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  • Entry List for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Yeley, #33-Stremme, #37-Bliss, #44-Hill. Ryan Truex is on the entry list in the #83, but his status is unknown.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List

  • Wally Dallenbach returning to Trans-Am racing: Tommy Kendall. Tommy Archer. And now Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Trans-Am is partying like it's the 1980s or 1990s, with some of its iconic stars coming back in the series in 2015. Dallenbach Jr. is the latest to return, and will do so in a Chevy Camaro for the series' finale November 15 in Daytona. He'll race in the TA2 class. The Camaro is the same brand he raced when he won his second straight series championship in 1986, his third year of competition. "I've enjoyed my time in television but for now that phase of my life is over, and I'm excited to get back behind the wheel and resume my racing career," Dallenbach said in a series release. "I'm genuinely excited and looking forward to returning to the Trans Am Series at Daytona, and I'm hoping to be racing with them full time come 2015. This is a program I've been working on putting together over the past year or so," he added. "Unfortunately, up until now, my broadcast schedule has prevented me from being able to make a commitment to racing, but now the timing and opportunity is right."(NBC Sports)(9-23-2014)

  • Penske, Roush testing at Texas: Less than 24 hours after his impressive victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Team Penske driver #22-Joey Logano turned his focus to Texas Motor Speedway, site of an all-important two-day test session beginning Monday. Logano, along with Team Penske teammate and current Sprint Cup Series points leader #2-Brad Keselowski, were joined by Roush Fenway Racing drivers #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the test session. With the intensity of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the first round of eliminations on the horizon, teams looked at both the present and the future - focusing on this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway while making preparations for the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(9-23-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    8.4: Jimmie Johnson's average finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway. Though Johnson has a personal-best nine wins at the Monster Mile, there are three other tracks where he's achieved better average finishes: Martinsville (5.2), Phoenix (6.3) and Fontana (6.6).
    12: The series-best number of top-five finishes recorded in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season by Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Small wonder they're currently the two leading drivers in the Chase standings, each with a victory in the first two Chase races.
    1,369: The number of laps led by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, far and away a career best. That's the good news. The bad? The driver known as "The Closer" has failed to close the deal in the last four races in which he has led the most laps, at Kansas, Michigan, Atlanta and, most recently, on Sunday at New Hampshire.
    12: The number of points separating Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards (tied for eighth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings) from 16th-place Aric Almirola. With such a small margin blanketing the last nine drivers in the standings, fans can expect a free-for-all in next Sunday's elimination race at Dover.
    3: The average finish of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover. No wonder Junior said on Sunday that the Monster Mile is a great track for the #88 team. But that hasn't always been the case. Earnhardt's average result in the eight races before the current streak of five was 22.5.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-23-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 122.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 108.3
    #18-Kyle Busch 105.3
    #99-Carl Edwards 100.0
    #16-Greg Biffle 98.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon 94.5
    #15-Clint Bowyer 92.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.6
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. 89.3
    #31=Ryan Newman 88.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (19 total) among active drivers at Dover 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)

  • New Hampshire Race and Commercial Breakdown: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 1:57 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 5:28 PM (all times are EST). ESPN was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 117
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 59
    Number of times ESPN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 10
    Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 53
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 42
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 25 sec.
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 1:57 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:28 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 211
    Minutes of race broadcast: 123
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 28
    Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 25
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 1
    Total race brdcst time 123 Total comm. brdcst time 28
    See past races, links to full reports & sponsor links on the 2014 TV Commercials page.(9-22-2014)

  • NASCAR confiscated tires after Chicago UPDATE: NASCAR confiscated tires from the #2-Brad Keselowski, #4-Kevin Harvick, #31-Ryan Newman and #78-Martin Truex Jr.- teams last week at Chicagoland Speedway. Although there was speculation that teams were attempting to bleed air from the tires to gain grip, Sprint Cup Series Richard Buck said it was "just for normal due diligence". The tires were taken to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. "That's just part of expanding the R & D Center," Buck said. "We bring the stuff back, keep it under our custody like we do with all the parts that are there and keep them for further evaluation. It's just part of the process. Some were taken during the race, some after. It's just a nice sampling of what's out there." Buck would not confirm whether he found anything unusual with the tires, other than to say, "We're already here at New Hampshire." Generally any infractions stemming from improprieties would be announced prior to the next event.(Motorsport)(9-20-2014)
    UPDATE: According to MRN's Pete Pistone, NASCAR also took tires from the teams of #13-Mears, #22-Logano, #42-Larson and #48-Johnson after the New Hampshire race.(9-22-2014)

  • 13 winners in last 13 races at New Hampshire UPDATE: Thirteen different drivers have taken the checkered flag in the last 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - tied with Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record streak without a repeat winner. And there's a better than average chance the Magic Mile takes sole possession of the record after this Sunday's Sylvania 300 as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers #24-Jeff Gordon, #4-Kevin Harvick and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. are all missing from the 13-in-13 stretch. Gordon owns three victories at New Hampshire, but has not won there since 1998. Harvick has one win at New Hampshire, but he notched it eight years ago. In his last two races at the track, he has finished 30th and 20th, respectively. After posting three wins, his highest total since he racked up six in 2004, Earnhardt will try to automatically advance to the Chase's Contender Round with a New Hampshire checkered flag. In 30 starts at Loudon, he has seven top fives and 13 tops 10s to his credit, but has never finished higher than third.(NASCAR)(9-19-2014)
    UPDATE: #22-Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2009. By winning Sunday the 13 race streak was not extended. However, now the last 11 races have provided 11 different winners.(9-22-2014)

  • Logano wins at New Hampshire: #22-Joey Logano won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd at New Hampshire and 7th career win.
    #42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #43-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #55-Vickers.
    Keselowski & Logano have now secured a spot in the next round of the chase. The remaining 12 drivers will be determined after next week's race in Dover.
    7 Chase drivers finished in the top 10, but most Chase drivers suffered problems during the race. #11-Hamlin finished 37th after being suffering fueling issues and being involved in an accident. #41-Busch cut a tire and hit the wall, finishing 36th. #24-Gordon cut a tire late in the race while running 6th and finished 26th. #5-Kahne was involved in an accident, #20-Kenseth spun and hit the wall, #31-Newman suffered minor damage in the wreck with Hamlin and Kahne, #16-Biffle overcame being 2 laps down. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. had to pit under green early after a tire was left loose on a pit stop. #18-Busch was involved in a wreck.
    Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski, led the first 35 laps, fell back, spun out and came back to finish near the front.
    There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 15 cautions for 63 yellow flag laps. 15 cautions is the season high for this year.
    The average speed was 98.697mph.
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-14-2014)

  • 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 total wins in 2014, 1 in Chase], 2097 points
    2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins, 1 in Chase] 2096, -1
    Drivers above will advance to the next round of the Chase
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 2090, -7 [41 points ahead of 12th]
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 2080, -17 [31 points ahead of 12th]
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins] 2077, -20 [28 points ahead of 12th]
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2077, -20 [28 points ahead of 12th]
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins] 2070, -27 [21 points ahead of 12th]
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2057, -40 [8 points ahead of 12th]
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2057, -40 [8 points ahead of 12th]
    10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win] 2056, -41 [7 points ahead of 12th]
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 2055, -42 [6 points ahead of 12th]
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 2055, -42 [6 points ahead of 12th]
    Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Dover:
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 2049, -48 [6 points out of 12th]
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 2049, -48 [6 points out of 12th]
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2047, -50 [8 points out of 12th]
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win] 2045, -52 [12 points out of 12th]
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-21-2014)

  • NASCAR expected to release 2015 rules package this week: NASCAR is expected to release the 2015 Sprint Cup Series rules package to teams on Tuesday. Some of the changes mentioned around the garage were a two-inch reduction on the spoiler (from eight to six inches), a 125 horsepower decrease to the engines (just 50 more than what is currently used in the Nationwide Series with the use of tapered spacers) and different gear rules. At the test at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, NASCAR tried a variety of different aero packages in an effort to "provide fans with the best action-packed racing possible". The focus was twofold: Aerodynamics and power optimization to "reduce the rapid increase in spacing between cars and increase drafting at the end of the straightaway at many of our tracks". Drivers were looking for less downforce but NASCAR was initially pushing for high downforce. NASCAR never adjusted the engines at the Michigan test but that's expected to happen when teams run the Goodyear tire test next month at Auto Club Speedway. "We never did less downforce and less power, we just did less downforce and the same power," #17-Matt Kenseth said. "I think it was good to look at a lot of different things. I'm a firm believer is less downforce is going to be better as far as our ability to pass other race cars. Maybe it will separate the back of the field and the front of the field a little bit. And what I mean by that is maybe if a guy is not quite as good of a driver or makes a mistake he may not be able to catch your car as good - that type of thing. Maybe more cautions that aren't debris cautions, there might be more accidents, things like that which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing." Although last week's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway offered scintillating moments - including Brad Keselowski splitting Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to take the lead with 15 laps remaining in the race - passing has been an issue with the new Generation 6 cars. But Kenseth was "really encouraged" by the final exercise NASCAR offered and looks forward to its potential. "You didn't have that turbulent air so bad in traffic," Kenseth added. "You could roll around outside of people. It really opened the track up. It really widened the track out. Instead of being a one-groove track, it was, honestly, for being Michigan and just being repaved, it turned into at least three-groove track already just in that little 10, 20-lap run. I think everybody was encouraged by the results. I think a lot of people were really surprised by it. I don't think it's what they expected."(Motorsport)(9-21-2014)

  • Hornish could be interested in #9 car: While [Sam Hornish's] competitive side yearns for a full-time NASCAR ride, he's also the married father of three and relishes his family time. Hornish has examined other possibilities and acknowledged that those have included the coming vacancy in Richard Petty Motorsports #9 car. But he said his next ride would have to be the right situation. He insists that he still has "a lot going on" between testing, public appearances and TV commentary on the IndyCar series. But until Hornish finds something that fits, he's happy learning things from a different perspective with JGR. "I can't tell you exactly what I want right now," said Hornish, who's trying to stay in shape as he considers his options. "The perfect thing is not available. I'd like to be full time next year; I want to put myself in a good place with good opportunities, good people around it. That was one of the great things about being able to come to Joe Gibbs Racing, just to see how things are run a little bit differently," Hornish said. "For me, while a lot of people might have taken things harder, I just enjoyed the fact of getting a little bit of a new outlook on life and what's going on around me."(Associated Press)(9-21-2014)

  • Larson joins Green Flag Experience at Martinsville: Last fall Kyle Larson made his Martinsville Speedway debut. When the talented rookie returns this fall, he will be a part of the Green Flag Experience prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Oct. 26. Larson, who is not only contending for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for wins week in and week out, will join Chase contenders Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Jamie McMurray and David Ragan for the question-and-answer portion of the Green Flag Experience. The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions with each individual driver and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars and simulators, plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-21-2014)

  • Teams show support for Pollex at NHMS: NASCAR teams are showing their support for Sherry Pollex this weekend, as #78-Martin Truex Jr.'s longtime girlfriend continues her fight with ovarian cancer. A number of cars at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will feature a teal ribbon with Pollex's name. Teal is the official color of ovarian cancer awareness. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also breaking out his teal racing gloves again. Junior wore a pair last week at Chicagoland Speedway that are currently up for auction on eBay. All proceeds will be donated to an ovarian cancer research charity of Pollex's choice.(FoxSports)(9-20-2014)

  • Miller Lite extends partnership with New Hampshire: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski on hand for the "toast", New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that Miller Lite will continue its relationship with the Magic Mile, extending its successful partnership for another three years. The deal keeps Miller Lite on tap as the "Official Beer Sponsor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway" through the 2017 race season. The Lite Lobster Lounge is located directly across from the infield tunnel and is the perfect place for fans to relax before or after the on-track action throughout the weekend. It features live entertainment and the home of an occasional driver appearance. True to its name, the lounge features a variety of authentic lobster dishes, along with other sandwich and salad options for the non-lobster eaters. The lounge is open to all and promotes a family-friendly environment. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without products from its official sponsor, Miller Lite.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)

  • Kvapil replaces Ryan Truex at New Hampshire: It's musical chairs at BK Racing this week with last minute seat changes to the driver roster. While Cole Whitt remains in the #26 Toyota with sponsorship from Rinnai and Alex Bowman continues his campaign in the #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota, Travis Kvapil will reprise his role in the #83 Burger King Toyota this weekend and Clay Rogers will fill the #93 Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota. The changes were made on Tuesday and leave Ryan Truex on the sidelines this weekend. The team elected not to discuss Truex' status. "I didn't have anything going on this weekend," Kvapil said. "We had talked about doing something with the 93. These are my guys here. I had been with them for the last two years and feel I had a hand in building this team. I don't know what the plans are beyond this weekend, but it's good to be back." Rogers, 34, was once a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing. Most recently attempted to qualify for New Hampshire in July and Richmond two weeks ago but failed to qualify.(Motorsport)(9-19-2013)

  • Sad News - Earl Ross: Earl Ross, the only Canadian driver to ever win a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, died Thursday in Canada. He was 73. Ross made 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts during his career, running 21 of 30 races during the 1974 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. He scored his only series victory on Sept. 29, 1974 at Martinsville Speedway, leading the final 79 laps and beating Buddy Baker by a full lap to score the victory. He also won the 1974 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Award. Ross was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011. (National Speed Sport News)
    NASCAR Statement: "NASCAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Earl Ross, a true racer whose considerable on-track success helped grow the sport internationally. Ross was the first Canadian driver to win a race in what is today known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and he did it at one of NASCAR's most historic tracks for one of NASCAR's most historic owners. His 1974 win at Martinsville for Junior Johnson helped lay the foundation for the sport's tremendous growth in Canada, and beyond."(9-19-2014)

  • Bank may take possession of Rockingham Speedway: A Richmond County Superior Court judge will hear a motion next week which, if granted, will allow The Finley Group - a managing agent for Farmers and Merchants Bank - to "take immediate and exclusive custody" of Rockingham Speedway. The Salisbury, N.C.-based bank is also seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the track's current co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas from accessing the property located on U.S. 1 in Richmond County. The bank claims Rockingham Racing Park LLC, co-owned by Hillenburg and Silas, owes more then $4.5 million as of Aug. 8. The motion is set to be heard at 2:00pm Sept. 25.(Charlotte Observer)(9-19-2014)

  • Gibbs says crew chief changes coming: Joe Gibbs said he expects to announce multiple changes to the team's driver-crew chief lineup within about two weeks. "We've already decided," Gibbs said Wednesday of the moves, "but we need to talk to the sponsors and have quite a few discussions yet with people." Gibbs said the changes would be for next season. "We're kind of crew chief driven here," Gibbs said. "We spent a lot of time talking to all of our crew chiefs and making sure that we had the right lineup. The other key people you have to have involved in that, it always starts with the drivers. The drivers have strong feelings on who they feel like they can match up with. "That driver has got to believe in that crew chief, and that crew chief has got to believe in that driver. If you look at that over the years, that's a very hard thing to keep together. It is complicated. I think we've talked our way through all that. We've had a lot of intense meetings." The moves come with Carl Edwards joining the organization next year in a fourth car. That will require the team to find a crew chief for him. Kyle Busch has been with crew chief Dave Rogers since 2010 - the longest tenure among JGR's Sprint Cup teams. They've made the Chase four of their five seasons together, placing fourth last year. Frustration has mounted with the team, culminating with a radio exchange last month at Bristol where Rogers told Busch to "park it behind the truck and take your whiny little ass to the bus." Hamlin is in his third season with Darian Grubb. They've made the Chase twice. Hamlin's injuries caused him to miss it last year. Grubb returned last week after serving a six-week suspension when NASCAR discovered infractions with Hamlin's third-place car at Indianapolis. Hamlin is sixth in the points. Matt Kenseth, 10th in the points, is in his second year with Jason Ratcliff. They've made the Chase both years, finishing second last season after winning series-high seven races. Kenseth made the Chase this year despite not winning a race.(MRN)(9-18-2014)

  • Tommy Baldwin Jr. and Steve Park form American Muscle Driving Experience: Two of the most successful motorsports professionals to come out of the northeast have blended their wealth of knowledge to develop the most unique driving experience anywhere in the country. New York natives, Tommy Baldwin, Jr. and Steve Park, announce the creation of The American Muscle Driving Experience. Headquartered at the famed Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Golf Club, the program offers three customizable skill levels to advance through utilizing everything from high-performance American muscle cars to authentic race-ready professional stock cars. The program utilizes professional motorsport vehicle data acquisition systems to minimize the learning curve, allowing participants to advance their skills quicker than any other driving school. The program's custom data acquisition systems record driver inputs such as throttle, steering, and braking; along with other vehicle parameters such as engine RPM, vehicle speed, and accelerations. GPS and video-overlay technology is also used to map out racing lines and to make comparisons to our professional instructors. The American Muscle Driving Experience will also host several of the top racing drivers in the country. Participants will not only get to meet and ask questions to these special guest instructors, they will also get to see comparisons of driving data to the professional driver in the same vehicle and can even go for a ride-a-long experience at full racing speeds. Look for the American Muscle Car Driving Experience on Reed Sorenson's Sprint Cup Series #36 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and at Dover International Speedway on September 28th.(140 BUZZ)(9-18-2014)

  • Hall of Fame attendance declines: Attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame dipped slightly in the past year to 169,724, down from 176,838 visitors in the previous year. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said the decline was due to the previous year's attendance being inflated by larger-than-normal crowds for the Democratic National Convention two years ago. The tourism authority, which manages the taxpayer-funded hall, said the DNC attracted about 7,100 visitors in September 2012, which is the same level of decline in attendance from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014. Attractions like the hall often see declines in attendance in their first three years, as the newness of a museum or exhibit wears off. The CRVA said it believes the hall's attendance has stabilized. The hall, which opened in May 2010, was projected to attract about 400,000 visitors a year. It drew 272,000 visitors in its first year. The CRVA has not yet released a financial statement for the hall's most recent fiscal year, which ended in June. The hall has lost money in each of its first three years. Operating deficits are covered by hospitality taxes, such as a hotel/motel room tax, that fund the CRVA. The CRVA said the 2013-2014 audit will be released next month.(Charlotts Observer)(9-18-2014)

  • Mountain Ridge Little League All-Stars to serve as grand marshals in Vegas: The Mountain Ridge Little League All-Stars captured the hearts of Southern Nevadans last month during their historic appearance in the Little League World Series. Now they will hold the attention of the starting field for the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race on Sept. 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The players from the first team from Nevada to advance to the Little League World Series will give the command for the drivers to start their engines when they serve as grand marshals for the Rhino Linings 350. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is making tickets to the Rhino Linings 350 available to all 24 Little Leagues throughout the Valley as to way to help honor Little League Baseball. Little Leaguers and their parents who are interested in attending the race are encouraged to contact their league representative.(LVMS)(9-18-2014)

  • Annett gets new sponsor: Cypress Associates, and its groundbreaking wellness policy CypressHQ, will join NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett and the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team, signing a multi-year primary sponsorship agreement beginning with the race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 28. CypressHQ is the first fully insured wellness indemnity policy. Unlike any program before it, this innovative new product attacks America's healthcare epidemic while remaining compliant with HIPAA guidelines. Its unique structure utilizes available tax savings to completely offset the costs of providing employers with a suite of benefits that match or exceed anything offered by a traditional indemnity plan. It uses a combination of incentives, personal coaching and a game-based online platform to help employees take charge of their wellbeing. Cypress joins current Annett partners Pilot Flying J and Accell Construction at TBR.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)

  • Petty committed to two cars in 2015: At the start of 2014, Richard Petty Motorsports announced a three-year extension and investment increase by Smithfield Foods on the #43 Ford team. The previous year RPM welcomed new partners Strike 10 Entertainment and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to join Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and longtime partner STP. The result was the RPM #43 team winning for the first time since 1999 and sending Aric Almirola into The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Today, the organization with a championship history, winning present and proven marketing programs, announced it will use the same aggressive business and growth model to support the #9 Ford team in 2015 and beyond in a series of announcements. RPM will continue to be a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup organization and will compete weekly with the #9 and #43 teams. The organization will also return current manufacturer partner Ford Racing and subsequently will continue its services contract with Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines to supply new Ford Fusion chassis and Ford horsepower for both teams. Twisted Tea Brewing Company will continue their primary sponsorship of the #9 team in 2015 as the RPM marketing and new business team continues various discussions with several companies.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(9-17-2014)

  • Stanley, DeWalt join Joe Gibbs Racing: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it has entered partnership with world-leading tool and security provider STANLEY and professional power tool provider DEWALT beginning in the 2015 season. STANLEY and DEWALT will serve as primary sponsors for drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, respectively. STANLEY will partner with JGR as the primary sponsor for 12 races on the #19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards beginning in 2015, while DEWALT will serve as the primary sponsor for six races on the #20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. In addition, STANLEY will have associate branding on the #18 Toyota throughout the 2015 season, as well as on both the #19 and #20 Toyotas when not already serving as the primary sponsor. Other Stanley Black & Decker brands, including Mac Tools, BLACK+DECKER, and more, will continue to be a part of the NASCAR program with JGR.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see images of the cars on the #19 team paint scheme and #20 team paint scheme page.(9-17-2014)

  • Waltrip survives first round of Dancing with the Stars: Michael Waltrip and his partner Emma Slater made it past the first round of the multi-award-winning series Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night. Waltrip and Slater danced the Cha-Cha on Monday's show. The pair earned a score of 25 from the judges. That paired with votes from fans was enough to advance the duo to the next round which airs Monday, Sept. 22 at 8:00pm/et on ABC. One couple will be eliminated on a live results show, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8:00pm/et on ABC.(MWR)(9-17-2014)

  • NASCAR, Front Row to honor Wendell Scott at Martinsville: NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26. Front Row Motorsports will pay homage to Scott, also the first African-American driver to race full-time in NASCAR's premier series, with a full throwback paint scheme on its #34 Ford driven by David Ragan, reminiscent of the blue #34 that he drove to Victory Lane for his first NASCAR premier series victory at Jacksonville Speedway on Dec. 1, 1963. Ragan is one of just three drivers to win in the #34, and the first since Scott. In addition, Kyle Busch Motorsports will change the number of Darrell Wallace Jr.'s truck from 54 to 34 in honor of Scott. A NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since Scott's historic 1963 triumph when he captured the checkered flag in last season's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville. Adding to the celebration, Martinsville Speedway and the NHOF will host members of the Scott family during the race weekend and offer special Q&A opportunities for fans on-site.
    NASCAR currently awards scholarships in Scott's name through the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. The Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award is awarded to a diverse or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series who has demonstrated significant contributions on and off the track. In addition, NASCAR has designated the first race weekend in March as a time to remember Wendell Scott's legacy during a week that marks his first career start. Cars in all series run a decal in honor of his accomplishments within the sport. (NASCAR), see an image of the car on the #34 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)

  • Truex, Jr. wins Second Quarter NMPA Spirit Award: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. has been selected as the second quarter recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association's Spirit Award. Truex Jr. and longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex were honored for their fifth annual Catwalk for a Cause charity event held in May. Money raised through the popular event supports the Martin Truex Jr. Specials Needs Fund at the Levin Children's Hospital, which assists patients and families of children being treated for cancer. Also receiving votes for the second quarter were Sonoma Raceway and Furniture Row Racing. Lynda Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Richard Petty, was the first-quarter recipient. The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each year, quarterly winners are chosen, and an overall winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.(NMPA)(9-17-2014)

  • Stewart, Ward investigation complete; UPDATE Grand Jury: Statement from Ontario Co. Sheriff's Office. Investigation complete:
    "The Ontario County Office of Sheriff has completed its investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward, Jr., which occurred August 9, 2014, at the Canandaigua, New York, Motorsports Park. The entire thorough investigation, including a forensic video enhancement recently received from the New York State Police Laboratory in Albany, has been submitted to the Office of the Ontario County District for review. The District Attorney's Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff's Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation.
    Philip C. Povero, Sheriff ,Ontario County, New York(9-11-2014)
    UPDATE: Official Statement from Ontario Co. NY District Attorney, "Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future. As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness's expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results. Michael Tantillo, Ontario County District Attorney
    Tony Stewart Statement: "I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff's Office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation."
    NASCAR Statement "We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps. First, our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy. We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we will continue to respect the process and authorities involved."
    Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed that Tony Stewart will race this weekend at New Hampshire.(9-16-2014)

  • Chicago TV Ratings: ESPN's live telecast of the opening race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 14, earned a 2.3 U.S. household rating, averaging 3,711,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. Last year's race was rain-delayed and earned a 1.7 rating, averaging 2,689,000 viewers. Greensboro, N.C., led the nation's metered markets with a 7.9 rating, with Greenville, S.C., second at 7.2 and Birmingham, Ala., third at 6.2. Indianapolis was fourth at 6.0 and Norfolk, Va., fifth at 5.1. Rounding out the top 10 markets were Raleigh-Durham, N.C., 4.9; Charlotte, N.C., 4.7; Knoxville, Tenn., 4.5; Nashville, Tenn., 4.4; and tied for 10th were Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando, Fla., 4.3. ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 13, earned a 0.8 U.S. household rating, averaging 1,241,000 viewers. The rating and viewership were down from last year's race, which earned a 0.9 rating and averaged 1,289,185 viewers.(ESPN), See past races for 2014 and 5-year comparison chart on the 2014 NASCAR TV Ratings page.(9-16-2014)

  • The Motorsports Group moving to Cup in 2015: The Motorsports Group [Nationwide teams #40 & #46 owned by Curtis Key] announced that it will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting with Daytona in 2015. The #30 Chevy SS is seeking a driver, crew and sponsorship opportunities.(TMG) The team is not afflilated with Brandon Davis or Swan Racing and is not planning to run any races this year. They plan a full season of racing and not a "start and park" effort. They will build their own engines. Plans for Nationwide teams next season have not been determined.(9-16-2014)

  • FanVision merges with PrePlay: FanVision, the in-venue technology and content provider used at professional sporting events across the world, announced a merger with PrePlay Inc., a developer of mobile games in sports entertainment. FanVision is operated by RSE Ventures, the firm co-founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross and Dolphins Vice-Chairman Matt Higgins. Among other services, FanVision currently offers live video and real-time statistics on a dedicated handheld device in venues worldwide. FanVision is used at NASCAR races and professional golf events around the world. PrePlay also develops live mobile games that enable fans to predict events in real time. Clients include MLB.com, the NHL, and the US Open Tennis Tournament. The merger will allow FanVision to augment its current product with additional mobile applications to bring its content to additional fans. The new company will operate under the FanVision name, with current PrePlay CEO Andrew Daines serving as CEO. Current partners and fans will see no change or interruption in services from either FanVision or PrePlay.(PR)(9-16-2014)

  • Most Popular Driver Voting: The voting for the 2014 Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award started July 5, 2014. To vote, visit www.mostpopulardriver.com and follow the online instructions for entering. Voting began on July 5, 2014 and ends at 8:00pm/et on November 17, 2014. Voting is limited to a) one (1) vote per person per email address per day; b) up to two (2) additional votes per person per email address per day for those who share their votes through social media sites Facebook and/or Twitter. Driver eligibility for the Most Popular Driver award is limited to those candidates that have declared for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and have entered all points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events contested between Jan. 1, 2014 and July 5, 2014.


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