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Martinsville again sits at a crossroads for Kurt Busch

usatoday.com — The last trip to Martinsville Speedway was special to Kurt Busch for two reasons: It salvaged one season and spearheaded another. The March 30 victory at the 0.526-mile track is the highlight of a disappointing first season at Stewart-Haas Racing in which Busch qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup but is ranked 15th in the points standings.

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.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @jeff_gluck: I hope you enjoy this 12 Questions interview with @mw55. I had fun doing it. —> usat.ly/1sTXRny #NASCAR

Oct 22, 2014

@ThunderImages Learned last year that when it comes to radio transmissions, never to doubt my man, @seano424.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @jeff_gluck: Danica Patrick, Kurt Busch swap teams, crew chiefs (but not pit crews). usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Oct 22, 2014

@seano424 Will defer to you but can't recall as much dissension in 2002-05 (certainly not rising to the level of "Dude" at M'ville in '09).

Oct 22, 2014

@seano424 Ha! That's been true for virtually all of them ... with the possible exception of Fennig.

Oct 22, 2014

So SHR move seems aimed primarily at righting the No. 41 ship. Curious of Patrick's take, but history with Knost seems encouraging. #nascar

Oct 22, 2014

Take on SHR swap: Kurt Busch thrives with old-school crew chiefs like Tony Gibson (e.g. Jimmy Fennig, Pat Tryson, Steve Addington). #nascar

Oct 22, 2014

RT @jeff_gluck: This starts next week at Texas. Knost/Patrick partnership could "potentially continue into 2015" but not certain.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @jeff_gluck: SHR says Tony Gibson is now Kurt Busch's crew chief. Daniel Knost "interim" crew chief for Danica Patrick. Teams swap, but not pit crews.

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