promoter Carl Casper; and the late ...
Winston-Salem Journal
ANALYSIS: Chase drivers wary of payback at Martinesville - Winston-Salem Journal: Nascar. Thursday, October 23rd, 2014. Advanced Search 
Roanoke Times
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick looks on as his car is worked on last week at Talladega. Harvick is one of eight drivers left in the Sprint Cup series.

PitTalks.com


Power Ranking–Chase Teams

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


Recent News

(10/23/14) 

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

‘You got to learn how to be a good loser and it will make you a better winner.’ – Rex White

“Any driver is going to lose more races than he wins, White said. “You got to learn how to be a good loser and it will make you a better winner.”

 

Hall-Of-Famer Junior Johnson Honorary Pace Car Driver For Goody’s 500

One of the most successful and iconic drivers in the history of NASCAR will be back behind the wheel for Sunday’s Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, as he was most of his career, he will be leading the pack.


Hot 20 – Martinsville Could Showcase a Wildcard Cup Contender and a Dying Minor League

Will it bother anyone if, conceivably, one not so deserving wins the Cup title this year? I mean, if it is Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, or Brad Keselowski, I doubt few would argue the outcome. One could even argue that the likes of Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, or Ryan Newman would be a worthy champion


Hamlin’s Chase Strategy Changes at Martinsville

For Denny Hamlin, the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway couldn’t come at a more perfect time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

RCR and South Point Hotel & Casino Extend Partnership

Richard Childress Racing and South Point Hotel & Casino announced today the renewal of their partnership for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season with driver Brendan Gaughan.


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

Pain And Strength

Rick Hendrick lost the heart of his race team -- and his only son -- in a plane crash 10 years ago. The hurt remains. The triumphs are still building. And Hendrick remembers it, relives it, all too often. Marty Smith »

Penske's Power Surge

Brad Keselowski roared into the next round of the Chase with a victory at Talladega. Was it enough for
him to knock off Penske teammate Joey Logano in Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings? Ranks »

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

Martinsville a 'huge opportunity' for Denny Hamlin to win and advance

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/martinsville-speedway-huge-opportunity-for-denny-hamlin-to-win-advance-in-nascar-chase-102314

Three-way battle at Martinsville? Not if Matt Kenseth has it his way

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/three-way-battle-at-martinsville-speedway-not-if-matt-kenseth-has-it-his-way-102314

Larry Mac looks back on clutch championship performances

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/looking-back-on-clutch-nascar-sprint-cup-series-championship-performances-102314

Are absences of Junior, Jimmie from next Chase round bad for NASCAR?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/is-dale-earnhardt-jr-and-jimmie-johnson-s-absence-from-next-chase-round-bad-for-nascar-102314

Sports stars, celebrities attend Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/sports-stars-celebrities-attend-waltrip-brothers-charity-championship-102314 

Hendrick dealer, motorsports teams compete in Engine Builder Showdown

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/hendrick-dealer-motorsports-teams-compete-in-engine-builder-showdown-102314

10 years later: Brian Vickers remembers the life of Ricky Hendrick

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/10-years-later-brian-vickers-remembers-the-life-of-ricky-hendrick-102314

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

  Hamlin: 'Love our chances' at a championship 

 http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/denny-hamlin-eliminator-round-outlook-martinsville-texas-phoenix-homestead.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Roundtable: Is payback possible at Martinsville?  

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/roundtable-are-drivers-jealous-of-brad-should-we-expect-retaliation-at-martinsville.html

Letarte to Chasers: We're not going to lay over

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/sprint-cup-series-steve-letarte-dale-earnhardt-jr-wont-lay-over-for-chasers-grandfather-clock.html

NASCAR Illustrated - Crew Cuts: Justin Allgaier's pit crew

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/nascar-illustrated/2014/11/nascar-illustrated-justin-allgaier-hscott-motorsports-pit-crew.html

Sponsor re-ups with JR Motorsports

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/hunt-brothers-pizza-back-with-jr-motorsports-harvick-earnhardt-jr.html

Gaughan to remain with RCR for XFINITY Series 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/brendan-gaughan-to-remain-with-richard-childress-reacing-xfinity-series.html

Bubba returns to Martinsville a different driver

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/darrell-wallace-jr-first-win-year-later-martinsville-camping-world-truck-series-preview.html

A year later, 'punk ... kids' Martinsville fracas revisited

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/23/martinsville-truck-race-punk-ass-kids-harvick-dillon-childress-aftermath.html

Is Hamlin the next NASCAR driver to be on DWTS?

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/michael-waltrip-emma-slater-dancing-with-the-stars-denny-hamlin-mike-helton-charity-event.html

NACHO average race day snack

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/texas-motor-speedway-announces-new-nachos.html

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






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

Hamlin Is Dark Horse to Watch in Final Rounds of Chase

5 articles, courteousy Amanda Vincent


(Thanks Amanda !!!!!):

 
Kurt Busch to represent USA in Race of Champions
 

 
NASCAR schedule and weather outlook for Martinsville Speedway
 
 
 
Fond farewell to Terry Labonte
 
 
NASCAR makes provisional changes for Nationwide/Xfinity Series competition
 
NASCAR makes Truck Series changes for 2015
 
Amanda Vincent

Courteousy The Frontstretch.com
(http://frontstretch.com/) :

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


Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500: 43 cars entered

 

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 32 - Kyle Fowler for Go FAS Racing
No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 66 - Mike Wallace for Michael Waltrip Racing/Identity Ventures Racing


Driver Changes:
No. 32
- Kyle Fowler is in the seat, replacing Terry Labonte.  Fowler, 22, will be making his Sprint Cup Series debut, and has driven for Go Green Racing (owned by team co-owner Archie St. Hilaire) in the Nationwide Series.

No. 66 - Mike Wallace returns to the seat, replacing Michael Waltrip. Wallace remains on a race-to-race deal with Jay Robinson Racing as their main driver when Waltrip or other MWR-aligned "prospects" don't take over the ride.

No. 93 - An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Clay Rogers. This car is typically brought out by BK Racing as a fourth entry to fill the field; more than likely, it will start-and-park Sunday unless a last-minute sponsor steps up.


Since there are only 43 entries, no one will fail to qualify.

 

Not Entered:

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 21 - Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

No. 29 - Joe Nemechek for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

No. 49 - Identity Ventures Racing (reverting back to a one-car effort this week)
No. 95 - Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing


Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200: 37 cars entered


Number Change:

- Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 changes to No. 34 as part of a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott.

 

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points: None

 

Driver Changes:

No. 07 - BJ McLeod returns to the seat, replacing Korbin Forrester. McLeod has been the start-and-park driver for this team all season, running no more than 13 laps in any of his six starts. The team will likely start-and-park again unless a funded driver steps up.
No. 08 - Camden Murphy is in the seat, replacing Jimmy Weller.  Murphy, an 18-year-old racer with experience in late models and the ASA Truck Tour, will be making his series debut.

No. 0 - Matt Tifft is in the seat, replacing Caleb Roark.  If Tifft qualifies, he will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut although this truck typically start-and-parks for Jennifer Jo Cobb.  Tifft raced for Ken Schrader in the ARCA Racing Series this season.

No. 8 - John Hunter Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing his father Joe Nemechek. John Hunter is running the short track races he's eligible for; NASCAR's rulebook limits drivers under age 18 from racing bigger tracks.

No. 9 - Brennan Newberry returns to the seat, replacing Ron Hornaday. Newberry has been running a limited schedule with the team.
No. 20 - Gray Gaulding returns to the seat, replacing Brennan Newberry. Gaulding is running a limited schedule with the team.
No. 23 - Max Gresham returns to the seat, replacing Spencer Gallagher. Gresham is running a limited schedule with the team.
No. 32 - Alex Guenette is in the seat, replacing Tayler Malsam. Guenette is running a limited schedule with the team.
No. 35 - An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Daniel Suarez. This team has typically start-and-parked their truck since Mason Mingus left about a month ago.

No. 50 - T.J. Bell returns to the seat, replacing Derek White. Bell is running a limited schedule with the team.
No. 63 - Justin Jennings returns to the seat, replacing Scott Stenzel. Jennings has been the full-time driver of MB Motorsports' main truck most of the season.
No. 74 - Wendell Chavous is in the seat, replacing Mike Harmon.  If he qualifies, Chavous would be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.  Chavous is a dirt late model racer out of Georgia.

No. 92 - Austin Hill is in the seat, replacing Corey LaJoie.  If he qualifies, Hill will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.  Hill ran full-time in the K&N Pro Series East this season, winning the season finale at Dover.


Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 05
- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 0 - Matt Tifft for JJC Racing*

No. 23 - Max Gresham for GMS Racing

No. 33 - Brandon Jones for Turner Scott Motorsports/GMS Racing

No. 74 - Wendell Chavous

No. 75 - Caleb Holman for Henderson Motorsports

No. 80 - Jody Knowles

No. 82 - Cody Erickson for Empire Racing

No. 86 - Brandon Brown for Brown Motorsports

No. 87 - Charles Buchanan, Jr. for Buchanan Racing.  If Buchanan qualifies, he would be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 92 - Austin Hill for RBR Enterprises

 

Not Entered:

No. 03 - Mike Affarano for Affarano Motorsports

No. 1 - Milka Duno for MAKE Motorsports

No. 5 - Cody Ware for Rick Ware Racing

No. 28 - Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 36 - MB Motorsports

No. 68 - Clay Greenfield for Clay Greenfield Motorsports
No. 84 - Chris Fontaine for Chris Fontaine, Inc.

Today's Featured Commentary
Beadle's Big Moment, NASCAR Staging Fights?, and More
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

​First off, congratulations this week to Brad Keselowski, who beat the odds by winning at Talladega to move on in the next stage of the Chase.  Personally, I had my doubts about Keselowski doing it, but he managed to pull it off.  That’s why I felt like we had to mention it.
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Received word early this week that Raymond Beadle had passed away.  Raymond first gained fame as a drag racer, primarily racing the Blue Max Funny Car in the days when Funny Car match racing was big.  And I mean really big.  Guys like Raymond, Jungle Jim Liberman, Tom "Mongoose" McEwen, Don "Snake" Prudhomme and a host of others criss-crossed the country running at big and small dragstrips, drawing big crowds for what were usually two out of three shootouts. Top Fuel Dragsters were also popular for these things, but it seemed like the people loved the thunder and lightning the Funny Cars provided.

Dragstrip operators quickly realized that they could pay for two of these hotshots to show up, spend some cash on radio/TV advertising, spread posters all over the immediate area, and instantly bring in the fans.  By the same token, in the days before there were as many national events on the schedule, the more popular racers found they could support themselves and their teams by hitting the road for these appearances.

Sometimes, the races were mere barnstorming, that’s for sure, because the equipment was expensive; often, they had to make three or four appearances in a weekend.  In addition to being before so many national events, this time period was before the huge payouts and sponsorships we see today. But the racing itself? Incredible.
If you’ve ever watched a Funny Car race up close, you know how exciting it can be.  I’ll never forget my first experience standing on the starting line and watching a Funny Car burn out.

Beadle didn’t limit himself to drag racing and stock cars.  He also put together a World of Outlaws team which showed up with the first eighteen-wheeler rig in that outfit. Eventually, Raymond moved into NASCAR, first hiring Tim Richmond, and then Rusty Wallace who brought the Kodiak-sponsored team a Winston Cup championship in 1989.  That particular episode ended in a lawsuit, with Beadle exiting the sport shortly thereafter while Wallace ended up with Roger Penske.

But those dragstrips? That's what Beadle was known for. I miss those days of match racing...
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Jumping back to NASCAR, I found a lot of the comments which appeared on Facebook after the Charlotte race.  Many folks voiced the opinion that the whole post-race dustup was staged by the sanctioning body, and a lot of people agreed with them.

Conspiracy theories are nothing new, but one particular comment caught my eye. A writer claimed the episode with Kenseth and Keselowski was obviously choreographed, adding, “Sure, there was a camera waiting in between a couple of haulers.”

OK. Well, I’m not sure how much attention this guy was paying, but anybody watching that race and what happened after it was over had no doubt that Matt Kenseth was headed for Brad Keselowski, and that includes the TV people.  I can almost hear the director on their radio... “Stay with Kenseth, this is gonna be some really good footage.”

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

"A lap at Talladega takes under a minute to complete. Therefore, a driver should be able to complete at least four laps during a session if they get on the track right away. Of course that would be too simple, so everyone has to try and line up and get other drivers to lead them around the track and allow them to get a good run and set a great time. By posturing and attempting to snooker opponents, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Justin Allgaier went home by not being able to post a time during qualifying." - Mike Neff, on the qualifying shenanigans Saturday afternoon at Talladega.


Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette (http://MotorSportsNews.Net)
 (Thanks Heather !):

Marty Smith to Remain with ESPN as Bureau Reporter
 
NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series To Incorporate Updates In 2015 - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.V4XGlv5q.dpuf
 
Winn-Dixie Partners with Talladega Superspeedway Introduces Race Fans to the Winn-Dixie 300 Set for May 2015 TALLADEGA, AL — Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.V4XGlv5q.dpuf
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Bakersfield Californian
The Bako Motorsports Power Hour show on Tuesday took at look the NASCAR championship battle and Brad Keselowski's huge win at Talladega to ...
Lansing State Journal
The Pure Michigan tourism campaign will sponsor a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for three more years. The Michigan Economic Development ...
 
Motorsport.com
But NASCAR just announced another venture for Orlando that is expected to spread nationwide -- indoor "high performance" electric karting, on a ...

Beyond the Flag
When it comes to the major sports in the United States NASCAR isn't one that many folks tend to name right away. In fact, at times it's hard for ...
SportsBlog.com (blog)
NASCAR received word of the plane crash during the event's half-time After the race was over, NASCAR immediately called all the Hendrick ...
Woodland Park resident, 17, is youngest NASCAR sim-racing champ
NorthJersey.com
Michael Conti, 17, of Woodland Park, at the wheel of his simulated race car. He won a $10,000 purse as part of a NASCAR simulated racing series ...

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

Edwards Hopes To Avoid Drama and Win at Martinsville

When talking about the favorites to win the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Carl Edwards’ name is not one that immediately jumps out. However, the driver of the No. 99 Ford feels like he has as good of a shot as anyone to win on Oct. 26.



GMS Racing Race Preview: Martinsville Speedway

GMS Racing's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Martinsville Speedway ... This weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200-lapper at the paperclip-shaped oval provides GMS Racing with a third series start at the Ridgeway, Va., facility. Joey Coulter and Spencer Gallagher have starts at Martinsville Speedway for the team. In March, Coulter posted a 17th-place finish and Gallagher finished 32nd.

Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes Martinsville Oct. 2014

CAMRY CHASERS: Two Camry drivers have advanced to the 'Eliminator' round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship playoff.






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Older News


(10/22/14)


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

Kes: Being popular never was No. 1 goal 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/22/brad-keselowski-comments-on-matt-kenseth-incident.html

Four drivers most likely to advance

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/22/chase-predictions-eliminator-round-martinsville.html

Several changes coming to XFINITY, Truck Series in 2015

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/22/nascar-official-release-xfinity-camping-world-truck-series-rule-changes.html


NASCAR.com host releases 'The Breakup Book'

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/nascar-lesley-robins-the-breakup-book-today-show.html

Kyle Busch: 'I dressed up as Jeff Gordon' for Halloween 

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Dale Jr. details 2012 concussions, recovery

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Speed king Kevin Harvick flying high into Chase Eliminator Round

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/speed-king-kevin-harvick-flying-high-into-nascar-chase-eliminator-round-102214

In the game: Lame-duck Edwards carries confidence into next round

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/in-the-game-lame-duck-carl-edwards-carries-confidence-into-next-round-102214


Say 'Cheez-It': Greg Biffle has a new primary sponsor for 2015

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/say-cheez-it-greg-biffle-has-a-new-primary-sponsor-for-2015-102214

How did Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spend his day off while Danica raced?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/photo-gallery-how-did-ricky-stenhouse-jr-spend-his-day-off-102214

When it all goes south: How Hendrick took biggest hit at 'Dega

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/how-hendrick-motorsports-took-the-biggest-nascar-chase-hit-at-talladega-superspeedway-102214


How pivotal is strong start to Chase Eliminator Round?

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Changing Times

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Today's Featured Commentary
A Most Valuable Lesson
Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

The best lesson I ever learned while in high school came from a teacher who did not even work in my community. He was a teacher in a neighboring town who also coached that school’s varsity golf team. I played golf on my high school’s team, so I would see this man periodically at various tournaments around the area.

His lesson had nothing to do, specifically, with the game of golf. The advice he gave came in the form of an old adage that stuck in my memory the very moment I heard it. The teacher / coach was addressing his players before they teed-off in a match against my team. His golfers were lamenting the quite sloppy and fairly menacing weather conditions that often affected outdoor sports during Northeastern autumns - those cold and damp afternoons that chilled you to the bone and challenged your ability to concentrate on what needed to be done.

As his players moaned about the lousy weather and how it would probably affect their performances, the teacher dispensed the advice that has stayed with me - a mere bystander - for the past thirty-plus years. The man crossed his arms, shook his head, and uttered one seemingly-dated sentence: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas it would be….”

This adage comes to mind every time a student explains to me that if they only had more time, or more help, or more resources in the library, or a faster computer, or a better roommate, or no roommate, they could earn “straight A’s”. The same advice pops into my head whenever my young son says that he really needs a new version of a popular video game system because then he would be on an even footing (my words, not his) with his friends at school.

That teacher’s memorable lesson pretty much screamed through my mind as the events at Talladega unfolded last Sunday afternoon….

Here was the “Contender Round” of the Chase coming to a close at the GEICO 500: a race that everyone pretty much defined as the most important and most feared event of the 2014 Sprint Cup postseason. Several major names were in danger of being dumped from title contention, and several other drivers were hoping to hang on and play spoiler - always a possibility at a restrictor plate track like Talladega.

But therein lies the problem: putting too many season-long eggs in one very hard-to-predict basket creates a logical opportunity to wind up with show business yolk all over your face.

You can look at Brian France, but it’s impolite to stare….

The newly-structured “Chase for the Championship” format circa 2014 is a lot like Communism: on paper, it looks pretty good, but it’s a miserable failure when put into practice. So here we are studying the aftermath of the Talladega race. One not-so-popular driver runs the wheels off his Ford and winds up in Victory Lane with a free pass into the upcoming “Eliminator Round”. The second-place finisher is the same driver who one week earlier had Sunday’s winner in a headlock; this runner-up pushed his former sparring partner across the finish line while helping him stave off the increasingly-desperate competition.

And what about France’s/NASCAR’s notion that the title would boil down to a “win-and-in” scenario to both make the Chase and possibly hoist the big hardware in Las Vegas? Don’t look now, but the second-place driver at Talladega drove his way into the next round while having to yet step foot in a Winner’s Circle in 2014. Such events make it look oh-so-possible that this year’s Cup champion will be a driver with zero wins on the year.

Wasn’t it Matt Kenseth’s one-win title run back in 2003 that led to the “Chase for the Championship”? I know it might be in poor form to write this, but I, for one, hope that Kenseth goes on to snag the title while never winning a race. It will add an anti-climactic air to the season, but it would also demonstrate that there’s more to racing than orchestrating a show in hopes of grabbing the public’s attention.

So what about that all-essential public attention? The biggest names in NASCAR must be putting all their previous wins to good use and securing their chances at the championship, no?

In a word: no.

Sunday afternoon saw the fall of both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Not only does their dismissal from the Chase leave Hendrick Motorsports with just one dog in the hunt, but it also robs Brian France of his two most “mainstream” names.

Consider which Sprint Cup drivers have appeared on two of the most popular late-night network television programs within the past two months; while Mr. and Mrs. Main Street might recognize Johnson and Earnhardt as NASCAR “stars”, the two fan favorites will be watching someone else grace the sports pages come Monday morning.

Junior says he’s looking to win more races but – at this point – who cares? From here on out, “win-and-in” goes the way of “sit-and-spin”; finishing first is fun, but now it’s a moot point….

So here’s where the advice of that high school teacher/golf coach comes back to mind. While Brian France and his NASCAR brethren might be celebrating the challenging nature of this year’s “Chase for the Championship”, they are likely also second-guessing what their orchestrated Draconian structure hath wrought. What might have been will be mainstream America’s loss. What still could happen might overthrow the whole “winner take all” mindset deemed necessary as a way of attracting fans.

Oh, well; to Martinsville we go….



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Ford Racing has won four of the first six Chase races, two each by Team Penske drivers Joey Logano (New Hampshire, Kansas) and Brad Keselowski (Chicagoland, Talladega). The Ford record for most Chase wins in a single season is five, which was set in 2005 and equaled in 2008.



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No skirting the issue: Controversial side skirts on NASCAR's radar

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Forgotten man? JoLo, not Bad Brad, might be Penske's best title hope

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TriStar Motorsports announced Monday that Blake Koch will return to the team's No. 44 Toyota, running in the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Sponsorship for the Nationwide race will be provided by Celsius, a brand of energy drink.  Celsius will use the partnership to promote the new Flo Fusion pre-workout that rapper Flo Rida has lent his likeness to.  Read more at Frontstretch


Today's Featured Commentary
And Then They Saw Red: The Keselowski Debacle
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

The end is approaching. Four weeks from now, we will be celebrating a new Sprint Cup Champion, or at least a different one from last year.  He'll be making a cross-country trek stopping at all the high-profile talk shows, shooting ads and soaking up the adulation of the American public as he's touted as NASCAR royalty.  The majority of the viewing public? They'll just nod and smile.  "Isn't that wonderful?  He looks like a nice boy."

Therein lays the rub.  What if Brad Keselowski actually takes this storming perfection all the way to Homestead?  What if, after his poor display of judgment and sportsmanship at Charlotte, he still manages to take home the 2014 trophy?  Would we actually have a "nice boy" up on the podium, or would some other "achievements" be defining our champ?  Which do we really want representing our sport: a pleasant smile or the kind of grit that propels a struggling car straight to the top?

It's a question I've been considering since Keselowski slid up in front of Newman's No. 31 Sunday afternoon, with but a couple laps remaining in the Talladega race.  Brad was doing it again, determined to salvage a season at scintillating speed.  Would we see the second-place car fly up into the fencing, ensuring Brad's victory no matter the cost?

Since his arrival on the Sprint Cup scene in 2009, I've admired Bad Brad's commitment behind the wheel.  He's fearless, determined and sometimes uses his tunnel vision to brush all other comers out of his way.  It produces lots of positive results for his team, taking home the Cup in 2012 one year after suffering a broken foot that jumpstarted a floundering Cup career.  It seemed that with the injury, paired with anger at his disability he simply funneled all that frustration to the steering wheel, driving the Miller Machine straight to the top.  Wow.  Just amazing.

But every now and then, Keselowski says and does things that make you step up and consider the measure of the man without the race car.  It's not always flattering.  The question lingers as to whether or not he is all that NASCAR desires in its most visible representative. 

Should any of it matter?

After all, it isn't Keselowski alone that sends the No. 2, Roger Penske-owned machine to Victory Lane.  It takes a genius crew chief, car chief, lightning-fast pit crew and a small army of mechanics back at the shop to bring his car up to snuff.  That's important, for we tend to forget all the others when it is only the driver's name plastered all over the headlines.  The cars don't decide to rip fenders off competitors, and neither do those that put the sheet metal and engine together.

Would it be fair to eliminate the No. 2 from the Championship run simply because its pilot is less than a nice guy?

No, it wouldn't.

The winning team in Homestead will be the machine that has made it through the gauntlet of the 2014 Chase.  They will have managed to sort out qualifying, race trim, pit selection, chassis selection, tuned the engine, never slipped up in the pits and put a guy behind the wheel who is overly confident of his ability to push past others who might have a competitive car.

That will be the champion, and it might be Bad Brad, compared to any of the other seven drivers remaining in this insane elimination playoff. 

Should it happen... that's OK.

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Top Three Rookies for 2014 GEICO 500

1.) No. 3 Austin Dillon - Started 30th, Finished 13th (2nd in RoTY standings)

2.) No. 26 Cole Whitt - Started 22nd, Finished 15th (4th in RoTY standings)

3.) No. 42 Kyle Larson - Started 42nd, Finished 17th (1st in RoTY standings)

Numbers Game: GEICO 500
by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led by pole sitter Brian Vickers at Talladega. Vickers wound up 20th.

1
Finish, outside the top 10 this entire Chase by Kyle Busch. His 40th place on Sunday, though was enough to eliminate him from title contention.

2
Laps led by Kevin Harvick Sunday. It's the fewest laps the driver has led, in a single race since Michigan in August (zero).

3
Hendrick drivers eliminated when the Chase field shrunk from twelve to eight. Only Jeff Gordon, whose last title was earned in 2001 remains alive for the Eliminator Round.

4
Top 8 finishes in a row for Ryan Newman. He only had ten top-10 finishes in the first 28 races this season.

6
Non-Chasers who finished inside the top 10 Sunday. It's the most for any playoff race this season.

6
Cautions for 25 laps at Talladega, including only four for on-track incidents.

15
Laps led by Ryan Blaney Sunday in just his second career start.

25th
Best finish by Travis Kvapil, in 19 Cup races this season before running sixth at Talladega. Kvapil was just making his second start for Circle Sport, driving their No. 33 Chevrolet.

102
Minimum number of laps completed by each competitor at Talladega. Even 43rd-place finisher Alex Bowman, in the garage after an accident still completed over half the laps in the race.

$102,115
Money won by Kurt Busch for finishing seventh.

$116,426
Money won by Kyle Busch for finishing 40th, nearly 50 laps behind.


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Surprising and Not Surprising: Talladega Geico 500

After a confusing qualifying session set the starting field, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 46th annual Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Final Word – Loved Talladega, Just Not All That Thrilled With the Outcome

What a wonderful race we saw at Talladega on Sunday. It had visual excitement that can only be rivaled by Daytona. We had suspense, as we did not know who would continue in the Chase and who got their hearts broken right through to the final lap. It was everything we could have hoped it would be. Then Brad Keselowski won the damn race and ruined everything.

Goody’s 500 Drivers’ Meeting Moved To Pit Road For Fans

Whether it’s before the race or during it, Martinsville Speedway prides itself on getting fans as close to the action as possible and the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 on Oct. 26 will be no exception.

Keselowski Ready for Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Brad Keselowski went from the brink of elimination to having a spot in the Eliminator Round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Fresh off his must-needed win at Talladega, Keselowski now has his sights set on the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.


Wall Stadium Speedway's "Spooky Spectacular" results
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ZANE ZEINER VICTORIOUS IN MODIFIED “SPOOKY SPECTACULAR” ACTION AT WALL STADIUM

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Pennsylvania stock car driving ace Zane Zeiner won the 100-lap Modified “Haunted Hundred” at Wall Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After coming close during several of the big races he entered at the third mile paved oval this season Zeiner won his first Wall Stadium main event of the year.

 

Pole sitter Eric Mauriello of Howell took the early lead with Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson and Howell’s Jimmy Blewett close behind. The race was then slowed for ten minutes for a red flag incident on lap ten when several cars tangled in turn three. When the smoke cleared ten cars that were running mid-pack were collected in that incident.

When the race resumed Mauriello continued to lead with Hopkinson tight on his bumper. The two slowly pulled away to a four-car gap on third place Blewett. A caution just past the halfway mark tightened the field and several cars went into the pits for service. The top five runners stayed on the track.

On the restart Hopkinson grabbed the lead from Mauriello. A lap 63 caution then waved and several of the top ten cars pitted but not Hopkinson and Mauriello. On the restart Mauriello retook the lead from Hopkinson before Matawan’s Anthony Sesely made hard contact with the outside wall the result of a flat tire.

Race leader Mauriello went into the pits for service leaving Hopkinson, the new leader, as the only car in the field that had not pitted for service. On the restart second place Shawna Ingraham of Brick surged to the lead closely followed by Blewett and Zeiner.

Blewett then stayed tight on Ingraham’s bumper and challenged almost constantly for the lead.

The caution came out with just five laps remaining for a spun car. As the field returned to the green, Blewett hounded Ingraham. As the duo came past the flag stand the two cars touched. This forced Ingraham’s car into the wall and ended her race.

Blewett tried to return to the front of the field under caution. As he did so he made contact with New Egypt’s Jason Hearne’s car. Blewett was then black-flagged.

On the restart, the third place Zeiner took the lead and held the top spot for the remaining three laps. Hopkinson, Hearne, Chris Hamilton and Trevor Alspach were second through fifth.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Zeiner said after the rich victory. “Luck was on our side today. Shawna (Ingraham) drove a hell of a race and Jimmy (Blewett) was very strong as well. To me it (the incident between Ingraham and Blewett) just looked like two drivers going for it (the win). This win is special for me because I’ve got an uncle that is very sick and I really wanted to win this one for him.

“This one’s for you man.”

Andrew Krause of Holmdel won the companion 50-lap Sportsman feature.

The race got off to a rough start due to multiple spin outs on the initial lap. Krause led the way early closely followed by Shannon Mongeau. The action was also intense close behind as a battle waged between Rob Hyer, newly crowned champion Kevin Davison and Chris Lane, both of Howell.

Although Mongeau kept the pressure on Krause, he was unable to find an opening to take the lead and Krause raced home the winner. Mongeau, Davison, Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan and Ken Matlach wrapped up the top five.

Joe Mongeau won the 60-lap Factory Stock feature taking the early lead with Marty Van Druten of Toms River in second place. On lap ten Scott Riggleman Manchester took second place from Van Druten and closed the gap on Mongeau.

Mongeau and Riggleman stayed one and two for many laps while behind them many intense battles for position took place. A lengthy red flag came out for Neil Rutt lll of Toms River when he hit the wall. Since Rutt complained of neck pain the track’s medical crew decided to cut the roof off his car. Rutt was treated and released.

Lots of dicing for position highlighted the final laps of the race before Mongeau took the win. Vern McLaughlin, Riggleman, Jerry Koenig, Rich Mongeau completed the top five.

Richie Davidowitz won the 30-lap Legend Cars feature after a race for the lead that would last every lap. Robert French, Kevin Nowak, newly crowned champion Brian Spencer and Mitchell Dowd wrapped up the top five.

Buddy Sloed won the 25-lap TQ Midget feature. Sloed took the lead early with Joey Bailey in second. Ryan Tidman made an incredible comeback by coming from last place to take third place by lap six but was unable to get close enough to the leaders to mount a challenge for second place.

 

Speedway officials are now busy preparing for the annual Turkey Derby classic to be held during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

 

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Brad Keselowski Wins at Talladega, Eliminator Round Set
by Justin Tucker

Regardless of his five victories in 2014, Brad Keselowski came into Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with his back truly against the wall. After a blown tire at Kansas and a tumultuous week at Charlotte, where he was fined $50,000 for his role in a post-race fracas, Keselowski needed a win at NASCAR's ultimate wild card to keep his hopes for a second series championship alive.  To make things even more challenging Keselowski had to drop to the rear of the field for changing an alternator after qualifying.

Keselowski came through with his series-best sixth win of the season when it mattered the most, pulling away from the field on a green-white-checkered restart to claim his third win on the 2.66-mile oval.  Most importantly, the win clinched Keselowski a spot in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. which starts next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Behind Keselowski was Matt Kenseth in second, Clint Bowyer third, Landon Cassill in a career-best fourth, and Ryan Newman fifth.  Travis Kvapil finished sixth, while Kurt Busch was seventh.  Marcos Ambrose was eighth, Kevin Harvick ninth, and Casey Mears would round out the top 10.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that.  But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week.  But I'm real proud of today," Keselowski said. "I feel really good about the next round. This (current round) was always the round that scared me the most.  For me, surviving this bracket was the biggest hurdle other than Homestead itself."

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin survived and advanced to the next round.

The new Chase format provided its first surprises as it saw a trio of drivers from Hendrick Motorsports and one from Joe Gibbs Racing failing to advance.

The biggest surprise on Sunday was six-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson failing to advance after having the dominant car on the afternoon.  Johnson led a race-high 84 laps, but was left out to dry on the last couple of late race restarts, leaving him to settle for a 24th-place finish and an early start on 2015.

"This year for sure there's disappointment," Johnson said.  "But the disappointment has been the weeks leading up to right now.  We've dealt with that.  You're not going to win every championship battle you go into.  You'd like to.  The numbers show you don't win a lot of championships."

Johnson's Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne also failed to advance as did Kyle Busch, who was caught up in a multi-car crash around the midway point of the race.

The incident was started by Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley at the front of a huge drafting pack.  Several cars in the incident spun including Busch's No. 18 after being hit by Austin Dillon.  Busch drove his car to the garage and he told his crew, "We are destroyed.  We are absolutely killed."  Busch would finish 40th, 49 laps down

There were 38 lead changes among 19 different drivers and six cautions for 25 laps slowed the race pace to 160.302 mph.

Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Martinsville Speedway for the opening race of the Eliminator round. The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 gets under way at 1:43 p.m. ET next Sunday.

Truck Series Breakdown: Peters Wins fred's 250
by Justin Tucker

Timothy Peters finally broke through in 2014, holding off the field on a green-white-checkered finish, to score the win in the fred's 250 powered by Coca Cola at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Peters held off Tayler Malsam by 0.143 seconds to score his eighth career Truck Series win. Spencer Gallagher finished a career best third, followed by polesitter Tyler Reddick in fourth. Despite going a lap down for a pit road speeding penalty under green, Ryan Blaney rallied to round out the top 5. Young gun Erik Jones finished sixth, and Chris Fontaine matched his career best finish in seventh. John Wes Townley came home eighth, while Darrell Wallace, Jr., who started deep in the field, finished ninth. Joe Nemechek rounded out the top 10 despite a pass through penalty for tandem drafting.

Championship Battle:

Ryan Blaney capitalized on a sub-par afternoon by Matt Crafton to cut into Crafton's lead on the championship with four races to go. Crafton finished 14th and left Talladega with a 16 point lead on Blaney. Darrell Wallace, Jr. is third, just 28 points back. Johnny Sauter is fourth after a disastrous day at Talladega and now sits 36 markers behind his ThorSport Racing teammate. Race winner Timothy Peters rounds out the top 5, 77 points behind Crafton.

The Good:

Spencer Gallagher scored his best career finish in the Truck Series with a third-place run Saturday afternoon at Talladega. Paired with his first ARCA Series win at Kansas three weeks ago, the top 5 gives Gallagher a great foundation to build from for 2015.

Ryan Blaney overcame a pit road speeding penalty and finished fifth allowing him to cut into Crafton's championship lead. The margin of 16 points with four races to go isn't insurmountable, but Blaney needs to pick up a win or two to ramp the pressure up on the No.88 team.

The Bad:

Matt Crafton had a roller-coaster day on Saturday that started with pit road contact with Bryan Silas as he was leaving his pit. Then, he was black flagged for tandem drafting with Joe Nemechek. The 14th-place finish has to feel like a win, and Crafton is probably grateful his championship lead didn't shrink more than it did.

The Ugly:

Johnny Sauter's hopes for a championship in 2014 were all but ended by a bolt through the radiator of his No.98 Toyota on lap 24. Sauter was credited with a 31st-place finish and now needs a miracle to get back in contention before Homestead.

Next Race:

The Camping World Truck Series heads back to the paper clip at Martinsville Speedway next Saturday for the Kroger 200. The green flag is scheduled for 1:46 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Tracking the Trucks: fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola

Chasing the Chase: Brad Keselowski's Win Boots Kahne From Eliminator Round
by Phil Allaway

Sometimes, you have wonder about NASCAR's wisdom in making Talladega an elimination race.  Apparently, they think it's a good idea to give the drivers coronaries.  Despite getting wrapped up in the first caution of the day and needing a Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap, Joey Logano was able to finish in 11th, good enough to lead at the end of the Contender Round.  His margin was a mere four points over the duo of Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman (Harvick gets the tiebreaker due to his victory in Charlotte).  Of course, that is still pending NASCAR's decision on Newman's car.  Denny Hamlin finished 18th but still moved up three places to fourth in the standings.

Matt Kenseth entered the race outside of the cutoff but used a charge on the final green-white-checker restart to finish second and move up to fifth in the standings, more than good enough to advance.  Kenseth is tied with Carl Edwards, who finished 21st, but kept himself out of trouble all day.  Jeff Gordon screwed up qualifying on Saturday and had to start at the rear.  He stayed there most of the race, finishing in 26th and costing himself a spot.  Kasey Kahne had a decent 12th-place finish that under normal circumstances would have been enough to advance.  However, due to Keselowski's victory, he's out of the Chase.

Kyle Busch was collected in the big crash on lap 103, completely ruining any chance for a good finish.  The only Chaser who spent significant time in the garage, Busch returned to the race after over 45 minutes and finished in 40th, 49 laps down.  The crash dropped Busch from second to ninth in points and out of the next round.  For Brad Keselowski, he knew what had to be done.  As a result, he haunted the very front of the field all day and was able to get by Ryan Newman on the final lap to win.  Despite still being 19 points behind the cutoff, Keselowski automatically advances thanks to the victory.  Jimmie Johnson was in the same boat as Keselowski and controlled much of the race before being shuffled back on the first green-white-checkered and finishing 24th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 31st after getting caught up in a crash that caused the second green-white-checkered.  He and two of his Hendrick teammates - Johnson and Kasey Kahne - and Kyle Busch are now racing for fifth in points.

Chase Points Standings At Beginning of Eliminator Round: t-1) Brad Keselowski 4000, t-1) Jeff Gordon 4000, t-1) Ryan Newman 4000, t-1) Joey Logano 4000, t-1) Carl Edwards 4000, t-1) Matt Kenseth 4000, t-1) Kevin Harvick 4000, t-1) Denny Hamlin 4000, 9) Kyle Busch -1807, 10) AJ Allmendinger -1837, 11) Jimmie Johnson -1848, 12) Greg Biffle -1853, 13) Kurt Busch -1854, 14) Kasey Kahne -1864, 15) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -1865, 16) Aric Almirola -1899.

Chase Point Standings Through Talladega: 1) 
Joey Logano 3121, t-2) Kevin Harvick -4, t-2) Ryan Newman -4, 4) Denny Hamlin -21, t-5) Matt Kenseth -22, t-5) Carl Edwards -227) Jeff Gordon -28, 8) Kasey Kahne -319) Kyle Busch -3510) Brad Keselowski -36, 11) Jimmie Johnson -68, 12) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -7613) AJ Allmendinger -95814) Greg Biffle -97415) Kurt Busch -97516) Aric Almirola -1020.

Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Jeff Gordon 1096, 2) Joey Logano -38, 3) Brad Keselowski -72, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -92, 5) Kevin Harvick -93, 6) Matt Kenseth -122, 7) Ryan Newman -125, t-8) Jimmie Johnson -148, t-8) Kyle Larson -148, 10) Carl Edwards -154, 11) Kasey Kahne -214, 12) Greg Biffle -215, 13) Clint Bowyer -230, 14) Kyle Busch -234, 15) Austin Dillon -237, 16) Jamie McMurray -238, 17) Denny Hamlin -278, 18) Brian Vickers -285, 19) Paul Menard -289, 20) Kurt Busch -321.

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

Key:
Blue - Locked into the Eliminator Round
Red - Eliminated from further Chase contention

Quotes to Remember: Bank of America 500
compiled by Phil Allaway

"We knew we had to win obviously coming into this week, this day.  When the weekend started, I thought we had the opportunity to do that.  We had very, very fast cars at Daytona and Talladega here and the past three restrictor plate races.  We certainly didn't just get handed this race today.  We had the incident early in the race where I think the 1 car blew a tire out, I'm not sure, that's what I heard.  He half spun, got into our door, kind of tore that up.  Pretty hard hit.  I thought the car was torn up pretty good.  I still haven't seen it.  But we kept our composure.  I worked really well with my teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. I love when a plan comes together.  Everything just felt right today.  We're here as winners because of that. " - Brad Keselowski

"I told Brad (Keselowski) not to look in the rearview mirror because we didn't like what happened last weekend.  I said to look out the windshield.  Since everybody cooled off, this is a place you can't retaliate obviously.  Matt (Kenseth) was with him sometimes.  He was behind the (No.) 48.  A little give‑and‑take there. At the end I think the big push came with the (No.) 22.  But obviously Kenseth is a world‑class driver, as they all are.  I think Newman was in a position to make it happen, but fortunately he didn't have a pusher like we had." - Roger Penske, winning car owner

"We got a pretty good restart there and had a bunch of guys up there that are really good at this stuff so I got with Kevin (Harvick) and got going with him the best I could.  Then he made a move on Brad (Keselowksi) and Brad went to block so it kind of opened the door.  I just couldn’t get a big enough run.  I was almost under Brad off of (turn) two one time and I think it was Landon (Cassill) back there that did a good job of pushing me and giving me a lot of momentum, but I just didn’t have the speed to get in there and challenge them down to the flag.  Overall it was a good day for us.  We did what we needed to do  It’s nice to get a good finish and move on to Martinsville." - Matt Kenseth, finished second

"Well, my game plan worked.  It’s so hard to strategize around this.  At the end of the day you have to throw a Hail Mary at one point to put yourself in contention to win at these restrictor plate tracks.  As I always said, if I throw a Hail Mary, I don’t want to get intercepted more than I have to.  I was in contention.  I was in the spot I wanted to be in there in that next‑to‑the‑last run in the middle.  Really did think that I was going to have a true shot at the win.  Then the caution come out and got me on the bottom.  Still, third place is a good day for us." - Clint Bowyer

"We wanted to win this race. We came here to win it. My team deserves it. Carsforsale.com deserves it. We don’t have a lot to work with. But what we do work with, we set out to run good at these four superspeedway races, and we proved that this year. Fourth place is just amazing." - Landon Cassill, finished fourth

"Just a great result I guess in the end to make it to that next bracket for the Caterpillar Chevrolet. Everybody at RCR and ECR… just have to thank them for all their hard work and support. I think to me the next three races are the ones that are the most important to win. We have been knocking on the door here the last three. We will keep digging. I don’t know how to answer any questions on that last restart. I don’t know if I could have done anything better. I obviously could have done things worse, but just the way things line up happy to stay in the top 5 there in the last couple of laps." - Ryan Newman, finished fifth

"I thought we were in a good position. We had good restarts. We had survived wrecks - well we didn’t survive all of them. We had that one mishap on pit road where everybody was pitting and you are supposed to be single-file and guys got to my inside and we had pitted early on pit road. Came from 30th with nine laps to go and had a shot at winning but didn’t quite cash in. It’s a shame that we didn’t cash in for a win; that is what we are all here to do. I felt like on the last restart there (Clint) Bowyer was going to be our catalyst but it ended up he didn’t stay attached to our rear bumper so I couldn’t get to (Ryan) Newman in time and that outside grove was going. So, I had to get to the middle to salvage what I could and that was seventh." - Kurt Busch

"You just try and get the best finish you can.  Basically the restart before, they all checked up in front of me so I went high to get momentum and that didn’t work. I don’t know why that didn’t work, but it didn’t. We had a great Farmer’s Insurance Chevy – led laps and ran in the top 3 and back to the lead. Once I was 10th or eighth, it was just really difficult to get back to that point. I think we got back to fifth or sixth, but that was about it." - Kasey Kahne, finished 12th

"Two restarts from the end, I was trying to make something happen on the restart. I was in a weird position there behind the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski), and if I pushed him to the win, he moves on and I don’t. So I tried going to his outside. I looked up and I had no friends in the mirror. We had a fast, fast Lowe’s Chevrolet today. Disappointed we didn’t advance, but truthfully the way the last two races went, today was an opportunity for us, and we were kind of playing with house money and just didn’t get it done." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 24th

"I’m just mentally drained right now. It’s always tough racing here at Talladega trying to put yourself in position to win. But when you have that much on the line and you know that your championship hopes are right there in that final moment, it’s nerve racking. I’m proud of this team for the job they did. I’m just glad we made it. I can’t wait for Martinsville.  I can’t wait for Texas. I can’t wait for Phoenix. All are great tracks for us. This team has done some amazing work this year. These next three are where we are really going to shine and show it." - Jeff Gordon, finished 26th

"We were just all starting to shuffle around there and getting ready to pit, and I think it was the 83 in front of me, and I think he might have been trying to check up to get to the bottom.  I just barely started to push him and it hooked his car and we all wrecked." - Aric Almirola, finished 39th

"My hats off to all these guys — everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development).  It’s a shame, everyone has been working really hard. I thought we were in a decent spot coming into the race and rode around in the back.  Kyle (Busch) got checked up for the wreck and had everything saved up, but he got run over from behind.  There is no safe place in here.  The truth is that if you’re out there on the race track at Talladega or Daytona, you have a pretty good chance that you’re going to get in a wreck and today was our day.  It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is." - Dave Rogers, crew chief for Kyle Busch (Note: Kyle Busch declined interview)

"All of this really started in that first incident when the (No.) 1 came down the track and got the right-front.  We were just hanging on from there and trying to manage the race.  We had a lot of right-front damage from that, so we were trying to manage the tires and just work on it.  We had a right-front go down there, but you’ll have that at Talladega.  I’m happy with our team’s performance because we had great speed in qualifying, practice and were up front there before all of this happened.  I feel good about what our team is doing.  I’m proud to be a part of it and now we’ll just move on and finish out the year." - Michael McDowell, finished 41st


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Track Trash – Dega, Fall 2014

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VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “I can’t believe it. Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”


The final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ “Contender” round at Talladega Superspeedway lived up to its billing with a thrilling finish in determining the final eight drivers who will advance to the next portion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Three Team Chevy drivers move to the ‘Eliminator’ round following the 46th Annual GEICO 500.



Two of the three Camry drivers in the Chase -- Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth -- advanced to the third round of the championship playoffs following Talladega. Four drivers were eliminated from the 12-driver field following Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, including Camry driver Kyle Busch who was involved in an accident and finished the race 40th.


RICK HENDRICK, TEAM OWNER, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS - INITIAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT HAPPENED WITH DALE EARNHARDT, JR. THERE? “its just Talladega. We have been up front all day and I don’t know where we are going to end up. You just can’t avoid it down here when you are running that close together. It’s just what you have to get used to accept it and move on. It’s not easy.”


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Moving on: Keselowski defies odds to win 'Dega, advance in Chase (VIDEO)

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Danica crew chief Tony Gibson re-signs but no guarantee to remain with Patrick    

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Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

 
Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.


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Chase Scramble At Dega

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Kevin Harvick looking to have fun and win, with Chase spot in backpocket

Last weekend among the craziness that occurred, Kevin Harvick was able to pick up the victory, therefore clinching a spot for himself into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Now heading into this weekend at Talladega, Harvick is kicking back and relaxing as he doesn't have to worry about it and can "just go race".


Terry Labonte Transcript

Terry Labonte, driver of the No. 32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion, will be making his 890th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend in the Geico 500. The two-time series champion has 22 career victories, including two with Ford Racing in 1989 (Pocono and Talladega) while driving for Junior Johnson. He spoke to the media earlier today about his career and hopes for his final start.


Blaney, Keselowski Pace Ford Qualifying Effort at Talladega

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion (Qualified 40th) – “I think everyone is confused. We worked with Kyle and got a good run and drafted off the right guys and were fast enough to make it but we just didn’t get across the line in time.”




Nemechek's time nixed; Sorenson makes 'Dega field


GEICO 500 starting lineup


Talladega Sprint Cup pit stall assignments 


Dale Jr.: Not in 'panic mode' in must-win race


Terry Labonte reflects on career ahead of finale


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Alexander ready to make Cup pit box debut


Peters hangs on for win at Talladega 


Truck Series race tough on title contenders


Driver, NFL cheerleader 'hot and heavy' at 'Dega


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Ice picks -- Talladega Superspeedway -- Geico 500
 
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Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)  is where I shall be all afternoon today. Look for me sitting somewhere high over the beginning of the front stretch ,wearing a black Wall Stadium track hat, and a white Wall Stadium track sweater  ! Sitting on a red/white folding seat cushion. Next to a red /white cooler with a red # 21 Sportsman sticker on it.

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After Daytona in July NASCAR made some changes to qualifying. As teams prepare for this weekend's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, there will be a new format for qualifying.


On Sept. 27, 1964 Fred Lorenzen won at Martinsville Speedway. His prize for crossing the finish line first – a grandfather clock. It was then NASCAR’s most iconic trophy was born.



Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford Fusion, spoke to members of the media prior to the opening practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski addressed his incident with Matt Kenseth last weekend in Charlotte and spoke about the pressure on he and the No. 2 team to win and advance.


Korbin Forrester takes the wheel of SS Green Light Racing #07 Chevrolet as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins a streak of five straight races to end the 2014 season in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday afternoon at the Talladega Superspeedway.


THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO WILL CONTINUE AS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF MOTORAMA

For the first eight years of its existence, the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) was a standalone, racing-only show catering to motorsports fans and the industry. The CME usually took place in early February, when Canadian winters can make it challenging for even the most hearty racers, exhibitors and enthusiasts to participate.



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(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 17, 2014) – GMS Racing announced this week that ARCA winner Brandon Jones will join the organization for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)...Read more


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High stakes: More riding on this 'Dega race than any other in history?

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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for 10 nervous Chase drivers

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Penske's Geisler on Keselowski: 'The brightest bulb attracts all the bugs'

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/penske-s-geisler-on-keselowski-the-brightest-bulb-attracts-all-the-bugs-101714

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Matt Kenseth says he has no regrets about charging Brad Keselowski at Charlotte. What else is
happening Friday at Talladega? Our guy Ed Hinton is all over it. Notebook » What is BK thinking?Video



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David Ragan Expects to Return to Front Row Motorsports

David Ragan was considered to be one of the hot free agents in the garage ahead of the 2015 season. Rumors were running rampant that he would be the one to replace Marcos Ambrose as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports until RPM signed Sam Hornish, Jr. last week. Ragan said despite the Petty rumors there was never any genuine interest between him and Petty for that ride - just preliminary conversations. Read more

Wood Brothers Set for Milestone at Talladega

Nothing says tradition in NASCAR like the name of the legendary Wood brothers. Compiling over 1,400 starts, 98 wins, 337 top 5s, and 622 top-10 finishes, Wood Brothers Racing has enjoyed success to the highest level over its 61-year history in the sport. Read more

Brandon Jones Teams With GMS Racing in Truck Series

Rising star Brandon Jones will join GMS Racing for the remainder of the Camping World Truck Series season, starting next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Jones will pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado with veteran crew chief Shane Huffman calling the shots atop the pit box. Read more

Kaz Grala to Race for Ben Kennedy Racing in 2015

Kaz Grala will be running with a different organization in 2015. Grala, 15, announced on Thursday morning that he will be joining forces with Ben Kennedy Racing. Although sponsorship details were not immediately announced, he will be replacing Kenzie Ruston with the organization. Read more

Frontstretch Folio: GEICO 500
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series travels back to Talladega Superspeedway for the 32nd race of the 2014 season on Sunday, Oct. 19. Television coverage of the GEICO 500 begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN; your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate and Sirius XM Channel 90 will handle the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 188 laps (500 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Denny Hamlin won at Talladega in May, a victory that punched his ticket for the Chase and snapped a career-long restrictor plate racing winless drought.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads the series in consecutive Talladega wins with four, set between 2001-2003.

Brad Keselowski is the only active driver to win at Talladega in his track debut.

Richard Childress Racing has the most victories at Talladega with 12, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.

Track Facts

Track Length: 2.66-mile quad oval
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Degree of Banking: turns - 33 degrees, tri-oval - 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 ft., 16.5 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 4,000 ft., 2 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Website: http://talladegasuperspeedway.calls.net/?homepage=true
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalladegaSuperspeedway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TalladegaSuperS

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, Oct. 17, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Friday, Oct. 17, 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Qualifying: Saturday, Oct. 18, 4:40 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS

VIPs

Grand Marshal/Command: Rhett Rayburn, regional vice president, GEICO
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: US Army SFC James W. Knight
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
Flyover: GEICO Skytypers

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 73
Low: 46

They Said It:

“The key there is to somehow stay out of trouble. At Talladega, you pretty much stay around the bottom, since there is a lot of grip there, and you can pretty much run wide open every single lap. Everyone can run up on top of each other. When you get single-file at the bottom, sometimes it’s hard to get a lane on the outside with enough good cars to get something going. It can be frustrating at times because of that. It also seems to still put on a good race each time we go there. If you can be a contender and stay in line on the bottom, you can make it a pretty easy and safe race. Normally, guys are not content doing that, so that’s when it starts to get crazy.” - Kyle Busch

“Go out there and win it (Talladega). We can do it; we have won there a lot of time. I know what we need to do. We will just have to build a fast car and hope that we don’t have any gremlins and try to go out there and win it.” - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

“Staying out of the ‘big one,’ the crash that takes out so many cars, is crucial to having success at Talladega. So many strategies – like staying in front or staying in the back – can be used during the race, however, there’s no perfect strategy to run this race. You just have to hope your car is in one piece at the end of the race. The big one could lead to a big swing in the points.” - Jeff Gordon

“We definitely didn’t get the finish we needed in Charlotte and its forced us into the position of having to win this weekend in Talladega. Our speedway program at Hendrick Motorsports is top-notch and I’ll have the equipment I need to make a run at it. I can’t control the rest of the field though and we are just going to need some luck heading into this weekend. If anyone can pull it off, this No. 48 Lowe’s team can.” - Jimmie Johnson

“I don’t think there is more pressure, I think there are more questions. We saw some guys at Kansas and Charlotte who had some misfortune that are guys who don’t usually have issues like the [Nos.]  88, the 2 and the 48. Those guys have their work cut out for them. Talladega is left and you have three guys in trouble. There is going to be some different approaches no doubt at Talladega, but I don’t see it as added pressure. I still take the same approach to the first Talladega as I do the second Talladega. You’re still racing for points and positions, and obviously a win to keep yourself in the Chase and on to the next bracket.” - Ryan Newman


TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

Nuts for Nationwide: RAB Racing and James Buescher Looking to Get Back to Consistency
by Joseph Wolkin

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way
by Amy Henderson

Search for On-Track Improvement Needed After Off-Track Drama
by Aaron Creed

Friday Faceoff: Penalities, Fireworks, and Momentum
by Frontstretch Staff

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: He Doesn't Even Turn!
by Frontstretch Staff

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You
by Frontstretch Staff

Tech Talk: More to Driving the Pace Car than Meets the Eye
by Frontstretch Staff


Kenseth: 'I don't regret my actions'



Keselowski: Kenseth is 'entitled to his opinion'


Drivers keep calm before the storm of Talladega


Waltrip prepares for 'Dega, DWTS


Dale Yeah! Keelan Harvick tests new Dale Call 


http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/keelan-harvick-dale-call.html



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Friday's practice recaps from Talladega



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http://www.examiner.com/article/where-they-stand-nascar-nationwide-series-points-after-charlotte

Where they stand: NASCAR Nationwide Series points after Charlotte

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NASCAR defuncts: Team Red Bull

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Corey LaJoie is “Taking One Leap of Faith at a Time”

“I need to learn how to slow down. In everything else I drove, I’ve had to make up for the lack of equipment,” he explained. “You can’t do that in the Nationwide Series. The drivers are too good and the cars you’re racing against are really good.



#TBT: Dale Sr. caps career with epic 'Dega win


Crafton won't talk title until after 'Dega


Brandon Jones joins GMS Racing


Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger


World Series manager: 'I thought about Dale' 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/ned-yost-kansas-city-royals-world-series-dale-earnhardt.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Roundtable: Just how wild will Talladega be?


Dale Jr., Letarte plan to be aggressive at 'Dega 



NASCAR: Harvick at ease at tense Talladega


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A Toss-Up?

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Kevin Harvick is coming up fast. Ryan McGee breaks it down. Power Rankings » McGee chat wrap »


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Daytona Rising Project Reaches Top-off Point

On Wednesday, Daytona International Speedway held a special ceremony to commemorate the halfway point of the track's $400 million renovation, dubbed "Daytona Rising."  The halfway point was commemorated with a beam signed by the construction crew and stamped with a special plaque with the Daytona Rising logo on it being raised to position.  Read more at Frontstretch

Bully Hill Vineyards Returns to NEMCO for Talladega

On Wednesday, NEMCO Motorsports announced that Bully Hill Vineyards will serve as the primary sponsor of Joe Nemechek's No. 8 Toyota in Saturday's Fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway.  The deal re-ignites a 15-year relationship between Nemechek and the New York-based vineyard.  Read more at Frontstretch

Bit-O-Honey to Sponsor Chris Buescher at Texas

Pearson Candy announced on Wednesday that they have entered into a partnership with Roush Fenway Racing that will see the company's Bit-O-Honey candy bar serve as the primary sponsor of Chris Buescher's No. 60 Ford Mustang in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.  Roush Fenway Racing has not officially commented on the deal, but Pearson Candy released a picture of Buescher's car in Bit-O-Honey colors (reddish orange and yellow with blue numbers) on their website and Twitter page.

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


Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500: 46 cars entered

 

Number Change:

- Identity Ventures Racing’s No. 87 changes to No. 49.

 

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 12
- Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

No. 29- Joe Nemechek for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 49- Mike Wallace for Identity Ventures Racing

No. 83- JJ Yeley for BK Racing

Driver Changes:

No. 12- Ryan Blaney returns to the seat, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya.
No. 29- Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing Matt Crafton.
No. 32- Terry Labonte returns to the seat, replacing Blake Koch.  Labonte will attempt to compete in his final Sprint Cup Series race this weekend.

No. 33- Travis Kvapil returns to the seat, replacing Timmy Hill.  David Stremme was originally entered in the car.
No. 49- Mike Wallace is in the seat, replacing Timmy Hill.

No. 66- Michael Waltrip returns to the seat, replacing Brett Moffitt.

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

No. 12- Ryan Blaney for Team Penske (45th in points, 3 attempts)
No. 29- Joe Nemechek for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard (52nd in points, 2 attempts)

No. 49- Mike Wallace for Identity Ventures Racing (50th in points, 5 attempts)


Drivers who have provisionals, but still may fail to qualify:

No. 7- Michael Annett for Tommy Baldwin Racing (31st in points, 31 attempts)
No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing (43rd in points, 9 attempts)

No. 23- Alex Bowman for BK Racing (36th in points, 31 attempts)

No. 26- Cole Whitt for Swan Racing/BK Racing (32nd in points, 31 attempts)
No. 32- Terry Labonte for Go FAS Racing (38th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 33- Travis Kvapil for Circle Sport (40th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 34- David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports (33rd in points, 31 attempts)
No. 36- Reed Sorenson for Tommy Baldwin Racing (34th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 38- David Gilliland for Front Row Motorsports (30th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing (35th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 66- Michael Waltrip for Michael Waltrip Racing (39th in points, 31 attempts)
No. 83- JJ Yeley for BK Racing (41st in points, 31 attempts)
No. 95- Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing (42nd in points, 18 attempts)

No. 98- Josh Wise for Phil Parsons Racing (37th in points, 31 attempts)

 

Not Entered:

No. 77- Corey LaJoie for Randy Humphrey Racing

 

Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250: 36 trucks entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 1- Milka Duno
No. 5- Cody Ware for Rick Ware Racing

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 35- Daniel Suarez for Win-Tron Racing

No. 50- Derek White for MAKE Motorsports

No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

 

Driver Changes:

No. 20- Brennan Newberry is in the seat, replacing Jason White.
No. 35- Daniel Suarez is in the seat, replacing Charles Lewandoski.  Suarez will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.  The move comes about because of a partnership between Joe Gibbs Racing and Win-Tron Racing.

No. 36- Justin Jennings returns to the seat, replacing Scott Stenzel.
No. 50- Derek White is in the seat, replacing T.J. Bell.
No. 56- T.J. Bell is in the seat, replacing Raymond Terczak, Jr.

No. 63- Scott Stenzel returns to the seat, replacing Justin Jennings.


Since there are only 36 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers will still have to qualify on speed:
No. 03
- Mike Affarano for Affarano Motorsports

No. 05- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 1- Milka Duno.  Duno will be making her Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 5- Cody Ware for Rick Ware Racing.  Ware will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 23- Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 36- Scott Stenzel for MB Motorsports

No. 56- T.J. Bell for Terczak Racing

No. 68- Clay Greenfield for Clay Greenfield Motorsports
No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 84- Chris Fontaine for Chris Fontaine, Inc.


Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Shots For The Week of October 13
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

​Dayum!  You go along week after week wanting something special to write about, and all of a sudden hell breaks loose.

First off, Saturday evening started out in an interesting way when some friends of mine on Facebook started complaining that ESPN/ABC wasn’t covering the start of the NASCAR race at Charlotte.  I patiently explained that, by contract, the network couldn’t leave a game in progress until it was completed.  They reserve about three hours for a college or pro football game.  Who knew that Baylor and Texas Christian were going to go over four hours and end up posting a basketball score?  It would have been even longer if that Baylor kid had missed his shot at a last second field goal, because they would have gone into overtime.  61-58.  Sheesh!

I also pointed out that some of these same people were the folks who continually complained about how boring NASCAR racing is.  Well, if you missed the last few laps and the post-race action on Saturday night, you tuned out too early.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Brad Keselowski would be fined $50,000 and put on probation for four events, while Tony Stewart would be fined $25,000 and also serve four events of probation.

A lot of folks seemed to disagree with Tony’s punishment, because he was just retaliating for being hit by Brad.  Tony’s a friend and I’m a fan, but he shouldn’t have done it on pit road.  It was a pretty classic demolition derby move, though.

We didn’t get to see all of the action, but from what drivers are saying, Keselowski went bat-crap crazy in the final laps and after it was over.  If anybody had a complaint against him, Matt Kenseth did, because he had his HANS off and was unbuckled when Brad ran into him.

Matt, of course, showed his displeasure by running Brad down to “discuss” it as Keselowski tried to seek sanctuary in his hauler.  That’s one I would have had to issue some punishment on, simply because every rule book I’ve ever had any part of formulating had a stipulation about it.  If you go to another team’s pit or garage area and trouble breaks out, you’re automatically at fault.  I understand Kenseth’s reasoning, though.  However, that’s how they settled things back in the day.

Denny Hamlin also had an argument to settle with Keselowski, but his crew managed to restrain him before he did anything about it.  Some folks say Hamlin blocked Brad on a restart.

Not winning the race, Brad didn’t get to do any burnouts on the front straightaway, but he made at least one in the garage area.  I saw photos of Robin Pemberton taking pictures of the skid marks on that one, and I’m sure it played a part in the decision.

There were a lot of comments going around about what was going to happen between the race and the announcement of the penalties on Tuesday.

One I found interesting was Kenny Wallace on NASCAR Victory Lane saying the sanctioning body wasn’t going to take away any points and mess up a guy’s chance to win the championship.  The reason it was interesting to me was a case I recalled from way back when.  In 1990, Mark Martin was penalized 46 points for having an unapproved carburetor spacer at Richmond.  When the season was over, he was second in points, 26 behind Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Maybe they figured Brad’s performance put him in enough of a hole.  After winning the first Chase race, he was seventh and second in the next two, but finishes of 36th and 16th in the next two have him in something of a bind.  Now he’s 19 points out of eighth and may have to win at Talladega this week to advance to the next round.  Of course, he’s not the only one in that situation.
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I found it interesting that Kenseth was sent to the tail before the start because his crew placed decal on the car that apparently wasn’t there when it was inspected. NASCAR called it an “unapproved” change.
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One of my former Pure Street drivers from Corbin Speedway suggested a way to really let the “boys have at it” philosophy work itself out.  He suggested a demolition derby after the last race at Homestead.

The Critic's Annex: Drive For The Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
by Phil Allaway

Personally, I don't like having to move critiques of races out of the main Couch Potato Tuesday piece.  I view it as a form of demotion.  However, as you well know, circumstances arose.  They had to be addressed properly, and in doing so, took up so much space that Couch Potato Tuesday would have been too long.  As a result, I had to delay my look at the Nationwide telecast until today.

Speaking of college football issues, the Nationwide Series was coming off of a race in which the first 15 minutes of ESPN's telecast ended up on ESPNEWS because a football game went long.  Apparently, the NCAA's attempts to shorten game length are not working.  Luckily, racing on Friday night meant that not only did college football not encroach on the action, viewers actually got NASCAR Countdown for the first time in quite a while.

Of course, getting that show doesn't necessarily mean that viewers will get a full preview of the race.  ESPN did do a slightly better job of it as compared to normal.  There was less Chase Elliott fawning as compared to normal, while a more inclusive group of drivers got airtime.

The main feature of the show was a look at the Ganassi Sound Garage, a recent closed-to-the-public event featuring a performance by Cassadee Pope at the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates shop.  The guests were 400 social media movers and shakers and in addition to the performance, there was a Q&A with drivers Kyle Larson, Dylan Kwasniewski and Sage Karam.  Why was this piece even the least bit important?  The drivers believe that events like the Sound Garage are a good way to introduce motorsports to potential new fans.

Traditionally, fandom in motorsports is the kind of thing that's passed down in families, much like picking up a favorite sports team Sent from my iPhone

Unfortunately, a number of the more traditional race fans have migrated away from NASCAR over the past 10-15 years, angered by rule changes that they believe have hurt the sport.  The Chase is first and foremost here, but the common bodies, the COT, the moving of traditional dates, and certain drivers getting driven out of the series in favor of less talented racers with money all play a role.  As a result, it's become important to attract younger fans that may not have that kind of a background.  Social media is very important to NASCAR these days, not just because it helps them get their message out there, but because it's one of the easiest ways to reach potential younger fans.

Getting the younger fans is crucial for NASCAR's future.  According to data from last year compiled by Nielsen and reported on by The Atlantic back in February, approximately 49 percent of NASCAR's audience is age 55 or older.  Only the PGA Tour's audience trends older.  If current trends hold, NASCAR is going to drop in popularity solely because of a fair amount of the fanbase dying off.  Also of note, NASCAR's audience is 94 percent white, the highest of any sport, but also has the highest percentage of female fans (37 percent).  As a result, you're going to see more events like the Ganassi Sound Garage in order to help replace fans that have left the sport.

Early in the race, tire wear was a serious issue.  The Goodyear DualZone tires were unwinding at an alarming rate.  Some observers, most notably our own Mike Neff, believed that the whole thing was overblown.  I disagree.  Yes, the teams started the race on tires they qualified on.  However, we must note that there were 11 laps of caution before the stops.  Also, most of the teams that had issues didn't put many laps on their tires.  The ones that did seemed to get eliminated early (Ex: Will Kimmel) in incidents that had nothing to do with tires.  For example, Brad Kesleowski ran five laps between three rounds.  Regan Smith had an early issue, but that appeared to be a cut issue.  That can happen anywhere.

ESPN reported the tire issues as if they were a big story.  As far as I'm concerned, it was a big story.  Thankfully, it turned out to be more of a rubber on the track issue as compared to an actual tire issue.  Regardless, I feel that the unraveling occurs too often.  Either it's some kind of defect with the DualZone tires, or it's an intentional design feature.

The coverage of the first lap crash was a bit lacking.  My impression was the fact that it mainly involved smaller teams towards the back of the field, they didn't feel the need to take the time to get driver input on the situation.  Remember, we're talking about a crash in which five drivers were eliminated without completing a single green-flag lap.  The second big crash, in comparison, got more coverage due to the fact that Ty Dillon was involved.

ESPN's coverage of the actual racing was decent during the event.  The sheer amount of attrition took a number of big names out of the hunt.  Having said that, the lions' share of the coverage was still centered upon the top point contenders (Elliott, Smith, and to a lesser extent, Dillon and Elliott Sadler) and the top usurpers (Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney).  It should also be noted that NASCAR did not bring out a caution for metal debris on the backstretch with 35 laps to go despite ESPN showing it on-air.  The metal, said to be from Jamie Dick's No. 55, was just hanging out on the apron, but laying in wait to cut someone's tire.

Compared to recent Nationwide races, viewers got a little more post-race coverage than normal, which was good to see.  When they have the time to do so, ESPN can air good post-race coverage.


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by Lou Modestino on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Posted In: TV Times
The brawls following the Charlotte Motor Speedway Chase race was the result of the heat being turned up on the drivers to stay in The Chase. With Talladega coming up this weekend, there could be a lot more fists flying.
Here’s what it looks like going into ‘dega: Logano, Kyle Busch, Charlotte winner Harvick, Newman, Edwards, Gordon, Hamlin and Kahne are the top eight. After Talladega: Kenseth, Keselowski, Johnson and Junior could be eliminated.
 









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Four drivers most likely to advance

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Several changes coming to XFINITY, Truck Series in 2015

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http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/nascar-lesley-robins-the-breakup-book-today-show.html

Kyle Busch: 'I dressed up as Jeff Gordon' for Halloween 

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Dale Jr. details 2012 concussions, recovery

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Speed king Kevin Harvick flying high into Chase Eliminator Round

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/speed-king-kevin-harvick-flying-high-into-nascar-chase-eliminator-round-102214

In the game: Lame-duck Edwards carries confidence into next round

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/in-the-game-lame-duck-carl-edwards-carries-confidence-into-next-round-102214


Say 'Cheez-It': Greg Biffle has a new primary sponsor for 2015

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/say-cheez-it-greg-biffle-has-a-new-primary-sponsor-for-2015-102214

How did Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spend his day off while Danica raced?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/photo-gallery-how-did-ricky-stenhouse-jr-spend-his-day-off-102214

When it all goes south: How Hendrick took biggest hit at 'Dega

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/how-hendrick-motorsports-took-the-biggest-nascar-chase-hit-at-talladega-superspeedway-102214


How pivotal is strong start to Chase Eliminator Round?

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Roush Fenway Racing in jeopardy for 2015
 
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Changing Times

Kurt Busch and crew chief Daniel Knost have squabbled. Danica Patrick and crew chief Tony Gibson have been clicking. They'll all start over after the announcement of a crew swap. Story »



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Reed Sorenson Picks Up Phoenix Sponsor

Tommy Baldwin Racing announced on Tuesday that FLASR will serve as primary sponsor on Reed Sorenson’s No. 36 Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway next month. Read more.

Today's Featured Commentary
A Most Valuable Lesson
Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

The best lesson I ever learned while in high school came from a teacher who did not even work in my community. He was a teacher in a neighboring town who also coached that school’s varsity golf team. I played golf on my high school’s team, so I would see this man periodically at various tournaments around the area.

His lesson had nothing to do, specifically, with the game of golf. The advice he gave came in the form of an old adage that stuck in my memory the very moment I heard it. The teacher / coach was addressing his players before they teed-off in a match against my team. His golfers were lamenting the quite sloppy and fairly menacing weather conditions that often affected outdoor sports during Northeastern autumns - those cold and damp afternoons that chilled you to the bone and challenged your ability to concentrate on what needed to be done.

As his players moaned about the lousy weather and how it would probably affect their performances, the teacher dispensed the advice that has stayed with me - a mere bystander - for the past thirty-plus years. The man crossed his arms, shook his head, and uttered one seemingly-dated sentence: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas it would be….”

This adage comes to mind every time a student explains to me that if they only had more time, or more help, or more resources in the library, or a faster computer, or a better roommate, or no roommate, they could earn “straight A’s”. The same advice pops into my head whenever my young son says that he really needs a new version of a popular video game system because then he would be on an even footing (my words, not his) with his friends at school.

That teacher’s memorable lesson pretty much screamed through my mind as the events at Talladega unfolded last Sunday afternoon….

Here was the “Contender Round” of the Chase coming to a close at the GEICO 500: a race that everyone pretty much defined as the most important and most feared event of the 2014 Sprint Cup postseason. Several major names were in danger of being dumped from title contention, and several other drivers were hoping to hang on and play spoiler - always a possibility at a restrictor plate track like Talladega.

But therein lies the problem: putting too many season-long eggs in one very hard-to-predict basket creates a logical opportunity to wind up with show business yolk all over your face.

You can look at Brian France, but it’s impolite to stare….

The newly-structured “Chase for the Championship” format circa 2014 is a lot like Communism: on paper, it looks pretty good, but it’s a miserable failure when put into practice. So here we are studying the aftermath of the Talladega race. One not-so-popular driver runs the wheels off his Ford and winds up in Victory Lane with a free pass into the upcoming “Eliminator Round”. The second-place finisher is the same driver who one week earlier had Sunday’s winner in a headlock; this runner-up pushed his former sparring partner across the finish line while helping him stave off the increasingly-desperate competition.

And what about France’s/NASCAR’s notion that the title would boil down to a “win-and-in” scenario to both make the Chase and possibly hoist the big hardware in Las Vegas? Don’t look now, but the second-place driver at Talladega drove his way into the next round while having to yet step foot in a Winner’s Circle in 2014. Such events make it look oh-so-possible that this year’s Cup champion will be a driver with zero wins on the year.

Wasn’t it Matt Kenseth’s one-win title run back in 2003 that led to the “Chase for the Championship”? I know it might be in poor form to write this, but I, for one, hope that Kenseth goes on to snag the title while never winning a race. It will add an anti-climactic air to the season, but it would also demonstrate that there’s more to racing than orchestrating a show in hopes of grabbing the public’s attention.

So what about that all-essential public attention? The biggest names in NASCAR must be putting all their previous wins to good use and securing their chances at the championship, no?

In a word: no.

Sunday afternoon saw the fall of both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Not only does their dismissal from the Chase leave Hendrick Motorsports with just one dog in the hunt, but it also robs Brian France of his two most “mainstream” names.

Consider which Sprint Cup drivers have appeared on two of the most popular late-night network television programs within the past two months; while Mr. and Mrs. Main Street might recognize Johnson and Earnhardt as NASCAR “stars”, the two fan favorites will be watching someone else grace the sports pages come Monday morning.

Junior says he’s looking to win more races but – at this point – who cares? From here on out, “win-and-in” goes the way of “sit-and-spin”; finishing first is fun, but now it’s a moot point….

So here’s where the advice of that high school teacher/golf coach comes back to mind. While Brian France and his NASCAR brethren might be celebrating the challenging nature of this year’s “Chase for the Championship”, they are likely also second-guessing what their orchestrated Draconian structure hath wrought. What might have been will be mainstream America’s loss. What still could happen might overthrow the whole “winner take all” mindset deemed necessary as a way of attracting fans.

Oh, well; to Martinsville we go….



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Ford Racing has won four of the first six Chase races, two each by Team Penske drivers Joey Logano (New Hampshire, Kansas) and Brad Keselowski (Chicagoland, Talladega). The Ford record for most Chase wins in a single season is five, which was set in 2005 and equaled in 2008.



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Teamwork helps pull Keselowski through

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Brad Keselowski: I'd rather get booed than be irrelevant (VIDEO)

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No skirting the issue: Controversial side skirts on NASCAR's radar

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Forgotten man? JoLo, not Bad Brad, might be Penske's best title hope

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Chase Eliminator Round 101: Everything you need to know

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TriStar Motorsports announced Monday that Blake Koch will return to the team's No. 44 Toyota, running in the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Sponsorship for the Nationwide race will be provided by Celsius, a brand of energy drink.  Celsius will use the partnership to promote the new Flo Fusion pre-workout that rapper Flo Rida has lent his likeness to.  Read more at Frontstretch


Today's Featured Commentary
And Then They Saw Red: The Keselowski Debacle
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

The end is approaching. Four weeks from now, we will be celebrating a new Sprint Cup Champion, or at least a different one from last year.  He'll be making a cross-country trek stopping at all the high-profile talk shows, shooting ads and soaking up the adulation of the American public as he's touted as NASCAR royalty.  The majority of the viewing public? They'll just nod and smile.  "Isn't that wonderful?  He looks like a nice boy."

Therein lays the rub.  What if Brad Keselowski actually takes this storming perfection all the way to Homestead?  What if, after his poor display of judgment and sportsmanship at Charlotte, he still manages to take home the 2014 trophy?  Would we actually have a "nice boy" up on the podium, or would some other "achievements" be defining our champ?  Which do we really want representing our sport: a pleasant smile or the kind of grit that propels a struggling car straight to the top?

It's a question I've been considering since Keselowski slid up in front of Newman's No. 31 Sunday afternoon, with but a couple laps remaining in the Talladega race.  Brad was doing it again, determined to salvage a season at scintillating speed.  Would we see the second-place car fly up into the fencing, ensuring Brad's victory no matter the cost?

Since his arrival on the Sprint Cup scene in 2009, I've admired Bad Brad's commitment behind the wheel.  He's fearless, determined and sometimes uses his tunnel vision to brush all other comers out of his way.  It produces lots of positive results for his team, taking home the Cup in 2012 one year after suffering a broken foot that jumpstarted a floundering Cup career.  It seemed that with the injury, paired with anger at his disability he simply funneled all that frustration to the steering wheel, driving the Miller Machine straight to the top.  Wow.  Just amazing.

But every now and then, Keselowski says and does things that make you step up and consider the measure of the man without the race car.  It's not always flattering.  The question lingers as to whether or not he is all that NASCAR desires in its most visible representative. 

Should any of it matter?

After all, it isn't Keselowski alone that sends the No. 2, Roger Penske-owned machine to Victory Lane.  It takes a genius crew chief, car chief, lightning-fast pit crew and a small army of mechanics back at the shop to bring his car up to snuff.  That's important, for we tend to forget all the others when it is only the driver's name plastered all over the headlines.  The cars don't decide to rip fenders off competitors, and neither do those that put the sheet metal and engine together.

Would it be fair to eliminate the No. 2 from the Championship run simply because its pilot is less than a nice guy?

No, it wouldn't.

The winning team in Homestead will be the machine that has made it through the gauntlet of the 2014 Chase.  They will have managed to sort out qualifying, race trim, pit selection, chassis selection, tuned the engine, never slipped up in the pits and put a guy behind the wheel who is overly confident of his ability to push past others who might have a competitive car.

That will be the champion, and it might be Bad Brad, compared to any of the other seven drivers remaining in this insane elimination playoff. 

Should it happen... that's OK.

2014 Sonya Strictly by the Stats

Top Three Rookies for 2014 GEICO 500

1.) No. 3 Austin Dillon - Started 30th, Finished 13th (2nd in RoTY standings)

2.) No. 26 Cole Whitt - Started 22nd, Finished 15th (4th in RoTY standings)

3.) No. 42 Kyle Larson - Started 42nd, Finished 17th (1st in RoTY standings)

Numbers Game: GEICO 500
by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led by pole sitter Brian Vickers at Talladega. Vickers wound up 20th.

1
Finish, outside the top 10 this entire Chase by Kyle Busch. His 40th place on Sunday, though was enough to eliminate him from title contention.

2
Laps led by Kevin Harvick Sunday. It's the fewest laps the driver has led, in a single race since Michigan in August (zero).

3
Hendrick drivers eliminated when the Chase field shrunk from twelve to eight. Only Jeff Gordon, whose last title was earned in 2001 remains alive for the Eliminator Round.

4
Top 8 finishes in a row for Ryan Newman. He only had ten top-10 finishes in the first 28 races this season.

6
Non-Chasers who finished inside the top 10 Sunday. It's the most for any playoff race this season.

6
Cautions for 25 laps at Talladega, including only four for on-track incidents.

15
Laps led by Ryan Blaney Sunday in just his second career start.

25th
Best finish by Travis Kvapil, in 19 Cup races this season before running sixth at Talladega. Kvapil was just making his second start for Circle Sport, driving their No. 33 Chevrolet.

102
Minimum number of laps completed by each competitor at Talladega. Even 43rd-place finisher Alex Bowman, in the garage after an accident still completed over half the laps in the race.

$102,115
Money won by Kurt Busch for finishing seventh.

$116,426
Money won by Kyle Busch for finishing 40th, nearly 50 laps behind.


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Surprising and Not Surprising: Talladega Geico 500

After a confusing qualifying session set the starting field, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 46th annual Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Final Word – Loved Talladega, Just Not All That Thrilled With the Outcome

What a wonderful race we saw at Talladega on Sunday. It had visual excitement that can only be rivaled by Daytona. We had suspense, as we did not know who would continue in the Chase and who got their hearts broken right through to the final lap. It was everything we could have hoped it would be. Then Brad Keselowski won the damn race and ruined everything.

Goody’s 500 Drivers’ Meeting Moved To Pit Road For Fans

Whether it’s before the race or during it, Martinsville Speedway prides itself on getting fans as close to the action as possible and the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 on Oct. 26 will be no exception.

Keselowski Ready for Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Brad Keselowski went from the brink of elimination to having a spot in the Eliminator Round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Fresh off his must-needed win at Talladega, Keselowski now has his sights set on the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.


Wall Stadium Speedway's "Spooky Spectacular" results
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ZANE ZEINER VICTORIOUS IN MODIFIED “SPOOKY SPECTACULAR” ACTION AT WALL STADIUM

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Pennsylvania stock car driving ace Zane Zeiner won the 100-lap Modified “Haunted Hundred” at Wall Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After coming close during several of the big races he entered at the third mile paved oval this season Zeiner won his first Wall Stadium main event of the year.

 

Pole sitter Eric Mauriello of Howell took the early lead with Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson and Howell’s Jimmy Blewett close behind. The race was then slowed for ten minutes for a red flag incident on lap ten when several cars tangled in turn three. When the smoke cleared ten cars that were running mid-pack were collected in that incident.

When the race resumed Mauriello continued to lead with Hopkinson tight on his bumper. The two slowly pulled away to a four-car gap on third place Blewett. A caution just past the halfway mark tightened the field and several cars went into the pits for service. The top five runners stayed on the track.

On the restart Hopkinson grabbed the lead from Mauriello. A lap 63 caution then waved and several of the top ten cars pitted but not Hopkinson and Mauriello. On the restart Mauriello retook the lead from Hopkinson before Matawan’s Anthony Sesely made hard contact with the outside wall the result of a flat tire.

Race leader Mauriello went into the pits for service leaving Hopkinson, the new leader, as the only car in the field that had not pitted for service. On the restart second place Shawna Ingraham of Brick surged to the lead closely followed by Blewett and Zeiner.

Blewett then stayed tight on Ingraham’s bumper and challenged almost constantly for the lead.

The caution came out with just five laps remaining for a spun car. As the field returned to the green, Blewett hounded Ingraham. As the duo came past the flag stand the two cars touched. This forced Ingraham’s car into the wall and ended her race.

Blewett tried to return to the front of the field under caution. As he did so he made contact with New Egypt’s Jason Hearne’s car. Blewett was then black-flagged.

On the restart, the third place Zeiner took the lead and held the top spot for the remaining three laps. Hopkinson, Hearne, Chris Hamilton and Trevor Alspach were second through fifth.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Zeiner said after the rich victory. “Luck was on our side today. Shawna (Ingraham) drove a hell of a race and Jimmy (Blewett) was very strong as well. To me it (the incident between Ingraham and Blewett) just looked like two drivers going for it (the win). This win is special for me because I’ve got an uncle that is very sick and I really wanted to win this one for him.

“This one’s for you man.”

Andrew Krause of Holmdel won the companion 50-lap Sportsman feature.

The race got off to a rough start due to multiple spin outs on the initial lap. Krause led the way early closely followed by Shannon Mongeau. The action was also intense close behind as a battle waged between Rob Hyer, newly crowned champion Kevin Davison and Chris Lane, both of Howell.

Although Mongeau kept the pressure on Krause, he was unable to find an opening to take the lead and Krause raced home the winner. Mongeau, Davison, Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan and Ken Matlach wrapped up the top five.

Joe Mongeau won the 60-lap Factory Stock feature taking the early lead with Marty Van Druten of Toms River in second place. On lap ten Scott Riggleman Manchester took second place from Van Druten and closed the gap on Mongeau.

Mongeau and Riggleman stayed one and two for many laps while behind them many intense battles for position took place. A lengthy red flag came out for Neil Rutt lll of Toms River when he hit the wall. Since Rutt complained of neck pain the track’s medical crew decided to cut the roof off his car. Rutt was treated and released.

Lots of dicing for position highlighted the final laps of the race before Mongeau took the win. Vern McLaughlin, Riggleman, Jerry Koenig, Rich Mongeau completed the top five.

Richie Davidowitz won the 30-lap Legend Cars feature after a race for the lead that would last every lap. Robert French, Kevin Nowak, newly crowned champion Brian Spencer and Mitchell Dowd wrapped up the top five.

Buddy Sloed won the 25-lap TQ Midget feature. Sloed took the lead early with Joey Bailey in second. Ryan Tidman made an incredible comeback by coming from last place to take third place by lap six but was unable to get close enough to the leaders to mount a challenge for second place.

 

Speedway officials are now busy preparing for the annual Turkey Derby classic to be held during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

 

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Brad Keselowski Wins at Talladega, Eliminator Round Set
by Justin Tucker

Regardless of his five victories in 2014, Brad Keselowski came into Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with his back truly against the wall. After a blown tire at Kansas and a tumultuous week at Charlotte, where he was fined $50,000 for his role in a post-race fracas, Keselowski needed a win at NASCAR's ultimate wild card to keep his hopes for a second series championship alive.  To make things even more challenging Keselowski had to drop to the rear of the field for changing an alternator after qualifying.

Keselowski came through with his series-best sixth win of the season when it mattered the most, pulling away from the field on a green-white-checkered restart to claim his third win on the 2.66-mile oval.  Most importantly, the win clinched Keselowski a spot in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. which starts next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Behind Keselowski was Matt Kenseth in second, Clint Bowyer third, Landon Cassill in a career-best fourth, and Ryan Newman fifth.  Travis Kvapil finished sixth, while Kurt Busch was seventh.  Marcos Ambrose was eighth, Kevin Harvick ninth, and Casey Mears would round out the top 10.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that.  But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week.  But I'm real proud of today," Keselowski said. "I feel really good about the next round. This (current round) was always the round that scared me the most.  For me, surviving this bracket was the biggest hurdle other than Homestead itself."

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin survived and advanced to the next round.

The new Chase format provided its first surprises as it saw a trio of drivers from Hendrick Motorsports and one from Joe Gibbs Racing failing to advance.

The biggest surprise on Sunday was six-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson failing to advance after having the dominant car on the afternoon.  Johnson led a race-high 84 laps, but was left out to dry on the last couple of late race restarts, leaving him to settle for a 24th-place finish and an early start on 2015.

"This year for sure there's disappointment," Johnson said.  "But the disappointment has been the weeks leading up to right now.  We've dealt with that.  You're not going to win every championship battle you go into.  You'd like to.  The numbers show you don't win a lot of championships."

Johnson's Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne also failed to advance as did Kyle Busch, who was caught up in a multi-car crash around the midway point of the race.

The incident was started by Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley at the front of a huge drafting pack.  Several cars in the incident spun including Busch's No. 18 after being hit by Austin Dillon.  Busch drove his car to the garage and he told his crew, "We are destroyed.  We are absolutely killed."  Busch would finish 40th, 49 laps down

There were 38 lead changes among 19 different drivers and six cautions for 25 laps slowed the race pace to 160.302 mph.

Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Martinsville Speedway for the opening race of the Eliminator round. The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 gets under way at 1:43 p.m. ET next Sunday.

Truck Series Breakdown: Peters Wins fred's 250
by Justin Tucker

Timothy Peters finally broke through in 2014, holding off the field on a green-white-checkered finish, to score the win in the fred's 250 powered by Coca Cola at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Peters held off Tayler Malsam by 0.143 seconds to score his eighth career Truck Series win. Spencer Gallagher finished a career best third, followed by polesitter Tyler Reddick in fourth. Despite going a lap down for a pit road speeding penalty under green, Ryan Blaney rallied to round out the top 5. Young gun Erik Jones finished sixth, and Chris Fontaine matched his career best finish in seventh. John Wes Townley came home eighth, while Darrell Wallace, Jr., who started deep in the field, finished ninth. Joe Nemechek rounded out the top 10 despite a pass through penalty for tandem drafting.

Championship Battle:

Ryan Blaney capitalized on a sub-par afternoon by Matt Crafton to cut into Crafton's lead on the championship with four races to go. Crafton finished 14th and left Talladega with a 16 point lead on Blaney. Darrell Wallace, Jr. is third, just 28 points back. Johnny Sauter is fourth after a disastrous day at Talladega and now sits 36 markers behind his ThorSport Racing teammate. Race winner Timothy Peters rounds out the top 5, 77 points behind Crafton.

The Good:

Spencer Gallagher scored his best career finish in the Truck Series with a third-place run Saturday afternoon at Talladega. Paired with his first ARCA Series win at Kansas three weeks ago, the top 5 gives Gallagher a great foundation to build from for 2015.

Ryan Blaney overcame a pit road speeding penalty and finished fifth allowing him to cut into Crafton's championship lead. The margin of 16 points with four races to go isn't insurmountable, but Blaney needs to pick up a win or two to ramp the pressure up on the No.88 team.

The Bad:

Matt Crafton had a roller-coaster day on Saturday that started with pit road contact with Bryan Silas as he was leaving his pit. Then, he was black flagged for tandem drafting with Joe Nemechek. The 14th-place finish has to feel like a win, and Crafton is probably grateful his championship lead didn't shrink more than it did.

The Ugly:

Johnny Sauter's hopes for a championship in 2014 were all but ended by a bolt through the radiator of his No.98 Toyota on lap 24. Sauter was credited with a 31st-place finish and now needs a miracle to get back in contention before Homestead.

Next Race:

The Camping World Truck Series heads back to the paper clip at Martinsville Speedway next Saturday for the Kroger 200. The green flag is scheduled for 1:46 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Tracking the Trucks: fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola

Chasing the Chase: Brad Keselowski's Win Boots Kahne From Eliminator Round
by Phil Allaway

Sometimes, you have wonder about NASCAR's wisdom in making Talladega an elimination race.  Apparently, they think it's a good idea to give the drivers coronaries.  Despite getting wrapped up in the first caution of the day and needing a Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap, Joey Logano was able to finish in 11th, good enough to lead at the end of the Contender Round.  His margin was a mere four points over the duo of Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman (Harvick gets the tiebreaker due to his victory in Charlotte).  Of course, that is still pending NASCAR's decision on Newman's car.  Denny Hamlin finished 18th but still moved up three places to fourth in the standings.

Matt Kenseth entered the race outside of the cutoff but used a charge on the final green-white-checker restart to finish second and move up to fifth in the standings, more than good enough to advance.  Kenseth is tied with Carl Edwards, who finished 21st, but kept himself out of trouble all day.  Jeff Gordon screwed up qualifying on Saturday and had to start at the rear.  He stayed there most of the race, finishing in 26th and costing himself a spot.  Kasey Kahne had a decent 12th-place finish that under normal circumstances would have been enough to advance.  However, due to Keselowski's victory, he's out of the Chase.

Kyle Busch was collected in the big crash on lap 103, completely ruining any chance for a good finish.  The only Chaser who spent significant time in the garage, Busch returned to the race after over 45 minutes and finished in 40th, 49 laps down.  The crash dropped Busch from second to ninth in points and out of the next round.  For Brad Keselowski, he knew what had to be done.  As a result, he haunted the very front of the field all day and was able to get by Ryan Newman on the final lap to win.  Despite still being 19 points behind the cutoff, Keselowski automatically advances thanks to the victory.  Jimmie Johnson was in the same boat as Keselowski and controlled much of the race before being shuffled back on the first green-white-checkered and finishing 24th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 31st after getting caught up in a crash that caused the second green-white-checkered.  He and two of his Hendrick teammates - Johnson and Kasey Kahne - and Kyle Busch are now racing for fifth in points.

Chase Points Standings At Beginning of Eliminator Round: t-1) Brad Keselowski 4000, t-1) Jeff Gordon 4000, t-1) Ryan Newman 4000, t-1) Joey Logano 4000, t-1) Carl Edwards 4000, t-1) Matt Kenseth 4000, t-1) Kevin Harvick 4000, t-1) Denny Hamlin 4000, 9) Kyle Busch -1807, 10) AJ Allmendinger -1837, 11) Jimmie Johnson -1848, 12) Greg Biffle -1853, 13) Kurt Busch -1854, 14) Kasey Kahne -1864, 15) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -1865, 16) Aric Almirola -1899.

Chase Point Standings Through Talladega: 1) 
Joey Logano 3121, t-2) Kevin Harvick -4, t-2) Ryan Newman -4, 4) Denny Hamlin -21, t-5) Matt Kenseth -22, t-5) Carl Edwards -227) Jeff Gordon -28, 8) Kasey Kahne -319) Kyle Busch -3510) Brad Keselowski -36, 11) Jimmie Johnson -68, 12) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -7613) AJ Allmendinger -95814) Greg Biffle -97415) Kurt Busch -97516) Aric Almirola -1020.

Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Jeff Gordon 1096, 2) Joey Logano -38, 3) Brad Keselowski -72, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -92, 5) Kevin Harvick -93, 6) Matt Kenseth -122, 7) Ryan Newman -125, t-8) Jimmie Johnson -148, t-8) Kyle Larson -148, 10) Carl Edwards -154, 11) Kasey Kahne -214, 12) Greg Biffle -215, 13) Clint Bowyer -230, 14) Kyle Busch -234, 15) Austin Dillon -237, 16) Jamie McMurray -238, 17) Denny Hamlin -278, 18) Brian Vickers -285, 19) Paul Menard -289, 20) Kurt Busch -321.

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

Key:
Blue - Locked into the Eliminator Round
Red - Eliminated from further Chase contention

Quotes to Remember: Bank of America 500
compiled by Phil Allaway

"We knew we had to win obviously coming into this week, this day.  When the weekend started, I thought we had the opportunity to do that.  We had very, very fast cars at Daytona and Talladega here and the past three restrictor plate races.  We certainly didn't just get handed this race today.  We had the incident early in the race where I think the 1 car blew a tire out, I'm not sure, that's what I heard.  He half spun, got into our door, kind of tore that up.  Pretty hard hit.  I thought the car was torn up pretty good.  I still haven't seen it.  But we kept our composure.  I worked really well with my teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. I love when a plan comes together.  Everything just felt right today.  We're here as winners because of that. " - Brad Keselowski

"I told Brad (Keselowski) not to look in the rearview mirror because we didn't like what happened last weekend.  I said to look out the windshield.  Since everybody cooled off, this is a place you can't retaliate obviously.  Matt (Kenseth) was with him sometimes.  He was behind the (No.) 48.  A little give‑and‑take there. At the end I think the big push came with the (No.) 22.  But obviously Kenseth is a world‑class driver, as they all are.  I think Newman was in a position to make it happen, but fortunately he didn't have a pusher like we had." - Roger Penske, winning car owner

"We got a pretty good restart there and had a bunch of guys up there that are really good at this stuff so I got with Kevin (Harvick) and got going with him the best I could.  Then he made a move on Brad (Keselowksi) and Brad went to block so it kind of opened the door.  I just couldn’t get a big enough run.  I was almost under Brad off of (turn) two one time and I think it was Landon (Cassill) back there that did a good job of pushing me and giving me a lot of momentum, but I just didn’t have the speed to get in there and challenge them down to the flag.  Overall it was a good day for us.  We did what we needed to do  It’s nice to get a good finish and move on to Martinsville." - Matt Kenseth, finished second

"Well, my game plan worked.  It’s so hard to strategize around this.  At the end of the day you have to throw a Hail Mary at one point to put yourself in contention to win at these restrictor plate tracks.  As I always said, if I throw a Hail Mary, I don’t want to get intercepted more than I have to.  I was in contention.  I was in the spot I wanted to be in there in that next‑to‑the‑last run in the middle.  Really did think that I was going to have a true shot at the win.  Then the caution come out and got me on the bottom.  Still, third place is a good day for us." - Clint Bowyer

"We wanted to win this race. We came here to win it. My team deserves it. Carsforsale.com deserves it. We don’t have a lot to work with. But what we do work with, we set out to run good at these four superspeedway races, and we proved that this year. Fourth place is just amazing." - Landon Cassill, finished fourth

"Just a great result I guess in the end to make it to that next bracket for the Caterpillar Chevrolet. Everybody at RCR and ECR… just have to thank them for all their hard work and support. I think to me the next three races are the ones that are the most important to win. We have been knocking on the door here the last three. We will keep digging. I don’t know how to answer any questions on that last restart. I don’t know if I could have done anything better. I obviously could have done things worse, but just the way things line up happy to stay in the top 5 there in the last couple of laps." - Ryan Newman, finished fifth

"I thought we were in a good position. We had good restarts. We had survived wrecks - well we didn’t survive all of them. We had that one mishap on pit road where everybody was pitting and you are supposed to be single-file and guys got to my inside and we had pitted early on pit road. Came from 30th with nine laps to go and had a shot at winning but didn’t quite cash in. It’s a shame that we didn’t cash in for a win; that is what we are all here to do. I felt like on the last restart there (Clint) Bowyer was going to be our catalyst but it ended up he didn’t stay attached to our rear bumper so I couldn’t get to (Ryan) Newman in time and that outside grove was going. So, I had to get to the middle to salvage what I could and that was seventh." - Kurt Busch

"You just try and get the best finish you can.  Basically the restart before, they all checked up in front of me so I went high to get momentum and that didn’t work. I don’t know why that didn’t work, but it didn’t. We had a great Farmer’s Insurance Chevy – led laps and ran in the top 3 and back to the lead. Once I was 10th or eighth, it was just really difficult to get back to that point. I think we got back to fifth or sixth, but that was about it." - Kasey Kahne, finished 12th

"Two restarts from the end, I was trying to make something happen on the restart. I was in a weird position there behind the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski), and if I pushed him to the win, he moves on and I don’t. So I tried going to his outside. I looked up and I had no friends in the mirror. We had a fast, fast Lowe’s Chevrolet today. Disappointed we didn’t advance, but truthfully the way the last two races went, today was an opportunity for us, and we were kind of playing with house money and just didn’t get it done." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 24th

"I’m just mentally drained right now. It’s always tough racing here at Talladega trying to put yourself in position to win. But when you have that much on the line and you know that your championship hopes are right there in that final moment, it’s nerve racking. I’m proud of this team for the job they did. I’m just glad we made it. I can’t wait for Martinsville.  I can’t wait for Texas. I can’t wait for Phoenix. All are great tracks for us. This team has done some amazing work this year. These next three are where we are really going to shine and show it." - Jeff Gordon, finished 26th

"We were just all starting to shuffle around there and getting ready to pit, and I think it was the 83 in front of me, and I think he might have been trying to check up to get to the bottom.  I just barely started to push him and it hooked his car and we all wrecked." - Aric Almirola, finished 39th

"My hats off to all these guys — everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development).  It’s a shame, everyone has been working really hard. I thought we were in a decent spot coming into the race and rode around in the back.  Kyle (Busch) got checked up for the wreck and had everything saved up, but he got run over from behind.  There is no safe place in here.  The truth is that if you’re out there on the race track at Talladega or Daytona, you have a pretty good chance that you’re going to get in a wreck and today was our day.  It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is." - Dave Rogers, crew chief for Kyle Busch (Note: Kyle Busch declined interview)

"All of this really started in that first incident when the (No.) 1 came down the track and got the right-front.  We were just hanging on from there and trying to manage the race.  We had a lot of right-front damage from that, so we were trying to manage the tires and just work on it.  We had a right-front go down there, but you’ll have that at Talladega.  I’m happy with our team’s performance because we had great speed in qualifying, practice and were up front there before all of this happened.  I feel good about what our team is doing.  I’m proud to be a part of it and now we’ll just move on and finish out the year." - Michael McDowell, finished 41st


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VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “I can’t believe it. Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”


The final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ “Contender” round at Talladega Superspeedway lived up to its billing with a thrilling finish in determining the final eight drivers who will advance to the next portion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Three Team Chevy drivers move to the ‘Eliminator’ round following the 46th Annual GEICO 500.



Two of the three Camry drivers in the Chase -- Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth -- advanced to the third round of the championship playoffs following Talladega. Four drivers were eliminated from the 12-driver field following Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, including Camry driver Kyle Busch who was involved in an accident and finished the race 40th.


RICK HENDRICK, TEAM OWNER, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS - INITIAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT HAPPENED WITH DALE EARNHARDT, JR. THERE? “its just Talladega. We have been up front all day and I don’t know where we are going to end up. You just can’t avoid it down here when you are running that close together. It’s just what you have to get used to accept it and move on. It’s not easy.”


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Moving on: Keselowski defies odds to win 'Dega, advance in Chase (VIDEO)

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Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

 
Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.


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Kevin Harvick looking to have fun and win, with Chase spot in backpocket

Last weekend among the craziness that occurred, Kevin Harvick was able to pick up the victory, therefore clinching a spot for himself into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Now heading into this weekend at Talladega, Harvick is kicking back and relaxing as he doesn't have to worry about it and can "just go race".


Terry Labonte Transcript

Terry Labonte, driver of the No. 32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion, will be making his 890th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend in the Geico 500. The two-time series champion has 22 career victories, including two with Ford Racing in 1989 (Pocono and Talladega) while driving for Junior Johnson. He spoke to the media earlier today about his career and hopes for his final start.


Blaney, Keselowski Pace Ford Qualifying Effort at Talladega

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion (Qualified 40th) – “I think everyone is confused. We worked with Kyle and got a good run and drafted off the right guys and were fast enough to make it but we just didn’t get across the line in time.”




Nemechek's time nixed; Sorenson makes 'Dega field


GEICO 500 starting lineup


Talladega Sprint Cup pit stall assignments 


Dale Jr.: Not in 'panic mode' in must-win race


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Truck Series race tough on title contenders


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Ice picks -- Talladega Superspeedway -- Geico 500
 
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Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)  is where I shall be all afternoon today. Look for me sitting somewhere high over the beginning of the front stretch ,wearing a black Wall Stadium track hat, and a white Wall Stadium track sweater  ! Sitting on a red/white folding seat cushion. Next to a red /white cooler with a red # 21 Sportsman sticker on it.

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After Daytona in July NASCAR made some changes to qualifying. As teams prepare for this weekend's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, there will be a new format for qualifying.


On Sept. 27, 1964 Fred Lorenzen won at Martinsville Speedway. His prize for crossing the finish line first – a grandfather clock. It was then NASCAR’s most iconic trophy was born.



Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford Fusion, spoke to members of the media prior to the opening practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski addressed his incident with Matt Kenseth last weekend in Charlotte and spoke about the pressure on he and the No. 2 team to win and advance.


Korbin Forrester takes the wheel of SS Green Light Racing #07 Chevrolet as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins a streak of five straight races to end the 2014 season in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday afternoon at the Talladega Superspeedway.


THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO WILL CONTINUE AS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF MOTORAMA

For the first eight years of its existence, the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) was a standalone, racing-only show catering to motorsports fans and the industry. The CME usually took place in early February, when Canadian winters can make it challenging for even the most hearty racers, exhibitors and enthusiasts to participate.



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Two-time ARCA winner Jones to drive for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 17, 2014) – GMS Racing announced this week that ARCA winner Brandon Jones will join the organization for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)...Read more


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