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posted SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

ESPN.com
JR Motorsports juggernaut dominates Xfinity playoff conversation by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Kasey Kahne to stay in NASCAR and drive for Leavine in 2018;
Chase Elliott's NASCAR title chances take hit with penalty

Auto Racing Daily
Penalty for Chase Elliott's team not harsh enough by Amanda Vincent

Charlotte Observer
William Byron will join NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, but first he has a gut punch to avenge by Brendan Marks

Frontstretch
Did You Notice?: The Legend Of Allstate Kasey Kahne Lives On by Tom Bowles;
NASCAR Mailbox: Are The Playoffs Really the Best Way to Decide a Championship? by Samarth Kanal;
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Chicagoland by Frank Velat;
Matt DiBenedetto Attempting to Bring More Personality to NASCAR by Joseph Wolkin;
The Frontstretch 5: Legendary, Silly & Just Kind of Screwed by Amy Henderson

JeffGluck.com
News Analysis: Chase Elliott docked 15 points, Alan Gustafson suspended for spoiler modification and
News Analysis: Kasey Kahne to drive Leavine Family Racing's No. 95 car

Kickin' The Tires
Kaulig Racing looking at moving forward to future by Caleb Whisler

Motor Racing Network
Rivalries Welcome by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Chase Elliott's runner-up finish at Chicagoland deemed encumbered by Nick DeGroot;
Tony Stewart on uncertain driver lineup for 2018: "We're working on it" and
Johnny Sauter: Mess with the bull and you get the horns and
Kasey Kahne lands ride for 2018 with Leavine Family Racing by Lee Spencer

NASCAR.com
On racing and recovery, Sherry Pollex - can-do warrior against cancer - opens up by Holly Cain

NBC Sports
Here's your primer for Week 2 of the NASCAR Cup playoffs: New Hampshire and
Who's Hot and Who's Not heading to New Hampshire by Jerry Bonkowski;
Kasey Kahne: New partnership with Leavine Family Racing 'makes a lot of sense' and
Kasey Kahne: New partnership with Leavine Family Racing 'makes a lot of sense' and
Brendan Gaughan among Xfinity playoff drivers unsure of 2018 plans by Daniel McFadin;
NASCAR penalizes Chase Elliott's team for Chicago infraction by Dustin Long

On Pit Road
NASCAR Hands Down Stiff Penalties to Chase Elliott by Roger Holtsclaw

Popular Speed
Manufacturers, Teams Vs. NASCAR - The Nature Of The Sport by Steve Waid;
Will Kasey Kahne Elevate Leavine Family Racing? and
Chase Elliott Loses 15 Points, Crew Chief and Car Chief by Tom Jensen

Race Fans Forever
Driver Development Programs Need to Get the Gong by Frank Buhrman

SB Nation
NASCAR mailbag: Will Richard Petty Motorsports close down due to lack of sponsorship? and
Kasey Kahne lands 2018 NASCAR ride, signs with Leavine Family Racing by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media
Four Takeaways From The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Chicago and
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Power Rankings-Chicago by Briar Starr

Stock Car Gazette
Is Martin Truex Jr. the New King of the Mile-and-a-Half? by Chuck Abrams

Yahoo Sports
NASCAR Power Rankings: How much should we penalize Chase Elliott? and
Kasey Kahne to drive No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing in 2018 by Nick Bromberg


posted SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

ESPN.com
Kasey Kahne replacing Michael McDowell at Leavine Family Racing and
Chase Elliott docked, crew chief and car chief suspended for illegal modifications by Bob Pockrass

Autosport
Truex: NASCAR's 2017 stages format has offered title bid safety net by Tom Errington

Bristol Herald Courier
5 Things from NASCAR by Allen Gregory

Charlotte Observer
Obsessed with fantasy football? One local NASCAR driver probably has you beat... and
Martin Truex Jr. already had a huge lead - then he won again. Who can catch him? by Brendan Marks

Motor Racing Network
NASCAR Notebook: JGR's Problems On Pit Road and
Power Rankings After Chicagoland by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Chase Elliott penalized for rear spoiler modification at Chicagoland by Nick DeGroot;
Despite Toyota dominance, Larson quietly keeping pace with rivals by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
Remembering: Ted Christopher by Seth Eggert

NASCAR.com
Playoffs pulse: Stacking the field after Chicago;
Hemric looks to make his mark among more than rookies in XFINITY playoffs by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Bump & Run: Assessing Cup playoffs one week in;
Cole Pearn on questions about team's success: 'Sad sign of the times' by Dustin Long

Orlando Sentinel
Martin Truex Jr. blue-collar journey will lead to NASCAR Cup title in 2017 by George Diaz

Racer
Hamlin goes forth from fourth by Kelly Crandall

Rare Country
NASCAR's cancer warrior gives update on her serious health battle by Tricia Despres

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Projecting NASCAR's playoffs with a surprise winner by Randy Hallman

SB Nation
Matt DiBenedetto wants to be the face of NASCAR. Now he needs cash. by Charlotte Wilder;
Kasey Kahne gets new crew chief for rest of 2017 season by Jordan Bianchi

Yahoo Sports
Tape-gate! Did tip lead to Chase Elliott's penalty? by Nick Bromberg


posted SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

ESPN
So you want to race? Here's what it cost one sponsor at Hendrick Motorsports by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Chase for championship: Elliott a NASCAR title contender by Dan Gelston

AutoWeek
NASCAR Playoffs: What we learned at Chicagoland by Matt Weaver

Frontstretch:
Beside the Rising Tide: A Formula for Success? by Matt McLaughlin;
Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Starts NASCAR Playoffs With A Snoozer by Phil Allaway;
Who's Hot & Who's Not In NASCAR: Chicagoland Edition by Jeff Wolfe;
5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media by Danny Peters;
The Underdog House: NASCAR Must 'Cope' With Slow Cars On Track by Amy Henderson

Motor Racing Network
Chicagoland Checkered and Black Flags by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Where the top half of the playoff field stands after Chicagoland by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
On the Playoff Radar After Chicagoland: Jimmie Johnson by Seth Eggert

Naples Daily News
NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson helps out Naples family after Hurricane Irma by Greg Hardwig

NASCAR.com
Joe Gibbs Racing's push for excellence extends to pit crew training by Zack Albert

NBC Sports
After Chicago, Larson, Harvick lead winless drivers in first round by Daniel McFadin

On Pit Road
Toyota Performance; Advantage, Cheating, or Just Working Harder? by Roger Holtsclaw

Popular Speed
Furniture Row Racing is The Little Team That Could by Tom Jensen

Race Fans Forever
You Don't Tug on Superman's Cape by Mitch Walker

RacingAroundJersey
NASCAR Took the Northeast on an Emotional Journey this Weekend by Ellsworth Boyce

SpeedwayMedia
The Final Word - After Chicago, not a whole lot has changed moving forward by Ron Thornton;
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Chicagoland by Jeffrey Boswell


posted SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

ESPN
Not all chalk, but Cup playoffs opener looked a lot like regular season and
Just how you draw it up for Martin Truex Jr. and
New pit crew struggles as Kyle Busch finishes 15th by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Truex opens NASCAR's playoffs with win at Chicagoland and
Chase for the Championship: Elliott stamps himself a contender with 2nd at Chicagoland by Dan Gelston

Awful Anouncing
FoxSports.com has reportedly lost 88% of its audience after pivoting to video by Matt Yoder

CawsnJaws
Commercial breakdown and links related to the 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 by Cheryl Walker

Charlotte Observer
Some of NASCAR's biggest names shared their thoughts on driver killed in plane crash by Mike Reader

CupScene
Martin Truex Jr. finally seals the deal with dominating victory at Chicagoland and
The NASCAR Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway as it happened by Greg Engle

Denver Post
Martin Truex Jr. gets slimed in victory lane celebration

Fan4Racing
Building Confidence at Furniture Row Racing Keeps Truex Up Front by Sharon Burton

Forbes
What's In A NASCAR Number? Bill Elliott's Son Is Hoping A 9 Beats A 24 by Dave Caldwell

Frontstretch:
Jamie McMurray Recovers From Chicagoland Spin for a Top-10 Finish and
The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Tale of the Turtles 400 by Davey Segal;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Slimes His Way to First Win of the Playoffs by Mike Neff;
Up to Speed: Has Chase Elliott Flipped the Switch? by Bryan Gable;
Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title by Frontstretch Staff;

Godfather Motorsports
Twitter Wars Now Part Of NASCAR's Playoff Picture by Dave Moody

JeffGluck.com
The Top Five: Breaking down the Chicago and Sonoma races

LASTCAR
Ray Black, Jr. wins tight last-place battle in Chicagoland's third-straight Cup race without a single DNF and
Matt Mills finishes last at Chicagoland when JD Motorsports' #15 withdrawn, re-entered, then parked and
Mike Senica finishes last at Chicagoland uncontested, but Bottom Five becomes a battle by Brock Beard

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR playoff opener again; Matt Kenseth ninth by Dave Kallmann

Motor Racing Network
Chicagoland Rear-View Mirror and
Truex Takes Playoff Opener at Chicagoland and
Disappointing Day for Kyle Busch by Pete Pistone;
Paint Schemes for Tales of the Turtles 400

Motorsport
Truex opens NASCAR Cup playoffs with impressive Chicagoland win by Lee Spencer;
Chase Elliott's "flawless" performance impresses Rick Hendrick and
Pit road vexes playoff teams in Chicago, derailing Kyle Busch's race by Jim Utter;
NASCAR Mailbag - Will Furniture Row field two teams again?

Motorsports Tribune
Elliott Steps Up at Chicago, Posts Best Finish Since Mid-Summer and
Pit Road Miscues Serve as Busch's Achilles Heel at Chicago and
Five Takeaways from the Tales of the Turtles 400 by David Morgan

NASCAR.com
Truex dominance in Chicago sets tone for what's to come in Playoffs by Kenny Bruce;
Playoffs pulse: Stacking the field after Chicago

NBC Sports
Crew chiefs good with NASCAR seizing their tires during race and
'Poor execution' by new pit crew costs Kyle Busch a shot at win; raises questions about swap by Nate Ryan;
A quiet moment among a chaotic scene by Dustin Long;
Kyle Petty: Brad Keselowski almost beyond 'point of diminishing returns' on Toyota criticism by Daniel McFadin

Popular Speed
5 Things We Learned at Chicagoland Speedway by Tom Jensen

The Racing Experts
No rookies finish inside top 10, first time in 11 races by Dominic Aragon

Skirts and Scuffs
Right Sides Only: Notes from the Tales of the Turtles 400 Winning Crew Chief, Cole Pearn by Stacey Owens

USA Today
Martin Truex Jr. shows even unforced errors can't keep him down in NASCAR playoff opener and
Olympic speedskater Sugar Todd gets look at speed NASCAR style and
Martin Truex Jr. overcomes penalty to win NASCAR playoff opener at Chicagoland by Mike Hembree


posted SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Alabama Live
Which 16 NASCAR drivers have made it to the 2017 playoff round? and
Will Danica Patrick race in NASCAR after this season? She's out at Stewart-Haas by Cheryl Wray

Auto Racing Daily
Some NASCAR playoff predictions by Amanda Vincent

Denver Post
Martin Truex Jr., FRR begin NASCAR playoffs a clear-cut No. 1 by Mike Chambers

Fan4Racing
Rookie Cole Custer Sets Up the XFINITY Series Playoff as One to Watch by Sharon Burton

Frontstretch
XFINITY Breakdown: Hometown Party for Justin Allgaier by Dustin Albino;
Brendan Gaughan Holds Onto Final Playoffs Spot After Whirlwind Day and
Cole Custer Gaining Momentum Heading Into Playoffs and
Dakoda Armstrong On Missing XFINITY Playoffs: 'It Just Didn't Quite Happen' by Davey Segal

Greenville Daily Reflector
Patrick experiment needed to happen by Jordan Anders

JeffGluck.com
Roger Penske on whether NASCAR team is behind the Toyotas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Q&A: Matt Kenseth addresses NASCAR playoff possibilities, long-term future and more by Dave Kallmann

Motor Racing Network
First Playoffs for Blaney, Stenhouse Jr. by Pete Pistone;
Ganassi Duo Ready for Playoffs by Jeff Wackerlin

Motorsport
Iconic Wood Brothers looking to add to their history in first playoffs by Jim Utter

Motor Racing Digest
Martin Truex Jr. enters the NASCAR playoffs as the favorite and
Matt Kenseth is thinking positively as the NASCAR playoffs start and
Ryan Blaney needs to get back on track at Chicagoland Speedway and
Kevin Harvick looking for a strong start at Chicagoland Speedway by Matt Lovisa

NASCAR.com
Are Ford's fortunes poised for a change in NASCAR Playoffs? by Kenny Bruce;
Johnson's California-cool confidence, history guide him in NASCAR Playoffs by Holly Cain

NBC Sports
Despite struggles, Jimmie Johnson still believes he can 'come out on top' and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. refocuses goals since he's not in playoffs by Dustin Long

Orlando Sentinel
With zero wins, Danica Patrick belongs in NASCAR Hall of Fame by David Whitley

Popular Speed
Turtle Time: 6 Drivers Who Can Get It Done in NASCAR's Playoff Opener and
Kyle Busch is Dominant, But Far From a Lock and
10 Races, 10 Questions by Tom Jensen

Roberts NASCAR Notes
Final Chicagoland Driver Ratings: 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 by Micah Roberts

SportTechie
NASCAR Cup Champions Explain How They Use Wearables, Analytics by Joe Lemire

USA Today
Drivers caution NASCAR to be consistent when throwing yellow by Mike Hembree;
Roger Penske responds to Brad Keselowski's Toyota comments and
Tale of two champions: Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson texting their way to history by Brant James

Transcript Ryan Blaney Playoffs Ryan Blaney met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Does Blaney feel like an underdog? excited to be part of the playoffs; Wood Brothers looking at first championship since 1963.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kurt Busch Playoffs Kurt Busch met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Busch remembers 1st title; last chance at championship? 2018 plans to be announced soon.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kyle Busch Playoffs Kyle Busch met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Kyle Busch discusses pit crew changes; the playoff favorite; challenges in the playoffs; playoff strategy; past playoff experiences.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Austin Dillon Playoffs Austin Dillon met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Dillon comments about altercation on track with Danica Partick at RIR "She could have retaliated at Richmond"; and the playoffs.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Chase Elliott Playoffs Chase Elliott met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Elliott talks about crew chief Gustafson; game plan for the playoffs; toughest racetrack in playoffs; car #24 history.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Denny Hamlin Playoffs Denny Hamlin met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Hamlin talks about JGR pit crew changes; something to prove? who is the favorite in the playoffs? more ambulance talk.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kevin Harvick Playoffs Kevin Harvick met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Harvick talks about Playoff chances, Danica Patrick, Richmond problems and more.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Jimmie Johnson Playoffs Jimmie Johnson met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Johnson talks about chase for eighth championship; traveling safety crews and more.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kasey Kahne Playoffs Kasey Kahne met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). as for 2018 rides: Kahne said "I don't really think the #10 is an option; AND "I think the #95 is still an option."; IndyCar in 2018? (Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Matt Kenseth Playoffs Matt Kenseth met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). a candidate to replace Danica? Kenseth: "No, nope. It's not me." Kenseth talks ambulance, 2018 plans; no to #10 ride.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Brad Keselowski Playoffs Brad Keselowski met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Keselowski talks about ambulance getting lost; cautions and race control; Danica; younger drivers.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kyle Larson Playoffs Kyle Larson met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Larson talks about who the favorite is for playoffs; winning Richmond; his team and more; (Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Jamie McMurray Playoffs Jamie McMurray met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). McMurray talks about pressure to make the playoffs; Ganassi's belief in him; no odds for winning championship.(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Ryan Newman Playoffs Ryan Newman met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Newman discusses experience in the playoffs; which playoff format is the best;(Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Playoffs Ricky Stenhouse Jr. met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Stenhouse Jr. talks about experience in the playoffs; is he an underdog; Danica's future and legacy.(Ford Performance)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Martin Truex Jr. Playoffs Martin Truex Jr. met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Truex Jr. talks about getting over RIR; the officiating, the points gap between him and Larson; minimum speed. (Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)




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