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Quick takeaways from Bristol: Kurt Busch's start to 2017 is nothing like his start to 2016

Kurt Busch finished 25th on Sunday and is 18th in the points standings. (Getty) Consider our Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Show More Summary

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race at Bristol ends early with mechanical failure

Junior has four finishes of 30th or worse in the first eight races of 2017. (Getty) Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Monday at Bristol was a frustrating one. Junior was stuck mid-pack for most of the day until his car careened into the wall on lap 217. Show More Summary

Jimmie Johnson wins at Bristol for second-straight victory of 2017

Jimmie Johnson surged to the front with 106 laps to go at Bristol. (Getty) It’s been a pretty good three weeks for Jimmie Johnson. Two weeks ago, he won his first race of 2017 at Texas. Then he went to Mexico on the Cup Series’ first off-weekend of the year. Show More Summary

Bristol Cup race postponed to Monday

The rain wasn’t going away at Bristol on Sunday. (Getty) There will be no Cup Series race at Bristol on Sunday. Because of constant rain throughout Sunday morning and a forecast for more rain the rest of the day, NASCAR has pushed Sunday’s race to Monday. Show More Summary

Will Kyle Busch get to victory lane in Bristol for the first time since 2011?

Kyle Busch has five Bristol wins … but hasn’t won in the past five years. (Getty) With five wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch is arguably the best active Cup Series driver at the half-mile track. But, perhaps strangely, Busch hasn’t won at the track since 2011. Show More Summary

Bristol qualifying rained out, Kyle Larson on the pole

Larson started first at Martinsville after rain canceled qualifying two weeks ago. (Getty) Kyle Larson is the main beneficiary of rain wiping out qualifying for the second time in three races. Larson, the series points leader, will start first for Sunday’s race at Bristol. Show More Summary

Kyle Larson not a fan of the width of the grippy substance in Bristol's bottom groove

Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott (middle) will start on the front row Sunday. (Getty) For the second straight race, Bristol has applied a substance to enhance grip in the bottom groove of its corners for Sunday’s Cup Series race. But according to polesitter and points leader Kyle Larson, the application this year is wider than last year’s. Show More Summary

Bristol qualifying rained out, Kyle Larson on the pole

Larson started first at Martinsville after rain canceled qualifying there. (Getty) Kyle Larson is the main beneficiary of rain wiping out qualifying for the second time in three races. Larson, the series points leader, will start first for Sunday’s race at Bristol. Show More Summary

NASCAR moves fall Charlotte race from Saturday night to Sunday

The fall race at Charlotte is now scheduled for Sunday for the first time since 2002. (Getty) The fall race at Charlotte will be run on a Sunday for the third-straight year. But this time, the change isn’t happening because of rain. NASCAR said Thursday that the Oct. Show More Summary

No, Matt Kenseth didn't announce his retirement Wednesday

Your browser does not support iframes. Matt Kenseth’s Cup Series career doesn’t have an end date. At least publicly, anyway. Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team announced a six-race sponsorship with Circle K convenience stores Wednesday. Show More Summary

Formula 4 racer loses parts of both legs following terrifying crash

Billy Monger didn’t have time to avoid a slow car ahead of him. (Screenshot via YouTube) Formula 4 driver Billy Monger had parts of both his legs amputated after a scary crash on Sunday at Donington Park in England. Monger’s car ran into the back of a car that had slowed abruptly on the track. Show More Summary

Facts to know after the first 7 races of the Cup Series season

Just because NASCAR took the Easter weekend off doesn’t mean we have to go a weekend without writing about the Cup Series. Next Sunday’s race at Bristol is the eighth of the season; meaning that the 2017 schedule is almost a quarter complete. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart says in deposition he attempted to turn left when he saw Kevin Ward

Stewart retired from the Cup Series after the 2016 season. (Getty) Tony Stewart said he tried to turn left when he realized Kevin Ward was on the track in a sprint car race in August 2014. Stewart struck and killed Ward on Aug. 9, 2014 after the two were racing against each other in a race at Canandaigua Motorsports park in Ontario County, New York. Show More Summary

How a track like Texas Motor Speedway can be listed accurately at two different lengths

Is Texas Motor Speedway 1.44 miles long? 1.5? Based on your line, it could change from lap to lap. (Getty) Is Texas Motor Speedway a 1.5-mile track? It depends on who you ask. The track’s actual length was debated on Wednesday as IndyCar held an open test at the speedway in anticipation of its June race at Texas. Show More Summary

Paul Wolfe, Brad Keselowski's crew chief, will miss two more races as suspension upheld

Paul Wolfe and Brad Keselowski. (Getty) A NASCAR appeals panel has denied Team Penske’s appeal of a penalty levied against Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 team, meaning crew chief Paul Wolfe will miss two more races. The penalties date to the...Show More Summary

F1 champion Fernando Alonso to run 2017 Indianapolis 500

Alonso won the F1 title in 2005 and 2006. (Getty) Fernando Alonso is choosing Indianapolis over Monaco. The Honda McLaren Formula 1 driver said Wednesday he’ll be driving a sixth Andretti Autosport car in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. Show More Summary

2017 All-Star Race to feature softer tire option for teams to use

Teams will have a choice of tires during 2017 All Star Race. NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the format for the May 20 race on Tuesday. The 70-lap race will be divided into four segments (20, 20, 20, 10) and teams will get one set of softer tires to choose during any of the race’s four stages. Show More Summary

Power Rankings: Is Kyle Larson back at No. 1?

Welcome to Power Rankings. As always, Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it’s the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at nickbromberg@yahoo.com and we’ll try to have some fun. Show More Summary

What it looked like from the pit when Chris Buescher's car got spun on pit road

This pit stop went according to plan for Chris Buescher. His first on Sunday did not. (Getty) Chris Buescher’s jack man Zack Young got pummeled on pit road during Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Buescher got hit by Erik Jones and his car went sliding backwards into his pit stall. Show More Summary

The funny similarity between Erik Jones' new commercial and one from 10 years ago

If you’ve watched any Cup Series racing so far in 2017, you’ve probably seen Cup Series rookie Erik Jones recommending an upgrade in a 5-Hour Energy commercial. It’s the first TV ad the company did with its new driver and it’s also Jones’ first starring role in a commercial. Show More Summary

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