Geoff's Journal: Previewing the second Chase-elimination race

Sunday’s Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is bound to be a great race for fans, spectators and the teams competing. It will also feature more drama with four teams being eliminated from Chase contention.

It’s exciting to watch, but intense to be a part of this kind of racing. You run at these tracks wide open, and for a driver, it takes a lot of skill to run wide open with downforce.


Reed talks Talladega, XFINITY Chase, 2017

Saturday’s qualifying session will mark the first time since October 2014 Roush Fenway Racing has four cars on the entry list in the same event. Reed’s XFINITY Series crew chief Phil Gould will serve atop the pit box at Talladega.

Reed spoke exclusively with The Racing Experts about his chance to make Sunday’s race, his run for a championship in the XFINITY Series and 2017 plans.

Elliott, Keselowski anchor Chase grid leaving Kansas

Finishes off of the lead lap for Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski at Kansas Speedway leave the two drivers trailing the Chase cutline entering the elimination race for the Round of 12.

Elliott and Keselowski, who finished 31st and 38th respectively in the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday, have the largest points deficits to make up next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway among the drivers still eligible to advance to the Round of 8.

Allmendinger scores first top-ten finish in eight races

An eighth place finish for A.J. Allmendinger at Kansas Speedway Sunday was the first time in eight races the driver placed inside the top-ten in a Sprint Cup Series event.

Starting inside the top-ten for the second consecutive race, Allmendinger ran as high as fourth place. The JTG-Daugherty Racing drive’s finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 is his second consecutive top-ten finish in the Sprint Cup Series at Kansas.

Bowman picks up career-best finish at Kansas

Alex Bowman’s seventh place finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday marked the driver’s best career finish in the Sprint Cup Series.

Bowman, who qualified fifth in his 77th career start in the series, ran as low as 36th in the race, two laps down. Contact with the wall on lap 92 had the driver pit under green flag conditions to repair damage.

Previewing the Bank of America 500

The Round of 12 for the 2016 Chase begins Saturday night with the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBC). Four drivers were eliminated from the playoffs last weekend at Dover International Speedway: Jamie McMurray, Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart.

Gordon leads laps, scores first top-ten of 2016

Jeff Gordon led laps and finished inside the top-ten in a Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday, the first time he’s done both in 2016.

Starting 16th, the four-time Sprint Cup champion started his eighth race of the season behind-the-wheel of the No. 88 in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. The interim driver led laps during the final cycle of green flag pit stops, obtaining the lead on lap 367 before pitting from the lead on lap 373.


Comments from the eliminated drivers

The Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday marked the conclusion of the Round of 16 for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, eliminating four drivers from championship contention.


Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the first Chase-elimination race After the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday, we will see the Chase field narrow from 16 driver to 12.

How safe are drivers above the cutoff?
No one is safe. Unless you’ve won a race in this round, no position is safe.


Harvick takes advantage on final restart, punches ticket to Round of 12

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick didn’t have the best car, but he did have the best restart when it counted at the “Magic Mile.”

Harvick started 19th and methodically worked his way into the top-five by the halfway point, but didn’t race for the lead for much of the race.


Rookie Report: Bad Boy Off Road 300

LOUDON, N.H. — All five Sprint Cup Series rookie-of-the-year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Our Tyler Head breaks down how each fared. READ MORE

Making the Cut: 3 first-time Chasers
looking to regain lost ground at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H.—With two races left before the first round of eliminations in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship, three of the four first-time Chasers in this year’s field find themselves on the outside looking in.


Byron wins at New Hampshire, advances to Round of 6

LOUDON, N.H.—The “Magic Mile” was just that for William Byron on Saturday afternoon.

Byron dominated the UNOH 175, leading 161 of the scheduled 175 laps en route to victory lane for the sixth time in 2016. READ MORE

 Johnson streak of 20+ top-tens per season over

Jimmie Johnson’s 14-year streak of scoring at least 20 top-ten finishes in per season ended with the driver's 12th place finish in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday.


Two rookies place inside top-five at Chicagoland

For the second time in four races, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year contenders finished inside the top-five in the same race.

Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney finished third and fourth respectively in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.


Rookies lead, anchor Chase drivers at Chicagoland

Sprint Cup Rookie-of-the-year contenders Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher find themselves on opposite sides of the Chase grid in relation to each other after Sunday’s Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.


Bowman picks up first top-ten of Sprint Cup career

In his 74th series start, Alex Bowman picked up the first top-ten finish of his Sprint Cup career Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.


McMurray makes Chase history

Jamie McMurray has become the first driver in the history of the Sprint Cup Series to qualify for the Chase without leading a single lap during the regular season.

McMurray’s seventh place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway ensured the Chip Ganassi Racing driver a place in NASCAR's version of the playoffs.

Previewing the Federated Auto Parts 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its 26th of 36 stops this Saturday night, September 10, at Richmond International Raceway, in Richmond, Virginia.

This weekend’s race will be the final race before points are reset for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

First practice, final practice and qualifying are all scheduled for Friday.

Race coverage will be on NBCSN and MRN at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time Saturday.


Kahne scores first top-ten since Sonoma

A seventh-place effort in the Southern 500 snapped an eight race top-tenless streak for Kasey Kahne Sunday night.

Kahne, the highest finishing Hendrick Motorsports driver at Darlington Speedway, picked up his seventh overall top-ten finish this season. READ MORE

Nemechek beats out Custer in controversial finish

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park always seems to bring short track excitement, and that proved to be the case once again after John Hunter Nemechek took the victory in the Camping World Truck Series’ Chevy Silverado 250 on Sunday afternoon. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Thoughts on William Byron

By Geoff Bodine

I found out of the news of William Byron signing with Hendrick Motorsports through social media and auto racing news websites.

I did see parts of William and Rick Hendrick’s media availability from the media center at Bristol Motor Speedway. I had no idea the connection William and Rick had, their families had.

Apparently when he was younger, he went trick-or-treating to Rick’s house. The story goes William told Rick one day he wanted to drive for him.

William didn’t say what he dressed up as for Halloween, but of course, that couldn’t have been many years ago.


Byron ready for road course challenge

He may be a stranger to Canada, but he's no stranger to turning left and right.

William Byron seems to be on a roll in 2016, setting a Camping World Truck Series record with five wins in 14 races this season in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 9 Toyota Tundra.

Byron and the rest of the field will be making their first start on a road course this season in the Truck Series.

If history has proven anything for his KBM team, it's that he could be a force to be reckoned with come race day. READ MORE

Youth movement heading into Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

By Steven Ellis

First, it was Chase Elliott winning one of the most memorable truck series race finishes ever. The next year in 2014, Ryan Blaney managed a last second pass on German Quiorga to win by just .049 seconds, one of the closest finishes in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Last year, rising star Erik Jones beat out road course ace Alex Tagliani after the former Indy 500 pole sitter had a gearbox issue on the final lap.

For all three drivers, the spotlight shined at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on three of the best young names in racing. Recently, the series, which has featured some of the best racing in NASCAR this year, has also seen some talented young stars taking control.

William Byron has a whopping five wins in 2016, and should steal another one before the year is over. Last week, Brett Moffitt made an incredible three-wide pass on the last lap to beat out veteran Timothy Peters to win his very first NASCAR race.


When was the last time two or more rookies finished top-five in the same race?

With two rookie contenders finishing inside the top-five in the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, those two drivers accomplished something that has not been achieved in over nine-and-a-half seasons.

Chase Elliott’s second-place finish and Ryan Blaney’s fourth-place finish marked the first time multiple Sprint Cup Series rookie-of-the-year contenders finished inside the top-five in the same race since November 2006.

Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin finished second and third respectively during their rookie campaigns in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2006, 348 races ago.

This is the second time in the Chase-era the mark has been accomplished.

Since the inception of the NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 1958 for the Sprint Cup Series, the feat has been accomplished a total of eight times, all at eight different venues.


Previewing the Pure Michigan 400 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its 24th of 36 stops this Sunday, August 28, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Two practice sessions and qualifying are scheduled for Friday while Saturday will feature second practice and final practice. Television coverage of the race will be on NBCSN and radio coverage on MRN beginning at 2 P.M. Eastern Time. READ MORE

Courtney Force cleared to continue Funny Car racing

By Stan Creekmore

The most recent fear among those who follow the NHRA was simple: Would Courtney Force be well enough to return to Funny Car racing at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.

The answer is out. Courtney will miss nothing. She will behind the wheel of a new Traxxas Chevrolet on what she hopes is a path to victory.

“I am excited to get back in the seat,” Courtney stated when asked about the return. “After how I last left the track I am definitely ready to get back in the car and go down the race track. I have been going through physical therapy every day. I have been working with Dr. Ortmeyer who is the same doctor that worked with my dad after his crash. I am seeing huge progress every day with my knee."


Time To Be Sorry

Stan Creekmore


John Force is learning a valuable lesson.

There is a time to be a boss worried about the success of his company and an even more important a time to just be a father, Courtney Force's accident in Seattle was the impetus.

Force climbed into the ambulance where Courtney was receiving preliminary treatment. To Force she appeared to be in shock.

“I climbed in the ambulance asking questions and a paramedic who was evaluating Courtney asked 'who is he?' explained Force.

“He's her father,” responded another paramedic.


Words of Wisdom

Stan Creekmore


The words from Bill Bader, Sr. to his son Bill Bader, Jr. and most recently to John Force, 16X Funny Car Champion, are like whispers which hit like hammers.

“Put down the pen,” Bader, Sr. told his son Bader Jr. as he took over the position as the president of Summit Motorsports Park, one of the premier drag strips in the NHRA located just outside of Norwalk, Ohio.

“Put down the pen!”


No Cup races lined up for Burton

By Dominic Aragon

 Second-generation NASCAR driver Jeb Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, is not set to make additional Sprint Cup Series starts on 2016 at this time. However, the Halifax, Virginia native has at least one more start in the second-tier XFINITY Series this season.

“I don’t have any more Cup stuff planned,” Burton said. “I’m going to do some XFINITY stuff with Biagi-DenBeste Racing at Richmond with Estes.”

Burton has competed in two Sprint Cup races this year with a best finish of 29th. He made both starts at Pocono Raceway driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Archie St. Hilaire’s Go Fas Racing.


Blaney to be Thrownback to 1976

By Stan Creekmore


The trip to Darlington Raceway was one of the top moments in NASCAR during the 50s through the early 90s for all those in love with the sport all the way from drivers to fans. The eggshell oval was unmatched by any other track. The original asphalt, which contained coral from the ocean, was the most destructive to race tires. It did not take long for drivers to understand racing the competition was simply secondary to racing the track which quickly became known as the “The Lady in Black”.

David Pearson loved the track. He loved finessing the “Lady” while trying to find his way to the checkered flag to take the win. One of his most memorable moments was in 1976 as the driver of the Wood Brothers Ford.

To celebrate his excellence in their race cars, the Wood Brothers, the oldest now 90, will race a throwback scheme to 1976 in the 20216 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy this video provided by the Wood Brothers talking about their efforts in putting together this throwback scheme.


Bristol Motor Speedway Results - UNOH 200, Food City 300 and Bass Pro Shops 500

Unoh 200

Food City 300
Bass Pro Shops 500

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