- Yates talks about horsepower reduction: Doug Yates from Roush Yates Racing Engines talks about what’s coming in regards to reduced horsepower for Cup teams:
Yates: So where we are today is reducing RPM, talking about taking 500 RPM away. Effectively, that reduces speed on the racetrack and goes along with making the parts last longer. Talking about roller cams. The Cup series is the only series that has a flat tappet cam. It is a really hard application and it is probably the only series in the world that has a flat tappet cam. It gets it more like Nationwide and Truck so the parts could be passed down and they would last longer. If we need to reduce power more, we’d do it through a reduced throttle body size, reducing the air flow through the throttle body. Those are the mechanisms that will be utilized to reduce power.
They are [also] looking at [limiting RPM] through gear ratios. We crossed that bridge years ago when we decided to limit the RPMs and they did it with the final drive ratio. It was a really good way to do it. If the engine will achieve more RPM because it is making more power or the driver gets off of the corner better and he achieves more RPM, then so be it. I think the final drive ratio is a good, easy-to-police way to get there. That is the adjustment they’ll make. They do the same thing today in Nationwide and Trucks based on the RPM range they want to run. That has been a good, effective way to run.
NASCAR has had more engagement with the engine building community than they ever have before. We’ve had five meetings now and Gene Stefanyshyn has done a great job leading those meetings. At first, it was a little bit of going through a process to get everyone to talk and open up. Our lives are about competition so those meetings, at first, were a bit of "I can outdo you on this." Everybody has now settled in to try and achieve Brian France and NASCAR’s two initiatives of trying to improve racing through a reduction of horsepower and to try and figure out how to save some cost for the teams."(Frontstretch)(5-7-2014)
- RFR, Stenhouse Jr. Building for America’s Bravest at Shootout: Roush Fenway Racing and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. announced they are teaming with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to support the organizations’ continued effort to build ‘smart’ homes for injured military heroes. In addition, the organizations’ ‘9/11 Never Forget’ mobile exhibit will make its return to its North Carolina roots at RFR’s Fan Appreciation Day on May 22. The exhibit was built in North Carolina and was unveiled in Fayetteville in September 2013. Stenhouse’s #17 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion will run a special paint scheme in the Sprint Cup Showdown. The partnership will help raise awareness to build a smart home for Tom McRae, a Marine Gunnery Sgt. who served three tours of duty in Iraq before suffering life altering injuries while on his second deployment in Afghanistan. The ‘9/11 Never Forget’ mobile display is a traveling monument that honors those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. It will be on hand at Roush Fenway for its annual fan day on May 22, marking its first appearance at the team’s headquarters. The partnership marks the fourth season that RFR has teamed with the Stephen Siller Tunnel of Towers Foundation to raise awareness.(RFR / Lionel Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(5-7-2014)
- Kansas Farm Bureau on the #66 at Kansas: As the Joe Nemechek #66 car accelerates around Kansas Speedway for the Kansas 400 Sprint Cup race this Saturday, it will carry Kansas Farm Bureau’s ‘Voice of Agriculture’ message on each lap. The farm-grown ethanol powered race car will help show race fans and a huge television audience the importance of agriculture, from growing the food they enjoy, to the clothing they wear, to the high octane ethanol powering the cars around the track. "This sponsorship represents the hard-working farm and ranch families in rural Kansas," said Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus. "We are pleased to work with the #66 team to illustrate both the professionalism of our farmer and rancher members and an excellent race team."(Identity Ventures Racing), see an image of the car on the #66 team paint schemes page.(5-7-2014)
- Tire test underway at Dover UPDATE: Goodyear is conducting a tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Dover International Speedway. Drivers participating are #18-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., and #99-Edwards.(Goodyear Racing)(5-6-2014)
UPDATE: Nationwide drivers Ty Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Elliott Sadler (JGR), as well as two teams from the Camping World Truck Series (the #29 from Brad Keselowski Racing and #51 from Kyle Busch Motorsports), are at Dover, too. Goodyear says that Busch, Truex and Edwards will be running both days, while Dillon and Sadler will get one day each.(NBC Sports)(5-7-2014)
- Kwikset debuts on the #31: Kwikset, a leading brand of the Hardware and Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings SPB, will debut a brand new paint scheme for Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman’s #31 Chevy for the Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The paint scheme is part of Kwikset’s season-long partnership with the 15-time NASCAR championship racing organization. The partnership between Kwikset and Newman is a natural one, as the driver and leader in residential locks both share a passion for innovative technology and advanced engineering. On the hood of the car, Kwikset will promote its new smart lock Kevo, an industry-first Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt that allows authorized users to unlock their door with the touch of a finger while their smartphone remains in their pocket. Kwikset is also the company behind first-of-its-kind SmartKey Re-Key Technology, which lets homeowners re-key their locks in seconds without removing them from the door. Kwikset SmartKey locks also offer superior pick resistance and pass the most stringent security standards.(Kwikset PR), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(5-7-2014)
- Kansas Notes & Facts – Wednesday – history:
" Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999.
" The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
" The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon.
" During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners.
" There have been 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
- Congrats: JTG Daugherty Racing’s #47 Kingsford Chevrolet SS rear mechanic Dustin Kirk and his wife Nicole welcomed a baby boy, Brantley Tyler Kirk, into the world at 2:00am Wednesday morning. Brantley weighed in at 6lbs, 7oz, 20 inches long. (5-7-2014)
- Townley to make more Nationwide starts: Athenian Motorsports announced they will be competing in a total of thirteen NASCAR Nationwide Series races with John Wes Townley as driver of the #25 Zaxby’s Toyota Camry. Townley comes off a 13th place finish in the Nationwide Series in the team’s debut at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Athenian Motorsports, LLC will enter Townley at both Charlotte Motor Speedway races, Kentucky Speedway, Daytona Int’l Speedway, Chicagoland, Indianapolis, Bristol, Richmond, Kansas, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead Miami Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Townley will continue to compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and ARCA Racing presented by Menards Series in 2014.(Athenian Motorsports)(5-7-2014)
- Hal Martin to make 2014 debut at Iowa: TriStar Motorsports announced that Nationwide Series driver Hal Martin will be back behind the wheel of the #44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry at Iowa Speedway. This will be the "Ragin Cajun’s" first Nationwide Series start at the 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval speedway. American Custom Yachts has partnered with Hal Martin and TriStar Motorsports for the 2014 season. The Stuart, Florida-based, operation encompasses a 63-acre marine facility providing a full range of marine services on site, including yacht construction, repair, repowering and refitting. Located at mile marker 46 on the Okeechobee Waterway, ACY is a one-stop shop for all marine service needs.(TriStar Motorsports)(5-7-2014)
- George returns to Mittler Brothers team: MB Motorsports heads to Kansas Speedway with crew chief Doug George atop the pit box. "Mike [Mittler] and I go way back," says George. "I drove for the team back in ’98 and now I’m here as crew chief." Driver Justin Jennings, a native of LaGrange, MO, returns for his second start at the mile and a half track in the Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool / LG SEEDS Chevy Silverado. He is currently 12th in the drivers point standings.(MB Motorsports)(5-7-2014)
- Polaris and MotoPlex of Norfolk join Weller: Jimmy Weller will have a new partner on board his #07 Chevy Silverado this weekend. Competing for SS Green Light Racing, Weller will partner with Polaris and MotoPlex of Norfolk for the race at Kansas Speedway. Decals for each company will be visible on the rear quarter panels, as well as the TV panel on the rear of the truck.(Jimmy Weller Racing)(5-7-2014)
- Johnson headlines Kid-Focused events for Pocono 400: Pocono Raceway will host the fourth-annual Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, which includes an exclusive, kids-focused question-and-answer session with the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, prior to the start of the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 8. In addition to the ticket package, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will visit Pocono’s seventh annual Bowlopolis Kids Day on Saturday, June 7. The 2014 Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience will feature a kid-generated question-and-answer session with the three-time Pocono race winner and a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, prior to the start of Sunday’s 400-mile race. Pocono 400 ticket holders have two options to choose from for this pre-race experience: the $48 family-four pack or the $20 individual pass. For more information and to purchase access passes, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/jj48. Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will visit Pocono Raceway’s annual Bowlopolis Kids Day, a free event for all to enjoy, for their question-and-answer session on June 7. Bowyer and McMurray will appear in the Chalet Village, located behind the Grandstands and near Gate 8, in between the two scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices on Saturday morning.(Pocono Raceway)(5-7-2014)