Monday, June 27, 2016

Clint Bowyer's #NASCAR Race Recap - Very Short

Clint Bowyer, a winner at Sonoma in 2012, was sidelined after completing just five laps by an electrical issue that filled the cockpit of his No. 15 Chevrolet with smoke.



"Smoke is never good in the cockpit and it stinks. Hell, I couldn't breathe," said Bowyer, who finished last in the 40-car field. … “

On Lap 5 of the 110-lap race, Bowyer’s HScott Motorsports Chevrolet had an electric fire, forcing him to stop on course in Turn 8. Clearly upset, Bowyer threw his helmet into the cockpit of his car.

“Yeah, it’s terribly frustrating,” said Bowyer, who came into this race 23rd in points. “This is my favorite race track and I’ve run really good at it. I don’t know. It kind of sometimes inexcusable when stuff breaks that quick, but who knows what happened. I’m sure a wire was rubbing on something or something and just shorted out and burnt up. It’s a shame.”



To The Victor Go The Spoils (#nascar)

"All you’ve got to do is just give me that little bit of hope, and I’ll run with it.” Smoke.

To The Victor Go The Spoils - Tony Stewart (#nascar)


After winning Sunday’s Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, that adage is one Tony Stewart intends to fulfill to the tune of a berth in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Championship.

Driving the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Stewart took the lead with 22 laps to go and sparred with Denny Hamlin on the last lap to score his 49th career Sprint Cup Series win, his third at Sonoma and his first since winning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on June 2, 2013. This was also Stewart’s eighth Sprint Cup win on a road course, as he has five victories at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

“All of these wins are meaningful – it doesn’t matter where you get them,” said Stewart, now a three-time winner at Sonoma (2001, 2005 and 2016). “We ran close to those guys up front all day. It’s pretty ironic that the last win we got was in a Code 3 Associates car, and I’m proud to do it again. I’m really proud for all of our sponsors – Mobil 1, Bass Pro Shops and everybody.
“I’m excited for Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) to get his first win and proud that I could get him a win before the end of the year,” Stewart added. “I’m excited for this team. My guys have been through this whole disastrous roller coaster the last three or four years and never backed down. They’ve never quit on me. There have been days I quit on myself, and they are the guys that send you text messages and call you when you get home like, ‘Hey, this isn’t over.’ I’m proud for them, and it meant more for me to get it for them than for myself.”

Stewart missed the first eight races of the season after injuring his back in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident, but NASCAR granted him a medical waiver that made Stewart eligible for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. To compete for the series championship, Stewart had to win at least one race and secure a position within the top-30 of the championship standings by the 26th race of the season Sept. 10 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. With the victory at Sonoma, Stewart checks one box on his way toward eligibility and seems likely to satisfy the other requirement, as he is only nine points behind 30th-place Brian Scott.

Stewart was fast throughout the race weekend, posting top-10 lap times in both practices Friday, then qualifying 10th on Saturday. It marked his third consecutive top-10 qualifying effort.

Once the green flag waved, Stewart wasted no time in showing his road-racing skills as he drove from 10th to seventh in the opening laps and executed a daring three-wide pass in the turn 11 hairpin.

Stewart held his ground through the first round of pit stops, but he restarted 15th after the lap-38 caution that saw him pit while others stayed on the track or had quicker pit stops.

“We are tight on the right-handers and loose on the left-handers,” Stewart told the crew, who made adjustments to correct the issues during the pit stop.

The No. 14 struggled in race traffic on the restart, and Stewart was only able to make it to 14th by the time he pitted again on lap 70 of the 110-lap race. With 40 laps remaining, the crew told Stewart to “go get them for now” but warned that if the race went caution-free, they might need Stewart to save fuel.

Stewart couldn’t gain much ground, so the team pitted once more with 25 to go. Although he dropped to 32nd, the team gambled that a caution in the final laps would enable Stewart to take advantage of track position and fresher tires. As it turns out, that’s just what happened one lap later when NASCAR threw the yellow for a spring rubber in turn seven.

The caution brought most of the field to pit lane on lap 88, allowing Stewart to move to fourth. As the laps wound down the tension increased for drivers that wrestled their 3,300-pound cars on the 11-turn track in 90-degree temperatures, resting only during three brief cautions in the first 100 laps.

“I can’t ask for any better position that what I am in,” Stewart said before restarting the race in the lead with 20 laps remaining. “I’m going to take what I can get out of this.”

During the final laps, Stewart put on a display of what has made him a power on the NASCAR road courses, holding off hard charges by both Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin, trading the lead with the latter just once before coming to the checkered flag.

“This place has meant a lot to me,” said Stewart, who has openly acknowledged Sonoma as his favorite track. “If I don’t win another one, it’s cool to win the last one here. If it doesn’t happen again, it’s cool. I’ll be all right if this is the last place I win one. I’m going for more – just for the record. I’m not saying I’m laying down. I’m just saying if that’s the only one I get this year, then I’ll be content. I think you’ve known me long enough, you guys know that I don’t lay down for anything. All you’ve got to do is just give me that little bit of hope, and I’ll run with it.”

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday.

To The Victor Go The Spoils - Tony Stewart (#nascar)


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Eggleston and Gilliland Sidelined Early In Sonoma (#knwest #nascar)


Their Teams Thrashed to Return Them To The Track


Drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tackled their first road course event of the season with the Chevy’s Fresh Mex 200 at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.  The annual visit to the winding 1.99-mile track in Northern California’s wine country will featured two Bill McAnally Racing drivers.


Eggleston and Gilliland Sidelined Early In Sonoma (#knwest #nascar)
& collected in first lap accident.
Crews thrashing to rebuild. via ‏@BMR_NASCAR

Unfortunately, defending series champion Chris Eggleston and the points leader going into the road race, Todd Gilliland were caught up in a multi-car pileup when the Green Flag dropped which sent both their race cars to the garage. Gilliland managed a twenty-fourth place finish (23 laps down) while Eggleston came in twenty-sixth (30 laps down).

For Gilliland, this race was his first road course start.

“We watched a bunch of videos of (David - Todd's Father) out here and also my grandpa (Butch), so it’s crazy to hear all the history about my family in the K&N Series on the West Coast going to all these tracks. He’s definitely been a big help thus far and I’m sure he’s gonna continue to be a big help. He’s helped me a lot and I can’t wait to get out on track.”

It is truly a shame that these two talented driver were taken out of contention so early and through no fault of their own.  It would have been very exciting to see how they would have challenged the eventual race winner, the driver of the #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Chase Elliott. 





The Chevy’s Fresh Mex 200 will be broadcast on NBCSN on June 30 at 8 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action at Idaho's Stateline Speedway for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, July 9.

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Chase Elliott, Time: 77.892 Seconds, Speed: 91.974 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 58 mins, 3 secs Average Speed: 64.732 mph Margin of Victory: 2.336 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 3-5 (38 Stopped Frt Straight Engine - No FP); 32-33 (Half Way Break - #88 Free Pass); 39-41 (#88 Stalled on Track - No Free Pass); 45-47 (# 40 Accident - #11 Free Pass); 49-52 (#30 drove off Trk & stopped - #22 FPass); 55-57 (Debris on Front St. - #36 Free Pass). 6 for 18 laps.
Lap Leaders: Chase Elliott 0, Ryan Partridge 1-7, Chase Elliott 8-13, Ryan Partridge 14-17, Gracin Raz 18-25, Noah Gragson 26-33, Gracin Raz 34, Noah Gragson 35-41, Gracin Raz 42, Noah Gragson 43-61, Chase Elliott 62-64.
Total Laps Led: Noah Gragson 34, Ryan Partridge 11, Gracin Raz 10, Chase Elliott 9. 10 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Ryan Partridge 256, Todd Gilliland * 241, Chris Eggleston 235, Noah Gragson 231, Gracin Raz 222, Julia Landauer * 219, Cole Rouse * 215, Riley Herbst * 213, Ron Norman 194, Matt Levin 193

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

21 MEANS 21 POLE AWARD: #24 Chase Elliott
AUTOLITE IRIDIUM XP LAP LEADER: #7 Noah Gragson
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE: #25 Tom Klauer
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: #19 Riley Herbst

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Chevys Fresh Mex 200 Results
(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, GA, Chevrolet, 64 laps, 64.732 mph.
  2. (4) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 64.
  3. (7) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 64.
  4. (2) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 64.
  5. (10) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 64.
  6. (17) Michael Shawhan, Los Gatos, Calif., Chevrolet, 64.
  7. (23) Tom Klauer, Reno, Nev., Chevrolet, 64.
  8. (20) Scott Ivie, Mountain View, Calif., Toyota, 64.
  9. (22) Carlos Vieira, Atwater, Calif., Chevrolet, 64.
  10. (8) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 64.
  11. (6) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 64.
  12. (21) Tim Spurgeon, Danville, CA, Chevrolet, 64.
  13. (26) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 64.
  14. (24) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 64.
  15. (27) Jesse Iwuji, Dallas, Texas, Toyota, 63.
  16. (15) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 63.
  17. (9) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Chevrolet, 62.
  18. (29) Rodd Kneeland, Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 62.
  19. (16) James Bruncati, Glendora, Calif., Ford, 58, accident.
  20. (30) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, CA, Chevrolet, 50, accident.
  21. (19) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 50.
  22. (25) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 45, suspension.
  23. (14) Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevrolet, 44, accident.
  24. (5) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 41.
  25. (13) Alex Schutte, Redding, Calif., Ford, 38, suspension.
  26. (11) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 34.
  27. (31) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 2, suspension.
  28. (28) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Chevrolet, 1, engine.
  29. (18) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 0, accident.
  30. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 0, electrical.
  31. (12) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 0, did not start.

Goodyear and Walmart Collaborate to Support Troops (#nascar)

Goodyear Donates $100,000 to Support Our Troops® Organization

 


Support of the U.S. Armed Forces has been part of the fabric of The Goodyear & Tire Rubber Company for more than a century. Goodyear today announced a new extension to that support pledging a $100,000 donation to Support Our Troops®, a nonprofit nationwide organization that works to bolster the morale and well-being of America’s troops and their families.

Additionally, beginning today and extending through August 26, Goodyear and Walmart, another significant military supporter, will ask consumers to nominate a deserving military member or their family members for a chance to win a new set of Goodyear tires and a coveted NASCAR® experience, which includes a trip for four to a NASCAR race.

Nominations and donations can be made at www.walmart.com/goodyeartiresfortroops. Additionally, consumers can enter to win other NASCAR-themed prizes, Support Our Troops race-used Goodyear tires and more.

“Goodyear has a rich history with the U.S. Armed Forces and our unwavering support is reflected in this program,” said Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas. “We are pleased to join forces with Walmart to show our appreciation for the military.”

“Having Goodyear and Walmart team up to raise money and awareness to better the lives of the men and women who protect our freedom is amazing,” said Martin C. Boire, executive director of Support Our Troops. “Companies such as Goodyear and Walmart do so much for our troops, from veterans’ hiring programs and other fundraising efforts and it doesn’t go unnoticed by our military members.”

Goodyear has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to help support and protect U.S. troops and is the largest producer of military tires in the country. The tire manufacturer has helped build more than 150 blimps for the U.S. Navy and customizes its iconic Goodyear Eagle race tires annually to display a Support Our Troops message during two May NASCAR races in Charlotte, N.C.

The company was recently recognized as a 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 since then, has renewed its commitment to hiring another 1,000 veterans over three years. Goodyear has implemented annual programs to raise funds for Support Our Troops since 2010 and to date has raised more than $1 million for the organization.


About Goodyear


Goodyear, founded in 1898 in Akron, is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, 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 and its products, go to www.goodyear.com.

About Support Our Troops


SupportOurTroops.org provides simple constructive ways for citizens and community minded businesses to show their patriotism and appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to protect our country, our homes, our families, and our American way of life. Support Our Troops is a registered trademark licensed through SupportOurTroops.org. The official SupportOurTroops.org website is a nationwide platform for individuals, organizations, businesses and non-profits to bolster America’s troops and their families in a multitude of ways. It is a moral covenant with those who serve to protect us and our families.

Press Release

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan to be Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame

Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan to be Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Famen #nascar


Sonoma Raceway will add two NASCAR legends to its Wall of Fame during the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 24-26.

Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan will become the newest members of the raceway's Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010).

In more than 15 years of competition on the Sonoma Raceway road course, Stewart has become known as one of the most talented drivers on the challenging circuit. In recognition of his accomplishments, and to honor his final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.

In 17 NASCAR premiere series start at Sonoma, Stewart has posted two victories and nine top-10 finishes. He is one of five two-time winners at Sonoma Raceway and has completed more than 1,800 laps around the 12-turn road course. The three-time premiere series champion is certainly ranked among the very best overall road-course racers with seven road-course wins in 31 premiere series attempts; compiling 12 top fives and 19 top 10s.

"I have a long history at Sonoma and a lot of memories there, and to be inducted into the Wall of Fame is a real honor," said Stewart, who made his first Sonoma start in 1999. "I've always loved the challenge of road-course racing and I'm proud of all that we've accomplished at Sonoma. Hopefully we can put a third win on the board this weekend."

Irvan made his mark in Sonoma with two victories, including one of the road course's most memorable. In 1992, Irvan claimed his first Sonoma win in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 after being black-flagged at the start for crossing the starting line ahead of pole winner Ricky Rudd. He came back to pass 41 cars to take the checkered flag.

Just two years later, Irvan became the first two-time winner of a NASCAR Cup event in Sonoma, winning by the largest margin of victory in raceway history (9.56 seconds) over Geoffrey Bodine.

"It's a real honor to be inducted to the Wall of Fame. It's basically my home track and I always loved going home to race there," said Irvan, who posted six top-10 finishes and one pole position in 10 Sonoma starts. "When I first started driving the #4 car, I didn't even know I could road race. I had a great race car and a great crew chief, and that gave me a lot of confidence."

The Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, in Sonoma.  Each inductee is recognized during a ceremony with a marble plaque engraved with his/her likeness.  

The engraving is also added to the Wall of Fame, which is located behind the main grandstand.

The Wall of Fame includes competitors from all forms of motor racing featured in Sonoma, including NASCAR, NHRA, AMA, open-wheel cars, sports cars and more. It will also include those who have made significant contributions to the raceway over the years.

"Tony and Ernie have played a part in some of Sonoma Raceway's most memorable races and dramatic finishes.  We are proud to honor their legacy and thank them for the great memories they've given our race fans," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.

Inaugural Buckingham Climbin’ For Linemen Competition Kicks Off #NASCAR Race Day

Inaugural Buckingham Climbin’ For Linemen Competition Kicks Off #NASCAR Race Day


A special event has been added to the NASCAR-USAC-ARCA tripleheader June 25 at Gateway Motorsports Park. The inaugural Climbin’ for Linemen competition will be on race day morning in the infield of the superspeedway. The event is designed to showcase the skills of the line worker, promote safety and raise awareness to the public for our industry.

The event this year will consist of a “Hurtman Rescue Championship” sponsored by Buckingham Manufacturing (www.buckinghammfg.com). Buckingham Manufacturing is a115-year-old company which serves the utility, arborist and telecommunications industries.

The Hurtman Rescue is a procedure all linemen are required to practice annually. This entails a co-worker climbing up to the injured lineman and using a handline rope-and-block to lower him to safety.

The winner and a guest will receive a vacation package from Bevins Company: round-trip airfare and accommodations to Mexico. The winner will also receive a custom championship belt designed using a lineman’s body belt.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Fallen Linemen Organization. In 2015, FLO tracked 30 fatalities and worked to assist these families. The funds from entrant participation in this event will allow FLO to continue to assist the families in their time of need.

FLO was founded by NASCAR race sponsor Chad Dubea, who also owns Elite Fleet Services, LLC, following the tragic loss of one of his employees. Its mission is to memorialize fallen electrical line workers and help care for the families who have lost — or are impacted by a severe injury to — a loved one in the line of duty. FLO strives to consolidate accident and injury information to promote a safer work environment. FLO also helps all fallen and severely-injured electrical line workers, including, but not limited to, groundsmen, linemen, operators, apprentice linemen, journeymen linemen, and substation mechanics.

“This is about recognition and awareness for those who are keeping the lights on,” said Dubea. “We want all of the attention to focus on bringing awareness to the life-saving work and sacrifices electrical linemen make every day, especially during major storms and disasters.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec will be joined by the Illinois Lottery Presents ARCA Midwest 50 and the Vatterott College Silver Crown Showdown for USAC open-wheel racers. Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. with the NASCAR race slated for 7:30 p.m. The inaugural Climbin’ For Linemen competition will start at 9 a.m. in the speedway’s infield.

Jeff Gordon - The Fundraising Campaign (#nascar)



Every day, 43 families hear the words, "your child has cancer." Yet less than 4 percent of government funding for cancer research is devoted to childhood cancers. With your help, they can take strides toward providing the needed funding for childhood cancer research and treatment. 

Every dollar raised in the fundraising raffle effort benefits the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for pediatric cancer research and treatment services. Free shipping. The raffle drawing will be conducted when all 1,250 tickets are sold, or on August 9 (whichever comes first). 

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SUMMER 2016 RAFFLE PRIZES
 
  • * AUTOGRAPHED 2015 Homestead-Miami program by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch
  • * AUTOGRAPHED 2015 Jeff Gordon mini-helmet
  • * AUTOGRAPHED Sports Illustrated issue [Nov 23, 2015]
Jeff's final NASCAR race. Kyle won the race and the championship. 

  • AUTOGRAPHED Jeff Gordon and Chad Knaus victory 8x10 (1994 Busch Clash) and 1997 hero card
Perfect for framing. One of a kind!
"Chad was showing everyone in the garage the pic as he was so excited when he signed it that I made a copy for him

  • AUTOGRAPHED 1994 Brickyard 400 book + 1994 Brickyard 400 program + 1994 Brickyard ticket
Jeff autographed the title page of the book 

  • AUTOGRAPHED 1997 Daytona 500 program + Commemorative Daytona 500 ticket
  • AUTOGRAPHED 1992 Atlanta program (March) + Baby Ruth Atlanta victory diecast
Jeff's 1st NASCAR victory in the #1 Baby Ruth Ford 

  • AUTOGRAPHED 1990 USAC National Midget Champion + AUTOGRAPHED Pepsi hero card
  1. AUTOGRAPHED 2015 Homestead program + 1995 postcard set + new 1990 t-shirt [Size: M]
10. -Prize #10
  • AUTOGRAPHED Nov 2015 Sports Illstrated issue + AUTOGRAPHED Pepsi hero card
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  • AUTOGRAPHED 1993 hero card + 1994 Coca-Cola 600 AND 1994 Brickyard 400 programs
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  • AUTOGRAPHED Pepsi Max hero card, Feb 1996 Winston Cup Illustrated (championship season recap)
JG "Young Series" metal 3-card set [Rare!], 2002 hero card featuring all 4 Winston Cup trophies 

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  • AUTOGRAPHED Pepsi Max hero card, Chevrolet t-shirt - new (size: XL), RCCA News + Inside NASCAR magazines
14. -Prize #14
  • AUTOGRAPHED 1997 Winner's Circle figure + JG Mini-Car Collector Set
Collector set includes #6 Molds Sprint, #1 Baby Ruth, #24 DuPont 

15. -Prize #15
  • * AUTOGRAPHED Pepsi Max hero card
  • * 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 JG National Fan Club diecast cars
  • * JG National Fan Club button and Rainbow Warrior sticker

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