Entry List for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Joey Gase, #33-TBA, #37-Bliss, #66-Mike Wallace, #83-Kvapil, #95-McDowell.
Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Kansas Entry List
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 117.4 (CH)
#20-Matt Kenseth 107.4 (CH)
#16-Greg Biffle 104.7
#24-Jeff Gordon 101.1 (CH)
#4-Kevin Harvick 99.1 (CH)
#14-Tony Stewart 97.3
#99-Carl Edwards 97.1 (CH)
#5-Kasey Kahne 93.0 (CH)
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 91.5 (CH)
#42-Kyle Larson 89.4
(CH) = Chase Driver
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (13 total) among active drivers at Kansas 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)
Dover TV Ratings: ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 28, earned a 2.3 U.S. household rating, averaging 3,786,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. The rating and viewership were down from last year's race, which earned a 2.4 rating and averaged 3,969,000 viewers. Greenville, S.C., was the highest-rated of the nation's 56 metered markets with a 7.1 rating for the race telecast, followed by Greensboro, N.C., at 7.0 and Birmingham, Ala., at 6.1. Indianapolis was fourth at 5.4 with Knoxville, Tenn., fifth at 5.2. Rounding out the top 10 were Nashville, Tenn., 5.0; Richmond, Va., Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando, Fla., tied at 4.9; and Jacksonville, Fla., and Louisville, Ky., tied at 4.6.
ESPN's telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover on Saturday, Sept. 27, had a rise in its rating and viewership over the 2013 race. The telecast earned a 1.2 U.S. rating, up from a 1.1 last year, and averaged 1,859,000 viewers, up from 1,641,000 last year.(ESPN)
See past races for 2014 and 5-year comparison chart on the 2014 NASCAR TV Ratings page.(10-1-2014)
Gordon gets 450th top-10 of career: The victory at Dover was #24-Jeff Gordon's 450th top-10 finish during his 22-year Sprint Cup career. The driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy is third all-time in that statistical category, three behind Mark Martin (453) and 262 behind Richard Petty (712). Gordon has collected a series-best 19 this season. Although Gordon ranks third all-time with 76 career pole positions, Kansas Speedway is one of four tracks where Gordon has yet to win a pole position. Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway are the other venues where Gordon has never won a pole position.(HMS)(10-1-2014)
Mike Ford leaves BK Racing for NNS team: Athenian Motorsports announced veteran NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined the team as the crew chief for the #25 Zaxby's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry with driver John Wes Townley. Mike Ford has more than 20 years in NASCAR and has worked as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief since 2000. In late 2012, he moved to BK Racing as the Director of Competition where he remained until joining Athenian Motorsports. Ford will now lead the #25 Athenian Motorsports team as crew chief for the remainder of 2014 with driver John Wes Townley beginning at Kansas Speedway, October 3, 2014.(Athenian Motorsports)(10-1-2014)
American Ethanol sponsoring Dillon at Kansas: Richard Childress Racing's #3 Chevy of Austin Dillon will sport the black and green colors of American Ethanol this weekend at Kansas Speedway. American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America's farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country. American Ethanol is a breakthrough brand that seeks to expand consumer awareness of the benefits of ethanol and E15, and takes the NASCAR Green initiative to the next level. Since the program launch for the 2011 season, NASCAR drivers have run more than six million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15 (RCR), see images of the car on the #3 Team Schemes page.(10-1-2014)
New sponsor on the #98 at Kansas: Westsidevapor and Vapor Station are sponsoring the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford of Josh Wise at Kansas (Vapor Station Facebook). See an image of the scheme on the #98 Team Schemes page.(10-1-2014)
Bill Elliott sells land for housing project: A developer plans to build 300 upscale single-family homes in Cumming (GA) on 143 acres purchased from NASCAR champion Bill Elliott. SunBelt Atlanta/Cummings I LLC said the $120 million project, the second major project announced for the Forsyth County area in recent weeks, will be off Matt Highway, or State Route 369. Homes will be priced from $350,000 to $500,000. The developer said it closed on the property Friday, spokesman Roland Alonzi told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SunBelt paid Elliott, a NASCAR hall of famer, $4.2 million for the land. SunBelt said it is working with local home builders to construct the homes. The project will get under way in October.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(10-1-2014)
Young Multicultural And Female Drivers Compete For Spot In NASCAR: Twenty multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America will participate in the 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine Oct. 13-15 with hopes of earning a spot in the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing. The NASCAR D4D Combine - being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virgina, for the fourth consecutive year - has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series three-time race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver Daniel Suarez, who recently announced a full-year NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015. Under the leadership of Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing and CEO of U.S. Track & Field, NASCAR D4D has evolved to an academy-style development program which will compete under one umbrella in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). Rev Racing provides drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience throughout the season (NASCAR), see full post on the Driver Development page.(10-1-2014)
Dover International Speedway to install new catch fence for 2015 season: Dover International Speedway officials announced on Monday that the track will install a new catch fence that will be in place for the May 29-31, 2015 NASCAR race weekend. The process of removing the current fence began on Monday, Sept. 29, one day after the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, is scheduled for completion by Jan. 1, 2015. The new fence will be installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit. The project will incorporate the most up-to-date technologies and stand at 21-feet tall, up from its current 15-feet. "Because the track is known as a self-clearing racetrack, with steep banking, we are fortunate to have never had a NASCAR vehicle become airborne and hit the catch fence," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "With that in mind, our current fence served us well. But as with anything at our facility, we've been looking for some time to update and improve it. With all of the new technologies and safety advances made in safety fencing, we wanted to do this right." Other improvements at the Speedway in recent years include the installation of SAFER barriers, the widening and lengthening of pit road, new fan care medical facilities and many fan experience improvements. Throughout the summer months, work was completed on drilling for the support structures that will hold the fence. Beginning this week after the completion of the track's 2014 season, demolition of the old fence began, with construction of the new fence occurring simultaneously.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 29-31, 2015 for the May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 30 "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the May 29 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race; and again on Oct. 2-4, 2015 for the Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Oct. 3 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Oct. 2 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(10-1-2014)
Sad News - Ben Blake: former NASCAR / Motorsports writer/reporter, Ben Blake, passed away. Blake covered NASCAR for many years with some of the outlets being the Richmond Times-Dispatch and RACER among others. Blake was one of the panelists on the defunct show Put Bulls which aired on Speed in 2015. Blake also wrote or co-wrote five motorsport-related books, including the only authorized biography of Dale Earnhardt.(USA Today's Nate Ryan's Twitter)(9-30-2014)'
3.0: The average finish recorded by Team Penske driver Joey Logano in the first three races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Logano posted a win and two fourth-place finishes. Teammate Brad Keselowski had a second-best average finish of 3.3 in the Challenger Round of the Chase.
14: The number of top-10 finishes recorded by Sunoco rookie Kyle Larson in the first 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season. Though Larson didn't qualify for the Chase in his first full season of Cup racing, he finished third, second and sixth in the first three Chase races.
20.0: Greg Biffle's average finish in the first three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Biffle was the last of the 16 drivers to make the Chase, but he couldn't get going once the playoff started. Biffle ran 23rd at Chicagoland, 16th at New Hampshire and 21st at Dover and was one of four drivers eliminated on Sunday.
223: The number of laps led by Kevin Harvick on Sunday at Dover, before a problem with the inner valve stem on the left front tire flattened the tire and forced him to the pits for repairs. Since winning at Darlington in April, Harvick has led the most laps in five races, but bad luck has kept him out of Victory Lane.
3,000: The baseline number of points awarded to each of the 12 drivers who advanced from the Challenger Round to the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All 12 drivers head to Kansas Speedway tied for the Chase lead, with no carryover of points for victories.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-30-2014)
NASCAR restaurant closing in Orlando: NASCAR Sports Grille, a mainstay at Universal CityWalk since the entertainment complex opened in 1999, will close Nov. 1. The racing-themed restaurant, which serves American-style food such as burgers, ribs, sandwiches and pasta, will continue lunch and dinner service through that date. Universal Orlando employees recently were told of the closing. No replacement has been identified. The restaurant "has been a big part of helping CityWalk grow and establish itself as an entertainment destination," Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder said Sunday. "This change is part of our ongoing commitment to bring new entertainment experiences to CityWalk." The 530-seat restaurant, which originally went by the name NASCAR Cafe, is located on the north end of the complex. It's the last outlet that visitors using Universal's parking garage pass if they are heading to Universal Studios theme park, home of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley. Universal CityWalk also features other restaurants, fast-service dining options, retail stores, a movie theater, miniature-golf courses, bars, nightclubs and the Blue Man Group.(Orlando Sentinel)(9-30-2014)
Don Miller and David Pearson to be honored: Don Miller, the former President of Penske Racing and the current Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame (NCARHOF) along with former NASCAR driving legend David Pearson will be honored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness Tuesday, October 7 at the Urban Garden at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Uptown Charlotte, NC. Don Miller, a revered Philanthropist especially for illnesses and disabilities affecting children has always stepped up to the plate for those in need as noted by his past NASCAR Humanitarian Award. For information about the event tickets or to make a donation go to fightblindness.org/.(9-30-2014)
Survivors Invited to Help Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Charlotte Motor Speedway: More than 100 breast cancer survivors and their supporters are expected to join #22-Joey Logano and Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith to paint pit wall pink to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and preview the upcoming Bank of America 500 race weekend. For the fourth consecutive year and as part of a continued effort to raise awareness of breast cancer education and research and to honor those who have fought the disease, Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate a pink theme into parts of the weekend's race activities. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. But with early detection, experts say there is a 98% survival rate for those affected by the disease. In addition to drivers and teams sporting unique pink paint schemes, fans who attend next weekend's races will notice the pink pit wall, which will get a fresh coat of pink paint on Wednesday. In total, crews will use 80 gallons of paint provided by PPG Porter and Glidden Paints to cover more than 6,000 square feet for pit wall. Survivors and their families are invited to join the paint pit wall pink party, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Victory Circle. Those interested in attending are asked to email an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. From knockout qualifying on Thursday and the NASCAR Nationwide Series' best battling for bragging rights on Friday to the only Saturday night race in the Chase, fans can catch all the fun with weekend packages starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or buy online at charlottemotorspeedway.com(CMS)(9-30-2014)
Racing returning to Mansfield: It took Kevin Ruic five years, but the longtime motor sports showman will finally promote events at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Racing will return to the half-mile oval in 2015. The Avon Lake businessman said he reached a deal in principal with MMP owner Grant Milliron to bring up to six special events to track. Attempts to reach Milliron were unsuccessful. The nature of those events is still to be determined, but Ruic said a three-day tractor pull, a monster truck and thrill show, a supermodified and sprint car event, a July 4 fireworks show and a rodeo could be possible for 2015. Bringing in major events such as NASCAR or ARCA are not in the plans.(full story at the Mansfield News Journal), Mansfield Motorsports Park held five Camping World Truck Series one each season from 2004-2008.(9-29-2014)
Tony Stewart holds press conference at SHR: Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart doesn't see himself getting behind the wheel of a sprint car again but on Monday said he will continue his racing career. Stewart took questions from reporters [at Stewart Haas Racing on Monday Sept 29, 2014] for the first time in the seven weeks since the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was struck by Stewart's sprint car as Ward walked on an upstate New York dirt track on Aug. 9 in an apparent attempt to confront the NASCAR star during a race.(ESPN)
See full transcript on the Full Tony Stewart News Conference Transcript from 9/29/2014 Press Conference page..
Listen an audio version of the the press conference / Q&A - click here.(9-29-2014)
The Four drivers eliminated from Chase...what happened: Four drivers fell by the wayside in NASCAR's first ever Chase elimination race at Dover International Speedway. #47-AJ Allmendinger, #41-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle and #43-Aric Almirola failed to advance to the three-race Contender Round, which will eliminate three more of the 12 remaining drivers after races at Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega. Here's a look at what doomed the four who failed to survive:
AJ Allmendiger: Allmendinger came to Dover 10th in the standings thanks to his 13th-place finish last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But starting 28th didn't help the chances of the #47 Chevrolet, which finished 23rd. Midway through Sunday's race, Allmendinger was one point behind Kurt Busch, two points ahead of Biffle and seven points ahead of eventual qualifier #5-Kasey Kahne for the final transfer spot. After falling a lap down 45 laps into the race, Allmendinger caught a break when #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. kissed the wall on Lap 75, enabling him to get a free pass back to the lead lap. But Allmendinger remained on the outside-looking-in, two points behind the battle between Kahne and Busch for much of the final 60 laps. He eventually overtook Busch, but sitting 13th in the standings was of little consolation this week. "It was an awful day. I'm not going to take a moral victory out of it to miss by two points," Allmendinger said. "It's disappointing. But we didn't deserve to be in (the Chase) with the run that we had. We know (the JTG Daugherty team) is making steps in the right direction. We kept throwing the kitchen sink at it every stop. My crew chief, Brian Burns, did everything he could to keep trying to make it better. We just missed it all weekend."
Kurt Busch: Busch entered the race eight points out of a transfer spot and knew he had his work cut out for him after his 36th-place showing at New Hampshire wiped out the benefits of his eighth-place finish in the Chase opener at Chicago. Busch, whose car was tight early on, had managed only eight top-10 finishes in his previous 28 Cup starts at Dover and had struggled to find speed in practice. Midway through the race, Busch, who had started 22nd, was running 11th and had advanced from 15th to 12th in the ever-shifting Chase standings. But as the race wore on, Busch's advantage wore off. He slipped to an 18th-place finish and 14th in the standings, six points behind the 12th and final qualifier #5-Kasey Kahne. "It was just tight the last 100 miles," Busch said. "I felt like we were in good position to advance, but you just can't expect to advance by running 18th. You have to be more competitive. You've got to have better lap times every time you go and hit the track. We put this team together pretty late. (Co-owner) Gene Haas has believed in me to come in here. If you're off, it's hard to put the car up on your back and run it. (But) I just chalk it up to me not getting the job done. It's all my fault. We don't get to advance to the championship but we can still run for pride and run for wins."
Greg Biffle: Biffle came into Sunday six points out of 12th place but didn't help himself with a 27th starting spot. His Roush Fenway Racing Ford made headway early, moving up 13 positions, but couldn't maintain momentum. It's been a frustrating season for Biffle, who has gone 50 races since his last victory and has been no better than 10th in any of his last seven starts - including his 23rd at Chicagoland and 16th at New Hampshire that created his unmanageable position. "I've won races my whole career, but to be struggling like this all year is disappointing at best," Biffle said. "Part of you wants to just pull it, put (the car) in the garage, while the other half of you is racing as hard as you can to get in the Chase. This is the way it's gone all season. We're just searching for speed and (we) struggled all day. We've worked hard, trying to fix our problems, but it just hasn't come together yet."
Aric Almirola: Richard Petty Motorsports thought it had a legitimate shot at Dover, where its cars had shown decent speed in the past. But the iconic #43 failed to mount a challenge. Starting 21st, Almirola went a lap down early in the race, slipped to 28th and never recovered. He finished three laps down and 18 points out of 12th place. "It just didn't work out for us. I hate it," Almirola said. "We picked a bad day to run the way we did and we can't blame anybody but ourselves. My car didn't have any grip. You can't go fast without grip. Right now, it's pretty disappointing."(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-29-2014)
Dover Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2014 AAA 400: 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 2:02 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 5:23 PM/ET. ESPN was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 119
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 49
Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 65
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 39
Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 54
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 24
Number of times ESPN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 9
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 28
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 2 min. 5 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:02 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:23 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 201
Minutes of race broadcast: 175
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 26
Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 24
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 1
Total race brdcst time 175 Total comm. brdcst time 26
See past races, links to full reports and sponsor links, more details on the 2014 TV Commercials page.(9-29-2014)
Jeff Gordon wins at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 5th at Dover, first at Dover since 2001 and and his 92nd career win. It is the 17th win at Dover for Hendrick Motorsports, the most for any team.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer and #18-Busch.
Pole winner #4-Harvick led 223 of 400 laps but had a valve stem come off the left front tire on lap 252, causing it to go flat, doing some damage to the splitter. Harvick finished 13th down one lap.
Advancing to Chase "Contender Round" are: #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #31- Newman, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin & #5-Kahne.
Four drivers were eliminated from the Chase: #47-Allmendinger, #41-Busch, #16-Biffle and #43-Almirola.
There were only 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 130.541mph.
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).(9-28-2014)
Race Fast Facts - Dover:
#24-Jeff Gordon won the 45th Annual AAA 400, his 92nd victory in 754 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his fifth victory and 25th top-10 finish in 44 races at Dover International Speedway.
#2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2014.
#48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 26 races at Dover International Speedway.
#42-Kyle Larson (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-28-2014)
Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Dover:
[listed by driver chase points position before the race]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
2) #22-Joey Logano, 4th
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 13th
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 17th
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 10th
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
8) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd, eliminated from Chase
11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 20th
12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th
14) #16-Greg Biffle, 21st, eliminated from Chase
15) #41-Kurt Busch, 18th, eliminated from Chase
16) #43-Aric Almirola, 28th, eliminated from Chase
Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Dover, race 29 of 36]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 total wins in 2014, 1 in Chase], 2140 points
2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins, 1] 2136, -4
3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 2123, -17
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 2121, -19
5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins, 1] 2117, -23
6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2111, -29
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins] 2104, -36
8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2097, -43
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 2091, -49
10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2091, -49
11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 2081, -59 
12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 2079, -61 [2 points out of 13th]
Eliminated from the Chase:
13) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win] 2077, -63 [2 points out of 12th]
14) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2073, -67 [-6]
15) #16-Greg Biffle, 2072, -68 [-7]
16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win] 2061, -79 [-18]
(ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
[after Dover, race 29 of 36]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 3000 points
2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins], 3000
3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 3000
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3000
5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins], 3000
6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 3000
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3000
8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3000
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 3000
12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 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).(9-28-2014)
Top 25 in 2014 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) #24-Jeff Gordon(C5), 1022
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(C7), 978, -44
3) #2-Brad Keselowski(C1), 958, -64
4) #22-Joey Logano(C2), 956, -66
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C4), 914, -108
6) #4-Kevin Harvick(C3), 905, -117
7) #20-Matt Kenseth(C8), 894, -128
8) #31-Ryan Newman(C9), 873, -149
9) #99-Carl Edwards(C10), 862, -160
10) #42-Kyle Larson, 859, -163
11) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 825, -197
12) #15-Clint Bowyer, 817, -205
13) #5-Kasey Kahne(C12), 811, -211
14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 805, -217
15) #18-Kyle Busch(C6), 795, -227
16) #27-Paul Menard, 781, -241
17) #3-Austin Dillon, 779, -243
18) #55-Brian Vickers, 765, -257
19) #11-Denny Hamlin(C11), 737, -285
20) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 721, -301
21) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 702, -320
22) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 686, -336
23) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 685, -337
24) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 679, -343
25) #13-Casey Mears 653, -369
(C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
(EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#42-Larson, finished 6th, 16 rookie points
#3-Dillon, 24th, 10
#51-Allgaier, 29th, 9
#26-Whitt, 30th, 8
#23-Bowman, 34th, 7
#7-Annett, 41st, 6
Truex, Did Not Race
Kligerman, Did Not Race
See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(9-28-2014)
New book about Bill France Sr. to be released: Bill France's life has been chronicled by author H.A. Branham, who will release the France biography "Big Bill: The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr." in February. The book is being published by Random House. "He created the foundation for the sport," Branham said. "It's an unbelievable story." France became fascinated with racing at an early age and raced cars beginning as a teenager. France stayed in the Washington area until 1934 when the cold weather chased him, wife Anne and their first son Bill to Florida. He got a job right away at Daytona Motors working for car dealer Sax Lloyd, but quickly became proprietor of a gas station on Main Street. When Daytona Beach lost its Land Speed Record appeal, City Fathers turned to stock car racing to maintain the area's racing tradition. France got involved in race promotion and following World War II went back to staging races on the beach and elsewhere in the South. He formed the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing sanctioning body in 1948 and created the Strictly Stock Division in '49. Strictly Stock has since morphed into the Sprint Cup Series, the most popular racing series in the United States. Sensing the Beach & Road Course was heading toward extinction because of motel expansion in the Daytona Beach area, France started campaigning to build a race track that would rival Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When he raised enough money to get started on his 2.5-mile, high-banked track, France announced he would build Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 9, 1957. The groundbreaking was held on Nov. 25. He created what is now International Speedway Corp. on Jan. 8, 1958. The track opened for business in February, 1959. In 1972 France named his oldest son, Bill France Jr., as NASCAR president then concentrated his efforts into expanding ISC. "Big Bill" died on June 7, 1992.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-28-2014)
2015 Farmers Insurance scheme chosen: The 2015 #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS scheme has been unveiled - designed by and voted by the fans. Farmers Insurance launched the 'Design The 5' challenge on September 12th allowing fans the opportunity to help select various design elements of NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne's #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy paint scheme for the 2015 racing season. Voting ended on Sept 22 and fans voted at DesignThe5.com. See images of the scheme on the 2015 #5 Team Schemes page.(9-28-2014)
Montero Medical Missions featured on #33 Chevy at Dover: Circle Sport and team owner Joe Falk announced that Montero Medical Missions will return to the #33 Chevy with David Stremme at the Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. With a successful launch of the charitable partnership at Bristol Motor Speedway last month, Circle Sport will continue to bring awareness to Montero Medical Missions (MMM), a non-profit, 501[c] tax-exempt status, faith-based and interfaith international humanitarian organization, by displaying the MMM logo and web address on the TV panel of the #33 Sprint Cup Series entry at Dover. In addition to the on-track branding and support, Falk's Little Joe's Autos dealership, in conjunction with Circle Sport, is a presenting sponsor of MMM's inaugural Oyster Roast at Chesapeake City Park on November 1st.(Circle Sport)(9-28-2014)
Raines to spot for Ambrose: Tony Raines has been enlisted to spot for #9-Marcos Ambrose in his final 10 races for Richard Petty Motorsports. The journeyman racer was working with RPM as a driver coach for Dakota Armstrong, when the spot opened on the #9 Sprint Cup team. Raines, 50, competed in NASCAR's top three tours from 1997 until last season. He has four wins in 54 truck starts, 15 top fives and 52 top 10s in the Nationwide Series and three top 10 finishes in Cup. Raines replaced veteran spotter Rocky Ryan, who moved over to the #51 HScott Motorsports team and driver Justin Allgaier.(Motorsport)(9-28-2014)
Congrats Kevin Hamlin: congrats to #5-Kasey Kahne's spotter, Kevin Hamlin and wife Mandi on the birth of baby Blair Alice Hamlin, 6 lbs 9 oz 20" long, born @ 2:11pm/et on Wednesday, Sept. 24th. Hanlin plans to be at Dover International Speedway on Sunday to spot for Kahne.(Kevin Hamlin's twitter)(9-28-2014)
Stewart unsure if he'll race sprint cars again: For #14-Tony Stewart, there was no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car. He loves the feel, the way they drive, the purity he finds at all the tiny dirt tracks across the country. When he broke his leg racing his sprint car a year ago, an injury that sidelined him for six months, he was almost defiant in his desire to never give up his hobby. But after the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed when Stewart's car struck him as Ward walked on an upstate New York dirt track on Aug. 9, Stewart may never get back in a sprint car. "I would say it's going to be a long time before you ever see me in a sprint car again, if ever. I don't have any desire at this moment to get back in a car," Stewart told The Associated Press in his first interview since a grand jury decided he would not be charged in Ward's death. "If I had the option to go right now to a race, I wouldn't. I don't even know when I'll go to a sprint car race again to watch. I can promise you it's going to be a long time before you ever see me back in one." Stewart is addicted to the simplicity of sprint car racing, to racing at venues across the country where the crowd is starving for gimmick-free racing. He didn't care that a field full of drivers of varying ages and talent were racing for purses that rarely reach $5,000. He made it his goal to give back to the sprint car community at every turn, especially after his accident. He improved the part that broke and caused his broken leg, and spent $110,000 on firesuits and helmets for nearly 50 drivers who needed updated safety equipment. Stewart even paid for the embroidery on the firesuits. His only request? That his Tony Stewart Racing logo be placed in a position that would not be noticed during interviews.(in part from the Associated Press)(9-27-2014)
Earnhardt Jr.'s Steering Wheel breaks during practice: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had an unusual occurrence in second practice at Dover International Speedway when he reported a broken steering wheel. "The steering wheel broke internally," Earnhardt said. "I heard you say that, that's not cool," replied his crew chief Steve Letarte "I'll take a look at it." "Yeah," Earnhardt said with a laugh. "I'd be in trouble." Before the issue with his steering wheel, he told the crew, ""The right rear shock tightened it up right before the second compression. The sway bar seems to his the center real hard since we put it in."(Motorsport)(9-27-2014)
Experts would expect Stewart to settle: #14-Tony Stewart won't face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., and now it's likely up to Stewart whether the case ever returns to court. Stewart not being charged criminally, plus the fact that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time of his death, could mean that a civil suit is less likely. But the standards in civil cases don't match the criminal side, and New York law forces juries to determine a percentage of fault for each party in a wrongful death case, which means that Stewart could have incentive to settle. The Ward family has indicated that it will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the three-time Cup champion. Stewart could settle any case out of court by writing a check to the Ward family with the amount kept confidential. Or he could fight in court over whether he was negligent at all in the death of the 20-year-old driver, who walked out onto the track and was struck by Stewart's sprint car under caution Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Greg Bloom, an attorney at the Miami firm Chase Lawyers who represents athletes and entertainers, said he would advise Stewart to settle, even though he believes it was an accident. "I think he will end up settling," Bloom said. "If I was to advise him, I would advise the same because he wants everything to be behind him. Everyone wants this whole story to be behind him, so he can move forward professionally and the memory of the deceased can rest."
John M. Hochfelder, a New York lawyer who runs a blog and database on injury case damages in New York, said it is not uncommon for someone who is not indicted or is acquitted of criminal charges to face a wrongful death lawsuit. "All the (criminal) acquittal means is that the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt, according to the jury, that a crime was committed," Hochfelder said. "That standard is much, much higher than the civil standard, which is a preponderance of the evidence, a tipping of the scales. We call it 'the more likely than not' standard. ... (In this case), it's more likely than not that you should have been more careful and your lack of care, we conclude, caused an injury."
Michael McCann, a Massachusetts attorney who founded the University of New Hampshire's Sports and Entertainment Law Institute and also writes for SI.com, said because Stewart has a stake in preserving his reputation in order to earn sponsorship to race, he has incentive to settle this as soon as possible. "The likelihood that Tony Stewart reaches an adequate settlement is very high," McCann said. "He has reason to settle a case like this even if he believes he did nothing wrong."(Sporting News)(9-27-2014)
Bank may take possession of Rockingham Speedway UPDATE: A Richmond County Superior Court judge will hear a motion next week which, if granted, will allow The Finley Group - a managing agent for Farmers and Merchants Bank - to "take immediate and exclusive custody" of Rockingham Speedway. The Salisbury, N.C.-based bank is also seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the track's current co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas from accessing the property located on U.S. 1 in Richmond County. The bank claims Rockingham Racing Park LLC, co-owned by Hillenburg and Silas, owes more then $4.5 million as of Aug. 8. The motion is set to be heard at 2:00pm Sept. 25.(Charlotte Observer)(9-19-2014)
UPDATE: An eleventh-hour deal that could save the Rockingham Speedway from foreclosure is in the works following closed-door negotiations Thursday. Superior Court Judge David Lee extended a temporary restraining order to allow attorneys for speedway co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas more time to hammer out an agreement with Farmers & Merchants Bank of Salisbury that would stall foreclosure proceedings. Court filings show that lawyers for the speedway's owners had been in discussions with the bank's attorneys to sell the 1.017-mile track at a private auction under a forbearance agreement that would halt F&M's seizure of the speedway property. F&M Bank attorney David M. Schilli requested the order on behalf of the plaintiffs and said the restraining order could be extended "for a very brief period of time so that we can go back and draw up another order that will be tendered to the court with all the parties' consent." Hillenburg and Silas were required to turn over all locks, keys and access codes to the track while the bank's verified complaint for default on a $4.2 million loan works its way through the court system. The bank and its management company may not "enter into any contracts for the marketing, listing or sale of the property" while Lee's Sept. 8 order is in force.(in part from the Richmond County Daily Journal)(9-27-2014)
Sad News - Carl Dickinson: Carl Mason "Skeeter" Dickinson, 67, of Spotsylvania County (VA) died Wednesday, September 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. Mr. Dickinson was a 1965 graduate of Stafford High School. He served in the Virginia National Guard and later retired from McLean Mid-Atlantic after 37 years. He was also an avid farmer. He enjoyed working for the Aldridge family for many years, and most recently, the Lyon family. Mr. Dickinson was a life member of the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a Captain and Safety Officer. He was a member of Goshen Baptist Church. Mr. Dickinson loved NASCAR and drove a transporter for the #90 Junie Donlavey team for five years.(see full obituary, service info and more at covenantfuneralservice.com)(9-27-2014)
Quicken Loans Extends Relationship with RCR and Newman: Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, announced it will return as a sponsor of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2015, serving as a primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and the #31 Quicken Loans Chevy for selected races (was 12 races in 2012). The 2015 season will mark the fourth year Quicken Loans has teamed with Newman. "We're looking forward to partnering with RCR and Ryan in the upcoming season and continue this strong partnership," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. "In the meantime, we'll be cheering on Ryan and the #31 team as they make a run in this year's Chase."
"It is great to have Quicken Loans back with me next year," said Newman. "They have been loyal partners for several years and have become like family to me. As I continue to push forward in the Chase, it gives me increased confidence to know I have partners and friends that are standing with me not only this year, but also beyond."
"Quicken Loans has been a tremendous addition to the RCR family this year," said Richard Childress, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RCR. "We are excited to be so closely aligned to a partner that values collaboration, technology and speed as much as we do."(RCR)(9-26-2014)
Stewart says crash was '100 percent' accident: There were days when NASCAR star Tony Stewart couldn't get out of bed. It was a chore to take a shower, to leave his room. The television was on, he would stare at it, and have no idea what he was watching. He didn't care about motor racing. He didn't want to talk to anyone, let alone face his family, friends or other drivers. Stewart's grief over the death of Kevin Ward Jr. was overwhelming, and he couldn't find his way out of the fog. Stewart spent three weeks in seclusion at his Indiana home after the car he was driving struck and killed Ward at a dirt track in upstate New York on Aug. 9. He describes those weeks as the darkest of his life. "I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident," Stewart told The Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since a grand jury decided he would not be charged in Ward's death. On the advice of legal counsel, Stewart would not describe what he remembers about the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Sitting on the couch of his North Carolina home, a sprint car race in Arkansas on mute on the television, Stewart said not being able to talk about what happened is extending his anguish. "It keeps me from moving forward. It just stays there, hanging over my head," Stewart said. Ward and Stewart didn't know each other, and Stewart doesn't recall them ever talking. He laments that in the scrutiny that followed - some questioned if Stewart had tried to intimidate Ward for stepping on the track - that the loss of the 20-year-old driver and his promising career fell to the background. He said he can't imagine how the Ward family is feeling. "I guess the end result is I don't blame them for anything they say," he said. He said he needed professional help to cope with the situation, and asking for assistance wasn't easy. Stewart, 43, isn't married, has no children, and keeps a tight inner circle. He's a solitary figure of sorts, someone who broods and stews alone, and opening himself up for self-examination was a monumental task. "There hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't thought about it. And it will be like that all your life," he said. "You are never going to forget about it. You are never going to not see it happen all over again. It's going to be a part of me forever."(see the full article at the Associated Press)(9-26-2014)
Lights coming to Dover track? UPDATE No Could night racing at Dover International Speedway become a reality? We have no idea, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure did spot something interesting on Thursday. Per Dale Earnhardt Jr's twitter (see image there): "I see foundations for light poles." There hasn't been any kind of announcement from the track to suggest that night racing is in Dover's immediate future.(FoxSports)
UPDATE: from a Dover International Speedway twitter: "We thought people would think that but didn't think you'd be first! It's actually for a new catch fence we're installing in 2015."(9-26-2014)
Dover to remove seats? n 2001, Dover International Speedway completed an expansion of the grandstand that had been ongoing for 16 years. The result: 135,000 seats for NASCAR fans. But since the economy crashed in 2008, NASCAR tracks across the country have battled sagging attendance, a problem that has been all too apparent on TV broadcasts showing rows and rows of empty seats. In recent years, track officials have covered some of those empty sections with large banners. Now, Dover officials are considering removing some seats entirely. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Dover Motorsports Inc., said there is "serious consideration" of removing seats. In 2011, the track cut capacity from 135,000 to 113,000 by widening seats. Company officials would not say when a decision would be finalized. A lot of factors, like sight lines to the track and restroom placement, have to be taken into account.(in part from USA Today)(9-26-2014)
Jamie Little moves to Fox starting 2015: FOX Sports announced the addition of veteran motor sports reporter Jamie Little to the NASCAR on FOX family beginning in January 2015. Little will serve as a pit reporter for NASCAR on FOX's 15th season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage and its first year televising the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout the year. The move to FOX after multiple years with ABC and ESPN represents a "homecoming" of sorts for Little. She covered a variety of motor sports events for FOX Sports' SPEED in 2002 and 2003, including the network's live coverage of Daytona Supercross. The versatile broadcaster has covered the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series for ESPN since 2007, and the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2004, in addition to extensive work with the Summer and Winter X Games. She was the first female pit reporter for the television broadcast of the prestigious Indianapolis 500, the first female to cover a televised Supercross and Motorcross event, and was one of the first female reporters in X Games history. Little, who has worked for ABC, ESPN, SPEED, NBC and TNN, has hosted non-racing sporting events ranging from Paintball Championships to the Great Outdoor Games. The San Diego State University graduate got her television start on ESPN2 reporting on various motor sports while interning at a local news station, in addition to live announce work for Supercross as a college student. FOX Sports will announce its full 2015 NASCAR on FOX on-air lineup in the near future.(Fox Sports)(9-26-2014)
Lee Petty and Harry Gant to be honored: Lee Petty and Harry Gant will have N.C. Auto Racing Hall Of Fame in-ground plaques dedicated to the two NASCAR legends in an Oct. 8 ceremony in Mooresville, NC. The late Lee Petty, a Randleman, N.C. native, won 54 races in his 16-year career in what is now known as NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. He will be represented by his son, Richard Petty, at the ceremony. Lee Petty was known as a hard charger who had a "never-give-up" driving style and one who never backed down from a challenge.
Harry Gant, from Taylorsville, N.C. won over 300 races in the NASCAR Sportsman (Nationwide) series and three NASCAR National Sportsman titles before turning his sights on what was the Winston Cup Series in 1979. "Handsome" Harry won 18 races in his 15-year Cup career, including four races in a row in September 1991, plus two more in the then-Busch Series, to earn another nickname, "Mr. September." Gant holds the record as the oldest driver at age 52, to ever win a Cup race, in 1992 at the Michigan 400. He was also voted as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Gant and his family will be in attendance.
Don Miller, the Chairman of the Board for the N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame is ecstatic about of the up and coming event. "I am very pleased to be able to resume our celebration of the rich racing history here in North Carolina and specifically in Mooresville. The N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame celebrates its 20th year, honoring the finest drivers in all of motorsports and the Walk of Fame expands its role for the fifth year." said Miller. "Mooresville, is the absolute center of the sport of auto racing and the home of many of its famous personalities. We need to preserve this heritage." Open to the public, the dedication of the Petty and Gants in-ground plaques will be held outside the Charles Mack Citizen Center on the Walk of Fame located at 215 N. Main St. in historic downtown Mooresville. from 4-5 pm/et.(NSSN)(9-26-2014)
Grand jury hearing testimony in Tony Stewart case UPDATES: Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has convened a grand jury to determine whether charges should be brought against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his role in an on-track incident that caused the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. Grand jury testimony began Tuesday in the case. Tantillo said on Sept. 16 that he would present evidence from the police investigation to a grand jury. Chuck Hebing, who was driving in the Aug. 9 race when Ward was killed at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, confirmed that he was called to testify about the accident but declined to discuss the matter further.
Ward, 20, died after he was struck by the car of Tony Stewart during a Sprint car race. The incident took place moments after Stewart, a three-time NASCAR season-series champion, bumped Ward's car and forced it to crash into the corner wall on Turn 2. It is not known how long it will take for the evidence to be presented to the grand jury, or for witnesses to provide testimony.(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
UPDATE: Tony Stewart grand jury decision will supposedly be announced today (Sept 24) at 3:00pm/et.(Jayski Twitter)
UPDATE2: Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo will hold a press conference at 3:00pm/et today to reveal the findings of a grand jury investigation into whether charges should be brought against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his role in the on-track death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. In a press release, Tantillo said the grand jury's determination would be made public this afternoon.(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
The press conference will be aired lived at whec.com and also on ESPN and FoxSports1 live at 3:00pm/et.
UPDATE3: Tony Stewart will NOT face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. ... who was struck and killed by Stewart during a race last month ... TMZ Sports has learned. TMZ learned ... that a grand jury just decided not to charge Stewart.(TMZ)
UPDATE4: A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Prosecutors in upstate New York made the announcement Wednesday, just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo also said Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to toxicology reports. Tantillo looked at the evidence and could have brought charges or dropped the case himself, but said last week that the matter would be decided by the grand jury. Stewart could have been charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law, experts said, if prosecutors believed he "recklessly caused the death of another person." Negligent homicide also was another possibility.(ESPN)
AND "This week an Ontario County grand jury has been meeting to hear testimony and review evidence gathered in the Tony Stewart matter, relating to the death of Kevin Ward at the Canandaigua Motor Speedway on August 9, 2014. The grand jury has completed its investigation. During the course of the grand jury presentation, approximately two dozen witnesses testified. These included a number of race car drivers, racetrack employees and volunteers, two accident reconstruction experts, medical personnel, and a number of police officers. In addition, the grand jury reviewed a number of photographs and video recordings, as well as other documentary evidence. After listening to and questioning all of the witnesses, and reviewing all of the evidence, the grand jury has determined that there is no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes; his case was "No-Billed" by the grand jury." Michael Tantillo, Ontario County District Attorney (Ontario County website)
Stewart Statement: Following a thorough investigation and presentation of all the relevant evidence and witnesses to an Ontario County (N.Y.) grand jury, the grand jury has determined there is no basis for the filing of any criminal charges involving the tragic accident of Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. The following is a statement from Tony Stewart regarding the grand jury's decision.
"This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I'm very grateful for all the support I've received and continue to receive. I respect everything the District Attorney and Sheriff's Office did to thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known. While much of the attention has been on me, it's important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers."(SHR Facebook)
NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer, Regarding Ontario (N.Y.) County District Attorney Announcement: "There are no winners in tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we have respected the local authorities responsible for reviewing this case."(NASCAR)
Ward's family statement to ESPN on Wednesday, said: "Our son got out of his car during caution, while the race was suspended. All other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Tony Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car towards him, causing this tragedy. The focus should be on the actions of Tony Stewart and not Kevin. The matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies, in fairness to Kevin."(ESPN)(9-24-2014)
NASCAR Delivers 2015 Competition Package to Teams: Following more than a year of extensive collaboration with stakeholders throughout the industry, and with a keen eye towards the future, NASCAR has finalized and delivered to teams the 2015 racing package for all three national series. "This race package represents a lot of hard work by NASCAR, the race teams, the drivers, our manufacturer partners and Goodyear," said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR senior vice president of innovation and racing development. "We've remained committed to constantly looking at our racing, and the work that has been done has been aimed at getting a rules package delivered to the race teams as early as possible."
Highlighted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series changes for 2015 are nearly 60 enhancements, including adjustments to the power train, aerodynamics and chassis that are designed to work in concert to deliver drivers more flexibility and teams more adjustability. Fans are expected to benefit from closer racing and more opportunities for drivers to pass on the track. "We have had fantastic racing so far in 2014," Stefanyshyn said. "We remain committed to constantly looking to improve it. Our fans deserve it and our industry is pushing for it. That will not stop with the 2015 package; the development will continue over many years to come."
NASCAR will institute a shorter rear spoiler in its 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series package, which also includes a reduction of engine power, lower rear differential gear ratios and an optional driver adjustable track bar.
Based on the success of group qualifying formats, which were introduced in 2014 for all national series, NASCAR also announced that group qualifying will be utilized for the first time for the Daytona 500.
Additional changes for the 2015 rules include the elimination of team-facilitated private testing, with race teams being instead invited to participate in NASCAR / Goodyear tests throughout the season. NASCAR also will work alongside Goodyear to introduce rain tires should conditions warrant during road course events in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.
"We're very pleased with the rules package and what it will do for our racing," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We're confident it will continue to generate great racing, along with continuous safety improvements. The work alongside our industry has been unprecedented. We've had great dialogue with our drivers and teams, our manufacturers and Goodyear, allowing us to build greater efficiencies into the 2015 rules package. We've met our goal of delivering rules to teams with time to prepare for next season and we're seeing the benefits of an updated process for developing our rules paying dividends. It will only continue to improve."(NASCAR)(9-23-2014)
UPDATE NASCAR announced a new rules package Tuesday that will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test, and levy the stiffest penalty possible on any team caught conducting its own sessions. The only testing allowed next season will be sessions conducted by NASCAR or Goodyear. Any team caught testing on its own will receive a P6 penalty, the highest on NASCAR's new punishment scale. It carries a loss of 150 points, a minimum $150,000 fine and a six-week suspension for the crew chief and other crew members. "It will be a huge penalty if anyone is caught," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer.
The three-day annual Daytona 500 test each January was as much about promoting the season-opening race as it was for teams to shake off any cobwebs from the offseason. O'Donnell said that time will now be used to send drivers on a cross-country promotional tour similar to the "Chase Across North America" that NASCAR held this month with its 16 Chase championship drivers assigned to visit various race markets. As for qualifying, the formats will be shortened at all types of tracks, mostly to cut the length of time in the first segment. Teams currently are sitting on pit road trying to time when to run a hot lap, and NASCAR will try to eliminate the waiting. The first segment on short tracks and intermediate tracks will be 15 minutes, followed by a break, then 10 minutes, a break, and a final 5-minute session. At superspeedways, the field will be divided into two groups for the first 5-minute session, followed by two more 5-minute sessions. Road course qualifying will consist of one 25-minute session, followed by a 10-minute session. The Daytona 500 front row qualifying will be done in groups, but the length of the breaks is still being tweaked as NASCAR needs to fill a 3-hour television window.(Associated Press)(9-24-2014)
Fact Sheet 2015 Rules Package: Nearly 60 different enhancements / updates have been made to the NASCAR national series rules packages for 2015 in the following areas:
· New Rules, with one or more of the following goals in mind: enriched competition, improved safety, reduced cost, enhanced product relevance and environmental (green) improvements.
Enhanced Enforcement of Existing Rules
· New Officiating Processes
· Newly Approved Parts
· Updated Business Processes
The following are among the significant updates to the competition package.
There will be a NASCAR-mandated ban on all team-initiated private testing in 2015
· Teams will be invited to participate in NASCAR / Goodyear tests
· NASCAR will not conduct a test at Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500
· 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Package includes:
-- Reduction of horsepower to 725 via tapered spacer
-- Roller valve lifters to replace flat valve lifter
-- Lower rear differential gear ratios targeting 9,000 RPM
-- Rear spoiler adjustment to 6 inches high (2014 height: 8 inches)
-- Optional driver adjustable track bar
-- 38-inch wide radiator pan
-- Minimum vehicle weight drops 50 lbs. via ballast reduction (2014 weight: 3,300 w/o driver)
-- Updated qualifying formats for all tracks
· Rain tires on road courses, similar to rules in place for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; mandatory wipers, defogger and rear flashing rain light installed for the event weekend New Officiating Processes
· Data Log and Capture System for pre-race inspections
· Automated pit road officiating at race events
Newly Approved Parts
· Revised brake calipers
Updated Business Processes
· Electronic rule book
· New parts approval process
Most Popular Driver Voting: The voting for the 2014 Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award started July 5, 2014. To vote, visit www.mostpopulardriver.com and follow the online instructions for entering. Voting began on July 5, 2014 and ends at 8:00pm/et on November 17, 2014. Voting is limited to a) one (1) vote per person per email address per day; b) up to two (2) additional votes per person per email address per day for those who share their votes through social media sites Facebook and/or Twitter. Driver eligibility for the Most Popular Driver award is limited to those candidates that have declared for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and have entered all points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events contested between Jan. 1, 2014 and July 5, 2014.
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3 Max Papis, Chase Austin, Carolyn Carrier, Bray Pemberton, Sidney Wolfe, Joe Piette Jr., Bobby Santos
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6 Mike McLaughlin, Dick McCabe, Phillip McGilton, Michael Marks
7 Pierre Bourque, Hank Parker Jr., Tina Yocono
8 Bill Elliott, Johnny Southall, Margaret Hallin, Joe Stella
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10 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Coleman Pressley, Connie Larimore, Bill Feeney
11 Jimmy Hensley, David Starr
12 Morgan Shepherd, Ned Jarrett, Tim Sullivan, Lonnie Clouse, Ernie Gahan, Kitty 'Mom' Allison,
13 John Kernan, Michael Ehert, Tim Sauter, David Ifft
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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 Hoffman, Ward Burton, Jon Wood, Taylor Lane Stricklin, Maggie Martin
26 Jimmy Pardue
27 Robin Miller, Dick Trickle, Tommy Baldwin Jr., Butch Hylton, Richard Brickhouse, Michael Lance
28 Joe Ruttman, Deborah Renshaw, Krissie Newman
29 Teresa Earnhardt, Billy Woodruff, Steadman Marlin, Joseph "Papa Joe" Hendrick, Bob Dotter, Roseanne Adamczyk, Nicole Belber, Sandy 'the dog' Adamczyk
30 Linda Rudd, Al Pearce, Tony Bettenhausen Jr.
31 Mike Casto, Kip Childress