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Picture of confidence: Red-hot Harvick ready to take on Richmond

Where's that key? Danica aims to unlock door to Richmond success

Richmond another short-track chance for Almirola

'The King' looks to make his return at Richmond

Part-time anchorman Kenseth hopes to be big story

Swan breakup leaves Kligerman without ride

Wallace Jr. jumps at chance for JGR Nationwide gig

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Petty set to return to track after wife's death 

Swan Racing sells 2 cars, keeps Kligerman

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NASCAR's Swan Racing folds; Parker Kligerman out of ride

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12 Questions with Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier

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You've seen the signs, especially the crudely made ones that tout a favorite athlete. But did you know this week fans can leave graffiti to cheer or jeer at a NASCAR race? SN's Bob Pockrass has details. 

Danica hopes this Richmond experience is a learning one

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Those Darn Kids
by Mark Howell

Last week, I lamented the apathetic attitude of teenagers regarding automobiles and the freedom of driving. This week, I celebrate the emerging youth movement in NASCAR circa 2014.  Say what you will, but the accomplishments of drivers like Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., and Austin Dillon have renewed the spring in my otherwise slightly-arthritic step. If these hotshoes reflect the future of NASCAR, then let’s look forward to better days ahead.

Consider the back-to-back Nationwide Series wins for Chase Elliott. Think closely about the solid Sprint Cup finishes for Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. What about the energy and talent of Darrell Wallace in the Camping World Truck Series – he being the young man who passed the color barrier and some skilled competition to earn a grandfather clock at Martinsville last season? 

If the young Americans of today find driving cars to be not worthy of their time nor attention, then my guess is that the youngsters mentioned above must have missed that memo…

Of course, it’s important to recognize that these young drivers all possess the same necessary key to racing success: a family lineage deeply rooted in motorsports. For Elliott and Dillon, the connection is truly relative. For up-and-comers like Larson and Wallace, the path to Victory Lane is paved with parental interest and support that’s both emotional and financial.

Last week, I commented on the notion that young people today are disinterested overall in the opportunity of driving an automobile. Owning a car is expensive and obtaining a license is time-consuming, so many young people choose to travel via public transportation or some other means. Such developments don’t bode well for the future of NASCAR, which has been trying to ensnare the millennial generation with little success. As NASCAR Nation puts AARP cards into its wallets, perhaps the future of stock car racing rests squarely on the shoulders of its newest “young guns”…

It's also a natural transition for the sport. It was not all-that-many years ago when drivers like Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Tony Stewart were called “young guns”. Flash back another decade or so, and you would be hearing Jeff Gordon called the same thing. Those youngsters of yesteryear, while still being – relatively speaking – not too ancient, are beginning to show some signs of wear-and-tear (Gordon has said he might retire if he won another championship).  Even Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has been referred to (for most of his career) by the youthful moniker “Junior”, is approaching middle age, turning 40 later this season.  When you look around the garage and see a gray-haired Bobby Labonte, who – for years – was better known as Terry’s younger brother, you suddenly get the sense that the times have changed pretty fast.

But for all those who have aged into the late-middle years of their driving careers, there comes another generation that shows the skill, determination, and promise of exciting days ahead.  Just when the accomplishments of Darrell Wallace, Jr. caught the media’s attention, along comes Austin Dillon’s success, complete with a Sprint Cup pole position at Daytona to begin 2014. As the new season got underway, suddenly Kyle Larson’s name started appearing in NASCAR race results (multiple top-10 finishes – including a second place – by a Sprint Cup rookie will do that).

Then, just when it looked like the Peanut Gallery had peaked, we get to watch Dawsonville, Georgia’s own Chase Elliott win back-to-back events in the Nationwide Series. Sure, Chase is a second-generation driver hailing from one of racing’s most-accomplished families, but such is the way of motorsports. A racer’s success is usually propelled by family experience within the sport – it’s your kin that gets you in.  For Elliott, that meant steering his learning curve towards a competitive ride with JR Motorsports.

The future looks bright for all of the aforementioned youngsters. As long as they stay healthy, get seat time, and keep both fans and sponsors happy, they will take their rightful place within NASCAR Nation as both winners and champions. It appears as though they’ve got some of those tracks already covered with more yet to come.

So the AAA suggests that young people aren’t interested in driving cars.  OK; the statistics show that pretty clearly.  Fortunately, there are several young people in NASCAR circa 2014 who would tell the AAA otherwise. Brian France should be grateful for that!

OF NOTE:

Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford will carry sponsorship from Detroit Genuine Parts this weekend at Richmond International Speedway.

Casey Mears has picked up a new associate sponsor on his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet. Take 5, home of the 5-Minute Oil Change, will be on the quarterpanels of Mears' car this weekend.

Richard Childress Racing has named Matt Shearer as Director, Business Development for RCR. Shearer previously worked at Churchill Downs, Inc. in their partnership development and sales departments

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Team Penske ToyotaCare 250 Race Preview

Ryan Blaney will return to the seat of the No. 22 SKF / Discount Tire Ford Mustang this weekend at Richmond. After a merry-go-round consisting of Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to start the season, Blaney will be behind the wheel for the next three NASCAR Nationwide Series races beginning at Richmond, followed by Talladega and Iowa.

Perdue Foods Sponsoring Earnhardt

Perdue Foods will be riding along with Jeffrey Earnhardt when he challenges Richmond International Raceway in Friday’s ToyotaCare 250 Nationwide Series race. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced the Perdue sponsorship Tuesday. The partnership renews a very special relationship for Perdue, which once worked with and sponsored Dale Earnhardt Sr., Jeffrey’s grandfather and one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest drivers. 

Aric Almirola and No. 43 Team Poised to Continue Short Track Success at Richmond

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Foods team have proved they are a force to be reckoned with at short tracks this season. The team currently has an average finish of 8.6 at tracks one mile or less. They head to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway poised to continue that success and look to head to Victory Lane at Smithfield Foods' home track.

Ford Racing Did You Know? … Richmond Edition

FORD RACING DID YOU KNOW? ... RICHMOND EDITION DID YOU KNOW (Part 1)? … Kyle Petty registered the first win of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career at Richmond International Raceway on Feb. 23, 1986 driving for the Wood Brothers. DID YOU KNOW (Part 2)? … Most people identify the Wood Brothers being associated with the No. 21, but they had the No. 7 on its Ford in 1986 when Kyle Petty won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway because of then-sponsor 7-Eleven. DID YOU KNOW? … When Carl Edwards won last year’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway he became the fifth different Roush Fenway driver to take car owner Jack Roush to victory lane. Mark Martin (1990), Jeff Burton (1998), Matt Kenseth (2002) and Kurt Busch (2005) are the others. DID YOU KNOW? … Ford Racing has won 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway by 23 different drivers. There are seven men who have two wins apiece and they include: David Pearson (1968,’69), Bobby Allison (1979,’80), Ricky Rudd (1984, 2001), Davey Allison (1988,’93), Ernie Irvan (1994,’96), Rusty Wallace (1995,’97) and Dale Jarrett (1997,’99). DID YOU KNOW? … Two father-son duos have won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway in a Ford. Bobby and Davey Allison won two times each while Ned (1) and Dale Jarrett (2) combined to win on three occasions.

Gilliland Likes His Team’s Chances at Richmond

"I like our chances at Richmond with the new rule package this year. I think the cars drive a lot better and help us to be more competitive as a team. We're looking forward to going there. We felt like we had a strong racecar in Phoenix, and usually a lot of stuff transfers over from Phoenix to Richmond.

Ragan Knows No. 34 Can Be Racy at Richmond

"I love Richmond. I think it's a blast. I've got a couple top-fives up there and have had some shots to win. Man, it's a lot of fun to go up there with a good racecar. It seems like anyone with a top-10 or top-12 car, depending on strategy with tires at the end of the race, you can have a shot to win.

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NASCAR's next gamble

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Updates on the Future of the Swan Racing Organization

After officially announcing last week that the future of the Statesville, NC-based race teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was uncertain, there has been no formal update from Swan Racing on the continued future of the organization. However, Monday it was reported by Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News that driver of the No. 26 car, Cole Whitt still did not have a ride for the upcoming Toyota Owners 400 NSCS race at Richmond this Saturday.

Swan Racing, the organization that fields the No. 26 and No. 30 Toyota Camry’s for series rookies Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman, has reportedly had issues with securing long-term sponsorship for the two teams leading to financial turmoil. Currently, Whitt sits 33rd in NSCS standings, while Kligerman sits 38th in the points standings. The two have both had career starts, and solid finishes in the NNS and NCWTS in the past, but have struggled to have any success this season at the Sprint Cup level- with the best finish for Swan Racing being an 18th place finish for the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt at California last month.

Brandon Davis, majority owner of Swan Racing set no timetable on when the organization would announce their future plans, but indicated in their announcement that operations of the two car team would have to be re-evaluated moving forward if sponsorship could not be secured.

But on Thursday, asreported by Dave Moody of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, team employees of Swan Racing were informed on Thursday (4/17) that the team was suspending operations, and that many of the employees were already seeking opportunities elsewhere with other teams in the sport.

Suarez To Make Nationwide Debut at Richmond

Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Tuesday morning that NASCAR Toyota Series and K&N Pro Series East driver Daniel Suarez will make his Nationwide Series debut in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.  Sponsorship will be provided by Silent Circle and Telcel.

Suarez is thrilled to have the opportunity to race for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond.

"I’m excited for the opportunity to make my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut," Suarez said in a press release.  "I want to thank Telcel and Silent Circle for believing in me and making this a reality. I can’t wait for Friday night in Richmond."

JGR President J.D. Gibbs is very excited to have an up and coming talent such as Suarez in the fold.

"Daniel is certainly someone that has proven to have a lot of talent and we are thrilled this was able to come together and allow him to make his debut at Richmond," Gibbs said.  "I think it’s exciting when you look at the young talent our sport has right now and we certainly feel that Daniel is going to be part of the future for NASCAR."

For Suarez, the 2014 season has been very successful so far.  He started tke K&N Pro Series East season with two wins in three days in New Smyrna Beach, FL and Daytona Beach, FL (as part of the UNOH Battle at the Beach).  Despite a crash at Bristol, Suarez still ranks second in points behind Ben Rhodes.  In the Toyota Series, Suarez came from behind to win the season opening Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway in front of all the Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams.  Another win in Chiapas and a second-place finish at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez's oval gives him a nine point lead over Antonio Perez.

This will be a very busy weekend for Suarez.  With the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown moving to South Boston Speedway this year, the K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100 will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250.  In addition, the Toyota Series will have their fourth race of the season at the Autodromo de Monterrey in Suarez's hometown on Sunday.

Trucks Testing at Charlotte

The trucks of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, and will conclude testing tonight.

Among those testing at the at the 1.5 mile quad oval track, is NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie, Mason Mingus, and the No. 35 Toyota Tundra for Win-Tron Racing. The 19 year old has a best finish of 28th to start the season off this year at Daytona.   

In addition to Win-Tron, multiple teams were also testing including GMS Racing’s No. 21 and 23 trucks, Brad Keselowski Racing and the No. 29 truck, and Red Horse Racing testing their No. 17, 7 and 77 trucks at the speedway.

The NCWTS returns to action on Friday, May 9th in Kansas for the SFP 250.

Denny Hamlin’s Charity Short-Track Race Set for Thursday Night

Virginia- native, and driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NSCS, Denny Hamlin, is again hosting his annual charity short-track event dubbed the “Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown”, which is set to take place this Thursday night (4/24). Unlike past years when the event was held at Richmond International Raceway, the event will be moved to South Boston Speedway instead.

The special exhibition late model event is held each year to support the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. The start-studded event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the fight against cystic fibrosis, and the search for a cure.

In addition to Hamlin, this year’s lineup already includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and David Ragan. Also committing to appear will be Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series drivers, Elliott Sadler, Timothy Peters, and Jeb Burton. Additional drivers are set to be announced this week, in the days leading up to the event.

For more information on the event and for tickets, visit dennyhamlinfoundation.org

News ‘N’ Notes

- DRG Motorsports announced on Monday that Bubba Burger will sponsor the veteran driver Joe Nemechek and the No. 86 Nationwide Series car at Richmond International Raceway this coming weekend.  Bubba Burger will also be onboard the No. 86 Chevrolet Camaro for select NNS races throughout the remainder of the season.

- Circle Sport has announced that veteran driver David Stremme will be behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Richmond. Virginia-based Newtown Building Supplies will be sponsoring the car.

- NSCS driver Kasey Kahne and sponsor Farmers Insurance have announced that they will be running a special paint scheme at Talladega Superspeedway next month to thank teachers across the nation. The initiative called “Thank-A-Million Teachers” will be on the hood of the No. 5 Hendrick Mortorsports Chevrolet SS for the ‘Dega race for Kahne. The team will also run the special paint scheme for Kansas and Charlotte during the month of May.

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NASCAR WMT DRIVER JAMIE TOMAINO INKS SPONSORS FOR 2014 – DUNLEAVY TRUCK AND TRAILER REPAIR JOINS TEAM

 

HOWELL, N.J. ~ 1990 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Jamie “The Jet” Tomaino is excited about the 2014 tour season and with good reason. The Howell, N.J. resident, who has competed on the tour for its entire 30 years with perfect attendance, has announced that Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair will be a major backer for the entire season.

 

            “I’m really thrilled that Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair has joined our race team,” Tomaino said. “Doug is backing us all the way. Not only is he a sponsor, but also he will be helping us at the track. He knows what he’s doing and that is great for the team.”

 

            Doug Dunleavy, owner of Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, is equally excited about the teaming.

 

            “We’re going to have an explosive year,” said Dunleavy. “The Jet’ is moving forward big time this year!”

 

            Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, located in Brookfield, Conn. and in operation since 1991, offers commercial, tractor and trailer repair service and specializes in complete roadside repairs from New Hampshire to New Jersey.

 

            Joining Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair in supporting the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s many time “Most Popular Driver” this season are Atlantic Sprinkler in Wall, N.J., Feist Engineering in Monroe Township, N.J., Van Wickle Auto Supply/NAPA in Spring Lake, N.J., MEG Wheels in Wall, N.J., North American Construction in Brick, N.J. and Innovative Safety Products in Concord, N.C.

 

            Single event and season-long sponsorship opportunities with Jamie Tomaino and JT Motorsports are available by calling 732-616-6864.

 

Tomaino drives his familiar black Troyer Engineering chassied No 99, which is powered by a Morgantini Race Engines prepared Chevrolet V8 engine. JT Motorsports is also an authorized Troyer Engineering dealer.

 

The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began at the Daytona International Speedway in February and continues through October. Tomaino’s next event is the “Spring Sizzler” at the Stafford Springs (Conn.) Speedway on April 27.

 

MEDIA NOTE: Jamie Tomaino is available for telephone interviews at 732-616-6864. Doug Dunleavy is available for telephone interviews at 203-775-9199

 

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Timothy Peters to Compete in the Seventh Annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

Timothy Peters, driver of Red Horse Racing's No. 17 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will return to his Late Model roots and compete in the seventh annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday, April 24 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. The veteran driver will be behind the wheel of the No. 17 Autos by Nelson Toyota Camry at a track where he's found much success. The team will be led by Marcus Richmond, Peter's childhood best friend, and his current crew chief in the Truck Series. The duo won the Track Championship at South Boston Speedway in 2004, and multiple races at the South Boston, Va. race track since then.

RAB Racing No. 99 NNS Preview: Richmond International Raceway

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The 5 Ts to an Enjoyable NASCAR Weekend at Richmond International Raceway

We could probably name 50 activities to guarantee a memorable April 25 & 26 NASCAR race weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but we’re paring that list down to the Top 5 things every fan should do while at America’s Premier Short Track for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 weekend.

 
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Jack Roush Wants to Cut Throttle Bore In Lieu Of Smaller Engines

Recently, NASCAR CEO Brian France announced that there would be a new engine package for the Sprint Cup Series in the 2015 season.  There are multiple ideas on the table that could be implemented, but none have been decided on as of that time.

Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, has one idea.

Back at Darlington Raceway, Roush talked to NASCAR.com about the potential limiting of engines starting next season.  He does not appear to be in favor of major structural changes.  Instead, he would prefer a change to the throttle bore size.

"[It is] straightforward and it is easily reversible if you decided that the quality of the racing was hurt by it," Roush said during a press conference in Darlington.  "If they want to take 100 horsepower off … reduce horsepower significantly, the least expensive and most palatable way to do that is with a restriction on the intake side."

Why would Roush oppose such a move?  Quite simply, cost.  As co-owner of Roush Yates Engines, Roush supplies nearly all the Ford teams in Sprint Cup with their powerplants.  He would be well aware of what kind of an expense a major change in engine regulation would force upon the teams, not to mention Roush Yates Engines.

"From an owner’s standpoint, NASCAR has got to be mindful of  … what it costs," Roush continued.  "The race teams can only afford to change so many things at a time. With the expanding technology and the engineering costs that everybody has with the pressure for sponsorship and investment in the sport, a dramatic or unnecessary engine change would not be welcome in my world."

Roush's personal belief is that if NASCAR were to cut displacement, which has been broached in discussions, it would adversely affect the teams because of the millions in development costs that would be incurred as a result.  Ultimately, he believes that NASCAR will cut RPM's, much like what ARCA has done with the Mallory boxes, along with instituting a rule mandating engines to be used for two races.

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Stefan Rzadzinski to run Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Tagliani

Tagliani Autosport announced earlier this week Monday that Stefan Rzadzinski will drive the No. 18 Team EpiPen/Dicom Express entry in the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season opener on May 18th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

 
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Winning formula

Team owner Gene Haas is going Formula One racing, which raises the question: Could any NASCAR drivers switch to F1? Kyle Busch? Carl Edwards? Here's who we see able to make the move. 

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Clint Bowyer gets married in the Bahamas  

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Kwasniewski reflects on NASCAR Next Experience and season to date

Next Friday at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR will introduce their new group of NASCAR Next stars. NASCAR chooses a group of young individuals coming up the racing ranks that the fans should keep an eye on the future.

Marshall’s Madness: Kyle Busch Turning Out Like Mark Martin, Winning But Championship-less

Kyle Busch’s tenure in racing is developing like Mark Martin’s, producing victories but not scoring the ultimate goal: championships.

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STOCK CARS READY FOR SATURDAY’S (4/26)

WALL STADIUM SEASON OPENER

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Months of work at the speedway have been completed and hours of fine tuning in area race car shops are nearing an end all in preparation for the first event of the 2014 Saturday night professional stock car racing season at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (4/26) evening. Downs Ford Modified, Sportsman, Limited Late Model, Legend Cars, Factory Stock and 4 Cylinder racers will all be on the agenda Saturday with grandstand seating opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first race set to take the green flag at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Main events are set to start around 7:00 p.m. and fans will enjoy giveaways throughout the evening.

 

With defending Down Ford Modified champion Chas Okerson of Freehold leading the way, his fellow Modified competitors will have plenty to shoot for in 2014. Strong competition in the quest for opening night glory and the 2014 Modified crown will come from Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Freehold’s Steven Reed, Howell’s Eric Mauriello, New Egypt’s Jason Hearne and Brick’s Shawna Ingraham. They are just a few of the area’s standout Modified drivers expected to go for the win and the season-long driving title.

 

The Sportsman division is also earning a lot of interest for the new season with car counts expected to rise. Defending champ Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck is expected to attempt to defend his crown while Kevin Davison of Howell and Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan will be among those offering plenty of competition.

 

            In addition to the Downs Ford Modified and Sportsman racers, the Factory Stock, 4 Cylinder, Legend Cars and Limited Late Model racers will all see main event action on Saturday, April 26.

 

            The current schedule for the April 26 season opener will see the competitor pit area open at 2:00 p.m., with the regular afternoon practice session beginning at 3:00 p.m. and running until 5:00 p.m. Spectator seating will open for the first time this season at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. with main event action to follow around 7:00 p.m.

 

            Week two of the 2014 season on Saturday May 3 will again feature all divisions as the speedway presents “Fan Appreciation Night.” On this evening fans will be welcome onto the track to meet with drivers from every division as they park their racecars on display on the speedway. On May 3 grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. with the on track party starting shortly after. Qualifying will start at 6:00 p.m. with main event action starting around 7:00 p.m.

 

            Pro auto racing action then continues every weekend through the summer months with post-season specials also planned.

 

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

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Tribute to Past, Present, Future, and Fallen Linemen To Headline NASCAR Camping World Truck Series St. Louis Event

Officials for Gateway Motorsports Park and MAKE Motorsports announced today that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will be known as the “Drivin’ for Linemen 200.” NASCAR returns to the St. Louis area on June 14, 2014 – for the first time since 2010 – with a race that will bring a heightened level of awareness to the Linemen of America and the electrical industry. The Linemen were slated to be recognized today by the U.S. Congress for their efforts as first responders during natural disasters. This race will pay tribute to the past, present, future and fallen Linemen. 

Nishikawa and NISCO Will Sponsor Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 11 at Richmond

Nishikawa Rubber and NISCO will be joining Hattori Racing Enterprises as sponsors for the No. 11 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car for the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25th existing relationship with Hattori Racing Enterprises as they sponsored the No. 11 for 2013’s North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and DRIVE4COPD 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Two representatives from NISCO will also be joining HRE as guests for the entire weekend of racing at Richmond.

 

It’s a Party in the RVA: Miller Lite Party Zone Relocates to Richmond International Raceway’s Midway

Like all good things, Richmond International Raceway gets better with age. With the help of fan feedback, we’ve enhanced the old and added some new. So what’s changed in 2014? The Miller Lite Party Zone relocates to the Midway prior to the Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 NASCAR races.

 
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Friday, April 18

Time                            Telecast                                                           Network

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM      NASCAR RaceHub                                           FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM      Countdown to F1                                              NBC Sports Network
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM    AMA Monster Energy Supercross: Seattle         FOX Sports 1*# (from April 12)

Saturday, April 19

Time                              Telecast                                                           Network
2:00 AM - 3:30 AM        Formula One Grand Prix of China Qualifying  NBC Sports Network
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM        Langley Speedway Practice                             FansChoice.tv^
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM        Langley Speedway Qualifying                         FansChoice.tv^
6:55 PM - 9:55 PM        Langley Speedway Feature Races                   FansChoice.tv^


Sunday, April 20

Time                              Telecast                                                            Network
1:00 AM - 2:30 AM        Formula One Grand Prix of China Qualifying    NBC Sports Network*# (from April 19)
2:30 AM - 3:00 AM         F1 Countdown                                                  NBC Sports Network
3:00 AM - 5:00 AM         Formula One Grand Prix of China                     NBC Sports Network
5:00 AM - 5:30 AM         F1 Extra                                                            NBC Sports Network
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM         F1 Countdown                                                  NBC Sports Network*#
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM         Formula One Grand Prix of China                    NBC Sports Network*#
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM         F1 Extra                                                            NBC Sports Network*#
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM         Pirelli World Challenge Roar at the Shore        NBC Sports Network* (from April 13)

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DOUG HOFFMAN MEMORIAL. Poker Series #1 RoC Modifieds (44 laps) plus Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks (Hand #1 of Poker Series). Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt (Easter egg drop from helicopter), Sermon, Kids Activity Table, Moonbounces, & MORE! Pits open 1:30; Grandstands open 3:00; Racing starts 5:30. Adults $25; Students (13-15) $12; Kids (12 & under) FREE

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COTTON INCORPORATED ANNOUNCES WINNER OF DENIM RECYCLING CHALLENGE
FOR NASCAR NATIONWIDE AND SPRINT CUP SERIES TEAMS
NEW YORK – Cotton Incorporated announced today that Team Penske is the winner of the denim recycling challenge for NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams, an activity that took place in conjunction with the Blue Jeans Go Green™ 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives® NASCAR Nationwide Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in early March.
In advance of the race, teams were encouraged to recycle old denim in Blue Jeans Go Green™ bins located in team offices.  Every piece collected added another entry for that organization into a random drawing where one team would win a catered team lunch and a CV Products gift certificate.
Thanks to its denim recycling efforts, Team Penske won the random drawing and earned the top prize.
“The goal with the denim recycling challenge was to raise awareness about the Blue Jeans Go Green™ brand across the NASCAR community and to generate excitement for the Phoenix race weekend,” said Andrea Samber, Co-Director, Strategic Alliances, Cotton Incorporated. “The challenge combined friendly competition with a chance to help the environment and communities in need. We are very appreciative of the efforts of not just Team Penske but of all the teams that participated in our denim recycling challenge.”
The Blue Jeans Go Green™ 200 was supported by an at-track recycling program in which race weekend attendees dropped off any type of denim at one of four collection bin locations set up around the track. Denim collected by NASCAR fans and teams will be recycled into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic, Inc. headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, and a portion of the insulation will be given to Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.
To date, Blue Jeans Go Green™ has diverted more than 600 tons of waste out of landfills and generated approximately 2 million square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation to assist with building efforts in communities in need. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona will be one of the primary beneficiaries of insulation manufactured from denim collected during the Blue Jeans Go Green™ 200 race weekend.
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NASCAR Executive Marcus Jadotte Leaving Organization
Jadotte to Serve as NASCAR Consultant for Multicultural Development;
Teneo Strategy to Broaden NASCAR Public Affairs Capabilities
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2014) – NASCAR announced today that Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, will be leaving the organization. Jadotte will serve as a consultant as NASCAR continues to evolve its diversity and multicultural development initiatives throughout the organization. Additionally, NASCAR will expand its existing relationship with Teneo Strategy, a strategic advisory firm which has worked with NASCAR since 2013, to support its public affairs activities.
“During his nine years at NASCAR, Marcus has made a truly meaningful impact on our business,” said NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian France. “Thanks in large part to Marcus’ passion and leadership, we have become a leader in diversity and inclusion among the sports industry, and we will continue to deepen our commitment in the years ahead. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service to NASCAR.”
“The NASCAR ecosystem reaches nearly every facet of the American economy, so it was particularly gratifying to have worked with leading NASCAR stakeholders and to have contributed to the sport’s development over the last nine years,” Jadotte said. “I am especially grateful for the professional support and friendship I have received from Brian France and NASCAR President Mike Helton during my tenure.”
Among his accomplishments since joining NASCAR in March 2005, Jadotte led the development of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Pit Crew Development programs. These initiatives focus on developing the skills of promising female, Asian, Latino and African-American drivers and crew members in NASCAR. Jadotte has effectively overseen NASCAR’s relationship with Rev Racing, which operates teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the NASCAR D4D program, resulting in an increase in minority participation and on-track success.
NASCAR D4D will continue under the leadership of Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, racing operations (to whom Jadotte reported). The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program and annual NASCAR Diversity Awards also are among a number of diversity and inclusion programs started by Jadotte that will continue at NASCAR.



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Kentucky Speedway Announces New June Nationwide Race Sponsor

On Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Speedway announced that they have reached a deal with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to sponsor the 300-mile June Nationwide race at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.  The race will be known as the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

According to the press release, the HERO Campaign is a national campaign dedicated to the memory of Elliott, a Navy ensign who was killed by a drunk driver in 2000 in a head-on crash in Annapolis, Maryland.  The organization raises awareness of the need for sober designated drivers in order to keep drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.  The Kentucky branch of the HERO Campaign will be the one that sponsors the race, not the national organization. 

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock is happy that Kentucky Speedway is willing to help out with the cause.

"We appreciate the Kentucky Speedway's continued assistance in promoting our highway safety messages," Hancock said.  "As we gear up for racing season, we're proud to bring attention to this critical highway safety issue and encourage NASCAR fans to use designated drivers."

In Kentucky, the issue of designated drivers is perhaps a little more important than in most other states due to the state's alcohol laws.  They can be best described as confusing, and can differ from county to county, town to town, and even neighborhood to neighborhood (Ex: Louisville, KY is officially wet, but a couple of neighborhoods have voted to go dry to cut down on crime).  Over one-quarter of the state's 120 counties (38 in all) are completely dry, while 50 more are "Moist" (includes wet cities inside of otherwise dry countries, on-premises alcohol by the drink only, alcohol at golf courses, wineries or at an approved historic site).  In some areas of the state, a person may have to drive 40 miles from their home on country roads to legally drink because of the proliferation of dry counties.  Kentucky Speedway is located in Gallatin County, which is a wet county (allows for bars, package sales, etc.).  However, neighboring Grant and Owen counties are mostly dry.  Grant County allows alcohol only by the drink in restaurants that seat at least 100 people and derive at least 70 percent of revenue from food in three cities (Corinth, Dry Ridge and Williamstown), while Owen County only allows alcohol to be purchased at one winery within the county.

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"It was a lot of fun. He’d call when we won and didn’t say much when we crashed. He was a fun owner. He’d call to make sure we were ok after a hard crash but he never said ‘stop crashing’. He just threw our cars away at the bottom of his pond and says a lot of fish hang out around them now. He was a very supportive owner." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., on racing for Tony Stewart

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Late debris cautions harm NASCAR’s integrity

Let's be completely honest now: the racing in 2014 has been phenomenal, down to the wire at times. It is an impossible feat to keep every single fan 100 percent satisfied with the real race. For the past couple of weeks, it has been crystal clear that there have been late debris cautions that were flagrantly called to stack up the field for an "exhilarating" finish.

Rodney Childers leads Kevin Harvick to win while learning from mistakes

Even though the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet team at Stewart-Haas Racing has had a rough start to the year, they are the first team that can say this confidently - they're locked in the Chase with two victories.

 
 

MEMORIES OF A SENIOR NASCAR FAN: MY FIRST SOUTHERN 500

Like many of you, I spent a Friday and Saturday evening in front of a television set watching NASCAR Live On Fox from Darlington International Raceway in South Carolina. After all, any race track with the names "the track too tough to tame" and "the lady in black" was bound to turn up some excitement.

NASCAR May Hold Key For Kids With Limited Mobility To ‘Go Baby Go’

Physical therapist and developmental scientist Cole Galloway has devoted his life’s work to helping young children with limited mobility and other physical challenges explore their world. And he may have just found the solution in the world of NASCAR, developing modified toy race cars to get these babies and toddlers moving in order to understand […]

 
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Talladega qualifying moves to FOX

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DAYTONA Rising Creates Opportunities For Local Construction Firms, Welcomes New Families To Daytona Beach Area
Project Provides Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity For Design-Build Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a successful beginning to the 2014 motorsports event season, Daytona International Speedway is now ramping up construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. More than 65 Volusia County-based businesses have been involved in the DAYTONA Rising project since its groundbreaking nearly one year ago, a number that is expected to grow as the project progresses.
The Speedway and its design-builder, Barton Malow, have awarded subcontracts, sub-subcontracts and purchase orders to Volusia County firms for the following areas: demolition, fencing, metal wall panels, asphalt, grading, drywall, plumbing, lumber supply, electrical, roofing, landscaping and masonry. Local firms are excited about the opportunity to be part of DAYTONA Rising:
·         “Barton Malow has created an outstanding team and we’re grateful to be one of the many local partners working on this massive project,” said P&S Paving Vice President Todd Phillips. P&S Paving, an asphalt paving, heavy highway contractor serving Volusia County, is providing paving and dirt services.
·         “Our company has a long history working with the Speedway so we’re thrilled to be part of this important project,” said A. W. Baylor Versapanel-Plastering Vice President Jim Crews. “Barton Malow and DAYTONA Rising are energizing the community by providing local companies with an opportunity to work on a large-scale project for the next several years.” A. W. Baylor Versapanel-Plastering, a commercial construction firm based in Ormond Beach, Fla., is fabricating light gauge metal stud panels, installing all of the interior wall and ceiling framing as well as installing all drywall and plastering.
·         “We’ve worked with the Speedway for more than 20 years so we understand the high expectations for DAYTONA Rising,” said Coleman Goodemote Construction President Charles Coleman. “Barton Malow is an outstanding partner and we look forward to helping them with this important project.” Coleman Goodemote Construction, a full-service commercial construction company based in Daytona Beach, is assisting with race-ready preparation for key Speedway events.
Several members of the Barton Malow team have relocated to the greater Daytona Beach area to establish personal partnerships with the many local firms working on the project. Len Moser, a Barton Malow vice president and DAYTONA Rising's project executive, moved from Gwinnett County in Georgia to Ormond Beach with his wife and two children in June 2013. Moser is impressed with the passion for the project within the community.
“From day one, our local partners have demonstrated their strong commitment to DAYTONA Rising,” said Moser. “Their dedication is helping to transform the Speedway’s vision into reality. This project is an extremely rewarding experience for me personally and professionally.”
Jason McFadden, Barton Malow’s director of project management, moved from Atlanta to Ponce Inlet, Fla. with his wife in October 2012. McFadden embraces the challenges associated with this once-in-a-lifetime project and has also experienced the local enthusiasm for DAYTONA Rising.
“The overwhelming support from the Daytona Beach community continues to inspire us on a daily basis,” said McFadden. “We’re proud of the progress to date and look forward to the road ahead. We have a great team in place and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an impact through the DAYTONA Rising project.”
About DAYTONA Rising
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods.
Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.
ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.
Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information.
For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Facing a Fading Future
by Mark Howell

NASCAR is suffering from an identity crisis. For all the efforts being made to keep stock car racing relevant in American society, there are forces at work that seem to be steering the sport toward even more dismal levels of attendance and acceptance. And the blame sits squarely atop the shoulders of the demographic Brian France so desperately wants to attract.

A 2012 survey of 1039 teens between the ages of 18 and 20, done by the American Automobile Association (AAA), discovered that fewer young people are obtaining their drivers licenses once they reach driving age. Their reasons varied from not being able to afford the privilege (36% said both cars and gasoline were too expensive) to not taking the time needed to get their license (35% said they never got around to it). 

Money seemed to be the primary factor regarding teens getting their licenses (25% of teens from homes earning $20,000 or less annually had their licenses by the age of 18), but there was also evidence of a societal shift when it came to overall acceptance of the automobile.  Of the teenagers surveyed by the AAA, 44% said they could get around easily without having (or driving) a car.

If this is the demographic that is so vital to NASCAR’s future, perhaps we should not be surprised to learn that this population’s disinterest in cars seems to match the on-going decrease in television ratings and spectator attendance for events all along the racing schedule. NASCAR has made great strides in embracing social media and trying to reach young people where they reside in today’s tech-heavy society, but it looks as though the sport is facing apathetic years ahead.  A lack of money will always be a central issue, but without apparent interest, there’s no need to explore the situation any deeper.
 
One of the conclusions to come from the AAA survey was that teenagers put off getting their drivers’ licenses “due to …lack of opportunity or interest.” As many of my college students concur, young people today simply don’t see an automobile as anything special, necessary, or all-that-attractive. Most students I hear from say they actually consider cars to be a contemporary evil:  the cause of greenhouse gases, global warming, diminishing natural resources, urban crowding, and suburban sprawl. 

To paraphrase one commentator when the AAA survey was released: today’s teens care more about Smartphones than cars. These are strange days, indeed….
  
Maybe cars today go unnoticed by young people because the vehicles are simply too reliable. The days of having to pay close regular attention to your personal ride are long gone. Today’s automobiles – even low-priced ones – run for many tens of thousands of miles before they need even the slightest tune-up.

And it doesn’t help that contemporary cars are almost impossible to work on at home.  Most modern engine components are of the remove-and-replace / plug-and-play variety. Even if a repair needed to be made, doing s would require scan tools, schematics, and a direct line to the manufacturer.  Unlike the old days, even locating and / or changing the spark plugs on a motor would be a challenge for most teenagers (provided they even knew what spark plugs were in the first place!).
 
And here’s another problem: Today’s automobiles all tend to look alike. The lack of designs coming off assembly lines has turned identifiable shapes and styles into generic duplicates based on eco-friendly concepts. Sure, a Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry has aerodynamics covered, but neither looks nearly as cool as a Plymouth Superbird or Pontiac GTO….

People my age who were teenagers oh-so-long-ago cannot relate to today’s auto-apathetic generation. Growing up in a rural, car-crazy community, both cars and driving were hard-wired into my DNA. I clearly remember being about four years old and sitting on my father’s lap behind the wheel of our family’s 1964 Ford Galaxie 500.  Dad would let me steer as we drove the often-deserted back roads near our home.

That all changed to full-out driving once I was able to reach the pedals and see over the steering wheel; being a pretty big kid for my age, that occurred when I was around nine or ten years old.  Dad would sit beside me as I drove the dirt roads around our house, and he’d let me take the wheel whenever we visited my uncle’s cabin near Forkston, Pennsylvania. The road to the cabin was a ten-mile journey on a dirt road off the main highway, and I couldn’t wait to make the turn, swap seats with my dad, and mash the throttle.

On the day I turned sixteen, I hauled my dad to the state police barracks and took my drivers’ test. By 10:00 AM, I had my license in hand and my 1974 Ford LTD on the road. We celebrated the occasion by me driving us the sixty miles north to what was then Shangri-La (now Tioga) Speedway for a Saturday night of NASCAR Modified racing.

Now I flash-forward from those memories of my youth to my life today circa 2014. My soon-to-be-18-year old daughter (the one who’s headed off to college this fall) has yet to obtain her license, and her kid brother who’s nearing seven says that he (and his friends at school) find automobile racing “kind of boring” because it’s “just cars going in circles”.
 
This overall lack of interest and desire has been hurting NASCAR’s ability to snare young viewers and/or fans for years now.  As long as young people struggle to see the relevance of stock car racing and how it connects the vital relationship between sports and American automobile culture, the population of NASCAR Nation will only grow older and grayer.

Granted, the other day my six-year old son asked if he could race a go-kart “like the car at Target.” He meant the IndyCar sponsored by Target that we so often see on signs posted around the store, but at least it was a step in what I see as the “right” and necessary direction. “I might go fast and hit the wall,” he said, “but at least I’ll have a helmet.”

As I heard it:  at least he’ll want to get behind the wheel and drive….

Dr. Mark Howell is a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. Feedback can be sent to mark.howell@frontstretch.com.

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New Freedom Trophy for Sprint Cup Talladega Winners

Without the men and women in the Unites States Army, life in America would not be the same. To honor the brave men and women of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, Talladega Superspeedway has created a very unique piece of hardware.

Named the Freedom Trophy, it will be given to each winner of a Talladega race in the Sprint Cup series, beginning with the Aaron's 499 next month. The trophy displays all five branches of the military as well as their individual logos and will be presented in victory lane by military personnel from a specific branch after each race.

"Winning a Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega just got extra special," Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch said. "With the Freedom Trophy, we pay tribute to our race winners, as well as our servicemen and women who make so many things possible for us on a daily basis."

Additionally, the speedway is offering deeply discounted tickets for military personnel. The Aaron's 499 will run Sunday, May 4th.

Goodyear Holds Tire Test at Kansas Speedway

Tires have been a topic of conversation throughout the 2014 NASCAR season, and on Tuesday, Goodyear held their second tire test in the last seven days, this time at Kansas Speedway. Less than a month before the inaugural Sprint Cup Series night race at the recently repaved track, Goodyear held what they called a “confirmation” test to ensure that the tire they plan to bring to Kansas will run well in race conditions.

According to a report from nascar.com, more than a dozen teams participated in the test at the 1.5-mile oval. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, one of 15 drivers that converged on the facility on Tuesday, commented on Twitter that "no one needs to wonder if the track record will get broken when we come back."

Last October, Goodyear brought a multi-zone tread tire that several drivers struggled with at first. A different multi-zone tire has been used at Texas and Atlanta, along with plans to use it at Richmond next weekend.

"It seems like they hold up better, which is good," Martin Truex Jr. said of the tires on Tuesday. "They worked good at Atlanta when we ran them, they worked good here last year. It's just all about the teams trying to get everything they can out of the race car, and they use these tires up. So hopefully they'll hold up good enough, and we'll be able to go fast all day long."

The Kansas 400 will be held Saturday, May 10th at 7:00 PM ET.

Sage Fruit Company Signs With JR Motorsports

Sage Fruit Company has announced a new partnership with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. According to a report on PerishableNews.com, the company that grows and ships apples, pears and cherries will serve as an associated sponsor for Chase Elliott's No. 9 car, along with Kasey Kahne's No. 5 at Talladega (May 4th) and Daytona (July 4th).

“Sage Fruit is excited to be a part of such a great organization,” said Chuck Sinks, President of Sales and Marketing at Sage Fruit.  “Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been voted the most popular driver in NASCAR for the last 11 years running and to be a part of this organization will help us in many ways.  With cross promotions and social media opportunities, this is sure to be a great partnership.”

Sage Fruit has sponsored Kasey Kahne Racing for some time. Rookie Chase Elliott heads into the off weekend with back-to-back Nationwide victories at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

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Alex Tagliani excited about upcoming NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season

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Darrell Waltrip Educates Samford University Students on Talladega Superspeedway’s Incredible $19 College Ticket

Four-time Talladega Superspeedway winner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Darrell Waltrip was at Samford University in Birmingham on Tuesday, showcasing his historic No. 88 Gatorade Monte Carlo that won many races in the late 1970s and letting students know that Talladega Superspeedway has the best ticket in any sport for college students – the $19 College Party Pass.

Hermie Sadler to Compete in Denny Hamlin Charity Race

1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current Fox Sport 1 analyst Hermie Sadler will return to the track as he will compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. The biggest celebrity-laden Late Model Race on asphalt is going back to its roots at South Boston Speedway (South Boston, Va.) on April 24th, as host Denny Hamlin and an all-star cast of drivers return to the race track that helped launch Hamlin's NASCAR career, among other racing stars.

 

Edsel Ford and Ford Racing NASCAR Drivers Comment on Favorite Mustang Memories

The 50th Anniversary of Mustang is this Thursday, April 17, and with that in mind, Ford Racing asked some of its NASCAR drivers to talk about their favorite Mustang memory. Here are some of their stories, along with another from Edsel B. Ford II, member of the board of directors, Ford Motor Company.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series Drivers Signing Autographs at Richmond International Raceway

Meet the stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday, April 25 at Richmond International Raceway, before they race “under the lights” in the BLUE OX 100. All of the drivers will be available for a special autograph session, open to all April 25 ticketholders, at 4:00 pm in the Amphitheater.

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It was a big day for Hendrick at Darlington. Jeff Gordon needs to win, but his consistency keeps him perched atop this week's Power Rankings. Teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson made moves toward the top, too.

Tap on the brakes

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Chevrolet: 3 - Austin Dillon, 4 - Kevin Harvick, 5 - Kasey Kahne, 7 - Michael Annett, 42 - Kyle Larson, 51 - Justin Allgaier, 78 - Martin Truex, Jr.
Ford: 2 - Brad Keselowski, 17 - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 43 - Aric Almirola
Toyota: 11 - Denny Hamlin, 23 - Alex Bowman, 55 - Brian Vickers

13- Casey Mears and 87- Joe Nemechek are also listed as "Maybes" for the test.
 
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Great Racing in the Nationwide Series? Chase Elliott Saves the Day
Sitting In The Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

People are talking.  For the first time in what feels like a decade, I'm not tuning into  the Nationwide race on Saturday in hopes of passing a couple hours while the Cup boys stomp all over the field.  Nope, for three weeks now not only was there damn good racing, but the star of the show wasn't somebody I already owned a t-shirt and die-cast for.  And I'm intrigued.  I am looking forward to the next Saturday show, because I have every hope that the entertainment will continue.

Who is the new kid on the block?  Chase Elliott is his name; a high school senior, who writes his own tardy slips when Dale Jr. wins on Sunday.  He also comes with a NASCAR pedigree, being the son of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville.  But he has also shown us he knows how to win, and will do so by executing passes as only a fearless driver can.  It's thrilling, and intoxicating.  I am a convert.

What's so different about Elliott's story?  We've had other young guns come up through Nationwide recently.  They've won a few races, come with a glittering past and even sport important numbers on their door panels.  What is it about Chase that makes the guys in the booth chatter away like excited monkeys at feeding time?

Honestly, we didn't expect this kind of performance from the kid.  While we've been hearing about Chase since he first sat in a car, it's been more like a casual, "Hey, did you know Bill Elliot's kid is racing?"  Even as he stepped up to compete in the Camping World Series last year, he didn't run a full season.  I know, and you know, that even if you're showing well in the nine races you entered, it's not the kind of experience that will usually translate into a consistent, competitive edge when you start beating sheet metal with the best in the business.  We simply weren't looking for Chase to be hoisting multiple trophies already.  After all, our despondency with the development series known as the Nationwide show has been well ingrained. 

It began with our eventual disappointment with the choreographed love affair with Sliced Bread.  In 2008, NASCAR fans were promised the next Jeff Gordon. He arrived with the blessings of all the best in the sport.  Broadcasters swore up and down that Logano would be the one to watch, and if not this year, maybe next.  Or the next.  Or perhaps the next.  Meanwhile, Joey earned himself an on-air reputation of childish rants when tempers heated up.  It just didn't sit well with the fans of the sport.  So, we turned away and hoped for somebody else to come along.

That's when the Nationwide Series devolved into nothing more than a practice session for Sunday's race.  Years passed with no other competitive drivers rising out of the major "development" series.  And we just stopped looking for something hot and new to happen.   

Things started to improve a couple years ago.  Expectations surrounding the Dillon boys have benefited by a massive media onslaught, multiple years of coverage as they climbed through the lower ranks and yes, by cultivating their on-air branding with cowboy hats, and borrowing the legendary black No. 3.  The fact they've got enough talent to back up the attention just smoothed the already paved path straight to Cup. Our disbelief in new blood started to erode.

Joining the brothers was another recent shooting star, Kyle Larson, the young Californian who is currently looking to snare the Sprint Cup RoTY trophy from Austin Dillon.  He got lots of mentions last year as he figured out how stock cars worked vs. his usual cockpit in a sprint car.  His learning curve has been astounding and exciting, but it's been more like working up to a slow boil.  We're just waiting for the pot to start rolling.  It's coming.  Thus when he stands with the rest of the top guns in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, none of us will be sitting down in stunned silence.

But you know, it really felt like between Larson and Dillon our cup for fresh blood is already overflowing.  There couldn't possibly be another starlet worth watching.  Even with the murmurs that Chase Elliott is the driver Hendrick is looking to eventually replace Jeff Gordon with upon the veteran's retirement.  Yeah, sure. It's just not possible.

Well, that's the beauty of racing.  Sometimes the unexpected does happen when you're not looking. Chase Elliott not only rode a rocket to victory in Texas, he stole the win at Darlington with four tires and sheer bravado.  I know now that when we head to Richmond in a couple weeks I won't simply be watching Harvick and Busch school the little boys on how to win.  Nope, there's a new kid in town willing and able to reopen the classroom for those cocky, too successful intruders.

And that's what Friday Night Fights is all about, isn't it?  Fresh faces standing toe to toe with the grizzled veteran and the end result of the round completely unpredictable.  Ring that bell!

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) No. 42 - Kyle Larson Started 17th, Finished 8th
2) No. 3 - Austin Dillon Started 20th, Finished 11th
3) No. 51 - Justin Allgaier Started 24th, Finished 23rd

Numbers Game: Bojangles' Southern 500
by Tom Bowles

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Laps led by Kyle Busch Saturday night, en route to a sixth-place finish. He led a race-high 265 laps in the Southern 500 a year ago.

1

Lead-lap finish for Phil Parsons Racing in the last three years at an unrestricted track. Josh Wise ran 21st at Darlington, the first time they’ve run with the leaders outside of Daytona and Talladega.

2
Victories by Harvick this season, a number which “locks him” into the Chase assuming he can stay inside the top 30 in series points.

3
Straight second-place finishes by Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson was runner-up at Martinsville, followed by Gordon’s second place at Texas and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. filling the bridesmaid role at the Lady In Black.

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Of the final five cautions at Darlington were for “debris” or “fluid on the track.” Only Kurt Busch’s crash, in the first green-white-checkered finish broke the trend.

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Top-15 finishes by rookie Austin Dillon in the first eight races of 2014. He’s finished all but two laps so far, to lead all freshmen and was a respectable 11th in his first Sprint Cup trip to the Lady in Black.

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Chevrolets inside the top 10 Saturday night, the most of any manufacturer. Chevy has also won a league-leading four of eight races so far in 2014.

26
Drivers with at least one top-10 finish in the Cup Series so far this season. Everyone with at least one top 10 is ranked inside the top 26 in Sprint Cup points. Among those drivers not on that list: Martin Truex, Jr., Danica Patrick, and Trevor Bayne (running a limited schedule for the Wood Brothers).

63
Career laps led by Kevin Harvick, in 17 Darlington starts before Saturday night. In the 2014 Southern 500, he led the field for 238 of 374 laps en route to victory.

515

Laps led by Kevin Harvick this season, leading all Sprint Cup drivers.

$109,665
Money Ryan Newman won for finishing tenth.

$123,471
Money Joey Logano won after a broken left-front hub left him ending the night in the garage (35th).


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 14, 2014) – Five hundred miles at Darlington Raceway. It’s a challenging, exhausting endeavor – and on Saturday night, the Southern 500 needed overtime. Of course it did.
In a busy storybook weekend of NASCAR and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing, that was the necessary outcome.
Seven races were run in three countries and on two continents for a total of 989 laps and 1,169 miles. Victory belonged to 10 different drivers during the weekend, yet there was one clear winner above all: The fans.
They saw a little bit of everything during this memorable weekend…
-       In a green-white-checkered finish that extended the race seven laps past its scheduled distance of 367 laps, Kevin Harvick became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season’s first two-time winner – not to mention the first to virtually lock-up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His two wins guarantee him a place on the 16-driver Chase Grid, provided he finishes in the top 30 after race No. 26 and attempts to qualify for every race.
-       Rising star Chase Elliott won his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race, becoming the youngest winner in Darlington history. The 18-year-old’s navigation of the egg-shaped track reminded many of his championship-winning father, Bill Elliott, who himself won five times at Darlington.
-       Scott Pruett, arguably the greatest sports car driver in North America right now, won his second consecutive Prototype race of this TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debut season. With teammate Memo Rojas, from Mexico City, the pair followed its win at Sebring with a victory in Long Beach, Calif. It was Pruett’s 58th career victory, extending his lead on the all-time North American professional sports car racing win list.
-       In the GT Le Mans class of the TUDOR Championship at Long Beach, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia teamed to capture the first win for the recently unveiled Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
-       Ander Vilarino, who took home the championship in each of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ two years of existence, was victorious in the second Elite 1 race of the Valencia NASCAR Fest weekend in Spain. Yann Zimmer, a 23-year-old and last year’s rookie of the year, won Saturday’s Elite 1 season opener in Valencia.
-       George Brunnhoelzl III scored his first victory in this “Drive for Five” season. The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion led a race-high 69 laps Saturday at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.
-       Daniel Suárez continued his two-country success story, scoring his second win of the 2014 NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series season. Suárez, who also has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories, won at the Súper Óvalo Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
And now, a break – sort of. Engines will silence for much of NASCAR and the TUDOR Championship this weekend, in observance of the Easter holiday.
But, there will be some on-track action for those needing a fix. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will race at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., on Saturday. For live updates throughout race day, log onto NASCARHomeTracks.com.
And for continuous coverage of the first portion of this storyline-rich season, visit NASCAR.com and IMSA.com.

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Darlington Raceway Rewind

There’s nothing like a weekend at Darlington Raceway to remind you why you love racing. The excitement begins to build as you drive through the tunnel. As you step out of your car and gaze out at the grandstands, your mind begins to fill with the memories of all that has gone before and the anticipation of things to come.

 
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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Harvick Dominates The Lady, Wins At Darlington
by Justin Tucker

For the first time since Phoenix, Kevin Harvick finally had the perfect weekend.  In the last five races leading up to Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500, it had been a case of whatever could go wrong did for Harvick and his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet.  Harvick hadn't finished better than seventh in those races and slumped to outside the top 35 in the remaining events.

Saturday night would be a much different outcome, the Lady In Black saving her love for Mr. Harvick. With just 63 career laps led at the egg-shaped oval, entering the night the veteran had a breakthrough, leading a race-high 238 of 374 laps on his way to a decisive first career Cup Series win at Darlington. Harvick not only took advantage of a fast race car, but also pit strategy.  Under the ninth caution, Harvick took four tires while most of his competition took two.  That dropped him to fifth, after a commanding lead but two green-white-checkered restarts then allowed him to work around challengers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to retake control.

Harvick was happy and somewhat relieved after scoring the victory Saturday night.

"It feels great," he said.  "It's allowed us with the way the points system is to go for wins and not have to worry about the bad weeks too much."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would come tantalizingly close to his first Darlington win, but it wasn't meant to be after the final series of cautions set him up for success.  Taking two tires after a yellow for Joey Logano's broken left-front hub, with ten laps left Earnhardt found an opportunity after Harvick's comfortable lead got erased. Stuck behind Johnson initially, settling for second a tenth caution for contact between Denny Hamlin and Travis Kvapil gave Earnhardt an opening to briefly take the lead. But the No. 88, who blew by his teammate on the first green-white-checkered couldn't hold off a fast-charging Harvick during the second after Kurt Busch's crash sent the race into "double overtime."

"It hurts a little bit to come this close," Earnhardt said, as he has yet to duplicate his father's Darlington success.  "Running second's great, but nobody's really going to remember that."

Jimmie Johnson would rebound after a frustrating weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  Johnson, who started 26th, really struggled through the initial 40 laps of the race.  Chad Knaus, worried about said handling made the call to bring Johnson down pit road several times under the first caution.  It's a move that paid off as Johnson began to work through the field, moving to second before the final series of cautions gifted him the lead through a two-tire stop.  However, Johnson would be shuffled back to third on the second-to-last restart after Harvick gave Earnhardt Jr. a push, leaving the ending squarely between the Nos. 4 and 88.  That left Johnson pleased with the effort, but realizing there is more work to do to get to Victory Lane.

“Things were really going our way when we took the two tires and got the restart under control,’’ Johnson said.  “Then, [another] caution came out.  At that point, I knew that us on two tires were probably in big trouble.  (Harvick) worked his way up there.  We had to gamble to kind of take a shot at getting a win.  Chad played it right. We were in the right position, but just caught two cautions at the end that kept us from going to Victory Lane.’’

Joining Harvick, Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson in the top 5 of Saturday's Bojangles' Southern 500 were 2013 winner Matt Kenseth in fourth and Greg Biffle in fifth.  Kyle Busch finished sixth, while seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon wound up seventh.  Kyle Larson was the highest finishing rookie in eighth, while Tony Stewart came back from a lap down to finish ninth.  Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10.
 
A look at the Bojangles' Southern 500 by the numbers.  There were 22 lead changes among 12 different drivers and 11 cautions for 50 laps slowed the race pace down to 131.211 MPH. It was a tough night for rookies, three of whom caused the race's first four caution flags. Ryan Truex, Michael Annett and Cole Whitt were among those who needed extensive time behind the wall, earning Darlington stripes that were matched by veterans Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne later in the race.

The Sprint Cup Series takes next weekend off for Easter, but returns in two weeks to the "action track" at Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners' 400. The green flag is scheduled for 7:14 PM ET on FOX.

Chasing the Chase: Gordon Maintains Lead Despite Bad Restarts

by Phil Allaway

In Darlington, points leader Jeff Gordon was in position to pick up a top-5 finish.  Unfortunately, restarts have been Gordon's Achilles Heel in recent years and Saturday night was just one more example of that.  As a result, the two GWC's dropped the four-time champ to a seventh-place result, ruining what could have been a much better night.  As Matt Kenseth ended up rising to fourth, a late-race Darlington bounce Gordon's lead was cut to just one point, the slimmest of margins.  Carl Edwards remains in third spot, but fell to 19 points back in the standings. Much like in Texas, the No. 99 Ford found itself a lap down with 100 laps to go and needed a Lucky Dog to get back in the hunt. Edwards wound up 13th after charging forward late.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s recovery from his last-place finish in Texas began in earnest with a second place Saturday night in Darlington.  That was good enough to move Earnhardt up two places to fourth, just seven points behind Edwards.  Just behind Earnhardt is his shopmate, Jimmie Johnson, after a third-place result.  Kyle Busch is one point behind Johnson in sixth.  However, to punctuate how close the points are, Busch finished sixth and still lost a spot to Johnson after Darlington.

Brad Keselowski is up one place to seventh in the standings.  However, that move came after a fairly mediocre 17th-place result.  Joey Logano was the big loser of the week, dropping four places to eighth after breaking a front hub with less than ten laps to go in regulation Saturday.  The breakage plummeted Logano to a 36th-place finish. Behind him, Ryan Newman is up two places to ninth after a solid tenth-place run, while rookie Austin Dillon returns to the top 10 in points after slotting right behind his teammate in 11th.

Officially, the only driver that is absolutely "locked into" the Chase, provided that he stays inside the top 30 in points is Kevin Harvick by virtue of his second win of the year Saturday night.  However, the win only boosted Harvick from 25th to 22nd in points.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Jeff Gordon 297, 2) Matt Kenseth -1, 3) Carl Edwards -19, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -26, 5) Jimmie Johnson -27, 6) Kyle Busch -28, 7) Brad Keselowski -51, 8) Joey Logano -52, 9) Ryan Newman -61, 10) Austin Dillon -62, 11) Greg Biffle -70, t-12) Tony Stewart -73, t-12) Brian Vickers -73, t-14) Kyle Larson -74, t-14) Denny Hamlin -74, 16) Clint Bowyer -78.

Outside of the top-16, but in Chase Contention: t-22) Kevin Harvick -111, 26) Kurt Busch -133.

Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville), Joey Logano (Texas)
 
Never Fear, The Underdogs Are Here: Darlington Edition
by Amy Henderson

Underdog Selection No. 1: Josh Wise for Phil Parsons Racing; started 29th, finished 21st

Wise wasn't the top finisher among the small teams; AJ Allmendinger (15th) and Casey Mears (18th) posted better results.  But while those drivers are on the rise thanks to technical alliances, with Richard Childress Racing playing a heavy factor this one was previously ridiculed for starting-and-parking on a weekly basis.  Until 2014, anyway.  This year, they've finished all eight races — that's already more than they completed in all of 2013.  What's more, Darlington was the team's first lead-lap finish of the season as well, a big accomplishment. That means the No. 98 bunch gets top honors this week for a great weekend at one of the sport's most difficult tracks.

Underdog Selection No. 2: Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing; started 35th, finished 25th

Again, we're a little out of order here. Justin Allgaier had a better run than Cassill, but his 23rd-place finish is about where that team should expect to wind up. Cassill's team, by comparison is having some impressive runs with equipment that's underfunded, even by some of the other small teams' standards.  At Martinsville, a track where they've run used brakes (!) in the past, Cassill posted a lead-lap finish.  This week, he was two laps down, but he fought to 25th, ten spots better than he started, and had a better result than a lot of big-team drivers, too.  Cassill is an example of talent shining through despite the equipment he's in, and in turn, getting a team that badly needs it a little media notice.

Underdog Selection No. 3: Casey Mears for Germain Racing; started 31st, finished 18th

Mears finally got the kind of finish he should be getting on intermediate tracks, but what was impressive about his 18th-place run is twofold. The team was able to make the right adjustments, at the right times to make the car better throughout the race, something they have struggled with at times this season. Secondly, they gained Mears positions on nearly every pit stop, which will be critical for this team as they grow and try to compete with those running at the next level.  Mears brings to the job a smart, steady presence behind the wheel — he's going to bring the No. 13 home in one piece unless getting caught up in someone else's mess.  Germain Racing has the pieces; now, they need to put them together consistently.

Underdog Pick of the Week - Richmond: AJ Allmendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing


My pick for Darlington was David Ragan, whose run was foiled by a Darlington Stripe that went a little too far.  He finished 32nd, eighth in the small teams class and several laps behind. Not my best week...

This week, the Cup Series is off for Easter, and they return to action April 26th at the short track in Richmond.  My pick for that race is AJ Allmendinger, whose pair of top 10s and 20.7 average get the nod over David Ragan's three top 5s and 21.1 average. Allmendinger has easily been the most consistent driver in this group in recent weeks, while Ragan hasn't finished better than 20th at the track with his current team.

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by Phil Allaway

Kurt Busch's Tough Season Continues With Crash

Yes, Kurt Busch has a victory at Martinsville.  However, through eight races, it is one of only two solid runs on paper he has had all season.  Outside of Martinsville and Fontana, Busch has not finished inside the top 20, despite the speed of Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets. 

Saturday night was shaping up to be decent; not spectacular, but the kind of run that the team needs to be able to get a rhythm going.  Busch restarted in the top 10 on the first green-white-checkered restart, after a lead-lap performance all day but got bogged down in Turn 2.  That allowed Clint Bowyer to get a run on Busch, taking Bowyer right into Busch's rear bumper.  The contact proved impossible for Busch to recover from as he spun and hit the inside wall head-on.

Busch was uninjured in the crash but displayed his displeasure with Bowyer afterwards.  Later, he talked about the incident.

"That was a terrible way to end what could have been a decent night," Busch said.  "We struggled at times to get the balance of the Haas Automation Chevrolet right, but we kind of found our spot just past the halfway point and made slight adjustments the rest of the way. We called for a two-tire stop at the end, hoping to gain some track position, but it seemed like everyone had the same idea. We gained a little, but the guys behind us all had four tires. I tried to hold them off the best I could, but someone moved me out of their way and it ruined our night. I hate it for the team, but we keep learning each week and we will get better."

The crash dropped Busch from a potential top-10 finish to a 31st-place result.  In addition, Busch is down to 26th in points.  While he is still safe inside the top 30 (he's nearly a full race ahead of Reed Sorenson in 31st), the driver is also 71 points out of 10th and needs to get some kind of momentum going after the off week.

Chase Elliott Shocks the Establishment...Again

Some believed the run that 18-year-old Chase Elliott put together at Texas Motor Speedway was some kind of fluke.  However, Friday night's performance likely put an end to any of that talk. Elliott led 52 laps on the evening, but had to fight from fifth on a green-white-checkered restart to regain control of the event. Blowing by Elliott Sadler on the final lap, while weaving through Cup veterans the youngster took his second consecutive win at a track he'd never raced on before.  The win gives Elliott a 13-point lead in the Nationwide standings over teammate Regan Smith.

For more on Elliott's big night and other stories from Friday night's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, check out Kelly Crandall's Nationwide Breakdown.

Quotes to Remember: Bojangles' Southern 500
compiled by Phil Allaway

"It was just one of those deals where the strategy was going to be hard to overcome without those green-white-checkers there at the end. The cautions all lined up and this Budweiser Chevrolet was unbelievable all night. We were able to hang on there at the end and I knew I had that high line. I hadn’t showed it to them all night on the restarts and I wanted to save it until the very end. I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race. It was a good tool in your tool bag to have there at the end." - Kevin Harvick, race winner

"Just didn’t have enough tires, you know. (Kevin) Harvick had the best car and the best tires at the end. It was real hard to hold him off. I should have probably ran the top down there in (Turns) 3 and 4 and made him go around the bottom, but I think he was going to get us anyway and we were going to try. A great run, good job by my team, this isn’t one of my best tracks so my team gave me a great car. I’ve got to give them a lot of credit." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished second

"First and foremost, I’m just thankful that my guys never quit working and never stopped trying. We didn’t qualify well and really the first quarter of the race, the car was really far off. Chad (crew chief, Knaus) took big swings at this car and got this Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevy flying. It was really competitive. The restart at the end, I was talking to the guys on the radio and they said the outside was kind of the place to be. I hadn’t seen the front all night long and I was talking to Junior as I got out of the car and he said that was a bad move. And then certainly the push that the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) got from the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) got him by me. But before that, we had two or three (laps) to go and I had a nice lead and I thought it was going to come our way, but it just didn’t work out." - Jimmie Johnson, finished third

"We went back and forth. We were better than I thought we were going to be -- I was pretty pleased with it really. There were three or four cars, five cars really in the playing field we couldn’t run with. I thought we made great adjustments tonight and had good pit stops. We did a ton of adjustments in the pits and came up with a good finish." - Matt Kenseth, finished fourth

"We worked really hard all night and probably didn’t have a fifth-place car. But we worked really hard on it and we had good pit stops and track position was everything tonight. Those last restarts we were on the outside, the inside and then the outside and we picked up one or two spots there at the end. Everybody worked hard and we will keep working on our car. We have to get better here but we will keep working at it." - Greg Biffle, finished fifth

"I guess we should be happy with sixth considering how we could have finished with our M&M’s Camry. I’m a little disappointed because I really feel like we should have gotten fourth, but we seemed to always be behind one of the cars spinning the tires on the restarts at the end. It’s a top 10 which is good going into the off week." - Kyle Busch, finished sixth

"We had a really strong race car and everything was going really well. Kevin (Harvick) definitely that number one pit stall and he was fast too, but I thought we were a little bit better than him on certain runs. There towards the end, I don’t know... we just kind of started fading. I got into the wall a little bit and got the right side flattened up a little bit and then from there, our night just went downhill. We just made some mistakes and got behind. We were the last car on two tires and then got ate up on those restarts. Actually, that last one wasn’t bad to come home seventh. I thought it was going to be a lot worse than that. Good to be leading the points. I feel like a missed opportunity, but another great race car and I’m happy about that." - Jeff Gordon, finished seventh

"A lot of guys had really loose race cars and this drove so much different than what it did in practice. We had a 20th-place race car and finished 14th with it. It is a good points night and we will keep chipping away. It is a lot of positives for us from the weekend with good qualifying on Friday. We just have to work out how to make these cars run when the tape comes off the nose.  This is the most worn out I have been in my NASCAR career. I think I just wore it out. I am pleased we finished and got back up on the lead lap." - Marcos Ambrose, finished 14th

"It was a long night. We didn’t get the finish we wanted, that is for sure. We ran a lot better than where we finished. We got used up on those last restarts and took some bad lines that didn’t go and what not. That is just part of the deal at this place and we will just have to move on to next week. The track was slick but it is the same for everybody, so that is part of the unique challenge of Darlington that we all love." - Brad Keselowski, finished 17th

"We had a decent car. On one run, we took two tires and the thing drove better than it did when we had four tires and I don’t know why. We were okay out front and I’m sure a lot of it is just the handle. We struggled a little more in traffic than a lot of the guys just kind of up on top of the track. The guys did a really good job making the car better all night. I think we had at least a top-10 car, maybe a top-five and if the cards would have been played right maybe even a win. Obviously, that one time we took two and stayed there. When we got four, we couldn’t stay there. I don’t know why that is, but I think we’re making progress. We weren’t as good tonight as we’ve been, but we were decent. I think we learned a lot... just very frustrating. Everyone on this team did a great job with the car and made the car better all weekend. Billy (Scott, crew chief) called a really good race. The pit guys did a great job in the pits. Really proud of the whole Aaron’s Toyota team -- they did a good job." - Brian Vickers, finished 26th after spinning, heading onto pit road just before his final green-flag stop

"We had an issue with the right front hub which broke. It sucks, because you run the whole race and get nothing to show for it at the end. I feel like we had a top-5 car once the sun went down, and we were able to tune our car into where we needed to and get our track position back up there. It is unfortunate that the right front hub broke and then that messed with the rotor and into the caliper and everything gets hot and breaks after that. Unfortunately, we don’t get to have fun at the end of this thing." - Joey Logano, finished 35th (broken hub)

"I hit the wall like 10 laps before and I guess the right-front tire just went down. Kind of rode the wall in (Turns) 3 and 4 and I guess I was just in denial, I guess I didn’t realize the right-front tire was down." - Paul Menard, finished 41st (Crashed Out)

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Robby Gordon Takes TRAXXAS Race at Long Beach Grand Prix
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – As the Citgo truck of Venezuela’s E.J. Viso and the TRAXXAS-sponsored truck of Sheldon Creed slammed each other heading into the final lap of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at Long Beach, Robby Gordon watched the two leaders through his front window and inherited the win as both drivers took themselves out of contention.
The race was the IndyCar veteran Viso’s to win, as he led the most laps in his first-ever SST race.  Creed, 16, always fast and aggressive, challenged Viso rather than be content to finish second, which resulted in the hard contact between the drivers.
Viso finished second followed by Creed in third, St. Petersburg-winner PJ Jones in fourth and 14-year-old Gavin Harlien rounding out the top five.
Gordon’s SPEED Energy/HD Supply truck became the unlikely winner after not being much of a factor throughout.
“I saw what was going on in front of me and it was cool to see two great young drivers going hard and putting on a great show for the fans,” Gordon said.  “That’s what’s great about these trucks – we can beat and bang and keep going which is what the fans want to see.  It was great to have E.J. a part of the series and we know Sheldon is going to a great driver and one to keep an eye on for many years.”
After the dust up between Creed and Viso, Creed fell back to fourth behind Jones, and on the race’s final turn – a 180-degree hairpin – Creed took an aggressive inside line and dove hard inside his TRAXXAS teammate’s truck and slammed Jones, driving him out of the racing lane and coming back to finish third.
“Had to do it,” Creed said.  “Last lap and I saw an opening and had to take it.  That’s what makes these trucks so awesome.”
“Well, I guess he had to take the chance,” Jones said.  “We’ll do this again and I’m sure I have an opportunity to make a pass like that on him somewhere down the road.”
The massive Long Beach-crowd was on its feet and yelling throughout the race.  As truck after truck pounded the road circuits tire barriers and keep on moving, the crowd’s enthusiasm grew.  Jerett Brooks, twice a podium finisher in the season’s first two rounds in St. Petersburg, suffered the hardest hit of the race as he stuffed his Synergy Electric truck into the turn-8 tire wall, then drove off to the delight of the fans surrounding the 1.96-mile 11-turn circuit.
Mexico’s Apdaly Lopez finished sixth, series rookie Bradley Morris finished seventh, Scotty Steele came home eighth followed by another series rookie Nick Vanis in ninth and Brooks in 10th.
The race from Long Beach will be seen on NBCSN on May 2 at 10:30 p.m. PST.  The first two rounds of the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS will be seen this Thursday at 10 p.m. PST on NBCSN.
The next stop on the 2014 series schedule will be in Indianapolis, Ind. May 23.
Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
Fact Sheet
Track:                                     Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix
Circuit Type:                         Downtown temporary street circuit
Race Time:                            Sunday, April 13
TV Schedule:                         NBCSN, Thursday, May 2, 10:30 p.m. PDT
Track Layout:                        1.96-mile, 11 turns
Web Site:                              www.stadiumsupertrucks.com
Twitter:                                  @SSuperTrucks
Round 3 Long Beach Finishing Order
Pos.
Truck No.
Driver
Sponsor
Hometown
1
7
Robby Gordon
SPEED Energy/HD Supply
Orange, Calif.
2
19
E.J. Viso
Citgo
Caracas, Venezuela
3
74
Sheldon Creed
TRAXXAS
Alpine, Calif.
4
98
PJ Jones
TRAXXAS
Scottsdale, Ariz.
5
55
Gavin Harlein
A3, Smith Optics, IronClad
Mesa, Ariz.
6
5
Apdaly Lopez
VisitMexico.com
Tecate, B.C., Mexico
7
24
Bradley Morris
K&N Filters
Romoland, Calif.
8
5
Scotty Steele
Steele Racing
Peoria, Ariz.
9
13
Nick Vanis
IconWrap.com
Los Alamitos, Calif.
10
77
Jerett Brooks
Synergy Electric
Alpine, Calif.

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#4 car wins Southern 500 with great car and solid pit stops!

#99 pit crew of Carl Edwards gets new front and rear carrier

 
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Darlington debrief

The Bojangles Southern 500 turned frenetic at the end, with Kevin Harvick edging Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win in an exciting finish. Check out SN's Winners and Losers from the latest race at "The Track Too Tough To Tame."

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Why We Shouldn’t Rush Chase Elliott

Considering Chase Elliott's run at Texas followed by his win at Darlington the next week, it would be so easy and so tempting to put him in a Sprint Cup car after the conclusion of the 2014 Nationwide season.

 

This Bud’s For You: Kevin Harvick dominates Bojangles Southern 500

When Kevin Harvick is not running well, he really suffers and has a terrible finish. However, when he is running well and able to dominate, it produces magical results. Tonight was a product of magical results as Kevin Harvick dominated the Bojangles Southern 500 in route to picking up his second victory of the season.

Surprising and Not Surprising: Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington

As the blinding sun faded into darkness, drivers danced with the lady in black at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. Here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 65th annual Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Surprising:  Perhaps it was the full moon or the sheer intensity of the competition, […]

Darlington Recap – Edwards

Carl Edwards visited Darlington Raceway this week for the 11th time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starting the day in 21st position. The Roush Fenway Racing driver battled with a car that was loose for most of the day and lacked any front grip as he ran in the middle of the pack for the majority of the 367 lap race. The crew worked diligently on pit road, making multiple adjustments during their 11 pit stops. Their hard work was rewarded with a 13th-place finish and Edwards remains third in the point standings.

 

Biffle Comes Home 5th to Pace Fords at Darlington

GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M/Red Cross Ford Fusion – FINISHED 5th “We worked really hard all night and probably didn’t have a fifth place car but we worked really hard on it and we had good pit stops and track position was everything tonight. Those last restarts we were on the outside, the inside and then the outside and we picked up one or two spots there at the end. Everybody worked hard and we will keep working on our car. We have to get better here but we will keep working at it.”

CHEVY NSCS AT DARLINGTON: Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson Post Race Press Conf. Transcripts

Team Chevy crossed the finish line occupying the top three spots at the conclusion of the Bojangles Southern 500, the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to open the 2014 season. After the first seven races the series had witnessed seven different faces in Victory Lane. However, after 367-laps around the facility nicknamed the track ‘Too Tough to Tame’ Kevin Harvick drove his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS to Winner’s Circle for the second time this season.

 
(4/13/14)

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Still out front: Gordon leaves Darlington as points leader

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 Kurt Busch: Owner Haas serious about F1

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

Harvick overcomes tough stretch to claim second win

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 Danica Patrick credits team for improvement at Darlington

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  News , results,and the latest point standings from New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) ,are now posted !

  WTG Billy Pauch !!!

  See my New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 :New Egypt Speedway News Page 3 !  ,for all the details !

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Sticking together

With broken wheel hubs, punctured oil lines and other issues, it's been a trying first season for Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas. But he and his team have stuck together through the problems, finding plenty of success in doing so. 

 DAVIS: Young Elliott lives up to hype with early wins

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Sitting Pretty

Kevin Harvick had one victory coming into Darlington, but his 2014 season had been pretty ugly since he ruled Phoenix. His first win at Darlington and second this season has him sitting pretty now. Ed Hinton » 

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Power Rankings: Harvick on top after dominant Darlington race

Courteousy Bleacher Report.com

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Harvick Back on Track with Darlington Win

By Bob Margolis

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Beyond the Flag
To win at Darlington in his first start, on a track unlike anything else in NASCAR, and coming from 6th on the final restart to do it, is just…awesome.
 
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Shelby Star
The three cars entered by the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team in Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Nationwide Series race at Darlington ...


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Courteousy NASCAR.com

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A painful career-best for Earnhardt Jr. at Darlington

Late caution dooms Johnson at Darlington

Harvick all but locks up Chase bid with second win

Complete schedule for Richmond

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Sprint Cup champ Keselowski part of "Watch Dogs"

Brad Keselowski's secret life will be exposed - at least as a character in the new video game, ''Watch Dogs.'' The 2012 Sprint Cup champion has partnered with game-maker Ubisoft for ''Watch Dogs,'' which will be released next month. It

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Out Front All Night

Kevin Harvick started on the pole, led the most laps Saturday night and despite some late-race cautions, passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at Darlington Raceway. Ed Hinton » Story » Harvick interviewVideo

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

Sweet relief

Kevin Harvick was frustrated after a series of bad breaks and poor finishes the past five weeks. But he took that frustration out on the field at Darlington, and then won a late shootout with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Southern 500. 

Too close for comfort

Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn’t want to be reminded how close he came to winning the Southern 500 Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. He had the lead late, but knew he would have a hard time holding off Kevin Harvick. 

Johnson settles for third at Darlington, still winless

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

Hendrick drivers tame Darlington but come up short

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Kevin Harvick gets second win of 2014 at Darlington
 
Amanda Vincent
 
(4/12/14)

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Harvick wins thrilling Southern 500 at Darlington

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Harvick survives shootout for Darlington win

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Kevin Harvick wins Southern 500 in overtime

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Finally Happy: Harvick ends slump with dominant Darlington win

Big bucks: Rick Hendrick drops $1 million on car at Barrett-Jackson

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Darlington Raceway Celebrates Its Past & Looks Ahead to a Bright Future

Darlington Raceway is an integral part of NASCAR history. Many of those who have conquered the Lady in Black went on to become legends of the sport including Bill Elliott.

 

Joey Logano feels he’s living up expectations with success this year

When Joey Logano entered the Sprint Cup Series, a lot of people expected 'Sliced Bread' to be a contender for wins, scoring mutiple ones, and contending for championships. That didn't happen as planned as Logano first struggled.

Chase Elliott Tames the “Lady in Black” with a Dramatic Win at Darlington Raceway

Chase Elliott won the VFW Sports Clip Help a Hero 200 in his first start at Darlington, conquering the legendary track in a dramatic finish. This is his second consecutive victory following his win at Texas last week and his sixth top-10 finish in 2014.

Landon Cassill Hitting His Acme; Finishes 12th in Darlington

Landon Cassill silenced critics on Friday after wheeling his No. 01 JD Motorsports Chevrolet to an astounding 12th place finish at Darlington Speedway – his career-best at the track given the moniker ‘Too Tough To Tame’ and ‘The Lady in Black’.

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Darlington announces throwback plans for 2015

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Cup race at Darlington could produce another first-time winner

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Southern 500 preview & picks
 
written by Christopher Sorbey
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
Kevin Harvick claims pole at Darlington
 
Amanda Vincent

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MUSCLE CAR BRAND LOYALTY: And Other Failed, Obsolete Ideas
by Stephen Cox
 
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SI.com
The 23-year-old Logano was dubbed the greatest thing since sliced bread as an up-and-coming young racer by NASCAR great Mark Martin.

Indianapolis Star
After so much parity to start the year, it's tempting to think there could be a record number of winners in the first 26 races — also known as NASCAR's ...
 
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
Worth mentioning: Fan voting for the 2015 Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame has begun on NASCAR.com and concludes at noon May 20. The five ...

 

Complex.com
Competing at the Daytona 500 is a dream come true for most NASCAR rookies, but for Cole Whitt, it's just part of the big plan. The 2014 NASCAR ...

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Multi-time Edmonton International Raceway champion and local product Erica Thiering, from Sherwood Park will be making her Canadian Tire Series ...

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Chase Elliott notches win number two at Darlington
 
Amanda Vincent

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Jeff Gordon tells Larry King: Daughter will race

Dale Jr. reveals his keys to winning at Darlington

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Chase Wins Again!

Nationwide rookie Chase Elliott won last week at Texas. What he did at Darlington on Friday was more amazing, going from sixth to victory in the final two laps. Recap » Results »

Elliott leads standings »

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Complete Southern 500 Breakdown

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Look at him now

Some believed Joey Logano's appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup last season was a flash-in-the-pan. Instead, Logano is proving his worth to everyone out there, going into Darlington fourth in the Sprint Cup standings.

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Rest Of Today...Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

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Rookie Chase Elliott wins second straight at Darlington

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Now for the reason for creating this site
 
This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
 
  However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
 
Now for a little bit about me ,
 
 
I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
 
My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
 
My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
Gone With the Wind,
Fort Apache,
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
The Longest Day,
Saving Private Ryan.
Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
 
Favorite TV shows :
MASH !!!
Cheers,
Seinfeld,
Bones
 
House
 
 
24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz !(Always,and forever !!!)
 
New for 2014 !
Almost Human
 
Sleepy Hollow  !!!  & The Following ! (my newbies for 2013 !)
 
 
Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
Favorite all time master sleuth :
Sherlock Holmes !
(as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
 
Favorite Comedy Routine :
"Who's on First ? "
Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
Abbott & Costello !!!
 
My other interests other than NASCAR :
My family
The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
The New York Giants
The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks
The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
I was a snare drummer in high school !
 
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P.S.
As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
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