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November 19, 2017 is the culmination of a year of domination, penalties, sentimentality, pessimism, optimism, the past, and the future. The nine month NASCAR grind exhaled fireworks, champagne, and confetti this Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin Truex Jr.'s championship coronation is compelling enough, after a dominating season with Denver-based Furniture Row Racing. And Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s exit from NASCAR as a driver is a perfect story to dominate the human interest thirst outside of the championship. But several other stories make processing NASCAR's final weekend more complicated.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

This weekend marked the final September NASCAR races for both New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Speedway Motorsports Inc. (the parent company of those tracks and several others...and Performance Racing Network, of course) got a big break in gaining the financial support of the city of Las Vegas to move the events to a second NASCAR date in 2018. The news is even bigger for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because that weekend opens the 2018 NASCAR playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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You surely have seen the news by now that Hendrick Motorsports has anointed young Alex Bowman as the heir to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s throne in the No. 88. Earnhardt Jr.'s sudden retirement announcement in May opened a premier ride and, thus, set fire to NASCAR's silly season. But with several big name drivers potentially on the market - the biggest of which being Matt Kenseth - Bowman's name stayed at the top of the list. His career arc has achieved an almost impossible feat in today's NASCAR. A driver from a small team broke the glass ceiling to land a ride with a super team. 

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Ryan Blaney's masterful wrestling of the trophy in Sunday's Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway is arguably the most popular moment of the 2017 NASCAR season. Blaney joins Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Talladega and Austin Dillon at Charlotte to get his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in the last five weeks. Blaney's famous No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford drew raucous cheering and a windfall of congratulations from both the at-track crowd and the millions watching from afar. And while Stenhouse Jr.'s and Dillon's victories were both popular and long coming, Blaney's had a different feel.

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Now that the fizz from that refreshing big drink of Coca-Cola has settled, what does Austin Dillon's maiden Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win mean? Is it the turning point or floodgate opening for becoming a weekly contender? Or was the fuel mileage gamble that saw Dillon milk his No. 3 Chevy to the finish line, as Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel a fluke? Either way, Dillon's first victory and at his Charlotte Motor Speedway home track no less makes for two Richard Childress Racing entries in the 16-team 2017 playoff.

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NASCAR is in a really good stretch of races right now. Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 was thrilling from flag to flag (with 15 flags in between), with a balanced mixture of lead changes, side-by-side racing in the pack, contact, and confrontation. All of this transpired on a 1.5-mile track, the oft-maligned type of racing venue that receives the brunt of the blame for why the numbers for NASCAR are down. The 267-lap race had much of what fans clamor for (aside from the horrific Aric Almirola wreck - we are praying for his recovery), but did it resonate?

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Talladega Superspeedway always has a wildcard lurking in its shadows. The track lends itself to surprise winners, big crashes, close finishes, and the bizarre. Sunday's GEICO 500 had all of that - an extremely competitive and dramatic overtime affair that awarded pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. his long-awaited first-career win. On a weekend where the crowd begged for soon-to-be retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. grab his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-leading seventh 'Dega win, the track had plans to coronate a new victor.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

Anyone interested in the topic of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. heard the news about 9 a.m. today - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of this season. This announcement comes on the heels of his missing the final 18 races of last season with debilitating concussion-like symptoms and in annual succession of the retirements of Jeff Gordon (before 2016) and Tony Stewart (2017) - arguably NASCAR's two most popular drivers behind Earnhardt Jr. The reasons Earnhardt Jr. has to retire - though he will articulate them later today - are obvious: after multiple concussions, he wants to live the rest of his life healthy and he turns 43 in October, so he can leave the sport on his own accord.

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NASCAR's off week stretched one extra day...kind of. Rain postponed the annual Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday at 1 p.m. and raised even more questions about how the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars would take to the track. Track officials took to adding an adhesive substance again and again in a fine mist the bottom groove of the track. This is the latest attempt by BMS officials to drive racing back to the one-groove, bump-and-run, confrontational cadence that turned Thunder Valley's half-mile track into a coliseum.

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Ryan Newman was not anybody's pre-race pick entering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. In fact, Newman wasn't in the mix for the lead any of the race, until crew chief Luke Lambert's call not to pit on the final stop gave the No. 31 car the lead with six laps to go. Newman held back the thundering herd and scored his 18th-career win, his first win in 129 races, and RCR's first since 2013.

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As we saw at Daytona last week, leading the last lap is the one that really counts. Brad Keselowski overcame unscheduled pit stops for a loose wheel and a flat tire to stay in contention, then take the lead after race dominator Kevin Harvick sped on pit road. His 22nd-career win is his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he almost won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Here is how the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, a hard-fought race on AMS' 20-year-old pavement, played for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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NASCAR's debut of its new triple-stage, mid-race points-paying format was inauspicious at first. After major wreck-fests in both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series races the day before, the opening 100-plus laps ran with very little attrition. Chase Elliott (finished 14th) led the first five laps from the pole and would go on to lead 39. The lead then changed hands between Jamie McMurray (28th) and Kevin Harvick (22nd) and a few others after that.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announce that following the March 5th Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, they will repave the 1.5-mile track surface.

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If you're reading this, you probably know that Jimmie Johnson just tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with his seventh-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400. The No. 48 Lowe's Chevy struggled between 5th and 12th much of the night, but some late cautions got Johnson near the front - and that's all they needed.  

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Kevin Harvick was a lock to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at  Phoenix International Raceway, because he had to. But as his hopes faltered, the day's second-most dominant car and driver in Joey Logano capitalized on the misfortune of others and triumphed with his 17th-career NSCS victory. The Championship Four are set for next week's Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. And this 324-lapper at PIR was tense.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

Team Penske is clutch at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano picked up right where teammate Brad Keselowski left off at the Alabama track, scoring a much-needed win in the Hellman's 500 and advancing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase playoffs to the Round of Eight. Logano's second win of the season was also his second-straight in the Talladega fall race. Bliss for Logano was depression for others with Chase title hopes. Here is how it unfolded.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

After falling to last in the Chase standings at Charlotte, Kevin Harvick went to Kansas in what many thought was a must-win spot. So guess what the driver of the No. 4 did? 

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Jimmie Johnson's 78th career win, third of the season, and eight of his Sprint Cup career at Charlotte Motor Speedway was his first in seven months. It halts a career-long winless streak and pushes Johnson forward to the Round of 8 for the first time since this new Chase format launched in 2014. Sunday's Bank of America 500 preceded the Xfinity Series Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina Drive for the Cure 300. Rain from Hurricane Matthew postponed both, making for the second-straight weekend the series ran on the same day at the same track.

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Martin Truex Jr. pulverized the field in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway. The field started the race in order of owner's points after rain canceled qualifying. The No. 78 led 187 of 400 laps, but was a step behind Jimmie Johnson, who led 90 laps and lost the lead after the No. 48 jack man barely went over the wall too early on some green-flag pit stops late in the race. Kyle Busch led 102 laps, mainly at the beginning of the race, and he hung on to finish 2nd.

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What an opening round! The 2016 Chase for the Cup standings are going to be hard to predict - they already are. We know the Joe Gibbs/Furniture Row cars and Harvick are in their own class most weeks.

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Kyle Larson had his day Sunday - finally. His berth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup came at the expense of a Chase...Chase Elliott, that is. The two battled over the last half of the race and Larson, in his third full Sprint Cup season, got that coveted first Cup win in his 99th-career start. Sunday's Pure Michigan 400

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Denny Hamlin can now say he's won on a road course. After losing on the last lap to Tony Stewart at Sonoma in June, Hamlin led the final 10 laps and used caution laps to help stretch his fuel 41 laps en route to winning Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen.

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Strange things happen at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Stranger things happen than rained out races pushed to Monday and fog ending an August race early. Stranger things happen than animals on the track (an oft occurrence at Pocono Raceway).

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Brad Keselowski has won at Kentucky Speedway in every even-numbered year there has been a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Sparta, Kentucky track. Saturday night's Quaker State 400 was the first on the newly repaved and reconfigured 1.5-mile surface. And it took its toll on the field.

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Brad Keselowski has cemented his place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a premiere restrictor plate racer. Once he got in front of Saturday's Coke Zero 400 field at Daytona International Speedway, the tight pack had fits catching him. Keselowski not only got his first-career Daytona victory, but also the 100th Sprint Cup win for Team Penske in its 50th season in racing. This was the tamest plate race of the season, but when trouble happened, it was big.

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Tony Stewart's final seasons have been trainwrecks. Bad performances, mistakes, and almost zero results have only been interrupted by two catastrophic injuries away from the No. 14 car and the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr. at the hands of Stewart's Sprint Car. But Stewart's win in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway in California could prove to be not just the 49th win of his career, but one of the biggest. Here is how Stewart broke a three-year, 84-race winless streak.

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When you're knocking on the door every week, it's bound to open sometimes. Kurt Busch has been about the most consistent driver over the course of 2016, but just hasn't been out in front of the field very much. That is until Monday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway, a 160-lap affair delayed a day by heavy rain. If Axalta lived up to its promise, Busch and the No. 41 Monster Energy team got some serious body paint in Victory Lane.

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Finally. With the cathartic sound of relief in his voice, Martin Truex Jr. wins his first race of the season, the fourth of his career, and first crown jewel event. He does so by absolutely obliterating the 40-car Coca-Cola 600 field in the 57th running of this NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Memorial Day classic. The dramatic moments were few and, really, it all built up to the checkered flag on lap 400.

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oey Logano has added another big race to his winning resume, claiming the win in the final All-Star Race sponsored by Sprint. Logano chased down Kyle Larson (finished 16th), they raced each other hard, and Logano passed him for the lead with two laps to go. Leading up to the intense battle was a series of head-scratching events in a confusing, three-segment format.

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Matt Kenseth wins Sunday's AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway, but the win didn't come easy nor did the race for anyone. Kenseth's 37th-career win comes ahead of a caution-filled race and a charging young Kyle Larson (finished 2nd) and Chase Elliott (3rd). A massive wreck on a lap 356 restart eliminated several contenders and set up the thrilling drive to lap 400.

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Kyle Busch notched his first-career Sprint Cup Series win at Kansas Speedway Saturday night, holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick and doing so older tires. But the race belonged to another Toyota driver, who saw it slip away.

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Maybe the racing was so frenzied in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was because bad weather seemed imminent the entire 188 laps. Or maybe the reason for the wreck fest was just as random as the running order. Regardless, Brad Keselowski kept the hounds at bay and won his fourth-career Talladega Sprint Cup Series race, staying up front and out of harm's way all day. Here is how it unfolded.

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Kyle Busch claimed victory in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the first at the .5-mile track in his Sprint Cup career and on the heels of his Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday - his first NASCAR win at the sport's only venue from its inaugural season. He dominated, but there was a select list of contenders chomping at the bit to make off with the iconic grandfather clock trophy.

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Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, taking the lead from Denny Hamlin (finished 3rd) on the final restart. The victory was Johnson's 2nd of the season and 77th in his career, moving the California driver past Dale Earnhardt for 7th on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win list. The road to Victory Lane was not an easy won for the now-six-time winner at the track.

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Statistically, Kevin Harvick entered the Arizona desert as the titan to beat. But his 2016 season has started off quieter than the past two - the beast has awoken. Harvick easily led the most laps, but his biggest "Beastmode" move came with the checkered flag in site. Carl Edwards (2nd) led 65 laps of his own and hung in the top 5 most of the day. His newer tires caught Harvick's old set in NASCAR Overtime in Turn 3.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was saw history, strategy, excitement, and suspense blend for an intense second race of the 2016 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The day started with Kurt Busch (4th) on the pole after brother Kyle Busch (3rd) saw his fastest qualifying time disallowed Friday - he started in the back. Ku. Busch held the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy up front for about the first quarter of the race, but then the Toyotas came to life.

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This 58th Daytona 500 will go down as a perfect mix of wild and tame, heartbreak and triumph. No. 11 Denny Hamlin wins in a spectacular finish - the closest in 500 history - on his 11th try in the Great American Race. Hamlin led the most laps on the day (95), but the final green flag pit stops around lap 156 shuffled Hamlin's Toyota from 1st to 7th, when Hamlin slid his tires in his box and the crew decided to change four tires, instead of two.

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What to watch for in Daytona

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This is almost the cliche "season is here" declaration - almost only because how big can a declaration be when so many have made it? But certainly the air is abuzz with anticipation as NASCAR kicks off its grueling schedule in its top three series here at Daytona International Speedway. Most people's "new year promise" wears off by mid-January, but for the few dozen NASCAR teams that same luster shines in the mid-February Florida sunshine.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The Championship Four all started in the top 15 for the Ford 400 Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and while four drew plenty of attention, much of the day's focus lay on Jeff Gordon's final race.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The Quicken Loans for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway had the trimmings of an ideal race: drama-filled because of Chase implications, potentially good racing on a unique one-mile track, good weather in the desert in autumn, and shorter than other most races on the schedule. Unfortunately, the day fell short on all notes.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway looked like it would be an unmitigated disaster in the first 50 or 60 laps. With heavy rain and then nagging weepers cancelling all on-track action Saturday except for the Xfinity Series race, Sprint Cup teams only had Friday's practice to dial in their cars and hardly any teams actually set their cars in race trim. So with little rubber on the track and old pavement, tire wear was a major concern and rightfully so.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

At least three Chase drivers and many others in Sunday's Goody's 500 field at Martinsville Speedway are going to need some of the race sponsor. A caution-filled race that ran the full distance, but saw threats from rain all day was Team Penske's to lose and that is just what they did. Joey Logano (37th) led the opening laps under yellow as NASCAR finished drying pit road and ended up leading 207-total, but his past with Matt Kenseth (38th) caught up to him late.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway was Matt Kenseth's (14th) to lose. The No. 20 team had a Charlotte race to forget a week ago, with bad pit stops, wall contact, and eventually a day-ending crash that left them 12th of the 12 Chase teams entering Kansas Speedway. They almost did what they needed to do Sunday.

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The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway did not produce as much side-by-side racing drama as some races, but the drivers near the cutoff in NASCAR's first Chase elimination race felt the heat all race long. Kevin Harvick, fresh off of his worst two-race stretch of the season, pretty much had to win to advance in the playoffs. Rain washed out qualifying, putting Matt Kenseth (7th) on the pole, based on owner's points.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a very mundane race - well at least most of it was. Carl Edwards (5th) won the pole and led the opening laps, then the race-dominator Kevin Harvick (21st) assumed the point on lap 20 and led 216 of the day's 300 laps. The action really did not thicken until different Chase drivers' days, including Harvick's, hit the skids.

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The MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was largely a mundane event, as leaders quickly lapped most of the field and seemingly delivered big hits on several Chase drivers' title hopes.

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Sure, the Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway lacked drama Saturday night - it often has in recent years. The drivers on the right side of the Chase cutoff entering the event are the ones that leave the .75-mile Virginia track in NASCAR's playoffs. The field, in its second year of the 16-driver, elimination format, has two first-timers, an amazing comeback story, a driver in the twilight of his career, one team in its last season, and one straight-up dominator all year-long. Now the only thing separating the 16 championship hopefuls are the three bonus points each regular season win brought them. And after 26 races, the final 10 events will file this big field by four, every three races, until the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November decides who takes the crown. Here are the prospects for each driver. You'll probably burn this after the first three races.

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The theme was a throwback one all weekend for the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway that was properly run the Sunday before Labor Day for the first time since 2003. The sport celebrated this once decades-long tradition with a parade of throwback race schemes, TV graphics, Hall of Famer appearances, and even Ken Squier and Ned Jarrett's return to the TV broadcast booth for a half hour. It was glorious.

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Saturday's 500-lap Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway went without much of the carnage a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sees in Thunder Valley in Tennessee.

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Matt Kenseth started on the pole of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway and pretty much stayed there, leading all but 54 of the 200 laps, and winning his third race of the season.

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Road course racing in NASCAR these days seems to drudge up the drama as much as, if not more than, plate racing and short track races. The pendulum swings more in each driver's direction, thus more talent and mistakes go on showcase at tracks like Watkins Glen, where the Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series raced this weekend. Here are three short takes from this week.

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' presence at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a welcome break from all the analysis of the cars' handling on bigger tracks.

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NASCAR no doubt made the right move in reducing the downforce in the Sprint Cup Series racecars this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Drivers seem to be in favor of it, though Goodyear did not have enough notice to compliment the setups with softer tires.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

Sunday and mostly Monday's Coke Zero 400 started three-and-a-half hours late and ended with a bang. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s red, white, blue, and black Nationwide Insurance Chevy started from the pole after qualifying's cancellation set the field by the first practice timesheet from Friday.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is three races short of halfway, which makes this as good a time as any to break down some of the highs, lows, and huh's, so far.

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Flag to Flag: As expected, the 56th Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series saw plenty of single-file racing. Martin Truex Jr. (5th) led a race-high 131 laps after starting 10th and driving straight into the top 5. Kurt Busch flashed speed again as well, starting 14th and surging up to lead 118 laps. Neither, however, would take the checkered flag.

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Posted by Doug Turnbull

Whether you like plate racing or not, you cannot argue with the excitement of Talladega Superspeedway. There are just some tracks where races are bigger and mean more - Bristol, Daytona, Charlotte, Darlington, and of course that humble 2.66-mile oval in Eastaboga, Alabama. It may be haunted.

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22-year-old Texas native Chris Buescher has gotten better with time, since debuting with Roush Fenway racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2011.

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I'm saddened by the death of Steve Byrnes - he was a really good man. His death from cancer Monday would have struck me enough as a race fan and media member, if I had never met him.

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Matt Kenseth's first Sprint Cup Series win came in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - in NASCAR's longest yearly race. His 32nd comes in the longest race in terms of laps at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rain delayed the start of the race by over an hour, interrupted it twice (including a four-hour delay that sent the coverage from FOX to FS1), and threatened to end it early at the end. 

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This round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Texas Motor Speedway did not produce a big brawl, like last fall's race did between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon and their crews. But the Duck Commander 500 did pitch to Chevy drivers against each other in what could be a preview of the showdown for the championship in the November Chase race. Jimmie Johnson claimed his second win of the 2015 campaign, going from 4th to 1st in the final 21 laps.

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When we go green flag to checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's STP 500, we make over a dozen yellow flag stops in between. It was one of those day's at NASCAR's oldest track and it was a great one for Virginia-native Denny Hamlin at his home track.

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Flag to Flag: Would Kevin Harvick continue his domination this week? Could his teammate Kurt Busch score a win in his second race back from suspension? Could the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota's sustain speed and notch Toyota's first win in almost a year? The cliche, "There's a reason we run the whole races," sure applied in Sundays Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway - it actually turns out the extra nine laps spread over two green-white-checkered finishes decided the race. Brad Keselowski foiled the above plot lines to win his first race of the season and only needed the last lap to do it at a track in which he had never even notched a top 10.

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Flag to Flag: Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway was "The Kevin Harvick Show. The driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevy put on a clinic, taking the pole and the race, capturing his second-straight win, his fourth in a row at PIR, and his seventh-straight top two finish, dating back to last season. Harvick had the pole, but Team Penske's Joey Logano (8th) led the first 25 laps, with Harvick then taking the lead almost all of the rest of the way. Brad Keselowski (6th) took the lead for 52 circuits on lap 119, when Harvick pitted for tires under yellow and Kesewloski stayed out front.

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For the first time in a while, I got to take in a race from, really, the best place one can possibly take one in - the grandstands. Sunday was also my first trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, situated just north of Sin City and right next to a beautiful mountainscape in the Nevada desert. There's something that gets lost on racing when you don't see it in person or when you do, you see it from behind the glass of a press box. Just sitting in the stands, with the crowd, with fellow fans reminds you of why you became a fan and helps you feel the heartbeat of NASCAR nation. Every media member should do this at least once a year. It changes the perspective, it sharpens it. And since I was out there enjoying the race more than just covering it, here are a few quick takes from the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Was this Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 even going to run at Atlanta Motor Speedway? That sure didn't look to be the case Sunday morning with substantial rain drenching the track. But the skies let up around 10 a.m. and left time for track drying and a slightly delayed start to the 325-lap race. Several contenders had to start near the back: Saturday's winner Kevin Harvick (2nd) blew an engine in Happy Hour.

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Dozens of cars got wrecked at Daytona Speedweeks this February. And with a sunny and slick racetrack in play for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 57th Daytona 500, this race seemed it would follow suit. It didn't. A couple of minor wrecks were all that took place until the big crash on the final lap, which brought out a caution and brought Joey Logano his first win in the Great American Race.

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Team co-owners Gene Haas and Tony Stewart say that the way they managed the personalities was to lay off and let everyone work in their own manner. Haas says that his decision to go to Formula 1 is appealing, because it is challenging and is an elite motorsport

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NASCAR just may have a middle class now. JTG-Daugherty Racing is coming off a 2014 where it saw its first Chase berth with driver A.J. Allmendinger winning the August Watkins Glen race. The team came within a point of advancing past the first round of the Chase and fairly close to finishing in the top 10 in points after Homestead. That is pretty good for a team that has struggled in the past, but the bar is set even higher for 2015. 

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There probably isn't a team in the Sprint Cup garage that is happier for a new season than Michael Waltrip Racing. After a winless, Chase-less, and extremely ordinary 2014 campaign, the two-car team needs a boost. But Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, and team co-owner Rob Kauffman took the stage Tuesday morning to talk about the changes they have made and how they plan to overcome Vickers' absence at the beginning of the year.

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There is a popular cliché these days of someone "schooling the room" by making their shutdown statement and then "dropping the mic and walking away."

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Just because the favored driver won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday doesn't mean the road there wasn't absolutely exciting. Kevin Harvick, who won last week's Phoenix International Raceway race, muscled to the lead with just seven laps to go on four fresh tires, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.

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18 points separated the eight drivers remaining in NASCAR's Eliminator Round after last week's crazy race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series left Phoenix International Raceway after Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 in almost the same shape - but only four advanced.

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I'll be honest - I went to a funeral and then taught my 8th grade boys Bible study for 90% of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 - the best was for last. Each of the eight remaining Chase drivers were looking for some, ahem, "insurance" with a Texas win heading into Phoenix next week. Instead, Jimmie Johnson, cut from the Chase after Talladega, got his mojo back and dominated to the Texas victory, his 4th of the season.

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The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway provided much of the fender-banging, close quarters, tempers flaring, gut punching racing action and drama predicted for NASCAR's opening Eliminator Round short track race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. can strap a grandfather clock on the back of the No. 88 National Guard Chevy, as the recently-eliminated former Chase driver took his 4th win of the season and and first at NASCAR's oldest track.

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The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway had ended. NASCAR's 12 Chase drivers were all corralled on pit road and that's where the media sat. The scheduled race was 188 laps, but late cautions sent the race to lap 193. Terry Labonte got to drive 13.3 more miles before the denouement of his Sprint Cup Series career and dismounted from his car quietly, having a few words with crew chief and car owner Frankie Stoddard.

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Brad Keselowski radioed his Team Penske crew after Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway race and said he never cries, but this time he might come close. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (31st), Jimmie Johnson (24th), Kasey Kahne (12th), and Kyle Busch (40th) probably were close to crying for different reasons.

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Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway did not disappoint in delivering drama.

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"Whatever Team Penske's drinking - I'll have some of that." The Roger Penske duo is hooked up in this 2014 Sprint Chase for the Cup. Joey Logano is the torchbearer of the white shirt brigade now, pretty much dominating the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway - especially the second half.

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Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway often yield long green flag runs and dominant runs by leading cars on its one-mile concrete surface. Sunday's race offered just that, despite being the cutoff race for the end of the Challenger round for NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff system. Jeff Gordon continued to show his strength in his No. 24 Chevrolet, leading 94 laps and taking his fourth win of the season in the AAA 400. But Kevin Harvick (13th) and his No. 4 Chevy were dialed in the best Sunday, leading the first 147 laps from the pole and 223 total.

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There was a quiet in the Kentucky air, even as 40 stock cars in NASCAR's second-highest series prepared to fill the atmosphere with that guttural roar that they make about three-dozen weekends a year. 

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Cup playoffs began at Chicagoland Speedway the way the regular season ended - with Brad Keselowski in Victory Lane.

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One of NASCAR's most exciting tracks, a short track no less, ended up producing one of the most uneventful races of the 2014 season. The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night was supposed to be a knock down, drag 'em out showdown between the drivers on the Chase bubble - and not to mention the rest of the hungry field. Brad Keselowski looked to rebound from a disappointing wreck at Atlanta last week and started right by winning the pole.

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A banner at the United Against Mouth and Throat Cancer tent, an organization that provides free screenings in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Zone outside the Hampton, Georgia track, had a banner that read "Remembering Capt. Herb Emory." That was a theme for the entire NASCAR race weekend at AMS.

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Matt Kenseth has done quite a bit in his career - 31 Sprint Cup Series wins, a championship, two Daytona 500s. But he and his wife Katie are taking on a whole new challenge, outside of raising three young girls. The Kenseth's have partnered with Matt's sponsor Dollar General and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to produce a book about bullying.

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Flag to Flag: The Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway pretty much lived up to the hype. The only thing the race really lacked was the whole "Chase Bubble Drivers Really Hanging It Out And Wrecking Guys" element that swelled to a boil as the week's storylines flowed.

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Leading up to the Labor Day race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted two events Tuesday. The first saw Georgia Governor Nathan Deal address attendees of the Speedway Children's Charities' "Governor's Lunch" at the Hampton, Georgia track. The event benefited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Gov. Deal spoke of his time as a juvenile court judge and the tough decisions he had to make about the welfare of children. Then AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark took the stage to proclaim the day and the event the official start of "Race Month" for the forthcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 on August 31st. Lunchgoers then got the opportunity to take their cars on a slow lap around AMS' 1.5-mile surface.

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Jimmie Johnson was in Atlanta Wednesday to promote Atlanta Motor Speedway's Labor Day Weekend Oral-B USA 500. He made appearances on CNN and met with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who proclaimed Sunday, August 31st (race day) "Atlanta Motor Speedway Day" in Georgia. Johnson then laid down some laps on a racing simulator at Dantana's in CNN Center, before heading across the street to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

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Flag to Flag: The strong and the weak are really taking form in the second half of the 2014 season - just guess which side Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on. The No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevy wasn't the car to beat most of Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway, but when crunch time arrived it was in the right place to pounce.

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Flag to flag: Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 seemed to be Brad Keselowski's to lose all weekend. The No. 2 Redd's Ford was on a rail and in Victory Lane both in Saturday's Nationwide Series and the following Sprint Cup race. He started the Cup race in 7th and methodically drove to the front during the first run of the race. He took the lead briefly during the first green flag pit stops on lap 74 and then in sequence on lap 90.

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18-year-old Chase Elliott speaks as if he has been racing for years and years. Well, he has. Like many aspiring racers these days, Elliott began in go karts as a kid and raced Pro and Super Late Models pretty much full-time from age 13 to 18.

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Really, the title says it all. 30-year-old Floridian Aric Almirola was the lucky guy atop the race standings when Mother Nature let forth her drowning death rain on lap 112 of a scheduled 160, to win the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

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Saturday's Quaker State 400 had a kind of symmetry that, for fans of the sport, isn't normally welcome. Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski (the pole-sitter) and Joey Logano (started 2nd) led all but 31 laps at Kentucky Speedway, with the former joining the latter in having now two wins in 2014. The two held the first two positions for most of the race, with Logano (9th) falling back in the closing laps with a cylinder down on the No. 22 Ford.

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Raise your hands...who had Carl Edwards winning at Sonoma Raceway Sunday? Those with your hands up: you're lying. In nine previous starts at the California road course, Edwards had only four top 10s and two top 5s. However, the pit stop pendulum swing swayed in favor of the No. 99 team. Edwards, who started 4th, took the lead from road racing ace Marcos Ambrose (finished 8th) on a restart with 26 laps to go and held it until the checkered flag.

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Some races are flat dominated by the eventual winner, while others are won on a fluke by an unlikely driver or by a driver whose car comes to life at race's end. Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway saw none of that.

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Jimmie Johnson is Charlotte Motor Speedway royalty without his dominating win in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. He swept both races at the track in 2004 and 2005 and sat on the pole in this race. But the win, his 3rd in the annual Memorial Day weekend race, meant just a little more than those in past years.

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Who were your picks to win the 2014 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway? Kyle Busch? (21st) Jimmie Johnson? (6th) Dale Earnhardt Jr.? (4th) Pole-sitter Carl Edwards? (5th) Kevin Harvick? (2nd). Sometimes the script is predictable (Johnson won it the last two years), but there's a reason we run the races - anything can happen.

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Race Capsule: Jeff Gordon has been the most consistent driver in 2014, with his only bad finish being last race at Talladega. He's the winningest active driver in the Sprint Cup Series. He'd won the first two races at Kansas Speedway in 2001 and 2002. But the wins haven't come often for the veteran in recent years. The monkey is off his back now.

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The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway was a madhouse for most of its 188 laps. Denny Hamlin took his No. 11 FedEx Toyota to Victory Lane for the first time this season, as he was in front when NASCAR threw caution for a large chunk of debris from Justin Allgaier's (finished 27th) wreck on the penultimate lap.

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In A Nutshell: Short tracks often bring out the best racing and thus, sometimes, the worst tempers. This was very true in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday. Joey Logano led multiple times, but scooted past a furious battle between Matt Kenseth (5th, 35 laps led), Jeff Gordon (2nd, led 143 laps), and Brad Keselowski (4th, led 117 laps) to win for the 2nd time this season, the first time in his career he has won multiple races in the same year.

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O' CAPTAIN! OUR Captain!

Friday, April 18, 2014

WSB's Erick Erickson Tweeted these opening lines to Walt Whitman's famous poem just a couple of hours after WSB and Metro Atlanta got punched in the gut Saturday afternoon. As many of you know, Captain Herb Emory died of a heart attack while directing traffic for a serious crash that happened in front of his house.

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In a Nutshell: Seven winners, seven races. Yikes. Could a win really not guarantee a driver a team a Chase spot? Probably not - but the possibility is intriguing. Nevertheless, Joey Logano at least very much helped his No. 22 Penske team's chances at a second-straight NASCAR playoff berth, by winning Monday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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The pendulum swing of both 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and Kurt Busch's racing career swung high in Sunday's STP 500. Busch's No. 41 Haas Automotion Chevy duked it out with Jimmie Johnson (2nd), who led a race-high 296 laps, each passing the other multiple times in the closing laps.

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In a nutshell: Auto Club Speedway is no longer a boring race track. After years of tepid racing on the 2-mile oval outside of LA, the last two races have been barnburners. Old pavement/tire wear and several distinct grooves have made for constant two, three, four, and sometimes five-wide racing and for hair-raising finishes. This Auto Club 400 saw Kyle Busch win the race for the 2nd year in a row and in similar late dramatic fashion.

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In a nutshell: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was one of those races. It was a marathon, having its scheduled 1:15 start time pushed back two hours by rain and then interrupted three hours and 19 minutes by rain again, making it a night time event. And it was a marathon in the sense that the long course of the race took its toll on so many.

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In a Nutshell: Brad Keselowski qualified on the front row and stayed near the front row most of the day in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford gained the lead during two different pit sequences under caution during the race, when the Paul Wolfe-led team decided not to pit and others did. But it was the team's decision to pit and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s choice not to that handed Keselowski his first win of the year.

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In a Nutshell: Kevin Harvick was the talk of the desert at Phoenix International Raceway. The track, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has played host to NASCAR Sprint Cup races since 1988 and Harvick has been a big author in its recent history, sweeping the races in 2006 and winning there last fall. The No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevy was fastest in both Saturday practices, but started the The Profit on CNBC 500 13th.

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The two parts of the Daytona 500 were night and day - literally. The Great American Race started just after 1:30 p.m., only to have rain rear its ugly head on lap 38 just after 2 p.m., during a caution period for a blown engine by Martin Truex Jr. The ensuing bands of rain brought NASCAR's new Air Titan drying machine on and off the track multiple times over an agonizing 6 hour, 21 minute rain delay.

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Restrictor plate racing is highly unpredictable, but some patterns seemed apparent after Saturday's Sprint Unlimited and Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying session. Denny Hamlin started his season the right way with his Unlimited win and Austin Dillon helped write an early chapter in the storybook on the return of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy. His 196.019 mph speed was just a tick faster than Martin Truex Jr.'s outside pole run. Both drivers are the only ones who know their starting spot for the season-opening race. That is about the only known for now in Daytona, but here are some things we learned this weekend.

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News of NASCAR's 16-driver, wins matter most, points-resetting, highest finisher of remaining four at Homestead-Chase surfaced just over two weeks ago. 80-90% of the opinions I heard of the format both before and after NASCAR's official announcement of it last week have been of the dissenting variety.

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There were no Peach State drivers seriously campaigning for a championship in any of NASCAR's top three series, but that shouldn't shade over the potential some have. 2013 is the year that Chase Elliott made is foray into the Truck Series - and he made some noise. And each driver covered here is under 30. Get this: David Ragan and Reed Sorenson are the oldest of this gang at 27 years old. If Georgia's crop of drivers can keep the funding and steadily improve results, there could be quite a few on the national stage for quite a while.

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2013 was a page-turning, eyebrow-raising, history making, and sometimes sleep-inducing season. The highly hyped Gen-6 cars took to the track as NASCAR's solution to the gripes about the lack of manufacturer autonomy and inability for the Cars of Tomorrow to race well. NASCAR still needs to tweak the car and some other elements of the competition rules to make the racing action better, but the cars received less than a tenth of the criticism of their predecessors.

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Chase suspense over, Kenseth and Johnson worth heralding: The suspense for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale is about as great as my chances of driving in the race. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth had been bump drafting each other in the Chase, swapping points leads and maintaining narrow margins through the first eight races. But a poor day at Phoenix for Kenseth's No. 20 team - a mixture of Kenseth's worst handling car all season and a botched pit stop or two - relegated the 2003 Cup champ to a 23rd-place finish, the team's worst finish in a couple of months. This Arizona demise was similar to Denny Hamlin's title-hurting run there in 2010.

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Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday's AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading a blistering 255 of 334 laps, en route to his 6th win of the season. No one else had a chance. Other contenders Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each sped on pit road on green flag stops, ending their chances to get close to the No. 48. Kenseth's penalty was early enough for him to finish 4th and break his tie with Johnson atop the standings - he trails be seven points. Busch's miscue on the final green flag stop took him from the top 5 to 13th at race's end. That was even more disappointing, considering Busch hit the wall early in the race and drove from almost 30th to the top 5, only to lose half of those spots again. The points are close between Kenseth and Johnson, but the race was not.

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You never know which race is going to set people off. You can't count on it. But the odds are highest at short tracks and Martinsville may lead the list. The slow corners, close quarters, and single preferable groove make for sheet metal shoving and hurt feelings. Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville brought that for sure. By now, you have seen the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmL34DMzHrk of Ty Dillon getting a nose under Kevin Harvick and both trucks going around. You've seen the skirmish on pit road and the pointed comments by both drivers about the other afterwards. They say plenty.  

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Talladega Superspeedway is a fun racetrack - one of the greatest and fastest in motorsports. Its high banking and wide surface allow cars to travel wide open and bump draft each other. But this characteristic sent speeds past 210 mph and eventually almost put Bobby Allison's No. 22 in the grandstands in 1988. NASCAR reacted by adding the plates, which was the right move at that time. But unlike, say, the plates temporarily used at New Hampshire in 2000 after two deaths that year at the track, NASCAR has left the plates on the racecars and created utterly random races at two of its crown jewel tracks.

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The Scoop: After last week's kangaroo court at Kansas, the general feeling about Charlotte Motor Speedway's Bank of America 500 Saturday night was that the caution flag would not wave nearly as often. That was certainly the case, as only four cautions (one for a crash, one for an engine, and two for miniscule debris during long green flag runs) slowed the 334-lap race, the last of which allowing Brad Keselowski to chase down Kasey Kahne and win his first race in over a year.

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The Scoop: Jimmie Johnson took the field to school in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, leading the most laps and taking the win. Johnson, now Dover's all-time wins leader inherited the lead after a green flag pit sequence before the race's midpoint, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2nd) slowed to pit and missed Dover's tricky pit road. Except when Matt Kenseth (7th) lead for a while after a restart, Johnson led most of the rest of the way to score his 8th win at the track and his 5th of the season.

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The Scoop: Matt Kenseth gets it done again. The wins leader, thus the points leader entering this start to the Chase, Kenseth started the race 10th, fell back to 14th, but eventually worked into the top 5 and then the lead. The GEICO 400 started an hour late because of rain, then Joey Logano (37th) led the first 32 laps, but succumbed late in the race to engine woes. Jimmie Johnson (5th) appeared to be the car to beat, as he charged to the lead after the competition caution, but later pit stop woes set him back in the field on two different restarts.

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Not again. Radio chatter has been found by media outlets of David Gilliland's team asking driver 38 to move over to let Joey Logano gain a point.

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Trying something new here. In lieu of writing a race recap, I recorded myself giving my take and summary of the wacky race that was at Richmond.

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The Scoop: Kevin Harvick has made a playground of Nationwide Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the past. The same held true for almost all of Saturday's Great Clips Grit Chips 300. Harvick led over two-thirds of the race and had the race in hand by a several second advantage over 2nd place Joey Logano (6th), when a caution flew with just over 10 laps to go for Jeff Green's wreck at the end of the frontstretch.

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Matt Kenseth's cool streak over the summer months came to an end in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth led twice for 143 of the 500 laps, including the final 126, despite three cautions during that span and a hard-charging Kasey Kahne in the closing laps. Kenseth inherited the lead when Carl Edwards, who had been the class of the field most of the night, lost an engine and held it stoutly until Kahne pulled up alongside the No. 20 in the last 20-25 laps.

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Martin Truex Jr. had his heart ripped out at Atlanta Motor Speedway last year. Jamie McMurray's blown tire late in the race brought out a caution while the No. 56 NAPA Toyota led. The team lost a couple of spots on pit road and Truex Jr. fell to 4th at the finish. He was dejected and disgusted on pit road, despite clinching a spot in the Chase.

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Chase Elliott is still a few months short of 18, but he has several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt. A beneficiary of the new rule that allows drivers 16 and up on tracks 1.1 miles or below in length, Elliott has impressed in the No. 94 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevy.

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The Scoop: 300 laps is a long way for late model races, but the crown jewel event at Jefferson, Georgia's Gresham Motorsports Park is just that length. Past races have seen this event run in segments, with inversions, and with caution laps not counting. Not this year. Track officials decided to make the event more like a traditional race, much to the liking of many I spoke to. GMP stalwart Bubba Pollard won the pole for the race that has eluded him for years. Fellow Georgia driver TJ Reaid (also winless in the WC300) started 2nd.

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The Scoop: Jimmie Johnson seemed to have the Pocono trophy in hand before the green even dropped. Starting from the pole at a track where he won the last race from the pole seemed the makings for a long, boring GoBowling.com 400. But a cut tire sent Johnson into the wall around midway through the 160-lap race. Johnson and Team 48 fought to stay on the lead lap and then pick up about 10 spots on two late restarts to finish 13th and actually extend their points lead over Clint Bowyer (14th).

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When NASCAR gives you time off, look elsewhere. That is just what Scott Speed has done, as he is capitalizing on his very part-time NASCAR schedule by parlaying his varied racing skills into a totally different racing experience.

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The Scoop: The first NASCAR dirt race in some 43 years went down at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The Tony Stewart-owned track has played home to many prestigious races over the years, but the Camping World Truck Series made history Wednesday night, running the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic. Not only was NASCAR racing on dirt for the first time since Richard Petty's 1970 win at Fairgrounds Speedway, but the sport also varied its qualifying and race procedures for the unique venue: two-lap qualifying to set heat races, five eight-lap heat races, top 20 in points locked into main event and one non-locked-in driver in each heat race transferring to main event, last chance race with top 5 drivers transferring to main event. And the race itself was unorthodox for NASCAR: three segments (60 laps, 50 laps, 40 laps), each separated by a red flag for non-live pit stops.

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Injuries have been a subject off and on in NASCAR since its existence, but concussions really did not full join the discussion until last season. In October 2012, star driver (and Chase driver) Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat out two races after a nasty impact in a huge wreck at Talladega. That crash aggravated a head injury he sustained earlier in the year after wrecking in a test at Kansas Speedway. Earnhardt Jr.'s choice to sit out of races was not a common thing, but helped bring forward a plan that NASCAR is slowly implementing to test drivers for concussions and prevent concussed drivers from racing.

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The Scoop: Sunday's story for the Camping World RV 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway started out as "how long will Jimmie Johnson take to get to the front?" It ended on a different note, as Brian Vickers and the No. 55 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing battled back from a lap down to win both Vickers' and the team's third-ever Cup race. Vickers, who was fastest in Saturday Happy Hour practice, took the lead from Tony Stewart on lap 287. Both had gained track position by either skipping pit stops or taking just two tires and both were stretching fuel to finish the race.

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The Scoop: Jimmie Johnson continued his winning ways and had no problems with restarts, as he won Saturday's Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver to complete a Daytona season sweep since Bobby Allison in 1982. Johnson started 8th and hung around that point before taking the top spot for the first time on lap 31 and then holding it securely from laps 33 to 70. Joey Logano's crash during a set of green flag pit stops on lap 71 brought the drivers that had already pitted to the front, giving Denny Hamlin the lead and putting Jimmie Johnson 16th on the restart. Cont...

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The Scoop: Matt Kenseth has had some bad luck in 2013 (engine failures), but even more good luck. Clever strategy by crew chief Jason Ratcliff and clutch driving by the driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota garnered this Joe Gibbs Racing team its 4th win of the year.

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All of the chatter about flux at Richard Childress Racing doesn't have Jeff Burton flustered. There were rumors about Paul Menard not returning to the No. 27 in 2014 (he is) and RCR has not announced a driver to replace the departing Kevin Harvick in the No. 29. The common belief is that Jeff Burton's contract is up after this season to drive the No. 31 - but not so fast, he says.

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The Scoop: The wine in victory lane could not have tasted sweeter for anyone that Martin Truex Jr. Sunday. His win in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway broke a 218-race winless streak just shy of his 33rd birthday (Saturday).

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The Scoop: Greg Biffle notches career Cup win 19, career Cup Michigan win four, and the 1000th NASCAR victory for Ford Sunday. "The Biff" capitalized on a gruesome day for Hendrick Motorsports that saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. lose an engine after leading, Kasey Kahne cut a tire and crash while leading, and Jimmie Johnson (who had led earlier) cut a tire and hit the wall while chasing the leader Biffle in the closing laps.

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The Scoop: Jimmie Johnson wins 3rd race of season, winning from the pole at Pocono Raceway. Pretty much, the lead only changed during pit road sequences, tough Ryan Newman (finished 5th) gained track position and the lead by not pitting at one point. The only real passing was during restarts, but the tepid action during the race was not a total surprise. Johnson led 128 of the race's 160 laps.

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The Scoop: NASCAR's longest race is 600 miles for a reason. A great deal of the night's carnage took place in those last 100 laps, as several wrecks on restarts took out lead lap cars. Kasey Kahne stayed in front of that mess to lead most laps in the race (161).

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The Scoop: Kurt and Kyle Busch were the class of the field in the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but pit stops after Segment 4 in the main event put Kasey Kahne and three-time All-Star winner Jimmie Johnson up from front for the final 10-lap sprint to the checkers.

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You want to see drivers mix it up don't you? You hate when they finish 4th and talk about "having a good points day." You complain about boring racing and drivers not trying hard enough. Yet you have a problem with Kyle Busch's tactics going for the win in Saturday's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

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The Scoop: David Ragan notched his 2nd career victory and the first win for Front Row Motorsports in Sunday's Aaron's 499. The Unadilla, Georgia driver surged from 8th to 1st in the final two laps, slam drafting leader Carl Edwards, pushing him loose, and then swinging into the lead with a push from teammate David Gilliland, who finished 2nd.

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The Scoop: Rain pushed back the start of the race three hours, darkness shortened it by about 10 laps, and a last lap crash shortened it even a few yards less. The Aaron's 312 saw defending race winner Joey Logano lead the most laps and barely lose the race to Kasey Kahne and winner Regan Smith.

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The Scoop: Matt Kenseth, winner at Kansas last Fall, barely edges Kasey Kahne and wins his 2nd race of the season and becomes the 3rd-straight driver to win from pole. Drivers spin left and right on the tricky Kansas Speedway layout, including Kyle Busch, whose 2nd spin of the day collects former teammate Joey Logano. The crash demolished both cars. A caution during the beginning of a late pit sequence trapped rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who had his fastest race of 2013), Dale Earnhardt Jr., and others a lap down, forcing them to take wave-arounds. Brad Keselowski, in his first race since the penalty sledgehammer fell on Penske Racing, started poorly, got rear-ended on Busch's first spin on lap four, had the tail light panel of his No. 2 fly off (causing the caution that trapped other drivers a lap down), but rebounded to finish 6th. Kahne started the race poorly, but clawed up to the 2nd position, falling just short of Kenseth, but almost catching him in a repeat of their last lap duel at Las Vegas in March (Kenseth won then, too).

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28 career wins, 36 poles, a championship, and a remarkable 163 top 10s in only 233 career Cup starts. This is the sparkling career record of the driver of the famous gold No. 4 Chevy, Rex White. White learned from NASCAR one week ago that his name would be one of several that the NASCAR Hall of Fame added to its nominees list. The 83-year-old celebrated the news Saturday afternoon by signing autographs for fans – and selling the first-ever 1:24 die cast of his own car – at Love’s Racing, a small, but robust racing memorabilia shop in Lawrenceville, Georgia. White explains how he received the good news from NASCAR.

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Penske Racing is giving A.J. Allmendinger a big time 2nd chance. After his drug suspension forced team owner Roger Penske to fire him from the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride in 2012, Allmendinger has landed on his feet with the team in a part-time Izod IndyCar schedule. This will give Allmendinger the coveted opportunity to run in May's Indy 500 and it all starts Sunday at Birmingham, Alabama's Barber Motorsports Park.

Allmendinger has superstar Indy teammates in Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Power has finished 2nd in points the last three IndyCar seasons, losing the points lead each year in the last race. So Allmendinger has not only experienced racers to lean on, but also men with varied challenges in life (Power's racing strife and Castroneves' tax fiasco a few years back).

Both Power and Allmendinger stopped by to talk to News/Talk WSB about A.J.'s move to IndyCar, the pressure to win, how physically demanding IndyCar racing is, Danica-mania, and what to expect from Penske Racing at Barber - a race Power won last year.

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The Scoop: Kyle Busch leads the most laps, but fell back to 3rd on final restart. Last week’s enemies Joey Logano (pretty much the 2nd fastest car of the day) and Denny Hamlin (pole-sitter, who drove from 25th after late speeding penalty) took the race to the line. Logano had the Auto Club 400 won, but Hamlin (on fresher tires) caught him in the final two laps and they jostled for the top spot. Hamlin almost had him cleared, but Logano drove deep into the last turns, they touched, Hamlin pretty much turned him into the wall, and then wrecked nose-first into inside wall. Busch, who was closing in on the battle, drove by on their outside as they began to wreck for the win. Logano finished 6th, Hamlin 25th. After exiting the No. 11 FedEx Toyota, Hamlin dropped to the ground and the medics put him on a backboard and took him to the hospital – no word in his condition, but he was alert. Logano blocked Stewart on the final restart, somehow causing Stewart to fall to 22nd at the finish. He blocked Logano on pit road after the race and charged at him, throwing punches. The crews also began fighting and Logano threw a water bottle. There was plenty of sea-saw action through the pack in the late laps as drivers drove from 20th to the top 5 or the opposite again and again. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch were two such drivers and they finished 2nd and 3rd. Earnhardt Jr. now leads the points as previous points leaders Brad Keselowski (23rd) and Jimmie Johnson (12th) had off days.

140 Characters or Less: Dominant Kyle Busch passes wrecking rivals to win at Cali. Stewart latest to teach Logano lesson. Hamlin in hospital. Junior leads points.

Handsome Boy Modeling School Stud of the Race: Kyle Busch – he won by capitalizing on Hamlin and Logano’s errors, led the most Continue...

The Scoop: Kasey Kahne was fast all weekend and survived the attrition of other fast cars, leading 109 laps to claim the win. The No. 5 Great Clips Chevy started 2nd and hung at the front all day, though Denny Hamlin (led race-high 117 laps), Kyle Busch (led 56 laps), Matt Kenseth (led 85 laps), Jeff Gordon (led 66 laps), and Brad Keselowski (led 62 laps) all had significant stints up front. Keselowski and Paul Menard gained several spots each to take the lead on the 2nd-to-last caution by staying out and stretching their fuel to the end. Kahne had the fastest car, but had to clear Menard and then battled very hard with Keselowski to wrestle away the lead. He did, but the No. 2 Ford took it back. On the race’s final restart, Keselowski spun the tires and gave the lead back to Kahne, who drove to his 15th career victory and first Sprint Cup trophy at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch bested Keselowski for 2nd (after losing the lead early in the race with yet another pit road speeding penalty), with brother Kurt coming back from a green flag pit stop for a flat tire to finish 4th. The rest of the top 10 were Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers, Menard and Jamie McMurray. Problems plagued contenders: Tony Stewart fell back through the field in the first laps like Bowyer did last week, cut a tire, spun out, and finished 36 laps down in 31st. Gordon cut a tire while trying to hold Kenseth back from stealing his lead, wrecking both of them. Jimmie Johnson cut a tire, hit the wall, and finished 22nd. Joey Logano had a top-5 car, but Hamlin spun him out when he drove in front of him. Logano confronted Hamlin after the race, but a No. 11 crew member kept them from getting too close. Logano drove up to as high as 6th again, but fell back to 17th on the final restart and finished there. Hamlin hit the wall while running top-5 late in Continue...

Kyle Larson’s last-lap, airborne, fence-breaking, fan-injuring crash made national headlines at Daytona International Speedway. But the big crash before it took a heavier toll on a driver. 26-year-old Michael Annett’s No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Ford snapped head-on into the wall and then got hit on both sides by other wrecking cars. The crash looked similar to most other large restrictor plate racing melees, but Annett knew his impact was something different on the ambulance ride to the infield care center afterwards. After getting quickly out of his wrecked car and into the ambulance, Annett says he felt something wrong with his chest.

“I took my helmet off and my gloves and I could kind of feel some pressure in my chest. So I undid my suit and kind of started feeling around. And the best way to put it, it felt like there was a golf ball right in the middle of my sternum trying to stick out through the skin,” Annett tells News/Talk WSB, while on the way to this weekend’s NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

After doctors in the track care center determined the severity of Annett’s injury, they transported him across the street to Halifax Health and Medical Center. Doctors at the hospital immediately began trauma procedures and then took the Richard Petty Motorsports driver for a CT scan. But as Annett’s testing began, the horrifying aftermath of Larson’s crash sent the Halifax staff into high alert.

“As they were getting ready to start the [CT] scan, one of the nurses came in and said, ‘We have got eight traumas coming in and we need some help out here!’ and I knew right away that it probably wasn’t eight drivers hurt, so either it was a wreck on the highway or some fans injured. From there on, they kind of got my injury under control and knew it wasn’t a life or death situation. And at that point I told them, ‘You need to go help the fans – it s Continue...

The Scoop: Matt Kenseth leads the last part of race to win for his first time with Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth gains lead by taking no tires on final pit stop and then holds off the day’s fastest car, Kasey Kahne. Kahne led 114 laps, but got jammed up in some traffic on the day’s last pit stop and lost track position. He almost caught Kenseth and finished 2nd. Kenseth becomes the third driver to win on his birthday. Brad Keselowski (on same no-tires strategy as Kenseth) was 3rd, Kyle Busch (busted early in race for speeding on pit road) 4th, and last week’s winner Carl Edwards 5th.  

140 Characters or Less: Kahne leads most laps, but slow in pits/restarts. Kenseth snags lead w/no tires. Dirty air still matters, no matter the car. Happy bday!

Handsome Boy Modeling School Stud of the Race: Kasey Kahne – had the fastest car and really only lost because of having to leave pits later as Tony Stewart entered his stall. He may still have lost the race, as Kenseth beat him and crew chief Kenny Francis on tire strategy. Even still, Kahne overcame slow restarts again and again to keep retaking the lead. He almost did it again with Kenseth, but still ended the day leading the most laps (114).

North Korean Missile Dud: Clint Bowyer – With the starting lineup set by 2012 points after Friday’s qualifying rainout, Bowyer got a prime starting position and should have run well in the race (Toyotas were fast all weekend). Instead, Bowyer dropped all the way outside the top 20 in the first few laps, pitted very early for what he thought was a flat tire and dropped two laps down, and finished a dismal 27th.

Never Fear, Underdogs Are Here: Dave Blaney – A 24th place finish isn’t much to brag about, but this No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing tea Continue...

Jeff Burton has seen plenty in this his 20th full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Sponsors have come and gone, crew chiefs have changed, NASCAR has changed the racecars repeatedly, and Burton himself has switched employers a couple of times. At 45, Burton’s maturity and matter-of-factness are sought out heavily by the media. And this still after an awfully tepid last two seasons at Richard Childress Racing – a couplet that has not seen the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy on TV very often. But 2013 shows hope for Burton, who reportedly is a free agent after the season. After getting wrecked late in the Daytona 500, the Virginia driver ran 10th at Phoenix Sunday – his and the team’s first top 10 since Talladega last October. The new Gen-6 car and structural changes at RCR have left Burton and the whole organization (which had a very mediocre 2012 season) optimistic they can all rebound.

Burton and team are also enthusiastic about a new sponsor for the No. 31 Chevy. Kwikset will serve as the primary sponsor for the car at Daytona in July and as an associate sponsor throughout the season. The black, red, and white paint scheme should fit right in the RCR shop, as those are RCR’s main colors (thanks to Dale Earnhardt and GM Goodwrench) and Kevin Harvick’s sponsorships with Budweiser, Jimmy John’s, and Rheem. Burton, who has often stood for driver safety and the stability of the sport, seems a “lock” to be a successful fit for the door hardware company.

Burton’s take on NASCAR is a must with so much change these days. As he boarded a flight Burton took a couple of minutes (and held up the plane’s takeoff) to talk about the new Gen-6 car and its criticisms.

“Everyone is so quick to jump to conclusions on everything we do in life. We’re not going to have the answer immediately. Daytona was not as exciting of a race as I think that everyone hoped it w Continue...

Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix Race Capsule

The Scoop: Carl Edwards pilots the No. 99 Subway Ford to victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix. Edwards leads twice for 122 of the 316 laps (including the last 78) to win for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011 (70 races). Edwards breaks the streak at the same track he broke a similar streak in 2010. Ken Schrader’s wreck with three laps to go bunched up the field for a green-white-checkered finish, with all the leaders stretching fuel. Dale Earnhardt Jr. restarted 2nd, but spun his tires, bunched the outside line and allowed Edwards to shake away. Brad Keselowski shoved Edwards to the start, but Jimmie Johnson caught him for the spot and Denny Hamlin dive-bombed them both. Johnson and Hamlin finished door-to-door, smoking fenders, with Johnson taking 2nd. Kyle Busch spun early and never recovered. Ryan Newman (twice), Scott Riggs, David Gilliland, Schrader, and (uh-oh) Danica Patrick all blew tires and wrecked. Mark Martin started on the pole, led 75 laps, but got off pit sequence and track-position-wise to finish 21st.

140 Characters or Less: Edwards breaks drought again at Phx. Johnson and Hamlin runner-up fender rubbers. Tires ruin days of several. Passing hard. RaceView sucks.

Handsome Boy Modeling School Stud of the Race: Carl Edwards – Easy to pick the winner, yes, but Edwards didn’t steal the win, led the most laps, came back through the field to take the lead twice, and held off hard chargers at the end. He also broke a perplexing two-year winless streak, though his team (which essentially was the successful No. 17 crew of last year) won three times in 2012 with Matt Kenseth. 

North Korean Missile Dud: Kyle Busch – Got the “Stud” award Saturday, but got anxious and spun early in Sunday’s race, taking himself out of c Continue...

The Scoop: Jimmie Johnson wins his 2nd Daytona 500 in his 400th career Sprint Cup start, charging to the front in the closing laps and holding off teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin – who still has never won the Great American Race. Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., and Martin all made a concerted effort after the race to express their focus on the fans hurt in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, when Kyle Larson’s race car hit the fence and showered debris and a tire on the crowd at the start-finish line. The trio also spoke highly of pole sitter Danica Patrick’s historic effort in the race: 8th place (highest finish for a woman) and six laps led (first woman to lead Daytona 500 and only 13th driver all-time to lead both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500). Rain threatened, but never delayed or stopped the race. Matt Kenseth led a race-high 86 laps, but mechanical trouble sent him to the garage late and teammate Kyle Busch dropped out just moments later with an engine failure. Drivers raced single-file almost the entire race, discouraging many fans and making for a disappointing debut of NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car. The racing got exciting with about 20 laps to go, when others like Johnson took to the bottom line to pass the leaders. Patrick ran in 3rd place on the final lap, but fell back as they passed. And three multi-car crashes tore up about 20 racecars, but injured no drivers or fans.

140 Characters or Less: Johnson wins, Patrick historically leads. Toyota drivers’ rotten luck. Fans pack stands, while we remember those still hurt from Saturday.

Handsome Boy Modeling School Stud of the Race: The 1st Sprint Cup version of this award goes to Danica Patrick – the irony. She did not lead a lap at the start of the race, but got to the front twice and led three laps each time. But her biggest take from t Continue...

Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Terence Mathis has found a home in NASCAR  - and that has taken a while. Just in the last month, Mathis has joined with Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 team as vice president of marketing.  After retiring from the NFL in 2002 (having played spectacularly for the Falcons from 1994 – 2001), Mathis turned his focus from football to marketing. The wide receiver did some of own marketing during his NFL career. In 2005, he tried to start a NASCAR team in conjunction with NASCAR’s then-new Drive for Diversity program. But his new team never hit the track for several reasons.

“When you’re the new guy on the block and every sponsor you go after, you know that a big team or a team that has more experience is telling them ‘he’s not experienced enough, he doesn’t know what he’s doing,’” Mathis told News/Talk WSB outside of the LVR hauler just after Daytona 500 final practice. “I’ve been sued by people that used to work with me. If think if I was never a football player and never went through the things I went through, I probably would have given up a long time ago.”

Mathis formed Victory Motorsports in 2005, but that deal fell through.

Mathis joins LVR in a good time for the small Sprint Cup Series team. Late in 2012 they announced they again would run a limited schedule, but would try to run the full races in all they ran. Scott Speed begins his 2nd year with the team and both Speed and the team start their first Daytona 500 from the 31st spot.

“It was wonderful to race in to a race like this. We have a fast car and Scott [Speed] is gonna do well.”

And despite Mathis and LVR’s short time together, Mathis, who had four 1,000-plus receiving yards seasons in the NFL, is already looking for more.

“It was synergy right away. I became the VP of marketing, with futu Continue...

Tony Stewart, love him or hate him, is often one of the most entertaining drivers in a press conference. Friday was no aberration, as the sharp-tongued veteran announced Rush Truck Centers as a new sponsor on his No. 14 Sprint Cup car. The Gene Haas-affiliated sponsor will be the primary sponsor the team for three races and carry a season-long associate sponsorship. But Stewart went straight from fielding making sponsorship quotes, to having to answer questions about Danica Patrick and, from me, about his stance on the nature of plate racing in the new Gen-6 car, in comparison to the tandem racing of recent years. 


Stewart, who has won many races at Daytona, but has been eluded by the Daytona 500, was a sharp critic of tandem racing. He highlighted his criticism of the two-car shove drafts by telling me at Talladega last season, sarcastically, that NASCAR should turn the cars backwards at the halfway point of the race or turn that race into a figure-eight race. Classic Stewart. 


Stewart did emphasize Cup Series in his saying he will never have to push a car that much again,. He will have to deal with tandem racing in the Nationwide Series Saturday, as he drives the No. 33 for Richard Childress Racing.

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Let the frenzy begin. Danica Patrick turned heads Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, scoring the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. In doing so, Patrick becomes the first woman in history to win a Sprint Cup Series pole. Her speed of 196.434 mph is the quickest Daytona 500 qualifying speed since Terry Labonte in 1990. Patrick’s pole is significant not just for the historical first, but also because of Patrick’s rockstar status, but also the fact that this is the leadoff to her first full Sprint Cup season, and that NASCAR is really optimistic about the debut of the new Gen-6 car. 

The mix of history and superstardom make the spotlight on NASCAR very bright to start the season. The mainstream media mauled this story Sunday and Monday and will continue to do so through Sunday’s race. But let’s remember something: the pole at Daytona is about as significant as finishing 2nd in the Sprint Unlimited or winning a Duel race – it is prestigious, but it means little on raceday and is a bad barometer of driver ability. Yes, Patrick is beginning to stabilize as a driver. She is learning stock cars, but this pole does very little to show that. What the mainstream media does not account for is the fact that plate race qualifying involves vary little driver variability and most of the speed is in the racecar. Patrick’s slight weight in comparison to other drivers and how the wind may have helped her or hurt other drivers are also factors in her having the fastest speed. Patrick deserves props for doing everything right as a driver during her qualifying laps and for the feedback she gave her team in January testing and in the practice sessions before qualifying to gain her the pole winning speed she needed. Now is the time for her to pay it forward with a good finish.  

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Count Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark among the many in NASCAR Nation that are chomping at the bit for the 2013 season. With Saturday's Sprint Unlimited on tap and then a bustling week of practices and races leading up to next Sunday's Daytona 500, Clark and his staff at the Hampton, GA track are busy in their own right. Though the Labor Day weekend races at AMS are months away, tickets to them go on sale during Daytona's Speedweeks. 9 a.m. Monday is when fans can start purchasing seats for the AdvoCare 500 race weekend. And this list from an AMS press release shows there are plenty of deals in store and benefits to purchasing tickets early:

Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend schedule (Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2013)

Aug. 30:            NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying and United Sprint Car Series Race (50 laps / 12.5 miles)

Aug. 31:            Atlanta 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race (195 laps / 300 miles)

Sept. 1:             AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race (325 laps / 500 miles)

NASCAR Tickets On-Sale

 *   Tickets on sale Monday, February 18 at 9:00 AM
 *   To purchase, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com<http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/> or call 1 877 9 AMS TIX
 *   Fans that purchase AdvoCare 500 tickets before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25 become members of the AMS Insiders Club, which features ticket discounts, a lanyard and entry into VIP experiences.

NEW FOR 2013: AMS Insiders Club

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NASCAR president Mike Helton joined Clint Bowyer, three new Gen-6 racecars, and a media contingency at Downtown Atlanta’s CNN Center to educate the masses on NASCAR’s new racecar and to promote the coming races at Daytona International Speedway. After recording two segments with CNN and HLN, he and I spent a few minutes discussing the big wave of change for the coming 2013 race season. 

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Clint Bowyer, like most drivers, gets tired of answering the same questions.

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