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Joey Logano hashes out crash with Danica Patrick

usatoday.com — CHARLOTTE - Heading into a track famous for paybacks, Joey Logano isn't worried that Danica Patrick will deliver on a retaliatory vow in Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway. After hitting the wall because of contact with Logano during the Oct.

Why did Matt Kenseth help Brad Keselowski at Talladega?

usatoday.com — TALLADEGA, Ala. - Here was a push from Matt Kenseth that Brad Keselowski actually welcomed. But that hardly anyone in NASCAR could have anticipated. Last Saturday, Kenseth put Keselowski in a headlock during a postrace altercation at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keseloskwi wins at Talladega; Earnhardt, Johnson out of Chase

usatoday.com — TALLADEGA, Ala. - Breaking down the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway: Winner: In a win-or-else situation, Brad Keselowski scored his third victory at Talladega and transferred into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. keeping it simple with season on line

usatoday.com — TALLADEGA, Ala. - His season is on the line, his team is reeling amid misfortune and mechanical woes, and his last Talladega Superspeedway result left him virtually inconsolable for hours. Surely, Dale Earnhardt Jr. exhaustively has assembled a laundry list of preparatory measures for Sunday's Geico 500, which will determine which four drivers won't advance to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

New Talladega qualifying angers, stuns NASCAR drivers

usatoday.com — TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's new qualifying procedures left Sprint Cup drivers angry, bewildered and stunned Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, where a few familiar names failed to make the 43-car field. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson will miss Sunday's Geico 500, which was set by rules that were released last month.

Matt Kenseth has no regrets, still disagrees with Brad Keselowski

usatoday.com — TALALDEGA, Ala. - Matt Kenseth isn't certain what he wanted to accomplish by confronting Brad Keselowski after Saturday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he is sure of harboring no regrets. "You never want to get in a confrontation - at least I don't," Kenseth said Friday before Sprint Cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ryan: Harvick, Logano should start, park at Talladega

usatoday.com — USA TODAY Sports' Nate Ryan breaks down the GEICO 500. Talladega Superspeedway is chaotic, confounding and more critical than ever. That's the portentous wrinkle stoking tension and trepidation in the reformatted postseason of the Sprint Cup Series.

From shoving to subtly, what NASCAR penalties revealed

usatoday.com — Twisted sheet metal, torn firesuits and an endless discussion over measuring the impact the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format has on stoking emotions in NASCAR. Those were the primary takeaways from Saturday night's postrace melee after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR fines Keselowski, Stewart, puts them on probation

wcnc.com — NASCAR issued modest penalties for Saturday night's fracas after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, issuing fines to Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart. Keselowski, who rammed Matt Kenseth's Toyota near the entrance to the garage and attempted to spin Denny Hamlin, was fined $50,000 and placed on probation for four races.

NASCAR fines Keselowski, Stewart, puts them on probation

usatoday.com — NASCAR issued modest penalties for Saturday night's fracas after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, issuing fines to Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart. Keselowski, who rammed Matt Kenseth's Toyota near the entrance to the garage and attempted to spin Denny Hamlin, was fined $50,000 and placed on probation for four races.
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Oct 21, 2014

@SparklesWrites (Need to brush up on my Chaucer to remember which Canterbury Tale was my favorite.)

Oct 21, 2014

@gumby61184 Seems unlikely; particularly with the three-race resets.

Oct 21, 2014

@keselowski Chaucer wouldn't have pictured it this way in The Canterbury Tales ... but yes! Irony! Just like Sunday's finish.

Oct 21, 2014

@mw55 Ha! Didn't have a chance to ask but don't think so. (By the way, watched for the first time last night; congrats.)

Oct 21, 2014

Joey Logano says he and Danica Patrick talked through her Charlotte crash, put it to bed. Says he probably should have backed off. #nascar

Oct 21, 2014

Jeff Gordon asked about retaliation vs. Kez at Martinsville. "Who?" Kenseth? "He pushed him to a win. It's already over!" jokes JG. #nascar

Oct 21, 2014

Jeff Gordon says he never has been more nervous during a #nascar race weekend than Talladega.

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