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(5/29/15)


Dover Sprint Cup pit stall assignments

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

Denny Hamlin Edges Martin Truex Jr. for Pole in FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks

Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, circling the Monster Mile at 160.121 mph. He stayed ahead of Martin Truex Jr. who will start second after a lap of 159.723 MPH.

CHEVY NSCS AT DOVER ONE: Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson Qualifying Transcripts

Martin Truex Jr. earned his best start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season today by qualifying his No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy SS second quick for Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway. Truex, Jr., currently ranked second in the point standings, ran a lap of 159.723 mph at the place he considers his home track, which is near where he grew up in Mayetta, NJ. He also scored his first career Cup victory at the


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Doubling Down in Dover

In addition to trying to conquer the Monster Mile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is doing his own version of the Dover double down by also trying to conquer autism.



JACK LINK’S & BIG MACHINE RECORDS TO SPONSOR CLINT BOWYER’S NO. 15 TOYOTA DURING JUNE 7 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE IN POCONO

Jack Link’s and Big Machine Records will co-sponsor Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 15 Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer in the June 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.



Tyler Reddick wins Truck Series race at Dover


Mad at the Monster Mile

After her No. 10 was sent spinning, Jennifer Jo Cobb shows her displeasure with Tyler Reddick at Dover



Storylines abound as drivers attempt to tame the Monster Mile



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Richard Petty voiced his concerns about NASCAR, explaining how rules have gotten in the way of racing.


If Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing's return to victory lane in Sprint Cup is to take place, why not at Dover? More 


  
  

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Ricky Craven says that Martin Truex Jr.'s recent success is a good indicator of what might happen in Dover and that Jimmie Johnson's knowledge of each track is a true advantage

Saturday Night will be a very special night for Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) .

65th Anniversary !

Please scroll down to " The Stock Car Gazette" and click my Wall Stadium 2015 :Wall Stadium Speedway 2015,page for all the details !


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Jesse Little makes Truck Series debut at Dover
 
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Red-hot Martin Truex Jr. happy to be at Dover, hungry for win


Truex inching closer to breakthrough 1st win of season



It's gonna' be another busy Saturday Night @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) !
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Landon Cassill, wife welcome baby boy


Is second car in cards for Furniture Row?


Truex: ‘It would be a good thing for the team’


Gordon prepared for Dover's physical demands


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Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch enter this week's SN Power Rankings





Courtesy The Frontstretch

Frontstretch Folio: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
by Rick Lunkenheimer

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the first of two events at the Monster Mile. Coverage for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks begins at 1 p.m. ET on FoxSports 1; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 400 laps (400 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and facts

Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner of this race. After starting fourth, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet took the lead for the first time on lap 82. He went on to hold the top spot seven times for a race-high 272 circuits en route to a nearly one-second victory over pole sitter Brad Keselowski. Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

Johnson also holds the record for most victories at the Monster Mile. The win last May was his ninth at the concrete oval, and it broke the previous tie he held with Richard Petty.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.0-mile concrete oval, 400 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 24 degrees in the turns
Frontstretch / Backstretch: 1,076 feet; banked 9 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 96,000
Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Opened: 1969

Website: http://www.doverspeedway.com/

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MonsterMile

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practices: Friday, May 29, 11 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. ET on FoxSports 1
Saturday, May 30, 10 - 10:50 a.m. ET on FoxSports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, May 30, 1 - 1:50 p.m. ET on FoxSports 1

Qualifying: Friday, May 29 at 3:45 p.m. ET on FoxSports 1

Say What?!

“For me, Dover is one of those tracks where you feel the speed the most. You carry a lot of speed through the corners and, as you go from the straightaways, the elevation change as you go down in the corners is pretty drastic. And then you’re right back in the throttle and it kind of throws you back out of that hole and up the hill on the exit of the corner. Laps seem to happen very fast there and you want to try and have the best-handling race car you can have there because, if you’re off even a little bit, you’ll go multiple laps down in a hurry. It’s a fun, very fast racetrack that’s really hard to get everything right.” - Kevin Harvick

“It takes a group effort to have a good run there. But holy cow, that’s a fun place to race. You fall off a ledge and fall right back into the gas. You throttle through the corner a lot more than you do at other places because of the banking, because of the concrete. You can flat haul the mail there. How we don’t wreck more often is beyond me.” - Clint Bowyer

“Dover is one of my favorite tracks. It’s really, really fast. You have a huge sensation of speed there. For a mile track, you definitely know you’re getting with it. You can run up high and make some passes and keep carrying your momentum. It’s a track that we’ve run well at as an organization, so we’re looking forward to going back there. I think Donnie (Wingo, crew chief) has got some good stuff to try and work with there, so I can’t wait.” - David Gilliland




Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):

One of our readers ,thanks Joe, passed this along:
GIGANTIC 65TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (MAY 30) 
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~  One of the most important events in the long history of Wall Stadium Speedway will take place this Saturday evening as track management, staff, competitors and fans join together to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the track’s first ever race. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow.
On the third mile high banked paved oval speedway the Downs Ford Modifieds, Snap-on Sportsman and the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock cars will compete in 65 lap feature races while the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will compete in their first Triple Crown race. The Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars are also set for action.
The winner of the first ever Wall Stadium race in May 1950, the legendary Frankie Schneider, and other popular racers from the 1950 season, Ronnie Kohler and Dick Davis, will meet with fans and sign autographs. The restored racecars of the Garden State Vintage stock car club will be on display as well as classic cars from the Corvette Express car club.
In addition radio station New Jersey 101.5 will broadcast live from the speedway grounds from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will offer prizes from their “big yellow van.” Miss New Jersey and Miss Motorsports will be among the special guests at the track on Saturday and long-time speedway manager Tucker Nicol, a member of the speedway’s founding Nicol family, will be on hand for the rededication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Fans will also be invited to enjoy a piece of birthday cake for the speedway provided by area Perlmart Shop Rite stores. In recognition of the 65th anniversary fans will also be able to enjoy root beer floats for just $.65 for 65 minutes during the evening.
Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is then set for 6:00 p.m. Main events for all divisions will follow.
Action will then continue on Sunday (May 31) as Wall Stadium presents the “Sunday Small-Car Series” starting at 11:00 a.m.
Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com

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

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the 13th points race of the season, 30-odd drivers are hoping to get lucky and snare the win that will catapult them into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But for one driver, the stakes are even higher.



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UniFirst Teams With VF Imagewear to Sponsor Richard Childress Racing Team in NASCAR XFINITY Series Race

UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF), a leading provider of customized uniforms, protective workwear, corporate attire, and facility service programs to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, has partnered with VF Imagewear to sponsor the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the July 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sta-Green 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. The race begins at 4:00 p.m. EST and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.       

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POSSIBLE $4900 PAYDAY UP FOR GRABS FOR ONE DRIVER THIS SATURDAY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY IN THE MAY MODIFIED MADNESS FINALE

New Egypt, NJ – One driver can walk away from this Saturday’s May Modified Madness Finale presented by Liberty Toyota Scion with $4900 plus contingency bonuses at New Egypt Speedway.

With Saturday’s 358 Modified Feature paying $3,000 to win plus $1,000 to win the May Modified Madness Series Crown along with the lap leader bonus of $500 and $400 if the driver were to win the Dash for Cash brought to you by Brinckman Coins brings the total to $4,900.

Also every car that attempts to qualify will receive tow money thanks to our second round lap sponsors.

“This Saturday is shaping up to be a really big night with a lot of money up for grabs,” said Series Promoter Pete MacDonald.

Over $8,000 has been raised so far in cash and contingencies and will be handed out this Saturday night. Saturday June 6th will be used as a rain date.

Whoever finishes higher between Billy Pauch, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, and David VanHorn will be your 2015 May Modified Madness Series Champion.

Pit Gates will open at 3PM, Grandstand Gates open at 4PM with a special FanFest Meet and Greet Session with the four finalists from 4:15-4:45PM. Hotlaps will be at 5PM with the First Green-Flag flying at 6PM.

May Modified Madness Point Fund Payout:
1) $1000 Cash/$150 JLD Graphics Gift Certificate/ Guaranteed Provisional Dirty Jersey 60 Starting Spot
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Leaf Racewear Hard Luck Award:
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the driver that is the lowest seeded that goes the furthest over the course of the four race, twenty-four driver madness bracket will win.

Short Load Concrete Rookie of the Year Award:
Short Load Concrete of Paterson, NJ has come on board to present the May Modified Madness Rookie of the Year award. The rookie that advances the furthest in the twenty-four car bracket will take home $200 cash on May 30th courtesy of Short Load Concrete.

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Brinckman Coins Dash for Cash on May 30th: Brinckman Coins of Souderton, PA has come aboard to present the 358 Modified Dash for Cash for the May Modified Madness Finale. The five lap dash just prior to intermission will feature the three heat race winners and the fastest overall car out of the three heats that does not win a heat race.

$400 will go to the winner with $300 going to second, $200 to third and $100 to the fourth place driver of the five lap affair.

The May Modified Madness Series is a unique bracket-type series where drivers compete in a race within a race throughout the four 358 Modified races at New Egypt Speedway during the month of May culminating with the May Modified Madness Finale on May 30th, which will feature a 35-lap, double points 358 Modified feature paying a cool $3,000 to win and $325 to take the green.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 31
The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 400 miles (400 laps)
 
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Johnson Attempts to Join Quartet of NASCAR Hall of Famers with 10 or More Wins at Single Track
Jimmie Johnson will attempt to become just the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with 10 or more wins at a single track in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). With a visit to Victory Lane, he will join a club that includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (Martinsville-15, North Wilkesboro-15, Richmond-13, Rockingham-11, Daytona-10), Darrell Waltrip (Bristol-12, Martinsville-11, North Wilkesboro-10), Dale Earnhardt (Talladega-10) and David Pearson (Darlington-10).
 
Johnson’s nine wins are a Dover track record. He is the defending spring race winner. Johnson entered last weekend’s race at Charlotte as the track wins record-holder and defending race victor, but finished 40th after two spins.
 
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Martin Truex Jr. must be pretty mad right now.
 
He has probably raced as well as a driver can without capturing a win this season. He led the most laps in each of the last two races (Kansas, 95; Charlotte, 131), but finished fifth and ninth, respectively. Through 12 races, he ranks second in the standings behind three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, but is still not one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ nine winners.
 
Truex will try to change this by making Dover International Speedway – his home track – his own “Fury Road.” The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver won his first NSCS race at Dover (6/4/07) and his eight top 10s there are his second-most at any track.
 
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As spring turns to summer, kids and adults alike flock to their backyards to play Wiffle Ball with plastic bats and balls.
 
At the same time, it looks like Greg Biffle is playing his own game … let’s call it “Biffle ball” – except there’s nothing soft about it.
 
The No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing driver placed second in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 – his highest finish since his runner-up showing at Talladega last year. Biffle’s finish was also tops for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards won at Sonoma last year.
 
In the last three weeks, Biffle has shown a marked improvement, posting a 12th-place showing at Kansas, a win in the first segment of the Sprint Showdown and the aforementioned runner-up showing in the Coca-Cola 600.
 
Biffle will try to continue his success and RFR’s turnaround in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. In 25 starts on the one-mile oval, Biffle claims two wins, six top fives (24.0%) and 11 top 10s (44.0%). He also has the fourth-most fastest laps run (435) and fifth-best driver rating (97.4) at Dover.
 
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Edwards became the NSCS’ ninth different winner this season and visited Victory Lane for the first time since placing first at Sonoma last year (6/22/14). 
 
The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing driver will try to win his second consecutive race in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks. His one Dover victory came on Sept. 23, 2007. Only Kevin Harvick has won two consecutive races this season (Las Vegas and Phoenix).
 
Gordon Goes for First Win of Season at Dover
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The site of that victory – Dover International Speedway.
 
Gordon returns to the “Monster Mile” ready to put a one in the win column and improve his 12th-place standing on the Chase Grid. The No. 24 Chevrolet driver claims five wins at Dover, second-most to Jimmie Johnson among active drivers. Other than Gordon and Johnson, the drivers with at least five wins at Dover are all in the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Richard Petty (7), Bobby Allison (7) and David Pearson (5).
 
In 44 starts at Dover (first all-time), Gordon owns 18 top-five (40.9%) and 25 top-10 finishes (56.8%).
 
Smoke May Rise: Dover Strong Track for Stewart and Site of His Last Win
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Luckily for the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, he can virtually lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a victory. This Sunday he heads to one of his better tracks – Dover International Speedway – where has earned three wins, including his last victory (6/2/13).
 
Joe Gibbs Racing Keeps On Winning
Winning has been a habit for Joe Gibbs throughout his life. Not only does he boast three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, he also owns three Super Bowl rings.
 
After winning just two races last season, JGR has three this year, plus Denny Hamlin’s triumph in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In the past two months, the Huntersville, North Carolina-based organization has put Hamlin (Martinsville, All-Star Race), Matt Kenseth (Bristol) and Carl Edwards (Charlotte) in Victory Lane.
 
JGR’s only driver yet to win is arguably its ace, Kyle Busch, who placed 11th in his first points-paying race of the season at Charlotte. Busch missed the first 11 races of the season after suffering an injury in a crash during the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.
 
To earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Busch must win a race in the regular season, while finishing it in the top 30 in points. In 20 starts at Dover, he has two wins, nine top fives (45.0%) and 13 top 10s (65.0%).
 
History Lesson: At Dover, Donlavey Gets First Win
Despite a career that spanned parts of six decades, the late Junie Donlavey could easily identify his high-water mark in NASCAR competition: the 1981 Mason-Dixon 500 at Dover International Speedway.
 
Donlavey, one of the most well-liked figures in NASCAR history, had been chasing his first NASCAR premier series win for over 30 years. The affable Virginian had 348 starts under his belt but no trophies to show for it. That is, until reigning rookie of the year Jody Ridley did what NASCAR Hall of Famers Joe Weatherly, Fred Lorenzen and Bobby Isaac were unable to do.
 
The race was dominated by Neil Bonnett, who led 404 laps in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford before blowing an engine with 40 laps remaining. Cale Yarborough, who picked up the lead, could only run for 20 more laps before succumbing to a similar fate.
 
That left Ridley in the lead in Donlavey’s classic No. 90. He led the final 20 laps of the race and took Donlavey to Victory Lane for the only time at NASCAR’s highest level.
 
“This has got to be a bigger thrill for Junie than it is for me,” Ridley said after the race. “He’s been at it for almost 30 years.”
 
Indeed, he was right.
 
“It’s even better, sweeter, than I ever imagined, and I am ever so grateful,” Donlavey told Tom Higgins the following week.
 
Donlavey continued fielding cars until 2002, amassing 863 premier series starts. He passed away on June 9, 2014.
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From Beyond the Cockpit: Matt DiBenedetto on Growing, Improving & What’s Next

"
It’s a totally different operation. Some fans don’t know that, and that’s not their fault, but it’s just that we probably run on ten to 20 percent of the budget of the big teams. I’d say ten percent is probably more realistic. The amount of resources we have – people, engineers, race cars, technology – everything [for the big teams] is far superior. For what we deal with, it takes the guys grouping together and working a lot more when you’re a lower-budget team. We’ve really got to work together well and make the most of what we’ve got. When you can take equipment that is much lesser than those guys and be running with them and running in the middle of the pack, those are wins for us. Wins for teams like us are a lot different than wins for the big teams. When we run competitive in the middle of the pack and we’re beating teams that run on ten times the budget of us, that’s a success." - Matt DiBenedetto, on driving for a smaller Cup operation in BK Racing

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Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing: the perfect marriage?
 http://autoracingdaily.com/no-48-and-51-teams-penalized-after-consecutive-written-warnings/

Nos. 48 and 51 teams penalized after consecutive written warnings

 http://autoracingdaily.com/no-1-sprint-cup-team-penalized-after-charlotte/

No. 1 Sprint Cup team penalized after Charlotte

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Hot 20 – A dozen drivers seeking another Miles the Monster trophy this Sunday at Dover

The trophy features Miles the Monster, a sharp-toothed, red-eyed stone creature hoisting the winner’s car in the air in an apparent prelude to dashing it into dust. Imagine what happens to the guy who finishes dead last.


With 50 Starts Under His Belt, Reed Looks for Gains in Sophomore Season

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed made his 50th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, a milestone that the 21-year-old Bakersfield, Calif. native was told he would never reach after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011.


NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Dover

Jimmie Johnson will attempt to become just the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with 10 or more wins at a single track in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). With a visit to Victory Lane, he will join a club that includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (Martinsville-15, North Wilkesboro-15, Richmond-13, Rockingham-11, Daytona-10), Darrell Waltrip (Bristol-12, Martinsville-11, North Wilkesboro-10), Dale Earnhardt (Talladega-10) and David Pearson (Darlington-10).


Truex Jr. Looking to Rein in The Monster With Another Fast Hot Rod

After two consecutive point races of having the dominant car, Martin Truex Jr. returns to his home track this weekend – Dover International Speedway, site of his first career Sprint Cup Series win (June 4, 2007).




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After two rough Charlotte races, should Jimmie Johnson be worried?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dover-international-speedway-fedex-400-benefitting-autism-speaks-jimmie-johnson-052715


NASCAR: Biffle thinks Roush Fenway turning corner




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After a lack of passing in Charlotte, no driver was more outspoken about the lack of handling that Kasey Kahne. More

   
  
  
  

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Driving the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 would be a full day for most folks. Jeff Gordon had an even bigger day.


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There Was a Really Good Race On This Weekend... Montoya Won It.
by Chuck Abrams
 
Johnny Sauter Aims To “Snuff” The Monster In Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 Johnny Sauter, No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff / Curb Records Toyota Tundra NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dover International Speedway - Lucas Oil 200 Race No. 6 of 23 Team Information: - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FIqG8w5z.dpuf


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Richard Childress Racing Names Robin Johnson as VP of Business Development
 
On Tuesday, Richard Childress Racing announced the hiring of Robin Johnson to serve as the team's Vice President of Business Development.  Johnson's role at RCR will be similar to previous roles that he has had at both Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing: attract sponsorship to the three-car team.  Read more
 
Several Cars to Run Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Decal at Dover
 
For the past several years, the spring race weekend at Dover has served as time to promote Autism Awareness.  This year is no different.  In addition to the race itself benefiting Autism Speaks, several cars will run the puzzle piece decals in honor of the charity.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
A Memorial Day to Remember
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

Last Sunday was one memorable day of racing.

If we move beyond the self-serving particulars of who won, who lost, and other such personally-driven details as those, we can treat this past weekend’s slate of events as a simple matter of earnest motorsports competition.

It was a Sunday as simple as one, two, and three….

One was the fact that Carl Edwards scored his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup points race win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards had not visited Victory Lane on the Cup schedule since Sonoma in June 2014 so for fans of “Cousin Carl,” a win was long overdue. Edwards left Roush Fenway Racing (and Ford) at the end of the 2014 season in hopes of finding new opportunities and new energies elsewhere.

The changes Edwards sought were found at Joe Gibbs Racing. Carl’s first year behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry began in somewhat of an understated manner, but then came last Sunday and his win at Charlotte in the season’s longest event. Matt Kenseth may have put his No. 20 JGR Toyota on the pole, but it was Edwards who benefited from a late-race gamble on fuel mileage to find Victory Lane.

While other contenders pitted late for a splash of gas, Edwards heeded the sage advice of crew chief Darian Grubb and stayed out. For once in 2015, a Cup race was decided by savvy pit strategy instead of “clean” air and the advantage of a front-runner’s aero push.

Win number one in season number one for Carl Edwards at JGR demonstrated that change, while often frightening, is worthwhile.

Another driver to benefit from change was Juan Pablo Montoya, a driver who came from the back of the pack twice to capture his second Indianapolis 500 victory. In JPM’s case, number two also meant a second chance at a successful career.

Despite his accomplished history in open-wheeled competition, Juan Pablo came to NASCAR and struggled mightily. His departure from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing at the end of the 2013 Cup season was difficult, but not altogether unexpected. Racing success is defined by more than being a popular driver with a loyal sponsor.

Enter Roger Penske. “The Captain” offered JPM an opportunity to revitalize his career, which led to Montoya running two Cup races and 18 IndyCar events for Penske during 2014.

Then came 2015.

This season, Juan Pablo Montoya has two Verizon IndyCar wins, including last Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. While his first victory at Indy seemed all-too-easy (he led 167 of the 200 laps), Sunday’s achievement was one for the history books. JPM and Penske fended off an early brush with another car and a pit road penalty to charge from the rear to the front on two separate occasions.

Win number two, while difficult, was doubly sweet for Montoya and his teammates.

And if two wins are sweet, how about three in a row? Nico Rosberg scored a hat trick in the Grand Prix of Monaco last Sunday by taking his Mercedes to Victory Lane after a dominant performance by teammate Lewis Hamilton. The two Mercedes drivers led every lap in the F-1 event (Hamilton led the first 64, while Rosberg led the final 14), but it was (once again) late-race pit strategy that put Rosberg out front for good to snag his third consecutive Monaco win.

Winning any Formula One race (or any race, for that matter) is an amazing feat, but to win a legendary event like the Grand Prix of Monaco on such a famous circuit that’s so steeped in folklore, romance, and popular culture is life-changing. It’s on par with winning at Daytona, or at Indianapolis, and doing so three years running is a surefire way to cement your place within motorsports history.

And so: one Sunday, three celebrated performances.

There’s an old joke that says children in North Carolina learn to count by saying “One, two, Earnhardt.” After last weekend, maybe the punch line will be changed to "Edwards, Montoya, Rosberg...."

This past Memorial Day weekend was certainly something to remember.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH :


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1. Kevin Harvick: Harvick finished ninth at Charlotte, recording his 11th top-10 finish of the year. He leads the points standings, ahead of Martin Truex Jr. by 41.



Pocono Raceway, one of the most ‘unique’ superspeedways in motorsports, and Unique Pretzels, the original producers of a split-open pretzel, have agreed to a multi-year extension of their existing partnership. Unique will continue to serve as the “Official Pretzel of Pocono Raceway” with their products available for race fans at multiple concession areas during Pocono’s three major motorsports events, including the upcoming Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 race weekend, June 5-7.


American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Justin Keel will ride along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway. The Wyomissing, Pa. native will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side door on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.


Cup, XFINITY, Truck teams support Autism Speaks


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Report: Injured pedestrian dragged under vehicle in Charlotte Motor Speedway infield

Kahne says Sunday's race was 'most difficult' Coca-Cola 600



(5/26/15) 

65th anniversary , this weekend @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !
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GIGANTIC 65TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (MAY 30) 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~  One of the most important events in the long history of Wall Stadium Speedway will take place this Saturday evening as track management, staff, competitors and fans join together to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the track’s first ever race. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow.

On the third mile high banked paved oval speedway the Downs Ford Modifieds, Snap-on Sportsman and the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock cars will compete in 65 lap feature races while the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will compete in their first Triple Crown race. The Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars are also set for action.

The winner of the first ever Wall Stadium race in May 1950, the legendary Frankie Schneider, and other popular racers from the 1950 season, Ronnie Kohler and Dick Davis, will meet with fans and sign autographs. The restored racecars of the Garden State Vintage stock car club will be on display as well as classic cars from the Corvette Express car club.

In addition radio station New Jersey 101.5 will broadcast live from the speedway grounds from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will offer prizes from their “big yellow van.” Miss New Jersey and Miss Motorsports will be among the special guests at the track on Saturday and long-time speedway manager Tucker Nicol, a member of the speedway’s founding Nicol family, will be on hand for the rededication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Fans will also be invited to enjoy a piece of birthday cake for the speedway provided by area Perlmart Shop Rite stores. In recognition of the 65th anniversary fans will also be able to enjoy root beer floats for just $.65 for 65 minutes during the evening.

Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is then set for 6:00 p.m. Main events for all divisions will follow.

Action will then continue on Sunday (May 31) as Wall Stadium presents the “Sunday Small-Car Series” starting at 11:00 a.m.

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



Labonte's crash at Pocono impacts rookies today


Cleanup continues at damaged LFR shop


Infographic: Johnson goes for 10 wins at Dover


 Weekend Preview: Dover


Stats advance: Analyzing the FedEx 400


Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota wrapped with FedEx Cares


   Results from this past weekends races @ Bridgeport Speedway ( http://www.bpspeedway.com/) , are finally posted ! See my Bridgeport Speedway Page :Bridgeport Speedway !  ,for the details !

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DW: Races are won and lost in the pits

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Larry McReynolds details biggest takeaway from Coca-Cola 600

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Dale perplexed why everyone didn't pit under last caution in 600

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dale-earnhardt-jr-coca-cola-600-sprint-cup-series-charlotte-motor-speedway-hendrick-052615

Denny Hamlin offers theory on why he grew fatigued in Coke 600 (VIDEO)

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/coca-cola-600-charlotte-motor-speedway-joe-gibbs-racing-denny-hamlin-infield-care-center-052615

Kyle Larson talks Mustaches, twitpics, and trolling Miss Sprint Cup

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/kyle-larson-talks-mustaches-twitpics-and-trolling-miss-sprint-cup-052615?vid=451659843655



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JIM BROWN RACING PHOTOS TO PRESENT FAN OF THE NIGHT FOR MAY MODIFIED MADNESS FINALE AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY; FANFEST ALSO NOW ON THE CARD

New Egypt, NJ - Jim Brown Racing Photos, long time photo provider for New Egypt Speedway, has come on board to present the "Fan of the Night" for the May Modified Madness Finale presented By Liberty Toyota Scion in Burlington, NJ.

Four young race fans will be selected during the course of the evening's events. If that fans driver wins the feature event that night, the youngster will be taken into Victory Lane to have their picture taken with the winner and will receive a free poster of that driver courtesy of Jim Brown Racing Photos.

"I think it's a cool idea anytime we can get the kids involved. They're the future of this sport," said Brown.

The feature winner will as well receive a free poster courtesy of Jim Brown Racing Photos, which can be found on the web at www.jimbrownracingphotos.com

Also added to the card for Saturday will be a special prerace Fan-Fest Meet and Greet session with the Billy Pauch, Billy Pauch Jr., David VanHorn and Ryan Godown from 4:15-4:45PM in the Speedway Picnic Area off of Turn four.

The May Modified Madness Finale presented By Liberty Toyota Scion of Burlington, NJ which will feature a 35-lap, double points 358 Modified feature paying a cool $3,000 to win and $325 to take the green on May 30th is the culmination of a unique, bracket-type series where drivers compete in a race within a race throughout the four 358 Modified races at New Egypt Speedway during the month of May.

For more information about the May Modified Madness Series you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MayModifiedMadness. There’s MADNESS to our method…


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NASCAR America analyzes Carl Edwards' win at Charlotte and how his team combined strategy with a fast car. More

  

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Kevin Harvick is still No. 1 in Ryan McGee's NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. has risen up the charts to No. 2 as the series heads to Dover.

Danica's Woes Continue With Frustrating 600

On a long night in which she never was competitive -- and a fourth straight race outside the top 20 -- Danica Patrick and crew are scraping for answers.


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Entry List: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

NASCAR has released the preliminary entry list for Sunday afternoon's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.  45 cars will attempt to qualify Friday for the 400-lap event. Read more

Small XFINITY Series Field Prepares for Dover International Speedway


NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday's Buckle Up 200.  As of now, it appears that there may be a short field this weekend with only 38 cars entered.  However, a few notable backmarkers have yet to appear, meaning the final version will likely feature over 40 cars.  Read more
 
K&N Pro Series East Stars Invade Truck Series Entry List at Dover
 
NASCAR also has released the entry list for Friday evening's Lucas Oil 200.  Four long-time K&N Pro Series East competitiors (Cole Custer, CJ Faison, Austin Hill and Jesse Little) are part of the 34-truck entry list for the race.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Choosing to Honor Our Military - The Right Thing to Do
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

Carl Edwards’ win at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night was a result of choices. Crew chief Darian Grubb elected to keep the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 out and stretch their fuel mileage past its expected 55-lap pit window. Over the closing laps, Edwards lifted off the gas just enough to stay out in front of his former teammate, Greg Biffle, and when all was said and done their gamble paid off. Cousin Carl executed his signature backflip, chose to share the moment in the grandstands and did not forget that one other person was part of their team for this day: Seaman Lynn A. Thrasher, who served during World War II defending the free world from evils running rampant in both Germany and Japan.
 
We often speak of sacrifice on days where we honor our military. We include words such as "protecting our freedom," freedom to do such things like spend the entire Sunday before Memorial Day watching auto racing, firing up the barbecue and popping open a beer. We don’t think for a moment of the vast infrastructure that supplies endless electricity, natural gas or even a steady supply of grain that can be brewed into a recreational beverage. Our nation’s wealth and security has been obtained truly by the sacrifice of men and women who have served our nation over the past 240 years.

So we place the names of young men like Seaman Thrasher on the windshield of a Sprint Cup car. But have we considered that, although his body and mind was harmed during the war, whether his participation was one of choice?

It is this crucial part of service that is often dismissed during ceremonies. Throughout history, nations have pressed the youth of their country into the military, taking their young adulthood from them and, in some cases, their lives. We like to speak of heroic deeds where the soldier chose to jump in front of a machine gun emplacement, saving his comrades in arms at the cost of his personal welfare. But arriving at that moment may not have been his choice. It was a true reflection of the ultimate measure of the man, even if the circumstances were not of his making.

It is the lack of choice that Memorial Day is truly for. Not whether the sailor volunteered to stand for his nation in times of strife, but what their actions were when final decisions had to be made. We must never forget that as a nation, as the free people who remained behind secure in their houses, we sent the hearts of our homes across the seas to stand before those that would do us harm. We gave soldiers the physical means to stop the evil and then asked them to use weaponry, whatever the cost to their livelihoods might be. And they did.

Even in the present day of the unending war against terror, in our safe white-washed world, we call it service. Ultimately, it is sacrifice. Just about every day our alarm clocks go off, we climb in a silver sedan and report to work where we complain of stress if a memo is not completed on time. Meanwhile, a soldier is standing in a distant land. His personal armor and weapon are all that remains between him and somebody who is bent on changing our way of life back in the USA. He will have choices placed before him - should he pull the trigger?

Back at home, we stare into the freezer and wonder if we ought to have hamburgers or spaghetti tonight. What a simple freedom that is, and so precious.

Memorial Day has come and gone, but the service we silently rely upon to keep us safe has not. The American men and women of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard remain on duty. They arrived at their posts through a wide array of choices. It is now your responsibility as a U.S. Citizen to support everything they gave up in order to provide you with your way of life. It's a responsibility that requires you to choose to accept it. 

I hope you will.

Find out about all the servicemen and women that rode along on the windshields of your NASCAR heroes by clicking here.

Sonya's Scrapbook

1996 MBNA 500

How is it that you can win 10 races in a single year and not win the Winston Cup? When your teammate was Terry Labonte. The beginnings of Hendrick Dominance truly came to the fore in ’96 with both the No. 24 and No. 5 teams absolutely crushing the competition throughout the season. We’ve become accustomed to that in the past decade, haven’t we? However, the attached YouTube is not just about the Rainbow Warriors stealing the hardware; we’ve got some classic Jimmy Spencer moves in there as well. Great for a chuckle!

Numbers Game: Coca-Cola 600
by Tom Bowles

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Top-5 finishes for Carl Edwards this season prior to Sunday night's race. The best he'd accomplished was a 10th at Texas with his new No. 19 Toyota team before coasting to a fuel mileage victory at Charlotte.

1

Top-3 finish for Roush Fenway Racing during the 2015 season to date. Greg Biffle's second-place result Sunday night was their best, by far since Edwards won with the No. 99 Ford at Sonoma last June.

2

Straight Cup races in which Martin Truex, Jr. has led the most laps and failed to win. He paced the field for 95 circuits at Charlotte before fuel mileage strategy bit him down the stretch.

3

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers who have "clinched" a Chase berth with at least one victory this season: Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch, who made his first points-paying start of the year Sunday is now listed as the lone man out.

4

Drivers who failed to finish Sunday, the fewest for a Coca-Cola 600 since 2009 (when the race was rain-shortened).

4.785

Carl Edwards' margin of victory (in seconds), the largest for any Cup race this season. That beat the previous high of 1.802 seconds set in Atlanta.

5

Chevrolets in the top 10 Sunday, more than any other manufacturer despite their inability to reach victory lane.

6

Straight finishes outside the top 15 for single-car Germain Racing and Casey Mears. Mears, who had three such finishes in the first six races of the season is in the final year of his contract with the team.

9

Straight races that AJ Allmendinger has finished outside the top 10 for JTG-Daugherty Racing. The 'Dinger, during that stretch signed a contract extension that keeps him behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet through the 2020 season.

15th

The lowest finishing position of Kurt Busch in any of his nine Cup starts this season. He was 10th at Charlotte.

40

Points between winless Clint Bowyer, 17th in the standings and the next driver he can knock out of the Chase on points alone -- Paul Menard in 13th.

$128,685

Money won by Kasey Kahne for finishing 12th.

$129,286

Money won by Kahne's teammate, Jimmie Johnson for crashing twice and finishing 30 laps down in 40th place.

4:03:34

Official time it took to run NASCAR's longest race of the season. (Four hours, three minutes, 34 seconds)

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Track Trash – The CMS Coke 300’s
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Courtesy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

It was the biggest day in motorsports, starting with the streets of Monaco, where they have been racing since 1929. Then, to Indianapolis, where they have been logging 500 miles this time of year since 1911. Finally, the long way home, the World 600 at Charlotte for the boys and girl with fenders.



Biffle Celebrates 450th Career Start with Second-Place Finish in Coca-Cola 600

Greg Biffle honored his second cousin, Private Dean VanDyke, whose name was displayed across the windshield of the No. 16 Ortho Ford with a second-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. Biffle was a constant figure in the top 10 for the longest race of the year and in the end was able to stretch fuel mileage to earn his best finish of the season in what was also his 450th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start.       

Stenhouse Jr. Finishes 37th at Charlotte Motor Speedway After Mechanical Issue

After battling back from being one lap down and maneuvering his Fastenal Ford up inside the top-20, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was running in the 16th position before a mechanical issue sent him to the garage for repair. Thanks to the hasty work by the No. 17 team to repair the issue, Stenhouse Jr. was able to return to the track and pick up two positions in the final laps, salvaging a 37th-place finish inSunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

     


       
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Winners & Losers: Carl Edwards doing backflips again after Coca-Cola 600 win 


(5/25/15)


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Martin Truex Jr. led a bunch of laps but still finished fifth Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600. Sure, it's frustrating, but he feels like a win will come any race now.

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

Fuel mileage duel costs Martin Truex Jr. another shot at victory

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/martin-truex-jr-coca-cola-600-results-furniture-row-racing-carl-edwards-cole-pearn-052515

Marathon man: Landon Cassill runs 14 miles after Coca-Cola 600

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Chasing the Chase: Small Gains Are Made
by Phil Allaway

Ultimately, not all that much changed in the point standings Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Points leader Kevin Harvick led laps, but dropped back due to handling and pit strategy.  Martin Truex, Jr. led the most laps once again, but was on the wrong strategy at the end, finishing fifth.  The net result was that Truex was able to gain a few points on Harvick.  The margin is still 41 points through 12 of 36 races.  Joey Logano moved up one place to third with his 13th-place finish, but the team has still been unable to properly adjust the car as the race continues on.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s successful fuel gamble moved him up to fourth in the standings after finishing third Sunday.  Logano and Earnhardt Jr.'s gains came at the expense of Jimmie Johnson, who spun on lap 274 and hit the SAFER Barrier entering pit road. After repairs, Johnson returned to finish 40th, 30 laps down.  Brad Keselowski is still sixth following his seventh-place finish. He was able to gain a miniscule two points on Harvick.

Matt Kenseth maintains the seventh spot in points after leading early on and finishing fourth.  He also gained a small number of points on Harvick.  Jamie McMurray stays in eighth after having a relatively quiet 600 mile run to 19th.  Jeff Gordon is still ninth, but closed the margin slightly on McMurray.  Despite an up-and-down night, Kasey Kahne stayed in tenth after getting a Lucky Dog and finishing 12th.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 473, 2) Martin Truex, Jr. -41, 3) Joey Logano -66, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -72, 5) Brad Keselowski -80, 6) Brad Keselowski -92, 7) Matt Kenseth -101, 8) Jamie McMurray -120, 9) Jeff Gordon -127, 10) Kasey Kahne -128, 11) Ryan Newman -130, 12) Aric Almirola -134, 13) Paul Menard -137, 14) Kurt Busch -146, 15) Denny Hamlin -152, 16) Carl Edwards -161 .

Race Winners: Joey Logano (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Texas, Kansas), Kevin Harvick

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 was brought to you by the letter "D," for Drab.  The 600 was another typical intermediate race with the 2015 rules.  A mad scramble in and around the restarts, but outside of those times, it wasn't really all that exciting.  Yes, the tires drop off, but some of the drivers and crewmembers wish that NASCAR and Goodyear dropped the DualZone tires in favor of softer regular tires with more drop off. - Phil Allaway  

Quotes to Remember: Coca-Cola 600
compiled by Phil Allaway

"JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) is back and these Toyotas are great. I was the slowest of the group tonight and I just had the best guys on the pit box here and did a great job. Subway – I will be having a Coke along with my sub sandwich this week and guacamole on that. ARRIS came on in a huge way to start this fourth team. Toyota took a chance on me – I went to Kentucky the other week and saw where these Camrys are built. TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has been behind me 100 percent. Sport Clips, Comcast, Sprint, all the fans – what a big day of racing. I can’t believe we won this race." - Carl Edwards, race winner

"I’m really excited for the team and the organization.  We’ve been working really, really hard on our cars.  It’s been well documented how bad we’ve been running, so it feels good.  It’s kind of funny because I decided if I finished in the top 10 tonight I was gonna stand on the door top and be all excited and cheer and I finished second and I’m not happy.  The thing is we ran in the top 10 all night.  The car was good and had a lot of speed.  That was a huge improvement.  We haven’t done that in probably a year, so I’m super-excited about that, and then because of that run and where we were running it gave us the opportunity to try and stretch the fuel window and make it.  I was putting a lot of pressure on Carl.  I started going with about 10 laps to go.  The crew chief told me to save all I could and just stay in front of the 88 and I made the decision that I was gonna try to beat Carl.  I got pretty close to him there and then with two to go the fuel light came on that the fuel pressure was low, so I came around and had to start pushing the clutch in and shutting it off and coasting and try and preserve what fuel I had to make it back.  I was excited to see the checkered flag.  I wasn’t sure I was gonna stretch two laps of gas out, but it was probably on the straightaway it sucked some air and started flashing the fuel pressure, so I was able to run it around the corners and didn’t have any more issues, but I stayed in front of the 88 and finished second and it’s a big boost for the team, but probably a bigger boost for the team was how we ran tonight on the race track." - Greg Biffle, finished second

"We’ve got a win so it doesn’t really matter. I was just hoping that the guys in front of me would run too hard and run out of gas. We had to try to go for a win, there. We didn’t have a fast enough car to beat the No. 41 (Kurt Busch) or the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.), so we had to do something different and I like to gamble. We had a pretty good car. I’m a little disappointed. Those guys have a little bit more speed than us. We’ll work on it and get better and try to get more wins." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished third

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I don’t know. I don’t know what to do about fuel mileage races. I’ve never ever, ever, ever, ever. One time in my whole career I came out on the right end of them, so I don’t know. I guess I don’t get good fuel mileage. What can I say about my guys? The Furniture Row team and everybody back in Denver and ECR engines and RCR chassis. The guys just give me an awesome race car. I’m so proud of them. It hurts to come home fifth and run that hard. But at the same time, it’s pretty awesome to run like that, too. So, we’ve just got to keep plugging away and sooner or later we’re going to get a little bit of luck on our side. Right now, we can’t get anything to go our way." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished fifth

"A lot better now. I knew when my knee was sore afterwards that it was probably fluids. My off-day was 36 holes of golf and a full tennis match. Probably over did it a little bit this weekend. I think the dehydration led to a migraine and just felt nauseous the last 100 laps or so. Thank goodness, that didn’t cost us the win. Just the  bad end of that strategy and what not, but still proud of our FedEx Office team for really giving me a car that could contend for a win. This is a good sign and congrats to Carl (Edwards), this is an awesome two weeks really for our organization." - Denny Hamlin, finished eighth, on getting sick during the race

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I feel pretty good.  All in all, I felt like that was a great race for us.  We ran really strong.  We ran up front, and we showed we had some speed. You know, it certainly is frustrating to finish where we did.  That’s disappointing.  But sometimes you do win these things by fuel‑mileage races, so congratulations to our teammates, Carl (Edwards) and Matt (Kenseth).  They finished up front there. But all in all, I can’t say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, everyone pulling for me and cheering for me and helping me get back into this race car, and to get out there and have a strong run means a lot.  Real proud of my guys.  Adam Stevens (crew chief) made some great calls tonight and got ourselves in some really good spots and up towards the front.  We raced up towards the front.  We battled side-by-side, door-to-door with guys for a little while.  Felt good.  I feel good, and I admit I’ve probably got a little left foot soreness, but other than that, everything is pretty hunky‑dory." - Kyle Busch, finished 11th

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The sun started going down and our car was not good.  Nothing got better.  We went one way with something and went back the other way and nothing.  There’s only so much you can do when the race starts.  We were good on the bottom for a couple laps and then we tried to move up and we were junk, and then you’ve got to adjust to that lane.  There was never one good  thing about the car.  Usually you at least get a good exit or a good center and I was just fighting way too much stuff.

"You don’t chalk it up to anything, you’ve got to fix it.  This is a Chase race when we come back and we’re awful here.  We’ve just got to figure out how to go faster.  I don’t really know.  It used to be one of my best race tracks and now I think it’s one of my worst race tracks.  I don’t know what’s changed or what we’re doing differently, but I need a night to think about it and try to figure out something different." - Joey Logano, finished 13th

"For us the car was just really loose.  It was fast, but as soon as I would get close to somebody else, my car would bug out and get so edgy.  Lost it twice, about had it saved both times. Once we would get in clean air and get strung out I could fly up through the field and went from last to fifth there.  Then I had a lap car on the outside and a car I had been stalking on the bottom and then I tried to roll into the top behind the lap car.  The thing just bugged out in the dirty air and around it went again.  A tough day to try to get the balance right in the car.

"We came in here tonight swinging for the fences. We are locked in the Chase. It doesn’t matter.  Chad (Knaus, crew chief) told me he either wanted it on a hook or the trophy.  Unfortunately we got the hook." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 40th

"Really, really happy with our Aaron’s Dream Machine Camry when we started the race. I felt like the first 100 laps we really had a top-10 to 12 car. We got behind a little bit on pit sequence and lost some track position. Really just made a bad judgement call about halfway through the race and went the wrong way on an adjustment when the track was cooling down. Really took us two or three runs to get that adjustment back out of the race car. Feel like at the end we were back to decent lap times and we just needed to get back on the lead lap. We were fighting hard to get back on the lead lap and looks like something happened engine related – we got really, really hot and something happened internally. Disappointed that we had a lot better race car, but saw some encouraging signs that we had some speed in qualifying and the race as well, but we just need to put a race all together." - David Ragan, finished 41st (Engine Failure)

"We unfortunately had an engine problem.  It was really unfortunate.  I thought our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion was pretty good.   Jeremy Bullins and everyone on the team did a great job of working on it all night and getting us better, and it really took off on that one restart and I thought we were gonna be pretty good.  We had great take-off speed all night, but we just struggled for grip late in runs.  I thought we made a good change to help that for this run and unfortunately, the motor let go on us.  That’s just unfortunate.  You come out here and I don’t know how many laps we ran, but it felt close to 300 and to almost be there and have that issue is just unfortunate.  I hate it for these guys.  They work so hard and they gave me a good piece and we were getting it better all night.  I would have really liked to see where we ended up, but I’m excited for our next outing in this thing and we can always look at the positives and say we had a good run going.  Everyone is working really well together on this team, so we just need to get running a little bit more and I think we’ll be OK." - Ryan Blaney, finished 42nd (Engine Failure)


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NASCAR Next Member Jesse Little To Make National Series Debut With ThorSport Racing
Jesse Little will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway in the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, May 29 (5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1), becoming the 26th NASCAR Next driver to make a national series start. He will pilot a ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra alongside teammates defending series champion Matt Crafton, NASCAR Next alumni Cameron Hayley and Johnny Sauter.
 
Jesse Little is also in his fourth season racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he won its Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in 2013. The 18-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina native won last year’s NKNPSE race at New Hampshire. In two NKNPSE starts this season, he claims one pole (Bristol) and a high finish of third in the NKNPSE/NASCAR K&N Pro Series West joint race at Iowa.
 
Fountain Of Youth: Truck Series A Proving Ground For Young Drivers
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The NCWTS continues to act as a proving ground for young drivers to test their skills. The Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway (Friday, May 29) marks the second race of the season that drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 can compete. Wheelmen from that age group can only race on road courses or tracks 1.25 miles or less in length. Seventeen year olds Cole Custer, Gray Gaulding and John Hunter Nemechek will all make their return to their trucks. Although the youngest, they are not the only youthful drivers in the series. Erik Jones, Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Jesse Little and Matt Tifft, all 18 years of age, are also entered at Dover.
 
Not So Fast: Defending Champion Matt Crafton Challenged By Rising Stars
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Crafton brings experience to Dover International Speedway (the site of the next NCWTS race on Friday, May, 29) with 14 career starts at The Monster Mile including a series-best eight top-10 finishes. Reddick has only one previous start (eighth) at Dover while Jones will make his track debut.
 
The No. 88 ThorSport driver will join elite company if he can capture his third consecutive series title. Notable three-peats across sports include: Jimmie Johnson (2006-10), Los Angeles Lakers (2000-02), New York Yankees (1998-00), Chicago Bulls (1996-98, 1991-93), UCLA Basketball (1967-73), Green Bay Packers (1965-67).
 
New Year, New Faces
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Don’t be surprised to find Kyle Busch Motorsports in victory lane though, as the team has a series-best four wins at Dover and is well-represented. Although Jones, Suarez and Boston have no prior starts at the track, each has found success this season, earning a combined 11 top-10 finishes through 14 combined races.
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With Big Win Buescher Takes Series Standings Lead From Dillon
Chris Buescher posted the 93rd victory – series’ most – for the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team this past weekend at Iowa Speedway and in the process took the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead from Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon. Buescher now sits eight points ahead of Dillon as the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Hisense 300 on May 23 (on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET).
 
His win last weekend was the second of his career in the NXS. He leads the series in average finish with a 7.8 and is tied with Chase Elliott for the most top-five finishes (five each) this season. His season-to-date loop data has him ranked fourth in driver rating (101.1) and second in Average Running Position (8.831).  
 
Buescher has three starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway posting two top 10s and an average finish of 17.7.  He finished ninth in this event last season.
 
Long Road Ahead In the Points For Third-Place Elliott
Chase Elliott has a long road ahead of him in the NASCAR XFINITY Series points standings to catch series standings leader Chris Buescher (-31) and second-place Ty Dillon with how well they are running this season.
 
Last weekend at Iowa, Elliott led the most laps but lost the lead on the final restart and ultimately finished second to Buescher.
 
Elliott is still looking for his first victory in 2015; this time last year he had already banked two (Texas and Darlington) wins and had a firm hold on the series points lead.  Success this season hasn’t come quite as quickly, but consistency has been the key for the 19-year-old driver posting five top fives, and a series leading eight top 10s this season.
 
Charlotte has brought mixed success for Elliott in his brief career. In this race last season he finished 37th but then returned to Charlotte in the fall and posted an eighth-place finish.
 
Dash 4 Cash kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway
A $1 million prize is on the line again for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In its seventh consecutive year, the “Dash 4 Cash” program is back and new tracks highlight its schedule.
 
For the first time, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the “Dash 4 Cash” qualifier, which will determine the four eligible drivers that will compete for one of four $100,000 payouts throughout the season. Following Saturday’s Hisense 300, the four Dash 4 Cash events will include: Dover (May 30), Indianapolis (July 25), Bristol (August 21) and Darlington (September 5). At Charlotte, the top four finishers who are eligible to receive NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points will qualify for the first Dash 4 Cash race at Dover.
 
Sunoco Rookie Update: Wallace Opens Up Rookie Points Lead Over Suarez
Darrell Wallace Jr. tied his series career-best finish (sixth) last weekend at Iowa Speedway and extended his lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over second-place Daniel Suarez by seven points.
 
Wallace has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 11.3 this season.
 
Not only does he lead the rookie standings but he is also ranked fourth in the series driver standings just 37 points behind series points leader Chris Buescher and six points back from third-place Chase Elliott.
 
This weekend will be Wallace’s series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway – though he is familiar with the 1,5-mile speedway, making two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there with a best finish of 26th in 2014.
 
Sunoco Rookie Points following Iowa:  Darrell Wallace Jr. (119), Daniel Suarez (112), Ross Chastain (87), Cale Conley (82), Harrison Rhodes (66), Peyton Sellers (31) and Josh Reaume (18).
 
Loaded Entry List Has The Hisense 300 Looking Star-Studded
This weekend’s Hisense 300 entry lists features a healthy mix of NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders and big named NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers – like 2015 Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola.
 
Denny Hamlin pocketed a cool million last weekend after he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and this weekend he will strap into the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin’s last series start a few weeks back at Richmond was a dominating performance where he won from the pole. Hamlin has made five starts this season posting one win, two top fives and three top 10s.  Hamlin has nine series starts at Charlotte, but has yet to win, his average finish is 15.0.
 
Kevin Harvick returns to the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte. Harvick has made five starts this season for JR Motorsports, posting two wins, three top fives and four top 10s. Harvick has made 25 series starts at Charlotte posting seven top fives, 16 top 10s and average finish of 10.7.
 
Austin Dillon will be making his ninth start of the season this weekend at Charlotte in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Dillon has one win, five top fives, six top 10s and three poles this season.  In four series starts at CMS he has posted three top five and an average finish of 4.0.
 
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte last weekend, a race that tied for the second closest victory in series history (.005 seconds). This weekend Kahne hopes to carry his momentum to the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team for the Hisense 300. Kahne has made 20 series starts at Charlotte posting one win (2007), five top 10s and an average finish of 19.8.
 
Kyle Larson returns to the No. 42 Chevrolet this weekend for his fourth start of the season. In his previous three starts in 2015 he posted three top 10s. He has made four series starts at Charlotte posting one win (2014), three top fives and an average finish of 5.8. 
 
Aric Almirola will be back in Fred Biagi’s No. 98 Ford this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Almirola has made seven series starts at Charlotte posting one top five and three top 10s.
 
Busch Is The NXS King Of The 1.5-Mile Tracks, But Harvick Is A Close Second
When it comes to dominating the 1.5-mile tracks on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, Kyle Busch is king. Busch leads series in wins on 1.5-mile tracks with 23 victories. Busch is not entered this weekend in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the driver with the second most NXS wins (18) on 1.5-mile tracks is – Kevin Harvick.
 
Harvick has made 25 starts at Charlotte posting seven top fives, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10.7.   He also ranks in the top 10 in the following key categories: Driver Rating (101.4); Average Running Position (10.753); Laps In The Top 15 (2,482 laps, 73.5%); Laps Led (207).   
 
Harvick’s 18 wins at 1.5-mile tracks: Texas (5), Atlanta (4), Chicago (3), Kentucky (2), Las Vegas (2), Homestead-Miami (1) and Kansas (1).
 
Blaney Making Most Of Every Series Start In Penske’s No. 22
Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team has been lights out in this season’s first 10 races, posting three wins, seven top-two finishes, nine top fives, and 10 top 10s. The team’s worst finish this season … eighth. As a result, Team Penske’s No. 22 team is head, neck and shoulders above their competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series owner point standings – second-place Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford team is 64 points back from the No. 22 Ford team after 10 races.   
 
While most of the success can be attributed to the crew chief Greg Irwin, much of it comes from the stellar driver lineup of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. For the second week in a row Blaney will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford after posting a fifth-place finish last weekend at Iowa. Blaney has two series career starts at Charlotte posting one top five and an average finish of 9.0.
 
NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
Youth Movement Continues:  The NASCAR XFINITY Series is experiencing a youth movement in 2015. The average age of the drivers in the top five in points is 22.4-years-old and the average of the drivers in the top 10 in points is 26.6-years-old. …
 
NXS Milestones: Landon Cassill will attempt to make his 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Charlotte. Cassill is ranked 121st on the all-time NXS starts lists; four starts behind two-time series champ Martin Truex Jr. . … Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed will attempt to make his 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Charlotte.  … Kevin Harvick (174) will attempt to tie Kyle Busch (175) for the all-time series’ most top five finishes this weekend at Charlotte.
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Richard Petty Motorsports welcomes Columbus, Ohio based E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, one of the country's oldest minority-owned businesses, as an associate sponsor on the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang this weekend.


Pocono Raceway Hauler Parade

The second-annual Pennsylvania Hauler Parade, in advance of the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway, will take place on Thursday, June 4. Race fans are encouraged to come out and watch the parade in Harrisburg and follow the rest of the day’s events on Twitter by using #haulerPArade

On the Edge with Ed: Charlotte Race Week

As we head into this holiday weekend let’s not forget the tremendous sacrifice that many before us have endured for us all to enjoy our lives the way we do. Thank you to all servicemen and women, their families and loved ones for your current and past service, this American appreciates you!


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Over the past five years, Kevin Harvick has won more races, at three, than anybody else has at this track. Harvick is fast every single week and is slowly putting up one of the greatest statistical seasons in NASCAR history; a top 10 on Sunday has Harvick on track to have 33 total top-10s at season's end, far and away the best in generations.


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As the only two full-time drivers in Sprint Cup from North Carolina, Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 really is homecoming for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon.

Craven: 600 requires a mix of endurance, skill

Winning the Coca-Cola 600 requires the endurance to handle NASCAR's longest race, and the skill to maneuver through restarts and Charlotte's fast corners, Ricky Craven writes.

Coca-Cola 600 nothing like Indy for Danica

Ten years ago, Danica Patrick captivated the world by nearly winning the Indy 500 as a rookie. Now, Memorial Day weekends are spent in the Coca-Cola 600, and she has yet to crack the top 25.

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Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park is the premier motorsports entertainment complex in the Northeast. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia and New York City, offering diverse and dynamic attractions both on and off-track. The Park includes two world-class road courses: Thunderbolt and Lightning, Tempest Raceway which is considered one of the top outdoor karting complexes in the U.S., a motorsports country club membership program known as the Drivers Club,  Battlegrounds Paintball which features 10 acres of paintball fields, concert and festival space, overnight accommodations, and real estate development opportunities. Also on the property, a clubhouse features meeting space, bar/restaurant and built-in pool.

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 Frontstretch Folio: Coca-Cola 600
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The Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for their longest race of the year. Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600  begins Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX; the race can also be heard on your local PRN affiliate or SiriusXM channel 90. Drivers will compete for 400 laps (600 miles).

Records and facts

Last year, Jimmie Johnson dominated the race, leading 164 laps from the pole to win his fourth Coca-Cola 600 and seventh win at Charlotte Motor Speedway overall.  Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray.

Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad-oval, 400 laps, 600 miles
Frontstretch: 1,952.8 feet; banked 5 degrees
Backstretch: 1,360 feet; banked 5 degrees
Banking in turns: 24 degrees
Seating: approx. 89,000
Opened: 1960

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 2: Saturday, May 23, 10 - 11 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, May 23,  1 - 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Weather Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy

High: 85

Low: 60

Say What?!

"I always like racing at Charlotte [Motor Speedway] for several reasons. I like the track itself. We start the Coke 600 during the day when the track is hot and slick, and then we end the race in the dark. It's almost like an endurance race for us, since it's the longest race of the year. Most of us drivers live in the Charlotte area, so we've been able to spend a lot more time than usual at home. There has been plenty of go-kart and golf events going on in the area to keep me plenty busy. BRANDT Professional Agriculture is on the car this weekend and hopefully I can get them their first top 10." - Justin Allgaier

"I think the biggest challenge about Charlotte is how much the track changes from practice. You practice all during the day and then you go into night racing. You’ve got to know what kind of adjustments to make to your car and how well you can race at night. Typically, you go back to your night notes. For us, we’ve run well there in the past and like going there. It’s a fun place to race and adds to the excitement of spending some time at home. Just hoping we can have a good run with our Skittles Toyota this weekend." - Kyle Busch

"We will be proud to pay tribute to Sgt. Bouthout on our CSX 'Play It Safe' Ford. It's important to honor all of our fallen military, but it's even more important and special when it's from within your own team's family. Robert is a welder with Front Row and Sgt. Bouthout was his grandfather. We'll try to make the family proud on Sunday." - Brett Moffitt





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Next Race: Coca-Cola 600
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 24
The Time: 6 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 600 miles (400 laps)
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It’s Hamlin Time: All-Star Winner Tries To Become Eighth Driver To Sweep May Charlotte Races
Denny Hamlin sent a message to the other drivers on the final 10-lap shootout of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:
 
“Can’t touch this.”
 
The No. 11 Toyota driver led the final 10 laps of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race after beating the field off pit road for the Segment 5 restart to give Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory in the event since entering the NSCS in 1992.
 
Hamlin’s triumph was JGR’s first on a 1.5-mile track since he won the 2013 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
If Hamlin can parlay his weekend success into a win in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he will become the eighth driver to sweep the Charlotte May races, joining Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
 
Will Gordon Get Nostalgic In What Could Be His Final Coca-Cola 600?
Jeff Gordon will likely never forget the date.
 
May 29, 1994.
 
Then 23 years old, Gordon was battling future NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for the lead in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On the final pit stop, Gordon took two tires, while Wallace took four. The gamble paid off as Gordon won the first race of his illustrious career.
 
Fast forward 21 years, 91 more wins and four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships later.
 
Gordon is now in his final full-time season, competing in what may be his last Coca-Cola 600 ever this Sunday. He has won the race three times, including his 1994 triumph, but not since 1998. Every time Gordon has visited Victory Lane in the Coca-Cola 600, he has done it from the pole.
 
Eleven starts into the NSCS season, Gordon ranks ninth in the series standings on the strength of seven top-10 finishes and two top-five showings.
 
Few Places Like Charlotte For Johnson
There are not many places Jimmie Johnson would rather race than Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver boasts a track-record seven wins there and claims more victories at only two other places – Martinsville (eight) and Dover (nine). Johnson – the defending spring race-winner – will attempt to visit Victory Lane this Sunday at the 1.5-mile track. He won at Charlotte from the pole last May, seizing sole possession of the track record from NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison
 
Endurance Athletes Do Well In NASCAR’s Endurance Race? Who Would Think That?
At 600 miles in distance, the Coca-Cola 600 held every Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the longest race on NASCAR’s schedule. Add the late-May heat and the race becomes even more grueling.
 
It should come as no surprise that drivers who compete in endurance athletics off the track have seen success in the Coca-Cola 600, particularly Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. The pair has combined to win seven of the last 12 spring Charlotte races (Johnson, 4; Kahne, 3).
 
Insanity? Cassill To Run To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Following The Coca-Cola 600
Landon Cassill doesn’t need the “Insanity” workout videos to get in his cardio for the day.
 
He actually puts their name to shame.
 
Instead, Cassill will run 14 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord all the way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte after he travels 600 miles with his car in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday – an “endurance double.”
 
Throughout the day, the 25-year-old Chevrolet driver will burn approximately 4,000 calories and consume 150 ounces of fluid. Between the Coca-Cola 600 and his 14-mile run, Cassill’s heart could spike to 170 beats per minute.
 
In addition to racing, Cassill is an avid triathlete and competes in four triathlons per year. His goal is to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Austria.
 
Rowdy Returns For First Points-Paying Race
In one of the most notable returns since New Kids on the Block got back together for its reunion tour, Kyle Busch will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, his first points-paying race since breaking his leg in February’s Daytona NASCAR XFINITY Series Race.
 
Now the only question is: Will he have the right stuff?
 
“Rowdy” finished sixth in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in his return to his No. 18 Toyota, but obviously the Coca-Cola 600 is a different animal. It’s 290 more laps and 435 more miles.
 
Busch has never won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he does have 10 top fives, 14 top 10s and two poles in 22 starts at the 1.5-mile track. His 9.8 average running position, 106.7 driver rating and 177.219 MPH average green flag speed at Charlotte all rank second in the NSCS. Busch’s career-best finish in the Coca-Cola 600 is third (three times; 2008, 2010, 2012).
 
Happy Days: Harvick Holds Commanding Lead In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings
These days are Kevin Harvick’s.
 
The No. 4 Chevrolet driver leads second-place Martin Truex Jr. in the points standings by 46 on the strength of two wins eight top fives and ten top 10s. His eight top-two finishes tie Cale Yarborough for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record through 11 races (1977).
 
In the Coca-Cola 600 this Sunday in Charlotte, Harvick gets another stab at a 1.5-mile track, the distance he has dominated the last two seasons. Since 2014, Harvick claims three wins and nine top-two finishes in 15 starts at 1.5-mile tracks. He has also led 1,203-of-4,545 laps (26.5%). In four races at 1.5-mile tracks this season, Harvick owns one win and four top-two finishes. He has led 34.1 percent of all laps (407-of-1,193) at 1.5-mile tracks this year.
 
Harvick won last season’s fall Charlotte race on his way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. He has two Coca-Cola 600 victories (2011, 2013).
 
NASCAR: An American Salute Launches with 600 Miles of Remembrance
When drivers start their engines for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans will see familiar names like “Harvick,” “Kenseth” and “Almirola” replaced on car windshields with “SGT Mracek,” “HM3 Layton” and “CPT Argel” – United States Armed Forces members who have fallen in service to their country.
 
All 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in “600 Miles of Remembrance” on Memorial Day Weekend to honor military service members and their families, and commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute, the industry’s collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have served and continue to defend our nation today.
 
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 On the heels of the All-Star race in Charlotte, Cup stars say it's impossible to fix aero issues at 1.5 mile tracks. More 


The Kasey Kahne Foundation has surpassed $1 million in donations distributed.


   

For four years, Jerry Cook just missed election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That all changed Wednesday.

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Ford Performance: Logano Remembers First Coca-Cola 600

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, met with the media after a press announcement for the Bojangles' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed a number of topics.       

Ford Performance: Buescher and Sadler Ready For Charlotte XFINITY Race

Two members of the Roush Fenway XFINITY driver team – series points leader Chris Buescher and Elliott Sadler – visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield media center to answer questions from the assembled press about this weekend's Hisense 300 and other topics.


JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed his outlook for this weekend’s 600 mile race, his thoughts on having a full-time traveling safety team and many other topics.


Kyle Fowler to Pilot No. 26 PowerAll Toyota for JGL Racing at Charlotte

JGL Racing is proud to announce Kyle Fowler will pilot the team's No. 26 PowerAll Toyota for the running of the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday. This will mark Fowler's 16th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series but the first with JGL Racing.       

Hot 20 – Charlotte, where this weekend they go the extra miles

We begin with Monaco, tune into Indianapolis for the matinee, then spend the evening in Charlotte in our 600-mile feature. While we go in concerned about cars running into a house or into a harbor overseas, or find the wall and flipping down the track in Indiana, our biggest concern for the folks with fenders is that they might not be able to pass the leader in North Carolina.


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Kyle Busch can make the Chase despite missing 11 races due to injury. He needs a victory. He needs consistency. He tries to put it all together this Sunday in the season's longest race.

Turn 4: Burning questions for Charlotte

Does the Sprint Cup Series deserve a passing grade given the lack of passing this season? And is the Coca-Cola 600 still one of the season's marquee events?

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Daytona Begins SAFER Installation, Construction on Other Safety Measures

Daytona International Speedway has officially added track safety improvements to the ongoing Daytona Rising project aimed at improving the fan experience.  SAFER Barriers are currently being installed in multiple locations around the track in addition to paving over some of the grass.  Some of the improvements should be ready by the Coke Zero 400 weekend in July.  Read more


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Roush Fenway Racing will provide an inside look at its May 21 Fan Day Festivities by utilizing the Periscope live-streaming video app. Broadcasts will include interviews with Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series drivers, as well as a live look at the festivities during the event and a Q&A session with the RFR team.


Martin Truex Jr.’s season to date has been defined with scoring 10 top-10 finishes in the first 11 races, raising his career top-10 total to 105 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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Have advice / suggestions on how I can improve this site,or move it to a better webserver ?
 
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1 .Spelling ,and punctuation , doesn't matter. I'm not perfect ,and I don't expect you to be.
 
2. Keep your comments / pictures clean,or I won't even consider posting them on this site .
 
I will post your comments , If ,and only IF ,you permit me to to so .

Just click this address to send me mail:

You can reach me at   josnasceph@comcast.net ,or joe9fan@yahoo.com  .
 
OR you can call me, on my cell phone ,and leave a message @ 732 581-8331.

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

GOTHAM !!!
24: Live Another Day !!!
Almost Human
 
Sleepy Hollow  !!!   The Following !
 
 
Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
Favorite all time master sleuth :
Sherlock Holmes !
(as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
 
Favorite Comedy Routine :
"Who's on First ? "
Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
Abbott & Costello !!!
 
My other interests other than NASCAR :
My family
The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
The New York Giants
The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks
The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
I was a snare drummer in high school !
 
I truly hope that you enjoy visiting my site. I also hope that you will come back often,and that you tell your friends & family about it.
 
P.S.
As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
Personal note from me. ( AKA Site disclaimer...or something like that ! )
If you see something here that you would like to use on your website / newsletter / whatever. Please feel free to do so.
HOWEVER !!! 
I do ask that you give credit where credit is due ( as I do here). Please indicate something  (somewhere / somehow ),that you got it from this website.
Thank You,
Joe

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