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Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Monday, 31 Oct, 2016 – 7:25 | Comments Off on Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For weeks Jimmie Johnson has attempted to ignore any conversation about a seventh NASCAR championship, but the winner of Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway can no longer sidestep the issue.
With Johnson’s 79th career victory Sunday, he now has a guaranteed position in the Chase’s […]

Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Sunday, 30 Oct, 2016 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin led twice for 48 laps in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 en route to a third-place finish, but the day didn’t begin as well as it ended for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Hamlin was using his golf cart for travel to-and-from an appearance before the […]

Johnson Wins Martinsville; Enters Final Four
Sunday, 30 Oct, 2016 – 15:42 | Comments Off on Johnson Wins Martinsville; Enters Final Four
Johnson Wins Martinsville; Enters Final Four

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway and in the process, solidly set himself up to earn a record-tying seventh title.
The win moves Johnson into the Chase playoff’s’ final Round of Four, which will be contested at Homestead-Miami Speedway in three weeks.
If Johnson finishes ahead […]

Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun
Sunday, 30 Oct, 2016 – 13:39 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun
Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Sunday his intentions were to race next year and his Hendrick Motorsports team was handling bookings for 2017 as usual.
“We are doing all our photo shoots and everything with anticipation of our sponsors marketing me as the driver of the No. 88 car,” […]

Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter
Sunday, 30 Oct, 2016 – 7:54 | Comments Off on Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter
Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martin Truex Jr. readily admits the week after his elimination from NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Chase at Talladega has been a tough one.
After all, Truex’s strong Toyota was one of the favorites in the title run. He lost the season opening Daytona 500 by inches, produced a dominating […]

Truex on Martinsville Pole
Friday, 28 Oct, 2016 – 19:36 | Comments Off on Truex on Martinsville Pole
Truex on Martinsville Pole

One week after being eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, Martin Truex Jr. showed that he will still be a factor in the Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway as he captured the pole for Sunday’s race.
For Truex, it’s his second straight pole and fifth of the season, but first at Martinsville.
“It’s fun […]

Hamlin Defends Lack of JGR Support At ‘Dega
Friday, 28 Oct, 2016 – 19:27 | 2 Comments
Hamlin Defends Lack of JGR Support At ‘Dega

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin said Friday his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates who remained at the back of the field during last weekend’s Talladega race shouldn’t be criticized; that they were simply being smart.
“They would be the dumbest group in history if they had run in the middle […]

Just Win Baby? Not In The Chase Playoffs
Monday, 24 Oct, 2016 – 12:22 | One Comment
Just Win Baby? Not In The Chase Playoffs

Put a microphone or notebook in front of professional race car drivers and ask them about anything remotely close to strategy and nine times out of 10 you get a face full of cliches about how winning is the one and only strategy.
Then on the tenth of the 10 times you ask, you get the […]

Logano Wins, Leads Chasers Into Third Round
Sunday, 23 Oct, 2016 – 16:47 | Comments Off on Logano Wins, Leads Chasers Into Third Round
Logano Wins, Leads Chasers Into Third Round

Joey Logano held off rookie Brian Scott on an overtime restart, went on to win Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and in doing so, claimed a berth in the Round of Eight in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Also advancing to the third of four playoff rounds were Kevin Harvick, who finished seventh […]

Truex To Start Nasty Old Talladega From The Pole
Saturday, 22 Oct, 2016 – 18:10 | Comments Off on Truex To Start Nasty Old Talladega From The Pole
Truex To Start Nasty Old Talladega From The Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
While everybody wants to start Sprint Cup races from the pole, drivers hoping to win at Talladega really, really want to start from the pole. The reason: To keep ahead of the chaos of pack racing going on behind.
Martin Truex Jr. earned the right to at least start Sunday’s 500-miler […]