Crum returns to the #86: Jake Crum will drive the #86 My Freedom Smokes.com NASCAR Nationwide Series car this Friday night in the Food City 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. This race will be the second part of a double-duty weekend for the Newport, TN native, who will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Series race as well on Wednesday night. Bristol is also the home track for Crum, who is from the Volunteer State.(DRG Motorsports)(8-20-2014)
Breyers returns to the #7: Breyers returns as primary sponsor for Smith and the #7 team for the second and final time this year. Breyers Ice Cream, an American classic since 1866, is part of the Unilever family. The company joins Best Foods, Hellmann's and Ragu as other Unilever brands with primary paint schemes this season.(JR Motorsports)(8-20-2014)
Brad Teague driving at Bristol: Johnson City driver Brad Teague will race for veteran car owner Rick Ware in this Friday's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Teague, 66, looks to join the 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd as the only drivers to race in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series' inaugural season of 1982 and the current season. Teague has raced at NASCAR's highest levels since the 1970's with 293 starts in the three national touring series. At Bristol, Teague has 45 career starts in the three national series and quite a few more on the other short-track circuits. "I'm really glad for the opportunity to do this again," he said. "You have to have sponsors to do it and I've got the support of JD Metals and the SCAG people. This time, ABS Building Systems is helping me too. I couldn't do it without all those people."(Johnson City Press), Teague will drive the #23. Robert Richardson was originally listed as the driver.(8-20-2014)
Mid-Ohio TV Ratings: ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, Aug. 16, earned a 0.9 U.S. household rating, averaging 1,473,000 viewers. The rating was the same as last year's race while viewership rose from last year's 1,287,000.(ESPN)(8-19-2014)
Jones returns to the #20: Coming off an impressive NASCAR Nationwide Series debut just over a month ago, 18-year-old Erik Jones will make his second career start behind the wheel of the #20 Reser's Main St. Bistro Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday night's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In his NNS debut at Chicagoland Speedway in July, Jones qualified fourth, led two laps and ended the day with a solid seventh-place finish. In addition to his three-race schedule behind the wheel of JGR's #20 Nationwide Series entry, Jones has completed six of 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' starts on his schedule in the #51 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.(JGR)(8-19-2014)
Milka Duno to run some races for RAB UPDATE: RAB Racing has signed multiple race-winning driver Milka Duno to compete in select races in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and with the entry Duno will become the first Hispanic female driver in history to compete in a NASCAR national series in the United States. A successful driver who has competed in multiple racing series Duno has eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and the Grand American Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd place) in the 24 Hours at Daytona - in the now 52-year history of the race. In making her transition to stock car racing and her ultimate entry into NASCAR Duno has been competing in the ARCA Racing Series for the past three seasons. In 2011 and 2012 she competed in partial schedules and in her first full ARCA season in 2013, competing with Venturini Motorsports, she finished the season 7th in the driver point standings and became the 2nd highest finishing female driver in ARCA's now 62-year history. Veteran crew chief Chris Rice will helm Duno's NNS effort.(Duno PR), no word on how many races she will run or where.(8-4-2014)
UPDATE: Milka Duno's first NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be Friday, August 22 in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This will mark the first time in NASCAR history that a Hispanic female driver will compete in a NASCAR national series race in the United States. Duno will compete in RAB Racing's #29 Toyota Camry.(Duno PR)(8-19-2014)
Gibbs to hold press conference Tuesday UPDATE: According to Joe Gibbs Racing, they will hold a press conference Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00am/et and "this unprecedented announcement will have impact across four NASCAR racing series."(Joe Gibbs Racing)
AND Joe Gibbs Racing will announce Carl Edwards as its fourth Sprint Cup driver for the 2015 season next Tuesday. However, the bigger news appears to involve Daniel Suarez, the 22-year-old darling of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, who will drive for JGR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Suarez, of Monterrey, Mexico, currently leads the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series where he has nine victories in 52 career starts including four this season. Suarez has made dramatic improvement since joining the tour and has led 1,084 of the 7,790 laps raced. Suarez made his first career Nationwide Series start for JGR at Richmond in the #20 Toyota. Suarez qualified 12th and finished 19th. He completed all but one lap.(Motorsport)(8-14-2014)
UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing announces that drivers Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez will join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series respectively. In addition, ARRIS Group, Inc. will sponsor Edwards in the #19 Toyota Camry for 17 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with JGR expanding its operations to include a fourth team. ARRIS also will support Suarez in a multi-year program, starting with the 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as a partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. JGR also announces that it has launched a diversity initiative with Escuderia TELMEX with support from ARRIS to provide developmental opportunities to deserving Mexican and Latin American candidates in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico and other racing series under the JGR umbrella.(JGR), see an image of the car on the #18 2015 paint schemes page.(8-19-2014)
Cope to become Elliott's crew chief next season UPDATE: Hearing that JR Motorsports will name Ernie Cope as crew chief for #9-Chase Elliott next season. Elliott's current crew chief, Greg Ives, has been named Dale Earnhardt, Jr's crew chief for 2015.(8-18-2014)
UPDATE: JR Motorsports announced that it will pull from within to fill its impending crew chief vacancy, as Ernie Cope will transition from the #5 team to Chase Elliott's #9 NAPA Aupt Parts team at the conclusion of this season. Cope will take over for Greg Ives. Last month it was announced that Ives would be Steve Letarte's successor on the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ives and Cope will finish out the year in their respective roles. Ives and Elliott currently lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings by 10 points over teammate Regan Smith with 11 races to go. A crew chief for the #5 team in 2015 is not yet determined. Earnhardt Miller said the company will conduct a thorough search and take as much time as necessary to find the best candidate.(JR Motorsports)(8-18-2014)
Comcast's Xfinity negotiating sponsorship of Nationwide Series: Comcast's Xfinity is in contract negotiations with NASCAR to become title sponsor of the sport's secondary series. The company's broadband, TV and phone division is considering a five- to six-year deal valued at more than $100 million, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The potential agreement would see Xfinity pay approximately $9 million in rights fees and $9 million in media and activation in its first year as title sponsor. Its annual spend would increase in subsequent years. Comcast declined to comment. In a statement, NASCAR said, "We anticipate NASCAR will soon be aligned with an outstanding brand that will help take this series to new heights, but out of respect for our current partner and the process, we will not comment on speculation about any potential replacements until there actually is one." Though discussions have moved into the contract phase and NASCAR executives have begun telling officials in the sport that a sponsorship is done, the deal still faces some obstacles. Fox Sports and Comcast-owned NBC Sports are slated to split television rights to the series from 2015 to 2024. Sources said that Fox, which did not respond to requests for comment, wants assurances that Comcast will spend equally on advertising across both of the series' rights holders, Fox and NBC, and not favor its own company, NBC. NASCAR and Comcast are addressing other category issues as well. Provided those issues are resolved, the deal should close and be announced in the coming weeks.(Sports Business Daily)(8-18-2014)
RSS Racing gets associate sponsor: Smart Cell Fundraising is joining Ryan Sieg and RSS Racing this week at Bristol for the Food City 300. Smart Cell Fundraising, is a brand new program that helps schools attain their financial goals. This week, with title sponsor StationDigital, Smart Cell Fundraising will be helping local high school, Tennessee High School Marching Band at the race with their first fundraising drive of the new 2014-15 school year.(RSS Racing)(8-18-2014)
Hornish unsure of 2015 plans: Joe Gibbs Racing is set to hold a press conference at its Huntersville, North Carolina headquarters on Tuesday to offer an "unprecedented announcement" that will "have impact across four NASCAR racing series." Sam Hornish Jr., currently driving Kyle Busch's #54 JGR Monster Energy Toyota part-time as he looks to secure a full-time ride for 2015, was completely unaware when asked Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course if the announcement had anything to do with him. "They've got an announcement on Tuesday?" Hornish replied. "Well, I didn't know that. I must not be enough in the loop on that." Of course, the 2013 Nationwide Series championship runner-up could certainly be playing coy, but if not it continues a trend of Hornish consistently and reluctantly embracing the role as NASCAR's forgotten man, despite being one of its most well-rounded drivers.(NASCAR.com)(8-15-2014)
Wood Brothers forms alliance with Penske; names Ryan Blaney as driver: Wood Brothers Racing announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and will race a partial-season schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney. Blaney, who has raced as a Team Penske development driver since 2012, will compete in at least 12 races for Wood Brothers Racing next season in the iconic #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion as he continues his rapid NASCAR development. Blaney will also practice and qualify the #21 this weekend at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway while current Wood Brothers driver Trevor Bayne competes in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Bayne will return in time to start the Sprint Cup race at the back of the field. Blaney is scheduled to make his official debut for Wood Brothers Racing in the 2015 Daytona 500. He will race for the team in events at Daytona, Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan and Indianapolis, among others. In addition to driving the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers, Blaney will drive a Team Penske Mustang in the 2015 Nationwide Series.(Wood Brothers Racing)(8-14-2014)
Rice takes on new roles at NTS UPDATE: Chris Rice has taken on the role of competition director and crew chief on the #20 Chevy for NTS Motorsports, driver Gray Gaulding announced on his Twitter. Jeff Hensley had served as the crew chief on the 20 truck through the first half of the season. Rice most recently served as competition director and crew chief in the Nationwide Series with RAB Racing.(8-11-2014)
UPDATE: NTS Motorsports Vice President of Operations announced earlier today that Chris Rice will serve as Competition Director and crew chief of the #20 Chevy Silverado. Rice joins NTS Motorsports with 25 years of experience in NASCAR, including 11 years as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Chris Rice will serve as crew chief for Austin Dillon and the #20 Qore-24 Chevy starting this Saturday, August 16th at Michigan International Raceway and Gray Gaulding in the #20 Gemini Southern Chevy at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th, 2014.(NTS Motorsports)(8-12-2014)
Chase Elliott could run some Cup races in 2015: Rick Hendrick's plan for NASCAR Nationwide Series phenom Chase Elliott evidently entails a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts next season, the champion car owner said Wednesday in an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The 18-year-old Elliott tops the Nationwide Series standings and leads all series regulars with three race victories. Dale Earnhardt Jr., co-owner of his JR Motorsports race team, has said that Elliott is likely to run another full season on NASCAR's No. 2 circuit next year. Hendrick, also a co-owner at JRM, sounded as if a few premier series starts will also be sprinkled into that mix. A test session in which Elliott tested the cars of Hendrick Motorsports champion drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon convinced the team owner the youngster was ready, even before he took the Nationwide circuit by storm.
"We haven't arrived at a decision for sure, but I think you'll probably see him run a few races next year," Hendrick told the satellite radio network. "Before he ever won a Nationwide race, I watched him test Jimmie's car and Jeff's car at Nashville, and Jimmie and Jeff both commented to me, 'This kid is super smooth and super fast. He takes care of his equipment, and he doesn't get in a jam.' Although Hendrick currently fields four full-time cars, the maximum for one organization as allowed by NASCAR, rules do permit teams to run an additional vehicle on a limited slate for prospective rookie drivers.(NASCAR.com)(8-6-2014)
Drissi joins JGL Racing for 2 races: JGL Racing will have Tomy Drissi, along with Paramount Pictures and the awesome summer block buster movie The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 3D, now being part of the JGL family. Drissi will be piloting the #93 JGL Dodge Challenger at Watkins Glenn International & Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course along with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 3D which opens in theaters August 8th. Drissi is an accomplished road course racer and Trans Am ChampionDrissi will have several team mates for this race, as JGL Racing will be entering three cars for the Watkins Glenn & The Mid-Ohio Races. Tomy Drissi in the #93 JGL Dodge, J.J. Yeley in the #28 JGL Dodge, Chris Cook in the #24 JGL Dodge.(JGL Racing), see an image of the car on the #93 team paint schemes page.(8-2-2014)
Hermie Sadler driving for TriStar at Bristol & Richmond: 1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current FOX SPORTS 1 analyst, Hermie Sadler, will return to the driver's seat for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race since 2010. Sadler will pilot the #19 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd for his 260th career NNS start and again on September 5th at Richmond International Raceway. The Virginia Lottery will serve as primary sponsor, with whom Sadler has been an ambassador for over 15 years. The car will promote The Virginia Lottery's "Let's Play VA" events, in which lottery players and NASCAR fans have the chance to join the #19 team as an honorary crew member, attend the NASCAR Awards banquet in Las Vegas as Sadler's guest and have a chance to win other exciting prizes. Associate sponsors of the #19 Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway will include Black Wolf Harley Davidson in Bristol, Va, Quaker Steak and Lube in Bristol, and The Maxxis Mid-Atlantic Dirt Series, a karting series in which Sadler's karting team competes in.(TriStar Motorsports)(7-29-2014)
Vitamin Shoppe joins Cope for remainder of season: Proving once again that it is the innovator in the category, youtheory is teaming up with leading health and wellness brand the Vitamin Shoppe to power the Derrike Cope Racing #70 Chevy Camaro for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide season. This announcement comes at the peak of the season for the #70 Chevy Camaro as Derrike Cope is now competing among the best of the best in NASCAR Nationwide, landing 13th at the Daytona International Speedway as well as strong finishes in races since youtheory came on board. The Vitamin Shoppe will carry the new youtheory Collagen for Men in more than 600 stores nationwide. Based on its successful line of products reformulated just for men, youtheory has created special versions of its Advanced Collagen, Joint Collagen, Revive workout recovery daily supplements as well as a collagen protein shake. The men's line features black distinctive packaging from the main product line, which also serves as the color foundation for the #70 Camaro.(Blaze PR), see an image of the car on the #70 team paint schemes page.(7-25-2014)
Fronius USA joins Viva Motorsports: When Jamie Dick and his Viva Auto Group Chevy hit the track in Indianapolis, they will be sporting a new look. The logo of Fronius USA will be featured on the lower quarter panels of the #55 Camaro. Viva Motorsports will be using the newly released Fronius AccuPocket welder for the 2014 season. Battery powered, high-performance welding equipment is a natural fit for the racetrack. Additional Fronius products are being utilized at the Viva Motorsports shop and by fabrication partner, Michalski's Speed Factory. Continued support is provided by Viva Auto Group, Bestwayautos.com, and Viva Powersports.(Viva Motorsports)(7-22-2014)
Jimmy John's sponsoring Harvick at Chicago: JR Motorsports announced that Jimmy John's, the gourmet sandwich shop with more than 1,900 locations across the United States, will be the primary sponsor on Kevin Harvick's #5 Chevy in the Sept. 13 Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Featured on Harvick's #5 Jimmy John's paint scheme at Chicagoland Speedway will be the Folds of Honor Foundation logo as part of Jimmy John's commitment to supporting our nation's heroes. Through scholarships and other assistance, the foundation's mission is to give back to families of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.(JR Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(7-22-2014)
Swindell joins JGL Racing: JGL Racing welcomes Kevin Swindell to the JGL Racing family starting at Indianapolis in the Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 26th. Kevin will be teammate to another open wheel standout, #28-JJ Yeley. Swindell will be behind the wheel of the #93 sponsored by Curb Records and John Christner Trucking, Inc out of Sapulpa, OK. Kevin will also be running other races this year with JGL Racing. James Whitener and Gregg Mixon are pleased to have 2 outstanding drivers in their staple.(JGL Racing)(7-21-2014)
Kwasniewski gets new crew chief: Dylan Kwasniewski, driver of the Turner Scott Motorsports #31 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will have a new crew chief atop the pit box when the series moves to Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 300. Turner Scott officials confirmed Thursday that car chief Shannon Rursch has replaced veteran Pat Tryson as crew chief for the team. "I respect (Turner Scott Motorsports') decision," Kwasniewski told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Thursday afternoon. "It's a shame to see Pat go obviously. We had a great relationship, and he's a great crew chief." Rursch served brief stints as car chief at Phoenix Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports before joining TSM in December of 2009.(NASCAR.com)(7-17-2014)
Sieg gets two race sponsor: Coming off a career best finish of 3rd place with driver Ryan Sieg at Daytona, StationDigital announced it will be the primary sponsor of the #39 RSS Racing Chevy at both Bristol and Homestead later this season. StationDigital is a multimedia digital broadcast company that offers free music streaming of over 23 million songs. StationDigital features both genre-based and artist-based music discovery stations to suit an endless variety of musical tastes, and a personal recommendation service to its more than three million users - all available both online and through its iOS and Android mobile apps.(RSS Racing)(7-16-2014)
The Identical movie joins Townley for three races: Athenian Motorsports #25 Zaxby's Toyota Camry will carry 'The Identical' movie on the hood of the NASCAR Nationwide Series car in Chicagoland Saturday, July 19, 2014. The Identical, a City of Peace film will open in theaters Nationwide on September 5, 2014 and is a drama set against the backdrop of three decades of rock 'n' roll from the 1950's through the 1970's. The film stars Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta. The Identical Movie will also be featured on Townley's car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26th and at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014. Townley will appear in the movie's music video for "BEE BOPPIN BABY" that will coincide with the movie release in September.(Athenian Motorsports)(7-15-2014)
NASCAR will look at drafting rules: The Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona on Friday night marked the final time that the NASCAR Nationwide Series will compete on a restrictor plate track this season, providing the league time to reassess the new rule that prohibits drivers from pushing or forming tandems. The new policy generated controversy right from the start of the season when NASCAR penalized a race-contending James Buescher at Daytona in February for what appeared to be a judgment call at best. It seems like the Sanctioning Body has created a rule that is near impossible to officiate with consistency, a fact that was made totally clear on Friday night.
#40-Josh Wise and #01-Landon Cassill were issued pass-through penalties early in the race while other pairings including Kyle Busch/Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne/Kyle Busch were left untouched despite similar actions. Even the finish of Friday's race came down to a push with #39-Ryan Sieg shoving #5-Kasey Kahne all the way down Turn 4, across the frontstretch and past #7-Regan Smith for the win.
NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton met with the media on Friday night, explaining that cars moving side-to-side while bump drafting indicated no linkage, which explained the decision not to penalize either Kahne or Sieg. But Pemberton is aware of the derision that some of the calls and no calls from race control has generated this season and assured everyone that NASCAR will continue to address and analyze its rules package for everyone involved. "We'll look at this situation," Pemberton said. "It's the last plate race for the Nationwide Series this season and these are the rules we put in place at the beginning of the year. We've worked with the teams under their suggestions and said that we would look at it by the end of the year and see what adjustments we need to make."(Popular Speed)(7-5-2014)
Dates set for NASCAR Awards Banquets: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - the annual culmination of Champion's Week - will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, at Wynn Las Vegas. This is the sixth year that NASCAR has celebrated Champion's Week in the city of Las Vegas, a tradition that has featured a bevy of A-list entertainers and fan-friendly activities involving the sport's biggest stars. Last year's show, which honored six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, featured many memorable moments from host Jay Mohr and entertainers John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley and Sara Bareilles.
NASCAR also announced that the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will hold a joint celebration on Monday, Nov. 17, at Trump National Doral Miami. The event will honor the series driver and owner champions, as well as the top-five drivers in each series. This is the first year the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will have been held at Trump National Doral Miami. The property was recently purchased by the Trump Organization with plans for a $250 million resort-wide restoration.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 9:00pm/et. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will be broadcast via tape delay on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.(NASCAR)(7-1-2014)