Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Man Arrested After Allegedly Choking Fiancee in Argument Over NASCAR vs IndyCar

A Franklin man was arrested Sunday evening after choking his fiancée in a dispute over whether NASCAR or IndyCar is better.

Police responded to an incomplete 911 call from an address in the 2500 block of South U.S. 31 in Franklin around 7:45 p.m.

Coca-Cola 600 Overnight Television Rating Hits Low

Overnight ratings for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 were the lowest since the race moved to FOX.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Charlotte earned a 3.6 overnight rating on FOX Sunday evening, down 8% from last year (3.9), down 12% from 2013 (4.1), and the lowest overnight for the race since it began airing on FOX in 2001. Keep in mind that does not include the 2009 race, which was postponed from Sunday to Memorial Day (3.5).

This is the second straight year the race has earned its lowest overnight ever on FOX. It has set or tied a low in four of the past six seasons. (Sports Media Watch)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ty Dillon To Run Another Full-Time Schedule in XFINITY Series in 2016

Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF.org Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (May 22, 2015 - Source: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
In preparation for an eventual move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, Ty Dillon will increase his presence in NASCAR’s top series next year, pending sponsorship. Dillon will spend another year running for the XFINITY Series championship in 2016. He currently is second in the series standings behind leader Chris Buescher.

“We’re kind of working on it now,” said Richard Childress, Dillon’s grandfather and team owner. “It sort of depends on the sponsorship and all, but we want to get him set up for the XFINITY Series next year, and if we can get him going in the Cup [Series], that’s kind of our plan.” (NASCAR Wire Services)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RCR, Ryan Newman Penalties Amended

(April 16, 2015) - The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway.

The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
20.16: Wheels and tires
A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
20.16.2: Tires
F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted. Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):

A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
B. Loss of an additional $50,000

The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level violation.
2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
-$75,000 fine. Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
– Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31for Tire Technician James Bender.
-Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.

The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
Mr. John Capels
Mr. Hunter Nickell
Mr. Dale Pinilis

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer inaccordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR rule book.

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RCR Awaits Word on Appeal of Penalties

Richard Childress Racing has an awful lot riding on Thursday's appeal of penalties levied by NASCAR after Ryan Newman's No. 31 RCR Chevrolet was found with tire irregularities following last month's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR hit RCR with what it calls a P5 penalty, the second most severe infraction on a scale that runs from P1-P6. Among other offenses, NASCAR cited RCR with violating section 20.16 of the rulebook, which pertains to wheels and tires: "A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted."

As a result, NASCAR hit the team hard.

Newman was penalized 75 driver points.

Childress was penalized 75 owner points. (Fox Sports)

Kyle Busch Speaks to Media for First Time Since Crash

Kyle Busch walked, gingerly, to a director's chair Wednesday afternoon in making his first media appearance since his severe crash nearly two months ago at Daytona International Raceway, a step slower than he used to be, but counting himself fortunate to be walking at all.

"I'm thankful that it wasn't worse than what it was," Busch said more than once during his 55-minute session, grateful to be in improving health.

Busch, speaking at the headquarters of his Joe Gibbs Racing team, held his first news conference since suffering multiple leg fractures in a crash Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Despite his frustration at being out of action and lacking a firm timetable for a return to the seat of his No. 18 Toyota, Busch was in lifted spirits as he continues to make strides in his rehabilitation.

"First and foremost, I've got to please my doctors, and they say my recovery is going faster than they expected," Busch said. "They won't release me a timetable. It's week by week and what I can show them I can do." (NASCAR.com)

Bristol Motor Speedway Weekend Schedule

Bristol baby!

Here’s the weekend schedule including Fox and Fox Sports 1 TV coverage and the Performance Racing Network (simulcast on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90) radio coverage:
* All times listed are Eastern
FRIDAY, APRIL 176:30 am – 7:30 pm – Sprint Cup garage open7 am – Sprint Cup inspection begins
10 am – 7:30 pm – Xfinity garage open12 pm – 1:25 pm – Sprint Cup practice (Fox Sports 1)1:30 pm – Qualifying inspection begins
1:30 – 2:25 pm – Xfinity Series practice (Fox Sports 1)
3 – 4:25 pm – Xfinity Series final practice (Fox Sports 1)
4:45 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying (Fox Sports 1/PRN)
SATURDAY, APRIL 185:30 am – Xfinity Series garage open7 am – 1:30 pm – Sprint Cup garage open8:30 am  9:25 am – Sprint Cup practice (Fox Sports 1)9:45 am – Xfinity Series qualifying (Fox Sports 1)11:15 am – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
11:30 am -12:25 pm– Sprint Cup final practice (Fox Sports 1)1 pm – Xfinity driver introductions1:15 pm – All Sprint Cup cars must be parked in haulers
1:30 pm – Xfinity Series race – Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (300 laps, 159.9 miles) (Fox Sports 1/PRN)
SUNDAY, APRIL 196 am – Sprint Cup garage open11 am – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting12:20 pm – Sprint Cup driver introductions1 pm – Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer (500 laps, 266.5 miles) (Fox/PRN)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Stewart-Haas Racing Names Regan Smith Interim Driver of No. 41

Regan Smith, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, looks on from the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Smith has been named as the replacement driver for Kurt Busch in the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after a no-contact order was issued against him for alleged abuse against his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. (February 21, 2015 - Source: Robert Reiners/Getty Images North America)
Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend Feb. 26-March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Smith will begin driving the No. 41 car during the open test session on Thursday. The race on Sunday will be Smith’s seventh Sprint Cup start at Atlanta. His most recent Sprint Cup start at the 1.54-mile oval was on Sept. 2, 2012 when he finished 14th.

Atlanta will be Smith’s second race in the No. 41 car. He drove the Haas Automation Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish last Sunday in the Daytona 500. Smith already had some history with Stewart-Haas Racing prior to Daytona. He subbed for Tony Stewart in the team’s No. 14 car last August at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Erik Jones Meets Joe Gibbs About Filling In For Injured Kyle Busch

Erik Jones, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare/Project Pink Toyota, gets in his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (September 19, 2014 - Source: Will Schneekloth/Getty Images North America)
Erik Jones has emerged as the leading candidate to replace injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR Talk has learned.

Jones, who drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series and is under contract with JGR, met Monday morning with team owner Joe Gibbs to discuss taking over the ride. Busch is out indefinitely after suffering a compound fracture in his right leg in an Xfinity Series crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. JGR could make an announcement on an interim driver as early as Monday afternoon.

The team is expected to receive approval from NASCAR to put Jones in a Sprint Cup car. He wasn’t approved for the Daytona 500 as NASCAR typically doesn’t allow drivers to make their Cup debut in a restrictor-plate race at Daytona or Talladega Superspeedway without having raced at a lower-tier event at those tracks. (NASCAR Talk)

Joe Gibbs: No Timetable For Kyle Busch's Return

Joe Gibbs Racing has not put a timetable on the return of driver Kyle Busch, who suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot in a crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch is already lobbying to come back as soon as possible, team owner Joe Gibbs said, but the number of months he misses will be determined after he returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, and visits OrthoCarolina Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed surgery on Busch's left foot in the offseason and serves as the team doctor for the Carolina Panthers.

Gibbs said Busch, who had surgery on his leg Saturday night, will return to North Carolina as soon as he feels well enough to fly home.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Joey Logano Edges Rival Kevin Harvick to Win Daytona 500

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, puts his hands into a concrete mold after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 21, 2015 - Source: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)
Joey Logano survived a green-white-checkered finish and suffocating pressure from his rivals to win one of the most intense and competitive Daytona 500s in recent memory.

Logano passed leader Jimmie Johnson with nine laps to go and thanks to a last-lap caution flag held on for the victory over Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.

"I can't believe it. It was absolutely amazing," said Logano, who earned his ninth career victory in his 220th start. "This is awesome. The Daytona 500? Oh, my God. Are you kidding? I was so nervous the whole race."

Final Appeals Officer Denies Kurt Busch's Final Appeal

The National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss, heard and considered the appeal of driver Kurt Busch. The penalty concerns Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; 12.8: Behavioral penalty.

The penalty stems from activities last year involving Kurt Busch that resulted in a decision by the Family Court of the State of Delaware to issue an Order of Protection of Abuse against him. The penalty is an indefinite suspension. Earlier today, a three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.

Tonight, Kurt Busch presented his position to the Final Appeals Officer. Representing NASCAR was Jim Cassidy, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. The Appellate Administrator is NASCAR Vice President George Silbermann.