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(8/30/16) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

 Who's ready for Darlington?

The Southern 500 is set to take off this weekend and NASCAR Talk takes a look at which drivers should do well in the race including Kevin Harvick.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/30/who-is-hot-and-cold-ahead-of-the-southern-500/

NASCAR America: Bobby Labonte on what it takes to win at Darlington

Elliott Sadler driving old Citi Financial paint scheme at Darlington

Tons of challenges at Southern 500

Who will emerge out of Darlington?

  
Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) Saturday Evening , 9/3/16 , plans
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TWIN MODIFIED RACES ON TAP SATURDAY (Sept. 3) AT WALL STADIUM 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Wall Stadium Speedway will celebrate the Labor Day holiday weekend with six feature races for five stock car divisions this Saturday evening (Sept. 3). Highlighting the card will be Twin Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main events. The first, rain postponed from July 30, will be contested before regularly scheduled qualifying at 5:30 p.m. sharp. The second will be presented later in the evening as a part of the regularly scheduled racing card. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m. and regularly scheduled main events will start at 7:00 p.m.

            These two Modified feature races are crucial in the race for the 2016 driving crown. Point leader and defending champion Steven Reed of Jackson is currently being chased by four time Modified champ Chas Okerson of Freehold, feature winner Shawna Ingraham of Brick, two-time winner Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Howell’s Eric Mauriello.

Series regulars also expected to see action include Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Ron Frees of Brick, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, both of Willingboro, and Jason Hearne of New Egypt.

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Snap On Sportsman cars are slated for a 30-lapper, while the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks will all see action in regularly scheduled 25-lap main events. A special Mechanic’s Race is also on the “Country Night Take 2 Night” event schedule.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. The rain postponed 40-lap Modified feature and qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. with regularly scheduled main events to follow at 7:00 p.m.

            Saturday night auto racing continues every week through October 1. Post-season races are set for October 15 and Thanksgiving weekend during the day light hours.

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

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Then and Now: Famous past schemes and their Darlington tributes 

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Kyle Larson's parents missed son's first Sprint Cup win, but eager to see more

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/8/30/kyle-larson-parents-missed-michigan-sprint-cup-win-but-ready-for-chase-success.html

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Active Sprint Cup drivers with wins at Darlington Raceway


Power Rankings: Another happy week for Kevin Harvick

He's got a cool throwback paint scheme for Darlington and a good shot at winning there, too. That's what puts Kevin Harvick atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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Entry List: Bojangles’ Southern 500

The entry list for Sunday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 is out.  40 cars are entered, and at least 35 have throwback schemes.  No one will fail to quality.  Read more

Entry List: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

The XFINITY Series entry list for Darlington is out as well.  40 cars are entered.  There are a number of returning drivers in rides this week (Ex: Paul Menard in the No. 2, Denny Hamlin in the No. 18, Ryan Blaney in the No. 22, etc.).  Also, there are multiple rides with drivers that have yet to be announced.  Read more

Entry List: Chevrolet Silverado 250

The Camping World Truck Series entry list is out.  32 trucks are entered, meaning no one will miss the field.  Notables include NASCAR Next driver Gary Klutt in the No. 51 for his series debut and the return of Austin Cindric in the BKR No. 2 Ford.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
The Tale of the NASCAR Fan's T-shirt
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

Ah, the morning after an unexpected win in the Sprint Cup Series.  There ought to be a T-shirt in my dresser that can celebrate the place or time of Kyle Larson's accomplishment.  I started digging through the drawer, then checked the other drawer where older shirts go to hide before getting donated.  Huh. Really? I never added a Larson shirt to my collection?  I've got two for Chase Elliott. There's the Denny Hamlin first win, Tony Stewart's double-duty, Matt Kenseth rookie one...Jeff Gordon, Jeff Gordon, and the new throwback paint job for Jeff Gordon...I must have a Target shirt!

No, I don't.  Perhaps that was the jinx on Larson as he struggled through his rookie and sophomore years in Cup. I didn't commit my belief that he would be an incredible addition to the Cup driver lineup into an active part of my wardrobe.  No hat. No sweater...oh, wait.  I remember now.  Two years before Montoya wrecked the jet dryer, I picked up a No. 42 Havoline jacket on clearance.  That had Larson's number while I tried to keep the budget under control.

When I was a newbie to the NASCAR scene a couple or few decades ago, I really didn't get this "never throw it out" T-shirt rule to which racing fans adhere.  I'd be at a car show and shook my head.  Could you believe the geezer over at the slot-car game with a faded Dale Sr. t-shirt? Did he have no self-respect? Why hadn't somebody got him a shirt that wasn't stretched, stained and torn?

Because, these shirts are part of our documentation of the best moments in our entertainment lives.

The Town Fair Tire 100 shirt I settled on I picked up the year I sat with Kyle Larson's family in the grandstands and watched this unknown kid win the K&N Pro East series race at New Hampshire.  It was a great day.  We explained some of the NASCAR rules to his grandparents, who had flown out from California for the day. They had only watched Kyle win in his sprint cars, and didn't know what they thought about these big stock cars. Kyle only knew he could drive them.

The shirt has long since lost its bright white background, and the graphics for the modified cars are fading.  You could say perhaps it has lost a little bit of its inexperience and traded it in for the polish of knowledge; a little like Kyle Larson.

Well, well. What a freakin' weekend!  Three new winners in three series.    Three Young Guns finishing in the Top 4 of the Cup race. Ladies and gentlemen, the future of NASCAR isn't coming.  It's here.

I still gotta add a new shirt to the closet.

SOMETHING SHINY

What about that burnout?  How often can you say you burned up your tires IN Victory Lane?  With the steering wheel hanging out the window? Fantastic celebration for Kyle Larson.

Courtesy Speed51.com


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Alon Day
Continues To Impress In NXS
Shows Strong Pace, A Late Contact Relegates Him In 30th Place

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FLEMINGTON, NJ — Lentini Auto Salvage presents the Flemington Speedway Historical Society Car Show on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event happens rain or shine


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NASCAR: Larson's Celebration Not Viewed As Excessive



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Matthew Willis previews this weekend's race at Darlington by highlighting the drivers he's watching in practice and qualifying.


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{ Sad news}

Betty Jane France Dies      

The widow of former NASCAR Chairman Bill France Jr. died Monday.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/30/betty-jane-france-former-first-lady-of-nascar-passes-away/

Brain Bond: Matt Tifft and Dale Earnhardt Jr. connect during their recoveries

Matt Tifft has been out since June recovering from brain surgery, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been recovering from a concussion.


NASCAR drivers react to Kaepernick’s anthem decision



Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘real sad’ he won’t be able to drive ‘Gray Ghost’ at Darlington

Although a concussion will keep him out of the Southern 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking forward to the throwback weekend.


Courtesy NASCAR.com/ Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Drivers, others send condolences to France family

Junior causes PR freak-out after 'married' Instagram photo



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Condolences and remembrance across social media for Betty Jane France



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 (Thanks Heather !): 

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Track Trash – Magic in Michigan
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Welcome to the 2016 Chase, Kyle Larson!
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Mike Harmon Racing Running Neil Bonnett Paint Scheme

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(8/29/16) 


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Chase Grid: Kyle Larson’s Michigan win leaves less room for points racers

With Kyle Larson's win and Chris Buescher still 30th in the points, only three spots are left to fill for the Chase.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/29/chase-grid-kyle-larsons-michigan-win-leaves-less-room-for-points-racers/

Good things come

After months of waiting, Kyle Larson showed that the path to a championship is paved with bricks of patience.


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Rick Hendrick now faces tough questions about Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Vote now on your favorite RCR/JTG Darlington throwback paint scheme




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Key Takeaways: Michigan


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 Upon Further Review: Did Michigan win prove virtue of patience?

Kyle Larson's victory ended talk about what could have been at Dover. Pit road misfortune continued for another team. NASCAR...   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/29/upon-further-review-did-michigan-win-prove-virtue-of-patience/

NASCAR does not view Kyle Larson’s celebration as excessive

NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell tells SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that Kyle Larson's burnout after the driver's first series win was...


Chip Ganassi ‘couldn’t be happier’ with Kyle Larson’s Michigan win (video)

Team owner Chip Ganassi was one of the first to greet new winner Kyle Larson in victory lane on Sunday afternoon.










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

Chasing the Chase: Harvick Holds Serve in Michigan
by Phil Allaway

Sunday did not see all that much change in the standings.  Points leader Kevin Harvick finished fifth, while Brad Keselowski used pit strategy to take an inferior car to a third-place finish.  As a result, the points lead has closed up by two.  Harvick leads by 25 with two regular season races remaining.  Carl Edwards finished seventh and moved up one place to third in points.  Edwards displaced Kurt Busch, who finished 12th, as both drivers look ahead to September.

Joey Logano started from the pole and led 24 laps, but handling issues dropped him to a tenth-place finish.  That was enough to hold onto fifth in points and put him within five points of fourth.  Kyle Busch maintained the sixth spot, but lost more ground as a result of an early spin he never recovered from.  That means Denny Hamlin is now only five points behind his teammate in seventh, closing the gap by 10 after finishing ninth.  Martin Truex, Jr. is eighth, but he's nearly 40 points out of seventh after the car fell off the jack during a pit stop.  That instance hurt the car's aerodynamics, effectively ruining Truex's day.

Jimmie Johnson had a quiet, but strong day on Sunday, leading 37 laps and finishing sixth.  That was enough to maintain ninth in points and put him within striking distance of Truex.  Matt Kenseth started and finished in 13th, although he did run better than that during the race.  The mediocre run kept him tenth in points, but cost him some ground.  

Chase Elliott's second-place finish moved him up one place to 11th.  He's just five points from re-entering the top 10.  Elliott overtook Austin Dillon in the standings, who had a somewhat average run to finish 16th. Jamie McMurray had a solid eighth-place finish on Sunday to maintain 13th.  He is now the last driver in the Chase on points.  Ryan Newman is now 15 points outside of the Chase in 14th.  Kyle Larson's breakthrough victory on Sunday not only put him in the Chase, but also moved him up one place to 15th in the standings.  Kasey Kahne is 16th.

Further back, Tony Stewart clinched his spot in the Chase by finishing 21st on Sunday.  He is now 93 points ahead of 31st-place David Ragan.  Chris Buescher maintained 30th in points Sunday, but struggled with issues under the hood on the way to a 35th-place finish. He's only seven points ahead of Ragan with two races remaining.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 799, 2) Brad Keselowski -25, 3) Carl Edwards -75, 4) Kurt Busch -78, 5) Joey Logano -83, 6) Kyle Busch -103, 7) Denny Hamlin -108, 8) Martin Truex, Jr. -147, 9) Jimmie Johnson -151, 10) Matt Kenseth -166, 11) Chase Elliott -171, 12) Austin Dillon -177, 13) Jamie McMurray -183, 14) Ryan Newman -198, 15) Kyle Larson -217, 16) Kasey Kahne -235.

Outside the top 16, but Chase-eligible: 26) Tony Stewart -379, 30) Chris Buescher -465.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona-1, Watkins Glen), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega, Daytona-2, Kentucky), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Bristol-2), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Indianapolis), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Richmond), Matt Kenseth (Dover, Loudon), Martin Truex, Jr. (Charlotte), Kurt Busch (Pocono-1), Joey Logano (Michigan-1), Tony Stewart (Sonoma), Chris Buescher (Pocono-2), Kyle Larson (Michigan-2)
 
Letter of the Race: Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 was brought to you by the letter "J," for "Jubliation."  For Kyle Larson, he's been close to Victory Lane multiple times during his time in the No. 42, but Sunday was a true breakthrough.  Larson's victory celebration, which involved donuts without the steering wheel attached and donuts in Victory Lane, was one-of-a-kind as well.  - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Pure Michigan 400
compiled by Phil Allaway

"I was teared up that whole last few laps because I could just feel it. It was finally going to be it. This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We love you guys. We’re going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that’s really cool... we had a lot of work to do for that first third of the race and got it done. Thanks to Target. Thanks to everyone on this team. Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and the pit crew and everybody. We messed up that last stop but we made it back." - Kyle Larson, race winner

"[I] just [needed] a better restart again.  That was what it was all about, for sure.  Once that guy (Larson) got out front it was really hard to pass.  My guys did such a good job today of making the most of pit road. That was the only place you could make a large sum of ground in a short period of time.  They did exactly what I asked them to do.  I said, ‘You guys are going to have to bail me out here; I messed up.’ They did. They got us the lead just like I asked and I gave it away again.  It’s one of those things where you do or you don’t and I didn’t.  You just got to recognize your mistakes, look at the positives I guess and move on down the road." - Chase Elliott, finished second

"You could see these restarts here at Michigan just get really crazy towards the end.  I was watching on TV, they get really crazy at the end.  The 42 had a good run.  The 24 was really good.  We were a third‑place car most of the day.  On long runs, we were maybe the best car.  For most of the day we were a third‑place car.  Finished where we deserved.  At the end, I gave Kyle a really good push.  Looked like Chase spun his tires a little bit.  Next thing you know, we were off to the races.  I got up to second.  I wasn’t as fast as Chase, wasn’t able to get by him.  Kyle was able to drive away, which was kind of the tale of the tape there on the short run. All in all, a really strong day for the Miller Lite team.  I think we would have been a little bit better if we could have got the sun to stay out.  The clouds came out in the end.  We were at our best when the sun was out.  All in all, a lot to be proud of.  A heck of an effort.  Seems like every time we come here, we want to win so bad, we run third or fourth every time, which is really good in the Sprint Cup Series, but it’s certainly not the win we’re looking for. Good and bad, I guess." - Brad Keselowski, finished third

"We were up towards the front most of the day and some runs were better than others. It is kind of a decent day for us. It is nothing to complain about. I thought we were in a decent spot there that last restart and it didn’t work out great. Congrats to Larson. That is cool to see a rookie winning. These are the days we need. These are the days this team deserves. We always want to win in Ford’s backyard but we will go on to Darlington and try to get it done there." - Ryan Blaney, finished fourth

"Yeah, just a very good day for all of Hendrick Motorsports.  Unfortunately, one of our cars didn’t win today.  We had an issue with some fueling on pit road that dropped us back.  Then, I thought I had a right-rear tire going down.  To rally back and end up sixth is good.  We are working hard and it’s nice to see the speed showing.  There has been a lot of hard work for months and months and months going into this.  We didn’t see the consistency in speed that we wanted, but this weekend we’ve had it from day one until now.  It’s going in the right direction." - Jimmie Johnson, finished sixth

"We just struggled with speed – really a lot of little things. The car was tight then it was loose, but really just lacked the speed that the leaders had for the most part. Struggled on restarts a little bit too on the bottom lane. Overall, we had about a fifth-place car and we ended up in the top 10 so not too bad." - Denny Hamlin, finished ninth

"We kind of ended on a down note there. I don’t know. We lost our track position early in the race which hurt us and then we got our car balance fixed but it is so hard to pass. To get back up there was challenging. We came back down pit road there at the end to take four and somehow I guess the No. 4 car hooked our air gun and sent the rear air gun flying and we lost time in the pits. We were the last car on the lead lap on that last run and got back to 10th so I am proud of the effort this weekend. The pole was nice; we just weren’t as competitive as we were in the spring race. Our car drove the same; everyone just got better." - Joey Logano, finished tenth

"That is the best we have been here for sure.  We made a lot of gains and our long run car was really good.  Just never could get going on restarts.  I was always just… I couldn’t figure out where I needed to run.  That last caution hurt us a lot.  Just didn’t get a good restart.  I didn’t get to the outside quick enough and then we were just too loose there.  I still should have gotten to the top earlier.  I was trying to see what was going to happen and I didn’t get to the outside quick enough.  Just wish I would have got more there.  I thought we deserved better than a 15th, but we haven’t been close to being 15th here in three years.  It’s definitely a lot of gains there.  Overall, happy, but just in the short-term disappointed with the finish." - AJ Allmendinger, finished 15th

"The finishing order makes it look that way, but we actually had a pretty fast car. We ran some really fast laps, but we just got in a bad spot there on the restart and got sucked around and wore off part of our splitter, but even after that we were one of the probably five or six quickest cars on the racetrack and just whenever we got in the lucky dog spot we ran there for I can’t tell you how many laps and just didn’t get a caution. The leaders started lapping cars again and we just couldn’t catch that caution to get back on the lead lap and really show what we had." - Adam Stevens, crew chief for Kyle Busch, finished 19th


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
  (Thanks Heather !):

Bizarre pit road incident KOs Joey Logano

More pit road issues ruin Martin Truex Jr.’s day

Jimmie Johnson encouraged despite pit road snafu

Popular Kyle Larson Win Allows Focus Towards First Sprint Cup Title


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Kyle Larson could have won before now if he was willing to rough up another driver to do it. His first victory in 99 Sprint Cup starts Sunday at Michigan was by the book, writes Bob Pockrass.


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NASCAR Cup: Brad Keselowski's car fails post-race inspection at Michigan

Amanda Vincent

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 Rick Laubach Ends Ryan Watt Win Streak at Bridgeport Speedway 

http://www.racingaroundjersey.com/rick-laubach-ends-ryan-watt-win-streak-at-bridgeport-speedway.html



(8/28/16)

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 Brad Keselowski's No. 2 fails post-race inspection


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Kyle Larson relishes in the fact that he's finally a Sprint Cup winner


Buescher still holding on to 30th place after poor showing


Rookie Ryan Blaney drives like a veteran to finish fourth at MIS


Courtesy NBC Sports



Joey Logano falls from pole to 10th at MI

This kept a top-10 streak alive at Michigan International Speedway and extended it to eight consecutive. Logano will be highly regarded next spring at Auto Club Speedway and w... more

Hamlin gets sixth straight top-10 in 2016

During this streak none of Hamlin’s results have been a huge surprise with the exception of his Watkins Glen International victory. The next two races on the schedule will be ... more

Jamie McMurray has good points day at MI

McMurray remained 13th in the standings, but separated himself from Ryan Newman by nine additional points at Michigan International Speedway. Currently he has a 15-point cushi... more

Carl Edwards quietly scores MI top-10

Still, more was expected of Edwards on a track where top-fives were once common. Edwards needs to make a little more noise before he is placed-and-held, but he is doing a yeom... more

Jimmie Johnson gets back-to-back top-10s

In his most recent streak before this weekend, Johnson won an event on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway and had three consecutive top-10s culminating in the fourth-place result... more 

What drivers said after the Pure Michigan 400

Quotable nuggets from Sunday's NASCAR race.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/28/what-drivers-said-after-pure-michigan-400/


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http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kyle-larson-finally-claims-first-win/

NASCAR Cup: Kyle Larson finally claims first win

Amanda Vincent

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Kyle predicts Kyle's future


Elliott foiled on final restart, takes second at Michigan

Looking back: Current stars' first Sprint Cup Series victory

Diversity graduate Kyle Larson scores first Sprint Cup win

Drivers embrace #KidsDriveNASCAR, more tweets

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Kevin Harvick gets 6th straight top-10

Harvick remains the best overall value in most salary cap games. His price tag can be restrictive, but when he fits a niche he is a no-brainer. more



Chase Elliott on final restart: ‘I hate to let my guys down like that’

Chase Elliott finishes second at Michigan but again laments a late restart that costs him a chance for the win.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/28/chase-elliott-on-final-restart-i-hate-to-let-my-guys-down-like-that/


 Chase contender

Kyle Larson held off Chase Elliott in the final laps to finally makes his way to victory lane with a win at the Michigan International Speedway.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/28/kyle-larson-earns-first-sprint-cup-win-after-battle-with-chase-elliott/

2nd verse, same as 1st for 2nd-place Elliott

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Kyle Larson had an outside chance to make the Chase on points, but a would all but guarantee it. Mission accomplished at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.


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

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HIRSCHMAN POCKETS $5105 IN WOODY’S 105 AT WALL SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Stock car driver Matt Hirschman likes to travel to different speedway to focus on the races that pay the big money. On Saturday night this search for fortune led the Northampton, Pa. resident to Wall Stadium Speedway for the annual “Woody’s High Banks 105” for Downs Ford Modified stock cars. He was rewarded handsomely by pocketing $5,105 for his traveling and racing efforts.

            Freehold’s Chas Okerson was the first leader while Anthony Sesely of Matawan and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause battled for second for most of the early going. Sesely finally took command on lap 40 as Krause followed him through for second. Meanwhile, Hirschman clawed his way into the top three by the time 50 laps were recorded.

            A lap 59 cautions forced by a pair of competitors with flat tires saw Krause head to the pits for fresh rubber. The restart found Sesely, still on his original tires, on the pole while Hirschman, who had already pitted for two new tires, started on the outside of the front row.

            What became the winning move of the race occurred on the restart as Sesely’s worn tires apparently spun on acceleration while Hirschman gained the needed traction to race into the lead. Sesely soon headed to the pits for new rubber while Hirschman, Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. and Krause made up the top three.

            Bohn and Krause then wrestled for the second spot while Hirschman stayed out front. Soon Sesely charged through the field to move back into contention after his tire change.

           ; By lap 89 Sesely had advanced into second spot while Krause’s night ended on lap 95 with ignition failure. Sesely then hounded Hirschman to the finish for second while, Bohn, Jackson’s Steven Reed and Jason Hearne of New Egypt wrapped up the top five.

            “I wasn’t happy to see all the cautions late in the race, but I wasn’t really worried either,” Hirschman said after the win. “This car was just super tonight. The car was not going to let up. My guys did an excellent job.

            “This win is pretty special because of the big payday and because it is here at Wall. We’ve had some tough luck here but we have also gotten big wins. The Jersey Shore fans are great so I like racing here. I’ll be back for Turkey Derby so I’ll see you all again in November.”

            The Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models were also on the card in a pair of 25-lap main events. In the first, rain postponed from July 30, Howie Conk of Freehold grabbed the win over Wall’s Cole Ormsbee, Mike Tillett of Bayville, Brian Doyle of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood.

            In the nightcap Limited Late Model 25-lapper former champ Vanderveen won his first feature race since 2011. Conk, Ormsbee, Jackson’s Greg Gastelu and Michelle Moorman of Beachwood were second through fifth.

            Joey Helberg of Union won his first main event of the year in the 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Howell’s Richie Byrne, Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Eatontown’s Ron Booth and Brick’s Joe Mongeau completed the top five in an event that saw plenty of side-by-side racing. Dave Green of Howell won a special $50 cash bonus from division sponsor O’Shea’s Auto Repair for leading at halfway. Green finished 11th.

            Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. continued his hot streak by winning the 25-lapper for the touring Three Quarter Midgets.

            Stock car racing continues this Saturday night (Sept. 3) with the Modifieds competing in twin 40-lap main events. The first, rain postponed from July 30, will be run at the opening of the card at 5:30 p.m. The second will be run later in the evening. Also on the card will be the Snap-on Sportsman cars in a 30-lapper, the Factory Stocks, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks all in 25-lappers. A special mechanic’s race will also be contested. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m., the first Modified feature and then qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and regularly scheduled feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

            The complete updated regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through October 1, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” on October 1 and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

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, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

THE END

MODIFIED FEATURE – 105 Laps – 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., 2. Anthony Sesely, 3. Danny Bohn, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Jason Hearne, 6. Ron Frees, 7. Zane Zeiner, 8. Kevin Davison, 9. Kenny Van Wickle, 10. Shawna Ingraham, 11. Zack Alspach, 12. Chas Okerson, 13. Derek Hopkinson, 14. Andrew Krause, 15. Jonathan Mandato, 16. Shaun Carrig, 17. Chris Lane, 18. Eric Mauriello, 19. Trevor Alspach, 20. Chris Reynolds

1ST LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. HOWIE CONK, FREEHOLD, 2. Cole Ormsbee, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Brian Doyle, 5. Bill Vanderveen, 6. Glen Conk, 7. Michelle Moorman, 8. Greg Gastelu

2ND LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BILL VANDERVEEN, BEACHWOOD, 2. Howie Conk, 3. Ormsbee, 4. Gastelu, 5. Moorman, 6. Glen Conk, 7. Ricky Collins, 8. Tillett, 9. Doyle

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOEY HELBERG, UNION, 2. Richie Byrne, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Ron Booth, 5. Joe Mongeau, 6. Gerry Koenig, 7. Scott Maher, 8. John Bowers, 9. John Carpenter, 10. Tony Bartone, 11. Dave Green, 12. Jerry Stanzione, 13. Matt Badessa, 14. Tom Rajkowski, 15. Chris Felber, DQ Neil Rutt



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Snapshot: Pure Michigan 400
By Maggie MacKenzie | Saturday, August 27, 2016
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- It's no secret the long summer stretch has been difficult for Jimmie Johnson, from crashing out of four of the past 10 races to earning the first last-place finish of his career. His rough stretch, however, may be close to ending as the No. 48 team has been fast this weekend. "We keep stacking pennies and making this car better and better," said Johnson, who will start Sunday's race second.

Keep reading to see the other top story lines and key info to know for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.


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Joey Logano and Kyle Busch have a lot to look forward to when the Chase begins, writes Ricky Craven. But right now with three races to go before the playoffs? Michigan's about momentum.

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Brad Keselowski says wind-tunnel testing shows his Ford is at a disadvantage to the Toyotas and Chevys. That doesn't mean he's going to lobby for any changes, writes Bob Pockrass.


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Wall Stadium Speedway News

Woodys 105 Could Have Major Implications on Wall Modified Point Battle     http://www.racingaroundjersey.com/woodys-105-could-have-major-implications-on-wall-modified-point-battle.html

{  Yes folks ! You know where I'll be later today ! Wearing a black "I'm not speeding. I'm qualifying" track t-shirt, and sitting in my usual spot , high above the beginning of the front stretch . Right on the aisle. Just 3 rows down from the top !

  "CYA" there !
 
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Tonight's schedule / ticket info., courtesy Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

5:00 pm  GRANDSTANDS OPEN

5:45         QUALIFYING STARTS

                 <<MODIFIED TIME TRIALS FIRST>>

                 GARDEN STATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB PARADE LAPS

                 INTERMISSION

7:00         OPENING CEREMONY

Approx. 7:10pm   FEATURE RACES

Feature Order:

ATQMRA - 25 laps (inner track)

MODIFIEDS - 105 laps  $5,105 CASH PRIZE

Limited Late Models - 25 laps

Factory Stocks - 25 laps

Regular Admission Prices: 

Adult $18 - Senior Discount (62+) $15 - Student (7-17) $8 - 6 and under Free 

 

Pit Admission: 

(You must be at least 16 years old with proof of age to enter.) 

Wall License Holders $35  -  Non-License Holders $45 



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Frontstretch Folio: Pure Michigan 400
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes their second visit of the season to the Irish Hills of Michigan in order to race at Michigan International Speedway.  The Pure Michigan 400 can be seen on NBCSN starting with NASCAR America Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Countdown to Green. The green flag is scheduled to drop around 2:20 p.m.  The race can also be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

Last year's Pure Michigan 400 was the second and final race with NASCAR's high-drag aerodynamic package.  What did that do?  It created high in-car temperatures (at Casey Mears' headrest, it was 155 degrees by lap 50), but also made passing very difficult.

Matt Kenseth led 146 laps and took the victory in last year's event, one that was criticized for a lack of action.  Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin.

Among active drivers, Greg Biffle stands alone with four victories at the two-mile track.  Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte (not entered this week) and defending race winner Kurt Busch each have three Michigan wins while Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have two apiece.

All-time, David Pearson is the winningest driver at Michigan with nine career victories, including three in a row at one point.  His first Michigan win came in the Yankee 600, an attempt to run a 600-mile race at Michigan.  It ended up being rain-shortened to 165 laps of the scheduled 300.  

Cale Yarborough is second all-time at MIS with eight wins, followed by Bill Elliott with seven.  Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace both have five victories apiece.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 2-mile "D-Shaped" oval, 200 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 3,600 ft., banked 12 degrees

Backstretch: 2,242 ft., banked 5 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 71,000
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Opened: 1968 (first Cup race in 1969)

Website: http://www.mispeedway.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MISpeedway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MISpeedway

Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 1: Friday, August 26, 12 - 1:25 p.m. on NBCSN

Qualifying: Friday, August 26, 5:15 p.m. on NBCSN

Practice No. 2: Saturday, August 27, 8:30 - 9:25 a.m. on CNBC

Happy Hour: Saturday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. on CNBC

Say What?!

"How you finish at Michigan depends on how your day is going. If you’re having a good day, it’s not really hard to tell your guys what you need and everyone is in a good mood. If you’re having a bad day, you can get behind at Michigan really fast. Usually, when you’re hooked up at Michigan, the leaders have clean air and move through traffic pretty well. But, if you’re in the middle of the pack, you find yourself getting behind and going a lap down pretty quickly. You’re going to end up with a green-flag pit stop and a whole bunch of green-flag laps. You just have to be going from the time the green flag drops and keep yourself in position at the end." - Kevin Harvick

"I think it is good to go back a second time to Michigan and let the teams have another shot at the downforce package. From my standpoint, the first Michigan, with the lower downforce, it was still Michigan. It still raced the same. It was still tough to pass. It’s been that way ever since we’ve resurfaced the racetrack. So, I don’t put a lot of weight in the package as the culprit there. Going back a second time with it, hopefully we refine our cars and we can race a little bit better." - Jimmie Johnson

"I think the downforce changes are a good direction and it’s the direction the series is trying to go. I think it’s cool that we ran it at Michigan before and we’ll get to run it at Michigan again, to be able to go back-to-back with the package is good. Everybody can use what they learned and run it again.

"It’s a pretty big difference this year compared to last year. That high-drag package just punched such a big hole. It was really hard to get around other cars. Less downforce definitely makes a difference. We’re still carrying an awful lot of speed through the corners, so it’s not like it takes out the aero effect completely, but it can definitely minimize it." - Landon Cassill

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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Michigan, Road America

Amanda Vincent

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Michigan men

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are among a handful of drivers you need to keep an eye on this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/26/five-drivers-to-watch-at-michigan-2/

Michael McDowell paces opening Xfinity practice at Road America


NASCAR’s Friday schedule for Michigan, Road America

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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson on his team’s ‘toughest year’ yet in NASCAR

Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman discuss Jimmie Johnson's season so far and what they think his future entails.


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This Saturday evening, 8/27/16 at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

WOODY'S HIGH BANKS 105

                 Sponsored by Woodys Roadside Tavern 

                  Modifieds 105 laps $5,105 to win, Limited Late Models, Limited Late Models (make-up race from 7/30), Factory Stocks,                                   ATQMRA, Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club

                      Adult $22  -  Senior Discount (62+) $18  -  Student (7-17) $10  -  6 and under are always Free!

5:00 pm  GRANDSTANDS OPEN

5:45         QUALIFYING STARTS

                 <<MODIFIED TIME TRIALS FIRST>>

                 GARDEN STATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB PARADE LAPS

                 INTERMISSION

7:00         OPENING CEREMONY

Approx. 7:10pm   FEATURE RACES

Feature Order:

ATQMRA - 25 laps (inner track)

MODIFIEDS - 105 laps  $5,105 CASH PRIZE

Limited Late Models - 25 laps

Factory Stocks - 25 laps

This Saturday Evening @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) !

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

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358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Crate Modifieds (non-points), NEWS Sprints (non-points)

st 50 children ages 5-16 will receive a backpack full of school supplies courtesy of The Snack Shack

Legends Night sponsored by MEG Wheels & Clutter Room Collectables-Vintage cars on display & Intermission autograph session with a FREE poster while supplies last

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Pit Gates: 3:30 pm
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Hot Laps: 7 pm
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Courtesy FOX Sports NASCAR.com (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):  

Chase Elliott and team 'all in' heading to Michigan


Martin Truex Jr. lands new sponsor for Richmond


Courtesy NBC Sports

Xfinity Series Spotlight: Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan has many responsibilities aside from driving the No. 62 Xfinity car for Richard Childress Racing.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/25/xfinity-series-spotlight-brendan-gaughan/

Updated Xfinity Series entry list for Road America

Jason Hall named honorary starter for Pure Michigan 400

Casey Mears: ready to put past 2 behind him

The last time Mears had an incident free race at Michigan, he finished 13th in the June 2015 Quicken Loans 400. The previous fall, he was 17th in the Pure Michigan 400 so he i... more

Top-5s bracket Kyle Larson’s 2-mile record

In between, Larson had five results outside the top 10 on this track type with only one top-15. He should be considered a provisional good value, but fantasy owners do not wan... more

Tony Stewart reverses recent 2-mile trend

Because of injuries and tragedy, one has to go to the 2014 Auto Club 400 to find another top-10 on this track type. That was a fifth-place finish, which came on the heels of a... more

Michael Annett on four-race streak

Annett is not the first driver who comes to mind on unrestricted, intermediate speedways, but he has finished on the lead lap in both two-mile track races this year. He missed... more

Reed Sorenson could be pleasant surprise

Sorenson will be one of the cheapest options in salary cap games and this team does not always attempt to go the full distance. If June’s race is an indication, Sorenson could... more

30-something defines Earnhardt in No. 32

Winning one’s league is not always about successfully predicting winners. A fantasy player needs to know about everyone in the field and determine how their success or failure... more

Casey Mears: ready to put past 2 behind him

The last time Mears had an incident free race at Michigan, he finished 13th in the June 2015 Quicken Loans 400. The previous fall, he was 17th in the Pure Michigan 400 so he i... more


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NASCAR Cup: Sam Hornish Jr. preps Michael McDowell's car at Michigan

Amanda Vincent


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Cain: No need to panic about struggling Hendrick


Heads up: Michigan/Road America weekend


Relive Dale Jarrett's first career win at MIS

 
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NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones…

{Sad news }

Racer Dies After Crash In Wisconsin


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By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Tony Stewart is one of the most well-known figures in American racing, both on asphalt and at the local Saturday night dirt track. There are


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The Critic's Annex: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
by Phil Allaway

The Bristol race weekend was incredibly busy and frustrating weather-wise.  For me personally, it was already going to be fairly tough due to the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions coming to Lebanon Valley, where I am the press officer.  Had everything gone off as scheduled, you more than likely would not be reading this on Thursday.

However, both the Cup race and the sprint car race were pushed back a day by rain.  Lebanon Valley did not postpone until after 5 p.m., meaning that I still had to drive out there while the Cup race was running as if it was actually going to happen.  I missed over 200 laps Sunday just by driving there and back.

On Monday, I drove back right after work to cover the action.  It was a rough-and-tumble affair with Sammy Swindell winning.  Steve Kinser's retirement announcement overshadowed everything, though.  For what it's worth, I did talk to Kinser after the race.  He stated that he was unhappy with his running.  He feels that he isn't as competitive as in past years.  He finished sixth, but basically stated that his car was miserable.  He feels like its time and wants to spend more time with his grandkids (remember, he's 62 and has 40 years of seniority).  All in all, he just seemed content.  This might really be it, dudes.

The race was ultimately a big workout for NBC's rain fill programming.  The start was delayed slightly, so there were a few driver interviews and plenty of pre-race analysis.  The red flag coverage was pretty decent on Saturday night.  We got some pretty good interviews...and some quirky moments.

First, you had Denny Hamlin introducing the world to Isaka Kanazawa, who apparently could not decide if Hamlin or Matt Kenseth is his favorite driver.  Always good for laughs.  However, I don't think NBCSN did their research on this guy.  For the sake of this argument, I hadn't heard of him prior to Saturday night, either.  It seems like they thought he was a fan that lucked into a Hot pass and was having his dreams come true.  Wrong.  Turns out that Mr. Kanazawa-san is a Senior Athlete Relationship Consultant as part of Toyota's Motorsport Marketing division.  While he was definitely having fun, he was technically there for work.

For example, you had Matt DiBenedetto trying to do a choreographed dance (along with his wife) to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" due to the fact that the dudes at Bristol Motor Speedway screwed up and didn't start "Shake It Off" at the time stamp that DiBenedetto indicated.  That was something else.

The second red flag Saturday saw NBCSN switch to bonus coverage of Friday night's Food City 300, then Scan All content from Watkins Glen before the race was called.

Sunday saw the broadcast go on-air with more rain falling, so more fill time.  Instead of actually conducting interviews first, they went straight to the Food City 300 broadcast and aired the whole race, then a Scan All special.  I'm not a particular fan of this move, but I think it was forced because a lot of the drivers weren't even inside the track at 1 p.m.

Once the Scan All special ended, everyone was at their cars and getting ready to have it.  Viewers saw six relatively quick interviews where the theme of the day seemed to be relief prior to the engines restarting at 4:30 p.m.

The race itself on Sunday saw a number of storylines dominate.  The resin/rosin/VHT substitute/whatever-the-deuce-it-was that Bristol Motor Speedway laid down was a sizable story.  Saturday night's 31 laps of green-flag racing was admittedly inconclusive as seemingly any line could be used for passing.  Looking back, I almost wish they could have run the race at night.  I liked what I saw early on.

On Sunday, it sort of came and went.  Early on, the top was fastest, then the rosin would activate with the heat and the bottom would come in.  With that change would come an increase in passing since some cars were better up top while others were better down low.

Viewers saw a somewhat decent amount of racing for position Sunday, but that action tended to be centered around the frontrunners, perhaps even more than on Friday night.  That was one thing I didn't particularly like, but we did get a lot of battles.  Also, NBCSN held off on commercial breaks on at least two occasions to show battles on-track.  That's pretty good. 

Speaking of the Kyle Busch situation, NBCSN had audio from Kyle Busch's radio on lap 318 where he thought that a rear shock issue.  There was some confusion in the booth, but Busch was steadfast in his conviction that something was broken.  The failure to me looked more like a track bar or something based on how he crashed, but I'm not expert on the mechanical aspects of racing.

The booth did take issue with Justin Allgaier's ill-advised turn to the right that put him right into Busch.  The notion was that he had already committed to the apron.  I'm perfectly fine with the stance.  Allgaier's only defense here would be that he was trying to avoid Regan Smith, who was in front of him and had turned dead left.

Given that it was after 7:30 p.m. when the race finally ended, post-race content was actually rather generous.  Viewers got six post-race interviews, a points check and analysis.  Not half bad under the circumstances.

Overall, this was a very trying broadcast due to the weather.  It's happening way too much these days.  The rain fill coverage was not as good as what we got in Pocono, but it was still enjoyable.  The on-track product was very good.  Everyone talks about having a single groove setup at Bristol.  You more or less had that last year, but it was right next to the wall.  That's even harder to pass on than the "Old Bristol" setup from prior to the summer of 2007.

NBCSN's coverage was decent, but there were a couple of mistakes.  I've already mentioned the Kanazawa mixup.  They also misidentified Reed Sorenson as Alex Kennedy, who drove the No. 55 at Watkins Glen.  Whoops.  The broadcast was pretty good from the technical side of things, although I want to say that there was one point in which the wrong number was used for Aric Almirola in the current order bar (they used one that would represent Brian Scott).  Despite all the rain, there were no issues with transmission.

I generally enjoyed watching the race.  Even with the grippy stuff on-track, there really wasn't that much usage of the bump and run, but the race was more enjoyable to watch in general.  That's what is going to bring Bristol back way more than races with 19 cautions.  Of course, with all the rain, we had about as many caution laps as a 19 caution race normally would have (106).

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond the Cockpit: Josh Wise Optimistic Despite First-Year Struggles with The Motorsports Group

"We have five people here [at Pocono] this weekend and two guys at the shop. There’s a fine line of getting good people and getting people who can do a good job and not just hiring people to fill space. That’s the biggest challenge as a new team. The largest teams do a really good job at hiring great employees and retaining them. We’re in a position where we take chances on some younger guys, and we try to train guys, things like that.Even as a smaller team with fewer resources, all of the other boxes we have to check to get where we want to be, people are the most critical aspect of it.." - Josh Wise on the employment situation at The Motorsports Group, as of Pocono.


Courtesy ESPN.com

How was the race at the new new Bristol? Will Chris Buescher make noise in the Chase? Our crew delves into that and much more.


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 From the battlefield to the race track, Israeli Alon Day has seen it all

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NASCAR will roll out its updated lower downforce rules package it used at Michigan earlier this year and at Kentucky for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Careers For Veterans 200
The Place: Michigan International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Aug.  27
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 200 miles (100 laps)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
Kennedy Scores First Career Victory
Ben Kennedy shot under William Byron with 20 laps remaining in last Wednesday’s UNOH 200, then held off Brett Moffitt’s tight pursuit on the final six laps to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
 
Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr. and son of International Speedway Corporation CEO/NASCAR Vice Chairperson Lesa France Kennedy, is the first member of the France family to win a NASCAR national series race.
 
With the victory, Kennedy virtually earned a berth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. He sits fifth on the Chase Grid on the strength of his win, two top fives and six top 10s and 11.2 average finish.
 
“We put this deal together (with GMS Racing) a couple months ago and I never imagined – I never would have imagined going into this race that we would be here today,” Kennedy said. “I thought we were a top-15 truck or a top-10 truck, but to actually be here in Victory Lane means the world to me.”
Kennedy joins Johnny Sauter as the second GMS Racing driver to earn a Chase berth. Kyle Busch Motorsports is the only other team that has two drivers locked into the Chase.
 
He’ll try for his second consecutive victory in Saturday’s Careers For Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1).
 
3 To Go:  Wins At A Premium Before NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase
With six winners – a likely six of the eight Chase spots locked up – the pressure is squarely on those drivers with a ‘zero’ in the wins column.
 
Right now, six drivers are all-but-guaranteed a playoff spot via their win(s): William Byron (5 victories), Matt Crafton (2), Johnny Sauter (1), Christopher Bell (1), Ben Kennedy (1) and John Hunter Nemechek (1).
 
Daniel Hemric (39 points ahead of Cole Custer on the cutoff line) and Timothy Peters (+29) hold the final two spots on points.
 
The first four out at the moment are Custer (-29 points behind Timothy Peters for the final Chase berth), Tyler Reddick (-32), Cameron Hayley (42), Spencer Gallagher (-65) and Ben Rhodes (-66).
 
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Michigan International Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Chicagoland Speedway before the Chase begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept.  24 (1 p.m. ET on FS1).
 
Among the Michigan winners in Saturday’s filed: Travis Kvapil (2) and Johnny Benson (1).
 
Series Wins Leader Byron Signs With Hendrick Motorsports
NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series standings leader William Byron signed a multi-year driver agreement with Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced last Thursday. Byron will race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports beginning in 2017.
 
Byron currently paces the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in wins (5), top fives (7), driver rating (111.1), laps led (402) and average running position (7.2).
 
The NASCAR Next alumnus captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015.
 
Next year will not be Byron’s first foray with JR Motorsports – owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelly Earnhardt Miller and Rick Hendrick. He won two races competing for the team’s late model program from 2014-15. The experience marked Byron’s first time racing full-sized stock cars.
 
“Even before I started racing, it was a dream of mine to drive for Hendrick Motorsports,” Byron said. “I have so much respect for the way Mr. Hendrick supports his people and encourages everyone to work together. This is the biggest announcement and biggest opportunity of my life, and I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I’m proud to be part of this team.”
 
Moffitt Taking Advantage Of Opportunity With Red Horse Racing
Brett Moffitt has made the most of his time with Red Horse Racing.
 
In three starts in the No. 11 Toyota in place of Matt Tifft, Moffitt has finished 31st (Kentucky), third (Pocono) and a career-best second (Bristol). Moffitt started second at Kentucky before engine trouble relegated him to the 31st-place finish.
 
Moffitt won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award last season.
 
“I’m really excited heading into Michigan,” Moffitt said. “We’re taking the same truck that we ran at Kentucky and then again at Pocono and they actually did some more to work it, so hopefully it’s even better. I think we are showing really strong and got a third-place and a second-place here. We just need one more, so that’d be a good place to win and hopefully then at the road course as well.”
 
Consistent Hemric Posts Series-Leading 10th Top-10 Finish
Daniel Hemric placed third at Bristol for his fifth top-five and series-leading 10th top-10 finish of the season. He has finished third in three of his last five races.
 
At the moment Hemric ranks seventh on the Chase Grid, 39 points ahead of Cole Custer on the cutoff line.
 
Hemric will go for his first career win at Michigan where he finished seventh last year in his first-ever start there.

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

University of Michigan colors for No. 88 this weekend


Hall of Famer Terry Labonte full throttle ahead with life after driving



Courtesy NBC Sports

Team Penske has made Michigan its playground since Logano joined team in 2013

Joey Logano has an average finish of fifth in last seven starts at Michigan International Speedway.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/24/team-penske-has-made-michigan-its-playground-since-logano-joined-team-in-2013/

Bubble watch

There are only four Chase spots open with just three races remaining. Who has a chance to squeeze their way into the playoff field?

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/25/nascar-america-drivers-on-the-chase-bubble-must-stay-focused/

 NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Michigan International Speedway, Road America

The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are in Michigan, while the Xfinity circuit heads to Wisconsin.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/25/nascars-weekend-schedule-for-michigan-international-speedway-road-america/


 2  articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !!):  
 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-making-the-chase-where-they-stand-after-bristol/

NASCAR Cup: making the Chase -- where they stand after Bristol

http://autoracingdaily.com/could-vht-be-nascars-answer-for-indianapolis/

Could VHT be NASCAR's answer for Indianapolis?

Amanda Vincent



(8/24/16)

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

Should Dale Earnhardt Jr. sit out the rest of the season?


{ I'm thinking the same thing. Perhaps it is best that Dale Jr. sit out the rest of this season .Get back to good health, and come back in time for speedweeks , in February , at Daytona, 2017.
 Health is always more important than driving a race car !
  It appears that this is not "just my humble opinion"
 
 Joe }

William Byron Looking Forward to College/Xfinity Series

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Alex Bowman will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and Jeff Gordon will replace him Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway.


 2 articles, Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-no-18-joe-gibbs-racing-team-among-those-warned-at-bristol/

NASCAR Cup: No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team among those warned at Bristol
http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-dale-jr-to-miss-at-least-two-more-races/

Dale Jr. to miss at least two more races

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):   Dale Jr. sidelined for next two Sprint Cup races


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss next two Sprint Cup races

Alex Bowman will drive the No. 88 car at Michigan, and Jeff Gordon will drive it in the Southern 500.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/24/dale-earnhardt-jr-to-miss-next-two-sprint-cup-races/ 


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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races

Kasey Kahne on No. 5 team struggles: 'It's no fun being behind'

Bryan Clauson tribute interrupted by tornado near Kokomo Speedway


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NASCAR, Nickelodeon wave green flag for third season of 'Hammer Down'


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Roush Fenway Racing is announcing a multi-race partnership with Leidos,…

1982, Terry Labonte & Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne and Terry Labonte joined LiftMaster at the NASCAR…


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com
 
Entry List: Pure Michigan 400

The Sprint Cup entry list for this weekend's action in Michigan is out.  40 cars are entered.  No real change from Bristol driver-wise except for the question mark in the No. 88.  The question mark will be removed later today.  Read more


Entry List: Road America 180

The entry list for Saturday's 45-lap XFINITY Series race is out.  Given that the event is a standalone race, there are a bunch of changes.  Mid-Ohio Justin Marks is back in the No. 42, Michael McDowell is in the RCR No. 2 replacing Austin Dillon. Smaller team standouts Alon Day and Scott Heckert are also back for more.  Read more

Entry List: Careers for Veterans 200

The entry list for Saturday's 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway has been released.  31 trucks are entered, so no one will fail to qualify.  Read more
Today's Featured Commentary
Begin with the End
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell
 
A sure sign of an upcoming school year is the annual summons to attend college-mandated professional development training. Many of us dyed-in-the-wool, “old school” types are often averse to change. After a quarter-century in the academic trenches, senior members of the faculty (like me) typically adhere to the “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” philosophy.
If it ain’t broke, keep the tools in the shed, as they might say.

So it was with a tinge of frustration that I attended my college’s annual Professional Development Day. Like most of my silver-haired colleagues, I looked forward to catching up with old friends, a nice lunch catered by our school’s culinary program, and the obligatory buckets of coffee. Such luxuries were well worth the price of having to sit through yet another day of “here’s the flavor-of-the-month; now use it” rhetoric.

Who would have thunk that the current “flavor-of-the-month” in collegiate academics was inspired by NASCAR?

Our development day presenter was a very personable and polished professor from Georgetown University. Her topic addressed advances in what’s called “integrated course design”. The overall gist of this concept is that the best way to teach important skills, methods, and theories is to integrate them into a holistic package wherein your students master course objectives through relevant assessment of applied assignments.

In other words:  if it ain’t important to know, it ain’t important to assign or grade. Cut to the chase and focus on the significant stuff. Require students to achieve course objectives by assessing their performance on carefully-articulated projects and tasks. Instead of using the old-fashioned method of “outcome + assignment = assessment”, the new approach takes a reverse path of “assessment + assignment = outcome”. The best way to accomplish this, we were told, was to approach our course strategies backwards. 

And here’s where NASCAR comes in.

As I sat there listening to these new-and-improved educational strategies, my mind kept drifting toward all-things-NASCAR. Maybe that’s just my inability to concentrate on certain tasks, but if I’ve learned anything from a life spent around stock car racing, it’s that the France family built a sport/business that – quite often – links with larger, non-racing realities. 

My concentration wandered to Cup races this season at Sonoma and Watkins Glen and events we’ve seen this year at tracks like Pocono, Michigan, and Indianapolis.

It’s all about thinking backwards.

Taking a “backwards” approach to road course events has often been the dominant rationale. Consider the total number of laps, think about fuel mileage, and plan your pit strategy by figuring in the track’s length and the time it takes to make a lap. Tires must be considered, too, so you need to think about the best option that’ll make your car good late in the race. By working your pit strategy backwards, you can do less early on in order to accomplish your goal for the end.

In a classroom, the goal is for your students to fully understand the skills you want them to master. On a racetrack, the goal is to understand what choices it’ll take for your car to finish first.

It’s all about starting with the end in order to make better decisions at the start.
And this reasoning is what we’ve been hearing all season with the advent of the new aero package and new tire compounds from Goodyear. It used to be pit strategy was pretty simple:  four tires and fuel. Short on tires? Borrow from a team out of the race. Short on fuel late? Gas-and-go and mash the throttle. You managed situations as they arose with little thought about what absolutely needed to be done. Sometimes your plan worked. Sometimes it didn’t.

This year it seems as though the “start-with-the-finish” road course strategy is becoming more-and-more typical each week. When teams find themselves dealing with reduced downforce, tires that lose grip quickly, and the struggle to maintain track position given these new rules, suddenly it’s not about beginning with a focus on your desired outcome; it’s all about focusing on encouraging performance that achieves the desired objective.

As my colleagues and I learned from our professional development experience, the best results come from taking a backwards approach when meeting objectives. Maybe, for a refresher, my colleagues could watch a Sprint Cup race or two.

To achieve a good finish, you need to make a smart start.



 Clauson’s “Chasing 200 Tour” now in a race to register 200 new donors

"Chasing 200" has taken on a different meaning.   http://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2016/08/23/clausons-chasing-200-tour-now-in-a-race-to-register-200-new-donors/


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Courtesy NBC Sports

 Charging up the ranks

Chris Buescher was a Cinderella story after winning the at Pocono. Now in the Top 30 in points, he's a real threat to make noise in the Chase.  http://www.nbcsports.com/video/chris-buescher-were-out-here-win-championship-and-run-front


Courtesy  DIRT Track Digest (http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/NewPress/):

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Tony Stewart didn’t have some elaborate scheme or orchestrated plan in mind for when he decided to retire from NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. There wasn’t


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

NASCAR is going to give next year's racing package one more test at Michigan on Sunday. Will it lead to better racing? Drivers are hopeful, Bob Pockrass writes.


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Kahne honors Labonte with Darlington look


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

Darrell Waltrip will be front and center at Darlington Raceway

Kyle Busch's son tries out dad's first go-kart



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

Courtesy NBC Sports

Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold entering this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan

Joey Logano has scored a top-10 finish in seven consecutive races at Michigan.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/24/whos-hot-whos-cold-heading-into-michigan-ii/

Dakoda Armstrong to drive Davey Allison rookie paint scheme at Darlington


JR Motorsports solidifies driver, sponsor lineup as OneMain reconsiders and returns

Sponsor for Elliott Sadler initially had decided to leave NASCAR in late June before reversing course.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/24/jr-motorsports-solidifies-driver-sponsor-lineup-as-onemain-decides-to-return-after-reconsidering/

Kevin Harvick fastest in Sprint Cup test at Chicagoland Speedway

Kevin Harvick was only driver to top 185 mph during the test. Kyle Busch was next at 184.1 mph.


NASCAR America: Examining the issue of Concussions

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has missed the past five Sprint Cup races because of a concussion suffered after a crash in June at Michigan...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/23/nascar-america-examining-the-issue-of-concussions/





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$5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105 THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 27) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway promises to attract a talent laden field of Downs Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 27). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!

Officials have announced that qualifying will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the TQ Midgets has been completed main event action will begin at 7:00 p.m.

            The 105-lap format, offering $5,105 to the winner, is attracting the attention of several racers in the Modified division. Recent “Garden State Classic” winner and defending track champion Steven Reed of Jackson is expected to be on hand for the big payday. Modified standouts Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. have also shown an interest in the big money race.

Series regulars expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Brick’s Ron Frees, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Jason Hearne of New Egypt. Also among expected local entries are 10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold, Zack Alspach of Willingboro and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The Limited Late Models are set for two 25-lappers, one rain postponed from earlier this season, the Factory Stocks will see action in a 25-lap main event and the ATQMRA TQ Midgets will battle on the fifth mile inner oval. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on hand.

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

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


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 What to Watch: Tuesday

- Today, a number of Sprint Cup teams will test at Chicagoland Speedway ahead of next month's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.  Drivers scheduled to participate include Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, David Ragan, Ryan Newman, Chris Buescher, Brian Scott, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr. and Michael McDowell.  Fans with proof of ticket purchase for the race can watch the test for free at the track. 

- Meanwhile, a second day of testing is underway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Camping World Truck Series rookies only.  William Byron and Stewart Friesen are just two of the drivers that are on-site having it (in Friesen's case, he may be a bit sore after flipping a sprint car at Lebanon Valley Speedway last night).

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Last week, Rick Hendrick sat next to William Byron in the media center at Bristol to make a formal announcement of Byron's ascension into the XFINITY Series for 2017. Some eyebrows raised and there was a flurry of excitement in the Twittersphere.  What was all the excitement about?  Of course Byron should be moving up next year. He's had a blistering rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series with five wins and an average finish of 8.4. He is almost guaranteed to win the championship.

What snagged everyone's attention was the fact that Byron currently drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Liberty University No. 9 Toyota.  With his promotion, he'll be piloting a Chevrolet for the direct competitor of Joe Gibbs Racing.  Byron had essentially defected from the most successful development program in NASCAR and opted for a future with the stable that has won 242 times in the Sprint Cup Series.  Does this move most benefit Byron or Hendrick?

There's no doubt that Rick Hendrick is looking to the future of his Four Horsemen.  While vehement denials continue to be issued by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and HMS that the driver of the No. 88 might not return at all, more than a few people are wondering if his recent struggle with the concussion symptoms might herald an earlier retirement than recently anticipated.  Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson is no longer a spring chicken, either.  Yes, he may be seeking a seventh cup for his mantelpiece, but he's no longer a driver in his 30's. Time has a nasty way of pulling punches once you hit 40.

Then there's Kasey Kahne--the driver of the "non" R&D No. 5.  The adorable one has a healthy 17 wins.  However, he has only cracked the top 10 in points three times in his twelve year Cup career.  He's not considered the cream of the crop, but simply one of the few that regularly participate in the top 15.  At some point, sponsors are going to want a little more bang for their buck when they put their name on the fourth car in the Hendrick stable.

So, yes, Rick Hendrick needed to do something.  And in waltzed the clean cut kid with the shock of blonde hair and an easy smile. Like Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne, Byron oozes an all-American kind of persona.  In short, he's a perfect fit for the Hendrick orthodontically approved seat, besides the fact that he can actually drive.

On Byron's side...well, his current boss doesn't personally own an XFINITY team.  In fact, Kyle Busch is often found piloting the Gibbs second-tier machine.  When the Gibbs "development" program relies on placing their Cup drivers in XFINITY cars constantly, that leaves that much less room for a young kid to sharpen their skills before reaching for a seat in Cup.

So, when that good looking kid hops into a JR Motorsports car next season, understand that his future has just about been green lighted for a fast track into a Cup ride.  And both Hendrick and Byron got the best deal available.

SOMETHING SHINY

In an attempt to add a viable bottom groove to Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials added a product they referred to as rosin to the inner lane.  The sticky substance certainly did the trick, as we were treated to two and three wide racing all weekend long.  I just wonder if we entered into the next era of track maintenance.  Treat the surface differently each race to generate new lanes and strategies among the teams.  Is that tampering or promoting?


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It had been a long time since Busch beer had visited Victory Lane. Putting the old brand back there was enough to make Ryan McGee nostalgic, and put Harvick atop the Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

 DFS NASCAR: Drivers to build around at Michigan

Matthew Willis previews this weekend's race at Michigan by highlighting the drivers he's watching in practice and qualifying.


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NASCAR’s Next Generation: Q&A with Harrison Burton

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  Honoring the family name

Jeffrey Earnhardt will honor his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, with his Darlington car which will combine color schemes from Dale's No. 2 and No. 3 cars.

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   Danny Bohn racing @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) this Saturday evening, August 27th, and several more times this year !

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !): DANNY BOHN TO RACE BRANNICK'S 51 MODIFIED IN WALL STADIUM’S WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105, SPOOKY SPECTACULAR AND TURKEY DERBY 

WALL, N.J. ~ Young veteran Modified stock car driver Danny Bohn will be returning to Wall Stadium Speedway once again this Saturday (Aug. 27)) as he will drive for Scott Brannick in the North American Construction No. 51 in the “Woody’s High Banks 105” which offers $5,105 to the winner. Bohn and the No. 51 will then return to the third mile high-banked paved oval on October 15 for the “Spooky Spectacular” and on Thanksgiving weekend for the annual “Turkey Derby.”

          ;  Bohn will be at the wheel of Brannick’s Troyer chassis No. 51 which is powered by a Tom Martino Race Engine, the same car that veteran Kenny Woolley, Jr. has raced this season on numerous occasions. After many disappointing outings changes were made. Rob Ormsbee will return as the team’s crew chief Saturday.

          &nbsp; “I’ve been around the track since I was a kid with my father and grandfather so it is always fun to come back home,” Bohn said. “Scott is known for having the best equipment available. It is always well maintained and very fast.

            “We have always been fast in the No. 51 we just haven’t had any luck. Hopefully we’ll have good luck this weekend.”

         &nbsp;  Bohn, the 2014 driving Bowman Gray Stadium champion and four-time Bowman Gray Modified winner last season, is no stranger to Wall Stadium’s oval. In fact, his grandfather Parker Bohn and father Eddie Bohn were both driving champions and multi-time feature winners at the track. Danny Bohn, who was raised in New Jersey just miles from Wall Stadium, now lives in Mooresville, N.C.

            North American Construction in Brick, N.J., Blewett Equipment and Contracting in Howell, N.J., Brice’s NAPA Auto Supply in Freehold, N.J. and JT Motorsports in Howell, N.J will sponsor Bohn’s No. 51 Modified. Bilstein shock absorbers has also joined the team as an associate sponsor for the races.


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Upon Further Review: Bristol Night Race

How a trip to the bathroom proved key for Kevin Harvick's team Sunday. Toyota loses William Byron but focused on deep well of... http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/22/upon-further-review-bristol-night-race/

Chase Grid: Chris Buescher makes big jump, Kevin Harvick climbs, Ryan Newman drops

Chris Buescher makes big jump upwards in Chase Grid standings.


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BRANDON, SD – Rico Abreu of Rutherford, California, took the lead of the 35 lap Dollar Loan Center Winged Sprint Car A Feature and then held on for dear life


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Rundown: Big days at Bristol

Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher made big moves at Bristol to get some breathing room on the Chase bubble. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.


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 NASCAR says Bristol treatment to track is ‘not the last you’ve seen of that’

Kevin Harvick says he'd like to see a similar treatment done to Martinsville Speedway to create two-wide racing there.  

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Kevin Harvick Reigns Supreme in Rain-Postponed Bristol Night Race

After weather pushed the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from a Saturday night to late Sunday afternoon start, Kevin Harvick took over up front when Kyle Busch suffered mechanical failure and claimed his second win of 2016.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. equaled his career-best finish in second followed by Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher.  Read more

Harvick, Stewart Share Frontstretch Celebration at Bristol

After Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Sunday, Harvick and teammate/car owner Tony Stewart collaborated on a special post-race dual donut celebration.  The occasion marked Stewart's final start at Bristol.  Read more

Kyle Busch Critical of Equipment, Justin Allgaier Following Bristol Crash

Kyle Busch had the strongest car Sunday, leading well over 150 laps until a failure in the left rear caused him to spin.  Afterwards, Busch was not so happy with his equipment, then ranted against HScott Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier and his spotter for Allgaier hitting him.  Read more

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ends Emotional Tribute to Bryan Clauson with Second-Place Run

Bristol is one of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s best tracks.  On Sunday, he wore a helmet painted up in one of Bryan Clauson's paint schemes to a second-place finish, tying a career-best.  Read more


Pocono Winner Chris Buescher Enters Top 30 in Points After Bristol Top Five

For Chris Buescher, winning was just one aspect of what he needed to do in order to qualify for the Chase.  He also needed to get into the top 30 in points.  Buescher did that in style on Sunday, bringing the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 home in fifth.  Read more

Matt Tifft Details Recovery, Announces Upcoming Test at Hickory Speedway

On Friday, Matt Tifft held a press conference at Bristol Motor Speedway to talk about his ongoing recovery.  He's been cleared to drive and will test today at Hickory Motor Speedway in preparation for his return to racing.  Read more

Austin Dillon Outlasts the Field for Food City 300 Win

Austin Dillon assumed the lead under caution with just a few laps to go when Brad Keselowski ran out of gas.  From there, Dillon held off the pack to take his first career win at Bristol.  Justin Allgaier was second, followed by Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan and Jeremy Clements.  Read more

Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski Crash Battling for the Win at Bristol

Late in Friday night's Food City 300, it appears that Sprint Cup veterans Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski would fight it out for the win.  However, the two drivers collided on the backstretch, putting Busch into the wall and collecting Ty Dillon in the process.  Read more

Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones Collide in Late Crash at Bristol

Joe Gibbs Racing ended up with a terrible night Friday at Bristol.  Prior to Kyle Busch's crash mentioned above, teammates Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones collided entering turn 3, sparking a multi-car incident.  Read more

Chasing the Chase: Harvick Retakes Points Lead, Nearest Opponents Suffer Setbacks
by Phil Allaway

If there were no Chase in Sprint Cup, Sunday's race would have turned the point standings upside-down.  Kevin Harvick took his second victory of the year on Sunday while Brad Keselowski got caught up in the big crash late in the going.  The result was a 36-point swing.  Harvick entered Bristol nine points behind and exited up 27.  Kurt Busch was leading when he got loose exiting turn 2 on lap 373, sparking the big crash.  He ended up finishing 38th, which did not cost him a spot in points.  It did put him 70 points out of the lead, though.  Carl Edwards gained one spot to fourth after finishing sixth.

Joey Logano struggled with an ill-handling car at times, but managed to drag it to the front.  Later, he fell down the order and finished tenth.  That was still enough to boost him up to fifth in points.  Kyle Busch's mechanical failure and crash resulted in a 39th-place finish.  That dropped him two places to sixth.  Denny Hamlin's third-place finish didn't move him up a spot, but did move him closer to Kyle Busch.  Martin Truex, Jr. was once again a victim after Justin Allgaier hit him.  Truex finished 23rd, four laps down and lost significant ground to his rivals.

Jimmie Johnson had a relatively quiet day on Sunday, but managed to pull out a seventh-place finish.  That lifted him up one place to ninth in the standings.  That place came at the expense of Matt Kenseth, who was caught up in the big crash and finished 37th.  Austin Dillon's fourth-place finish moved him up two places to 11th.  Dillon is eight points in front of Chase Elliott, who faded after getting damage in the big crash to 15th.

Jamie McMurray finished a decent eighth on Sunday, which moved him up a spot to 13th.  Ryan Newman was a big loser on Sunday, hitting the wall and having a miserable day.  His 28th-place finish, 13 laps down cost him three spots.  He is now the last driver in the Chase on points.  However, Newman has a healthy 35 point lead over Trevor BayneKyle Larson and Kasey Kahne are another four points back.

Tony Stewart spent significant time behind the wall replacing the right rear hub and assembly.  Because of that, he finished 30th and dropped to 27th in points, still locked into the Chase for now.  Stewart has been joined by Chris Buescher, whose fifth-place finish on Sunday moved him up to 30th in points, 13 ahead of David Ragan.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 762, 2) Brad Keselowski -27, 3) Kurt Busch -70, 4) Carl Edwards -73, 5) Joey Logano -78, 6) Kyle Busch -88, 7) Denny Hamlin -103, 8) Martin Truex, Jr. -132, 9) Jimmie Johnson -150, 10) Matt Kenseth -158, 11) Austin Dillon -166, 12) Chase Elliott -174, 13) Jamie McMurray -179, 14) Ryan Newman -186, 15) Trevor Bayne -221, t-16) Kyle Larson -225, t-16) Kasey Kahne -225.

Outside the top 16, but Chase-eligible: 27) Tony Stewart -362, 30) Chris Buescher -434

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona-1, Watkins Glen), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega, Daytona-2, Kentucky), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Bristol-2), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Indianapolis), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Richmond), Matt Kenseth (Dover, Loudon), Martin Truex, Jr. (Charlotte), Kurt Busch (Pocono-1), Joey Logano (Michigan), Tony Stewart (Sonoma), Chris Buescher (Pocono-2)

Quotes to Remember: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
compiled by Phil Allaway

"Yeah, just really from the drop of the green flag, the car was really fast.  Our strong point was the top groove in 3 and 4.  Our weak point was being a little bit too free on restarts.  But I think as the runs would go, our car would just keep turning, and I think that was really our advantage.

"For me, I was excited that you were able to use the bottom of the racetrack, and the lap cars had an option.  You just didn’t get pinned up high.  Really just want to applaud the racetrack for the effort that they made this weekend to really get that bottom groove working so that we had multiple grooves of racing, and I think today as a driver you had a lot of options to make your car work and maneuver through traffic and make up positions.  We started 24th and pretty much drove through the field because of that.

"I think Friday night was probably one of the best XFINITY races I’ve ever sat and watched.  Just really, really happy to see Bristol back where it is this weekend, and looking forward to coming back and obviously coming to victory lane is always exciting.  It’s been a decade since I’ve been to victory lane here, and I know this is the race that he had circled on the calendar every year.  I was like, really, you’re going to circle that one?  But it’s definitely added some excitement for me over the last three years to come back to Bristol knowing how much it meant to him, and that’s what motivated me.

"They give me great cars to drive, and tonight was no different." - Kevin Harvick, race winner

"It wasn’t from a lack of hard work and being lucky a few times.  We really wanted to get this Bryan Clauson tribute car in victory lane.  It just wasn’t meant to be today.  We made our car a lot faster throughout the race and came from two laps down to get back on the lead lap.  We missed some wrecks and gave it all we had.  I thought we were matching the 4 car there lap for lap, but he got away from us and we had to restart sixth there on that last restart, but it was an honor to drive this car.  All of the fans that came out this weekend.  This place was pretty packed last night.  Thanks to all the fans that were able to stay around.  I thought the track was really good.  You could run the bottom.  You could run the top.  We just wanted one more spot." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., finished second

"Yeah, we had a great car. We definitely got it a lot better there at the end and proud that we’re able to come back from two laps down and get a good finish out of it, but still a good overall day for our FedEx Express Camry. Just came up a little short." - Denny Hamlin, finished third

"Well, it was challenging for our Dow Chevy. We really didn’t have a car capable of winning the race, I don’t think. We just struggled. My arms are worn out; I know that. But, I’m proud of the adjustments the guys made. One heck of a pit stop. My guys really helped us out with that and gained us some spots there to have that outside restart. And, it was fun there, you could tell I was a little tighter than (Kevin) Harvick there on the bottom, so I got to him there. Early in the run he jumped to the top and pulled me. It was fun here at Bristol, today. I’m glad that Bristol tried to get that bottom working. I think we can do a little bit more for it because that top is going to be dominant as it runs. It was a fun race." - Austin Dillon, finished fourth

"That was a lot of fun.  It’s been a long time since we’ve come to the race track and enjoy it like that.  We had awesome speed out of our Love’s Ford Fusion.  I’m really proud of the team.  This thing was good from the start of the weekend.  We kept working our way up towards the end and got to the top five, and almost got one there at the end, but I love Bristol.  I absolutely love this race track.  What they did with the surface worked out really well and made for some really good racing." - Chris Buescher, finished fifth

"It was a hard fought day.  We were just trying to get on either end of being a little bit too tight, a little bit too loose.  I thought we had kind of got in the happy medium.  We made the car as good as it could be with what we had right there.  Just tricky race track today.  At one point you would get the bottom rolling and think that is pretty good and then it goes away and try to find out how to run the top.  We weren’t as good on the top and then I kind of figured something out late, but just a tricky race track, hard fought.  A little bit fortunate to miss a couple of those crashes.  I wish we would have had about 15 more laps at the end because I thought I had figured something out, but it is what it is, a top 10.  We’ve had some days where we feel like we should have gotten more and gotten stolen from us.  We will take a day like this." - AJ Allmendinger, finished ninth

"It was eventful Bristol.  It seems like at this race track there’s always something that happens.  Whether it’s on the team side or the driver’s side it seems like that happens a lot at this race track.  There was a point during the race at about lap 400 where we got to the lead with the Shell/Pennzoil Ford and we were fast.  The race track was where we thought it would be and everything was kind of working as planned, and the next thing you know the 41 spun and we got some damage from that.  We pitted for that and had a lugnut off the left-rear, so we came in to fix that, and then it rained and the track just changed.  After it rained everything changed and the car wasn’t as fast.  We got back up to 10th and I thought we were gonna drive to fifth on that last run because we were really fast the run before when the track was rubbered up, but once it cleaned up we just lost a little bit of speed." - Joey Logano, finished tenth

"I would have liked to have done it last night, but I’m glad we got this in.  I’m appreciative to the fans that stayed last night.  I know it’s taxing on a lot of them, but we appreciate the fact that they stayed to watch.

"That is cool.  The funny part is [Harvick] got out of his car, got the flag and then he goes ‘get in my car and go to Victory Lane with me.’  I went what?  He goes ‘yeah, just leave yours here.’  I’m like I just can’t just leave my car there, but that was cool.  I’m happy for these guys.  This is a hard place to win at.  There are so many things that can go wrong.  All it takes is one thing.  I mean we had a wheel that was loose and that messed our whole day up.  That was cool sharing that moment with him though." - Tony Stewart, finished 30th

"Something happened to the 41 in front of his and he got sideways.  I don’t know if he had contact with Joey or if he just got loose, but once he got sideways we were already all kind of digging and I never saw him until I was in his door.  It was a heavy hit.  I hope Kurt’s alright.  I guess maybe I hit him more in the left-rear than the door, but it’s a shame.  We had been working on the Autotrader Ford and we had gotten it up towards the front.  We had a lot of short run speed and we were hoping the race would play out that way at the end and we would have had a shot at it, if that was the case, but instead we’re here in the garage.  We’ll try to get a finish out of it, but a bummer day for us." - Brad Keselowski, finished 33rd

"I don’t know what happened.  I was watching the replay in there and somebody got loose.  We were trying to make ground on the top and before I knew it the 20 was sitting sideways in front of me and I hit him pretty hard.  It’s unfortunate.  We had a really good car early and lost some spots on pit road being in bad spots and kind of lost our car a little bit halfway through, but got it back and thought we were just starting to make ground up and got in that wreck.  I want to thank Virginia Tech and Ford and Motorcraft and Quick Lane for what they do.  That definitely hurts, especially when you have a good car, but we’ll just go on to next week." - Ryan Blaney, finished 35th

"I didn’t really see what happened except for there was cars wrecking up there and I slowed down as much as the guy in front of me. I couldn’t slow down any less than that or I would hit him. Chase (Elliott) bust out of nowhere, ran me over and 21 (Ryan Blaney) came through there wide open – I still don’t know if he’s lifted yet or not – and finished us off. As the wreck happened, you’ve got to slow down. Just not much I could do." - Matt Kenseth, finished 37th (Crashed Out)

"I don’t know. It’s a shame. The last few times we’ve been here, we’ve had really fast M&M’s Toyota Camrys and we haven’t been able to finish. We’ve been having parts failures here, so something we’ve got to address and fix. I’m really tired of losing races here with parts falling apart, so they’ll hear about it on Tuesday. But the person that’s really the biggest moron out there is the spotter of the 46 and the driver of the 46 (Justin Allgaier). I’ve been wrecking for half a lap and they just come on through and clean us out. That’s stupid, so I don’t know – frustrating day. Let’s go home." - Kyle Busch, finished 39th (Crashed Out)

"Well from my point of view we got done in the corner.  I was trying to let the leaders go as best I could.  We were a couple laps down right there and let them go.  The No. 22 (Joey Logano) ducked in front of me getting into (Turn) 1 and I had to jam on the brakes pretty hard.  I got really loose and I was just trying to catch it.  That is when the spotter was telling me that the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) was spinning and he kept rolling down the hill so at first I committed to go below him because I was already on the bottom and then he was still coming down the hill so I tried to go out around the outside of him and unfortunately I just didn’t make it.  The No. 22 was right there and just really a shame.  I hate it for these guys. This Pilot Flying J No. 46 team they did a good job all day.  We weren’t up there battling for the lead, but we had a good solid day going.  I just cost us a decent finish. Thanks to them for letting me drive the car today.  Sorry to Kyle (Busch) that is the worst possibly scenario when the leader spins out and you hit them.  Just really frustrating." - Justin Allgaier, finished 40th (Crashed Out)

 
 There's more racing action  on Tuesday, August 23, at New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/ ) ! This news and more, courtesy Mike Wisniewski !
(Thanks Mike !):

COMING EVENTS:

Tuesday 8/23 (Raindate Wednesday 8/24) – Jersey Rush VI – 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds (Small Block vs. Big Block)

3:30 p.m. – Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
7:00 p.m. – Hot laps start
7:30 p.m. – Sprint Car Time Trials start

Saturday 8/27 – National Parts Supply presents Back to School and Legends Night – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks

4:00 p.m. – Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
6:00 p.m. – Hot laps start
7:00 p.m. – Racing starts


TJ LILLY SCORES HIS FIRST CAREER CHECKERED FLAG AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
 
New Egypt, NJ (August 22, 2016) – On Bike and Country Western Night presented by DiscountCrowdControl.com at New Egypt Speedway, TJ Lilly scored his first career checkered flag by capturing the Sportsman feature. Ryan Godown picked up the win in the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature. The Crate Modified feature went to Billy Osmun, III. Mark Bitner was the victor in the TSRS Sprint Car main event. Due to an isolated afternoon heavy rain cell that caused a delay in the start of the racing program, qualifying events were cancelled and all four feature races were extended in length to twenty-five laps.

After taking the lead on the eleventh tour, TJ Lilly survived several resumptions of racing to take his first career victory in the Sportsman class. Joe Dill paced the field for the opening ten laps. Lilly, who started the contest in fifth, rocketed by Dill following a restart. In the second half of the event, Lilly repelled the strong challenges of thirteenth place starting JT Trstensky to secure the win. Behind the top two of Lilly and Trstensky, Art Liedl drove up from his seventeenth starting spot to finish in third place. Fourth was taken by Bob Lineman, Jr. who began the race in sixteenth. Rookie Cale Ross crossed the finish line in fifth place.

For the second week in a row, the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature went non-stop and the victor was the same as Ryan Godown topped the field for the fourth time this year. Al Cheney led the first lap before Wayne Weaver took command. Godown, who started last in the ten car field, motored to the front of the pack on the thirteenth lap. Once in front, Godown pulled away in the final half of the contest while Weaver, Johnny Cornell, Lou Cicconi and Chris Moll raced in tight quarters. Weaver’s strong run resulted in a second place finish. Third place was taken by Cornell. The battle for fourth place went to the finish line as Cicconi held off a late charge from Moll. 

In the Crate Modified feature, eighteenth place starting Billy Osmun, III used a final corner last lap pass to claim his second career win. George Gareis, Jr. led the opening two laps before a tangle caused him to lose the lead. Following the incident, Jason Dunn inherited the top running spot. On lap eighteen, Osmun moved into second and began to pressure Dunn. On the last circuit, Osmun used the outside lane in the fourth turn to pass Dunn for the win. With Dunn taking second, Frank Dorry finished in third place. Fifteenth place starting John Aumick came home in fourth. After beginning the race in nineteenth, Brandon Grosso completed the contest in fifth.

Mark Bitner was the victor of the TSRS Sprint Car main event. The opening two laps were led by Brendon Poff. Bobby Sandt, Jr. took over the lead on the third tour after a mechanical issue caused Poff to retire from the event. On the eleventh lap, Bitner blasted by Sandt, Jr. for the lead. In the second half of the race, Bitner pulled away from the pack and crossed the finish line first. Following the race, TSRS Sprint Car officials ruled that Bitner passed a competitor before the cone on a restart. Since the infraction was identified after the contest, he was allowed to keep the win but officials will make point adjustments. Tim Tanner completed the race in second with eleventh place starting Jeff Geiges finishing third. The top five was filled out by Mike Haggenbottom and Eddie Wagner.

This coming week, New Egypt Speedway will have two racing events. Jersey Rush VI takes place on Tuesday, August 23. The two-division show will feature the 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds (Small Block vs. Big Block). A pre-race Meet & Greet is planned from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and fans are invited to visit the pit area to get an up close look at the stars and cars, just prior to the start of the Jersey Rush VI. For this special event, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Warm-ups crank up at 7:00 p.m. and sprint car time trials will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for the Jersey Rush VI is $30, children 6-11 $10 and children under the age of five will be admitted for free.  Admission to the pits is $35 and a license is not required. Wednesday, August 24 has been reserved as a raindate for the Jersey Rush VI. 

On Saturday, August 27, National Parts Supply’s Back to School and Legends Night will showcase the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. The first fifty kids through the grandstand turnstiles will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies courtesy of The Snack Shack. All teachers with proper identification will be admitted to the grandstand for $10. Legend drivers will be on hand with free posters available for an intermission autograph session. In addition, a silent auction run by the Megill family will be conducted and proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer research. The pit gates unlock at 4:00 p.m. and spectators will be admitted beginning at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the first qualifying event starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military personal and their spouses with ID, and no charge for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country.  New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house.  The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways.  Concession facilities serve up everything from roast beef sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices. 
 
For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016

SPORTSMAN - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1.  TJ LILLY 2. JT Trstensky 3. Art Liedl 4. Bob Lineman, Jr. 5. Cale Ross 6. Ryan Simmons 7. Brandon Grosso 8. Will Dupree 9. Alan Bleacher 10. Marty Resnick 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Rob Anderton 13. Bob Rambone 14. Derek Krum 15. Lou Farina 16. Joe Dill 17. JR Fulper 18. Marty Saxton 19. Jesse Dill 20. Steve Desmelyk

BURLINGTON COUNTY OVERHEAD DOOR NEWS SPRINTS - 25 LAPS FEATURE  

1.  RYAN GODOWN 2. Wayne Weaver 3. Johnny Cornell 4. Lou Cicconi 5. Chris Moll 6. Bobby Butler 7. Al Cheney 8. Heidi Heddin 9. Rich Mellor 10. Brian Spencer


CRATE MODIFIED - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1.  BILLY OSMUN, III 2. Jason Dunn 3. Frank Dorry, Jr. 4. John Aumick 5. Brandon Grosso 6. Jeremy Martino 7. Eric Palmer 8. John Criscione 9. Ryan Simmons 10. Chuckles Stone 11. Tom Tanner 12. Johnny Bangs 13. Kyle Kania 14. Alonzo Morales 15. Steve Hicks 16. Adam Cox 17. George Gareis, Jr. 18. Shawn Ratchford 19. Dan Fleming 20. Ebby Ridge 21. Aaron Weaver 

TSRS SPRINT CARS - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1. Mark Bitner 2. Tim Tanner 3. Jeff Geiges 4. Mike Haggenbottom 5. Eddie Wagner 6. Chris Allen, Jr. 7. Erika Wagner 8. Samantha Lieberman 9. Joe Kay 10. Gabe Fox 11. David Bonner 12. Zack Burd 13. Bobby Sandt, Jr. 14. Doug Suiter 15. Doug Snow 16. Brendon Poff 

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


Get a Grip: Harvick loves new Bristol Motor Speedway


Stenhouse honors Clauson with Bristol performance


Courtesy NBC Sports

 Bowman in for Earnhardt at Michigan

It was announced at Bristol that Gordon will not race at Michigan International Speedway regardless of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s health. Alex Bowman will step into the No. 88 Hendr... more

Jeff Gordon still missing a top-15

It was announced at Bristol that Gordon will not race at Michigan International Speedway regardless of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s health. Alex Bowman will step into the No. 88 Hendr... more


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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Stock Car Gazette
Track Trash — Bein’ Bristol, Baby
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Courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda ! ) : 

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kevin-harvick-wins-delayed-bristol-race/

NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick wins delayed Bristol race

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

 Double the fun: Kevin Harvick convinces Tony Stewart to join him in victory burnout

Tony Stewart joined Kevin Harvick for his teammate's victory burnout celebration at Bristol.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/double-the-fun-harvick-convinces-stewart-to-join-him-in-victory-burnout/ 

Points after Bristol Motor Speedway: Chris Buescher moves into the top 30 in standings

Emotions run gamut for Joe Gibbs Racing after ups and downs of Bristol

Kyle Busch frustrated with mechanical issue, while Denny Hamlin pleased to overcome mistakes.



What drivers said after Bristol Motor Speedway

There were plenty of quotable comments after the postponed race at the 0.533-mile oval.  

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/what-drivers-said-after-bristol-motor-speedway/

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


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

Kevin Harvick's Bristol win gives him more swagger

It may not have been the typical Bristol night race, but Kevin Harvick felt just as good after winning the rain-delayed event late Sunday afternoon, writes Bob Pockrass.

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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. honors Bryan Clauson, ties best career Cup result 


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

Chasing a Sprint Cup championship: Who's in playoff position?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/gallery/sprint-cup-series-chase-for-the-championship-who-s-in-playoff-position-082116



Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):


Hendrick: Move to ink Byron about future, not Dale Jr.

2016 Sprint Cup Series winners

KEVIN HARVICK WINS RAIN-DELAYED BRISTOL RACE


Courtesy NBC  Sports

 Kevin Harvick earns second win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kevin Harvick earned his 33rd career win on Sunday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/kevin-harvick-earns-second-win-of-the-season-at-bristol-motor-speedway/ 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets 2nd second at Bristo

Stenhouse followed race winner Kevin Harvick from the back of the pack. Stenhouse qualified 25th with Harvick in 24th on the grid. Stenhouse’s path to the front was much more ... more

Kyle critical of JGR, Justin Allgaier after Bristol wreck

Kyle Busch suffered his third DNF in the last four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/kyle-busch-criticizes-justin-allgaier-for-wreck-at-bristol/



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



 3 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !!!):

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-onto-something-by-taking-page-out-of-nhra-book/

NASCAR onto something by taking page out of NHRA book
 

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-making-the-chase-where-they-stand-after-bristol/

NASCAR Xfinity: making the chase -- where they stand after Bristol

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-making-the-chase-where-they-stand-after-bristol/

NASCAR Truck: making the chase -- where they stand after Bristol

Amanda Vincent

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

Most notable weather-delayed races in recent memory


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


Bristol race postponement brings rain of TV coverage questions         
      

Courtesy NBC Sports

 Hendrick doing ‘whatever it takes’ to lead team

Rick Hendrick has even spent time in the wind tunnel with his team.

  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/car-owner-rick-hendrick-doing-whatever-it-takes-to-lead-team-back-after-recent-struggles/                 
                 

Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 


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

TJ LILLY SCORES HIS FIRST CAREER CHECKERED FLAG AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY

New Egypt, NJ (August 21, 2016) – On Bike and Country Western Night presented by DiscountCrowdControl.com at New Egypt Speedway, TJ Lilly scored his first career checkered flag by capturing the Sportsman feature. Ryan Godown picked up the win in the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature. The Crate Modified feature went to Billy Osmun, III. Tim Tanner was declared the victor in the TSRS Sprint Car main event. Due to an isolated afternoon heavy rain cell that caused a delay in the start of the racing program, qualifying events were cancelled and all four feature races were extended in length to twenty-five laps.

After taking the lead on the eleventh tour, TJ Lilly survived several resumptions of racing to take his first career victory in the Sportsman class. Joe Dill paced the field for the opening ten laps. Lilly, who started the contest in fifth, rocketed by Dill following a restart. In the second half of the event, Lilly repelled the strong challenges of thirteenth place starting JT Trstensky to secure the win. Behind the top two of Lilly and Trstensky, Art Liedl drove up from his seventeenth starting spot to finish in third place. Fourth was taken by Bob Lineman, Jr. who began the race in sixteenth. Rookie Cale Ross crossed the finish line in fifth place.

For the second week in a row, the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature went non-stop and the victor was the same as Ryan Godown topped the field for the fourth time this year. Al Cheney led the first lap before Wayne Weaver took command. Godown, who started last in the ten car field, motored to the front of the pack on the thirteenth lap. Once in front, Godown pulled away in the final half of the contest while Weaver, Johnny Cornell, Lou Cicconi and Chris Moll raced in tight quarters. Weaver’s strong run resulted in a second place finish. Third place was taken by Cornell. The battle for fourth place went to the finish line as Cicconi held off a late charge from Moll.

In the Crate Modified feature, eighteenth place starting Billy Osmun, III used a final corner last lap pass to claim his second career win. George Gareis, Jr. led the opening two laps before a tangle caused him to lose the lead. Following the incident, Jason Dunn inherited the top running spot. On lap eighteen, Osmun moved into second and began to pressure Dunn. On the last circuit, Osmun used the outside lane in the fourth turn to pass Dunn for the win. With Dunn taking second, Frank Dorry finished in third place. Fifteenth place starting John Aumick came home in fourth. After beginning the race in nineteenth, Brandon Grosso completed the contest in fifth.

Upon a ruling from officials, Tim Tanner was declared the victor of the TSRS Sprint Car main event. The opening two laps were led by Brendon Poff. Bobby Sandt, Jr. took over the lead on the third tour after a mechanical issue caused Poff to retire from the event. On the eleventh lap, Mark Bitner blasted by Sandt, Jr. for the lead. In the second half of the race, Bitner pulled away from the pack and crossed the finish line first. Following the race, TSRS Sprint Car officials placed Bitner back two positions for passing before the cone on a restart. Thus, Tanner was awarded the win with eleventh place starting Jeff Geiges credited with a second place finish. With Bitner in third, the top five was filled out by Mike Haggenbottom and Eddie Wagner.

This coming week, New Egypt Speedway will have two racing events. Jersey Rush VI takes place on Tuesday, August 23. The two-division show will feature the 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds (Small Block vs. Big Block). A pre-race Meet & Greet is planned from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and fans are invited to visit the pit area to get an up close look at the stars and cars, just prior to the start of the Jersey Rush VI. For this special event, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Warm-ups crank up at 7:00 p.m. and sprint car time trials will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for the Jersey Rush VI is $30, children 6-11 $10 and children under the age of five will be admitted for free.  Admission to the pits is $35 and a license is not required. Wednesday, August 24 has been reserved as a raindate for the Jersey Rush VI.

On Saturday, August 27, National Parts Supply’s Back to School and Legends Night will showcase the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. The first fifty kids through the grandstand turnstiles will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies courtesy of The Snack Shack. All teachers with proper identification will be admitted to the grandstand for $10. Legend drivers will be on hand with free posters available for an intermission autograph session. In addition, a silent auction run by the Megill family will be conducted and proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer research. The pit gates unlock at 4:00 p.m. and spectators will be admitted beginning at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the first qualifying event starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military personal and their spouses with ID, and no charge for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.

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

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

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016

SPORTSMAN - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1.  TJ LILLY 2. JT Trstensky 3. Art Liedl 4. Bob Lineman, Jr. 5. Cale Ross 6. Ryan Simmons 7. Brandon Grosso 8. Will Dupree 9. Alan Bleacher 10. Marty Resnick 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Rob Anderton 13. Bob Rambone 14. Derek Krum 15. Lou Farina 16. Joe Dill 17. JR Fulper 18. Marty Saxton 19. Jesse Dill 20. Steve Desmelyk

BURLINGTON COUNTY OVERHEAD DOOR NEWS SPRINTS - 25 LAPS FEATURE 

1.  RYAN GODOWN 2. Wayne Weaver 3. Johnny Cornell 4. Lou Cicconi 5. Chris Moll 6. Bobby Butler 7. Al Cheney 8. Heidi Heddin 9. Rich Mellor 10. Brian Spencer

CRATE MODIFIED - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1.  BILLY OSMUN, III 2. Jason Dunn 3. Frank Dorry, Jr. 4. John Aumick 5. Brandon Grosso 6. Jeremy Martino 7. Eric Palmer 8. John Criscione 9. Ryan Simmons 10. Chuckles Stone 11. Tom Tanner 12. Johnny Bangs 13. Kyle Kania 14. Alonzo Morales 15. Steve Hicks 16. Adam Cox 17. George Gareis, Jr. 18. Shawn Ratchford 19. Dan Fleming 20. Ebby Ridge 21. Aaron Weaver

TSRS SPRINT CARS - 25 LAPS FEATURE

1. TIM TANNER 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Mark Bitner 4. Mike Haggenbottom 5. Eddie Wagner 6. Chris Allen, Jr. 7. Erika Wagner 8. Samantha Lieberman 9. Joe Kay 10. Gabe Fox 11. David Bonner 12. Zack Burd 13. Bobby Sandt, Jr. 14. Doug Suiter 15. Doug Snow 16. Brendon Poff

Courtesy Racing Around Jersey.com (http://www.racingaroundjersey.com/) : 

Watt Stays Hot Beats Invaders for Third Straight at Bridgeport 


News & results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !
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FREES FLIES TO WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WIN SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Auto racing veteran Ron Frees fought off all contenders Saturday Night to win the 40-lap main event for the Downs Ford Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway. The win, which was up for grabs until the final lap, was the second of the year for the Brick resident.

          &nbsp; Due to the tough fortunes he suffered in recent weeks Frees started from the front row and took full advantage of that starting spot. Several competitors also took full advantage of a handful of restarts and the “cone race” format to throw everything possible at Frees.

            Shaun Carrig of Little Falls was the first to challenge Frees before Jackson’s Jason Treat took his shots. Defending champion Steve Reed of Jackson then stepped up to challenge Frees for the lead before Zack Alspach of Willingboro took several shots at the leader.

           ; Frees’ final challenger was Matawan’s Anthony Sesely who took his stabs at the leader before finally settling for second. Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Carrig and Howell’s Eric Mauriello wrapped up the top five. Reed left the race on lap nine after spinning with an apparent broken rear suspension part.

            “This car was really fast tonight,” Frees said after the race. “We got our motor back after having some work done and it is fast! I have to thank Yaccarino Motorsports for the opportunity and Billy Cole for all his work.”

Howell’s Jimmy Blewett won the companion 50-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars after battling with early leader Tyler Truex for Mayetta for several laps. Truex crossed the finish line in second spot with Howell’s Kevin Davison, Brick’s Dom Fattaruso and Shanon Mongeau of Manchester completing the top five.

Howell’s Robert French won the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars turning around a trouble filled season for the defending champion. Ron Merlino of Pine Beach was the runner-up with Vinny Troia of Browns Mills, Brad Lomaster and Louie Keraitis finishing third trough fifth.

The Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks raced in a pair of 25-lappers with Jackson’s Kyle Scisco taking his second win in as many starts. Beachwood’s Todd Pilla, Brick’s Jason Lane, Brian Osborn of Howell and Bryan Barbalacci wrapped up the top five. Brick’s Ronnie Mullen won the second 4 Cylinder Stock 25 lap main event over Osborn, Pilla, Scisco and Fred Cannock of Port Monmouth.

Freehold’s Howie Conk won the 25-lap feature for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models over Brian Doyle, Bill Vanderveen, Mike Tillett and Glen Conk.

            Stock car racing continues this Saturday night (August 27) as the speedway presents the “Woody’s Roadside Tavern 105” for the Modifieds which offers $5,000 to the winner. The Limited Late Models will compete in two 25-lappers, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks will battle in a 25-lapper and the Three Quarter Midgets will compete on the “inner oval.” The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on hand. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

            The complete updated regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, 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.

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, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

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MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RON FREES, BRICK, 2. Anthony Sesely, 3. Chas Okerson, 4. Shaun Carrig, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Shawna Ingraham, 7. Derek Hopkinson, 8. Andrew Krause, 9. Ed Delage, 10. Jason Hearne, 11. Steven Reed, 12. Jimmy Blewett, 13. Ken Matlach, 14. Jason Treat, DQ Zack Alspach

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Kevin Davison, 4. Dom Fattarusso, 5. Shanon Mongeau. 6. Kenny Van Wickle, 7. Ricky Collins, 8. Robert Sutphin, 9. Matt Langbein, 10. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 11. Jonathan Laureigh, 12. Scott Brannick, 13. Joe Cocca, 14. Chris Owsik, 15. Eric Lane, 16. Robert Walton, 17. Todd Dige, 18. Jimmy Wolcott, 19. Joe King, 20. Roland DeMartino, 21. Blake Barney, 22. Dave Bailey

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Ron Merlino, 3. Vinny Troia, 4. Brad Lomaster, 5. Louie Keraitis, 6. Luke Marzano, 7. Chris Gall, 8. Malcolm Campbell, 9. James Van Wickle, 10. Peter Bruno, 11. Kevin Nowak, 12. Steven Woytysiak, 13. Brian Russell, 14. Roger Nickerson, 15. Mitchell Dowd, 16. Tom Thompson, 17. Nick Van Wickle, 18. Joe Fresco, 19. Richie Davidowitz

1 ST 4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KYLE SCISCO, JACKSON, 2. Todd Pilla, 3. Jason lane, 4. Brian Osborn, 5. Bryan Barbalacci, 6. Fred Cannock, 7. Darianne McLaren, 8. Richard Smith, 9. Jim Sturtecky, 10. Darren Burdge, 11. TJ Graves, 12. Jeff Loesch

2ND 4  CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK, 2. Osborn, 3. Pilla, 4. Scisco, 5. Cannock, 6. McLaren, 7. Smith, 8. Sturtecky, 9. Burdge, 10. Graves, 11. Lane, 12. Loesch

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. HOWIE CONK, FREEHOLD, 2. Brian Doyle, 3. Bill Vanderveen, 4. Mike Tillett, 5. Glen Conk, 6. Greg Gastelu, 7. Michelle Moorman

 


 (8/20/16)

No rain at Wall Stadium Speedway tonight (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ )!

Congratulations to Ron Frees on winning the modified main event , and to Robert French on winning the Legends Cars main event ! Also to all the other winners, drivers , and teams , for some great racing tonight !

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Sprint Cup Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

SPRINT CUP RACE AT BRISTOL POSTPONED TO SUNDAY


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

  Rain postpones Bristol race until 1 p.m. Sunday on CNBC

Kyle Busch will be leading when the Bass Pro Shops NRA 500 resumes on the 49th lap.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/08/20/rain-postpones-bristol-race-until-1-p-m-sunday-on-cnbc/