- The Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
NOTE: the #21 is NOT entered, so the #71 moves into a guaranteed starting spot.
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#30-David Stremme (0/0)
#36-Dave Blaney (37/8)
#37-Tony Raines (38/8)
#38-Travis Kvapil (39/8)
#46-J.J. Yeley (41/8)
#60-Mike Skinner (45/8)
#66-Michael McDowell (41/8)
#87-Joe Nemechek (43/8)
#92-Brian Keselwoski (46/4)
In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 36,37,38,46,66,87,60,92
missing the race would be : #’s 30
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Richmond Entry List.(4-25-2011)
- 1st Quarter Driver of the Year named: #18-Kyle Busch won races in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions tallying the most first-place votes in the 1st quarter Driver of the Year 2011 balloting by leading broadcasters and journalists in the United States.
The driver of the #18 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup series, #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and is the owner/driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck series credited his teams for his early 2011 success. "It’s been a great start to the season in all three series’ and that’s because of the great people we have at JGR and KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports)," said Busch. "This award is testament to all of those guys. Each of my teams have done a great job bringing me good cars to the racetrack each week and if we haven’t won, we’ve been in contention more times than not. In particular, Dave Rogers and all the guys on the M&M’s Toyota team and everyone at JGR are working very hard and we hope to have a shot at bringing home a Sprint Cup championship at the end of the year." Busch, 25, won the Bristol Motor Speedway Sprint Cup race, four Nationwide races and one Camping World Truck race in the first quarter voting.
Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said "calling Kyle Busch versatile would be an understatement. He certainly proved that he is a triple-threat to win on any given weekend. And he’s only 25-years-old. I wouldn’t be surprised if, some year soon, I will be handing him the Driver of the Year trophy."
In the voting Busch took nine first-place ballots and totaled 121 points according to the Driver of the Year points system. NASCAR drivers swept the virtual podium with Carl Edwards garnering six first-place votes and 89 points and Kevin Harvick also earning six first-place votes and 84 points. A total of 14 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting. In its’ 45th year, the Driver of the Year title is unique. A panel of 21 leading journalists from across the U.S. determines the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis. Busch will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at Infineon Raceway on the SaveMart 350 weekend.(Driver of the Year Foundation)(4-25-2011)
- 2011 Dale Earnhardt Day Friday, April 29th: Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced 2011 Dale Earnhardt Day on Friday, April 29th, at the DEI Facilities in Mooresville, NC. An annual celebration of the extraordinary life and legacy of Dale Earnhardt, this event is held annually on his birthday. Fans will be treated to special access to extra exhibits, including the never before exhibited private oil painting of Dale Earnhardt by renowned artist Denny Dent. Dent was known for his remarkable "Two-Fisted Art Attack" style of painting. This original portrait permanently hangs in the Corporate Offices of DEI and will be placed on public display for the first time, accompanied by the 5-minute video of Dent actually painting the portrait on stage during a special event. The DEI Museum will be opening a new display on that day of many of the gifts and tributes that were sent to and left at DEI and in other venues across the nation in honor of Earnhardt’s life. There will be a national unveiling of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros, by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.
One of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros will be featured in a fundraising raffle to benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, with ticket sales starting on Dale Earnhardt Day, and will be awarded to one extremely lucky person at the end of the raffle. Lots of music will be in store, with live performances by "Eddy Francis & Freight Train", and an encore showing of the 2003 Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert Film. Autograph Sessions will be held throughout the day, with guests including Kerry Earnhardt and Taylor Earnhardt. An annual tradition of Dale Earnhardt Day, cupcakes will again be provided to all in attendance in honor of The Intimidator’s birthday. Dale Earnhardt Day, will run from 9am until 5pm, on Friday, April 29th. Admission is free, and plenty of parking is available.(NCMA), for events and more info, see the daleearnhardtinc.com site.(4-25-2011)
- Waltrip & Kauffman test at Le Mans: Michael Waltrip Racing co-owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman spent Sunday at the historic Circuit de la Sarthe in France testing the AF Corse Ferrari F430 they will race in the 24 hours of Le Mans on June 11-12. After arriving at the track on Friday, the Americans rode bicycles around the 8-mile circuit learning the layout. It was the first time on the track for Waltrip and Kauffman who prepared by studying videos. Their teammate Rui Águas of Portugal started the morning session in the #71 Ferrar. He did the 10 laps required to race as a rookie at Le Mans setting his fastest time at 4m.09s.351. Rain on part of the track delayed Kauffman’s initial stint behind the wheel, but once he started he improved his laps times from 4m.47s.452 down to 4m.41s.650. He was forced to pit with a puncture in the right rear tire. With a new tire he returned to do a time of 4m.34s.241, before another flat tire ended the session. "That sure is a quicker lap in the car than on the video. It is pretty cool out there," said Kauffman who paired with Waltirp and Aguas for a podium finish in Spa last year. As it is the practice session nobody is really trying to race. I wanted to go for it conservatively but not be a roadblock. Pretty cool track!"
Waltrip posted three full laps before the lunch break. His fastest lap was 4m.30s.563. After lunch he found his bearings around the circuit and at the end of his 10 laps, his best time was 4m.17s.770. "Before lunch, when I got in the car, I realised I did not know the track as well as I thought. After lunch I ran more confidently and knew which direction the track was going in. I drove very conservatively and basically got to know the track and got more confident," said the two-time Daytona 500 winner. I said before the test my goal was to get familiar with the track and be sure to have that in my brain, so that when I come back I can go faster. Once I knew where the turns were I was having a great time, discovering where I can pick up time. I know I can find another ten seconds easily." Kauffman went back in the car for more laps and bettered his time to 4m.21s.765. Rui Águas moved his time to 4m.06s.162.
MWR’s participation in international racing events is part of a worldwide business strategy and a way to promote the team on a global stage. In the last year, MWR’s international effort has included visits to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, Toyota Motorsports Festival in Japan as well as races and tests in Dubai, Belgium and Portugal.(MWR)(4-25-2011)
- NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Project plants 100 tree’s: NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corporation joined forces with the Daytona Beach International Airport as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air tree planting project. NASCAR Green Clean Air is a unique program that plants 10 trees for each Green Flag that drops during races, capturing 100% of the carbon produced by the on track racing at the events. The initiative, the largest tree planting program in sports, debuted at 11 tracks in the 2009 Sprint Cup season, and in 2010, expanded to plant more than 1,000 trees to balance the carbon produced by racing. In 2011, the initiative expanded to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and now encompasses over 20 tracks nationwide. As a result of the 53rd annual Daytona 500 in February, 110 trees are being planted in three locations throughout the property at Daytona Beach International Airport. On Wednesday, approximately 80 NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and Americrown employees planted the trees, which were purchased locally from Nature Scapes in Flagler County. International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Dr. Mike Lynch, Managing Director of Green Innovation for NASCAR and Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno participated in a tree planting ceremony.(DIS)(4-25-2011)
- Another race for Speed: According to a post on his Facebook page, "Scott will now race another NASCAR Nationwide race for KHI… May 22nd at Iowa".(4-25-2011)
- Richardson will continue focus on Nationwide: Although he ran this year’s Daytona 500 for a second year in a row with Bob Jenkins’ FRM, #23-Robert Richardson has no plans to run anymore Cup races this season. "Right now we are going to put most of our focus on R3 Motorsports in the Nationwide Series with the 23 car. We are working on finalizing sponsorship efforts and trying to make our team better then what it has been in the past," said a hopeful Robert Richardson. In the past, R3 Motorsports has had limited funding with blank quarter panels. This season, however, Richardson will show up to the track with a full time company sponsoring his efforts. "As of now, the Wildlife Conservation Society sponsorship is through the rest of the season. Also, we are re-negotiating for next season," said an optimistic Richardson. "It’s neat since I am an outdoorsman and that I like to hunt and fish to have the Wildlife Conservation Society on board."(Racing Experts)(4-25-2011)
- Sellers returns for Indianapolis race; maybe more? Peyton Sellers is reportedly returning to the Camping World Truck Series in June at O’Reilly Raceway Park [now named Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis] with the help of Turn One Racing, Sellers plans on attempting a few truck races this year. Asked if he plans to run a full year some time soon. "No sponsorship," Peyton replied. "We wish we could, but racing won’t support itself. So I’m going to pick select races to sell sponsorship for, and hopefully, that sponsorship grows." [Sellers’ last Truck Series race was at NHMS in 2010 where he finished 21st driving the #64 for Turn One Racing.](TheRacingExperts.com)(4-25-2011)