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The Sprint Cup Series makes its annual visit to Bristol Motor Speedway for tonight’s night race. With work done to the lower groove, drivers are excited about the possibility of running either low or high at the high-banked track.
Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.
(All times Eastern)
START: Johnny Morris, founder, Bass Pro Shops, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 8:11 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 8:18 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 500 laps (266.5 miles) around the .533-mile speedway.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at noon. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:20 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: MRO children of competitors will perform the anthem at 8:03 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race with its coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Race coverage begins at 8 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. and also can be heard...
Sounds like NASCAR is going to put a stop to the excessive victory celebrations. On Sunday, Hamlin tried to burn the rims off the car and it must have made post race tech tough for NASCAR cuz now a new rule is coming. Just what NASCAR needs...another rule.
Honoring Bobby Allison, love it, BTW, I think Coke will be the sponsor for the Cup series in 2017, lol,
Hisense, or Samsung, or Yums, fok that,
Man, tough deal, hope he gets well soon. Is weird seeing Gordon in the 88 though. Wonder what happens if talladega comes and JR cant race, he has always said he wont race another restrictor plate track again, if JR can go, I fear a crash and what that would mean, tough deal all around.
Martin Truex won the pole for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400, as Toyota’s utter domination of NASCAR continued during Friday afternoon time trials at Pocono Raceway.
Truex claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot at the three-turn, 2.5-mile track with a lap of 179.244 miles per hour in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. It was the third pole of the year and the 10th of his career for the Mayetta, N.J., native.
And the competition should be very worried about Sunday. Truex won at Pocono last year and this time he is driving the same car that in May he won the Coca-Cola 600 with, a car that led 392 of 400 laps to set a NASCAR record with.
“This is the car we had at Charlotte,” said Truex. “Something about it just feels right to me.”
And with the pole, Truex will get the No. 1 pit box at the end of Pocono’s long pit road.
“That’s a huge advantage,” Truex said. “Looking forward to Sunday. The car’s been really good today.
Carl Edwards made it an all-Toyota front row,...
Kyle Busch has won the Brickyard 400 for the second consecutive year, once again sweeping the weekend.
Although Busch had to accept a bit of delayed gratification when the race was red-flagged at the 02:43:52 mark for a six-car accident on Lap 155 — and 10 laps longer than the advertised distance — the defending winner of the 2015 Brickyard 400 swept the weekend events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch, 31, became the first driver at any track to win both qualifying sessions, the Xfinity Series heat race and feature leading up to Sunday’s Sprint Cup win — the 38th victory of his career.
“This Skittles Camry was awesome,” Busch said. “It was so fast and able to get out front and stay out front. Not even some of my teammates could challenge us we were so hooked up. It was on rails.
“It was fun to come out here and have such a dominant piece at Indy, they don’t come along very often. I was just hoping that I didn’t screw it up."
When Busch was asked whether this...
Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that they will expand their operations into the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year.
Per a release from SHR, the team will field a single full-time entry with a driver and sponsor lineup to be announced before the end of the 2016 season. Motorsport.com understands that Cole Custer is the leading candidate.
SHR is also expected to field a part-time effort for their Cup drivers, such Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.
The team will be fielded out of the team's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
“An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now,” said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team.”
Tony Stewart mentioned...
Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'is KIDNAPPED in Brazil - with gangsters demanding £28MILLION ransom delivered in cash in four plastic bags'
•Aparecida Schunk was snatched on Friday near her home in Sao Paulo
•The 67-year-old is the mother of Ecclestone's Brazilian wife Fabiana Flosi
•Kidnappers reportedly demanding a ransom of £28 million ($36.7million)
•The amount is the largest ever demanded in Brazil, reports have suggested
•Ecclestone, 85, met Ms Shunck's 38-year-old daughter Fabiana in 2009
Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil, according to reports.
Aparecida Schunk , 67, the mother of Ecclestone's Brazilian wife Fabiana Flosi, was snatched on Friday night near her home in São Paulo.
The kidnappers are reportedly demanding a ransom of £28million for her release and are in contact with the Ecclestone family, it is claimed.
With under two weeks to go until it hosts the Olympics, the kidnapping...
Leading F1 drivers have expressed mixed reactions to the FIA's decision to monitor track limits in Hungary by electronic means, although in general the big names are supportive of the initiative.
The FIA is using extra timing loops at Turns 4 and 11 to record instances of cars going off with all four wheels.
Although such a system has occasional been utilised in the past, for example to monitor corner-cutting at chicanes, this is the first time that it has been used in F1 to see if anyone is gaining an advantage by running wide over the kerbs at a corner exit.
The FIA's decision comes after extensive discussion of abuse of track limits in the last two races in Britain and Austria.
FIA sources say that if the system works well this weekend, it will be used elsewhere in the future.
Lewis Hamilton, who got one laptime deleted during qualifying at Silverstone, said that he supported the idea.
"I am not taking credit for it before I say it," said the world champion....
Jeff Gordon will pilot the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in this weekend’s Brickyard 400 and at Pocono next weekend.
As expected, Gordon will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who remains sidelined with concussion-like symptoms including nausea and a lack of balance.
A release from HMS said Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He will not attend Indy or Pocono.
“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” said Rick Hendrick. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”
Gordon, who turns 45 on August 4, is the only driver to compete in all 22 Brickyard 400s. He won the inaugural event in 1994 — his...
Pat Graham, The Associated Press
First posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 09:42 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:06 AM EDT
In this July 2016 photo provided by Weiward, Eddie Braun poses for a photo at a storage facility in Chatsworth, Calif. Fuelled by the memory of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, Hollywood stuntman Braun plans to strap into a steam-powered rocket cycle on Sept. 17, for his most death-defying role yet. (Weiward via AP)
The Hollywood stuntman doesn't want to follow in his idol's footsteps so much as rocket above them -- over a gaping canyon, no less.
Evel Knievel's iconic launch, Take II.
Eddie Braun, fuelled by the memory of the late daredevil, plans to strap into a steam-powered rocket cycle on Sept. 17 for his most death-defying role yet: Replicating a launch over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho that almost cost Knievel his life four decades ago.
Braun named his rocket "Evel Spirit " after his boyhood hero. It's nearly identical to the model Knievel...
Race-winning No. 20 fails post-race inspection
By Staff report | NASCAR.com
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota of race winner Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The car did not meet compliance in the laser inspection station (LIS) after Sunday's New Hampshire 301. The car will face further scrutiny this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.
The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet for race runner-up Tony Stewart passed the LIS platform post-race and will also be taken to the NASCAR R&D Center for further evaluation.
The cars for the remaining top-five finishers -- Joey Logano (third), Kevin Harvick (fourth) and Greg Biffle (fifth) -- plus the random selection of seventh-finisher Ryan Newman were all cleared in post-race inspection at the 1.058-mile track.
Carl Haas, founder of Newman Haas Racing in the IndyCar Series and former Formula One owner, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers. He was 86 years old.
In 1983, Haas joined with actor Paul Newman to form the team, which originated in the Championship Auto Racing Teams Series (CART). Mario Andretti won the team's first CART title one year later.
The team would go on to win three more CART championships with Michael Andretti (1991), former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell (1993) and Cristiano da Matta (2002).
Sebastien Bourdais also won four straight Champ Car World Series titles with Haas' organization from 2004-07.
After U.S. open-wheel merger in 2008 and Newman's death that same year, Newman Haas Racing won its final two races with Graham Rahal in St. Petersburg, along with Justin Wilson's victory in Detroit in 2009.
In Haas' final year of IndyCar competition in 2011, Oriol Servia finished fourth in the standings and James Hinchcliffe earned rookie...
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been punished following their altercation at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Townley, who instigated the fight and landed several punches to the face was fined $15,000. Gallagher was fined $12,500 and both drivers have been placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year.
The two drivers fought for nearly a minute after their second incident of the night at Gateway, tossing each other down the track before Townley repeatedly punched Gallagher in the face.
Earlier this week, Gallagher issued a public apology for his involvement, saying he was "ashamed."
NASCAR has also issued warnings to two Sprint Cup teams: The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Matt Kenseth (Failed pre-qualifying LIS twice) and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice).
Chevrolet’s Camaro SS is getting a nose job for NASCAR.
When the Bow-tie Brigade takes on the Xfinity Series in 2017, the iconic muscle car will have a new look.
The Gen 6 Camaro, which was unveiled on May 16, 2015 at the Raceway at Belle Isle during the IndyCar Duels in Detroit, were available in the showrooms last fall.
Chevrolet has campaigned the Camaro in the category since July of 2012 when the sanctioning body turned to Detroit to upgrade its second series and present a closer symbiotic relationship between the showroom and the race track. Since its full-time debut for the 2013 season, the changes to the front fascia mark the first time they styling has been altered other than modifications assigned by the sanctioning body.
Chevrolet has been developing the Gen 6 Camaro for the last two years with Richard Childress Racing. The final submission to NASCAR will be Sept. 1.
“Any time you introduce a new part in whatever series you’re in, you hope that by doing so...
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