Updated Entry List for the Oral-B USA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Stewart (but no announcement made if he will race), #32-Yeley, #33-Ty Dillon, #37-Bliss in for Blaney, #66-Moffitt, #77-Nemechek.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #77-Nemechek (48th in owners points)
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #37-Bliss (4 attempts)
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Atlanta Entry List.
For the group qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page
Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Oral-B USA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on the Atlanta Race Info page - Chassis selection area.
Goodyear Tire Notes for Atlanta: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track last season . . . this left--side tire code has been run at Atlanta since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which debuted at Atlanta last year . . . the tire features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard three inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard nine inches . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire (Goodyear), see full tire notes, tire codes, pressures, set limits on the Atlanta Race Info page - Goodyear section.
Bristol Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
· Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
· The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
· It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
· The track layout was reversed and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
Gordon to make 750th career start: On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, #24-Jeff Gordon is scheduled to make his 750th career Sprint Cup Series start. Through 24 races in 2014, Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 27 markers ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. This weekend in Atlanta, Panasonic's Toughbook brand will be featured on the car's hood and quarter panels. The #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS debuted at Sonoma Raceway in June when Gordon piloted the car to a second-place finish. Panasonic will be featured as a primary sponsor of the #24 team in two Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events (HMS), see images of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(8-27-2014)
NASCAR's TV money split won't change for 2015: NASCAR won't change the formula for how it distributes television money from its current split among tracks, teams and the sanctioning body when its new television deal kicks in next year, a deal that likely will be worth nearly 4% more in 2015 than in 2014. In a news release to announce the impact of the schedule changes and the new 10-year television deal that goes into effect next season, track operator International Speedway Corp. said the split will remain at 65% to the tracks, 25% to the teams through the purse and 10% to NASCAR.
ISC, a publicly traded company whose majority of voting stock is controlled by the NASCAR-owning France family, is obligated to tell investors some details about the deal because it is the biggest revenue stream for ISC. For 2015, ISC said it will take in 3.8% more than in 2014 from the NASCAR television package with the amount increasing 3-5% each year at an average of 3.9% per year. The new package reportedly is worth $8.2 billion over 10 years, up 46% from the eight-year, $4.5-billion deal that ends after this season.
Purses will go up unless NASCAR requires less from the track for the purse. For its 21 Cup events (19 points races, Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 qualifying races), ISC said it will take in $316 million next year, including what it will then pay out as part of the purse. Using the NASCAR formula, it appears ISC will have $228 million in revenues in 2015 from the television deal.(in part from Sporting News)(8-28-2014)
Eckrick returns to sponsor #43 at AMS: Eckrich will return to the hood of the "Petty Blue" #43 Ford this weekend for the fourth time this season. At each primary race, Eckrich teams up with Richard Petty Motorsports to give back to Operation Homefront through "Operation Inspiration." Eckrich is in its third year of partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.Eckrich has already raised more than $750,000 in donations for the charity. They will also team up with Arby's to bring awareness for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.(RPM), see images of the scheme on the #43 Team Schemes page.(8-27-2014)
Team Penske and Snap-On Extend Partnership: Team Penske announced that it has extended its long-time partnership with Snap-on Incorporated. The multi-year extension between the two organizations adds to Team Penske's longest active sponsorship as it celebrates a 33-year bond with Snap-on in 2014. Under the terms of the renewed relationship, Snap-on will continue to be featured as an associate sponsor of all Team Penske cars competing in NASCAR and INDYCAR. Snap-on will also serve as a primary sponsor of a Team Penske car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with the specific races to be announced at a later time.(Team Penske)(8-28-2014)
Castrol Premium Lube Express to sponsor #13 at AMS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans traveling to this weekend's "Oral-B USA 500" at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, needn't look far for a great place to get their oil changed. Castrol Premium Lube Express is just a short drive from Hampton in nearby McDonough, GA, and provides fans with a place to get the high quality and liquid engineering of Castrol installed in their vehicles. Castrol Premium Lube Express will be an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy by Casey Mears this weekend at Atlanta. Georgia features many Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations including Alpharetta, Tucker, Marietta and Woodstock to name a few.(Germain Racing)(8-28-2014)
Fans Can Upgrade Their Friday Race Day Experience With a Pre-Race Pit Pass at RIR: The green flag may wave at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 5, but the action at Richmond International Raceway starts well before that. Go to Pit Road from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and take in the sights and sounds of race prep - including Knockout Pole Qualifying and practice - from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member. Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The day's action is topped off with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road on Friday. Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the September 5 events. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children younger than 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.(RIR)(8-28-2014)
Daytona Rising Welcomes CommScope as First Technology Partner: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has become the first technology partner in the expanding "We Built Daytona" marketing platform supporting the unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. CommScope will deploy a new communications infrastructure at DIS providing the facility with the bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that will enhance a fan's experience, as well as improve stadium operations. CommScope will deploy approximately 220 miles of Systimax GigaSPEED XL Category 6 cable, 50 miles of TeraSPEED single mode fiber optic cable and all terminations supporting digital signage and way-finding, more than 1500 HD displays, synchronized stadium-wide messaging, Wi-Fi connectivity in social areas, and an enhanced audio experience. This upgrade to DIS will offer the same amenities that sports fans have come to expect in stadiums and arenas around the country. For stadium operations staff, the new infrastructure will enable DIS to provide critical security measures such as high resolution security cameras, HVAC control, lighting control, and other fire and life safety services. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(8-28-2014)
Petty Receives Legion 'Good Guy' Award: Praised for his patriotism and his service to the community, NASCAR Hall of Famer "The King" Richard Petty was presented The American Legion's James V. Day "Good Guy" Award during the organization's 96th annual national convention on August 25th. "Richard Petty is so much more than just a former race driver and now current team owner," American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said during an award luncheon held in Petty's honor at theWestin Charlotte by The American Legion Past Department (state) Commander's Club. "He is a great American, who is always giving back to the community. By donating his land, and more importantly, his time, to Victory Junction, Richard has helped chronically ill children receive life-changing camping experiences. He and his son Kyle have helped educate young people about the safe use of automobile lifts, and he has donated time to Civitan International. Richard Petty Motorsports has also supported paralyzed veterans. The NASCAR culture is often praised for its patriotism. Well, it's no coincidence that Richard Petty is The King of NASCAR."
"It's an honor to be recognized by the American Legion,"Petty said. "I've also felt it was important to do my best to give back to the community and to those in need. It's just something small we do to help out and hopefully make people's lives better or make them feel good. It's humbling to be rewarded for it." The James V. Day Good Guy Award is named after a World War II veteran and prominent Legionnaire. Recent recipients include former boxing great George Foreman, performer Dolly Parton, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and former NBA star David Robinson.(Petty Family Foundation)(8-27-2014)
Ty Dillon Set to Make Sprint Cup Series Debut at Atlanta: Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing. Dillon, who is competing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season in the #3 Chevrolet Camaro, will have Nick Harrison as his crew chief for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500. "It's going to be a pretty special moment when I make those first laps this weekend, one that I won't forget," said Dillon, the 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C. native. "I've been fortunate enough in my racing career to have great opportunities like this one. I'm looking forward to racing the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet under the lights on Labor Day weekend." Dillon is no stranger to the 1.5-mile speedway. He won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at AMS in 2012 in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado. He also participated in the Cup Series test there on August 5 and 6. Dillon is currently third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings with 10 races remaining.(RCR)
UPDATE: Realtree, the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer and licensor, will be on the hood of the #33 Chevy for Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500. Realtree served as a primary sponsor for Dillon's Camping World Truck Series debut in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway. Rheem, a leading provider of heating, cooling and water heating products such as gas furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners and indoor air quality products, will be featured on the #33 Chevrolet SS this weekend. An American operated company, Rheem was founded in 1925 and is headquartered just a few miles from Atlanta Motor Speedway (Circle-Sport). see an image of the scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(8-26-2014)
Farm Rich returns to the #34 at AMS: Farm Rich returns as primary sponsor of the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford of David Ragan at Atlanta. Georgia Peanut Commission will be an associate sponsor. David Ragan comments: "Atlanta is always a busy week for us. I enjoy going back home and seeing the family. And Farm Rich is going to be back on the car, in their and my home state of Georgia, and they're really activating their sponsorship with local Kroger stores. Farm Rich is a great story as a new partner coming into the sport. They have a business relationship with our owner, Bob Jenkins, and his freight trucking company [MDS], and their first race was at Talladega last year when we won. That was obviously a great entry into the sport and not something you see every week. But as a well-known name that you see in your grocer's freezer every week, it's fun to have them as a partner. And it's great to see when fans of the sport buy those products to support the team and support the sponsor. I know I've got some great stuff in my freezer thanks to Farm Rich."(FRM)(8-27-2014)
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta:
#24-Jeff Gordon 105.6
#48-Jimmie Johnson 104.8
#14-Tony Stewart 100.2
#99-Carl Edwards 100.0
#20-Matt Kenseth 96.5
#11-Denny Hamlin 96.2
#41-Kurt Busch 94.5
#18-Kyle Busch 94.4
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 93.3
#78-Martin Truex Jr. 91.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (15 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)
NASCAR Announces 2015 National Series Schedules: NASCAR announced today its national series schedules for the 2015 season, featuring date enhancements to races at some of its most storied tracks along with a pair of long-term broadcast partners that will provide the exciting action to the sport's fans. "The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry. From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we're looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN."
Key date changes featuring Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, some of NASCAR's most tradition-laden tracks, highlight the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 22 on FOX, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the season's second race weekend (March 1), while Darlington returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012 as part of a unique doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, Daytona's always-anticipated July race weekend takes on a different look as the Sunday, July 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks the return of broadcast partner NBC.
A big "west-coast swing" during the schedule's early stages spotlights markets where NASCAR's fan base is growing and sponsor opportunities are on the rise. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series run on three consecutive weekends, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7-8, Phoenix International Raceway on March 14-15 and Auto Club Speedway on March 21-22. Bristol's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date moves deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) step back one week from their 2014 schedule slots.
From the season-opening weekend at Daytona through June's events, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will combine to serve as the broadcast home of all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting in July at Daytona through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including each series' championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC and NBCSN will carry the second-half action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The entire 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast exclusively on FOX and FOX Sports 1.
On radio, programming surrounding the 2015 NASCAR season along with the exciting national series race calls can be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's radio network will carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature 36 events including two standout non-points races - the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 14 at Daytona and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16. Soon to have a new entitlement partner, the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again contests 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series increases to 23 events next season with the addition of the Atlanta date.
When running concurrently during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion weekends, the date changes are also reflected on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules. There are nine companion weekends on the 2015 schedule that feature all three national series along with 18 combination weekends between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven dual events where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run together.
There are six "stand-alones" on next year's NASCAR Nationwide Series calendar, starting May 17 at Iowa Speedway. Included among those are two road-course races, at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 15 and Road America on Aug. 29. The later Road America date takes the place of the former Atlanta date. There are seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone races and two Wednesday appearances - on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 22 and at Bristol on Aug. 19. Iowa hosts the trucks three weeks earlier in 2015, on June 19. And the series again runs internationally on Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.(NASCAR)
See the 2015 Sprint Cup Series Schedule page.(8-26-2014)
Bristol TV Ratings: ABC's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Aug. 23, earned a 3.2 U.S. household rating, averaging 5,079,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. The rating and viewership were down from last year's race, which earned a 3.9 rating and averaged 6,322,000 viewers. This year's race aired on alternate digital channels in 11 markets due to ABC affiliates airing NFL preseason games in those markets. Nashville, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky., markets that traditionally have strong NASCAR ratings, were among those affected, Greenville, S.C., was the highest-rated metered market in the nation with an 11.3 rating, followed by Knoxville, Tenn., at 9.3 and Greensboro, N.C., at 9.2. Indianapolis was fourth at 8.7 and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., fifth at 6.9. Rounding out the top 10 metered markets were Buffalo, 6.6; Birmingham, Ala., Richmond, Va., and Orlando, Fla., 6.3; and Charlotte, N.C., 5.6. In Charlotte, the telecast did not air on the market's ABC affiliate station but did air on another full-powered, rated station. Last year, the race earned an 8.7 rating in Charlotte while airing on the ABC affiliate.
ESPN's live telecast of the rain-delayed NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol on Friday night, Aug. 22, earned a 1.0 rating, averaging 1,631,000 viewers. Last year's race, which was run and telecast as scheduled, earned a 1.1 rating and averaged 1,687,000 viewers (ESPN).
See past races for 2014 and 5-year comparison chart on the 2014 NASCAR TV Ratings page.(8-26-2014)
Matt Kenseth's Race Against Bullying Children's Book Debuts: Today (August 26, 2014) on National Youth Literacy Day, Matt Kenseth debuted Matt Kenseth's Race Against Bullying, his first children's book aimed at educating and empowering children to make good choices if faced with bullying situations. Kenseth, a two-time Daytona 500 Champion and the NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, released the book with his wife Katie at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters. Published by Bendon, Inc., Matt Kenseth's Race Against Bullying is available today for purchase exclusively at more than 11,300 Dollar General stores nationwide and online at www.dollargeneral.com. It is also the first installment of a four-part series of educational children's books that Matt and Katie Kenseth championed. The series is designed for family reading for children ages 4 through 8 to become more self-confident and empowered to make good choices. According to www.stopbullying.gov, more than 70 percent of students say they have seen bullying in their schools and less than 30% of students who are bullied notify an adult. Matt Kenseth's Race Against Bullying is a 22-page, 10 x 10-inch, soft-cover book, retailing for $3 at more than 11,300 Dollar General stores nationwide and online at www.dollargeneral.com. Written by Gina Gold, illustrated by Adam Devaney and produced by Judy O Productions, Inc., Matt Kenseth's Race Against Bullying was created by Matt and Katie Kenseth and is published by Bendon, Inc. (JGR). More info avout the book, see the NASCAR Book / Video News page.(8-26-2014)
Ty Dillon Set to Make Sprint Cup Series Debut at Atlanta: Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing. Dillon, who is competing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season in the #3 Chevrolet Camaro, will have Nick Harrison as his crew chief for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500. "It's going to be a pretty special moment when I make those first laps this weekend, one that I won't forget," said Dillon, the 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C. native. "I've been fortunate enough in my racing career to have great opportunities like this one. I'm looking forward to racing the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet under the lights on Labor Day weekend." Dillon is no stranger to the 1.5-mile speedway. He won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at AMS in 2012 in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado. He also participated in the Cup Series test there on August 5 and 6. Dillon is currently third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings with 10 races remaining.(RCR)(8-26-2014)
6: The number of victories recorded by Team Penske drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. It's the first time a Ford team has won more than five races in a single year since Carl Edwards' nine-victory season for Roush Fenway Racing in 2008.
21: The number of top-five finishes posted by Joey Logano in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races in 60 starts since his arrival at Team Penske to start the 2013 season. In his previous 147 starts, Logano had 16 top fives.
5: The number of drivers tied with a series-best three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this season. Three of those drivers-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon-compete for Hendrick Motorsports. The other two-Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano-drive for Team Penske.
19.6: Kasey Kahne's average finish in 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 1.54-mile track has been a feast-or-famine venue for a driver who desperately needs a win to secure a Chase spot. Kahne has two wins and two poles at Atlanta, but he also has three DNFs and seven finishes of 32nd or worse.
4: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories for the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, in the last nine races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kurt won the spring race at AMS in both 2009 and 2010, the last year Atlanta hosted two Cup events. Kyle won the spring race in 2008 and the Labor Day weekend event last year.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-26-2014)
New sponsor for Bowyer at Atlanta: Speed Digital, a technology company that creates digital solutions for enthusiasts and brands, has teamed up with Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor Clint Bowyer for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "What a great way to announce the launch of Speed Digital, a company focused on digital solutions for enthusiast brands, than to showcase our company on the hood of the number 15 car for a Sunday night race," stated Paul Tecci, Director of Marketing for Speed Digital. "Our goal is to develop dialogue with enthusiasts brands such as Harley-Davidson, Cycling Sports Group (Cannondale), & Polaris as well as enthusiasts groups such as car, boat and aviation clubs so that we can demonstrate our Virtual Garage and DealerAccelerate platforms. These solutions represent the future of how brands, Dealers, and consumers will engage on the web with social, interest-based topics that cut through the noise. We are confident this sponsorship will create awareness of our cutting-edge solutions and bolster our sales efforts." Speed Digital's product suite consists of enterprise solutions: My Virtual Garage and Dealer Accelerate, as well as a range of custom web applications, web sites and graphic design services.(Speed Digital), see an image of the scheme on the #15 Team Schemes page.(8-26-2014)
Shell $aver Cardholders can save 22 cents-per-gallon this Wednesday: Every time #22-Joey Logano wins a points race, such as the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol, Shell $aver Cardholders receive a savings of 22 cents per gallon on any grade of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline or Shell Diesel the Wednesday after the race - also known as WINsday! Shell Saver Cardholders who are also registered Members of the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program have the opportunity to receive an additional 22 cents per gallon in Fuel Rewards savings from their WINsday fuel purchase that can be redeemed at a future date as part of the FRN program if they use their Shell Saver Card to purchase fuel at Shell on WINsday. This is in addition to their Shell Saver Card savings. The offer is available to both new and existing FRN Members and will be sent via email to Shell Saver Cardholders who purchase fuel using their Shell Saver Card on WINsday. For more information about WINsdays, visit www.shell.us/winsday.(Pennzoil)(8-26-2014)
Multiple Opportunities For Fans To Upgrade Oral-B USA 500 Tickets: All grandstand tickets can be upgraded to enhance the race day experience of Oral-B USA 500 ticket holders for this weekend's Labor Day Weekend NASCAR events at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Any grandstand ticket can easily be upgraded to include pre-race pit pass access throughout the weekend. A Pre-Race Pit Pass will provide stage front access to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue and all the front stretch activities which include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions along with a lumberjack competition, sword swallower, a trapeze artist, a motorcycle "Globe of Death" exhibition and the human cannon ball. In addition, pre-race pit pass holders will have the chance to view and photograph the 43 car starting field parked along the front stretch. Access for pre-race pit pass holders will begin at 4pm. A limited number of Sunday only pre-race pit passes are available for $100 while children 12 and under can purchase a half price pre-race pit pass for $50. A weekend pre-race pit pass valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is only $125. A grandstand or infield ticket is required for each pre-race pit pass holder. A pre-race pit pass will provide access to the pit area and for no additional cost will also provide stage front access on the track for all the Pre-Race Pit Party activities.
This weekend's visitors can also enjoy NASCAR action from the comfort of an air-conditioned suite. The Elliott Suite, located above the Elliott Grandstand, is the only suite option at the Speedway allowing fans to bring their own food and beverages into a suite. Elliott Suite tickets are $149 per person for the Oral-B USA 500. The Champions Suite provide a view of the racing action overlooking the frontstretch and includes pre-race pit access, food and drink offerings and pre-race pit and stagefront access. Champions Suite tickets are $295 a person for Sunday and $395 for Saturday and Sunday. An all-inclusive race weekend experience will be offered in Club One. All Club One customers can enjoy the race from the rooftop observation deck available only to Club One ticket holders. The inside of Club One is adorned by more than 50 flat-screen televisions to complement its theatre-style seating and high-end food and beverage offerings. Club One tickets are $545 for Sunday and $675 for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be upgraded to add suite of pre-race pit pass access by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX or at any ticket booth during race weekend. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-26-2014)
Stewart-Ward investigation 'finishing up' but: The Ontario County (N.Y.) Police Department is in the final stages of its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., but there is no timetable yet for its completion, a department spokesperson told FOXSports.com Monday morning. Officer Nathaniel Ross, the OCPD's Senior Communications Officer, said Monday morning that the police are "finishing up" the Ward investigation. Asked if there was a timetable for when it would be completed and when the findings would be made public, Ross said, "Not that I'm aware of." The investigation will determine whether or not Stewart will face any criminal charges. Regardless of the outcome of the police findings, Stewart potentially could face civil liability.(FoxSports), see all the past news about the accident and Stewart on the #14 Team News and Links page.(8-25-2014)
Many Teams Testing at various tracks : Seven organizations are testing this week at tracks that will host a Chase for the Sprint Cup race, starting a push toward the championship. Meanwhile, two organizations - representing five Chase drivers - have yet to use any of their four tests allowed at tracks that host Cup races. Testing today and Tuesday at Chicagoland Speedway - the opening race in the Chase next month - are Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. Stewart-Haas Racing stated that Tony Stewart nor Tony Stewart's team are not testing at Chicago. Hendrick Motorsports tests Tuesday and Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway. Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have saved their four tests for the end of the season. Both will use their first test Sept. 2-3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They'll be joined by JTG Daugherty. Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano - who have each scored three wins this season - also are scheduled to test at Texas, Martinsville and Homestead. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth are also scheduled to test Phoenix, Homestead and one other track to be determined. Leavine Family Racing, a Ford team with Michael McDowell, is testing today and Tuesday at Kansas Speedway.(Motor Racing Network)(8-25-2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured on #95 of McDowell at AMS: The Atlanta Motor Speedway will welcome Nickelodeon's iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) for its NASCAR Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31, 2014. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo will bring their fast-action, high-adventure style of fun to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series for a weekend of family entertainment, including two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed cars, which will be driven by Nationwide Series driver Chris Buescher and Sprint Series driver #95-Michael McDowell.
McDowell will drive the #95 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Ford Fusion for Leavine Family Racing (LFR) in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. With its race shop based in Concord, N.C., Leavine Family Racing (LFR) fields a single-car effort in the competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Owned by Bob and Sharon Leavine, LFR has competed in NASCAR's top series since 2011. Fueled by a passion for performance and a focus on growth, LFR continues to have a positive impact in the NASCAR community.
Also at the speedway, fans of all ages will be able to enjoy end-of-the-summer activities chock-full of 'Turtle power'. The Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in the Fan Zone adjacent to the main entrance to the speedway, will offer free family fun with appearances from Buescher and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a TMNT photo station, micro-stock car racing, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles obstacle course, as well as a Turtles-themed cooling lounge and tattoo station. Nick Radio's J Boogie will be broadcasting from the Nick Radio DJ booth and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters will visit the Nickelodeon Kids Zone throughout race day and various surprise locations all weekend. Special highlights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon will air on the in-house monitors Saturday and Sunday before the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races. Audio will be available through the track scanner frequency.
Ticket packages for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invasion of Atlanta Motor Speedway include the front stretch tickets in the Earnhardt Grandstand. A family of four can see all the Sunday racing action for only $264 with two adult tickets and two children's tickets for children 12 and under. All children must have a ticket. For tickets and information call 1-877-9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com. Nickelodeon is currently airing the second season of the CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Episodes currently air on Nickelodeon on Friday's at 7:00pm, with season three set to debut this fall.(Victory Management Group), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(8-25-2014)
NASCAR After The Lap Returns to Las Vegas For Sixth-Straight Year: NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will return to Las Vegas for its sixth-consecutive year. Since its debut in 2009, NASCAR After The Lap has earned the reputation with fans as the must-see event during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week. This year's show returns to the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel on Thursday, December 4 at 5:00pm/pt. The expanded field of challengers competing in the new format of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup means attendees will be treated to more drivers than ever before. All 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders will be in attendance. ESPN's Marty Smith will return as the show's host and will again facilitate a spirited and unpredictable dialogue.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang, fans entering the NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes will have the opportunity to win a 2015 Ford Mustang GT. NASCAR fans can enter for a chance to win by visiting www.NASCARafterthelap.com through November 16. Additionally, two winners will receive an all-inclusive VIP trip for two to NASCAR After The Lap, including roundtrip airfare, hotel, ground transportation and VIP event access.
"Over the last six years as event sponsor, Ford has shared some incredible moments with our NASCAR drivers," said Tim Duerr, motorsports marketing manager for Ford Racing. "The NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes remains to be an effective way to engage NASCAR fans, giving them a chance to not only win a trip to Las Vegas but an opportunity to leave with a brand-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT."
During the last three weeks of the sweepstakes - fans entering will have an opportunity to become an instant winner. Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will offer up to five pairs of race tickets to attend the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"For the sixth consecutive season, Coca-Cola is proud to partner with NASCAR on this annual celebration of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season," said Ben Reiling, director of motorsports for Coca-Cola North America Group. "The new Chase format promises to deliver an exhilarating finish to the season and we anticipate the momentum will carry over to this year's show, producing even more unforgettable moments for our drivers and fans."
Coca-Cola would also like to invite fans to "Open Happiness" for children in need when tickets for the event go on sale September 15. Tickets are priced at $20 each and all proceeds will benefit The NASCAR Foundation", a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that raises funds to support children's charities and important causes throughout the nation. Fans can visit www.NASCARafterthelap.com to purchase tickets. For fans unable to attend NASCAR After The Lap, NASCAR.com will offer a live stream of the event.(NASCAR)(8-25-2014)
Turn 3 Terrace at Richmond gets a makeover: No, the state fair isn't coming back to the Richmond Raceway Complex. But, fans coming out to America's Premier Short Track this September 5 & 6 will get a taste of some carnival fun at the Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone. Taking over the Turn 3 Terrace, the Fun Zone is FREE and open to all ticket holders on Friday and Saturday this upcoming race weekend. Fans will be able to buy unique Gwaltney-branded concessions served exclusively in Turn 3, grab a drink at the bar, and ride in a 47-foot tall Ferris wheel located right next to the "Action Track!"
"As the primary sponsor of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team for the September 6th Cup race in Richmond, Gwaltney will have two trackside footprints during race weekend. One - located in The Midway- will include sampling, a prize wheel, and a bacon-eating contest judged by racing legend Richard Petty and #43 driver Aric Almirola," said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Gwaltney. "In the second area, since Gwaltney is such a family-oriented brand, we will be providing race attendees with picnic tables, kid-friendly concessions for sale, and a full-size Ferris wheel for families to ride and enjoy together." Ferris wheel rides are FREE to all ticketholders. Optional donations to the Victory Junction Gang will be accepted.
With something for everyone, the Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone only adds to the excitement surrounding the Federated Auto Parts 400 - "One Last Race to Make the Chase." Advance adult tickets start at $35; tickets for kids 12 & younger are $25 off the adult price in all sections, and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. The Fun Zone is also open on Friday, September 5, prior to the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. And parents, Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.(RIR)(8-25-2014)
Last Chance for "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Ticket Package Offer at Talladega: If fans want to see a man on a mission during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway - with an amazing savings package named in his honor - they won't have to look any further than five-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. With the track's "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Ticket Package, for an incredible price, fans can witness 43 drivers battle it out on the biggest and baddest race track on the planet, and NASCAR's Most Competitive facility. The special offer gives fans a $32 savings off the regular price of two Lincoln Grandstand tickets to the Sunday, October 19 GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race - the pivotal sixth race of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The offer is for a limited time, ending on Friday, August 29. Talladega Superspeedway is also offering up other great savings all across the grandstands for the fall event weekend, October 17-19 that will also include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Fans save $10 off all regular pricing from now until September 19, and kids 12 and under receive a $50 discount on all frontstretch seats. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information.(TSS)(8-25-2014)
Ford Sweeps NASCAR Weekend at Bristol:
· Joey Logano's win is his fourth with Ford Racing and sixth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
· This marks the first time Ford Racing has swept a NASCAR Camping World Truck, NASCAR Nationwide, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend since 2006 when Mark Martin (NCWTS) and Matt Kenseth (NNS/NSCS) did it, ironically, at Bristol Motor Speedway.
· Ford Racing's nine wins this season is the most for the manufacturer since 2008 (11).
· The win is Ford's 627th all-time series victory and the 35th by Penske Racing with Ford.
· In addition, tonight's win is the 35th for Ford Racing at BMS, which is tied for the most at any track currently on the circuit (Michigan).(Ford Racing)(8-24-2014)
Earnhardt Jr. comments on Bristol wreck: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., involved in an on-track accident on lap 160 when #4-Harvick got into #11-Hamlin, who was leading at the time. Hamlin slid into the inside wall, came back on the track and collected the #88.:
Q) WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT ACCIDENT?
Earnhardt Jr: "I couldn't see what happened to Denny (Hamlin), but he got turned around or something and was coming up the track. There was a lot of smoke so I couldn't really judge the speed of his car to know whether I needed to be going up there and go around him on the top. I had to make that choice. I just went ahead and went to the top and ended up getting into him. It wasn't too hard of a hit just did a lot of damage and tore the lower (control arm) off the left-front. We are going to have our hands full when we get it back out there. We are going to try to fix it, but I don't know. Obviously we are many laps down. We will see if we can run a decent speed."
Q) IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS VERY HARD TO PASS AND GET PAST THAT LAP TRAFFIC:
Earnhardt Jr: "It's just like every time. I don't think it's any different. It's like it's always been. It's hard."
Q) ARE YOU DONE?
Earnhardt Jr: "We are working on it, but I mean I don't know. I would like to be out there, but we will just have to see. It's tore up pretty bad. The left-front lower is tore off the car and it's not going to drive very good. There is really one groove out there so if we get out there we might be in everybody's way."
Q) DID YOU SEE WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN THAT?
Earnhardt Jr: "No, the first thing I saw was the #11 (Denny Hamlin) hitting the inside wall. I don't know how it started. There was a little bit of smoke so it was tough to judge the speed of his car coming back up the track. I thought I could go around the top and be alright, but I guessed wrong."
Rogers, Kyle Busch Have Meeting After Race: #18-Kyle Busch came into the weekend with hopes of adding to his 16 career Bristol win total and perhaps sweeping the three-race weekend. But he left Saturday night with serious questions about the cohesiveness of the #18 Sprint Cup team. Busch was involved in an early accident and also endured a pit road speeding penalty to erase any hopes of winning the main event. But things went from bad to worse for Busch, who angrily left his car on pit road when he exited the race with a handful of laps remaining despite crew chief Dave Rogers instructing him to do otherwise. "Park it behind the truck and take your whiny little ass to the bus," Rogers said over the team radio. Busch's frustration is understandable given the circumstances that came his way, but the behavior should raise more than a few concerns about the team's ability to compete for a title. Simply said, Busch and Rogers need to find a way to harness the emotional outbursts before they can be seriously considered championship material.(in part from Motor Racing Network)(8-24-2014)
Bristol Race and Commercial Breakdown: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Saturday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 7:30pm, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 10:40pm (all times are EST). ESPN on ABC was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 119
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 60
Number of times ESPN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 0
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 28
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 3 min. 20 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:30 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 10:40 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 190
Minutes of race broadcast: 141
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 49
Number of missed restarts: 0 Three were right as broadcast returned from commercials
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
Total race brdcst time 141 Total comm. brdcst time 49
See past race reports, links to full reports and more on the 2014 TV Commercials page.(8-24-2014)
Spun by Harvick, Hamlin fires safety device at him: #11-Denny Hamlin hurled his HANS (head and neck support device) up the track toward rival Kevin Harvick's #4 Chevrolet after Harvick spun him. Hamlin was leading the race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway when the incident occurred on lap 161. Hamlin got the lead through pit strategy, but Harvick had been hounding him for several laps. As Hamlin drove into Turn 1, Harvick lost control of his car and slid up into Hamlin's #11 Toyota, sending him spinning. After Hamlin bounced off the inside wall, he was hit by Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose #88 car lost one of its sides and all its safety foam. Hamlin waited on the safety crew before getting out of the car, following the new protocol set last week by NASCAR. But after gathering items from inside his car, he heaved the HANS device up the track toward Harvick's car as it came back by under caution as safety workers stood by. Hamlin remained on the apron when he made the toss. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said after the race that it's unlikely Hamlin will be penalized for throwing the device. Last Friday, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton announced the sanctioning body was adding a rule to keep drivers in their cars after accidents and when races were under caution until safety crews arrive. Drivers cannot walk onto the track or toward another car. The rule came in the wake of a sprint car accident in upstate New York on Aug. 9 in which driver Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car when Ward exited his car and walked down onto the racing surface.(USA Today)(8-24-2014)
Bowman apologizes to Danica: #23-Alex Bowman apologized to #10-Danica Patrick for wrecking her during Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway but understands that "Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now.'' Bowman got into the back of Patrick and caused her to spin on Lap 263. Although she didn't hit the wall, she lost two laps. It was part of a rough night for Patrick, who battled an ill-handling car and finished 27th. Bowman said he tried to avoid Patrick but couldn't. "It looked like somebody slid up a couple of cars in front of her and they all checked up,'' said Bowman, who finished 32nd. " I was just too deep not to run into her. I was on the brakes as hard as I could. I went over and talked to her (after the race). Definitely didn't mean to wreck her. Hate that Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now. It was unintentional. I hope she knows that. There was no reason to wreck her. We weren't even on the same lap. I apologized.''
Later in the race, Patrick ran up on Bowman and expressed her displeasure at the time. Afterward, Patrick was ready to move on. "I think were fine,'' she said. "He's just got to know that when you do that and you don't leave room for error and you hit me and take me out, I'm right there. As soon as I find you again I'm going to let you know I'm not happy. We're fine. If he does it again, worse things will happen. That's all.''(Motor Racing Network)(8-24-2014)
NASCAR, ESPN rally fans behind Chase drivers: NASCAR unveiled the biggest, most engaging marketing campaign in the history of the sport to promote the all new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. At the heart of the effort is a collaboration with ESPN that features five original television spots, an educational video, and an extensive social media push that will rally fans, teams, tracks, and partners around The Chase like never before. The national marketing initiative will underscore the drama and excitement of NASCAR's premier series' new 10-race playoff format unveiled earlier this year. "We made a bold decision at the beginning of the season to make our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup all about winning," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. "Now that we're just weeks away from the start of The Chase, NASCAR, working closely with ESPN, is going to market with a creative platform that is just as innovative and reflective of how important this moment is for our sport." The creative team tapped the star power of some of the sport's most compelling drivers and was inspired by their respective legions of loyal fans. The most integrated marketing effort the sanctioning body has ever put forth highlights the passion, language and motifs of competition - establishing drivers, automotive manufacturers and their corresponding teams as unique "nations," with the fans as their loyal followers. The fully integrated collaboration between NASCAR and ESPN is the first of its kind with a broadcast partner for the sanctioning body. Working with one agency, Ogilvy & Mather New York, NASCAR and ESPN achieve a singular vision and narrative that will extend from the track to the race broadcast. "The campaign celebrates this bold and transformational moment in NASCAR's history, taking fans along for the ride and accentuating the drama and intensity of the new elimination format as each round unfolds." said Scott Parker, vice president of marketing at ESPN.
The first creative element to be released was an online video titled "Spreading the Word," which NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch shared across social media on Aug. 18. The two-minute video educates fans about the new Chase format, introduces The Chase Grid and begins to call together the drivers' nations.
On August 23, the first of five spots were released, which follows the teams, drivers and fans from every corner of NASCAR as they gear up for The Chase. Subsequent 30-second spots will be released for each round of The Chase. The spots, which will air throughout NASCAR's postseason on ESPN and ABC, include the voices of Marty Smith, Allen Bestwick, Nicole Briscoe, Ryen Russillo, Jamie Little, Barney Hall, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Greenberg, Brad Daugherty and Rusty Wallace. The Chase kicks off at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14.
Fans, drivers, teams and sponsors are invited to pledge their allegiance to their favorite Chase drivers by sharing content on social media using the hashtag #MyChaseNation. Lucky fan winners will be picked to have their Twitter handle featured on their favorite driver's car at select races during The Chase.
Additionally, The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup marketing will include at-track signage as well as print and digital promotional assets that will allow tracks, team sponsors and NASCAR Official Partners to extend the campaign theme. Tying the concept together are unique flags that represent each Chase driver and their nation. The flags will be woven into the various campaign elements, including digital banners and fan memorabilia, among others, and will serve to rally fans and inspire spirited rivalry.
The educational video can be viewed here: "Spreading the Word"
The first television spot can be viewed here: "Hype"(NASCAR)(8-24-2014)
Joey Logano wins at Bristol: #22-Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, first at Bristol and 6th career win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard and #16-Biffle.
Pole winner #4-Harvick led 75 laps and finished 11th.
#24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 16th and keeps the points lead, 27 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr. who was involved in a wreck on lap 160 and finished 39th.
#24-Gordon leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins being 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 64 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 92.965mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Bristol Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Bristol Penalty Report (pdf) and Bristol Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-23-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
1) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 845
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 818, -27
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 776, -69
4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 761, -84
5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 751, -94
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 726, -119
7) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 721, -124
8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 716, -129
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 710, -135
10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 699, -146
Five drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
17) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 629, -216
20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 594, -251
21) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 586, -259
22) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 582, -263 24) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 559, -286
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-23-2014)
Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
[after Bristol, race 24 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd
3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
4) #22-Joey Logano(X), 3 wins, 4th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 6th
6) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 7th
7) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
8) #18-Kyle Busch(X), 1 win, 17th
9) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 1 win, 20th
10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger(X), 1 win, 21st
11) #41-Kurt Busch(X), 1 win, 22nd
12) #43-Aric Almirola(X), 1 win, 24th
Others without a win in contention for a Chase spot via points:
13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th in drivers points
14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
16) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th, +26 points
On the outside looking in:
17) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th, -26 points
18) #5-Kasey Kahne, 13th
19) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
20) #27-Paul Menard, 15th
(X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(8-23-2014)
Fennig may step down as crew chief at end of season: With all the changes taking place at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2015 season, it appears veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig may be in his final year calling shots on the pit box. Currently serving as crew chief for #99-Carl Edwards -- who will move on to Joe Gibbs Racing next season -- Fennig indicated he would likely take a behind-the-scenes role with the team once the season comes to a conclusion. Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Fennig said he will have to wait and see what team owner Jack Roush has in store for him next year, but added that he will most likely not be atop the pit box after the 2014 season. Saying it would ultimately be his decision when to walk away, Fennig indicated he would most likely work with the research-and-development arm of Roush Fenway Racing. Jack Roush said of Fennig's future: "We don't have a plan yet," Jack Roush said of Fennig's future. "We haven't heard definitively from Jimmy what his plans are, but he may be thinking about retirement. We're just not sure." Trevor Bayne is making his move to a full-time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015 and does not yet have a crew chief in place, so that is a possible spot for Fennig if he decides to continue working in a crew chief role. Edwards said Friday that he did not know what Fennig's plans were at the end of the season.(FoxSports)(8-23-2014)
Drivers want lower downforce, softer tires in 2015: Drivers are optimistic that a lower downforce, softer tire package tested at Michigan International Speedway Monday will work for a full field of 43 cars. NASCAR directed nine teams during a test for potential new rules for 2015. A variety of horsepower and aerodynamic packages were tested at the 2-mile track. The goal was to make the cars raceable enough that a driver can gain ground on the leader. During 20-lap runs, the drivers apparently passed the most in the low-downforce, soft-tire package. Low downforce can be achieved in a variety of ways, including a smaller rear spoiler. "They went through all the high-downforce stuff and less power and kind of the direction they went this year but even greater, and it was honestly really bad," said Joe Gibbs Racing's #20-Matt Kenseth. "It was really singled out, you couldn't pass, you could draft a little more on the straightaway but you're almost wide open in the corners. At the very end, they took all the downforce off and gave us all our power back and did all that and it was pretty much unanimous from the drivers, ... it was awesome." No one is sure what NASCAR will do, as it will take the data from the test and evaluate it to make the 2015 rules. "It was like going back 15 years in time or something like that," Kenseth said. "You could pass actually in the corners. ... You could get one guy on the bottom, one guy on the top. The air wasn't so turbulent that you couldn't get outside of people. So the track got really wide. It was like the track aged 10 years. It was awesome. Everybody got out with a smile on their face. You actually wouldn't feel as guilty cashing your paycheck on Friday anymore because you actually had to drive the cars like you used to."
"If you listen to all the drivers, they're really excited and would like to see NASCAR at least go and investigate that direction for sure," said Roush Fenway Racing competition director Robbie Reiser. "I know from the test and the reports everybody has talked about, it seems like everybody really liked what they saw at the end of that Michigan test. They used the words, 'We can drive the car.' That is an important aspect of stock-car racing. They wanted it to be less dependent on the aero side and a little more dependent on the driver side." Reiser said he believes teams would like the rule package by early September but would be happy if they get it by the end of September. I know NASCAR is under pressure to try to get us rules, but we really need to make the right decision."(Sporting News)(8-23-2014)
Stenhouse Reveals 2015 Fastenal Fusion at Fastenal Headquarters: #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. traveled to Fastenal headquarters in Winona, Minnesota last week to unveil the 2015 #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion in front of the 'Blue Team'. "It was great to unveil our 2015 Fastenal paint scheme at Fastenal's headquarters in front of their employees," Stenhouse said. "I got to meet a lot of individuals and their excitement has me looking forward to the 2015 season. On our tour, they showed me a wall that was designated for win banners so our #17 team will have to work on that for them." In Indianapolis, Roush Fenway Racing announced that long-time partner Fastenal will serve as the anchor partner on the #17 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for a multi-year agreement beginning next season. Fastenal first joined with Roush Fenway in 2010 and has served as a primary partner for multiple Roush Fenway teams and drivers in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NSCS.(RFR), see images of the scheme on the 2015 #17 Team Schemes page.(8-23-2014)
Tom McCrimmon Wins NASCAR Chicane in Bristol: Tom McCrimmon, #20 Joe Gibbs Racing, has won the third NASCAR Chicane of the 2014 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge. McCrimmon, the 2009 and 2012 NASCAR Champion of the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge, put his safe driving on display before the weekend's highly anticipated IRWIN Tools Night Race. He tied teammate Jamie Price (#18 Joe Gibbs Racing) for the top spot, but edged price out with a faster time. Ken Pitcher of Tommy Baldwin Racing finished in third place to round out the top-3.
After his victory, an overjoyed McCrimmon exclaimed, "That's all! Everybody wants to win at Bristol. It's exciting when the season starts to wind down and the championship gets closer. Having won this competition two times, I couldn't be more grateful for the benefits and opportunities Pilot Flying J has provided me in the Truck Driver Challenge."
The transport drivers of the Sprint Cup Series are competing for this year's grand prize of $30,000, in addition to a brand new GPS unit. Upon being named to this year's championship, the top-3 transport drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will receive a Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 720, the official GPS unit of the 2014 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge. Committed to supporting the professional transport driver, Rand McNally provides this year's Sprint Cup finalists with a GPS unit specially designed to enhance their routes nationwide. The final NASCAR Chicane of the 2014 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge will take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, September 8 at 12:00pm/et. For more information, please visit pfjtruckchallenge.com.(Pilot Flying J/Victory 500 Marketing)(8-23-2014)
Bill Elliott To Be Inducted Into City of Hampton's Speed Lane: A 16-time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award and a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Elliott continues to receive accolades for a legendary career behind the wheel of a stock car. Elliott will be inducted into the "Speed Lane" on Aug. 28 in downtown Hampton as the home city of Atlanta Motor Speedway honors the NASCAR legend at 6:00pm/et. At 6:30pm/et, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series transporters will parade through downtown Hampton prior to entering Atlanta Motor Speedway's main tunnel. Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR champion and native of Dawsonville, Ga., has won 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. He rose to fame in 1985 when he captured the "Winston Million," claiming a million-dollar bonus for winning events at Daytona, Talladega and Darlington. Elliott is also the father of Chase Elliott who currently leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings and has won three races this season. 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White, who currently resides in Fayetteville, was the first inductee into the Speed Lane last year. Like Elliott, he's a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. White is NASCAR's oldest living series champion. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-23-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing announces a 2015 sponsor for Biffle: Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Ortho and its complete line of home, lawn and garden pest control products will serve as the anchor partner on the #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) entry driven by two-time NASCAR Champion Greg Biffle in a multi-year deal. "I am thrilled to have Ortho on board," said Biffle, who is looking to become the first driver to win championships in all three of NASCAR's major series. "I spend a great deal of time outside and do a lot of work on my home myself, and I understand how important their products can be. They have a great history and it will be an honor to have a brand of their stature and reputation on our #16 Ford Fusion moving forward." Ortho makes its debut on the #16 car next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and will appear on the car for two more races this season before becoming the anchor partner in 2015.
"Roush Fenway Racing, Greg Biffle and the #16 Ford are a natural partner for Ortho," said Mike Sutterer, Vice President of Ortho and Regional Marketing. "Like Ortho, Greg and Roush Fenway Racing have a long history of success, including being number one. We feel Greg and his crew will enable us to engage with fans and highlight our great brand. Needless to say, our entire team is excited to see the new car on the starting grid and in victory lane."
Ortho's parent company, Scotts Miracle-Gro teamed with Roush Fenway from 2005 until 2011, teaming for 12 wins and 14 poles across all three of NASCAR's major series. Mark Martin drove the Scotts Ford F-150 to six victories in the NASCAR Truck Series, while Carl Edwards captured the 2007 NNS Championship carrying Scotts colors.(Roush Fenway Racing), during the press conference, it was mentioned that Ortho would be on about half of the 2015 races. See images of the scheme on the 2015 #16 Team Schemes page.(8-22-2014).
Auto-Owners Insurance Joins HScott Motorsports for two races: HScott Motorsports announced that Auto-Owners Insurance will sponsor the #51 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta and Martinsville. The two-race sponsorship marks the first time Auto-Owners has been involved in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, is the 15th-largest insurer in the country, based on written premiums. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 4,200 associates. The company is comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, and writes business in 26 states through 6,200 local independent agencies.
"We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the #51 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Justin Allgaier," said Jeff Harrold, chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance. "It's exciting for us to be backing such a promising young driver early on in his Sprint Cup career. We're looking forward to the Atlanta and Martinsville race weekends."
"I welcome Auto-Owners Insurance as part of our family of partners that make HScott Motorsports more and more competitive each week," said Harry Scott Jr., owner of HScott Motorsports. "This is their first time as a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the commitment of such a quality company speaks volumes about both HScott Motorsports as a race team and our driver Justin Allgaier."
"Having Auto-Owners Insurance on the car at Atlanta and Martinsville is a big deal to me and the entire team," said Justin Allgaier. "It's great to have such a large company, and one with a lot of history, on my car in the coming weeks. I can't thank Jeff and his entire company enough for their support."(HScott Motorsports), see an image of the scheme on the #51 Team Schemes page.(8-22-2014)
Sad News - Ed Whitaker: One of the greats of NASCAR history died this morning in Bristol, Tennessee. Family members [say] team owner and car builder Ed Whitaker died just after 8:00am Friday. His teams posted 28 Nationwide Series races wins and was a three time winner at Bristol Motor Speedway. Whitaker is known for helping many of the biggest names in NASCAR get their start on the Nationwide Series. Looking over the names of previous drivers who drove for Whitaker you will find Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Tim Richmond, and Davey Allison. BMS officials say Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s first Nationwide race at Bristol in 1997 was in an Ed Whitaker-owned car.(WCYB)
AND former NASCAR car owner Ed Whitaker, who earned 28 victories in the former Busch Series, died this morning [8-22-2014] at his Bristol, Va., home, according to business associate Peter Laura. Whitaker provided Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with his first ride at Bristol Motor Speedway in what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1997 and built machines for the late Dale Earnhardt, Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison and other drivers like Harry Gant, Morgan Shepherd and Mark Martin. "He loved every driver that every got in one of his cars. They were family to him," Maxine Whitaker, Ed's wife, said in an interview earlier this afternoon.(Bristol Herald Courier), see Whitaker's record as an owner at Racing-reference.info.(8-22-2014)
#78 to run World Vision scheme next two races to aid Zambia with Clean Water: NASCAR fans will have the opportunity to change lives in a village across the globe. World Vision, the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world, is asking fans to donate $10 to provide clean water for four years to a child in the African country of Zambia. As fans give, World Vision will be closer to its fundraising goal of $15,000, which will provide clean water to everyone in the Zambian village. Fans can donate by texting WATER to 777444. Racing to change lives, Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy will be fully wrapped in World Vision colors at Bristol and Atlanta, including a special "text to give clean water" message. "As a driver, staying hydrated is a top priority, but I'm blessed to never have to think about finding clean water," said Truex. "Giving just $10 to provide clean water is an amazing way to change a child's life." World Vision already delivers clean water to one new person every 30 seconds, but the global need for clean water sadly remains for hundreds of millions of people. Diseases caused by drinking dirty water kill more than 1,600 children under 5 a day - as many as malaria and AIDS combined. On race day at Bristol Motor Speedway, World Vision also will build disaster response hygiene kits with fans and supporters. These kits will be built in conjunction with Speedway Children Charities and distributed locally to children and families affected by disaster, homelessness or poverty. A typical kit includes hygiene items such as shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste and a comb. To learn more about this race to provide clean water and find out more information about the World Vision/Furniture Row Racing partnership, visit worldvision.org/racing.(FRR), see an image of the scheme Truex Jr. will run on the #78 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2014)
Several teams planning tests: On Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25-26, five teams will test at Chicagoland Speedway, site of the first race in the Chase. Those testing: Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 26-27, Hendrick Motorsports will test at Martinsville Speedway, which hosts the seventh race in the Chase - and first in the third round.(NASCAR)(8-16-2014)
Most Popular Driver Voting starts: The voting for the 2014 Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award has started. To vote, visit www.mostpopulardriver.com and follow the online instructions for entering. Voting began at on July 5, 2014 and ends at 8:00pm/et on November 17, 2014. Voting is limited to a) one (1) vote per person per email address per day; b) up to two (2) additional votes per person per email address per day for those who share their votes through social media sites Facebook and/or Twitter. Driver eligibility for the Most Popular Driver award is limited to those candidates that have declared for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and have entered all points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events contested between Jan. 1, 2014 and July 5, 2014.(7-5-2014)
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