Sunday, July 24, 2016

Jeff Gordon To Fill In For Earnhardt
At The Brickyard (#NASCAR)

Jeff Gordon To Fill In For Earnhardt At The Brickyard (#NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon climbs in to the car during practice for the Brickyard 400 on Friday.

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon  will take the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet in today’s Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard as a substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

Hendrick Motorsports couldn’t have a better fill-in. Gordon’s resume includes five victories at Indianapolis and also boasts of twelve top-fives, seventeen top-tens and three poles at the iconic track. 

A surefire future NASCAR Hall of Famer, Gordon ranks third on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list with 93 victories. His career consists of 325 top-fives, 475 top-tens and 81 Coors Light Pole Awards!  


Jeff Gordon To Fill In For Earnhardt At The Brickyard (#NASCAR)
Gordon speeds down the main straightaway during practice for the Brickyard 400


After a two hundred and forty-day break from driving a race car, Gordon will start the race from twenty-first on the grid.

"We have started in the back and won this thing before," Gordon emphasized. "Right now, I feel real good about where we are at as a team, and the balance of the car in race trim to be able to move up through the field.” 

Jeff will also take over his pal’s ride for Pocono Raceway also while Earnhardt Jr recovers from the effects of a concussion. Future races beyond Pocono are dependent on Earnhardt Jr's medical condition.



Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)




Kyle Busch Foundation Selects Third Round of “Bundle of Joy” Recipients #nascar

NASCAR Race Mom is aware that many race fans love to boo Kyle Busch.  However, oft times, the positive actions of this reigning Sprint Cup Champion is completely ignored.  Below is a story NRM found regarding the Busch Family spirit of sharing that went unnoticed last month.

Kyle Busch Foundation Selects Third Round of “Bundle of Joy” Recipients #nascar


The Kyle Busch Foundation (KBF) has selected the third round of recipients of the “Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund” and awarded a total of over $34,000 to three Charlotte, N.C.-area couples toward their infertility treatments at Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte (REACH). 

On June 4 KBF learned of its first success story when one of the couples previously awarded with funding welcomed twins (a boy and girl), while five other couples are currently expecting.

The Buschs started the fund through the Kyle Busch Foundation in 2015 following the birth of their son, Brexton. After struggling with infertility issues themselves and completing successful treatments at REACH, they started the fund for other couples in similar situations who may not have the financial means to undergo treatments. 

Quite frequently medical insurance does not cover a majority of the costs associated with infertility treatments.




“Through the generous donations from our fans and sponsors to the Kyle Busch Foundation, we look forward to providing funding to couples through REACH on a semi-annual basis. It is a cause near and dear to our hearts, and we pray that these couples are able to have their own miracle babies like we did with Brexton.”

Applications for the “Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund” can be obtained through REACH in Charlotte and the fund is currently only available to patients of REACH who are residents of North Carolina.





Smoke’s Swan Song at The Brickyard (#nascar)

A third win at the Brickyard
would further solidify Stewart's Chase Spot**

Tony Stewart, from Columbus, Indiana, will take his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard.


Smoke’s Swan Song at The Brickyard (#nascar)


In his seventeen starts at Indy, Stewart boasts two wins, seven top-fives, eleven top-tens and 227 laps led. He also owns the second-best average finish (9.6) and third-highest average running position (11.6)

Smoke heads to the 2.5-mile track with plenty of momentum.#nascarStewart heads to the 2.5-mile track with plenty of momentum. He has three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including a runner-up showing last Sunday at New Hampshire and a win at Sonoma.

For his career, the No. 14 Chevrolet driver claims three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, 49 wins, 105 top-five, 305 top-tens, and 12,818 laps led.

A 50th win would tie Stewart with NASCAR Hall of Famers Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 11th on the all-time list. Every eligible driver with as many wins as Stewart is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big deal to us to win here (at Indianapolis),” Stewart said. “This is an event that I definitely circle on the schedule and emotionally have a lot invested in it. To us, it’s definitely not just another stop that’s on the calendar and on the schedule. You don’t just pull in and say, ‘we’re going to go in, try to win the race and then pull out of here.’ When you’re here, you’re amped up because you’re at Indianapolis.”

 

Smoke qualified third for today's ‪#‎Brickyard400



NASCAR Release

Note: Because Tony missed the first eight races of the season after sustaining a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in a last day of January all-terrain-vehicle accident, Stewart’s first race in 2016 didn’t occur until April 24 at Richmond International Raceway. 

NASCAR granted Stewart a medical waiver that made him eligible for the 2016 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. After the Sonoma victory, Stewart now must race his way in by ending NASCAR’s 26-race regular season in the top-30 in driver points. 

Heading into this weekend, Smoke is 28th in points and leads 31st-place Brian Scott by 67 points. 


Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard. #nascar


Saturday, July 23, 2016

NASCAR, Chevrolet Announce Diversity Scholarship to Support STEM Education

Second Annual Scholarship Video Contest
Introduced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR® and Chevrolet today announced the scholarship winners in the NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a special presentation at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate college students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at today’s AAA Texas 500, including a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pace car rides and meet-and-greets with Team Chevy drivers and Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager, Alba Colon.

Last month, NASCAR and Chevrolet challenged college students to identify a specific technology within the sport and explain how STEM professionals came to its design in 90-second videos. Student videos were submitted online and judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production value.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student Maria Kaselow Salas earned first place and a $10,000 scholarship by illustrating the physics behind track banking in her video demonstration at a local skateboard park. 

"I'm so thankful for Chevrolet and NASCAR for this opportunity and for inspiring students like me to continue to pursue their dreams," said Salas, a senior aviation business administration major. "I've really enjoyed my experience at the track, and learning more about the science behind NASCAR."

Utah State University sophomore Allan Blad took second place and won a $5,000 scholarship for his video about NASCAR's eco-friendly, track-drying technology, the Air Titan 2.0.

Vishnu Rachakonda, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jonathan Gwinn, who studies mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, finished in third and fourth place, respectively, earning $2,500 scholarships.

"Congratulations to these special winners and to all the students that participated in this unique challenge," said Colon. "It is an honor for Chevrolet to be involved in this important program; not only with NASCAR, but with our future generation in their pursuit of STEM-related careers. They are not only a vital part in the ongoing development of our sport, but also in their contribution to the future of this country."

"Supporting talented students who are interested in careers in STEM is essential for the growth of our sport and industry," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "Partnering with Chevrolet to present scholarships gives both companies an opportunity to recognize and applaud these future leaders and innovators."

Before taking in the AAA Texas 500, the scholarship recipients also met with Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman, who graduated from Purdue University with an engineering degree.

With this scholarship initiative, NASCAR and Chevrolet continue their longstanding commitment to STEM education and promoting opportunities for students to pursue STEM-related careers.

For more information about NASCAR’s diversity initiatives, please visit http://nascardiversity.com.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Last Year's Winners:


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student Maria Kaselow Salas earned first place and a $10,000 scholarship by illustrating the physics behind track banking in her video demonstration at a local skateboard park.

“I’m so thankful for Chevrolet and NASCAR for this opportunity and for inspiring students like me to continue to pursue their dreams,” said Salas, a senior aviation business administration major. “I’ve really enjoyed my experience at the track, and learning more about the science behind NASCAR.”

Utah State University sophomore Allan Blad took second place and won a $5,000 scholarship for his video about NASCAR’s eco-friendly, track-drying technology, the Air Titan 2.0.

Vishnu Rachakonda, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jonathan Gwinn, who studies mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, finished in third and fourth place, respectively, earning $2,500 scholarships.

Erik Jones Lands First Cinch
Of 2016 XFINITY Series Chase

#NASCAR Erik Jones (photo by Stephanie Bigelow)
For the 18th race of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, teams will head to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250 and the final race of the 2016 ‘Dash 4 Cash’ program. As teams unload, Erik Jones prepares to make his second start at the 2.5-mile track and rebound from a 34th-place finish in the 2015 event.

Theoretically three championship contenders have won races this season and ‘virtually’ locked themselves into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, but only Erik Jones has captured a berth in the Chase by logging multiple wins and surpassing the threshold in points to not possibly fall out of the top 30 in points. 

By accomplishing both of these criteria, he becomes the first driver this season to clinch his spot. All Jones has to do now is start the remaining nine regular season races on the series schedule and he is in.

#NASCAR Erik Jones (photo by Stephanie Bigelow)


Joe Gibbs Racing’s latest prodigy, Jones is having a season worth noting, especially for a rookie. In 17 starts, Jones has posted a series-leading six poles, two wins and 10 top fives.

Following his second-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Erik Jones remains fourth in the point standings, 54 points behind teammate and leader Daniel Suarez. He continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 66 points ahead of Brennan Poole.

The Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio. 


NASCAR Release / Jones' Website

Can Indianapolis Be The Answer To Dillon’s Two Year Win Drought? (#nascar)

Ty Dillon Pining For Return Kiss



Can Indianapolis Be The Answer To Dillon’s Two Year Win Drought? (#nascar)
One of the most competitive drivers the last two seasons has been Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon

Dillon currently sits third in points, vying for a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. The only thing missing on Dillon’s 2016 resume is a win.

Dillon will have gone without a win a full two seasons when he gets behind the wheel this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not since his first series victory at Indianapolis in 2014 has he been to Victory Lane – a total of 64 winless races.

Can Indianapolis be the answer to Dillon’s win drought? Possibly.

Dillon has posted two runner-up finishes this season and is looking to rebound this week following an accident at New Hampshire that relegated him to his worst finish of the season (33rd). In Dillon’s three starts at IMS, he has posted one win, two top fives and an average finish of 4.3. 

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NASCAR Release

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Prepares For NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash Finale

The NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash that has introduced Two Heats and a Main to competition this season is reaching its conclusion this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Qualifying for each Dash 4 Cash event will set the 40-car field and the starting positions for the two Heats with the fastest qualifier awarded the Coors Light Pole Award. Odd-numbered qualifiers (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will start the second Heat in respective order.

The two Heats will set the starting positions for the Main with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finishing driver among the four Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus. 

If any driver wins two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available, he/she is all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In short, two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are equivalent to one race win in the new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase format. Ty Dillon is the only driver with the opportunity to complete the task on Saturday. Erik Jones won two Dash 4 Cash bonuses, but already had a visit to Victory Lane previously.

Drivers must have declared to earn NASCAR XFINITY Series points in order to be eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. 




Chase Bubble: 

Points Tighten Near Cutoff Line The points between 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings and 15th have closed from 44 points after Kentucky to 29 following New Hampshire, raising the intensity around the Chase bubble and the drivers vying for a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.

Blake Koch currently holds the final spot in the XFINITY Series Chase – 12th place in points – just ahead of 13th-place Ross Chastain (-13), 14th-place Jeremy Clements (-18) and 15th-place Dakoda Armstrong (-29).

Koch faces an uphill battle defending the final Chase spot this weekend. He has made two starts at Indianapolis, posting a best finish of 37th. His closest competitors on the Chase bubble have fared quite better and could capitalize at Indianapolis. Chastain has made one start at IMS, starting 30th and driving up to a 22nd-place finish. Clements has made four starts at IMS, recording a best finish of 10th. Dakoda Armstrong also has made two starts at IMS, logging an average finish of 18th. 

NASCAR Release