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Jimmie Johnson “Licking Wounds” After Rough Day at Texas

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway proved once and for all that Jimmie Johnson is actually human, and it very well could go in the books as the worst race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Despite winning seven races in the past at the 1.5-mile speedway in Texas, the 42-year-0ld looked out of sorts all day long this time around.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski came into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the 10th-place starting position, and hopes were high for another good finish to keep him in contention for a berth for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks.

However, when the green flag was shown, about 10 seconds into the race it became obvious that this wouldn’t be a normal stress-free day for Keselowski and his No. 2 team. In the middle of turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap, Keselowski made contact with Kyle Busch, which nicked the valve stem out of Keselowski’s tire. Keselowski took his deflated tire to pit road, but luckily he didn’t let his spirits bottom out as well.
Continue reading “Brad Keselowski Rebounds For Fifth Place in Texas”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway proved once and for all that Jimmie Johnson is actually human, and it very well could go in the books as the worst race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Despite winning seven races in the past at the 1.5-mile speedway in Texas, the 42-year-0ld looked out of sorts all day long this time around.
Continue reading “Jimmie Johnson “Licking Wounds” After Rough Day at Texas”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — On the heels of a report from NBC Sports, where Matt Kenseth told Nate Ryan in an interview for the NBC Sports NASCAR Podcast that he would not race in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018, Kenseth met with media outside the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing hauler at the conclusion of final practice for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Kenseth laughed when he was asked about his announcement of retirement.
Continue reading “Matt Kenseth Not Retiring, But Not Actively Searching For Ride in 2018”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Friday night, in the JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway John Hunter Nemechek and his NEMCO Motorsports team rolled the dice in an effort to get him into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While the rest of the field cycled through pit stops, Nemechek stayed on track and gained the lead at lap 127.

Nemechek, who had an average running position of 12th on the night, chose to gamble for the win because his truck wasn’t good enough to win the race on it’s own.
Continue reading “Nemechek’s Tank Runs Dry in Texas, Needs a Win in Phoenix to Advance”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR has reduced downforce on the race cars in recent years, and Texas Motor Speedway knocked the banking down on one set of the turns at their 1.5-mile speedway, so you would expect naturally that cars would be pacing around at a slower clip. However, in Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, five drivers eclipsed the 200-mile-per-hour barrier and shattering the old track qualifying record.

While the speed chart is exciting for fans, some drivers left the session a little shook by the incredible speeds that they were running in the session.
Continue reading “Hamlin, Other Drivers Uncomfortable With High Texas Qualifying Speeds”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Kurt Busch rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap that broke a track record and was just shy of a 201 mile-per-hour average.

Busch, 39, was excited to come out on top on an exhilarating day where top speeds were enough to make mortals tinkle in their pants, but interestingly in his post-qualifying press conference, Busch seemed to have one thing on his mind — his pending contract negotiation with his current team Stewart-Haas Racing.
Continue reading “Kurt Busch Wins Texas Pole, But Contract Negotiations on His Mind”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s been a whirlwind week for Chase Elliott.

Last Sunday, it looked like the 21-year-old driver would capture his first win, as he was leading with a few laps to go at Martinsville Speedway. Then, Elliott was spun out of the lead and into the wall after a super aggressive move by Denny Hamlin.

While the crowd cheered in support of Elliott and rained boos down on Hamlin, Elliott took the high road and refused to say anything negative about his competitor.

Friday in his media availability Elliott continued to keep his head down when questions of retaliation were raised.
Continue reading “Elliott Refuses to Talk Hamlin Payback, But Likes His Chances at Texas”