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Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

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NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day Returns to the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Free Admission To NASCAR Hall of Fame For All Fans On Jan. 23

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2015) – For the third consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will open its doors for FREE for NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, fans will have free access to the Hall for a full day of activities, including autographs and Q&A sessions with current drivers and NASCAR Hall of Famers. Fans will be admitted into the Hall on a first-come, first-served basis in lieu of needing a ticket.

However, tickets to the below autograph sessions, highlighted by 13-time Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. must be secured in advance. Vouchers for these autograph sessions will be available for free on NASCARHall.com starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 16. Each fan can secure up to two autograph session vouchers.

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Darlington Raceway Receives 2015 Myers Brothers Award

Industry’s Best Acknowledged At End-Of-Season Luncheon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2014) – In recognition of its “throwback” Southern 500 weekend, Darlington Raceway was named the recipient of the 2015 Myers Brothers Award. Voted upon by the National Motorsports Press Association, it is an esteemed accolade recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing.

The track “Too Tough Too Tame” led an industry-wide tribute to the sport’s roots that coincided with NASCAR’s return to Darlington on its traditional Labor Day weekend date for the first time since 2003. The annual event first took place when Darlington founder Harold Brasington opened NASCAR’s original concrete oval in 1950 and 25,000 spectators flocked to the egg-shaped South Carolina track.

Teams emblazoned retro paints schemes on their cars, while drivers and crew members grew moustaches in homage to greats like Earnhardt and Petty. NBC even brought its old broadcast booth –consisting of Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett and Ken Squier – back together to call part of the race.

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Earnhardt: ‘A bright new race car with a great new partner’

LAS VEGAS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was just as excited for the reveal of his No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS as everyone else.

After getting a good look at the brand new paint scheme up close, he talked with HendrickMotorsports.com about the occasion.

“I really love how bright and beautiful the car is,” he said. “I think it will stand out on the racetrack really well.”

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Longstanding Partner Sunoco Earns NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award

National TV Campaign, Experiential Event Sponsorship and Branding across More Than 5,000 Retail Locations Headlines Sunoco’s Integrated Marketing Strategy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – Sunoco, the Official Fuel of NASCAR®, will be honored Thursday with the 2015 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas.

Since 2004, the iconic red and blue Sunoco can has been a fixture at the track each weekend, fueling the most competitive racing in the world. The best drivers in the world rely on Sunoco race fuel to get the most out of their cars, win races, and ultimately, championships. Off the track, Sunoco utilized an integrated marketing approach to engage fans, customers and employees through promotions, B2B, digital, broadcast, event marketing and social media.

This year, Sunoco debuted its national campaign “Burnt Rubbér” featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson in dramatic television creative. The campaign aired both during and outside motorsports programming, featured digital and social extensions, and was supported with earned media and at-track activations. The creative approach garnered more than 255 million impressions and nearly nine million engagements since its launch in May.

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NASCAR Names Miller as Senior Vice President of Competition

Veteran Team Executive to Guide Day-to-Day Management of Competition Efforts across All Sanctioned Racing Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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“FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity”

Newburyport, Mass., December 2, 2015 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced the release of “FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity,” by award-winning author Bones Bourcier.

Twenty years after they hung up their helmets, the names A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty remain synonymous with the sport they carried to new heights. They rose to fame just as the American media began to legitimize auto racing, and gave the nation characters as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.

Foyt was all Texan, John Wayne in a firesuit, stomping into victory lanes from Indianapolis to Le Mans. Petty, the genial North Carolinian, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can chord sounded by another ambitious Italian-American, Frank Sinatra.

They crossed paths often, on-track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s third Indy 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, when Foyt became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World Driving Championship, and Petty won a game-changing Daytona 500. They even throttled back their careers in lockstep, Petty in 1992, Foyt in ’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk through crowded pit areas, people make way. Charisma never ages.

This is more than a three-act biography. Laced with quotes from Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers, and spiced with period accounts from the motorsports world and the changing social landscape, this is the history of modern American racing as refracted through the lives of three extraordinary champions. Further context is added by a pair of forewords, one by motorsports broadcaster Dave Despain, the other by acclaimed driver John Andretti, who grew up as Mario’s nephew, raced for both Foyt and Petty, and also happens to be A.J.’s godson.

“FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity” is now available for $34.95, online at www.coastal181.com, or by phone at 877-907-8181. The book is hard cover, 348 pages, including 24 pages of photographs.

Sources: Cary Stratton/Coastal 181 – Reading for Racers

Quicken Loans to join Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne in 2016

DETROIT – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest retail mortgage lender, today announced it will partner with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, serving as a three-race primary sponsor of the No. 5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company will be an associate sponsor for all remaining races.

“We are excited to be joining forces with the talented team at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans. “The organization has an undeniable record of winning and performance on the racetrack, and represents some of the preeminent brands in the country, who we look forward to working alongside.”

One of Quicken Loans’ primary sponsorship races will include a joint promotion with Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held operator of auto dealerships in the United States.

“It’s evident from meeting the Quicken Loans team that both of our organizations share a passion for competition,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “Quicken Loans has a reputation for exceptional client service, something we take to heart across all of our own businesses. We look forward to working together to achieve great things in 2016.”

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NASCAR Season Concludes with Most-Watched Finale Since 2005, Digital and Social Consumption Records and Growth in Merchandise Sales

Viewership for Finale Peaked at Nearly 12.4 Million Average Viewers 

Banner Year across Digital and Social Media Highlighted by 4.1 Billion Social Media Impressions and 1.1 Billion Page Views

NASCAR Next Alumni Sweep Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards across Three National Series for Second Consecutive Year 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) – The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC.

A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and social media in 2015. NASCAR amassed 4.1 billion social media impressions, 1.1 billion page views – up more than 20 percent from 2014 – and a 34 percent year-over-year increase in its mobile audience.

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Pemberton to Depart NASCAR Competition Post

Veteran Racing Executive Oversaw Numerous Racing Enhancements

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton will leave the organization at the end of 2015.

With a racing career that has spanned five decades, Pemberton joined the sanctioning body in August of 2004. Since that time, he has overseen all areas of NASCAR competition and been credited as a key component in bridging the gap between the sanctioning body and the racing community.

“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”
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Drew Carey to Host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Featuring Performances by Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter

2015 Awards Honors the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Celebrates the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2015) – The celebration will continue after the trophy is lifted at Homestead-Miami Speedway as NASCAR® presents the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ hosted by actor and comedian Drew Carey. Live from Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 4, fans can tune-in to watch as the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion™ is honored with red carpet coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, followed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ broadcast on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

This year’s show will also feature a lineup of performances from award-winning musical artists Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter.

As the current host of The Price is Right and former host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Drew Carey will bring a seasoned air of entertainment and comedy to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards stage. Best known for his self-portrayal on The Drew Carey Show, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, Carey has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including three People’s Choice Awards, an Editor’s Choice TV Guide Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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XYIENCE Energy Drink to Sponsor Ryan Preece in Texas and Phoenix Sprint Cup Races

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 29, 2015) – XYIENCE Energy Drink, a subsidiary of Big Red,Inc., is proud to announce its sponsorship of Ryan Preece and his No. 98 Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports. The zero-calorie energy drink will serve as Primary Sponsor for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion for the Sprint Cup Series events at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8th and Phoenix International Raceway on November 15th.

“I am extremely excited to be able to team up with XYIENCE for the Texas and Phoenix races,” said Preece. “I tend to drink energy drinks on a regular basis and after trying XYIENCE it has become my go to drink when I need that extra bit of energy or focus. I am pumped to be representing this brand and doing all I can to make this program a success for them both on and off the track.”

In addition to the Texas and Phoenix races, the 25-year old native of Connecticut will be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Sprint Cup Series ride for the last four races of the 2015 season starting with this weekend’s event at Martinsville Speedway and concluding at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The XYIENCE brand will also join Preece in the season finale as an Associate Sponsor.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Talladega

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Logano Locked-In On NASCAR’s Biggest Stage

If the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a stage, then Joey Logano is its leading man.

Logano has proven “the moment” isn’t too big for him.

A year after posting the best average finish during the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (6.4), Logano has won the first two races of the 2015 Contender Round and is the only driver guaranteed to advance to the Eliminator 8 Round heading intoSunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). His average finish in the Chase this year – 4.2. For context, the best average finish through an entire Chase was Carl Edwards’ 4.9, set during the final 10 races of 2011.

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Three Dog Night Mourns the Loss of Cory Wells

Wells with Three Dog Night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, June 28, 2009.

Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2015) “It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. .“Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”
Wells, one of the three lead singers of iconic American pop band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly yesterday in Dunkirk, NY. Wells had been with Three Dog Night from the beginning and continued performing with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain.

“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ said Hutton. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”

Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers.

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Kurt Busch Back with Stewart-Haas Racing with Backing from Monster Energy

Monster Energy To Serve as Co-Primary Sponsor with Haas Automation of No. 41 Team

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 27 career victories, will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.

“I’m very happy to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing and proud to take Monster Energy to the Sprint Cup Series,” said Busch, who has won three races and three poles since joining SHR in 2014. “This is exactly where I want to be and I have two partners who want to win as much as I do.”
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Kansas Speedway

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Logano Advances To Eliminator 8 Round With Win At Charlotte

Joey Logano led 227-of-334 laps on his way to Victory Lane in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first driver to advance to the Eliminator 8 Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The No. 22 Ford driver becomes a member of the Eliminator 8 by winning the Contender Round opener for the second straight season. Last year, he won the first Contender Round race at Kansas Speedway – the site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. In 12 starts at Kansas, Logano owns one win, four top fives and four top 10s. He has logged a top-five showing in his last four starts at the 1.5-mile track.

Logano’s checkered flag was his first at Charlotte. His previous best Queen City finish was third in 2011.

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Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, On Tony Stewart

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – “When I think of Tony Stewart, unmatched passion and a pure love of the sport come to mind. He has won championships and millions of fans. But he has given back so much more, and that’s what I admire most. Today’s news was bittersweet for all, but we know Tony will continue to be a big part of our sport in his roles as a team and track owner. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Tony for his many years of excellence and competitiveness, and wish him nothing but the best in his final season as a driver in the Sprint Cup Series.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Dover & Las Vegas

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Harvick On The Ropes Heading Into Dover
Defending champion Kevin Harvick has two options heading into Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) – the first cutoff race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – win or go home.

The No. 4 Chevrolet driver ranks 15th out of 16 drivers on the Chase Grid and sits 23 points below 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cutoff line. He mathematically can still make the Contender Round on points, but it would be a tough task, requiring him to jump three drivers.

Basically, if Harvick doesn’t visit Victory Lane, he will be knocked out of NASCAR’s playoffs as one of the four winless drivers lowest in points.

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Toy State Supporting TBR, Baldwin Looking Toward 2016

Bowman Visits Boston Children’s Hospital

LOUDON, NH — Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Alex Bowman visited Boston Children’s Hospital  Thursday. Patients signed a helmet that will be auctioned to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. Additional signatures will be added by patients in each city the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits this season.

“It’s a pretty neat deal,” team owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr. said. “Obviously it’s always cool to see some kids that are having difficulties in the hospital smile a little bit as well as their families too. So it’s always good to give back in that way and it was a great appearance. We brought the whole hauler and the car, and actually the same car that we’re racing today there, and got everybody to take a look at it and the helmet as we’re going through all these different racetracks here upcoming racetracks we’re going to go to all these hospitals have the kids sign ’em and then auction it off.”

Toy State of Norwood, MA is the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Nikko/Road Rippers No. 7 Chevrolet for today’s Sylvania 300 and the last four races of the year at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.

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Preece Set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut

LOUDON, NH — Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in today’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece is driving the No. 98x Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“It’s exciting,” Preece said. “Obviously, you’re on NASCAR’s biggest stage right here with everybody else. So just want to have a good clean day and have a good run so we got 300 laps to do that.”

Preece races regularly in New England. The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has won championships at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Preece has won 83 Modified races and once in TQ Midgets.

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NASCAR Penalty Report / Chicagoland Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (September 23, 2015) — 

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  • The No. 10 team has been penalized for an infraction that occurred during pre-qualifying inspection on Sept. 18. This is a P2 level penalty(Sections 12.1 and 20.4b and 20.4.2a of the NASCAR rule book). The right side quarter panel behind the rear wheel/tire was modified during pre-qualifying inspection.  Crew chief Daniel Knost has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.  Car chief Pete White has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • The No. 15 team has been penalized for an infraction that occurred on opening day inspection Sept.18. This is a P4 level penalty (Section 12.1, 20. 14.c, 20.14.2.1.k, 12.5.3.4.d, 12.5.3.4.1.d & f, 12.5.3.4.2 of the NASCAR rule book). Crew chief Billy W. Scott has been fined $75,000, suspended for the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events and placed on NASCAR probation for six months following the issue of suspension. Driver Clint Bowyer has been penalized 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points. Car owner Rob Kauffman has been penalized 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Owner points.  NASCAR has requested to the Appeals Administrator of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel that the appeals process described in the rule book be expedited.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — New Hampshire & Kentucky

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Gordon Set To Become NASCAR’s All-Time Consecutive Starts Leader

When Jeff Gordon starts his engine in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), he will pass Ricky Rudd as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series consecutive starts leader by beginning his 789th straight race.

NASCAR’s new Iron Man has not missed a start since making his NSCS debut at Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1992 – a span of 22 years, 10 months and 12 days.

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Rudd’s streak began on Jan. 11, 1981 and ended on Sept. 20, 2005. Over the stretch, he amassed a 23 wins, 194 top fives, 375 top 10s and 29 Coors Light Pole Awards. While impressive, his stats pale in comparison to Gordon who boasts four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, 92 wins, 323 top fives, 467 top 10s and 80 Coors Light Pole Awards.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Chicagoland Speedway

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‘Chasing’ Earnhardt And Petty: Johnson Sets Sites On Seventh Series Title

Ten races separate Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup No. 1 seed Jimmie Johnson from potential immortality. If Johnson wins NASCAR’s 16-driver, four-knockout round playoff, he will capture his seventh series title, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the all-time lead.

Johnson begins his quest in Sunday’s MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN). He has never won at the Windy City track, but boasts seven top fives, and seven top 10s to go along with the series-best average running position (7.129) and driver rating (115.5) there. Chicago remains one of four active tracks at which Johnson has not won (Homestead, Kentucky and Watkins Glen).

The No. 48 Chevrolet driver has won four races this season, but has made 13 starts since his last victory. He tends to elevate his elite skill to an even higher level during NASCAR’s playoffs though, as he leads all drivers with 25 total Chase wins.

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Thought Leaders, Athletes and High-Powered Brands Gather At 2015 NASCAR Green Summit Presented By American Ethanol-E15

Featured Speakers Include Dr. Amory B. Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute; Dr. Marius Stan of the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2015) – A cross-section of thought leaders and influencers in environmental sustainability, business and sport will gather today for the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol-E15. Convening in Chicago for the second time in the past three years, a distinguished roster of participants will examine the future of environmental sustainability and its impact on the American consumer.

Today’s keynote speaker is widely considered to be among the world’s leading authorities on energy, Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute. He will be joined by Dr. Marius Stan, Senior Scientist Nuclear Energy at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and actor from the television series Breaking Bad; Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Economics Lecturer at the University of Chicago in Public Policy and the Program on Global Environment; Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, President and Co-Founder of The Green Sports Alliance; Alderman Edward M. Burke of Chicago’s 14th Ward; and John Davies, Vice President and Senior Analyst at GreenBiz Group.

“The NASCAR Green Summit brings together an array of corporations, educators, policy makers, economists, scientists, and athletes – all who share our commitment to help protect the environment,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “Today’s event allows for the real-time exchange of ideas, which helps the industry advance important initiatives that educate fans and ultimately drive sustainable behavior.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Richmond

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Clinch Scenarios For Richmond

Jamie McMurray will lock up his first career Chase berth simply by starting the race on Saturday night. For three others, it’s a little tougher – but certainly doable. Ryan Newman clinches by finishing 31st or better; Jeff Gordon by finishing 17th or better; and Paul Menard by finishing ninth or better – and that’s all regardless of who wins the race. If there’s a repeat winner, the scenarios become less daunting. For winless drivers beyond Menard, there will be some frayed nerves. If there’s a repeat winner, Clint Bowyer is in good shape, needing only a finish of 28th or better. For those winless drivers lower in points than Bowyer, a Richmond win is realistically the only path to the Chase.

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FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions Showcase Influential Moments and Historical Characters in New Documentary Series

“Beyond the Wheel” Portrays NASCAR® Icons and Traditions in Four Original Short Films Airing on NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2015) – FS1 with NASCAR Productions will present, as a part of FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB™, a new documentary short film series entitled Beyond the Wheel to offer an inside look at the sport’s most interesting stories and traditions. The documentaries further NASCAR RACE HUB’s expansion into dynamic storytelling, taking a new approach to explore pivotal moments and provide never-before-seen insights on influential NASCAR legends and fascinating historical characters. Premiering Wednesday evenings during NASCAR RACE HUB, the first film will launch Sept. 23 on FS1 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The four-part documentary short film series is comprised of the following themes:

  • Chasing Davey follows Robbie Allison, son of former NASCAR star Davey Allison, as he seeks a connection with his late father by participating in the sport Davey loved
  • The Kiss details the once legendary trophy girls and iconic Victory Lane kiss, and how the tradition has evolved through the decades in response to America’s changing values
  • The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson, Yes! pays homage to the 1965 landmark Esquire article written by journalist Tom Wolfe that introduced the country to stock car racing, the New South and one of NASCAR’s most infamous outlaw heroes – Junior Johnson
  • White Knight explores the story of the man many consider to be the winningest race car driver in history, Dick Trickle, who took home victories in an estimated 1,200 races and became NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year at age 48 before tragically ending his life in 2013

The subsequent three films in the Beyond the Wheel series air on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, respectively (6:00 p.m. ET). Each documentary will also be available via FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, or on FOXSports.com following its on-air premiere.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association® (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

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NASCAR, USA TODAY Sports Launch NASCAR Fan Index To Rank Top Driver Nations In The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2015) –- NASCAR and USA TODAY Sports today launched the first-ever NASCAR Fan Index, a digital index that combines social media activity and online fan voting to determine which Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ driver has the greatest “fan nation” in this year’s “Battle of Nations.”

Beginning this week and running through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 22, the NASCAR Fan Index will rank the top driver fan bases based on aggregated social chatter and weekly online voting. The index is measured based on the social activity of each Chase driver’s nation, including sharing photos and videos, as well as the voting results across fan-friendly themes such as best driver nickname and best paint scheme.

“NASCAR has one of the biggest fan bases in sports, and its fans are famous for their loyalty to their favorite drivers,” said Dave Morgan, President, USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “As 16 Challengers battle it out in the Chase, the NASCAR Fan Index will quantify the passion their respective fan bases generate off the racetrack to ultimately determine which Chase driver has the most passionate nation.”

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The Battle Of Nations Returns To Rally Fans As NASCAR Launches The 2015 Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2015) –- NASCAR today announced an open call for fans to rally behind their favorite driver “nations” as part of a massive, integrated marketing campaign to promote the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™. New television spots, interactive digital experiences, fan parties and a robust social media push will celebrate The Chase® launch and encourage fans to join the Battle of Nations.

Introduced last year to promote NASCAR’s revamped Chase format, the Battle of Nations (NASCAR.com/Chase) returns to capture the drama and excitement of The Chase while giving fans even more ways to engage with the sport’s unpredictable, 10-race playoffs.

“NASCAR and its fans were treated last year to one of the most thrilling and compelling championships we’ve ever had,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps. “With ‘Join the Battle’ as our rallying cry, we’ve brought back a campaign that will bring our fans closer to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup than ever before.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Darlington

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500
The Place: Darlington Raceway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 6
The Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 501.3 miles (367 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200
The Place: Darlington Raceway
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 5
The Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 3 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 200.8 miles (147 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: American Ethanol E15 225
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 18
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Darlington Not ‘Too Tough To Tame’ For Gordon

Making his final start at Darlington Sunday in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET on NBC), Jeff Gordon will attempt to add to his active record of seven wins at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

Gordon ranks third on the all-time Darlington wins list behind NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson (10) and Dale Earnhardt (9). The active driver with the next-highest total is Jimmie Johnson (3).

The No. 24 Chevrolet driver is currently 15th on the Chase Grid, 52 points above the cutoff line. On the season, he has three top fives, 12 top 10s and three Coors Light Pole Awards.

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NASCAR Relocating New York Office in 2016

Existing Lease Set to Expire; NASCAR Moving to More Efficient Space on Madison Avenue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 24, 2015) – NASCAR, which has had an office in New York City since the 1990s, has completed a new lease agreement to move into new space just a block away from its current location. The new location keeps NASCAR in close proximity to important industry marketing and media partners and the chance to streamline and customize the office for its needs.

“We will be moving to a much more efficient and effective space for our current and long term needs in New York,” said NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. “We are very pleased with the location, amenities and very significant cost savings we’ll achieve over the term of the agreement. Our New York office is important not only to NASCAR, but to the entire industry. It is important we have a strong presence in the financial and marketing capital of the world.”

NASCAR expects to complete the move in the spring of 2016.

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