- NASCAR will require teams to tighten all lugnuts: NASCAR sent a memo to teams on Monday updating the NASCAR rulebook that all 5 lug nuts are now required to be installed:
.a All tires, wheels, and all five lugnuts must be installed in a safe and secure manner at all times during the event.
.b NASCAR reserves the right at any time to require any Competitor to report to pit road to inspect for any noncompliance.
.c Any loss of a wheel(s) beyond the exit of pit road may result in a penalty…
Violation of the section, resulting in the loss of a wheel, could result in a mandatory minimum four race suspection of the crew chief and tire changer and tire carrier.(4-25-2016)
- Edwards talks about bumping Busch for the win:
Q: Can you take us through the final lap and how close things were with Kyle Busch?
Edwards: "So going into the white flag Dave (Rogers, crew chief) said something on the radio basically like, ‘Get your butt in gear and go get him.’ So, I thought, ‘Heck, I’ll drive down there in turn one really far and it looked like Kyle (Busch), his car got real slow that last lap like his tires were just burnt up. He did a really good job keeping me held at bay ’til then but then we went down the back straightaway and I saw him spin the tires. So, going back down the back straight away I thought, ‘I’m going for the bottom. That’s where I’m going.’ He went down there and just parked it and his car was sliding and I was just so much faster I had to give him a little tap and we got by him. I didn’t think I was going to get him hard enough. I thought it would just be a bump and go but we got the win. We both got wins so it’s just racing hard and having fun."
Q: How much more difficult is that situation when it’s a teammate you’re racing for the win?
Edwards: "It’s really difficult. I didn’t want to touch him at all. I just decided I was going to run the bottom and I went down there and I was like either I’ve got to lay on the brake and slow down or I can just kind of keep my momentum going and touch him. We were so much faster there at the bottom. If he’d have gone high I don’t know, I might have just got by him but it just looked like – I’d have to talk to him but it looks like his car just gave up like he’d just used up his tires. I couldn’t catch him up to that point, I thought it was over with about five to go."(Toyota Racing)(4-25-2016)
- Tire test this week at IMS: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday. Four drivers are scheduled to take part in the test: #43-Almirola (Ford), #24-Elliott (Chevy), #14-Stewart (Chevy), #19-Edwards (Toyota).(4-25-2016)
- Stewart says he will continue to speak his mind UPDATE: #14-Tony Stewart talked to Fox Sports during pre-race coverage at Richmond Sunday:
Q: Moving forward, will you hold back on any of those opinions?
STEWART: "No. I understand what NASCAR is trying to do, but I’m always going to speak my mind. I don’t know what the key word or key phrase was that got me fined. But when it comes to safety, I’m not going to hold back. That’s $35,000 well-invested if it makes it safer for these guys. I think they’re (NASCAR) doing something different today with rules on trying to keep everybody … making sure we get enough lug nuts on the cars. You just don’t want to be in a position where, with 20 laps to go and you’re leading the race and you haven’t won a race and you need that to get in the Chase, to have to make a decision as a driver whether to come in or whether to ride down and hope it stays. That’s not a good position for us to be in. I think some of the people at NASCAR took it the wrong way. They’ve done an awesome job with safety and this is one thing we still need to look at. It wasn’t saying they’re not doing their job. I just felt like this is one thing they dropped the ball on. So, they’re doing a good job. They’re looking at it. They’re going to address it and make it right, and down the road, we won’t have to worry about this again, hopefully."(Fox Sports)(4-24-2016)
UPDATE: ESPN’s Marty Smith says: [I] asked Tony Stewart what it said to him that his peers backed him up so staunchly this week: "It told me I was right. I won’t back down on safety." Smoke also told me he hears, in the aftermath of his safety rant, that NASCAR is working now to fix/alter/change the rule.(ESPN.com)(4-25-2016)
- Richmond Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2016 Toyota Owners 400: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday’s race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 1:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 4:22 PM (all times are EDT). Fox was the broadcast team for this event.
Total number of commercials: 112
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 52
Number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 93
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 49
Number of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 19
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 12
Number of times Fox utilized ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials during this broadcast: 4
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 1:00 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 4:22 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 202
Minutes of race broadcast: 160
Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 42
Minutes of ‘Side-by-Side’ commercials (split-screen): 9
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of ‘mystery cautions’ (debris not shown): 2 (1 described, but not shown)
Total race brdcst time 160 Total comm. brdcst time 42
See past races, more info on the commercials with links at CawsnJaws.com.(4-25-2016)
- XFINITY Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
John Wes Townley returns with the #05 team;
John Jackson will be in the #13;
Benny Gordon will drive the #14 for Tri-Star;
Travis Kvapil is again entered in the #15 for Rick Ware;
Matt Tifft remains in the JGR #18;
Brandon McReynolds will drive the #24 for JGL;
Bobby Gerhart is entered in his #85;
The #97 is again TBA. Ryan Ellis has been in the car recently.(4-25-2015)
See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.
- Sparks Energy to sponsor Sieg at Talladega: RSS Racing welcomes Sparks Energy Inc. as the primary sponsor for Ryan Sieg for this weekend at Talladega. The Danville, Alabama company will also serve as the title sponsor of the race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Saturday named the Sparks Energy 300. Sparks Energy Inc. has provided services on high voltage power lines and industrial systems across the United States with a focus in transmission and distribution. Sieg, is currently 12th in the standings, holds the last Chase spot for the XFINITY Series.(RSS Racing), see an image of the car on the #39 team paint schemes page.(4-25-2016)
- Chitwood named Chief Operating Officer of ISC; Wile moves from Darlington to Daytona:International Speedway Corporation announced that Joie Chitwood III, Executive Vice President, ISC and President of Daytona International Speedway, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of ISC. Concurrently, the Company announced that Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway, has been promoted to President of Daytona International Speedway. "Joie has played a tremendous role in the success of our flagship racetrack at Daytona International Speedway since 2010," stated ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy. "Most recently, his leadership of the DAYTONA Rising project, while simultaneously operating the facility, has demonstrated his operational acumen." Chitwood moves into the newly-formed role of COO following oversight of the Company’s largest development to-date – the $400 million transformation of Daytona International Speedway into the world’s first motorsports stadium, along with the 2010 repave of the Speedway. In his new position, Chitwood will oversee ISC enterprise facility operations, along with strengthening key industry initiatives.
Wile, promoter of one of NASCAR’s most successful events of the 2015 season – the Bojangles’ Southern 500, will transition from leadership of Darlington Raceway to President of Daytona International Speedway. In just two years as President of Darlington Raceway, Wile transformed the facility’s identity and impact on and off the track. He spearheaded a five-year strategy to reinvent Darlington Raceway with an inaugural Throwback Campaign during NASCAR’s return to Darlington on Labor Day weekend, in addition to re-engaging the local community hosting nearly 15 annual events. In his new role, Wile will oversee promotion and operation of the new motorsports stadium beginning with its first major event, the Country 500 over Memorial Day weekend, followed by the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.(ISC)(4-25-2016)