Monday, July 28, 2014

Travel Tips: Pocono Raceway – August 1-3, 2014

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series is joined by the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series during its second trip to the “The Tricky Triangle,” Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Friday through Sunday, August 1-3, for the GoBowling.com 400 weekend.

The third annual Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown is Thursday night, July 31 from 6-10 p.m. at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event benefits the NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation and will featured appearances from NASCAR president Mike Helton, Cup drivers Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Alex Bowman, and Truck Series drivers Jennifer Jo Cobb and Joey Coulter among others (subject to change). Find out more about the Poker Showdown here.

Key on-track times:

Friday, August 1 –
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 a.m. ET
  • ARCA Racing Series qualifying – 12:35 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 3:40 p.m. ET
  • ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 125 – 5:15 p.m. ET

Saturday, August 2
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 9 and 11:30 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 10:10 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 – 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, August 3
  • Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 – 1 p.m. ET

Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at www.poconoraceway.com.


Travel Tips: Iowa Speedway – Aug. 1-2, 2014

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NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and K&N Pro Series East and West head back to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, for the second time this season. The US Cellular 250 weekend takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2.

Key on-track times:

Friday, Aug. 1 –
  • K&N Pro Series practice – 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series practice – 3:30 and 6 p.m. CT
  • K&N Pro Series qualifying – 5 p.m. CT
  • K&N Pro Series Autolite Iridium XP 150 – 8 p.m. CT

Saturday, Aug. 2 –
  • Nationwide Series qualifying – 3:40 p.m. CT
  • Nationwide Series US Cellular 250 presented by New Holland – 7 p.m. CT


Visit www.iowaspeedway.com for more information on the weekend and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clint Bowyer Lends PEAK a Hand in Finding New Talent

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NASCAR veteran Clint Bowyer knows exactly what qualities he, as a team owner, wants in a young driver.

“You’ve gotta be good across the board – you got to be a total package,” said Bowyer in a recent interview. “You can’t just be an aggressive driver who wins races, you’ve got to take care of your car, you’ve got to finish that thing, you’ve gotta be consistent week in and week out.”

“You’ve gotta win, you’ve gotta win, you’ve gotta win – but you’ve gotta be consistent, handle yourself in extreme situations, you’ve gotta handle the media. I’ve got sponsors on those race cars, and I don’t babysit them each and every week – I need drivers who can handle themselves in any situation for those sponsors. Those guys race three and four nights a week, you can’t be tearing your equipment up, you’ve gotta be able to bring that car – sometimes the very next night – and race it again.”

With those qualities in the back of his mind, Bowyer, his Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Brian Vickers and Jeff Burton, team owner Michael Waltrip and longtime PEAK spokesperson Danica Patrick served as judges and coaches in the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, a search to find an amateur racer who has what it takes to make it in the big leagues. The competition, featuring 18 drivers with various racing backgrounds, took place in early June at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and featured a number of different situations.

“There are six different stages of the Challenge, from a short track challenge to a big track, to endurance to a dirt track, to car control – there’s even a pressured situation on how to handle the media, so it really does go after all the aspects of our jobs and the best one gets to go on and make a name for themselves,” said Bowyer.

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“The short track challenge was neat – I really liked that challenge, probably my favorite, because they got a list no different than we do when we come in for a pit stop – track bar, wedge, air pressure…we purposely kind of messed their cars up a little bit, gave them a list of adjustments to fix that and correct that. You’ve got 10 minutes to go out, make some laps, figure out what the car needs, tell us what the car needs, then go out and see if it made it better.”

The PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge is in its second year, with 2013 winner Patrick Staropoli, a 24-year-old medical student from Plantation, FL recording three top 10 finishes in the K&N Pro Series West, including a win at Irwindale. The 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge will air on the Velocity Channel on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

With his eye on the young talent currently in NASCAR, Bowyer has praise for the young drivers currently racing in NASCAR’s upper levels.

“Kyle Larson – what a talent he is. There’s no question Kyle’s gonna get better as he gains experience – he’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with in this sport for a long time. Chase Elliott’s done a good job at making a name for himself. The Dillon boys, I’ve been close to them for many years racing for Richard (Childress) and watching their careers blossom. But if I had to rate all of them, I’d say this Kyle kid is legit, he’s the real deal and the one everyone is going to be watching for a long time.”

Lorra and Clint Bowyer at the 2013 Sprint Cup Awards
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While Bowyer is watching the young guns on the track, off the track he’s getting ready to welcome a new member to his family – he and wife Lorra are expecting their first child, a son, in the fall.

“We’re expecting September 26, we’re pretty excited about it,” said Bowyer. “She’s getting pretty close, she’s starting to look like she’s ready.”

Bowyer hasn’t had to go to his counterparts on the track for advice – they offered it freely.

“They came running to me!” exclaimed Bowyer. “Matt Kenseth has been texting me every week, giving me crap about something. I think I always gave those guys a lot of trouble about changing diapers and now they’ve repaid the favor – but I’m ready for it.”

For now, however, Bowyer is focused on making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“As long as we keep taking care of business – we’re in it right now, we don’t really have to do anything right now except maintain where we’re at,” said Bowyer. “But I don’t want to do that – I want to go on and win some races this year and compete for a championship. I want to get in championship form – I don’t want to get complacent and think about just getting by – we want to get better and get up there and compete for a championship like we have before.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

The NASCAR Invasion: Five Questions for Indianapolis

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Yeah, yeah, quit your groaning. You know you missed me and, more importantly, Five Questions. I was on a three-week vacation, while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took an off-weekend of its own. Now that everyone is recharged, it’s time to dive straight into one of the most historic weekends: the Brickyard 400.

Who’s the better champion, Keselowski or Johnson? In the middle of this week, Brad Keselowski was a traveling man. He was at ESPN headquarters and appeared on many shows, then flew to Eldora Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. While in Bristol, Connecticut, he guest-hosted the Marty and McGee podcast with Marty Smith. The two were discussing his role as an ambassador of NASCAR and what it entailed. The 2012 champion revealed that all his appearances that day were on his own accord, no monetary compensation whatsoever. Naturally, this made me wonder if Jimmie Johnson was lacking as a champion or if Keselowski was better at holding the title. Simply put, the drivers are polar opposites yet serve the same purpose: representing the sport in unique ways. Johnson is the prim and proper side of the sport. He’s the marathon runner, philanthropist, buddy to many celebrities. However, Keselowski is the personification of “rough around the edges”. He’s outspoken and real, coming off as relatable to fans. They both do a great job at giving the sport a face, and that’s what matters to me. Tell us your thoughts below.

Will Eldora’s success push for Cup alterations? Wednesday night gave us Trucks on dirt, a new staple for the NCWTS. After the festivities calmed down, I came to a realization: the All-Star Race should be at Eldora. This was soon altered after some Twitter discussion; the All-Star Race should definitely be on dirt. Eldora is now the Daytona 500 for the Truck series, and that shouldn’t be overwhelmed. Instead, the All-Star Race stays in Charlotte, but it’s ran at The Dirt Track. They’ve changed everything else with the race’s format, so why not?

What will we see from the tires? Goodyear is bringing tires from Dover to The Brickyard, and this is quite concerning. If I remember correctly, these tires didn’t do well, and Dover’s track surface is nothing like Indy’s. This makes me slightly nervous.

Can a surprise winner survive Indy? If you listen to the media’s predictions, many are thinking Johnson or Gordon will take the checkered flag Sunday afternoon. Those are the old standbys. I’m taking a different route and going with Matt Kenseth to kiss the bricks. He’s due to get his win, since he’s been on the brink. Another group to watch is the Penske Posse. Both Keselowski and Joey Logano have been stout this year, and there’s nothing that can slow them down. As long as Kez doesn’t lick the infamous bricks, things will be fine.

Does The Brickyard still hold prestige? It’s been a crown jewel race since its inaugural event in 1994. The venue is as historic as a track can be, an IndyCar playground before the NASCAR invasion. Though it is always a notable stop, is it gathering dust? Fans have mixed emotions about The Brickyard, but I stand by it for one solid reason: to keep it alive. If the younger generation only looked at the excitement of the racing, Indianapolis would be a distant memory. I hold the track dear because it signifies NASCAR’s expansion into the unknown, a quality that’s hard to come by these days. The Brickyard is prestigious for me, and it should be prestigious for you, too.

TV Schedule: July 25-27

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It's one of the biggest races on the NASCAR schedule. Everyone wants to know: who'll be kissing the bricks at Indy?

The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series converge on Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the mecca of auto racing. The Sprint Cup drivers will battle for the chance to win the prestigious Brickyard 400. The Nationwide drivers mark their second year racing the historic circuit.

The Camping World Truck Series had fun in the mud Wednesday at Eldora, already a fan favorite.

The following is a handy guide to track events and TV coverage at Indy. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, July 25:
8:30 a.m. NNS Practice, FS1
10 a.m. NASCAR Live, FS1
10:30 a.m. NNS Final Practice, FS1
11:30 a.m. NSCS Practice, FS1
5 p.m. NASCAR America, NBCSN
5 p.m. NASCAR Race Hub Special, FS1
11 p.m. NASCAR Race Hub Special, FS2

Saturday, July 26:
3 a.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), FS1
4:30 a.m. NNS Practice (re-air), FS1
9 a.m. NSCS Final Practice, ESPN2
11 a.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series at State Line, FS1
12 noon NNS Qualifying, FS1
2 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, ESPN2
4 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
4:30 p.m. NNS: Lilly Diabetes 250, ESPN. Green flag: 4:50 p.m.

Sunday, July 27:
6 a.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series at State Line (re-air), FS2
7 a.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), FS2
10 a.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Columbus, FS1
11 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
12 noon NSCS Countdown, ESPN
1 p.m. NSCS: Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, ESPN. Green flag: 1:20 p.m.
9:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Indy



Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 
Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Tony Stewart - 5
Both with 4 -  Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, and Kyle Busch 
All with 3 - Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth

By Track
Both with 4 - Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch
All with 3 - Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon  

Recent Pole Winners:
2013 Ryan Newman
2012 Denny Hamlin

The Likely Suspects: Indy is an iconic track that is equally loved by the fans and the drivers. The real question this week isn't who will run well, but will Tony Stewart start his summer surge? Stewart is embraced as the local favorite at Indy, but he will share the spotlight with these drivers who run well at IMS: Jimmie Johnson; Jeff Gordon; Greg Biffle; Kyle Busch; Ryan Newman; and Paul Menard.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. My next picks are Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard, and Ryan Newman, I will complete my team with Juan Pablo Montoya who is making his second and final appearance in the Sprint Cup Series this season, and Kyle Larson.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

Darrell Wallace Jr. Victorious in Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway

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Darrell Wallace Jr. withstood Kyle Larson's relentless attack to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Wednesday night.

From the intensity of the heat races to the desperation of the last chance qualifer to the flag-to-flag action of the main event, the sophomore outing at Tony Stewart's iconic Midwestern dirt track lived up to the standard set in the inaugural event last summer. Fans cheered just as loud this year as Norm Benning again raced his way into the main from the last chance qualifier. The four-wide salute was just as impressive, and the main event again delivered the best racing of the Truck season.

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If rubbin' is racin', then the Truck race at Eldora represents racing in its purest form, with Larson well on his way to master status. Wallace Jr. led twice for 97 laps and won the race, but Larson stole the show.

From his starting place in 11th, Larson took the No. 32 Glad Chevy to the top five and while he only led five laps, he challenged the other front-runners at every turn. On more than one occasion, he spun 360°, bounced off the wall and continued down the track, taking aim at his next target., the nose of the bright yellow Silverado pointing toward the infield even as Larson stood on the gas and aimed straight down the track. Finally, with two to go, Larson slammed the wall for the last time, leaving Wallace streaking to the finish and his third career win.

Larson limped to 26th place finish as Wallace gave Kyle Busch Motorsports their eighth win of the season.

Ron Hornaday Jr. showed that he's still got the right stuff, finishing second despite being attacked by younger drivers such as Wallace, Larson, Ty Dillon and Jeb Burton all night. At times Hornaday seemed to be driving with the right tires on the wall as he banged through the corners.

Finishing in third, Ryan Blaney kept his No. 29 near the front all night.  Behind him in fourth, Ken Schrader's experience on dirt was obvious as he found the best lines to run all night.

Ty Dillon overcame a disastrous error by his crew to finish fifth. Just past half way, an encounter with a spinning Kyle Larson cut a left-rear tire on the No. 3, and when Dillon pitted, the official told crew chief Danny Stockman they could change four tires despite the rule that only the affected tire could be changed. The team added fuel, which was only supposed to be added during competition cautions, so Dillon came back to the pits to put the old tires back on again, but since they couldn't remove the fuel from the truck, officials held the No. 3 in the pits for a lap.

Seventeen-year-old John Hunter Nemechek, with no dirt experience, held his own and finished sixth, with Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10.

Polesitter Erik Jones' difficulties began early with a spin on Lap 27 and a wreck on Lap 37, putting him four laps down. He finished 29th out of 30 trucks.

The complete unofficial results:

Fin St #    Driver Laps Status         Led
1 6 54    Darrell Wallace, Jr. 150 running 97
2 3 30    Ron Hornaday, Jr. 150 running 17
3 4 29    Ryan Blaney 150 running 0
4 10 52    Ken Schrader 150 running 0
5 13 3    Ty Dillon 150 running 0
6 18 8    John Hunter Nemechek 150 running 0
7 2 13    Jeb Burton 150 running 7
8 5 98    Johnny Sauter 150 running 0
9 9 88    Matt Crafton 150 running 0
10 19 2    Austin Dillon 150 running 0
11 8 19    Tyler Reddick 150 running 0
12 24 77    German Quiroga 150 running 0
13 21 31    Ben Kennedy 150 running 0
14 7 21    Joey Coulter 150 running 0
15 27 2    Tyler Young 150 running 0
16 14 17    Timothy Peters 150 running 0
17 23 9    Chase Pistone 150 running 0
18 16 63    J.R. Heffner 150 running 0
19 26 5    John Wes Townley 150 running 0
20 17 20    Gray Gaulding 150 running 0
21 15 50    T.J. Bell 150 running 0
22 12 35    Mason Mingus 150 running 0
23 20 99    Bryan Silas 150 running 0
24 25 8    Korbin Forrister 150 running 0
25 30 14    Michael Annett 149 running 0
26 11 32    Kyle Larson 148 crash 5
27 29 6    Norm Benning 148 running 0
28 28 80    Jody Knowles 148 running 0
29 1 51    Erik Jones 144 running 24
30 22 3    Mike Affarano 93 overheating 0

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Race Fans “Go Pink” for Pocono Track Walk with Driver Kyle Martel

Kyle Martel and the No. 59 Bill Martel Racing Chevy Silverado at Pocono in 2013.  
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If you’re heading to Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Aug. 2, you might want to wear something pink. After the race, fans will lace up their sneakers at the start-finish line for the “Go Pink @ Pocono 3,” a track walk to benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

NASCAR driver Kyle Martel and his team, Bill Martel Racing, will host the event at their home track, building on the success of last year’s track walk.

“Last year we had 300+ walkers and this year we’re looking to double that,” Martel said. “It’s a unique experience ... race fans get to walk with a NASCAR driver on a track, and they can do it for a good cause, so it’s a win-win for everybody.”

On the heels of a 14th-place finish in the spring ARCA race at Pocono, Martel, who has two top-10 finishes in 16 career ARCA starts, will run the ModSpace 125. He’ll do double duty, making his fourth career NCWTS start in the Pocono Mountains 150 in the No. 59 Hanover Cold Storage Chevy Silverado, with three more truck series races on his schedule for 2014.

BMR is a family-owned team of volunteers led by Kyle’s father, Bill Martel Jr., who also serves as crew chief. The driver is proud of how his team holds their own against NASCAR’s elite organizations.

“You go out and compete against top guys, like Kyle Busch - they’ve got all the money and resources in the world,” he said. “You might not be quite as fast, but you’re pretty close and that is quite an accomplishment, because of how limited you are as a team.”

Martel said he admires Kyle Busch and a lot of other guys competing in the top-tier series today, but identifies most with the path Brad Keselowski has taken to the top with his family-based team.
Martel, center, and fans enjoy last year's track walk at Pocono.
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“He was always, just like us, working with the negatives to make a better picture. At the end of the day, it makes you a better race car driver and a better person and gives you a sense of pride in what you’re doing.”

That sense of pride, coupled with teamwork and the desire to give back, led the Bill Martel Racing business to sponsor the track walk to benefit Pennsylvania breast cancer patients and their families.

Martel and his crew will make the trek alongside the fans, answering questions, doing autographs and photos and enjoying the Tricky Triangle track. He said last year’s walkers were amazed at the long straightaway and steepness of the banking in Turn 1.

“People were rolling soda cans down the banking, having little races,” he said. “Walking on [the track] --compared to just seeing it from the stands or on TV -- is definitely a big difference.”

For registration details, including how you can get a pink T-shirt or sponsor a customized pink ribbon decal on Martel’s truck, visit the “Go Pink @ Pocono 3” page on the team website.

Follow Kyle Martel on Twitter at @Kyle_Martel and Bill Martel Racing at @bmrpr .

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fast Facts: Ben Rhodes

Rhodes celebrates his win at Bowman Gray Stadium
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Ben Rhodes is another of the young drivers who make up this year’s NASCAR Next class. Learn more about this 17-year-old, who is racing part-time in the Camping World Truck Series, in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • Ben Rhodes was born Feb. 21, 1997 in Louisville, KY. He began racing karts in 2004 at age 7, winning numerous races and titles on both dirt and asphalt before advancing to Bandoleros in 2008. He moved up to Legends cars in 2010, and began racing Late Models in 2011.
  • In April 2012, Rhodes participated in the invitation-only Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond, finishing sixth and earning highest-placing rookie honors.
  • Early in 2013, Rhodes was named Speed51.com’s Late Model Most Popular Driver. In February, Rhodes participated in the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach Late Model race at Daytona International Speedway, finishing second to Kyle Larson. He was again invited to Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown at Richmond, finishing third to winner Kyle Busch and runner-up David Ragan. Rhodes also made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2013, crossing the finish line ninth.
  • In 2014, Rhodes is competing full-time for Turner Scott Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series East and part-time for the team in the Truck Series. Rhodes finished seventh in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway in March.
  • Learn more about Rhodes at his website, benrhodes.com.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Travel Tips: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – July 24-27, 2014

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The 21st annual Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard highlights the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, with action on both the oval and road course tracks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday through Sunday, July 24-27. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are joined at “the Brickyard” by the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, both of which will race on the road course.

On Thursday night at 5 p.m. ET, the sixth annual Hauler Parade heads down Main St. in Speedway, IN. The free event will feature more than 40 Sprint Cup Series haulers arriving at 6 p.m. ET; the haulers will then park on Main St. between 10th and 15th Sts. so fans can get a close-up look at the rigs. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett will serve as grand marshal for the parade. Find out more about the event here.

Following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, the Brickfest Music Festival will feature performances by country artists Justin Moore and The Band Perry. The festival continues on Sunday prior to the Sprint Cup Series race with performances headlined by another country star, Brantley Gilbert. Find out more about the festival here.

Key on-track times:

Thursday, July 24 –
  • Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice – 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET
  • TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice – 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge qualifying – 3 p.m. ET
  • TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – 4 p.m. ET

Friday, July 25 –
  • Nationwide Series practice – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 11:35 a.m. ET
  • Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race – 2:35 p.m. ET
  • TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Brickyard Grand Prix – 5:45 p.m. ET

Saturday, July 26
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 9 a.m. ET
  • Nationwide Series qualifying – 12:10 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 2:10 p.m. ET
  • Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, July 27
  • Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com – 1:22 p.m. ET


Purchase tickets and learn more about the historic track at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Travel Tips: Eldora Speedway – July 23, 2014

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NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series returns to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH for the second annual 1-800 CarCash MudSummer Classic, taking place Wednesday, July 23. The event is the only dirt track race on any of NASCAR’s three top-tier schedules. The historic half-mile clay oval is owned by three-time Sprint Cup Series champ Tony Stewart.

Among the out-of-series drivers on the entry list for the race: Ken Schrader, who won the pole for last year’s race, Austin and Ty Dillon, Michael Annett and Kyle Larson.

The Tuesday Night Tailgate at Eldora will feature the Sunoco American Late Model Series beginning with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. ET. Following the event there will be a post-race party in the Fan Zone featuring music, food and drinks, games and more.

Off-track events scheduled for Wednesday include a Q&A session with track owner Stewart along with Bryan Clauson and Bobby East at 2:50 p.m. ET at the Chevrolet Performance Display in Fan Zone, as well as a tweet-up with “The Orange Cone” and “NASCARcasm” at 4 p.m. ET at the base of the suites in the Fan Zone.

Key on-track event times:
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 10 and 11:30 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 5:10 p.m. ET
  • Eldora Dirt Late Models – 6 p.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series heat races – five races, 10 laps each beginning at 7 p.m. ET
  • Eldora Dirt Late Models feature – 7:50 p.m. ET (approximate – timed race)
  • Camping World Truck Series Last Chance race – 15 laps beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET (approximate)
  • Camping World Truck Series 1-800 CarCash MudSummer Classic – three segments (60-50-40 laps) beginning at 9:05 p.m. ET


Find out more about the race and the track, and purchase tickets for the one-day event, at www.eldoraspeedway.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

RCR sweeps front row for the NASCAR Nationwide Series' EnjoyIllinois.com 300


Polewinner Brian Scott in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway
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The Nationwide Series stands alone tonight at Chicagoland Speedway, with Brian Scott sitting on the pole. Scott's fourth career Nationwide pole and his second of 2014 is also his second at the Joliet, Illinois 1.5 mile track.

Rookie Ty Dillon made it an all-RCR front row with his second-place qualifying effort, while his rookie-of-the-year rival Chase Elliott rolls off third. Erik Jones beside him in fourth, driving the JGR No. 20 that Kyle Busch has taken to Victory Lane three times this season.

The JR Motorsports No. 5 car has also been to Victory Lane three times this season, and tonight starts in fifth with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel.

Coverage of the "EnjoyIllinois.com 300"  starts on ESPN2 8:30 PM Eastern, with the green flag scheduled for 8:44 PM.

The starting lineup:

Rank Driver Nbr Car
1   Brian Scott 2 Chevrolet
2   Ty Dillon 3 Chevrolet
3   Chase Elliott 9 Chevrolet
4   Erik Jones 20 Toyota
5   Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet
6   Sam Hornish, Jr. 54 Toyota
7   Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota
8   Ryan Blaney 22 Ford
9   Brendan Gaughan 62 Chevrolet
10   Cale Conley 33 Chevrolet
11   Trevor Bayne 6 Ford
12   Kyle Larson 42 Chevrolet
13   Chris Buescher 60 Ford
14   Ryan Reed 16 Ford
15   Regan Smith 7 Chevrolet
16   James Buescher 99 Toyota
17   Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet
18   J.J. Yeley 28 Dodge
19   Dylan Kwasniewski 31 Chevrolet
20   Chad Boat 84 Chevrolet
21   Jeremy Clements 51 Chevrolet
22   Mike Bliss 19 Toyota
23   John Wes Townley 25 Toyota
24   Landon Cassill 1 Chevrolet
25   Eric McClure 14 Toyota
26   Dakoda Armstrong 43 Ford
27   David Starr 44 Toyota
28   Matt DiBenedetto 40 Chevrolet
29   Jeffrey Earnhardt 4 Chevrolet
30   Tanner Berryhill 17 Dodge
31   Joey Gase 52 Chevrolet
32   Kevin Lepage 74 Dodge
33   Blake Koch 10 Toyota
34   Jamie Dick 55 Chevrolet
35   Derrike Cope 70 Chevrolet
36   Carl Long 72 Chevrolet
37   Josh Reaume 87 Chevrolet
38   Richard Harriman 23 Chevrolet
39   Mike Harmon 93 Dodge
40   Ryan Ellis 46 Chevrolet