Final round of Dash 4 Cash at Iowa: Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash reaches its fourth and final round of competition this weekend in the U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway. While the first three rounds have packed excitement into the series for the drivers to win the money, this time around the fans also get a chance at the cash. Four NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders are eligible to compete for the chance to win the $100,000 bonus this weekend at Iowa. #3-Ty Dillon banked the third round of Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. By winning the award Dillon automatically qualifies for the next payout this Saturday at Iowa. He will compete against #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Scott and #7-Regan Smith. This weekend, Nationwide includes a fan element into the program. The following four sweepstakes winners are entered to win the bonus: Kathy Coffman (winner), Gonzales, LA (Hometown: New Orleans, LA); Patricia Martens (winner) Danville, CA (Hometown: Norwalk, CT); James Dennis (winner), Henry, IL; Patricia Cochran (winner), Houston, TX. Each sweepstakes winner will be paired with a driver randomly on Saturday morning; they will also be an honorary team member during the race. If their driver wins the Dash 4 Cash they win the $100,000 dollars bonus as well. Also every fan attending the NASCAR Nationwide Series race may join the "Dash 4 Cash Bash," a NASCAR-style celebration immediately after the checkered flag waves, culminating the popular "Dash 4 Cash" driver and fan sweepstakes and Iowa Speedway's 2014 race season.(NASCAR)(7-30-2014)
Barry making Nationwide debut at Iowa: Josh Berry is a 23-year-old Hendersonville, Tenn., native. He began racing go karts in Tennessee at eight years old. Berry moved to Legends cars in 2006, becoming the INEX Tennessee State Semi-Pro champion in 2007. He notched track championships at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. in 2007 and 2009. Berry began driving for JR Motorsports' Late Model program in 2010. In 2012, he earned the team's first track championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Berry currently leads the Late Model Stock points standings at Hickory(N.C.) Motor Speedway on the strength of five victories. He has also won at Southern National Motorsports Park (Lucama, N.C.) this season. Berry made NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, S.C.) and Richmond International Raceway earlier this year to be approved for Nationwide Series competition. Tackle Grab, the leading online subscription box service for the recreational and sport-fishing industry, will be featured as primary sponsor of Berry's #5 Chevy. Berry becomes the seventh driver to make their Nationwide Series debut in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet. He joins Steve Arpin, Richard Boswell, Chase Elliott, Danica Patrick, Andy Pilgrim and Austin Theriault on that list. In their Nationwide Series debuts this season, Elliott and Theriault each earned 15th-place finishes.(JR Motorsports)(7-30-2014)
Hornish returns to the #54: Sam Hornish Jr. and the #54 Monster Energy team will return together to the site of their earlier Midwest victory, Iowa Speedway in Newton, for this weekend's U.S. Cellular race presented by New Holland. The Hornish name will again be over the door of the black Toyota Camry Saturday night with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), the fifth of seven races for the Monster Energy athlete. Hornish Jr. will additionally have the wheel of the already four-time winning Toyota, August 6 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington and September 20 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The 35-year-old's NASCAR career consists of 131 starts in the Sprint Cup Series and 104 career starts in the Nationwide Series with three wins, 31 top-five finishes, 56 top-10 finishes and six poles recorded in the NNS. Last year alone, Hornish secured four pole positions, one win (Las Vegas), 16 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes en route to a second-place driver standing at season end, three points shy of a Nationwide Series championship.(JGR)(7-30-2014)
Kenny Wallace driving for RAB at Iowa: The NASCAR Nationwide Series' second race at Iowa Speedway on August 2nd will feature some familiar names and sponsors. U.S. Cellular continues its partnership with Iowa Speedway by serving as title sponsor of the U.S. Cellular 250 for a sixth consecutive year and its partnership with RAB Racing with Brack Maggard as the primary sponsor of the #29 Toyota Camry driven by veteran Kenny Wallace. Wallace, who made his 900th career NASCAR start last September, finished 13th and 22nd during two Iowa Speedway appearances in 2013. The 50-year-old driver from Concord, North Carolina, has 543 career Nationwide Series starts.(RAB Racing)(7-29-2014)
Hermie Sadler driving for TriStar at Bristol & Richmond: 1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current FOX SPORTS 1 analyst, Hermie Sadler, will return to the driver's seat for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race since 2010. Sadler will pilot the #19 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd for his 260th career NNS start and again on September 5th at Richmond International Raceway. The Virginia Lottery will serve as primary sponsor, with whom Sadler has been an ambassador for over 15 years. The car will promote The Virginia Lottery's "Let's Play VA" events, in which lottery players and NASCAR fans have the chance to join the #19 team as an honorary crew member, attend the NASCAR Awards banquet in Las Vegas as Sadler's guest and have a chance to win other exciting prizes. Associate sponsors of the #19 Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway will include Black Wolf Harley Davidson in Bristol, Va, Quaker Steak and Lube in Bristol, and The Maxxis Mid-Atlantic Dirt Series, a karting series in which Sadler's karting team competes in.(TriStar Motorsports)(7-29-2014)
Martin returns to the #44: TriStar Motorsports announced that Hal Martin will be back behind the wheel of the #44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. This will be the "Ragin Cajun's" second start at the 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval speedway. American Custom Yachts has partnered with Hal Martin and TriStar Motorsports once again for the 2014 season. The Stuart, Florida-based, operation encompasses a 63-acre marine facility providing a full range of marine services on site, including yacht construction, repair, repowering and refitting. Located at mile marker 46 on the Okeechobee Waterway, ACY is a one-stop shop for all marine service needs.(TriStar Motorsports)(7-28-2014)
Vitamin Shoppe joins Cope for remainder of season: Proving once again that it is the innovator in the category, youtheory is teaming up with leading health and wellness brand the Vitamin Shoppe to power the Derrike Cope Racing #70 Chevy Camaro for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide season. This announcement comes at the peak of the season for the #70 Chevy Camaro as Derrike Cope is now competing among the best of the best in NASCAR Nationwide, landing 13th at the Daytona International Speedway as well as strong finishes in races since youtheory came on board. The Vitamin Shoppe will carry the new youtheory Collagen for Men in more than 600 stores nationwide. Based on its successful line of products reformulated just for men, youtheory has created special versions of its Advanced Collagen, Joint Collagen, Revive workout recovery daily supplements as well as a collagen protein shake. The men's line features black distinctive packaging from the main product line, which also serves as the color foundation for the #70 Camaro.(Blaze PR), see an image of the car on the #70 team paint schemes page.(7-25-2014)
Fronius USA joins Viva Motorsports: When Jamie Dick and his Viva Auto Group Chevy hit the track in Indianapolis, they will be sporting a new look. The logo of Fronius USA will be featured on the lower quarter panels of the #55 Camaro. Viva Motorsports will be using the newly released Fronius AccuPocket welder for the 2014 season. Battery powered, high-performance welding equipment is a natural fit for the racetrack. Additional Fronius products are being utilized at the Viva Motorsports shop and by fabrication partner, Michalski's Speed Factory. Continued support is provided by Viva Auto Group, Bestwayautos.com, and Viva Powersports.(Viva Motorsports)(7-22-2014)
Jimmy John's sponsoring Harvick at Chicago: JR Motorsports announced that Jimmy John's, the gourmet sandwich shop with more than 1,900 locations across the United States, will be the primary sponsor on Kevin Harvick's #5 Chevy in the Sept. 13 Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Featured on Harvick's #5 Jimmy John's paint scheme at Chicagoland Speedway will be the Folds of Honor Foundation logo as part of Jimmy John's commitment to supporting our nation's heroes. Through scholarships and other assistance, the foundation's mission is to give back to families of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.(JR Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(7-22-2014)
Swindell joins JGL Racing: JGL Racing welcomes Kevin Swindell to the JGL Racing family starting at Indianapolis in the Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 26th. Kevin will be teammate to another open wheel standout, #28-JJ Yeley. Swindell will be behind the wheel of the #93 sponsored by Curb Records and John Christner Trucking, Inc out of Sapulpa, OK. Kevin will also be running other races this year with JGL Racing. James Whitener and Gregg Mixon are pleased to have 2 outstanding drivers in their staple.(JGL Racing)(7-21-2014)
Kwasniewski gets new crew chief: Dylan Kwasniewski, driver of the Turner Scott Motorsports #31 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will have a new crew chief atop the pit box when the series moves to Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 300. Turner Scott officials confirmed Thursday that car chief Shannon Rursch has replaced veteran Pat Tryson as crew chief for the team. "I respect (Turner Scott Motorsports') decision," Kwasniewski told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Thursday afternoon. "It's a shame to see Pat go obviously. We had a great relationship, and he's a great crew chief." Rursch served brief stints as car chief at Phoenix Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports before joining TSM in December of 2009.(NASCAR.com)(7-17-2014)
Sieg gets two race sponsor: Coming off a career best finish of 3rd place with driver Ryan Sieg at Daytona, StationDigital announced it will be the primary sponsor of the #39 RSS Racing Chevy at both Bristol and Homestead later this season. StationDigital is a multimedia digital broadcast company that offers free music streaming of over 23 million songs. StationDigital features both genre-based and artist-based music discovery stations to suit an endless variety of musical tastes, and a personal recommendation service to its more than three million users - all available both online and through its iOS and Android mobile apps.(RSS Racing)(7-16-2014)
The Identical movie joins Townley for three races: Athenian Motorsports #25 Zaxby's Toyota Camry will carry 'The Identical' movie on the hood of the NASCAR Nationwide Series car in Chicagoland Saturday, July 19, 2014. The Identical, a City of Peace film will open in theaters Nationwide on September 5, 2014 and is a drama set against the backdrop of three decades of rock 'n' roll from the 1950's through the 1970's. The film stars Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta. The Identical Movie will also be featured on Townley's car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26th and at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014. Townley will appear in the movie's music video for "BEE BOPPIN BABY" that will coincide with the movie release in September.(Athenian Motorsports)(7-15-2014)
NASCAR will look at drafting rules: The Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona on Friday night marked the final time that the NASCAR Nationwide Series will compete on a restrictor plate track this season, providing the league time to reassess the new rule that prohibits drivers from pushing or forming tandems. The new policy generated controversy right from the start of the season when NASCAR penalized a race-contending James Buescher at Daytona in February for what appeared to be a judgment call at best. It seems like the Sanctioning Body has created a rule that is near impossible to officiate with consistency, a fact that was made totally clear on Friday night.
#40-Josh Wise and #01-Landon Cassill were issued pass-through penalties early in the race while other pairings including Kyle Busch/Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne/Kyle Busch were left untouched despite similar actions. Even the finish of Friday's race came down to a push with #39-Ryan Sieg shoving #5-Kasey Kahne all the way down Turn 4, across the frontstretch and past #7-Regan Smith for the win.
NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton met with the media on Friday night, explaining that cars moving side-to-side while bump drafting indicated no linkage, which explained the decision not to penalize either Kahne or Sieg. But Pemberton is aware of the derision that some of the calls and no calls from race control has generated this season and assured everyone that NASCAR will continue to address and analyze its rules package for everyone involved. "We'll look at this situation," Pemberton said. "It's the last plate race for the Nationwide Series this season and these are the rules we put in place at the beginning of the year. We've worked with the teams under their suggestions and said that we would look at it by the end of the year and see what adjustments we need to make."(Popular Speed)(7-5-2014)
Dates set for NASCAR Awards Banquets: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - the annual culmination of Champion's Week - will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, at Wynn Las Vegas. This is the sixth year that NASCAR has celebrated Champion's Week in the city of Las Vegas, a tradition that has featured a bevy of A-list entertainers and fan-friendly activities involving the sport's biggest stars. Last year's show, which honored six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, featured many memorable moments from host Jay Mohr and entertainers John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley and Sara Bareilles.
NASCAR also announced that the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will hold a joint celebration on Monday, Nov. 17, at Trump National Doral Miami. The event will honor the series driver and owner champions, as well as the top-five drivers in each series. This is the first year the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will have been held at Trump National Doral Miami. The property was recently purchased by the Trump Organization with plans for a $250 million resort-wide restoration.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 9:00pm/et. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will be broadcast via tape delay on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.(NASCAR)(7-1-2014)
Darrell Wallace, Jr. could move to NNS next year: Before Darrell Wallace Jr. goes for his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, he announced he'll run the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway next Friday night. The race, his second of the season and sixth career Nationwide start, could be a step toward a full-time ride in the series in 2015, Wallace Jr. told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday morning. "Next year, we're talking about full-time Nationwide, and that'd be great," Wallace Jr. said. "If not, maybe another year in the Truck Series. But the next two to three years, definitely full-time in Nationwide. Maybe getting a start in Cup, but Kentucky's on my mind and we're ready to roll." The NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate said that his #20 ride at Daytona will be sponsored by Coca-Cola and kick off the company's "Share a Coke" campaign. Wallace Jr. hinted that Coke might be a sponsor of his Nationwide ride in 2015. "If we can get that deal signed of being full-time Nationwide, you never know, we could be sharing a Coke at the end," Wallace Jr. said.(NASCAR.com)(6-26-2014)
Ingersoll Rand joins Contreras as associate sponsor on road courses: Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in compressed air systems and services, power tools, material handling, and fluid management equipment, announced its associate sponsorship for Carlos Contreras. For the first time behind the wheel of the TriStar Motor Sports #44 Toyota Camry, Contreras piloted the road course races on the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule at Road America on June 21. Contreras will race in Watkins Glen on August 9 and Mid-Ohio on August 16.(Ingersoll Rand PR)(6-24-2014)
Jones to run three races for JGR: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that 18-year-old Erik Jones will pilot the #20 Toyota in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. Jones will make his debut behind the wheel of the JGR's #20 Nationwide Series Camry for the first time on July 19 in Chicago before battling on the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, and competing at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8. Jones, who turned 18 years old just a few weeks ago on May 30, has already established himself as one of the sports impressive young talents. In five races in 2013 with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series, Jones finished in the top 10 in each start, earning two top-five finishes as well as his first career victory at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory made Jones the youngest winner in NCWTS history at 17 years, five months and nine days of age. Jones will attempt to duplicate his success in Phoenix in the Nationwide Series a day after defending his Truck Series race win. Jones has success at every level of his racing career and boasts several impressive achievements including becoming only the third driver in the 46-year history of the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race to win back to back titles (2012 and 2013). He won his first ARCA race at Berlin Raceway on August 10, 2013 after becoming the first 15-year old to ever compete in the Series during the 2012 season.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(6-19-2014)
Comcast Xfinity, NASCAR in talks for series title deal: NASCAR is in advanced talks with Comcast Xfinity about becoming title sponsor of the sport's secondary series. Nationwide Insurance, which has sponsored the series since 2007, is in the final year of its title sponsorship, and NASCAR has been looking for a replacement sponsor for the Nationwide Series since last fall. Conversations with Xfinity, which is Comcast's video service, have been going on for several months. Sources familiar with the negotiations said the parties have not reached a contract phase but that Comcast has emerged as a leading candidate for the sponsorship. NASCAR Chief Sales Officer Jim O'Connell said the company doesn't comment on discussions with current or potential sponsors. He added, "With regards to the Nationwide Series, we're speaking to a number of companies in a number of different industries." Comcast did not reply to a request for comment. NASCAR is asking $12 million to $15 million annually in rights fees for the title sponsorship of the series. Media and activation commitments would take the total costs of the deal to more than $25 million. In addition to Comcast Xfinity, NASCAR has met with a number of companies in the auto aftermarket category, including Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone. Nationwide Insurance is spending approximately $10 million in rights fees for title sponsorship of the series. Its total spend, which includes activation at track and media spending, is in excess of $20 million. The company opted to discontinue its sponsorship of the series in order to become an official NASCAR sponsor and sponsor the #88 car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Next year, Nationwide will sponsor Earnhardt Jr. in 12 Sprint Cup races.(Sports Business Journal)(6-16-2014)
Contreras driving road courses for TriStar: NASCAR's first Hispanic driver, Carlos Contreras, will be behind the wheel of the #44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry for the road course races on the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. He will pilot a TriStar Motorsports Camry at Road America, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. Contreras was recently at TriStar Motorsports to meet the team and get fitted into the road course car being built for him. 38 Special Filtered Cigars, Ingersoll Rand, Voli Vodka and Global Aircraft Solutions will all join Contreras on the #44 Camry, as he inches closer to his 100th NASCAR start.(TriStar Motorsports)(6-16-2014)
Youtheory expands sponsorship of Cope: According to Derrike Cope's Facebook page, "Youtheory has just announced that they are going to be the primary sponsor for the #70 Camaro for the remainder of the 2014 race season with Derrike Cope as driver. They are launching their Men's Line of supplements at Daytona in July. Their sponsorship will allow DCR to elevate our performance to a great degree."(6-14-2014)
Marks to run two races for Turner Scott: Turner Scott Motorsports announced that NASCAR driver and road-course veteran Justin Marks will be behind the wheel of the #31 SOL REPUBLIC Chevy in two NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. and at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Mansfield, Ohio this season. Marks will drive the #31 TSM car while primary driver, Dylan Kwasniewski, substitutes for Kyle Larson in the #42 car at both events. Marks, a Northern California native, is no stranger to NASCAR, having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, in addition to the ARCA Racing Series, Grand-Am Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. As owner of GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C., as well as co-owner of Larson Marks Racing's 410 winged sprint car team, the 33-year-old has a passion for all things racing. Along with the driver change for these select events, the #31 car will have support from new sponsors: headphone brand SOL REPUBLIC and Casamigos Tequila.(Turner Scott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(6-9-2014)
SunEnergy1 joins JGR for four races: Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that SunEnergy1 will sponsor four NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season with Matt Kenseth, Sam Hornish and SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul sharing the driving duties. Hornish will pilot SunEnergy1's debut race next weekend at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, while accomplished road racer Habul goes behind the wheel on the road courses of Road America and Mid-Ohio on June 21 and August 16 respectively. Kenseth will handle the driving duties in Atlanta on August 30. Habul's direct involvement in this program makes this sponsorship unique to say the least. Habul raced open wheel in Australia from 1997 to 2005, competing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and including three years in the Australian Formula 3 Driver's Championship Series with Piccola Scuderia Ferrari Team in Sydney. However Habul never forgot his childhood dreams and continued to pursue opportunities to race in NASCAR. That opportunity came on June 23, 2012 when he made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Road America and earned a solid 16th-place finish. Habul has made six career starts, but this will be the first time he will be in a JGR built Toyota Camry. Hornish has already made three starts for Joe Gibbs Racing this season with a win at Iowa Speedway on May 18 and a fifth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3. Hornish has three career Nationwide Series victories along with 30 top-five and 55 top-ten finishes in 101 starts. Kenseth will pilot the SunEnergy1 Toyota in Atlanta. In nine Nationwide Series starts thus far in 2014 he has four top-five and eight top-ten finishes. Kenseth has 28 career victories in the series along with 129 top-five and 180 top-ten finishes in 273 career starts.(JGR)(6-6-2014)