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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


posted OCTOBER 14, 2017

ESPN.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last run at Talladega will start from the front by Bob Pockrass

Anniston Star
Notebook: Talladega gifts Dale Jr. one of dad's old cars by Mark McCarter;
Stenhouse Jr. looking for Talladega sweep by Mark Edwards;
Truck series drivers set for elimination race at TSS by LaVonte Young

Associated Press
Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes pole for final Talladega race and
Kligerman wins Talladega as Nemechek advances in playoffs and
Earnhardt reflects on Talladega, Spencer cheating claim by Jenna Fryer

Charlotte Observer
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s farewell gift from Talladega brings tears to his wife by Joe Marusak

JeffGluck.com
Stage points will change the face of Talladega race

Motor Racing Digest
Kenseth seeking a win at Talladega Superspeedway and
Harvick focuses on Talladega in Round of 12 and
Truex already locked in as NASCAR playoffs head to Talladega and
Blaney on the outside looking in headed to Talladega by Matt Lovisa

Motor Racing Network
Elliott On a Roll Going Into Talladega by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Nemechek narrowly escapes elimination from Truck playoffs at Talladega by Jim Utter;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns pole for final Cup race at Talladega and
Chase Elliott enters Talladega the top driver in points without a win and
Matt Kenseth shows off his comedic skills in Talladega press conference and
Dale Jr. drives his father's old car around Talladega Superspeedway by Lee Spencer

NBC Sports
A special night for Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains soured by competitor's comments by Dustin Long;
NASCAR needs to spread the word on rules when it's about safety by Nate Ryan

Popular Speed
Grala, Briscoe Eliminated from Truck Series Playoffs by Ashley McCubbin

SB Nation
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't lacking motivation to win in final Talladega start by Jordan Bianchi

Skirts and Scuffs
Trackin' Trucks: Parker Kligerman Wins Fred's 250 at Talladega by Courtney Horn and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hopes for One Last Dega Victory and
Stage Points Key for Nemechek at Talladega by Courtney Horn

USA Today
NASCAR playoff drivers look to fortify points, avoid calamity at Talladega by Mike Hembree

Yahoo Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to start first in final Talladega race and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hoping he can be 'half as good' as Tony Romo in booth by Nick Bromberg


posted OCTOBER 13, 2017

ESPN.com
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. expects to be fast at Talladega on Sunday by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Stenhouse trying to give Ford a season sweep at plate races and
Kenseth eyeing job driving school bus if NASCAR fails by Jenna Fryer

Circle Track Plus
In time, the world passes us by by Monte Dutton

Frontstretch
Friday Faceoff: Is a NASCAR Upset Brewing at Talladega? by Frontstretch Staff;
Voice Of Vito: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominate One Last Time At 'Dega? by Vito Pugliese;
NASCAR 101: 25 Years In Between Cup Starts by Kevin Rutherford;
4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega? by Zach Catanzareti

JeffGluck.com
Brennan Poole on his future: 'I don't have anything set'

Motor Racing Network
Stenhouse Brings Confidence to Talladega and
Logano Eyes Third Straight Fall Win and
Last Talladega Ride for Earnhardt Jr. by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Johnny Sauter to test spec engine at Talladega this weekend by Lee Spencer;
NASCAR Mailbag: Can burnouts be used to cover up illegal modifications?;
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has chance to tie an Earnhardt record at Talladega and
Five things to watch for in Saturday's NASCAR Truck race at Talladega by Jim Utter;
Danica Patrick returning to the Indy 500 "would be great" says Rahal by David Masher

Motorsports Tribune
Junior's Last Ride: Earnhardt Gears Up for Final Talladega Start and
Elliott Confident in Keeping the Playoff Momentum Going at Talladega and
Stenhouse Looks to Carry Restrictor Plate Magic into Talladega and
Joey Logano Eyes Three-Peat in Fall Talladega Race by David Morgan;
Sauter Ready to Play the Strategy Game at Talladega and
Christopher Bell Advancing to Joe Gibbs Racing's Xfinity Program in 2018 by Seth Eggert

NASCAR>com
Elimination looms as Truck Series drivers face Talladega by Jessica Ruffin;
Matt Kenseth focused on playoff run, not uncertainty of 2018 plans by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Talladega gives awesome gift to Dale Earnhardt Jr.: his father's former race car and
NASCAR reiterates why it did not penalize drivers for pitting partly outside pit box by Jerry Bonkowski;
Stage points could add new element of drama, chaos at Talladega by Dustin Long

On Pit Road
Hail to the King - Can Dale Earnhardt Jr Earn Victory No. 7 at Talladega? by Christian Koelle

Popular Speed
Flashback Friday: Remembering Dale Earnhardt's Last, Heroic Victory and
At Talladega, The First Time is The Sweetest by Tom Jensen

Race Fans Forever
Tales of the Talladega Curse ~ 2017 by PattyKay Lilley

Speedway Media
Talladega - Did You Know? Playoff Edition by Angela Campbell

USA Today
Why you should pick from these 5 NASCAR drivers to win at Talladega by Michelle Martinelli;
Matt Kenseth redirects talk of his NASCAR future with humor by Mike Hembree;
Talladega: NASCAR playoff drivers prepare for white-knuckle ride by Heather Tucker


posted OCTOBER 12, 2017

ESPN.com
Turn 4
Turn 1: Did the win at Charlotte take the 78 team to a new level? Before this, Martin Truex Jr. and his team could dominate a weekend and win, but after a bad qualifying run and first segment, did it take the "next step" on Sunday?
Turn 2: Which driver and team has surprised you the most through four races of the playoffs?
Turn 3: NASCAR will require the engines used at Talladega to also be used in the preseason Clash at Daytona (without refreshing valve springs, etc.). Good idea?
Turn 4: Brian France says fans should not worry about the health of the sport because NASCAR will make good decisions. Are you worried?
by Ricky Craven, Ryan McGee, Bob Pockrass, Matt Willis

AL.com
8 questions with NASCAR legend Bobby Allison by Mark Inabinett

Charlotte Observer
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR Cup retirement will leave exactly the legacy he wanted by Tom Sorenson;
It's Talladega week in NASCAR, which means anything could happen. Is track cursed? by Brendan Marks

Chattanooga Times Free Press
McMurray keeps hanging around in NASCAR playoffs by Mark McCarter

Frontstretch
2-Headed Monster: Will Ford Complete the Restrictor Plate Sweep? by Davey Segal and Michael Massie;
Truckin' Thursdays: Setting the Round of 6 at Talladega by Beth Lunkenheimer;
Eyes on XFINITY: Matt Tifft Ecstatic for Chance at Championship by Dustin Albino;
Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview by Corey Brewer

JeffGluck.com
Social Spotlight with Paige Keselowski

LASTCAR
8/6/72: Robert "Paddlefoot" Wales trails final Cup start at Talladega by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Talladega Fantasy Racing Preview by Jeff Wackerlin;
Talladega Challenge for Playoff Drivers by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
McMurray's crew chief McCall isn't worried about being the underdog by Lee Spencer;
Roundtable - Cutting costs in NASCAR

Motorsports Tribune
Previewing the NASCAR CWTS fred's 250 by Seth Eggert;
Throwback Thursday Theater - Dale Earnhardt, Jr's 'Dega Dominance by David Morgan

NASCAR.com
What does it take to win at Talladega Superspeedway? by Chase Wilhelm

NBC Sports
Xfinity Spotlight: Jeff Green on 26 years of marriage and growing up with the Waltrips by Daniel McFadin

Orlando Sentinel
Denny Hamlin won't be getting raise based on NASCAR's downturn economics by George Diaz

Popular Speed
Six Burning Talladega Questions by Tim Jensen

Race Fans Forever
My Name Is Not Important by Tim Leeming

SB Nation
Scary Talladega looms as ominous hurdle in NASCAR playoffs by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media
Hot 20 - Talladega is not for wimps or the faint of heart by Ron Thornton;
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Preview-Talladega by Briar Starr

USA Today
Six-time winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. eager for his last shot at Talladega and
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confident heading into Sunday's Talladega playoff race by Mike Hembree;
Denny Hamlin explains why racing at Talladega is uncontrollable by Michelle Martinelli




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