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Pit road contact hinders Dillon's shot for a win
Contact on pit road between Ty Dillon and David Mayhew cuts down the left-front tire on the No. 3, sending him to pit road for repairs.
Almirola's No. 43 destroyed after being clipped by Ragan
Aric Almirola and David Ragan collide off Turn 4, destroying the front end of the No. 23 and sending Almirola through the grass.
Earnhardt-Talladega streak to continue Sunday
The streak lives on -- an Earnhardt will drive at Talladega. BK Racing announced Monday that Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Earnhardt will be one of three BK Racing cars on track for the Alabama 500 as he joins teammates David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto . It extends one of the sport's great streaks that was in serious jeopardy. An Earnhardt has started every race at Talladega since 1980, with Dale Earnhardt and son Dale Earnhardt Jr . collecting 16 total wins at the 2.66-mile track during their respective careers (10 for Earnhardt, six for Earnhardt Jr.) Earnhardt Jr. will not drive in Sunday's race as he continues to recover from the effects of a concussion suffered earlier this season. Enter Jeffrey Earnhardt , Earnhardt's grandson and Earnhardt Jr.'s nephew. By putting him in the No. 83, BK Racing ensured Earnhardt will start in the 40-car field (43 cars are on the entry list) because the No. 83 team has a Charter. "I'm really excited to drive the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry for the fall race at Talladega," Earnhardt said in a team release. "It's my first Cup Series race at Talladega, my first race with BK Racing , the first time anyone from our family competes in a Toyota and it's the 25th anniversary of my grandfather's victory at Talladega. Having this opportunity with an iconic American partner like Starter is an incredible honor. I can't remember being so pumped up for a race and sincerely appreciate our friends at Starter for their support." Doug Richert, who was crew chief for Earnhardt Sr. during the 'Intimidator's' first title in 1980, will serve as Jeffrey Earnhardt 's crew chief. "I'm looking forward to once again returning to the track as crew chief with an Earnhardt behind the wheel," Richert said. "The Earnhardt family has played such an important part in my racing career; starting in 1978 with Dale Sr. and then winning a championship with him in 1980, it's very cool to work with the fourth generation of the family." The Earnhardt streak since 1980 totals 73 races. Sunday's race will be 74 in a row.
Top consecutive 10-lap averages for Kansas
Practice 1: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 3 12 186.256 2 13 Casey Mears 1 10 185.041 Practice 2: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 18 Kyle Busch (C) 1 10 182.530 2 27 Paul Menard 1 10 181.964 3 19 Carl Edwards (C) 16 25 181.930 4 42 Kyle Larson 14 23 181.592 5 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 181.370 6 1 Jamie McMurray 19 28 181.028 7 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 1 10 180.975 8 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 19 28 180.946 9 3 Austin Dillon (C) 18 27 180.860 10 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 21 30 180.595 11 21 * Ryan Blaney # 14 23 180.335 12 16 Greg Biffle 25 34 179.901 13 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 20 29 179.575 14 6 Trevor Bayne 22 31 179.469 15 5 Kasey Kahne 13 22 179.367 16 31 Ryan Newman 18 27 179.199 17 95 Michael McDowell 5 14 178.752 18 23 David Ragan 10 19 177.826 19 44 Brian Scott # 9 18 176.984 Practice 3: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 4 Kevin Harvick (C) 1 10 183.740 2 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 183.490 3 18 Kyle Busch (C) 1 10 183.346 4 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 1 10 183.208 5 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 1 10 182.690 6 42 Kyle Larson 20 29 182.534 7 27 Paul Menard 1 10 182.483 8 5 Kasey Kahne 35 44 182.422 9 3 Austin Dillon (C) 1 10 182.393 10 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 1 10 182.371 11 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 1 10 182.144 12 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 182.004 13 41 Kurt Busch (C) 32 41 181.903 14 1 Jamie McMurray 34 43 181.813 15 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 1 10 181.773 16 78 Martin Truex Jr . (C) 6 15 181.768 17 88 Alex Bowman (i) 24 33 181.642 18 22 Joey Logano (C) 23 32 181.612 19 21 * Ryan Blaney # 21 30 181.127 20 19 Carl Edwards (C) 28 37 180.788 21 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 179.888 22 7 Regan Smith 1 10 179.836 23 23 David Ragan 1 10 179.544 24 34 Chris Buescher # 18 27 179.322 25 83 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 179.074 26 95 Michael McDowell 5 14 178.930 27 43 Aric Almirola 25 34 178.599 28 46 Michael Annett 15 24 173.901 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above charts. (C) indicates driver is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup .
Paul Menard, more receive warnings post-Charlotte
NASCAR gave warnings to several Sprint Cup Series teams for failing either laser inspection station or template inspection during last weekend's on-track action at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 , including the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team for driver Paul Menard . The No. 27 team failed pre-qualifying LIS three times, resulting in a written warning and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time for this weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The No. 30 team of Josh Wise received a written warning and 15-minute loss of practice time, as well, after failing pre-qualifying template inspection three times. The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team of Trevor Bayne , the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team of Regan Smith , the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Matt Kenseth , the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kurt Busch , the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team of Kyle Larson , the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of Martin Truex Jr ., and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team of Alex Bowman all received written warnings for failing pre-race template inspection twice. The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., the No. 20 of Kenseth, the No. 23 BK Racing team of David Ragan , the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team of Chase Elliott , the No. 31 RCR team of Ryan Newman , the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team of Chris Buescher and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team of Aric Almirola all received written warnings after failing pre-qualifying LIS inspection twice. Stewart Haas Racing's Nos. 4, 10 and 14 teams -- wheeled by Kevin Harvick , Danica Patrick , and Tony Stewart , respectively -- failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice and received written warnings along with the No. 88 HMS team -- driven Charlotte weekend by Alex Bowman . Both Newman and Patrick served their respective penalties in Charlotte. The No. 3 RCR team of Ty Dillon was the sole XFINITY Series team to receive a written warning after failing pre-race LIS twice.
Truex, No. 78 team pass on Homestead-Miami test
RELATED: Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Martin Truex Jr . and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team won't take part in next week's organizational test for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, even though the 1.5-mile track hosts the season-ending, championship-determining event for the series next month. "There's a lot that went into it," Truex said Friday about the decision. "We actually skipped the Chicago test as well and went there and we won, so … that certainly plays into the decision a bit." The single-car organization is based in Denver, Colorado, also plays a role into such decisions, he said, noting that "Homestead is a long way from Denver." "Just trying to make sure we are focused on the right things. We feel like testing has not really done anything to help us along. We feel like our time is better spent at the shop getting prepared. "It seems like every time we've tested this year, we've gone to the race track and spent the first day-and-a-half trying to regroup and figure out where we need to be, so it seems like it's probably hurt us more than helped us and it's just kind of our mindset going forward that we feel like we'll be better off if we don't go." The season's fifth and final organizational test is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19. Unlike Goodyear tire tests which normally feature only four teams among the three manufacturers, organizational tests are open, but limited to one team per organization. The following drivers are scheduled to participate in the test, including each of those currently in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup : Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske No. 2 Ford); Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet); Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet); Carl Edwards ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota); Chase Elliott ( Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet); Chris Buescher ( Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford); Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford); Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford); Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 42 Chevrolet); Michael McDowell (Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet); Trevor Bayne ( Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford); and David Ragan ( BK Racing No. 23 Toyota). Truex has won four times this season, including twice in the opening Round of 16 of the Chase -- at Chicago and Dover. The team is scheduled to take part in Monday's Goodyear tire test here at Kansas Speedway , but Erik Jones is listed as the driver for the No. 78 entry. Jones, who competes in the XFINITY Series for JGR, will move to Furniture Row next season to drive a second full-time entry for the organization. READ: Furniture Row adds Jones to growing team Danica Patrick (SHR), Jimmie Johnson (HMS) and Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) are also expected to take part in the single-day test for the tire supplier. Truex and his team were participants for Goodyear tests this year at Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan. Of the four previous organizational test, the team tested one day only at Kentucky and Watkins Glen and both days at Indianapolis. It did not take part in the most recent at Chicagoland Speedway . "It just seemed like every time we talked about (the Homestead test), it was just like 'I don't really think that we should do it. I think we should continue to focus on the things that we've been doing,' and ultimately I think Cole (Pearn, crew chief) made the decision to say, 'Alright, that's it. We're not going to do it,' and he feels good about that, so I'm with him. I think he's making the right decision," Truex said. Because of a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing , which fields four teams, the Furniture Row Racing group will have access to data gleaned during the Homestead test from the No. 19 team of Edwards as well as TRD (Toyota Racing Development). Edwards said there are two sides to the opportunity to test at Homestead in the midst of the Chase. "There's an opportunity to test for the ultimate race -- the race that finishes the year," he said, "but it's also an interruption in your Chase and you have to go do it and it can take away as well." Dave Wilson, President and General Manager for Toyota Racing Development, USA said while Toyota officials were aware of the move, "ultimately it's their decision. "In their case, I think it's just a balancing of priorities," he said. "The good news is with the technical alliance that Furniture Row has with Joe Gibbs Racing , they will still get some of the benefit that JGR will bring back from that test. "I think the value of testing is considerably different today than it was five years ago, just the influence of technology, the influence of simulation is so great now. And the predictive tools that all these teams have are very powerful; it's amazing how good they are, so it's not as much of a must-do, must attend (event) as it has been in the past." Truex finished 13th in last week's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the opening race of the Round of 12. He enters Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) seventh in points. Only the top eight advance to the Round of 8 for stops at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix before the top four from that group move on to Homestead to determine the 2016 Sprint Cup Champion.
Jimmie Johnson vs. Regan Smith: A Rivalry Is Born?
While I normally try to make every effort to watch every lap of every race (I knew I should have taken Kevin Harvick’s advice from that 2003 commercial ), I seem to have missed a crucial element to one narrative -- Jimmie Johnson 's apparent rivalry with Regan Smith , driver of the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. Despite Johnson successfully snapping a 24-race winless streak at Charlotte last week, fans of the six-time champ are calling for the 7's head on Twitter. Congrads to @JimmieJohnson Go get the #7 — Hunter Memphis (@N3GoodWrench) October 9, 2016 It's coming 7 !! @JimmieJohnson well done today boys awesome job @LowesRacing https://t.co/JMdVP703nr — david bayliss (@davidbayliss10) October 9, 2016 @JimmieJohnson @CLTMotorSpdwy congratulations Jimmie. Go get number 7 — Dennis Whitworth (@WhittyPics) October 9, 2016 So pumped for @JimmieJohnson ! You deserve this one, champ! Go get #7! — Hunter Smith (@HSR30) October 9, 2016 Go get that 7. @JimmieJohnson — Matt Inman® (@yellaboy2013) October 9, 2016 @JimmieJohnson Congratulations JJ on winning and advancing. Time to get #7 — TheVoiceOfReason (@TBLFANnFL) October 9, 2016 While Johnson hasn’t yet taken any action or retaliation toward Smith, fans seem to consider it a matter of when -- not if -- Jimmie gets No. 7. Their question is simple: What's holding him back? Is it the pit crew? A grand conspiracy? @JimmieJohnson Jimmie - you can get number 7 - there is no doubt in your talent and abilities _ your crew just needs to avoid mistakes — Frances (@Jakesmom2809) October 2, 2016 @JimmieJohnson Man they just don't want you to get 7. Smdh. Conspiracy. — Chris Day (@02Z51vette) October 2, 2016 It's unclear what sparked the rivalry with Smith, whose No. 7 Chevrolet isn't battling Johnson in this year’s Chase, but Johnson's fans make it clear that something is coming -- perhaps even this year. @LowesRacing @JimmieJohnson @NHM we hunting 7 now in 2016 — James (@James89174965) September 22, 2016
No. 21 Darlington throwback a tribute to David Pearson
The Wood Brothers unveil their throwback paint scheme for Ryan Blaney at Darlington Raceway, honoring David Pearson's 1976 season where he won the Daytona 500, World 600 and Southern 500 that season.
Schluter-Systems to Sponsor David Ragan at Talladega
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 25, 2016) - BK Racing announced that Schluter-Systems will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan 's No. 23 Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway . In addition, Schluter-Systems also joins BK Racing as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2016 season. "I'm excited to have Schluter-Systems on board our No.23 car this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway ," Ragan said. "We've got a sharp looking car for a track that I really enjoy." "We're thrilled about this partnership with Schluter-Systems," BK Racing Chief Marketing Officer Doug Fritz said. "The Schluter team has been fantastic to work with and we look forward to connecting them with our loyal NASCAR fans." "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us at Schluter-Systems," said Marco Ludwig, President and CEO of Schluter-Systems North America. "We've come to get to know David Ragan and the whole team at BK Racing , and our relationship evolved to where sponsorship was the next natural step for us. It began where many Schluter relationships begin-- talking tile-- and today, we are very proud to stand behind No. 23 at the Talladega race. We'll be cheering for David , and wishing him a safe race."
David McGrath looks to make mark at New Hampshire
RELATED: Buy tickets for New Hampshire If you happen to be a track promoter or a race fan, there is a pretty good chance you believe there is no such thing as too much racing. At least that's the case for New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath and the fan base that fills the grandstands two weekends a year at the 1-mile track located in Loudon, New Hampshire. "The crowds tell you no," McGrath told NASCAR.com. "Those stands don't empty. "They get it twice a year (at our facility) and they live for it. Like any other part of the country, the Northeast race fan is a rabid fan of our sport. They love it; they can't wait to get up to New Hampshire. They plan their summers and early fall around those races." McGrath, a native New Englander, understands the region's race fans, the bulk of whom arrive from in-state, with nearby Massachusetts and those making the trek from across the Canadian border making up a sizable chunk as well. Named to oversee the Speedway Motorsports Inc. track in October of '15, McGrath has quickly become acquainted with the intricacies and aspects of running such a facility. "Yeah, jack of all trades, master of none," he said. "You have to work at state level, local level, know your governor, senators, representatives and local selectmen. ... We care a great deal about our municipalities and our towns we work with, because we are all in the same boat together. We are the largest driver of economic revenue (in the state), but we don't do that with a swagger. "You are always trying to be understanding, tolerable and work together to figure out solutions. But make no mistake, the vision of the speedway is to be able to utilize that 1,100 acres with the team we've got and find new, cool events, create things for fans to come and experience." The typical race weekend at New Hampshire will see anywhere from three to four series competing during the course of three days. A Sprint Cup/XFINITY Series doubleheader in the summer and a Sprint Cup/Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in the fall headline programs that also include events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Whelen Modified Tour and American Canadian Tour. It's rare to wander into the facility during a race weekend and not hear cars of one sort or another on the track, either practicing, qualifying or racing. Competing at New Hampshire is a big, big deal, especially for the grassroots circuits. "Certainly in the case of the Modifieds it is, no question," McGrath said. "They are a touring series that travels all over the Northeast and they look at New Hampshire as their big, big event. Their Daytona, if you will." The track has played host to the Whelen Modified Series since 1990, three years before Sprint Cup came calling, and the list of previous winners includes such standouts as Mike McLaughlin, Steve Park, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik, Tony Hirschman and Ted Christopher. "Saturday on either race weekend at our track, whether it's July or September, I think is one of the best deals in all of motorsports as far as for the race fans," McGrath said. "Absolutely. You get three great races. In July you've got the K&N race to end the day, you've got XFINITY and then you've got Modifieds. And then in September, you've got Modifieds, Trucks, and the ACT. That's just a great day." In addition to hosting two Sprint Cup Series races, including one that falls in the Round of 16 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the fall Truck Series race will serve as that series' opener for its inaugural seven-race Chase. Off the track, McGrath said his vision is to continue to develop those things that track ownership -- the facility is one of eight operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. -- has already undertaken. "We work for the fans," he said. "One of my visions is to continually improve the facility to make it more fan friendly than it already is. Our company has invested a lot of money since we purchased the track back in 2007 going into 2008. We're going to continue to do those things as it makes sense. "We will continue to evaluate areas where we can improve the fan experience. We've built bath/shower houses, increased and improved site drainage ... and have new paving areas all over the campgrounds and the facility. "But the vision would really be to evolve and improve the track and think about new ways to increase the fan experience."