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The Pit Bull Sheet

“News, opinions, and tall tales………..”

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to join NBC broadcast team after season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will jump out of his No. 88 Chevy after the season and right into the broadcast booth for NBC in 2018.

Earnhardt’s multiyear deal will begin in January, but NBC has plenty of time to define his role as it carries only the second half of NASCAR’s Monster Energy and Xfinity series seasons through 2024. 

 

 

(NASCAR.com)

A look back at the life of Dale Jr … click here

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Bubba Wallace will drive the famous #43 in 2018.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who made four starts this year for Richard Petty Motorsports as a relief driver, will compete full-time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series organization in 2018.

Wallace will replace Aric Almirola, who is leaving at the end of the 2017 season after a six-year stint driving the team’s iconic No. 43.  (nascar.com)

 

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Andy Petree

Andy Petree retained by RCR as advisor 

In an effort to strengthen its future, Richard Childress Racing dipped into its past this week, announcing that former championship-winning crew chief Andy Petree will serve in an advisory role with the three-team organization.

Petree served as crew chief at RCR from 1993-95, winning back-to-back championships with driver Dale Earnhardt in ‘93-94. Earnhardt finished second in points in ’95.

“Richard is totally committed to winning, I can tell you that,” Petree told NASCAR.com. “And that’s the whole reason behind this.”   Petree said he will be at the race track each week for the remainder of the 2017 season. He will continue to serve as an analyst on NASCAR Race Hub, the daily NASCAR news program on FS1.

“I miss being in the game,” Petree admitted. “I see a lot of things — I still stay awake at night thinking of things to do, wondering why people do certain things. And if I have smart people to bounce things off of, that would be the ultimate.

“And I’ve got that now with Richard’s teams. I’m so excited about the potential that’s there.”

(nascar.com)

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2018 Petty Motorsports #43 Camaro with driver Bubba Wallace, Jr..

Richard Petty Motorsports announces partnership with Richard Childress Racing

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 8, 2017) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a new partnership between the two organizations. RCR will supply chassis and engineering support to the team. The RPM entry will receive horsepower from ECR Engines, the high-performance engine production, research and development subsidiary of RCR. With the transition, RPM will permanently move its team headquarters adjacent to the RCR campus in Welcome, N.C. The move will begin immediately and be completed by January.

 

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Danica Patrick’s talks with Ganassi break down

Talks between Danica Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) opening breakfast. Now, it looks like whatever deal may have been in the works with Chip Ganassi Racing is no longer moving forward.

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2018 #88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Sponsorship.

Bowman unveils new 2018 #88 Axalta Camaro

CONCORD, N.C. – To kick off a season of change, the #88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will debut a fresh look when it hits the track at Daytona in 2018. Thursday afternoon, Alex Bowman removed the car cover on the Axalta machine that he will pilot next season. Featuring a predominately darker base color with bright pops of color on the sides, the unique scheme is a bit of a contrast to the fiery Axalta Chevy that Dale Earnhardt Jr. piloted in 2017.

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A Sneak preview of the 2018 paint schemes!

(nascar.com)

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Brad K driving a Dodge in its last year in NASCAR.

Dodge Won’t Return to NASCAR

It was ostensibly a press conference for Ferrari’s 2016 Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway last December 4, but perhaps the biggest revelation to come out of that presser concerned NASCAR, with Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, saying he was interested in getting Chrysler, most likely Dodge, back into NASCAR.

This came as a surprise to Dodge employees at the highest level. But given Marchionne’s revelation, the company did its due diligence, researching what a return to NASCAR would involve. Company executives met with NASCAR officials more than once, including a meeting at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Unfortunately for Dodge loyalists, the analysis regarding a return to the sport showed that it would be too complex and, more importantly, too expensive. Part of the problem would be finding a team with top-tier engine-building capability-and there just aren’t many choices now that the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series has consolidated engine-building among a handful of teams (Or in Toyota’s case, the company itself.) Dodge would prefer to supply the engine specifications and have the engines built by the team, like they were at Penske. But there are minimal options. (jayski.com)

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“Through the help of a good friend, I acquired this roof. Was from a dirt car my father drove in 1982. Very grateful to have it”…… Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

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Lights at Martinsville Speedway!

Lights at Martinsville Speedway!

70 Years, Thousands of Races, and Martinsville Speedway is proud to announce that lights will now be installed at Martinsville Speedway!

Martinsville Speedway will be the first major motorsports facility to install LED Lights through the help of Graybar, Ephesus Lighting, & Eaton Lighting.

“To be able to light this track up when the sun goes down, that’s going to be something truly special,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Our fans have told us that they want lighting. We’re pleased to provide them with another amenity which will ensure Martinsville continues to be one of the premier destinations in motorsports.”

Construction of the track lighting will begin after the fall race on October 30, 2016.

 

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Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame: Sonoma Raceway added two NASCAR legends to its Wall of Fame during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 24-26. Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan became the newest members of the raceway’s Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010).

Carolina Panthers and Bruton Smith?? …….Marcus Smith confirms interest in Carolina Panthers: Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Marcus Smith, during a Wednesday interview with the Observer, affirmed what his father said last month: The Smiths would be interested in eventually purchasing the Carolina Panthers. Bruton Smith, a billionaire track owner and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, told Motorsport.com last month that his sons want him to buy the NFL franchise when it becomes available. The younger Smith said there’s definitely interest. “It’s just one of those things where it’s not even on the market,” Marcus Smith said Wednesday. “Would we be interested? Yeah. It would be an incredible opportunity and such a neat opportunity and property for anybody to be able to shepherd into the future. We’re in the sports entertainment world now and we love what we do, and (I) think it’d be fun to do more of it.”(Charlotte Observer/JAYSKI.COM)

No Love? ……. No we all know about the “No Love” between Joey Lagano and Matt Kenseth, and the Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards gentle rivalry… BUT! We can now add to the “No Love” column – Danica Patrick vs Kasey Kayne. Let the Battles begin!! Hate and rivalries have always been a good thing for NASCAR….. it sells tickets……..

Amelia laid to rest……… Earnhardt said he is sending his car, which he affectionately calls Amelia, in honor of Amelia Earhart (seriously), into retirement rather than repair and patch it up after a couple of accidents from a race at Talladega. It is the same car he drove in wins in 2015 at Talladega and Daytona. Earnhardt said the car was not racing well at Daytona and Talladega this year anyway, so the writing may have been on the wall for Amelia.

So what will happen to Amelia now?

Earnhardt Jr. has a graveyard near Mooresville, NC consisting of some of his former race cars as well as race cars from other drivers he has aquired. Amelia will now have a final resting place in this junkyard museum of Earnhardt’s.

The question now is, who will Dale Jr. name his next favorite car after?

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Dirt Racing Logo tag

 

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Dirt Track Racing 2017

Mark Shrewsbury, Winner at Princeton Speedway, #7 Mini Stock.

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Dirt Late Model Drivers from the Past…….. Can you remember?

See more in the Dirt Track Gallery – click here

 

 

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* WoO – World of Outlaws

* MARS – Midwest Auto Racing Series

* SAS – Southern All Stars

* SLMRS – Super Late Model Racing Series

* FUEL – Fast Unified Engine Late Models

* UCRA – United Crate Racing Alliance

* ALMS – American Late Model Series

* NCRA – National Championship Racing Association

* NLRA – Northern Late Model Racing Association

* SUPR – Southern United Professional Racing Series

* SECA – Southeastern Crate Association

 

 

 

 

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See the 2015 Dirt Track Champions at the new “2015 Dirt Track Champions” page….. click here!


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Roush Fenway Racing honored longtime owner Robert Yates at Phoenix Raceway

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov 6, 2017) – Roush Fenway Racing  honored longtime competitor and partner Robert Yates at Phoenix Raceway with a tribute paint scheme on Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion. The scheme, inspired by Yates’ 1991 and 1992 victories at the Arizona track, honors the NASCAR Hall of Famer’s career and lasting legacy in the sport.

“The entire NASCAR Community has lost a pillar of our sport with the passing of Robert Yates,” Jack Roush said. “Robert was true to all he held dear — a fierce competitor, a dedicated and inspired leader and a passionate family man. For me he was the type of competitor that brought out the best in everyone around him and he was a wonderful partner and friend. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with, and learn from, Robert Yates.”

Yates, who passed away after a battle with liver cancer in October 2017, was selected for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2018 in May. His Robert Yates Racing team, which will be featured on the hood of Stenhouse’s car, won 57 races and 48 pole positions in nearly twenty years of racing.

 

 

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Dale Jr and Amy Earnhardt.

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, a familiar face lead him and the rest of the field to the green flag. Earnhardt’s wife, Amy, will served as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the First Data 500.

While driving the pace car was a first for Amy, she is no stranger to Martinsville, as she was by Dale’s side in Victory Lane when he picked up his only career win at the historic Speedway three years ago. (nascar.com)

 

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2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chase drivers!

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NASCAR  HEADLINES

 

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*NASCAR releases the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule –

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Throwback Paint Schemes for Darlington 2017!

 

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The History of the Number 88

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Dale Jr. fuels wild celebration of Ryan Blaney’s win with coolers full of beer

By Pat DeCola NASCAR.com

There are worse neighbors to have than Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver helped kick the celebration of his neighborhood pal Ryan Blaney’s first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win up a notch on Sunday night/Monday morning by bringing the beer. And lots of it.

“Dale’s a damn good friend, man,” Blaney said in an Instagram Live video Monday morning. “He dropped off four coolers of beer. Four damn coolers. That was really special.”

 

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Charlotte Motor Speedway cans the first batches of 600 Ale

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway added to its historic legacy in a unique manner on Wednesday, as 600 Ale – the speedway’s first officially licensed beer – went into cans at Cabarrus Brewing Company.

Cans of 600 Ale – a smooth American Ale – will be sold on speedway property during the May 19-28 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder.

“We are very excited about 600 Ale,” Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Greg Walter said. “This process was years in the making. It means a lot for us to be a part of the craft beer industry and we hope that everyone enjoys our first licensed craft beer.”

There is nothing more significant and relevant in Cabarrus County than Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Cabarrus Brewing Company owner Steve Steinbacher. “Cabarrus Brewing Company is all about being local, so we’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the speedway and to make sure that this beer provides a great experience for all.”

(Charlotte Motor Speedway/ Jayski)

 

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News from Charlotte Motor Speedway!

Work continues on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield road course…

 

The track continues to make huge improvements to their infield road course, on the schedule for October 2018.

The addition of the New Turn 4 Sun Deck

at Charlotte Motor Speedway!

 

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Not the 1st time dad climbed fence after win

 By Kenny Bruce | NASCAR.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nearly didn’t see his father in Victory Lane on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

That’s because his father, Ricky Stenhouse Sr., almost didn’t get there.

The elder Stenhouse watched the race from Turn 3, and when he saw his son win for the first time in 158 career NASCAR Cup starts, he wanted to celebrate. And he apparently was willing to do just about anything to get to his son, who was parked in the celebration area behind the frontstretch.

At first, the excited man in his mid-50s tried to climb the Turn 3 fence to get on the track and run to Victory Lane.

“He found out he couldn’t,” Talladega spokesman Russell Branham said.

Stenhouse’s father eventually ran on the road that runs on the perimeter of the track — probably at least a half-mile — to the Turn 4 tunnel, but no one is allowed to walk through the tunnel. So track security promptly put the determined Ricky Sr. in a vehicle to calm him down. The detention was short-lived.

“They called our director of security, and our security guy said, ‘Take him to Victory Lane,'” Branham said.

Apparently, this wasn’t the first attempt by Stenhouse’s father to climb a fence. After an ARCA victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2008, Stenhouse Jr. figured his father had climbed the backstretch fence. So he went looking for his dad.

When I won at Kentucky, he climbed the fence, and I climbed the other side and met him at the top,” Stenhouse Jr. said.

Stenhouse Jr. said his father already was stressed because his golf cart was apparently stolen Saturday.

“My dad has done so much for me and my career,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “Everything I have learned is from him.”

 

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Chase Elliott dethrones Dale Earnhardt Jr. as king of die-casts!

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been dethroned — at least for the time being — as king of the NASCAR die-cast cars market.

Earnhardt may have recently been voted the most popular driver in NASCAR for the 14th consecutive year — but in a somewhat shocking development, he has been moved off the die-cast mountaintop by Chase Elliott, his much younger Hendrick Motorsports teammate and driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet.

For the first time since 2011, one of Earnhardt’s cars didn’t top the list. His sales probably weren’t helped by the fact that he missed the last half of the season while recovering from a concussion.

Earnhardt still came in strong, with his cars claiming the next three spots on the list and four of the remaining nine places in the top 10. Earnhardt wasn’t even the driver of the No. 88 in the race that featured the one-off “Grey Ghost” throwback paint scheme at Darlington, which came in at No. 9 on the list. By then, Earnhardt was sidelined by the concussion and he was replaced for that race by Jeff Gordon.

Here is the complete list of the Lionel Racing  top sellers.

  1. Chase Elliott’s No. 24 primary NAPA paint scheme.
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Batman paint scheme from Auto Club Speedway.
  3. Dale Jr.’s standard No. 88 Nationwide paint scheme.
  4. Dale Jr.’s Axalta No. 88 paint scheme.
  5. Kevin Harvick’s standard No. 4 Busch beer paint scheme.
  6. Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Superman paint scheme from Auto Club Speedway.
  7. Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Monster Energy paint scheme.
  8. Johnson’s No. 48 paint scheme from Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  9. Dale Jr.’s No. 88 Grey Ghost throwback paint scheme from Darlington.
  10. Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Light beer paint scheme.

By Joe Menzer /FoxSports

 

 

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Retiring at a young age from NASCAR

Tim Durr/FoxSports

 

Ned Jarrett, two-time Champion stopped at age 33

1965: Ned Jarrett captured his second NASCAR Cup title in his Bony Long 65′ Ford.

With only one victory in 1961, Jarrett put together a ton of consistent finishes in the top five and won his first

championship. In 1965, he competed in 54 of 55 races and won his second championship with an impressive 13 wins.

Jarrett won 50 races in 352 career races, while posting 185 top-five and 239 top-10 finishes. His average finish was 9.2 for his career.

After fighting to steadily compete in his early 20s, Jarrett competed in a majority of races in 1960 and went to Victory Lane five times. Jarrett finished in the top-five in points for six-straight seasons.

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Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and retired at 37

Lorenzen raced for 12 seasons from 1956 to 1972 before retiring from racing. Lorenzen follows the trend of drivers who started in NASCAR’s early days to make the Hall of Fame as someone who retired at 37 or younger.

With 26 total wins, Lorenzen’s win total stacks up closer to Edwards. Lorenzen posted 75 top-five and 84 top-10 finishes in his career. Fast Freddie posted a career average finish of 13.3.

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Junior Johnson, age 35

After racing for 14 years and 313 races from 1953 to 1966, Johnson retired from racing and became a full-time car owner.

Johnson put together an impressive win total during his career, with a career-high of 13 wins in 1965. He totaled 121 top-five and 148 top-10 finishes in his career. He posted a 13.5 average finish.

Along with Johnson’s accomplishments as a driver, he became a full-time car owner and won six championships with Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He totaled 132 wins as a car owner and those accomplishments definitely bolster his status to make him a lock as a Hall of Famer.

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Tim Flock, age 37

After racing for 13 years and 187 races from 1949 to 1961, Flock retired from NASCAR. The times were surely different back then and Flock was one of the founding stars of the sport.

Flock won a total of 39 races in his career and boasts the best career win percentage by a full-time driver (20.856 percent). He posted 102 top-five and 129 top-10 finishes in his 13-year career.

In 1952 and 1955, Flock won the Grand National Series championship. He posted eight wins in 1952 and an impressive 18 in 1955. His career average finish is 9.5 and he didn’t race in more than 10 races in a season after 1956.

 

 

Carl Edwards, age 37 with 28 wins

 

Edwards raced full-time from 2005 to 2016 and won 28 races in 445 career starts. He posted 124 top-five and 220 top-ten finishes. Edwards posted a career average finish of 13.6.

This is a different era of racing than the one Lorenzen, Jarrett, Flock, and Johnson competed in so Edwards will be judged differently than the other four. Only time will tell if we ever see Edwards race again and if he accomplished enough to be a Hall of Famer

 

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As Kyle Busch and wife Samantha were leaving the track at Watkins Glen on Saturday after the XFINITY race, he spotted a fans camper with a huge #18 decal on the side. He stopped and walked over to the camper, climbed the tires, and autographed the decal, another sign of a true champion! Samantha tweeted “They’re not here now, but won’t they be surprised when they return to their camper!”

(nascar.com)

 

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Kyle Busch's car collides with a fan in the Bristol Motor Speedway garage as he was bringing his No. 18 Toyota in for repairs by his crew.

Kyle Busch’s car collides with a fan in the Bristol Motor Speedway garage as he was bringing his No. 18 Toyota in for repairs by his crew.

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NASCAR’s Richest Teams and Drivers: Forbes has released its annual ranking of Sprint Cup teams and drivers based on earnings. Once again, Hendrick tops the charts. The top 10 teams and drivers and their estimated value:

 

Highest earning NASCAR teams:

Hendrick Motorsports $375 million

Joe Gibbs Racing $256 million

Stewart-Haas Racing $195 million

Richard Childress Racing $175 million

Roush Feneway Racing $155 million

Team Penske $140 million

Chip Ganassi Racing $75 million

Richard Petty Motorsports $55 million

Front Row Motorsports $26 million

BK Racing $24 million

 

Highest earning NASCAR drivers:

#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $23.5 million

#48-Jimmie Johnson $22.2 million

Jeff Gordon $21.6 million

#4-Kevin Harvick $15.5 million

#11-Denny Hamlin $15.1 million

#18-Kyle Busch $15.0 million

#10-Dania Patrick $13.4 million

#14-Tony Stewart $12.8 million

#19-Carl Edwards $12.1 million

#20-Matt Kenseth $11.9 million

Total earnings equals salary/winnings plus endorsements and licensing

In addition, Forbes estimates the actual cash value of a NASCAR charter to be $15-$17 million.

(Forbes)(4-1-2016)

 

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NASCAR Drivers with at least 500 consecutive starts

 

Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle will join an elite club at Phoenix International Raceway, where he will make his 500th consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

Biffle made his first start at Auto Club Speedway on April 28, 2002, finishing 13th. Biffle made 7 starts that year, and has started in every race since the 2003 season began.

 

Here are the 16 Drivers who have 500 or more consecutive NASCAR Premier Series starts.

 

Jamie McMurray, 506

McMurray got his first start subbing for injured Sterling Marlin at Talladega in October 2002. A week later, he won at Charlotte.

Richard Petty, 513

The seven-time champion started every race from the beginning of the 1972 season until March 26, 1989, when Petty failed to qualify at Richmond.

Tony Stewart, 521

The 3-time NASCAR Champion competed in every race from his rookie season of 1999 until August 2013, when he was injured in a sprint car race in Iowa.

Kevin Harvick, 530

In 2002, Harvick missed a NASCAR Premier Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Since then, he’s had a perfect record of competing in every race.

Ryan Newman, 538

Way back in 2002, Newman defeated Jimmie Johnson for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. And he’s been in every race since then.

Jimmie Johnson, 538

Johnson has had a spectacular career so far, in contention for his seventh NASCAR Premier Series championship.

Matt Kenseth, 571

The 2000 season saw Kenseth move to the NASCAR Premier Series. His streak of consecutive starts was snapped last season when he was suspended for two starts.

Ken Schrader. 579

The popular Missouri racer saw his consecutive-start streak end when he failed to qualify for the 2003 Brickyard 400.

Mark Martin, 621

Martin hooked up with Jack Roush at the beginning of the 1988 season and didn’t miss a race until he went to a part time schedule in 2007.

Jeff Burton, 626

Another alumnus of Roush Fenway Racing, Burton competed in every race from the start of the 1997 season until the end of the 2013 season.

Dale Earnhardt, 648

Tragically, Earnhardt died in a last lap crash at Daytona in 2001. Prior to his death, the last time Earnhardt missed a race was in 1979.

Terry Labonte, 655

Known as “Iron Man”, Labonte’s streak started with the first race of the 1979 season and ended in the 2000 Brickyard 400.

Rusty Wallace, 697

Impressively, the 1989 Premier Series Champion ran every race from the start of the 1984 season until the end of 2005, when he retired.

Bobby Labonte, 704

Another tough Texan and the 2000 Premier Series Champion, Labonte’s streak ran from the start of the 1993 season until he missed a race at Kentucky in June 2013.

Ricky Rudd, 788

One of NASCAR’s toughest drivers, Rudd once ran the Daytona 500 with his swollen eyelids literally duct-taped open following a vicious crash in the Busch Clash. His streak stretched from 1981 to 2005.

Jeff Gordon, 797

Gordon made his Premier Series debut in the final race of the year at Atlanta in 1992, where Alan Kulwicki won the Championship in a five-way shootout and Richard Petty ran his last race. Gordon didn’t miss a single race until he retired at the end of 2015.

 

(foxsports/Tom Jensen)

 

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Harley J. Earl trophy for winning the Daytona 500, who was Earl?

 

If there’s one trophy a driver dreams of putting his hands on, it’s the Harley J. Earl trophy.

Awarded to the winner of the Daytona 500, the Harley J. Earl trophy is one of the most prized possessions in motorsports. Named after Harley J. Earl, a famous General Motors designer and friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy rests year round inside The Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Motorsports Attraction of NASCAR,” and bears the name of every Daytona 500 champion.

Each year, the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy makes a trip outside the attraction to the hallowed grounds of Gatorade Victory Lane at the “World Center of Racing” for a meeting with the Daytona 500 champion. While the Daytona 500 champion doesn’t take home the Harley J. Earl trophy, the winner of the “Great American Race” is awarded a replica Harley J. Earl trophy, which has a black base with a scaled-down replica of the Firebird One that Earl created in 1954 at the peak of his career with General Motors. For the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the trophy was painted gold. The Harley J. Earl trophy is just one of three trophies awarded on the day of the Daytona 500. The winning crew chief of the Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Cannonball Baker trophy, which is named after the famous coast-to-coast racer who was elected the first national commissioner of NASCAR in 1948 while the owner of the winning Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Governor’s Cup.(DIS PR) Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker and youngest grandson of Earl, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. ” ‘Motoramic masterpieces’ is how I like to refer to them,” he said.(3-24-2009/2-21-2015) (jayski.com)

 

 

 

(NXS – NASCAR XFINITY Series)

(NSCS – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

(NCWTS – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)

 

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POTENTIAL Free-Agent Sprint Cup Series Regulars AFTER the 2016 season
#11-Denny Hamlin
#1-Jamie McMurray
#27-Paul Menard
#31-Ryan Newman

  • Free-Agent (full-time) Sprint Cup Series Regulars after 2015 season
    Alex Bowman
    Jeb Burton
    David Gilliland
    Timmy Hill
    Sam Hornish Jr.
    Travis Kvapil
    Brett Moffitt
    Brian Vickers (out with blood clots)
    Josh Wise
    J.J. Yeley
  • Drivers not running full-time after 2015
    #24-Jeff Gordon
  • Drivers not running full-time after 2016
    #14-Tony Stewart

(jayski.com)

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1981 Mar 29: Richard Petty (43) Petty Enterprises STP Buick Regal and Kyle Petty (42) Petty Enterprises STP Buick Regal compete in the 21st annual Valleydale 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series race at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol TN.

1981 Mar 29: Richard Petty (43) Petty Enterprises STP Buick Regal and Kyle Petty (42) Petty Enterprises STP Buick Regal compete in the 21st annual Valleydale 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series race at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol TN.

The Petty’s – History of the #40’s

The Pettys have a history of running the 40’s on all their cars. Petty’s brother, Maurice, was the crew chief on the No. 40 in 1970 when the Plymouth Superbird made it’s debut, and was driven by Pete Hamilton.

“We’ve had a lot of other drivers race for Petty Enterprises and Richard Petty Motorsports, but when Maurice wanted to be the Crew Chief for the Superbird in 1970, we hired Pete Hamilton who was a big star racing up in New England. We really felt that car was a big part of the Petty stable, so we used the number 40,” Petty said in a release. “Pete and Chief won the 500 and swept the races at Talladega that year. That built the legacy of the number 40 with the family.”

Maurice, or “Chief” as he was often called, raced the No. 41 for the team for a short time, along with Buck Baker later in the early 60’s. Both Maurice Petty and Buck Baker were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Lee Petty, “The King’s” father, is most remembered for racing the No. 42 throughout his career, also ran the No. 41. Lee’s career in the No. 42 included three championships and 54 victories. When Richard then got the itch to race, the numbers continued in order.

“When we got going into the 1959 season, it just made sense for me to go to the track with the 43 number with Daddy still racing the 42. That allowed me to have my own identity, and fate took it from there.”

The fate that Petty speaks of is a career behind the wheel of the No. 43 spanning from 1959 through 1992, compiling 200 career wins and seven championships, ultimately earning him his nickname of “The King.”

When Richard’s son, Kyle, took to the track, he would begin his career in the No. 42, honoring his grandfather, however the No. 44 is in the Pettys’ eyes for Kyle’s number. The #44 was the first number Kyle drove in the ARCA Series, and then in the later part of his career, Kyle would be at the wheel of the No. 44 again for Petty Enterprises with Hot Wheels as the team sponsor. He would run that number from 1997 until 2000. For him, it is only appropriate to see the Petty number back on the track.

Adam Petty, son of Kyle would debut in the No. 45 in the ARCA series, winning in his first start. The number stayed with him to the point where he made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2000, the first time a fourth-generation driver would start a Cup race. Unfortunately for the Petty family, Adam lost his life in a testing crash at New Hampshire later that year. Kyle would continue racing the following year, however would switch car numbers to 45 to honor his son.

(examiner.com)

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NASCAR History of the No. 3

Dale Earnhardt Sr's #3 Monte Carlo SS

Dale Earnhardt Sr’s #3 Monte Carlo SS

 

Think you already know everything about the No. 3 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?

Think again.

Here’s some serious No. 3 trivia for the hard-core NASCAR fan:

A total of 82 drivers have driven the No. 3 in NASCAR’s premier division — the late Dale Earnhardt and 81 others, including his former boss, Richard Childress.

— All told, cars carrying the No. 3 have competed in 1,208 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, amassing 68 poles, 97 race victories and 30,385 laps led.

— Nine drivers already in the NASCAR Hall of Fame competed in at least one race in the No. 3 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series: Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Buck Baker, Fred Lorenzen and Dale Earnhardt.

Of those nine, Earnhardt, Johnson, Pearson, Baker and Roberts won races in the No. 3.

The first driver to compete in the No. 3 in a NASCAR Premier Series race? That would be Bill Snowden, who finished fifth in his No. 3 Nash at Occoneechee (N.C.) Speedway on Aug. 7, 1949. Back then, it was called the NASCAR Strictly Stock Series, and ’49 was its first year.

— The first driver to win a race in the No. 3 in the NASCAR Premier Series? That would be Dick Rathmann, who drove the No. 3 Hudson Hornet to victory at Oakland Stadium on March 28, 1954. Rathmann won $1,000 for claiming the race.

— The most obscure winner in the No. 3 was probably Danny Letner, who on Aug. 1, 1954, won a 300-lapper at Oakland Stadium in a Hudson Hornet. Letner, 87, is a native of Downey, California.

— Top five winners in the No. 3: Dale Earnhardt, 67 race victories; Junior Johnson, 9; Paul Goldsmith, 5; Dick Rathmann and David Pearson, 3 each.

— What automakers have raced the No. 3? Just about all of them. Chevrolet, 821 races; Dodge, 118; Pontiac, 107; Oldsmobile, 56; Ford, 48; Hudson, 43; Plymouth, 16; Chrysler, 10; Mercury, 6; Studebaker, 3; Nash and MG, 1 each.

By the numbers for the No. 3:

Races: 1,208

Drivers: 82

Wins: 97

Top fives: 369

Top 10s: 613

Poles: 68

Laps led: 30,385

Laps run: 308,175

DNFs: 285

* All stats per DriverAverages.com

(By Tom Jensen /nascar.com)

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Days of Thunder’ parody turns Kyle Busch into Cole Trickle

 

Kyle Busch takes a ride on the “crispy edge” in a new video that pays homage to the classic Hollywood blockbuster “Days of Thunder.”

With sponsor Crispy M&M’s along for the ride, “Rowdy” transforms into hot-shot NASCAR driver Cole Trickle. Crew chief Adam Stevens, team owner Joe Gibbs and Kyle’s wife, Samantha, also have starring roles.

“Days of Thunder is hands down my favorite movie, and M&M’s Crispy is my favorite flavor M&M’s, so to pay homage to both of those legends is amazing,” said Busch. “I’ve seen Days of Thunder more than 100 times, so when I saw the script for the shoot, I was blown away.”

After the video, stay tuned and watch the bloopers in the making of the video!

(foxsports.com)

 


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Speedway Names Trivia………….

The Daytona International Speedway has a 180 acre infield area, which includes the 29 acre Lake Lloyd. How did Lake Lloyd get its name?

Click Here to find the answer on the NASCAR Trivia Page!

 

 

Did you ever Wonder?

 

What makes a race track a short track or a superspeedway?

Pretty simple actually, an oval track of one(1) mile or more is considered a superspeedway. An oval tracks under a mile in length is considered a short track. At present there are only three short tracks, Bristol(.533 mile), Martinsville(.526 mile) and Richmond(.75 mile). Of course Sears Point and Watkins Glen are road courses. (jayski.com)

 

How much does it cost a team owner to enter a NASCAR Sprint Cup race?

If the entry blank is mailed and received on time [usually 13 days before the race date] the entry fee is $4,300 to enter a car in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The fee is none-refundable. A late / post entry fee is $5,675 and the car owner nor the driver get any points.(2-12-2013)(jayski.com)

 

When was the last dirt track race ran in the Sprint Cup [Grand National] Series?

At State Fairgrounds Speedway (1/2 mile) in Raleigh, NC on September 30, 1970, won by #43-Richard Petty before a crowd of 6,000. It was a 100 mile race, 200 laps, Petty won by 2 laps over #06-Neil Castles. #4-John Sears won the pole with a speed of 71.380mph and finished last of the 23 cars in the field. (jayski.com)

 

“Racing Behind the Wall” Snippets!

*Early in his career, Michael Waltrip lived with Richard Petty. He started out living with Kyle, but Michael moved out of Kyle’s house and into Richard’s when he and Kyle had an argument that ended with Kyle throwing Michael’s shoes into a lake.

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* Texas Motor Speedway has created another culinary delight for race fans! The “Loaded Hawg Dawg” will made its debut during the INDYCAR/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in the Lone Star State. Here’s how the track describes the bacon-infused treat:

“The Loaded Hawg Dawg is a delicious, oversized sandwich featuring a generous portion of slow-cooked pulled pork, two mozzarella cheese sticks and two thick slices of bacon on a foot-long bun. It is then topped off with cheddar bacon jalapeno queso and sliced jalapenos.”

It can be yours for $12.00.

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* For the first time since 1970, The King, Richard Petty’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird is back on the road!

The iconic stock car – that’s also the star of the animated Disney Pixar movie “Cars” – is headed to this years Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England.

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* A little more than a week after becoming a father, Brad Keselowski said his daughter is healthy. As for new dad Brad, he seems to be enjoying the first few days of fatherhood, even if he has yet to engage in one of the novelties that typically comes with first-time parenting.

The 2012 Sprint Cup Series Champion revealed that he had yet to change a diaper, opting to instead leave that duty to girlfriend Paige White, his baby’s mother.

“I haven’t changed one yet,” Keselowski said, “Much like a race car driver should be, you rely on your pit crew, and my pit crew is Paige, and she is great at changing diapers.”

 (Fox Sports-Shake and Bake)

 

Lets Play the NASCAR Drivers “Nickname Game”!

Can you name the NASCAR driver by his “Nickname”? 

1. Rubberhead

2. Mr. September

3. Wonderboy

4. The Silver Fox

5. The Ice Man

6. The Golden Boy

7. Sliced Bread

8. The Mayor

9. The Onion

10. Rocket Man

11. Bubba

12. Herman the German

13. June Bug… or… Little E

14. Rowdy

15. The Candy Man

16. Outlaw

17. Zippy

18. The Dinger

19. Rooster

20. Jaws

21. Fireball

22. Squirrel Sr……and Squirrel Jr…. think before you see the answer!!

Click here to see the answers in the “Nickname Game” Section

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When did the phrase “Gentlemen, start your engines” begin?

The most famous words in motor sports actually began in open-wheel racing just after World War II. During the late 1940s, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Wilbur Shaw popularized the iconic “Gentlemen, start your engines” before runnings of the Indianapolis 500. Respondents to an unscientific IndyStar.com poll three years ago voted that phrase the most popular tradition at the Indy 500 — more popular than kissing the bricks or the bottle of milk presented to the winning driver. After Shaw’s death in a 1954 plane crash, Tony Hulman Jr. carried on the tradition at the Indy 500 from 1955 to 1977. But it quickly spread beyond Indianapolis and open-wheel racing, becoming engrained amid the starting festivities in all of motor sports. The phrase is believed to have jumped to stock-car racing in the mid-1950s, where its importance and popularity have only continued to surge. But it has also changed.(Kansas City Star), when a female runs a race, the expression commonly used now is “Drivers, start your engines”.(10-9-2011)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares special pre-race ritual with his famous father.

 

Prayer before the race

Each week before a driver climbs in his or her car, they typically have a pre-race ritual that takes place. Whether it is hugging their significant other, saying a little prayer or eating the same thing each week, drivers often have funny ways of preparing for a race.

 
However, for Dale Earnhardt Jr., one pre-race tradition is a bit more special and ties him back to his late father.
Prior to each race, Stevie Waltrip, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer and FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip, writes out a unique Bible verse for Earnhardt to tape inside his car for the race.

 
Waltrip, who has been a staple in the NASCAR community ever since her husband started racing in the 1970s, began this practice with Dale Earnhardt. The man known by many as “The Intimidator” was described as being “sweet and sensitive” by Waltrip, and he was always looking out for her special verses on race day.

 
“If it was getting close to race time and I hadn’t given it to him, he’d look around for me and say, ‘Hey, where’s my Bible verse!'” Waltrip told Gannett News Service in a 2001 interview. “One year at North Wilkesboro I was running late and didn’t get down to the track until they were about to start the race. Dale actually got out of his car and came looking for me. He grabbed his verse and ran back and climbed back in his car just in time to start the race.”
Now Waltrip continues that tradition with Dale Jr. Each week before the race she provides him with a verse just as she did with his father. Most weeks, Earnhardt’s girlfriend, Amy Reimann, shares those verses on her personal Twitter account.

 
Take a look at a few of those special messages Stevie Waltrip has written out for Dale Jr.:

(from foxsports.com/shakeandbake)