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No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

Brief Yet Prolific Career Lands ‘Clown Prince of Racing’ In Hall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2015) – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Virginia, native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-to-back premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

“He would have been as good as any that’s been along,” said one of Weatherly’s early car owners, the late, fellow Virginian Junie Donlavey. “He had quick reflexes and good equipment. He was just a natural born driver.

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NASCAR Statement on Jeff Gordon

NASCAR Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, on Jeff Gordon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) – “Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. We have all enjoyed watching his legend grow for more than two decades, and will continue to do so during his final full-time season. His prolonged excellence and unmatched class continue to earn him the admiration of fans across the globe. Today’s announcement is a bittersweet one. I’ll miss his competitive fire on a weekly basis, but I am also happy for Jeff and his family as they start a new chapter. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season.”
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Ingersoll Rand Expands Relationship With Racing Community, Becomes ‘Official Power Tools of NASCAR’

Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA /Contingency Sponsor in NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) — NASCAR® and Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in reliable and innovative power tools, today announced a multi-year partnership designating Ingersoll Rand as the “Official Power Tools of NASCAR.” An innovator in tool technology, Ingersoll Rand products have been a staple in NASCAR garages for more than 50 years.

The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as an Official Partner of the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. 

 “Ingersoll Rand has been rooted in racing for decades and this renewed relationship celebrates the tireless work of pit crew mechanics and passionate race fans across all levels of racing,” said John Evans, president of power tools at Ingersoll Rand. “We know how important tool performance is in racing – if your tools perform, your vehicle performs. We are now putting high-performance Ingersoll Rand tools into the hands of the best auto technicians in the world while engaging fans who have a passion for cars.” 

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NASCAR Statement on Brian Vickers

NASCAR Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer on Brian Vickers Participation in 2015 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 21, 2015) – “With the clearance from his physicians, Brian Vickers has satisfied all necessary NASCAR requirements to resume racing on March 5. Further, NASCAR has reviewed the circumstances surrounding his situation and has determined that he will maintain Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup eligibility despite neither entering nor attempting to qualify in the first two championship events, provided he meets all other necessary eligibility requirements.”

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NASCAR and NASCAR Team Properties Select Fanatics to Operate At-Track Merchandise Business

New At-Track Shopping Environment to Provide Fans with Convenience and Wide Selection of High-Quality NASCAR-Branded Merchandise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 21, 2015) – NASCAR, NASCAR Team Properties (NTP) and Fanatics jointly announced today a 10-year agreement for the sport’s at-track merchandise business that will deliver fans an enhanced, experiential shopping environment. As part of the agreement, Fanatics has acquired certain exclusive rights from NASCAR and NTP that will make the company the primary retailer of NASCAR, team and driver merchandise at all 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends.

Fanatics, the market leader for officially licensed sports merchandise, powers the e-stores for hundreds of the top sports leagues, teams and schools, including a long history running NASCAR’s e-commerce business (NASCAR.com). The NASCAR at-track deal expands Fanatics’ growing in-venue partnerships.

The new trackside retail model will be phased in at NASCAR events over the course of 2015. It will evolve from using solely haulers for each specific team or driver to displaying all merchandise in a climate-controlled superstore retail environment supported by, in instances, smaller satellite retail touch points around the track. The new model will have the following enhanced benefits and added options for fans:

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Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer … and NASCAR Hall of Famer

Scott’s Legacy a Story of Perseverance, Excellence

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2015) – During a 13-year premier series career, Wendell Scott likely never considered he was making NASCAR history. The Virginian’s sole concern was getting to the next race on a miniscule budget.

Scott wasn’t the only driver to struggle financially. The odds of making a good living racing stock cars were long in the 1960s and early 1970s when purses were small, large sponsors unheard of and manufacturer support came and went with the turning of the calendar’s pages.

But Scott faced a challenge not shared by his fellow competitors: that of an African-American battling to succeed in a still-segregated society.

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Cole Whitt and Speed Stick® Join Front Row Motorsports in 2015

STATESVILLE, N.C. (January 16, 2015) – Up-and-coming driver Cole Whitt will expand the Front Row Motorsports racing stable to three full-time cars in 2015, piloting the No. 35 Ford with support from Speed Stick® for 10 races, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Randy Cox will also join the Front Row team to continue his relationship with Whitt as crew chief.

The 23-year-old Whitt will enter his second full-time Sprint Cup Series season after progressively climbing the NASCAR racing ranks of the Nationwide, Camping World Truck and K&N series. The Alpine, Calif., native made his transition to stock cars after an early career in open-wheel racing, which included a 2008 USAC National Midget championship.

“I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to go racing with Front Row Motorsports and continue my relationship with Speed Stick®,” Whitt said. “Bob Jenkins is a smart businessman and has grown his team the right way over the years, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that growth. The 2014 season was great for me as a driver. We had some important personal victories and some areas where we’ll want to improve.”

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Sport Clips Haircuts Expands Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 Season

Carl Edwards joins Denny Hamlin to Share Driving Duties of the Sport Clips Toyota Camry’s

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Sport Clips Haircuts announced the race and driver lineup for the 2015 season today after signing a multi-year contract extension. Sport Clips will increase their sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and continue to have a presence in the newly named XFINITY Series.

Denny Hamlin will remain a key driver for Sport Clips, piloting the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry for two Sprint Cup Series races during the 2015 season at Auto Club Speedway on March 22 and under the lights at Darlington Raceway on September 6. In addition, Hamlin will return to the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the Sport Clips-sponsored Help A Hero 200 night race at Darlington Raceway on September 5. In its fourth year to partner with Darlington, the national haircut franchise will use the race to increase awareness and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program which provides scholarships to active-duty military and veterans who are pursuing a college degree or vocational certification. To date, Sport Clips and the VFW have granted more than $866,000 in scholarships since beginning the program in 2013.

New to the Sport Clips program for the 2015 season will be veteran driver Carl Edwards. Entering his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Edwards will carry the Sport Clips banner for two Sprint Cup Series races this season starting with the July 19 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and again for the November 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR® Surpasses One Billion Total Page Views Across its Digital Platform

Live-Event Engagement and Continued Expansion to Mobile Result in Unprecedented Year-Over-Year Growth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2014) — In only the second full year of managing its digital rights in-house, NASCAR has experienced significant growth, exceeding one billion aggregate page views across NASCAR.com®, NASCAR mobile web and the NASCAR Mobile™ app in 2014. The billion page view milestone marks a 45-percent year-over-year increase in engagement on the platform, according to data from Adobe Omniture SiteCatalyst.

This year, NASCAR.com, the ultimate online destination for NASCAR news, content and live race-day experiences, also saw a 36 percent year-over-year increase in average unique visitors, according to data from ComScore My Metrix Multiplatform Data (Feb. – Nov.). This includes a 90 percent year-over-year increase during the month of November, which included the last three races of the brand-new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ playoff format and the crowning of a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion. Aggregate on-platform video views were also up 84 percent year-over-year in 2014, according to data from Adobe Omniture SiteCatalyst.

“In 2014, we focused on fine-tuning and expanding our digital offerings for fans,” said Colin Smith, vice president of NASCAR Digital Media. “We improved the overall site layout and usability, published more exclusive content to fans, refined our mobile app features and increased our live content availability. These enhancements, along with some fantastic on-track drama during the new Chase, have helped strengthen our presence, and as a result, fan engagement has never been higher.”

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NHMS: Regional Series to Help Celebrate 25th Anniv.

An important and popular part of the racing menu during both NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and American-Canadian Tour late models will return in 2015 to help celebrate the Magic Mile’s 25th anniversary season with a total of five races.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series serving as anchor events on July 19 and Sept. 27, and with the other two major national touring series – featuring the July 18 XFINITY Series (formerly Nationwide), and Sept. 26 Camping World Truck Series dates – already locked in place, NASCAR released the schedules for the immensely-popular Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East. The “mighty mods” will first race at the Magic Mile on July 16 with the second annual running of the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, joining the K&N Pro Series East as part of that Friday’s doubleheader. It will also race on Saturday, July 16 and then again on Saturday, Sept. 26 with 100-lap national championship points races. The K&N Pro Series East race will be 70 laps as the grand finale of pole day in July.

Fixtures at the speedway since its opening in 1990, the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East have produced some of the most entertaining races in NASCAR history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The two regional tours have combined for 48 different winners spanning 168 races, logging more than 16,000 miles (15,000-plus laps).
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Sprint to End NASCAR Sponsorship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 16, 2014) – “NASCAR and Sprint have enjoyed a long and productive partnership that has returned significant value to both parties. We understand significant changes within Sprint and the highly competitive business environment it is in has led to a decision not to extend its Cup Series entitlement position following the 2016 season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a very unique, premium sports marketing platform with strong momentum, so we are very confident of moving forward in 2017 with an outstanding new partner. In the meantime, we look forward to Sprint’s partnership on the best racing series in the world for the next two seasons.”

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Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Former Daytona 500 Pole Winners Also Added to Season-Opening Showcase at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”

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Congratulations

Congratulations to some drivers on their weddings this weekend:
Joey Logano of Middletown, CT and Brittany Baca
Former Monadnock champion Beth Adams and Chris Mctaggart
Lee Pulliam and LeAnne Thornburg

2015 NBC NASCAR Promo

Comedian, Actor Jay Mohr to Host the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards

Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Nashville’s Lennon and Maisy to Perform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The slogan is as recognizable as any: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

But NASCAR will make an exception on Dec. 5 when it gives audiences a front row seat as Jay Mohr, Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Lennon and Maisy take the stage at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™show from the Wynn Las Vegas® live on FOX Sports 1.

This year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will honor 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, as well as celebrate the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET.

Mohr will serve as the host for the second consecutive year. The actor, comedian, radio host and best-selling author has one of the most expansive backgrounds in show business. After landing his dream job at “Saturday Night Live” and launching his career in film alongside Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire,” Mohr appeared in approximately 200 network television episodes and more than 25 feature films. Additionally, his national radio show, “Jay Mohr Sports,” is syndicated in more than 155 markets across the U.S. With a career in entertainment that spans over three decades, Mohr has become an artist who knows no limits, making him the perfect person to help celebrate NASCAR’s most prominent drivers.
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“Fresh From Florida” Motorsports Campaign Re-Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports Marketing

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Re-Signs Richard Petty Motorsports Marketing
Team Will Manage Growth in “Fresh From Florida” Marketing Campaign

CONCORD, N.C. (November 24, 2014) – The marketing arm of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today the extension of their relationship with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. RPM will continue to develop and execute a fully-integrated motorsports marketing campaign in 2015 for “Fresh From Florida,” a marketing, advertising and promotional campaign focused on building awareness and sales of fresh seafood, produce and other Florida products.

The “Fresh From Florida” campaign includes various marketing elements centered around motorsports including race promotion, team sponsorship, track sponsorship, marketing services, public relations, experiential marketing and retail partnerships along with traditional and digital media. The platform will be executed across the state of Florida and throughout the Southeast at motorsports events including NASCAR, IMSA and events at iconic motorsports venues.

In 2015, “Fresh From Florida” will again partner with RPM and Tampa area native Aric Almirola as the primary brand ambassador via events in two NASCAR series. “Fresh From Florida” will be featured on the famed No. 43 Sprint Cup car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March and Talladega Superspeedway in May and have associate placement at Martinsville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway. They will also support Almirola in both NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Daytona International Speedway.
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Mayfield Bound for Turkey Derby XLI

Mayfield Enjoying Return to Racing

Jeremy Mayfield of Owensboro, KY will be among the entries for Saturday’s Turkey Derby XLI at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway. He is in a better place than he was a year ago, back behind the wheel. 

“We’ve got a really great team,” Mayfield said. “We’ve put together some good guys and good equipment and I’ve just had a great year. … We’ve led a lot of laps in the KOMA stuff and we’re competitive and we’ve been running good and it’s just been a great year for me so far.”

“We knew it was a big race and we’re doing all the races we can everywhere and just feel like that would be a good one to run and driving in the Modifieds, I’ve had a good time doing that.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner enters the event with high expectations.

“I just want to go into it just doing the best we can and I know I’ve got a good car, in Dave Brigati’s car because I know they’ll be fast and we’ll take all we get.”  “… I’ve been watching a lot of races on YouTube, watching the track and how it works and all that stuff, so I think we’ll be pretty good, pretty quick.”

Mayfield is familiar with adapting to tracks as he traveled to many new places this season. The banked 1/3 mile oval will be bring Mayfield back to his roots racing in Tennessee.

“I’ve run places that have got a lot more banking than that. Bristol was one of ‘em and I kind of grew up in Nashville and running on a 5/8 down there, which is high banked, and then I run Highland Rim Tennessee, which is huge. It’s real small, but real high banked track, so I kind of grew up on tracks like that and I feel like I’m going to pretty much like it and know it’s my style track. It’s high banked and a short track, so I think it will be okay and like I said, I’ll have a good car, be able to get a few laps in practice and then run from there.”

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NASCAR Statement Regarding the Passing of Denny Darnell

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2014) – “NASCAR offers its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Denny Darnell. For decades working with Bristol Motor Speedway, RJ Reynolds, NEXTEL and Dodge, Denny was a familiar and friendly face in media centers and NASCAR garages throughout the country. He approached his job seriously and professionally, but few could bring laughter like Denny. He was a public relations institution, and will be greatly missed.”
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Grassroots Ties Aplenty with Chase Finalists

Each Of The Championship 4 Has Home Tracks Connections

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Denny Hamlin’s first NASCAR championship was earned in a mini stock at Langley Speedway in his native Virginia. Seventeen years later, he’s positioned to reach the pinnacle of the profession.

Hamlin’s start in stock car racing began in the entry-level divisions of local weekly racing tracks like Langley in the late 1990s. By the early 2000s he had moved up to the feature division late model stocks and started to venture out beyond his Chesterfield, Virginia, home base.

Success followed everywhere he went.
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NASCAR Statement on Kurt Busch Investigation

NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Regarding Dover Police Department Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2014) – “NASCAR is aware of the investigation involving driver Kurt Busch. We recognize the seriousness of this matter and are actively gathering information from all parties, including law enforcement authorities and Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information.”

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Next Race: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, Oct. 26

The Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)

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Richard Petty Motorsports Signs Sam Hornish, Jr.

Former Indianapolis 500 Champion and NASCAR Winner to Drive No. 9 Ford

CONCORD, N.C. (October 8, 2014) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today that three-time IndyCar Series Champion turned NASCAR winner, Sam Hornish, Jr. will join the storied organization to drive the No. 9 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015. Hornish, Jr. joins RPM from Joe Gibbs Racing where he competed part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season scoring one win and four Top-Five finishes in only eight starts.

A seasoned and diverse driver, Hornish, Jr. has the ability to immediately win races for RPM in the Sprint Cup Series and compete in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 35-year-old from Defiance, Ohio began his professional career in the IndyCar Series winning 19 times, including the Indianapolis 500, and three championships. His last championship came with Penske Racing who helped Hornish, Jr. make the transition into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Hornish, Jr. has competed in three full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series as well as two full seasons in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing where he finished second in points in 2013 by a mere three markers. In 2014, Hornish, Jr. has made the most of his time behind the wheel while driving a partial Nationwide Series schedule at Joe Gibbs Racing with two poles and a win. He is now ready to rejoin the Sprint Cup Series with RPM.

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A Fresh Look at North Wilkesboro

The description says it all: “Many NASCAR drivers did their thing here. Now time is doing her thing.”

 A “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” video posted on Bob Asbury’s YouTube page shows the demise of  North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway, the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes County. The Sky Sprinter Aerial Photography video was shot on Saturday.

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Young Multicultural and Female Drivers Compete for Spot in NASCAR

20 Drivers Invited To 11th Drive for Diversity Combine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America will participate in the 11th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine Oct. 13-15 with hopes of earning a spot in the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The NASCAR D4D Combine – being held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virgina, for the fourth consecutive year – has been the proving ground for several current NASCAR national series drivers, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series three-time race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver Daniel Suarez, who recently announced a full-year NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program has seen significant success in recent years with several standout drivers who have consistently exceled and put on their best performance on the race track,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “It is important for us to provide development opportunities for young female and diverse drivers who have the talent, but may lack the resources or guidance to find an entry point in our sport.”
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Team Penske Extends Agreement with Joey Logano

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 25, 2014) – Team Penske announced today that it has signed multiple-race winner and 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender, Joey Logano, to a contract extension.

Under the new multi-year agreement, Logano will continue behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the No. 22 Discount Tire / Hertz Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) for Team Penske.

“Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners,” said Roger Penske. “He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come.”

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NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer, Regarding Ontario (N.Y.) County District Attorney Announcement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2014) – “There are no winners in tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we have respected the local authorities responsible for reviewing this case.”

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: AAA 400
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 28
The Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 400 miles (400 laps)

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Next Race: Dover 200
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 27
The Time: 3:30p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 200 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rhino Linings 350
The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 27
The Time: 10 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 350 Kilometers (146 laps)

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LaJoie to Make Sprint Cup Debut at NHMS

Grandson of NEAR Hall of Famer Seeking Additional Opportunities 

LOUDON, NH — Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie of Concord, NC will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will drive the No. 77 Fochler Veterans Law/Valor4Vets.com Ford for Randy Humphrey Racing in the Sylvania 300.

“They were kind of looking to invest in a young driver and I guess I was at the top of their list,” LaJoie said. “I definitely have a lot to learn in this deal. This is kind of like jumping in the deep end with both feet here.”

He did not have the benefit of testing ahead of the race, just practice since Friday. LaJoie admitted that he is not used to the feel of the radial tires, including the lateral load (compared to bias ply run in other series). LaJoie called wrestling the 900 horsepower car “a task in itself.”

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Tommy Baldwin Jr. and Steve Park Announce New Venture at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

American Muscle Car Driving Experience to be featured on the No. 36 at NHMS and Dover

Huntersville, NC (September 17, 2014) – Two of the most successful motorsports professionals to come out of the northeast have blended their wealth of knowledge to develop the most unique driving experience anywhere in the country.

New York natives, Tommy Baldwin, Jr. and Steve Park, are proud to announce the creation of The American Muscle Driving Experience. Headquartered at the famed Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Golf Club, the program offers three customizable skill levels to advance through utilizing everything from high-performance American muscle cars to authentic race-ready professional stock cars.

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ANNOUNCING: New Partners, Beginning in 2015

STANLEY to Sponsor Carl Edwards for 12 Races; DEWALT Reunites with Matt Kenseth for Six Races

Huntersville, N.C. (September17, 2014) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that it has entered partnership with world-leading tool and security provider STANLEY and professional power tool provider DEWALT beginning in the 2015 season. STANLEY and DEWALT will serve as primary sponsors for drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, respectively.

STANLEY will partner with JGR as the primary sponsor for 12 races on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards beginning in 2015, while DEWALT will serve as the primary sponsor for six races on the No. 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. In addition, STANLEY will have associate branding on the No. 18 Toyota throughout the 2015 season, as well as on both the No. 19 and No. 20 Toyotas when not already serving as the primary sponsor. Other Stanley Black &Decker brands, including Mac Tools, BLACK+DECKER, and more, will continue to be a part of the NASCAR program with JGR.

“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership for Joe Gibbs Racing with both STANLEY and DEWALT,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They have a great history in our sport. We’ve had a partnership with Mac Tools that dates back to our first days here at JGR. It’s an honor that they chose to come on board and support both Carl and Matt.”
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