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posted OCTOBER 19, 2017

ESPN.com
Turn 4
Turn 1: There were 14 cars running at the finish at Talladega. A joke or an exciting battle of attrition?
Turn 2: Former champs Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are 8-9-10 in the standings. Do they all advance following Kansas? If you had to pick just one, which one?
Turn 3: With all the wildness that takes place, should a plate race remain in the playoffs?
Turn 4: With Kyle Busch's issues in the Round of 12, who's now your second-favorite driver -- presumably behind Martin Truex Jr. -- to win the championship?
by Ricky Craven, Ryan McGee, Bob Pockrass, and Matt Willis

Auto Racing Daily
Charlotte Motor Speedway 'roval' needs test race before playoffs by Amanda Vincent

Autoweek
NASCAR drivers test the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval to mixed results by Matt Weaver

Des Moines Register
Why does NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson's car have a Marshalltown sticker? by Kevin Hardy

Frontstretch
Whelen Euro Series Champ Alon Day Attempting Cup Return by Joseph Wolkin;
2-Headed Monster: Will Chase Elliott Win in the No. 24? by Segal & Massie;
Eyes on XFINITY: Tommy Joe Martins Still Surviving in NASCAR by Dustin Albino;
Happiness Is: Conspiracies, Texas and One by Huston Ladner;
Truckin' Thursdays: 3 Potential 1st-Time Winners Before the End of 2017 by Beth Lunkenheimer;
Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast: Hollywood Casino 400 Preview by Corey Brewer

JeffGluck.com
Social Spotlight with Parker Kligerman

Johnson City Press
Earnhardt determined to carry on family legacy by Jeff Birchfield

Kansas City Star
Need for speed? These NASCAR drivers race on bikes and by foot, too by Jordan Airington

LASTCAR
1980: Tommy Houston finishes last in rare Cup start at North Wilkesboro by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Blaney Remains In Playoff Picture by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Ford Performance will be under new leadership in 2018 by Lee Spencer;
Daniel Hemric cuts vacation short for first chance in Cup car by Jim Utter

NASCAR.com
Dramatic flair: Harvick carries history of clutch performances in Playoffs by Zack Albert;
H2H: Which former champion is in the most bubble trouble?

NBC Sports
Daniel Hemric gets unexpected introduction to Cup car at Charlotte road course test and
Dave Pericak stepping down as director of Ford Performance on Dec. 1 after 'heck of a ride' and
Xfinity Spotlight: Q&A with Casey Mears by Daniel McFadin

Race Fans Forever
It Is What It Is! by Vivian Simons

SB Nation
NASCAR mailbag: Why a midsize team should sign Matt Kenseth by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media
Hot 20 - Dorothy returns to Kansas after spending last weekend in the Talladega tornado by Ron Thornton

Topeka Capital Journal
With race at Kansas Speedway, Ryan Blaney looking to keep NASCAR championship hopes alive and
Daniel Suarez proud of '17 NASCAR season ahead of Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway by Rick Peterson

USA Today
NASCAR playoff drivers hope to evade elimination at Kansas by Mike Hembree

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Kansas Race Preview by Micah Roberts


posted OCTOBER 18, 2017

ESPN.com
What do the 10 drivers still looking to advance need at Kansas? by Bob Pockrass

Auto Racing Daily
Talladega Superspeedway belongs in playoffs by Amanda Vincent

Charlotte Observer
Drivers finally test Charlotte's 'Roval,' say it has 'all kinds of craziness going on' by Brendan Marks

Frontstretch
Did You Notice?: When Does A NASCAR DNF Start To Matter? by Tom Bowles;
NASCAR Mailbox: Is Matt Kenseth Done After 2017? by Joseph Wolkin;
Myatt Snider Learning on the Fly at Kyle Busch Motorsports by Davey Segal;
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega by Frank Velat;
The Frontstretch 5: Playoff Changes That Could Spice Up the Racing by Amy Henderson

JeffGluck.com
12 Questions with Ty Dillon

Kansas City Star
Kevin Harvick hopes to repeat history at Kansas Speedway by Randy Covitz

Motor Racing Network
Fall Cleaning by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Captain's Corner: Ryan Blaney comes full circle at Kansas and
Truex on Charlotte Roval test: "All kinds of craziness going on" by Jim Utter;
Furniture Row: From humble beginnings to the team to beat by Lee Spencer

NASCAR.com
Charlotte road course shaping up to be Playoff wildcard in 2018 by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Race distance for Charlotte Motor Speedway road course still TBD and
Charlotte road course could be Talladega, Part II as Round of 16 cutoff race by Nate Ryan;
Ryan Blaney returns to Kansas where win slipped away in May by Daniel McFadin;
Here's your primer heading into second half of NASCAR Cup playoffs by Jerry Bonkowski;
Lack of stage points could end Jimmie Johnson's bid for 8th title by Dustin Long

Race Fans Forever
Do NASCAR's Screw-ups Even Matter If Motorsports Have No Future? by Frank Buhrman;
If We Are Going to Have a Playoff, Make It a Real One by David Nance

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Talladega disappointment nothing compared to Dale Jr.'s off-track joy by Randy Hallman

Speedway Media
Matt Crafton Has Wild Day At Talladega by Briar Starr ;
Keselowski, Team Penske Hitting Stride At Key Point In Playoffs by Joseph Shelton

USA Today
Toyota's success on NASCAR tracks translates into new car sales and
Toyota dominates second half of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season by Mike Hembree;
Dale Earnhardt Jr., expectant dad, says 'I have no idea what I've gotten myself into' by Heather Tucker


posted OCTOBER 17, 2017

ESPN.com
Brad Keselowski is fun to watch at plate tracks by Ricky Craven

Anniston Star
NASCAR should mull protecting playoff cars by Joe Medley

Associated Press
NASCAR's most popular driver expecting a baby girl

Bristol Herald Courier
5 Things from Talladega and
It was a big day for the Henderson team by Allen Gregory

Daytona Beach News-Journal
Questions & Attitude: Who falls off the bubble at Kansas? by Ken Willis

Denver Business Journal
Furniture Row's NASCAR racing team has full sponsorship deal for 2018 by Ben Miller

Frontstretch
The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega... Sort Of by Amy Henderson;
Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Perseveres Through Talladega Wreckfest by Phil Allaway;
5 Points To Ponder: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short At Talladega by Danny Peters;
Who's Hot & Who's Not In NASCAR: Talladega Demolition Derby Edition by Jeff Wolfe;
Beside the Rising Tide: Temporary Unreal Permanent Insanity by Matt McLaughlin

Kickin the Tires
Goodyear ready to tackle Charlotte road course test by Caleb Whisler;
Frontstretch Row Motorsports changes indicate play for a big-name driver by Jerry Jordan;
Playoff Points: Truck Series update leaving Talladega by Aaron Bearden

Motor Racing Network
NASCAR Notebook: Truex, Pollex Receive Spirit Award and
Power Rankings After Talladega by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Doug Yates: "My dad would be very proud" by Lee Spencer

NASCAR.com
'Hungry to make it': Excitement aplenty at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine by Holly Cain

NBC Sports
Martin Truex Jr. still hottest in Who's Hot, Who's Not heading into Kansas by Jerry Bonkowski;
Bump & Run: Who makes the cut at Kansas, who doesn't? and
Martin Truex Jr., Sherry Pollex receive National Motorsports Press Association Spirit Award by Daniel McFadin

Race Fans Forever
Outrunning the Bear by David Nance

Speedway Media
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Power Rankings-Talladega by Briar Starr;
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Talladega by Jeffrey Boswell;
The Final Word - If they weren't racing, they were wrecking at Talladega by Ron Thornton

Stock Car Gazette
7 Great Places to Watch NASCAR by Scott Huntington;
Keselowski Stays in the Chase Hunt With Talladega Win by Chuck Abrams

Yahoo Sports
NASCAR Power Rankings: Talladega's chaos jumbles the top 12 by Nick Bromberg


posted OCTOBER 16, 2017

ESPN.com
Crash-filled Talladega shakes up the playoffs with one race to make semis and
Brad Keselowski cashes in on must-win situation at Talladega by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Talladega is too dicey to be in NASCAR's playoffs by Jenna Fryer

Autoweek
Front Row Motorsports NASCAR team explains decision to drop Landon Cassill and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't win NASCAR Talladega but proved something to his critics by Matt Weaver

Charlotte Observer
NASCAR Cup Series | Results & 3 takeaways from Sunday's Alabama 500 race at Talladega by Brendan Marks;
Sunday was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day. Here's why he'll likely always remember it fondly. by Mike Reader

CupScene
Brad Keselowski survives Talladega war to win on a last lap pass and
The NASCAR Alabama 500 at Talladega as it happened and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. just happy to walk away unscathed after final Talladega race by Greg Engle

Dallas News
Texas Motor Speedway countdown: What racing fans need to know about the NASCAR playoffs by Gerry Fraley

Daytona Beach News Journal
3 things we learned from Talladega by Godwin Kelly

Frontstretch
Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski & Parker Kligerman Victorious in Wild Weekend at Talladega;
Gray Gaulding Blown Away by First Top-10 Finish at Talladega by Zach Catanzareti;
Up to Speed: A Lucky Final Season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Bryan Gable;
The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500 by Christian Koelle;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Spoils Dale Earnhardt Jr's Farewell Party at Talladega by Mike Neff

JeffGluck.com
NASCAR planning to mandate standard pit gun beginning in 2018

Kickin the Tires
Bayne survives for third at Talladega and
Hamlin content with run at Talladega by Caleb Whisler;
Ryan Newman falls just short of Talladega triumph and
Dale Jr. ends restrictor plate farewell with a top 10 in final Talladega start and
Playoff Points: Talladega 2 Edition by Aaron Bearden

Motor Racing Network
Talladega Checkered and Black Flags and
Accidents Shake Up Playoff Standings by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
One Ford philosophy pays off for Keselowski at Talladega and
Chaotic day at Talladega shuffles playoff standings by Lee Spencer;
Avoiding the Talladega wrecks gave Ryan Newman a chance at victory and
Dale Jr. fails to win Talladega but still had "a hell of a weekend" by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune
Climbing the Ladder: Brandon Jones by Seth Eggert

NASCAR.com
Despite move from cutoff race, Talladega again shakes up playoffs by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Jimmie Johnson confused over NASCAR parking car after team worked on it during red flag by Daniel McFadin;
Jimmie Johnson's spotter takes blame for team working on car during red flag and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s dramatic ride doesn't end in victory, but he walked away by Dustin Long;
Ten of top 12 finishers at Talladega weren't remaining playoff contenders by Jerry Bonkowski

Popular Speed
7 Takeaways From Talladega Smashup and
Alabama Slammer: Talladega Crashes Jumble Points by Tom Jensen;
New Plate Racing Masters Emerge at Talladega by Jason Schultz;
Ashley Asks.....Ross Chastain by Ashley McCubbin

Racer
The passing of the torch by Kelly Crandall;
'No worries' for Truex over FRR single-car future

The Racing Experts
Gaulding posts first career top-10 finish, leads rookies at Talladega by Dominic Aragon;
Morgan Shepherd, 76, grateful for supportive fans by Isabel Gonzalez

SB Nation
NASCAR Talladega 2017 results: Brad Keselowski wins Alabama 500 by Jordan Bianchi

Skirts and Scuffs
Brad Keselowski Gets Fifth Talladega Victory by Courtney Horn

USA Today
Brad Keselowski wins wreck-fest at Talladega to advance in playoffs and
Crashes ensure Talladega continues to be capital of calamity by Mike Hembree

Yahoo Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final Talladega race closes the book on epic NASCAR dynasty by Jay Busbee


posted OCTOBER 15, 2017

ESPN.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. happy to leave final Talladega race in good health and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. excited about Talladega by Bob Pockrass

Anniston Star
If you're nervous driving at Talladega, it means you're having fun by Bret Holmes;
Talladega won't be the same without Dale Jr. and
Bonus points at each stage could add drama to already-unpredictable race and
Talladega: In final 'Dega start, Dale Jr. will go from the pole by Mark McCarter

Associated Press
Keselowski races way into 3rd round of NASCAR's playoffs by Jenna Fryer;
Martin Truex Jr. lands 36-race sponsorship deal for 2018

JeffGluck.com
The Top Five: Breaking down the Talladega playoff race

LASTCAR
Justin Marks' off-screen accident leads off Talladega wreckfest and
Norm Benning extends record no-lap streak to five straight races by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Talladega Rear-View Mirror and
No Talladega Storybook Finish for Earnhardt Jr. and
Talladega High Five for Keselowski by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Goodyear to test three backstretch chicanes at Charlotte roval by Jim Utter;
Brad Keselowski prevails in wild finish at Talladega and
Truex to enjoy full sponsorship for 2018 NASCAR Cup season by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
Snider Survives to Finish Third at Talladega and
A Day of Career-Best Finishes at Talladega by Seth Eggert

NBC Sports
Brad Keselowski wins Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway by Daniel McFadin;
Staff picks for today's Cup race at Talladega;
Jeffrey Earnhardt to return to No. 33 car for 2018 and
Today marks one last time for Dale Earnhardt Jr., fans at Talladega and
Bass Pro Shops, 5-hour Energy to co-sponsor Martin Truex Jr.'s car for 30 races in 2018 by Dustin Long

Popular Speed
McMurray's Title Hopes All But Over and
Talladega Wreckfest Claimed By Brad Keselowski and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Start Last Talladega Race From The Pole by Tom Jensen

Skirts and Scuffs
Furniture Row Racing Announce Unique Partnership by Courtney Horn

USA Today
Bobby Allison fondly recalls son Davey's first Talladega win after his crash 30 years ago by Mike Hembree

Yahoo Sports
5-Hour Energy moves to Martin Truex Jr.'s car for 2018 by Nick Bromberg




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