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 (9/17/14)

Courteousy FOX Sports

 RPM to remain two-car team for 2015 

Non-Chase drivers providing plenty of thrills  

 Week 1, elimination: Waltrip waltzes to Week 2 

Stenhouse Jr. spends time at his beloved Ole Miss


JGR has 2015 crew chief lineup decided

Josh Berry picks up second Nationwide Series event

No. 20 Truck team penalized

NTS Motorsports hit with post-Chicago penalty 

NASCAR Illustrated: Friends and Family, Julianna White

2015 schedules and tickets

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 (Thanks Jeff Gravatt !):

 “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT/ON TRACK PARTY” SET FOR SATURDAY (SEPT. 20) AT WALL STADIUM

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With all six of the of the speedway’s regular stock car divisions on the agenda for this Saturday evening (Sept. 20), Wall Stadium Speedway fans will also be in the spotlight as the title races head for the regular season’s final checker flag. On Saturday night fans that arrive and purchase their tickets between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. will receive a $2 discount on admission. From 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the “On Track Party” where they will walk down onto the famous speedway, inspect all of the racecars and meet the drivers. The grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying events set for 5:45 p.m. and main events set for 7:00 p.m.

            Going into Saturday night’s Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main event defending champion Chas Okerson of Freehold is at the top of the rankings but is followed closely by Trevor Alspach of Willingboro, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Eric Mauriello of Howell and Jackson’s Steven Reed.

            In the Sportsman division, set for a 30-lapper on Saturday, Kevin Davison of Howell, Krause and Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. are tight at the top of the point rankings. Scott Riggleman of Manchester holds a healthy lead in the Factory Stock point race going into Saturday’s 25-lapper, but Union’s Joey Helberg and Wall’s Tiffany Olejnik still have a shot.

            In the 4 Cylinder Stock division, with a 25-lapper on tap for Saturday, James Meyers of Port Monmouth is looking for his first crown while Alonzo Morales of Burlington leads the pack that is chasing him. The Legend Cars 25-lapper will be pivotal in the title chase as Brain Spencer of Edison is at the top of the rankings while Dan Roslin of Egg Harbor Township and Howell’s Robert French are frantically trying to catch him. Defending Limited Late Model champ Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and Bayville’s Mike Tillett are in a virtual dead heat for the crown going into Saturday’s 25-lap main event.

On Saturday, pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5:45 p.m. Main events for all divisions are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The “Double Point Showdown,” the final regular season event, will then be presented on September 27 with all of the speedway’s classes racing to determine divisional championships. Due to the importance of the title chases, an October 4 rain date will be in effect for the September 27 events only

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special post-season events are set for Saturday, October 18 and for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in 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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Danica On The Outside

Two of Danica Patrick's Stewart-Haas teammates qualified for the Chase. Helping Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch is her priority -- unless she's running in the top five. Then all bets are off. Brant James



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P R E S S  *  R E L E A S E S
Statement from Tony Stewart
 
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2014) – The following is a statement from Tony Stewart regarding the decision by the Office of the Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney to send the case of the tragic accident involving Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park to a grand jury.
 
“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.” 
 
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NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer
Regarding Announcement of Ontario (N.Y.) County District Attorney
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2014) – “We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps. First, our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy. We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we will continue to respect the process and authorities involved.”

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Wendell Scott to be honored at Martinsville Speedway by KBM and Front Row Motorsports

As a group announcement, NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced on Tuesday that they will honor Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26. Read more.

Ron Hornaday to Run Las Vegas and Texas for NTS Motorsports

Ron Hornaday will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado for NTS Motorsports on September 27th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and October 31st at Texas Motor Speedway with sponsorship from Rheem Manufacturing Company. Read more.

Today's Featured Commentary
What If...?
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

It’s time to talk about the Sprint Cup Series and its new-and-improved “Chase for the Championship” format. As in: let’s consider what may happen once the series gets to the final race of the season at Homestead….

If Brian France wanted to create a “Game Seven” moment for the Cup series, the procedure leading up to Homestead is a pretty decent way to accomplish such a mission. With all the discussion about brackets and eliminations, the Cup series is beginning to take on an NCAA “Final Four” sort of vibe. And that’s precisely what we’ll see come Homestead: the final four teams eligible to win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship running one last winner-take-all race for all the proverbial marbles.

Speaking of marbles and other things spherical in shape, maybe it’s time for me to whip something out, to borrow the vernacular of the late Cleavon Little of Blazing Saddles fame….

Don’t panic. It’s just my slightly-clouded crystal ball of racing extrapolation. With it, I can explore assorted scenarios NASCAR Nation might experience once the “Super Sixteen” gets whittled down to the “Fantastic Four”.

How Homestead measures on the racing radar will be determined by who’s still in the championship mix come late November. The four drivers/teams in contention will shape the course of NASCAR’s brief off-season and what comes down the pike as pre-season testing and Speedweeks 2015 draw near.

In other words: if Brian France wants bucks, it’ll all depend on how much bang we see in the final event of 2014….

One possibility (and, mind you, all of the following are based on little more than totally wild speculation) is that Hendrick Motorsports will put all four of its cars in the final four. If that’s the case, the driver voted most-likely-to-snag-the-national-media-spotlight will be Dale Earnhardt, Jr. If Junior makes it to the final round, the tilting sensation you feel will be the Earth tipping on its axis.

That’ll happen before they switch on the lights at Homestead.

An all-HMS finale would produce some mixed emotions. On one hand, you’d have two multiple-championship drivers in Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon squaring off against two “newbies” in the likes of Junior and Kasey Kahne. Such a situation would make for interesting racing, especially when things get all "Lord of the Flies" and you’d have good pals turning into vicious teammates.

So how about splitting the difference? How about a final race where one car from each mega-team runs for the title? Imagine Homestead with a car from Hendrick, a car from Roush Fenway, a car from Gibbs, and a car from Penske each running for the big hardware. That could make for quite the evening….

So let’s shake up that equation; replace the car from Gibbs, let’s say, with the car from Richard Petty Motorsports. Might there not be, now, a sentimental favorite hogging fan interest, as in “All hail King Richard”?

And since we’re talking about RPM, what about an “inexperienced” driver lineup getting into the finals at Homestead? What’s the reaction of NASCAR Nation going to be if the 2014 Sprint Cup title gets decided by a Hamlin/Edwards/Harvick/Almirola quartet? Do fans cheer loudest for the driver, the team, the respective narratives surrounding each competitor, or do they switch the channel and look for a football game?

Toss Dale, Jr. into this scenario, and you’ll have the aforementioned tipping and tilting situation.

Speaking (again) of Hendrick Motorsports, what about a season finale where two teams stick two drivers each into the hunt? What would come of a two Penske/two Hendrick showdown? Add to that the notion that Brad Keselowski already has a championship (and a 2014 Chase Race win) while his teammate does not. On the HMS side, let’s toss Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne into the fight; do the old-timers in this option look out for their younger teammates and try guiding them to a possible first championship? My guess is that team loyalties would stop at the transporter door.

Put Junior into this HMS/Homestead equation, and all reasonable bets are suddenly null-and-void. Remember: it’s Junior’s world; we’re just lucky to share it with him.

These points of “What if?” are fun to ponder, especially given the realities of this new Chase format; regardless of what happens or when, the final race will boil down to four drivers eligible for one championship. The earlier elimination rounds will certainly shake things up, but doesn’t that possibility exist throughout the entire season? A little rain plus some smart track positioning plus a red flag equals Aric Almirola in the Chase – who would have ever predicted that possibility back in February?

Another possibility suggested back in February was the fact that NASCAR could still, even with the new “win and get in” format, crown a 2014 Cup champion who never stopped in Victory Lane while on their way to the head table at Las Vegas. We all read the stories and we all heard the mathematical probabilities, but might we see such a scenario play out come Homestead?

What if, given the nature of the elimination rounds, we see drivers like Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman make the finals by running tough, finishing well, and gutting it out without ever seeing a win? Is the idea of a winless driver getting to the final race at Homestead and out-finishing the others in title contention really that far-fetched? Matt Kenseth snagged the 2003 Winston Cup championship with only one victory to his credit that season (hence the Chase format that followed the next year); is it not realistic, then, to believe that his consistent performances in 2014 might be enough to earn him a second – albeit winless – Cup championship?

Granted, it’s far too early to speculate on what might be or what could happen, but that’s the fun of printing off a bracket sheet, jotting down your carefully-thought out choices, and watching the sparks fly during the next (and last) nine events of the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

As the late Casey Stengel famously said: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Given this year’s Chase for the Championship and its emphasis on consistency, winning, and possible elimination every three weeks, that statement would be a fitting slogan for NASCAR’s “Game Seven” moment come Chase Race 10 at Homestead.


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Is there an end in sight for the Tony Stewart case?
 
Amanda Vincent

 
 
Power rankings -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Sylvania 300
 
written by Joe Nieves
 
submitted by Amanda Vincent


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 NASCAR Illustrated: Danica says back injury kept Martin from coaching

Danica Patrick recently sat down with NASCAR ILLUSTRATED to talk breast cancer awareness and the Go Pink campaign that she and sponsor GoDaddy have championed the past couple years. At the end of our interview, though, the conversation steered toward Mark Martin. Martin, who will serve in a…

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TriStar Motorsports is excited to announce that Centershot Ministries will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Camry at Kentucky Speedway with Blake Koch behind the wheel.




Recent News


 (9/16/14)


Keselowski gets help from unlikely source in win

Truex Jr. earns second quarter NMPA Spirit Award

Ragan to represent Hall of Famer with '380 horsepower' hood

NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer

NASCAR Hall inductee Wendell Scott to be honored at Martinsville 

Wallace Jr. honored to 'carry the torch' of Scott

Power Rankings: Edwards in tough spot

Ty Dillon battling to gain ground in standings

Courteousy FOX Sports 
Did Keselowski 'skirt' rules? Dale Jr. road manager raises suspicions


http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/did-keselowski-skirt-rules-in-chicago-dale-jr-road-manager-raises-suspicions-091614




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Tony Stewart - Kevin Ward Jr. investigation goes to grand jury
 
 
Chase score card: leaving Chicagoland Speedway
 
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Stewart Case To Grand Jury

A grand jury will decide whether Tony Stewart gets charged in the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr.,
who was struck by Stewart's car during a dirt track race Aug. 9. Story » Analysis: What this means


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

Within those 40 laps, we saw Brad Keselowski shoot through the middle between the dueling Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick to take the lead with sixteen to go. It was a great piece of racing, and once he was through he was gone. Two in a row, fifth of the season, and Keselowski earned himself a berth in the next round of the Chase.

Coming into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, there were a pair of Cinderella stories. A pair of drivers who had made the Chase by getting a win when least expected to surprise the fans and critics alike. Those two drivers - A.J. Allmendinger and Aric Almirola

Rookie Kyle Larson Proves He Belongs in the Sprint Cup Series

When it was announced last year that Kyle Larson would replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014, my first reaction was shock. It had nothing to do with Larson’s skill.

Keselowski Wins At Chicagoland, Takes Early-Chase Lead

A late-race battle between a rookie and three previous Chicagoland winners ended in Brad Keselowski capturing the checkered flag in his series-leading fifth win of the 2014 Sprint Cup season.



Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing took advantage of a break late in the race as the single car team dashed from two laps down to a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.


Weekend events @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/)
(thanks guys !) :

Fan Fest Activities, Giveaways, and Tailgating Competition Set For New Egypt Speedway’s All Star Cup Shootout Saturday, September 20th

New Egypt, NJ--                               As New Egypt Speedway’s All Star Cup Shootout quickly approaches, the management team is hard at work preparing great activities and giveaways for the fans attending. Added to this year’s event is a pre-race Fan Fest in the turn four picnic area from 1-2 pm. Fan Fest will see cars from all three divisions racing that night on display, a driver autograph session, music, energy drink tastings, t-shirt row, driver interviews, and much more. Teams are invited to set up their t-shirts to sell along “T-Shirt Row” on the grandstands in the picnic area.
                “The All Star Cup Shootout isn’t just about bringing an increased purse and a worthwhile race for the drivers. It’s also about celebrating with our fans,” said track General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “As the racing season winds down, we want to thank our fans for another great season and get them excited for the racing they are going to see that night.”
                Also added to this year’s All Star Cup Shootout will be a pre-race tailgating competition. Tailgaters are encouraged to put together the best display to celebrate their favorite driver or drivers. The display with the most creativity and imagination will win a Tailgating prize pack valued at over $75. Judging for the competition will take place at 12:30 pm before the start of Fan Fest and will be announced by 1 pm.
                A silent auction has been put together featuring sheet metal from drivers David VanHorn, Jimmy Blewett, Mike Butler, Bryan Kuhl, Tom Princiotta, Johnny Cornell, and Chris Grbac. There will also be memorabilia from Danny Bouc (helmet visor), Neal Williams (helmet), David VanHorn (apparel), Tom Princiotta (apparel), and Ryan Godown (apparel). Also up for grabs will be tickets to Windsor Farms Haunted Hayride, tickets to Friday night at Super Dirt Week, passes to Speed Raceway, and a golf outing at Gambler’s Ridge Golf Course. The silent auction will be set up in the turn four picnic area and winners will be pulled during Intermission.
                Fans will have a chance at some great giveaways throughout the night as well. The first 50 fans through the front entrance will receive a goodie bag with stickers, coupons, pens, and more from sponsors like Friendly’s Restaurants, Kinsler Fuel Injections, and Pioneer Pole Buildings. Throughout the night the Track Hostesses will be throwing t-shirts courtesy of Hecht Trailers, Physical Therapy Associates of Mercer County, and Bob Hilbert Sportswear.
                Pit gates will open at 10:30 am, front gates will open at 12:30 pm, hot laps will begin at 3 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 4 pm. Adults are $30, seniors 65 and older are $28, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are free. Pit admission with any track license is $35 and $40 without any track license.
                For more information on the All Star Cup Shootout, visit  www.newegyptspeedway.com, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is a family-friendly, 7/16 th mile dirt track located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure.  




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Four in danger of elimination after Chase race 1



Larson, McMurray run Chase-worthy race despite missing cut

Sunday's race was a microcosm of the Chase

 Corey LaJoie to make Sprint Cup debut at Loudon  

 Stats advance: Analyzing the Sylvania 300 

Sylvania 300 entry list 

 UNOH 175 entry list
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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 Larry Mac: Chicagoland set the tone for remaining Chase races

Short stay at NASCAR's party for AJ and Almirola






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Keselowski: No Guarantees

Think Sunday's Cup victory at Chicagoland Speedway gives Brad Keselowski a distinct advantage in his championship quest? Think again. Ed Hinton » Top moment: The Pass »


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Confident Keselowski Stays Hot 

Winners, Losers from Cup Chase Opener



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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Keselowski Captures Chase Opener at Chicago
by Justin Tucker

Could it be a case of deja vu all over again?  Brad Keselowski certainly hopes so.

Just as he did in 2012 on his way to the Sprint Cup Series championship, Keselowski made a daring three-wide pass of Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick with 17 laps to go, then held off Jeff Gordon by 1.760 seconds to win the chase opening MyAFibStory.com at Chicagoland Speedway for his fifth win of the season and a guaranteed spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

"Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don't have to worry too much and we are going to move up," said Keselowski, who opened the Chase as the top seed.

"I saw Kyle [Larson] and Kevin [Harvick] racing each other really hard, they were aggressively side drafting and I was waiting for an opportunity to strike and it came," Keselowski said.  "The car stuck and everything came together."

Jeff Gordon, who came in to Sunday's race seeking his elusive fifth series championship, led 26 laps on the afternoon. However, he had nothing to reel in Keselowski down the stretch and had to settle for second.

Rounding out the top-5 were rookie Kyle Larson, who came from 42nd to the lead at one point in the race in third, Keselowski's Penske teammate Joey Logano in fourth, and Kevin Harvick, who led the most laps with 79 but had to rally back from a loose wheel to finish fifth.  Denny Hamlin was sixth, followed by Kyle Busch in seventh and Kurt Busch in eighth.  Jamie McMurray finished ninth after leading early on, while Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.

Hendrick Motorsports drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., six-time and defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne would finish 11th - 13th on the afternoon.  Ryan Newman would finish 15th for Richard Childress Racing in his No .31 Chevrolet after battling tire woes for much of the afternoon.

While some chasers enjoyed success at Chicagoland Speedway, some were met with disappointment and now find their backs against the wall heading into next week's race at New Hampshire.

Carl Edwards dealt with an ill-handling car and tire problems to finish 20th.  AJ Allmendinger and Greg Biffle were never competitive this weekend and finished 22nd and 23rd respectively.

For Almirola, one of the true underdogs in this chase driving for Richard Petty Motorsports this was nothing short of heartbreak. While running sixth and coming down for a routine pit stop, the engine let go on his No. 43 Ford. Almirola was consoled by his team owner Richard Petty after going to the garage.

"Heartbroken, I think, is the easiest way to describe it," Almirola said.  "We know we are capable of running in the top 10.  Everyone else might not think so, the rest of the world thinks we are underdogs, and we will gladly accept that tag.  We don't have anything to hang our heads about."

A look at the MyAFibStory.com 400 by the numbers: There was 18 lead changes among seven different drivers and six cautions for 28 laps slowed the race pace to 142.330 MPH.

Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Granite State and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second race of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Sylvania 300 goes green at 2:15 P.M. ET next Sunday.

Chasing the Chase: Keselowski Locks Into Next Round, Expands Lead Slightly

by Phil Allaway

For Brad Keselowski, the weekend did not start all that well at Chicagoland Speedway.  Friday was a struggle to find speed.  However, the slightly warmer and much sunnier conditions on Sunday meant that the Miller Lite Ford came to life.  Despite having to charge from the back a couple of times, Keselowski was able to claim the win and expand his advantage.  However, Keselowski's gains were minimal.  Jeff Gordon, one of the group of drivers with three wins in 2014, finished second and lost only four points.  Teammate Joey Logano is up to third in points, but is lucky to actually be there at all after a windshield tear-off covered up his grille after the final restart.  The blockage caused Logano's engine to blow exiting Turn 4 on the last lap, but Logano was able to hold on to finish fourth.

Kevin Harvick led a race-high 79 laps, but had to settle for a fifth-place finish.  It was still enough to move up to fourth in the points.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had a rather miserable Saturday, but recovered to finish 11th.  That performance dropped the popular one to fifth in the standings, though.  Denny Hamlin fought issues under the hood to finish sixth and move up to a tie sixth in points.

Hamlin is tied with both Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson for the position.  Kyle Busch managed a decent finish (seventh) for the first time in quite a while.  On the other hand, Johnson was rather anonymous while racing to a 12th-place finish.  Kurt Busch finished in eighth and moved up to ninth in the standings.

Matt Kenseth had a decent day on Sunday to finish tenth.  The performance moved him up four places to tenth.  Kasey Kahne had to make use of a Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap shortly after halfway, but maintained to finish 13th and move up to 11th.  Carl Edwards' unsatisfactory 20th-place finish dropped him to the Bubble for advancement to the next round.

Ryan Newman had two separate tire issues on Sunday that dropped him as far back as three laps down.  However, a caution during a round of green flag stops and a fortuitous Lucky Dog allowed Newman to finish on the lead lap in 15th and gain three places.  AJ Allmendinger is 14th after struggling to finish 22nd with a broken shift lever.  Greg Biffle stays in 15th after a terrible weekend that saw him have to rally in order to finish 23rd.  Finally, Aric Almirola rounds out the Chasers after blowing an engine with 37 laps to go.

Chase Point Standings: 1) Brad Keselowski 20592) Jeff Gordon -7, 3) Joey Logano -10, 4) Kevin Harvick -12, 5) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -17, t-6) Denny Hamlin -18, t-6) Kyle Busch -18, t-6) Jimmie Johnson -18, 9) Kurt Busch -20, 10) Matt Kenseth -20, 11) Kasey Kahne -25, 12) Carl Edwards -29, 13) Ryan Newman -30, 14) AJ Allmendinger -34, 15) Greg Biffle -38, 16) Aric Almirola -52.

Regular Point Standings (1-20): 1) Jeff Gordon 957, 2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -41, 3) Brad Keselowski -80, 4) Joey Logano -88, 5) Jimmie Johnson -123, 6) Matt Kenseth -126, 7) Kevin Harvick -128, 8) Ryan Newman -146, 9) Carl Edwards -156, 10) Kyle Larson -178, 11) Greg Biffle -183, 12) Kasey Kahne -191, 13) Clint Bowyer -206, 14) Jamie McMurray -215, 15) Austin Dillon -231, 16) Kyle Busch -232, 17) Paul Menard -233, 18) Brian Vickers -256, 19) Denny Hamlin -260, 20) Kurt Busch -270.

Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona-1, Pocono-1, Pocono-2), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Kentucky, Loudon, Richmond-2, Chicagoland), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville), Joey Logano (Texas, Richmond, Bristol-2), Denny Hamlin (Talladega), Jeff Gordon (Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan-2), Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte, Dover, Michigan-1), Aric Almirola (Daytona-2), AJ Allmendinger (Watkins Glen), Kasey Kahne (Atlanta)

Key:
Blue - Locked into the Contender Round

Never Fear, The Underdogs Are Here: Chicagoland Edition

by Amy Henderson

Underdog Selection No. 1: AJ Allmendinger for JTG-Daugherty Racing; started 17th finished 22nd

Allmendinger had a best-in-class finish this weekend, but it wasn't the finish he wanted, nor was it the kind of finish he'll need to beat the odds and advance in the Chase. The No. 47 never dialed in in Chicago, and Allmendinger endured a frustrating start to the Chase as a result. On one hand, it's a huge accomplishment for this team to have simply made the cut…but they're racers, and just making the cut isn't something they're satisfied with.

Underdog Selection No. 2: Casey Mears for Germain Racing; started 29th, finished 26th

Mears had an okay day on Sunday, as his No. 13 car did improve over the course of the day as Mears gave copious, thoughtful feedback to his team, but they still need to kick it up a notch to compete with Allmendinger. This team has shown flashes of what they're capable of, but they need to consistently show that they can compete with the next tier of competition.

Underdog Selection No. 3: Justin Allgaier for HScott Motorsports; started 26th, finished 27th

Allgaier didn't have a stellar weekend, but it certainly wasn't terrible. His rookie campaign, though not at the same level as the much better funded Kyle Larson or Austin Dillon, is showing that he's learning and improving, and he's third in class this week. He lost a spot from start to finish, suggesting that his team still has work to do and that Allgaier needs more seasoning to compete with the more seasoned veterans like Mears or Allmendinger, but he's getting better steadily.

Underdog Pick of the Week-Loudon: Reed Sorenson for Tommy Baldwin Racing

My Chicago pick was Casey Mears, who has had some success there in the past, including a Nationwide Series win. Mears finished second in the small-team group. This week, as the series swings to New Hampshire, my pick is Reed Sorenson, who has the best average finish at NHMS among this group, though only by a fraction of a position. He also has a top-10 finish there, and his team has shown marked improvement this year.


Letter of the Race: Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 was brought to you by the Letter A for "Aggressive."  The last quarter of the race was marked by a series of spectacular moves at the front of the field.  Admittedly, Chicagoland races aren't typically the most competitive, but moves from Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Larson definitely made sure that the fans got their money's worth. - Phil Allaway  




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Keselowski Opens Chase With a Shot Across the Bow

Brad Keselowski claimed his second victory in a row and fifth for the season at Chicagoland Speedway in the opening race of the chase. With the victory he secured a spot in the Contender round of the run for the championship. The victory was the first for Ford Motor Company at Chicagoland Speedway.

Keselowski Advances in Chase, Gives Ford First Win at Chicago BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion -- TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS PLAYED OUT FOR YOU TODAY. “I guess you couldn't ask for a better way to start the Chase other than starting up front. Just phenomenal with the way things played out. I don't know if we were the fastest car. There were some runs where I thought we were really fast and then some runs where I thought the 4 and the 42 were really fast. It was so hard to tell. Whoever had the cleanest air was really at such an advantage."

Unexpected Damage Ruins Malsam’s Return to Chicagoland Speedway

After scoring his career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish just weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway, Tayler Malsam had high hopes as he returned to the No. 32 Redbox Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway. However, contact from another competitor forced Malsam and his TSM team to spend a significant amount of time on pit road to repair damage, which ultimately regulated them to a 23rd-place finish, multiple laps down.

Opinion: The New Chase Format – What to Expect

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Richard Petty Motorsports Announces Driver Update to No. 9 Ford Team

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today the No. 9 team will move forward with a new driver in 2015. Marcos Ambrose, who has been with RPM since 2011, has informed the organization that he will return to his native home of Australia in 2015. This was a personal decision by Ambrose.


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FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT SET FOR SEPT. 20

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With a forecast of afternoon and evening showers in the area, Wall Stadium Speedway officials have cancelled the stock car racing card set for Saturday night (Sept. 13). It is the second straight weather related cancellation.

 

Wall Stadium will return to action this coming Saturday night (Sept. 20) with the Downs Ford Modifieds in a 40-lap main event. The Sportsman cars will also be on the card in a 30-lapper, with the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models all set for 25-lappers. A Ladies’ Race is also on the card. It will also be “Fan Appreciation Night” will fans invited to leave their grandstand seating to walk onto the famous oval speedway and visit with all the drivers and see the cars on the track up close.

 

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Eckrich continued to celebrate its 120th anniversary on Friday by honoring a special military veteran and his family in a way only Eckrich can. surprised the family today with the gift of a brand new 2014 Ford Fusion and free groceries for a year at Jewel-Osco. The gifts were the culmination of an once-in-a-lifetime morning for the Goss family.

Toyota NSCS Chicagoland Darian Grubb Notes & Quotes

DARIAN GRUBB, crew chief, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - What did you work on while you were away from the race track? “Same thing we work on every week. Just working hard in the shop, working with the guys, everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing did a great job. The entire FedEx Toyota group did a great job at the race track, too. Still fighting hard every week.”

Edwards Will Lead Ford to Start After Qualifying Washed Out


Qualifying for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was rained out Friday. Carl Edwards became the highest qualifying Ford based on practice speeds and will roll of third to start Sunday’s race. Full starting positions are listed below with Carl Edwards comments.


Jeff Gordon Hopeful to get Canadian Motor Speedway Built in Fort Erie, Ontario



On Wednesday, Jeff Gordon was in Toronto as part of NASCAR's promotional driver tour to promote the Chase for the Sprint Cup with sending each of the 16 drivers to a different city, titled the "Chase across North America". While all of the Sprint Cup Series races are in the United States, many fans travel from Canada to see the races live, whether traveling to Michigan or Bristol or all the way down to Daytona.


Spirit of America blood drive continues to save lives

About 600 donors showed up to give blood at the Spirit of America Blood Drive at Michigan International Speedway, serving as a strong reminder that America will “never forget” the events of 9/11.

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Frontstretch Folio: MyAFibStory.com 400
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series travels to Chicagoland Speedway for the 27th race of the 2014 season on Sunday, Sept. 14. Television coverage of the MyAFibStory.com 400 begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN; your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will handle the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 267 laps (400.5 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Matt Kenseth, the defending Chicagoland winner, entered the 2013 Chase as its number one seed. Kenseth held the lead before rain interupted the GEICO 400 and beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch back to the stripe after racing resumed, denying Busch a weekend sweep. JGR has the most wins at Chicagoland with four, while Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and Team Penske each have two. Tony Stewart (3) and Kevin Harvick (2) are the only drivers to compile multiple wins in the track's previous 13 NSCS races.

Track Facts

Track Length: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Degree of Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,400 ft., 11 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 1700 ft., 5 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 75,000
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Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, Sept. 12, 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 - 11:50 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2 - 2:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

Qualifying: Friday, Sept. 12 at 6:40 p.m. ET on ESPN2

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Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 64
Low: 50

They Said It:

“For our race team entering the Chase, it’s the first race at Chicagoland Speedway that’s pretty important. We’ve got to go out there and run well. We have always struggled a little bit at the mile-and-a-half tracks. We’re trying to get better. If we go to Chicago and have a great race, that gives us momentum that we can take into Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway), which is a track I have always enjoyed. Then next up is Dover (International Speedway) and it’s another track I enjoy racing. I think it is different for everybody, but really I think it comes down to Chicago. If you start off bad, you’ve only got two races to make it up. The only way to make it up is to either win or have two great races just to make it into the next round. I think Chicago sets the tone for everybody in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” - AJ Allmendinger

“My fondness for Chicago has been well documented over the years. It’s my kind of town. I’m a diehard Chicago sports fan – I’ve always loved the Cubs and the Bears in both good and bad times. I am hoping my fondness for Chicago will rub off at Chicagoland Speedway and I’ll have a breakthrough race there on Sunday afternoon. I finally got my first top-five there last year. For us to do well in the Chase, we’ll have to master the 1.5-mile tracks like Chicagoland since there are five of them in the Chase.” - Kurt Busch

“It’s time to get to it. I’m looking forward to sitting down with (crew chief) Steve (Letarte) and our engineers to prepare, set our goals for each individual race. Steve has some great ideas and I really believe in his direction. We’ve got a great team around us. We want to put our best foot forward in the Chase and be one of those teams in the battle going into Homestead. But as a company, I don’t think we could be any more prepared than we are.” - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Chicago is one of the older surfaces we go to, which lends itself to being wide. You can run all over the track depending on where your tires are and what part of the fuel run you are in. It’s similar to Atlanta or Texas where you can start searching to try and find grip, which is what drivers like. It’s got some character to it, the backstretch is curved and there are a lot of bumps throughout the corners, which keep getting worse with weather and age. So there’s a lot of character at this track.” - Paul Menard

“We’re not in the Chase and that’s disappointing. But that doesn’t mean we’re throwing away the next 10 races. We have our own Chase and that’s to improve and get our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet running better and having it be a contender week in and week out. Everyone at Furniture Row Racing will be working hard to find that sweet spot in the next 10 races. Regarding Chicagoland Speedway, the one thing that stands out about the track is that the backstretch straightaway is not straight. So that’s a little different than anywhere we go. The track is along the lines of Homestead and Atlanta as far as the asphalt getting worn out. But it’s fun to race at Chicagoland – it gets racey there and that’s what we all like to see. The seams in the track are always an issue at high- speed venues, but Chicagoland isn’t as bad as other high-speed tracks. However, it’s a difficult track to get through the bumps, probably more so this year than ever.” - Martin Truex Jr.

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Congratulations, Dale Jr. - and good luck in Chicago this weekend

Nationwide congratulates Dale Earnhardt Jr. on making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

We also wish him and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team the best of luck this weekend in Chicago as they begin their pursuit of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Nationwide® and Dale Jr. kicked off their new partnership at Richmond International Raceway and revealed the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy SS this past weekend. This was the start of an expanded partnership heading into 2015 when Nationwide will be Dale Jr.'s majority sponsor for 21 races including the 2015 DAYTONA 500.
NASCAR fans can get behind-the-scenes coverage of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy SS and Dale Jr., by following @Nationwide88 on Twitter.
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Colt Ford to perform free concert in Victory Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 28
 
DOVER, Del. – Race fans will have the opportunity to see a free concert from country music star Colt Ford on the Victory Plaza stage at 10:30 a.m. the morning of the Sept. 28 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, which is event No. 3 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the first “knockout race” of the new playoff format.
 
Ford will bring his unique blend of country music and hip-hop to the Dover race weekend in support of his most recent album, “Thanks for Listening,” released through his self-owned Average Joes Entertainment label. The album features collaborations with Keith Urban, “Duck Dynasty’s” Boss Hog and Willie Robertson, Jerrod Niemann and others.
 
“I think it’s the best record I’ve ever done,” Ford said. “It’s got a lot of the different elements that I do well, and I push myself on some other things. The idea is to try to grow as an artist and still be who you are, and not completely forget to give the fans that made you what they like. I’ve never been more excited by new music than this.”
 
Ford compares his unique style to the spoken-word songs of country greats like Tex Williams, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and C.W. McCall, and is able to seamlessly blend the world of country music and hip-hop, noting the similarity in that both are focused on storytelling and real-life experiences.
 
To learn more about Colt Ford, visit www.coltford.com or check him out at Facebook.com/coltford.
 
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28, 2014 for the Sept. 28 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
 
For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway or on Twitter at @MonsterMile.
 
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New Egypt Speedway Regulars Ready To Do Battle With Invaders For All Star Cup Shootout Win

Saturday, September 20th 

New Egypt, NJ--                               A little over one week from now New Egypt Speedway will host its second annual All Star Cup Shootout featuring the 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, and Racesaver® Sprints. As the event looms near with a big payday on the line invader entries are stacking up to take on New Egypt Speedway regulars. Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Keith Hoffman, Tim Buckwalter, Craig VonDohren, Mike Mahaney, Richie Pratt Jr., Jimmy Horton, and Rick Laubach are all expected to compete in the 40-lap, $10,000 to win 358 Modified All Star Cup Shootout. They will look to out dual New Egypt regulars Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, David VanHorn, Jimmy Blewett, Neal Williams, Willie Osmun, Tad Cox, Gary Butler, Danny Bouc, Billy Pauch Jr., Kevin Vaclavicek, Johnny Cornell, and John Stangle who will fight hard to defend their home turf on their way to a big pay day.

                 Not only will drivers Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, and Billy Pauch look to be collecting on a $10,000 payday, but they will also be competing to be crowned the second annual 358 Modified All Star Cup champion. That payday carries a $5,000 price tag, so one driver could walk away with $15,000 by winning both the race and the championship.

                 Thanks to some of the sports great sponsors, drivers will also be competing for some great bonuses including a gift certificates courtesy of Bob Hilbert Sports Wear to the feature winner; $50 gift certificate for 4th place courtesy of Four-Star Lettering & Design of Green Lane, PA; $50 gift certificate to the Last Lead Lap Car in the feature courtesy of Lineman Racing; feature winner will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the Short Track SuperNationals 7 at the I-88 Raceway in Afton, NY on October 11th thanks to Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media; $100 gift certificate from JLD Graphics to the 21st place finisher; 9th place Modified finisher receives a guaranteed provisional starting spot in the 9th Annual Friends of Mike race at the Bridgeport Speedway on September 28th; $20 gift certificate to Mikes Performance of Wall, NJ to the first car across the line with a Mikes Performance Decal; can of beer to each lap leader (21 years of age or older) courtesy of PM3 Digital Imaging; free tire certificate for 15th place and one for the first non qualifier courtesy of Lias Tire; and $50 gift certificates for the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th place drivers in all three divisions courtesy of ASI Racewear.

                Racing in their own All Star Cup Shootouts that night will be the Crate Modifieds in a 30-lap, $5,000 to win $250 to start event and the Racesaver® Sprints in a 25-laps $3,005 to win $300 to start event. Pit gates will open at 10:30 am for all outsiders needing to go through New Egypt safety and technical tech. Grandstand gates will open at 12:30 pm with a pre-race party taking place in the turn four picnic area with autograph sessions, cars on display, vendors, and a silent auction. Hot laps will begin at 3 pm and the first green flag will wave at 4 pm. Adults are $30, seniors 65 and older are $28, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses are $15, and children 11 and under are free.  Pit admission is $35 with any track license and $40 without any track license.
                For more information on the All Star Cup, visit our website  www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is family-friendly, 7/16 thmile dirt track located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ, just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure.


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Ford Five Chase Contenders: Greg Biffle (Media Day)

GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion – HOW DID YOU BALANCE THE FEELING OF NOT RUNNING HOW YOU WANTED AT RICHMOND WITH ULTIMATELY MAKING THE CHASE? “You know, last week there was a lot of emotion. We were as high as we could be on life going into that race. Well, keep in mind I was completely nervous about it but we had five great races, our five best races of the season all put together put us in that position to even be close to making it."

Ford Five Chase Contenders: Aric Almirola (Media Day)

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion – HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN ASKED IF YOU GUYS ARE REALLY GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE IN THE CHASE? YOU TIRED OF HEARING THAT? “A lot. You know I am not tired of it. We should be asked that question if we are going to be competitive or not in the Chase. The reality is that I think we finished 21st in points so that is a legitimate question, however, we have won a race and it got us in the Chase and the last two weeks finishing top-10 two weeks in a row has given us a lot of momentum. We show moments of brightness. We show on occasion that we are certainly capable of competing up front but just don’t do it all the time."

Ford Five Chase Contenders: Carl Edwards (Media Day)

CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion – DID YOU HAVE TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR SPANISH GOING TO MEXICO CITY YESTERDAY? “Si senor. Buen dias mi amigos. That was really fun yesterday actually. I had a good time. The whole thing was an adventure. I requested to go to Mexico City because I had a blast there running the Nationwide races there a few years back and then for me I wanted to try to fly down there by myself and do all the logistics and everything. Cesna helped me a bunch and it was an adventure. Just to get in my plane and fly to Mexico City and to be able to actually get it done and everything was really fun for me.”

Ford Five Chase Contenders: Brad Keselowski (Media Day)

BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – JEFF GORDON SAID YESTERDAY THAT HE WOULD BE SATISFIED WITH NINE SECOND PLACE FINISHES GOING INTO HOMESTEAD BECAUSE HE THINKS HE CAN WIN WITH CONSISTENCY. DO YOU AGREE? “Well, you can win a lot of different ways with this format. I don’t think there is one way you can win or one way you can lose. That is definitely one of the ways you can win but not the only way.”


Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Hours Beginning Saturday

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Can’t get to Martinsville Speedway during the week to buy tickets to the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500? Well, there is good news race fans. With race day just seven weeks away, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office will be open on Saturdays beginning this week to give fans more […]

McClure Returns to No. 14 Camry at Chicagoland Speedway

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for its second race of the season. This will mark McClure's 248th-career start and his 11th at the 1.5-mile speedway. McClure came home with a 25th-place finish earlier this season and his best finish of 18th came in 2011.

Two Dates Remain to go Behind the Scenes With a Special Track Tour

Take a behind the scenes tour of the fastest track in NASCAR – Michigan International Speedway. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how a track prepares for a race and operates all year long.

American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Rachel Janovsky to ‘Ride with Ryan’

For the seventh time this season, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed has a special guest riding along with him during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Chicagoland Speedway. The No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang will carry Rachel Janovsky’s name above the passenger side window.


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Dale Jr. 'real nervous' about turning the big 4-0 next month


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  Joe }





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Gordon's Got It?

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Suarez Announces Two Short-Term Deals

Current NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series point leader Daniel Suarez had a very busy Wednesday.  First, Venturini Motorsports announced that he would make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Kentucky Speedway later this month.  Later in the afternoon, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard announced that Suarez would attempt to qualify their second entry, the No. 29, at Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday's Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 (the No. 29 is not locked into the field).  Getting a jump start on their sponsorship, both of the entries announced Wednesday announced Arris will support their efforts, the company planning to back Suarez full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2015.  Read more at Frontstretch

Ditech To Serve As Associate Sponsor For Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday that they have signed Ditech Mortgage Corp. to serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 4 Chevrolets driven by Kevin Harvick.  The deal is for multiple years, effective immediately.  Read more at Frontstretch

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

 

Sprint Cup Series Myafibstory.com 400: 43 cars entered

 

Number Change:
- Circle Sport’s No. 90 changes back to No. 33.


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 32
- Joey Gase for Go FAS Racing

No. 37 - Mike Bliss for Tommy Baldwin Racing

No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

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


Driver Changes:
No. 32
- Joey Gase is in the seat, replacing Travis Kvapil.  Gase will be making his Sprint Cup Series debut in a one-race deal.

No. 33 - Travis Kvapil is in the seat, replacing David Stremme. Circle Sport is using a variety of wheelmen in the seat as they look for a full-time driver in 2015.

 

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

 

Not Entered:
No. 75
- Clay Rogers for Beard Motorsports

No. 93 - JJ Yeley for BK Racing

 

Nationwide Series Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300: 43 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports

No. 20 - Denny Hamlin for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 33 - Paul Menard for Richard Childress Racing

No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54 - Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing
No. 55 - Brennan Newberry for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci/SS-Green Light Racing

No. 80 - Ross Chastain for HRE Enterprises

No. 87 - Joe Nemechek for Identity Ventures Racing

No. 98 - Aric Almirola for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Driver Changes:
No. 10
- Blake Koch returns to the seat, replacing Mike Bliss. Koch is running the team's start-and-park entry.
No. 14 - Eric McClure returns to the seat, replacing Jeff Green. McClure is the full-time driver of the car.
No. 19 - Mike Bliss returns to the seat, replacing Hermie Sadler. Bliss is running with sponsorship from Tweaker Energy Shot.
No. 20 - Denny Hamlin returns to the seat, replacing Matt Kenseth. Hamlin is part of the Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup rotation of drivers that shares this ride.
No. 29 - Daniel Suarez is in the seat, replacing Kelly Admiraal. Suarez is making his debut in this ride.
No. 33 - Paul Menard returns to the seat, replacing Cale Conley. Menard is part of Richard Childress Racing's Sprint Cup rotation of drivers that shares this ride.
No. 46 - Ryan Ellis returns to the seat, replacing Matt Frahm. Ellis will start-and-park this machine.
No. 55 - Brennan Newberry returns to the seat, replacing Jamie Dick. Newberry brings funding to take the seat.
No. 74 - Mike Harmon returns to the seat, replacing Kevin Lepage. Harmon owns the car.
No. 87 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing Josh Reaume. Nemechek owns the car.
No. 93 - Mike Wallace returns to the seat, replacing Ryan Ellis. Wallace is running a limited schedule for JGL when no driver brings funding to the seat.

No. 98 - Aric Almirola is in the seat, replacing David Ragan. Almirola is running two Nationwide Series races for this limited schedule program.


Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports

No. 10 - Blake Koch for TriStar Motorsports*
No. 17 - Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 29 - Daniel Suarez for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

No. 33 - Paul Menard for Richard Childress Racing
No. 46 - Ryan Ellis for The Motorsports Group*

No. 70 - Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing
No. 72 - John Jackson for Carter Motorsports*

No. 74 - Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 80 - Ross Chastain for HRE Enterprises

No. 89 - Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures*

No. 90 - Martin Roy for DGR Motorsports
No. 98 - Aric Almirola for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Not Entered:
No. 84
- Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 91 - TriStar Motorsports

 

Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225: 30 trucks entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 20 - Austin Dillon for NTS Motorsports

No. 51 - Kyle Busch for Kyle Busch Motorsports


Driver Changes:
No. 07
- Todd Shafer returns to the seat, replacing Ray Courtemanche, Jr.

No. 08 - Ray Black, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing B.J. McLeod.

No. 8 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing his son John Hunter Nemechek. John Hunter is still under 18 and not yet approved to run at Chicagoland.

No. 12 - Ted Minor returns to the seat, replacing Eric Caudell.

No. 19 - Tyler Reddick returns to the seat, replacing Alex Tagliani. Reddick, a rookie is running a limited schedule with Brad Keselowski Racing.
No. 20 - Austin Dillon returns to the seat, replacing Gray Gaulding. Dillon is back in the saddle in a one-race deal.

No. 32 - Tayler Malsam returns to the seat, replacing Cameron Hayley. Malsam brings sponsorship to the Turner Scott Motorsports effort.

No. 36 - Scott Stenzel returns to the seat, replacing Justin Jennings. Stenzel will start-and-park this truck, a backup to MB Motorsports.
No. 51 - Kyle Busch returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones. Kyle Busch owns this truck.

No. 63 - Justin Jennings returns to the seat, replacing Scott Stenzel. Jennings is the full-time driver in the MB Motorsports ride.
No. 74 - Mike Harmon returns to the seat, replacing Dustin Hapka. Harmon owns the truck.

 

Since there are only 30 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers must still qualify on speed:
No. 05
- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 12 - Ted Minor for Cefalia Motorsports

No. 36 - Scott Stenzel for MB Motorsports

No. 40 - Todd Peck for Peck Motorsports

No. 74 - Mike Harmon for Mike Harmon Racing


Not Entered:

No. 53 - Andrew Ranger for NDS Motorsports


Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Tech Talk: Get Prepped for the Chase With Kenseth Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

"The pit guns we used, there was nothing new at Atlanta and they are the same guns we’ve been using for a while. It is very common. Nobody has gone down to Sears and bought a pit gun and brought it to the race track in 15 years. For the general public, working on pit guns is nothing new. I think our group is just really good. When you look at it, the No. 11 team has been superior since the season started. They’ve been superior for the last three years. If you look at history, there isn’t a team on pit road that can pit a car faster than the No. 11 car in the last two or three years. I think they got a favorable pit stall at Atlanta and it just worked out for them and they were able to shine."- Jason Ratcliff on Joe Gibbs Racing's air guns


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Kenseth Kicks Off ‘Speeding To Read’ Program, Receives Chase Send-Off From Elementary Students Kenseth, Dollar General Literacy Foundation Donate $1,000, Case Of 80 Children's Books To Each Of The Seven Local Elementary Schools Competing In Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Read - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.xzmkBRii.dpuf
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Unity Field features more than 3,000 American Flags proudly displayed to honor the victims of 9/11. The flags were placed by members of the Columbia Central High School National Honor Society in Lot 10 at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday. In addition, members from the Brooklyn America Legion, Gleaner Arbor in Adrian, Michigan and MIS staff assisted.




Will Kimmel, No. 44 TriStar Motorsports Camry Pre-Race Report Chicagoland Speedway

Will Kimmel is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Camry this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be the first track where Kimmel has turned, and even led, laps before; with four starts in the ARCA Racing Series. After his 25th place finish last weekend in Richmond, VA, Kimmel is looking forward to running 300 laps on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Bliss, No. 19 Tweaker Energy Shot Camry Pre-Race Report Chicagoland Speedway

After his 20th place finish last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Mike Bliss is ready to return to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. With 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Bliss has an average starting position of 16.8 and an average finishing position of 17.0. Bliss has turned over 2,000 laps at the speedway and is ready to turn 300 more laps Saturday afternoon.

Steckly Takes Part in “Chase Across North America” Media Tour

NASCAR announced on Monday that all 16 Challengers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup would participate in a “Chase Across North America” media tour. Sixteen drivers in sixteen different cities, with one in each Chase market and additionally Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Antonio, TORONTO, New York and Bristol Connecticut.

Issue with Helmet Cooling System to Blame for Jimmie Johnson’s Dehydration at Richmond

Jimmie Johnson’s team found a problem with his helmet’s cooling system that led to his dehydration following the race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. After an eighth place finish, as Johnson exited his car, he began experiencing leg cramps and dizziness. He was assisted to the infield care center where he received five liters of intravenous fluids.


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Home sweet home: Danica Patrick eager for Chicagoland return

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Previewing the Chase for the Sprint Cup
 
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 What to Watch: Wednesday

- Today, the Chase Media Tour continues.  NASCAR is sending the Chasers all over the continent to promote the Chase For The Sprint Cup at all ten venues, five other major cities, and ESPN Headquarters.  Here is the master list of places that drivers have been sent to.

Los Angeles: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Mexico City: Carl Edwards
San Antonio: Kurt Busch
Toronto: Jeff Gordon
New York: Jimmie Johnson
ESPN Car Wash: Kevin Harvick
Chicagoland Speedway: Kyle Busch
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Kasey Kahne
Dover International Speedway: Greg Biffle
Kansas Speedway: AJ Allmendinger
Charlotte Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski
Talladega Superspeedway: Joey Logano
Martinsville Speedway: Ryan Newman
Texas Motor Speedway: Matt Kenseth
Phoenix International Raceway: Denny Hamlin
Homestead-Miami Speedway: Aric Almirola

Harvick is doing the ESPN Car Wash, which entails spending an entire day at ESPN Headquarters doing interviews and other activities for multiple outlets.  Harvick was live on SportsCenter this morning, between 9:35 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. in the new Digital Center 2. There will be one more interview today, outside with a Budweiser No. 4, airing from 1:35 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.  ESPN analyst Ricky Craven will also be on the show to help preview the Chase.  In addition, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon are set to appear on SportsCenter via satellite at 2:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., respectively  Unlike Harvick's appearances, Busch and Gordon's will air on ESPNEWS.  Nicole Briscoe will be anchoring SportsCenter and conducting these interviews.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., meanwhile is a guest on tonight's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.  In the Eastern Time Zone, the show starts at 11:35 p.m.  Check your local listings for the start time in your market.

Jimmie Johnson has a number of scheduled appearances in New York.  He's already appeared on NBC's Today Show and Live With Kelly and Michael.  Later today, Johnson is scheduled to appear on CNBC's Power Lunch at 1:30 p.m. before capping off an incredibly busy day by being a guest on tonight's episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon at 11:30 p.m.

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Rheem Motorsports Says Ron Hornaday Had Funding

As the ongoing battle within Steve Turner, Harry Scott, Jr. and Turner Scott Motorsports continues, a new twist has been added to the puzzle. TSM announced last week that they had shut down the No. 30 truck team, driven by Ron Hornaday, Jr. due to lack of funding. However, Rheem Motorsports Managing Director Ed Raniszeski told SiriusXM Speedway that he was stunned to hear of the team closing. Read more.

Today's Featured Commentary
Hold My Beer...
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

Everything happens for a reason, or so they say….

But then how does that explain the behavior of a fan at Richmond last Saturday night who climbed to the top of the catchfence near turn 4 and put not only his own safety, but the safety of Sprint Cup drivers circling the track below, at risk in what could have become tragic circumstances?

Maybe the tragedy already occurred. Maybe the man’s actions were motivated by the quality of the competition he paid to see.

Consider the facts as we know them. Friday’s running of the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 in the Nationwide Series was yet another edition of “The Kyle Busch Show.” Busch led all 250 laps in a thrashing of the field. File this race under “Ho Hum”…

Then, on Saturday night, Brad Keselowski dominated the Federated Auto Parts 400 in the Sprint Cup Series. “Bad Brad” kept the Blue Deuce atop the field for 383 of the 400 circuits, swapping the front spot four times with one other driver (Kevin Harvick). Given Kyle Busch’s performance on Friday, Brad Keselowski’s run the following night looked positively competitive – another car actually took the lead a whole two times!

No wonder James Dennis climbed the fence with about seventy laps to go…

Not to say that Dennis the Menace didn’t have a little liquid courage to spur him on. Most spectator misbehavior begins with the popping of a top; it’s not too long before a “Hey, y’all; watch this!” moment ensues. I don't mean to rain on Mr. Dennis’ alcohol-soaked parade at Richmond, but the only thing he did right was to pull his stunt at a track where most folks along the frontstretch could see his ascent to NASCAR folklore.

NASCAR Nation is loaded with fans (pardon the pun) who lack better judgment when 1) they’re seated near a cooler of beer and 2) watching a race that’s so boring getting smashed is actually a positive alternative. Who wants to recollect a dull weekend at the track when you can relive drunken exploits through hilarious stories told by your family and friends?

As a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, I’ve spent most of my racing life around Pocono Raceway. Given that Pocono has been vilified in recent years for hosting dull events – so much so that Cup races there have been shortened by 40 laps – it should be no surprise that fans at the “Tricky Triangle” have been known to get a tad loose (in the non-racing vernacular). While that doesn’t say much about the current quality of racing in NASCAR, it does say a lot about how “mainstream” society regards NASCAR fans.

Many longtime citizens of NASCAR Nation will remember the fan who jumped the fence at Pocono back in 1993 and ran onto the track surface in front of Davey Allison and Kyle Petty. After dodging Winston Cup cars traveling 160 miles per hour, the man – Pennsylvania native Chad Kohl – ran and hid in a nearby swamp until arrested by police.

Kohl told police, according to several newspaper reports, that he overindulged on Coors Light before jumping the fence and getting up close and personal to the action. Hey, maybe it was the media attention Kohl received that inspired the brand to sponsor Sterling Marlin about a decade later...

Then, there was the woman who removed all of her clothing in order to meet Dale Earnhardt Sr. It was 1996, and I was shooting photos at Pocono for my 1997 book about NASCAR. Guys in the media lounge were laughing about this woman who staggered up to the fence near the garage area and started talking to a man in a GM Goodwrench crew shirt. The woman was a huge Earnhardt fan and she was willing to “do anything” to meet her favorite driver.

After assessing the situation, the man in the Goodwrench shirt made her a deal: if she removed all of her clothes right there, he’d take her to meet the Intimidator. The woman drunkenly complied, but never got to meet her hero. It turned out the man in the Goodwrench shirt only changed oil at a GM Goodwrench service center; he wasn’t on Earnhardt’s pit crew, but his work shirt sure looked a lot like the ones the No. 3 team wore. Another less than shining moment for NASCAR Nation...

Over the decades, I’ve seen shirtless fans wearing hollowed-out watermelons over their heads like masks, and I’ve seen impromptu mud bog races in infields that needed police intervention to stop the show. My mother and father were flipped off by a little boy at Atlanta back in the late 1980s, and I watched (in 2002) as a grade school-aged boy strolled with his parents through a Las Vegas casino at 11 p.m. – the boy dressed from head to toe in Viagra race team apparel.

Hence the way people tend to respond to NASCAR. Poor television ratings and decreased attendance aside, stories like that of James Dennis at Richmond last weekend make mainstream acceptance of our sport even harder to achieve. There’s a stereotype of NASCAR fans that is difficult to overcome whenever a spectator goes and does something stupid in front of the media. Toss in today’s smartphone society, and now everyone’s a reporter capable of filming bad behavior, then posting it almost immediately for all who are interested to see.

Not that NASCAR corners the market on fans behaving badly, but it seems like drunkenness matches drafting whenever the sport pitches its tent. If NASCAR wants to regain the prominence it enjoyed during its glory days of the 1990s, it can start by paying closer attention to the fans in the stands.

Or maybe NASCAR can start by giving fans more to watch once the green flag drops…


Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette ( http://MotorSportsNews.Net)
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Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Ambrose and STANLEY Team Haven’t Changed Approach

Although Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 STANLEY Racing team will not compete for the championship, they will not change their approach to the final 10 races. The goal will be to win and celebrate an oval win for Ambrose in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Their next opportunity comes this weekend at the mile-and-a-half track, Chicagoland Speedway.

Almirola Kicks Off Chase with Double Duty

Aric Almirola will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with double duty, running the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland Speedway. Saturday, Almirola will make his first start in the Nationwide Series since 2013 with a goal of getting race practice before Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Have Own Chase in Remaining 10 Races

“We’re not in the Chase and that’s disappointing,” said Truex. “But that doesn’t mean we’re throwing away the next 10 races. We have our own Chase and that’s to improve and get our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet running better and having it be a contender week in and week out.

Tweaker Energy Shots is back on board the No. 19 Camry this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Tweaker and Circle K have teamed up once again to serve as the primary sponsor for Mike Bliss's Camry. This is the second time this season that Tweaker and Circle K have adorned the hood of the No. 19 Camry

Wall Stadium Speedway's weekend plans (and a little more) !
(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :

TIGHT POINT RACES WITH 3 REGULAR SEASON EVENTS LEFT

AT WALL STADIUM

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Point races are tight in all of Wall Stadium Speedway’s auto racing divisions as the third mile high banked paved oval offers just three regular season Saturday night events in September. This Saturday (Sep. 13) evening grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. with qualifying events are set for 5:45 p.m. and main events set for 7:00 p.m.

 

            Going into Saturday night’s Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main event defending champion Chas Okerson of Freehold is at the top of the rankings but is followed closely by Trevor Alspach of Willingboro, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Eric Mauriello of Howell and Jackson’s Steven Reed.

 

            In the Sportsman division, set for a 30-lapper on Saturday, Kevin Davison of Howell, Krause and Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. are tight at the top of the point rankings. Scott Riggleman of Manchester holds a healthy lead in the Factory Stock point race going into Saturday’s 25-lapper, but Union’s Joey Helberg and Wall’s Tiffany Olejnik still have a shot.

 

            In the 4 Cylinder Stock division, with a 25-lapper on tap for Saturday, James Meyers of Port Monmouth is looking for his first crown while Alonzo Morales of Burlington leads the pack that is chasing him. The Legend Cars 25-lapper will be pivotal in the title chase as Brain Spencer of Edison is at the top of the rankings while Dan Roslin of Egg Harbor Township and Howell’s Robert French are frantically trying to catch him.

 

            Also on Saturday night’s card will be a 25-lap main event for the touring TQ Midgets while the beautifully restores racecars of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on hand. In addition, the orange No. 6 Modified AMC Gremlin will be on display in order to honor the late Rick Sendzik. Sendzik, who passed away from natural causes recently, was well known for racing in this car and was famous in getting the most out of the low budget machine against many higher budget race teams.

 

On Saturday, pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5:45 p.m. Main events for all divisions are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

 

Of special note the speedway will celebrate “Fan Appreciation Night” with an “On Track Party” on Saturday, September 20 with all fans being invited onto the racing surface to meet the drivers and view the cars up close. The “Double Point Showdown” will then be presented on September 27 with all of the speedway’s classes racing to determine divisional championships.

 

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Special post-season events are set for Saturday, October 18 and for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in 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










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