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  • Entry List for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Gordon, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Darlington Entry List


  • Sad News - Betty Jane France: Betty Jane France, known fondly as the "First Lady of NASCAR Racing," died Monday, according to various sources, including a tweet from a family member. A NASCAR representative would neither confirm nor deny France's death, but a friend of the family late Monday night confirmed that she had died in the afternoon. Betty Jane's grandson, driver Ben Kennedy, sent out a message on his Twitter account that read: "We all miss you grandma. Thank you for being you still can't believe it. #neverforgotten" France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and chairperson of the NASCAR Foundation. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was created in her honor in 2011. Through the NASCAR Foundation, this award recognizes outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans. For the last five years, France presented this award at the NASCAR Awards Banquet in Las Vegas. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, France, the former Betty Jane Zachary, met her husband, William C. France in her hometown. They married and soon relocated to Daytona Beach. Bill France Jr. rose through the ranks to become the chairman and CEO of NASCAR. He passed away in June 2007 at the age of 74. France's children, Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Brian France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, now lead the empire started by William H.G. France, along with Betty Jane's brother-in-law, Jim France, who is vice chairman of NASCAR and chairman of ISC. Betty Jane France was a community leader and known as a champion of health care for children. She assisted in the establishment of the "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health Medical Center and helped develop a similar facility for children in Homestead, where International Speedway Corporation owns a racetrack. She was a member of the Junior League and has served on boards of numerous area community service organizations including the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Red Cross and the Garden Club of the Halifax Country.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(8-30-2016)

  • NASCAR has no issue with Larson's victory celebration: A NASCAR executive says the sanctioning body has no issues with the burnout Kyle Larson performed Sunday after scoring his first career Sprint Cup victory. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the celebration was not viewed as excessive. O'Donnell said earlier this month on "The Morning Drive'' that series officials were seeing a "trend we don't like to see" with victory celebrations that damage the winning car. He said at the time that "you'll probably see us sooner than later put something in place that covers us for that as you kind of head into the last quarter of the season.'' But O'Donnell didn't have an issue with Larson's burnout after Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.(in part from NBC Sports)(8-30-2016)

  • Lap Leaders after 24 races:
    Driver, Laps Led
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 1,242
    2) #78-Martin Truex Jr, 996
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 988
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 741
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 476
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 384
    7) #22-Joey Logano, 349
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 265
    9) #41-Kurt Busch, 234
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 202
    34 drivers have led at least one lap
    Through August 28

  • Johnson wanted to wear Earnhardt's fire suit: Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Monday that Jimmie Johnson had asked him to borrow one of his father's old uniforms to complete his retro look for this weekend's NASCAR throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt Jr.'s remarks came on Monday's edition of the "Dale Jr. Download," a 70-minute episode that he co-hosted on his Dirty Mo Radio network. Earnhardt did not provide a health update on the concussion-related symptoms that have forced him to miss the last six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, but offered an anecdote about his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, who will be running a blue-and-yellow paint scheme on his #48 Chevy that pays tribute to Earnhardt's father and the legendary David Pearson -- both NASCAR Hall of Famers. "He's texting me, he's like, 'You got one of your dad's old uniforms and all that stuff?' " Earnhardt said of a recent exchange with Johnson. "He wanted to actually wear it to intros, and it would fit probably. It smells like ... every bit of 40 years old." Earnhardt will be replaced by interim driver Jeff Gordon in this Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 as his recovery from concussion-related issues continues. Earnhardt said he was "real sad" he won't be driving his own throwback paint scheme, a #88 Chevy that pays homage to Buddy Baker's "Gray Ghost" look from the early 1980s.(NASCAR.com)(8-30-2016)

  • World Racing Group being sued by drivers: World Racing Group owes pro racecar drivers millions for ruining their reputations by falsely finding that they violated weight and tire requirements, the drivers claim in federal court. Scott Bloomquist and four other pro racecar drivers, along with team owners R & W Motorsports LLC, Best Performance Motorsports LLC, JR Motorsports LLC, Gary Satterlee and William G. Satterlee & Sons Inc., sued racetrack owner World Racing Group Inc. and its subsidiary, UMP DIRTcar Racing; and Ohio's Eldora Speedway and its owner, Tony Stewart, in Northern New York's federal court Wednesday.(in part from Courthouse News Service)
    AND: Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack reacted sharply to news that the dirt track owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart is being sued for millions of dollars. Slack said the charges leveled by Scott Bloomquist and four other Late Model drivers, who are seeking some $16.5 million in damages, are "meritless."(in part from FoxSports)(8-30-2016)

  • Sad News - Cliff Stewart: Mr. H. Clifton "Cliff" Stewart Sr., 91, resident of Kernersville, died August 28, 2016 at Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center. Mr. Stewart was born July 10, 1925 in Davidson County, a son to the late Bernie and Lue Teague Stewart. A resident of this area all his life, he graduated in 1942 from Wallburg High School and later received his Bachelor of Science from High Point College. He owned and operated Stewart Fabric Sales and Spectrum Furniture Company, as well as several different NASCAR teams. He was of the Baptist faith. In 1944 he married Eva Mae "Tommie" Stewart who preceded him in death on December 15, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Roy Cantrell officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor's choice. Services under the direction of Cumby Family Funeral Services.(8-30-2016)

  • Curtis leaving Michigan International Speedway: International Speedway Corporation announced that Roger Curtis is leaving his position as President of Michigan International Speedway, effective immediately, to pursue new opportunities. A replacement has not been announced. Joie Chitwood, ISC Chief Operating Officer, will oversee MIS operations in the interim. "We want to thank Roger Curtis for his many years of service with ISC, and the last 10 years, specifically, as the face of Michigan International Speedway," stated Chitwood. "We wish him much future success."(MIS)(8-30-2016)

  • Speedway Motorsports Put Fans, Families First with $10 NASCAR Cup Series Kids' Tickets: In conjunction with a NASCAR industry-wide effort to offer free NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series tickets for children 12 and under next season, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced a company-wide Fans First initiative Monday to price select children's tickets at just $10 each to Cup Series events at its eight premier speedways beginning in 2017. "Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances," said Speedway Motorsports' President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. "Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events - including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race - for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports. NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we'll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come." With an adult ticket purchase, fans can buy up to two $10 tickets for children ages 12 and under to that same event in select seating sections. This offer is available at all of the 13 Cup Series events shown below next season. Tickets for many of Speedway Motorsports' 2017 events are already on sale.(CMS/SMI)(8-30-2016)

  • Richard Petty joins Chicagoland's Legends Club: Chicagoland Speedway announced that Richard Petty will be inducted into the Legends Club this September as part of an action-packed four-day racing weekend for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff. Legends Club has featured some of the most storied figures, families and personalities in the sport. This climate-controlled viewing suite offers an intimate setting with an all-inclusive package of beer and wine, plus two meals per day. Since its inception, the Legends Club has honored and recognized some of the most notable drivers in the sport, including Rusty Wallace, Richard Childress, Fred Lorenza, Dale Jarrett and Brett Bodine. On Saturday, Sept. 17 Legends Club will induct Petty, as he accepts his position in Chicagoland Speedway's history books. Tickets can be purchased online at ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office.(PR)(8-30-2016)

  • Michigan Race and Commercial Breakdown: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 2:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 4:45 PM (all times are EDT). NBCSN was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 101
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 44
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 80
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 40
    Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 21
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 17
    Number of times NBCSN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 4
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:00 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 4:45 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 165
    Minutes of race broadcast: 131
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 34
    Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 10
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0; One debris caution occurred during commercial
    Total race brdcst time 131 Total comm. brdcst time 34
    See past races, more info on the commercials with links at CawsnJaws.com.(8-29-2016)

  • Larson becomes the 27th driver to win in all three series: with Kyle Larson's win in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International on Sunday, August 28, 2016, he becomes the 27th driver to have at least one win in all three National Series (Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck). Larson has 1 win in Sprint Cup, 4 wins in the XFINITY Series and two in the Camping World Truck Series. Larson is the 7th driver to score a win in the same season across NASCAR's three national series having won 1 Cup races, 1 XFINITY race and one Truck Series race in 2016. See more on Jayski.com's NASCAR Wins in all three National Series page for more.(8-29-2016)

  • Throwback schemes at Darlington: 36 teams have unveiled their throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500: #1-Jamie McMurray, #2-Brad Keselowski, #3-Austin Dillon, #4-Kevin Harvick, #5-Kasey Kahne, #6-Trevor Bayne, #7-Regan Smith, #10-Danica Patrick, #11-Denny Hamlin, #13-Casey Mears, #14-Tony Stewart, #15-Clint Bowyer, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Carl Edwards, #20-Matt Kenseth, #21-Ryan Blaney, #22-Joey Logano, #23-David Ragan, #24-Chase Elliott, #27-Paul Menard, #31-Ryan Newman, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #34-Chris Buscher, #38-Landon Cassill, #41-Kurt Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #43-Aric Almirola, #46-Michael Annett, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #83-Matt DiBenedetto, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #95-Michael McDowell.
    Images of the schemes can be seen on Jayski.com's Darlington Throwback paint schemes page.

  • Driver wins before age 25: 73 of 2,485 (2.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races for which the winner's age is known have been won by drivers under 25:
    1. Kyle Busch, 17 [turned 25 the day after his 17th win on May 2, 2010]
    2. Jeff Gordon, 15
    3. Joey Logano, 9
    4. Kurt Busch, 7
    (tie) Richard Petty, 7
    6. Junior Johnson, 5
    Tied with one each (13): Trevor Bayne, Chris Buescher, Bob Burdick, Bobby Hillin Jr., Parnelli Jones, John Kieper, Terry Labonte, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Bill Rexford, Fireball Roberts, Donald Thomas, Brian Vickers.(8-28-2016)

  • Larson the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity to win Cup race: #42-Kyle Larson won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway to become the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and the NASCAR Next programs to win at the sanctioning body's top level. Larson, the 24-year-old Elk Grove, California, native of Japanese-American heritage, has already won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His first win came in 2013 at Rockingham Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has since won another NASCAR Camping World Truck race, as well as four NASCAR XFINITY Series races. The win at Michigan was the latest in a long line of 'firsts' accomplished by Larson in his young career. Among the highlights:
    - In 2014, Larson became the first NASCAR D4D and NASCAR Next product to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole (Pocono Raceway), as well as the first to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
    - In 2013, he became the first NASCAR D4D graduate to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
    - Larson previously became the first NASCAR D4D competitor to win a NASCAR Touring Series championship. Driving for Rev Racing, Larson won the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
    On Sunday, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver won the Pure Michigan 400, driving the #42 Chevy, leading a race-high 41 laps in his 99th career start. With the win, Larson clinches a spot in NASCAR's playoffs - the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    NASCAR Next is an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing. NASCAR Drive for Diversity, operated by Rev Racing, is an academy-style development program for female and multicultural drivers and crew members who have the potential and determination to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR. Larson raced under both banners in 2012.(NASCAR)(8-29-2016)

  • Dover partners with "Citizen Soldier" film as entitlement sponsor for Oct. 2 Cup race: "Citizen Soldier," a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan will be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the first elimination race in the 16-driver 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs. Four drivers will see their championship dreams dashed after 400 grueling laps around the Monster Mile. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, which also includes free concerts, activities and experiences within our FanZone and Monster Mile Youth Nation areas, an interactive USO Military Village display, military flyovers, autograph sessions, fireworks and more. The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend also includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, and the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-29-2016)

  • Larson wins Michigan: #42-Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Michigan and FIRST career win. Larson led a race high 41 of 200 laps to win his first race.
    The victory came in Larson's 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win. It also broke a 99-race drought for Chip Ganassi Racing, dating to Jamie McMurray's victory at Talladega in October 2013. It was also the first win for car #42 since Juan Pablo Montoya won Watkins Glen in August 2010.
    #24-Elliott (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #19-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin and #22-Logano.
    #14-Tony Stewart clinched a position in the top 30 in the standings and therefore a berth in the Chase with his 21st-place finish.
    #34-Chris Buescher lost a cylinder early in the race, finished 35th, and held onto a seven-point lead over #23-David Ragan for the 30th spot in the standings.
    Buescher must remain in the top 30 after the next two races to parlay his Pocono victory into a Chase berth.
    The win marked the first time a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs has reached Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    It is the first time in NASCAR history that first time winners in each of the three National series on the same weekend: Larson at Michigan in the Cup series. Michael McDowell at Road America in the XFINITY Series and Brian Moffitt winning the Michigan Truck Series race.
    There were 20 lead changes among 13 drivers and 4 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 162.730 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-28-2016)

  • Brad Keselowski's car fails postrace inspection at MIS: #2-Brad Keselowski, who finished 3rd, had his car fail postrace measurements following the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The typical penalty for the violation has been a 15-point deduction for the driver and a $25,000 fine to the crew chief, but NASCAR won't comment on potential penalties until they are announced, which typically is the Wednesday following a race. The 15-point penalty is insignificant to Keselowski, who sits second in the standings by 50 points and whose four wins this year have him locked into NASCAR's postseason Chase for the Sprint Cup. The #2 Ford failed the inspection station that measures tire camber, axle housing, alignment, rocker panels and the main frame rail. All cars go through that inspection station prior to the race. The top-five cars plus any other cars chosen by NASCAR also go through it after the race.(ESPN)(8-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 6th
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 1st
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 3rd
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    8) #41-Busch [1], 4th
    9) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #42-Larson [1], 15th
    12) #14-Stewart [1], 26th
    13) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by points standings
    14) #24-Elliott, 11th in points, 27 pts ahead of 17th
    15) #3-Dillon, 12th, +21
    16) #1-McMurray, 13th, +15
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #31-Newman, 14th, -15 out of 16th
    18) #5-Kahne, 16th, -52
    19) #6-Bayne, 17th, -58
    20) #21-Blaney, 18th, -71pts
    (8-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2 wins], 799
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 774, -25
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 724, -75
    4) #41-Busch [1], 721, -78
    5) #22-Logano [1], 716, -83
    6) #18-Busch [4], 696, -103
    7) #11-Hamlin [2], 691, -108
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 652, -147
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 648, -151
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 633, -166
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • How Kenseth helped John Krasinski land role of 'Jim' on 'The Office': It's nearly impossible to think an actor besides John Krasinski playing the role of 'Jim Halpert' on the American version of "The Office," but it may not have happened without the help of Matt Kenseth. Back in 2002 -- a full three years before the NBC premiere of inarguably the greatest comedy series of all time, in my opinion, at least -- a fresh-faced Krasinski appeared in a commercial with Kenseth that caught the eye of future "Office" executive producer, Greg Daniels. The back-and-forth dialogue between last fall's grand marshal at Texas Motor Speedway and Kenseth (more back than forth, knowing the stoic Joe Gibbs Racing driver) and wild antics by the now-36-year-old led to an audition and before long, "Jim" was born.(see full article at NASCAR.com)(8-28-2016)

  • Hamlin's Darlington throwback scheme unveiled: Joe Gibbs Racing unveiled #11-Denny Hamlin's throwback scheme for Darlington on Wednesday afternoon. The SportClips Toyota is a throwback to Darrell Waltrip's #11 1984 race car design.(8-10-2016), see an image of the car on the #11 team paint schemes page.(8-10-2016)
    AND - Hamlin & Sport Clips Honor Military at Ft. Bragg: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Denny Hamlin, and long-time partner Sport Clips, officially unveiled the #11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry "Throwback" edition this past week at the Ft. Bragg Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The paint scheme is modeled after the #11 car driven by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip in the 1980's. The special throwback edition will debut at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend with Hamlin in the #18 Sport Clips Camry in Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, as well as the #11 Sport Clips Camry in the Southern 500 on Sunday.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(8-28-2016)

  • Liberty Mutual Debuting New NASCAR Deal To Promote Spotters: Liberty Mutual this weekend is debuting a unique content sponsorship in NASCAR entitled "Spotter Coverage" based around the notion of spotters helping their drivers worry less. At select ISC and SMI races remaining on the 2016 schedule, the Massachusetts-based insurer will sponsor spotter stands. The deal starts at Michigan International Speedway and also has an accompanying media buy on NBC Sports. Spotter stands at participating tracks will have track-facing signage that reads, "Helping Drivers Worry Less."(Sports Business Daily)(8-27-2016)

  • Keselowski takes lap at MIS in 1901 replica Ford race car: Before taking laps at 200-plus mph in his #2 Miller Lite Ford, Brad Keselowski took a lap around Michigan International Speedway in an exact replica of Henry Ford's 1901 race car. The actual car, nicknamed "Sweepstakes," sits in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. But the replica Keselowski drove at MIS Friday, Aug. 25, was built using its same specifications and pieces, right down to the wheels and tires. "Back then, it was about, can you just run?" said Keselowski, a Rochester Hills native. "The race that car won, there were 40 entries and only two finished. The others all blew up, broke down, had all kinds of issues. That's a good indication of how motorsports have changed." Keselowski was decked out in a suit, goggles, hat and bow tie for the drive. He thinks he got the car up to 50 or 60 mph. "That car was interesting and fun to drive," he said. "A lot of things we probably take a little bit for granted now as far as amenities are concerned."
    Ford drove "Sweepstakes" in his first and last race as a driver. He finished first in a 10-mile race on Oct. 10, 1901, at a horse-racing track in Grosse Pointe. The win helped Ford gain financial support for the creation of the Ford Motor Co. in 1903. After Keselowski drove the 2,430-pound car into victory lane, MIS President Roger Curtis handed him the Michigan Heritage Trophy, which goes to the winning manufacturer in the MIS Sprint Cup Series races.(Michigan Live)(8-27-2017)

  • Smithfield Donates more than 25,000 lbs to Food Bank: Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes truck pulled into Jackson (MI) Friday morning for the 24th stop on the 2016 nationwide hunger-relief tour to donate more than 25,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. The donation will provide more than 100,000 servings and help the Food Bank continue to provide meals to the South Central Michigan community, where one in six people suffers from hunger. Smithfield partnered with Meijer and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to present the donation during an event at the Jackson Meijer, 3333 E. Michigan Ave. Speakers discussed the importance of donations like these in South Central Michigan. "The King" of racing, Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, was present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield and to raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need.(RPM)(8-27-2016)

  • Tony Stewart appeals insurance ruling in Kevin Ward Jr. case: Tony Stewart will appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge who determined Axis Insurance Company does not have to cover legal costs and claims by the family of Kevin Ward Jr. against the three-time Cup Series champion. Judge David Hurd had ruled July 29 that Stewart's policy did not cover Empire Super Sprints events, the series Stewart was competing in when Ward died in August 2014 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Stewart's legal team filed a notice of appeal Friday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.(ESPN)(8-26-2016)

  • What is Marcos Ambrose up to: Former NASCAR driver and race winner Marcos Ambrose, left the sport of auto racing to develop a new tourism venture Thousand Lakes Lodge near Lake Augusta in the Central Highlands (Tasmania, Austrailia). Ambrose says driving a race car and developing a new tourism product may seem worlds apart, however it's been surprising to experience the similarities between rising up the ranks of professional sport and developing a new tourism product. In an interview (video) at ultra106five.com, Ambrose provides insights into the lessons he has learned as an elite sportsperson and applying them to developing a tourism business in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the Central Highlands and added that he was extremely excited to be back in Tasmania and involved in the tourism industry.(8-26-2016)

  • Tanger Outlets to make NASCAR Debut with Sponsorship on the #78: Tanger Outlets will be the primary sponsor on Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night Sept. 10 at Richmond International Raceway. The red, black and gray paint scheme that will be adorned on Truex's Tanger Outlets Toyota Camry will be showcased at NASCAR's final Sprint Cup Series race before the 10-race Chase playoffs begin. The sponsorship will be the first NASCAR involvement for Tanger Outlets. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Tanger Factory Outlet Centers operates and owns, or has ownership interest, in 43 upscale outlet shopping centers located coast to coast in 21 states and Canada. More than 185 million shoppers visit the Tanger Outlet Centers annually.
    "Tanger Outlets is known for its competitive spirit and partnerships with winning brands," said Steven B. Tanger, president and chief operating officer of Tanger Outlets. "The Furniture Row Racing team sponsorship allows us to team up with another best in class NASCAR brand and support Martin Truex Jr.'s efforts to reach Richmond's Victory Lane."
    Truex, who already has clinched a Chase berth, said he is proud to be the first NASCAR driver with the Tanger Outlet sponsorship. "I take a great deal of pride that Tanger Outlets has chosen our Furniture Row Racing team for its first sponsorship venture in NASCAR," said Truex. "It's an honor to have a successful, high profile company be part of our team. The Tanger Outlets company has been a winning business story for decades and having its name on our car will give us even more incentive to get to Richmond's Victory Lane."(FRR), see images of the scheme on the #78 Team Schemes page (8-25-2016)

  • NASCAR and Nickelodeon Wave Green Flag for Third Season of Hammer Down: NASCAR and Nickelodeon are joining forces again to take viewers inside the world of NASCAR racing with the return NASCAR Hammer Down. Premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 9:30pm (ET/PT) on Nicktoons, the third season of NASCAR Hammer Down features eight, 15-minute episodes hosted by Karsyn Elledge, granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt and daughter of Kelley Earnhardt Miller. This season, Elledge will be joined by her sister, Kennedy Elledge, for driver interviews, goofy antics and behind-the-scenes insight into the technology and people that propel more than 90 annual NASCAR national series events. Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, and Bubba Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, also return as series regulars for the popular "Bubba & Blaney" segment. Produced by NASCAR Productions, season three premieres with back-to-back episodes, the first of which emanates from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.(NASCAR)(8-25-2016)


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15 Jimmy Fennig, Wayne Harron, Jim Smith, J.C. Stout, Paulie Harraka

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