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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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Clarion Call: A Word to the Wise

Questions Abound After Fatal Clash

The events of Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua (NY) Motorsports Park have set off a firestorm of comments on social media. This fool’s paradise has erupted largely because of three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s involvement in a fatal accident with Kevin Ward, Jr., 20, of Port Leyden, NY.

Ward was second at Ohsweken (ONT) Speedway Friday night. He had four series wins (2011-Autodrome Drummond, 2012-Mohawk, 2013-Autodrome Granby, Evans Mills). Although the most recent standings were not posted, he was seventh in the standings according to the series website.

The past weekend has not been kind to the local short track racing community. Bob Bettencourt, Jr. was involved in a bad crash at Seekonk (MA) Speedway on Saturday night. A three car crash involving Paul Lallier and Stephen Potter sent Bettencourt into the turn three wall driver’s side. The race was red flagged and he was transported to a local hospital.”I am fine,” Bettencourt said Sunday evening.

News from Canandaigua was already swirling late Saturday night and I stayed up until around 2AM to follow it. By the time I awoke, I was assaulted by news saturation. Add the huge wreck at Watkins Glen, and some things need to be said.

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Kevin Ward, Jr. Obituary

Kevin A. Ward, Jr.
May 23, 1994 - August 9, 2014
Resided in Port Leyden, NY

Kevin A. Ward, Jr.Port Leyden- Kevin A. Ward, Jr., 20 of Kelpytown Road, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, in a tragic Sprint Car racing accident, at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Canandaigua, NY. Affectionately known as “Budster,” and later as “Junior,” Kevin, during his teenage years had become an icon- “and one of a kind,” in Motorsport Racing. 

Kevin was born in Rome, on May 23, 1994, a son of Kevin A. and Pamela Colwell Ward, Sr. He grew up in Port Leyden, where he attended elementary school, completing his education at South Lewis Senior High School, where he graduated with the Class of 2012. While attending high school, he attended the Howard G. Sackett BOCES Center, Glenfield, where he majored in Automobile Technology; during that time he greatly enjoyed completing an Auto Tech Internship at Lee Buick, Inc. Boonville. 

While growing up Kevin participated in 8 Man Football, Baseball and AYSO Soccer, all in Port Leyden. 

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Press Release from Ontario County Sheriff’s Department

The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., of Lewis County, N.Y., is ongoing and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks or more. Investigators continue to seek witnesses, gather evidence, and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction. However, it would be inappropriate to discuss details or findings of the investigation with the media at this time. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as the Ontario County Office of Sheriff continues this investigation and for having patience as we conduct a thorough review of all of the relevant facts involving this tragic accident. When the investigation is completed, we will meet with members of the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and discuss with them all aspects of the investigation into the crash that occurred on August 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Speedway. At that time, more information relating to any determinations that have been made may be released. In closing, on behalf of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of Kevin Ward, Jr.

Philip C. Povero
Ontario County Sheriff

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Vega Comments on Stewart-Ward Crash

BOSTON, MA — Boston Globe Sports Reporter Michael Vega was a guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub WBZ-FM (CBS Radio Boston) Monday afternoon for his insight on the fatal accident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward, Jr. It has received extensive attention from national media. Admittedly the station usually did not include auto racing, but devoted over an hour of the Felger & Massarotti show to discuss it. The hosts for Vega’s interview were Marc Bertrand (subbing for Michael Felger) and Tony Massarotti.

“I cringed because, like you, I had the same reaction and it was as he climbed out of his car,” Vega said of his initial reaction to the footage. “I was like what are you doing? And then it was no, no, no, don’t ,don’t go on the track and then when he went beyond just the perimeter of his car, and straight out into the middle of the track, I couldn’t bear to watch it.”

Vega said that Ward “took his life into his own hands,” describing his actions as “a tragic case of road rage,” when Ward confronted Stewart after a lap 14 crash of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints race. “Clearly the person that was trying to send a message was Kevin Ward, Jr., and he wound up paying with his life trying to convey that message.”

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Ontario County Coroner’s Report on Kevin Ward Jr. Autopsy

Ontario County Coroner Kevin Henderson reports the autopsy on Kevin A. Ward Jr. was completed today, August 11, 2014. The cause of death is massive blunt force trauma. Per Coroner Henderson, no other information regarding the autopsy findings will be released.

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Press Release from Ontario County’s Sheriff’s Department

On Saturday August 9, 2014, at or about 10:30 PM there was an on track incident at the Exit of Turn 2 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, during the Lucas Oil Super Sprint Feature race. The race was in lap 14 of a 25 lap race, when one car lost control and spun coming to rest along the outside retaining wall. The race was immediately put into caution, slowing the cars on the track. The driver of the car that spun, exited the race car and walked down the track onto the racing surface. Two racecars traveling in tandem approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars. The first car swerved to avoid the driver out on the track. The second car, operated by Tony Stewart, struck the driver. The driver was treated by on track medical staff and was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:15 PM. At this point, Mr. Stewart has cooperated with the investigation, which is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office has asked the individuals who possess amateur video, to please make contact with this office so that copies of the video accounts can be obtained for review. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 585-394-4560.

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No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized for Rules Infraction at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 29, 2014) — The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan).

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NASCAR Introduces Special Paint Scheme Elements For Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Championship Contenders

New Color Schemes Celebrate Members of the Chase Grid

chasecarpaintschemebriefDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2014) – Celebrating the accomplishments of those drivers who will contend for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, NASCAR has released several new elements to the paint schemes of race cars making the 16-driver Chase Grid.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup-eligible cars will have the roof number, the front splitter / front fascia and the windshield header colored yellow, as well as have a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup logo affixed to the front-quarter panel of their race car.

As part of NASCAR’s emphasis on winning races all season long, this celebratory paint scheme will be placed on a driver’s car to begin the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14. Once a driver is eliminated after one of the Chase’s first three rounds, the paint scheme will be removed from the car. Please refer to the graphic below for a visual representation of these changes.

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Keselowski Again in Camping World RV Sales 301 Final Practice

Brad Keselowski continued to lead in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 28.583/133.254.Jeff Gordon was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top ten.

NSCS Final Practice
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sat, July 12, 2014 @ 12:30 PM Eastern
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 2 Brad Keselowski Redd’s Ford 28.583 133.254 12 45 —.— —.—
2 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 28.687 132.771 27 37 -0.104 -0.104
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 28.694 132.739 25 35 -0.111 -0.007
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 28.740 132.526 24 42 -0.157 -0.046
5 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 28.743 132.512 24 44 -0.160 -0.003
6 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 28.746 132.498 32 53 -0.163 -0.003
7 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 28.767 132.402 23 34 -0.184 -0.021
8 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 28.774 132.370 12 47 -0.191 -0.007
9 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips/Shark Week Chevrolet 28.783 132.328 31 45 -0.200 -0.009
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.798 132.259 10 34 -0.215 -0.015
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 28.805 132.227 20 39 -0.222 -0.007
12 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 28.816 132.177 36 45 -0.233 -0.011
13 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 28.819 132.163 20 37 -0.236 -0.003
14 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 28.823 132.144 1 45 -0.240 -0.004
15 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 Chevrolet 28.847 132.035 13 44 -0.264 -0.024
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 28.867 131.943 25 39 -0.284 -0.020
17 66 Jeff Burton Toyota Let’s Go Places Toyota 28.867 131.943 3 39 -0.284 -0.000
18 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.870 131.929 10 44 -0.287 -0.003
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Wegmans/Cargill Ford 28.876 131.902 22 28 -0.293 -0.006
20 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 28.887 131.852 23 29 -0.304 -0.011
21 22 Joey Logano AutoTrader.com Ford 28.895 131.815 14 40 -0.312 -0.008
22 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 28.910 131.747 28 41 -0.327 -0.015
23 16 Greg Biffle NESN 30th Anniversary Ford 28.926 131.674 23 30 -0.343 -0.016
24 51 Justin Allgaier # AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 28.934 131.638 5 40 -0.351 -0.008
25 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 28.935 131.633 33 50 -0.352 -0.001
26 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 28.969 131.478 27 39 -0.386 -0.034
27 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 29.021 131.243 4 39 -0.438 -0.052
28 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 29.028 131.211 8 27 -0.445 -0.007
29 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 29.065 131.044 6 33 -0.482 -0.037
30 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 29.098 130.896 4 33 -0.515 -0.033
31 43 Aric Almirola Charter Ford 29.140 130.707 5 25 -0.557 -0.042
32 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 29.177 130.541 18 35 -0.594 -0.037
33 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 29.202 130.429 22 28 -0.619 -0.025
34 26 Cole Whitt # TapOut Muscle Recovery Toyota 29.253 130.202 8 29 -0.670 -0.051
35 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford 29.256 130.189 7 26 -0.673 -0.003
36 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 29.260 130.171 7 26 -0.677 -0.004
37 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.268 130.135 4 32 -0.685 -0.008
38 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 29.292 130.029 22 38 -0.709 -0.024
39 83 Ryan Truex Burger King Toyota 29.528 128.989 9 14 -0.945 -0.236
40 32 Eddie MacDonald tryandrozene.com Ford 29.800 127.812 4 42 -1.217 -0.272
41 33 Morgan Shepherd(i) Thunder Coal Chevrolet 29.829 127.688 18 23 -1.246 -0.029
42 87 Timmy Hill Toyota 30.107 126.509 4 4 -1.524 -0.278
*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski 29 38 131.783
2 42 Kyle Larson # 1 10 131.569
3 4 Kevin Harvick 22 31 131.506
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 17 26 131.266
5 11 Denny Hamlin 1 10 131.239
6 1 Jamie McMurray 31 40 131.226
7 24 Jeff Gordon 1 10 131.160
8 18 Kyle Busch 1 10 131.133
9 27 Paul Menard 35 44 131.119
10 20 Matt Kenseth 19 28 131.078
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 23 32 131.067
12 5 Kasey Kahne 3 12 131.058
13 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 131.045
14 99 Carl Edwards 1 10 130.946
15 55 Brian Vickers 30 39 130.849
16 66 Jeff Burton 2 11 130.822
17 51 Justin Allgaier # 1 10 130.819
18 22 Joey Logano 30 39 130.804
19 78 Martin Truex Jr. 24 33 130.576
20 31 Ryan Newman 25 34 130.424
21 41 Kurt Busch 19 28 130.216
22 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 129.771
23 34 David Ragan 5 14 129.642
24 40 Landon Cassill(i) 1 10 129.299
25 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 129.165
26 7 Michael Annett # 2 11 128.732
27 38 David Gilliland 1 10 128.452
28 32 Eddie MacDonald 1 10 126.242
29 23 Alex Bowman # 29 38 126.041
* Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart.
*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Keselowski Leads Morning Practice for Camping World RV Sales 301

LOUDON, NH — Brad Keselowski paced the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday morning with a lap of 28.478/133.745. Jamie McMurray was second at 28.619 followed by Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10. The Camping World RV Sales 301 is at 1PM Sunday.

NSCS Practice 2
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sat, July 12, 2014 @ 09:54 AM Eastern
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 2 Brad Keselowski Redd’s Ford 28.478 133.745 4 15 —.— —.—
2 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 28.619 133.086 5 32 -0.141 -0.141
3 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 28.630 133.035 15 24 -0.152 -0.011
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 28.659 132.901 3 24 -0.181 -0.029
5 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 28.666 132.868 11 28 -0.188 -0.007
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.667 132.864 4 22 -0.189 -0.001
7 22 Joey Logano AutoTrader.com Ford 28.706 132.683 2 25 -0.228 -0.039
8 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 28.709 132.669 7 25 -0.231 -0.003
9 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 28.720 132.618 3 21 -0.242 -0.011
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 28.730 132.572 10 23 -0.252 -0.010

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Busch Tops Coors Light Pole Qualifying at NHMS

Qualifying Fast Facts - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Fri, July 11, 2014 @ 05:42 PM Eastern

Coors Light Pole Winner: Kyle Busch
Age: 29
Team : No. 18 – Interstate Batteries Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs
Crew Chief: Dave Rogers
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301 with a track qualifying record lap of 27.574 seconds, 138.130 mph. Ryan Newman held the previous track qualifying record (136.497 mph/27.904 seconds), set in September 2013.
This is the 13th track qualifying record set in 2014.
This is Busch’s 15th pole in 348 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in 19 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2014 and his 15th in 25 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 18 races this season.

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Six-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson paced the opening practice for the Camping world RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 28.148/135.313.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson was second at 28.169/135.212, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick.

Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10.
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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Camping World RV Sales 301

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13. TNT’s coverage begins at 12 p.m. (ET) and the race is scheduled for 1 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota)
• Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 15.1
• Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best
• Driver Rating of 95.0, sixth-best
• 233 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 124.704 mph, sixth-fastest
• 3,352 Laps in the Top 15 (70.3%), 12th-most
• 452 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
• Three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best
• Driver Rating of 90.4, 12th-best
• 187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
• 920 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 124.559 mph, 10th-fastest
• 3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most
• 516 Quality Passes, sixth-most

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Champions Breakfast at NHMS July 11

LOUDON, NH — The Hospitality Village at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon will host the Speedway Children’s Charities Champions Breakfast at 8AM on Friday, July 11.

Proceeds benefits Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and David’s House. $40 tickets are available through newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org or www.chadkids.org.

The event will host six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and reigning Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon.
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MacDonald To Make Sprint Cup Series Debut

Joins All New England Team For Race At NHMS

ROWLEY, Mass. – Local racing legend Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, Massachusetts, will drive the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford Fusion owned by fellow New Englanders Archie St. Hilaire from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and long-time NASCAR crew chief Frank Stoddard from No. Haverhill, New Hampshire. Completing the all-New England team is Michael Alden, President and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing based in Beverly, Massachusetts, as the primary sponsor aboard the Go FAS Racing entry in the Camping World Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on July 13.

Archie St. Hilaire is no stranger to New England racing as a long time participant in the old Busch North Series, currently the K&N Pro Series East, before moving on to the Nationwide Series while Stoddard cut his teeth watching and learning from one of the greats in New England, Stub Fadden from his hometown. The No. 32 on the Go FAS Racing Ford is in honor of Fadden and his car’s number for nearly four decades. The duo joined forces this year to compete in the Sprint Cup Series and instantly choose Eddie Mac to drive for them at the “Magic Mile.”

“I was talking with Mike (Alden) some time ago and he expressed interest in sponsoring a New England driver for the NHMS race and asked me if I knew of anyone, “ chuckled St Hilaire. “I immediately said “I sure do” and gave him Eddie’s name. Eddie is a great driver with a lot of successful experience at this track with six wins. I love Eddie, his family, and his entire race team. They are a great bunch of people and I couldn’t be happier for Eddie and our team. It will be a lot of fun and with Eddie’s experience we hope to have a strong run.”

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Moffitt to Drive at Michigan

Brett Moffitt to Drive MWR’s No. 66 Toyota at Michigan Second Career Start; Jeff Burton to Drive at NHMS in July

CORNELIUS, N.C. – Michael Waltrip Racing announced today Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 66 Let’s Go Places Toyota at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, marking his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

Moffitt, a 21-year-old Iowa native, made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in Dover last week in the No. 66 with Jay Robinson Racing, starting 18th and posting a 22nd-place finish. Jeff Burton, who was originally slated to run the Michigan race, now will be entered in the July 13 Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he has won four times.

“Our No. 66 team was originally scheduled to run some new components at Michigan with Jeff, but those plans were delayed last week, causing us to debate running Michigan at all,” said MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip. “However, after the great effort we saw with Brett in his debut at Dover, we decided to move forward with Michigan, allowing Brett more seat time and to work towards his NASCAR eligibility to race on bigger tracks.
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Roush Fenway Racing & AdvoCare to Bring Iconic No. 6 Back to Sprint Cup in 2015

Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne to pilot No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion in Cup

CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2014) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced it will again field its iconic No. 6 Sprint Cup entry in the 2015 NASCAR season, with 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne piloting the car. The Ford Fusion will have full multi-year primary partnership from AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

“I’m both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the No. 6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Trevor Bayne. “And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the No. 6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport.”

“There will always be a special place in my heart for the No. 6,” said former Roush Fenway driver Mark Martin. “It’s the number we used when Jack and I first went racing in 1988. There is so much history associated with that number and with the trials and successes that we went through as we helped build RFR into a premiere NASCAR team. I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish during that time together; a part of me will always be the No. 6, and I’m happy to see it return with Jack, Trevor and AdvoCare next season.”

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2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class Announced

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Comprise List of New Inductees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2014) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the sixth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White. In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, broadcast on NBC Sports Network from Charlotte, N.C.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to vote on both the induction class of 2015 and the Landmark Award. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcements this afternoon in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which for the first time included the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion – in this case, Jimmie Johnson. The panel also included 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 and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com – which counted for the 54th and final vote. In all, 54 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

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Armed Forces Foundation and Chevrolet Join TBR’s “Salute the Troops” Campaign

Huntersville, NC (May 13, 2014) – Tommy Baldwin Racing is pleased to announce they have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation and Chevrolet to “Salute the Troops.”

The Armed Forces Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, national guardsmen, reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $95 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war.

“I appreciate the sacrifice these men and woman make for our country, which allows our team the freedom to go racing,” said Michael Annett. “I’m honored to take part in this campaign recognizing the effort that our troops give.”

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Hendrick, Ganassi Lined Up for June Test Session

Biggest names in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Rookie of the Year contender to speed around NHMS June 3-4

LOUDON, N.H. – A six-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The current series’ points leader. The winner of this year’s Daytona 500. And the favorite to win this year’s Rookie of the Year. All four and more will be on-track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 3 and 4, as track officials announced today that Hendrick Motorsports and Ganassi Racing will hold a test session at the facility in preparation for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13.

Included in the field will be Hendrick drivers Jimmie Johnson, defending Sprint Cup champion; Jeff Gordon, a four-time champion and current points leader; Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won his second Daytona 500 in February; and Kasey Kahne, winner of Magic Mile’s July race back in 2012.

Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray will also be testing under the Ganassi Racing moniker.
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NASCAR Penalizes Drivers Marcos Ambrose & Casey Mears

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 29, 2014) — NASCAR has penalized drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for their involvement in a post-race altercation in the garage area following last Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 car, and Mears, driver of the No. 13 car, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.

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Bowling Strikes Late at South Boston

Wins Hamlin Foundation Short Track Showdown With Late Pass

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Matt Bowling came away victorious during Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.

Bowling had to fight off Matt Waltz, who led the first 195 laps of the race, for the win. Nick Smith finished third.

The seventh edition of the annual charity race, which supports the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, was a success for Hamlin and his charity.. In front of a packed house at the 2/5th-mile track, Hamlin joined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth, David Ragan and defending Showdown champion Kyle Busch, Camping World Truck Series drivers Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton and a collection of local Late Model drivers to race toward a cure for the disease.

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Suárez to Make Nationwide Series Debut

Will Compete In Three Events In Richmond And Monterrey

CONCORD, N.C. – Rev Racing’s Daniel Suárez began the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season by winning two races in a three-day span. He followed that up with two wins in three NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series events. Now, the Monterrey, Mexico native will face a new challenge: a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that the 22-year-old Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Next driver will make his Nationwide Series debut Friday night in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Suárez will also compete in the Blue Ox 100 for the K&N East before heading to Monterrey, Mexico, for the Toyota Series’ Regia 240.

Suárez is fully aware of the daunting task ahead of him, but heads into the weekend with the same calm, optimistic and humble demeanor that has gotten him to this point.
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Air Titan 2.0 Unveiled at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Debuts Latest Version Of Cutting-Edge Track-Drying Technology

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) – NASCAR introduced an evolution in innovation today – the results of which will continue to elevate a fan’s race-viewing experience to an even greater level.

The Toyota-hauled next generation of Air Titan, the cutting-edge track-drying technology, made its race weekend debut at Martinsville Speedway today. Air Titan 2.0 is a more compact, more nimble and more environmentally friendly version of its innovative predecessor – one that since its introduction in February 2013 has rescued multiple races, including this year’s Daytona 500.

Air Titan 2.0 signals a major step forward in NASCAR’s innovation cycle. It replaces the bulky support vehicles required by Air Titan 1.0 with a single, self-contained unit that’s perched on the bed of a Toyota Tundra. By addressing the size of the power source, NASCAR now has the ability to deploy up to 21 units in Toyota Tundras at larger venues and operate more efficiently on smaller tracks.

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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Golden Opportunity: Kneeland Guides NASCAR Rookie Larson

Larson Shines in California; Kneeland ‘Glad to be part of it’

Derek Kneeland of Windham, ME had the best view for Kyle Larson’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Saturday afternoon. Kneeland works as the spotter for the Elk Grove, CA driver at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson’s #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet won the TreatMyClot.com 300 by .342 second over Sprint Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, who led an event high 96 laps. Pole sitter Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.

Larson has made all of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide starts with Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year last season with four second place finishes in Nationwide. Larson’s current streak of six consecutive top 10s is two shy of his career best.

Although now a Mooresville, NC resident, Kneeland was overwhelmed by supporters from his first Nationwide victory through 49 text messages and Facebook.

“That’s when you really get to see the support from all the people back home and that’s just great,” Kneeland said. “I’m just trying to do my thing and I’m just another guy who is one of the 43 up there that gets to do what they love to do. It just means a lot when you have all those people that not only look up to you but are really proud of the accomplishments that you’ve made. … It just feels so good. I’m still just smiling ear to ear to get this win. I’m just really fortunate.”

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NASCAR Makes Modifications to National Series Qualifying

Enhancements Made to Help Make an Exciting Format even Better

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR notified its teams this afternoon that effective immediately the following modifications apply to all elements of its national series qualifying including the breaks:

• One cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap is allowed to cool the engine

• The hood must continue to remain closed

• Plugging in the generator will not be allowed

• Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver

• No cool down laps will be permitted

NASCAR instituted a new group qualifying format for its three national series in January and has continued to evaluate the process through the first three races of the season. The new format has been well-received by fans, competitors, race tracks and other key stakeholders. NASCAR believes that the modifications announced today should help make the qualifying even better and more compelling.

“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”

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