Clint Bowyer has cooled off since Talladega blowup
Clint Bowyer wasn't happy with his crew chief, Mike Bugarewicz, after a wreck late in last Sunday's race at Talladega, and he let him know it right on pit road. Both say it's behind them now, but changes may be on the horizon for Stewart-Haas Racing.
First tests at Charlotte road course show much work to be done
The first tests at the Charlotte Motor Speedway "roval" show there's a lot of work to be done and input to get from drivers, teams, the track and Goodyear. But it's a start, and next season it will be the finish to the first round of the playoffs.
2017 playoffs: Breaking down the chances to advance past Kansas
Kansas is the NASCAR playoffs' second elimination race. With two drivers safely into the third round, what are the chances of advancing for the 10 drivers still hoping to be among the eight in the NASCAR semifinals? Even Jimmie Johnson is sweating it out.
Ryan Blaney, who was third in NASCAR Cup qualifying Friday at Kansas, had his qualifying time disallowed after his car failed postqualifying tech. He will start last in the 40-car field Sunday. Blaney sits seventh in the standing, nine points ahead of the current cutoff heading into the playoff elimination race Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. on his pole-winning lap at Kansas Speedway: "The commitment level was high."
Truex takes pole for elimination race at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr. continued his winning ways at Kansas Speedway on Friday night by capturing the pole for this weekend's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoff elimination race.
Kevin Harvick will start beside polesitter Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday at Kansas. Harvick has a 22-point edge on the current playoff cutoff and feels he has done everything so far at Kansas to put him in position to keep from being among the four drivers eliminated Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for the race Sunday at Kansas Speedway. It is huge for the race next week at Martinsville as he will get the first selection of pit stall for that race, too, because both qualifying and the race are the same day. The first pit stall at Martinsville is a bigger advantage there than at most tracks.
Kyle Busch will wear this helmet the next two weeks and will raffle it off through his foundation website. The helmet, created by noted helmet designer Jason Beam, actually glows in the dark.
Clint Bowyer says the frustration he displayed at Talladega includes the safety concerns of racing there. Bowyer, who got out of his car on pit road and yelled at his crew chief, said he didn't think the car could continue and his race was over.
What would give Matt Kenseth fans confidence he could win this weekend? Kenseth gives his outlook of what it would take:
Jimmie Johnson said mistakes come from a desire to win. Last week, his spotter accidentally gave the team the OK to resume work on the car but the red flag had not been lifted. It cost him a few spots.
Scary lid: Kyle Busch has a Halloween-themed helmet to go along with his paint scheme this week.
Kansas Speedway has advised its fans that lines to get into the speedway grandstands could be longer because of increased screenings. The message on its website notes it will also screen fans who enter the fan walk area and the pedestrian tunnel. It will do random x-rays of cars entering the infield tunnel. The speedway, as a matter of policy, doesn't comment on security measures.
Dave Pericak will leave his role as head of Ford Performance after the NASCAR season to move to a role as Ford's engineering director for North American unibody applications – a major role in mainstream passenger-car production. Mark Rushbrook, who has been the lead engineer for global racing programs the past three years under Pericak, will replace him in directing Ford's racing efforts. Motorsport.com first reported the news of Pericak's upcoming departure.
Turn 4: Talladega's toll, playoff hopes and more
Was Talladega a good race if only 14 cars finished it? Will former champions Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson advance in the playoffs? Should a plate race even be in the playoffs? Who is the biggest threat to Martin Truex Jr.?
Kurt Busch explains where he thinks the best passing zones could be on the 2.42-mile Charlotte "roval" road course that will be used in the NASCAR playoff first-round elimination race next year:
Martin Truex Jr. gives his impressions of the 2.42-mile road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will be used next September. He is one of four drivers conducting a tire test for Goodyear and said he isn't sure where he will be able to pass.
A look at one of the infield turns of the Charlotte "roval" road course that will be used for the playoff race next October:
View from above; Kurt Busch does a lap during the Goodyear tire test of the Charlotte "roval" that will be used for the NASCAR Cup playoff race next October.
NASCAR won't issue any penalties from the Talladega weekend as all cars taken to its North Carolina tech center have passed inspection.
Special skills evident in Brad Keselowski at Talladega
Sunday's race helped prove to Ricky Craven why Talladega is in the right spot in the playoffs. And as the laps wound down on Dale Earnhardt Jr. at his best track, it is evident Brad Keselowski will be the restrictor-plate king going forward.
A North Carolina jury ruled last week NASCAR driver Justin Boston owes Kyle Busch Motorsports $442,561 for breach of contract, according to court records. Boston drove 9 truck races for KBM in 2015, and KBM sued Boston, Boston's father and his father's company, Zloop, alleging $650,000 in missed payments to fund Boston's ride. Zloop eventually filed for bankruptcy, and Boston's father was indicted on fraud allegations, including using investor money to fund Justin's racing. As part of Zloop bankruptcy proceedings, KBM returned $462,500 of the $1.55 million it had received from the Bostons. KBM then went to trial to get that money from Justin. Justin's attorney said an appeal is being considered.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on Instagram that he and wife Amy are expecting their first child, a baby girl. No due date was announced.
Leavine Family Racing announced it has released crew chief Todd Parrott and named engineer Jon Leonard as interim crew chief. Driver Michael McDowell, who is being replaced by Kasey Kahne next year, is 27th in the NASCAR Cup standings with five races remaining in the season.
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