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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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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