So you want to race? Here's what it cost one sponsor at Hendrick Motorsports
Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports had their business dealings exposed by a lawsuit from another company disputing the percentage of commissions owed on the deal. So what did it cost to sponsor Kasey Kahne per race?
Monday Rundown: Cup playoffs open with few surprises
Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson didn't have bad days at Chicagoland, but it wasn't a race to remember either. After one race, the playoffs are shaping up as expected. In Xfinity and Trucks, the playoff fields are now set.
Just how you draw it up for Martin Truex Jr.
It shouldn't have been easy for Martin Truex Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday after a penalty put him in the middle of the field. The top driver coming in made short work of getting back to the front and won the race going away to open the playoffs.
Truex Jr. wins at Chicagoland.
In the opener of NASCAR's playoffs, Martin Truex Jr. continues his regular season-dominance by leading 77 laps to win at Chicagoland.
William Byron, who replaces Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports next year, said he hasn't focused much on the crew-chief change for Kahne (Darian Grubb in, Keith Rodden out) as his crew chief for next year remains undetermined. Byron: "I really just watch from afar and try to observe all four teams and try and learn from everything that is going on there. I've been to a few races (recently) and just walking around and observing from different teams over there. I trust what decision they're going to make."
Grubb to be Kahne's crew chief for last 9 races
Darian Grubb will replace Keith Rodden as Kasey Kahne's crew chief for the season's final nine races. Grubb guided Tony Stewart to the 2011 NASCAR Cup title.
Hendrick Motorpsorts has replaced Keith Rodden, crew chief for Kasey Kahne, with Darian Grubb for the remainder of the 2017 season. Grubb, who won a NASCAR Cup title with Tony Stewart in 2011, is director of competition at Hendrick. Kahne, who won't return to the team next season, finished 21st Sunday in the opening race of the playoffs and sits 15th in the NASCAR Cup standings.
Martin Truex talks about coming back from some early adversity to win at Chicagoland Speedway:
It's the pits: Crew swap backfires for Ky. Busch
Kyle Busch was given a new pit crew for Sunday's NASCAR Cup playoff opener, but the crew struggled and played a large role in Busch's disappointing 15th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex Jr. wins playoff opener at Chicagoland
Martin Truex Jr. secured a spot in the second round of NASCAR's playoffs with a win at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Chase Elliott finished second, with Kevin Harvick third.
Martin Truex Jr. wins the NASCAR Cup playoff-opening race at Chicagoland. The victory not only automatically qualifies him for the quarterfinal round, he gains five additional points when his points total is reset at the start of that round.
Martin Truex Jr. is in control with 25 laps left in the playoff-opening race at Chicagoland Speedway as he has more than a 2-second lead on Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch is 15th and a lap down after a pit-road penalty earlier in the race.
Chase Elliott, looking for his first career NASCAR Cup victory, led the second stage at Chicagoland, ahead of Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch, a lap down after a tire issue and then a pit-road penalty, is 16th. There are 107 laps remaining.
Kyle Busch, who won the opening stage at Chicagoland, is two laps down in 29th after he had to pit under green with a tire issue and then had a pass-through penalty for having a crew member over the wall too soon. There are 162 laps left in the race.
Kyle Busch, who started on the pole, won the opening stage at Chicagoland. Martin Truex Jr., who was penalized for speeding on pit road, rallied to 10th by the end of the first stage. There are 187 laps left in the playoff-opening race.
Kyle Busch (the driver, not this one by the car) is on the pole for the NASCAR Cup playoff-opening race today at Chicagoland. A win automatically advances a playoff driver out of the first three-race round into the quarterfinal round. That sounds good, but in the first three years of the elimination, the winner of Chicagoland didn't end up among the four finalists at Homestead.
Martin Truex Jr. owns a 20-point lead in the standings as the NASCAR Cup playoffs go green today at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR's new format has drivers carrying over "playoff points" from stage wins and playoff wins accumulated throughout the year – and they continue to earn them for the first two rounds of the playoffs that could help them advance in three-race elimination rounds.
Denny Hamlin starts from the front row today in the NASCAR Cup playoff opener at Chicagoland. Hamlin has the most wins (31) of any active driver without a championship. Hamlin will be without his crew chief today as Mike Wheeler serves the second race of a two-race suspension for an illegal rear suspension on the race-winning car at Darlington.
Jimmie Johnson opens the NASCAR Cup playoffs at fifth in the standings among the 16 playoff drivers. Few would count out the seven-time champion, but he has not led a lap in the last nine races.
As announced months ago, Chicagoland Speedway is today playing host to the NASCAR Cup playoff opener for the final time. The track's race will move to July next year while Las Vegas Motor Speedway gets the opener.
Fulfilling a promise: when Chicagoland Speedway asked NASCAR driver Landon Cassill (right) how many retweets it would need for him to be an official greeter at the track, he said 1,500. Here he is after the 1,500 retweets greeting fans at one of the gates.
#48-Jimmie Johnson goes racing today at Chicago (a track he has never won a race) on his 42nd birthday. He'll try to become the 4th different driver to win a race on his birthday in series history. The others: 3/10/2013: Matt Kenseth, Las Vegas 5/2/2009: Kyle Busch, Richmond 3/27/1983: Cale Yarborough, Atlanta 3/27/1977: Cale Yarborough, North Wilkesboro
Bumpy ride: Chicagoland Speedway hasn't been repaved since it opened in 2001. That means some bumps and a worn race track. BK Racing driver Corey LaJoie explains the challenges as he drives the Toyota pace car around the 1.5-mile oval:
Modified star Christopher killed in plane crash
NASCAR confirmed that Ted Christopher, who won 48 Modified Series races in his career, was killed in a plane crash in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. He was 59.
Erik Jones was surprised by a NASCAR call on the final restart of the Xfinity Series race Saturday. Jones restarted fourth (second in the outside row) and was penalized for not maintaining track position until the start-finish line on a restart. Jones: "It's unfortunate. It was close. I was surprised to see the call. I'd like to just have a full clarification on the rule when you can pass. I had two tires outside of the 1 (of Elliott Sadler) before the start-finish line but I wasn't four tires and committed to passing him until the start-finish line. ... I thought it was fine to get two tires outside but not four. I guess I'll find out more about the rule and see how they prosecute it."
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