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Five Icons Selected as 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Comprise Hall’s Ninth Class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

The Class of 2018 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the fourth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Jimmie Johnson). In all, 54 votes were cast, with four additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as  potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd, Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

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Monster Energy Cup Series Test May 30-31

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is excited to announce a FREE event to fans taking place on May 30 and 31. NASCAR will be making a pit stop prior to the New Hampshire 301 in July for a two-day test session. The track will be open to the public on Tuesday, May 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

As a special bonus, fans that purchase tickets on property on May 31 to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 or add on to an already purchased package will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes garage passes for the NASCAR test session that day. This access is limited and on a first-come, first serve basis (up to 150 people) – with a maximum of two passes per ticket account.

The Concord and Main Grandstands will be open along with a unique view from the Granite Ledge on the outfield in Turn 3. Viewing areas in the infield will include the Champions Club (a trackside Turn 1 area), a portion of cold pit road and the grass area in Turn 2, all of which provide close-up views of your favorite drivers racing on the track. A tram will be running throughout the day to help expedite fans to locations around the property.

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NASCAR Adds Fourth Stage to Coca-Cola 600

More Moments, More Excitement Set for a Crown Jewel of NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the addition of a fourth stage to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an update that will provide fans with yet another opportunity for a memorable moment in a season already filled with them. The four stages in the 400-lap race will be uniformly set at 100 laps apiece.

The Coca-Cola 600 has a storied legacy of history-making moments, from career-first victories for the likes of David Pearson and Jeff Gordon, to record-setting runs like Martin Truex Jr.’s breathtaking performance in last year’s edition. 

And now, there’s a distinct possibility for more.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Talladega

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Richmond Winner Logano Goes For Second Straight ‘Dega Victory

Joey Logano, 26, won his first race of the season Sunday at Richmond in his 300th career start. He’ll attempt to win again in his 301st start in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he won the latest race last fall.

Logano has taken the checkered flag in the last two fall races at Talladega, but claims only two top-10 finishes at the 2.66-mile behemoth in the spring (ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011; both with Joe Gibbs Racing). Overall the No. 22 Team Penske driver has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and an 18.7 average finish in 16 starts at Talladega.

The Middletown, Connecticut, native’s win at Richmond put an exclamation point on his strong start to the season.  He has only finished outside the top six once in the first nine races – a 31st-place showing at Phoenix where he led a season-high 82 laps and won the first stage before wrecking out of the race.

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NASCAR Enlists 14-Year-Old to Direct New NASCAR Acceleration Nation Spot

Driver Austin Dillon Stars in Television Ad to Promote Sport’s National Youth Platform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Apr. 28, 2017) –- In search of a director to oversee filming for its latest NASCAR Acceleration Nation television creative, NASCAR® turned to a 14-year-old rising star in advertising.

Amelia Conway of Temecula, Calif., developed the treatment and directed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Austin Dillon in the new spot promoting the sport’s national youth platform.

The 30-second ad, titled “Tutelage,” debuted today online and will air beginning this weekend during the Richmond races on FOX and FS1.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Richmond

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Retire At End Of Season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday he will retire from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing at the end of the season. He is still under contract to run two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018.

In 603 career starts, Earnhardt has 26 wins, 149 top fives, and 253 top 10s. He is a 14-time Most Popular Driver and a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion.

The No. 88 Chevrolet driver, who currently sits 24th in the standings, will attempt to turn his season around at Richmond – one of his better tracks.

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NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light Takes Center Stage in Charlotte

Grammy Award Winner Maren Morris to Perform Live
NASCAR Drivers Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hosting Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – For the first time, the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash presented by Coors Light will take center stage in Charlotte on Thursday, May 18. Celebrating the first half of the NASCAR season, the Silver Bullet Bash will lead off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star weekend festivities with live music, special guests and unique experiences.   

As part of this year’s event, Maren Morris, who recently won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, will rock the crowd with a headline performance at the legendary Fillmore Charlotte.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will take the stage for a special performance playing hit songs like “My Church” and “80s Mercedes” along with others from her new album HERO.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

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Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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A Silver Anniversary Gold Rush: Monster Energy All-Star Race Format Announced

$1 Million At Stake as NASCAR, Charlotte Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘One Hot Night’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2017) — As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

And now, 25 years later, past meets present … as another new era begins with the first all-star race under the Monster Energy banner.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning, and incorporates a fascinating strategy component.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas

Clock Stopper: Keselowski First Driver To Multiple Wins

Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back to visit Victory Lane for his first time at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who notched the first victory for Ford at Martinsville since Oct. 20, 2002 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing, 28 races ago), will go for his second straight victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

The No. 2 Ford driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 markers behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson. Continue reading ‘NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas’

NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Martinsville

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California Winning: Larson Notches First Win Of Season At Auto Club

Kyle Larson snapped a streak of three consecutive runner-ups, leading 110 laps and winning Stage 1 on his way to Victory Lane in last Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead to 29 points over Chase Elliott. Because of his victory and stage win, Larson now has six playoff points.

Larson, who also won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, became the 17th driver to sweep a national series weekend.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Auto Club

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Larson Leads Points Standings Following Third Straight Runner-Up Finish

There’s a new sheriff in town as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series closes out its West Coast swing with Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Kyle Larson has ascended to the top of the points standings following his third consecutive runner-up showing last Sunday at Phoenix. It’s the latest in the season a Chip Ganassi Racing car has led the standings since Sterling Marlin’s Coors Light Silver Bullet led the field in 2002.

Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus to lead the points standings.

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NASCAR Checks-In to Hotels for Hope

Booking Partner of NASCAR’; Each Booking to Benefit The NASCAR Foundation®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 21, 2017) —  NASCAR announced today a multi-year partnership with Hotels for Hope designating the company as the “Official Hotel Booking Partner of NASCAR®.” Hotels for Hope, a hotel inventory brokerage with a philanthropic business model, services large scale consumer events across the country and will now include NASCAR race weekends. 

As part of the partnership, a landing page on NASCAR.com (www.nascar.com/hotels) launches today, allowing the industry and fans to book hotels for upcoming race weekends through its “Raceday Hotels by Hotels for Hope™” platform. For each actualized room night booked through Hotels for Hope, one dollar will be donated to The NASCAR Foundation.

“There’s really nothing like attending a NASCAR race and partnering with Hotels for Hope will provide our fans with a convenient and streamlined process to book travel,” said Chad Seigler, NASCAR vice president of business development. “Hotels for Hope drives awareness and funds for notable charitable organizations and we are proud that The NASCAR Foundation will be represented among them.”

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Interstate Batteries Racing: Kyle Busch Advance and Team Report for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana

KYLE BUSCH Charging to the Front at Fontana

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 21, 2017) – While the expectation for Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is to run up front and challenge for wins each week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are particular tracks where Busch excels more others.

One of those places happens to be Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the site of Sunday’sCup Series Auto Club 400. The Las Vegas native and his Interstate Batteries team will be shooting for his fourth career win at the track located approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles this weekend.

Busch will pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries at Fontana for the first of six Cup Series races this season. The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization for more than 25 years and is the “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing.” This year, the iconic brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, special 65th anniversary branding will be featured in each of the paint schemes JGR will race during the 2017 NASCAR season.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.

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No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Racing: Clint Bowyer Auto Club Advance

CLINT BOWYER No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Team Looks To Cap Successful West Coast Swing

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 21, 2017) – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes the third and final stop on its three-race West Coast swing Sunday when the green flag drops on the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer has made the most of the opening four races of the 2017 season, climbing to a 13th-place tie in the standings.

Sunday marks Bowyer’s first appearance driving his No. 14 Ford carrying the decals of Rush Truck Centers. The Texas-based company is using its partnership with SHR and Bowyer to reach out to NASCAR fans as one way to recruit the technicians it needs to operate the largest network of commercial truck and bus dealerships in the country, with locations in 21 states.

Bowyer, who grew up working for his father Chris “Pops” Bowyer’s tow-truck business in Emporia, Kansas, appreciates the trucking industry as much as any driver in the sport.

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Busch Beer Racing: Kevin Harvick Auto Club Speedway Advance and Team Report

KEVIN HARVICK The West Coast Swing Heads Home

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 20, 2016)Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), heads to Fontana, California this weekend for the final race of the three-race West Coast swing – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

The visit to Fontana serves as a home game for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion, who grew up approximately 150 miles northwest of Auto Club Speedway in Bakersfield.

The stop at Auto Club Speedway should provide confidence for the Bakersfield native. He is one of three drivers from California to win a Cup Series race at Fontana, joining Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Phoenix

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Sweep’n Row: Furniture Row Racing’s Truex First to Win All 3 Stages

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win all three stages under NASCAR’s race enhancements when he took the checkered flag in last Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The No. 78 Toyota driver, who won a career-high four races last season, led 150 total laps on his way to his first victory of 2017. Through three races, Truex sits fourth in the points standings (five points below leader Brad Keselowski, but leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with seven playoff points.

Truex will attempt to notch another win in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he’s logged only one top-five finish (fifth in 2009) in 22 starts.

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Haas Automation/Monster Energy Racing: Kurt Busch Phoenix Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Another ‘Home Game’ in the Desert Southwest

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 13, 2017) – Growing up in Las Vegas, Kurt Busch spent the early years of his career competing at tracks along the West Coast.

And when he wasn’t behind the wheel of his racecar, the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) traveled to area tracks to take in races as a spectator. Throughout the 1990s, Busch regularly made the trek to Phoenix International Raceway just to have the chance to watch NASCAR superstars like Dale Earnhardt and Davey Allison compete.

Getting the opportunity to race at the mile oval in the desert west of Phoenix – the same track where he had cheered for many of his racing heroes – was a dream come true for Busch. Racing at the track was like a home game for Busch, who also attended college for several semesters at the University of Arizona down the road in Tucson before making it in NASCAR’s big leagues.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Interstate Batteries Racing: Daniel Suarez Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Advance

Daniel Suarez Back in the Saddle

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 8, 2017) – There is a level of comfort that can be derived from being back on familiar ground. It’s that very premise that serves as the theme to the Gene Autry classic “Back in the Saddle Again.”

And that’s exactly where Daniel Suarez will find himself this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A quick look back to one year ago and it’s immediately obvious that, for Suarez, there isn’t much that is the same. Last year at this time, the Monterrey, Mexico native had just embarked on his second full season of NASCAR XFINITY Series competition and was still trying to score his first career win in the series. In the 12 months that have followed, he’s not only scored his first series win, he visited victory lane a total of three times and won the 2016 XFINITY Series championship. And during the offseason, it was announced that Suarez would replace retiring driver Carl Edwards as driver of the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Landmark Award

Allison, Farmer, Gibbs, Labonte, Penske New to Ballot; France, Hawkins Join Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Each name made an indelible mark on the sport, whether from behind the wheel or atop a pit box … or even from inside a broadcast booth. After long careers that have helped shape NASCAR, all are now one step closer to its highest honor – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all racing heroes who earned race wins, championships … and millions of fans.

Among them are two owners who have each eclipsed the 100-win mark (Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske), a driver who combined for four championships in NASCAR’s Modified and Late Model Sportsman division (Red Farmer), an extreme talent who collected 19 wins before his too-soon passing (Davey Allison) and the 2000 premier series champion (Bobby Labonte). For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Las Vegas

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Grand Theft Auto: Keselowski Steals Win At Atlanta, Goes For Second Straight Victory At Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski took advantage of Kevin Harvick’s late speeding penalty by passing Kyle Larson with six laps left to win last Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory extends Keselowski’s streak of seasons with at least one win to seven. The No. 2 Ford driver ranks third in the points standings (six markers behind Harvick) as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Keselowski is the defending race winner in Sin City. He took the checkered flag there last year in a highly competitive contest in which five different drivers led 24 or more laps – Keselowski, first-place, 24 laps led; Joey Logano, second, 74; Jimmie Johnson, third, 76; Kyle Busch, fourth, 38; Kurt Busch ninth, 31.

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NASCAR Drivers, Social Media Stars Lead Return of NASCAR Goes West

Driver Adventures Off the Track to Highlight Three-week Trek to Las Vegas, Phoenix and L.A. Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2017) –- NASCAR® drivers are packing a sense of adventure for their 2,000-mile journey west as NASCAR Goes West celebrates the sport’s annual stretch of races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, and Auto Club Speedway.

Following an exciting season launch at Daytona and Atlanta, drivers will take in the sights and sounds of the West Coast in conjunction with Whistle Sports and popular social influencers, including Frisbee trick shot artist Brodie Smith, the Harlem Globetrotters and acrobatic fitness couple Austin and Julian.

In preparation for race days, NASCAR fans can follow the drivers along their off-track adventures on Snapchat and Instagram, and across all social media platforms using #NASCARGoesWest.

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NASCAR and SiriusXM Extend Broadcasting Agreement Through 2022 for Every NASCAR National Series Race

SiriusXM will continue to air all races from NASCAR’s premier division, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as every NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

NASCAR fans continue to get 24/7 coverage of the sport on exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel

NEW YORK and DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) –- NASCAR and SiriusXM today announced a six-year renewal to extend their broadcasting and marketing agreement through 2022. SiriusXM will continue to deliver 24/7 racing content to millions of listeners across North America, including live broadcasts of every race, plus daily NASCAR talk and interviews with voices across the industry through its exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel. NASCAR content is available to SiriusXM subscribers in their car, at home or on the go on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM and NASCAR’s agreement extension marks another important milestone in the history of collaboration between the two organizations, as 2017 is NASCAR’s 16th season on satellite radio and listeners will have uninterrupted access to the sport for more than two decades. SiriusXM will also retain exclusive category rights to utilize NASCAR branding and trademarks for advertising and promotion.

“We have more than a successful decade of partnership already under our belts with SiriusXM and look forward to continuing our relationship over the next six years,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “SiriusXM provides robust coverage of both our live events and breaking news, acting as a trusted resource for our sport and helping NASCAR content to reach new, diverse audiences nationwide.”

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Mobil 1 Racing: Kevin Harvick Las Vegas Advance and Team Report

KEVIN HARVICK Leading the Pack Out West

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 8, 2017) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to Las Vegas for this weekend’s Kobalt 400. His impressive start to the 2017 campaign through the series’ first two events has led to a four-point lead over the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, fellow SHR teammate and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, in the season standings.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the No. 4 Mobil 1 team securing the top spot in the Cup Series standings is that it has done it while transitioning through the offseason to Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company as its manufacturer.

The new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point system rewards racing at the front of the field throughout each event and, ultimately, winning stages. The No. 4 team has three stage wins through the first two events of the season and has led 342 of 525 total laps – more than 65 percent of the possible total. The driver who ranks second in laps led is Chase Elliott with 39.

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Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Blue Bunny Ice Cream Announce Five $25,000 Grant Opportunities

Public Vote To Determine 2017 Helmet of Hope Grant Recipients

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, announced the launch of the 2017 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign, which will award $125,000 to five non-profit organizations in May.

The announcement, made via video (2017 Helmet of Hope Video Announcement) today on Johnson’s Facebook page, revealed that not-for-profit 501c3 organizations that directly support K-12 public education will be eligible to compete for one of the five available $25,000 grants.

“Jimmie and his wife Chandra’s continued dedication to the Helmet of Hope program is inspiring,” said Wells. “Blue Bunny is honored and proud to once again partner with them on this incredible program to help continue to support academic success for kids through these local organizations.”

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No. 14 Haas Automation Racing: Clint Bowyer Las Vegas Advance

CLINT BOWYER Living Up to No. 14 with 400th Cup Start On Tap in Vegas

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Few people must live up to a number like Clint Bowyer will in 2017.

This year, Bowyer inherited the steering wheel of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion from three-time champion Tony Stewart, who retired last season after a 49-win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and hundreds of other victories in many forms of racing. Since starting Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with co-owner Gene Haas in 2009, Stewart has piloted a car carrying the No. 14 to victory lane 16 times – the most of any driver in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Stewart selected No. 14 for a good reason.

His boyhood hero A.J. Foyt made the number legendary in open-wheel racing. Foyt’s driving career included four Indianapolis 500 wins among his hundreds of open-wheel victories, plus checkered flags in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and sportscar racing’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the record, Foyt also drove the No. 14 in 42 NASCAR races, but with that number he was winless with just a single top-five finish.

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M&M’S Racing: Kyle Busch Las Vegas Cup Series Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH Looking to Double Hometown Cup Wins

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Aside from NASCAR’s biggest events like the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a win at the hometown racetrack is high on the priority list for many in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
 
Las Vegas native Kyle Busch crossed off an all-important hometown win in just his fifth NASCAR Cup Series start at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Kobalt 400.
 
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and 2002 honors graduate of Las Vegas’ Durango High School would like to double his number of Cup Series wins at the 1.5-mile oval after he brought home that emotional first win there in 2009.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Las Vegas Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Headed Home with the Hardware

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – It all started with an idea contrived in the No. 41 hauler last Friday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Back at the racetrack for the first time since winning the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the idea came to Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), as he explained to the team that there are just two Harley J. Earl trophies made each year – one each presented to the winning driver and car owner of the Daytona 500. Gene Haas, the listed car owner, shipped his to Haas Automation’s headquarters in Oxnard, California, where it will be displayed.

But Busch wanted to order replica trophies for crew chief Tony Gibson, sponsor Monster Energy and others. Unable to do that, he came up with the idea of sharing his trophy with his teammates and others, as is the tradition with the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League championship-winning team, The Stanley Cup.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Zarrella Enjoying Daytona 500 Victory

Jeff Zarrella reflected Sunday night after Stewart-Haas Racing and Kurt Busch captured their first Daytona 500.

A lap 128 crash sent Busch into the turn 3 wall and collected teammates Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick.

The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion pitted multiple times to fix a left rear tire rub. The crew changed four tires again after Busch reported it was still rubbing. Zarrella saw the right side tires had no rubs. The team used that set of tires with 3 laps on it instead of a set of stickers. The team did not have time to glue the lug nuts so they carried the lug nuts to change tires.

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Lilly Diabetes Becomes ‘Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®’

New Relationship Builds on Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing™

NASCAR® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the “Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR.”

The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com.

“As a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, we understand the daily challenges that millions of Americans face managing this disease,” said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “Our partnership with NASCAR, along with our continued relationship with Ryan, emphasizes the critical role of ongoing discussions with your doctor about how to best manage the disease.”

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