MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon over the final five laps after a red flag condition to win a typical dramatic short track race at Martinsville Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won the coveted grandfather clock trophy by winning the 66th Annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – It might have taken over four hours, but the fans roared and darkness didn’t come. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., out of the championship picture, came on late to outduel Jeff Gordon to win the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. On a day when it seemed all the drivers who did qualify to continue on the championship quest had rough days, Earnhardt steadily moved to the front and led the final laps to take home the Grandfather Clock he so coveted.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Darrell Wallace Jr. in the throwback #34 Wendell Scott number and paint scheme started from the pole position for the Kroger 200 race at the historic half mile Martinsville Speedway and he finished in the same position for his third victory of 2014 and fourth victory in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Darrell Wallace, Jr. led the most laps (97) and became the winner of Saturday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace's Toyota truck carried the colors of new Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott and had the number changed from his usualy number of 54 to 34, Scott's number.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Darrell (Bubba) Wallace, Jr. won the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace's Toyota is painted like the colors that NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott used in the Sprint Cup Series. The number has been changed to 34, the number Scott used when racing. Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race last year.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Jamie McMurray surprised most of the small crowd of fans watching by winning the pole position for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Bomb 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray circled the .526-mile short track in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) in his No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, far ahead of the championship contenders on Friday in winning the pole for the first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014) - Veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock has been hired by Don Schumacher Racing for a position yet to be determined, DSR owner Don Schumacher announced Thursday.
The Dirt Track at Charlotte to Feature New Track Surface At Nov. 6-8 World of Outlaws World Finals
More the 1,500 yards of clay were added to the surface at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The new surface will make its debut on Nov. 6 at the World of Outlaws World Finals. (RIS photos by John Davison)
For Immediate Release (CONCORD, N.C. Oct. 22, 2014) – When more than 150 competitors and thousands of fans return for the World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 6-8, they'll be welcomed with new North Carolina red clay at the lightning-fast, fourth-tenths-mile oval. Track officials resurfaced the facility over the summer in preparation for the three biggest nights on dirt to ensure more thrilling racing and improve track conditions.
KIA MOTORS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH B.R.A.K.E.S. TEEN PRO-ACTIVE DRIVING SCHOOL TO PROVIDE NO-COST DEFENSIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTION
Kia and B.R.A.K.E.S. Gear Up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 19-25) to Raise Awareness for Free, Hands-On, Behind-the-Wheel Education
B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 12,000 teens and their parents in 10 states
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – After last week’s fiasco at Charlotte Motor Speedway, no one gave Brad Keselowski any chance of making the Chase. He had a bad finish because of a blown tire at Kansas and been caught up in the scramble to win at Charlotte and faced elimination. Then, he took on what seemed to be the entire field when the checkers flew at the Bank of America 500 and was hunted down by his fellow drivers, resulting in Matt Kenseth catching him and putting him in a headlock. Later he was fined $50,000 and put on probation for the rest of the season. How could that team and driver recover? Very well, thank you.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Brian Vickers surprised everyone when he won the pole position for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race with a lap of 196.129 mph. It was Vickers’ first pole since 2009. Vickers will start first in Sunday's action, the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's race, four drivers will be eliminated from the field of title-eligible drivers, leaving just eight remaining in the championship hunt.
IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- It was “The Night of Champions” on the final night of stock car competition of 2014 at Irwindale. In the top class, the Super Late Models the racing was as close as it could be during the fifty lap event with Jason Patison leading most of the way. Patison started the race in a tie with Tony McCray for the season title but his main rivals were third place Linny White and fourth place Jack Madrid. Patison took the lead when White went off line on the first lap and held it. White and Madrid kept at his heels the whole time.
(CONCORD, NC - OCT 11, 2014 - RIS) Kevin Harvick added his name to the roster of drivers locked into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase by winning the Bank of America 500 over Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 10, 2014 – RIS) After Chase Elliott scored his second pole in the 2014 season and his career, Brad Keselowski led a pack of five Cup regulars in sweeping the 33rd Annual Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott won the pole with a lap of 29.776 seconds at 181.354 mph, beating out Matt Kenseth's lap of 29.838 seconds.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 9, 2014 – RIS) Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Doublemint Toyota to the fastest pole lap ever on a mile and a half superspeedway tonight with a lap of 27.357 sec/197.390 mph. The record book, though, will show his brother with the fastest lap of the evening, set in the second session at 198.771 mph and 27.167 seconds, setting a new qualifying record for the track. The average of the pole winner's three laps was 197.352 mph.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 9, 2014 – RIS) After setting fastest time in qualifying Monday evening, Kristen Yeley, wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver JJ Yeley, drove to victory in the Better Half Dash 25-lap race for wives and girlfriends supporting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities. In the race's fourth running, Yeley stayed in front of the crash-filled field before the race ended under time restraints instead of running its full length.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS –On a day when so many Chase contenders had horrible days, Joey Logano came through with a sterling performance to win the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race over rookie Kyle Larson. Logano beat Larson to the finish line by .480 seconds to notch his fifth victory of the season, tied with Team Penske teammate and former champ Brad Keselowski for most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. The win was Logano’s first at Kansas and the eighth of his career.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kyle Busch won the lottery on Saturday. His victory in the Kansas Lottery 300 was his first at the track since 2007. It took Busch 19 laps after a restart on Lap 161 to catch and pass runner-up Kevin Harvick. On Lap 180, Busch drove down to the apron near the start/finish line and powered past Harvick into the lead. From that point, Busch pulled away for his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and the 69th of his career, extending his own series record.
Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Notes:
1st, Kevin Harvick
2nd, BRIAN VICKERS
7th, KYLE BUSCH
19th, CLINT BOWYER
25th, DENNY HAMLIN
27th, MATT KENSETH
33rd, ALEX BOWMAN
38th, JJ YELEY
39th, COLE WHITT
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kevin Harvick won his third straight pole position at Kansas Speedway and looked fast doing it. It was his eighth pole win of the season. After destroying his own track record in the second round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying, Harvick sped around 1.5-mile track in 27.235 seconds (197.621 mph) in the final session to win the pole for Sunday's race and affirm his status as the speed car in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Stewart-Haas Racing Media Availability With Tony Stewart - NASCAR transcript
THE MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Mike Arning, Director of Communications for Stewart-Haas Racing and want to say thank you for your time this morning. We'll introduce Tony Stewart and start off with any questions you may have.
Q. Tony, since the accident, when you think of Kevin Ward, Jr., what comes to mind?
TONY STEWART: Honestly, before the accident I didn't know Kevin. I don't even know how many times I had raced with him. I race with that group a couple times a year. They've always been a great group to race with, but I didn't know him. Obviously, after the accident I've read a lot about him, and from what I've read, I think he had a really promising career as a Sprint Car driver. It sounded like he was doing a good job and learning a lot at a young age, so I think he had a lot to look forward to.
Dover, DE. – RIS – Jeff Gordon makes a statement at Dover….. that statement is - The fun is about to begin! Yes, even though Kevin Harvick looked like the commander and chief, parts give out. When the left front tire finally gave, it cost Harvick, dearly. Then Brad Keselowski was at the controls, but Jeff Gordon was just getting started. Gordon in his #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was never too far back that he could not reach out and reel them all in. It just appeared that he was playing with the entire field, well, all except, Harvick. Kevin Harvick in the Budweiser Chevrolet lead more than half the race, to be exact 223.
Dover, DE. – RIS – Kyle Busch makes Dover International Speedway his with his 68th win in 291 starts. Winning the 29th Annual Dover 200 Kyle becomes the all-time Dover Wins Leader. He breaks the tie with the man who finished just over 2.5 behind….. Joey Logano. Kyle makes this his fifth win, and 14 top ten finishes in just 19 races at Dover International Speedway. Not to add to the mastering of the concrete mile, but this is his second sweep of the Spring and Fall race at Dover. His first sweep coming in 2010.
Dover, DE – RIS – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. talks about his thoughts on Dover International, the Chase, and the race this weekend. “We are kind of right in the middle there and got a pretty decent cushion back to 13th. But you just have to keep racing, put your head down and work on the car today and tomorrow and give myself and Steve (Letarte) and the engineer and everybody all the opportunity to try to improve the car over the next couple of days. That is what we will just focus on, just working together and spending time around each other and being available and having conversations about what is going on today and tomorrow and the information we have from our teammates. And the stuff that we have from races past and just trying to find out how to make the car as competitive as possible so we can make the job as easy as possible Sunday.”
Dover, DE – RIS – Joey Logano meets with the media at Dover International Speedway to discuss his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his Contract Extension, and Team Penske.
Ladies of NASCAR to Compete in Fourth Annual Better Half Dash on Bojangles’ Pole Night
-- For Immediate Release
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2014) – On Oct. 9, the ladies of NASCAR will steal the spotlight as they race Bandoleros in the fourth annual Better Half Dash, showcasing their skills before the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers battle it out for the fastest lap on Bojangles’ Pole Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
ONTARIO COUNTY, NY - RIS - A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Prosecutors in upstate New York made the announcement Wednesday, just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case.
CONCORD, N.C. -- A reduction in horsepower, a shorter rear spoiler and an optional driver adjustable track bar are among the nearly five dozen changes that encompass the 2015 rules package for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. After nearly a year of testing and collaboration to arrive at the package, NASCAR officials informed teams of the 2015 changes this week.
In addition to the changes in "hard parts," NASCAR has banned all private testing by teams for next season. Organizations will be allowed to participate in NASCAR/Goodyear tests only.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Team Penske is dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule as of late. In winning four of the last five races, the only competition for the two car team of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski has been Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas Racing and Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports. On this day it was Logano, taking the lead with 30 laps to go and running away to a multi-second win in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Surprising rookie Kyle Larson finished second with Harvick, Jamie McMurray, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top ten.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Brenden Gaughan charged past both Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon and drove away to an impressive victory in Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Nationwide series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the second win for Gaughan this season. It also was a sweep of the top three positions by Richard Childress Racing with Brian Scott finishing second and Dillon third. Points leader Elliott finished fourth and Regan Smith fifth. All drove Chevrolet Camaros.
Loudon, NH – RIS – It isn’t often that you see a 16-year old outbattle veterans. It happened on Saturday as Cole Custer took the lead with four laps to go by passing Matt Crafton and drove away to victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Custer became the youngest driver to ever win a Camping World truck race in just his seventh truck series start.
JOLIET, IL - RIS – Brad Keselowski drove to victory 1.759 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
By virtue of his win Keselowski is automatically seeded into the Contender (second) round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, A.J. Almendinger and Ryan Newman will face first round elimination if they cannot race into the top twelve during the next two races (New Hampshire and Dover) left in the Challenger playoff round.
PERRIS,CA -RIS- it's good to be Damion Gardner right now. Just back from Bonneville where he strengthened his claim on the title of 'Worlds Fastest Sprint Car Driver' with 211 MPH in the “Green Demon” last Tuesday. Saturday he was back in the Alexander Brothers Racing CRA sprint car at Perris California working to add to his three race winning streak.
CONCORD, N.C. – Alexis DeJoria and Erica Enders-Stevens raced to No. 1 qualifying positions in their categories Saturday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, extending the most successful season for females in NHRA history into the playoffs.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kyle Busch drove to victory 1.13 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton Saturday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton rounded out the top five.
Busch, starting seventh, drove his No. 51 Dollar General Toyota through the field early in the race after being sent to the rear of the pack for speeding while exiting pit road. Then he took off like a rocket and left the field behind, leading by as much as 5.5 seconds.
Team Press Release: (CONCORD, NC – SEPT 13, 2014) Angelle Sampey-Drago is returning to NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing again, teaming with George and Jackie Bryce of Star Racing. Sampey-Drago, the three-time NHRA world champion, will once again thrill NHRA crowds with her personality and impressive resume with her sights set on becoming the all-time winningest NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer and becoming a four-time champion.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kevin Harvick drove his No. 5 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet to victory Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.
Harvick took the lead after a pit stop where he took two tires to, then race leader, Kyle Busch’s four. Bush’s four-tire pit stop pushed him out of the lead and back into the 16th position after he dominated the race leading 141 of 200 laps
--For Immediate Release - CONCORD, N.C. – Former Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan opened NHRA's playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race was cancelled due to persistent rain. The inclement weather settled in over Chicagoland Speedway Friday at around 2:00 p.m. Kyle Busch will start in the pole position due to his top of the chart practice speed set earlier in the day.
Top Chase seed Brad Keselowski will start from position 25 after his team failed to dial in a top speed during practice.
JOLIET, IL – RIS - And they’re off and running! The 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title starts Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. If you can’t be there you can watch it on ESPN at 1 p.m. (CT). For those of you that are not aware of the new playoff elimination format and for those who need a refresher, it goes like this: