Friday, February 27, 2015

I Am Dale Earnhardt

NASCAR Productions and SPIKE TV Present

A Compelling Look at the Life of an Indelible American Icon

SPIKE TV’s New, Original Documentary Premieres Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT



I Am Dale Earnhardt

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2015) – NASCAR Productions and Spike TV have joined forces to create a captivating and revealing documentary on the life of a legendary American sports hero – Dale Earnhardt. The original film, "I AM DALE EARNHARDT," premieres exclusively on Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

With in-depth and insightful interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport, unforgettable highlights from Earnhardt’s greatest moments on the track, and rare footage of Earnhardt’s life off-the track, the film is an up-close-and-personal look at the man behind the iconic mustache.

"I AM DALE EARNHARDT" digs deep beyond the legend to reveal the complex figure at the core of "The Intimidator." He was an idol to millions, but a villain to others; a working man's hero, but also a darling of Madison Avenue; a husband, father and friend, but also a solitary man who few really knew. His tragic death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 sent shockwaves through the nation and immortalized him as one of the greatest stars NASCAR has ever known.

"I’ve got many fond memories of my dad, so being able to share some of those memories in a project such as this was a privilege," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This film captures everything about him – the dad, the racer, the businessman, the friend, the polarizing figure, everything. I think fans – even longtime Dale Earnhardt fans – will find themselves learning new things about my dad by watching this documentary."

Among those interviewed for the film include some of the biggest names in NASCAR such as Jimmie Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Richard Childress, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"I AM DALE EARNHARDT" is the latest in Spike’s critically acclaimed "I AM" documentary series. Past subjects include Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen and Evel Knievel.

Jeff Cvitkovic from NASCAR Productions directed and produced "I AM DALE EARNHARDT" for Spike TV. The Executive Producers for the documentary include Zane Stoddard and Tally Hair from NASCAR Productions and Gil Colon, Jon Slusser, and Kevin Kay from Spike TV.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners and drivers. Their roles and responsibilities may have differed, but they all have one trait in common – each made an everlasting mark on NASCAR history.

Mark Martin was one of five competitors added to the list of 20 nominees
eligible for the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. (Photo by Chris Trotman)


NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees – legends all – who excelled in various disciplines, at various levels.

Among them are three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Evernham; 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Harry Hyde; 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki; winner of a combined 96 NASCAR national series races, Mark Martin; and 1986 NASCAR west series champion Hershel McGriff. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

The nominees were selected by a nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks and the media. The committee’s votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young.

From the list of 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Voting Day for the 2016 class will be Wednesday, May 20.

Potential Landmark Award recipients include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.

Following are the 20 nominees for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, listed alphabetically:

Nominee Hershel McGriff poising with NASCAR Race Mom

  1. Buddy Baker, won 19 times in NASCAR’s premier (now Sprint Cup) series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500
  2. Red Byron, first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949
  3. Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series
  4. Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion**
  5. Ray Evernham, three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief
  6. Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others
  7. Rick Hendrick, 14-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series
  8. Harry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief
  9. Bobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR premier series champion
  10. Alan Kulwicki, 1992 NASCAR premier series champion
  11. Terry Labonte, two-time NASCAR premier series champion
  12. Mark Martin, 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition
  13. Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion
  14. Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner
  15. Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier series champion
  16. Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion
  17. O. Bruton Smith, builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and architect of Speedway Motorsports Inc.
  18. Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships
  19. Curtis Turner, early personality, called the "Babe Ruth of stock car racing"
  20. Robert Yates, won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner

The five nominees for the Landmark Award are as follows…

  1. Harold Brasington, founder of Darlington Speedway
  2. H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway
  3. Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner
  4. Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  5. Ken Squier, legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner / namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence


The 22-person Nominating Committee follows:



NASCAR Hall of Fame:

  • Executive Director Winston Kelley
  • Historian Buz McKim.

NASCAR Officials:

  • Chairman / CEO Brian France;
  • Vice Chairman Jim France;
  • Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton;
  • Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar;
  • Executive Vice President / Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell;
  • Executive Vice President / Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps;
  • Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton;
  • Competition Administrator Jerry Cook (**Note: Due to Jerry Cook’s inclusion on the ballot for the NHOF Class of 2015, he was recused from voting for the Class of 2016 nominees.)

Track Owners/Operators:

  • International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa Kennedy;
  • Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell;
  • Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage;
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark;
  • Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George;
  • Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn;
  • Pocono Raceway board of directors member Looie McNally;
  • Bowman Gray Stadium operator Dale Pinilis;
  • Holland Motorsports Complex operator Ron Bennett;
  • Rockford Speedway operator Jody Deery;
  • West Coast representative Ken Clapp.

Friday, February 20, 2015

#NASCAR Daytona Schedule




NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


  • Next Race: Daytona 500
  • The Place: Daytona International Speedway
  • The Date: Sunday, Feb. 22
  • The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
  • TV: FOX, Noon (ET)
  • Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
  • Distance: 500 miles (250 laps)


NASCAR XFINITY Series


  • Next Race: Alert Today Florida 300
  • The Place: Daytona International Speedway
  • The Date: Saturday, Feb. 21
  • The Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
  • TV: FOX Sports 1, 3 p.m. (ET)
  • Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
  • Distance: 300 miles (120 laps)


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series


  • Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250
  • The Place: Daytona International Speedway
  • The Date: Friday, Feb. 20
  • The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
  • TV: FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. (ET)
  • Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
  • Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

#NASCAR Acceleration Nation To Impact Children Through An In-School Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Program

The school of NASCAR® is officially in session. NASCAR today announced the launch of NASCAR Acceleration Nation, the sport’s first-ever national learning and entertainment platform created just for kids. 



NASCAR Acceleration Nation will impact children across the country through an in-school Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program, created together with Scholastic. Classroom content will focus on teaching the aerodynamic principles of Drag, Downforce and Drafting, the NASCAR Three D’s of Speed™.

The fun and dynamic AccelerationNation.com will engage kids with exclusive content and NASCAR-themed games and activities, while the NASCAR Acceleration Nation Experience will bring the platform to life for children and families at race tracks.

“NASCAR Acceleration Nation is about bringing kids closer to our sport in an entertaining and educational way,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “When you look at the speed and design of our race cars and their performance on the track, NASCAR represents a unique platform to teach math and science. Our goal is to make learning these subjects fun for kids.”

NASCAR and its Research & Development Center teamed up with Scholastic to develop the motorsports industry’s first national in-school education program. The STEM supplemental materials were designed for elementary and middle school students and feature lessons and activities for each of the NASCAR Three D’s of Speed.

The easy-to-use learning materials address state and Next Generation Science standards and will be distributed as kits to 7,400 classrooms nationwide in the program’s first year, reaching nearly 200,000 students. In addition, all classroom materials and content will be available for teachers to download from a microsite accessed from AccelerationNation.com.

“Kids are always inspired by real-life events around them,” stated Ann Amstuz-Hayes, SVP Scholastic National Partnerships. “This program is a great example of how the science behind a sport and can be brought to life for students in way that is both educational, relevant and fun.”

AccelerationNation.com features games and activities inspired by various elements of the sport and is divided into four activity pillars – Think, Move, Build and Team Up. Kids can test their NASCAR engine knowledge by going “Under the Hood,” answer math equations with “Flash Cars” and take a quiz to see which NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ driver they most resemble. They can also play the RaceFlex racing game and sign up to earn points and badges for completing online activities.

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation Experience is a 6,400-square-foot footprint designed to entertain children and families during a number of NASCAR national series race weekends. At the interactive experience, kids can sit in the driver’s seat of a customized NASCAR Acceleration Nation stock car to learn more about the cars competing on the racetrack.

For more information about NASCAR Acceleration Nation, and to download the in-school STEM materials, visit AccelerationNation.com.

The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Official NASCAR Release

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#NASCAR Contingency Partnership Announcement

MOOG® Steering and Suspension Elevates Status to Official Partner / Ingersoll Rand Becomes Newest Addition to Special Award Lineup / Edelbrock Renews NASCAR Performance & Contingency Partnership For Five Years


#NASCAR Contingency Partnership Announcement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2015) – As race teams make final preparations to start the 2015 season, NASCAR announced today its diverse lineup of 2015 NASCAR Contingency Program sponsors for all three national series. This year’s program is highlighted by the renewal of longtime sponsors and the addition of a new brand to the stable of participating contingency partners.

The MOOG® Steering and Suspension brand, a Contingency Sponsor of NASCAR for nearly 50 years, will now extend its reach to consumers by becoming a NASCAR Official Partner. MOOG parts have been the choice of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion since 1966, an unprecedented winning streak. The MOOG brand will continue to provide Contingency Sponsorship for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™. The brand will also sponsor the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race and Year awards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which is awarded to the eligible crew chief that improves the most from the first half of the race to the second half of the race utilizing the 40 best lap times (10 best lap times for road course events).

New to the field of Contingency Sponsors this year will be Ingersoll Rand, the Official Power Tools of NASCAR. The Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award will be given to the team that advances the most positions during the last 10 percent of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the highest finishing eligible team. Cars must display the Ingersoll Rand contingency decal to be eligible. The annual award will be given based on cumulative positions gained during each weekly race. This award recognizes crew chiefs that bring the same level of intensity and reliability when it matters most – when victory is on the line.

Edelbrock will continue to provide Contingency Sponsorship to Top 5 finishers carrying the Edelbrock decal in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through 2019. Edelbrock began its NASCAR association as the first company to sign a multi-year contingency sponsorship agreement. In 1993, Edelbrock became an Exclusive NASCAR Performance Partner and its intake manifolds are currently approved for NASCAR competition and used by teams in all NASCAR national series.

“The NASCAR Contingency program is rich in history and participating sponsors have direct access to our teams, connection with our loyal, passionate fan base and prominent visibility in our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, Industry Services. “We are pleased to see the continued level of commitment from both new and returning partners to the program this year.”

The NASCAR Contingency program strives to build strong relationships with high quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories, and award money to teams via per race and year-end awards. Competitors become eligible for prize money by displaying sponsor decals on the front fenders of their race cars and trucks. In some instances, use of a sponsor’s product is required.

Below is the 2015 national series contingency sponsor lineup and special awards:

  • 3M – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*
    • - 3M Lap Leader Award
  • American Ethanol – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series*
    • American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award (NSCS)
    • -American Ethanol Award to Series Champions (XFINITY Series & NCWTS)
  • ARP Fasteners – XFINITY Series
  • COMP Cams – Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series 
  • Coors Light – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series* (Keystone Light)
    • - Coors Light Pole Award
  • Duralast Brakes – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*
    • - Duralast Brakes Brake in the Race Award
  • Edelbrock – Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • Flowmaster – Sprint Cup Series
  • Freescale – Sprint Cup Series*
    • - Freescale Wide Open Award
  • Goodyear Tires – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series*
    • - Goodyear Tires Award to Series Champions
  • Holley Throttle Bodies/Carburetors – Sprint Cup Series (throttle bodies), XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • Ingersoll Rand – Sprint Cup Series*
    • - Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award
  • K&N Filters – Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • Lincoln Electric Welders – Sprint Cup Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • MAHLE Clevite – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series*
    • - MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race/Year Award
  • Mechanix Wear – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
    • - Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award (Quarterly/Year ¬End)
  • Mobil 1 – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series*
    • - Mobil 1 Driver of the Race/Year
  • MOOG Steering & Suspension – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
    • - MOOG Problem Solver of the Race/Year
  • MSD Ignition – XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • Renton Coil Spring – Camping World Truck Series
  • Sherwin-Williams – Sprint Cup Series*
    • - Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award  Simpson Firesuits – XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
  • Sunoco – Sprint Cup Series*, XFINITY Series*, Camping World Truck Series*
    • - Sunoco Diamond Performance Award to Series Champions
    • - Sunoco Rookie of the Year

*Indicates Special Award sponsor with a year-end bonus. 

Official NASCAR Release

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hispanic Female to Make #NASCAR History

#NASCAR named series official Kim Lopez as the chief starter for Sunday's Daytona 500.




Lopez will become the first woman and first Hispanic to flag the race. Lopez is in her 11th season with NASCAR and has flagged races for the past seven years in the Xfinity Series and Truck Series. She also flagged two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races last season.

The chief starter displays the eight flags that tell the drivers to start, slow down, move over or stop. Lopez also will wave the checkered flag when the winner crosses the finish line.

Lopez says: "You have little girls who can now look up and say, 'I can do this someday, I can be this someday.'"

Photo Credit:   http://www.edmcdonald.org

Tire Talk With #NASCAR 's Carl Edwards

Learn how tires are part of fuel strategy to go farther.




For more than 60 years, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has provided tires that offer confident grip and handling for drivers in America’s most popular motorsport, designed to face the extreme demands of NASCAR racing.

To kick-off the 2015 NASCAR season—and help fans better understand the role tires play in delivering superior performance on and off the track—Goodyear has teamed up with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards to roll out the newest additions to its popular “Tire Talk” video series.

Building on the success of last year’s Tire Talk videos with 2014 Sprint Cup Champion,  Kevin Harvick, Edwards expands the series with three new videos closely linked to Goodyear consumer tire benefits. “Each Tire Talk video highlights the grueling demands our NASCAR tires face in a fun and entertaining way,” said Kris Kienzl, Goodyear’s NASCAR marketing manager. “Ultimately, the goal is to help race fans understand how the science and technology of NASCAR helps Goodyear make better consumer tires for everyday driving.”

The three new Tire Talk videos with Carl Edwards highlight a range of Goodyear technologies, including the balance of grip and endurance engineered into multi-zone tread tires, water evacuation for enhanced grip in wet weather, and improved fuel mileage from low rolling resistance tires.

Race fans can view the entire Tire Talk video series now by visiting www.goodyear.com/racing or catch a 60-second commercial version airing during the 2015 Daytona 500 broadcast. Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 68,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. 

For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to www.goodyear.com.