Daily Archives: August 5, 2015




NASCAR still waiting on Monster Energy’s sponsorship decision

Six month ago executives from NASCAR and Monster spoke positively about their still new and developing relationship that saw the energy drink maker take over entitlement sponsorship duties from Sprint, which had the role since 2004. Both sides were optimistic Monster would exercise a two-year option and remain in the role through 2020, with a decision needed by December.

But in the months since the bloom has fallen off the rose to some degree and behind the scenes there isn’t as much enthusiasm Monster will re-up its deal. In fact, Monster not only asked for an extension of the December deadline – until just after the first of the year – but also asked for a second extension until the spring, multiple industry sources told SB Nation. NASCAR granted both requests, though has quietly begun identifying new and potential replacements in case Monster doesn’t renew.

Although Monster has its share of critics who feel more could be done related to television buys and at-track activation, the reality is the company has brought a much needed fresh approach that has nudged NASCAR out of its comfort zone. And if Monster were to opt out, it places NASCAR in a precarious position for the second time in three years where the search for an entitlement sponsor becomes a pervasive cloud hanging over the season that overshadows what’s happening on the track.




Twenty drivers eligible for 2018  ‘The Clash’ at Daytona

Eligible drivers are:

2017 Coors Light Pole Award winners (14)

 • Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award Winners (3)

Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick.

2017 Playoff Drivers (3)

Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman.


Darlington Raceway announces ‘Seven Decades of NASCAR’ for 2018 throwback weekend

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA  – In year four of its award-winning throwback platform, Darlington Raceway will be celebrating “Seven Decades of NASCAR” for its 2018 campaign.

The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrated during the track’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.





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.




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)



2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chase drivers!






*NASCAR releases the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule –




Throwback Paint Schemes for Darlington 2017!



The History of the Number 88


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.”




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)



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!



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.”




Retiring at a young age from NASCAR

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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



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!”




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.





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.




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)



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)





(NSCS – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

(NCWTS – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)



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





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.



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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