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(5/31/16) 

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Bowman back in the saddle for 'Tricky Triangle' 

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Tony Stewart Chase Watch

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Recent News 

(5/30/16) 

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After 12 years as owner, Barney Visser finally sees team win in person

Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser has never seen his team win in-person until Martin Truex Jr. did so Sunday at Charlotte... http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/30/after-12-years-as-owner-barney-visser-finally-sees-team-win-in-person/


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While Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, the question remains is this what NASCAR fans reallywant to see?. Bob Pockrass breaks that down and more in the Monday Rundown.

  

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 Post-Charlotte notebook: Truex achievements make for a long list

Martin Truex Jr. achieved a number of accomplishments in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600. Here are a few.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/30/post-charlotte-notebook-truex-achievements-make-for-a-long-list/ 

Upon Further Review: Coca-Cola 600

What to make of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 and a look at which teams have gone the most to NASCAR's R&D Center for postrace...

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/30/upon-further-review-coca-cola-600/

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 Martin Truex Jr. wins Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/5/29/martin-truex-jr-wins-coca-cola-600-record-laps-led.html

As sun sets at Charlotte, so does Junior's speed

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/5/30/dale-earnhardt-jr-recovers-at-coca-cola-600-charlotte-motor-speedway.html

Backseat to dominant Truex basically a win for Harvick, Johnson

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/5/30/jimmie-johnson-kevin-harvick-charlotte-motor-speedway-coca-cola-600-martin-truex-jr-win.html


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5 things we learned from the Coca-Cola 600 (VIDEO)



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 Letter of the Race: Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 was brought to you by the letter "B," for Butt-Kicking.  Martin Truex, Jr. led all but eight laps in Sunday night's race.  It is the most dominant victory that any driver has had at Charlotte Motor Speedway since Ernie Irvan won the 1993 Mello Yello 500 while leading 328 of 334 laps.  Also like Sunday's race, Irvan's victory was the fastest Cup race ever run at CMS to that point. 

Martin Truex, Jr. Turns Domination into Special Coke 600 Victory

Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 quickly turned into the Martin Truex, Jr. show. The Furniture Row Racing driver led 392 of 400 laps to take one of the most dominant victories in recent history.  Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.  Read more

Chasing the Chase: Harvick Pads Lead After Runner-Up Finish In Charlotte
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick had a great night Sunday in Charlotte, finishing second.  That allowed him to expand his points lead; it's now 36 over new second-place man Kurt BuschJimmie Johnson is up two places to third in points after finishing third on Sunday.  Kyle Busch struggled for part of Sunday night, but eventually recovered to get into the top 10.  However, a blown tire in the last ten laps and hard contact with the wall ended his night and resulted in a 33rd-place finish.  That dropped Kyle down to fourth in points.

Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski are now tied for fifth in the standings.  Edwards finished 18th after drawing two consecutive pit road speeding penalties under green while Keselowski finished fifth, best of the Fords.  Martin Truex, Jr.'s dominant win moved him up two places to seventh in the standings, displacing Chase Elliott back to eighth.  Elliott had a good night and finished eighth, on the lead lap.

Joey Logano is down one place to ninth in points despite coming back from being off sequence with pit stops to finish ninth.  Matt Kenseth, behind him gained two places and entered the top 10 following a relatively quiet seventh-place finish.  Right behind Kenseth is teammate Denny Hamlin, who also gained two spots to come out of Charlotte in 11th.  Austin Dillon finished 12th, but lost two places in the standings.  He's only three points out of tenth.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got burned by a caution coming out while he was making a green-flag pit stop.  While he stayed on the lead lap thanks to a wave-around, Earnhardt's night was compromised.  He finished 14th and lost two places in the standings.  Jamie McMurray remains 14th, while Ryan Blaney and Ryan Newman are now tied for the final Chase spot.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 457, 2) Kurt Busch -36, 3) Jimmie Johnson -48, 4) Kyle Busch -52, t-5) Carl Edwards -53, t-5) Brad Keselowski -53, 7) Martin Truex, Jr. -76, 8) Chase Elliott -83, 9) Joey Logano -84, 10) Matt Kenseth -110, 11) Denny Hamlin -112, 12) Austin Dillon -113, 13) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -116, 14) Jamie McMurray -139, t-15) Ryan Blaney -148, t-15) Ryan Newman -148.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Auto Club), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Richmond), Matt Kenseth (Dover), Martin Truex, Jr. (Charlotte)

Quotes to Remember: Coca-Cola 600
compiled by Phil Allaway

"It feels awesome. Coca-Cola 600, man, this is one everybody wants to win. I feel like we had this thing won last year when we gave it up and just... I don’t know. There are so many emotions, I had to unplug my radio and just ride around and think for a few minutes, because I didn’t even know what I was going to say or what I was going to do. Just we’ve been through a lot as a group. I’ve been through a lot personally. I’ve been through a lot with Sherry (Pollex, girlfriend) and just it’s fun to have her here and have her celebrate and it’s just – happy for my guys, happy for Barney (Visser, team owner), Toyota, everybody that helps us do this. I mean, I’ve got the best team in the world and we’ve got these Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas flying, man. It’s just fun to drive them and I honestly thought we could have been better tonight and just kept digging and just kept making small adjustments and working on it and I don’t know, man. Here we are, so I was – it was 50 to go and then it was 40 to go and then 30 to go and I just kept praying for no cautions and driving away." - Martin Truex, Jr., race winner

"Yeah, we struggled tonight.  Our Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was not very good in the first, I would say 450 miles of this particular race.  Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and everybody on our team did a great job to do whatever they did with the air pressure and just told me it was a really big adjustment.  The last couple of runs, I got tight.  The one run when we had the first air pressure adjustment we were really good.  The last two runs I was a little bit tighter once I got up behind those guys, right behind them, I just couldn’t go anywhere.  Just really proud of the effort to turn the car around.  We had a 10th-place car and they turned it into a car capable of racing for the win.  That is pretty awesome." - Kevin Harvick, finished second

"It’s nice when you have a car like that.  I’m so proud of the effort we put in tonight.  This is the best car I’ve had in Charlotte for a long time.  It just shows you how good that No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.) was and the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) got a little bit better than us at the end.  I thought we had a chance at them a few times, a couple of times on the long run we would get close. A couple times on the restarts we would get close, but all-in-all a very strong performance for this Lowe’s Chevrolet.  Very proud of the teamwork and the support that we have from all the employees at Lowe’s.  Just came up a little short today." - Jimmie Johnson, finished third

"On the long green-flag runs, it seemed like we would be able to move up a little bit. On short runs we would fall back, but we definitely didn’t have anything for those guys.  The 78 and the 4 were just really fast and Martin Truex deserves this finish.  He had a good run. It was a battle, but we kept good track position all day – had one bad restart where I lost some spots, but other than that fourth is about par for us today. The pit crew did an amazing job all day keeping us up front and our car was pretty good at the end. That’s about what we had, nothing else." - Denny Hamlin, finished fourth

"It’s a long 600 miles and to come home fifth is decent.  It’s not what we want, but we needed a little bit more to be able to run with those guys." - Brad Keselowski, finished fifth

"We got a pit road penalty.  You’re trying to make pit stops so fast and you’re gonna push everything to the edge.  I guess we jumped off the wall a little bit too soon.  I haven’t seen it, but unfortunately, that kind of made us make a green-flag pit stop, which is really hard to overcome.  Overall, we were able to get our lap back by racing up there, which was kind of cool.  We didn’t have to take a lucky dog or any of that.  We actually raced back to the lead lap, but we lost the balance a little bit on the last run and I couldn’t make much time once we got going." - Joey Logano, finished ninth

"That’s all the speed we had.  It was a hard-fought battle and I think we’re gaining on it. It’s frustrating that we didn’t get up to the top 5, but at times we could run top-5 lap times.  It’s a huge amount of progress from where we’ve been, but we clearly have a little ways to go.  Everybody is working hard and hopefully we’ll get there soon." - Greg Biffle, finished 11th

"It was a long night, man, a really, really long night. Nothing could go right for us. That was the frustrating part. I didn’t do us any favors speeding on the first stop. I think we got most of our track position back after that. Then we had a green flag stop and there was a total miscommunication. The next stop we were able to line up with the lead-lap cars and the left-front wheel was loose and had to come back and change that tire. We just struggled from there on out. We definitely didn’t do ourselves any favors tonight. There’s some stuff we have to work on with the race car. I probably didn’t do the best job tonight." - Ryan Blaney, finished 20th

"It was a tough night, start to finish. The car had great acceleration toward the end, but we were tight all night and really never able to pass anybody. Definitely not the run we wanted for our M&M’s Red, White and Blue Camry." - Kyle Busch, finished 33rd (crashed out)

 

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Recap: Tru (hex), no more


Pit road miscues cost Logano, Edwards

Pollex: Coca-Cola 600 is 'so much sweeter' after recent struggles 


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Martin Truex Jr. Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performance No Fluke

After Strong Qualifying Efforts, Greg Biffle Leaves Roush Fenway Racing With Solid Result

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 Jimmie Johnson impressed by Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance: ‘He was playing with us’

Six-time series champion was last driver to take lead from Coca-Cola 600 winner   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/30/jimmie-johnson-impressed-by-martin-truex-jr-s-dominance-he-was-playing-with-us/

Kevin Harvick bolsters points lead with runner-up finish in Coke 600

Matt Kenseth keeps trending up with CLT 7th

In the first 10 races of the 2016 season, it seemed Matt Kenseth could not do anything right. He finished outside the top 10 in eight of those races and recorded a modest aver... more

Rookie Elliott rambles to 8th in Coke 600

Equally important, this was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. Predictability is hard to come by with first-year drivers, but Elliott is performing more like a veteran with... more

Joey Logano finished 9th in Coca-Cola 600

Logano keeps scoring top-10s and that makes him a solid fantasy performer, but until he challenges for wins it is difficult to build a roster around the No. 22. more

10th-place Ryan Newman batting 0.500

Newman is the embodiment of yeomanly work. He has not been flashy in recent races, but in that span of events he has scored an average finish of 14.4 with only one result wors... more

What drivers said after Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Notable quotes from several drivers after the longest race of the NASCAR season.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/29/what-drivers-said-after-sundays-coca-cola-600-at-charlotte-motor-speedway/


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Pockrass: Martin Truex Jr.'s win validates Furniture Row's commitment

Martin Truex Jr. has looked like a winner all year. He finalized the deal Sunday with a dominating performance in the Coca-Cola 600 and for the first time had his owner on hand to celebrate.


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Martin Truex Jr. dominates Coca-Cola 600

Amanda Vincent

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Total Truex Domination

It's been almost a year since his last victory, but Martin Truex Jr. did what it took and led 392 laps from the pole to win the Coca-Cola 600

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/29/martin-truex-jr-leads-race-record-392-laps-to-win-coca-cola-600/

Kez gets 1st top-5 in last 5 CLT starts

His last top-five on this was a victory in fall 2013, but he earned three top-10s in the intervening four races. Keselowski started the day fifth and was please to finish ther... more

Denny Hamlin 4th in Coca-Cola 600

After the race, Hamlin said they had a fourth-place car and he was happy to have finished there. This team and driver have made several mistakes in the pits that cost them a s... more

Jimmie Johnson almost reclaims track with 3rd

Last year was a miserable one for Johnson at Charlotte. He finished 40th in this race with crash damage and was 39th in the fall after blowing an engine, but once upon a time ... more

2nd-place Harvick improved as night fell

Harvick was still one of the best values in the game, however. He earned six place-differential points after starting eighth and scored his sixth consecutive top-10 on one of ... more


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Martin Truex Jr. led for 392 of the 400 laps at the Coca-Cola 600 en route to his first Sprint Cup win of the season.

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Truex wins Coca-Cola 600 in record-setting fashion


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 Martin Truex Jr. wins Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion

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Martin Truex Jr. makes history while dominating Coca-Cola 600


How Martin Truex Jr. scored historic win in NASCAR's longest race

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Kevin Harvick Finishes Runner-Up at Charlotte

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Hendrick, Childress share story about Bodine, Earnhardt Sr.

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NASCAR drivers carry veteran names during Coca-Cola 600


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Everything you need to know about the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte


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The world according to Juan Pablo Montoya, from IndyCar to NASCAR to Formula One

The defending Indianapolis 500 winner discusses his career rebirth with Team Penske, his disappointment in NASCAR and whether...    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/28/the-racing-world-according-to-juan-pablo-montoya/           


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Staff picks for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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P R E S S  *  R E L E A S E S
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Coca-Cola 600
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 29
The Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m.
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 600 miles (400 laps)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
Smoke Searches For First Coca-Cola 600 Win In Final Start
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart ranks tied for 13th on the all-time victories list, but has never won the Coca-Cola 600.
 
The member of the Coca-Cola Racing family will attempt to capture his first checkered flag in his final start in NASCAR's longest race on Sunday.
 
Stewart's best finish in the Coca-Cola 600 was a third-place showing in 2001. In 33 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway (tied with Matt Kenseth for the most among active drivers), Stewart claims one win (fall of 2003), six top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 14.5.
 
To make NASCAR’s playoffs, Stewart must win a race and finish the regular season in the top 30 in points. He’s currently 37th in the points – 67 markers behind 30th-place David Ragan.
 
Quality of Racing A Sign Of Things To Come
A third of the way through the season, a ton of numbers have swirled around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – some small, some big, all pointing to fascinating racing.
 
Eight of the first 12 races this season have ended with a margin of victory less than one second, the most since 2010. (Note: Two of these races ended under caution, so there was no margin of victory.)
 
The average margin of victory so far has been .877 seconds – the third-closest margin of victory since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
 
Denny Hamlin's victory in the Daytona 500 by .010 seconds was the closest ever in NASCAR's premier event and tied for the seventh closest in series history. The margin was duplicated two weeks later at Phoenix when Kevin Harvick edged out Carl Edwards at Phoenix.
 
Track records for green flag passes for the lead (lead changes all around the race track while under green flag conditions) were set in three races this season: Atlanta Motor Speedway (44), Auto Club Speedway (51) and Bristol Motor Speedway (40).
 
At Talladega, there were 213 green flag passes for the lead, six passes for the lead shy of tying the record for most green flag passes for the lead in a single race since the inception of loop data in 2005.
 
In the latest event, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, there were 17 green flag passes for the lead, the most since 2013. Joey Logano's pass of Kyle Larson with two laps to go was the latest lead change in the All-Star race in the last seven years. Additionally, this season's All-Star race was the first in the last three years where one driver didn't lead for the entire final segment.
 
 
Logano Looks For Second Straight Charlotte Win, May Sweep
Although it didn’t count for the standings, Joey Logano’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race win halted a rough patch of consecutive finishes outside the top 20: Talladega (25), Kansas (38) and Dover (22).
 
Heading into Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX), Logano sits 10th on the Chase Grid, a comfortable 62 points ahead of Ryan Newman on the cutoff line, but a points-paying win would ensure him a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.
 
Logano won the last race at Charlotte in the fall, leading 227-of-334 laps. His highest finish in the Coca-Cola 600 was a third-place showing in 2011.
 
In 14 Charlotte starts, Logano claims one win, five top five and eight op 10s.
 
If he wins on Sunday, Logano will become the eighth driver to win both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).

A Ford driver has not won the Coca-Cola 600 since Mark Martin in 2002.
 
Marathon Man: Johnson A Master Of NASCAR's Longest Race
A rabid participant in endurance athletics off the track, Jimmie Johnson is also NASCAR's top “endurer” on it.
 
His four wins in the Coca-Cola 600 – NASCAR's longest race – are the most among active drivers and rank second to only NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip's five.
 
The top driver of all-time at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson boasts a record seven wins at the 1.5-mile track. He claims an all-time mark of four victories at CMS in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that do not count for his total. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver's 8.6 average running position and 109.0 driver rating at Charlotte are both active series bests.
 
Johnson's last Charlotte win came in the 2014 Coca-Cola 600.
 
This season, the No. 48 Chevrolet driver has two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes. He sits third on the Chase Grid and holds six bonus points for the Round of 16 in NASCAR's playoffs (one for each win).
 
Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne – a fellow endurance athletics participant – has won three Coca-Cola 600s. Combined, the pair has won seven of the last 13 spring Charlotte races.
 
Happy Makes It Happen At Charlotte
Since fall 2010, Kevin Harvick has been one of the strongest drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway with three wins, two runner-ups and 10 top 10s in 11 starts.
 
In his last six Charlotte races, Harvick owns two wins, two runner-ups, a sixth-place showing and a finish of ninth.
 
That timeframe marks quite the turnaround for Harvick, who logged a high Queen City finish of 10th from 2002 through spring of 2010 – a span of 17 races.
 
Edwards Eyes Coca-Cola 600 Repeat
Carl Edwards provided NASCAR fans with an abundance of firsts when he won the 2016 Coca-Cola 600.
 
Edwards' victory was his first at the track, first driving a Toyota and first for Joe Gibbs Racing.
 
Now looking even more comfortable with his new team and fresh ride, Edwards looks to defend his victory in Sunday's edition of NASCAR's marathon race. The drivers who have won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s are Darrell Waltrip (1978-79, 1988-89), Neil Bonnett (1982-83), Dale Earnhardt (1992-93) and Jeff Gordon (1997-98). Jimmie Johnson won the event three consecutive times from 2003-05.
 
On the season, Edwards owns two wins, five top fives and eight top 10s. He ranks second on the Chase Grid behind teammate Kyle Busch.
 
Two To Go: Busch Needs Wins At Only Charlotte And Pocono To Complete Active Sweep
Only two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks have eluded Kyle Busch – Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway. He’s won at the other 21 active tracks. Only those two remain.
 
The 1.5-mile oval and Tricky Triangle happen to be the next two courses on the schedule.
 
Although Busch has never won at CMS, he does own the second-best driver rating (106.1) and average running position (9.7) among active drivers there. In 24 Charlotte starts, he has 10 top fives and 14 top 10s with a high finish of second (twice, fall of 2010 and fall of 2011).
 
Busch was on his way to victory at Pocono last season, but ran out of fuel on the final lap. A checkered flag would've clinched him his fourth consecutive win.
 
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has carried his momentum into this season. He leads the circuit with three wins and nine top-five finishes.
 
 
24Shadowing? Elliott Can Grab First Win In Same Race As Gordon
Jeff Gordon captured his first victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 via a two-tire gamble on the race's final pit stop. The triumph launched a career that featured 93 wins, four championships and ensured Gordon future enshrinement in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
 
Could Gordon's successor in the No. 24, Chase Elliott, be the next driver to jumpstart a legendary career in the Coca-Cola 600?
 
Maybe.
 
The 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion's eight top-10 finishes in the first 12 races in his Sunoco Rookie of the Year contending season are the most since Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002. His four top-five showings through 12 races are the most in a rookie season since Kasey Kahne posted the same total in 2004.
 
Elliott placed third in the last points-paying race at Dover where he nearly tracked down race-winner Matt Kenseth and runner-up Kyle Larson for his first victory.
 
Kenseth, who won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2000, is the only rookie who's achieved the feat.
 
Slightly Off Target: Larson Aims For First Win Following Two Near Misses
Kyle Larson's first points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win looks like it's coming soon.
 
The NASCAR Next alum has showed off his driving skills in the last three races (points and exhibition) – Dover, the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Unlimited.
 
At Dover, Larson led 85 laps, but could not catch Matt Kenseth, who beat him to the finish line by a mere .187 seconds.
 
Larson won the third segment of the Sprint Showdown following one of the best two-car battles all year where he fended off Chase Elliott by 0.015 seconds.
 
Most recently, the No. 42 Chevrolet driver led the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with two laps remaining, but was passed by Joey Logano and soon wrecked to place 16th.
 
Larson's first win could come on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he has a high finish of sixth. He won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the 1.5-mile track in May of 2014.
 
Jr. Jostles For First 600 Victory, 5 Years After He Ran Out Of Gas
Five years ago Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading the Coca-Cola 600 on the final lap.
 
Devastatingly, the Kannapolis, North Carolina native and NASCAR history buff, who desperately wants a 600 win in front of his home crowd, ran out of fuel and was passed for the win by Kevin Harvick.
 
He’ll get another opportunity at 600 glory on Sunday.
 
In 32 starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has six top fives and 12 top 10s. He placed third in last year’s spring Charlotte race.
 
NASCAR Industry To Honor Fallen Service Members With 600 Miles Of Remembrance
Continuing the sport’s long-standing tradition of honoring the United States Armed Forces, all 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will bear the name of a fallen service member on their race car windshields during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
For the second consecutive year, "600 Miles of Remembrance" will pay tribute this Memorial Day Weekend to those who bravely served and died defending our country. 
 
Windshield headers normally reserved for drivers’ last names will read "SGT HARVEY," "LCPL RAMIREZ," and "SPC BEAUDOIN," among other names of the fallen.
 
The special tribute will commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute™, the industry’s collective expression of respect and gratitude for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Fans can follow the conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.
 
 
 
Queen City Kings: Coca-Cola Conquerors Who've Won Championships
A past reigning or future NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has won 56% of all Coca-Cola 600 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
The drivers who have completed the championship/Queen City double: Jimmie Johnson (6 titles, 4 C600s), Dale Earnhardt (7 titles, 3 C600s), Richard Petty (7 titles 2 C600s), Jeff Gordon (4 titles, 3 C600s), Darrell Waltrip (3 titles, 5 C600s), David Pearson (3 titles, 3 C600s), Bobby Allison (1 title, 3 C600s), Kevin Harvick (1 title, 2 C600s), Rusty Wallace (1 title 1 C600), Bobby Labonte (1 title, 1 C600), (1 title, 1 C600), Dale Jarrett (1 title, 1 C600), Benny Parsons (1 title, 1 C600), Kurt Busch (1 title 1 C600) and Matt Kenseth (1 title 1 C600).
 
 
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Coca-Cola 600 Military Salute
In addition to NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance tribute, further salutes to the United States Armed Forces will take place before the Coca-Cola 600. Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature skydivers from Team Fastrax, war re-enactments, vintage war planes, a 21-gun salute from the Fort Bragg Firing Squad and a flyover of four F-15s from the 334th Fighter Squadron, Fighting Eagles Seymour Johnson AFB.  Buses will also transport thousands of troops to the race through the Patriot Partners program. Through the new CMS Salute the Crews program, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team members who have served in the military will be recognized during the pre-race ceremonies and on the giant Speedway…
 
Fans From Around The Globe Flock To Charlotte Motor Speedway
Throughout all 10 days of NASCAR Thunder in Charlotte, fans from 25 foreign countries and representing 4,100 cities worldwide have visited or plan on going to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
Country Star Lee Brice To Take Stage On Sunday
Grammy-nominated country music artist Lee Brice will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Coca-Cola 600
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Coca-Cola 600: Start time, starting grid, weather, TV & Radio info



(5/28/16)

 Congratulations to JASON HEARNE for winning the 1st if 2 modified main events @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) tonight, AND to
SHAWNA INGRAHAM  for winning the 2nd modified main event !!! 3 cheers to both of you !!!

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 Hamlin rides fresh tires to overtime XFINITY win at Charlotte

Custer earns top-five result in second XFINITY start

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Denny Hamlin gets Xfinity win at Charlotte

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Denny Hamlin keeps his cool and locks down XFINITY victory


NXS: Fluid On Track Collects Three Drivers


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Mark Martin gladly embraces whirlwind week of traveling Indianapolis to Charlotte — twice

The new NASCAR Hall of Famer scrambles to attend the 100th running of the Indy 500 and drive the pace car for the Coca-Cola 600...

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Silver linings

Kyle Busch has grown stronger as Sprint Cup Champion and a lot of that can be attributed to his 2015 recovery and time away from the track

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/27/nascar-america-kyle-buschs-recovery-in-2015-helped-create-torrid-start-in-2016/

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Bruce: Honor the unfamiliar names on Sprint Cup windshields


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Winning the Coke 600 was always atop Ricky Craven's wish list because of the special test it means for a car and driver. That caps the best weekend of racing all season just adds to the mystique.

Pockrass: The NASCAR Hall of Fame means something to many

As Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress get ready to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame next year, their drivers talk about much they deserve the honor.

Pockrass: Saluting the military big part of Charlotte weekend

NASCAR salutes troops at nearly every event throughout the season, but the events to honor the military surrounding the Memorial Day Weekend Coca-Cola 600 are special to drivers and fans.


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 Martin Truex Jr. quickest in CLT practice 2

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Truex Charlotte dominance continues

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Martin talks Hall of Fame selection, reconnecting with his NASCAR family

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Ready to ride

Even though Chase Elliott doesn't have prior experience in the Coca-Cola 600, the rookie says he's physically and mentally ready for Charlotte.

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/chase-elliott-physically-and-mentally-ready-coca-cola-600


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Jimmie Johnson has plenty of success at Charlotte, but is he worth your attention in daily fantasy? Matt Willis guides you through the best and worst picks in the field.



Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ ) is where I shall be later this afternoon/ evening ! I'll be wearing a red track T-shirt , and either a blue / white track hat , or a Napa hat. Sitting high over the beginning of the frontstretch, right on the aisle, just 3 rows down from the top.

The weather is going to be great !   Sunny & warm -hot in the afternoon. Cooling to the upper 60's in the evening (so I'll be keeping a sweater nearby !)

I hope to cya there !
Joe

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Double-duty is still a thrill for Tony Stewart


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 Today’s Xfinity race at Charlotte: Start time, weather, radio & TV info

The Xfinity Series compete in the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR America: Nate Ryan goes down memory road with Roger Penske

Nate Ryan talked to Roger Penske about winning a NASCAR race as a driver in 1963.

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600 miles to glory

Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, but he hasn't found victory lane this season, is this the week he gets it done?

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/week-martin-truex-jr-finally-wins-season 

 NASCAR America: Chase Elliott is physically, mentally ready for Coca-Cola 600  

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to make run at victory lane in Charlotte  

NASCAR America: Kyle Busch’s recovery in 2015, helped create torrid start in 2016

A look at military veterans now on Sprint Cup race teams


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Chase Elliott reveals Darlington paint scheme


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No, Kyle Larson hasn't won a Sprint Cup race yet, and yes, many still say it's just a matter of time before he does. For Larson, it is frustrating, but it isn't overwhelming.

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 Stenhouse leads Roush qualifying effort with best start since 2013

All three Roush Fenway Racing cars will start in top 10 for first time in three seasons.   http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/27/stenhouse-leads-roush-qualifying-effort-with-best-start-since-2013/


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Joe Gibbs Racing loses sponsor on Matt Kenseth's No. 20

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{WTG DALE JR.!!!

'nuff said from me !
Joe }

                    

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Frontstretch Folio: Coca-Cola 600
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, points are back on the line as the Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the year.  Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 can be seen on FOX starting at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday while the green flag flies around 6:20.  The race can be heard on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's Coca-Cola 600, Carl Edwards took the lead following the final round of green-flag pit stops and pulled away to win by nearly five seconds over Greg Biffle.

Among active drivers, Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver at Charlotte with seven career victories on the quad-oval.  He just plain owned the place for a couple of years in the mid-2000s, winning four races in a row from 2004-2005.  Kasey Kahne has four career wins (plus one All-Star Race victory) while Kevin Harvick has three.

All-time, Johnson's seven wins actually top the charts. Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison both have six while Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt have five apiece.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile quad-oval, 50 laps (75 miles) for Sprint Showdown, 113 laps (169.5 miles) for the Sprint All-Star Race
Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,952.8 ft., banked 5 degrees

Backstretch: 1,360 ft., banked 5 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 89,000
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Opened: 1960

Website: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy

Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 2: Saturday, May 28, 10 - 10:55 a.m. on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, May 28, 1 - 1:50 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Say What?!

"Having a car balance that you can adjust because so much changes from the day when it’s hot and sunny, and then you get into the night when it cools down a little bit without any sun on the track. The track changes for grip. So if you can tighten your car up at the right times and do it the right way to where you don’t lose the attitude that you are looking for throughout the race, that’s key." - Kasey Kahne

"It just depends on how hot it is, honestly. If it’s a good weekend and the weather is nice, then it’s more mentally challenging than physically challenging. Either way, it’s still challenging both mentally and physically in some way, shape or form. The hardest part mentally is just getting yourself to overcome that last hundred miles because you are used to the 400 or 500-mile races." - Kevin Harvick

"I like Charlotte. It’s really nice for the crews because it’s a home race for them. They get to sleep in their own bed and a lot of their family and friends are there. So you want to give them a good performance. It’s fun for me at Charlotte because a lot of the crews have young kids, so it’s fun to meet them and see them around the hauler during the race weekend. It’s just a bit of a different experience than a lot of the tracks we go to... A lot is made about the Coca-Cola 600 being another 100 miles longer and it being a long race. We have a lot of races that are already 500 miles long and we have a lot of races that go from day to night, so it’s really not unfamiliar territory. It can make a bad day worse if the race is even longer. If the car is good, then the day is easy. It never feels all that long and, hopefully, it’s not super-hot out. Other than that, it’s just another race, honestly. But, it is a big event that you want to do well at." - Danica Patrick




Wood Brothers' innovations led to faster Indy 500 pit stops


Two days to the 100th Indy 500: Danica Patrick's debut

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Three NASCAR Sprint Cup teams penalized by pit selection at Charlotte

Amanda Vincent

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Make way for the bad guy

NASCAR driver Joey Logano used to despise being the sport's "villain" but its now a role that he understands and embraces, writes Joe Posnanski.

http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/joey-logano-nascar-villain/

Regan Smith’s sponsor has something in store for young fans this season

Chevy exec discusses development of latest low-downforce package

Chevrolet executive Pat Suhy answers questions about the package that is meant to stay ahead of teams gaining back downforce 

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/27/chevy-exec-discusses-development-of-latest-low-downforce-package/


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Fantasy Fastlane: Coca-Cola 600

Saturday Night @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) :

May-28   MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA!

              << Rain Date: Sunday, May 29, 3 hours earlier than scheduled >>

                   Modified Twin 35's, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, DEMOLITION DERBY

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

                    ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS FREE ADMISSION! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

5:00 pm     GRANDSTANDS OPEN

5:45            QUALIFYING STARTS

                     INTERMISSION: Super Mega Size Twister game!

7:00            OPENING CEREMONY

7:10            FEATURE RACES

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FREE GIFT TO THE FIRST 500 FANS!

Feature Order:

MODIFIEDS - 35 laps - $1,000 TO WIN

Sportsman - 30 laps

Factory Stocks - 25 laps

MODIFIEDS - 35 laps - $1,000 TO WIN

Brief Intermission (to set up the track!)

DEMOLITION DERBY  $1,500 CASH TO WIN !!!

*The DEMOLITION DERBY will be around 9:30 pm. Keep in mind this is a very rough estimate because it depends how long the races will take. 

We promise to set up the DEMO arena as fast as we can!


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Saturday Night , May 28, is "Military Appreciation Night" @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) ! See my New Egypt Speedway News page 3:New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 !  ,for the details !

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SWEDESBORO, NJ – Multi-time track champion, Duane Howard of Oley, PA was the class of the field of the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds as he led the way

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270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cyl, & Slingshots

May 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Adults - $10.00 Pits: $30.00 Car Registration: $10.00 Schedule of Events:   5:30 p.m. – All gates open 5:40 p.m. – Safety inspection and registration begins 7:00 p.m. – Drivers Meeting 7:15 p.m. – Track Gates Open For Warm Ups 7:30 p.m. – Hot Laps 270cc Micro-Sprints – ˝ of field 600cc Micro-Sprints 270cc Micro-Sprints – ˝ of field Slingshots 4 Cylinder Enduro Cars 7:55 p.m. – Invocation / National Anthem 8:00 p.m. – Racing begins 600cc Micro-Sprint Qualifying Heats…

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Record-Setting Night at Sonic Automotive Speedway Children’s Charities’ Gala presented by The NRA Teach Freedom Foundation Raises Over $800,000

With Strong Qualifying Results, Roush Fenway Racing Marks Itself As Contenders For Coca-Cola 600

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rattlesnake 400
The Place: Texas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, June 10
The Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250.5 miles (167 laps)
 
NASCAR Programming
  • Daniel Suárez, David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto on “Fluffy Breaks Even” – Thursday, May 26 at 10 p.m. ET on Fuse
  • Chase Elliott on “Ridiculousness” – Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV
  • NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
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  • Crafton Cruises To Second Consecutive Win
  • Matt Crafton led a race-high 47 laps in last Saturday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 to cruise to his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
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  • The ThorSport Racing driver, who leads the points standings, is the first driver on the circuit to log multiple victories this season. He has totaled at least two wins in his last three campaigns.
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  • Crafton leads the series in wins (2), top fives (3), top 10s (5), driver rating (115.4), average finish (8.5), fastest laps (128), laps led (264) and percentage of laps led (26.7).
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  • His Charlotte victory was his seventh win, 11th top-two showing and 18th top-10 finish in 20 starts at 1.5-mile tracks since 2014.
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  • Standings Snapshot
  • Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton paces the points standings six races through the 2016 season. He is followed by Timothy Peters, Daniel Hemric, Spencer Gallagher and William Byron. Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter round out the top 10.
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  • Crafton, Byron and Nemechek have each captured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase berths by winning races.
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  • The series returns to action at on Friday, June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway for the Rattlesnake 400 (9 p.m. ET on FS1).
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  • GMS Keeps On Rollin’
  • GMS Racing, the Statesville, North Carolina-based outfit, continued its strong season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday by producing a third-place finish from Johnny Sauter and a sixth-place showing by Spencer Gallagher.
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  • On the season, Gallagher ranks fourth in series points, 22 markers behind leader Matt Crafton. He is tied with Crafton for first in top fives with five.
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  • Sauter sits 10th in points, but virtually clinched a spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase with his win at Daytona.  He claims one win, three top fives and three top 10s this season.
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  • Newly Minted NASCAR Next Member Tifft Registers Career Best Finish
  • Four days after being selected to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class, Matt Tifft produced a career high fifth-place finish.
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  • In 18 career starts, Tifft has one top five and seven top 10s.
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  • He started competing full-time in the series for Red Horse Racing at Kansas, replacing Ben Kennedy who moved on to GMS Racing.
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  • KBM’s Bell, Byron On Crusade Of Consistency
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell and William Byron continued their string of strong finishes in Saturday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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  • Bell finished eighth for his third consecutive top-10 showing, while Byron placed 10th for his fourth consecutive result of 11th or better. Byron also led 25 laps.
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  • Byron and Bell sit fifth and ninth, respectively, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings. Byron sits 26 points behind first-place Matt Crafton, while Bell trails Crafton by 37 markers.
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  • A Charlotte resident, Byron captured a spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase via his win at Kansas. He leads second-place Bell in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points.
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  • On Tuesday, Bell served as a special guest in Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read Championship Assembly. The event culminated a year-long reading competition among nearly 6,500 students from 11 Dallas/Fort Worth-area elementary schools.
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  • Brad Keselowski Racing On The Rise
  • Brad Keselowski Racing has picked up the pace the last few weeks.
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  • Last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship runner-up Tyler Reddick scored a season-high fourth-place finish – his second straight top-10 showing. His teammate Daniel Hemric placed ninth for his third consecutive top-10 finish.
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  • Hemric leads BKR in the points standings where he mans the third spot (17 markers behind leader Matt Crafton) on the strength of two top fives and five top 10s.
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  • Reddick trails in eighth (36 points behind Crafton). He has one top five and two top 10s.
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While Carl Edwards challenged Martin Truex Jr. for the lead at Dover, an extraordinary thing happened between the Toyota teams.

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 Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team among three that will lose pit stall selection for Coca-Cola 600

Teams of Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola also penalized with loss of pit stall selection for Coca-Cola 600 after fourth warning... 

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 Ryan: The genial legacy of Benny Parsons and other Hall of Fame voting takeaways

The voting percentage garnered by the 1973 champion and former broadcaster says much about his garage sway.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/26/ryan-the-genial-legacy-of-benny-parsons-and-other-hall-of-fame-takeaways/

Richard Childress visits Capitol to champion care for pediatric trauma 

Logano loses spring in CLT practice

The mishap did not bother Logano. He went out on his next run and set a top-15 time. With 20 minutes remaining, he had fallen to 15th on the fastest speed chart. On his second... more  


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NASCAR to run new lower downforce package twice in the coming weeks

Teams will run package at at Michigan in June and Kentucky in July.

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NASCAR to Test Newest Rules Package at Michigan, Kentucky
 
Thursday morning, NASCAR announced new rule changes for upcoming Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.  The rear spoiler and shark fin will be cut in height by an inch, along with a front splitter cut.  The adjustments are designed to reduce both downforce and sideforce while increasing side-by-side action in the turns.  Read more

The Critic's Annex: North Carolina Education Lottery 200
by Phil Allaway

Welcome back, race fans.  It's time for yet another look into the realm of motorsports broadcasts.  The Camping World Truck Series' North Carolina Education Lottery 200 was originally supposed to run Friday night.  However, no one managed to trudge onto Charlotte Motor Speedway's 24-degree banks at any more than about 30 mph that night.  The race was postponed more than an hour before pre-race coverage would have started.  As a result, there was no attempt at filling in the time.

On Saturday, FOX Sports 1 provided rain-delay coverage although there was no official edition of NCWTS Setup.  However, there were half-a-dozen pre-race interviews that helped to set the tone for the race.
 
Once the green flag dropped, there was a good amount of on-track battling for position that was really exciting to watch.  FOX Sports 1 made good use of their in-car cameras to show the on-track action.  Drivers before the race seemed to be pretty excited to try out the new tires and they proved to give up quite a bit.  That was more than likely responsible for a good chunk of the side-by-side action that we did get.
 
The booth did display a decent amount of enthusiasm throughout the race as well.  As far as focus is concerned, it was pretty good early in the race, but not so much later on as fuel mileage took over as the main topic of discussion.  Viewers ended up with shots of Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter for most of the last 20 laps as drivers who had already pitted ended up in a pretty big pack.  FOX Sports 1 didn't pick up on said pack until there was barely a lap to go in the race.  Of course, it proceeded to get wild as heck on the final lap, culiminating in Austin Wayne Self wrecking at the line.
 
I feel like the constant Caution Clock reminders from the booth are completely unnecessary.  We have the clock on-screen at all times.  It's getting to be a bit much.  Sure, give one update per time period, but not six or so.  I don't need to be updated on the clock like I'm doing the temple run on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  (Editor's Note: That show's coming back!) As much as I wish that I could have gotten on that show (I'm about ten months too young to have tried out for its final season) Kirk Fogg's time reminders on the show during the run would have been somewhat distracting, especially given the fact that doing it was something akin to a 14-hour day for some of the contestants.  However, that is a whole 'nother article in general.

Post-race coverage Saturday was substantial as FOX Sports 1 was able to fill their scheduled allotment for the first time.  Here, viewers got a bunch of post-race analysis, along with eight post-race interviews in what amounted to 45 minutes of programming.  I suppose the idea here is that the race had already run 15 minutes into what was supposed to be the repeat of the Berlin e-Prix.  FOX Sports 1 likely figured that this coverage would have drawn more eyeballs than the e-Prix would have.
 
Also of note, ratings for Truck races are up quite a bit so far in 2016, nearly up to the levels previously seen when FOX Sports 1 was still SPEED (with the exception of Dover).  That's good to see.  The NHRA is helping FOX Sports 1's bottom line as well (1.3 million viewers after the Cup race from Dover last weekend).
 
FOX Sports 1 needs to watch their overall focus, though.  You cannot stay on just one or two drivers for laps and laps at a time; spreading the wealth is key.  There's plenty of action to cover out there and covering as much as you can helps in so many different ways, not just for the broadcast, but for the series in general.


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5 new members voted into NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017

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NASCAR community reacts to Hall of Fame Class of 2017 selections

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Behind the curtain at the NASCAR Hall of Fame vote

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Get in the virtual driver's seat next to Dale Jr.

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Where 2 Watch: NASCAR television schedule for Charlotte

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10 to Watch: Just what can we expect in the Coca-Cola 600?         

 
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Welcome to the club

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Five drivers to watch in the Coca-Cola 600

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Richard Childress shares his emotions after learning he was part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

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Martin, Parsons, 3 owners head '17 Hall class

The 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class will consist of Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons and Mark Martin.

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Cup Crew Member Suspension Highlights All-Star Penalty Report
 
NASCAR has released their weekly penalty report.  Kelly Johnson, a crew member for Tommy Baldwin Racing, has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR's Substance Abuse policy.  In addition, Rette Jones Racing (who failed to qualify for Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race) was hit with a P3 penalty for multiple technical violations.  Read more

Rain-Delayed All-Star Race Ratings Decline

Rain is generally never a good thing for TV ratings for sporting events.  Saturday was no exception as viewership was down significantly for the Sprint All-Star Race.  On the bright side, ratings for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 were up slightly from last year.  Read more

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Come One, Come All!
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell
 
Last weekend’s running of the Sprint All-Star Race reminded me of the old punch line: “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, what’d you think of the play?”

Funny how one unforeseen event can bring the curtain down on an entire show.

But then, the idea of an “All-Star” event seems paradoxical. It’s always struck me as odd how when sports celebrate their “All-Star Break” it’s anything BUT a break for those deemed “All-Stars”. Instead of allowing the best athletes some much-deserved time off around the midway point of a season we, instead, expect them to provide an additional weekend of competition.

Shouldn’t “All Stars” be allowed some time off?

The answer to that question, given today’s sports socioeconomic obsession, is no.

We used to not have an All-Star event in NASCAR. About the closest thing we had to one was the old International Race of Champions series, where drivers from various forms of motorsport raced four events on four different tracks in identically-prepared Chevrolet Camaros. I always thought the reason NASCAR never held a specific “All-Star” race was because every week on the NASCAR schedule constituted an “All-Star” event.

Then came The Winston back in 1985, with Darrell Waltrip’s win powered by Junior Johnson’s hand grenade of a Chevy engine. The theory was sound from a Chamber-of-Commerce perspective: host a special race at the site of your upcoming Memorial Day weekend event to create an abbreviated, North Carolina version of Speedweeks. Why should Daytona get all the fun when most of the teams competing in NASCAR were based in-and-around the Charlotte region?

And if back-to-back races on one weekend were good, having two weekends of races would be great. Two weekends of racing meant two weekends of race fans needing lodging, meals, gasoline, and souvenirs.

And from a little, came a lot….

From Circle K’s “Speed Street” in Uptown Charlotte to creation of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, adding fan-friendly merriments in advance of the World/Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend added both people and profits to the month of May.

Take that, Indianapolis!

But developing an All-Star Race and tourist attraction at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been anything but simple. It was easier in 1985, a time when race winners from the previous season squared off in a 70-lap/one pit stop scramble held the day before the 600 itself. In 1986, the All-Star Race moved to Atlanta for one year before returning in 1987 to The Queen City for acceptance as a standalone event held a week before Memorial Day.

I was personally involved in that first edition of “Speedweeks” in North Carolina. My first book about NASCAR had recently been published (as in, two weeks before The Winston) and I was invited to take part in Race Week festivities in Mooresville, which was now calling itself “Race City USA” because of the number of teams based in the community.

By this time, The Winston was already experimenting with a more exciting, more fan-focused structure of 135 laps split into three segments divided by ten-minute breaks. This version eventually, as the years passed, gave way to other formats – the ones leading to such innovations as varied segment lengths, inverted fields, last-chance races, Legends exhibition events, and pit crew challenges.

Suddenly, Brad Keselowski’s format and online fan voting seem positively provincial.

But what rises above the sheet metal, shoving, shouting, and smoke is the bottom line: the All-Star Race, regardless of what you call it or how you organize it, is a way for the Charlotte region to jump on the extended race date bandwagon. If Daytona Beach can have two weeks of action in February, and Speedway, Indiana can have an entire month in May, why can’t Charlotte gets its own two-week piece of the tourism pie?

That said: if poor timing, confusion, and overall frustration with an “All-Star” Race is a problem, why can’t CMS simply host an all-day open test session for Cup teams? This adjustment could even be done to accommodate Truck and XFINITY teams, as well, on other days during Race Week. Have the track open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and allow teams to work on qualifying setups, race configurations, and changes involving aero rules and tires.

This change would be a good way to prepare for all those intermediate-sized tracks that make up a large part of the Sprint Cup schedule. And if drivers decided to challenge each other for some informal fun (like a twenty-lap trophy dash for bragging rights within a multi-car operation), so be it. Let fans into the grandstands for free, have concession and souvenir sales all day, and keep folks updated via Twitter.

It’d be the excitement of an All-Star Race weekend without the inconsistent rules and varied formats.

I, personally, would enjoy watching drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, or Stewart-Haas Racing participate in some “intermural” free-for-alls. There might even be a punchline to be found somewhere in such a tangle of late-May events at-and-around Charlotte Motor Speedway... but you’ll have to write it yourself.

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Kate Dallenbach has the drive to succeed

Kate Dallenbach, just 19, has the lineage, the competitive spirit and, perhaps just as important, the sponsorship and support to fuel her dream of someday racing in the Sprint Cup series.



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 Fastenal signs multi-year extension with Roush Fenway Racing

Company will increase number of races it serves as primary sponsor in 2017.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/25/fastenal-signs-multi-year-extension-with-roush-fenway-racing/

Who should be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017?

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Ray Evernham hopes for Hall of Fame: ‘Your place in history is determined by other people’

The former championship-winning crew chief is one of 20 NASCAR luminaries on the voting ballot Wednesday

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NASCAR America: Who will win the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte?

Ford looking for first Coca-Cola 600 win in 14 years

Ford's last win in NASCAR's longest race came with Mark Martin in 2002.

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FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, PITTMAN WINS WORLD OF OUTLAWS CRAFTSMAN TOOLS SPRINT CAR EVENT AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY

New Egypt, NJ (May 25, 2016) – Daryn Pittman has become the master of the D-shaped dirt oval at New Egypt Speedway. On Tuesday night, Pittman won the 30-lap World of Outlaws Craftsman Tools Sprint Car A-Main for the fourth consecutive year.

When the Jersey Outlaw Classic A-Main event got underway, polesitter Greg Hodnett was in front with Mark Smith and Pittman next line. By the eighth circuit, Hodnett began to lap competitors as Smith and Pittman remained in order. On lap 12 and in the midst of traffic, Pittman started to inch closer to the second place running Smith. At the halfway point, the top three of Hodnett, Smith, and Pittman were racing in close formation with Pittman being the fastest. One tour later, Pittman slipped by Smith for the runner-up spot and was on the tail of Hodnett. On lap 17, Pittman came out of the second turn with the lead. Quickly, Pittman began to distance himself from Hodnett and Smith. With ten circuits remaining, Pittman appeared to have the race in hand as he built a comfortable lead over Hodnett with Smith feeling pressure from Brad Sweet for third. Five laps later, Hodnett began to close the gap between him and Pittman. As Hodnett was continuing to make-up ground on Pittman, the only caution of the race took place on lap 26 as a flat left rear tire developed on Lucas Wolfe’s ride. On the ensuing restart, Pittman remained in front with Hodnett and Smith in tow. During the final circuits, Pittman pulled away from the field to win his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Tools Sprint Car A-Main of 2016. Hodnett followed Pittman across the finish line with Smith coming home in third. Fourth place went to Sweet. After starting the race in tenth, Davey Sammons drove a strong race to finish in fifth.

Greg Hodnett was the fastest qualifier in time trials. The heat races were captured by Hodnett, Mark Smith, Joey Saldana and Daryn Pittman. The dash, featuring the top two finishers in each of the four qualifying races, was won by Hodnett. Kyle Reinhardt took the checkered flag in the B-Main contest.

On Saturday, May 28, Military Appreciation Night takes place at New Egypt Speedway and all active and retired military with proper identification will be admitted to the grandstand at no charge. On the track, the 358 Modifieds, Burlington County Overhead Door NEWS Sprints, TSRS Sprint Cars and Sportsman will be in action on this special night. Pit gates unlock at 3:00 p.m. with the grandstand turnstiles opening at 4:00 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 5:00 p.m. and the first race starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, and no charge for children 11 and under.  Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license, $35 with a TSRS license and $40 with no license.

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

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JERSEY OUTLAW CLASSIC - NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

World of Outlaws Craftsman Tools Sprint Cars

Heat 1 - 1. Greg Hodnett 2. Lucas Wolfe 3. Brett Marks 4. Tim Shaffer 5. Robbie Stillwagon            

Heat 2 - 1. Mark Smith 2. Brad Sweet 3. Davey Sammons 4. Ryan Smith 5. Jason Johnson

Heat 3 - 1. Joey Saldana 2. Paul McMahan 3. Danny Dietrich 4. Kevin Nagy 5. Logan Wagner

Heat 4 - 1. Daryn Pittman 2. Shane Stewart 3. David Gravel 4. Donny Schatz 5. Davie Franek

Dash - 1. Greg Hodnett 2. Mark Smith 3. Daryn Pittman 4. Brad Sweet 5. Joey Saldana 6. Shane Stewart 7. Lucas Wolfe 8. Paul McMahan

B-Main - 1. Kyle Reinhardt 2. Joe Trenca 3. Jason Sides 4. Logan Schuchart

WORLD OF OUTLAWS CRAFTSMAN TOOLS SPRINT CARS - A-MAIN - 30 LAPS

1.  DARYN PITTMAN 2. Greg Hodnett 3. Mark Smith 4. Brad Sweet 5. Davey Sammons 6. David Gravel 7. Shane Stewart 8. Joey Saldana 9. Brent Marks 10. Donny Schatz 11. Tim Shaffer 12. Paul McMahan 13. Ryan Smith 14. Danny Dietrich 15. Jason Johnson 16. Davie Franek 17. Logan Schuchart 18. Jason Sides 19. Robbie Stillwagon 20. Lucas Wolfe 21. Kyle Reinhardt 22. Logan Wagner 23. Joe Trenca 24. Kevin Nagy

DNQ: Tyler Ross, Wayne Dadetto, Jacob Allen, Greg Wilson, Anthony Fiore, Joe Kata, Clyde Knipp, JJ Grasso


(5/24/16) 

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Everybody wins

Not only do Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing benefit from Harvick's new deal, the pressure has also been lifted off Kasey Kahne.

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Dollar General Leaving Joe Gibbs Racing at the End of 2016

Monday, Dollar General announced that they are leaving both Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. The decision leaves 30 races of primary sponsorship open on the No. 20 Toyota heading into 2017.  Read more
 
Tyler Reddick Hoping For XFINITY Callup In 2017

Currently, Tyler Reddick is full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing.  However, he wants to move up to the XFINITY Series.  It's unclear whether that will come to pass as no races have been offered in that division by Team Penske at this time.  Read more

Entry List: Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR has released the entry list for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.  Only 40 cars are entered, meaning everyone will start the race.  There are no significant changes from last week's All-Star Race and Sprint Showdown driver lineup.  Read more

Entry List: Hisense 300

The entry list for Saturday's 300-mile XFINITY Series race is out.  42 cars are entered to battle for 40 spots on the grid. Among the notable drivers include Ryan Blaney, dropping down to the XFINITY Series for a race to compete in a second Team Penske entry.  Read more
Dollar General Leaving Joe Gibbs Racing at the End of 2016

Monday, Dollar General announced that they are leaving both Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. The decision leaves 30 races of primary sponsorship open on the No. 20 Toyota heading into 2017.  Read more
 
Tyler Reddick Hoping For XFINITY Callup In 2017

Currently, Tyler Reddick is full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing.  However, he wants to move up to the XFINITY Series.  It's unclear whether that will come to pass as no races have been offered in that division by Team Penske at this time.  Read more

Entry List: Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR has released the entry list for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.  Only 40 cars are entered, meaning everyone will start the race.  There are no significant changes from last week's All-Star Race and Sprint Showdown driver lineup.  Read more

Entry List: Hisense 300

The entry list for Saturday's 300-mile XFINITY Series race is out.  42 cars are entered to battle for 40 spots on the grid. Among the notable drivers include Ryan Blaney, dropping down to the XFINITY Series for a race to compete in a second Team Penske entry.  Read more


Numbers Game: Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race

by Tom Bowles

 

0

People who seem to actually understand what the rules were during Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race. J

 

1

On-track pass for the lead during the final five laps of the All-Star Race this decade. Joey Logano did it Saturday night by passing Kyle Larson.

 

3

Times in the last four years Danica Patrick has participated in the race via the Fan Vote. She was 15th Saturday night, the final driver scored on the lead lap.

 

5

Years since Trevor Bayne had emerged “victorious” in any portion of a NASCAR Sprint Cup event. He did so during the first segment of the Sprint Showdown.

 

6th

Finishing position of Chase Elliott in his first ever All-Star Race. Elliott was criticized for his pit road entrance during a wreck that involved multiple drivers but recovered to score a respectable top-10 effort.

 

13

Lead changes recorded during Saturday night’s All-Star Race. That, according to racing-reference.info is the most ever recorded during the event.

 

50%

Of the weekly starting field of 40 cars that were considered All-Stars – able to start the main event Saturday night. The percentage is slightly higher considering only about 38-39 drivers have been competing in the series each week.

 

113

Scheduled distance of the All-Star Race, the longest it’s been since the race was shortened from 135 laps to 70 laps after the 1989 season.

 

2010

The last time Team Penske emerged victorious in the All-Star Race. The following week driver Kurt Busch completed a different kind of “double” by winning the Coca-Cola 600.

 

2011

The last time Tony Stewart finished inside the top 10 during the All-Star Race. Stewart ended his NASCAR run in the exhibition Sunday after posting a 20th-place effort – dead last after getting involved in a wreck not of his making.

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Poll: Who would you select for next NASCAR Hall of Fame class?

Next class will be revealed at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday on NBCSN's NASCAR America.

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Roush Fenway Racing showed strength in the Sprint All-Star weekend. Will it continue in the Coca-Cola 600?

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 23, 2016) – Continuing the sport’s long-standing tradition of honoring the United States Armed Forces, all 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will bear the name of a fallen service member on their race car windshields during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), NASCAR announced today.
 
For the second consecutive year, “600 Miles of Remembrance” will pay tribute this Memorial Day Weekend to those who bravely served and died defending our country. Windshield headers normally reserved for drivers’ last names will read “SGT HARVEY,” “LCPL RAMIREZ,” and “SPC BEAUDOIN,” among other names of the fallen. 
 
The special tribute will commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute™, the industry’s collective expression of respect and gratitude for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Fans can follow the conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.
 
“Each of the names proudly displayed on these race cars tells a story of honor and sacrifice,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “As the NASCAR industry reflects on Memorial Day Weekend, we’re proud to honor these and all fallen service members in a way that helps ensure their stories and lives are never forgotten.”
 
Many of the service members whose names will be displayed on the race cars were chosen by the teams, and some have unique connections to the fallen. Navy SEAL Denis Miranda, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010, trained in BUD/S alongside Graham Molatch, jackman for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team. Miranda’s name will appear on Kyle Larson’s car during the Coca-Cola 600.
 
Lance Corporal Scott Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps with Mark Singleton, tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing, and will be honored on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 car. Furniture Row Racing employee John Parks served in the Marines with Jeffrey Bohr, Jr., a gunnery sergeant who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and whose name will be carried on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 car.
 
Toyota will also honor the names of fallen service members on its pace cars and grand marshal cars for the Coca-Cola 600 as part of 600 Miles of Remembrance.
 
Many of the families of the service members being recognized will be in attendance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track will host more than 6,000 active military members at the Coca-Cola 600 in honor of Memorial Day.
 
Throughout the week, NASCAR: An American Salute will feature various activities demonstrating the industry’s support for the military, including:
 
  • During Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will display red, white and blue XFINITY windshield decals on their race cars.
     
  • Goodyear will replace the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during the Memorial Day Weekend races.
     
  • NASCAR, Coca-Cola and Mars, through the annual military support program, DeCA, will offer a sweepstakes to shoppers at more than 180 commissaries who will have a chance to win a trip for two to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas. The kickoff event will take place at Fort Bragg on May 25 and feature No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin. The 2016 DAYTONA 500 winner will tour the Warrior Transition Battalion Unit and visit with families at the South Commissary.
     
  • In partnership with Operation Gratitude, Mars will invite race fans to help assemble care packages for the troops in the midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The care packages will include Mars candy and be shipped following the Coca-Cola 600 to deployed military members.
 
  • NASCAR and Honor and Remember, Inc. will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who lost their life in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
     
During the Coca Cola 600 pre-race broadcast (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX), FOX Sports will recognize all service members who have lost their lives in the past year by displaying their names and branch of service on a graphic scroll.
This Sunday, NASCAR drivers will discuss 600 Miles of Remembrance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) during a special military tribute show airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Dialed In Salute to the Troops special, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will feature interviews with several drivers as well as service men and service women from different branches of the military.   
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Additional live coverage can be found on NASCAR.com.
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Saturday, May 28, @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !
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TWIN MODIFIED RACES THIS SATURDAY (MAY 28) AT WALL STADIUM

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~  The Downs Ford Modified stock cars return to action this Saturday night (May 28) at Wall Stadium Speedway with two 35-lap main events on “Proud to be American” night. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow. For the Memorial Day weekend only, in the event of rain on Saturday a special Sunday afternoon (May 29) rain date is in effect with racing starting at 1:00 p.m.

 

            On the third mile high banked paved oval speedway early season Modified winners Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Jimmy Blewett of Howell and Brick’s Ron Frees are sure to be favorites. Eric Mauriello and Justin Gumley, both of Howell, and defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson, former champ Chas Okerson of Freehold and Brick’s Shawna Ingraham will be among those looking to grab their first win of the year. Competition should be at an all-time high as the Modified division has experienced impressive fields during the early season.

 

The Snap On Sportsman racers will also be on the card in a 30-lap main event while the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks compete in a 25-lapper. The season’s first Demolition Derby will be the nightcap event on the evening.

 

As a part of “Proud to be American” night and the Memorial Day weekend observance all veterans presenting proper identification will be admitted free of charge to the grandstand area as the speedway thanks those individuals for their service to our country.

 

Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is then set for 5:45 p.m. Main events for all divisions to follow. In the event that the Sunday rain date is needed the pit area will open at 10:00 a.m., grandstand seating will open at noon with the first green flag waving at 1:00 p.m.

 

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The 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. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while Ckmotorsports@aol.com is the tracks email address. More information is available at www,wallspeedwayracing.com.


(5/23/16) 

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 Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the racing: ‘This is incredible what we’re able to do’

Dale Earnhardt. Jr. discussed on his weekly podcast the positive signs from the Sprint All-Star Race with the racing

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If it ain't broke...

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NASCAR official says one driver not to blame for All-Star confusion

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Joey Logano Wins Perplexing All-Star Race

Saturday night brought a lot of confusion to the table as the format of NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race confounded many.  Confusion reigned as a pit stop sequence toward the end of the first segment trapped several drivers a lap off the pace. In the end, Joey Logano walked out of Charlotte Motor Speedway capturing the $1,000,000 grand prize after passing Kyle Larson with just a few laps to go in the 13-lap final segment for the win.  The victory was Logano's first in one of the sport's more prestigious events of the season.  Read more

Matt Crafton is the First Repeat Winner of 2016

The first half of Saturday's rain-delayed North Carolina Education Lottery 200 was quite competitive.  However, once Matt Crafton got out front, he quickly made the second half of the race anti-climatic as he pulled away to take his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season.  Read more

Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race was brought to you by the letter "C," for Confusion.  The rule structure for the race, suggested by Brad Keselowski, was designed to make the race more exciting.  However, the execution was not great, leading to mass confusion on the part of drivers, officials and broadcasters. - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Sprint All-Star Race
compiled by Phil Allaway

"I tell you, (Kyle) Larson is a hard racer.  I watched him in the Showdown earlier today and I knew what I was up against.  I knew he was gonna run hard.  I’m a hard racer, I knew it was gonna be a fun battle for sure.  I got underneath him once and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him.  I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarterpanel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was gonna drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was gonna drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end.  This is the All-Star Race.  It’s special just to be in the race.  Forget winning it, it’s just special.  It’s neat to be in Victory Lane." - Joey Logano, race winner

"A decent night, but not the great night we wanted with the Miller Lite Ford ending up second.  I’m pretty happy for my teammate Joey Logano.  He kind of did exactly what you would expect out of an All-Star Race format and made a pretty incredible pass to win the race.  I’m happy for Team Penske as a whole, but, of course, I wish it was me in Victory Lane... there was a next-to-last lap pass for the lead. There were several passes for the lead.  The last four races, there hasn’t been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps.  I think our fans deserve a better format than that and they got that today.  I don’t know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing." - Brad Keselowski, finished second

"Yeah, I didn’t know what way up and what way was right and left. Lap-down cars were pitting with lead-lap cars and wave-by cars were up front and in the middle. NASCAR did a good job of sorting the lineups out. Everybody was where they were supposed to be when we went back to green so you can’t complain. They were doing it unlike any other way they were doing it before. I’m sure they ran into some scenarios they weren’t really anticipating. That really was probably part of it; guys getting caught a lap down, the 20 not pitting within the first 50 laps. They weren’t anticipating all that. As far as our Mountain Dew and Nationwide Chevy, we got it better. A lot of the setup is new and some stuff we’re trying to find some speed with. We still have some gains to make. We didn’t win the race but we outran a lot of guys who had been outrunning us the last few weeks. We didn’t get to practice so we worked really hard during the race changing a lot of stuff, and I hope Greg (Ives, crew chief) learned a lot. Next weekend, we’ll actually get to practice some and make some changes to see if we can’t get our car better for the 600. I’d love to win that race before I retire." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished third

"I put my guys in a box by missing pit road. I tried to come to pit road with the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 42 (Kyle Larson) and it just didn’t look right to me so I thought, I’m going to go by and then I put us in that box where my pit crew had to do a really fast pit stop and one lug nut just wasn’t pulled all the way up. Then as it stood we got back up to fourth position and if we would have had a caution there at the end, I think we had a shot at it. We were the top-finishing Toyota and I had forgotten about the video game cover so the top-finishing Toyota gets the cover of NASCAR Heat Evolution, which is pretty cool. We got something out of the night and really I had fun on those restarts. That was wild. I don’t know what it looked like on television." - Carl Edwards, finished fourth

"I really don’t know. I was just very, very confused, I felt like, for the majority of the race. We had a really good car until we got our damage there. We were trying to play the pit road game. You want to spend the least amount of time you can on pit road and that’s what everybody was doing. I was planning on pitting on that first lap after we got back going and it was just chaotic and if it was my fault and I didn’t do a good enough job getting out of the way, I’ll take the blame. I was just trying to get on pit road." - Chase Elliott, finished sixth

"I think when you start to set rules on you can pit at this time, but you have to do it before this or that and then the caution comes that you don’t expect like we saw then it puts cars laps down. I don’t know. How do you keep up at home, to be honest with you? I knew when it took about 10 minutes to explain the rules in the driver’s meeting that it was going to be a complicated night. All this is to give the fans a great finish and we’re trying to fabricate something for them to look at this All-Star race and say that it’s exciting. You want to create a last-lap pass every race you can, but you also don’t want to get too goofy trying to create it." - Denny Hamlin, finished ninth

"I’m super disappointed. I hate that I keep letting my team down. They did everything right. They worked their tails off after I got all the damage in the Showdown. We had a really, really good Target Chevy and were able to get to the front pretty quick there to be in the best position possible there for the last restart. I got clear right away and thought I could cruise. I was getting looser throughout the race. We were making adjustments but weren’t making big enough ones. I just got loose and Joey (Logano) caught me. He did a really good job side-drafting me. I tried to hang on his quarterpanel like I did with Chase (Elliott) earlier today. I got really loose as soon as I got in the corner. We were going so fast that I couldn’t correct it and ended up drilling the wall. I’m really disappointed but congrats to Logano and their team. Hats off to my guys. They’ve worked their tails off. We’ve had fast cars the last few weeks where we had struggled with that recently. I’m having fun but this will be hard to get over." - Kyle Larson, finished 16th

"I got more than bumped from behind, I got rolled over. I saw them checking up and wrecking in front of me and I slowed up just a little bit and somebody just drove right over top of me wide open. I don’t think they’d seen the wreck yet. I hope everybody understands this race more than I did from the cockpit because ever since the first car pitted in that first segment, I have no idea what was going on, none." - Matt Kenseth, finished 18th (Crashed out)

"I got in a wreck. I mean, the No. 24 (Chase Elliott) wrecked everybody and put everybody behind him in jeopardy and we got caught on the outside of it. I shouldn’t have been back there in the first place. We couldn’t even get clarification after the pit stop as to where we were even supposed to be and then we restarted and find out we’re a lap down and it’s like, how did that happen? How did that happen? It’s the dumbest damn thing I’ve ever been a part of. I’m as baffled as everybody. I don’t know how in the hell we were scored a lap down after they stopped the 20 car (Matt Kenseth) and the pit everybody together a lap down then lead lap and then lap down. It’s the most screwed up All-Star race I’ve ever been a part of. I’m glad it’s my last one. I’m all right. I’m just madder than hell because I don’t understand how the hell they’ve officiated this from start to finish." - Tony Stewart, finished 20th (Crashed out)



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 NEWS Sprints Presented By Burlington Overhead Door Added to Military Appreciation Night at New Egypt Speedway

All Active and Retired Military with ID Receive FREE General Admission Saturday, May 28th

New Egypt, NJ –               New Egypt Speedway has added the NEWS Sprints presented by Burlington Overhead Door to an already exciting night of racing on Saturday, May 28th. The NEWS Sprints will join the headlining 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and TSRS Sprints on the Military Appreciation Night schedule. This will be the first time in many years that New Egypt Speedway will see two sprint divisions on the card along with the 358 Modified headliners.

 Saturday, May 28th at New Egypt Speedway honors our nation’s military by offering FREE General Admission to all active and retired military men and women with their military ID. In addition, spouses with their military ID receive a discounted $12 General Admission. The Speedway will be decked out in its red, white, and blue finest and the first 50 kids through the gates will receive a patriotic goodie bag with a coupon for a free Firecracker Popsicle courtesy of The Snack Shack. The Speedway will also be handing out American Flags to all fans who would like to show their patriotism during the Memorial Day weekend event.

Pit gates will open at 3 pm, grandstands open at 4 pm, hot laps begin at 5 pm, and racing starts at 6 pm. Adults are $22, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 are $12, and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission with a New Egypt Speedway license is $30, with a TSRS license is $35, and without a license is $40.

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

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

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Wednesday, May 25th Scheduled as Rain Date for World of Outlaws at New Egypt Speedway IF NECESSARY

World of Outlaw Sprints Set to Invade Tuesday, May 24th

New Egypt, NJ –               With weather looking like it could play into Tuesday night’s New Egypt Speedway World of Outlaws event, both management teams have put plans into place to make Wednesday, May 25th the rain date IF NECESSARY. Officials are hoping to stick to the originally scheduled date of Tuesday, May 24th, but will make a decision as early as possible if weather is an issue.

 Tickets are still available in advance through dirtcar.ticketforce.com. Reserved seating is going fast in the top 10 rows of the main front stretch grandstands. The first 50 people through the grandstand gates will receive an event poster. The Speedway and the Outlaws will have lots of giveaways throughout the night courtesy of Craftsman Tools, Route 1 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and AEG Live events.

All times and ticket prices will remain the same with pit gates opening at 2 pm, will call opening at 3:30 pm, grandstands opening at 4 pm, hot laps starting at 6:30 pm, and racing starting at 7:30 pm. General Admission tickets are $30, reserved tickets are $35, teens 12-15 are $15, and children 11 and under are free. Pit admission is $40. Advanced tickets are on sale now at dirtcar.ticketforce.com. 

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

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


(5/22/16) 


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Fire destroys Bassett Racing’s NASCAR K&N Series team shop

A fire has destroyed all the cars, parts and tools of Bassett Brothers Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/22/fire-destroys-bassett-racings-nascar-kn-series-team-shop/


Back to the drawing board

Despite a new All-Star format, Saturday in Charlotte was largely confusing, and showed that NASCAR needs to keep pushing to be creative.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/22/ryan-charlottes-beautiful-disaster-had-a-massive-silver-lining-and-important-lessons/

Ryan: Charlotte’s beautiful disaster still had a massive silver lining and a good lesson

Racing salvaged a confusing All-Star Saturday night and showed that NASCAR needs to keep pushing to be creative.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/22/ryan-charlottes-beautiful-disaster-had-a-massive-silver-lining-and-important-lessons/


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NASCAR drivers participate in Jimmie Johnson Foundation 5K race


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 What drivers said after Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte

Here's what drivers had to say after Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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At the end of a confusing NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race…

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Junior looks to carry All-Star success to the 600

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  Hey now, you're an all-star... Wait, are you?

Confusion reigned in the middle of the 113-lap All-Star race, leaving everyone to wonder what the heck was taking place. And that’s a shame.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/22/long-confusing-all-star-race-overshadows-dramatic-finish/

Why Jimmie Johnson’s 12th to first strategy didn’t work in the Sprint All-Star Race

A dearth of cars on the lead lap kept the six-time champion's sandbagging from succeeding. 


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Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race won by Joey Logano was ... interesting. Was it any good? Well, there was a thrilling finish, but before that, it was ... interesting, writes Ryan McGee.

Confusion at All-Star Race eclipses Logano's win

Joey Logano outdueled Kyle Larson in a thrilling finish to Saturday's All-Star Race, but several drivers expressed confusion and frustration with the exhibition's new format.


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Dale Jr. Introduces His Livery Series Line of Spy Optic Eyewear

Toyota Racing 2016 NSCS All-Star Post-Race Recaps

Team Chevy 2016 NSCS All-Star Post-Race Recaps

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A NASCAR All-Star Race gimmick conceived by driver Brad Keselowski put six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and defending Cup champion Kyle 
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NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: bad format or poor planning?

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Joey Logano gets first NASCAR All-Star win

Amanda Vincent

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 Joey Logano leads Penske sweep with win in Sprint-All Star Race

Joey Logano won the exhibition race in his sixth try.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/22/joey-logano-leads-penske-sweep-with-win-in-sprint-all-star-race/

Kyle Larson wins second segment of Sprint All-Star Race

Kyle Larson won the second segment of Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race, leading to a 13-lap third segment shootout for the win.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/21/kyle-larson-wins-second-segment-of-sprint-all-star-race/ 

Carl Edwards wins first segment of All-Star Race under caution

The first segment ended under caution after a Jamie McMurray spin.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/21/carl-edwards-wins-first-segment-of-all-star-race-under-caution/


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Logano wins Sprint All-Star Race, $1 million prize

Logano gets best of battle with Larson, wins $1 million 


Larson: 'This will be hard to get over'


Dusenberry Martin Racing announces NASCAR Heat Evolution







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All-Star quandary – Lag back to get tires or charge?

Kyle Busch says format and new tires should add drama to the event: 'It’s going to be a hell of a race.'

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/21/all-star-quandary-lag-back-to-get-tires-or-charge/



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Teams seek final rules clarity before Sprint All-Star Race


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Danica Patrick takes to Twitter to post video thanking her fans



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  Snapshot: All-Star Race

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Matt Crafton gets NASCAR Truck win at Charlotte

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Matt Crafton takes Charlotte Truck win for second straight victory

Matt Crafton wins consecutive races for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/21/matt-crafton-take-charlotte-truck-win-for-second-straight-victory/

Matt Crafton pads Truck points lead with Charlotte win

Ryan Blaney’s restart penalty sign of NASCAR’s vigilance but leaves questions

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on Cup cusp

In fact, Stenhouse has finished in the top 16 in five of his last six races. At his cap level, he has been one of the better values most weeks and is leading the charge among ... more

1 top-10, 1 near-miss for Paul Menard

Unfortunately Menard’s top-10 came in week six, which make him erratic and difficult to predict. Most weeks, that limits his fantasy relevance. more

Brian Scott is moving up

Most importantly, Scott has been running at the end of every race this season. There is no substitute for track time and this rookie is getting it. By the end of 2016, he will... more


 

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 Matt Crafton wins Truck race at Charlotte


Crafton: 'I know we beat them today'


Kyle Busch rebounds from a penalty for second-place finish


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Sprint Showdown completes All-Star Race field

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Tonight’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Start time, lineup, TV info and more

All the info you need to get ready for tonight's Sprint All-Star Race.

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Tire Wear Will Dictate All-Star Strategy

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Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson raced their way into the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick were voted in by fans.


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Chase Elliott wins Sprint Fan Vote

Who is eligible for Sprint All-Star Race?


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NASCAR rules are constantly evolving, and some of the newer ones seemed to be aimed at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kyle Busch says good luck with that.


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses podcast for a message of hard truth but inspiring hope to fans

NASCAR's most popular driver views weekly address as an avenue for unfiltered communications with his following.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/05/20/dale-earnhardt-jr-says-podcast-helps-deliver-message-of-hard-truth-but-inspiring-hope-to-fans/

Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race rules 

Tony Stewart slowest in All-star practice

Stewart has done well since returning to the seat of the No. 14, but there is still a little dust that needs to be shaken off this driver. This exhibition race is a good oppor... more

Hamlin 3rd-fastest in All-star practice

Hamlin tends to do well in exhibition races with nothing on the line. He should be considered one of the favorites to win the big show Saturday night. more 


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Edwards tops All-Star practice; Kes posts identical speed


Rainouts @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www,wallspeedwayracing.com/) and New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) today.



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Rain moves Friday NASCAR activity at Charlotte to Saturday

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Truck Series race at Charlotte pushed back to Saturday

Amanda Vincent


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"All-Star weekend resumes at 9:30 AM ET; all action on FS1"


Rain postpones all on-track activity Friday at Charlotte 

Full lineup for Sprint Showdown

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Rain moves Sprint Showdown, Trucks race to Satu…

Dale Jr.: Rather win Coke 600 than All-Star Race



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 Cup practice, Truck qualifying canceled due to rain

 Lineup for Charlotte's NC Education Lottery 200

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Harvick/Stewart-Haas announcement leaves egg on several faces

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Frontstretch Folio: Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series has no points on the line.  Just big bucks.  Coverage of the Sprint Showdown can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 7 p.m. ET Friday with while the green flag shortly afterwards.  Coverage of the Sprint All-Star Race can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday night, with the race starting around 9:20 p.m.  Both events can be heard on PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's Sprint All-Star Race, there really wasn't much in the way of action.  The only cautions occurred at the end of segments.  However, Denny Hamlin's crew were able to put him out in front before the final ten lap segment.  From there, he was able to scoot away and claim the victory.  Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.

Jimmie Johnson is the all-time winningest driver in the All-Star Race with four triumphs, the most recent of which coming in 2013.  He is also the only active driver to have won more than once. Hendrick Motorsports has eight as an organization.  They include Johnson's four, Jeff Gordon's three and one for Terry Labonte.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile quad-oval, 50 laps (75 miles) for Sprint Showdown, 113 laps (169.5 miles) for the Sprint All-Star Race
Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,952.8 ft., banked 5 degrees

Backstretch: 1,360 ft., banked 5 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 89,000
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Opened: 1960

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Pre-Race Schedule:

Sprint Showdown Practice/Qualifying: Friday, May 20, 1:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Sprint All-Star Race Practice: Friday, May 20, 3 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

All-Star Race Qualifying: Saturday, May 21, 7:10 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Say What?!

"I think the All-Star race outcome is really going to depend on tire falloff. The rules are pretty interesting and for the teams that are required to pit based on where they finish, hopefully there’s a ton of tire falloff and you can make up those positions lost in a very short final segment. I’d say that the conversation right now among the most drivers is there’s a race for ninth, 10th, 11th, whatever that transfer spot is and wherever that ends up being, that everybody is joking that’s the spot to be right now (laughs). But, hopefully we get to the track and we see that the tire wear is far different and people don’t have to play that game. It’s an exciting race in general – usually a spark or two fly - it’s in my sponsor Lowes’ back yard, and there is a million dollars on the line. How can it not be exciting?" - Jimmie Johnson

"Heck, you don’t have to put $1 million up to know what most of us would do to try and win a race. But, when there are no points on the line and $1 million at stake, you definitely throw caution to the wind and go for it. A lot of times you see that at the Sprint All-Star Race and it ends up with a lot of bent-up sheet metal due to moves that aren’t necessarily thought out very well – and we’ve all made them. It’s a fun race and it’s fun just for that reason. If you make a mistake, the repercussions aren’t really that great in terms of points or anything like that. It’s really about trying to win and that carrot that they dangle out in front of you is a trophy and a million bucks – so go for it.” - Kevin Harvick

"We’re going to learn everything we can during the Showdown for the 600, but we also want to race our way into the All-Star race. We’re going to do everything we can, take some chances. It’s going to be a different car from our 600 car, and, more times than not, two different cars don’t line up the exact same. So, anything that we do learn from a set-up standpoint could differ from car to car. So, we’re just going to go out there and do everything we can to get into the big race." - Chris Buescher

"We raced our way into the All-Star race in 2013 so hopefully we can do that again this year. We’ve been strong on the intermediate tracks so far this season so I feel confident we should be able to win one of the three rounds. We are all on an even playing field with the rule changes so hopefully we can get our Ford in the All-Star race." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.



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Saturday, May 21st , Rainout @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

The races are cancelled Saturday May 21

due to the impending rainy/windy forecast.

The Legend Twin 25's have been rescheduled