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posted MARCH 24, 2017

Turn 4: Jimmie Johnson's start, Toyota's struggles among biggest surprises
Turn 1: Tight end Jordan Cameron said recently that most NFL players do not love playing football. Do you think the same holds true for NASCAR? Do drivers really love racing, or are there alternative reasons for why each suits up for 36-plus weeks a year?
Turn 2: One month into the season, what has been the biggest surprise?
Turn 3: In honor of its 20th anniversary, Auto Club Speedway asked drivers to pick songs from the 1990s for their intros. Which 1990s song is a favorite of yours and which driver should use it?
Turn 4: Should Austin Dillon be penalized for pinching Cole Custer into the wall under caution after a Custer mistake wrecked Dillon at Phoenix? Should the penalty be worse for a Cup driver doing that to an Xfinity regular?
by Ricky Craven, Ryan McGee, Bob Pockrass, and Matt Willis

Caledonian Record:
Four Races in and Kyle Larson is on Fire by Biggy Bigelow

Charlotte Observer:
NASCAR's Ryan Newman: Ending 127-race winless streak took perseverance, rules changes by David Scott

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Questions & Attitude: What to make of Newman's win? by Ken Willis

Fayetteville Observer
Full Throttle: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! by Thomas Pope

Fox Sports:
Tony Stewart remains perhaps the busiest man in racing and
Kyle Larson returns to track where he had breakout weekend in 2014 and
Fist or fender, all's fair in NASCAR now by Tom Jensen

NASCAR 101: Cup's Best on the West Coast Swing by Kevin Rutherford;
Hysteria vs. Hypocrisy: 'Boys Have At It' Rubs Some the Wrong Way by Vito Pugliese;
Tech Talk: Aerodynamics & Tires Are On Tony Gibson's Mind Pre-Fontana by Mike Neff;
Friday Faceoff: Crime and Punishment, Chapters 2, 3 & 4 by the Frontstretch Staff;
Daily Fantasy Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Auto Club 400 Preview by Corey Brewer

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
NASCAR hauler parade excites fans ready for Monster Energy Cup in Fontana by Neil Nisperos

Social Spotlight with Spencer Gallagher

Los Angeles Times:
Auto Club 400 returns, with some NASCAR stars still seeking first win of season by Jim Peltz

Motor Racing Network:
Auto Club Fantasy Racing Preview by Jeff Wackerlin;
Allmendinger Back In Home State and
XFINITY Race Preview: Auto Club ;
Busch Fond of Fontana and
New XFINITY Rules for Indy by Pete Pistone

NASCAR Roundtable: Tackling hot topics and wrapping up Phoenix

Motorsports Tribune:
Throwback Thursday Theater - California Dreamin' for Jimmie Johnson by David Morgan

Daniel Suarez stars in first national television ad for Subway by Kathy Sheldon;
NASCAR announces race package for XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports:
Aerodynamic changes announced to accompany restrictor plates for Xfinity at Indianapolis by Nate Ryan;
Xfinity Series Spotlight: Q&A with Brandon Jones by Daniel McFadin

Popular Speed:
New Race Package in Place at Indianapolis by Justin Tucker;
Austin Dillon, Earnhardt Jr. Looking for First Top-10 of 2017 and
Annett: "We Need to be Where Our Teammates Are" by Ashley McCubbin

The Podium Finish:
Track Talk: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway by Rob Tiongson

The Racing Experts:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'We'll be alright' by Dominic Aragon;
Derrike Cope's racing renaissance and 2017 plans by Taylor Goins

SB Nation:
NASCAR mailbag: Does Ryan Newman's win signal a Richard Childress Racing turnaround? by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media:
Finley Factor: Let's Fix The Serial "Buschwhacking" Problem by Michael Finley;
Dispute Between Henderson, Drivers Regarding ARCA Testing by Joseph Shelton

Tuscaloosa News:
Food, fighting and other tidbits from around the track by Mark McCarter

USA Today:
Fresh air of Aspen gives Jimmie Johnson fresh take on racing, family and
NASCAR will implement restrictor plates at Indianapolis Xfinity race by Brant James

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds;
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction;
Auto Club Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Yahoo Sports:
Xfinity cars to have taller spoilers, other aero modifications for Indy plate race by Nick Bromberg

posted MARCH 23, 2017

Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick docked points and crew chiefs suspended for failed inspections and
Pete Hamilton, who won four NASCAR Cup races, dies at 74 by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press:
NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick by Jenna Fryer

Bristol Herald Courier:
Buzz keeps building at BMS by Allen Gregory

Charlotte Observer:
Why did Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s neighbor cuss at him last Sunday? by Joe Marusak;
Pete Hamilton, one of NASCAR's superspeedway aces, dies at age 74 by David Scott

NASCAR suspends two Cup crew chiefs, levies fines after Phoenix and
Brad Keselowski speaks on NASCAR penalties by Greg Engle

Fox Sports:
Teams of Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick hit with penalties by NASCAR and
NASCAR upholds penalties to AJ Allmendinger's team by Joe Menzer;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses social media to call out counterfeit memorabilia by Chase Wilhelm

Kurt Busch Credits New Bride for Recent Success, Daytona 500 Victory by Joseph Wolkin
Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR, Please Come Up With Another Solution by Dustin Albino
Happiness Is...A View from Afar by Huston Ladner
Truckin' Thursdays: 5 Drivers That Stand Out 2 Races In by Beth Lunkenheimer

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
Memories of Auto Club Speedway as it turns 20 years old by Louis Brewster

12 Questions with Ryan Newman

Throwback: The forgotten debuts of Dean Dalton and Ontario Motor Speedway by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network:
Keselowski Docked 35 Points and
Harvick's #4 Team Penalized and
No. 47 Team's Penalty Upheld and
Making Indy Great Again by Pete Pistone

1970 Daytona 500 winner Pete Hamilton passes away by Nick DeGroot;
NASCAR fails another self-imposed test and
Keselowski and Harvick hit with points penalty, crew chiefs suspended by Jim Utter

Power Rankings: Phoenix / Auto Club by Pat DeCola;
Team Penske mulling appeal; SHR Formally files and
NASCAR upholds #47 team's L1-leel penalty from Atlanta by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports:
Kevin Harvick crew chief fined, suspended one race for encumbered finish by Daniel McFadin;
Stewart-Haas Racing to appeal penalties to Kevin Harvick and No. 4 team and
NASCAR docks Brad Keselowski, Team Penske 35 points; suspends crew chief Paul Wolfe and
Driver cites drug test issue for not obtaining NASCAR K&N Pro Series West license and
JTG Daugherty appeal rejected by Dustin Long

Popular Speed:
Check In: How's The New Race Format Doing? by Vivian Meza;
Wallace, Sadler Among Next Candidates for Victory Lane and
Crew Chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick Suspended by Ashley McCubbin

Race Fans Forever:
Is the Cup Half Full or Half Empty? by Vivian Simons;
California Not So "Golden" a NASCAR State by Frank Buhrman

SB Nation:
NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media:
Auto Club Speedway - Did you Know? by Angela Campbell;
Hot 20 - You know all the big names on this list heading to Fontana, and some not among them by Ron Thornton

Sporting News:
Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick's crew chiefs suspended, fined for infractions by Joe Rodgers

Skirts and Scuffs:
Rookie Stripe - Checkers and Comrades: How NASCAR Drivers Are Assigned to Their Teams by Logan Stewart

USA Today:
NASCAR penalizes Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick for Phoenix infractions by Brant James

Yahoo Sports:
Brad Keselowski loses 35 points, Kevin Harvick 10 for Phoenix penalties by Nick Bromberg

posted MARCH 22, 2017

What's on your mind NASCAR? Dr. Racy Ryan is ready by Ryan McGee

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Speedfreaks: Is Kyle Larson forever a bridesmaid? by Ken Willis

Fox Sports:
NASCAR mailbag: Why the potential for restrictor plates at Indy? and
A million-dollar idea to liven up NASCAR racing by Tom Jensen

Did You Notice? ... 2nd Place the 1st Winner in NASCAR Point System by Tom Bowles
NASCAR Mailbox: Could Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ever Change its Configuration? by Joseph Wolkin
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix by Frank Velat
Beyond the Cockpit: Anthony Kumpen on NASCAR in Europe, Nephew Max Verstappen by Zach Catanzareti
Frontstretch 5: NASCAR By the Numbers by Amy Henderson

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
What Daniel Suarez thinks about racing at Auto Club Speedway by Liset Márquez

Kickin' the Tires:
Dale Jr. Expected "Growing Pains" Upon His Return To the Track by Jerry Jordan;
What does Ryan Newman's win mean for the rest of the field? by Aaron Bearden

Martinsville Bulletin:
Truck Series drivers set for their April 1 trip to The 'Clip by Harrison Hamlet

Motor Racing Digest:
Head-to-Head: Auto Club Speedway by Matt Lovisa

Motor Racing Network:
NASCAR Notebook: Expect Heavy Penalty for Keselowski by Pete Pistone

Dale Jr. pokes fun at Ryan Blaney after Phoenix radio outburst by Nick DeGroot;
Where are they now? - Geoff Bodine by Tim Southers;
After early season struggles, Phoenix Top 10 "a big deal" for Suarez by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune:
Up to Speed: Previewing the Auto Club 400 by David Morgan

Age nothing but a number: Larson's year full of feats by Maggie MacKenzie

NBC Sports:
Everyone Should Try Attending the Daytona 500 because . . . America! by Parker Kligerman;
NASCAR Heat Evolution publisher rebrands, plans sequel and mobile game by Daniel McFadin;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. offers frank assessment on recent issues, NASCAR's reaction and potential impact and
Upon Further Review: Dramatic finishes common occurrence at Auto Club Speedway and
Bump & Run: Is NASCAR returning to the Wild West in terms of justice? by Dustin Long;
Using restrictor plates at Indianapolis dovetails with aerodynamics, team official says by Nate Ryan

On Pit Road:
Newman, Allgaier Break Long Winless Streaks by Tyson Lautenschlager

The Podium Finish:
On The Gas-On The Breaks In Phoenix by Stephen Conley

Popular Speed:
NASCAR Power Rankings - Phoenix by John Haverlin;
New Winners And Champs? No Worries, They Are Already Here by Steve Waid;
Suarez Broke Through For First Top-10 by Vivian Meza

Race Fans Forever:
As Requested by the Fans... and Other Fairytales by PattyKay Lilley

The Racing Experts:
Feuds in NASCAR by Geoff Bodine;
LaJoie, Sorenson comment on Phoenix racing incident by Dominic Aragon

Speedway Media:
Winless Streak Doesn't Define Wallace's, Roush-Fenway's Effort by Joseph Shelton;
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Phoenix by Jeffrey Boswell;
Surprising and Not Surprising: Camping World 500 at Phoenix

Stock Car Gazette:
What Is Wrong With NASCAR? by Chuck Abrams

Yahoo Sports:
Power Rankings: Mr. 2nd-place Kyle Larson isn't second by Nick Bromberg

posted MARCH 21, 2017

Bristol Herald Courier
5 Things from Phoenix by Allen Gregory

Beyond the Flag
The Good, Bad And Ugly From Phoenix by Tanner Whitt;
NASCAR's Best & Worst Weekend Ever: Phoenix Edition by Christopher Olmstead

Charlotte Observer
Road where NASCAR's Kyle Busch did 128 mph getting a safety roundabout by Joe Marusak

Daytona Beach News Journal
3 Things we learned from Phoenix by Godwin Kelly

NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 25 drivers after scorching Phoenix race and
Luke Lambert put Newman in position to 'guard off wolves' for Phoenix win by Tim Durr

Beside The Rising Tide: Anger Management by Matt McLaughlin;
The Underdog House: Assessing The I-Word For Small NASCAR Teams by Amy Henderson;
Who's Hot and Who's Not in NASCAR: The Desert Fox Edition by Jeff Wolfe;
Five Points: Wins, Near-Wins and Wide-Open Spaces by Danny Peters;
Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Fails With All-In NASCAR Fighting Strategy by Phil Allaway

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Joey Logano leads NASCAR in upheaval and upside and
Xfinity driver Ryan Reed steers into turn as role model and
Notes: Speedway builder Roger Penske among five new NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees by Louis Brewster

The Top Five: Breaking down the Phoenix race

Trio of Blues experience NASCAR, become instant fans by Lou Korac

Small Team Storylines: Fontana by Brock Beard

Lexington Dispatch
Newman's win breaks drought for RCR by Ben White

Los Angeles Daily News
Play It Forward March 20-26: Jimmie Johnson always has Auto Club Speedway on his GPS by Tom Hoffarth

The Mercury
'Geezer' getting in on Late Model action at Grandview by Ernie Saxton

Motor Racing Network
Power Rankings After Phoenix and
Phoenix Checkered and Black Flags by Pete Pistone

Surprise victory could be a turning point for RCR by Lee Spencer

Prep work helps pit crews thrive under pressure

NBC Sports
What drivers said after the NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix by Daniel McFadin

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Strong Phoenix Shows Benefit Of Ford's NASCAR Growth by Pat McAssey

Orlando Sentinel
Joey Logano dings Kyle Busch again in Phoenix by George Diaz

Pit Talks
What is the make-up of a great NASCAR pit crew member?

The Podium Finish
Restrictor Plates: Do Not Pass Go - Do Not Stop At Indy by Stephen Conley;
Dropping the Hammer with Elliott Sadler and
Kyle Larson Knocking on the Door for Wins by Rob Tiongson

Popular Speed
Five Storylines to Watch in 2017 and
Kenseth, Logano Among Those Crashed Out with Tire Issues by Ashley McCubbin

The Progress-Index
NASCAR Rumblings: Miracles on repeat by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Race Fans Forever
Media Coverage Today Could Be a Lot Better by David Nance

Race Talk Radio:
Dale Jarrett Didn't Get NASCAR's Memo by Dennis Michelsen

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Pro wrestling drama absent at Phoenix by Randy Hallman

San Bernardino County Sun
How NASCAR fans can ride the Metrolink for free to Auto Club Speedway by Sarah Batcha

Speedway Media
The Final Word - Newman rises in Phoenix, while a pair run down under in New Zealand by Ron Thornton;
Restrictor Plates at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May Be Less than Ideal and
Newman's Win Shows Old Guard Still Strong by Joseph Shelton;
Kyle Larson Loses Race but Wins Points Lead by Angela Campbell

Toronto Star
Motorsports Notes: Ford 'go-to guy' Scott Maxwell developed GT solo by Norris McDonald

USA Today
Story lines to watch as NASCAR heads to Auto Club Speedway by Brant James

Yahoo Sports
Quick Phoenix Takeaways: Ryan Newman has gotten a win at Phoenix like this before by Nick Bromberg

posted MARCH 20, 2017

Rundown: Kyle Larson isn't first loser, he's the leader and
Ryan Newman delivers another big moment for Richard Childress Racing by Bob Pockrass

Arizona Republic
April possible date for future spring NASCAR PIR race and
Larson's strong consistency continues at PIR by Michael Knight

Associated Press
Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix by Bob Baum

Ryan Newman stuns the field at Phoenix and
Elliott, Larson come up short, again and
The NASCAR Camping World 500 at Phoenix as it happened by Greg Engle

Ryan Newman on winning again: 'It's been a hard-fought four years' and
7 biggest surprises from Phoenix Raceway and
6 takeaways from the Camping World 500 by Tom Jensen;
Kyle Busch after Joey Logano foils him again: 'That's racing' by Joe Menzer

The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Camping World 500 and
Ryan Newman Shocks with Strategy, Triumphant at Phoenix by Michael Finley;
Up to Speed: Ryan Newman, the Veteran by Bryan Gable;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Ryan Newman Stretches Tires to Douse Winless Drought in Phoenix by Mike Neff;
Pace Laps: Pair of Winless Streaks Snapped by Ryan Newman and Justin Allgaier in the Desert, Along with Sebring Chaos

Godfather Motorsports
Just Four Races In, Busch Faces Critical Juncture by Dave Moody

Kickin' the Tires'
Toyota rookies Suarez, Jones shine in the desert with Phoenix top 10s by Aaron Bearden
Desert delivers again as Ryan Newman latest to bust drought at Phoenix and
Young Kyle Larson having fun even though wins aren't coming by Yvonne Jones

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Motor Speedway considers eliminating seats for NASCAR races by Ron Kantowski

Jeffrey Earnhardt's first Cup last-place finish equals a 2007 record and
Late return by Obaika Racing gives Jordan Anderson 2nd-straight last-place finish by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Newman Ends Winless Drought and
Phoenix Rear-View Mirror and
Top 10s for Rookies Suarez, Jones by Pete Pistone

Phoenix victory slips away from Busch after Logano's crash by Jim Utter;
Stenhouse earns RFR their first top five of 2017 season by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
Tire Issues Lead to Early Exits for Logano and Kenseth at Phoenix and
Kyle Larson Continues Runner-Up Streak at Phoenix by David Morgan

NBC Sports
Ryan Newman snaps a long winless drought in the desert for Richard Childress Racing by Nate Ryan
Another runner-up finish doesn't have Kyle Larson down by Dustin Long
Richard Childress celebrates in Cup victory lane for first time since 2013 by Daniel McFadin

Popular Speed
Rapid Reaction: A New-Man in Victory Lane by Mitchell Breuer;
Everything's Still Great for Ky. Busch Despite Late Loss by Jason Schultz

Race Talk Radio
Is NASCAR Being Trained Like a Puppy? by Dennis Michelsen

The Racing Experts
Rookie Report: Camping World 500 by Dominic Aragon;
Newman uses strategy to end 2013 winless drought by Isabel Gonzalez

Raceway Insider
Can Kyle Larson Turn Early Success into a Championship Run? by Tyler Painter

San Bernardino County Sun
Auto Club Speedway draws crowds to region for races and more in Fontana by Jim Steinberg

Skirts and Scuffs
Right Sides Only: Notes from the Camping World 500 Winning Crew Chief, Luke Lambert by Stacey Owens

Sporting News
NASCAR at Phoenix: Stifling heat forces Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cool down any way he can by Dave DeLuca

USA Today
Phoenix provides ray of sunshine for Ryan Newman, Richard Childress by Brant James

WSB Radio Race Blog
Race Capsule: Newman strategizes to victory at Phoenix, win slips away from Busch by Doug Turnbull


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