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Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR.Turn 1: What did you think of the new Bristol?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: The New Bristol was a success. Each event was entertaining, each race had drama, and the facility appeared well attended on Saturday night before the rain began. It also appears that this magic Racing Glue will add value at other tracks, perhaps New Hampshire, Phoenix, or any flat race track that needs help establishing a legitimate second groove.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: Some of the drivers seem to think that putting down resin on the inside line helped the racing. But this kind of managed competition goes against my purist instincts and it shows how far NASCAR (and other sanctioning bodies) will sometimes go to create the perception of a better show. I suppose the Bristol precedent could open up additional opportunities for the future. Why not wet down the corners in the Brickyard 400 to spice things up? Or build a chicane on the Long Pond straight at Pocono if that will possibly help things? The moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for from a resurfaced track.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Liked it, and it certainly is something to build on. Two grooves make for good racing. Pure Bristol fans might prefer a faster lower groove where drivers would need to do more a bump-and-run, but this marked a good first step. The key: Dont make changes until they get some idea on how the cars should race there with the proposed 2017 package that reduces downforce and sideforce.Marty Smith, ESPN.com: Just fantastic. The awesomeness of a legitimate bottom groove at Bristol lived in a remote nostalgic corner of my mind. I wondered if wed ever see it again. And suddenly, boom! It was back! And gracious was it awesome. It also sold about 30,000 tickets to the race next spring. Attendance this spring was downright depressing, and in that market -- especially with the Battle at Bristol added to the 2016 schedule -- folks had to choose wisely where to spend their ancillary dollars. The spring race lost out. Even despite the rain, the return of the bottom groove harkened some old school chrome bumper lovin. Hallelujah.Turn 2: Chris Buescher has had some impressive runs. Could he do something in the Chase?Craven: The fact Chris and his small underfunded team won, and will likely make the Chase is amazing enough. All sports enthusiasts live for the underdog story, its so easy to become engaged with. But I cant see this group getting beyond the second round, at best. Not this year.?Oreovicz: It would certainly be a cool story, but I dont see it happening. Stringing together a series of top-10s might advance a driver into the second round, but youve got to run in the top five and contend for wins to make it to Homestead. Bueschers competitiveness is on an upward arc, but I dont see him reaching the Elite Eight or Final Four this year.Pockrass: Doubtful. He might get out of the first round if other drivers have problems, but getting to the final eight requires more consistency than what this team has shown.Smith: Really talented young driver -- doing a lot with a little. Hell be out of the Chase after Round 1. Haves and have-nots, man.Turn 3: Jeff Gordon is out in the No. 88 this week due to a prior commitment. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to miss the rest of the season, whats the best plan for a replacement driver?Craven: Perhaps a consortium of drivers from JR Motorsports along with William Byron. This would help bridge the gap until more clarity exists for Dale Jr.s future, but this wont go a long way in helping the team. Gordon, even at 45, is the greatest choice for the team. He is dependable, predictable, and very wise. Gordon mentoring Hendricks (JR Motorsports) young drivers would be extremely valuable. If Gordon would be willing to do it is another story.Oreovicz: Tough one. Its probably time to end the Gordon experiment; hes already run more races than originally expected and it doesnt look like theres a miracle win in the making. Unless Gordon is toying with a semi-regular comeback, he should probably get back to the business of being retired. Alex Bowman isnt a bad choice, and Hendrick also has the opportunity to try out other young drivers the team might have an eye on in terms of developing for the future. Too bad William Byron isnt quite ready to make his Cup debut ...Pockrass: Bowmans performance at New Hampshire shows he deserves at least a few more chances in the car. If it is the rest of the season, putting Elliott Sadler in for Talladega wouldnt be a bad idea.Smith: Probably Gordon, though its clear hes only participating now because Rick Hendrick needs him, not because hes especially having the time of his life. I thought maybe Carlton Banks would be a good choice. He won that Toyota Celebrity Race. Or Jamie Little. She can wheel. McDreamy is available. All kidding aside, I just want Dale Jr. healthy and happy and fulfilled.Turn 4: Which team and driver gives the Toyota camp a run for their money in the Chase?Craven: Kevin Harvick, With Brad K a close second.Oreovicz: Another tough one, because I see four drivers in two teams as the strongest non-Toyota championship contenders: The Penske duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, and Harvick and Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas. Busch is a risky pick; he could win five races and the title, or he could drop out in the first round. That leaves Harvick as the more logical SHR choice, and he should be there at the end if the No. 4 team performs like they did at Bristol. It would certainly be amazing if the Penske Racing 50th anniversary celebration ended with a championship at Homestead, and I like Keselowski as the man most capable of making it happen against very formidable opposition from Toyota.Pockrass: Stewart-Haas Racings Harvick appears as the main challenger. No other driver than him and those in the Toyota camp have led more than six percent of the laps this year. Keselowski and Logano? Maybe if NASCAR used the 2017 rules package in the Chase, but its not.Smith: Kevin Harvick.? Air Max Womens Australia . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. Air Max Australia Online . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. http://www.australiaairmaxwholesale.com/ . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. Air Max Australia Sale . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. Cheap Air Max Australia .Y. - Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night. PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz had 278 yards passing and two touchdowns in a stellar NFL debut and the Philadelphia Eagles beat Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns 29-10 on Sunday.Promoted from No. 3 quarterback to starter just eight days ago, the No. 2 overall pick from North Dakota State looked like a potential franchise player. Wentz played mistake-free football despite missing the last three preseason games with injured ribs. He finished 22 of 37 with a 101.0 passer rating.I felt very confident, Wentz said. Its a great first start.A new quarterback (Griffin) and new coach (Hue Jackson) couldnt help the Browns (0-1) avoid losing their opener for the 12th straight season.Wentz threw a 19-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews on the opening drive and tossed a perfect 35-yard TD pass down the right side to Nelson Agholor for a 22-10 lead in the third quarter.You cant throw those any better, Matthews said. Thats all about timing, accuracy and poise.Wentz was slated to be inactive until the Eagles (1-0) traded Sam Bradford to Minnesota on Sept. 3. He leapfrogged backup Chase Daniel on the depth chart, a bold move by rookie coach Doug Pederson that paid off in Week 1.Matthews dropped Wentzs first pass, but the rookie completed the next four for 57 yards. Zach Ertz made an outstanding, one-handed grab for a 14-yard gain on Wentzs second pass. Wentz went back to Matthews for a TD and a 7-0 lead.The Browns finally got going in the second quarter. Terrelle Pryor made a leaping catch for a 44-yard gain to Philadelphias 9. After a pass interference call against Malcolm Jenkins negated a stop on third down, Isaiah Crowell ran in from the 2 to cut it to 10-7.I saw a team that was sporadic to start. Then I saw a team that was fighting, Jackson said.THEY SAID IT: Browns WR Corey Coleman: We have stuff to work on. Thats it. ... Eagles LB Connor Barwin: Its hard for any rookie to come in and play right away. The quartterback position is the hardest.dddddddddddd He played great start to finish. He showed a lot of poise and leadership.RISKY BUSINESS: Trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Browns went for fourth-and-5 at their 41. Duke Johnson took a direct snap and was dropped for a 6-yard loss. After Wentz connected with Matthews for 28 yards to the 7, the Browns defense held and the Eagles settled for a 22-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.RISKY BUSINESS II: One play before Wentzs TD pass to Agholor, the Eagles converted fourth-and-4 from the 40.SLOPPY BROWNS: The Browns were driving at the Eagles 28 when Griffins passed was deflected by Jordan Hicks and intercepted by Rodney McLeod. ... After cutting the deficit to 13-10 in the third quarter, Cameron Ervings snap sailed over Griffins head and into the end zone for a safety.STARTING FAST: The Eagles scored a TD on their first drive of a season for the first time since 2008. They didnt have a first-drive TD until their ninth game in 2015 and didnt even score a TD in the first quarter until Week 6.SEEING THINGS: Sturgis missed a 46-yard field goal wide right, though the official to the left side of the post signaled that it was good before looking over at the other official.FANTASY FACTS: Griffin was 12 of 26 for 190 yards and one interception. ... Matthews had seven catches for 114 yards and one TD. ... Agholor had four catches for 57 yards and one TD. ... Eagles RB Ryan Mathews ran for 77 yards and a 1-yard TD. ... Crowell had 62 yards rushing and one TD.INJURY REPORT: Griffin said he sprained his left shoulder but he finished the game. ... Eagles CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Browns DB Derrick Kindred (ankle) also were injured.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org---Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP-RobMaaddi ' ' '

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