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  (6/22/17)

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Smoke opens up. A year later, Tony Stewart reflects on his final win at Sonoma, life outside of the car


Ganassi: Lineup the same in '18


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Ryan: How did debris yellows get a green flag? Tracking trash over the past 16 years 

Safety was the impetus but should NASCAR use more caution in pausing races? Also notes on Silly Season, Sonoma-style; a new breed of road-course aces; the baby boom in the Cup Series.

 
Simulating the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma Raceway is an extremely technical racetrack full of winding turns. Parker Kligerman takes us through a simulation of what drivers might expect this weekend.  

My Home Track: Wisconsin and Wyoming
Get to know State Park Speedway in Wisconsin and Sweetwater Speedway in Wyoming in our final My Home Track feature

Max Papis is mentoring the next generation of NASCAR champions after a career spanning all divisions of the sport.

Former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon banned from racing in Australia

Robby Gordon got hungry to do some donuts in his truck. Now he's banned for doing so.



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NASCAR Cup: Paul Wolfe may miss Sonoma race

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Idea for eliminating Denny Hamlin - William Byron - Michigan problem



NASCAR Xfinity: Ty Majeski returns No. 60 ride in debut at Iowa

Amanda Vincent

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Earnhardt vs. Martin and more great Sonoma moments https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/409/memorable-moments-at-sonoma#/0


Kyle Larson can't be stopped, picks up fourth win in eight days    

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Young’s Motorsports, Bolen Motorsports Announce Driver Changes Before Iowa
Wednesday, both Bolen Motorsports and Young's Motorsports made driver announcements for Friday night's M&M's 200.  Trey Hutchens will make his debut in the No. 66, while Scott Lagasse Jr. will drive the No. 02.  Read more

The Critic's Annex: Drivin' For Linemen 200
by Phil Allaway
 
Last weekend, the Camping World Truck Series traveled to suburban St. Louis for their one and only visit to Gateway Motorsports Park.  It was a standalone event, so some changes to the norm were in store.
 
During the setup, that meant the addition of Casey Mears as the driver analyst on set in Charlotte.  Actually had to go back and check if Mears had ever raced there.  He has.  Just once in NASCAR (2002 in the then-Busch Series) along with three Indy Lights races.  Given that experience, he's gone faster at Gateway than nearly anyone else in the field.  His advice was solid
 
Much of the recap of Texas was based around the caution light controversy at Texas that resulted in Christopher Bell's victory.  Apparently, the LED strips on the wall are not official.  However, FOX Sports 1 treated them as they were.  That's a problem.
 
With the XFINITY Series running at Michigan on Saturday, Michael Waltrip was not available for the broadcast.  Todd Bodine stepped up from his usual Setup co-host role to serve as a booth analyst.  Bodine is acknowledgeable, but at the same time, fairly calm.  He knows his stuff and isn't over the top with it.  He's solid.  I've always liked him in the booth analyst role and wish that he got a chance to do it more often.
 
The event was fairly competitive, especially in the second half of the race.  The fans got a good show for their ticket price.  The coverage of the on-track action was pretty decent.  Viewers got some good racing for position and some perplexing moves on track.
 
I just wish that more teams that were going to make a proper go of it made the trip.  The parking and sponsor issues was the big story coming out of the race.  Yes, the race itself sort of has a sponsor (Note: The idea of scaling a telephone pole to plant a flag like those linemen did during the anthem scares me).
 
Did FOX Sports 1 reference these issues?  Yes, but not the parking.  They ignored that entirely.  However, you couldn't help but notice the trucks pulling just a few laps into the race.  Last minute entries pushed the race up to 30 starters, but it was looking more like 27-28 a couple of days earlier.
 
Before the race, they talked a little about Timothy Peters' recent issues.  He was scheduled to drive the No. 99 at Gateway, but the team withdrew following the big wreck at Texas.
 
The sponsor appeals in Victory Lane did strike a nerve as well.  Is there really a good reason why NEMCO Motorsports can't find decent backing for John Hunter Nemechek?  Is no one interested in backing a young driver with a buttload of talent?  Is Nemechek doing something wrong?  Does he post too many pictures of himself on a road bike on Twitter and/or Instagram as opposed to other ideas that are tied more toward fan engagement?
 
What we have here is a pretty serious issue in regards to finding that all-important backing.  The TV partners technically have a hand in helping the teams find backing by giving exposure.  In FOX Sports 1's case, the race broadcasts themselves can help with exposure.  NASCAR RaceHub can help as well.  I don't know what these teams are offering potential sponsors in addition to logo space on their vehicles, but I think they'll have to step things up a bit.
 
In the future, I'd argue that FOX Sports 1 will need to show viewers the necessary process for truck teams to find sponsorship.  I have no doubt that it is rather arduous.
 
All I know right now is that the Fire Alarm chaps signed on for three additional races after Saturday night's victory.  That's a start, but that would mean that the team still has at least nine races with unsold sponsorship.

Can the series get by with 17,000 people at truck races?  Sure.  Gateway is a good place to have a truck race.  A lot of the truck races that support or even the XFINITY Series don't draw anywhere near that.  I don't think the Martinsville races do.
 
The race ended fairly quickly, so there was a good amount of post-race coverage.  FOX Sports 1 interviewed the top six finishers, checked the points and gave plenty of post-race analysis.

Overall, Saturday night's broadcast had a different feel without Michael Waltrip in the booth. That isn't necessarily a bad thing because I like Bodine.  He's a more calcuated commentator who puts more thought into what he says.  Basically, he does not drive me up a wall.  I think he also works better with Phil Parsons and Vince Welch.  

Welch still bores me, but I know what he brings to the table.  Dedication to his craft, even if he's bland.  Remember, he did a good chunk of last season with a broken foot.

Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Theriault: ‘You Have to Move With How Life Goes’
 
"What is that old verbiage… ‘Any experience you have that builds your character, even if it’s bad, is a good thing.’ Even if you have to go through a little physical pain to get there. I don’t know if I’m fortunate enough to be in that classification, but definitely I’m learning everyday that there are more important things in life. You have to make sure that when you go through all this, you are still OK with yourself and you’re making decisions that you’re not going to regret." - Austin Theriault on being able to learn


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NASCAR weekend racing schedule at Sonoma (Cup), Iowa (Trucks, Xfinity)

It's a busy and full weekend of racing at both Sonoma Raceway and Iowa Speedway  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/22/nascar-weekend-racing-schedule-at-sonoma-cup-iowa-trucks-xfinity/


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Turn 4: Too many debris cautions?

Is it us or has NASCAR gotten heavy-handed with the use of its yellow flags late in races? Should Aric Almirola rush to get back in the car? Love or hate the 3 p.m. starts? Our gang has at it.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19701270/nascar-burning-questions-too-many-debris-cautions-aric-almirola-rush-back-work-multiple-race-winner-best-shot-cup-title

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Stage lengths announced for next month’s Xfinity race at Indianapolis

Stage lengths for the Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis will run 30, 30 and 40 laps each.

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Ty Majeski brings iconic No. 60 XFINITY Series Ford back on track at Iowa Speedway


John Lasseter to drive Camry pace car at Toyota / Save Mart 350 in Sonoma 


Ritchie Industries returns to RSS Racing for Iowa Speedway


Garrett Smithley in third XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway


Harrison Rhodes ‘veteran’ at Iowa Speedway track


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NASCAR schedule outlook for Sonome Raceway, Iowa Speedway

Amanda Vincent

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 Relive how Stewart got Hamlin at final turn of Sonoma


From racing in the dirt to a three-time champ: Stewart's rise in racing    


Racing-Reference: When Roger Penske won a NASCAR race


Get behind-the-scenes look at HMS with new film series


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The Furniture Row Racing driver does have five road course starts in NASCAR's national series: one win (2015) and a third-place finish (2014) in the ...
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“I keep saying that NASCAR is in a great, great spot,” Larson said. ... Since NASCAR went to a postseason format in 2004, there have been multiple ...
Charlotte Observer
Matt Kenseth has entered 17 races at Sonoma Raceway, site of this weekend's NASCAR Cup Series race, and turned 1,822 laps there. Not one of ...
KKTV 11 News
Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. will throw out the first pitch at the Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game on Thursday June ...
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One year after scoring a win in his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Hornish hopes to make a repeat appearance in Victory Lane. Most drivers who 
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Ride on-board with Romain Dumas at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the Norma M20 RD Limited Spec-2016, he achieved ...
Hot 20-California to make a sharp turn to the right, but only on the race track at Sonoma


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 Xfinity Series Spotlight: Ty Majeski, the driver Mark Martin calls ‘the one’

Ty Majeski makes his Xfinity debut driving the No. 60 Ford made famous by Mark Martin.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/22/xfinity-series-spotlight-ty-majeski-the-driver-mark-martin-calls-the-one/

Joe Gibbs Racing exec: Team will ensure Denny Hamlin Xfinity penalty ‘doesn’t happen again’   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/22/joe-gibbs-racing-exec-says-team-will-make-sure-it-doesnt-happen-again-after-denny-hamlin-xfinity-penatly/


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NASCAR Truck: standings after Gateway Motorsports Park


NASCAR Xfinity: Denny Hamlin's Michigan win encumbered, crew chief suspended

Amanda Vincent

3 big events  this weekend @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) & Spirit Speedway ( http://www.spiritspeedway.com/) !

Friday , June 23rd - Spirit Speedway  :

 270 & 600 Micros, 4 cylinders, and Slingshots
June 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Swedesboro, 08085
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Saturday , June 24th - Bridgeport Speedway :

WMMR and Spirit Auto Center Presents Mudder’s Day
June 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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MMR’s Mudder’s Day 2017, presented by Jaxon’s Jeep Club and Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram POSTPONED – due to a ton of rain expected, we are not able to execute the event on Say May 13. MAKE UP DATE: Saturday, June 24, 2017 – ALL TICKETS WILL BE HONORED. If you bought a ticket, and would like a refund, please contact Kolby at Bridgeport Speedway via email: kolby.ramey@gmail.com. Same time: 11am to 3pm (gates at 10am) Same location: Bridgeport Speedway…

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Sunday , June 25th - Bridgeport Speedway :

Big Blocks, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, and Rookie Graduation Sponsored by DA’s AutoBody
June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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Come on out for Driver Appreciation Race night sponsored by DA’s Auto Body. We have 4 divisions racing, Rookie Graduation, and the Drive for Dylan 50 all on the same night plus Live music, moon bounce, ice cream/water ice, great food, and more!   Pricing: Adults are $20, Kids(10-15) are $10, and Children 9 and under are FREE   Times: Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstands open at 5:30 pm and Racing starts at 7pm   Divisions: Spirit Auto…

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Future focusedWhere might Alex Bowman drive next year; key players to watch in silly season

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NASCAR America: Jamie McMurray sees Sonoma as track he can win at
Jamie McMurray talks with Dave Burns about how he prepares for the demands of Sonoma Raceway.

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Recent News

(6/21/17) 

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Jeff Burton says sometimes we miss rivalries that are "sitting right in front of us."

My Home Track: West Virginia's Ona Speedway
NBC Sports travels to West Virginia to visit the asphalt oval of Ona Speedway. Once run under the operation of Dick Clark, this track is now run by Scott Pierson

My Home Track: Washington's Deming Speedway
The latest installment of My Home Track travels to the home of Starbucks, Amazon and grunge to visit Deming Speedway. Located in the northern part of Washington, this dirt track is where Kasey Kahne got his...



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Heat rises on big decisions. Examining the key players in potential NASCAR moves down the line


No. 20 NXS win encumbered


Stage lengths: Sonoma, Iowa 


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Sonoma Raceway central to launching Kurt Busch’s NASCAR career

Winning the 1999 Southwest Tour race at the road course led to Kurt Busch's ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/21/sonoma-raceway-central-to-launching-kurt-buschs-nascar-career/

Sonoma will challenge young, inexperienced drivers
The Cup Series heads to Sonoma this weekend for the first of two road courses on the schedule, which could pose additional challenges for young drivers like Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott.

McMurray looks for standings boost at Sonoma
Jamie McMurray talks about the strong season his teammate Kyle Larson is having and how his own chances at making The Chase could be boosted with a win at Sonoma.

Biffle, Burton draft their NASCAR dream teams
Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle have the chance to draft their NASCAR dream teams, but who do they pick? Is it better to have experience or youth?

"Garden State Classic " @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing) ! Saturday night, June 24th !

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WALL STADIUM MODIFIEDS READY FOR GARDEN STATE CLASSIC THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 24) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Many of the top drivers in asphalt Modified stock car racing are ready to compete in one of the most prestigious events in the sport as Wall Stadium Speedway presents the 56th running of the Garden State Classic this Saturday evening (June 24). Current plans call for spectator seating to open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying slated for 5:45 p.m. and main event action to follow around 7:00 p.m.

            This year’s 125-lap format, offering $5,000 to the winner, is attracting the attention of several racers in the Freehold Ford Modified division. Expected to see action are top drivers Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, both of Willingboro, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Jackson’s Jason Treat, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Jackson’s Steven Reed and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among expected entries are Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Chas Okerson of Freehold, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Howell’s Chris Reynolds and Jason Hearne of New Egypt.

“Outside Invaders,” drivers who do not compete at Wall on a weekly basis, have also shown an interest in the event including Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C.

Along with the championship 125-lap Freehold Ford Modified race, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks will compete in 25-lap feature races on the third mile high banked paved oval.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at noon with a special paid practice session at $20 per car from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then begin at 5:45 p.m. to be followed by feature race action for all divisions slated for 7:00 p.m.

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



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Today's Featured Commentary
The Real News Behind John Hunter Nemechek’s Win
 by Clayton Caldwell
 
It was an emotional, wild and fun night at Gateway International Raceway on Saturday night as second-generation driver John Hunter Nemechek won his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. That emotion is understandable after team owner and father Joe Nemechek said that the team wasn’t sure of their future past Gateway.  
 
The No. 8 NEMCO Chevrolet is one of several teams in the series that runs without a full-time sponsor. The team is a family ran organization and even though they had three wins on the circuit already, no full-time sponsor has stepped up to the plate yet.
 
The series is in a tough state right now and needs some major changes to help keep the series healthy. Just last month, Red Horse Racing, a staple in the series for over a decade announced they were closing down their two-truck operation due to lack of funding.
 
Last week, Halmar Friesen Racing announced they were taking a two week hiatus from the series to regroup. Prior to Daytona, the team announced their intentions to run full-time with Stewart Friesen as the driver, a superstar in the dirt ranks in the Northeast. The team assembled some quality people including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr., who serves as the team’s general manager.
 
Baldwin was on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and reiterated the fact that the Camping World Truck Series needs some changes to help the teams out financially. It is a common theme.
 
Just look at the car count at Gateway on Saturday night. 30 trucks showed up for a race in a series where a full field is just 32. About eight of those trucks were what NASCAR fans refer to as ‘start-and-park’ efforts, in which a team runs only a few laps and tries to collect enough money to make it to the next event. If you’re keeping track at home that’s 22 trucks that were going to race the full distance. That’s right, the better part of one-third of the field in that race start and parked on Saturday night.
 
Included in that number is former XFINITY Series champion Joe Nemechek, the father and team owner of the race winner at Gateway. The elder Nemechek was running a second entry for the team and pulled it behind the wall for good after just two laps due to a vibration. No explanation is needed there.
 
Originally, I wondered why such an accomplished racer as Joe Nemechek would relegate himself to a start-and-park effort. Then, we discovered in Victory Lane that the future of the team is not certain and that they are looking for sponsorship. The little bit of money Joe brought in due to his start-and-park effort may help in keeping the team afloat. Can you blame him for doing that?
 
Kevin Harvick made headlines a couple of weeks ago stating his thoughts on fixing the truck series, because there’s no doubt the business model is broken. That 30-truck field on Saturday, with 10 start-and-park teams proves that. There was a time this series held a field of 36 and all of those trucks ran every lap, plus there were a number of teams that tried and didn’t make the show.
 
Harvick’s changes were called for taking truck series races away from the bigger tracks and make them a premier show on a local short track, which is what the series was built on. There are several reasons why NASCAR has moved from the local short tracks to the bigger tracks where most of the time the series runs as a companion event to the Cup or XFINITY Series.
 
One of the reasons is that NASCAR needs a Friday or Saturday event to keep the campers in the infield entertained throughout an entire weekend. The racetracks charge campers a weekend rate for those camping plots and having three days of racing action makes those plots more desirable.
 
Another reason is safety. With the exception of Eldora Speedway, all of the tracks on the NASCAR schedule have SAFER (Steal And Foam Energy Resistant) Barriers around the outside and inside of their racetrack.
 
That no doubt is a problem. SAFER barriers are a big expense for any racetrack to endure. Tracks like Texas Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway just recently added more SAFER Barriers around their racetracks and they’ve had two Cup dates for several years. Asking new racetracks to add SAFER Barriers for a truck series event is a big ask, but I believe with the new five-year contracts for racetracks its doable.
 
One thing the race at Gateway had was people in the grandstand. According to a post, the race had 20,000 people, which is obviously a good thing. Adding more non-companion events will help increase attendance. When fans buy tickets for the expensive Cup Series race they’re less likely to buy tickets for the preliminary events. Having less people in the grandstands makes it hard for a team to sell sponsorship, being a premier event at a local short track would definitely give the series more attention.
 
Major changes are needed for the Truck Series to survive and it’s time for NASCAR to get to work before it’s too late. It’s time to save the Truck Series.


Boris Said To Pilot Circle Sport-TMG Chevrolet at Sonoma

On Tuesday, Circle Sport-TMG announced that Boris Said will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet at Sonoma this weekend, replacing Jeffrey Earnhardt.  Read more

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Russell Westbrook rocks old-school NASCAR shirt on Instagram

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Davey Allison’s Memorable 10-Month Run



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 Key players in Silly Season 


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Director Peter Berg produced "Road to Race Day," an eight-part series that looks at Hendrick Motorsports and its 2016 season.

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NASCAR Cup: standings after Michigan International Speedway


NASCAR Xfinity: standings after Michigan International Speedway

Amanda Vincent

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Silly Season update: Keselowski staying put?

Will Penske renew Brad Keselowski? Who will replace Dale Jr. at Hendrick? Will Danica Patrick return to Stewart-Haas? Several big-name drivers at several big teams could make this coming offseason one of the most active in recent years.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19690600/nascar-2017-silly-season-update-brad-keselowski-matt-kenseth-kurt-busch-danica-patrick


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Brad Keselowski could be without crew chief Paul Wolfe at Sonoma

Crew chief Paul Wolfe's wife is expecting their second child soon

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/21/brad-keselowski-could-be-without-crew-chief-paul-wolfe-at-sonoma/


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Movie star looksBowyer sports 'Cars 3' theme as paint schemes roll out for Sonoma and Iowa


Full Sonoma, Iowa schedule

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Stock Car Gazette
Silly Season In Full Swing... Oh, And Kyle Larson Wins at Michigan
by Chuck Abrams

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — If you saw Joey Logano's reaction Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, you might have thought he won. The Team ...
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Three of SHR's four drivers last season – Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart – won six races total and advanced to the NASCAR playoffs.
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Super truck driver Gordon, who's also had a successful NASCAR career in the United States, was caught doing burnouts on the city's main Mitchell ...
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NASCAR VP/Integrated Marketing Communications DAVID HIGDON is leaving the sanctioning body after a six-year run. Higdon, who made the ...
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HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 28: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads the field in a restart at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup ...

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 Larson Leads California Sweep In Ohio


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NASCAR Cup: Boris Said replaces Jeffrey Earnhardt at Sonoma

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Thumbs way, way up for Larson's Victory Lane burnout

          
  • Chevy's day, Stage King, more Michigan lessons learned  https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1239/take-5-what-we-learned-from-michigan#/0

    (6/20/17)

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    Furniture Row benefiting from JGR alliance

    NASCAR America looks at the Furniture Row-Joe Gibbs Racing alliance and analyzes how Martin Truex Jr. has benefited from it.

    http://www.nbcsports.com/video/martin-truex-jr-furniture-row-benefiting-joe-gibbs-racing-alliance 

    NASCAR America: William Byron reflects on narrow loss in Michigan Xfinity race
    William Byron called into NASCAR America three days after his close loss to Denny Hamlin at Michigan

    NASCAR America: Which winless Cup drivers can win at Sonoma?

    NASCAR America's analysts break down who they'll be watching at Sonoma Raceway and beyond.

    Joey Logano: We aren't in panic mode, yet
    Joey Logano says he and his team are not in "panic mode" in regards to the playoffs, but understands he needs to win a race that counts, soon.

    Ato Boldon compares track to NASCAR
    Four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon is enjoying the opportunity to engage a new challenge in covering NASCAR.

    Byron analyzes close Xfinity loss to Hamlin
    William Byron analyzes his narrow loss to Denny Hamlin in the Xfinity series at Michigan and discusses who has helped him the most in his development.

    My Home Track: Virginia's Langley Speedway
    Get to know more about Virginia's Langley Speedway with our latest My Home Track feature.

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    Entry List: Toyota/Save Mart 350
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    Today's Featured Commentary
    Midseason NASCAR Report Card: Does Segment Racing Work?
    Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
    by S.D. Grady

    At the beginning of the season, I listened to NASCAR's announcement that we'd be testing out this whole segment racing deal.  I really thought it might drum up some interest for me when watching the weekly race. Teams would be charging to the front to gather up those extra points that would be so valuable come the playoffs....

    Yeah....

    Each week, as the cars string out with the leader driving off into the distance, I tune out during the long green-flag laps and tend to look up long enough to figure out who has a green checkered flag next to their name. I pay less attention to the points accumulation and standings, as the whole system is more complicated than I'm prepared to deal with in the end. I've decided that I'll check off the winner's column each week and simply wait for the fall to arrive before getting all involved.

    Was this result what NASCAR hoped to achieve with all the tweaks to the rules this year? Not exactly.

    Yes, the five-minute repair rule has helped to reduce the number of cars flying apart on the track, lowering the number of times NASCAR has thrown the yellow for debris.  That is a good job.

    Yes, NASCAR is dropping the hammer regarding rules violations in a consistent manner.  However, I'm not totally sold on the number of crew chiefs that have been sat down for multiple races this season.  It really doesn't seem to make a difference on how the teams will approach the construction of their cars.  Ultimately, that change is a wash for me.

    Yes, teams are racing to the green checkers, creating some kind of strategic shuffling mid-race. However, it isn't materially affecting the outcome of the event and definitely hasn't raised my enjoyment of the NASCAR product.

    It's like we are in a holding pattern for excitement.  We're being treated to glimpses of future greatness as the young guns take to the track while the veterans continue to execute at the level to which we've become accustomed.

    It's, well, sort of vanilla.  The same ten teams always appear in the top 10. We don't have to hang on every word being uttered by our favorite drivers because we can practically write the script for their sponsor-approved appearances. NASCAR Nation is bored, which has been a common thread among NASCAR fans since Jimmie Johnson took home Cup number five.

    So, now what, you might ask. What can be done?

    NASCAR could deregulate the vehicles.  Stop dictating the engines, brakes, exhaust, tires, etc. etc. etc. We could do with a few more engine failures and mechanical difficulties.  It's a variable that has all but vanished from NASCAR broadcasts as the rule book keeps getting thicker. Between technology and homogenization, one of the great levelers of our sport has been whitewashed.

    Yes, the championship would still be awarded to one of those select top 10 teams. But the journey along the way could be a whole lot more interesting.

    SOMETHING SHINY
    It's not every day that Victory Lane is situated on the frontstretch.  Kyle Larson once again took advantage of this unique layout at Michigan and left his No. 42's autograph across the checkered stage by doing donuts on Victory Lane


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    NASCAR Cup: BK Racing scales back, hires Alon Day for Sonoma

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    Charity ride collects largest fund since 2008.

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    The Chevrolet Racing program manager discusses her position as one of the more powerful women in NASCAR and her efforts to attract women and minorities to engineering jobs in racing.

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    John Hunter Nemechek said after last weekend's win he wasn't sure how many races he'd drive because of limited sponsorship.

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    Wine and winning: A look at Sonoma celebrations

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    Bump & Run: Should Kyle Busch’s team be frustrated or encouraged?

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    Martins Motorsports returns to Truck Series with Matt Mills at Iowa
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    Second helping. Find out if a second-place finish at Michigan boosts Chase Elliott in latest rankings


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     Ashton and Trevor Bayne welcome baby boy

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    NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Vermont
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    Kyle Larson keeps winning, adds another dirt track triumph; Kasey Kahne second
    Kyle Larson has won NASCAR Cup, World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions races in the last week

    NASCAR America: Slugger Labbe praises John Hunter Nemechek after emotional Truck win
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    Two weeks after Kyle Larson lost at Dover on a restart, NASCAR America's analysts discuss what he did right at Michigan.

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    NASCAR America: Steve Letarte: ‘Debris cautions need to be proven,’ especially in playoffs

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    Kyle Busch suffered another close loss on Sunday in Michigan and has not won this season, but he appears due for Victory Lane

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    Step by step. Junior sees improved run with top-10 finish; more Michigan takeaways


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    NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Michigan win celebrated by three generations of Larsons
    Kyle Larson celebrated his third Cup win with his father, Mike Larson, and his 2-year-old son, Owen.

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    Dave Rogers will serve as technical director for the organization's Xfinity Series program.

    Kyle Larson addresses Indy 500 hopes, $800 Target visit and gives dad advice in Twitter Q&A
    Kyle Larson fielded a slew of question from fans the day after earning his third Cup Series win

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    Back on track.Logano thrilled to 'stop the bleeding,' turn a corner; more Michigan lessons learned


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    Chasing the Chase: Kyle Larson Regains Points Lead Thanks to Victory
    by Phil Allaway

    Kyle Larson's win on Sunday vaulted him back into the points lead.  The margin is still a very slim five points over Martin Truex Jr., who finished sixth.  Truex doesn't have much to pout about, though as he led 62 laps and won the first two stages. 

    Both Larson and Truex have more than two full races worth of points on Kyle Busch, who moved up to third after finishing seventh at Michigan.  Kevin Harvick is two points behind Busch after finishing 14th on Sunday. Harvick's car was off handling wise and he never contended up front during the race.

    Chase Elliott is up to fifth in points after finishing second at Michigan.  Elliott is two points in front of Brad Keselowski, who finished a disappointing 16th at his home track.  

    Jamie McMurray's fifth-place finish elevated him up one place to seventh in the standings.  McMurray is one point in front of Jimmie Johnson, who came from the rear of the field to finish 10th. 

    Denny Hamlin is up to ninth in points after finishing fourth.  Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth are tied for tenth, 32 points behind Hamlin.  Clint Bowyer is down to 12th after hitting the wall and finishing a disappointing 26th after earning points in the first two stages.

    Ryan Blaney was in position to score a good finish until he got loose on a restart with 10 laps to go.  He first dropped back in the pack, then had contact which cut his left rear tire.  Granted, Danica Patrick got the worst of that incident, but the contact dropped Blaney to a 25th-place finish and 13th in points.  

    Kurt Busch is 14th in the standings after finishing 12th on Sunday.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. maintains 15th after earning a top-10 finish, a nice recovery after getting busted for speeding on pit road.

    Erik Jones moves up to 16th in the standings but remains out of playoff position. The cutoff is now Kenseth and Logano with Bowyer seven points behind.

    Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Larson 640, 2) Martin Truex Jr. -5, 3) Kyle Busch -130, 4) Kevin Harvick -132, 5) Chase Elliott -162, 6) Brad Keselowski -164, 7) Jamie McMurray -190, 8) Jimmie Johnson -191, 9) Denny Hamlin -210, t-10) Joey Logano -242, t-10) Matt Kenseth -242, 12) Clint Bowyer -24913) Ryan Blaney -264, 14) Kurt Busch -281, 15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -286, 16) Erik Jones -294.

    Note: Italics denotes drivers that would not qualify for the Playoffs if the season ended today.

    Outside the top-16, but still in Playoff Position: 17) Ryan Newman -296, 20) Austin Dillon -343.

    Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 20, 2) Jimmie Johnson -5, 3) Kyle Larson -7, 4) Brad Keselowski -8, 5) Ryan Blaney -10, t-6) Ryan Newman -13, t-6) Kurt Busch -13, t-6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -13, t-6) Austin Dillon -13, 10) Kyle Busch -14, 11) Kevin Harvick -15, t-12) Chase Elliott -16, t-12) Denny Hamlin -16, t-14) Joey Logano -17, t-14) Matt Kenseth -17.

    Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Larson 516, 2) Martin Truex Jr. -14, 3) Kevin Harvick -71, 4) Kyle Busch -84, 5) Chase Elliott -96, 6) Jamie McMurray -100, 7) Jimmie Johnson -102, 8) Brad Keselowski -111, t-9) Clint Bowyer -114, t-9) Denny Hamlin -114, t-11) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -120, t-11) Joey Logano -120, 13) Kurt Busch -149, 14) Daniel Suarez -151, 15) Trevor Bayne -152, 16) Ryan Newman -154.

    Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover), Joey Logano (Richmond), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega), Austin Dillon (Charlotte), Ryan Blaney (Pocono)

    Note: Logano's Richmond win is in italics because it no longer counts towards Playoff eligibility.

    Letter of the Race: Sunday's FireKeepers 400 was brought to you by the Letter P for "Push." In order to get a decent restart from the inside line at Michigan, one must receive an energy boost from behind.  If you don't get the push, you might drop like a stone.  When that happens, anything is in play, as Ryan Blaney found out with 10 laps to go

    Quotes to Remember: FireKeepers Casino 400
    compiled by Phil Allaway

    "Ryan Blaney gave me a heck of a push. So, I’ve really got to thank him a ton. I knew the Penske cars took off good, so I was happy to see him behind me. For us to withstand a few restarts there with some tough competitors there was pretty important. I can’t thank these guys enough. The Cars 3 Chevy was really, really fast. And it was cool to win it. What a great Father’s Day present for myself and all the other fathers out there. My dad is here today, too. So, I’m looking forward to celebrating with him. We’ve been so close to so many other wins. This is our second Cup win of the year, but we’ve had six second-place finishes. All-in-all, it’s a good season so far and we’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got." - Kyle Larson, race winner

    "I am really proud of our effort today. I thought we way improved from where we were last year as far as those late-race restarts go and was able to hang with them and really just kind of rely on the guy behind you. Kyle (Busch) gave me a great push. I didn’t give him a very good push that time before. He went a little sooner than I thought he was going to. He gave me a good push and I think somebody pulled out on him. He had to go block them and it just ends up kind of disrupting the whole situation when that happens. But, a great day from our NAPA Chevy group. I think we overachieved today with where we started this weekend, which is always nice when you are here at the racetrack. Happy to do that and ready to get on down the road and get through these summer months and try to tune everything in." - Chase Elliott, finished second

    "Yeah, you have no idea how good this feels. It’s been a struggle the last month-and-a-half and it’s nice to come here to Michigan, maybe our best racetrack and be able to overcome a lot. I’m not sure we had a third-place car today but the team executed like they needed to get the Shell-Pennzoil Ford into the top three. Proud of the effort. I wish I could have the last restart back. I think I could have gotten to second. I wasn’t able to stay attached to the 42. I had a good start but the whole bottom lane was able to stack up really good and push ahead and then Denny (Hamlin) slid up in front of us; just racing there. Turning [up] the momentum a bit and bringing home a solid top-five and change things." - Joey Logano, finished third

    "We had the best car out there without a doubt – just inside lane restarts at the end killed us, so just stinks when you have to race like that, you know? You get just in a bad spot and there’s nothing you can do about it. We seen it the last couple restarts, so just wrong place. Probably should have took two tires that last time we pitted – we took four. That killed us. Just wrong lane on the restart every single time all day long and couldn’t use the best car to win." - Martin Truex Jr., finished sixth

    "We had a pit road penalty there for speeding late in the race and so we had some good restart with the Fifth Third Ford. It was a lot better than we were in practice. I guess that is the goal, to get it the best for the race, and that is what the guys did. We worked hard all day. It was a good day on pit road. We have a good baseline to come back with in August here at Michigan." - Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished eighth

    "We had a great car. Just had a hard time getting any track position and keeping it. Greg (Ives, crew chief) did a good job trying to get us that track position on one stop. We just got real loose on that run, about wrecked the car a couple of times and lost a lot of spots. Got lucky there at the end to restart on the outside in 18th and got a bunch of spots there the last few laps to finish in the top 10." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished ninth

    "Yeah, just a long day overall. Just never quite had the car to – I think we really needed – we were fighting just being free and as the day went on we never really fixed that issue and that loose wheel early kind of got us pinned in a strategy we didn’t want to be in. Had a lot of laps – I think we had 86 laps on our left side tires – and just couldn’t quite get it there at the end." - Erik Jones, finished 13th

    "It was a lot better than last week for sure. I just didn’t get all of it on restarts and what I thought was aggressive, going back to the XFINITY side I am one of the aggressive ones, but you have to be 10 times more aggressive here at least. It is a learning curve. It was a solid run all day. I knew we would run a lot better than where we started, it was just a matter of getting around those guys, getting track position and clean air. The restarts were wild at the end. We should have ended top 15 but I didn’t have my guard up enough. Top 20 is good. I am pumped up a lot about that. I didn’t speed on pit road and I am proud of that. It was all good." - Darrell Wallace Jr., finished 19th


    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

    Thinkin' Out Loud: Kyle Larson Scores Second Career Michigan Win
    by Mike Neff
     
    The Big 6: Questions After the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400
    by Tom Bowles and Joseph Wolkin
     
    Kyle Larson Or Martin Truex Jr.: Take Your Pick
    by Tom Bowles

    Up to Speed: Pit Strategies Shake Up Michigan Race
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    Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Pulls Off Michigan Win and Lack of Funding Hurting Truck Series
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    Beyond the Cockpit: Ŕlvaro Parente on PWC, Factory Racing and Travel
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    XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Wins Photo Finish Thriller Over William Byron
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    Tracking the Trucks: John Hunter Nemechek Scores First 2017 Win at Gateway
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    What drivers said after Michigan Cup race

    See what several drivers had to say after Sunday's 400-mile race.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/18/what-drivers-said-after-michigan-cup-race/ 


    Kyle Larson moves atop points standings, but Martin Truex Jr. increases playoff lead
    The Chip Ganassi Racing driver leads by 5 points in the regular-season rankings after win at Michigan.

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


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    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Kyle Larson holds off Chase Elliott to capture FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan

    Larson has now won the last three races on 2-mile tracks.

      http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/18/kyle-larson-holds-off-chase-elliott-to-capture-firekeepers-casino-400-at-michigan/

    Joey Logano: We outperformed our car

    Joey Logano says he was just happy nothing went wrong during the race at Michigan and was happy he was able to outperform his car.

    Denny Hamlin: One bad pit stop set us back all day
    Denny Hamlin explains that one bad pit stop cost him at Michigan because he was never able to get back up near the front.

    Wallace, Suarez, Patrick crash with 10 to go
    Bubba Wallace runs into rear of Daniel Suarez, pushing him into Danica Patrick, who hit hard into the inside retaining wall.


    Courtesy USA Today.com

     Bryan Clauson's heart lives on in Knoxville — and in another man's chest


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



    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     Johnson, Harvick start at rear


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Michigan

    Here is a look at who the NBC Sports writers are picking to win today's race

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/18/staff-picks-for-todays-cup-race-at-michigan/

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

      Kyle Busch starts fourth today at Michigan as he looks to snap a 30-race winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series. He has just one top-10 finish in his last 10 starts at the track. Busch: "Michigan is not one of our best tracks or favorite tracks, but we try to get it better here each and every time and right now I feel pretty good about it."


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


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     Back for moreFired up Ryan Blaney is among five story lines to watch at Michigan (3 p.m. ET, FS1)


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    Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kyle Larson is on the pole as NASCAR takes its action to Michigan Sunday for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan 
    Michigan NASCAR race day weather forecast: Let’s do 400 miles
    A little wet @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

    (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

    RAIN WINS OUT AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY 

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Despite the best efforts of speedway officials, track crew members and safety crews persistent light showers finally won out and forced Wall Stadium Speedway to rain out the scheduled stock car racing events set for Saturday night (June 17). At one point the track was completely dry and racers participated in brief practice session before showers returned just before the first green flag to wash out the action.

               ; Fans who attended are reminded that their rain checks will be honored for any event on the 2017 schedule. In the event that fans decide to use their rain checks for a special event they will only need to pay the difference in admission price to upgrade their ticket.

    Racing returns this Saturday night, June 24, with the 56th running of the Garden State Classic. Freehold Ford Modifieds are scheduled to take center stage in a 125-lapper, while the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend cars are all set for 25-lap main events. Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. with main events to follow.

    More information on Wall Stadium and the 2017 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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


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





    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Ryan: In sizing up silly season, the most recent winner could be among first again on the move

    Ryan Blaney's future with Wood Brothers Racing has an expiration date like other winners with the team before him ... also thoughts on Lowe's

     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/18/ryan-in-the-haze-of-silly-season-one-driver-is-destined-to-move/


    Today’s Cup race at Michigan: Start time, weather, TV/radio info http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/18/todays-cup-race-at-michigan-start-time-weather-tvradio-info/

     
    Nemechek emotional after Father's Day win
    John Hunter Nemechek earned a major victory with his dad at his side on Father's Day weekend.

    Johnny Sauter keeps Truck points lead as John Hunter Nemechek qualifies for playoffs
    Johnny Sauter has a 38-point lead over Christopher Bell through eight races.  

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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    NASCAR Truck: John Hunter Nemechek wins at Gateway

    Amanda Vincent

    (6/17/17)

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Getting it done. John Hunter Nemechek puts adversity behind him, seals win at Gateway


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    John Hunter Nemechek gets first Truck win of year with Gateway victory

    John Hunter Nemechek led the final six laps on the way to his fourth career Truck win. 

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/john-hunter-nemechek-gets-first-truck-win-of-year-with-gateway-victory/



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



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    Ryan Reed on standby as Trevor Bayne waits for baby


    Career-best finish for William Bryon nearly pays off with victory at Michigan


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Chase Briscoe wins pole for Truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park

    Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek will start on the front row of the Drivin' For Linemen 200.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/chase-briscoe-wins-pole-for-truck-race-at-gateway-motorsports-park/


    Courtesy NASCAR.com


    Byron happy to run up front with the best


    Courtesy Amanda Vincent
     (Thanks Amanda !) :


    NASCAR Xfinity: Denny Hamlin edges out William Byron for Michigan win

    Amanda Vincent

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


    T-Storms ! New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/): 

    New Egypt, NJ – New Egypt Speedway has been forced to postpone its Graduation Night to Saturday June 24th due to a thunderstorm that passed through at 3PM.

    “It didn’t rain a drop here all day until this thunderstorm came through”, said New Egypt Speedway’s Joey Liquori.

    Next Saturday night will be Graduation Night […]


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


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    Courtesy NBC Sports

     Denny Hamlin beats William Byron in Michigan Xfinity race in narrow finish

    Denny Hamlin won his first Xfinity race of the year after a two-lap battle with William Byron.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/denny-hamlin-beats-william-byron-in-michigan-xfinity-race-in-narrow-finish/

    Hamlin shares what happened with photo finish

    Denny Hamlin discusses the photo finish, his first NASCAR win of the season and complimented the rookie William Byron

    Elliott Sadler retakes Xfinity points lead after Michigan
    Elliott Sadler took the points lead from his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier.

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

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    :Luck of the Irish Hills.Last-lap pass gives Denny Hamlin 0.012-second win over William Byron


    Courtesy ESPN.com

    Need a brake? NASCAR wants teams to choose right package

    With three high-profile brake failures leading to hard wrecks in the last month, the situation would seem ripe for NASCAR to mandate what brake packages teams can use. That isn't going to happen. NASCAR is leaving it up to teams to decide what's best.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19663714/nascar-nascar-leaves-brake-decisions-hands-teams-recent-failures

    Denny Hamlin edges rookie William Byron at Michigan finish line

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19663895/denny-hamlin-edges-william-byron-thrilling-xfinity-finish-michigan



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    Kyle Busch in Lap 1 accident after contact with Brad Keselowski

    Kyle Busch spun before the field reached Turn 1 of the Irish Hills 250.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/xfinity-pole-sitter-kyle-busch-in-lap-1-accident-after-contact-with-brad-keselowski/


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    Matt Crafton posted a top speed of 135.976 mph at Gateway Motorsports Park. 

    AJ Allmendinger's team pulls out the backup car after crashing the primary car in the last minute of the session.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com


    Today at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

    Saturday June 17th is our Father's Day Celebration

    & Scout Night! 6 features on the card.

    All Scouts enjoy free admission plus great homemade

    food specials!

    Brought to you by NAPA Auto Parts

    FATHER'S DAY FEAST & SCOUT NIGHT

    Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts

    Dads and grandads, we celebrate you Saturday Night at the Races!

    We invite all  Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops  to attend. 

    Modifieds - Sportsman Twin 25s  - Limited Late Models - 4-Cylinders - Legends 

    All Scouts FREE admission!



    This Saturday evening , June 17th, at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

    Saturday June 17th is our Father's Day Celebration

    & Scout Night! 6 features on the card.

    All Scouts enjoy free admission plus great homemade

    food specials!

    Brought to you by NAPA Auto Parts

    FATHER'S DAY FEAST & SCOUT NIGHT

    Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts

    Dads and grandads, we celebrate you Saturday Night at the Races!

    We invite all  Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops  to attend. 

    Modifieds - Sportsman Twin 25s  - Limited Late Models - 4-Cylinders - Legends 

    All Scouts FREE admission!

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

      Change of direction: Jimmie Johnson’s team will go to a backup car

    After attempting to repair the primary car damaged in a spin, the No. 48 team will go to a backup car.

    Christopher Bell leads opening Truck practice at Gateway

    Toyotas take three of the top four spots.


    Today @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) & Spirit Speedway (http://www.spiritspeedway.com/) :

    Saturday / June 17th / - Pack the House Night – 270 & 600 Micros, Xcel Mods, and 4 Cylinders
    June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
    Swedesboro, 08085
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    Pack the House Night(FREE ADMISSION) – Brought to you by Sunglass Central
    June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bridgeport Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd
    Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
    + Google Map

    Come out to the track and enjoy a night on us!  All general admission is completely FREE on this night!  Also, this night is Camera & Autograph night.  Come out and meet the drivers, get their autographs, and have your pictures taken with them. Divisions racing: 270 micros, 600 micros, 4 cylinders, 600 Xcel Mods, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, MASS 305 Sprints, and Rookies ***FREE PARKING***      

    Find out more »


    Today @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/ ):

    Saturday, June 17, 2017Graduation Night 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks & Rookie Sportsman Graduation (12 Laps)7PM$20

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Kyle Busch is making his first series start since March.

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



    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Truex at the top. Martin Truex Jr. leads Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Michigan


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Jimmie Johnson will not need to go to a backup car after incident in Saturday morning's practice.

    Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Nothing to mull(et): Erik Jones seeks to balance fun and work

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Erik Jones to show fans more of his fun personality. 

     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/nothing-to-mullet-erik-jones-seeks-to-balance-fun-and-work/

    Today’s Xfinity race at Michigan: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/17/todays-xfinity-race-at-michigan-start-time-weather-tvradio-info/


    Saturday schedule at Michigan (Cup, Xfinity) and Gateway (Trucks)
    NASCAR races both in Brooklyn, Michigan, and Madison, Illinois today

    Courtesy Catchfence.com
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    Joey Logano is the first driver to join the green flag experience

    http://www.catchfence.com/260269/joey-logano-first-driver-join-green-flag-experience

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

     Social media updates from Monster Energy Series garage at Michigan

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


    NASCAR Cup: Jimmie Johnson in No. 48 at least three more years
     

    NASCAR Cup: Kyle Larson wins pole at Michigan

    Amanda Vincent


     (6/16/17)

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Can Joey Logano’s recent slide finally come to an end Sunday at Michigan?

    Joey Logano is the defending winner of this race.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/16/can-joey-loganos-recent-slide-finally-come-to-an-end-sunday-at-michigan/

    Cup starting lineup for FireKeepers Casino 400; Larson on pole, Blaney goes for 2 in row

    Kyle Larson has pole for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan, while Ryan Blaney seeks 2nd Cup win in a row. 
     
    Just like last year, Brandon Jones repeats with ARCA win at Michigan
    This was Jones' fourth career ARCA win.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com
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    Fantasy Fastlane: Advice for the FireKeepers Casino 400

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1225/fantasy-fastlane-firekeepers-casino-400#/0

    Wins by Blaney, Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon inspire rookie Daniel Suarez     

    http://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/06/16/daniel-suarez-assimilating-in-rookie-nascar-year/    

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



    Courtesy National Speed Sport News.com (https://speedsport.com/):

    Lightning Larson Scores Michigan Pole 

    Courtesy NBC Sports

      Kyle Larson picks up where he left off at Michigan, takes pole for Sunday’s race

    Larson picks up where he left off with his win at Michigan last August.  

     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/16/kyle-larson-picks-up-where-he-left-off-at-michigan-takes-pole-for-sundays-race/


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

    Kyle Larson rockets to pole for Monster Energy Series race at Michigan


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

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Wide open.Kyle Larson wins Coors Light Pole at Michigan at 202.156 mph


    Courtesy NBC Sports
     
    Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler fastest in final Xfinity practice at Michigan
    Michigan native Brad Keselowski was fastest in Friday's final Xfinity practice at his home track

    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

    Premium Motorsports Tabs D.J. Kennington for Daytona International Speedway
    On Thursday, Premium Motorsports announced that Canadian racer D.J. Kennington will drive the team's No. 15 Toyota in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.  Read more


    Frontstretch Folio: FireKeepers Casino 400
    by Phil Allaway
     
    This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to the Great Lakes State for their first visit of the year to Michigan International Speedway.  Coverage of the FireKeepers Casino 400 can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 2 p.m. ET Sunday while the green flag is scheduled to fly around 3:20.  The race can be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

    Records and facts
    In last year's FireKeepers Casino 400, Joey Logano dominated, leading 138 of the 200 laps.  He managed to get past Chase Elliott on a restart with 47 laps to go and held on to take the victory.
    Elliott ended up second with Kyle Larson a close third.  Brad Keselowski finished fourth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

    Among active drivers, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch each have three Michigan wins. Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have two a piece.

    All-time, David Pearson is the winningest driver at Michigan with nine career wins, including three in a row at one point.  His first Michigan win came in the Yankee 600, an attempt to run a 600-mile race at Michigan.  It ended up being rain-shortened to 165 laps of the scheduled 300.  Cale Yarborough is second with eight wins, followed by Bill Elliott with seven.  Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace both have five wins.

    Track Facts
    Track / Race Length: 2 mile "D-Shaped" oval, 200 laps (400 miles)
    Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: 3,600 ft., banked 12 degrees
    Backstretch: 2,242 ft., banked 5 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 71,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
    Opened: 1968 (first Cup race in 1969)

    Website: http://www.mispeedway.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MISpeedway
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/MISpeedway

    Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

    Qualifying: Friday, June 16 at 4:15 p.m. on FOX Sports 2
     
    Practice No. 2: Saturday, June 17, 9 - 9:55 a.m. on FOX Sports 2

    Happy Hour: Saturday, June 17, 12 - 12:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 2

    Say What?!
    "I’m in total amazement I didn’t even have a bruise from last weekend’s crash at Pocono. I’m looking forward to Michigan. It’s a fast track, speeds are crazy high, and all but once we have figured out how to lose that race in every way. Father’s Day weekend is always special – especially now since I am a dad. My father Gary is usually at the racetracks every weekend and it is always the intention to try and get a win for the dads. I’m thankful for all he sacrificed to allow me to follow my dream." - Jimmie Johnson

    "Regardless of new pavement or not, it’s wide-open racing, and you can run from top to bottom more and more every race there as the groove widens out. The biggest thing used to be to find grip there. But with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now. Before, you had grip for maybe five laps, and then you’d just be out to lunch. But now, the tire wear is all out the window and the racetrack is very fast. And the wide racetrack is good. That’s what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun. That’s the biggest deal about it.

    "I expect it to be fast, still. There’s still a lot of grip, but I’m hoping it’s starting to get worn in like Kansas did. I would still expect it to be very fast this weekend. But if you’re just a little bit loose there, now you’re nervous that just any little bit of getting outside the groove or having a little bit too much yaw will lead to a wreck. It was really intense last year in our tests and in the races there. You are hauling there now, for sure, and we know that corner speeds are up overall this year at other places." - Kyle Busch

    "I think the Michigan track has aged a little bit since last season. When we were up there a few weeks ago for a test, it was really gray. It had lost some of its color. There weren't enough cars running to really widen the groove out, but I think you will see two-and-a-half grooves open up. I don't think you're going to see cars up in the middle of the race track or the very top lane, but the bottom does still have a lot of grip. They did an outstanding job paving that place, and it just takes a few years for it to age.

    "Michigan is a super fast race track. It's a fun place for us to race with a blue oval on our Ford Fusion. We're also going to have the Shriners Hospitals for Children with us this weekend. It will be their first race for the 2017 campaign promoting summer safety. It's a big weekend for us." - David Ragan


      The Critic's Annex: Axalta Presents the Pocono 400
    by Phil Allaway

    Welcome back, everyone.  It has been a long and tiring week.  Note to all of you who'd like to cover Cup races on credential.  If you want to cover a race that starts at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday that you live 200+ miles away from, make sure you don't have to be at a day job Monday morning.  I got home at 3:30 a.m. and was physically done afterwards.  I'm still recovering.  This is going to be fairly quick this week.

    Probably the scariest moments of the race were the big wrecks for Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray just before halfway.  At the time of the crashes, FOX Sports 1 was in a side-by-side commercial break.  They quickly came out of that in order to show the incident and figure out what the heck happened.

    The replays quickly showed a right rear failure on Johnson's car.  The move through the grass was apparently Johnson's idea.  Not a good one.  

    However, they didn't have a good shot of what happened to McMurray.  The thought at first was that McMurray ran over something from Johnson's car, which would make sense under the circumstances.  However, McMurray indicated that he had his own brake failure on the radio.  Interesting.

    Post-race coverage was quite short because the broadcast was only scheduled for three hours while the race took almost three and a half.  If you saw the TV Schedule at Frontstretch last week, you saw that I outright stated that the race was going to run long.  Don't understand that scheduling.

    I was out on pit road when this coverage aired.  Watching the broadcast, I now understand where all that smoke came from after the checkers.  Reed Sorenson's car burst into flames right before I went over the wall.  I couldn't see the fire, but the smoke and extinguisher fumes were brutal.  Tough to breathe with that nastiness around.  Ideally, I would have liked FOX Sports 1 to track down anyone affiliated with Premium Motorsports to see just what the heck caused that.  However, the time constraints made that impossible to put on-air.

    The Victory Lane interview threw a wrench in the routine.  Brad Keselowski volunteered to interview Ryan Blaney down there in a reversal from Saturday.  That was interesting.  You could just tell how jacked up Keselowski was not just to do the interview, but because Blaney is his friend.

    Yes, Darrell Wallace Jr. did have a brief episode on pit road where he briefly lost consciousness.  Being three feet away when it happened means that it is still fresh on my mind.  The plan was for me to get quotes from Wallace for a sidebar article.  Wallace was talking to Jerry Jordan and commenting about how happy he was for Blaney.  Then, his eyes started twitching and he slumped.  He was helped to the ground, where he got some fluids.

    This was not seen on-air and was not referenced on the broadcast.  That's why a lot of viewers were shocked to find out that it happened.  And it did.  I'm not making this up.

    Wallace hugging Blaney in Victory Lane occurred after this moment, but prior to Wallace going to the Infield Care Center.  During his press conference later on, Wallace claimed that the episode occurred due to anger with himself, mainly over the multiple pit road penalties.  He also stated that it had happened twice before.

    Looking back, I can actually understand the eye twitching being due to anger because that happens to me at times when I get really ticked off.  That it would lead to a near-fainting episode just shows how focused Wallace can be on his craft.

    Overall, the broadcast on Sunday had its moments.  There were times when there was some excellent racing and FOX did a good job in bringing that action to viewers.  The race for the win between Blaney and Kevin Harvick was quite interesting, as it should have been.  However, the early portions of the race were rather boring to watch.  You can't just stick with the leaders when there's next to nothing going on up there, especially at a place like Pocono.  There are few tracks in NASCAR where drivers can get as spread out as the "Tricky Triangle."


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



    Courtesy NBC Sports

    With deal through 2020, how realistic is it that Jimmie Johnson wins 100 races?

    Jimmie Johnson needs to win 17 races before his contract extension ends to reach 100 Cup wins. 

     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/16/with-deal-through-2020-how-realistic-is-it-that-jimmie-johnson-wins-100-races/ 

    Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Reed fastest in first Xfinity practice at Michigan
    Spencer Gallagher and Ryan Reed were fastest in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Michigan.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Jimmie nudging Knaus?  


    Playoff Watch: XFINITY Series


    Playoff Watch: Camping World Truck Series, post-Texas


    Courtesy ESPN.com

    Erik Jones, Chase Elliott looking to boost youth movement

    Erik Jones wanted to win at Pocono, but came in third. Chase Elliott was excellent at Michigan last season, site of this week's race and Jones' home track. Both are hoping to add to the list of first-time winners in 2017 on Sunday.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19654184/nascar-erik-jones-chase-elliott-looking-boost-youth-movement


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

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


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



    Courtesy Amanda Vincent
    (Thanks Amanda !):

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-mdm-motorsports-withdraws-from-gateway-race/

    NASCAR Truck: MDM Motorsports withdraws from Gateway race

    Amanda Vincent

    This Saturday evening , June 17th, at Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

    Saturday June 17th is our Father's Day Celebration

    & Scout Night! 6 features on the card.

    All Scouts enjoy free admission plus great homemade

    food specials!

    Brought to you by NAPA Auto Parts

    FATHER'S DAY FEAST & SCOUT NIGHT

    Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts

    Dads and grandads, we celebrate you Saturday Night at the Races!

    We invite all  Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops  to attend. 

    Modifieds - Sportsman Twin 25s  - Limited Late Models - 4-Cylinders - Legends 

    All Scouts FREE admission!


    Courtesy National Speed Sport News.com (https://speedsport.com/): 


    This Saturday evening , June 17th @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/): 

    New Egypt, NJ – The Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman will be in the spotlight this coming Saturday June 17th at New Egypt Speedway as they will be crowning a champion and graduating into either the Hammer Sportsman or Crate Modified divisions. The final Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman […]


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Mario Andretti makes Ryan Blaney’s first Cup win even more special
    Racing icon's congratulatory message to Ryan Blaney was 'the coolest one I got.' 

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


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


    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-same-hornish-jr-returns-to-team-penske-for-at-least-three-races/

    NASCAR Xfinity: Sam Hornish Jr. relturns to Team Penske for at least three races


    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-three-teams-lose-practice-time-at-michigan-international-speedway/

    NASCAR Cup: three teams lose practice time at Michigan International Speedway


    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-schedules-weather-outlook-for-michigan-gateway/

    NASCAR schedules, weather outlook for Michigan, Gateway

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
    (Thanks Heather !):  

    Catchfence
    Justin Allgaier hopes to extend points lead
    Brad Keselowski ready to triumph in home state
     Google Alerts

    NESN.com
    Patrick, who by no means is shy about her healthy lifestyle, was in Boston on Wednesday promoting New Hampshire's NASCAR weekend in July.
    For The Win
    Only a rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, Daniel Suárez is focused on the future – in terms of his career, his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team and the ...
    Beyond the Flag
    If NASCAR decided to start retiring numbers, many current drivers in the field on Sundays would have to change their numbers. And where would they ...

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

    ESPN
    Before Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick, there was Louise Smith -- pioneering race car driver and NASCAR legend. As the first woman inducted into ...
    Newton Daily News
    Iowa Speedway announced Wednesday the title sponsor for the June 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be Mars Chocolate North ...
    MLive.com
    This particular motor home just happened to be previously owned by NASCAR driver Austin Dillon. "We didn't buy it because he used to own it," Linda ...
    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Locked in for long runSeven-time champ Jimmie Johnson signs contract extension with HMS, Lowe’s


    All-time winningest drivers



    Courtesy NBC Sports

    NASCAR penalizes Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones.

    Alon Day to drive No. 23 for BK Racing at Sonoma

    Driver will be the fourth different racer in the No. 23 Cup car this season.

    NASCAR America: My Home Track — Utah and Rocky Mountain Raceways
    Utah has long been a hotbed of racing, from the Bonneville Salt Flats to Rocky Mountain Raceways.

    (6/15/17)


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


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Take a look back at how Ryan Blaney held off Kevin Harvick at Pocono by preventing the No. 4 car from getting air to its nose. Parker Kligerman explains why that strategy will important for all drivers at...



    Keselowski, Stavast take a ride in a 1901 Ford
    Brad Keselowski and Kelli Stavast have a little fun in Michigan with a 1901 Ford Sweepstakes Car, the model that helped Henry Ford start the Ford Motor Company.



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



    Courtesy NBC Sports

    MDM Motorsports will skip Saturday's race at Gateway, but will return next week at Iowa.

    My Home Track: Utah's Rocky Mountain Raceways
    Get to know more about Rocky Mountain Raceways in Utah with our latest My Home Track feature

    Chase Elliott must refine restarts to win
    Chase Elliott is still looking for his first Cup Series win, and if he wants it to come at Michigan, he will need to have bigger restarts

    Can Dale Jr. snap winless streak at Michigan?
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't won a Cup race in 33 starts, but he's been known to break long winless streaks before at Michigan.

    Racing simulator: Michigan International Speedway
    Parker Kligerman takes a ride around Michigan International Speedway in a simulator to preview what drivers will experience this weekend.

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


    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     Even at the Happiest Place on Earth, Hamlin feels pressure to win    


    Courtesy NBC Sports



    Logano’s tweet winds up being worth $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity
    Joey Logano will donate $10k for 10,000 retweets of his post


    Courtesy ESPN.com

    Turn 4: Is the pressure on Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

    Is any veteran driver feeling the playoff heat more than Dale Earnhardt Jr.? How is Silly Season shaping up? How big an issue is sponsorship, particularly in the Truck Series? Our gang has at it.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19645222/nascar-burning-questions-many-winners-piling-dale-earnhardt-jr-feeling-pressure


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



    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Denny Hamlin has a history of battling retiring drivers to a dramatic finish


     
    Austin Dillon makes one of most meaningful swaps in his life
    Dillon honored a veteran Air Force pilot's request to trade racing gloves for flight gloves.

    Harvick, Blaney, Suarez entered in Sonoma K&N West race next weekend
    Harvick hasn't raced in K&N series since 2007, Blaney hasn't since 2011. 

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

     'Cars 3' is 'amazing experience'NASCAR stars excited to see their work on screen as 'Cars 3' debuts 

     http://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/06/15/cars-3-open-nationwide-nascar-preview/

    Things get misty when drivers and dads talk track memories

    http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-fathers-day-tickets.5471138742001.html 


     Blaney on going for Wood Brothers' 100th victory 

    http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/up-to-speed.monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-ryan-blaney-1-on-1-pocono-winner.5472503882001.html



    This Saturday , June 17th @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) & Spirit Speedway (http://www.spiritspeedway.com/) :

    Saturday / June 17th / - Pack the House Night – 270 & 600 Micros, Xcel Mods, and 4 Cylinders
    June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085
    Swedesboro, 08085
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    Pack the House Night(FREE ADMISSION) – Brought to you by Sunglass Central
    June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bridgeport Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd
    Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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    Come out to the track and enjoy a night on us!  All general admission is completely FREE on this night!  Also, this night is Camera & Autograph night.  Come out and meet the drivers, get their autographs, and have your pictures taken with them. Divisions racing: 270 micros, 600 micros, 4 cylinders, 600 Xcel Mods, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, MASS 305 Sprints, and Rookies ***FREE PARKING***      

    Find out more »

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


    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

    Frontstretch Line of the Week
     
    From Beyond the Cockpit: Dakoda Armstrong Improving at JGL Racing
     
    This is a weird sport to be 26. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m getting up there. I’m almost a veteran.’ It is weird to think that." - Dakoda Armstrong on aging out of being a young gun


    Courtesy NBC Sports

    Cody Ware drives the No. 51 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing and has made three starts this year.

    Xfinity Series Spotlight: A Q&A with Kyle Benjamin

    The 19-year-old driver won his first Xfinity pole at Pocono and at 15 was the youngest driver to win an ARCA race.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/15/xfinity-series-spotlight-a-qa-with-kyle-benjamin/


    Sam Hornish Jr. returns to Team Penske for three Xfinity races, possibly more

    Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 Ford next weekend in the Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway.

      http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/06/15/sam-hornish-jr-returns-to-team-penske-for-three-xfinity-races-possibly-more/


    Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
    (Thanks Heather !): 

    Google Alerts

    Charlotte Observer
    In the last 10 months, young NASCAR Cup series drivers Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney have 

    Fast times at MIS: David Ragan loves the challenge of NASCAR's fastest track
    MLive.com
    Times have dropped and stabilized, but don't tell NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series veteran David Ragan that the fast-approaching FireKeepers ...
    The Detroit News
    Michigan native Erik Jones is showing great speed in his No. 77 Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing in his rookie season in the Monster Energy ...
    For The Win
    No doubt Austin Dillon has received a variety of gifts since winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Coca-Cola 600 over ...
    Autoweek
    For two drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage, the race weekend inside the state of Michigan won't end with the FireKeepers ...
    For The Win
    NASCAR is definitely a team sport, and the drivers rely heavily on their crew chiefs and spotters to tell them what to do and where to go – to remain ...
    STLtoday.com
    The most recent race in the NASCAR Truck Series is officially listed as ending under caution with Christopher Bell being the fortunate recipient of a ...
      C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
    News965
    Pre-race ceremonies for both Friday night's Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered ...
    fox2now.com
    Nascar Driver/Announcer Kenny Wallace will be holding a huge garage sale starting Wednesday, June 14 and running through Saturday, June 17.
    Speedway Digest (press release) (blog)
    Overton's, America's Marine and Watersports SuperStore, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for two major NASCAR races at New Hampshire Motor ...
    Speedway Digest (press release) (blog)
    NASCAR gets the blood pumping for Robert Gers, an Army veteran served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The sights, sounds, and smells are ...
    ESPN
    Race fans can bid on unique experiences and signed NASCAR collectibles, all in the name of charity, prior to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster ...
    Hot 20 – Heading to Michigan, Danica would top this chart if it were not based on performance
    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    Michigan, Gateway stages

    McMurray takes to bike trail

    Will Irish Hills smile on Junior?


     Michigan memories.Jeff Gordon's win from the pole in 2014 among top moments in Irish Hills history


    Expert picks for Michigan


    Courtesy Catchfence.com

    WWE superstar Baron Corbin named honorary starter for Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park


    Elliott Sadler 2017 NXS Irish Hills 250 Race Preview

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




    Courtesy NBC Sports

    NASCAR America's analysts discuss Ryan Blaney's place among the sport's rising stars.

    Brad K sharing goodwill in his home state
    Brad Keselowski and the Checkered Flag Foundation, with help from other Michigan notables such as Jim Harbaugh, helped raise money to build a new Fisher House in Ann Arbor. 

     NASCAR America: Darrell Wallace Jr. on Cup debut: ‘truly a special day’
    Darrell Wallace Jr. discusses how his team is working to prevent more pit road speed penalties and his post-race fainting spell.

     

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent
    (Thanks Amanda !):


    NASCAR Cup: BK Racing crew chief lineup changes

    Amanda Vincent

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