Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #25-Elliott, #30-Hornaday, #32-Gase, #33-Kennedy, #34-Sorenson, #83-DeBenedetto.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #30-Hornaday (49th in owner pts), #25-Elliott (48th)
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #30-Hornaday (4 attempts), #25-Elliott (1)
See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Richmond Entry List
Honor and Remember featured on #33 at Richmond: Circle Sport and team owner Joe Falk announce a special partnership with the national non-profit organization, Honor and Remember, Inc., to promote the national symbol honoring all fallen service members and their families. Alex Kennedy will pilot the #33 Honor and Remember Chevy SS featuring this emblem of remembrance during the April 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Honor and Remember was founded on Memorial Day 2008 to promote the adoption of a nationally-recognized flag to serve as a constant reminder of the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to say thank you to the grieving families they left behind. Honor and Remember flags have flown at race tracks across the country and will be visibly prominent during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend. "We are truly humbled by Circle Sport's willingness to help us in this noble cause," states George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, whose son George Anthony Lutz II was killed by a sniper's bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005. "Having this message displayed on a NASCAR Sprint Cup car will raise tremendous awareness with millions of patriotic fans who understand the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the families of these heroes."(Circle Sport PR), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(4-21-2015)
NASCAR Embarks on Third Annual Race to Green Effort: To commemorate one of the most innovative and holistic sustainability platforms in the country, NASCAR announced its third annual NASCAR Race to Green initiative. Beginning Monday and culminating with Saturday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR Race to Green will build awareness around the programs the governing body, industry and multiple partners have created to help protect and preserve the environment. This year, NASCAR and the Environmental Protection Agency are inviting fans to measure their environmental impact at NASCAR.com/green and receive tips from Official Partners on how to reduce their carbon footprint. NASCAR drivers will reward select fans who complete the online tool with personalized messages on social media using the campaign's hashtag #NASCARGreen. During NASCAR Race to Green week the color green will be prominently displayed on race vehicles and at tracks across NASCAR national series, NASCAR Home Tracks and International Series. The NASCAR Green mark will be featured on the A-post of race cars, pit boxes, hauler flags and NASCAR officials' uniforms. Drivers Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler will run green-themed paint schemes during the weekend's national series events. NASCAR Race to Green will also highlight the sustainability efforts of NASCAR Official Partners, who work closely with NASCAR, year-round, to amplify the reach of NASCAR Green.(NASCAR)(4-21-2015)
Fans select Keselowski's All-Star scheme: In honor of their 25th year together, Miller Lite and Team Penske let fans decide the paint scheme of Brad Keselowski's #2 Miller Lite Ford for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in May. With 43 percent of the vote, the winner was "The Original" Miller Lite Blue Deuce, which made its debut with Team Penske on the #2 entry back in 1997 with driver Rusty Wallace. That season, the Blue Deuce went to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway. In second place with 37 percent was the "Gold" car. For the 2007 Daytona Shootout and NASCAR All-Star Race, Miller Lite unveiled this special gold color paint scheme to celebrate Miller Lite's fourth gold award in the American-Style Light lager category at the World Beer Cup. The "Classic Pour" scheme earned the remaining 20 percent. From 2010-2012, there were plenty of trips to Victory Lane to celebrate in different variations of this paint scheme, including a 2010 sweep of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 as well as Miller Lite and Team Penske's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2012.(Team Penske), see an image of the car on the #2 team paint schemes page.(4-21-2015)
Bristol 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 at the call to start the engines of the race at 2:20 PM, stopped at the rain delay at 2:43 PM; began recording again at 6:48 PM, then stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 10:28 PM (all times are EST). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage, or rain delay coverage. Fox and FS1 were the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 89
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 53
Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 85
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 52
Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 4
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 4
Number of times Fox utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 1
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 86
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 45 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:20 PM
Stop time for rain delay: 2:43 PM
Restart time to record race/commercial periods: 6:48 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 10:28 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 243
Minutes of race broadcast: 202
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 41
Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 2
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
Total race brdcst time 202 Total comm. brdcst time 41
See full reports, sponsor links, much more details at CawsnJaws.com.(4-21-2015)
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond International Raceway:
#11-Denny Hamlin 110.7
#4-Kevin Harvick 110.3
#18-Kyle Busch 109.8
#15-Clint Bowyer 99.6
#24-Jeff Gordon 99.3
#14-Tony Stewart 94.0
#31-Ryan Newman 92.5
#2-Brad Keselowski 91.6
#41-Kurt Busch 91.5
#99-Carl Edwards 89.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Richmond International Raceway. 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)
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to be shown tap-delayed on NBCSN: The Denny Hamlin Foundation announced that the eighth-annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, presented by FedEx, has partnered with NBCSN to present the April 23rd celebrity Late Model charity race held at South Boston Speedway. Thursday's race is expected to air as a one-hour special in May amid the network's coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Showdown, which features top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers, again serves as a weekday prelude to the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway. Proceeds from the 200-lap Showdown go to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which has donated $150,000 in grants to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU. Last month, South Boston Speedway announced two new fan-friendly features for the Showdown, including a post-event fireworks show sponsored by Danville Toyota and Scion and a very limited special suite ticket package available to the first 25 people. The $200 package includes a suite ticket, invitation to the driver's meeting and the opportunity to attend a celebrity driver meet-and-greet and autograph session. General admission tickets are still available for $25 and children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with a paid adult.(South Boston Speedway)(4-21-2015)
Keloorah features 12 concert acts over two NASCAR weekends at Michigan: NASCAR race fans and music festival fans both will have reasons to celebrate this summer at Michigan International Speedway. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on Friday and Saturday of each NASCAR weekend at MIS this summer. Twelve acts, spanning country and alternative rock, along with several EDM Djs will perform at Keloorah. Keloorah kicks off on Friday, June 12, when country music takes center stage with Montgomery Gentry, Drake White and The Big Fire as well as Tim Dugger. Alternative rock rounds out the June weekend on Saturday, June 13, with American Authors, Bear Hands and IAMDYNAMITE. Then, on Friday, Aug. 14, alternative rock kicks off the festival with Kongos, Big Data and Saints of Valory, followed by country music on Sunday, Aug. 15, with Logan Mize, Dylan Scott, Tim Dugger and a special, headlining act to be announced later. Besides the live shows, there will be deejays, a go-kart experience, a video game arcade, an outdoor sports bar, tailgate games, foam parties and paint parties - all within the NASCAR event weekends and on MIS property. Keloorah is behind Turn 3, central to many of MIS' MISCamping.com campgrounds. A Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the Sunday Quicken Loans 400 and/or Pure Michigan 400 will gain access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday of those event weekends.(MIS)(4-21-2015)
Jones fills in for Hamlin at Bristol: #11-Denny Hamlin suffered a neck spasm Sunday and was replaced by Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Erik Jones for the remainder of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin said he pulled something in his neck during the 22 laps that were run prior to a rain delay of nearly four hours. He was running fifth when the race was halted. The 18-year-old Jones, who has never competed in a Cup car, got in the JGR #11 car when the race resumed Sunday night. "I just pulled something in my neck to upper back about lap 12," Hamlin said during the race telecast. "I started going backwards at that point. ... I stretched it out and we've been working on it the last few hours. I'm not 100 percent. With this format, it's all about winning, and there was no way I would have been able to go out there and compete for a win. It's just doing my team a complete injustice for me to go out there and run a bunch of laps. Instead, I think it's just better to have Erik come here and run some laps, get used to these Cup cars. We know where he is going to be in a few years."(ESPN.com)(4-20-2015)
Tony Gibson suffering from kidney stones: Driver Denny Hamlin was not the only one who needed a replacement when Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race went back to green after a lengthy rain delay at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Tony Gibson was forced to watch the remainder of the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer from his motor coach after kidney stones sent him to the local hospital emergency room. SHR vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli and team engineer John Klausmeyer took over crew chief duties for Kurt Busch's #41 team when the race went back to green.(FoxSports)(4-20-2015)
Keselowski explains early race crash: #2-Brad Keselowski wrecked on lap 21 of the Food City 500, bringing out the first caution of the race and collecting his teammate, #22-Logano.
What did you feel? Did the rain drops have anything to do with it?
Keselowski: "It's been raining since we started the race. It was just a really light sprinkle and the track was just barely dry. I don't know. The rain was coming in and out and the car just took off on me. I would like to blame the rain, but I honestly don't know. Usually when a car gets that far sideways and it's kind of out of nowhere there's a reason behind it. I just really hate that I tore up my teammate in the process. That's really a bummer. I felt like I had a pretty normal line and it just flew crazy sideways on me. It's a bummer for everybody at Team Penske to tear up both cars that way. I hate racing in the rain, but I understand the position that NASCAR is in. They want to get the race going and this is one of those days where it's gonna just keep raining off and on and we're trying to get as many laps in at a time as we can to give the fans the best race possible, but we're racing in the rain to do it and that's what happens."
Gene Haas Foundation grants $1 million: The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Danville Community College (DCC) are the recipients of a $1 million grant from the Gene Haas Foundation, which has granted more than $11 million to entities that champion advanced manufacturing education. The $1 million grant will be used to build the new Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining on the IALR campus in Danville, Virginia, and support a third-year level of learning for students completing DCC's Precision Machining Technology two-year degree program. The experience will provide students the opportunity to train in an authentic manufacturing workflow cell as part of the Capstone Integrated Machining Technology project being implemented for the first time in America through the IALR/DCC partnership. In conjunction with the grant, a commemorative decal will adorn the decklid of Stewart-Haas Racing's #41 Haas Automation Chevy SS that Kurt Busch will drive in the April 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.(Stewart Haas Racing)(4-20-2015)
Kenseth wins at Bristol: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Bristol Motor Speedway and his 32nd career win. The race ended with one green-white-checkered attempt.
#48-Johnson finished second, the rest of the top 10: #24-Gordon, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #51-Allgaier, #10-Patrick, and #3-Dillon.
After starting an hour late, there were 3 red flags during the race - all for rain. The first was on lap 23 and lastest 3 hours and 58 minutes, the second was 13 minutes long on lap 273 and the final one was just before the green-white-checker restart.
Harvick, Logano, and Truex, Jr all came into the race with top-10 finishes in every race this season, but all three rain into trouble during the race. Harvick finished 39th, Logano 40th, and Truex, Jr 29th.
#11-Denny Hamlin started suffering neck spasms early in the race and was replaced by Erik Jones when the race restarted after the first red flag. Jones finished 26th.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 314 points to Johnson's 258.
There were 21 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 11 cautions for 117 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 74.997mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-19-2015)
Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
Matt Kenseth won the 55th Annual Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes, his 32nd victory in 552 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 25th top-10 finish in 45 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Brett Moffitt (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 30 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-19-2015)
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
[after Bristol, race 8 of 36]
(by wins, then by points)
1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 314
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 258, -56
3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 284, -30
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 255, -59
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 223, -91
6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 263, -78
7) #78-Truex Jr., 281, -33
8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 241, -73
9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 237, -77
10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 227, -87
11) #43-Aric Almirola, 226, -88
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 223, -91
13) #10-Danica Patrick, 211, -103
14) #27-Paul Menard, 210, -104
15) #19-Carl Edwards, 203, -111
16) #31-Ryan Newman, 201, -113
(ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-19-2015)
Kenseth not considering retirement: #20-Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than #24-Jeff Gordon, who has already said he'll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won't use Gordon's exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He's got no plans to get out of the race car anytime soon and hopes his pole-winning run at Bristol Motor Speedway will lead to the end of a 51-race winless streak. Asked if Gordon's decision has led him to ponder retirement, Kenseth said he hasn't given the subject any thought. "I feel as good as I did 10 years ago, and I'd like to say that I do as good or better job behind the wheel than I did then," said Kenseth, who starts first Sunday. "Jeff got to that point where he knew that it was time to go do something else, and it doesn't seem like he has any doubts about that. The fortunate few who can keep jobs and keep running, and don't just fade out because they can't get a competitive job anymore, can decide when that happens. I hope I'm fortunate enough to be one of those guys."(Associated Press)(4-19-2015)
McDowell's sponsor makes donation in honor of Steve Byrnes: The NASCAR community often has a way of coming together in times of need unlike any other sport out there. That is evident this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway where the track, teams and drivers alike are honoring FOX Sports' own Steve Byrnes. However, Thrivent Financial, sponsor on Michael McDowell's #95 Levine Family Racing Ford has taken their support of Byrnes to the next level. Inspired by the powerful NASCAR community, Thrivent Financial will donate $9,500 to Stand Up To Cancer in honor of Byrnes. Greg Stacey, director of content marketing for Thrivent Financial, said the organization is proud to be part of the NASCAR community during times like this and hopes the donation will bring both awareness and help to all of those impacted by cancer. For McDowell, it is special to have a sponsor that is willing to go above and beyond to help out a member of the NASCAR community.(FoxSports)(4-19-2015)
Jerrod Niemann to perform concert before Dover race: Country music sensation Jerrod Niemann will hold a free concert in Victory Plaza before the Sunday, May 31 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. This concert is open to all fans. Niemann is best known for his 2013 platinum-certified No. 1 smash hit "Drink to That All Night" off his most recent album, "High Noon." Pop star Pitbull was also featured on an official remix of the song. His other standout tracks include the 2010 No. 1 platinum digital single "Lover, Lover," as well as the Top-5 Gold digital single "What You Want," both appearing on his label debut, "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury." This album was named No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums debut chart, making it the only major label country debut to enter at No. 1 in 2010. It was also named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010 by the New York Times. His 2012 sophomore record, titled "Free the Music," featured the Top 15 single "Shinin' On Me." Niemann has toured with the likes of Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban during his young career, and has also received award nominations from the CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards.(Dover Speedway)(4-19-2015)
RCR to make final appeal on #31 penalty UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing will make one final appeal of NASCAR penalties issued to Ryan Newman's team for tampering with tires in the Sprint Cup Series race March 22 at Auto Club Speedway. A three-member NASCAR-appointed appeals board reduced the points penalty and fine Thursday but left the six-race suspensions to crew chief Luke Lambert, engineer Philip Surgen and tire specialist James Bender. NASCAR announced Friday night that RCR had appealed that decision to NASCAR's final appeals officer, former Gulfstream executive Bryan Moss. Moss has not set a date to hear the case and has deferred the suspensions, allowing Lambert, Surgen and Bender to return to the racetrack Saturday after missing Friday practice and qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. The appeal doesn't come without some risk to RCR since Moss could reinstate the original penalties. The procedure for a final appeal is much like the initial appeal except Moss has access to all materials and a transcript of the first hearing. The burden of proof also switches from NASCAR to the team to prove that it either did not commit the act or that the penalty is too severe.(ESPN.com)(4-18-2015)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing has requested an appeal to the Final Appeals Officer in regard to the P5 penalty upheld by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel earlier this week. The suspensions of crew chief Luke Lambert, tire technician James Bender and race engineer Philip Surgen have been lifted until Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss has made a final ruling on the penalties. RCR tapped the team's current XFINITY Series competition director Todd Parrott as the substitute crew chief on the #31 team starting with this weekend's race. But with the case now going to the Final Appeals Officer, Lambert and the other suspended crew members returned to work at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday morning. The time and date of the final appeal has yet to be determined. (FoxSports)(4-18-2015)
Spring Goodyear testing underway: With the warming temperatures around the country, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company embarks on one of its rites of spring - testing season. The busy schedule started with a test two weeks ago -- April 7 -- at Richmond International Raceway with drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart. Coming out of that session, Goodyear confirmed a set-up that included the same left-side tire as last fall with a new multi-zone-tread right-side tire. NASCAR's official tire supplier followed that up this week - April 13-14 - with a test at Kentucky Speedway. Drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Brett Moffitt and Ryan Newman.
"The main objective of the Kentucky test was to bring the right-side tire there in line with several of the other high-speed mile-and-a-half speedways. What we tested incorporated a different mold shape and construction from what we raced there in the past," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Additionally, with the lower downforce of the 2015 rules package, we felt a left-side compound adjustment to increase grip was justified. Both those goals were met, and all drivers involved in the test felt like the new combination was a nice improvement over the package raced in 2014 and prior."
Next up on the calendar is a trip to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on April 27-28. The organizations scheduled to take part are BK Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports.
"The ground track surface at Indy makes it very sensitive to tire set-up," said Stucker. "The focus of the Indy test will be to make sure we have the correct tire combination to match the new characteristics of the low downforce, low horsepower 2015 rules package. The surface of the track is very abrasive, so getting the correct compounds and constructions to generate the desired wear characteristics, while maintaining the level of grip for competitive racing, is critical."
This season has brought a host of changes to the Sprint Cup set-up, and Goodyear has reacted to that with changes to race recommendations for three of the first eight points races. "To date, we're happy with the way the 2015 season has gone," said Stucker. "We feel like those adjustments we have made to tire recommendations from 2014 have been nice improvements, adding back some of the grip in a mechanical fashion to compensate for some of the grip lost through the aerodynamic downforce reduction. That will continue to be our focus in 2015 testing."
Upcoming Goodyear test sessions include Iowa Speedway on May 5 (Xfinity Series only), Dover International Speedway on May 11-12 and Darlington Raceway on June 9-10.(Goodyear Racing)(4-18-2015)
Removal of Sprint Tower at Daytona completed: On Friday afternoon, Daytona International Speedway reached another crucial milestone as part of its $400 million DAYTONA Rising project. The final piece of the iconic Sprint Tower was removed by a 490-foot Manitowoc 2250 Crawler Crane. During the last several weeks, the crane disassembled the tower by removing 30 large individual sections (representing 1,000 gross tons of steel).(DIS)(4-18-2015)
Bowyer, Blaney & Hall of Famer Wallace join Talladega pre-race Q&A: A former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner at Talladega Superspeedway, a young, promising rookie driver for a legendary team, and a legendary Hall of Famer are scheduled to be a part of the track's Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer session at the Start/Finish Line on Sunday, May 3, prior to the start of the GEICO 500. Hear first-hand how Clint Bowyer, who has two triumphs at the 2.66-mile track, and Ryan Blaney, who pilots the iconic #21 for the famed Wood Brothers, plan to tackle the biggest and baddest race track on the planet. Plus, NASCAR Hall of Famer and International Motorsports Hall of Fame member, Rusty Wallace, will give his thoughts on who he thinks will win the GEICO 500. Fans who want to crank up their race day experience have the opportunity to be a part of the Fan Q&A session, which will be hosted by a Motor Racing Network (MRN) personality. The pre-race experience is available to all fans with the purchase of Talladega Superspeedway's "Pit Pass Upgrade." The "Pit Pass Upgrade," which can be purchased for $75, grants access to the special Q&A session, which is tentatively scheduled from 8:45-9:45am/ct. It also gives fans the unique ability to get up close and personal with NASCAR's warriors as they take in all the festivities at the Pre-Race stage, including Driver Introductions for the GEICO 500, which will include an array of special guests and VIPs, as well as the Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal for the event. The Pit Pass Upgrade goes into effect on Sunday from 8:00am until the conclusion of Driver Introductions.(TSS)(4-18-2015)
Sorenson to drive the #34 at Richmond: Front Row Motorsports tweeted Friday morning that Reed Sorenson will drive the #34 Ford next weekend at Richmond. Sorenson started the year with the #29 team of RAB Racing. He finished 32nd at Daytona. The team did not qualify at Atlanta, Las Vegas, or Fontana, with drew from Phoenix, and have not attempted a race since.(4-17-2019)
Harvick to be honored at the White House: Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and his #4 Stewart-Haas Racing team will be honored by President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, April 21. The visit will continue the president's tradition of honoring athletes and sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. The event will be held at 2:45pm/et and will be streamed live by the White House website. Harvick most recently visited the White House in 2012 when President Obama welcomed the participants in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(4-17-2015)
Skuttle Tight, CSX join Ragan for Hamlin Showdown: David Ragan will be among the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars racing for a cause at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown April 23 at South Boston Speedway. Skuttle Tight and CSX will be on Ragan's #77 Ford as primary sponsors, and Farmer Machine Company will be represented as an associate partner. The 200-lap, annual Late Model event at the 0.4-mile oval serves as a fundraiser for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with Cystic Fibrosis. Skuttle Tight is a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers insulated attic-entry systems that replace older attic hatches and access panels that can cause drafts. CSX, a transportation company with 21,000 miles of railroad tracks in 23 states, has partnered with Ragan for three race seasons to promote its safety campaign to "Play It Safe" around railroad tracks. Farmer Machine is a Virginia-based heavy fabrication company and a supplier for CSX. Ragan has participated in the Showdown for three consecutive years, finishing as high as second in 2013.(Breaking Limits)(4-17-2015)
Sad News - Poncho Myers: Richard "Bob" "Poncho" Myers, 65, of Highland Ter., Titusville, FL, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at his home. Myers was born February 22, 1950, in Winston Salem, NC to NASCAR pioneer Bobby Harris Myers and Laura Lorene Younts. For over 30 years, Myers worked for Boeing/ULA. Surviving are his wife Judy Johnson Myers of the home; daughter Tracy Myers of Daytona; son Robert Myers of the home; grandchildren Hannah Myers and Jordan Snowden of Daytona; Brother Danny "Chocolate" Myers (RCR) and his wife Caron of Lexington, NC; brother-in-law James Johnson and Raymond Johnson of Titusville; sisters-in-law Beverly and her husband Charles, and Lisa Johnson of Titusville; Nieces Chrissy Johnson and Stacy Johnson of Titusville and Alexi Myers of Lexington, NC; and his beloved dog Sugar. Myers loved fishing, racing-especially the Richard Childress racing teams-his family and his church.(northbrevardfuneralhome.com)(4-17-2015)
M&M's Crispy to sponsor pole day at Richmond: It's been said that the taste of a NASCAR victory is sweet. But, why should drivers have to wait until after the checkered flag to get a sample? Well, Richmond International Raceway and M&M's Brand are here to satisfy that craving before the green flag waves. M&M's® Brand and RIR are proud to bring fans M&M's Crispy Pole Qualifying at RIR on Friday, April 24th. The field for TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, April 25th will be set on Friday when drivers participate in three rounds of knockout qualifying. After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America brought M&M'S Crispy back nationwide in January following a 10-year hiatus.(M&M Mars)(4-17-2015)
Earnhardt Jr., Logano to participate in Dover vs. Pocono celebrity softball game: As part of their annual Team Dover vs. Team Pocono Celebrity Softball Game, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will go head-to-head for the third time Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, N.J. This event will feature the two most recent winners of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014) and Joey Logano (2015), along with Todd Bodine, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Fox Sports 1 analyst. The rosters from each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz, and a few other special guests. The softball series between the two tracks is currently tied at one game apiece. Pocono came from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Dover evened the score with a walk-off victory two years ago. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the April 21 matchup between the Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Individual tickets for the Trenton Thunder's baseball game start at just $11 and are currently on sale. All children ages 12 and younger will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, drink and bag of pretzels upon entrance. Additionally, it will be "1-Dollar Dog Night" for all fans, courtesy of Black Bear Franks. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-609-394-3300 or visit www.TrentonThunder.com. Gates for the softball game will open at 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Earnhardt and Logano will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 7 p.m. baseball game versus the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.(Pocono/Dover PR)(4-17-2015)
#31 team appeal to be heard April 16 UPDATE 2: David Higdon, Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications for NASCAR tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the "National Motorsports Appeals Panel will hear RCR appeal of #31 team P5 penalty on April 16. Fine, suspensions deferred until then."(4-7-2015)
UPDATE: Statement from Richard Childress, "Our appeal is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. We feel confident we have a very compelling case to present to the appeals panel. We strongly believe in the intent of the rules and the integrity of our own teams while following those same rules. Out of respect for the appeal process, we will have no further comments until after the hearing."(RCR)(4-9/16-2015)
#31 RCR Team Appeal heard, points & fine penalties reduced: National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway. The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
20.16: Wheels and tires
A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.
220.127.116.11.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):
A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons
18.104.22.168.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
B. Loss of an additional $50,000
The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level violation.
2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section 22.214.171.124.3. are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
-$75,000 fine. Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
- Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Tire Technician James Bender.
-Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.
The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
Mr. John Capels, Mr. Hunter Nickell, Mr. Dale Pinilis.
The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR)(4-16-2015)
POINTS #31-Ryan Newman regains 25 drivers points and moved from 24th in the points standings to 20th. The #31 team regains 25 owners points and moves from 26th in owners points to 22nd.(4-16-2015)
Statement from Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR: "I'd like to thank the Appeals Panel for taking the time to hear our appeal today. While they decided to reduce the penalties to the minimum penalties for a P5 violation, I am disappointed that the entire penalty was not overturned given the facts we presented. In order for the team to move forward, and focus our efforts on the upcoming races, Luke (Lambert), Phil (Surgen) and James (Bender) will begin serving their suspensions this weekend at Bristol. Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will fill in as crew chief for this weekend's race. We are still discussing our options and have not yet determined whether to appeal the penalties to the Final Appeals Officer."(RCR)(4-16-2015)
Texas TV Ratings UPDATE: NASCAR on FOX continues to struggle on Saturday nights. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Texas drew a 2.9 overnight rating on FOX Saturday night, down 17% from 2013 (3.5) and down 19% from 2012 (3.6). Last year's Texas race was postponed due to rain, earning a 2.3 overnight in its scheduled Sunday afternoon window. Excluding rainouts, the 2.9 overnight is the lowest ever for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race on FOX (dates back to 2001), falling below the previous mark of 3.0 for coverage from Richmond last year. Nine of the ten lowest rated NASCAR on FOX telecasts in the metered markets have taken place on a Saturday night. The 2.9 is also easily the lowest ever for NASCAR from Texas, again excluding rainouts. The previous low was the 3.5 in 2013. Saturday's record-low overnight continues a recent stall in NASCAR's momentum. After the season's first three races had increases in overnights compared to last year, the past four (including one on Fox Sports 1) have either been flat or declined.(Sports Media Watch via Sports Business Daily)(4-13-2015)
UPDATE: For the first time in 14 years televising NASCAR, FOX slipped under a 3.0 rating for a Sprint Cup race. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Texas drew a 2.9 final rating and 4.8 million viewers on FOX Saturday night, down 24% in ratings and 23% in viewership from 2013 (3.8, 6.3M) and down 28% in both measures from 2012 (4.0, 6.8M). Last year's race was postponed due to rain, earning a 2.4 and 3.8 million in its scheduled Sunday afternoon window. Excluding rainouts, the 2.9 rating is easily the lowest ever for a NASCAR Sprint Cup telecast on FOX (dates back to 2001). The previous low was a 3.3 for last year's Richmond race. Of the 18 lowest rated NASCAR telecasts on FOX, 13 have taken place on a Saturday night. Again excluding rainouts, the 2.9 is also the lowest rating in the history of the spring Texas race (dates back to 1997). The previous low was the previously noted 3.8 in 2013. Prior to moving from Sunday to Saturday in 2011, the race had never dipped below a 4.7 rating.(Sports Media Watch)(4-16-2015)
Testing at Kentucky UPDATES: Eight NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and teams are scheduled to participate in the April 15 open test at Kentucky Speedway ahead of the track's Quaker State 400 in July. The open test will be preceded by a closed Goodyear tire test on April 13 and 14 with one team each from the following organizations: Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. On April 15, #16-Greg Biffle, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Jamie McMurray, #10-Danica Patrick, #31-Ryan Newman and #9-Sam Hornish Jr. are scheduled to participate in the open test with April 16 serving as a rain date before the Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend.(NASCAR.com)(4-10-2015)
UPDATE: #16-Greg Biffle, #1-Jamie McMurray, #55-Brett Moffitt and #31-Ryan Newman are taking part in a Goodyear tire test Monday and Tuesday at Kentucky Speedway. There will be an open test there Wednesday. Each Sprint Cup organization can have one car test there. This is the second of three Goodyear tire tests this month. Teams were at Richmond International Raceway last week. The month's third tire test is scheduled for April 27-29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teams that will have one car at that tire test will be Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and BK Racing.(NBC Sports)
AND Jamie McMurray provided a glimpse of NASCAR's new high tech dashboard during a test at Kentucky Speedway. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver sent out a series of Tweets on Monday while taking part in a Goodyear tire test that gave a couple views of what the new dashboard might look like when it's implemented. The dashboard has the ability to monitor a variety of data including lap times and tire pressure as well as keeping drivers informed on other items during pit stops. NASCAR has stated at some point the information gathered through the new system would be available to fans and offer an interactive way to monitor a car's performance. In fact NASCAR rule book states the a digital dash display "may be used at all Events after August 5, 2015. Digital dash display use will not be permitted before August 5, 1015. Effective January 1, 2016, a digital dash display must be used at all Events."(Motor Racing Network)(4-14-2015)
UPDATE 2: Brad Keselowski was testing with the #22 team of teammate Joey Logano instead of his own #2 squad at Kentucky. Logano was originally scheduled to participate but was unable to attend. Also taking part in the open test were #16-Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing), #31-Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing), #1-Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), #55-Brett Moffitt (Michael Waltrip Racing), #21-Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), #20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing), #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports), #10-Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing) and #9-Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports). Wednesday's test was the fourth for teams in 2015 under the NASCAR National Series Unified Test Schedule. Open tests have been held at Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond. The next scheduled test is set for April 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the day's only mishap, Moffitt sustained damage to his #55 Toyota during the morning session after contact with the wall, requiring the team to bring out a backup entry for the remainder of the day.(NASCAR.com)(4-16-2015)
Evernham and Sheheen join NBC Sports: NBC Sports Group dded three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30am/et. NASCAR's Whelen Modified Tours, the association's only open-wheeled division, compete at historic short tracks spanning from New Hampshire to North Carolina. The southeast-based NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was established in 2005 as a sister tour to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.(NBC Sports)(4-16-2015)
Richard Childress voted in as NRA Second-Vice President: Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of Richard Childress Racing, was elected as the Second-Vice President of the National Rifle Association during its annual meetings in Nashville, Tenn. this past weekend. Childress has already been a two-term member of the NRA Board of Directors and also serves as the Chairman of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee for the organization. He has held that position since 2010. His two-year term is effectively immediately. Childress served six years on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and remains as an Honorary Board Member. He is also currently on the Board of the Boone & Crockett Club and is a member of the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel for Wildlife Conservation.(Richard Childress Racing)(4-16-2015)
Q&A with Jeff Gordon at Sonoma: Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Sonoma Raceway, and this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 will mark the NASCAR legend's final visit to the challenging road course as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a highlight of the NASCAR race weekend in Sonoma, Gordon will be featured in a free 20-minute question-and-answer session on Saturday, June 27. This session is scheduled to begin at 9:00am. and will take place on stage in front of the Main Grandstand near the start/finish line. Gordon, a native of nearby Vallejo, holds almost every significant NASCAR track record in Sonoma, including most wins (five), most pole positions (five), most top-five finishes (14) and most laps led (440). In 22 Sonoma starts, Gordon has 17 top-10 finishes and is the top money earner at $3,307,604. All Track Pass season ticket holders, weekend-pass holders and campers will receive a free credential for stage-front access to the Q&A. Fans who have already purchased a Sunday ticket can get a Saturday ticket for just $24, which includes access to the Main Grandstand to watch the Q&A.(Sonoma Raceway)(4-16-2015)
Kyle Busch meets with media UPDATE: #18-Kyle Busch, injured in an accident during the Daytona XFINITY Series race, met with members of the media at Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday afternoon. Some notes:
• Busch says the accident was the hardest hit of his career.
• He left the racing surface at 176mph and impacted the wall at 90mph.
• The crash was so hard that his helmet and chest hit the steering wheel.
• He says he knew instantly that both legs were broken.
• Busch took the blame for the accident, saying that he was being too greedy trying to win the race.
• Doctors have not given him a timeline to return to racing. They are pleased with his progress and believe he is ahead of schedule.
• He would like to be able to return to racing by Daytona in July, but is not sure that will be possible;
• Busch would like to be Chase eligible upon his return, but believes it could be hard to get to the top 30 in points.
• Busch will need additional surgery. He has one scheduled for December to remove screws and plates in his left foot.
UPDATE: #18-Kyle Busch said he does not know when he will get back into a race car but hopes he can return by July as he continues to recover from a broken right leg and a broken left foot suffered in a crash Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. Busch, speaking about his injuries at a news conference Wednesday at Joe Gibbs Racing, said he hit the DIS concrete wall at 90 mph and the g-forces were 90 g's. He said he is healing well and still has a small crack in his right leg as well as a walking boot on his left foot. Kyle Busch suffered a broken right leg and a broken left foot in a Feb. 21 crash at Daytona International Speedway. Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images "First and foremost, I have to please my doctors. ... They say my recovery is going faster [than expected]," Busch said about his possible return. "I don't even ask. They won't release me a timetable." Busch said the wreck was his fault, being greedy trying to win the race. He was trying to push teammate Erik Jones, who ended up spinning. While Jones was spinning, he took the air off the rear of Busch's car, sending him into the skid into the wall. NASCAR has made no decision on whether it will waive the rule that a driver must compete each race weekend in order to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR also could waive the rule that requires a driver to be eligible with a win and a top-30 placement in the regular-season standings, although it has not waived that rule when issuing past waivers.(ESPN.com)(4-15-2015)
Gordon unveils special scheme for Pocono: NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will drive a blue and white Penn State car for a June race at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway. The four-time Sprint Cup Series winner unveiled the design Tuesday at Penn State. He drove a replica of the repainted Chevy SS around campus and attended a rally with the marching band and cheerleaders. Gordon says the special paint scheme is part of a partnership between the university and one of his sponsors, Philadelphia-based paint producer Axalta Coating Systems. They're pushing science, technology, engineering, math and education and giving 100 Penn State students a chance to tour Pocono's garages, learn car technology from Gordon's crew chief and have dinner with the driver.(Associated Press), see an image of the car on the #24 team paint scheme page.(4-15-2015)
Ford selling Richard Petty limited-edition Mustang: When Ford launches a new Mustang, expect it to take over the SEMA show. Last year's edition of the aftermarket bacchanal in Vegas was rife with varying takes on Ford's latest iteration of its venerable pony car, not the least of which was a certain GT built by Petty's Garage. Buoyed by popular opinion, Ford teamed up with the King's operation and decided to churn out a limited series of the cars, available for order at your local Ford dealer on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited to a total of 143 cars for 2015-100 Stage 1 examples and 43 Stage 2 cars-the Petty's Garage Mustang GTs churn out 627 horsepower courtesy of a Ford Racing/Roush blower bolted to the Coyote V-8. That, if you're counting, is within loogie-hocking distance of the recent 662-horse Shelby GT500. A center-exit exhaust system from Magnaflow takes care of noxious evacuation, while up front, a custom fascia suggests to the world that you roll with NASCAR royalty. Inside, you get Richard Petty's John Hancock on the dash, custom floor mats, and embroidered headrests. Twenty-inch HRE wheels shod with Continental tires round out the package. The run of 100 is available in any Mustang color. The Stage 2 builds on the Stage 1 cars with big Wilwood stoppers under three-piece HRE wheels. Stage 2s are also finished with a custom two-tone paint job; it features pearlized Ford Tuxedo Black over Petty Blue blended with crushed and tumbled glass. King Richard's omnipresent #43 is ghosted onto the hood and C-pillar. Example number one was purchased by a singing Englishman who joined a little Australian rock 'n' roll band 35 years ago and cut a few records. Yep, noted hat-wearer and car nut Brian Johnson of AC/DC has already splashed out for the first Stage 2 car, leaving a mere 42 up for grabs. The price? $62,210 for the Stage 1, roughly in line with the old GT500. If, however, you can't live without the three-piece wheels and fancy paint, be prepared to lay down $30,000 more.(Car and Driver)(4-15-2015)
Richmond International Raceway
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 pm/et
TV: FoxSports1 (FS1) 1:00pm/et
Born in APRIL
21 Bill Ingle, Bruce Silver, Bob Varsha, Greg Zipadelli, Ralph Seagraves
22 Wesley Gantt, Stella Paysor, Raygan Swan
23 U.S. Army Reserve, Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze
24 Hermie Sadler, Paul Wolfe, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen
25 Alex Bowman, Jason Lee, Alkie Cunningham
26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Charles Moles
27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Austin Dillon, Jason Sheets
28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf, Zach Case
29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig
30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel
Born in MAY
1 Randy Dorton, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Parrott
2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch
3 Greg Ely
4 Randy Tolsma, Bobby Burrell, Jennifer Eolin, Amanda Ebersole, Mike Thomas
5 Larry Pollard, Bob Welborn
6 Mike Borkowski, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jeff Hancock, Dean Mozingo, Gina Henson
7 Dave Steele, Danny O'Quinn Jr.
8 Bobby Labonte, Nathan Buttke, Don Hume, Jay Stewart, Judy Childress
9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page
10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger
11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame
12 Jabe Thomas, Debra Adamczyk
13 Rich Bickle, Scott Eggleston, Bob Kennedy, Jim Spencer, Linda McReynolds, Kirk Almquist, Maggie Feeney Rossi
14 Steve Letarte, Bill Brooks, Dave Munari, Danielle Del Corio, Scott Lynch
15 Shane Hmiel, John Hubner
16 Josh Walker
17 Mike Shiplett, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Pennell
18 Mike Motil
19 Jody Ridley, Dario Franchitti, Danny Culler
20 Tony Stewart, Dave Despain, Steve Portenga, Mike Stefanik, Eric Norris, AJ Heister, Les Huntley
21 Cotton Owens, Mark Muller, Jeff Meendering, Brandon McReynolds, Rodney Fetters, Nathan McGuire
22 Jay Guy, Joey Knuckles, Janice Almirola
23 Kerry Tharp, Harvey Walters, Wally Dallenbach Jr
24 Joey Logano, Ricky Craven, Chip Ganassi, Lesa France Kennedy, Amy Rice, Brent Sherman, Colt Hammond, Tommy Chong, Jack Smith
25 Bud Moore, Paul Andrews, A.J. Foyt IV, Spenny Clendenen, Ross Kenseth, Kevin Hulstein, Smokey Yunick
26 Stacy Compton, Adam Gravitt, Kenny Trout
27 April Horner, Jeremy Mayfield, Dick Berggren, Van Colley, John Bickford, Carol Einarsson
28 Ray Fox, Butch Stevens, Marvin Panch, Dan E. Donnely, Ron Lemasters Jr., David Joy, Michael Klein
29 Joe Weatherly, Ken Schrader, Bobby Hamilton, Al Unser, Jimmy Means, Todd Berrier, John F. Kennedy, Germán Quiroga, Steve Allen, Kaye Jenkins, Jessica Taylor
30 Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones, Reagan Page, Gale Wilson
31 Jerry 'Dad' Adamczyk, Jack Baldwin, Gayle Barnwell, Pat Calkins, Charlie Lewis, Krista Voda, Faith Anne Yeley