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posted OCTOBER 21, 2017

Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson all have work to do by Bob Pockrass

Charlotte Observer
Martin Truex Jr. wins qualifying, plus observations from Friday at Kansas Speedway by Brendan Marks

Joey Gase Focusing on Cup Series for 2018, No Animosity from Jimmy Means by Dustin Albino;
Martin Truex Jr. Scores Cup Pole in Kansas and
Jimmie Johnson Brushes Off Crew's Talladega Mistakes, Remains Optimistic in Kansas and
Matt Kenseth 'Has to Execute Better' to Move to Next Round by Beth Lunkenheimer

Kansas City Star
Martin Truex is true to form in qualifying at Kansas Speedway by Todd Engle;
Kyle Busch used to hate Kansas Speedway. Now, his title hopes hinge on success there by Randy Covitz;
Win at 'home' on Sunday would buoy Emporia's Clint Bowyer during frustrating NASCAR season by Jordan Airington;
William Byron should be a college freshman. But he's chasing an Xfinity title at Kansas instead by Tod Palmer

Motor Racing Digest
Harvick enters Kansas with a point cushion, Truex already locked inand
Kenseth and Blaney enter Kansas with a chance to advance in playoffs by Matt Lovisa

Motor Racing Network
Harvick Comfortable in Kansas by Pete Pistone

If Johnson is feeling the playoff pressure, it doesn't show and
Bowyer looks for redemption at Kansas after Talladega frustration by Lee Spencer;
Blaney fails post-qualifying inspection, loses starting position by Jim Utter

Larson's can-do attitude an advantage in pressure-filled Playoffs by Holly Cain

NBC Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. bursting with joy over thoughts of baby girl and
Ryan Blaney's car fails inspection after qualifying by Dustin Long;
Are Cup teams still working through the stages of calling a race? by Nate Ryan

Popular Speed
Martin Truex Jr. Claims Kansas Pole by Tom Jensen

The Racing Experts
Past champions Johnson, Kenseth, talk about elimination weekend at Kansas by Dominic Aragon and Justin Melillo;
Martin Truex Jr. resumes 2017 domination with Kansas pole by Justin Melillo

SB Nation
Clint Bowyer explains meltdown on crew chief at Talladega by Jordan Bianchi

Topeka Capital-Journal
Clint Bowyer ready to put Talladega behind him, focus on Kansas by Rick Peterson

Yahoo Sports
Why an 83-year-old race team owner drives a school bus to the track by Nick Bromberg

posted OCTOBER 20, 2017

Clint Bowyer wasn't happy with the position his team put him in at Talladega and
The Charlotte 'roval' isn't quite ready for NASCAR, but it's getting there by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Johnson, Kenseth on bubble as Kansas elimination race looms and
Truex fastest for playoff elimination race at Kansas by Dave Skretta

Caledonian Record
Four Drivers' Shot at the 2017 Title Will Be Over After This Weekend by Big Bigelow

Charlotte Observer
Most surprising driver in NASCAR playoffs says he can take it all the way to Homestead by Brendan Marks

Teck Talk: Chassis Travel, Rear-End Shims & Tire Test Philosophy with Tony Gibson by Mike Neff;
4 Burning Questions: Will Consistency Be Enough for Playoff Bubble Drivers in Kansas? by Zach Catanzareti;
Double Take: As One Plate King Retires, Another Steps Up by Sean Fesko;
NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017 by Kevin Rutherford;
Friday Faceoff: Does Talladega Belong in the Playoffs? by Amy Henderson

Kansas City Star
NASCAR's Johnson drive for eight championships comes to Kansas by Randy Covitz

Kickin' The Tires
Martin Truex Jr. Will Start on Pole for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 and
Matt Kenseth Maintain Balance Between Realism and Optimism Heading Into Cutoff Race and
Four Above, Four Below: Who Has the Best Chance of Salvaging Their Season in Kansas? by Summer Bedgood

Entry List Storylines: Kansas by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Truex Claims Kansas Pole by Robbie Mays;
Pressure Is On Johnson and
Kenseth Not Worried About 2018 and
Busch Racing for Playoff Life by Pete Pistone

Clint Bowyer addresses confrontation with crew chief, team's future and
With father-figure mentality, Jimmie Johnson guiding Hendrick kids Byron and Bowman by Pat DeCola;
Fit Row: State-of-the-art sports medicine room vital to Joe Gibbs Racing's success by Chase Wilhelm

NBC Sports
Clint Bowyer explains what angered him at Talladega and
NASCAR continues to study tire that flew off Kyle Busch's car in Talladega crash by Dustin Long;
Will Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch advance in playoffs? by Daniel McFadin

Popular Speed
Will Kansas be Jimmie Johnson's Last Stand? and
Mike Helton Donated Jeep Raises $100k for UNLV Docs and
4 Past NASCAR Champions in Danger of Elimination at Kansas by Tom Jensen

Race Fans Forever
The Perfect Storm by David Nance;
NASCAR Goes Country by PattyKay Lilley

Bowyer plays down Talladega tantrum by Kelly Crandall

SB Nation
Which drivers will be eliminated from the NASCAR playoffs at Kansas? by Jordan Bianchi

Tuscaloosa News
What to do about Talladega? by Mark McCarter

USA Today
Teen William Byron's NASCAR career takes off after trucks series win a year ago in Kansas and
Jimmy Johnson shrugs off team's mistakes, confident he can advance to NASCAR round of eight by Randy Covitz;
What it's like to be best friends with Dale Earnhardt Jr. - and have to work with him by Michelle Martinelli;
Who has the edge in playoff elimination race at Kansas? by Ellen Horrow

Yahoo Sports
You can thank NASCAR's playoff points for boosting Kyle Busch's chances of advancing to 3rd round by Nick Bromberg

posted OCTOBER 19, 2017

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

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

Charlotte Observer
Which drivers will survive Kansas after havoc at Talladega jumbled the standings? by Brendan Marks

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

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

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

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

Motor Racing Network
Kansas Fantasy Racing Preview and
Blaney Remains In Playoff Picture by Pete Pistone

Roundtable: Will the NASCAR Cup Series ever go international?;
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

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

Yahoo Sports
Will a big-name driver fail to advance to the third round of the playoffs? by Nick Bromberg

posted OCTOBER 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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


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