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NASCAR Cup Series

Busch Falls Short in Title Bid

Kyle Busch found out Sunday just how hard it is to repeat as the Sprint Cup Series champion.

The Championship 4 contender finished sixth in the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami in the winner-take-all season finale, behind two other Championship 4-eligible drivers Joey Logano who was fourth, and race winner Jimmie Johnson, who captured his record-tying seventh title.

It was an up-and-down race for the reigning champion, as he fell a lap down to the leaders at one point, but battled back late in the event. It was too little, too late.

Busch led just one lap Sunday but spent most of the race within striking distance inside the top-five. On lap 137 of the 268-lap race, Busch made an unscheduled pit stop for a tire issue. As a result, he dropped to 21st in the running order, one lap down. 34 laps later, Busch rejoined the lead lap as the result of another caution.

Busch scratched and clawed his way through the field and was in contention late in the running.

Before the final restart of the night, Busch pitted from fifth and was forced to restart in 13th with fresh tires.

“Once we restarted third on the bottom and didn’t get a good restart and lost that ground, we were going to be sixth or fifth, three rows back, and we weren’t going to be able to do anything from there,” crew chief Adam Stevens said. “We knew we were going to give up some track position, but we weren’t going to make up any ground from where we were at.”

Busch got around seven cars in the race’s final two laps, but couldn’t quite reach Logano or Johnson.

Though he was disappointed with coming up short of the championship, Busch credits the No. 48 team for making the most of their opportunity.

“Jimmie Johnson was nowhere all night long – couldn’t keep up with us really. We were the third-best car I felt like and I never even saw him in my mirror barely. He just came out of nowhere there at the end and did what he needed to do and was Superman and won the championship, so that’s when it matters,” he said. “Big congrats to seven-time Jimmie Johnson and being able to continue that legacy and race against him and hopefully we can beat him one of these times.”

Busch has now been both sides of the championship title fight at Homestead. Through it all, there’s one commonality.

“You just never give up. You’ve got to keep going. Whatever is thrown at you, you’ve just got to keep making the best of what you’ve got and keep trying, Busch said. “This M&M’s team did a great, great job all year long. Here this weekend, we fought hard a little bit with an ill-handling car, but we made the most of it and just not enough.”

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NASCAR Cup Series

Scott Ready for Final Race Before Retiring

Brian Scott shocked the NASCAR garage last week when he announced the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway would be his last.

The 28-year-old will retire from NASCAR racing following Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400, citing family time as an important factor in his decision.

In a message he sent to his followers on social media last week, Scott said “Over the past couple of years I have begun a family of my own, and it has grown. I’m blessed to have an amazing wife and two incredible kids. The Sprint Cup schedule has taken its toll on me and caused me to reevaluate what I want in life for myself and my family. Through countless time in prayer with my family, the Lord has made it clear it’s time for me to focus on my family and put them first.”

2016 has been a frustrating year for the Idaho native. Following the race at Talladega Superspeedway last month where he posted a career-best runner-up finish, he said, “Just trying to get any bit of a bright spot this year has been difficult. I think that this is by far the brightest spot that we’ve had in a really challenging 2016 for Richard Petty Motorsports. I don’t know; I guess the results and what this does for us going forward is yet to be determined.”

Scott is completing his first full-time season of Sprint Cup racing for Richard Petty Motorsports after competing in the XFINITY Series full-time since 2010 for with stints at Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing. Before moving up to the XFINITY Series, he competed in the Camping World Truck Series, most notably for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

 As he moved up the racing ladder, he never seemed to lose place of where he came from or touch with himself, staying as the same low key guy. Take a moment from Iowa Speedway a couple years ago.

Before I began covering motorsports and was going to races purely as a fan, I had pit passes for an XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway a few years back. I had brought a few driver cards with me, in case I had the opportunity to get an autograph and say hello. Brian Scott walked by the entrance near pit road as he was on his way out to his car for qualifying. He saw I was holding two cards. He approached me and said hello and thanked me for coming out to the races. I asked him if he would sign one of my cards. “Absolutely,” he replied. Being polite, I thanked him and assumed he would go on his way. Then he offered to sign the second card I had brought. “I can sign that one too, man,” he said. It was cool to see a star just act like an average person. I know journalists are not supposed to have favorites, but that moment was one I’ll always remember. I would always look for his name in the rundown after the race was over.

In Scott’s 39th career Truck Series start in 2009 and at just 21 years old, he took the checkers for the first time in a race marred by tire issues and cautions. It came driving the No. 16 Albertson’s Toyota Tundra for Xpress Motorsports. After making the jump to compete in the XFINITY Series, he still dabbled with the trucks on occasion. In 2012, he again won at Phoenix International Raceway, wheeling the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, leading a race-high 48 laps en route to the win.

Scott had a solid tenure in the XFINITY Series, but never was able to find Victory Lane in 208 starts. He came painfully close in 2013 driving for Richard Childress Racing at Richmond International Raceway. He led the first 239 laps and looked like he was on his way to his first win before Brad Keselowski passed him on the high side with 11 laps remaining and went on to win. Scott was second. His team protested Keselowski restarted too early on the last restart of the race, but to no avail. Scott has 20 top-fives and four runner-up finishes on the XFINITY side. His best year came in 2014, where he finished fourth in the standings.

Brian has a strong fanbase on the racetrack because of his story away from the track. In January 2014, he married his wife, Whitney, and since their special day, their emotional wedding video went viral. Whitney was married previously, and had a daughter of her own, Brielle. Not only did Whitney and Brian wrote separate vows for each other, but Brian also wrote vows specifically for Brielle. He got down on one knee to read them to her. (Grab a tissue, y’all).

“Brielle, can I tell you something? I promise to always hold your hand and skip with you down the street, and bring comfort to your life. I vow to make you say your prayers before you eat. I promise to read you stories at night, to always tuck you in real tight. I vow to show you how a man should treat a woman in my relationship with your mother. And above all else, I vow to protect you, care for you and love you forever.”

Click here for the full video.

Now with a successful career and notable highlights to carry forward with him as he walks away, he hopes to add one more highlight with a solid run this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports this season, and I’m looking forward to ending the year on a high note at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” Scott said. “Homestead is so unique in that it’s a true oval and doesn’t have a dogleg, so you really have to make a good turn getting into all four of the corners. I’ve had a lot of success in the XFINITY and Truck Series at Homestead, so I know if we’ve got speed off the truck that we will have a good chance at getting our No. 44 Safeway Ford to the front of the field.”

Scott has good reason to be excited about racing at Homestead. In six XFINITY Series starts, he has four top-10 finishes, finishing as high as fourth in 2015. In the three starts he has made at Homestead in the Truck Series, he finished inside the top-15 each time, with a best finish of eighth coming in 2008. Last year, Scott was 28th in the Sprint Cup finale in his lone Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead.

The staff here at POPULAR SPEED would like to wish Brian Scott and his family all the best in beginning the next chapter of their lives.

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XFINITY

Reddick Racing for Ganassi in ’17

On Friday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced it would add Tyler Reddick to its XFINITY Series program beginning in 2017.

The 2015 Camping World Truck Series runner-up will split time with Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro. Mike Shiplett will continue to call the shots as the crew chief for the No. 42 team.

2016 didn’t shape up the way many thought it would for Reddick and Brad Keselowski Racing. Coming off a strong 2015 campaign, he failed to qualify for the first-ever Camping World Truck Series Chase for the Championship. Although he wasn’t able to partake in the Truck Series playoffs, he was able to snag a win last month at Las Vegas.

“Tyler is one of those rare young talents that everyone here at Chip Ganassi Racing feels has a chance at the next level in NASCAR,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We feel that he can learn a lot being here with our team and getting to work with Kyle as they both have very similar racing backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of one of our cars.”

Reddick is ready to begin his tenure with Chip Ganassi Racing, though he acknowledges it won’t be an easy road.

“It’ll definitely be a learning curve, but sharing the car with Kyle Larson will speed up my learning process,” said Reddick. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of a winning organization and without a doubt plan to win races as well. I would like to thank every single person that has put forth an effort to help elevate my career to this point.”

Before Friday night’s Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reddick has made 62 Truck Series starts, with three wins, three poles, 24 top-fives and 39 top-10 finishes. 61 of his 62 starts came in a Brad Keselowski Racing-prepared truck.

His current team owner, Brad Keselowski, weighed in on his driver moving up the ranks.

“We are very happy for Tyler, and I’m really proud of what he has accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing,” he said. “When Tyler came to drive for us in 2014, he didn’t have much racing experience on asphalt, and just one year later he was racing for a Camping World Truck Series championship. He gave us our first Daytona win in 2015 and first victory on an intermediate track a few weeks ago in Las Vegas – both milestones for our company.

“In his three years and 61 races with our organization, Tyler has established himself as a winner and has become part of the Brad Keselowski Racing family. While we will miss the energy he has brought to our team, we are excited to see him graduate to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and look forward to seeing him perform in the next stage of his career. We hope to finish off our season with a win tonight and wish him all the best.”

Reddick is expected to make 18-22 starts next season in the No. 42.

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XFINITY

Bumgarner Named Crew Chief for Sadler

Elliott Sadler’s quest for a NASCAR XFINITY Series title didn’t get any easier this week.

JR Motorsports race operations manager, Mike Bumgarner, will serve as Sadler’s crew chief for the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Camaro team, a role typically filled by Kevin Mendering.

Mendering is serving a one-race suspension this weekend as a result from last weekend’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway where NASCAR officials found two lug nuts that were not tightened enough to their satisfaction.

NASCAR announced the infraction and penalty after the race. It was the second consecutive week NASCAR contested Sadler’s car in the post-race lug nut inspection, following a single nut loose post-race at Texas. NASCAR did state the suspension was directly a result from the two lug nuts at Phoenix, not a compound penalty.

Sadler can take solace in that Bumgarner has been around the sport for a while. The 22-year veteran spent 18 seasons at Hendrick Motorsports, helping to prepare cars for Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, and Kyle Busch. In 2007, he was the crew chief for Kyle Busch’s No. 5 Chevrolet team, and went to Victory Lane four times, while also winning three pole awards.

In 2013, Bumgarner started working for JR Motorsports as the crew chief of the No. 5 XFINITY Series entry, driven by Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet. Following the 2013 season, he was promoted to his current position as race operations manager.

“We let Kevin ultimately make this decision because it’s his team,” said JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “Kevin chose Mike to sit in the crew chief’s seat for good reason – he is experienced atop the pit box and very dependable. We have a great deal of confidence in Mike to give Elliott his best opportunity to win on Saturday.”

Sadler is coming off of a 13th-place run at Phoenix, which was good enough to make him one of the four drivers that remain eligible in the XFINITY Series season finale. As one of the Championship 4, Sadler is vying for his first XFINITY Series title. He finished runner-up in the standings in 2011 and 2012 to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The 41-year-old Emporia, Virginia native has three wins this season, along with 13 top-fives and 28 top-10s in 32 starts.

The other three drivers comprising the Championship 4 are JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier, and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones. No driver in the Championship 4 has ever won an XFINITY Series title.

The Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway can be seen on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network (MRN).

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News

Enfinger Tapped to Drive in Finale

Grant Enfinger was a winner the last time he raced in the Camping World Truck Series, and he will have an opportunity on Friday to duplicate the feat in the season finale Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Enfinger won his first career Truck Series race at Talladega last month driving for GMS Racing in the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. This weekend, the 31-year-old Enfinger has been tapped to drive the No. 92 Ricky Benton Racing BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150.

But racing in the season finale isn’t exactly what Enfinger initially had in mind.

“Before Ricky called, I was scheduled to be at Homestead to work as a mechanic on the No. 24 entry with my GMS Racing crew guys,” Enfinger said. “I’m thankful that those guys let me off the hook for a chance to race.”

The Fairhope, Alabama native won the ARCA Racing Series title last season, with a history of winning big races. He is a two-time ARCA event winner at Daytona International Speedway and he also won June’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway.

“I’m excited and appreciative for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 92 truck at Homestead,” Enfinger said. “I’ve known Ricky Benton for a long time and have a lot of respect for what he has done for the sport.”

“Grant is a guy who has had a lot of success everywhere he has been,” Benton said. “We had a run of bad luck in the middle of the season, but have a good team with a good crew chief and some good trucks and are looking to finish the season on a high note.”

Both Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt have wheeled the No. 92 Ford this season, with Kligerman earning the team’s highest finish this season, a third-place finish at the season-opener at Daytona.

Enfinger has made seven starts this season, all with GMS Racing.

Friday’s Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway can be seen on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be heard on MRN radio.

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Trucks

Coughlin to Sub for Townley in Texas

John Wes Townley suffered a non-racing-related injury to his left ankle and will sit out Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. As a result, Cody Coughlin will drive the No. 05 Zaxby’s Chevrolet Silverado.

“I want to wish John Wes a speedy recovery and hope he’s back at the track soon,” Coughlin said. “I’m honored that Athenian Motorsports thought of me to drive their truck this weekend.”

Coughlin has made nine starts this season in the Camping World Truck Series, with his best finish coming at Texas Motor Speedway in the June race, where he finished 12th for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The Ohio native is looking to make the most of his opportunity this weekend.

“I like Texas a lot. I had a lot of speed when I ran the truck there this summer,” he said. “I feel like I can really get around that place and Athenian’s trucks are fast. I think that’s going to make for a good weekend for us.”

John Wes Townley missed two races earlier this season with concussion-like symptoms at Kentucky Speedway and Eldora Speedway in July.

The Striping Technology 350 from Texas Motor Speedway is slated to go green at 8:49 p.m. ET and can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and MRN Radio.

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Rapid Reaction: Johnson Clinches Ticket as JGR Feuds and SHR Fumbles

Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway opened the Round of 8 for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, and it was a hungry Jimmie Johnson stealing the show from the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Some Chasers now find themselves with a large deficit to overcome while others are sitting pretty.

Now, with just three races remaining in the season, the pressure only continues to mount.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Lack of Speed

Stewart-Haas Racing had a miserable day at the racetrack.

The two remaining SHR Chase-eligible drivers, Kevin Harvick (20th), and Kurt Busch (22nd) were nowhere close to being competitive. Harvick is now sixth in the standings and Busch trails him in seventh.

For Busch, the problem seems to be speed. In the past 12 races, he has posted only four top-10s and the No. 41 team has done nothing to reverse the trend even though they have managed to be one of the final eight teams.

For Harvick, there is more hope. Three of the last four years, he has gone on to win at Phoenix International Raceway, and make it to the final round of the Chase every year since its installment in 2014.

Danica Patrick finished 24th, and Tony Stewart finished 26th after qualifying sixth.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing Stellar, minus Edwards

With the four Toyotas from Joe Gibbs Racing representing half of the remaining Chasers, the field was chasing Denny Hamlin (third), Matt Kenseth (fourth), and Kyle Busch (fifth) for much of the day. All three drivers led laps and showed  potential to navigate their way to the next round. If any of the three drivers above is disappointed, it would be Denny Hamlin, who was the leader before Jimmie Johnson passed him on Lap 409.

Carl Edwards was the big loser today. While running inside the top 10 around Lap 357, he blew a right-front tire and hammered the wall. It essentially ended his day and spoiled a solid effort put forth by the No. 19 team. He went behind the wall to make repairs, and eventually returned to the track, but finished a dismal 36th. He is eighth in the standings.

The problem Joe Gibbs Racing now faces is at least one of their drivers will not make it to Homestead-Miami Speedway to compete for the championship by way of the Jimmie Johnson win today. Teamwork goes up to a certain point, but in the end, each driver will need to do what is best for them.

 

Two Legends Make (Supposed) Last Martinsville Appearance

Both Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart made their scheduled final appearance at Martinsville Speedway, a track where they each found success.

Stewart made 34 career starts at the paperclip, with three wins, 17 top 10s, and 10 top 5s. Stewart was bounced in the first round of this year’s Chase after his improbable victory at Sonoma in June. Stewart has three races remaining before he retires from Sprint Cup racing, as Clint Bowyer is set to pilot the No. 14 next season.

For Jeff Gordon, Martinsville was his best racetrack. He was a winner nine times in 47 starts, with 38 top 10s, and 29 top 5s. Gordon retired at the end of last season, but stepped in the No. 88 ride this season, subbing for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., and he has said he has no plans to return to the driver’s seat as Alex Bowman will take over the No. 88 for the rest of the year.

 

Johnson Still Writing Resume

Jimmie Johnson will race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for a record-tying seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in three weeks.

Before today, Johnson had never made it to the championship round.

The race wasn’t without obstacles for the No. 48 team. He and Denny Hamlin made contact early in the event, race, leading to cosmetic damage for Johnson’s crew to take care of in the pits. Later in the race during a 29-lap caution (yes, you read that right), Johnson lost fuel pressure and stalled on the track before pitting. He restarted fourth and took over the lead on Lap 409.

With the win, Jimmie Johnson tied Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Martinsville Speedway with nine wins.

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Trucks

Elliott to Race Contreras Motorsports Truck Entry

Chase Elliott will race for Contreras Motorsports in the No. 71 NAPA Auto Parts/Valvoline Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Elliott, coming fresh off of  Talladega Superspeedway where his title hopes were dashed in the Sprint Cup Series, will get a chance to race without any pressure and just go out and have fun. Elliott finished 12th at the restrictor plate track, but a wreck at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a pair of flat tires at Kansas Speedway resulted in him not qualifying for the Round of 8.              

The Sprint Cup Series rookie made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway in 2013 driving for Rick Hendrick. He finished sixth, which is his best Martinsville finish in two career Truck Series starts at the paperclip.

The odd truck start for the 20-year-old could prove to be valuable in gaining experience as Martinsville hasn’t treated him well in the Cup Series thus far in his career. He has made a pair of starts in Cup at the paperclip, with both resulting in finishes outside of the top-15. 

Overall, Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 will be just the 10th truck start of Elliott’s career. The highlight of Elliott’s limited series experience came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013 in a controversial finish where he spun Ty Dillon on the final corner to get his only truck victory to date. In his nine previous career starts, Elliott has posted five top-fives and six top-10s. Notably, it’s only Elliott’s fourth career Truck short track start, after posting a pair of top-six finishes in his previous three starts. 

Contreras Motorsports has used a contingency of drivers this season in their first year of competition, including team owner Carlos Contreras, Mike Bliss, who was 30th at Martinsville in the spring race. The rest include Brandon Jones, Ken Schrader, Enrique Contreras, Camden Murphy, Josh Berry, Alon Day, and Brandon Hightower. The team’s best finish came at Kentucky Speedway with Jones finishing seventh.

The action is set to get underway at Martinsville Speedway on Friday with two practice sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (all times ET). The trucks will qualify Saturday at 10:15 a.m. with the Texas Roadhouse 200 beginning at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on FOX Sports 1.

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NASCAR Cup Series

Gaulding Gears Up for Cup Debut

18-year-old Virginia native Gray Gaulding is gearing up to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway later this month.

The NASCAR Next alumnus will drive the No. 30 Feed the Children Chevrolet for The Motorsports Group.

“It’s exciting bringing a new partner into the series and to be making my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at a track like Martinsville where we’ve had a really good history in the past is honestly unfathomable,” Gaulding said. “I’m excited to partner with Feed the Children and use NASCAR as a platform to deliver our message and work to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. A lot has happened in a short period of time but I’ve never been as excited to debut this beautiful Feed the Children car next week at Martinsville.”

Not only will Gaulding compete at Martinsville Speedway, but also at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 13 and the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. Feed the Children will be on board for both those events, as well. 

In two XFINITY Series starts this season competing for Roush Fenway Racing, he finished 13th at both Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.

Gaulding isn’t coming into Martinsville Speedway without a notebook to draw on, as he has made four starts in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway with a best finish of 14th.

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 from Martinsville Speedway can be seen on NBCSN on Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Trucks

Shane Lee to Join GMS in Texas

On Monday, GMS Racing announced 23-year-old late model veteran Shane Lee will join their Camping World Truck Series stable of Chevrolets at Texas Motor Speedway in the Longhorn 350 on Friday, Nov. 4.

The Newton, N.C. native will wheel the No. 24 Silverado, marking his third career Truck start. His previous two starts came this season at Gateway Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway driving for Kevin Cywinski.

“I’ve been working on getting back in a truck for a while now, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do that with GMS Racing,” Lee said. “Mike Beam and his team have really shown this year and to think that I get a shot at competing in their equipment is something I would have never guessed would happen.”

Lee has found success running late models on short tracks in the Southeast, winning two late model titles. In 2013, he was named Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. This year, he has run a partial schedule in the ARCA Racing Series, with a season-best eighth-place finish coming at Kansas Speedway.

Jeff Stankiewicz has been named the crew chief for Lee and led Kyle Larson to victory at Eldora Speedway in July, which has instilled a sense of confidence in his driver.

“Jeff Stankiewicz is a proven winner, and after seeing what he’s done with Grant Enfinger, Kaz Grala, and Kyle Larson, I have no doubt that we will unload strong and ready to compete,” Lee said.

The team will announce sponsorship details at a later date.

The Longhorn 350 from Texas Motor Speedway can be seen on FOX Sports 1, Friday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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