SHR Announces Darlington Throwback Schemes
to Honor Stewart
Darlington Raceway will celebrate the 70th running of the Bojangles Southern 500 and the fifth year of Throwback Weekend later this season.
This year, Darlington has announced the 1990-1994 era as the throwback theme. A few Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams have already unveiled their paint schemes for the Sept. 1 event, including both cars from Richard Childress Racing and three of the four Stewart-Haas Racing cars.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s drivers will honor team co-owner and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tony Stewart with paint schemes from his career. The No. 10 of Aric Almirola will represent Stewart’s 2002 Cup Series championship while the No. 41 of Daniel Suarez represents Stewart’s 2005 championship feat. Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 pays homage to Stewart’s third and final title win in 2011.
Racer - May 24, 2019
Hot Temps Expected to be a
Factor in NASCAR'S Longest Race
We know what you're thinking: "Doesn't it always get hot in the Charlotte during the summer?"
The short answer is yes. But when you put this heatwave into perspective, we could see record temperatures that were set decades ago. The record high temperature in May is 98 degrees, which was set three times in 1941.
"For May standards, this is crazy heat. These could be the hottest temperatures ever," chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said. "The warmest it's been in Charlotte since 1953 if we get to 96, 97 would be the hottest since the 1940s. We haven't been to 95 degrees since 2011, the only time in 16 years I've been here that it's been that hot in the month of May.
Through at least the end of the month. Panovich said the models indicate mid-to-upper 90s through at least June 3, a whole week after Memorial Day. Typically a heatwave during May gets us near 90 degrees, not pushing triple digits.
WCNC - May 24, 2019
Dent Wizard to Sponsor Blaney in a Couple Races
Along with the likes of Ally Financial, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, those in the used-car and remarketing industry who follow NASCAR should see another familiar name on the tracks this season: Dent Wizard.
The company, which provides vehicle conditioning services and protection products, has signed a multi-year partnership with Team Penske.
During this season of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Dent Wizard will be the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford Mustang driven by Ryan Blaney for two races at Bristol on August 17th, and Talladega on October 13th.
“Dent Wizard has established itself as an industry leader and we welcome them as our newest partner at Team Penske,” Roger Penske said in a news release.
“We have enjoyed new opportunities with some new partners since our NASCAR Cup Series program expanded to three full-time entries last season with Ryan (Blaney) joining Brad (Keselowski) and Joey (Logano). We are excited to work with Dent Wizard to help build the company’s brand and showcase its services,” Penske said.
Dent Wizard plans on utilizing the partnership for potential and current customer engagement via the motorsports program of Team Penske.
Dent Wizard president and chief executive officer Mike Black said in a news release: “We are excited about the Team Penske partnership. At Dent Wizard, our team of 3,000-plus associates pride ourselves on exemplifying our core values of integrity, innovation, customer devotion and excellence.
“Having spent the last 35 years in the reconditioning industry, we have learned to value great partnerships that create a win-win for both parties. Dent Wizard is happy to continue building our business and brand within the automotive space.”
Blaney added: “It’s great to build a new relationship with Dent Wizard and have them as part of the No. 12 Mustang team. I hope to bring their brand a ton of new exposure at two great tracks later this year and into the future.”
Regarding the industry names referenced above, Autotrader and Team Penske are in their sixth season of partnership. Autotrader sponsors Logano and Keselowski.
Auto Remarketing - May 22, 2019
Rodney Childers on
All-Star Rules: 'I say Good Job By NASCAR'
Rodeny Childers, Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick was pleased with the car results following NASCAR testing some new aspects of the race car during the All-Star Race that we could see in the future for the Gen7 car in 2021.
"The splitter sensitivity from an aero standpoint was better and didn’t push every time the splitter was too low. The cars seemed to suck up maybe a little better? The radiator cooling and hood ducts seemed fine and less sensitive to tape. I say good job by NASCAR."
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 22, 2019
No Penalty For Bowyer & Newman
After All-Star Incident
In the NASCAR All-Star Race, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman banged doors on the race track. That was early in the event.
After the race, the two drivers finished nose to tail. Ryan Newman remember the incident earlier in the race.Things heated up on the cool down lap, Newman gave Bowyer a shove after the race was complete.
Bowyer pumped the brakes and door slammed Newman. The #6 driver then gave Bowyer another shot in the rear bumper.
In turn three, Newman hung on the inside left rear of Bowyer’s car. As they approached the corner, Bowyer turned across his nose. Bowyer lost control and hit the outside wall.
All that happened after the race. But, they still weren’t done.
Bowyer parked his car on the pit lane. He left his helmet on and climbed out in a hurry. He ran Ryan Newman’s car. As Newman sat in his car with the helmet off, Bowyer began throwing rapid fire punches at Newman.
Newman eventually climbed from the car. The #6 driver walked over to the #14 car car and exchanged a few words. Newman said, “Learn how to fucking drive!”
Clint Bowyer thought Newman was a lap down this entire time. To which Newman responded, “I was not a lap down you dumb shit.”
Both drivers were called to the NASCAR hauler but no penalties were handed out.
Racing News Co - May 22, 2019
Kyle Larson wins the All-Star Open &
All-Star Race to Capture the Million
Kyle Larson got a push to the front from Kevin Harvick in the final stage, then held off the defending champion to win the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night.
Larson wasn’t part of the elite field when the day began, racing his way in by winning the Monster Energy Open earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now, he’s got $1 million for the win and plenty to celebrate in a season where he’s had only three top 10s and his biggest highlight was a frightening, airborne crash at Talladega Superspeedway last month.
“It feels amazing,” Larson said. “I came close to winning a couple of years ago. It feels good to close it out.”
Larson did it with a decisive shove through the pack by Harvick, a two-time All-Star champion who was eager for a third. Larson was sixth in the next-to-last restart with 12 laps left when he found enough space to squeeze between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Harvick jumped on Larson’s bumper and powered him into the lead.
Larson had not reached Victory Lane since winning four times in 2017, his most successful Cup season. While this win carries no points, it surely fuels Larson and his team with renewed confidence this season.
“It’s been a struggle. I’ve had a lot of bad luck,” Larson said. “These last few weeks have gone pretty smooth for us. To get a win, a big win, hopefully this is the turning point in our season.”
Kyle Busch won the opening stage, Harvick the second, Logano the third before Larson won the final 15-lap shootout and the $1 million prize.
USA Today - May 18, 2019
Pole Sitter, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman were all smiles just prior to the 75 Lap All-Star Race, but the night did not end that way.
With his helmet on, Clint Bowyer charged hard at Ryan Newman, who was still in his car, and started vigorously throwing punches at the No. 6 Ford driver while he sat in his seat. An obviously angry Bowyer was eventually separated from Newman by both teams’ crew members, as well as NASCAR officials.
Bowyer finished the race 12th, while Newman came in 13th.
FOX Sports’ replay showed on the cool-down lap at the end of the race, Bowyer was driving just ahead Newman, who turned the No. 14 Ford into the outside of the track.
After they were pulled apart, the two veteran drivers also exchanged some heated words at each other, with NASCAR officials near them just in case.
But as Jeff Gordon speculated during the broadcast, there was likely something else leading up to this tap and crash on the cool-down lap.
And at least from Newman’s view, there was.
As Newman explained, he was not happy with the way Bowyer raced him, and he tapped Bowyer’s bumper when the race was over to express his frustration. Newman also very astutely pointed out that it never makes a ton of sense to throw punches at someone wearing a helmet.
Newman didn’t hold back his criticism of Bowyer, saying:
“Doesn’t take much of a man to try to fight somebody with a helmet on. I think he should be embarrassed of himself.”
On the other side, Bowyer said he didn’t know what Newman’s problem was and explained he thought the No. 6 driver was a lap down during the race. He didn’t like Newman’s retaliation on the cool-down lap either:
“After the race, he comes and runs into my back and turns me all around, and I pull up next to him, and he dumps me into (Turn) 4. Where I come from, you get poked in the nose for that. What he got.”
For The Win - May 18, 2019
Alex Bowman Wins the NASCAR All-Star Fan Vote
For the second year in a row, an Arizonan is in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race.
The All-Star Race is filled by past All-Star Race winners and every regular season race winner since last year’s All-Star Race. It appeared Tucson’s Alex Bowman was going to win his way into the All-Star Race over the past month with a win but found his luck to be just short finishing in second place for the past three races in a row.
The All-Star Open allowed three drivers who did not fit the prior criteria to make the race by winning one of three stages in a race filled with all drivers who were not yet in the All-Star Race. Bowman was close after all three stages but fell short in all three wild finishes.
The final way to make the All-Star Race is by winning the fan vote. Once the race was over, it was determined that out of all drivers who had not qualified for the race, Alex Bowman earned the most votes from the NASCAR fans to earn a trip to the All-Star Race.
Bowman is the only Arizonan to make the NASCAR All-Star Race and now has his second opportunity to race in one of NASCAR’s biggest races of the year. Bowman also completes the Hendrick Motorsports group of drivers all making the All-Star show.
The All-Star Race is an all-or-nothing war between NASCAR’s best 19 drivers. It rewards no points to the regular season standings but gives you a trophy, $1 million bonus, and an automatic bid into every future All-Star Race. Second place gets none of that.
The All-Star Race begins only a short time after the conclusion of the Open with the green flag flying on FS1 at 5 pm Arizona time Saturday night.
Only one fan-vote-winning driver has claimed victory in the All-Star race since the fan vote was added into the All-Star format in 2004. That was Kasey Kahne taking the checkereds back in 2008.
Sport360 AZ - May 18, 2019
William Byron, Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson drove their way into Saturday night's million-dollars-to-the-winner Monster Energy All-Star Race as each won a stage in the Monster EnergyOpen qualifying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier in the evening.
Also earning a berth in the four-stage All-Star race was Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports, who was voted in by fans.
Hendrick Motorsports' Byron won the scheduled 20-lap Stage 1 in the 24-car Open in overtime. He crossed the finish line bumping doors with Wallace of Richard Petty Racing, who finished .0006 seconds back. Wallace banged doors at the finish line again in Stage 2 -- with Daniel Suarez -- but this time held on to get the overtime victory and the berth. Chip Ganassi Racing's Larson passed Ty Dillon for the lead on Lap 5 of the final 10-lap stage and held on for the win.
They joined 15 o
ther drivers who qualified for the All-Star field as a result of either winning a points-paying race in 2018 or 2019, won the All-Star Race before or who are previous Cup Series champions.
Capital Journal - May 18, 2019
Clint Bowyer Gets First Pole Since 2007
Clint Bowyer joked about what he would do if he wins his first NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday night and its $1 million prize.
“A lot,” Bowyer said with a big smile.
NASCAR’s funnyman took a big step toward making that celebration a reality by edging out Kyle Busch to capture the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, leaving him jacked up.
“It is a million dollars and I don’t care if you are Warren Buffett or the guy that is going to pick up the grandstands after tonight’s race, a million dollars is a million dollars,” Bowyer said. “If you think it doesn’t mean anything different to me than it does to you, you’re crazy.”
The 39-year-old Bowyer’s best finish in an All-Star race was a second-place finish in 2011.
Bowyer hasn’t been the strongest at qualifying.
His last pole in a Cup Series points race came in 2007 — an ongoing string of 417 races.
But he got it done in this non-points race.
Bowyer completed three qualifying laps and one four-tire pit stop in 1 minute, 58.794 seconds to edge out Busch, who was seeking his fourth career All-Star pole.
“We put ourselves in a position to take their million bucks tomorrow night and that is all you can ask for,” Bowyer said.
ADVERTISINGDefending champion Kevin Harvick qualified third in his pink No. 4 Ford, Austin Dillon fourth and Martin Truex Jr. fifth.
Bowyer said the qualifying format for the All-Star race makes him nervous, but said that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He was so proud of his pit crew that he brought them over to get in a picture after the race.
“My pit crew has been doing a jam up job all year long,” Bowyer said. “That is a victory for them.”
This year’s All-Star race will feature a four-stage format — 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps followed by a 15-lap shootout.
Rookie Daniel Hemric grabbed the pole for the Open race on Saturday. Three drivers will advance from the Open into the All-Star race. One other driver will receive the fan vote to round out the field of 19 drivers.
“Anytime you can do that at your home track it’s very special,” said Hemric, who grew up a few miles down the road in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
The Washington Post - May 17, 2019
Despite Rumors, Richard Petty Racing Confirms
No Plans to Close Down
Andrew Murstein, co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports talked to the news media on Friday and mentioned there are no plans what so ever to close down the team.
Andrew mentioned that the team recently hired new staff to help find additional and new sponsors for the team from outside of the sport.
Andrew did not comment on the Andretti Auto-Sport Rumor that went public on Thursday, just that RPM has no plans to close.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 17, 2019
Rick Ware Racing Says New #53 Team Sponsored For Several Races in 2019
Rick Ware, Owner of Rick Ware Racing mentioned in an interview on Friday with Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that the #53 car currently has sponsorship for 6-7 races currently in 2019 and the team is still looking for more.
This weekend BJ McLoud will be the first driver to race the #53 in the Cup Series since Richie Petty raced the #53 in the 1994 Firecracker 400 at Daytona.
This team plans to race next week as well in the Coca-Cola 600.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 17, 2019
Honda to NASCAR with Andretti and Team Up with Petty? Denied....But.....
Thursday afternoon former NASCAR driver, Mike Wallace shared a story on his facebook page that turned a lot of heads.
"Petty-Andretti Motorsports coming to NASCAR with Honda cars and funding. Not a much better way for Honda Motor Co. To enter NASCAR with to iconic names to be the spokesman for there team Richard Petty and Mario Andretti. Michael Andretti is the best positioned team outside of NASCAR to bring Honda into Stock car racing and with former NASCAR crew chief and NASCAR Executive Robin Pemberton already employed at Andretti. Sounds like it all done but the announcement."
There is a lot of potential information here. A possible new manufacture, a restructure of one of the oldest teams in NASCAR, and seeing a new potential power-house team join the NASCAR ranks in Andretti Autosport.
Shortly after the post was made Jenna Fryer from the Associated Press:
Regarding the many rumors on future of @RPMotorsports, I have chased down the bizarre one involving a merger and Honda and an #IndyCar team and @FollowAndretti says this rumor is not true. There have been rumors about RPM since the offseason. They need money. That's not a secret.
Bob Pockrass from Fox Sports also made a tweet in response to Fryers post:
Petty exec also told me this rumor is not true. And Honda says remaining focused on IndyCar and Acura sports-car programs.
So that's it? this rumor is squashed and there is nothing to look into? Hold on, I don't think Mike Wallace just made this story up out of no where. Lets break this down a little bit.
Mike Wallace was to race for Petty-Ware Racing in 2019 for select races:
Mike Wallace announced in January that he is working on sponsorship for a few races in 2019 for Petty-Ware Racing. Petty - Ware Racing is Rick Ware Racing's number #51 team. The team has the Petty name in it because Petty wanted to hold onto the #44 charter that was last driven by Brian Scott in 2016. So Wallace has some connections to this team.
Andretti has been considering NASCAR for a long time:
For the last 4+ years there have been rumors of Michael Andretti expanding his race team into the NASCAR Cup Series. This went as far as saying in 2017 that Andretti-Autosport had Superspeedway cars and could race part time in 2018, but that was never the case.
Robin Pembertain, Former NASCAR VP of Competition Works for Andretti Autosport Indy Car Team:
If you are looking for someone to get you familiar with NASCAR, Robin Pembertain is probably your best option. From being a crew chief in the Cup Series, to an executive position with NASCAR, Robin is very familiar in the NASCAR garage and the options that Andretti Autosport has to enter into the series.
NASCAR Says They Have Talked With Several New Manufactures:
Ever since Toyota entered NASCAR in 2004, there have been rumors that Honda will be the next manufacture to join. Honda is one of the few manufactures in the world that have a V8 Racing built engine for their V8 Super Car Series.
Andretti and Petty Have Teamed Up for a Race Before:
These two owners are no strangers to each other. Lets not forget in 1999 when John Andretti races both in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. Andretti car for the Indy 500 was a Petty blue color with STP as its sponsorship.
Petty Has Been Rumored For the Last 2 Weeks of a Big Announcement Coming:
Several NASCAR Insider Twitter pages have said in the last 7-10 days that Richard Petty Motorsports will have a big announcement about their future in the coming weeks. Many speculated that the announcement was to close, or announce a new driver. This potential new change would fit into other rumors that started earlier in the week.
We will just have to wait and see how this all plays out in the coming weeks.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 17, 2019
Go Fas Racing Could Race Two Cars at New Hampshire this Coming July
Austin Theriault hopes to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in July.
Theriault said he is negotiating with an established race team to drive in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The 25-year-old Theriault said he is trying to line up sponsors.
“It’s progressing,” Theriault said. “It’s no different than any other sport. You have to make sure all your ducks are lined up and the sponsorship is there.”
Theriault has run in two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races with the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises team this season. He failed to qualify in the first race by hundredths of a second and finished 22nd in the next race.
If Theriault can complete a deal and qualifies for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, he would become the first Maine native to drive at NASCAR’s highest level Ricky Craven of Newburgh raced in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 3, 2004.
Theriault said Archie St. Hilaire of Old Orchard Beach, who owns the Go FAS Racing team and has a full-time driver in Corey LaJoie, has given him advice and helped him make Cup connections.
“He has been as much of a mentor as he can be in this process,” Theriault said.
Go FAS Racing has talked about running a second car since Joe Falks #33 team, Circle Sport Racing, merged with Go FAS Racing following the 2017 season.
Theriault drove for St. Hilaire in the K and N Pro Series East series in 2012 at Loudon as part of the Mainely Motorsports Young Guns Challenge.
Theriault has run 13 career Truck Series races, 6 Xfinity Series events and was the 2017 ARCA series champion.
BDN Auto Racing - May 17, 2019
Cup Series All-Star Fan Vote Leader Changes Ahead of Race Weekend
NASCAR released an update Thursday morning on the current leaders for the NASCAR Fan vote in order with only 24 hours remaining in the voting.
Alex Bowman jumped up two spots to the lead for the fan vote, followed by Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto dropped to third and Bubba Wallace jumped to 4th in the standings.
You can catch the All-Star Race this coming Saturday night on FS1 and MRN. The fan vote winner will be announced at the end of the Open Race.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 15, 2019
Entry List Released For All Star Race and Truck Series Race at Charlotte
This weekend we have two big races that start off a two week double header for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
But first on Friday will be the NC Education Lottery 200 in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. There are 37 trucks entered, so everyone but one person will make the race. There are several drivers that will be returning to the Truck Series for the first time in 2019 this weekend including Camden Murphy, Trey Hutchens, Stefan Pearsons, and Jessie Little. Kyle Busch will be in the race this Friday night trying to capture his 8th win at Charlotte in the Truck Series.
24 drivers are on the entry list for the All-Star Open. This includes #46 - Joey Gase, #51 - Cody Ware, #52 - Bayley Curry, #53 - BJ McLoud, #66 - Timmy Hill, and #77 - Quinn Houff. All 24 drivers will be competing to win one of the tree stages in the race to advance to the all star race. Also one fan vote will transfer to the big show.
The All-Star Race currently has only 15 drivers in the field, with 4 additional drivers being added once the All-Star open is complete.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 14, 2019
First Look at New Hood That Will Debut in This Weekends All-Star Race
NASCAR is offering a potential look into the future with the technical specifications for the May 18 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, announced jointly by the sanctioning body and Charlotte Motor Speedway back in April.
The cars will feature two new technical elements that the sanctioning body may incorporate into the series’ Generation-7 stock car that is slated to debut in 2021.
The first new technical component is a single-piece carbon fiber splitter/pan that is expected to offer dramatic improvements in ride-height sensitivity for competitors. The splitter also should provide a more stable aero platform and create a more consistent performance in traffic.
“We’re looking forward to bringing two major elements that we’re looking at and evaluating for our Gen-7 car,” Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation John Probst told NASCAR.com. “This will be a good chance for us to see this in real race conditions.
“ … Nowadays we have a flat splitter that has the teams chasing control of their ride heights a lot, which gets pretty expensive. It also makes the sweet spot, if you will, for the setup narrow. It’ll be very visible to the folks watching at home on TV or in the stands. The whole idea behind that is actually just trying to open up the window for a good setup for our teams.”
The second All-Star element requires cars to be configured with a radiator exit duct through the hood. This will separate aerodynamic performance and engine temperatures, creating more parity across the field.
“Throughout its history, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has provided a platform to try new and innovative ideas, some of which we have incorporated on a full-time basis,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Last year’s All-Star rules package resulted in one of the most exciting All-Star races in history. With a similar package and added elements that we could see in the next generation race car, we expect another must-watch event.”
NASCAR.com - May 13, 2019
Hamlin Working Towards
Earning Spot on PGA Tour
It’s no secret NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is good at golf. But is he good enough to play with the pros?
Maybe. But not yet.
When asked if he’d like to play in a future PGA Tour event like former quarterback Tony Romo has done on sponsor exemptions, Hamlin said it’s something he’d love to experience, but he wants to do it when he’s truly able to compete at the level of Tour players.
Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, said his handicap is 3.5.
“I’d definitely love to do that on one of those many tours, but I wouldn’t do it until I got better,” Hamlin said. “I still think I need to get three or four strokes better at least be at scratch should I go out there and embarrass myself.”
Until then, he said, he’ll settle for being “the best driver in NASCAR.”
In the 13th year of his professional racing career, Hamlin is seeing success. He won the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 in March and the Daytona 500 in February, which snapped a 47-race winless streak. He’s competing Saturday in the Digital Ally 400 at the Kansas Speedway, one week after experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning at the end of the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway.
However, no matter how stressful or busy racing season becomes, he still finds time to hit a golf course.
The most recent event he participated in was the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am on May 1. Hamlin and fellow NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson were matched with PGA pro Harold Varner III.
The most memorable part of playing the difficult greens of Quail Hollow for Hamlin was getting to know Varner who not only helped the group navigate the difficult greens of Quail Hollow, he cut loose with the racing crew.
“He definitely has got a lot of energy. He’s really outgoing,” Hamlin said of Varner. “He’s probably the most outgoing pro I’ve played with in any kind of golf tournament … He chats up everybody and has a good time. He cracks up with us. We kind of got a little game going between me and my friends and he’s trash talking in between.”
Hamlin, Larson and Stenhouse are friends and avid golfers, but they were thankful for Varner’s advice during the event. Varner helped lead the group of avid golfers to finish in second place with a score of 56 behind the group led by Webb Simpson.
“That place is pretty hard to prepare for because the greens are really fast,” Hamlin said. “(Larson, Stenhouse and I) play golf probably once a week, I’d say last year I posted somewhere in the 85-90 rounds a year and those guys were pretty close … We prepare by just playing a lot.”
Hamlin said he schedules two or three Pro-Ams at Tour events every season. The specific Pro-Ams and events in which he will participate this year are still up in the air, but Hamlin said he was “certain” he’d have a few more on his schedule this summer.
Outside of Pro-Ams, Hamlin and fellow drivers will frequently schedule a few informal rounds on Saturdays after they’re finished racing for the day. They find a local golf club, get a group together and compete away from the speed and adrenaline of the racetrack.
The friends play in a more organized format too. It’s called “Golf Guys Tour.”
The brainchild of Hamlin and Stenhouse, the “Tour” is in its fourth year. Comprised of 21 players, the field includes mostly NASCAR drivers like Stenhouse and Larson with a few club members at Hamlin’s home course, The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, North Carolina, mixed in. The group averages one tournament per month from March through October. This month’s “Golf Guys” tournament began Wednesday, Hamlin said.
Golfweek - May 12, 2019
Keselowski Steels Win Late in
Emotional Victory at Kansas
Brad Keselowski had planned to head to St. Louis after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway to visit Mike Mittler, a longtime Truck Series owner who helped him early in his career and had been battling cancer the past couple years.
But after Mittler died Friday night at the age of 67, Keselowski headed to victory lane instead, capturing the checkered flag Saturday night and dedicating the win to his friend and mentor.
"He helped a lot of guys in their career. Just a huge loss for the NASCAR community," said Keselowski, who held off Alex Bowman and a charging field in overtime for his third win this season.
"One of those unsung heroes," Keselowski added. "Gave his whole life to this sport."
Mittler would have liked the hardscrabble way Keselowski won at Kansas.
He dealt with balance problems early in the race, never really contended with the faster cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch through the first couple of stages, yet managed to get everything sorted out in time to give Team Penske a satisfying Saturday sweep.
Simon Pagenaud won a wet and wild IndyCar Grand Prix in Indianapolis earlier in the day.
Bowman finished second for the third straight week, while Erik Jones triggered some bad blood with Kansas native Clint Bowyer by making an aggressive move that allowed him to hold onto third.
"I think it was just racing," Jones said with a shrug. "We were racing hard. This pack really leads to a lot of protecting your position. I’m not going to give up three or four spots."
Chase Elliott dominated long stretches of the race before losing the lead to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 22 laps to go. But after his car failed inspection twice and Elliott had to start at the back, he still managed to work his way to the front for his third consecutive top-five finish.
Bowyer rounded out the top five, though his run-in with Jones left him in no mood to celebrate.
The big question coming into the race was how NASCAR’s new rules package would fare, especially after it was panned by drivers and owners alike this week. But with an overcast sky and cool temps, the package wound up producing arguably the best race of the entire Cup Series season.
Harvick dominated early before a flat right tire with 90 laps to go got him out of pit sequence. Busch then pulled into contention and was challenging for the lead when a caution came out for Austin Dillon’s lost tire with 50 laps to go, sending the leaders to the pits.
Busch wound up going through too many boxes and was sent to the back of the field.
"Sure takes the win away, doesn’t it?" Busch said ruefully on his radio.
Stenhouse took the lead when he swung past Bowman and Elliott, and Keselowski suddenly appeared in his rearview mirror. The former Cup Series champion had been hanging around the top 10 all night, but had been struggling with balance, and he seemed to find it at the perfect time.
Keselowski pulled even with seven laps to go, then held his lead on the green-white-checkered restart to win the first overtime spring race at Kansas Speedway.
"We just kept working it all night. Brad never gave up," said his crew chief, Paul Wolfe. "Brad never gave up. We fought through it and I knew once we got the balance right we could contend, and we were able to do that tonight."
USA Today - May 11, 2019
Bowyer & Jones Have Words After Kansas Race
With just 4 laps to go at Kansas Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto blew an engine. That brought out the caution and setup a NASCAR overtime finish.
Now, ahead of this we might have seen the best 1.5-mile race ever. Specifically the restarts were dramatic.
NASCAR’s new rules package was designed specifically to fix that poor shows prior at the 1.5-mile tracks. On Saturday night, the cars had significantly less horsepower and significantly more downforce.
The combination of that created massive runs as drivers drafted down the straights.
Back to the end of the race… The hometown driver of Clint Bowyer came down pit road and got four new tires. He restarted in 8th with a two lap shootout up next.
The green dropped and Keselowski drove away as they fought for 2nd behind him. Meanwhile, Clint Bowyer was coming to the front with four new tires. He picked off four cars in the first corner and was up to 4th.
Bowyer had a run off turn four on Alex Bowman and Erik Jones as they came to get the white flag. The #14 looked to the inside, the #20 came down to block. Bowyer then jumped to the high side through the tri-oval and Erik Jones drove through his mirror and went all the way to the outside wall to block again.
Bowyer made light contact to the rear bumper of Jones as he lifted off the throttle. But, had he not lifted it would have been a crash.
Bowyer lost momentum and slipped backward to 7th. He ended up fifth at the finish.
Racing News Co - May 11, 2019
Kyle Busch's Top 10 Record Comes to End at Kansas, Stays Tied with Shepherd
In a season where so much has gone his way, Kyle Busch fell short of setting a significant record in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Busch came into the race having amassed 11 consecutive top 10 finishes to start a season – tying him with Morgan Shepherd, who originally set the record in 1990.
However Busch’s chances of setting the record ended after contact 20 laps from the scheduled finish with Erik Jones. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate pinched Busch’s car into the right side of Clint Bowyer‘s car, cutting a tire on Busch’s Toyota. That forced Busch to come to pit road for new tires. He returned to pit road a few laps later for another stop for an undisclosed situation.
End result: Busch finished a season-low 30th.
Busch also lost the lead in the Cup standings, as 15th-place finisher Joey Logano takes the No. 1 spot by nine points over Busch.
Yahoo Sports - May 12, 2019
Larson In Car Camera Shows He Hit Head On
Steering Wheel in Crash
Kyle Larson said he saw the in-car video of his Talladega crash for the first time Friday and joked it made him feel like “I’m really tougher.”
Larson was involved in a multi-car crash on the last lap of last weekend’s race at Talladega. He was hit on the right side by William Byron‘s car. That sent Larson’s car sliding toward the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch. The right rear tire of Larson’s car began to lift off the pavement as he approached the wall.
“I was not expecting it to do that at all,” Larson said Friday at Dover International Speedway.
“It’s pretty crazy how much everything stretches,” Larson said of his crash. “My seat belts, my harness, everything stretch with an impact like that. So, I stretched far enough that my head hit the steering wheel a little bit. And with each tumble, just the jolts that my body went through was pretty crazy to see. And then you slow it down and look at how the chassis is flexing when it makes contact with the pavement, it’s pretty incredible. We’re driving heavy vehicles. So, for it to hold up as well as it did was pretty amazing.
“I’m just thankful that the chassis and all my safety equipment held up good.”
Larson was uninjured in the accident.
NASCAR has stated that it would analyze the crash to determine why the car got airborne.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in NASCAR,” Larson said. “I’ve been involved in some big crashes. It seems like with any crash I’ve been in or that other drivers have been in, they’ve made improvements from them and made the cars safer and all that. So yeah, they have a lot of smart people in the safety area of their business. I’m confident that they’ll look at it and make improvements from it.”
NBC Sports - May 11, 2019
Harvick Leads Stewart-Hass Racing to a 1-2-3-4 Starting Lineup at Kansas
The Stewart-Haas Racing Fords were fast in practice at Kansas Speedway, but they were somehow even faster during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying Friday evening.
Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night's Digital Ally 400, and he'll have some familiar faces beside and behind him, with Stewart-Haas driver Aric Almirola on the outside of the front row and teammates Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez starting third and fourth, respectively.
"The mile-and-a-half race tracks have been a handful for us this season … but this is the next step, and (our team) has done a great job," Harvick told FS1 afterward.
"I was happy with the way my car drove, it's got a ton of speed."
On a strange note, brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch will start 13th and 14th, respectively, after posting the exact same qualifying speed (176.551 mph).
Sporting News - May 10, 2019
NASCAR All-Star Fan Vote Current Top 10 Leaders
The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is fast approaching (May 18, 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and drivers need your votes as the Fan Vote winner will make the All-Star Race. See which drivers are in the top 10 and who is leading the way. Fans can vote until May 17 at noon ET.
NASCAR.com - May 10, 2019
Cup & Truck Entry List Released for
Kansas Race Weekend
NASCAR will head to the mid-west for the first time this season when we will see a double-header for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series on Friday night, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night. This will be the last night race at Kansas Speedway for the Cup Series for the foreseeable future, as the track will move to a day race in 2020.
For the Cup Series we have 40 cars entered, so we will have a full field for the first time since the Daytona 500 in February of this year. The four non-chartered teams will be Reed Sorenson in the #27 for Premium Motorsports, Tyler Reddick in the #31 for Richard Childress Racing, Joey Gase in the new #46, for MBM Motorsports, and #66, for Timmy Hill for MBM Motorsports. Other notables, Cody Ware and Bayley Curry will race the #51 and #52 for Rick Ware Racing, Quinn Houff will race the #77 for Premium Motorsports.
In the Truck Series only 27 track entered in the race, that is the lowest amount of entries for any Truck Series race since Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. Some notables, Timmy Hill will return to the series this weekend this time for NEMCO Motorsports and owner Joe Nemacheck. We will also see the return of Natalie Decker and Angela Ruch this weekend.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 7, 2019
Harvick's Millennial Car Reviled After Lost Bet
Busch Beer was so confident that Kevin Harvick, the oldest of the four finalists, would win last year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship that they declared that if Harvick lost, they would race a millennial themed race car at this year’s All-Star Race on May 18.
Not only did the Generation X driver finish third in the standings, he lost the title to millennial Joey Logano in the process, which inadvertently helped the promotion. Busch revealed what the car will look like, and while it’s not the original design they first posted, it is loaded with common millennial stereotypes.
Busch has been rather tongue-in-cheek about this entire promotion and is showing that this is more along the lines of light-hearted fun than making fun of millennials. While this car looks great, it showed me how much of a millennial I’m not. I might be in that age range, wear pink on occasion, and enjoy the luxury of having student loan debt in a society where costs keep going up and salaries aren’t, but that’s about it. I even felt weird putting “AF” in the headline, that’s how much of a millennial I’m not.
It’s great to see a company try something different to get publicity. Sometimes, that backfires and it would get necessary criticism. But when it works, it’s something everyone can appreciate.
The only thing that would make this promotion even better is if Harvick actually wins the All-Star Race. I’m sure he might feel a bit foolish trying to be a millennial for a weekend but if that gets him in Victory Lane and he wins a million dollars, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. He may even get a few millennial fans in the process.
The Comback - May 7, 2019
Hamlin Suffers From Carbon Monoxide
Poisoning at Dover
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin was sickened by carbon monoxide during this week's Dover race, but said he’s fine and ready to go this weekend in Kansas.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver visited the track’s medical center after taking the checkered flag in 21st place on Monday while suffering from nausea and double-vision.
The suspected issue was traced back to a moment when his car hit debris that damaged a rear crush panel and allowed exhaust fumes to enter the cabin.
"That kind of hampered the very end of the race for us but it certainly wasn't the deciding factor if we raced good or bad," Hamlin said Tuesday. "It was just a tough race in general. It's one of the more physically grueling racetracks we go to anyway. Then you do something like that, it makes it even worse."
Fox News - May 6, 2019
Truex Dominates End of Dover Race For Second Win of 2019 Season
"I promise it wasn't easy," Truex said about driving through the field. "It was a lot of work. It was tough. But this race car was just incredible. It's pretty special. I'm a really lucky guy."
Alex Bowman earned a runner-up finish for the second consecutive race, after finishing second to Chase Elliott one week ago at Talladega Superspeedway. Bowman also started from the rear after failing pre-race inspection multiple times.
"Talladega is a speedway, it's a lot of luck involved. But to come here — which I think is the hardest race track — and come all the way up from the back is pretty incredible," Bowman said. "We're definitely moving in the right direction."
Kyle Larson, who has struggled all season with bad luck, earned his best result of the season, coming home third. Kevin Harvick finished fourth, Chase Elliott fifth, Erik Jones sixth, Joey Logano seventh, William Byron eighth and Clint Bowyer ninth.
USA Today - May 6, 2019
Rain Postpones Dover Race Until Monday Afternoon
NASCAR fans will have to wait an extra day to see the Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
Track and series officials announced the Gander RV 400, scheduled to go green shortly after 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, has been postponed until Monday because of persistent rain.
The race is now scheduled to begin at noon ET and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Rain began falling early Sunday morning in Dover, Delaware, and continued into the afternoon before officials were finally forced to reschedule the 11th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.
Dover International Speedway does not have lights, so racing at night was not an option. Dover hasn’t held a Monday race since 2007.
Monday's forecast looks considerably better. The Weather Channel is calling for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 60s.
Thirty-seven cars are entered in the race and all went through inspection Sunday morning. Four cars — the No. 88 Chevrolet of Alex Bowman, the No. 19 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr., the No. 47 Chevrolet of Ryan Preece and the No. 36 Ford of Matt Tift — failed multiple inspections and will be forced to start at the rear of the field. Preece also had his car chief ejected for this race, while Bowman, Truex and Tift will compete without their race engineers.
USA Today - May 5, 2019
Elliott Captures Pole at Dover
With New Track Qualifying Record
One week after earning his first win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, Elliott won the pole for Sunday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway with a new track qualifying record.
Elliott’s lap at 165.960 mph topped his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron (165.555 mph). Kyle Larson was third (165.464 mph) as Chevrolet swept the top three positions.
The pole is Elliott’s second of the season and sixth of his career.
“Team Hendrick is 1-2, which is awesome. Thanks to Chevrolet power and everybody that contributes to our car, they’ve been working hard,” Elliott said. “Hopefully, we can back it up on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a really tough race so you better eat your Wheaties these next couple days and hydrate because I think Sunday is going to be tough, especially if the sun’s out like it is right now.
“Thanks to all my guys. The No. 9 team has been working really hard and all of our group. We have a good group, we just have to keep after it and hopefully we stay where we start on Sunday.”
Earlier Friday, 23 cars eclipsed the track record in practice. But with temperatures at least 12 degrees warmer during qualifying, only the top five ended up topped the old mark of 164.444 mph set by Brad Keselowski in 2014.
“Little tight in (Turns) 1 and 2 ... wasn’t perfect,” Elliott said on his team radio after his qualifying attempt.
Joey Logano was fourth and Alex Bowman completed the top-five.
Rounding out the top 10 starters are Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Keselowski and Clint Bowyer.
Kurt Busch, who was fastest in Friday’s practice, will line up 19th.
Prior to qualifying, the car chief of Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford was ejected for the weekend after his car twice failed pre-qualifying inspection.
Motorsport.com - May 3, 2019
Kyle Busch Says Speeds To Fast at Dover
Kurt Busch posted the fastest average lap speed in practice at 168.445 mph, which is nearly 4 mph faster than the track qualifying record of 164.444 mph set in 2014 by Brad Keselowski.
This is the Cup series’ first visit to Dover (Del.) International Speedway with this year’s new aero package, which includes increased downforce.
“It is really fast. Probably, I don’t know, probably too fast for here. The faster we tend to go in the middle of the corner doesn’t always produce the best racing,” Kyle Busch said. “We will see how that translates.
“It is going to be big numbers in qualifying obviously. But we will see how that translates into the race. I am not overly excited about it. We will just have to fight through it and see what happens.”
Busch said during practice qualifying laps he was never fully off his throttle.
“Lot of on-throttle time. You are never all the way off of it,” he said. “The IndyCar guys were flying around here, and they don’t come here anymore, because it was too fast, too dangerous for them.
“Eventually, there comes a point where it becomes too fast for a stock car, too. Whether that is or not, I guess that is people other than myself to think.”
Asked if speeds at Dover were approaching “the danger zone,” Busch said: “No question.”
Motorsport.com - May 3, 2019
NASCAR Moves To Single Car Qualifying At All Oval Tracks In All Three Series
NASCAR has dropped its fight to add excitement value to qualifying and will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock.
All three NASCAR national series will return to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks starting this weekend at Dover. NASCAR for more than five years has used a group qualifying format, but a new rules package this season created an unintended consequence: drivers could game the system.
Most waited until the very last moment to pull off pit lane for their qualifying run; all 12 drivers in the final round at California in March missed the cutoff point to even register a lap. NASCAR was adamant it was trying to keep qualifying entertaining for fans because single-car runs are tedious, but teams continued to find loopholes that made the format a farce.
In Wednesday's rule change, elimination-style rounds were also cut.
Fox News - May 1, 2019
Joey Logano Visits the White House Part of Championship Tour
A champion NASCAR driver gave President Donald Trump a racing helmet and a trophy on Tuesday; the president responded by giving him and his team a tour of the Lincoln Bedroom.
“I’ll give you a personal tour – it is special, and you are special,” Trump told 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano and racing team owner Roger Penske during an increasingly rare event at the White House: honoring a sports champion.
Several winning have rejected invitations to join Trump at the White House, but NASCAR was happy to accept. Polls show the president to be very popular among NASCAR officials and fans, many of them middle class male southerners, and the president went out of his way to praise the sport and it patrons.
During a ceremony on the South Lawn, Trump praised both Logano and his car, a yellow Ford Fusion that sat on the driveway nearby.
President Donald Trump at Tuesday's NASCAR event, along with champion driver Joey Logano and team owner Roger Penske. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)
“Truly beautiful car,” Trump told Logano. "Went a little faster than the other ones, but it also had to do with your right foot, I think.”
Paying tribute to NASCAR itself, Trump said the sport embodies the American spirit. "You never forget what matters most," he said. "God, family and country."
Logano and Penske responded by thanking Trump. They also paid tribute to the military and law enforcement in general for protecting the nation so that people can live their lives the way they want to.
“We get to do that because we live in an amazing country," Logano said. "I still can’t get over my car sitting here in front of the White House."
He gave Trump a helmet he wore during a race, as well as a small replica of a NASCAR trophy.
"I’ll have a great place in the Oval Office for that," Trump said.
(Taken in Part by: USA Today)
Austin Dillon Receives L1 Penalty For Rear Deck Lid Talladega Violation
Austin Dillon’s points total has been reduced by 10 points.
Dillon, who started on the pole for Sunday’s race at Talladega, was penalized Tuesday by NASCAR for a deck-lid problem. NASCAR said in the penalty report that “body filler” had been added to the deck lid of Dillon’s car.
It’s important to note that the issue was found Saturday, before Dillon qualified for the race. He finished 14th.
Car chief Greg Ebert has been suspended for the upcoming race at Dover and crew chief Danny Stockman has been fined $25,000.
Dillon now has 243 points in 2019 and drops from 13th to 14th in the points standings. He’s still provisionally one of the 16 members of the playoffs at this point in the season.
(Taken in Part by: Yahoo Sports)
Dover Triple Header Weekend Entry Lists Released
Three races will take place this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Sunday will be the Gander RV 400. There are 38 cars competing for 40 spots, so everyone will make the race. The two no-charter teams in the field will be #27 driven by Reed Sorenson, and #53 with a TBD driver, a part of the Rick Ware Racing stable moving the team to three cars for the first time in a NASCAR race. Quinn Houff will be in the #77 this weekend for Spire Motorsports. Cody Ware and BJ McLoud will race the #51 and #52 for Rick Ware Racing.
Saturday will be the Allied Steel Buildings 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 38 cars on the entry list for 38 spots. Some notables Zane Smith will be in the #8 Chevrolet for Jr. Motorsports, Riley Herbst will be in the #18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, Morgan Shepherd will be in the #89. No Cup Series drivers will be in the race this weekend.
Friday will be the return of the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. We have not seen them in competition since Texas Motor Speedway back in March. 35 trucks are entered into 36 spots, so everyone will make the race. Some notables. Travis Kvapil will make his return to the series driving the #1 for Beaver Motorsports, Derek Kraus will be in the #19 for Bill McAnally Racing, Natalie Decker in the #54 for DGM Crosly Racing.
RWR to Return the #53 to Cup Competition First Time in Over 25 Years
Rick Ware Racing announced they will enter a third car at the Gander RV 400 race this weekend at Dover in the Cup Series.
No driver has been announced yet, but the car number will be #53.
This will be the fist time the #53 has raced in the Cup Series since February 1994 when Ritchie Petty drove the #53 Ford for Petty Enterprises.
(The team withdrew prior to the race.)
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