L.P. Dumoulin Clarington 200 stat advance
L.P. Dumoulin | C47
(August 26, 2014 11:56 AM EDT)
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge) the 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 25 top 10s in 45 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.
First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history. Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in seven of eight races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win at Trois-Rivieres. Has four top fives and an average finish of seventh in five CTMP starts.-NCATS
J.F. Dumoulin Clarington 200 stat advance
J.F. Dumoulin | CC4
(August 26, 2014 11:46 AM EDT)
J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Bernier Crepeau Chrysler/Bellemare Dodge) part-time (road course) driver has as nine top 10s in 18 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.
Best career finish of fourth was recorded earlier this month at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Has finishes of 22nd (2011) and 15th (Sept. 2013) in two previous Canadian Tire Motorsport Park appearances.-NCATS
Tommy Kelly visiting the Cardinals
Tommy Kelly | FA
(August 25, 2014 4:58 PM EDT)
Free agent DT Tommy Kelly will visit the Cardinals.
Kelly was cut loose by the Patriots on Sunday. The Cardinals are looking for bodies up front after losing LE Darnell Dockett (ACL) for the season. Kelly, 33, was limited to five games last season by a torn ACL. He might not have anything left.
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Jeff Gordon is a top choice at Atlanta
Jeff Gordon | 24
(August 25, 2014 4:44 PM EDT)
No matter how a player handicaps the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta, Jeff Gordon should be considered a top choice. He has a perfect record of top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year and enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s at Atlanta.
Atlanta is also the site of one of his most recent wins. He grabbed the checkered flag in the 2011 AdvoCare 500 and backed that up with a second the following year. After struggling last week in Bristol, he will be looking for redemption.
Chargers cut 11 players on Monday
Kerwynn Williams | FA
(August 25, 2014 4:41 PM EDT)
Chargers waived/released RB Kerwynn Williams, OT Nick Becton, FB Zach Boren, TE Jake Byrne, WR Brelan Chancellor, LB Adrian Hamilton, WR Micah Hatfield, OG Darryl Johnson, TE Ryan Otten, CB Lowell Rose and P Chase Tenpenny.
A 2013 seventh-rounder, Williams appeared in one game for the Colts as a rookie. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason is concerning, as it means the Chargers don't view him as a candidate for the practice squad. The Bolts saw more potential in UDFA Branden Oliver. Williams should get a shot to prove he's worth a practice-squad spot somewhere else.
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Boston wins ARCA race at in Madison, WI
Justin Boston | A25
(August 24, 2014 8:34 PM EDT)
Justin Boston seized the day Sunday at Madison International Speedway, winning the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 for his second ARCA Racing Series win of the season.
Boston ran in the top-five for most of the race, but grabbed the lead after previous leaders Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell both ran into troubles in the last quarter of the race. He came out of the pits following a late pit stop in first place then zoomed out to a big lead in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota. Defending race winner Kyle Benjamin finished second, Brandon Jones third and veteran Frank Kimmel fourth. Tom Hessert finished fifth, despite starting 25th.-ARCA Racing Series
Almirola 41st, another Bristol crash victim
Aric Almirola | 43
(August 24, 2014 7:17 PM EDT)
Aric Almirola was one of five victims in the lap-126 crash at Bristol. His was collected when Brian Vickers pinched Kyle Larson into the wall and spun. The damage on the No. 43 was severe enough that he could not continue.
That is Almirola’s second failure to finish because of crash damage since he secured his spot in the Chase at Daytona. His other attempts since the Coke Zero 400 have all been outside the top 15, which makes him a difficult pick with a big downside.
Spun from lead, Hamlin 40th at Bristol
Denny Hamlin | 11
(August 24, 2014 7:16 PM EDT)
Denny Hamlin was leading the Irwin Tools Night Race when he was clipped by Kevin Harvick. Hamlin’s hard crash ended his day 40th.
Hamlin could not afford another incident, however. That was the seventh race in the past 10 that he sustained crash damage, and while he occasionally held on to finish in the top 10 during that span, he risks losing all of his momentum.
Innocent victim, Earnhardt 39th at Bristol
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(August 24, 2014 7:15 PM EDT)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the innocent victim of another driver’s mistake. He was collected by a spinning Denny Hamlin after the No. 11 was turned from the lead by Kevin Harvick.
Earnhardt was running in the top five at the time, which proves there is no place to hide at Bristol. Like most wild card races, fantasy players need to make their selections and then hope nothing happens to their picks
Kyle Busch 36th, raises crew chief’s ire
Kyle Busch | 18
(August 24, 2014 6:44 PM EDT)
Kyle Busch drew a pit road speeding penalty on lap 63, which put him in heavy traffic. He was unable to move forward, and was in the eye of the storm on lap 126 when he was swept into a Brian Vickers vs. Kyle Larson accident. His day never improved and he finished 36th.
The biggest drama of the race was when he pulled into his pits on lap 442 and abandoned his car for the crew to push to the hauler. This initiated an emotional verbal response from crew chief Dave Rogers and suggests there could be trouble in the team.