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CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO ENJOYS HARD FOUGHT WIN IN THE DESERT

Joey Logano earned a return trip to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after a year’s absence.

Kyle Busch will head to the South Florida track to try to defend his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.

And Kevin Harvick won’t be competing for the title for the first time since NASCAR debuted its elimination Chase format in 2014. Needing a victory to advance, as it turned out, Harvick finished fourth in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: ADVICE TO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS: GO WITH WHAT HAS SERVED YOU SO FAR

 

Right up front let me make a confession: I know virtually nothing about what makes a race car work.

Not the engine. Not the transmission. Not the chassis setup. Not the brakes.

Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Nevertheless, I have some advice for the four drivers and their teams that will compete for the NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead/Miami Speedway in Florida.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: LEGENDS AND TALL TALES

The very first thought, when I awakened on the morning after Donald Trump had been elected president, was to wonder if Trump would name Brian France to his Cabinet.

I was trying to accentuate the positive. That was all. I needed coffee.

But enough nonsense. There’s a Chase going on! Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards are in the finals. One race, at Phoenix, lies between them and two others racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20 for the Sprint Cup championship.

CP MOTORSPORTS - KYLE BUSCH WINS PHOENIX XFINITY AS CHAMPIONSHIP 4 FIELD SET

 

It was just another routine Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway for Kyle Busch.

But nothing else in the Ticket Galaxy 200 was at all ordinary.

All the drama unfolded behind Busch, as eight drivers scrambled for four positions in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase’s Championship 4 Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

CP MOTORSPORTS - DANIEL SUARAEZ WINS FIRST NASCAR TRUCK SERIES EVENT AS CHASE FINAL IS SET

 

William Byron’s bitter disappointment proved a boon for two of his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

When the engine in Byron’s No. 9 Toyota expired on Lap 141 of 150 – ending the championship run for the series’ most prolific winner this year – Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Daniel Suarez took over the race lead and went on to score the first NCWTS victory of his career.

CP MOTORSPORTS - CARL EDWARDS RESURRECTS TITLE CHANCES WITH WIN IN RAIN-SHORTENED TEXAS RACE

Back from the dead.

With a Lazarus act that was delayed and then shortened by rain, Carl Edwards revived his moribund championship hopes the only way he could—with a victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Last in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a hard crash and a 36th-place finish last week at Martinsville, Edwards took the lead under caution on Lap 257 when his crew dashed off an 11-second pit stop.

CP MOTORSPORTS - LARSON HOLDS OFF KESOELOWSKI FOR TEXAS XFINITY WIN

 

Grabbing the lead after a restart on Lap 171 of 200, Kyle Larson moved to the top of the track just in time to hold off polesitter Brad Keselowski for the victory in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

In a race that saw Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez open some breathing room in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase with respective fourth- and fifth-place finishes, Larson got a push from sixth-place finisher Elliott Sadler on the decisive restart and kept Keselowski behind him for the final 30 laps.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: CALIBRATING THE ROULETTE WHEEL

Drew Carey was on a late-night talk show the other night, and he said some contestants on The Price Is Right try to spin the wheel exactly one turn.

They try to get it calibrated just right.

Perhaps Jimmie Johnson has gotten this three-year-old Chase format calibrated. It’s sort of like a roulette wheel. Ask Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. To paraphrase the late, great Lefty Frizzell, they’re “gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, crying won’t bring [‘em] back.”

CP MOTORSPORTS - LATE PASS GIVES SAUTER TEXAS TRUCK WIN

 

You might say Johnny Sauter is on a roll.

Then again, that might be an understatement.

Passing Matt Crafton near the start/finish line with two laps left in Friday night’s Striping Technology 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sauter pulled away to win his second straight race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.

CP MOTORSPORTS - JJ WINS MARTINSVILLE; IS THIS THE DRIVE FOR NO. 7?

 

Mr. Martinsville is back – and with him, a realistic shot at a record-tying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Winless at the .526-mile short track since the spring race of 2013, Jimmie Johnson ended his "drought" on Sunday with a victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and earned a berth in the Championship 4 race, set for Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In winning for the ninth time at Martinsville, the fourth time this season and the 79th time in his career, Johnson didn’t take the lead until he passed Denny Hamlin for the top spot on Lap 409 of 500.

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