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Courteousy Amanda Vincent
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http://stockcarspin.com/2014/08/01/greg-biffle-driver-profile/

Greg Biffle: a driver profile

written by Ryan Morgan

submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
  News from,and weekend schedule for, Bridgeport Speedway ( http://www.bpspeedway.com/) are now posted ! See my Bridgeport Speedway News page: Bridgeport Speedway ! for the details ! (Be advised that tonights schedule for the 1/4 mile track has already been rained out )
 
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Courteousy ,The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):
 
 
Chase Spots Going Fast, Time Is Running Out
 
Ronnie Bassett Jr. Heads West to Iowa Speedway, Racing for a Cause with Just As I Am Down Syndrome Awareness Winston-Salem, N.C. (July 31, 2014) - Ronnie Bassett Jr. and the Bassett Racing No. 04 Roush Yates Performance / Just As I Am Down Syndrome Awareness team head - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.KqbFsBhg.dpuf
 
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon during the Crown Royal Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Examiner.com
Fans of NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will have an opportunity to ask her questions at the upcoming Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, according to a press ...
 
The Star Democrat
With NASCAR switching to elimination rounds for the Chase, setting up a winner-take-all finale, it's also important for teams to be able to handle ...
 
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Time is the truest test of any relationship, and just like NASCAR drivers and their teams, the U.S. ice dancing team of Davis and White know better than ...
 
Today's Country - 107.7 WGNA Sean McMaster
This has got to be the most embarrassing and funny sponsorship commercial I have seen in a while. Though I am questioning now whether or not I ...
 
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NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski remembers slamming into a rival's car in Phoenix a few years ago, only to be summoned after the race by officials ...
 
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Dover International Speedway’s annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive set for Thursday, Sept. 11
 
Donate to receive complimentary pair of tickets to Sept. 27, 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series race
 
DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway plans to once again pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with its annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.
 
This marks the ninth year the Monster Mile, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and the Blood Bank of Delmarva have partnered for this honorable cause, dating back to 2006. As a sign of appreciation toward all who donate this year, each donor will receive a pair of tickets to the Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
 
“The 9/11 Blood Drive is a tradition we’ve established that our team is very proud of,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “We’re honored to be able to pay tribute to the many who lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001, while also contributing to a cause that helps so many today.”
 
The 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive is open to the public and appointments should be scheduled by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD or visiting www.DelmarvaBlood.org. Please be sure to reference the Dover International Speedway event when making your appointment. Although advance appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-in donors will be welcomed and taken as time permits.
 
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About Blood Bank of Delmarva
Blood Bank of Delmarva is a non-profit community service organization that provides blood and blood products to 16 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula. More than 79,000 blood donations are needed in this area each year for about 20,000 patients across the Delmarva Peninsula. Blood Bank of Delmarva is a member of America’s Blood Centers. For more information about the Blood Bank or to request an appointment to give blood, visit www.delmarvablood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.
 
About Dover Motorsports, Inc.
Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also hosts the annual Firefly Music Festival on its property each summer. Produced by Chicago-based Red Frog Events, the four day event features more than 100 bands on seven stages in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. For further information, log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com.
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... teams in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West programs with tires from the same line the tiremaker sends the Canadian Tire Series.
 
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(7/31/14)

Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/): 

Is Jack Roush Driving Sprint Cup Team Into Irrelevancy?

One of the biggest announcements of the Brickyard 400 weekend was that Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards would not be returning to the stable in 2015. In my honest opinion, this was beyond unprofessional by Jack Roush, especially on the morning of the fifth and final major of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

Hot 20 – Hamlin Penalty Shows the Downside of Win and You’re In

Seventy five point penalty and nothing. No meaningful consequences, not even a dip in the standings. When Denny Hamlin’s car got tagged for leaving the covers on the rear firewall loose in order to leak high pressure air from under the car into the cockpit, something they were told not to do going into Indianapolis, NASCAR came down hard. Well, sort of.

 
 
 
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Top 10: Ranking the best that come in threes

Momentum hard to find, even harder to maintain

Dale Jr. sees potential in part-timer Berry

Wheeler steps in as No. 11 interim crew chief

Earnhardt: Hendrick has 'great plan' for Elliott

Courteousy Amanda Vincent
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Mark Martin returns to Roush Fenway
 
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Courteousy ESPN.com
 (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Gordon's Power Surge

Five Brickyard 400 titles. Sprint Cup points leader. All-American dad. Can life get any better for Jeff Gordon?
Yes, it can. This week he's the king of Ryan McGee's Power Rankings. Ranks » McGee's chat wrap » 

Dillon Gets Olympic Lesson

Austin Dillon is pretty fast in that Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet on Sprint Cup weekends.
But strap him into a pair of ice skates and ... well, that's another story altogether. Social moment »

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

Big job ahead

Greg Ives will take on one of the most high profile jobs in racing next season when he becomes crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is he ready? The former Hendrick engineer believes he is. 

Back for more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. already has had a big season, scoring two wins and riding high in the standings. Now he can add to his resume by bagging a season sweep at Pocono. The favorites and our picks at the Tricky Triangle. 

 
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Thrivent Financial to Sponsor McDowell at Bristol
On Wednesday, Leavine Family Racing announced that Thrivent Financial, a financial services company that caters to Christians, will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Ford at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Irwin Tools Night Race.  In addition, the company will serve as an associate sponsor in four as-yet-unnamed races.  Read more at Frontstretch.

Entry List Update:
Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.


Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400: 43 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 40
- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 66 - Joe Nemechek for Michael Waltrip Racing/Identity Ventures Racing

No. 93 - Johnny Sauter for BK Racing*

 

Driver Changes:
No. 33
- Alex Kennedy returns to the seat, replacing David Stremme. Kennedy is running a limited schedule in the car based on funding.
No. 37 - Dave Blaney is in the seat, replacing Bobby Labonte. Blaney is running for a new, third car trotted out by Tommy Baldwin Racing this summer. It's unknown whether he will go the distance.
No. 66 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing Brett Moffitt. Nemechek runs for Jay Robinson when a funded, Toyota-sponsored driver does not take the seat.

No. 93 - Johnny Sauter is in the seat, replacing Mike Bliss. Sauter is driving a fourth car for BK Racing to "fill the field" and will start-and-park.

 

Since there are only 43 cars entered, no one will fail to qualify.

 

Not Entered:
No. 12
- Juan Pablo Montoya for Team Penske
No. 21 - Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing
No. 29 - Matt Crafton for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard
No. 95 - Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing

 

Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland: 39 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 20
- Michael McDowell for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22 - Brad Keselowski for Team Penske

No. 31 - Chase Pistone for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 40 - Josh Wise for The Motorsports Group

No. 87 - Joe Nemechek for Identity Ventures Racing

 

Driver Changes:
No. 5
- Josh Berry is in the seat, replacing Kevin Harvick.  Berry will be making his Nationwide Series debut.

No. 20 - Michael McDowell returns to the seat, replacing Matt Kenseth. McDowell is running a limited schedule for JGR at some standalone events.

No. 22 - Brad Keselowski returns to the seat, replacing Joey Logano. Keselowski is part of a merry-go-round of Penske drivers sharing this seat.

No. 23 - Josh Reaume returns to the seat, replacing Robert Richardson, Jr.

No. 29 - Kenny Wallace returns to the seat, replacing Scott Lagasse, Jr.

No. 31 - Chase Pistone returns to the seat, replacing Dylan Kwasniewski.

No. 42 - Dylan Kwasniewski returns to the seat, replacing Kyle Larson. Kwasniewski runs this car at the standalone events when Larson does not compete.
No. 44 - Hal Martin returns to the seat, replacing David Starr.

No. 46 - An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Matt DiBenedetto.
No. 54 - Sam Hornish, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Kyle Busch. Hornish is running seven races this season.

No. 74 - Mike Harmon returns to the seat, replacing Kevin Lepage.

No. 87 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing Josh Reaume. Nemechek is also running in the Cup event, at Pocono so it's possible this entry may change.

 

Since there are only 39 cars entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers must still qualify on speed:

No. 5 - Josh Berry for JR Motorsports

No. 10 - Blake Koch for TriStar Motorsports

No. 17 - Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 29 - Kenny Wallace for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

No. 46 - Unknown driver for The Motorsports Group
No. 70 - Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing

No. 74 - Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 84 - Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 89 - Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures*

 

Not Entered:

No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 72 - Carl Long for Carter Racing
No. 98 - David Ragan for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150: 32 trucks entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 3 - Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 28 - Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 32 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports


Driver Changes:
No. 07
- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Jared Landers.

No. 08 - Ray Black, Jr. is in the seat, replacing Korbin Forrester.

No. 0 - Caleb Roark returns to the seat, replacing Joe Cobb.
No. 3 - Austin Dillon returns to the seat, replacing his brother, Ty Dillon.

No. 8 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing his son, John Hunter Nemechek.

No. 9 - Jason White is in the seat, replacing Chase Pistone.

No. 20 - Justin Lofton returns to the seat, replacing Gray Gaulding.

No. 63 - Justin Jennings returns to the seat, replacing J.R. Heffner.


Since there are only 32 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers must still qualify on speed:

No. 05 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 0 - Caleb Roark for JJC Racing*

No. 3 - Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 23 - Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing

No. 28 - Ryan Ellis for FDNY Racing

No. 40 - Todd Peck for Peck Motorsports

No. 59 - Kyle Martel for Martel Racing

*- Expected to Start-and-Park

 

Not Entered:

No. 03 - Mike Affarano
No. 2 - Richard Childress Racing

No. 14 - Michael Annett for NTS Motorsports

No. 80 - Jody Knowles

No. 82 - Cody Erickson for Empire Racing

Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Shots for July 31

by John Potts

What can be done to make the Indianapolis Motor Speedway more conducive to NASCAR-style stock car racing?

The narrow track with long straightaways and comparatively flat turns (nine degrees, 15 minutes of banking – like most NASCAR straights) doesn’t lend itself well to the type of rubbin’ and racin’ that most stock car fans are accustomed to.To be frank, I think driving a stock car around that place is just like driving an Indy Car, just 35 miles an hour or so slower. It’s a precision thing. The driver has to hit his or her marks almost dead on every lap.

The passing usually takes place in the pits or on restarts. In Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, I can only recall one on-track green flag pass for the lead that wasn’t on a restart, and that was Jeff Gordon around Kevin Harvick after Harvick, the polesitter, had taken the lead on the start.

You can be sure that the Speedway’s management is concerned about the fact that fans are voting with their wallets. A virtual sellout (roughly 230,000 people) for the first Brickyard 400 in 1994 compares to an estimated 70,000 or 85,000 on Sunday, depending on who you ask.

Because I’m slightly prejudiced about it, I hesitate to mention that the Nationwide race on Saturday fares even worse. If you can loose 85,000 people at IMS, 25 or 30,000 are even worse. You could have fired a cannon loaded with grapeshot at a couple of those grandstands and never hit anybody.

Before it was moved from what was then Indianapolis Raceway Park, the crowds were approaching 40,000, the place was packed, and the race was voted the best NASCAR event of the year a couple of times. Yeah, the racing was better on the .686-mile oval, too.

I wasn’t doing a column at the time, but I predicted that the first couple of Brickyards would be fantastically successful, but that the race may fade in popularity due to the aforementioned non-suitability for NASCAR and the fact that NASCAR fans like to be able to see all the way around the race track.

I didn’t expect it to fall as far as it has, and the economy has obviously had an effect, but 85,000 still compares well with the crowds NASCAR is getting at other venues. Even Daytona is reducing the number of seats available. They don’t run in many places with 230,000 seats.

The management at IMS has one possible fix on the table, but they’re obviously not completely sold on it as yet. According to IMS president Doug Boles, a new eight-foot wide apron on the inside of the turns has been approved by the board of directors, but no final decision has been made. Rest assured that the effect it may have on IndyCar racing will be a major factor in whether this project gets the go-ahead.

It’s been tried on Turn Two at Pocono, but not all the competitors were happy with it. Denny Hamlin said it was like driving into a hole, and added that with today’s cars, the apron has to be at the same banking and level as the rest of the turn. I suppose we’ll see what we’ll see.
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Spent a VERY enjoyable weekend at IMS, working for my friend Jim Morrison at Hawkeye Racing News. My 24-year-old granddaughter, Toni, was my photographer. Her first assignment, and let’s just say she’s learning fast.
She’s been something of a race fan, but never exposed to anything like this. Now she’s ready to go back for the 500 next Spring.
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As always, one of the neat things about covering events at IMS is the people you meet. The girls who are essentially the brains of the operation of the Media Center are a delight to be around, and they make everyone feel welcome. I’m looking forward to the Moto GP race in a couple of weeks.

And I was happy to finally meet, in person, Larry MacReynolds. We’ve been corresponding by e-mail for a couple of years. His best comment was that the Kentucky decals on my three-wheel cart “just won’t do.” He wants to see it with a “Roll Tide” sticker. What can I say – it’s a blue cart. I think he hears all of the UK talk he wants to hear from DW.

Another person I met personally for the first time was my Frontstretch colleague Mike Neff. Very knowledgeable guy, and fun to be around. Can’t wait to see him again.  And it was positively super to see Susan Chrysler again after about 12 years. One of my favorite people from when I was at Indianapolis Raceway Park and her family was operating Kil-Kare.
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Just how long are race names going to get? Sunday’s event was the “Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com.”  And I thought Brock Yates’ old “Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash” was a long title.

It’s a sign of the times, folks. When somebody makes a significant contribution to the sponsorship and presentation of an event, they have to be recognized.
 
The Critic's Annex: Eldora and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
by Phil Allaway

Hello, race fans.  Welcome back to another edition of the Critic's Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports programming.  Normally, a Camping World Truck Series race would be covered in the regular Couch Potato Tuesday article of the week at Frontstretch.  However, due to time constraints, I was unable to get it in there this week.  It's running today as a result.  It's paired with the Scott Get Geared Up 200, an ARCA Racing Series event held Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic

Ah yes, the Mudsummer Classic. The one time a year that a NASCAR-sanctioned series puts on treaded, bias-ply tires and has at it on a loose surface.  It also creates a quandry for me, the TV critic. Where do you start critiquing?  Normally, this isn't an issue.  Start with the Setup.  Not so much when qualifying is a series of six races.  So, my critiquing started with the heat races.  And therein, we have our first problem of the night.

Like a typical short track on a Saturday night, NASCAR ran the heat races in rapid-fire fashion.  Unfortunately, such a setup is not really conducive to FOX Sports' wishes.  FOX Sports took a commercial break after each heat race, then aired interviews as well.  As a result, by the time the heat races were done in real time, FOX Sports was only up to Heat No. 3.  It makes a mockery of calling the event live.  FOX Sports wanted to cover the heat races like they cover the regular group qualifying sessions, but that just doesn't work here.  My guess is that FOX Sports probably didn't want to have to air something else between the LCQ and the Setup, which they didn't have to do.

The Setup was somewhat typical.  We got some interviews and pre-race analysis.  No Hollywood Hotel this year, though.  What really stood out was a feature on Norm Benning, arguably the star of last year's Mudsummer Classic.  I'd argue that most viewers really don't know much about the ARCA veteran.  FOX Sports cameras followed Benning to a team meeting.  Since Benning is the only full-time employee of his race team, the meeting of himself and his volunteers took place at a local restaurant.  We see Benning (with some help) working on his race trucks in a two-car garage behind his house.  It's easy to see that Benning is a very dedicated racer, but that's he's clearly just about on his own.  It's quite an achievement just to get to the track every week.  Granted, Benning's team is not the first race team to compete in the Camping World Truck Series to operate out of a two-car garage.  As you might remember, Premiere Motorsports (No. 17 Toyota) operated out of a garage as well before it was purchased by Red Horse Racing.

I would describe the broadcast booth as "quite excitable" during any of the on-track activity, not just during the race.  I never saw Rick Allen on television before he got the play-by-play gig with SPEED back in 2003, but it seems like he's right at home calling dirt races.  And it makes sense, since he worked the PA at dirt tracks before working for SPEED.

Wednesday night was Allen's final Camping World Truck Series telecast for FOX Sports 1 as hie prepares to transition to Sprint Cup next year for NBC and NBC Sports Network.  Knowing that Allen has called every single Truck race ever aired on SPEED/FOX Sports 1, it's just not going to be the same.  Apparently, Adam Alexander and Steve Byrnes are going to split the remaining 12 truck races for the rest of 2014.  Who knows how well either one of them will work with Parsons and Waltrip.

Also, for those of you who watched practice and noticed JR Heffner mentioned as a multiple-time Mr. Dirt Track U.S.A. Champion, that is not a series of races.  Mr. Dirt Track U.S.A. is the round of the Super DirtCar Series for Northeast-style Big Block Modifieds held at Lebanon Valley Speedway (this year's edition is August 14th).  It is a 100-lap race and the winner takes home $17,500.  Heffner is a multiple-time winner of the race, including 2010, when he won despite his engine blowing and transmission beginning to seize up with a lap and a half to go.  Let's just say that the smell was quite pungent.

The mess with Ty Dillon during the fifth caution is something that FOX Sports was generally on top of.  However, I don't think NASCAR was on top of it.  The official in Ty Dillon's pit should have told them that they couldn't do what they did.  Had that happened, it would have prevented a lot of his issues, most notably the fact that he got lapped in the pits.

Post-race coverage was relatively decent.  Viewers got five post-race interviews, along with a check of the point standings.  The unofficial results were displayed in the FOX Box.  In addition, there was a farewell of sorts to Allen before FOX Sports left Eldora to get to the Chevrolet Cup match between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United (which ended up being a butt-kicking).

Overall, I did enjoy the actual racing, but I think that FOX Sports needs to do away with their time shifting when heat races are in play.  It just irritates people.  I feel like the time shifting in general won't be back next year even for group qualifying (apparently, the time slots were decided before NASCAR announced the group qualifying format), but it really doesn't work at Eldora.

Scott Get Geared Up 200

On Friday night, the ARCA Racing Series returned to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Clermont, IN for 200 laps of action. The race was a lot more competitive than I personally thought that it would be.  How did FOX Sports 1 cover the event?  Let's take a look.

Pre-race coverage was somewhat limited.  We got a montage that featured pretty much all the major full-time contenders in the series that could have battled for the win.  Granted, most of them were in the hunt at some point, but the man who ended up in Victory Lane wasn't in there because he's not a regular.  There were no driver interviews, taped or live.

The rade was touted as being a fully-live broadcast with little or no time shifting.  However, I felt that I noticed a little shifting in a couple of areas.  One was during the pace laps.  Also of note, they had to delay the start of the race briefly because they didn't have an ambulance in the infield.  If that was the case, why did they even crank the engines?

The race had a lot of side-by-side action (especially after restarts) that was quite enjoyable to watch.  The action was not limited to the absolute front of the field, and neither were FOX Sports' cameras. Some of the action that we saw was crazier than any of the Nationwide races that were held there until 2011.

With a race like Friday night's, Rick Allen typically shines in the booth and this occasion was no exception.  Allen mentioned during the race that he had called roughly 400 races in the broadcast booth with Phil Parsons.  Sadly, that pairing is coming to an end.  Over the past 11 years, that pairing has become the most dependable booth pairing in NASCAR.

Having said all the good things about the telecast, there were a couple of issues.  There were numerous technical issues with the FOX Box throughout the first half of the race.  My guess is that someone's transponder was going crazy, but I'm not sure.

Post-race coverage was relatively brief because FOX Sports was right up against the end of their timeslot.  Viewers saw interviews with the top-3 finishers (Brandon Jones, Austin Wayne Self and Frank Kimmel), along with the point standings and unofficial results (in the FOX Box) before FOX Sports left to go to a boxing match.

Overall, I did enjoy watching Friday night's ARCA competition.  While there were times in which drivers ran away and hid (the time that Justin Boston was up front comes to mind), other parts of the race featured side-by-side racing.  The race may not have had a last lap pass like Thursday night's USAC Silver Crown event or the CRA Super Series event that immediately preceded the ARCA race, but anyone that was in the stands watching got their money's worth.

That's all for this week.  Hope you enjoyed your two race write-up.  Next week, I'll be back with a look at Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio for the Verizon IndyCar Series.  Until then, enjoy this weekend's racing in Pocono, Mid-Ohio and Iowa.
Frontstretch Line of the Week

From
Beyond the Cockpit with Tyler Reddick – Trucks, Super Dirt Late Models and Mini Outlaw Sprint Karts


"They are nothing like it. It is cool going around the same track but that is about the only thing in common between the Late Model and the Truck. The Truck gets around there in 21.8 or 21.9 before it gets much drier. Late Models go around there in 16 or 17 at the slowest. There is a big difference for sure but it is a lot of fun out there. It is different seeing the track from a different perspective based on the pace. Going around so much slower you get to see a few things around the race track that you didn’t notice before." - Tyler Reddick, on driving his truck at Eldora.
 
Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):
 
Stock Car Gazette
You Can Win A Lionel Racing Golden Ticket Contest Game Piece (Plus Other Prizes)!
by Mike Irwin
 
 
Goodyear Racing 2014 Iowa & Pocono NASCAR August Tire Fast Facts - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.syRn0LN4.dpuf
 
National Anthem Singers, Pre-Race Entertainment and Grand Marshals Announced for GoBowling.com 400 Weekend - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.syRn0LN4.dpuf
 
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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Pocono Raceway, Iowa Speedway
 
Amanda Vincent
 
 
Sizzlers & fizzlers -- Pocono Raceway
 
written by Christopher Sorbey
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

It’s Pocono Time, a Buoyant Feeling for Truex Jr.

A candid Martin Truex Jr. has said the first 20 races of 2014 have not gone the way the Furniture Row Racing team had anticipated. But the driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet has not given up. He feels the team is only a few tweaks from advancing to another level of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Farm Rich and Ragan Partner in Home State

Farm Rich will go NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing once again, returning to David Ragan's No. 34 Ford in the company's and the driver's home state. The frozen snacks and appetizers brand will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's Ford Fusion at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 31 for the Atlanta 500.

Atlanta Motor Speedway to host six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson on Aug. 6th at Dantanna’s and the Metro Atlanta Chamber

Six-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will visit Atlanta on Wed., Aug 6 and participate in a host of activities in preparation of the Atlanta 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day Weekend.

Stenhouse Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing to Remain ‘Zestfully Clean’ in ‘15

Roush Fenway Racing today announced that it has extended its partnership with Zest and the No. 17 Ford Fusion driven by two-time NASCAR champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., into the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Zest first joined Roush Fenway in 2012 and has served as a primary partner on the No. 17 Ford in NSCS competition the past three seasons.

Kenny Wallace, No. 29 U.S. Cellular Toyota Camry, Iowa Speedway Preview

Thanks to the support of U.S. Cellular, Wallace will return to the seat of RAB Racing's No. 29 Toyota Camry. This race marks Wallace's first Nationwide Series start of 2014 and first since his historic 900th start at Chicagoland Speedway in September 2013.

NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Indianapolis

1. Jeff Gordon: Gordon blew past Kasey Kahne on the final restart with 17 laps to go and cruised to his record fifth Brickyard 400 win. It was his second win of the season and strengthened his lead in the Sprint Cup points standings.

 

CHEVY NSCS AT POCONO TWO: Alan Gustafson NASCAR Weekly Teleconference Transcript

Good morning, everyone. We're joined today by Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jeff Gordon in the Sprint Cup Series. Alan led the 24 team to victory last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which marked Jeff

 

Chicagoland Speedway Announces Entitlement Partnership for Sept. 14 Race

Chicagoland Speedway today announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR®, as the title sponsor of this year’s first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September.

 
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What now?

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Maaco to Serve as Associate Sponsor for Jeff Gordon at Pocono Raceway

When Jeff Gordon takes to the Tricky Triangle this weekend, he will have Maaco on the rear quarter panels of his No. 24 Chevrolet SS as they will serve as an associate sponsor for the GoBowling.com 400. Gordon will have Axalta in the hood, as normal. Read more.

Overnight Ratings From Indianapolis Down Slightly from 2013

The TV broadcast of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought in a 3.4 U.S. Rating, averaging 5.196 million viewers. The viewership is down from the 2013 race, which boasted an average of 5.46 million viewers. Read more.
 
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Now It's Our Turn
Professor of Speed

by Mark Howell


Race fans of the world: unite!

Conventional wisdom says that what’s good for one organization should be good for another, given that they have similar interests and goals. That said, I propose the following: the creation of a collective for those of us who follow NASCAR and seek increased value for our time, attention, and spending.

Call it the Race Fans Alliance, or the RFA, for short.

Let’s face it; if everyone in NASCAR is suddenly concerned about excessive costs and massive spending (and we all know that’s nothing new when it comes to the sport of automobile racing), why shouldn’t fans be up-in-arms about how they’ve been treated over the decades?

Residents of NASCAR Nation can organize just as easily as race teams can, and they should.

If race teams are exploring ways to trim expenses through cooperation with service providers like hotels and car rental chains, why couldn’t members of the RFA be given the same consideration? Whenever a hotel or motel near a racetrack (and “near” is a very general term) requires a specific number of nights stay for what are obviously wildly inflated prices, fans should have some kind of recourse other than looking for other lodging options.

The same goes for restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores that suddenly raise their prices as soon as NASCAR Nation crosses the county line. Such advantage-taking is both inappropriate and immoral. Unfortunately this kind of behavior is typical whenever people are deemed to be in need; it's the kind of gouging that occurs after (and often even before) natural disasters ravage an area.

I know a little about price-gouging because I live it. The village where my family and I reside (population 688) sits on the shores of Lake Michigan where it comes inland around the Leelanau Peninsula. Needless to say, it’s a very scenic area and very popular with tourists nearly year-round.

As such, the region I call home sucks annually from the teat of tourism.

Sure, tourism helps pay the bills (seasonal homes around here have property taxes nearly twice the rate of primary residences), but the habit of raising prices is felt every time I go to the grocery store or stop to buy gasoline come the month of May. The same is true for the region south of us each summer when it’s time for the National Cherry Festival or the Traverse City Film Festival; the signs go up and so do the prices on most everything. I guess it’s all connected to the theory of supply and demand.

That said: when the tourists go home, they take their money with them. The cash only hangs around as long as the visitors do….

So if race teams are actively demanding more control of their annual budgets and their competitive leverage within NASCAR, the audiences who pay to watch them compete should expect the same courtesy, should they not?

It has often been said that if it was not for the fans, there would be no NASCAR. As attendance numbers continue to dwindle, and as television ratings continue to drift about like clouds on a windy day, it seems as though right now is the best time for fans to make their own demands heard.

All of it goes back to a basic fact: NASCAR is little more than show business. Like all mass entertainments, the enterprise only succeeds if large numbers of interested people pay their admission price and watch the show.

This notion can be traced back to the Hippodromes and arenas of ancient Rome and the era of chariot races, mock naval battles, and feeding Christians to lions. The entertainment back then may have been violent and brutal to watch, but at least fans in the stands occasionally received a free loaf of bread….

Have you seen the prices at most NASCAR concession stands lately? I’d happily watch a gladiator skewer an opponent with a spear in exchange for free food! Why should I be expected to drop twenty dollars (or more) for lunch at a race and smile about the privilege?

Don’t the citizens of NASCAR Nation (and all sports fans, for that matter) deserve better?

Finding workable solutions to such problems should not be difficult. First thing to do: vendors of all sorts – from hotels to grocery stores to trackside food stands – could agree to make overall profit less of a priority. Race fans WILL spend money, so offering good services to fans at lower prices will still put you in the black once NASCAR folds up its tent and moves on.

Why harshly gouge the few when you could gently squeeze the many?

As has been suggested in regard to race teams trying to buy common parts and pieces in bulk amounts as a means of cutting costs (the Costco school of race shop management), why couldn’t a similar strategy be used by NASCAR Nation? If a hotel chain like Holiday Inn agreed to set an affordable bulk room rate for one of its facilities near a race, wouldn’t the assurance that people would rent rooms be of more comfort to corporate bean-counters than soaking a handful by imposing Draconian stay requirements? Maybe provide race fans with a membership card of sorts that allows for some kind of group discount plan?

As the RTA seems to believe, there is strength to be found in organized numbers.

A little fairness and kindness can go a long, long way when it comes to generating fan loyalty, and isn’t such loyalty the character trait that Brian France attributes to the citizens of NASCAR Nation?

In the annals of NASCAR history, fan loyalty equals consumer loyalty. It’s the key reason why corporate sponsors get involved with the sport in the first place. Treat the fans properly, and the fans will respond in kind.

Let’s get the wheels rolling by starting with price/cost management. If that proves successful, then the RFA can focus on improving the overall state of competition from the audience’s perspective; as long as the “have nots” thrash against the deep pockets of the “haves”, the same names will be in the Chase every year. Maybe fans do not require diversity among the drivers who win races, but from what I read and hear most weeks, they really do want more names in Victory Lane.

That’s why I think it’s time for the formation of a collective like the Race Fans Alliance.

If Brian France is having issues with the newly-organized RTA, maybe he’d have an easier time dealing with the RFA. At least he would have no need to communicate solely through lawyers. Race fans, regardless of the series, are just regular folks looking to enjoy the sport they love.

Brian France only needs to remember one simple fact: if the fans ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy….
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Almirola and No. 43 Team Eye Another History-Making Win in GoBowling.com 400

Heading into the 40th anniversary of the weekend "The King" Richard Petty scored a win in the inaugural NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 GoBowling.com team look to make history once again.

 

Ambrose Explains His Approach to Pocono

‘A Specialist Track’ For Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT Racing Ford team, winning one of the six remaining races is the team’s focus over the month of August. A win will secure the team in The Chase allowing them to join their teammates in the championship battle. The team tested Monday and Tuesday […]

Armstrong Returns to One of His Favorite Tracks, Iowa Speedway

It's been just under three months since Dakoda Armstrong made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at one of his favorite tracks, Iowa Speedway. This weekend, he'll return for the second and final time this season, and he's ready to prove why it's one of his favorites with a Top-10 finish.

DIERKS BENTLEY TO HEADLINE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY’S CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES POST-RACE CONCERT ON

Boasting one of the most competitive doubleheaders in racing, Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) revs up Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (Aug. 20) with award-winning country music star Dierks Bentley. Bentley will electrify racing and country-music fans with a full-length concert presented by Mountain Dew.

Gilliland: Go Backwards at Pocono

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WALL STADIUM MODIFIED STOCK CARS SET FOR $5000 TO WIN “SUMMER SIZZLER” 100-LAPPER SATURDAY
 
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Many of the most talented Downs Ford Modified stock car drivers in the area are expected to compete for an astounding $5,000 to win this Saturday night (Aug. 2) as Wall Stadium Speedway presents the “Summer Sizzler” 100-lap race. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying set to begin at 5:45 p.m. and main event action set for 7:15 p.m. Young fans in the grandstand will also have a chance to win one of two bicycles sponsored by Pennsylvania Modified driver Zane Zeiner and car-owner Jeff Willett.
 
            In addition to Zeiner, invading drivers including Anthony Sesely of Matawan, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Renee Dupuis of Glastonbury, Ct. and Richie Cooper of Long Branch are expected to compete.
 
Among the field of the speedway’s regular Modified drivers expected to see action are recent Garden State Classic champion Trevor Alspach of Willingboro, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Zack Alspach of Willingboro, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Chas Okerson of Freehold, Steven Reed of Jackson and New Egypt’s Jason Hearne.
 
Also on the card will be the Legend Cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks with the 4 Cylinders also participating in “stock car bowling” events.
 
Modified teams are reminded that tires will be offered for sale on Friday afternoon between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. in addition to the regular time on Saturday.
 
Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5:45 p.m. Main events for all divisions are scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
 
The speedway will also be busy on Sunday, as the “Small Car Series” will see action starting at 11:00 a.m.
 
Saturday, August 9, will also be a special night at the track, as all 5-time or more driving champions will be honored. Modified champions Gil Hearne, Tony Siscone, Chas Okerson and Dave Michel say they will be on hand. Also planning to attend are Street Stock champion Rich Mongeau and recent Sportsman champ Kevin Eyres. Two of the speedway’s late all-time champions, Parker Bohn and Ray Gastelu, will also be honored. In addition to meeting many of these great drivers, fans will get to see an original Dale Earnhardt, Sr. driven No. 3 that he drove during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
 
Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months. 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.
 
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Time's running out for drivers who have not yet been to victory lane this season. 11 different winners leave five Chase spots open and leads to ever-changing power rankings. Here’s a look at the latest after 20 races. 

Opportunity knocked

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Race Team Alliance chair Kauffman has 'no issue' with NASCAR

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On Monday, Stewart-Haas Racing and ExxonMobil announced that Mobil 1 will serve as the primary sponsor on Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet this weekend at Pocono Raceway.  The oil company, which typically backs Tony Stewart's No. 14 will do so as part of a one-race deal.  Read more at Frontstretch.

Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 TV Ratings Decline

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that overnight TV ratings from the Brickyard 400 are in, and they aren't all that good for NASCAR.  The National overnight rating for the broadcast was a 3.2, down six percent from last year's 3.4.  The rating, once finalized will represent a number close to five million viewers. Unfortunately, the trend continues for a sport which has seen virtually every event produce a decline both in its Nielsen rating and total audience watching on television.

In the Indianapolis market, however, the race showed big gains.  The event achieved a local rating of 15.0, an 8.7 percent increase from last year's 13.8.  Final ratings are due later this week, where the Nielsen numbers will likely increase once smaller markets are accounted for.

News 'N' Notes

- Testing yesterday at Watkins Glen was hampered by bad weather, but that didn't stop a number of Sprint Cup teams from getting important laps in while preparing for next Sunday's road course race. JTG-Daugherty Racing, with AJ Allmendinger was there along with Richard Petty Motorsports and Marcos Ambrose, two smaller organizations hoping to pull upsets in what will be the most "unpredictable" race left in the regular season. Richard Childress Racing and Furniture Row Racing, with Martin Truex, Jr. were also in attendance.

- Despite two straight years of Eldora success, don't expect a Nationwide or Sprint Cup race at the dirt track facility in 2015. NASCAR Vice President Steve O'Donnell told Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News the sanctioning body has had no discussions with track owner Tony Stewart for any additional racing at the oval beyond the Truck Series.

“We haven’t had any discussions with Tony beyond that (truck race),” O’Donnell said. “I wouldn’t rule out looking at potential other venues for trucks, but I think for the most part, we want to keep the uniqueness of that event. It has been really successful.

“They have done a great job for us. They set the bar very high. But we like where we’re at right now with it.”

The statement comes despite a NASCAR Fan Council survey, released today that asks heavily about the future of dirt track racing in the sport, along with whether fans would like to see similar type of competition in Nationwide and Cup. No Eldora ratings were released, but sources say FOX Sports 1 handily beat ESPN and ESPN2 during the 8 PM - 11 PM primetime hours Wednesday while the race was on. Overall, the Truck Series audience has remained strong this season despite audience declines in both Nationwide and Cup

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway: A NASCAR Track Meant for All Time
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

Many years ago, I stopped at Cooperstown to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.  While the displays filled with balls, gloves and jerseys added to my enjoyment of the sports nostalgia, it was the time I spent at Doubleday Field that enlivened the entire experience.  Some little league teams took to the diamond for a scrimmage, and it didn't matter that there were no home runs or head-first slides into home plate.  All that mattered is that the field lived through the actions of the sport it represents.

Along those same lines, Indianapolis Motor Speedway remains one of the world's hallmarks for automotive racing.  It's undeniably the most recognizable track in America as for over 100 years, man and machine have rumbled over those bricks at the start/finish line.  Their sweat, tears and grease have seeped into the asphalt, leaving a living pulse for fellow gearheads to wallow in when we visit this hallowed ground.  The pagoda glows with an energy not to be matched anywhere else the command "Gentlemen, start your engines!" is given.

Yet, after the conclusion of Sunday's Brickyard 400, I was pretty much unimpressed with the afternoon's competition.  Yes, I was thrilled with Gordon's 90th career victory, but it wasn't like there had been a whole lot of beatin' and bangin' over 160 laps.  We experienced a blown tire, a broken axle, a couple of on-track passes for the lead... and that's about it.  Those 400 miles, in the lexicon of the NASCAR fan, produced a yawner of a race.  I did have a nice nap, thank you very much.

Thus, during a time of year when NASCAR is chewing over the track line-up for the 2015 Sprint Cup season, the question is always asked: Should we even be racing on a track that was never designed for stock cars and annually fails to present the kind of competition we look forward to watching?

Yes, we should, for all the reasons Little League teams take to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.  Indy breathes racing.  Fast cars belong here.  Fans will leave the crowded city streets behind, enter into the stately grandstands and inhale the atmosphere of blown engines and dreams.  They will walk the yard of bricks, their fingers lingering over the rough surface, recalling the year when NASCAR first visited.  Eyes will raise to the pylon, ears absorb the unique rumble that the tunnel-like frontstretch generates, and hearts race.

This track whispers to you.  It speaks of lives lost and looks forward to a time when the next generation of fast machines will come.  It is... Indy.  It is immortal.

If there is one race that should never be removed from the schedule, the Brickyard 400 is it.  When it comes down to ratings, TV deals, sponsorships and even ticket sales, this place simply doesn't enter into the calculation.  It exists in bucket lists and dreams. There should always remain the opportunity for NASCAR fans to join the rest of the world in visiting this icon and see their heroes stand on its pavement, watch the green flag drop, and thrill to the checkers flying one more time.

We return to the flat rectangle in another year and if you've never visited, well, you should.  The memories you'll build will remain with you for all time.

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Top Three Rookies for 2014 Brickyard 400

1.) No. 42 Kyle Larson - Started 15th, Finished 7th (1st in RoTY Standings)

2.) No. 3 Austin Dillon - Started 17th, Finished 10th (2nd in RoTY Standings)

3.) No. 51 Justin Allgaier - Started 31st, Finished 27th (3rd in RoTY Standings)

Numbers Game: Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard
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Laps led by defending champion Ryan Newman at Indianapolis. Newman was never a factor, although his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet remained consistent in running 11th, the driver's sixth top-15 finish in the last seven 2014 Sprint Cup races.

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Laps led Sunday by the five drivers with Indianapolis 500 experience. None of them ran inside the top 15, with Tony Stewart (17th) the best of the bunch. AJ Allmendinger ran 18th, Juan Pablo Montoya a disappointing 23rd, while Kurt Busch was 28th, off the lead lap and Danica Patrick broke a rear gear (42nd).

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Lap led by Austin Dillon at Indianapolis, the first time the No. 3 car has led at the Brickyard 400 since Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in 1998. It's just the fourth lap Dillon has led in Cup all year en route to just his third top-10 finish (10th).

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Rookies inside the top 10 at Indianapolis, Dillon and Kyle Larson (7th). It's the first time that's happened since 2006, when Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer accomplished the feat.

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Drivers who have competed in all 21 Brickyard 400s: Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte. Labonte, driving a limited schedule this season ran 37th in a one-race deal for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

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Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas inside the top 5, with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth running second, third, and fourth respectively. It's the first time ever Joe Gibbs Racing has had three drivers run inside the top 5 in a Cup race.

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Cautions for 16 laps at Indianapolis, the second race in a row this event has had four cautions or less.

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Victories for Jeff Gordon at Indianapolis, more than any other driver in NASCAR history.

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Races out of 21 won by Hendrick Motorsports this season, more than any other organization. Jeff Gordon now has two victories, along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. while Jimmie Johnson has three.

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Straight victories for Chevrolet at Indianapolis. Overall, they've won 16 of 21 Brickyard 400s, with Bill Elliott the last to break their streak, driving a Dodge to the win back in 2002.

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Lead changes at Indy. It's the third time in the last five races NASCAR has had 15 lead changes or fewer in an event.

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Of 160 laps at Indianapolis Sunday led by Hendrick Motorsports.

$307,890
Money won by Denny Hamlin for running third at Indianapolis.

$309,151
Money won by Matt Kenseth for running fourth.
 
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Crown Royal attaches a hero's name to the Brickyard 400 as part of their sponsorship, and this year that honor went to 12 year military veteran John Wayne Walding. Yet, to be honest and if the length of the title could go on to infinity, this should have been called “Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard to be Dominated Once Again by Jeff Gordon.” That sounds about right.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

The first shoe dropped Sunday morning. It was almost certain when Jack Roush revealed that Trevor Bayne would be driving the No. 6 Ford in 2015. Roush has only had three cars in recent seasons because of the lack of sponsorship, and it was almost unbelievable that he would field four in 2015.

DALE EARNHARDT JR. APPEARING AT THE FINISH LINE

NASCAR’s most popular driver and driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is scheduled to make an appearance at The Finish Line, Kansas Speedway’s Fan Hospitality on Oct. 5, prior to the Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

”Two for $88” Dale Jr. Ticket Package Back by Popular Demand at Talladega Superspeedway for Oct. 19 GEICO 500

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Bank of America, Hendrick Motorsports extend relationship

Bank of America and Hendrick Motorsports have extended their relationship through 2015 with a new agreement that will for the first time include presenting sponsorship of the official website and mobile application of the 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions.

 
 
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Gordon Reigns

Jeff Gordon won his first Brickyard 400 in 1994. Twenty years later, he returned to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the fifth time. Now he's a four-time Cup champion with high hopes for a fifth. Ed Hinton  

Stenhouse, Bayne Step Up

Carl Edwards confirmed he is out at Roush Fenway Racing at season's end, which means the brunt of the team's long-term expectations will fall on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. James » Carl's exitVideo 

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When Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 as a 23-year-old kid, most believed they were seeing a star in the making. Now, 21 years later, he's still winning big races, as proof by his latest performance at Indy. 

Crossroads

It was a dramatic day Sunday at Indy, with teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne battling for the win and Gordon making history. There were low points as well — like half-empty grandstands. The best and worst from Indy. 

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Gordon Cements Indy Legend, Wins Fifth Brickyard 400
by Justin Tucker

Coming into Sunday's 21st Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon's place as a racing legend was secure, 20 years after winning the first ever running of the race.

Already having compiled a sterling resume, Gordon's 89 career Sprint Cup wins and four series championships has him already considered as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, a certain future Hall of Famer.  However, more than a dozen years removed from Gordon's last championship - and eight years since his last Daytona 500 triumph - many wondered if he could still win the big ones. 

That question was answered in a big way Sunday.

Gordon passed teammate Kasey Kahne on a restart with 17 laps to go, then held off Kyle Busch by 2.325 seconds to win his first Brickyard 400 in a decade (2004).  Gordon's fifth victory at the famed 2.5-mile oval ties him with legendary seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher for the most wins all-time at Indianapolis.

"This team [came] prepared, that was an awesome Axalta Chevy SS and we had so much support," Gordon said after the race.  "With five laps to go, I was trying to look up into the grandstands... I know the Daytona 500 is a big race, but to me personally this race means so much because of the fans."

Gordon, whose car was the fastest all day was hampered by track position early on, a gasman falling on an early stop leaving him trapped in midpack. But after patiently working up past traffic, he finally turned a longtime demon aside by making a bold move on Kahne to reassert control over the field.

"I'm not very good on restarts and wasn't very good today, but I finally made the restart of my life when it counted most," Gordon said in Victory Lane.  "I knew we had a great race car, we just needed to get out front."

Finishing behind Gordon were the trio of Joe Gibbs Racing cars: Kyle Busch in second, Denny Hamlin third, and Matt Kenseth fourth.  Joey Logano carried the banner for Ford on Sunday, finishing in fifth for Penske Racing.  Kasey Kahne, who led a race-high 70 laps, was sixth, while rookie Kyle Larson came home seventh.  Pole sitter Kevin Harvick, who came into the race as the favorite, finished eighth, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10.

By virtue of their finishes on Sunday, Gordon, Logano, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards officially clinched their spots in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup.  But although Gordon's win will undoubtedly steal the headlines, another huge story came out of Indianapolis on Sunday.

Just hours before the green flag flew on the Brickyard 400, Jack Roush, the owner of Roush Fenway Racing made the announcement  many have been expecting for months that Carl Edwards would not return to the organization for the 2015 season.  It is expected that Edwards will reunite with former teammate Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing but Edwards, due to his contract with Roush Fenway Racing, can't make any announcements until September.  Edwards, approached by reporters before the race said even though he is leaving RFR at season's end, the goal is still the same.

"Right now, the mission is to win this championship, this race," he explained.  "This is my decision.  It's a decision I made, and I didn't take it lightly.  Sometimes you just want to make a change, and opportunities present themselves and you say, 'Hey, what was that like to not take that opportunity?'"

Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made a brief statement regarding Edwards' departure.

"Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing," said Allison.  "While we are disappointed in his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, we certainly want to extend our appreciation for Carl's contributions."

Edwards ran 15th, an uneventful day in what was an uneventful race for many. Only two cars failed to finish, Trevor Bayne and Danica Patrick in a race that was more about strategy than side-by-side action. There were just two green-flag, on-track passes for the lead and the field would string out quickly, single-file after restarts.

A look at Sunday's Brickyard 400 by the numbers.  There was 15 lead changes among eight different drivers and four cautions for 16 laps slowed the race pace to 150.297 MPH.

Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads back to the tricky triangle and Pocono Raceway for the GoBowling.com 400.  Green flag is scheduled for 1:18 P.M. ET.

Chasing the Chase: Gordon Expands Points Lead with Victory

by Phil Allaway

Jeff Gordon entered Indianapolis with a scant 12-point lead over teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Earning his second win of the year while Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth allowed Gordon to boost that advantage back up to 24 points through 20 races.  Brad Keselowski remains in the third spot after finishing 12th on Sunday; Keselowski got caught a lap down, during a caution early on for Danica Patrick and didn't get that lap back until well after the race's halfway point. Fighting through traffic, from deep outside the top 25 the team was satisfied simply to get back that high in the field.

Matt Kenseth is still fourth in points after a fourth-place result on Sunday, while Jimmie Johnson is fifth following a rather disappointing 14th.  Johnson was at his worst in the race's final stages, losing positions after being a solid top-10 car all afternoon. Behind him, Kyle Busch is up two places to sixth after finishing second to Gordon.  Ryan Newman is seventh, three points behind Busch after his 11th-place finish on Sunday. Newman, the defending champion was never a factor in his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Carl Edwards dropped two places to eighth in the standings after having another outing where he was never truly in the hunt.  Edwards would finish in the 15th position, on the lead lap but virtually invisible.  Joey Logano maintains the ninth spot in the standings after earning a fifth-place finish, while Clint Bowyer rounds out the top 10 in points, running a ho-hum 16th at Indy.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Jeff Gordon 670, 2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -24, 3) Brad Keselowski -51, 4) Matt Kenseth -56, 5) Jimmie Johnson -89, 6) Kyle Busch -108, 7) Ryan Newman -111, 8) Carl Edwards -114, 9) Joey Logano -126, 10) Clint Bowyer -140, 11) Denny Hamlin -145, 12) Kevin Harvick -152, 13) Kyle Larson -155, 14) Austin Dillon -158, 15) Kasey Kahne -162, 16) Paul Menard -166.

Outside of the top-16, but in Chase Contention: 22) Aric Almirola -221, 25) Kurt Busch -261.

Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona-1, Pocono), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Kentucky, Loudon), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville), Joey Logano (Texas, Richmond), Denny Hamlin (Talladega), Jeff Gordon (Kansas, Indianapolis), Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte, Dover, Michigan), Aric Almirola (Daytona-2).
Never Fear, The Underdogs Are Here: Indianapolis Edition
by Amy Henderson


Underdog Selection No. 1: AJ Allmendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing; started 36th, finished 18th

It was another good finish for Allmendinger, but his day didn't start out strong; Allmendinger qualified just 36th. However, the poor start didn't stop the driver from moving through the field; he peaked as high as 15th at one point before settling for 18th place. The strong run saw Allmendinger gain three spots, to 23rd in driver points, where he's easily the top of the small-team class over Casey Mears in 26th.

Underdog Selection No. 2: Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing; started 28th, finished 26th

McDowell was stout this week, turning in his fourth top-30 finish in a row on this team's limited schedule. The No. 95 finished on the lead lap, and only Allmendinger had a better finish from among the smaller teams. McDowell has shown that he's capable of moving LFR forward, and while it will come in baby steps, the team has made some gains from scaling back and coming to the track better prepared.

Underdog Selection No. 3: Justin Allgaier for HScott Motorsports; started 31st, finished 27th

Allgaier certainly had a quiet day in Indianapolis, and while his 27th-place run might not be one to write home about, it was good for third among the small teams. Indy is harder on these organizations than almost any other track, so his finish isn't terrible, and it was better than most of his peers' day. Allgaier is learning the Cup cars and he's improving, which is nothing to sneeze at for a rookie driver.

Underdog Pick of the Week - Pocono-2: David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports

My pick for Indianapolis was AJ Allmendinger, and he did top the small-team class handily on the big oval. His RCR horsepower might have had something to do with it, but Allmendinger drove a solid race just the same.

Sunday, teams head to Pocono for the second time this summer. Like Indy, Pocono is incredibly hard on the smaller organizations, but David Ragan does have an average finish of 23.9. If his team can finish in that 24th-place range, once again it will be a successful weekend.

 
 
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This weekend in particular, you know, the first couple laps that I felt this race car, I knew that we had a race car that was capable of winning this race.  It just had the feel.  It had the balance that I love to have.  I think we showed that today, just how strong this car is. We got behind a couple times.  Pit strategy changed for some people.  It threw some people off.  I think it made for a great race.  Throughout all of that, I think we showed the speed our car had. There at the end, had a great battle with Kasey Kahne.  I didn't know how it was going to end up.  I didn't want to see that caution because I thought I could push him to slide the back, he was sliding the back a little bit.  But I don't know if I would have gotten by him.  I'm terrible on restarts.  Restarts didn't go great for us all day today.  I didn't think I wanted to see a restart. Out of nowhere, I have the restart of my life at the most important moment that you could ask for in a race, in a season, at a race like this.  So that was awesome, just awesome." - Jeff Gordon, race winner

"
We had a good day.  Certainly better than expected.  All the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing have worked really hard the past few months in trying to make better race cars, TRD guys making better horsepower.  It all paid off good today.  We were able to come home 2‑3‑4 for JGR as an organization.  We're proud of that. You certainly see the guy out there in front of you beating you and you know you got a lot of speed to gain.  Those guys were really, really fast.  I don't think he even went 80% the whole last run of the race and was driving away from us. We have a lot of big areas to gain big speed in, then a bunch of little areas to gain a little bit of speed, too.  We have to continue to work on that and get better." - Kyle Busch, finished second

"
It was a good day for us.  We were a top‑10 car the whole race.  Had some good restarts there for most of the race.  Then that last one we had to restart on the outside and lost a spot.  Lined up fifth.  Denny got to third.  But still a good day.  The Target car was really good.  We were just too tight on short runs, then we just kind of would build tighter, looser off.  Everybody was struggling with grip out there.
It was fun.  Cool to finish in the top 10 at the Brickyard.  To see Jeff Gordon win is pretty special.  It's kind of like Junior winning the 500 this year.  It was a really good day for everybody and all the fans, too.  So happy about it." - Kyle Larson, finished seventh

"We just started off bad really from the first lap.  The Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was just way too tight as we went through the day, and we never could make it better. We just made it worse most of the day. So yeah, just way too tight."
- Kevin Harvick, finished eighth

"We looked at everything, and it looks like the launch was fine.  It's just one of those things. It’s too bad and these things never happen when you’re having a bad day (laughs). We were having a good day. It’s disappointing and the GoDaddy guys built me a really good car. Hendrick gave me great horsepower. We were the fastest car out there at times. We qualified better and had a good car for the race, it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to. The good thing is, I get to come back to Indy and that makes me happy." - Danica Patrick, finished 42nd (Rear Gear Issues)

"I had a right-rear tire go down getting into turn three. I thought I felt it about a half-a-lap sooner, but just didn’t have time to check it out. The spotters are on the other side of the race track, so they can’t tell what’s going on. It let go getting into turn three and I had it saved off the fence and then the right-rear tire cut the brake line so I couldn’t get it stopped by the time I hit the inside guard rail. It just stinks for our team because we had a decent car, decent enough that when we got track position we could hold on to it. We were running top 20 and had a chance to do even better than that. It stinks to end our day like this with a brand new car, so I feel bad for my guys here. We don’t get many opportunities to run and when we do it seems like a speedway, where anything can happen, or you’re running decent and something bad happens. You never have days like this when you’re running 35th, it’s always when you have a decent car. I just feel bad about it, and we’ll see what we can do next time." - Trevor Bayne, finished 43rd (Crashed Out)

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Jeff Gordon Wins Record Fifth Brickyard 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Jeff Gordon, who won the inaugural race back in 1994, scored his fifth Brickyard 400 victory at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, tying Michael Schumacher for the most wins at the track. Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One champion, won five out of six United States Grand Prix events on the 2.5 mile layout.

CHEVY NSCS AT INDIANAPOLIS: Jeff Gordon and Kyle Larson Post Race Press Conf. Transcripts

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, wrote another chapter in the history books for himself, his team and for Chevrolet with a celebrated victory in the 2014 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The victory was his fifth in the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup series (NSCS) event at IMS, ninth for Hendrick Motorsports, 12th straight for Chevrolet and 16 of 21 for the Bowtie Brand. In addition, Gordon’s second win of the season helped him clinch a spot in the Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup with six races remaining before the 10 race playoff starts at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14th.

 

Flat Tire Ends Promising Brickyard Run For Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

Motorcraft Quick/Lane team kicked off the Woods’ 64th NASCAR season – and Trevor Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion spent most of their pre-race practice time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway preparing their car for qualifying, which meant sacrificing time normally spent preparing for the Brickyard 400.

Toyota NSCS Indy Post-Race Notes & Quotes

Kyle Busch (second), Denny Hamlin (third) and Matt Kenseth (fourth) were the highest-finishing Toyota drivers in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Logano Leads Ford Charge at the Brickyard With Fifth-Place Finish

TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion – “I had a right-rear tire go down getting into turn three. I thought I felt it about a half-a-lap sooner, but just didn’t have time to check it out. The spotters are on the other side of the race track, so they can’t tell what’s going on. It let go getting into turn three and I had it saved off the fence and then the right-rear tire cut the brake line so I couldn’t get it stopped by the time I hit the inside guard rail."

CHEVY NSCS AT INDIANAPOLIS: Jeff Gordon – RACE WINNER – Quote

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – WINNER - YOU ARE NASCAR’S FIRST FIVE-TIME WINNER OF THE BRICKYARD 400. YOU DID IT. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK IN VICTORY LANE AT INDIANAPOLIS? “I don’t think there is a greater feeling for a race car driver and a race team, because that’s what it took today. It was a total team effort to be here in Victory Lane. I’m exhausted.”

 

Truex Jr. Finishes 25th in the Brickyard 400; Respectable run slows in closing laps

Martin Truex Jr.’s respectable performance in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 took a wayward turn during the final green flag run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ford Racing Statement on Carl Edwards Departure

JAMIE ALLISON, director, Ford Racing – “Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing. During Carl’s time with Roush, he has represented Ford Motor Company with the utmost class, both on and off the track. We at Ford Racing did everything to facilitate keeping Carl a part of the Ford Racing & Roush Fenway family, but in the end that option did not come to fruition.

 

Fastenal to Serve as Primary Partner for Stenhouse Beginning in 2015

Roush Fenway Racing announces that long-time partner Fastenal will team with two-time NASCAR champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., serving as the anchor sponsor on the No. 17 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for a multi-year agreement beginning next season. Fastenal first joined with Roush Fenway in 2010 and has served as a primary partner for multiple Roush Fenway teams and drivers in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NSCS.

 
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Kahne Comes Up Short

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Gaining ground

Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports dominated the Sprint Cup race at Indy Sunday. But they weren't the only team with a strong performance. Our Winners & Losers from the 21st NASCAR race at the Brickyard.

 
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Sweet kiss

Sunday was Jeff Gordon Day in Indianapolis. He lived up to the honor, winning the Sprint Cup race at the famed Brickyard for a record fifth time. Twenty-one years after his first Indy win, Gordon kissed the bricks again. 

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Yard work

With rain in the forecast for Sunday, Sprint Cup drivers could be facing an even slicker surface at a track where passing (and winning) is tough. SN's Bob Pockrass looks at the top story lines heading into the race at the Brickyard.

 
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Chasing Harvick

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I don’t normally put a lot of stock into the notion that statistics can accurately foretell who will win a race. There are far too many variables in a sport where luck, the actions of another driver and even Mother Nature can conjure up the unlikeliest of winners. But some statistics are difficult to ignore.

Ty Dillon drives the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet to victory in Indianapolis

Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Camaro, captured his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ford Racing’s Joey Logano Finishes Fifth in Brickyard Nationwide Race

JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – “We didn’t have the best strategy there. We were in good shape when that caution came out, we were leading the race, and some of those guys pitted before and then cycled themselves back up to the lead and had to save fuel to make it. The car was good enough to win and we were better than the 3 car when we were out front, but it’s just so hard to pass."

 

CHEVY NSCS AT INDIANAPOLIS: Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon Post Qualifying Press Conf. Transcripts

Kevin Harvick Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Indianapolis with New Track Record Jeff Gordon Makes it All-Chevy Front Row Chevrolet SS Drivers Capture Six of Top-12 Starting Positions for Brickyard 400 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – July 26, 2014 – Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2003 Brickyard 400 from the pole, set a new track record and […]

 

Ford Racing NSCS Notes & Quotes-Brickyard 400-Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford Fusion, will be attempting to make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of the season this weekend in the Brickyard 400. Montoya, whose other race came at Michigan International Speedway in June, held a Q&A session following practice.

 
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Brickyard Storylines

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Goodbye, with questions

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Montoya Back For More

Juan Pablo Montoya came close to winning the Brickyard as a full-time Sprint Cup driver. Now a full-time IndyCar driver, he's back to give it another shot with powerful Team Penske. John Oreovicz »

 
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Kenseth, 42, has enjoyed a great deal of success in his NASCAR career. He won the Cup series championship in 2003 and has 31 career victories, ...
Posted: 25 Jul 2014 10:51 AM PDT
NASCAR issued a technical bulletin to teams this week with some new language regarding where fuel filler cans could be filled at the track. The new rule basically states that fuel cans can only be filled at the designated Sunoco fueling stations in the infield. This move by NASCAR closes a loophole that some teams […]
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Truex knows he, and his Furniture Row Racing team, have their work cut out for them saying, "Indy is not an easy place to drive. The biggest reason is ...
 
 2 articles,courteousy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !!):
 
 
Statistically speaking: a look at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
 
Juan Montoya returns to Brickyard
 
written by Ryan Morgan
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
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Despite success, Elliott sees room for improvement  

 Got life questions? #BartenderBrad is here

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Kyle Busch wins ARCA/CRA race on final turn of final lap

(BROWNSBURG, Ind. – July 25, 2014) – Kyle Busch revved up the crowd Friday, passing John Hunter Nemechek on the final turn of the final lap to win the ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway. Busch led...
 
(7/25/14)
 
Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Eldora Brings Back Racing Excitement to NASCAR

It was as if someone turned on a light and all NASCAR fans saw the light, or actually the dirt. Suddenly they saw something that has been missing, all-out three and four wide racing. When Darrell Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag in the Mudsummer Classic, the crowd was on their feet.

Dixie Chopper Sponsoring Earnhardt at Indy

Dixie Chopper, home of the “World’s Fastest Lawn Mower” and for decades the nation’s leading mower company, will sponsor driver Jeffrey Earnhardt in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Toyota NSCS Indy Matt Kenseth Notes & Quotes 7-25-14

“I felt like we had a really good hour-and-a-half. It was productive, so one of our goals was to get a good lap in case it does rain tomorrow, they always go off first practice speeds and we’ve been bit by that this year. We wanted to try to lay down a lap early when the track was as good as it could be and we were able to do that in case there is bad weather for qualifying, then we just worked hard on race trim the whole time.

 

Eckrich and Richard Petty Motorsports Make Victory Junction Camper Dream Come True

Born with spina bifida, Samuel Sawyer overcomes adversity each day and inspires all around him, including his father, Mike, who has served in the Navy for over 25 years. Friday, Eckrich and Richard Petty Motorsports honored the family and Samuel with an unexpected gift at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 
Courteousy NASCAR.com
 

Is Lance Stephenson riding along with Dale Jr?

How NASCAR drivers can help raise $25 million

 
Courteousy ESPN.com
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Brickyard Furor Fading

More than 300,000 fans packed every cranny of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural Brickyard
400 in 1994. But the thrill is gone -- long gone. Ed Hinton »

Smith: A King-sized surprise »

Up To Speed

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson have some ideas to liven things up. Ryan Newman can still taste last year's bittersweet victory. What else is up in Indianapolis? Notebook » Racing Live! Sunday, 1 p.m. ET »

 
 
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Stars will shine

A win at Indy can define a racing career. It also can launch a run toward a Sprint Cup championship. Who will leave Indy this year with a big win and a ton of momentum? Our picks for the Brickyard.  

NASCAR teams watching the weather at Indy

This Saturday Night @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) :

July-26   COUNTRY NIGHT 

Country Music all night! From the greatest songs of all time to the newest hits!

50 Lap Sportsman, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, ATQMRA TQ Midgets, Vintage TQs

ORDER OF EVENTS

1.  TQ's - 25 LAPS

2. LIMITED LATE MODELS - 25 LAPS

3. SPORTSMAN - 50 LAPS ( DOUBLE POINTS )

4. 4 CYLINDERS - 25 LAPS

5. FACTORY STOCKS - 25 LAPS  

 

THE VINTAGE TQ's WILL BE HERE ON DISPLAY. ADMISSION PRICES ARE LOWER BECAUSE THE MODIFIEDS ARE OFF

"Grandstands open 5:00 PM.  Qualifying 6:00 PM. Features around 7:15.

Adults $15 /Seniors (65+) $13 /Students (7-17) $8.00 / 6 and under Free "

  This Saturday Night @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) !

Powder Puff/Bike Night Sponsored by National Parts Supply
Girls take the wheel after the final feature of the night! · Children's bicycle give-a-ways at intermission
Arrive to the track on a motorcycle and receive half off general admission
Pit Gates open at 3pm · Front Gates open at 4pm · Hot Laps at 5pm · First Green Flag at 6pm
Adults $20 · Seniors 65 & Older $18 · Teens 12-15, Active Military & Spouses $10 · Children 11 & Under Free

Schedule of Events for July 26, 2014 
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Keepin' It Short: Short Track Racing Saved From Extinction
by Mike Neff

Everyone who has ever raced or worked on a race car at a local track or a national series venue has done it. You go to the sign-in gate and put your signature on the 15-inch long pad filled with legalese. Some people may have read it once but, for the most part, you sign it because you have to and you want to race. 

The purpose is to release the race track from liability if you get hurt. It doesn’t give them free license to run a death trap but, provided they make every reasonable effort to make the place safe, you acknowledge that racing is dangerous and you might get hurt.

This week in Pennsylvania that premise was challenged. In 2008, John Westbrook flipped over the wall at Williams Grove Speedway and went down an embankment to an access road. He suffered injuries that left him a quadriplegic. He sued the speedway for negligence, claiming a catch fence would have prevented the injuries he sustained. 

Williams Grove argued that, by signing the waiver, Westbrook released the speedway from liability. Westbrook’s attorney argued that the waiver did not have the date line or witness line completed so it was not a valid release.

A jury sided with Williams Grove and supported the validity of the release waiver, and that single decision very well saved local short track racing from extinction. 

The release of liability waiver is what allows local race tracks to put on events with an insurance policy that is affordable. It prevents the speedways from losing everything in the event of a catastrophic incident but the premiums are reasonable due to the fact that the speedways are released from liability for every little nick, scrape, cut or serious injury due to racing. The sport of auto racing is inherently dangerous. Whether racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or at Kam Kartway in Texas, the potential for injury or death is very real. If every race track was liable for every single injury, the insurance premiums would be crippling.

In reality, if the race tracks were liable for everyone the odds are that insurance would be impossible to secure. Most, if not all race tracks in the country would probably close due to the enormous financial burden of paying insurance premiums. Those tracks that were able to stay open would have to charge such high ticket prices and back gate fees to cover their insurance premiums that people would not be able to afford to go to or compete in races. In the end it would have been the death knell for local short track racing.

As it is, the system that is currently in place has been upheld. Tracks do have the responsibility to make every sensible effort to provide a safe racing environment. However, racing has an inherent risk and the competitors and their crew members must accept a large part of that burden themselves. That relationship is what makes local racing work and thankfully a jury in Pennsylvania was able to understand that and save local racing from extinction.

 
 
Indy Practice Summary
by Mike Neff

Friday was the first day of on-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams. The Nationwide cars were on track for their only two practice sessions of the weekend while the Cup teams hit the track just once. When the red and black flags waived a the end of the sessions, David Ragan was quickest in the first session for the Nationwide Series while Ty Dillon was at the top of the charts in the final session. On the Cup side of the ledger it was Matt Kenseth who led the charge.

Ragan was best in practice one for the Nationwide teams with a 49.712 second lap at a speed of 181.043 mph. He was followed by Dillon, who tripped the clock at 49.743 seconds and a speed of 180.930 mph. The top two drivers were the only ones who timed in under the 50 second barrier. Third on the sheet was Dylan Kwasniewski at 50.018 seconds and a speed of 179.935 mph. Brendan Gaughan ran a 179.856 mph lap in 50.040 seconds to slot in fourth in the practice while Paul Menard went 179.817 in 50.051 seconds to round out the Top 5. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson completed the Top 10.

In the second and final round of Nationwide practice, Dillon backed up his efforts from the first practice as the only competitor to eclipse the 50-second barrier in both sessions. Dillon’s 49.932-second lap was 180.245 mph. Brian Scott muscled a 50.396-second lap to best everyone besides Dillon with a speed of 178.588 mph. Busch, the Nationwide Series track record holder turned in a 178.338 mph lap in 50.466 seconds for third fastest. Harvick clocked in one hundredth of a second slower than Busch at 50.476 seconds and 178.303 mph. Rounding out the top 5 was Matt Kenseth, who cranked off a 177.746 mph lap in 50.634 seconds. The remainder of the top 10 was comprised of Logano, Menard, Smith, Trevor Bayne and Ragan.

The Cup practice saw a mad dash at the beginning of the session followed by a steady flow of cars the rest of the time period. Playing off of his success in the Nationwide practice, Kenseth crossed the line fastest at a 48.313-second clip. That was good for a 186.285 mph lap. Clint Bowyer was equally fast on his first lap on the track, crossing the line in 48.369 seconds at 186.070 mph. Brad Keselowski was third quick of the Sprint Cup series when he turned a lap of 185.939 mph in 46.405 seconds. Jimmie Johnson took two laps in the session before his best time of 48.479 seconds clocked him in at 185.647 mph. Finishing off the Top 5 in the Cup series was Larson. He utilized his knowledge from the Nationwide practices to muscle his No. 42 ride across the line in 48.532 seconds with a speed of 185.445. The final five in the Top 10 were Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Logano, Marcuos Ambrose and Harvick.

Saturday’s schedule of events kicks off with the final practice for the Cup series at 9:00 AM. The Nationwide teams are on track for qualifying at 12:10 while the Cup teams qualify at 2:10. The final activity for the day is the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the Nationwide Series.

Jeremy Clements Racing Announces New Crowd Funding Campaign

Jeremy Clements Racing announced on Thursday the launch of  "Help Jeremy Clements Achieve Greatness," an Indiegogo campaign to help support Clements' efforts in the Nationwide Series. Read more

Ambrose, Penske Near V8 Supercar Deal

From all appearances over the last couple of weeks, it was starting to look certain that Marcos Ambrose would return to Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 9 Ford Fusion in 2015. However, a report surfaced on Thursday that Ambrose would be leaving NASCAR at the end of this season and returning to his native Australia. Read more
 
Frontstretch Folio: Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400

The Sprint Cup Series will travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 20th race of the 2014 season on Sunday, July 27. Television coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 begins at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN; the IMS Racing Network and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will handle the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 160 laps (400 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Ryan Newman assumed the lead after the final round of pit stops in last season’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 and held off Jimmie Johnson for his first ever victory at the Brickyard. Newman also won the pole of the race, the 50th of his career.

Johnson came up short on that occasion, but has celebrated four previous Indianapolis wins – enough to tie with teammate Jeff Gordon for wins by a Cup driver – including a 2008 race that’s also notable for the widespread tire issues experienced by several teams. That race included a record six competition cautions as teams received time to change tires.

Gordon – the winner of the inaugural Brickyard 400 – along with Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte are the only drivers to have competed in all 20 NSCS events at IMS. Currently, only Gordon and Labonte are included on the entry list for this year’s race.

Track Facts

Track Length: 2.5-mile quad oval

Pit Road Speed: 55 mph

Degree of Banking: 9 degrees

Frontstretch: 3,330 ft., 0 degrees of banking

Backstretch: 3,300 ft., 0 degrees of banking

Grandstand Seating: 235,000

Website: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/IndyTalk

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, July 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, July 26, 9 - 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2

Qualifying: Saturday, July 26, 2:10 p.m. ET on ESPN2

VIPs

Grand Marshal: TBA 

Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George 

Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA 

Invocation: TBA 

National Anthem: TBA 

Flyover: TBA

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Thunderstorms

High: 84

Low: 62

Precipitation: 90 percent

They Said It

“Indy is a tough place to get your Kingsford Chevrolet SS to turn and not over rotate. Turn 1, you are just going so fast and that corner comes up quick and invites you to drive in too deep. It’s about flow. Turn 2 is loose in, but critical to get back to power. Turn 3 is the most wide open corner with a lot of grip and the most speed in. Turn 4, when you get off the corner, it gets loose on exit. Indy is a rhythm place. Being up front is critical because in traffic is worse. When you are up front, it makes the race easier to call and drive. It’s just so tough when you are in traffic.” – AJ Allmendinger

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years [since the inaugural IMS event]. That was such a big event, and Ernie Irvan and I had a great battle where we were passing each other for the top spot before he had a tire issue. Growing up in nearby Pittsboro (Indiana) made that such a special win for me.” – Jeff Gordon

“Everyone risks it all for Indianapolis. I’m excited because for a long stretch now we have been able to go there and get it right and be competitive with this Lowe’s team. So now I unload there and I understand how to drive the track and I’m able to get us in that window to be competitive. It’s a huge honor to be out there kissing the bricks at the end – something I would love to do again.” – Jimmie Johnson

“It’s hard to rationalize a race beating the Daytona 500, but with all that happened to me last year, winning the 2013 Brickyard 400 is kind of in a tie with me winning the 50th running of the Daytona 500. I went through a lot last year. Plus, I am from Indiana and that place is important to my state. I think the most important part of winning at Indy is appreciating the history of the speedway and the history of all the race car drivers who have competed there. Then, to see the list of drivers who have actually fulfilled their dreams of winning there, it’s pretty amazing.” – Ryan Newman

“The biggest reason is that the speeds are so high and there’s not a lot of banking. There are other things such as a temperature-sensitive racetrack with all four corners being different. You really got to get your car figured out for all four corners, which is a huge challenge, especially when the sun and shade move around. Aero also comes into play with the high speeds. It’s just a very difficult place to race.” – Martin Truex Jr

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Everyone's Got An Achille's Heel
by Amy Henderson


Happiness Is...Hot Head Stevens, Statistics, and Making an Entrance
by Huston Ladner

Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn't Fit 
by Kelly Crandall


Mirror Driving: Playoff Pictures, Indy's Impact and Eldora Endures
by the Frontstretch Staff


Frontstretch Foto Funnies: It's Only the White Pages
by Huston Ladner

 
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Stewart stays busy in sprint cars

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Bitcoin Magazine
Rookie driver, Alex Bowman, is embracing the use of Bitcoin in what is the first chance to bring Bitcoin to the NASCAR stage. A press release from the ...
 
Detroit Free Press
Our series of NASCAR driver interviews continues this week with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, who currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
 
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(CHICAGO) July 23, 2014 – NAMA announced today that Dale Jarrett, former NASCAR champion, will be the special guest speaker at the ...
 
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“When I watch the NASCAR Green commercial during race broadcasts, there is a line which asks Greg Biffle, 'Got solar to power the sport?
 
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With the track opening at 6 a.m. on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Day on Sunday and the race beginning at 1 p.m., officials suggest fans arrive in ...
 
 
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: entry list

 
 http://stockcarspin.com/2014/07/25/nascar-nationwide-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: entry list

Amanda Vincent
 
 
http://stockcarspin.com/2014/07/25/ice-picks-brickyard-400-fantasy-insider/

Ice picks -- Brickyard 400 -- fantasy insider

written by Joe Nieves

submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
 
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Success of Eldora return goes through the roof

 
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 Childress Holds Winning Hand for Brickyard 400

 What Brickyard 400 Means to Drivers from Indiana

NASCAR Drivers with Brightest Futures

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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.
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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
 
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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 !)
 
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Cheers,
Seinfeld,
Bones
 
House
 
 
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Almost Human
 
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Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
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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.)
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