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Oct 17
Friday

Short Strokes

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Pink Lemonade 5Hr Energy benefiting LBBC Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan / Getty Images) Clint Bowyer was fastest in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Talladega, posting a lap at 200.385 mph in the draft, as drivers prepare for the new split-field, short-session qualifying format that will debut at the 2.66-mile speedway on Saturday afternoon. Two other drivers topped the 200 mph mark, Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray. In a second practice session that featured a lower number of drivers choosing to participate (21 versus 46 in the opening session), Kyle Busch was quickest at 195.205 mph, followed by Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne. In eighth place, with a one-point edge over Matt Kenseth for the final transfer position into the Chase’s Eliminator Round, Kahne likely needs a strong finish on Sunday to keep his ... FULL STORY »

Did Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team really win the Talladega race at Charlotte?
By NASCAR Wire Service

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images TALLADEGA, Ala.— Against all odds, Brad Keselowski advanced to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, capturing victory in a race he had to win on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. To be sure, talent played a role, and talent is something Keselowski has in ample supply. Focus was a major factor, too. Throughout the week preceding the Talladega race, during a test session at Martinsville Speedway and on Friday and Saturday at Talladega, Keselowski answered questions from reporters in terse, clipped sentences, preferring not to fuel the fire that came to a blaze on the track and in the garage at Charlotte on the previous Saturday night. Keselowski had his blinders on, and the only point of interest ... FULL STORY »

Faster NSCS Qualifying For Talladega Saturday

This is Talladega: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Reddick Wins Pole for fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola TALLADEGA, AL – The high-speed chess match that has long been a trademark of racing at Talladega Superspeedway will now extend into qualifying, as Saturday marks the debut of the NASCAR Sprint ... FULL STORY »

2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Final Practice Session Speeds

Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Halloween Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. - Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images During the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) GEICO 500 practice session early Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway, it was Kyle Busch - with a lap speed of 195.205 mph - at the top of the speed chart at the ... FULL STORY »

2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx One Rate/Deliverminator Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx One Rate Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How will you approach Sunday's race? "I think we'll have to kind of play it by ear and really kind of look and see what the guys around us in ... FULL STORY »

Governor Corbett Announces Economic Growth Initiative Grant to Assist Pocono Raceway Improvements

Pocono Raceway Logo Long Pond, PA (Oct. 17, 2014)– Governor Tom Corbett today announced a $1 million Economic Growth Initiative (EGI) grant to assist in the Pocono Raceway’s renovation and improvement plan. “This raceway is a major tourism catalyst for Pennsylvania bringing in tourism ... FULL STORY »

Fifty Years Later, NASCAR Drivers Still Pine for a Martinsville Clock

Martinsville Speedway Logo MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 17, 2014) - On Sept. 27, 1964 Fred Lorenzen won at Martinsville Speedway. His prize for crossing the finish line first – a grandfather clock. It was then NASCAR’s most iconic trophy was born. When the Sprint Cup ... FULL STORY »

2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Kevin Harvick

2014 NSCS Driver Kevin Harvick with son Keelan in the garage area - Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway to discuss advancing to the next round of the Chase, the challenge of Talladega and the fallout from the Charlotte weekend, among other topics. YOU ... FULL STORY »



Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota - Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Matt Kenseth
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How do you approach Talladega knowing how critical it is to transfer in the Chase? "Obviously this is one that everybody has been worried about.  In this round, we have not performed well in the first two rounds, even besides ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Ryan Newman (Caterpillar) - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Ryan Newman
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed post-race activities at Charlotte last week, his opinion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format at this point, the upcoming Martinsville race, qualifying at Talladega, and more. WHAT’S YOUR OPINION OF THE CHASE NOW THAT WE’RE HALFWAY ...FULL STORY »
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Jimmie Johnson
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media today at Talladega Superspeedway. He discussed the pressures of advancing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and racing at Talladega, his relationship with crew chief Chad Knaus, drafting at Talladega and other topics.   TALK A LITTLE ...FULL STORY »
Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY Benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer Toyota - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 First Practice Session Speeds
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
Clint Bowyer, with a lap speed of 200.385 mph, was the fastest Friday afternoon during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Second fastest with a lap speed was 200.268 mph, was Aric Almirola and he was followed by Jamie McMurray (200.117 ...FULL STORY »
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, looks on in the garage area - Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Brad Keselowski
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford Fusion, spoke to members of the media prior to the opening practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski addressed his incident with Matt Kenseth last weekend in Charlotte and spoke about the pressure on he and the No. ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Jamie McMurray (Cessna) i- Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Jamie McMurray
no responses - Posted 10.17.14
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway, and discussed racing at Talladega, race strategy, teammates at Talladega, car setups and other topics. ON BEING AT TALLADEGA: “Talladega is one of the more laid-back weekends for all of us. It’s typically one practice ...FULL STORY »


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