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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.
Despite elimination, Hemric looks to finish 2016 strong
After failing to advance to the Round of 6, Daniel Hemric says he wants to finish the year strong and go for wins.
Keselowski goes to garage with engine issues
Brad Keselowski is forced to head to the garage after engine trouble.
'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.
Bruce: Harvick continues to thrive in must-win scenarios
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Forget El Toro. The Closer? That's so yesterday. More like Houdini. Kevin Harvick , the master escape artist. Back to the wall? No way out? Done? To quote John "Bluto" Blutarsky, "Nothing is over until we decide it is!" Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team pulled another rabbit out of the hat here Sunday, winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and earning an automatic berth into NASCAR’s Round of 8. Championship dreams haven't been extinguished. He and Jimmie Johnson , last week's winner at Charlotte, will sleep soundly. There will be no Talladega nightmares in the coming week. The 2014 champions have made a habit of survival in NASCAR's Chase elimination format since its debut two years ago. In '15, it was a must-win situation at Dover; Harvick went out and dominated to stay alive. In '14, same scenario, different round; he won at Phoenix to stave off elimination and move into the Championship Round, then went to Homestead to win the race and the title. This year has been no different. A 20th-place finish in the first round at Chicago dropped the team outside the top 12 in the 16-team field; Harvick won the next week at New Hampshire. A 38th-place result last week at Charlotte -- in the opening race of the second round -- dropped him to 12th, with anything-can-happen Talladega ahead and only the top eight moving on. He won at Kansas. If some teams wilt under pressure, this one seems to step up. Challenges surface, but they're met and overcome. Harvick led 74 laps of the 267-lap race Sunday, including the final 30. "If you can't win, you won't win one of these championships," Harvick, now a four-time winner this season, said afterward. "You'll get to Homestead and you may point (race) your way in, but there will be a car that shows up there that's going to win the race and win the championship." Points and points racing hold no interest for Harvick, thanks to Rodney Childers, the man who oversees everything concerning the No. 4 team and how it operates. "He didn't want to hear anything about points before we started this deal," Harvick said of his crew chief. "I'm like, 'OK, well, that's a new approach for me.' Usually you go home, you look at the points standings, that was a pretty good week." Now? "If we don't win, it's not a good week," Harvick said. Harvick credits Childers, Childers returns the favor, saying it's his driver's confidence and drive that "feeds down through him" to the team. "We're just fortunate to have a lot of guys that won't quit," Childers explained. "They don't take no for an answer. They don't care how many hours they work. They don't care what they have to do. They just try to make it happen. "It's cool to be in that environment and be around people like that. It's something that we all hope that we can do sometime in our lifetime." Maybe there were better cars Sunday, maybe there were faster cars. But NASCAR is often a game of opportunity; Harvick and his crew seized this one. "Do I feel like we had the best car today? Probably not," Harvick said. "Did we have the best car at (New Hampshire)? Probably not. But guess what, we kept ourselves in it all day. ... It's good to feel like you probably didn't have the fastest car and win the race because I felt like, we felt like, a lot of times we've had the fastest car and didn't win the race. So it's good to get a few of those back." The team's ability to step up isn't lost on the competition. Others have been there to see it play out all too often. "When it comes to these situations, they usually find a little more speed somewhere in their cars," said third-place finisher Joey Logano ( Team Penske ). "I don't know how, but when they are in must-win situations, they find more speed, which is always interesting to me that they have a little left in the tank." Said runner-up Carl Edwards ( Joe Gibbs Racing ): "I don't think they had the fastest car (but) they made it happen. So congrats to them." Only Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ), a solid sixth in the final rundown, seemed to have an idea of how to curtail Harvick's comeback combativeness, suggesting others "get together and block … in elimination races or just pull for something because he's tough to beat in those final races. "There's no doubt about it, he steps up when the pressure's there," Dillon said. "That team does a good job." No matter the situation, the team knows it can perform. It has proven it time and time again. So much so, Harvick said, that it's "not something we really even talk about because we've already done all that." Add Sunday's victory to the list. It may not have been magic, but it was magical just the same. &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;gt;
Gray Gaulding to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville
Statesville, N.C. -- Eighteen-year-old NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding will take the next step in his career by making his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Gaulding will drive the No. 30 Feed the Children Chevrolet for The Motorsports Group (TMG) at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30. "It's exciting bringing a new partner into the series and to be making my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at a track like Martinsville (Speedway) where we've had a really good history in the past is honestly unfathomable," Gaulding said. "I'm excited to partner with Feed the Children and use NASCAR as a platform to deliver our message and work to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. A lot has happened in a short period of time but I've never been as excited to debut this beautiful Feed the Children car next week at Martinsville Speedway ." "We are pleased to sponsor Gray Gaulding , the youngest NASCAR driver in the Martinsville field and one of the most promising and fierce competitors among the many legendary NASCAR drivers who have made NASCAR one of the most exciting sports in America," said J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. "He's not only bold in his approach, he's also blazing new trails, and we at Feed the Children strive to do the same. Gray knows firsthand the value of family, especially the NASCAR family who has joined us in our work as we have brought disaster relief to those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely affected by Hurricane Matthew and all the subsequent flooding." "We're grateful to be partnering with Feed the Children in their mission to provide hope and resources for those without life's essentials," said Stephen Lynn, chief executive officer for GGR Enterprises. Along with their debut at Martinsville Speedway , Gaulding and the No. 30 Feed the Children team will also make starts at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20. Help take action and donate to end hunger by texting FEED30 to 41444.