Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #32-Bobby Labonte, #33-Brian Scott, #34-Moffitt, #95-McDowell.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #-62-Gaughan (46th in owners pts), #26-Burton(44th)
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (6 attempts), #95-McDowell (9)
See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Daytona Entry List
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona
#18-Kyle Busch................................. 96.2
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.9
#41-Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
#20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.9
#24-Jeff Gordon................................ 88.0
#48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.9
#11-Denny Hamlin............................. 87.7
#14-Tony Stewart............................... 86.6
#22-Joey Logano.............................. 85.8
#15-Clint Bowyer............................... 84.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)
Ducks Unlimited scheme for Stewart at Daytona: Tony Stewart returns to Daytona for his 34th Sprint Cup start at Daytona International Speedway with Ducks Unlimited on the quarterpanels of his signature #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing. As it has since 2013, Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats, will share the orange-and-black #14 Chevy with Bass Pro Shops during the Coke Zero 400. Since 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across North America. Winning at Daytona is a real feather in Stewart's cap. He is the only active Sprint Cup driver to win back-to-back Coke Zero 400 wins, and augmenting his four wins are seven top-threes, nine top-fives and 14 top-10s in 33 starts at Daytona.(SHR), see an image of the scheme on the #14 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
NBC Sports NASCAR Launch by the Numbers: NBC Sports Group's multiplatform coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing is gearing up in a big way over 4th of July weekend. Coverage begins Saturday, July 4th, at 7:00pm/et with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on NBCSN. On Sunday evening, NBC presents the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7:00pm/et. The events wave the green flag over NBC Sports Group's 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR's championship run, and NBC Sports' production team in Daytona will employ a crew of more than 195 personnel, 70 cameras, and a wide collection of other tools to deliver the action.
Listed below are some key metrics surrounding NBC Sports Group's upcoming NASCAR coverage:
1 Helicopter providing aerial footage
2 Open-air infield set locations for NBC Sports' pre- and post-race coverage
3 Daytona 500 victories captured by pre-race analyst Dale Jarrett
5 Trucks that comprise "Peacock One," NBC Sports' state-of-the-art, mobile production unit group, designed in partnership with Game Creek Video
12 Members of NBC Sports NASCAR on-air broadcast team on site at Daytona
16 Race Analyst Steve Letarte's age when he took a job sweeping the floors at Hendrick Motorsports
18 Robotic cameras, some with high speed heads capable of tracking cars topping 200 MPH
19 NASCAR XFINITY Series slated to air on NBC and NBCSN this season
20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NBC(7) and NBCSN(13) this season
21 Number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races won by race analyst Jeff Burton
23 HDK 4300 cameras with 4K capabilities
24 On-board cameras imbedded within Sprint Cup Series cars
70 Total cameras on site including: in-car, robotic, hard, hand-held, studio, jib, SSM, booth, beauty, pit, aerial, and grass cameras
80 NBC Sports microphones placed throughout Daytona International Speedway
195 NBC Sports Group personnel on-site in Daytona.
250+ NASCAR AMERICA shows on NBCSN since the weekday news and highlights program's debut after the 2014 Daytona 500.
150,000 Feet of fiber cable (more than 28 miles), surrounding Daytona International Speedway.(NBC Sports)(7-1-2015)
Jeff Gordon to be honored in New York UPDATE: Jeff Gordon is scheduled to be inducted into the Ride of Fame this coming Tuesday, June 30th in New York City at Pier #78. This event starts at 2:00pm/et and is open to the public. More info at rideoffame.com.(6-29-2015)
UPDATE Jeff Gordon was inducted into the Ride of Fame on Tuesday, June 30th in New York City. The Ride of Fame is a mobile monument honoring celebrities showcasing NYC. See images at Ride of Fame Facebook page.(7-1-2015)
Chevy becomes Founding Partner of Daytona Rising: International Speedway Corporation and Chevrolet announced a multi-year partnership that will make Chevrolet a Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its Daytona Rising redevelopment project. The historic $400 million Daytona Rising project, encompassing the Speedway's nearly one-mile long frontstretch, will be complete by January 2016. Beginning in 2016, the multi-year agreement will provide Chevrolet with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry includes over 20,000 square feet of Chevrolet new vehicle displays and a fan engagement experience that vertically spans four concourse levels. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Chevrolet will also have branding rights for one of the "neighborhoods" located near its injector. Each football field-sized neighborhood will be located throughout the new frontstretch and feature retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens. Additionally, Chevrolet will serve as an official partner of the Daytona 500, and receive official pace car rights in select years. In addition to the Founding Partner status with Daytona Rising, Chevrolet extended its pace car rights at several ISC facilities including Darlington Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway and Watkins Glen International for various NASCAR and IMSA events. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS / Team Chevy)(7-1-2015)
Truex Jr.'s #78 car to carry special logo at Daytona: Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Furniture Row Chevy will carry a special logo as part of NASCAR's Salute to Veterans at Daytona. The logo that will appear on the lower quarter panels of the #78 Chevy will be Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, who participated in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the War on Terror. For their distinguished service as allies of the United States, the Borinqueneers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Barack Obama on June 14, 2014. "It is our honor to celebrate the heroic contributions of our friends from Puerto Rico for their acts of bravery and fight to preserve democracy," said Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser, a U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam. "To receive the Congressional Gold Medal demonstrates the highest standard of heroism and patriotism that the Borinqueneers have exemplified throughout the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment."(FRR). See an image of the logo on the car on the #78 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
Tommy Baldwin Racing re-signs Bowman UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised its option on Alex Bowman. Bowman, 22, joined TBR at the start of the 2015 season. The driver of the #7 Nikko/Golden Corral Chevy is one of NASCAR's rising stars. "Obviously, we have a lot of good things going on for the future," said team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "We picked up his option last week. We're real excited about what we have going on with TBR right now. We figured if we got Alex locked down and then we can work on all the necessary tools to keep climbing up the ladder."(Motorsport)(6-28-2015)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised their option to keep Alex Bowman in the #7 Chevy for the 2016 season. "We've got some great things happening right now and the most important part of all our plans was signing Alex as early as possible," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Now we can continue to focus on the rest of the parts and pieces needed to continue our forward progress."
"I'm excited for all the things Tommy and the team have in the works and knowing that I will be a part of that for the next year is a good feeling," said Bowman. "This has been a good year for us and I am confident in what we can continue to do this season and next."(TBR)
AND the team will have Advance Auto Parts as the the sponsor on the #7 Chevy at Kentucky. See an image of the car on the #7 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
Special DeWalt scheme for Kenseth at Daytona: DeWalt, a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, hand tools, and accessories, announces the expansion of its initiative to make products in the USA. With this expansion, an additional 60 corded and cordless power tools are being made domestically with global materials. The expansion brings the total number of DEWALT plants in the USA to seven, where they will produce approximately 14 million products each year. The #20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth will feature a special paint scheme this weekend at Daytona celebrating the initiative.(JGR), see an image of the car on the #20 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
Kyle Larson visits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevy for Chip Ganassi Racing, visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 30, in advance of the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. Larson drove media around the famed 2.5-mile oval in a 1994 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Pace Car from the inaugural Brickyard 400, then visited the Hall of Fame Museum for a tour with IMS historian Donald Davidson and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, also of Chip Ganassi Racing.(IMS)(7-1-2015)
NASCAR is considering more road courses for Sprint Cup: While there's no timetable as to when fans will see a new circuit on the schedule, the possibility is on NASCAR's radar. Sunday's event at Sonoma Raceway was further proof that NASCAR's best racing is currently on road courses. But the question remains, if road courses provide some of the best venues for stock car racing why hasn't NASCAR added more to the schedule or even considered a circuit for the Chase to the Sprint Cup? "It is something that is being considered maybe more so for a longer term basis," NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday. "Obviously, the schedule is full at this point but we've really evolved and when you look at the road course action, it's almost on par with short tracks. These cars at the end of a race really look like they've been beat up and guys are getting out there and really getting after it to where I think we're putting on the best road racing in the world. It used to be where you used to bring in three to four ringers and they would finish in the top 10. Now our guys are consistently finishing up front and have proven to be the best in the world. So we really like the progress that's been made. It's certainly exciting. We share in the fans' excitement, for sure. But the teams also like the ability to have those two opportunities to win a race and achieve that spot in the Chase." O'Donnell would not put a timeline on when fans could expect a road course race in the Chase or an additional circuit on the schedule. While he acknowledge there had been "general dialogue" with Sonoma Raceway regarding the possibility of moving the Toyota/Save Mart 350 into the playoffs, O'Donnell added that the current date for the race is "really a home run for the series". Plus, track president Steve Page has been adamant that he doesn't wish to go up against the NFL. "It's really a balance for us," O'Donnell reiterated. "But it's something that we're looking at." As for expanding the 36-race schedule O'Donnell says the current number "is right for the series at this point".(Motorsport)(7-1-2015)
Daytona to offer Confederate flag exchange: Daytona International Speedway will implement a voluntary flag exchange program this weekend for any fans flying a Confederate flag during the track's traditional Independence Day race weekend. DIS President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday that because fans had purchased tickets, he would not change the flag policy for this weekend so close to the event. He said the track will offer United States flags in exchange for Confederate flags. "We want to be inclusive to everyone, and the last thing you want is for anyone to come to a sporting event and really not enjoy that experience because of symbols that really represent things we're not proud of," Chitwood told reporters after a news conference to announce a new track sponsor. "For us, we're celebrating the American flag this weekend. It's our nation's birthday. ... Going forward, we'll really have to look at where that other flag goes because it doesn't have a place in our sport and we've got to take a thoughtful process on how we get to that place."(ESPN)(6-30-2015)
Sonoma TV Ratings: NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Sonoma, CA, earned a 2.4 overnight rating [3,723 million viewers] on FoxSports1 Sunday afternoon, down 8% from last year (2.6) and down 20% from 2013 (3.0), both on TNT. The 8% decline is the smallest of the season for a Sprint Cup race on the network, with each of the other five down by at least 18%. The 2.4 overnight is also the second-highest of the season on FS1, trailing only coverage from Martinsville in March (2.5). The network's four other races drew overnights of 2.3 (Dover and Pocono), 2.0 (Michigan) and 1.5 (Kansas). Sunday's race had the second-highest overnight for any sporting event over the weekend, trailing only Friday's USA/China FIFA Women's World Cup match on FOX (4.2). It edged competing coverage of the PGA Tour on CBS (2.3).(Sports Media Watch / Show Biz Daily)
See race-by-race ratings, five-year chart and more on the 2015 TV Ratings page.(6-30-2015)
NASCAR reviewing Sonoma pit road incident, Jeff Gordon penalty: NASCAR is examining a pit road incident involving a safety vehicle and #83-Matt DiBenedetto and will review a rule after this season that penalized #24-Jeff Gordon at Sonoma Raceway, a series official told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday morning. DiBenedetto spun when he tried to turn into his pit stall during Sunday's race and was clipped by a safety vehicle. "An unfortunate incident,'' Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "A lot of traffic on pit road. The vacuum truck and the safety vehicle were coming down. We told them to stay straight and maintain their pace at that point, that the teams were pitting behind them. Matt came across to go ahead and pit and was clipped by the safety vehicle. That's something we never want to see happen. Obviously, we put a lot of training into every event. I've not seen that in my time in NASCAR. We're reviewing that to make sure that never happens again.''
NASCAR penalized Gordon's team in Sunday's race for throwing a spring rubber over the pit wall. That sent him to the back of the line for a restart. Teams are not allowed to toss equipment from the pit stall over the pit wall. "We made the call with throwing any type of equipment,'' O'Donnell said. "That's a call we've made this year. That may be something that we review at the end of the year in terms of if that is the right call. It's difficult to say ... what exactly was thrown back over the wall. That's something we're going to look at for '16.''(NBC Sports)(6-30-2015)
Rainbow colors returns for Jeff Gordon: At long last, thanks to Axalta, Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy will once again sport the iconic rainbow paint scheme. Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Gordon broke the news, unveiling the Axalta Chevrolet SS in New York. Gordon will race the special Axalta car at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. To celebrate the scheme's return, let's take a look at the rainbow Chevy - which Gordon drove from his very first start in 1992 through the 2000 season -- by the numbers.
1: Rookie of the Year trophy
1: All-Star Race victory
3: Cup Series championships
17: Different tracks where Gordon earned at least one win in the rainbow scheme
33: Pole positions earned
52: Trips to Victory Lane
129: Top-five finishes
166: Top-10s recorded
10,708: Total laps led
1,000,000: Dollars earned for winning the Daytona 500, Charlotte 600 and Southern 500 in 1997.
Leavine Family Racing hopes to be back in shop soon: The Leavine Family Racing team (LFR), which campaigns the #95 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, expects to move back to their Concord, NC shop after the Kentucky race on July 11, according to driver Michael McDowell. "We are still working out of Team Penske right now," said McDowell. "We probably will for at least the next two or three weeks. But we're getting closer to being able to move back into our shop. It won't be like how it was. We lost a good portion of the shop that's gonna take months and months to rebuild, but we have enough space up front to operate out of our shop again. Our plan is to move back in after Kentucky. It's been a mess and Wally Rogers and all the guys have been working hard on that, too. And I'd say that's where it's affected us the most it's just been a distraction. It's taking a lot of our key people out of working on race cars and trying to get us back into a shop."(Lastcar)(6-30-2015)
New TV show being developed based on NASCAR: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have joined forces in a deal with NASCAR to develop a scripted television drama based on the legendary racing world. The series will weave exciting dramatic stories within the backdrop of this beloved sports franchise. "We have wanted to develop an original, scripted drama inside our sport for some time, but have been waiting to find the right partner," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "Mark and Roma are two of the biggest, most well-respected names in Hollywood. They share our vision for this project and we are very excited to collaborate with them on the show."
"From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world. The teams, the drivers, the fans, it's an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American," said executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. "Now to be able to partner with NASCAR, Brian France and Zane Stoddard is a dream come true." Burnett and Downey will serve as executive producers of the NASCAR series, along with Zane Stoddard.(NASCAR)(6-30-2015)
Blake Shelton perform song for NBC Sports Sprint Cup Series Theme: NBC Sports Group tapped country music superstar Blake Shelton to perform his hit "Bringing Back the Sunshine," within the opening theme of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage this season on NBC and NBCSN. Shelton, a judge on NBC's The Voice, makes his NASCAR on NBC debut on Sunday, July 5th at 7:00pm/et, prior to coverage of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Marking a first for any NBC Sports open, the complete number is available for view prior to its network television debut via the NASCARonNBC Facebook and Twitter accounts. The opening theme package will be updated throughout the remainder of the season with fresh faces, updated footage of action on the track and scenic visuals of NASCAR's storied venues, getting viewers geared up for NASCAR Sprint Cup action. Shelton and NBC Sports' production team traveled to several NASCAR venues earlier this season to produce the open, interacting with many NASCAR drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and more.(NBC Sports)(6-30-2015)
Skinner Breaks His Own Record at Goodwood Festival of Speed: Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner was back to his winning ways on Sunday as he broke his own record time for the NASCAR class of competition at the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed. After damaging his primary truck on Saturday afternoon, Skinner entered the final round of competition driving the 10th Toyota Tundra racecar ever built. He paced the race against the clock for the NASCAR division to beat the record time he set in 2014 by more than half-a-second and was identified as the "Driver Of The Day" at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, making for a storybook ending for the American NASCAR driver on his birthday.(PR)(6-30-2015)
Fifth Third Bank named Official Bank of Daytona International Speedway: Daytona International Speedway announced that Fifth Third Bank, a diversified financial services company, will become the official bank of the "World Center of Racing" and will integrate its ATMs into the redeveloped Speedway beginning in 2016. Additionally, Fifth Third Bank will serve as an official partner of the DAYTONA 500 and the Coke Zero 400. Effective immediately, the multi-year agreement will also provide Fifth Third Bank with fan engagement and corporate hospitality opportunities at the Speedway, as well as the ability to use Daytona International Speedway and its races' marks and logos in Fifth Third Bank promotions. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(6-30-2015)
Sad News - Joan Farmer: Joan "Gram" Farmer passed away June 28, 2015. She was 84 years old. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles "Red" Farmer. International Motorsports Hall of Fame member Red Farmer is a former NASCAR driver who still competes at the Talladega Short Track. Farmer, an Alabama Gang original, recently had shoulder surgery and is recovering. Farmer raced in 26 Sprint Cup Series races with two 4th place finishes as his best. See full obit and services info at al.com.(6-30-2015)
NASCAR talking with owners about long-term equity in sport: NASCAR and team owners have had discussions on ways that teams can have more long-term value. Whether that is through franchising or NASCAR offering a select number of licenses that guarantee starting spots remains to be determined. Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman, who heads the Race Team Alliance business coalition of team owners, wouldn't go into details of the discussions the owners have had with NASCAR. Asked Sunday about possible 2016 franchise or license models, Kauffman said, "What I can say is both NASCAR and the teams recognize that the teams building up some kind of long-term equity for participating in the sport, year in and year out and putting on the show, is a good thing. You look at a lot of other sports around the world, and that's how they work. "So the question is can you come up with some model within the framework of NASCAR that makes sense for everybody. It's a very sensible concept. The hard part is the details. So we're having productive discussions to see if we can figure out how to do it. It's an ongoing project."(in part from ESPN.com)(6-29-2015)
Sonoma Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350(k): For those of you 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 3:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 6:28 PM (all times are EST). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. FS1 was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 105
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 52
Number of times FS1 utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 0
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 54
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 3 min. 15 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 3:00 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:28 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 208
Minutes of race broadcast: 161
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 47
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
Total race brdcst time 161 Total comm. brdcst time 47
See full reports, sponsor links, much more details at CawsnJaws.com.(6-29-2015)
Goodyear explains early unusual tire wear at Sonoma: Tire issues affecting at least four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams during Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 were the result of the soft compound and harsh race conditions, according to Goodyear. The teams of #1-McMurray, #78-Truex Jr., #24-Gordon and #48-Johnson saw unusual tire wear after early pit stops in the 110-lap race. According to a Goodyear spokesperson, the tire being used for Sunday's race was on the softest end of the range of compounds. Compared to what was used previously at Sonoma, this tire featured increased thickness for improved wear, however some tires were showing signs of tearing. Individual set-ups by the teams were not considered factors in the unusual wear.(NASCAR.com)(6-29-2015)
NASCAR tower now controls pit-road entrance light: NASCAR officials in race control will now be in control of the indicator light at the entrance to pit road which began with Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway. The light and flags, previously both controlled by a NASCAR official at the opening of pit road, indicate whether pit road is open or closed at various points during a race. An issue with that system last weekend at Chicago during an NASCAR XFINITY Series event resulted in 19 drivers pitting under caution before pit road was officially open - because most had heard on the radio officials in the tower announce pit road was open. The change is for all three national series - Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.(NASCAR.com)(6-29-2015)
Brothers with the most Sprint Cup wins [each won at least one Sprint Cup race]
94 - Allison: Bobby (84), Donnie (10)
88 - Waltrip: Darrell (84), Michael (4)* [both Daytona 500 Champs]
62 - Flock: Tim (39), Fonty (19) Bob (4)
56 - Busch: Kyle (30)*, Kurt (27)*
49 - Thomas: Herb (48), Donald (1)
43 - Labonte: Terry (22), Bobby (21)* [both Series Champs]
26 - Burton: Jeff (21), Ward (5)
22 - Parsons: Benny (21), Phil (1)
19 - Bodine: Geoff (18), Brett (1)
[Petty Note: Richard won 200, Maurice won 0, only count on this list if BOTH brothers have won]
* active drivers (6-29-2015)
Brother's Back-to-back wins: With #18-Kyle Busch's win at Sonoma on June 28, 2015 and #41-Kurt Busch's win the race before at Michigan, the Busch brothers have now won back-to-back races seven times, the most by any brother duo in NASCAR history:
Kurt, Kyle Busch - 7
Tim, Fonty Flock - 3
Bobby, Donnie Allison - 2
Tim and Bob Flock - 2
Bobby, Terry Labonte - 2
Brett, Geoff Bodine - 1
Bob, Fonty Flock - 1
Donald, Herb Thomas - 1.(6-28-2015)
Genesee Revs Up with Go Green Racing's #32 at Watkins Glen: Genesee Brewing Co. announced that it will be the primary sponsor for Go Green Racing's #32 Ford Fusion driven by racing legend Boris Said at Watkins Glen this August. Genesee will sponsor the team for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkin's Glen on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Watkin's Glen International is one of only two road racing tracks in the country that hosts a Sprint Cup Series race. According to Matt Goldman, channel marketing manager for Genesee, the beer company is thrilled to be a primary sponsor at The Glen for the fourth consecutive year. "We're excited to bring Genesee back to the Glen with a racing legend like Boris Said. Genesee has enjoyed incredible popularity among NASCAR fans, so we welcome the chance to connect with them once again this summer. " The #32 Ford Fusion's paint scheme reflects Genesee's new heritage-inspired packaging that recently rolled out across its family of products. The 137-year-old brewing company is New York State's oldest brewery. Its long history of quality beer holds a special place in the hearts of its passionate fans. "Genesee fans bring such enthusiasm and fun to race weekend," said Boris. "We hope local fans will come out to cheer us on and watch us race. The new Genesee packaging inspired this year's paint and it's never looked better!" Team owner Archie St. Hilaire said, "Go Green Racing really enjoys working with local partners on these Sprint Cup Races, and we are excited to do the same with Genesee this August at Watkins Glen." Genesee and NASCAR fans who would like to win the chance to be an honorary member of the Genesee Racing Team Pit Crew at the Glen can enter a sweepstakes through July 20, 2015.(Go Green Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #32 Team Schemes page.(6-29-2015)
#4 Crew Chief Childers awarded the 'The Byrnsie Award": To honor longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, the NASCAR on FOX crew has developed 'The Byrnsie Award." In honor of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, whose nickname was 'Byrnsie,' the award was established to celebrate an individual in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series who embodies principles Byrnes portrayed daily in his personal and professional life -- preparation, teamwork and family within the garage area. Childers was voted the recipient by Byrnes' colleagues on the FOX NASCAR broadcast team, of which he was a member since the first race broadcast in February 2001. Byrnes passed away in April following a courageous battle with cancer.
"The Byrnsie Award" was voted on by FOX NASCAR broadcasters, and introduced on Sunday's "NASCAR RaceDay" pre-race show by Byrnes' son, Bryson. "I'm very honored that my dad could have his very own award named after him," Bryson said in announcing Childers as recipient of The Byrnsie Award. "I'm very excited to announce that the winner of the first-ever Byrnsie Award goes to Rodney Childers. Rodney is the crew chief for Kevin Harvick, and so far this season, he's already led him to two victories and 10 top-five finishes. But he's also a great family man. So I'd like to congratulate Rodney, and I think my dad is very proud of you right now." Larry McReynolds presented the inaugural award to Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers for his success both atop the pit box and as a father. "It's incredible to hold this (trophy) and to think about Steve and his family and how much he meant to this community and everybody here at the race track," Childers told McReynolds after receiving the trophy. "For somebody to say anything like this to me is incredible, so I appreciate this and everybody at FOX ... a great honor."(FoxSports)(6-29-2015)
Sad News - Herb Adcox: Herbert Grant Adcox, 86, a prominent business owner and resident of Chattanooga, TN, died on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in a local hospital. Adcox operated car dealerships from 1949 until 2003. He served on the board of the National Automotive Dealers Association. Adcox also owned a NASCAR Sprint Cup team, fielding a car for 62 races from 1961 to 1989, mainly for his son, the late Grant Adcox, with a best finish of 5th in 1978 at Talladega.(full obituary at the Chattanoogan)(6-29-2015)
Kyle Busch wins at Sonoma: #18-Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Sonoma, 4th road course win and 30th career win. It is crew chief Adam Stevens' first Sprint Series win as a crew chief.
#41-Busch finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #31-Newman and #9-Hornish Jr.
#48-Johnson led late in the race when the caution came out for #13-Mears broken axle. Most of the leaders pitted but Johnson stayed out. After the restart, #18-Busch started 7th, passing five cars before catching Johnson on lap 106 to take the lead and held off his brother, #41-Busch to win the race. Johnson finished 6th. It was the first time then Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in their Sprint Cup Series careers.
Pole winner #47-Allmendinger led 1 lap and ran up front most of the day until having fuel problems on lap 60. Allmendinger's team made repairs and he came back out to finish 37th, 12 laps off the pace.
Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 53 points over #78-Truex Jr. who finished 42nd after an early wreck.
#18-Busch now has 125 points and is 37rth in drivers points. To get in the Chase, he needs to be in the top 30.
Busch is 136 points out of 30th and needs around a 14th average finish to crack the top 30 in the 10 races before the Chase.
There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 74.774mph.
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).(6-28-2015)
Truex Jr. comments on wreck at Sonoma: #78-Martin Truex Jr. was involved in an on-track accident on lap 29, when he got together with #55-David Ragan in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Truex Jr.'s comments:
Q) YOU JUST MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE THE CAR BETTER. WHAT HAPPENED?
Truex Jr.: "We were going to be okay. It's just a product of restarts here. When you are in mid-pack, it's not a good place to be. It's just really congested. We were a lot faster than a couple of guys around us. You're trying not to get run over. You've got to make moves. Every time I passed the No. 55 (David Ragan), he would just stay on the side of me and not give me three or four inches to get clear, so we can all kind of get going. After the fourth time of doing that, it's just, we both ran out of room and I guess he turned me on purpose. I ran into the side of him first, so I kind of had it coming. But that was an accident. I thought I gave him enough room there, coming out of the esses, and I felt like he probably just turned me on purpose where it happened and how it happened. But, it's just a product of the racing here and we'll go on and do our thing."
Q) HOW DID THAT DEVELOP?
Truex Jr.: "Just a Sonoma restart, mid-pack, just a lot of congestion. Cars being desperate trying to get some track position. We were just kind of in the wrong place at the wrong time. I kind of had the No. 55 (David Ragan) passed about four times and every time he just didn't really give an inch. I hit him down there in Turn 7 on accident and kind of doored him and I think he got pissed off and turned me on purpose. It's just unfortunate that happened, but that is part of the restarts here and part of the craziness that happens. You have to be up front. We had a decent car. We made some adjustments there and felt like it made a big improvement just didn't get to show it."
Q) WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?
Truex Jr.: "We got wrecked bottom line. Definitely a tough day. I felt like we had a decent car all weekend. We were off a little bit that first run, made some adjustments, felt like it helped. When you start around 20th on those restarts it is just a recipe for disaster. I was trying to be aggressive, made some moves. I had a couple of cars passed and then the lane I was in jammed up and the guys I had passed got back by me. You just get frustrated, you lose patience and I got into the No. 55 (David Ragan) doors a little bit in Turn 7 and I guess he didn't like it and he figured he would just dump me. He probably has one coming, but other than that it's just part of the restart deal. I hate that I got my guys car tore up."
Q) HOW AGGRESSIVE HAS THIS RACE BEEN FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE?
Truex Jr.: "It was fine in the beginning. I started in a decent position. I didn't make contact with anyone. Got passed a few times, passed a few guys and you get back there in the 20's and some of those guys' heads come unscrewed. It is just the way it works here."(Team Chevy)(6-28-2015)
Gilliland comments on hitting tire barrier: #38-David Gilliland was involved in an on-track accident on lap 20 when he lost a tire and slammed into the tire barrier in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Gilliland's comments:
"That was a bad deal. I just passed Sam Hornish up in seven and went through the esses and I just told Donnie, 'I think I've got a left-front going down. It's soft.' We were gonna come in and pit that lap and I eased up a little bit going through 10, but it never turned and once you get off in the dirt there that's a bad place to get off. It was a big hit, but I'm OK. I'm just bummed out for the situation. This is a great race track. We really love racing out here and I've had some great finishes here, but we'll have to wait until next year to try again."
Q) WERE YOU HAPPY TO SEE THOSE TIRES SITTING THERE IN FRONT OF THE WALL?
Gilliland: "Yeah, absolutely. Who knows if it would have been just the concrete. That definitely softened the blow a little bit."(Ford Racing)(6-28-2015)
No second team for Furniture Row in 2016: Furniture Row Racing currently fields only the #78 Chevy of driver Martin Truex Jr. Speaking Saturday at Sonoma Raceway, Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone indicated there's no rush to add a second team and that the earliest the Denver, Colorado-based organization would likely expand is 2017. "It's still not a priority for us," Garone said. "It kind of falls in getting sponsorship. So while we're working on getting additional sponsorship for the 78 car, we're also working on a second team, but it's really, in priorities, it's funding for the 78, support funding for the 78 and then a second program. So it's not a huge priority right now, especially with the way the 78 has performed this year, and then being in the Chase, we want to keep 100 percent focused on what's ahead of us here. We don't have to have a second team. I think long-term we certainly do, but it's got to come in the right steps." Garone revealed that the addition of a second team could even be three years away. "To add a second team looking at right now, it would be a '17 or an '18 deal, not a '16 deal, absolutely," he said. "It all depends on funding. If a Wells Fargo truck pulled up and dropped enough money, you could probably do it because you could overpower some of the challenges with money, with resources. But that isn't going to happen, so we've got to just lay it out ahead at least a year." As for re-signing Truex, who is in the second-year of a two-year contract with the organization, Garone corroborated his driver's comments from earlier this month that he expects to come to terms with the team on a new deal. "We're starting to get a little bit serious about it," Garone said. "We both have certainly said to each other, 'We want to race together and continue racing,' but we haven't actually sat down and said, 'What's it look like?' There's a timeline for that, and everything's going to be fine. We'll just take it as it comes. Again, we're trying to keep our focus on what we're doing week to week."(FoxSports)(6-28-2015)
Ty Dillon could break into Cup with another team: Speaking earlier this month about a possible move to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon said, "We're 100% focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR." Dillon's team owner and grandfather, Richard Childress, doesn't seem totally settled on that plan, however. Childress told FOXSports.com on Saturday at Sonona Raceway that his youngest grandson could move up next year -- but possibly do so with another organization. Any plans for Dillon to go Sprint Cup racing next year likely won't be announced in July, Childress also indicated at Sonoma. "We're going to wait and see a couple of months, anyway," he said. "We're working on some things and we've got another team already put together -- the fourth (RCR) team -- and he may even someday ... it's no telling where he'll end up, because he's got some people that's been pretty interested in him, so we'll see how it goes. Right now we're working on, if the right sponsorship comes along, and we're going to watch him a little more the rest of this year to see how he progresses. I just don't want to move either one of them too soon. And you've got to wait. When the opportunity's there, you've got to take your opportunity."(FoxSports)(6-28-2015)
Transmission Changed for the #88: After Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 20th in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series time trials, the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team opted to change the transmission for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. Earnhardt said his Chevrolet got stuck in second gear in Turn 11 as he was coming to green for his second qualifying run. Under road course rules, Earnhardt can keep his starting spot and will not have to drop to the rear for the green flag on Sunday.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-28-2015)
Gordon's daughter wants to be the next Danica: At a question-and-answer session attended by about 1,000 fans Saturday morning, #24-Jeff Gordon was asked how his children were reacting to his impending retirement. Daughter Ella, 8, "is afraid her dad is not going to be famous anymore, which in turn means she's not going to be famous,'' he said. On the other hand, he said, "She wants to be the next Danica Patrick.'' When a fan said he hadn't seen Gordon win in person in many years, Gordon drew cheers when he said, "That's going to change this weekend.''(San Francisco Chronicle)(6-28-2015)
NASCAR chairman Brian France wants Confederate flag eliminated at races: Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the series will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events. "We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag," France told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I personally find it an offensive symbol, so there is no daylight how we feel about it, and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way. Obviously, we have our roots in the South, there are events in the South, it's part of our history like it is for the country. But it needs to be just that, part of our history. It isn't part of our future. We want everybody in this country to be a NASCAR fan, and you can't do that by being insensitive in any one area."(full article at the Associated Press)(6-27-2015)
Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon comment on the Confederate flag issue: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #24-Jeff Gordon met with media and discussed many issues, including thoughts about the Confederate flag, the transcripts in part:
Q) WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE STATEMENT NASCAR ISSUED THIS WEEK ON THE CONFEDERATE FLAG?
Earnhardt Jr. "I've made my comments on the Confederate Flag several times and I stand behind NASCAR's stance to remove it. I think it is offensive to an entire race. It really does nothing for anybody to be there, flying. It belongs in the history books and that's about it."(Team Chevy)
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO NASCAR'S STATEMENT THIS WEEK REGARDING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG?
Gordon: "As far as the confederate flag I think that... I know how we approach it at Hendrick Motorsports and that is everything that we can control. We have eliminated the ability to use it in anyway or it show up in any of the things that we are involved with. I think that is the stance I see that NASCAR has taken and have had that stance for several years. To me I'm in support of what they are doing. It's a delicate balance. We race all over, but the South is an area where we have a lot of fans. Everyone has different opinions and expression of that. I support NASCAR and the stance that they are taking."(Team Chevy)(6-27-2015)
Richard Petty drives 1970 Superbird at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) crossed the country to the Sonoma Raceway this week, RPM Co-Owner Richard Petty crossed "The Pond" to participate in his third Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. "The King" Richard Petty was invited back by Lord March to participate again at the annual Festival that attracts over 100,000 motorsports enthusiasts. When Petty arrived, he had awaiting one of his most iconic drives, his Petty Blue #43 1970 Plymouth Superbird. "This is a car that helped bring NASCAR into a new era of racing," said Petty. "This was the first 'race car' and not a 'stock car'. It looked like a rocket ship and had this big wing......that was my reaction when I first saw it from Plymouth. It introduced aerodynamics to the sport and just advanced the sport at that time. It was really ahead of its time back in the early 70's." Petty climbed behind the wheel of this famous #43 on Friday morning in England and drove the car during the Festival's Hill Climb. Petty then greeted legions of fans as he continues to prove to be one of the world's most popular figures in sports. "It was a lot of fun to get back behind the wheel, but I wasn't looking to win any race," commented Petty after the climb. "I wanted people to see the car and appreciate it. We had a lot of people waving and smiling, so I think they had as much fun as I did."
"You know, they asked us to bring this car over," continued Petty when asked why the Superbird. "We came last year and had the '67 Belvedere, the car we won a bunch of races with. In 2000, our first year we came, we had the '72 Dodge Charger, but the Superbird was what they wanted. It's just 'iconic' and probably what a lot of people recognize. The younger generation come up to me and say, 'Hey, that's the car that was in the movie, Cars.' So, it's a pretty popular car for us and it's neat to see all the excitement around it." Petty will stay in England throughout the weekend, but is unsure if he will be back behind the wheel. "I really want to give the chance for some of these other guys here to drive it if they want," said Petty. "We will see, but we're going to have fun and take it all in. I really enjoy it." Petty will return home early next week before heading to Daytona for his 78th birthday on July 2 and to attend the race where the #43 team and Aric Almirola will defend their win from last year.(RPM, and see the video)(6-27-2015)
Golden Corral Returns to TBR's #7: For the first time, Golden Corral will sponsor back-to-back race weekends for the #7 team. Appearing on the car this weekend at Sonoma, Golden Corral also heads to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway next week. Before heading west, Alex Bowman and Tommy Baldwin made a stop in Chicago for the next Go Baby Go clinic with sponsor Toy State. Building cars for children with mobility-based disabilities, Bowman and Baldwin made a stop in the Windy City to lend their hands to the build.(TBR), see images of the car/scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(6-26-2015)
Stewart-Haas working on new sponsor/contract for Patrick: Facing two hurdles to navigate with Danica Patrick's #10 Chevy - finding a new primary sponsor and extending the driver's contract - Stewart-Haas Racing is optimistic about completing both concurrently. "It's a huge focus of ours on a daily basis," SHR executive vice president Brett Frood told NBC Sports in a Wednesday interview. "We have a team working on it. From a timing standpoint, we'd like to have something done by the end of the summer in unison with her and a partner and feel confident we'll be able to get that done." GoDaddy announced in April that it would end its longtime sponsorship of Patrick's cars after the 2015 season (likely remaining in a personal services deal with the driver). Patrick, who is in her third full-time season of Sprint Cup, also is in the final year of her deal at SHR, which she joined in 2012 in moving full time from IndyCar to NASCAR. Frood said SHR had been "engaged in several conversations" with prospective sponsors. "We feel very good where we are on that diligence and on that targeting," he said. It's unlikely, though, that either deal would be done independently. NASCAR contracts with drivers and sponsors tend to coincide in terms of at least three years. During a news conference last month, Patrick said her agent and advisers were working with the SHR marketing department to align with a new brand.(NBC Sports)(6-25-2015)
Todd Parrott to crew chief #33 team: Sources tell motorsport.com that Todd Parrott will take over the duties on the #33 Sprint Cup team [when RCR runs the car, Pat Tryson is the crew chief when Circle Sport runs the #33] starting next week at Daytona International Raceway. Brian Scott, who is competing for Richard Childress Racing full-time in the XFINITY Series and is currently seventh in the point standings, will drive the car. Parrott spent last weekend at Chicago [XFINITY race] getting acquainted with Scott. Parrott takes over as crew chief for Slugger Labbe, who left the #33 team to oversee the #3 Cup car and driver Austin Dillon. Gil Martin started the season with the #3 team but has since been reassigned to RCR's R&D department. Most recently, Parrott was subbing for Luke Lambert and driver Ryan Newman during the suspension of the #31 team's crew chief (Motorsport). Circle Sport shares the #33 team with RCR. Brian Scott and Ty Dillon run the car for RCR. Alex Kennedy runs the car for Circle Sport.(6-25-2015)
Daytona International Speedway
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Friday, July 3, 2015, 6:30 pm/et
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1 Mario 'the Gonz' Monzo, Ryan Mathews, David Caraviello, Shannon McGlamery
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