Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Ryan Blaney, #32-Wise, #33-Kennedy, #62-Hill, #95-McDowell, #98-Sorenson.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Hill (45th), #95-McDowell (44th)
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (16 attempts), #21-Blaney (14)
See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List
Allgaier unsure of 2016 plans: With this week's news that Clint Bowyer will join HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season before moving over to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017, questions remain about the team's complete lineup for next season. The team currently fields two Sprint Cup Series cars with drivers #51-Justin Allgaier and #46-Michael Annett, something that is likely to change for next season with Bowyer coming on board. During Friday's press conference at Dover International Speedway, team owner Harry Scott indicated he has not "ruled out anything for 2016 or beyond," but it appears Allgaier may be the odd man out. With Annett bringing support from Pilot/Flying J, Allgaier indicated there are a lot of unknowns surrounding his current situation and future plans. Allgaier said there were "definitely a lot of options" for 2016 and beyond, but added that it was too early to tell how it would all come together. A longtime representative of Brandt, he hopes to continue that relationship wherever he lands after this season. Along with its Sprint Cup organization, HScott Motorsports fields teams in the XFINITY and K&N Series, another possible landing place for Allgaier next season. "There are definitely a lot of options, but there are also a lot of moving parts. This has got to be something that works out on all sides for everybody no matter how we do it," he said. "I've been proud to wear the Brandt colors for five, six years now and I look forward to doing that in the future. I don't know what series or what car that's going to end up being in. There's just a lot of excitement for me to see what the future holds."(Fox Sports)(10-5-2015)
Harvick's win is 750th for Chevy: In dominating fashion, Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in his #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy SS by leading 355 circuits of the 400-lap event. The victory advanced the defending champion to the next stage in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. This was Harvick's third win of the season, his first at Dover; and sixth consecutive victory for Team Chevy at the 1.0-mile concrete track. In addition, the victory marked the 750th for Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. It is the 48th win for the Chevy SS since its debut in 2013. Fonty Flock, driving a '55 Chevy, scored the manufacturer's first-ever victory in the series on March 26, 1955, at Columbia (S.C.) Speedway. "To be the first manufacturer to reach 750 wins is a credit to all of the drivers and teams who have partnered or worked with Chevrolet over all of these decades," said Jim Campbell, US Vice President Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. "These victories - from the very first by Fonty Flock 60 years ago, to Kevin Harvick's today, to all of the others in-between - are a result of tremendous teamwork involving owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crews and technical partners."(Chevy Racing)(10-5-2015)
Late caution saves Earnhardt, Jr's. Chase chances: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #1-Jamie McMurray had a "game seven" moment in the third race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Earnhardt Jr. outran McMurray in a late-race battle that could be the dividing point between an ultimate payday of millions of dollars. Earnhardt Jr. finished third and McMurray fourth in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, and that one position kept Junior in the running for the championship and closed the door on McMurray. Earnhardt Jr. passed McMurray on the outside on the race's final restart and stayed in front of him the rest of the way to drive into the 12th and final Chase spot going into Race Four next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. and McMurray tied in points (2,098) after the first three Chase races, but Junior won the tiebreaker (best finish in the round). The last green flag flew on lap 377 (of 400) after a caution for oil on the track. Twenty laps earlier, Earnhardt Jr. got a season-saving break when #34-Brett Moffitt hit the wall and caused the race's next-to-last caution. Junior had reported a loose wheel to his pit and later said he would have had to pit under green if the caution had not flown. "The left rear was falling off," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I was a couple laps from coming in. It was shaking real bad in the corner, and it started shaking on decel(eration), and I knew it was a matter of time before it was coming off. It wasn't going to make 50 laps. We had 50 to go at that point, and I wasn't going to bash my head against a concrete wall somewhere for a damn loose wheel, so we just came in sooner than later."(USA Today)(10-5-2015)
Truex advances to next Chase round despite pre-race penalty: That last thing Martin Truex Jr. would have wanted was for his #78 Chevy to be pulled off the grid before the start of an elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But that's what happened minutes before cars were set to roll off pit road for the start of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday. NASCAR officials deemed that the body of Truex's car failed to conform to templates. Accordingly, Truex's crew had to fix the car before the race, and Truex was sent to the rear for the start. After dodging an early wreck involving Jeb Burton and Josh Wise, Truex worked his way through the field, running as high as third after a two-tire call and ultimately finishing 11th. The result was good enough to propel Truex into the 12-driver Contender Round of the Chase. It wasn't a comfortable day for the Furniture Row Racing driver, but the end result was positive. "Yeah, we had to start last," Truex said after the race. "It is what it is. We moved on. We did what we had to do. It wasn't a great day for us. It wasn't a great weekend. We have been just struggling trying to get the thing turning. All in all, we had good speed when we would get track position." According to NASCAR officials, Truex will face no additional sanctions beyond the demotion to the rear of the field on Sunday.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-5-2015)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Laps Led Leaders:
(after Dover, 29 of 36 races)
1. #4-Kevin Harvick, 2,031
2. #22-Joey Logano, 863
3. #41-Kurt Busch, 765 (26 races)
4. #20-Matt Kenseth, 699
5. #18-Kyle Busch, 678 (18 races)
6. #2-Brad Keselowski, 611
7. #78-Martin Truex Jr., 536
8. #11-Denny Hamlin, 521
9. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 467
10. #19-Carl Edwards, 361
Dover Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2015 AAA 400: For those NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 2:30 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 6:11 PM (all times are EDT). NBCSN was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 123
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 63
Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 99
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 59
Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 24
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 21
Number of times NBCSN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 4
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 15 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:30 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:11 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 221
Minutes of race broadcast: 179
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 42
Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 10
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 1
Total race brdcst time 179 Total comm. brdcst time 42
See full reports, sponsor links, many more details at CawnJaws.com.(10-5-2015)
Harvick wins at Dover: #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Dover and 31st career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 355 of the 400 laps.
Harvick had to win the race to advance to the Contender round of the Chase.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Larson, and #22-Logano.
Drivers advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase: #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#48-Johnson, who entered the race 5th in points, broke a rear axle seal early in the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost 37 laps. He finished 42nd.
#1-McMurray finished 4th, but lost out on a Chase spot to #88-Earnhardt, Jr. They tied in points, but Earnhardt, Jr had the better finish during the Challenger round races (third place today).
McMurray, Johnson, Menard, and Bowyer have been eliminated from the Chase.
There were 14 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 119.870mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-4-2015)
Where did the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Dover?
[by points standings before the race (start pos)]
1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 7th (1)
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th (2)
3) #19-Carl Edwards, 15th (3)
4) #22-Joey Logano, 10th (4)
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 41st (5)
6) #31-Ryan Newman, 19th (6)
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 17th (7)
8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th (8)
9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 11th (9)
10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th (10)
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 4th (11)
12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd (12)
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd (13)
14) #27-Paul Menard, 25th (14)
15) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1st WON (15)
16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th (16)
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings: Challenger Round
[after Dover, race 29 of 36, Chase race 3 of 10]
1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2137 (Won New Hampshire*)
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 2119, -18 (Won Chicago*)
3) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2082, -55 (Won Dover*)
4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 2123, -14
5) #19-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2118, -19
6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 2104, -33
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2100, -37
8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2100, -37
9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 2100, -37
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 2099, -38
11) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2099, -38
12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.[2 wins], 2098, -39 from lead, +0 over 13th (won on tiebreaker)
Eliminated from the Chase:
13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2098, -0 from 12th place (lost on tiebreaker)
14) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2100, -12
15) #27-Paul Menard, 2075, -23
16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2048, -50
* automatically advance to Contender round by winning a Challenger round race
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-4-2015)
Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
[after Dover, race 29 of 36]
1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 3000
2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 3000
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 win], 3000
4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
5) #78-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 3000
6) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3000
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3000
8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 3000 points
9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 3000
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 3000
12) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3000
Points are reset after each round, for the Contender Round it goes to 3000, no points for wins
The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
(ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-4-2015)
Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
[after Dover, race 29 of 36]
(using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
1) #22-Joey Logano (C4), 1062
2) #4-Kevin Harvick (C3), 1054,-8
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (C12), 986, -76
4) #2-Brad Keselowski (C9), 970, -92
5) #20-Matt Kenseth (C1), 949, -113
See the top 25 classic drivers points on the 2015 Chase page.(10-4-2015)
Petty expected to continue running Fords: Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford Performance. An announcement is expected at the team's Mooresville, N.C. shop on Tuesday. The organization enjoys a storied past under the guidance of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty. RPM currently fields two Sprint Cup teams and an Xfinity Series program. The foundation of RPM stems from Evernham Motorsports, which debuted in 2000. RPM evolved from the four-Dodge team from Gillett Evernham Motorsports and began making the transition to Ford at the end of the 2009 season. The organization is currently evaluating the status of the #9 Ford as Sam Hornish Jr. has struggled to remain in the top 25 despite a change of crew chiefs. The relationship with Ford Performance and the King dates back to 1969 when Petty piloted the #43 Ford Torino to nine wins and a second-place finish in the point standings to fellow Ford racer David Pearson.(Motorsport)(10-4-2015)
Preece to make another start at Homestead: Ryan Preece got his first taste of competition at the highest level of NASCAR when he made his series debut in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday. And the Berlin driver will get a second plateful of Sprint Cup action before the close of the 2015 season. Preece will get a front row of seat NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship deciding event. He'll be watching as part of the lineup. Preece will compete in the Sprint Cup Series season finale on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. "That's definitely happening," Preece said. "There's been some talk about maybe some other stuff. I don't know yet. But Homestead is a definite right now. It's good to have opportunities like this." Like he did at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Preece - a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway - will compete for Premium Motorsports in an effort also backed by Tommy Baldwin Racing. It will mark Preece's second experience at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. He started the XFINITY Series season finale in 2014 at the track in a Tommy Baldwin Racing ride. He finished 28th in that event.(RaceDayCT)(10-4-2015)
Pretty in Pink M&M's scheme on the #18 at Charlotte: When the 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take the green flag on October 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500, Kyle Busch's race car may look a little different than usual. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all those who are affected, Busch will be driving the #18 M&M'S Pink Toyota. Joe Gibbs Racing will donate a portion of the proceeds from every diecast sold to the North Carolina-based Pretty in Pink Foundation. The Pretty in Pink Foundation serves people diagnosed with breast cancer who have limited or no health insurance benefits. Busch fans can now order an Action Racing Collectables die-cast of his #18 M&M'S Pink Toyota from Lionel Racing. See an image of the scheme on the #18 Team Schemes page.(10-4-2015)
Gordon for changes to green-which-checker finishes on superspeedways: #24-Jeff Gordon said Friday that NASCAR should reduce the number of green-white-checkered finishes at restrictor-plate tracks. Gordon's comments come three weeks before NASCAR races at Talladega Superspeedway. That will be the first race at a restrictor-plate track since #3-Austin Dillon's car crashed into the catch fence at Daytona International Speedway. Five fans were injured. Dillon's crash marked the third time since Feb. 2012 that fans were injured at Daytona by a vehicle crashing into the fence. All three incidents came on a green-white-checkered finish. "I certainly don't think we need multiple green-white-checkereds at a restrictor-plate track," Gordon said at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR permits a maximum three attempts to end a race under green-flag conditions before calling the event. NASCAR has stated it's considering making a race procedure change before Talladega.(NBC Sports)(10-4-2015)
NASCAR will increase restart zone for remaining races UPDATE: The restart zone for this weekend's NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway will double from 70 feet to 140 feet, according to NASCAR. The sanctioning body will also lengthen the restart zone for the 2015 season's remaining races post-Dover -- the exact increase will be determined by an at-track basis. The restart rules have not changed. Drivers will still line up double file, with the leader being the "control car," meaning the second-place car can't take off before the leader in the restart zone located before the start/finish line.(NASCAR.com)(10-1-2015)
UPDATE: In response to drivers' concerns over restart rules and the ostensible growing tendency of drivers to break them, NASCAR announced this week a doubling of the length of the restart zones. In feet, the length of the restart zone has been set at two times pit road speed. At Dover, where pit road speed is 35 mph, the restart zone measured 70 feet. Now it's 140 feet, and most drivers felt the expansion will restore, appropriately, some of the advantage the race leader should have. "To lengthen that box, I think is a great move," said six-time Sprint Cup champion #48-Jimmie Johnson. "I'm hopeful that they lengthen the box and bring it closer to the start/finish line. I think it will slow down some of the three- and four-wide into Turn 1 scenarios we have had. It will be less distance to get speed built up closer to the start/finish line and I think we will maybe control that space a little bit better. We should have better side-by-side restarts, which is what everybody is after. And then, obviously, the goal here is to give control back to the guy that has earned it - to the leader. That's what happens, and I'm in favor of it. It's a good call, and I am excited to see how it plays out."(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-4-2015)
Sad News - Check Sadler: Chester "Check" Goodwin Sadler of Nashville, TN, age 64, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015, at his home in Nashville, TN. He was born July 10, 1951, in Davidson County, TN. Sadler was with Sadler Brothers Trucking and Leasing. He and his father formed Sadler and Son Racing Team with NASCAR running in the Daytona 500 (57 races) in Car #95. Some famous race drivers (Sterling Marlin, Davey Allison, Jeremy Mayfield) got their start driving for Sadler and Son Racing Team in Car #95.(full obituary and services at the Tennessean)(10-4-2015)
Congrats....baby: Greg Biffle's crew chief, Matt Puccia, announced on his twitter: "Alyssa Puccia and I want to welcome Kennedy Harper Puccia to the world! Thanks everybody for all the kind words!(10-3-2015)
Texas Motor Speedway Announces 2016 Racing Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016 by continuing to hold the distinction as the only motorsports venue that has hosted all three top-tier NASCAR Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series since its inception. The 2016 schedule will feature two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series to go along with the only stop in Texas for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader in November will sandwich the traditional INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader in June.
The season will open April 7-9 with the Duck Commander 500 weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series. The weekend is highlighted by qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series as well as the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 8, and the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season with the Duck Commander 500 on April 9.
The Firestone 600 enjoys its 20th anniversary as an INDYCAR/NASCAR combination event dating to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural year in 1997 when it returns June 9-11. The weekend features qualifying day for the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, June 10, that will be followed that evening by the running of the Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400. The Firestone 600, the weekend's marquee event known as "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race," will run on Saturday, June 11.
The Texas Motor Speedway racing season concludes Nov. 3-6 with a NASCAR tripleheader that includes a pivotal Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Eliminator Round of the playoff-style format. The AAA Texas 500, set for Sunday, Nov. 6, will be the middle event of the three-race segment (Martinsville and Phoenix are the other races) that will determine the four drivers of the eight remaining in championship contention that will earn the right to vie for the Sprint Cup Series crown at the season finale in Homestead.
The race weekend also features Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying followed by the Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 race on Friday, Nov. 4., and XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge qualifying and race on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Season tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and start as low as $199 for adults and $139 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 and Firestone 600 weekends go on sale Feb. 12 and the on-sale date for the 2016 AAA Texas 500 weekend will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-3-2015)
#18 JGR team makes pit crew change UPDATES: The #18 Joe Gibbs Racing team and longtime front tire changer Nick Odell have parted ways. Odell was changing this past weekend in the Chase opener at Chicagoland in a race in which Kyle Busch finished ninth. This is an unusual development considering the timing and that the #18 pit crew has been intact for eight years and is a tightly knit group. This has been regarded as one of the best pit crews for years, and Odell is a great talent.
Josh Lesley will replace Odell as the front changer this weekend in the second race of the Challenger Round at New Hampshire (NASCAR.com/PitTalks)(9-22-2015)
UPDATE Odell to the #24? Ex #18 Joe Gibbs Racing tire changer Nick Odell is close to a deal with Hendrick Motorsports and the #24 team. After the news last Monday that Odell had been released by JGR, almost every team on pit road had some level of interest in talking with him. After sitting out Loudon, PitTalks sources say Odell is very close to finalizing his deal with HMS. If this deal goes down, then front tire changer Scott Brzozowski of the #24 becomes the man in question. Brzozowski came over to HMS a few years back after spending time on the #39 of Ryan Newman. HMS has four teams and Brzozowski is a top talent, seeing where he fits in will be the next piece in the puzzle. As far as when Odell starts changing tires for the #24, no idea. Supposedly the deal is almost done but we have not confirmed with HMS to verify.(PitTalks)(9-29-2015)
UPDATE 2: Nick Odell, who had served as #18-Kyle Busch's longtime front tire changer, will be #24-Jeff Gordon's front tire changer this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Front tire changer Scott Brzozowski, who had been on Gordon's team, moves to #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s pit crew. Brzozowski replaces Dave Mayo, who returns to a backup role. Mayo was elevated to Earnhardt's pit crew before the Chase.(NBC Sports)(10-3-2015)
Johnson doesn't have retirement in mind: On the heels of Tony Stewart's announcement Wednesday that he would retire after next season, #48-Jimmie Johnson was asked Friday if he's decided when to quit racing:
Q: Do you have a time in mind of when you are going to hang it up and do something else?
Johnson: "No, I do not have a number and I have not picked a number. As a kid growing up racing and as I got in the sport, I didn't say, 'when I get to this age, I am going to step down.' I haven't had that conversation and have not picked a number with my wife and said, 'okay honey, this is the point that I am going to stop'. It's really been based on feel and I have Chani's support on that as well. When I feel like it's time, I am going to make that decision. Certainly don't feel like it's time now. I remember watching Rusty (Wallace) pick a number and then remember talking to Rusty in years following that and I still think he's mad he stopped. I still think he feels like he could be out here racing with us and winning races. So conversations with him, with Dale Jarrett, with other guys....I have always been curious. Why, when, what tells you to stop? Mark (Martin) tried a half dozen times to retire and couldn't walk away. So I want to make sure I do it once and not keep coming back. What I am looking for is that moment. That moment that you say, 'alright, it's time'. When that shows up, then I will step down."(Chevy Racing)(10-3-2015)
Dover honors Jeff Gordon: In a year filled with farewells and reminiscing, Jeff Gordon - and his entire racing family - was presented with a unique tribute to his remarkable racing career. On Friday, Dover International Speedway, as well as local elected officials, made special presentations to Gordon in advance of Sunday's "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup race in recognition of his contributions to the track and sport. Gordon, 44, a five-time Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner, received 90 miniature "Miles the Monster" trophies for himself, his crew and Hendrick Motorsports team members in North Carolina. Each trophy is inscribed with the individual's name, as well as the following quote from Hall of Fame professional football coach Vince Lombardi: "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." In addition to the trophies, Gordon received praise from Dover Motorsports Inc. CEO Denis McGlynn, as well as Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Delaware State Sen. Brian Bushweller and Delaware State Rep. William Carson. Christiansen named Gordon an honorary citizen of the City of Dover, while Bushweller and Carson read recognitions from the Delaware State Senate and Delaware State House of Representatives, respectively.(Dover Speedway)(10-3-2015)
'The Big One on the Blvd' at Talladega is NASCAR'S Biggest Party: As anticipation continues to grow among both drivers and fans alike for NASCAR'S premier off-track party, "The Big One on the Blvd," on Friday, Oct. 23, Talladega Superspeedway announced a lineup of outrageous fun with sights only able to be seen at NASCAR's "Party Capital". Fans attending this Friday night extravaganza have the possibility to join some fierce competitors for never before seen fan competitions, where fans will have a chance to not only win a lifetime of bragging rights but a unique Talladega inspired trophy to commemorate each event. Participants are encouraged to wear their most creative of outfits to stand out in front of NASCAR's top drivers for a Costume Contest. Fans can also attempt to eat their way through as many of the track's famous 1-pound "Big One Meatballs" as they can during the 'Big One' Eating Contest. If that isn't enough, contestants can get down and dirty in "The 'Dega Cherry Chase", a one-of-a-kind course challenge which you'll just have to see to believe. The best part of all is that the huge crowd gathered in Talladega Superspeedway's infamous infield, along with many of the stars of NASCAR, will determine which fans come out on top in these mind-blowing competitions. "The Big One on the Blvd" will get rolling at 6:45 p.m. CDT on Friday evening at the north end of Talladega Boulevard. From there, drivers can be found on the float throwing out swag and welcoming race fans to the party that trumps all others. The float will pass through the most colorfully decorated campsites in all of NASCAR and wind up in the south end of the Blvd at the main stage for the fan competitions.(TSS)(10-3-2015)
Bowyer to announce plans, to the #51 in 2016 UPDATE: HScott Motorsports is expected to announce next weekend at Dover that Bowyer will drive the #51 Chevy in 2016. The announcement will come after Wednesday's press conference, which will detail Bowyer's eventual move to Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy in 2017.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Tony Stewart will be stepping out from the behind the wheel of the #14 at the conclusion of next season. Sponsor 5-hour Energy will continue with Bowyer at HScott.(Motorsport.com)(9-27-2015)
UPDATE: HScott Motorsports announced that Clint Bowyer and 5-hour ENERGY will join the team for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Bowyer and 5-hour ENERGY have been partners for four seasons, winning three races and finishing runner-up in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Starting with the Feb. 21, 2016, Daytona 500, Bowyer will race Chevys for HScott in a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. "I am very thankful for the continued support and commitment from 5-hour ENERGY, and for Harry Scott Jr. for putting this opportunity together," said Bowyer. "My relationship with everyone at 5-hour ENERGY is something I hold with great value. There have been some real unknowns for my career in the past couple of months, but I'm happy that my future is secured and full speed ahead." HScott Motorsports has competed full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for two seasons, fielding Chevrolets with Hendrick Motorsports support. HScott Motorsports team owner Harry Scott Jr., said this is a watershed moment for his young organization. "This is a really important step for HScott Motorsports and one I felt our team needed to take to elevate to the next level of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition," said Scott. "Clint is a proven winner and Chase participant. For us to compete at a higher level we needed all of the right elements to come together. I believe those elements came together with the driver in Clint, sponsorship from 5-hour ENERGY and the extended relationship with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas. This opportunity has brought an unprecedented level of excitement to our entire organization."(HScott Motorsports)
AND: Harry Scott says they have not decided if they will have two or three teams next season. Bowyer is likely to replace Justin Allgaier in the #51.(10-2-2015)
New Hampshire TV Ratings UPDATE: NASCAR continues to struggle in the first year of its new television deal. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire drew a 1.7 overnight rating on NBCSN Sunday, down 23% from both last year and 2013, when the race aired on ESPN (2.2). The 1.7 is tied as the second-lowest for any NASCAR race this season, matching Richmond two weeks earlier and ahead of only Kansas on Fox Sports 1 in May (1.5). So far this season, five Sprint Cup races have failed to hit a 2.0 overnight rating - compared to zero such races last year. Sunday's race was the 15th of 16 on cable this season to have a decline in overnight ratings, with the July race from Kentucky the lone exception. This year is the first of a new NASCAR TV deal that moved races to NBCSN and FS1 from the more widely available ESPN and TNT.(ShowBuzz Daily / Sports Media Watch)(9-29-2015)
UPDATE: For the second straight week, NASCAR's Chase For the Cup hit a record-low on NBCSN. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire drew a 1.8 final rating and 2.9 million viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, down 25% in ratings and 24% in viewership from last year (2.4, 3.9M) and down 25% and 21%, respectively, from 2013 (2.4, 3.7M), both of which aired on ESPN. Excluding rainouts, the race ranks as the lowest rated and least-watched Chase For the Cup telecast ever (112 telecasts dating back to 2004). The previous low was set by the Chicago race one week earlier (1.9, 3.2M). It also ranks as the lowest rated fall New Hampshire race since at least 2000 and the least-watched since at least 2001. Ratings and viewership have now declined for all sixteen NASCAR races on cable this season, with each either hitting a record-low or the lowest marks in over a decade.(Sports Media Watch)
See past race TV Ratings, five-year comparison chart and more on the 2015 TV Ratings page.(10-2-2015)
Phoenix announces Sprint race date; tickets on sale Tickets for the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, scheduled for March 11-13, 2016 at Phoenix International Raceway, go on sale Friday, Oct. 2. Tickets start at just $25 and may be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). For the second-consecutive season, PIR's Spring race date coincides with Spring Break for nearly every school district and college in Arizona, making the Camping World 500 an ideal entertainment destination. Additionally, the race weekend will take place during Major League Baseball's Spring Training season. The Cactus League will once again feature 15 MLB teams across the Valley of the Sun. Headlining the race weekend, the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The race will again be a part of NASCAR's "West Coast Swing," in which America's premier racing series will compete in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles in consecutive weeks. The Camping World 500 event weekend also features the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 12 and Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Camping World 500 on Friday, March 11.(PIR)(10-2-2015)
Everclear to play pre-race concert at Phoenix: Fans coming to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race on Sunday, Nov. 15. That morning, the popular rock-n-roll group Everclear will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30am/mt. The concert, which resulted from a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment, is just one part of race day excitement that is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 is the final race in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After the race, the field of championship contenders will be trimmed from eight hopefuls to the final four drivers that will race for the championship the next week. For over two decades, Everclear's sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum. Earlier this year, the band released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA.(PIR)(10-2-2015)
Rock band Jackyl to perform at Kansas: Rock band Jackyl, which kicked off Kansas Speedway's post-race concerts in 2011, is returning to the facility as part of a 98.9 the Rock "Low Dough" show. The Georgia-based band, who has toured with Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent and others throughout their career, is best known for the song "The Lumberjack," which features a chainsaw used by lead singer Jesse James Dupree during the song. The band's self-titled first album, released in 1992, went platinum. In addition to the concert, Mike Ballard's Full Throttle S'loonshine lends its name to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale with the Full Throttle S'loonshine 98.9. There will also be a Full Throttle Saloon set up in the Turn 1 area during the race weekend. A "Low Dough" ticket is required for entry into the Saloon on Friday, while a ticket to the Kansas Lottery 300, which starts at $40, will allow entrance on Saturday, Oct. 17. For admission on Sunday, Oct. 18, a ticket to the Hollywood Casino 400, which start at $64, is required. Tickets for the Jackyl concert, along with a full day of racing which includes the Full Throttle S'loonshine 98.9 and qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400, are $9.89 for general admission tickets through Oct. 15; tickets will be $10 for general admission on the day of the race and concert.(Kansas Speedway)(10-1-2015)
NASCAR Penalty Report / Chicago; MWR Appeal denied:
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· The #10 team has been penalized for an infraction that occurred during pre-qualifying inspection on Sept. 18. This is a P2 level penalty (Sections 12.1 and 20.4b and 20.4.2a of the NASCAR rule book). The right side quarter panel behind the rear wheel/tire was modified during pre-qualifying inspection. Crew chief Daniel Knost has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015. Car chief Pete White has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.
· The #15 team has been penalized for an infraction that occurred on opening day inspection Sept.18. This is a P4 level penalty (Section 12.1, 20. 14.c, 188.8.131.52.k, 184.108.40.206.d, 220.127.116.11.1.d & f, 18.104.22.168.2 of the NASCAR rule book). Crew chief Billy W. Scott has been fined $75,000, suspended for the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events and placed on NASCAR probation for six months following the issue of suspension. Driver Clint Bowyer has been penalized 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points. Car owner Rob Kauffman has been penalized 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Owner points. NASCAR has requested to the Appeals Administrator of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel that the appeals process described in the rule book be expedited.
AND NASCAR issued the penalty -- P4 on its P1-to-P6 scale with P6 being the most severe -- for violation of the rule that forbids washers or other components that allow movement of certain track bar joints or mounting bolts. Permitting those rear-end suspension components to move would allow the car to handle better in the corners (ESPN).
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· The #18 team has been penalized for an infraction that occurred during pre-race on Sept. 19. This is a P2 level penalty (Sections 12.1 and 20.4b and 20.4.2a of the NASCAR rule book). The right side vertical extension panel (side skirt) was modified after pre-race inspection. Crew chief Eric P. Phillips has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015. Crew member John P. Egbert Jr. has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.
· The #54 car failed heights during post-race inspection on Sept. 19. This is a P2 level penalty (Sections 12.1, 22.214.171.124.1. b & c, 126.96.36.199.2.b & c, 188.8.131.52.1.f, 184.108.40.206.2.a.b & d of the NASCAR rule book). Crew chief Christopher W. Gayle has been fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015. Car owner J. D. Gibbs has been penalized 10 series championship owner points.(NASCAR)
MWR Statement: Michael Waltrip Racing respectfully disagrees with today's penalties and plans to immediately appeal. MWR has made mistakes in the past, but we feel we are correct in this instance. We look forward to the opportunity to present our case to the appeals committee and have no further public comment until the process is completed.(MWR)(9-23-2015)
UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing officially filed an appeal Thursday of the championship-crippling penalties levied against Clint Bowyer's team. Crew chief Billy Scott's three-race suspension has been deferred through the appeal process. The appeal will be heard Wednesday. Scott will work this weekend at New Hampshire, and MWR has denied wrongdoing. The points deduction for Bowyer remains in effect through the appeals process, which means that reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick moves up to 15th in the standings.(Associated Press)(9-24-2015)
UPDATE 2: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of a P4 penalty issued on Sept. 23 to Rob Kauffman (owner), Clint Bowyer (driver), and Billy W. Scott (crew chief) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #15 at Chicagoland Speedway. The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book: Sections 12.1, 20.14c, 220.127.116.11.k, 18.104.22.168.d, 22.214.171.124.1.d&f, 126.96.36.199.2. The original penalty assessed included a $75,000 fine, three-race suspension and six months' probation for Scott and loss of 25 championship car owner and 25 championship driver points to both Kauffman and Bowyer. Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.
The panel consisted of the following three individuals: Mr. Paul Brooks, Mr. Bill Lester, Mr. Bill Mullis.
The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book as the Expedited Final Appeal. The deadline for filing is 5pm/et on Sept. 30.(NASCAR)(9-30-2015)
UPDATE 2: Statement from Michael Waltrip Racing: "We are disappointed with the outcome of today's ruling and still feel out interpretation is within the guidelines. Rather than continue the appeals process, MWR is ready to focus 100 person of our company's resources on winning at Dover and trying to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase of the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(MWR)(9-30-2015)
Stewart announces retirement after 2016 season; Bowyer to replace in 2017: After 17 years competing at NASCAR's highest level, Tony Stewart has decided his 18th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be his last. The three-time series champion will retire following the 2016 season, whereupon Clint Bowyer will take the wheel of the #14 machine beginning in 2017. Since 2009 Stewart has held the dual title of driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He co-owns the team with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. Stewart will join Haas as a fulltime owner in 2017, with Bowyer being Stewart's hand-picked successor to drive the No. 14 car.
"This is a moment every driver eventually comes to terms with, and I know this is the right decision for me," said Stewart, owner of 48 Sprint Cup victories, 15 of which have come with SHR. "2016 will be my last year in a Sprint Cup car, but it's not my last year in NASCAR. I love this sport and I love being a part of it, and instead of seeing me in a firesuit on Sundays, you'll see me in a pair of jeans, and maybe even a pair of khakis. I plan to make the most of my final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and part of that is to ensure that when Clint Bowyer takes over the No. 14 in 2017, he has everything he needs to win races and contend for the championship. I'm very comfortable with this decision and what the future holds for me and Stewart-Haas Racing."
Bowyer is an eight-time race winner in the Sprint Cup Series and finished second in the 2012 championship standings.
"Today is an incredible opportunity and I'm proud and excited to take over the #14 in 2017," said Bowyer, the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. "Whether it's racing him on Sunday or watching my dirt late model teams race at his famed Eldora Speedway, Tony and I share the same passion for racing. That makes this opportunity a perfect fit for me. I appreciate everything he's done for me and the sport of auto racing. These are big shoes to fill, but boy am I ever looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a champion's ride, and have Tony there with me along the way."
Haas, who formed Haas CNC Racing in 2002 before partnering with Stewart to create SHR in 2009, embraces the transition.
"Tony Stewart has been a game-changer for Stewart-Haas Racing and for motorsports," Haas said. "I always had an incredible amount of respect for what he could do with a racecar - any racecar, as he's been successful in everything he's ever driven. In getting to know Tony Stewart the businessman, I found a very smart person with excellent people skills. He's extremely valuable to our race team and a strong voice in our sport. His passion for motorsports is unmatched, and I'm proud that his future outside of the #14 Chevrolet remains with Stewart-Haas Racing."
The primary partners currently represented on the No. 14 Chevrolet include Bass Pro Shops, Mobil 1, Rush Truck Centers, Code 3 Associates, Coca-Cola, Jimmy Johns and Haas Automation. Announcements regarding the partnership lineup for the #14 team in 2016 and beyond will be made in the lead up to the 58th Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
"I have been blessed with fantastic partners throughout my racing career, and I take a lot of pride in the lifelong friendships formed and the great business successes we've been a part of," Stewart said. "I never would've accomplished all that I've achieved in racing if it weren't for the support of corporate America. They helped a kid from Columbus, Indiana, reach his dreams and I'll be forever grateful."(Stewart-Haas Racing), see earlier news about Stewart's retirement on the #14 team news page.(9-30-2015)
Statement from NASCAR Chairman Brian France: "When I think of Tony Stewart, unmatched passion and a pure love of the sport come to mind. He has won championships and millions of fans. But he has given back so much more, and that's what I admire most. Today's news was bittersweet for all, but we know Tony will continue to be a big part of our sport in his roles as a team and track owner. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Tony for his many years of excellence and competitiveness, and wish him nothing but the best in his final season as a driver in the Sprint Cup Series."
Statement from Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports for Chevy: "Tony Stewart has been a key member of our racing family for nearly 20 years. The majority of his race wins and championships-regardless of series-have been with our brands. Not only is he a championship-winning driver and team owner, he is an entrepreneur and gives back to numerous charities. Through his Tony Stewart Foundation, he pours his heart into causes that support children, animals and others in need of assistance. We value our long-standing partnership with Tony and look forward to joining his fans in celebrating his final season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series."(Chevy PR)(9-30-2015)
Lawsuit against Stewart will remain in Utica, New York: The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will remain under the jurisdiction of the federal court that covers the home of the Ward family, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday. Stewart's attorney had asked for the case to be moved to Rochester, New York, which covers the area of Canandaigua Motorsports Park, where Ward's death occurred in a sprint-car race, instead of being heard in federal court in Utica, which covers the Ward family's home of Port Leyden. The Ward family did not oppose the move to the court in Rochester (about 135 miles from Utica), but Judge David Hurd wrote in his decision that there was not a strong enough reason to move the case. In the request, Stewart's side argued that key witnesses would have to travel more than 100 miles to Utica and that it was more convenient for out-of-town witnesses to travel to Rochester. Hurd wrote that the Syracuse airport is 56 miles from Utica and that the additional travel for some witnesses didn't warrant a transfer from the location initially chosen by the Ward family when it first filed suit in August in its home county (Lewis County) in state court. The judge noted that Stewart had given no indication that any of the witness from the Canandaigua area -- local law enforcement and others -- would refuse to come to Utica to testify or that a video deposition would be insufficient. He also wrote that the median time from filing a lawsuit to trial in the Western District of New York (which includes Rochester) is 66.3 months, while in the Northern District (which includes Utica) it is 40.8 months.(ESPN.com)(9-30-2015)
NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets on sale Oct. 6: Tickets for the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available to the public beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 10am/et. Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner will be honored during this year's ceremony set for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to the Induction Ceremony to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package. Drivers, celebrities and legends of the sport will take the stage during this premier celebration that will honor the seventh class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Prior to the ceremony, a special Induction Dinner at the Charlotte Convention Center, which is connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will include a special jacket presentation for the living inductees and an award presentation honoring popular FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes, the fifth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Fans also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a seat for the dinner that puts them at a table with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. After dinner, the Induction Ceremony will take place in the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center and will honor the five Class of 2016 inductees as well as Harold Brasington, the second recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Following the ceremony, a special NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 23. Individual ticket and ticket packages will be available beginning Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.(NASCAR)(9-30-2015)
NASCAR to meet with team owners on Tuesday UPDATE: NASCAR will meet with Sprint Cup team owners on Tuesday afternoon at the NASCAR Plaza in downtown Charlotte, NC. The meeting is expected to tackle a number of topics, including competition issues and what the structure of team ownership might resemble moving forward. Since the Race Team Alliance was introduced last July, there has been increased buzz regarding the possibility of franchising or revenue sharing. RTA chairman Rob Kaufmann expects to have some system in place by the end of the year. NASCAR held a competition meeting last Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with team managers, manufacturers and Goodyear to discuss the 2016 Sprint Cup rules package which is expected to be finalized later this week.(Motorsport)(9-29-2015)
UPDATE: Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer: "Earlier today NASCAR met with all Sprint Cup Series owners and presented framework concepts for future qualification to compete in NASCAR's top national series with an eye toward implementing a new model for the 2016 season. The on-going dialogue with the entire industry has been very good and today's session was another productive step in that process. NASCAR, the tracks and the team owners all have the same collective goal: making the sport as strong and competitive as it can be for decades to come. "Today's meeting was one step in the process. There is still a lot of work to be done and that will continue over the coming months. We understand there will be speculation and rumors related to the concepts outlined today, but would caution against coming to any conclusions as we work toward final decisions. When it is appropriate to do so, NASCAR will make an official announcement. In the meantime, we are excited about the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and this weekend's race at Dover."(NASCAR)(9-29-2015)
Chicagoland Speedway will remain first Chase race in 2016: Chicagoland Speedway announced that they will once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2016. The September 15-18 weekend will feature all three of NASCAR's premier series, with the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night. For the sixth consecutive season, Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sept. 15-18, with four consecutive days of action packed racing. As the entire "Chase Week" line up of activities in and around the Chicago area continues to grow year after year, the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night under the lights will provide guests an even more action-packed, full week experience. The 2016 season will also mark the 15th Anniversary celebration of Chicagoland Speedway. Plans are underway to deliver an amazing lineup of event content and year-round programming for our fans to enjoy as part of this special celebration. Details will be shared throughout the coming months on events and activities tied to this milestone anniversary event. Tickets will go on-sale Monday, October 5 for the 2016 Season.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-29-2015)
Pocono announces 2016 race dates; addition of XFINITY race: Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2016. The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race weekend from June 3-5, will feature the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the inaugural 250-mile NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race. The Pennsylvania 400 race weekend from July 29 - 31, will feature the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Modspace 125 ARCA race. The newest addition to Pocono Raceway's 2016 NASCAR schedule is the NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled for Saturday, June 4. This race will be the first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track and the first time NASCAR's second-tier series has raced in Pennsylvania since 2004 (Nazareth Speedway). "We are thrilled to bring the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Pocono Raceway," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. "The fans have been asking for this to happen for several years and we are excited to share the good news with them today. Additionally, we look forward to working with everyone at Comcast, who are headquartered 90 miles south of us in Philadelphia, for next summer's inaugural race."
"From day one we've been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the Xfinity Series," said Matt Lederer, director of Sports Brand Marketing for Comcast. "The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state of Pennsylvania will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016."(Pocono Raceway)(9-29-2015)
Truex Jr. re-signs with Furniture Row Racing, team to move to Toyota UPDATE2: #78 Furniture Row Racing (FRR) has re-signed Martin Truex Jr. for 2016 - and beyond. "It's not just the place, it's the people - especially this year," Truex said. "Last year almost made me want to retire. It's funny what a year and a couple of different people can bring to the table." Furniture Row Racing is expected to switch to Toyotas in 2016, forming a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing from which it will receive chassis and engines. Furniture Row Racing will become just one of two factory-backed Toyota teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. Furniture Row will remain a single-car team next season. Chevrolet officials confirmed FRR would not continue to field Chevrolets next season.(Motorsport), a Toyota news conference is scheduled for Sunday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to announce new partner.(9-26-2015)
UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing announced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that it has entered into a partnership with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) to field Toyota Camrys for driver Martin Truex Jr. starting with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The Denver, Colorado-based team also announced that it has picked up Truex's contract option for 2016. By joining the Toyota NASCAR fleet, the single-car Furniture Row Racing team will enter into a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and have Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD) build engines for the #78 Furniture Row Camrys. "As we continue our quest to be a contender for this year's Sprint Cup championship, it's hard not to feel the excitement and enthusiasm of becoming an integral partner with Toyota next season," said Joe Garone, president and general manager of Furniture Row Racing. "The added resources and technical support that Toyota will provide, along with having a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, definitely increases the growth potential for our team. The track record of Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing speaks for itself. They are both proven winners with an unyielding commitment to raising the performance bar in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series."
Toyota, which joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007 and partnered a year later with Joe Gibbs Racing, is thrilled about the addition of Furniture Row Racing to its roster. "Partnering with Furniture Row Racing is a great fit for Toyota and we look forward to the team fielding a Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2016," said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. "Furniture Row Racing has proven to be a race-winning organization and we are confident the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing will make Camrys even more competitive and improve performance on the race track. We welcome Furniture Row to the Toyota Racing family and are thrilled to have a championship-caliber driver like Martin Truex Jr. back in the Toyota lineup."
Garone, who has been with Furniture Row Racing since its inception (2005), expressed his gratitude to Chevrolet and to Richard Childress Racing (RCR). "I want to thank Chevrolet for its support the past 10 seasons and to Richard Childress Racing as our Chevrolet technical alliance partner since 2010," said Garone. "The support from Chevrolet and RCR has helped our growth pattern." Garone said that he and team owner Barney Visser were happy to pick up the contract option for Truex, a Chase qualifier, who is in his second season as the Furniture Row Racing driver. His season totals to date include one win, seven top fives, 17 top-10s and 536 laps led. "Martin has done a terrific job driving our #78 race car to a victory and into the Chase," said Garone. "He and crew chief Cole Pearn have established an outstanding chemistry. We look forward to having Martin as the Furniture Row Racing driver in 2016 and beyond."
The 35-year-old Truex said he is ready and anxious to drive the Furniture Row car in 2016 and rejoin Toyota. He drove a Toyota Camry for four seasons as a member of the Michael Waltrip Racing team from 2010 through 2013. "I am happy to continue in my role with Furniture Row Racing and feel that we've just begun a growth spurt that will take us to a new level," said Truex. "It's a great organization and Barney (Visser, team owner) gives us whatever we need to be successful. I know the folks from Toyota and I am looking forward to being part of their team again. They build fast engines and having a technical alliance with the highly-successful Joe Gibbs Racing is an added bonus to our program. While our primary focus right now is on the Chase, I am eagerly looking forward to what is in store for our Furniture Row Racing team."
Furniture Row Racing made its NASCAR debut in 2005, competing in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) events that season. The team has qualified for the Chase in two of the last three seasons and was the first single-car team to earn a Chase berth.(Furniture Row Racing)(9-27-2015)
UPDATE2: Truex Jr. will return to Furniture Row Racing next year, but sponsorship will need to be found to help the team put together a long-term offer, team owner Barney Visser said Sunday. Truex confirmed Sunday he has a contract with Furniture Row for next season only. That coincides with the team's move from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2016. The key for the 35-year-old Truex is what kind of sponsorship Furniture Row can find for beyond 2016. Typically, a percentage of a primary sponsorship deal helps pay for a driver's salary. "We're looking for sponsorship to help us with that," Visser said of a long-term contract for Truex. "The kind of contract he deserves we're not able to do on our own right now. We're looking for sponsorship to help us pull that together. I do think he's just peaking in his career, and we don't want to lose him.''(NBC Sports)(9-28-2015)
NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver Award Voting: The National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) and Sprint announced that voting for the 2015 NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver award will open Sunday, September 6, 2015. The NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver award is the only major NASCAR award determined solely by fan vote. The voting period will open at 12:01am/et Sunday, September 6, 2015 and run through 11:59pm/et on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Fans can visit www.mostpopulardriver.com to cast their vote for this year's award. Votes will also be received via the NASCAR Mobile application. Voting is limited to one vote per person per email address per day. Fans are encouraged to share their votes on Facebook and Twitter. The official Twitter hashtag for the NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver Award is #SprintMPD. Eligible drivers for the award are those who have declared to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship (drivers running for Sprint Cup Series points). The winner of this year's award will be announced during NBCSN broadcast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas. A $10,000 donation will be made to the winning driver's charity of choice.(NASCAR), see info on the award and past links on Jayski.com's Most Popular Driver award page.
No idea when the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule will be announced. Any rumors or news about the schedule will be posted. There have been reports it would come out in mid-to-late September. Also see the 2016 Schedule News and Rumors page. As a reference, in 2014 the 2015 schedule was announced on 8/26/2014; the 2014 schedule wasn't announced until 10/15/2013; and the 2013 schedule was announced on 9/25/2012.
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14 Jason Jarrett
15 Chris Economaki, Red Farmer, Eddie Gossage, Chad McCumbee, Aaron Johnston, Roland Wlodyka, Gober Sosebee
16 Mark Petty, Mae Beaty, Tim Packman
17 Chocolate Myers, Doug Randolph, Tommy Kendall, Jarrod Breeze, Mark Beard
18 Edward Adamczyk Sr, Jerry Bonkowski, Bart Creasman, Billy Myers
19 Tom Wilsey, Mark Dyer, Lisa Price, Brad Daugherty, Leslie Britton, Brian Rose, Greg Cindric
20 John Kosner. Fred Wanke, Todd Gordon, Wally McCarty, Clifford Allison
21 Bob Jeffrey, Pete Wright, David Gebhardt
22 Ed Dybalski, George Gillett Jr., Milan Garrett, Rick Benjamin, John Graham, Adam Davis
23 Humpy Wheeler, Larry Hartle
24 Dave Blaney, Jim France, Brian Vickers, Tracy Leslie, Jeff Price, Bill O'Dea, Andrew Turner, Patrick Lawler
25 Mike Hofmann, House, Ward Burton, Jon Wood, Taylor Lane Stricklin, Maggie Martin, Eric Maycroft
26 Jimmy Pardue
27 Anne B. France, Robin Miller, Dick Trickle, Tommy Baldwin Jr., Butch Hylton, Richard Brickhouse, Michael Lance
28 Joe Ruttman, Deborah Renshaw, Krissie Newman
29 Teresa Earnhardt, Chris Buescher, Billy Woodruff, Steadman Marlin, Joseph "Papa Joe" Hendrick, Bob Dotter, Roseanne Adamczyk, Nicole Belber, Sandy Adamczyk
30 Linda Rudd, Al Pearce, Tony Bettenhausen Jr.
31 Rodger Brane, Mike Casto, Kip Childress
Born in NOVEMBER:
1 Jay Adamczyk, Joshua Marco, Doug Ingerson, Eric Vance, Larry Flynt
2 Larry Pearson
3 Derrike Cope, Tony Gibson, Bryan Mullett, Steve O'Donnell, Greg Sacks
4 Jason Bowles, Charley Pressley, Destinee Zastrow, Boone Stutz
5 Elton Sawyer Jr., Doug George
6 Bryan Reffner, Clay Rogers. Rodney Orr
7 Judy Allison, Gilbert "Pops" Gentle, Andy Houston, Dick May, Matthew Bodine, Lindsay Czarniak
8 Jason Burdett, Ed Berrier, Jim Inglebright, Teri MacDonald, John Bisci, Donny Lia, Ingrid Vandebosch, Joey Elliott
9 Rick Carelli, Nancy Sterling, Bill Kimm, John Holman, Ed Otto
10 U.S. Marines , Britt Goodrich
11 Mike Hembree, Barry Bodine, Chris Horn, Rob Morgan, Loni Richardson
12 Ryan Buscaglio, Tom Ehret, Wally Dallenbach Sr., Larry Hedrick, Gene Haas
13 Drew Blickensderfer, Karen Friddell, Katie Wallace, Tim Kuhn, Jeff Hallowell
15 Gene Haas, H.B. Bailey, Steve Lane