Danica Patrick trying to harness power of positive thinking at Bristol
Danica Patrick thrives on confidence. Bristol is not a place that instills it in her. But she has had much better results over the ast 11 races than she had to start the season, and she'll get a chance to continue that -- and embrace Bristol -- Saturday.
Turn 4: Is Joey Logano going to win and get in the playoffs?
Will Joey Logano win and get in the playoffs, and if so, who will miss out? What driver move makes the most sense? Is Brad Keselowski and his assertions about Toyota for real? Our gang has at it.
Ready to qualify: Kyle Larson sits in his car getting ready to qualify at Bristol:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs autographs to fans as he heads to the prerace Xfinity Series drivers meeting. He apologized to those he didn't sign: "I've got to go or I will start in the back." Participants must start at the rear of the field if they are late to the meeting.
For the first time since 2015, Chris Buescher in 2018 will start a season with the same team as the year before as he will remain at JTG Daugherty Racing for at least two more years. He is looking forward to the continuity:
Buescher signs extension with JTG Daugherty
Chris Buescher has signed a multiyear contract extension with JTG Daugherty Racing and will continue to drive the No. 37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series for at least two more seasons.
Chase Elliott finished eighth at Michigan last week -- not a bad finish but not as good as his three previous second-place finishes at the 2-mile track. Was that demoralizing? He explains why it wasn't:
Keselowski shutting Truck Series team at season's end
Having lost money annually on his Truck Series teams, Brad Keselowski announced Thursday the two-truck team will cease operations at the end of the season. He hopes to own a Cup team down the road.
Brad Keselowski announces he will shut down his truck team following 2017 season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. responded to a fan question Monday on Twitter about Charlottesville that "hatred, bigotry & racism should have no place in this great country." Why he spoke out and how he feels about society today:
Bristol Motor Speedway officials attempted to make the bottom groove the fast groove with the addition of a traction compound this weekend. Kyle Busch, though, was able to run the top lane as he rallied from a speeding penalty with about 90 laps remaining to capture the victory Wednesday in the NASCAR truck race. Busch explains how he was able to drive through the field and passing Matt Crafton for the win:
Busch claims Bristol trucks win despite penalty
Kyle Busch overcame a pit road speeding penalty to win the Camping World Truck Series race, the UNOH 200, on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 178th victory in NASCAR's top three series.
FRR, JGR change up alliance after pit-crew row
After an incident between Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr.'s crew and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch's crew chief, the two teams will change the technical alliance, with the crew reporting to FRR owner Barney Visser instead of JGR execs.
The Furniture Row Racing pit crews, who are trained by and are employees of Joe Gibbs Racing, will now report to Furniture Row team owner Barney Visser instead of JGR. The responsibility for discipline came under scrutiny last month when JGR suspended two members of the Martin Truex Jr. pit crew for three races for a shouting match with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens. Fox Sports first reported the change.
A hearing has been set for Sept. 8 in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Tony Stewart. Stewart has asked for three of the four claims to be dismissed, with the only issue left for a jury to decide being the Ward family's claim of intentional and/or reckless conduct in the death of the 20-year-old racer in August 2014 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Robert Yates taking on cancer the way he took on racing
Robert Yates was one of the best engine builders -- and team owners -- in NASCAR, and one of the things that drove him was doubt from others. He's using that same determination now in a fight with liver cancer.
All of the NASCAR Cup cars taken Sunday from Michigan passed follow-up inspections at NASCAR's research center. The top of the bed of the winning truck of Darrell Wallace Jr. was found to have air holes being used for more than simply air vents. He'll get to keep the win, but crew chief Shane Huffman was suspended for one race. The team will appeal the penalty.
NASCAR is exploring whether to eliminate jackmen from pit stops by equipping the cars with air-jack systems. The sanctioning body, which often considers a variety of changes at this time of year but doesn't necessarily implement all of them, won't confirm how far along it is in the process nor any timetable for a decision. The change, which would reduce the number of crewmen on pit road during pit stops, could potentially save teams money, depending on how much the system costs as well as any development on how it changes the handling of the car.
John Andretti has new round of chemotherapy
John Andretti has started another round of chemotherapy.
Hendrick Motorsports promoted head engine builder Jeff Andrews to vice president of competition, overseeing the engine department and Hendrick's competition systems group as well as serving on NASCAR's competition committee. Team manager Brian Whitesell was promoted to vice president of operations to oversee the organization's vehicle engineering group and to direct all vehicle-related production. The crew chiefs will report to team president Marshall Carlson. The changes follow the departure of executive vice president/general manager Doug Duchardt in June.
Filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes an impossible task
Old heroes always give way to the next era, just as George Jones sang, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" Ricky Craven has a good idea of who may take the places of names like Gordon, Stewart and more. But there will not be another Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2017 Darlington Cup Throwback Paint Schemes
Cars that will run during this year's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
A U.S. District Court judge denied NASCAR's motion to dismiss a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Terrance Cox, who claims that NASCAR rebuffed his efforts to launch programs and a race team to help NASCAR's diversity program. The decision determined that the lawsuit filed by Cox, who claims damages of $500 million apiece for a variety of discrimination allegations, was sufficient enough for the case to continue into the discovery process and NASCAR could re-raise the arguments later in asking for summary judgment.
Danica: Can't spiral over 2018 uncertainty
Danica Patrick is letting those who work for her handle sponsorship negotiations. The five-year Cup Series veteran says she won't fret about her NASCAR future.
Robert Yates said last week one doctor told him his liver cancer had grown 36 percent and he should seek hospice care -- and then another told him hours later it hadn't grown much at all. Yates: "I need both doctors and I need a little cheerleading, too. ... I've got a lot to be thankful for."
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