Stats, results for Cup playoff elimination race at Kansas

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Martin Truex Jr. led 91 laps and bounced back from an early restart violation to win his seventh Cup race of the year in the playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway.

The win by Truex in the Hollywood Casino 400 is a Cup record sixth win this year on a 1.5-mile track.

Truex was followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.

Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were eliminated from the playoffs.

Click here for the full results.

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Big wreck brings out red flag late in race at Talladega; 17 cars involved

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With just 16 laps to go, a major wreck prompted NASCAR to throw the red flag for cleanup in the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The 17-car pileup seemed to begin when David Ragan lost control of his No. 38 Ford, triggering havoc in virtually every direction.

Six playoff-eligible drivers were involved: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.

“(Ragan) ended up just parked in front of us,” Stenhouse told NBC. “We felt we had a car that was capable of contending for a win. It’s a bummer we didn’t get the win. … Just wasn’t our day.”

Added Kyle Busch, “Just never saw it coming. Unfortunately, we got caught up in the mess, none of our doing. We’ll just have to go on and go to Kansas.”

Added Truex, “I tried to get in a hole that was closing up at the wrong time. I got into the 38 in the right rear and it all got squirelly. We had nothing to lose today, but at the same time you don’t want to be the person that causes others problems. I’ve never been that guy here before, but today it looks like it was. I just wish I didn’t make that mistake. Bad judgment. I should have been more patient.”

Non-playoff drivers involved included pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who only had minor damage and was able to continue on), along with Austin Dillon, Landon Cassill, Michael McDowell, Brendan Gaughan, Matt DiBenedetto, Ragan, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Ty Dillon and Danica Patrick.

The race was red-flagged for 12 minutes, 30 seconds before resuming under caution.

Jimmie Johnson complained that NASCAR officials gave his team approval to work on the car on pit road, but it was subsequently sent to the garage for doing so (repairs aren’t permitted under the red flag), leaving Johnson to question the call.

Best of NASCAR America episodes from NASCAR Hall of Fame

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One of our favorite days of the week is Wednesday, because that’s when NASCAR America comes to you live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte.

We’ve had numerous NASCAR Cup drivers come through over the last few months including Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, David Ragan and teammate Landon Cassill, Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin (still bothered by lobsters) and earlier this week with Danica Patrick.

On Thursday’s NASCAR America, we went back in time to check out some of the highlights (or comedic lowlights, depending upon the driver) of many of the shows we’ve aired from the NASCAR Hall in the video above.

And don’t forget next Tuesday — a special episode from the NASCAR Hall — with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

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NASCAR makes its return trip to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with the Cup and Camping World Truck Series.

The Xfinity Series is off this week.

The Cup Series holds the Alabama 500, the second race of the Round of 12 in the playoffs. The Truck Series competes in the Fred’s 250, its first playoff elimination race.

Here are the entry lists for both races.

Cup – Alabama 500

Forty cars are entered.

J.J. Yeley will driver the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Brendan Gaughan is entered in the No. 75 Chevrolet for Beard Motorsports.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the last race at Talladega in May after a last-lap pass of Kyle Busch. He beat Jamie McMurray and Busch to the finish.

This race was won last year by Joey Logano after he led 45 laps. He beat Brian Scott and Denny Hamlin.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Fred’s 250

There are 32 trucks entered. No full-time Cup drivers are entered.

This race was won last year by Alabama native Grant Enfinger, who led 45 of that race’s 94 laps.

He beat Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters and Rico Abreu.

Click here for the entry list.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says tracks should not to use PJ1 traction compound for now

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Periscope that NASCAR should not use the PJ1 traction compound “for a while” after issues this weekend and said that Charlotte Motor Speedway should run the Coca-Cola 600 in the day instead of at night to create better racing.

Earnhardt finished 12th in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 and discussed the race and the PJ1 traction compound afterward

Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan wrecked in practice Friday. The traction compound was blamed. Busch wrecked again in Sunday’s race and also blamed it.

“It was a really a hard day as a driver,’’ Earnhardt said. “I know you guys want it to be hard and it should be hard, but it was hard for all the wrong reasons today. Hopefully they don’t use that PJ1 spray on any other race tracks for a while. I think they need to research that a little bit more before we use that again.’’

Don Hawk, senior vice president of business affairs for Speedway Motorsports Inc., told this weekend that the reason for the issues with the traction compound was the uneven application of it.

“We discovered the sprayer heads on our machine – one was partially clogged, the other was not spraying enough and there is not enough substance on the race track in Turn 4,’’ Hawk told

The traction compound was not applied after Saturday night’s Xfinity race.

Earnhardt also said he would like to see Charlotte Motor Speedway run day races, including the 600, because he wants to see the track showcase the type of racing that can attract more fans.

“This was a night race and they moved it to the day time for this event,’’ Earnhardt said on his Periscope. “That’s really hard to do. All the fans want a night race because it is a little more comfortable, just a really difficult choice to make. I knew that the track went out on a limb to move this to a day race. I knew all along that this track would race a whole lot better in the daytime than at night.

“Had they not put the stuff down on the track, we would have been driving all on the fence and everything trying to find grip and hauling ass up there, but we just couldn’t get up there and use it.

“I was real disappointed that they sprayed that stuff down and it didn’t work. It’s easy to say that after the fact. I’m not trying to get too hard on the racetrack, but man I want to see this place see its real potential. Hasn’t been a great race here in a long time, and I just know it can be a great race here during the day, a really hot day, especially.

“I know the fans probably don’t like it or like to hear it or think of sitting in the sun, 85 degrees or 90 degrees all day long is a lot fun, but I think the race would be fun to watch if they would run the 600 in the daytime here. This place has been struggling with attendance and all that stuff and I just know it can be so much better. I’m just rooting for it, that’s all.’’

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