Entry List for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Ryan Blaney, #32-Will Kimmel, #33-Scott, #62-Hill, #98-Sorenson.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Hill (45th in owners pts)
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (15 attempts)
See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Kansas Entry List
New look for #88 Nationwide Chevy in 2016: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the midst of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But that doesn't mean it's too early to look ahead to the 2016 paint scheme for his #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS. Nationwide did just that, surprising 10 fans with the experience of a lifetime. See the video on the Hendrick Motorsports website and see an image of the car on the 2016 #88 team paint schemes page.(10-13-2015)
Kasey Kahne on baby watch UPDATE: #5-Kasey Kahne's girlfriend, Samantha Sheets, is due to deliver Kahne's son on October 10 - the same day as the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500. When asked what the status was, Kahne told Kickin' the Tires that his impending fatherhood was "close."
"It's close, it's really close," Kahne said, as he walked back to his hauler from qualifying on the outside pole for tonight's (Friday) Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. "Sam's like, very close." Kahne didn't say whether or not he had a backup plan in place should Sheets go into labor before, or during, the race. He said he was hoping the baby would wait to make its debut until after the race weekend. "I think it will be Sunday night or Monday, is what I am hoping for. After the race tomorrow night and then we have our foundation's 5-k on Sunday morning at 10:00am down at the (NASCAR) Hall of Fame, which is always a fun event. We get a lot of support for that and enjoy it and then we will probably spend a little time at the hospital for the next few days after that. "I am actually a little nervous. I think about it more and more each day and wake earlier each morning just thinking about it. It's going to be a big change but I'm looking forward to it."(Kickin' the Tires)(10-10-2015)
UPDATE: Kahne tweeted Tuesday morning, "I officially became a dad at 1:11 AM to Tanner Lee Kahne. Mom and tanner are doing great. On no sleep but we can't put this little guy down."(10-13-2015).
Charlotte TV Ratings: NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Charlotte, the fourth race in the Chase for the Cup, drew a 1.4 overnight rating on NBCSN Sunday afternoon. The race was originally scheduled to air Saturday night on the NBC broadcast network, but was postponed due to rain. Last year's race, which aired on ABC in its scheduled timeslot, drew a 2.9 overnight.(Sports Media Watch)(10-13-2015)
Drivers not happy with track cleanup UPDATE NASCAR comments: #18-Kyle Busch and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. were angry at NASCAR for what they felt was a lousy job cleaning up the track in the top of the groove between Turns 1 and 2 from a #51-Justin Allgaier oil spill on lap 182 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both drivers hit the wall as they tried to put themselves in position to finish on the lead lap. Earnhardt, one lap down, ended up in the wall shortly before lap 200 and wound up four laps down in 28th. Busch hit it about 15 laps later, finishing one lap down in 20th. "You can't pass anybody -- it's a single-lane race track and then [a driver] put oil on the top lane [where we] to try to make anything happen and then you put yourself in the fence -- so thanks to NASCAR for cleaning that up," Busch said sarcastically.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series director Richard Buck said NASCAR had cleanup workers actually walk the areas where drivers complained about oil, and they felt no oil, just the kitty litter-type absorbent. Earnhardt said NASCAR might have missed the oil because of shadows on the track, but Buck said workers and the pace-car driver did not feel any oil. "I've raced this [stuff] for 20 years," Earnhardt said. "I know what oil and [the absorbent] Speedi Dri is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not Speedi Dri. There was oil up there. ... I hit the f---ing wall. I know I hit oil. I hit it. I promise. I'll argue with them all day long because I know I'm right."(ESPN)(10-11-2015)
UPDATE: A NASCAR executive said Monday that officials will talk to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch about their insistence they hit oil in Sunday's Bank of America 500 after the track surface had been examined. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive VP and chief racing development officer, addressed the matter on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "In this case, we did not see oil,'' O'Donnell said. "I can't debate Kyle and (Earnhardt), they're in the race cars. If they say they hit it, it's not something that we saw out there. We'll continue to talk to them and see what maybe we can improve on in the future. We had personnel even out on the track, getting down on almost their hands and knees to make sure there wasn't any.'' O'Donnell said series officials thoroughly examined the track during the cautions. "Under any caution and condition, we obviously send out all the safety equipment to look and see if there is any oil from their perspective on the track,'' O'Donnell said. "We did that in this case. We had (pace car driver) Brett Bodine run through it multiple times and confirm back up to race control that the track was in good shape to go ahead and restart. Hopefully, there wasn't any. We go out there and we go check and did our process multiple times and they did not see any. Ultimately, we're not in the car and driving the car. From our view, the race was in good shape to get restarted and it always has to be before we go back green. That's where we were and felt like we did everything we could to ensure that the race track was in a safe condition.''(NBC Sports)(10-13-2015)
Shell Saver Cardholders Can Save When #22 Ford Wins: This weekend Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion to victory lane at Charlotte, and now it's current Shell $aver Card customers' time to win! Shell Saver Cardholders can save 22 cents per gallon on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, and Shell Diesel. Savings apply up to 25 gallons at participating stations and are good for purchases made this upcoming Wednesday, or as we like to call it WINsday, October 14. The season-long WINsday promotion will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag.(Shell)(10-13-2015)
No word yet when the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule will be announced. BUT, three more race dates released: Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 28, Charlotte on Sunday, May 29th and Kentucky on Saturday, July 9th.
Any rumors or news about the schedule will be posted. There have been reports it would come out in mid-to-late September but that came and went, so it is expected sometime this week (Oct 12-16 range). Also see the 2016 Schedule News and Rumors page. As a reference, in 2014 the 2015 schedule was announced on 8/26/2014; the 2014 schedule wasn't announced until 10/15/2013; and the 2013 schedule was announced on 9/25/2012. Have posted a very unofficial Tentative 2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule, but 14 dates are confirmed.
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas:
#48-Jimmie Johnson................ 111.6
#20-Matt Kenseth.................... 104.9
#42-Kyle Larson...................... 104.3
#4-Kevin Harvick...................... 102.1
#16-Greg Biffle ........................ 101.1
#24-Jeff Gordon....................... 100.5
#19-Carl Edwards...................... 96.0
#78-Martin Truex Jr.................... 93.3
#5-Kasey Kahne........................ 93.0
#14-Tony Stewart...................... 92.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (15 total) among active drivers at Kansas 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)(10-13-2015)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Laps Led Leaders:
(after Charlotte, 30 of 36 races)
1. #4-Kevin Harvick, 2,031
2. #22-Joey Logano, 1.090
3. #20-Matt Kenseth, 771
4. #41-Kurt Busch, 765 (27 races)
5. #18-Kyle Busch, 682 (19 races)
6. #2-Brad Keselowski, 611
7. #78-Martin Truex Jr., 536
8. #11-Denny Hamlin, 521
9. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 469
10. #19-Carl Edwards, 362
NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver Award Voting is underway. The voting period runs through 11:59pm/et on Sunday, November 22, 2015, more info on the award, past awards and voting for XFINITY and Truck Series awards on Jayski.com's Jayski.com's Most Popular Driver award page.
Atlanta announces 2016 race date; "Perfect Weather Guarantee": NASCAR racing will make its thunderous return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2016 with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend Feb. 26-28. The Speedway today announced several great new benefits for fans attending the weekend event. The 2016 NASCAR Weekend has become more affordable and fan-friendly than ever. The majority of grandstand seat prices have been reduced, and no ticket to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is priced at more than $99, with seats starting as low as $39. The new ticket prices represent an overall average reduction of 15 percent from previous levels. Along with reduced ticket prices, Atlanta Motor Speedway has introduced a "Perfect Race Weather Guarantee." The all-new policy offers fans options in the event that inclement weather prevents them from attending the race. If the daytime high temperature in Hampton, Georgia on Saturday or Sunday of race weekend fails to reach at least 50 degrees as observed by the National Weather Service, or if weather issues postpone the day's activities to a different day and fans are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, fans who do not enter the admission gates on the day the event is held will receive an account credit for the full price of their tickets. Credits can be applied to any future AMS event or events in 2016 or the 2017 NASCAR Weekend. Also new in 2016, Atlanta Motor Speedway is rolling out the ultra-affordable "Good," "Better" and "Best" ticket packages that offer unbeatable weekend deals. Another fan-favorite experience available now is the Champions Suite, which offers an indoor, climate-controlled atmosphere, a pre-race pit pass, individual reserved seating, TVs, dedicated restrooms, a delicious food and beverage buffet and much more.(AMS)(10-13-2015)
Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Colonel Eric F. Buer to Award Talladega Trophy: The Freedom Trophy, Talladega Superspeedway's newest tradition to honor our Country's military, will be presented to the winner of the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 25 by Colonel Eric F. Buer, United States Marine Corp Pensacola, FL. The coveted Freedom Trophy was introduced by Talladega Superspeedway track officials in May of 2014. It is awarded to every winner of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at NASCAR's Most Competitive track by a member of one of the five military branches of the United States. Colonel Buer will have the distinguished honor of making the presentation after the drop of the checkered flag at the CampingWorld.com 500, the final race in Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where the field of 12-drivers eligible for the title will be cut to eight. The Freedom Trophy is a spectacular work of art. Silver aluminum panels, complete with a design of each military branch service member and branch logo are showcased, along with a star that is a waterjet cut in the center. Black stained wood makes up the trophy's base, with circular discs at the bottom while the top is made of black acrylic that includes the Talladega Superspeedway logo, the date of the race and the name of the base awarding the trophy. For all ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(10-13-2015)
Charlotte Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2015 Bank of America 500: For those NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 12:14 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 4:13 PM (all times are EST). NBCSN was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 149
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 70
Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 124
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 66
Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 25
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 26
Number of times NBC utilized 'Side-by-Side' commercials during this broadcast: 4
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast (including company logos 'floating' in corners of the screen): 104
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 5 min. 15 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 12:14 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 4:13 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 239
Minutes of race broadcast: 188
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 51
Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 11
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 1 Safety vehicle shown, not debris
Total race brdcst time 188 Total comm. brdcst time 51
See full reports, sponsor links, many more details at CawnJaws.com.(10-12-2015)
TMC Transportation to sponsor Annett at Kansas: The black and gold colors of TMC Transportation are heading back to the racetrack. TMC Transportation, the nation's largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company, will adorn the #46 Chevy of Michael Annett at Kansas. In driving with the TMC colors, Annett continues a family legacy. His father Harrold owned a TMC-sponsored race team, which included a decorated sprint car team from the 1970s through the late 1990s for legendary drivers such as Mike Brooks and Sammy Swindell. During his climb to the Cup Series, Annett competed in the United States Auto Club (USAC) and American Speed Association (ASA) with TMC as the primary partner.(HScott Motorsports / Rising Star Management Group), see images of the car on the #46 Team Schemes page.(10-12-2015)
Kyle and Samantha Busch raise money for breast cancer patients: For the third year, the Kyle Busch Foundation raised money to help the North Carolina-based Pretty in Pink Foundation award grants to what they call "champions" - people who are fighting breast cancer. This year, Busch and wife Samantha raised enough money - $57,000 - to help with medical expenses for 22 patients (21 women and one man). In three years, the foundation has raised more than $200,000 and helped 76 people fighting breast cancer. Busch sponsor Mars hosted six of the champions - the others were not healthy enough to attend - in its suite overlooking Charlotte Motor Speedway's Turn 4 on Saturday night. "It's neat to be able to help them out and give them a fresh breath of air and maybe even a fresh breath of life," Kyle Busch told USA TODAY Sports. "Hopefully they can enjoy a great day of not having to worry about things and think about things, and just kind of let loose a little bit." The Pretty in Pink Foundation assists under-insured or uninsured patients with their medical costs, which include things like radiation treatments, chemotherapy and doctor visit co-pays. Kyle and Samantha Busch founded the organization online a few years ago and reached out, saying they wanted to help. "Sometimes they get labeled as 'breast cancer patients,' but we want them to be able to go back to their other lives," Samantha said. "They never worry about themselves; they always talk about how it affects their family or friends. To be able to give them some small peace of mind, that's what's special."(see full story at the USA Today)(10-12-2015)
Four drivers who won a race in 2014, have not won 2015: Four drivers have been shut out of winning a Sprint Cup race in 2015 after winning at least one race in 2014, after 30 or 36 races in 2015, the drivers:
#24-Jeff Gordon last won at Dover in September 2014 and has a four season win streak.
#5-Kasey Kahne last won at Atlanta in August 2014 and has a four season win streak.
#43-Aric Almirola has won one career race, last year at Daytona in July.
#47-A.J. Allmendinger has won one career race, last year at Watkins Glen in August.
Singer Eric Church named at the Honorary "Pace Car Driver" at Talladega: Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner Eric Church, who is currently nominated for five CMA Awards, including Single of the Year for "Talladega", will serve as the Honorary "Pace Car Driver" for the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 25. Church, nominated for CMA's Entertainer of the Year, will lead the 43-driver starting grid around the biggest and baddest race track on the planet prior to the start of the third and final race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in which 12 eligible drivers for the title will be reduced to eight at the checkered flag. Driving on the track's mammoth, 33-degree high banked turns in the Official Chevrolet SS Pace Car, Church will lead the field to the green flag to start the much anticipated CampingWorld.com 500. Check out www.talladegasuperspeedway.com for more information or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(10-12-2015)
Logano wins at Charlotte: #22-Joey Logano won the rained delayed Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 12th career win. Logano led 227 of the 334 laps.
With the win Logano will automatically advance to the Eliminator round of The Chase.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 11th time in 2015 and 42nd runner-up finish in his career) followed by #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski and #43-Almirola.
The race was delayed a day after being rain pushed back the race from Saturday night.
Pole sitter and Chase points leader going into the race, #20-Kenseth had troubles, making contact with #31-Newman and hitting the walla a few times before retiring the car on lap 236, finishing 42nd after leading 73 laps.
There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 139.760mph.
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).(10-11-2015)
added 29 images of schemes from Charlotte: #1 McDonald's All Day Breakfast, #2 Detroit Genuine Parts, #3 Dow's Great Stuff, #4 Jimmy John's, #5 HendrickRideAlong.com, #6 AdvoCare / Breast Cancer Awareness, #7 Breast Cancer Awareness, #9 Lowes Foods, #10 GoDaddy.com Breat Cancer Awareness, #16 Roush Performance Parts / Breast Cancer Awareness, #17 Juicy Juice, #18 M&M's Pretty in Pink, #20 Dollar General, #21 PPG, #23 Dr Pepper / Breast Cancer Awareness, #32 Rimrock Devlin, #33 Little Joe's Autos, #34 Dockside Logistics, #35 Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters, #38 MDS Transportation / South Carolina flood relief, #40 Carsforsale.com / Breast Cancer Awareness, #41 State Water Heaters, #42 Target Plaid, #46 Allstate Peterbilt Group, #47 House Autry, #48 Lowe's Red Vest, #83 Cosmo Motors, #95 Thrivent Builds / Habitat for Humanity and #98 VIP Racing Experience.com schemes that will run at Charlotte in October.(10-11-2015)
Pit road tangle ruins Charlotte race for both Kyles-Busch and Larson: #42-Kyle Larson was running second, and #18-Kyle Busch third, approaching pit road after NASCAR called the eighth caution of Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway because of fluid on the track. Busch feinted toward pit road, as he often does in similar situations. But as Busch steered his #18 Toyota to the right of the commitment cone at the entrance to pit road, Larson suddenly turned his #42 Chevy into Busch's path. Busch's car sustained minor damage, and Larson's spun on pit road, but both drivers drew commitment line violations that would send them to the back of the field for the subsequent restart on Lap 201 of 334. Neither driver recovered from the incident, as their winning chances disappeared with the contact. Busch subsequently slid in oil in the high groove and further hurt his car during contact with the outside wall.
"We stayed out there on that caution and Kyle faked like he was coming, and the 42 (Larson) in front of us, he was on the opposite end of the commitment cone and there was no way he was going to make it," Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens, said after the race. He (Larson) panicked. I don't know what happened there, but them two came together. Then we were behind the eight ball at that point, but still going to have a good day, and the track had a little bit of oil on it, didn't get cleaned up as well-which a lot of people were talking about on the radio. Kyle slipped in it and fenced it, and that's what really did us in."
Larson said he got contradictory instructions on his radio. "They told me to do what everybody around me was doing, and the #22 (race winner Joey Logano) was staying out, so I was committed to staying out," Larson said. "And as soon as I turned right to stay out they said 'Pit, pit, pit.'
"I hung a left and Kyle (Busch) was there. I feel really terrible to ruin their day, and hopefully it didn't hurt their chances of transferring through this round (of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup). I know they deserved a top-three finish for sure. I felt awful immediately and still do. I hate it."
Busch salvaged a 20th-place finish, but he's 10 points out of eighth place, the position that will transfer from the Chase's Contender Round to the Eliminator Round. "Just can't say enough about my guys - all the work that they put into these things," Busch said. "They don't deserve to be put in these situations year in, year out, but we are for some reason. But it's tough, and we're going to have to battle through with what we've got right now. I can't say enough about what they did on pit road getting us back salvageable."(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-11-2015)
2015 Rain Delays: Prior to the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, six races had a weather delay of some kind during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season:
Atlanta in March, Bristol in April, Richmond in April, Kansas in May, Michigan in June and Daytona in July. Only the Richmond race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, while the Michigan race was shortened by rain.(NASCAR.com)(10-11-2015)
Green-white-checkered policy may be altered for Talladega: Will there be new rules for NASCAR's "crapshoot " race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup - the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway? The sanctioning body and competitors have discussed different formats for the finish that should make the ending less precarious should the race go into overtime on restrictor-plate tracks. One scenario would use just one green-white-checkered finish to determine the outcome. Multiple restarts mean multiple opportunities to wreck race cars. Another format would could be a single-file restart which would discourage side-by-side contact coming to the green. "They're trying to eliminate the Austin Dillon situation - the big wad of cars at the end of the race," Denny Hamlin said, referring to the #3 car flipping into the catchfence at Daytona in July after making contact with the #11 Toyota and collecting a dozen cars in the process. Despite the dialogue, as of Saturday afternoon a representative from NASCAR says nothing has been determined for Talladega.(Motorsport)(10-11-2015)
Earnhardt Jr. WAS going for a win on his birthday BUT...rain: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. turn 41 today, October 10th. He will attempt to become only the 4th driver to win a Sprint Cup Series race on their birthday. Cale Yarborough, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are the only NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to ever win a points paying race on their birthday. Yarborough's birthday March 27, won in 1977 at North Wilkesboro Speedway and a second time in 1983 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch won at Richmond on May 2, 2009, to become only the 2nd driver to win on their birthday, and only the third time ever.
Matt Kenseth won at Las Vegas on March 10, 2012, to become only the 3rd driver to win on their birthday, and only the 4th time ever.(10-10-2015)
BUT with the race being postponed by rain until Oct 11th, this will not happen.(10-11-2015)
Three Decades of Charlotte covers for Sam Bass: Among his many other accomplishments, artist Sam Bass has been designing and painting covers for Charlotte Motor Speedway's race programs for 30 years. The program for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 was particularly significant, because it commemorates Jeff Gordon's last trip around the 1.5-mile speedway as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. "They wanted me to sum up Jeff Gordon's career in one painting," Bass told the NASCAR Wire Service. "I would have needed a canvas the size of that wall right there to capture it, and that probably wouldn't have been big enough. I wanted to use the Jumbotron as a vehicle to show a young Jeff Gordon and his first (Sprint Cup) car, which I designed for him. I showed the young Jeff Gordon with the moustache and the mullet and his first ride kind of looking at himself in the future and seeing the 3M-clad Jeff Gordon and his car of today, waving good-bye to the crowd. That juxtaposition of today and yesterday really worked out nice."(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-11-2015)
NASCAR won't oversee burnouts: NASCAR officials are not expected to "regulate" post-race celebrations following events, calling the long, smoky burnouts done by many race winners a part of the sport today and something that fans have come to expect. "Post-race burnouts have been a part of the sport for a long time as they give the winning driver the opportunity to express their enthusiasm for their win and give fans an exclamation point to the victory," NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp told NASCAR.com Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of Saturday's Bank of America 500. "We don't really see them being anything beyond that." Concerns about intentionally damaging a race-winning car came to light this week after defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick made contact with the inside wall while celebrating his victory in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Two days after the victory, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver said he wasn't aware that the back end of his #4 Chevy had hit the inside wall during his Dover celebration. His car passed post-race inspection at the track, as well as a more thorough inspection at the NASCAR Research & Development Center two days later. On Thursday, crew chief Rodney Childers said he wasn't surprised that some had seized on something so innocent after his driver's strong performance. He also once again stressed that his team's cars had been to the R&D center more than any other vehicles this season without officials uncovering any irregularities. The #4 team has made 14 trips to the center for final inspection this season and passed on each occasion. NASCAR officials transport the winning and second-place entries, as well as a random selection, to the center following each race where engines, fuel cells and other pieces (such as transmissions) are removed and more closely inspected. A computerized device known as a Romer Absolute Arm, the same equipment used to certify each chassis before competition, is used to check each piece for any changes or any inconsistencies.(NASCAR.com)(10-10-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing 'Driven' to Highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October: Roush Fenway Racing is going pink in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will run special pink 'Driven For a Cause' decals on all of its NASCAR Fords for all races during the month. In addition, four of the Roush Fenway Fords will feature 'pink' themed cars this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the Sprint Cup Fusions of Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle and the XFINITY Series Mustangs of Elliott Sadler and Bubba Wallace. Sadler's car featured a pink steering wheel, in addition to his pink fire suit. Sadler has a personal connection to the effects of breast cancer. His mother, Bell, is a breast cancer survivor and each year Sadler has done something different to help spread awareness of breast cancer and help raise money for breast cancer research. Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY drivers Chris Buescher, who currently leads the XFINITY Series Championship standings, and Wallace recently showed their support for breast cancer awareness by participating in an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway where breast cancer survivors and supporters came together to paint the pit walls pink at the speedway.
During Roush Fenway's annual fall Fan Appreciation Day, the team set up a 'Driven For a Cause photo booth where fans were encouraged to show support for breast cancer awareness by snapping 'selfies' in various pink attire. Team owner Jack Roush and several of the team's drivers took photos in the booth helping to raise awareness via social media. Fans were also encouraged to download the Early Detection Plan app to help remind them to regularly schedule exams for early detection of breast cancer.(RFR)(10-10-2015)
Hornish Jr. and Ragan working on 2016 rides: With just seven races left in the 2015 Sprint Cup season, #9-Sam Hornish Jr. and #55-David Ragan find themselves in similar predicaments: Looking to secure rides for 2016. Hornish, who took over Richard Petty Motorsports' #9 Ford this season after spending the past three years in the XFINITY Series, needs additional sponsorship to be back in the car next year. Ragan, who has been in Michael Waltrip's #55 Toyota since mid-May, is without a ride because MWR is closing its doors at season's end. With few, if any, full-time Sprint Cup Series rides available for 2016, both Hornish and Ragan have limited options and, at least theoretically, limited time to get deals in place. Both, however, remain optimistic that they will be racing -- although maybe not in NASCAR's top series -- next season.
"Some teams have reached out to me. I've reached out to a few teams. Ultimately I don't have anything in the works or coming together right now," Ragan told FOXSports.com on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I'm trying to be as patient as I can just to see what happens. A lot of times things change that are unexpected with some of these top teams in the last months of the season. We've had guys get fired after Homestead before. Drivers have issues, different things happen, so I'm patiently waiting for the right opportunity." Ragan said he would entertain running an XFINITY Series car for JGR next year if such an opportunity arose. Ragan, likewise, indicated he would be open to returning to Roush Fenway Racing -- the organization where he began his Sprint Cup career in 2007 and competed through 2011. Ragan wouldn't even be opposed to joining a Camping World Truck Series team, provided that team is a frontrunner. No matter where he ultimately ends up in 2016, Ragan would like to have a deal in place by the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I'm not going to be impatient and just jump on the first thing that comes around, but I want to be in the most competitive ride that I can be in the Sprint Cup Series, and if I can't find that, where I'm happy and it's a good fit, I'll look at some options in the XFINITY Series and even in the Truck Series," he said. What Ragan does not want to do is compete for a Sprint Cup Series team that starts and parks. "I'm still young," the second-generation driver said. "I'll be 30 in December, and I want to race something to have fun. I don't want to be out here just making laps earning a paycheck. That's not what it's all about. ... I want to be in the Cup Series, but I want to be in something that I can race hard, and have a chance to win a race."
Hornish, meanwhile, admitted that the sponsorship uncertainty makes his future at Richard Petty Motorsports extremely tenuous. "From my understanding of all of it, they're still looking for money to make the 9 car happen," said Hornish, who has just three top 10s and no top fives in 29 starts for RPM. "We feel like at times if we ran a little bit better that might be a little bit easier, but all that being said, it's got to be the right fit for everybody, too. There's a ton of rumors going on about what's going to happen. There's probably a lot more rumors than there are truths." A former Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion, Hornish competed full time in Sprint Cup for Team Penske from 2008-2010. He then drove two partial and two full XFINITY seasons before making a return to Sprint Cup this season. A father of three children under the age of eight, Hornish admittedly enjoyed having a few more breaks in the schedule the past three years despite wanting to get back to Cup. "I'm in a pretty good position with everything outside (of racing)," Hornish said. "I've got a wife and three kids. I'm in a great spot where I can choose to be a little bit picky about what I do, what I want to do, what I don't want to do, so that's obviously great. This year has been fun, I've done a lot of great things with the family, and I've missed some things, too. So all in all, I feel l'll be OK regardless." But make no mistake about it: Hornish wants to remain in NASCAR, preferably with a Sprint Cup Series team. "I want to be here and I want to be running these cars, whether it's on the Cup side or the XFINITY side," he said. "I want to be in something that's capable of running up front and should be able to do well, and that's all that really matters to me. Thank God that I've had enough opportunities for good things to happen that I don't have to go and get into something I don't feel comfortable with." Unlike Ragan, Hornish isn't concerned about having his plans lined up by the end of this season. "Ninety-nine percent of the things I've done in my lifetime were kind of last minute, so there's been a few times where it's been taken care of well in advance, but all in all whatever I happen to be racing next year I'd like to have a suit that matches the car, you know what I mean?" Hornish said. "I don't want it to be a last-minute thing, but I feel like there's obviously not a ton of great opportunities at this point in time for anybody that would be at this stage of the game."(FoxSports)(10-10-2015)
Spotter change for Menard: Billy O'Dea is taking over spotting duties for the #27 Menard's Chevy and driver Paul Menard effective immediately. The veteran spotter has worked at Richard Childress Racing for 18 seasons, most recently with Ty Dillon. He was Kevin Harvick's spotter for nine years before the driver moved to Stewart-Haas Racing. O'Dea will continue with Dillon in the Xfinity Series races, except when there's a schedule conflict. O'Dea replaces Stevie Reeves, who has been with Menard for nine seasons. Prior to Menard, Reeves spotted on the #48 with Jimmie Johnson. "It was going to happen," Reeves said. "It was time for us to do something different. It's just good it happened now because it gives me time to look." Reeves remains friends with Menard and will continue to spot for Brendan Gaughan in the Xfinity Series.(Motorsport)(10-9-2015)
France: don't expect major changes in 2016 schedule: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France discussed the soon-to-be-released schedules for all three NASCAR national series recently on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program, saying that teams and fans alike should not expect a dramatic overhaul to the 2016 racing calendar. "I can tell you that the schedule is not going to change materially at all," France said. "There are things in the sanction agreements with the tracks that are unrelated to the dates that have to be worked out, and that's really what we're doing now. That's taking a little longer than normal. The schedule will look very similar."(NASCAR.com)(10-9-2015)
RTA members hold meeting at Hendrick Motorsports: The Race Team Alliance met at Hendrick Motorsports on Thursday to discuss the options presented by NASCAR for future "framework concepts" in relation ownership structure. NASCAR invited all Sprint Cup owners to a meeting last Tuesday led by Chairman Brian France and Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. NASCAR followed up with each individual team after the meeting. On Thursday, as the RTA lunched at HMS, France reiterated a three-point message via the SiriusXM NASCAR airwaves similar to what was stated to the owners. "Anytime we can improve the structure for our team owners, that's a good thing," France said. "So if we can improve their business model, we can improve their overall structure, then what's going to happen is new owners will be looking to participate in NASCAR and that's a good thing. The other good thing is the level of competition goes up. The more team owners there are, the better we're going to be." NASCAR hopes to have a program in place by season's end, but there's still a lot of work ahead on both sides of the proposal. In a release sent out by the sanctioning body last week, it cautioned not to speculate on possible formats before a final decision has been determined.(Motorsport)(10-9-2015)
Ray Evernham Receives Smokey Yunick Award: Ray Evernham, a former modified racer who earned 47 victories and three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships as Jeff Gordon's crew chief, received the prestigious Smokey Yunick Award prior to the Bank of America 500. Legendary car owner and mechanic Henry "Smokey" Yunick, who passed away May 9, 2001, instituted the award in 1997 to annually recognize an individual who rose from humble beginnings to make a major impact on the motorsports industry. "Ray Evernham literally redefined the role of a NASCAR crew chief during his time with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Ray's experience as a driver and his understanding of the sport's rapidly advancing technology produced a unique dynamic, while his innovative work with the 'Rainbow Warriors' established a new standard for pit-road performance. Ray is a perfect match to the ideals upon which Smokey founded this award, and it is only appropriate that he will be recognized as we celebrate Jeff's final race at Charlotte Motor Speedway where they enjoyed so much success." Smith was on hand Thursday to present Evernham with the award during a media availability. Today, Evernham works as a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports and hosts Velocity's "AmeriCarna," a television program that celebrates this country's car culture. He has also assembled an extensive car collection that includes both road cars and race cars.(CMS Pit Notes)(10-9-2015)
NCMA To Honor Jeff Gordon With Achievement In Motorsports Award: Jeff Gordon will be honored at the 10th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony and hosted by the North Carolina Motorsports Association, January 13, 2016. Gordon, who will retire from full-time racing at the conclusion of the 2015 season, will be awarded the NCMA Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award for his personal and professional contributions to the motorsports industry in the state of North Carolina. "We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to honor Jeff and his amazing contributions to the sport of auto racing in our state," said Greg Fornelli, NCMA Chairman. "Jeff Gordon changed the face of NASCAR with his winning personality and his winning ways. His talent, his marketability and his philanthropy opened our sport to a whole new audience." Past recipients of the Achievement Award include Bill France Jr., Benny Parsons, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, O. Bruton Smith, Junior Johnson, Humpy Wheeler, Ned Jarrett & Family and Mike Helton. The NC Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank, which will also honor companies making an impact in the state's racing industry, takes place Jan. 13, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Concord, N.C. Details regarding tickets to the event will be available soon at northcarolinamotorsportsassociation.org.(NCMA)(10-9-2015)
Special crew chief for Kahne at Charlotte: The 6-year-old Braylon Beam, who has become an inspiration through his dancing that has helped him cope with chemotherapy for a brain tumor, has the bluntness and the upbeat attitude that often are required for the crew chief role. Braylon spent Thursday as the honorary crew chief for Kasey Kahne for qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What will Kahne do under Braylon's leadership? "Kasey Kahne is going to step up his game," Braylon said. In a telling-it-like-it-is moment, Braylon -- who spent a day in August an honorary coach for the Carolina Panthers -- was asked who dances better: the Panthers or Kahne's crew. "Carolina Panthers," Braylon said in a room that included many of Kahne's crew. Kahne crew chief Keith Rodden had Braylon's grandparents as teachers at East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC. "They're just excellent people, and they have touched so many people in our community for so many years and just went above and beyond what any educator needed to do," Rodden said. "As soon as I found out about Braylon ... I said we have to do something for Braylon, we have to do something for their family. They have done so much for Denver, NC, and I just wanted to try to give back. Good grief, this kid has given back so much more to us than we could ever provide for him."(ESPN)(10-9-2015)
Shannon Koch Wins 5th Annual Better Half Dash: Shannon Koch, wife of NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Blake Koch, won the fifth annual Better Half Dash, a charity event benefitting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children's Charities. Koch led most of the race and won by only one second over Kaitlyn Sweet, girlfriend of Kyle Larson. Tandra Greenfield, Jordon Fish and Kristen Yeley finished third through fifth. Tati Papis, Ashley Stremme, Melanie Self, Jenna Robinson, Whitney Scott and Wendy Venturini rounded out the field. Koch started from the pole and survived a close call when Jenna Robinson drove on top of Koch's car and tore the rear body off. Koch retook the lead for good on lap seven of the 25-lap event.(CMS)(10-9-2015)
Special Halo schemes at Kansas for #1 & #88: Guardians having gone gold, Microsoft's marketing efforts for the blockbuster shooter are shifting into high gear--literally. Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that two cars in next weekend's Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR event in Kansas City will be decked out with Master Chief and Spartan Locke paint jobs. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the Chief car, while #1-Jamie McMurray rides with Locke. The Hollywood Casino 400 race takes place on Sunday, October 18. The battle between Chief and Locke is at the heart of Halo 5's galaxy-changing story. "We have many NASCAR fans at the studio--myself included--and we're excited to see both cars compete at Kansas Speedway," 343 boss Kiki Wolfkill said in a statement. This is the first event in NASCAR history that Halo has sponsored. But it's not the first time video games have showed up on the race track, as Nintendo promoted Mario Kart with a custom car, while retailer GameStop regularly sponsors drivers.(GameSpot), see images of the schemes on the #1 Team Schemes page and #88 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2015)
Busch returns to NASCAR in 2016 as sponsor of Harvick's #4 UPDATE: Busch announced that the brand will return to NASCAR, reigniting its storied history in the sport by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the #4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Busch, Busch Light and other special-edition Busch paint schemes will be featured on Harvick's #4 Chevy for 12 races in 2016. The iconic Busch logo will first appear on the hood for the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. Formerly known as the Busch Clash, this non-points exhibition race helped kick-start the brand's involvement with NASCAR 36 years ago. Additional races will be determined shortly after NASCAR releases the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule. "Busch's NASCAR roots go back to 1978 and we're thrilled to reconnect with these passionate fans that identify with our 'Here's to Earning It' message on a daily basis," said Chelsea Phillips, Director of Value Brands, Anheuser-Busch. "Kevin and the entire #4 team have been tremendous partners for Anheuser-Busch since 2011 and we have exciting plans to engage with the NASCAR community both on and off the track nationwide in 2016." Harvick has represented Budweiser since 2011, and in 2014 he and Budweiser moved to Stewart-Haas Racing. In their inaugural season with the team co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, Harvick made five trips to victory lane and won the 2014 Sprint Cup championship. The Busch brand, along with its current tagline "Here's to Earning It," has a time-honored tradition of rewarding hard-working men and women who "earn it" every day, which aligns perfectly with the NASCAR fan base. "Busch beer belongs in NASCAR," said Harvick, a winner of 31 Sprint Cup races, eight of which have come with Stewart-Haas Racing. "The entire Stewart-Haas Racing team and I can't wait to have the Busch logo on the #4 car next season as we work toward another Sprint Cup championship."
To celebrate their return to the sport, Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to engage with racing enthusiasts and loyal Busch consumers through on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations during the 2016 NASCAR season. TV spots will also air leading up to the season and during races, recognizing Harvick, his pit crew and fans alike who "earn it" every day so they can enjoy race weekends. "NASCAR provides the opportunity to further the brand marketing initiative of recognizing outdoor pursuits of our Busch drinkers and celebrate those hard-working individuals behind the scenes that help the No. 4 car perform week-in-and-week-out," added Phillips. In conjunction with the NASCAR announcement, and to remain in touch with Busch drinkers, Busch is expanding its social media presence by launching the brand's first-ever Twitter handle. Starting today, consumers can follow @BuschBeer and use the hashtag #BuschIsBack.
Busch has a rich racing history and some of the highlights of the brand's involvement in the sport from its beginning include:
Sponsored the Busch Pole Award in 1978, which was presented to the pole winner of each NASCAR Winston Cup Series race
Sponsored Cale Yarborough's No. 11 car throughout the 1979 and 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup seasons
Introduced the Busch Clash in 1979, held each year at Daytona International Speedway the week prior to the Daytona 500
Served as the title sponsor of NASCAR's stepping-stone division to Sprint Cup - currently known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series - from 1984 through 2007
Expanded involvement with racing via the Busch All-Star Tour in 1985, a series of dirt track events in the Midwest
"Official Beer of NASCAR" from 1988 through 1997
"Some of my fondest racing career memories to-date involve the Busch brand, including winning the 2001 and 2006 Busch Series championships," Harvick said. "The brand is historic and I'm looking forward to building the Busch racing legacy with all that we're able to accomplish in 2016."(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of one of the schemes on the 2016 #4 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2015)
UPDATE Anheuser-Busch will cut the number of races it sponsors Kevin Harvick next season, but company officials said Thursday they are committed to the sport and will reallocate the funds as it makes the transition from Budweiser to Busch as the driver's primary sponsor. Anheuser-Busch director of experiential marketing Nick Kelly said the company will use Harvick in more commercials and promotional material as it shifts from outfitting Harvick's car in the familiar red and white of Budweiser in 20 races down to 12 races in Busch's name and colors. Harvick will have sponsorship from Jimmy John's for the majority of the races, and the sandwich company is expected to absorb many of the races left open by Budweiser. The Anheuser-Busch deal with Stewart-Haas Racing runs out after the 2016 season, and Kelly said negotiations about an extension are taking place. Kelly said Budweiser will remain a part of the sport in deals with tracks, though he doesn't anticipate sponsoring races. He said the company has not had any talks with NASCAR about replacing Sprint, which will leave as sponsor of NASCAR's Cup Series after next season (ESPN)(10-8-2015)
NASCAR will conduct a 2016 rules test at Michigan: NASCAR is scheduled to conduct a test at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, October 20th in preparation for the 2016 racing season. Denny Hamlin from Joe Gibbs Racing, Chase Elliott from Hendrick Motorsports and Chris Buescher from Roush Fenway Racing are expected to participate. The Turn 1 grandstand seats will be open for fans free of charge on Oct. 20.(MIS)(10-8-2015)
Michael Waltrip to run 2016 Daytona 500; Talladega in Oct? #98?: Michael Waltrip still plans to run the 2016 Daytona 500. He just needs to figure out how he'll do it. A two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Waltrip had announced in April that he would attempt to make his 29th start in the sport's biggest race with sponsorship from Maxwell House. But when Waltrip announced in August that Michael Waltrip Racing would shut down after this season, it created an obvious question of whether the deal would fall through. Waltrip, at an event Wednesday where Maxwell House gave away a free tank of gas and coffee to 250 people, said the deal is still on and he plans to put on the helmet to compete next February. He could field the car himself -- the process of shutting down MWR will take until April -- or bring the sponsorship to another team that fields Toyotas. "I'm going to Daytona in February with Maxwell House," said Waltrip, who retired from full-time racing after the 2009 season but still competes in select restrictor-plate events. "There will be some cars left over at MWR and I'm probably in line to get a good Toyota engine, being a partner with those guys from the beginning."(ESPN)
AND was sent an image of a #98 Maxwell House Toyota seen at Michael Waltrip Racing. Looks like Waltrip will team up with the #98 Premium Motorsports team to run at Talladega in October and/or the Daytona 500 in 2016. See an image of the car on the #98 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2015)
2016 #88 TaxSlayer.com scheme unveiled: Last month, TaxSlayer.com announced that it had expanded its relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to include an affiliation with Hendrick Motorsports. As part of the partnership, TaxSlayer.com will receive primary placement on Earnhardt's #88 Chevy for one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next season. The Sprint Cup race in which Earnhardt will drive the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevy is still to be determined. But the brand new paint scheme for 2016 has been revealed. The red and black design received a makeover, and Earnhardt himself spearheaded the redesign. To celebrate the occasion, fans will have the opportunity to win a limited-edition, vintage Earnhardt and TaxSlayer T-shirt (more info at HMS site), see an image of the car on the 2016 #88 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2015)
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