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KENSETH SCORES KANSAS POLE POSITION

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying in the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 14, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas.

TRUEX TO MAKE 400TH CAREER START IN KANSAS

Martin Truex Jr., who will make his 400th career Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, is keenly aware of the stakes at hand as the high-pressure Chase continues to unfold.

After winning two of the three races in the first round of the Chase, the Furniture Row Racing driver slipped to a 13th-place finish in the opening race of Round 2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was running in the top three when the clutch malfunctioned while leaving his pit stall with fewer than 30 laps remaining.

The good news for Truex is that he returns to Kansas where he has come close to winning a number of times, including at this year’s spring race. As was the case at Kansas in May, Truex will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND WAIT A WEEK

Jimmie Johnson is now the favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship. That’s what Las Vegas says. Last week the favorite was Martin Truex Jr., and, before that, Kevin Harvick.

It doesn’t seem that complicated, this prognosticating biz. Every week the guy who wins becomes the favorite. I thought oddsmakers might use all those statistics like the ones in baseball and politics. I expected to read about how the IQX crossed the Maginot Line, and a cross-pollination of the VNC in regard to the QXY revealed an SFZ that correlated to a Johnson title.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: REMEMBERING THE RUDD-EARNHARDT WAR

 

There always seemed to be an uneasy peace between Dale Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd during their NASCAR glory years in the 1980s.

But there was a sense that a fuse was burning slowly behind the scenes and the fireworks it was attached to could explode at any time.

That moment came on Oct. 17, 1988 during the Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

The two clashed angrily with their cars on the track and then with strong words and name-calling in the garage area afterward. The incident triggered the most ill will seen on NASCAR’s major tour that season.

LOGANO SWIPES VICTORY AT RAIN-DELAYED DRIVE FOR THE CURE 300

 

If stealing a race were against the law, there would be an arrest warrant out for Joey Logano on Sunday night.

Grabbing the lead from Kyle Larson after a restart on Lap 183 of 200, Logano held off a charging Elliott Sadler by .462 seconds to win the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the event that trimmed the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Chase field from 12 drivers to eight.

CP MOTORSPORTS - JOHNSON CLAIMS CHARLOTTE AS FIVE DRIVERS FALL ON HARD TIMES

 

After Sunday’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson can proclaim justifiably "The Boys are Back in Town."

But for five other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all of whom finished 30th or worse in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500, the race ended in a medley of dire straits.

Taking the lead from Matt Kenseth after a restart on Lap 317 of 334, Johnson pulled away to win by 1.474 seconds over the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Johnson put his No. 48 Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the third time this season, the eighth time at Charlotte – the third since the repaving of the track in March 2006 – and the 78th time in his career.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: MOONSHINERS VERSUS REVENOOERS

 

As mid-October nears we are left to only remember some very special autumn days in the mountains of Wilkes County, N.C. A few years ago a civic group in the area that once was known as “The Moonshine Capitol Of The World” annually staged a unique public event: It was “The Oldtime Moonshiners and Revenooers Reunion.”

They brought back the men who ran the stills making illegal liquor and the government lawmen who chased and sometimes caught them. Hilarious stories flowed from the former antagonists like high-powered hooch. I’ll especially remember one reunion… The day dawned cold and rainy on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

Fog hung low, masking the beautiful autumn foliage in the mountains of western N.C.

Despite the dreary conditions, the show went on. And what a show it turned out to be!

CP MOTORSPORTS - BANK OF AMERICA 500 POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY

 

With rain in the area and a significantly more promising Sunday forecast, Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been moved to Sunday at 12 p.m. Gates will open Sunday at 9 a.m. with the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled to begin 45 minutes after the Bank of America 500. 

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: THE MIRACLE COMEBACK OF ERNIE IRVAN

 

 

Each time NASCAR’s major tour returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does this weekend for a 300-mile race, I think of Ernie Irvan.

It was at the track tucked into a New England forest that Irvan achieved what most who followed stock car racing considered highly unlikely, if not impossible.

He won once again.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: JUST LET THE POLITICIANS RACE

Truly, here in America, we have lost our way. I could see this every time I turned on the TV, but it took me a while to figure it out.

It’s simple. We’ve turned our elections into sports and our sports into elections.

For instance, there is an alarming similarity between the path to the presidency and the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The central path is that neither makes a lick of sense.

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