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David Ragan and Danica Patrick make contact
David Ragan and Danica Patrick make contact on the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading to the 6th caution of the day.
Ray Black Jr. spins, collected by David Starr
Ray Black Jr. loses control of his No. 07 and then receives heavy damage following contact with David Starr's No. 99.
Tire tweaks? Indianapolis test on tap this week
Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for a two-day Goodyear tire test at the legendary 2.5-mile facility. Drivers scheduled to take part in the test, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, are Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), David Ragan (No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet). The Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is scheduled for July 23 . "It seems like the last couple of years (Indy) has fairly well stabilized after the grinding that they did," Goodyear's Greg Stucker told NASCAR.com. "Kind of knocked the edges off the grooves in the surface. But the last couple of years we've felt like we were getting to the point that we could look at adding a little bit of grip. Particularly with the move from '16 to '17 with a little less downforce." NASCAR' s 2017 rules package created less overall downforce (from 2,100 to 1,600 pounds) on the cars through changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and deck fin. Modifications to rear steer settings and a new tire rule (teams must start the race using the tires on which they qualified) were also made. While significant, the changes were an evolution of the initial package that debuted in '15 at select events when the sanctioning body began the move to take downforce away from the cars. Those changes were implemented for all races (excluding superspeedway events at Daytona and Talladega) in '16. Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales, said an XFINITY Series test last October at Indy opened the door for a possible tire change in the Monster Energy Series. "When we tested with the XFINITY cars last year in preparation for their new configuration, we actually were running a little bit softer left side. It's the left side (tire) that we run at Pocono," he said. "So that gave us an indication, 'Hey, this might be something that we can standardize between Pocono and Indy, give the Cup cars a little more grip.' So that's one of the main goals, to look at that and see if that's a good move for Indianapolis this year and add a little bit more left-side grip." Stucker said the continued evolution of the rules package has not "significantly" impacted tire selection. The big bump, he said, came between '15 and '16 as the initial lower-downforce package was rolled out. "Because that was the plan," he said. "The big step from '15 to '16 (was) 'let's figure out where we land with tires and if we feel like we're in a good spot, even though we’re taking more downforce off as we go to '17, let's leave tires alone.'" But as the cars have evolved and tracks age and undergo repaves, Goodyear continues to monitor the situation and addresses the changing needs. "There are a couple of areas we wanted to work on," he said. "Kansas at the end of last year, obviously we're going to come with a little bit softer left side (tire), because we felt we were in that position even with the '16 package as we went to '17 and less downforce, that was a good move. Obviously Martinsville (was) a different focus, to rubber in the race track. Texas with the repave; Kentucky with a new top coat on now. Las Vegas, trying to generate a little more wear on a surface that generally doesn't create wear. "We had a few things to work on but it wasn't a significant move in grip like I would call the '15 to '16 move. Overall things are pretty stable and we're kind of fine-tuning specific race tracks that we feel like we can help a little bit." There currently are no plans to test at Texas, which was repaved and reconfigured prior to this month's race. Due to time constraints, there was no tire test at the 1.5-mile track. Stucker said officials were pleased with the Texas tire selection, which was the same left-side tire code used by teams at Kentucky in 2016 (Kentucky underwent a similar repave and Goodyear did conduct tire tests prior to that race). The right-side Texas tire featured the same tread compound as Kentucky but with a minor construction change. "You have to be cautious," he said. "With the (Texas) repave, we raced on it right after it was done. It's not going to change significantly as we get into the fall. I think the race track was very happy. … We certainly are. "Again, hat's off to the race track and to SMI for doing everything they could to put some rubber down with the Tire Dragon and trying to work the groove in. I think that was huge. And I think that was complimented with a pretty racy package from what we had."
What they're writing about Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wears his heart on his sleeve, a fact that has endeared him to fans, competitors, NASCAR industry insiders, sponsors and possibly the toughest crowd of all: NASCAR writers. Junior's announcement Tuesday that he will give up full-time driving duties after the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season brought accolades and emotion from the press corps. Here's a sampling of what they're writing. "As Junior wheels his final laps, we'll all spend the next seven months recalling the good times -- the victory at that 2001 Daytona summer race, for instance, or the way he became the most accessible athlete on Twitter. But let's not forget one simple fact: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the toughest athlete in sports history." -- Jay Busbee, Yahoo Sports " Read more ----- "There is no question -- none -- that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. On numbers alone, Earnhardt should get in." -- Tom Jensen, Fox Sports " Read more ----- "On a personal and professional level, I'm really going to miss covering Earnhardt. There's something about his combination of candor, wit and humility that makes him the best interview in sports (at least that I've seen), and you really can't replace a guy like that. "Dale Jr. is a normal dude trapped in a superstar's life, and his fans identify with him because he acts and talks like they would if they found themselves in a similar situation." -- Jeff Gluck, JeffGluck.com " Read more ----- "Dale Earnhardt, Jr., you continue to defy convention, and define yourself. Born into advantage but forced to earn every opportunity and hone every inherited skill by a demanding father and namesake, you took up the family vocation with the scrutiny that comes as part of the deal. You were Elvis' boy who took up guitar and knew that comparison was inevitable." --Brant James, USA Today " Read more ----- Thanks to Stef Schrader at Jalopnik for bringing back a late-night TV gem: Junior doing donuts on a New York street as a segment with David Letterman. " Read more This story will be updated
NASCAR reacts to Dale Jr.'s retirement announcement
READ MORE: Dale Jr. announces retirement after 2017 season Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that 2017 would be Junior's final full-time season. Here's how the NASCAR community paid its respects. This story will be updated throughout the day. Proud of all @DaleJr has accomplished & what he's meant to @NASCAR . But more proud of who he is as a person. — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) April 25, 2017 You're a hell of a friend and teammate @DaleJr , I'm really happy for you and @AmyEarnhardt . — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 25, 2017 I'm proud of my great friend @DaleJr for everything he's done for this sport. I'm even more proud of who he is as a man. Love you friend — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) April 25, 2017 Happy for ya @DaleJr , nothing but respect. Let's end it on a good note this year — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) April 25, 2017 Now we know why... You've helped make this a better sport for so many of us, we wish you all the best in your retirement. https://t.co/9Ze6JZgZ70 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) April 25, 2017 Don't think @DaleJr could've been any classier delivering one of the hardest things he's ever had to do. Glad my career has had him in it. — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 25, 2017 I'm really excited for the next chapter in @DaleJr and @AmyEarnhardt lives. JR has made #NASCAR so much better and will continue to do so. — Mark Martin (@markmartin) April 25, 2017 pic.twitter.com/GaAPFJKx8V — Amy Earnhardt (@AmyEarnhardt) April 25, 2017 I'm kind of new in the sport but what a great guy @DaleJr is in and out of the race track. Wish you the best my friend! — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) April 25, 2017 Great memories racing @DaleJr for the last 9 years. Thanks for all you have done & will continue to do for our awesome sport! #NASCAR — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) April 25, 2017 Congrats on a great career @DaleJr , finish strong! Thx 4 all u have given this sport. All the best to u n Amy w the next chapter n ur lives — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) April 25, 2017 If you weren't a @DaleJr fan before I'd guess you are now. #honesty #sincerity #heart — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) April 25, 2017 Thank you, @DaleJr . Ready for one final season. #FinishStrong pic.twitter.com/5bV0icYAOy — Team Chevy (@TeamChevy) April 25, 2017 Excited to see what the future holds for @DaleJr , think he will be just as captivating and influential off track as he was while on track. — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) April 25, 2017 In sports-athletes like @DaleJr come along once in a lifetime-talented-popular-humble-honest-real-you don't get that combo often-well done! — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) April 25, 2017 @DaleJr has made the sport of @NASCAR better for fans and competitors. True racer 1st ballet HOF 4 sure! Enjoy the rest of the season! — David Ragan (@DavidRagan) April 25, 2017 Congrats to @DaleJr on one helluva run. I didn't think they would announce Carl's return till end of year though? Hmm! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 25, 2017 Great memories racing @DaleJr I am pretty sure when you google "cool". Your picture shows up — Bobby Labonte (@Bobby_Labonte) April 25, 2017 Ive always enjoyed watching @DaleJr wheel it around the track. He is and will always be an icon in this sport. All the best to him and Amy! — Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy33) April 25, 2017 My favorite post race celebration. Thanks @DaleJr and congrats on a great career. Proud to call you my friend. pic.twitter.com/y3zZSm7JOl — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) April 25, 2017 Woke up to the news about @DaleJr great career son. Wanna come race a Funny Car? @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/VlS6Qijzmt — John Force (@JohnForce_FC) April 25, 2017 Gonna be different not watching my boss but also one of my closes friends in the sport retire but so proud of him and what he represents!! https://t.co/elXxIW6TD9 — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) April 25, 2017 Wishing all the best to our friends @DaleJr and @AmyEarnhardt on the next chapter! Still gonna text you for style advice Amy ❤️ — Paige (@PaigeKeselowski) April 25, 2017 Excited 4 new chapters professionally w/ @DaleJr & our team of great people. And for he & @AmyEarnhardt & family time for us all! — Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) April 25, 2017 Best of luck to @DaleJr , congrats on a great #NASCAR career and thanks for all of the memories! pic.twitter.com/FE345PClsx — RCR (@RCRracing) April 25, 2017 Happy for @DaleJr and wish him nothing but the best.. He has made all of us better through his career in many different ways.. pic.twitter.com/NUOZKo4jVa — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) April 25, 2017 Amazing what @DaleJr has done for the sport and the impact he's had on all of us. It'll be cool to watch him finish out this year strong — William Byron (@WilliamByron) April 25, 2017 I'll miss watching you on the track, @DaleJr . You've made fans out of all of us. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/BNaizTQzRy — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) April 25, 2017 Been trying to think what to say, but my mind keeps stoping at Incredible...That's exactly what you've been for our sport! Thank You @DaleJr — Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) April 25, 2017 Wish nothing but the best for @DaleJr . He has had a great career! — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) April 25, 2017 Wishing you nothing but the absolute best, @DaleJr . pic.twitter.com/nF8EWcpCXW — Richmond Raceway (@RIRInsider) April 25, 2017 We'll miss you @DaleJr ! https://t.co/3ntl1lOXZi — MISpeedway (@MISpeedway) April 25, 2017 We love you, @DaleJr ! — TalladegaSuperspdwy (@TalladegaSuperS) April 25, 2017 Good reason to be up early, congrats my friend on an amazing career, enjoy the heck out of the next 6 months #futurehalloffamer https://t.co/lBVcGkgeX3 — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) April 25, 2017 Really bummed to see a career come to an end, but crazy excited to see where it goes from here. #Bossman #Hero @DaleJr https://t.co/0WsWVb10Dz — Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) April 25, 2017 Thanks for all you've done and will continue to do for NASCAR, @DaleJr . Kick butt the rest of 2017. See you here in September pic.twitter.com/bA2v00FE1f — Chicagoland Speedway (@ChicagolndSpdwy) April 25, 2017 Thankful for everything @DaleJr has done and will continue to do for our sport! He is such a genuine guy and I'm lucky to call him a friend — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 25, 2017 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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.
Best consecutive 10-lap averages at Bristol
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol PRACTICE 1: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 11 Denny Hamlin 14 23 125.657 2 18 Kyle Busch 48 57 125.429 3 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 125.176 4 5 Kasey Kahne 23 32 125.124 5 20 Matt Kenseth 35 44 124.665 6 1 Jamie McMurray 14 23 124.654 7 77 Erik Jones # 45 54 124.404 8 48 Jimmie Johnson 51 60 124.302 9 24 Chase Elliott 23 32 124.214 10 43 Aric Almirola 33 42 124.097 11 13 Ty Dillon # 44 53 123.905 12 41 Kurt Busch 31 40 123.609 13 27 Paul Menard 50 59 123.296 14 21 Ryan Blaney 32 41 123.296 15 47 AJ Allmendinger 39 48 123.112 16 95 Michael McDowell 12 21 123.081 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 40 49 122.789 18 2 Brad Keselowski 48 57 122.780 19 19 Daniel Suarez # 49 58 122.162 20 34 Landon Cassill 1 10 122.077 21 3 Austin Dillon 3 12 121.914 22 38 David Ragan 56 65 121.680 23 32 Matt DiBenedetto 4 13 121.450 24 6 Trevor Bayne 1 10 121.416 25 37 Chris Buescher 25 34 121.238 26 72 Cole Whitt 1 10 119.029 27 83 * Corey LaJoie # 2 11 117.957 28 23 Gray Gaulding # 1 10 117.823 PRACTICE 2: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 77 Erik Jones # 24 33 127.178 2 5 Kasey Kahne 48 57 126.863 3 24 Chase Elliott 51 60 126.442 4 27 Paul Menard 5 14 126.388 5 3 Austin Dillon 35 44 126.383 6 19 Daniel Suarez # 2 11 126.356 7 41 Kurt Busch 1 10 126.267 8 47 AJ Allmendinger 1 10 126.152 9 4 Kevin Harvick 15 24 126.085 10 1 Jamie McMurray 2 11 125.815 11 14 Clint Bowyer 39 48 125.793 12 78 Martin Truex Jr. 3 12 125.762 13 48 Jimmie Johnson 44 53 125.577 14 31 Ryan Newman 29 38 125.550 15 20 Matt Kenseth 15 24 125.482 16 11 Denny Hamlin 25 34 125.203 17 43 Aric Almirola 11 20 125.174 18 21 Ryan Blaney 34 43 124.992 19 34 Landon Cassill 42 51 124.484 20 13 Ty Dillon # 21 30 124.419 21 6 Trevor Bayne 25 34 124.364 22 32 Matt DiBenedetto 10 19 124.234 23 72 Cole Whitt 2 11 124.003 24 18 Kyle Busch 35 44 123.805 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7 16 123.387 26 37 Chris Buescher 1 10 122.818 27 38 David Ragan 33 42 122.585 28 95 Michael McDowell 37 46 122.137 29 42 Kyle Larson 35 44 121.907 30 15 Reed Sorenson 1 10 121.835 31 83 * Corey LaJoie # 4 13 120.834 32 23 Gray Gaulding # 43 52 120.569 33 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt 2 11 120.387 34 10 Danica Patrick 35 44 118.414 PRACTICE 3: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 5 Kasey Kahne 4 13 127.482 2 14 Clint Bowyer 3 12 127.264 3 22 Joey Logano 3 12 127.253 4 18 Kyle Busch 9 18 127.156 5 77 Erik Jones # 2 11 127.142 6 19 Daniel Suarez # 3 12 126.856 7 48 Jimmie Johnson 2 11 126.847 8 21 Ryan Blaney 4 13 126.654 9 27 Paul Menard 9 18 126.638 10 24 Chase Elliott 39 48 126.538 11 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 126.457 12 78 Martin Truex Jr. 32 41 126.434 13 41 Kurt Busch 8 17 126.167 14 3 Austin Dillon 2 11 126.109 15 20 Matt Kenseth 9 18 126.100 16 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 126.061 17 2 Brad Keselowski 6 15 126.050 18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 17 125.904 19 47 AJ Allmendinger 38 47 125.730 20 13 Ty Dillon # 4 13 125.557 21 6 Trevor Bayne 8 17 125.444 22 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 125.307 23 11 Denny Hamlin 33 42 125.126 24 4 Kevin Harvick 18 27 124.939 25 10 Danica Patrick 38 47 124.743 26 38 David Ragan 41 50 124.571 27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 43 52 124.294 28 43 Aric Almirola 43 52 123.724 29 32 Matt DiBenedetto 39 48 123.505 30 83 * Corey LaJoie # 20 29 121.299 31 34 Landon Cassill 50 59 119.830 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart. # Indicates that the driver is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie.
Hear the scanners of Junior, Jimmie, and Busch from Bristol
After the rain postponed the race to Monday, the radio chatter was anything but diluted at Bristol Motor Speedway in this week's Scanner Sounds.
Race Rewind: Bristol in 15
From Kurt Busch's early spin to Jimmie Johnson winning his 82nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, relive all of Bristol's best moments in this week's Race Rewind.
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Another race in the books! It was a blast watching drivers make 500 laps around the -- Martinsville Speedway paper clip hot dog capitol of the world only race track named after Mark Martin this past Sunday. There was a lot of beating and banging during the race. I couldn't believe it when -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Timmy Hill Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt got into -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Timmy Hill Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt ! What surprised me most was that this race was the first time that -- Ford won at Martinsville since 2002 Brad Keselowski won at Martinsville Greg Biffle didn't start a Martinsville race in 15 years . How about Brad Keselowski? I really -- love it hate it feel a strong sense of American pride throw lettuces at the TV when he wins. In a perfect world, -- Brad Keselowski would win every race Dale Jr. would win every race I could get Martinsville hot dogs in my grocer's freezer aisle the track surface would actually be made of paper clips , if you ask me. The weekend was a real disappointment for -- Ryan Blaney Dale Earnhardt Jr. Daniel Suarez Kyle Busch Kyle Larson's top-two streak my fantasy racing team containing Jamie McMurray , who had a promising run that was cut short due to the fault of others. If I learned one thing, it's that -- Dale Jr.'s luck will never turn around trying to stay out for "just another lap" on a cut tire is a bad idea Team Penske is, like, really fast this season Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has earned the ire of Kyle Busch fans Chase Elliott is going to win a race very soon 10 Martinsville hot dogs is too many hot dogs . Short track racing is -- a terrific a terrifying the most exciting the most nerve-racking my favorite my least favorite type of racing because -- the cars race together very closely bumper cars are my favorite attraction at the amusement park AJ Allmendinger always finishes well the cars go slower so I can read them more easily my favorite driver is good on short tracks I work in a race team's body shop I sell brakes to race teams I can more closely match the speeds in my street car I regularly perform the "bump and run" on the highway .