- Carsforsale.com returns to the #40 at Kansas: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet’s largest online automotive inventory websites, will appear as the primary sponsor of Landon Cassill and the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 this Saturday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway. A partnership that includes six primary races in 2015, Carsforsale.com is showcased on the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy for the third of six races this season with additional races at: Michigan (June 14), Bristol (August 22), and Talladega (October 25).(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(5-7-2015)
- Gase, Go Green pick up Kansas sponsor: Joey Gase and Go Fas Racing announce their sponsorship line up for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tri State Tower, the premier cell phone and data National Turnkey Construction and maintenance company in the Midwest, will be the hood sponsor on the #32 Ford Fusion. Construction Materials, Inc., elicitherbalchew.com, and pci-ia.com will all be associate sponsors. Joey will also be representing his hometown track, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, on the bumper of his car.(Gase PR)(5-7-2015)
- RCR implementing safety changes for its pit crews: Richard Childress Racing is requiring all its over-the-wall pit crew members to wear fire-protective head socks and is looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear after pit fires at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, the team confirmed to NASCAR Talk. Two crew members from Brendan Gaughan’s Xfinity team were injured in a pit fire April 24 at Richmond. A small fire broke out during one of Ryan Newman’s pit stops in last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. No one was injured. An RCR spokesperson emailed a statement to NASCAR Talk about the team’s plans for its pit crews.
"RCR has always preached safety with our crew members and after the Richmond pit road incident, we reviewed our internal policies and procedures to determine what further changes were warranted," team spokesperson Tim Packman wrote in an email. "From that, we were able to make necessary changes to help prevent that from happening again as we had a mechanical failure on one of the gas cans at Richmond, which led to the large amount of fuel being spilled. This was not related to the #31 incident at Talladega. As of right now, we are requiring all over-the-wall crew members to wear full head socks. We are also looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear, but those discussions are ongoing. Some of the crew members were already using full helmets this past weekend."
NASCAR requires only the gas man wear a fire-protective head sock (along with uniform, shoes, full-face helmet, gloves, fueler apron and head sock or helmet skirt). NASCAR requires over-the-wall pit crew members to have a uniform, shoes and helmet. Gloves, a head sock or helmet skirt, underwear and socks are recommended.(NBC Sports)(5-7-2015)
- Goodyear shortens upcoming Darlington test: Goodyear officials have changed next month’s tire test at Darlington Raceway from a two-day to a single-day tire test, a move that will also change the date of the open team test. The Goodyear portion of the test, originally slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10, has been shortened to a single-day test on June 9. The open team test will now be held Wednesday, June 10. Each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization may have one team on hand to participate in the open test. Organizations scheduled to participate in the Goodyear portion of the test are Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Only one Goodyear tire test and open team test is scheduled for this month, May 11-13 at Dover International Speedway. Organizations participating in the Goodyear portion, set for May 11-12, are Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing.(NASCAR.com)(5-7-2015)
- Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on the Kansas Race Info page – Chassis selection area.
- Kansas Speedway Notes & Facts – Thursday – drivers:
· 117 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 89 in more than one.
· Five drivers have started all 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
· 12 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon with three.
· Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 10; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 14; followed by Jeff Gordon (12) and Carl Edwards (11).
· Kyle Larson (7.000) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway – Jimmie Johnson (9.529) is the only other driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
· Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (13).
· 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.
· Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 – the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013).
· Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance.
· Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.
· Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.
· Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 18.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 586 laps led in 17 starts.
· Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
- 3M sponsoring XFINITY race at Iowa: Iowa Speedway announced that 3M will be the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Sunday, May 17, titled the 3M 250. As part of the newly formed partnership, 3M will integrate its products throughout Iowa Speedway to help improve the experience for fans, partners, teams, and employees. A more engaging environment for fans, including designated prime ‘selfie’ picture taking areas made possible by 3M, is part of an improved overall track experience. 3M Envision Wrap Films allow Iowa Speedway to go greener without sacrificing good looks, performance and durability of branding and communications assets across the property. Having been involved in the sport for almost two decades, 3M is already a seasoned partner throughout NASCAR. As an Official Partner of NASCAR, 3M amplifies its activation at the track through a number of NASCAR assets to broaden its reach and engage NASCAR fans on a national level. More than 150 of its products and technologies are used in the construction and maintenance of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series race cars each and every race weekend.(Iowa Speedway)(5-7-2015)
- Hayley fastest in practice: #13-Cameron Hayley was fastest during practice at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 175.798mph. #14-Daniel Hemric was second, followed by #51-Daniel Suarez, #4-Erik Jones, #8-Ryan Newman, #19-Tyler Reddick, #29-Austin Theriault, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #88-Matt Crafton, and #54-Justin Boston. 32 drivers are entered for the race and all 32 practiced during the session. #25-Matt Tifft wrecked during the session and will use a backup. See complete results on the Kansas practice speeds page (pdf).(5-7-2015)
- Guy Fieri named Grand Marshal, Honorary Pace Car Driver for All-Star Race: Always a star-studded affair, the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will have more celebrity star power than ever as Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced that TV personality and food icon Guy Fieri will serve as the Grand Marshal and Honorary Pace Car driver for the biggest all-star event in sports on May 16. The dynamic chef, restauranteur and author is best known for his hit Food Network TV shows "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and "Guy’s Big Bite," as well as his appearances as a judge on "Next Food Network Star." Fieri will bring his larger-than-life personality and his signature blonde hair to the 30th anniversary of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race to give the command to fire engines before jumping behind the wheel of the official Charlotte Motor Speedway Toyota Camry pace car to lead the field to green. The $99 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend pass includes frontstretch tickets for the N.C. Education LotteryCamping World Truck Series race and Sprint Showdown on Friday, May 15; plus the no-speed-limit NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying, a rocking pre-race concert with country mega-group Little Big Town, presented by Rayovac, and capped off with a blockbuster shootout for $1 million at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16.(CMS)(5-7-2015)
- Dover to host Track Walk to support The NASCAR Foundation and Autism Speaks: Dover International Speedway will once again host a track walk to benefit The NASCAR Foundation and Autism Speaks immediately following the "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 30, 2015. This fun event provides fans with the exclusive opportunity to raise money for two worthy organizations by walking or running the entire one-mile, concrete track. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will participate in the walk and will be joined by his team. Fans of all ages can register now at NASCARFoundation.org. Advance registration costs $20 for adults and $25 at the track on race weekend. Children ages 14 and younger can register for just $10. On-site registration will be held on Friday and Saturday at The NASCAR Foundation display in the FanZone, located just outside Turn 4 of the track. Participants will be placed in groups and led by PAWS for People and their dogs. Walkers will have the chance to interact with the dogs or even register, prior to the kick-off, to help walk the dogs (space is limited). PAWS for People (Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services) is a non-profit organization committed to providing therapeutic visits to any person in the community who would benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet.(Dover Speedway)(5-7-2015)