(CONCORD, NC – OCT. 6, 2015 – RIS) Race fans can watch team haulers parade down zMAX Dragway's quarter-mile before driving to Charlotte Motor Speedway's infield to set up for Saturday evening's Bank of America 500. Wednesday evening, the gates to the drag strip open at 5:00 pm, with the hauler parade starting approximately 6:15. After the parade, NASCAR drivers, crew and other personalities will be racing their private vehicles down the quarter mile 'Bellagio of drag strips' in match and exhibition races.
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(DOVER, DEL - OCT. 4, 2015 - RIS) The persistent weather of the previous few days broke up Saturday, allowing one brief NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, the K&N East race and the XFINITY races to run. Colin Cabre won the K&N event, by less than a second ahead of Rico Abreu, while William Byron clinched the K&N East crown for the year. Regan Smith captured the XFINITY race, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, but the feature race of the weekend, the AAA 400, saw six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson fall out of contention with a rear axle seal failure, dropping him nearly 40 laps back early and out of contention for the Chase, finishing in 41st place. In failing to move on in the Chase, Johnson is joined by Jamie McMurray, who finished one spot behind Dale Earnhardt Jr but tied for points, with Earnhardt getting the nod due to the higher finish.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – John Wes Townley won his first NASCAR national series race by being victorious at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by coasting to the finish line as drivers such ad point leader Erik Jones, former Champ Matt Crafton, and Cameron Hayley ran short of fuel or needed to make a late stop.
For Townley it was his first career victory in a major NASCAR series, but it didn't come without some tense moments as his crew chief was advising him to use three-quarters throttle in the race's final three laps.
However, it turned out to be enough as race leader Crafton (eighth place) had to pit for a spalsh-and-go with five laps remaining and Jones (ninth) and Hayley (10th) were seen wiggling their trucks short on fuel in the final laps.
Timothy Peters finished second, followed by , Ben Kennedy, John Hunter Nemechek, and Brandon Jones to round out the top five.
Erik Jones leads Crafton by four points in the driver standings, with Tyler Reddick, who finished seventh, 16 points down.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Regan Smith, facing unemployment with his current team, made a pass at Lap 120 (of 200) and went on to win the NASCAR Hisense 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday. Smith wants to stay with his NASCAR Xfinity Series team next year, but if he has to go, he'd gladly take a championship trophy with him.
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2015) – On Oct. 8, the ladies of NASCAR will steal the spotlight as they race Bandoleros in the fifth annual Better Half Dash, showcasing their skills and raising money for charity before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series drivers battle it out for the fastest lap on Bojangles' Pole Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2015) – After 17 years competing at NASCAR's highest level, Tony Stewart has decided his 18th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be his last. The three-time series champion will retire following the 2016 season, whereupon Clint Bowyer will take the wheel of the No. 14 machine beginning in 2017. [This is the team release and NASCAR's transcript of the press conference. This writer would like to note that we've followed Stewart's career since his USAC days and have sometimes been privileged to have an inside look at his personality. He's a genuine nice guy, circumstances allowing and truly cares about his fellow racers and fans. He also has a very active sense of humor, something shown time and again at the conference this afternoon. We've seen Stewart "working" with young quarter-midget racers and actually miss a USAC drivers' meeting. He has driven in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, almost winning the race with a broken suspension on the car. Now he can participate in more of the races he wants, instead of those he has to. Here's to a long and happy 'retirement' for Smoke.]
(KANNAPOLIS, NC - SEP 19, 2015 - RIS) Courtesy the team, the following is a transcript of today's Haas F1 Team press conference where Romain Grosjean was announced as the team's driver.
An Interview With: GENE HAAS
Haas F1 Team Announces Lead Driver
(KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEP 29, 2015 – RIS) In a press conference at the new Haas F1 headquarters, team principles Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner announced the team's first driver: 29-year-old Romain Grosjean. Currently in his fifth season with the Lotus F1 team, Grosjean has competed in 78 Grands Prix, with ten podiums, most recently at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Matt Kenseth didn’t have the fastest car during the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he had something even more important—fuel. While Kevin Harvick was always running in the first position and leading more laps than anyone else, Kenseth was conserving fuel, so when Harvick’s Chevrolet sputtered, Kenseth went on to victory and punched his ticket to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Ryan Blaney misjudged a restart at Lap 192 which caused him to run third, but a caution just five laps later gave him new life. On the restart at Lap 199—a green white checker finish—Blaney has is No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang on the inside with leader Ty Dillon on the outside. A friendly push from Regan Smith got Blaney in clean air and off to victory in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) – [Track press release] For one weekend twice a year, families and car enthusiasts alike eagerly make their way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a dose of automobiles and entertainment that can only be found at the AutoFair. The four-day event is known to feature one of the largest arrays of automobiles in the country, including one-of-a-kind vehicle displays in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion. Read on to learn about all of the exciting elements coming to AutoFair Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 24-27.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Denny Hamlin spun his Toyota on Lap 2, but recovered to win the first round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. In a race that sometimes tested the patience of fans, it was a testament to Joe Gibbs Racing and the crew that produces his Camrys. JGR has now won eight of the last 10 races and three in a row. With the victory, Hamlin now moves on to the second round of the playoffs.
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 20, 2015 – RIS) The final round of competition started out with a bit of a bang when Dave Connoly red lit at the line and then Doug Kalitta's engine sprayed oil on the top end. In the second pair, Leah Pritchett easily beat Pat Dakin when Dakin's engine let go about the 330 foot mark for the day's second oil down in only two runs.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kyle Busch survived a torrid effort by Matt Kenseth to pass him for the lead, but held on for the victory in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway. Part of the story is that Busch’s Toyota Camry was found to be low on all four corners which tainted the win.
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 19, 2015 – RIS) Clay Millican and Tommy Johnson, Jr held onto their number one qualifying positions in Top Fuel and Funny Car after the second day of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Greg Anderson held onto his No. One spot from Friday and Eddie Krawiec displaced Friday's top runner Jerry Savoie.
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
JOHN FORCE, JEFF GORDON TRIBUTE CHEVROLET CAMARO SS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AT ZMAX DRAGWAY TO DISCUSS THE REASON BEHIND THE JEFF GORDON TRIBUTE CHEVROLET CAMARO SS.:
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THE JEFF GORDON TRIBUTE CAR CAME ABOUT AND WHAT YOUR IDEAS WERE WITH IT: "Well I've known Jeff (Gordon) since he was a young kid. I met him when he was 16/17 years old and he still looks 16 or 17. Hell, I've had so many interviews this week, radio and TV shows and stuff I'm just saying the same thing over and over. I was actually out at a race. I'm not trying to say we are not close buddies, we don't hang out. I've never been to dinner with him unless it was a function. Did the AARWBA Banquet with him and a number of banquets when we were on the All-American team and that's where I kind of got to know him. We worked with the Action collectible group, which is now Lionel. It kind of evolved from that. Dale Earnhardt, Sr., (Dale Earnhardt) Junior, we did autograph sessions when those kids were starting. When I go to NASCAR races and that is about what I know. You can love somebody and you can respect somebody and you don't have to be their friend. I mean I guess we are friends. We are racers in that deal. He is on his schedule and does what he does and I do what I do. This was, to me, more of one legend to another to say, man, thank you. Thank you for what you've done to our sport. If you haven't seen him he has been coming the last two or three years, maybe longer, he always shows up here on Sunday, dressed in a little hat and a shirt, you wouldn't know it was Jeff Gordon. He's got his two kids with him and he's up and down… loves this place.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek won his first career Camping World Truck Series race by conserving fuel by conserving fuel in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Nemechek had been running second to Sprint Cup star Kyle Larson when he ran out of fuel with two laps to go. Larson moved to the apron of the track and Nemecheck sped around him and on to victory. Nemechek had a scare when his truck ran out of fuel on the last lap. He had enough fuel to get across the finish line first. His margin of victory was over 12 seconds.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at
Chicagoland Speedway. Heavy rain washed out qualifying Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, and NASCAR set the field based on speeds from the only practice session of the day. Knowing weather was likely to be an issue, Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team focused on laying down a fast lap that they could fall back on should qualifying be scratched.
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Tommy Johnson Jr., who has quietly had one of the most consistent Funny Cars of the season, raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Matt Kenseth had the car and the skill to win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, and he did it by leading 88% of the laps. Kenseth qualified second when Joey Logano, the third-place finisher, edged him for the pole, but there was no doubt who had the best car.
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Joey Logano will start tonight's Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the pole position. Starting alongside will be Matt Kenseth. Teammate Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and David Ragan round out the top five qualifiers.It was the fifth pole of 2015 for Logano who continues to qualify well.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Chase Elliott, in a sophomore season where he hadn’t won, took care of that on Friday night at Richmond International Raceway with a convincing win over Kyle Busch. Elliott finished seconds in front of Busch with Brian Scott, Joey Logano, and Erik Jones following.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS – The throwback weekend at Darlington was more than enjoyable for those of us who remember the 70’s and racing, but the competition was fantastic, an unlikely candidate for the win crossed the finish line first, and almost everyone went home happy. By the way, Carl Edwards won the Bojangles Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway, but it was a battle all night. In the end, Edwards outran Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamilton, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick, but the real story was much more than that.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Denny Hamlin was the class of the field in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, but a fueling issue nearly cost him the victory he deserved. Hamlin had to make his final pit stop early because his Joe Gibbs Racing team failed to get enough gas in his tank on his prior pit stop Saturday.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Brad Keselowski, the driver who won multiple races and poles in 2014, came into qualifying at Darlington with no poles and only one victory. He took care of that on Saturday by winning the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500 and hoping for his first Darlington win.
NHRA Unveils 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule
Season highlighted by prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis and tradition-rich opening and closing races at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Glendora, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2015) – NHRA officials unveiled the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule today during the running of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The 23-race series remains motorsports’ most geographically dispersed U.S. touring circuit and will make its traditional stops across the country, thrilling millions of fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment.
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - RIS - Erik Jones had never won a race on a road course, but that has all changed now. The Joe Gibbs Racing 18-year old phenom held off Matt Crafton to win the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Alex Tagliani, one of those road course "ringers" that run NASCAR from time to time had a chance to even up the score, but thought better of it in the latter stages of the race,
ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS – Paul Menard decided to forgo his week’s vacation to run on a track near and dear to him—a place not far from where he grew up. That place was Road America, the legendary road course near the Menard’s home improvement and almost anything else empire. Menard make the decision to run the race and beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line.
Will Power Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Sonoma; Wins Sixth Pole and Sets Fourth Track Record of Season
Will Power put the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the pole at Sonoma Raceway with a track record-setting effort of one minute 16:2597-seconds/112.589 mph. It is the sixth Verizon P1 Award and fourth track record of the season for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion. Power, who is fourth in points, added the valuable one point for the pole heading into the season finale.
INDYCAR has just announced that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran driver Justin Wilson has succumbed to injuries sustained late in yesterday's race at Pocono.
Wilson, 37, was struck by debris from Sage Karam's accident on Lap 180 of the 200-lap event at the venerable Pennsylvania tri-oval. He was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., with severe head trauma. He was listed in critical condition, remaining in a coma throughout.
The Sheffield, England-born Wilson was driving a short season this season for Andretti Motorsport. He was a seven-time Indy car race winner, most recently at Texas in 2012, the same year he also co-drove to an overall victory at the Rolex 24-Hours at Daytona for Michael Shank Racing. Wilson also competed in Formula One with Minardi and Jaguar.
LONG POND, Pa. - RIS - In a news release from Verizon IndyCar Series, Justin Wilson was the driver who was flown out of Pocono International Raceway late in the event early today. Just Wilson, was involved in a racing incident after his #25 Andretti MotorSport Honda struct the nose section of Sage Karam’s #8 Chevrolet owner by Chip Ganassi Racing. Sage was leading the event with 21 laps remaining when he lost control of the ride just past the famous Turn 1 at Pocono. The heavy nose piece was sliding across the track as Wilson’s ride appeared to hit the nose piece.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - The A.B. C Supply company 500 is in the record books. Ryan Hunter Ray from Fort Lauderdale Florida driving the #28 DHL Honda, owned by Andretti Autosport. The team wins the day with some great moves. Though the day was marred with many incidents; that will remain in race fan memories, could see the Pocono International Raceway is back. The folks running the event at Pocono put on a quality, family oriented event, filled with action. There will be much analysis, discussion, and what could have been. With one driver being flown out after an accident late in the race and another with unknown injuries another lies and medical Center. There is no word on the condition of this driver. It may be sometime before anything is released.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race by outrunning The Closer, Kevin Harvick. With 64 laps to go in the contest, Harvick had made it through the field twice to start second at Lap 1437 (of 500). Logano, who led 176 laps all night, was always able to move away from whoever was chasing him, but this time, Harvick stayed close and challenged for the lead several times, but this time it was Logano who held on for the NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRISTOL, TN -RIS – Everyone expected the Xfinity race at Bristol Motor speedway to be a battle between Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and young Ryan Blaney. That was nearly the case, but Chris Beuscher stole the show. Beuscher tied pole-sitter Hamlin for the most laps led at 106 and nearly won the race.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Ryan Blaney took the lead on a restart on a green-white-checker finish to move past Matt Crafton and hold off a charging Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Camping World truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night.
Blaney rebounded for his fourth career victory after losing a lap on the 0.533-mile oval when he was penalized for jumping a restart while leading on Lap 37.
Nature's Bakery Begins NASCAR Journey with Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing
Fast-Growing Snacks and Food Brand Becomes Primary Sponsor of Patrick in 2016
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2015) – Nature's Bakery, a rapidly-growing snacks and food brand headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to become the primary sponsor of driver Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2016 season.
JACKSON, MI - RIS - Matt Kenseth’s convincing victory in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 proved one of two points based on theory. As tough at the cars were reported to be to drive, Kenseth must be one of the best in the business or he was lucky in that most of the usual suspects had bad days. Either way, it was his third win of the season which puts him in position to move on after Richmond in a few weeks. Many will not have that opportunity. The win clearly gives him momentum as the Chase nears.
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Regan Smith bumped his way past Alex Tagliani in the Carousel a turn from the finish Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
JACKSON, MI - RIS - Kyle Busch continued his winning ways in outrunning Ryan Blaney to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Busch passed Blaney's Ford with four laps remaining and won the NASCAR Truck series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. The victory cae after he wrecked his Sprint Cup car during a morning practice and was penalized on Lap 27 of the Truck race for speeding on pit road.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Matt Kenseth was the better of his teammates in winning the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth bested Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards in a qualifying round dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.