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,
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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.
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 14, 2015) - INDYCAR announced today that Auto Club Speedway, the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., will not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016.
INDYCAR explored several options to retain the event as part of its 2016 calendar, including plans to race later in the season to comply with the track's request to host the season finale. Ultimately the two sides were unable to identify a start time and broadcast window that would not adversely impact television viewership on the East Coast.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Joey Logano had enough fuel this time to finish the distance in winning the Cheezit 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. Last week, Logano was leading at Pocono Raceway when he ran out of fuel and finishing down in the field. That wasn’t a problem at The Glen for Logano who streaked across the finish line under full power, but this time it was Kevin Harvick who came up short.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Joey Logano started from the pole and didn’t look back as he dominated the Zippo 200 NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International. It didn’t come easy though. A pit infraction put him back in the field, but by the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, Logano’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford was comfortably at the front of the field. The only other car that was close was the No. 22 of teammate Brad Keselowski, who recovered from a pit road speeding penalty to finish second.
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 2, 2015) - Graham Rahal's surge in the second half of the Verizon IndyCar Series season continued with an emphatic victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Rahal, who started 13th in the 90-lap race in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, corralled his second victory of the season and third of his Indy car career.
The New Albany, Ohio, native closed to within nine points of Verizon IndyCar Series championship front-runner Juan Pablo Montoya with two races left in the season. There are a total of 10 drivers still mathematically eligible for the championship and the chance to hoist the Astor Cup at season's end.
LONG POND, PA - RIS - Matt Kenseth got the surprise of his life on Sunday and the three leaders ahead of him ran out of fuel and handed him his first win at Pocono Raceway in the Windows 10 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Joey Logano was leading with three laps to go when he car began to lose fuel pressure. Kyle Busch was over a second back inherited the lead and quickly ran out of fuel on the final lap. Just before that Martin Truex, Jr. lost fuel pressure. That left Kenseth if he would be able to not run short of fuel. He didn't and crossed the finish line to win.
Logano had led the most laps on the day - 97 to be exact, and thought he had a half lap cushion to go all the way, but it was not to be. Logano finished 20th and Busch finished 21st in the final standings, breaking his hot streak of four wins in five races.
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 1, 2015) - Scott Dixon shattered a 16-year-old track record on the way to earning the Verizon P1 Award for Sunday's 90-lap Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. This marks the fourth track record that has been broken during the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, which in addition to Mid-Ohio includes events at St. Petersburg, Long Beach and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
NEWTON, IA - RIS -- Ryan Blaney finally had the luck he needed to claim the win that had evaded him all year, but after dominating Iowa Speedway's short oval all night Saturday, Blaney was forced into a flurry of late restarts and two green-white-checkered finishes. Luckily for Team Penske and their Ford Mustang team, Blaney maintained his composure and clinched a win he had deserved from the opening lap. He had to survive four cautions in the last 24 laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity race for his first victory of the season.
Long Pond. PA - RIS - Erik Jones takes KBM to the Pole starting position on his #4 Toyota. He does it is such a fashion that he has his boss; Kyle Busch, seeing stars. The stars are really a smile as Kyle Busch will start on the outside of his teammate. Jones will lead the field to the Green This young 18 year old has been there four times this season and wins the 21 Means 21 Qualifying Pole position for the 6th Annual Pocono Mountain 150. Busch is making his 2015 debut Camping World Truck Series start riding the #51 Dollar General Totota.
Austin and Ty Dillon to Kick Off Charlotte Motor Speedway's Action-Packed Fall Season at Aug 5 Free Fan Event
-- For Immediate Release -- Parade of More Than 30,000 Horsepower, Q&A and Autograph Session with NASCAR Drivers Austin And Ty Dillon, One-Day Ticket Deals and the Chance to Drive the Track Await Fans at Free Event
CONCORD, N.C. (July 30, 2015) – Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin and Ty Dillon will join Charlotte Motor Speedway officials as they wave the green flag on the speedway’s Fall Season of Speed at the seventh annual Parade of Power on Wednesday, Aug. 5. This free event marks the beginning of the action-packed fall motorsports schedule at the greatest place to see the race.
Miles Announces Resignation of INDYCAR President Derrick Walker
INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2015) -- Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company, announced that Derrick Walker, President of Competition & Operations, INDYCAR, has decided to leave the company effective Aug. 31, 2015, in order to pursue other professional opportunities. A search for his replacement is under way.
Walker has made several important contributions that advanced INDYCAR as a sanctioning body. During his tenure, he greatly assisted in securing Boston as a new event on the 2016 schedule, successfully introduced the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits. His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.
Kyle Busch was the racing hero of the weekend, sweeping both the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 and the Sprint Cup Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard races this weekend. Busch kept pace with early race leaders Kevin Harvick, Joey Lagano and Carl Edwards, outraced his #18 Skittle Toyota past Kevin Harvick's fast #4 Jimmie Johns/Budweiser Chevrolet on Lap 153 and later held off Joey Lagano's #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford for the victory during the green/white/checkered restart.
While the NASCAR participants and fans successfully dodged the threat of rain at this year's Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard, what they couldn't avoid was the Kyle Busch juggernaut.
Winner of yesterday's XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch swept Indy by winning the 22nd-running of the prestigious Sprint Cup event today at the famed 2.5-mile oval.
It was Busch's 33rd career Sprint Cup win, and his (and Toyota's) first win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Here are the race results...
Polesitter Kyle Busch held off challenges from Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez to take sweet, sweet victory today in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
At the end of the first round of Brickyard 400 qualifying, local favorite Tony Stewart rushed to a best lap of 184+ mph, about four miles per hour below the track record, but all that did was qualify Smoke as last qualifier in the shoot out.
And when the dust settled, Carl Edwards won his fifteenth career pole, and his first at Indy, with a best speed of 183.464 mph in the #19 Stanley Tools Toyota.
Keeping Chevy off the front row was Joey Logano, whose #22 Ford will start alongside Edwards, at 183.139. This marks Logano's 14th top-10 start of the season, and third in seven races here at the Brickyard.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NHRA Officials Announce Changes To Pro Stock Designed To Address Technology And Stimulate Fan Interest
Glendora, Calif. (July 25, 2015) – NHRA announced today a series of changes for the Pro Stock category designed to increase spectator appeal, make the class more relevant from a technology standpoint, and to enhance the overall pit experience for fans of the 200-mph factory hot rod class.
The jury is still out on whether or not the new, high-drag aero set-up mandated by NASCAR has been mastered by the Sprint Cup teams, but it hasn't upset the usual status quo here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chevrolet is still the brand to beat as NASCAR returns to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis oval for the 22nd running of the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard, aka The Brickyard 400.
Kurt Busch set the pace today with a best speed of 181.987 mph, after which he parked the #41 Haas Automation Chevy.
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (July. 24, 2015) – Fireworks will take place on and off the track this Tuesday as the 22nd annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series season comes to an end. The final rounds of racing action will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. Fans will have the opportunity to see two nights of action-packed U.S. Legend Car and Bandolero racing as the drivers battle on the frontstretch quarter-mile for the final time this season. The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series will conclude with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza following Tuesday night’s activities.
New On-Board LED Display Panels to Debut at Mid-Ohio Next Week
INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2015) - INDYCAR announced today the introduction of new technology that will track each Verizon IndyCar Series car's running position and display it in real time via light emitting diode (LED) panels on the side of each racecar. The LED panels have been tested multiple times this season and will be implemented in time for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 2.
ROSSBURG, OH - RIS - Christopher Bell outran Bobby Pierce to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway. The race ended on a green white checker finish. Bell started in the high lane and took the lead with Pierce trying to slide up in front of him. He was not successful, though he made a run on the final lap. Pierce finised second, Tyler Reddick was third and Eric Jones finished fourth.
LOUDON, NH - RIS - Kyle Busch made a daring pass to get back on the lead lap late in the race and held off Brad Keselowski to win the 5-Hour Energy 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch had fallen a lap behind earlier, but as Keselowski and Kevin Harvick were battling for the lead in traffic, Busch saw a hole and went between the two drivers to unlap himself. After a caution, Busch quickly moved through the field and passed Keselowski. Busch led the final 49 laps and 96 on the day.
HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- What seemed so unlikely a year ago came to pass at Haubstadt. Robert Ballou was crowned “Indiana Sprint Week” champion. He did it without winning a feature. Robert Ballou had developed a reputation as a 'win or crash trying' driver but in the last year he has matured and this sprint week title gained through steady driving and good finishes seem to show Robert has made a big change.
"I never really paid attention to points much, but I've figured it out this week and realized you've got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I've always said you shouldn't win a championship if you don't win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rain outs, kinda play in our favor to help us.” Said Ballou
Iowa Corn 300 Race Results
NEWTON, Iowa - Results Saturday of the Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 0.894 mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (9) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 300, Running
2. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 300, Running
3. (10) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 300, Running
4. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 300, Running
5. (12) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 300, Running
NEWTON, Iowa (July 18, 2015) - American drivers swept the top four positions - and six of the top seven - as Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay captured his first victory of the Verizon IndyCar Series season Saturday night in the Iowa Corn 300. Hunter-Reay prevailed by .5046 of a second over Josef Newgarden to become the ninth different winner in 13 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Sage Karam finished a career-high third. Graham Rahal placed fourth for his third consecutive top-five finish, and Carlos Munoz, who won at Detroit in May, was fifth.
LOUDEN, NH - RIS - Denny Hamlin won the pole for today's Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He beat out Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, and Brad Keselowski for the honors. Hamlin, Suarez, and Busch drove Joe Gibbs Toyota Camrys while Keselowski was in a Team Penske Ford.
LOUDEN, NH - RIS - Carl Edwards won his first pole since leaving Roush Fenway Racing to go to Joe Gibs Racing earlier this year. Edwards was able to outrun a stout Joey Logano in the No. 22 Ford to sit in the first spot for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- Rain again cut short “Indiana Sprint Week” action as the heavens opened up and drenched Bloomington Speedway just as the B feature was ending. No announcement was made other than the promise of an announcement at 2pm Saturday.