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 (4/19/18)

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

90-year-old Hershel McGriff to compete in K&N Pro Series West race in Tucson

Hershel McGriff won four Cup races in 1954 and was selected as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

Gaunt Brothers Racing raises $12,000 in auction for Humboldt Broncos hood
A bus crash on April 6 killed 16 members of the minor league Canadian hockey team.  

Timothy Peters set for Cup debut at Talladega with Ricky Benton Racing
Timothy Peters will drive the No. 92 Ford in the April 29 race 

Courtesy Catchfence.com

 (http://www.catchfence.com/):  

 Ford’s Mustang celebrates its birthday

  http://www.catchfence.com/271637/fords-mustang-celebrates-its-birthday

 Timothy Peters looking to make first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start with Ricky Benton Racing

http://www.catchfence.com/271653/timothy-peters-looking-make-first-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-start-ricky-benton-racing

Joey Gase becomes a spokesperson for Eternal Fan

http://www.catchfence.com/271651/joey-gase-becomes-spokesperson-eternal-fan 

Charlotte Motor Speedway to deliver unprecedented Coca-Cola 600 pre-race military spectacular

http://www.catchfence.com/271643/charlotte-motor-speedway-to-deliver-unprecedented-coca-cola-600-pre-race-military-spectacular

Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

 (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

Erik Jones, Brandon Jones Pick Up XYO Sponsorship

Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that XYO Networks will serve as a primary sponsor on Erik Jones' Cup car for two races and Brandon Jones' XFINITY car for six races later this year.  Read more 

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Looking Ahead to Cup Debut at Richmond

"I think it’s the little things that are different, the stuff I will personally see and feel. Being in the racecar, having the digital dash, having the track bar adjuster. It is a different feel when you get to that side. Everyone is way more serious and more intense. Hopefully, I can bring a little lightheartedness to that." - Daniel Hemric on moving into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
 
2-Headed Monster: Who Fared Better, Kyle Busch or Hendrick Motorsports?
by Michael Massie and Frank Velat

Happiness Is: Caring, Shoey & 45
by Ava Huston Ladner

Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Toyota Owners 400
by Corey Brewer

Eyes on XFINITY: Joey Gase Enjoying Career-Best Start With Go Green Racing
by Dustin Albino

Frontstretch Podcast: Takeaways from Bristol
with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Mike Neff

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the lessons learned from hashing it out with Kyle Busch

'I thought (Busch) was a bad person,' but it was a bad assumption, the NBCSN analyst says on the NASCAR America Debrief podcast.  

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/19/podcast-dale-earnhardt-jr-on-the-lessons-from-hashing-it-out-with-kyle-busch/

Podcast: Front Row Motorsports explains how it improves with smaller budget, unique sponsor deals 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/19/podcast-front-row-motorsports-explains-how-it-improves-with-smaller-budget-unique-sponsor-deals/

August Cup race at Michigan to be called Consumers Energy 400
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, will sponsor the Aug. 12 race.

Weekend schedule at Richmond for Cup, Xfinity
Xfinity Series races Friday night and Cup Series races Saturday night

Courtesy ESPN.com

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

Possible reasons Tony Stewart decided to settle the Ward Jr. lawsuit

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23238624/nascar-tony-stewart-wrongful-death-lawsuit-settlement-hearing-kevin-ward-jr-why-settle-did-settlement-tell-us

#AskRicky talks 2018 surprises, pit guns and young guns

 http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23235320/ask-ricky-craven-column-surprise-cup-series-drivers-2018-nascar-season

Courtesy USA Today.com

(https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

No one in NASCAR hotter than Kyle Busch heading…

Jimmie Johnson's crew chief quoted 'Dodgeball' in…

Kyle Busch received death threats after Dale Jr….

Megyn Kelly beat Danica in go-kart race in studio

Courtesy Sporting News.com

 (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):         

NASCAR at Richmond: TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for Toyota...

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 (https://www.nascar.com/):

Richmond is for winners

Terry Labonte among the legends to win the spring race in the Commonwealth

 https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1767/all-time-wins-richmond-raceway-spring-race#/0

 2 articles , courtesy Amanda Vincent

 (Thanks Amanda !!) :

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martin-truex-jr-hits-career-milestone-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. hits career-milestone at Richmond Raceway

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-schedule-weather-outlook-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Richmond Raceway

Amanda Vincent



Recent News

(4/18/18)

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

  Bowyer: Richmond is the perfect track

Clint Bowyer enjoys racing at Martinsville and Bristol, but he is excited for Richmond because it's the 'perfect-sized race track.' 

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/clint-bowyer-excited-nascar-cup-series-race-richmond-raceway

NASCAR America: Clint Bowyer’s parties are legendary

Demolition derbies, concerts, and unsuspected guests highlight Clint Bowyer’s parties. 

Did a demolition derby happen at a Bowyer party?
Clint Bowyer knows how to throw a party, but did a demolition derby, live concert and pizza party crasher really happen? Steve Letarte tries to guess. 

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-max-tullman-adds-two-series-races-2018-schedule/

NASCAR Truck: Max Tullman adds two series races to 2018 schedule

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 (https://www.nascar.com/):

Full schedule for Richmond

    Where to catch NASCAR on TV this week           

 

  • Monster Energy Series entry list for Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond   
  • No. 17 gets lug-nut penalty 

       https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/17/bristol-penalties-monster-energy-series-lug-nut-stenhouse/ 

    Dash 4 Cash field is set for Richmond

    https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/all-videos/dash-4-cash-field-set-richmond/   

    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

     (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

    Joey Gase Joins StarCom Racing for Talladega

    Tuesday, StarCom Racing announced Joey Gase will drive the No. 00 Chevrolet in the GEICO 500 at Talladega.  Sponsorship will be provided by Sparks Energy.  Read more

    Numbers Game: Food City 500
    by Tom Bowles
     
    0
    Wins for Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the Daytona 500. Kyle Larson was in position to win at Bristol until getting bumped out of the way by Kyle Busch.

    1
    Chevrolet driver to lead more than 40 laps total this season: Larson. He's led 254 circuits and Ryan Newman is next on the list for Chevy with 40. Among those who have yet to lead a lap: seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher.

    2
    Hendrick Motorsports drivers who finished inside the top five Monday at Bristol: Alex Bowman and Johnson. It's the first time Hendrick has had two top-five finishers in a MENCS race since Dover last fall.


    2
    Out of the last three NASCAR races postponed by rain. Both have been on the short tracks fans crave as some of their favorites on the schedule.

    3
    Cautions for rain at Bristol out of the 13 thrown. The race was also red-flagged multiple times and ultimately completed on Monday after a stoppage after lap 204 for a raging downpour.

    4
    Cup organizations total to win this season in the MENCS. Stewart-Haas Racing has four victories followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (two), Richard Childress Racing (one) and Furniture Row Racing (one).

    5
    Wins combined for Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch this season out of eight races.

    466
    Laps led by Kyle Busch this season. Only Harvick (520) has led more.

    8
    Out of 13 full-time Ford drivers who are currently in NASCAR playoff position. They include all four SHR wheelmen along with three from Team Penske and the Penske-aligned Wood Brothers car driven by Paul Menard.

    10.2
    Career average finish for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Bristol in 11 career starts. He was a season-high fourth on Sunday.

    12th
    Finishing position for David Ragan at Bristol. It's his first top-20 run of the season for Front Row Motorsports.

    18
    Lead changes during the race at Bristol. That's the most for any MENCS event since Atlanta.

    20th
    Finishing position at Bristol for Landon Cassill. It's the season and organization best for the new Starcom Racing No. 00 team.


    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
     
    Did You Notice?: Ford's Mustang Must Avoid Chevy's Camaro NASCAR Mistakes
    by Tom Bowles
     
    The Frontstretch 5: Hard NASCAR Questions
    by Amy Henderson

    The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol
    by Christian Koelle
     
    Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Looking Ahead to Cup Debut at Richmond
    as told to Beth Lunkenheimer
     
    The Underdog House: On The Ragged Edge at Bristol
    by Zach Catanzareti
     
    NASCAR Mailbox: Why Is Ryan Preece So Underrated?
    by Joseph Wolkin
      
     
      

    2 articles ,courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !!):  


    NASCAR Cup: Bristol Motor Speedway weekend results in only one penalty

    http://autoracingdaily.com/no-longer-sure-theres-really-nascar-pit-gun-issue/

    No longer sure there's really a NASCAR pit-gun issue

    Amanda Vincent

    Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com)  upcoming weekend news
    (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

    AUTO RACING AND ON-TRACK PARTY SET FOR WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (4-21)

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Wall Stadium Speedway auto racing fans will not only have the opportunity to witness six feature races this Saturday (4-21) evening but will also be able to meet the drivers, get a close up look at the cars and walk the famous third mile high banked paved oval as the shore speedway presents “Fan Fest.” On Saturday the pit area will open at noon with practice running from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Grandstand seating will open at 4:00 p.m. with the “On-Track Party” set from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. Qualifying will then start at 5:45 p.m. before the six All American Auto Group Racing Series main events begin at 7:00 p.m.

    Opening night winners Jimmy Blewett of Howell (Modifieds), Eric Lane of Howell (Sportsman), Shannon Mongeau of Manchester (Limited Late Models), Brian Osborn of Howell (4 Cylinder Stock), Bob Haberstick of Wall (Factory Stock) and Vinny Troia of Browns Mills (Legend Car) are all expected to participate in both the “Fan Fest” and the evening's racing events.

    The Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event and the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars will battle in a 25-lapper. The Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks are all scheduled for 25-lap feature races on the third mile high banked paved oval.

    The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through early October, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

    More information on Wall Stadium and the 2018 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

    Courtesy Speed Sport.com

    (https://speedsport.com/ ): 

     Food Lion, Eckrich Backing Wallace & RPM 

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Power Rankings: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick are Nos. 1 and 2

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23228867/nascar-monster-energy-nascar-cup-power-rankings-april-2018-kyle-busch-kevin-harvick-leading-pack

    Daniel Hemric to make his Cup series debut at Richmond Raceway

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23174315/perseverance-little-luck-carry-daniel-hemric-nascar-cup-series-debut-richmond-raceway

    Does NASCAR need a bolder approach to handling bad weather? 

     http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23213681/nascar-roundtable-postponement-2018-bristol-cup-race-how-nascar-handle-inclement-weather

    Courtesy USA Today.com

    (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

    NASCAR's Rickey Stenhouse Jr inks deals with 3…

    Who's feuding in NASCAR this week? Drivers vs….

    Jimmie Johnson uses Babe Ruth to respond to trolls

    Phase one: Richmond set to host races as redesign…

    NASCAR crew member saves pit stop, catches tire…

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Kyle Busch aims for three straight wins this weekend at Richmond

    Kyle Busch hopes the third time to be as charming as the last two races.

     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/18/kyle-busch-aims-for-three-straight-wins-this-weekend-at-richmond/

      Ryan Preece refuses to be obstacle to his racing dreams  

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/18/ryan-preece-refuses-to-be-obstacle-to-his-own-racing-dreams/

    Bump & Run: Who will be next to challenge Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick?

    NBC Sports staff examines who could be the next driver to go on a hot streak. 

      Thumb feeling better, Daniel Suarez is ready to add to memories at Richmond
    Daniel Suarez returns to a track where he finished seventh last fall

    NASCAR America: PJ1 ‘created a lot of options’ at Bristol
    Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman look at how the traction agent makes racing at Bristol "unpredictable."

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/):

    Dale Jr., Kyle Busch have sit-down

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/17/dale-earnhardt-jr-kyle-busch-revisit-bitter-rivalry-2008-richmond-wreck/

    Listen: New Blaney Podcast

     Big sponsor news for Roush

      3 articles ,courtesy Amanda Vincent

     (Thanks Amanda !!!) :

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-roush-fenway-racing-plans-keep-ricky-stenhouse-jr-2021/

    NASCAR Cup: Roush Fenway Racing plans to keep Ricky Stenhouse Jr. through 2021 

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-bristol-motor-speedway-race-moves-thursday/

    NASCAR Truck: Bristol Motor Speedway race moves to Thursday

    Amanda Vincent

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-mustang-joins-series-2019/

    NASCAR Cup: Mustang joins series in 2019

    Amanda Vincent


    (4/17/18)

    Rutgers Cancer Institute Day

    (4/16/18)

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Busch wins rain-delayed Cup race at Bristol

    Kyle Busch won the rain-delayed race at the half-mile track on a cold, dark Monday in Tennessee for his second straight Cup Series victory. He also won last weekend at Texas 

    http://www.espn.com/racing/story/_/id/23204554/kyle-busch-wins-rain-delayed-cup-series-race-bristol

    Courtesy USA Today.com

     (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

    Kyle Busch wins at Bristol for seventh time


    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/):

    'Rowdy' reigns at Bristol

    Kyle Busch bumps by Kyle Larson late for Food City 500 victory

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/15/results-bristol-motor-speedway-food-city-500-race

    Food City 500 race results

    Updated series standings

    Larson comes oh-so-close to win

    Watch: Bump-and-run by Busch

    Stenhouse eyes 'kickstart' to '18

    Bubba leads first laps in No. 43

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Kyle Busch wins Food City 500

    Kyle Busch passed Kyle Larson to take the lead with six laps left in the race.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/16/kyle-busch-wins-food-city-500/

    Johnson overcomes bad luck for top five finish
    Jimmie Johnson managed to overcome some bad luck to get his first top five finish of the season, and it couldn't have come at a better time

    Stenhouse records first top-five finish in 2018
    Ricky Stenhouse was in second late in the Food City 500, but is okay settling with a top-five finish for the first time in 2018.

    Goodyear tire test at Michigan rescheduled due to weather
    The two-day test at the 2-mile speedway is now set for April 24-25. A test in Indianapolis will also be rescheduled.

    Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Richmond Raceway
    There are 38 entries for the Toyota Owners 400, including Daniel Hemric in his Cup debut.


    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

     (https://www.frontstretch.com/): 

     Food City 500 Postponed to Monday, Will Resume in Stage 2

     NASCAR worked hard to get the Food City 500 in as scheduled on Sunday.  However, the third rain delay did the race in.  It will resume on lap 205 at 1 p.m. today with Kyle Larson in the lead. Television coverage will be on FOX.  Read more

    Justin Allgaier Overcomes Bristol Chaos for Runner-up Finish

    JR Motorsports' Justin Allgaier was all over the place on Saturday.  He led laps early and had contact with other drivers.  Eventually, he got spun out and ended up back in the pack.  Despite all that, Allgaier earned a solid second-place finish in the XFINITY Series race at Bristol.  Read more

    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

    Up to Speed: True Bristol Divides NASCAR Drivers and Fans
    by Bryan Gable

    Pace Laps: Rain Ratchets Up NASCAR Competition At Bristol
    by the Frontstretch Staff

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/):

    Watching from work?

    Food City 500 set to resume from Tennessee on Monday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/15/bristol-race-postponed-rain-sunday-moved-to-monday/

    Bristol weather updates

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

      Bristol offers free tickets to area students with schools closed Monday

    Local schools closed because the Cup race will resume Monday.

    NASCAR approves another coating of PJ1 to track, extra set of tires at Bristol
    Race is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. ET Monday

    Gaunt Brothers Racing to auction hood for Humboldt Broncos charity
    Hood is from D.J. Kennington's car. Kennington was 30th when the Bristol race was stopped Sunday.






     (4/15/18)

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/ ):

    Monday matchup

    Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson will battle to lead more laps Monday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX) 

     https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1989/take-5-food-city-500-sunday#/0

    TV: Monday's race on FOX

      Keselowski wins Stage 1

        Positions when race resumes

        Courtesy NBC Sports

        (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

        Cup race at Bristol postponed until 1 p.m. ET on Monday

        Kyle Larson is the leader after 204 of 500 laps.

        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/15/cup-race-at-bristol-postponed-until-1-p-m-et-on-monday/

        Food City 500 under red flag for rain for third time

        Kyle Larson leads on Lap 204. The race would be official after Lap 250. 

        NASCAR Cup: Food City 500 resumes Monday with Kyle Larson as leader

        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

        (Thanks Amanda !):

        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-food-city-500-resumes-monday-kyle-larson-leader/  

        NASCAR Cup: Food City 500 resumes Monday with Kyle Larson as leader

        Amanda Vincent

        News & results from Saturday night's races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/) are posted on my New Egypt Speedway News page : New Egypt Speedway News


        News & Results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway(http://wallspeedwayracing.com/)  are also posted . See my Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 page : Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 , for the details .

        Courtesy NBC Sports

         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

         NASCAR errs in issuing penalty to Daniel Hemric after Xfinity race

        Daniel Hemric will be eligible for Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Richmond.  

         http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/15/nascar-errs-in-issuing-penalty-to-daniel-hemric-after-xfinity-race/

        Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Bristol
        Here is who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

        Courtesy USA Today.com

        (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

        Busch looks to beat field, rain at Bristol Motor…

        Key information for NASCAR Cup race at Bristol

        Courtesy NASCAR.com

         (https://www.nascar.com/): 

        Revving up in Thunder Valley

        Stars coming from the back; key story lines in the Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) 

         https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1988/five-to-watch-bristol#/0

        Bristol weather updates

        RainedOut Notification From: Bridgeport Speedway

        RainedOut.com

        RainedOut Notification

        Bridgeport Speedway

        Due to the rain our URC Show has been cancelled tonight - Sunday, April 15th






        (4/14/18)

        Courtesy USA Today.com

        (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/ ):

        Family felt 'forced' into settling with Tony… 

        Courtesy NASCAR.com

         (https://www.nascar.com/):

        Fired-up Ryan Preece accepts Dash 4 Cash check in Bristol Victory Lane

        https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/xfinity-series-victory-lane/ryan-preece-dash-4-cash-bristol-victory-lane/

        Preece doubles up in Bristol

          Bell sideswipes pair of cars

            Big wrecks hit early at Bristol

              Gas man stays cool after fire in pit

              Erik Jones’ continued growth signals first win is getting closer

              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/14/erik-jones-growth-first-win-close-teacher-mentor-chris-gayle-kyle-busch/

              Courtesy NBC Sports

               (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

              Ryan Preece wins Xfinity race at Bristol, $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus

              Ryan Preece takes the lead from Brandon Jones late to collect his second career series win.

              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/ryan-preece-wins-xfinity-race-at-bristol-100000-dash-4-cash-bonus/

              Inspection violation costs Daniel Hemric spot in Dash 4 Cash at Richmond

              Brandon Jones will replace Daniel Hemric as among the drivers racing for the $100,000 bonus.

              Courtesy Speed 51.com

              (http://speed51.com/):

              Kyle Busch Enters Second Money in the Bank Race at...

              Courtesy Catchfence.com

               (http://www.catchfence.com/):

              Ty Majeski looking for productive day in Bristol Xfinity debut

              http://www.catchfence.com/271336/ty-majeski-looking-productive-day-bristol-xfinity-debut

              They're racing @ Wall Stadium Speedway (https://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) ,

              And

              New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) today !

              Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/)  is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, April 15th !

              Courtesy Amanda Vincent

              (Thanks Amanda !): 

              http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kurt-busch-front-row-back-start-bristol-race/

              NASCAR Cup: Kurt Busch from front row to back to start Bristol race

              Amanda Vincent

              Courtesy NBC Sports

               (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

               David Ragan posts fastest lap in final Cup practice; Kurt Busch crashes

              Kurt Busch will go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field.

              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/david-ragan-posts-fastest-lap-in-final-cup-practice-kurt-busch-crashes/

              Courtesy ESPN.com

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

              How drivers deal with NASCAR's constant changes

              Some pay attention to the drama, especially if selected to the driver council that advises NASCAR on issues. Other drivers listen. Some don't care to know.

              http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23158793/nascar-cup-series-drivers-deal-drama-changes-differently-ahead-bristol-motor-speedway-2018-race

              NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway: Starting lineup breakdown

              http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23157914/nascar-cup-series-bristol-motor-speedway-starting-lineup-breakdown

              Courtesy USA Today.com

              (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/ ): 

              NASCAR driver touring college campuses for fun

              Courtesy NBC Sports

               (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

              Cole Custer wins pole for today’s Xfinity race at Bristol

              Cole Custer wins first career Xfinity pole.  

               Today’s Xfinity race at Bristol: Start time, lineup and more

              Today's race is the first Dash 4 Cash event of the season

              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/todays-xfinity-race-at-bristol-start-time-lineup-and-more/


              Kyle Larson tops field in Saturday morning Cup practice at Bristol
              Kyle Larson also runs the most laps in the practice session

              Austin Dillon penalized time in both Cup practices Saturday
              Austin Dillon will be docked 15 minutes in each session Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

              NASCAR’s Saturday schedule at Bristol
              The Xfinity Series races today.

              Courtesy NASCAR.com

               (https://www.nascar.com/):

              Sunday's race moved to 1 p.m. ET

              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/14/start-time-for-sundays-monster-energy-series-race-moved-up-at-bristol/

              Labonte finishes 14th in Whelen Euro Series opener; Alon Day wins Race 1

              https://hometracks.nascar.com/2018/04/14/day-grabs-euro-nascar-season-opener/

              (4/13/18)

              Courtesy Catchfence.com

               (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

               New right-side Bristol tire has Kyle Busch searching for familiar feel

              http://www.catchfence.com/271368/new-right-side-bristol-tire-kyle-busch-searching-familiar-feel

              New All-Star race rules preempt Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s aero ideas 

               http://www.catchfence.com/271364/new-star-race-rules-preempt-ricky-stenhouse-jr-s-aero-ideas

              For Ryan Preece, Saturday’s Xfinity race is a step up in cash

              http://www.catchfence.com/271360/ryan-preece-saturdays-xfinity-race-step-cash

              Jimmie Johnson affirms team is moving in the right direction

                http://www.catchfence.com/271355/jimmie-johnson-affirms-team-moving-right-direction

              Courtesy NASCAR.com

               (https://www.nascar.com/) :

              Front row bros

              Kyle Busch earns Busch pole, brother Kurt to start P2 Sunday (2 p.m. ET, FOX)

              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/13/results-busch-pole-award-at-bristol-motor-speedway/

              Sunday's full Bristol lineup

              Courtesy USA Today.com

              (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/ ):

              NASCAR driver touring college campuses for fun

              Kyle Busch confused by NASCAR fan expectations            

                 Courtesy NBC Sports

                 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):  

                Xfinity Series practice report from Bristol
                All four Dash 4 Cash drivers were in the top five on the speed chart

                Kyle Larson doesn’t want to fade away again at Bristol
                Kyle Larson led 272 laps at Bristol last year, but failed to finish in the the top five in both races

                Drivers uncertain what All-Star Race will be like with aero package, restrictor plates
                Said Erik Jones: 'It’s not going to be anything like what you’ve seen at Charlotte in the past for sure.'

                Xfinity Series practice report from Bristol
                Brandon Jones led the session while Ryan Preece was the fastest Dash 4 Cash drive

                Courtesy The Frontstretch

                 (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

                  Frontstretch Folio: Food City 500
                by Phil Allaway
                 
                This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Tennessee for their second short track race of 2018.  Coverage of the Food City 500 can be seen starting with NASCAR RaceDay at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.  The coverage is scheduled to move to FOX at 1:30 p.m. and the green flag will fly around 2:20.  The race can also be listened to on PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).  However, those times could change depending on if NASCAR decides to move up the start time by up to an hour.

                Records and facts

                Last year, the race was postponed to Monday due to rain.  On Monday, Kyle Larson dominated a good chunk of the event but it ultimately came down to a couple of past champions.  Kevin Harvick had the lead but Jimmie Johnson snatched it away with 21 laps to go.  From there, Johnson held on to take the win.  Clint Bowyer was second followed by Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Larson.

                Among active drivers, Kyle Busch is the winningest driver at Bristol with six career victories.  Kyle's older brother Kurt has five wins while Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have two each.

                All-time, Darrell Waltrip has the most Bristol wins with 12, including a stretch of seven in a row in the early 1980s.  He won 11 races on asphalt and the 1992 Bud 500, the first Cup race run on concrete at Bristol.  Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough have nine wins apiece while Kyle Busch's six wins put him fifth all-time.

                Track Facts

                Track / Race Length: .533 mile-oval, 500 laps (266.5 miles)
                Banking: 24-30 degrees
                Straightaways: 650 feet, banked 4-9 degrees
                Grandstand Seating: 153,000
                Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
                Pace Car Speed: 35 mph
                Opened: 1961
                Website: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bristolmotorspeedway
                Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMSUpdates

                Pre-Race Schedule:

                Practice No. 1: Friday, April 13, 12 - 12:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
                Qualifying: Friday, April 13, 4:45 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
                Practice No. 2: Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. on FOX Sports 1
                Happy Hour: Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. on FOX Sports 1

                Say What?

                "There is no way to describe 500 laps at Bristol.  If your car is handling well, it’s manageable.  If it’s loose and you are midpack and there is someone in front of you who is erratic, you are tense and not breathing. You haven’t made it 10 laps and you are out of breath. You think, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m going to make it these 500 laps.’ Next thing you know, it’s lap 450 and you’re wishing it was 600 laps." - Clint Bowyer
                 
                "Difficult situations can surface at Bristol in a blink of an eye.  Things happen so fast you just try to process everything while keeping calm and focused.  However, that is really difficult to do at Bristol with all that goes on there.  Cars are everywhere. For me, Bristol has been an up-and-down place as far as getting good finishes.  This race last year I thought we had the car to beat. Led late until I got caught speeding on pit road. Bristol is one of those places you have to be perfect all day in order to win." - Martin Truex Jr.
                 
                "I think the most challenging aspect of Bristol is just how difficult it is to transition through from the straightaways to the corners, back to the straightaways, and have your car set up in order to do all that. Sometimes you can be really loose getting in, or you can be really tight in the middle – you just seem to never be able to get a good-flowing car that works well there. Drivers have to do a lot of manipulation on the racetrack with their car in order to try to make the best of it." - Kyle Busch

                TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

                Friday Faceoff: What’s Up With the Officiating?
                by the Frontstretch Staff
                 
                4 Burning Questions: Can Anybody Win & Get Into the All-Star Race?
                by Michael Finley

                Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR All-Star Format Falls Flat
                by Amy Henderson

                Tech Talk: Tony Gibson’s Take on Early-Season Pit Gun Woes
                as told to Mike Neff
                 
                NASCAR 101: Roush Fenway Racing’s 7-Race Struggle
                by Kevin Rutherford

                Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                Roundtable: Will aero package work for All-Star Race?

                NASCAR has tinkered with the All-Star Race format and rules for years now, and 2018 is no different. Will this year's changes work? Our experts weigh in

                http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23134538/nascar-2018-roundtable-whether-format-changes-aerodynamic-package-restrictor-plates-all-star-race-charlotte-motor-speedway-work

                Courtesy Catchfence.com

                 (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

                Bruised Kyle Larson ready to go at Bristol after hard Texas crash

                http://www.catchfence.com/271322/bruised-kyle-larson-ready-go-bristol-hard-texas-crash

                Country Music’s rising duo High Valley to entertain Quaker State 400 weekend fans

                http://www.catchfence.com/271317/country-musics-rising-duo-high-valley-entertain-quaker-state-400-weekend-fans

                Roush Fenway Racing to hold special ‘Homecoming’ fan day on May 24

                http://www.catchfence.com/271313/roush-fenway-racing-hold-special-homecoming-fan-day-may-24

                Courtesy NBC Sports

                 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

                 Jimmie Johnson finding new way to handle social media trolls

                Jimmie Johnson looks to inspire while he goes through the longest winless drought of his career.

                 Podcast: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the best (and only) driving advice he got from his dad

                The seven-time champion offered some critical tips on solving Bristol Motor Speedway. 

                  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/13/podcast-dale-earnhardt-jr-on-the-best-and-only-driving-advice-he-got-from-his-dad/

                Friday 5: One more change that should be made to the All-Star Race

                http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/13/friday-5-one-more-change-that-should-be-made-to-the-all-star-race/

                Four Cup teams to miss 15 minutes of Friday practice
                Eleven Xfinity teams to be docked practice time Friday.

                NASCAR’s Friday schedule at Bristol
                Qualifying for the Food City 500 is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET

                Kevin Harvick, Allmendinger have incidents in practice at Bristol; Harvick to backup car
                Kevin Harvick will start from the rear of the Food City 500.

                Courtesy NASCAR.com

                 (https://www.nascar.com/) : 

                Speeding up the charts

                Blaney, Jones top opening Monster Energy Series practice from Bristol

                https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/13/blaney-jones-top-opening-bristol-practice-harvick-allmendinger-crash/

                Full schedule for Bristol

                  Where to catch NASCAR on TV

                    How to see Labonte's Euro debut

                      Bubba sees Blaney's doppelganger

                      (4/12/18)

                      Courtesy Catchfence.com

                       (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

                        Winning twice at Bristol Motor Speedway is hard 

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271299/winning-twice-bristol-motor-speedway-hard

                      Noah Gragson to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing for three consecutive races starting at Richmond Raceway

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271309/noah-gragson-drive-joe-gibbs-racing-three-consecutive-races-starting-richmond-raceway

                      Speedway Motorsports Inc. teams up with Square for easy-to-use credit card processing at concessions stands

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271303/speedway-motorsports-inc-teams-up-with-square-for-easy-to-use-credit-card-processing-at-concessions-stands

                      NASCAR announces key marketing and media leadership promotions

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271301/nascar-announces-key-marketing-media-leadership-promotions

                      Bristol Motor Speedway awards first Dale Earnhardt Jr. scholarship

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271293/bristol-motor-speedway-awards-first-dale-earnhardt-jr-scholarship

                      PlanBSales.com and fans to sponsor Matt DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing at Kansas Speedway in October

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271289/planbsales-com-fans-sponsor-matt-dibenedetto-go-fas-racing-kansas-speedway-october

                      Courtesy USA Today.com

                       (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                      Busch brothers among favorites at 'streaking' Bristol

                      Courtesy Sporting News.com

                       (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):         

                      Courtesy NASCAR.com

                       (https://www.nascar.com/):

                      Bristol bragging rights

                      Joey Logano doesn't have to boast; his short track stats do the talking  

                      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/12/king-road-might-just-joey-logano/          

                        Quiz: Your favorite driver match             

                        Jimmy Blewett / Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) update
                        (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

                        JIMMY BLEWETT GETS NORTH AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION BACKING FOR 2018 WALL STADIUM MODIFIED ASSAULT

                        HOWELL, N.J. ~ Three-time and defending Wall Stadium Speedway Modified stock car driving champion Jimmy Blewett has announced that North American Construction of Brick, N.J. has joined his race team as a primary sponsor for the 2018 racing season. Blewett will rely on the same car with which he won the 2017 title although it will now sport gleaming white paint, North American Construction logos and the No. 51. Rob Ormsbee will continue as crew chief and Martino Race Engines will continue to prepare the power.

                        “Scott Brannick from North American Construction has been a good friend, over the years,” Blewett, a 72 time Wall Stadium Modified winner including 20 victories in the prestigious Turkey Derby, said. “We have worked on a lot of projects together off the track and he has both raced and been a good friend to local racing. It will be exciting to drive the North American Construction No. 51!”

                        Brannick is also excited about the team.

                        “I have been friends with Jimmy for a long time and the timing of this deal was perfect,” Brannick said. “Jimmy has proven that he is a winner and that will reflect well on my company. This season should be a lot of fun.”

                        North American Constructionoffers a wide variety of options for roofing, siding, windows and doors to meet every style and budget. The company has offered installation, repair and replacement services to both commercial property owners and homeowners in New Jersey since 1982.

                        To learn more about North American Construction visit northamericanconstructionnj.com. Follow Jimmy Blewett on Facebook at Jimmy Showtime Blewett and on Instagram at showtime6676.

                        Additional associate sponsorships with the race team are still available.

                        Wall Stadium presents professional auto racing on Saturday nights through early October. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in late October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also presented.

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

                        Dash 4 Cash drivers gear up for first battle for $100,000 at Bristol

                        Four Xfinity Series drivers will take on each other and Bristol Motor Speedway for $100,000 on Saturday.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/12/dash-4-cash-drivers-gear-up-for-first-battle-for-100000-at-bristol/

                        Courtesy Frontstretch.com

                        (https://www.frontstretch.com/): 

                        The Critic's Annex: My Bariatric Solutions 300
                        by Phil Allaway
                         
                        This past Saturday (Apr. 12), the XFINITY Series took on a very cold (by Metroplex standards) Texas Motor Speedway for 200 laps of action.  Apparently, it is the coldest ever race run at the 1.5-mile quad-oval and it definitely played a role in the competition.
                         
                        There's one interesting note from the pre-race show. NASCAR RaceDay - XFINITY Edition presented their rankings of the top 10 Budweiser All-Star Late Model/Busch Grand National/Nationwide/XFINITY Series drivers of all-time.  Here, the ongoing 'whacking by Cup Series drivers over the years played a big role in how the rules were set up.  For example, Kyle Busch somehow ended up third all-time despite Larry McReynolds not even selecting him at all for the top 10.  McReynolds' reasoning was that the vast majority of Busch's success in the series occurred while he was full-time in Cup, which makes sense.  Only six of his 93 career wins occurred before his Cup promotion in 2005.
                         
                        Despite McReynolds' corollary, the list still included Busch and Mark Martin, drivers who won the vast majority of their races running part-time as Cup regulars.  Is that fair?  At least nine of the top 10 drivers on the list have also won NASCAR titles. 

                        Overall, it's a decent compilation, but one that would definitely lead to discussion.  Suppose that's the point of the whole thing.
                         
                        During the race, the hardest hit of the whole day was taken by Chad Finchum in turn 2.  Did viewers have any idea what happened?  No!  The broadcast did not catch the crash live (just post-wall contact) then never showed a replay for reasons that I cannot explain.  That was weak.  Luckily, Finchum walked away unhurt.
                         
                        Since the crash was Finchum's second incident of the day (he spun out on lap 2 in the same turn, but did not hit anything), the takeaway from the broadcast was something along the lines of, "it's Finchum again." There should have been more detail and effort given to figure out what went wrong.
                         
                        As for the wreck itself, here's a shot of Finchum's impact with the wall.  I didn't see that until Monday; clearly a nasty hit right there.  The crash broke the rear windshield, something that almost never happens (especially since we're not actually talking about glass here).  The booth commented on that fact and how unusual it was.  Normally, it would pique someone's curiosity to ask "What the deuce happened?"  I know that it did in my case. 
                         
                        FOX's special guest in the booth Saturday was Clint Bowyer, working as a dress rehearsal to the Drivers Only broadcast in a couple of weeks at Talladega.  As a result, you got an analyst who took his booth work a little more seriously.  Previously, Bowyer was his regular folksy self, saying a bunch of random stuff.  This time, it was obvious he'd done a little more studying than in past appearances.  As a result, you got a Bowyer that was more in tune with the race.  Not quite as off-the-wall, but still genuinely Bowyer.  It seems the veteran challenged himself to be more informative and succeeded.
                         
                        One of the main stories Saturday was the fact only 34 cars took time during qualifying.  One of those drivers (Matt Mills) DNQ'd because of that, but the other seven had to start at the rear.  As a result, viewers got constant updates on Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric charging through the field.

                        Harvick was the biggest draw of all due to his pace Friday that showed he could contend.  A vibration prevented that from happening, however.  Viewers did get a good view of the wheel the No. 98 team took off Harvick's car, making it obvious the driver's intuition was correct.  Earlier, there was another vibration that likely served as a contributing factor to the second one.
                         
                        Overall, racing for position was often tied to those charging through the field.  There wasn't all that much action at the front since Ryan Blaney was kicking some butt.  As the temperatures warmed up (allowing the teams a little more traction) the field was able to spread out a bit.  As a result, most of the action remained confined to the first half of the race.
                         
                        Due to the onslaught of early cautions, the race broadcast ran long.  As a result, there were only a couple of quick interviews and a check of the points before FOX left the air.
                         
                        While Saturday's race was not necessarily the most competitive affair, television put together an OK telecast.  Bowyer, in particular, did a pretty good job in the booth.  I guess he took it more seriously. 

                        Frontstretch Line of the Week

                        From Eyes on XFINITY: Bayley Currey Impresses in Series Debut

                        "I kind of knew what I was doing and whatnot, but to know exactly where I wanted to be and how to maneuver the car, it took me a little while. [Turns] 3 and 4 were pretty easy because there is so much banking, but 1 and 2 is so flat, it took me a little bit to figure out." - Bayley Currey on adjusting to the XFINITY car at Texas

                        TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                         
                        2-Headed Monster: Should Cup Races Be Shorter?
                        by Michael Massie and Frank Velat
                         
                        Happiness Is: Tires, Appearances & Gasly
                        by Ava Huston Ladner
                         
                        Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Food City 500
                        by Corey Brewer
                         
                        Eyes on XFINITY: Bayley Currey Impresses in Series Debut
                        by Dustin Albino

                        Truckin' Thursdays Best Of: Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven By Passion, Supported By Faith
                        by Beth Lunkenheimer

                        Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Texas Motor Speedway
                        with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti, Corey LaJoie and Mike Neff
                          

                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

                        (http://www.catchfence.com/):

                         Joe Nemechek to drive for JD Motorsports in Bristol Motor Speedway 

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271280/joe-nemechek-drive-jd-motorsports-bristol-motor-speedway

                        Ty Majeski to make highly anticipated 2018 debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271287/ty-majeski-make-highly-anticipated-2018-debut-weekend-bristol-motor-speedway

                        Florida Watermelon Association on board with Ross Chastain in Bristol

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271276/florida-watermelon-association-board-ross-chastain-Bristol

                        WIX® Filters to serve as primary sponsor of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Fusion June 30-July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271263/wix-filters-to-serve-as-primary-sponsor-of-clint-bowyers-no-14-ford-fusion-june-30-july-1-at-chicagoland-speedway

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Bristol could be a boost for 20-somethings

                        Plenty of youngsters are in the top half of the Cup standings, but most are still seeking their first victory. With Bristol, Richmond and Talladega on tap, that might change.

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23116554/bristol-motor-speedway-2018-race-begins-stretch-yield-first-win-young-nascar-cup-series-drivers

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                         NASCAR America: Bristol is the ‘Dale Earnhardt’ of race tracks

                        Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the roughest, toughest tracks in NASCAR

                        NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway
                        The weekend in Bristol, Tennessee, is headlined by the Food City 500.

                        NASCAR America: Jeff Burton: As a fan, ‘now I have a reason to be excited’ for All-Star race
                        NASCAR announced a rules package for the May 19 All-Star race that includes restrictor plates.

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Flipping for the Food City 500

                        Look back at some memorable moments from Bristol's spring race

                        https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1052/bristol-motor-speedways-food-city-500-11-historic-moments#/0

                        'Perfect opportunity' to shake-up All-Star Race, learn

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/12/nascar-all-star-race-format-innovation/

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                         (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                        Watch Joey Logano get tackled by military dog

                        100_0415.jpg

                        Older news

                        (4/11/18)

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                         (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

                         (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

                        NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway announce rules package, format for Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race

                          http://www.catchfence.com/271243/nascar-charlotte-motor-speedway-announce-rules-package-format-for-monster-energy-nascar-all-star-race 

                        “Bristol Bite” returns to Bristol Motor Speedway track surface for Food City 500 weekend

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271254/bristol-bite-returns-bristol-motor-speedway-track-surface-food-city-500-weekend

                        NASCAR star Joey Logano visits Dover Air Force Base before May 6 “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271238/nascar-star-joey-logano-visits-dover-air-force-base-may-6-aaa-400-drive-autism-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-race


                        Courtesy Sporting News.com

                         (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):        


                        Courtesy NASCAR.com (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Dale Jr.: No experience like racing at Bristol
                        Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his experience winning at Bristol Motor Speedway and how there is no NASCAR racetrack like it. 

                        Bump & Run: Who are drivers worth watching?

                        The NASCAR on NBC writers answer this week's questions.

                        Courtesy Frontstretch.com

                         (https://www.frontstretch.com/):  

                        Today's Featured Commentary
                        Restrictor Plates at Charlotte? Will This Work?
                        by Brandon Hauff

                        Throughout the last several days, rumors have spread about NASCAR hinting at using restrictor plates for the Monster Energy All-Star Race coming up next month at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  It would be the first time they have implemented them fully on a MENCS track other than Daytona or Talladega since 2000. That's when they were used at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the one-mile, flat oval up in the northeast.  That move was made under different circumstances due to the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. as a result of stuck throttles earlier that year.

                        It was not a successful experiment competition-wise, either. Jeff Burton led all 300 laps en route to victory that day.  So, the question is, why try them out now on a track like Charlotte?

                        We have seen in years past that NASCAR likes to use the All-Star Race as an experimental event, both with cars and rules.  For example, in 2016 we saw a lower downforce package used on the cars to limit sideforce and help the racing.  Competition was improved, turning the event into somewhat of a success after years of boring single-file action.

                        Let's go a little further back, to a time before double-file restarts were introduced into NASCAR.  For years, every restart in the All-Star Race was run that way, an experiment NASCAR ultimately used to implement double-file restarts at every track. 

                        Last season, we saw the different tire compound options available with the "Option" tire or the default Goodyear "Prime" tire. This All-Star Race tweak was not a successful one, but the point here is that they still like to use the exhibition to try new things.

                        Last year, NASCAR introduced a rules package in the XFINITY Series for the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where restrictor plates would be used along with air ducts on the front of the cars.  This helped the cars suck up better on the straightaways while taking away horsepower and allowing for closer racing throughout the field.  Many drivers and fans loved this package and the race itself was extremely entertaining.

                        As a result, NASCAR is going to bring something similar to the Cup Series next month, hoping for more of the same.  Will it work? We don't know yet, but you have to applaud them for trying something new, especially when it worked in a lower series. 

                        It is no secret that the All-Star Race has struggled to maintain both its competitiveness and its relevance on the circuit these past few years. NASCAR is trying what they can to help with the race's format and excitement level by implementing this new package.  We have heard them say in the past that if it's a successful experiment, they would consider using it again in the future, so do not rule that out if this works.

                        Will this tweak make the All-Star Race one of the best we've ever seen?  Will it hurt the racing or improve it?  These remain huge question marks.  Nobody will know what to expect until the cars hit the track for the first practice that weekend.  However, if it's anything like the XFINITY Series was at Indianapolis last season, we could be in for a treat.

                        TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                         
                        Did You Notice?: A Monster Move For NASCAR Sponsorship
                        by Tom Bowles

                        The Frontstretch 5: Easy Fixes for What Pains NASCAR
                        by Amy Henderson
                         
                        The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas
                        by Beth Lunkenheimer
                         
                        10 Reasons the Cup Series Might Be Better Without a Title Sponsor
                        by Frank Velat
                         
                        NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Monster Energy's Extension Mean for NASCAR?
                        by Joseph Wolkin

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):  

                        Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Daytona 500 car to be auctioned off
                        Darrell Wallace Jr.'s historic car is expected to sell for between $70,000 - $90,000.

                        NASCAR America: Who is the favorite among Dash 4 Cash drivers?
                        Ryan Preece, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric and Christopher Bell will compete for $100,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway 

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Challenges NASCAR faces with title sponsorship? There are many.

                        The short-term deal signed with Monster Energy underscores NASCAR's desire to seek "greater value" for its current and future sponsors.

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23108323/monster-energy-cup-series-title-sponsorship-part-evolving-business-model-nascar-2018

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

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                        NASCAR socks Elliott with second penalty of 2018

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

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                        No. 9 team penalized

                        Crew chief fined, suspended for two races -- team loses points post-Texas

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/11/texas-penalty-report-nascar-monster-energy-series

                        Kyle Busch vs. Bill Elliott at 44

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/11/comparison-kyle-busch-vs-bill-elliott-44-wins/

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

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                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-chad-finchum-make-debut-home-track/

                        NASCAR Cup: Chad Finchum to make debut at home track

                        Amanda Vincent



                        (4/10/18) 

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                        NASCAR America: Dale Jr: Official fist bump ‘isn’t a good look’
                        A NASCAR official bumped fists with a Kevin Harvick crew member after Harvick's team did not receive a pit penalty.  

                        2 articles courtesy Amanda Vincent
                         (Thanks Amanda !!):

                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-daniel-suarez-fractures-thumb-texas-crash/

                        NASCAR Cup: Daniel Suarez fractures thumb in Texas crash

                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-tony-mrakovich-plans-debut-bristol-motor-speedway/

                        NASCAR Xfinity: Tony Mrakovich plans debut at Bristol Motor Speedway

                        Amanda Vincent

                         Courtesy Speed 51.com

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                        Short Track Super Series Set to Hit New Bridgeport 3/8 Mile 

                        Blewett Auctioning Off Thompson Roof for Good Cause

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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                         Ryan: It’s time for NASCAR and teams to tighten it up on pit guns

                        These problems must be solved before the playoffs; also notes on who spoke out; the optics of officials and fist-bumps; is Texas too long?; and where cars went to the wind tunnel; 

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/10/ryan-its-time-for-nascar-and-teams-to-tighten-it-up-on-pit-guns/

                        Goodyear tire info for Bristol Motor Speedway
                        Cup and Xfinity teams will have a right-side tire with an updated tread construction

                        Examining what’s next for NASCAR after Monster deal ends in 2019
                        Looking at key questions after Tuesday's announcement.

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

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                        One-Two Punch
                        Can Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick continue their run of 2018 dominance at Bristol?

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/10/kyle-busch-kevin-harvick-fast-starts-one-two-finishes-2018/

                        Dash 4 Cash quartet bracing for Bristol, aiming for bonus payday

                        https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1969/xfinity-series-dash-4-cash-drivers-for-bristol#/0

                        Daniel Suarez to get injured thumb diagnosed this week

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/09/daniel-suarez-injured-thumb-texas-race/

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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                        NASCAR COO Steve Phelps says it is "highly unlikely" that Monster Energy would sponsor the NASCAR Cup Series beyond 2019. NASCAR is looking at bundling its top sponsorship packages with the sanctioning body to include the tracks and television partners and possibly will not include the series naming rights as have been used in the past.

                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

                         (http://www.catchfence.com/):

                        STP returns to Richard Petty Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway 

                         http://www.catchfence.com/271149/stp-returns-to-richard-petty-motorsports-at-bristol-motor-speedway

                        Back in black; AdvoCare back on the No. 6 as Trevor Bayne returns to home track at Bristol

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271119/back-black-advocare-back-no-6-trevor-bayne-returns-home-track-Bristol

                        Chicagoland Speedway to pay tribute to active and veteran military members June 28 – July

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271147/chicagoland-speedway-to-pay-tribute-to-active-and-veteran-military-members-june-28-july

                        Bobby Labonte embraces NASCAR Whelen Euro Series opportunity

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271129/bobby-labonte-embraces-nascar-whelen-euro-series-opportunity

                        Rising country music artist Michael Tyler to sign National Anthem for Kansas 400

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271115/rising-country-music-artist-michael-tyler-sign-national-anthem-kansas-400

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                        (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                        Dale Jr. update: Baby is the size of a cantaloupe

                        Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

                         (https://www.frontstretch.com/): 

                        Entry List: Food City 500 

                         For Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol, 39 teams are entered.  Chad Finchum will make his MENCS debut in MBM Motorsports' No. 66 while Corey LaJoie and DJ Kennington also return to the series.  It's the highest car count we've seen on the entry list since February's Daytona 500.  Read more

                        Entry List: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

                        41 teams are currently entered in Saturday's XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol.  With the race being the first XFINITY Dash 4 Cash race of the year, no Cup drivers are allowed.  Read more

                        Today's Featured Commentary
                        What Has Geoff Bodine Done Wrong?
                        by Clayton Caldwell
                         
                        Sometimes a few bad moments in your past haunt you from reaping future rewards. Maybe that’s what happened this week.
                         
                        In case you missed it, a panel of FOX NASCAR personalities voted for the sport's 50 greatest drivers. The results of the poll of 21 on-air personalities were revealed on NASCAR RaceHub. Included in the list were drivers like Sam Ard and Richie Evans, both of whom never ran in the highest level of NASCAR. However, the greatness in their respected divisions got them the nod. I appreciate that and believe the panel got most of the choices right. 

                        However, there is one name noticeably absent from the list. This driver not only had the statistics in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to back up his inclusion, he also had a very successful Modified career.

                        That driver was Geoff Bodine. 
                         
                        It is a crime that the Chemung, N.Y. native was left off the list. His accomplishments outrank several drivers that were included when you delve into what he achieved.
                         
                        Bodine made 575 career MENCS starts and found Victory Lane 18 times in his career. He won at several different racetracks. They varied in length from the short track ovals of Martinsville, North Wilkesboro and Nashville to larger-type superspeedways like Pocono and Charlotte. He also won the 1986 Daytona 500 and handed vaunted Hendrick Motorsports their first career victory in 1984. As his career progressed into the next decade, he drove for the legendary Junior Johnson, finishing third in points in 1990 (the closest he came to winning a series championship). A few years later, Bodine gave Hall of Fame team owner Bud Moore his final victory in 1993 and won four races as an independent driver. His statistics are very impressive. 
                         
                        If you include Bodine's Modified career, the numbers ratchet up even further. He was a terror in that division in the 1970s, winning 55 of the 84 modified races he entered in 1978. That's a record which still stands today.

                        But during that time period, people look at Richie Evans as the king of the Modified tour... not Bodine. You could argue what has hurt Bodine the most, looking back is that he decided to chase his dreams of running NASCAR’s premier division while Evans didn’t. If Bodine had stayed running Modifieds, there’s no telling how many races he would have won. In all, it is said that he won over 200 career events. 
                         
                        Bodine gets penalized for chasing his dreams, but he also gets penalized for being a rival to some of the sport’s most prominent figures. He got into scuffles with several big name drivers including Richard Petty, Davey Allison and the sport's Intimidator, the late Dale Earnhardt. I believe those ill feelings of the past have cost Bodine some credibility with some of the media members of today, many of whom worked against Bodine during his heyday in the Cup Series. He also had some infamous public incidents like the wreck with his brother Brett in the 1994 Brickyard 400 and a divorce that ended in a relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker.
                         
                        So who would Bodine replace on the list? When you look at the group FOX complied, Neil Bonnett is ranked as No. 43 of 50. Bonnett had 18 career victories, the same amount as Bodine. He never won a Daytona 500 and although injuries derailed his career, curtailing some solid season his Cup Series statistics overall are very similar to Bodine’s.

                        Bonnett didn’t only make the list, he made it by seven places. Where would he be if he won over 200 Modified events? Bodine was snubbed; there’s no doubt about it. 
                         
                        But not only is Bodine left off the list for 50 greatest drivers, he has also failed to become a finalist for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. As mentioned before, his Modified statistics do not get enough credibility. Buddy Baker is currently on the list of nominees yet Bodine has one less Cup win than he does.
                         
                        Shouldn’t Bodine's Modified stats push him over the edge and give him the nod? Harry Gant was most recently nominated for the NASCAR Hall. He has 18 wins, the same amount as Bodine and Gant never won a Daytona 500. Again, it begs the question, what about Bodine? 
                         
                        What bothers me the most is that Bodine’s name isn’t even mentioned as a snub by most critics. When the Hall of Fame chatter begins about who will be nominated next, Bodine’s name is never mentioned. I just don’t understand it.
                         
                        So it’s time to put aside any ill will that old school NASCAR fans, media, personalities and participants have toward Bodine and give the man his due. His NASCAR career was fantastic and it’s time we reward him for that.

                        Numbers Game: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
                        by Tom Bowles

                        0
                        Top-10 finishes for Roush Fenway Racing this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was running inside the top 10 late in the race at Texas until a combination of handling, tire and mechanical issues caused an early exit. A 12th-place result for teammate Trevor Bayne was a season high for the organization.

                        1
                        Driver from last year's MENCS Championship 4 who has yet to win this season: Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch's victory means he, Kevin Harvick and reigning champ Martin Truex Jr. have all reached Victory Lane so far in 2018.

                        2
                        Wins for Toyota so far this season (Fontana and Texas) compared to four for Ford and one for Chevrolet.

                        3
                        Victories for Kyle Busch at Texas in 25 career starts. The veteran was vocal this track isn't one of his best but the stats say otherwise: his average finish of 11.6 is seventh best among active MENCS racetracks. He also doesn't have a single DNF at TMS.

                        5
                        Straight MENCS podium finishes for Kyle Busch, including Sunday's win at Texas. That's elevated him from fifth in points to the championship leader.

                        5
                        Laps led by Chevrolet in Sunday's MENCS race: four by Chase Elliott and one by William Byron. That's after failing to lead a single lap at Martinsville two weeks ago.

                        6
                        Combined top 10s for Hendrick Motorsports across their four-car effort in 28 starts this season. There was one bright spot at Texas as rookie William Byron (10th) scored his career best finish.

                        8th
                        Finishing position for rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. at Texas, his career best in the MENCS at an unrestricted track.

                        8
                        Cautions Sunday at Texas, tying a season high. 11 DNFs, several from wrecks were also the most since February's Daytona 500.

                        40.5%
                        Laps led this season by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick out of 2,145 laps run. The two have also combined for 19 of the 42 combined playoff points awarded.
                         
                        197.368
                        The pole-winning speed (in miles per hour) for Kurt Busch. That's the fastest speed for any MENCS race this season, beating even February's Daytona 500.

                        TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

                        Beside the Rising Tide: Inventive Incentive
                        by Matt McLaughlin
                         
                        Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with Weather, Tires and NASCAR Past in Texas
                        by Phil Allaway

                        5 Points To Ponder: Joey Logano's Comeback Year?
                        by Danny Peters
                         
                        Who's Hot & Who's Not in NASCAR: Lone Star Breakdowns
                        by Wesley Coburn
                         
                        The Underdog House: NASCAR Opportunity is Bigger in Texas
                        by Zach Catanzareti
                          
                          

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

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                         http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-resrictor-plates-reportedly-part-2018-star-race/

                        NASCAR Cup: restrictor plates, reportedly, part of 2018 All-Star Race

                        Amanda Vincent

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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                        Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. have asked for a settlement hearing scheduled for Thursday in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed to be canceled or postponed because “they have executed a confidential settlement agreement for which no further action by this court is required.” The motion cites a 2004 U.S. appeals court opinion that honoring the parties’ express wish for confidentiality may facilitate settlement, which courts are bound to encourage.

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                         (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                          Column: IndyCar on an upswing as NASCAR stumbles

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                          Monster Energy extends title sponsorship of NASCAR Cup Series

                        Monster Energy is in its second year as the series sponsor for Cup.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/10/monster-energy-extends-title-sponsorship-of-nascar-cup-series/ 

                        Chad Knaus to be a father in August
                        Chad Knaus' wife announces that she is due in August 

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/):

                        Keeping up with Jones

                        See why Erik Jones is ready to make some noise at 'Thunder Valley'

                        https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1970/power-rankings-texas-to-bristol#/0

                        (4/9/18) 

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/):

                         Full weekend schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/08/full-weekend-schedule-for-bristol-motor-speedway/

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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                        NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett says it’s time to consider Kyle Busch among the greats
                        With a decade left in his career, it is already time to talk about Kyle Busch's place in NASCAR history

                        Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway
                        The Food City 500 features 39 entrants, the largest field since the Daytona 500.

                        Johnson adjusting mental approach to fix struggles
                        Jimmie Johnson is struggling this season, and his recent tweets show he might be adjusting his mental approach to turn things around

                        Ky. Busch, Harvick climbing all-time record books
                        Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have similar competitive natures, which is why they are among the best NASCAR drivers ever

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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                        Ryan Preece to race for $100,000 bonus in Xfinity race at Bristol

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23090181/nascar-2018-joe-gibbs-racing-driver-ryan-preece-race-100000-bonus-xfinity-series-race-bristol-motor-speedway

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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                         Long: NASCAR-related tweets did not reflect positively on sport after Texas race

                        Twitter comments featured snipes, swipes and other barbs toward one another until one tweet shut it down. 

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/09/long-nascar-related-tweets-did-not-reflect-positively-on-sport-after-texas-race/

                        Demolition begins on Phoenix media center

                        Out with the old: ISM Speedway's media center makes way for one that will be four times as large.

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

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                          William Byron earns first career top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271056/william-byron-earns-first-career-top-10-texas-motor-speedway

                        Pure Michigan ends sponsorship of NASCAR races at Michigan International Speedway

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271090/pure-michigan-ends-sponsorship-nascar-races-michigan-international-speedway 

                        Jimmie Johnson finds encouragement in calamity at Texas Motor Speedway 

                         http://www.catchfence.com/271071/jimmie-johnson-finds-encouragement-calamity-texas-motor-speedway

                        Erik Jones’ first top five of the season is a sure sign of progress

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271067/erik-jones-first-top-five-of-the-season-is-a-sure-sign-of-progress

                        Courtesy The Frontstretch

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                        Second No More: Kyle Busch Scores Victory at Texas

                        Kyle Busch led a race-high 116 laps and held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick to claim his first victory of the year in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Behind Busch and Harvick was Jamie McMurray in third, followed by Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.  Read more
                         
                        Multi-Car Pileup Leads to Short Red Flag in Texas

                        Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 was attrition-filled. But the largest wreck of the day was a seven-car crash in turn 3 on lap 178 that brought out the red flag.  Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski were eliminated in the incident.  Read more

                        Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson Suffer Tire Failures, Hard Crashes at Texas
                         
                        The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 was marked by quite a few right front tire failures.  That resulted in a bunch of hard hits on the SAFER Barrier.  Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson are just two examples of drivers whose days ended early because of blown tires.  Read more
                         
                        Ryan Blaney Smokes the Field in Cold Texas XFINITY Race 

                        On Saturday, Team Penske's Ryan Blaney was the class of the field, leading 132 of the 200 laps to win a very cold XFINITY Series My Bariatric Solutions 300.  Christopher Bell was second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece.  Read more

                        Seeking the Playoffs: Kyle Busch Uses Crazy Race to Expand Points Lead
                        by Phil Allaway
                         
                        Sunday's rather chaotic race resulted in a number of moves in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, except at the top.  Kyle Busch entered the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with the points lead.  Winning and earning 59 more means that Busch expanded his points lead from eight to 38.  That 38-point advantage is over new second-place man Joey Logano, who ran sixth at Texas. 

                        Ryan Blaney overcame some pit penalties in the Texas race to finish fifth.  That allowed him to keep third and gain on second.  Kevin Harvick's second-place finish moved him up three places in the championship standings to fourth.
                         
                        Martin Truex Jr.'s early crash dropped him three places in points, from second to fifth.  He is one point in front of Martinsville winner Clint Bowyer, who finished ninth at Texas. 

                        Brad Keselowski dropped two places to seventh after crashing out and finishing 33rd in Sunday's race.  Kurt Busch is up two places to eighth after winning the pole, leading 40 laps and finishing seventh.
                         
                        Denny Hamlin is down three places to ninth after crashing out in the same wreck with Keselowski.  Kyle Larson rounds out the top 10 after blowing a tire and crashing hard in turn 1 Sunday. 

                        Erik Jones is up one place to 11th after finishing a promising fourth at Texas.  He passes Aric Almirola, who dropped down one place to 12th after crashing out. 

                        Austin Dillon was involved in two crashes and had a small fire break out in the right rear of his Symbicort Chevrolet.  Despite that and a 26th-place finish, Dillon maintains the 13th spot in points, 18 behind Almirola. 

                        Alex Bowman is 14th after crashing in the opening laps and running the rest of the day with a damaged car.  Chase Elliott moved up two places to 15th after finishing 11th, while Paul Menard is the last man in the playoffs at the moment after being involved in the Bowman wreck.
                         
                        Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Busch 316, 2) Joey Logano -38, 3) Ryan Blaney -51, 4) Kevin Harvick -59, 5) Martin Truex Jr. -66, 6) Clint Bowyer -67, 7) Brad Keselowski -79, 8) Kurt Busch -92, 9) Denny Hamlin -94, 10) Kyle Larson -114, 11) Erik Jones -123, 12) Aric Almirola -139, 13) Austin Dillon -157, 14) Alex Bowman -162, 15) Chase Elliott -168, 16) Paul Menard -170.
                         
                        Note: Drivers in Bold have already claimed victories.
                         
                        Playoff Points: 1) Kevin Harvick 12, t-2) Martin Truex Jr. -4, t-2) Kyle Busch -4, t-4) Austin Dillon -6, t-4) Clint Bowyer -6, t-6) Kurt Busch -9, t-6) Ryan Blaney -9, t-8) Brad Keselowski -10, t-8) Denny Hamlin -10.
                         
                        Stage Points: 1) Kyle Busch 89, 2) Brad Keselowski -9, 3) Kevin Harvick -16, 4) Kurt Busch -22, 5) Martin Truex Jr. -29, 6) Joey Logano -34, 7) Ryan Blaney -37, 8) Kyle Larson -43, 9) Clint Bowyer -47, 10) Denny Hamlin -49, t-11) Chase Elliott -69, t-11) Erik Jones -69, 13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -71, 14) Michael McDowell -72, 15) Aric Almirola -73, 16) Jimmie Johnson -77. 
                         
                        Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Busch 256, 2) Joey Logano -18, 3) Ryan Blaney -21, 4) Clint Bowyer -27, 5) Kevin Harvick -30, 6) Martin Truex Jr. -33, 7) Denny Hamlin -43, 8) Erik Jones -59, 9) Aric Almirola -67, 10) Brad Keselowski -68, 11) Kyle Larson -71, t-12) Austin Dillon -76, t-12) Kurt Busch -76, 14) Alex Bowman -82, 15) Chase Elliott -83, 16) Ryan Newman -86.
                         
                        Race Winners: Austin Dillon (Daytona), Kevin Harvick (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix), Martin Truex Jr. (Fontana), Clint Bowyer (Martinsville), Kyle Busch (Texas)
                         
                        Note: Race wins in Italics do not count towards playoff eligibility.

                        Letter of the Race: Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 was brought to you by the letter "A" for Attrition.  FOX's commentators warned that the race could have a higher than normal churn rate on Sunday and the race lived up to that.  11 teams failed to finish, eight of which were due to wrecks.  Four more teams had wounded cars running off the pace at the checkered flag. 

                        Quotes to Remember: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
                        compiled by Phil Allaway
                         
                        "It feels awesome. Any time you can win at a track that kind of isn’t maybe one of your favorites or isn’t one of your best, then it definitely means even more because it just – you try to focus on those tracks and make it a little bit more meaningful and a little bit more special to get it done. So cool to be in Victory Lane here – finally this year and punch our ticket into the playoffs and of course, you know also just continue our hot streak of being the points leader right now and keeping these guys focused on what we need to do all year long." - Kyle Busch, race winner
                         
                        "We did overcome a lot. That was unfortunate. We had a pathetic day on pit road, two days on pit road because of pit guns. When you have a pit gun problem like we have multiple times and been able to overcome it and then today we couldn’t overcome it. Time after time, you can’t get the lug nuts tight because the pit guns don’t work. Kyle’s car was good enough to where he could get out there and run pretty good in clean air. It took us the whole run to be able to get everything back together and do everything we needed to do to make up a position. We weren’t as good behind him as we were in front of him. His car would run fast enough. There is only so much you can make up." - Kevin Harvick, finished second
                         
                        "We just had a really good car and were able to miss some of those accidents. The off weekend couldn’t have come at a better time for us. We had such a horrible season going and it’s awesome to run as good as we did today at a 1.5 mile. We have so many of these and I feel like we have been a little bit behind on the 1.5 milers but had a really good run today." - Jamie McMurray, finished third

                        "That was a long day. It is a good thing it was 500 miles because we needed about every bit of it. We started good running second and had green flag pit stops and an uncontrolled tire and had to come back in. Then we worked our butt off to get back up there and got a lap down and a caution came out and we got the lucky dog, got some damage. We were getting back up toward the front and had a loose right front wheel and had to come back in and get the lucky dog again and then I got in that wreck and had a bunch of nose damage. It was a long day that felt like it would never end. It just felt like it would get worse and worse but everyone did a good job on this Menards Ford Fusion to get back and have a solid finish. It stinks not getting any stage points. We had a good car. I hate that we couldn’t see what we had with a 100 percent, intact race car. It just shows the strength of this team and hopefully we can keep showing our speed in the coming weeks." - Ryan Blaney, finished fifth
                         
                        "Hell yeah, we needed that. That was a good week off for us to regroup. The guys did a hell of a job all weekend long. I thought we had pretty decent speed and a lot of people in the garage were like ‘your car is pretty good, so just don’t mess it up.’ I had a couple of opportunities there, especially the first stop coming down, but our Click N’ Close Chevrolet was pretty decent all day for us. Drew (Blickensderfer, crew chief) did a great job doing some pit strategy on that last call to get us out there to fourth. I don’t know if we were on the splitter on that last run, but she just wouldn’t turn going down into the corners and gave up a couple of spots. I will beat myself up over that one, but still walking away with my first top 10 in the Cup Series [at Texas] is pretty good. Really good day for us. We had some [sponsorship] prospects on the box, so I think that went a long way as well. But man, what a good day, what a good weekend for us. We had the mojo the whole time and just super excited." - Darrell Wallace Jr., finished eighth

                        "It was really good for us to get a top 10. We had a good car. Once the sun came out we weren’t quite as good, I don’t think, but starting in the back this was definitely a good day for us. We had a lot of adversity and kept having to go to the back. So, it’s good to come back from that and get a top 10. We didn’t quite have the speed we wanted to. We were really good in practice but I think some of our weaknesses showed up when the rubber laid down on the track a little bit on the bottom groove. Overall, it was a pretty good day and we can definitely build on this. Repaves are really treacherous and the restarts were so sketchy. I learned a couple of things with adjustments in the car to help for that and overall, I thought that green flag entries were good. Green-flag stops, the guys did a good job. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. We had a ton of things happen but I thought that we ended up about where we should have." - William Byron, finished 10th

                        "Today just wasn’t our day. A few laps in, I checked up when I saw the car in front of me get loose and then I think someone took the air off the rear and I got spun around. This Nationwide team worked their tails off fixing my Camaro ZL1. We kept working on it throughout the remainder of the race and we learned some stuff. We will regroup this week at the shop and get ready to go to Bristol next week." - Alex Bowman, finished 28th

                        "We just come to these repaves and we are going really fast and all fighting for the bottom lane and the second lane isn’t as good and the third lane is really not as good. So we got down to turn 3 and I was trying to be smart and be patient and we still have a long way to go in the race. I backed out of it to let the No. 18 have the second lane and the No. 11 just got loose under me. It was a frustrating end of the day for us. Our Smithfield Ford Fusion was fast and I hate that we didn’t convert today into a top 10 if not better than that. We definitely had a car capable of a really good result today and unfortunately have nothing to show for it." - Aric Almirola, finished 32nd (crashed out)

                        "By the time I saw what went on the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) was backwards and smoking the tires coming up the track. I knew where his arch was taking him and I knew that I was in trouble in the outside lane and going to get into him some. And then the crash just kind of continued from there. So, unfortunate circumstances, but a lot to build on from this weekend. A strong Friday, a fantastic Saturday and then not the best Sunday. We had a lot of different things work against us today, but we are getting closer each and every week and I’m really proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We will get back to our winning ways soon." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 35th (crashed out)

                        "Yeah, I’m OK thankfully. Thanks to NASCAR and their safety because that was a huge hit. Just hate that I blew a right front (tire) there. I was pretty tight but didn’t really expect to blow a right front. Restarted up front there and was just really tight for a few laps and then actually got going pretty good. Just needed to get by Joey (Logano) there and I felt like I was one of the faster cars out there. So, felt like we could have had a shot at the end of the race, but it was cut short." - Kyle Larson, finished 36th (crashed out)

                        "Well, just blew a right front tire out of nowhere.  Not sure what happened there – if we ran over something or what. We hadn’t had any problems all weekend and the first set of tires looked good. Would have been nice to have at least finished that first stage before it happened, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. We’ll just have to go back and evaluate what happened, but all in all we were going to be in for a good day. We were making the car better and still had room to go. We were as fast as anybody. At least that’s a positive and we’ll go on to next week and see what we can do." - Martin Truex Jr., finished 37th (crashed out)

                        TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                         
                        Thinkin' Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win
                        by Mike Neff
                         
                        The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
                        by Beth Lunkenheimer

                        Up to Speed: Disparate Results for Chip Ganassi Racing
                        by Bryan Gable

                        Pace Laps: Texas Tires, Penske Dominance & Newgarden Prevails in Phoenix
                        by the Frontstretch Staff
                         
                        XFINITY Breakdown: 3 in a Row for Team Penske as Ryan Blaney Dominates at Texas
                        by Dustin Albino
                          


                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/):

                        Going International

                        Why former NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte is headed to Whelen Euro Series

                          https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/09/bobby-labonte-set-full-whelen-euro-series-schedule-2018/

                        NASCAR to take six cars to wind tunnel post-Texas

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/09/nascar-wind-tunnel-post-texas-cars-test/

                        Where to catch NASCAR programming on TV April 9-15

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/08/nascar-tv-schedule-april-9-15-2018/

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                         (Thanks Amanda !):

                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-officials-miss-call-kevin-harvicks-team-texas/

                        NASCAR Cup: officials miss call against Kevin Harvick's team at Texas

                        Amanda Vincent 

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                        (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

                        NASCAR official says it is ‘unfortunate’ pit guns have caused problems for some
                        NASCAR's Scott Miller, VP of competition, addresses questions on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about pit guns and why Kevin Harvick's team wasn't penalized.

                        Daniel Suarez injures left hand in crash on second lap at Texas
                        The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will see a doctor Tuesday in Charlotte.

                        Jamie McMurray leads group of drivers with best finish of season at Texas
                        Many drivers in the top 20 capitalized on attrition and wrecks in Sunday's race in Texas.

                         (4/8/18)  

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                         (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

                        Kyle Busch win at Texas 1st this season for Joe…

                        The Latest: Kyle Busch wins at Texas for 3rd time

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Kyle Busch tops Kevin Harvick to score first win of season  

                         http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/08/kyle-busch-tops-kevin-harvick-to-score-first-win-of-season/

                        Kevin Harvick says new pit guns ‘pathetic’ and ’embarrassing for the sport’ after loose wheels in Texas

                        The runner-up in the O'Reilly 500 becomes the latest to blast the equipment; team owner Joe Gibbs also dissatisfied with the new mandate.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/08/kevin-harvick-says-new-pit-guns-pathetic-and-embarrassing-for-the-sport-after-loose-wheels-in-texas/

                        Ky. Busch: 'It feels awesome' to finally get win
                        Kyle Busch reacts to finally making it to victory lane and punching his ticket into the playoffs after a "trying couple of months."

                        Bubba Wallace reflects on top 10 finish at Texas
                        An excited Darrell Wallace Jr. discusses his top 10 finish at Texas and what it means for his team moving forward

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Kyle Busch stays ahead of Kevin Harvick for first win of season at Texas

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23081834/kyle-busch-gets-first-win-season-texas-motor-speedway

                        Harvick decries air wrenches after No. 2 finish

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Texas-sized battle

                        Kyle Busch captures the checkered flag in a rough-and-tumble race

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/08/results-texas-motor-speedway-monster-energy-series-kyle-busch/

                        Complete race results

                        Hamlin triggers multi-car wreck

                        Watch Busch hold off Harvick

                        Brexton predicted dad's win

                        Stage points awarded in 2018

                        Flying lug nut costs Harvick

                        Larson hits the wall hard                

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                        (Thanks Amanda !):

                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kyle-busch-finally-gets-hump-win-texas/

                        NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch finally gets over hump to win at Texas

                        Amanda Vincent

                        Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)  Season Opener (4/14/18!)

                        (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

                        WALL STADIUM AUTO RACERS READY FOR SATURDAY’S (APRIL 14) 2018 SEASON OPENER

                        WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ All six Wall Stadium Speedway stock car racing divisions will be in action when the third mile high banked paved oval opens the 2018 “All-American Auto Group Racing Series” this Saturday night (April 14). Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. with qualifying slated for 5:45 p.m. and the first main event planned for 7:00 p.m.

                        The Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event with defending champ Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Jackson's Steven Reed, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Jackson's Blake Barney and Derek Hopkinson of toms River all planning to compete in the series on a regular basis. Last season's Sportsman champ will also be among those competing in the Modified series.

                        Howell’s Kevin Davison is looking for another crown in the Center State Engineering Sportsman ranks, but top runners Kyle Scisco and brothers Jarret and Carsten DiGiantomasso, all from Jackson, and Howell's Eric Lane are all expected to see Sportsman action.

                        Last year’s O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stock champion Scott Riggleman of Manchester will lead the full-fendered cars into opening night competition while Howell's Brain Osborn will try for his second straight Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock crown. Both divisions will battle in 20-lappers on opening night.

                        Competition will be high in both the Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars as the 2017 champs will not be going for repeat titles. Both divisions will battle in 20-lappers on opening night.

                        In preparation for the April 14 opener, speedway officials have announced that a special paid practice session will be offered on Friday afternoon, April 13, from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m.

                        For Saturday’s season opener the speedway office will open at 9:00 a.m. so that competitors and crew members can obtain their licenses for the season and avoid afternoon lines. The pit area will open at noon for race car technical inspections while practice sessions will begin at 4:00 P.M.

                        The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through early October, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in late October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

                        More information on Wall Stadium and the 2018 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

                        Courtesy Speed Sport .com

                        (https://speedsport.com/):

                        Dave Blaney Thrills With Port Royal Triumph

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Kurt Busch starts from the pole – the 23rd of his NASCAR Cup career -- today at Texas. His last win from the pole? He's done it only once -- In November 2002 at Homestead. That was just his second career NASCAR Cup pole.

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                          Harvick could match NASCAR legends with win at Texas

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/02/kevin-harvick-match-legends-win-texas/

                        Who wants it? Monster Energy Series All-Star Race is coming

                        https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/all-videos/wants-star-open-coming-way-soon/

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Texas

                        Kyle Busch among the favorites from the NBC Sports staff to win today's race.

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                         (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

                         Key information for NASCAR Cup race at Texas

                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

                         (http://www.catchfence.com/):

                        Strong run thwarted for Brandon Jones at Texas Motor Speedway

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271020/strong-run-thwarted-brandon-jones-texas-motor-speedway

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Not a real fire: Texas Motor Speedway is showing a campfire on its big backstretch screen and the reflection appears on the suites here this morning. Temperatures are in the 30s but the AccuWeather forecast predicts temperatures in the 50s for the start of the race and 60s by the end.

                        http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0774629733315911419-4

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                         (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Texas Heat

                        Ryan Blaney is on a roll heading into Sunday's race (2 p.m. ET, FS1) 

                        https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1968/five-to-watch-oreilly-auto-parts-500-at-texas#/0

                        Trackside Live: 10:30 a.m. ET

                        Last-minute fantasy advice             

                        Blaney gives kid checkered flag

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                         (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Today’s Cup race at Texas: Start time, lineup and more

                        All the pertinent details for today's race at Texas Motor Speedway

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/08/todays-cup-race-at-texas-start-time-lineup-and-more/

                        (4/7/18)

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                        (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/ ):

                        Women's basketball player now on NASCAR pit crew

                        NASCAR at Texas revives New Kids on the Block

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Blaney wins Texas; gives Penske Xfinity trifecta

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

                        (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                        (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Ryan Blaney scores first Xfinity win of year at Texas Motor Speedway

                        Ryan Blaney earned Team Penske's third consecutive Xfinity win.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/07/ryan-blaney-scores-first-xfinity-win-of-year-at-texas-motor-speedway/

                        Jimmie Johnson fastest in final Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway

                        Jimmie Johnson led Kevin Harvick and Daniel Suarez in the rain-shortened session.

                        Ryan Blaney wins Xfinity pole at Texas in rain-shortened qualifying

                        Ryan Blaney's pole for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 is the second pole of his Xfinity Series career.

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                        (Thanks Amanda !): 


                        Ricky Stenhouse Jr., William Byron start in back at Texas

                        Amanda Vincent

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                        (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

                        Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start at rear in backup for second straight race

                        The Roush Fenway Racing driver hit the wall in Turn 4 during practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/07/ricky-stenhouse-jr-will-start-from-rear-in-backup-for-second-straight-race/

                        Daniel Suarez tops second Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway

                        Daniel Suarez recorded a top speed of 198.998 mph

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com
                         
                        (https://www.nascar.com/):   

                        Riding herd
                        Ryan Blaney dominates in Xfinity Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/07/results-xfinity-series-texas-motor-speedway-my-bariatric-solutions-200/

                        Pit stall picks for Sunday

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/07/pit-stall-assignments-for-oreilly-auto-parts-500-at-texas-motor-speedway/ 

                        Tomorrow / Sunday , April 8th @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/):

                        Test and Tune on the Design For Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway 3/8 Mile
                        April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                        Bridgeport Speedway,
                        83 Floodgate Rd
                        Swedesboro, NJ 08085 United States

                        *** Test & Tune Postponed until Sunday, April 8th *** In light of this past weeks weather. It has delayed us from working on all of our tracks at the speedway. However, we were able to get considerable maintenance done today; but we still would like to use our Sunday rain date to everyone a better prepared surface. This will give us the opportunity to work more on the tracks tomorrow. The schedule of events will remain the same the…

                        Find out more »

                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

                        (http://www.catchfence.com/):

                        Winning in Cup always on Daniel Suarez’s mind

                        http://www.catchfence.com/271017/winning-cup-always-daniel-suarezs-mind

                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                        Photos: A slice of Richard Petty's motorsports life

                        From race cars to golf carts to title trophies, here's a peek at some of the numerous items NASCAR legend Richard Petty has for sale.

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23018043/nascar-photographs-richard-petty-motorsports-auction-items-trophies-cars-2018

                        NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway: Starting lineup breakdown

                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23050736/nascar-cup-series-texas-motor-speedway-2018-starting-lineup-breakdown-oreilly-auto-parts-500

                        Harvick: Should rotate playoff, title race sites

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

                        (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

                        Truex, Harvick know how to get to front at tracks…

                        10 painfully awkward NASCAR race names of 2018

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

                        (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

                         Today’s Xfinity race at Texas: Start time, lineup and more

                        All the details for today's race at Texas Motor Speedway

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/07/todays-xfinity-race-at-texas-start-time-lineup-and-more/

                        Saturday schedule at Texas Motor Speedway
                        The Xfinity Series holds the My Bariatric Solutions at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com
                         
                        (https://www.nascar.com/): 

                        Dash 4 Cash 101 for today's race

                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/03/dash-4-cash-101-format-explained-xfinity-series-race-recaps/

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                        I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
                        I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
                        My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
                        I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
                        My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
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                        My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
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                        I was a snare drummer in high school !
                         
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