The big news in NASCAR this week is Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be competing in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion.
This weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway presents both risk and opportunity. The risk relates to being caught up in the "big one" crash which could possibly eliminate some of the top drivers from being able to contend for the championship title. The opportunity might be for some of the drivers who find themselves further back in the point standings going into the race being able to make up some significant ground and get back into title contention if any of the points leaders suffer poor finishes. In qualifying for Sunday's race, Kasey Kahne set fast time to start on the pole with a speed of 191.455 mph and points leader Brad Keselowski qualified in the 22nd position.
Despite having a fast car, Jeff Gordon's chase for the NASCAR championship got off to a bad start last weekend at Chicagoland with a 35th place finish after wrecking with about 80 laps to go. So Gordon is looking to bounce back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and is off to a good start after qualifying for the pole starting position.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will be visiting the Saratoga area this week as part of a series of "Meet and Greet" sessions being held in conjunction with the Moonshine to Millionaires - NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology exhibit at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
Looks like we may have some some nasty storms hitting our area this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a potentially significant damaging wind event across much of our listening area for later today.
After a disappointing race a week ago, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart started this weekend on a high note as he won his first pole starting position of the season in qualifying for Sunday night's Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is taking a week off. So it's a chance for NASCAR's other two touring series - the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series - to grab the spotlight out at Chicagoland Speedway. But a couple of crew chiefs at the Cup level were making news after last week's race at New Hampshire.
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