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  • NASCAR To Honor Victims Of Orlando Tragedy: Following the recent attack in the Orlando community, NASCAR has shared plans to remember the victims of this tragedy during the race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The #ORLANDOUNITED decal shown below will be placed on the A-Post of all cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

  • Both Practices for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway were rained out on Thursday, June 30th. The 1st was scheduled to run from 3:00-3:55pm/et and Happy Hour (final) practice was scheduled for 5:00-5:55pm/et. NASCAR has scheduled one Sprint Cup Series practice from 9:45-10:30am/et, which will air on NBCSN. Qualifying is scheduled of 4:10pm/et on Friday, TV=NBCSN.(6-30-2016)

  • Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Bobby Labonte, #35-Gilliland*, #55-Sorenson*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Driver who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #35-Gilliland
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Daytona Entry List

  • Daytona Pole Notes & Facts:
    · Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
    · A total of 59 drivers have posted at least one pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. 38 of the 59 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight.
    · Only five active drivers have posted a pole for the Daytona July race: Kevin Harvick (2002), Tony Stewart (2005), Paul Menard (2008), Matt Kenseth (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
    · Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1970-'71; 1980-'81, 1983-'84), Sterling Marlin (1991-'92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-'95).
    · 16 different drivers have posted their first series career Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway - nine during Speedweeks in February and seven for the July races.
    · Seven active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Greg Biffle (2/15/04), Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08), Danica Patrick (2/24/13), Austin Dillon (2/23/14) and Chase Elliott (2/21/16).
    · Eight of the 57 (14%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2010.
    · The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway - most recent Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015 July race)
    · 16 of the 57 (28.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: nine from the first starting position and seven from the second starting position.
    · 43 of the 57 (75.4%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    · Four of the 57 (7%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
    · Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.(NASCAR)

  • Goodyear changes Kentucky tire after blistering found: Following a two-day NASCAR test at Kentucky Speedway on June 13 and 14 featuring 14 different Cup teams, Goodyear saw an unusual amount of wear on the right side tires - which featured a dual-zone tread. The tire manufacturer elected to incorporate what was originally two inches of a more durable compound throughout the entire tread. After discovering that the right side tires blistered on longer runs, Goodyear's director of racing Greg Stucker said the organization scrapped the Michigan tire for something closer to what the teams use at Las Vegas with a revised right-side construction. "Some guys were ok, but it just seemed to be too close to stay with what we had," Stucker told Motorsport.com. "So we decided to go a little bit more conservative and move to a harder compound across the whole tire. But it's not drastically different from what we've raced in the past." Kentucky Speedway underwent a complete repave starting in January with an increase from 14 to 17-degrees banking of banking in Turns 1 and 2. By the time construction was complete, Goodyear did not have time for a specific tire test prior to the organizational test. With just 24 days between the NASCAR test and next week's Quaker State 400, Goodyear had to scramble for a solution. Goodyear manufactured 1,200 new tires for the race.(Motorsport)(7-1-2016)

  • Furniture Row Racing to Recognize USO at Daytona Race: Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota will carry the USO logo in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The USO (United Service Organizations) is celebrating 75 years of supporting America's service members and military families through the delivery of morale-boosting programs, services and entertainment. "Life is about caring and giving back and no one better exemplifies the true meaning of those human qualities than the USO," said Truex. "It is only fitting the USO will be on our race car on the same weekend we celebrate our independence." The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, whose organization consists of nine former military members, will be recognizing the U.S. Armed Forces on its #78 race car throughout the 2016 season.(Furniture Row Racing)(7-1-2016)

  • Hamlin didn't give Stewart the win at Sonoma: Joe Gibbs Racing driver #11-Denny Hamlin was made available to the media at Daytona International Speedway, some of the Q&A's from the transcript:
    : Q) Did you let Tony win at Sonoma?
    HAMLIN: "I didn't let Tony (Stewart) win. I made a mistake and didn't execute good. Ultimately I made a mistake and thought we would maybe drag race to the line because we were in the center of the corner side-by-side and I thought this could be good. Once I saw him steer left, I knew it was over with. He had an opportunity to - if I'm in his situation, I probably would do the same. My biggest mistake I feel like is not recognizing the gap I had behind me. I don't know whether Tony would have gotten there. I thought it would have been very close if you really wanted to carry the car down in there, whether he still would have got to me or not. I still needed to execute to make him make the decision. Instead I made the decision for him." Q) Did you speak to your team after the Sonoma finish?
    HAMLIN: "I did. I talked to the team and said I apologized. I mean, I hate to call one of my crew guys out, but I mean he even had a conversation with my girlfriend (Jordan Fish) and said - she says, 'Hey, we gonna get a win today,' and he says, 'We might want to play the lotto instead.' We hadn't had the best luck on road courses. I think statistically, I'm probably the worst average finish of any full-time Cup driver over the last six years and so it was out of the blue and I don't know. I'm sort of happy with second. I also could have been 32nd after the last corner if he was close enough, so who knows, but I'd love to play it over again and have the experience that I have now knowing what I maybe could have done because I've never really honestly broke down road course races to figure out the proper defensive move in the final corner of the final lap."
    Q) How did you end up designing your own Camry paint scheme?
    HAMLIN: "Yeah, I wanted - it was an awesome thing for me. Obviously after the Daytona 500, they presented my crew chief (Dave Rogers) with a nice gift and everything and I remember my first gift from FedEx and it's material things and it's all great, but they said, 'You know, what else do we give you?' And so they offered me an opportunity to design my own paint scheme for this July race coming back. I didn't think about the temperature with the color choices for sure, but I just wanted it to be like an old school-type car. This isn't really what my late models looked like, but just to me I look at the car and I think old school, short track-type paint scheme that they have on super late models, so it's cool. It's a lot of the colors that I have on my personal logos. It's black, red and white, so I think next year if they let me do it, it's going to be white on white on white."
    Q) Do you provide input on your normal paint schemes?
    HAMLIN: "I get to have a little bit of input for sure, but the people at FedEx are a lot smarter than I am with branding and figuring out what colors pop on certain things and so they're pretty consistent on doing everything and I'm okay with it."(Toyota Racing), see an image of the scheme Hamlin will run at Daytona on the #11 Team Schemes page (7-1-2016)

  • Pearce gathers signatures from F1 racing greats for charity: Al Pearce is a writer for Autoweek and spent the last four years gathering autographs of former Formula One champions on a white helmet. He recently had the helmet auctioned off. The money went to three charities. Here is Pearce in his own words describing the experience: "In the past few days the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation have received direct deposits totaling $13,207 from Sotheby's Auction House in London. The Charity Ride and the Camp received most of the money; the drivers' foundations shared equally in lesser amounts, but all got four-figure deposits. That's the bottom line (after the euro-to-dollar conversion) from the sale of a full-face, white Formula One champions' helmet that Sotheby's auctioned on May 14 in Monte Carlo. The helmet carries personal signatures (not an agent or a PR rep or a relative) of 20 living F-1 world driving champions, plus signatures from Phil Hill and Sir Jack Brabham before they died. I spent parts of four years meeting these drivers and getting their autographs. From the very beginning (Phil Hill), I planned to split whatever proceeds I got equally between the Charity Ride and the Camp; I later added the foundations because Jimmie and Jeff were the only drivers to show any interest or encouragement. Sotheby's expected the helmet would attract a far larger bidding audience than it did, but they assured me (and I believe them) they did all they could in Monte Carlo."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-1-2016)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:
    #18-Kyle Busch(1 win)............................... 95.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(4)....................... 95.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin (1)............................. 91.5
    Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
    Matt Kenseth (2).............................. 90.1
    Jimmie Johnson (3).......................... 88.7
    Joey Logano (1)............................... 86.1
    Tony Stewart (4).............................. 85.4
    Kevin Harvick (2).............................. 83.4
    Kasey Kahne.............................. 82.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Daytona International 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)

  • The Sprint Cup Drivers Council meets Thursday night: The Sprint Cup Drivers Council will meet Thursday night with large packs and safety on the agenda. That might seem appropriate at Daytona International Speedway, but this discussion with NASCAR officials won't center on the tight clusters of cars clogging the banking of the 2.5-mile track. The topic, instead, will be the large throngs of people mingling in the pits before Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 in the wake of a prerace pit atmosphere at Sonoma Raceway that seemed less than orderly for some. "I thought that the security on pit road (at Sonoma) was pretty bad during prerace, and we'll talk about that some," council member Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday afternoon before practice. "Some of the drivers were concerned with how messy that's getting, considering what's going on and when we're trying to get in the cars. It was pretty crazy down there. It's great to see that much energy, but some tracks seem to be able to corral it and control it better and give the crews their space to work around the cars and so forth. So that's something I think some of the drivers are real concerned with; nothing too out of the ordinary that is going to change the sport too much."
    Fellow Drivers Council member Denny Hamlin also said that Sonoma "was a mess to say the least. It was hard to even just walk to your car, and it's a very small pit road. There's some things that definitely could get done. I think really each team should have a 10-foot square space around their car that is designated for just driver and team. I think we definitely could work on that. I think a lot of tracks are working on that." Hamlin raised the possibility that a fan could put a car out of compliance in a manner that NASCAR might suspect a team intentionally had done.
    Earnhardt said there weren't any "big-ticket" items to be hashed out at the meeting, which was the first since April 29 at Talladega Superspeedway. Also on the docket are the future of the Sprint Unlimited (the preseason exhibition event at Daytona will have a new name at a minimum in 2017 because of a new title sponsor) and the Sprint All-Star Race format (which was met with mixed reviews last month).(NBC Sports)(6-30-2016)

  • DEWALT Announces Expanded Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing UPDATE: DEWALT Tools announced an expanded partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). DEWALT has added four races to their 2016 primary sponsorship aboard the #20 Toyota Camry driven by Matt Kenseth for the upcoming races at Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Homestead. DEWALT also announces that it will provide primary sponsorship for a total of six races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2016 with drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. Beginning with the 2017 season, DEWALT will take over the primary sponsorship for the (15) majority of races on the #20 Toyota Camry in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Along with the expanded schedule of primary paint schemes, DEWALT also has associate branding on the #20 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor. This partnership comes at a perfect time as DEWALT recently launched their breakthrough DEWALT FLEXVOLT system, which includes a radical new battery technology that will transform the power tools space. The proprietary battery technology platform provides users with multiple voltage outputs from a single DEWALT battery pack - 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX when two 60V MAX batteries are combined - thus giving users the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Learn more about the DEWALT FLEXVOLT system and DEWALT's continual breakthrough innovation at DEWALT.com. DEWALT will have primary sponsorship with two cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway to promote this launch. A special DEWALT FLEXVOLT paint scheme will appear on the #20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the #20 Toyota of Erik Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.(JGR PR)
    UPDATES: Joe Gibbs Racing held a press conference with Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs at Daytona International Speedway, some of the Q&A's from the transcript:
    Q) What are you announcing today?
    JOE GIBBS, team owner: "I just wanted to say a big thanks to everybody for being here and everybody watching. This is a big day for us. As you know, in our sport one of the most important things we have is our partners and we're thrilled today is a happy day for us to be announcing that one of the most successful companies in America, DEWALT, will be our major sponsor - our primary sponsor - for 2017 on our 20 car, so we're thrilled to announce that. Also as you know, with Stanley Black and Decker they are also on our 19 car for 12 races, so it's a huge deal for us. Like I said, one of the most successful companies in the world and to have them be a part of our sport and a part of our race teams is a thrill for us. The DEWALT FLEXVOLT is going to be a major focus for us. I was looking at this - Pat (Gibbs, wife) might get a little upset that she's heading home with that. She might be a little afraid of what I'm going to do with this. This thing is powerful and we're here to kick off the FLEXVOLT program. This is going to change the way pro contractors go to work because they're going to have the freedom to go cordless and have the power to do that, so it's a huge deal for us. We mentioned the fact that Erik (Jones) and Daniel (Suarez) are here, so for the rest of this year there will be six FLEXVOLT races in the XFINITY program with Erik and there'll be one with Daniel and then there's going to be six Cup races - actually seven Cup races - with Matt (Kenseth), counting this weekend. So we're thrilled to announce that. It's a real thrill for us to have partners like this. We've got to know everybody inside the company. It's a thrill for us and we're excited about being here and so I think we've got some other things to kind of share with you."
    Q) Has Joe Gibbs Racing signed an extension with Matt Kenseth and how many races will DEWALT have on his car?
    GIBBS: "DEWALT will have 15 races next year and be the primary on that car. We don't talk about our contracts and stuff for drivers, but I will say this - our plan is Matt's (Kenseth) going to retire here, so that's what we'd say."
    Q) Are you close to filling sponsorship for all of Matt Kenseth's races in 2017?
    GIBBS: "We feel pretty confident right now. We've got some great things in the works. Nothing that we can announce right now, but we feel good about where we are with that car and this is a big step right here and so we feel confident that that car will be fully funded for next year."
    MATT KENSETH, #20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
    Q) What are your thoughts on the expanded partnership with DEWALT? Kenseth: "For me, it's a dream come true really for DEWALT to come back. A couple years ago, I made my first Cup start with DEWALT and I hope to make my last Cup start with DEWALT - not today of course, but hopefully someday a few years down the road. They've been more than a great sponsor for me - they've been like family. I've made a lot of friends over there. They obviously make the best power tools in the world. I've always been proud to represent them, so really happy they signed on, took on a bigger role and I'm looking forward to getting the DEWALT colors back to victory lane."(Toyota Racing), see images of the scheme on the #20 Team Schemes page.(6-30-2016)

  • Daytona Driver Notes & Facts:
    · Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 17 starts - this weekend will be Stewart's final start at Daytona.
    · A total 176 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona; only 19 have made their first start during the July race.
    · Five active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Tony Stewart (2/14/99), Casey Mears (2/16/03), Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), Danica Patrick (2/27/12) and Michael Annett (2/23/14).
    · 59 different drivers have posted at least one series win at Daytona, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10.
    · Of the 59 drivers, 35 of them have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four.
    · Five drivers have posted consecutive wins in the July race at Daytona International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (1972 - 1974).
    · Tony Stewart (2005-'06) is the only active driver to win consecutive July races at Daytona.
    · Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
    · Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: Trevor Bayne (2/20/11), Greg Biffle (7/5/03), David Ragan (7/2/11) and Michael Waltrip (2/18/01).
    · Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with five; followed by Richard Petty and Sterling Marlin with four. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with three.
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with seven.
    · David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with nine.
    · Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led in 46 starts.
    · Tony Stewart leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 668 in 34 starts. · NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the July races at Daytona with 644 laps led in 22 starts.
    · Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 369; followed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 339.
    · Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona is one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994.
    · The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.
    · A total of six female drivers have competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.
    · Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.
    (NASCAR)

  • Florida Lottery debuts on the #31 at Daytona: Richard Childress Racing welcomes Florida Lottery on board the #31 Chevy of Ryan Newman as the primary partner for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway. Over the past 28 years, the Florida Lottery's mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education in Florida. Since its inception, contributions to education are more than $29 billion. Funds have helped with the construction and renovation of 800 statewide school projects and over 725,000 students have attended college thanks to Bright Future scholarships. The Florida Lottery offers seven Terminal games and approximately 67 Scratch-Off games at any given time at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Its games have made more than 1,800 people millionaires and equated to more than $48.5 billion in prize payouts since the first ticket was sold. The Florida Lottery ranks second in sales among all U.S. Lotteries (RCR), see images of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page (6-30-2016)

  • Golden Corral returns to the #7 at Daytona: Golden Corral returns for their third race of the 2016 season with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Regan Smith. Featuring a new car design that debuted at Talladega, the #7 Chevy features a new bold color scheme and the logos of two charitable organizations - Camp Corral and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Golden Corral supports both of these organizations as a way to honor our nation's men and women in uniform. Founded by Golden Corral, Camp Corral is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Over 10,000 children have attended Camp Corral and the program has expanded to 22 camp sessions. Smith: "I look forward to going back to Daytona, where we finished in the top-10 in the season-opening Daytona 500. I enjoy the challenges that Daytona International Speedway presents for a driver, spotter and team. After finishing 8th last race at Daytona, we celebrated with a Top-10 Kids Eat Free Monday at Golden Corral. We'd love to do that again this week!"(TBR), see an image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(6-30-2016)

  • NASCAR Updates Sprint Cup Series Race Eligibility UPDATE: NASCAR announced updated procedures for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race eligibility and new provisional starting guidelines for races during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Starting with Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, current year owner points will replace practice speeds for determining race eligibility and starting position in the event adverse conditions prevent qualifying from taking place. Starting in 2017, for the second and third events of the season, practice speeds for Open teams will remain the criteria used to determine race eligibility.
    NASCAR also announced that Open teams that earn a berth in the Chase will be awarded a provisional starting position for every Chase race, guaranteeing those teams an opportunity to compete for the championship in NASCAR's playoffs.
    "These changes provide a more even competition field for both Charter and Open teams, rewarding strong performances over the course of a season," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations. "Earning a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is extremely difficult and requires consistent elite performance. Those teams should be guaranteed an opportunity to race for the title, and this ensures that will be the case."
    The creation of provisional starting positions for Open teams that earn a berth in the Chase has been discussed extensively with industry stakeholders.
    The adverse conditions qualifying procedures remain unchanged for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(NASCAR)(6-28-2016)
    UPDATE: If qualifying canceled at Daytona, practice speeds will be used to determine lineup, the new rules will start at Kentucky (ESPN)(6-30-2016)

  • Memo From David Higdon, V.P., NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications: "As many of you now know, Kerry Tharp, NASCAR Senior Director, Racing Communications has been named President of Darlington Raceway. All of us here at NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications take tremendous pride in the fact that ISC chose a member of our team to lead efforts for one of the sport's most iconic facilities. The selection also is a testament to Kerry's acumen and the work that he has done cultivating strong relationships with so many of you in the media. He will be a great asset to Darlington and ISC, and will remain an essential advocate for NASCAR in his new role. We're fortunate that the NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications team is filled with great talent, so I'm equally thrilled to announce the following:
    Matt Ciesluk has been promoted to Senior Director. He's been an invaluable member of the IMC team for several years, and he'll take on additional responsibilities in media relations moving forward. I know many of you had the chance to connect with Matt when he was in Sonoma this past week.
    Mike Forde has been promoted to Director, Racing Communications. I hope you all agree that Mike's ability to work effectively with the media on a number of levels will allow him to excel in this new role.
    Stephanie Harris will be promoted to Senior Manager, Content Communications. Stephanie has developed into a strong leader in our Daytona office, and she now will help lead our efforts in Content."(NASCAR)(6-30-2016)

  • Sonoma warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Toyota / SaveMart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on June 26th.
    #20-Matt Kenseth's Toyota received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice (which added up to 4, so the team lost its pit selection choice at Sonoma).
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was given a written warning for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.
    See the Dover Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-30-2016)

  • Brian France not speaking/attending Republican National Convention: Contrary to a report Monday by Bloomberg, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France does not plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month. "Brian does not plan to speak at nor attend the convention," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a statement. The report comes four months after France and drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan appeared at a campaign rally for presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and endorsed him.(NBC Sports)(6-30-2016)

  • Some Pit Crew Changes: Over the last few weeks there has been plenty of moving around by pit crew members. Teams are continually searching for the perfect combination of chemistry and talent. Here is an update on some of the more recent changes to pit road. Longtime tire changer Kyle Turner moves over from the #83 of Matt DiBenedetto to change on the Roush Fenway Racing #6 of Trevor Bayne. Team Penske back-up Ryan Flores moves up from the #22 Xfinity team to change on the front of the #21 Wood Brothers of Ryan Blaney. Supposedly, jackman Stan Doolittle has been marked as the new jackman for the #4 SHR crew of Kevin Harvick while longtime jackman Mike Casto heads to the #38 Ford of Front Row Motorsports and driver Landon Cassill. Ira Joe Hussey who was on the #4 at the beginning of the year is now changing tires on the #13 Chevy of Casey Mears.(Pit Talks)(6-30-2016)

  • Homestead Miami Speedway asks court to reverse city approval of residential development: Homestead Miami Speedway is noisy, holds events at night and draws traffic. Its operators are worried that if homes are built nearby, new residents will complain so much that the track could be shut down. So they have petitioned the court to stop a housing development that the Homestead City Commission recently approved. The Speedway, which sits less than a mile from the planned subdivision and hosts a number of auto races, including a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, appealed the council's vote by filing a petition this month with the appellate division of the circuit court. "We are very similar to an airport. If residents move too close to us, they'll start complaining about noise and traffic, and that will have an adverse effect on our business," said the Speedway's vice president, Al Garcia. The area doesn't have any homes right now. Its tenants include the Speedway, Homestead Air Reserve Base and a beer warehouse, ringed by the Park of Commerce and commercial, mixed-use and other zoning that provide a buffer between the speedway and homes. The issue is a development that the City Council approved in May. Developer Wayne Rosen proposed building single family homes in and next to the industrially zoned Park of Commerce. He also asked the city to change the definition of mixed-use so that he wouldn't have to build a combination of commercial, multi-family and single-family homes, but instead could build any of those categories without building all of them.(Miami Herald)(6-30-2016)

  • Motorsports Dignitaries Joining Tribute to Roger Penske tonight: Dignitaries from the motorsports industry will join in tribute to Roger Penske on June 30 when he receives the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports. Penske will receive the award from the International Motor Racing Research Center at a dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA and supported by Sahlen's. The dinner will be at the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen. Multi-team owner and former driver Chip Ganassi was the first recipient of the Argetsinger Award in 2014. NASCAR icon Richard Petty was the 2015 honoree. The award will be presented by members of the Argetsinger family.
    Penske, a champion driver before launching a 50-year career as a team owner, is being honored for having advanced and improved the sport. The award recognizes Penske for bringing prestige to motorsports and demonstrating commitment to the future of racing. Longtime race reporter Dr. Jerry Punch will be the master of ceremonies for a program that includes remarks from Joe Sahlen, president of Sahlen's, a key dinner supporter which also is sponsoring the Six Hours of The Glen IMSA race weekend at Watkins Glen International June 30-July 3. Bobby Rahal, who serves as chairman of the Racing Research Center's Governing Council, also will speak. Rahal is a three-time CART champion and one of only three to win the Indianapolis 500 as a driver and an owner. Other speakers will be Scott Atherton, president and COO of IMSA, International Motor Sports Association; Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International; and Jay Frye, President of INDYCAR Competition and Operations. Lisa Noble, president of SCCA, Sports Car Club of America, and Walt Czarnecki, executive vice president of Penske Corp. and vice chairman of Team Penske, also are slated to be speakers. Other highlights of the evening will include the live auction of a commissioned painting by motorsports artist Randy Owens depicting significant cars from Penske's career. A silent auction will feature photographs of memorable Team Penske moments. Author Gordon Kirby and former Penske Racing mechanic Karl Kainhofer will be there with Kirby's new book "Penske's Maestro: Karl Kainhofer and the History of Penske Racing," for sale and signing. Three cars from Team Penske's history will be on display, including the Sunoco Eagle driven by the legendary Mark Donohue, who was Penske's winningest driver. For more information about the Racing Research Center's work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call 607-535-9044.(IMRRC)(6-30-2016)

  • The end of NASCAR Illustrated: American City Business Journals, the Charlotte-based parent of more than 40 print and online newspapers, has decided to stop publishing its NASCAR Illustrated publication. In an email to the staff, CEO Whitney Shaw writes: "I wanted to let you know that we are closing NASCAR Illustrated. Obviously, we don't make decisions like this lightly nor do we ever forget that peoples' lives are affected. Unfortunately, I simply did not see a pathway to profitability in an environment that is becoming increasingly digital and where the economics of newsstand sales have changed so dramatically. The final issue of Illustrated is currently at the printer." It's the second NASCAR publication that ACBJ has ended. In early 2010, NASCAR Scene, a publication that started in 1977, was closed and merged into the monthly NASCAR Illustrated. NASCAR Illustrated has a circulation of 85,000, according to ACBJ's website.(Talking Biz News), see the latest issue at nascar-illustrated.com(6-30-2016)

  • Another Truex Rising Through The Ranks: If things go according to plan for Tyler Truex, his cousin Martin's victory in the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 won't be the only time a Truex wins this summer at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The younger Truex has proven in only three Bojangles' Summer Shootout races he's a legitimate contender in the AAA Carolinas Legend Car Semi-Pro division. Truex's white #69 car with bright neon yellow numbers stands out under the lights because of its bright design, but it's also been a staple at the front of the field. The 20-year-old New Jersey native appeared to have his first victory of the season in hand on Tuesday when he gained a 12 car-length lead on his competition with less than 10 laps to go, but his bid to win ended when he encountered throttle issues. That came only a night after Truex was in contention for a win, was involved in an accident and rallied to finish second. Truex flies into Charlotte on Monday, races on Tuesday, flies back home to New Jersey on Wednesday and works at Seawatch on Thursday and Friday. Travel doesn't bother Truex. His uncertain future as a racer is more of a concern. "I'm just open, trying to find sponsorship to maybe move onto late models down here, or really anything," Truex said. "I'd like to just go racing more. If we can find the money to keep running this Legend Car, I'd like to do that. I love being at the race track. I want to be at the race track as much as I can."(National Speed Sport News)(6-30-2016)

  • Daytona Track Notes & History:
    · Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
    · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959 - won by Bob Welborn.
    · The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 - won by Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph).
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
    · Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
    · The track underwent a repave in 2010.
    (NASCAR)

  • 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 . . . 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 tire codes, pressures, set limits on the Daytona Race Info Page.

  • Special scheme for Kahne at Daytona: Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevy this weekend at Daytona. It's a one-of-a-kind paint scheme designed by 8-year-old Noelia Gutierrez of White Center, Washington. Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in March 2015, is a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital in its Strong Against Cancer program, which uses immunotherapy to fight cancer. Great Clips tasked the children to use their creative minds to design Kahne's Daytona paint scheme. After receiving approximately 40 submissions from the children, Kahne narrowed the entries down to his favorite four, and the fans voted Noelia the winner (HMS), see images of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page (6-29-2016)

  • Sonoma TV Ratings: NASCAR closed out its run on the FOX Sports networks with the Sprint Cup race at Sonoma and scored a 2.2 rating on FOX Sports 1, averaging 3.9 million viewers. That was down from a 2.4 rating for this race last year but still up from a 2.0 for the last FS1 Cup race at Michigan. NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series scored another solid 593,000 average viewers for its Saturday race from Gateway on FS1 (Racer), see race-by-race TV Ratings for 2016 and a comparison chart on the 2016 TV Ratings page.(6-29-2016)

  • Indy building Dirt Track as a 'present' for Stewart: #14-Tony Stewart, who is retiring from NASCAR at season's end, will receive a going-away gift from Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week that will encourage him to return. IMS is giving Stewart a dirt track inside Turn 3. The plan, IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday, is to install a 3/16th-mile oval for Stewart's media appearance July 5. Several teams that own dirt midgets have been invited for what amounts to an exhibition. It stands to reason Stewart will take anyone's offer to take a spin around the new oval, and he might even be the first to do so. Stewart was told of the plan last weekend, Boles said. Assuming things come together as expected, IMS will modify the track so it's large enough to host sprint cars, too. "Tony doesn't want gifts, per se, but we thought this was a great way to marry his love for dirt-track racing with his love for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Boles. Boles said IMS won't get in the business of hosting frequent dirt-track events, but it could have an assortment of "special" events, such as a spot in Indiana Sprint Week or a sprint/midget event during Brickyard 400 weekend.(Indianapolis Star)(6-29-2016)

  • SunEnergy1 debuts as sponsor for Elliott: For the first time in the 2016 season, SunEnergy1 will be the primary partner on board Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott's #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. SunEnergy1 will also sponsor Elliott at Watkins Glen in August, Kansas in October and Phoenix in November (HMS), see images of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page (6-29-2016)


  • Lowe's Patriotic scheme returns: Jimmie Johnson's #48 Chevy will feature a patriotic theme. Longtime sponsor Lowe's has a lengthy history of supporting the military. Currently, Lowe's has more than 14,000 veterans, active military and Guard/Reserve employees. The #48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevy will carry a special decal this weekend in memory of Antonio Brown, the human resources manager at the Fern Park, Florida, Lowe's store. Brown, a former U.S. Army captain who served in Kuwait during the Iraq War, was tragically killed in the Orlando night club shooting on June 12 (HMS), see images of the scheme on the #48 Team Schemes page (6-29-2016)

  • NRA Museum featured on the #3 at Daytona: Bass Pro Shops, the primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing's #3 Chevy driven by Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will pay tribute to the National Rifle Association's members and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum with a special paint scheme for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum houses an important collection of more than a thousand firearms and other artifacts and dioramas that trace the evolution of hunting, conservation and freedom from the 1600s to modern day. The museum, which is located at Bass Pro Shops' flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, is open daily and admission is free (RCR), see an image of the scheme on the #3 Team Schemes page (6-29-2016)

  • MSHFA Induction Ceremony Makes Daytona Beach Debut: A monumental week for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) is on tap, highlighted by Wednesday (June 29th) night's 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at The Shores Resort & Spa. Wednesday will mark the first induction ceremony in Daytona Beach for the MSHFA, which has relocated to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) from Novi, Michigan. The new hall facility, located in the speedway's expansive Ticket and Tours Building, will host the annual "Heroes of Horsepower Reception" on Tuesday night; this year's seven new inductees will be honored with the unveiling of their respective bronze busts to be displayed perpetually in the hall. Also on Wednesday, the Inductee Lunch Hosted By Toyota will be held in the Toyota Injector area in the speedway's new motorsports stadium design resulting from the $400 million "DAYTONA Rising" renovation project completed prior to this racing season. All three events have been sold out. On Sunday, the MSHFA will open to the public for the first time, with hall visits included as part of all Daytona International Speedway fan tours. The events are all part of the annual Independence Day weekend celebration in the community and at the speedway that includes Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. The 230-person MSHFA inductee role honors all forms of motorsports: motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, open-wheel, drag racing, land speed records, powerboating, off-road and aviation racing. This year's class reflects that philosophy.
    The lineup:
    Everett Brashear - One of the top AMA dirt-track motorcycle racers of all-time.
    Richard Childress - Childress' remarkable career evolved from being a struggling stock car racer to becoming one of the premier owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning six championships with 2002 MSHFA inductee Dale Earnhardt (1986, '87, '90, '91, '93, '94). ... Has 14 championships in NASCAR national series competition, second-best all time. ... His drivers have won the DAYTONA 500 twice and the Brickyard 400 three times.
    Gary Gabelich - Gabelich chased speed records on both land and water during a brief but mercurial competitive career for the former Apollo test astronaut.
    Chip Ganassi - Ganassi is the only car owner to have won the DAYTONA 500, the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Brickyard 400. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his drivers swept those four events, giving him an unprecedented "Grand Slam" in America's major auto races. ... Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and more than 170 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories - including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including a DAYTONA 500 victory, and have twice qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories to complement their seven Rolex Sports Car Series championships. ... Earlier this month, he added a LMGTE Pro class championship at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. ... Before becoming one of the most successful team owners in American racing history, Ganassi raced himself, competing in the Indianapolis 500 five times with a best finish of eighth in 1983.
    Dave McClelland - Known as "The Voice of the NHRA", McClelland is one of the most legendary voices in all of motorsports and certainly the most legendary in the history of drag racing.
    Sam Posey - Posey has excelled both on the race track and in the broadcast booth, in the process becoming one of this country's most recognizable and respected motorsports personalities.
    Bob Sweikert - Los Angeles native Sweikert had a season for the ages in 1955, winning the Indianapolis 500, the AAA "Big Car" National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Championship, becoming the first driver to sweep all three honors in a single season.(MSHFA)(6-29-2016)

  • Kerry Tharp named president of Darlington: Darlington Raceway announced that it has named Kerry Tharp as President of the track Too Tough To Tame, effective July 18. Tharp accepts the role from his most recent position as Senior Director of Racing Communications for NASCAR. Tharp replaces current Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile, who accepted the position of President of Daytona International Speedway back in April. Tharp, a Louisville, Ky. native, joined NASCAR in April of 2005 after a successful 20-year career as Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations for the University of South Carolina (1985-2005) in Columbia. He worked for 26 total years in intercollegiate athletics prior to joining NASCAR. He also served two years at the University of Tennessee and four years at the University of Oklahoma, prior to the University of South Carolina. Since 2005, Tharp has played an integral role in the communications efforts for NASCAR, having forged strong relationships for the sanctioning body with the drivers, race teams and tracks. Tharp holds a Bachelor's Degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University and a Master's Degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. He has been a resident of South Carolina for over 31 years. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 33 years and they have two children (J.B. and Will) and two grandsons.(Darlington Raceway)(6-29-2016)

  • Program Showcases BK Racing: Driven: BK Racing - Slaying the Giant debuts Wednesday, June 29, at 10:30pm/et on FOX Sports Southeast. This latest episode of the Emmy Award-winning original programming series Driven will also be available on FOX Sports GO (FOXSportsGo.com must sign in with provider), a free app that provides live streaming video of content televised on FOX Sports Southeast through select programming distributors.(6-29-2016)

  • added images of the #3 Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum, #31 Florida Lottery, #23 Shriners Hospitals for Children that will run at Daytona in July

  • BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children Unveil Daytona Paint Scheme: With a little help from a special friend, BK Racing, David Ragan and Shriners Hospitals for Children unveiled their paint scheme for this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Hailey Randall, 16, is a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and assisted in the unveiling of the #23 BK Racing Toyota Camry that she designed as part of the Healing Power of Love design contest. The contest was open to patients at all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations. Randall, as well as representatives from BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children, was on-hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with Ragan to unveil the car in front of family, media and others from Shriners International and the NASCAR community.
    The paint scheme features metallic-silver paint that will reflect brightly under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night. Hailey's design incorporates the Healing Power of Love theme with a red ribbon that wraps around the entire car, as well as an abundance of hearts which, reflects the love that patients feel at Shriners Hospitals. The Shriners Hospitals for Children logo, a "Good Luck!" message from the hospitals' mascot, Fezzy, and motifs unique to the 22 hospital system are prominently featured in the design. The car design expands upon the relationship that Ragan has with the hospital system, serving as an official Love to the rescue® ambassador. Ragan is also a member of Shriners International.
    "David has been a loyal friend of Shriners Hospitals for many years. This design contest gave a unique opportunity for our patients to illustrate what Shriners Hospitals for Children and Love to the rescue mean to them," said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "We are so proud of our relationship with David and are excited to see Hailey's design on the track in Daytona." With the help of supporters like Ragan and BK Racing, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided life-changing care to more than 1.3 million children for nearly 95 years. Shriners Hospitals provides all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation, and psychological support to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay.
    Randall has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children since she was a small child, and has been treated for clubfoot, bilateral hip dysplasia and leg length discrepancy. Randall will join the BK Racing team this weekend in Daytona. "I designed the car that I would want to drive so it is a dream come true to see it in real life and on the race track" said Hailey. "I am so happy that my design was selected to represent how Shriners Hospitals sends Love to the rescue every day to kids just like me."
    Ragan was excited to see Randall's ideas come to life and is honored to have her design featured on his car during the race this weekend. "I think Hailey and all the patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children are an inspiration," said Ragan. "Hailey did an amazing job capturing the spirit and strength of the patients, employees and everyone associated with Shriners Hospitals in this paint scheme. I am grateful to be able to drive a car featuring Hailey's design and represent Shriners Hospitals for Children this weekend."(BK Racing / 140Buzz), see images of the car/scheme on the #23 Team Schemes page (6-28-2016)

  • Race before Coke Zero 400 not an indicator of Daytona success: Just because #14-Tony Stewart won Sunday's Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway does not guarantee success in this Saturday's Coke Zero 400. Over the last 20 years, the driver winning the race just prior to Daytona's summer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has rarely won on the high-banked tri-oval. It has not happened in 10 years. Jeff Gordon, who is now retired, won those races back-to-back in 2004 and then Stewart, who will retire at season's end, did it the next season on the way to his second Cup Series championship. Since 2006 the races prior to the Coke Zero 400 have been staged at Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Like this year, NASCAR competitors raced at Sonoma last year with Kyle Busch emerging as the surprise winner. When Busch got to Daytona for the summer run, he finished 17th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won last year's race. For example, in 2014 Brad Keselowski captured the race at Kentucky but finished 18th at Daytona. In 2013 Kenseth won Kentucky and wound up 33rd after being swept into a crash at DIS. The two-race matchup was particularly cruel to both Gordon and Denny Hamlin in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Gordon won Sonoma in 2006 and finished 40th in the Coke Zero 400. The following year Hamlin won at New Hampshire and in his very next start at Daytona finished dead last in a 43-car field.
    a look at the last 10 years of races.:
    2015, Sonoma: Kyle Busch, Daytona; Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Busch 17th)
    2014, Kentucky: Brad Keselowski; Daytona: Aric Almirola (Keselowski, 18th)
    2013, Kentucky: Matt Kenseth; Daytona: Jimmie Johnson (Kenseth, 33rd)
    2012, Kentucky: Brad Keselowski; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Keselowski, 8th)
    2011, Sonoma: Kurt Busch; Daytona: David Ragan (Busch, 14th)
    2010, New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson; Daytona: Kevin Harvick (Johnson, 31st)
    2009, New Hampshire: Joey Logano; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Logano, 19th)
    2008, New Hampshire: Kurt Busch; Daytona: Kyle Busch (Kurt Busch, 4th)
    2007, New Hampshire: Denny Hamlin; Daytona: Jamie McMurray (Hamlin, 43rd)
    2006, Sonoma: Jeff Gordon; Daytona: Tony Stewart (Gordon 40th)
    (Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-28-2016)

  • RoyalTeakCollection.com to sponsor Sorenson on the #55 at Daytona: RoyalTeakCollection.com through its' Royal Teak Racing Entity will be joining the #55 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car as primary sponsor for The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. "Claus and Julia Villebro through their company Royal Teak Collection.com has been a partner of our race team since 2012. The team has enjoyed many great runs with Royal Teak Collection.com and expects to continue with great results in Daytona," says Jay Robinson. Reed Sorenson commented: "I am always excited to go to Daytona, it provides our team with a great opportunity to run competitive the entire race and come away with a great finish."
    Reed Sorenson is a skilled driver, and could come up with a big surprise finish in the Daytona 400 if things work out to our advantage" says Claus Villebro. "It is always hard to predict what will happen on a super speedway track, but as a team we have had great performances in the past. Reed will have the capability to compete with the elite of drivers in Daytona, and we look forward to a strong finish." RoyalTeakCollection.com is one of the largest manufacturers of premium patio/casual furniture in the world, offering a wide range of Solid Teak and All-Weather Wicker collections. The headquarters is based just outside Hilton Head, SC (Premium Motorsports PR), see an image of the scheme on the #55 Team Schemes page (6-28-2016)

  • The 42nd Cup win for car #14: Tony Stewart's win in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is the 42nd overall Sprint Cup Series win for a car number 42, which has run in 1108 races. Stewart has won 16 races running the car #14. Stewart's other 33 wins came in the car #20. Fonty Flock was the first driver to win a Cup race running the #14 at Hillsborough, NC (Occoneechee Speedway) in April 1951. Flock won 14 of his 19 career race wins in the #14. Three other drivers have scored wins in the #14: Hershel McGriff, Jim Paschal and Bobby Allison. For more info on car number wins and some history, see Jayski.com's Wins by Car Number page.(6-28-2016)

  • #10 pit crew gets van broken into at Sonoma: For the second year in a row, the #10 crew has their team van broken into in California. Talking with crewmen on the team, they say the burglary happened while they were at an event for their sponsor Natures Bakery. The crew were guests at a pro Volleyball event and they parked on a main road next to plenty of people. When they returned to their vehicle after the event, a window was busted and bags were taken. Most of the guys had their cell phones and wallets on them but plenty of valuables were gone. One crew member said, "They got everything they could grab without opening the doors. Its seemed to be a smash and grab type of robbery." We did ask about hard cards and were told only one hard card was stolen during the ordeal.(Pit Talks)(6-28-2016)

  • Skinner races to win in NASCAR class at Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mike Skinner drove his #5 Cessna Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane in the NASCAR class at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom on Sunday afternoon. The 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion finished third overall in the competition with a 50.44-second effort up the 1.16-mile course. "I'm always honored to compete at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and race up Lord March's famous hill climb course," said Skinner. "We have such wonderful support from our partners like Cessna, Toyota, Caymus Vineyards, as well as our financial partners--SunTrust, Sentinel Real Estate, FocusPoint, Warrington and Florence Capital." The 2016 event was marred with weather, as rain showers threatened the forecast throughout the entire three days. After running fifth and eighth in Friday's two batch runs among the field of 53 cars, all three trucks sat out during their batch run on Saturday morning due to a wet course. On Saturday afternoon, Skinner returned to the track for a qualifying run, which placed him 13th in the heavy rain. By Sunday's finals, Skinner picked up nearly three seconds from his fastest attempt to record the 50.44-second hill climb run, despite the constantly changing track conditions. Hosted by Lord March at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, United Kingdom, the Goodwood Festival of Speed features every kind of car imaginable from the 1800s through today while also attracting some of the most accomplished drivers in motorsports.(PR)(6-28-2016)

  • Lap Leaders after 16 races:
    Driver, Laps Led
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr, 819
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 700
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 684
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 677
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 429
    6) #22-Joey Logano, 269
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 228
    8) #41-Kurt Busch, 221
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 161
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 139
    29 drivers have led at least one lap
    Through June 26

  • Kennedy & Patrick named in ADWEEK'S '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports': Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, was named one of ADWEEK'S '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' in their July issue, on newsstands June 27. The inaugural '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' list is presented in ADWEEK'S annual Sports Issue. Kennedy is featured along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver #10-Danica Patrick, and other elite athletes, league executives, sports media personalities and sports marketing executives. The winners will be celebrated during the Clio Sports gala in New York on July 7th.(ISC and ADWEEK)(6-27-2016)

  • Sonoma Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350: For those 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 3:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 6:04 PM (all times are EDT). FS1 was the broadcast team for this event. This was the last Fox Sports produced Cup race for this season.
    Total number of commercials: 102
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 52
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 82
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 47
    Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 20
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 12
    Number of times FS1 utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 4
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 103
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 2 min. 50 sec.
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 3:00 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:04 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 184
    Minutes of race broadcast: 153
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 31
    Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 10
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
    Total race brdcst time 153 Total comm. brdcst time 31
    Total race brdcst time 159 Total comm. brdcst time 38
    See past races, more info on the commercials with links at CawsnJaws.com.(6-27-2016)

  • Brian France talks about weekday races, new Cup sponsor, road course in Chase and more: NASCAR Chairman Brian France appeared on Fox Sports 1's "Race Day" before Sunday's race at Sonoma, some of the Q&A's: Cup Series Title Sponsor hunt:
    Q. The title sponsor, Sprint, has been for Cup a tremendous ally, and it runs out this year. Who's the next title sponsor for the Sprint Cup Series?
    BRIAN FRANCE: Several companies here as a matter of fact this weekend, a number of companies taking a very hard look. It's a very special asset in sports. It's the only thing you can own outright. So we have a lot of interest, and we just want to make a good decision as we go down the stretch and choose our next partner.
    Q. Is there a possibility of two major sponsors?
    BRIAN FRANCE: Possible, but I think we have a lot of interest and I would be surprised, but I've been surprised before.
    Q. Is there a deadline for you on this? Obviously you have to get it -- the sooner the better.
    BRIAN FRANCE: Well, we're right on schedule. We always thought it would be somewhere coming up into the fall, and that's exactly what's happened, so we're right on schedule.
    Q. A road course in the Chase in the future?
    BRIAN FRANCE: We would be for it. The reality is it's very hard to get the schedule to match up.
    Q. More weeknight races maybe, changing on the schedule?
    BRIAN FRANCE: Don't see that.
    Q. Not even in the summer when people are out of --
    BRIAN FRANCE: Don't see that. Moving All-Star race:
    Q. All-Star Race location maybe on a rotational basis, maybe a new sponsor says, hey, maybe in Charlotte this year, but it might be at another track next year?
    BRIAN FRANCE: Maybe, and there's a lot of interest in that very interesting event, and Charlotte has been good to us for a lot of reasons, but we'll always keep that open.(NASCAR)(6-27-2016)

  • Hamlin talks about the last lap at Sonoma: #11-Denny Hamlin (second) was the top-finishing Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway to claim his career-best finish at the 11-turn road course, Hamlin talked to the media after the race, part of the transcript:
    Q) What was the last lap like from your vantage point?
    Hamlin: "Tony (Stewart) was doing a good job maintaining his tires, a good job of running consistent laps there. Really he gave me an opportunity to get close. On the second to last lap he wheel hopped into (turn) seven, allowed us to get close and I just did a poor job of getting through 11. I was expecting to really drive in deep and I really thought that was going to happen and he did, but I also left the bottom open and that was a bad mistake on my part. Still a great race. I was proud of the FedEx Cares Toyota team for giving me a car that could win. We'll take this and go with it."
    What happened on the last lap of the race?
    Hamlin: "I was looking rearview more than looking out front. I still got in there with a wheel hop, I was just a little bit in the middle and needed to get a good run. Once he (Tony Stewart) had the inside position, we weren't going to drag race it out. I knew he was going to put me into the wall. He was doing what he had to do and we did what we had to do in turn. All is fair in love and war."
    Q) What was your plan to try to beat Tony Stewart for the race win?
    Hamlin: "I didn't even think I'd have an opportunity, honestly. He made one mistake in turn seven and allowed us to get closer to him. Overall we had a great FedEx Cares Camry. I don't know how to replay that last lap differently. He made mistakes that allowed me to get there and get position. I made a mistake at the end to get the lead and get position and I made a mistake to give up the lead on the last corner. Just one of those deals. You'd like to be on the winning end of this, but unfortunately we were not on that end."
    Q) What would you do differently to win the race?
    Hamlin: "Just run slower through turn 11 would be about the only thing I could do differently. Just run slower through there and force him to go on the high side. I just had a feeling he was going to drive in there and turn us around anyway, so I was trying to do all I could."(Toyota Racing)(6-27-2016)

  • Fox Bestows 'The Byrnsie Awards' to spotter Chris Osborne: FOX NASCAR presented Chris Osborne, Matt Kenseth's spotter, with the second-annual "The Byrnsie Award" during Sunday's NASCAR RACEDAY telecast from Sonoma Raceway on FS1. Osborne, a veteran in the NASCAR garage, was sidelined the first part of the 2016 season after sustaining serious injuries in an accident with a drunk driver during the holidays. In honor of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, whose nickname was 'Byrnsie,' the award was established in 2015 to celebrate an individual in the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES who embodies principles Byrnes demonstrated daily in his personal and professional life -- preparation, teamwork and family within the garage area. Osbourne was voted the recipient by Byrnes' colleagues on the FOX NASCAR broadcast team, of which he was a member since the first race broadcast in February 2001. Byrnes passed away in April 2015 following a courageous battle with cancer. Bryson Byrnes, Steve's son, introduced the award on-camera from the NASCAR RACE HUB studios in Charlotte, N.C., while FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy presented the trophy to Osborne on the spotters' stand at Sonoma Raceway.
    "The winner of this year's FOX Byrnsie Award is spotter Chris Osborne, who like my dad, displaced tremendous amounts of strength, courage and determination this year in the garage," Bryson said on NASCAR RACEDAY. "Congratulations to Chris. I know that my dad would be very proud." Osborne, affectionately known as "Crazy" in the NASCAR community, suffered severe right leg and foot injuries. His wife, Melissa, sustained major pelvis, hip, shoulder, arm and elbow injuries, while Osborne's son, Austin, sustained a concussion, cracked sternum, partially collapsed lung and broken nose. The NASCAR community rallied around Osborne, one of its most beloved spotters, in the weeks following the accident and throughout the ensuing recovery process. Osborne returned to the spotters' stand at Martinsville Speedway in late March. "It's a privilege to be the recipient of the second Byrnsie Award," Osborne told Joy. "I know Byrnes' love for everything that he had done in this sport ... the determination he had to do his job, and first and foremost, how much he cared for and loved his family, and he put that number one. I feel like our family has been through a lot, and I've tried to do the same. It's a great honor that the FOX group has voted me the second recipient of The Byrnsie Award. I certainly do appreciate it."(FoxSports PR)(6-27-2016)

  • Eight different winners in last eight races: The last eight Cup points races each have had a different winner: #19-Carl Edwards (Richmond), #2-Brad Keselowski (Talladega), #18-Kyle Busch (Kansas), #20-Matt Kenseth (Dover), #78-Martin Truex Jr. (Charlotte), #41-Kurt Busch (Pocono), #22-Joey Logano (Michigan) and #14-Tony Stewart (Sonoma). It's the longest streak of different winners since there were eight from the 2013 season finale to the first seven races of the 2014 season.(6-27-2016)

  • Tony Stewart wins at Sonoma: #14-Tony Stewart won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 3rd win at Sonoma, 8th road course win and 49th career win. It had been 111 races and 84 races run by Stewart since his last win, at Dover in June 2013. With the win and being 9 points out of the top-30 of drivers points, Stewart has a good shot of getting in the Chase. It was the first career win for crew chief Mike Bugarewicz.
    #11-Hamlin took the lead on the final lap, went wide on the last turn, Stewart passed the #11 beat and banged with Hamlin who tagged the wall with Stewart racing to the win. Hamlin led the most laps, 33 of 110. Race favorite #47-Allmendinger finished 12th after having a late race penalty for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop and having to restart in the rear of the field.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #19-Edwards (pole winner), #78-Truex Jr., #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #31-Newman, #5-Kahne and #41-Busch.
    There were 12 lead changes among 8 drivers and 4 cautions for 10 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 80.966 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, June 27 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, June 28 at 4:00am/et on FS1
    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 Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf). (6-26-2016)

  • Stewart comments on his win: #14-Tony Stewart won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, and few Q&A's:
    Q) IS THE IMPACT OF THIS WIN EVEN MORE MEANINGFUL BECAUSE OF THE TIMING OF IT?
    Stewart: "They're all good; it doesn't matter where you get them. But, we ran close to those guys all day. We just got stuck back in traffic. It's pretty ironic the last one we got was in a Code 3 car and I'm proud to do it again. I'm proud of Mobil 1 and Bass Pro and everybody. It's just an awesome job."
    Q) WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR LEGENDARY CAREER AND YOUR EIGHTH ROAD COURSE WIN AND YOUR FINAL YEAR, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CHALK-UP ANOTHER ONE ON YOUR RACING RESUME?
    Stewart: "Especially at a place you're going to for the last time, it means a bunch. It's special, trust me."
    Q) I REMEMBER YOUR DAD, WHEN YOU WON THE BRICKYARD FOR THE FIRST TIME. HE KEPT WAVING YOU ON. THAT'S WHAT HE WAS DOING TODAY. WALK US THROUGH THAT EXCITING LAST LAP, AND THEN DENNY HAMLIN'S COMMENTS THROUGH THE CAR WINDOW TO YOU
    Stewart: "I made mistakes the last two laps. I had just a little bit too much rear brake for Turn 7, and wheel-hopped it two laps in a row. But, I felt a nudge when I got down there and he knew where it was and he did the right thing doing it there; but if I could get to him, he knew what was coming. He told me he was proud of me. He knows what it means. We were teammates for a long time and we respect each other a lot."(Team Chevy)(6-26-2016)

  • added images of the #3 Dow / Utility, #7 ToyState / Road Rippers Shark, #16 Performance Plus Motor Oil schemes that will run at Sonoma.(6-25-2016)

  • Keselowski considering Indy 500 run: #2-Brad Keselowski's recent IndyCar run at Road America was more than a play day for NASCAR's 2012 champion, Team Penske's president confirmed Saturday. Keselowski has interest in running in an Indianapolis 500, perhaps as soon as next year, and it could happen, Tim Cindric told IndyStar. "I'd say 20% (chance)," Cindric said. "Never say never." Keselowski ran the car June 15, getting in Simon Pagenaud's #22 after Pagenaud ran a few laps to provide a baseline setup. Keselowski covered more than 40 laps around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile permanent road course, Cindric said, which equates to about 170 miles. The team allowed Keselowski to use three sets of Firestone tires. Only about half of the IndyCar Series field participated in the session, and it's believed Keselowski was 3-4 seconds off the pace of the slowest car. But Cindric said getting Keselowski experience was more important than him posting a hot lap. Moments after the session, IndyCar reported Keselowski saying, "I've got to let it soak in here (and) think about it." Keselowski later tweeted: "One of the best days of my life."(Indianapolis Star)(6-26-2016)

  • Kurt Busch plans to compete in Gulf 12 Hours: #41-Kurt Busch's next challenge could come this December in the Gulf 12 Hours - possibly alongside MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo in a GT car. Busch, who has dabbled in IndyCar and dragsters, now has his eyes set on sports cars - but more importantly the Yas Marina Circuit, site of the Formula 1 finale. Following his trip to Baku for the European Grand Prix, Busch jetted to Abu Dhabi where he tested a F3000 car at the Yas Marina on Tuesday. Last year's podium in the Gulf 12 Hours featured a Ferrari 458, Mercedes SLS and an Aston Martin Vantage. But Busch's objective was to simply get a feel for the circuit. "It would be like a Pirelli World Challenge Series-type car," Busch said. "They've been doing the 12 Hours the last few years. I got turned onto it by Monster Energy about the possibility of going and racing alongside Jorge Lorenzo from MotoGP and perhaps another Monster Energy athlete. "So to help with the transition, if I was to go run that race, to have track laps so I somewhat know the circuit and don't go in there as blind as I would if I just raced the race in December...It was a blast to run the big circuit and get some laps in case I run the 12-hour race."(Motorsport)(6-26-2016)

  • Elliott wins NASCAR West Series race in Sonoma: Chase Elliott landed himself in Victory Lane on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. The Hendrick Motorsports rookie competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, logging valuable road-course laps before Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. After qualifying 16th for Sunday's Cup race, Elliott strapped into his No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy and took the green flag from the pole position.(HMS)(6-26-2016)

  • Stewart and Irvan Inducted Into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame: Steve Page Sonoma Raceway's president and general manager introduced 2016 Wall of Fame Honorees Ernie Irvan and Tony Stewart before a crowd of vocal and enthusiastic fans and media. Page said, the Wall of Fame was started "a decade ago as a way to honor the legacy and thank those" who have contributed to the history of the circuit. Both drivers are two-time winners here. Page called the 1992 race, in which Irvan from the back of the grid "one of the most remarkable races" he'd ever seen. When asked about his part in the fast growth of NASCAR in the 1990s, Irvan said, "I'm just one part of it. Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and others " set the stage for the explosive growth the sport experienced. Stewart thanked Page with mixed emotions, "I've always looked forward to coming here," noting he marked the date in his calendar. And now looking ahead to last race, at the Sprint Cup level, he felt a bit sentimental. That said, Stewart who will retire from his ride at the team he co-owns with Gene Haas stressed that this was his last year in driving in Sprint Cup but not as a driver in other series, "I can't wait to start the second part of my career."(Sonoma Raceway)(6-26-2016)

  • Live With Kelly and... Jeff Gordon? UPDATE: Retired racing legend Jeff Gordon has zoomed to the top of ABC's short list to succeed Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new Live co-host, TVLine has learned. Gordon has experience sitting alongside Ripa. During the Live With Regis and Kelly era, he served as Ripa's sidekick nine times. (He even did a stint opposite Reege in 2001 before Ripa came on board). He most recently appeared on the show in June 2015, but just as a guest. Since retiring from professional stock car racing in 2015, the 44-year-old Gordon has transitioned into broadcasting (he currently serves as a Fox NASCAR analyst). Should he snag the Live gig, his career path would closely mirror that of the man he'd be replacing; Strahan, who exited Live last month for a full-time gig at Good Morning America, also segued into broadcasting after retiring from the NFL. Live is expected to continue pairing Ripa with a parade of guest co-hosts until a final decision is made later this summer. Other names in the permanent co-host mix include former Grinder star Rob Lowe and Ripa's BFF Anderson Cooper. Gordon's spokesperson, declined TVLine's request for comment.(TVLine)(6-18-2016)
    UPDATE: Jeff Gordon talks about possible talk show gig: On Saturday morning at Sonoma Raceway, Jeff Gordon affirmed his commitment to his position as an analyst in the FOX Sports television booth. But that doesn't mean Gordon is ruling out moonlighting as co-host for "Live with Kelly." Prevalent rumors have Gordon on the short list to fill the role of departed Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's sidekick on the show. "Well, I'm flattered that my name has been associated with that," said Gordon, who has filled in as an occasional co-host of the show. "You know, I've always maintained a great friendship with the show and some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting on that show, and I mean, I certainly would welcome it. My priority is FOX and FOX Sports and NASCAR, so I will definitely be back in the booth next year. If there was something that would fit into and around that-great. I don't know if that's a reality, but it's been really interesting kind of seeing that unfold. I really don't have anything that I can say about it."(NASCAR Wire Service and see an Q&A at the Charlotte Observer)(6-26-2016)

  • No Aero Changes for Daytona: NASCAR will return to Daytona International Speedway next week with the same basic aerodynamic package that it used for the Daytona 500 and Talladega earlier this year. After three cars got airborne at Talladega, NASCAR vowed to take a look too see if it should make any changes to the cars. Six days before cars are scheduled for practice at Daytona, NASCAR opted not to make any changes, executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said. "The one car that got in the air on its own was the 20 car [of Matt Kenseth] and we looked at that. ... Based on what we saw for the initial Daytona race, we're satisfied with the race package we have," O'Donnell said Friday at Sonoma Raceway. Drivers obviously don't want their cars to get airborne, but they also don't agree on the fix needed. NASCAR has some new rules as far as the bolting on the deck lid for Daytona, but that has more to do with teams working in that area to get a speed advantage. NASCAR slightly decreased the amount of horsepower generated by Sprint Cup cars at restrictor-plate tracks for the 2016 season.(ESPN)(6-25-2016)

  • Go Fas Racing to endorse OneOrlando Fund in Daytona: Go Fas Racing (GFR) announced that they will be working alongside their sponsors and local organizations to garner support for the OneOrlando fund next weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The OneOrlando fund was created by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to help aid the victims of the June 12th terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub. During next weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway the #32 Ford driven by Bobby Labonte will be displaying the website's links and more information to urge all NASCAR fans and sponsors to donate directly to the cause in the name of our great sport. For GFR owner Archie St.Hilaire who is a native of Maine he understands firsthand the tragic impact of these types of events after witnessing the terrorist attack that took place during the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. St. Hilaire is trusting that the efforts of his team will show that all NASCAR fans stand behind Orlando. For more informing on how you can join the effort, please visit www.OneOrlando.org, and spread the word on your favorite social media platform by using #OrlandoUnited. Donations can also be made on your mobile device by texting ORLANDO to 501501 to make a $10 donation.(Go Fas Racing Facebook)(6-25-2016)


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