Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson finished 12th.

That was a near victory for Johnson, who spun in Sunday morning qualifying and needed to make repairs to his Chevrolet that forced him to start last. A nine-time Martinsville winner, he used this race last year to vault him toward his record-tying seventh championship.

Blank, who is the point man for negotiations on Goodell’s extension, said he invited Jones as an ad hoc committee adviser. Blank said there remains “details to complete” on the extension for Goodell’s term, but he continues to express optimism.

A source said Blank was neither aware of nor invited to participate in last week’s conference call, as was the case with at least three other owners contacted this weekend.

Sources declined to identify the specific teams represented on the call but pointed out that the number of participants was further proof of the growing unrest after the previous week’s meetings in New York.

3a. Interesting college football ratings weekend: ESPN said Michigan’s win over Indiana drew a 2.9 overnight, the highest-rated game of the week across all networks. That game aired at noon ET. Rare to see a noon ET game beat the rest of the schedule.

3b. Turner Sports said Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Dodgers averaged 6.4 million across all of its platform, a strong number but down from the TBS-record 7.89 million viewers who watched the Cubs-Mets on TBS for Game 1 of the 2015 NLCS.

He goes [in a distinctly Al Davis Brooklyn accent], ‘Hey McCown, come here.’ It’s like a scene out of Goodfellas. My heart is beating fast, and he says, “The second quarter, you threw the ball in the flat.
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