Bristol looms large as playoff opportunities dwindle
Three races left in the regular season, three open spots for the playoffs. Drivers with realistic hopes of advancing are facing the unknown Saturday night at Bristol, where track staff is trying to make sure there's a bottom groove -- and action.
Dale Jr.'s final ride: Bristol
His 2004 win at Bristol stands out in his memory, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to need to pick up the pace Saturday night if he wants to have a great new memory. But if loving a track means success, he's got a leg up.
Inside view: Former NASCAR driver and current pace-car driver Brett Bodine shows the different lines around Bristol while driving a Chevrolet Camaro around the track:
Crew chief back to work after car falls on him
Frankie Kerr, the crew chief for Cole Whitt, will return to work Saturday after he was released from the hospital for injuries suffered when the car fell on top of him.
Cole Whitt crew chief Frankie Kerr said he suffered a broken right scapula, a severely bruised sternum and bruised ribs after the 3,300-pound car fell off a jackstand on top of him Friday while he was underneath it at Bristol. He was released from the hospital Friday afternoon and said he will perform his duties but do less work on the car today. Kerr, a former sprint-car driver, said: "It landed on me and basically squeezed the air out of me. ... It's no different than [my injuries in] old Saturday night racing."
NASCAR Cup teams are unloading their haulers to start working on their cars for the race tonight at Bristol.
Kasey Kahne will have to give up the third starting spot tonight and start at the rear of the field at Bristol because his team had to change one of the tires he qualified on Friday. NASCAR rules this year require Cup drivers to start the race on the tires they use in qualifying.
Kyle Busch aims for 2nd Bristol summer sweep
After winning Wednesday's Truck Series race and Friday's Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch needs to win Saturday night's Cup Series race to sweep the summer weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch said his team will adjust his tachometer to make sure he won't speed on pit road in the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at Bristol. How he feels about his chances for a sweep of the Bristol races this week:
Kyle Busch cruises to Bristol Xfinity Series win
Kyle Busch won Friday night's Xfinity Series race at Bristol, two days after he won the Truck Series race. He'll go for the weekend sweep in Saturday night's Cup Series race.
What does it mean to win the pole as far as predicting how well Erik Jones will race? Jones said it might not mean as much as some other tracks because of the uncertainty of how the liquid resin applied to the Bristol bottom groove will impact the race and for how long it will have an impact.
Erik Jones claims first career Cup pole in Bristol
Erik Jones turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring at Bristol, Tennessee, to win the first Cup series pole of his career.
Because Bristol doesn't have garages, NASCAR Cup teams have nowhere to work on them during the Xfinity race tonight and must load their cars on their haulers overnight. They will be given a few hours Saturday morning to prepare them for the race.
Erik Jones, who needs a win to make the NASCAR Cup playoffs, won the pole for the Saturday night race at Bristol.
Ready to qualify: Kyle Larson sits in his car getting ready to qualify at Bristol:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs autographs to fans as he heads to the prerace Xfinity Series drivers meeting. He apologized to those he didn't sign: "I've got to go or I will start in the back." Participants must start at the rear of the field if they are late to the meeting.
For the first time since 2015, Chris Buescher in 2018 will start a season with the same team as the year before as he will remain at JTG Daugherty Racing for at least two more years. He is looking forward to the continuity:
Buescher signs extension with JTG Daugherty
Chris Buescher has signed a multiyear contract extension with JTG Daugherty Racing and will continue to drive the No. 37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series for at least two more seasons.
Danica Patrick trying to harness power of positive thinking at Bristol
Danica Patrick thrives on confidence. Bristol is not a place that instills it in her. But she has had much better results over the ast 11 races than she had to start the season, and she'll get a chance to continue that -- and embrace Bristol -- Saturday.
Chase Elliott finished eighth at Michigan last week -- not a bad finish but not as good as his three previous second-place finishes at the 2-mile track. Was that demoralizing? He explains why it wasn't:
Keselowski shutting Truck Series team at season's end
Having lost money annually on his Truck Series teams, Brad Keselowski announced Thursday the two-truck team will cease operations at the end of the season. He hopes to own a Cup team down the road.
Brad Keselowski announces he will shut down his truck team following 2017 season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. responded to a fan question Monday on Twitter about Charlottesville that "hatred, bigotry & racism should have no place in this great country." Why he spoke out and how he feels about society today:
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Bristol Motor Speedway officials attempted to make the bottom groove the fast groove with the addition of a traction compound this weekend. Kyle Busch, though, was able to run the top lane as he rallied from a speeding penalty with about 90 laps remaining to capture the victory Wednesday in the NASCAR truck race. Busch explains how he was able to drive through the field and passing Matt Crafton for the win:
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