Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon help Matthew Dillner show some GarageCam support for FOX Sports' Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After a mechanical failure of some sort, Jeff Green's day ends with a hard hit in the tire barrier.
Jeff Green , who is subbing for Eric McClure, crashes hard into the wall after a tire blows on the No. 14 car.
Jeff Green gets heavy damage in a hard hit at Atlanta.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon send their well wishes to FOX Sports’ Steve Byrnes and Elliott Sadler shares the story of how he became close friends with Byrnes.
Jeff Gordon battles Rusty Wallace and Terry Labonte for the win in the 1997 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR.com introduces a new segment called '43 Questions.' We go rapid fire with some of the sport's insiders starting with NASCAR's Senior Manager of Industry Operations, John McMullin Jr.
Four-time champion explains late stop in season finale LAS VEGAS-- Jeff Gordon appeared to have a race-winning car in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway , but a decision to pit for four tires late in the race dropped him far back in the running order and relegated the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish. In tying up that loose end from Homestead, Gordon explained that his decision was dictated by a choice made earlier in the race. "I think the question really needs to be about, before that, why we didn't pit," Gordon told the NASCAR Wire Service after the Myers Brothers Luncheon. "You take all the information you have from past history of long green -flag runs to the end of the race, track position, who's coming, who's not… "We dominated that race, had a car that I think could have and should have won that race. But we all came in and got four tires, they throw the green , and caution comes out in three or four laps. We stay out, and I think we went one more round of green -flag run, four or five laps, and caution comes out again. "At that point, that's where the race changed for us and really took us out of contention, because we decided to stay out, and all those other guys decided to come in, and there were just too many cautions at the end." Gordon scoffed at the suggestion that he might not have wanted to restart up front on old tires at the end of the race, with the potential to effect the outcome of the championship battle. "Heck, no, that had nothing to do with it," Gordon said. "It was all about winning the race, and knowing that those guys behind us had fresh tires, because they elected to pit—and that place eats tires up… "What's really interesting is, when you look at (Sprint Cup champion) Kevin Harvick 's position, he came down pit road and took four (tires) where some other guys took two, and he saw his championship chances completely go out the window. If you listened to his radio communication, it was 'We're done, we’re done.' "But enough cautions fell after that to bring them back into it, and he did a great job, obviously, moving up through there. And that exact same thing that helped win him the championship is what cost us the win for that race." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Disparity between Logano, Newman stats could lead to interesting strategies RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota FORT WORTH, Texas -- Guess which one of these drivers is in the thick of the championship race as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to Texas Motor Speedway : Driver A has five wins, 16 top-fives, 21 top-10s and has led 976 laps this season. Driver B has zero wins, four top-fives, 15 top-10s and has led 41 laps this season. Driver A looks like the clear choice, but the answer is both. Joey Logano (Driver A) and Ryan Newman (Driver B) have taken different paths to get here, but both have a golden opportunity in front of them in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Logano is third in the Chase standings, four points behind leader Jeff Gordon , while Newman is in second place, three points back. Another strong performance will put either one of them one step closer to getting into the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . While winning is still the most direct route to advance, non-Chase driver Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s victory last weekend at Martinsville assures that at least two drivers will go to the championship race based on points. And with two of the fastest cars -- Brad Keselowski 's No. 2 Ford and Kevin Harvick 's No. 4 Chevrolet -- buried in the Eliminator Round standings, avoiding the big mistake has become almost as important as getting a win. But could a driver lose his edge if he decides to go into prevent-defense mode this late in the game? Logano says he's not going to take that chance, as he refuses to back down from what could be a run to his first championship. "What we have done all year, even before the Chase started -- we have raced the same way and that is aggressive," Logano said. "We put ourselves in the offensive mode no matter what the situation was, and we saw that again last weekend when we took four tires there with a green -white-checker and we started 13th and got up to fifth with the aggressive mode. "That is the mode we should stay in because that is what has been working. It is not the time to reinvent the wheel, just time to polish it a little bit and make sure we stay out there doing what we have been doing, just doing a little better job at it." It's tough to argue with that approach as Logano has finished in the top five in six of the past seven races. And lest we forget, Logano won at Texas in the spring in a season that he admits has already been dream-like. While Logano knows he can get to Victory Lane if needs to, Newman has not proven it yet this season. So for Newman, one might think the pressure is building for him to get a win and serve notice that he's a legitimate contender, but he doesn't seem too concerned with proving a point. Instead, he's having fun in the new format and in his first year with Richard Childress Racing and is willing to win a title with dogged consistency if that's what he needs to do. Using this approach, Newman has compiled a career-best average finish of 13.5. "Yeah, there's intensity out there but that's different from pressure to me," Newman said. "Pressure is what explodes things, and there's no reason to put unneeded or unwanted pressure on anything that you want to perform well." But to use a golf analogy, will Newman go for the green and the birdie opportunity in this week's race? Or will he lay up and take his par? "Bottom line is you only have to be aggressive as you need to be," Newman said. "If you have a dominant race car, then being aggressive is the worst thing you can be. But if you're in a position where you’re fighting for seventh or eighth all day and you think you have a top-five car, then you better be aggressive and make something happen." What will happen on Sunday at Texas? That's what we're waiting to find out as the new Chase format continues to provide intensity and intrigue at every turn. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation