Gaughan to return to RCR: Richard Childress Racing and South Point Hotel & Casino announced the renewal of their partnership for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season with driver Brendan Gaughan. South Point Hotel & Casino's partnership with Richard Childress Racing began in 2012 with Gaughan running a limited Nationwide Series schedule and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The partnership continued in 2013 with a full time Camping World Truck Series schedule where the team finished seventh in the driver championship point standings. South Point Hotel & Casino made the full time move to the Nationwide Series for the 2014 season. The Las Vegas-native collected his first-career win at Road America in June, which was only the third time in NASCAR history a race has been run in the rain. This victory came after he made 98 Nationwide Series starts. Gaughan returned to victory lane three months later at Kentucky Speedway in September. With only three races left this season, the 39-year-old driver leads the Nationwide Series regulars with most green flag passes (1,813), earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes with 54 laps led.(RCR)(10-23-2014)
Winn-Dixie to sponsor Xfinity Series race at Talladega: Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it is entering into a new partnership with NASCAR's Most Competitive Track to sponsor the "Winn-Dixie 300" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, 2015. With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company is proud to sponsor the Winn-Dixie 300 at NASCAR's biggest and baddest track, which opened in 1969. The goal is to make meaningful connections with customers throughout the state of Alabama and beyond by being a part of events they are passionate about. This isn't the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world's fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.(Talladega Superspeedway)(10-22-2014)
Hunt Brothers Pizza sponsoring Harvick in 4 races in 2015: Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation's largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, is returning to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 with its sponsorship of Kevin Harvick and JR Motorsports. For the second consecutive season, Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as primary sponsor on Harvick's #88 Chevrolet for four XFINITY Series races. Harvick, a two-time series champion and winner of 84 races across NASCAR's three national series, will share driving duties of JR Motorsports' #88 entry in 2015 with veteran drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. To date, Harvick has earned four victories, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 14 starts during his debut season racing part-time for JR Motorsports.(Hunt Brothers Pizza)(10-22-2014)
NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series To Incorporate Updates In 2015: NASCAR announced three key enhancements in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season. The updates include:
" Beginning next season, the qualifying rule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will resemble that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and will emphasize speed.
" The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series maximum starting field will be set at 32 trucks.
" The drivers' last name will be featured on the back window of each series' cars and trucks, helping fans to better identify the drivers.
2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Procedure
Next season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will follow the same procedure for positions 1-27. In the XFINITY Series, the next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the next four positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking trucks in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a fifth truck will make the field based upon owner points. Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars and top 25 trucks in owner points in each series, respectively, were guaranteed a starting spot in each of those series' events. Starting next year, a maximum of seven cars and five trucks will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, respectively. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series' field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.
Maximum Field Set At 32 Trucks For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
As NASCAR continues to encourage and reward hard racing, help solidify and build the ownership base, add even more drama and intrigue to the race weekend and most importantly, provide fans the best competition possible, the maximum starting field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be set at 32 trucks starting in 2015, as opposed to the 36-truck field in previous years. A maximum NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field continues to stand at 43 cars while the NASCAR XFINITY Series will remain at 40.
Drivers' Last Names On Rear Window
This new design element is part of the implementation of NASCAR's Industry Action Plan, specifically in the area of Driver Star Power. This enhancement will feature the drivers' last name displayed on the upper rear window of cars and trucks, helping fans more easily identify the drivers. The window treatment will not affect the on-track competition and placing it on the back window allows for both series sponsors - XFINITY (starting in 2015) and Camping World - to continue to maintain placement on the front windshield.(NASCAR)(10-22-2014)
Koch in the #44 at Homestead: Blake Koch is back with TriStar Motorsports for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Koch will pilot the #44 Celsius Flo Fusion Camry, as he will attempt to top his break out performance from the 2013 season finale. Blake Koch is teaming up with Grammy nominated and multi-award winning hip-hop artist, Flo Rida for the final race of 2014. Both who call Southern Florida home, have teamed up to promote Flo Rida's new work out powder, Celsius Flo Fusion. Celsius Flo Fusion is a great tasting Pre-Workout energy drink to fuel those who live an active lifestyle. Using the same formula as your favorite Celsius products, Flo Fusion is powered by scientifically tested, calorie burning MetaPlus.(TriStar Motorsports)(10-20-2014)
Nationwide race at Phoenix to honor Disabled American Veterans: Phoenix International Raceway announced that DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's November NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the featured event on the third day of PIR's Veterans Day race weekend. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the semifinal race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. With the Nationwide Series title on the line, the green flag will drop at 5:00pm/et on Saturday, November 8. DAV's National Commander, Ron Hope, said this race weekend is a fitting addition to the many events across the country that remember America's fallen, wounded, ill or injured. "This is the time of year our country pauses to reflect on those who ensured we enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted'" said Hope. "This event, in addition to the excitement of attendance for a semi-final event, will make veterans aware of the free services available to them and educate the public on volunteer opportunities and other ways they can say 'thanks' to those who served."(PIR)(10-15-2014)
Charlotte TV Ratings: ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte on Friday night, Oct. 10, earned a 0.8 U.S. rating, the same as last year's race, and averaged 1,249,000 viewers, slightly down from last year's average of 1,302,000.(ESPN)(10-14-2014)
Voting Opens For 2014 Most Popular Driver Award In NASCAR Nationwide Series: It's another showdown between the rising stars and seasoned veterans of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR's seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins, Thursday, October 9. Additionally, fans can also vote on their top NASCAR Nationwide Series moment. Regan Smith looks to defend his NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver title, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed to have a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver, and for the NASCAR Nationwide Series top moment at www.NASCAR.com/nnstopmoment. Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 14 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 15 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 15. The winners will be announced at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Trump National Doral Miami on Monday, Nov. 17. To be eligible to receive Most Popular Driver votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2014 championship driver points. Additionally, for all voting, drivers must have attempted at least half of their respective series races this season. Selected by a panel of NASCAR industry representatives, here are the top NASCAR Nationwide Series moments from the past seven seasons that fans can vote on starting today:
Aug. 1, 2009 - Brad Keselowski wins the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, taking home the Dash 4 Cash bonus in front of 60,000 fans.
July 3, 2010 - The new NASCAR Nationwide car makes its race debut at Daytona. Driving a blue-and-yellow #3 Wrangler Chevrolet reminiscent of his father's car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
March 5, 2011 - Danica Patrick finishes fourth at Las Vegas, marking the best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history.
Aug. 6, 2011 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards wreck coming across the finish line at Iowa Speedway battling for the win. Stenhouse would emerge as the winner, earning his first victory of the season.
Aug. 26, 2011 - Kyle Busch's victory at Bristol Motor Speedway moves him past Mark Martin as the series' all-time wins leader (50). Busch has since upped his win total to 69.
Nov. 5, 2011 - At Texas Motor Speedway, Kenny Wallace supplants Jason Keller as the series' all-time starts leader (520).
Nov. 16, 2013 - Austin Dillon wins the series championship by a scant three points over Sam Hornish Jr. It was Dillon's second national series championship in three years.
April, 2014 - Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott wins consecutive races at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, becoming the youngest driver to win back-to-back races in series history.
Aug. 16, 2014 - Chris Buescher claims his first career win in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio, while honoring six year-old patient champion Luke Benner.(NASCAR)(10-9-2014)
Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association announce renewal with Roush, Reed: Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association have announced a multi-year renewal of their successful Drive to Stop Diabetes NASCAR program with Roush Fenway Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Reed. "I am very excited for the opportunity to move forward and expand the program," said Reed, who at the age of 17 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. "As someone who was diagnosed and told that my dream of being a professional driver was over, I personally understand the importance of education and awareness as well as tapping into resources to manage my diabetes. With so many people living with or at risk for diabetes, it is so important that we continue to educate people about how to get out ahead of it and live with this disease." Over the past nine months, the Drive to Stop Diabetes platform has utilized a multi-faceted approach to reach children, parents and at-risk adults of all ages to bring education and awareness to diabetes. Through the program, Reed has been able to educate, inspire and personally connect with thousands of children living with diabetes, while raising unprecedented awareness of the disease across the country. The program has included visits to children's hospitals and summer camps as well as holding a major presence at diabetes scientific conferences, designed to educate those dealing with and affected by diabetes. In addition, the Drive to Stop Diabetes team launched a dynamic social media campaign to regularly engage those in the diabetes community and hosts an at-track activation experience at selected races that features educational materials, games and prizes, while providing insight to fans as to how Reed manages his diabetes with a successful racing career.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-8-2014)
Pinnacle Food renews with JR Motorsports:JR Motorsports announced a multi-year sponsorship extension with Pinnacle Foods Inc. that will start with four NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015 with drivers Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick. Pinnacle Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, and its brands can be found in more than 85 percent of American households. The sponsorship will be leveraged in store at key retailers nationwide. As it did this year with Harvick, Pinnacle Foods will continue featuring the Armour brand on JRM's all-star car. Armour specializes in canned meats and includes Vienna sausages, chili, luncheon meat, beef stew and more. Additionally, the company's Vlasic and Wish-Bone brands will receive primary sponsorship placement on Regan Smith's #7 Chevy for the upcoming event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 10, 2014.(JR Motorsports)(10-8-2014)
NASCAR releases Xfinity Series logo: NASCAR announced last month that beginning in 2015 Comcast's XFINITY brand will be the title sponsor for what is currently known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In preparation for the transition, planning has already begun with XFINITY in what will be an ongoing process in the coming weeks and months to be ready for January 1, 2015, when XFINITY officially takes the reigns of the entitlement.An integral part to that transition is the development of the official NASCAR XFINITY Series mark, which makes its debut today. The NASCAR XFINITY Series mark is creatively aligned, and in a similar genre, to the other NASCAR national series marks. Fans will see the new NASCAR XFINITY Series mark in the same places as they see the NASCAR Nationwide Series marks, including NASCAR XFINITY Series racecar windshields, NASCAR XFINITY Series officials' and drivers' uniforms, haulers, pace cars, headsets, grass stencils, banners / flags, credentials / hard cards, Victory Lane accessories, websites, media guides, schedules, souvenir programs, tickets, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship trophy. Nationwide remains the series entitlement partner through December 31, 2014, and continues on as an Official NASCAR Partner and Sprint Cup team sponsor for years to come.(NASCAR)(10-7-2014)
Crew chief changes expected with JGR: They're preparing to shuffle the crew chief deck at Joe Gibbs Racing. Multiple sources say Kyle Busch and longtime crew chief Dave Rogers will end their long-running association at season's end, as part of a multi-divisional realignment involving both JGR and Kyle Busch Motorsports. While Rogers' departure from the #18 team was announced in-house on Tuesday of this week, no one from JGR has commented publicly on the move. Sources close to the team say Adam Stevens will move from JGR's Nationwide Series operation to replace Rogers atop the #18 pit box. Stevens has gone to Victory Lane five times this season with Busch, and is the obvious heir-apparent to Rogers. Stevens will be replaced in the Nationwide Series garage by Eric Phillips, who has served as crew chief on the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series entry. Under his guidance, the team has won eight times in 17 starts this season with Busch (six wins) and Erik Jones (two wins). He won the Truck Series owner's championship for KBM a year ago and is solidly in the running to defend that title this season.(Godfather Motorsports).(10-3-2014)
Regan Smith returning to JR Motorsports UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tweeted Wednesday morning, "@ReganSmith and @JRMotorsports just finished the paperwork that keeps him in the 7 car for 2015. Couldn't be more pleased about this."(10-1-2014)
UPDATE: Regan Smith still harbors dreams of driving for a Sprint Cup team again. He just isn't in such a hurry to get there that he was willing to give up a pretty sweet gig. Smith has agreed to a one-year extension with JR Motorsports to continue driving in the Nationwide Series, which will be rebranded the Xfinity Series next season. Smith, who is second in points heading into Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway, said that the opportunity to continue driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a championship-caliber team was a big enough incentive to put less certain Sprint Cup opportunities on hold. Smith has three wins over the past two seasons for JR Motorsports.(Associated Press)(10-3-2014)
Australian-owned team announces plans UPDATE: NASCAR is coming to Salisbury (North Carolina), according to the head of an Australian based team that hopes to field a truck in the Camping World Truck Series, and a car in the Nationwide Series. Roo Motorsports is expected to announce that it will set up its racing headquarter in the Speedway Industrial Park just off I-85. The park is now home to a quarter midget race track and other businesses. Robert Van Geons, head of RowanWORKS, the economic development platform for Salisbury and Rowan County told WBTV about the announcement. Roo Racing will be the first Australian owned race team to compete in a NASCAR touring series, according to Van Geons. Scott Saunders is slated to be the driver for the team. Scott is a relatively unknown Australian Motorsports star due to most of his racing career being outside of Australia, according to his web site. Since 1996 at the age of 9, Scott has been racing and has won National and World titles in Karting. Scott holds a US Karting record as one of only a hand full of drivers to win 4 USA IKF Grand National Championships.(WBTV).(9-29-2014)
UPDATE: Roo Motorsports is officially setting up shop in Salisbury at the Speedway Business Park just off I-85. The announcement was made Monday night. In addition, the team announced the Naming Rights sponsor for the 2015 Camping World Truck Series of NASCAR. Sax Suspension is an Australian suspension manufacturer specializing in the development and production of advance suspension components for on road and off road vehicles. Their products have been available in limited supply in the USA, and this partnering arrangement coincides with a hard launch into the US marketplace.Roo Motorsports is the first wholly owned Australian NASCAR team to enter the competition. Founded by team owner, Noel Saunders, Roo Motorsports will compete in the Camping World Truck Series for 2015 and beyond.(WBTV).(9-30-2014)
LaJoie to drive 4 races in #98: Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi-DenBenste Racing announced they will partner to enter Corey LaJoie in four of the final five NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. LaJoie will pilot the #98 Medallion Financial Ford owned by Biagi-DenBenste Racing in the events at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. LaJoie, who is a development driver for RPM, is a proven talent behind the wheel. He has one win in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Series, five wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three wins in the ARCA Racing Series. The son of NASCAR champion Randy LaJoie, Corey has five starts in NASCAR's three national series with a Top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earlier this year at Bristol. The four events this year in the Nationwide Series will give him his most starts in the Nationwide Series. Biagi-DenBeste Racing has made 11 starts with a best finish of fourth scored by David Ragan. RPM driver Aric Amirola has most recently raced the car at Chicagoland and Dover. LaJoie has one start with the team this season and finished 15th at the Kentucky Speedway in only his second Nationwide Series start.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #98 team paint schemes page.(9-30-2014)
Mike Ford named crew chief for Townley: Athenian Motorsports announced veteran NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined the team as the crew chief for the #25 Zaxby's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry with driver John Wes Townley. Mike Ford has more than 20 years in NASCAR and has worked as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief since 2000. From 2001-2003 Ford served as crew chief for Bill Elliott at Evernham Motorsports and won four races, including the 2002 Brickyard 400. Ford led Dale Jarrett to a victory in the 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. In 2006, he joined Joe Gibbs Racing for a six year pairing with Denny Hamlin. As the crew chief of the No. 11 car Ford won 17 races and had championship finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 12th, never missing a Chase. In 2012, Ford moved to Richard Petty Motorsports to be the crew chief for Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose. In late 2012, he moved to BK Racing as the Director of Competition where he remained until joining Athenian Motorsports. Ford will now lead the #25 Athenian Motorsports team as crew chief for the remainder of 2014 with driver John Wes Townley beginning at Kansas Speedway, October 3, 2014.(Athenian Motorsports)(9-29-2014)
Faison Eyeing NASCAR Xfinity Series for 2015: The 21 year old Delaware native CJ Faison has built a name for himself inside the racing world by competing in everything from Go-karts to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. CJ Faison is now looking to take his career one step further, the NASCAR Nationwide Series. NASCAR's #2 series will have a new partner beginning in 2015 as Comcast's XFINITY brand becomes the entitlement partner for what is currently known as the Nationwide Series. CJ Faison is currently eyeing the NASCAR Xfinity Series full time for 2015. With the end of the 2014 race season coming up, CJ Faison is negotiating with teams for next year. While there are multiple options available, CJ believes he will find his home for next year very soon. CJ Faison has spent the last 4 years racing for multiple teams and acquiring as much track time as possible. As for this past year CJ Faison had decided to continue racing back in Delaware (his home state) while still looking towards a return to NASCAR in 2015.(Faison PR)(9-25-2014)
Theriault looking for 2015 opportunity: It has been an eventful year for Fort Kent race car driver Austin Theriault. But Theriault said in some ways, it hasn't been eventful enough. The 20-year-old landed a three-race series in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, and it didn't go as well as he had hoped. Theriault finished 15th at Iowa Speedway, 21st at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and, last Saturday night, he wound up 18th at Kentucky Speedway. He also has been in five Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North races and won his first ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway. He will probably conclude his season on Saturday afternoon at the Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150 PASS SLM North race at Oxford Plains Speedway. He has four top-five finishes in his five PASS races but will be looking to post his first win of the season. Then he will hit the road seeking sponsors and a ride for next season. He is taking everything in stride. "I'm going to stay positive. I know things take time. Hopefully, things are happening for the right reasons," he said. "I'm not going to dwell on it too much. You look at what happened, you make mental notes and you move forward." He said he does want to continue racing and would prefer "the bigger [3400-pound] cars with the radial tires." That would mean the Nationwide, Camping World Trucks or ARCA series. But he also knows he has to be a realist and take the best opportunity to get seat time, even if it isn't in one of those divisions.(Bangor Daily News)(9-25-2014)
Yuengling renews sponsorship of RCR, Dillon: Richard Childress Racing and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, announced the renewal of their partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series #3 Chevy team and driver Ty Dillon for the 2015 season. Yuengling will also sponsor the #33 Chevy SS at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Dillon behind the wheel. "We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Yuengling and showcase their great products to NASCAR fans," said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "We have enjoyed working with a family-owned and operated company with such a rich heritage and tight-knit culture. It's something we mirror here at RCR. Yuengling is an iconic American brand and the brewery has produced a quality beer for almost two centuries." The Yuengling beer Light Lager brand has been featured on the #3 Chevy Camaro in 2014, which is the 185-year-old company's first season partnering with a NASCAR team. The Pottsville, Pa.-based brewery has been American Owned and Family Operated since 1829 and sells beer in 16 states.(RCR)(9-24-2014)
Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports at Homestead: JR Motorsports champion late model driver Josh Berry, who made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last month, will get his second opportunity behind the wheel of the #5 Chevy at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15. JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller made the announcement on her Dirty Mo Radio podcast, Fast Lane Family presented by Charlie's Soap, on Wednesday. Ragu will be featured as the primary sponsor on Berry's car. America's leading pasta sauce brand since 1937, Ragu has been a partner with JR Motorsports since 2011. Regan Smith raced the #7 Ragu Chevy to victory at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year, giving JR Motorsports its first win in the season-opening event.(JR Motorsports)(9-17-2014)
Country Bob's Sauces & Seasonings sponsoring Scott at Texas: Country Bob's, an all-purpose sauces and seasonings company, will serve as the primary sponsor for Brian Scott and Richard Childress Racing's #2 Chevy team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1. In a partnership with Kroger, Country Bob's joins RCR for their first venture as a primary sponsor. In a promotion that started on Labor Day, September 1 and runs through the first week of December, fans who purchase Country Bob's sauces and seasonings at one of the nearly 200 Kroger stores in Texas will enjoy great sale prices. In addition to the sale prices on Country Bob's Sauces and Seasonings at Kroger stores, customers can enter a drawing to win the grand prize, two-minute Kroger shopping spree experience with RCR driver Scott. The grand-prize winner will also enjoy a VIP race experience and a Primo Oval 400 XL grill. The contest runs from now through October 6.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #2 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)
The Motorsports Group moving to Cup in 2015: The Motorsports Group [Nationwide teams #40 & #46 owned by Curtis Key] announced that it will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting with Daytona in 2015. The #30 Chevy SS is seeking a driver, crew and sponsorship opportunities.(TMG) The team is not afflilated with Brandon Davis or Swan Racing and is not planning to run any races this year. They plan a full season of racing and not a "start and park" effort. They will build their own engines. Plans for Nationwide teams next season have not been determined.(9-16-2014)
Preece to drive for Baldwin at Homestead: Ryan Preece of Berlin, Connecticut has made a significant change to his racing schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season. Instead of competing in his second NASCAR Nationwide Series event of the 2014 season at Richmond International Raceway Friday, he has decided to forego the start and exchange it for a start in the Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 at Homestead Speedway in November. The decision made by Preece and his supporters will allow him to chase his second career Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified division championship, as well as gain NASCAR's approval to compete at super-speedways such as Daytona International Speedway. "If everything runs well and we finish all the laps, have a good run, and everything goes good I'd be approved to run Daytona," Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "You're done with the approval process at that point. I talked to Tommy (Baldwin) and all my sponsors backing us and they were 100-percent behind me."(Speed 51)(9-4-2014)
NASCAR and Comcast reach 10-Year series entitlement agreement: NASCAR and Comcast announced a historic agreement that will make Comcast's XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. The 10-year term matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in history, and is the longest entitlement sponsorship agreement in this series' history.
Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. XFINITY will become only the third title sponsor in series history following Anheuser-Busch (26 years) and Nationwide Insurance (seven years). The agreement also makes XFINITY an Official NASCAR Partner in the multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and broadband ISP categories.
The announcement was made during an event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame - where the sport's history is celebrated every day - and was the first series entitlement sponsorship ever announced at the venue.
XFINITY is Comcast's residential service brand and is the nation's largest video and high-speed Internet provider. The company has increased Internet speeds for existing customers 13 times in 12 years and recently introduced XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System. The company also offers XFINITY On Demand, the most robust video on demand platform in the world. Comcast serves business and residential customers in 39 states and Washington, D.C.
"We're proud to welcome XFINITY to the NASCAR community as title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the next decade," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO. "NASCAR and XFINITY are each leader brands with much in common. Both are focused on innovation and have products built for speed. Together, we will work to take this series to new heights and elevate one of the most unique and powerful partnerships in all of sports."
What will soon be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the property where names are made and is like nothing else in major pro sports. It features the most talented young drivers regularly competing side-by-side against NASCAR's biggest and brightest stars.
"Technology lives at the heart of NASCAR, just as it does for XFINITY," said Dave Watson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Comcast Cable. "NASCAR provides an exciting environment in which to showcase our video and Internet products and we look forward to further enhancing the fan experience at home, at the track and on the go for years to come."
The series also has a large, highly engaged and technology-connected television audience. It races in some of the nation's largest markets - from Chicago to Los Angeles to Miami - and at the sport's biggest and most iconic tracks - from Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, to Talladega Superspeedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
According to NASCAR Fan Engagement Tracker 2013 (commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna), NASCAR fans spend an average of four-and-a-half hours each week watching NASCAR on television and an additional two-and-a-half-hours each week following the sport on digital platforms.
XFINITY is among the premier sponsors in sports today and a robust sponsorship activation program is part of the new agreement with NASCAR, with aggressive planning already underway.
Comcast's involvement with NASCAR is expanding rapidly. In addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series announced today, Comcast's NBC Sports unit will begin broadcasting NASCAR race events in July 2015.
After a successful seven-year run as series entitlement sponsor, Nationwide Insurance pivoted its marketing programs to become a NASCAR team sponsor next season. Nationwide also is the official auto, home, life and business insurance partner of NASCAR.(NASCAR)(9-3-2014)
2015 NASCAR Series Schedules released: NASCAR announced its national series schedules for the 2015 season, featuring date enhancements to races at some of its most storied tracks along with a pair of long-term broadcast partners that will provide the exciting action to the sport's fans."The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry. From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we're looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN."
Key date changes featuring Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, some of NASCAR's most tradition-laden tracks, highlight the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 22 on FOX, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the season's second race weekend (March 1), while Darlington returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012 as part of a unique doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, Daytona's always-anticipated July race weekend takes on a different look as the Sunday, July 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks the return of broadcast partner NBC.
A big "west-coast swing" during the schedule's early stages spotlights markets where NASCAR's fan base is growing and sponsor opportunities are on the rise. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series run on three consecutive weekends, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7-8, Phoenix International Raceway on March 14-15 and Auto Club Speedway on March 21-22.
Bristol's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date moves deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) step back one week from their 2014 schedule slots.
From the season-opening weekend at Daytona through June's events, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will combine to serve as the broadcast home of all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting in July at Daytona through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including each series' championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC and NBCSN will carry the second-half action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The entire 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast exclusively on FOX and FOX Sports 1. On radio, programming surrounding the 2015 NASCAR season along with the exciting national series race calls can be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's radio network will carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature 36 events including two standout non-points races - the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 14 at Daytona and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16. Soon to have a new entitlement partner, the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again contests 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series increases to 23 events next season with the addition of the Atlanta date.
When running concurrently during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion weekends, the date changes are also reflected on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules. There are nine companion weekends on the 2015 schedule that feature all three national series along with 18 combination weekends between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven dual events where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run together.
There are six "stand-alones" on next year's NASCAR Nationwide Series calendar, starting May 17 at Iowa Speedway. Included among those are two road-course races, at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 15 and Road America on Aug. 29. The later Road America date takes the place of the former Atlanta date. There are seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone races and two Wednesday appearances - on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 22 and at Bristol on Aug. 19. Iowa hosts the trucks three weeks earlier in 2015, on June 19. And the series again runs internationally on Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.(NASCAR), see the schedule on the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule page.(8-26-2014)