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 (7/30/15)  

Courtesy NBC Sports (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Turn back time

  While applauding NASCAR for trying everything to make racing better, Carl Edwards wants it to return to its roots. More      

NASCAR returns to Pocono

Martin Truex Jr. hasn't led a lap since his emotional victory at Pocono Raceway earlier this season.

        

NASCAR America video: Tony Stewart is racing’s modern-day A.J. Foyt (VIDEO)   

  


Bridgeport Speedway

(http://www.bpspeedway.com/)  weekend  racing News & results
Courtesy South Jersey Dirt Racing.com (http://news.southjerseydirtracing.com/DisplayNewsRelease.asp?ForumID=51&Msgid=44537&page=1 ) (Thanks folks !) : 

WATT, BRITT AND TANNER STAR ON BIKE NIGHT AT BRIDGEPORT

 

 

     2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt picked up his third Bridgeport Speedway win of the season inSaturday night action while current Crate/Sportsman point leader, Jim Britt picked up win number four.  Tim Tanner was the winner of the twenty lap Bethman Auto Center/Bruce's Speed Shot/Thayer Performance Poker Series Hand #4 for the Tri State Race Savers Sprint Cars - his first of the season.

 

     Ian Humphreys took the lead at the start of the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified Feature event and led the first lap before Travis Hill put the Joel's Automotive No. 19 out in front on lap two.  Hill led the way through lap five with Sam Martz, Humphreys, Tommy Beamer and David Hunt making up the top five.

 

     Martz took the lead from Hill on lap six as Watt moved into the top five.  With Martz out in front, Watt took over second on lap seven. 

 

     Watt ran the inside of the 5/8 mile track and took the lead from Martz just before the half way mark.  Watt led Martz, Dominick Buffalino, Jamie Mills and Beamer at the crossed flags.

 

      Buffalino muscled his way up to second on lap fourteen and Mills went to third on the next circuit.   Three laps later, Martz slowed with a left rear flat. 

 

     With five to go, Watt led Buffalino, Mills, Richie Pratt, Jr. and Ryan Anderson and it looked like that was the way they would finish but Mills got out of shape on the final lap as the field drove through turns one and two, allowing Anderson and Pratt to advance their positions

 

     Watt took the checkered flag followed by Buffalino, Anderson, Pratt and Mills.

 

     In Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman action, Jim Britt took the lead on alp fourteen of the twenty lap feature event and went on to collect his fourth win of the season.

 

     Melissa Scarpatti took the lead at the start and led one lap before CJ Jones drove to the front in his Sal DeBruno Overhead Door No. 0.  Jones had his car on a rail as he ran out front through the half way point, leading Gary Hieber, Jr, Matt Peck, Britt and Chris Jenkins.  But as Jones headed into turn one on lap twelve, smoke billowed from the No. 0 and the caution flag waved.

 

     After Jones' misfortune, Hieber led the field for two laps before Britt took over on lap fourteen. 

 

     Britt drove to the finish for the win followed at the line by Hieber, Peck, Pat Wall and Steve Kemery.

 

     Tim Tanner picked up his first win of the season in the TSRS Sprint Car feature event, paying triubute to his late grandfather, Jake Tanner.  It was Jake Tanner who took his grandson racing at the age of eighteen and that grandson honored his grandfather with another feature win on Saturday night. 

 

     Rick Stief and Tanner led the starting line-up to the green flag with Stief taking the lead on the start.  Tanner switched to the inside of the track to take the lead on lap four.  Stief ran second for three laps before Adam Carberry took over the runner-up spot.  With Tanner out in front, TSRS Champion, Mike Haggenbottom took over second on lap fifteen with Carberry regaining the position on nineteen.  Tanner led the field to the checkered flag with Haggenbottom regaining second on the final lap.  Adam Carberry finished third followed by Eddie Wagner and Tommy Carberry.   . 

 

 

SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS)

1. Ryan Watt, 2. Dominick Buffalino, 3. Ryan Anderson, 4. Richie Pratt, Jr. 5. Jamie Mills, 6. Rick Laubach, 7. Kyle Hieber, 8. Tommy Beamer, 9. Mike Franz, 10. Jesse Hill, 11. Travis Hill, 12. Howard O'Neal, 13. Ian Humphreys, 14. Sam Martz, 15. Jimmy Chester, 16. Ron Roberts, 17. David Hunt, 18. Wade Hendrickson, 19. Bobby Firth, 20. Dave Shirk, 21. Jordan Watson

 

STEWART STAINLESS CRATE/SPORTSMAN (20 LAPS)

1. Jim Britt, 2. Gary Hieber, 3. Matthew Peck, 4. Pat Wall, 5. Steve Kemery, 6. Pete Visconti, 7. Jeremy Harrington, 8. David Crossman, 9. Scott Hulmes, 10. Chuck Potts, 11. Tom Holding, 12. JR Burritt, 13. Matt Davis, 14. Chris Jenkins, 15. Steve Desmylek, 16. Melissa Scarpatti, 17. Dave Damiano, 18. CJ Jones, 19. Jeff Bubori, 20. Ernie Miles III

 

BETHMAN AUTO CENTER/BRUCE'S SPEED SHOP/THAYER PERFORMANCE POKER SERIES HAND #4

TSRS SPRINT CAR FEATURE (20 LAPS)

1. Tim Tanner, 2. Mike Haggenbottom, 3. Adam Carberry, 4. Eddie Wagner, 5. Tommy Carberry, 6. Bob Devault, Jr. 7.Ryan Stillwagon, 8. Joe Lord, 9. Keith Anderson, 10. Zack Byrd, 11. Jason Rochelle, 12. Harris Kohen, 13. Joe Kay, 14. Bryant Davis, 15. Pat U'Selis, 16. Rick Stief, 17. Karl Freyer, 18. Dave Brown, 19. Gabe Fox, 20. Samantha Lieberman

Recent News

 (7/29/15) 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Drivers sound off on Wednesday's Bristol testing

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/29/bristol-testing-wrap-up-driver-reaction-sprint-cup-series.html

Brickyard, Hollywood and PocoYES

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.sprint-cup-series-dirty-air-podcast-episode-four-brickyard-hollywood-pocono.4385035551001.html

Tech talk: Post-Indy reactions to high drag package

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/29/tech-talk-reactions-to-high-drag-package-indianapolis.html

Blaney: Viewing Indy miscue as a lesson

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/29/nascar-xfinity-series-ryan-blaney-indianapolis-kyle-busch-kenny-bruce.html

High 5: Kyle compares himself to Tom Brady; Buddy Baker's courage 

 http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/2015/7/high-five-buddy-baker-courage-kyle-busch-tom-brady-deflategate-indianapolis-colts.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Report: MWR's Rob Kauffman moving to buy stake in Chip Ganassi Racing

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/michael-waltrip-racing-chip-ganassi-racing-rob-kauffman-sprint-cup-series-clint-bowyer-072915

What one missing element could keep Logano from a title in 2015?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/joey-logano-pocono-raceway-indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-team-penske-072915


NASCAR issues written warnings to teams of Ryan Newman, Casey Mears

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-sprint-cup-series-ryan-newman-casey-mears-indianapolis-motor-speedway-072915

Is Jeff Gordon's Retirement Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/is-jeff-gordon-s-retirement-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-072915?vid=493521987734

Red-hot Kyle Busch chasing rarefied air this weekend at Pocono

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/pocono-raceway-kyle-busch-brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-joe-gibbs-racing-072915

If NASCAR had 'official' Grand Slam, which four races should be included?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-daytona-500-coca-cola-600-072915

Courtesy ESPN.com

 (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/): 

Pockrass: Special Olympics hits home for Ragan

Through the experience of his brother Adam, David Ragan knows what the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles mean to the athletes and their families.

Fantasy: Harvick the choice again at Pocono

Kevin Harvick is the go-to daily fantasy pick for Pocono, but don't overlook Dale Earnhardt Jr.

SMI devalues NHMS by $100M since purchase

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):   

Ranking NASCAR's best championship battles in Chase era 

 http://www.sportingnews.com/photos/4650956-nascar-chase-for-sprint-cup-best-championship-battles-jimmie-johnson-jeff-gordon-tony-stewart/slide/342150

NASCAR at Pocono: Can Kyle Busch capture fourth straight victory?

Courtesy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

Biggest Storylines to Watch Ahead of Windows 10 400 

Preview, Prediction for Windows 10 400 at Pocono

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

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 www.Catchfence.com

Martinsville Speedway Offers Fans a Jeff Gordon Ticket Package MARTINSVILLE, Va. (July 29, 2015) – For more than 20 years fans at Martinsville Speedway have grown accustom to seeing Jeff Gordon dominate. After all, he has eight ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.GCbM5ywW.dpuf  
Bowtie Brand Looking for Seventh Consecutive Win at the ‘Tricky Triangle’ DETROIT - (July 28, 2015) – Chevrolet is looking to continue a six-race winning streak this weekend at Pocono ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.GCbM5ywW.dpuf  
Danica Patrick Ready To See Returns KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 28, 2015) – It is difficult to believe, but less than two months ago the season’s first Pocono (Pa.) Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.GCbM5ywW.dpuf

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NASCAR , whose cars are limited at 725 horsepower, returns to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, with the Windows 10 400 on Sunday.

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No. 98 Sprint Cup team penalized after Indianapolis Motor Speedway
 
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Courtesy The Frontstretch

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Kyle Busch Still Recovering Despite Success Behind the Wheel

You may have noticed that Kyle Busch is on quite the roll lately, having won four of the last five Sprint Cup races.  However, Busch is still not necess arily 100 percent from his injuries back in February.  He's still recovering, and will be for the rest of the season.  Read more

&W and Front Row Motorsports to Recognize National Root Beer Float Day

N ational Root Beer Float Day is Monday.  To that degree, Front Row Motorsports, via their sponsorship with A&W All-American Restaurants, will be running a special scheme on the No. 34 Ford this weekend at Pocono Raceway celebrating both the holiday and a free root beer float promotion (from 2 p.m. until close) at participating locations.   Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Jeff's Fare(not so)well Tour

Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

Jeff Gordon likely never imagined it could go this way.

The 2015 Sprint Cup season was supposed to be a reason to celebrate. It was supposed to be a time for reliving old memories while making exciting new ones. It was his one last shot at winning one final championship.

Then the season started.

Gordon got things off to a good start by winning the pole for the Daytona 500, but 2015 has been more of a lowlight reel than a highlight reel since February. Other pole positions followed at Las Vegas and Talladega but raceday performance for the No. 24 Chevrolet has been less than what NASCAR Nation expected.

Jeff Gordon currently stands 11th in the points, even though he has yet to win a race this year. Jamie McMurray has not won yet in 2015, either, yet he currently sits ninth in the standings. Given the peculiar nature of the Chase format, all we can do is stand by and wait to see how the remainder of the regular season unfolds. Most fans want to see Jeff Gordon make the Chase but his time, like the number of races, is running out.

Getting into the Chase on points means still making it into the postseason but it is definitely not how Jeff Gordon wanted to see his final season as a driver unspool. His eleven top 10s after twenty races makes an impressive statistic, for sure, but seeing it in contrast to only two top 5s for the season thus far is disheartening. Match those numbers to the four wins scored by both Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch and 2015 appears to be sliding out from Jeff Gordon’s grasp.

Take last Sunday’s Brickyard 400, for example.

After much-deserved celebrations in his adopted hometown of Pittsboro, Ind. earlier in the week, Gordon found his No. 24 in the garage for repairs after a shunt with the wall on lap 49. He rejoined the field on lap 54 only to struggle for the next 12 laps. Gordon went to the garage on lap 66 and waited out the necessary repairs.

Thanks to the efforts of Alan Gustafson and the entire No. 24 pit crew, Jeff was able to race again, but his final Sprint Cup appearance at Indianapolis ended with the five-time (and defending) Brickyard winner finishing 54 laps off the pace in 42nd position.

Not the storybook ending NASCAR Nation anticipated. And maybe that’s the problem: we expect Jeff Gordon’s final season as a driver to be as good as so many of his previous years were. Gordon enjoyed so many successful seasons as a driver that we expect nothing less.

Think back about two decades. From 1995 through 2000, Jeff Gordon won fifty (as in 5-0) Sprint Cup races. Fans who came of age and discovered NASCAR during those years grew accustomed to seeing Gordon in Victory Lane. He won championships and wooed the media while infuriating Dale Earnhardt fans and rewriting the record books. NASCAR Nation was founded, in part, because of how Jeff Gordon brought a regional sport to a younger and decidedly more mainstream audience.

And now those fans, decidedly older and familiar with the ways of the sport, expect one last glimpse of “Wonder Boy’s” previous glory.

Expectations, so much more often than not, lead to disappointment. We expect our children to excel in school, find careers, and move away to begin successful lives, only to watch in near horror as they move boxes back into the basement and reclaim their old bedrooms. We start diet and exercise programs expecting to reshape our bodies and our lives only to realize that our previous, healthy selves no longer exist. We expect the good, yet often discover the bad.

Maybe that’s where NASCAR Nation has erred? Fans have expected the Jeff Gordon of 1997 only to find the Jeff Gordon of 2015. His life has changed just as the sport has changed.

Just like we’ve changed, too.

The best way to proceed, I guess, is to not have expectations in the first place. Then, when events don’t go off as you hoped, you’re less inclined to be disappointed.

Such thinking, however, is easier said than done. Ask Jeff Gordon.

Courtesy RaisingtheTrackBar.com (http://raisingthetrackbar.com/)

(Thanks Kevin !): 

Chase Starts now for 5 Drivers – by Kevin Jacobs

Wall Stadium Speedway "Summer Scorcher" (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

$5,000 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED SUMMER SCORCHER THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 1) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ As the summer weather heats up at the Jersey Shore so does the professional stock car racing action at Wall Stadium Speedway. This Saturday night the shore speedway presents the “Summer Scorcher” for the Downs Ford Modified stock cars, a 125-lap feature race that offers an astounding $5,000 to the winner!

Officials have announced that qualifying will begin at 5:30 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will begin.

            This 125-lap “Summer Scorcher” format, offering $5,000 to the winner, is attracting the attention of several racers in the Modified division. Invader Jimmy Blewett of Howell has said that he plans to compete while recent “Garden State Classic” champion Anthony Sesely of Matawan has also expressed interest in the big payday.

Series regulars expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Jackson’s Steven Reed, Brick’s Ron Frees and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among expected local entries are Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, 10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, both of Willingboro, and Jason Hearne of New Egypt.

The Modifieds are not the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight. The 4 Cylinder Stocks, Limited Late Modified and the  Factory Stocks will all see action in 25-lap main events.

In addition to the large field of present day competitors, the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will display several cars that have competed in the area in years past. The Wounded Warriors will also be on hand and will benefit from the evening’s 50/50.

In preparation for the “Summer Scorcher” the speedway will host a paid practice session for all racing divisions on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tires will be on sale during the session and “Summer Scorcher” entry forms, which are mandatory, can be filled out.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. with main events to follow.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.


Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Puzzle solved 

Kyle Busch's win on Sunday wasn't just the first for Toyota at the Brickyard, it established that JGR is on the rise. More      

Busch's return helping JGR

Even after Jeff Gordon finished 42nd at Indy, time is on his side to qualify for the Chase.

NASCAR Xfinity drivers partner to form K&N Pro Series East team   

  
  

NASCAR America: Pocono boasts series of tricky turns (VIDEO) 










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Older News

(7/28/15) 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Toyota: Focused on '15 but planning for '16 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/28/toyota-trd-2015-chase-2016-planning-joe-gibbs-racing-michael-waltrip-racing-furniture-row-racing.html

Crappiest retirement gifts Jeff Gordon has received

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/gallery/2015/7/28/nascarcasm-jeff-gordon-crappiest-gifts-retirement.html#Jeff-Gordon

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Win or bust at Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/28/dale-earnhardt-jr-22nd-place-at-indianapolis-brickyard-400-dirty-mo-radio.html

Kyle Busch credits supporters in super-charged comeback

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/28/kyle-busch-credits-supporters-in-super-charged-comeback-holly-cain-brickyard-400.html

Groseclose's passion where rubber meets the road

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/28/david-groseclose-nascartireguy-twitter-lead-tire-engineer-dream-job.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Is Michael Waltrip Racing poised to switch from Toyota to Chevy?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/michael-waltrip-racing-toyota-chevy-david-wilson-indianapolis-pocono-poised-to-switch-072815

Larry Mac laments Hendrick cars' lack of speed, pit calls for Stewart

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-hendrick-motorsports-jeff-gordon-jimmie-johnson-072815

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to leave Indy behind, move on to Pocono

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dale-earnhardt-jr-brickyard-400-indianapolis-pocono-raceway-ready-to-move-on-072815

Knock, knock: Jeff Gordon appears on TV show, surprises fan

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/jeff-gordon-indianapolis-surprise-fan-knock-knock-new-television-show-072815

Jeff Gordon Has Received A LOT of Booze This Year

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/jeff-gordon-has-received-a-lot-of-booze-this-year-072815?vid=491920963581

Keelan Harvick Ruins Dad's Perfect Pit Stop

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/keelan-harvick-ruins-dad-s-perfect-pit-stop-072815?vid=492772419515 

Sprint Cup regulars slated to race in Truck Series event at Pocono


Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):          

Aric Almirola's explicit warning to Trevor Bayne highlights best in-car audio from Brickyard 400

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html):

Kyle Busch returns to truck racing

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/kyle-busch-2015-truck-debut-pocono.html

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Stock Car Gazette

Track Trash – Da Bricks   
by Racing Maniac

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Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2015, for his 3rd consecutive Sprint ...
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Fort Mill-based Champion Machinery, a national machine tool distributor, announced an agreement with Premium Motorsports of Mooresville to ...
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Almost as surprising as who won Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was who was not in contention for the victory: Not a single 
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Brickyard 400:is it still a marquee NASCAR race?
 
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Entry List: Truex, Busch Look to Keep Streaks Alive at Pocono Raceway

The entry list is out for Sunday's Windows 10 400.  Currently, only 43 cars are entered, so everyone will qualify.  Both of the Premium Motorsports entries do not currently have drivers listed.  Read more

Entry List: XFINITY Stars Prepare for Hot Night in Iowa

The entry list for Saturday's XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway is out and currently, the race lacks a full field.  39 cars are entered; zero of them have drivers eligible for Sprint Cup points.  Instead, Kenny Wallace will make his final NASCAR start with Joe Gibbs Racing while Erik Jones attempts to do the double between Iowa and Pocono.  Read more

Entry List: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick Return to Truck Series at Pocono Raceway

The entry list for the Camping World Truck Series' Pocono Mountains 150 is out and it contains some star power.  Kyle Busch will make his first start of the season in the No. 51 Toyota while Kevin Harvick will drive the No. 00 for JR Motorsports.  Despite that fact, the race currently has a short field of 30 entries.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Dominating Kyle Busch to be Known As...
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

The young driver sped on by, basking in the thrill of leading the race. Nothing could stop him... not one. There were only a few laps left and an open track in front of his machine. Nothing would prevent him from driving into Victory Lane.

Then he checked his mirror, and there it was, the most feared car on the track. He swallowed, tightened his grip on the wheel, and questioned his destiny for a second -- just long enough for his pursuer to grow just a bit larger in the reflection. Dammit! It wasn't fair! He had a great car and had driven a clean race. Today was surely destined to be his! And still, his nemesis stalked ever closer.

A slow car appeared ahead on the inside. Crap. He had to lift. Not enough to lose the lead, but just so that the noise of the following car grew a little louder. Another lap lost another second. The distance between the two became space rather than time -- car lengths, feet, inches. The tension in the cockpit skyrocketed. What did he do wrong? How was it that car would always win and not his team?

It was over.  The checkers fell for the No. 54 car. That was Saturday. On Sunday, the Brickyard welcomed the No. 18 to its circle of Sprint Cup winners. Not only did the competitors shake their heads at the brutal consistency of the pilot still recovering from a broken leg, but so did NASCAR Nation. It's almost like....

There have been other drivers who have always won. The list is pretty short, actually. It goes something like this: Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. aka The Intimidator. Each of these drivers absolutely dominated the track when they came riding into town. None of them were loved at the time of their crushing dominance. Yes, even King Richard struggled through years of grumbling because if his No. 43 showed up, nobody else had much of a chance that day. Dale Sr.'s supporters were nearly matched in number by his detractors. Fans called him arrogant, a bully behind the wheel and just plain unapologetic for being so good.   Jeff Gordon was never named belligerent, but those who adored Senior's brand of showmanship didn't care much for a rainbow-colored car that could hunt down that black No. 3. Finally, what do you do to combat the perfection of Johnson and Knaus? You can complain that they're too good. If you add up the championship trophies for these four drivers, you get the number of Gordon's car: 24. There must be something worthy of admiration when there's that much hardware involved.

Well, the story is starting again. Kyle Busch will never win the Most Popular Driver award. He's not the guy that will be nominated for Cuddliest NASCAR Personality. He's good. OK, great. And he knows it. While Busch has suffered through years of setbacks when it comes to proving that his M&M's car is worthy of a Cup, it may just be that he has finally figured out how to do this thing called win.

Since the younger Busch's return to competition in May, there's been a noticeable change behind the wheel. He might stumble, but he seems more determined than ever to put whatever machine he might be driving in the spotlight. It's a bit like watching Jaws at the track. His car appears out of the corner and you can practically hear the echo of the infamous soundtrack while Busch chews up the asphalt.   He's a-coming. He's going to drive through whatever obstacles are in his way. And if you see him approaching in your mirror, you might experience that sinking feeling that maybe you needed a bigger boat.

It's time, time to bow down in the face of an exceptional talent and give him his due. We still don't have to cheer for Busch during driver intros, but it's probably the moment when he ought to be given the kind of nickname worthy of a driver destined for the Hall of Fame. The King, The Intimidator, Rainbow Warrior and Five-time/Six-pack have come before. What will Kyle Busch's moniker be? He's clearly outgrown being a Shrub.

Sonya's Scrapbook

1997 Pocono 500

Since we're talking about seasons that highlighted depressing consistency, beside the fans of the Rainbow Warriors, not too many people were cheering in 1997 when Jeff Gordon was stinking up the show.  To show that things haven't changed all that much, the cameras weren't even following Gordon during the final ten laps of this race because you couldn't see the second-place car in the same shot.  Even the commentators sounded a bit bored with the results.

Numbers Game: Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400
by Tom Bowles

0

Laps led by Jeff Gordon in his final Brickyard 400 start. Gordon ends his career with a NASCAR-high five victories at Indianapolis - along with 528 laps led.

1

Victory for Toyota in the Brickyard 400 (Kyle Busch - Sunday). Toyota has now won at every active Sprint Cup Series track on the circuit.

2

DNFs at the Brickyard 400: Alex Bowman (engine) and Trevor Bayne (crash). It's the second straight race in the Cup Series resulting in two DNFs or less.

3

Joe Gibbs Racing cars to finish in the top 7 Sunday. Lone exception: pole sitter Carl Edwards (13th).

4

Wins in the last five races by Kyle Busch. Busch now has as many wins in the Cup Series as anyone this season (Jimmie Johnson also has four).

4

Top-5 finishes in the last five races by Joey Logano. Logano's streak, while not quite as strong as Busch's has left him second in points to Kevin Harvick.

5

Of the nine cautions that were for actual spins on Sunday. The other four yellows were for (actual) debris on the racetrack. Among the options considered debris: Balloons, tape.

7

Straight runs outside the top 15 for Danica Patrick, who ran 27th on Sunday. The slump has left her well over 100 points back of the final Chase spot and no longer a contender to make the postseason.

7

Straight top-10 finishes for Kurt Busch, the longest current streak in the series.

8

Straight races outside the top 10 for Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford. Biffle was 19th at Indianapolis.

16

Lead changes in Sunday's Brickyard 400, an increase of one over the 2014 season.

23

Points Kyle Busch is behind 30th-place Justin Allgaier in the standings. Busch was ninth at Pocono in June, while Allgaier placed 20th. Should that happen again Sunday, the gap would close to just 12 points.

$158,515

Money won by Chase Elliott, Jeff Gordon's 2016 replacement for finishing 18th at Indianapolis.

$171,986

Money won by Jeff Gordon in his final Brickyard 400 for placing 42nd.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Tom Bowles

by Matt McLaughlin

by Sean Fesko

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition
by Jeff Wolfe

Courtesy ESPN.com

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Rankings: Pocono

Kyle Busch has gone from "will he make the Chase?" to "will he win it all?" After winning three races in a row and four of the last five, there's no doubt who belongs on top of Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

Courtesy NBC Sports

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Family first 

 Kyle Busch has always had the talent, but did the perspective gained from his accident actually make him better? More       

 Still not Chase eligible after four wins

JGR rising

By finishing eighth in the Brickyard 400, Kurt Busch is the fourth driver to clinch a Chase spot.

NASCAR America: Still time for Jeff Gordon to salvage season (VIDEO)  

 NASCAR America: Drivers still on the Chase bubble (VIDEO)   

  


NASCAR to take time on judging high-drag aero kit

(7/27/15) 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Hometown hero: Gordon says goodbye to the Brickyard

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/26/jeff-gordon-ends-indy-career-with-jeff-kyle-400.html

The Rundown: Indianapolis

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/27/the-rundown-indianapolis-full-field-analysis-all-43-cars-sprint-cup.html

Helton remarks on Indy rules package

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/sirius-xm.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-siriusxm-mike-helton-remarks-on-rules-package.4377936476001.html

Weekend Preview: Pocono and Iowa

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.nascar-weekend-preview-pocono-raceway-iowa-speedway.4378299568001.html

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series consecutive win streaks

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/27/sprint-cup-consecutive-win-streaks.html

Sprint Cup teams chart path for midweek Bristol test

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/27/nascar-sprint-cup-series-bristol-motor-speedway-test.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

  Column: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/column-nascar-blew-it-on-indy-rules-package-072715

{ I couldn't agree more.

 The new rules package created a pretty boring race @ Indy . 

 I don't know if it should be altered , or tweaked, or tossed in the garbage (which I am leaning to !)  . But something has to be done . NOW !

" Just my humble opinion" .Or is it ?

Joe }

 

Ryan Blaney's short memory comes in handy for Brickyard 400

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/ryan-blaney-indianapolis-brickyard-400-xfinity-seris-short-memory-comes-in-handy-at-indy-072715

Biggest losers: Ten drivers who have won, but not in a long time

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/biggest-losers-ten-drivers-who-have-won-but-not-in-a-long-time-072715

New rules, same result: Breaking down the weekend from Indy

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/darrell-waltrip-indianapolis-new-rules-same-result-breaking-down-the-indy-weekend-072715

Kyle Busch celebrates Brickyard 400 win at Steak 'n Shake

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/kyle-busch-brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-steak-n-shake-joe-gibbs-racing-072715

Power Rankings: No surprise who is No. 1, but what about the rest?

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/power-rankings?season=2015&week=21 

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Oreovicz: Blaney, Elliott not just riding around

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott didn't win at Indy on Sunday, and they didn't even challenge. But they raced well, giving hope that the sport is in good hands as the old guard fades away.

Rundown: Kyle Keeping Cool

Kyle Busch's crew kept him cool during the Brickyard 400, and that helped Busch's hot streak continue, Bob Pockrass writes. 

Pockrass: Kyle Busch even surprising himself

Kyle Busch had the answer for the third straight race, winning at the Brickyard on Sunday for the biggest of his career. Everyone else? They were left shaking their heads about a lot of things.

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):         

Danica Patrick close to new deal with SHR, report says          

NASCAR at Pocono 2015: Time, TV channel, schedule, entry list

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Promise evaporates amid criticism for Tony Stewart

Danica gets best Brickyard 400 finish of career

Drivers overheating major worry | Indy story lines

Courtesy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):      

With Kyle Busch's Recent Wins, Joe Gibbs Racing Having Superb 2015 NASCAR Season

Mature Kyle Busch a Threat for Sprint Cup Championship

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Kyle Busch kisses the bricks on the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis   
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Kyle Busch Nails Late Restart to Win First Brickyard 400

Sunday afternoon, Kevin Harvick looked good to claim his second Indianapolis victory.  Then, he dropped back on a restart.  Joey Logano inherited the lead, but fell victim to the restart prowess of Kyle Busch, who surged out in front on lap 153.  Busch then outdragged Logano on a green-white-checkered finish and pulled away to win the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400.  Logano was second, followed by Harvick.  Martin Truex, Jr. was fourth while Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5 finishers.   Read more

So Close: Logano, Penske Fall Just Short of Brickyard Glory

At the end of regulation, Joey Logano was looking good for a win.  He was leading the race and awaiting one final green-white-checkered run.  Then, Kyle Busch got a great restart and left Logano in the dust, forcing he and Team Penske to settle for second.  Read more


Blaney After Indy Loss: “It’s My Fault”

Ryan Blaney just missed out on claiming victory in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Kyle Busch got him on the final lap.  Afterwards, Blaney took full blame for the loss.  Read more

July Struggles Jeopardize Chris Buescher’s XFINITY Series Championship Run

Chris Buescher continues to lead the XFINITY Series points after Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250.  However, he failed to record a top-10 finish for the entire month of July, allowing Chase Elliott to eat into his lead.  Read more

Chasing the Chase: Harvick Holds Pat
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick had an excellent run Sunday, leading a race-high 75 laps.  However, he dropped back late to finish third.  Joey Logano ran a strong second, but since Harvick led the most laps, he failed to gain any ground.  It is still 69 points between first and second with six races to go before the Chase begins.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remains in third, but he lost significant ground after crashing late in turn 1 and finishing 22nd.

Jimmie Johnson recovered from a terrible weekend in New Hampshire with a respectable effort in Indianapolis, finishing 15th.  That was enough to maintain his position and gain on Earnhardt Jr.  Martin Truex, Jr. finished fourth and maintained his fifth spot, now only seven points behind Johnson.  Brad Keselowski finished tenth, the result of going off sequence on pit stops and maintains the sixth spot in the standings.

Matt Kenseth is still seventh after running seventh on Sunday.  Kurt Busch, who finished eighth, is only three points back for the spot.  Jamie McMurray remains in ninth, ten points behind Busch.  The only change in the top 10 saw Denny Hamlin move into tenth by finishing fifth after Jeff Gordon was involved in an early crash.  Kyle Busch, despite his fourth win in the last five races, is still on the outside of the top 30 looking in.  However, he's only 23 points out of 30th in 32nd, trailing only Cole Whitt and Justin Allgaier for the spot.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 777, 2) Joey Logano -69, 3) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -100, 4) Jimmie Johnson -102, 5) Martin Truex, Jr. -109, 6) Brad Keselowski -139, 7) Matt Kenseth -162, 8) Kurt Busch -165, 9) Jamie McMurray -175, 10) Denny Hamlin -186, 11) Jeff Gordon -202, 12) Ryan Newman -212, t-13) Paul Menard -219, t-13) Kasey Kahne -219, 15) Clint Bowyer -239, 16) Carl Edwards -258.

Race Winners Currently Ineligible for Chase: 32) Kyle Busch -483 (23 points out of 30th)

Race Winners: Joey Logano (Daytona-1), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Texas, Kansas, Dover), Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas, Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Fontana), Denny Hamlin (Martinsville), Matt Kenseth (Bristol), Kurt Busch (Richmond, Michigan), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-2), Carl Edwards (Charlotte), Martin Truex, Jr. (Pocono), Kyle Busch (Sonoma, Kentucky, Loudon, Indianapolis) 

Quotes to Remember: Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400

compiled by Phil Allaway

"I might have found my happy place, I don’t know. Maybe I found that too. Nothing better than being in victory lane, nothing better than being in victory lane for one of the biggest wins in my career at Indy and sweeping the week – even bigger yet. I just want to celebrate with my team, my wife and my family." - Kyle Busch, race winner

"I got a good draft down the backstretch and I knew he was gonna block the bottom.  I didn’t have a good enough run to get underneath him.  All I could do was hope he missed his corner and try to get underneath him that way, but I don’t know what got into those guys lately.  I guess Kyle is back.  It’s frustrating.  We were so close to winning here at the Brickyard.  Second hurts, but I’m proud of this team.  We worked hard throughout this whole weekend.  We didn’t unload very good, but pushed hard and qualified second and finished second, but there are no trophies for second." - Joey Logano, finished second

"I think everybody put in a lot of effort to really try to make everything a lot better, spent a lot of money, but I don’t know that we accomplished everything that we were looking to accomplish.  Cars are extremely hot inside.  That was probably the biggest surprise that crept up on everybody.  I know everybody spent a lot of money to get the cars here and put a lot of time and effort into putting the puzzle together.  I know my team did a lot of extra work to come to this race after we had already come here and tested and already spent that money to come here and test for a few days, and then to come back and have to race something different was a huge undertaking for the teams for a huge science project that probably didn’t really change that much." - Kevin Harvick, finished third

"Just feel a little bad for Kevin (Harvick) there. I kind of screwed him. I was trying to push him, just mistimed it. It’s hard to see the lines down there when you are behind a guy. I just totally forgot to ask my spotter for help and a heads up when we were getting five/10 feet from that line. I feel bad I messed him up a bit there. I kind of messed Kyle (Busch) up on the last one too and he still won. I guess at the end of the day we were on our own out there in the front row I guess without me behind them because I wasn’t getting good starts." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished fourth

"Our car was pretty strong at the end and with a handful of laps to go, we were actually running down the leaders. I felt like we had a shot at it, but you just have to restart in the first couple rows to contend for a win and really whoever comes off turn two with the lead has pretty much got it. You’re really racing towards turn two and that’s about it." - Denny Hamlin, finished fifth

"It’s terrible, that’s what I think. You just can’t pass. Yeah, you can run up on the straightaway a little bit, but you can’t run through the corner with anything." - Matt Kenseth, finished seventh, on the new rules package tried out at Indy

"It was a hot day but that is what we do. That is part of being a race car driver. The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford had so much speed by itself and when we get running and the field would spread out, I felt like probably the 4 car and I were the class of the field. On restarts though I was just awful. Just absolutely atrocious and I couldn’t make anything up and kept losing spots. I just didn’t have a good balance between the two. I wanted balance and didn’t have it. I don’t know if that was me or the car. We just can’t seem to put it together and that is a lot of what these races are now, they are restart racing. You go hard, go hard and fall in line after a restart, get stuck in everybody’s dirty air, wait for a yellow and then race the restart. We probably had as much green flag spread out speed as anyone out there but we just didn’t have the restart speed to make anything of it." - Brad Keselowski, finished tenth

"It was really hard to get up there and get a run on guys. It is difficult to try to get beside guys and it was really, really loose once you caught them. I would say the Kentucky package is way, way better and it put on a way better race than what that did." - Greg Biffle, finished 19th

"Today was an unfortunate day. It seems like in recent years it’s been kind of feast or famine for us here. But I tell you what, from the first time I came here all the way through last year and even this year the fans have been amazing, the experiences have been amazing, the wins. Everything has been incredible and I feel so fortunate to have just gotten an opportunity to race here. Certainly to have five wins here is just unbelievable as well." - Jeff Gordon, finished 42nd   

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Ryan Godown Claims Fifth 358 Modified Victory of the Season at New Egypt Speedway


New Egypt, NJ--                               It’s been three months since Ryan Godown has visited Victory Lane at New Egypt Speedway after winning the first four 358 Modified events of the season. That changed Saturday night as the “Ringoes Rocket” powered his way to the front to score the victory.


                Neshanic Station’s Ryan Krachun led Chris Grbac and the 23 car field to the green flag. Krachun quickly took the lead as third place starter Andrew Bohn jumped into second. The first caution of the night would wave on lap two for Sammy Piazza spinning in turn two. By lap two Ryan Godown, who started in the sixth position, had made his way up to fourth place. On the ensuing restart last race feature winner Lou Cicconi spun and broke in turn two resulting in the second caution of the night and a complete restart as no laps were completed. Krachun jumped back to the lead and as second place running Bohn spun in front of the field on lap three to bring out the caution. Krachun again jumped to the lead on the restart with Godown giving heavy chase. On lap five using the inside of turn two Godown made his way around Krachun to take the lead. Meanwhile 13th place starter and eventual second place finisher Neal Williams was making quick gains through the field. Lap 13 saw the caution wave again for Andrew Bohn whose car caught on fire in turn two. On the impending restart Godown again jumped to the lead and held it as Williams, Billy Pauch, and Billy Pauch, Jr. made their way through the field in chase. Godown took the checkers followed by Williams, Danny Bouc, Bill Pauch, and Billy Pauch, Jr.


                 After a very successful 2015 rookie campaign, Dan Fleming of Washington, NJ took his first big league checkered flag in the Crate Modified feature. Fleming started on the pole and lead wire to wire to claim the victory over Jordon Cox, Eric Palmer, Jeremy Martino and Frank Dorry.


                Helmetta, NJ’s Joe Reid scored his first New Egypt Speedway victory by taking the checkers in the first of two Street Stock features that saw lots of passing and action. Reid won over Mick Search, Bill Liedtka, Billy Wroble, and Gary Klimeczak. Howell, NJ’s John Carpenter added to his all time winningest Street Stock driver tally by taking the victory in the second Street Stock feature. Carpenter won over Bill Liedtka, Darren Cox, Jack Beaumont, and Spider Ensinger, Sr.


                Frenchtown, NJ’s Billy Pauch, Jr. took the victory in the 10 lap NEWS Sprint feature event over Sam LaMothe, Ryan Krachun, and Neal Williams.


                Next Saturday, August 1st is Legends Night with the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, NERS Sprints, and Vintage Cars. Pit gates open at 4 pm, front gates open at 5 pm, hot laps begin at 6:15 pm, and racing starts at 7 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are free.



Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/news-media.sprint-cup-series.all-media.html): 

Cassill loses eight pounds in Brickyard 400 

 http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/26/landon-cassill-weight-loss-brickyard-400-indianapolis.html

Drivers analyze Indy rules package

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/press-pass.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-press-pass-drivers-analyze-indy-rule-package.4376268211001.html

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Winners, Losers from Brickyard 400

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Kyle Busch adds to win tally at Indianapolis
 
Amanda Vincent

(7/26/15) 

Courtesy NBC Sports

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Comeback continues 

Kyle Busch's miraculous comeback is still in full swing after winning the Brickyard 400 to sweep at Indianapolis. More | Last lap

Kissing bricks

Busch title contender 

 Total team effort 

 'Flat out earned this' 

 Gibbs gushes 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

 Kyle Busch takes Indy for third victory in row 

 http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/26/kyle-busch-wins-brickyard-400-indianapolis-2015.html

Busch:’I just can’t believe this run right now’ 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/sprint-cup-victory-lane.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-victory-lane-kyle-busch.4376273376001.html

Logano:’I’m glad he’s back, but geez’

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/sprint-cup-post-race-reactions.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-post-race-reactions-joey-logano.4376017497001.html

Courtesy ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/): 

Ky. Busch grabs elusive Indy win, nears top 30

Kyle Busch won another Cup race by surging at the end of the Brickyard, after winning the Xfinity race Saturday. He's the first driver to win three in a row since Jimmie Johnson in 2007.

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Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400

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Sweet sweep: Kyle Busch completes weekend of dominance at Indy


Jeff Gordon's final Brickyard 400 takes a bad turn with wreck

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/jeff-gordon-wreck-brickyard-400-indianapolis-clint-bowyer-takes-a-bad-turn-with-wreck-072615 


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Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports present car to military family

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Top 5 Heartbreaks at the Brickyard 400

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/top-5-heartbreaks-at-the-brickyard-400-072615

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  Crew chief handout: Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/26/sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-crown-royal-brickyard-400-crew-chief-handout.html

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Cole Whitt isn't a rookie anymore, but he's still fighting for position — both on the track and in the ranks of NASCAR racing teams. In his second year in ...

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Dale Jr., Gordon, others encourage Blaney after Indy disappointment

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Grind of Sprint Cup schedule taking extra toll on overworked teams

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/Brickyard-400-Indianapolis-Motor-Speedway-Indy-Joey-Logano-Austin-Dillon-072615

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News & Results from Saturday nights "Christmas in July" races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/)
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RON FREES WINS MODIFIED RACE AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Former Wall Stadium Speedway Street Stock driving champion Ron Frees raced to his first victory of the year in the Downs Ford Modified stock car main event Saturday night. It was the Brick resident’s first win since returning to the third-mile paved oval at the beginning of the season, his second in the Modified class and his 29th overall at the speedway.

            Trevor Alspach of Willingboro was looking to turn around his luckless season by taking the lead early in the 40-lap race and soon found Frees riding close behind. With just a few cautions slowing the 23-car field lapped traffic soon came into play. Just passing the halfway point of the race one lapped car continued to race in front of the leader. Alspach and the lapped car tangled on the front stretch on lap 25 with Frees taking over the top spot as a result.

            Frees then fought off the attacks of Howell’s Eric Mauriello in the closing laps for the win while Chas Okerson of Freehold was third. Derek Hopkinson of Toms River was charging at the end as he overcame early trouble for fourth. Trevor Alspach also made a striking recovery for fifth.

            “I have to thank everyone with Yaccarino Motorsports for this opportunity,” Frees said after completing a backwards victory lap. “The car was good, but I’m afraid I held up the 14 car a little at the end. Still, you get that close to a win and you just can’t give it away.”

            Larry Thompson of Parlin took his second straight win in the 30-lapper for the Snap-on Sportsman cars grabbing the lead on a lap 20 with an inside lane pass of Wall’s Rob Silver. Howell’s Kevin Davison was the runner-up, with Matt Langbein of Laurence Harbor, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle wrapping up the top five.

            Many time champion Rick Mongeau proved that he is still no stranger to winning by taking top honors in the 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Ronnie Mullen of Brick was the runner-up, while Union’s Joey Helberg, Marty Van Druten of Toms River and Brick’s Joe Mongeau were third through fifth.

            Wall’s Robert French continues his quest for his first Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars title by winning his third 25-lapper of the season. Brian Spencer of Edison was tight in second spot, with Nick Van Wickle, Vinnie Colletti and Chris Gall completing the top five.

            Jason Lane of Brick charged to the lead quickly and then held his ground for his second win of the year in the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks 25-lapper. Brick’s Ronnie Mullen was second, with Fred Cannock, TJ Graves of Wall and Burlington’s Alonzo Morales rounding out the top five.

            Defending champ Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. grabbed the lead from Wall’s Cole Ormsbee in the late going to win the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model 25-lap main event. Point leader Anthony Crimaldi was third with Beachwood’s Bill Vanderveen fourth and Dominic Casola of Holmdel fifth.

Wall Stadium returns to action this Saturday (August 1) for the “Summer Scorcher” with the Modified stock cars featured in a 125-lap, $5000 to win main event. Factory Stocks, Limited Late Models and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will also be on the card. With spectator seating opening at 5:00 p.m. qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. followed by main events.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RON FREES, BRICK, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Chas Okerson, 4. Derek Hopkinson, 5. Trevor Alspach, 6. Steven Reed, 7. Ken Woolley, Jr., 8. Jason Hearne, 9. Chad Churilla, 10. Justin Gumley, 11. Neil Rutt III, 12. John McCormack, 13. Keith Mulleneaux, 14. Ronnie Mullen, 15. Andrew Krause, 16. Shanon Mongeau, 17. Rob Schultz, 18. Shaun Carrig, 19. Dom Fattaruso, 20. Neil Rutt Jr., 21. Zack Alspach, 22. Kevin Davison, 23. Jason Treat

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN, 2. Kevin Davison, 3. Matt Langbein, 4. Andrew Krause, 5. Kenny Van Wickle, 6. Robbie Walton, 7. Chris Lane, 8. Joe King, 9. Eric Lane, 10. Scott Brannick, 11. Ricky Collins, 12. Robert Vassilatos, 13. Dave Bailey, 14. Joe Cocca, 15. Jarret DeGiantomasso, 16. Rob Silver, 17. Robert Sutphin, 18. Tyler Truex, 19. Shanon Mongeau

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RICH MONGEAU, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Joey Helberg, 4. Marty Van Druten, 5. Joe Mongeau, 6. Tiffany Olejnik, 7. Gerry Koenig, 8. Jerry Stanzione, 9. Josh Matthews, 10. Whitey Miller, 11. Ron Booth, 12. Richie Byrne Jr., 13. Bill Stockert, 14. Mike Baldwin, 15. Matt Badessa, 16. John Bowers, 17. Bill Bruer, 18. Scott Sipe, 19. Bob Haberstick, 20. Tony Bartone, 21. Scott Riggleman, 22. Tom Rajkowski

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Brian Spencer, 3. Nick Van Wickle, 4. Vinny Colletti, 5. Chris Gall, 6. Luke Marzano, 7. Steven Woytysiak, 8. James Van Wickle, 9. Peter Bruno, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. Mitchell Dowd, 12. Matt Marzano, 13. Beth MacFarlane

4 CYLINDER STOCKS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JASON LANE, BRICK, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Fred Cannock, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Alonzo Morales, 6. Corey Stockert, 7. Darren Burdge, 8. Jay Conrad, 9. Allen Camp, 10. Darianne McLaren

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKAMA, NY, 2. Cole Ormsbee, 3. Anthony Crimaldi, 4. Bill Vanderveen, 5. Dominic Casola, 6. Glen Conk, 7. Jim Moorman, 8. John Vullo, 9. Howie Conk, 10. Mike Tillett

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):          

Carl Edwards, JGR could shake things up at Indy

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Pit stop

Before Jeff Gordon got to Indy for his final Brickyard 400, his adopted hometown rolled out the red carpet for him. More

Long: The struggles it takes just to be an underdog in NASCAR   

  



(7/25/15) 

Congratulations to Ron Frees for winning the modified main event @ Wall Stadium Speedway !

Courtesy NBC Sports (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

Courtesy ESPN.com

(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Pockrass: Gordon ready for last 'home' race

Jeff Gordon dreamed of racing at Indy as a kid, so much so that his family moved to Indiana to try to make that happen. Now a five-time Brickyard winner, Gordon is enjoying one more trip "home."

Oreovicz: A decade of Danica mania

Danica Mania came to life 10 years ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now a NASCAR star, she's trying to rise above the middle of the pack while being thankful for everything that got her here.

Five things to watch in the Brickyard

Bob Pockrass and John Oreovicz have five things you should keep an eye on in Sunday's Brickyard 400.

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

Joey Logano win at Brickyard would put him in rare air

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Ford, Toyota teams tired of Chevy dominance at the Brickyard

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-chevy-ford-toyota-race-preview-carl-edwards-072515

Jeff Gordon receives special gift from decorated Marine at Indy

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-jeff-gordon-jeff-kyle-sprint-cup-series-072515

Athletic bond: Gasman, NFL player remain teammates forever

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/landon-walker-dwayne-allen-indianapolis-colts-hendrick-motorsports-athletic-bond-teammates-072515

Turnaround for Tony? Stewart's sagging spirits boosted in Indy

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/tony-stewart-brickyard-400-indianapolis-qualifying-sagging-spirits-boosted-joey-logano-072515

Courtesy NASCAR.com Sprint Cup & Xfinity Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html  &): 

Sprint Cup Series pit stall assignments at Indy


Kyle Busch nips Ryan Blaney for XFINTY win

2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!):

 
Kyle Busch kicks off Indy weekend with Xfinity win
 

 
Carl Edwards on pole at Indianapolis
 
Amanda Vincent

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

(http://MotorSportsNews.Net )

(Thanks Heather !):  

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P R E S S  *  R E L E A S E
Next Wednesday, July 29 , BIG stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will hit the track for testing and it is FREE to all who want to attend.

Not only will we have NASCAR testing, but we will have some great fan activities including a close up look at Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Axalta Rainbow Chevrolet and stuff just for the kids like inflatables, face painting and more.

Here are the details for the day:


When:
Wednesday, July 29

Where:
Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Drivers Testing (Subject to Change):
  • Danica Patrick - No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet
  • Carl Edwards - No. 19 Arris Toyota
  • Kasey Kahne - No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet
  • Joey Logano - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford
  • David Ragan - No. 55 Aaron's Toyota
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - No. 17 Zest Ford
  • Jamie McMurray - No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet
  • Aric Almirola - No. 43 Smithfield Ford
  • Paul Menard - No. 27 Menard's Chevrolet
  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING DAYS
Hours:
  • 9 AM - 5 PM EST (Drivers will take a one hour lunch break from Noon-1 PM EST)
  • Fan Activities will be from Noon - 5 PM EST

How/Where to enter:                               
  • Bristol Motor Speedway's Gate 7 will be open for entry
  • Parking will be outside of Gate 7 and guests may enter via the South or North Entrances
For more information regarding this event, please stay tuned to our website, specifically the article related to this event HERE or you can call 423-Bristol or toll-free 1-866-974-1643.

We hope you will come on out for what will be a really FUN DAY.

Just one more reason to scream out "It's MY Bristol Baby!"               

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Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

Jeff Gordon on failing to qualify in top 15 in final Indy appearance: ‘That one was on me’

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news )

Kyle Busch tries to cap comeback with elusive Indy victory

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/kyle-busch-tries-to-cap-comeback-with-elusive-indy-victory-072515

Courtesy ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/): 

Jeff Gordon prepares for final Brickyard

Gordon is the only driver to run in all 22 editions of the Brickyard 400 -- he won the inaugural race 21 years ago -- and a win Sunday would make him the only driver to win at least 6 major races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Edwards wins Coors Light Pole at Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/25/coors-light-pole-qualifying-indianapolis-recap-results-sprint-cup-series.html

First to visit Kyle Busch in hospital? Tony Stewart

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/25/kyle-busch-accident-injury-hospital-tony-stewart-smoke.html

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Women’s World Cup-winning player and Indy native Lauren Holiday to drive Brickyard 400 pace car

 Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):   

Treasure hunting: Kyle Busch still seeking NASCAR's crown jewels

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/kyle-busch-joe-gibbs-racing-brickyard-400-indianapolis-treasure-hunting-crown-jewels-072515

Courtesy National Speed Sport News (http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/): 

Logano Eyes Daytona-Indy Sweep

After sweeping the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway…

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Xfinity Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html): 

 Kyle Busch grabs Indy NXS pole, record

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/25/xfinity-series-qualifying-indy-brickyard-results-recap-lineup.html

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

 Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Brendan Gaughan, Regan Smith to battle Saturday for $100k Dash4Cash at Indianapolis

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Jeff Gordon predicts 'wild, crazy' Brickyard

Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) is where I shall be again, later today / tonight . I'll be sitting in my usual spot , right on the aisle, overlooking the beginning of the frontstretch . Just 3 rows down from the top !

I'll be wearing a black "I'm not speeding. I'm qualifying" Wall Stadium Speedway track shirt. With a matching track hat .

I hope to see some of you there !

Joe

Courtesy ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/): 

Imagine this: a World Series of Motorsport

Ryan McGee proposes expanding the Brickyard 400 into a World Series of Motorsport with a series of events over 10 days to bring back the glory of racing there in July.

McMurray setting Chase-worthy pace

Jamie McMurray is on track to be the Ryan Newman of this year's Chase after being the year's most consistent driver without a win so far, John Oreovicz writes.

Craven: Go hard for Harvick

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a unique test for NASCAR drivers every year, but even more so this year with a new rules package. Ricky Craven thinks the advantage goes to Kevin Harvick.

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

One year after huge win at Indy, Ty Dillon still mulling plans for '16

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-indy-ty-dillon-rcr-xfinity-series-072515

Former crew chief Ray Evernham, wife Erin become parents to baby girl

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-ray-evernham-wife-erin-daughter-birth-072515

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar): 

Mike Smith's StockCartoons 2015



Courtesy NBC Sports

  




(7/24/15) 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

Hamlin: 'Passing will be tough'

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/rules-package-change-high-drag-driver-reaction-indianapolis-motor-speedway-sprint-cup-series.html

Friday a drag for some, good for others at IMS

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/up-to-speed.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-up-to-speed-high-drag-package.4373442619001.html

Sprint Cup Series qualifying order for Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/sprint-cup-qualifying-order-indianapolis.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

NASCAR drivers adjusting to new rules package at Brickyard

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/nascar-drivers-adjusting-to-new-rules-package-at-brickyard-072415

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):

Final bricks of the puzzle 

Jeff Gordon isn't the racer he once was, but a win at the Brickyard could go a long way in sending him out on top.     

More 

Jimmie Johnson talks challenges with new aero package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Timmy Hill rips up track in Sprint Cup practice at Indy

Courtesy NASCAR.com Sprint Cup &  Xfiniti Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html &   http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html) :

  Kurt Busch leads final practice at Indianapolis

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/nascar-sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-practice-reports.html

Daniel Suarez tops second XFINITY practice at Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/nascar-xfinity-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-practice-reports.html

 Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

No place like home: Ryan Newman aims to repeat 2013 Indy win

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/ryan-newman-indianapolis-brickyard-400-richard-childress-racing-no-place-like-home-072415

Exclusive: Behind the scenes with No. 31 team of Ryan Newman

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/ryan-newman-luke-lambert-indianapolis-richard-childress-racing-exclusive-behind-the-scenes-072415

Without new deal, Johnson committed to winning for Hendrick

 http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/without-new-deal-johnson-committed-to-winning-for-hendrick-072415

Jamie McMurray reveals secret to keeping cool over his in-car radio

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indy-indianapolis-motor-speedway-jamie-mcmurray-chip-ganassi-racing-072415

Race Team Alliance teams with Rev the Vote to get fans registered

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/rob-kauffman-heath-shuler-connie-mack-indianapolis-brickyard-400-race-team-rev-the-vote-072415

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Drivers search for passing lane with new Brickyard package

 2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

 (Thanks Amanda !!):

http://www.axs.com/news/kellie-pickler-to-sing-national-anthem-at-indianapois-61912

Kellie Pickler to sing National Anthem at Indianapolis

  http://nascarexaminer.onsugar.com/VIDEO-Joey-Logano-talks-about-impandaortance-Indy-37964017

Joey Logano talks about importance of Indy

Amanda Vincent

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Denny Hamlin's hood flies up, damages car in second Indy practice

Emotional Dale Earnhardt Jr. 'completely floored' by gift from fan

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/dale-earnhardt-jr-brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-indy-sprint-cup-series-072415

Top 5: Most incredible moments from the Brickyard 400   

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html):

  Earnhardt Jr. leads practice at Indianapolis

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/nascar-sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-practice-reports.html

 This Saturday evening, July 25 @ Wall Stadium Speedway ( http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/):

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

PRACTICE 3-5 PM / GRANDSTANDS OPEN AT 5:00 PM / TIME TRIALS & QUALIFYING AT 5:45 PM / RACES AT 7 PM

XMAS THEMED KIDS GAMES WITH PRIZES

AND A CHALLENGE FOR ADULTS TOO!

 

ADULTS $18  -  SENIOR DISCOUNT $15  -  STUDENT (ages 7-17) $8  -  6 AND UNDER FREE

 

Practice 3:00 - 5:00 (free to watch)

  Grandstands Open 5:00 pm

     Heats & Qualifying 5:45 pm

Intermission

Feaures to follow

 

FEATURE ORDER:

around 7:00 pm

LEGENDS - 25 LAPS

SPORTSMAN - 30 LAPS

LIMITED LATE MODELS - 25 LAPS

MODIFIEDS - 40 LAPS

FACTORY STOCKS - 25 LAPS

4-CYLINDERS - 25 LAPS

Courtesy NASCAR.com  / Xfiniti Series(http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html): 

Kyle Busch tops first XFINITY practice at Indy

    http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/24/nascar-xfinity-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-practice-reports.html

Courtesy Raising The Track Bar.com (http://raisingthetrackbar.com/) (Thanks Kevin !): 

 More Mud In NASCAR Events

Courtesy The Frontstetch.com

(http://frontstretch.com/): 

 Ryan Newman Returns to His Roots at Lucas Oil Raceway, Doesn’t Seek NASCAR Return to the Track

As noted above, Ryan Newman made his presence known at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Thursday night.  Newman finished third in the Rich Vogler Classic and noted that he was racing against the best Silver Crown has to offer.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400

by Phil Allaway

The Sprint Cup Series returns to Indiana for the 22nd running of the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400.  The race can be seen at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon on NBCSN; the race can also be heard on your local IMS affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 160 laps (400 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and facts

Last year, Jeff Gordon took the lead from teammate Kasey Kahne on lap 144 and pulled away to take his fifth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, tying him with Michael Schumacher as the winningest driver in the 106-year history of the 2.5-mile oval.  Kyle Busch was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

Behind Gordon, teammate Jimmie Johnson has four career victories at the Brickyard.  Tony Stewart and Dale Jarrett have two each.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 2.5-mile oval, 160 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 9.25 degrees in turns

Frontstretch/Backstretch: 3,300 ft., flat

Short Chutes: 660 ft., flat

Grandstand Seating: 235,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Opened: 1909 (first Cup race in 1994)

Website: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndianapolisMotorSpeedway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/IndyTalk

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice 1: Friday, July 24, 9 - 10:25 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra

Practice 2: Friday, July 24 ,1 - 2:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Happy Hour: Friday, July 24, 4 - 5:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Qualifying: Saturday, July 24 at 1:10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Say What?!

"Indianapolis is a very unique track. For me, it’s kind of a cool place to go to as I grew up always wanting to race Indy cars. With Rick Mears being from Bakersfield (California), he was a hometown, childhood hero as we were all racing go-karts. So, to win there back in 2003 and be able to kind of achieve your childhood dream in a sense, but in a stock car, was a great moment. Going back to Indy is just a very historic racetrack where it’s a lot of fun to be a part of the event. It’s always a place where you want to win, but it’s fun to just go there and race to be a part of the next era of its history." - Kevin Harvick

"I really enjoy being in Indy. I lived not too far from there for about a year when I raced sprint cars and I always enjoy going back. I have never tested this package that we are running this weekend but from what we’ve heard, it is a lot tighter so we are looking at our setups to make sure that we aren’t too tight. I have talked to some of the drivers who have tested this package and they said that you are on the throttle a lot so it will be interesting to see how the cars draft. We’ve had some solid finishes lately, so hopefully we can carry that momentum into this weekend and leave the historical Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a solid finish." -  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

"Every driver has a home race and you’re always excited to race at home. I’m always excited to be at the Brickyard. If you can only win one race a year, I’m still going to pick the Daytona 500. But if you can’t win Daytona as that one race a year, I want to win the Brickyard. It’s just a special place to me. The only disheartening thing is we haven’t been running well going into the weekend. I guess it would be a ton worse if we were running really well and all of a sudden we got to the Brickyard and didn’t run well. That would be a worse scenario. But we will still work as hard as we can to get the best result we can."- Tony Stewart

"Indianapolis [Motor Speedway] is one of the most prestigious tracks we race on. Winning the Brickyard is right up there with the Daytona 500. I think the new aero package we are running this weekend should make for good racing. The most challenging part is that no one really has a lot of experience with the taller spoiler and the other changes NASCAR has made, but that's also a good thing because it brings all of the competition closer together. Indy is close to home, so a lot of family and friends make the drive over. It's also Rick Brandt's 50th birthday on Sunday, so hopefully we can give him a really nice birthday gift."Justin Allgaier

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:     


Four Burning Questions: Will Indy Be a Race to Remember?     

by Sean Fesko

by the Frontstretch Staff

by Amy Henderson

as told to Mike Neff

by Kevin Rutherford

2 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!):

http://www.examiner.com/article/bowman-for-townley-for-indy-xfinity-series-race

Bowman in for Townley for Indy Xfinity Series race

http://www.examiner.com/article/xfinity-series-tries-out-new-aero-package-at-indianapolis

Xfinity Series tries out new aero package at Indianapolis

Amanda Vincent

  Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html) :  

McDowell lends a hand in Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-michael-mcdowell-habitat-for-humanity.4372660998001.html

Spoiler alert: See the new look at Indianapolis

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/gallery/2015/7/24/nascar-new-rules-indianapolis-spoiler.html#spoiler1

Courtesy ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/racing/):  

{Not NASCAR but ... very sad news here }

Two Superbike racers die in Laguna Seca crash

New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) weekend schedule & Special Event News

Schedule  :
  July 25, 2015: Powder Puff/Ladies Night - Modifieds, Crates, Street Stocks, NEWS Sprints - 7:00PM
Ladies/Powder Puff Night Sponsored by National Parts Supply
Adults: $20.00 Ladies (16 & older): $10.00 Seniors 65 & older: $18.00 Teens 12-15: $10.00 Military & Spouses with ID: $10.00
Children 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Gates: 4:00 PM Front Gates: 5:00 PM Powder Puff Drivers Meeting: 5:50 PM Hot Laps: 6:15 PM Racing: 7:00 PM
Lots of Ladies Giveaways throughout the night! Powder Puff Races after the final feature of the night
Schedule of Events

News

Courtesy DIRT Track Digest (http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/NewPress/): 

NEW EGYPT, NJ – The roar of engines, the rush of adrenaline and the thrill of action fill New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday, August 25 as NAPA Auto Parts and Pioneer


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Roger Penske has visited Victory Lane 16 times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but not once as the owner of a Sprint Cup team. Team Penske is going all out to break that drought Sunday.

Saturday , July 25 , @ Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park (aka Englishtown !) (http://www.etownraceway.com/): 

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Japanese-Born Driver Races at Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series for Family, Fun … CONCORD, N.C. (July 23, 2014) – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Akinori Ogata has raced on tracks around the world, chasing his dream of competing in NASCAR’s ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.iYPJUsWX.dpuf


Ty Dillon drives for Indy repeat Ty Dillon had a day to remember at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, holding off elite drivers Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick as his fuel cell - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.iYPJUsWX.dpuf


Scorching hot Kyle Busch blazes into Indianapolis looking for a third straight win Kyle Busch has been racking up victories at the same rapid pace Taylor Swift produces chart-topping hits. The No. 18 Toyota driver has won the past two NASCAR ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.iYPJUsWX.dpuf


Kyle Larson 2015 NXS Lilly Diabetes 250 Race Preview RACE SETUP Race: NASCAR XFINITY Series – Lilly Diabetes 250 – 100 laps / 250 miles Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Driver: Kyle Larson Car: No. 42 Dixie Chopper / Big ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.iYPJUsWX.dpuf
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Three-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly won both races during the tour's annual swing through western Canada. And with ...

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Results: Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson lead first practice at Brickyard

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-practice-results-indianapolis-motor-speedway-sprint-cup-series-denny-hamlin-072415

 

Jimmie Johnson updates status of contract negotiations with Hendrick

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-jimmie-johnson-contract-hendrick-motorsports-072415


Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) results & weekend schedule

Weekend schedule

Saturday  

Saturday July 25th is Bike Night
Motorcycle drivers and riders get in FREE! Plus, tons of bicycle giveaways for the kids! Moon bounces, live music, and much more!

Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, TSRS 305 Sprints, and the Garden State Vintage cars

Gates open at 5:30 pm
Racing Starts at 7:00 pm

4:30 p.m. – Pit gates open
4:40 p.m. – Safety Inspection and check in begins
5:30 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
5:40 p.m. – Driver’s Meeting
6:00 p.m. – Call Drivers for Hot laps
6:05 p.m. – Track gates open for Hot laps

6:15 p.m. – Hot laps
• Crate/Sportsman
• Big Block Modifieds
• TSRS 305’s
• GS Vintage Cars

6:45 p.m. – Track Prep for heats
6:55 p.m. – Welcome/Invocation/National Anthem

7:00 p.m. – Racing begins
• TSRS 305 Heats – 8 laps
• Crate/Sportsman Heats – 8 laps each
• Big Block Modified Heats – 8 laps each

• TSRS 305 Consi – 8 laps OR TSRS Feature – 20 laps
• Crate/Sportsman Consolation (if needed) – 8 laps
• Big Block Modified Consolation (if needed) – 8 laps
• TSRS 305 Feature (if consi was needed) – 20 laps
• GS Vintage Cars Exhibition – 10 laps

• Intermission/Track Prep

• Crate/Sportsman Feature – 20 laps
• Big Block Modified Feature – 25 laps

 



Friday

270 & 600 Micros, 8 Cyl Enduros, and Slingshots

July 24 @ 8:00 pm

| $12.00

5:30 p.m. – All gates open

5:40 p.m. – Safety inspection and registration begins

7:00 p.m. – Drivers Meeting

7:15 p.m. – Track Gates Open For Warm Ups

7:30 p.m. – Hot Laps

270cc Micro-Sprints – of field

600cc Micro-Sprints

270cc Micro-Sprints – of field

Slingshots

7:55 p.m. – Invocation / National Anthem

8:00 p.m. – Racing begins

600cc Micro-Sprint Qualifying Heats – 8 Laps

270cc Micro-Sprint Qualifying Heats – 8 Laps

Slingshots Heats – 8 Laps

600cc Micro-Sprint Consolation – 8 Laps (if needed)

270cc Micro-Spring Consolation – 8 Laps (if needed)

8 Cylinder Enduro Hot Laps

Intermission – Track Prep

270cc Micro-Sprint Feature – 20 Laps

600cc Micro-Sprint Feature – 20 Laps

Slingshots Feature – 20 Laps

8-Cylinder Enduro Cars Feature – 40 laps (may increase depending on car count)


Results   7/21/15
Date:42206
Division:Super Late ModelsDivision:358 Modifieds
Pos.DriverPos.Driver
1Andrew Mullins1Neal Williams
2Glenn Elliott2Jimmy Blewett
3Dave Zona3Ryan Watt
4Ricky Elliott4Rick Laubach
5Bryan Bernheisel5Brian Kressley
6Amanda Whaley6Dom Buffalino
7Kenny Pettyjohn7Jim Britt
8Ross Robinson8Bob Sarkisian
9Danny Snyder9Lou Cicconi
10Matt Murphy10Clay Butler
11Donald Lingo11Ryan Krachun
12Al Cheney12Mike Gular
13Jim Bernheisel13John McClelland
DNSAustin Hubbard14Rusty Smith
DNSCJ Faison15Art Liedl
16Frank Holmes
17Craig Von Dohren
18Ron Roberts
19Andrew Bohn
20PJ Oliver
21Billy Briggs
22Brad Trice
i23Steve Searock
24Jimmy Horton
Division:URC 360 Sprints
Pos.Driver
1Curt Michael
2Robbie Stillwagon
3Josh Weller
4Mark Bittner
5Davey Franek
6Mike Haggenbottom
7Troy Betts
8Randy West
9Brad Franks
10Ryan Stillwagon
11Jason Clauss
12Larry Kelleher
13Jason Barney
14Kevin Darling
15Tim Tanner
16Dave Brown
17Eddie Wagner
18Rick Stief
19Art Liedl
20Andy Best
21
22
23
24

Courtesy ESPN.com

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Turn 4: Indianapolis

Is Kyle Busch a real contender? Is Kurt Busch a better one? Which race makes Chase bubble drivers most nervous? Our experts tackle the big NASCAR topics of the week.


Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):          

Will Kyle Busch continue to use momentum to make Chase?

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

James: Jeff Gordon left his mark at Indianapolis

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Will new, high-drag aero package will transform the racing at Indy?

  http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-indy-preview-072415

Danica Patrick busts out yet another head-turning yoga move

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/danica-patrick-yoga-indianapolis-motor-speedway-indy-brickyard-400-stewart-haas-racing-072415


Where 2 Watch: TV schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/nascar-television-schedule-indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-072415


(7/23/15)  

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

More than a race 

The importance of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway transcends Sprint Cup standings. It can define a career. More

With the Chase in sight, Danica Patrick is hoping to turn her average season around at Indianapolis.  

New aero package at Indy also could have impact on engines this weekend


Courtesy NASCAR.com Sprint Cup Series & Xfiniti Series  & Camping World Truck Series(http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html  & http://www.nascar.com/en_us/xfinity-series.html   & http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html): 

  Gordon goes home: 'One of the best days of my life' 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/jeff-gordon-day-pittsboro-brickyard-emotional-homecoming.html

Despite Indy fondness, Ganassi values each track equally 

  http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/chip-ganassi-indianapolis-jamie-mcmurray-chase-sprint-cup-series.html


Chase-clinching scenarios for the Brickyard 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/chase-for-the-nascar-sprint-cup-clinching-scenarios-brickyard.html

Live @nascarcasm updates from Jeff Gordon Day

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/2015/7/nascarcasm-live-tweets-jeff-gordon-day-parade.html

The best in #TBT for July

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/gallery/2015/7/2/throwback-thursday-tbt-july-nascar.html#jeff-gordon-high-school

#TBT: Stewart's 2005 Indianapolis triumph

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/tbt-tony-stewart-indianapolis-brickyard-400-2005-climbing-fence-sprint-cup-series.html

Kyle Busch rises to challenge, rolls toward Chase

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/kyle-busch-comeback-chase-overcome-injury-joe-gibbs-racing-holly-cain.html

  Driver Reports: Previewing Indianapolis

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/gallery/2015/7/23/driver-reports-previewing-indianapolis-sprint-cup-series-race.html#Almirola


Bowman to sub for Townley in Indy XFINITY race

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/alex-bowman-substitute-john-wes-townley-indianapolis-xfinity-race.html

XFINITY Series to run high-drag package at Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/20/xfinity-series-to-use-high-drag-package-at-indianapolis.html

Suarez, Wallace Jr. prep for first Indy race

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/daniel-suarez-darrell-wallace-jr-race-at-indianapolis.html


Harvick to drive JR Motorsports Truck at Pocono


http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/kevin-harvick-jr-motorsports-camping-world-truck-pocono-raceway.html

Keselowski has fun, frustrating Eldora night


http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/23/keselowski-eldora-crash-movie-debut-sharknado.html

Pierce, Mittler bask in runner-up finish at Eldora\

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/bobby-pierce-eldora-second-place-finish-mike-mittler-celebrate.html

American Ethanol E15 names Chicagoland Truck race

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/camping-world-truck-chicagoland-speedway-american-ethanol-e15-225.html


Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Bowtie brigade: Chevy rules at Indy, but where does streak stack up? 

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/dale-earnhardt-jr-jeff-gordon-indianapolis-daytona-bowtie-brigade-chevy-rules-at-indy-072315

Double dippers: Those who have competed in NASCAR and the Indy 500

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/indianapolis-motor-speedway-brickyard-400-indy-500-aj-foyt-mario-andretti-tony-stewart-072315

A (dirty) night to remember at Eldora Speedway 

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/tony-stewart-christopher-bell-bobby-pierce-eldora-photos-a-dirty-night-to-remember-072315

Five contenders who could reach Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/jeff-gordon-kevin-harvick-jimmie-johnson-kyle-busch-joey-logano-contenders-indianapolis-072315

Daytona demolishes 57-foot high identification sign 

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/daytona-international-speedway-sign-demolished-as-part-of-daytona-rising-072315 

Joe Gibbs Racing crew Chief change pivotal to Kyle Busch's success (VIDEO)



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10 year Anniversary of scary pit road wreck at Indy

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Bobby Pierce Wows in Eldora Truck Debut, Makes History for MB Motorsports

MB Motorsports took a bit of a gamble in hiring 18-year-old Bobby Pierce, who had never driven in the Camping World Truck Series to compete in the 1-800 CarCash Mud Summer Classic.  However, the gamble paid off as Pierce led 39 laps and finished second, the best-ever result for MB Motorsports in the series.  Read more

Brad Keselowski Fails to Exceed Expectations in First Eldora Start

For Brad Keselowski, Wednesday was a learning experience as the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion has very little experience racing on dirt.  Keselowski had a mixed bag in the race, starting 11th and falling back early.  A gamble on staying out at the first competition caution resulted in Keselowski dropping out of the top 20.  Recovering from that strategy, a stop for tires allowed him to climb back into the top 10 before a crash relegated him to 28th.  Read more

Wild Night Ends with Post-Race Argument for Matt Crafton, Ty Dillon

For Matt Crafton, Wednesday night was looking to be a pretty good night in the points.  However, he had contact with Ty Dillon on the green-white-checkered restart and dropped back from a top-5 spot to ninth at the finish (Dillon ended up tenth).  Afterwards, Dillon was not pleased with Crafton, resulting in a pit road discussion.  Read more

Bowyer’s Frustrating NH Trip Continues with Written Warning

Last weekend was rather frustrating for Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 team.  Handling problems dropped Bowyer to a 34th-place finish, multiple laps down.  On Wednesday, it got a little worse when NASCAR levied a warning onto the team for flunking pre-qualifying inspection twice.  In addition, Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin and Eddie MacDonald's teams were also given the same warning while the Wood Brothers were warned for failing pre-race inspection twice.  Read more

Big Machine Records and “The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower” Sponsoring Larson at Indy NXS Race

On Wednesday, HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi announced a one-race co-primary sponsorship deal for Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The No. 42 Chevrolet of Kyle Larson will be sponsored by a combination of Big Machine Records and Dixie Chopper this weekend.  Read more
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Christopher Bell proved stronger than dirt at Eldora Speedway -- and faster than everyone else -- in another entertaining Camping World Truck Series race at the track Tony Stewart owns.

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NASCAR Truck Series driver endorses Donald Truck (  ? Oops Amanda !!)


 
NASCAR teams get written warnings after Loudon
 
 
Throwback Thursday: 1994 Brickyard 400
 
Christopher Bell victorious at Eldora Speedway
 
Amanda Vincent


Courtesy NASCAR.com Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html):

Bell holds off Pierce for Eldora win 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/eldora-truck-series-1-800-carcash-mud-summer-classic-recap-results.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Christopher Bell wins his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/eldora-speedway-race-results-camping-world-truck-series-christopher-bell-bobby-pierce-072215

Truck promoting Trump for Prez gets dumped at Eldora (VIDEO)

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/donald-trump-truck-korbin-forrister-eldora-rough-night-three-caution-flags-24th-place-072215


(7/22/15)

Courtesy NBC Sports
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Laying bricks 

Sports are rich with tradition, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that tradition is kissing the bricks after a win. More       

 Bringing 'old' NASCAR back to Indy 

 Harvick driver to beat? 


 NASCAR America on Chase contenders  

Dale Jarrett and Steve Letarte discuss the prestige of racing at Indianapolis.


Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Meet the underdog behind 'The Norm Benning Moment'

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/eldora-speedway-truck-series-race-norm-benning-tony-stewart-camping-world-fs1-072215 

Hammond: Let's Run The All-Star Race on Dirt

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/hammond-let-s-run-the-all-star-race-on-dirt-072215?vid=489163331708


Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

 Five Sprint Cup teams receive written warnings 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/written-warnings-issued-paul-menard-clint-bowyer-denny-hamlin-eddie-macdonald-ryan-blaney-new-hampshire.html

Kissing brick, slinging dirt and such

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.sprint-cup-series-new-hampshire-eldora-indianapolis-dirty-air-podcast-episode-three.4368052884001.html 

Tech Talk: Dissecting the changes for Indy

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/tech-talk-new-aero-package-high-drag-platform-indianapolis.html

Kissing the bricks: How the tradition started

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/dale-jarrett-brickyard-400-kissing-the-bricks-tradition.html

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

Ray Evernham recounts Gordon’s first Brickyard

Chase Elliott will pick Gordon’s brain at Indy

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar): 

 NASCAR odds and betting preview — Chevy dominance at Indy puts Harvick, Johnson on top  

 Donald Trump gets boost from NASCAR driver with ‘Trump for President' sponsorship

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American Ethanol Partners With Chicagoland Speedway for Sept. CWTS Race

Also Tuesday, Chicagoland Speedway announced that Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have signed on to serve as the title sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series race that will be held at the 1.5-mile tri-oval as part of the first Chase weekend.  It will be known as the American Ethanol 225.  Read more



Today's Featured Commentary
How Much Change Is Good For NASCAR?

Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell

What hath NASCAR wrought?

For Sprint Cup teams in the midst of a hectic, pre-Chase summer schedule, a lot.

Never mind that revisions to the Cup rulebook should be published on an Etch-a-Sketch, but maybe race team work schedules should be printed that way, too.

The assortment of demands placed on Sprint Cup teams in 2015 can be described with one word: schizophrenic.

Consider the last month and what is yet to come….

Let’s begin with the road course race at Sonoma in late June. It was a road course, so special layouts called for special cars with special features. Kyle Busch punctuated his return to competition with a win.

Then the fun began, and not just for Kyle.

Next was the restrictor plate race at Daytona. Again, special circumstances called for special considerations, and the teams worked their respective magic. This plate race was unique, however, because of what lay just one week ahead on the calendar.

The next race was at Kentucky Speedway and the debut of NASCAR’s innovative (and necessary?) low downforce package. Even though drivers, fans, and most in the media cheered the changes, the fix was far from in.

This deal was a limited time offer.

So Cup teams planned for last weekend’s race at New Hampshire by going back to the “old” – as in, since the second week of the 2015 season – aerodynamic format. This change was as difficult as pulling out an existing car, but it required a conscious effort to compartmentalize details and shelve innovation. For one week, NASCAR would take a walk on the mild side.

Until the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

Now teams will be adapting a high drag aero package to their cars - but only for this one event. The high drag configuration, which actually might be fun to see used the next week at Pocono, will instead give way, once again, to our standard 2015 design. Pocono, come early August, will be a return to the same ol’ same ol’….

Then, the Cup Series moves back to a road course. Watkins Glen International will offer enough natural challenges to keep race teams both busy and bothered.

Next, there’s Michigan.

Michigan International Speedway is not only fast, wide, and starting to mature into an even more hyper-competitive surface, but it will also play host to yet another attempt at the high drag package.

So how many crew chiefs have their bathroom mirrors plastered with Post-it-Notes? How much shop personnel is working overtime to keep up with all the changes? How many times can you keep a hauler’s inventory straight before an essential piece or part gets left at home?

And it only gets more hectic.

After MIS, the Cup Series heads to Bristol for the night race. Back to the “original” 2015 package and lots of body work come Sunday. Bristol might actually be the sole familiar event of the summer months; conventional cars on the infamous track should give NASCAR Nation a return to the status quo.

But maybe that is NOT what NASCAR Nation wants, nor deserves?

What IS deserved after Bristol is a much-needed week off. While it should be a chance for teams to catch their collective breath and rest, opportunity for such leisure will be limited.

That’s because, for the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, Sprint Cup teams will change their cars yet again and adopt the low downforce package for Darlington. It should make for exciting racing at the legendary track, but teams will have their sights set on an even bigger achievement: Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway.

Winning at Richmond the following week, after yet another return to the basic 2015 configuration, will be the last chance for teams to make the Chase. All eyes will be on Virginia’s capital city as the September race sets NASCAR’s “Sweet Sixteen” roster.

With that, we'll head to Joliet and the beginning of the end. Will any of these new-and-improved packages see track time during the Chase? The pre-Chase changes will, but I believe the new low downforce configuration should as well. You can’t run so many races on intermediate layouts without some attempt to improve the competition.

But it may not happen. There’s been no official word from NASCAR thus far, to the point where the sanctioning body has yet to even alert Goodyear about supplying low downforce appropriate tires. If any of these innovations are going to stick, NASCAR has to make a formal commitment as soon as possible.

Sprint Cup teams have been committing their time, energy, and resources to all these changes. Now it’s high time for NASCAR to do the same.


TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH :

by Aaron Bearden




by Greg Davis

by Amy Henderson
by Matt Stallknecht

by Tom Bowles

compiled by Brett Winningham

Courtesy NASCAR.com / Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html): 

Bobby Pierce earns first career pole at Eldora

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/22/eldora-qualifying-recap-mud-summer-classic-camping-world-truck-series.html

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

Tyler Reddick on driving a truck on dirt: ‘Like you just hit a wall head-on’

 Tyler Reddick tops the field in final Truck practice at Eldora       

Erik Jones fastest in first Truck practice at Eldora Speedway

 5 articles,courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda !!!!!): 

 
Josh Wise returns with new ride
 
Madeline Crane set for truck debut at Eldora

'Sharknado 3' has NASCAR flavor
 


 
Chad Boat to make Truck Series debut at Eldora
 
Howard Stern's 'Ronnie the Limo Driver' to drive pace truck for race at Eldora
 
Amanda Vincent

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

Eldora draws drivers, fans with unique experience

(7/21/15)

Courtesy NASCAR.com Sprint Cup Series & Camping World Truck Series (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html  & http://www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html): 

McMurray hopes history repeats with Rivera's visit

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/ron-rivera-chip-ganassi-racing-shop-pep-talk-larson-mcmurray.html

Dale Jr.: 'It was a real hot race'

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/dale-earnhardt-jr-on-new-hampshire-heat-race-results-indianapolis.html

Brad Keselowski: Best actor of 2015

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/2015/7/brad-keselowski-sharknado-time-lines-best-actor.html

Pocono, Microsoft announce Windows 10 400

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/sprint-cup-august-race-pocono-raceway-microsoft-windows-10-400.html

JGR, Penske flex Magic Mile muscles

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/joe-gibbs-racing-team-penske-run-well-at-new-hampshire-motor-speedway.html

Kraft's Korner: Trade winds blowing

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/krafts-korner-imagining-nascar-trade-deadline-mlb-july31-moves-rumors.html

Bell returns to dirt roots at Eldora

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/21/christopher-bell-heads-to-dirt-track-eldora.html

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

99-year-old superfan loves NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/dale-earnhardt-jr-99-year-old-superfan-loves-nascar-072115 

On heels of eventful couple weeks, Austin Dillon riding high into Indy

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brickyard-400-indianapolis-motor-speedway-austin-dillon-sprint-cup-series-rcr-072115

Down with the dirt: A look back on 2 years of truck racing at Eldora

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/eldora-speedway-mud-summer-classic-camping-world-truck-series-fox-sports-1-072115

Did Caution Flag for Oil Come Too Late at New Hampshire?


This coming weekend @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/

(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

“CHRISTMAS IN JULY” AND BIG AUTO RACING ACTION AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (JULY 25)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The weather may be telling us we are in the middle of a Jersey Shore summer but the Wall Stadium Speedway schedule says it is “Christmas in July” at the shore speedway this Saturday night (July 25)! The evening will feature holiday music on the public address system, gifts for many of the fans and professional auto racing for six divisions of stock cars. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. Main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

            On the famous third mile high-banked paved oval the Downs Ford Modifieds will lead the way in a 40-lap main event. Defending champion Chas Okerson of Freehold will lead the way with plenty of competition coming from 2015 “Triple Crown Champion” Steven Reed of Freehold, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Ron Frees of Brick, brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, both of Willingboro, and Adam LaCicero of Lavallette just to name a few.

The Snap-on Sportsman racers will compete in a 30 lap feature race, while the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will battle in 25-lap main events on the third mile high banked paved oval.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. A special paid practice is being offered for just $20 for the driver only. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

Courtesy ESPN.com

(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/): 

Pockrass: Stewart's big week

Tony Stewart's biggest week has begun. First, the Trucks race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway, a track he owns. Then, on Sunday, it's the Brickyard at the track he loves most. How will he do?

Rankings: Indianapolis

Even when he's not winning, Kevin Harvick looks like he could. That puts him back on top of Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings as the series heads to the Brickyard.

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

12 Questions with Aric Almirola

 4 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent (Thanks Amanda !!!!): 

 
Qualifying, race format for Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway
 
 
Kyle Busch waiver significant after all
 
 
Harvick, Earnhardt, Johnson clinch Chase spots

 
NASCAR addresses water bottle issue
 
Amanda Vincent

Courtesy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

Who's Feeling Pressure as Sprint Cup Approaches?

  Kyle Busch Making a Case as Title Favorite

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

 Chasing the Chase 

Kyle Busch's latest Spint Cup win at Loudon - his third in the last four - solidifies him as a legitimate title threat.  More     

NASCAR plans to address water bottles tossed from cars mid-race, but drivers see it as a non-issue.




(7/20/15)

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Heavy rains and sprint car race give Eldora tight turnaround

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/heavy-rains-and-sprint-car-race-give-eldora-tight-turnaround-072015

The Moderately Early Chase Scenario: Week 19

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/chase-sprint-cup-grid-new-hampshire-adam-alexander-clint-bowyer-aric-almirola-072015

Larry Mac takes a look at the dramatic New Hampshire weekend

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/new-hampshire-kyle-busch-joe-gibbs-racing-toyota-mwr-hendrick-motorsports-chase-072015

PRESS RELEASE: FOX Sports 1 offers live race coverage from NASCAR's only dirt track race

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/eldora-speedway-truck-race-fs1-television-schedule-camping-world-dirt-track-race-072015

Boys, have at it: Some of the most memorable confrontations in NASCAR

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/photos/driver-fights-austin-dillon-denny-hamlin-brad-keselowski-carl-edwards-jeff-gordon-kenseth-072015

Tyler Reddick poised to close NCWTS points gap at Eldora Speedway

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/eldora-speedway-camping-world-truck-series-mud-summer-classic-reddick-crafton-072015

From no way to yes way: DW breaks down Kyle's comeback, Indy and more

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/kyle-busch-new-hampshire-win-darrell-waltrip-indianapolis-brickyard-400-jeff-gordon-072015?vid=487277123716 

Johnson, Dale Jr., Keselowski sound off on ... water bottles 

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/dale-earnhardt-jr-jimmie-johnson-brad-keselowski-new-hampshire-water-bottles-072015 

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html): 

Kellie Pickler to sing national anthem at Indy 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/Off-Track/2015/7/country-star-kellie-pickler-brickyard-400-national-anthem-indianapolis.html

Fire, oil and water: Reaction to Loudon oddities

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/20/steve-odonnell-new-hampshire-race-fire-water-bottles-oil-on-track.html

The Rundown: New Hampshire

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/20/the-rundown-new-hampshire-full-field-analysis-sprint-cup.html 


Weekend Preview: Eldora/Indianapolis 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/all-videos.nascar-weekend-preview-eldora-speedway-indianapolis-motor-speedway.4363952936001.html

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):                   

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):          

NASCAR at Indianapolis 2015: Time, TV channel, schedule, entry list

Courtesy ESPN.com

(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Pockrass: Fortune is smiling on Kyle Busch

It was hard to imagine Kyle Busch racing his way into the Chase when he missed the first 11 races of the season. After his third win in four weeks, it's hard to imagine him missing the Chase now.

Newton: On The Fast Track

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman has to be fast to make a living. Going fast in the NASCAR Racing Experience took things to a whole new level.

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

 (http://MotorSportsNews.Net)

(Thanks Heather !): 

Google Alerts 

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The Keene Sentinel
NASCAR has had to answer plenty of questions after a multi-car crash two weeks ago during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.   
NASCAR's Struggling Teams Should Make The Ultimate Change - Beyond the Flag
Beyond the Flag
NASCAR has several teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but it's clear that not all of them are equal in 2015. You can't help but take ...

Courtesy The Frontstretch

(http://frontstretch.com/):

 Chasing the Chase: Harvick's Lead Slightly Increases
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick had a very good run on Sunday, leading for 59 laps and finishing a strong third.  That allowed him to only slightly expand his points lead to 69 over Joey Logano, who is up one place to second in the standings after finishing fourth.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is up one position to third after a fifth-place finish.

Logano and Earnhardt Jr. jumped over Jimmie Johnson in the standings.  Johnson had a uncharacteristically poor day Sunday, complete with a speeding penalty under green that cost him a lap.  The 22nd-place finish cost him 20 points to Harvick.  Martin Truex, Jr. took steps to stop the bleeding on Sunday by finishing 12th, maintaining fifth in points as a result.  Brad Keselowski finishing second and leading the most laps only allowed him to gain a grand total of two points on Harvick.  He did pick up 12 points on Truex and is now 25 behind.

Another 25 markers behind Keselowski is Matt Kenseth, who is up two positions in the standings with a sold sixth-place finish.  Behind him is a logjam.  Kurt Busch is two points behind Kenseth after his second consecutive 10th-place finish.  Jamie McMurray is two points behind Busch, but lost a lot of ground after engine issues dropped him to a 26th-place finish.  Despite his wreck in the garage area on Saturday, Jeff Gordon charged up to finish ninth, maintaining 10th in points, just one marker behind McMurray

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 734, 2) Joey Logano -69, 3) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -79, 4) Jimmie Johnson -88, 5) Martin Truex, Jr. -106, 6) Brad Keselowski -131, 7) Matt Kenseth -156, 8) Kurt Busch -158, 9) Jamie McMurray -160, 10) Jeff Gordon -161, 11) Denny Hamlin -182, 12) Kasey Kahne -196, 13) Ryan Newman -204, 14) Paul Menard -206, 15) Aric Almirola -232, 16) Clint Bowyer -234.

Race Winners Currently Ineligible for Chase: 33) Kyle Busch -487 (58 points out of 30th)

Race Winners: Joey Logano (Daytona-1), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Texas, Kansas, Dover), Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas, Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Fontana), Denny Hamlin (Martinsville), Matt Kenseth (Bristol), Kurt Busch (Richmond, Michigan), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-2), Carl Edwards (Charlotte), Martin Truex, Jr. (Pocono), Kyle Busch (Sonoma, Kentucky, Loudon)

Letter of the Race: Sunday's 5-Hour ENERGY 301 was brought to you by the letter H for "Humidity." Temperatures in New Hampshire on Sunday were in the lower 90s along with dew points in the lower 70s.  That creates a taxing scenario for the drivers.  Michael Annett and Matt DiBenedetto were forced to go to the Infield Care Center for fluids after the race, while AJ Allmendinger had to be treated for an unrelated issue (strep throat) at his hauler. - Phil Allaway    

Quotes to Remember: 5-Hour ENERGY 301

compiled by Phil Allaway

"I don’t think any of us would have [predicted my success]. This is such an awesome win and such an awesome comeback. I just can’t say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, the work that they’ve put in. Our cars are a lot better than what they were last year. It’s so much fun to win these races and to win with this group of guys – Adam Stevens (crew chief) and this bunch, all my pit crew since 2008, they deserve all this. The 4 (Kevin Harvick) and the 2 (Brad Keselowski) were really the class of the field I felt like today. Our car was a close third, but on the long runs our front end would die and we just couldn’t turn. We’ve got some work to do to get better to be able to outright win this thing when we get back here in a couple months." - Kyle Busch, race winner

"We had great execution with the Shell/Pennzoil Ford, just not enough speed. Todd made some great calls keeping us toward the front. We were good on the restarts and got a few when we could there. When you’ve got four tires you try to make something happen, but we just didn’t have enough speed in our race car to go up there and race with those guys. We’ll find a little bit more speed before we come back. It’s still another top-five. We’ll take these top-fives, they’re nice to have, but right now wins are the only thing that pays." - Joey Logano, finished fourth

"
We had drama with the set-up.  The car didn’t drive very good all day and we’ve worked hard trying to fix it and just couldn’t get any better really.  We worked hard all weekend just frustrated with the balance on the car.  Had a little engine issue the whole race that was hurting us down the straightaway real bad.

"We were tight in the center and never really fixed it.  We were shearing on throttle.  A lot of guys getting a lot more drive off than us.  Even with the power issue it was still shearing on throttle.  We will work on it.  Awesome company we’ve got a lot of resources we will figure it out." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished fifth

"It was a good day. We got caught on pit road – had a mix up there with our speed and got behind. Really we made up for that. I don’t think that was really a factor at the end. We had a really good car, we just didn’t have as good of a car as the top three or four there. A couple guys got by us on four (tires). It was a good day – you always want more, but it was a decent day." - Matt Kenseth, finished sixth

"We had a really fast Sport Clips Camry yesterday when the clouds were out and today the sun kind of threw us off. Darian (Grubb, crew chief) and the guys did a great job though and made the most of what we had. We got another JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) Toyota in victory lane. I’m telling you, I was so hard on that engine throughout the race, I cannot say enough about TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and everything they do. Good day and the Sport Clips car didn’t win, but I’m sure Kyle (Busch) is going to get his hair trimmed there, that’s what he said.

"[It was] pretty hard [to pass]. I’d love to have something closer to that Kentucky package, but NASCAR is working that way so hopefully they will keep going." - Carl Edwards, finished seventh

"Honestly, that’s the kind of effort that this team has been putting in a lot lately. We haven’t been coming to the track in the position that we really feel like we could be, like we were last year. We’ve got some catch-up to do there; but my gosh, one thing we’re not lacking is determination and just the ability to overcome adversity. I’m really proud of that.

"The car was actually pretty good. When they dropped the green, we were good for about the first half of the race. But the second half of the race, we just couldn’t keep up with the track conditions. I’m not sure exactly what went on, but we were just kind of holding on there at the end. But it was still a nice top 10." - Jeff Gordon, finished ninth

"
Compared to the last three months today was a really good day.  The long run car was awesome, probably the best I’ve been in a long time here on a long run.  The short run I was just too loose.  Those restarts and those first initial 10 laps made it really hard.  I would get so loose.  The long run was so good.  It’s a happy medium we tightened the car up a little bit for the shorter run at the end there and it helped a little bit on the restart.  But then I got too tight at the end.  Today gives us something to build off of.  I think long run wise is definitely a top 10 car.

"I wasn’t as my best today either.  I’ve been battling strep throat.  It was very hot today and I got frustrated at times because I wasn’t feeling good.  Brian (Burns, crew chief) and the guys did a good job.  The pit crew was solid again.  I will get a little bit better, but hopefully something we can build off of. We will go have a fun week at Kroger and hopefully have a good week at Indy." - AJ Allmendinger, finished 13th

"We had a tough day. We had a loose right-rear wheel there and that hurt us and then I sped on pit road and that really hurt us even more. We were in position to get the lucky dog spot, we wouldn’t have ended up getting it, but we got loose under the 15 and got into him. That was all my fault there, but it was just kind of a series of events that escalated and got us worse and worse throughout the day. It was just unfortunate. I thought we were gonna have a good car. We fired off and weren’t very good. The heat of the day kind of threw us for a loop and we just weren’t very good. We’ll learn from it and go to Indianapolis." - Ryan Blaney, finished 23rd     

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/news-media.sprint-cup-series.all-media.html): 

Drivers treated for heat-related issues at New Hampshire

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/drivers-treated-for-heat-illness-after-new-hampshire-race-sprint-cup-series.html

Dillon's top-10 Loudon finish boosts team momentum

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/austin-dillon-new-hampshire-top-10-momentum-sprint-cup-series-kenny-bruce.html

Keselowski confirms it -- he was grouchy 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/2015/7/brad-keselowski-new-hampshire-race-radio-interviews.html

Courtesy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

NASCAR at New Hampshire 2015: Winners and Losers from the 5-Hour Energy 301

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Solid day in New Hampshire has Chase implications for Jeff Gordon

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/chase-sprint-cup-jeff-gordon-new-hampshire-results-jamie-mcmurray-kasey-kahne-kyle-busch-071915?vid=487274563909

Courtesy NBC Sports

(http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar):  

  Harvick's childhood shaped his future in racing

Get 'Rowdy' 

 After missing the first 11 of the season due to serious injury, Kyle Busch has now won three of the last four races.

More  

 Despite finishing third at Loudon, Harvick likes what he sees heading towards Chase (VIDEO)  


  


(7/19/15)  

Courtesy Amanda Vincent

 (Thanks Amanda !):

 
Kyle Busch wins again at New Hampshire
 
Amanda Vincent

Courtesy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar): 

 Kyle Busch continues climb in Sprint Cup standings with another win at New Hampshire  

Courtesy ESPN.com

(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Kyle Busch moves closer to Chase with 3rd win

Kyle Busch's dominant comeback rolled on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he won for the second straight weekend and for the third time in the past four Sprint Cup races.

Engineers Gundlach, Mueller making a mark

They won't become celebrities, but IndyCar engineer Kate Gundlach and NASCAR's Andrea Mueller are playing key roles nonetheless in an area few women have.

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Team Penske Fords fall short of return to Victory Lane at NHMS (VIDEO)

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brad-keselowski-joey-logano-new-hampshire-team-penske-fords-finish-short-of-victory-lane-071915

Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html) :   

  Chase Grid standings after New Hampshire

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/sprint-cup-series-chase-standings-update-after-new-hampshire.html

Kyle Busch Chase Watch 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/kyle-busch-chase-watch-post-new-hampshire.html

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/gallery/2015/2015-sprint-cup-series-winners.html#kyle-busch-new-hampshire

 Kyle Busch conquers Loudon, claims third win of 2015

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/kyle-busch-wins-5hour-energy-301-new-hampshire-race-recap-results.html

Kyle Busch grabs second consecutive win

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/sprint-cup-final-laps.sprint-cup-series-new-hampshire-motor-speedway-final-laps-kyle-busch.4362601158001.html

Complete schedule for Indianapolis and Eldora 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/complete-schedule-for-indianapolis-and-eldora.html

NASCAR TV schedule: July 20-July 26 

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/nascar-tv-schedule-july-20-july-26.html

Courtesy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/): 

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Third win a charm: Kyle Busch does it again at New Hampshire

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/kyle-busch-new-hampshire-motor-speedway-kevin-harvick-5-hour-energy-301-third-win-a-charm-071915

News & Results from Saturday nights races @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !
(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

REED WINS 50-LAPPER AND MODIFIED TRIPLE CROWN AT WALL SATURDAY 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Downs Ford Modified stock car driver Steven Reed has always raced for victories while letting the championship point race take care of itself. On Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway the Jackson resident won the final 50-lap “Triple Crown” race and that was good enough for him to win the mini-series title and the $1,200 in bonus money that went with it. The “Snap-on Night” victory was Reed’s third win of the season and also earned him a watch from Mertens Jewelers of Manasquan.

            Reed powered his No. 55 out front at the drop of the green flag and was never headed. Holmdel’s Justin Gumley, Howell’s Eric Mauriello and Adam LaCicero of Lavallette all took turns at attacking the race leader before the checker flag waved.

            At the finish it was Reed, LaCicero and Mauriello while Brick’s Ron Frees was fourth and Zack Alspach of Willingboro was fifth. Little Falls’ Shaun Carrig was ninth and won a special award from the Wiesnewski family in honor of their late son Victor.

            “I’m just glad I’m a better driver than I am a bull rider,” Reed said jokingly after taking a fall from a mechanical bull in the grandstand midway earlier in the evening. “We work real hard on the car every week whether we win or not. We look for every tenth of a second and that work paid off tonight.”

The Snap-on Sportsman cars ran two main events. In the 40-lapper, the second of three “Triple Crown” races, Andrew Krause of Holmdel took the lead on lap 12 and was never headed. Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau, Howell’s Kevin Davison, Rob Hyer of South Amboy and Howell’s Chris Lane were second through fifth.

Larry Thompson of Parlin won the second Sportsman main on his sponsor’s night followed by Krause, Tuckerton’s Robbie Walton, Davison and Mongeau.

Brick’s Ronnie Mullen won the first of two feature races for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks over Union’s Joey Helberg, Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Joe Mongeau of Brick and Toms River’s Marty Van Druten. In the second race Mongeau made a late race pass for the win over Helberg, Ron Booth, Wall’s Tiffany Olejnik and Gerry Koenig.

Howell’s Darren Burdge grabbed the win in the 25-lapper for the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks while Brick’s Ronnie Mullen was the runner-up. Lavallette’s Christian LaCicero, Wall’s TJ Graves and Brick’s Jason Lane were second through fifth.

            Buddy Sload won the 25-lapper for the TQ Midgets. The race was the first one ever held on the flat fifth mile “inner oval” for the open cockpit cars.

Wall Stadium returns to action this Saturday (July 25) for the “Halfway the Christmas Party Night” with the Modified stock cars in action along with Sportsman cars, the Factory Stocks, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the 4 Cylinder Stocks. With spectator seating opening at 5:00 p.m. qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. followed by main events.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.

 

MODIFID FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Adam LaCicero, 3. Eric Mauriello, 4. Ron Frees, 5. Zack Alspach, 6. Derek Hopkinson, 7. Chas Okerson, 8. Andrew Krause, 9. Shaun Carrig, 10. Chad Churilla, 11. Ryan Cottrell, 12. Trevor Alspach, 13. Keith Mulleneaux, 14. Shawna Ingraham, 15. Justin Gumley, 16. Shanon Mongeau, 17. Jason Hearne, 18. Richie Cooper, 19. Kevin Davison.

 

1ST SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Kevin Davison, 4.  Rob Hyer, 5. Chris lane, 6. Robert Sutphin, 7. Robbie Walton, 8. Eric Lane, 9. Chris Owsik, 10. Tyler Truex, 11. Larry Thompson, 12. Dave Bailey, 13. Matt Langbein, 14. Jarrett DeGiantomasso, 15. Jason Caruso, 16. Dom Fattarusso, 17. Roland DeMartino, 18. Ricky Collins, 19. Robert Vassilatos, 20. Rob Silver, 21. Joe Cocca, 22. Kenny Van Wickle

 

2ND SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN, 2. Krause, 3. Walton, 4. Davison, 5. Mongeau, 6. Eric Lane, 7. Langbein, 8. Vassilatos, 9. Cocca, 10. DeMartino, 11. Bailey, 12. Caruso, 13. Truex, 14. DeGiantomasso, 15. Sutphin, 16. Collins, 17. Silver, 18. Fattarusso, 19. Chris Lane, 20. Owsik

 

1ST FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 35 Laps – 1. RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK, 2. Joey Helberg. 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Joe Mongeau, 5. Marty Van Druten, 6. Ron Booth, 7. Tiffany Olejnik, 8. Gerry Koenig, 9. Jerry Stanzione, 10. Whitey Miller, 11. Bill Stockert, 12. Matt Badessa, 13. Rob Haberstick, 14. Dan Springfield

 

2ND  FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Helberg, 3. Booth, 4. Olejnik, 5. Koenig, 6. Rich Mongeau, 7. Haberstick, 8. Mullen, 9. Van Druten, 10. Miller, 11. Stockert, 12. Stanzione, 13. Springfield, 14. Badessa, 15. Tom Raykowski, 16. Riggleman, 12. O’Shea

 

4 CYLINDER STOCKS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. DARREN BURDGE, HOWELL, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Christian LaCicero, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Jason Lane, 6. Alonzo Morales, 7. Fred Cannock, 8. Mike Wahl, 9. Mike Lavery, 10. Ron Lane, 11 Darianne McLaren

Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news): 

Ryan Blaney has surprising answer to a pressing question

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/ryan-blaney-star-wars-have-you-even-seen-the-movie-071915?vid=487177283507

Denny Hamlin has perfect response for angry Austin Dillon (VIDEO)

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/denny-hamlin-austin-dillon-new-hampshire-angry-feud-response-xfinity-series-071915?vid=487200835633


Courtesy NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/news-media.sprint-cup-series.all-media.html) : 

Crew chief handout: 5-hour ENERGY 301

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/7/19/sprint-cup-series-new-hampshire-5-hour-energy-301-crew-chief-handout.html

Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette

 (http://MotorSportsNews.Net )

(Thanks Heather !):  

 N A S C A R * C A N A D I A N * T I R E * S E R I E S

Rotoworld.com
Andrew Ranger finished third in Wednesday night's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, ...  


C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S  

 New Hampshire preview: Revitalized JGR looking like team to beat

SUBSCRIBE  INFORMATION

Courtesy NBC Sports

 (http://www.nbcsports.com/nascar): 

Loudon lo-down 


It took half a season, but Joe Gibbs Racing looks to finally be hitting its stride just in time for New Hampshire.

More   Dale Earnhardt Jr. on safety: ‘We see the consequences of being bullheaded’   


Courtesy Raising The Track Bar.com (http://raisingthetrackbar.com/) (Thanks Kevin !): 

 Iowa Speedway Needs to be on Sprint Cup Schedule


Courtesy FOX Sports (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Everything you need to know about Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/new-hampshire-starting-lineup-practice-results-forecast-green-flag-start-time-tune-in-071915


Courtesy Amanda Vincent

(Thanks Amanda!) :

 
Denny Hamlin dominates, wins Xfinity race at New Hampshire
 
Amanda Vincent

















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Born on date  11/14/08
 
Now for the reason for creating this site
 
This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
 
  However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
 
Now for a little bit about me ,
 
 
I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
 
My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
 
My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
Gone With the Wind,
Fort Apache,
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
The Longest Day,
Saving Private Ryan.
Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
 
Favorite TV shows :
MASH !!!
Cheers,
Seinfeld,
Bones
 
House
 
 
24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz !(Always,and forever !!!)
 

GOTHAM !!!
24: Live Another Day !!!
Almost Human
 
Sleepy Hollow  !!!   The Following !
 
 
Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
Favorite all time master sleuth :
Sherlock Holmes !
(as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
 
Favorite Comedy Routine :
"Who's on First ? "
Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
Abbott & Costello !!!
 
My other interests other than NASCAR :
My family
The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
The New York Giants
The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks
The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
I was a snare drummer in high school !
 
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P.S.
As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
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