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 (9/19/17)


Courtesy NASCAR.com


Stewart: 'Danica will be back'

Who's on the Round of 16 bubble


 Powering up
See who's charging as the NASCAR Playoffs head into Week 2 at New Hampshire


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

Catchfence
Experience vs. Youth at Talladega; Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton look to hold off Group of young guns in fred’s 250
Monster Mile partners with National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Carl Deputy and Son Builders for Sept. 29 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race
Google Alerts
Top seed Truex shows way
Arkansas Online
"But it's definitely worth it to get that after the race." ... Truex has won nine races over the past tw0 years for Furniture Row Racing after winning three 
Autoweek
Opinion: NASCAR's Martin Truex, Furniture Row look like a team of destiny ... than their qualifying average, which currently sits at 6.8 after 27 races.
autosport.com
The Furniture Row racing driver claimed his 12th career victory in the first race of the post-regular season at Chicagoland, winning the final stage as a ...
Motorsport.com, Edition: Global
Nick, Furniture Row Racing's current No. 77 team exists this season in large part thanks to assistance from Toyota, but that plan was put together ...
autosport.com
He used the Phoenix Racing and then-midfield Furniture Row teams as a career lifeline after being dropped by Penske at the end of 2011.
NESN.com
As a result, he earned the respect of many within the sport, with NASCAR CEO Brian France reportedly even referring to him as “a throwback to ...
SFGate
JOLIET, Ill. — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for Jeff Gordon, Tony ...
Motorsport.com, Edition: Global
Chase Elliott ended the day just short – again – of his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory but perhaps did gain something just as ...
 
Nascar
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said he believes the sanctioning body provides a level ...
Nascar
78 team is a favorite to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. The Furniture Row Racing pilot won Sunday's Tales of the Turtles ...
  C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
The Final Word – After Chicago, not a whole lot has changed moving forward
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Chicagoland
Furniture Row Racing is The Little Team That Could

This coming Saturday (9/23/17) is "Pack The Track Night" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):  

FIVE MAIN EVENTS, DEMO DERBY AND DISCOUNT ADMISSION ON “PACK THE TRACK NIGHT” AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (SEPT. 23)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Auto racing fans have a big event slated for this Saturday (Sept. 23) at Wall Stadium Speedway with five main events and a Demolition Derby during Pack the Track Night” action. A special discounted admission price of just $10 for adults and $5 for students aged 7 to 17 will be offered. Kids 6 and under are always free. Spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying slated for 5:45 p.m. Main event action will follow at around 7:00 p.m. This “Carnival Night” themed event will feature games on the midway area.

On the famous high banked third mile paved oval five feature races will be presented with the Snap On Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models all battling in a 25-lap main events.

The night of action will conclude with a championship Demolition Derby where cars will be destroyed until only one is still running! Fans are also welcome to try to win great prizes as Carnival games will be offered in the grandstand midway all evening long.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then begin at 5:45 p.m. and feature race action for all divisions is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

Cole Pearn on questions about team’s success: ‘Sad sign of the times’

Cole Pearn told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: 'You do a lot of hard work ... and then people try to take the wind out of your sails a little bit.'

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/19/cole-pearn-on-questions-about-teams-success-sad-sign-of-the-times/

NASCAR America: What should Joe Gibbs Racing do about Kyle Busch’s pit crew?

In his first race with a new pit crew, Kyle Busch was plagued by pit miscues in the playoff opener at Chicagoland.   


NASCAR America: Furniture Row Racing no longer an underdog
NASCAR America analysts Parker Kligerman and Kyle Petty discuss Truex's dominance at 1.5-mile track

Courtesy ESPN.com

So you want to race? Here's what it cost one sponsor at Hendrick Motorsports

Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports had their business dealings exposed by a lawsuit from another company disputing the percentage of commissions owed on the deal. So what did it cost to sponsor Kasey Kahne per race?

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20747751/nascar-lawsuit-shows-anatomy-farmers-deal-hendrick-motorsports


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



 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-standings-after-chicagoland-speedway/

NASCAR Cup: standings after Chicagoland Speedway

Amanda Vincent


Recent News

(9/18/17)

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Xfinity Series

 Playoff-bound drivers ready for Kentucky after warm-up at Chicago


Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (https://www.nascar.com/news/camping-world-truck-series/): 

Analyzing the eight playoff drivers


Full schedule for New Hampshire and Kentucky


NASCAR TV schedule: Week of Sept. 18-24


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

Courtesy NBC Sports

Social Roundup: Jimmie Johnson helps out with Lowe’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts
The Hendrick Motorsports driver traveled to Florida to help neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Should Kyle Busch stick with new pit crew?
Kyle Busch had his pit crew swapped with Daniel Suarez's team before Chicagoland and Busch's new team's error cost him in the first playoff race.

Martin Truex Jr. no longer the Cinderella story
Martin Truex Jr. has everything set up perfectly for a title run, making this year championship or bust.

New crew chief may not help Kahne in playoffs
Darian Grubb's appointment as Kasey Kahne's crew chief shakes up the No. 5 team but it may not be enough to help in the playoffs

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


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-darian-grubb-returns-to-crew-chief-duty-at-hendrick-motorsports/

Cup: Darian Grubb returns to crew chief duty at Hendrick Motorsports

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

Jimmie Johnson was pleased with an 8th place finish at Chicagoland but has his eyes on some of his best tracks coming up in the NASCAR playoffs.

Kurt Busch: We stubbed our toe today
Kurt Busch discusses the issues he had with his car in Chicagoland and his costly pit road speeding penalty.

McMurray wants to stick to game plan to advance
Jamie McMurray was pleased to not have any major issues with his car at Chicagoland, resulting in a Top-10 finish. 

McMurray wants to stick to game plan to advance
Jamie McMurray was pleased to not have any major issues with his car at Chicagoland, resulting in a Top-10 finish. 

Ryan Blaney fights back for 'decent finish'
Ryan Blaney was happy with the way his team fought back after early contact in the Cup Series' opening playoff race at Chicagoland. 

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

Dakoda Armstrong On Missing XFINITY Playoffs: ‘It Just Didn’t Quite Happen’

For Dakoda Armstrong, getting into the XFINITY Series playoffs just wasn't meant to be.  A 16th-place result at Chicagoland Speedway meant he missed out for the second year in a row.  Read more

Ryan Truex Narrowly Misses Truck Series Playoffs

For Ryan Truex, Friday was do-or-die in the Camping World Truck Series.  Entering the race seven points out of the final playoff spot, Truex led early from the pole and won the first stage.  However, the No. 16 Toyota just didn't have what it needed late.  A fourth-place finish was excellent, but it tied him with Ben Rhodes, who won the NASCAR playoff tiebreaker.  Read more

Playoff Check: Martin Truex Jr. Locks in Advancement at Chicagoland
by Phil Allaway
 
Martin Truex Jr. did everything that he needed to do Sunday.  Despite an early speeding penalty, Truex came back through the field to take his fifth win of 2017 and lock himself into the next round of the NASCAR playoffs.  The victory also allowed Truex to extend his lead to 27 points over Kyle Larson, who finished a strong fifth.  Kevin Harvick is third after a top-five finish all his own.

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch are tied for fourth in points after very different races.  Busch dominated the first stage before pit issues put him two laps down.  He was never able to get back on the lead lap and ran 15th.  Keselowski bent his own side skirt inwards on the pace lap but managed to hold on for sixth. 

Chase Elliott is up four places to sixth in the standings after his second-place finish, a season best.  Denny Hamlin remains in seventh place, while Jimmie Johnson is down three spots to eighth despite finishing inside the top 10 on Sunday.
 
Matt Kenseth is up to ninth in points after a solid ninth-place finish at Chicagoland, followed by Ryan BlaneyJamie McMurray moved up to 11th after a 10th-place result, a nice recovery after his midrace spin. 

As of now, Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch are tied for 12th.  Dillon gets the spot by virtue of his 16th-place finish Sunday.
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. struggled all day at Chicagoland after early wall contact.  A 25th-place finish dropped Stenhouse from eighth to 14th in points.  Behind him is Kasey Kahne, who never made much of the first playoff weekend. He qualified poorly, finished 21st and dropped to 15th, out of the top 12. 

Ryan Newman rounds out the playoff drivers in 16th place.  Outside of the playoffs, Joey Logano is best of the rest by virtue of his top-10 finish at Chicagoland.  He's four points ahead of Clint Bowyer.
 
Playoff Point Standings: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 2102, 2) Kyle Larson -27, 3) Kevin Harvick -35, t-4) Brad Keselowski -41, t-4) Kyle Busch -41, 6) Chase Elliott -43, 7) Denny Hamlin -44, 8) Jimmie Johnson -56, 9) Matt Kenseth -63, 10) Ryan Blaney -68, 11) Jamie McMurray -71, t-12) Austin Dillon -76, t-12) Kurt Busch -76, 14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -80, 15) Kasey Kahne -81, 16) Ryan Newman -83.
 
Bold: Advanced
 
Note: In the playoffs, ties are broken by performance in that round only.
 
Best of the Rest: 17) Joey Logano 692, 18) Clint Bowyer -4, 19) Erik Jones -34, 20) Daniel Suarez -97, 21) Trevor Bayne -193, 22) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -213, 23) Paul Menard -231.
 
Regular Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 10822) Kyle Larson -102, 3) Kyle Busch -118, 4) Kevin Harvick -138, 5) Denny Hamlin -222, 6) Brad Keselowski -247, 7) Chase Elliott -263, 8) Matt Kenseth -296, 9) Jamie McMurray -297, 10) Jimmie Johnson -371, 11) Joey Logano -390, 12) Clint Bowyer -394, 13) Kurt Busch -400, 14) Ryan Blaney -408, 15) Erik Jones -424, 16) Ryan Newman -428.
 
Playoff Points: 1) Martin Truex Jr. 58, 2) Kyle Larson -25, 3) Kyle Busch -28, 4) Brad Keselowski -39, 5) Jimmie Johnson -41, 6) Kevin Harvick -43, 7) Denny Hamlin -45, 8) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -48, 9) Ryan Blaney -50, 10) Chase Elliott -51, t-11) Ryan Newman -53, t-11) Kurt Busch -53, t-11) Kasey Kahne -53, t-11) Austin Dillon -53, t-11) Matt Kenseth -53, 16) Jamie McMurray -55.
 
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin Truex Jr. 854, 2) Kyle Busch -31, 3) Kevin Harvick -32, 4) Kyle Larson -41, 5) Denny Hamlin -58, 6) Chase Elliott -93, 7) Jamie McMurray -105, 8) Brad Keselowski -128, 9) Clint Bowyer -142, 10) Ryan Newman -152, 11) Matt Kenseth -153, 12) Kurt Busch -158, 13) Jimmie Johnson -170, 14) Daniel Suarez -177, 15) Joey Logano -181, 16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -204.
 
Race Winners: Kurt Busch (Daytona-February), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2, Richmond-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover), Joey Logano (Richmond-1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-July), Austin Dillon (Charlotte), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1), Kevin Harvick (Sonoma), Denny Hamlin (Loudon, Darlington), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2)

Note: Wins in italics are encumbered and do not count towards Playoff eligibility

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400 was brought to you by the letter "C" for Clean.  While there have been three other Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway with four cautions in the past, the Tales of the Turtles 400 will go down as the fastest-ever Cup race run at the track.  Very little contact took place all day long as the field quickly became spread out.  Also, all 40 starters finished the race without anyone ever going behind the wall for mechanical issues. - Phil Allaway

Quotes to Remember: Tales of the Turtles 400
compiled by Phil Allaway
 
"I wouldn’t say it wasn’t going our way, we just screwed up and I just made a mistake and left pit road .06 of a mile per hour too fast and got busted. Then just had to play catch-up, but our car was off a little bit that first half of the race as well and once we got back in traffic, we really had to work on it. Cole (Pearn, crew chief) made some great adjustments and we just kept working on it all day long. Those last three runs it was dialed in, man. Of course, we got up front, too. Just proud of everybody and thankful to all the fans that came out for this deal and all of our sponsors that make this possible. This is awesome to kick off the Playoffs this way – you come out here and everybody wants to talk about pressure. We knew what we could do, we just had to keep all that pressure behind and keep our heads on straight and do what we always do and at the end of the day, we were able to do that. Just proud of everyone and thankful for a good day." - Martin Truex Jr., race winner

"We had just a solid day all around. Our car was fast. We had good pit stops on pit road. I thought our restarts were good. They didn’t go our way, but they were good. Circumstances, I felt like, kind of kept them going the way they did. But overall, we made the most of what we could today. Without some luck, I wasn’t going to beat the No. 78 (Martin Truex Jr.). So, we did good today and we need to have more days like this." - Chase Elliott, finished second

"Our focus was to make sure that we didn’t make any mistakes today and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing worked hard to work on that gap between those cars. But we’ve known about that gap and feel like we’ve closed that up and we knew that not making mistakes was gonna go a long way. We saw the No. 78 made mistakes today, but they had a fast enough car to recover from that. The No. 18 didn’t recover from his mistakes." - Kevin Harvick, finished third

"I didn’t start the race off very good. We were really tight, but worked on it and got it better at times. It was just really hard to pass for us. I know the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.) was really good and he was able to cruise to the front no problem, but we seemed to and it looked like everybody really struggled in traffic except for a couple of guys. But, a solid day, got stage points and then a top-five finish. That will be good going into Loudon." - Kyle Larson, finished fifth

"Yeah, we can be happy with sixth. We scored a bunch of stage points and had a solid day up front. One more of these races, either Loudon or Dover, and we should be good to advance to the next round. I think we can pull that off. We are still looking for a little speed but execution today was really, really strong. Great day on pit road, great restarts. All that stuff was what you look for. We just need to marry that up with some speed and we can win any of these races." - Brad Keselowski, finished sixth

"We executed well. We ran in the top 10 the whole race and had no issues, nothing crazy, just not fast enough to compete for the win. We made gains the last few weeks to get closer but we have just caught up to our teammates. That is where we are at now, the same as our teammates but not good enough to go up there and win. I thought I would run seventh today and I ran seventh. We just have to go faster, that is all." - Joey Logano, finished seventh

"Nope, there were a lot of issues for people in the playoffs, it looked like. So, 10th place isn’t bad. I think we finished 10th in one of the stages as well. I don’t know what happened on the backstretch. I think I just didn’t give the No. 31 (Ryan Newman) enough room and it got me turned around. We were lucky the caution kind of fell right and then we had a pretty fast car as well. We were faster probably at the beginning than we were at the end, but overall, it was a good way to start the first race." - Jamie McMurray, finished 10th

"We had such a fast Skittles Sweet Heat Camry. It’s just disappointing we had trouble on pit road like that. We just never had the opportunity with how the cautions fell to get back on the lead lap. We’ll get back to the shop and talk about it, and really all we can do is move on and put it behind us." - Kyle Busch, finished 15th


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
 
Thinkin' Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Slimes His Way to First Win of the Playoffs
by Mike Neff
 
The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Tales of the Turtles 400
by Davey Segal

Up to Speed: Has Chase Elliott Flipped the Switch?
by Bryan Gable


Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title
by the Frontstretch Staff
 
XFINITY Breakdown: Hometown Party for Justin Allgaier
by Dustin Albino
 
Tracking the Trucks: One Final Look At The Playoff Squeeze
by Davey Segal


  

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

Monday Rundown: Cup playoffs open with few surprises

Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson didn't have bad days at Chicagoland, but it wasn't a race to remember either. After one race, the playoffs are shaping up as expected. In Xfinity and Trucks, the playoff fields are now set.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20744990/nascar-not-all-chalk-cup-playoffs-opener-looked-lot-regular-season


Courtesy NASCAR.com

O’Donnell: In-race tire checks ‘fairly common practice’


'Made in Japan' set to air Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET on FS1's 'Race Hub'   


Hear from No. 78 pit crew, Pearn -- post-sliming


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

Google Alerts

Autoweek
As a result, NASCAR rules dictate that Truex will have to sit out the first 30 minutes of final practice for the Cup race at New Hampshire. The car will ...
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a plan to scrape in some of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fans, as NASCAR'S most popular driver gets ready to retire. Daryl Motte has 


Artesia Daily Press
A driver with three Cup wins in his first 10 seasons, Truex has nine over the last two years for Furniture Row Racing. “I think we all realize it's just a ...
The Denver Post
... who drives the No. 78 car for Denver's Furniture Row Racing, was doused green slime after his fifth win of the season, and first of this year's playoffs.
Nascar
... had to return to pit road after he emerged with two unsecure lug nuts during the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team's stop between Stages 1 and 2.
NASCAR Cup Series results and 3 takeaways from Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway
Charlotte Observer
Martin Truex Jr. may have won the first race of the NASCAR playoffs at Chicagoland on Sunday, but there are other implications from the results, too.
Autoweek
Kyle Busch seemed to have the fastest car Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. But he was left with nothing to show for it after the opening event of the ...
Nascar
JOLIET, Ill. — The addition of Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford's NASCAR program for 2017 was made to increase the automaker's championship ...
Motorsport.com, Edition: Global
Jones appeared to be in position to challenge Allgaier for the win but was black-flagged by NASCAR for a restart violation. “I wanted those (playoff ...
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New Haven Register
NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police have identified the second person killed in a plane crash that claimed the life of NASCAR modified ...
SB Nation
After 26 races in the 2017 NASCAR regular season, the long-awaited playoffs are here. The top 16 drivers in the sport will compete for the next 10 ...
5 Things We Learned at Chicagoland Speedway
ELLIOTT: Chicagoland “A Major Step in the Right Direction”
Martin Truex Jr. Rallies, Wins NASCAR Playoffs Opener at Chicagoland
Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Playoff mover
Chase Elliott makes big gains; see who's hot, who's not post-Chicago



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

Just how you draw it up for Martin Truex Jr.

It shouldn't have been easy for Martin Truex Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday after a penalty put him in the middle of the field. The top driver coming in made short work of getting back to the front and won the race going away to open the playoffs.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20740135/nascar-martin-truex-jr-starts-playoffs-convincing-victory


Courtesy NBC Sports

 A quiet moment among a chaotic scene

Even as Martin Truex Jr. celebrated this playoff win at Chicagoland Speedway, his thoughts turned to a family in pain.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/18/a-quiet-moment-among-a-chaotic-scene/


 (9/17/17)

Courtesy NBC Sports

Crew chiefs good with NASCAR seizing their tires during race
NASCAR inspected the tires of winner Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch at Chicagoland Speedway.

‘Best run in a long time’ helps Chase Elliott finish second
Chase Elliott's finish gives him back-to-back top-10 results for the first time since June.

Courtesy Catchfence.com

Martin Truex Jr. starts NASCAR Playoffs with dominating win at Chicagoland Speedway


Not a win, but championship caliber start to playoffs for Chase Elliott


Late race speeding penalty and vibration proves costly for Kurt Busch


Landon Cassill earns noteworthy top-20 finish at Chicagoland Speedway


Courtesy NASCAR.com

Twice as nice
Truex Jr. wins Chicago NASCAR Playoffs opener for second consecutive year


Watch: Truex Jr. gets slimed


Truex Jr. celebrates with Sherry


Who's hot, not after race


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

Courtesy NBC Sports

Martin Truex Jr. roars back from mishaps to win Cup playoff opener


Martin Truex Jr. leads Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick in the playoff points standings.

‘Poor execution’ by new pit crew costs Kyle Busch a shot at win; raises questions about swap

Joe Gibbs Racing had swapped crews before the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/17/poor-execution-by-new-pit-crew-costs-kyle-busch-a-shot-at-win-raises-questions-about-swap/


What drivers said after Chicagoland Cup playoff opener
A number of drivers, especially those in the playoffs who didn't have a good day, had little to nothing to say after Sunday's race.

Kevin Harvick earns first top-five finish in six races in playoff opener (video)
Kevin Harvick earned his first top five since July in the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

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


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Courtesy Amanda Vincent
 ( Thanks Amanda !): 

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-martin-truex-jr-begins-playoffs-with-chicagoland-win/

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr. begins playoffs with Chicagoland win

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Chicagoland
Here is who the NBC Sports writers are picking to win. 

Danica Patrick jokes ‘It almost felt like I died’ in positive reaction to Stewart-Haas departure (video)

Kyle Petty said he will be "forever grateful" for Danica Patrick's contributions to NASCAR.  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/17/danica-patrick-it-almost-felt-like-i-died-after-announcing-stewart-haas-racing-departure-video/

Keselowski's focus remains on Toyota cars
Brad Keselowski has not let up on his criticism of Toyota cars and it may be taking away from his focus on the playoffs

Danica Patrick not willing to discuss legacy yet
Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett react to Danica Patrick's interview with Dave Burns, where she revealed that she's considering whether or not to stay in NASCAR.

Courtesy NASCAR.com

The team to beat?
Analyzing the Playoffs drivers from Truex at the top (Chicago, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)



Courtesy NBC Sports

Jeff Burton takes a ride around Chicagoland Speedway to break down the track's biggest challenges ahead of the opening playoff race.

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

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-modified-legend-ted-christopher-dies-in-plane-crash/

NASCAR: modified legend Ted Christopher dies in plane crash

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-playoff-standings/

NASCAR Xfinity: playoff standings

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):

Press Release
 
NASCAR Statement On Ted Christopher 
 
“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
 
"As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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News & Results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/  )

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !)

REED TAKES WALL MODIFIED WIN IN CLOSING LAPS 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending Freehold Ford Modified driving champion Steven Reed took a late race win in the 40-lap main event at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was the third win of the year for the Jackson resident and his second victory in a row.

Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. was impressive as he rocketed to the lead at the outset. With no cautions to slow the race Collins stretched an impressive lead as Reed, point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell and others worked their way to the front. The complexion of the race began to change in the final quarter as lapped cars came into play. As Collins wrestled with the lapped cars trying to get by Reed and Blewett quickly gained ground and closed in. Then with just two laps to go Collins went spinning from the top spot in turns one and two and Reed was able to slip by and race on for the win.

Blewett was second at the stripe with Holmdel's Andrew Krause, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls wrapping up the top five. Collins recovered quickly for sixth.

“I think his car might have gone away from in in the closing laps,” Reed said after the race. “He is a good driver. He will get his share of wins.”

Like many at the track Reed was obviously thinking about race driver Ted Christopher who passed away in a plane crash earlier in the day.

“I feel like many of us tonight. Ted Christopher was a hero to me,” said Reed. “He would race anything anywhere. I'd like to dedicate this win to Ted.”

Jake Nelke of Manahawkin raced to his first ever Snap On Sportsman win in his rookie season on Saturday night holding off two time champion Kevin Davison of Howell for the honor. Hard luck driver Kenny Green of Farmingdale actually led the race in the middle laps before a flat tire spoiled his night. Current point leader Tyler Truex of Mayetta was third at the stripe with Howell's Eric Lane and Kyle Scisco of Jackson completing the top five.

Wall's Bob Haberstick raced to his third win of the campaign in the 25-lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Mike Montano of Fort Myers, Fla. moved into second in the closing laps with point leader Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Union's Joey Helberg and Elliott Wohl of Beachwood finishing third through fifth.

Point leader Brian Osborn of Howell grabbed win number four on the year in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks moving to the front with ten laps remaining. Jeff Loesch of Neptune City, Wall's TJ Graves, Darren Burdge of Howell and early leader Darianne McLaren of Edison completed the top five finishers.

Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. extended his point lead by winning the 30-lapper for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models. Doyle dove to the inside lane and into the lead for good with six laps remaining. Defending champ Mike Tillett of Bayville was second, with Jackson's Glen Conk third, Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth fourth and Bill Vanderveen of Toms River fifth.

Racing returns this Saturday night September 23 with “Pack the Track” action on tap with adult admission just $10. The Snap On Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models will all see feature race action. A Demolition Derby will also be contested and fans can enjoy carnival games in the grandstand midway during the evening. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice running from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

RACE RESULTS

MOFIEID FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Derek Hopkinson, 5. Shaun Carrig, 6. Ricky Collins, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Ken Woolley, 9. Marc rogers, 10 Jason Treat, 11 Tom Catanzaro, 12. Shanon Mongeau

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JAKE NELKE, MANAHAWKIN, 2. Kevin Davison, 3. Tyler Truex, 4. Eric Lane, 5. Kyle Scisco, 6. Nick Shaw, 7. Jonathan Laureigh, 8. Matt Langbein, 9. Mike Tidaback, 10. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 13. John McCormack, 14. Stefan Nikolof, 15. Larry Thompson, 16. Kenny Green

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BOB HABERSTICK, WALL, 2. Mike Montano, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Joey Helberg, 5. Elliot Wohl, 6. Bryan O'Shea, 7. Whitey Miller, 8. Tom Rajkowski, 9. Matt Badessa, 10. Tim Majek, 11. Waylon Speer, 12. Bill Stockert, 13. Nancy Riggleman, 14. Robert Ptaszynski, 15. John Bowers, 16. Richie Byrne, 17. Tony Barton, 18. Theresa Collins, DQ Gerry Koenig

4 CYLINDER STOCKS – 25 Laps – 1. BRAIN OSBORN, HOWELL, 2. Jeff Loesch, 3. TJ Graves, 4. Darren Burdge, 5. Darianne McLaren, 6. Chris Silvestri, 7. Jay Conrad, 8. Joe Barbaria, 9. JC Duvall, 10. Frank Ciancitto, 11. Jennifer Schultz, 12. Nicole Razzano, 13. Heidi Shaw, 14. Stan Patterson, 15. Max Montijo

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKOMA, N.Y., 2. Mike Tillett, 3. Glen Conk, 4. Anthony Crimaldi, 5. Bill Vanderveen, 6. Cole Ormsbee, 7. Jim Moorman, 8. Greg Miranda



Courtesy Catchfence.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks he’s leaving NASCAR racing in good hands


Brad Keselowski is salesman of the month for rival brand?


Courtesy NASCAR.com

Underrated, undeterred
'Seven-Time' Johnson flying under radar on eve of Playoffs -- why he's keeping cool


Courtesy NBC Sports

Despite struggles, Jimmie Johnson still believes he can ‘come out on top’

Jimmie Johnson's bid for a record-breaking eighth Cup title begins today at Chicagoland Speedway.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/17/despite-struggles-jimmie-johnson-still-believes-he-can-come-out-on-top/

Today’s Cup Series race at Chicagoland: Start time, weather, TV/radio info



NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 96: Clint Bowyer on improving the race fan experience
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver on his suggestions for improving the at-track entertainment for fans and his life as a new dad at home.

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 95: Krista Voda and Phil Kelley on TV and tractor pulling
The couple explain how they juggle the fast-paced road lifestyle of raising a young daughter with racing tractors while working on NASCAR on NBC's coverage team.

Roman Atwood, Parker Kligerman go for a ride
YouTube personality Roman Atwood and his bodyguard, Country, go for a ride at Chicagoland Speedway with Parker Kligerman.

NASCAR fans play cartoon trivia at Chicagoland
NASCAR fans take their best shot at some cartoon trivia ahead of the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent 
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http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-justin-allgaier-wins-in-home-state/

NASCAR Xfinity: Justin Allgaier wins in home state

Amanda Vincent

(9/16/17)

Courtesy Home Tracks NASCAR.com (http://hometracks.nascar.com/):

{ very sad news tonight }

Champion Christopher
Passes Away
Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash


Tale of two champions: Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson texting their way to history


Courtesy ESPN.com


Erik Jones was surprised by a NASCAR call on the final restart of the Xfinity Series race Saturday. Jones restarted fourth (second in the outside row) and was penalized for not maintaining track position until the start-finish line on a restart. Jones: "It's unfortunate. It was close. I was surprised to see the call. I'd like to just have a full clarification on the rule when you can pass. I had two tires outside of the 1 (of Elliott Sadler) before the start-finish line but I wasn't four tires and committed to passing him until the start-finish line. ... I thought it was fine to get two tires outside but not four. I guess I'll find out more about the rule and see how they prosecute it."

Justin Allgaier takes Chicagoland for second win of the season


Courtesy NBC Sports

Great late-race restart propels Justin Allgaier to Xfinity win at Chicagoland

Sadler becomes the first regular season champion in Xfinity Series history.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/16/great-late-race-restart-propels-justin-allgaier-to-xfinity-win-at-chicagoland/

Sadler first ever XFINITY regular season champ

Elliott Sadler talks about becoming the first ever XFINITY regular season champion.

Sadler first ever XFINITY regular season champ
Elliott Sadler talks about becoming the first ever XFINITY regular season champion.

Koch pumped to make playoffs for 2nd straight year
Blake Koch looks back at his strong run at Chicagoland and what his team needs to do to thrive in the playoffs.

Clements frustrated with 20th at Chicagoland
Jeremy Clements was clearly frustrated placing 20th in the Chicagoland Xfinity race but is looking forwards to the playoffs

Hemric riding momentum into Xfinity playoffs
Daniel Hemric comes in fourth at Chicagoland for his third top-five finish in the last six races as he heads into the Xfinity playoffs.

Larson: Late speeding penalty on pit road cost us
Kyle Larson places second at Chicagoland and admits he is a bit frustrated with himself for a late speeding penalty on pit road

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


Courtesy NASCAR.com

Seven's heaven
Illinois native Justin Allgaier wins XFINITY Series race at Chicago as Playoffs field sets

Sweet speed
Polesitter Kyle Busch paces final Chicago practice ahead of NASCAR Playoffs 


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR docks 15 Cup teams practice time for inspection issues


Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Where drivers will pit at Chicago  


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


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

Martin Truex Jr. focused on the now

Martin Truex Jr. flamed out of the 2016 playoffs. That stung. He enters the 2017 postseason with playoff points to spare, but is it enough? He's not counting on it, and the Cup series front-runner is aiming to boost his lead and make the final four.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20718699/nascar-martin-truex-jr-looking-present-points-pocket

Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking for upside finish at Chicagoland

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20718196/nascar-dale-earnhardt-jr-good-bad-memories-Chicagoland

Betting guide for 2017 NASCAR playoffs

http://www.espn.com/chalk/insider/story/_/id/20704841/nascar-betting-guide-2017-nascar-playoffs



Tonight is "Ladies Night" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)


All Ladies $10 admission in the grandstands!

**Special Meet & Greet with the female drivers of   Wall Stadium!


( Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

LADIES NIGHT AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (SEPT. 16)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Female fans of the stock car racing competition at Wall Stadium Speedway will be honored this Saturday night (Sept. 16) as the shore speedway offers a discounted admission price for all ladies of just $10. All fans who attend Saturday night's racing program will also get to meet the female racing stars of the speedway in a special autograph session. Lady racers Shawna Ingraham from the Modified division, Nancy Riggleman and Theresa Collins from the Factory Stocks and Darianne McLaren, Nicole Razzano and Jennifer Schultz, all from the 4 Cylinder Stocks, are among the ladies expected to participate.

The Freehold Ford Modified stock cars will take center stage on the third mile paved oval as they compete in a 40 lap main event. Also seeing action will be the Snap-On Sportsman cars, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks.

Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

Defending Modified champion Steven Reed of Jackson and Holmdel's Andrew Krause, both winners here one week ago, will lead the way with expected competition coming from point leader and recent “Garden State Classic” and “Woody's 105” winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan and Blake Barney of Jackson, just to name a few. With the 2017 regular season title chase in the final September stretch this race is crucial.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:45 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special events are also featured in the fall including the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the season ending Turkey Derby on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com


My motto always is , and always will be  "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TRACK !"

Doesn't matter if it's a big track, small track, mid-sized track, Dirt, Paved, Concrete ,  Oval, road course, drag strip , indoor / outdoor ,or hill climb. Any day of the week. Anywhere in NJ., Pa., De., NY., Ca., Fl., or anywhere across the USA ! North America, and the world !

Without your support. These tracks  won't survive, and grow.

We simply have lost way to many of these tracks in the past, and continue to lose them.

So grab your seat cushions. Your coolers. Your relatives and friends , and go to your fan friendly tracks, and enjoy the races !

I am certain that this is not "Just my humble opinion"

Joe

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NASCAR Truck: Christopher Bell regular season champ, playoff field set

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

Martin Truex Jr. fastest in first of two NASCAR Cup practices at Chicagoland

No surprise, Martin Truex Jr. is fastest.



Dale Earnhardt Jr. refocuses goals since he’s not in playoffs

Instead of a championship, focus turns to finishing season strong and placing in top 20 in points.



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

TheHouse.com 300 airs at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and is the final regular-season race for the Xfinity Series.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/16/todays-xfinity-series-race-at-chicagoland-start-time-weather-tvradio-info/


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NASCAR, NHRA championship runs get underway this week
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Tales of the Turtles 400
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 17
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio                   
Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
 
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Open At Chicagoland Speedway           
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off its Playoffs with the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN,, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
Here’s how the leaderboard sets up following the regular season finale at Richmond: 1. Martin Truex Jr. (leader), 2. Kyle Larson (20 points behind Truex), 3. Kyle Busch (-24), 4. Brad Keselowski (-34), 5. Jimmie Johnson (-36), 6. Kevin Harvick (-38), 7. Denny Hamlin (-40), 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-43), 9. Ryan Blaney (-45), 10. Chase Elliott (-47), 11. Ryan Newman (-48), 12. Kurt Busch (-48), 13. Kasey Kahne (-48), 14. Austin Dillon (-48), 15. Matt Kenseth (-48), 16. Jamie McMurray (-50).
 
A win in the Playoffs automatically advances a driver to the next round and adds five points to his playoff points total. A stage win earns one playoff point to be added in the following round.
 
Past champions in the field include: Jimmie Johnson (2016, 2013, 2006-10), Kyle Busch (2015), Kevin Harvick (2014), Brad Keselowski (2012), Kurt Busch (2004) and Matt Kenseth (2003).
 
Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are taking part in their first Playoffs.
 
Truex Tries For Chicagoland Repeat
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. will try for his second straight win at Chicagoland Speedway in Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400. The Furniture Row Racing driver led 32 laps on his way to the victory in 2016. Prior to last season, he never finished better than ninth at the 1.5-mile track.
 
Truex produced a dominant regular season and he’ll look to carry his momentum into the Playoffs. He is tied with Kyle Larson for the series wins lead with four and the Toyota driver paces the series with 18 stage wins – seven more than the next-closest driver (Kyle Busch).
 
A loop data maven, Truex leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average running position (7.7), driver rating (114.3), fastest laps run (976, 16%) and laps led (1,646, 22.3%).
 
Keselowski Always A Threat At Chicagoland
Don’t bet against Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway. In eight starts at the Illinois track, he has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and a 9.6 average finish. His two victories are tied with Kevin Harvick’s total for tops among active drivers.
 
Keselowski has struggled by his standards lately. He has not had a top-10 finish since placing fifth at Pocono on July 30.
 
He has been strong at intermediate tracks this season. In the three starts where he finished the race at 1.5-1.54-mile tracks, Keselowski has one win (Atlanta) and a 4.0 average finish.

Larson Enters Playoffs Coming Off Win
Kyle Larson speeds in to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the circuit’s latest winner. He notched his series lead-tying fourth win at Richmond last Saturday night – his first career victory at a track shorter than two miles.
In addition to his four wins this season, Larson also boasts 11 top fives (tied with Brad Keselowski for first in the series), 15 top 10s and an 11.0 average finish (first in the series).
The No. 42 Chevrolet driver ranks third in average running position (9.4), driver rating (103.8), fastest laps run (53, 8.9%) and laps led (971, 18.2%).
Kurt Busch Picking Up Speed
Kurt Busch enters the playoffs running well. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has tallied three straight top-five finishes.
 
In 16 starts at Chicagoland, Busch claims two top fives, nine top 10s and a 15.4 average finish.
 
Busch won the opening race on his way to the title in 2004.
 
Harvick Hopes For Chicagoland Win              
Kevin Harvick will go for his third career win at Chicagoland Speedway in Sunday’s Playoff opener. A visit to Victory Lane would tie him with Tony Stewart for the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Chicagoland.
 
In addition to his two victories (2001,2002), Harvick has two wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s and a 12.2 average finish at the 1.5-mile track.
 
The No. 4 Ford driver placed fifth at Chicagoland when he won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2014.
 
Young Guns Take Aim At Chicago
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs give the sport’s young guns a chance to build their legacies. Drivers under 30 racing for the championship include Kyle Larson (25 years old), Ryan Blaney (23), Chase Elliott (21), Austin Dillon (27) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (29).
 
Larson, Dillon and Elliott are making their second Playoff appearances, while Blaney and Stenhouse are competing in their first Playoffs.
 
In their Playoff debuts at Chicagoland last year, Elliott finished third, Dillon placed 14th and Larson came in 18th. Blaney finished fourth – highest among non-playoff drivers.
 
Johnson Sets Out On Drive For Record Eighth Championship
Never count out Jimmie Johnson come the Playoffs. The defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion sets out for a record eighth title in Sunday’s postseason opener at Chicagoland Speedway. If Johnson takes home the crown again, he will surpass NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty on the all-time championships list.
 
Johnson has never won at Chicagoland, but he does boast seven top fives, 10 top 10s and a 9.5 average finish in 15 starts there.

The No. 48 Chevrolet driver has posted three wins this season, but currently has a career-worst average finish of 16.7.
 
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Winning Numbers: Few Drivers Capture NASCAR Playoff Victories
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NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch wraps up Friday domination with Chicagoland pole

Amanda Vincent




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

Almirola downplays future, confirms lost ambulance

Dale Jr. plans to keep pushing in final 10 races




Courtesy NBC Sports

Saturday’s NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland includes Xfinity race

The Xfinity Series is in the spotlight today at Chicagoland Speedway

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/16/saturdays-nascar-schedule-at-chicagoland-includes-xfinity-race/

Long: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch rivalry adds spark to playoffs  



(9/15/17)


Courtesy NBC Sports

  Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series race at Chicago

Johnny Sauter led the final 28 laps to win the regular-season finale at Chicagoland Speedway.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/15/johnny-sauter-wins-truck-series-race-at-chicago/

Christopher Bell enters Truck playoffs with 15-point lead

Christopher Bell won regular-season title after scoring four victories.

Elliott: Our Chevy was better each round
Chase Elliott assesses his performance in qualifying at Chicagoland and looks ahead to the Tales of the Turtles 400.

Kyle Busch finds speed because he's 'in a Toyota'
Kyle Busch earns the pole position for the weekend's playoff race at Chicagoland and takes a jab at Brad Keselowski by saying his speed comes from being in a Toyota

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Sauter wins in final regular-season Camping World Truck Series race


Paving new Rhodes
Ben Rhodes unofficially grabs last Truck Series Playoff spot; edges Truex on tiebreak


Courtesy ESPN.com

Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said his team has talked to drivers, including Kasey Kahne, about driving the No. 95 NASCAR Cup car next year. Current driver Michael McDowell is 25th in the standings but Kahne would give the team a chance to find sponsorship for a 2016 playoff driver, Leavine said. Leavine: "Michael has done absolutely nothing to remove himself out of the car. He's a close personal friend and he's done a phenomenal job for us this year. But things potentially could happen and change. … No decision has been made."

Courtesy NASCAR.com

'Rowdy' out front

Kyle Busch speeds to Coors Light Pole at Chicago; Playoff drivers take top six spots


Courtesy NBC Sports

Busch: Brad K is slapping his guys in the face
Kyle Busch addresses the Twitter exchange between himself and Brad Keselowski regarding Toyota's dominance.

Keselowski sidesteps Busch, Toyota Twitter beef
Brad Keselowski focuses on qualifying and avoids further talk about the Twitter beef that went down with Kyle Busch and other Toyota drivers.

Ryan Truex will start on the front row with Chase Briscoe in TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.   

Aric Almirola expects to remain in No. 43 rest of year
Richard Petty Motorsports pitching Darrell Wallace Jr. in the No. 43 for next year to potential sponsors.

This weekend @ Old Bridge Twp./ Raceway Park (aka: Englishtown !):

Friday 09.15.2017 MX VIP PRACTICE. Adults Only. Pre-Registration Required By Thursday Prior read more. Saturday 09.16.2017
41st Annual TBG U.S. DIESEL TRUCKIN NATIONALS & MOTORSPORTS SPECTACULAR Presented by Elizabeth Truck Center & Xtreme Diesel Performance. N (RAIN DATE 9/17) Open 9AM

Sunday 09.17.2017 Closed. Official Rain date for Diesel Truck Nat’ls 9/16.

Sunday 09.17.2017 MX Practice on MX Practice Tracks. Gates open 9:30AM. Practice 10AM until 6pm. read more.

This weekend @ New Jersey Motorsports Park (http://www.njmp.com/): 

September 16:
JUSTDRIVE.com 125: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

September 16 – 17:
New Jersey Historics


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

Frontstretch Folio: Tales of the Turtles 400
by Phil Allaway
 
This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series travels to Illinois to start their ten-race playoff.  Coverage of the Tales of the Turtles 400 starts with NASCAR America Sunday on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET followed by Countdown to Green.  The green flag is scheduled to drop around 3:15 p.m. and can be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, a Michael McDowell crash with just a couple of laps to go brought out a yellow flag.  Martin Truex Jr. won the race off pit road, then passed Ryan Blaney half a lap after the restart.  He then pulled away to take the win.  Joey Logano was second, followed by Chase Elliott, Blaney, and Brad Keselowski.

Despite the victory, Truex's No. 78 flunked laser inspection after the race.  However, this failure was said to be NASCAR's fault.  As a result, he was not penalized.

Among active drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are the only ones who have more than one victory at Chicagoland Speedway.  Six others have one trophy apiece.  All-time, Tony Stewart has the most Chicagoland victories with three.

Track Facts

Track / Race Length: 1.5 mile tri-oval, 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,400 feet, banked 11 degrees
Backstretch: 1,700 feet, banked 5 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 55,500
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Opened: 2001
Website: http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChicagolandSpeedway
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChicagolndSpdwy

Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:

Qualifying: Friday, September 15 at 6:45 p.m. on NBCSN
Practice No. 2: Saturday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. on CNBC
Happy Hour: Saturday, September 16, 1:30 - 2:25 p.m. on NBCSN

Say What?!

"Chicago is an interesting and challenging racetrack. It’s got some age to the pavement, so it definitely feels like it produces some tire fall-off. The bumps in Turns 3 and 4 have gotten kind of violent, too, so the cars are definitely a challenge to set up for that place. But I think it’s a good mile-and-a-half racetrack. I don’t think these tracks are as ‘cookie cutter’ as people think they are." - Landon Cassill

"They’re all very different (mile-and-half tracks). It’s all about the asphalt and grip level. And the tire that Goodyear is bringing for us to all race on. It’d be very interesting to all get to choose what sets of tires we all wanted to race on for grip levels. Chicagoland is very similar to Homestead and it’s similar to Atlanta that we run earlier in the year. A very worn-out mile-and-a-half that chews up tires and you have to be nice to your tires." - Kurt Busch

"The track at Chicagoland has aged very well. It’s got a lot of character. It’s got a really big bump in Turns 3 and 4, and it’s got a lot of speed. The asphalt’s worn out, so it’s got multiple grooves. It’s a great market, too. There are a lot of racers and race fans in the Midwest, so the Chicago market is obviously huge for our sport... It’s the first race of the playoffs. Those top 16 guys are racing for a championship and they’re bringing their best. And even those teams that aren’t in the playoffs, you’re still fighting for another top five or another top 10 to try to finish the year as strong as you can. Our Camping World/Good Sam team still has some things we want to accomplish, so these final races are all important to us." - David Ragan



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

Jimmie Johnson doesn't daydream about winning

Johnson sets out to win a record eighth NASCAR Cup title as the series opens its playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, but he doesn't spend time thinking about hoisting a trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway -- just about doing his job.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20705099/nascar-jimmie-johnson-daydream-winning

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

Johnson embracing pressure in pursuit of 8th title


Courtesy NBC Sports

Kyle Busch-Brad Keselowski rivalry heats up on Twitter

Former Cup champions take shots on Twitter.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/15/kyle-busch-brad-keselowski-rivalry-heats-up-on-twitter/


Brandon Jones fastest in first Xfinity practice in Chicago
Brandon Jones topped Erik Jones and Matt Tifft in the first practice for TheHouse.com 300.

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

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-seven-teams-lose-practice-time-at-chicagoland/

NASCAR Cup: seven teams lose practice time at Chicagoland

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-drivers-tell-disturbing-stories-about-ambulance-transport/

NASCAR drivers tell disturbing stories about ambulance transport

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-roush-fenway-racing-drivers-swap-pit-crews/

NASCAR Cup: Roush Fenway Racing drivers swap pit crews

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-tyler-reddick-gets-full-time-ride-from-jr-motorsports/

NASCAR Xfinity: Tyler Reddick gets full-time ride from JR Motorsports


Amanda Vincent

Saturday Night, 9/16/17, is "Ladies Night" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)

All Ladies $10 admission in the grandstands!

**Special Meet & Greet with the female drivers of   Wall Stadium!


( Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

LADIES NIGHT AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (SEPT. 16)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Female fans of the stock car racing competition at Wall Stadium Speedway will be honored this Saturday night (Sept. 16) as the shore speedway offers a discounted admission price for all ladies of just $10. All fans who attend Saturday night's racing program will also get to meet the female racing stars of the speedway in a special autograph session. Lady racers Shawna Ingraham from the Modified division, Nancy Riggleman and Theresa Collins from the Factory Stocks and Darianne McLaren, Nicole Razzano and Jennifer Schultz, all from the 4 Cylinder Stocks, are among the ladies expected to participate.

The Freehold Ford Modified stock cars will take center stage on the third mile paved oval as they compete in a 40 lap main event. Also seeing action will be the Snap-On Sportsman cars, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks.

Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

Defending Modified champion Steven Reed of Jackson and Holmdel's Andrew Krause, both winners here one week ago, will lead the way with expected competition coming from point leader and recent “Garden State Classic” and “Woody's 105” winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan and Blake Barney of Jackson, just to name a few. With the 2017 regular season title chase in the final September stretch this race is crucial.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:45 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special events are also featured in the fall including the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the season ending Turkey Derby on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com


Courtesy NBC Sports

Toyotas dominate opening Cup practice at Chicagoland Speedway

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/15/toyotas-dominate-opening-cup-practice-at-chicagoland-speedway/


Monster Trucks @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/), this Saturday ,9/16/17 & Sunday, 9/17/17 !

Monster Truck Throwdown – Day 1 presented by Colonial Pipeline
September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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  The Monster Truck Throwdown roars into the Bridgeport Speedway for the first time ever for two huge shows September 16/17! See 2-Time World Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler and Avenger, Crushstation, Siagon Shaker, Brutus, Lumberjack, and more! Plus the backflipping thrills of Extreme Freestyle Motocross!  Don’t miss this event!  There will also be a live band, moon bounces for the kids, ice cream, candy, novelty, and much more! Saturday, September 16th Gates open at 4pm, Pit Party starts at 5pm,…

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Monster Truck Throwdown – Day 2 Presented by United Rentals
September 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd
Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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The Monster Truck Throwdown roars into the Bridgeport Speedway for the first time ever for two huge shows September 16/17! See 2-Time World Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler and Avenger, Crushstation, Siagon Shaker, Brutus, Lumberjack, and more! Plus the backflipping thrills of Extreme Freestyle Motocross!  Don’t miss this event!  There will also be a live band, moon bounces for the kids, ice cream, candy, novelty, and much more! Sunday, September 17th Gates open at 11 am Pit Party starts at 12…

Find out more

Courtesy NBC Sports

Roush Fenway Racing is second organization to make crew chief swap for playoff team.

Six Xfinity teams will lose practice time Friday at Chicagoland Speedway
Penalties are for inspection issues last weekend at Richmond Raceway.

Courtesy NASCAR.com

XFINITY Series playoff watch: Who’s in and how Chicago shapes up


Playoff Watch: Sizing up the Truck tour's regular-season finale


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

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-streamlined-inspection-process-rolled-out-ahead-of-2018/

NASCAR Cup: streamlined inspection process rolled out ahead of 2018

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-furniture-row-racing-sells-no-77-team-charter/

NASCAR Cup: Furniture Row Racing sells No. 77 team charter

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-ambulance-problems-didnt-start-at-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Cup: ambulance problems didn't start at Richmond Raceway


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kasey-kahne-considers-mixed-schedule-for-2018/

NASCAR Cup: Kasey Kahne considers mixed schedule for 2018



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NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: TheHouse.com 300
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)
NASCAR XFINITY Series
 
Regular Season Finale: Chicago Is Last Chance For Drivers To Make The Playoffs
With the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season coming to a close, all but three spots have been clinched, leaving the drivers currently in the final playoff positions on points - Blake Koch, Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan - with one last chance to lock themselves into postseason. The NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season finale, TheHouse.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, will be this Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Nine drivers have already punched their ticket to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs – Elliott Sadler, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed, Cole Custer, Matt Tifft and Jeremy Clements.

That leaves three playoff spots and many drivers still fighting to get in. Below is a look at what each of the three drivers currently holding playoff spots will need to do to clinch their postseason positions.

Blake Koch (0 Wins, 537 Points, +249 Points Ahead of 21st) – Koch can clinch on points with 30 points and a new winner this weekend.  If there is a repeat winner, Koch would clinch on points with five points.  Koch can also clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win.

Koch has made 11 starts at Chicago posting a best finish of 15th last season. His average finish at Chicago is 29.8.  
Michael Annett (0 Wins, 512 Points, +224 Points Ahead of 21st) – Annett can clinch on points with 54 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, Annett would clinch on points with 30 points.  Annett can also clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win.

Annett has made eight series starts at Chicago posting one top five, three top 10s an average finish of 12.7.  
Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 511 Points, +223 Points Ahead of 21st) - If there is a repeat winner, Gaughan can clinch on points with 31 points.  Gaughan can also clinch a playoff spot with a win this weekend.  Gaughan could also clinch on points with a new winner and help.

Gaughan has made eight series starts at Chicago posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 12.8.

XFINITY Playoff Bubble: Outside Looking In With One To Go
The time is here. Chicagoland Speedway is the final race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season, and for the following drivers on the wrong side of the playoff bubble, it’s the last chance to bounce their way into the playoffs. Below is a look at what the drivers just outside the playoff cutoff line will need to do to make the postseason this weekend:

Dakoda Armstrong (0 Wins, 486 Points, +198 Points Ahead of 21st) - With a win, Armstrong would clinch a playoff spot on wins.  He could also clinch on points with a new winner and help.

Armstrong has made six series starts at Chicago posting a best finish of 15th in 2015. His average finish at Chicago is a 20.3.

The next five drivers are in a must-win situation; they can only clinch a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs with a victory this weekend.

JJ Yeley (0 Wins, 446 Points, +158 Points Ahead of 21st) – Yeley has made 12 series starts at Chicago, posting two top 10s and an average finish of 21.4

Ross Chastain (0 Wins, 441 Points, +153 Points Ahead of 21st) – Chastain has made four series starts at Chicago, posting a best finish of 16th in 2015. His average finish at Chicago is a 23.0.

Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 424 Points, +136 Points Ahead of 21st) – Sieg has made five series starts at Chicago, posting a best finish of 12th last season. His average finish at Chicago is a 16.8. 

Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 402 Points, +114 Points Ahead of 21st) – Jones made his series track debut at Chicago last season and did so in impressive fashion, finishing 10th.

Spencer Gallagher (0 Wins, 288 Points, 0 Points Behind of 20th) – This weekend will mark Gallagher’s series track debut at Chicago.

The next batch of drivers could clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win, but would also need help in clinching a spot in the top 20 in points to be eligible for the playoffs, as they are currently outside the top 20:

Joey Gase (0 Wins, 275 Points, 13 Points Behind of 20th) – Gase has made nine series starts at Chicago posting a best finish of 23rd. His average finish at Chicago is a 31.5.

Garrett Smithley (0 Wins, 266 Points, 22 Points Behind of 20th) – Smithley made his series track debut last season at Chicago posting a 19th-place finish.

David Starr (0 Wins, 251 Points, 37 Points Behind of 20th) – Starr has made four series starts at Chicago posting a best finish of 18th last season. His average finish at Chicago is a 21.7.

Erik Jones Returns To Defend Last Season’s Chicago Win
Last season, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones was battling to make the postseason, and did so quite notably when he won the regular season finale at Chicagoland Speedway. This season, Jones returns to the NASCAR XFINITY Series to defend his win and try to become the first driver in NASCAR XFINITY Series history to win consecutive races at Chicago. Plus, if he wins this weekend, Jones will tie Kevin Harvick (three wins) for the second-most series wins at Chicago all-time.

Jones will also be joined by six other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers looking to run double duty this weekend – Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Corey LaJoie and Kyle Larson.

Jones will the driving the No. 20 JGR Toyota with crew chief Chris Gabehart. Jones has made three series starts at Chicago, posting two wins (2014 and 2016) and three top 10s. His average finish at Chicago is a 3.0.  

NASCAR XFINITY Series And Illinois
The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 36 races among two different tracks (Chicagoland Speedway – 21  races and Gateway Motorsports Park – 16 races) in the state of Illinois. The very first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Illinois was on July 26, 1997 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois - the race was won by Elliott Sadler.

Currently the NASCAR XFINITY Series only competes at Chicagoland Speedway in the state of Illinois. Chicagoland Speedway has held 21 series events, producing 14 different pole winners, led by Kyle Busch with three poles. It has also produced 14 different race winners, also led by Kyle Busch with four race wins. 
A total of 80 drivers with their home state recorded as Illinois have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race. Of the 80 Illinois drivers, 15 have made at least one start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Justin Allgaier from Riverton leads all Illinois drivers in series starts (232) and series wins (four).
 
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Noah Gragson needs Chicagoland win to make playoffs


Brendan Gaughan tries to cement spot in the playoffs


Regular season champ Martin Truex Jr. tries to open playoffs with win


Courtesy NBC Sports

Denny Hamlin says he and team need to step up with crew chief Mike Wheeler out

Mike Wheeler is out this weekend as he completes his two-race NASCAR suspension.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/15/denny-hamlin-says-he-and-team-need-to-step-up-with-crew-chief-mike-wheeler-out/

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway includes Truck race

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/15/fridays-nascar-schedule-at-chicagoland-speedway-includes-truck-race/


NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. sees playoff improvement, Denny Hamlin makes amends

The two Toyota teammates are back to being friends after the unfortunate wreck at Richmond.


NASCAR America: Who’s the better golfer, Dale Jarrett or Denny Hamlin?
Who's got the better putting stroke, righthander Dale Jarrett or southpaw Denny Hamlin?

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

NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Chicagoland Speedway

Amanda Vincent

(9/14/17)

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


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 The Critic's Annex: Virginia 529 College Savings 250
by Phil Allaway
 
Welcome back, race fans.  Last weekend, the NASCAR XFINITY Series served as primary support at Richmond Raceway.  Unlike the Cup Series race on Saturday night, this event was not the regular season finale.  Regardless, the playoffs did play a substantial role on the broadcast.
 
Driver interviews during pre-race were based around those trying to work their way into the playoffs (Brendan Gaughan, Dakoda Armstrong, etc.)  It is understandable why NBCSN took this approach, but there's still a race to preview here.  It seems like that was discounted.
 
Friday night was also the debut of the new composite bodies in the XFINITY Series.  Pit reporter Parker Kligerman showed off the new pieces prior to the race.  The idea is that they are cheaper than the current bodies and make it easier for NASCAR to find body modifications. 
 
However, the new bodies do not create an equal playing field.  The composite body weighs less than the current steel one by 46 pounds.  On top of that, Dale Jarrett stated that the teams got a 150-pound weight break to run the new pieces.  I'm all for saving some money (that is the ultimate aim, after all) but that is bush league.  In theory, you're penalizing teams through weight that couldn't drop checks off to Five-Star Bodies. You don't think 196 extra pounds would be noticeable on track?  People ditch cars for far less than that.
 
The new bodies were fairly similar to the old steel ones in looks.  However, there were some differences.  Chevrolet teams had a new opera window that denotes the current Camaro design (the steel bodies don't).  I noticed a difference with the Fords as well, but it was a lot less visible.  The key point here is that the differences are there, but you may have to strain your eyes to see them.
 
Once the race got going, it was basically a 250-lap duel between Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.  Since the race really wasn't previewed all that much prior to the green flag, viewers weren't informed about who the main contenders were.  Then again, at this point, longtime XFINITY Series viewers probably know that if Busch and/or Keselowski are in the field, they'll be in contention.
 
The two past Cup champions had completely different cars on Friday night.  Busch's car was good on short runs while Keselowski was better on long runs.  With only three cautions Friday and nothing after lap 161, the long run car won out. 
 
As a result, you had intermittent battles at the front.  Outside of those, viewers got somewhat decent amounts of racing for position, buttressed by playoff coverage.  
 
Tire wear was an obvious story on Friday night.  Just look at what Ty Dillon and Christopher Bell did by pitting with 20 laps to go in Stage No. 1.  However, we still don't know what, exactly the problems looked like wear-wise.  Drop-off can be seen just by looking at a computer showing lap times.  NBCSN needs to do a better job of relaying just what the high tire wear actually looks like.
 
Post-race coverage was quite a bit longer than normal since the race ended ahead of schedule.  However, that resulted in coverage resembling Cup post-race more than normal.  Viewers got interviews with eight different drivers, but they were spread out over a 45-minute period.  Keselowski got three interviews by virtue of winning the event.
 
Overall, this race created a spread out XFINITY field by Richmond standards.  However, NBCSN made it interesting to watch because viewers got a decent amount of racing for position.  It wasn't all just following Busch and Keselowski.  While they dominated at the front, they weren't the only guys out there.  There were good battles throughout the field and we got to see that.

There were also constant reminders Friday night's race was the last XFINITY race of the year for a number of Cup veterans.  Due to a new rule for this season, they are now barred from racing for the rest of 2017 in the XFINITY Series.  Younger Cup regulars are still allowed to race, though and six of them are entered this week.  We'll see how the decrease in available Cup drivers to compete in XFINITY races affects the coverage for the rest of 2017.

 Frontstretch Line of the Week
 
From Kevin Harvick Breaks Down Stewart-Haas Racing’s Transition to Ford
 
"Well, I went through it last year. For a long time, I was headed to the [No.] 5 car and that really had no reality to it whatsoever. They can be distracting. I was fortunate to be able to tell my team exactly where everything was and keeping them informed, like my crew chief and from an ownership side of things. We knew where we were the whole time."  - Kevin Harvick on dealing with "Silly Season" last year


Courtesy NBC Sports

Here’s your primer for this weekend’s opening of the NASCAR Cup playoffs

Two crew chiefs and two drivers are making their first career playoff appearances.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/14/heres-your-primer-for-this-weekends-opening-of-the-nascar-cup-playoffs/

Kyle Busch wary of Texas Motor Speedway
Kyle Busch says the biggest strength of the No. 18 team is his relationship with crew chief Adam Stevens and is confident he can battle for a second championship.

How to tell which cars and trucks are in Cup, Xfinity, Truck playoffs
All playoff vehicles have special branding identifying them as being in the playoffs.


Denny Hamlin: Losing crew chief really affects us
Denny Hamlin explains why not having crew chief Mike Wheeler at Chicagoland is a big loss, especially his ability to manage the race team.

Johnson: 'I hate that we're in this position'
Jimmie Johnson doesn't think it's realistic to catch Martin Truex Jr. in points before the Championship 4, but thinks the No. 48 team is still capable of fighting for another title.

Martin Truex Jr. enters playoffs as first seed
Martin Truex Jr. reveals his mindset heading into the Cup Series playoffs and explains why he thinks the NASCAR championship is the hardest title to win in sports.

Courtesy NASCAR.com
 
NEWS: Briscoe tops Trucks practice


Behind the visor
Darrell Wallace Jr.'s frank, exclusive first-person story of a season of change and growth


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

Richmond Breaks Ground On Redevelopment Project  https://speedsport.com/nascar/richmond-breaks-ground-redevelopment-project/

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

Turn 4: What the heck happened to Joey Logano?

The biggest surprise of the 2017 regular season? Joey Logano's struggles. But there's more to talk about, from Jimmie Johnson's chances to the first four drivers out of the playoffs to Vegas opening the playoffs next season. Our gang has at it.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20697806/nascar-burning-questions-heck-happened-joey-logano

Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch racing for more than championship

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20698366/nascar-matt-kenseth-kasey-kahne-kurt-busch-racing-more-championship


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !) :

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-slugger-labbe-takes-new-job/

NASCAR Cup: Slugger Labbe takes new job

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NASCAR.com

Cain: Truex, Larson elevate battle into postseason


Racing in his blood
Legacy Part 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 'Born To Race' presented by John Deere


Courtesy NBC Sports

Ryan Blaney is not intimidated to be competing against his racing idols in his first Cup playoff appearance.

Kyle Larson one of the title favorites

After a first-round exit last year, Kyle Larson is a championship favorite in the Cup playoffs this season. 

  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/14/kyle-larson-i-feel-like-weve-made-it-a-round-further-already-in-playoffs-this-year/

NASCAR Spotlight: Q&A with Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric won his first Truck Series race in dramatic and controversial fashion and he doesn't regret it.

Courtesy NASCAR.com
Drivers dish on media day
Best quotes: Johnson not in 'immortal mindset,' Harvick not counting out 'Seven-Time'


Reddick lands JRM ride


Expert picks for Chicago


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette (http://MotorSportsNews.Net  )
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Catchfence
Jimmie Johnson counting on autumn turnaround — again
Kyle Busch looks for an edge with pit crew swap
Is there a playoff favorite? That depends on whom you ask
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 
Next Race: TheHouse.com 225 
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 15
The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 225 miles (150 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 35),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 70), Final Stage (Ends on lap 150) 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Trucking Down Into The Windy City
Following an off-week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 15 for TheHouse.com 225 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN & SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Kyle Busch is the defending race winner, while Christopher Bell (fourth), Johnny Sauter (fifth) and Grant Enfinger (sixth) all finished inside the top-10.

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Final Countdown: 1 Race
With only one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season race remaining before the playoffs begin, below is a look at the playoff picture following Canadian Tire Motorsports Park: 

Rank
Driver
Points
Race Wins
Playoff Points
Pts from Cutoff
1
Christopher Bell
634
4
24
-
2
JH Nemechek
463
2
11
-
3
Johnny Sauter
604
1
10
-
4
Matt Crafton
574
1
7
-
5
Austin Cindric
447
1
6
-
6
Kaz Grala
373
1
5
-
7
Chase Briscoe
573
0
1
-
8
Ben Rhodes
505
0
1
7
9
Ryan Truex
498
0
2
-7
10
Grant Enfinger
474
0
0
-31
11
Noah Gragson
458
0
1
-47
12
Justin Haley
386
0
0
-119
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Clinch Scenarios At Chicagoland
With a pair of Brad Keselowski Racing drivers clinching two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs spots in Austin Cindric (win) and Chase Briscoe (points) at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, there is only one playoff spot up for grabs at Chicagoland Speedway.
 
ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes, who is currently in the eighth and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff position could officially clinch that spot with a win at Chicagoland or on points if he scores at least 49 points in the race.

The following drivers could clinch their playoff berth with a win or on points based on a repeat winner and help from other drivers:

Ryan Truex
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson

Playoff Bubble Drivers At Chicagoland
With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture above, below is an outlook of drivers No. 8-12 in the current playoff standings.

8. Ben Rhodes: Right now, Ben Rhodes occupies the eighth and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs spot heading into Chicagoland Speedway. He is seven points above Ryan Truex. Rhodes has driven well as of late, as he knows every point in every race matters. He has four top-11 or better finishes in his last four races. Rhodes has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland and finished 25th there last season due to a crash.

9. Ryan Truex: Ryan Truex continues to have a very strong 2017 season and is only seven points away from a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs berth heading into Chicagoland. He’s finished top-five or better in three of his last four races. Truex has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland and finished 15th after starting 21st. 

10. Grant Enfinger: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and ThorSport Racing driver Grant Enfinger has had a very strong rookie season. He leads the Sunoco Rookie points by one point over Chase Briscoe heading into Chicagoland. Enfinger has experience on his side, as he has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland. He finished sixth there last season after starting 14th.

11. Noah Gragson: Sunoco Rookie contender Noah Gragson is coming off a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career-best finish after placing second at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. He currently sits 47 points away a playoff berth heading into Chicagoland Speedway – a track he will be making his track debut at in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend.

12. Justin Haley: GMS Racing driver and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Justin Haley has been a machine as of late. He has yet to finish outside the top-11 since Charlotte and is coming off a fourth-place finish at Canadian Tire. Haley will be making his track debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway. He will need a win to enter the 2017 Playoffs.

Chicagoland Motorsports Park Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for TheHouse.com 225 (Friday, September 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the final race of the regular season:

Races: 8
Pole Winners: 6
Youngest Pole Winner: Jen Burton (09/13/2013 – 21 years, 1 months, 7 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Todd Bodine (08/27/2010 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days)
Race Winners: 4
Youngest Winner: John Hunter Nemechek (09/19/2015 – 18 years, 3 months, 8 days)
Oldest Winner: Kyle Busch (09/16/2016 – 31 years, 4 months, 14 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 0
Race Record: Kyle Busch 142.882 mph (09/13/2014)
Qualifying Record: Spencer Gallagher 176.148 mph (09/16/2016)

First Timers At Chicagoland
There are eight Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Chicagoland Speedway in Friday’s TheHouse.com 225 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.

Grant Enfinger is the only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contender who has made a start at Chicagoland Speedway.

In eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Chicagoland Speedway, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver in John Hunter Nemechek (09/19/2015) won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland.

Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Spencer Gallagher (09/16/2016) and Justin Lofton (07/21/2012) are the only drivers to win their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole at Chicagoland.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.:
Gray Gaulding To Make 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut: NASCAR Next (Class of 2013) driver Gray Gaulding will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2017 season at Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 15 Chevrolet for Jay Robinson. Gaulding last made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2015 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Myatt Snider Driving The No. 51 Toyota For Kyle Busch At Chicago: Myatt Snider will make his fourth start this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 51 Toyota. Snider finished 16th at Kentucky, 16th at Texas and 10th at Daytona earlier this season.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra retains a 30-point lead over GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 15 races this season. ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-60), Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford F-150 (-61) and ThorSport Racing’s No. 27 Toyota Tundra (-129) round out the top five.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by 23 points in the manufacturer standings, 559-536. In third place, Ford sits at 472 points and captured their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win this season when Austin Cindric won at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. 
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Hard Feelings: Richmond Debacle Still Troubles Truex
Kyle Busch Knows Who Championship Favorite Is

Courtesy NBC Sports

Letarte: Why 2017 playoffs have chance to be best ever after Richmond missteps

NASCAR made some mistakes, but now the pressure is on everyone ... and that's a good thing, writes analyst Steve Letarte.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/14/letarte-why-the-2017-playoffs-have-the-chance-to-be-the-best-ever-after-richmond-missteps/

Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Trucks at Chicagoland Speedway  http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/14/weekend-schedule-of-nascar-cup-xfinity-trucks-at-chicagoland-speedway/


Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

Martin Truex Jr. Concerned About Quality of NASCAR Officiating 
 Less than one week after a controversial late caution at Richmond cost him a potential NASCAR victory, Martin Truex Jr. expressed trepidation about the sport's officiating entering the playoffs. Read more
 
Kevin Harvick On Danica Patrick: 'The Sport Changes, People Come And Go'

Kevin Harvick talked at length Wednesday about his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick's announcement she was leaving the organization at the end of the 2017 season. Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Leave Derrike Cope Alone!
by Clayton Caldwell
 
Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway was abysmal. It wasn't the racing that was a problem; it was certainly a good enough show to keep you entertained. As the sport's regular season finale, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams were on top of their games.

NASCAR, however, was far from it.

First, you had the incident when an ambulance stopped at the entrance to pit road.  NASCAR officials, not seeing where it was parked inexplicably decided to open pit road before the ambulance could go behind the wall. It caused chaos and forced competitors to maneuver their vehicles around this giant obstacle.

Several cars received damage from the incident. Drivers on the cusp of the playoffs that were damaged included Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Matt Kenseth. In Kenseth’s case, the damage he received eventually led to the end of his night.

It was a huge gaffe by NASCAR and their race director David Hoots. Pit road should have never been open until the apron of the track was completely clear. However, their biggest mistake was yet to come.

Derrike Cope banged his No. 15 Chevrolet off the wall with three laps remaining on Saturday. There was very little smoke and very little damage to Cope’s car. However, NASCAR felt the need to throw the caution flag. The race had run 141 laps without a yellow until Cope hit the wall. 

When the "wreck" happened, Martin Truex Jr. was in the lead. But after a round of pit stops, Kyle Larson emerged as the leader when the race restarted. Larson came up to speed quicker, shooting out front and pulling away. Truex, left to settle for second hit the wall shortly afterwards after contact from Denny Hamlin. He finished 20th after leading 198 of 404 laps.  

Truex’s frustration at the end of the race was very noticeable. During the trophy presentation for the regular season championship, he was visibly annoyed. The veteran then proceeded to express his frustration towards Cope, who was several laps down at the time of the incident. Truex was unhappy that Cope was still on the racetrack, even though he was so far off the pace of the leaders. That same notion was expressed by several fans during this week as well.

Why? Cope is the 1990 Daytona 500 champion. He is 58 years old and working hard to hang onto his career. He runs for Premium Motorsports, one of the low budget teams in the Cup Series and was making minimum speed at the time of the incident.

Cope, who has two career victories has proven himself at this level. In my opinion, there’s no reason why Cope shouldn’t be out there although as of this writing, he's parted ways with Premium Motorsports.

Sure, Cope’s only made 24 Cup starts in the last 12 years and hasn’t had a top-10 finish in the series in two decades. But he still has as much right to be out on the racetrack as anybody. He qualified for the event, making minimum speed which makes the car eligible to participate. If you don’t like the fact the team runs 13 laps down every week, don’t blame them. Blame the system that NASCAR now uses to set the starting lineup.

At one time, we had rules in place which prevented teams that struggled every single week to be out there. Eventually, teams that didn’t perform would run out of provisional starting positions. They had to qualify outright, beating other competitors because someone else was going to take their starting spot.

But that old format is long gone now. With the new charter system, NASCAR locks in 36 cars, leaving the final four starting positions to non-chartered teams. The car Cope drove for Saturday night had a charter, a provisional guarantee which meant they were locked into the field. As a result, it’s the owner’s decision to put whomever he/she wants behind the wheel. Trust me, fans don’t want NASCAR to make that decision.

The same fans who are calling this driver out for trying to race and get better while 13 laps down are hypocrites. They’re the same fans who have called race teams out time and time again for starting and parking. Yet Cope’s Premium Motorsports organization, which has a good excuse to start and park, decides to give an effort to run all the laps and fans still aren’t happy.

At the end of the day, in racing there are going to be some back markers. That’s just the way it is. Cope was just Saturday night's innocent victim for a bad decision by NASCAR officiating.


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Needs to Throw Caution to the Wind
by Tom Bowles

The Frontstretch 5: Awesome Playoff Moments
by Amy Henderson
 
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Richmond
compiled by Frank Velat
 
Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports Working on Finding Speed for Playoffs
by Dustin Albino
 
NASCAR Mailbox: What's Next for Danica Patrick & Richard Petty Motorsports?
by Joseph Wolkin


  


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(9/13/17)

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

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

NASCAR Cup 2017: Breaking down the playoffs grid

There are 16 drivers in the playoffs with a shot at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, but which one is going to win it all? Playoff points, win and advance. It's complicated. Bob Pockrass breaks down the chances for each.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20696147/nascar-breaking-playoffs-grid

With free agents still looking, Aric Almirola emerging as Danica Patrick's likely replacement

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/20696074/aric-almirola-emerges-likely-replacement-danica-patrick-stewart-haas-racing

Courtesy NBC Sports

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

Kahne hopes to have 2018 plans set soon

Kasey Kahne has pondered a schedule that could include World of Outlaw, IndyCar and NASCAR races if he doesn't get a full-time Cup ride for 2018.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/13/kasey-kahne-hopes-to-have-plans-for-2018-set-soon/

Ku. Busch didn’t wait 'til Chicago to flip switch

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/13/kurt-busch-and-no-41-team-didnt-wait-till-chicago-to-flip-the-switch/

Truck race at Texas will have new sponsor supporting hurricane relief
The race will have several initiatives to raise money and help Hurricane Harvey victims.

Kurt Busch: Dad made me fix wrecked car
Kurt Busch admits that his dad made him fixed wrecked cars, which made him respect cars more. He also reveals his favorite song and if he plans to watch Cubs.

Kurt Busch: It's an interesting driver market
Kurt Busch wants to continue racing for as long as he can remain competitive but knows there are a lot of moving parts to deal with. 

Kurt Busch's experience gives him advantage
Kurt Busch feels his team has everything he needs in place to make a run at another NASCAR Cup Series championship. 

Courtesy NASCAR.com

Elliott on adding to No. 24 legacy with a win: 'That's an obligation of mine'    


 Exclusive: No. 11 crew chief on missing Chicago race



Harvick: Playoff points likely to gain importance in later rounds

See how the standings look entering the postseason

What drivers said at media day


Dillon reacts to Danica's words


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

Appreciate Danica Patrick for her racing career

SHR plows ahead with focus on playoffs, future

Stenhouse Jr.: Danica wants to compete

Jimmie Johnson ready to hit gas in NASCAR playoffs

Tony Stewart pledges support to Danica Patrick


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-standings-after-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Xfinity: standings after Richmond Raceway

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy NBC Sports

Danica Patrick on her future: ‘I just want to do what feels right’
Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. calls Danica Patrick the 'best female driver of all-time.'

Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth both say that they've been in ambulances that did not make it to the infield care center in a timely fashion.

Martin Truex Jr wants to see cars significantly off the pace treated differently to prevent them from interfering in races.

Veteran NASCAR crew chief Slugger Labbe takes new role with Toyota Racing Development
Labbe's first assignment is this weekend's NHRA race at zMax Dragway 

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



Courtesy  Home Tracks NASCAR.com (http://hometracks.nascar.com/):

NEWS & NOTES
K&N Pro East: New Jersey
Plenty of Twists and Turns in Road to Series Championship

Courtesy NASCAR.com

 Pumped for the Playoffs
Get the lowdown on the 16 drivers battling for the Monster Energy Series title 


Courtesy NBC Sports

Matt Kenseth says he’s not a candidate to replace Danica Patrick

Matt Kenseth said he's not in the running to drive the No. 10 for Stewart-Haas Racing next year.

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/13/matt-kenseth-says-hes-not-a-candidate-to-replace-danica-patrick/

Bubba on future amid reports of joining RPM
Darrell Wallace will race in the XFINITY Series next week at Chicagoland for the thirteenth time this season and is scheduled to drive the No. 98


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !): 
 
Stock Car Gazette

Martin Truex, Jr Loses Another Race at the End; Larson Wins Richmond

by Chuck Abrams

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NASCAR Drivers Take Center Stage in 2017 NASCAR Playoffs Campaign
Creative Sets Stage for Dramatic, 10-week Road to the Championship;
Fans to Register for Chance to Win New Trucks from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2017) –- As stock car racing’s brightest stars prepare for the grueling, 10-week road to Ford Championship Weekend, NASCAR is showcasing all the drama and intensity of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs with a new, integrated marketing campaign.
From the first green flag to the final burnout, the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs campaign will engage fans across platforms with the rigors of the journey, the ferocity of the competition, and the thrill of victory – all from the perspective of the drivers.
Fans can visit the NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard at NASCAR.com/playoffs and follow NASCAR on social media (#NASCARPlayoffs) for first-hand driver perspectives on navigating “Playoff Road” en route to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.
The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series television spot, “Challenge of Champions,” debuted Saturday during the final regular season race at Richmond Raceway.
“NASCAR drivers share a bond with fans that’s unlike anything else in sports, so for us it made sense to have our stars set the stage for the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “The excitement of stage racing will be on full display during the playoffs, so we’re creating content that takes fans inside the minds of our drivers for a more intimate, behind-the-scenes experience.”
The NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard will feature short videos for all 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers, each sharing their own, unique perspective on what it takes to win a championship. Drivers will also discuss their individual paths to this year’s playoffs as part of a special “Backroads” video series, available on NASCAR social media channels. 
Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota are once again inviting fans to participate in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Promotion* on NASCAR.com, for a chance to win new trucks and VIP trips to NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas in November.
Fans can visit NASCAR.com/playoffspromo to register for a chance to win a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat and 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. New this year, fans also have the chance to win manufacturer-specific experiential prizes during each round of the NASCAR Playoffs and view exclusive “Truck Talk” promotional spots from the OEMs, each featuring playoffs drivers.
“Chevy, Ford and Toyota are among the most dedicated partners in the sport, so it’s great to have all three on board again this year to further elevate the NASCAR Playoffs experience for our fans,” said Gregory.
Continuing the momentum on social media following last year’s record-setting postseason, the playoffs will be promoted heavily across all social channels, including with a #NASCARPlayoffs emoji on Twitter and driver takeovers on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Last month, NASCAR announced plans to live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races. Beginning this week, fans have access to customized Twitter emojis and hashtags for all 16 playoffs drivers, whose input helped create the personalized artwork.
The broader playoffs campaign, developed with 77 Ventures, will also include creative and content promoting the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ Playoffs.
NASCAR will crown its 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the fourth and final round of the NASCAR Playoffs on Nov. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Tickets for playoffs events across all three NASCAR national series are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.
 
The 2017 NASCAR Playoffs kick off with The Tales of the Turtles 400 on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90), with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
 
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NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell openly admits it was a rough night. "Rough" only begins to cover it. Saturday night's regular season finale at Richmond ...
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NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell openly admits it was a rough night. "Rough" only begins to cover it. Saturday night's regular season finale at Richmond ...
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Tony Stewart says support for Danica Patrick is ‘unwavering’
Tony Stewart issues statement about Danica Patrick a day after the news that she won't return to Stewart-Haas Racing.

NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett, Steve Letarte make their playoff ‘sleeper picks’ (video)

Who do you think the "sleeper picks" are?

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/13/nascar-america-dale-jarrett-steve-letarte-make-their-playoff-sleeper-picks-video/


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

http://autoracingdaily.com/maybe-both-sides-are-right-in-richard-petty-smithfield-soap-opera/

Maybe both sides are right in Richard Petty, Smithfield soap opera

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-richard-petty-motorsports-expected-to-name-darrell-wallace-jr-as-2018-driver/

NASCAR Cup: Richard Petty Motorsports expected to name Darrell Wallace Jr. as 2018 driver


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-crew-chiefs-fined-for-lug-nut-issues-at-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Cup: crew chiefs fined for lug-nut issues at Richmond Raceway


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-joe-gibbs-racing-swaps-pit-crews/

Cup: Joe Gibbs Racing swaps pit crews

Amanda Vincent

(9/12/17)

 I was in the hospital for a few days . Issues with my red & white blood cell counts being to low

 Here are some guick updates for tonight

This coming Saturday Night, 9/16/17, is "Ladies Night" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)

( Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

LADIES NIGHT AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (SEPT. 16)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Female fans of the stock car racing competition at Wall Stadium Speedway will be honored this Saturday night (Sept. 16) as the shore speedway offers a discounted admission price for all ladies of just $10. All fans who attend Saturday night's racing program will also get to meet the female racing stars of the speedway in a special autograph session. Lady racers Shawna Ingraham from the Modified division, Nancy Riggleman and Theresa Collins from the Factory Stocks and Darianne McLaren, Nicole Razzano and Jennifer Schultz, all from the 4 Cylinder Stocks, are among the ladies expected to participate.

The Freehold Ford Modified stock cars will take center stage on the third mile paved oval as they compete in a 40 lap main event. Also seeing action will be the Snap-On Sportsman cars, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks.

Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

Defending Modified champion Steven Reed of Jackson and Holmdel's Andrew Krause, both winners here one week ago, will lead the way with expected competition coming from point leader and recent “Garden State Classic” and “Woody's 105” winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan and Blake Barney of Jackson, just to name a few. With the 2017 regular season title chase in the final September stretch this race is crucial.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:45 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special events are also featured in the fall including the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the season ending Turkey Derby on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com



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

Analysis: What's next for Danica Patrick?

Keselowski says Danica 'best female NASCAR driver'

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

Courtesy NBC Sports

  Smithfield CEO: Richard Petty is lying, blasts team’s performance

Smithfield CEO: "RPM's claims of a 'handshake deal' to extend our sponsorship are unequivocally and patently false"

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/12/smithfield-ceo-richard-petty-is-lying-blasts-teams-performance/


News & Results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

KRAUSE AND REED ARE WALL MODIFIED TWINS WINNERS 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Jackson's Steven Reed were feature race winners Saturday night when Wall Stadium Speedway presented Twin 40 lap races for the Freehold Ford Modified stock cars. The first race victory was Krause's third of the season while Reed's win was his second of the year.

That first 40-lap Modified main event came down to a battle for the lead between Manchester's Shanon Mongeau and Krause that lasted the entire second half of the race. With no cautions waving to slow the pace during this stretch Krause kept constant pressure on Mongeau during the high speed chase. On the final lap the duo fought for the win exiting the second turn when their cars touched with Krause continuing on as Mongeau's car slammed the guardrail and flipped over as a result. Mongeau was not injured. Due to the extreme damage sustained by the guardrail and the repairs needed the race was called official at that point.

Krause was the winner with point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Reed, Manasquan's Kenny Van Wickle and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River completing the top five.

“Our car was very fast and I just kept the pressure on him,” Krause said after the race. “It was a great race right until the end, but I wish it ended with both of us on the track.”

In the Modified nightcap Van Wickle was the early leader as Krause, Blewett, Reed and others fought for spots behind him. Several cars then tangled early with point leader Blewett, among others, being knocked from the race. When action settled down Reed ran second to Van Wickle and applied the pressure before racing into the lead before halfway. Reed then raced on to the win with Hopkinson, Chas Okerson of Freehold, Mongeau, who hitched a ride in the Scott Brannick No. 51, and Krause wrapping up the top five. Van Wickle recovered from a mid-race spin to finish seventh.

“That was a great race for the lead with Kenny (Van Wickle),” Reed said after the race. “He really knows hop to drive one of these and hold his line. I am impressed. You watch, he will win a lot of races.”

Dedicating the victory to his grandmother who passed away earlier in the day, John McCormick of Farmingdale won the 25-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. Nick Shaw of Warren challenged almost all the way before finishing second with Howell's Eric Lane, Tyler True of Mayettta and Jackson's Kyle Scisco wrapping up the top five.

Mike Alcaro of West Milford raced his his fifth win on the year in the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars 25-lapper. Defending champ Louie Keraitis fought for the top spot for several laps before finishing second. Howell's Robert French, Brick's Chris Gall and Brian Spencer of Old Bridge were third through fifth.

Former champion Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. won the 25 lap race for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models over Cole Ormsbee of Wall, Bayville's Mike Tillett, Greg Miranda of Hazlet and Jackson's Glen Conk.

The touring open cockpit TQ Midgets ran two main events on the “inner oval” with Matt Janish of Nazareth, Pa. winning both. Ryan Tidman was second in each race. In a special 15-lapper for the Sunday Series MicroModifieds Brick's Chris Gall took the win.

Racing returns this Saturday night September 16 with the Freehold Ford Modifieds battling in a 40 lap main event. The Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will all see feature race action. The “Ladies Night” festivities will also offer a $10 discount admission to all ladies and several of the speedway's top female drivers will participate in an autograph session. Pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice running from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

RACE RESULTS

1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Kenny Van Wickle, 5. Derek Hopkinson, 6. Chas Okerson, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. Jason Treat, 10. Scott Brannick, 11. Shanon Mongeau, 12. Tom Catanzaro, 13. Blake Barney, 14. Ken Woolley, 15. Ricky Collins

2ND MOFIEID FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2Hopkinson, 3. Okerson, 4. Mongeau, 5. Krause, 6. Woolley, 7. Van Wickle, 8. Carrig, 9. Treat, 10. Blewett, 11. Hearne, 12. Catanzano, 13. Barney, 14. Collins

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JOHN MCCORMICK, FARMINGDALE, 2. Nick Shaw, 3. Eric Lane, 4. Tyler Truex, 5. Kyle Scisco, 6. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 7. Jon Laureigh, 8. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 9. Kevin Davison, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Jake Nelke, 13. Mike Tidaback, 14. Roland DeMartino

LEGEND CARS FEAURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Louie Keraitis, 3. Robert French, 4. Chris Gall, 5. Brian Spencer, 6. Nick Van Wickle, 7. DJ Doyle, 8. Tom Stavola, 9. Rover Nickerson, 10. Alex McCollum

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKOMA, N.Y., 2. Cole Ormsbee, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Greg Miranda, 5. Glen Conk, 6. harry Schaeffer


News & results from Saturday nights races @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/)

(Thanks Mike Wisniewski !): 

 BUFFALINO AND OSMUN ARE VICTORIOUS AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S LEGENDS OF THE
FALL

New Egypt, NJ (September 10, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's Legends of the
Fall presented by Gres Paving, Dominick Buffalino took home the $7500
winner's share after topping the field in the 75-lap Modified feature. Billy
Osmun, III was victorious in the Eastern Autoparts Warehouse 30-lap
Sportsman main event.

The 75-lap Legends of the Fall Modified feature got underway with polesitter
Rick Laubach grabbing the top running position. Behind the leader, Tad Cox,
Dominick Buffalino, Ryan Krachun and David VanHorn were next in the running
order. The top five remained intact through the opening seven circuits.
Following a caution and restart, Laubach was still on top as Buffalino
motored past Cox to take over second with eight laps recorded. One tour
later, Cox slipped back to fifth as Krachun moved into third and Billy
Pauch, Jr. scrambled into fourth. Starting on the tenth revolution, Laubach
was feeling pressure from Buffalino for the lead. Following back-to-back
yellow flags for slowing cars on the twelfth lap, Buffalino rushed past
Laubach to gain first place with Krachun and Pauch, Jr. maintaining their
positions. On the sixteenth lap, Pauch, Jr. worked his way around Krachun to
gain third place. On lap twenty-three, Buffalino began to enter traffic by
lapping some of his rivals. With the top runners dicing through slower
competitors, Pauch, Jr. was able to pluck second place away from Laubach on
the twenty-sixth circuit just before the yellow lights illuminated for a
slowing Cox. When action resumed, Buffalino held off Pauch to remain in
control with Laubach in third and fourteenth place starting Ryan Godown
taking over fourth. Godown would eventually advance into third on lap
twenty-eight before dropping out of the race two circuits later with a
mechanical issue. By the halfway point, Buffalino was still leading as he
survived several challenges during restarts from Pauch, Jr. The pressure
from Pauch, Jr. was beginning to heat up when a fuel stop took place on lap
thirty-nine following the slowing of Rocco Infante on the track. Following
the brief break in action, the green flag waved and Pauch, Jr. scooted past
Buffalino to take the lead with VanHorn in third. After two more appearances
of the yellow flag, Pauch, Jr. was still heading the field on lap forty-four
with VanHorn still in third and Brandon Grosso in fourth. By lap fifty, the
top four were beginning pull away from the pack. On lap fifty-five following
a caution, a duel for the lead between the top two occurred and Buffalino
outran Pauch, Jr. to ascend to the top of the field with Grosso zipping past
VanHorn for third. Following the final caution of the contest on lap
sixty-one, Buffalino repelled a challenge by Pauch, Jr. to remain in front
with Grosso, Rich Rutski and VanHorn in pursuit. With ten to go, the top two
were pedaling away from the rest of the field. As the officials flashed the
signal that only two laps remained in the race, Buffalino's advantage over
Pauch, Jr. was slightly evaporating as lap traffic was just ahead of him.
Over the final tours, Buffalino was able to maintain his lead and he scored
his second victory of the year at New Egypt Speedway. Pauch, Jr., the newly
crowned 2017 358 Modified champion, came home in second. A late surge by
VanHorn earned him third place. Grosso completed the event in fourth and
Rutski finished in fifth. John Pakenham, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Wade
Hendrickson recorded wins in the heat races for the Modifieds.

In the 30-lap Eastern Autoparts Warehouse Sportsman feature, Billy Osmun,
III became the leader on the sixth circuit and he paced the field to capture
the victory. The win was the third of the year for the 2017 Sportsman
champion and his second consecutive checkered flag. Cale Ross came from
eleventh place to finish in second. Bob Lineman, Jr. was third. Tommy
Tanner, the 2017 Crate Modified champion, led the first four laps and
finished in fourth. Fifth place was claimed by Dan Fleming. Cale Ross, Tommy
Tanner and Pat Wall won the Sportsman qualifying events.

On Saturday October 21, the All Star Cup Shootout will take place at New
Egypt Speedway featuring Big Block Modifieds vs. Small Block Modifieds in a
60-lap event. The four-division card will include the Crate Modifieds,
Hammer Sportsman and Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.

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

For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, "Like" us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on
Twitter @nesspeedway.

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 - LEGENDS OF THE
FALL

Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. John Pakenham 2. David VanHorn 3. Ryan Krachun 4. Jack Swain 5.
Rocco Infante 6. TJ Lilly

Heat 2 - 1. Billy Pauch, Jr. 2. Brandon Grosso 3. Rick Laubach 4. John
McClelland 5. Ryan Godown 6. PJ Oliver

Heat 3 - 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. Dominick Buffalino 3. Rich Rutski 4. Tad Cox
5. Bob Drayton 6. Richie Pratt, Jr.

MODIFIEDS - 75 LAPS FEATURE

1. DOMINICK BUFFALINO 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. David VanHorn 4. Brandon Grosso
5. Rich Rutski 6. Rick Laubach 7. John McClelland 8. Wade Hendrickson 9.
Rocco Infante 10. Richie Pratt, Jr. 11. Ryan Krachun 12. Art Liedl 13. John
Pakenham 14. Steve Davis 15. Danny Bouc 16. Billy Osmun 17. TJ Lilly 18.
Kevin Vaclavicek 19. PJ Oliver 20. Ryan Godown 21. Tad Cox 22. Jack Swain
23. Bob Drayton 24. Chris Grbac

DNS: Johnny Guarino

Sportsman

Heat 1 - 1. Cale Ross 2. Shaun Ratchford 3. Dakota Kessler 4. Rob Mancini 5.
John Criscione 6. Marty Resnick

Heat 2 - 1. Tommy Tanner 2. Mickey Kessler 3. Billy Osmun, III 4. Ricky
Wegner 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Frank Dorry, Jr.

Heat 3 - 1. Pat Wall 2. Roger Manning 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Dan Fleming 5.
John Scarpati 6. David Burns

SPORTSMAN - 30 LAPS FEATURE

1. BILLY OSMUN, III 2. Cale Ross 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Tommy Tanner 5. Dan
Fleming 6. Mickey Kessler 7. Shaun Ratchford 8. Frank Dorry, Jr. 9. Roger
Manning 10. Joseph Brown 11. Jeremy Martino 12. Walt McIntyre 13. Marty
Resnick 14. Paul Hartwig 15. David Burns 16. Ricky Wegner 17. Rob Mancini
18. Dakota Kessler 19. John Criscione 20. Pat Wall 21. John Scarpati

DNS: Jimmy Amato, Matt Stangle

Courtesy NASCAR.com

Hurricane damage not expected to impact Miami title weekend    

   

Check out the NASCAR Playoffs standings


Full schedule for Chicagoland     


Courtesy ESPN.com

Danica won't return to SHR; future in doubt

Danica Patrick's future in racing is up in the air after she announced that she won't return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. She has previously said she'll only drive next year if she can find a competitive ride.

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/20684854/danica-patrick-return-stewart-haas-racing-2018

Everybody's talking about everything but the race

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20682621/nascar-talking-everything-race

Playoff points change the way the game is played

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/20682455/nascar-playoff-points-change-way-game-played


Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch will get the over-the-wall pit crew from teammate Daniel Suarez for the playoffs, a JGR spokesman confirmed. Busch's pit crew will move to the rookie Suarez, who failed to make the 16-driver championship gird, for the remainder of 2017. Motorsport.com first reported news of the swap.


All of the cars taken to the NASCAR research center have passed follow-up inspection from the race Saturday at Richmond. NASCAR fined Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson and Erik Jones crew chief Chris Gayle $10,000 apiece for their cars having one loose lug nut following the race.


16 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!): 

  http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-danica-patrick-out-at-stewart-haas-racing/

NASCAR Cup: Danica Patrick out at Stewart-Haas Racing


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-aric-almirola-out-at-richard-petty-motorsports/

NASCAR Cup: Aric Almirola out at Richard Petty Motorsports


NASCAR Cup: Steve O'Donnell addresses officiating issues at Richmond Raceway


 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-smithfield-to-dump-richard-petty-motorsports-at-seasons-end/

NASCAR Cup: Smithfield to dump Richard Petty Motorsports at season's end


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-smithfield-joins-stewart-haas-racing-for-2018/ 

 NASCAR Cup: Smithfield joins Stewart-Haas Racing for 2018


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-richard-petty-not-happy-with-how-smithfield-deal-went-down/

NASCAR Cup: Richard Petty not happy with how Smithfield deal went down


Amanda Vincent


 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-adjusted-playoff-standings-after-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Cup: adjusted playoff standings after Richmond Raceway

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kyle-larson-wins-at-richmond-playoff-field-set/

NASCAR Cup: Kyle Larsonw ins at Richmond, playoff field set

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-penalties-increased-in-attempt-to-curb-suspension-issue/

NASCAR Cup: penalties increased in attempt to curb suspension issue

http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-elliott-sadler-clinches-regular-season-title/

NASCAR Xfinity: Elliott Sadler clinches regular-season title



http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-kevin-harvick-makes-600th-series-start/

NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick makes 600th series start

Amanda Vincent


 http://autoracingdaily.com/bristol-motor-speedway-atlanta-motor-speedway-open-campgrounds-to-hurricane-evacuees/

Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway open campgrounds to hurricane evacuees

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-xfinity-composite-body-makes-debut-at-richmond-raceway/

NASCAR Xifinity: Composite body makes debut at Richmond Raceway

 http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-cup-erik-jones-landon-cassill-lose-hour-of-practice-at-richmond/

NASCAR Cup: Erik Jones, Landon Cassill lose hour of practice at Richmond

Amanda Vincent


(9/8/17)

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

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NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Virginia529 College Savings 250
The Place: Richmond Raceway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 8
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 187.5 miles (250 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 75),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on lap 250)
NASCAR XFINITY Series
 
Two Races To Go And Plenty Of XFINITY Playoff Spots To Fight For
Following the 24th race of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season at Darlington Raceway, six drivers – William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed, Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole and Daniel Hemric - have all clinched a spot in the postseason on either wins or points.
 
Though Jeremy Clements has a win, he has not yet clinched a Playoffs spot because he hasn’t clinched a top 20 spot in the standings. Clements is currently 18th in the standings, 101 points ahead of 21st, and can still possibly fall out of top 20 in the next two races.  If Clements was to fall out of the top 20 in the standings, even though he has a win, he would be ineligible for the postseason. Clements can lock himself into the top 20 and the playoffs with 17 points this weekend.  
Rank
Driver
Race Wins
Playoff Pts
Pts
Pts from Cutoff
1
William Byron
3
17
2
Justin Allgaier
1
8
3
Ryan Reed
1
5
4
Jeremy Clements
1
5
5
Elliott Sadler
0
5
6
Brennan Poole
0
0
7
Daniel Hemric
0
2
8
Cole Custer
0
0
590
123
9
Matt Tifft
0
0
558
91
10
Blake Koch
0
2
511
44
11
Michael Annett
0
0
490
23
12
Brendan Gaughan
0
1
487
20
13
Dakoda Armstrong
0
0
467
-20
14
Ross Chastain
0
0
432
-55
15
JJ Yeley
0
0
429
-58
16
Ryan Sieg
0
0
413
-74
17
Brandon Jones
0
0
388
-99
 
With two races to go and several NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff spots still up for grabs in Friday night’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway (on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET) here are the clinch scenarios for this weekend.
 
Cole Custer (0 Wins, 590 Points, +316 Points Ahead of 21st) – Custer can clinch on points with 11 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would then clinch on points with eight points. He can also clinch a playoff spot with a win.
 
Custer has made two series starts at Richmond, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 9.5.
 
Matt Tifft (0 Wins, 558 Points, +284 Points Ahead of 21st) – Tifft can clinch on points with 43 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would then clinch on points with 40 points.  He can also clinch a playoff spot with a win.
 
Tifft has made two series starts at Richmond, posting a best finish of 14th earlier this season. His average finish at RIR is 23.5.
 
Blake Koch (0 Wins, 511 Points, +237 Points Ahead of 21st) – Koch can clinch a spot with a win. He could also clinch on points, but would need help.
 
Koch has made 12 career starts at Richmond posting one top 10 and an average finish of 24.2.
 
Michael Annett (0 Wins, 490 Points, +216 Points Ahead of 21st) – Annett can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win. He can also clinch on points with a repeat winner and help.
 
Annett has made 10 series starts at Richmond posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 16.6.
 
Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 487 Points, +213 Points Ahead of 21st) – Gaughan can only clinch a spot in the playoffs this weekend with a win.
 
Gaughan has made 11 series starts at Richmond posting two top 10s and an average finish of 18.0.
 
The remaining drivers in contention to make the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs can only clinch a spot in the postseason this weekend with a win:
 
Dakoda Armstrong (0 Wins, 467 Points, +193 Points Ahead of 21st)
Ross Chastain (0 Wins, 432 Points, +158 Points Ahead of 21st)
JJ Yeley (0 Wins, 429 Points, +155 Points Ahead of 21st)
Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 413 Points, +139 Points Ahead of 21st)
Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 388 Points, +114 Points Ahead of 21st)
 
Impossible to Clinch: Joey Gase (0 Wins, 274 Points, 13 Points Behind 20th In Points) - Even with a win, he would not clinch a Top 20 spot, so he cannot clinch a Playoff berth at Richmond.  If he can't clinch a Top 20 with a win, no driver below him in the standings could clinch either.
 
Outside Looking In: JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong Has Two Races Left To Make The Playoffs
JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett and Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan have no room for mistakes in the next two races as JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong is within striking distance of knocking one of two from the Playoffs in the upcoming final two races of the regular season (Richmond and Chicago).
 
Armstrong is currently 13th in the series driver standings, the first spot outside the Playoffs, a mere 23 points back from Michael Annett and just 20 points behind Brendan Gaughan in the final postseason spot heading into this weekend’s race the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Richmond Raceway.
 
Armstrong has made seven series starts at Richmond, recording one top 10. Richmond is one of Armstrong’s better tracks and battling for the final Playoff spot could get interesting this weekend as all three drivers have fairly similar average finishes at RIR – Annett (16.6), Armstrong (16.8) and Gaughan (18.0).
 
Virginian Elliott Sadler Comes Home To Lock-Up Regular Season Title
JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler, from Emporia, Virginia, returns to his home state hoping to not only get his first win of the 2017 season, but also lock up the NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship this Friday at Richmond Raceway in the Virginia529 College Savings 250. To clinch the regular season title, Sadler will need a 61-point lead over second-place in the driver standings following Richmond; he is currently 91 points ahead of second.
 
The NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship is more than just an accomplishment with a title, it also comes with 15 playoff points; which equals three wins’ worth of playoff points to take to the postseason.
 
Though Sadler has yet to win in 2017, he has been a dominant competitor on the track. Not only has he posted the series-most in top fives (9) and top 10s (17), but he has also been the points leader following every race but two this season.
 
Sadler is not only looking for his first win of the season, but also his first win of his career at Richmond Raceway. In 28 series career starts at Richmond, he has posted four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 13.8.  He finished seventh in the spring race earlier this season.
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Leads A Cavalcade Of Stars Competing In The Virginia529 College Savings 250 
The sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and five other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors - Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski – will be pulling double duty this weekend at Richmond Raceway in the Virginia529 College Savings 250. 
 
Earnhardt Jr. has been quite successful at Richmond in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In six series career starts, he has four wins (2016 spring, ’02 fall, ’99 fall and ’98 fall), five top fives and an average finish of 6.3. Among drivers with multiple series wins at Richmond, Earnhardt Jr. has the highest winning percentage at 66.7%; followed by Harry Gant with a 36.4% winning percentage after winning four races in 11 starts at Richmond. Earnhardt will be driving the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet with crew chief Scott Radel.
 
Joining Earnhardt this weekend is the series’ all-time winningest driver and defending Richmond Fall race winner, Kyle Busch (91 wins), who returns to Richmond Raceway looking to tie Kevin Harvick (seven victories) for the series-most wins at the track. In 21 series starts at Richmond, Busch has posted six wins (2016 fall, 2014 fall, 2011 fall, 2009 spring, 2007 fall and 2004 spring), 15 top fives, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 5.5. Three of his six wins came from the pole. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last seven series starts at Richmond.
 
Brad Keselowski is also a former Richmond Raceway winner who will be pulling double duty this weekend. He has made 16 starts at Richmond posting three wins (2013 sweep, 2010 Spring), eight top fives and nine top 10s.
 
     C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Courtesy NBC Sports
(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

 Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Richmond: Long and busy day for Xfinity Series

The day for Xfinity Series teams begins at 7 am ET and doesn't end until well after the sun sets. 

http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/09/08/fridays-nascar-schedule-at-richmond-long-and-busy-day-for-xfinity-series/

Chris Gabehart’s job as Denny Hamlin’s interim crew chief will be simple

Interim crew chief says Denny Hamlin is 'motivated' coming into Richmond.

NASCAR America: Who to watch in last two races of Xfinity regular season
NASCAR America's Kyle Petty, Slugger Labbe and Nate Ryan share which Xfinity drivers they'll be watching in Richmond.

Courtesy Catchfence.com

 New winner would shake up playoff picture


William Byron tries to close out the regular season strong


Tomorrow / Saturday, September 9th, @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

MODIFIED TWIN 40'S AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (SEPT. 9)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The Freehold Ford Modified stock cars will take center stage at Wall Stadium this Saturday night (Sept. 9) as they compete in “Twin 40” lap main events. Also seeing action will be the Snap-On Sportsman cars, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars all in 25-lap main events on the third mile high banked paved oval. In addition the visiting open cockpit TQ Midgets are set for a pair of 25-lappers on the “inner oval,” one originally scheduled and one rain postponed from earlier this season. The Sunday Series Microstocks will also compete in the “inner oval.”

Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

Defending Modified champion Steven Reed of Jackson will lead the way for the two races with expected competition coming from point leader and recent “Garden State Classic” and “Woody's 105” winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Blake Barney of Jackson, just to name a few. With the 2017 regular season title chase entering the final September stretch these twin races take are crucial.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:45 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special events are also featured in the fall including the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the season ending Tu