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  • Race Coverage of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:43pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: October 27, 1:30am/et on ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall #2, right behind McMurray.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 11th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #41-Busch, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-24-2014)

  • McMurray wins Martinsville pole: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 99.905mph for his 2nd pole of 2014, 2nd at Martinsville and 11th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #99-Edwards, and #15-Bowyer.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the Starting lineup, round by round qualifying results, notes and links on Jayski.com's Martinsville Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(10-24-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Martinsville:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 33rd
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 6th
    (10-24-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 66th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 with a lap of 18.954 seconds, 99.905 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 435 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014. His first pole of 2014 came at Sonoma. It's the second multi-pole season of his career (2010).
    This is his second pole in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway. He last won the pole at Martinsville in 2011.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2014 and his seventh in 12 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his ninth in 33 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-24-2014)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #3-Austin Dillon, starts 19th
    #7-Michael Annett, 37th
    #23-Alex Bowman, 32nd
    #26-Cole Whitt, 36th
    #42-Kyle Larson, 16th
    #51-Justin Allgaier, 22nd
    Ryan Truex, Did not race
    Parker Kligerman, Did not race

  • Final practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 97.322
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 97.242
    #2-Keselowski 97.182
    #18-Busch 97.158
    #24-Gordon 97.133
    slowest: #83-Yeley 94.111 & #32-Fowler 93.520. 40 drivers were on track.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Martinsville Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(10-25-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 98.023
    #24-Gordon 97.699
    #78-Truex, Jr. 97.679
    #1-McMurray 97.674
    #4-Harvick 97.664
    slowest: #32-Fowler 94.115 & #98-Wise 94.055. no speed: #93-Rogers
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Martinsville Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-25-2014)

  • Johnson open to team changes next season; except crew chief: #48-Jimmie Johnson talked to the media Friday at Martinsville Speedway:
    WE'RE INTERESTED TO KNOW YOUR MINDSET OVER THESE FOUR RACES. YOU CAN'T DEFEND YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BUT YOU CAN CERTAINLY WIN RACES.
    The mindset is simple. We want to close out the year well and finish as high as we can in points. We want to win races. That's what we're here for. We did not have a good last three races for a variety of reasons. The results weren't there. Frankly, two of those results would have eliminated us from championship hope (in past years). I felt like at Talladega, we were given a pretty big gift and we came close to taking advantage of that opportunity. We want to do well. We want to win races. At the same time, this does open up an opportunity for us to work on '15 from a personnel standpoint and even from a 2015 test plan. Obviously testing is gone next year, so anything we can do to work on the 2015 package will suit us well. We're not slowing down any. These last four weeks are going to be about as busy as any as we're getting geared up for 2015."
    THE PAIRING OF GREAT DRIVERS AND GREAT CREW CHIEFS IN THE SPORT EVENTUALLY COME TO AN END. DO YOU SEE THE DAY WHEN MAYBE CHAD ISN'T ON YOUR PIT BOX?
    "Yeah, that day is out there. I think a crew chief's lifespan is much shorter than a driver's. They live in dog years and drivers can carry on much longer. I've been accused of being loyal to a fault in the past, that's me. I have no plans or desires to make a change. When Chad decides he's had enough of being the guy on the box, it will be his decision to step down. As far as I'm concerned, we've made it 13 years in this thing. I want to see it go as long as it can. We're honest with each other and know each other well enough to work through the bad times. It might not be pretty, and I'm sure you guys have heard things on the radio that got your attention. We're like family, and we fight like family. We can call each other out on that stuff, and you only hear a piece of it on the radio. There is plenty more that goes on behind closed doors and in meetings. It's more of a timeframe of when Chad says, 'I've put in my time here as crew chief and I need to slow down a little bit.'"(Chevy PR)(10-25-2014)

  • Zippadelli talks about crew swap, possible changes to #14 team: Greg Zipadelli met with the media Friday at Martinsville to discuss the crew swap between the #10 & #41 teams that was announced this week:
    TAKE US THROUGH THE CHANGES THIS WEEK:
    "This week obviously we have made some changes for Texas between the #10 and the #41. We are just basically looking to try to get both teams to be a little more consistent. They have had speed throughout the year, but haven't necessarily put the whole season together all the races at the level that we expect from them. Tony Gibson has got a lot of experience. That group has been with a lot of veteran drivers. We just felt like it was worth moving him over to Kurt (Busch). We feel like his experience and things will help put that group together and get the finishes that we need out of that team. As far as Daniel (Knost) he is a young aggressive, very smart engineer. Danica (Patrick) is used to more of that dealing with the engineers from her background. She actually, a while ago, talked about having the opportunity to work with a younger engineer and build the relationship over time. I just kind of feel like it was the time to do it. We have three races with us not sure what the testing policy is for next year. This is a good opportunity for us to switch things up for Texas. The last three races and just see how things go."
    DANIEL (KNOST) IS THE INTERIM DOES HE HAVE THREE RACES TO EARN THAT JOB?
    "No, we just have a lot of things going at Stewart-Haas. We have a lot of people moving here this fall. I would like to believe that Daniel will have that position. I think it is just kind of wait and see, Danica how she works with him and how they get along. Then with Haas F1 Matt (Borland) moving over there we have got a lot of things moving in our company. Daniel is going to be with SHR for a long period of time. It's not a matter of whether he doesn't do a good job there. He has done a great job. We really fed him to the wolves. He was a guy without a lot of experience. He won a race, made the Chase, it's just been and up and down year. I think he has a lot of potential, we put him with Danica. I think they have got the opportunity to learn and grow together as Danica continues to grow every week. Like I said Kurt and (Tony) Gibson have a lot of experience in the past and hopefully the experience the two of them have we can put that together and make a pretty solid team."
    ANYTHING COMING FOR THE #14?
    "The #14 car is a different subject. These guys have gone through a lot. Chad (Johnston) has come in, new engineer, they are trying to learn each other plus deal with the situations they have gone through. We are looking at that situation completely different right now and we haven't quite got to the end of what we are doing there. If changes need to be done we are just really trying to get that group to bond to work together to figure out what Tony (Stewart) needs. They went to this rules package and a lot of these things. They missed a lot of the testing last year with his (Tony Stewart's) broken leg, this year with the incident that he had. That is a completely different element that I really don't want to get into today."(Chevy PR)(10-25-2014)

  • Tater Bug's joins Germain as associate at Martinsville: Just a week after the grand opening of their second location, Tater Bug's of Greensboro and Lexington, NC, will be seen by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race fans as an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy SS. Tater Bug's is proud to offer the Castrol Edge to their customers in the Piedmont area and Lexington. This is a new offering for Tater Bug's - one they were very proud to announce in mid-September. Last week, Tater Bug's Drive-Thru Oil Change and Quality Automotive Repair opened its second location in Lexington, NC. The NC oil change and repair location enjoys providing Castrol's liquid engineering to customers who visit for the drive-thru oil change service. The company also offers NC State Inspections.(Germain Racing)(10-25-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    " 599 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 376 in more than one.
    " NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67 starts; Jeff Gordon has the most among active drivers with 43.
    " 47 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the series among active drivers with eight wins each.
    " 24 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Kurt Busch (two).
    " Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.
    " NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with four each.
    " Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 27, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 18.
    " Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 34, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 22.
    " Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.186. Ryan Newman (9.680) and Denny Hamlin (9.765) are the only two other active drivers with an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top-10.
    " Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top-10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.200), Jeff Gordon (6.953) and Denny Hamlin (8.765).
    " Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (43).
    " Mike Bliss (09/27/1998), Travis Kvapil (10/24/2004), Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) and Scott Speed (10/19/2008) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.
    " Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)(10-25-2014)

  • Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos available at Texas Motor Speedway: The folks that brought together three important food groups - bacon, beer and ice cream - to create the bacon-infused beer milkshake for its race fans are back at it again with America's meat candy obsession. Bacon lovers will be able to unite Oct. 31-Nov. 2 for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend as Texas Motor Speedway and its official concessionaire Levy Restaurants unveil their latest creation - Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos - that features bacon in four forms. White nacho bacon cheese sauce, chunks of hickory smoked bacon, candied bacon and bacon powder are incorporated to transform this staple sports venue concession item into a meat lover's delight. Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos consists of tri-color tortilla chips sprinkled with bacon powder and topped with white cheese bacon nacho sauce, candied bacon, jalapenos, black beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. The item will sell for $8 and only be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance. And what better way for an adult to wash down those tasty bacon-enhanced nachos than with a Texas craft beer. Levy Restaurants will have its Craft Beer Brewery located in section 405 of the concourse near the Gate 4 entrance and offer sixvarieties of Texas craft beers.(TMS)(10-25-2014)

  • DipYourCar.com on the #23 & #83 for 2 races: BK Racing announced a partnership with Coral Springs, Fla. based DipYourCar.com for the Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway on October 26 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. The colors of blue and purple will adorn the #23 Toyota Camry for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman and #83 Toyota Camry for veteran JJ Yeley. "We make a product that finally gives the everyday person the control to decide how they want their vehicle to look. We offer unique products that allow a durable, temporary change of any part of the car - from small trim, to wheels up to an entirely new paint job. In addition, DipYourCar.com coatings help to protect the life of the original paint color by defending the factory paint against every day wear and tear as well as the elements of the outdoors. We offer an endless variety of colors and finishes, and the products can be removed at any time. We are thrilled to be associated with BK Racing, and Ron Devine's group."(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2014)

  • Uponor sponsoring Whitt at Martinsville: BK Racing announced a partnership with Uponor for the Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway . Uponor will ride-along with the #26 car driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Whitt. Uponor is a leading manufacturer and supplier of plumbing, fire sprinkler and radiant heating and cooling systems for commercial and residential building markets across North America and Europe.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2014)

  • BLUE-EMU joins RPM as assoicate sponsor: America's number one over-the-counter muscle and joint cream is joining an America icon, Richard Petty and Richard Petty Motorsports. RPM announced their newest partner, BLUE-EMU, the odorless, non-greasy and deep-penetrating topical emu oil formula that soothes muscles and joints. BLUE-EMU will be an associate sponsor of RPM with their logo appearing on the roof strip and the lower-rear quarter panel of the #9 Ford Fusion beginning this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway. The multi-year agreement will also integrate Richard Petty as a spokesperson for the brand. This will not be the first venture into sports marketing for BLUE-EMU, but it will be the first to combine two legendary and Hall of Fame sports figures, Johnny Bench and Richard Petty. Bench and Petty will be featured together in new television ads to debut in 2015 for BLUE-EMU. The company has already grown expediently with Bench and expects the same with their latest partnership with RPM and Petty.(RPM)(10-24-2014)

  • Pink cars for Roush Fenway at Martinsville: Roush Fenway Racing drivers #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #99-Edwards will go pink for Martinsville Speedway in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the early detection plan app.(Roush Fenway), see images of the cars on the #16 team paint schemes, #17 team paint schemes, and #99 team paint schemes pages.(10-24-2014)

  • Homestead testing next week: Five teams will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 28-29): Stewart Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.(NASCAR)(10-24-2014)

  • Gase in the #32 at Texas: Joey Gase tweeted that he will return to the #32 at Texas Motor Speedway, "Happy to announce I will be racing in AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for @GoGreenRacing". 24/7 E-cigarettes will be the sponsor. Gase has driven two races this season in the #32 - Chicago and Kansas in October. See an image of the car on the #32 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2014)

  • Roush to be inducted into Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame: Legendary motorsports team owner and innovator Jack Roush has long been identified with the state of Michigan, where his corporate empire is headquartered in Livonia (suburban Detroit). While he may have committed the last several decades of his racing career to the blue oval of Ford, the man nicknamed "The Cat In the Hat" is actually a native of the Bluegrass State. And because of that distinction, Roush, who was born in Covington, Ky., will be one of 13 new members inducted Saturday into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame in Owensboro. Induction into the Kentucky Hall is one of countless honors Roush has received in his career, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.(NBC Sports)(10-24-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
    " 58 drivers have Coors Light poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
    " 12 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway. Four of the 12 have won three consecutive poles at Martinsville: Glen Wood (Fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep); Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980); Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep); Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004).
    " 21 of 131 races (16.0%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; seven of those 21 wins came from active drivers: Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (2003 twice), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012, spring 2013) and Denny Hamlin (2010).
    " The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville producing more wins (21) than any other starting position.
    " 36 of the 131 (27.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    " 95 of the 131 (72.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Six of the 131 (4.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    " Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions eight times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was the fall race of 2011.
    " Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(10-24-2014)

  • Junior Johnson to drive pace car at Martinsville: One of the most successful and iconic drivers in the history of NASCAR will be back behind the wheel for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, as he was most of his career, he will be leading the pack. Junior Johnson, a charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and winner of 50 Sprint Cup races, will be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Johnson recorded two wins and eight top-five finishes in just 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway. In a short career Johnson had 50 Sprint Cup wins and 121 top-five finishes. He retired suddenly in 1966 when he was just 35 years old and turned his efforts to fielding cars for other drivers. In 31 years as a car owner, he notched 139 wins and picked up six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-24-2014)

  • Tickets for the 2015 Coke Zero 400 on sale: On Friday, Oct. 24 at 9:00am/et, tickets go on sale for the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, July 5. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic in one of three convenient ways: Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, by calling 1-800-PITSHOP, or visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office. The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be one of the most unique event experiences staged at Daytona International Speedway. Approximately 50,000 new frontstretch seats will be available for the 2015 Independence Day holiday weekend event with 40,000 seats located on the west side of the structure, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track, while 10,000 seats will be located in Turn 4. Fans seated in both locations will enjoy new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising, including new and additional concessions and restrooms, the Speedway's first-ever escalators and vertical transportation options, and several new "neighborhood" areas where they can socialize without missing any of the on-track action. The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend will take place during a crucial period in the DAYTONA Rising construction process, during which the bulk of the frontstretch construction initiatives are scheduled to take place. The remaining seating areas will not be available to guests as they will be under construction.(DIS)(10-24-2014)

  • Changes to #44 team: Team Xtreme Racing, formerly known as Xxxtreme Motorsport has recently some major changes during their time off from their limited race schedule for the 2014 season. Along with the name change the team has also added a new, but familiar, face as Peter Sospenzo has recently been named crew chief for the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy which is now in its new home located on Knob Hill Drive in Mooresville, North Carolina. Timmy Hill of Port Tobacco, Maryland and son of former NASCAR driver Jerry Hill will be behind the wheel of the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The car will be carrying a special pink ribbon in memory of two very special ladies who lost their lives to breast cancer recently. Donna Gmooch, sister of Alan Antonucci, President/CEO of Phoenix Warehouse and All City Leasing, and Chris Antonucci who is CFO for the corporation. Miriam Gonzales, girlfriend of Chris Antonucci also lost her battle with the disease that has claimed so many lives.(Team Xtreme Racing)(10-23-2014)

  • Wurth renews sponsorship with Penske: Team Penske has reached a multi-year extension agreement with the Wurth Group to continue as a key partner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Under the terms of the new agreement, Wurth will be a primary sponsor of the #2 Team Penske Ford Fusion for three 2015 NSCS races and Wurth will once again serve as an associate sponsor for the balance of the season on the #2 Ford. After initially joining forces for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Wurth and Team Penske took their partnership to a new level this year with Wurth stepping up as a primary sponsor of the #2 Ford driven by 2012 NSCS champion Brad Keselowski for select races. A leading supplier of high-quality automotive and industrial parts, cabinet supplies and fasteners that includes more than 40,000 customers across the nation, The Wurth Group will continue to support Keselowski and the #2 Team Penske Ford team moving forward.(Team PenskeM)(10-23-2014)

  • Kyle Fowler to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville: 22-year-old driver Kyle Fowler will make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway behind the wheel of the #32 Ford of Go Green Racing. Fowler has 15 career Nationwide Series starts.
    He posted to his Facebook page, "Ecstatic! Making my 1st [Sprint Cup] start [at Martinsville Speedway for Go Green Racing] in the #32 CorvetteParts.net Ford Fusion. It's the realization of a lifelong dream since age 7! I have a lot to learn but going to make the best of this opportunity at a track I've never raced at before in a car I've never driven before with the best drivers in the world (our goal is to go and make all the laps and stay out of trouble) on the tight 1/2 mile paperclip! I have to thank everyone who has been a part of, given advice, sponsorship, dedication and hard work to help me get to this point."(10-23-2014)

  • Earnhardt, Jr. helping raise concussion awareness: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew immediately something was wrong during a 2012 crash at Talladega, where his car was hit hard from behind. He was asked on his radio if he was OK, and it was clear Earnhardt was not. "I don't know. I mean, I don't know how many of them hits like that I can take," NASCAR's most popular driver told his crew. He recounts the crash in his personal story of his own battle with a concussion in a video made for the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC on Wednesday launched the website ReThinkConcussions.com to detail treatments. Featured on the site are Earnhardt and baseball catcher David Ross, who were both treated at UPMC by Dr. Micky Collins, the clinical and executive director of the Concussion Program. Collins is considered one of the leading experts in athlete concussions. A 30-second version of Earnhardt's video will air nationally during the upcoming NASCAR races at Martinsville and Homestead. It will also be shown regionally during the World Series and evening news broadcasts. Other pro athletes who will be featured in the ReThinkConcussions.com initiative include quarterback Brady Quinn, second baseman Brian Roberts and Tyler Hansbrough of the NBA.(Associated Press)(10-23-2014)

  • Marty Smith to remain with ESPN: Marty Smith, who has been lead NASCAR reporter for SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms since 2007, has agreed to a new contract and will remain with ESPN as a bureau reporter. From his base in Charlotte, N.C., Smith will travel to cover a variety of sports for the network, including NASCAR, pro and college football and basketball, and other sports. He also will still write for ESPN.com on NASCAR and other topics and will continue the popular Marty & McGee podcast on ESPN.com, which he co-hosts with ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. Smith's new role officially begins January 1 but as he focuses on covering the final four weeks of the NASCAR season, he will be expanding his duties, including reporting on the Oct. 28 home opener for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. ESPN is in its final year of televising live NASCAR racing. Prior to joining ESPN, Smith was a senior writer for NASCAR.com, an analyst and host on the former SPEED Channel and a NASCAR analyst on Fox Sports Net. A Radford University graduate, Smith covered sports for daily newspapers in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., before joining NASCAR.com. Over the past eight years, Smith has broken multiple big news stories from the NASCAR world on various ESPN platforms. In addition to reporting for SportsCenter and writing news and features for ESPN.com, Smith also has contributed to ESPN's NASCAR event television coverage with numerous unique features and extensive, in-depth and revealing interviews with nearly every top driver in the sport.(ESPN PR)(10-23-2014)

  • Auto-Owners Insurance returns to the #51: This weekend, Justin Allgaier's #51 Chevy will sport the blue and white colors of Auto-Owners Insurance. Martinsville is the second and final race of the season that Auto-Owners will adorn the SS. Auto-Owners was also on the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, is the 15th-largest property and casualty insurer in the country, based on written premiums. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 4,200 associates. The company is comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, and writes business in 26 states through 6,200 local independent agencies.(HScott Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page)(10-23-2013)

  • Danica Patrick promotes breast cancer awareness UPDATE: Danica Patrick is swapping out her traditional GoDaddy green paint scheme to support the fight against breast cancer with a powerful pink message. Through GoDaddy's "Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer" campaign, the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing livery will feature the names of people affected by disease for the Martinsville Speedway event on October 26th. For a $10 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation through GoDaddy.com/Donate by 12noon/et on Thursday, contributors can honor their loved ones. Patrick will also don a pink firesuit for in the final three races in October to support the cause (Motorsport), see images of the scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page.(10-1-2014)
    UPDATE: Danica Patrick's #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevy SS for Stewart Haas Racing will look the same for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway as it did the last two weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. But, in addition to the pink paint scheme designed to raise awareness for breast cancer, the car will also feature a multitude of names of those affected by the disease. Fans who donated at least $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation through www.GoDaddy.com/Donate got their name or a loved one's name on the car. Fans, SHR and GoDaddy employees, crew chief Tony Gibson's wife Beth, and even Patrick put names on the car of people they care about who have been affected by breast cancer. One name Patrick put on there is NASCAR.com reporter Holly Cain, who is continuing to battle breast cancer. She has interviewed Patrick many times throughout the last 10 years and both are pulling for a strong recovery. There are hundreds of names on the car and it is a fitting way to end October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.(Stewart Haas Racing)(10-23-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    " Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.
    " The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
    " The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Sept. 25, 1949.
    " The track was paved in 1955.
    " The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
    " Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.
    (NASCAR)(10-23-2014)

  • Martinsville Goodyear Tire Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Martinsville this weekend . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4588) that teams ran at this track in April . . . this is a different right-side tire code (D-4468) than the one run at Martinsville this spring, though it has been run at this track before . . . compared to what was run in April, this right-side features a slight compound change to help 'rubber in' the race track . . . Martinsville is the only track at which NASCAR teams have run either of these two tire codes in 2014 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear), see full notes, tire codes, pressures, set limits on the Martinsville Race Info page - Goodyear section.(10-23-2014)

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on the Martinsville Race Info page - Chassis selection area.

  • Buckcherry headlines Phoenix race weekend: A pre-race concert by the popular rock band Buckcherry headlines a packed entertainment lineup for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In addition to Buckcherry's performance on Sunday from 11-11:45am on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage, race fans at PIR will be treated to performances by well-known local acts Whiskey's Quicker, Harry Luge, Jr. and Chad Freeman & Redline, along with the Las Vegas-based WolfCreek Band. Whiskey's Quicker kicks off the weekend with a performance in SPEED Cantina on Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:30pm Formed in 2011, the Phoenix-based group is one of the most popular rock cover bands in Arizona and has been a mainstay at Phoenix International Raceway ever since. Friday's music lineup is headlined by a post-race concert on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage by WolfCreek Band. Harry Luge, Jr. will hit the SPEED Cantina stage on Thursday and Friday from 9:00-11:00pm each night, and again on Saturday from 7:00-8:30pm. Chad Freeman & Redline will headline Saturday's concert lineup, following Harry Luge on stage at 9:00pm in SPEED Cantina.(PIR)(10-23-2014)

  • Stewart Haas swaps crew chiefs, road crews on #10 & #41 teams: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will swap crew chiefs and road crews between its #10 and 41 teams beginning with the AAA Texas 500 race weekend Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Crew chief Tony Gibson will move from the #10 GoDaddy team of Danica Patrick to the #41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch. Crew chief Daniel Knost will move from the #41 team to serve as the interim crew chief for Patrick and the #10 team. The road crews assembled by each crew chief will also make the swap. However, the pit crews for each respective team will not be moved. "We made this change to evaluate our program and to get a head start on 2015," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, Stewart-Haas Racing. "With the ban on testing next year, the last three races of this season take on even greater importance. For Tony Gibson and Kurt, they'll get three races together that will provide direction for next year. And for Daniel Knost and Danica, this is an opportunity for them develop a rapport that could potentially continue into 2015."(Stewart Haas Racing), see earlier updates on the #10 team news page.(10-22-2014)

  • Cheez-Its will sponsor Biffle in 2015: Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-year partnership with Kellogg Company's Cheez-It brand to serve as a primary partner on the #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Ford with driver Greg Biffle beginning in 2015. Kellogg has a long history of success with Roush Fenway, with Cheez-It and other Kellogg's brands adorning several of the organization's cars over the past five years. The partnership has also resulted in numerous trips to victory lane, including a NSCS triumph this spring for Cheez-It at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Roush Fenway is a great partner, helping us share the excitement of NASCAR racing with Cheez-It fans across the country," said Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of Integrated Promotions for Kellogg Company. "We are also thrilled to be associated with Greg Biffle - a great driver who will be a tremendous representative of our products."
    "We have enjoyed a great relationship with Cheez-It and Kellogg for several years," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "And we are very pleased to continue that partnership with Greg and the No. 16 team into the future. They are a truly iconic brand and a wonderful ambassador for our sport. I know they will be a great fit with Greg and the #16 team and we look forward to rolling out fun and exciting marketing initiatives with them in the coming years."(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-22-2014)

  • Johnson going red at Texas: Lowe's is rallying around its employees and introducing the #48 Lowe's Red Vest Chevy SS at Texas Motor Speedway during the AAA Texas 500 race weekend. The #48 Lowe's Chevy will don the famous red and blue colors to celebrate the more than 260,000 Lowe's employees who perform like champions every day. The red vests employees wear have become symbolic of Lowe's commitment to its customers and providing outstanding service each and every day. "I know what the red vest means to everyone at Lowe's. That's why I'm proud to have red on my car at Texas. I want to show Lowe's 260,000 employees that this is for them," said Jimmie Johnson. "It takes a team to run a race like this one, and it takes a team at Lowe's, day in and day out, to win!"(Lowes Racing), see an image of the car on the #48 team paint schemes page.(10-22-2014)

  • Kurt Busch to participate in Race of Champions: American NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch has accepted the invitation to participate in the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. Busch has been a major force in America's most popular racing series ever since he became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion in 2004, the first year the 10-race Chase for the title was introduced. He has now amassed 25 top flight wins, including victory at this year's STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. In 2014 Busch also became only the fourth driver in motor sport history to attempt a very special double-header. On the same day in May, he raced both in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway and the world-famous Indianapolis 500. His run to 6th place on his debut at the IndyCar classic earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. That mix of ability will now certainly serve Busch well as he bids for even more glory at his Race Of Champions debut in December. Busch will also have the honour of racing for his home country as he partners this year's Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay for Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup. Busch and Hunter-Reay were team-mates in this year's Indianapolis 500, both piloting cars for Andretti Autosport. Team USA last won the ROC Nations Cup title in 2002 with a NASCAR-heavy team of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Colin Edwards. This year Busch and Hunter-Reay will be part of a ROC line-up featuring stars from all over the world: nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, Formula 1's Romain Grosjean (the reigning ROC Champion of Champions) and Susie Wolff (Williams development driver), Australian V8 Supercar legend Jamie Whincup and 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg are already confirmed. The rest of the ROC 2014 field will be announced in the run-up to December's event.(Race of Champions)(10-22-2014)

  • Logano, Patrick talk about Charlotte wreck: On Oct. 11 at Charlotte, contact from Joey Logano's Ford turned the #10 Chevy of Danica Patrick and ruined her night. Patrick's immediate instinct was to get revenge, but she realized that wrecking Logano at Charlotte would have no impact on his run for the championship since Logano had won on the previous weekend at Kansas and was guaranteed a spot in the Chase's Eliminator Round. Martinsville, site of Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, is another matter. With points reset, and with the remaining eight Chase drivers entering the race on equal footing, revenge could be devastating. That's why Logano has taken measures to ensure Martinsville won't become a payback track. "We've actually talked about it since then, and I feel like we've come to a good conclusion of what happened there," Logano said. "That's in the past. That's in the mirror, and we'll move forward." From Logano's point of view, the hatchet is buried, but the driver of the #22 Team Penske Ford still has to hope that Patrick doesn't decide to bury it in his back.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-22-2014)

  • Tire test upcoming at Auto Club Speedway: Several NASCAR teams will be at Auto Club Speedway for the Goodyear Tire Test on Oct. 28-29, 2014. After the tire test at Auto Club Speedway, there are only 3 races left until the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is crowned. Teams scheduled to test are: #6-Trevor Bayne, #42-Kyle Larson, #78-Martin Truex, Jr., and #55-Brian Vickers. The Goodyear Tire Test at Auto Club Speedway is the perfect opportunity to experience NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway before this season concludes. Fans will be able to watch the Goodyear Tire Test from the infield Terrace Suite rooftops, just above Pit Road on Tuesday, Oct. 28 between 9:00am-5:00pm. Ticket holders will be admitted for free (must present Auto Club 400 ticket or proof of purchase) or fans can purchase an Auto Club 400 ticket or make a #10 donation to the Auto Club Speedway Foundation benefiting Lefty's Reading Challenge and local schools.(Auto Club Speedway)(10-22-2014)

  • Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown winners named: A technician trained to service Hondas helped assemble a Chevy NASCAR engine in record time and also won the 13th annual Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Elmer Javier, a Master Certified Technician from Hendrick Honda in Charleston, South Carolina, teamed with Van Nguyen of Hendrick Motorsports to assemble the 358ci Chevy R07.2 engine in a winning time of 21 minutes, 48 seconds. Earlier in qualifying the duo assembled their engine in 21:40, which set a new record for the fuel-injected engines. When the competition featured earlier earlier generation race engines that were carbureted, assembly time was around 17 minutes - an indication that NASCAR engines are getting more complicated. The first time fuel-injected engines were used in competition, winning time was 27:46. Taking second in the competition were Dan Ryan of Gwinnett Place Honda in Duluth, Georgia, who teamed with Scott Vester of Hendrick Motorsports to assemble their engine in 22:53. That was quicker than last year's winning time of 24:38. The showdown pairs 12 master technicians from the Hendrick Automotive Group - which encompasses 94 dealerships around the country - with 12 members of the Hendrick Motorsports engine department. Qualifying rounds are held over two days at the Hendrick Motorsports facilities in Concord, North Carolina. Teams with two best qualifying times then go head-to-head in the final. Teams can be penalized for errors, such as loose bolts. Although the competition has been staged for 13 years, it was renamed a few years ago to honor Randy Dorton, the chief engine builder for Hendrick Motorsports who died in a 2004 plane crash. The engines are similar to but not exact replications of the 900-plus-horsepower versions raced in NASCAR competition. They do start with GM blocks, heads and intakes and work with most of the supporting accessories, such as the water pump and fuel system.(Engine Labs)(10-22-2014)

  • NASCAR, AMP Group USA partner on indoor karting facility: Retail conglomerate and property developer, AMP Group USA, announced a partnership with NASCAR to form I-DRIVE NASCAR, a new indoor high performance kart racing facility set to open in Orlando on December 19. The family-friendly entertainment complex located at 5228 Vanguard Street will feature kart racing, a bowling alley, gaming arcade, dine-in restaurant and corporate meeting space. The I-DRIVE NASCAR logo was unveiled on October 21 at the 65,000-square-foot facility as part of a special event featuring the two Central Florida-based companies and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. The new business is part of AMP Group's ongoing efforts to revitalize the north end of International Drive and will create approximately 150 jobs. The I-DRIVE NASCAR facility will feature a half-mile indoor track and environmentally friendly electric karts, powered by Sodikarts and capable of safely reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Individual racing experiences will begin at $22. I-DRIVE NASCAR will have entertainment options for the entire family. AMP Group plans to build the blueprint for I-DRIVE NASCAR in Orlando before expanding to other U.S. markets and internationally to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.(NASCAR)(10-22-2014)

  • Michigan recognizes for leading green power use: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the racetrack is using green power as part of a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumers Energy. The track uses nearly five million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's electricity use. MIS is the first facility in all of motorsports and one of the first sporting venues in the country to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership and offset its energy use from green power. Michigan International Speedway participates in Consumers Energy's Green Generation Program. This demonstrates a proactive choice to support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. MIS and Consumers Energy are working together to improve the environment through the track and its campground. The two organizations will work together to develop wind, solar and renewable energy at the track as well as identify ways to cut energy usage for the speedway. In addition, MIS and Consumers will plant more than 3,000 trees in Michigan for the two race weekends.(MIS)(10-22-2014)

  • Talladega TV Ratings: ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 19, earned a 2.7 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,328,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. Last year's race earned a 3.1 rating and averaged 4,916,000 viewers. Nearby Birmingham, Ala., led the nation's 56 metered markets with a 10.1 rating, with Greensboro, N.C., second at 9.0 and Greenville, S.C., third at 8.5. Charlotte, N.C., was fourth at 7.2 with Indianapolis fifth at 6.5. Rounding out the top 10 were Norfolk, Va., 5.9; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., 5.8; Orlando, Fla., 5.7; and a tie for ninth between Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., at 5.5.(ESPN)(10-21-2014)

  • Newman's car fails post-race inspection UPDATE: #31-Ryan Newman's great Sunday has apparently hit a bit of a snag. Newman picked up a fifth-place finish in the Contender Round elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway to make the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a 27-point cushion over the ninth-place cutoff. But now comes late word from 'Dega that Newman's #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy has failed post-race inspection after being found to be too low on both sides according to NASCAR. The sanctioning body will take the car back to its Research and Development Center in North Carolina, along with those of race winner Brad Keselowski, runner-up Matt Kenseth, and Kasey Kahne. Obviously, the question is whether Newman will be penalized championship points for the infraction on his car - and if so, how many? USA Today writer and NASCAR on NBC contributor Nate Ryan leafed through the NASCAR rulebook to perhaps find an answer.
    "Newman's car will be examined by #nascar. Per the 2014 rulebook, it seems it could be a P3 penalty, which would be a 15-point deduction."
    A penalty such as that would not affect Newman's Chase standing. It also bears noting that Newman was among those involved in today's crash at Lap 102 of 188, so that could play into how NASCAR decides this matter, too.(NBC Sports)(10-19-2014)
    UPDATE: The #31 car has cleared post-race inspection from Talladega; there are no issues. Race damage caused the rear to be low.(NASCAR)(10-21-2014)

  • Sorenson picks up Phoenix sponsor: FLASR, the 4-oz. pocketsize, portable spittoon, will join NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Reed Sorenson and his #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing team as the primary sponsor partner for the Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, from Nov. 7-9. The race will take place Sunday, Nov. 9. "It means a great deal to us that FLASR will join us for Phoenix," said Sorenson. "This group of guys at TBR have been working hard on the #36 car all season and for someone like FLASR to join us is proof that we're doing what is needed to attract good partners. Now, it's on us to make sure we give the FLASR folks a great race."(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(10-21-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    12: The number of laps led by Brad Keselowski in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, a race he had to win to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski led laps 187 through 192, and after surrendering the top spot to Ryan Newman on the white-flag lap (193) retook the lead from Newman on the one that counted.
    31: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races run this year by Denny Hamlin, who missed the event at Fontana, Calif., in March because of an eye injury. Should Hamlin win the championship this year, he would be the first series champion since Richard Petty in 1971 to win the series title without competing in a full schedule of races.
    1: The number of top-five finishes for driver Landon Cassill in 147 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. Cassill ran a superb race in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega, avoided the pitfalls that beset other drivers and sped across the finish line in fourth place for a career-best result.
    7.0: Jeff Gordon's average finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, best among the eight drivers still eligible for the series championship. Denny Hamlin is second at 8.8. Surprisingly, the driver among the eight with the worst average finish at Martinsville is Kevin Harvick at 15.8.
    5.2: The average finish at Martinsville for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who has won eight times at the historic .526-mile short track. Johnson may have been eliminated from the Chase on Sunday, but it's a virtual certainty he'll be a contender for the victory this weekend at Martinsville-Chase or no Chase.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-21-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 124.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 119.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin 109.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 99.9
    #14-Tony Stewart 97.0
    #18-Kyle Busch 96.1
    #15-Clint Bowyer 94.6
    #4-Kevin Harvick 93.2
    Jeff Burton 87.4
    #31-Ryan Newman 86.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Martinsville 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)

  • Michigan International Speedway, MEDC Pure Michigan 400 partnership extended: Two of Michigan's best-known brands - Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan - are extending their partnership to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Since 2011, the Pure Michigan 400 has proved to be an effective way to bring the Pure Michigan message to 75 million NASCAR fans nationwide. Further brand exposure has resulted from working with nationally recognized grand marshals, including Desmond Howard, Kid Rock, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart and Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Additionally, MEDC has been able to use the event to host business leaders and national site selectors to showcase the quality of life Michigan has to offer. Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan, making MIS the largest welcome center in the state. The partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, continues what is believed to be the first time a state's branding agency has sponsored NASCAR's premier stock car series. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the August 16, 2015 Sprint Cup race with the option to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods.(Michigan International Speedway)(10-21-2014)

  • Rockingham Speedway avoids receivership UPDATE: Like a real-life Rocky Balboa' Andy Hillenburg refuses to stay down. After spending the last seven years battling to revive the legendary Rockingham Speedway' the former ARCA racing champion has taken his share of lumps. Hillenburg and his partners returned NASCAR racing to The Rock in 2012' when the track hosted an event on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Trucks raced there again in late 2013' but a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event scheduled for November of last year was cancelled' with the sanctioning body saying that the track "failed to meet its obligations." Since then' there has been little in the way of good news from the Richmond County oval. Until [now]. Battered' bloodied' but unbowed' Hillenburg climbed off the canvas yet again ....' confirming that after a hearing in Richmond County Superior Court' a new plan is in place to save the track from financial receivership. Farmers and Merchants Bank of Salisbury' NC' had asked that the track be placed into receivership as a first-step toward seizing control of the facility and putting it up for auction. However' with the assistance of a group of advisors' Hillenburg has assembled a new business plan that he hopes will put the speedway back on solid financial ground. "We went in front of a judge recently and presented our proposal'" said Hillenburg. "We explained that we need 90 days to perform the necessary due diligence' and he issued a Bridge Order to continue the case until today. Now' he has approved our request' and the speedway will remain in our hands." Hillenburg stressed that the deal is not yet complete' saying' "Our request was for the procedings to be delayed' in order to allow us to assemble a new financial plan. We now have until Jan. 1' 2015 to finalize a workable financial plan with our new partners. Our goal is to return racing to The Rock' put the track on solid financial footing and continue to make a positive contribution to our community."(Godfather Motorsports)(10-16-2014)
    UPDATE: The Rockingham Speedway, formerly the North Carolina Speedway, is going to be sold for the second time in less than a decade because its current owners have run into financial trouble. Back in 2012, Andy Hillenburg did what a lot of people thought was impossible and brought NASCAR racing back to a track that it left. The NASCAR truck series came back in 2013, but didn't get a race date this year. NASCAR also cancelled a minor league event there as well. Now we know the track has hit hard times. Court documents now show Hillenburg and his co-owners owe more than $4 million in loans and taxes, and the bank threatened to foreclose. To avoid that, Hillenburg agreed last week to sell or auction off the track. NBC Charlotte was unable to contact the owners on Monday, but court documents say there has to be a sale or auction in place by the first of the year, and a new owner in place by March 15, 2015. Hillenburg paid a little more than $4 million to buy the track at auction in 2007.(WCNC)(10-21-2014)

  • Drivers' meeting at Martinsville to be held on pit road: Whether it's before the race or during it, Martinsville Speedway prides itself on getting fans as close to the action as possible and the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Oct. 26 will be no exception. In an effort to give fans more access than ever before, the historic half-mile track is moving the drivers' meeting to pit road, just inside turn four. "Our number one goal is to make sure the fans have the best experience possible when they come to a race here," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "They've grown accustomed to feeling a part of the action during the race and now, by getting a view of what goes on in the drivers' meeting, they will feel a part of what goes on before the race as well." Fans who have added the Green Flag Experience to their ticket package will be able to be on the track, while the drivers' meeting takes place. In addition to being on pit road, the drivers' meeting will be broadcast live on SprintVision.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-21-2014)

  • Harvick sells vacation home: Even before NASCAR star Kevin Harvick grabbed the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he already had closed out another impressive accomplishment: More than a week earlier, he and wife DeLana sold their Kiawah Island vacation home for about $1.8 million more than they paid for it four years ago. The oceanfront spread at 99 Surfsong Road fetched $8.2 million in a sale that closed Oct. 2. The buyers are from New Jersey. The Harvicks, who live in North Carolina, bought the home in October 2010 as a getaway, a spokesman told The Post and Courier at that time. They paid slightly more than $6.4 million, or about $2 million less than what it had sold for three years earlier. An online marketing brochure from Kiawah Island Real Estate shows the property had been on the market for $9.5 million recently. The 5,348-square-foot, five-bedroom home was built in 2002 with 14 tons of antique building materials shipped from Europe, including ancient white columns imported from the French Provencal countryside, limestone fireplaces from aging castles and kitchen floor tiles from Italy. It also has a pool, county record show. The property tax bill for this year is $74,236.60.(Charleston Post and Courier)(10-20-2014)

  • Talladega 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 at 2:02 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 5:36 PM (all times are EST). ESPN was the broadcast team for this event.
    Total number of commercials: 134
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 51
    Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 88
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 44
    Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 46
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 21
    Number of times ESPN utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 9
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 70
    Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 25 sec.
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:02 PM
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:36 PM
    Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 214
    Minutes of race broadcast: 182
    Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 32
    Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 20
    Number of missed restarts: 0
    Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 0
    Total race brdcst time 182 Total comm. brdcst time 32
    See past races, links to full reports and sponsor links and more on the 2014 TV Commercials page.(10-20-2014)

  • Sad News - Raymond Beadle: Legendary drag racer and team owner Raymond Beadle passed away Monday following a heart attack, at the age of 70. Beadle gained fame as the owner-driver of the "Blue Max" Funny Cars in which he won three straight NHRA Funny Car championships from 1979-'81. His first title in 1979 ended Don Prudhomme's four-year reign in that class. He also won three IHRA championships. All told, Beadle won 13 NHRA nationalevents and appeared in 28 final rounds. He made the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association's prestigious All-American team in 1980 with Shirley Muldowney and Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Dale Earnhardt, and Cale Yarborough. He and his Blue Max crew chief Dale Emery were among the 11th class of inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and was inducted earlier this year into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit. Retired as a driver since 1987 and as an owner since 1990, Beadle had dabbled in cattle and quarter horses but recently had moved back to Dallas with his wife Roz. After he retired as a driver, Beadle transitioned to the role of full-time car owner successfully, building a championship-winning NASCAR team that won the 1989 Cup title with Rusty Wallace. He also fielded a World of Outlaws sprint car that was driven by Outlaws ace Sammy Swindell. Beadle's cars always carried #27 and he maintained an allegiance to Pontiac for much of his career in motorsports.(FoxSports)(10-20-2014)

  • Richard Petty Motorsports needs to find new location UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports is in the process of finding a new home for next season after the facility it currently uses in Concord, N.C., has been sold, a team spokesman confirmed. RPM, which fields two fulltime Sprint Cup Series teams [#s 9 & 43], is currently housed on Zephyr Place NW near the Concord Regional Airport. The organization moved to its current location from Statesville, N.C., in 2010. The organization is in the process of looking at several different facilities, team officials confirmed.(Charlotte Observer)(10-18-2014)
    UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports announced their race operations will move from their current location in Concord, N.C. to Mooresville, N.C. at the end of the 2014 NASCAR race season. RPM's new address will be 112 Byers Creek Road located inside Talbert Pointe in Mooresville. This location was the home for Richard Petty's race teams from 2007 to 2008. The return to the former location is an expansion of space from the current race shop, allowing for growth in the race operation and further opportunities to increase performance capabilities. One immediate performance capability, the new shop will allow for RPM to hang bodies onto the chassis. The team will also have additional space for engineering and simulation. The new site will be the home of RPM's two NASCAR Sprint Cup race teams and Nationwide Series team.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(10-19-2014)

  • Richard Petty named Grand Marshal at Martinsville: They say the best relationships are formed over time, and two of the longest in NASCAR are the ones Richard Petty has formed with Goody's and Martinsville Speedway. The three will come together Oct. 26 as Petty has been named Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Petty, whose 15 career Martinsville wins stand alone as the most all-time at the historic half-mile track, will say the most famous words in motorsports when he gives the command to start the engines. "Having Richard Petty serve as the Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at a historic track like Martinsville is a testament to his legendary career in NASCAR and his long-time partnership with the Goody's brand," said Joseph Juliano, Brand Director, Goody's. "It is a true honor to be associated with the King of Speed, and we are extremely fortunate to have a living legend like Richard Petty on the Goody's team."(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2014)

  • 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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27 Robin Miller, Dick Trickle, Tommy Baldwin Jr., Butch Hylton, Richard Brickhouse, Michael Lance

28 Joe Ruttman, Deborah Renshaw, Krissie Newman

29 Teresa Earnhardt, Billy Woodruff, Steadman Marlin, Joseph "Papa Joe" Hendrick, Bob Dotter, Roseanne Adamczyk, Nicole Belber, Sandy 'the dog' Adamczyk

30 Linda Rudd, Al Pearce, Tony Bettenhausen Jr.

31 Mike Casto, Kip Childress

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2 Larry Pearson

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5 Elton Sawyer Jr., Doug George

6 Bryan Reffner, Clay Rogers. Rodney Orr

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9 Rick Carelli, Nancy Sterling, Bill Kimm, John Holman, Ed Otto

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12 Ryan Buscaglio, Tom Ehret, Wally Dallenbach Sr., Larry Hedrick

13 Drew Blickensderfer, Karen Friddell, Katie Wallace, Tim Kuhn, Jeff Hallowell

14 none

15 Gene Haas, H.B. Bailey, Steve Lane

16 Terry Labonte, Bill Amick

17 Brad Bennett

18 Eddie Adamczyk, Gary Bettenhausen, Denny Hamlin, Ray Osian, Mickey Mouse

19 Tommy Morgan, Gary "Turtle" Clem

20 Sam Bass, Lisa Finley, Mike Cluka, Steve Prescott, Andy Belmont, Mark Wilkinson, Darren Jones, Chris Hall

21 Sheri Umscheid, Travis Carter, Terry Elledge, Victor Breininger, Banjo Grimm, Alexis Leras

22 Laurie Weil, Luke Kosner, Jake Elder, Rick Viers, Ryan McGlynn, Jamie Skinner, Scott Moyer

23 Ron Bouchard, Chris Spencer, Conrad Burr, Tony Roper

24 Buddy Parrott, James Ince, Nathan Haseleu

25 Skip Eyler, Joe Gibbs, Mike Joy, Carl Gansert

26 Dale Jarrett, Chip Bolin, Katie Pearson

27 Billy Standridge, Kate Dallenbach, Ricky Carmichael

28 Chase Elliott, Billy Sutphin, Mitch Way, Nelson Stacy

29 Bob Dillner, Zach Brewer

30 Danny Earnhardt, Dave Dion, Dick Hutcherson, Shawna Robinson, Chris Hussey, Andy Kirby, Brittany Glover

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