- The Entry List for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Danica Patrick is back in the #10 Chevy, Kvapil is still listed in the #93, but Reutimann is expected to drive.
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#19-Mike Bliss (46/5)
#23-Scott Riggs (43/10)
#26-Josh Wise (40/10)
#30-David Stremme (38/10)
#33-Stephen Leicht (36/10)
#49-J.J. Yeley (39/10)
#52-Mike Skinner (54/1)
#74-Cole Whitt (47/6)
#79-Scott Speed (55/1)
#87-Joe Nemechek (42/10)
#98-Michael McDowell (41/10)
In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 33,30,49,26,98,87,23,74
missing the race would be : #’s 19,52,79
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Darlington Entry List.(5-7-2012)
- Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week Returns To Las Vegas for next 3 years: NASCAR announced that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards – and all of Champion’s Week – will return to Las Vegas, Nev., and remain there for the next three years. For the fourth-consecutive season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 30, a culmination of a week-long celebration for the series champion – and NASCAR fans. As in past years, fans can expect the traditionally exciting and interactive week of activities.
"Experience tells us that Las Vegas creates the perfect backdrop for our sport and our fans to join us in celebrating a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship," said Steve Phelps, chief marketing officer for NASCAR. "Returning Champion’s Week and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to Vegas for the next three years will help our loyal fans crystallize their plans to join us in putting the finishing touches on the season that was with a series of intriguing events across the city."
From 1981 until 2008, NASCAR held its year-ending premier series awards show in New York City before moving to Las Vegas in 2009. Since then, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards has been held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and has grown in stature and prestige with each passing year.
Fans can count on another star-studded and entertainment-filled week, culminating in the highly-anticipated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. During last year’s official crowning of Tony Stewart as champion, Sprint announced its renewed commitment to the sport through 2016, and renowned multimedia superstar Reba hosted and singer-songwriter and musicianKid Rock performed for members of the NASCAR industry and fans.
A full lineup of activity during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week will be announced at a later date.(NASCAR)(5-7-2012)
- Rockwell Tools to sponsor Kahne at Darlington: Through its Rockwell Tools brand, Positec Tool Corp., a global company that manufactures and markets power tools and lawn and garden equipment, will serve as primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy driven by Kasey Kahne for the Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway. It will mark Rockwell Tools’ first sponsorship of a Sprint Cup team. Rockwell Tools recently sponsored Kahne’s Camping World Truck Series entry when NASCAR returned to Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004.(Hendrick Motorsports)(5-7-2012)
- Jeff Hammond reports break in: NASCAR broadcaster and former championship winning crew chief has reported a break in, larceny, and vandalism to a truck at his shop in western Rowan County. According to a report at the sheriff’s office, Jeff Hammond, who works as part of the Fox Network crew covering NASCAR races, reported that a 1988 truck at his shop on Phifer Road in Cleveland was broken into at some point over the last couple of weeks. Among the items reported missing was a hydraulic tank valued at $300, and one set of copper lines valued at $100. Another set of copper lines and a set of hoses were damaged. Vandalism to the Ford truck was also reported. The sheriff’s office is investigating.(WBTV)(5-7-2012)
- Sad News – Wayne Mosser Wayne R. Mosser, father of Amy Mosser (who works for Sprint Cup Driver #34-David Ragan) peacefully passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years, family and friends. Born March 21, 1940, in Grantsville, he was the son of the late Carl E. and Alberta L. (Kahl) Mosser. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn M. (Blake) Mosser; one son, two daughters, two brothers, four sisters, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and relatives. Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Accident Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad or Hospice of Garrett County.(5-7-2012)
- Darlington Week in South Carolina: The week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 has once again been named "Darlington Raceway Week in South Carolina" after the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate passed a concurrent Resolution. "This is a tremendous honor for everyone at Darlington Raceway," said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. "The Bojangles’ Southern 500 brings people to South Carolina from all 50 states and several foreign countries and it is a great time to showcase our state with a worldwide television audience watching." The famed track’s 63-year history is a major reason that the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed the concurrent Resolution, led by state Senator Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville.(Darlington Raceway)(5-6-2012)
- McClure injured at Talladega: UPDATES: #14-Eric McClure was injured Saturday during a mutlicar crash near the end of Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. McClure’s car was one of several swept into a chain-reaction crash and slammed nose-first into the SAFER barrier on the inside retaining wall. He had to be cut from his car. NASCAR officials said Saturday that McClure was alert and talking to medical personnel. He was taken to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. The extent of McClure’s injuries were not immediately known, but NASCAR officials said that McClure was communicating with safety workers.(Sporting News)(5-5-2012)
UPDATE: According to Emily Brandt, McClure’s sister and PR representative, "@ericmcclure is alert and taking to family members. He is being kept overnight 4 further observation".(5-5-2012
UPDATE 2: According to Eric’s Facebook page, "Eric is awake and alert. He has pain in the right arm and leg. He’s going to be bruised and sore for a while but should be okay. They are keeping him in the hospital overnight for observation."(5-5-2012)
UPDATE 3: Eric McClure, driver of the #14 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota, is stable and alert following a late-race incident yesterday (Saturday) during the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. He is undergoing tests and remains under observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital. McClure and his family would like to express their thanks to the NASCAR community for their thoughts, support and concern. The team will release any updates as they occur.(TMI)(5-6-2012)
UPDATE 4: Eric McClure, driver of the #14 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota will remain hospitalized overnight for further observation at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.(TMI)(5-6-2012)
UPDATE 5: Update from Emily Brandt regarding Eric McClure: Eric McClure, driver of the #14 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota, was released this evening [May 7th] from the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, AL where he was airlifted Saturday afternoon following a racing incident at Talladega Superspeedway. McClure suffered a concussion and mild internal bruising and is expected to make a full recovery. This week he will follow up with specialists regarding his injuries. McClure has said he will make himself available to the media in the Jim Hunter Media Center at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 11, time to be announced.(TMI)(5-7-2012)
UPDATE 6: It is NASCAR’s policy that a driver that receives a concussion must be cleared by a neurosurgeon with at least five years of experience with sports-related head injuries before being allowed back in the car. In some sports leagues the athlete must wait at least seven days before returning to action. There will be only six days between Saturday’s crash and Friday’s race. Brandt said McClure will meet with a specialist on Tuesday or Wednesday to determine his status. He is scheduled to hold a press conference on Friday at Darlington. "He’s sore and just needs to rest a few days and be with his family and go to his doctor appointments," Brandt said. After his release McClure was driven back to his Chilhowie, Va., home by his father, who has been with him at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center since the accident.(ESPN)(5-7-2012)
- Peck Motorsports & Stopain announce partnership: Peck Motorsports and Troy Healthcare, LLC, makers of Stopain topical pain relief products, today announced their partnership for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race season with driver Todd Peck. Stopain, an all-American company, becomes the first official primary sponsor of the race team for the season and will be showcased in the minimum of five race events the team will compete in this season beginning at the Iowa Speedway on July 14. In addition, Stopain will partner with the team to continue to promote the Arthritis Foundation through various race and Foundation events planned throughout the year including Arthritis Foundation Walks and Jingle Bell Run and Walks. Stopain, a leading topical pain reliever, is available in four formulations: Stopain Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Roll-On and the new Stopain Gel. The team’s first race with Stopain will be at the Iowa Speedway on July 14, then continue August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway, September 15 at Iowa Speedway, September 21 at Kentucky Speedway and finally November 9 at Phoenix International Raceway.(Peck Motorsports PR)(5-7-2012)
- Leffler heads to Indiana for Sprint car events: With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series idle for a third straight weekend, Jason Leffler will travel to Indiana where he will get behind the wheel of his newly-purchased Sprint Car for the first time. Leffler, who purchased the car from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne, will race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville Saturday and Kokomo Speedway Sunday. "I think for a racecar driver, you need to stay racing – because that’s what you do for a living," said Leffler, who grew up racing open-wheel cars at dirt tracks in his home state of California. "With the schedule I have this year in the Camping World Truck Series, sometimes I will go weeks without racing. When that happens, I feel like I lose a little bit of the edge. Running my sprint car is a great way to keep my mind and body fresh for when I get back behind the wheel of the Dollar General Tundra." [More information is posted on the Jayski Appearances page.](KBM PR)(5-7-2012)