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NASCAR to Surpass 10 Million Miles on Sunoco Green E15

American-Made Ethanol from American-Grown Corn Has Helped Fuel Sport Since 2011; 10 Million Miles Equivalent to 400 Laps Around the Earth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today that it will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol, by the end of the 2016 season. The achievement will be celebrated during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The 10 million miles will have been accumulated across  practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport.

Six years ago, NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol, launching its long-term biofuels program to reduce emissions across its three national series. After an exhaustive analysis, Sunoco formulated Sunoco Green E15 to allow for a seamless transition, and the biofuel made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2011. All the ethanol for Green E15 is produced from American-grown corn at Sunoco’s ethanol manufacturing facility in Fulton, N.Y.

“As we approach 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15 across our three national series, it’s evident that the renewable, higher ethanol blended fuel performs flawlessly against our rigorous racing conditions,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high-performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol.” 

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Sting to Headline NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas

Sixteen-Time Grammy Award Winner to Perform at Annual Event Honoring the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2016) — Grammy Award-winning artist Sting will perform at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday, Dec. 2, at Wynn Las Vegas. The finale of NASCAR Champion’s Week festivities, the annual awards show brings together some of the greatest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, team owner and 16 Chase drivers.

Sting will headline the event, performing both a classic hit and a selection from his new album, 57th & 9th, released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. His twelfth studio album and first rock/pop project in more than a decade, the ten-song collection represents a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles, including the raucous first single “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” the anthemic, “50,000” and the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of, “Petrol Head.” The latter is also the aptly named anthem of NASCAR’s upcoming social video release designed to build anticipation for the final two races of the season and ultimately the crowning of a new champion.

NBCSN presents complete coverage from Wynn Las Vegas beginning at 7 p.m. ET with “NASCAR America,” followed by red carpet coverage at 8 p.m. ET and subsequent coverage of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will carry the show live at 8 p.m. ET.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Phoenix

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Rise Of The Phoenix: Harvick In Need Of Another Win At Arizona Track

Positioned 18 points below the cutoff line and below two other drivers for the final berth in the Championship 4 race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick essentially needs a win in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Fortunately for Harvick, all he does is win at Phoenix. In the last eight races at the one-mile track he’s visited Victory Lane six times and recorded a runner-up showing. Overall, Harvick boasts eight wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s and a 10.3 average finish in 27 starts at Phoenix.

The Bakersfield, California native has made the Championship 4 race in each of its two years of existence. He won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in 2014 and finished runner-up to Kyle Busch last season.

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NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Winners Announced

Four Students Win $20,000 in Total Scholarships; Treated to VIP Race Experience at the AAA Texas 500

Daytona, Beach, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2016) – NASCAR and Chevrolet today announced the winners of the second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the AAA Texas 500.

The contest challenged students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR, then explain how STEM professionals came to its design in 90-second videos. Video submissions were judged on technical accuracy, creativity, and production quality.

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NASCAR Honors 2016 Sprint Cup Series Victor at Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2016) — After millions watch as a new champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy will make its way to Las Vegas for postseason celebrations as NASCAR hosts its annual Champion’s Week festivities. Fans across the nation will gather for a week of events honoring the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, the NASCAR Sunoco Rookie of the Year and numerous other season-ending award winners.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 and culminating on Friday, Dec. 2, NASCAR Champion’s Week will feature events including the Motorsports Marketing Forum presented by SportsBusiness Journal at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and the annual NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas. Guests can visit the NASCAR Fan Lounge at Beerhaus Presented by Coors Light at The Park just outside New York-New York Hotel & Casino throughout the week for information on the Champion’s Week schedule and details about how to secure access to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards red carpet.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the 16 Chase drivers will get behind the wheel on Las Vegas Boulevard for NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco, followed by NASCAR After The Lap Sponsored by Chevrolet, Ford & Toyota. That evening, Coors Light will once again present the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash at XS at Encore Las Vegas to celebrate the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The private event will feature a special live performance by American Authors, best-known for hit songs “Best Day of My Life” and “What We Live For.” 

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Texas

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#Se7en: A Jimmie Johnson Story

It includes Jimmie Johnson instead of Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, but for the next three weeks, NASCAR fans will be treated to another star-studded tale called #Se7en.

With his victory at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson clinched the first berth in the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC) where he will attempt to tie NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with a record seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

The win in the Round of 8 opener gives Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team a strategic advantage because it can focus strictly on building a car for Homestead – a place where Johnson has never won. He has placed runner-up at the South Florida track twice (2004 and 2010).

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Kansas

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Wild Charlotte Race Leads To Round of 12

Charlotte shook up the Chase Grid as five Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers finished 30th or below while Jimmie Johnson sped to victory to clinch the first automatic berth in the Round of 8. Here’s how the Chase Grid shakes out heading into Sunday’sHollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:15 p.m. ET on NBC) – Jimmie Johnson (1 win), Matt Kenseth (31 points above Austin Dillon on the cutoff line), Kyle Busch (+27), Brad Keselowski (+25), Kurt Busch (+24), Carl Edwards (+20), Martin Truex Jr. (+19), Denny Hamlin (+3), Austin Dillon (three points behind Denny Hamlin on the cutoff line), Chase Elliott (-3), Joey Logano (-6), Kevin Harvick (-8).

The results for the 12 Chasers at Charlotte: Johnson (first), Kenseth (second), Busch (sixth), Keselowski (seventh), Kurt Busch (eighth), Edwards (12th), Truex (13th), Hamlin (30th), Dillon (32nd), Elliott (33rd), Logano (36th), Harvick (38th).

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Martinsville to Add Lights

Martinsville Speedway To Be First Major Motorsports Facility to Install LED Lights

After nearly seven decades of automotive racing without lights, historic Martinsville Speedway is finally set to flip the switch. International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) today announced that it will commit $5 million to equip the track with LED lighting, making it the first major motorsports facility to do so.

The lights, which will begin installation following this year’s Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 on October 30 and are scheduled to be in place by January 2017, represent the largest capital investment by ISC into Martinsville to date.

“Bringing lights to Martinsville Speedway is something that has been a priority for us,” said ISC President John Saunders. “But just like Martinsville, we wanted the lights for this project to be unique. They had to be of the highest-quality for both the competitors and the fans.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Charlotte

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Round Of 12 Begins At Charlotte

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Round of 12 kicks off this weekend with Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBC). The drivers, who advanced following last Sunday’s race at Dover were Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon. Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher and Jamie McMurray were all eliminated from the Chase.

All advancing drivers have had their points reset to 3,000. Any Chase-eligible driver who wins one of the three Round of 12 races – Charlotte, Kansas or Talladega – automatically advances to the Round of 8.

Joey Logano won last year’s Charlotte Chase race, which took place during the daytime on Sunday due to rain. Kevin Harvick won the Charlotte fall race the last time it was held at night.

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets On Sale Now

Pricing Options for Fans Start at $45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2016) – Beginning today, tickets for the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available to the public. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will be honored during this year’s ceremony set for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Induction ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package (plus tax and applicable service fees).

Drivers, celebrities and legends of the sport will take the stage during this premier celebration that will honor the eighth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And it’s an intriguing class filled with a mix of legends who both built the sport and ushered it into the massive popularity it enjoys today.

Richard Childress continues to make history. He was the first to win owner championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He captured six premier series titles with Dale Earnhardt, and looks for a seventh in 2016 with driver – and grandson – Austin Dillon, who just advanced to the Round of 12 in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Rick Hendrick built the team that has scored a record 11 NASCAR premier series championships, as well as a record 14 national series owner titles. Hendrick also looks to add to those totals, as he has two drivers who have advanced to the Chase’s Round of 12 – Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

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Richard Childress Racing, NASCAR Digital Media Partner to Elevate Race Organization’s Digital Presence

New Website to Launch in December; RCR First Team to Work with NASCAR Digital Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2016) –- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has enlisted NASCAR Digital Media (NDM) to oversee design and development of the organization’s new website, the companies announced today. The newrcrracing.com will soft launch in December followed by a full rollout in early 2017.

RCR undertook a rigorous search process, interviewing more than 10 agencies and web design firms before awarding the project to NDM. In doing so, RCR becomes the first race team to collaborate with the fast-growing NDM on a website build.

The fully customized site will feature an improved user experience and compelling, original content to enhance the overall digital experience for fans of RCR and its stable of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers.

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Crowded Chase Bubble Heading Into Dover

The drivers on the Chase bubble must deliver in Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 cutoff race at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) or they’ll be eliminated from NASCAR’s playoffs.

Kyle Larson holds the final transfer spot by five points over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon. He is also trailed by Tony Stewart (-11) and Chris Buescher (-30).

The rest of the Chase drivers without wins in the Round of 16 have cushier leads over McMurray on the cutoff, but still have not clinched: Brad Keselowski (+35), Kyle Busch (+33), Matt Kenseth (+16), Joey Logano (+21), Denny Hamlin (+19), Jimmie Johnson (+18), Chase Elliott (+16), Carl Edwards (+16) and Kurt Busch (+15).

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — New Hampshire & Kentucky

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Truex Jr. Wins Chase Opener

Martin Truex Jr. won his third race of the season in last Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener. He now has an automatic berth in the Round of 12, which starts following the upcoming Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

“Without a doubt it’s the best team I’ve ever had, it’s the best position I’ve ever been in,” Truex said after the race. “I really feel like we have what it takes to win this championship.”

Last season, the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver made the Championship 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, placing fourth in the final standings.

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Twitter Handles to Replace Driver Names On Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Windshields

Hashtag Emoji and Infield Stencil Part of NASCAR, Twitter Plan to Elevate #TheChase

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2016) –- NASCAR drivers competing in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ will display their personal Twitter handles on their respective car windshields during the first three-race round of #TheChase, NASCAR and Twitter announced today.

Beginning with Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Twitter handles including @KyleBusch, @keselowski and @austindillon3 will adorn the windshield headers normally reserved for driver last names.

The activation is part of an aggressive push by NASCAR to use Twitter, Vine and Periscope to elevate The Chase experience for fans during the sport’s most social postseason ever. Earlier today, @NASCAR unveiled a new, racing-themed Twitter emoji, which will help bring #TheChase tweets to life throughout the 10-week postseason.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Chicagoland

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 Cowabunga! The Chase Kicks Off At Chicagoland With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

The field is set and the drivers are ready to compete in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which kicks off with Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers get three bonus points for each win for the first round of the Chase (Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Dover). Any Chase-eligible driver who visits Victory Lane advances to the ensuing round. Here’s how the grid currently shakes out: Kyle Busch (leader), Brad Keselowski (leader), Denny Hamlin (-3), Kevin Harvick (-6), Carl Edwards (-6), Martin Truex Jr. (-6), Matt Kenseth (-6), Jimmie Johnson (-6), Joey Logano (-9), Kyle Larson (-9), Tony Stewart (-9), Kurt Busch (-9), Chris Buescher (-9), Chase Elliott (-12), Austin Dillon (-12), Jamie McMurray (-12).

Six Chase-eligible drivers have won at Chicagoland: Tony Stewart (3 victories), Kevin Harvick (2), Brad Keselowski (2), Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth.

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Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Racing: Tony Stewart Chicagoland Advance

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Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Driver Ready for Chicagoland, Final Chase

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Sept. 13, 2016) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins its 16-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has some specific strategy he says led to success over the years as both a Chase-winning driver and championship-winning car owner.

He’s followed that strategy and even imparted the wisdom to SHR teammate Kevin Harvick, who won a championship in 2014. But don’t count on ever hearing about any specifics from Stewart.

“I am not going to tell everyone that – are you kidding me,” Stewart said with a laugh. “This is the point of the season where you don’t tell anyone anything. You keep it in-house, you keep it to yourself. You don’t give the guys you’re competing against the opportunity to get those tips. This is the Chase.”

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Jimmy John’s Racing: Kevin Harvick Chicagoland Speedway Advance and Team Report

KEVIN HARVICK Freaky Fresh

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Sept. 13, 2016) – For the second straight season, Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, scored more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points in the 26-race regular season than any other driver. However, with the points reset to start the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs after last weekend’s regular-season finale at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Harvick will start fresh this weekend in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

Luckily, the sponsor on the hood of the No. 4 Chevrolet, Jimmy John’s, always starts fresh when making its sandwiches and knows what it takes to deliver in “Freaky Fast” fashion.

Jimmy John’s, founded in 1983 by then-19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud approximately 163 miles from Chicagoland Speedway in Charleston, Illinois, serves up ridiculously fresh sandwiches quicker than you can say “Turkey Tom,” a customer favorite which, ironically, is No. 4 on the menu. Jimmy John’s is all about the freshest ingredients, the fastest service and “Freaky Fast” delivery. While most people are more than impressed with the quality of Jimmy John’s sandwiches, it’s the speed with which they are prepared and delivered that really puts the Champaign, Illinois-based chain ahead of the rest.

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Ready. Set. Chase! NASCAR Launches Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Integrated Marketing Campaign

Digital Action Films to Reenact Drama of #TheChase; Fans to Engage in Sport’s Most Social Postseason Ever; Register to Win Vehicles from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2016) –- NASCAR is bringing to life the drama and excitement of The Chase® for fans online and on their mobile devices with Ready. Set. Chase, a new, integrated marketing campaign leading with digital and social media to promote the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™.

This year, to complement a robust, multi-platform social media push, NASCAR will engage and entertain fans with a heart-pounding action film series, starring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ drivers reenacting the action and intensity of The Chase.

The first digital video in the five-part series debuted today and can be viewed on NASCAR.com/TheChase. Inspired by the iconic chase scenes in classic Hollywood action films, the creative features reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, on foot and being pursued by his Chase competitors.

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Skittles Racing: Kyle Busch NSCS at Chicagoland Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH Survive and Advance

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Sept. 13, 2016) – During his team’s magical run to the 1983 NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship, the late North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano first made famous the now-familiar phrase, “Survive and Advance.”

Since then, each and every March during the NCAA tournament, the phrase continues to be used by coaches and television analysts alike in describing the necessity of surviving each game in order to live on to play another day. The ultimate goal is to accrue six consecutive wins to earn the grand prize – the national championship trophy.

In the third year in its current format, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship begins this weekend. The format includes a series of elimination rounds throughout the 10-race playoff. So, there’s no doubt Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Skittles Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), and his fellow 15 Chase competitors will have to survive and advance as the 2016 Chase kicks off with Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
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Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Chicagoland Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Chasing Chicago

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Sept. 12, 2016) – There’s just something about the Chicago sports scene that Kurt Busch loves.

The driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is an unabashed fan of the Chicago Cubs. He has an unwavering loyalty to the Chicago Bears.

Busch was just a kid in Las Vegas when he adopted the Chicago sports teams as his own, and his love for the Bears and the Cubs hasn’t faded one iota through the years. His support of the Chicago sports teams stems from the fact his parents hail from the Windy City, so it’s only natural for him to support its “hometown” teams.

In 2000, Busch made his first visit to Wrigley Field to watch his beloved Cubs. Busch readily admits that he got a tear in his eye as he sat in the bleachers and took in the electric atmosphere at the historic ballpark. Continue reading ‘Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Chicagoland Advance and Team Report’

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss remainder of 2016 season

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been medically cleared to compete for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Earnhardt has missed the last six Sprint Cup races while undergoing treatment. He has been regularly evaluated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program under the direction of Dr. Micky Collins and with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.

“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.
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Kyle Busch Celebrating Interstate Batteries’ First Win

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Aug. 30, 2016) – This past weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series celebrated another first-time winner as 24-year old Kyle Larson brought home his maiden Sprint Cup victory.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), remembers what it was like to be a first-time winner himself. In fact, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 38 career races at NASCAR’s top level was the first driver to Larson’s driver-side window to shake his hand in victory lane at Michigan. Busch knows how difficult wins are to come by, and it certainly brought back memories of his own first win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California back in 2005.

So as the Sprint Cup series heads to its second annual “Throwback Weekend” at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Busch and Interstate Batteries will be honoring a first-time victory of their own as JGR and Interstate Batteries celebrate their 25th year together in 2016. The paint scheme Busch will race is a replica of the original design Dale Jarrett raced to victory in the 1993 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway – the first-ever Sprint Cup win for JGR and for Interstate Batteries.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Bristol

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Time Is Running Out: Four Races Remain Until Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

Only four races remain until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and the march toward the playoffs begins with Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Eleven drivers have captured berths by winning a race and they will likely be joined by Pocono victor Chris Buescher, who sits just three points outside of the 30th position he needs to seize a spot.

Here’s how the Chase Grid looks today: Brad Keselowski (4 wins), Kyle Busch (4), Carl Edwards (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Matt Kenseth (2), Jimmie Johnson (2), Kevin Harvick (1), Kurt Busch (1), Joey Logano (1), Martin Truex Jr (1), Tony Stewart (1), Ryan Newman (50 points ahead of Trevor Bayne on the cutoff line), Chase Elliott (+49), Austin Dillon (+47), Jamie McMurray (+38), Kyle Larson (+8).

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Haas Automation Racing: Tony Stewart Bristol Advance

Tony Stewart: 2016 Title Bid Flying Under The Radar

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (Aug. 15, 2016) – Psst. Can you keep a secret?

Don’t tell anybody, but amid the nostalgia and fanfare of his 18th and final year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS driver Tony Stewart is putting together one heck of a regular season. With all the focus on the commemoration of his retirement, his championship bid is flying under the radar.

Remember at the beginning of the year when the 45-year-old Stewart said 2016 was all about going out and “having fun” and hopefully running decently to cap off a wonderful career? Then came the January news of a fractured vertebrae from an all-terrain vehicle accident in California. The injury kept Stewart out of the first eight races and seemed to have lulled everyone into thinking there would be no way he and his team led by rookie crew chief Mike Bugarewicz could contend for the title.

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NASCAR Touring & Weekly Champions Will Celebrate In Charlotte

Returns to Convention Center, NASCAR Hall For Two Nights of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2016) – NASCAR champions from across the globe will return to Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to celebrate their 2016 season.

For the seventh consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center will play host to the awards shows which honor the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which celebrates the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 9. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards takes place the following evening, Saturday, Dec. 10.
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Watkins Glen

 

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Buescher Wins First Race, Snaps Front Row Motorsports’ 118-Race Winless Drought

Chris Buescher scored a surprise win at Pocono – his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory – after the race was called for fog. The last time a first-time winner visited Victory Lane was in 2014 when AJ Allmendinger triumphed at Watkins Glen International – the site ofSunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2:30 p.m. ET on USA).

Although he won, Buescher still has some work to do to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series champion sits 31st in the points standings, six points behind David Ragan for 30th. Coincidentally, Ragan was the last driver to win for Buescher’s Front Row Motorsports team – 118 races ago at Talladega. Also, Ragan helped Buescher get his career off the ground by setting him up with living arrangements, signing him to his Legends car team as a development driver and connecting him with Roush Fenway Racing.

Buescher, 23, is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie to win a race since Joey Logano visited Victory Lane at New Hampshire in 2009.

If Buescher reaches the top 30 in points after Richmond, he will become the first Sunoco Rookie since Denny Hamlin in 2006 to make the Chase. He has a good chance at making up some of that ground this weekend. His first NASCAR national series victory came at a road course – the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio in 2014.

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Mike Bugarewicz: One of the Keys to Tony Stewart’s Success

Lehighton, Pennsylvania Native Leads No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevy’s Resurgence

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) – Many factors contribute to Tony Stewart’s recent success. Excellent engines, cars, crew, fast pit stops and historic driving talent have propelled the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to be the third-highest scoring team in the last five races and have turned it into a real contender to win NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs as the regular season continues with Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Perhaps the leading factor in the three-time champion’s recent resurgence is the rookie crew chief with the really difficult-to-pronounce last name. Pennsylvanian Mike Bugarewicz (Bug-ARE-avich) was an unknown to most NASCAR fans at the beginning of the season, when SHR announced he would lead the No. 14 team in Stewart’s final season in NASCAR, then prepare for the arrival of Clint Bowyer in 2017.

After 20 races in 2016, the Lehighton, Pennsylvania native has become regarded by many as one of the fastest-rising crew chiefs in the sport as he’s overcome adversity, pulled off strategic feats and earned kudos from the future Hall of Fame driver. Stewart has come to praise the 34-year-old’s wisdom beyond his experience after nearly every race, of late.
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Merch Madness: Top-20 Drivers Released For Superstore One-Year Anniversary

Chase Elliott Becomes Youngest Sprint Cup Driver To Crack Top-5 In Trackside Sales
Lionel’s 1:64 Scale Die-Casts Up 77 Percent Year-Over-Year 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – This race weekend at Pocono Raceway marks the first anniversary of the Fanatics Trackside Superstore – the reimagined and improved at-track shopping experience. The Trackside Superstore offers fans a one-stop-shop every race weekend with the largest selection of in-store NASCAR merchandise in the world – bar none.

Halfway through 2016, photo finishes, side-by-side racing and record passing as the Chase spots are clinched has driven interest in the telecast and engagement on digital and social as well as in driver merchandise sales. NASCAR fans take pride in flying the colors of their favorite drivers and the first-half merchandise sales results are officially tallied. The top three drivers are no surprise with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the rankings, followed by six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Kyle Busch.

With rising stars like Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, there are currently five drivers in the top-20 list who are 26 years of age or younger.

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Stewart Has Wicked Good Run at New Hampshire

Haas Automation Driver Finishes Second in New Hampshire 301 

Date:  July 17, 2016

Event:  New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish:  12th/2nd (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing:  28th (287 points, 67 ahead of 31st)

Winner:  Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Tony Stewart had a wicked good run Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wheeling his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Stewart’s third top-five result this season and his 15th top-five in 34 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Stewart made the most of three restarts that took place during the race’s final 33 laps, driving from ninth to second and finishing 1.982 seconds behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

“The last three restarts were pretty intense,” Stewart said. “This track has always kind of had a history of one lane prevailing over the others. It seemed like it took a couple laps after the restarts for the track to rubber back in, and I think it was the best tire that Goodyear has brought here that I can remember in the 18 years I’ve been here. You could race all over the racetrack today. It was a fun race.”

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Harvick Finishes Fifth at New Hampshire

Jimmy John’s Driver Extends His Sprint Cup Series Points Lead to 14

Date: July 17, 2016

Event: New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish: 8th/4th (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing: 1st (636 points, 14 points ahead of second)

Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame pit road misfortune early in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to finish fourth, marking his eighth top-five result of 2016 and his eighth top-five in 31 career starts at New Hampshire.

Harvick started eighth and immediately showed he had one of the fastest cars on the racetrack as he advanced to the third position by the competition caution on lap 35. However, an issue with the pit gun used by the rear-tire changer resulted in a slower than normal stop which, paired with a two-tire strategy by several cars, dropped the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet back to the 12th position for the lap-40 restart.

The Bakersfield, California, native quickly worked his way back into the top-five and was racing in the fourth position by the following caution on lap 101. Harvick again came to pit road for a four-tire stop, but the left-rear tire briefly got hung inside the wheel well, causing another slightly slower stop. As a result the No. 4 Chevrolet restarted in the 11th position.

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