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After finishing second in the Xfinity Series race, Ryan Blaney shares his thoughts about the track conditions and the traction compound Bristol Motor Speedway has put in the lower groove. NASCAR has not decided whether to add more of the resin-type substance to the track prior to the Cup race scheduled for Sunday.

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Juan Pablo Montoya says there is no reason Fernando Alonso shouldn't run well in the Indy 500, which will be the Formula 1 driver's first IndyCar race and first on an oval. The two-time Indy 500 winner Montoya competed in Formula 1 from 2001-06.

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Kyle Larson isn't too big of a fan of the width of the adhesive substance (referred to as VHT) that Bristol Motor Speedway officials have put down in the lower groove. He feels they almost gave the drivers too much grip. Larson, on the pole for the race Sunday as the field was set by the standings because of rain Friday, explains what he felt during practice:

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Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson reiterated Friday that he has no plans to run the Indianapolis 500, that he has decided with his wife, Chani, that he won't ever attempt it once they started a family. Johnson, who has two daughters, said: "My window has closed. I was looking into it seriously years ago. Then Chani just kind of worked out a deal that pre-kids, sure. I couldn't get it done. Until IndyCar decides to put some kind of roof on their cars or protect the drivers head -- from our family discussions, it's out of the question."

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Danica Patrick, during a Mobil 1 appearance Friday, reflected on her April Fools' Day joke where she posted an Instagram photo leaving people wondering if she and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got engaged. Patrick: "I did a good job, didn't I? I felt like I did a really good job. I had my sister even wondering. She was like, ‘Seriously, this is not how I'm supposed to find out.' … It was a good experience in knowing there is a whole different protocol for letting friends and family know. And it's not social media."

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Advice for Fernando Alonso? The first IndyCar race for NASCAR Cup driver Kurt Busch was his sixth-place finish in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. He drove for Andretti, just as Alonso will this year. Busch indicated he former F1 champion doesn't need much advice but he needs to know how race day will be so different than any other day at the track:

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The garage at Bristol Motor Speedway is open as teams take the cars off the haulers. The sky is a mix of blue and clouds and drizzle -- something teams will watch all weekend with a more than 60 percent chance of rain each day.

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR
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The NFL schedule is fairly kind to the NASCAR Cup playoff schedule with the only in-city conflict coming Nov. 5 when the Cowboys are home the same day as the race at Texas. The playoff races at Chicagoland and Charlotte have the local NFL teams on the road while the races at Kansas, Phoenix and Homestead have the local NFL teams not playing that day. Three other playoff races will have NFL teams playing at home in markets those tracks draw from: New Hampshire (Patriots are home), Dover (Ravens) and Talladega (Falcons).

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