Talladega Superspeedway is about to switch places on NASCAR's Chase schedule

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Talladega Superspeedway will always play a pivotal role in NASCAR's Chase. But that role will be significantly altered in 2017.

In each of the three seasons of this version of the playoffs, Talladega has been on NASCAR's schedule as the third and final race in the second round.

That's been changed for next season, when ...Read more

NASCAR's Chase: A single race, especially at Talladega, can make all the difference

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A single race can make all the difference in NASCAR's Chase.

Ask Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick, the two winners in the second round who are already ensured spots in the round of eight.

But nothing is certain for the 10 other drivers who haven't clinched a spot in the next round, which begins after this week's Hellmann's 500 at Talladega ...Read more

NASCAR at Talladega: Joey Logano in position, but Chase Elliott needs a miracle

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Distance: 188 laps, or 500 miles.

Where: Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.66-mile, banked, asphalt oval in Talladega, Ala.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

Last year's winner: Joey Logano.

Also this week: Fred's 250, Truck Series, Talladega Superspeedway, 1 p.m., Saturday, Fox.

Worth mentioning: The ...Read more

Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR race at Kansas, moves on in Chase

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, clinching a spot in NASCAR's Chase round of eight.

Harvick, who finished 1.2 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards, joins Jimmie Johnson as automatic qualifiers in the semifinals. The third and final race of the postseason's second round is next week at Talladega (...Read more

Kyle Busch continues domination of Kansas Speedway with Xfinity win

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch rules all at Kansas Speedway.

Busch, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, dominated the Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 from the pole on Saturday, winning the event for the third straight year.

Add that to Busch's victory in May's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway and a 2014 win in the NASCAR Camping ...Read more

NASCAR's Chase drivers crave victory at Kansas with Talladega looming

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- As NASCAR's Chase competitors prepare for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, one thought is never far from their minds.

Talladega is next.

The idea that the third and final race of the Chase's second round comes next Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is a daunting one for those drivers not yet ...Read more

Clint Bowyer already thinking about his 2017 move back to NASCAR's big time

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Clint Bowyer glanced down at his phone recently and noticed he had received an email about something he is keenly interested in.

It might have seemed a mundane subject: He was being asked to approve some merchandise for the race team for which he will drive in 2017, Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 car, which will soon be ...Read more

Matt Kenseth leads a parade of teammates in winning pole at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It will be a Joe Gibbs Racing traffic jam at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

Matt Kenseth claimed the pole on Friday for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 with a top qualifying lap of 192.089 mph in the No. 20 Toyota. He'll be joined in the front row by teammate and reigning series champion Kyle Busch, who was a ...Read more

Home-track victory for Carl Edwards would provide Chase boost

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Much has been made of Carl Edwards not winning at Kansas Speedway, his home track. Eighteen starts, 11 top-10 finishes, a memorable 2008 final-lap duel with Jimmie Johnson -- but there's been no rolling into victory lane.

In Sprint Cup.

But Edwards knows how winning feels at Kansas. In 2004, he piloted his Ford F-150 to a first-place finish in...Read more

David Scott's NASCAR notebook

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCAR, hoping to keep momentum gained from this season's low downforce package, has given its race teams a look at the new aerodynamic setup for 2017.

The new package includes even lower downforce, coming from reductions to the car's spoiler and splitter, in addition to a re-sizing of the rear deck fin to match the spoiler...Read more

Cut to the Chase: A look at the 12 drivers in the running for the Sprint Cup championship

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NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship has trimmed its field from 16 drivers to 12, and only Jimmie Johnson, by virtue of his victory last week at Charlotte, is guaranteed passage to the Round of 8. The other 11 drivers need to win the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway or next week at Talladega to guarantee advancement to...Read more

Kevin Harvick needs to continue recent success at Kansas to bolster Chase hopes

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An oil-pressure issue is an inconvenience for most people.

It might be a season-killer for Kevin Harvick, who finished 38th because of engine issues on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Round of 12.

If there was any good news for Harvick, who started on the pole for the race, it's ...Read more

Jamie McMurray no longer content to make NASCAR's Chase

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After 11 seasons of playoff-free toil, Jamie McMurray admitted that it was "cool" when he qualified for last season's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time.

Only a year later, it's not enough.

Although McMurray -- who has been a full-time Sprint Cup driver since 2003, the year before NASCAR instituted the Chase format -- validated...Read more

Ryan Newman hopes to play Chase spoiler in Sunday's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway

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On a weekday evening in September, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman buttoned a blue Royals jersey across his chest. On the Kauffman Stadium infield, he stepped into the batting cage and took a few hacks.

In the moments afterward, he admitted baseball was not his forte, but the object wasn't really to impress anyone. Newman was in Kansas City to ...Read more

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick find NASCAR Chase trouble on same lap at Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. -- What were the chances that two drivers who were among the favorites to win this season's NASCAR Chase would find trouble in Sunday's Bank of America 500 on the same lap and for different reasons?

That's what happened to Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, both of whom find their title hopes in dire straits as they head to the second...Read more

Jimmie Johnson wins Bank of America 500 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson took a huge step toward his seventh NASCAR Cup championship Sunday, winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The victory, coming in the first race of the second round of the Chase, ensured Johnson of a spot in the third round. Matt Kenseth, who started at the rear of the field for a pre-race ...Read more

For these hurricane evacuees, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the place to be

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When residents of Savannah, Ga., were ordered to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew, Larry Singletary knew where his son should go: to Charlotte Motor Speedway, 250 miles away.

Why not a place with a weekend full of fun to get your mind off the storm's approaching destruction, dad thought. Larry Singletary, 69, lives on the outskirts of ...Read more

Decision to postpone Bank of America 500 could have been worse for drivers

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CONCORD, N.C. -- For most NASCAR drivers, news that Saturday's Bank of America 500 has been postponed until Sunday could have been worse.

They could have been anywhere else but Charlotte.

"It's easier with the rain and weather, because this is where so many drivers live," Brad Keselowski said. "If there's one to do it, this is it."

The race, ...Read more

Hurricane Matthew forces postponement of Drive for the Cure 300; Bank of America 500 on schedule

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Charlotte Motor Speedway has postponed all Friday on-track activity due to rains from Hurricane Matthew.

Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 will run at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, while Saturday's Bank of America 500 remains on schedule for 7 p.m.

Saturday's schedule remains the same. Gates will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, while the Fan Zone opens ...Read more

Truex, Harvick drop back to even as 2nd round of Chase begins

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The screws begin to tighten Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

That's when NASCAR's Chase will move into its second round, in the Bank of America 500 at the 1.5-mile track in Concord. It's down to 12 drivers now, after four were eliminated Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. won two races in the first round of ...Read more