Races [15 + 3*] that Fastenal is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited* - 2/15
Daytona 500 - 2/23
Martinsville - 3/30
Texas - 4/6
the rest TBA
Races  that Subway is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Phoenix - 3/2
Auto Club - 3/23
Dover - 6/1
Daytona - 7/5
Atlanta - 8/31
Talladega - 10/19
Races [?] that Aflac is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Las Vegas - 3/9
Races [?4] that Kellogg's [Frosted Flakes(2) / Cheez-It(2)] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Bristol - 3/16
the rest TBA
Races  that UPS is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Kentucky - 6/28
Races that Ford EcoBoost was the primary sponsor in 2014:
Darlington - 4/12
Contracts: Sponsors: 2014, UPS 2014 & leaves; Driver: 2014; Manufacturer: 2014+
Jack Roush discusses possible engine changes: With NASCAR officials focusing on engine changes in the Sprint Cup Series for 2015 that will result in a reduction of horsepower, such a move should involve "a restriction on the intake side," according to Sprint Cup Series team co-owner [#16, #17, #99] Jack Roush. Roush, an owner in the series since 1988, isn't suggesting the use of restrictor plates similar to those used at Daytona and Talladega. Instead, he said, a reduction of the throttle bore size "without a plate underneath" would accomplish the objective. "(It is) straightforward and it is easily reversible if you decided that the quality of the racing was hurt by it," Roush said. "If they want to take 100 horsepower off ... reduce horsepower significantly, the least expensive and most palatable way to do that is with a restriction on the intake side." Today's Cup engines, limited to 358 cubic inches, produce approximately 850 horsepower. Speeds have increased, in part due to a new rules package and the continued development of the Generation-6 car, now in its second year. While officials with the three auto manufacturers currently involved at the series' top level, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, have been a part of the discussions, they say it is too early in the process to respond to potential engine changes. "From an owner's standpoint, NASCAR has got to be mindful of ... what it costs," Roush said. "The race teams can only afford to change so many things at a time. With the expanding technology and the engineering costs that everybody has with the pressure for sponsorship and investment in the sport, a dramatic or unnecessary engine change would not be welcome in my world."(see full article at NASCAR.com)(4-20-2014)
Subway 'exploring' F1 sponsorship: Subway is considering a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with Formula One which could see several of the sport's teams and superstar drivers teaming up to promote the brand. Subway was founded in the US in 1965 by billionaire Fred DeLuca but the UK and Ireland has become its biggest market outside America since the company opened its first store across the Atlantic in 1994. Its sponsorship strategy centres on athletes such as English boxer Anthony Ogogo and Holly Bleasdale, who holds the British pole vault record. Zak Brown, chief executive of JMI which handles Subway's motorsport sponsorship, says that F1 would be the "perfect" fit. "I took the Subway Chief Marketing Officer to meet Bernie [Ecclestone, F1's chief executive] in Montreal last year, and I would say they have been exploring it for a year," says Mr Brown. "They are all about the consumer, they are massive media buyers so they would look at a sport and see if it stacks up from a media point of view and Formula One does." Subway is JMI's oldest client and first worked with it in 2002. JMI is responsible for bringing Subway to F1's American rival NASCAR, where it sponsors a team, a driver and a race (#99 Carl Edwards, no Cup race in 2014). Mr Brown says it is likely Subway would follow the same model in F1.(in part from The Telegraph), no word if thie would affect the sponsor of the #99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and/or Carl Edwards.(4-14-2014)
Edwards to sport Ford EcoBoost scheme at Darlington: The #99 Ford of Carl Edwards will feature a Ford EcoBoost scheme at Darlington Raceway this weekend. For 2014, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90% of the FORD nameplates, rising to 95% by 2015. EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing for outstanding performance and fuel economy. Better fuel efficiency and lower fuel bills are the top reasons for EcoBoost engines. Edwards on Darlington: "We have EcoBoost on the car this week, it's only the decals though because EcoBoost is so technologically advanced I don't think they'd allow it. It would be an unfair advantage if we actually had an EcoBoost engine. Darlington is a lot of fun. It's a 500 mile race so it is a true test of man and machine, and it is one of the toughest races of the year. It's a fast race track, there is so much history there, and to win there would be great."(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #99 Team Schemes page.(4-10-2014)
Edwards has no news on his contract situation: Carl Edwards (contract up at end of 2014 season), driver of the #99 Ford Ecoboost Fusion, took time to meet with media members outside his hauler following the final Sprint Cup practice session Friday afternoon. Edwards spoke about a few things, including a final question about his contract:
Q) GREG (BIFFLE) SAID EARLIER THAT HE WAS CLOSE ON A CONTRACT EXTENSION. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE ON THAT FRONT FOR YOU?
Edwards: "No. I would rather not even talk about it. I have no news and when there is nothing to say all I could do is stir it up. I promise you, no drama. No drama."(Ford Racing)(4-11-2014)
Edwards shows his speed with first pitch at Royals-Rays game: Carl Edwards, in a blue Royals jersey with his #99 on the back, stood atop the pitcher's mound at Kauffman Stadium and let it rip. It may have been the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's Royals-Tampa Bay game, but Edwards was all business, just as he is in a race car. The right-hander's fastball blistered Billy Butler's mitt ... just a bit outside. "You've got a pretty good arm," Butler, an avowed NASCAR fan, shouted to Edwards. Edwards, from Columbia, was supposed to take some batting practice and shag fly balls during his appearance promoting the May 10 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. But his plane was delayed out of Charlotte, where he was taping a commercial, and the Royals' batting practice had ended. That didn't diminish the enjoyment of his first trip to Kauffman Stadium, a place Edwards has driven past countless times en route to Kansas Speedway the last 14 years but never visited. "That's one of the coolest things I've ever done," a starry-eyed Edwards said as he came off the field and fist-bumped a cadre of Royals players, coaches and manager Ned Yost, another NASCAR buff. "I was a little nervous about the first pitch. I warmed up a little bit (Monday) night. I haven't thrown a baseball for a long time. My strategy was to throw it as hard as I could."(Kansas City Star)(4-10-2014)
#99 Crew man has surgery to replace a torn Labrum: Rear Tire Carrier Jon Moore of Roush Fenway Racing is going into surgery today (March 31st) to replace a torn labrum. Moore currently pits for the #99 of Carl Edwards and is expected to miss around 12 weeks over the wall. Pit Talks caught up with Moore to see how things were going.
Q) Did you have any idea your injury was this bad?
Moore: To be honest, I knew something was wrong but I didn't know it was this bad. For the last year its been getting progressively worse and then on the way back from Cali it really started hurting. I talked to my doctor Bill Heisel of Ortho Carolina and he told me it wasn't good.
Q) What was that conversation like?
Well, he called me back after they examined me and he said "Jon, its worse than we thought. It's torn on the front, the back, and part of your bicep." I knew at that point that I needed to do something.
Q) What made your decision to get it done today?
Moore: The thought process behind it was this, Carl won at Bristol so it makes since to do it now and get it done. Hopefully if everything goes well then I'll be ready for the Chase.
Q) So your teams win had a lot to do with the timing?
Q) So how have your teammates been towards you?
Moore: Man, I got the best teammates in the world. Everyone on the team has either been by to see me or called me to wish me well for the surgery. It's kind of cool knowing I got so much support from my guys. Even my hard ass crew chief was cool about it!
Q) So who is taking your place on the #99 for the time that your out?
Moore: My replacement is Rapheal Diaz, he's been on the #16 NNS of Ryan Reed. He's pretty good so I feel good about the team and the next few weeks.
Q) Last one, is there anything you're worried about with your surgery today (March 31st)?
Moore: The only thing that I want to make sure I do is wake up. I can handle everything else.(Pit Talks)(4-2-2014)
Edwards wins at Bristol: #99-Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2014, his 3rd at Bristol and his 22nd career win.
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. finished 2nd for his best career finish. The rest of the 10 were #43-Almirola, #14-Stewart, #9-Ambrose, pole winner #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #5-Kahne, #55-Vickers, and rookie of the year candidate #42-Larson.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., who came into the race as the points leader, finished the race in 24th.
The race started nearly 2 hours late because of morning rain and there was a 3 hour an 20 minute red flag just after 100 laps, again for rain. Then with just over 2 laps remaining in the race, a bank of caution lights malfunctioned and came on automatically. Realizing the problem, NASCAR called for a full course caution and it then began to rain. The race finished under caution.
Keselowski now has the points lead by 10 points over Earnhardt, Jr.
There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and there were 12 cautions for 95 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 84.051mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Bristol Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Bristol Penalty Report (pdf).
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-16-2014)
Edwards' team hosts Motley Crew member at Vegas: Last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the #99 team showed the rest of the garage that they could 'run' with the best of them when they hosted Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil as an honorary crew member. Neil, a Vegas resident and lead singer of the multi-platinum selling band Motley Crue, participated in a variety of track activities throughout the day including a visit to the Sprint Experience with Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards and comedian Carrot Top. He continued to shadow Edwards during the day making his way to the driver meeting and introductions before heading to pit road to watch Edwards and the 'crue' turn in a strong fifth-place finish. The team was first introduced to the legendary rocker earlier this year during a testing run at Nashville. Neil spent the day with all three Roush Fenway Racing teams and the #99 boys were determined to have him back when they made it out to Sin City.(Roush Fenway)(3-14-2014)
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
Biffle and Edwards in final year of contracts: With the contracts of #99-Carl Edwards and #16-Greg Biffle up for renewal at the end of 2014, signing the two Roush Fenway Racing drivers for another term - before their statuses become a distraction - could be more taxing than worrying whether either veteran qualifies for one of the 16 places in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "It's our intent and goal to re-sign both of them," Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Wednesday. "They've spent their careers at Roush, and we hope they retire (here). We've had those discussions and they've been actively involved in a lot of the changes and stuff that have been going on, so they're pretty optimistic about the future. I think they're pretty optimistic about the future, but I don't have any concrete news to report on it."(FoxSports)(1-30-2014)
Edwards to appear on Biggest Loser: "The Biggest Loser" kicks off the new year with special guest NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, "fan favorite" contestant Abby Rike and one eliminated player getting a "Second Chance" to get back in the game on a lively two-hour episode airing Tuesday, January 7 (8-10 pm/et) on NBC.
This week kicks off with all of the eliminated contestants returning to weigh-in, alongside players Matt and Hap, who were eliminated in the previous episode. The player with the highest percentage of weight loss will get a "Second Chance" to return to the competition as the show draws closer to the February 4 live finale. With the finish line getting closer in sight, the players head to the racetrack to meet someone who knows all about finish lines - Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and a Subway Famous Fan. Edwards motivates the contestants and revs them up with a fast-paced workout on the racetrack grandstand.(RFR)(1-3-2014)
UPS to end NASCAR involvement after 2014: UPS notified NASCAR and Roush Fenway Racing that it plans to end its sponsorship of the sport and team following the '14 Sprint Cup season. The move comes after UPS in 2012 dropped its full-season primary sponsorship of the #6 Cup entry then driven by David Ragan. The company has shifted its focus over the last several years from NASCAR to college sports, signing one of the first national sponsorships with IMG College. UPS signed a four-year, $100M deal with 68 colleges in August '11. UPS is the latest in a series of blue-chip sponsors to end their official NASCAR agreements, including PNG and DirecTV. Meanwhile, NASCAR added HP and Sherwin-Williams as sponsors this year. NASCAR Chief Sales Officer Jim O'Connell in a statement said, "UPS has been a fantastic partner to NASCAR over the last decade-and-a-half. As we celebrate its long and successful tenure, we also welcome seven new companies to the family of Official NASCAR Partners." UPS PR Dir Susan Rosenberg added in a statement, "UPS has enjoyed tremendous success through its partnership with NASCAR, including sponsorships at the league, team and track level. The business-to-business opportunities provided within NASCAR have proven valuable to UPS and have helped achieve desired results and accomplished the goals we set forth. The UPS decision to exit NASCAR is strictly a business decision to align with new business priorities."(Sports Business Daily)(12-24-2013)
Richmond International Raceway
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm/et
Born in APRIL
20 Frank Stoddard, Mike Stefanik, James Barnwell, Ron Barfield, Adrian Fernandez, Dustin Skinner/P>
21 Bruce Silver, Bill Ingle, Greg Zipadelli, Bob Varsha
22 Raygan Swan, Stella Paysor, Wesley Gantt
23 Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze
24 Hermie Sadler, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen
25 Alex Bowman, Jason Lee, Alkie Cunningham
26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Charles Moles
27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Austin Dillon, Jason Sheets
28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf, Zach Case
29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig
30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel
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2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch
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9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page
10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger
11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame
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18 Mike Motil
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