Q and A with David Starr
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David Starr sits in his Sprint Cup Series car in 2011. Starr has run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series this season.

“When I’m back in Dallas, Texas, and not at the races, I have a hard time even watching it on television, because I want to be here racing.”


Gordon leads laps,
leaves Martinsville as points leader

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Jeff Gordon stands in the garage area at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon left Martinsville as the points leader.

“I know how many fans were really excited to see Dale Jr. win, and himself, too. They did a great job. So did our team. It's a great way to come out of here.”


Stewart scores third top-five of season

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Tony Stewart (left) talks with teammate Kurt Busch. Stewart led 18 laps Sunday en route to a top-five finish.

“I just can’t thank Johnny Morris [of Bass Pro Shops] and Rusty Rush and everybody at Mobil 1 and Eric [Bagdikian] from Code 3 Associates and his staff; and most of all, our fans,” he said.


Fans turned off by new Chase format
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The remaining eight drivers address the 2014 Eliminator Round Media Day.

This new format was touted to put more of an emphasis on winning. But really, has it done that? Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and Jimmie Johnson each had 3 wins in 2014, and are not going to be contenders for the championship. 


NASCAR’s Chase format and the underdog

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Aric Almirola (43) collects damage in a multi-car wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. He and A.J. Allmendinger are the two drivers who scored their first Chase berth in 2014. 

While consistency is being penalized, winning is being rewarded. With the decision to switch to this format came, as always, both resentment and heavy support.


Career bests for Circle Sport Racing drivers
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Landon Cassill (40) runs side-by-side with Clint Bowyer on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday. Cassill finished fourth.

“"We wanted to win this race,” Cassill said post-race. “We came here to win it. My team deserves it...


Frank Stoddard to appear on
New Mexico Motorsports Report

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Terry Labonte practices for the Daytona 500. Labonte's owner, Frank Stoddard, will talk Talladega, ownership and 2015 on the show.

“He’s just a unique individual,” Stoddard said of Labonte. “Honestly, probably the most fortunate thing about starting this race team that I’ve gotten out of all this in the last four years is getting to have a great relationship with him and Ken Schrader...


The athleticism of stock car drivers

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Robert Richardson Jr. (23) leads cars during a practice session at Talladega Superspeedway. Richardson Jr. goes into detail of the athleticism and determination of stock car drivers.

You’re constantly breathing in toxic fumes from the exhaust of other vehicles; you sweat out every drop of moisture within your body, and all the while maintaining the focus of a hawk, pushing yourself to the limits. 


Edwards talks Talladega, championship
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Carl Edwards stands by his hauler. Edwards sits fifth in points heading into Talladega.

“If we're out front, we definitely want to stay there,” he said. “If we're in the middle, I don't know how aggressive I would want to be early on...


Paint schemes bringing awareness

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Cars pit under the first caution at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. Various paint schemes in the Cup field featured pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The whole NASCAR community is really good with breast cancer awareness and bringing awareness to everybody,” ...


Jeff Gordon scores 20th top-ten of season, increases points cushion on Chase cutoff
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Jeff Gordon talks with teammate Kasey Kahne Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both drivers are the only Hendrick Motorsports drivers above the Chase cutoff entering Talladega next Sunday.

Gordon’s second place run Saturday night is his third in the last six races and sixth on the season, but with a slender advantage over ninth place, the unpredictability of Talladega Superspeedway looms over the No. 24 team.


Qualifying Stats: Bank of America 500
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Kyle Busch poses for photos at Charlotte Motor Speedway after scoring his third pole of 2014.

Thursday’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway featured Kyle Busch earning his third pole of 2014 and second at CMS. Below is a breakdown of other numbers and stats to come out of qualifying.


Does NASCAR need to
consider a floating schedule?

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Jeff Gordon (24) races side-by-side with Jeremy Mayfield at the final Rockingham Speedway Cup race to date. NASCAR's premiere series hasn't had the speedway on its schedule since 2004.

. Imagine going back to Rockingham, North Carolina. The fan base in North Carolina is NASCAR’s strength. Nine out of NASCAR’s last 11 races were rated highest in the Carolina area.


Kyle Busch: “It’s early, anything can happen”

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Cars pit at Kansas Speedway Sunday. Kyle Busch overcame a speeding penalty to finish third.

Busch led one lap in Sunday’s race, running a majority of the race inside the top-ten. Busch enters next Saturday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway second in points with a 19 point advantage on the cutoff.


Can Johnson rebound from Kansas race?

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Jimmie Johnson stands by his car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Johnson finished 40th, 87 laps down.

Johnson collected damage on lap 84 when he and Greg Biffle spun, sending his toward the inside wall. He was checked out and released from the infield care center while his team worked on the car in the garage. 


Kyle Busch victorious at Kansas
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Kyle Busch burns out at Kansas Speedway Saturday.

Busch his second consecutive win in the series and second at the track.

“This 54 Monster Energy Camry was awesome today, the guys did a great job,” Busch said post-race from the media center. 


Harvick scores eighth pole,
sixth track record of 2014

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Kevin Harvick turns laps at Kansas Speedway Friday. Harvick scored his eighth pole of 2014 and 14th of his career.

“I feel like we are doing everything we need to do to be in contention and that’s all you can ask for,” Harvick said. “It’s just a matter of having it all come together for our Budweiser team.”


Finalists announced in fourth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

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Rookie Alex Bowman addresses the media Friday morning. Bowman was one of five individuals who spoke Friday morning about the 
Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.

2013 award winner David Post was on hand at the press conference.  Post, an ALS patient, brought tears to people in the room with the mention of his story and charitable work.  


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