Archive for the 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Category

Sprint to End NASCAR Sponsorship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 16, 2014) – “NASCAR and Sprint have enjoyed a long and productive partnership that has returned significant value to both parties. We understand significant changes within Sprint and the highly competitive business environment it is in has led to a decision not to extend its Cup Series entitlement position following the 2016 season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a very unique, premium sports marketing platform with strong momentum, so we are very confident of moving forward in 2017 with an outstanding new partner. In the meantime, we look forward to Sprint’s partnership on the best racing series in the world for the next two seasons.”

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Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Former Daytona 500 Pole Winners Also Added to Season-Opening Showcase at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”

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2015 NBC NASCAR Promo

Comedian, Actor Jay Mohr to Host the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards

Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Nashville’s Lennon and Maisy to Perform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The slogan is as recognizable as any: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

But NASCAR will make an exception on Dec. 5 when it gives audiences a front row seat as Jay Mohr, Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Lennon and Maisy take the stage at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™show from the Wynn Las Vegas® live on FOX Sports 1.

This year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will honor 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, as well as celebrate the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET.

Mohr will serve as the host for the second consecutive year. The actor, comedian, radio host and best-selling author has one of the most expansive backgrounds in show business. After landing his dream job at “Saturday Night Live” and launching his career in film alongside Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire,” Mohr appeared in approximately 200 network television episodes and more than 25 feature films. Additionally, his national radio show, “Jay Mohr Sports,” is syndicated in more than 155 markets across the U.S. With a career in entertainment that spans over three decades, Mohr has become an artist who knows no limits, making him the perfect person to help celebrate NASCAR’s most prominent drivers.
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“Fresh From Florida” Motorsports Campaign Re-Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports Marketing

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Re-Signs Richard Petty Motorsports Marketing
Team Will Manage Growth in “Fresh From Florida” Marketing Campaign

CONCORD, N.C. (November 24, 2014) – The marketing arm of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today the extension of their relationship with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. RPM will continue to develop and execute a fully-integrated motorsports marketing campaign in 2015 for “Fresh From Florida,” a marketing, advertising and promotional campaign focused on building awareness and sales of fresh seafood, produce and other Florida products.

The “Fresh From Florida” campaign includes various marketing elements centered around motorsports including race promotion, team sponsorship, track sponsorship, marketing services, public relations, experiential marketing and retail partnerships along with traditional and digital media. The platform will be executed across the state of Florida and throughout the Southeast at motorsports events including NASCAR, IMSA and events at iconic motorsports venues.

In 2015, “Fresh From Florida” will again partner with RPM and Tampa area native Aric Almirola as the primary brand ambassador via events in two NASCAR series. “Fresh From Florida” will be featured on the famed No. 43 Sprint Cup car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March and Talladega Superspeedway in May and have associate placement at Martinsville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway. They will also support Almirola in both NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Daytona International Speedway.
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Mayfield Bound for Turkey Derby XLI

Mayfield Enjoying Return to Racing

Jeremy Mayfield of Owensboro, KY will be among the entries for Saturday’s Turkey Derby XLI at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway. He is in a better place than he was a year ago, back behind the wheel. 

“We’ve got a really great team,” Mayfield said. “We’ve put together some good guys and good equipment and I’ve just had a great year. … We’ve led a lot of laps in the KOMA stuff and we’re competitive and we’ve been running good and it’s just been a great year for me so far.”

“We knew it was a big race and we’re doing all the races we can everywhere and just feel like that would be a good one to run and driving in the Modifieds, I’ve had a good time doing that.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner enters the event with high expectations.

“I just want to go into it just doing the best we can and I know I’ve got a good car, in Dave Brigati’s car because I know they’ll be fast and we’ll take all we get.”  “… I’ve been watching a lot of races on YouTube, watching the track and how it works and all that stuff, so I think we’ll be pretty good, pretty quick.”

Mayfield is familiar with adapting to tracks as he traveled to many new places this season. The banked 1/3 mile oval will be bring Mayfield back to his roots racing in Tennessee.

“I’ve run places that have got a lot more banking than that. Bristol was one of ‘em and I kind of grew up in Nashville and running on a 5/8 down there, which is high banked, and then I run Highland Rim Tennessee, which is huge. It’s real small, but real high banked track, so I kind of grew up on tracks like that and I feel like I’m going to pretty much like it and know it’s my style track. It’s high banked and a short track, so I think it will be okay and like I said, I’ll have a good car, be able to get a few laps in practice and then run from there.”

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NASCAR Statement Regarding the Passing of Denny Darnell

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2014) – “NASCAR offers its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Denny Darnell. For decades working with Bristol Motor Speedway, RJ Reynolds, NEXTEL and Dodge, Denny was a familiar and friendly face in media centers and NASCAR garages throughout the country. He approached his job seriously and professionally, but few could bring laughter like Denny. He was a public relations institution, and will be greatly missed.”
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NASCAR Statement on Kurt Busch Investigation

NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Regarding Dover Police Department Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2014) – “NASCAR is aware of the investigation involving driver Kurt Busch. We recognize the seriousness of this matter and are actively gathering information from all parties, including law enforcement authorities and Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information.”

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Next Race: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, Oct. 26

The Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)

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Richard Petty Motorsports Signs Sam Hornish, Jr.

Former Indianapolis 500 Champion and NASCAR Winner to Drive No. 9 Ford

CONCORD, N.C. (October 8, 2014) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today that three-time IndyCar Series Champion turned NASCAR winner, Sam Hornish, Jr. will join the storied organization to drive the No. 9 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015. Hornish, Jr. joins RPM from Joe Gibbs Racing where he competed part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season scoring one win and four Top-Five finishes in only eight starts.

A seasoned and diverse driver, Hornish, Jr. has the ability to immediately win races for RPM in the Sprint Cup Series and compete in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 35-year-old from Defiance, Ohio began his professional career in the IndyCar Series winning 19 times, including the Indianapolis 500, and three championships. His last championship came with Penske Racing who helped Hornish, Jr. make the transition into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Hornish, Jr. has competed in three full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series as well as two full seasons in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing where he finished second in points in 2013 by a mere three markers. In 2014, Hornish, Jr. has made the most of his time behind the wheel while driving a partial Nationwide Series schedule at Joe Gibbs Racing with two poles and a win. He is now ready to rejoin the Sprint Cup Series with RPM.

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A Fresh Look at North Wilkesboro

The description says it all: “Many NASCAR drivers did their thing here. Now time is doing her thing.”

 A “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” video posted on Bob Asbury’s YouTube page shows the demise of  North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway, the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes County. The Sky Sprinter Aerial Photography video was shot on Saturday.

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Young Multicultural and Female Drivers Compete for Spot in NASCAR

20 Drivers Invited To 11th Drive for Diversity Combine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America will participate in the 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine Oct. 13-15 with hopes of earning a spot in the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The NASCAR D4D Combine – being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virgina, for the fourth consecutive year – has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series three-time race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver Daniel Suarez, who recently announced a full-year NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program has seen significant success in recent years with several standout drivers who have consistently exceled and put on their best performance on the race track,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “It is important for us to provide development opportunities for young female and diverse drivers who have the talent, but may lack the resources or guidance to find an entry point in our sport.”
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Team Penske Extends Agreement with Joey Logano

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 25, 2014) – Team Penske announced today that it has signed multiple-race winner and 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender, Joey Logano, to a contract extension.

Under the new multi-year agreement, Logano will continue behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the No. 22 Discount Tire / Hertz Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) for Team Penske.

“Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners,” said Roger Penske. “He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come.”

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NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer, Regarding Ontario (N.Y.) County District Attorney Announcement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2014) – “There are no winners in tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we have respected the local authorities responsible for reviewing this case.”

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: AAA 400
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 28
The Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 400 miles (400 laps)

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Next Race: Dover 200
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 27
The Time: 3:30p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 200 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rhino Linings 350
The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 27
The Time: 10 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 350 Kilometers (146 laps)

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LaJoie to Make Sprint Cup Debut at NHMS

Grandson of NEAR Hall of Famer Seeking Additional Opportunities 

LOUDON, NH — Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie of Concord, NC will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will drive the No. 77 Fochler Veterans Law/Valor4Vets.com Ford for Randy Humphrey Racing in the Sylvania 300.

“They were kind of looking to invest in a young driver and I guess I was at the top of their list,” LaJoie said. “I definitely have a lot to learn in this deal. This is kind of like jumping in the deep end with both feet here.”

He did not have the benefit of testing ahead of the race, just practice since Friday. LaJoie admitted that he is not used to the feel of the radial tires, including the lateral load (compared to bias ply run in other series). LaJoie called wrestling the 900 horsepower car “a task in itself.”

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Tommy Baldwin Jr. and Steve Park Announce New Venture at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

American Muscle Car Driving Experience to be featured on the No. 36 at NHMS and Dover

Huntersville, NC (September 17, 2014) – Two of the most successful motorsports professionals to come out of the northeast have blended their wealth of knowledge to develop the most unique driving experience anywhere in the country.

New York natives, Tommy Baldwin, Jr. and Steve Park, are proud to announce the creation of The American Muscle Driving Experience. Headquartered at the famed Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Golf Club, the program offers three customizable skill levels to advance through utilizing everything from high-performance American muscle cars to authentic race-ready professional stock cars.

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ANNOUNCING: New Partners, Beginning in 2015

STANLEY to Sponsor Carl Edwards for 12 Races; DEWALT Reunites with Matt Kenseth for Six Races

Huntersville, N.C. (September17, 2014) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that it has entered partnership with world-leading tool and security provider STANLEY and professional power tool provider DEWALT beginning in the 2015 season. STANLEY and DEWALT will serve as primary sponsors for drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, respectively.

STANLEY will partner with JGR as the primary sponsor for 12 races on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards beginning in 2015, while DEWALT will serve as the primary sponsor for six races on the No. 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. In addition, STANLEY will have associate branding on the No. 18 Toyota throughout the 2015 season, as well as on both the No. 19 and No. 20 Toyotas when not already serving as the primary sponsor. Other Stanley Black &Decker brands, including Mac Tools, BLACK+DECKER, and more, will continue to be a part of the NASCAR program with JGR.

“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership for Joe Gibbs Racing with both STANLEY and DEWALT,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They have a great history in our sport. We’ve had a partnership with Mac Tools that dates back to our first days here at JGR. It’s an honor that they chose to come on board and support both Carl and Matt.”
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Inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Thursday

On Track Karting in Wallingford, CT will host the inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com on Thursday night. The indoor karting race will feature team (Hometown Showdown) and individual races (Dash 4 Cash). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Middletown, CT native Joey Logano will be racing throughout the night.

The Hometown Showdown will include 28 teams of four drivers in qualifying heats with the top five per heat advancing to the feature. The team owner cost $1,500 gets you one karting team with four drivers and a tournament berth. 20 positions are available. The $500 per entry Dash 4 Cash race is a 10-lap shootout for 15 drivers with a $5,000 purse.

Entries in either event will get a VIP meet and greet with Logano, access to the silent auction, a racing gift bag, dinner, photo opportunities, raffles, a t-shirt, snacks and drinks. The top three teams will be honored in the Awards Ceremony.

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Gilliland Heads for the Fast Lane with Clean Harbors

Boston-Based Company Goes Racing at Loudon on No. 38 Ford

STATESVILLE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 – David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Clean Harbors Ford, comments on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

“We’re excited to have Clean Harbors on our No. 38 Ford for the first time. They’re based nearby in Boston so this will be a home race for them. Their Safety-Kleen Company has provided services to Front Row Motorsports for nine years and they’ve been a NASCAR service partner for over 20 years, so they’re certainly no stranger to our team or to the sport.

“Loudon is always a challenging racetrack. Our team tested up there recently, so hopefully we can take some of that information and put it to use for this weekend. It’s a tough track. Just the lack of banking is the biggest thing. And the banking it does have in the corners is not continuous from the bottom to the top. So there are specific lanes you have to run in, and that makes it very difficult to pass. You’ve got to have all four tires in a specific lane or it just doesn’t really work. But our test information should really help us get a leg up on it.”

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the SYLVANIA 300

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. (ET) and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.8
2014 Rundown
• Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 13.0
• Led 21 races for 1,340 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 11.4 in 10 races
• Average Running Position of 13.6, 12th-best
• Driver Rating of 93.8, ninth-best

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Passports, Please: 16 Challengers Embark on Multi-Country Media Blitz

‘Chase Across North America’ Included 16 Markets, 3 Countries

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Over the next 10 weeks – roughly 70 days – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will log a scheduled 3,995.98 miles. 

But today alone, in terms of distance traveled, 16 drivers collectively obliterated that figure during an unprecedented 16-market media tour known as “Chase Across North America.”

Bigger … and better. That was the tone set today as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets ready to start its playoffs – the win-and-advance 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The most populated city in the United States? Jimmie Johnson went there (New York).

Biggest in Mexico? Got it: Carl Edwards, Mexico City.

Largest in Canada? Yep, Jeff Gordon hit Toronto.

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NHMS at Hard Rock Cafe Boston

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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Proceeds Complete $150,000 Grant Commitment to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Seventh-annual celebrity Late Model race took place on April 24 at South Boston Speedway to benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation2015 date set for April 23 at South Boston

RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2014) – With proceeds from the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown race held last April, Mary Lou Hamlin of the Denny Hamlin Foundation presented a $50,000 check today to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The donation represents the third and final installment of the $150,000 grant commitment made in 2012 to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at CHoR and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU.

A sell-out crowd and great racing action once again made the seventh annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown a huge success this year. The celebrity-laden Late Model charity race, held April 24 at historic South Boston (Va.) Speedway for the first time, featured the Virginia-bred Hamlin and other stars of NASCAR against many of the area’s top Late Model racers.

“The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown was a big hit again,” said Hamlin, who last raced at South Boston in 2003. “The crew and fans at South Boston really responded and gave us former SoBo regulars a great welcome back. With such great fan and sponsor support of the event, the Denny Hamlin Foundation is able to advance the great work coming from the Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab, and help move vital Cystic Fibrosis therapies forward to help all individuals with CF.”

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Kahne to Join Gordon at Lime Rock Sept. 18

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Sept. 8) – Kasey Kahne has volunteered to join Hendrick Motorsport’s teammate Jeff Gordon at Lime Rock Park Thursday, September 18 to help Gordon raise funds and awareness for AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign. Kahne is seeded 11th in NASCAR’s championship playoff system, while Hendrick teammates Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson are second, third and fourth, respectively..

Since the Jeff Gordon hot laps are sold out, Kasey has generously offered up “Kasey Hot Laps” – he’ll be driving a 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 with passengers – for a $500 donation to Drive to End Hunger, .

That means two of 2014’s NASCAR Sprint Cup “Chase for the Championship” qualifiers are here at Lime Rock, plus Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson (also driving, for $400 donations) and, of course, team owner Rick Hendrick himself.
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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios for Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2014) – With his win at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Kasey Kahne became the 13th winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – and the 13th member of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Matt Kenseth finished second at Atlanta, and though winless, has accumulated enough points throughout the regular season to guarantee himself a spot in the Chase.

Fourteen Chase spots are now taken, assuming those 14 drivers all attempt to qualify at Richmond.

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Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

This availability will be streamed live on www.nascar.com/presspass. A transcript will be available approximately one hour after the availability.

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2014 Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com

The Joey Logano Foundation invites you to participate in the inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at On-Track Karting in Wallingford, CT.

On-Track Karting is one of the tracks where Joey Logano’s racing career began and offers some of the longest and fastest indoor kart tracks in the country. This signature karting event will support The Connection, a nonprofit organization who assists thousands of people a month throughout Connecticut. For more than 40 years, The Connection has reunited families suffering from abuse and neglect, creating safer, healthier communities making a difference in countless lives. Proceeds from the event will go directly back to the local community to support The Connection’s Community-based Services, Advocacy and Research for Connecticut.

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NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedure for Competitors

Rule Enhances Sport’s Ongoing Safety Efforts

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
  • Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

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Wood Brothers Racing Forms Alliance with Team Penske; Selects Ryan Blaney to Drive Famous No. 21 Car in 2015

HARRISBURG, N.C., Aug. 14, 2014 – Wood Brothers Racing announces today that it has formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and will race a partial-season schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney.

Blaney, who has raced as a Team Penske development driver since 2012, will compete in at least 12 races for Wood Brothers Racing next season in the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion as he continues his rapid NASCAR development.

“Wood Brothers Racing is excited to align with Roger Penske and his team and we couldn’t be more pleased to put Ryan Blaney in the No. 21 Ford Fusion,” said Eddie and Len Wood, co-owners of Wood Brothers Racing, in a joint statement. “Ryan is a third-generation racer and one of the best young drivers out there. He has been a winner in many different kinds of cars since he started racing at a very young age and we fully expect that to continue while he is with us.”

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