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  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Citizen Soldier 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2016 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, September 30, NBCSN, 11:00pm/et

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Citizen Soldier 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #23-Ragan.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Dover Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Friday practice for the Citizen Soldier 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after 70 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 165.578
    #19-Edwards 165.122
    #20-Kenseth 164.775
    #31-Newman 164.511
    #48-Johnson 164.301
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 4 drivers): #18-Busch 159.336
    slowest: #30-Wise 151.873 & #98-Hill 150.804
    most laps run: #18-Busch 60, #34-Buescher 29.
    Notes: Practice started about 15 minutes late. NASCAR had to finish drying the track after morning rains. Qualifying is scheduled for at 3:40pm/et today. TV: NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Dover Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-30-2016)


  • Weather could be an issue at Dover:The National Weather Service calls for chances of rain on Friday and Saturday, but clearing on Sunday.
    Today - Scattered showers. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
    Tonight - Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.0
    Saturday - Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    Saturday Night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    Sunday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
    Dover does not have lights. Qualifying was rained out at the track last fall and again this past spring. For more weather links, check out the Dover Race page - weather section.(9-30-2016)

  • NASCAR expands penalties that can lead to "encumbered finish": Despite all three championship Chases already underway in its three national series NASCAR on Thursday increased the number of penalties that it will trigger an "encumbered finish" going forward. Until Thursday, only post-race penalties involving failure of the Laser Inspection Station and improperly attached lug nuts could trigger an encumbered finish, which prevents the driver involved from using the finish from qualifying for or advancing in the Chase, or using the finish for eligibility in non-points races. Three more violations were added on Thursday, all of which will be in effect for Friday's Truck race at Las Vegas and Saturday and Sunday's Xfinity and Cup races at Dover International Speedway. They are: Post-race incorrect ground clearance violations; Post-race incorrect body height violations; and Failure to meet minimum weight. Truck series Chase participant John Hunter Nemechek, who's No. 8 Chevrolet failed postrace body height measurements this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, would have been the first victim of the new policy, but NASCAR elected not to apply the new rules retroactively.(Motorsport)(9-30-2016)

  • Who's Hot and Who's Not - Dover Edition:
    HOT
    " Kevin Harvick: defending race winner; led 786 laps in last 4 Dover races (608 more than any other driver)
    " Jimmie Johnson: 10 career NSCS wins at Dover; most an active driver has won at any track
    " Kyle Larson: has never finished worse than 11th in 5 career Dover starts (2nd earlier this year)
    " Chase Elliott: finished 3rd in only NSCS start at Dover
    " Martin Truex Jr.: finished 11th or better in last 5 Dover starts; 1st career NSCS win came at Dover in 2007
    NOT
    " Kyle Busch: wrecked out of 3 of last 5 Dover races
    " Kurt Busch: 1 top-10 finish (5th earlier this year) in 9 races at Dover since 2012
    " Carl Edwards: 0 top-10 finishes in last 7 Dover races (11 top 10's in previous 13 Dover races)
    " Austin Dillon: has never finished better than 20th in 6 career Dover races (26.7 Avg finish is his 2nd-worst at any track)
    " Joey Logano: 14.3 Avg finish at Dover from 2015-16 (5.5 from 2013-14)
    (ESPN Stats & Info)(9-30-2016)

  • New look for Stewart's #14 at Dover: Tony Stewart's #14 car will have a different look this weekend on the Delaware concrete high banks. It will carry the all-brown, Nature's Bakery Double Chocolate Brownies paint scheme for the first time this season.(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #14 team paint schemes page.(9-30-2016)

  • Dover Pole Notes & Facts:
    390 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 283 in more than one.
    Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 46 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 35.
    64 drivers have made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Dover International Speedway.
    Three NSCS active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.724
    David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
    39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles with four each.
    Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
    Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
    Five drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway; only two active drivers have accomplished the feat: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991).
    13 of the 93 (13.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
    The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.
    28 of the 93 (30.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    72 of the 93 (77.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    88 of the 93 (94.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-20 starting position.
    Five of the 93 (5.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recently: Tony Stewart, spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position)
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway seven times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005, spring of 2011, fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016.
    (NASCAR)

  • Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete in Drive for Diversity Combine: Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12. The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017. In partnership with Rev Racing, NASCAR Drive for Diversity offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season, providing drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience. This year, there are 13 female drivers competing for spots with Rev Racing. Returning this fall is Macy Causey, who at 14 years old was the youngest combine participant in NASCAR Drive for Diversity history in 2015. Also participating are Hailie Deegan, daughter of Brian Deegan, the most decorated athlete in freestyle motocross history, and Hope Hornish, the niece of 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Sam Hornish Jr. Drivers under consideration to return to the team in 2017, but who will not compete at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, include current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers: Jairo Avila, Enrique Baca, Collin Cabre, Madeline Crane, Ruben Garcia Jr, and Ali Kern. Collin's brother, Chase Cabre, is also among the drivers selected to compete in this year's combine. Driver combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills, take part in a physical fitness assessment and receive additional training at Bethune-Cookman University.(NASCAR)(9-30-2016)

  • Texas Motor Speedway would like to host football game: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has envisioned his track hosting a major college football game for years. Bristol Motor Speedway pulled it off earlier this month with Tennessee and Virginia Tech squaring off, and TMS sent out a news release the week of the game to remind folks of Gossage's idea for years. TMS and Bristol are both Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks, and Gossage would like to think Texas could be the next race track to do it. But Gossage knows to make it work the game has to be "special" such as his idea in 2002 of hosting the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. Gossage still believes that game would be a success at the track, or something such as Texas-Texas A&M. But don't get too far ahead of yourselves - Gossage hasn't reached out to Texas or A&M about them renewing their football rivalry at TMS. Nothing is on the horizon. "The substance is that Bristol did it earlier in the month and did it successfully," Gossage said. "And the game has to be special. Texas-OU is special. Texas-Texas A&M is special. That would fit the bill of special. It just has to be a special game. A national championship game, you know, or whatever." TMS could add as many temporary seats as needed for a possible college football game. TMS proudly boasts that it could hold more than five AT&T Stadiums in its 84-acre infield. AT&T Stadium is 15.17 acres. The issue would come down to getting marquee schools to agree to playing at the track. Gossage said Bristol had to pay Tennessee and Virginia Tech about $4 million each to play the game. Outside of luring the schools with a significant amount of money, TMS would also have to pay to construct the field and each temporary seat costs the track roughly $20, Gossage said. "But we know how to do it because it's been done once now," Gossage said. "We can just call up our friends at Bristol. They did a great job. Great job up there."(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)(9-30-2016)

  • New Hampshire warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2016.
    #7-Smith (3) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection, written warning.
    #4-Harvick (3), #5-Kahne (3), #7-Smith (3), #16-Biffle (3), #83-DiBenedetto (1) Failed LIS twice in pre-qualifying inspection, written warning #11-Hamlin (2) Failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection, written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)

  • Stewart's frustration part of the reason for retirement: Tony Stewart admits he faces "a very steep, uphill battle" to avoid elimination Sunday from the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Dover International Speedway. But he also readily admits that there's only so much he can do, and the frustration that the driver plays only so much -- or so little -- of a role in a sport that has become increasingly reliant on engineering is one of the reasons he will retire from Cup racing after this season. "When we come off the truck [on Friday], we fight the same thing for three days and there's nothing I can do to fix it," Stewart told reporters Wednesday during a NASCAR-mandated media tour as part of his Chase obligations. "That's what's so frustrating for me as a driver. That is part of why I'm ready to do something different is because I can't make a difference anymore. I can't do different things with my feet and different things with my hands and run a different line and fix the problem. I used to be able to do that. I can't do that anymore. You just get so frustrated you can't see straight." The three-time Cup champion joked about trying to not get suspended for his final eight races if he said too much, acknowledging he is exhausted from trying to play a role of outspoken veteran in a sport where he believes the drivers are often afraid to share their feelings. "You can only beat the drum for so long and it can only fall on deaf ears for so long before you finally say, 'The people that need to make it better can't make it better,'" the 45-year-old Stewart said. Stewart said "I've had my fill of fighting the fight" as the driver to draw attention to issues of the way the sport operates." While Stewart plans to retire from Cup racing, he said he has told his sprint-car team management to be ready for him to run 40-50 races next season. He will have to wait until February to race because he will have the screws taken out of his back in December. He said his first race next year will be on pavement and will be in someone else's equipment but he wouldn't reveal more than that.(ESPN.com)(9-29-2016)

  • New pit crew coach at Roush Fenway: Roush Fenway Racing has decided to reassign longtime pit crew coach Andy Ward, replacing him with Scott Bowen, a current RFR employee and an ex-pit crew member. Ward has been at RFR for many years and has produced some very good pit crews. Roush Fenway Racing released the following statement regarding the move: "We continuously evaluate our race team operations at Roush Fenway, and as part of a mid-season restructuring we have implemented a change in the department structure with our pit crew teams. We have placed Scott Bowen, who previously was our head of purchasing, in charge of our pit crew operations. Scott is a longtime employee of Roush Fenway, and worked as an over-the-wall pit crew member for several years. We believe this change will prove beneficial in our continued effort to improve on-track performance."(PitTalks/NASCAR.com)(9-29-2016)

  • Pink scheme for DiBenedetto at Charlotte: #83-Matt DiBenedetto will drive a special #83 Cosmo Motors pink paint scheme in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Charlotte Motor Speedway tweeted the image Wednesday. See the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(9-29-2016)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week Fanfest event cancelled: When NASCAR gets around to announcing the schedule for its annual Champion's Week in Las Vegas in early December, the popular Fanfest on Fremont Street won't be on it. Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the unofficial kickoff to Champion's Week will not be held this year because of conflicts in scheduling and logistics. Other Champion's Week events, such as the "Victory Lap" on the Las Vegas Strip, and the "After the Lap" interactive (and usually bawdy) question-and-answer session with Chase drivers at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms, are expected to go on as scheduled. This year's Champion Award's Banquet is set for Friday, Dec. 2.(Las Vegas Review-Journal)(9-28-2016)

  • Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville's Green Flag Experience: Two-time Martinsville winner and the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion is the latest driver added to the Green Flag Experience lineup, prior to the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, who won at Martinsville most recently in 2014, joins Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and his brother, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, as drivers scheduled to participate in the moderated question-and-answer sessions on race morning. Additional drivers participating in the Green Flag Experience will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the moderated question-and-answer sessions, the Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. Fans have the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, enjoy music, games and prizes along with doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $60. Admission to the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for Goody's Fast Relief 500. Advance ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 begin at just $45.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-29-2016)

  • Johnson, Hamm paint the walls pink at Charlotte: NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson and soccer legend Mia Hamm joined forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and hundreds of the world's bravest and strongest women who have battled breast cancer to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month early by painting pit wall pink on Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ceremonial event saluted those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer and provided a fun morning for hundreds of survivors, who met Johnson and Hamm in the winner's circle, used 40 gallons of paint to turn the pit wall pink and unveiled a pink Toyota Camry pace car that will lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series field in the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 7 at Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina brought its expansive "Live Fearless" display to the speedway to promote the urgent need for preventative healthcare, early detection and finding a cure for breast cancer. In addition to Sprint Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto and NASCAR broadcaster Hermie Sadler - who emceed the event - NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Elliott Sadler, Bubba Wallace, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Blake Koch and Jeb Burton took part and previewed next Thursday's Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the final race in the first round of the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(9-29-2016)

  • Ryan Reed to attempt Sprint Cup debut at Talladega: Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the Alabama 500 on Oct. 23, behind the wheel of the #99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion. In 2011 - having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - the young driver was told he would never get behind the wheel of a race car again. Five years later, Reed - having already won at the famed Daytona International Speedway and qualified for the inaugural Chase for the XFINITY Championship - is looking to make history as the only driver actively managing his diabetes to race at the Sprint Cup level. Reed manages his diabetes through a strict diet and exercise program, the use of a wireless glucose monitoring device to provide in-race, real-time data, and consistent communication with his medical team in California. Reed is currently fourth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase grid. In each of his three NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 2.66-mile track, Reed has qualified his Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford in the top-10 and has led a total of 37 laps. Reed will look to become the 19th driver to start a Sprint Cup race for Roush Fenway and legendary owner Jack Roush. The #99 was a mainstay at Roush Fenway from 1996 through 2014, being driven predominately by Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards. During that span, the car visited Victory Lane on 40 occasions and led more than 9,500 laps in Sprint Cup action.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #99 team paint schemes page.(9-28-2016)

  • Kyle Busch to be honored at the White House UPDATE: On Wednesday, September 28, President Obama will welcome #18-Kyle Busch and his team members to the White House to honor his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring athletes and sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.(NASCAR)(9-23-2016)
    UPDATE: President Barack Obama is celebrating NASCAR's winning team - and eyeing the team's wheels. Obama says soon he'll finally be able to drive a car without alarming the Secret Service. In fact, he said gleefully, "in a few months, I can actually do anything I want!" Obama joked about his post-presidency plans as he welcomed NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his team to the White House. The team took home the 2015 Sprint Cup Series championship. Obama praised Busch for his quick recovery from injury and for his charity work off the track. He also noted that some people expected to see a Bush in the White House in 2016, but "they didn't know it was going to be Kyle."(Associated Press)(9-28-2016)

  • Chase Round of 12 Clinch Scenarios: What each remaining driver needs to do to move to the round of 12. #78-Truex, Jr and #4-Harvick have already clinched a spot. Any other driver can clinch with a win.
    #2-Brad Keselowski - Would clinch on points with 12 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 7 Points.
    #18-Kyle Busch - Would clinch on points with 14 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 9 Points.
    #20-Matt Kenseth - Would clinch on points with 20 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 15 Points.
    #22-Joey Logano - Would clinch on points with 26 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 21 Points.
    #11-Denny Hamlin - Would clinch on points with 28 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 23 Points.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson - Would clinch on points with 29 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 24 Points.
    #24-Chase Elliott - Would clinch on points with 31 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 26 Points.
    #19-Carl Edwards - Would clinch on points with 31 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 26 Points.
    #41-Kurt Busch - Would clinch on points with 32 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 27 Points.
    #42-Kyle Larson - If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 37 Points. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
    For the following, the only guaranteed clinch would be with a win. Each could clinch without a win, but would need varying levels of help: #1-Jamie McMurray, #3-Austin Dillon, #14-Tony Stewart, #34-Chris Buescher.
    See more details on each driver's situation on the Dover Race Info page.(NASCAR)(9-28-2016)

  • Founder of Team Jack Foundation wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: Andy Hoffman, founder of the Nebraska-based Team Jack Foundation dedicated to funding pediatric brain cancer research, was the recipient of The NASCAR Foundation's sixth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide on Tuesday night, during The Foundation's inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis. This year's award presentation is the highlight of the "10 Years of Giving" celebration for The NASCAR Foundation, which has donated approximately $25 million to impact the lives of children since its inception in 2006. The Honors Gala raised more than $1.6 million to benefit hospitalized children across the country through the recently established Speediatrics Children's Fund. The award is presented to a NASCAR fan who has done outstanding work on behalf of children in need in their community. The award honors the philanthropic ideals of the late Betty Jane France, who started The NASCAR Foundation in 2006. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $100,000 to "Team Jack," which was founded by Hoffman and his wife Brianna in 2013, two years after their son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Team Jack works to raise research funds and create national awareness of pediatric brain cancer. There were three other finalists for the award; each will receive $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation for the charity they represent. Those finalists: Jim Giaccone of Bayville, New York, representing the New York-based Tuesday's Children organization; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Mikayla's Voice organization in Nazareth, Pennsylvania; and Parker White of Greensboro, North Carolina, founder of BackPack Beginnings.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-28-2016)

  • New Hampshire TV Ratings: NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire, the second race in the Chase For the Cup, had 2.5 million viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon -down 14% from last year, down 34% from 2014 on ESPN (3.9M), and the smallest audience in the history of the Chase (dates back to 2004). The previous low was set just one week earlier by the Chicago race (2.7M). Ratings dropped 12% from last year (1.77 to 1.55) and also ranked as the lowest in the history of the Chase. The previous mark was nearly a full point higher, a 1.64 for Chicago last week. Kevin Harvick's win ranks as the lowest rated fall New Hampshire race since at least 2000 and the least-watched since at least 2001, falling below the previous marks set last year.(Sports Media Watch), see race-by-race TV Ratings for 2016 and a comparison chart on the 2016 TV Ratings page.(9-28-2016)

  • Panasonic Toughbook returns to the #5: Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS for the final time in 2016 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. He also drove the blue and black Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In Kahne's 25 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover, he has led 90 laps over four races, which ranks him 18th among active drivers. While the Enumclaw, Washington, native is still searching for his first pole award at the "Monster Mile," he's earned the outside pole position three times in his career, most recently in May 2010. In his last 10 starts at the one-mile track, he has earned five top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place result in this year's spring race.(Hendrick Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(9-28-2016)

  • Dover Goodyear Tire Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same right-side tire code at Dover this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . teams in both series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they each ran at Dover in May . . . Sprint Cup teams also ran their left-side tire code (D-4684) at Texas in April and Chicagoland two weeks ago . . . Cup teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4696) at Darlington in September . . . Dover is (Goodyear), for tire codes, pressures, set limites and more, see the Dover Race Info page

  • Jesse Metcalfe named Grand Marshal at Kansas: Actor, model, fitness and sports enthusiast Jesse Metcalfe has been named has been named Grand Marshal for the Hollywood Casino 400 taking place on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Jesse Metcalfe, best known for his award winning performance on ABC's iconic hit "Desperate Housewives," is currently starring in Hallmark's new hit "Chesapeake Shores." The family drama is currently ranking first in its timeslot each week. Metcalfe portrays 'Trace Riley,' a former country singer with a sordid past who returns to his hometown and rekindles his love with an old flame. Adding to his credits, Metcalfe has written and performed original music for the hit series.(Kansas Speedway)(9-28-2016)

  • NASCAR considering smaller pit crews next year: There are ongoing discussions between team owners and NASCAR of further reducing the number of pit crew members going over the wall from six to five, Motorsport.com has learned. The cost-cutting initiative could go into effect as early as 2017. It would be up to each team's discretion how to choreograph the pit stops. However, under a full fuel stop, the most likely scenario would feature the elimination of one tire carrier. In the evolution of NASCAR pit stops, most team incorporated two tire carriers in the mid-90s. The current proposal to limit crew personnel over the wall is twofold: As a cost-cutting measure for mid-level operations. Second, as a safety initiative to eliminate additional bodies on pit road.(Motorsport(9-27-2016)

  • Earnhardt, Jr says he's improving; will be at Dover: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't be back in the car this weekend, but he'll return to the track to cheer on his NASCAR teams at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt, who is out for the season after being sidelined since mid-July with a concussion, said on his Dale Jr. Download podcast Monday that he will be watching the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races from the pit box Saturday and Sunday. "It's going to be different and tough and maybe not a ton of fun," he said. "It's a bit weird to not be in the car but at the track. When you're a driver, you don't know what to do with yourself. I'll try to support the guys and learn a thing or two. Excited to see how Jeff [Gordon] does, he usually runs great at Dover. It's going to be different. We'll see how it goes." During the podcast, the Hendrick Motorsports driver also provided an update on his health, which he said is improving. Earnhardt suffered from vision and balance problems since sustaining a concussion in a June crash at Michigan International Speedway. He said the vision issues mostly had subsided, and his rehabilitation exercises no longer are provoking symptoms that they are designed to cause.(NBC Sports)(9-27-2016)

  • Life With Cancer to be promoted on Ragan's #23 at Dover: BK Racing announced that Inova Health System's Life With Cancer program will be promoted on David Ragan's #23 Life With Cancer Toyota Camry at Dover International Speedway on October 2. Life With Cancer provides those living with cancer and their loved ones with education, information and support - all free of charge no matter where they live or receive treatment. Services include counseling and education; children and teen programs; information and resources; mind-body and wellness programs; and referrals. Life with Cancer is funded primarily by community contributions. "We are very excited to partner with BK Racing at the Citizen Soldier 400," said Sage Bolte, Ph.D., Executive Director of Inova Life with Cancer. "The face of cancer is changing. The rate of cancer diagnoses among young adults is growing, people are living longer, and cancer is evolving from a terminal disease to a chronic disease. Now, more than ever, it is critical to have resources to cope with the impacts of cancer close to home. NASCAR is an excellent platform to raise awareness of Life with Cancer's unique approach to cancer education and support."(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(9-27-2016)

  • Spectator drops lawsuit against Daytona and NASCAR: A spectator claiming to be injured by debris from the Austin Dillon wreck in July 2015 at Daytona International Speedway has dropped his lawsuit against the track and NASCAR.The attorney for spectator William Fulton filed the paperwork Thursday to voluntarily dismiss Fulton's lawsuit. The dismissal of the lawsuit would indicate a settlement in the case, although there is no reason for the dismissal specified in the filing in Florida state court in Volusia County, Fla. In the lawsuit, Fulton claimed that he was sitting in Row 6 when the crash happened at the finish of the Coke Zero 400, where Dillon's car got airborne and flew into the catch fence. Fulton claimed that as he shielded his wife, he was hit in the head and shoulder by debris. Beyond stating in the complaint that he has not fully recovered from the injuries, Fulton did not list specific injuries in his complaint nor a specific amount being sought in damages.(ESPN.com)(9-27-2016)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson ..... 118.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth ..... 108.5
    #18-Kyle Busch ..... 104.5
    #42-Kyle Larson ..... 99.3
    #19-Carl Edwards ..... 99.1
    #24-Chase Elliott ..... 96.7
    #88-Jeff Gordon ..... 96.0
    #16-Greg Biffle ..... 94.3
    #78-Martin Truex Jr ..... 92.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick ..... 92.3
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (23 total) among active drivers at Dover International Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • All Chase drivers pass post-race inspection: Only #4-Kevin Harvick emerged victorious Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but his other 15 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff foes salvaged some shred of consolation alongside him. All 16 championship-eligible cars won the race after the race Sunday, clearing without issue through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform after the Bad Boy Off Road 300. Those cleared included the winning Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Chevrolet driven by Harvick, who damaged his car's left-rear fender with a smoky, tire-ripping burnout after his third victory of the season. Only the Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota of third-place finisher Kyle Busch went through the inspection bay a second time, and that was due to the car failing to meet the weight limit by a nominal amount. After topping off fluids as permitted in the rules, the #18 also was cleared. Following stern warnings in the pre-race drivers' and crew chiefs' meeting against circumventing the LIS platform, the new post-race check was largely a breeze. All 16 cars received a thumbs up from competition officials in a tidy span of roughly 45 minutes. As is customary, race officials announced that they would take a handful of cars back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further inspection. Those are: #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, and #2-Keselowski.(NASCAR.com)(9-26-2016)

  • Fewest laps led by a race winner in 2016: #4-Kevin Harvick led just 8 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, the fewest laps any race winner has led this season:
    #4-Harvick - New Hampshire - 8 laps led
    #11-Hamlin - Watkins Glen - 10 laps
    #34-Buescher - Pocono - 12 laps
    #14-Stewart - Sonoma - 22 laps
    (ESPN Stats & Info)(9-26-2016)

  • 2016 laps lead: Following Kevin Harvick's win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, he has led 1,219 laps on the season. With Martin Truex, Jr. leading a race high 141 laps, Truex, Kyle Busch, and Harvick have combined to lead 49% of the total laps run this season.
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. - 1,407
    2) #18-Kyle Busch - 1,268
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick - 1,219
    4) #19-Carl Edwards - 773
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth - 595
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski - 451
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin - 406
    8) #22-Joey Logano - 390
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson - 384
    10) #42-Kyle Larson - 241
    Total laps run - 7,945 (9-26-2016)

  • NASCAR warns teams not to push limits in post-race inspection: NASCAR warned Sprint Cup competitors not to "circumvent what happens for postrace inspection" during the drivers meeting Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR later confirmed the warning also meant that teams should not be swerving after the race as they do to ensure that their car meets postrace requirements. Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer, addressed competitors at the beginning of Sunday's meeting. "We appreciate everybody being here today," O'Donnell said after introducing VIPs. "I know they've come here to see a race. With that in mind, there has been a lot of dialogue in what takes place after the checkered flag with postrace inspection. I want to make clear to everybody here that in NASCAR's judgment any measures that are taken to circumvent what happens for postrace inspection we're going to react. We know that's subjective but ask all of you not to put it in our hands because we will react if we have to. I think everybody knows what that means. NASCAR stated earlier this week that every Chase car eligible for the championship will go through inspection after the race. All 16 cars remain eligible at New Hampshire. When the field is cut to 12 after Dover, then all those cars will go through inspection. Same as when the Chase field is cut to eight teams and then to four.(NBC Sports)(9-25-2016)

  • Jerrod Niemann featured at Talladega's Saturday Night Infield Concert: Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Oct. 22, as part of the much anticipated Chase double elimination weekend. Niemann is set to take the stage at NASCAR's "Party Capital" just hours after the conclusion of the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race where the field of title contenders will be cut from eight to six, and the night before the Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event where only eight of 12 drivers will advance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the Alabama 500. Niemann is currently on tour, and working on his new album. The recently released first single, titled "A Little More Love," is a duet with friend and label mate Lee Brice. His most recent album, High Noon, featured the Platinum-certified hit "Drink to That All Night," a two-week No. 1 smash. High Noon was a follow-up to his Free the Music album, which included the emotional "Only God Could Love You More" and "Shinin' on Me."(TSS)(9-25-2016)

  • Sad News - Bob Margolis: Robert "Bob" Henry Margolis, 65, of Macungie, PA, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 surrounded by his family in Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospice. Bob was born in Allentown, PA to Joseph Louis and Shirley (Jacoby) Margolis. He fought a battle with cancer for 10 years, having both Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Head & Neck cancer. Bob was married to Becky Overcash. His youngest, Alana Margolis, is currently enrolled at University of Colorado at Denver, pursuing her dream of being a singer/songwriter, following in Bob's footsteps. Bob was a musician for over 50 years, working as a producer and record executive at RCA and Geffen Records with bands like Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, and Whitesnake. Bob also worked in the motor sports industry, starting as a sports journalist and continuing as a media consultant. Bob flourished in every job he had, and had copious amounts of friends in each field of business. Bob's passions were his children, music, motor sports and cooking. If you were to look up the definition of a Renaissance Man, you would see a picture of Bob and all of his accomplishments in life. Arrangements by Robert C. Weir Funeral Home.(9-25-2016)

  • Truex and Harvick ok with each other after Chicago contact: #78-Martin Truex Jr. said he and #4-Kevin Harvick have cleared the air following contact during last week's race at Chicagoland Speedway. At one point in the opener for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Harvick door-slammed Truex and caused a tire rub on the #78 car. But Truex went on to win the race, so it ultimately didn't have an impact. At the time, Truex said he was certain Harvick initiated the contact on purpose and was trying to damage Truex's fast car. But on Friday, Truex said the drivers spoke this week and no longer have any problems. "We're fine; we're good to go," Truex said. "We just talked about what our perspectives were on it and agreed it's over, it's done with, we'll move on and race like we always have. We've raced very hard but always clean. So we agreed it was a racing deal and we'll move forward." Truex said he was angry with Harvick at the time and didn't realize Harvick also was mad. What did Harvick have to be upset about? "I guess he thought I ran into him," Truex said.(USA Today)(9-24-2016)

  • Joe Walsh named grand marshal for "Citizen Soldier 400" at Dover: Legendary musician Joe Walsh will serve as the grand marshal for the "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Grammy Award-winning 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has a career spanning four decades as a successful solo artist and a member of the Eagles, Barnstorm and James Gang. Walsh wrote "No Man's Land," an original song for the film "Citizen Soldier." Joining Walsh as dignitaries for the "Citizen Soldier 400" are: Honorary Pace Car Driver: Retired Maj. Gen Gus Hargett, the chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States; Honorary Starter: Retired Staff Sgt. Colt Floyd of the Oklahoma National Guard. Floyd was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011; Welcoming Remarks: Bert Bedrosian, "Citizen Soldier" producer and partner at Strong Eagle Media. In addition, country music star Easton Corbin will sing the national anthem prior to the race and the traditional military flyover will be conducted by two F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.(Dover Speedway)(9-24-2016)

  • Stewart honored with granite stone at New Hampshire: Dale Earnhardt has his rock and now Tony Stewart has his granite stone at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A winner of five races in three different motorsports series at NHMS during his legendary career, Tony Stewart will now forever be honored for his achievements on the 1.058-mile oval. Speedway officials unveiled the 7,400-pound engraved granite block for this weekend's Bad Boy Off Road 300. Fans will be able to the see the granite stone, as it is positioned under the Main Grandstands in a manicured flowerbed next to the suite elevators parallel to the Granite Stripe start/finish line. The granite features Stewart's #14 in the top-left corner with his name underneath. The middle of the engraving is a likeness of Stewart's car the last time he won here in 2011. The bottom-right of the stone features the New Hampshire Motor Speedway logo with the year of each of his wins at NHMS - 1998 (IndyCar), 2000 (Cup Series), 2005 (Cup Series), 2008 (XFINITY Series) and 2011 (Cup Series).(NHMS)(9-24-2016)

  • E.J. Wade Construction returns to back DiBenedetto at Dover: BK Racing has announced that E.J. Wade Construction will return as primary sponsor on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 E.J. Wade Construction Camry at Dover International Speedway. The Citizen Soldier 400 will be E.J. Wade Construction's fifth race as sponsor of DiBenedetto's car. E.J. Wade Construction is a Class A Contractor and a VDOT Prequalified Contractor that has highly trained professionals who have their tradesman licenses in electrical, plumbing, HVAC and gas fitting tradesman licenses. E.J. Wade Construction is a company that believes in quality, reliability, friendliness, and putting the concerns of the client first.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(9-23-2016)

  • Driscoll charged with stealing from charity UPDATE: The former girlfriend of NASCAR driver #41-Kurt Busch has been charged with stealing from a military charity she led. Court documents don't say how much prosecutors believe Patricia Driscoll took from the District of Columbia-based Armed Forces Foundation, whose mission is to support service members, veterans and their families. But a 2014 tax return for the non-profit says that the "foundation has become aware of suspected misappropriations" by Driscoll totaling more than $599,000 for the years 2006 to 2014. It says she misused money for meals, travel, parking tickets, makeup and gifts. Driscoll was indicted on two counts each of wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax evasion, and one count of attempts to interfere with administration of Internal Revenue laws.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(9-20-2016)
    UPDATE: Patricia Pauline Driscoll, 38, walked into the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, which sits in the shadows of the nation's Capitol, early Wednesday morning to turn herself over to U.S. Marshals after being indicted on two counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion, one count of interference with the administrations of IRS laws and one count of 1st degree fraud and she was kept in a holding cell until her arraignment at 1:45pm that afternoon. Standing before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey, Driscoll was dressed in a khaki suit with her hair in a bun and sporting dark-rimmed spectacles, she stood mostly silent, except to answer the Judge and converse with her attorney. She acknowledged she understood the charges against her and that she also understood her right to remain silent. Speaking on her behalf, her attorney Barry Pollock, said his client pleads, "not guilty on all counts." Driscoll was released on her own recognizance but must report weekly to the federal Pre-Trial Services Division and surrender her passport. She was also ordered to stay within 50-miles of Washington D.C. unless she get permission from pre-trial services and is forbidden to leave the country without an order form the court. (Kickin the Tires)(9-23-2016)

  • NASCAR Foundation donating $1 Million to NYU Langone Medical Center: The NASCAR Foundation will donate $1 million to NYU Langone Medical Center, as part of a multi-year partnership to benefit hospitalized children. Through this partnership, The NASCAR Foundation will enhance the Child Life Program at the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. The partnership will be commemorated at the first-ever NASCAR Foundation Honors Gala taking place at The Marriott Marquis in New York on Sept. 27. This is The NASCAR Foundation's first multi-year partnership with a New York area hospital and marks its commitment to reach more kids nationally. NASCAR's charitable arm has donated $25 million and impacted more than one million children since its inception in 2006. Through this partnership, the Child Life Program will ease the anxiety of children and their families during their hospital stay, which is essential to recovery. The NASCAR Foundation will support an enhanced child and family experience, fund two Child Life specialists, and provide resources, equipment and supplies to complement the wide-range of supportive and therapeutic activities currently offered at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at no charge to patients. This marks an expansion of The NASCAR Foundation's commitment to supporting children with Child Life programming as part of its signature Speediatrics program, which has provided more than 500,000 children with state-of-the-art medical care.(NASCAR)(9-23-2016)

  • Citizen Soldier Film sponsoring Smith at Dover: "Citizen Soldier," a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan will be the primary sponsor for Regan Smith's #7 Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, October 2. Produced by Strong Eagle Media and distributed by Gravitas Ventures and Broad Green Pictures, "Citizen Soldier" is a modern day "Band of Brothers" and documents the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's (nicknamed the "Thunderbirds") 2011 deployment. Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunt's-eye view of the war. The film tells the true story of an exceptional group of young soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood and patriotism. For Baldwin, this film hit home due to a relationship with United States Marine Corps Sgt. Derek Stevenin. Through Baldwin's friendship with Derek, Tommy understood the trials he faced with serving five deployments in just eight years. This past Memorial Day, TBR honored Derek and 17 of his fallen brothers on the #7 car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(9-22-2016)

  • Why Chase round no longer have names: Two years ago, NASCAR moved toward streamlining its playoffs through a format more traditionally in line with other professional sports. In the third season of the revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup, the branding of the 10-race championship also has moved in a conventional direction with the dispensing of nicknames for its four rounds in favor of traditional labels. Jill Gregory, who was named NASCAR's chief marketing officer last month, said it's about simplicity. "At the end of the day, we need to make the sport accessible and easy to consume, and sports fans, whether motorsports, NASCAR, stick and ball, they're familiar with a certain vernacular, and we wanted to keep it simple," Gregory, the guest on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast, said in the Wednesday episode. "Sometimes, you can out-clever yourself." When the Chase for the Sprint Cup was reintroduced with elimination rounds and an expanded field in the 2014 season, the first three rounds were known as "Challenger," "Contender" and "Eliminator." After using the branded rounds again last season, they were dropped this year. The number of title contenders in each segment is the determinant for the name (i.e., Round of 16, Round of 12, Round of 8 and Championship 4). "It's very easy to understand Round of 16, Round of 8, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for fans to engage with it," Gregory said.(NBC Sports)(9-22-2016)


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