LiftMaster [3 races] is scheduled to be the sponsor for the following race in 2015:
Charlotte - 5/24
Kentucky - 7/11
Kansas - 10/15
Drivers who have won with the #5 at Hendrick Motorsports [1984-current]:
Terry Labonte 12 (1996 champ)
Geoff Bodine, 7
Kasey Kahne, 5
Martin Martin, 5
Ricky Rudd, 4
Kyle Busch, 4
37 wins for the #5 under Hendrick Motorsports ownership and 7 by other drivers with different owners for 44 wins by the car #5.(10-25-2015)
Contact Status: Driver: 2018; Sponsors: Farmers 2017, LiftMaster 2017, Great Clips 2016, Time Warner 2015?, Pepsi 2015?
Teammates to pay tribute at Homestead with 'Jeff Gordon yellow' numbers: Sunday will mark a momentous occasion in the history of Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR as a whole. Jeff Gordon will make his final start behind the wheel of the #24 Chevy. To honor the event, Axalta has provided a special paint scheme for Gordon to drive as he attempts to win a fifth NASCAR Cup Series championship in the final race of his final full-time season. But the remaining three Hendrick Motorsports cars will also celebrate the close of an iconic career.
In a collaboration Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick announced Tuesday morning on Twitter, Gordon's teammates and their partners worked together to run the familiar "Jeff Gordon yellow" for the car numbers on the #5, #48 and #88 Chevy as well. See the behind-the-scenes gallery of the application of the yellow numbers inside the race shops.(Hendrick Motorsports) and see images of the four cars on Jayski.com's:
#5 Team Schemes page;
#24 Team Schemes page;
#48 Team Schemes page;
#88 Team Schemes page.(11-17-2015)
Hendrick Motorsports and Freightliner Trucks extend deal: Freightliner Trucks has announced a five-year contract extension with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. In addition, the company announced a new five-year contract with defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champions JR Motorsports. Both racing teams now have agreements with Freightliner through the 2020 NASCAR season. With the Hendrick Motorsports partnership renewal, the team's over-the-road drivers will continue to stay behind the wheel of their custom Freightliner trucks to carry race cars, supplies and equipment to Sprint Cup events across the United States.(HMS)(11-14-2015)
The DRIVE Event Donates $400,000 to Seattle Children's Hospital's Strong Against Cancer Initiative: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, on behalf of his Why Not You Foundation and the Kasey Kahne Foundation, presented a check yesterday afternoon for $400,000 to Seattle Children's Hospital and its Strong Against Cancer initiative through the $470,068 in fundraising proceeds from The DRIVE charity event co-hosted by Wilson and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne this summer. The second edition of the charity concert, auction and golf event was held last June at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. The donation to Seattle Children's Hospital will aid research that supports immunotherapy - a medical treatment that harnesses the power of a child's immune cells to fight cancer. "I am honored to be a part of Strong Against Cancer in partnership with Kasey Kahne to help cure pediatric cancer," said Wilson, who visited with patients and families prior to the check presentation.
Wilson and Kahne started the fundraising event in 2014 to give back to the Seattle community, which included a $150,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The $470,068 total amount raised in 2015 more than doubles the inaugural event. The remaining balance of the amount raised will again benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County ($10,000), plus the Kasey Kahne Foundation ($30,000) and Why Not You Foundation ($30,000) directly.
More than 500 guests attended the two-day private event that included a "jam" concert featuring a medley of musicians and special guests, including Preston Pohl from "The Voice," who led the house band, country legend Johnny Lee, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone from N'Sync, Cami Bradley from "America's Got Talent," BoysIIMen founding member Nathan Morris, and Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys. The first evening's highlight was the live auction, which involved high-stakes bidding by the generous crowd and Wilson connecting on football passes for donations to auction donors, including a long connection to Seahawks wide receiver Jerome Kearse. The next day, over 128 golfers and 32 celebrities, including NASCAR star Denny Hamlin, actor Anthony Anderson from the hit TV show Blackish, and comedian George Lopez, joined Wilson and Kahne on Suncadia Resort's Tumble Creek Golf Course.
"I always enjoy coming home to Washington, especially for The DRIVE," said Kahne, a 17-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series who grew up in nearby Enumclaw, Wash. "It is a great opportunity for me to stay connected to the community and to partner with Russell (Wilson) on such a special event and help the amazing team at Seattle Children's Hospital cure childhood cancers." The 2015 event sold out and featured the support of many great sponsors, including presenting sponsor Aegis Living, plus major partners Farmers Insurance, Great Clips, Financial Advocates, Northwest Chevy Dealers, Virginia Mason and Pepsi.
"Aegis Living is very proud to partner with Russell Wilson and Kasey Kahne in the battle against childhood cancers," said Dwayne Clark, CEO and founder, Aegis Living. "The DRIVE was truly a success fueled by a blast of fun on the green and passion in the hearts of those who participated. It feels great to support the important research in immunotherapy at Seattle Children's Hospital because cancer touches the lives of most all of us at some stage in life. I'd definitely recommend others join in the vision next year." Strong Against Cancer is a nationwide initiative inspired by the immunotherapy discoveries at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute.
"We are so grateful to Russell Wilson and Kasey Kahne for the time they have spent raising money to support Strong Against Cancer," said Doug Picha, president, Seattle Children's Hospital & Research Foundation. "Their generous support will help our scientists continue the groundbreaking research they are doing with immunotherapy, which is showing great promise in putting an end to childhood cancer once and for all." The third-annual DRIVE event is scheduled to return next year to Suncadia Resort on June 27-28, 2016.(Kasey Kahne Foundation)(11-13-2015)
Kahne's car to feature Terry Labonte decal: Terry Labonte, commonly called "Texas Terry," will be the first Texan to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame since its inception in 2010. Kahne, the current driver of Hendrick Motorsports' #5 Chevy, will run a congratulatory decal on his car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway to recognize Labonte for his career in the #5 as he prepares for his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Jan. 22, 2016. Labonte ran 387 Sprint Cup Series races in his career for owner Rick Hendrick and accumulated 12 wins, 64 top-five finishes and 125 top-10 finishes. Labonte won the 1996 championship, which was the second championship for Hendrick Motorsports.(Hendrick Motorsports)(11-4-2015)
College athletes on pit road: So who and how many college athletes are now on NASCAR's pit road? As the pit crews evolves so do the athletes that pit. That being said, the influx of college athletes to pit road has been a huge topic of conversation over the last few years. Getting the exact names and numbers of the guys on pit road is an extremely hard stat to get. The turnover is high so no stat is going to be 100% correct. So here ya go...the most in-depth article you'll find on ex college athletes on pit road circa Fall of 2015.
The best way to start this is to give some basic facts. We based our stats off of 39 full time running Cup teams. That gives us a total of 234 total crewmen on pit road. Out of those 234 total crewmen, 62 of them played college ball. That's a total of 26%. That number might seem low for what you were thinking, but we think it's right on track. If we were to do that same stat for developmental crewmen then we're guessing it would be more into the 80% range. Taking those 62 pit crew members and breaking them down into what position they pit looks like this. Leading the way is the Carriers with 21 at (34%), followed by Jackmen 16 (26%), Gasmen at 16 (26%), and Changers with only 9 representing 15%. The interesting thing about this is that your Changers are the most important position on pit road and they have the least amount of college athletes.
Looking into these stats even more we find that 49 (79%) played football followed by Baseball with 8 (13%). Basketball, Wrestling, and Soccer make up the remaining 8%.
As far as where these athletes pit, the breakdowns look like this. HMS leads the way with 16 (26%) followed by JGR with 8 (13%). The next two companies with the most would be SHR and MWR with 5 each representing (8%) for each company. Take into consideration we are comparing some 4 car teams to those with 2 or 3 cars so the stats might look a little skewed but the numbers are what they are.(PitTalks)(10-26-2015)
Kasey Kahne on baby watch UPDATE: #5-Kasey Kahne's girlfriend, Samantha Sheets, is due to deliver Kahne's son on October 10 - the same day as the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500. When asked what the status was, Kahne told Kickin' the Tires that his impending fatherhood was "close."
"It's close, it's really close," Kahne said, as he walked back to his hauler from qualifying on the outside pole for tonight's (Friday) Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. "Sam's like, very close." Kahne didn't say whether or not he had a backup plan in place should Sheets go into labor before, or during, the race. He said he was hoping the baby would wait to make its debut until after the race weekend. "I think it will be Sunday night or Monday, is what I am hoping for. After the race tomorrow night and then we have our foundation's 5-k on Sunday morning at 10:00am down at the (NASCAR) Hall of Fame, which is always a fun event. We get a lot of support for that and enjoy it and then we will probably spend a little time at the hospital for the next few days after that. "I am actually a little nervous. I think about it more and more each day and wake earlier each morning just thinking about it. It's going to be a big change but I'm looking forward to it."(Kickin' the Tires)(10-10-2015)
UPDATE: Kahne tweeted Tuesday morning, "I officially became a dad at 1:11 AM to Tanner Lee Kahne. Mom and tanner are doing great. On no sleep but we can't put this little guy down."(10-13-2015).
Hendrick Ride Along returns to the #5 at Charlotte: Sister companies Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group have partnered for a four-race sponsorship (Darlington, Richmond, Dover & Charlotte) built around the Hendrick Ride Along Sweepstakes. The program started at Darlington Sept. 4-6 and will continue through this weekend's Oct. 10 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hendrickridealong.com: The Hendrick Ride Along Sweepstakes adorning the hood of Kahne's Chevy is a part of Hendrick Automotive Group's promotion to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a stock car with Kahne. The all-expenses-paid trip to Charlotte, NC, includes the ride along, travel, accommodations and a full behind-the-scenes tour of Hendrick Motorsports. Fans can register between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31 by visiting www.HendrickRideAlong.com or visiting their local Hendrick Automotive Group dealership (HMS), see images of the car/scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2015)
Special crew chief for Kahne at Charlotte: The 6-year-old Braylon Beam, who has become an inspiration through his dancing that has helped him cope with chemotherapy for a brain tumor, has the bluntness and the upbeat attitude that often are required for the crew chief role. Braylon spent Thursday as the honorary crew chief for Kasey Kahne for qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What will Kahne do under Braylon's leadership? "Kasey Kahne is going to step up his game," Braylon said. In a telling-it-like-it-is moment, Braylon -- who spent a day in August an honorary coach for the Carolina Panthers -- was asked who dances better: the Panthers or Kahne's crew. "Carolina Panthers," Braylon said in a room that included many of Kahne's crew. Kahne crew chief Keith Rodden had Braylon's grandparents as teachers at East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC. "They're just excellent people, and they have touched so many people in our community for so many years and just went above and beyond what any educator needed to do," Rodden said. "As soon as I found out about Braylon ... I said we have to do something for Braylon, we have to do something for their family. They have done so much for Denver, NC, and I just wanted to try to give back. Good grief, this kid has given back so much more to us than we could ever provide for him."(ESPN)(10-9-2015)
Hendrick teams guarding against parts failures: Hendrick Motorsports took time in its weekly meetings to address the parts failure that cost #48-Jimmie Johnson a shot at a seventh championship. Johnson was eliminated in the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when an axle seal broke on his car Sunday at Dover. The failure occurred 103 laps into the race and he finished 41st to fall into the bottom four of the Chase standings. While the issue could be a quality control problem, #24-Jeff Gordon said HMS discussed ways to "make sure that's not something that bites us going forward. "If I wrote down the list of inexpensive parts on the car that can fail at anytime on any given weekend, you'd blow your mind," he said. "It's unfortunate that it happened, and trying to actually diagnose exactly what caused it and why it happened, it's tough. Other teams will tell you these kinds of little gremlins can reach out and grab you at any time." Gordon said HMS, which still has Gordon and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Chase, can take "procedural" steps to guard against failures. "I think we can take some extra precautions to maybe make it better, but there's more of a long-term solution to it that we can't really address right now," he said.(Associated Press)(10-8-2015)
Kahne To Race Sprint Cars In Australia: Kasey Kahne has confirmed that he'll be returning to Australia in 2015/2016 to race an exclusive Ultimate Sprintcar schedule at Valvoline Raceway. Kahne will bring his own first class equipment, including two complete cars and spares, to race at Valvoline Raceway on Dec. 26, Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Jan. 1, Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. Kahne will bring his long time right hand at Kasey Kahne Racing, Justin Adams, and possibly another team member to facilitate the Sydney tour. "I've enjoyed the racing and the hospitality in Australia before and there's a lot to like about coming back down there for it," Kahne said. "It's a quick break from all the activity up here (USA) and I get to squeeze in six races. It's a win-win for me." Kahne will field his sprint car under the umbrella of Steve Caunt Racing - the flamboyant Albion Park Rail (NSW) car owner and driver has facilitated some of the sport's biggest names in the past, including two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Jason Meyers and Outlaw legend Sammy Swindell to name a few - who has purchased Kahne's equipment for the Sydney tour. "Obviously it's a great honour to have someone like Kasey involved with our racing program," said Caunt. "He'll be running his cars with support from our hauler and our operation. I know he'll be bringing everything he needs but he has all of our inventory if he needs it as well."(NSSN)(9-29-2015)
Hendrick Motorsports newest class of pit crew recruits announced: Wednesday afternoon on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord, NC, the organization held its very first Signing Day ceremony to celebrate the newest class of pit crew recruits. "It's really neat to be a part of the first Signing Day ever for Hendrick Motorsports for the pit development program," Hendrick Motorsports President Marshall Carlson said. "It's a tradition in other sports. If you look at what we tried to do over the last few years really elevating our whole athletic department and these athletes - bring them in and trying to get out to a wider range of recruits - the investments we've made in coaching, the facilities, it's really fitting that we would start to do some of the traditional things that other sports do to celebrate the success that the coaches and the recruiting class are bringing to our company."
Director of Human Performance Andy Papathanassiou introduced the new athletes, several of whom had brought family and friends to take in the ceremony. "In this particular class, we brought in seven athletes," Papathanassiou said. "Our classes have ranged from seven to about a dozen. Year after year we start recruiting, gathering 50 names, knock that down to about 30 that we see in person, and we physically evaluate them. We bring in 20 for a two-day minicamp where we put pit crew equipment, pit stop stuff in their hands and then pick our recruiting class from there. These are the winners of a very long and arduous process." The pit crew recruits: Spencer Bishop, Tire Carrier; Ryan Cheek, Jackman; Rod Cox, Tire Changer; Matt Lehman, Fueler/Jackman; Mike McClure, Fueler/Jackman; Roman Perryman, Tire Changer; Max Thomusseit, Tire Carrier. More info and a quick glance at the newest developmental pit crew members at HMS site)(9-24-2015)
Hendrick Ride Along program continues at Richmond: Sister companies Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group have partnered for a two-race sponsorship built around the Hendrick Ride Along Sweepstakes. The program started at Darlington Sept. 4-6 and will continue through Richmond International Raceway's event Sept. 12. The Hendrick Ride Along Sweepstakes adorns the hood of Kasey Kahne's #5 Chevy again at Richmond and is a part of Hendrick Automotive Group's promotion to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a stock car with Kahne. Kahne debuted the program at Darlington Raceway (HMS), see images of the car/scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2015)
Kahne's #5 to honor Hendrick Motorsports history at Darlington: This weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is all about tradition. Kasey Kahne's ride will take that theme to the very start of Hendrick Motorsports. He will drive the #5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevy SS, which harkens back to the organization's inaugural year -- 1984. The throwback paint scheme is based on the original All-Star Racing car driven by Geoff Bodine in 1984, the year Rick Hendrick founded what is now Hendrick Motorsports. That season, All-Star Racing fielded a one-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series effort with five full-time employees and 5,000 square feet of leased work space. Bodine drove the entire 30-race campaign in the #5 Chevy, winning three times. The team was renamed Hendrick Motorsports in 1985. The #5 Chevy's retro design features key elements from the #5 All-Star Racing Chevrolet, including the iconic red star with four stripes running down the quarter panel. Other highlights include thick red racing stripes running from the headlights to the spoiler with a red border along the. The car number will even revert to the same font style used in 1984.(Hendrick Motorsports), see images of the car on the #5 team paint scheme page or see all the Bojangles' Southern 500 throwback schemes on the Darlington throwback schemes page.(9-2-2015)
Bus company suing Hendrick: The trustee for bus company DesignLine is suing to recover $300,000 from car dealer Rick Hendrick and his NASCAR race team, according to a bankruptcy court filing. DesignLine issued Hendrick three payments of $100,000 each in 2011 and 2012 after the company's chairman borrowed $800,000 from Hendrick in 2010. Buster Glosson, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, borrowed $800,000 from Hendrick in February 2010. The suit states DesignLine "received no benefit" from the borrowed money. The remaining $500,000 owed was amended to a promissory note in 2012, according to the suit. Glosson and his son, former DesignLine CEO Brad Glosson, bought and moved the bus company to Charlotte in 2006. Elaine Rudisill, the trustee for DesignLine, could not be reached Tuesday afternoon. In the suit, she refers to a DesignLine memo in 2011 calling for monthly payments of $100,000 to Hendrick for design, testing and advice on suppliers. DesignLine records "do not reflect that (Hendrick) provided any of the ... assistance" and "later reflect an amended memorandum ... that HMS is owed monies from the 2009-10 time period." A Hendrick spokesman declined to comment.(Charlotte Business Journal)(8-14-2015)
Kasey Kahne comments on accident at Pocono: #5-Kasey Kahne commented on the accident he was involved in at Pocono Raceway on lap 3 during thew Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race when Kahne lost control of the car in Turn 3 and crashed into pit wall on Lap 3, doing damage to the wall that red flagged the race for almost 15 minutes. Kahne finished 43rd/last.
Q) WHAT HAPPENED THERE TO START THE INCIDENT?
Kahne: "I just got loose. It was late exit and a lot later than I would have expected. That's why I ended up so far down pit road and that was crazy because I have never ended up there. Yeah, I just got loose and basically spun and that was it. I tried saving it to try and avoid running into the wall, pit wall then ended up hitting the one on the left and not the one on the right. It's been a rough last month for our Aquafina team. I am not sure why that happened and what happened so quickly there."
Q) WHEN YOU ARE SLIDING LIKE THAT TOWARD PIT WALL DO YOUR THOUGHTS IMMEDIATELY GO TOWARD THOSE BEHIND PIT WALL?
Kahne: "Well, first of all I couldn't believe I was clear over here this late in the corner and then all the way to the left heading towards pit wall. Then I saw the people and I thought to myself that those guys need to take off running and get out of the way. I didn't know. I hadn't done anything like that before so it was kind of crazy the way it all happened. I don't know why were so far up and what the deal was right there."
Q) IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON YOU CRASHED IN THAT PLACE ON THE TRACK?
Kahne: "I just got loose really late, so far off the corner. A really late exit. I'm not sure why or what happened. It just jumped out. You're so far off the corner, to slow slide and get so far down pit road, it was crazy. I've never ended up over there like that. I don't know why that was. I couldn't believe when the No. 26 (Jeb Burton) did earlier this weekend and then I did, probably further down than what he did."
Q) WERE YOU AFRAID OF HITTING ANYBODY?
Kahne: "I wasn't afraid I hit anyone because it threw me right back off the wall. But I was hoping that everybody saw me coming. I was coming fairly fast.
Q) ARE YOU OKAY?
Kahne: 'Yeah, I'm fine."
Q) WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THIS RACE AND THE POINT SITUATION?
Kahne: "Yeah, that's really bad for points. It's bad for just our team to lose a car that quickly into this race. And the last month has been really bad. And that was worse. So, I don't know what the deal is right there and what happened. I just lost it. Late exit. Got loose. Spun."(Team Chevy)(8-2-2012)
Congrats to Ray & Erin Evernham on the birth of their daughter, Cate Susan Evernham, Saturday morning. Evernham works at Hendrick Motorsports.(7-25-2015)
Aquafina sponsoring Kahne: Next week at Pocono Raceway, Kasey Kahne's ride will have a "refreshing" new look. The #5 Aquafina Chevy SS will make its debut at "The Tricky Triangle."(Hendrick Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(7-24-2015)
NASCAR will not penalize crew members that ran to Dillon's car: NASCAR officials plan to talk to pit crew members who rushed to aid #3-Austin Dillon after his last-lap crash but will not penalize them, Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday. Pit crew members from the teams of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Casey Mears were among those who ran to Dillon's car, which landed upside down near the exit of pit road after crashing into the catch fence at Daytona International Speedway. O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained on "The Morning Drive" what officials want to discuss with the pit crew members. "Nobody is going to be penalized," O'Donnell said. "I think people may be commenting on it because we took some hard cards and the reason for that is we want to have a conversation with those folks. Listen, we all applaud everybody who wants to run to a scene and try to help out. That's something that I think that is really cool about our industry in terms of people caring about their fellow athletes. We just want to talk about the safety aspect of it. We've got to dispatch our safety equipment - those folks are experts - and to be able to get to Austin as quickly as possible, assess the scene, his belts, what may be going on, do we need to turn the car over, can he be moved from the vehicle or should he stay in. Any second that we can't do that because the car may be surrounded can be a challenge. That's just a conversation we want to have.(NBC Sports)(7-7-21015)
Kasey Kahne, Russell Wilson raise over $600,000: #5-Kasey Kahne and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up for the second annual The DRIVE, a private charity concert, auction and celebrity-amateur golf event. This year the event raised over $600,000 for Strong Against Cancer.(see images at HMS)(7-3-2015)
Shark Week scheme for Kahne: Great Clips will adorn the hood of Kasey Kahne's #5 Chevy this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, and will be the primary sponsor on the car for three more Sprint Cup Series races this year: New Hampshire in July, Chicago in September and Homestead in November. Great Clips, the world's largest salon brand with more than 3,800 salons in the United States and Canada, has partnered with Shark Week for the third year. Shark Week heads to Daytona this weekend with Kasey Kahne driving the #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy. Great Clips and Discovery are working together to encourage NASCAR fans to give back through a unique donation program; with every Great Clips mobile app download between June 1 and July 12, Great Clips will donate $1 to Oceana's shark conservation efforts. The Great Clips partnership also allowed Kahne to come face-to-face with real-life sharks last month during a dive in the Bahamas (see an article about the dive at espnfrontrow.com)(HMS), see images of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2015)
Congrats - Kasey Kahne: In October, #5-Kasey Kahne will achieve a lifelong dream: fatherhood. Kahne's girlfriend, Sam Sheets, is due to deliver a baby boy on Oct. 10. "I've always really wanted a kid. Absolutely," Kahne said via speakerphone while dragging a sprint car-loaded trailer up the interstate toward Indianapolis. "When I was growing up, I thought I'd have kids by the time I was 25. We're 10 years past that now, of course. But once we found out, I realized how badly I wanted kids. It's something that's been on my mind for a long time. I'm really excited to have this type of life-changing experience, and I can't wait to be the best dad I can possibly be."(ESPN)(6-24-2015)
Kasey Kahne Foundation Reaches $1 Million Milestone: The Kasey Kahne Foundation ("KKF"), a 501(c) 3 committed to raising awareness and funds for charities supporting chronically ill children and their families, announced today that the charitable organization surpassed $1 million in donations distributed since being founded. NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, KKF staff and hundreds of fans celebrated the giving milestone at the annual Fan Day event at Kasey Kahne Racing shop in Mooresville, NC.
"We never dreamed we could get to this point when we started the Kasey Kahne Foundation years ago, but the contributions we've received have been amazing," said Kahne, a 17-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "The Kasey Kahne Foundation has been fortunate to support thousands of children and families in need and make a positive impact on their lives."
The beneficiaries of KKF have varied from major national organizations such as Make-A-Wish to smaller local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of King County (Seattle, Wash.). The single largest gift made by the KKF was $500,000, originally pledged in 2007 to help fund construction of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte (N.C.). Other KKF beneficiaries have included Victory Junction, The Red Cross, Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, Mich., Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Fund, Lilly School, NC STEM, The Charlotte Hornets Foundation, and Hope Park in Mooresville, NC.
Kahne attributes many of the contributions by way of support of KKF events and campaigns promoted since inception, which have varied from sprint car races to VIP trip raffles. The first KKF promoted event was a charity sprint car race at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. on August 30, 2006. KKF has hosted several more sprint car charity races in Kahne's home state of Washington and also in Pennsylvania. In 2009, Kahne paired up with country music sensation Dierks Bentley to co-host a Bentley concert outside of Atlanta, Ga. The last couple years, KKF has promoted a "Fly Like Kahne" trip giveaway in which a fan won a trip aboard Kahne's personal aircraft.
But the two most marquee events to date have been the 5Kahne, a 5k running race held annually in Uptown Charlotte during the October NASCAR race weekend, and The Drive, a new Seattle, Wash.-area concert and golf event with Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. Both are on the calendar again in 2015. The Drive is scheduled for June 29-30 to benefit Strong Against Cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital. The sixth-annual 5Kahne returns to Charlotte on Oct. 11. New to the KKF calendar this year is a partnership with Omaze that will offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to win a trip to Chicago to go kart against Kahne. Details will be announced later this summer.
"It's a lot of hard work to put on events, but it is always worth it as we get so much great support from corporate partners, fellow drivers and sports stars, and especially fans," Kahne added. "We are now hyper-focused on raising the next $1 million by continuing with our annual programs and events, plus adding new ones like the Omaze experience, which we are really excited about."(KKF)(5-23-2015)
Hendrick enshrined in North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame: Friday night [May 15] in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rick Hendrick was honored as a Hall of Famer. Along with nine other inductees, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group was enshrined in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. "It's such an honor for me to be here tonight," Hendrick said on stage after being introduced by fellow North Carolina Sports Hall of Famer Woody Durham. Joining Hendrick in the Class of 2015 were Jeff Bostic, Joe Bostic, John Clougherty, Freddie Combs, Gene Littles, Jerry McGee, Lenox Rawlings, Charlotte Smith and Andrea Stinson. "Congratulations to all the inductees here tonight," Hendrick said. "I feel kind of humbled, because most of you folks have earned your status on your own. You are great ball players, great referees, and with me, I take a team. I have to rely on a lot of people." He then asked his "teammates" from both Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports to stand and be recognized. Under his leadership, Hendrick Motorsports has grown from five employees to more than 600, while Hendrick Automotive Group has expanded from nine employees to 10,000.(HMS)(5-17-2015)
Hendrick to be honored: America's Car Museum (ACM) will award the Nicola Bulgari Award to Hendrick Motorsports owner, Hendrick Automotive Group chairman and automobile collector Rick Hendrick, to recognize his contributions to the automotive industry and promoting America's automotive heritage. The award will be given on June 26th at ACM's Wheels & Heels Annual Gala. The Nicola Bulgari Award, named after the famous luxury jewelry designer and avid car collector, is awarded annually to individuals who make significant contributions to preserving America's automotive heritage through education, car restoration and collecting classic cars. Past recipients include Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone automotive Museum, Edward Welburn, vice president of global design for General Motors and McKeel Hagerty, president and CEO of Hagerty.(HMS)(5-3-2015)
400th start for Kahne: This Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, #5-Kasey Kahne will make his 400th career Cup start. In 399 career starts to this point, Kahne has accumulated 17 wins, 83 top-five finishes and 147 top-10 finishes. One of those wins occurred at Phoenix in 2011.(3-11-2015)
NASCAR's Most Valuable Teams: NASCAR's most valuable team, Hendrick Motorsports, is now worth $350 million, and it boasts the sport's most valuable sponsorship portfolio. Last year the team collected nearly $120 million from sponsors alone, while only two other teams generated that much in total revenue. The biggest source of that earning power is the four stars that Hendrick has behind the wheel: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #5-Kasey Kahne.
Second behind Hendrick and closing the gap is Joe Gibbs Racing, up 18% to a value of $201 million this year. Gibbs has maintained strong relationships with companies like FedEx, Dollar General and Mars, which sponsors Kyle Busch's famous M&Ms car. And in 2015 the driver lineup of #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth will be joined by #19-Carl Edwards as Gibbs expands to four cars. It will be only the third team to do so this year, joining Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, which went to four last season.
And Stewart-Haas, now at a value of $186 million, is third on the list. That 26% surge in value over last year should be little surprise to fans of the sport. The team has been consistently improving, and revenue has climbed from $68 million in 2010 to $120 million last year. The most recent increase was thanks in large part to Kevin Harvick, who joined the team last year. Harvick not only brought a 22-race sponsorship with Budweiser over from Richard Childress Racing - last year the team ranked second in total sponsorship income with around $87 million - but he also then won the 2014 Sprint Cup in the premier of NASCAR's new Chase format. Harvick's stellar season was worth $12.8 million in total winnings; only one other driver managed to break $9 million.(see full story and list at Forbes.com)(2-19-2015)
Pit coach Greg Morin stepping down at HMS: The Hendrick Motorsports athletic department has gone through some turnover in the past few months and now they have another obstacle to get through. Coach Greg Morin, coach of the #48 and #88 teams, has decided to pursue other interests outside of racing and will be leaving the team at the end of January. Early in the year, pit coach Lance Munksgard also left HMS to pursue a career outside of racing. Along with both coaches being gone, HMS lost four different crew members to Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2014 season. See what Morin had to say at Pit Talks.(1-26-2015)
Kahne looks forward to return to sprint cars: #5-Kasey Kahne hopes to race a sprint car again after spending five nights this month wheeling one of the fastest cars on dirt. He certainly hopes it doesn't take another three years to run his next sprint-car race. After a 2011 wreck where he flipped out of Williams Grove (Pa.) Raceway, Kahne ran a few more sprint-car races in 2012 before Rick Hendrick stopped approving him to compete in the open-cockpit cars that tend to flip more than a stock car. Kahne convinced his NASCAR team owner to allow him to get back into a sprint car powered by 410-cubic-inch engine at Cocopah Speedway in Arizona the first two weekends in January. Kahne finished 10th overall in points after the five races, with a best finish of fifth. He would have liked to have run better, but he just relished the opportunity to be in the cars again. He owns a sprint-car team and is around them daily. Kahne said he wasn't trying to make a statement about sprint-car racing by competing in the inaugural sprint-car "Winter Heat" event at the Arizona track. As far as his racing schedule, Kahne says he has no idea when he'll be back in a sprint car. "I definitely won't be waiting two-and-a-half years again," Kahne said. "I'm not sure when that next time will be. I think it''s definitely better to do it sooner than later so you can kind of keep with it and understand things. Me and Mr. H just talked about these five races and doing them. We did them and now I'm just focused on the Cup car. I would hope to get back in one at some point within three years."(Sporting News)(1-17-2015)
Hendrick buys limited-edition BMW at Barrett-Jackson: NASCAR team owner and inveterate car collector Rick Hendrick is at it again. Thursday night at the Barrett-Jackson Collector-Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., Hendrick paid $700,000 for a special 30th Jahre -- German for "year" -- Anniversary Edition 2014 BMW M5 sedan, with all proceeds going to the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, which helps train young drivers. The car was one of just 30 imported in to the U.S. market, and one of just 300 produced worldwide. The $700,000 hammer price was the high sale of the auction so far. And it hauls asphalt, too, thanks to a 600-horsepower engine, which propels it from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. The consignor described this car as "the last unsold example in this country" and "the most powerful production BMW ever." Hendrick said the car will join the more than 200 cars in his Concord, N.C., museum. In fact, it will be parked next to a BMW i8 hybrid supercar in the same color. "We were fortunate enough to get the i8 in this color," said Hendrick. "This baby's going to go right beside the i8 in the museum. The only miles it's going to get are in the truck (sending it from Arizona to North Carolina.)"(FoxSports)(1-17-2014)
Jack Men changes so far in 2015 season: There are a lot of teams making moves in the off season and the Jack Man position seems to be one that is getting a lot of attention. Below is a list of changes for 2015 with more to come.
#5 of HMS replaces Jack Man Trey Burklin with long time HMS Jack Man Eric Ludwig
#9 of RPM replaces Kevin Wing with Gabe Martin from the #10 team
#10 of SHR-We arn't sure about this but we heard Tony Cardamone will be replacing Gabe Martin who is now at the #9
#18 of JGR replacing retired Jeff Fender with David Odell from the #78
#19 of JGR has hired Trey Burklin from the #5
#27 of RCR replacing Carey Wimbish with Sam Abney
#42 of GR is replacing long time Jack Man Mark Jacobs with Mark Janssen
#43 of RPM is replacing Mike Brown with T.J. Ford from the #48
#78 of Furniture Row is replacing David Odell-who left for the #18- with Carey Wimbish from the #27.(Pit Talks)(1-6-2015)
What are Sprint Cup plans for Chase Elliott? In a Thursday interview on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's NASCAR channel, Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said the team planned to field a car for Chase Elliott in a handful of Sprint Cup races next season under the guidance of Kenny Francis (who was promoted Wednesday from crew chief of the #5 to vehicle technical director by Hendrick). Duchardt didn't speculate further on the future for Elliott. The 18-year-old son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will run the rebranded Xfinity Series next year for JRM. "We'll see what the right steps are for the future, but right now, we're just going to take 2015 and take a look at how things are progressing," Duchardt said. "It's like having a prospect in Triple A batting .380 and when's he going to come up to the club. I get it. But we'll work on that and see where that all heads. Right now, he'll run the NAPA Camaro in '15, and we'll run some Cup races and see where that leads us. I understand it's part of the fun and speculation of what could or should be done. I completely understand it. We're going to try to make sure we put him in the best position to be successful when he does come here full time."
Hendrick also has signed Jimmie Johnson through next season. At a Thursday event to announce more than $500,000 in education grants from his foundation, the six-time series champion indicated he hoped to have an extension soon and said he had been unaware of Kahne's deal. "That's good news for Kasey," he said. Asked if Elliott was in line for his #48, Johnson said with a laugh, "No. I think there's maybe somebody else in line to retire before I do."(USA Today)(11-21-2014)
LiftMaster to sponsor Kahne: LiftMaster, the number-one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, will join 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season when it will become a primary sponsor of driver Kasey Kahne and his #5 Chevy SS team. The new relationship will feature LiftMaster, which is headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, as a primary sponsor in three Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NASCAR seasons. In 2015, the #5 LiftMaster Chevy SS will appear in Sprint Cup Series races May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 11 at Kentucky Speedway and Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway.(Hendrick Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(11-20-2014)
Kahne signs 3 year extension with Hendrick: Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the driver with the #5 Chevy SS team through the end of the 2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
"It's extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We're committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come."
Kahne, 34, originally signed with Hendrick Motorsports in April 2010 and officially joined the team's four-car stable for the 2012 season. Over the past three years (2012-14), he ranks among the top-10 drivers in Sprint Cup wins (5), pole positions (4), top-five finishes (26) and laps led (1,177). The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career wins in NASCAR's top division.
"I've found a home at Hendrick Motorsports," said Kahne, who since 2012 has earned at least one victory each season while securing three consecutive Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths. "We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn't be more excited about the direction we're headed as a team and a company. It's the right place for me, and I'm looking forward to being here for a long time." Kahne's contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire following the 2015 NASCAR season.(Hendrick Motorsports)(11-20-2014)
Crew chief change for Kahne? UPDATE: Since #5-Kasey Kahne's struggles earlier this season, rumors have persisted that Hendrick Motorsports would make a crew chief change on the #5 Farmer's Insurance Chevy. Although Kenny Francis has guided Kahne to 16 wins and five Chase appearances, this season the team barely made the playoffs after pulling off a last-minute victory at Atlanta. After eight seasons with Francis, the success the pair once enjoyed appeared to evaporate after team engineer Keith Rodden left to join Ganassi Racing as crew chief for #1-Jamie McMurray. But if the rumor mill is right, Rodden could be returning to Hendrick Motorsports next season as Kahne's crew chief. The trio of Kahne, Francis and Rodden moved to HMS three seasons ago. Francis, who has a year remaining on his contract, would remain on in a technical director type of role. When asked about his status for next year, Francis declined comment. Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick said on Sunday morning, "I don't know what we're going to do yet. Doug Duchardt is working on some projects...nothing is done. Nothing is signed. We're looking at some options, but we're really happy with what we have." When asked whether Rodden was returning to HMS, Hendrick said, "I'm not sure." Ganassi Racing reps offered a similar reply. Long-time Hendrick Motorsports engineering director Rex Stump is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season.(Motorsport)(11-9-2014)
UPDATE: In preparation for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and revised rules that affect race car development and on-track testing, Hendrick Motorsports has named Kenny Francis to the new position of vehicle technical director and Keith Rodden as crew chief of the #5 Chevy SS team of driver Kasey Kahne. The roles take effect immediately. Francis, 44, will oversee organization-wide car design and development with day-to-day management of Hendrick Motorsports' chassis, body, research and development, on-track testing, vehicle engineering and simulation programs. Reporting to general manager Doug Duchardt, he will serve as the primary liaison between Hendrick Motorsports' crew chiefs and its vehicle group. Rodden will return to Hendrick Motorsports where he worked alongside Francis in 2012 and 2013 while the lead engineer for Kahne and the #5 team. For 2014, he was named crew chief for the #1 team at Chip Ganassi Racing where he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, earned two pole positions and helped driver Jamie McMurray set a career-best season in laps led.(Hendrick Motorsports)(11-19-2014)
Chase Elliott ready for Cup but: Chase Elliott hasn't turned 19 yet, and the Nationwide Series champion already could be ready for a Sprint Cup ride. Even Rick Hendrick, who has Elliott under contract, thinks in some ways Elliott was ready to run at least some Cup races before he earned his first Nationwide win in April. "I told the guys before he ever ran this year, I said I believe I can put him in the World 600 (at Charlotte), and he'd finish 15th because he's just that smooth and fast and knows how to use his head," Hendrick said. But Hendrick has no room to put Elliott in a Cup car for 2015. And he knows that for a young driver, defending the Nationwide title won't be a bad thing. "I think we have got to wait a little bit longer, but he's really impressed me," Hendrick said. So expect Elliott, who turns 19 later this month, to run a full season for JR Motorsports next season as part of the original two-year deal with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts. He also could run a select number of Cup events, a maximum of seven with Hendrick Motorsports but no limit if Hendrick allows him to run for another organization. The big question is where Elliott will race in 2016. Kasey Kahne's contract is up after 2015. Jeff Gordon hasn't said when he will retire, but there is sponsorship signed on his car through 2016. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson aren't going anywhere. "I don't know what tomorrow brings so I have no idea what the future has in store for myself or our team or whatever," said Elliott, son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott. "The biggest thing is just make the most of what is going on right now and let it figure itself out. Me thinking about or worrying about it ain't going to change it. So the best thing I can do is just focus on what is going on on the racetrack and make sure your mind is there 100% each weekend. Hopefully next season we're able to go and have the same result and championship with some more wins."(Sporting News)(11-14-2014)
HMS will pay fines for crew members: Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between #24-Jeff Gordon and #2-Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne were also fined. Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said Wednesday on Sirius XM that the organization would cover all the fines (ESPN/AP). Listen at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.(11-5-2014)
Hendrick Motorsports Statement about penalties: Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal penalties announced Tuesday by NASCAR related to a post-race incident Sunday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. "With NASCAR's new Chase format, we're seeing an unprecedented level of intensity every single week," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Emotions run high when you're racing for a championship, and that's exciting for our fans and everyone involved with the sport. But there's a line the competitors need to be cognizant of, and we understand that. "Jeff (Gordon) was rightfully fired up Sunday night, and it just reiterated to me how passionate he is and how much he wants to win. The No. 24 team is a group that works together and is loyal to one another. They have our full support as we go into these final two races." Team members involved in the incident will not be additionally sanctioned by Hendrick Motorsports.(HMS)(11-5-2014)
NASCAR penalizes crew members and crew chiefs: NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the #5 and #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from those two teams also have been penalized.
Jeremy Fuller, a crew member with the #5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle, crew members with the #24 team, each have been fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. All three were found to be in violation of:
" Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
" Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty - involved in a post-race physical altercation with a driver on pit road
Dean Mozingo, a crew member with the #24 team, has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. He was found to be in violation of:
" Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
" Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty - involved in a post-race physical altercation with another crew member on pit road
Kenny Francis, crew chief of the #5 team, and Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the #24 team, have each been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. They were found to be in violation of:
" Section 9-4A: Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members
" Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
" Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty
"While the intensity and emotions are high as we continue through the final rounds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the actions that we saw from several crew members Sunday following the race at Texas are unacceptable," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development. "We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others. We therefore have penalized four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book," Pemberton continued. "A NASCAR championship is at stake, but we can't allow behavior that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it puts others in harm's way."(NASCAR)(11-4-2014)
2015 team sponsorships coming together: Some top NASCAR Sprint Cup teams have sold their primary sponsorships for all of next season, but space remains on the cars of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and #15-Clint Bowyer four months before the 2015 season begins. Among the teams that have sold all their primary sponsorship for next year are #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #22-Joey Logano, #4-Kevin Harvick, #20-Matt Kenseth, #18-Kyle Busch and #11-Denny Hamlin. "It's certainly not easy finding a sponsor, but there was an abundant amount of interest in our sport and in our team," said Dave Alpern, chief marketing officer at Joe Gibbs Racing, which expands to four cars next season. Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing, says that the three-car organization has fewer primary sponsorship openings then it did at this time a year ago. Ben Schlosser, chief marketing officer at Richard Childress Racing, says that his three-car organization also is ahead in selling sponsorships, noting some companies were willing to start negotiations earlier. "I think the climate is getting better," Newmark said. "It's not where we need to be, but I think the whole sport is doing a better job of marketing." Newmark credits more collaboration with NASCAR compared to when he arrived at Roush four years ago. Newmark also said that the team has made many changes to better serve sponsors. See more team-by team info at Motor Racing Network and check out the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart.(10-16-2014)
2015 Farmers Insurance scheme chosen: The 2015 #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS scheme has been unveiled - designed by and voted by the fans. Farmers Insurance launched the 'Design The 5' challenge on September 12th allowing fans the opportunity to help select various design elements of NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne's #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy paint scheme for the 2015 racing season. Voting ended on Sept 22 and fans voted at DesignThe5.com. See images of the scheme on the 2015 #5 Team Schemes page.(9-28-2014)
Kasey Kahne wins at Atlanta: #5-Kasey Kahne won the Oral-B USA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, third at Atlanta and 17th career win. The race had two G-W-C (Green-White-Checker finish). It is Kahne's first win since Pocono last August. The win locks Kahne into the Chase.
#20-Kenseth finished 2nd and is now locked into the Chase via points. #11-Hamlin finished 3rd followed by #48-Johnson, #99-Edwards, #10-Patrick (best career finish), #31-Newman, #42-Larson, $43-Almirola and #16-Biffle.
Pole winner #4-Harvick led 195 laps, finishing 19th after being involved in a wreck on the first G-W-C.
Points leader #24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 17th on the lead lap, after having a tire go down and hitting the wall early in the race while running 2nd. Gordon keeps the points lead, 21 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr. who finished 11th.
#24-Gordon also leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and being 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
Only four drivers can get in the Chase via points (with no wins) with one race to go before the Chase: #31-Newman (+42 points ahead of 17th in pts), #16-Biffle (+23), #15-Bowyer (-23 out of 16th) and #42-Larson (-24). There are currently two Chase positions left, either via points or one via points and a 1st time 2014 race winner.
There were 21 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 10 cautions for 56 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 131.514mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Atlanta Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-31-2014)
Farmers Insurance & Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership: Farmers Insurance has extended its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' #5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for three years and, in celebration, will give fans the opportunity to help design driver Kasey Kahne's 2015 Chevrolet SS primary paint scheme. As the official insurance partner of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports team, Farmers Insurance will be featured as primary sponsor in 12 Sprint Cup Series races annually, including the season-opening Daytona 500, and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. Fans can now visit FarmersRacing.com to register for access to the upcoming paint scheme design challenge that will allow participants to vote on different elements of Kahne's 2015 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, including paint color, television panel text and more. In addition, one lucky fan will be randomly selected to see the car in action at the 2015 Daytona 500. Voting will launch later this summer.
"We are pleased to announce our continued sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' #5 team and are excited to build on the momentum of the last three years," said Mike Linton, chief marketing officer at Farmers Insurance. "We are also looking forward to involving our fans in the design of the paint scheme for next year's car."
Kahne, 34, has been an integral part of supporting numerous Farmers Insurance community programs. During Teacher Appreciation Month in May, Kahne and the #5 team promoted the company's Thank A Million Teachers national program, which was launched at the beginning of 2014 to recognize America's educators. He also raced a special Thank A Million Teachers paint scheme and made appearances at several schools throughout the country to personally thank teachers.
"Our team takes so much pride in representing Farmers Insurance and the thousands of agents, district managers and employees around the country," Kahne said. "They have such a passion for NASCAR and the sport's fans. Whether it's thanking teachers or helping rebuild Joplin (Missouri), I'm honored to be involved with Farmers and the communities they serve. It's exciting to continue our work together."
Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance joined the #5 team as a primary sponsor in April 2011.
"Our partnership with the team at Farmers has been unbelievable," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Everything that's been accomplished in just three years is extremely impressive, and they continue to seek ways to engage our fans and use the sponsorship to improve the lives of others. It's gratifying to see the impact of our two organizations working together, and we look forward to more successes in the coming years."
Since joining Hendrick Motorsports for the 2012 season, Kahne has earned two consecutive Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths. In addition to his 16 career race wins, the Enumclaw, Washington, native has earned 26 pole positions, 81 top-five finishes and 139 top-10s in Sprint Cup competition. His current contract with Hendrick Motorsports runs through the 2015 NASCAR season.(HMS)(6-13-2014)
Warner Bros/DC Entertainment join forces with Hendrick Motorsports: Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), in conjunction with DC Entertainment (DCE), has joined forces with Hendrick Motorsports in a unique three-year agreement that will allow the team and its partners to develop consumer promotions and original content to engage youth, drive fan excitement and energize licensed merchandise initiatives. WBCP and DCE will work with Hendrick Motorsports and its partners to build on- and off-track programs teaming drivers #5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the most recognized characters in Super Hero lore, including Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern.
Potential programs include co-developed car paint schemes, comic books and digital content incorporating DC Comics Super Heroes and illustrated likenesses of Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Team partners will have exclusive opportunities to align with upcoming Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics-inspired programming and releases.
The first joint program will come to life around upcoming Sprint Cup events at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25) and Michigan International Speedway (June 15) where Superman, the world's first and most recognized Super Hero, will be featured on Earnhardt's #88 Chevy. The Superman-themed paint scheme will pair the Army National Guard with the Superman Hall of Heroes, a new online gift-giving portal that empowers consumers to honor their personal heroes; those who have made a positive impact on their lives or the lives of others. The #88 National Guard/Superman Chevrolet SS will be unveiled May 21. Fans can learn more by following Hendrick Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter.(Hendrick Motorsports)(5-15-2014)
Under Armour enters NASCAR with Hendrick & MWR: The sporting goods company, Under Armour, has signed multiyear sponsorships with Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing. It becomes the official apparel provider for both teams, outfitting everyone from the pit crew to the front office in Under Armour-branded apparel. The deals don't include the teams' drivers, and financial terms weren't available. Last year, Under Armour signed a one-year, trial sponsorship with Hendrick Motorsports and outfitted the team's pit crews. It opted to expand that deal this year with a three-year extension that will see it outfit not only the pit crews but the rest of Hendrick's 500 employees. It provides everything from footwear and hats to polos and pullovers. It also has branding on Hendrick pit crew members' fire suits (Under Armour does not produce fire suits) and on the team's pit wall banners, haulers, pit box and pit toolbox. The deal doesn't include Hendrick's drivers - #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson or #5-Kasey Kahne - but Under Armour does have rights to use their likeness as well as the likeness of their car and number, which it could use on apparel.
Under Armour signed with Michael Waltrip Racing because it saw similarities between its identity as an upstart brand that's challenged established apparel companies and the team's identity as a relatively new, gritty team that's pushing its way into the upper echelon of NASCAR. Terms of the two-year sponsorship are similar to the deal with Hendrick. Under Armour will supply pit crew apparel and team and executive apparel and receive the same mix of pit assets it is getting from Hendrick. It also will become the presenting sponsor of a new athletic facility and gym that MWR built at its headquarters in Cornelius, N.C., which has been branded as the MWR Performance Center Presented by Under Armour. The deal is the first apparel sponsorship for MWR. The team previously bought its apparel from Oakley.(SportsBusiness Journal)(4-1-2014)
Valvoline returns to sponsor Hendrick teams: Valvoline, a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services, will be reunited with Hendrick Motorsports after finalizing a multi-year sponsorship agreement that will kick off next season. The Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2014, the Valvoline brand will be featured as a major associate sponsor of the team's full stable of Chevrolet SS race cars through the 2017 NASCAR campaign. The company will utilize Sprint Cup Series drivers #5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. as spokespeople to promote Valvoline premium motor oil products and services. In addition, Valvoline will be the preferred oil poured by Hendrick Motorsports' sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, which operates 87 auto dealerships across the United States. The dealerships also will use Valvoline professional series, a line of fuel system preventive maintenance products that increase fuel economy and drivability, and Valvoline antifreeze. Both product lines contain patented technology that provides exceptional performance. Beginning in 2014, Hendrick Motorsports will use Valvoline products in its Chevrolet R-07 racing engines in the elite Sprint Cup Series. Valvoline was a partner of the team from 1993-95, supplying lubricant technology that contributed to the organization's first Cup championship with Gordon.(Hendrick Motorsports), Valvoline will replace Quaker State Oil at HMS.(9-24-2013)
Time Warner Cable to sponsor #88 and adds to #5 package: Time Warner Cable Inc. will be the primary sponsor in more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races after broadening its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports. The expanded partnership makes Time Warner Cable primary sponsor of the #5 Chevrolet SS team with driver Kasey Kahne for six races in 2013 and five races in both 2014 and 2015. Previously, Time Warner Cable committed to sponsor four primary events per season from 2013 through 2015.
In addition, Time Warner Cable will be a primary sponsor of the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for five events in 2013, including four during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The #88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet SS will appear Sept. 7 at Richmond, Sept. 15 at Chicago, Sept. 22 at New Hampshire, Oct. 6 at Kansas, and Oct. 12 at Charlotte.
"We've been extremely happy with the results from our NASCAR initiatives," said Jeffrey Hirsch, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Residential Services. "The on-track performance of Hendrick Motorsports is well documented, but they've also put significant resources into building a world-class marketing operation. It's been a team effort, and we're seeing terrific exposure and return." As part of the new sponsorship agreement, Time Warner Cable will collaborate with Hendrick Motorsports' sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, as a marketing partner. The organizations will work together to develop marketing solutions specific to the automotive industry using Time Warner Cable product offerings.
"We are excited to expand our partnership with Hendrick Motorsports," said Joan Gillman, Time Warner Cable Media's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "With this relationship, we will work together with Hendrick Automotive Group to develop innovative marketing solutions that will be valuable to the entire auto industry. Our teams could not be more engaged to take full advantage of this proving ground with our multi-screen digital solutions and enterprise services that include research, production, promotions and client solutions." The partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, which promotes Time Warner Cable's video and Internet services, began in 2006. It incorporated on-car branding for the first time in 2012.
"This is the second time in the last year that Time Warner Cable has expanded its commitment to Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "We're now leveraging more of our assets, from both Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group, to drive even greater value into what's been a very effective program. It's a terrific partnership that works on multiple levels." With the expanded Time Warner Cable relationship, all remaining primary sponsorship inventory for Kahne's #5 Chevrolet SS team has been filled for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.(Hendrick Motorsports)(9-4-2013)
Great Clips increases its sponsorship on the #5 in 2014 UPDATE thru 2016: Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said that just recently Great Clips, which has/will sponsor #5-Kasey Kahne for three Cup races this season, has also extended its support. Sources say Great Clips will expand its involvement to 10 races in 2014.(FoxSports)(6-18-2013)
AND at Indy: Great Clips will adorn the hood of Kasey Kahne's #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Minneapolis-based company will be the primary sponsor on the #5 Chevy for one more Sprint Cup Series race this year: New Hampshire in September. This season marks the first full year for Great Clips with Hendrick Motorsports and its 11th with Kahne. Kahne's most recent win happened in March at Bristol when he was driving the #5 Great Clips Chevy (HMS), see images of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(7-25-2013)
UPDATE: With a new three-year commitment, Great Clips Inc. has extended and expanded its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports and the team's #5 Chevys driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The agreement, which covers the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, secures primary sponsorship of the #5 Chevy race cars for 10 events annually. Great Clips, which joined Hendrick Motorsports as a corporate partner in 2012, also will be a major associate sponsor of the #5 team throughout each of the next three seasons. Great Clips will be featured on Kahne's Chevrolet this weekend at Indianapolis, marking the second of three scheduled primary races for the company in 2013. The world's largest salon brand also will be the primary sponsor at New Hampshire on Sept. 22.
"We are very proud to have Kasey drive the #5 for Great Clips," said Terri Miller, vice president of marketing and communications for Great Clips. "On behalf of all of our corporate staff, franchisees and stylists, Kasey has become a special member of our family over the years. He has brought great value to our brand and helped our system grow. Being a partner of Hendrick Motorsports is truly an honor as we share the same values, integrity and passion to win."
"The people at Great Clips have been committed to NASCAR as a marketing platform for many years," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "They continue to see a great return on investment, and we're focused on continuing that trend by performing at a high level on the racetrack while delivering business wins. Great Clips is a terrific partner, and we look forward to building on the success we've already had together."
Great Clips, which has more than 3,000 locations and nearly 30,000 stylists throughout the United States and Canada, has a long history with Kahne. Since 2003, the company has supported his efforts as both a driver and car owner across multiple racing series. "I'm happy to see Great Clips make a long-term commitment to the #5 team," Kahne said. "I'm thankful for the support they've provided throughout my career, and I look forward to representing them for years to come. Bristol was our first Sprint Cup win together, and everyone on the team expects to deliver many more."(Hendrick Motorsports)(7-26-2013)
HMS cars to carry special decal: All four Hendrick Motorsports cars: #5-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson & #88-Earnhardt Jr., will carry the above special decal at Kansas Speedway honoring those effected by the Boston Maraton Bombings this past Monday.(HMS Facebook)(4-21-2013)
Brother of HMS Machinist killed in Cambridge: Hendrick Motorsports Statement: The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family. Andrew, a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department, tragically lost his brother, Officer Sean Collier, last night in Cambridge, Mass. We ask that the family's privacy be considered during this difficult time. Andrew, 25, joined Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008.(HMS)(4-19-2013)
Martin holds record for wins in a season for the #5 car: Mark Martin made 2009 the most successful season ever [in term of wins] for the #5 car in terms of wins, Martin won five races in 2009, the most ever by the #5 car. The car #5 has won a total of 39 races in 1277 starts. Below are the top four seasons for wins by the #5 car.
Year, Driver, Wins
2009, Mark Martin, 5
1995, Terry Labonte, 3
1994, Terry Labonte, 3
1984, Geoff Bodine. 3
Most Wins in car #5: Terry Labonte with 12
BUT Terry Labonte won the 1996 Sprint Cup Championship running the #5 car, winning 2 races.(ESPN and Racing Reference)(11-27-2009)
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Born in NOVEMBER:
26 Chip Bolin, Dale Jarrett, Katie Pearson
27 Billy Standridge, Kate Dallenbach, Ricky Carmichael, Shane Church
28 Chase Elliott, Billy Sutphin, Mitch Way, Nelson Stacy, Mason Mingus
29 Bob Dillner, Zach Brewer, Ryan Ellis, Tanner Berryhill
30 Danny Earnhardt, Dave Dion, Dick Hutcherson, Shawna Robinson, Chris Hussey, Andy Kirby, Brittany Glover
Born in DECEMBER:
1 Stanton Barrett Jr, Kenny Francis, David Evans, Danny Gill, Larry Gunselman
2 Erik Darnell, Kelly Kellis, Victoria Trickle
3 Bobby Allison, Cody Cook
4 Dean Johnson, Evelyn Andrews, Doug Keller
5 J.D. McDuffie, Jim Paschal, Jim Hurtubise
6 Stacey Witzke, Christian Elder
7 Geoff Smith, Dylan Lupton, Paul Moore, Richmond Gage
8 Susan Adamczyk (sister), Garry Hill, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kerry Earnhardt, Jason Ratcliff, Nadine Lubejko, John Cohen, Zachary Jarrett
9 Tomy Drissi, Coy Gibbs, Brad Teague, Steve Richards
10 Mike Barrientos, Makayla Ann McSwain, Jerry Honeycut
11 Frankie Adamczyk, Mariah Belber, Eric McClure, Chris Horn, Tony Eury Sr.
12 Ed Watkins, Rick Pennington, Emerson Fittipaldi
13 Army National Guard, Jim Vandiver, Jarrett Andretti, David Stover, Mark Nickels, Michael Mumford
14 NASCAR (meeting at Streamline Hotel), Alan Kulwicki, Hershel McGriff, Darrin Dykes, Steve Hmiel, Bob Tracey, Harry McMullen
15 Jeff Beck, Eli Gold, Lance McGrew
16 A.J. Allmendinger
17 Mike Beam, Dustin Long, Matt Martin, Montgomery Lee Petty, Bobby East
18 Ted Musgrave, Vic Irvan, Tom Polansky
19 Patty Moise, Paul Tracy, Sheldon Schrader, John Monsham
20 Erin Marco, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kinsley Parsons
21 Daniel Knost, Travis Kittleson, Michael McDowell
22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Ben Kennedy, Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Jack Ingram, Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Ryan Blaney, Riley Craven, Benny Ertel, Joe Hicks, Dorthy Schrader, Beth Simons-Dykes, John Wes Townley