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 (5/5/18)

I might be crazy. But I've changed my mind.

However I will be eliminating some pages over the coming days

Joe

Here is today's news, in brief

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 (https://www.nascar.com/):

King of the playground?

Johnson aims to keep hold on Dover, teammates look to overthrow (2 p.m. ET, FS1)

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/05/05/monster-weight-hendrick-drivers-odds-dover-breakthrough/


Allgaier wins Dover, Dash 4 Cash

Last-minute fantasy advice

Full Dover schedule, results

Junior celebrates win with a bottle

Sunday's full race lineup

Almirola tops final practice

Best consecutive 10-lap averages

Dale Jr., Amy welcome new baby into the fold

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/05/01/dale-earnhardt-jr-amy-earnhardt-baby          

Dale Jr. reacts to birth of his daughter 

Courtesy NBC Sports

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

Justin Allgaier wins Dover Xfinity race over Elliott Sadler

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/05/05/justin-allgaier-wins-dover-xfinity-race-over-elliott-sadler/   

 


Recent News
(4/28/18) 

Courtesy Catchfence.com

 (http://www.catchfence.com/):

Ebullient Spencer Gallagher claims first NASCAR Xfinity victory at Talladega Superspeedway

http://www.catchfence.com/272065/ebullient-spencer-gallagher-claims-first-nascar-xfinity-victory-talladega-superspeedway

Ellliott Sadler claims second consecutive Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus

http://www.catchfence.com/272076/ellliott-sadler-claims-second-consecutive-xfinity-dash-4-cash-bonus

Courtesy ESPN.com

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

NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway: Starting lineup breakdown

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23344286/nascar-cup-series-talladega-superspeedway-starting-lineup-breakdown

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Gallagher surges at Talladega for first win in NASCAR Overtime finish

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/28/talladega-xfinity-race-recap-results-sparks-energy-300/

Elliott Sadler lands early birthday gift with Dash 4 Cash prize at Talladega

  • Sadler overcomes Talladega obstacles, secures Dash 4 Cash prize
  • Courtesy NBC Sports

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

      Spencer Gallagher claims first Xfinity win in overtime finish at Talladega

    Spencer Gallagher earned his first win in 49 Xfinity Series starts.

    Gallagher on dramatic win: It didn't seem real
    An overwhelmed Spencer Gallagher explains how he won his first-ever Xfinity Series race, one which he only led in the final lap.

    { Sad News }

    Former NASCAR driver James Hylton, son killed in auto accident

    James Hylton was the 1966 Cup Rookie of the Year

    NASCAR, racing communities react to the death of James Hylton
    Veteran touched many over a long career driving in several series

    Kevin Harvick wins pole for GEICO 500 at Talladega

    Kevin Harvick will start on the front row with teammate Kurt Busch.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/28/kevin-harvick-wins-pole-for-geico-500-at-talladega/

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

     (http://www.catchfence.com/): 

     Brad Keselowski reflects on Talladega Superspeedway success

       http://www.catchfence.com/272034/brad-keselowski-reflects-on-talladega-superspeedway-success

    Talladega – the track where winning streaks come to die

    http://www.catchfence.com/272029/talladega-track-winning-streaks-come-die 

    Did Trevor Bayne just call his shot at Talladega?

    http://www.catchfence.com/272027/trevor-bayne-just-call-shot-talladega

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Daniel Hemric wins Xfinity pole at Talladega

    Daniel Hemric won his third career pole. Elliott Sadler qualified second but will start from the rear due to an engine change.
     
    Zynga Poker to sponsor Matt DiBenedetto in seven more races
    Zynga Poker first sponsored DiBenedetto in March at ISM Raceway after a social media campaign to garner sponsorship.

    Darrell Wallace Jr. hopes to do more than replicate Daytona 500 result at Talladega

    Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his first Cup start at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/28/darrell-wallace-jr-hopes-to-do-more-than-replicate-daytona-500-result-at-talladega/

    There's plenty of racing action today @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ ) &

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

    See my Wall Stadium 2018 page

    (Wall Stadium Speedway 2018

    & my New Egypt Speedway News page (New Egypt Speedway News  ), for the details .

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Blaney hopes Daytona lessons pay off

    After wrecking in the first restrictor-plate race with the "no-ride-height" rule, Blaney says his team will tweak handling "to where we can be more aggressive" Sunday at Talladega. 

     http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23338101/nascar-2018-team-penske-driver-ryan-blaney-hopes-lessons-daytona-pay-talladega

     Courtesy Amanda  Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !) :

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-jamie-mcmurrays-violet-crash-results-plate-change-talladega/

    NASCAR Cup: Jamie McMurray's violent crash results in plate change at Talladega

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

     NASCAR changes restrictor plates to slow cars at Talladega

    Change is intended to reduce horsepower and is expected to slow cars by about 2 mph.  

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/27/nascar-changes-restrictor-plates-to-slow-cars-at-talladega/

    Saturday schedule at Talladega
    The Sparks Energy 300 is set for 3 p.m. ET on Fox.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/):  

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Talladega takeover

    Bubba Wallace says get ready for a wild ride with Saturday's drivers-only broadcast

     https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/27/fox-drivers-only-talladega-broadcast-set-to-offer-unpredictable-entertainment/

    Full schedule for Talladega                           

    Qualifying order for Saturday

    (4/27/18)

    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

    Kyle Busch knows being on a roll can turn quickly

    Tonights scheduled racing @ Bridgeport Speedway ( http://www.bpspeedway.com/),has been rained out.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Hard wreck for McMurray

    Chip Ganassi Racing driver's car goes airborne, veteran still tops final 'Dega practice

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/27/jamie-mcmurray-goes-airborne-in-final-talladega-practice/

    Ty tops Talladega

    Dillon is fastest in opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway 

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/27/talladega-monster-energy-series-practice-recaps-speeds/

    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

     (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

    Frontstretch Folio: GEICO 500
    by Phil Allaway
     
    This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Alabama for the second restrictor plate race of the year.  Coverage of the GEICO 500 starts with NASCAR RaceDay at Noon ET on FOX Sports 1.  Coverage moves to FOX with FOX NASCAR Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the green flag will fly around 2:20.  The race can be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

    Records and facts

    Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was able to avoid the Big One late and was in position to pounce during a green-white-checkered finish.  On the final lap, Stenhouse was able to draft past Kyle Busch and hold on to take his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win.  Jamie McMurray finished second followed by Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne.

    With Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement, Brad Keselowski is now the winningest active driver at Talladega with five career wins, including his first back in 2009.  Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray have two wins apiece.

    All-time, Dale Earnhardt had the most success at Talladega, winning ten times.  The last of his 76 career victories came in the 2000 Winston 500 with his infamous charge from 18th in the final three laps.  Earnhardt Jr. is tied for second all-time with former teammate Jeff Gordon; they each won half-a-dozen times.  Keselowski is next with five, while Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker and Darrell Waltrip have four wins apiece. 

    Track Facts
    Track / Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps (500.08 miles)
    Banking: 33 degrees
    Frontstretch: 4,300 feet, banked 18 degrees in tri-oval
    Backstretch: 4,000 feet, banked minimal
    Grandstand Seating: 78,000
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
    Opened: 1969

    Website: http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talladegasuperspeedway
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/talladegasupers

    Pre-Race Schedule:
    Practice No. 1: Friday, April 27, 12:35 - 1:25 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
    Happy Hour: Friday, April 27, 2:35 - 3:25 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
    Qualifying: Saturday, April 28, 1:15 p.m. on FOX

    Say What?

    "It’s so difficult to predict Talladega. You can ride around in the back or charge up front all day and, either way, your day can end with your car on the hook. You just hope to have Lady Luck guide you to a good finish. Restrictor plate races have turned into this pattern that it is hard to have any type of advantage over any other team. It just comes down to being in the right place at the right time." - Kurt Busch

    "Talladega is not the most desirable track if you would like to break a jinx or a hard-luck streak. But we’ve been doing this long enough and understand what this is all about. The outcome at Talladega is not in your hands. You just try to do the best job you can. You try to stay near the front and hope to have a little luck on your side to get to the finish. We just haven’t seen the end of a Talladega race for some time. Looking forward to changing that this weekend in our Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour ENERGY Camry." - Martin Truex Jr.
     
    "Talladega is a race that we circle. David Ragan won there with Front Row Motorsports a few years back, with David Gilliland pushing. So, there’s a lot of pressure going to Talladega. I would love to tell you that that’s a great racetrack for me. But, for whatever reason, I miss all the wrecks at Daytona and I’m in every single one at Talladega. I’m hoping to break that streak because the last few years have been rough there. There’s great opportunity to be up front and steal some stage points, maybe put yourself in position to win a race and get a playoff spot for our Love's Travel Stops team. As far as working with a teammate, at Talladega you can be a little more strategic. At Daytona, it’s harder because there we were three-wide for a long time and the leaders were moving lanes. You’re so stacked up, it’s hard to get out of a lane and get into another one. But at Talladega, you can still work your way to the top, get hooked up with a few people, get coordinated. It just feels like you have a little bit more space and a little bit more opportunity to get organized." - Michael McDowell

    TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

    Friday Faceoff: Who is the Best Restrictor Plate Driver in the Field?
    by the Frontstretch Staff

    4 Burning Questions: Will the Kyle Busch Show Continue?
    by Michael Finley

    Bayne of His Existence: Does Matt Kenseth's Arrival Translate to Trevor Bayne's Imminent Demise?
    by Vito Pugliese

    Tech Talk: Discussing Talladega Rule Changes & Rear Spoilers With Trent Owens
    as told to Mike Neff
     
    NASCAR 101: Kyle Busch & the 4-Race Cup Winning Streak
    by Kevin Rutherford

    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

    At Talladega, expect lots of crazy things to happen

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. seeking repeat -- and a revival -- at Talladega 

    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23297401/nascar-2018-roush-fenway-driver-ricky-stenhouse-jr-seeking-repeat-revival-talladega-superspeedway

      

    Roundtable: Will anyone stop Kyle Busch at Talladega?

    Busch goes for his fourth straight win on Sunday. Who has the best chance to break his streak? Will a first-time winner steal the show? Our experts weigh in. 

     http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23329581/nascar-2018-roundtable-talladega-kyle-busch-attempt-four-straight-cup-wins

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Trevor Bayne says health is fine, focused on winning at Talladega

    Trevor Bayne gave a brief statement to reporters Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. 

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/27/trevor-bayne-says-health-is-fine-focused-on-winning-at-talladega/

    Friday 5: Mark Martin still a dealmaker after all these years

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/27/friday-5-mark-martin-still-a-dealmaker-after-all-these-years/

    Owners should look at 2019 Kenseth deal

    http://www.nbcsports.com/video/dale-earnhardt-jr-thinks-matt-kenseth-could-get-full-time-deal-2019

    Xfinity practice report at Talladega
    Cole Custer led the first prctice session at Talladega

    12 Cup cars to be docked practice Friday at Talladega

    Reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. among those who will be penalized 15 minutes of practice Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

    NASCAR America: Spotter TJ Majors is Joey Logano’s secret weapon
    TJ Majors was critical to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s success and now he's help Joey Logano get through traffic.

    Friday schedule at Talladega
    Cup and Xfinity teams each hold two practice sessions today.


    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/):

    NASCAR acquires ARCA

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/27/nascar-acquires-arca-commitment-next-generation-racers/             


    (4/26/18) 

    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

     (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

    Frontstretch Line of the Week

    From Beyond the Cockpit: William Byron Taking Steps in Rookie Season with Hendrick Motorsports
     
    "It’s not where we want to be by far. But I think that we’ve been able to put together top-20 runs, and we haven’t crashed a lot. That’s something you want to do to get your experience level up. We haven’t had the flashy success that we were kind of hoping for, but I think it’s good to be top 20 in points. Now, we’ve got to improve a little more each week. As far as results go, I think it’s a little better than expected. But we haven’t shown many flashes, yet." - William Byron on his first few races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series  TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
     
    2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Further Limit Cup Drivers In Its Lower Series?
    by Michael Massie and Frank Velat

    Happiness Is: The Pits, Baku & Plans
    by Ava Huston Ladner

    Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: GEICO 500
    by Corey Brewer

    Eyes on XFINITY: Spencer Gallagher Stepping Up in Sophomore Season
    by Dustin Albino
     
    Truckin' Thursdays: Talladega's Memorable Truck Series Moments
    by Beth Lunkenheimer

    Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Racing at Richmond
    with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti, Matt DiBenedetto and Mike Neff

    Timmy Hill to Race for RWR at Talladega, Race to Erase Opioids Joins 

     Rick Ware Racing announced Thursday that Timmy Hill will drive their car this weekend in Talladega, replacing the originally entered Cole Custer.  Keen's Buildings and the Race to Erase Opioids will serve as sponsors.  Read more

    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !) :

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-ryan-blaney-throws-things-back-dad-southern-500/

    NASCAR Cup: Ryan Blaney throws things back to dad for Southern 500

    Amanda Vincent

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

     (http://www.catchfence.com/):

    Christian Eckes to make Truck Series debut at Iowa as part of four-race schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports

    http://www.catchfence.com/271995/christian-eckes-to-make-truck-series-debut-at-iowa-as-part-of-four-race-schedule-with-kyle-busch-motorsports

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Xfinity Spotlight: Noah Gragson on impressive Xfinity debut, being Dale Jr. ‘fanboy’

    Noah Gragson, who competes full-time in the Truck Series, turned heads in his Xfinity debut with Joe Gibbs Racing.   

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/26/xfinity-spotlight-noah-gragson-on-xfinity-debut-dale-jr-fanboy/

    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

    Kallmann: Does return make sense for Kenseth?

    Courtesy Speed Sport News.com

     (https://speedsport.com/):  

     Coca-Cola Backing RCR & Dillon At Charlotte

    https://speedsport.com/nascar/monster-nascar-cup/coca-cola-backing-dillon-charlotte/

    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

    Bubba Wallace and the challenging search for sponsorship

    Despite growing popularity and some significant moments on the track, the rookie driver needs funding for 2018 and beyond. Is Richard Petty Motorsports making progress

      http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23316670/nascar-bubba-wallace-challenging-search-sponsorship

    Among the recent creditor filings in the BK Racing bankruptcy case is the Race Team Alliance, which says it is owed $20,000 for annual dues for a race team with one charter. At a status update in court Tuesday, the trustee for BK Racing stated that Earthwater decided not to go forward with the proposed sponsorship contract. The trustee is working on sponsorship, including potentially with Earthwater, for future races as it continues to keep BK Racing No. 23 car on the track. The next status update is scheduled for May 8.

    Courtesy Sporting News.com

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

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Anything can happen at 'Dega

    Why Kasey Kahne is among five sleepers to watch in the ultimate wild-card race 

     https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/2015/five-to-watch-talladega-sleepers#/0

    Bowman aims to bring Junior Nation along for Talladega ride 

     https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/24/alex-bowman-aims-to-bring-junior-nation-along-for-talladega-ride/

    Talladega throws wild-card wrinkle into Dash 4 Cash competition 

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/26/talladega-throws-wild-card-wrinkle-dash-4-cash-competition/

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. explores concussion recovery in new book

    "Race to the Finish: My Story" will be published on Oct. 16

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/25/nascar-america-dale-earnhardt-jr-explores-concussion-recovery-in-new-book/

    Can Kenseth return Roush to glory days?

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/25/long-can-matt-kenseth-return-roush-fenway-to-its-glory-days/


    Podcast: Trevor Bayne needs to ‘rebuild his reputation’ as a driver
    In the NASCAR America Debrief podcast, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte discuss Bayne's options going forward.

    NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals secret to Talladega success

    Winning plate races means being everybody's best friend until it's time to be a big jerk.
     
    NASCAR America: Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing fit perfectly
    Matt Kenseth said he would return if the opportunity was right - and that might not include only driving.

     3 articles courtesy Amanda Vincent

     (Thanks Amanda !!!):

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-five-teams-test-tires-michigan-international-speedway/

    NASCAR Cup: five teams test tires at Michigan International Speedway  

     http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-teams-probably-caution-air-gun-problems/

    NASCAR teams probably caused their own air-gun problems

    http://autoracingdaily.com/andy-lally-pieces-together-road-course-nascar-schedule/

    Andy Lally pieces together road-course NASCAR schedule

    Amanda Vincent


    (4/25/18)

    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

     (https://www.frontstretch.com/):

     Entry List: GEICO 500

    For Sunday's GEICO 500, 40 teams are entered.  Timothy Peters will make his Cup debut for Ricky Benton Racing while Cole Custer returns for a second race in the Rick Ware Racing No. 51.  Brendan Gaughan and DJ Kennington also return for more action.  Read more
     
    Entry List: Sparks Energy 300

    41 teams are entered for this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Talladega.  Shane Lee returns to Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 while Noah Gragson remains in the No. 18 after his sensational debut at Richmond.  NXT Motorsports' No. 54 was initially entered but has since withdrawn.  Read more

    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
     
    Did You Notice?: NASCAR's Sophomore Slump Affecting Youth Movement?
    by Tom Bowles

    The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts on Kenseth, Bayne, and a Few Other Things
    by Amy Henderson

    The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Richmond
    by Christian Koelle

    Beyond the Cockpit: William Byron Taking Steps in Rookie Season with Hendrick Motorsports
    as told to Dustin Albino
     
    NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Matt Kenseth's Return to Roush Fenway Racing Mean?
    by Joseph Wolkin
      

    Updates are now posted on my Wall Stadium 2018 page (Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 )

    & on my New Egypt Speedway News page

    (New Egypt Speedway News  ) !!

    Results from Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) are now posted on my Bridgeport Speedway News page (Bridgeport Speedway !  )!

    Courtesy Catchfence.com

     (http://www.catchfence.com/):

    Petty’s Garage and Medallion Bank partner with Darrell Wallace Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway 

    http://www.catchfence.com/271888/pettys-garage-medallion-bank-partner-darrell-wallace-jr-talladega-superspeedway

    Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch Motorsports test at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 

    http://www.catchfence.com/271892/harrison-burton-kyle-busch-motorsports-test-at-canadian-tire-motorsport-park

    Jennifer Jo Cobb to drive No. 55 JP Motorsports entry at Talladega Superspeedway

    http://www.catchfence.com/271817/jennifer-jo-cobb-drive-no-55-jp-motorsports-entry-talladega-superspeedway

    Veteran driver line up for RSS Racing at Talladega Superspeedway 

     http://www.catchfence.com/271875/veteran-driver-line-rss-racing-talladega-superspeedway

    Ron Hornaday Jr. to be grand marshal at Tucson K&N West race

    http://www.catchfence.com/271867/ron-hornaday-jr-grand-marshal-tucson-kn-west-race

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Goodyear tire info for Talladega Superspeedway
    Cup and Xfinity teams will have the same tire setups this weekend in Alabama.

    Social Roundup: Reaction to Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR return
    The NASCAR world sounded off on the 2003 Cup champion's part-time return to the sport. 

    NASCAR America: Matt DiBenedetto holds head high after 16th at Richmond
    With almost no attrition at Richmond, Matt DiBenedetto outran teams with much larger budgets.

    NASCAR America: Matt DiBenedetto will pay tribute to Jeff Burton in Southern 500
    Matt DiBenedetto hopes to channel some of Jeff Burton's 2000 energy into his Southern 500 ride.

    Courtesy Sporting News.com

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


    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     (https://www.nascar.com/): 

    Coming home

    Matt Kenseth returns to Roush Fenway in the Monster Energy Series for 2018

    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/25/roush-fenway-introduces-matt-kenseth-as-driver-of-no-6/

    All of Kenseth's Cup victories 

    No. 6: Drivers through the years, including Mark Martin

    https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/2014/no.-6-drivers-through-the-years#/0

    Matt Kenseth is eligible to run the All-Star Race; see the others

          https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/11/drivers-eligible-for-monster-energy-all-star-race/  

    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

    NASCAR should be pumped for Kenseth's return

    1 stat that will make Kyle Busch fans even happier

    COLUMN: Talladega could be equalizer for Busch…

     Courtesy Amanda Vincent

    (Thanks Amanda !):

    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-nitrogen-mandatory-mandated-pit-guns/

    NASCAR Cup: nitrogen mandatory in mandated pit guns

    Amanda Vincent


    (4/24/18)  

    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

    Report: Matt Kenseth to return to Roush Fenway   

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/23/report-matt-kenseth-to-return-to-roush-fenway-racing/

    Bump & Run: Who are drivers seeking first win of the year to watch?

    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/24/bump-run-who-are-drivers-seeking-first-win-of-the-year-to-watch/

    Preliminary entry lists for Cup, Xfinity at Talladega
    40 cars are entered for this weekend's Cup race at Talladega.  

    Are youngsters set to celebrate at Talladega?
    No driver under age 30 has won a Cup race since Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500.

    NASCAR America: Joey Logano has strong Richmond run a year after last win
    Joey Logano is one of two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all but one race so far this season.

    Courtesy NASCAR.com

     ( https://www.nascar.com/):

    Powering into 'Dega

    This week's Power Rankings showcase drivers who have best shot to conquer Talladega    

      https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/2011/power-rankings-richmond-to-talladega#/0       

      All-Star Race eligible drivers 


      (4/23/18)

      Courtesy NBC Sports

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

      NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson doing more with less in last two races
      Jimmie Johnson earned consecutive top 10s for the first time since last October. 

      Kyle Busch has ability to win at any track

      Kyle Busch has the talent to win with any car at any track in NASCAR, and his comfort with his team and crew chief Adam Stevens makes him a threat every weekend.

      http://www.nbcsports.com/video/kyle-busch-becoming-one-best-drivers-nascar-has-seen

         Curious lack of pit strategy at Richmond  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/23/ryan-the-lack-of-gambling-was-the-pits-at-richmond/

      NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson doing more with less in last two races
      Jimmie Johnson earned consecutive top 10s for the first time since last October.

      Courtesy NASCAR.com

      (https://www.nascar.com/ ) : 

      Comparison: Kyle Busch vs. Buck Baker at 46 wins

      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/22/comparison-kyle-busch-buck-baker-46-wins/


      Full weekend schedule for Talladega 

      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/21/full-weekend-schedule-talladega-superspeedway/  

      Courtesy Speed Sport.com

       (https://speedsport.com/):

       Darlington’s Rebel Soul

      https://speedsport.com/racing-history/darlingtons-rebel-soul/

      JUSTDRIVE.com Backs NJMP K&N East Race

      Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

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

       Joey Logano Falters, Finishes 4th After Early Richmond Dominance

      Early on Saturday night, Joey Logano was the man to beat.  The Team Penske driver won the first two stages, putting himself in position for victory but fell back late to finish fourth.  Read more
       
      Jimmie Johnson Overcomes Adversity, Finishes Sixth at Richmond

      2018 has been a tough year for Jimmie Johnson.  Saturday night saw the seven-time champion get a lap down early after smacking the outside wall.  However, a wave-around and good pace overall allowed Johnson to move up to sixth by the finish.  Read more

      Seeking the Playoffs: Kyle Busch Wins, Loses Portion of Points Lead due to Quirk
      by Phil Allaway
       
      Kyle Busch charged all the way from 32nd on the grid to claim his third consecutive win.  However, Busch actually lost points to Joey Logano. Logano finished fourth but won the first two stages, earning him 53 points to Busch's 50.  As a result, the margin between them is 56 heading to Talladega.  Clint Bowyer is up one place to third in the standings after finishing ninth and claiming 15 stage points.  Kevin Harvick lost his spot as a result despite finishing in front of Bowyer (fifth).
       
      Brad Keselowski maintains fifth in the MENCS standings almost solely on the strength of his stage points (he has the second most so far this year).  Keselowski is now 21 points behind Harvick and 17 ahead of Denny Hamlin, who gained two spots in the points after finishing third. 

      Martin Truex Jr. is still seventh in the standings after fading late at Richmond to a 14th-place finish.  Ryan Blaney also had a disappointing night on Saturday, running 22nd.  That dropped Blaney from sixth into a tie for eighth in points with Kurt Busch.  The older of the Busch brothers led 98 laps but finished 11th at Richmond after struggling during the final stage.
       
      Kyle Larson dropped one place to 10th in points after a quiet night (seventh). Behind him sits Aric Almirola, who charged to the front without the aid of a caution and claimed 17 stage points.  At one point during the race, Almirola had the best Richmond long-run car.  However, a series of short runs and late cautions cost the No. 10 team; he fell back to a 17th-place finish, which keeps him 11th in points. 

      Erik Jones is still 12th in the standings after a 13th-place finish at Richmond. Alex Bowman couldn't sustain his momentum from Bristol; he's 13th after a mediocre 18th Saturday night.  Bowman, however, still remains the highest Hendrick Motorsports driver in the standings.

      Austin Dillon is still 14th in points, followed by Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson's sixth-place finish moved him into the top 16 for the first time all season.  Teammate William Byron joins him there on the strength of 13 stage points.  The Hendrick Motorsports teammates both displaced Ryan Newman, who crashed out at Richmond and finished 37th.
       
      Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Busch 415, 2) Joey Logano -56, 3) Clint Bowyer -86, 4) Kevin Harvick -91, 5) Brad Keselowski -112, 6) Denny Hamlin -129, 7) Martin Truex Jr. -131, t-8) Ryan Blaney -133, t-8) Kurt Busch -133, 10) Kyle Larson -136, 11) Aric Almirola -167, 12) Erik Jones -182, 13) Alex Bowman -206, 14) Austin Dillon -207, 15) Jimmie Johnson -215, 16) William Byron -223.
       
      Note: Drivers in Bold have already claimed victories.
       
      Playoff Points: 1) Kyle Busch 17, 2) Kevin Harvick -5, 3) Martin Truex Jr. -10, t-4) Austin Dillon -12, t-4) Clint Bowyer -12, 6) Brad Keselowski -14, t-7) Kurt Busch -14, t-7) Ryan Blaney -14, 9) Joey Logano -15, 10) Denny Hamlin -16.
       
      Stage Points: 1) Kyle Busch 108, 2) Brad Keselowski -5, 3) Kurt Busch -24, 4) Kevin Harvick -30, 5) Joey Logano -33, 6) Clint Bowyer -43, 7) Martin Truex Jr. -44, 8) Kyle Larson -50, 9) Ryan Blaney -56, 10) Denny Hamlin -61, 11) Aric Almirola -72, 12) Erik Jones -83, t-13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -84, t-13) Chase Elliott -84, t-13) Jimmie Johnson -84, 16) Michael McDowell -91.
       
      Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kyle Busch 344, 2) Joey Logano -35, 3) Kevin Harvick -474) Clint Bowyer -49, 5) Denny Hamlin -64, 6) Martin Truex Jr. -81, 7) Ryan Blaney -83, 8) Kyle Larson -84, 9) Aric Almirola -96, t-10) Erik Jones -104, t-10) Brad Keselowski -104, 12) Alex Bowman -111, 13) Austin Dillon -112, 14) Kurt Busch -114, 15) William Byron -127, 16) Jimmie Johnson -134.
       
      Race Winners: Austin Dillon (Daytona), Kevin Harvick (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix), Martin Truex Jr. (Fontana), Clint Bowyer (Martinsville), Kyle Busch (Texas, Bristol, Richmond)

      Letter of the Race: Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 was brought to you by the letter "S" for Smooth.  The race ran 355 laps before the first non-stage ending caution occurred.  It's a number that seems almost unheard of for Richmond, but cautions continue to decline significantly in 2018.    - Phil Allaway

      Quotes to Remember: Toyota Owners 400
      compiled by Phil Allaway
       
      "All these guys – everybody on this whole M&M's Camry, they do a great job for me. I can’t say enough about Adam Stevens (crew chief) and my guys and the pit crew tonight. They won this race for us. They got us off pit road first those last two times that we came down for tires and got us where we needed to be. In case anybody is wondering why this car is so many different colors this week, it’s for the M&M’s Flavor Vote. So, anybody can go and vote for their favorite flavor of M&M’s so there’s Mint and Expresso or Raspberry and then those flavors will be in stores this summer. It’s a pretty cool deal that M&M’s does every year and gets new flavors out to the market. I can’t say enough about this Toyota Camry. It was just awesome today. Out front all day long. This is really cool for as good as the crowd was tonight. Really cool out here in Richmond, really chilly but otherwise it was a fantastic evening so hopefully everybody enjoyed that... It’s definitely cool we’ve won three in a row.  We did it a couple years ago and now I don’t know if you can shoot for four in a row.  It’s hard to go to Talladega with that much of a winning streak and think that you can go to Victory Lane, but we’re going to go there anyway and give it a shot.  We’ll see what we can do. Our guys are amazing.  They’re awesome every week and I love racing with these guys and Joe Gibbs Racing." - Kyle Busch, race winner
       
      "It was definitely a big fight to keep up and make up the ground we had lost early in the race. The car wasn’t driving like I had wanted it to. We were off, I felt like, a pretty good bit pace wise and speed, so just needed some short runs there at the end and was fortunate enough to be in the right lane at the right time. Circumstances were on our side, which is not typically the case. So, I will take it and we will go on down the road." - Chase Elliott, finished second

      "Definitely battled back quite a bit. Not completely happy with third by any means, but I tell you congrats to our teammate there (Kyle Busch). That’s a great accomplishment and we’ve just got to get a little bit better. We’re a little bit behind. We fought back. We had a 15th-place car early and we were able to battle back there and get it right there in the top three. Really needed a longer run for our car to come in. It seemed like our car was very strong off the corners late in the run, but just on the short runs there at the end that was our Achilles heel." - Denny Hamlin, finished third
       
      "It was a lot of fun. There was a lot of speed in that Shell/Pennzoil Ford, especially early in the race and grabbing a couple of stage wins. That was really cool. I wish they were at the end of the race and not necessarily in the beginning and middle, but I’m proud of what the guys did there. We lost the handling a little bit that last stage and I fell back to sixth. We made some adjustments to get the speed back and then we were able to make some good adjustments to get the short-run speed where we were lacking early in the race. Then we had a really good pit stop at the end, which put us in position but not quite close enough to make something happen. We just kind of needed everyone to run into each other and be in the right place to make that happen, but, overall, I’m proud of this Shell/Pennzoil team. We have a good package here at Richmond. We run really well here and it was fun to be leading laps again. That was a lot of fun to see that clean air and passing cars and racing to the end of the stages was a lot of fun, but I wish it was for the win at the end. We scored a lot of points, so we’re proud of that." - Joey Logano, finished fourth
       
      "No more restarts. We were terrible on the restarts there compared to three or four of those guys. I was spinning the tires getting going there on the restarts. All of the night taken into consideration we were way better than we have been in the past and that is an important race for us to figure out... where we need to be with all of the things that didn’t go right tonight and be ready for when we come back here for the playoff race." - Kevin Harvick, finished fifth
       
      "We had to start the race on the tires we qualified with, and as soon as we got those tires off the car, we were a very competitive car and were able to stay on the lead lap. And with the long green-flag runs, we were able to still stay on the lead lap and work our way up through the field. I don’t know what we’re missing on scuff tires but that’s something we’ve got to figure out." - Jimmie Johnson, finished sixth
       
      "We had a really good car, it’s just frustrating there at the end. All hell breaks loose. We lost a couple of spots on pit road and that gets you back and then you get on the outside and get stuck behind somebody that spun their tires and you knock the front fender in on the No. 24 because he spun his tires. The next thing you know you’re 10th thinking, ‘Boy, how did this night go to ruin so fast?’ Then it’s just beating and banging and everybody dive-bombing on the bottom. Those cars that are a lap down you’re lapping, and all of a sudden sticking it in three-wide with nothing to lose at the end. It’s a shame that a good, positive night ends up being like that, but that’s racing at this place. If we could have maintained that top two or three, I think we could have stayed up there. Our M.O. is the long run, though. That’s where we were the strongest. All night long those guys could take off, even Kurt (Busch) my teammate could take off better than I could, but I’d run him down and drive off." - Clint Bowyer, finished ninth
       
      "I sped on pit road and I guess I was just pushing the last segment there in the corner and we were a little bit too fast coming onto the straightaway. Overall, a really good night. We got stage points, I think we finished fifth in both stages and I think we finished 12th, but overall learned a lot and can just really build on this. I love racing at short tracks. It’s a blast and definitely learned a lot from this. [I'm] definitely starting to get really comfortable with what is going on. I’m starting to really figure out what I need to be faster and I think this weekend was a good example of that. Just love coming to short tracks; they are a lot of fun. I don’t love the late-race restarts because I felt like we had a good long run car and I really liked to use some of the tools I was doing on the long runs to beat some guys, but overall, a pretty good day." - William Byron, finished 12th
       
      "Pretty disappointed that we didn’t get at least a chance. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t know what we have to do to win one of these short tracks and get everything to go the way we need it to. Tonight we beat ourselves, so that’s unfortunate. The guys did a really good job with the race car. We were awful at the start of the race and I thought we were really in trouble. Just fought all night long and tried to stick with it and make good adjustments, and put ourselves in position to try to win another one and just came up short. Frustrated, but proud of everyone for the effort and hopefully we get them next week." - Martin Truex Jr., finished 14th
       
      "A 16th for us at Go FAS Racing is a heck of a run. We outran some really, really good cars all day. Our car had crazy-good long run speed and of all days for us to have really good long run speed today was definitely the day. But even at the end when we had the green-white-checkered we were able to pass a couple of good cars and pick up a spot or two. The team did a really good job. You know how great of a run that is for us." - Matt DiBenedetto, finished 16th
       
      "Obviously, the results and the finish isn’t at all what we came here to do, but we started the race too far off and we lost so many laps there the first run and that put us behind for the rest of the night. With it going green like it did, I didn’t get to show how much better we got our Camaro ZL1 there throughout the race. I thought we could take off in top 15 speed after we got to work on it for the first time. It just took us getting to pit road to give us that opportunity. But I’m proud of these guys on the Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet to give me the opportunity to come here and to run 398 laps; I think I came two laps shorter of all of them. But, I’m just thankful to be here." - Daniel Hemric, finished 32nd

      TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
       
      Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Overcomes Deep Starting Position for 3rd Straight Win
      by Mike Neff
       
      The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Toyota Owners 400
      by Amy Henderson

      Up to Speed: Who Remembers Early Season Winners?
      by Bryan Gable

      Pace Laps: So Close, Yet So Far for Martin Truex Jr. & Noah Gragson
      by the Frontstretch Staff
       
      XFINITY Breakdown: Christopher Bell Gets First Victory of 2018, Noah Gragson Shines
      by Dustin Albino
        

      Courtesy ESPN.com

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

      How rain delays affect NASCAR races

      Most NASCAR teams go with the flow with minimal financial loss. But for the tracks and fans, a postponed race can be a costly bummer.

      http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23287352/when-nascar-cup-races-rain-delayed-most-teams-see-minimal-financial-hit-racetracks-fans-huge-bummer

      Courtesy NBC Sports

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

       Kyle Busch’s streak reaching historic level

      Kyle Busch's streak of seven consecutive top-three Cup finishes ranks as among the longest in the last 35 seasons. 

      http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/23/kyle-buschs-streak-reaching-historic-level/


      WATCH: ISM Raceway’s scoring pylon meets its maker
      Watch the scoring pylon meet its dramatic downfall 

      Courtesy NASCAR.com

      (https://www.nascar.com/ ) : 

      The element of surprise

      Keselowski wasn't a Talladega favorite when he got his first-ever win; more shockers

      https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1061/through-the-years-surprise-talladega-winners#/0

       

      (4/22/18)

      Courtesy USA Today.com

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

      Courtesy Catchfence.com

       (http://www.catchfence.com/):

       Daniel Suarez overcomes penalty for top-10 finish at Richmond 

      http://www.catchfence.com/271780/daniel-suarez-overcomes-penalty-top-10-finish-richmond

       William Byron recovers for solid finish at Richmond Raceway 

       http://www.catchfence.com/271775/william-byron-recovers-solid-finish-richmond-raceway

      Chase Elliott: “We didn’t deserve to finish second”

      http://www.catchfence.com/271784/chase-elliott-didnt-deserve-finish-second

      News & Results from Saturday nights races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/) are now posted on my New Egypt Speedway News page ( New Egypt Speedway News).

      News & Results from last night races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) are also posted on my Wall Stadium 2018 page (Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 ).

      Courtesy NBC Sports

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

      First short track win slips away from Martin Truex Jr. on pit road
      Martin Truex Jr. led 121 laps from the pole before a pit road mistake cost him a shot at the win.

      What drivers said after Richmond Cup race
      Here is what drivers were talking about after the Toyota Owners 400

      Late cautions help Chase Elliott to yet another runner-up finish
      The Hendrick Motorsports driver has finished second eight times but remains winless 

      Courtesy ESPN.com

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

      Kyle Busch's third 2018 Cup win met with jubilation (and respect?)

      http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23281020/nascar-plenty-celebration-kyle-busch-chase-elliott-denny-hamlin-saturday-cup-race-richmond-raceway

      Courtesy NASCAR.com

       (https://www.nascar.com/ ) :

      No. 4 team makes costly pit stop mistake

      https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/monster-energy-nascar-cup-highlights/bubba-wallace-leads-first-laps-monster-energy-series/#1

       Kyle Busch celebrates with fans

      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/21/busch-celebrating-stands-10-year-anniversary-know/

       Truex still 0-for on short tracks 


      (4/21/18)

      Courtesy ESPN.com

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

      Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for 3rd straight Cup victory

      http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23281057/kyle-busch-pulls-away-richmond-3rd-cup-win-row

      If Jamie McMurray is mad with Kyle Larson as it appeared he was by bumping him under caution at Richmond, he'll handle it privately. After the race, when asked what was going on with him and Larson, McMurray's response was, "Nothing." When asked about it appeared they bumped under caution, he said, "I don't know." And asked if he had a problem with Larson, McMurray said, "No."

      Courtesy NASCAR.com

       (https://www.nascar.com/):

      That's three for K.B.

      Kyle Busch notches third consecutive win after thrilling victory at Richmond Raceway

        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/21/nascar-race-results-richmond-2018-spring

      Richmond: Full race results

        Updated series standings

          Logano sweeps Richmond stages

            Updated 2018 stage points

              Larson, McMurray swap paint

                Elliott happy with runner-up

                  Kurt Busch leads 9,000th lap

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                   Kyle Busch charges from back to win at Richmond in overtime

                  Kyle Busch scores his third consecutive win of the season.

                  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/21/kyle-busch-charges-from-back-to-win-at-richmond-in-overtime/

                  Courtesy Speed Sport.com

                  (https://speedsport.com/): 

                  SPEED SPORT Twitter Me This 

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                   See your favorite drivers pit selection for Saturday night 

                    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/20/richmond-monster-energy-series-pit-stall-assignments/          

                  Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                  Notable quotes (Kyle Larson | Kyle Busch | Ricky Stenhouse Jr.)

                   http://www.catchfence.com/271741/notable-quotes-kyle-larson-kyle-busch-ricky-stenhouse-jr

                  Richmond Raceway has grown more unpredictable in recent years

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271736/richmond-raceway-grown-unpredictable-recent-years

                  Daniel Hemric ahead of Cup debut: “If we can run inside the top 20, we hit a home run”

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271724/daniel-hemric-ahead-cup-debut-can-run-inside-top-20-hit-home-run

                  There's plenty of racing action in New Jersey this weekend !

                  New Egypt Speedway

                  (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) &

                  Wall Stadium Speedway

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

                  are racing tonight !

                  Bridgeport Speedway

                   (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) is set for tomorrow / Sunday , April 22nd !

                  Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                  Virginia a testing ground for racing's future

                  From cutting capacity to adding fan-focused attractions, new-look Richmond Raceway headlines NASCAR's effort to spur new growth.

                  http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23267426/with-virginia-barometer-nascar-testing-growth-strategy-facelift-richmond-raceway

                  Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                  Come September, Richmond will be more fan-friendly

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                  Kyle Larson moving on from Bristol finish, looking to win again at Richmond

                  Kyle Larson seeks to score his second consecutive Richmond Cup victory tonight.

                  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/21/kyle-larson-moving-on-from-bristol-finish-looking-to-win-again-at-richmond/

                  Daniel Hemric “making the most” of first Cup start at Richmond

                  Daniel Hemric is set to make his Cup debut tonight at the age of 27. 

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                  Coming from the back

                  Can 'Rowdy' overcome 32nd starting spot for third straight win? (6:30 p.m. ET, FOX)

                  https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/2004/five-to-watch-richmond#/0


                  (4/20/18) 

                  Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                   (Thanks Amanda !):

                  http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-christopher-bell-leads-jgr-1-2-finish-richmond/

                  NASCAR Xfinity: Christopher Bell leads JGR 1-2 finish at Richmond

                  Amanda Vincent

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                   Christopher Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond

                  Christopher Bell held off a charge from teammate Noah Gragson to capture his second career win.   

                  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/20/christopher-bell-wins-xfinity-race-at-richmond/

                  Results, point standings after Xfinity race at Richmond
                  Elliott Sadler won the Dash 4 Cash bonus and continues to lead the Xfinity point standings 

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                  1 for the money, 20 for the show

                  Elliott Sadler wins Dash 4 Cash at Richmond -- but Christopher Bell wins race

                   https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/20/bell-holds-off-gragson-richmond-win-sadler-wins-dash-4-cash-prize/

                  First time for everything?

                  In search of first Richmond win, Truex Jr. lands first Busch Pole at Richmond

                  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/20/busch-pole-qualifying-recap-results-richmond/

                  Full Richmond lineup

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                  Cole Custer wins pole for Xfinity race at Richmond

                  Cole Custer will start on the front row with Christopher Bell. Green flag is scheduled for 7:13 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.  

                  Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

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

                    Frontstretch Folio: Toyota Owners 400
                  by Phil Allaway
                   
                  This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to Virginia for their third short track race of 2018.  Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 can be seen starting with NASCAR RaceDay at 3 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.  The coverage then takes a couple of hours off before FOX NASCAR Saturday on FOX at 6 p.m. The green flag will fly around 6:45 p.m.  It can also be listened to on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).
                   
                  Records and Facts

                  Last year, the race was run on Sunday afternoon, but got bad reviews due to hot weather (90+ degrees).  As a result, this year's race is back to Saturday night.

                  Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race, leading 198 laps, while pole sitter Matt Kenseth led 98 more.  However, the race came down to a late caution.  Derrike Cope hit the wall in turn 4, bringing out the yellow with three laps to go.  Given tire wear, everyone stopped.  Kyle Larson won the race off pit road and held on to win his first career short track race.  Joey Logano finished second, followed by Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.

                  All-time, Richard Petty is the winningest driver at Richmond with 13 career victories.  Three of those came when Richmond was a dirt track while the other ten were on the paved 0.542-mile Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway that was in place until 1988, including seven in a row from 1970-73.  Bobby Allison had seven wins while Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson and Rusty Wallace each had six.

                  Among active drivers, Kyle Busch has the most victories at Richmond with four.  Three others (Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson) have three wins each.

                  Track Facts

                  Track / Race Length: .750-mile D-shaped oval, 400 laps (300 miles)
                  Banking: 14 degrees
                  Frontstretch: 1,290 feet, banked 8 degrees
                  Backstretch: 860 feet, banked 5 degrees
                  Grandstand Seating: 59,000
                  Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
                  Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
                  Opened: 1946
                  Website: http://www.rir.com
                  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichmondInternationalRaceway
                  Twitter: http://twitter.com/RIRInsider

                  Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

                  Qualifying: Friday, April 20, 5:45 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

                  Say What?

                  "Richmond is an awesome track to race at. It’s Saturday-night racing at its finest. Beating and banging, and the track has very little grip and the tires wear out, so it’s a really fun racetrack. You can see the sparks flying, and having the glow of the brake rotors and everything lit up is neat. It’s also pretty close to Smithfield, Virginia, so it’s a hometown race for Smithfield. It’s just a lot of fun to go there and race." - Aric Almirola
                   
                  "Richmond is getting a little trickier, it seems like, just with the asphalt kind of getting older and the way the cars are. The consensus at Richmond is, of course, just trying to get your car to turn, but also having really good forward bite. You have to be able to get off the corners at Richmond. You have to have good brakes, as well, and be able to turn the center. All of it correlates. Everything you want as a race car driver, you’ve got to have most all of it and, if you don’t, then you better hope you have more forward bite than the rest of them. That’s sort of the equation of Richmond. It’s a fun place to race. It’s really cool. As a driver, you wish it could widen out and give you more options of being able to run around in different grooves, but it hasn’t shown us that the last couple of years. We’re hoping to get our M&M’S Flavor Vote Camry back to form there. We were very good last spring, but we’d like to get another victory there, for sure." - Kyle Busch
                   
                  "We're excited for Richmond because it's another track where Front Row Motorsports runs well, so we're looking forward to getting our K-LOVE Ford on track and see what we can do. With the reconfiguration, it drives more like a mile-and-a-half than it does a short track. But I believe it produces some of the best racing that we see. A lot of that has to do with tire fall-off, so you have to manage your tires well.
                   
                  "You get long green-flag runs there, over 100 laps. You lose so much drive off the corner, that it creates good racing and great opportunity, and the track gets two- and three-wide. Richmond’s about being disciplined, taking care of your tires, and you’ve got to be really smart there." - Michael McDowell

                  TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

                  Friday Faceoff: Is the Old Bristol Back?
                  by the Frontstretch Staff

                  4 Burning Questions: How Have the Short Tracks Been So Far in 2018?
                  by Wesley Coburn

                  Will the Band Play On? Stock Car Racing's Uncertain Future in the Music City
                  by Bryan Keith

                  Tech Talk: Springs, Splits, Shocks & Tires
                  as told to Mike Neff
                   
                  NASCAR 101: 10 Numbers With the Longest Streaks Out of the Cup Series
                  by Kevin Rutherford

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                  Speed in the bank

                  Kyle Larson leads the way in final practice at Richmond

                    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/20/richmond-practice-results/

                  Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                    Kyle Larson hungry for first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2018

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271683/kyle-larson-hungry-for-first-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-win-of-2018 

                   Eyes on Noah Gragson ahead of Xfinity Series debut at Richmond

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271700/eyes-noah-gragson-ahead-xfinity-series-debut-Richmond

                  Pocono Raceway Green Initiatives, Success and Future

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271679/pocono-raceway-green-initiatives-success-future 

                  Brad Keselowski kicks off Mission 600 with visit to Naval Station Norfolk

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271691/brad-keselowski-kicks-off-mission-600-with-visit-to-naval-station-Norfolk

                  Safeway sponsoring Joe Nemechek and JD Motorsports at Richmond Raceway

                  http://www.catchfence.com/271677/safeway-sponsoring-joe-nemechek-jd-motorsports-richmond-raceway

                  Courtesy Sporting News.com

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

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                  Elliott tops the board

                  Hendrick driver leads opening Richmond practice; final practice at 12:35 p.m. ET (FS1)

                  https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/20/richmond-practice-results/

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                  NFL schedule reveals conflicts in some markets with NASCAR races

                  Cup races in September and October will face direct competition from NFL games in those markets those race weekends.

                   Cup first practice report at Richmond

                  Elliott waited until the end of the first practice session before posting the fastest lap. 

                  Xfinity practice report at Richmond
                  JH Nemechek jumped to the top in final practice, while Christopher Bell and Cole Custer remained fast.

                  Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                  No matter the limits, Kyle Busch will still race

                  This Cup driver will have his hands full Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. But what about Friday during the Xfinity race? Well, that's another story.

                    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23248894/limits-keep-kyle-busch-2018-xfinity-series-race-richmond-found-way-fill-down

                  Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                  Why Colts schedule is bad news for the Brickyard

                  NASCAR driver Bowyer's tweets make funny country…

                  Daniel Suárez talks early NASCAR struggles in U.S.

                  Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick favored to take Richmond

                  Richmond Raceway renovations

                  Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                  Friday schedule at Richmond Raceway
                  Xfinity Series races under the lights at Richmond 

                  Xfinity practice report at Richmond
                  Christopher Bell and Cole Custer post identical laps to lead the opening practice session.

                  Kyle Busch docked 15 minutes of practice at Richmond
                  Kyle Busch is the only driver who will be docked Cup practice Friday at Richmond.

                  Denny Hamlin wins his Short Track Showdown at Langley
                  Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Busch to win Thursday night’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown charity race at Langley Speedway. The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is a 200-lap Late Model charity race...               

                  Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                  Fast Friday

                  Don't miss any of the action during a full, fast day at Richmond Raceway 

                   https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/15/full-weekend-schedule-for-richmond/

                  NASCAR on TV this week

                    Bell tops Xfinity practice

                    100_0415.jpg

                    Older news 

                    (4/19/18)

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                    90-year-old Hershel McGriff to compete in K&N Pro Series West race in Tucson

                    Hershel McGriff won four Cup races in 1954 and was selected as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.

                    Gaunt Brothers Racing raises $12,000 in auction for Humboldt Broncos hood
                    A bus crash on April 6 killed 16 members of the minor league Canadian hockey team.  

                    Timothy Peters set for Cup debut at Talladega with Ricky Benton Racing
                    Timothy Peters will drive the No. 92 Ford in the April 29 race 

                    Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                     Ford’s Mustang celebrates its birthday

                      http://www.catchfence.com/271637/fords-mustang-celebrates-its-birthday

                     Timothy Peters looking to make first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start with Ricky Benton Racing

                    http://www.catchfence.com/271653/timothy-peters-looking-make-first-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-start-ricky-benton-racing

                    Joey Gase becomes a spokesperson for Eternal Fan

                    http://www.catchfence.com/271651/joey-gase-becomes-spokesperson-eternal-fan 

                    Charlotte Motor Speedway to deliver unprecedented Coca-Cola 600 pre-race military spectacular

                    http://www.catchfence.com/271643/charlotte-motor-speedway-to-deliver-unprecedented-coca-cola-600-pre-race-military-spectacular

                    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

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

                    Erik Jones, Brandon Jones Pick Up XYO Sponsorship

                    Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that XYO Networks will serve as a primary sponsor on Erik Jones' Cup car for two races and Brandon Jones' XFINITY car for six races later this year.  Read more 

                    Frontstretch Line of the Week

                    From Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Looking Ahead to Cup Debut at Richmond

                    "I think it’s the little things that are different, the stuff I will personally see and feel. Being in the racecar, having the digital dash, having the track bar adjuster. It is a different feel when you get to that side. Everyone is way more serious and more intense. Hopefully, I can bring a little lightheartedness to that." - Daniel Hemric on moving into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

                    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                     
                    2-Headed Monster: Who Fared Better, Kyle Busch or Hendrick Motorsports?
                    by Michael Massie and Frank Velat

                    Happiness Is: Caring, Shoey & 45
                    by Ava Huston Ladner

                    Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Toyota Owners 400
                    by Corey Brewer

                    Eyes on XFINITY: Joey Gase Enjoying Career-Best Start With Go Green Racing
                    by Dustin Albino

                    Frontstretch Podcast: Takeaways from Bristol
                    with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Mike Neff

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                    Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the lessons learned from hashing it out with Kyle Busch

                    'I thought (Busch) was a bad person,' but it was a bad assumption, the NBCSN analyst says on the NASCAR America Debrief podcast.  

                     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/19/podcast-dale-earnhardt-jr-on-the-lessons-from-hashing-it-out-with-kyle-busch/

                    Podcast: Front Row Motorsports explains how it improves with smaller budget, unique sponsor deals 

                    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/19/podcast-front-row-motorsports-explains-how-it-improves-with-smaller-budget-unique-sponsor-deals/

                    August Cup race at Michigan to be called Consumers Energy 400
                    Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, will sponsor the Aug. 12 race.

                    Weekend schedule at Richmond for Cup, Xfinity
                    Xfinity Series races Friday night and Cup Series races Saturday night

                    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                    Possible reasons Tony Stewart decided to settle the Ward Jr. lawsuit

                    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23238624/nascar-tony-stewart-wrongful-death-lawsuit-settlement-hearing-kevin-ward-jr-why-settle-did-settlement-tell-us

                    #AskRicky talks 2018 surprises, pit guns and young guns

                     http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23235320/ask-ricky-craven-column-surprise-cup-series-drivers-2018-nascar-season

                    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                    No one in NASCAR hotter than Kyle Busch heading…

                    Jimmie Johnson's crew chief quoted 'Dodgeball' in…

                    Kyle Busch received death threats after Dale Jr….

                    Megyn Kelly beat Danica in go-kart race in studio

                    Courtesy Sporting News.com

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

                    NASCAR at Richmond: TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for Toyota...

                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    Richmond is for winners

                    Terry Labonte among the legends to win the spring race in the Commonwealth

                     https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1767/all-time-wins-richmond-raceway-spring-race#/0

                     2 articles , courtesy Amanda Vincent

                     (Thanks Amanda !!) :

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martin-truex-jr-hits-career-milestone-richmond-raceway/

                    NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. hits career-milestone at Richmond Raceway

                     http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-schedule-weather-outlook-richmond-raceway/

                    NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Richmond Raceway

                    Amanda Vincent

                    (4/18/18)

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                      Bowyer: Richmond is the perfect track

                    Clint Bowyer enjoys racing at Martinsville and Bristol, but he is excited for Richmond because it's the 'perfect-sized race track.' 

                    http://www.nbcsports.com/video/clint-bowyer-excited-nascar-cup-series-race-richmond-raceway

                    NASCAR America: Clint Bowyer’s parties are legendary

                    Demolition derbies, concerts, and unsuspected guests highlight Clint Bowyer’s parties. 

                    Did a demolition derby happen at a Bowyer party?
                    Clint Bowyer knows how to throw a party, but did a demolition derby, live concert and pizza party crasher really happen? Steve Letarte tries to guess. 

                    Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                    (Thanks Amanda !):

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-max-tullman-adds-two-series-races-2018-schedule/

                    NASCAR Truck: Max Tullman adds two series races to 2018 schedule

                    Amanda Vincent

                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    Full schedule for Richmond

                        Where to catch NASCAR on TV this week           

                     

                  • Monster Energy Series entry list for Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond   
                  • No. 17 gets lug-nut penalty 

                       https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/17/bristol-penalties-monster-energy-series-lug-nut-stenhouse/ 

                    Dash 4 Cash field is set for Richmond

                    https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/all-videos/dash-4-cash-field-set-richmond/   

                    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

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

                    Joey Gase Joins StarCom Racing for Talladega

                    Tuesday, StarCom Racing announced Joey Gase will drive the No. 00 Chevrolet in the GEICO 500 at Talladega.  Sponsorship will be provided by Sparks Energy.  Read more

                    Numbers Game: Food City 500
                    by Tom Bowles
                     
                    0
                    Wins for Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the Daytona 500. Kyle Larson was in position to win at Bristol until getting bumped out of the way by Kyle Busch.

                    1
                    Chevrolet driver to lead more than 40 laps total this season: Larson. He's led 254 circuits and Ryan Newman is next on the list for Chevy with 40. Among those who have yet to lead a lap: seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher.

                    2
                    Hendrick Motorsports drivers who finished inside the top five Monday at Bristol: Alex Bowman and Johnson. It's the first time Hendrick has had two top-five finishers in a MENCS race since Dover last fall.


                    2
                    Out of the last three NASCAR races postponed by rain. Both have been on the short tracks fans crave as some of their favorites on the schedule.

                    3
                    Cautions for rain at Bristol out of the 13 thrown. The race was also red-flagged multiple times and ultimately completed on Monday after a stoppage after lap 204 for a raging downpour.

                    4
                    Cup organizations total to win this season in the MENCS. Stewart-Haas Racing has four victories followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (two), Richard Childress Racing (one) and Furniture Row Racing (one).

                    5
                    Wins combined for Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch this season out of eight races.

                    466
                    Laps led by Kyle Busch this season. Only Harvick (520) has led more.

                    8
                    Out of 13 full-time Ford drivers who are currently in NASCAR playoff position. They include all four SHR wheelmen along with three from Team Penske and the Penske-aligned Wood Brothers car driven by Paul Menard.

                    10.2
                    Career average finish for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Bristol in 11 career starts. He was a season-high fourth on Sunday.

                    12th
                    Finishing position for David Ragan at Bristol. It's his first top-20 run of the season for Front Row Motorsports.

                    18
                    Lead changes during the race at Bristol. That's the most for any MENCS event since Atlanta.

                    20th
                    Finishing position at Bristol for Landon Cassill. It's the season and organization best for the new Starcom Racing No. 00 team.


                    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                     
                    Did You Notice?: Ford's Mustang Must Avoid Chevy's Camaro NASCAR Mistakes
                    by Tom Bowles
                     
                    The Frontstretch 5: Hard NASCAR Questions
                    by Amy Henderson

                    The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol
                    by Christian Koelle
                     
                    Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Looking Ahead to Cup Debut at Richmond
                    as told to Beth Lunkenheimer
                     
                    The Underdog House: On The Ragged Edge at Bristol
                    by Zach Catanzareti
                     
                    NASCAR Mailbox: Why Is Ryan Preece So Underrated?
                    by Joseph Wolkin
                      
                     
                      

                    2 articles ,courtesy Amanda Vincent

                    (Thanks Amanda !!):  


                    NASCAR Cup: Bristol Motor Speedway weekend results in only one penalty

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/no-longer-sure-theres-really-nascar-pit-gun-issue/

                    No longer sure there's really a NASCAR pit-gun issue

                    Amanda Vincent

                    Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com)  upcoming weekend news
                    (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

                    AUTO RACING AND ON-TRACK PARTY SET FOR WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (4-21)

                    WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Wall Stadium Speedway auto racing fans will not only have the opportunity to witness six feature races this Saturday (4-21) evening but will also be able to meet the drivers, get a close up look at the cars and walk the famous third mile high banked paved oval as the shore speedway presents “Fan Fest.” On Saturday the pit area will open at noon with practice running from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Grandstand seating will open at 4:00 p.m. with the “On-Track Party” set from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. Qualifying will then start at 5:45 p.m. before the six All American Auto Group Racing Series main events begin at 7:00 p.m.

                    Opening night winners Jimmy Blewett of Howell (Modifieds), Eric Lane of Howell (Sportsman), Shannon Mongeau of Manchester (Limited Late Models), Brian Osborn of Howell (4 Cylinder Stock), Bob Haberstick of Wall (Factory Stock) and Vinny Troia of Browns Mills (Legend Car) are all expected to participate in both the “Fan Fest” and the evening's racing events.

                    The Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event and the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars will battle in a 25-lapper. The Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks are all scheduled for 25-lap feature races on the third mile high banked paved oval.

                    The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through early October, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

                    More information on Wall Stadium and the 2018 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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

                    Courtesy Speed Sport.com

                    (https://speedsport.com/ ): 

                     Food Lion, Eckrich Backing Wallace & RPM 

                    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                    Power Rankings: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick are Nos. 1 and 2

                    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23228867/nascar-monster-energy-nascar-cup-power-rankings-april-2018-kyle-busch-kevin-harvick-leading-pack

                    Daniel Hemric to make his Cup series debut at Richmond Raceway

                    http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23174315/perseverance-little-luck-carry-daniel-hemric-nascar-cup-series-debut-richmond-raceway

                    Does NASCAR need a bolder approach to handling bad weather? 

                     http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23213681/nascar-roundtable-postponement-2018-bristol-cup-race-how-nascar-handle-inclement-weather

                    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                    NASCAR's Rickey Stenhouse Jr inks deals with 3…

                    Who's feuding in NASCAR this week? Drivers vs….

                    Jimmie Johnson uses Babe Ruth to respond to trolls

                    Phase one: Richmond set to host races as redesign…

                    NASCAR crew member saves pit stop, catches tire…

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                    Kyle Busch aims for three straight wins this weekend at Richmond

                    Kyle Busch hopes the third time to be as charming as the last two races.

                     http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/18/kyle-busch-aims-for-three-straight-wins-this-weekend-at-richmond/

                      Ryan Preece refuses to be obstacle to his racing dreams  

                    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/18/ryan-preece-refuses-to-be-obstacle-to-his-own-racing-dreams/

                    Bump & Run: Who will be next to challenge Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick?

                    NBC Sports staff examines who could be the next driver to go on a hot streak. 

                      Thumb feeling better, Daniel Suarez is ready to add to memories at Richmond
                    Daniel Suarez returns to a track where he finished seventh last fall

                    NASCAR America: PJ1 ‘created a lot of options’ at Bristol
                    Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman look at how the traction agent makes racing at Bristol "unpredictable."

                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    Dale Jr., Kyle Busch have sit-down

                    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/17/dale-earnhardt-jr-kyle-busch-revisit-bitter-rivalry-2008-richmond-wreck/

                    Listen: New Blaney Podcast

                     Big sponsor news for Roush

                      3 articles ,courtesy Amanda Vincent

                     (Thanks Amanda !!!) :

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-roush-fenway-racing-plans-keep-ricky-stenhouse-jr-2021/

                    NASCAR Cup: Roush Fenway Racing plans to keep Ricky Stenhouse Jr. through 2021 

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-truck-bristol-motor-speedway-race-moves-thursday/

                    NASCAR Truck: Bristol Motor Speedway race moves to Thursday

                    Amanda Vincent

                    http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-mustang-joins-series-2019/

                    NASCAR Cup: Mustang joins series in 2019

                    Amanda Vincent


                    (4/17/18)

                    Rutgers Cancer Institute Day

                    (4/16/18)

                    Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                    Busch wins rain-delayed Cup race at Bristol

                    Kyle Busch won the rain-delayed race at the half-mile track on a cold, dark Monday in Tennessee for his second straight Cup Series victory. He also won last weekend at Texas 

                    http://www.espn.com/racing/story/_/id/23204554/kyle-busch-wins-rain-delayed-cup-series-race-bristol

                    Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                    Kyle Busch wins at Bristol for seventh time


                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    'Rowdy' reigns at Bristol

                    Kyle Busch bumps by Kyle Larson late for Food City 500 victory

                    https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/15/results-bristol-motor-speedway-food-city-500-race

                    Food City 500 race results

                    Updated series standings

                    Larson comes oh-so-close to win

                    Watch: Bump-and-run by Busch

                    Stenhouse eyes 'kickstart' to '18

                    Bubba leads first laps in No. 43

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                    Kyle Busch wins Food City 500

                    Kyle Busch passed Kyle Larson to take the lead with six laps left in the race.

                    http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/16/kyle-busch-wins-food-city-500/

                    Johnson overcomes bad luck for top five finish
                    Jimmie Johnson managed to overcome some bad luck to get his first top five finish of the season, and it couldn't have come at a better time

                    Stenhouse records first top-five finish in 2018
                    Ricky Stenhouse was in second late in the Food City 500, but is okay settling with a top-five finish for the first time in 2018.

                    Goodyear tire test at Michigan rescheduled due to weather
                    The two-day test at the 2-mile speedway is now set for April 24-25. A test in Indianapolis will also be rescheduled.

                    Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Richmond Raceway
                    There are 38 entries for the Toyota Owners 400, including Daniel Hemric in his Cup debut.


                    Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

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

                     Food City 500 Postponed to Monday, Will Resume in Stage 2

                     NASCAR worked hard to get the Food City 500 in as scheduled on Sunday.  However, the third rain delay did the race in.  It will resume on lap 205 at 1 p.m. today with Kyle Larson in the lead. Television coverage will be on FOX.  Read more

                    Justin Allgaier Overcomes Bristol Chaos for Runner-up Finish

                    JR Motorsports' Justin Allgaier was all over the place on Saturday.  He led laps early and had contact with other drivers.  Eventually, he got spun out and ended up back in the pack.  Despite all that, Allgaier earned a solid second-place finish in the XFINITY Series race at Bristol.  Read more

                    TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

                    Up to Speed: True Bristol Divides NASCAR Drivers and Fans
                    by Bryan Gable

                    Pace Laps: Rain Ratchets Up NASCAR Competition At Bristol
                    by the Frontstretch Staff

                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    Watching from work?

                    Food City 500 set to resume from Tennessee on Monday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

                      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/15/bristol-race-postponed-rain-sunday-moved-to-monday/

                    Bristol weather updates

                    Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                      Bristol offers free tickets to area students with schools closed Monday

                    Local schools closed because the Cup race will resume Monday.

                    NASCAR approves another coating of PJ1 to track, extra set of tires at Bristol
                    Race is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. ET Monday

                    Gaunt Brothers Racing to auction hood for Humboldt Broncos charity
                    Hood is from D.J. Kennington's car. Kennington was 30th when the Bristol race was stopped Sunday.






                     (4/15/18)

                    Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                    Monday matchup

                    Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson will battle to lead more laps Monday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX) 

                     https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1989/take-5-food-city-500-sunday#/0

                    TV: Monday's race on FOX

                      Keselowski wins Stage 1

                        Positions when race resumes

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                        Cup race at Bristol postponed until 1 p.m. ET on Monday

                        Kyle Larson is the leader after 204 of 500 laps.

                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/15/cup-race-at-bristol-postponed-until-1-p-m-et-on-monday/

                        Food City 500 under red flag for rain for third time

                        Kyle Larson leads on Lap 204. The race would be official after Lap 250. 

                        NASCAR Cup: Food City 500 resumes Monday with Kyle Larson as leader

                        Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                        (Thanks Amanda !):

                        http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-food-city-500-resumes-monday-kyle-larson-leader/  

                        NASCAR Cup: Food City 500 resumes Monday with Kyle Larson as leader

                        Amanda Vincent

                        News & results from Saturday night's races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://newegyptspeedway.net/) are posted on my New Egypt Speedway News page : New Egypt Speedway News


                        News & Results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway(http://wallspeedwayracing.com/)  are also posted . See my Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 page : Wall Stadium Speedway 2018 , for the details .

                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                         NASCAR errs in issuing penalty to Daniel Hemric after Xfinity race

                        Daniel Hemric will be eligible for Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Richmond.  

                         http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/15/nascar-errs-in-issuing-penalty-to-daniel-hemric-after-xfinity-race/

                        Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Bristol
                        Here is who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                        Busch looks to beat field, rain at Bristol Motor…

                        Key information for NASCAR Cup race at Bristol

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                        Revving up in Thunder Valley

                        Stars coming from the back; key story lines in the Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) 

                         https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1988/five-to-watch-bristol#/0

                        Bristol weather updates

                        RainedOut Notification From: Bridgeport Speedway

                        RainedOut.com

                        RainedOut Notification

                        Bridgeport Speedway

                        Due to the rain our URC Show has been cancelled tonight - Sunday, April 15th






                        (4/14/18)

                        Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                        Family felt 'forced' into settling with Tony… 

                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                        Fired-up Ryan Preece accepts Dash 4 Cash check in Bristol Victory Lane

                        https://www.nascar.com/video/franchise/xfinity-series-victory-lane/ryan-preece-dash-4-cash-bristol-victory-lane/

                        Preece doubles up in Bristol

                          Bell sideswipes pair of cars

                            Big wrecks hit early at Bristol

                              Gas man stays cool after fire in pit

                              Erik Jones’ continued growth signals first win is getting closer

                              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/14/erik-jones-growth-first-win-close-teacher-mentor-chris-gayle-kyle-busch/

                              Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                              Ryan Preece wins Xfinity race at Bristol, $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus

                              Ryan Preece takes the lead from Brandon Jones late to collect his second career series win.

                              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/ryan-preece-wins-xfinity-race-at-bristol-100000-dash-4-cash-bonus/

                              Inspection violation costs Daniel Hemric spot in Dash 4 Cash at Richmond

                              Brandon Jones will replace Daniel Hemric as among the drivers racing for the $100,000 bonus.

                              Courtesy Speed 51.com

                              (http://speed51.com/):

                              Kyle Busch Enters Second Money in the Bank Race at...

                              Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                              Ty Majeski looking for productive day in Bristol Xfinity debut

                              http://www.catchfence.com/271336/ty-majeski-looking-productive-day-bristol-xfinity-debut

                              They're racing @ Wall Stadium Speedway (https://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) ,

                              And

                              New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) today !

                              Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/)  is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, April 15th !

                              Courtesy Amanda Vincent

                              (Thanks Amanda !): 

                              http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kurt-busch-front-row-back-start-bristol-race/

                              NASCAR Cup: Kurt Busch from front row to back to start Bristol race

                              Amanda Vincent

                              Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                               David Ragan posts fastest lap in final Cup practice; Kurt Busch crashes

                              Kurt Busch will go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field.

                              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/david-ragan-posts-fastest-lap-in-final-cup-practice-kurt-busch-crashes/

                              Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                              How drivers deal with NASCAR's constant changes

                              Some pay attention to the drama, especially if selected to the driver council that advises NASCAR on issues. Other drivers listen. Some don't care to know.

                              http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23158793/nascar-cup-series-drivers-deal-drama-changes-differently-ahead-bristol-motor-speedway-2018-race

                              NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway: Starting lineup breakdown

                              http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23157914/nascar-cup-series-bristol-motor-speedway-starting-lineup-breakdown

                              Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                              NASCAR driver touring college campuses for fun

                              Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                              Cole Custer wins pole for today’s Xfinity race at Bristol

                              Cole Custer wins first career Xfinity pole.  

                               Today’s Xfinity race at Bristol: Start time, lineup and more

                              Today's race is the first Dash 4 Cash event of the season

                              http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/14/todays-xfinity-race-at-bristol-start-time-lineup-and-more/


                              Kyle Larson tops field in Saturday morning Cup practice at Bristol
                              Kyle Larson also runs the most laps in the practice session

                              Austin Dillon penalized time in both Cup practices Saturday
                              Austin Dillon will be docked 15 minutes in each session Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

                              NASCAR’s Saturday schedule at Bristol
                              The Xfinity Series races today.

                              Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                              Sunday's race moved to 1 p.m. ET

                              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/14/start-time-for-sundays-monster-energy-series-race-moved-up-at-bristol/

                              Labonte finishes 14th in Whelen Euro Series opener; Alon Day wins Race 1

                              https://hometracks.nascar.com/2018/04/14/day-grabs-euro-nascar-season-opener/

                              (4/13/18)

                              Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                               New right-side Bristol tire has Kyle Busch searching for familiar feel

                              http://www.catchfence.com/271368/new-right-side-bristol-tire-kyle-busch-searching-familiar-feel

                              New All-Star race rules preempt Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s aero ideas 

                               http://www.catchfence.com/271364/new-star-race-rules-preempt-ricky-stenhouse-jr-s-aero-ideas

                              For Ryan Preece, Saturday’s Xfinity race is a step up in cash

                              http://www.catchfence.com/271360/ryan-preece-saturdays-xfinity-race-step-cash

                              Jimmie Johnson affirms team is moving in the right direction

                                http://www.catchfence.com/271355/jimmie-johnson-affirms-team-moving-right-direction

                              Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                              Front row bros

                              Kyle Busch earns Busch pole, brother Kurt to start P2 Sunday (2 p.m. ET, FOX)

                              https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/13/results-busch-pole-award-at-bristol-motor-speedway/

                              Sunday's full Bristol lineup

                              Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                              NASCAR driver touring college campuses for fun

                              Kyle Busch confused by NASCAR fan expectations            

                                 Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                                Xfinity Series practice report from Bristol
                                All four Dash 4 Cash drivers were in the top five on the speed chart

                                Kyle Larson doesn’t want to fade away again at Bristol
                                Kyle Larson led 272 laps at Bristol last year, but failed to finish in the the top five in both races

                                Drivers uncertain what All-Star Race will be like with aero package, restrictor plates
                                Said Erik Jones: 'It’s not going to be anything like what you’ve seen at Charlotte in the past for sure.'

                                Xfinity Series practice report from Bristol
                                Brandon Jones led the session while Ryan Preece was the fastest Dash 4 Cash drive

                                Courtesy The Frontstretch

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

                                  Frontstretch Folio: Food City 500
                                by Phil Allaway
                                 
                                This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Tennessee for their second short track race of 2018.  Coverage of the Food City 500 can be seen starting with NASCAR RaceDay at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.  The coverage is scheduled to move to FOX at 1:30 p.m. and the green flag will fly around 2:20.  The race can also be listened to on PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).  However, those times could change depending on if NASCAR decides to move up the start time by up to an hour.

                                Records and facts

                                Last year, the race was postponed to Monday due to rain.  On Monday, Kyle Larson dominated a good chunk of the event but it ultimately came down to a couple of past champions.  Kevin Harvick had the lead but Jimmie Johnson snatched it away with 21 laps to go.  From there, Johnson held on to take the win.  Clint Bowyer was second followed by Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Larson.

                                Among active drivers, Kyle Busch is the winningest driver at Bristol with six career victories.  Kyle's older brother Kurt has five wins while Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have two each.

                                All-time, Darrell Waltrip has the most Bristol wins with 12, including a stretch of seven in a row in the early 1980s.  He won 11 races on asphalt and the 1992 Bud 500, the first Cup race run on concrete at Bristol.  Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough have nine wins apiece while Kyle Busch's six wins put him fifth all-time.

                                Track Facts

                                Track / Race Length: .533 mile-oval, 500 laps (266.5 miles)
                                Banking: 24-30 degrees
                                Straightaways: 650 feet, banked 4-9 degrees
                                Grandstand Seating: 153,000
                                Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
                                Pace Car Speed: 35 mph
                                Opened: 1961
                                Website: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bristolmotorspeedway
                                Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMSUpdates

                                Pre-Race Schedule:

                                Practice No. 1: Friday, April 13, 12 - 12:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
                                Qualifying: Friday, April 13, 4:45 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
                                Practice No. 2: Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. on FOX Sports 1
                                Happy Hour: Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. on FOX Sports 1

                                Say What?

                                "There is no way to describe 500 laps at Bristol.  If your car is handling well, it’s manageable.  If it’s loose and you are midpack and there is someone in front of you who is erratic, you are tense and not breathing. You haven’t made it 10 laps and you are out of breath. You think, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m going to make it these 500 laps.’ Next thing you know, it’s lap 450 and you’re wishing it was 600 laps." - Clint Bowyer
                                 
                                "Difficult situations can surface at Bristol in a blink of an eye.  Things happen so fast you just try to process everything while keeping calm and focused.  However, that is really difficult to do at Bristol with all that goes on there.  Cars are everywhere. For me, Bristol has been an up-and-down place as far as getting good finishes.  This race last year I thought we had the car to beat. Led late until I got caught speeding on pit road. Bristol is one of those places you have to be perfect all day in order to win." - Martin Truex Jr.
                                 
                                "I think the most challenging aspect of Bristol is just how difficult it is to transition through from the straightaways to the corners, back to the straightaways, and have your car set up in order to do all that. Sometimes you can be really loose getting in, or you can be really tight in the middle – you just seem to never be able to get a good-flowing car that works well there. Drivers have to do a lot of manipulation on the racetrack with their car in order to try to make the best of it." - Kyle Busch

                                TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

                                Friday Faceoff: What’s Up With the Officiating?
                                by the Frontstretch Staff
                                 
                                4 Burning Questions: Can Anybody Win & Get Into the All-Star Race?
                                by Michael Finley

                                Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR All-Star Format Falls Flat
                                by Amy Henderson

                                Tech Talk: Tony Gibson’s Take on Early-Season Pit Gun Woes
                                as told to Mike Neff
                                 
                                NASCAR 101: Roush Fenway Racing’s 7-Race Struggle
                                by Kevin Rutherford

                                Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                                Roundtable: Will aero package work for All-Star Race?

                                NASCAR has tinkered with the All-Star Race format and rules for years now, and 2018 is no different. Will this year's changes work? Our experts weigh in

                                http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23134538/nascar-2018-roundtable-whether-format-changes-aerodynamic-package-restrictor-plates-all-star-race-charlotte-motor-speedway-work

                                Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                                Bruised Kyle Larson ready to go at Bristol after hard Texas crash

                                http://www.catchfence.com/271322/bruised-kyle-larson-ready-go-bristol-hard-texas-crash

                                Country Music’s rising duo High Valley to entertain Quaker State 400 weekend fans

                                http://www.catchfence.com/271317/country-musics-rising-duo-high-valley-entertain-quaker-state-400-weekend-fans

                                Roush Fenway Racing to hold special ‘Homecoming’ fan day on May 24

                                http://www.catchfence.com/271313/roush-fenway-racing-hold-special-homecoming-fan-day-may-24

                                Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                                 Jimmie Johnson finding new way to handle social media trolls

                                Jimmie Johnson looks to inspire while he goes through the longest winless drought of his career.

                                 Podcast: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the best (and only) driving advice he got from his dad

                                The seven-time champion offered some critical tips on solving Bristol Motor Speedway. 

                                  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/13/podcast-dale-earnhardt-jr-on-the-best-and-only-driving-advice-he-got-from-his-dad/

                                Friday 5: One more change that should be made to the All-Star Race

                                http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/13/friday-5-one-more-change-that-should-be-made-to-the-all-star-race/

                                Four Cup teams to miss 15 minutes of Friday practice
                                Eleven Xfinity teams to be docked practice time Friday.

                                NASCAR’s Friday schedule at Bristol
                                Qualifying for the Food City 500 is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET

                                Kevin Harvick, Allmendinger have incidents in practice at Bristol; Harvick to backup car
                                Kevin Harvick will start from the rear of the Food City 500.

                                Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                                Speeding up the charts

                                Blaney, Jones top opening Monster Energy Series practice from Bristol

                                https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/13/blaney-jones-top-opening-bristol-practice-harvick-allmendinger-crash/

                                Full schedule for Bristol

                                  Where to catch NASCAR on TV

                                    How to see Labonte's Euro debut

                                      Bubba sees Blaney's doppelganger

                                      (4/12/18)

                                      Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                                        Winning twice at Bristol Motor Speedway is hard 

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271299/winning-twice-bristol-motor-speedway-hard

                                      Noah Gragson to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing for three consecutive races starting at Richmond Raceway

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271309/noah-gragson-drive-joe-gibbs-racing-three-consecutive-races-starting-richmond-raceway

                                      Speedway Motorsports Inc. teams up with Square for easy-to-use credit card processing at concessions stands

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271303/speedway-motorsports-inc-teams-up-with-square-for-easy-to-use-credit-card-processing-at-concessions-stands

                                      NASCAR announces key marketing and media leadership promotions

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271301/nascar-announces-key-marketing-media-leadership-promotions

                                      Bristol Motor Speedway awards first Dale Earnhardt Jr. scholarship

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271293/bristol-motor-speedway-awards-first-dale-earnhardt-jr-scholarship

                                      PlanBSales.com and fans to sponsor Matt DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing at Kansas Speedway in October

                                      http://www.catchfence.com/271289/planbsales-com-fans-sponsor-matt-dibenedetto-go-fas-racing-kansas-speedway-october

                                      Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                                      Busch brothers among favorites at 'streaking' Bristol

                                      Courtesy Sporting News.com

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

                                      Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                                      Bristol bragging rights

                                      Joey Logano doesn't have to boast; his short track stats do the talking  

                                      https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/12/king-road-might-just-joey-logano/          

                                        Quiz: Your favorite driver match             

                                        Jimmy Blewett / Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) update
                                        (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

                                        JIMMY BLEWETT GETS NORTH AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION BACKING FOR 2018 WALL STADIUM MODIFIED ASSAULT

                                        HOWELL, N.J. ~ Three-time and defending Wall Stadium Speedway Modified stock car driving champion Jimmy Blewett has announced that North American Construction of Brick, N.J. has joined his race team as a primary sponsor for the 2018 racing season. Blewett will rely on the same car with which he won the 2017 title although it will now sport gleaming white paint, North American Construction logos and the No. 51. Rob Ormsbee will continue as crew chief and Martino Race Engines will continue to prepare the power.

                                        “Scott Brannick from North American Construction has been a good friend, over the years,” Blewett, a 72 time Wall Stadium Modified winner including 20 victories in the prestigious Turkey Derby, said. “We have worked on a lot of projects together off the track and he has both raced and been a good friend to local racing. It will be exciting to drive the North American Construction No. 51!”

                                        Brannick is also excited about the team.

                                        “I have been friends with Jimmy for a long time and the timing of this deal was perfect,” Brannick said. “Jimmy has proven that he is a winner and that will reflect well on my company. This season should be a lot of fun.”

                                        North American Constructionoffers a wide variety of options for roofing, siding, windows and doors to meet every style and budget. The company has offered installation, repair and replacement services to both commercial property owners and homeowners in New Jersey since 1982.

                                        To learn more about North American Construction visit northamericanconstructionnj.com. Follow Jimmy Blewett on Facebook at Jimmy Showtime Blewett and on Instagram at showtime6676.

                                        Additional associate sponsorships with the race team are still available.

                                        Wall Stadium presents professional auto racing on Saturday nights through early October. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in late October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also presented.

                                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                                        Dash 4 Cash drivers gear up for first battle for $100,000 at Bristol

                                        Four Xfinity Series drivers will take on each other and Bristol Motor Speedway for $100,000 on Saturday.

                                        http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/04/12/dash-4-cash-drivers-gear-up-for-first-battle-for-100000-at-bristol/

                                        Courtesy Frontstretch.com

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

                                        The Critic's Annex: My Bariatric Solutions 300
                                        by Phil Allaway
                                         
                                        This past Saturday (Apr. 12), the XFINITY Series took on a very cold (by Metroplex standards) Texas Motor Speedway for 200 laps of action.  Apparently, it is the coldest ever race run at the 1.5-mile quad-oval and it definitely played a role in the competition.
                                         
                                        There's one interesting note from the pre-race show. NASCAR RaceDay - XFINITY Edition presented their rankings of the top 10 Budweiser All-Star Late Model/Busch Grand National/Nationwide/XFINITY Series drivers of all-time.  Here, the ongoing 'whacking by Cup Series drivers over the years played a big role in how the rules were set up.  For example, Kyle Busch somehow ended up third all-time despite Larry McReynolds not even selecting him at all for the top 10.  McReynolds' reasoning was that the vast majority of Busch's success in the series occurred while he was full-time in Cup, which makes sense.  Only six of his 93 career wins occurred before his Cup promotion in 2005.
                                         
                                        Despite McReynolds' corollary, the list still included Busch and Mark Martin, drivers who won the vast majority of their races running part-time as Cup regulars.  Is that fair?  At least nine of the top 10 drivers on the list have also won NASCAR titles. 

                                        Overall, it's a decent compilation, but one that would definitely lead to discussion.  Suppose that's the point of the whole thing.
                                         
                                        During the race, the hardest hit of the whole day was taken by Chad Finchum in turn 2.  Did viewers have any idea what happened?  No!  The broadcast did not catch the crash live (just post-wall contact) then never showed a replay for reasons that I cannot explain.  That was weak.  Luckily, Finchum walked away unhurt.
                                         
                                        Since the crash was Finchum's second incident of the day (he spun out on lap 2 in the same turn, but did not hit anything), the takeaway from the broadcast was something along the lines of, "it's Finchum again." There should have been more detail and effort given to figure out what went wrong.
                                         
                                        As for the wreck itself, here's a shot of Finchum's impact with the wall.  I didn't see that until Monday; clearly a nasty hit right there.  The crash broke the rear windshield, something that almost never happens (especially since we're not actually talking about glass here).  The booth commented on that fact and how unusual it was.  Normally, it would pique someone's curiosity to ask "What the deuce happened?"  I know that it did in my case. 
                                         
                                        FOX's special guest in the booth Saturday was Clint Bowyer, working as a dress rehearsal to the Drivers Only broadcast in a couple of weeks at Talladega.  As a result, you got an analyst who took his booth work a little more seriously.  Previously, Bowyer was his regular folksy self, saying a bunch of random stuff.  This time, it was obvious he'd done a little more studying than in past appearances.  As a result, you got a Bowyer that was more in tune with the race.  Not quite as off-the-wall, but still genuinely Bowyer.  It seems the veteran challenged himself to be more informative and succeeded.
                                         
                                        One of the main stories Saturday was the fact only 34 cars took time during qualifying.  One of those drivers (Matt Mills) DNQ'd because of that, but the other seven had to start at the rear.  As a result, viewers got constant updates on Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric charging through the field.

                                        Harvick was the biggest draw of all due to his pace Friday that showed he could contend.  A vibration prevented that from happening, however.  Viewers did get a good view of the wheel the No. 98 team took off Harvick's car, making it obvious the driver's intuition was correct.  Earlier, there was another vibration that likely served as a contributing factor to the second one.
                                         
                                        Overall, racing for position was often tied to those charging through the field.  There wasn't all that much action at the front since Ryan Blaney was kicking some butt.  As the temperatures warmed up (allowing the teams a little more traction) the field was able to spread out a bit.  As a result, most of the action remained confined to the first half of the race.
                                         
                                        Due to the onslaught of early cautions, the race broadcast ran long.  As a result, there were only a couple of quick interviews and a check of the points before FOX left the air.
                                         
                                        While Saturday's race was not necessarily the most competitive affair, television put together an OK telecast.  Bowyer, in particular, did a pretty good job in the booth.  I guess he took it more seriously. 

                                        Frontstretch Line of the Week

                                        From Eyes on XFINITY: Bayley Currey Impresses in Series Debut

                                        "I kind of knew what I was doing and whatnot, but to know exactly where I wanted to be and how to maneuver the car, it took me a little while. [Turns] 3 and 4 were pretty easy because there is so much banking, but 1 and 2 is so flat, it took me a little bit to figure out." - Bayley Currey on adjusting to the XFINITY car at Texas

                                        TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
                                         
                                        2-Headed Monster: Should Cup Races Be Shorter?
                                        by Michael Massie and Frank Velat
                                         
                                        Happiness Is: Tires, Appearances & Gasly
                                        by Ava Huston Ladner
                                         
                                        Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Food City 500
                                        by Corey Brewer
                                         
                                        Eyes on XFINITY: Bayley Currey Impresses in Series Debut
                                        by Dustin Albino

                                        Truckin' Thursdays Best Of: Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven By Passion, Supported By Faith
                                        by Beth Lunkenheimer

                                        Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Texas Motor Speedway
                                        with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti, Corey LaJoie and Mike Neff
                                          

                                        Courtesy Catchfence.com

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

                                         Joe Nemechek to drive for JD Motorsports in Bristol Motor Speedway 

                                        http://www.catchfence.com/271280/joe-nemechek-drive-jd-motorsports-bristol-motor-speedway

                                        Ty Majeski to make highly anticipated 2018 debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

                                        http://www.catchfence.com/271287/ty-majeski-make-highly-anticipated-2018-debut-weekend-bristol-motor-speedway

                                        Florida Watermelon Association on board with Ross Chastain in Bristol

                                        http://www.catchfence.com/271276/florida-watermelon-association-board-ross-chastain-Bristol

                                        WIX® Filters to serve as primary sponsor of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Fusion June 30-July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway

                                        http://www.catchfence.com/271263/wix-filters-to-serve-as-primary-sponsor-of-clint-bowyers-no-14-ford-fusion-june-30-july-1-at-chicagoland-speedway

                                        Courtesy ESPN.com

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

                                        Bristol could be a boost for 20-somethings

                                        Plenty of youngsters are in the top half of the Cup standings, but most are still seeking their first victory. With Bristol, Richmond and Talladega on tap, that might change.

                                        http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23116554/bristol-motor-speedway-2018-race-begins-stretch-yield-first-win-young-nascar-cup-series-drivers

                                        Courtesy NBC Sports

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

                                         NASCAR America: Bristol is the ‘Dale Earnhardt’ of race tracks

                                        Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the roughest, toughest tracks in NASCAR

                                        NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway
                                        The weekend in Bristol, Tennessee, is headlined by the Food City 500.

                                        NASCAR America: Jeff Burton: As a fan, ‘now I have a reason to be excited’ for All-Star race
                                        NASCAR announced a rules package for the May 19 All-Star race that includes restrictor plates.

                                        Courtesy NASCAR.com

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

                                        Flipping for the Food City 500

                                        Look back at some memorable moments from Bristol's spring race

                                        https://galleries.nascar.com/gallery/1052/bristol-motor-speedways-food-city-500-11-historic-moments#/0

                                        'Perfect opportunity' to shake-up All-Star Race, learn

                                        https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2018/04/12/nascar-all-star-race-format-innovation/

                                        Courtesy USA Today.com

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

                                        Watch Joey Logano get tackled by military dog


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                                        Born on date  11/14/08
                                         
                                        Now for the reason for creating this site
                                         
                                        This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
                                         
                                          However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
                                         
                                        Now for a little bit about me ,
                                         
                                         
                                        I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
                                        I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
                                        My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
                                        I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
                                        My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
                                        Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
                                        My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
                                        My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
                                         
                                        My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
                                         
                                        My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
                                        Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
                                        Gone With the Wind,
                                        Fort Apache,
                                        She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
                                        The Longest Day,
                                        Saving Private Ryan.
                                        Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
                                        Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
                                         
                                        Favorite TV shows :
                                        MASH !!!
                                        Cheers,
                                        Seinfeld,
                                        Bones
                                         

                                         


                                        24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz ! 
                                        24: Live Another Day !!!
                                        Almost Human
                                         
                                        Sleepy Hollow  !!!   The Following
                                        Touch
                                         
                                         
                                        Person of Interest
                                        & Bones !
                                         
                                        (Always,and forever !!!)
                                         

                                        GOTHAM !!!

                                         
                                         
                                        Law and Order : SVU
                                         

                                        Empire

                                         LUCIFER !!!

                                        Designated Survivor  &

                                        24: Legacy

                                        & New for 2017  : The Good Doctor, Gifted,  Seal Team, and The Long Road Home .
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                        Favorite all time master sleuth :
                                        Sherlock Holmes !
                                        (as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
                                         
                                        Favorite Comedy Routine :
                                        "Who's on First ? "
                                        Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
                                        Abbott & Costello !!!
                                         
                                        My other interests other than NASCAR :
                                        My family
                                        The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
                                        The New York Giants
                                        The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
                                        The New York Knicks
                                        The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
                                        The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
                                        The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
                                        The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
                                        Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
                                        I was a snare drummer in high school !
                                         
                                        I truly hope that you enjoy visiting my site. I also hope that you will come back often,and that you tell your friends & family about it.
                                         
                                        P.S.
                                        As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
                                        Personal note from me. ( AKA Site disclaimer...or something like that ! )
                                        If you see something here that you would like to use on your website / newsletter / whatever. Please feel free to do so.
                                        HOWEVER !!! 
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                                        Thank You,
                                        Joe

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