Sunday, Oct 02
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Tom Hessert, who led the final three laps of the ARCA Racing Series race this morning at Talladega, captured his fourth career victory in the series. Hessert, which was a pretty tame race through the event which saw only one caution, was able to sneak his way to the front to win the event. He started the event from the seventh position.

Coming home in second was 2013 Daytona winner, John Wes Townley. He led a total of 19 laps of the race but had to settle for second as he was 0.140 seconds. Today marked his third top-10 finish of this season after having a bad weekend last week at Salem where he fell out early due to a crash.

Finishing third in his best finish in the ARCA Racing Series was Austin Wayne Self. Self was running upfront a couple of times today but just couldn't quite lead a lap. Self started the event from the 10th spot. He leaves Talladega Superspeedway with an average finish of 6.3.

Pole sitter Grant Enfinger led 35 laps of the event this weekend but fell short of the win this afternoon. Enfinger came into today looking to score his fourth win of the season to become the first ARCA driver to do so. Enfinger will take home a ninth place finish after getting busted for speeding when he pitted the first time.

In his first time back in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since last season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sam Hornish Jr. captures the pole for Saturday's Aaron's 312. Hornish ran a time of 51.268 seconds, 186.783 mph. This is his sixth career pole in the series and his first since the season finale last year.

Starting in the second position will be Elliott Sadler after posting a fast time of 51.270 seconds, 186.729 mph. Sadler will make his sixth start inside the top-10 of this season and will shoot for his seventh top-10 finish on Saturday afternoon. He was just 0.002 seconds behind the pole sitter's time.

Also making his first start of the season since 2012 will be third place starter, Darrell Wallace Jr. Wallace posted a fast time of 51.283 seconds, 186.729 mph. In his last start, which came at Dover, he won the pole and drove to a 12th-place finish. If he finishes inside the top-five Saturday afternoon, he will score his fourth top-10 finish in his Nationwide Series career.

Two drivers will disqualify for the event, which was Chad Boat and Derrike Cope. There was one incidenet this afternoon during the first round of qualifying, which was Tanner Berryhill just before the tri-oval.

Grant Enfinger captured the pole on Friday afternoon with a fast time of 52.143 seconds, 183.649 mph. Tomorrow morning will be his best start of the season so far, which his previous best is second at Daytona and Salem last weekend. Enfinger heads into Talladega hoping to score his fourth win of the 2014 season after three races complete.

Starting in the second position will be Mason Mitchell after qualifying with a time of 52.200 seconds, 183.445 mph. Mitchell will make his fourth start this year inside the top-10 and hopes to gather his fourth top-five finish of the year. He was just 0.057 seconds off of Enfinger's fastest lap.

Third fastest of the session was Justin Boston after posting his fast time at a 52.352 seconds, 182.916 mph. Boston was one of the favorites heading to the qualifying session as he won the pole in the last two events but was 0.209 seconds short of that. He hopes to finish his second race of the season as the first two events was all did not finishes. Boston also hopes to get a solid finish as his best this season has been a 15th, which came last weekend at Salem.

Other notables include, fifth John Wes Townley, seventh Tom Hessert, Austin Wayne Self 10th, Gerhart 15th and 22nd Frank Kimmel. One car did not turn a lap in their group as that was Mark Meunier.

This weekend the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will head to the Talladega Superspeedway for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. This will mark the fourth event for the series this year and will be the final plate race for the series in 2014.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend features a total of 37 drivers, with one of those going home following qualifying today afternoon. A few notables include, Bobby Gerhart, John Wes Townley, Austin Wayne Self, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Boston, Frank Kimmel, Tom Hessert and Grant Enfinger.

Storylines:

This weekend the ARCA Racing Series will debut their own version of knockout qualifying at Talladega. After the practice session on Friday morning, ARCA will put the cars in groups of six, depending on where they end up in practice. ARCA will run each group on track for a total of ten minutes, which is exactly what NASCAR did for qualifying on road courses. Coverage of qualifying will not be televised, but can be heard live on Thunder 92.7 at the track or by visiting: radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WTDR.

Grant Enfinger heads into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 looking to score his fourth win of the season. Enfinger, so far, has this season locked up as he won the first three events of the year. Last weekend at Salem, Enfinger just barely won the event after the race leader, which was Ken Schrader, blew a tire with about a lap remaining.

10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel, heads into Talladega hoping to continue his top-five finishing streak with his new team, Win-Tron Racing. Kimmel has struggled so far in qualifying as his best starting spot has been 13th at Mobile, but has showed speed during the race. He heads into this weekends race as the defending race winner and hopes to score that first win with his new racing team.

Where to watch:

You can catch this weekends ARCA Racing Series race at 11:00 a.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. You can also listen to live radio coverage at the track by tuning into 92.7 or at home by visiting radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WTDR.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads off to the Talladega Superspeedway for the 23rd annual Aaron's 312. This weekend will be the ninth stop on the series tour and will be the only race for the series at Talladega this season.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend features a total of 42 unique drivers. Two will go home as NASCAR only fields 40 cars in the series. Few notables include: Kasey Kahne, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Blaney, Robert Richardson Jr., John Wes Townley, David Starr, Sam Hornish Jr., Jamie Dick, Chad Boat, Bobby Gerhart, Carl Long and David Ragan.

Storylines:

Darrell Wallace Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. will both make their return to the series under the Joe Gibbs Racing banner after some time off. Wallace made his last start back in 2012 at Dover where he started from the pole. Since having trouble finding a ride in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Wallace has been driving the No. 54 for KBM Motorsports full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Hornish will make his series return since last season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway when he just lost the championship by a few points. Due to a lack of sponsorship, Hornish was let go from Team Penske and signed on with Joe Gibbs Racing for seven events in 2014.

Thirteen drivers will make their first start at the Talladega Superspeedway, but that won't matter, as several drivers has won in their first attempt in the past. Those thirteen drivers to look out for include: Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Dakota Armstrong, Tanner Berryhill, Ryan Blaney, Chad Boat, Matt Dibenedetto, Joey Gase, Dylan Kwasniewski, Tommy Joe Martins, Ryan Reed and Ryan Sieg.

Chris Buescher hopes to redeem himself this weekend as he was one of the drivers in the season opener at Daytona who failed to qualify for the event. In seven total starts in eight races this season, Buescher has finished up inside the top-10 twice. They tie his best season, which was last year, so he hopes this weekend he can score his third of the year.

Where to watch:

You can catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Et, live on ESPN. Race Buddy and Watch ESPN will also be avalible. Radio coverage will also start at 2:30 and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network.

The ARCA Racing Series announced earlier this week the addition of a group qualifying format that will debut this weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway.
 
With the format so popular by fans over in the NASCAR top-three racing series, ARCA will now move to a knockout format simular to what NASCAR brought in this season.
 
Traditionally, ARCA ran one car at a time, and each car could only run up to two laps. The format will work like this: the results of the Friday morning practice session will set the qualifying groups. During the qualifying session, ARCA will allow the teams to draft, which will provide numerous interesting moments as the session goes on. This format is a little bit different than what NASCAR uses, but will still provide much excitment for those watching.
 
“Practice is going to be key at Talladega this weekend especially with the new group qualifying," said Mason Mitchell. "Being a single car team we need to find someone to work with before practice starts to ensure we end up in a fast group for qualifying.”
 

"We’re really hoping my teammate, Grant Enfinger, and I will be able to help each other during qualifying and then the race," says Allison. "We wanted to work together at Daytona, but since our chances ended early, we weren’t able to do so. It’s very beneficial to have a strong teammate at a superspeedway."

 
Sadly, in the past, FOX Sports 1 never televised ARCA Racing Series qualifying, but its something they could possibly look into. FOX announced earlier, probably two weeks ago, that because with so much viewer increase for the group qualifying format, they have decided to move Sprint Cup Series qualifying from FOX Sports 1 over to FOX at Talladega
 
This is a great move for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards because many drivers use the series to get a feel for what the NASCAR racing series is like. If they going to be using it in the future, why not start them early? Yes, NASCAR features two-three sessions, depending on the track size, so this format is a little bit different, but I still think this is still a great move. 
 
Before this season begun at Daytona, ARCA announced the addition of double file restarts after numerous racing series have switched to those proceedures. This move has enhanced the racing this season and with group qualifying, it'll only help the series expand further more in the future.

Swan Racing's situation is currently one of the hottest topics in the world of NASCAR after a lack of sponsorship has come their way. The team expanded to two full-time entries this season with two rookies, Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman.

On Thursday, April 17, Dave Moody reported that the racing operation released numerous employees, and some have taken jobs with other organizations. Because of this, Swan Racing will most likely not field a car in the April 26 Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway.

The following day, Swan Racing's co-owner, Anthony Marlowe, took to social media and tweeted that his mission is to finding Sprint Cup Series driver and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Whitt, a ride for Richmond and for the remainder of the year. With not many possibilities out there, it is looking like that Whitt could move to a third car with BK Racing. Although as of Monday morning, a source close to the situation confirmed that Whitt was still without a ride for Richmond.

With Swan Racing not doing so well financially, they should have never opened up a second full-time car beginning this season. Sadly, in today's NASCAR world, it's all about sponsorship and money, and not about talent. This can either help or hurt a small team like Swan Racing. A perfect example of it helping a small team is the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team, driven by Michael Annett, who now has a full season sponsorship as they are starting to have respectable results.

With Swan Racing going down under, the next team could very well be BK Racing. This small organization has been struggling to find sponsorship (other than Burger King and Dr. Pepper which are on the car due to the owners having Burger King chains), and has a past history for not keeping their drivers. Alex Bowman, who moved to the racing organization after running in all but one NASCAR Nationwide Series race last season, has had some decent runs. The second operation of BK Racing has not ran so well. The No. 83 team, which is driven by Ryan Truex, has failed to qualify for two races this season, with one of those being the Daytona 500. Truex's best finish of the year so far has been a 30th place finish at the Martinsville Speedway.

With financial struggles hurting the NASCAR world, it puts a huge dent into the sport. This is why the Rockingham Speedway, and other small racetracks, cannot host a NASCAR event. Financial struggles also nearly caused the Iowa Speedway to shut down because of payments not being made. Hopefully this will be the last time for a long time that we hear about financial issues impacting the sport.

Within seconds left in NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying, Kyle Busch snatched the pole for his first of the 2014 racing season. Busch posted a fast time during the session of 28.314 seconds, 173.448 mph, to earn his 15th career pole in the Nationwide Series for tonight’s 32nd annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at the Darlington Raceway.

Once the final round started, it was all Chase Elliott until the final seconds, but was bumped off the top spot and will start second this evening. Elliott posted a fast time of 28.352 seconds, 173.448 mph. Elliott will make his best career start this evening and comes into tonight fresh off his first ever win in the series. This will be his fourth start inside the top-10 after six races this season. Elliott was just 0.038 seconds slower than Busch’s lap time.

Starting in the third spot this evening will be Matt Kenseth as he posted a fast time of 28.408 seconds, 173.106 mph. Tonight will be Kenseth’s seventh start inside the top-10 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season and will be the second time he has started a race from third. Like the top-two drivers, he will definitely be another favorite to score the win this evening. Kenseth was 0.094 seconds off of the pole sitter.

Joey Logano, who was the fastest car in the first round of qualifying, will start in the 15th spot after not making it to the final round. During the second of the three sessions, Logano posted a disappointing 29.005 seconds, 169.543 mph. He made a total of four laps in the first two sessions combined.

Kyle Larson, who has not had a great day as he also wrecked earlier today in cup practice, will roll off from twelfth tonight as he crashed. He did however post a official lap of 37.223 seconds, 132.112 mph, which was on the lap before he spun. The team will repair the car so they will not have to go to the backup.

A total of 40 cars showed up to race so nobody will be going home for the event.

Joey Logano captured his fourth win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this afternoon at the Texas Motor Speedway after having a very strong run. Logano dominated the field after leading a total of a 108 laps today. With a late race caution after Kurt Busch blew a tire with two laps remaining, Logano’s chances of winning nearly faded as he had to come down pit road, and had to restart third after teammate Brad Keselowski was too fast on pit road. Logano drove hard around leader Jeff Gordon to win his first race of the 2014 season.

Coming home in second after leading a total of 40 laps this afternoon was Jeff Gordon. This was Gordon’s best finish this season since finishing fourth in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. He lost the race this afternoon by just 0.476 seconds.

Kyle Busch will bring home a third place finishing position this afternoon after being a front runner all day long. Busch led a total of 10 laps this afternoon for his second best finish of the 2014 season. Today was his eighth total top-10 finish at the Texas Motor Speedway after 18 total starts. He finished in third by a total of 1.006 seconds.

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Darlington Raceway. You can catch it on Saturday April 12th at 6:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen to MRN on many stations around the country, TuneIn, MRN.com, or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717.

Tony Stewart captured the pole this afternoon at the Texas Motor Speedway after posting a fast time of 27.628 seconds, 195.454 mph. His pole lap came within seconds of the conclusion of the final round to capture his 15th career Sprint Cup Series pole. This is his second pole at the 1.5-mile, Texas Motor Speedway.

For his fifth time of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski will start on the outside front row after posting a fast time of 27.636 seconds, 195.397 mph. It will also be his fifth time of starting inside the top-10 after twelve starts at Texas. Keselowski was beat by just 0.008 seconds when Stewart posted his fast time.

Starting from the third position will be Kevin Harvick after a fast time of 27.648 seconds, 195.312 mph. Harvick will start from inside the top-five for his second time of the 2014 season and looks for that second win of 2014. Harvick was 0.020 seconds off of the pole sitter. Harvick shattered the previous track qualifying record this afternoon in the first of three rounds held today.

Four cars will go home after failing to qualify. Those being, David Stremme, Ryan Truex, Joe Nemechek and JJ Yeley. This will be the first race in 2014 for Dave Blaney as he will start this Sunday from the 35th starting position.

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