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A lot of things have happened since I last posted here. Brad Keselowski did the impossible and won at Talladega while Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were eliminated from the almighty Chase. Almost forgot the elimination included Kyle Busch. After Charlotte, maybe Brad can replace Kyle as NASCAR fans’ most hated driver. The jury is still out on that.


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David Starr and Whataburger Team up At Texas Motor Speedway

David Starr will partner once again with San Antonio, Texas-basedWhataburger for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Starr will be behind the wheel of the No. 44 Whataburger Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports on November 1st.

Tweaker Energy Shots is Back on Board the No. 19 Camry, piloted by Mike Bliss at Texas Motor Speedway

TriStar Motorsports is excited to announce that Tweaker Energy Shots will be back on board the No. 19 Camry this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

McClure Looking to Finish Season Strong

After wrecking shortly before the halfway point resulting in a disappointing finish at Charlotte, McClure is eager to finish the 2014 season on a high note beginning with this weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway. In 15 starts, the Virginia driver has completed 87.9% of the total laps raced and his best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway came in 2009 when he posted a 19th-place finish.

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

Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500: 43 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 21
- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

No. 32- Joey Gase for Go FAS Racing
No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 83- JJ Yeley for BK Racing

Driver Changes:
No. 32
- Joey Gase returns to the seat, replacing Kyle Fowler.
No. 33- David Stremme returns to the seat, replacing Travis Kvapil.
No. 66- Brett Moffitt returns to the seat, replacing Mike Wallace.


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

Not Entered:

No. 44- Timmy Hill for Team Xtreme Racing
No. 93- Clay Rogers for BK Racing


Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge: 43 cars entered


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

No. 12- Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 20- Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22- Joey Logano for Team Penske

No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 42- Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54- Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 98- Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Driver Changes:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick returns to the seat, replacing Alex Bowman.
No. 10- Blake Koch returns to the seat, replacing David Starr.
No. 22- Joey Logano returns to the seat, replacing Brad Keselowski.
No. 23- Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Carlos Contreras.
No. 33- Austin Dillon returns to the seat, replacing Cale Conley.
No. 44- David Starr returns to the seat, replacing Will Kimmel.
No. 87- Carlos Contreras returns to the seat, replacing Timmy Hill.

Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports

No. 10- Blake Koch for TriStar Motorsports*

No. 12- Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 17- Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing
No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 46- Ryan Ellis for The Motorsports Group*
No. 70- Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing
No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing*

No. 84- Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 89- Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures*
No. 90- Martin Roy for DGR Motorsports
No. 98- Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Not Entered:

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

No. 72- Matt Carter for Carter Motorsports

No. 77- Jimmy Weller for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci/SS-Green Light Racing
No. 80- Ross Chastain for HRE Motorsports

No. 91- Jeff Green for TriStar Motorsports


Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350k: 31 trucks entered


Number Change:

- Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 34 changes back to No. 54.

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 35- Ryan Ellis for Win-Tron Racing

No. 36- Blake Koch for MB Motorsports
No. 51- Kyle Busch for Kyle Busch Motorsports

Driver Changes:

No. 07- Ryan Lynch is in the seat, replacing Enrique Contreras, III.  BJ McLeod was originally entered in the truck.
No. 08- Ray Black, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Camden Murphy.  Jimmy Weller was originally entered in the truck.
No. 0- Caleb Roark returns to the seat, replacing Matt Tifft.

No. 8- Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing his son John Hunter Nemechek.
No. 9- Ron Hornaday, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Brennan Newberry.
No. 20- Brennan Newberry returns to the seat, replacing Gray Gaulding.
No. 30- Cameron Hayley is in the seat, replacing Ron Hornaday, Jr.

No. 32- Tayler Malsam returns to the seat, replacing Alex Guenette.
No. 35- Ryan Ellis is in the seat, replacing Peyton Sellers.

No. 36- Blake Koch returns to the seat, replacing Scott Stenzel.
No. 51- Kyle Busch returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones.
No. 74- Mike Harmon returns to the seat, replacing Wendell Chavous.

Since there are only 31 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these teams must still qualify on speed:

No. 05- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 0- Caleb Roark for JJC Racing*

No. 15- Mason Mingus for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 23- Max Gresham for GMS Racing

No. 36- Blake Koch for MB Motorsports*

No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing*

*- Expected to Start-and-Park


Not Entered:
No. 00
- Cole Custer for Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 33- Brandon Jones for Turner Scott Motorsports/GMS Racing
No. 75- Caleb Holman for Henderson Motorsports

No. 80- Jody Knowles

No. 82- Cody Erickson for Empire Racing

No. 86- Brandon Brown for Brown Motorsports

No. 87- Charles Buchanan, Jr. for Buchanan Motorsports

No. 92- Austin Hill for Ricky Benton Racing

No. 93- Dustin Hapka for RSS Racing

The Critic's Annex: Voda's Move to NBC Sports

by Phil Allaway

As noted above, NBC Sports Group announced that Krista Voda is moving over to NBC Sports' NASCAR coverage starting at the beginning of next season.  In addition to hosting pre-race and post-race shows for Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races, Voda will also serve as a host for NASCAR America on NBC Sports Network.

For NBC Sports, gaining the services of someone like Voda is quite the coup for their NASCAR coverage.  They will have someone who could essentially do anything.  Voda can host shows, work the pits, and work the garage during practice sessions.   Also, Voda is well-respected amongst the people that ultimately matter in NASCAR.  Those people include NASCAR itself, the drivers, the crew chiefs, crewmembers and car owners.

The hosting gig on pre-race shows will likely be similar to what Voda does now as the host of NCWTS Setup prior to Camping World Truck Series races.  However, I have no idea how that's going to work.  I doubt it'll be the same as the Setup since there will be more people involved.  Remember, NBC Sports is going to have some kind of traveling studio on-site at the races next year.  Mike Massaro will be heading that up.  I couldn't tell you who's going to join him because none of those people have been announced yet.  What I worry about here is whether or not Voda makes Massaro redundant during pre-race and post-race offerings, or vice versa.  NBC Sports is going to have to figure out how it's going to work.  Also, what will the post-race coverage even look like?  Will Voda be hosting regular post-race coverage, or will there be extended post-race offerings on the NBC Sports Live Xtra app that she'll be hosting?  The new TV deal seemingly allows for it.  If that were to happen, think of it like the extended post-race coverage TNT made exclusive to RaceBuddy at, or ESPN's internet-exclusive interviews that run as part of The Rundown on their website.

Voda will be a great host for NASCAR America.  I'm sure of that.  The only question I have about that is what NBC Sports Network's plans for the show are.  Would Voda be the permanent host for the show, like Steve Byrnes (when he's able to work) is for NASCAR RaceHub on FOX Sports 1?  Or would Voda be just one of a number of potential hosts for the show, like what NASCAR America does now?  TV viewers generally like continuity, and NASCAR fans are no different.  Having constantly rotating hosts means that viewers have trouble getting comfortable.  The ratings for NASCAR America aren't exactly great.  It does well against similar programming on NBC Sports Network, but the numbers still aren't very high.  Having a permanent host likely would help a little bit.

The last couple of years of NASCAR Now on ESPN 2 had similar hosting issues, but that was a lesser issue as compared to their air time.  Not only did the show air in DVR Theater, but viewers never knew when it would air.  Even with a scheduled timeslot, it was still subject to change due to live programming earlier in the evening.  It could air before or after the scheduled airtime.  In NASCAR Now's case, unless you had access to weekly press releases, you never knew who was hosting the show from night-to-night.  You could get lucky and get Mike Massaro, Nicole Briscoe or Shannon Spake some nights.  Other nights brought hosts that didn't bring much knowledge of NASCAR to the show.

Voda's move comes at a rather bad time for her current employer, FOX Sports.  After having the most stability of any of NASCAR's TV partners since the beginning of the series-wide TV deals in 2001, FOX Sports has had a fair amount of turnover over the past couple of years.  First, Dick Berggren retired after working on broadcasts for over 30 years.  FOX Sports decided that it was inappropriate to replace him.  Instead, they choose to make Jeff Hammond into a "roving reporter" while adding Michael Waltrip to replace him in the "Hollywood Hotel" with Chris Myers.  The result of those moves was to give viewers a double dose of Waltrip while partially hamstringing themselves.

For 2015, there are some question marks for FOX Sports' telecasts.  Recently, FOX Sports announced the signing of Jamie Little to serve as a pit reporter on the telecasts.  At the time, I figured that FOX Sports were finally going to provide a full slate of pit reporters for the first time since Berggren's retirement.  Apparently, that's wrong.  Little ultimately is replacing Voda, still leaving the network with only three pit reporters.  I have no doubt that Little will do well in her role with FOX Sports, just like she did with ESPN.

However, there's an elephant in the room.  That is the future of de facto lead pit reporter Byrnes.  As you are likely aware, Byrnes is currently fighting a re-occurrence of cancer.  The re-occurrence appears quite a bit more serious than Byrnes' first battle last year.  While everyone appears to be very confident that Byrnes can beat it and return to work, when that will happen is anybody's guess.  Let's face it.  Working on NASCAR broadcasts is fairly difficult work.  The days are very long (longer than any writer not named Bob Pockrass) and you're pretty busy during the days at the track.  Given how taxing Byrnes' treatments are, I believe that there is a good sporting chance that he won't be at Daytona in February.  If that happens, FOX Sports would be down to two full-time pit reporters (Little and Matt Yocum).  If FOX didn't want to bring someone else into the Cup broadcasts, they could change Hammond's roving reporter role into a regular pit reporter role in a pinch.  He's ok in that role, but not great.

Luckily, FOX Sports has the deepest pit reporter bench in NASCAR, despite it taking some hits recently.  Someone like Ray Dunlap could get his first Sprint Cup race work since 2000 next season.  Wendy Venturini could step in, but she does races with PRN Radio.  As a result, she would be unavailable for a number of races.  With permission from NBC Sports, Voda could actually stay with FOX Sports and work the pits for FOX for much of the first half of 2015 as a long-term substitute for Byrnes if needed (remember, despite signing the deal, Voda's work at the track for NBC Sports doesn't start until July).

Ultimately, we'll have to see how everything turns out.  The opportunity for Voda likely was too big to turn down.  FOX Sports is probably wishing that Voda didn't make that move right about now.

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From Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on Growing, Contending and Moving Forward

When I first started here, [it was] a part-time start-and-park team. We have grown and worked together to go from a full-time team that didn’t start and park at all, and now we’re a team that has a significant amount of sponsorship in terms of races covered. Next year, we’re going to be able to cover the same amount of races in sponsorship, but probably with some more money. So we’re seeing some really good growth." - Landon Cassill, on the growth of Hillman Racing over the past year

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Bit-O-Honey to Appear on Chris Buescher’s No. 60 Mustang at Texas Motor Speedway

Just in time for Halloween, Chris Buescher’s No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang will carry the Bit-O-Honey colors this weekend in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex Jr. Aiming to Recapture Momentum in Texas

If there’s one thing that Martin Truex Jr. wants to achieve in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race it’s to see his mojo return after it took a two-week hiatus due to uncontrollable circumstances.

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Ray Black Jr. Excited for High Speeds of Texas Motor Speedway

October 28, 2014 Ray Black Jr. will make his sixth start of 2014 in the No. 08 ScubaLife / NASE Worldwide Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races Friday night under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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Numbers Game: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
by Tom Bowles

Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties, Numbers Games is a day late this week. It will return to its usual slot in the newsletter next Tuesday.


Career victories by Brad Keselowski at Texas and Phoenix, the next two races on the Cup Series schedule. Keselowski is in Chase trouble after a broken transmission left him 31st at Martinsville – 26 points behind fourth-place Matt Kenseth.


Top-5 finish for Tony Stewart since returning to the track after the Kevin Ward tragedy. Stewart was fourth at Martinsville, his first top-5 result since Fontana back in March.


Times this season Jeff Gordon has led over 100 laps in a race: Richmond and Martinsville. Gordon failed to win both those events (second in each).


Straight top-10 finishes for Clint Bowyer. That’s the first time he’s accomplished the feat since Loudon in July.


Straight Chase finishes outside the top 15 for Jimmie Johnson. It’s the first time that’s happened in his Sprint Cup career.


Wins this season for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the most for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver since 2004. Earnhardt had three wins total in the last nine seasons before this one.


Straight races led for Jamie McMurray, along with a pole he earned at Martinsville. He’s finished inside the top 15 just once in those events (16th on Sunday).


Average finish by Joey Logano during the Chase, best among all Sprint Cup drivers.


Points separating the top 5 with two races left until the final reset. Only four, max will transfer to NASCAR’s first ever Final Four at Homestead.


Finish by David Ragan Sunday, a career best. It’s the first time in a decade of competition Front Row Motorsports has run inside the top 10 outside the restrictor plate tracks.


Laps led by Ryan Newman this Chase. Newman, who is winless on the year is still in contention to win the Sprint Cup championship.


Laps led by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Martinsville, a career high for him at any Sprint Cup track. Earnhardt had never won at the .533-mile oval until Sunday.


Money won by Denny Hamlin for finishing eighth at Martinsville.


Money won by Kevin Harvick for finishing 33rd at Martinsville.

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Hosting the first Eliminator race in the Chase, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 66th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Surprising: While some tributes were expected, especially with the remembrance of the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash at Martinsville ten years ago, other tributes also abounded, from the […]

NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Martinsville

1. Jeff Gordon: Gordon, an eight-time winner at Martinsville, finished second in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, the best finish among Chase-eligible drivers. He leads the points standings by three over Ryan Newman.

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This weekend, Marcos Ambrose will represent DEWALT for the final time. DEWALT will sponsor the No. 9 Ford of Ambrose at the fast, mile-and-a-half Texas Motor Speedway in Sunday's 500-mile race. It will be their last primary sponsorship of the season.

Almirola Hopes to Rebound with Good Finish at Texas

The No. 43 team worked hard on their mile-and-a-half program and showed significant improvement throughout the season. Aric Almirola's best intermediate track finish this year was an eighth-place finish at Kansas earlier in the year. The team also showed speed in the past few intermediate track races but don't have the finishes to show for it. This weekend, Almirola hopes to rebound with a good finish in the No. 43 Farmland Ford.

Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 43 WinField team will return to action at Texas Motor Speedway after a two week hiatus for the Nationwide Series. Prior to the break, the series competed at two mile-and-a-half tracks and will return to another one this weekend. Armstrong and the team are looking for improvement with their mile-and-a-half program and are hoping that the consistency of competing at mile-and-a-half tracks the last two races will help them going into this weekend.

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Whataburger to Sponsor Starr at Texas

TriStar Motorsports announced on Monday that Whataburger, a San Antonio-based fast food chain, will serve as the primary sponsor of David Starr's No. 44 Toyota in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.  Read more at Frontstretch

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Five Things You Don't Do at Martinsville...Or So I Thought
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

1.) Turn Right in the Corner

I really thought this was pretty basic when you sign up to be a NASCAR driver.  You are forever seeking the infield in this sport.  If you want to visit the grandstands, it's best done on foot.  In order to gain ground on the track you focus on turning left, left, left.  Therefore, I am stymied as to why Kasey Kahne or Brian Vickers would even think that turning right in the middle of the corner would result in anything but lots of carnage, scrunched metal and tempers fraying...oh, wait.  Nevermind.

2.) Stop When Exiting Pit Road

We all know whatever it is you do in NASCAR, it's always a race to be first: first one to line up for practice, first team in the garage in the morning, first to take the green flag, first one on pit road, first one off pit road...

Except when Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin tried out braking one another departing pit road.  Usually drivers are cheered on by their spotter as they exit to go, go, go but not too fast, or you'll get hit for speeding.  Definitely don't stop.  That will only result in somebody plowing into your bumper and losing more precious spots on the track.  Unless of course you don't want that spot on the track.

Hamlin and Gordon knew restarting on the outside was death to second-place and did all they could to grab the correct place to line up for the restart.  Clever drivers.  Not clever enough, as neither pilot ended up in Victory Lane.

3.) Give a really pleasant interview when your name is Kurt Busch

There are a few things you can generally rely on at a NASCAR event: the Hendrick contingent will be running up front, there will be several debris cautions for unseen bits of rubber and plastic during the race, and it's always reassuring to know that when a Busch brother meets unfortunate circumstances he'll provide an interview that is likely to offend his owner, sponsor, media and much of the viewing public.

I think I landed in OZ when Kurt Busch's oil line gave way and caught fire during a caution.  Was that the same man who has verbally abused police officers, insulted many members of the media, made enemies out of drivers young and old and has generally been known as a porcupine best left alone in the garage?  He was practically giggling as he gave a farewell speech for his teammates.  I'm still puzzling over what happened there.

4.) Win the Race When You're Out of the Chase

Look, there are three races left to determine who the Four Horsemen will be when we arrive in Homestead.  It has been preordained by NASCAR that three of the four spots will be given to the remaining Chasers who win Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.  What does Junior think he's doing by stealing the grandfather clock after failing to move forward into the Eliminator Round?  Teams will have to actually run for points positions in order to be eligible for the Cup.  Oh hey, isn't that how the championship has been decided for the past thirty-odd years?

The more things change... (Go Junior!)

5.) Jump Up and Down on the Stage When You've Just Won a Clock

All I can say is it was a mighty good thing that two guys were giving the clock a bear hug while the Junior Nation mosh-pit took over the makeshift Victory Lane stage Sunday afternoon.  That thing was rocking!  There's nothing better than seeing a team toss sponsors and major media outlets aside in order to give themselves a huge pat on the back.  But after all the sweat and tears they shed getting to that point, it's wise not to destroy your trophy before you even get it home. (Kyle Busch anybody?)

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1.) No. 3 Austin Dillon Started 19th Finished 12th (2nd in RoTY standings)

2.) No. 51 Justin Allgaier Started 22nd Finished 17th (3rd in RoTY standings)

3.) No. 26 Cole Whitt Started 36th Finished 18th (4th in RoTY standings)


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As I peer out my window, I see cloudy skies and snow upon the ground. Even for us in the Great White North, this sucks. Yet, for many NASCAR fans, the skies are blue, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and even that fat little mouse is eager to help Cinderelli build her dress. Life is perfect. Well, almost perfect. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his fourth of the season at Martinsville, but just one race too late to keep his title hopes alive.

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earns Elusive Martinsville Win
by Justin Tucker

The disappointment from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was evident after last Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway.

After having his best season since 2004 while winning his second Daytona 500 and sweeping the races at Pocono, Earnhardt found himself eliminated from championship contention after finishing 31st at Talladega and faced with the reality of only having four races left with his crew chief Steve Letarte, the man many see responsible for his resurgence as a top level Cup series driver.

On Sunday, Earnhardt's focus turned to the legendary Martinsville Speedway, another track not yet crossed off his bucket list.  The same track that his Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have combined to win at sixteen times and his late father, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. won at six times.

With many near misses fresh on his mind as well as the tenth anniversary of the Hendrick plane crash that killed ten members of the Hendrick family as well as team members, Earnhardt finally crossed Martinsville off his bucket list after passing Tony Stewart after a late race restart with four laps to go and from there held off Jeff Gordon by .344 seconds to win the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 for his fourth win of the season.

Earnhardt was more emotional than usual in Victory Lane after win the win.

"This means so much to all of us," Earnhardt said.  "I lost my daddy a long time ago and I know how hard that is.  I can't imagine losing the amount of people Rick lost.  My heart goes out to him during this weekend. This honors them."

"We tried to win here so many years," he continued.  "This place is so special to me.  I wanted to win here so bad.  We've brought some good cars."

Gordon was the highest finishing chaser at Martinsville on Sunday on a day where no automatic berths to the championship race at Homestead was clinched.  Gordon led a race-high 130 laps and rallied from a pit road speeding penalty early in the race.  Gordon was pleased with his team's effort, but was disappointed about letting another Grandfather clock slip away.

"That means so much to Hendrick Motorsports," Gordon said.  "That's the best way you can possibly pay tribute to those that we lost 10 years ago.  To have a 1-2 finish, that's pretty awesome.  I would have loved to have gotten that win to move on to Homestead, but this is certainly a great start for us."

Ryan Newman finished third,  while Tony Stewart matched his best finish of the season in fourth, and Joey Logano rounded out the top 5. Matt Kenseth finished sixth, Clint Bowyer seventh, and Denny Hamlin eighth.  AJ Allmendinger fisished ninth, and David Ragan was tenth, earning Front Row Motorsports' first top-10 finish on an unrestricted track.

Martinsville lived up to its rough and tumble billing and several chasers were impacted by wrecks.  The driver most notably affected was Kevin Harvick, who spun and hit the wall on lap 229 after Kenseth wheel-hopped entering turn 1.  The crash sent Harvick's No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet to the garage for lengthy repairs.  Harvick eventually returned to the race and finished 43 laps down in 33rd.

Harvick, who now will likely have to win next week at Texas or Phoenix in two weeks to advance to the championship race at Homestead had some stern words for Kenseth following the race.

"Yeah, he won't win this championship," Harvick said of Kenseth. "If we don't, he won't."

Brad Keselowski, who defied the odds last week at Talladega by winning the race and clinching a spot in the eliminator round was impacted by a transmission issue with 64 laps to go which triggered a massive wreck on the frontstretch that required a red flag to clean up.  Keselowski finished 31st and put himself in a deep hole once again heading to Texas.

"I really think it's an axle," Keselowski said over the radio.  "It just started shaking off of turn 2 and then it kicked itself out of gear because it was shaking so hard. I heard a big clunking noise."

The second red flag came out with around ten laps to go and lasted for around ten minutes before the final round of pit stops to the finish.

Six-time champion and eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson's dismal by his standards 2014 season continued on Sunday.  After running as high as third, Johnson would have to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose left front wheel, which put him two laps down. After getting a lap back Johnson was caught in a stack up which heavily damaged the front end of his Lowe's No. 48 Chevrolet.  Johnson would finish 32nd.

A look at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 by the numbers. There were 24 lead changes among ten different drivers and fifteen cautions for 105 laps slowed the race pace to 70.725 MPH.

Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the second race of the eliminator round. The AAA Texas 500 goes green next Sunday at 3:16 P.M. ET.

Truck Series Breakdown: Kroger 200
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On a day where he honored the late Wendell Scott by donning his familiar powder blue paint scheme and No. 34 on the side of his truck, Darrell Wallace, Jr. made it back-to-back victories in the Fall Truck Series race at Martinsville after leading a race high 97 of 200 laps, holding off Timothy Peters by .495 seconds to win the Kroger 200 for his third win of 2014.

Championship points leader Matt Crafton would finish third, Erik Jones scored his fourth top 5 of the season in fourth, and Ryan Blaney, who recovered from a spin on lap 138 stormed back to finish fifth.  Tyler Reddick finished sixth, Johnny Sauter finished seventh, while Matt Tifft finished eightth in his series debut. Canadian Alex Guenette came home ninth, and German Quiroga would round out the top 10.

The Good:

Does anyone have a nickname for Matt Crafton yet?  If not, he needs to be called the "Machine" for his ability to continue to churn out top 5 caliber runs all while trying to secure his second consecutive Truck Series championship.  Crafton's 11th top 5 finish of the season on Saturday keeps his points lead over Ryan Blaney at 18 heading to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night where Crafton won earlier this year.

In Kyle Busch Motorsports' case, the future may be now in Erik Jones.  Jones recovered from a sub-par qualifying effort of 15th to finish fourth in his second career start on the paper clip shaped half-mile race track.  Jones has one more start left in 2014 and that is at Phoenix in two weeks.

The Bad:

There is no denying the talent of young Cole Custer but he had a rough outing at Martinsville on Saturday after an earlier crash that did extensive damage to his No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Custer would finish a season worst 29th.  However, the performance should be considered a minor setback after the success he has had in 2014.

The Championship Battle:

Matt Crafton maintains an eighteen point gap over Ryan Blaney in the race for the championship. Darrell Wallace Jr. with his win on Saturday makes it a three horse battle for the championship only 22 markers back with three races to go. Johnny Sauter is fourth and Timothy Peters rounds out the top five.

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The Camping World Truck Series heads to the Lone Star State and Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night for the WinStar World Casino 350K. Green flag is scheduled for 8:49 P.M. ET

Chasing the Chase: Gordon Claims Lead While Harvick and Keselowski Find Instant Calamity
by Phil Allaway

With the Contender round now over, the eight remaining Chasers had their margins reset to zero.  As a result, it's fairly easy to determine who's where in the standings after Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

Jeff Gordon's second-place finish while leading the most laps gives him the points lead.  His margin is three points over the consistent Ryan Newman, who finished third.  Joey Logano is just one point behind Newman in third after finishing fifth.  In fourth, last of those who would currently transfer to the championship round, is Matt Kenseth, who finished sixth.  

Just outside the cutoff is Denny Hamlin, who is currently two points behind Kenseth.  Hamlin finished eighth after getting trapped behind some of the drivers who stayed out on the final restart.  Hamlin later likened the situation to being stuck behind a road block.  Further back is Carl Edwards, who had a tough day at the paper clip.  The Ford EcoBoost-sponsored No. 99 was lapped on track, slightly involved in a crash, and had to charge just to finish 20th.  Edwards is 15 points behind Kenseth, not an insurmountable amount, but it won't be easy for him.

For Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, now is the time to panic.  Both were caught up in incidents that they were not at fault for and had to spend time in the garage for repairs.  Keselowski had a gear issue and was ploughs from behind by Casey Mears, while Harvick was a victim of Kenseth wheel-hopping under braking and taking him out.  More information on the days of Harvick and Keselowski can be found in Sidebar Stories below.

Outside of the Chase, Kyle Busch finished 11th to maintain his position as the top non-Chaser.  His advantage is 32 points over AJ Allmendinger, who had a great run to finish ninth.

Chase Points Standings: 1) Jeff Gordon 4044, 2) Ryan Newman -3, 3) Joey Logano -4, 4) Matt Kenseth -5, 5) Denny Hamlin - 7, 6) Carl Edwards -20, 7) Brad Keselowski -31, 8) Kevin Harvick -33, 9) Kyle Busch -1814, 10) AJ Allmendinger -1846, 11) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -1848, 12) Jimmie Johnson -1858, 13) Greg Biffle -1866, 14) Kasey Kahne -1871, 15) Kurt Busch -1889, 16) Aric Almirola -1920.

Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Jeff Gordon 1159, 2) Joey Logano -42, 3) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -89, 4) Brad Keselowski -103, 5) Kevin Harvick -126, 6) Matt Kenseth -127, 7) Ryan Newman -128, 8) Carl Edwards -174, 9) Kyle Larson -178, 10) Jimmie Johnson -180, 11) Greg Biffle -228, 12) Clint Bowyer -236, 13) Kyle Busch -245, 14) Austin Dillon -249, 15) Jamie McMurray -253, 16) Kasey Kahne -254, 17) Denny Hamlin -285, 18) Paul Menard -303, 19) Brian Vickers -312, 20) AJ Allmendinger -353.

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

Blue - Locked into the Eliminator Round
Orange - In Danger of Being Eliminated at Phoenix
Red - Eliminated from further Chase contention

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Quotes to Remember: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
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"Oh, man. We’ve been trying to win here for so many years, and this place is so special to me. I’ve wanted to win here so bad. We brought the good cars. I’m out of breath from celebrating more than driving. It’s a real emotional win. This team on pit road was great and Steve (Letarte, crew chief) and the guys did a real good job all day. I can’t believe we won here. This means so much to all of us. It’s just real emotional. Winning races is the best thing. I ain’t worried about points no more. I’m trying to get trophies. I’ve wanted that grandfather clock ever since I was a little boy and I got is today. My team, we all came together and made it happen. I couldn’t be prouder. We’re going to drink a lot of beer tonight. That’s what’s going to happen!" - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

"It was a great performance and a really good finish. I about threw this one away on pit road. I made a mistake there and was speeding. So that’s a great comeback. I thought we had the car to beat. Congratulations to (race winner) Dale (Earnhardt), Jr. That’s the best way you can possibly pay tribute to those we lost here 10 years ago. To have a 1-2 finish is pretty awesome.  I would have love to have gotten that win to move on to Homestead, but this is surely a great start for us. We’ve got two more great tracks coming up. I’m really proud of him and I know that means a lot to him and all his fans here." - Jeff Gordon, finished second

"I don’t think it was a gamble by any means.  I think if we were in that position 100 times over that is same call we would do. It felt like it was the right thing for this team.  Running fifth there or fourth there I guess before the caution.  I felt like it was the right call for sure.  I didn’t feel like it was a gamble.  I thought we gave ourselves the best shot to race for the win. I don’t think it we would have restarted fifth of the guys that pitted we could have raced through those guys to get where we were.  If three or four more lead lap cars stayed out and gambled like we did it may have put enough cars in between us to make it pay off. I thought the risk versus reward was worth it for sure." - Tony Stewart, finished fourth

"It was a solid points day.  It’s a good the 88 won and not the 24, that’s a good thing.  We just weren’t fast enough with our Shell/Pennzoil Ford.  We didn’t have the lateral, forward drive that I needed off the corner and every time we tried to fix that the center didn’t turn.  We just couldn’t get the handle on it all day.  We took four there and restarted 13th but got to fifth.  I was just a little bit too tight there that last run to get a couple more spots.  Overall, it was another top 5, which is great. I just really want to win these things so you take a little bit of pressure off, but it was still a good points day." - Joey Logano

"It’s hard because you’ve got guys that go laps down in the course of the race and get enough lucky dogs and then 50 laps on their tires and they want to stay out.  Just bottle necks the field up and we all got the short end of last restart stick again.  Just sucked at the end and we can’t finish where we’re running.  We’re running better than what we’re finishing.  Other guys like (Ryan) Newman are finishing better than they’re running.  That’s part of the deal, you’ve got to do it for all 500 laps and we just didn’t have a very good car once the track went shaded there and we came in first and came out fourth on a slow stop.  I couldn’t recover from that." - Denny Hamlin, finished eighth

"Good day, honestly maybe one of the best days we have had all year just in the sense of not great early on, fighting hard.  The guys had good pit stops and then a couple of adjustments there Brian (Burns, crew chief) really kind of clicked in and the car was really good.  Actually, I was sad to see all those yellows come out because I thought once I figured out the long run, my car was really good.  Even there before that last caution I was trying to be nice to the No. 31 (Ryan Newman) knowing he is battling for the championship.  But I was way quicker than they were, in a way ninth is a little bit disappointing.  But overall just really proud of the team that was probably one of the best efforts we have had all year." - AJ Allmendinger

"That was a great finish.  It’s important to stay on the lead lap in these events because it gives you a choice to gamble at the end.  When I saw just one or two cars stay out I knew within five laps that we could hang on.  Derrick Finley and our Front Row Motorsport team did a nice job working on our Ford all day.  It’s cool to have a little excitement there toward the end in the Wendell Scott Ford.  Hopefully, his family was enjoying those final few laps. I know it was a lot of fun for me." - David Ragan, finished 10th

"It’s not the day we want by any means, but the guys did a great job.  They put a gear in this car in 28 laps at Martinsville; that’s pretty phenomenal but it was just unfortunate the way the day played out.  We were doing the things we needed to do.  We were surviving.  We were gonna probably have ourselves a fifth or sixth-place day, which is certainly something we could be proud of and move forward with, but this kind of puts us in a position now where we need to win.  This Chase lends itself to those moments and we’re a team that’s capable of them, so we’ll try to be as positive as we can and move forward with two more opportunities to do just that." - Brad Keselowski, finished 31st

"The good thing about this format is you have two more weeks and two race tracks that we can win on.  Everybody was so worried about us starting in the back and we wrecked at the front.  Unfortunate.   [Kenseth] won’t win this championship.  If we don’t, he won’t." - Kevin Harvick, finished 33rd

"I think we ruptured an oil line. That’s what I’m hearing. Whether it was the fitting or the line itself, I don’t know. But we had a really good run. We were in the mix. We were running up front with the Haas Automation Chevy and we were in that spot where we won that race this spring; which meant 70 to go. If there were still another yellow, we would have been okay. If we were going to run to the end, that was going to be the run. And we were running P7. When we won the race, I think we were P3 on the restart. Inside is the king. You’ve got to get to the inside and everybody is ‘elbows out’ right now running hard. This is a great race. It’s a great race track. And then you’ve got Chase guys and you don’t have Chase guys. And so you’re trying to manage that while you are out there. But, thanks to Chevrolet and Monster Energy and all of our sponsors this year. It’s been a good year. I was hoping to get off the broom, but instead we’ve got our broom cleaning up our kitty litter right now." - Kurt Busch, finished 36th

"I was actually passing him off of (Turn) 2 and he didn’t give me room and I was going to hit the wall so I lifted a little. And then he kind of went high into (Turn) 3, and that’s where I was entering so he blocked. So I went low to pass him and then he chopped low across and spun himself out. I was surprised that he thought he could use the whole race track right there. So, he spun himself out and then later on I didn’t really think he’d be mad at me. I didn’t think I did anything wrong in this situation. But that’s the way it goes." - Kasey Kahne, finished 40th (Crashed Out)


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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. checked another item off of his bucket list with a victory in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It took him 30 starts at the half-mile Virginia track to win the coveted Martinsville grandfather clock trophy.

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JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “It was a solid points day. It’s a good the 88 won and not the 24, that’s a good thing. We just weren’t fast enough with our Shell/Pennzoil Ford. We didn’t have the lateral, forward drive that I needed off the corner and every time we tried to fix that the center didn’t turn."

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Stats are often used to determine which driver is a favorite heading into race weekend. Entering the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, eight drivers remain in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Among those eight drivers, no one has a record as impressive as Jeff Gordon at the half-mile paperclip shaped track nestled […]


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Jamie McMurray drove his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS to the pole position Friday at Martinsville Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. McMurray posted a lap of 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) for his second career pole position at the track.

JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion – PRESS CONFERENCE – “I was not first, but we were close to it. Jamie laid down a hell of a lap there. A half-tenth sounds like nothing, but around Martinsville here that’s quite a bit, so congratulations to them and we’ll be able to have a very fast Shell/Pennzoil Ford."

Chevy NSCS at Martinsville Two: Jeff Gordon Press Conference Transcript

“I can honestly say honestly, never has it been more important than this weekend. I definitely think it’s played an important role. I haven’t gone back through the stats in history of exactly what this track meant to my championship runs in the past; I just knew that it’s always been a track that I’ve had confidence in.

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - What is your mindset entering the 'Eliminator' round of the Chase? "We talked about it earlier this week, but obviously excited about being part of it -- the final eight."

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 EcoBoost Ford Fusion, is one of three Ford drivers in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He answered questions from the media after today’s practice session about the race this weekend.

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

Austin Hill To Attempt Martinsville Truck Series Debut

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

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

Records and Facts

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

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

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

Track Facts

Track Length:
0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Degree of Banking: 12 degrees
Frontstretch: 800 ft., 0 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 800 ft., 0 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 61,000

Pre-race Schedule

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


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

Race Day Forecast

High: 75
Low: 45

They Said It:

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Not Entered:

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 21 - Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

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

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

Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200: 37 cars entered

Number Change:

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


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points: None


Driver Changes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 0 - Matt Tifft for JJC Racing*

No. 23 - Max Gresham for GMS Racing

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

No. 74 - Wendell Chavous

No. 75 - Caleb Holman for Henderson Motorsports

No. 80 - Jody Knowles

No. 82 - Cody Erickson for Empire Racing

No. 86 - Brandon Brown for Brown Motorsports

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

No. 92 - Austin Hill for RBR Enterprises


Not Entered:

No. 03 - Mike Affarano for Affarano Motorsports

No. 1 - Milka Duno for MAKE Motorsports

No. 5 - Cody Ware for Rick Ware Racing

No. 28 - Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 36 - MB Motorsports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edwards Hopes To Avoid Drama and Win at Martinsville

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

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A Most Valuable Lesson
Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a word: no.

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

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

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

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

Oh, well; to Martinsville we go….

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1. Joey Logano: Logano finished 11th at Talladega as Penske teammate Brad Keselowski won, joining Logano and six others with a chance to win the Sprint Cup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should any of it matter?

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

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

No, it wouldn't.

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

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

Should it happen... that's OK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Money won by Kurt Busch for finishing seventh.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“This one’s for you man.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Championship Battle:

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

The Good:

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

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

The Bad:

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

The Ugly:

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

Next Race:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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David Ragan Expects to Return to Front Row Motorsports

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

Wood Brothers Set for Milestone at Talladega

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

Brandon Jones Teams With GMS Racing in Truck Series

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

Kaz Grala to Race for Ben Kennedy Racing in 2015

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

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

Records and Facts

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

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

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

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

Track Facts

Track Length: 2.66-mile quad oval
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Degree of Banking: turns - 33 degrees, tri-oval - 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 ft., 16.5 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 4,000 ft., 2 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 78,000

Pre-race Schedule

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

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

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


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

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 73
Low: 46

They Said It:

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

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

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

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

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


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Keselowski: Kenseth is 'entitled to his opinion'

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

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

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

Crafton won't talk title until after 'Dega

Brandon Jones joins GMS Racing

Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger

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Roundtable: Just how wild will Talladega be?

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

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Daytona Rising Project Reaches Top-off Point

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

Bully Hill Vineyards Returns to NEMCO for Talladega

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

Bit-O-Honey to Sponsor Chris Buescher at Texas

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

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

Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500: 46 cars entered


Number Change:

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


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

No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

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

No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 49- Mike Wallace for Identity Ventures Racing

No. 83- JJ Yeley for BK Racing

Driver Changes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Not Entered:

No. 77- Corey LaJoie for Randy Humphrey Racing


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

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

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

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 35- Daniel Suarez for Win-Tron Racing

No. 50- Derek White for MAKE Motorsports

No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing


Driver Changes:

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

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

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

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

No. 05- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

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

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

No. 23- Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 36- Scott Stenzel for MB Motorsports

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

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

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

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Potts' Shots For The Week of October 13
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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