Post-Race Reactions: Too Tough to Tame 200
Hornaday, Bodine, Crafton and Buescher comment on their top-five finishes at Darlington.
GarageCam tries to tame Darlington
The GarageCam gang tries to tackle a place that has been called 'The Track Too Tough to Tame .'
Tweets to the Winner: Congrats, Joey (sort of)
Joey Logano held off the formidable Brian Scott at Talladega to advance into the Round of 8 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- leaving the citizens of the NASCAR world to update their Chase Grids, as well as their March Madness college basketball brackets. @joeylogano like u said it's not bout luck it's bout skill and u got it yeah on to the elite 8 — Reno DeBon (@Rdebonjr) October 24, 2016 @joeylogano ...great team effort. On to final four. — Donald Bennett (@dfbennett) October 24, 2016 In typical fashion, fans curled up around their tweeting devices with a jar of mayonnaise to congratulate the winner of the Hellmann’s 500. However, this week, in an unusual twist, fans took great care to ensure there was no mistake: while they wanted to congratulate Joey Logano on his victory, they’re still not a fan of his. @joeylogano I will say this while I'm not a fan of yours, I have mad respect for a racer that races and doesn't ride. # congrats #TheChase — MissSonya (@Sonbon80) October 24, 2016 @joeylogano Not generally a JL fan but I commend you for going and getting it today. Made it entertaining. And I need a new guy after #14 — Brandon Dexter (@bdex75) October 24, 2016 @joeylogano not a fan but you made an exciting end! — KB18FTW (@ThatRacingKid) October 24, 2016 @RacingBedgood I'm not a big Joey fan but don't give up I'll give him this @joeylogano can drive the crap out of those cars — joel rhoads (@jrhoads228) October 23, 2016 Not a fan of @joeylogano but he dragged a car jack 2.66 miles at 100+ mph around the track and still won #Dega . @TalladegaSuperS @NASCAR https://t.co/lz852fCauq — Jeremy Ginsberg (@JGinsu) October 24, 2016 @joeylogano so happy for you! I am a die hard KB fan but you so deserve to be in the Chase! #keepfighting #TheChase — DEBORAH WILSON (@Debbie_Wilson18) October 24, 2016 As much as I don't like Logano, I do like his 50 year celebration car, it's pretty awesome — Rowdy2016 (@NCS18fan2014) October 24, 2016 Not everyone was as kind to the winner. @joeylogano I strongly dislike your face — travis (@travisparks24) October 23, 2016
Starting Grid: 'Dega chaos, who can advance to Round of 8?
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman and Regan Smith preview Sunday's elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup to see which drivers can make it into the Round of 8 after Talladega Superspeedway.
H2H: Chase's Round of 12 set to stir at Charlotte
RELATED: See the Chase Grid Story lines abound, and NASCAR.com's Holly Cain and Zack Albert tackle three pressing topics as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup enters the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . 1. What surprised you most from Dover weekend in terms of who advanced in the Chase elimination race and who did not? Cain: I was surprised by the results in several areas, but more so by drivers who did not advance as expected. Like many, I believed Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson would advance well beyond the Round of 16. In fact, I had him in my Championship 4. I do believe he will win another race before the season is over. And perhaps I was being sentimental in expecting Tony Stewart to advance, but I still remember the amazing Chase charge in 2011 and saw the motivation in the three-time champion's eyes after he won at Sonoma this summer. Albert: Austin Dillon 's advancement on the basis of pure consistency didn't send shock waves through the ol' surprise meter, but fate's cruel hand for Chip Ganassi Racing did. To see both Larson and teammate Jamie McMurray ejected from the Chase field at least qualified as a mild stunner. It's a solid dozen that remain, but Dover showed again how exacting this postseason format can be. RELATED: Larson, McMurray ousted from Chase after Dover woes 2. With the points standings reset for the Chase Round of 12, all drivers resume with a clean slate. Are there any incentives you would add to enhance the current format? Cain: A case could be made to give drivers who have won in the Chase a small points bonus in the ensuing round. But the equal reset given to all 12 drivers in the current format certainly increases the drama in a very different way from the Chase start, when regular-season wins are factored in. It's the first time since the Daytona 500 green flag that the top-tier drivers are ranked evenly, and it should make the next three races even more dramatic. Albert: It may not rate highly on the drama scale, but I've always maintained that the top points-earner during the regular season should be rewarded -- nominally if not handsomely. A first-round bye might be a stretch, but a bigger bounty of points would offer a larger incentive for consistent performance over the opening 26 events. Offering bonus points through each elimination round would be an inviting enhancement, but keeping them out of the championship race -- leaving the calculators at home -- has valuable merits. RELATED: Are added incentives for regular-season winners on horizon? 3. Among the remaining 12 Chase drivers, who's your pick to win this weekend at Charlotte and lock in early in the Round of 8? Cain: There's a certain six-time champion who I believe will collect his eighth win at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Jimmie Johnson has been close to wins already in the Chase only to fall victim to pit-road miscues -- something uncharacteristic of his Hendrick Motorsports organization. You've got to think that will be cleaned up, and I believe there's no one more motivated to remind naysayers why he is the modern era's very best. Albert: Is there any stopping the Truexpress? Wins in two of the first three Chase races have established the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota as a strong title favorite, and the team returns to the site of Truex's crushing victory in the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Placing former Charlotte winners Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson under the heading of "sleepers" ranks as a testament to Truex's formidable stature this season. Upcoming wild-card races at Talladega and Martinsville have the potential to derail the No. 78's march; don't count on that happening this weekend at Charlotte.
Why Joey Logano's jack stuck to his car
RELATED: Chase Grid " Race results At one point during Sunday's Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway , Joey Logano 's chances for Chase advancement were on the verge of being hijacked -- by a jack that stuck to his car during a pit stop, no less. And for a few tense moments Logano circled the track with the jack stuck under the left side of his car, reaching speeds of 150 mph down the backstretch of the gargantuan 2.66-mile superspeedway, trying to swerve and get it loose. Luckily for the No. 22 Team Penske outfit, Logano made it to pit road to get the unwanted stowaway removed from the underside of the car. So, what happened to cause Logano to take such a ride on the wild side? We asked pit coach Trent Cherry of Team Penske to clarify: "The left side peg was set deep on the jack plate," Cherry said. "When the car dropped on the left side, the peg slid off the back of the plate and got wedged in the jack." Ladies & Gents we present, the infamous No. 22 crew 'Dega jack, up close & personal... pic.twitter.com/tCrY2C0klG — Team Penske (@Team_Penske) October 24, 2016 So in layman's terms it's explained like this. The peg that is attached to the race car was on the back of the jack plate. The jackman probably understood that and knew that he could still jack the left side and be OK. But when the car dropped, the jack slipped off the back of the plate and fell into a wedged position preventing the jack from releasing from the car. Got all that? Pit road mistakes can make a big difference this time of year, but the No. 22 team rebounded from the mishap as Logano won the race. &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;gt;
Keselowski goes to garage with engine issues
Brad Keselowski is forced to head to the garage after engine trouble.
Harvick's in-car reaction to Busch scrape
Take a listen to Kevin Harvick's in-car audio after Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch scrapes the side of the No. 4 car at Talladega Superspeedway.
'Loop Dawg' gives his top picks to tame Talladega
The 'Loop Dawg,' Mike Forde makes his picks for NASCAR Fantasy Live for the upcoming race at Talladega Superspeedway while on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
RECAP: Logano advances as field cut to eight
NASCAR.com’s Jonathan Merryman recaps all the action at Talladega Superspeedway as Joey Logano advances into the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, while four other drivers are cut from Championship contention.