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 (1/24/17)

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7-Time Champion, Or Mountain Man?



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AJ Allmendinger had ‘a lot of fun’ with data test on Charlotte road course

A.J. Allmendinger tested on the 2.3-mile road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/24/nascar-aj-allmendinger-had-fun-with-data-test-on-charlotte-road-course/ 

Chase Elliott loses rookie stripe, hopes to avoid sophomore jinx

For what will likely be the last time in his career, Chase Elliott is no longer a rookie. But what about NASCAR's notorious sophomore jinx? 
 
Love’s Travel Stops returns for 18 races with Landon Cassill
Love's and Front Row Motorsports enter their fifth season together

Erik Jones’ career path has gone the same way as he drives: fast

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/24/erik-jones-career-path-has-gone-the-same-way-as-he-drives-fast/

Kenseth still surprised by Edwards’ retirement, ready for pivotal 2017 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/24/kenseth-still-surprised-by-edwards-retirement-ready-for-pivotal-2017/

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NASCAR's new points system announced Monday might check off some important boxes to improve competition, but is it too complicated? The fans will decide soon enough.


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Erase the Chase

The Chase is dead. Long live the playoffs. NASCAR's major announcement on Monday will enhance the sport in 2017 and beyond.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/23/ryan-erase-the-chase-is-an-idea-whose-time-had-come/

How will new in-race stages and points format be impacted by weather? (video)

NASCAR will adapt its new in-race stages and points enhancement if Mother Nature throws it a curve ball. 
 
NASCAR: From now on, it will be ‘the playoffs,’ not ‘the Chase’ (video)
NASCAR has eliminated the words "the Chase" from its vocabulary. While the format will remain the same -- it will now simply be called "the playoffs."

Questions and answers about NASCAR’s announcement
Here is a handy guide to help you with Monday's announcement

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Six years and thousands fewer fans after touting the simplicity of its new points system, NASCAR did a 180 on Monday with its new points format.

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NASCAR unveils new points system

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NASCAR implements stage-based race format, playoff-point incentives 


FAQ for NASCAR's 2017 race format enhancements


Drivers, NASCAR community react to 2017 rule enhancements 


Keselowski on new format: 'it's something I'm very proud of'



Regan Smith breaks down NASCAR's new format enhancements 


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NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell said Monday that the new points system was something done for the fans.

NASCAR VP O’Donnell: Enhancements will help grow the sport (video)
The enhancements to the points format will help the sport grow, said NASCAR Executive VP Steve O'Donnell.

Hamlin: Strategies from enhanced system will lead to better racing (video)
Denny Hamlin says the points format enhancements will lead to better and more exciting racing for everyone.

Roush Fenway Racing president: New strategies will be evident in races (video)
Roush Fenway Racing's Steve Newmark is looking forward to the new strategies that will result from the enhancements to the points format 

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 NBCSN to broadcast NASCAR announcement at 6 p.m. ET Monday

NASCAR officials, drivers, sponsor representatives and track officials will be in attendance of the announcement.

   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/21/nbcsn-to-broadcast-nascar-announcement-at-6-p-m-et-monday/

Lady Antebellum to highlight Daytona 500 pre-race show

Multi-Grammy Award winner Lady Antebellum will perform a pre-race show before this year's Daytona 500.

Brad Keselowski Racing announces crew chief assignments
Brad Keselowski's Camping World Truck Series team will field Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe in 2017.

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Liberty University returns with William Byron for 2017 XFINITY Series season

Jeff Gordon on previous Rolex run: ‘There was a little bit left on the table’

History of how NASCAR calculated points through the years

Hooters joins Chase Elliott as primary sponsor on No. 24 for two races in 2017

Countdown to Daytona: Wendell Scott, Davey Allison tied to No. 34

Dramatic new race format and points system expected by NASCAR

Five NASCAR Repaves That Have Produced The Best Racing

The Top-Five Racing Video Games Of All-Time

  5 who need to be nominated to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Kurt, Kyle Busch have strong showing in Nation’s Cup at Race of Champions

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 Now in stock: Monster Energy, NASCAR logo-themed apparel 
http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2017/1/23/nascar-apparel-monster-energy-2017-nascar-logo.html

(1/22/17)

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NMPA names Jimmie Johnson Driver of the Year among annual awards
The National Motorsports Press Association has named Johnson Driver of the Year seven times.

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NASCAR is expected to address changes on how it will award points during a race during a Monday conference call, according to industry sources


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Carl Edwards' exit could put Christopher Bell on fast track to XFINITY 


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 NBCSN to broadcast NASCAR announcement at 6 p.m. ET Monday

NASCAR officials, drivers, sponsor representatives and track officials will be in attendance of the announcement.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/21/nbcsn-to-broadcast-nascar-announcement-at-6-p-m-et-monday/

   Kyle, Kurt Busch compete in first day of Race of Champions exhibition

The brothers are competing in the two-day event in Miami against drivers from IndyCar and Formula One.

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 Stars call Race of Champions success after one day

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Race of Champions is truly international

With the Race of Champions hitting Miami's Marlins Park this weekend, a true international flavor is represented by the likes of Kurt and Kyle Busch, Sebastian Vettel, Tony Kanaan and more. 

Nationwide goes all in with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s return

Nationwide invested time and money in the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona without even knowing he would be returning. The fruits of that labor -- a video series -- debut Tuesday


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Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez's Clash status should be same



NASCAR expected to announce changes Monday

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(1/21/17)

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Kyle Busch entered into SRL Winter Showdown Super Late Model race
Kyle Busch will attempt to win the $30,000 prize in the race in Bakersfield, California

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NASCAR Hall of Fame grows by five members

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  2017 Hall of Fame induction



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 ‘Only in America’: Richard Childress cherishes Hall of Fame induction (Video)

The longtime team owner salutes the many people who helped him reach stock-car racing's pinnacle.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/21/only-in-america-richard-childress-cherishes-hall-of-fame-induction-video/ 

Social Roundup: 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction

Looking back at last night's induction of the eighth NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

Mark Martin thanks those for helping ‘lay groundwork’ to reach Hall of Fame (Video)

The six-time runner-up in NASCAR's premier series speaks of scaling mountains that once seemed 'insurmountable.'


NASCAR’s most accomplished team owner remembers accomplishments of others (video)
Rick Hendrick focuses on the emotional attachments formed during his NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech.

Hall of Fame induction is a celebration of Benny Parsons’ life (video)
Terri Parsons accepts honor on behalf of her late husband

Hall of Fame induction is a celebration of Benny Parsons’ life (video)
Terri Parsons accepts honor on behalf of her late husband

Martin praises crew's effort, passion
Mark Martin took a moment to recognize all the people that helped make his career Hall of Fame worthy on Friday night as he was inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame.

Hendrick 'humbled' to be part of NASCAR HOF
Rick Hendrick talks about the week leading up to his NASCAR Hall of Fame induction and how it was able to allow him to look in the rear view mirror at all the people who helped him get to where he is today.

Rick Hendrick inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame
Rick Hendrick expresses his gratitude towards everyone that helped him get to where he is today as he is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Childress has 'chills' about being in NASCAR HOF
Richard Childress talks about how honored he is to be in the Hall of Fame and how hard he had to work to become as successful as he is.

Childress thanks people who helped him reach HOF
Richard Childress shares his appreciation for all those that helped him reach the Hall of Fame as he was inducted on Friday.


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 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recognizes Five NASCAR Icons

 

NASCAR Hall of Fame enshrines distinguished class of 2017

Tunity Returns with Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Driver Matt Tifft for 2017
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(1/20/17)

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 Mark Martin, from ‘broken man’ to Hall of Famer

More than 30 years after his first NASCAR venture failed, Mark Martin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/20/mark-martin-from-broken-man-to-hall-of-famer/

Joe, John Hunter Nemechek aim to race head-to-head in Truck opener at Daytona

The father-son duo will attempt to race against each other for the first time in a NASCAR event.

RCR looks back at Richard Childress’ career in nine-part video series
RIchard Childress will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET. 

Rick Ware Racing to field full-time team in 2017 NASCAR Cup season
Rick Ware Racing announced Friday it will compete full-time in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  

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Benny Parsons enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, just four days after the 10th anniversary of his passing. Broadcast partner and friend Allen Bestwick writes why Parsons is so deserving.


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When will the NASCAR Hall of Fame welcome Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart as inductees?

Stock car shrine already has honored both retired champions with exhibits and expects to induct both within the next three years.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/20/when-will-jeff-gordon-and-tony-stewart-be-in-the-nascar-hall-of-fame/ 

Matt Tifft driving JGR’s No. 19 Xfinity car, will be sponsored by Tunity at Daytona
Matt Tifft will drive the No. 19 after Daniel Suarez' promotion to the Cup Series. He will be JGR's only full-time Xfinity driver

Matt DiBenedetto will work with a familiar face at new team
Crew chief Gene Nead follows Matt DiBenedetto from BK Racing to Go Fas Racing.

Social Roundup: #ThrowbackThursday: Hall of Fame edition
A look at the lives and careers of the five men who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday.

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 Go Fas Racing hires Gene Nead to lead Matt DiBenedetto in 2017

http://www.catchfence.com/253943/go-fas-racing-hires-gene-nead-lead-matt-dibenedetto-2017

 

From small beginnings, Rick Hendrick reached pinnacle of success in business and NASCAR

Could Charlotte Motor Speedway road course see NASCAR action in 2017?


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WASHINGTON D.C. (WDBJ7) Hundreds of thousands are expected to be in Washington D.C. on Friday to watch the swearing of Donald Trump.

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NASCAR Cup: Rusty Wallace sells custom Corvette at Barrett-Jackson

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(1/19/17) 

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NASCAR Cup: Darlington Raceway celebrates late 1980s


NASCAR Cup: Charlotte road course considered

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 Lost film showcases Raymond Parks' talent ahead of Hall induction 

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Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Mark Martin are going into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them can reflect on how rocky the road was to get there.

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AJ Allmendinger part of NASCAR data test on Charlotte Motor Speedway road course

The track's road course could be used for the All-Star Race in May but challenges exist for that to happen. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/19/aj-allmendinger-part-of-nascar-data-test-on-charlotte-motor-speedway-road-course/ 

Owen Wilson will serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal

Actor will voice one of the main characters in the upcoming "Cars 3."  

Documentary series features Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s life behind the scenes in NASCAR return  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/19/new-documentary-series-will-chronicle-dale-earnhardt-jr-s-life/

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NASCAR Cup: Daniel Suarez in Clash but Bowyer not

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Ford driver Chris Buescher is in the unique position of being loaned to a Chevrolet team, JTG Daugherty, this season.

Where will Tony Stewart race dirt? He keeps schedule quiet but expects high-profile support

Tony Stewart Racing expecting to have sponsorship from Ford, which is backing Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR this season.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/19/tony-stewart-keeping-dirt-track-schedule-quiet-but-open-wheel-teams-expected-to-have-high-visibility-support/


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NASCAR Cup: Gaunt Brothers Racing expects to run plate races

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 59: David Smith previewing the 2017 season

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Matt Kenseth to use Carl Edwards’ former spotter this season

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/17/matt-kenseth-to-use-carl-edwards-former-spotter-this-season/

Harrison Burton relishes an ambitious schedule of several teams, series and voices in 2017

In addition to Camping World Truck Series, teenager also will run K&N East, ARCA and Super Late Model series.

In need of a wedding singer? Call Steven Tyler
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler serenaded Kurt Busch and his bride at their recent wedding celebration.

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When an ESPN sports business writer said NASCAR needs more parity after Jimmie Johnson's seventh title, many fans and insiders bristled. But was Darren Rovell right?



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Credit One jumps on board in expanded role for '17 with Larson 




Toyota pipeline flows freely with youth, talent





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Bill Moss, who helped Bill France Sr. put Talladega Superspeedway on the map, passes away at 81
 

Editors Notes
I thought these odds may be of interest to you. They’re courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
 
Odds to Win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2017 Championship
Kevin Harvick #4                       13/2
Jimmie Johnson #48                  7/1
Kyle Busch #18                         17/2
Joey Logano #22                      17/2
Martin Truex, Jr. #78                  17/2
Brad Keselowski #2                   11/1
Chase Elliott #24                       12/1
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88              13/1
Denny Hamlin #11                     13/1
Matt Kenseth #20                      13/1
Clint Bowyer #14                       22/1
Kyle Larson #42                        22/1
Kurt Busch #41                          27/1
Erik Jones #77                          27/1
Kasey Kahne #5                        33/1
Austin Dillon #3                         44/1
Ryan Blaney #21                       90/1
A. J. Allmendinger #47               100/1
Jamie McMurray #1                   100/1
Ryan Newman #31                     100/1
Ty Dillon #13                             300/1
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #17           300/1
Aric Almirola #43                       500/1
Trevor Bayne #6                        500/1
Chris Buescher #37                    500/1
Paul Menard #27                       500/1
Danica Patrick #10                    500/1
David Ragan #38                       500/1

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Petty's Garage Announce Custom Petty Packages for Ford F-150 Trucks
 
High Performance Package Features a Supercharger Producing 700 Horsepower
 
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (January 17, 2016) - If you have ever dreamed of your truck being the king of the road, Petty's Garage is now making that dream come true. Petty's Garage, the high performance automotive shop owned by "The King" Richard Petty, announced their latest custom Petty Packages for Ford F-150 trucks today.

The Garage is now outfitting F-150 trucks with more than a dozen custom components to make your truck stand out above the rest. Customers and dealers can also purchase an exclusive high-performance package for the Ford F-150, equipped with a Whipple supercharger system producing up to 700 horsepower and supported by a three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty.
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Custom Ford F-150 Built  by Petty's Garage
 
"We are proud to continue to expand our relationship with the Ford Motor Company and announce our special 'Petty Packages' to the popular Ford F-150 truck line," said Russ Stellfox, Chief Executive Officer, Petty's Garage. "We believe these custom packages will complement and enhance the premier features of the Ford F-150, making the Petty's Garage Ford F-150 one of the most desired and unique performance trucks on the road today. The 700 horsepower supercharged model will also make it one of the most powerful on the market."

Backed by Petty's approval, Petty's Garage will equip the truck body with new features including a custom hood, a grill with clearance lights, fender flares, and more, all sitting on 33" General Tire Grabber all terrain tires.

Petty's Garage will modify the suspension of the truck with industry-leading riding features, such as a FOX 2.0 coilover suspension and FOX rear shocks. Under the truck, a Magnaflow cat-back stainless steel exhaust will give the truck the sound you desire.

Sparing no details, Petty's Garage has added custom interior features such as embroidered headrests and floor mats, along with a dash signed by Petty. Additional options will include leather interior and AMP electric side rails.

For more information about Petty's Garage, and to learn more about ordering the Ford F-150 packages, please visit www.pettys-garage.com or contact Matt Crump at 336-799-4681.


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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Carl Edwards made it official Wednesday morning. He is back-flipping into the next phase of his life, leaving NASCAR and 
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How is retirement from NASCAR going for Tony Stewart? He looks pretty comfortable on a tractor grooming a dirt track, and soon enough, he'll be racing at dirt tracks all over. 

Christopher Bell eyes bigger things after Chili Bowl victory

Christopher Bell won the Chili Bowl, a big victory for an Oklahoma native. Now he has his sights set on on a Camping World Truck Series title.




JR Motorsports ramps up with 2017 expansion


@nascarcasm: Potential new jobs for Carl Edwards



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  Who is NASCAR’s best in the last 100 Cup races?

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JR Motorsports to keep championship-contending tandem together

Crew chief Kevin Meendering helped Elliott Sadler to three Xfinity wins and a runner-up finish for the title.  

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 Ryan Truex inked for full Truck Series schedule with Hattori Racing Enterprises

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FREEHOLD FORD SPONSORSHIP AND 2017 SKED ANNOUNCED;

2016 DRIVERS HONORED AT WALL STADIUM AWARDS DINNER SUNDAY

MANALAPAN, N.J. ~ Over 300 Wall Stadium Speedway competitors, crew members and fans gathered at the Battleground Country Club Sunday evening to hear announcements about the 2017 season including new Modified sponsor John Marotta’s Freehold Ford and the upcoming season schedule and to honor top stock car drivers and teams from 2016.

            The Modified division sponsorship drew large applause as Freehold Ford representative Justin Huettler was introduced to the gathering and he announced that the headlining division would be known as the Freehold Ford Modifieds for 2017. Attendees were also anxious to review the 2017 schedule, which will open on Saturday night, April 22, and will continue through the traditional Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby. The entire schedule is available on the speedway website.

            In the Modified ranks Jackson’s Steven Reed was honored for his second straight driving championship. Former champ Chas Okerson of Freehold, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Little Falls’ Shaun Carrig completed the top five. Krause was honored as the “Most Improved Driver,” Hopkinson accepted the “Hard Luck Award” and Ed Delage of Tinton Falls was the “Rookie of the Year.”

            Howell’s Kevin Davison was honored as the 2016 Snap On Sportsman driving champion, his second title in the division. Brick’s Dom Fattaruso, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., Jackson’s Blake Barney and Parlin’s Larry Thompson were second through fifth in the season-long final count. Collins was the “Most Improved Driver,” Barney was honored as “Rookie of the Year” and Matt Langbein of Laurence Harbor got the “Hard Luck Award.”

          ;  Bayville’s Mike Tillett celebrated his first ever Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model driving crown while Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Freehold’s Howie Conk, Beachwood’s Bill Vanderveen and Jackson’s Glen Conk wrapped up the top five. Jackson’s Greg Gastelu won the “Hard Luck Award’ and Beachwood’s Michelle Moorman was the “Most Improved Driver.”

            Louie Keraitis of Toms River enjoyed his first ever Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars championship. Nick Van Wickle of Edgewater Park, Eatontown’s Malcolm Campbell, Howell’s Robert French and Peter Bruno of Little Silver were second through fifth. Chris Gall of Brick took home the “Hard Luck Award,” Ron Merlino, Jr. of Pine Beach was the “Rookie of the Year” and Brick’s Roger Nickerson was the “Most Improved Driver.”

            Brick’s Joe Mongeau celebrated his second straight crown in the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Gerry Koenig of Seaford, N.Y., Scott Maher, Jr. of Brick and Howell’s Richie Byrne were second through fifth. Byrne was the “Most Improved Driver,” Tom Rajkowski of Fords was the “Rookie of the Year” and Dave Green of Howell got the “Hard Luck Award.”

          ;  Beachwood’s Todd Pilla was honored as the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock champion while Brian Osborn of Howell, Brick’s Jason Lane, Fred Cannock of Port Monmouth and Jackson’s Darren Burdge completed the top five. Osborn was honored as the “Rookie of the Year” and Darianne McLaren of Edison was the “Most Improved Driver.”

            The top ten drivers and their teams in each division were honored with awards and the Sportsman No. 10 team of Brick’s Dom Fattaruso was honored for preparing the season’s “Best Appearing Car.” MEG Wheels also awarded top drivers.

          ;  With the 2016 campaign complete 2017 activities begin on April 1 when teams are welcome to bring their cars to the track for technical and safety inspection. April 8 and April 15 will be reserved for practice sessions before the season opens on Saturday night, April 22.

            The regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through September 30, when 2017 champions will be crowned, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” on October 21 and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby” are also being planned.

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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Roush Fenway ‘Salutes’ Mark Martin’s Hall of Fame Career
Team Unveils #SaluteToMark Campaign to Honor the Hall of Famer
Concord, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2017) – For almost two decades there was no more formidable duo in NASCAR than Mark Martin and Jack Roush. This week Roush Fenway Racing will pay tribute to Martin’s Hall of Fame career by showcasing a variety of content covering Martin’s 19 seasons with the winningest organization in NASCAR history.
Martin, who will be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night, won 83 races across NASCAR’s top three National Series and finished runner-up in the Cup Series points standings on four different occasions (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002), while helping Roush Fenway grow into one of the premier teams in NASCAR. Team owner Jack Roush will officially induct his first NASCAR driver into the Hall during the ceremony that will air live on NBCSN - Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
“The thing that always stood out about Mark was his unmatched drive to win,” said Roush. “Mark became one of the most driven and committed people I’ve ever seen. He put us on the map in NASCAR and certainly no one deserves this honor more.  I’m very pleased with the part we played in the success that Mark was able to realize throughout his career and I’ll always be grateful for his determination to succeed and desire to win.”
Throughout the course of the NASCAR Hall of Fame week, fans will be treated to a variety of behind the scenes content, including photos, videos and giveaways that highlight Martin’s almost two-decade tenure at Roush Fenway.
Fans will even have a chance to win prizes including diecast replicas, team hats and an official Mark Martin firesuit. Visit www.roushfenway.com/salutetomark for more details.
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition. Moving into its 30th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
 
 
  

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 Plan ahead: 2017 NASCAR schedules for top series

Here are the 2017 Cup, Xfinity, Truck and K&N schedules all in one place to help you plan for the upcoming race season.  

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Auto-Owners Insurance expands sponsorship of Martin Truex Jr.’s team

Company will double the number of races it will sponsor Martin Truex Jr. in each of the next two seasons.

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Tony Stewart shows how he hopes to feel after tonight’s Chili Bowl finale

Tony Stewart took to Twitter today to show how he hopes to feel after tonight's Chili Bowl championship race.  

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 Several NASCAR drivers still hope to make Chili Bowl title race tonight, fans fight ice storm

Several other NASCAR drivers hope to join Christopher Bell in tonight's championship race of the Chili Bowl in Tulsa. 

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 Changes to NASCAR rulebook: Driver biometrics, roof hatch and rear spoiler height

Rear spoilers on Cup cars will be 2.35 inches tall, down from the 2.5 inches used at Michigan and Kentucky last season.  

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 NASCAR reduces number of tires Cup teams can use in half of Chase races

Cup teams will be permitted fewer sets of tires in 13 of 36 points races and five of the 10 Chase races.

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Tony Stewart set for more than 70 races in multiple series this year

How Cup Series active wins list looks without Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon
The departures of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards remove 170 wins from the active wins list.

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Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon lend their voices to the cartoon that debuts Sunday morning on Disney Channel.

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Kyle Larson is doing what a lot of other drivers do during their "offseason." He's racing, and not just anywhere, but at this weekend's Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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NASCAR Truck: Cameron Hayley out at ThorSport Racing

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NASCAR Xfinity: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne in No. 88 for two races apiece


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Carl Edwards stepped away from NASCAR on Wednesday, but he still didn't say the word "retirement." Is he done? Ricky Craven figures Edwards will be back at some point in 2017 or not at all.

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Edwards' decision caught Kenseth by surprise

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Monster Energy: 'We’re going to bring a party’ to NASCAR

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne to compete in two Xfinity races each  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/12/nascar-dale-jr-kasey-kahne-to-compete-in-two-xfinity-races-each-in-no-88/ 

Report: Brendan Gaughan says he will be entered in Daytona 500

Full-time Xfinity Series driver tells Las Vegas Review-Journal he will seek to make the 500 with a non-chartered team.  

 Rico Abreu, Cameron Hayley not returning to ThorSport Racing in 2017
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Carl Edwards’ move gives crew chief fourth different driver in four years
Dave Rogers will be rookie Daniel Suarez's crew chief with Carl Edwards stepping out of ride.

  Video: Joe Gibbs discusses how his team handled Carl Edwards’ surprise departure
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NASCAR Truck: Rico Abreu sidelined by lack of sponsorship

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Car owner Joe Gibbs says that Daniel Suarez will drive about 10 Xfinity races in 2017 along with his Cup duties.

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Carl Edwards ‘stepping away’ from NASCAR, cites career satisfaction, desire to stay healthy and other pursuits

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 A $20 car, a couple of great breaks and prolonged excellence sends Richard Childress to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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CONCORD, N.C. (January 10, 2017) – Roush Fenway Racing today announced a team-wide partnership with Kleen Performance Products™ and Performance Plus, its premium motor oil brand. Performance Plus will serve as the official oil partner of NASCAR’s winningest team, as well as the primary sponsor for multiple races with driver Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion. 
 
“We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the Performance Plus brand and have them on board as our official oil partner,” said team owner Jack Roush. “The partnership reflects Roush Fenway’s commitment to using the highest-quality products in our race cars. Performance Plus not only protects engines, but it provides us a competitive edge on the race track.”
 
“This partnership allows us to continue our affiliation and to showcase the performance of our oil under the demanding conditions of NASCAR racing,” said Mark Bouldin, president of Kleen Performance Products. “Running our oil in military vehicles around the globe and in race cars across North America provides today’s drivers with the confidence to use our oil in their everyday vehicles.”
 
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NASCAR Summit Presented By AMR Promotes Innovation, Safety, Preparation
Motorsports Industry Gathers for Best-in-Class Training, Best-Practice Sharing for 2017
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Safety is a founding NASCAR tenet and as a contact sport with major multi-day events that span the calendar, it’s vitally important that the professionals who will respond to incidents be prepared with the latest technology and best practices. That’s why medical, safety, security and operations professionals from race tracks nationwide and abroad convened for the annual NASCAR Summit Presented by American Medical Response (AMR).
 
The three-day gathering at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Concord, North Carolina, concluded today and featured instruction from some of the nation’s leading experts. It also provided an opportunity for the industry to share best practices and recognize and honor its best work.
 
“Our goal as an industry is to provide the best event experience for our fans as well as best-in-class safety for our competitors. This Summit plays a vital role in making that happen,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “NASCAR and the facilities where we compete feature the most highly skilled and dedicated professionals. They are faced with ever-changing challenges and environments, and they continually rise to those challenges. This annual gathering continues to grow, and we’re excited to have AMR on board as the presenting sponsor.”
 
"We are proud and pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Summit. This is an important gathering of professionals from across the country," said Randy Strozyk, AMR executive vice president of operations.
 
The Summit featured more than 30 general and discipline-specific breakout sessions that addressed topics ranging from weather contingency planning to incident scene management. Presenters included leading physicians, track services professionals and law enforcement agencies.
 
Nationally known speaker, attorney Gordon Graham delivered the keynote presentation. A top expert in law enforcement and public service training, he specializes in risk management.
 
During the event’s final general session, awards were presented to top medical, security and track services personnel for their outstanding achievements and innovations from the 2016 season. Award winners were:
 
Track Services
  • Mission Award: Daytona International Speedway
  • Teamwork Award: Kentucky Speedway
  • Innovation Award: Pocono Raceway
  • Excellence in Track Services Award: Jay Donnay, Homestead-Miami Speedway
     
 
Medical
  • Above and Beyond Award: Dr. Angela Fiege, Dr. John Maino, Dr. Brian Nao
  • Nursing Director Award: Jackie Coats, Watkins Glen International
  • Teamwork Award: Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway
 
Security
  • Security Director’s Award: George Brazzale, Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Jim Hosfelt, Dover International Speedway
 
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opens the 2017 season with the 59th Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26 (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
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NASCAR Xfinity: Stephen Leicht returns with Obaika Racing


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NASCAR Truck: John Wes Townley retires, Athenian Motorsports shuts down 


NASCAR Truck: Stewart Friesen goes full-time

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The "Track Too Tough to Tame" has hosted a retro themed weekend the last two seasons.  
              
Fox Sports: ‘Speculation’ over Carl Edwards joining network ‘unfounded’
A Fox Sports executive says the network is "surprised as anyone" about the news around Carl Edwards.

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NASCAR Cup: Carl Edwards expected to announce retirement


Carl Edwards' expected retirement raises all kinds of questions, speculation

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Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017


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Social Roundup: Reaction to Carl Edwards leaving JGR, not racing in 2017
The NASCAR community is still in shock over the news Carl Edwards won't race in 2017 and is being replaced by Daniel Suarez
              
Halmar Friesen Racing enters Truck Series under leadership of Tommy Baldwin
Tommy Baldwin Jr, will be in charge of day-to-day operations of the new Camping World Truck Series

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Daniel Suarez has all the tools to take advantage of huge Cup opportunity 

Moving up to Cup: Daniel Suarez career highlights 

 Four Manufacturers Who Should Enter NASCAR 

 Why Carl Edwards stepping away from racing isn’t a complete surprise 

 Flipped out: A look at Carl Edwards’ 28 Cup Series wins

14 tracks where Carl Edwards won NASCAR Cup Series races 

NASCAR: Carl Edwards Expected To Announce Retirement Wednesday

15 most surprising NASCAR driver changes since 2000

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Carl Edwards' retirement a mystery for now

Carl Edwards has always been cordial but guarded when it comes to his private life. Why is he going to announce his retirement Wednesday? We may never know.


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 Denny Hamlin says contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing is done

Defending Daytona 500 winner just waiting for team and sponsor to make the news official. 

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 Must see: Bristol Motor Speedway, surrounding area covered in snow
A bird's eye view shows the half-mile track in the middle of a snow-covered valley.  

JR Motorsports adds Anthony Alfredo to Late Model operation
At 17, Anthony Alfredo joins Josh Berry on the Late Model team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

  Austin Dillon shows hockey and NASCAR don’t mix well
Race cars don't do well on ice Austin Dillon shows.

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Davey Allison’s legacy lives on through family and friends

Davey Allison's car is in the Hall of Fame but some want him there permanently.

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Martinsville offering fans opportunity to take home grandfather clock

Fans have plenty of chances to take home a Martinsville Speedway grandfather clock.

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The NASCAR community shared their snow adventures on social media.

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NASCAR Cup: no tire test at Texas Motor Speedway

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 PHOTOS: The 18 new cars on Glory Road at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

A look at the 18 new cars on Glory Road in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/07/photos-the-18-new-cars-on-glory-road-at-the-nascar-hall-of-fame/

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Goodyear won’t be able to do Texas Motor Speedway tire test after repave

The repave project begins Monday and is scheduled to be completed in early March.    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/06/nascar-goodyear-wont-conduct-texas-motor-speedway-tire-test-after-repave-project/



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Jeff Gordon embracing Rolex 24 return

Jeff Gordon fully focused on his first Rolex 24 drive in 10 years. 

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Order the official NASCAR yearbook for the 2016 Cup season
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 Texas Motor Speedway to begin repaving project Monday

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NASCAR Xfinity: Kevin Harvick slated for at least four races in 2017

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Court documents show that the appeal can be reinstated by Jan. 30. 

 NASCAR Next’s Alon Day named Israel’s Athlete of the Year
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 NASCAR on NBC podcast: Best of 2016 edition

After 57 episodes featuring, 12 active NASCAR drivers, three Hall of Famers, two F1 drivers, and countless contributors, a...

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Too early to predict 2018 Joe Gibbs Racing driver line-up

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What’s new in NASCAR ahead of the 2017 season

Breaking down all the big changes that we'll see in NASCAR this season, from logo changes to free tickets.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports sets crew chief lineup
Marcus Richmond joins Camping World Truck Series organization

WATCH: Stewart-Haas Racing reveals its Ford Fusions
Stewart-Haas Racing will be aligned with Ford after eight seasons with Chevrolet. 

Trent Owens to crew chief for Chris Buescher at JTG Daugherty Racing
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The Critic's Annex: 1999 Kroger 225
by Phil Allaway

Note: The broadcast of this week's throwback race can be seen here.

Hopefully, the holidays were quite pleasant for you all.  Now, it is time to go back to work.

Before we get started with this throwback critique, we have some TV news.  Two notable on-air personalities will not return to their roles in 2017.  Ray Dunlap announced on his Twitter feed that his contract with FOX Sports has not been renewed for 2017, ending his time with the network after 16 years.  Recently, Dunlap has served as the play-by-play commentator for FOX Sports' ARCA Racing Series broadcasts and conducted a series of one-on-one interviews for NCWTS Setup.

Secondly, Mike Massaro announced that he is leaving NBC Sports, effective immediately.  Massaro served as a pit reporter for race broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN, in addition to work on NASCAR America.  No announcements have been made in regards to potential replacements.

This week on the throwback edition of The Critic's Annex, we're going back to the late 1990's.  Prior to the opening of Kentucky Speedway, current Kentucky Speedway minority owner Jerry Carroll owned and operated Louisville Motor Speedway, a 7/16ths of a mile oval just south of Louisville, Ky. (the track was literally in the flight path of nearby Louisville International Airport).  Louisville hosted five races for the then-Craftsman Truck Series.  The first four were held in summer during the day and two of those (1996 and 1997) aired on CBS.

For 1999, the race was moved to early October and ran at night.  With that, the heck broke loose.  How did ESPN handle the heck going down?

This race was originally scheduled to air live on ESPN.  However, ESPN also had rights to air Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.  That game went 12 innings and thus, went long by 45 minutes or so.  As a result, the start of the race was pushed to ESPN 2.  The baseball game ended roughly one-third of the way into the race.

Even in 1999, moving a race from ESPN to ESPN 2 due to a live event was relatively commonplace.  At that time, ESPN 2 was in over 60 million households (the network broke 70 million eight months after this race).  More than four of every five households with ESPN would have also gotten ESPN 2 at the time.

For ESPN, Marty Reid was on play-by-play in the booth (at the time, he was the regular man in that position for truck races), joined by Benny Parsons.  Dave Burns and Amy East (Cook) were in the pits. 

Unfortunately, there wasn't much in the way of pre-race coverage due to weather threatening the proceedings.  As a result, there was a brief recap of the previous race in Las Vegas, mentioning the fact that Greg Biffle's No. 50 team got busted for an unapproved part.  Whatever it was, it must have been pretty blatant.  A $46,000 fine today would require a P5-level penalty in the series.  The weather prevented a proper explanation of that mess.

When the broadcast began, the 30 starters were already on the track and running their pace laps.  After a brief introduction and a check of the starting lineup, the race got underway.

It didn't take long for the action to heat up as David Starr smacked the wall, then Carl Long hit the wall a lap later and put fluid down on the track to put out the first yellow.

After the restart, the action came fast and furious.  Drivers were trying to get every spot they possibly could.  Robbie Thompson seemed to miss a shift on the restart, which backed up the inside line and created problems in turn 1.  Starr spun out on his own a lap later on the frontstretch.  No replay was shown of this spin and no caution was thrown.

Ron Hornaday, Jr. struggled in the race, running down the order a ways, then he lost a lap by spinning out while trying to avoid Tom Bambard and Joe Ruttman.  There was a replay of the incident, but that clip did not show Hornaday's spin.

After Hornaday's son, Ronnie Hornaday, III, was eliminated in a crash, Hornaday nearly wrecked Jimmy Hensley out of the lead on the next restart.  The result was simply chaos with people everywhere.  Reid and Parsons described this incident as a "carom shot," which it basically was.  What that means that is that Hornaday intentionally hit Hensley.

Later, Jack Sprague spun on the frontstretch after contact with Mike Wallace.  Despite doing a 360 in front of two-thirds of the field, Sprague was not hit and continued without issue.  No yellow was thrown.  One did come out while ESPN was showing a replay of the incident.

Another aspect of the race that hasn't mentioned is the fact that this was the only truck race at Louisville with live pit stops.

As you may remember from some of my older TV critiques, Reid was a rather forgetful fella in the booth.  That's what ultimately got him fired from the network late in the 2013 season.  However, that unfortunately track record really wasn't at play here.  The Reid of the late 1990's and early 2000's was generally solid in the booth.  If we got that performance from Reid when he was calling Sprint Cup races in 2010, then maybe things could have worked out differently for him.

Post-race coverage was fairly brief due to the 12 cautions that comprised a full one-third of the race.  Viewers got interviews with race winner Jay Sauter and winning crew chief Todd Berrier, in addition to some wrap-up coverage before ESPN left the air.

Overall, this was a pretty wild race swansong to major races at Louisville Motor Speedway.  Jay Sauter got out of there with the win despite only leading the final three laps.  ESPN did a decent job bringing viewers the action, but it occurred so quickly at times that they couldn't cover it all.

The obligations as a TV network did get in the way of the action at times.  There were multiple restarts missed and Stacy Compton's late spin from fourth was caught live, but Reid had to read a SportsCenter promo when the wreck happened.  That's weak and Reid should have been able to stop himself and hold off on that for a moment.

Parsons was himself in the booth.  Very affable, enthusiastic about the action.  He really did follow Reid's lead for much of the broadcast, which is a little unusual as compared to his work on Winston Cup broadcasts on the time.  I suppose sharing a booth with Reid had a different protocol in terms of how Parsons conducted himself as compared to when he was sharing the booth with Bob Jenkins.

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 Atlanta Motor Speedway will be repaved after March race weekend

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 JR Motorsports not fielding Truck Series team this season

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 Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s luggage lost on honeymoon flight

 NASCAR driver named by Forbes as one of ’30 under 30′ to watch 

 SHR unveils two 2017 Kevin Harvick paint schemes 

 11 tracks where Kasey Kahne has won Cup Series races

NASCAR: Ray Dunlap Not Returning To NASCAR Coverage In 2017

54 days to Daytona: Juan Pablo Montoya and the flaming jet dryer

10 bold NASCAR predictions for the 2017 season

Five Things The 2016 NASCAR Season Taught All Of Us 

Video captures magic of Dale Earnhardt Jr. marriage to Amy Reimann

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NASCAR Truck: Rick Ware Racing shifts focus in 2017


NASCAR Cup: Trent Owens joins JTG-Daugherty Racing's new team

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2016 Season In Review: Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson tied NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt by winning a seventh Cup championship.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/01/02/2016-season-in-review-jimmie-johnson/

 2016 Season in Review: Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez won three races to make NASCAR history as the first foreign driver to win a national NASCAR title.

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The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is officially here.

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2016 Season in Review: Johnny Sauter

Johnny Sauter earned his first Truck championship in 2016

The 2017 Xfinity Series schedule
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The 2017 CWTS season will have five standalone races.

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 Ryan: Ranking the best races of the 2016 season

The top five races covered by Nate Ryan during the 2016 season. 

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2016 Season in Review: Matt Crafton
Matt Crafton barely missed out on his third Truck championship.


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2016 Season in Review: Kyle Busch

The 2015 Cup champion came up short of defending his title in Homestead. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/12/31/2016-season-in-review-kyle-busch/

              
Ryan: Ranking the best races of the 2016 season
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 2016 Xfinity Season in Review: Justin Allgaier

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  2016 Season in Review: Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards contended for the Premier Series title for the third time in his NASCAR career. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/12/30/2016-season-in-review-carl-edwards/

Multiple NASCAR drivers entered into 31st Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Drivers including defending winner Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson are entered into the Jan. 8 event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

2016 Season in Review: Christopher Bell

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For the seventh time in his NASCAR career, Jimmie Johnson hoisted the Cup series championship trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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Jimmie Johnson celebrates winning his seventh Sprint Cup Series Championship after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami ...
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This season will be different for Richard Petty Motorsports. The team will switch from two cars to one. Aric Almirola will continue to pilot the #43 ...
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 VIDEO: Best sounds of 2016

Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Daniel Suarez make the cut in "Best sounds of 2016."   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/12/30/video-best-sounds-of-2016/

2016 Season in Review: Erik Jones

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2016 Season in Review: Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth just barely missed reaching the Championship 4 round of the Chase.  

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 2016 Season in Review: Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon's winless drought continued in 2016.


 2016 NASCAR.com superlatives 

Engine builder of the year: Toyota Racing Development

Honorable mention: Hendrick Motorsports engines



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2016 Season in Review: William Byron
The Camping World Truck Series driver won a rookie record six races for Kyle Busch Motorsports.  

 2016 Season in Review: Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing it second Daytona 500 win in historic fashion. 

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 57: Mojo Nixon

The SiriusXM radio host and college radio legend discusses his lifelong roots in NASCAR, his irreverent and zany “Manifold... 

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Ryan Reed became much more consistent, with a single-season high of seven top-10s, when his previous best was just one top-10 in...

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Justin Fontaine returns to AM Racing for limited 2017 Truck Series season

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - This past season, Cedar Rapids native and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill joined a new team in Front Row ...
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What do you do when the believed solution is actually the problem? When the man that NASCAR and its partners rely so heavy on is actually hurting ...
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In 2012, Dodge announced it was leaving NASCAR. Before it walked out the door, however, it won the Drivers' Championship with Brad Keselowski ...
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Coming in at fifth in our countdown of the Top 20 Stories of 2016 is the earthshaking change that's coming to NASCAR's premier division. After 12 ...
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There were several late-in-the-year surprises, including a unexpected signal from a car manufacturer that it may return to the NASCAR fold.
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Enter Ryan Ellis of NASCAR fame, who races in both the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series. He's the one with the verified Twitter account ...

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Richard Petty turned to drag racing briefly in 1965 after NASCAR banned the engine he used in 1964. 

  2016 Season in Review: Daniel Hemric
Daniel Hemric had a strong 2016 season but failed to win a race.

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 Belk Bowl teams get NASCAR treatment at Charlotte Motor Speedway

The football teams of Arkansas University and Virginia Tech made laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/12/27/belk-bowl-teams-get-nascar-treatment-charlotte-motor-speedway-arkansas-virginia-tech/

2016 Season in Review: Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch advanced to the third round of the Chase while also setting a NASCAR record.

2016 Season in Review: Blake Koch
Blake Koch was the surprise underdog of the Xfinity Series Chase picture.

2016 Season in Review: Blake Koch
Blake Koch was the surprise underdog of the Xfinity Series Chase picture.
              
2016 Truck Series season in review: Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy continued an upward climb in NASCAR, finishing a career-best 7th in the Truck Series in 2016



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The 2016 NASCAR season offered was an opportunity so say hello once again to the same old, same old (Jimmie Johnson winning his seventh title) ...

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It made me start to think about what is happening with NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. There seems to be more and more penalties. Fortunately, the ...
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This is the first of a five-part series recapping the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, in which Jimmie Johnson would claim a record-tying ...

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The conviction put Johnson on a forced 11-month, three-day hiatus from his other career as a rising NASCAR star. Johnson, like many early NASCAR ...
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar poses for a photo with Richard Petty prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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2016 Season in Review: Kevin Harvick

With his team's switch to Ford in 2017, will that impact Kevin Harvick's performance?   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/12/26/2016-season-in-review-kevin-harvick/

 2016 Season in Review: Brennan Poole

Brennan Poole finished top 10 in points and earned career-highs in other categories.  

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 2016 Season Review: Kyle Busch http://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/842/2016-season-review-kyle-busch#/0
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 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-obaika-racing-expands-to-two-full-time-teams/

NASCAR Xfinity: Obaika Racing expands to two full-time teams

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-michael-waltrip-confirms-hell-run-daytona-500/

NASCAR Cup: Michael Waltrip confirms he'll run Daytona 500
 

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-myatt-snider-rounds-out-no-51-line-up/

NASCAR Truck: Myatt Snider rounds-out No. 51 line-up

Amanda Vincent

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