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(8/21/17) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

 Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is what NASCAR needs

No other Cup driver elicits such a passionate and varying reaction from NASCAR fans.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/21/long-love-him-or-hate-him-kyle-busch-is-what-nascar-needs/


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Jamie McMurray will use off week to train for a marathon


Trevor Bayne can’t wait for peaceful week off


Courtesy NBC Sports

Kyle Larson confident about having sponsorship to replace Target next season


Wednesday evening , 8/23/17, @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/):   
 
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017Jersey Rush - 410 Sprint Cars and Big Block vs Small Block Modifieds7PM$30

Courtesy NASCAR.com

  Crunch time
Two races remain before the playoffs and drivers on the bubble need wins to get in


'Cone rule' talk heats up


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR community goes all-in with solar eclipse hoopla
NASCAR had some great posts on social media about the solar eclipse.

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


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Kyle Larson to have new sponsor for Talladega, Martinsville races
First Data will also sponsor the fall Cup race at Martinsville for the next three years.

“Sugar Ray” to perform before Phoenix semifinal Cup playoff race
The Phoenix race will determine which 4 drivers move on to race for the NASCAR Cup championship.

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

Kyle Busch Sweeps the Weekend at Bristol

Saturday night, Kyle Busch was able to get past Erik Jones with 56 laps to go and held on to win the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol.  The win gives Busch his second three-race weekend sweep at the track.  Jones was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch.  Read more
 
Kurt Busch Rebounds For Top-Five Finish in 600th Start  For a good chunk of Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, Kurt Busch was not really in contention.  However, he made large strides in the final 150 laps to finish fifth after a bout with the outside wall.  Read more

Chris Buescher Happy with Progression at JTG-Daugherty Racing For Chris Buescher, he went to JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2017 as a result of Roush Fenway Racing shuttering what would have been his ride (the No. 16 Ford).  However, a one-year rental has slowly transitioned into a permanent home. In the No. 37 Chevrolet, Buescher has improved his form in the car, which led to a contract extension announced Friday that keeps him with the team for 2018 and beyond.  Read more
 
Kyle Busch Dominates in Food City 300 Victory


For Chris Buescher, he went to JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2017 as a result of Roush Fenway Racing shuttering what would have been his ride (the No. 16 Ford).  However, a one-year rental has slowly transitioned into a permanent home. In the No. 37 Chevrolet, Buescher has improved his form in the car, which led to a contract extension announced Friday that keeps him with the team for 2018 and beyond.  Read more
 
Kyle Busch Dominates in Food City 300 Victory

Saturday, Team Penske announced that Austin Cindric will make his XFINITY Series debut in next weekend's Johnsonville 180 at Road America.  Cindric's Truck Series ride at Brad Keselowski Racing recently announced it was shutting down effective the end of the 2017 season.  Read more


  Chasing the Chase: Martin Truex Jr. Remains With A Healthy Lead
by Phil Allaway
 
Martin Truex Jr. had a rare off night, dealing with a vibration just before halfway at Bristol that caused an unscheduled green-flag pit stop. He finished a lap down in 21st.  As a result, Truex did not clinch the regular season championship Saturday night.  He'll need a lead of 61 points or more after Darlington to do so.

The points lead for Truex is down from 128 to 101 over new second-place man Kyle Busch.  Busch is taking a lot of momentum into the off week after sweeping all three races at Bristol.  Michigan winner Kyle Larson is down one place to third despite running well and finishing ninth.  Kevin Harvick remains in fourth after an eighth-place Thunder Valley result.
 
Denny Hamlin is up one place to fifth in points after a quiet Bristol third.  Behind him sits Brad Keselowski, whose Saturday night was effectively ruined by lap 30.  A flat tire cost him three laps that he never got back.  Finishing seven laps down in 29th dropped Keselowski to sixth in Cup points. 

Chase Elliott is seventh in the standings after finishing 18th after a Bristol spin. Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finish moved him up to eighth.

Jamie McMurray finished 12th at Bristol, dropping back to ninth in points.  He is the last winless driver currently in playoff position.  McMurray's advantage is 58, nearly a full race over Clint Bowyer

Jimmie Johnson regained sole possession of 11th after finishing 11th on Saturday night.  Ryan Blaney is 12th in points after a solid top-10 effort with the Wood Brothers. 

Kurt Busch, in the playoffs virtue his Daytona 500 win is up one place to 13th.  Busch had arguably his best run in several months in Thunder Valley, recovering from hitting the wall to finish fifth.  

Joey Logano is now 14th in points; he's so far back of McMurray a win is needed to make the playoffs. Same for rookie Erik Jones, who sits tied for 15th in the standings with Ryan Newman.
 
Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 951, 2) Kyle Busch -101, 3) Kyle Larson -106, 4) Kevin Harvick -127, 5) Denny Hamlin -198, 6) Brad Keselowski -223, 7) Chase Elliott -240, 8) Matt Kenseth -248, 9) Jamie McMurray -251, 10) Clint Bowyer -309, 11) Jimmie Johnson -323, 12) Ryan Blaney -328, 13) Kurt Busch -365, 14) Joey Logano -368, t-15) Ryan Newman -377, t-15) Erik Jones -377.
 
Note: Drivers in italics would not qualify for the playoffs as of now.
 
Outside the top 16, but still in playoff position: 18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -423, 20) Kasey Kahne -500, 21) Austin Dillon -514.
 
Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 35, 2) Kyle Busch -15, 3) Kyle Larson -17, 4) Jimmie Johnson -19, 5) Brad Keselowski -21, 6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -25, t-7) Ryan Blaney -27, t-7) Kevin Harvick -27, 9) Denny Hamlin -28, t-10) Ryan Newman -30, t-10) Kurt Busch -30, t-10) Austin Dillon -30, 13) Matt Kenseth -32, 14) Chase Elliott -33, t-15) Joey Logano -34, t-15) Clint Bowyer -34, t-15) Daniel Suarez -34.
 
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 753, 2) Kevin Harvick -28, 3) Kyle Busch -31, 4) Kyle Larson -49, 5) Denny Hamlin -51, 6) Clint Bowyer -87, t-7) Chase Elliott -93, t-7) Jamie McMurray -93, 9) Brad Keselowski -121, 10) Matt Kenseth -123, t-11) Ryan Newman -142, t-11) Daniel Suarez -142, 13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -153, 14) Kurt Busch -155, 15) Jimmie Johnson -164, 16) Joey Logano -176.
 
Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona-February), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins Glen), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover), Joey Logano (Richmond), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-July), Austin Dillon (Charlotte), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1), Kevin Harvick (Sonoma), Denny Hamlin (Loudon), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2)

Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway was brought to you by the letter "L" for Line.  While Wednesday and Friday night's races were more of a mix, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams stuck to the high line for much of the race.  On paper, it makes for a less competitive event.  The driver who can make the top work the quickest will likely win.  Kyle Busch and Erik Jones were that duo and they spent most of the night light years ahead of the field. - Phil Allaway


Quotes to Remember: Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race
compiled by Phil Allaway
 
"That one was a lot harder. Man, Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight. That's all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging out. My arms were jello and my throat hurts, but man that’s awesome. Can’t say enough about everybody on my Joe Gibbs Racing team. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys are phenomenal. Car might not have been perfect, but I’m never perfect. I never feel like we’re perfect, but this Caramel Camry was fast. So proud of these guys, so proud of my team, so proud of Joe Gibbs Racing. So proud of Rowdy Nation, this one’s for you." - Kyle Busch, race winner

"It is what it is. We raced hard all night. We led a lot of laps. We did almost everything we needed to do. We qualified on the pole and ran second, so I wish we would’ve had a little bit more. It’s a bummer. It’s a great weekend for us. You can’t take that away. The 5-Hour Energy Camry was fantastic, but you still wish you could’ve had that little bit more to grab the win. That one would’ve meant a lot to us, but we’ll just have to keep after it. That’s two good weeks for us and we’re going to keep fighting and keep going after these wins." - Erik Jones, finished second

"Definitely with the track position, we definitely could have held those guys off. We caught them a little bit in that last run, but I restarted on the bottom so many times that it’s one of those weekends where I would love that cone rule where you can pick what lane you want to go in on restarts. I’d be willing to start 12th on the outside versus third on the inside. It’s just I got killed on restarts all day, but we did a really good job of bouncing back and got a good finish." - Denny Hamlin, finished third

"We had the opportunity to get there. We had good restarts. We were really, really good early in the race, ten-lap runs and (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) made good adjustments and got it where we were good on a 50-lap run. After that, we were just junk. It just wouldn’t turn off the corner and I was just a dead dog. Trying to pace it early that run and with only one set of tires left, we had to stay out. It was just too long a run for the way our car was set up. We were really good on restarts, really good on short runs... long runs, just couldn’t get it done." - Matt Kenseth, finished fourth
 
"We’ve been struggling with the VHT on the bottom, so I just knew we needed to wait and wait and wait, and I was hopeful at lap 250 that it would come to us. I pushed it too hard then and got some right-front tire damage on the fender. We had to work through that, but I think at the end we got in position because (crew chief) Tony Gibson made a good call and put us on fresher tires than the competition and it was the old, fun Bristol for me. So I’m really proud of this Monster Energy Ford — to be first in class, to get a top five in my 600th start, and to see the lead with 50 to go." - Kurt Busch, finished fifth

"I feel like the last month we had strategy, things went our way and we’ve gotten results from it. Here at Bristol, Roush Fenway always gives us good cars and we’ve had really good runs the last four or five races. Our Ford was fast tonight at the end when it mattered. At one point we blew a tire, hit the fence. I thought we were going to get lucky and get back on the lead lap. Got on the lead lap, got a caution and put new tires on it and started passing cars. Jimmie (Johnson) had a pretty epic battle there for a minute. We were able to get to seventh and pretty happy about that. We’ll keep working on it. Obviously, we need to win. That’s what our goal is. Seventh is great but we have to get there. Really proud of these guys and the gains we’re making. Thanks to Advocare, Liberty National, and Ford Performance. It’s been a rough time through the summer but we’re coming back now." - Trevor Bayne, finished seventh

"It was a good race up until the last stop. I felt like we had a shot to win and then something went on with the left rear maybe. I didn’t get a good stop and lost all of our track position and that was kind of all she wrote. Just got stuck behind and then guys had better tires than I did and it just is what it is." - Kyle Larson, finished ninth

"We had a really good race. I got stuck on the inside on a lot of restarts, which kind of affected our progress. But we would drive up to the top three, top five and at the end there something happened with the back of the car and I lost it going into turn 1, hit the wall with like 30 to go, and somehow still finished 11th. The car is destroyed. The tail is moved over like two feet, right front is pushed in, I’m surprised I didn’t get a flat. So, I got really lucky to finish, but a strong effort, very good race car. Just unfortunately, I had a little issue getting into turn 1. I don’t know if it was brake related or something went wrong with the back of the car, but the back just started wheel hopping really bad that final 30 laps and it was a handful to drive." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 11th

"It was a really tough night. We battled back from a blown right front and then that last stop they said I was a little too fast speeding, so we had to make up a lot of ground. The car was really good and it’s just a bummer. I feel like we didn’t get an opportunity to go race for a win there with the speeding penalty, but the guys gave me a good car, so you’ve got to be happy about that." - Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 14th

"We struggled. We had a real fast car for like 10-15 laps and then we would just get real, real tight, so we struggled all day trying to figure it out. We weren’t good and we weren’t going to fix it on pit road either. We’ve got a lot of tools on pit road to really get after it, but the problems we had we couldn’t fix with wedge or track bar." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 23rd
 
"It’s just close quarters. Bristol is a tough racetrack and I was sliding up and I thought maybe there was a little room, but [Matt DiBenedetto] just clipped me. It’s tough racing at Bristol." - Landon Cassill, finished 35th (crashed out)
 
"From my perspective, we were running really good and all of a sudden, the left rear went flat. I don’t know what happened, if we had contact on that restart or our track bar broke. My car chief said the letters on the Goodyear were rubbed off and about two laps later we broke. I was just moving forward. I passed like four cars and then it busted a tire. It never works out when you break when you are running bad, but we were running good and it broke. Bummer, our battery was going dead too so it probably wasn’t going to be much longer we were going to be out of the race either way, but just a bummer I really love this track and was having a blast tonight. It sucks it had to end this way." - Austin Dillon, finished 39th (crashed out)
  


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

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Former host of headbangers ball Riki Rachtman to serve as honorary emcee for Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend
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Kyle Busch won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race to score his 40th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season ...
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After the 24th of 36 races this season, how do the NASCAR Cup Series driver power rankings look? Who is trending upwards after the second Bristol ...
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Bristol, Tenn. — It could have gotten very uncomfortable as Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth sat side-by-side shortly after an intriguing NRA Night Race at ...
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Matt Kenseth's best stretch of races this season has improved his odds of making NASCAR's championship-deciding playoff series. His fourth-place in ...
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With Brad Keselowski Racing set to shut its doors at the end of the 2017 season, Chase Briscoe could receive a big promotion thanks to the brass at ...
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Cars buzz around this half-mile track, practicing for the night NASCAR races here. National Rifle Association signs are omnipresent, as the track hosts ...
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Brent Dewar said: 'There is no place for bigotry, racism, hatred or violence in our society

NASCAR will look at issue of drivers slowing near pit exit to get preferred restart lane
Tactic is used at tracks where there is a preference in what lane to restart

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

Monday Rundown: Matt Kenseth getting the job done

Matt Kenseth is staying on the good side of the cutoff for the Cup playoffs by running up front. His future? Well, wait and see. In the Xfinity Series, Elliott Sadler has a leg up and in trucks, there's plenty of jockeying to make the postseason  http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20401501/nascar-matt-kenseth-staying-playoff-hunt-staying-philosophical-future


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Chase Elliott might watch solar eclipse from sky


Recent News

(8/20/17) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

 Dale Jr. still has playoff hopes after Bristol

Even though Bristol is one of his favorite racetracks, Earnhardt won just one Cup race there in his career.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/20/dale-earnhardt-jr-laments-final-cup-race-finish-at-bristol-but-still-has-playoff-hopes/


No race today, but you can still check out Episode 2 of “The Pits”
Find out what happens to the pit crew when they leave pit road in "The Pits."

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'Kyle Larson was born to race'

Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon offers high praise for Kyle Larson, a kid who was "brainwashed" (his mother's words) from birth to live, breathe and succeed in any vehicle he drove.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20318769/nascar-racer-truest-sense-term-cup-series-driver-kyle-larson-was-born-race


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

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

BLEWETT POCKETS WOODY'S $5105 IN WALL MODIFIED WIN

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jimmy Blewett earned $5105 by racing through the pack and into the lead during the closing laps of the Woody's High Banks 105 for Freehold Ford Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was sixth win of the season for the current championship point leader.

By virtue of a pole starting spot by turning the fastest lap in time trials Blewett jumped to the lead at the outset with Holmdel's Andrew Krause offering plenty of pressure. Invader Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. slipped into second on a lap 15 restart and chased the top runner until a red flag waved on lap 43 for a backstretch tangled between Jackson's Jason Treat and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. At this point contenders Hirschman, Jackson's Steven Reed and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River ducked in the pit area for new tires.

Blewett continued to lead when action resumed until a lap 76 caution allowed him, Krause, Howell's Eric Mauriello and Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. to stop for new tires. Hirschman took up the lead on the restart but Blewett was charging as he raced into second by lap 80 and closed to the leader's bumper on lap 84. Blewett went right to work looking for a path into the lead and dove to the inside lane on lap 86 to take the top spot. Blewett was not alone in his charge, however, as his team mate Mauriello followed him through for second.

The final 20 laps offered a spirited battle for the win between Blewett and Mauriello before the team cars crossed the finish line first and second. Hirschman was third at the stripe with Krause and Bohn finishing fourth and fifth.

“When Eric (Mauriello) joined this team I told him to race for the win no matter who is in front of him,” Blewett said of the late race battle for the win. “This makes for a great finish for this team. We really needed that because this has been a long week for my family. We lost my brother John on August 16 ten years ago.”

Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson won the companion 25-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars leading from start to finish. It was the first ever stock car win for the 16 year old and it came in his rookie season. The Sunday Series graduate was followed by point leader Tyler Truex of Mayetta with Jarrett DiGiantomasso of Jackson, John McCormick of Farmingdale and Tuckerton's Robby Walton wrapping up the top five.

Howell's Richie Byrne crossed the finish line first in the 25-lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks but when a post-race inspection showed his motor's vacuum level to be below specs according to rules the win was handed to the second place finishing Scott Riggleman of Manchester. Union's Joey Helberg, Elliott Wohl of Beachwood, Mike Montano of Fort Myers, Florida and Wall's Bryan O'Shea completed the top five.

The Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks battled in two 25-lappers with Mark Tischler jumping into the Todd Pilla No. 19 and racing to the win in the first race. Christian LaCicero of Lavalette, Jay Conrad, Brian Osborn of Howell and Fred Cannock of Port Monmouth completed the top five.

In the second 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lapper Cannock took the win over LaCicero, Osborn, TJ Graves and Brian DeSarno, both of Wall.

Racing returns this Saturday night August 26 with “Pack the Track Night” which features a discounted grandstand admission of $10 for adults and $5 for children. The card will feature the Sportsman cars in a 50-lapper, two feature races for the Factory Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and a 25-lapper for the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice running from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.

More information on Wall Stadium and the 2017 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

RACE RESULTS

MODIFIED FEATURE – 105 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 2. Matt Hirschman, 4. Andrew Krause, 5. Danny Bohn, 6. Shanon Mongeau, 7. Steven Reed, 8. Derek Hopkinson, 9. Kenny Van Wickle, 10. Marc Rogers, 11. Chas Okerson,12. Tom Catanzaro, 13. Trevor Alspach, 14. Scott Brannick, 15. Ed DeLage, 16. Blake Barney, 17. Shaun Carrig, 18. Chris Reynolds, 19. Ricky Collins, 20. Jason Treat, 21. Adam LaCicero, 22. Zack Alspach

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CARSTEN DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 4. John McCormick, 5. Robby Walton, 6. Eric Lane, 7. Jonathan Laureigh, 8. Jake Nelke, 9. Nick Shaw, 10. Joe Cocca, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Matt Langbein, 13. Kenny Green, 14. Robert Vassilatos, 15. Kyle Scisco, 16. Kevin Davison

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Elliott Wohl, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Bryan O'Shea, 6. Gerry Koenig, 7. Whitey Miller, 8. Tom Rajkowski, 9. Tony Bartone, 10. Matt Badessa, 11. Tim Majek, 12. Theresa Collins, 13. Robert Ptaszynski, 14. Nancy Riggleman, 15. Rob Haberstick, 16. Ray Fattarusso, 17. Waylon Speer, 18. John Bowers, 19. Bill Stockert, DQ Richie Byrne

1ST 4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MARK TISCHLER, 2. Christian LaCicero, 3. Jay Conrad, 4. Brian Osborn, 5. Fred Cannock, 6. Brian DeSarno, 7. TJ Graves, 8. Chris Silvestri, 9. Darren Burdge, 10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Jennifer Schultz, 12. Chuck McDonald, 13. JC Duvall, 14. Nicole Razzano, 15. Jeff Loesch, 16. Max Montijo, 17. Mike Lavery

2ND 4 CYLINDER STOCK FEAURE – 25 Laps – 1. FRED CANNOCK, PORT MONMOUTH, 2. LaCicero, 3. Osborn, 4. Graves, 5. DeSarno, 6. Burdge, 7. Todd Pilla, 8. McLaren, 9. Conrad, 10. Duvall, 11. McDonald, 12. Loesch, 13. Schultz, 14. Razzano, 15. Montijo, 16. Silvestri, 17. Lavery


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See Danica on Disney's Mickey and the Roadster Racers


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Kyle Busch keeps on winning, boobirds keep on hating

Kyle Busch has his fans, but when he won going away Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway -- sweeping the weekend with earlier truck and Xfinity wins -- he heard the usual chorus of boos. He's OK with that, because winning is what really drives him

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20392995/nascar-bristol-sweep-drives-kyle-busch-haters-crazy


News & results from Saturday nights races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) !

(Thanks Mike Wisniewski !):

COMING EVENTS:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Jersey Rush VII - 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds
(Big Block/Small Block)

3:30 p.m. - Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
7:00 p.m. - Hot laps start
7:30 p.m. - Racing starts

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Black Horse Racing presents Fan Appreciation
Night ($10 Admission for Adults) - Hammer Sportsman - Mr. Sportsman Classic
(30 laps), Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars - Mr. Wingless Classic (25 laps),
Crate Modifieds (25 laps), Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Cars, Garden State
Vintage Stock Car Club & Mechanic's race.

4:00 p.m. - Pit gates open
4:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:00 p.m. - Hot laps start
7:00 p.m. - Racing starts

BOUC BLASTS TO HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY

New Egypt, NJ (August 20, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's Central Paint
Night, Danny Bouc blasted to his second 358 Modified feature win of the
season. Mike Lyons scored the victory in the Hammer Sportsman contest. Ryan
Godown took the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car main
event. The Crate Modified feature was taken by Tommy Tanner.

As the 30-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds began, PJ Oliver hopped to the
front of the pack with John McClelland in second. Seventh place starting
Danny Bouc was rapidly on the move and motored into third with two laps
completed. After a caution period on the second circuit, Oliver was still in
front when racing resumed with Bouc taking second from McClelland. Quickly,
Bouc engaged Oliver in a battle for the lead with Bouc coming out on top on
lap four. After two additional yellow flags on laps ten and eleven, Bouc was
still the leader with Billy Pauch, Jr., David VanHorn, McClelland and Oliver
next in line. Bouc tried to distance himself from Pauch, Jr. and the field
but two red flag incidents on the fourteenth and sixteenth circuits slowed
his progress. Once action returned on lap seventeen, Bouc remained in front
with Pauch, Jr., McClelland and VanHorn trying to maintain the pace. On lap
twenty-one, Bouc was beginning to pull away from his rivals when Oliver and
Ryan Krachun, who were engaged in a spirited battle for fifth, caused the
last caution of the event. On the final restart of the event, Bouc repelled
a challenge from Pauch, Jr. to remain in front with VanHorn driving into
third. For the remainder of the race, Bouc stayed in control to collect his
second win of the 2017 season. Pauch, Jr., the current point leader, came
home in second place. VanHorn's strong run netted him third. Fourth went to
McClelland and Ryan Godown finished in fifth. PJ Oliver, Danny Bouc and
Bryan Kuhl won the 358 Modified heat races.

Mike Lyons won for the second time this year after taking the checkered flag
in the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. Steve Desmelyk paced the opening two
circuits before the sixth place starting Lyons took over. Following a
caution and restart on lap thirteen, Bob Lineman, Jr. grabbed the lead from
Lyons. With five laps remaining, Lyons regained the top spot after a
vigorous duel with Lineman, Jr. Lyons held on to his advantage in the final
tours for the win. The runner-up position was snared by JR Fulper. Cale Ross
took third. Pat Wall was fourth and fifth was captured by Billy Osmun, III.
The Hammer Sportsman qualifying races were captured by Mike Lyons and Bob
Lineman, Jr.

For the eighth time in 2017, Ryan Godown was victorious in the Northeast
Wingless Sprint Car main event. In the 20-lap affair, Larry Drake led the
opening two tours before Rich Mellor gained the advantage. On the sixth
circuit, Godown passed Mellor and led the remaining distance for the win.
Lee Nardelli came home in second. Mellor, Bob Tersillo and Jermain Godshall
completed the top five. Lee Nardelli and Ryan Godown took the Northeast
Wingless Sprint Car heat races.

In the non-point 20-lap contest for the Crate Modifieds, Tommy Tanner took
the lead from polesitter Kyle Kania with three circuits remaining and paced
the field for the remainder of the race to collect his first career New
Egypt Speedway checkered flag. Kania claimed the runner-up spot. John
Criscione was third, Jason Dunn came home in fourth and fifth was taken by
Ryan Simmons. Jeremy Martino and Jason Dunn grabbed wins in the heat races
for the Crate Modifieds.

This week at New Egypt Speedway, two big events are on the docket. On
Wednesday, August 23, Jersey Rush VII takes place with the 410 Sprint Cars
and Modifieds (Big Block/Small Block) seeing action in a spectacular
two-division mid-week show. Each class will compete in 30-lap feature events
with big money on the line. The 410 Sprint Cars will race for a $5,000
winner's share, with $1,000 going to the tenth place finisher and $400 to
start the A-main. The Modifieds will compete for a $3,000 top prize with
$1,000 going to the fifth place finisher and $250 to start the feature
event. The festivities will kick-off with the pre-race driver Meet and Greet
in the pit area from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For Jersey Rush VII, the pit
gates unlock at 3:30 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m.
Warm ups get underway at 7:00 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7:30
p.m. Adult admission for Jersey Rush VII is $30 and Children (6-11) are $10.
Kids 5 and under are FREE! Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

On Saturday, August 26, Black Horse Racing presents Fan Appreciation Night.
The Mr. Sportsman Classic takes place on this special evening of racing with
a 30-lap feature for the Hammer Sportsman along with the Mr. Wingless
Classic 25-lap main affair for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. The Crate
Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Cars and the Garden State Vintage Stock
Car Club will be on the agenda as well. An exhibition race featuring crew
members from several race teams will close out the night. Grandstand
admission prices will be discounted and plenty of giveaways are slated to be
doled out on this special night honoring the fans of New Egypt Speedway. All
gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Warm-ups start at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets
underway at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $10 for adults, $8 for
seniors 65 and older, $5 for teens 12-15, $5 for military personal and their
spouses with ID, and kids 11 and under are free! Pit admission is $30 with a
New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great
Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt
oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best
competition in the country. New Egypt's state-of-the-art facilities feature
daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the
house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear,
and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from
Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, "Like" us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on
Twitter @nesspeedway.

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017

358 Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. PJ Oliver 2. Ryan Godown 3. John McClelland 4. David VanHorn 5.
Steve Davis 6. Chad Barney

Heat 2 - 1. Danny Bouc 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Kevin Vaclavicek 4. Tim Apgar
5. Rich Rutski 6. John Pakenham

Heat 3 - 1. Bryan Kuhl 2. Doug Ostwald 3. Ryan Krachun 4. Rocco Infante 5.
Brandon Grosso 6. Ryan Simmons

358 MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE

1. DANNY BOUC 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. David VanHorn 4. John McClelland 5.
Ryan Godown 6. Rich Rutski 7. Brandon Grosso 8. Ryan Krachun 9. Rocco
Infante 10. PJ Oliver 11. Ryan Simmons 12. Kevin Vaclavicek 13. Tim Apgar
14. Bryan Kuhl 15. Jim Bobbitt 16. Doug Ostwald 17. Tad Cox 18. Chad Barney
19. Steve Davis 20. Blaine Bracelin

DNS: John Pakenham, Rick Holsten

Hammer Sportsman

Heat 1 - 1. Mike Lyons 2. Will Dupree 3. Billy Osmun, III 4. TJ Lilly 5. JT
Trstensky 6. Jason Kosch

Heat 2 - 1. Bob Lineman, Jr. 2. Pat Wall 3. JR Fulper 4. Steve Desmelyk 5.
Cale Ross 6. Marty Resnick

HAMMER SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE

1. MIKE LYONS 2. JR Fulper 3. Cale Ross 4. Pat Wall 5. Billy Osmun, III 6.
TJ Lilly 7. Will Dupree 8. Marty Resnick 9. Jason Kosch 10. Shaun Ratchford
11. Andy Visinski 12. Steve Desmelyk 13. Bob Lineman, Jr. 14. JT Trstensky
15. Jimmy Amato 16. Rick Wegner, Jr.

Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars

Heat 1 - 1. Lee Nardelli 2. Rich Mellor 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bob Tersillo 5.
Larry Drake

Heat 2 - 1. Ryan Godown 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Larry McVay 4. Jermain Godshall 5.
Brian Spencer

NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE

1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Rich Mellor 4. Bob Tersillo 5. Jermain
Godshall 6. Brian Spencer 7. Larry McVay 8. Duane Nixon 9. Eric Jennings 10.
Joseph Vandenbogart 11. Larry Drake 12. Heidi Hedin

Crate Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. Jeremy Martino 2. Kyle Kania 3. Eric Palmer 4. Jason Bittner 5.
Rob Mancini

Heat 2 - 1. Jason Dunn 2. Tommy Tanner 3. John Criscione 4. Ryan Simmons 5.
Dan Fleming

CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE

1. TOMMY TANNER 2. Kyle Kania 3. John Criscione 4. Jason Dunn 5. Ryan
Simmons 6. David Burns 7. Dan Fleming 8. Jeremy Martino 9. Joseph Brown 10.
Aaron Weaver 11. Chris Bennett 12. Robbie Dunn 13. Rob Mancini 14. Jason
Bittner 15. Eric Palmer 16. Walt McIntyre


Courtesy NBC Sports

Matt Kenseth had motivation chasing Erik Jones: ‘That’s my replacement, and I better run him down’

It was about pride more than playoffs for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver at Bristol Motor Speedway.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/20/matt-kenseth-admits-to-extra-motivation-in-chasing-erik-jones-thats-my-replacement-and-i-better-run-him-down/


Denny Hamlin has mixed emotions over 3rd place Bristol finish
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What drivers said after Bristol Night Race
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Martin Truex Jr. still No. 1 in NASCAR Cup points, Kyle Busch up to 2nd after Bristol
Race winner Kyle Busch jumps to second, while Kyle Larson dips to third in the Cup standings. 

Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson have mutual admiration
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Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/):

 Break out the brooms
Kyle Busch completes sweep, wins Monster Energy Series Bristol night race


Results from Saturday nights races @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) ! + News & results from this past week's "Race for Ron John"

Courtesy South Jersey Dirt Racing.com (http://www.southjerseydirtracing.com/main.asp):


PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS (make up feature from 6/17)

1 – Jeramy Doerr, 2 – Brian Ludwig, 3 – Tom Wills Jr, 4 – Spider Ensinger, 5 – David Kramer, 6 – John Parker, 7 – Darren Cox, 8 – Rich Stinson, 9 – Mike Creamer, 10 – Ken Moren, 11 – Andrew Joslin, 12 – Steven Land, 13 – Doug Debray, 14 – Paul Donahue

 

SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY MODIFIEDS

1 – Ryan Watt, 2 – Rick Laubach, 3 – Dominick Buffalino, 4 – Billy Pauch, 5 – Richie Pratt Jr, 6 – Jim Britt, 7 – Jesse Hill, 8 – Tommy Beamer, 9 – Jordan Watson, 10 – David Hunt, 11 – Sammy Martz, 12 – Ronnie Roberts, 13 – Jack Swain, 14 – Matt Hawkins, 15 – Dave Shirk, 16 – Ernie Miles III, 17 – Ricky Dieva, 18 – JR Burritt, 19 – Neal Williams, 20 – Mike Franz, 21 – HJ Bunting, 22 – Jimmy Horton, 23 – Bob Bracall  DNS – Travis Hill   DNQ – Bob Sarkisian, Brett Ballard, Westley Smith, Tom Macherrone

 

STEWART STAINLESS SUPPLY CRATE/SPORTSMAN

1 – Matt Stangle, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – David Crossman, 4 – Clyde Cox, 5 – Roger Manning, 6 – Kris Lilick, 7 – Wayne Weaver, 8 – Matthew Peck, 9 – Chris Jenkins, 10 – Tom Sherby, 11 – Bill Briggs, 12 – Chuck Sayres, 13 – Jason Rush, 14 – Tom Holding, 15 – Adam Cox, 16 – Kevin Belmont, 17 – Eric Kormann, 18 – Tommy Errico, 19 – John Larsen  DNS – Jim Gallagher Jr, David Banko

 

PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS

1 – Jeramy Doerr, 2 – Tom Wills Jr, 3 – Darren Cox, 4 -  Ken Moren, 5 – Andrew Joslin, 6 – Mike Creamer, 7 – Steven Land, 8 – David Kramer, 9 – Brian Ludwig, 10 – John Parker, 11 – Rich Stinson, 12 – Doug Debray, 13 – Spider Ensinger  DNS – Paul Donahue

 

MECHANICS RACE MODIFIEDS

1 – Ernie Miles Jr, 2 – Don Thornton

 

MECHANICS RACE CRATE/SPORTSMAN

1 – Jimmy Martin, 2 – Mike Crispo, 3 – Tom Ballard, 4 – John D’Augustine, 5 – Thomas Martz, 6 – Jim Lange, 7 – Britt Williams

 

MECHANICS RACE OUTLAW STOCKS

1 – Jeff Erbie

NEAL WILLIAMS CAPTURES RACE FOR RON JOHN


He's led laps and he's finished second on a number of occasions but on Saturday night, Neal Williams drove the Sal DeBruno owned Overhead Door No. 0 to victory in the Race for Ron John sponsored by Bill Misocki at the Bridgeport Speedway.  Williams drove a brand new Teo Pro car with Morrison horsepower into the Winner's Circle on the car's maiden voyage in the twenty-five lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature event.  It was Williams' first Big Block Modified win at the Bridgeport Speedway and his first Big Block win since returning to DeBruno's No. 0 just a little more than a year ago. 


Matt Stangle drove to his eighth win of the season in Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman action in a wild twenty lap feature event while Jeramy Doerr raced ahead of current point leader, Tom Wills, Jr. to earn his fourth win of the season in the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock main event.


Ron John Koczon is a former Modified stock car driver who has been battling cancer this last year.  Koczon is truly one of racing's Mr. Nice Guys and it showed through the support of this event.  More than $5,000 was raised through a Chinese Auction, Bake Sale and donations during the night of racing.  "This was all about Ron John," sponsor Bill Misocki stated.  "I am happy that I could do this for him." 


In his last four races, Williams has had an engine blow, flipped and then had more engine issues when he raced the team's Small Block Modified a week ago.  On Saturday night, everything finally went Williams' way.  "I was really hoping that it would rainout," Williams admitted.  "I wanted to get on the track with the car, run some hot laps and then take it home and see what we could do to make it better."  But against the odds, the Bridgeport Speedway won the battle with Mother Nature while Williams won the battle against the field of twenty-five Big Block Modifieds.


After winning the second qualifying heat, Williams started third for the main event.  Polesitter, Dave Shirk led the first three laps before Billy Pauch took the lead on lap four with his K&A Excavating No. 15.  Williams closed in on Pauch on lap ten and had the lead as the field exited turn four to complete the circuit.  Williams then proceeded to drive away from the competition.  A restart on lap seventeen, brought the field back to Williams who elected to restart from the outside with Pauch, Ryan Watt and Dominick Buffalino right behind.  The race was for second as Watt took the position on lap eighteen but Williams had already driven away.


Williams drove to the checkered flag for the win over Watt, Buffalino, Rick Laubach and Pauch.  Richie Pratt, Jr., Jim Britt, Jesse Hill, David Hunt and Tommy Beamer rounded out the top ten.


Several multi-car incidents marred the start of the Crate/Sportsman feature sending the cars of championship contenders Matt Stangle, Brian Papiez and Eric Kormann to the pits before one lap could be completed.  The damage on Kormann's No. 16 was too extensive for Kormann to extend his thirteen top five finishes but Stangle and Papiez returned to the rear of the field. 


Adam Cox led the way for the eleven laps, withstanding challenges from Roger Manning just before the halfway point.  Stangle raced back into contention, first taking second from Manning and then setting his sights on Cox.  Stangle became the race leader on lap twelve and led the field to the checkered flag at the end of twenty laps.  Manning finished second with Cox gaining his best finish of the season in third.  Tom Sherby also collected a season best finish to take fourth over Papiez who rebounded to a fifth place finish.


Brian Ludwig has been in the thick of every feature event this season and led the way until just before the half way mark on Saturday night when Jeramy Doerr put his No. 3D into the lead.  Tom Wills, Jr. raced from his tenth place start to finish second with Ludwig taking third.  Jeff Dirkes races across the line in fourth with Rich Stinson rounding out the top five at the finish.


Fay Lancaster, Paige Brown and Colleen Dirkes picked up wins in the Lady's Powder Puff races for the Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks.




SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Neal Williams, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Dominick Buffalino, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Billy Pauch, Sr., 6. Richie Pratt, Jr., 7. Jim Britt, 8. Jesse Hill, 9. David Hunt, 10. Tommy Beamer, 11. Dave Shirk, 12. Ron Roberts, 13. Ryan Forte, 14. Ricky DiEva, 15. Lou Cicconi, 16. Bobby Drayton, 17. Sam Martz, 18. Mike Franz, 19. Ernie Miles, III, 20. Ryan Godown, 21. Bobby Firth, 22. Matt Budd, 23. Jack Swain, DNS – Tom Maccherone, Anthony Moran

 

STEWART STAINLESS SUPPLY CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 laps): 1. Matt Stangle, 2. Roger Manning, 3. Adam Cox, 4. Tom Sherby, 5. Brian Papiez, 6. Kevin Belmont, 7. Bill Briggs, 8. Jeremy Martino, 9. David Crossman, 10. Scott Hulmes, 11. Matthew Luzi, 12. Joseph Brown, 13. Wayne Weaver, 14. Frank Dorry, 15. Dave Damiano, 16. Tom Moore, 17. Rich Wegner, Jr., 18. Pete Serra, 19. Brett Belmont, 20. Olivia Ingersoll, 21. Andrew Belmont, 22. Tommy Errico, 23. Eric Kormann, 24. Jeff Bubori, 25. Keith McKinley

 

PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE (15 laps): 1. Jeramy Doerr, 2. Tom Wills, Jr., 3. Brian Ludwig, 4. Jeff Dirkes, 5. Rich Stinson, 6. Spider Ensinger, 7. John Parker, 8. Darren Cox, 9. Mike Creamer, 10. Steven Land, 11. David Kramer, 12. Andrew Joslin, 13. Ken Moren, 14. Paul Donahue




(8/19/17) 

Courtesy ESPN.com


Denny Hamlin said NASCAR is looking at the "cone rule" for restarts to keep drivers – like him – from slowing down when exiting pit road to try to be in the optimal lane on a restart. NASCAR said it is looking at several options. The cone rule allows drivers to pick which lane they restart in, even if that means losing positions on the track prior to the restart.

Erik Jones said it was the most fun he has had in a NASCAR Cup race, where he led 260 laps but finished second to Kyle Busch, who earned the sweep of the week Saturday at Bristol.

Erik Jones battled Matt Kenseth for spots late in the Bristol race as they ended up seeing Kyle Busch pull away for the win. Jones is replacing Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing after this season, but Jones said he didn't think about that as they rubbed fenders.

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Kyle Busch completes sweep at Bristol

Kyle Busch held off Erik Jones to win the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race and complete his sweep of the Truck, Xfinity and Cup races at Bristol.

Kyle Busch eggs on fans after Bristol sweep

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/kyle-busch-eggs-nascar-fans-after-sweep-bristol-motor-speedway

Elliott hits inside wall after Harvick contact
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Joey Logano, wife Brittany open up about pregnancy struggles (video)
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List of driver introduction songs for the Bristol night race
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Austin Dillon, Jeffrey Earnhardt in first wreck of Bristol night race
Austin Dillon and Jeffrey Earnhardt appear to have their respective nights ended due to a wreck

Matt Kenseth wins Stage 2 at Bristol
Matt Kenseth gets the win in Stage 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 at Bristol
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I saw this a little late buuuuut !
Woodies 105 @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) update !

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

HIRSCHMAN WILL RACE WOODYS 105 TONIGHT AT WALL

WALL, N.J. ~ In a telephone conversation on Saturday morning drivver Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. confirmed that he will compete in the "Woody's 105" race for Freehold Ford Modified stock cars tonight (Saturday) at Wall Stadium Speedway. Earlier in the week Hirschman was not sure if his car owner would have the car ready and did not want to mislead fans that he would compete if the car was not ready.

The biggest payout of the summer season promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow.

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


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

Courtesy NBC Sports

Here is who the NBC Sports writers are picking to win at Bristol.

Chase Elliott in ‘tight spot’ with three races left before playoffs
Chase Elliott is one of three winless drivers above the cutoff for the 16-team playoff.  

Cole Whitt’s crew chief working hurt at Bristol after car fell on him
Frankie Kerr broke his right scapula and bruised his sternum and ribs when the No. 72 car fell on him Friday during practice.

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Kasey Kahne starting from rear at Bristol after tire change
The Brickyard 400 winner will go from the second row to the back of the pack for the Bristol night race.

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

Crew chief Frankie Kerr injured after car falls on top of him

Dale Earnhardt Jr. always happy to be at Bristol 


Bristol looms large as playoff opportunities dwindle

Three races left in the regular season, three open spots for the playoffs. Drivers with realistic hopes of advancing are facing the unknown Saturday night at Bristol, where track staff is trying to make sure there's a bottom groove -- and action.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20386832/nascar-bristol-looms-large-playoff-opportunities-dwindle

 

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

Quarter Midget Night and Mechanics Race Night Brought to you by All County Garage Doors
August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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Make sure you come out and check out the stout competition and action packed racing at Bridgeport Speedway Saturday, August 19th! There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and action on the race track all night long!   Divisions – Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks   Times – Pit Gates 4:30, Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts at 7:00 pm   Prices – Pit admission with a license $30, pit…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe

Courtesy NBC Sports

Tonight’s Cup Series race at Bristol: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

All the pertinent info for today's race.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/19/todays-cup-series-race-at-bristol-start-time-weather-tvradio-info/


Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Play it again, Matt
Uncertain future, playoff bubble aren't slowing down Kenseth at Bristol (7:30 on NBC)


Tonight @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !): 

$5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105 THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 19) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!

Officials have announced that qualifying will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The 105-lap format is attracting the attention of several racers in the Modified division. Defending track champion Steven Reed of Jackson and current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell are expected to be on hand for the big payday. Modified standout Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest in the big money race.

Local racers expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among expected local entries are 10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow.

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

 Adult $20  -  Senior Discount (62+) $18  -  Student (7-17) $10  -  6 and under are always Free!

This evening @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/)! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars7PM$20

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NASCAR Xfinity: Dale Earnhardt Jr. treated for dehydration after Bristol race

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Kyle Busch's countdown is on for 100 Xfinity wins



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Gaughan: 'Right now I'm gonna knock the hell out of him'

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NASCAR Xfinity: Kyle Busch gets another win at Bristol

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Points leader Elliott Sadler clinches Xfinity playoff spot after finishing third at Bristol
Elliott Sadler clinched a spot in the Xfinity playoffs despite not earning a win in the first 22 races of the year.

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Chase Elliott needs a victory to feel comfortable

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Kyle Busch looking to sweep Bristol's summer weekend for second time


 
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Back-to-Back at Bristol
Kyle Busch leads 186 laps in XFINITY Series en route to second Bristol win of week


Top 10 Bristol moments: 3 best moments from The Colosseum


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Kyle Busch wins Bristol Xfinity Race

Kyle Busch won at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 91st career Xfinity Series race after leading 186 laps.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/18/kyle-busch-wins-food-city-300-at-bristol-motor-speedway/


Kyle Busch dominates for Xfinity win at Bristol
Kyle Busch led 186 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway as he dominated for his 91st career Xfinity Series victory.

Kyle Busch eyeing NASCAR sweep at Bristol
Kyle Busch credits a fast car and thanks Joe Gibbs Racing and the fans after claiming yet another Xfinity Series win

Sadler on third place: 'Peaking at the right time'
Elliott Sadler was proud that he was able to finish third in the Food City 300 at Bristol, saying his team is peaking at the right time.

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2017) – Officials from AM Racing and its development partner Win-Tron Racing jointly announced today that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) regular Austin Wayne Self will return to the ARCA...Read more  

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Erik Jones grabs fist career pole at Bristol
Erik Jones grabs his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night's race.

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 Erik Jones earns first career pole


Junior loves Bristol's gift


Rainout update
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Kyle Busch wins pole for Food City 300 at Bristol
Kyle Busch earned his 63rd Xfinity pole and will start next to Joey Logano.

Keep track of Silly Season with this scorecard
Chris Buescher is the latest driver to make his plans for 2018 known but questions remain for many.
             

Jamie McMurray’s 6-year-old son gets stitches
Said Jamie McMurray about his son: 'I guess he ran into somebody during gym or something ... on his third day of school and cut his eye.'  

Ryan: Chip Ganassi perfectly suited for shepherding Kyle Larson’s career, and the Michigan win showed why

The Chip Ganassi Racing owner has formed a strong bond with the racing prodigy; also thoughts on dirt racing's impact on restarts and some curious strategy calls last weekend.  

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/18/ryan-chip-ganassi-perfectly-suited-for-shepherding-kyle-larsons-career-and-everything-about-the-michigan-win-showed-why/

Tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

The Food City 300 begins at 7:43 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBCSN

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NASCAR Cup: hearing set in lawsuit against Tony Stewart

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The Critic's Annex: Mid-Ohio Challenge
by Phil Allaway
 
While the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series was in Michigan, the XFINITY Series traveled to Mid-Ohio for their second road race in a row.
 
Unlike Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio is a standalone event on the XFINITY schedule.  As a result, the focus was on both the ringers in the field and the regulars.  Countdown to Green had interviews with drivers from both groups while previewing the race.  The exception to that rule was the interview with William Byron.  That was focused on Byron moving up to Cup next year.
 
The race itself had some pretty good racing for position.  Dave Burns and Dale Jarrett did a good job in covering that action.

However, there were quite a few deficiencies.  Most notably, the Matt Bell crash.  Somehow, NBCSN failed to catch any footage of the crash.  Not only that, viewers didn't get an interview with Bell afterwards.  I know he's not a full-timer in the XFINITY Series, but NBCSN dropped the ball here. This was a wreck that caused a red flag and you have nothing..
 
If you're wondering, Bell is full-time in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for Stevenson Motorsports.  He shares the team's Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in the Grand Sport class with Robin Liddell. 

Personally, I have talked to Bell this year.  Back in January, Bell was part of Stevenson Motorsports' driver lineup for the Rolex 24.  I had a nice conversation with him as part of an Audi Meet the Teams gathering at Daytona International Speedway's Boardwalk Club.  Bell strikes me as a friendly guy.  The declination argument isn't even on the table here since Bell did talk about the incident to RACER.  There's no reason to believe that Bell would agree to talk to Kelly Crandall, but not Parker Kligerman.
 
The natural thought progression that comes out of that is that NBCSN didn't try to talk to Bell after his wreck.  Knowing that they apparently didn't catch the crash on camera, they would need that interview. However, it seems like NBCSN decided to focus on the pit stops.  That is not a good look.
 
The race itself showcased a number of drivers that either don't run well, or don't race often.  Andy Lally did an excellent job to finish fifth for SS-Green Light Racing.  Also of note, it was noted on-air that he had his deal to drive the No. 07 done months in advance.  However, NASCAR's entry list didn't originally have him on it last week.  Makes you wonder when Bobby Dotter (or whoever at SS-Green Light Racing that's responsible for it) sent in the entry blank.
 
The on-track action was quite exciting and NBCSN did well to bring viewers some of the side-by-side action.  An XFINITY Series road race always seems to be filled with contrarian actions (to the norm) and hard racing.  Last Saturday was no exception.
 
Post-race coverage was very brief since the race went long by 20 minutes.  As a result, NBCSN interviewed race winner Sam Hornish Jr. while he was still sitting in his car with his helmet on.  That's weak.  Couldn't even give him the chance to take his helmet off?  As a result, his interview was muffled because that's what happens when you interview a dude with his helmet on.
 
Due to the fact that NBCSN had to get to their coverage of the Arlington Million at Arlington International Racecourse, that was all the post-race coverage.  Weak.  There were a number of stories that needed to be paid off before leaving Mid-Ohio.  Not just Lally's run, but Brendan Gaughan, Brennan Poole wrecking multiple guys, Daniel Hemric and more.  They needed to do something in order to properly cover the event.
 
Unfortunately, multiple live broadcasts being right up against each other is often the norm when it comes to sports broadcasts these days.  NBCSN seemingly didn't plan it out good enough.  Even just having additional post-race coverage available via the NBC Sports App would have helped.  That's more or less what FOX Sports does with their FIA World Endurance Championship coverage.  The timeslot ends right when the race does, so the podiums all air on FOX Sports GO.  While that is far from ideal, at least its something.

Frontstretch Folio: Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race
by Phil Allaway
 
This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes their second visit of the season to Bristol Motor Speedway in Eastern Tennessee.  Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race starts on NBCSN with NASCAR America Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  The coverage moves to NBC at 7 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The green flag is scheduled to drop around 7:45 p.m. Saturday night.  The race can also be heard on PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

Last year's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race was delayed to Sunday afternoon due to rain.  Once the race got going, Kevin Harvick snatched the lead away from Denny Hamlin on lap 430.  After sitting through a delay for rain, Harvick pulled away late to pick up the win.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher.

Amongst active drivers, Kurt and Kyle Busch each have five career victories on the high banks to lead the pack.  Matt Kenseth has four wins, while Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have two a piece.

All-time, Darrell Waltrip is the winningest driver in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway with 12 wins, including seven in a row at one point.  Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace have nine each.  The Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon and David Pearson each have five.

Track Facts

Track / Race Length: 
0.533-mile oval, 500 laps (266.5 miles)
Banking: 24-30 degrees
Straights: 650 ft., banked 4-9 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 153,000
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Pace Car Speed: 35 mph
Opened: 1960 (first Cup race in 1961)
Website: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bristolmotorspeedway
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMSUpdates

Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

Happy Hour: Right now on NBCSN!

Qualifying: Friday, August 18, 5:45 p.m. on NBCSN

Say What?!

"The track itself is real unique. There’s not another one like it. It has always been a surprise to me that nobody has ever tried to emulate it somewhere else because it’s such an incredible place. Particularly when it was asphalt, it was quite the racetrack. And it’s surprising to me that nobody has tried to rebuild that sort of racetrack somewhere else to see how it would do. But maybe it’s best there’s only one. It’s still a lot of fun to race on even though it’s changed quite a bit. And, I always thought that was one of the coolest trophies. It was taller than me for quite a large part of my life. Until I graduated from high school, I don’t think I was any taller than that trophy, and daddy had a bunch of them in the house. He had a lot of clocks. He had a lot of Bristol trophies. And I wanted one of each. So, I feel lucky to have those now." - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"The Bristol night race is just intense. And, for me, it’s a place I love going to race because it reminds me a lot of my home track and the rhythm and things that you used to do there, running around the bottom of the racetrack. That changed for a while, when they changed the racetrack. But, since the changes and with the addition of the VHT and things, with the groove coming back to the bottom you’ve kind of got those memories rekindled with the rhythm that used to be for me at Mesa Marin." - Kevin Harvick

"Bristol is one of my favorite short tracks. It's our team owner, Bob Jenkins', home track, so it's a significant race for us. And we've had success there over the years. I've run well there with the Front Row team, and it's been one of the more consistent tracks where we can run in the top 15 or top 20. So, I look forward to going to Bristol with our Juice Battery team.

"The night race can get wild. The spring race just seems to be a little calmer, and I don't know if that's just an illusion because it's a day race. But there's something about racing at a short track under the lights with a lot of people in attendance -- it's exciting. And drivers know that we're winding down the regular season, and it may be one of their last opportunities to get a win, or even to get a top-five or top-10. So, I think we're all a little more aggressive and a little more hyped up about racing on Saturday night." - David Ragan

  TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

4 Burning Questions: Will Kyle Busch Pull Off Bristol Sweep Again?
by Zach Catanzareti
 
Friday Faceoff: Who’s Sandbagging Who?
by the Frontstretch Staff

Voice of Vito: Toyotas Vs. Tires
by Vito Pugliese
 
Tech Talk: Trent Owens On PJ1 & Heavy Vertical Loads at Bristol
as told to Mike Neff
 
NASCAR 101: Michael McDowell’s Series-Leading Stat in 2017
by Kevin Rutherford

2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 23: Colosseum-Style
with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Mike Neff


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Take the bullring by the horns
Ryan Blaney leads second practice at Bristol Motor Speedway 


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday August 19
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 266.5 miles (500 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 125),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 250), Final Stage (Ends on lap 500)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
 
Good Things Coming In Threes
As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the number to remember is “three.”
 
With three races remaining before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs (Bristol, Darlington, Richmond), the spotlight is on the three drivers who currently hold, based on points, the remaining trio of slots in the post-season – Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.
 
And in keeping with the theme – there are three drivers with previous wins at the Last Great Colosseum who have yet to secure a post-season slot with a playoff-eligible win: Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano. 
 
Lights, Camera … And A Whole Lot Of Action
The spotlights are on Bristol Motor Speedway. In more ways than one.
 
It’s Bristol at night, baby! Few things in sports match the intensity and spectacle of NASCAR racing beneath the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. The world’s fastest half mile has produced some of the most intense moments in NASCAR history.
 
Google “2008 Bristol night race, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch” for just one example.
 
And in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s crunch time for drivers trying to make the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Win, and you’re in.
 
And if you don’t win, you better hope there’s a repeat winner in order to keep your hopes alive.
 
All of those factors together promise to make for a thrilling showdown in Thunder Valley.
 
Chasing The Return To The Post-Season
Right now, Chase Elliott is the best of the rest when it comes to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff grid.
 
He’s looking to qualify for back-to-back Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series post-season berths as he still pursues his first career win.
 
The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is seventh overall in the Monster Energy Series points standings, a solid 62 points ahead of the first driver on the outside looking in – Clint Bowyer. Elliott holds a 10-point lead over Jamie McMurray and a 31-point advantage over Matt Kenseth.
 
If Elliott is going to break through for his first career win and the automatic berth in the playoffs, this may be the track where he does it. In just three career starts at Bristol, Elliott has amassed a top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as an average finish of 8.7 (series-best among active drivers). On the season, he has six top fives and 13 top 10s.
 
McMaybe In
He’s so close, but so much can happen in three races.
 
Jamie McMurray, in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, holds a 52-point cushion over Clint Bowyer on the cutoff line and is in good position to head to the post-season on points if there is a repeat winner at any of the next three races.
 
However, with 13 different playoff-eligible winners on the board thus far in 2017, McMurray can’t bank on that at Bristol.
 
McMurray has posted 29 starts at Bristol, tallying three top fives and 11 top 10s in his career. He also holds an average finish of 16.4 at the Last Great Colosseum. So far in 2017, McMurray has just two top fives but has recorded an average finish of 13.6, keeping him in playoff contention.
 
Ken He Do It?
Kenseth is in the most precarious position of the drivers currently on the playoff grid. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota currently holds the final playoff spot by virtue of a 31-point advantage over Clint Bowyer.
 
However, if a new driver wins at Bristol, and he’s not named Chase Elliott or Jamie McMurray, Kenseth drops out of the post-season group picture.
 
Kenseth has four wins, 14 top fives and 21 top 10s in 35 starts at Bristol. His four wins trail only the Busch brothers among active drivers at Bristol, as Kyle and Kurt have five victories apiece at the track.
 
Also of note, Kenseth is the only one of the three drivers trying to hold on to a 2017 playoff berth via points who has recorded a win in Thunder Valley.
 
And a win quiets all the points talk.
 
Bowyer, Logano Playoff Hopes Lean on Past Bristol Success
The bubble picture looks OK for Clint Bowyer. Not great, but OK. He doesn’t exactly need a win to make the playoffs, but that’s certainly the easiest path.
 
For Joey Logano, it’s dire. Mathematically speaking, there’s a chance he can still earn a playoff spot on points. There’s also a chance of finding broccoli on a dessert menu.
 
He needs a win, and there’s pleasant news on that front.
 
Bowyer and Logano are the first two drivers outside the 16-driver playoff bubble, and both are VERY strong at Bristol. Which is good for them, and potentially bad for the likes of Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth. A win by either Bowyer or Logano would shove one of those three drivers outside the bubble.
 
First, Bowyer. Bowyer finished second in the Monster Energy Series’ first trip to Bristol in April. It’s a bit of a deceiving finish, as his average running position of 13.6 would suggest. Still, he’s finished in the top 10 in three of the last four Bristol races (and in the top five in two of those).
 
Logano boasts a stellar record at Bristol, scoring two wins (including the 2015 Night Race) and top 10s in each of the last four finishes. None of those finishes were flukes, as he led multiple laps in each.
 
Truex Hones in on Regular Season Championship
In Stage 1 at Michigan, Martin Truex Jr. scored seven stage points. Seven.
 
For Truex and the No. 78 team, that’s an Aaron-Judge-Post-Home-Run-Derby type slump.
 
Seriously. Prior to Michigan, here are the Stage 1 point totals of the previous five races: 9, 9, 9, 10, 10. Stage 2 figures look pretty similar. So, yes, seven looks weak in comparison.
 
Therefore, if anyone’s wondering how Truex’s points lead has ballooned to 129 points over second-place Kyle Larson, that’s why.
 
That’s also why Truex is quite likely to lock up the regular season championship this weekend at Bristol, two races before the regular season actually ends at Richmond. If Truex leaves Bristol with a 121-point lead over second-place (or a 120-point lead if the second place driver has one win), he is guaranteed to be the points leader following race No. 26 at Richmond.
 
And that’s extremely important this season. The regular season champion earns 15 playoff points, a major boost towards landing an even bigger title – 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
 
The Making Of A Champion?
Three in a row. 
 
That’s what Kyle Larson won at Michigan International Speedway when he used a masterful restart in NASCAR Overtime to split the pair of Furniture Row Racing Toyotas and park his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Victory Lane…again.
 
With the 2017 sweep and the 2016 August win for his first career checkered flag in the Monster Energy Series, Larson is the true Wolverine in the Irish Hills.
 
Throwing in his win at Auto Club Speedway in March, Larson has three race wins and has also accumulated 18 total playoff points this season – second only to Martin Truex Jr.’s 35 playoff points.
 
At Bristol, the young Californian has posted three top-10s and an average finish of 19.3 in seven starts.
 
But the most relevant of his stats in Thunder Valley might be that Larson captured a stage win at Bristol in the spring race – for one of those all-important playoff points.
  
Jones, Suarez Showing Skills Beyond Their Experience
Coming into the 2017 season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year class earned quite a bit of ink.
 
Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez received the most attention, with pundits foreshadowing solid seasons with a playoff berth a possibility. They were spot on.
 
Both, though, need a win to land a spot in the playoff field. And both have been racing with the sense of urgency that comes with that truth.
 
Jones, specifically, has been on a tear, with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a career-best finish of third (Michigan).
 
Bristol holds special memories for Jones. In 2015, Jones logged some laps in the Monster Energy Series Bristol race for an injured Denny Hamlin – his first taste of action at NASCAR’s top level. Since then, Jones has raced at Bristol once, a 17th-place finish in April. Jones won two Bristol races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
 
Suarez stumbled a bit at Michigan, after a late-race wreck with Kasey Kahne ended his day. Prior to that, Suarez had four consecutive top 10s, including a career series-best finish of third (Watkins Glen).
 
Like Jones, Suarez has only one start at Bristol – an 18th-place finish in April. But in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Suarez finished in the top five in three of his five starts.
 
Dale Jr.’s Final Stand At The Last Great Colosseum
Saturday night marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th, and final, start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
Junior has finished in the top 10 in nearly half his Bristol starts (16 of 34) and visited Victory Lane at this race in 2004.
 
Earnhardt also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in August of 2004 and is setting himself up to win a pair of swords, as he’s entered in both Friday’s Food City 500 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
Fans will have multiple opportunities to honor the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet throughout the weekend as Bristol Motor Speedway pays tribute in conjunction with the Jr. Nation Appreci88ion Tour.
 
·         The Dale Jr. Moments Museum in the Fan Zone will showcase his signature Bristol memories.
  • A select amount of Dale Jr. collector cards highlighting his top six Bristol moments will be handed out at the gates on Saturday, Aug. 19
  • During pre-race, those with seats on the frontstretch will be able to take part in a card stunt saluting the driver of the No. 88 Chevy. All guests will also be encouraged to stand up and salute Junior on Lap 88 to show their #Appreci88ion
  • Junior fans will want to pick up a copy of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race commemorative program which will feature numerous stories on Dale and a special collector’s cover designed by famed NASCAR artist Sam Bass
  • Earnhardt Jr. will make a special guest appearance at the Mountain Dew display at 4 p.m. in the Fan Zone on Saturday, Aug. 19
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Etc.
Taking on Tennessee: Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the 175th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the Volunteer State. Here’s the breakdown by track of the first 174 races:
            Bristol Motor Speedway – 113
            Nashville Speedway – 42
            Smokey Mountain Raceway – 12
            Kingsport Speedway – 3
            Chattanooga International Raceway – 2
            Tennessee-Carolina Speedway – 2
 
 
#$^&%#@*@*&*^#%
NASCAR Announces First-Ever Plans to Live-Stream In-Car Cameras on Twitter During the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs
Fans to ‘Ride Along’ with One Driver Via @NASCAR for All 10
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Races
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 17, 2017) – For the first time in the sport’s history, NASCAR® will live-stream an in-car camera on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Playoffs races in 2017, NASCAR announced today.  
 
Beginning with the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway®, NASCAR will provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via its official Twitter handle, @NASCAR, and NASCAR.twitter.com.
 
Fans can watch the full broadcast of the race at Chicagoland, Sunday, September 17 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
 
On the same screen of the live stream, fans will find a real-time curated timeline of Tweets that capture the best of the NASCAR live conversation.
 
“Through the in-car camera live stream on Twitter, our fans will have another compelling vantage point of the NASCAR Playoffs, where the energy and intensity of stage racing will be elevated to a whole new level,” said Steve Phelps, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer, NASCAR. “To provide this level of access on Twitter throughout the 10-week playoffs is a fantastic way to complement the viewing experience on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app.”
 
The NASCAR Playoffs live stream will be accessible for free for logged-in and logged-out users in the United States via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle and connected devices. Real-time race highlights will also be available on @NASCAR, offering fans additional ways to follow the playoffs at home or on the go.
 
“NASCAR continues to innovate on Twitter, a place where their passionate fans discuss what’s happening before, during and after every race," said Anthony Noto, Twitter COO. "Our new collaboration will offer NASCAR fans a unique live stream perspective for the 2017 playoffs alongside the real-time Twitter conversation."
 
Leading up to the first playoffs race, NASCAR will debut individual Twitter emojis and hashtags for all 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers, available to Twitter users until each driver is eliminated from championship contention.
 
Fans can watch the full broadcast of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. NASCAR.com will continue to offer its full portfolio of complementary viewing products throughout the 2017 playoffs. In-car camera angles will also be available on NASCAR Drive™ and NASCAR Mobile™.
 
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Speedway Digest (press release) (blog)
Of course, Self flashes back to his 2015 ARCA Racing Series win at Winchester Speedway, a track with similar characteristics to Bristol. “Man, it's ...

Columns / Commentaries

Huntington Herald Dispatch
NASCAR driving legend Richard Petty poses in Victory Lane along with his number 43 car at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, ...
WFMZ Allentown
Those who casually follow racing recognize Tony Stewart; he's a three-time NASCAR cup series champion, but he's also a big presence in the sprint ...

WCYB
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Amanda Arwood-Lane and Marshall Lane both grew up in east Tennessee. After graduating from Science Hill High 
SCNow
And Darlington Raceway is doing just that by using 100 percent Green Power for the electrical needs of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips 
With Leather
It's all NASCAR's Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection can do when I ask how much the inspection process has changed compared to ...
For The Win
NASCAR has been working to diversify its drivers and crews, particularly with the launch of the Drive for Diversity program in 2004. Merriman is ready ...
Courtesy NBC Sports

Matt Kenseth focused on making playoffs, not 2018 plans

Matt Kenseth on his 2018 plans: 'I’m not worried about it even really one percent anymore to be honest with you.'

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/18/matt-kenseth-focused-on-making-playoffs-not-2018-plans/


Kyle Larson avoids major damage during spin out
Kyle Larson got loose and spun out during a practice session for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol.

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Denny Hamlin leads Friday morning practice







Saturday evening - 8/19/17- @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !): 

$5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105 THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 19) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!

Officials have announced that qualifying will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The 105-lap format is attracting the attention of several racers in the Modified division. Defending track champion Steven Reed of Jackson and current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell are expected to be on hand for the big payday. Modified standout Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest in the big money race.

Local racers expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among expected local entries are 10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow.

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

 Adult $20  -  Senior Discount (62+) $18  -  Student (7-17) $10  -  6 and under are always Free!


Saturday night  - 8/19/17- @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/)! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars7PM$20

And ! Wednesday -  8/23/17 -

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017Jersey Rush - 410 Sprint Cars and Big Block vs Small Block Modifieds

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

Danica Patrick trying to harness power of positive thinking at Bristol

Danica Patrick thrives on confidence. Bristol is not a place that instills it in her. But she has had much better results over the ast 11 races than she had to start the season, and she'll get a chance to continue that -- and embrace Bristol -- Saturday.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20371332/nascar-danica-patrick-thinking-positive-bristol-challenge


Tonight -8/18/17- & tomorrow -8/19/17-  @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) & Spirit Speedway ( http://www.spiritspeedway.com/).

Friday - 8/18/17 - Spirit Speedway :  

 Finale of Hyper Racing Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly
August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Swedesboro, 08085
+ Google Map

  Come on out for Day 4 and the final leg of the Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly. This show will host a 25 lap $1,000 to WIN race for the wingless 600 divisions and a champion will be crowned for Speedweek. Also, on the card are the 270 micro sprints, I2M 4 cylinders, and the Slingshots. General Admission is $15

Find out more »

Saturday - 8/19/17- Bridgeport Speedway : Quarter Midget Night and Mechanics Race Night Brought to you by All County Garage Doors
August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
+ Google Map

Make sure you come out and check out the stout competition and action packed racing at Bridgeport Speedway Saturday, August 19th! There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and action on the race track all night long!   Divisions – Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks   Times – Pit Gates 4:30, Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts at 7:00 pm   Prices – Pit admission with a license $30, pit…

Find out more »

Courtesy NASCAR.com

Dale Jr. says injury recovery 'really no excuse' for performance drop    


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Eight Cup teams penalized practice time at Bristol

Group includes points leader Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/18/eight-cup-teams-penalized-practice-time-at-bristol/


Friday schedule at Bristol for Cup, Xfinity

Busy day at Bristol ends with Xfinity Series race in the evening.

NASCAR America: Joey Logano faces must-win situation in Bristol
Joey Logano has won the Bristol night race twice in the last three years


(8/17/17)

Courtesy NBC Sports
 
Joey Logano must find victory lane at Bristol
If Joey Logano is going to reach the playoffs, he needs a win at Bristol, but the NASCAR America crew isn't sure Logano has the confidence to get it done.

NBC Sports analyst Ato Boldon compares the farwell seasons of NASCAR's most popular driver and track star Usain Bolt.

Brad Keselowski Racing to cease operations in Truck Series after this season

The team owned by Cup driver Brad Keselowski has competed in the Truck Series since 2008.

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/17/brad-keselowski-racing-to-cease-operations-in-truck-series-after-this-season/



Dale Jr. racing Xfinity, looking for Cup race edge
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is among a handful of Cup drivers who will be racing Xfinity at Bristol just to try and get a feel for the new compound on the track.

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

Dale Jr. dismayed, saddened over Charlottesville


Trackside Live returns on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):  

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-inspection-process-needs-modification-to-consider-stripping-wins/

NASCAR inspection process needs modification to consider stripping wins

Amanda Vincent

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

Kyle Busch fastest in Final Xfinity practice at Bristol



Justin Allgaier fastest in first Xfinity practice at Bristol
Justin Allgaier out paced Kyle Busch while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 11th fastest in the practice session.

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


NASCAR To Live Stream In-Car Cameras On Twitter


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

The Critic's Annex: UNOH 200
by Phil Allaway
 
Greetings, race fans.  Before we get into today's critique, there is some news about Saturday night's NBC broadcast that I should note here.

As you all likely know, we're already into Preseason NFL Football.  Having been to a preseason game myself in the past (it was a New York Jets-Baltimore Ravers affair at Giants Stadium back in 1998), its not necessarily all that special.  Yes, the game was a sellout, but maybe 30,000 people showed up.  It was quite lonely up in Row 20 of the Upper Level.
 
A number of NBC affiliates will not be airing Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race due to preseason games.  We reached out to NBC Sports to get some clarification.  For the most part, viewers are being accommodated.
 
Green Bay: WACY (Mynew32)
Milwaukee: WCGV (My24)
Phoenix: KTVK (Channel 3)
Roanoke: WWCW (The CW 5, Channel 21)
 
I could not get confirmation for Washington, D.C.  Users on Twitter have indicated that the race will air on Cozi TV (Channel 4.2) in standard definition only.  However, that doesn't show up in any available listings online.
 
As for Springfield/Holyoke, Mass., it has simply not been determined yet, but they are working on it. Their NBC affiliate, WWLP, is showing the New England Patriots-Houston Texans game Saturday night.  The only option that I could find is the NBC affiliate for Hartford/New Britain/New Haven, Conn., WVIT (NBC Connecticut). 
 
If you live in that area and have cable, you may have access to that channel since Springfield and Hartford are only 27 miles apart.  Since WWLP is showing the football game, they shouldn't black the race out.  If you don't have access to WVIT, then we're not sure how that's going to work for you at the moment.
 
Last night, we had an interesting 200-lap Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  It was painfully obvious that Kyle Busch had the best truck.  How did FOX Sports 1 cover the race.
 
NCWTS Setup was supposed to start at 8 p.m.  Unfortunately, coverage of the U.S. Amateur went long.  13 minutes late, viewers got a brief preview of the race and some driver interviews.  It did get everyone up to date with the big stories surrounding the Camping World Truck Series.

However, it failed to acknowledge something rather important.  That was the fact that bad weather was closing in on Bristol and ultimately was going to delay the race.  They didn't make that clear until 8:30.  Honestly, that should have been what they led the show with.  This is the downside of not having a host for NCWTS Setup on-site.  Some kind of communication breakdown occurred, because that's not really acceptable.  The only other explanation that would hold water here would be that the chaps at FOX Sports didn't know that it was going to be a thing.
 
During the delay, FOX Sports 1 aired a piece shot at Michigan International Speedway where Michael Waltrip talked with Christopher Bell and Chase Briscoe.  Here, the main topic of discussion was how their lives have changed since they made it to the Camping World Truck Series and how they view their first full season in the series (remember, Bell didn't even show up until June last year).
 
Admittedly, it didn't take long for FOX Sports 1 to leave their Bristol coverage for alternate programming.  That included the 1997 Daytona 500 show that premiered back in February and MLB Whiparound.  Later on, they returned to Bristol for some interviews and shenanigans.  Noah Gragson made me flashback to Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show.  Gotta love that.  Just a regular dude in the pits with a fake shark head on.  And yes, Gragson should sell a t-shirt with that on it.
 
Once the race started, Kyle Busch was quite simply the man.  He wasn't touched for the first segment at all despite a couple of cautions.  The second stage saw him take his time to move up a few positions before winning.  Then, he got busted for speeding on pit road.
 
The final stage was all about Busch climbing back through the field.  While its not like FOX Sports 1 always had a camera on Busch, they did a good job showing his progression through the field.  Cannot say the same for NBCSN at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago.
 
Honestly, Busch moving through the field like he did last night was similar to when Terry Labonte got spun out late in the infamous 1999 Goody's Headache Powders 500.  As you may remember, he pitted for four tires and dropped to the tail end of the lead lap.  In just a few laps, he got back to the lead before Dale Earnhardt "rattled his cage."
 
Of course, the PJ1 TrackBite was a big story once again.  Drivers seemed to be mixed as to whether the rain actually washed some of the sticky stuff off the track.  Maybe some of it was.  No one ventured far up the track until the final stage.  Once Busch did, quite a few made the trip with some success, most notably Parker Kligerman.

On the broadcast, they would need to keep track of how the solution was holding up.  FOX Sports 1 did a decent job at that.  Viewers heard tidbits from the pits about how drivers were stating that the PJ1 TrackBite was starting to wear off.  Ultimately, the solution was just about gone by the time the race ended.
 
Another story that got some play was tires and how they reacted to the PJ1 TrackBite.  Apparently, the left side tires on Chase Briscoe's No. 29 were ripping asunder from the load.  With all the build on the tires, it was really hard to tell, but Briscoe was having some pretty serious issues early in the race.  What would have been nice is if FOX Sports 1 followed how the tire wear was holding up as the race went on.  Not really sure if that got better during the race.
 
Given the late hour of the race (it was just about Midnight by the time the race ended), post-race coverage was relatively short.  Viewers got only a couple of post-race interviews and a check of the points before leaving for UFC Tonight.  Wish they'd show the real point standings as opposed to these Playoff grids.  They're effectively lying to viewers.
 
Overall, the action was quite good.  Even when the PJ1 TrackBite was still strong, there wasn't as much bumping and banging as some viewers would have liked.  Regardless, there was still a good amount of racing for position.  The coverage was a little front-focused at times, meaning that viewers only saw so much of that racing.  Even before the top groove came in, there was some side-by-side action that was exciting to watch.  The race was a little short for my tastes (approximately 72 minutes green-to-checkers), but there was some good action to be had. 

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill Has ‘Unfinished Business’ with Front Row Motorsports
 
"I tried to call him and talk to him afterwards and he answered the phone. And when I told him who it was he told me ‘Oh I gotta go, I’ll call you right back’ and he hung up and never called me back. And so at that point, that’s when I realized that I wasn’t worried about making friends around here. And texting and calling to apologize later after races is stupid as well. So I learned a lot of new policies after that." - Landon Cassill describes trying (and failing) to settle beef over the phone with Bobby Hamilton Jr.


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

2-Headed Monster: Who's the Rookie of the Year?
by Michael Massie and Davey Segal

Nitro Shots: A Necessary Distraction
by Toni Montgomery
 
Happiness Is: Kyle Larson's 2017 Success
by Huston Ladner
 
Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Scores 49th Career Truck Series Win at Bristol
by Beth Lunkenheimer
 
Eyes on XFINITY: Dylan Lupton Brings California Swagger to JGL Racing
by Dustin Albino



  
 
Upcoming events @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) & Spirit Speedway ( http://www.spiritspeedway.com/).

Friday - 8/18/17 - Spirit Speedway :  

 Finale of Hyper Racing Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly
August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Swedesboro, 08085
+ Google Map

  Come on out for Day 4 and the final leg of the Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly. This show will host a 25 lap $1,000 to WIN race for the wingless 600 divisions and a champion will be crowned for Speedweek. Also, on the card are the 270 micro sprints, I2M 4 cylinders, and the Slingshots. General Admission is $15

Find out more »

Saturday - 8/19/17- Bridgeport Speedway : Quarter Midget Night and Mechanics Race Night Brought to you by All County Garage Doors
August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
+ Google Map

Make sure you come out and check out the stout competition and action packed racing at Bridgeport Speedway Saturday, August 19th! There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and action on the race track all night long!   Divisions – Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks   Times – Pit Gates 4:30, Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts at 7:00 pm   Prices – Pit admission with a license $30, pit…

Find out more »
  

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Eyes on the playoffs
Erik Jones: 'We've got Bristol circled as a team'


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

Turn 4: Is Joey Logano going to win and get in the playoffs?

Will Joey Logano win and get in the playoffs, and if so, who will miss out? What driver move makes the most sense? Is Brad Keselowski and his assertions about Toyota for real? Our gang has at it.  http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20368915/nascar-burning-questions-squeaks-playoffs-be-driver-move-makes-most-sense


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


Courtesy NBC Sports

Darlington stripe going ‘green,’ Turn 3 towers renamed after Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.
Turn 4 of Darlington Raceway will be painted green as part of a sponsor activation.

Xfinity Series Spotlight: Q&A with Harrison Rhodes

Harrison Rhodes of JD Motorsports talks about how his college degree is paying off and hard wakeboarding hits  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/17/xfinity-series-spotlight-qa-with-harrison-rhodes/


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-elimination-of-jackman-a-possibility/

NASCAR Cup: elimination of jackman a possibility

Amanda Vincent

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

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The Denver Post
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Code 3 Associates Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure ...
Charlotte Observer
At Furniture Row Racing, points leader Martin Truex Jr. says there are no team orders and he would never let teammate Erik Jones win. “He's going to ...
Yahoo Sports
31 Chevrolet was a guest of NASCAR America on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Newman discussed the impact of the win after a long ...
ESPN
The countdown to the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff continues and just five races are left in the regular season for drivers to lock themselves in.
Press Releases
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Food City 300
The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, August 18
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: 9RN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 159.9 miles (300 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 85),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on lap 300)
NASCAR XFINITY Series
 
Five To Go: Who Has The Best Shot To Win At Bristol
The countdown to the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff continues and just five races are left in the regular season for drivers to lock themselves in.
 
Three title contenders have won this season doing just that – William Byron (three wins), Justin Allgaier (one) and Ryan Reed (one). This leaves nine spots up for grabs, but with just five races left in the regular season, four drivers are guaranteed to get in on points.
 
Of the nine drivers currently inside the top 12 in NASCAR XFINITY Series championship points without a win this season, JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler is the only competitor who has won at Bristol previously.
 
The current points leader, Sadler has a healthy cushion (+387 points) over the playoff cutoff-line heading into Bristol, but that isn’t slowing his urge to win this weekend. The Emporia, Virginia native has made 12 series starts at Bristol, posting two wins (1998 and 2012), seven top fives and 10 top 10s. A win will not only lock Sadler into the playoffs, but also give him five playoff points which he can use throughout the post season to advance.
 
Here are the remaining eight winless drivers inside the top 12 in order of their average finish at Bristol Motor Speedway – Daniel Hemric (5.0), Michael Annett (13.6), Brennan Poole (15.0), Brendan Gaughan (16.4), Matt Tifft (19.5), Dakoda Armstrong (23.7), Blake Koch (26.5) and Cole Custer (32.0).
 
Playoff Bubble: Annett Bounces To The Hot Seat
In impressive off-road fashion, Brendan Gaughan saved his No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet from wrecking to finish in the top-10 on the final restart in last weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio. As a result, the Las Vegas native leaped-frogged JR Motorsport’s driver Michael Annett in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship standings, putting Annett in the hot seat a.k.a. the final playoff spot.
 
Annett is now 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points, 34 points ahead of 13th-place Ryan Sieg, who is the first driver outside the playoff cutoff. In 21 starts this season, Annett has posted five top 10s and an average finish of 18.1.
 
Several drivers are still mathematically able to catch Annett in the points, but the three closest are Ryan Sieg (13th, -34); JJ Yeley (14th, -46) and Ross Chastain (15th, -47).
 
Fortunately for Annett, he has outperformed his closest combatants at Bristol, posting an average finish of 13.6 at the half-mile compared to the average finishes of Ryan Sieg (20.1), JJ Yeley (28.2) and Ross Chastain (25.8).
 
Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For The Bristol Sweep
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones drove the No. 18 Toyota to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season. This weekend, Jones is not entered, but his teammates Kyle Busch (No. 18), Matt Tifft (No. 19) and Daniel Suarez (No. 20) will take their shot at the season sweep and bringing home the trophy for the organization.
 
If one of Joe Gibbs’ drivers does win this weekend, it will be the second-time the owner has swept the NASCAR XFINITY Series Bristol races and the fifth-time overall; joining Gary Bechtel (1995), Teresa Earnhardt (2004), Joe Gibbs (2011) and Kyle Busch (2013).
 
Kyle Busch leads the series in wins at Bristol with eight. He also is the winningest driver in series history with 90 wins. Both Tifft and Suarez have yet to win at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tifft has two series starts at BMS with a best finish of 16th, earlier this season. Suarez has made five series starts at Bristol posting three top fives; including a third-place finish earlier this season.
 
Who Needs Lights With This List Of Stars For Bristol
Even though this weekend’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be raced under the lights, they might not need them with this star-studded lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers -  Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Daniel Suárez, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon are all scheduled for the event. 
 
The famous Monster Energy drivers will definitely raise the competition Saturday night as four of them are former BMS winners – Kyle Busch (eight wins), Joey Logano (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon (each have one). Dillon is the event’s defending winner. 
 
Tennessee And NASCAR
A total of 334 NASCAR national series races (MENCS 174, NXS 111, and NCWTS 49) among nine tracks have been held in the state of Tennessee. 
 
The NASCAR XFINITY Series has hosted 111 events in Tennessee among four tracks – Bristol Motor Speedway (70), Nashville Superspeedway (21), Memphis Motorsports Park (11) and Nashville Speedway (9).
 
The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Tennessee was at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 13, 1982 – the race was won by Phil Parsons in a Pontiac.
The 70 series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have produced 47 different pole winners and 44 different race winners.
 
A total of 107 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Tennessee. Of the 107 drivers, 37 (34.5%) have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 37 Tennessee drivers who have competed in the NXS, 10 have series wins, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Franklin) with 13 victories.
 
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Decision Day Nearing For Whether Monster Energy Wants To Renew NASCAR, SHR Deals

News& Observer (blog)
When Christmas was training with NASCAR pit teams in 2012 and when she made the team in 2013, we wrote some great stories about her journey ...
Beyond the Flag
Which NASCAR drivers have had the best careers up to this point? Here are the active drivers who have had the top 10 careers thus far. Here at ...
CBSSports.com
Kenny Wallace is a 25-year NASCAR veteran who made a name for himself in the Xfinity Series, winning nine times in addition to being named the ...
Hot 20 – Saturday night it is Bristol, baby!

12 Questions with Brett Moffitt

http://jeffgluck.com/brett-moffitt-12-questions-interview-nascar-2017/
Throwback Thursday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sweeps Bristol
NASCAR mailbag: Why Brad Keselowski wasn’t wrong to call out Toyota for ‘sandbagging’
 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !!) : 

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-furniture-row-racing-gets-control-of-its-pit-crews/

NASCAR Cup: Furniture Row Racing gest control of its pit crews

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-schedule-weather-outlook-for-bristol-motor-speedway-2/

NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Bristol Motor Speedway

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

 NASCAR weekend schedule at Bristol Motor Speedway

How will the NASCAR Cup playoff picture look after Saturday's race

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/17/nascar-weekend-schedule-at-bristol-motor-speedway/

Retro Rundown 2017: Throwback paint schemes for the Southern 500

An updated look at the many paint schemes for the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/17/retro-rundown-2017-throwback-paint-schemes-for-the-southern-500-2/


Kyle Busch dominates to win Truck race at Bristol in overtime 




NASCAR America: Ryan Newman passion for racing began with father, grandfather
Ryan Newman's racing days began at the age of 4 in his home state of Indiana.

Christopher Bell still leads Truck points after Bristol
Christopher Bell leads Johnny Sauter by 42 points following the UNOH 200.

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 92: Matt DiBenedetto on making a name for himself
The GoFas Racing driver believes he can become a fan favorite with enough success.

Courtesy NASCAR.com
High Five
Kyle Busch rebounds from pit-road penalty to win for fifth time at Bristol


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-kyle-busch-starts-bristol-week-with-win/

NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch starts Bristol week with win

Amanda Vincent


(8/16/17) 

Courtesy NASCAR.com

Live on FS1
Camping World Truck Series race from Bristol underway after lengthy delay 

Why race was delayed  


Bristol weather radar  

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

FRR get pit-crew members back as JGR makes changes to alliance

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Furniture Row Racing gets two key pit-crew members back this week, and they now are under a new managerial structure.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20362933/furniture-row-racing-get-pit-crew-members-back-joe-gibbs-racing-makes-changes-alliance

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Kevin Harvick says criticism of Dale Jr. wasn't…


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Fans take a ‘drive’ with Harvick, Dikembe Mutombo


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Bolen Motorsports on the sidelines but trying to make Truck Series comeback

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Kyle Busch wins Truck pole at Bristol with record lap
Points leader Christopher Bell starts second in tonight's race.

Denny Hamlin's girlfriend Jordan Fish gave birth to their second child on Tuesday.



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NASCAR Cup: teams prepare for playoffs with Chicagoland Speedway test

Amanda Vincent 


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A hearing has been set for Sept. 8 in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Tony Stewart. Stewart has asked for three of the four claims to be dismissed, with the only issue left for a jury to decide being the Ward family's claim of intentional and/or reckless conduct in the death of the 20-year-old racer in August 2014 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.


Don't doubt Robert Yates' determination

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20355409/nascar-robert-yates-taking-cancer-way-took-racing


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Today's Featured Commentary
How Much Does Winning Mean? We’re About to Find Out
by Clayton Caldwell
 
“Winning isn’t everything. It’s second to breathing,”

That is a quote from former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. In NASCAR, winning doesn’t seem to mean as much as it used to. Lately we’ve seen several drivers win races when they badly needed it. You have to wonder what kind of impact the wins will have on their career. How much does winning mean today? 

Ryan Preece won the July 29th NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Preece is a 19-time winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series and was the series champion in 2013. There’s no doubt he deserves a shot at NASCAR’s higher divisions. 

However, sponsorship has not been easy to get for Preece. Last season he ran the full-schedule at JD Motorsports, an underfunded NASCAR XFINITY Series team. He finished 17th in the series standings with just one top-five finish. 

This season, Preece decided to change his game plan. Instead of returning to JD Motorsports, which was the original plan, Preece decided to run only a limited schedule in XFINITY with Joe Gibbs Racing. It was only a two-race deal, but it was two shots at win. He prevailed. The win bought him another race in the XFINITY Series at Joe Gibbs Racing. He will now run at Kentucky Speedway on September 23rd.

One race though isn’t enough. A win should mean more than that. What does the future hold for Preece? It’s a similar situation to that of Darrell Wallace Jr., who won Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. 

Wallace lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride at Roush Fenway Racing this season due to lack of funding. This weekend, he drove a one race deal with MDM Motorsports, who have Brandon Jones in their truck at Bristol Motor Speedway tonight. 

Wallace is fighting for a full-time ride somewhere next season. There are the prospects of a few things but nothing set in stone as far as his future is concerned. His win in the Truck Series should help him gain some sponsors attention and maybe even some money. Or will it? 

How much does a win mean in NASCAR anymore? Ask Sam Hornish Jr. 

Hornish won Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2006 Indianapolis 500 champion still competes in NASCAR, but only on a part-time schedule. He has started just 18 races in the last four years. He’s won three of them, including Saturday.  Outside of racing, Hornish has been working as a substitute teacher.

Just 37 years old, the three-time IndyCar champion has proved over the last few seasons that he has what it takes to win races in premiere equipment. Yet premiere rides have yet to appear and he’s relegated to a part-time ride. 

There was a time in this sport where winning a race was a big deal. Prior to 2006, David Gilliland was a little-known racer from California. His father Butch was a former champion of the Winston West Series (now the K&N Pro Series West), but at 29, David was with a small NASCAR Busch Series team and never finished better than 29th in five starts. That all changed with a shocking win at Kentucky Speedway in June of that year. 

Gilliland held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s youngsters JJ Yeley and Denny Hamlin in a faithful night that opened some eyes. His life would never be the same. Eight days later, Gilliland made his Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway with CJM Racing, where he qualified 31st and finished 32nd. 

A little over two months later, Gilliland would be driving the No. 38 Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Going from a little-known driver to a full-time Cup driver in over two months. His win helped accelerate his move to the Cup Series. 

There are countless other examples of drivers winning and getting them an opportunity. Brian Vickers was in a part-time role in 2013 when he won at New Hampshire for Michael Waltrip Racing. The win put him as the odds on favorite to get the ride full-time when Mark Martin retired. He did. 

You have to wonder what these wins will do for these drivers. Will Ryan Preece get a full-time ride in XFINITY next season? How will Darrell Wallace Jr.’s win at Michigan help his career? Will Sam Hornish Jr. ever get another look? 

Winning used to be the most important thing in NASCAR. Hopefully it still means something. 


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

The Frontstretch 5: Notable Numbers as NASCAR Heads to Bristol
by Amy Henderson
 
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan
compiled by Frank Velat
 
Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill Has 'Unfinished Business' with Front Row Motorsports
as told to Davey Segal
 
NASCAR Mailbox: Where Will Kasey Kahne End Up?
by Joseph Wolkin

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 91: Tony Stewart on racing in Global Rallycross and other series
The three-time Cup champion said it's 'hard to find time' to do all the racing he'd like in his post-NASCAR career.


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NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. in position to clinch regular-season bonus at Bristol

Amanda Vincent

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Pit Stops: Dancing With The Cars 


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Entering Bristol on the bubble
Bowyer, McMurray among drivers battling for final playoff positions with three races left


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NASCAR penalizes winning Truck team from Michigan

NASCAR suspends crew chief for winning Michigan team one race for violation.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/16/nascar-penalizes-winning-truck-team-from-michigan/

Kyle Busch posts top lap in final Truck practice at Bristol
Kyle Busch leads the way with a lap of 130.477 mph. Ben Rhodes is second at 129.640 mph.

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NASCAR Truck: Darrell Wallace Jr.'s Michigan win encumbered

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NASCAR Cup: Michigan International Speedway garage becomes soap opera

Amanda Vincent

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But even though Truex's Furniture Row Racing teammate is rookie Erik Jones in the No. 77 Toyota, there is a limit to how much they'll work together.
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Though the final results of the April race show a 17th-place finish, the Furniture Row Racing driver finished Stage 1 in third place and Stage 2 in sixth.
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WAID’S WORLD: Bristol Night Racing Debuts In 1978 With a Yawner
First Tweets of the NASCAR Famous
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Cody Coughlin leads opening Truck practice at Bristol
Cody Coughlin tops practice chart with a lap of 129.404 mph.

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Playoff clinch scenarios


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NASCAR America: Pete Pistone on Kyle Larson’s restart, shorter race weekends in 2018
Pete Pistone: We'll be talking about Kyle Larson's restart at Michigan for years to come.

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NASCAR Truck: schedule, weather outlook for Bristol Motor Speedway

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Steve Letarte: Kyle Larson laid foundation for Michigan win earlier in race (video)

Decision not to pit on green was key for Larson, 42 team.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/15/steve-letarte-kyle-larson-laid-foundation-for-michigan-win-earlier-in-race-video/

Check out Corbette Jackson’s ‘Tennessee’ ode to Bristol Motor Speedway

Will "Tennessee" help inspire drivers in the Bristol Night Race on Saturday?

Most memorable restarts of 2017 season

See who fans voted for as having the best restart of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Pete Pistone joins NASCAR America
Pete Piston joins NASCAR America to talk about Kyle Larson's memorable restart at Michigan and what the NASCAR weekend schedule could look like in 2018.

  Who is Hot and Not ahead of the Bristol night race

Bristol has been the playground for Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske for much of the last 14 races.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/15/who-is-hot-and-not-ahead-of-the-bristol-night-race/

Bristol could decide which drivers make playoffs

With only three playoff spots up for grabs and just three regular season races to go, several major drivers are running out of time to qualify.

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Filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes an impossible task

Old heroes always give way to the next era, just as George Jones sang, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" Ricky Craven has a good idea of who may take the places of names like Gordon, Stewart and more. But there will not be another Dale Earnhardt Jr.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20351291/nascar-filling-dale-earnhardt-jr-shoes-impossible-task

John Andretti begins new round of chemotherapy

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 See the resemblance
Cain: Larson's competitive fire burns like that of some former champions


Playoff clinch scenarios for Bristol Motor Speedway 

  • Scenes from Chicago test

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    Hendrick Motorsports announces promotions of eight senior team officials
    The eight promoted officials have over 150 years of service with the organization.

    Denny Hamlin honors ‘Mr. Modified’ Ray Hendrick with Southern 500 paint scheme
    Denny Hamlin will pay tribute to Ray Hendrick, who was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

    Martin Truex Jr. maintains commanding lead in playoff grid
    Martin Truex Jr. holds a 17-point edge over Michigan winner Kyle Larson.

    Bristol intensity magnified by night element
    Don't miss one of the most intense night races in the NASCAR slate at Bristol, with coverage beginning Saturday at 5:30 ET on NBC.

    NASCAR drivers speechless before Bristol
    NASCAR drivers try to describe what it's like to drive a race car ahead of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, with coverage beginning at 5:30 ET on NBC.

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    NEWS & NOTES
    Whelen Modified: Bristol
    Preece Enters "Thunder Valley" Looking To Continue Hot Streak

    Saturday evening - 8/19/17- @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

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    $5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105 THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 19) 

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!

    Officials have announced that qualifying will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will begin at 7:00 p.m.

    The 105-lap format is attracting the attention of several racers in the Modified division. Defending track champion Steven Reed of Jackson and current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell are expected to be on hand for the big payday. Modified standout Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest in the big money race.

    Local racers expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among expected local entries are 10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.

    The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.

    Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow.

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


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     Entry List: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 

     For Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, 41 cars are entered.  Tommy Baldwin Racing is back with their No. 7 for JJ Yeley along with MBM Motorsports' No. 66.  Read more
     
    Entry List: Food City 300

    Friday night's XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has 42 cars entered for the 40-car field.  Seven Cup regulars are entered as part of that group.  Read more
     
    Entry List: UNOH 200  Tomorrow night's Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol has 34 teams entered for 32 starting spots.  Kyle Busch Motorsports will field a fourth entry for Kyle Busch while Harrison Burton will drive the No. 51.  Read more


    Today's Featured Commentary
    Rumor Has It...
    Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
    by S.D. Grady

    If you ever doubted the fact that NASCAR runs on rumors, the shenanigans we were entertained by this weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage proved it. Apparently, at some point NASCAR let it be known that they might be taking a few extra cars back to the R&D center after the race ended on Sunday.  There wasn't an announcement or a memo sent out, it probably was whispered at a table in the canteen.

    By the time Brad Keselowski stole the pole for the running of the Pure Michigan 400, the threat had turned into common knowledge, which probably helped to fuel Brad's statement that the Toyota cars were sandbagging.  Which of course, the Toyota camp proceeded to deny most insistently adding to the race week conversation highlighted by a collection of salty statements provided by Kyle Busch.

    Is this an aberration, you wonder?  Would the sanctioning body actually lie in order to get teams to stick to the rulebook? Well, why not. After all, crew chiefs have made entire careers out of telling the inspection officials that their car meets spec, while all along their cars decidedly did not.  The 2017 season has been no exception with eight crew chiefs being told to sit down for at least one race after violations have been discovered. But if the harsher penalties have not stemmed the tide of working outside the lines, perhaps some good old fashioned veiled threats would work.

    Well, as of Monday evening no violations were reported from post-race inspection and only the No. 32 machine was sent to the back of the field for any pre-race problems (Note: Matt DiBenedetto's No. 32 flunked pre-qualifying inspection four times). It sort of suggests that perhaps the boys calling the shots did need their chains yanked a bit.

    This is actually one of the endearing aspects of NASCAR racing. Even after all the new templates, stricter regulations, laser sights, disappearing allowances and a digital monitor on pit road, the teams are still failing to walk the straight and narrow.  Amidst cries of cheating and deception by some of the more conservative fans, there is an equal amount of clicking of glasses in garages when a fast one is pulled on the man. That might be why even Steve O'Donnell was responding to the whole sandbagging incident with a bit of tongue in cheek on the Monday radio show.   We like the perpetuation of the bad boy image, no matter if you are sitting on your sofa or writing the checks from the confines of a glass tower.

    Will the inspection process run more smoothly in Bristol? I wouldn't bet on it. O'Donnell's public admission of guilt in planting the rumor may have served as a red flag for some of the crew chiefs that live on pushing boundaries.  The temptation to slip on by the inspection bay for the upcoming race may be too much to pass up. We might see a massive collection of confiscated parts and empty chairs...or maybe not.

    After all, it was just a rumor.  Surely nothing that warrants any serious kind of attention, at least not in a sport that relies on consistent application of the rulebook on a weekly basis.

    Tune in next week for the next episode of As the Wheel Turns.

    Something Shiny

    The No. 10 team of Danica Patrick unveiled their throwback paint scheme that will be run at Darlington.  It honors Robert Yates, the 2018 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His Robert Yates Racing team won the 1999 Cup with their No. 88 Quality Care Ford driven by Dale Jarrett.  Robert Yates is currently fighting liver cancer.

    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
     
    Beside the Rising Tide: Will Race For Food
    by Matt McLaughlin

    Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Adolescence, Middling Coverage From NBCSN
    by Phil Allaway

    Five Points to Ponder: Don’t Count Out Joey Logano Just Yet
    by Danny Peters

    Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Lessons From The Dirt Edition
    by Jeff Wolfe
     
    The Underdog House: NASCAR Sponsor Woes Not Limited to Small Teams Anymore
    by Amy Henderson



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    Bump & Run: Should NASCAR be doctoring tracks to add grip?

    NBC Sports' writers also discuss if any drivers outside a playoff spot race their way in and if Kyle Larson is back after his Michigan win.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/15/bump-run-should-nascar-be-doctoring-tracks-to-add-grip/

    Jimmie Johnson’s Southern 500 paint scheme inspired by old Lowe’s truck

    Jimmie Johnson's paint scheme is based on how Lowe's trucks looked like in 1986.

    Cup teams testing Tuesday, Wednesday at Chicagoland Speedway
    Among the drivers scheduled to take part in the test are Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

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    Who's coming into Bristol hot or badly needing a win 


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    Stock Car Gazette
    Dale Jr. Takes on Kevin Harvick… Oh, and Kyle Larson Won Michigan, Too.
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    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
     
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 
    Next Race: UNOH 200
    The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
    The Date: Wednesday, August 16
    The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
    TV: FS1, 8 p.m. ET
    Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
    Distance: 106.6 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 55),
    Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)
     
    Bubba Breaks Through At Michigan
    Darrell Wallace Jr. appeared in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race since 2014 this past weekend at Michigan… and won.
     
    Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag in his No. 99 Maestro's Classic Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway – winning the LTi Printing 200. The victory was Wallace’s sixth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win and first since his last start in the series – at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.
     
    The triumphant victory also served as the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win for MDM Motorsports.
     
    Wallace, who was overcome with emotion after the win, said this was such a big moment for not only himself, but everyone involved with his team and family.
     
    “It’s huge. To go through everything, everybody goes trials and tribulations for a reason. Sometimes, you have a lot more downs than ups in this sport, and the ones that can come out on top and carry themselves through those hard times, will be the ones that capitalize. I try to carry a positive outlook on everything that’d I’ve done.” 
     
    You can listen to the rest of the post-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series media availability with Wallace here.
     
    Truex Scores Back-To-Back Top-Five Finishes
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs contender Ryan Truex scored his second consecutive top five after finishing fourth at Michigan International Speedway.
     
    Truex’s top-five finish leaped him ahead of ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings.
     
    With three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races before the playoffs begin, Truex currently sits seventh in the playoffs standings behind Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe, who is sixth. Rhodes now sits eighth in the standings.
     
    He will need to continue his streak of top finishes if he wants to make the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs. Truex sits 19 points above the post-season cutoff line.
     
    It’s Bristol, Baby!
    Following the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will go mid-week racing at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. The trucks will hit the track Wednesday, August 16 for the UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Last Great Coliseum.
     
    Ben Kennedy is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Johnny Sauter (fifth), Christopher Bell (seventh) and John Hunter Nemechek (eighth) all finished inside the top-10.
     
    2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Countdown: 3 Races
    With only three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season races remaining, below is a look at the playoff picture heading into Bristol this week.
     
    Rank
    Driver
    Points
    Race Wins
    Playoff Points
    Pts from Cutoff
    1
    Christopher Bell
    572
    4
    24
    -
    2
    JH Nemechek
    404
    2
    11
    -
    3
    Johnny Sauter
    535
    1
    10
    -
    4
    Matt Crafton
    510
    1
    7
    -
    5
    Kaz Grala
    321
    1
    5
    -
    6
    Chase Briscoe
    509
    0
    1
    97
    7
    Ryan Truex
    431
    0
    1
    19
    8
    Ben Rhodes
    426
    0
    1
    14
    9
    Grant Enfinger
    412
    0
    0
    -14
    10
    Noah Gragson
    382
    0
    1
    -37
    11
    Austin Cindric
    361
    0
    0
    -62
    12
    Justin Haley
    316
    0
    0
    -101
     
    Playoff Bubble Drivers At Bristol
    With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture above, below is an outlook of drivers No. 7-12 in the current playoff standings.
     
    7. Ryan Truex: Now sitting seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings, Ryan Truex will need another top finish this week at a track where he has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start in order to maintain his position. Truex has back-to-back top-five finishes (Michigan and Pocono).
     
    8. Ben Rhodes: Ben Rhodes finished outside the top-10 for the fourth time in his last five races after an 11th-place finish at Michigan. Having been a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs contender for most of the season, Rhodes will look to get back on track this week at Bristol. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, Rhodes has finishes of 30th – 2016 (engine) and ninth – 2014.
     
    9. Grant Enfinger: If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began today, ThorSport Racing Sunoco Rookie Grant Enfinger would be the first driver out, sitting below the cutoff line by 14 points. He will look to change that this week at Bristol. Enfinger attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2012 at Bristol – but didn’t make the field. Enfinger has five top fives this season and eight top 10s in 13 starts.
     
    10. Noah Gragson: After a wreck at Pocono, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson got right back on track at Michigan – scoring a seventh-place finish. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 13 starts this season. He currently sits 37 points out of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs spot and has never made a career start at Bristol.
     
    11. Austin Cindric: Even though he sits 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings and 62 points away from the cutoff line, Austin Cindric is making a strong push for the playoffs. He has five-consecutive top-10 or better finishes. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver has made one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol – he finished 18th there last season after starting 27th.
     
    12. Justin Haley: Scoring his eighth consecutive top-10 or better finish, GMS Racing driver Justin Haley is another bubble driver making a run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs seat. He sits 101 points below the cutoff line but has some experience on his side this weekend at Bristol. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol in 2015 and finished 14th.
     
    A Look Back At Bristol: Christopher Bell
    In last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2016 Sunoco Rookie contender Christopher Bell made his mark at the 0.533-mile track.
     
    Bell led a race-high 101 laps – which remains a career-high in laps led for the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver. He would go on to finish the race with a seventh-place finish after starting the race fifth.
     
    Bell’s 101 laps led at Bristol already rank him third amongst active NASCAR national series drivers that have made starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. Kyle Busch is first with 435 laps led and Timothy Peters is second with 349 laps led there.
     
    Bell has come close to beating his career-high in laps led this season. He led 99 laps on his way to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since Atlanta, Bell has led over 90 laps three times; he led 96 laps at Martinsville Speedway, 92 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and 99 laps at Iowa Speedway.
     
    Bell will be looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Bristol. He’s had a stout 2017 campaign – winning four times and finishing inside the top five eight times.
     
    Bristol Motor Speedway Quick Facts
    As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, August 16 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 0.533-mile track:
     
    Races: 19
    Pole Winners: 15
    Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott (08/21/2013 – 17 years, 8 months, 24 days)
    Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (08/25/2004 – 49 years, 2 months, 27 days)
    Race Winners: 15
    Youngest Winner: Ryan Blaney (08/19/2015 – 21 years, 4 months, 19 days)
    Oldest Winner: Joe Ruttman (06/23/1995 – 50 years, 7 months, 26 days)
    Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 4
    Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Kyle Busch (08/18/2010)
    Race Record: Brad Keselowski 91.919 mph (08/21/2014)
    Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick 128.917 mph (08/17/2016)
     
    First Timers At Bristol
    There are four Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in Wednesday’s UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger and Noah Gragson.
     
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made starts at Bristol Motor Speedway include Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Stewart Friesen, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
     
    In 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, two active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Chase Elliott (08/21/2013) and Ryan Newman (08/19/2009), won their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol. Other drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol include Cale Gale (08/22/2012) and Ken Schrader (08/25/2004).
     
    Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ben Kennedy (08/17/2016) and 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski are the only two drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol.
     
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
    Kyle Busch Bringing It At Bristol: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will run the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. Busch has brought his best at Bristol in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – winning three consecutive races at the Last Great Coliseum from 2008-10. Busch won his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol in 2013.
     
    From The Booth To Bristol: