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Toyota also had issues three races ago at Atlanta, where four engines had problems. Hamlin suffered two engine failures that weekend _ one in Saturday practice, one in the race, Vickers lost an engine on Friday, and Clint Bowyer’s failed while leading in the race.

“I’m not sure about Atlanta. I know we were trying some new stuff there, something for next season, something to use later in the Chase. I know there was a little bit of experimenting in Atlanta,” Kenseth said.

“When you get to the race track, you can’t do a lot about it so you concentrate on the things you can control and try to help that as much as you can and go from there.”


RIDE FOR CANCER RESEARCH: IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will participate in the annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge as part of Team AutoNation to support cancer research.

The two-day cycling ride Nov. 2-3 is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100 percent of rider-raised funds going directly to cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Hunter-Reay lost his mother to colon cancer in 2010 and has been committed to raising funds for cancer research through Racing for Cancer, which he co-founded. AutoNation is a presenting sponsor of Racing for Cancer.

“Nearly one-third of cancer is said to be preventable and with early detection, many more cancers can be caught in their early stages saving lives,” said Hunter-Reay. “Our goal is to create an awareness of the importance of getting tested.”


BILL FRANCE CHAMPIONSHIP: Frank Kimmel is the winner of the Bill France 4 Crown Championship following his third-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series’ event at Salem Speedway.

The Bill France 4 Crown is a miniseries within the ARCA season that challenges drivers on four different types of courses. This season’s 4-Crown schedule included a superspeedway event at Michigan International Speedway, a road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a mile dirt oval at Springfield and a short track at Salem.

Kimmel’s showing Saturday at Salem gave him his sixth Bill France championship.

“I’ve always put that pretty high on the list,” he said. “First of all the namesake of the thing, Bill France, that’s a big deal and pretty awesome he’s part of that thing. It’s such a diverse set of tracks.”