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 My wife, and I , are 1st time Grandparents !!!!

Our little bundle of joy, Bella Rose  arrived  around 12:10 PM  today, July 3rd .

Joe

Here's today's news


(7/3/15)  

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

How many drivers have a real shot to win Sunday night at Daytona?

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/daytona-international-speedway-coke-zero-400-dale-earnhardt-jr-joey-logano-aric-almirola-070315


Women in wheels: Hendrick engineer Amanda Cutright

Repeat performance? Aric Almirola aims to make Daytona magic again



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


Courtesy ESPN.com

Beyond the Daytona 500, this year hasn't turned out well for Joey Logano. He's third in the Sprint Cup standings but hasn't won since. He returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400.


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




Tony Stewart has a shot to win at Daytona


Kasey Kahne swims then drives with sharks




Danica, Earnhardt Jr. top Daytona practices


'Big one' hits early in opening Daytona practice


Ty Dillon atop final XFINITY practice at Daytona


Daytona heightens safety and fan experience


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):


Roush Fenway Racing duo readies to replicate Daytona February finish February in Daytona was a total team effort for Roush Fenway Racing. RFR drivers Ryan Reed, 21, and Chris Buescher, 22, showed experience beyond their years in the ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.d6tpXqij.dpuf 
    
Tony Stewart can make Daytona dash for Chase berth Throughout his 17-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Tony Stewart has averaged 17.5 top-10 finishes per season. This year, he only claims one – a sixth-place showing in ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.d6tpXqij.dpuf

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Beyond the Flag
It was only a couple of months ago when it looked like NASCAR was going to have themselves an exciting off-season in regards to free agency.
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For all that is new to Jeff Burton as one of NBC's NASCAR analysts, much remains the same from his racing days. This weekend at Daytona ...
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According to a study done last year, NASCAR has a whiter audience than any other major American sport. Yes, really: At 94 percent, it's even whiter ...
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black ...

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 Kenny Wallace to Drive for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa

Thursday, Kenny Wallace announced on his Twitter feed that he has signed to drive the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway in August.  No sponsorship was announced.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: Coke Zero 400
by Phil Allaway

The Sprint Cup Series returns east this weekend for the traditional 4th of July trip to Daytona Beach: the Coke Zero 400.  In accordance to NBC's wishes, the race will be run on Sunday night this year.  Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 160 laps (400 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and facts

Aric Almirola earned his one and only Sprint Cup victory in last year's Coke Zero 400.  After a huge crash eliminated a number of contenders, Almirola swept past Kurt Busch and into the lead lap following the restart under threatening skies.  A few laps later, it began to rain, forcing a red flag.  Once the track was nearly dry, another thunderstorm soaked the track again, leading to the race being called.

Tony Stewart has the most victories among active drivers in the Coke Zero 400 with three.  The most recent of these wins came in 2012.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 2.5-mile tri-oval, 160 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 31 degrees in turns, 18 degrees in the tri-oval, 6 degrees on the straights surrounding the tri-oval, 3 degrees on the backstretch

Grandstand Seating: 50,000 (many seats are closed as part of the ongoing Daytona Rising project)
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Opened: 1959

Website: http://www.daytonaintlspeedway.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DISUpdates

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice: Friday, July 3, 2 - 2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Happy Hour: Friday, July 3, 4 - 4:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Qualifying: Saturday, July 4 at 4:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Say What?!

"This will be my first superspeedway race, so I'm pretty excited about it. Obviously, I've watched a lot of the Daytona and Talladega races on TV; they're always exciting to watch, full of action and lots of strategy involved. So, I can't wait to get in the CSX 'Play It Safe' Ford and be a part of it. Front Row Motorsports always brings some pretty stout cars to these races, so a win is definitely within reach for this team. David Gilliland and Cole Whitt have proven to be good restrictor plate racers, so I'll have some good teammates to work with." - Brett Moffitt

"After what happened to us in Sonoma, we can’t wait to get back on track. But Daytona is a lot like Sonoma – trouble can find you anytime and at any point of the track. We just need to stay focused, run up front and take care of our equipment. We had solid runs this year at the two superspeedway races, finishing eighth at Daytona and fifth at Talladega. I am confident that we’ll have another fast car this weekend." - Martin Truex, Jr.

"I like racing at Daytona [International Speedway], especially under the lights. This weekend's race will feel a little bit different since it's on a Sunday night. We have a red, white and blue TradeMark Nitrogen paint scheme to go with this weekend's holiday. I haven't had the best luck in the Sprint Cup car at Daytona, but it's not from a lack of effort from the guys. We have great cars from Hendrick and my guys do a great job at the shop getting them prepared for the weekend. Most of all, I want us to get the best finish that we can and for the fans to enjoy the race. Daytona is making a lot of changes to the facility and it's neat to watch the transformation." - Justin Allgaier



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 (Thanks Amanda !!) :

http://www.examiner.com/article/timmy-hill-joins-jgl-racing-for-xfinity-series-race-at-daytona

Timmy Hill joins JGL Racing for Xfinity Series race at Daytona


http://autoracingdaily.com/nascar-tracks-join-together-to-issue-confederate-flag-statement/

NASCAR tracks join together to issue Confederate flag statement

Amanda Vincent

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Recent News 

(7/2/15)  

Courtesy NBC Sports
 This weekend will be a memorable one when Jeff Gordon races at the birthplace of NASCAR for the final time. More
 


NASCAR Statement on the Passing of Mary Scott 


Gordon, 3M salute military for Fourth of July


Courtesy NBC Sports

  


Courtesy ESPN.com
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Daytona International Speedway has reconfigured the inside wall where Kyle Busch was injured in a crash in February.


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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David Ragan returns to Joe Gibbs Racing for Xfinity race
 
Amanda Vincent


Courtesy Speed51.com


Courtesy NBC Sports


Courtesy ESPN.com

Can Kyle Busch harness his drive for the checkered flag when the situation warrants? And is Jeff Gordon under the most pressure to get a win at Daytona? The Turn 4 panel debates the issues.

Courtesy The Frontstretch

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 Truck Series Qualifying Procedure Tweaked to End Drafting Issues

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced a new procedure for qualifying on intermediate tracks in the Camping World Truck Series.  In order to prevent the current situation, where drafting determines where you start, a system similar to the restrictor plate format will be used from now on. Read more

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Beyond the Cockpit: Cole Whitt Emerging as a Leader for Front Row Motorsports

"
When everyone is sitting there going ‘hey, you know the guy owes me money’ or something like that, I don’t want anything to do with that. I’m just trying to race. At the end of the day, Ron still took great care of me and allowed me to do what I did. I’m still grateful for the opportunity. I always told him that if he got his motor program together, it would be pretty good. They got Triad’s now, and they are running pretty well, so I’m happy for him. I kind of wish they made that move when I was there. It is what it is, and it wasn’t the right situation for us. It just seemed to be like a good fit over here. " -
Cole Whitt on why he left BK Racing for Front Row Motorsports.


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
 (Thanks Heather !): 

Landon Cassill Returns For Daytona Landon Cassill JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 01 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro Daytona International Speedway preview Subway Firecracker 250 Saturday, July 4 The race: 250 miles, 100 laps, race 14 of 33 DAYTONA ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.WIyj8zSJ.dpuf
Michael McDowell 2015 NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race Preview Michael McDowell No. 95 K-LOVE Radio Ford Fusion Leavine Family Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Daytona ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.WIyj8zSJ.dpuf
Alex Bowman to Carry Advance Auto Parts on the No. 7 Chevy SS at Kentucky Speedway for Quaker State 400 HUNTERSVILLE, NC (JULY 1, 2015) - Tommy Baldwin Racing's Alex Bowman will team with Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State for the upcoming Quaker State 400 presented - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.WIyj8zSJ.dpuf
    
Kevin Harvick: Leader of the Pack KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 1, 2015) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s / Budweiser Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has led or been near ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.WIyj8zSJ.dpuf
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The native of Grimes, Iowa, did not come from a racing family like many of the other drivers on NASCAR's senior circuit. Moffitt's father Dick was a 
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Danica Patrick is a future NASCAR Hall of Famer –– or at least she has the potential to become one. Settle down. Those aren't my words, but the ...
Kimmel to make Cup Series debut at Kentucky
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All his life, Clarksville's Will Kimmel has gathered around a TV when it comes time for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His perspective will be a bit ...
Q&A: Tony Stewart, NASCAR driver and owner of Eldora Speedway in Darke County (Exclusive)
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It's been more than a decade since Tony Stewart bought Eldora Speedway near Rossburg. While the novelty may have worn off for most local race ...
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NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talks to reporters during an announcement on the partnership between Fifth Third Bank and Daytona International 
Under the Hood: Jeff Gordon is greatest NASCAR driver ever
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Martin Truex Jr. has upped his value to stay with Furniture Row
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Furniture Row Racing has exceeded expectations this season, but it might have a tough time maintaining the continuity next year that has place Martin ...
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On June 10th, NASCAR prepared teams for a new low-downforce aerodynamic package for the Sprint Cup Series which would be introduced next ...
Republicans Aiming to Register Voters at NASCAR
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Spectators at this weekend's NASCAR races in Florida will be encouraged to register to vote. You might say the party's staff and volunteers will be “At ...
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NASCAR has a lingo of its own. So with the Coke Zero 400 coming to the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, here's a guide to help fans 
NASCAR changes qualifying procedure for trucks
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When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Kentucky Speedway on July 9 a new qualifying format will be introduced.
Beyond the Flag
This past weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series once again showed its fans just how far the sport has come when it comes to racing on a road ...
Burton knows what Ky. Speedway win will take
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Veteran driver-turned-NBC analyst Jeff Burton has just once before this year's Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway seen NASCAR make a ...



  Industry asks fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flag


Statement from NASCAR Industry Members on Confederate flag


Brothers who win: Kurt and Kyle join the impressive list


From the Vault: Gordon edges Dale in Daytona


#TBT: Dale Jr. wins first Daytona race since dad's death


Daytona prepared amidst 'Rising' improvements


Courtesy ESPN.com

Indianapolis Motor Speedway may have history on its side, but if the track is to thrive another hundred-plus years, branching out will be important. Enter the Rolling Stones on July 4.


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Daytona International Speedway offers flag exchange
 
Amanda Vincent

Top 5: Incredible moments from the July Daytona race

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

 Dale Jr. gives travel advice, more tweets of the week

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/inside-groove/2015/6/nascar-tweets-you-might-have-missed-june-19-26.html



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(7/1/15)

Courtesy NBC Sports


Richard Petty shares his first Daytona memory and his favorite victory there on the debut episode of "Off the Grid." More       




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Rick Gdovic buys Viva Motorsports
 
Amanda Vincent


Most patriotic fans of NASCAR



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Tommy Baldwin Racing's Alex Bowman will team with Advance Auto…


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Scott Lagasse Jr. pilots NTS Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing team effort
 
Amanda Vincent
 

{ Personal / family note  ! 

My wife, and I , are expecting the arrival of our  first grand child SOOOOOON !

Little Bella Rose has a due date of July 4  !  (But it could be earlier !) . Depends on what the doc. says & does, tomorrow / Thursday afternoon  !

So I'm including the weekend plans for Bridgeport  Speedway, and New Egypt Speedway , with a note about Wall Stadium Speedway NOW. Rather than wait until tomorrow, or Friday . J.I.C !

Joe }

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

  July 4, 2015: Military Heroes 30 - Modifieds, Crates, NERS Sprints - 7:00PM


Wall Stadium Speedway(http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/ ) is not running this weekend . 
However ,the track will be back in operation next weekend with  the 100 lap "Garden State Classic" modified main event , on the race card !

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

Jeff Gordon not at all enthusiatic about final race at Daytona


Sponsorship Censorship: 2015 Edition


What's going through dad-to-be Kasey Kahne's head? NASCAR Wonka guesses



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



Dale Jr. talks Kentucky rules package


Celsius sponsoring No. 8 Toyota for Daytona XFINITY race 


Tech Talk: News and notes from around the garage


Mobil 1 Inside Track: Honoring the military




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

Tony Stewart sees opportunity to turn awful season around at Daytona




Courtesy The Frontstretch

Jeff Gordon Honored with Tour Bus in New York City

As much as Jeff Gordon didn't exactly want his final season to become a Farewell Tour, he's still been the recipient of a number of honors.  That continued Wednesday in New York City.  There, the Gray Line unveiled a special tribute to Gordon as part of the Ride of Fame.  Gordon's likeness will appear on a double decker tour bus for sightseeing trips.  In addition, two seats on the upper level are dedicated to Gordon, who penned a special message for those who just might sit there.   Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
Looking Ahead
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

Say what you will about Brian France and his perspective on NASCAR, but there’s no doubting his vision for the sport’s future.

The cars? What used to be, years ago, production-based models commonly found on dealer lots became the Car of Tomorrow with its standard design, safety features, and dependence on decals to provide the “showroom” appearance of Fords, Toyotas, and Chevrolets.

The points system? What used to be the format developed by the late Bob Latford on a cocktail napkin became, in 2004, the Chase for the Championship with its ten-race “postseason” intended to rival college football on television. As audience numbers waned, the format was amended to emphasize the current “win-and-in” system with its focus on creating a “Final Four” running for the Sprint Cup title at Homestead.

The connection with fans? What used to be centered on personal appearances and NASCAR’s “open door” policy with spectators became an immersion with an ever-increasing use of technologies like the Internet, smartphones and acceptance of emerging social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope. Fans today define themselves as being part of “NASCAR Nation” and pride themselves on a close connection with their favorite teams.

The relationship with corporate sponsors? What used to be deals involving motor oil, parts suppliers, tobacco, beer, and fast food have become tie-ins with lucrative global players like Microsoft, Sprint, XFINITY, and other technology-based providers.

The competitors? What used to be easily-recognized names like Earnhardt, Mears, Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, and Truex are … well … still that way. Toss in a Danica Patrick, a Kyle Larson, a Kyle Busch, and you have an ongoing state of change.

These kinds of shifts seem natural in the House of Brian. His background in more high-profile endeavors like entertainment and promotion make this kind of evolutionary development almost anticipated. We’d likely be suspicious if today’s NASCAR more closely resembled the sport circa 1985.

So when ESPN.com’s Bob Pockrass broke the news Monday that NASCAR was discussing possible “long-term equity” agreements for race teams, it struck me as yet another chapter in the story of the sport’s evolution.

It has always been that teams in NASCAR operated as independent contractors. As long as a car owner had equipment, personnel, and financing to keep the doors open, they could compete whenever and wherever they wished. If the money ran out, you either looked elsewhere for more funding or you stayed home. NASCAR provided the circus; race teams provided the acts.

The realities of racing, however, work differently. Without race teams, there would be no NASCAR. Without NASCAR, there would be no race teams. Without either, there would be no sport in its present form. Suddenly, long-term equity becomes a point of discussion.

Options for how to achieve such long-term survival vary greatly. According to Rob Kauffman, who is both co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and head of the Race Team Alliance, the details will likely be complicated and technical, meaning that fans will likely not learn about the particulars until deals have been negotiated and decided.

Transparency is only beneficial if fans agree with the eventual outcome, I guess.

One way to reach long-term equity for teams is to award franchises, like they do in other professional sports. Another way is for NASCAR to grant a select number of licenses to race teams so as to guarantee starting spots and full fields of popular cars.

Here’s a suggestion: why not provide driver appearance licenses? Granted, it is an old-school (as in over a century ago) approach but it helped make automobile racing the sporting powerhouse it is today. Drivers like Barney Oldfield were more popular with fans than they were successful in races. The mere presence of his name on a poster meant grandstands packed with curious and interested spectators.

Given that Danica Patrick is without a viable sponsor for next season, yet is one of the most popular and recognized drivers in NASCAR, would this new format of “equity” not mutually benefit both her and Stewart-Haas Racing? Maybe toss that notion into the pile of ideas currently on the table….

Also, imagine what an appearance clause could do for the fortunes of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. or Jeff Gordon. It might be easier to reward popularity than to accurately calculate either loyalty or longevity in the sport. Loyalty and longevity might be treated as tenure, meaning that certain teams with a distinct history within the sport would receive automatic “acceptance” within NASCAR competition. The tenured teams would be allowed to start races without qualifying, allowing the established ones a level of security and permanence.

As someone who works in a field where tenure is both encouraged and aspired to, all I can say is that achieving such “permanence” is not always a good thing. How you get there, and – more importantly – what you do once you get there are not always beneficial for the greater community. What qualities you represent will be your lasting legacy.

The common denominator for all these options is sponsorship. Without solid and consistent financial backing, none of these possible “long-term equity” formats will work.

So I guess some things in NASCAR will never change. Regardless of the vision, the view remains the same.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH :

by Tom Bowles

by Greg Davis

by Aaron Bearden
compiled by Michael Mehedin

as told to Joseph Wolkin

compiled by Brett Winningham                  


Fortune 500 companies in NASCAR increase for third consecutive year


H2H: Who's more likely to win the Chase, Harvick or Johnson?


Drivers impersonate Arnold Schwarzenegger


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




Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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Thought you might enjoy this ride along.
The Long Tail Pipe
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Kyle Martel To Return To NASCAR Camping World Truck Series At Pocono Raceway LEBANON, PA - June 30, 2015 - Bill Martel Racing (BMR) is planning to burn up Pocono Raceway with both tires and sneakers -- at summer's hottest race. ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FoYYJpeA.dpuf
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2015 NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race Preview DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY (2.5-MILE SUPERSPEEDWAY) LOCATION: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA EVENT: NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (RACE 17 OF 36) TUNE IN: 7:45 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JULY 5 (NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM) Dale ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FoYYJpeA.dpuf
Jimmie Johnson 2015 NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race Preview DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY (2.5-MILE SUPERSPEEDWAY) LOCATION: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA EVENT: NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (RACE 17 OF 36) TUNE IN: 7:45 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JULY 5 (NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM) Jimmie ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FoYYJpeA.dpuf
Jeff Gordon 2015 NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race Preview DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY (2.5-MILE SUPERSPEEDWAY) LOCATION: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA EVENT: NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (RACE 17 OF 36) TUNE IN: 7:45 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JULY 5 (NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM) Jeff ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FoYYJpeA.dpuf
Kasey Kahne 2015 NSCS Coke Zero 400 Race Preview DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY (2.5-MILE SUPERSPEEDWAY) LOCATION: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA EVENT: NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (RACE 17 OF 36) TUNE IN: 7:45 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JULY 5 (NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM) Kasey ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.FoYYJpeA.dpuf
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NASCAR ventures into scripted TV realm
 
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 Dale Jr. explains why he didn't move Stewart


Test, Kentucky race may inform Southern 500 rules


Power Rankings: Sonoma



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Kevin Harvick gets ESPYS nomination
 
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O’Donnell explains Sonoma pit road miscues


Could Kentucky package be used at Darlington?


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Kyle Busch's infant son 'talks' smack just in time for dad's big win


Joey Logano says life different - and the same - since Daytona 500 win



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Today, Goodyear is holding a somewhat impromptu tire test at Darlington Raceway.  There was just such a test three weeks ago, but the tire manufacturer needs some more data.  Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are scheduled to be on hand for the test.    

Entry List: Sprint Cup Field Heads to Daytona for Rare Sunday Night Race

NASCAR has released the entry list for Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.  45 cars are entered in the 4th of July Weekend classic.  Read more

Entry List: XFINITY Series Field Preps for Intense Daytona Duel


The entry list for Saturday night's Subway Firecracker 250 is out and (if it gets in) qualifying should be quite tight.  44 cars are entered for 40 starting spots.  Read more         

Today's Featured Commentary
Turning Right: Not Something We See Everyday in NASCAR
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

It’s not every day that we see the No. 19 car exit a corner, become airborne, then fly directly into the door of the No. 55. That’s probably a good thing when we stop and think about it. A stock car has no stabilizers or rudders that deploy when they take flight. There’s just no knowing what might happen when all four tires leave the ground.

Then again, we don’t often see a car sail into the tire barrier and literally knock down the wall, much like the No. 38 managed to on Sunday. I guess the saying has been around for quite a while, but in our world of left-hand turns and progressive banking, the walls tend to be held up by tons of earth - not backed by a couple of Jersey barriers. However, when the Sprint Cup Series visits Sonoma we are not in for your average cookie-cutter afternoon.

Part of the entertainment value that is part and partial of NASCAR is the variety of tracks. We hear the road course detractors moan every summer when we head off to the wine country of California and a few weeks later as the big boys visit the Finger Lakes Region of New York. There’s mumbling about how we’re an oval series. The cars turn left. Why should the teams be asked to engineer the little changes that a car required to turn left and right will need?

Because this series isn’t your weekly meet at your local dirt track. Look, there’s only one half-mile, high-banked coliseum on our calendar. One 2.66-mile tri-oval. One flat track outside of Phoenix. The list goes on.

When we spend our summer saying, “Well, you don’t see that every day,” there’s a very good reason for that. Our schedule is built such that the cookie-cutter tracks don’t get a firm hold on the season.  Drivers like AJ Allmendinger get a chance to leap out of the shadows of 20th-place cars and shine when they go back to their road course roots. Watching drivers use both their fenders while they navigate tight S-turns is one of the best things to be seen on our circuit. Let’s face it, IndyCar can’t beat fenders with fellow competitors — they’d break!

If you think the days of the road race ringers are gone, you’d be right. However, each of the 43 superstars on our tour came from a different background. Some raced dirt, others used those little Legends cars, others did the weekly grind with late models. Yet a few more were challenged to turn both ways at their neighborhood track.

No, it’s not every day that a rear axle slips free of its car and heads off toward the fence complete with tire, wheel, and brakes attached. But that might have something to do with the fact it’s not often that we visit tracks where Gilligan’s Island used to be part of the landscape.

Next week we drive South to Florida, ignore Mickey Mouse and set up shop in spitting distance of Daytona Beach. We’re returning to our roots. When ESPN shows stock footage of our sport, they will air a snippet of the Great American Race. However, this past week reaffirmed the fact that racers come from all over our nation, knowing how to compete in some of the most challenging tracks on the planet.

It’s not every day we turn left and right. But thank goodness there are times that we do.

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Jeff Gordon: Test Drive

For the longest time, the July race in Daytona was the Pepsi 400, prior to the invasion of its competitor. As Pepsi was a longtime sponsor of Jeff Gordon, I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to revisit possibly Jeff’s greatest TV moment: The Pepsi Max Test Drive commercials. Enjoy! (Much better than watching snippets of a plate race.)    

Numbers Game: Toyota/Save Mart 350
by Tom Bowles

0
Laps led by Kevin Harvick Sunday. It's the first time since February's Daytona 500 he failed to do so.

1
Time in Sprint Cup history the Busch brothers finished 1-2. It was Sunday's event.

2
Straight top-10 finishes for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Sonoma (seventh on Sunday). Earnhardt had never finished inside the top 10 at Sonoma from 2000-13.

3
Straight top-5 finishes for Joey Logano, a season high. Logano was fifth at Sonoma.

3
Races missed by Kurt Busch this season. Despite that number, Busch sits 10th in the season standings just 16 races in.

6
Drivers who failed to finish Sunday's Cup race, the most since Talladega.

8.3
Jeff Gordon's final career average finish at Sonoma Raceway. Gordon, 16th on Sunday only has a better average finish at Martinsville (6.9) and Kentucky (7.2) on the Cup circuit.

9
Lead changes over 110 laps at Sonoma. Only the oval race at Phoenix (eight) has had fewer this season.

9
Races without a top-5 finish for Brad Keselowski. That's the longest streak he's had in the No. 2 car without one since 2011.

26th
Best finish of any "road course ringer." Boris Said accomplished the feat driving the No. 32 Ford.

$87,685
Money won by Josh Wise for running 28th at Sonoma.

$88,195
Money won by Martin Truex, Jr. for crashing out and winding up 42nd at Sonoma.

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona Edition
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 Jeff Gordon brings back rainbow paint scheme 


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As the weeks go by with the Chase looming larger, winless drivers such as David Ragan are looking chippy ... or desperate. 

NASCAR's Confederate flag ban and the explosion of athlete activism

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Kyle Busch Comes Through at Sonoma
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One sweet ride: Larry Mac looks at the first 16 races of 2015


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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Expands Lead After Truex's Crash
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick had a decent day Sunday.  He qualified 17th and moved up through the field to a solid fourth-place finish.  That would have been more than enough to stand pat atop the standings.  However, Martin Truex, Jr. was spun off course and into the tires in the Esses earlier in the race.  Truex's 42nd-place disappointment allowed Harvick to gain back everything he lost at Michigan...and then some.  Harvick's lead is now 53 points over Truex, giving him a healthy cushion on the "regular season" title with ten races remaining.  In fact, Truex is only four points ahead of Joey Logano, who charged in the final few laps to fifth after pit strategy took some track position away in the closing laps.

Jimmie Johnson essentially had the race won prior to the last caution.  Then, almost everyone else pitted while he stayed out.  Despite being a sitting duck, Johnson still finished sixth, which was enough to move him up to fourth in points.  Johnson displaced Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who ran right behind him in seventh.  Nearly a full race behind Earnhardt Jr. is Brad Keselowski in sixth.  Keselowski struggled to finish 19th after a rough weekend; the car never handled to his liking at Sonoma.

Jamie McMurray had a fast car, but ended the race on old tires.  As a result, he dropped back to 11th in the final laps.  It was still enough for him to hold onto seventh in points and gain significantly on Keselowski.  Kasey Kahne, meanwhile is up one spot to eighth after posting a solid eighth-place result.  Kahne displaced Matt Kenseth, who had to recover from a cut left-rear tire under green that put him a lap down at one point. He recovered, earning the lap back but could do no better than 21st.  Finally, by virtue of his second-place finish Sunday  Kurt Busch enters the top 10 for the first time all year despite missing the first three races.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 616, 2) Martin Truex, Jr. -53, 3) Joey Logano -57, 4) Jimmie Johnson -70, 5) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -71, 6) Brad Keselowski -111, 7) Jamie McMurray -119, 8) Kasey Kahne -133, 9) Matt Kenseth -137, 10) Kurt Busch -147, 11) Jeff Gordon -154, 12) Paul Menard -164, 13) Denny Hamlin -178, 14) Ryan Newman -181, 15) Aric Almirola -185, 16) Clint Bowyer -186 .

Race Winners Currently Ineligible for Chase: 37) Kyle Busch -491 (136 points out of 30th)

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

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350k was brought to you by the letter "R," for Rubber.  Goodyear made a tire change for this year at Sonoma, which turned out to be a bad move.  A number of drivers had their races compromised by blisters and delamination.  It's one thing if you're locking up your tires something vicious, but a whole 'nother beast if its happening ten laps into the race, like what happened to Jamie McMurray. - Phil Allaway    
 
Quotes to Remember: Toyota/Save Mart 350k
compiled by Phil Allaway

"This is awesome – it’s unbelievable. Can’t say enough about my team, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. I can’t say enough about my medical team that got me back in shape and ready to go behind the wheel. And my brother (Kurt Busch), he certainly was hard on Clint (Bowyer) and I think certainly gave me ten lengths and then gave me another eight. Man, I can’t say enough about M&M’s and their support – they’ve been behind me so much through the years – not just this year but through the years. M&M’s Crispy has done an awesome job this year and we have an exciting thing coming out in Kentucky, so I’m excited about that – the promotion is pretty neat. Interstate Batteries, Skittles, Pedigree, Snickers, Sprint – thanks to Sprint for all the years that they’ve been here and of course the fans. It’s pretty cool. I pulled up here and blew the tires and the thing wouldn’t make the turn (into Victory Lane) and I blew the rear tires off of it. I was like, ‘Alright, park it right here and we’ll walk in.’ Walking in on a broken leg and a broken foot, nothing better than doing that... I don’t know if they can all understand how it feels. There’s some sentimental fans out there for sure, the ones that are cheering that normally wouldn’t cheer for me. It’s definitely special to be here in Victory Lane in a Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma. We broke this streak of 10 different winners – I won here in 2008. It’s been a long time, but man, it’s so cool to come home one-two with my brother (Kurt Busch), that was really awesome." - Kyle Busch, race winner

"Gene Haas has given everything to me and I wanted to deliver a win for him. It was an incredible drive all day. The car was fast. I thought we had the right sequence. Kyle (Busch) got a lucky break when that yellow came out and he got onto pit road and there were just too many cars between me and him on some of those restarts. I just didn’t quite get the restarts I needed. But it was a great Haas Automation Chevy. It was fast. We led laps. We qualified second and finished second. But I think we made a statement. The car was great. Tony Gibson (crew chief) and all the guys back at the shop built me a beautiful road course car. I just came up a little shy in qualifying and in the race. Congratulations to my little brother (Kyle). I know this is huge. He still has a long way to go to get him in that Top 30. He’s an incredible driver. I don’t know how many times we’ve finished 1-2." - Kurt Busch, finished second

"I was just in the wrong line [on the final restart]. That restart there, Kyle (Busch) got up on the inside of us and wasn’t able to get underneath of him. Then, I got hung up with Matt (Kenseth) and thought we were both going to work. Tore our car up real bad. You get so close – drove my ass off. I tried, just came up a little short. Kyle had a really good short run car and after a handful of laps I was able to get by him on the run before that. I knew that wasn’t going to be the case. I was just going to have to go. I tried to get up through him and get rough with him and beat him to it, but he beat me to that situation and won. A good weekend for us. Billy Scott (crew chief) and all these guys on the 5-Hour ENERGY Toyota – two solid weekends. Wasn’t what we came out here to do, but had a lot of fun." - Clint Bowyer, finished third

"Just a lot of things went wrong.  We had probably the fastest car on the racetrack; it just took us all day to overcome all the stuff we had going on.  Just want to thank Budweiser, Outback, Folds of Honor, everybody from Jimmy John’s and Chevrolet for everything they do for our team." - Kevin Harvick, finished fourth

"Todd (Gordon, crew chief) did a good job and got me some track position and got the car running pretty good.  We struggled all weekend and got something decent.  Once we started running I thought, ‘We’re not that slow.’  We made some adjustments and started getting closer and got a top 5 out of it.  We’ll take that.  I think it’s our third top 5 in a row and they’ve all been hard fought." - Joey Logano, finished fifth

"Initially, a little concerned. Then as we made that next lap, I saw there were a bunch of cars between myself and the first guy on (new) tires. I felt pretty good about things. And then, after about a lap and a half, I wasn’t feeling so good about things (laughs); they were there quickly. But if we came back  tomorrow, we’d still run the same strategy. We played it perfectly. We were one caution away from it working out just right. So, this situation we’re in with the wins and being locked in the Chase, we wanted to come out and be aggressive with our strategy in the Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet." - Jimmie Johnson, finished sixth

"I put myself in better positions two out of the other three times I’ve been out here but got run over.  That time we weren’t in a very good position, so we put tires on it and we were the ones going forward.  All in all, I’m real happy with the effort everybody put forward on our Jacob Companies Ford Fusion.  With how fast we were on Friday I was pretty disappointed with how we qualified and I was disappointed with about half the race today, but we hung in there and got the best finish that we could out of it.  I appreciate all the guys’ hard work and I’m looking forward to going to Watkins Glen.  I’m a lot better there than I am here, so if we can get a top 10 out of it here, hopefully we can get a solid top 5 out of it when we go to Watkins Glen." - Sam Hornish, Jr., finished tenth

"I was really optimistic going into the race. Our car was good in practice. We qualified well. They dropped the green and we were moving forward. I was pretty happy with it. I felt that rear (tire) starting to go off pretty early on and saw some guys coming from further back. And so we tried to make a couple of adjustments. It just seemed as the track continued to lay rubber, our setup, which we were taking a little bit of a gamble and risk with; it looked good in practice, but it just didn’t pay off for us. So, we had to make some big adjustments and lose track position. But the car was really, really good there at the end. So, it was great to have AARP and Member Advantages on board and it was a great weekend. Nothing’s going to take away from this weekend for me. I know it wasn’t the finish we all wanted, but it was a very memorable weekend. It’s still a little bit more fun to go to hang out with some of my friends and family here. But, I hate that we weren’t a little bit better. And that last thing, I was just taking some risk on that last pit stop. We didn’t have anything to lose at that point." - Jeff Gordon, finished 16th

"I don’t know the problem.  I think it was a fuel-related issue. The car was good.  I thought we had a better chance of winning this year than we did last year.  It was still going to be tough.  The No. 41 (Kurt Busch) was pretty solid. The No. 18 (Kyle Busch) the way it played out was pretty good.  I know the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was good.  We just fought the rear a little bit.  I don’t know how that would have played out at the end. I know we had the fastest lap of the race, which shows the car had speed.  I think we were going in the right direction; it just feels like a swift kick to everything right now.  But it’s nothing we really did wrong... it is one of those circumstances.  I don’t know if that helps or not.  I think we had a good enough car to be in the top 5, for sure.  It would have just been interesting the way it played out.  There were a couple of spots on the racetrack where I was just a little weak that we need to be a little bit better. But I thought it was at least good enough to at least contend." - AJ Allmendinger, finished 37th

"On these restarts you can really gain or lose a lot. If you give an inch, a lot of guys take a mile and I really knew that we were both putting ourselves in a bad situation right there watching the replay. It’s tight through there, but if I give a little bit to Carl (Edwards), three or four guys are going to get around me. We had a great Aaron’s Dream Machine, I can’t say enough about everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota for working hard and really bringing some fast Camrys out here. I felt like we had a chance to win this thing today. Just proud of Brian Pattie (crew chief) and everybody for giving me a chance to run well here. You have to be aggressive on these restarts and I felt like I was in a good spot there. We were 50-50 and I just raced him for a spot and it’s just one of those things. I don’t regret what I did, if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it again. A lot of times I’m a little too conservative and I give these guys too much. I’m glad I held my own and had a good car today." - David Ragan, finished 39th (crashed out), on the wreck with Carl Edwards

"I didn’t get together with the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.), the No. 78 ran me off the racetrack, just bodyslammed me. I was just trying to get back on the racetrack. That’s a great instance where the No. 78 just absolutely did me wrong and I’m trying to get back on the racetrack. That’s unfortunate for him, it’s never good to see anybody tear up their race car. Martin would probably not do that again if he had an opportunity." - Ragan, on the incident with Martin Truex, Jr.

"We were just racing and David (Ragan) and I race really well together, but it was just one of those deals where we came off of turn seven dead even and both of us wanted to see who would kind of give first. My left rear hit his right rear and it was pretty small contact, but it bounced both the cars sideways and ruined our day. Probably my fault, in fact that part is my fault, but it’s frustrating because I love this racetrack and I was having fun. Just want to be out there racing. It’s a tough one to have to sit out." - Carl Edwards, finished 40th (crashed out)

"We got wrecked, bottom line.  Definitely a tough day.  I felt like we had a decent car all weekend.  We were off a little bit that first run, made some adjustments, felt like it helped.  When you start around 20 th on those restarts it is just a recipe for disaster.  I was trying to be aggressive, made some moves.  I had a couple of cars passed and then the lane I was in jammed up and the guys I had passed got back by me.  You just get frustrated, you lose patience and I got into the No. 55 (David Ragan's) doors a little bit in turn 7 and I guess he didn’t like it and he figured he would just dump me.  He probably has one coming, but other than that it’s just part of the restart deal.  I hate that I got my guys' car tore up." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished 42nd (crashed, then pulled out)

"That was a bad deal.  I just passed Sam Hornish, Jr. up in seven and went through the Esses and I just told Donnie, ‘I think I’ve got a left front going down.  It’s soft.’  We were gonna come in and pit that lap and I eased up a little bit going through 10, but it never turned and once you get off in the dirt there that’s a bad place to get off.  It was a big hit, but I’m OK.  I’m just bummed out for the situation.  This is a great racetrack.  We really love racing out here and I’ve had some great finishes here, but we’ll have to wait until next year to try again." - David Gilliland, finished 43rd (Crashed Out)   



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Mother Nature Wins Two In A Row At New Egypt Speedway

July 4th Event Gets Bigger with Fireworks and Added Races

 

New Egypt, NJ--         For the second weekend in a row Mother Nature proved she’s not a race fan by pouring rain at New Egypt Speedway forcing the cancelation of Graduation Night. Having the past two weekends washed out has set up an even bigger Saturday, July 4th event at the Speedway.

 

            The Military Heroes 30 will feature the 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, NERS Sprints and just added the HCI/Metal Fab Rookies and NEWS Sprints. The HCI/Metal Fab Rookies will conclude their season and crown their champion. The NEWS Sprints will return to the schedule after having several weeks off and has added drivers Sam LaMothe and Ryan Krachun to the already talented field featuring Neal Williams and Billy Pauch, Jr.

 

            To honor our nation’s heroes on Independence Day, $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. There will also be a huge fireworks display at the conclusion of racing to celebrate the holiday.

 

            The fans will also have reason to celebrate with lots of giveaways and fan-centered activities. The first 50 children through the front gates will receive a free red, white, and blue goodie bag. The first 50 adults through the gates will receive a free New Egypt Speedway Frisbee. The giveaways will be given away at both front entrances by some of our young, up and coming drivers.

 

            Pit gates will open at 4 pm, front gates will open at 5 pm, hot laps start at 6:15 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 7 pm. Adults are $22, seniors 65 and older are $20, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $12, and children 11 and under are free.


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Chase Grid standings after Sonoma

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Kyle Busch winds his way to Sonoma win

Kyle Busch -- hospitalized earlier this season with broken bones in his leg and ankle -- won Sunday's road race in Sonoma. Kyle and his older brother Kurt finished 1-2.

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

Kevin Harvick overcomes struggles to earn top-five Sonoma finish

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/kevin-harvick-sonoma-results-stewart-haas-racing-rodney-childers-top-five-finish-062815



Kyle Busch comes on strong, wins at Sonoma 


Rowdy gets the best of a Busch brothers 1-2 finish


Fuel cell issue ruins 'Dinger's Sonoma shot


Goodyear explains early unusual tire wear


Mears breaks rear axle housing late in race


See the best photos from Sonoma



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

Kyle Busch moves closer to Chase with big win at Sonoma Raceway



Jeff Gordon gets 'Simpson-ized' in final Michael Waltrip grid walk



FOX NASCAR introduces 'The Byrnsie Award' in honor of Steve Byrnes


Courtesy NBC Sports

  
  

NASCAR tower to operate pit-road entrance light


 Crew chief handout: Toyota / Save Mart 350


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

Rainout again, and again @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) : 
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RainedOut Notification

Bridgeport Speedway

Due to the rain during the week and yesterday tonight's show(6/28) has been cancelled.


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

Sights & Sounds: Arnold Schwarzenegger among those taking in NASCAR in wine country


Let's hit the road: Get ready for Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway

Goodbye, souvenir haulers and hello to the trackside superstore


Courtesy NBC Sports


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



(6/27/15) 


Courtesy NBC Sports

There's plenty of season left in Jeff Gordon's last, but he's feeling the pressure to win in his final Sonoma start. More

  
 



(Thanks Amanda !):
 
A.J. Allmendinger on pole at Sonoma
 
Amanda Vincent


 Allmendinger looks to make his mark at Sonoma 


Sonoma Sprint Cup pit stall assignments


Qualifying dust-up for Kyle Busch at Sonoma


 AJ Allmendinger wins Coors Light Pole



 Courtesy ESPN.com

Sonoma has seen plenty of new road-course winners in recent years, but everyone has an eye on AJ Allmendinger and Jeff Gordon for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.


Rainout @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) : 

Due to inclement weather, tonight's race has been cancelled.


Rainout again,@ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) :
RainedOut.com

RainedOut Notification

Bridgeport Speedway

Due to the rain this week and today's forecast we are cancelled for today 6/27


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !): 

    
New Kentucky Speedway Rules Package Could Be Game-Changer David Ragan thinks—and hopes—the new NASCAR Sprint Cup rules package instituted for the July 11 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway will shift the balance of power ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.zBmkccqZ.dpuf
Performance Energy Group and Benny Gordon Secure Additional Partnership for Dayton… (Mooresville, NC – June 26, 2015) Performance Energy Group and Driver of the No. 66 Toyota Camry, Benny Gordon welcomes new partnership for the Subway Firecracker ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.zBmkccqZ.dpuf
Blake Koch, TriStar Motorsports and their Official Energy Drink Partner, Celsius, Team Up for the Subway Firecracker 250 Mooresville, NC (June 26, 2014) - TriStar Motorsports and their Official Energy Drink partner, Celsius, will join forces once again for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.zBmkccqZ.dpuf
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Energy Voice
Jeff Broin's silhouette shines in the glossy hood of the modified grass-green Chevrolet SS. It's moments before the start of NASCAR's Quicken Loans ...
Brian France Tries to Broaden Nascar's Appeal
Wall Street Journal
Nascar chief executive Brian France, 52, is sitting in his lofty corporate offices overlooking midtown Manhattan. His gray suit and glass-paneled ...
NASCAR's Larry McReynolds in a ChampTruck!
SportsBlog.com (blog)
NASCAR legend and current FOX Sports analyst, Larry McReynolds, will be strapping into the driver's seat of the OPTIMA Batteries-sponsored #11 ...
 
This week NASCAR Drivers must turn left AND right
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NASCAR is making their annual stop at the Sonoma raceway. This is a road course event which means unlike your typical Race Oval, drivers are 
In NASCAR's pits, cameras can see all
SFGate
NASCAR officials won't say how much it costs, but it's plenty. They say that after an initial spike in penalties over the first few races this season, the rate ...
Jason Daniels Real Estate
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a Colorado Springs tradition dating back to 1916. This is the 3rd oldest racing event in the entire ...
 
KTVU San Francisco
A big draw to this year's annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 is the return of Jeff Gordon, a former Vallejo resident and five-time NASCAR cup series ...
Courtesy The Frontstretch

 Toyotas Top Both Practices at Sonoma Raceway

On Friday, the Sprint Cup teams took to Sonoma Raceway for over three hours of practice ahead of Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350k.  Clint Bowyer was fastest during the first session, while Kyle Busch was fastest in Happy Hour and the only driver to eclipse 96 mph for an average.  Read more

Cargill Beef Returns to Sponsor Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing announced on Thursday that Cargill Beef will return to the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. as a primary sponsor for an unspecified number of races.  The first race will be the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington in September.  Read more 

Frontstretch Folio: Toyota/Save Mart 350
by Phil Allaway

The Sprint Cup Series heads out to the West Coast this weekend for the first of two road course races on the schedule at Sonoma Raceway. Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 begins at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 110 laps (218.9 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and facts

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the defending winner of this race.  Earnhardt Jr. started eighth and kept himself in the hunt all day as the various pit strategies played themselves out on the scalene triangle.  After a late crash closed the field up for a final 12-lap dash to the checkers, Earnhardt Jr. passed Brad Keselowski with five laps to go and held on to take the win.

Keselowski was second, followed by Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.  Rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top-5 finishers.

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

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1.99 mile road course, 110 laps (218.9 miles)
Banking: Variable

Grandstand Seating: 47,000
Pit Road Speed: 40 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Opened: 1968 (first Sprint Cup race in 1989)

Website: http://www.racesonoma.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RaceSonoma

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice: Friday, June 26, 3 - 4:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

Happy Hour: Friday, June 26, 6:30 - 7:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

Qualifying: Saturday, June 27 at 2:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Say What?!

"It’s just a fun track. It’s one of my favorite racetracks on the circuit and one I really look forward to every year. The worst thing they could ever do is repave it. As long as they don’t repave it, it’s great. It’s a very slippery racetrack, so it’s hard to get grip, and that puts it back in the driver’s hands. Sonoma is one of those tracks where you just don’t get a break. There’s really nowhere in the lap where you get a chance to relax and catch your breath. It’s a very busy lap around Sonoma." - Tony Stewart

"I’m excited to in both races this weekend at Sonoma.  I’ve never been there before so hopefully we can learn a lot on Saturday in the K&N race that can translate well to Sunday. We had a lot of success last time we ran double-duty earlier this season at Pocono and I think we can do that again this weekend." - Trevor Bayne

"I've always liked road course racing, and Sonoma [Raceway] was a challenge for me last year. I've always felt good about my road course racing skills, but Sonoma is a completely different animal. I'm looking forward to getting all of the practice time I can get this weekend. I think qualifying will be interesting since this is the first time we aren't going to have our usual road-course qualifying format. It's a big weekend for BRANDT, and they'll have about 100 people at the track on Sunday. They also have a large office down in the Fresno area, and I'll be there on Thursday to visit with the employees and customers." - Justin Allgaier



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Emotional Gordon hits end of the road at Sonoma


Kyle Busch, Bowyer lead Sonoma practices


Courtesy NBC Sports

Tony Gibson, the crew chief for Kurt Busch, didn't just build an elite NASCAR team. He's built an extended family. More

As NASCAR heads back to the Golden State, we look at California's place in racing history.

Jeff Gordon feels pressure with making his final start at Sonoma     

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NASCAR garage preparing for debut of new rules package at Kentucky Speedway

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nascar-garage-preparing-for-debut-of-new-rules-package-at-kentucky-speedway-062615


Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he hopes to become a father in the future

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dale-earnhardt-jr-amy-reimann-father-future-sonoma-germany-engagement-proposal-062615

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   Clint Bowyer leads opening practice at Sonoma



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

‘The King’ Breaks Out The Superbird

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Richard Petty Motorsports…



Gordon: ‘I want to do really well this weekend’


  Junior talks marriage and children


Rob Gronkowski visits Chicagoland Speedway


Saturday Night @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) : 
  June 27, 2015: Graduation Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Sprints, Rookies - 7:00PM
Graduation Night - Sponsored by HCI & Metal Fab
All 2015 graduates with a copy of their diploma will receive FREE General Admission

Pit Gates: 4:00 PM - Front Gates: 5:00 PM - Hot Laps: 6:15 PM - Racing 7:00 PM

Adults: $20.00 - Seniors 65 and older: $18.00 - Teens 12-15: $10.00 - Military and Spouses with ID: $10.00 - Children 11 and under: FREE
Click here for the Schedule of Events

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

June-27  

FORMULA DRIFT ROUND 4: THE GAUNTLET

Please note: This event is hosted by Formula Drift. Please direct questions and comments to them. We are merely the facility used for their event.

 

June-28

US DRIFT





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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says Confederate flag 'belongs in history books'



McReynolds: 'Sunday is going to be very tough'


Where spotters will stand at Daytona


NASCAR fans vote Watkins Glen as favorite track 


Larson's road to first win may be close to home 



Courtesy ESPN.com

Racing at Sonoma requires skills and strategies you won't find at oval tracks, and not all drivers love it. But some want the validation that comes with a road course win.

Pockrass: Larson still seeking breakthrough win

With 11 races left before the Chase cutoff, Kyle Larson is 39 points behind and still looking for a signature win. Will it come at Sonoma?


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

 
Arnold Schwarzenegger paces NASCAR field at Sonoma
 


 
NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup should include road course
 
Amanda Vincent


This weekend @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/):

Bike Night and Rookie Graduation Night
June 27 @ 7:00 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd, Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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Big Blocks, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, & Rookie Graduation   4:30 p.m. – Pit gates open 4:40 p.m. – Safety Inspection and check in begins 5:30 p.m. – Grandstand gates open 5:40 p.m. – Driver’s Meeting 6:00 p.m. – Call Drivers for Hot laps 6:05 p.m. – Track gates open for Hot laps   6:15 p.m. – Hot laps Rookies Outlaw Stock Cars Crate/Sportsman Big Block Modifieds   6:35 p.m. – Call Rookies to staging lanes 6:45 p.m. – Rookies to…

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270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cyl, Slingshots, STARS Mod Lites, & 8 Cyl Enduros

June 28 @ 5:30 pm
Bridgeport Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd, Sweedsboro, NJ 08085 United States
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270 & 600 Micros, Servpro 4 Cylinders, 8 cylinder Enduros, Stage-1 Mods, Slingshots, and STARS Mod Lites   2:00 pm           –           All gates open 2:10 pm           –           Safety inspection & registration begins 3:45 pm           –           Driver’s meeting   4:30 pm           –           Hot laps 270cc Micro Sprints – ˝ of field 600cc Micro Sprints 270cc Micro Sprints – ˝ of field Slingshots Stage-1 Mods 4 Cylinder Enduro Cars   5:25 pm           –           Invocation/National Anthem   5:30 pm           –           Racing…

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Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):


 Leading NASCAR News Journalist Jim Utter Joins Motorsport.com MIAMI, June 25, 2015 -- Motorsport.com today announced the appointment of leading National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) news journalist Jim Utter as the company's NASCAR ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.xtAvEUaG.dpuf

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Napa Valley Register
NASCAR's annual visit to the Sonoma wine country marks one of the Bay Area's largest single-day sporting events, and the addition of racing fans to ...
FanSided
This week NASCAR heads out west to Sonoma, California for some road ... it's one of only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
Beyond the Flag
As we all know, GoDaddy announced earlier this season that they will be leaving Patrick and NASCAR at the end of the year. In his interview with NBC ...

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Courtesy NBC Sports

Unlike any other Sprint Cup track, Sonoma Raceway forces drivers to deal with right turns and elevation changes. More      



Join NASCAR America as it hands out mid-season awards, including the "Biggest Shock."

        
        



(6/25/15) 


Crown Royal honors U.S. Marine as namesake of Brickyard 400 


Sonoma pit stops throw crews curveball


Kevin Harvick nominated for an ESPY award


Texts to Kasey Kahne on his baby announcement


Road course qualifying 101 


 #TBT: 20th anniversary of Earnhardt's first, only road course win


From the Vault: Gordon goes back-to-back in Sonoma


Sleeveless, sandwich-eating Gaughan takes over the world


Remembering Jabe Thomas and Jim Vandiver


Meet the ringers: Road course aces have always been a part of NASCAR


#TBT: John Krebs flips out at Sears Point in 1994

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/video/sonoma-raceway-crashes-big-wreck-1994-john-krebs-flips-out-sears-point-062515

Throwback Thursday: Joe Gibbs Racing pulls Aric Almirola from winning car mid-race

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/joe-gibbs-racing-aric-almirola-denny-hamlin-milwaukee-mile-2007-race-win-richard-petty-062515


Buckle up: Take a hot lap at Sonoma with AJ Allmendinger

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/sonoma-raceway-hot-lap-aj-allmendinger-jtg-daugherty-racing-062515


Truex Jr. crew chief Cole Pearn is so awesomely Canadian



Courtesy ESPN.com

The Sprint Cup Series is heading to its first of two road course races this weekend, at Sonoma. Should the series add a third road course race, possibly as part of the Chase?


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

Gordon’s career comes full circle in California

Kyle Larson could pull off surprise win at Sonoma

Drivers to watch at Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma             


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
 (Thanks Heather !):

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Toyota/Save Mart 350 to Feature Aerial Pre-Race Show, New Fan Amenities SONOMA, Calif. (June 24, 2015) – The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is sure to feature its usual high-intensity, fender-banging action, June 28, and to set the tone for one ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.0qaiKqTB.dpuf

The National Watermelon Association And Ross Chastain Debut Patriotic Car At Daytona International Speedway Gaffney, Sc. -- Ross Chastain will have a special red, white and blue paint scheme, with a touch of watermelon, for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.0qaiKqTB.dpuf

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to drive 2016 Toyota Mirai pace car at Sonoma NASCAR Cup race


Autoweek


On Sunday, he will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to green as the official pace-car driver for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma (Calif.) ...   

  

Former NASCAR star Jeff Burton will visit Midlands

WIS


Burton is a member of NBC's broadcast crew as NASCAR returns to the network for the first time since 2006. Burton will make his debut Sunday, July ...



 



Broadcasting & Cable


Concord, NC (June 2015) — Motor Racing Network (MRN), known as “The Voice of NASCAR,” provides lap-by-lap coverage of the three top National ...



NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. stands out among fast fiends
SFGate
His third-place finish in a rain-shortened race at Michigan two weeks ago gave him 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, making ...
  Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing gain attention with success
The Denver Post
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ...
Napa Valley Register
Sonoma Raceway will host an action-packed weekend of racing June 26-28, as two series join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Toyota/Save ...
Motorsport.com
Last weekend, Jones, 19, became the youngest driver to earn two NASCAR wins in one weekend and the first racer to win races at different venues in 
CBS Local
DENVER (CBS4) – Axalta 400 winner Martin Truex, Jr. stopped by the Furniture Row Racing shop in Denver on Wednesday and talked to CBS4 about ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The Sonoma Raceway entrance sign is installed in Sonoma prior to NASCAR weekend on Wednesday June 25, 2015. (KENT PORTER/ PD) ...
NASCAR's McDowell making pit stop in Lodi
Lodi News-Sentinel
NASCAR driver Michael McDowell will be making a pit stop in Lodi to share his story of life in the fast lane before heading over to Sonoma Raceway ...
Philly.com
Track facts: Carl Edwards led the last 26 laps to win last year's race. Jeff Gordon was runner-up, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third. Kevin Harvick led 23 ...
NASCAR: What it feels like to drive the Sonoma Raceway
News10.net
SONOMA - NASCAR invades the wine country this weekend for the running of the Toyota SaveMart350 on Sunday. News10's Ryan Yamamoto, Bryan 
Sports World News
Tony Stewart's continued struggles on the NASCAR circuit have raised questions about whether he should consider retiring. (Photo : Getty Images).
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  Tire Carrier Blake Haugland uses off weekend to compete in Half Iron-Man

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 Ford's New Shelby GT350R-C to Debut at Watkins Glen

Ford Performance announced Wednesday that Multimatic Mototrsports will debut the new Shelby GT350R-C in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge this weekend at Watkins Glen International.  The car will serve as the long-term replacement in the series for the Ford Mustang Boss 302R.  Read more 

Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Thoughts on Louisville's Fairgrounds Motor Speedway
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

The folks who have read my stuff for a long time know how much feeling I had (and still have) for the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville. It operated from 1961 through the 1980 season, before the powers-that-be on the Kentucky State Fair Board decided it didn’t fit their image for the future. That’s ultimately what happened, even if they did say they wanted to build horse barns on that site. 25 years later, it’s still a parking lot.

Milt Hartlauf, the promoter from the mid '60s through the end of the run, and I used to joke that if you wanted to get any publicity from the Louisville papers, you had to walk into the sports department either bouncing a basketball or smelling like horse manure. That’s a big exaggeration, though because thanks to some writers who really liked racing, we didn’t do too bad.

I’m not the only one who feels so strongly about that place. We’ve got an official Facebook page, and as of this writing there are over 2,150 members. There may be another short track which has been closed for 35 years with more members on their page, but I doubt it.

I know there are a lot of tracks that have closed and for which a lot of people have a lot of great memories and a lot of feeling. This writing is meant for them, too because I know they feel the same way about “their” tracks as I feel about mine.

FMS was where I and a lot of other racing people in the Louisville area literally grew up. I started flagging there in the 1962 season, and that carried me to places I couldn’t have imagined, meeting people I couldn’t have imagined ever knowing.

Racers are pretty inventive sorts, and I really believe short track racers are the best at this stuff. It was at FMS where a lot of us saw this skill emerge and reveled in what we were seeing. The reason I bring this point up is that a little while back somebody asked what the best example of “cheating” or at the very least, “thinking outside the box” that other members saw at this little track.

That resulted in a LOT of stories being told. I advised everybody that I was going to be using some of this "thinking" for column material.

My first thought was that in the mid-'70s, the late LaMarr Marshall brought out an extremely low and sleek Camaro. It had the look of those NASCAR modifieds they ran at Daytona for a while.

Then there was 1963, when we ran our big International 500 late model race without MARC (Midwest Association for Race Cars, which became ARCA the next year) sanction.  Since we were going by our own rulebook, Harry Hyde looked at it very closely and found that we didn’t have any specifications on the fuel filler line. He brought the Pontiac driven by Jesse Baird to the track that day with a four-inch inside diameter pipe sticking up through the deck lid, with a cap on it. That, of course, was before the days of dry-break systems, and the fuel cans just had two-inch hoses on them. As a result, he and his crew were able to dump both cans at once and cut their fuel stop time in half.

Along the same lines, Bobby Watson once told me about a truck he used in ARCA in the mid '60s, and I’m not sure he ever needed it at FMS except for the 500. He said he cinched up the straps around his fuel tank/cell really tight, so it would hold exactly the legal limit. After inspection, he loosened the straps and got another gallon or two in there.

He sold that car to Dave Dayton, and one day while leading a race, Dave ran out of fuel. I was in the pits commiserating with Dave when Bobby came over and told him to loosen up the straps next week.

Innovation was rife in our Figure 8 division. In the early days, guys found out they could add nitromethane to their pump gas if they were running a flathead Ford V-8. Since the cam was in the block operating directly on the valves, those engines weren’t subject to the problems nitro gave those with pushrods, lifters and rockers. (This quirk may also be why Parnelli Jones and Jim Hurtubise were the first to be successful with small block Chevy engines in USAC sprint cars – their crews were the first to figure out just how much they could “pop” those things without scattering an engine, I’m told.)

A chemist told me that this combination makes nitrobenzene. The only giveaway is that the exhaust smells like shoe polish. Some nights, there was so much of that smell that you couldn’t tell who was doing it; of course, the guys with flatheads were careful to keep their hoods down when an official was anywhere close.

There was another trick that some guys used to keep their Figure 8 car from getting claimed. I’m told that the late A. (Long John) Arnold was a great practitioner of this one. Incidentally, I caught him with the hood up one night. Saw the flathead, had him start the engine, smelled the exhaust, and busted him for using nitro. The deal was to string some small hardware store nuts across the choke horn of the carburetor with piano wire and run it into the driver’s compartment under the dash. He’d pull the wire after parking in the pits after the race; the nuts would then fall into the carb.

If the car wasn’t claimed, he’d tow the car home and remove the nuts before starting the engine. If it did get claimed, the first time the new owner started the engine, the nuts would fall down through the manifold and the powerplant was ruined. Of course, it didn’t take long before guys started checking the carburetors after they claimed a car.

In the Late Model division, somebody discovered that we didn’t have a rule about internal weight jacks, and some really inventive solutions came into play, allowing drivers to adjust ride height and weight distribution during the race. I’m told Charlie Glotzbach was one of the best practitioners of this idea.

My first look at it came when we were weighing Roy Wathen’s 1966 Chevrolet one night. We had four platform scales with great big dials on them so everybody could see what the weight was on each wheel.

Anyway, while the Chevy was up there, car owner/chief mechanic Gerald Newman took a look at the scales and said, “That ain’t right.” He then reached inside and twisted a ratchet four or five times. All of us watching were treated to the scales reacting, with weight transferring from the right rear to the left rear and accompanying changes to the fronts.

It was about this time that one fella who thought he was smart told Gerald after a race, “For $50, I’ll tell you how to get that left front up.”

Gerald replied, “For $50, I’ll tell you how to get yours down.”

Maybe I’ll have more of these stories later. In fact, if any of you readers know of some neat stories like these from your favorite tracks, pass them on and maybe we can have some fun. 

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Top 15 Up-And-Coming Drivers in Stock Car Racing

"
Byron, 17, has led 498 of the 902 total laps of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, scoring three wins in the first six races. He’s also won his only start in the CARS Super Late Model Tour and finished second in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. If he keeps this pace up, Byron will be a household name in the next couple years.
" - Aaron Bearden, on K&N Pro Series East points leader William Byron       


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With nine wins on road courses, Sonoma could be the perfect opportunity for Jeff Gordon to find his groove again. More 







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Older News

(6/24/15) 



Anatomy of a new team: How the 19 crew was built


H2H: Should we add a road course to the Chase?


@nascarcasm guest blogger: Gus the dog


Herman Unplugged: Assessing Kyle Busch's Chase chances


Johnson lends a helping hand in his hometown


Tech talk: News and Notes from around the garage


Crew chief chats with NASCAR commonplace


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

 
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Courtesy ESPN.com

Call him Big Daddy Kahne: Kasey Kahne is going to be a father, and he welcomes the news as time and experience have helped him grow as a person and a competitor, Marty Smith writes

ESPYS Vote: Best Driver

Lewis Hamilton dominated F1. IndyCar's Will Power and NASCAR's Kevin Harvick were consistent. Juan Pablo Montoya would not be denied at the Indy 500. And no one had quicker reflexes than NHRA's Erica Enders-Stevens. Who deserves the ESPY for best driver? Vote now!


Courtesy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !) :
 
Richard Childress Racing swaps two Xfinity Series crew chiefs
 
Amanda Vincent

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

Helping hands: NASCAR drivers give back to communities in big way

How steep of a hill must Kyle Busch climb to make the Chase?






Courtesy The Frontstretch

Bobby Pierce Joins MB Motorsports for NCWTS Debut at Eldora

The addition of Eldora Speedway to the Camping World Truck Series schedule starting in 2013 has resulted in a number of drivers making their debut on the dirt.  2015 will be no exception as MB Motorsports has signed dirt late model racer Bobby Pierce to drive one of their entries as a teammate to Jake Griffin.  Read more

Chicagoland Speedway and Groupon to Offer Fans With “NASCAR Fantasy Camp” Package

Tuesday, Chicagoland Speedway announced an unusual promotion that will be available in September during the opening weekend of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Chicagoland Speedway and Groupon are partnering to offer fans a "NASCAR Fantasy Camp" for 60 lucky fans.  It includes tickets, weekend credentials, Pit Zone access, a meet-and-greet with Rusty Wallace, a pace car ride, and more.  Read more

Today's Featured Commentary
The Future is Now
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

It’s a brave new world.

The announcement this week that Microsoft is beginning a long-term relationship with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports came as excitingly-ominous news.

Maybe the “good ol’ days” of tobacco, beer, and motor oil sponsorships are shorter lived than we think?

Technology has always enjoyed an intimate relationship with motorsports. Computers and smartphones have become as familiar as jackstands and wrenches in the garage area. Test sessions look more like computer workshops as engineers assume a greater role within racing organizations.

This development is not new, by any means but it’s certainly one that’s becoming more and more apparent. Notice the lack of NASCAR inspectors standing along pit road. Humans have been replaced by cameras in search for greater control over teams and more regulation over competition.

I’m not sure that has been the smartest of innovations, however. We are seeing an increase in the number of Sprint Cup drivers who complain of wheel vibrations and need additional pit stops to correct the problem. Back when carbon-based inspectors roamed pit road, missed lug nuts were often caught and corrected before they turned into potential accidents.

This new era of Big Brother in racing has been accelerated by advances in technology, much as it has in our everyday lives. My iPhone allows me to be tracked, traced, and followed as if I had a personal bodyguard or internal microchip. Am I OK with such transparency? I guess so, given the benefits of access to life-changing technology.

And now those benefits come – in even larger amounts than we currently see – to NASCAR.

Microsoft’s new agreement with NASCAR involves a significant relationship with the sanctioning body, as well as a two-race primary sponsorship (at Sonoma and Pocono) of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet. Sonoma is a relevant location for the start of this deal given its proximity to both Microsoft and Apple headquarters.

Should we be surprised by such an arrangement? Probably not.

Serious computer technology has been part of Formula One and IndyCar racing for years. Recent Microsoft advertisements celebrating “cloud computing” tout the fact that the Lotus F1 team uses such innovation to streamline their operation. NASCAR uses Microsoft technology in an ongoing effort to improve the inspection process, so signing with Sprint Cup’s most popular driver seems like a natural next step.

According to Microsoft’s official statement, as published on Jayski.com:

"NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports are perpetual innovators in motorsports,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft. “This sport demands constant innovation, to have its boundaries pushed, so that the sport delivers the exciting experiences expected by fans…. We're looking forward to the next solutions that we can deploy with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports to push each of our organizations forward."

Is it just me, or does the title of “Developer Experience and Evangelism” sound a tad unsettling?

Will Junior’s next win come with him thanking Bill Gates for a safe race?

Let’s get back to semantics here. Microsoft’s new agreement calls for the company to become an “Official Technology Partner” with NASCAR. The company will also be a “major technology partner” with Hendrick Motorsports.

If I was affiliated with a non-HMS operation, I think I’d be, in the famed parlance of Elmer Fudd: “Vewwwwwy afraid”….

Does Microsoft’s explicit deal with Hendrick reduce other teams to “minor” partner status? I know from experience this "prioritization" has long been a suspicion regarding race engines.

From 2001 through '03, I was affiliated with a Cup Series team that leased motors from both Robert Yates Racing and Roush Racing. Even though the tuners who came with the engines (to help oversee their performance) swore that the power plants were exactly the same as those used by the builder’s flagship teams, there were weeks when it seemed otherwise. A balky engine under our hood would struggle in comparison to one that carried the builder’s own “in-house” car to Victory Lane.

So will Microsoft better NASCAR while also helping to better the particular fortunes of Hendrick Motorsports? Given the success of HMS, I don’t see how that kind of improvement is possible….

What seems most possible is that the “blessing” bestowed on stock car racing by Microsoft will lead to additional technology-based relationships within our sport. Computer culture is such a common part of NASCAR Nation that the new "Daytona Rising” complex at Daytona International Speedway will feature Wi-Fi-enhanced “neighborhoods” dedicated to the accepted use of social media. Going to the 2016 Daytona 500 will be a heavily connected experience. Gone are the days when being “connected” meant knowing someone who could get you a pit pass.

So is Microsoft’s newly-signed agreement with NASCAR (and HMS) truly a great development? It can be as long as the relationship benefits all parties involved, from the engineers at the track to the fans in the stands. If money buys speed, NASCAR should look to make more direct connections with the high-tech sector.

By the grace of Bill Gates, it should be an improvement….

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

Did You Notice?... NASCAR's Small Teams & Sonoma Longshots

by Tom Bowles

by Greg Davis

compiled by Michael Mehedin

as told to Joseph Wolkin

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Chevrolet SS is Ready for Road Course Racing at Sonoma Raceway DETROIT - (June 23, 2015) – This weekend Chevrolet SS drivers and teams head West to the next stop on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour - - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.BXAlyVPQ.dpuf 
  
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2015 NSCS Toyota/Save Mart 350 Race Preview No. 88 Microsoft Chevrolet SS / Dale Earnhardt Jr. Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina Age: 40 Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina 2015 Season 4th in standings 15 starts 1 win 0 pole positions 8 top-five finishes 9 ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.BXAlyVPQ.dpuf    

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 Grand Funk Railroad to play before Darlington race


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Ross Kenseth, son of Matt Kenseth, impressive in XFINITY Series debut

 

Jeff Gordon reveals the number - not No. 24 - he wanted to race in Cup




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Matthew Willis breaks down the best daily buys as the Sprint Cup series heads to Sonoma Raceway. 

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Today's Featured Commentary
Red Light, Green Light -- Everybody Loses During XFINITY Race
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

NASCAR did a good thing this year. For once, they leveled the playing field regarding the issuing of pit road penalties with the inception of their new-fangled PRO officiating system, used at all Sprint Cup events in 2015. The combination of cameras and motion technology manage to enforce rules, making sure pit road crews don't enter the field of play a second too soon.

There’s no fooling the eagle eyes in the PRO trailer. All the Sprint Cup teams have learned that trying to pull one over on the camera system is pretty futile. A balanced attack, it holds teams with bargain basement budgets to the same standard as the elite stables. Fair is fair. Right?

It would seem so, unless you are on the other end of the officiating ladder. What happens when a radio communication goes awry and a NASCAR official fails to execute their expected job at the right moment? Apparently, virtually the entire field pays a penalty for the error — not NASCAR. That does not seem fair.

Sunday afternoon during the XFINITY Owens Corning AttiCat 300, one of those bizarre NASCAR moments happened. The yellow fell on lap 151 for the No. 25 car spinning in turn 2. On the following lap, the pace car had the field gathered and the tower called down to pit road, “Pit road will be open this time by.” Every spotter heard the transmission and conveyed it to their drivers. Crews leapt to the top of the wall, jacks and tires in hand. And then the guy who waves the red and green flags at pit entrance, the one who is also responsible for flipping the pit open light on -- he did nothing. He apparently did not get the pit road open call, and just like that, the light and flag remained red.

Nineteen lead lap cars rolled past the red light, including race winner Erik Jones. Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Blaney swerved out of line and stayed out. What did NASCAR do? They made those nineteen teams go to the tail end of the field for pitting before pit road was open.

What? You might ask. How is it that fully half the field managed to screw up and it wasn’t an officiating error? Hardly seems believable. Well, the NASCAR rulebook says that the lights and flags determine if the caution is out or if pit road is open or closed—not a radio broadcast from the tower. That's the case, mind you even though it is actually the race director in the tower who determines when those flags and lights should do those things they do. So, that gaggle of cars that drove past a red light—whether the light was supposed to be red or not was moot. They did not get to pass GO or collect $200.

Now, this minor fiasco was mind-boggling at the moment. How could you possibly penalize practically the entire field for an obvious error on NASCAR’s part? It’s going to affect the outcome of the race. Well, it didn’t. The No. 54 of Erik Jones was leading when the yellow dropped for the No. 25. He restarted in 10th after suffering the penalty. So many cars went to the tail that he didn’t have to restart that far from the front. In ten more laps, Jones was sitting in second, where he lingered through a series of late race yellows until finally sailing off at lap 190 eager to take the checkered flag. NASCAR lucked out as the race result was not materially affected.

But what lingers as a bad taste in your mouth is that whole accountability question. With all them newfangled cameras we introduced this year, and a system I would expect to see at the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series standalone events in the future, NASCAR expects the teams to hold themselves to a fraction of a second when timing their pit stops. Well, who gets to bonk the official on the head when he misses changing the pit open light for half a minute? Nobody? That just doesn’t seem terribly…fair. NASCAR is allowing for human frailty in their flag system when removing that option from the competitors’ vocabulary at the same time. What if the clearly dominant No. 54 car ended up in 25th? Would NASCAR so easily sweep aside this mess as merely adhering to an outdated system? I doubt it.

If the race director is truly in control of the race, then he should be calling the shots and changing the lights. Hoping that your radio broadcast isn’t eaten by static or talked over by the concession department, ordering another tray of burgers for the suites is not a professional way to run a race. Perhaps (gasp and stagger) the use of flags and trackside light switches is something that ought to be retired if a tire changer having his foot slip off the top of the wall a second too soon can result in a penalty. Fair’s fair, after all. Isn’t it?

Sonya's Scrapbook

1998 Save Mart/Kragen 350

Long, long ago we had these guys called road course ringers. They would be hired by Winston Cup teams to kick the usual headliners out of their cars at tracks like Watkins Glen and Sonoma, replacing the struggling "oval drivers" in order to hopefully snare a win. Jeff Gordon not only headlined the image of the new NASCAR wheelman when he invaded in the '90s -- he also led the charge of drivers who were willing and able to learn how to turn right when visiting some of the most diverse tracks on the circuit.

In 1998, there was no last second pass or a manufactured green-white-checkered finish. Gordon just stomped the field, plain and simple. How many top drivers on the current roster are unable to compete effectively at a road course? Now, it's quite a few...times change, but somebody had to lead the way.

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Phil Allaway

as told to Amy Henderson

by Sean Fesko

Right-Turn Regret: Missing NASCAR's Crossover Appeal
by Tom Bowles

by Aaron Bearden

 4 articles, courtesy Amanda Vincent
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NASCAR issues statement regarding Confederate flag
 

 
Motorsports media debates Danica Patrick's Hall of Fame worthiness
 

 
NASCAR issues written warnings after Michigan

 
Mark Martin a Motorsports Hall of Fame of America member
 
Amanda Vincent

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NASCAR's rule change for Kentucky may not be the last time it tailors the aero package for an individual track. More

  

  

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Mike Smith's StockCartoons 2015


(6/22/15)


Could '16 rules package be run more than once? 


NASCAR, Hendrick team with Microsoft to drive technology, innovation


NASCAR provides a proving ground for Microsoft


Gordon reveals favorite number, breakdancing roots


Thrivent launches fan game with LFR, McDowell


Weekly NASCAR.com preview: June 22-June 28


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Richard Petty to receive award prior to this year's race at Watkins Glen

Risk vs. reward: Drivers need to weigh options at Sonoma Raceway



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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has always had the attention of his loyal fans. But his place on NASCAR's drivers' council shows his opinion is respected in the garage, and he's relishing the new challenge.


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by Mike Neff
by Summer Bedgood

by Jerry Jordan

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by Joseph Wolkin
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From the Kenseths to the Patricks to the Buschs, NASCAR is built on the bond between fathers and their kids. More  

  
   

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Erik Jones took the lead from Ryan Blaney with 11 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series AttiCat 300 on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.



(6/21/15) 


 NASCAR TV schedule: June 22-28

Jones: ‘We’re back at it now’


Blaney: 'It was all my fault'


Major confusion on pit road


Bubba Wallace spins, Buescher benefits


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Erik Jones completes weekend sweep with Xfinity win at Chicagoland
 
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Erik Jones wins XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland


JRM360 video reveals details of Junior's proposal 

JR Motorsports had bets on proposal details, Junior's mom speaks out


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Rain postpones XFINITY Series race to Sunday 

{ This is B.S.  !  The NASCAR fans who don't have FOX  Sports 2, (and there probably are lot's, and lot's of them are screwed !) . 
 I hope that NASCAR now pulls, the tv contract from FOX, and rubs their noses in it !
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 NASCAR Illustrated -- Family Tree: Ray Evernham's legacy  

Complete schedule for Sonoma

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 Austin Dillon sits on the pole for XFINITY race at Chicagoland


Mark Martin inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

Daddy time: NASCAR drivers with their children


It's going to be a rainy night in 'Jersey .

Here's the track cancellations that I know of (as of 2:05 PM EDST )

Old Bridge Raceway Park (http://www.etownraceway.com/): 

 Saturday 06.20.2015 CANCELLED. MX Practice on MX Racetrack.

Sunday 06.21.2015Cancelled
CANCELLED. "The Digs" at Etown on the 1/8th Mile. Vintage Drags thru 1979. Gates open 9AM. Use Airport Gates. 

Rainout @ Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/) !

06/20/2015 09:26:51 EDT
Due to the forecast of the upcoming weather we are cancelling both race days(Saturday & Sunday)
 
Rainout @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) ! 

With the uncertain weather forecast for this evening we have cancelled tonight's event.
We will be back in action next Saturday, June 27th.

Rainout @ Wall Stadium
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GARDEN STATE CLASSIC RAINED OUT AT WALL STADIUM;

RESET FOR JULY 11 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With a few showers in the area on Saturday and a forecast that promises heavy rain during the evening Wall Stadium Speedway officials have postponed the 41st running of the Garden State Classic for Downs Ford Modified stock cars that was scheduled for Saturday (June 20) evening. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday night, July 11.

 

            Next up on the schedule is the Formula Drift event on Saturday, June 27. The speedway will then be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

 

            When the speedway presents the rain postponed Garden State Classic on July 11 all racing divisions will see competition. For that reason officials are contemplating an earlier start time. When the start time is decided upon an announcement will be made.

 

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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Celebrating Father's Day the NASCAR way
 
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Toyota 2015 NCWTS American Ethanol 200 Post Race Notes And Quotes TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Post-Race Notes & Quotes Iowa Speedway – June 19, 2015 • Tundra driver Erik Jones was victorious in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.qmWnUEC1.dpuf
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14, 1969, a date notorious in NASCAR history. The sanctioning body's top stars boycotted the event at the superfast 2.66-mile track, then known as ...
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Erik Jones scores first win of 2015
 
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Christopher Bell scores top five in Truck debut 


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Erik Jones dominates in repeat win at Iowa




Dillon brothers top practices at Chicagoland 



Jones wins 21 Means 21 pole at Iowa


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 Ty Dillon tops opening practice at Chicagoland



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Viva Motorsports closes its doors

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 Saturday Night , June 20, @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) !

 GARDEN STATE CLASSIC & BANNER NIGHT

100 Lap Modified Feature $4,000 to win, Sportsman, Limited Late Models, 4-Cylinders, Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club

Prizes awarded for the best looking banners!! Cheer on your favorite driver!

ADULTS $20  -  SENIOR DISCOUNT $17  -  STUDENT (ages 7-17) $10  -  6 AND UNDER FREE

 

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

Grandstands Open at 5:00 pm

Qualifying at 5:45

Races start at 7:00

FEATURE ORDER:

GARDEN STATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB - 15 LAPS

SPORTSMAN- 30 LAPS

LIMITED LATE MODELS -25 LAPS

MODIFIEDS - 100 LAPS

4CYLINDERS - 25 LAPS


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Christopher Bell to make first truck start at Iowa

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Saturday , June 20, @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway,net/) : 

  June 20, 2015: Father's Day - Modifieds, Crates, Street Stocks - 7:00PM

Celebrate Father's Day at New Egypt Speedway - Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pit Gates: 4:00 PM - Front Gates: 5:00 PM - Hot Laps: 6:15 PM - Racing 7:00 PM

Adults: $20.00 - Seniors 65 & Older: $18.00 - Teens 12-15: $10.00 - Military & Spouses With ID: $10.00 - Children 11 & Under: FREE

First 100 Dads receive a FREE Racersguide.com can koozie

Special Father's Day Package: 2 adult tickets, 2- $10 food vouchers, & a free t-shirt for Dad only $50. Mention "FATHER" at the ticket window.
One package per group.  Father/Child Balloon Toss at Intermission


 Erik Jones leads sole practice at Iowa



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NASCAR is listening to its drivers, and the rule changes that will take effect at Kentucky prove that they're being heard. That's a major and welcome change, Ryan McGee writes.



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Ross Kenseth set for Xfinity Series debut at Chicagoland

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Mark Martin will be an inductee in the 27th class of the Motorsports HOF of America.  

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(6/18/15) 

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

Ford principals hard at work to rectify recent struggles on racetrack


Update: Two arrested in stabbing of NASCAR fans near Michigan International Speedway

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/michigan-international-speedway-sprint-cup-series-two-arrested-in-stabbing-061815

Family affair: Father-son combos with the most top series NASCAR wins




Courtesy NASCAR.com

Elliott eyes points lead at Chicagoland 


43 Questions: Jimmy Small


What would manufacturer change do for Furniture Row?


Junior in Germany: Follow his trip


Petty part of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Father's Day show


Automaker, drivers talk rules package changes


Kraft's Korner: Getting to mountain top is difficult


Shifting Gears: Jeff Gordon and road courses


Marks to drive No. 34 for Front Row at Sonoma 


NBC's pre-race trio puts fans in driver's seat


NASCAR Illustrated Q&A: Up Front with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


Let the battle begin: @nascarcasm vs. Little Rappers 


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



Courtesy ESPN.com

A 43rd-place finish at Michigan has left Kyle Busch with little room for error to reach 30th place or better and make the Chase. The Turn 4 panel discusses his chances.

Daytona 500 tickets set to go on sale Monday

Tickets for NASCAR's most prestigious event go on sale Monday morning for the newly remodeled, decreased capacity Daytona International Speedway grandstands.


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


Courtesy The Stock Car Gazette
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Mister NASCAR Jim France Visits the Office Where His Father Met Enzo in Maranello - Photo Gallery
autoevolution
As a son of NASCAR co-founder William Henry Getty France, Jim began his career working at the same company very young when he was just 14 ...
Free shuttle slated for NASCAR weekend
Sonoma Index-Tribune
The shuttle will benefit both Sonoma residents who are headed to the track, and NASCAR fans who stay at Sonoma Raceway's Fifty Acres campsite.

Waltrip: Some will hate NASCAR's Ky. race rules
The Courier-Journal
In hopes of increasing passing opportunities, NASCAR cut spoiler height from 6.5 inches to just 3 and reduced downforce on the cars' front splitters.
What does NASCAR's new lower-downforce package mean for teams?
Motorsport.com
When NASCAR first told Sprint Cup teams last week that changes could be coming to the Kentucky Speedway aero package the real race began.

Is NASCAR To Blame For Kyle Busch's Wreck At Michigan?
Beyond the Flag
All Kyle Busch has to do to make the Chase is stay in the top 30 in the standings and win one race this season. His chances at that took another hit this ...
NASCAR teams will bear most costs for new rules change
The Herald
According to a NASCAR memo distributed to teams this week, Sprint Cup Series teams will be responsible for the cost of virtually all the changes ...
Motorsport.com
If pundits believed Gene Haas' expansion to Formula 1 would sidetrack his NASCAR operation, think again. Last weekend's performance in the Sprint ...
Quincy teen seeking fast lane in upcoming NASCAR race
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QUINCY, ILL -- One Quincy driver will be speeding in the fast lane towards victory in Iowa on Friday. 16-year-old Jake Griffin will race in the Nascar 
NASCAR: Future stars of the Sprint Cup Series (part two)
isportsweb.com (blog)
Two weeks ago, we examined four young NASCAR stars quickly rising through the ranks that will soon be making their names in the Sprint Cup Series ...

Courtesy The Frontstretch.com

Landon Cassill Out, Bobby Gerhart in for XFINITY Weekend at Chicagoland

JD Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Landon Cassill will miss Saturday night's Owens Corning AttiCat 300 so that he can compete in the Ironman 70.3 at Mont Tremblant in Quebec.  As a result, the team has shuffled their drivers around.  Ross Chastain will drive the No. 01, while Harrison Rhodes will drive the No. 4.  Replacing Rhodes in the No. 0 will be Bobby Gerhart.  Read more

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Beyond the Cockpit: Ray Black, Jr. on the Truck Series, Growing & Scuba Diving

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We have a lot of heart. I’m not saying the other teams don’t, but for a smaller team, doing well means a lot to us to be able to run in the top 10. We have a lot more on our plate, and for us to do well and run with those guys means a lot. Just to stay with those guys is a pretty good accomplishment when you have Erik Jones out there spanking everybody.Ray Black, Jr., on what SS-Green Light Racing brings to the table.

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


Courtesy NBC Sports

NASCAR made a good call to experiment with a rules change at next month's race in Kentucky, says Dustin Long. More
        

 
  




Courtesy ESPN.com

Matthew Willis offers 10 Daily Fantasy NASCAR strategy tips


(6/17/15) 


Herman Unplugged: Praise for Kentucky rules package



Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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Phoenix International Raceway honors Jeff Gordon
 
Amanda Vincent


H2H: Should the schedule change?


Leavine Family Racing hosts CAMP 95


From the Garage: Street Rides of NASCAR Stars