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  • NASCAR: Truex wins with heavy heart in Kansas elimination race Martin Truex Jr. gestures as he celebrates his seventh NASCAR Cup Series auto race win of the season at Kansas Speedway Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. didn’t feel a sense of urgency to win Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway because of its playoff implications, not with his spot in the next round safe following a victory at Charlotte. No, the sense of urgency was much more personal. Truex learned overnight that one of the Furniture ...
  • NASCAR: Christopher Bell races to first NASCAR Xfinity Series win Christopher Bell celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Christopher Bell raced to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, beating dominant Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones after they made contract with four laps left at Kansas Speedway. Bell led for just those four laps, hanging in second place behind Jones for much of the race before sliding in ...
  • NASCAR: Truex fastest for playoff elimination race at Kansas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. had already locked up his spot in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Now, he’ll have the prime pit position for its first race. Truex won the pole for this weekend’s elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night, and with that prize came the chance to have pit ...
  • NASCAR: Who has the edge in playoff elimination race at Kansas? Martin Truex Jr struggles to raise the trophy in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   Sunday is cutdown day in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as the 12-driver playoff field will be reduced to eight following the Hollywood Casino 400. Only two drivers — Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski — can rest easy this weekend with their berths in the third round already secured ...
  • 4 NASCAR playoff drivers who could advance to the next round at Kansa -hamlin NASCAR(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)   —-   As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the final playoff race in the Round of 12 this weekend, history points to Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson and being likely drivers to win the Hollywood Casino 400. Truex is coming off a win at Kansas in the spring ...
  • NASCAR: Kligerman wins Talladega as Nemechek advances in playoffs Tyler Xfinity-GTY-852666426-94041104 XFINITY SERIES STANDINGS: 2017 Information: 2017 Playoffs Drivers: #16-Ryan Reed (won at Daytona in February) #7-Justin Allgaier (won race . Won at Chicago. #9-William Byron (won at Iowa, Daytona in June and Indianapolis) #51-Jeremy Clements (won at ...
  • Five takeaways from Talladega: Playoff picture becoming clearer Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-    TALLADEGA, Ala. —  Five takeaways from Sunday’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Teams will now prepare for this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, the final event in the second round of the playoffs. TRIM TIME: Four drivers will be cut from the ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski races way into 3rd round of NASCAR’s playoffs NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski holds up the trophy after the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — To win the championship this year, Team Penske told Brad Keselowski he had to win at Talladega Superspeedway. So he did. Again. Keselowski earned an automatic berth into the third round of the playoffs with a victory Sunday at Talladega, where he considered himself lucky to finish after a sloppy day for NASCAR. “I survived,” ...
  • NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes pole for final Talladega Cup race FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. waves to the crowd during driver introductions for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. First went Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is packing his bags to leave NASCAR. All have their own reasons, but the nation's most popular auto racing series is a victim of its own popularity. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the pole for his final scheduled Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season, and the Alabama crowd has always embraced NASCAR’s most popular driver. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared race day “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day” across ...
  • Possible 5 NASCAR drivers to win at Talladega FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. waves to the crowd during driver introductions for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. First went Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is packing his bags to leave NASCAR. All have their own reasons, but the nation's most popular auto racing series is a victim of its own popularity. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)    —-   As the pool of NASCAR drivers in the Cup Series playoffs continues to shrink, betting fans and fantasy NASCAR players will need to look beyond the championship contenders for potential picks. Even though the 12 drivers still in the playoffs are among the best, it’s realistic to imagine one of the ...
  • Talladega: NASCAR playoff drivers prepare for white-knuckle ride -nascar-chase-100817(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    The return to a track drivers fear and fans love is here. That’s right, Talladega Superspeedway is the site of this Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. In a twist this year, the sanctioning body moved the track’s date up a week, taking it out of the ...
  • Denny Hamlin tries to explain Martin Truex Jr.’s 2017 dominance: ‘They have no weaknesses’ Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)    —-    Since the beginning of the NASCAR Cup Series season, everyone has been trying to figure out how to chase down Martin Truex Jr. – or at least keep him from winning all seven of the playoff points up for grabs each race. The No. 78 Toyota driver has been dominant all ...
  • NASCAR: Truex appreciates every aspect of his time on top Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Chase Elliott display their front row trophies after qualifying for the top two positions in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — As Martin Truex Jr. leads lap after lap, week after week, in this season of rare dominance, it is easy to forget that he was once a journeyman driver in fear of losing his job in NASCAR. That was just four years ago. Truex was an unwitting participant in one of the biggest ...
  • Five takeaways from NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Charlotte Kyle Busch (18) moves into Turn 1 during the Xfinity NASCAR auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   CONCORD, N.C. — Five takeaways from Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playofff race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as teams prepare for one of the season’s most unpredictable races — this weekend’s second visit of the year to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama: DEPARTIN’ MARTIN: As if Martin Truex Jr.’s sixth ...
  • NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. wins yet another playoff race for Toyota Martin Truex Jr struggles to raise the trophy in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Standing next to his car in victory lane, in this season he never thought possible, Martin Truex Jr. struggled with his emotions. He raced to his career-best sixth victory Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and this win is worth an automatic slot in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. He’s clearly the ...
  • NASCAR: Alex Bowman wins Xfinity Series race at Charlotte; playoff cuts made Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(Photo: The Associated Press)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman proved to Dale Earnhardt Jr. he’s ready to take his place next year. In his first race in nearly a year, Bowman drove his No. 42 Chevrolet to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a rain-delayed playoff elimination race. Bowman will replace Earnhardt next ...
  • Denny Hamlin takes pole for NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte -hamlin NASCARCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin’s streak is alive. Hamlin topped qualifying Friday night for the NASCAR Cup playoff race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the 13th straight year he has captured a pole on the top circuit. “I knew the time was running out to get a pole because I hadn’t won one this year,” ...
  • NASCAR drivers seek daylight in playoff’s second round at Charlotte Matt Kenseth (20); Erik Jones (77); Kyle Larson (42) and Martin Truex Jr. (78) head into turn one on the last restart of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Larson won the race. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Fifteen years have passed since Charlotte Motor Speedway last scheduled an afternoon race at the 1.5-mile track. That was in 2002, but the weather gods had other plans. The race was delayed because of rain and culminaed with a finish under the lights. The fall 2002 race also featured a surprise winner, when Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag in ...
  • ‘NASCAR drivers should be making NBA, NFL money’ -hamlin NASCAR(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)     —-    As team sponsorship dollars continue to dwindle, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin said he thinks racecar drivers who risk their lives should be paid on par with NBA and NFL athletes. “We’re way underpaid as racecar drivers,” Hamlin said, via ESPN and NBC Sports, at a charity event Wednesday in ...
  • Dover takeaways: Does NASCAR have new playoff favorite? Kyle Busch celebrates atop his car after he won the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   DOVER, Del. — Four takeaways from Dover International Speedway as the NASCAR playoffs, now trimmed to a dirty dozen drivers, roll on to Charlotte Motor Speedway this week: A NEW FAVORITE? Based on a sensational regular season and an obnoxious number of stage wins, Martin Truex Jr. entered the opening ...
  • NASCAR: Busch spoils Elliott’s run at Dover for 2nd straight win Kyle Busch celebrates atop his car after he won the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott rubbed his head and leaned against his car, crestfallen as he replayed the final laps in his mind. Jimmie Johnson, his champion teammate, walked over to offer some encouragement and let Elliott vent. “I anticipated them being cuss words,” Johnson said, “and they were.” Elliott had it, the first win in ...
  • Ben Rhodes moves into 2nd round of NASCAR playoffs with win -NASCAR--Use-Your-Melon-Drive-Sober-200LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first career victory for Ben Rhodes kept his championship chances intact in NASCAR’s Truck Series. Rhodes earned the first national series victory of his NASCAR career Saturday night by holding off Christopher Bell in the closing laps at Las Vegas. The win earned Rhodes an automatic berth into the second round ...
  • NASCAR: Speedy Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for NASCAR playoff race at Dover Martin Truex Jr. celebrates pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has tried to enjoy his career year as much as he can. The veteran driver says he never knows when the run might end. He kept on rolling at Dover. Truex will try to win his sixth race of the season from the pole at Dover International Speedway in NASCAR’s ...
  • NASCAR playoff field will try to close gap on Martin Truex Jr. at Dover Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    DOVER, Del. – Martin Truex Jr. quipped after winning in August at Watkins Glen International that he was especially gratified to visit victory lane at one of his multitude of home tracks. A New Jersey native who set the foundation for his eventual foray into NASCAR in underseries around ...
  • NASCAR has too many distractions amid playoffs Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers take the green flag Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(Photo: Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It is two weeks into NASCAR’s playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing. Instead, NASCAR has been shrouded in one absurd drama after another: — Encumbered finishes — you know, results that don’t count toward the playoffs because the car was illegal. — Ambulances that have gotten lost ...
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