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  • Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #30-Jeff Green, #32-Will Kimmel, #33-Alex Kennedy, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #21-Blaney(44th in owners pts), #62-Gaughan(45th), #30-Green(49th);
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney(7 attempts), #30-Green(7), #95-McDowell(10);
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Kentucky Entry List

  • Wood Bothers #21 picks up Snap-On Tools as 2-race sponsor: Two icons in their respective fields are teaming up to go Sprint Cup racing this weekend in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. Snap-on Tools will sponsor the Wood Brothers' #21 Ford Fusion, driven by Ryan Blaney, in both races. Both Snap-on and the Wood Brothers have long histories, with Snap-on dating back to 1920 and the Woods racing team to 1950, and both have made great contributions to their fields. Many a modern-day NASCAR fan doesn't realize that the choreographed pit stops seen today were developed in large part by the Wood Brothers years ago. Similarly, many technicians today may not know that tools like interchangeable sockets turned by a ratchet were pioneered and marketed by Snap-on from its beginning nearly 100 years ago. "I'm really excited to be associated with a long-time company like Snap-on," Wood said. "We have a lot in common with them." Eddie Wood said his family's connection with Snap-on tools predates the formation of the race team. "There are three generations of Woods that have been mechanics," he said. "My grandfather, J. Walter Wood, was a mechanic at a Ford dealership, and I'm sure he used Snap-on tools."
    The Woods' Snap-on tools likely will come in handy this weekend at Kentucky as Sprint Cup teams will be running a new aero package designed to improve the racing on intermediate-length tracks like Kentucky Speedway. An open test date is set for Wednesday, and the #21 will likely see lots of tuning before the green flag drops Saturday night. "It's a real privilege to be representing a company like Snap-on that has such a rich heritage of quality and craftsmanship," Wood said. "We'll do our best to do a good job for them."(Wood Brothers Racing), see images of the scheme on the #21 Team Schemes page.(7-6-2015)

  • Daytona TV Ratings: Rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Daytona drew a 2.6 overnight rating on NBC late Sunday night, up 8% from last year on TNT, when the race was postponed a full day due to rain (2.4). The race began at 11:15pm/et and ended after 2:00am. Earlier in the night, rain delay coverage earned a 2.1 overnight. The last time the Daytona race ended so late in the night was 2005, when NBC drew a much-higher 4.8 overnight from 10 PM-2 AM. The 2005 race, it should be noted, aired on a Saturday night - when it is presumably easier for viewers to stay up late. As one would expect, the race was dwarfed Sunday night by the FIFA Women's World Cup Final on FOX (15.2). The two events never aired head-to-head, but the match undoubtedly stole much of the national attention away from the race.(Sports Media Watch), see race-by-race ratings, 5-year comparsion chart and more on the 2015 TV Ratings page.(7-6-2015)

  • Advanced Patient Care Joins Tommy Baldwin Racing as Associate Sponsor: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Advanced Patient Care (APC) has joined on with the team as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2015 season. APC's mission is to employ their care innovation expertise for both patients and providers to improve adherence, care coordination, and health outcomes. Their state-of-the-art services offer providers advanced solutions to coordinate care for patients ranging from population health management to fulfillment of medications to coordination of ancillary services that improve their overall quality of care. "We are proud to have Advanced Patient Care aboard the #7 car for the remainder of the 2015 season," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Offering a preventative step in health care is an important message for us to share with our race fans."(TBR)(7-6-2015)

  • Fans injured when #3 goes airborne, but OK: A huge crash as cars crossed the finish line early Monday morning in the Coke Zero 400 sent Austin Dillon's #3 car airborne and tore down part of the catch fence, injuring several fans, one of whom was briefly hospitalized. Dillon's torn car, with its engine already resting on another part of the racetrack, ended up on its roof and then was smashed into by Brad Keselowski's #2 car. One fan was sent to a local hospital in stable condition, then treated and released. Daytona president Joie Chitwood said 12 other people were assessed after the accident -- four were treated and released by track medics, and eight declined treatment. Officials with the track and NASCAR said they will evaluate the performance of the catch fence. NASCAR also has taken Dillon's car for a post-accident evaluation, a common procedure after a major accident. Chitwood said that the new Daytona grandstands cause people to take escalators up to the middle level and walk to the lower-level seats, which eliminates fans from trying to walk next to the fence during a race. He said the fence did its job.
    Crew members from various racing teams -- including Earnhardt's -- immediately ran out to the wreckage to check on Dillon's condition and gave a collective thumbs-up to let everybody know that he was OK. After a few moments, Dillon got out of his car and waved to the crowd. He later said he sustained a bruised tailbone and forearm. The wreck started after #11-Denny Hamlin and #4-Kevin Harvick made contact as they crossed the finish line behind race winner #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., who seemed speechless as he crossed the finish line. Hamlin said the wreck started when Harvick gave him a push, a common maneuver at Daytona, and lifted his rear wheels off the ground. "Just snagged him and turned him as he was in the middle of the track," Harvick said. "I hate that all happened, but just at the end of the race, it becomes pretty aggressive."(ESPN.com/AP)(7-6-2015)

  • Austin Dillon comments on the wreck at Daytona: #3-Austin Dillon was involved in severe multi-car accident on final lap of the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series Race at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 7th:
    Q) I DON'T THINK I HAVE SEEN MORE HAPPY PEOPLE AFTER A CRASH, HOW ARE YOU?
    Dillon: "I am just going to be really sore. It got my tailbone pretty good and my arm. Should be fine, just go ice it up and get ready for Kentucky. But just thank the good Lord for taking care of me and for what NASCAR has done to make the sport this much safer. I just hope everybody in the stands is all right. That is the next biggest concern. Just praying for everybody and glad the good Lord looked out for me tonight."
    Q) WHAT HAPPENED?
    Dillon: "You know the 11 got turned by the 4 across the start/finish line and I thought the race was going to be over right there. We were almost there and I was just pushing the 24 and the next thing I knew was that I was looking at my roof for a long time. I thought it was all over when I was sliding there and the 2 came in and really got me. So it was a wicked ride but thank the good Lord above for taking care of me."
    Q) WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AS YOU LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW YOU WERE SURROUNDED BY CREW MEMBERS TRYING TO HELP?
    Dillon: "I thought that was pretty awesome. As soon as I looked up and I don't know if it was Casey Mears pit crew member or Casey right at the door, but that made me feel really good and comfortable. The only thing I was worried about was that there was oil everywhere and I wanted to get away from the car and that was why I was scrambling to get out from under it. And then just wanted to waive to the fans and let them know I was all good."
    Q) THE CATCHFENCE. IT WILL BE A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. IT KEPT YOU IN THE BALLPARK SO TO SPEAK, BUT DID IT DO ITS JOB?
    Dillon: "I don't know because I haven't even looked at the replay yet and I don't know when I am going to. But I just think the next thing is that we are going to have to make this racing even more safe. We are running 200 mph and pushing each other around out there and it's just bound to happen. No matter how safe we can make the sport, when you are going that amount of speed, things happen."
    Q) JEFF GORDON SAID THIS STYLE OF RACING IS MORE LIKE A VIDEO GAME, BUT IN REAL LIFE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW THERE IN THE END?
    Dillon: "It definitely is a video game. With three to go you are just going to push somebody until the end of the race. It's wreckers or checkers. It's like Talladega Nights out there. So it takes a lot of confidence and just staying into the gas is tough. It is a tough sport and it's what racing is about and it is why NASCAR has been here for so long."(Team Chevy)(7-6-2015)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Daytona: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway in a Green-White-Checkered finish for his 2nd win of the season, 4th win at Daytona, 10th restrictor plate race win and 25th career win. Earnhardt Jr. led the most laps at 96.
    There was a big wreck at the end of the race when #11-Hamlin and #4-Harvick made contact, turning the #11. #3-Dillon's car hit the #11 and launched over the field of cars and into the catchfence. The catchefence was damaged but kept the car on the track. Reports had three fans suffering minor injuries. The #3 Chevy was destroyed, the engine ended up in the grass, but Dillon was uninjured, waving at the crowd after exiting the car.
    Unofficially #48-Johnson finished 2nd [his 45th career 2nd place finish] followed by #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #3-Dillon, #31-Newman, #6-Bayne and #15-Bowyer.
    The race was rain delayed until it started 11:42pm/et.
    The first wreck was on lap 3 when #38-Gilliland, who was running 4th, came down in front of #15-Bowyer, touching the nose of the #15 and spinning the #38. Others involved trying to avoid the #38 were: #9-Hornish Jr., #10-Patrick, #16-Biffle, #22-Logano, #26-Burton, #32-Labonte, #46-Annett and #62-Gaughan.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 63 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr., who moved to 2nd. #78-Truex Jr. who came into the race in 2nd place, fell to fifth, after wrecking and finishing 38th during one of the big wrecks.
    #18-Busch wrecked early but recovered got two free passes and finished 17th.
    Busch is 128 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase) and needs around a 13th average finish to crack the top 30 in the 9 races before the Chase.
    There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 134.941mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Daytona:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400, his 25th victory in 558 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 32 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2015.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 20 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto (26th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 63 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-5-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656 (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63 (2nd)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75 (4th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136 (7th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155 (9th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 480, -176 (12th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 409, -248 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130 (6th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 496, -160 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 496, -176 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 472, -184 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 465, -191 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    37) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 152, 128 pts out of 30th (needs 13 finish ave)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 17 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 656
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 593, -63
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 589, -67
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 581, -75
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 569, -87
    6) #1-Jamie McMurray, 526, -130
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 520, -136
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 508, -148
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 501, -155
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 500, -156
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-5-2015)

  • Daytona Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 26th, 11 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 27th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 35th, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, not entered, Brian Scott ran the car
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-5-2015)

  • Logano looking to sweep Daytona: #22-Joey Logano is looking to become just the sixth driver to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Daytona July race in the same season. The five drivers to accomplish the feat are Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).
    #22-Logano finished 22nd, failing to sweep.

  • NASCAR addresses blocking in Daytona drivers meeting: NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton warned drivers in Sunday night's drivers meeting about blocking. Helton explained the genesis of the double yellow line at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway before getting into a discussion about blocking. Drivers are not permitted to go below the yellow lines to advance their position. If so, NASCAR will penalize them. If a driver blocks and forces a competitor below the yellow lines, the driver doing the blocking may be penalized. "I point to that because blocking is kind of creeping that way here and at Talladega," Helton said told the competitors. "Last night's race, I think, was an example of the unintended consequences that can come from a blocking move. I'm not telling you how to drive a racecar. Lord no, I couldn't do that. But drivers be conscious about the moves you're making on the racetrack, particularly when it comes to what we call blocking. Be thinking about that in tonight's race."(NBC Sports)(7-5-2015)

  • Daytona Goodyear Tire Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . Xfinity teams have also run this tire set-up at Talladega the past two seasons . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire (Goodyear), see full notes, tire codes, tire pressures, set limits and more on the Daytona Race Info page - Goodyear section.

  • Why the Coke Zero 400 was run on July 5th and not July 4th? For 29 years, the summer race at Daytona International Speedway was a part of the nation's birthday. The event was always run on Independence Day, no matter what day of the week. The race was in the morning, and the drivers and their families were celebrating on the beach by late afternoon. The tradition that began in 1959 ended in 1988 when the event was moved into prime time on whatever Saturday was part of the holiday weekend. Now it has been moved once more, to Sunday night, to accommodate the return of NASCAR to NBC.
    Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said the change was simply about audience. "The Fourth of July is annually the lowest night of television watching of the year - fewer people watch TV that night because they are all out watching fireworks," Lazarus told The Associated Press on Saturday. "In order for us to start our relationship with as big a splash as we can, we wanted to give ourselves the best chance and opportunity to have a big audience. It was simply math." The switch still comes with challenges. By moving it to Sunday night, the race now goes head-to-head against the United States playing in the Women's World Cup final. NBC's pre-race show begins at the same time as the game, but the race doesn't actually go green for another 78 minutes. Lazarus anticipates, barring overtime and penalty kicks, only about 35 minutes of direct competition. He is hopeful, though, that World Cup viewers will flip to the NASCAR race when the game ends. "It's a mixed blessing - it will bring a lot of different people to the television set," he said. "We're hopeful, if we continue to market, that we'll get some people who wouldn't be home watching TV to transfer over and check us out."
    Although both NASCAR and Daytona officials signed off on the switch to Sunday, it's not the most ideal situation for track President Joie Chitwood. Running the race a day later hurts attendance because campers usually return home on Sunday, and now the World Cup likely will cut into viewership. Chitwood understood NBC's desire for the Sunday night race, but is thankful the race will return to Saturday night in 2016. "In our conversation with them, it was just the one time," he said. "We all talked about what we could do special for NBC, and this was one of their components, and it made a lot of sense when we sat down and really talked about it. When you look at what they've done with 'Football Night in America,' they are just knocking it out of the part. They've really captured that. Hopefully, they can sprinkle a little bit of that magic on this event this Sunday. I don't think anybody a year ago, though, knew about World Cup soccer, so that's the way the breaks are."(see full article at the Associated Press)(7-5-2015)

  • Kyle Busch comments on Daytona safety improvements: Toyota NSCS Daytona Kyle Busch Notes & Quotes:
    Q) Do you feel safer at Daytona with the safety improvements that have been implemented?
    Busch: "I wouldn't say you ever feel safe, but you're certainly grateful for the opportunity with the race tracks - not just Daytona, but all the race tracks to continue to work on the evolution of safety as well as NASCAR, the work that they've done throughout the years with the seats and the HANS device and our restraints and everything. I'm grateful that the Daytona International Speedway was as complimentary as they were after the crash here in the spring. They wanted to fix it and they wanted to do everything they could do in their power to make sure everything was done right here at the speedway and to make it first class. I think they've done that. I think there's certainly always room for improvements - any facility you go to, I feel like there's room for improvement. Seeing those done here at Daytona was really good."
    Have you been able to visit the area of the race track where you made impact?
    Busch: "Actually Joie Chitwood (track president) and NASCAR invited me early to take a ride around and just kind of take a look at some of the things that they've done. We went early yesterday, just after lunch and was able to take a look at some of those things. Actually got out of the van that we were in and just walked the area a little bit, kind of looked at some things and made some more suggestions of what else they could kind of look at and try to make improvements to. They were all well receptive and I think it was a good thing that we did that. Hopefully again, we can just continue to see the evolution of safety at all these race tracks continue to expand."
    Q) Did you have any suggestions for Joie Chitwood beyond removing the grass and paving that area?
    Busch: "Yeah, there's a little bit more of an opening over there in the area in which I crashed that we'd all kind of like to see get closed up some. They have a challenge there with the road course obviously having safer barriers there and everything kind of going on. So, we'd love to be able to see that area continue to be closed up more like it is off of turn four. Turn four has got a small gap over there where the safety workers and their vehicles can come in and out. That was the only other suggestion and obviously of course the grass is an issue that I think a lot of the drivers would echo my statements on."(Toyota Racing)(7-5-2015)

  • ISC Statement on Safety: Statement from International Speedway Corporation (ISC) President John Saunders: "Following February and the completion of Speedweeks in Daytona, International Speedway Corporation, in conjunction with NASCAR, initiated a thorough review and audit of impact-absorbing technologies at our properties. Based on those findings, ISC will install approximately 54,000 linear feet of additional SAFER Barrier at its facilities. From now through the end of 2016, ISC will work with Cheaha Construction, Smith Fence Company, and North Industrial Machine, all certified organizations with the University of Nebraska, on this installation. As safety remains at the forefront, ISC will continue to work with NASCAR to evaluate specific locations inside the turns for future safety enhancements."(ISC)(7-5-2015)

  • NASCAR drivers council: No new packages expected for Chase races: NASCAR's drivers council held its second meeting Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, with aerodynamic rules packages at upcoming races one of the hot topics. NASCAR will try a lower-downforce package at Kentucky Speedway next week, and Jeff Gordon said a high-downforce package will be used for Indianapolis and Michigan. But NASCAR likely won't change the rules package for any Chase for the Sprint Cup races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. "From what I heard today in our discussion, NASCAR was apprehensive really to use any other package then what we have had all year in the Chase," Earnhardt said. "They would work with the teams and the drivers before making that type of decision. We will go through and see what happens up until the Chase with these different packages they want to try and then maybe come to a decision to change something in the Chase. But until then, nothing in the Chase is really going to change as far as I've been told. I feel comfortable about that."
    NASCAR has been trying different rules packages to shake up the often-stale racing at intermediate racetracks. It formed a drivers council in May to get input from the competitors and held an initial meeting with the group at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt, Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are among the drivers who were elected to the council. "In all the years I've been in the sport, these two meetings that we've had have been some of the highlights of my career," Gordon said. "I think it's huge. ... Basically, when you get in that room, you realize that everybody's goal is to just try to do whatever we can to continue to make this sport as great as it has been and possibly even better."(USA Today)(7-5-2015)

  • Daytona Rain Ends Wood Brothers' Seven-Year Streak of Qualifying Success: Ryan Blaney and the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion won't be in Sunday's Coke Zero 400, but it's not because of a lack of performance on the part of Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team. Instead it's Mother Nature who has been unusually kind to the team in recent seasons. On Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, threatening skies led NASCAR officials to cancel qualifying and set the field according to the rules that give the allotted starting spots to teams that run full-time. Under the current format, the lineup is set based on the previous day's first practice speeds, with the fastest car in qualifying starting first and so on. The field is predetermined before the lineup is set; however, based on the number of race attempts each team has made, with the cars making the most attempts eligible before the ones that have run less. It's the first time the Wood Brothers have failed to qualify for a race for any reason since the team went to a part-time status seven years ago. "I really hate this for Motorcraft/Quick Lane and all of our guests," team co-owner Eddie Wood said. "We've been lucky. This is the first time this has happened since we started part time in 2009. We've dodged a lot of bullets, including last time in Michigan. This one got us, but if it has to happen, I'd rather it be for something we can't control instead of for a lack of performance on our part." The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion had showed good speed in practice at Daytona, as Blaney posted the ninth-best time in Friday's final practice. "We'll go ahead and get home a day early and get ready for Kentucky," Wood said.(Wood Brothers Racing)(7-5-2015)

  • Big Red to sponsor Josh Wise and #98 Team for four races: Big Red announced that it will serve as primary sponsor for Josh Wise and the Premium Motorsports (formerly known as Phil Parson Racing) team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for four races. The program will kick off Saturday, July 11th at Kentucky Speedway, where the #98 Big Red Ford will compete in the running of the Quaker State 400. "It is exciting to have the Big Red brands back in NASCAR," said Gary Smith, CEO of Big Red, Inc. "We have a long history in the sport and have always believed in the tremendous marketing power of the NASCAR platform for our brands. We look forward to these four races with Josh and the #98 team." In addition to showcasing the iconic Big Red soda brand, the sponsorship agreement will also feature the company's newly-acquired XYIENCE Performance Energy beverage. XYIENCE is a zero-calorie energy beverage featuring a variety of flavors such as Cherry Lime, Frostberry Blast and its most popular flavor, Mango Guava. Big Red will be featured at Kentucky in July and Talladega in October. XYIENCE will ve featured at Texas and Phoenix in November. "It is always exciting to have support from companies such as Big Red," added Wise. "Sponsors are key factors in this sport and to have such an iconic brand as Big Red sponsor you is fantastic. I am also an avid bicycler and marathoner, and the XYIENCE Performance Energy product is a great fit with my lifestyle."(Integrity Sports Marketing), see images of the scheme on the #98 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2015)

  • ISC sees attendance increase at some tracks: International Speedway Corp., saw attendance up for its NASCAR Sprint Cup races during the second quarter of this year compared to the same time a year ago, the company stated this week. The company reported a 9% increase in attendance at Talladega Superspeedway in May and a second consecutive sellout for its Cup race at Auto Club Speedway (capacity 68,000) in March. John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corp., said Martinsville Speedway's Cup race in March also saw an increase in attendance but didn't reveal by how much. He said attendance was down 3 percent for the June 14 Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Saunders said ticket sales were trending up until forecasts of rain for the race. Saunders said attendance was down for Cup races at Richmond and Kansas, citing the weather but did not say by how much. Saunders also said that Sunday night's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, the August Cup race at Watkins Glen and the August Cup race Michigan race, are on track to meet or exceed attendance expectations. Daytona's grandstand renovation continues and there will be 52,000 seats available for the Cup race. Once the project is completed - in time for next year's Daytona 500, the seating capacity will be 101,000. Preliminary plans are being made for renovations at Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway once the Daytona project is complete, Saunders said. During the second quarter, ISC saw retention rates for ticket sales go from 55% to 58%. "So, we're getting a significant number of first timers,'' Saunders said. "And I will tell you that in our consumer strategies, we very much segment how we promote to those first timers versus returning guests, or tenured guests. But we're seeing the retention rate grow which is good, but we are seeing new entrants into the sport.''(NBC Sports), see full ISC report at internationalspeedwaycorporation.com,(7-5-2015)

  • NBC gears up for NASCAR on NBC: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs, will provide racing fans with unparalleled interactive digital access to every NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, including exclusive camera angles, custom diver information, and insider track information, beginning this 4th of July weekend. When accessing NBC Sports Group's NASCAR Sprint Cup series coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra, viewers will be able to experience NASCAR like never before, by selecting from curated video and infographic options including:
    Multi-view options that bring fans inside the race, combining NBC Sports Group's race simulcast and alternative camera angles, ranging from in-car views to various key track locations. For the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 5th, one specialty camera will offer an innovative speed shot from turn four, capturing the cars as they speed by at over 150 mph.
    Dedicated full-view, on-board alternate cameras.
    Additional features on the desktop/laptop experience, bringing fans comprehensive race-day information to their fingertips:
    Driver updates, cup standings, and biographies
    Track infographics with key facts and history
    NASCAR on NBC coverage begins on Saturday July 4th at 7:00pm/et with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on NBCSN. Coverage continues with one of the most anticipated events of the season, the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7:00pm/et on NBC.
    NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.(NBC Sports)(7-4-2015)

  • Steve Byrnes Named Fifth Squier-Hall Award Recipient: Popular FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Byrnes most recently served as the play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on FOX Sports 1 and was the network's co-host of NASCAR Race Hub. He passed away in April after a long battle with cancer. Byrnes will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 22, 2016 and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
    "For three decades, Steve's hard work and humanity brought NASCAR fans closer to their favorite drivers," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "His passion for the stories and people he covered was always reflected in his work. Steve was respected for his professionalism and adored for his easy demeanor."
    From 2001-14, Byrnes served as a pit reporter for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on FOX. He also served as a studio show host and appeared on various programs. Prior to joining FOX, Byrnes hosted a variety of NASCAR programs including Inside Winston Cup Racing with Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip's Racers on TNN. He also worked as a pit reporter for CBS, TNN and TBS. His courageous battle with cancer served as an inspiration to the NASCAR industry, fans and his peers. In April, shortly before his passing, Bristol Motor Speedway named its Sprint Cup race the Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand up to Cancer.
    Byrnes was among eight nominees voted upon by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The Squier-Hall Award was created in 2012 to honor the contributions of media to the success of the sport. Legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall, for whom the award is named, were its initial recipients. Other recipients of the award include Chris Economaki (2014) and Tom Higgins (2015).
    The other seven nominees for the 2016 award were:
    Norma "Dusty" Brandel, the first woman to report from inside the NASCAR garage.
    Russ Catlin, one of the best-known early racing writers and historians, served as editor of Speed Age Magazine.
    Shav Glick, covered motorsports for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years, bringing NASCAR coverage to the West Coast.
    Bob Jenkins, served as the lead NASCAR lap-by-lap anchor at ESPN from 1982-2000.
    Bob Moore, spent more than 20 years as a NASCAR beat writer including stints with the Daytona Beach News-Journal and The Charlotte Observer.
    Benny Phillips, spent 48 years covering NASCAR for the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise, 27 years for Stock Car Racing and 12 years on TBS.
    T. Taylor Warren, best known for his three-wide photo of the 1959 Daytona 500 finish, he covered every Daytona 500 until his death in 2008.
    (NASCAR Hall of Fame)(7-4-2015)

  • Goodyear confident of new Darlington tire: A Goodyear official says the company feels good about the tire it will use if NASCAR institutes aero changes for the Sept. 6 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. #2-Brad Keselowski, #20-Matt Kenseth and #14-Tony Stewart took part in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday that used the same aero package that teams will try next weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Because the changes were announced so close to the Kentucky race, Goodyear did not have time to match a tire to those changes. Goodyear will for the Southern 500. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, confirmed this week on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the Southern 500 could be the next race with a different areo package that officials hope will infuse passing throughout the field.
    Greg Stucker, Goodyear director of racing, said he was pleased with this week's test. "Walking out of there on Tuesday afternoon, we didn't see anything from a temperature perspective or a wear perspective that sent a big alarm to us,'' he told NASCAR Talk. "We feel like we're in pretty good shape from a tire perspective.'' Stucker said the aero changes slowed lap times by about one second but the softer tire allowed drivers to gain that second back. "That was our goal,'' Stucker said. "We were trying to replace the aerodynamic grip with the mechanical grip from the tires.''(NBC Sports)(7-4-2015)

  • Jeff Gordon Day and Parade to be held in Pittsboro, IN: Jeff Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and five-time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will have a day and parade in his honor on Thursday, July 9, in Pittsboro, Indiana. Gordon is wrapping up his final full season behind the wheel and visiting on his "Victory Tour" in advance of a final appearance on July 26 at the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. When Gordon was 14 years old, he and his family relocated to Pittsboro to further Gordon's racing career. The driver went on to superstardom and members of the Pittsboro community continue to follow their hero in the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. In conjunction with the town of Pittsboro, IMS is staging a parade in Gordon's honor on Jeff Gordon Day (as designated by the town) at noon on Main Street. Fans are encouraged to line the parade route. A merchandise trailer stocked with Gordon items will be on site.(IMS)(7-4-2015)

  • NASCAR announces it won't hold banquet at Donald Trump's resort: NASCAR will not return to the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series banquet after Donald Trump's recent comments on the presidential campaign trail. NASCAR moved that postseason awards ceremony to Trump's resort last year. It had not announced the location for the 2015 event, and NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway that the decision not to return was made earlier in the day. "We started talking about it earlier this week, and we were evaluating everything," Higdon said. "We'll stick with our plan to announce later this summer where we will be going. We looked at obviously everything that we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that is what led us to the decision today." One of the biggest NASCAR sponsors lobbied to have the event moved. Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis wrote in a letter dated for Tuesday that neither he nor anyone from Camping World would participate in an event at any Trump property "due to recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States." Trump has made several comments about immigrants while on the campaign trail.(ESPN)(7-4-2015)

  • Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing for a permanent extension of faster tax write-offs for operators of motor racetracks, including 29 venues used for NASCAR events. A new Stabenow bill (S 1624) and a similar House measure (HR 1549) by Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., would make permanent the accelerated seven-year time frame for writing off improvements to racetracks. The incentive was renewed in the two-year tax break extension (PL 113-295) that expired at the end of last year. In coming weeks, Stabenow has signaled that she and other lawmakers will press to add her proposal in a tax overhaul plan and will insist on at least a temporary extension of the sweetener as part of a possible year-end tax break extension package.(Roll Call)(7-4-2015)

  • Changes made at Daytona crash scene: The section of Daytona International Speedway where Kyle Busch broke his left foot and right leg in February will look quite different this weekend. The speedway has reconfigured the inside wall with a combination of SAFER barrier and tire barriers near Turn 1, the entrance to the track's road course. That's where Busch smacked a concrete wall section Feb. 21, causing injuries that threatened to sideline him for the 2015 season. The new wall is positioned so that a skid into it would be shorter and make impact at a less dangerous angle. The speedway also paved over the grassy area that Busch slid through, as pavement offers more resistance than grass in a skid. That area isn't the only new area with SAFER barrier at the track. Daytona now has SAFER barrier around the entire outside wall, not just in the turns. It has added SAFER barrier to the inside pit wall just beyond pit road -- an area that Kevin Harvick hit in 2014 -- but needs to add some SAFER barrier in the turns to make the track completely covered.(see image of the wall at ESPN)(7-3-2015)

  • NASCAR releases Kentucky splitter dimensions: On June 10th, NASCAR prepared teams for a new low-downforce aerodynamic package for the Sprint Cup Series which would be introduced next week at Kentucky Speedway. Next Wednesday, the 1.5-mile track will open a day early for Cup teams to practice the new package which has been tested sporadically at the first Darlington test by the #48 team, during the Richmond tire test and again on Tuesday at a Goodyear tire confirmation test featuring drivers from all three manufacturers. On Wednesday, NASCAR released the official changes to the rulebook for Kentucky including the splitter dimensions and graphics. The front splitter overhang will by 1.75-inches shorter for Kentucky while the splitter extension panel has been reduced from 38-inches wide to 25 inches.(see graphics at Motorsport)(7-3-2015)

  • Kasey Kahne, Russell Wilson raise over $600,000: #5-Kasey Kahne and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up for the second annual The DRIVE, a private charity concert, auction and celebrity-amateur golf event. This year the event raised over $600,000 for Strong Against Cancer.(see images at HMS)(7-3-2015)

  • Watson to replace Confederate flag on General Lee with U.S. flag: Bubba Watson, the world's third-ranked golfer, announced on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that he would have a U.S. flag painted over the Confederate battle flag on the roof of the General Lee, the car used on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson bought the 1969 Dodge Charger used on the 1980s television comedy for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collectible Car Auction in 2012. Watson's announcement came a day after the television network TV Land announced it had pulled reruns of "The Dukes of Hazzard" out of its programming lineup. Last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced toy replicas of the General Lee would no longer feature the Confederate battle flag on the roof. In 2012, Watson had planned to drive the General Lee during the ceremonial parade lap for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway as part of his duties as honorary race official. However, NASCAR changed its mind, citing the flag on the roof, and decided "it was not in the best interest of our sport."(Alabama Live)(7-3-2015)

  • Republicans Aiming to Register Voters at NASCAR: the Republican National Committee is going to Daytona International Speedway. Spectators at this weekend's NASCAR races in Florida will be encouraged to register to vote. You might say the party's staff and volunteers will be "at the races" - literally. It's part of the kickoff of the RNC's new drive to register potential supporters and build a ground game earlier in the cycle, with operations in key states across the country over the July Fourth weekend. With a base in the South, NASCAR has generally attracted a more conservative audience that's receptive to the Republican message.(Roll Call)(7-3-2015)

  • Industry asks fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flag: Statement from NASCAR Industry Members: "As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment. To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events. We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing."(NASCAR with signatories of ALL race tracks of ISC & SMI and many others)(7-2-2015)

  • Truex Jr. has hand-shake deal with Furniture Row Racing: #78-Furniture Row Racing has exceeded expectations this season, but it might have a tough time maintaining the continuity next year that has place Martin Truex Jr. second in the Sprint Cup points standings. The big unknown is whether Truex has priced himself out of FRR's range. Truex signed a two-year contract with owner Barney Visser's team in 2014 after Kurt Busch left FRR for Stewart-Haas Racing. His contract expires after the season. "Honestly, I wish my contract was longer before this year started," Truex said. "I have no plans of going anywhere without something crazy happening." Visser has every intention in keeping Truex, but he needs to find another main sponsor. Currently Visser self-sponsors FRR through his two companies, Furniture Row and Visser Precision, LLC. Truex said he has a handshake agreement with general manager Joe Garone that he will return. "I expect it won't be too far out," Truex said of an agreement. "There are some things that the team needs to figure out and get their ducks in a row before we nail down all the details." One option to generate more money to help keep Truex is switching manufacturers. FRR has been the owner of the black Chevrolet 78 car since its inception in 2005. Visser said there hasn't been any money coming from Chevy, and he doesn't see that changing anytime soon. Toyota offered incentives for Visser to make a switch in cars last season, and calls are likely to increase this offseason with FRR's success.(Denver Post)(7-2-2015)

  • Number of FORTUNE 500 Companies in NASCAR Increases: Since the moment stock cars first raced on the shores of Daytona Beach, sponsorship has played a role in NASCAR. Today, the world's most successful and innovative corporations choose NASCAR to help drive their businesses. The results of an analysis released today shows that more than one-in-four FORTUNE 500 companies use NASCAR as part of their marketing mix - a number that has steadily increased for three consecutive years. The number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in the sport increased 7% year-over-year. Nearly one-in-two FORTUNE 100 companies now invest in NASCAR, also an increase over 2014. The 130 companies involved in the sport mark a 20% increase since 2008, before significant changes to the economy as well as the media and marketing landscape. On the heels of a recently announced Official Partnership with Microsoft - and several other technology brands entering the sport this year and last - the number of FORTUNE 500 tech companies invested in NASCAR has increased by 66% since 2013. Brand exposure in NASCAR is especially valuable given the loyalty of its fans. Repucom's SponsorLink tracker shows seven out of 10 NASCAR fans are loyal to a brand when it sponsors their sport, higher than all other major sports properties. To be eligible for the FORTUNE 500, a company must be based in the U.S. and be publicly traded. Though many more FORTUNE 500 companies advertise on NASCAR-related television programming, only those that are partners or licensees with the sanctioning body, teams and / or tracks were counted in the analysis. Although being a FORTUNE 500 company is the gold standard of success for publicly-traded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations currently involved in NASCAR that were not included in the analysis because they do not meet FORTUNE's criteria. A number of those not qualifying, but involved significantly in NASCAR, include Ingersoll Rand, MillerCoors, Mars, McLaren and Toyota.(NASCAR)(7-2-2015)

  • Truex Jr. to make 350th career Sprint Cup start: The success that Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing enjoyed in February at Daytona International Speedway to open the 2015 season turned out to be an omen for the single-car team. Truex and his #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevy sent an early message in the three races during Daytona Speedweeks. Truex finished second in the Sprint Unlimited and fifth in the 150-mile qualifying race, both non-points events. He ended Speedweeks with a strong eighth-place result in the Daytona 500. "Those three races during Speedweeks told us that we were on the right course of what we were working on at the end of 2014 and during the offseason," said Truex, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday (June 29). "Speedweeks also gave us a big confidence boost to start the season." Truex is off to his best start in the Sprint Cup Series. In the first 16 races he has one win (at Pocono), five top-fives, 14 top-10s and has led 486 laps. He has been second in driver points since finishing fifth at Talladega on May 3. The above performance numbers are a vast improvement for the New Jersey native, who had one top-five, five top-10s and led only one lap in last year's 36-race season. Truex will be looking for another Daytona bounce as he returns to the hallowed superspeedway for Sunday night's Coke Zero 400, which will mark his 350th career Sprint Cup start. He is coming off his worst finish of the season (42nd) after getting knocked off the track and into a tire wall by a fellow competitor at the Sonoma Raceway road course. The incident ended his day early -- on Lap 28 of 110 -- with severe front-end damage to his race car.(Furniture Row Racing PR)(7-2-2015)

  • NBCSN Introduces new post-race show: Following NBC's Sunday night coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, NBCSN will debut NASCAR Victory Lap, a new weekly one-hour NASCAR program recapping the biggest moments of each weekend's Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series races on NBC and NBCSN. NASCAR Victory Lap is scheduled to air Sundays at 11:00pm/et on NBCSN, through the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead. NASCAR Victory Lap, hosted by Carolyn Manno with analyst and current NASCAR driver Brian Vickers, will serve as a destination for NASCAR fans each Sunday night, utilizing highlights from NBC and NBCSN's race coverage, scanner audio from the teams, and post-race interviews and commentary to provide a comprehensive look back at the most compelling stories from each race weekend. In addition, the program will also feature exclusive interviews with the winner of the Sprint Cup Series race from NBC Sports' trackside studio. The 60-minute program will feature insight and analysis from NBC Sports Group's NASCAR broadcast team, including 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte, engaging NASCAR personality Kyle Petty, and three-time Daytona 500 champion and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett. NBC Sports Group's team of veteran pit reporters, comprised of Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro, will take viewers through the field following each race, while lead NASCARTalk writer Nate Ryan and NBC Sports' NASCAR features reporter Rutledge Wood will also contribute. In addition to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series coverage, NASCAR Victory Lap will also provide recaps and analysis of Formula One and Verizon IndyCar Series races throughout the season.(NBC Sports)(7-2-2015)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing re-signs Bowman UPDATE2: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised its option on Alex Bowman. Bowman, 22, joined TBR at the start of the 2015 season. The driver of the #7 Nikko/Golden Corral Chevy is one of NASCAR's rising stars. "Obviously, we have a lot of good things going on for the future," said team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "We picked up his option last week. We're real excited about what we have going on with TBR right now. We figured if we got Alex locked down and then we can work on all the necessary tools to keep climbing up the ladder."(Motorsport)(6-28-2015)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised their option to keep Alex Bowman in the #7 Chevy for the 2016 season. "We've got some great things happening right now and the most important part of all our plans was signing Alex as early as possible," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Now we can continue to focus on the rest of the parts and pieces needed to continue our forward progress."
    "I'm excited for all the things Tommy and the team have in the works and knowing that I will be a part of that for the next year is a good feeling," said Bowman. "This has been a good year for us and I am confident in what we can continue to do this season and next."(TBR)
    AND the team will have Advance Auto Parts as the the sponsor on the #7 Chevy at Kentucky. See an images of the car on the #7 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing's Alex Bowman will team with Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State for the upcoming Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race on July 11th at Kentucky Speedway. "We are proud to have Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State onboard for Kentucky," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "It's a big race weekend for them as sponsors of the Quaker State 400 and we are proud to have them on the #7 car for the weekend."
    "I am looking forward to having Advance Auto Parts on board at Kentucky," said Bowman. "The Kentucky race is always one of my favorites but having Advance Auto onboard with our No.7 Chevrolet is going to make this a great weekend." This is the third year that Advance Auto Parts has been a presenting sponsor of the Kentucky race. "We are extremely excited to support Sprint Cup racing in Kentucky, and to have the Advance colors on the #7 Chevy," said Advance Auto Parts SVP CMO Walter Scott.(TBR)(7-2-2015)

  • Sad News - Mary Scott: The following is a brief statement from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley on the passing of Mary Scott. "On behalf of the entire NASCAR Hall of Fame team, I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the entire Wendell Scott family on the passing of Mary Scott. Like many racing wives, Mary was not only the matriarch of the family but the foundation and rock of the family. She was a huge part of Wendell's life, his perseverance and the successes they shared together. She was so proud of Wendell and especially his selection into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Class of 2015. Mary will be deeply missed, but her memory and impact on so many will live on forever."(NASCAR Hall of Fame)(7-2-2015)


  • Rainbow colors returns for Jeff Gordon: At long last, thanks to Axalta, Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy will once again sport the iconic rainbow paint scheme. Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Gordon broke the news, unveiling the Axalta Chevrolet SS in New York. Gordon will race the special Axalta car at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. To celebrate the scheme's return, let's take a look at the rainbow Chevy - which Gordon drove from his very first start in 1992 through the 2000 season -- by the numbers.
    1: Rookie of the Year trophy
    1: All-Star Race victory
    3: Cup Series championships
    17: Different tracks where Gordon earned at least one win in the rainbow scheme
    33: Pole positions earned
    52: Trips to Victory Lane
    129: Top-five finishes
    166: Top-10s recorded
    10,708: Total laps led
    1,000,000: Dollars earned for winning the Daytona 500, Charlotte 600 and Southern 500 in 1997.
    (Hendrick Motorsports)(6-30-2015)


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