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Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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A Silver Anniversary Gold Rush: Monster Energy All-Star Race Format Announced

$1 Million At Stake as NASCAR, Charlotte Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘One Hot Night’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2017) — As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

And now, 25 years later, past meets present … as another new era begins with the first all-star race under the Monster Energy banner.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning, and incorporates a fascinating strategy component.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas

Clock Stopper: Keselowski First Driver To Multiple Wins

Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back to visit Victory Lane for his first time at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who notched the first victory for Ford at Martinsville since Oct. 20, 2002 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing, 28 races ago), will go for his second straight victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

The No. 2 Ford driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 markers behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson. Continue reading ‘NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas’

NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Martinsville

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California Winning: Larson Notches First Win Of Season At Auto Club

Kyle Larson snapped a streak of three consecutive runner-ups, leading 110 laps and winning Stage 1 on his way to Victory Lane in last Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead to 29 points over Chase Elliott. Because of his victory and stage win, Larson now has six playoff points.

Larson, who also won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, became the 17th driver to sweep a national series weekend.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Auto Club

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Larson Leads Points Standings Following Third Straight Runner-Up Finish

There’s a new sheriff in town as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series closes out its West Coast swing with Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Kyle Larson has ascended to the top of the points standings following his third consecutive runner-up showing last Sunday at Phoenix. It’s the latest in the season a Chip Ganassi Racing car has led the standings since Sterling Marlin’s Coors Light Silver Bullet led the field in 2002.

Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus to lead the points standings.

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NASCAR Checks-In to Hotels for Hope

Booking Partner of NASCAR’; Each Booking to Benefit The NASCAR Foundation®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 21, 2017) —  NASCAR announced today a multi-year partnership with Hotels for Hope designating the company as the “Official Hotel Booking Partner of NASCAR®.” Hotels for Hope, a hotel inventory brokerage with a philanthropic business model, services large scale consumer events across the country and will now include NASCAR race weekends. 

As part of the partnership, a landing page on NASCAR.com (www.nascar.com/hotels) launches today, allowing the industry and fans to book hotels for upcoming race weekends through its “Raceday Hotels by Hotels for Hope™” platform. For each actualized room night booked through Hotels for Hope, one dollar will be donated to The NASCAR Foundation.

“There’s really nothing like attending a NASCAR race and partnering with Hotels for Hope will provide our fans with a convenient and streamlined process to book travel,” said Chad Seigler, NASCAR vice president of business development. “Hotels for Hope drives awareness and funds for notable charitable organizations and we are proud that The NASCAR Foundation will be represented among them.”

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Interstate Batteries Racing: Kyle Busch Advance and Team Report for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana

KYLE BUSCH Charging to the Front at Fontana

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 21, 2017) – While the expectation for Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), is to run up front and challenge for wins each week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are particular tracks where Busch excels more others.

One of those places happens to be Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the site of Sunday’sCup Series Auto Club 400. The Las Vegas native and his Interstate Batteries team will be shooting for his fourth career win at the track located approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles this weekend.

Busch will pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries at Fontana for the first of six Cup Series races this season. The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization for more than 25 years and is the “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing.” This year, the iconic brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, special 65th anniversary branding will be featured in each of the paint schemes JGR will race during the 2017 NASCAR season.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.

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No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Racing: Clint Bowyer Auto Club Advance

CLINT BOWYER No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Team Looks To Cap Successful West Coast Swing

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 21, 2017) – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes the third and final stop on its three-race West Coast swing Sunday when the green flag drops on the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer has made the most of the opening four races of the 2017 season, climbing to a 13th-place tie in the standings.

Sunday marks Bowyer’s first appearance driving his No. 14 Ford carrying the decals of Rush Truck Centers. The Texas-based company is using its partnership with SHR and Bowyer to reach out to NASCAR fans as one way to recruit the technicians it needs to operate the largest network of commercial truck and bus dealerships in the country, with locations in 21 states.

Bowyer, who grew up working for his father Chris “Pops” Bowyer’s tow-truck business in Emporia, Kansas, appreciates the trucking industry as much as any driver in the sport.

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Busch Beer Racing: Kevin Harvick Auto Club Speedway Advance and Team Report

KEVIN HARVICK The West Coast Swing Heads Home

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 20, 2016)Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), heads to Fontana, California this weekend for the final race of the three-race West Coast swing – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

The visit to Fontana serves as a home game for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion, who grew up approximately 150 miles northwest of Auto Club Speedway in Bakersfield.

The stop at Auto Club Speedway should provide confidence for the Bakersfield native. He is one of three drivers from California to win a Cup Series race at Fontana, joining Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Phoenix

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Sweep’n Row: Furniture Row Racing’s Truex First to Win All 3 Stages

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win all three stages under NASCAR’s race enhancements when he took the checkered flag in last Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The No. 78 Toyota driver, who won a career-high four races last season, led 150 total laps on his way to his first victory of 2017. Through three races, Truex sits fourth in the points standings (five points below leader Brad Keselowski, but leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with seven playoff points.

Truex will attempt to notch another win in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he’s logged only one top-five finish (fifth in 2009) in 22 starts.

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Haas Automation/Monster Energy Racing: Kurt Busch Phoenix Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Another ‘Home Game’ in the Desert Southwest

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 13, 2017) – Growing up in Las Vegas, Kurt Busch spent the early years of his career competing at tracks along the West Coast.

And when he wasn’t behind the wheel of his racecar, the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) traveled to area tracks to take in races as a spectator. Throughout the 1990s, Busch regularly made the trek to Phoenix International Raceway just to have the chance to watch NASCAR superstars like Dale Earnhardt and Davey Allison compete.

Getting the opportunity to race at the mile oval in the desert west of Phoenix – the same track where he had cheered for many of his racing heroes – was a dream come true for Busch. Racing at the track was like a home game for Busch, who also attended college for several semesters at the University of Arizona down the road in Tucson before making it in NASCAR’s big leagues.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Interstate Batteries Racing: Daniel Suarez Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Advance

Daniel Suarez Back in the Saddle

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 8, 2017) – There is a level of comfort that can be derived from being back on familiar ground. It’s that very premise that serves as the theme to the Gene Autry classic “Back in the Saddle Again.”

And that’s exactly where Daniel Suarez will find himself this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A quick look back to one year ago and it’s immediately obvious that, for Suarez, there isn’t much that is the same. Last year at this time, the Monterrey, Mexico native had just embarked on his second full season of NASCAR XFINITY Series competition and was still trying to score his first career win in the series. In the 12 months that have followed, he’s not only scored his first series win, he visited victory lane a total of three times and won the 2016 XFINITY Series championship. And during the offseason, it was announced that Suarez would replace retiring driver Carl Edwards as driver of the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Landmark Award

Allison, Farmer, Gibbs, Labonte, Penske New to Ballot; France, Hawkins Join Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Each name made an indelible mark on the sport, whether from behind the wheel or atop a pit box … or even from inside a broadcast booth. After long careers that have helped shape NASCAR, all are now one step closer to its highest honor – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all racing heroes who earned race wins, championships … and millions of fans.

Among them are two owners who have each eclipsed the 100-win mark (Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske), a driver who combined for four championships in NASCAR’s Modified and Late Model Sportsman division (Red Farmer), an extreme talent who collected 19 wins before his too-soon passing (Davey Allison) and the 2000 premier series champion (Bobby Labonte). For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Las Vegas

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Grand Theft Auto: Keselowski Steals Win At Atlanta, Goes For Second Straight Victory At Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski took advantage of Kevin Harvick’s late speeding penalty by passing Kyle Larson with six laps left to win last Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory extends Keselowski’s streak of seasons with at least one win to seven. The No. 2 Ford driver ranks third in the points standings (six markers behind Harvick) as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Keselowski is the defending race winner in Sin City. He took the checkered flag there last year in a highly competitive contest in which five different drivers led 24 or more laps – Keselowski, first-place, 24 laps led; Joey Logano, second, 74; Jimmie Johnson, third, 76; Kyle Busch, fourth, 38; Kurt Busch ninth, 31.

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NASCAR Drivers, Social Media Stars Lead Return of NASCAR Goes West

Driver Adventures Off the Track to Highlight Three-week Trek to Las Vegas, Phoenix and L.A. Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2017) –- NASCAR® drivers are packing a sense of adventure for their 2,000-mile journey west as NASCAR Goes West celebrates the sport’s annual stretch of races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, and Auto Club Speedway.

Following an exciting season launch at Daytona and Atlanta, drivers will take in the sights and sounds of the West Coast in conjunction with Whistle Sports and popular social influencers, including Frisbee trick shot artist Brodie Smith, the Harlem Globetrotters and acrobatic fitness couple Austin and Julian.

In preparation for race days, NASCAR fans can follow the drivers along their off-track adventures on Snapchat and Instagram, and across all social media platforms using #NASCARGoesWest.

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NASCAR and SiriusXM Extend Broadcasting Agreement Through 2022 for Every NASCAR National Series Race

SiriusXM will continue to air all races from NASCAR’s premier division, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as every NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

NASCAR fans continue to get 24/7 coverage of the sport on exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel

NEW YORK and DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) –- NASCAR and SiriusXM today announced a six-year renewal to extend their broadcasting and marketing agreement through 2022. SiriusXM will continue to deliver 24/7 racing content to millions of listeners across North America, including live broadcasts of every race, plus daily NASCAR talk and interviews with voices across the industry through its exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel. NASCAR content is available to SiriusXM subscribers in their car, at home or on the go on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM and NASCAR’s agreement extension marks another important milestone in the history of collaboration between the two organizations, as 2017 is NASCAR’s 16th season on satellite radio and listeners will have uninterrupted access to the sport for more than two decades. SiriusXM will also retain exclusive category rights to utilize NASCAR branding and trademarks for advertising and promotion.

“We have more than a successful decade of partnership already under our belts with SiriusXM and look forward to continuing our relationship over the next six years,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “SiriusXM provides robust coverage of both our live events and breaking news, acting as a trusted resource for our sport and helping NASCAR content to reach new, diverse audiences nationwide.”

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Mobil 1 Racing: Kevin Harvick Las Vegas Advance and Team Report

KEVIN HARVICK Leading the Pack Out West

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 8, 2017) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to Las Vegas for this weekend’s Kobalt 400. His impressive start to the 2017 campaign through the series’ first two events has led to a four-point lead over the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, fellow SHR teammate and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, in the season standings.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the No. 4 Mobil 1 team securing the top spot in the Cup Series standings is that it has done it while transitioning through the offseason to Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company as its manufacturer.

The new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point system rewards racing at the front of the field throughout each event and, ultimately, winning stages. The No. 4 team has three stage wins through the first two events of the season and has led 342 of 525 total laps – more than 65 percent of the possible total. The driver who ranks second in laps led is Chase Elliott with 39.

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Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Blue Bunny Ice Cream Announce Five $25,000 Grant Opportunities

Public Vote To Determine 2017 Helmet of Hope Grant Recipients

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, announced the launch of the 2017 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign, which will award $125,000 to five non-profit organizations in May.

The announcement, made via video (2017 Helmet of Hope Video Announcement) today on Johnson’s Facebook page, revealed that not-for-profit 501c3 organizations that directly support K-12 public education will be eligible to compete for one of the five available $25,000 grants.

“Jimmie and his wife Chandra’s continued dedication to the Helmet of Hope program is inspiring,” said Wells. “Blue Bunny is honored and proud to once again partner with them on this incredible program to help continue to support academic success for kids through these local organizations.”

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No. 14 Haas Automation Racing: Clint Bowyer Las Vegas Advance

CLINT BOWYER Living Up to No. 14 with 400th Cup Start On Tap in Vegas

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Few people must live up to a number like Clint Bowyer will in 2017.

This year, Bowyer inherited the steering wheel of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion from three-time champion Tony Stewart, who retired last season after a 49-win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and hundreds of other victories in many forms of racing. Since starting Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with co-owner Gene Haas in 2009, Stewart has piloted a car carrying the No. 14 to victory lane 16 times – the most of any driver in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Stewart selected No. 14 for a good reason.

His boyhood hero A.J. Foyt made the number legendary in open-wheel racing. Foyt’s driving career included four Indianapolis 500 wins among his hundreds of open-wheel victories, plus checkered flags in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and sportscar racing’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the record, Foyt also drove the No. 14 in 42 NASCAR races, but with that number he was winless with just a single top-five finish.

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M&M’S Racing: Kyle Busch Las Vegas Cup Series Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH Looking to Double Hometown Cup Wins

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Aside from NASCAR’s biggest events like the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a win at the hometown racetrack is high on the priority list for many in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
 
Las Vegas native Kyle Busch crossed off an all-important hometown win in just his fifth NASCAR Cup Series start at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Kobalt 400.
 
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and 2002 honors graduate of Las Vegas’ Durango High School would like to double his number of Cup Series wins at the 1.5-mile oval after he brought home that emotional first win there in 2009.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Las Vegas Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Headed Home with the Hardware

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – It all started with an idea contrived in the No. 41 hauler last Friday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Back at the racetrack for the first time since winning the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the idea came to Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), as he explained to the team that there are just two Harley J. Earl trophies made each year – one each presented to the winning driver and car owner of the Daytona 500. Gene Haas, the listed car owner, shipped his to Haas Automation’s headquarters in Oxnard, California, where it will be displayed.

But Busch wanted to order replica trophies for crew chief Tony Gibson, sponsor Monster Energy and others. Unable to do that, he came up with the idea of sharing his trophy with his teammates and others, as is the tradition with the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League championship-winning team, The Stanley Cup.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Zarrella Enjoying Daytona 500 Victory

Jeff Zarrella reflected Sunday night after Stewart-Haas Racing and Kurt Busch captured their first Daytona 500.

A lap 128 crash sent Busch into the turn 3 wall and collected teammates Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick.

The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion pitted multiple times to fix a left rear tire rub. The crew changed four tires again after Busch reported it was still rubbing. Zarrella saw the right side tires had no rubs. The team used that set of tires with 3 laps on it instead of a set of stickers. The team did not have time to glue the lug nuts so they carried the lug nuts to change tires.

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Lilly Diabetes Becomes ‘Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®’

New Relationship Builds on Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing™

NASCAR® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the “Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR.”

The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com.

“As a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, we understand the daily challenges that millions of Americans face managing this disease,” said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “Our partnership with NASCAR, along with our continued relationship with Ryan, emphasizes the critical role of ongoing discussions with your doctor about how to best manage the disease.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Atlanta

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Milestone Alert: 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race

Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway marks the 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Below are some stats from the first 2,499 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

  •         The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19, 1949 – the race was won by Jim Roper (Lincoln)
  •         186 drivers have won a race
  •         The series has competed on 156 different tracks
  •         234 different drivers have won a Coors Light Pole
  •         2,536 drivers have made a start

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SNICKERS Crisper Racing: Kyle Busch Atlanta Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH ‘Crisper’ Memories at Atlanta

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 1, 2017) – In his 10th season with Toyota flagship Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS® Crisper Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the place where the winning began in 2008 with JGR, Mars Inc. and its SNICKERS® brand, and Toyota.

Back in 2008, his first year with JGR, Busch headed to Atlanta for the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season aiming to bring home his first win for the team’s two new partners – Mars Chocolate North America and Toyota.

After leading a race-high 173 laps, the Las Vegas native captured his first win for the SNICKERS® brand and also the first win in NASCAR’s top series for Toyota, which was in its second year of Cup Series competition and its first year with JGR.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.
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Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Atlanta Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH
A League of His Own

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb. 28, 2017) – For the first time in his 17-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Kurt Busch is undefeated. Having won Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, his first in the “Great American Race,” Busch is boasting a perfect 1-0 record.

To be fair, there is still a lot of racing to go – 35 points-paying events to be exact – but that hasn’t stopped the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ from enjoying the fact that, for now, he is in a league of his own.

As the Daytona 500 champion, Busch has spent the last two days in a whirlwind of celebratory activities that included a breakfast ceremony Monday morning with members of the media and having his winning No. 41 Ford enshrined for display at Daytona. He followed that up with a trip to New York for a series of interviews and television show appearances, with more to come as the week continues.
In the midst of all of the fanfare that goes with winning the Daytona 500, the Las Vegas native has started turning his attention to the next event on the 2017 Cup Series schedule, which just so happens to be at a track where he has enjoyed unabashed success – Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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No. 14 Haas Automation Racing: Clint Bowyer Atlanta Advance

CLINT BOWYER Already Bonding with New Owner Tony Stewart

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb. 28, 2017) – Last year, when retiring three-time champion Tony Stewart was asked about Clint Bowyer, his 2017 replacement in the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion, Stewart offered an interesting description of Bowyer’s personality:

“Bowyer is like taking a thousand rubber balls and throwing them off the top of a building, then watching them bounce,” Stewart said with a laugh after playing a key role in recruiting Bowyer to the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team he and Gene Haas formed in 2009 and has since won 37 races, a Daytona 500 and two championships.

Stewart’s sharp wit and Bowyer’s frenetic personality should make for some lively moments over the next several years at SHR and in the garage. But beneath the humor, each holds the other in high esteem. Bowyer says everyone who’s followed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knows Tony Stewart the driver, but there aren’t as many who are familiar with Stewart’s role and importance as a leader at SHR.

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Jimmy John’s Racing: Kevin Harvick Atlanta Advance and Team Report

Kevin Harvick Seeking a Second Cup Series Win at the Site of His First

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 1, 2017)Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will attempt to add a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win to his impressive resume at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday in the Folds of Honor 500.

He won his first NASCAR Cup Series race there in only his third career start on March 11, 2001. The circumstances surrounding the month leading up to Harvick’s first career Cup Series win in 2001 make it all the more remarkable.

Following Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick was named the driver of the No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing and made his Cup Series debut the following weekend – Monday, Feb. 26 – at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, where he finished 14th. Two days later, Wednesday, Feb. 28, as the series headed west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick married his wife DeLana. The following Sunday, March 4, Harvick scored his first career Cup Series top-10 finish. Then, on Sunday, March 11, less than one month since his debut in NASCAR’s top series, Harvick won his first Cup Series race at Atlanta.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Daytona

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He’s Back. Dale Jr. Set To Return At Daytona

After missing the final 18 races of the 2016 season Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to his No. 88 Chevrolet for Sunday’s 59th running of the DAYTONA 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX).

Earnhardt, a two-time DAYTONA 500 winner, qualified second for Sunday’s race, a mere .002 seconds behind Chase Elliott. In 34 total starts at “The Birthplace of Speed,” he has four wins, 13 top fives and 19 top 10s.

Sunday’s race marks the sixth time an Earnhardt will follow a pole-winning Elliott on the starting grid. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt (Dale Jr.’s father) started second to fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (Chase’s father) in five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, the last in 1995 at Phoenix.

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NASCAR Launches NASCAR TrackPass to Expand Reach of Live Racing Content

Digital Subscription Product Facilitates International Fan Development for 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) –- NASCAR TrackPass™, the sport’s first digital subscription product developed specifically for the international market, will now offer live racing action to more NASCAR® fans than ever before. Fans around the world can watch all 38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ and 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series™ events either through NASCAR’s local television partner or by subscribing to NASCAR TrackPass. The product will be available in 120 countries and territories at launch, with plans to continue expanding the NASCAR TrackPass footprint throughout 2017.

NASCAR TrackPass will offer full race replays and features like a live leaderboard and highlights to give fans the complete race experience. International NASCAR fans in most territories outside the U.S. and Canada can go toTrackPass.NASCAR.com to subscribe to the product or download the application for Android and iOS through the iTunes and Google Play stores. Subscription costs start at $125 per year and $15 per month and vary by individual country and territory.

“Exploring new distribution channels for race content across both broadcast and digital platforms allows NASCAR to continue strengthening its global presence and diversify the sport’s fan base,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Given their experience in the sport and expertise around live streaming, NBC was a natural choice to lead our development of NASCAR TrackPass, providing our international fans more choice than ever before.”

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