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(10/20/14)


Kyle Fowler set to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville


Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 entry list


Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 entry list


Kroger 200 entry list


Full schedule for Martinsville


Complete Analysis: Talladega


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

Teamwork leading to Chase success at Team Penske

Bad Brad often at his best when backed against a wall


NASCAR Power Rankings: Sorting the field after a dicey day in 'Dega




Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Title Dreams Dashed

And just like that, Jimmie Johnson's quest for a seventh Sprint Cup championship ended at Talladega.
Brant James

Disappointment for Dale Jr., JJVideo 

Kyle's bittersweet weekend \

Hinton: BK's day


Courteousy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):



                    


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

{Sad news} 







Courteousy The Frontstretch.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Championship Battle:

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

The Good:

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

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

The Bad:

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

The Ugly:

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

Next Race:

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

Tracking the Trucks: fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Courteousy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda):
 
The clock is ticking for Dale Jr.'s championship dream
 
written by Jeremy Flynn
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent

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

Stock Car Gazette

http://www.motorsportsnews.net/columnists/racing-maniac-track-trash/track-trash-dega-fall-2014/

Track Trash – Dega, Fall 2014

by Racing Maniac

 www.Catchfence.com

Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth: What a difference a week makes - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.7ilHvUIv.dpuf

2014 Martinsville Speedway NASCAR (Oct.) Weekend Track Event Schedule - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.7ilHvUIv.dpuf


 C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S

Junior and Jimmie are Done; NASCAR May Crown a Winless Champion

http://www.racejournalonline.com/index.php?page=read&article=1199

SUBSCRIBE  INFORMATION

http://groups.google.com/group/StockCarGazette


Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “I can’t believe it. Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”


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



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


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


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

Dale Jr. now must wait another year for title

Jimmie Johnson will not win 7th title this year

Courteousy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !):

 
Brad Keselowski wins at Talladega, advances in Chase
 
Amanda Vincent


Recent News

(10/19/14)

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

PitTalks.com
 
 
Long time RPM pit coach Andrew Carter retires after 8 seasons on pit road

Racin' Today




Google Alerts
 
NBCSports.com
Johnny Sauter entered today's Fred's 250 at Talladega down 19 points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, but he's going to ...


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


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

Not enough: Kahne fails to advance in Chase after 12th in Geico 500


Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):
Brad Keselowski

Keselowski Still Chasing Title

Needing a win to advance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag at Talladega. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were eliminated. Story Analysis

Courteousy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html) :

Keselowski battles back to win at Talladega

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/19/sprint-cup-series-talladega-race-results-geico-500.html

Who's in, who's out of the Chase post-Talladega

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/19/sprint-cup-series-talladega-chase-whos-in-whos-out-eliminator-round.html

Full schedule for Martinsville

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/19/weekend-schedule-martinsville-on-track-times-tv-info-press-pass.html


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

Richard Petty Motorsports moving operations

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/richard-petty-motorsports-moving-operations-101914

Moving on: Keselowski defies odds to win 'Dega, advance in Chase (VIDEO)

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/moving-on-keselowski-defies-odds-to-win-dega-and-advance-in-chase-101914


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





Courteousy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

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

Brad Keselowski scores dramatic win at Talladega to advance in Chase

Danica crew chief Tony Gibson re-signs but no guarantee to remain with Patrick    

A lot has changed since Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last Talladega win in 2004              



Talladega chairman talks qualifying


Chase 101: All you need to know


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


2 articles ,courteousy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !!):
 
Terry Labonte closes curtain on NASCAR career
 
Amanda Vincent

 
NASCAR qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway: epic fail?
 
Amanda Vincent

Courteousy Indycar.com

Pocono Raceway to use state grant for renovations 



Kenseth, Keselowski will start race at the rear 


Dale Jr.: Every man for himself at Talladega

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/18/sprint-cup-series-dale-earnhardt-jr-needs-talladega-win-to-stay-in-chase.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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

Desperation time: It's now or never for a number of drivers at 'Dega

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/it-s-now-or-never-for-some-nascar-sprint-cup-series-drivers-at-talladega-superspeedway-101914

Today's Weather Forecast for TALLEDEGA !

Courteousy Racetrackweather.com

 (http://www.racetrackweather.com/cgi-bin/weather/hw3.cgi?config=&forecast=zandh&pands=35161 ):

Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

 
Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.


Courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):
 
Statistically speaking: a look at Talladega Superspeedway
 
Amanda Vincent

Courteousy NBC Sports.com (http://www.nbcsports.com/motor-sports):

Jamie McMurray missed the Chase, but his strong recent showings means he could be a Talladega dark horse. Coming off third-place finish at Charlotte | Looking to repeat at 'Dega | Harvick eyes Chase KO

Kenseth and Keselowski are next to each other in the Talladega garage. More fireworks to come?

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


Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Chase Scramble At Dega

It's Elimination Sunday at Talladega, where several Chase heavy hitters will be racing for their playoff lives.
Ed Hinton


(10/18/14)

Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com(http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Kevin Harvick looking to have fun and win, with Chase spot in backpocket

Last weekend among the craziness that occurred, Kevin Harvick was able to pick up the victory, therefore clinching a spot for himself into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Now heading into this weekend at Talladega, Harvick is kicking back and relaxing as he doesn't have to worry about it and can "just go race".


Terry Labonte Transcript

Terry Labonte, driver of the No. 32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion, will be making his 890th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend in the Geico 500. The two-time series champion has 22 career victories, including two with Ford Racing in 1989 (Pocono and Talladega) while driving for Junior Johnson. He spoke to the media earlier today about his career and hopes for his final start.


Blaney, Keselowski Pace Ford Qualifying Effort at Talladega

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion (Qualified 40th) – “I think everyone is confused. We worked with Kyle and got a good run and drafted off the right guys and were fast enough to make it but we just didn’t get across the line in time.”




Nemechek's time nixed; Sorenson makes 'Dega field


GEICO 500 starting lineup


Talladega Sprint Cup pit stall assignments 


Dale Jr.: Not in 'panic mode' in must-win race


Terry Labonte reflects on career ahead of finale


NASCAR Illustrated: Gibson announces extension, answers questions


Alexander ready to make Cup pit box debut


Peters hangs on for win at Talladega 


Truck Series race tough on title contenders


Driver, NFL cheerleader 'hot and heavy' at 'Dega


Miss Coors Light wins Talladega Jell-O crawl race



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

It's a wrap: Terry Labonte's run in Geico 500 will be his last in Cup

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/it-s-a-wrap-terry-labonte-s-run-in-geico-500-will-be-his-last-in-cup-101814


Separate corners: Junior, Jimmie not focused on hooking up at 'Dega

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dale-earnhardt-jr-jimmie-johnson-not-focused-on-hooking-up-at-talladega-superspeedway-101814

Earnhardt out to win at Talladega to save season

 http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/earnhardt-out-to-win-at-talladega-to-save-season-101814

Timothy Peters survives wild day to win 'Dega truck race (VIDEO)


Kyle Busch's Nationwide Series ride gets a new driver

 



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Brian Vickers on pole after crazy qualifying session at Talladega
 
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Timothy Peters gets first win of season at Talladega
 
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  Wall Stadium Speedway was CRAZY Good today !
Congratulations to Zane Zeiner for winning the "Haunted 100" modified main event !

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Ice picks -- Talladega Superspeedway -- Geico 500
 
written by Joe Nieves
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent

Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)  is where I shall be all afternoon today. Look for me sitting somewhere high over the beginning of the front stretch ,wearing a black Wall Stadium track hat, and a white Wall Stadium track sweater  ! Sitting on a red/white folding seat cushion. Next to a red /white cooler with a red # 21 Sportsman sticker on it.

I hope to see some of you there !
Joe


Now for the early morning NASCAR news


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Season hangs in balance for Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, Keselowski



(10/17/14)

Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com(http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

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


On Sept. 27, 1964 Fred Lorenzen won at Martinsville Speedway. His prize for crossing the finish line first – a grandfather clock. It was then NASCAR’s most iconic trophy was born.



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


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


THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO WILL CONTINUE AS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF MOTORAMA

For the first eight years of its existence, the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) was a standalone, racing-only show catering to motorsports fans and the industry. The CME usually took place in early February, when Canadian winters can make it challenging for even the most hearty racers, exhibitors and enthusiasts to participate.



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Two-time ARCA winner Jones to drive for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Doug DonnellyGo to full article

(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 17, 2014) – GMS Racing announced this week that ARCA winner Brandon Jones will join the organization for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)...Read more


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Tyler Reddick claims first-career Truck Series pole
 
Amanda Vincent


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NASCAR star Johnson says no discord with Knaus



Keselowski wishes Stewart not caught up in fallout


High stakes: More riding on this 'Dega race than any other in history?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/high-stakes-more-could-be-riding-on-this-dega-race-than-any-other-in-history-101714


Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for 10 nervous Chase drivers

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nowhere-to-run-nowhere-to-hide-for-10-nervous-chase-drivers-101714

Penske's Geisler on Keselowski: 'The brightest bulb attracts all the bugs'

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/penske-s-geisler-on-keselowski-the-brightest-bulb-attracts-all-the-bugs-101714

Brad Keselowski: 'No idea' when Kenseth and I will patch things up

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brad-keselowski-no-idea-when-kenseth-and-i-will-patch-things-up-101714


 Things will be getting a little "Spooky" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ )! See ,y Wall Stadium Speedway 2014 part 2 page :Wall Stadium Speedway 2014 Part II  ,for all the "Spectular" details !

 Also tomorrow , Saturday, 10/18 is "Halloween Havoc" @ New Egypt Speedway ( http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/). See my New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 : New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 !  , for the muddy  details !

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What's Up, Talladega?

Matt Kenseth says he has no regrets about charging Brad Keselowski at Charlotte. What else is
happening Friday at Talladega? Our guy Ed Hinton is all over it. Notebook What is BK thinking?Video



Courteousy The Frontstretch.com

David Ragan Expects to Return to Front Row Motorsports

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

Wood Brothers Set for Milestone at Talladega

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

Brandon Jones Teams With GMS Racing in Truck Series

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

Kaz Grala to Race for Ben Kennedy Racing in 2015

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

Frontstretch Folio: GEICO 500
by Brad Morgan

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

Records and Facts

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

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

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

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

Track Facts

Track Length: 2.66-mile quad oval
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Degree of Banking: turns - 33 degrees, tri-oval - 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 ft., 16.5 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 4,000 ft., 2 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Website: http://talladegasuperspeedway.calls.net/?homepage=true
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalladegaSuperspeedway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TalladegaSuperS

Pre-race Schedule

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

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

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

VIPs

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

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 73
Low: 46

They Said It:

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

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

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

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

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


TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

Nuts for Nationwide: RAB Racing and James Buescher Looking to Get Back to Consistency
by Joseph Wolkin

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way
by Amy Henderson

Search for On-Track Improvement Needed After Off-Track Drama
by Aaron Creed

Friday Faceoff: Penalities, Fireworks, and Momentum
by Frontstretch Staff

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: He Doesn't Even Turn!
by Frontstretch Staff

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You
by Frontstretch Staff

Tech Talk: More to Driving the Pace Car than Meets the Eye
by Frontstretch Staff


Kenseth: 'I don't regret my actions'



Keselowski: Kenseth is 'entitled to his opinion'


Drivers keep calm before the storm of Talladega


Waltrip prepares for 'Dega, DWTS


Dale Yeah! Keelan Harvick tests new Dale Call 


http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/keelan-harvick-dale-call.html



{Good By Terry  ! It was a pleasure watching you race!
  Joe }



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There's a busy Saturday in the plans on the 1/4 mile track @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ )!
See my Bridgeport Speedway page :Bridgeport Speedway ! , for the details !


Friday's practice recaps from Talladega



4 articles,courteousy Amanda Vincent
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http://stockcarspin.com/2014/10/17/nascar-camping-world-truck-series-talladega-superspeedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Superspeedway: entry list

http://www.examiner.com/article/where-they-stand-nascar-nationwide-series-points-after-charlotte

Where they stand: NASCAR Nationwide Series points after Charlotte

 http://stockcarspin.com/2014/10/17/nascar-defuncts-team-red-bull/

NASCAR defuncts: Team Red Bull

Amanda Vincent

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(10/16/14)

Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

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

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



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


Crafton won't talk title until after 'Dega


Brandon Jones joins GMS Racing


Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger


World Series manager: 'I thought about Dale' 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/ned-yost-kansas-city-royals-world-series-dale-earnhardt.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Roundtable: Just how wild will Talladega be?


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



NASCAR: Harvick at ease at tense Talladega


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Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick

Sunday on ESPN: Chase race No. 6 coverage from Talladega, 1 p.m. ET

A Toss-Up?

As the drivers approach Talladega, picking a top dog is difficult. But Joey Logano has been great and
Kevin Harvick is coming up fast. Ryan McGee breaks it down. Power Rankings McGee chat wrap


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Daytona Rising Project Reaches Top-off Point

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

Bully Hill Vineyards Returns to NEMCO for Talladega

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

Bit-O-Honey to Sponsor Chris Buescher at Texas

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

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


Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500: 46 cars entered

 

Number Change:

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

 

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

No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

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

No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 49- Mike Wallace for Identity Ventures Racing

No. 83- JJ Yeley for BK Racing

Driver Changes:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

Not Entered:

No. 77- Corey LaJoie for Randy Humphrey Racing

 

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


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

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

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 35- Daniel Suarez for Win-Tron Racing

No. 50- Derek White for MAKE Motorsports

No. 74- Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

 

Driver Changes:

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

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

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


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

No. 05- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

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

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

No. 23- Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing

No. 28- Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 36- Scott Stenzel for MB Motorsports

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

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

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


Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Shots For The Week of October 13
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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









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If you work in NASCAR, you're in the family. This year, the family -- including reporter Holly Cain -- has been hit hard by cancer. Being supportive is a given. Being present is more important. Marty Smith


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Marching Tar Heels Will Play National Anthem at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR is filled with many timeless traditions that fans participate in. Tailgating outside the track, infield camping, cheering loudly during driver intros for the ones you like, booing those you don’t, standing respectfully while listening to the national anthem… Read more.

Christian PaHud Captures Victory Thanks to Opportunity with Michael Waltrip and Bill McAnally

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Today's Featured Commentary
Friend or Foe?
Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

Here in the Northern Midwest, on the shores of Lake Michigan, sports loyalties are as sharply defined as your blood type. The lines around this region are clearly drawn. Do you follow Michigan State, the University of Michigan or the University of Wisconsin? Are you a devoted fan of the Milwaukee Brewers or the Detroit Tigers? When it comes to the NFL, do you follow the Green Bay Packers or the Detroit Lions? In the NBA, do you cheer for the Milwaukee Bucks or the Detroit Pistons?

Not that your geographical location, however, denotes such loyalties. Given that the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin sits about fifty miles due west as the crow flies from where I live, you will find Packers fans roaming the sidewalks of our village. The city of Detroit, which lies about 250 miles to the south, may be considered the epicenter for our various “home teams,” but that’s not to say that state boundaries trump proximity on a map. Not being a lifetime native of Northern Michigan, I find such loyalty dynamics fascinating.

Having grown up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the idea of sports team loyalties was much easier. You either followed Philadelphia-based teams or Pittsburgh-based teams. that was it. Your favorite organizations were the ones that closely suited your personality, or they were the teams located nearest to relatives. The teams you did not support – even though they were still located within your state – were pretty much relegated to “enemy” status. The unwritten rules were fairly well-defined.

So imagine the dilemma of NASCAR fans in Northern Lower Michigan following the end of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here was the Wolverine State’s beloved son – Brad Keselowski – getting into a tussle (we won’t call it a fight) with Wisconsin’s very own Matt Kenseth. Both drivers are points of pride for us here in the Great White North; both are past champions and each qualified for the 2014 Chase for the Championship. Keselowski did so by winning multiple races for Roger Penske; Kenseth did so through his tried-and-true method of staying consistent. Both drivers seemed poised to challenge for this year’s title until Saturday evening.

Seeing the fracas between “Bad Brad” and “Mild Matt” was unsettling on a couple of levels. First of all, the involvement of Kenseth was a bit of a surprise – not that he’s above showing emotion, but that he did so in such a public/televised manner. Keselowski, on the other hand, gives no doubts about his temper and penchant for speaking his mind. His feelings about the state of the Chase seemed obvious at Charlotte…

But Keselowski’s feelings took a hazardous turn (pardon the pun) when he nosed his No. 2 Ford into Kenseth’s Toyota as the cars slowed down to enter pit road after the race. Kenseth had already removed his helmet and seat belts, so an impact at even 50 mph (as Kenseth suggested to reporters) could have caused injury.

The whole unseemly post-race altercation played out with quite the dramatic flair: Kenseth quickly grabbing Keselowski in the dark “alleyway” between the Penske Racing transporters, the Dollar General crew trying to separate the two men as, not too far away, Kevin Harvick celebrated his all-important victory and a subsequent free pass into the Eliminator Round.

Here’s the simple-enough reason for the whole “headlock-by-the-haulers” deal: frustration becomes anger in the blink of an eye. Regardless of what happened on-or-off the track last Saturday night, the moral of the CMS story was two drivers sensing the impending end of their title hopes looming large. It’s no surprise that Sprint Cup emotions slowly boiled over into hostility as the race wore on. The very blatant “survival-of-the-fittest” component built into this year’s Chase format did not help matters too much.

It’s one thing to put animals on public display in a tiny cage; it’s quite another to then poke those animals with a sharp stick. Saturday night at Charlotte was the first of two sharp sticks. Talladega will be the next.

So it was disconcerting to watch popular drivers from Michigan and Wisconsin go at it after Saturday’s race. If Keselowski reflected the Detroit “Bad Boy” image made famous by the Pistons, and if Kenseth channeled the no-nonsense, Lambeau Field-in-January demeanor of Packer fans, were the past champions not simply reacting to NASCAR’s Spencerian vision of what the Chase was intended to be? The theory behind the Chase always seemed to be about creating a competitive fight to the finish. Is that not what NASCAR Nation is seeing this season?

What I saw Saturday night was two very talented and competitive men from the Northern Midwest letting frustration get the better of them. They wouldn’t act that way unless provoked to do so. While the dramatics made for compelling television, the truth of the matter spoke volumes about what NASCAR seeks from its teams.

And most folks around here – on both sides of Lake Michigan – don’t take kindly to such expectations…


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I’ve always said that Charlotte Motor Speedway is the crown palace of NASCAR. The track sits in the sleepy town of Concord, NC (some say it’s closer to Harrisburg, but locals say Concord), and has plenty of camping and lots of trams and golf carts to get you around the 1.5-mile racetrack in quick order.


Golden Corral will continue its longstanding partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and, for the first time, join NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett as the primary partner on his No. 7 Chevrolet SS in the upcoming Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 19.


Black and Decker Returns for Final Plate Race for Ambrose

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Almirola and No. 43 Team Look to Spoil Chase at Talladega

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team look to spoil The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and get a win on Sunday. At a track where anything can happen, the team hopes to be in the right place at the end of the race. The No. 43 team showed speed at superspeedways this year and expect the same this weekend.


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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The Downs Ford Modified stock cars will be in the spotlight this Saturday afternoon, October 18, as they compete in the $5,000 to win “Haunted Hundred” as they headline the annual “Spooky Spectacular” at Wall Stadium Speedway. Grandstands open at noon, with qualifying starting at 12:30 p.m. and main events set for 2:00 p.m.

 

While the Downs Ford Modifieds will lead the way in the “Haunted Hundred,” the Sportsman cars will compete in the $1,000 to win “Freakish 50,” the Factory Stocks will battle in the $500 to win “Screeching 60,” the Legend Cars will compete in the $500 to win “Blood Thirsty 30” and the TQ Midgets will race in the “Twisted 25.” The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on hand.

 

The Modified field is expected to be of all-star caliber. Newly crowned champion Chas Okerson of Freehold will led the way but is expected to see plenty of competition from local favorites Eric Mauriello of Howell, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Trevor Alspach of Willingboro, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Jackson’s Steven Reed, Shawna Ingraham of Brick and New Egypt’s Jason Hearne, just to name a few. Reports say that non-regulars, including Pennsylvania’s Zane Zeiner, Matawan’s Anthony Sesely and Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, have shown an interest in the generous purse.

 

The Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, Legend Cars and the TQ Midgets are also expected to draw large fields of cars.

 

Competitor gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with practice offered starting at 10:00 a.m. Grandstands will open at noon with qualifying set for 12:30 p.m. and main events set to start around 2:00 p.m. In the event of foul weather a rain date of October 19 is in effect. Fans will be able to celebrate the season  with a free pumpkin, while supplies last, courtesy of Casola Farms in Holmdel.

 

The traditional northeast season finale is next on the agenda on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in November when the traditional “Turkey Derby” will be presented. After that, all attention will turn toward the 2015 season.

 

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{ Personally . I think NASCAR needs both to advance. Plus all of the Chase drivers that were involved in the post race "fracas" @ Charlotte, this past weekend.

  "Just my humble opinion"

  Joe }


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Teams Travel to Phoenix For Testing

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Joey Logano, Rockwell Watches Announce Partnership

On Monday, Chase points leader Joey Logano announced a partnership with Rockwell Watches, a brand of watches that caters to a young, active clientele.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Read more at Frontstretch

Dover to Remove 20,000 Seats

Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced Monday that the track will remove 20,000 seats from the one-mile oval in an attempt to "right-size" the facility.  The seats that will be removed are in turns 2 and 3, with views that can be partially obstructed by the two crossover bridges.  Read more at Frontstretch

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

I sat on my couch Sunday morning, enjoying the DVR recording of Saturday night's Charlotte race.  Things were pretty physical on the restarts.  Clearly, Kenseth did not appreciate how Keselowski blocked him on lap 271, pushing the No. 20 into the wall and pretty much detonating his hopes for a great finish. That created a "must-perform" Sunday ahead, solid seating for both in next week's guaranteed wreckfest in Talladega.  One thing was certain: all of it was typical, hard-hitting racing.  We're good!

I watched Hamlin get jacked up on the final restart.  Was Keselowski just running over him or was the No. 11 holding back coming to the green?  I couldn't really determine on that first showing which one was causing all the problems.  Fenders were getting bent out of shape, and Keselowski's hopes of redeeming his Chase dreams vanished as his No. 2 plummeted back into the teens.  I imagined that the pair of drivers weren't too happy with one another.

Turns out I didn't know how unhappy they were.

On the cool-down lap, as Hamlin later admitted to the press, the No. 11 brake-checked the No. 2 out of camera shot.  Keselowski later said that if Denny wanted to play bumper cars, Brad was all in as well.  We saw the results of their test of wills coming into turn 3.  It didn't look particularly bad - just a couple hot heads blowing some steam.  We just couldn't appreciate on live TV that those drivers had driven past a little fist-shaking straight into an unthinking rage.  It was like Hamlin waved a red flag at Keselowski, and the fight was on.

As far as NASCAR was concerned, up to that moment, things were all good.  The drivers were displaying their tempers. The fans always appreciate a good show.  However, Bad Brad and Hamlin weren't quite finished.

Keselowski carried the battle onto pit road.  Whether he intended to smash into Kenseth -- who had already unbuckled his belts -- is a little fuzzy.  Keselowski insists the No. 20 car bounced off of his while taking the wave-around on the last restart, which is what really caused the troubles between the No. 2 and the No. 11 as Keselowski said his fender was all shot to hell.  Kenseth definitely felt the pit road hit was uncalled for, dangerous, and spiteful as an after-race jab harking back to the first restart where the pair made contact.  He did not mention the late-race incident.  In any case, Tony Stewart was definitely an unwitting bystander, but he took care of business by turning the hood of the No. 2 into an accordion.  Basically, Keselowski appeared in that instant as an out-of-control driver who was just riding roughshod over anything in his way.  Word has it he took it out on somebody's transmission in the garage as well.

Of course, there were fist-o-cuffs by the haulers moments later. (How serendipitous was it that the No. 11, No. 2 and the No. 20 were all lined up in the garage like dominoes?) Surely, when we have entire teams putting each other in headlocks we've got to have penalties coming down on everyone, right?

I don't think so.

If any penalties are issued, it will be for Brad Keselowski.  He is the one who took his car and used it as a weapon on pit road and in the garage area.  Mr. Stewart will likely see probation for his ramming of the No. 2, but I bet NASCAR will be grinning while they make that call.  Otherwise, what we saw was hard racing on the track and burnt tempers after the checkered flag, all combined with a jacked level of desperation for the three major teams involved.

The Miller machine was well aware if they didn't win, the likelihood of moving past the Contender Round would be next to nothing.  Keselowski was thinking throughout the race that he had to take the victory, and he would take out anybody who got in his way.  He blocked.  He used his fenders.  He walked into the ring ready for the heavyweight bout -- and got beat up for his efforts.  When all was said and done, holding a paltry 16th-place finish -- leaving him out of the running unless a miracle occurs -- the frustration of that meant he just needed to hit somebody.  And Hamlin started hitting him.  So Keselowski hit back.

Boys, have at it.

The problem was Keselowski's sense of judgment flew out the window when he did hit back.  Had he vented his spleen on Denny's car during the cool-down lap and left it at that, Kenseth wouldn't have executed a running tackle in the garage and Tony wouldn't have backed into him at full steam.  Whether or not the No. 11 crew and driver would have sought out further discussion behind the haulers.. .that's all possible.  But it wouldn't have involved a 3,000 lb. vehicle flying around pedestrians and unrestrained drivers.

The whole debacle was of Keselowski's making from the beginning.  He made himself out to be the unbridled wild thing, which is already his reputation in the Cup garage.  He couldn't make things better and opted for making them worse.  He needs a wake-up call.  There's a limit to aggression on the field of play -- Brad Keselowski drove right over it.

Penalty: 25 championship points applied to his current standing in the Chase, eliminate his ability to move forward into the next round even if he wins, anger management counseling, and then put him on probation through the end of 2015.

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1.) No. 42 Kyle Larson Started 24th, Finished 6th (1st in RoTY standings)

2.) No. 3 Austin Dillon Started 20th, Finished 13th (2nd in RoTY standings)

3.) No. 51 Justin Allgaier Started 16th, Finished 15th (3rd in RoTY standings)


Numbers Game: Bank of America 500
by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led by Joey Logano Saturday night. Logano has won twice in this Chase, leading a total of 195 laps but has failed to lead a lap in the other three races... even though he's finished fourth in each.

0
Laps led by Jimmie Johnson through five Chase races, the lowest total in his Cup career.

1
Top-5 finish for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the last ten races. He's run no better than fifth since winning Pocono in August and was a disappointing 20th Saturday night.

2
Top-5 finishes all season for Ryan Newman, in 31 races. Newman remains in position to advance to the final eight drivers competing for the series title.

2.8
Average finish by Joey Logano so far this Chase, leading all drivers. Logano hasn't finished lower than fourth in five events.

3
Career wins for Kevin Harvick at Charlotte, all of them occurring since the 2011 season.

5
Straight top-10 finishes for Kyle Busch, inside the Chase for the first time in his Cup Series career. Busch was fifth at Charlotte Saturday night.

5
Top-6 finishes for Kyle Larson during this Chase, a total matched by only Logano.

11
Spots lost by Brad Keselowski over the race's final 14 laps. Keselowski claims the drop was caused by damage Matt Kenseth did on his front bumper during a caution flag.

13
Spots Jimmie Johnson lost in the final 14 laps of the race, in part due to a strategy to pit for fresh tires. That's the most positions lost, during that stretch of anyone who finished inside the top 20.

16.0
Average finish in the first two races by Kasey Kahne, currently holding on to the eighth and final position inside the Chase. Kahne has a one-point lead over Matt Kenseth for the "transfer" spot.

26
Points Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have to make up on eighth place in order to advance into the Chase. That means, if either driver runs second and leads a lap, eighth-place Kasey Kahne must run 27th or worse, Matt Kenseth must run 26th or worse, and Brad Keselowski must run ninth or worse. (All without leading a lap)

629
Laps led by Kevin Harvick during the Chase, a total that leads all drivers.

$90,640
Money Kurt Busch won for finishing 11th at Charlotte.

$105,201
Money Brian Vickers won for blowing an engine at Charlotte and running 37th.



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Charlotte in the night and what a web it wove. Essentially, you could sum up the action by first pointing out that Kevin Harvick once again had a dominant car. The difference this time is that he won the darn thing, the Closer closed, and the Happy boy is now locked into the Chase right through to the Arizona 500.

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Harvick Wins at Charlotte as Tempers Erupt Post-Race
by Justin Tucker

In 2014, Kevin Harvick has found living up to his nickname of "The Closer" tough to come by.

Coming into Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harvick had led over 100 laps in seven races and was in a position late to win each of those events until miscues or parts failures derailed his chances. The No. 4 team hadn't been victorious since Darlington's Southern 500 in April.

But with a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase on the line, Harvick finally was able to close the deal.  Leading a race-high 162 laps, Harvick pulled away from Jeff Gordon on two restarts to claim his third win of the season as well as an automatic berth into the next round of the Chase.

“Oh, we came here and tested thinking that this was going to be the hardest round to get through because of Talladega,” Harvick said. “There’s so much that you can’t control there.  We wanted to try to control the things that we could control.

“We felt like Kansas and here (Charlotte) were playing to our strengths; and just see where it fell after that once we get to the next round.  So, I’m really proud of everybody at SHR.  I’m really proud of all my guys on this team.  I just can’t thank everybody enough.”

Gordon would settle for second on Saturday night after a subpar 14th-place run at Kansas last weekend.  Gordon now sits sixth in the standings, eighteen points ahead of the cutoff line heading to Talladega next weekend and joined Harvick as the night's two dominant cars. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet tried on the final restart to inch past his rival but just couldn't muster up the speed headed into turn 1, allowing the No. 4 car to clear out ahead and coast to victory.

"I'm really proud of that finish, really proud of that effort," Gordon said.  "... Kevin was tough.  I knew he was going to be tough once he got out there."

Jamie McMurray finished third, while Joey Logano recovered from an ill-handling car to finish fourth. Pole sitter Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5.  Kyle Larson kept his impressive streak of finishes going in the Chase by finishing sixth, while Ryan Newman was seventh.  Carl Edwards finished eighth, Denny Hamlin was ninth, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 10.

The action on Saturday night at Charlotte wasn't restricted to the track as Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart were all involved in a post-race altercation after the checkers fell.

Keselowski, who finished 16th, was unhappy with how Hamlin had raced him in the closing laps.  After the checkers, Keselowski tried to spin Hamlin's No. 11 FedEx Toyota in turn 3.  Unsuccessful in his first attempt, Keselowski then tried to spin Hamlin again on pit road.  He not only failed again, but this time got into the rear of Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet.  That contact led to Stewart backing into the front end of Keselowski's No. 2 Ford.

After Keselowski's and Hamlin's teams shared verbal jabs, Keselowski then went to walk to the front of his Penske Racing hauler.  Before he could get in the hauler, Keselowski was placed in a headlock by Matt Kenseth from behind before the two drivers were separated by NASCAR officials and crew members.  Keselowski gave his view of the events after the smoke cleared.

“I think the [No.] 20 car got in back of me on one of the restarts, it was just a racing deal and I wasn’t mad at him,” said Keselowski.  “But when the last yellow came out he got the wave-around and when he came by, he swung at my car and tore the whole right-front off of it.  When we restarted fifth with no right-front on it, we fell all the way back to 16th and it ruined our day.

“That gave us a big Chase hurt, which is unfortunate, and then for some reason after the race the [No.] 11 stopped in front of me and tried to pick a fight.  I don’t know what that was all about and he swung and hit at my car, so I figured if we’re gonna play car wars under yellow and after the race I’ll join too.  Those guys can dish it out, but they can’t take it.  I gave it back to them and now they want to fight, so I don’t know what’s up with that.”

The driver did not apologize for pit road contact, although he did admit Stewart got caught up in an incident that had nothing to do with the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet.

“I rubbed into the 20 and I think he gassed up and ran into Tony, and don’t think Tony knew what was going on so he’s probably upset and he has every right to be,” added Keselowski.  “His car got tore up, but there was a whole lot of other stuff going on and I’m sure when he sees the whole situation he’ll understand.

“The 20 car and the 11 car both hit me under yellow and once the race was over I hit them back and they couldn’t take it.  I think he [Stewart] thought that I ran into him when the 20 car hit him, and it was the 20 car that hit him... so it was just confusion.”

The usually calm and collected Matt Kenseth turned irate as the post-race events unfolded. Typically, the 2003 series champ, 42 years old is known for playing peacemaker rather than participating in those type of physical fights.

“Besides racing, [Keselowski] knew I was out there on that restart,” said Kenseth.  “I guess I should not have went out there.  And really, the safety.  He was doing something with Denny.  And I don’t know if he was mad at me.  I had my HANS off and my seat belts off and everything.  He clobbered me at 50 (MPH).  And the access we have around here, just, the race is over, try to come back to pit road.

“If you want to talk about it as a man, try do that, but to try and wreck someone on the racetrack, come down pit road with other cars and people standing around with seat belts off and drive in the side of me.  It’s inexcusable.  There is no excuse for that.  He is a champion.  He supposed to know better than that.”

“I went after him because I don’t want to get hurt or killed on pit road,” Kenseth said.  “Everybody is vulnerable there … Yeah, I’m mad.

“He could have put something through my door and I could be going to the hospital right now because he’s an idiot.”

Kenseth's teammate Hamlin also weighed in on the situation.

“There’s a corner there so you have to back off and he just plowed into us," he said.  "He’s just out of control.  He’s desperate obviously and it’s either four or five of us are wrong or he’s wrong because he’s pissed off everyone.  Just disappointing — but we’re trying to get in this deal.  We’re sitting in a decent spot, but we’ve lost six spots or so with the last restart when he ran into us and knocked us up the track.

“That was unfortunate.  Matt [Kenseth] was nearly out of his car and he just plowed into Matt [Kenseth] and then ran into Tony [Stewart] and then went in through the garage and cleared out transmissions and did burnouts in the garage.  Just acting like a dumbass instead of a champion.”

No penalties have been issued after the incident, although officials didn't rule out fines, suspensions, or other consequences.

“We asked Brad [Keselowski] to come in and talk to us a little bit and get his take on what went on in the closing laps of the race and the post-race incidents," said NASCAR Vice President Robin Pemberton, who noted any decision would likely come Tuesday. "So we’ve got that, and we’ll talk to some other people later on."

Lost in the dramatics of the post-race skirmish was the struggles of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. once again.  Johnson finished 17th after Chad Knaus called him down pit road with two laps to go while running fourth for two tires.  Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th, one lap down after dealing with a broken shifter for much of the race.  Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. now likely have to win Talladega to keep their championship hopes alive.

A look at the Bank of America 500 by the numbers.  There were 32 lead changes among 14 different drivers and eight cautions for 39 laps slowed the race pace to 145.346 MPH.

Next week the contender round comes to a close at the ultimate wild card of the chase, Talladega Superpeedway.  The Geico 500 goes green at 2:20 p.m. ET next Sunday.


Chasing the Chase: Harvick Locks Into Eliminator Round While Others Stay Pat
by Phil Allaway

Joey Logano had possibly his worst race in the Chase so far on Saturday night.  Logano struggled with handling issues, but brought it all together on the final two-lap sprint to finish fourth.  Unfortunately, Logano did not gain anything on his closest rival, Kyle Busch.  Busch, despite finishing one position behind Logano, led laps during the race while Logano did not.  The bonus point allowed Logano and Kyle Busch to earn equal points, thus allowing the margin between them to stay at six. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick finally got back to Victory Lane on Saturday after months of near misses.  The win not only locked him into the next round in the Chase For The Sprint Cup, but it also moved him to third in points.

Ryan Newman's steady form continued Saturday night.  Despite a spin to avoid the crashing Danica Patrick, Newman brought home a seventh-place result, good enough to maintain fourth in the standings.  How strong are these Chasers running? Despite earning a top-10 result Saturday night, Carl Edwards dropped two positions to fifth.  Jeff Gordon, by virtue of his second-place finish, moved up two places to sixth while Denny Hamlin dropped two places to seventh. Still, Hamlin's ninth-place result gives him a healthy, 17-point cushion over the "cut line" and ninth-place Matt Kenseth with Talladega looming.

Kasey Kahne moved out of the danger zone and into eighth in points with a 10th-place finish.  In turn, Matt Kenseth fell back to ninth after hitting the wall on a restart and dropping back to a 19th-place result.  Brad Keselowski maintained 10th in points after finishing 16th; he is now 19 points out of the top-8.  Tied for 11th in the standings are Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Both are 26 points behind Kahne in eighth and likely need to win in Talladega to advance.

Chase Point Standings: 1) 
Joey Logano 30882) Kyle Busch -6, 3) Kevin Harvick -7, 4) Ryan Newman -11, 5) Carl Edwards -12, 6) Jeff Gordon -14, 7) Denny Hamlin -15, 8) Kasey Kahne -31, 9) Matt Kenseth -3210) Brad Keselowski -50, t-11) Jimmie Johnson -57, t-11) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -5713) AJ Allmendinger -94614) Greg Biffle -96115) Kurt Busch -97916) Aric Almirola -992.

Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Jeff Gordon 1096, 2) Joey Logano -52, 3) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -87, 4) Brad Keselowski -100, 5) Kevin Harvick -110, t-6) Matt Kenseth -146, t-6) Ryan Newman -146, 8) Jimmie Johnson -151, 9) Kyle Larson -156, 10) Carl Edwards -158, 11) Greg Biffle -216, 12) Kyle Busch -219, 13) Kasey Kahne -228, 14) Jamie McMurray -229, 15) Austin Dillon -249, 16) Clint Bowyer -252, 17) Paul Menard -278, 18) Denny Hamlin -286, 19) Brian Vickers -290, 20) Kurt Busch -339.

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

Key:
Blue - Locked into the Eliminator Round
Orange - Outside of the Eliminator Round Cutoff
Red - Eliminated from further Chase contention


Never Fear, The Underdogs Are Here: Charlotte Edition

by Amy Henderson


Underdog Selection No. 1: AJ Allmendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing; started 26th, finished 12th

Allmendinger's title hopes may be over (and realistically, they're not ready to contend for one). However, he's still riding a Chase high, taking home a top-15 finish this week.  Now 13th in points, he's the best of the drivers who were eliminated from contention after Dover, and is achieving the one thing the other two Richard Childress Racing-affiliated small teams have failed to find: consistency.  This team has come a long way in a year.

Underdog Selection No. 2: Justin Allgaier for HScott Motorsports; started 16th, finished 15th

Allgaier's second-half improvement continued this weekend as he was strong from the get-go.  He started 16th and by the end of the night, Allgaier had his career-best finish at a track that's notoriously tough on the underfunded.  Allgaier has had a strong rookie season; there have been plenty of bumps in the road (remember, his team has ownership that's also new to the series) but he's clearly taking what he learns at each track and improving the second time around.

Underdog Selection No. 3: Landon Cassill for Circle Sport; started 32nd, finished 23rd

This team sometimes wonders why their driver has not been snapped up by a larger team, but they're glad he hasn't.  Cassill was impressive at Charlotte, racing his way to 23rd place, ahead of several better-funded drivers.  The team is finding sponsors on the hood more often than not these days, and their driver has shown that's he's worth taking a chance on.

Underdog Pick of the Week-Talladega II: Casey Mears for Germain Racing

Mears had some bad luck at Charlotte, when contact from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. sent him to pit road twice for repairs, but he's an outstanding plate racer who could easily have a couple of wins at Daytona or Talladega if luck had been on his side.  He finished fourth at Daytona in July and nobody is hungrier to prove himself right now. If Mears can avoid trouble, he could easily score a top 10 at 'Dega... maybe more.


Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte was brought to you by the Letter A for "Anger."  A number of drivers simply lost their cool, and it wasn't just those involved in the post-race shenanigans.  The pressure is on, and for some, it's clear they're cracking. - Phil Allaway

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

"Everybody on our team has just continued to build better race cars and we know that we’ve had the cars to run up front and lead laps and do the things that we need to do. Things just haven’t gone right and we’ve made some mistakes; things haven’t gone right ore than not. But I just want to thank Budweiser and Jimmy John’s and Sprint and all the fans for everything that they do. Outback and Chevrolet and everybody on this car. This was the night that we needed to win. I don’t want to go to Talladega next week." - Kevin Harvick, race winner

"I’m really proud of that finish and really proud of that effort. Kevin (Harvick) got out there on us after that green flag stop. It looked like we were going to be second. I didn’t want to see another restart, because every time we start on the inside, we seem to lose positions; there at the end, and the whole race. We were just trying to tune to make it better. We got off a little bit and lost some track position. I had some terrible restarts. But there at the end, four tires and good adjustments and good restarts and we were able to get right up in the thick of it. Kevin was tough. I knew when he got out in front it was going to be hard to beat him. But, how about this drama? I’m telling you, this new format has created some serious drama!  I’m glad I’m not in it this time. I’m really happy about this second (place finish). It doesn’t make us, by any means, comfortable going into next week, but a lot better than it could be." - Jeff Gordon, finished second

"Well, we’ve actually been good all year. I don’t know that we’ve put the finishes together, but our McDonald's Monopoly Chevy was really good tonight. I looked up at one point and I was in second; and Kyle (Larson) was catching me in third. I give a lot of credit to all the guys in the shop and the engine department and everything that goes into getting our cars here. We struggled in practice but they did a great job of putting the right set-up in it and then adjusting all night long. It was a good night for the whole group." - Jamie McMurray, finished third

"We weren’t that good tonight.  This Pennzoil Platinum Ford just didn’t have any speed.  We were off in the beginning, but it was a great call by Todd Gordon at the end.  He gave me four tires at the end and let me be aggressive.  The pit stop was great there at the end and we gained a couple spots and then got the outside lane and was able to let it rip.  We picked up quite a few spots on that last restart and came home with a fourth-place finish after all of that.  We’ll take that.  The last couple of years I haven’t been very fast here, so I’ve got to figure that out." - Joey Logano, finished fourth

"Anytime we were second and we thought we had a chance to win — then we would come in the next time and go back out and we would be a 15th-place car.  These things are so finicky on pit stops — it’s been that way all year long for us.  I don’t know what the heck is going on or what we’re doing.  I saw the 22 (Joey Logano) car in my rear view mirror once all night and the rest of the times he wasn’t even close enough to be in my rear view mirror and he beats us.  That’s just the way the luck goes — I guess they have plenty of luck on their side right now.  It’s frustrating when you’re running good enough that you should be able to challenge better for better finishes and we just can’t." - Kyle Busch, finished fifth

"Finishing sixth is a good finish, but I’m disappointed because I thought I had a good shot at winning.  I just got excited trying to catch the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) when he was in the lead and I scraped the wall and messed up the aero and I was really tight after that.  That green-white-checkered really helped us out.  Still disappointed because I thought we had a good enough Target Chevy to win this race." - Kyle Larson, finished sixth

"It was a good rebound for the problems that we had missing the wreck and broken jack.  These guys don’t give up, I don’t give up.  Just proud to fight back, had some fun, just didn’t have the best car on the short run there at the end when we needed it.  To go from where we were with 120 (laps) to go 18th to seventh wasn’t too bad." - Ryan Newman, finished seventh

"It was a heckuva a green-white-checker and I hope the fans enjoyed that.  It was pretty fun for us.  We had a good finish for our Fastenal Ford.  It was a big weekend.  We appreciate all the fans coming out here.  It’s fun racing here at Charlotte and now we get to go to Talladega and have a little fun.  We’ve got 20 points on ninth-place so it went pretty well for us.  It was just a wild night all around. We’ll go on to Talladega, but I’m just glad we got out of here clean.  I don’t think we made any enemies, so we’ll go have some fun at Talladega and hopefully make the next round." - Carl Edwards, finished eighth

"I would call it a really good effort. The lap times were there. We were running second at halfway. As the night progressed, different weaknesses show up. This was a new setup underneath the car. It is tough to know exactly how to dial it in when you are working with a new setup. It was a free-for-all at the end. We were running eighth, we came in for tire and ended up finishing 11th, and so that maybe wasn’t the right call. But all-in-all, it was nice to run up front with the guys, and to show a turn in the right direction from where we had been running." - Kurt Busch, finished 11th

"We beat ourselves tonight. I had to drive back to pit road twice and that was costly. We had a fast hot rod that could run up front, but those two extra stops for a loose lug nut and a vibration prevented us from having another top-10 or top-five finish. Considering all that happened tonight, we did come away with a decent result but we expected more." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished 14th

"First off, the Detroit Genuine Parts Ford was good today.  I thought we were gonna have a fourth or fifth-place run and just didn’t catch a break in so many different ways, but I’m really proud of everyone at Team Penske.  Through the whole sequence of events – I think the 20 car got in back of me on one of the restarts, it was just a racing deal and I wasn’t mad at him.  But when the last yellow came out he got the wavearound and when he came by he swung at my car and tore the whole right-front off of it.  When we restarted fifth with no right-front on it, we fell all the way back to 16th and it ruined our day.  That gave us a big Chase hurt, which is unfortunate, and then for some reason after the race the 11 stopped in front of me and tried to pick a fight.  I don’t know what that was all about and he swung and hit at my car, so I figured if we’re gonna play car wars under yellow and after the race I’ll join too.  Those guys can dish it out, but they can’t take it.  I gave it back to them and now they want to fight, so I don’t know what’s up with that." - Brad Keselowski, finished 16th

"Besides the race, he (Brad Keselowski) knew I was out there and on that restart wrecked me.  I guess I shouldn’t have went out there.  Really the safety — he was doing something with Denny (Hamlin) there and I don’t know if he was mad at him.  I had my HANS off and my seat belts off — and he clobbers me at like 50 (mph).  With the accidents and stuff that we’ve had around here — the race is over and we’re trying to come back to pit road.  If he wants to come and talk about it like a man then go do that, but to try to wreck somebody on the race track and to come down pit road with other cars and people standing around with my seat belts off and drive into the side of me is just inexcusable.  There is no excuse for that.  He’s a champion and he’s supposed to know better than that.  I don’t really know, I don’t have anything else good to say." - Matt Kenseth, finished 19th

"We had a real bad vibration and broke a transmission shifter off. We only had third and fourth gear there and lost a lap trying to get off pit road on a green-flag stop. We had a pretty good car; a top-10 car. The vibration issue was causing a lot of balance issues, and grip issues. But, we had a good enough car to run in the top 10. This isn’t what we need to do. I don’t know." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished 20th

"Something with the motor [put us out].  I had a really good car.  It’s too bad, awesome car, we had a pit stop problem and went to the back, but drove our way back up into the top 15 or so.  We definitely had a top five car, just unfortunate.  Something let go in the motor. [I did get a] little bit [of a warning].  It vibrated for a while and then the vibration got better and that is never good when the vibration goes away.  It got better for like 10-15 laps and then it just locked up off of [turn] 2." - Paul Menard, finished 42nd (Blown Engine)

"It’s been one of those years.  It never happens when you need to be put out of your misery and you have a fender knocked off it and you’re just riding around praying for something to blow up so you can go home early.  I was actually having fun out there, marching my way up through the field — had a good car and it blew up.  That’s kind of been our storyline this whole camp with both organizations this year.  It’s frustrating, but in all fairness they’re working their tails off trying to get us where we need to be so we can get back to winning races and sometimes blowing up is part of that process." - Clint Bowyer, finished 43rd (Blown Engine)

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With new paint schemes under the lights, as well as pink for breast cancer awareness abounding, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 55th annual Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Surprising: In spite of the championship not even being close to secured for 2014, there was a surprising amount […]

CHEVY NSCS AT CHARLOTTE TWO: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson Post Race Press Conf. Transcripts

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, secured a spot in the third round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his win in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the fifth race in the 10-race run for the series title.

CHEVY NSCS AT CHARLOTTE TWO: Post Race Notes and Quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – WINNER - ON THE WIN: “Everybody on our team has just continued to build better race cars and we know that we’ve had the cars to run up front and lead laps and do the things that we need to do. Things just haven’t gone right and we’ve made some mistakes; things haven’t gone right ore than not. But I just want to thank Budweiser and Jimmy John’s and Sprint and all the fans for everything that they do. Outback and Chevrolet and everybody on this car. This was the night that we needed to win. I don’t want to go to Talladega next week.”

Toyota NSCS Charlotte Post-Race Notes & Quotes

Kyle Busch (fifth) was the first Toyota driver to the finish line in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick was the race-winner.

Logano and Edwards Post Top-10 Finishes in Bank of America 500

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford Fusion – “First off, the Detroit Genuine Parts Ford was good today. I thought we were gonna have a fourth or fifth-place run and just didn’t catch a break in so many different ways, but I’m really proud of everyone at Team Penske."



Harvick Takes the Victory at Charlotte but Matt Kenseth Delivers the Final Blow

Kevin Harvick took the lead on the final restart of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to grab the win and secure his spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He led a race high 162 laps on the way to his third victory of the season.






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Kevin Harvick advances in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson takes another hit and two drivers try to beat up Brad Keselowski. Oh, the playoff pressure is mounting. James Recap   Anger escalatesVideo 


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Busch Brothers Make NASCAR History; Myers Wins Southern Slam, Seuss Crowned Champion

Kyle Busch earned the pole position on Bojangles’ Pole Night with a lap of 197.390 mph in the final session of knockout qualifying on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But it was his brother Kurt Busch who walked away with the new track record after posting a hot lap of 198.976 mph in the second qualifying session – the fastest NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying lap recorded on a 1.5-mile superspeedway. Both Busch brothers, along with 19 other drivers, bested the previous track record of 195.624 mph set by Denny Hamlin in 2013.




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This Weekend's TV Schedule

Friday, October 10

Time                                     Telecast                                                                                                                                                                                Network

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.         Sprint Cup Series Practice No. 2                                                                                                                                     ESPN 2
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.         Countdown to F1                                                                                                                                                                 NBC Sports Network
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.         Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour                                                                                                                                         ESPN 2
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.         NASCAR Countdown                                                                                                                                                          ESPN 2
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.       Nationwide Series Drive For The Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina      ESPN 2

Saturday, October 11

Time                                      Telecast                                                                                                               Network

12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.        Formula One Grand Prix of Russia Free Practice No. 2                            NBC Sports Network*# (from October 10)
2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.          Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas: Coronado Speed Festival      NBC Sports Network*/ (from September 21)
3:40 a.m. - 4:40 a.m.          Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 1 Qualifying                                        FansChoice.tv^
4:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.          Formula One Grand Prix of Russia Free Practice No. 3                            NBC Sports Live Xtra$
5:10 a.m. - 6:10 a.m.          Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 2 Qualifying                                        FansChoice.tv^
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.          Formula One Grand Prix of Russia Qualifying                                             NBC Sports Network
7:25 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.          Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 1 Saturday Race                               FansChoice.tv^
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.      Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion                                                           FOX Sports 1*/ (from August 14-17)
10:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.     Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 2 Saturday Race                               FansChoice.tv^
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.      The 10: NASCAR's Greatest Races                                                              FOX Sports 1#
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.        GP2 Series: Russia                                                                                          NBC Sports Network*
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.          K&N Pro Series East Drive Sober 150                                                          FOX Sports 2*/# (from September 26)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.          NASCAR RaceDay                                                                                            FOX Sports 2
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.          AMA Pro Flat Track: Pomona, Timed Practice                                             FansChoice.tv^
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.          NASCAR Countdown                                                                                        ABC
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.          Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion                                                           FOX Sports 2*/# (from August 14-17)
7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.        Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500                                                       ABC
9:30 p.m. - 1:10 a.m.          AMA Pro Flat Track: Pomona, Main Events                                                   FansChoice.tv^

Sunday, October 12

Time                                       Telecast                                                                                                               Network

12:00 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.         Formula One Grand Prix of Russia Qualifying                                             NBC Sports Network*# (from October 11)
12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.         motoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Japan                                   FOX Sports 1
2:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.            NASCAR America: Scan All 43                                                                        NBC Sports Network#
3:00 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.            NASCAR Victory Lane                                                                                       FOX Sports 1*
3:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.            Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500                                                       ESPN 2*/# (from October 11)
5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.            Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 1 Sunday Race                                 FansChoice.tv^
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.            F1 Countdown                                                                                                    NBC Sports Network
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            Formula One Grand Prix of Russia                                                                NBC Sports Network
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.            F1 Extra                                                                                                                NBC Sports Network
9:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.          Whelen Euro Series: Le Mans, Elite 2 Sunday Race                                 FansChoice.tv^
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.          NASCAR Victory Lane                                                                                       FOX Sports 1*#
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.          IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Road Atlanta                      FOX Sports 1*/ (from October 3)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.          Rally America Climb to the Clouds (Mt. Washington Hill Climb)             NBC Sports Network*/# (from June 27-29)
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            F1 Countdown                                                                                                    NBC Sports Network*#
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.            Formula One Grand Prix of Russia                                                                NBC Sports Network*#
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.            F1 Extra                                                                                                                NBC Sports Network*#
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.            Formula DRIFT: Throwdown, Part No. 1                                                        NBC Sports Network*/ (from July 18)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.            Moto3: Japan                                                                                                       FOX Sports 2*
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.            Moto2: Japan                                                                                                       FOX Sports 2*
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.            motoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Japan                                    FOX Sports 2*/#
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Frontstretch Folio: Bank of America 500
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 31st race of the 2014 season Saturday, Oct. 11. Television coverage of the Bank of America 500 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC; your local Performance Racing Network (PRN) affiliate and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will provide the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 334 laps (501 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Jimmie Johnson started from the pole and led a race-high 164 laps en route to a victory in May's Coca-Cola 600. It was Johnson's first win of the year and gave him a probable Chase berth. He'll likely need an eighth win there to recover from a 40th at Kansas Speedway last week.

Johnson started from 37th to win the Coca-Cola 600 in 2003, the worst starting position of any previous CMS winner.

Points leader Joey Logano holds the best average finish among active drivers, a 10.545 mark accumulated over 11 starts.

Track Facts

Track Length: 1.5-mile quad oval
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Degree of Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,980 ft., 5 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 1,500 ft., 5 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 134,000
Website: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/
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Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteMotorSpeedway

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 10, 3 - 3:50 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Happy Hour: Friday, Oct. 10, 5:30 - 6:50 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Qualifying: Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:20 p.m. ET on ESPN2

VIPs

Grand Marshals / Command: Coast Guard Master Chief Ronald Latronico, Army Sergeant First Class Cameron Abbott, Navy Petty Officer (ABE1) Bryan Phillippe, Air Force Staff Sergeant, Eric Larmay, Marine Corporal Damien Brown
Honorary Starter / Wave Green Flag: Jeff Sinchak, Wounded Warrior Project, Warriors Speak
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Rich Feinberg, Vice President, Motorsports, Production, ESPN
Invocation: Jim Daley, Focus on the Family
National Anthem: Ashanti, GRAMMY Award-Winning singer, songwriter, producer
Flyover: TBA

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Chance of Storms
Precipitation: 40 Percent
High: 82
Low: 64

They Said It:

“I think the biggest challenge about Charlotte is how much the track changes from practice. You practice all during the day and then you go into night racing. You’ve got to know what kind of adjustments to make to your car and how well you can race at night. Typically, you go back to your night notes. For us, we’ve run well there in the past and like going there. It’s a fun place to race and adds to the excitement of spending some time at home.” - Kyle Busch

“When you say [Charlotte is] a must win that doesn’t sound like it’s easier, but I knew as soon as we had trouble last week. There are two kinds of approaches and they are both equally as nerve racking. The one approach is to run well and hope that nothing bad happens and the other approach is if something has happened you can really just kind of go for broke. I feel less pressure now I think than I did before the race at Kansas. Even I think if we had run in the top five last week I think today still under the circumstances now I still feel less pressure for some reason – it’s weird. I just think that we have a shot and I feel good about it. I think our team is good. I think we are good enough. I think we should go out there and win. I believe we will.” - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

“I feel good about where we’re at. There are some guys that are faster than us week in and week out and they had some issues (at Kansas) — we didn’t and kind of capitalized on that and finished well. Proud of the team — Kansas was a good run for us and those are the type of runs that we need to keep moving on. We’ll take sevenths all the way out.” - Denny Hamlin

“We are just not where we want to be. Bottom line. We’re working very hard to get there. This sport is not forgiving. What you have accomplished in the past doesn’t buy you a damn thing for the present. You have to go out there and earn it, and make the most of it. We’ve been a third to fifth place car, and we can finish there and run there, but we haven’t been a dominant car. We are certainly hoping that when we come to tracks that have been very good for the No. 48, that we’re able to find that little bit. Find that extra 10th that put us in that position and get our mojo going the right way.” - Jimmie Johnson

"I’m definitely leaving [race tracks] feeling good. Yeah, it is a little bit frustrating to come that close and not get wins, but it’s also nice to see yourself running in the top three with everybody that’s in the Cup field. It’s amazingly tough. It’s really exciting but a little bit frustrating at the same time, but I still definitely leave in a good mood. It would be kind of weird to leave the racetrack in a bad mood for finishing second." - Kyle Larson

“I feel like I’m a lot better prepared [for NSCS competition]. I think that at the point that I was getting ready to go full-time in my first go-round, it was maybe at the course of having about 12 or 15 stock car races in general under my belt. So obviously having that opportunity I’ve got to work with quite a few different crew chiefs over the past couple years and really what that allows me to do is be able to better understand what’s going through their heads and pick up things I like from one crew chief to the next and be able to – in my routine about the way that I translate my notes and my thoughts on the car and the direction that we need to go – I’m better able to express those feelings and to lead the crew chief in the direction and also at the same time I’m better able to understand when they’ve got a good point of the direction they want to head in and I can feel free to release the reins a little bit there." - Sam Hornish,  Jr.

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Voting Opens For 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards In NASCAR Nationwide,
NASCAR Camping World Truck And NASCAR Touring Series
Fans Can Also Vote for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Top Moment
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2014) – It’s another showdown between the rising stars and seasoned veterans of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR’s seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins today, Thursday, October 9.
 
Additionally, fans can also vote on their top NASCAR Nationwide Series moment.
 
Regan Smith looks to defend his NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver title, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed to have a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver, and for the NASCAR Nationwide Series top moment at www.NASCAR.com/nnstopmoment
 
Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 14 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 15 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 15.
 
The winners will be announced at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Trump National Doral Miami on Monday, Nov. 17.
 
The Most Popular Award winners for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will be honored at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 13.
 
To be eligible to receive Most Popular Driver votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2014 championship driver points. Additionally, for all voting, drivers must have attempted at least half of their respective series races this season.
 
Selected by a panel of NASCAR industry representatives, here are the top NASCAR Nationwide Series moments from the past seven seasons that fans can vote on starting today:
 
Aug. 1, 2009 – Brad Keselowski wins the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, taking home the Dash 4 Cash bonus in front of 60,000 fans. 
 
July 3, 2010 - The new NASCAR Nationwide car makes its race debut at Daytona. Driving a blue-and-yellow No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet reminiscent of his father’s car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
 
March 5, 2011 - Danica Patrick finishes fourth at Las Vegas, marking the best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history.
 
Aug. 6, 2011 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards wreck coming across the finish line at Iowa Speedway battling for the win. Stenhouse would emerge as the winner, earning his first victory of the season.
 
Aug. 26, 2011 – Kyle Busch’s victory at Bristol Motor Speedway moves him past Mark Martin as the series’ all-time wins leader (50). Busch has since upped his win total to 69.
 
Nov. 5, 2011 – At Texas Motor Speedway, Kenny Wallace supplants Jason Keller as the series’ all-time starts leader (520).
 
Nov. 16, 2013 – Austin Dillon wins the series championship by a scant three points over Sam Hornish Jr. It was Dillon’s second national series championship in three years.
 
April, 2014 – Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott wins consecutive races at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, becoming the youngest driver to win back-to-back races in series history.
 
Aug. 16, 2014 – Chris Buescher claims his first career win in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio, while honoring six year-old patient champion Luke Benner.
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FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2014) – On Monday, Oct. 13, race fans can take advantage of early bird pricing for NASCAR’s 2015 return to Southern California by purchasing tickets to the Auto Club 400 weekend, March 20-22, at Auto Club Speedway.
 
For as low as $35, you can lock in the best prices and chose the best seats available!   And if at some point, Auto Club Speedway offers a different ticket deal that you prefer, you can always switch!  Race fans will never be penalized for committing early.
 
To purchase tickets or for more information call 800-944-RACE, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
 
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  • One reserved upper grandstand seat (odd sections 85-103) to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 22.  Adults $50/Kids $25.
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    Lefty’s Kids Club
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  • $129 for one reserved grandstand seat (rows 15-23) Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, March 22, Pre-Race Pit Pass, access to Bud Block Party Hospitality Chalet, Q&A with a NASCAR driver, buffet, drink tickets, cash bar, closed circuit TVs and parking.
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NASCAR’s Most Popular driver and five-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., along with two popular individuals with Alabama ties, have joined a stellar list of NASCAR personalities as part of the track’s Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer session at the start-finish line on Sunday, Oct. 19, prior to the start of the GEICO 500.


Larson Leans on McMurray at Martinsville

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year candidate Kyle Larson has found immediate success at nearly every track the circuit visits. Martinsville Speedway is not one of them.



Rail Safety Partners Team with No. 34 Ford to Encourage Grade School to ‘Play It Safe’

Students Sign Hood of Ragan’s Charlotte Race Car STATESVILLE, N.C. (October 9, 2014) – Grade school students at Harmony Elementary School got a big surprise Thursday morning as David Ragan, driver of the NASCAR No. 34 Ford, led a “Play It Safe Assembly.” Joining Ragan were representatives from North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Operation […]


Message from Cliff Krause re. 2015 @ Wall Stadium Speedway !   

" I am pleased to announce that I have signed a one year extension on our lease for next year.  I was assured that we can keep going forward but for some non disclosed reason, the powers to be would only extend it one year at a time.

    So get those cars ready and lets have the best season yet at the track we love the most. I for one already can't wait. Good luck to all.

 

Cliff Krause"


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'The King' of breakfast: Richard Petty serves fans at Waffle House


Mr. Pessimism? Johnson admits 'fading chance' to win the title

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How Does Logano Rank?

Only one title contender is guaranteed a spot in the third round of the Chase: Joey Logano. Was his win at Kansas enough to get him the top spot in Ryan McGee's Power Rankings? Ranks McGee chat wrap



 
Kelley Earnhardt

A Female Perspective

A top female executive in the male-powered world of auto racing, Kelley Earnhardt Miller talks gender,
opportunity and whether NASCAR is doing enough for women drivers. Brant James espnW

Danica on Stenhouse: He's extremely cuddly



Johnson, Junior know the time to win is now                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Reaching new heights won't slow Logano 


Bigger impact in Year 2 for Busch's program


Hornish Jr., RPM still have questions to answer


Charlotte offers new winning chance for Larson


Voting opens for select Most Popular Driver Awards 


Thursday's practice recaps from Charlotte

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/10/9/sprint-cup-nationwide-series-practice-recap-results-charlotte.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Charlotte Observer
Sixteen-year-old Cole Custer's Truck Series victory at New Hampshire made him the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR national series event.
 
SI.com
Richard Petty may be "The King" when it comes to NASCAR, but in a recent interview he admitted he is not very up on what is going on at the box ...


Chron.com
NASCAR recently announced that NASCAR After The Lap, sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will return to Las Vegas for its sixth-consecutive ...
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The NASCAR Xfinity Series' visit to Road America gets a new date in 2015 and less competition. The Xfinity Series – the new name starting next year ...
 
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According to World of Outlaw Late Model series PR Director Kevin Kovac, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, whom was suspended indefinitely ...
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Entry List Update:
Note: These updates are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.


Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500: 44 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 6
- Trevor Bayne for Roush Fenway Racing

No. 32 - Blake Koch for Go FAS Racing

No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 77 - Corey LaJoie for Randy Humphrey Racing

No. 83 - JJ Yeley for BK Racing


Driver Changes:
No. 32 - Blake Koch returns to the seat, replacing Joey Gase. Koch is bringing funding to the organization.
No. 66 - Brett Moffitt returns to the seat, replacing Mike Wallace. Moffitt is running a limited schedule with this program the rest of the season.

Driver who must qualify on speed (top-36)
:
No. 6 - Trevor Bayne for Roush Fenway Racing (No points)

 

Drivers who have provisionals, but could possibly fail to qualify:

No. 7 - Michael Annett for Tommy Baldwin Racing (31st in points, 30 attempts)

No. 23 - Alex Bowman for BK Racing (36th in points, 30 attempts)

No. 26 - Cole Whitt for Swan Racing/BK Racing (33rd in points, 30 attempts)
No. 32 - Blake Koch for Go FAS Racing (38th in points, 30 attempts)

No. 33 - Timmy Hill for Circle Sport (40th in points, 30 attempts)
No. 34 - David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports (32nd in points, 30 attempts)
No. 36 - Reed Sorenson for Tommy Baldwin Racing (34th in points, 30 attempts)
No. 38 - David Gilliland for Front Row Motorsports (30th in points, 30 attempts)

No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing (35th in points, 30 attempts)

No. 66 - Brett Moffitt for Michael Waltrip Racing/Identity Ventures Racing (39th in points, 30 attempts)

No. 77 - Corey LaJoie for Randy Humphrey Racing (47th in points, 15 attempts)
No. 83 - JJ Yeley for BK Racing (41st in points, 30 attempts)
No. 95 - Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing (42nd in points, 17 attempts)

No. 98 - Josh Wise for Phil Parsons Racing (37th in points, 30 attempts)


Not Entered:
No. 37 - Mike Bliss for Tommy Baldwin Racing

Nationwide Series Drive For The Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: 45 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 5
- Alex Bowman for JR Motorsports

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 20 - Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22 - Brad Keselowski for Team Penske

No. 33 - Cale Conley for Richard Childress Racing

No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54 - Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 77 - Jimmy Weller for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci

No. 80 - Ross Chastain for HRE Enterprises

No. 87 - Timmy Hill for Identity Ventures Racing/Rick Ware Racing

No. 98 - Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Driver Changes:

No. 5 - Alex Bowman is in the seat, replacing Kevin Harvick.  Bowman is running the No. 5 in a one-off with sponsorship from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s Dirty 'Mo Radio.
No. 10 - David Starr is in the seat, replacing Blake Koch.

No. 22 - Brad Keselowski returns to the seat, replacing Ryan Blaney.
No. 23 - Carlos Contreras returns to the seat, replacing Timmy Hill.

No. 33 - Cale Conley returns to the seat, replacing Paul Menard.
No. 44 - Will Kimmel returns to the seat, replacing David Starr.
No. 72 - Matt Carter returns to the seat, replacing Carl Long.  John Jackson was originally entered in the car.
No. 80 - Ross Chastain returns to the seat, replacing Alex Bowman.  Johnny Sauter was originally entered in the car.
No. 87 - Timmy Hill returns to the seat, replacing Jennifer Jo Cobb.  Joe Nemechek was originally entered in the car.


Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 5
- Alex Bowman for JR Motorsports
No. 10 - David Starr for TriStar Motorsports

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske.  Blaney is debuting sponsorship from truck manufacturer Western Star.

No. 17 - Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 33 - Cale Conley for Richard Childress Racing
No. 46 - Ryan Ellis for The Motorsports Group*

No. 70 - Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing
No. 72 - Matt Carter for Carter Motorsports*
No. 74 - Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing*

No. 77 - Jimmy Weller for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci.  Officially, Weller's car is a second Viva Motorsports entry, but the car Weller is running is the car that normally competes when SS-Green Light Racing is running the No. 55.

No. 80 - Ross Chastain for HRE Enterprises

No. 84 - Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 89 - Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures*

No. 91 - Jeff Green for TriStar Motorsports (Guaranteed to start via the Past Champions’ Provisional)*

No. 98 - Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.  LaJoie will compete in all but one of the remaining Nationwide Series races this season for Biagi-DenBeste Racing with Medallion Financial sponsorship.

 

Not Entered:

No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

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

No. 90 - Martin Roy for DGR Motorsports

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Bowyer Loves The History, Tradition Of Martinsville Speedway

It’s not difficult to get Clint Bowyer excited. But if you want to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver get really excited, mention Martinsville Speedway.

Sam Hornish Jr. Teleconference Transcript

Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Sam Hornish Jr. will be the new driver for the No. 9 Ford Fusion in 2015, replacing Marcos Ambrose who announced last month that he was returning to his native Australia. Representatives from the team, along with Hornish, held a teleconference this morning.


JR Motorsports announced today a multi-year sponsorship extension with Pinnacle Foods Inc. that will start with four NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015 with drivers Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick.


Unlimited Possibilities Partners With James Carter Racing At Charlotte

James Carter Racing announced today that Unlimited Possibilities (UP) will serve as an associate marketing partner for Friday night’s Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Almirola and No. 43 Team Have Shown Speed at Intermediate Tracks; Looking for Solid Finish at Charlotte

In the last three races at 1.5-mile race tracks, the No. 43 team has raced in the Top-Five and Top-10 but engine issues marred two of the starts resulting in just one Top-10 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Earlier this season, Aric Almirola scored his best Sprint Cup Series finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he brought the No. 43 home in the 11th spot.

Charlotte Final ‘Home’ Race for Ambrose in Sprint Cup Series

Marcos Ambrose will race the No.9 STANLEY Ford this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the final time that he'll race at the track that most NASCAR drivers call 'home'. Ambrose has made 11 previous starts at the track and has three Top-10 finishes and one Top-Five result.







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Now for the reason for creating this site
 
This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
 
  However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
 
Now for a little bit about me ,
 
 
I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
 
My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
 
My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
Gone With the Wind,
Fort Apache,
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
The Longest Day,
Saving Private Ryan.
Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
 
Favorite TV shows :
MASH !!!
Cheers,
Seinfeld,
Bones
 
House
 
 
24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz !(Always,and forever !!!)
 
New for 2014 !
24: Live Another Day !
Almost Human
 
Sleepy Hollow  !!!  & The Following ! (my newbies for 2013 !)
 
 
Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
Favorite all time master sleuth :
Sherlock Holmes !
(as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
 
Favorite Comedy Routine :
"Who's on First ? "
Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
Abbott & Costello !!!
 
My other interests other than NASCAR :
My family
The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
The New York Giants
The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks
The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
I was a snare drummer in high school !
 
I truly hope that you enjoy visiting my site. I also hope that you will come back often,and that you tell your friends & family about it.
 
P.S.
As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
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