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Earnhardt Jr. breaks Talladega drought

 Not all of the tears that fall at Talladega Superspeedway are shed in frustration, anger or disappointment.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
GREGORY: Time to label Ragan a role model
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 9:12 pm

NASCAR fans and some media types are often difficult to understand.

Monday 04/27/2015
GREGORY: 5 Things from Richmond
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Few personalities in motorsports are more enigmatic than Kurt Busch.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Cancer claims FOX Sports' Steve Byrnes
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 6:40 pm

When the Food City 500 ran Sunday, it was in honor of Fox Sports' Steve Byrnes.

Monday 04/20/2015
Some drivers take their lumps at BMS
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 12:38 am

It’s not often that a 29th-place finish will help a driver out in the Sprint Cup standings.

5 Things from Bristol Motor Speedway
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 7:06 pm

The promotional campaigns for Bristol Motor Speedway races have long focused on wild crashes and driver outbursts, but there has been increasing unrest among hardcore fans in recent years.

Kenseth ends long day with first Sprint Cup win of the season
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

A slew of contenders fell by the wayside.

GREGORY: Dollar General driver shows off his mettle
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

To win at the new version of Bristol Motor Speedway, a driver must rely on a mix of technique, patience and intelligence.

Final laps make up for rainy day
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

For a race fan, nothing is more depressing than rainy days and Mondays.

Monday 04/20/2015
Three big winners from the Food City 500
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Jeff Gordon

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A wild start to a long day
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

It took just 22 laps for heavy rain to resume Sunday and pause the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
New book explores formative days at BMS
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

The NASCAR world once featured larger-than-life characters who dared to take bold risks and make waves.

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Kenseth wins rain-delayed Food City 500
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:35 pm

There were twists and turns aplenty, but Matt Kenseth wound up right where he started Sunday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Back to racing at the Food City 500
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

It's back to racing at the Food City 500 where, for the second straight year, a lengthy red flag has forced the day race to run under the lights.

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When race starts, wet weather will have an impact
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Whether or not wet weather eventually delays or postpones today’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, driver Brad Keselowski said the rain Sunday morning will have an impact on the race.

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Abingdon to Bristol Motor Speedway in a minute
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Take a trip from the Abingdon Dunkin' Donuts (for a pre-race coffee) to Bristol Motor Speedway (for the Food City 500).

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Johnson still seeking BMS mastery
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Jimmie Johnson has accomplished about everything in the Sprint Cup Series.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Logano leads every lap en route to Xfinity win
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

As fans watched in fascination, Joey Logano struggled to maintain control of his smoking Team Penske Ford as he powered from the frontstretch to the backstretch.

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HUBBARD: In any language, it was joy for Suarez
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Daniel Suarez is fluent in two languages, but he still couldn’t find the appropriate nouns, adjectives or verbs to describe his emotions Saturday after finishing second in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Logano aside, Sprint Cup regulars struggle in Xfinity race
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

While Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano was utterly dominant in winning the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Xfinity Series race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, the rest of the top-tier series interlopers had their struggles.

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Kyle makes Bristol all about the Benajim in PittLite 125
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

After winning a Bandolero car exhibition race at Bristol Motor Speedway years ago, Kyle Benjamin began dreaming of capturing his first NASCAR victory on the famed .533-mile high-banked BMS oval.

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Three big winners from the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Three Xfinity drivers who leave Bristol a little better off.

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Logano dominates for Bristol Xfinity win
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

It took all of 10 seconds to decide the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Xfinity Series race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu talk about K&N at Bristol
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Later today, Rico Abreu will try to prove himself on the circuits toughest proving grounds in the Pittlite 125.

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Kurt Busch sits atop final practice speed charts
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

There may still be a Busch after all in Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

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Three drivers to watch in Sunday's Food City 500
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Keep an eye (or two) on these three drivers during Sunday's Food City 500.

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Jones will start at top of Drive to Stop Diabetes 300
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

When the flag drops this afternoon for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, 18-year-old Erik Jones will have the field behind him.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Kenseth gets what he needs: a No. 1
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Brad Keselowski was just a tad grumpy Friday after qualifying second for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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GREGORY: Different strokes for different drivers
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 10:19 pm

It’s not always too easy to read the emotions of media-savvy NASCAR veterans, but three points stuck out following Friday’s Sprint Cup qualifying session.

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Wallace has his work cut out for him
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Darrell Wallace Jr. is one of the NASCAR’s top young talents.

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Up next for ‘The Bull’ is taming the bullring
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Brennan Poole struck a blow for short track racers and fans across the land earlier this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix.

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Abreu ready for Bristol debut in K&N race
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Every true racer dreams of competing at Bristol Motor Speedway, yet few ever get the chance.

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Three big winners from Food City 500 qualifying
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Who came up big during Friday's Food City 500 qualifying.

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Kenseth wins pole for Sunday's Food City 500
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 1:31 am

Matt Kenseth will be in prime position to stop his 51-race winless streak Sunday when the flag drops for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Jimmie Johnson on his season so far and racing at Bristol
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 7:04 pm

Jimmie Johnson won last week in Texas. Now he's in Bristol, a place that has given him fits.

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Tight first hour of practice points to tight race
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 7:04 pm

If Sunday’s Food City 500 follows in the tire marks of the first Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, it’ll be quite the tight race to the finish line.

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Three Xfinity drivers to watch this weekend at Bristol
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Three drivers to keep your eyes on in the Xfinity series this weekend.

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Kenseth meets the media
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth talks about racing in Bristol and trying to catch up with the other teams on the circuit.

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McMurray, Waltrip talk Sprint Cup All-Star race
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Last year's Sprint Cup All-Star winner Jamie McMurray and Darrell Waltrip talk about the 30th annual race.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Little goes large, earns PittLite 125 pole with track record
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 5:16 pm

A familiar name topped the speed charts Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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GREGORY: A chance to salute a leaving legend
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 5:43 pm

Bristol Motor Speedway fans have a rare opportunity Sunday to salute a NASCAR hero.

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Erik Jones on the rise
Updated: April 19, 2015 - 6:54 pm

To land a ride on the main stage of NASCAR, a driver must either bring his own sponsor or pay his dues.

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Mound to pits: Former J.J. Kelly star now along the wall for Kurt Busch
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Eight years ago, Justin Wilson failed.

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The independent drivers of yore remember a simpler time in the sport of NASCAR
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 7:03 pm

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series is ruled by teams of engineers and familiar millionaire drivers driving space-age cars owned by five powerful owners.

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GREGORY: BMS remains the old-school beacon
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 7:03 pm

It was once a weekly routine for folks around the southeast.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
WEBCAST: Gregory talks Bristol NASCAR storylines
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Longtime Bristol Herald Courier motorsports writer Allen Gregory joins sports editor Jim Sacco to talk about the storylines heading into Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Punch lauds NASCAR's safety
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 9:58 pm

The highlight reels and promotional packages for Bristol Motor Speedway events once focused on spectacular multi-car crashes.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
GREGORY: Fluff? Nah. NASCAR fans want fury
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 7:03 pm

It’s Tuesday morning in the colorful sea of campgrounds around Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Monday 04/13/2015
All roads lead to Bristol Motor Speedway
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Motorists on Interstate 81 typically face minor congestion near the Bristol Virginia and Tennessee exits, but the pace picked up Monday morning.

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GREGORY: FIVE THINGS from Texas Motor Speedway
Posted: April 13, 2015

Entering the 2015 season, Jimmie Johnson had accumulated 70 Sprint Cup victories and six series championships.

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Race week fan schedule
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 7:13 pm

What's going on when during Food City 500 race week.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Fans keep coming back to BMS
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Since March 26, Jim Holden has held a vigil outside Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Jones to race at BMS
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 10:16 am

It was announced Thursday that Brandon Jones will join NTS Motorsports for select NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races during the 2015 season.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
GREGORY: Teamwork key formula in NASCAR
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 11:43 pm

Every sports fan loves a story of an underdog defying long odds. No sport needs that sort of Disney-esque tale more than NASCAR.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Goldberg to appear at BMS
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced Monday that former pro wrestler and National Football League player plus TV host and automobile aficionado Bill Goldberg will emcee the driver introductions for the April 19, Food City 500 at BMS.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
BMS installs 600 additional feet of SAFER barrier
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 9:42 pm

The countdown to the April 19 Food City 500 NASCAR weekend continues at Bristol Motor Speedway, and track officials are working overtime to ensure the short-track showdown is fun for fans and safe for drivers.

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GREGORY: Short-track racing rules. And Martinsville is the king
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 12:36 am

The NASCAR Sprint Cup road show features stops at new-wave entertainment centers located in major-league cities complete with five-star lodging, fine dining and elaborate road systems.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
NASCAR finds Ryan Newman's race team manipulated tires
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 5:18 pm

NASCAR has determined that the race team for Ryan Newman manipulated its tires during a race at Auto Club Speedway in California.

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Monday 03/30/2015
FIVE THINGS from Martinsville
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 6:44 pm

With close quarters action, crashes and compelling finishes on Saturday and Sunday, the Martinsville Speedway melodrama was a treat for old-school racers.

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