Thursday, May 28, 2015

Will Johnson Record History Win at Dover? (#NASCAR)

The statistics show it’s no surprise who the best NASCAR driver is at Dover International Speedway by a wide margin.

Jimmie Johnson, who holds the all-time win record at Dover with nine victories, leads the Sprint Cup Series in driver rating (122.3), percentage of laps run in the top 15 (88.2%) and average running position (6.454).

The six-time series champion also has a series best average finish of 8.2 in 26 starts at the 1-mile oval. Johnson’s average start of 9.9 trails only Kyle Larson (6.0 in two starts) and Ryan Newman (9.7 in 26 starts).

Former Dover winners Matt Kenseth (108.3) and Kyle Busch (105.5) are the only other drivers with ratings above 100.




Last spring, Johnson was dominant at Dover, leading 274 laps to claim his second straight victory at the track. Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, and Hamlin. 

The defending spring race winner at the Monster Mile, Johnson seeks to become just the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with 10 or more wins at a single track. He will be at a disadvantage after being penalized Wednesday for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events. As a result, Johnson, along with Justin Allgaier will receive the last two choices in the pit selection process, respective to qualifying results.

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This weekend’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway will reward a driver with a $100,000 bonus as part of Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash program. (#Dash4Cash)

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Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. qualified for the bonus at Dover by being the four highest-finishing drivers who score points in the Xfinity series last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Dash 4 Cash program pays $100,000 to the highest-finishing eligible driver in four races: Dover (Saturday), Indianapolis (July 25), Bristol (Aug. 21) and Darlington (Sept. 5).

If a driver wins each of the first three Dash 4 Cash events and then wins the final race outright at Darlington, they’ll increase their winnings by $600,000 to make their total winnings $1 million.

Dillon has three top-10 finishes in four career series starts at Dover. Smith has three top-10 finishes in his last four starts there. Wallace finished 12th in his only previous Xfinity run at Dover, and Suarez will make his first series start at the track. 


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015 Chase Grid Outlook



Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining regular season races

Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16 - Currently in the Chase, not locked in

Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff

Case Format Summary:

  • As of 2014, the ten-race Chase involves sixteen drivers chosen primarily on wins during the regular season;
  • If fewer than sixteen drivers win races during the regular season, the remaining field is filled on the basis of regular season points. 
These drivers compete against each other while racing in the standard field of fourty-three cars. The driver with the most points after the final ten races is declared the champion.



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This year's Dash 4 Cash includes races May 23 at Dover, July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway and September 5 at Darlington Raceway.

Hisense 300 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, Sirius XM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the first step in the 2015 Dash 4 Cash.

The qualifier race is new to Charlotte, as is the finale at Darlington -- last year's finale at Iowa was won by Trevor Bayne -- and the inclusion of Dover and Bristol is also a change. Plus, the schedule is more spread out than usual, allowing Bristol and Darlington to get into the mix.

But what remains the same is that fans can enter the NASCAR XFINITY Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/Dash4Cash for a chance to take home their own stack of cash if they are paired up with the winning driver at Darlington.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sixth Annual ‘Goodyear Gives Back’ #nascar

Campaign Rallies NASCAR Fans in Support of Troops




For the sixth straight year, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR’s three major national series, is rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces through its “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program benefiting the Support Our Troops® organization.

To kick off the program, Goodyear will once again transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This effort coincides with the launch of Goodyear’s charity auction at www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack, which features autographed NASCAR memorabilia, VIP race experiences and rides on the Goodyear Blimp.

Proceeds benefit Support Our Troops®, a nonprofit nationwide organization that works to bolster the morale and well-being of America’s troops and their families. To-date, Goodyear Gives Back has generated nearly $1 million in cash and product donations to support the cause.

“For the past six years, the Goodyear Gives Back program has helped us bring race fans and the NASCAR community together in showing support for troops and their families,” said Kris Kienzl, Goodyear’s NASCAR marketing manager. “The response has been overwhelming. More than 40 NASCAR teams, sponsors and tracks have joined this year’s effort by providing items for our charity auction and spreading the word among fans.”

Fans can get involved by visiting www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack through July 6, 2015 to bid on unique NASCAR autographed items, Support Our Troops tires and VIP experiences, purchase Support Our Troops® merchandise, or make a direct donation.

“The Goodyear Gives Back program has played a critical role in raising awareness and funds to better the lives of service men and women and their families,” said Martin C. Boire, executive director of Support Our Troops. “It’s a great symbol of support for those who sacrifice so much for our freedom.”

This year’s program is also a cornerstone of the “NASCAR: An American Salute” initiative, which highlights the sport’s ongoing support of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans.

“The Goodyear Gives Back program continues to be one of the most visible symbols of military support during the Memorial Day race weekend,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “We hope the combined efforts of Goodyear and NASCAR will encourage fans to show their support for the men and women who serve or have served our nation.”

Goodyear has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to help support and protect our troops and is the largest producer of military tires in the U.S. The company has also been recognized as a top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine for its leadership in hiring and supporting veterans. In 2014, Goodyear surpassed a three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans and committed to hiring an additional 1,000 veterans in 2015.

Veterans interested in careers opportunities at Goodyear can visit Goodyear.com/careers.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2016 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class Announced

Cook, Isaac, Labonte, Smith, Turner Comprise Hall’s Seventh Class

 

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The five-person group – the seventh in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, O. Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. In addition, NASCAR announced that Harold Brasington won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, broadcast on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, live from Charlotte, N.C.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2016 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton announced the class and Landmark Award winner, respectively, this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

The Class of 2016 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the second year, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion (Kevin Harvick). In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

Voting was as follows: 
  1. O. Bruton Smith (68%), 
  2. Terry Labonte (61%), 
  3. Curtis Turner (60%), 
  4. Jerry Cook (47%) 
  5. Bobby Isaac (44%).

The next top vote-getters were Red Byron, Benny Parsons and Rick Hendrick.

Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Buddy Baker, Alan Kulwicki, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin and Benny Parsons.

The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen: Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Hershel McGriff, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, Mike Stefanik and Robert Yates.

Nominees for the Landmark Award included Brasington, H.Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier. It is awarded to competitors or those working in the sport who have acted as a NASCAR ambassador through a professional or non-professional role. Anne B. France won the inaugural award last year.



Class of 2016 Inductees:

 

Jerry Cook


Jerry Cook made his name in modifieds, winning six NASCAR Modified championships, including four consecutively from 1974-77. All the while, he was vying with another driver from his hometown of Rome, New York, nine-time champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans, for supremacy in NASCAR’s open-wheel realm. After retiring from racing in 1982, Cook stayed with the sport and helped shape the series known today as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Cook served as the series’ director when it began in 1985 and remains with NASCAR as competition administrator.



Bobby Isaac


Bobby Isaac’s uncanny skill at drawing speed from a race car puts him on a short list of NASCAR legends. His 49 career poles ranks 10th all time. Maybe more impressive: Isaac captured 19 poles in 1969, which still stands as the record for poles in a single season. Isaac began racing in NASCAR’s premier series in 1961. He finished runner-up in the series standings in 1968 behind NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson. In 1969, he finished sixth in the standings after posting 17 wins and those 19 poles. In 1970, Isaac won the championship posting 11 victories, 32 top fives and 38 top 10s in 47 starts. Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series, ranking 19th on the all-time list.


Terry Labonte


Terry Labonte is a two-nickname NASCAR star. Early in his career he was known as the “Iceman” for his coolness under pressure. But his demeanor belied his determination. Later in his career he became known as the sport’s “Iron Man” thanks to 665 consecutive starts in NASCAR’s premier series, a record which stood until 2002. Winning two premier series championships, in 1984 and ’96, is impressive; the 12-year gap distinguishes Labonte further. No other driver has won his first two championships that far apart and Labonte is one of only six drivers with championships in two decades. Labonte’s stellar career is tucked between perfect bookends – his two Southern 500 wins, in 1980 and 2003. His 361 top-10 finishes ranks 10th all time.


O. Bruton Smith


O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., promoted his first stock car race in Midland, North Carolina at the age of 18. Smith’s early endeavors included operating the National Stock Car Racing Association – seen as an early competitor to NASCAR – and building Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS became the foundation of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which currently owns eight NASCAR tracks hosting 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and additional high-profile motorsports activities. Smith took SMI public in 1995, the first motorsports company to be traded at the New York Stock Exchange. He was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame and National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame, both in 2006; and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.


Curtis Turner


Called by some the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing,” Curtis Turner was among the fastest and most colorful competitors in the early years of NASCAR premier series racing. Turner competed in NASCAR’s first “Strictly Stock” race in 1949 in Charlotte and was the only driver to win a NASCAR premier series race in a Nash. He posted his first of 17 career victories in only his fourth start on Sept. 11, 1949, at Langhorne (Pennsylvania) Speedway. Although many of Turner’s victories came on short tracks and dirt ovals – much of his career pre-dated NASCAR’s superspeedway era – he won the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the first American 500 at Rockingham Speedway in 1965. He remains the only series driver to win two consecutive races from the pole leading every lap. He also won 38 of 79 races in which he competed in the NASCAR Convertible Division. 


Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR:

Harold Brasington


Harold Brasington, a South Carolina businessman, believed in Bill France’s fledgling NASCAR business, created the sanctioning body’s first superspeedway – a one-of-a-kind egg-shaped oval, paved on an old cotton and peanut field. Expecting 10,000 fans to show up at Darlington Raceway’s first competition on Labor Day of 1950, 25,000 spectators showed up for the inaugural Southern 500 – NASCAR’s first 500-mile race. Darlington's success inspired Brasington to extend his reach north -- to North Carolina. He employed his track building and promoting expertise, helping in the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway and building North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina.

www.nascar.com release

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kurt Busch is An Uncle!

Just two days after competing in his first Sprint Cup race of the season, the NASCAR star Kyle, formally known as Shub as the youngest Busch driver, announced to the world that he and wife Samantha are first-time parents yesterday.


Brexton Locke Busch
7 pounds 10 ounces at 21 inches 


Congratulations to Kyle and Samantha on the birth of their son, the newest “Shrub.”

New Dad announced his son’s arrival on Twitter and wrote “Mom n baby doing great!”