NASCAR to allow cooldown units during qualifying: NASCAR notified its teams this afternoon that effective immediately the following modifications apply to all elements of its national series qualifying including the breaks:
- One cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap is allowed to cool the engine
- The hood must continue to remain closed
- Plugging in the generator will not be allowed
- Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver
- No cool down laps will be permitted
NASCAR instituted a new group qualifying format for its three national series in January and has continued to evaluate the process through the first three races of the season. The new format has been well-received by fans, competitors, race tracks and other key stakeholders. NASCAR believes that the modifications announced today should help make the qualifying even better and more compelling.
"The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. "Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds."(NASCAR)(3-11-2014)
Fresh from Florida to sponsor Armstrong for three races: Dakoda Armstrong will have a new look this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fresh from Florida will make their 2014 debut on the #43 Ford Mustang for their first of three primary races this season. They will also be featured at the Charlotte race in May and the Daytona race in July.(RPM)(3-11-2014)
Blaney returns to Penske seat in Bristol: Ryan Blaney will return to the seat of the #22 Discount Tire / SKF Ford Mustang for the first time since winning his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series race last season at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney made three NNS starts last year at Iowa, Kentucky and Homestead (in the #48 Ford); earning top-10 finishes in each start. The Bristol start will be the first of what will be a big year for Blaney in 2014. The third-generation driver will compete in 15 NNS races with Team Penske and will also make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), running at least two events with the first coming at Kansas Speedway in May all in addition to his full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule with Brad Keselowski Racing.(Team Penske)(3-10-2014)
Admiraal gets Swan Rentals backing in debut with RAB: NASCAR K&N West standout Kelly Admiraal will make his first start with RAB Racing for 2014 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 15th driving the #29 Swan Rentals Toyota Camry. 18 year-old Admiraal, a native of Edmonton, Alberta Canada will make just his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start, the first coming at Phoenix International Raceway in November of 2013. Admiraal plans to compete in multiple races in the #29 Swan Rentals Toyota Camry for RAB Racing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Swan Rentals is a premier provider of equipment rental solutions to the Energy and Commercial Construction Industries in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. They supply rental equipment such as matting, tank farms, oilfield equipment, construction and rig mats. Admiraal, who most recently competed in the K&N West race at Phoenix International Raceway, was running in the third position with just a small handful of laps remaining until a flat right-front tire relegated the Canadian native to a 19th place finish. In just seven starts in the NASCAR K&N West Series, Admiraal has two top-ten finishes, coming at Phoenix and Sonoma in 2013.(RAB)(3-10-2014)
Okuma to sponsor Conley for Bristol, Dalington: An Okuma paint scheme car will run on the Richard Childress Racing #33 entry in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the spring of 2014. They are the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 on March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on April 11 at Darlington Raceway. The RCR #33 Chevy Camaro will be driven by Cale Conley, who is making his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol following a full-time ride in the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he finished with four top-fives, five top-10s and one pole award. The new paint scheme car celebrates a longstanding, productive partnership between Okuma and RCR. Okuma CNC machines are used for precision machining of complex race car parts which are produced at the RCR/Okuma Technology Center.(RCR)(3-10-2014)
Kwasniewski joins CGR developement program: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion has been added as the team's newest development driver. The Las Vegas resident made his NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2014, after winning the pole position and finishing eighth in his first start in one of NASCAR's top-three national touring series. Kwasniewski also became the youngest NNS pole-sitter in Daytona history, and will be competing full-time in the NNS with Turner Scott Motorsports.(CGR)(3-9-2014)
Elliott, Keselowski have issues post race in Las Vegas: According to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Twitter, the #9 Chevy of Chase Elliott failed post-race inspection at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for being too low in the left front. Elliott finished fifth on Saturday in the Boyd Gaming 300. NASCAR also took the right rear shock from the #22 Ford of race winner Brad Keselowski. Penalties are expected early next week. According to the new 2014 penalty system, the team could lose up to 10 points and/or receive a fine spanning $5,000 to $12,500, along with the potential for a suspension or probation. (3-8-2014)
Sad News - Mike Martin: Lafourche Parish Assessor Mike Martin, who held the office for more than 13 years, died Tuesday at Terrebonne General Medical Center. Martin's exact cause of death hasn't been determined, according to his father, Leroy Martin. Mike quit breathing at his home Feb. 23 as he and his wife prepared to travel to Birmingham, Ala., for a doctor's visit related to Mike's kidney transplant, Leroy said. "She tried to give him CPR and called 911 ... they stabilized him and sent him to Terrebonne General," Leroy said. Mike, unable to breath on his own, remained hospitalized and connected to machines until Tuesday, when his family made the decision to remove him from life support. Leroy said his son was already brain dead, and his condition wasn't going to change. In addition to his father, Mike Martin leaves behind his wife, Tammy, and son, Hal, 28. Hal Martin races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and his dad was one of his biggest fans from early on. "He loved to watch him race and would go where he would race. He followed him everywhere he went," Leroy said. Mike Martin was an attorney, and he served as a Lafourche Parish assistant district attorney before following in the footsteps of his father as assessor in 2001. He also served as president of the Louisiana Assessor's Association earlier in his tenure. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Golden Meadow.(Daily Comet)(3-6-2014)
Efland joins RCR as race engineer: Danny Efland posted on his Facebook page that he has joined Richard Childress Racing as an engineer."For those who didn't know, I am now working for Richard Childress Racing as the team 33 engineer. We are running a part-time Cup and Nationwide schedule. It was tough to commit to a position outside the driver seat but it's also a great opportunity to learn from and work with the best racers in the industry. I look forward to what's ahead of me and appreciate everyone's support thus far," he explained. Efland ran six Nationwide Series races last season.(3-6-2014)
Neuenberger to return to the track with students: NASCAR Nationwide part-timer Donnie Neuenberger has announced his intent to race at The Texas Mile on March 21-23. The Texas Mile is the nation's fastest standing mile land speed event. Neuenberger's team is a little different than a lot of the other professional racing teams out there. His crew chief, car chief, and entire crew is made of students from Chavez High School. Donnie partnered with the school in 2013 and raced their Pontiac GTO to a top speed of 175.5 mph. All students in the program are part of the engineering program at Chavez High School. he select group of students spend their afternoons and weekends learning about aerodynamics, super chargers, and fabricating all of their own custom parts. This program is also very meaningful for the driver as he was an engineering student at The University of Maryland before entering professional racing. Donnie Neuenberger last appeared in NASCAR Nationwide competition at the September 2013 Dover event driving the #23 Cancun Cantina Ford for Rick Ware Racing. Last year a record was set by a Ford GT at The Texas Mile with a top speed of 278.8 mph.(Chavez Motorsports)(3-5-2014)
Ellis joins SR2: SR2 Motorsports, which fields two entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, made the announcement Monday that they signed Ryan Ellis to the team. Not only will he race, but will also serve as a testing driver within the organization. Starting this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ellis will run the #24 Toyota Camry. He will have sponsorship backing from Superlite Cars. The number of races with SR2 Motorsports will depend on sponsorship coming to the team throughout the 2014 season. Ellis will be entered throughout the year in both the #00 and the #24 as the racing season moves forward. Ellis is no stranger to the SR2 Motorsports team, as he made five starts with them in 2013, debuting at Richmond International Raceway in the #24 Toyota in September.(SR2)(3-5-2014)
NASCAR reinstates crew members: NASCAR has reinstated Ryan Hess, a former crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Curtis Martin Jr., a former crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon their successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On June 18, 2013, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. On Nov. 19, 2013, Martin also was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)
Zippo renews sponsorship of Nationwide race at Watkins Glen: Zippo Manufacturing Company recently signed their multi-year renewal of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series entitlement at Watkins Glen International. Zippo has been a premier partner of The Glen since 1993, and is currently the longest continuous sponsor of Watkins Glen International. Now in its tenth year, the Zippo 200 is the third longest running Nationwide Series race under the same name and sponsorship. This season marks the 10th anniversary of Zippo's entitlement of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race during The Glen's traditional NASCAR race weekend in August. Zippo Manufacturing Company is located in nearby Bradford, PA, approximately two hours to the southwest of the historic racetrack. Zippo has unveiled many of their new products at WGI during the NASCAR weekends, including the award-winning Zippo refillable handwarmer.(WGI)(3-4-2014)
Daytona Nationwide TV Ratings: ESPN earned a 1.8 U.S. rating and 2.7 million viewers for last Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300, down 18% in ratings and 19% in viewership from last year (2.2, 3.4M), and down 38% in both measures from 2012 (2.9, 4.4M). Compared to the last time the race aired opposite the Winter Olympics (2010), the race still declined 36% in ratings (2.8 to 1.8) and viewership (4.3M to 2.7M). (Sports Media Watch / Sports Business Daily)(3-4-2014)
Conley to drive limited schedule for RCR UPDATE: Cale Conley will drive a limited Nationwide Series schedule in the #33 Chevy for Richard Childress Racing starting March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nick Harrison will be his crew chief. Conley competed full-time in the K&N Pro Series East tour last year and finished 12th in the point standings. He earned his first K&N win at Columbus and posted poles at Gresham and Iowa in 2012. Although Conley didn'€™t compete on the tour full-time that season, his 299 laps led ranked third among drivers.(Fox Sports)(2-20-2014)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing announced today the addition of Cale Conley to the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver lineup in the #33 Chevy Camaro. Conley will run a limited schedule, making his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. Conley raced full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013 finishing with four top-fives, five top-10s and one pole award. The Vienna, W.Va. native will team up with crew chief Nick Harrison, who joined RCR in 2013. Harrison's crew chief experience spreads across 131 races in NASCAR's top-three series and includes a Nationwide Series victory at Daytona International Speedway in July 2012.(RCR)(2-27-2014)
Target expanding sponsorship of Larson: Target is expanding its sponsorship of NASCAR rising star Kyle Larson to include the majority of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season. During the season Target will feature its first-of-its-kind digital savings app, Cartwheel, on Larson's #42 Chevy Camaro and firesuit. This is Larson's second season with Turner Scott Motorsports' NNS program and first driving the #42 Chevy Camaro, where he competed in 2013 en route to NNS Rookie of the Year honors and an eighth-place finish in points. Cartwheel is a fun and easy new way to save at Target and allows guests to choose from hundreds of offers at Target stores nationwide. These offers are readily accessible from mobile phones, and can be shared easily with friends on Facebook. And as guests use Cartwheel more, they earn the opportunity to access even more offers. Since its launch last May, more than 5 million people have signed up for Cartwheel and saved more than $43 million on their Target purchases.(Chip Ganassi Racing), see an image of the car on the #42 team paint schemes page.(2-26-2014)
NASCAR considers limiting drivers on "double duty": Kyle Busch's thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR's top series. The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear. NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier event Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season. Officials have already talked about a potential rules adjustments, and Busch's win Friday night surely will lead to more discussions. Maybe even a change. "We're definitely aware of the fan messaging we get," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "There's a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide.We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points and we've looked at should they be limited in the number of races. It's something we are really studying." Busch has 63 wins in the Nationwide Series and 36 more in the Truck Series. Busch and fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski own Truck teams, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns a Nationwide team. And with sponsorship key to funding those operations, corporations often agree to sponsorship deals with the guarantee that the driver/owners will get behind the wheel in a handful of races or more. Tracks, television rights holders and NASCAR also all benefit from the draw of racing's top drivers. Of course, that usually means young and upcoming drivers get overlooked or left out of the car.(Associated Press)(2-22-2014)
Valvoline joins JR Motorsports as associate sponsor: Valvoline, a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services, announced that it has entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with JR Motorsports. The sponsorship will kick off at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Official Lubricants Supplier of JR Motorsports beginning in 2014, the Valvoline brand will be featured as an associate sponsor of the team's Chevy Camaro race cars. The company will utilize Nationwide Series drivers #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #7-Regan Smith and #9-Chase Elliott to promote Valvoline premium motor oil products. In addition, JR Motorsports will use a specially designed Valvoline racing formulation in its Chevy racing engines.(Valvoline)(2-21-2014)
Sport Clips renews sponsorship of Darlington race: Sport Clips Haircuts announced it has extended its partnership agreement with Darlington Raceway to sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 through the 2016 season. The agreement ensures that Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway will continue to build on an already strong foundation started in 2012. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is slated to run under the lights at the track Too Tough to Tame on April 11, 2014. Sport Clips will continue to use its NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW's mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families. As the "Official Haircutter" of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated more than $2 million to the organization through its annual "Help A Hero" campaign, which was established in 2007. Since their first contribution of more than $80,000, Sport Clips' donations have increased annually. Earlier this year, Sport Clips made its most recent, and largest, donation of more than $520,000, benefiting the new VFW-administered "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program.(Darlington Raceway)(2-20-2014)
Dodge back to Nationwide? Not so fast: Four Penske-built cars in Dodge Challenger bodies have been entered, apparently by independent teams, into the upcoming Drive4COPD 300 race scheduled for February 28, 2014. Dodge drivers listed on the pre-qualifying page are Mike Wallace (#28), Clay Greenfield (#67), Willie Allen (#76), and Johnny Sauter (#80). Other drivers, based on Twitter statements, appear to be Tommy Joe Martins, Matt DiBenenedetto, Mike Harmon, and Matt Carter. The cars appear to be privately run by independent teams, rather than official Dodge entries, made available by Penske from available engines and bodies.
Update: A Chrysler spokesman has confirmed that "the Challengers slated to run this weekend at Daytona were part of past inventory from Penske Racing that were sold to various independent teams."(Allpar)(2-20-2014)
Salt Life joins TriStar at associate sponsor: TriStar Motorsports announces their partnership with Salt Life for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Salt Life will be an associate sponsor on board the #10, #14, #19 and the #44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camrys this season. Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the "Salt Life". Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says "I live the Salt Life".(TriStar Motorsports)(2-19-2014)
RAB names Lucas crew chief of #29: RAB Racing has made an addition to its competition department with veteran crew chief Matt Lucas taking over the crew chief responsibilities for the #29 Toyota Camry for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Lucas brings over 16 years of racing experience to RAB Racing, also winning two races in 2013 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with driver Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing. To date, Lucas joins RAB Racing with two wins, 21 top-5 finishes, and 35 top-10 finishes in 49 starts as a crew chief, and 36 NNS wins as an engineer.(RAB Racing)(2-18-2014)
Cope picks up 3 race sponsor: Charlie's Soap is going nationwide -- NASCAR's Nationwide Series, that is. Charlie's Soap's logo will appear on Derrike Cope's #70 Chevy Camaro for three upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series races: Feb. 22 at Daytona International Raceway, March 1 at Phoenix International Raceway and March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Co-sponsoring Cope's car will be Charlie's Soap's new, industrial-strength line of cleaners: Charlies Professional. Family-owned and operated since 1976, Charlie's Soap has been dedicated to the development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of the highest quality biodegradable, safer for environment and hypo-allergenic detergents. Derrike Cope has competed in NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. Cope is owner of Derrike Cope Racing and the driver of the #70 Charlie's Soap Camaro for the start of the 2014 race season in conjunction with Jay Robinson Racing and ML Motorsports.(Charlie's Soap), see an image of the car on the #70 team paint schemes page.(2-17-2014)
Carlos Contreras to drive for Ware: Carlos Contreras makes his return to NASCAR's Nationwide Series in the Drive for COPD 300 at Daytona on February 22, 2014. Contreras, a talented internationally known driver with 7 Mexican Championships, has been a true ambassador for NASCAR over the years. He currently has 87 NASCAR starts and will attempt to make his 100th start this season. Carlos became the 1st Hispanic driver in NASCAR's history when he qualified 7th and finished 14th at California Speedway in his first NASCAR Truck series event. He went on to race 3 complete Truck seasons before taking a shot in the Nationwide series where he ran sporadically from 2003 through 2007. In 2010 Carlos ran 1 NASCARTruck Series event, Daytona, where he finished 14th. Since then Carlos has been racing in and supporting the NASCAR Mexico Series which he helped establish, and which is now the #1 Motorsport Series in Mexico. "I am very excited to have Carlos driving the #15 for Rick Ware Racing and proud to have RaceTrac convenience stores and Global Aircraft Solutions on board with us for Speedweek at Daytona," said team owner Rick Ware. Carlos will be participating in additional Nationwide Series events throughout 2014 for RWR. Next on the schedule is Phoenix on March 1st. Additional confirmed races include California, Texas (both), Daytona (July), Homestead-Miami and, among others, the 3 Road Courses on the 2014 schedule.(Rick Ware Racing)(2-17-2014)
Paint Schemes: 2014 Nationwide Series paint schemes are rolling in. Check them all out on the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Paint Schemes page to see them all.
AND: Find out all the ways to follow your favorite teams and drivers this season with website, Facebook, and Twitter links on the Nationwide Series Team & Driver Links page.(2-14-2014)
Preece to run two races for Tommy Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired Ryan Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, to run two races in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2014 in the #36 Chevy. Preece will make starts at Richmond International Raceway as well as returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece, a member of the prestigious NASCAR Next program, has a decorated NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career under his belt. He made his career debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 with Tommy Baldwin Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In seven years in the NWMT Preece has made 95 career starts including nine wins, 42 top five finishes, 54 top 10 finishes and 11 pole position starts. East West Marine, based out of Manorville, N.Y., will adorn Preece's #36 Chevy for both races.(TBR/140 Buzz)(2-11-2014)
Anderson's Maple Syrup to sponsor Brian Scott: Richard Childress Racing announced that Anderson's Maple Syrup will serve as a primary sponsor for two races this season with driver Brian Scott and the #2 Chevy Camaro NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The Wisconsin-based company will serve as the primary partner on the #2 Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway on March 22 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24. In addition to the two-race primary sponsorship, Anderson's will also have an associate sponsorship presence on the #2 machine throughout the 2014 season. Family-owned and operated for more than 80 years, Anderson's Maple Syrup started as a hobby and has since grown into a quality business. After selling all their farming equipment in the late 1940's to dedicate themselves to the maple syrup industry, the family is one of the largest packagers of pure maple syrup in the Midwest and a top equipment dealer in the region.(Richard Childress Racing), see an image of the car on the #2 team paint schemes page.(2-10-2014)
NNS teams to get extra tires at select tracks: Nationwide teams will receive an extra set of tires at 15 different races, with the goal of improving practice and offsetting the lack of testing in that series. Nationwide teams will also have an open test day at Iowa in May and at Kentucky in June, when they can gather data.(NASCAR.com)(2-7-2014)
David Starr joins TriStar: TriStar Motorsports announced the addition of NASCAR veteran David Starr to the team's driver roster for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 22nd. Starr, a Houston, Texas native, is widely known for his participation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Within that series, Starr ranks third on the all-time career start list after competing in more than 315 races. In addition to racing in the truck series, Starr has raced in select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series events. During the 2014 NASCAR season, Starr will have a concentrated effort on the Nationwide Series. Starr will be joining TriStar Motorsports drivers Mike Bliss, Blake Koch, Jeff Green, Eric McClure and Will Kimmel for the 2014 season. Additional announcements regarding Starr's partnerships for the 2014 season will be released in the upcoming weeks.(TriStar Motorsports)(2-6-2014)
Harvick's Nationwide schedule expands to 13 races: JR Motorsports announced an update to Kevin Harvick's 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series race schedule, as the addition of five sponsorship partners brings his schedule to 13 races. Headlining the partner lineup is Morton Buildings, which will sponsor Harvick at two venues - Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 26) and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 4). Based in Morton, Ill., Morton Buildings specializes in constructing high-quality, long-lasting structures ranging from farm shops, equestrian facilities, hobby buildings, garages, churches, municipal buildings, airplane hangars, custom homes, commercial structures and general storage buildings.
Four additional partners have signed one-race sponsorships for Harvick - Great Clips at Phoenix International Raceway (March 1), TaxSlayer.com at Auto Club Speedway (March 22), Tide at Richmond International Raceway (April 25) and Bad Boy Buggies at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Aug. 30). They join primaries Hunt Brothers Pizza (four races) and Armour (three races) to make up Harvick's current 13-race schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year. JR Motorsports is working to fill out inventory for the remainder of the season with additional drivers.
Two of JR Motorsports' returning partners, Great Clips and TaxSlayer.com, are sponsoring Harvick for the first time but have larger sponsorship relationships with the company. Great Clips will carry associate placement on Chase Elliott's #9 NAPA Chevy through all of 2014, and TaxSlayer.com is a cornerstone partner and primary sponsor of Regan Smith's #7 Chevy.(JR Motorsports), see an image of the Morton Buildings car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(2-5-2014)
Crusader Staffing joins TriStar: TriStar Motorsports announced its partnership with Crusader Staffing, LLC for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Serving as an associate sponsor on all of TriStar Motorsports Toyota Racing Camry's, Crusader Staffing, LLC will use the partnership with TriStar Motorsports to promote Support Military Foundation throughout the 33-race NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Joining forces in 2012 co-founders Col. Steve West USAF, and Dell Hamilton Jr., a respected military advocate, set out to develop a national military resource directory. Doing so, they have created a one-of-a-kind validated military resource directory, for heroes by heroes.(TriStar Motorsports)(2-5-2014)
Harrison Rhodes in the #24: 20 year-old Harrison Rhodes will make his first start on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway later this month, driving the HOODZ #24 Toyota Camry for SR2 Motorsports. HOODZ Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning and DUCTZ Air Duct Cleaning and HVAC Restoration have joined on to partner with Harrison and SR2 Motorsports for the race weekend. In 2013, Rhodes got his feet wet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series making seven starts throughout the season, while also making numerous starts in a super late model in races across the South East. Harrison nearly triumphed at the Myrtle Beach 400 in November, leading laps late in the race before a broken water pump ended his day with just two laps remaining in the event. SR2 Motorsports is moving into their third season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Harrison behind the wheel. The team plans to move forward this season concentrating heavily on their #24 entry while running select races with two cars.(SR2 Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #24 team paint schemes page.(2-5-2014)
VisitMyrtleBeach.com to sponsor September's Nationwide race at Kentucky: One of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be the title sponsor of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 race that will take the green flag at Kentucky Speedway Sat., Sept. 20. Affectionately known as "The Grand Strand," Myrtle Beach welcomes an average of 15 million annual visitors, many of whom travel from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Myrtle Beach visitors experience true southern hospitality while enjoying 60 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, more than 100 championship golf courses, countless family attractions, live entertainment and Carolina Coastal cuisine specializing in fresh seafood. The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 19 with the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Zloop 150.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-4-2014)
Sieg to run some Nationwide races:RSS Racing announced that Ryan Sieg will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series in 2014. In addition to a full season racing trucks, Sieg and the RSS Racing team will also compete in at least the first five Nationwide Series races. The team is coming off their most successful season yet and is currently looking to secure sponsors for the upcoming season.(RSS Racing)(2-4-2014)
Enhancements To NASCAR Penalty Structure, Appeals Process Announced: As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.
"NASCAR's Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. "This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that 'X' infraction equals 'X' penalty for technical infractions. At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport."
Bryan Moss, former president at Gulfstream Aerospace, has been selected as the Final Appeals Officer. Moss will hear matters on appeal from the lower three-member Appeals Panel, and serve as the last decision on penalty disputes for the sport.
NASCAR's Deterrence System NASCAR's Deterrence System is easily understood and specifically lays out exactly what disciplinary action will be taken depending on the type of technical infraction listed from warnings to six penalty levels in ascending order.
The 2014 Rule Book will explain how and why NASCAR issues penalties as well as the factors considered when determining a penalty. The Rule Book also will detail the types of infractions that fall within each level by citing examples.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel The new Appeals process continues to provide two tiers for resolving disputes. On the first level before a three-member Appeals Panel, NASCAR has the burden of showing that a penalty violation has occurred. On the second and final level, only a NASCAR Member is allowed to appeal and they have the burden of showing the Final Appeals Officer that the panel decision was incorrect.(NASCAR)
see the six penalty levels, types of infractions, appeals changes in the full release on my 2014 Penalties page.(2-4-2014)
Kwasniewski to drive the #31 for Turner Scott: - Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Dylan Kwasniewski, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will run a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2014 driving the #31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevy Camaro. Kwasniewski, 18, will make his series debut in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 22. Kwasniewski, a native of Las Vegas, will bring Rockstar Energy Drink with him from NKNPSE competition to the Nationwide Series. Rockstar Energy Drink, headquartered in Las Vegas, has partnered with Kwasniewski since 2009. The Rockstar Energy Drink team will be led by veteran crew chief Pat Tryson. Tryson first joined TSM in August 2013 as crew chief for Nelson Piquet Jr. In 527 combined NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck events, he has led his teams to 10 wins, 66 top-five and 141 top-10 finishes and four poles.(Turner Scott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(2-3-2014)
McClure to attempt Daytona 500; will not run full NNS season UPDATE:: Eric McClure has teamed with Front Row Motorsports for a chance to run the Daytona 500. McClure will attempt to qualify for next month's season-opening race in the #35 Ford Fusion. The car will be sponsored by Hefty/Reynolds Wrap. McClure has three career Sprint Cup starts, but has never raced in the Daytona 500. He's an 11-year veteran of the Nationwide Series, but says he won't run a full season this year and will share his seat with Jeff Green. He said Wednesday he believes this will be his last year racing in NASCAR. McClure says he's had a new perspective on life since his 2012 accident at Talladega. The father of five daughters says the wreck still haunts his 7-year-old.(Associated Press)(1-29-2014)
UPDATE Eric McClure still suffers from his Talladega crash in 2012, with arthritis in his back and feet as well as other side effects from an accident that left him with a concussion and internal injuries. Last year, he missed six races to deal with those and other health issues. He came close to calling it a career. McClure plans to run up to 28 Nationwide races this year, likely taking off one race a month because his body has shown that it can't handle the rigors of the 33-race schedule.(Sporting News)(1-29-2014)
UPDATE 2: For the eighth consecutive year, Team McClure, Inc and driver Eric McClure announced it will continue its partnership with Hefty and Reynolds Wrap for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season. In addition, they have added another exciting element to their partnership...participating in the "Great American Race", the Daytona 500. Returning to TriStar Motorsports for his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series season, McClure will pilot the #14 HeftyReynolds Wrap Camry in a minimum of 28 of the 33 scheduled events, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 22. Former series champion Jeff Green will pilot the remaining races in the #14 Camry; his schedule will be announced at a later date. The Hefty brand, in its eighth consecutive year as a full-time sponsor in NASCAR competition, not only remains one of the longest-running sponsors on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit, but the partnership with McClure has superseded most sponsor/driver relationships in the series to date. NASCAR veteran Wes Ward has returned to the TriStar Motorsports organization and will again serve as crew chief for the Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Racing team during the 2014 season. It will not only mark Ward's 24th year of NASCAR competition and his third with the TriStar Motorsports organization, it will also mark his second being at the helm of the #14 team. In addition to sponsoring McClure in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Hefty and Reynolds Wrap have partnered with Front Row Motorsports to run the 55th Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23 with McClure piloting the #35 Ford Fusion for the three-car organization.(TMI), see an image of the car on the #14 team paint schemes page.(1-29-2014)
Blaney to run 15 races: Team Penske announced that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will expand his driving duties for its championship-winning program beginning in 2014. The third-generation driver will compete in 15 Nationwide Series races with Team Penske in 2014 and will also make his debut in the Sprint Cup Series, running at least two events. Blaney's first Nationwide Series start of 2014 is scheduled to come at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22. The remainder of his NNS schedule will be announced at a later date. Blaney joined Team Penske in 2012 and has raced in select Nationwide Series events for the organization over the last two seasons. He earned his first NNS victory when he won in the #22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang at Kentucky Speedway last September. Blaney was one of four drivers to win races behind the wheel of the #22 Team Penske NNS car last season en route to earning the team's first Nationwide Series owner's championship.(Team Penske)(1-29-2014)
Gardner Denver named title sponsor of Road America race: Gardner Denver, a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered compressors and pumps for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and food industries, will serve as title sponsor for the June 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville. The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville will feature a 50-lap format on Road America's legendary 4-mile, 14-turn road course. The feature event will be run in-between races from both the Pirelli World Challenge and the SCCA Trans-Am Series, providing fans a full day of action-packed racing. Road America marks the first of three road courses on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville could provide a look into how drivers will perform in the other two: Watkins Glen International and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, both in August. The event has also been known to draw an influx of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars and various sports car series veterans, eager for seat time and a chance to capture a win at one of the nations' most storied circuits.(Road America)(1-28-2014)
Phoenix names Nationwide race sponsor: Cotton Incorporated and Phoenix International Raceway announced a partnership for an at-track denim recycling initiative and entitlement to the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives Nationwide Series race on Saturday, March 1. The Blue Jeans Go Green 200 will be supported by an at-track recycling program in which race weekend attendees will be able to drop off any type of denim at one of four recycling collection bin locations that will be set up around the track. Phoenix International Raceway is proud to provide a 20 percent discount on tickets to the November 2014 PIR NASCAR Nationwide Series race to fans who recycle denim with Blue Jeans Go Green during the Spring race weekend. The denim will then be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic, located in Chandler, Ariz. To date, Blue Jeans Go Green has diverted more than 600 tons of waste out of landfills and generated approximately 2 million square feet of UltraTouch" Denim Insulation to assist with building efforts in communities in need. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona will be one of the primary beneficiaries of insulation manufactured from denim collected during the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 race weekend.(PIR)(1-23-2014)