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 Happy Thanksgiving !!!

(11/23/17)

It's "Turkey Derby" time !

This weekend (Friday - Saturday - Sunday) @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !


(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

LARGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR WALL STADIUM TURKEY DERBY 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the overflowing number of cars that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the two pre-race practice sessions are any indication, the 44th running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. The event is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Among the Tour Type Modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Jackson’s Steven Reed, Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Earl Paules of Palmertown, Pa. and Long Island racer Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Brick’s Ron Frees, Howell’s Jimmy Blewett and Justin Gumley, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead, N.Y., Jackson's Blake Barney and Mitcheel Dowd of Pottstown, Pa. More entries are expected during the final two days leading up to the race.

The speedway’s own Freehold Ford Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Newly crowned champion Jimmy Blewett, former champ Steven Reed, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers, , Howell’s Chris Lane, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Howell's Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Doug Wolcott of High Point, N.C., Howell’s Chris Reynolds, brothers Zack and Trevor Alspach, both of Willingboro,, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle are also expected to be in the field.

Reed, Sesely, Krause, Hirschman, Blewett, Carrig and Mandato are among those contemplating competition in both pavement type Modified races. In fact, both Blewett and Krause plan extra duty as they are also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds has practiced during the two tune-up sessions.

In fact, each division that will compete in Turkey Derby action was well represented by both locals and invaders at both practice sessions indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.

On Friday, November 24, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The Snap-on Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, November 25, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Tour Type Modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Freehold Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legends cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.

The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 26, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., grandstand opening and qualifying at noon and main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 75-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.

Among special awards offered for the weekend will be the Larsen Brothers Memorial Fast Time Award for both the Tour and Wall Modified divisions. The fast qualifier in each division will pocket $200.

A special commemorative Turkey Derby 44 sweatshirt will be available during the weekend and fans are reminded to bring small headset type radios to listen to the live call of the race events over the track’s 90.1 FM frequency. Campers are welcome but they are urged to call the speedway office prior to the event to make mandatory reservations.

Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

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

Turn 4: Who would be the next feel-good champion?

Who would be the next feel-good champion? Is Brad Keselowski right about Ford being behind if the manufacturer doesn't redesign? Does Elliott Sadler have a point? With Junior, Kenseth and Danica gone, what is NASCAR? Our gang has at it.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21521267/nascar-burning-questions-the-next-feel-good-champion

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Harrison Burton’s drive to racing stardom happening sooner, faster than his father’s

Harrison Burton became the youngest NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion at 16 in September

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/23/harrison-burtons-drive-to-racing-stardom-happening-sooner-faster-than-his-fathers/

NASCAR America: Final takeaways from the 2017 season

Parker Kligerman and Kyle Petty discuss NASCARs transition period

The future is bright for NASCAR
http://www.nbcsports.com/video/nascar-final-takeaways-2017-season

Young guns taking over, new format highlight 2017  

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/nascar-transitioning-young-guns-highlighted-2017-season

Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/): 

 Thank you (high) notes

The 2017 season provided plenty to be thankful for, and here are some of our favorites

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/22/thanksgiving-thankful-for-nascar-edition/

Courtesy The Frontstretch,com

(https://www.frontstretch.com/ ):

NASCAR Standardizes Team Rosters for 2018

On Wednesday morning, NASCAR announced new rules regarding the number of team members that can be on site during race weekends in 2018.  In addition, over-the-wall crews will be removed from six to five.  Read more
 
Ray Black Jr. Joining Rick Ware Racing Full-Time for 2018 Cup Series Schedule

Last weekend in Homestead, Ray Black Jr. indicated to Frontstretch's Dustin Albino that he will be running full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Rookie of the Year in 2018.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Kurt Busch’s Situation is Not Like Brad Keselowski’s
by Clayton Caldwell
 
Brad Keselowski made headlines after Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski pointed to the significant advantage that Toyota had throughout the 2017 season and that NASCAR felt like Formula 1. It’s a sentiment that he echoed several times throughout the year. Keselowski also stated that if Ford didn’t have a new body for 2018, they would have a rough season.

As impactful as those comments were, there was something else that caught my eye. When referring to Kurt Busch’s situation with Stewart-Haas Racing, Keselowski said that he was “not immune to being in that situation Kurt’s in.” Busch is currently negotiating a contract with the organization and has been for some time now.

There's been plenty of reporting about sponsorship decreasing in NASCAR. With that, teams have to cut back on spending. Sometimes, that means that it has to come at the driver’s expense. Keselowski eluded to that in the press conference as well. “I’m fortunate with the respect to partners we have re-signing and being committed to the program.”  

Part of the reason Busch has yet to re-sign is because of the uncertainty around his sponsor Monster Energy. The company just finished its first year as the title sponsor of NASCAR’s Cup Series and has an option to continue their partnership after the 2018 season. Reportedly, Monster Energy is currently deciding on whether or not to pick up that option and NASCAR would like an answer sooner rather than later.

That leaves Busch in a situation of a dwindling market for drivers and an uncertain sponsor. Driver contracts are usually are multi-year deals. While there’s no doubt Monster Energy will be the title sponsor for the 2018 season, beyond that is a mystery.

Monster Energy doesn’t want to make a commitment to Stewart-Haas Racing without knowing what their finances are going to look like down the road. That’s going to impact the amount of money Stewart-Haas Racing is going to offer Busch and that’s why we have a waiting game.

Veteran drivers demand more money than a younger unproven driver, that’s a plain fact. Dale Earnhardt Jr. explained this when Hendrick Motorsports signed both William Byron and Alex Bowman to drive next season. There were other options to replace Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne at HMS including veteran Matt Kenseth.
Instead, the team decided to go with the younger, less expensive drivers. At one point, Keselowski was an option to drive for the team before he resigned with Team Penske with a multi-year contract in July. When the contract was announced, rumors flew that the only hold up was on the financial end of the contract. Drivers are fighting for every penny.

The difference for Keselowski was though he had some leverage. Sure, it was going to take a lot to get Keselowski away from Team Penske but if Rick Hendrick wanted to put the money up to get him, it could have been a war. Team Penske never let it get that far.

Kurt Busch, on the other hand, has no leverage. We’ve already heard that Matt Kenseth is out of a ride for 2018 so we know there are no surprises coming down the pike as 2018 approaches. There are a few rides out there that haven’t officially announced their plans but none are anywhere close to the ride Stewart-Haas Racing provides for Kurt Busch. If Gene Haas waits long enough, he knows he will get his man at the price he wants him for. Kurt has no other option.

I think it’s an extremely dangerous game that Kurt Busch is playing. If he continues this could give the opportunity to someone else. It should be an interesting how it turns out.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye
by Amy Henderson
 
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Homestead
compiled by Frank Velat
 
Ray Black Jr. Joining Rick Ware Racing Full-Time for 2018 Cup Series Schedule
as told to Dustin Albino
 
NASCAR Mailbox: Who Is NASCAR's Next Female Star?
by Joseph Wolkin


Recent News 

(11/22/17)

Courtesy Speed Sport News.com

 (https://speedsport.com/):

Courtesy ESPN.com

By cutting over-the-wall crew members from six to five for 2018, NASCAR could put dozens of pit-crew members out of work from jobs that can pay more than $100,000 annually. Should the crew members have been given a year's notice so they could retrain for other jobs? NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell: "Our intention is obviously not to put anyone out of work. Our intention was to work with the race teams and get this in a position where we all felt we were ready to go. This has been dialogue that's taken place with the race teams for a long time; we discussed it actually last year as well. … We felt the timing was right."

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Questions and answers about NASCAR’s pit crew cut, at-track roster limits

Examining key points from the announcement NASCAR made Wednesday.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/22/questions-and-answers-about-nascars-pit-crew-cut-at-track-roster-limits/

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




Courtesy ESPN.com


Power Rankings: Martin Truex Jr. was the best all year

Martin Truex Jr. is raking in the accolades after winning the NASCAR Cup championship, but nothing can probably be better than finishing atop Ryan McGee's final Power Rankings.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21515211/nascar-monster-energy-nascar-cup-power-rankings

The new, the old and the season that was

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21508326/nascar-lot-digest-homestead

 2 artcicles, Courtesy Amanda Vincent

 (Thanks Amanda !! ):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-florida-woman-arrested-for-harassing-tony-stewart/

NASCAR Cup: Florida woman arrested for harassing Tony Stewart

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-chip-ganassi-racing-discusses-options-with-danica-patrick/

NASCAR Cup: Chip Ganassi Racing discusses options with Danica Patrick

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/)

:Early look ahead

Power Rankings: Where do Bubba, Byron check in for their rookie seasons?

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1664/power-rankings-2018-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-season-lookahead#/0

At-track rosters standardized                      

Blaney's 2018 No. 12 look

Ty, Haley Dillon welcome baby             

Truex Jr. enjoys Champion's Tour

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !) :

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-jgl-racing-adds-kaz-grala-switches-to-ford/

NASCAR Xfinity: JGL Racing adds Kaz Grala switches to Ford

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

 (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

Today's Featured Commentary
Kenseth, Patrick, and Earnhardt Jr.: Did Big Business End Their Careers or Simply Age?
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

There has been lots of talk over the last two seasons how the sudden exodus of veteran drivers leaving NASCAR is a reflection of changing business practices and audience demands.  It appeared that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that 2017 would be the end of his racing career was simply the exclamation point on this trend.  However, when you take a good look at the final full-time seasons of Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick, and Dale Jr. you do have to wonder if the changeover in racing cockpits is really more a reflection of their age, at least for two of them.

First off, let's put Patrick's contribution to this tale to bed.  While Danica is one of the most popular athletes in the world, and the only full-time female behind the wheel of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup car, she is not one of the best drivers on the planet.  In five full-time seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing, she has finished 24th or worse in points.  She brought sponsor dollars with her notoriety, but we all knew that at some point her talent would have to start matching up to expectations.  And her luck has run out.

I have the greatest respect for the amount of determination and energy that she brought to the sport, and thousands of little girls now believe racing is a possible future for them, but Danica's endnote has more do to with failing to deliver on the promise of excellence more than anything else.

Now, let's talk Kenseth and Earnhardt Jr. Did you realize that they were both fighting for the same titles in the XFINITY Series back in 1998 and 1999? Junior won the series trophy both years with Kenseth finishing second in 1998 and third in 1999.  They arrived at the Cup level at the same time. Earnhardt came with his Dad's name and support. Kenseth was called up from the regional series out of Wisconsin by Robbie Reiser.  Where Earnhardt Jr. made headlines with his teenager and sponsor appeal, Kenseth went about the business of becoming a Cup champion in 2003. Still, Junior wasn't too far behind in the win column in those early years, finishing third in points in 2003.

As time passed, Kenseth remained a true racer, providing very little for the NASCAR gossip mill as he racked up 39 wins which left him ranked 20th in the all-time wins column. He earned his stripes at Roush Racing in the No. 17, starting out as that young upstart and growing into the position of learned veteran.  The switch to Gibbs in 2013 was a little surprising, but as usual Kenseth completed the team change with as little pomp as possible and continued to add to his win column regularly.

Meanwhile, Earnhardt Jr. struggled with his fame and his father's early death, but eventually grew into his own character. Still he managed to collect a very respectable 26 victories, ranking him 29th in the stats column. We watched Junior try to avoid the media, open a bar, run his own XFINITY stable--in general he was much more visible over the years and collected an equally vocal fan base.

So, while we might look at Kenseth's departure from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as something of a surprise, it is actually happening pretty much on schedule.  Just think a moment; other contemporaries that have left the series over the past three years include Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon.  The end of Kenseth's career is following the natural pattern, but perhaps Matt is resisting more as he has repeated that it isn't truly his choice.  Dale is leaving on his own terms, citing repeated bouts with concussion as the deciding factor, but he is in the same age group as all those other drivers.

While their careers began and ended at the same time, these two simply did not drive the same path along the way. But in the end, they are part of the group of drivers that belonged to another era.  It may not so much be that the sport is undergoing a major shift, but that it is simply time for these veterans to move on with their careers exploring new options in broadcasting, as a team owner, or other endeavors.

Maybe we are aging, too. Perhaps the interest in the sport will also shift as we follow these familiar faces down unexplored roads. Maybe it is all part of looking toward the future.

Until we meet again, have a happy holiday season! See you in Daytona.

SOMETHING SHINY

Once again, we saw true teamwork rise above expectations.  Since Jason Burdett was suspended for the No. 7 team of Justin Allgaier for the final race of the season in the XFINITY Series, they really needed an ace on top of the pit box for their final run to the championship. Chad Knaus stepped up to fill in the void--since it was his No. 48 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pit crew servicing the vehicle. Even if they didn't win the big trophy, it was still a championship caliber move on Knaus' part.

 TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Beside The Rising Tide: Is It Still Over? Are We Still Through?
by Matt McLaughlin
 
Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & NASCAR Championship Overkill On NBC
by Phil Allaway

5 Points to Ponder: The Right NASCAR Champion
by Tom Bowles

Who's Hot & Who's Not In NASCAR: Championship Edition
by Jeff Wolfe
 
The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finish Off 2017 Season
by Wesley Coburn


Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

NASCAR America: Nate Ryan on how 78 rode roller coaster to Cup crown
Check out NBC Sports' Nate Ryan's ode to Martin Truex Jr., the 78 team and the championship they would not be denied.

NASCAR America: Will William Byron’s dominance in Trucks, Xfinity transfer to Cup?
How will William Byron fare in NASCAR Cup next season? See what our NASCAR America experts have to say.

NASCAR America’s Jarrett, Letarte, Petty recap 2017, make 2018 predictions
Our NASCAR America experts are already looking ahead to 2018.

Justin Hartley from NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ on Dale Jr.’s special bond with fans
Little compares to the bond between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his legion of fans in Junior Nation. Justin Hartley from 'This Is Us' tells us why.


(11/21/17)

 4 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!!!) :

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-goodyear-extend-relationship/

NASCAR, Goodyear extend relationship

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-chase-briscoe-austin-cindric-ty-majeski-strike-developmental-deals-with-roush-fenway/

NASCAR Xfinity: Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ty Majeski strike developmental deals with Roush Fenway

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-johnny-sauter-sticks-with-gms-racing/

NASCAR Truck: Johnny Sauter sticks with GMS Racing

http://autoracingdaily.com/teams-penalized-for-loosemissing-lug-nuts-at-homestead-miami-speedway/

Teams penalized for loose/missing lug nuts at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. visits Megyn Kelly TODAY show

Martin Truex Jr. continued his victory tour Tuesday on NBC's Megyn Kelly TODAY

Bump & Run: 2017 NASCAR accolades

Not everyone agrees on who the driver of the year of 2017 in NASCAR was, but it's unanimous on Rookie of the Year and crew chief of the year.

 http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/21/bump-run-2017-nascar-accolades/

Fans continue to appreciate Dale Jr.

The Dale Earnhadt Jr. appreciation tour makes a great stop with the fans.

2018 predictions: Will Kenseth drive No. 41 car
The NASCAR America crew gives their predictions for next season, including who could win the Cup title and what will happen with the No. 41 car.

{ Sad day }

Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway to end short track racing, drops NASCAR sanction

Motor Mile Speedway has ceased racing operations and will transform into a entertainment and sporting event venue.

NASCAR issues three lug nut penalties in final penalty report of season
Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had two unsecured lug nuts following the season finale.

Watch: Denver-area fans celebrate Martin Truex Jr.’s championship
Fans gathered at a Denver-area racing themed bar to watch Furniture Row Racing win its first Cup title.

Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/): 

 Fast friends

Dale Jr. and Kenseth's friendship through 14 wild years of Monster Energy Series racing

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/20/news-media20171120dale-earnhardt-jr-matt-kenseth-made-their-own-ways-as-friends-and-racers-for-14-years/

'On top of the world'

Martin Truex Jr. reflects on his long road to a championship, tight-knit No. 78 team

https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/up-to-speed/1-on-1-with-the-champ-martin-truex-jr/



Get ready for Champion's Week beginning Nov. 28

https://championsweek.nascar.com/            

Don't miss Junior in Vegas


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

Kenseth leaves legacy of respect, friendship


Courtesy Catchfence.com

(http://www.catchfence.com/):

Charlotte Hornets star Marvin Williams kicks off Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

http://www.catchfence.com/266937/charlotte-hornets-star-marvin-williams-kicks-off-speedway-christmas-at-charlotte-motor-speedway

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

NASCAR America: Elliott Sadler shouldn’t blame Ryan Preece for losing Xfinity title

Elliott Sadler shouldn't blame Ryan Preece for losing the Xfinity championship, according to our NASCAR America analysts. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/21/nascar-america-elliott-sadler-shouldnt-blame-ryan-preece-for-losing-xfinity-title/ 


NASCAR America: Was Kyle Busch wrong to blame Joey Logano?
Was Kyle Busch right in claiming Joey Logano impeded his way to potentially catching Martin Truex Jr.?

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first moments of retirement
Not only did his team and fans play a big role in Dale Jr.'s life, so did Rick Hendrick. We talked about that on Monday's edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Jarrett, Kligerman on role Sherry Pollex played in Truex’s championship
Here's what our NASCAR America analysts said about the inspiration Sherry Pollex was to the No. 78 team this season.

Elliott Sadler's frustration understandable
Elliott Sadler confronted Ryan Preece after Sadler missed out on a shot at the XFINITY title, but Sadler had his chances to avoid Preece late.

Recapping Byron's Xfinity Series championship
Take another look as William Byron captured the Xfinity Series championship at Homestead-Miami.

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-erik-jones-claims-rook-of-the-year/

NASCAR Cup: Erik Jones claims Rookie of the Year

Amanda Vincent

(11/20/17)

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

Casey Mears Content if NASCAR Career is Over 

Casey Mears' commitment to Biagi-DenBeste Racing is now complete after Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300.  What's next for Mears?  Anything is on the table.  Read more

Dakoda Armstrong Aiming For 2018 XFINITY Series Return

Dakoda Armstrong's season ended early after sponsor payments dried up.  However, Armstrong is expecting to be back in the XFINITY Series somewhere in 2018.  Read more

Playoff Check: Martin Truex Jr. Wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship by Any Measure
by Phil Allaway
 
Martin Truex Jr. came into Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 as the favorite just based on his record on intermediate tracks.  Sure enough, he took the lead when Kyle Busch pitted with 51 laps to go and held on to take his seventh intermediate win of 2017.  That gave him the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.  Kyle Busch finished second and will be second in points.  Kevin Harvick dealt with an ill-handling car after hitting debris.  A fourth-place finish results in Harvick finishing third in points.

For Brad Keselowski, he tried to win the race by splitting up the pit strategy.  However, it didn't quite work out for him.  A seventh-place finish results in Keselowski finishing fourth in points.  The best of those who did not advance to the Championship 4 was Chase Elliott.  Driving his final race in the No. 24, Elliott finished a strong fifth to maintain fifth in points.  Elliott's margin was 24 points over Denny Hamlin.  Hamlin started from the pole, but never actually led a lap.  He ultimately finished ninth.
 
Matt Kenseth finished eighth on Sunday.  That was enough for him to maintain seventh.  Kyle Larson stopped the bleeding by finishing third following four consecutive DNFs.  The third-place finish moved Larson up one place to eighth.  Ryan Blaney dropped one place to ninth after an unscheduled pit stop early on dropped him three laps down.  He would eventually finish 29th.  Jimmie Johnson had a miserable day as well due to cut tires.  Johnson would finish three laps down in 27th, but Johnson kept 10th.
 
36 points behind Johnson was a tie for 11th between Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray.  Dillon gets the spot because he won the Coca-Cola 600 earlier this year.  Dillon finished 11th on Sunday while Jamie McMurray was 13th with what appeared to be a sick engine.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dropped from a tie for 11th to 13th following a 15th-place finish on Sunday.  He ended the season only two points behind Dillon and McMurray.  Despite a blown tire late, Kurt Busch gained one place to finish 14th in points, displacing Kasey Kahne, who crashed with Danica Patrick and later retired from the race.  Ryan Newman rounds out the top 16.
 
Final Championship 4 Point Standings: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 5040, 2) Kyle Busch -5, 3) Kevin Harvick -7, 4) Brad Keselowski -10.
 
Note: In the playoffs, ties are broken by performance in that round only.
 
Eliminated Contenders: 5) Chase Elliott 2377, 6) Denny Hamlin -24, 7) Matt Kenseth -33, 8) Kyle Larson -57, 9) Ryan Blaney -72, 10) Jimmie Johnson -117, t-11) Austin Dillon -153, t-11) Jamie McMurray -153, 13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -155, 14) Kurt Busch -160, 15) Kasey Kahne -179, 16) Ryan Newman -181.
 
Best of the Rest: 17) Joey Logano 930, 18) Clint Bowyer -59, 19) Erik Jones -67, 20) Daniel Suarez -153, 21) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -262, 22) Trevor Bayne -270, 23) Paul Menard -299.
 
Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 14812) Kyle Busch -167, 3) Kevin Harvick -206, 4) Kyle Larson -257, 5) Brad Keselowski -297, 6) Denny Hamlin -325, 7) Chase Elliott -344, 8) Matt Kenseth -390, 9) Jamie McMurray -503, 10) Ryan Blaney -537, 11) Joey Logano -551, 12) Jimmie Johnson -556, 13) Kurt Busch -608, 14) Clint Bowyer -610, 15) Erik Jones -618, 16) Ryan Newman -650, 17) Daniel Suarez -704, 18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -715, 19) Austin Dillon -773, 20) Kasey Kahne -799.
 
Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 74, 2) Kyle Busch -27, 3) Brad Keselowski -46, 4) Kevin Harvick -51.
 
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 1115, 2) Kevin Harvick -77, 3) Kyle Busch -844) Denny Hamlin -97, 5) Chase Elliott -132, 6) Brad Keselowski -156, 7) Kyle Larson -189, 8) Matt Kenseth -200, 9) Jamie McMurray -222, 10) Joey Logano -244, 11) Clint Bowyer -256, 12) Ryan Blaney -258, 13) Daniel Suarez -261, 14) Ryan Newman -266, 15) Kurt Busch -269, 16) Jimmie Johnson -276.
 
Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona-1), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville-1, Talladega-2), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas-1, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland, Charlotte-2, Kansas-2, Homestead), Ryan Newman (Phoenix-2), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2, Richmond-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas-1, Bristol-1, Dover-1), Joey Logano (Richmond-1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega-1, Daytona-2), Austin Dillon (Charlotte-1), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1), Kevin Harvick (Sonoma, Texas-2), Denny Hamlin (Loudon-1, Darlington), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2, Loudon-2, Dover-2, Martinsville-2), Matt Kenseth (Phoenix-2)

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 was brought to you by the letter S for Strategy.  Had everyone stuck to the primary pit strategy, it likely would have been an easy win (and championship) for Kyle Busch.  Brad Keselowski split the strategy and changed the ultimate outcome of the race. - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Ford EcoBoost 400
compiled by Phil Allaway

"We didn't have the car where we needed it, to be honest with you. You know, we were probably third best out of the four for the most part for a while, and just kept clawing and scratching. I just kept trying to get everything I could out of it and giving them the info, giving Cole and the guys the info that I needed, the adjustments I needed, what I needed the car to do different. 

"We really weren't making a lot of ground on it. I felt like we just missed it a little bit. But we stayed positive. We kept working, and Cole had some pit strategy, got us the lead, and then once he got me the lead, I was like, okay, now it's all up to me now. There's no one in the world that I want to let down less than them. I was like, I can't‑‑ I've got to hold the lead no matter what happens. This is it. This is my opportunity. They gave me the lead, and I've got to find a way to get it done. 

"I found a way to‑‑ I just found a line that worked for my car with 20 laps to go that I couldn't find all day long. I had searched for it all day, could never find it, then all of a sudden with 20 to go, I found it. Not only did it help my car but it hurt Kyle's car, the 18. He got to second, and when he did, he was three, four tenths faster than I was before I found the line, and that was the difference.

"Just found it when I needed it. The timing was right, and we made it happen." - Martin Truex Jr., race winner, 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion

"It wasn't quite what we wanted there at the end. I thought we had a really great race car, especially on the long runs we were really, really good. Just came down to there at the end not having enough tire when I got to the 78, so I just overused my stuff, and I knew I overused my stuff when I was running with the 22 trying to get by him and just overworked everything and got to the 4, got by him pretty quick, I tried to make sure that I could do that pretty quick so then I could have at least a little more tire life, but didn't seem to pay me off any when I got to the 78.

“Thanks to all my guys, everybody on this M&M's Caramel team. Our Toyota Camrys were fantastic this year. The work from TRD and everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing has really come together and done a fantastic job. I feel really bad we come up a spot short, given I thought we had the best car today, and I guess that's why it's called racing, and you've got to run it out." - Kyle Busch, finished second

"We had a great Credit One Bank Chevy today. Throughout the first half especially. It seemed like the 18 and them guys were probably a little bit faster than me the first, I don’t know 15 laps a run and then I was really, really good. I was definitely better than them in front of me, but I was just stuck in their dirty air a little bit. I was going to race them, I just could never get close enough. I wanted to win the race bad, but a good way to end the year. It showed we had a lot of speed all year long and congrats to the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.) team they were the class of the field all year. It is pretty neat to see the top three there they were the three best cars all season. I wish I could have been a part of the final four, but had a little bit of bad luck here lately. It’s nice to see a checkered flag, it’s been about a month since I’ve seen one. That was good and yeah, we will try and make our stuff even better than next year just fine tune on little things and try and come back even stronger. Hats off to everybody on my Chip Ganassi Racing team. They busted their tails throughout the off season and that prepared us to be good this year. Thanks to them and thanks to all of our other partners, Target, wish they were still with us, but we will miss them. Looking forward to our future with all of our other partners. Good year all-in-all." - Kyle Larson, finished third

"It was kind of up and down as far as where you were against the championship guys. There at the end, we just got a hole in the nose and had a tire equalize and all kinds of stuff happen right about dark, and we never got it back 100 percent right to really do what we needed to do, really at any point during the run. We were just kind of treading water there. The last run really, really loose. They did a great job. Just really proud of everybody on my team, and they did a great job getting us to this point and having a chance, and gave it all we had right up until the end. Some points were good, some points were bad, and in the end it just wasn’t quite good enough." - Kevin Harvick, finished fourth

"[My race] was solid. To finish fifth in the standing and to run fifth tonight it definitely was not a win, but from where we were yesterday to how we ran at the beginning of the race and so on, I was pretty pleased with that. Finally got the top rolling pretty good for us there at the end. So much fun to do that. Have some work to do, I’m excited about next year, we have some great things to build on. We will see what next year brings and go from there." - Chase Elliott, finished fifth

"That was a good night for us. We never quit through the whole year and we end it on a strong note. It is always important to have a good run at Homestead because you have the whole offseason to think about it. I wanted that top-five but just wasn’t quick enough up by the wall. I don’t know why our cars don’t go fast up against the wall. The 4 couldn’t do it either. Maybe it is something we are doing. I am not sure. Altogether, I am proud of getting a sixth place run out of a car that we thought we would struggle to finish 20th with. We made good changes and had something to race with and get to head off on a good note." - Joey Logano, finished sixth

"Hard fought battle. It was a long night, but we might not have got the result we wanted, of course the result you want is to win the race and win the championship, but the effort was phenomenal and I was really proud of our group for everything they put into that — trying to be the best with this package and we weren’t quite the best in class, but we ran up front. The 4, the 42, the 24 were pretty good. My teammate was pretty good and I felt like if we could have had a couple cracks at it we probably could have run fifth instead of seventh, but there wasn’t really any point in the race where we were capable of running with the 18 or the 78. That was kind of the way it was. We tried everything we could throw at them with strategies and what-not, and it seemed to work out a little bit. We forced everybody’s hands a couple times and put them in some uncomfortable spots, but in the end we just didn’t have enough speed to really contend with those guys. Really, nobody did if you look at it, but we put the effort out there and I’m proud of that." - Brad Keselowski, finished seventh

"We struggled all weekend, so I really didn’t know what to expect going into the race. The guys did a good job. They made some changes and the car was at least raceable during the race. We were kind of running in the top 15 or top 17. The No. 42 (Kyle Larson) was so fast early on, and putting so many cars down a lap. We had good strategy and got a good restart and got back on the lead lap there. We were a little bit free getting into the corners all night so we tried to tighten it up and on that one run, it got really bad. It was way too tight and we could never fully get it back. We got it back a little bit. I thought we maximized the race with the best strategy we could have. It’s something to build on. We definitely need to be better, but the stuff we tried this weekend is something to build on and learn from going into next year." - AJ Allmendinger, finished 14th

"I told my guys when the race was over with, I said ‑‑ I told them a couple weeks ago, the only thing I care about really is finishing all the laps and pulling down pit road and getting out of the car and having a beer with my team. These are my brothers, and we're very close, and I want to just have a moment with them before I leave and go home. So we got a couple beer coolers out and we drank about two, three beers apiece and sat there and talked for a while and had a lot of fun and enjoyed each other, and you wouldn't‑‑ it's hard to understand that relationship that you have with those guys, but it's very close. You know, we're a big part of each other's lives away from the track and support each other in everything going on in our personal lives, and I've worked with a lot of those guys for a lot of years, and we've been down and we've been out, and we never turned on each other. We stayed together. We finished this together. It's meant a lot to me. Those relationships I'll have beyond driving race cars." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 25th
 
"I hit the wall in three and four and got some fender rub on the tire and it blew the tire. I went a couple of laps and there was smoke in the car, but they thought it was all right, but it wasn’t.  What I’m not looking forward to is I have to go sit in my bus and wait for everyone to get done with the race before I can go home (laughing). That sucks, but I think that what’s coming ahead is bright for me and for the way it feels, so I’m excited." - Danica Patrick, finished 37th (Crashed out)
  
TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Thinkin' Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Caps Impressive 2017 with First Cup Series Title
by Mike Neff
 
The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400
by Michael Finley

Up to Speed: Is Martin Truex Jr. the New Dale Jarrett?
by Bryan Gable

Pace Laps: First-Timers Shine in Homestead Finale In NASCAR's Top-3 Divisions
by the Frontstretch Staff

2017 Frontstretch Podcast: William Byron Breaks Through
by the Frontstretch Staff
 
XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Earns 1st Victory, William Byron Captures Title
by Dustin Albino
  

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

NASCAR's unique playoff format costs Busch

Kyle Busch was upset about Joey Logano inhibiting him at Homestead, but Logano was in his right to try and win.

Pollex the rock behind Truex, FR Racing success
Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex were the NASCAR stories of the year as Truex's title and Pollex's positivity inspired fans and racers everywhere

Pollex's impact on Truex during title run
Sherry Pollex discusses how she and Martin Truex Jr. kept their belief that something good was coming their way throughout the year


Recapping Byron's Xfinity Series championship
Take another look as William Byron captured the Xfinity Series championship at Homestead-Miami.

Dale Jr. will miss trying to make Hendrick proud
Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks fondly of team owner Rick Hendrick following his final race as a Cup driver in Homestead-Miami.


Courtesy Catchfence.com

 (http://www.catchfence.com/):

Daytona International Speedway Black Friday and Cyber Monday ticket specials

http://www.catchfence.com/266949/daytona-international-speedway-black-friday-cyber-monday-ticket-specials

Dale Jr. leaves NASCAR amid tributes and tears

4 places you can still find Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

 Brendan Gaughan will be part-time in NASCAR next season

The 42-year-old driver will compete in the Cup restrictor-plate races next year and possibly more NASCAR races.

Winning sportsmanship award distracted Carl Edwards from NASCAR’s championship weekend
Eleven months after leaving NASCAR, Carl Edwards said he's interested in a possible return to his roots in dirt racing.


Courtesy ESPN.com

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

Monday Rundown: Crew chief Cole Pearn lives unlikely dream

As unlikely as Martin Truex Jr.'s title may have once seemed, having a mechanic from Canada -- Cole Pearn -- as the winning crew chief for a team from Colorado made things more special. In Xfinity, Cole Custer got one, and BKR went out on top in Trucks.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21489728/nascar-crew-chief-cole-pearn-lives-unlikely-dream


Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/):

Storybook title

Perseverance, championship affirm dominant year for Martin Truex Jr., No. 78 team  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/martin-truex-jr-2017-champion-homestead-miami/

Larson's what if, more from Miami

Busch falls just short in Miami

Truex: I owe this to Dale Jr.

 JGR salutes 'step brother' on title


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


        
Watch: NASCAR pit crews salute Dale Earnhardt Jr. as they once did for...          
                   

Courtesy ESPN.com

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

For his final race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made sure everyone was covered

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21476263/nascar-usual-dale-earnhardt-jr-thought-everyone-else-sunday

Martin Truex Jr. shares special night with friend Dale Earnhardt Jr.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/21488287/martin-truex-jr-shares-special-championship-night-old-friend-dale-earnhardt-jr

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Long: After 27 years away, lucky charm returned for Martin Truex Jr.’s championship

Martin Truex Jr. carried a gift in his pocket Sunday that came from a former racer.  

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/20/long-after-27-years-away-lucky-charm-returned-for-martin-truex-jr-s-championship/

What’s next for Matt Kenseth? Deer hunting, half marathons and gymnastics meets

The 2003 series champion says he is "really looking forward to having a little bit of time off" after stepping away from Cup.

Martin Truex Jr.: This year felt like our year
Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex recap an incredibly emotional year for the Furniture Row Racing team

Matt Kenseth after potential final Cup start: ‘I did the best I could every week’
Matt Kenseth finished eighth in his likely last NASCAR start in Sunday's race at Homesteead-Miami Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Cup ride celebrated

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/dale-earnhardt-jr-s-final-cup-ride-celebrated-with-smiles-laughter-and-plenty-of-beer/



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 Older News

 (11/19/17) 

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

                   

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


Courtesy ESPN.com

Martin Truex Jr.'s championship a reward for hard work and faith

Martin Truex Jr. was at a crossroads in 2013, victim of a team scheme that cost him a spot in the playoffs and ultimately his ride. But he found a new home at Furniture Row Racing, and Sunday his talent propelled him to the top of NASCAR.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21476157/nascar-martin-truex-jr-championship-reward-hard-work-faith

Dale Earnhardt Jr. savors final Cup Series race: 'My time has passed, and I am cool with that'

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21476870/dale-earnhardt-jr-savors-final-nascar-cup-series-race-my-passed-cool-that

Brad Keselowski: If Ford doesn't redesign for '18, we risk 'drubbing'

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21477088/brad-keselowski-said-ford-drivers-were-disadvantaged-nascar-cup-series-championship

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

 (Thanks Amanda !) :

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martin-truex-jr-wins-race-championship-at-homestead/

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. wins race, championship at Homestead

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy Catchfence.com

(http://www.catchfence.com/):

 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth say goodbye to NASCAR in their own perfect way

http://www.catchfence.com/266915/dale-earnhardt-jr-matt-kenseth-say-goodbye-nascar-perfect-way

Kyle Busch comes one spot short of title after thrilling run through the field

http://www.catchfence.com/266920/kyle-busch-comes-one-spot-short-of-title-after-thrilling-run-through-the-field

Brad Keselowski finishes seventh at Homestead; doubts anyone had a shot against Toyota

http://www.catchfence.com/266909/brad-keselowski-finishes-seventh-homestead-comes-short-second-cup-championship

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Cup ride celebrated

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/dale-earnhardt-jr-s-final-cup-ride-celebrated-with-smiles-laughter-and-plenty-of-beer/

Kyle Busch: 'Today I thought we were better'

http://www.nbcsports.com/video/busch-spent-too-much-time-battling-joey-logano-got-real-buddy-there

What drivers said after season-ending NASCAR Cup race

Drivers had a lot to say about the final race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup season. Here's some of their thoughts.

Matt Kenseth will miss fans the most
Matt Kenseth breaks down his final ride in the No. 20 and describes how he wants his legacy in NASCAR to be remembered.

Larson disappointed not to win, but happy overall
Kyle Larson's third place finish at Homestead ended a rough final month of the season, in which he was eliminated from the playoffs, on a high note.

Courtesy NASCAR.com

(https://www.nascar.com/):

Sherry Pollex, Martin Truex Jr. celebrate a championship

https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1657/2017-nascar-champions-celebrate-in-miami#/0

Mile High Champions: Furniture Row heeds call of the West

  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2016/09/12/furniture-row-heeds-call-of-the-west/         

  • Furniture Row enveloped by a city's embrace

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2016/09/12/furniture-row-enveloped-by-a-citys-embrace/

    Dale Jr. follows through, hand delivers helmet to Rick Hendrick

    https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/monster-energy-nascar-cup-post-race-reactions/dale-jr-follows-through-on-deal-hand-delivers-helmet-to-rick-hendrick/

    Drivers give Dale Jr. standing O in drivers meeting

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/dale-earnhardt-jr-driver-meeting-standing-ovation/           

  • Invincible

    Through triumph, tragedy and heartbreak, Martin Truex Jr. perseveres for title

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/martin-truex-jr-2017-champion-homestead-miami/

    Busch falls just short in Miami

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/kyle-busch-unable-to-catch-martin-truex-jr-for-lead-falls-just-short-of-second-title/

    Junior's last ride a stepping stone

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/dale-earnhardt-jr-retirement-new-beginning-nbc-miami/            

    Watch: Truex holds off Busch

    Kenseth turns final laps in No. 20


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

    Truex tops rivals to win first NASCAR Cup title

    See incredible on-track tributes to Dale Jr.

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Martin Truex Jr. captures Cup championship with victory at Miami

    The Furniture Row Racing driver held off a furious charge by Kyle Busch.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/martin-truex-jr-captures-cup-championship-with-victory-at-miami/

    Martin Truex Jr. wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/martin-truex-jr-wins-ford-ecoboost-400-to-claim-first-nascar-cup-championship/


    Final 2017 Cup points standings after Miami

    Martin Truex Jr. won Furniture Row Racing its first NASCAR title while denying Kyle Busch his second championship.

    Morris: Victory a symbol of teamwork and pride

    Bass Pro Shops' Johnny Morris reacts to Martin Truex Jr.'s championship victory and refers to the win as a symbol of pride and teamwork

    Truex Jr. refused to give up in championship win
    Martin Truex Jr. tears up after winning the NASCAR Cup Series championship and reveals that with 20 to go he thought he was done, but he refused to give up.

    Pollex to Truex Jr.: That's why you don't give up
    Sherry Pollex, Martin Truex Jr.'s longtime girlfriend, reveals what she said immediately after his win.

    Pearn on Cup Series win: I can't comprehend it
    Crew chief Cole Pearn believes his team's hard work carried Martin Truex Jr. to NASCAR Cup Series win despite not having their best race.

    Dale Jr.: I hope the fans enjoyed the season
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares an emotional moment with Rick Hendrick after his final race, congratulates Martin Truex Jr. on the championship win and tries to describe his final laps as a driver.

    Results from  Saturday's racing @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) !

    Courtesy South Jersey Dirt Racing.com (http://www.southjerseydirtracing.com/ )
    (Thanks Folks !):

    OUTLAW STOCKS

    1 – Tom Wills Jr, 2 – Rich Stinson Jr, 3 – Rick Broschard, 4 – Jeff Dirkes, 5 – Lee Allen, 6 – Jill Long, 7 – Ken Moren, 8 – Gary Klimeczek, 9 – John Parker, 10 – Mike Smith, 11 – Pete Ellis, 12 – TJ Henry, 13 – Jeramy Doerr, 14 – Vern McLaughlin, 15 – Keith McKinley, 16 – Chris Kramer, 17 – Paul Donahue    DNS – Ken Watson

     

    358 MODIFIEDS

    1 – Craig Von Dohren, 2 – Dominick Buffalino, 3 – Brett Kressley, 4 – Ryan Watt, 5 – Jeff Strunk, 6 – Frank Cozze, 7 – Billy Pauch Jr, 8 – Duane Howard, 9 – Brandon Grosso, 10 – Dillon Steuer, 11 – Ryan Krachun, 12 – Ron Roberts, 13 – Kevin Vaclavicek, 14 – Jack Swain, 15 – Ryan Lilick, 16 – Tom Sherby, 17 – Scott Hulmes, 18 – Jordan Cox, 19 – Bob Sarkisian, 20 – Jimmy Horton, 21 – Dakota Kessler, 22 – Chris Grbac


    Turkey Derby News / Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

    (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

    LARGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR WALL STADIUM TURKEY DERBY 

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the overflowing number of cars that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the two pre-race practice sessions are any indication, the 44th running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. The event is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

    Among the Tour Type Modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Jackson’s Steven Reed, Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Earl Paules of Palmertown, Pa. and Long Island racer Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Brick’s Ron Frees, Howell’s Jimmy Blewett and Justin Gumley, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead, N.Y., Jackson's Blake Barney and Mitcheel Dowd of Pottstown, Pa. More entries are expected during the final two days leading up to the race.

    The speedway’s own Freehold Ford Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Newly crowned champion Jimmy Blewett, former champ Steven Reed, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers, , Howell’s Chris Lane, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Howell's Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Doug Wolcott of High Point, N.C., Howell’s Chris Reynolds, brothers Zack and Trevor Alspach, both of Willingboro,, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle are also expected to be in the field.

    Reed, Sesely, Krause, Hirschman, Blewett, Carrig and Mandato are among those contemplating competition in both pavement type Modified races. In fact, both Blewett and Krause plan extra duty as they are also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds has practiced during the two tune-up sessions.

    In fact, each division that will compete in Turkey Derby action was well represented by both locals and invaders at both practice sessions indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.

    On Friday, November 24, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The Snap-on Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

    On Saturday, November 25, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Tour Type Modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Freehold Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legends cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.

    The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 26, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., grandstand opening and qualifying at noon and main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 75-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.

    Among special awards offered for the weekend will be the Larsen Brothers Memorial Fast Time Award for both the Tour and Wall Modified divisions. The fast qualifier in each division will pocket $200.

    A special commemorative Turkey Derby 44 sweatshirt will be available during the weekend and fans are reminded to bring small headset type radios to listen to the live call of the race events over the track’s 90.1 FM frequency. Campers are welcome but they are urged to call the speedway office prior to the event to make mandatory reservations.

    Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Staff picks for today’s season finale in Miami

    Here is who the NBC Sports writers are picking to win the final race of the season.

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

    France bullish on NASCAR despite departing stars

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

    Truex Jr., Furniture Row racing won't give up

    This NASCAR season, Furniture Row racing and Martin Truex Jr. have shown they are a combination of outsiders, underdogs, and survivors.

    http://www.nbcsports.com/video/furniture-row-racing-continues-overcome-adversity-tragedy-succeed


    2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !!):

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-brendan-gaughan-retires-from-full-time-competition/

    NASCAR Xfinity: Brendan Gaughan retires from full-time competition

     http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-william-byron-team-penske-split-2017-titles/

    NASCAR Xfinity: William Byron, Team Penske split 2017 titles

    Amanda Vincent

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

     The final countdown

    Championship day has arrived — everything you need (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App)

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/19/championship-day-has-arrived-heres-everything-you-need/


    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

     Long: Never has there been a race like Atlanta 1992 … until today

    Today's season finale features a multitude of storylines that compares to the 1992 finale, considered among the sport's biggest races.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/long-never-has-there-been-a-race-like-atlanta-1992-until-today/

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

    Richard Childress Racing Scaling Back to Three XFINITY Series Teams in 2018

    In 2018, Richard Childress Racing will field just three full-time XFINITY Series entries, cutting their presence in the series by 40 percent.  Read more

    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

    Looseness Curbs Matt Crafton’s Championship Chances at Homestead
    by Phil Allaway
     
    Successful Season for Johnny Sauter Despite Runner-Up Championship Finish
    by Dustin Albino
     
    Brad Keselowski Racing Finishes With ‘Bittersweet’ Final Truck Series Race
    by Zach Catanzareti
     
    2017 Frontstretch Podcast: Danica Patrick Steps Away
    by the Frontstretch Staff
     
    Tracking the Trucks: Chase Briscoe Scores 1st Career Win at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    by Beth Lunkenheimer

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    A lot can go wrong for the championship four at Homestead

    The NASCAR Cup championship four know that their ultimate success -- or failure -- is not entirely in their own hands. What should Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick be concerned about Sunday? The list is long.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21460112/nascar-lot-go-wrong-championship-four-homestead

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

    Key info for NASCAR championship at Homestead

    Courtesy NBC Sports

    (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Today’s NASCAR Cup Championship race at Miami: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

    The Ford EcoBoost 400 brings the end of the 2017 Cup season and Dale Earnhardt Jr's Cup career.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/19/todays-nascar-cup-championship-race-at-miami-start-time-weather-tv-radio-info/


     (11/18/17)

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

     First to the flag

    Championship 4 drivers set for showdown in Miami, 3 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App)

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1638/analyzing-the-championship-4-field#/0

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

    JR Motorsports sweeps top three in final Xfinity Series standings
    William Byron finished ahead of Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric.

    Devastated Elliott Sadler watches another title chance go away
    Elliott Sadler was upset with Ryan Preece for how Preece raced him late while Sadler tried to win the championship

    Courtesy Catchfence.com 
    (http://www.catchfence.com/):

    Chevrolet Camaro carries William Byron to XFINITY Series championship victory

    http://www.catchfence.com/266848/chevrolet-camaro-carries-william-byron-to-xfinity-series-championship-victory

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

    Martin Truex Jr. reveals motivation behind goal of winning Cup title

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

    Preece didn't mean to cost Sadler the win

    Ryan Preece talks about the contact made with Elliott Sadler and tells NBC Sports, "if there's a person you don't want to cost a championship to it's Elliott Sadler."

    William Byron is presented with the Xfinity trophy
    William Byron makes his way to the stage to be given the Xfinity Series championship trophy.

    Custer celebrates Ford EcoBoost 300 win
    Cole Custer celebrates his dominating win at Homestead and tells Rutledge Wood "it's unbelievable" after an offseason full of question marks.

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

    Byron gives Dale Jr.'s race team Xfinity title

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    A Will, a way

    Rookie William Byron overcomes Elliott Sadler to win XFINITY Series title

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/nascar-xfinity-homestead-championship-william-byron-title/

    Sadler confronts Preece post-race

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/18/elliott-sadler-ryan-preece-fight-miami-homestead-xfinity/

    Custer wins; Byron takes title

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/18/cole-custer-william-byron-homestead-miami-race-recap-results-season-finale/

    Knaus assists Allgaier, 7 team

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/18/chad-knaus-on-justin-allgaier-pit-box

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Cole Custer wins first Xfinity race as William Byron claims championship

    Cole Custer led 179 laps to win as William Byron finished third to clinch his first NASCAR championship.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/18/cole-custer-wins-first-xfinity-race-as-william-byron-claims-championship/


    Byron on Xfinity championship win: This is awesome
    William Byron reacts to his first Xfinity Series championship and discusses how he managed to find it in him to pass teammate Elliott Sadler in the final stage.

    Sadler blames Xfinity title loss on Preece

    Elliott Sadler reacts to the way Ryan Preece ran them in the Ford EcoBoost 200, saying Preece was the reason they lost the championship.

    Cup title contenders share thoughts after final practice in Miami

    The Championship 4 drivers will fight for the Cup title Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/18/cup-title-contenders-share-thoughts-after-final-practice-in-miami/

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

    Late-race decisions will decide NASCAR finale

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    No one goes out on their own terms

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement in April. Fellow future Hall-of-Famer Matt Kenseth knew he was done in the last few weeks. Danica Patrick had to admit it is over Friday. Every career comes to an end, but it's never on anyone's own terms.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21458922/nascar-goes-their-own-terms

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. set for Homestead farewell

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21458475/nascar-dale-earnhardt-jr-set-homestead-farewell


    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Truex tops the board

    Championship 4 driver leads final practice at Miami ahead of Sunday's title race

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/18/miami-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-practice-recaps-results-speeds

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda ) :

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-chase-briscoe-wins-rookie-of-the-year/

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Extra set of tires for Championship 4

    NASCAR decided to give the Championship 4 a bit of relief during the final race of the 2017 season.

    Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity pole; Daniel Hemric leads championship drivers in fourth
    Daniel Hemric and William Byron are the only Championship 4 drivers starting in the top 12.

    NASCAR allowing Cup teams to purchase extra set of tires for race

    Cup teams now will have 10 sets of tires plus the set they start with for Sunday's race.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

     Topping the board

    Pole winner Denny Hamlin leads practice, Truex Jr. gets into the wall at Miami

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/18/miami-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-practice-recaps-results-speeds

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda ) :

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-christopher-bell-kyle-busch-motorsports-2017-champions/

    NASCAR Truck: Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota 2017 champions

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/):

    Drivers react to Danica news 

     https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/nascar-community-shares-impact-of-danica-patricks-career/

    ‘I want to be a race car driver’ … you did it, Dale

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to be a NASCAR driver his whole life. As he prepares for his likely final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, we can safely say ... you did it, Dale.

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

     Toyota tallies 10th Truck Series manufacturer’s title at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Christopher Bell wins 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship


    Johnny Sauter comes up one spot short in bid for back-to-back titles


    Ford Performance development driver Chase Briscoe earns first NASCAR win in Camping World Truck Series

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda ) :

     http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-chase-briscoe-wins-race-christopher-bell-new-champ-at-homestead/

    NASCAR Truck: Chase Briscoe wins race, Christopher Bell new champ at Homestead

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Kevin Harvick penalized time in final Cup practice

    Nine Cup teams docked practice time Saturday for inspection issues.

     Justin Allgaier ‘in the best place mentally’ a year after disappointing title finish

    Justin Allgaier's best season of his NASCAR career comes a year after the worst disappointment of it.  

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/18/justin-allgaier-in-the-best-place-mentally-a-year-after-disappointing-championship-finish/

    Goodyear signs extension with NASCAR

    Goodyear has been a tire supplier of NASCAR since 1954.

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

    All the pertinent details for today's season-ending race on NBCSN.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/18/todays-xfinity-race-at-miami-start-time-weather-tv-radio-info/

    Saturday’s schedule at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    No matter who wins, the Xfinity Series will crown a first-time champion today.

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !):

      http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-denny-hamlin-on-pole-for-season-finale-at-homestead/

    NASCAR Cup: Denny Hamlin on pole for season-finale at Homestead

    Amanda Vincent


    (11/17/17)

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

    NASCAR truck series: Christopher Bell wins first title

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

    Truex fastest championship contender at Homestead

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Kyle chimes in on Bell

    https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/truck-series-victory-lane/kyle-busch-on-bells-championship-continues-to-solidify-our-legacy/


    Kenseth, Junior photo shoot

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1653/at-track-photos-miami-championship-weekend#/0

    Victory Bell

    Christopher Bell caps splendid season with Camping World Truck Series title

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/nascar-homestead-2017-christopher-bell-trucks-series-title/

    Briscoe wins; Bell takes title

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/camping-world-truck-series-finale-race-recap/

    Courtesy NBC Sports


     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

    Christopher Bell wins Truck Series championship, Chase Briscoe earns first career Truck win

    It was a pair of firsts Friday: Christopher Bell earned his first NASCAR Truck championship and Chase Briscoe won his first career Truck Series win.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/17/christopher-bell-wins-truck-series-championship-chase-briscoe-earns-first-career-truck-win/

    Here’s the final 2017 Camping World Truck Series driver standings

    The 2017 Championship 4 final standings have Christopher Bell on top with 4,035 points.

    Chip Ganassi meets with Danica Patrick about ‘fabulous opportunity’ to run Daytona and Indianapolis

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/17/chip-ganassi-meets-with-danica-patrick-about-fabulous-opportunity-to-run-daytona-and-indianapolis-with-his-teams/

    Brad Keselowski overcomes qualifying brake issues
    Brad Keselowski had to overcome brake issues the day of qualifying and he believes his team still has a long way to go.


    Kyle Busch misses 'great opportunity' to get pole
    Kyle Busch has qualified in third for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, which he believes puts his team ahead of where they were for his championship run in 2015.

    Harvick isn't concerned starting in ninth place
    Kevin Harvick didn't have the qualifying he had hoped for, but he isn't concerned with the 9th place starting position

    Courtesy ESPN.com

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. willing to reflect on long career as it winds down

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21447168/nascar-dale-earnhardt-jr-winding-career-way

    Danica Patrick excited about her way to call it a career

    Danica Patrick will be the first to admit things just weren't very fun anymore in NASCAR. She got emotional Friday as she announced plans to run next year's Daytona 500 and Indy 500 and then hang up her helmet. But you could see the excitement too.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21449658/nascar-danica-patrick-excited-way-call-career

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

    Ganassi Racing could set Patrick up for Daytona,…

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

    Denny Hamlin grabs Homestead pole, Martin Truex Jr. also on front row

    Championship 4 drivers qualified: 2nd (Truex), 3rd (Kyle Busch), 5th (Keselowski) and 9th (Harvick)

    Hamlin not worried about Championship 4, wants win
    Denny Hamlin isn't concerned with how his pole position helped teammate Kyle Busch, he wants a win at Homestead-Miami  

    Hamlin steals pole position from Truex Jr.
    Denny Hamlin comes in late and steals the pole position away from Martin Truex Jr. for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami

    NASCAR community thanks Danica for impact
    Members of the NBC Sports NASCAR broadcast thank Danica Patrick for the impact she has made on the sport.

    This is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s legacy
    Before Dale Jr. suits up for his final race, here's a special look at what his legacy means to NASCAR.


    William Byron fastest in final Xfinity practice at Homestead-Miami
    Will being fastest in the final practice give William Byron a marked edge over his three rivals in Saturday's Xfinity championship race?

    Why don't NASCAR race cars have doors?
    Ever wonder why NASCAR race cars don't have any doors? Here's a look at how the cars have changed throughout the years.

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

    Junior: No regrets about my decision to retire

    Stewart on Team: Heavy lifting done; time to…

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

    (http://www.catchfence.com/):

      Joey Logano joins Motor Racing Network booth as guest analyst in Miami

    http://www.catchfence.com/266758/joey-logano-joins-motor-racing-network-booth-as-guest-analyst-in-miami

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

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Concussions: ‘It Caught Up With Me’

    During a press conference Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent some time talking about concussions, how they've affected him and how they should be taken seriously.  Read more

    NASCAR Partners with Ultracast to Provide Unique VR Experience

    This weekend in Homestead, NASCAR is experimenting with virtual reality.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers' meeting and other pre-race events will be shot with 360-degree spherical cameras.  Read more

    Kevin Harvick Appreciates the Little Things in Winning a Cup Championship

    Kevin Harvick has been in the Championship 4 situation before, capturing the series title in 2014.  He knows how it works.  For now, he's appreciating how his son Keelan sees the title.  Read more
     
    For Kyle Busch, A Championship Validates Everything

    Kyle Busch already has a championship; however, some feel it comes with an asterisk attached.  While Busch himself doesn't care about that, he'd like to shut those people up for good on Sunday.  Read more
     
    Martin Truex Jr. Can’t and Won’t Comprehend Personal Value of Cup Championship

    Even though 2017 is not Martin Truex Jr.'s first go-round in the Championship 4, he cannot even imagine the emotions that would result from hitting paydirt on Sunday.  Read more
     
    To Elliott Sadler, Homestead is All That Matters

    Elliott Sadler is 42 years old and still does not have a Cup Series championship.  He knows that he doesn't have very many more chances.  Therefore, he has to get the trophy on Saturday.  Read more

    Frontstretch Folio: Ford EcoBoost 400
    by Phil Allaway
     
    This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the season with Ford Championship Weekend.  Coverage of the Ford EcoBoost 400 begins with NASCAR America Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC, followed by a one-hour edition of Countdown to Green.  The green flag should fly around 3:10.  Radio coverage will be provided by local MRN radio affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

    Records and facts

    In last year's Ford EcoBoost 400, Kyle Larson dominated, leading nearly half of the race by himself.  However, after a multitude of incidents and pit stops in the last 20 circuits, Jimmie Johnson was able to snatch the lead on the final restart.  From there, Johnson held on to not only take the win, but his seventh championship. Larson held on for second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jamie McMurray.

    Denny Hamlin is the only active driver with more than one victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Hamlin took the season finale in 2009 and 2013.  Five other active drivers have one win apiece.

    Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart each have the most victories all-time at Homestead-Miami Speedway with three.  Hamlin and Carl Edwards both have two.

    Track Facts

    Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile oval, 267 laps (400.5 miles)
    Banking: 18-20 degrees
    Straightaways: 1,760 ft., banked 4 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 46,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 50 mph
    Opened: 1995 (first Cup race in 1999)
    Website: http://www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomesteadMiamiSpeedway
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/HomesteadMiami

    Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

    Qualifying: Friday, November 17, 6 p.m. on NBCSN
    Practice No. 2: Saturday, November 18, 10 - 10:55 a.m. on CNBC
    Happy Hour: Saturday, November 18, 1 - 1:50 p.m. on NBCSN

    Say What?!
    "If I am the favorite, perfect, I like that. I think it’s a better position to be in. I was the underdog before and finished fourth, so yeah, bring it on. I don’t think it’s any extra pressure at all. I have a lot of respect for the other three guys. Two of them (Busch and Harvick) were in the final four when I made it in 2015. Definitely have a little bit of experience in this position, but just honestly excited about the opportunity. I feel we’re in a whole lot better spot as a team than we were the first time we had a shot at it. I have a lot of confidence in our team right now and what we’re doing. We’re going down to Miami and just have fun and do what we know how to do – the best job we possibly can and hopefully come out on top." - Martin Truex Jr.

    "Our intention is to go down there and win the championship. I think if you’re one of those four and you don’t have that mentality, you’re not prepared for what you’re getting into because I feel like you’re gonna have to win the race, you’re gonna have to not make mistakes. We’ve seen it year after year – mistakes and circumstances and things happen and you have to be there first, you have to have a chance, and you have to think you can do it. We know we can do it and I think there are three past champions and a guy who has run well all year and won a lot of races, so it’s not like it’s gonna be just check the box and send the check. It’s guys who have done this before and won races. But, for us, we’re confident in our team and feel like we should have a chance." - Kevin Harvick

    "I’m trying to run hard, trying to do well, trying to figure out our cars and get as good a finish as we can. We’re going to have a lot of things going on this week. Going in there and trying to do as well as we can is at the top of the list, but there are a ton of other things happening. We will just take it one day at a time. It’s going to be a busy weekend." - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

    4 Burning Questions: Are People Ready for a Double-Departure in Homestead?
    by Zach Catanzareti

    Friday Faceoff: Who Gets It Done at Homestead?
    by the Frontstretch Staff

    Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Optimum Air Pressures, Short-Run Speed & Late-Race Adjustments
    as told to Mike Neff

    Double Take: Cup Championship Trends Heading Into Homestead
    by Sean Fesko

    NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2017, Revisited
    by Kevin Rutherford

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Junior at ease with final start     

    Earnhardt Jr. to start from the rear in Sunday's finale

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/dale-earnhardt-jr-to-start-rear-sunday-homestead/

    Briscoe takes Trucks pole, lineup

    https://www.nascar.com/results/race_center/camping-world-truck-series/ford-ecoboost-200/stn/livequalifying/

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Chase Briscoe earns Miami Truck pole; Austin Cindric highest of Championship 4 drivers

    Three of the Championship 4 drivers qualified 8th through 13th.

    What makes Homestead-Miami so unique
    Members of NASCAR's Championship 4 reveal what sets Homestead-Miami apart from the other tracks they've raced at throughout the season.

    How Championship 4 would celebrate title win
    Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, aka the Championship 4, reveal what they would do if they won the NASCAR championship on Sunday.

    Tyler Reddick fastest in first Xfinity practice at Miami; William Byron tops championship drivers
    William Byron was fifth fastest in the practice session for Saturday's race.

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Hard to pick a favorite among this final four, but ...

    The four drivers vying for the Cup title Sunday at Homestead are deserving in their own way, but only one will leave happy. Who will that be among Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick? You can pick with your head, or heart.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21446144/nascar-hard-pick-favorite-final-four

    Courtesy Speed Sport News.com

     (https://speedsport.com/):

    JGL Racing Aligns With Roush, Signs Kaz Grala

    https://speedsport.com/nascar/xfinity-series/jgl-racing-aligns-roush-signs-kaz-grala/

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/):

    Danica's ending and beginning

    Patrick stepping away from full-time racing but has Daytona 500 and Indy 500 plans

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/17/danica-patrick-steps-away-full-time-driving/

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !): 

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-danica-patrick-announces-retirement/

    NASCAR Cup: Danica Patrick announces retirement

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Coke Top Moments: Danica the person

    We peel back the curtain a bit and see who Danica Patrick the person is.

    Kyle Busch fastest in first Cup practice in Miami
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th fastest in the session, but will go to a backup engine after burning a piston.

    One thing Dale Jr. wants to do in his final race
    Dale Jr. discusses the engine issues he dealt with in practice at Homestead and the one goal he has for his final race.

    Five things you didn't know about Kevin Harvick
    Kevin Harvick discusses the driver he looked up to the most growing up, his favorite sports team and his unique pre-race routine.

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

     (http://www.catchfence.com/):

     Robbery leaves two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series spotters scrambling

    http://www.catchfence.com/266739/robbery-leaves-two-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-spotters-scrambling

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

    Is Brad Keselowski the Championship 4 underdog? Check back Saturday

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

    Danica Patrick may still drive; could be headed to NBC

    Courtesy Speed Sport News.com

     (https://speedsport.com/):

    REV Group To Back Blaney & Penske In Cup Series

    https://speedsport.com/nascar/monster-nascar-cup/rev-group-back-blaney-penske-cup-series/

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    John Hunter Nemechek fastest in final Truck Series practice in Miami
    Christopher Bell placed fifth in the session and was fastest among the four championship drivers.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/):

    Dale Jr.: 'I'm Team Martin'

    Emotions hitting Dale, Amy

    Truex on Sherry, the championship: 'I'm definitely going to try to get it for her'

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1652/best-quotes-from-championship-4-media-day#/9

    Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

     (http://MotorSportsNews.Net  )

     (Thanks Heather !):

    Google Alerts

    Harvick set to expand family, NASCAR championship collection

    San Francisco Chronicle

    FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Kevin Harvick stands by his car before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ...

    http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Harvick-set-to-expand-family-NASCAR-championship-12364849.php

    Kyle Busch doesn't care if you discredit his 2015 NASCAR Cup Series championship

    Autoweek

    He then pointed his way into the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and won it to capture his first title in the highest level of NASCAR.

    http://autoweek.com/article/nascar/kyle-busch-doesnt-care-if-you-discredit-his-2015-nascar-cup-series-championship

    Kevin Harvick poised to be the epic closer in NASCAR's title race

    Autoweek

    Kevin Harvick's two wins this season are fewer than any of the other three drivers eligible to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title on ...

    http://autoweek.com/article/monster-energy-nascar-cup/kevin-harvick-poised-be-epic-closer-nascars-title-race

    Martin Truex Jr. explains how NASCAR team's tragic year will help in title race

    For The Win

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 78 Toyota team have been as high as they could get on the race track going into the NASCAR Cup ...

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/11/martin-truex-jr-nascar-cup-series-championship-title-homestead-miami-sherry-pollex-78-team-death-owner-heart-attack

    A second NASCAR championship would boost Brad Keselowski, and he knows just how high

    News& Observer

    It was minutes after last weekend's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway, but instead of celebrating, Keselowski was sweating. Profusely.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nascar-auto-racing/article185109013.html

    The Latest: Keselowski looks to become 'Hall of Fame driver'

    Yahoo Sports

    FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, Austin Cindric celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro series auto race at Watkins Glen ...

    https://sports.yahoo.com/latest-cindric-not-worried-retaliation-finale-184124410--nascar.html

    Generation E: No NASCAR Cup championships, but plenty of Dale Earnhardt Jr. highlights

    Autoweek

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring on Sunday after 19 years and 26 victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Autoweek's Al Pearce looks back ...

    http://autoweek.com/article/monster-energy-nascar-cup/generation-e-no-championships-plenty-dale-earnhardt-jr-highlights

    Paul Wolfe: 'There aren't enough hours in the day'

    Autoweek

    NASCAR Video Library Crew chief Rodney Childers talks tire strategy at Miami · NASCAR Video Library Cole Pearn: Miami has a history of coming ...

    http://autoweek.com/video/nascar-video-library/paul-wolfe-there-arent-enough-hours-day

    How Cole Pearn helped turn Furniture Row into title contenders

    Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

    The Strathroy-Caradoc, Ontario, native might not even stick around NASCAR long enough for that to happen. But since taking over the crew chief reins ...

    https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/nascar-cole-pearn-furniture-row-979429/

    MOTORSPORT: Penske's almighty year

    Motoring

    In the 35 Cup races so far this season, Toyota has 15 wins and Ford and ... seven race wins already this season for the small Furniture Row Racing.

    https://www.motoring.com.au/motorsport-penskes-almighty-year-109885/

    Justin Allgaier ready for a do-over in NASCAR Xfinity Championship race

    Autoweek

    Of the three JR Motorsports drivers who will race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, perhaps none has a ...

    http://autoweek.com/article/nascar-xfinity/justin-allgaier-ready-do-over-nascar-xfinity-championship-race

    Christopher Bell could clinch two NASCAR titles this weekend

    Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

    Bell is the favorite to win the Camping World Truck Series championship in Friday night's Ford 200 series finale after ending the season with a ...

    https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-truck/news/nascar-christopher-bell-xfinity-owners-title-979536/

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

    The wreck that cost Carl Edwards a championship

    FOXSports.com

    FOX NASCAR throws it back to Miami in 2016 when Carl Edwards was 10 laps away from a title, but got caught up in a vicious late wreck.

    https://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/1097512003853

    Over the top and 'Over the Edge,' for a good cause in Daytona

    Nascar

    Kennedy and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace literally went over the edge, rappelling down the eight-story IMC ...

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/16/one-daytona-over-the-edge-rusty-wallace-lesa-france-kennedy/

    Is Chase Elliott vs. Denny Hamlin NASCAR's next great rivalry?

    SB Nation

    Each week SB Nation's NASCAR reporter Jordan Bianchi answers your questions about the latest news and happenings within the sport. If you have a ...

    https://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2017/11/16/16666924/is-chase-elliott-vs-denny-hamlin-nascars-next-great-rivalry

    Brad Keselowski vs. Kyle Busch is the juicy subplot to Homestead

    http://jeffgluck.com/brad-keselowski-kyle-busch-rivalry/

    FINAL FOUR Through the Eyes of NKP: Busch

    http://www.popularspeed.com/final-four-through-the-eyes-of-nkp-busch/

    NASCAR championship weather forecast: Could weather impact the championship outcome at Homestead-Miami?

    https://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2017/11/17/16669208/nascar-championship-weather-forecast-impact-the-outcome-homestead-miami

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

    Justin Allgaier: ‘This has been the best season of my career’ 

    For Justin Allgaier, 2017 has been a great year.  He would be very happy to wrap the year up with a nice trophy.  Read more

    William Byron Expecting Clean Race for XFINITY Championship in Homestead

    For William Byron, he's not expecting any shenanigans on Saturday in Homestead.  He just expects to go out and give it his all.  Read more
      
      
    Daniel Hemric Enters Homestead in a Familiar Position: The Underdog

    For William Byron, he's not expecting any shenanigans on Saturday in Homestead.  He just expects to go out and give it his all.  Read more

    Daniel Hemric Enters Homestead in a Familiar Position: The Underdog

    The XFINITY Series Championship 4 is populated by three JR Motorsports drivers. Then, there's rookie Daniel Hemric.  He stands out, but he's fine with that.  Read more
     
    Austin Cindric Moving on From Ben Rhodes Crash: ‘I Have Bigger Fish to Fry’

    In Phoenix, much of the discussion in the Camping World Truck Series centered around the contact between Austin Cindric and Ben Rhodes that ended Rhodes' playoff chances.  Cindric isn't sweating it.  Read more
     
    Winning Back-to-Back Titles Would be the Ultimate for Johnny Sauter

    For Johnny Sauter, being the defending Camping World Truck Series champion is nice.  However, it's not enough.  He wants more.  Read more
     
    Christopher Bell Looks to Depart Truck Series with a Championship for KBM

    Christopher Bell already knows that he isn't coming back to the Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2018.  As a result, he wants to go out on top.  Read more

    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

    2-Headed Monster: Should the Championship Race Rotate Venues?
    by Michael Massie and Davey Segal

    Happiness Is: Matt Kenseth, Tears & Championships
    by Huston Ladner
     
    Daily Fantasy Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview
    by Corey Brewer
     
    Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship
    by Dustin Albino
     
    Truckin' Thursdays: 3 Non-Playoff Drivers That Need a Strong Run at Homestead
    by Beth Lunkenheimer
      

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Forever family

     Inside the lasting bond between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick

    https://www.nascar.com/long-form/dale-earnhardt-jr-hendrick-motorsports/

    Chip Ganassi Racing pit crew wins Comcast champion award

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/16/chip-ganassi-racing-pit-crew-comcast-community-champion-of-the-year-award/

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Wish upon a star: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s dedication to ill children leaves lasting impact

    More Make-A-Wish children have wanted to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. than most other athletes, and the experiences have enriched both the families and the driver.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/17/wish-upon-a-star-dale-earnhardt-jr-s-dedication-to-ill-children-leaves-lasting-impact/

    Johnny Sauter returning to GMS Racing next season

    Johnny Sauter will return for his 10th full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series.

    Friday’s schedule for Trucks, Cup and Xfinity at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    The first major NASCAR championship of the season is decided tonight in the Camping World Truck Series' Ford EcoBoost 200.

    Johnny Sauter fastest in Truck practice in Miami
    Johnny Sauter and Christopher Bell were the only championship drivers in the top five.

    NASCAR America: Elliott Sadler leads three JR Motorsports drivers into Xfinity title race
    Elliott Sadler is in the Xfinity Championship 4 for the second straight season.

    NASCAR America: Daniel Hemric: Team overcame obstacles thanks to Richard Childress’ leadership
    Daniel Hemric looks to give Richard Childress Racing its first Xfinity title since 2013.

    NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. feels like he’s ‘already won’ with his career
    Martin Truex Jr. says mind games won't work on him ahead of championship race. "Your talk is cheap, show me."

    Today / Friday , 11/17/17 , and Saturday , 11/18/17, @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/): 


    Wildcard Weekend – Day 1
    November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Bridgeport Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd
    Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
    + Google Map

    358 Small Blocks, Outlaw Stocks, and Open Practice

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    Wildcard Weekend – Day 2

    November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Bridgeport Speedway,
    83 Floodgate Rd
    Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
    + Google Map

    Poker Hand #6 Big Blocks, Crate/Sportsman, and Outlaw Stocks  

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    Tomorrow /Saturday, 11/18/17 @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com ) :


    "Turkey Derby" Practice

    (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) : 

    TURKEY DERBY PRACTICE SET FOR NOVEMBER       

    18 AT WALL STADIUM 

    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Professional auto racers from all divisions that will be participating in Wall Stadium Speedway’s 44th annual “Turkey Derby” on Thanksgiving weekend will have the opportunity to participate in paid practice sessions on November 11 and 18. On each Saturday competitor pit area gates will open at 10:00 a.m. with on track action starting at 11:00 a.m. and running through 4:00 p.m. Although both are paid sessions for the race teams fans are welcome to witness the practice from the grandstand free of charge.

    Judging by early interest expressed to the speedway office via telephone and email a large field of competitors from throughout the northeast can be expected. Rules, entry forms, pit pass forms and a hotel list are all available on the track website at wallspeedwayracing.com. Lap sponsorships for all divisions, available at $25, $50 and $100, are also available by calling the speedway office at 732-681-6400.

    The Turkey Derby is the traditional northeast season ending stock car spectacular presented during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Tour Type Modifieds, Freehold Ford Modifieds, Dirt Track Modified, Sportsman racers, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars, TQ Midgets, Dirt Track Sportsman, Dirt Outlaw Stock and Demolition Derby competitors will all see action during the weekend.

    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 track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com


    (11/16/17)

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

     JR Motorsports teammates not taking 'all for one' approach

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/16/jr-motorsports-teammates-not-all-for-one-xfinity-series-homestead-miami-championship-4/

    Precocious maturity a constant in Cindric's journey to Championship 4

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/16/austin-cindric-maturity-camping-world-truck-series-championship-4/

    Cindric wants to win one for Brad 

    https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/up-to-speed/austin-cindric-truck-series-championship-4-brad-keselowski-racing/ 

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar ):

     NASCAR America: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick preview Cup title race

    Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are both vying for their second Cup titles.

    Busch ends 'trying' season with Homestead-Miami
    Kyle Busch talks to Nate Ryan about making his third straight Championship 4 and the rivalries he's cultivated with drivers like Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

    Byron: Homestead is the best track for us
    William Byron's win at Phoenix was a "huge confidence builder" and he's looking for a repeat performance at Homestead-Miami.

    Hemric overcomes obstacles to make Homestead-Miami
    Daniel Hemric is one of two rookies in the Xfinity Series' Championship 4 and speaks with Kelli Stavast about overcoming obstacles and outracing his three competitors.

    'My Greatest 8': Dale Jr.'s 2004 Bristol sweep
    The latest installment of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "My Greatest 8" takes us back to 2004 after he became the first driver to ever sweep a weekend at Bristol.

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Turn 4: Who wins the championship?

    Who wins the championship? Will Matt Kenseth be back? Does Jimmie Johnson have an eighth title in him or Denny Hamlin have a first? If he doesn't win the title, how will Martin Truex Jr.'s season be remembered? Our gang has at it.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21437273/nascar-burning-questions-wins-championship

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

    NASCAR faces new landscape with star departures

     Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar ): 

     Keselowski: Homestead 'could go either way'

    Brad Keselowski explains how the changes in race format impacts the experience of being in the Championship 4 and reveals his biggest fear about racing at Homestead-Miami.

    Elliott Sadler seeking redemption at Miami
    Elliot Sadler looks ahead to the XFINITY Series championship at Miami and explains what he needs to do different this season.

    Kevin Harvick thinks he's the Homestead underdog
    Kevin Harvick sits down with Kelli Stavast to discuss the significance of passing Martin Truex Jr. to win at Texas and the parallels between this stretch and his first win in 2014.

    3 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !!!): 

     http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-christmas-card-photo-on-line-for-kyle-busch-at-homestead-miami/

    NASCAR Cup: Christmas card photo on line for Kyle Busch at Homestead-Miami

    http://autoracingdaily.com/dale-earnhardt-jr-matt-kenseth-do-things-together-throughout-nascar-careers/

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth do things together throughout NASCAR careers

      http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-schedule-weather-outlook-for-homestead-miami-speedway-2/

    NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Amanda Vincent

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

    Martin Truex Jr. has more at stake than championship

    Martin Truex Jr.'s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, continues her fight against cancer even as he gears up for a championship run Sunday at Homestead. Is it a distraction? Of course it is, but with her help, Truex has maintained his composure a long time.

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/21436159/nascar-martin-truex-jr-more-stake-championship

    Courtesy Speed Sport News.com

     (https://speedsport.com/):

    Larry McReynolds To Appear At Pioneer Racecar and Trade Show

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

     Let the games begin

    Kyle Busch fires first jab at Brad Keselowski during Championship 4 Media Day

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2017/11/16/kyle-busch-brad-keselowski-rivalry-championship-4/

    Best quotes from Media Day 

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1652/best-quotes-from-championship-4-media-day#/0                         

    Cain: Saying goodbye to both Dales

    Expert title picks for Miami

    Why Keselowski will win the title              

    Most Popular Driver: Vote now


    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

     Miami represents final race for many Cup drivers with current teams

    At least ten drivers are changing, losing or retiring from rides after Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

    Five things you didn't know about Kyle Busch
    Before Kyle Busch attempts to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship in Miami, he discusses his favorite post-race meal and what Winter Olympic sport he would participate in.  

    Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Trucks in Miami

    One weekend, three championships to be decided.

    Five things you didn't know about Truex Jr.
    Martin Truex Jr. discusses the wacky pre-race superstitions he used to have and his love for snowboarding.

    Kyle Busch secretly signs autographs for fans
    Kyle Busch details why he signs fans' stuff while they're attending races.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/):

     Drivers with multiple Monster Energy Series titles

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1646/multi-time-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-champions#/0

    { I hate this era of something akin to "political correctness !

     To this date, there has only been 1...JUST 1 driver to win the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup title ! That was Jimmie Johnson, in 2016 !

    To this date...NO ONE ELSE has ever...EVER won the MENCS Championship !

     All of the other championships came under the Grand National , Winston Cup, Nextel, and Sprint Cup banners !

     I wish the world would stop being so "politically correct" !

     Remember the sports history, and use the titles that the various drivers won  under !

     "Just my humble opinion "

      Joe " 

    Courtesy NBC Sports

     (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

    Xfinity Series Spotlight: Previewing the championship drivers

    The Xfinity title will be decided between Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Daniel Hemric.

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

    Google Alerts

    McCarter: Don't overlook Matt Kenseth's impact on NASCAR

    Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Matt Kenseth went and clinched the 2003 NASCAR Cup Series championship pretty much by Labor Day, even though he had won only one race that ...

    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/nascar/story/2017/nov/16/mark-mccarter-dont-overlook-matt-kenseths-imp/457154/

    NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson finalist for charitable contributions award

    Akron Beacon Journal

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla.: Jimmie Johnson won't win a record eighth championship this year. He could wind up as NASCAR's charitable champion, though.

    https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/nascar-jimmie-johnson-finalist-for-charitable-contributions-award

    Wood Brothers hoping to send off Ryan Blaney in style

    Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

    Ryan Blaney has a long career ahead of him in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but a very important chapter will come to a close this 

    https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/wood-brothers-ryan-blaney-penske-979129/

    NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. through the years

    Asbury Park Press

    Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Busch Series' Aaron's 312 auto race Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Talladega ...

    http://www.app.com/picture-gallery/sports/2017/11/15/nascar-driver-martin-truex-jr-through-the-years/107706890/

    Kenny Wallace explains why this is the right time for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire

    FOXSports.com

    Kenny Wallace tells you exactly why this is the right time for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to step away from racing, regardless of what the fans want.

    https://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/1096688195830

    Ken de la Bastide column: Truex deserves NASCAR title

    The Herald Bulletin

    The long NASCAR season, which started way back in February, will be coming to an end with three championship races this weekend at Homestead.

    http://www.heraldbulletin.com/sports/ken-de-la-bastide-column-truex-deserves-nascar-title/article_e0affd48-c98a-11e7-97ca-2781b9627fa9.html

    NASCAR: Dale Jr. secures his own legacy

    MPNnow.com

    As Dale Earnhardt Jr. heads off into retirement, he can be confident of his own impact on the sport he entered under immense pressure and scrutiny.

    http://www

    .mpnnow.com/sports/20171114/nascar-dale-jr-secures-his-own-legacy



    Press Releases

     

    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

    Championship Race: Ford EcoBoost 400

    The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway

    The Date: Sunday, Nov. 19

    The Time: 3 p.m. ET

    TV: NBC, 2 p.m. ET

    Tickets: NASCAR.com/tickets

    Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

    Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps), Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160), Stage 3 (Ends on Lap 267)

     

     

    By The Numbers: Homestead-Miami Speedway

    1 – Tony Stewart is the only driver in series history to win at the famed 1.5-mile speedway in his first appearance (1999).

    2 – Number of Coors Light poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the series leaders: Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne.

    4 – Number of times the winner of the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway has won the title during the Playoff Era; including the last three seasons in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs (Tony Stewart, 2011; Kevin Harvick, 2014; Kyle Busch, 2015; Jimmie Johnson, 2016).

    10 – Number of Playoff races at Homestead-Miami Speedway that were won by Playoff contenders; three times a non-Chase contender has won season finale: Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006) and Denny Hamlin (2013).     

    12 – Number of different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Homestead-Miami Speedway; led by Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart with three each.

    13 – Number of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted (2004-2016).

    14 – The most cautions in a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (11/21/2004; the inaugural Playoff race in Miami)

    14 – Number of different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole winners at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    15 – The worst finish by the eventual series champion in a Playoffs race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (it happened three times: Tony Stewart in 2005, Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and Brad Keselowski in 2012). 

    18 – Total number of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races held at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    18-20 – The degrees of banking in all four turns of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    22 – The age of the youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Joey Logano (11/18/2012 – 22 years, 5 months, 25 days).

    24 – The age of the youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Kurt Busch (11/17/2002 – 24 years, 3 months, 13 days).

    26 – The most number of lead changes in a single race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (11/20/2011).

    38 – The lowest starting position by a race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Denny Hamlin, 2009).

    46 – The age of the oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award and race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Bill Elliott set both records in 2001 (11/11/2001 – 46 years, 1 month, 3 days).

    67 – Total number of NASCAR national series races held at Homestead-Miami Speedway, second-most by a track in the state of Florida: MENCS (18), NXS (22) and NCWTS (21).

    150.0 – The highest score in driver rating scale, considered a perfect performance, and has only been accomplished at Homestead-Miami Speedway once, in 2010 by Carl Edwards.

    267 – Number of laps scheduled for this weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    449 – Number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the active series leader (Matt Kenseth, 17 starts).

     

    Happy At Homestead: Recent Title-Clinching Performances

    Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will mark the conclusion of the 69th NASCAR season. Below are how the last seven season finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway turned out:

     

    2010 – Jimmie Johnson Tracks Down Denny Hamlin For Fifth Straight Title

    Denny Hamlin held a comfortable 15-point lead on Jimmie Johnson for the championship heading into the season finale. However, Hamlin could not close out the title. Hamlin damaged his Toyota with an early-race spin and finished 14th as a result. Kevin Harvick, who was third in points entering the race, finished third. Johnson placed runner-up to take home his fifth consecutive championship.

     

    2011 – Tony Stewart Wins Third Championship In Epic Race

    Trailing leader Carl Edwards by three points entering the 2011 finale, Tony Stewart virtually needed a win to capture the title – especially considering that Edwards ultimately finished runner-up in the race.

     

    Stewart drove to the front from the back of the field twice and edged out Edwards to get to Victory Lane.

     

    The pair finished the season tied in points, but Stewart held the tiebreaker over Edwards of most wins during the season (five to one).

     

    2012 – Brad Keselowski Fends Off Jimmie Johnson For First Championship

    Brad Keselowski entered the 2012 season finale 20 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.

     

    Keselowski, who won two Playoff races to help put himself in championship-clinching position, didn’t produce his best performance with a 15th-place showing.

     

    But problems in the pits for Johnson caused the five-time champion to finish 36th and helped Keselowski secure his first championship, as well as the first title for Team Penske.

     

    2013 – Jimmie Johnson Closes In On Earnhardt And Petty With Sixth Title

    After building up his points lead on the strength of six wins, 16 top fives and 23 top 10s, Jimmie Johnson needed to finish 23rd to capture his sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

     

    Following an incident on a restart just shy of the 200-lap mark, Johnson ended up 23rd when it all sorted itself out.

     

    By the end of the race, he worked his way up to finish ninth, earning Hendrick Motorsports a record 11th championship.

     

    2014 – Harvick Rides To Two ‘Do Or Die’ Victories To Earn First Series Title

    Kevin Harvick started the penultimate race of the 2014 season needing a win to get into the Championship 4 race at Phoenix. He dominated the contest, leading 264 laps to earn the victory and a spot in the Championship 4. After playing mind games throughout Homestead week with the rest of the field, Harvick held off runner-up Ryan Newman to earn his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

     

    2015 – Kyle Busch Overcomes Injury For Improbable Comeback

    Just ninth months after breaking his right leg and fracturing his left foot, Kyle Busch edged out defending champion Kevin Harvick for the Homestead race win and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Busch missed the first 11 races of the season after sustaining his injuries in a crash in the season-opening race NASCAR XFINITY race at Daytona. He came back to win five races and cement his name in NASCAR history.

     

    2016 – Johnson Ties Series Record With Seventh Championship

    Jimmie Johnson proved once again to not count him out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. He won his way into the Round of 8 with a victory at Charlotte, then took the checkered flag at Martinsville to punch his ticket to Homestead. He provided a walk-off win at Homestead to capture his seventh championship, tying Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series record.

     

    A Spoiler At Homestead?

    Under the “win and you’re in” elimination-style Playoff format, the eventual champion has won at Homestead the last three years (Kevin Harvick, 2014; Kyle Busch, 2015; Jimmie Johnson, 2016). Still, a driver out of championship contention can win the race. Below are some candidates:

     

    Kyle Larson: Kyle Larson often calls Homestead-Miami Speedway his best track. The 25-year-old NASCAR Next alumnus finished runner-up at Homestead last year after leading a race-high 132 laps and placed fifth at the 1.5-mile track in 2015. Larson has had a breakout season in 2017, setting career highs in wins (four), top fives (14), top 10s (19) and average finish (13.6).

     

    Matt Kenseth: Matt Kenseth, who’s likely competing in his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend, spoiled Chase Elliott’s championship hopes last Sunday by winning an emotional race at Phoenix. He’ll try to finish his career on a high note by winning again at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 17 starts at Homestead, Kenseth owns one win, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has finished seventh or better in his last four starts at the South Florida track.

     

    Denny Hamlin: Hamlin is a two-time winner at Homestead. In addition to his two wins, he has four top fives and eight top 10s, with 213 laps led. He was eliminated from the Playoffs at Phoenix due to a wreck, even though he led a race-high 193 laps.

     

    Junior’s Final Ride

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make what will likely be his final career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

     

    The 14-time Most Popular Driver hasn’t raced up to his standards in his final full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, but will try to get one last win. He has struggled at Homestead throughout his career with only one top five, two top 10s and a 21.5 average finish in 16 starts at the 1.5-mile track.

     

    Earnhardt enters the race weekend running as well as he’s had all season. He has finished in the top 11 in six out of his last seven races, including three seventh-place showings and a 10th-place result last Sunday at Phoenix.

     

    For his career, the No. 88 Chevrolet driver has made 630 starts, won 26 races, logged 149 top fives, recorded 260 top 10s and posted a 15.8 average finish.


    Earnhardt is a two-time Daytona 500 champion (2004, 2010).

     

    Kenseth’s Swan Song

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t the only driver likely competing in his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth may compete in his final contest at Homestead.

     

    Kenseth, who won at Phoenix last Sunday, will try to visit Victory Lane for the second consecutive week at Homestead where he owns one win, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 17 starts.

     

    Heading into Sunday’s race, Kenseth claims 39 wins, 181 top fives and 326 top 10s in 649 career starts. He boasts a 14.1 career average finish.

     

    Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fights

    Before Sunday’s Championship 4 battle, fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway get to see another fight beginning at 11:30 a.m. – actually four fights – when the Monster Energy Bellator MMA Series returns to a NASCAR track for the fourth time this season. The fights will take place at the Monster Energy Fan Zone in the display area on the north side of the track. Admission to the event is free and open to fans.

     

    In addition to the fights, fans will also have the opportunity to meet former world champ and Monster Energy athlete Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, as well as former PRIDE and STRIKEFORCE titleholder Dan “Hendo” Henderson, at the Monster Energy Fan Zone at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the display area on the north side of the track.


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    FINAL FOUR Through the Eyes of NKP: Harvick

    http://www.popularspeed.com/final-four-through-the-eyes-of-nkp-harvick/

     

    Longtime friends Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth say goodbye to NASCAR together

    https://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2017/11/15/16654412/dale-earnhardt-jr-matt-kenseth-friendship-nascar-retirement

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     Courtesy Amanda Vincent

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    NASCAR Xfinity: Joe Gibbs Racing unveils 2018 driver, crew chief lineup

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

    (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Junior's journey

    Ahead of his last full-time start, count down Dale Jr.'s top NASCAR moments

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1090/top-10-dale-earnhardt-jr.-moments#/0

    Untold stories from Junior's debut                           

    Cain: Memories stir on Dale Jr.                           

    Why Harvick will win the title

    Tomorrow / Friday , 11/17/17 , and Saturday , 11/18/17, @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/): 

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     Timothy Peters to close out Truck Series season for Young’s Motorsports  http://www.catchfence.com/266626/timothy-peters-close-truck-series-season-youngs-motorsports

    NBCSN to present “Hot Pass” coverage this Sunday, as complement to NBC’s presentation of 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship

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    NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett on 25th anniversary of Alan Kulwicki’s championship

    Dale Jarrett reflects back to the 1992 season finale at Atlanta, which some call one of the greatest races in NASCAR history.

    Beer, Rolling Stone and rock ‘n’ roll: How Dale Earnhardt Jr. journeyed beyond NASCAR into new media

    The 14-time most popular driver became a household name beyond NASCAR through some unconventional opportunities.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/11/16/beer-rolling-stone-and-rock-n-roll-how-dale-earnhardt-jr-journeyed-beyond-nascar-into-new-media/

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    Ky. Busch stole his family's car at five years old
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