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CP MOTORSPORTS: MARTINSVILLE VICTORY REVIVES CRAFTON’S TRUCK SERIES TITLE HOPES

Matt Crafton has competed full-time for 11 years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, winning the championship the past two seasons.

That background paid dividends in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway for the 39-former mechanic from Tulare, California.

CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO CONTINUES HOT STREAK, WINS POLE AT MARTINSVILLE

It would be hard to find anyone in any position who had a better month of October than Joey Logano had driving the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford. The 25 year old won all three races of the Contender round of 12, which is arguably the hardest round of the new Chase format. 

He also closed out October in dominant fashion, too. 

Logano was the fastest driver in Friday's early practice session translated his speed in practice to the top spot in Friday afternoon's qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

CP MOTORSPORTS - LOUIS BREWSTER: WHY ARE THE RATINGS DIPPING?

Random thoughts about the NASCAR Chase and wondering why television ratings keep dipping. Surely, pro football telecasts aren't that much better and don't have nearly the suspense.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: BLOCKERS AND JAMMERS

    

With the way the Sprint Cup champion is determined, controversy is inevitable. Mayhem is inevitable. This is as NASCAR intended.

Dr. Francenstein -- "It's Frahncensteen!" -- created this monster. So what if the villagers are now storming the castle with torches? (See Frankenstein, Young.)

The great problem with NASCAR having brackets -- and FanDuels -- is that everyone hangs around. When the Green Bay Packers face the New York Giants, no one else competes with the two teams. There are no Seattle Seahawks running on the field to make tackles.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TOM HIGGINS: AND YOU THOUGHT SUNDAY HAD A TALLADEGA MOMENT

 

Among all the fantastic finishes at Talladega Superspeedway, one forever will remain especially surprising and thrilling.

It happened in 1981 at the track then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway.

Rookie Ron Bouchard – “A Massachusetts Yankee In King Richard Petty’s Court” – stunned NASCAR followers everywhere by edging savvy veterans Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to win a three-abreast charge to the checkered flag in the Talladega 500. 

Bouchard roared across the finish line about two feet ahead of Waltrip.

CP MOTORSPORTS: EARNHARDT FALLS ONE SPOT SHORT AT TALLADEGA

NASCAR drivers refer to restrictor-plate races as high-speed chess matches, but the grandmaster of the pressurized game came up one move short Sunday afternoon.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Speedway needing a victory to advance into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
With textbook high-speed driving, Earnhardt, Jr. accomplished the first part of his mission by leading a race-high 61 laps.

CP MOTORSPORTS – ALLEN GREGORY: PETERS MASTERS THE DRAFT AT TALLADEGA AGAIN

Timothy Peters developed his racing skills on short tracks around his hometown of Danville, Virginia.

Judging from his recent success at Talladega Superspeedway, Peters has learned some tricks to the mind-bending mystery of restrictor-plate racing.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: SAINTS THEY AIN’T

The best defense is a good offense.

This may not be as pertinent a point in NASCAR as it is in the NFL. Or the NBA. Or the NHL. Or in worldwide soccer in all its varieties around the world.

It's there, though, and it becomes an issue whenever controversy occurs regarding an incident that decides a race, such as the confrontation with Matt Kenseth late in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 that enabled Joey Logano to win the Kansas Speedway race.

    

CP MOTORSPORTS - TOM HIGGINS: KANSAS CITY, THE FLAMBOUYANT SOUTHERN BOYS AND ALFALFA JIM

 

Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here they come!

Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here they come!

They’ve got a beautiful race track there, and the NASCAR boys are goin’ to run.

I apologize to Fats Domino and the many others who have recorded this classic song for the play on their lyrics, but it was irresistible since this week brings the Sprint Cup tour back to Kansas Speedway.

The Casino 400 is scheduled there Sunday.

CP MOTORSPORTS - KESELOWSKI WINS POLE FOR KANSAS CHASE CHALLENGE

 

Pressure is certainly building up for the remaining 12 drivers in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

Brad Keselowski made an effort take a little strain off his team by winning the pole for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Sunday's race is the fifth of ten races in NASCAR's playoff system and the second of the 12 car Contender round.

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