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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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Support March of Dimes, Choose Denny Hamlin’s Paint Scheme

Stefanik Joins Cook, Phillips as Finalists

9-Time Modified Champ Named To 2015 NASCAR Hall List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Following the first in-person meeting among the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee in the hall’s history, NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame’s sixth induction class, as well as the five nominees for the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Mike Stefanik, one of two drivers in NASCAR history to earn nine championships, made the cut in his first year of eligibility. The Coventry, R.I., driver won seven championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and two in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He won the 1997 and 1998 NASCAR championships in the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro East (then the Busch North Tour), while running both series simultaneously.

He is joined on the list by six-time NASCAR Modified national champion Jerry Cook and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Larry Phillips, as well as trail blazer and 1959 NASCAR Virginia Sportsman champion Wendell Scott.
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NASCAR Diversity Awards Celebrate Inclusion

Sport Racing Toward More Diverse Future

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR’s Seventh Annual Diversity Awards Luncheon on Friday celebrated the present while clearly sending an emphatic message regarding the future of the sport.

The overall face of NASCAR is evolving daily, resulting from the ever-growing number of individual, diverse faces that are driving a multi-cultural awareness throughout the NASCAR industry. NASCAR’s commitment to diversity efforts is producing tangible results, on and off the race track. Some of the people involved in those results were honored Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

“Inclusion and diversity … we’re trying to make that synonymous with NASCAR racing,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton, at the outset of the event.

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Austin Dillon Puts No. 3 on Coors Light Pole for the Daytona 500

Driving Iconic No. 3, Dillon To Lead Field To Green In ‘The Great American Race’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon, driving the historic No. 3 car in its return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for the first time since 2001, won the Coors Light Pole for the 56th running of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s most prestigious race and season opener. “The Great American Race” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The late Dale Earnhardt, whose excellence in the No. 3 elevated the number to iconic status, was the last to drive the No. 3 – a car number he drove to six of his record-tying seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. A last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 took Earnhardt’s life, and the No. 3 car had not been run since.

“You want to perform with the No. 3; everyone wants to see it perform,” said Dillon, who won the pole with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds). “It’s a long season … and this is one of the top points. You want to carry that momentum going forward. I just have to stay grounded and have fun.”

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Penalty, Appeals Process Changes Announced

Aimed Toward Better Effectiveness, More Transparency

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.

“NASCAR’s Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. “This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that ‘X’ infraction equals ‘X’ penalty for technical infractions.

“At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport.”
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Reino Tulonen Passes

NEAR Hall of Famer was 89

FITCHBURG — Reino Kalervo Tulonen, 89, of Fitchburg, died Jan. 26th at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae (Deery) Tulonen; one son, Rodney Arthur Tulonen and his wife, Patricia Magrosky, of Springfield, VT; two daughters, Joanne Tulonen of Seattle, WA. and Elaine T. Pierce and her partner, Joel Slutsky, of Alstead, NH; six grandchildren, Gregory Tulonen, Sarah Pritchett, Melissa O’Dell, Michael O’Dell, Lucie Pierce and Jeremie Pierce and four great-grandchildren, Simone Parker, Connor and Riley Tulonen and Alina O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews, including Nancy, Ronald and David Riikonen, who became part of the family. He also leaves a close family friend, Claude Caswell, who was considered another son. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Tulonen, a sister, Elvi Berkio and two brothers, Urho and Toivo Riikonen.

Mr. Tulonen was born in Lunenburg, on August 20, 1924, a son of the late Emil Kaarle and Alina (Bjorbacka) Riikonen Tulonen. He was raised in Lunenburg and attended schools there. When he was young he worked for the Crocker-Burbank Company, and then moved to Custom Auto Body where he worked until starting his own business as a front end alignment specialist until he retired. But his real love was racing cars.

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ESPN’s Ricky Craven, a Former NASCAR Standout, to Be Part of Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show January 10th

OAKS, PA — Popular ESPN NASCAR motorsports analyst Ricky Craven will be part of the Pioneer Pole Building’s Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance. The three-day show is set for the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, January 10th through 12th.

Craven will be featured in an interview and autograph session along with another NASCAR great Harry Gant that will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the opening day of the show.

The New England native was a winner in four different NASCAR series including the K&N Pro Series and all three national series; Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks.

The popular racer suffered some head injuries during a race accident in 1997, missing two Cup races, but was able to come back to continue his racing career and finished 19th in the standings.

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Handsome Harry Gant Returning to Motorsports 2014 Racecar & Trade Show for First Time in Several Years, will Celebrate His 73rd Birthday on Jan. 10

OAKS, PA — For the first time in several years Harry Gant, one of the most talented racers ever to strap himself into a stock car, will appear at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco & Distributed by Insinger Performance. The three day show is set January 10th through 12th in the huge Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Labeled as Handsome Harry because of his movie star good looks the former NASCAR standout will celebrate his 73rd birthday on January 10th as the fan favorite appears at the show from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Included in his appearance will be an interview session when fans will be able to ask questions of Gant.

A complete schedule, directions and ticket prices are available at the show web site, aarn.com. Additional appearances for autographs are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Gant, winner of 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 21 Nationwide races during his 22-year NASCAR career was also the winner of more than 300 races in the NASCAR Sportsman division of competition. He earned national championships in Sportsman competition in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

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