by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski lived to race another day as he took the checkered flag in a thrilling three-lap overtime finish in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Speedway to advance to the next round of the championship battle in the final event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Keselowski held off a furious charge from Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR at Talladega Brian Vickers roared to the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon, working the aerodynamic draft to great effect during a qualifying session full of surprises at Talladega Superspeedway. Vickers, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota to a fast lap of 196.129 mph, will start first in Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's race, four drivers will be eliminated from the field of title-eligible drivers, leaving just eight remaining in the championship hunt.
by Brian C. Mackey It's that time of year again. You know, the changing fall colors, the cooling air, pumpkins and most of all, we're deep in the sponsor hunting season of the fourth quarter. In reality, the search for sponsors is all year long, but this time of year is reserved for the most concentrated effort. But just like the seasons seem to be a little out of kilter, in recent years so has the sponsorship story. I used to think motorsports was at a crossroads. I don't think that way anymore.
Will Stewart's most recent hot-head action haunt him?
by Dave Grayson We all saw the post melee at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski expressed post race anger, on pit road, towards Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth. Hamlin did his best to get his hands on Keselowski while, Kenseth actually managed to find his source of anger in the garage and launched a free for all that required the efforts of a large crowd of officials and crew members to separate the two drivers.
by Pete McCole Harvick punched his ticket to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a win in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick beat out Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checker finish to collect his third win of the season and earn an automatic berth into the eight-driver Eliminator round of the Chase. Jamie McMurray came home third, followed by Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski rebounded from an early tire issue to score his fourth NASCAR Nationwide win of the season in Friday night's Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski passed his teammate Ryan Blaney with 13 laps to go and sailed to the finish ahead of fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth for his 31st Nationwide Series win and his ninth-straight top five finish in his nine starts so far this season. Blaney held on for fourth, followed by Kyle Larson.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch captured the pole for Saturday's Bank of America 500 on a record-breaking night of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night that saw the fastest lap on a mile-and-a-half track in NASCAR history. Busch stood atop the leaderboard at the end of the third round of knockout qualifying with a lap of 197.390 mph to notch his third pole of the season
by Dave Grayson Considering the fact that the NASCAR weekend at the Kansas Speedway was the beginning of round two of the Chase elimination process, one would have speculated that the television ratings would have been somewhat of a numbers windfall. Unfortunately, that was not the case. According to Nielson Media, who has been tracking television ratings numbers for decades, the ratings for ESPN's live broadcast of the October 5th Sprint Cup race at Kansas were a disappointment.
Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. and Keselowski involved in incidents A wild Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway saw several Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders run into trouble, while Joey Logano emerged unscathed after having to fight off rookie Kyle Larson for the victory. With the win in the opening race of the Contender Round, Logano has automatically punched his ticket into the Eliminator Round.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kevin Harvick broke his own track record at Kansas Speedway and captured his eighth pole position of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a fast lap of 27.325 seconds, 197.621 mph. in his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS. Harvick also held the previous track record of 194.252 set on May 10, 2014. He will lead the 43-car field to the green in Sundayâ€™s Hollywood Casino 400 on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
by Pete McCole Tony Stewart addressed the media on Monday for the first time since a New York grand jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug 9. Less than a week after a New York grand jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart met with the media.
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