Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Remembers his 2004 Bristol Sweep. #Appreci88ion

Bristol Motor Speedway is always one of Dale Jr.’s favorite stops on the NASCAR schedule, but his 2004 weekend sweep tops the list of his memories at the World’s Fastest Half Mile. #Appreci88ion 

"I remember that race because I had been burned in the Corvette that year, so I had this big open wound on my leg, and I was having to wrap it every day, about twice a day," Earnhardt remembers. In fact, after winning the Xfinity race, the champagne got down inside his suit, "so I'm standing in victory lane during all those pictures, and my leg is on fire because of the champagne."



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Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky’ Features Real NASCAR Drivers as Extras

Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky’ Features Real NASCAR Drivers as Extras

Are You Ready for a #NASCAR Heist Film

Director Steven Soderbergh works with drivers Carl Edwards (middle) and Kyle Busch during filming of 'Logan Lucky'. #NASCAR
Director Steven Soderbergh works with drivers Carl Edwards (middle) and
Kyle Busch during filming of 'Logan Lucky'. (Photo: Claudette Barius)


Ocean's 11 director Steven Soderbergh returns to heist films – and filmmaking in general after a four-year hiatus – with Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as down-and-out brothers who conspire to rob a NASCAR event.



"Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway," the film's synopsis states.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards (retired), Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson add a bit of authenticity to the production by popping into the film for brief roles. However, none have a role as a racecar driver.


Ryan Blaney portrays a delivery boy in “Lucky Logan” #NASCAR
Ryan Blaney portrays a delivery boy in “Lucky Logan”

Rookie Ryan Blaney, who portrays a delivery boy in “Lucky Logan” also has roles in NASCAR on Fox (2001), NASCAR on Speed (2003) and Cars 3 (2017) on his resume. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch play West Virginia State Troopers; Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are security guards; and Kyle Larson appears as a Limo Driver.


NASCAR hasn’t been the vehicle for a major Hollywood feature film since ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ a decade ago. Though ‘Lucky Logan’ isn’t about NASCAR, the sport is used as the background for the plot.

‘Logan Lucky’ is scheduled for release tomorrow on August 18th.







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Rowdy Goes for the #NASCAR Triple Play

Rowdy Goes for the #NASCAR Triple Play

Kyle Busch Wins the Truck Race - One Down; Two to Go

In baseball, triple plays are rare. In fact, there have been 713 triple plays in the history of Major League Baseball, dating back to the first triple play in 1876. On average, there are 3.5 triple plays turned during the more than 2,400 games played each year, with the most recent coming this past Aug. 3, when the Baltimore Orioles turned one against the Detroit Tigers.


Kyle Busch's burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck UNOH 200 #NASCAR
Kyle Busch's burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck UNOH 200

With that in mind, NASCAR’s version of a triple play is much more rare than baseball’s version. Of course, NASCAR’s version of the “Triple” is a driver winning all three races of NASCAR’s top national series – Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck – at the same track on the same weekend.

Trucks parked on pit road due to weather. #NASCAR
Trucks parked on pit road
due to weather.
Only one driver has been able to pull off that feat – Kyle Busch. Back in 2010, Busch brought home all three trophies during a magical August weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Before and since then, the Las Vegas native had come close by winning two of the three races several times. But he only accomplished the coveted triple that one week in August 2010. 

So as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shop Night Race, the 2015 Cup Series champion will again attempt to pull off something only he has ever accomplished – a weekend triple. Busch is entered in Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). He’ll continue Friday night in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and then finish off the weekend in NASCAR’s top series Saturday night.



The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry for JGR in the Cup Series has a stellar record at the .533-mile high-banked bullring with five Cup Series wins. In fact, there will only be one other driver in the field Saturday night who has the same number of Bristol wins – his brother Kurt Busch. He would like nothing more than to sit alone atop the list of active drivers with six career Bristol wins.


Kyle Busch poses with the Keystone Light Pole Award - #NASCAR
Kyle Busch poses with the Keystone Light Pole Award

In addition to his five wins, Busch has notched eight top-fives and 13 top-10s in 24 career starts at Northeast Tennessee’s “Thunder Valley.” Amazingly enough, three of Busch’s wins there came over a four-race span at the .533-mile short track in 2009 and 2010.

While he is a factor any time he travels to Bristol, it’s interesting to note Busch didn’t immediately take to the place. During his rookie year in 2005, he posted finishes of 28th and 33rd, but his record since then has been impressive, to say the least. After bringing home finishes of eighth and second in 2006, Busch captured his first Bristol Cup Series win in March 2007. The track was resurfaced after that race and, from 2008 to 2011, nobody has been better at the concrete oval than Busch. He scored four wins and six top-10s from 2008 until another change to the track surface prior to the August 2012 race weekend. Busch is looking to recapture the magic from his four years of dominance there on the current surface. 

So as Busch and the M&M’S Caramel team head to Northeast Tennessee this weekend, they’ll be focused yet again on another possible “Triple Play” in hopes of taking yet another checkered flag at a Bristol track that has treated him quite well over the years.


Kyle Busch, Race Winner and Driver the #46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota - #NASCAR
Kyle Busch, Race Winner and Driver the #46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Caramel Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

Would you like to break the tie between yourself and your brother for most wins here at Bristol among active drivers?

“I remember watching when I was a kid – I wasn’t here yet – watching Kurt win his first race here at Bristol and then having the epic battle with Jimmy Spencer there. That was a lot of fun to watch and see how Kurt was able to get his first win here and of course the years that I’ve been able to put cars in victory lane or wishing I could go back and get a few more of those wins that I missed out on – I’d have a heck of a lot more than just five. I think nothing comes close to the race that we had here in 2010 in the fall when I won the Truck race, the XFINITY race and the Cup race all in the same weekend. That was awfully special to pull off and with as much things as can happen here and as much carnage that can happen here, it certainly made for an awesome weekend and one for the record books.” 

What is your most memorable experience at Bristol?

“The one that stands out the most for me is August 2010 – being able to do the sweep. We won the Truck race on Wednesday night, backed it up in the Xfinity Series race Friday and took home the trophy from the Cup race on Saturday night. We would certainly like to give it a shot again this weekend and get our M&M’S Caramel Camry to victory lane on Saturday to finish it off.”

Do you think anyone will ever win another seven races in a row at Bristol, like Darrell Waltrip did from 1981 to 1984?

“No, I don’t think so. I think the way the sport was then is certainly different than the way the sport is now. When you hit on something back in that day, you might have been able to keep it at that particular racetrack for a lot longer than you can now. The way that tech goes and the way you have to tear down your car here at the racetrack and having people looking at it from not very far away, they can see what you’re doing and, then again, they go to the tech center and they pull apart the shocks and they pull apart the bump stops and they basically give away to everybody else what you’re doing. I don’t think you’ll ever see seven in a row at a particular racetrack again, but I could be wrong. Deep down, I would like to say that I could do it, but I know that, even with the team I have and the crew and the talent and everything we’ve got going on with the M&M’S Caramel car, that’s going to be hard to do. It’s fun to reminisce about those days and about what it’s all about but, sometimes you hear these comments about our sport. And they talk about how great it was in the ’70s or the ’80s, and you look at some of the results and there’s eight cars that finish and the second-place car is three laps down and this guy has now won five in a row at a particular racetrack and it’s, like, ‘How is that the good old days?’ Is that really what would be exciting these days? I don’t think so. Not unless it’s your favorite driver, and there are a lot of fans out there who pull for different drivers.”

 How much do the changes to the track impact your capabilities at this track? 

“Every time we come here it seems like there’s something changing. With the bottom grip strip let’s call it, it certainly makes for a unique race track – more unique than it was already and when they first re-concreted this race track and did a new layout to it, more of a bowl-type to where you can run all over the race track, I was a huge fan of that – that you could race and race cleanly and not have to knock people out of the way and you could run three wide through the corners or two wide most all the way around the race track. That’s boring apparently so they changed it again and ground the outside groove and that really through me and my team for a loop and we were never really able to find something that we could work with up there and get it to work the way that we needed it to win races here. Now that they have the bottom groove going back again, that seems to open it again for the bottom and the top and you can run two lanes and you can have the lanes be more equal to one another rather than the top just being so much faster and having to run up there.”

What makes Bristol Motor Speedway so unique and a place that fans love?

“Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best racetracks on the circuit. All the fans love it because of the excitement, the run-ins and the close-quarter action with all the cars being packed on top of one another at a half-mile racetrack with us 40 lunatics running around in a tight circle. With the fans, the atmosphere there always makes for a good time.”

Kyle Busch Celebrates In Victory Lane with the Winner’s Trophy - #NASCAR
Kyle Busch Celebrates In Victory Lane with the Winner’s Trophy

Notes of Interest 

  • The Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway will mark Kyle Busch’s 450th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 25th NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol.
  • Busch has career totals of 39 wins, 24 poles, 155 top-five finishes, 232 top-10s and 13,505 laps led in 449 career Cup Series racesHis most recent Cup Series win came three races ago at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Busch’s most recent pole, the 25th of his career, came two races ago at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. He now has six poles this season, a career high.
  • Busch has five wins, eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10s and has led a total of 1,960 laps in 24 career Cup Series starts at Bristol. Busch’s average Bristol finish is15.1.  
  • 13,000: After leading 100 laps at Pocono in June, Busch bested the 13,000 mark in laps led in NASCAR’s top series. With his current 13,505 Cup Series laps led, Busch is just the 11th driver to best the 13,000 mark.
  • 100th: Busch brought home Toyota’s maiden Cup series victory in March of 2008. Fast forward nine years later and Busch’s recent Pocono win was the 100th for the Toyota Camry brand in NASCAR’s top series. Busch has brought home 35 of those 100 victories for the manufacturer. The win was also Toyota’s 400th victory among NASCAR’s top three series. Among those 400 wins, Busch has 155.
  • Starting Up Front: Busch captured his third consecutive pole two races ago at Watkins Glen, which was the sixth of 2017 for the Las Vegas native. Six poles is the most Busch has captured during any season of his career. In fact, prior to 2017, the most poles Busch had captured in a season was three, which he did on two different occasions during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#NASCAR Race Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway

#NASCAR Race Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers and teams all head to Bristol Motor Speedway for racing under the lights. Wednesday also offers a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. #ItsBristolBaby


Bush’s Beans 150 - #NASCAR #NWMT
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NWMT
Bush’s Beans 150
Wednesday, August 16
6:05 PM
 

UNOH 200 #NASCAR #NCWTS
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NCWTS
UNOH 200
Wednesday, August 16
8:30 PM
 

Food City 300 - #NASCAR #NXS
NASCAR XFINITY Series
NXS
Food City 300
Friday, August 18
7:30 PM 
 

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race - #NASCAR #MENCS
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
MENCS
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Saturday, August 19
7:30 PM




Bristol Motor Speedway Schedule


Series Activity 

Wednesday, August 16
7:00 AM NCWTS Garage Opens
8:00 AM  NWMT Garage Opens
9:00 - 9:55 AM NCWTS 1st Practice
11:00 - 11:55 AM NCWTS Final Practice
12:30 - 2:00 PM  NWMT Final Practice
3:15 PM NWMT Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
4:35 PM NCWTS Qualifying (Multi-Vehicle / Three Rounds)
5:45 PM NWMT  Driver Introductions
6:05 PM NWMT  Bush’s Beans 150 Race (150 Laps, 79.95 Miles)
8:00 PM NCWTS Driver Introductions
8:30 PM NCWTS UNOH 200 Race (200 Laps, 106.6 Miles)






Thursday, August 17
10:30 - 6:00 PM  NXS Garage Open
1:00 - 1:55 PM NXS 1st Practice
3:00 - 3:55 PM  NXS Final Practice






Friday, August 18
7:30 - 7:00 PM  MENCS  Garage Open
9:30 AM NXS Garage Opens
10:00 - 11:25 AM  MENCS  1st Practice
12:30 - 1:55 PM  MENCS  Final Practice
3:40 PM NXS Qualifying (Multi-Vehicle / Three Rounds)
5:45 PM MENCS  Qualifying (Multi-Vehicle / Three Rounds)
7:00 PM NXS Driver Introductions
7:30 PM NXS Food City 300 Race (300 Laps, 159.9 Miles)






Saturday, August 19
11:00 AM MENCS  Garage Open
5:45 - 6:45 PM 
Concert
6:50 PM MENCS  Driver Introductions
7:30 PM MENCS  Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (500 Laps, 266.5 Miles)



(Eastern) All Times Are Listed In Local / Eastern Standard Time



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#NASCAR Race Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway
#NASCAR Race Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thoughts On Dale Jr.'s Last Bristol Night Race #ItsBristolBaby

Thoughts On Dale Jr.'s Last Bristol Night Race

"They will tear this place down if he won one more time"

Here's a couple of fan bites on what they think Dale Jr.'s last Bristol Night Race will be like. 

Share a Dale Jr. thought with us by using the hashtag #ItsBristolBaby on your favorite social media channel.



Dale Jr., Shares His Thoughts on All Things Bristol.




 

 

Last Weekend

Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded a 14th-place finish in his last #NASCAR Cup Series start


Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded a 14th-place finish in his last NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway. The finish moved the No. 88 team up one position to 22nd in the series standings through 23 races.


The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway next where Earnhardt will once again pull double duty competing in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Friday night and the Cup Series event Saturday night.


Thoughts On Dale Jr.'s Last Bristol Night Race #ItsBristolBaby - #NASCAR

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sam Hornish Jr. Wins at Mid-Ohio

Sam Hornish Jr. Wins at Mid-Ohio

304th Win For Rouch Yates

Sam Hornish Jr., at his hometown track, won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season - #NASCAR


Sam Hornish Jr., at his hometown track, won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season and fourth Xfinity race for Team Penske at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“We had an excellent Ford Mustang,” commented Hornish - #NASCAR


“We had an excellent Ford Mustang,” commented Hornish. “The guys worked hard and gave me a great car, from the time we unloaded this thing was a rocket ship. We really knew we had a car that could win this race, it was just up to me.”

Hornish, making just his third start of the season in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford Mustang, sat on the pole, by leveraging the power of the Ford FR9 Carb engine to set a new track record of 83.921 in Lexington, Ohio.

the Ford FR9 Carb engine


“Sam did an incredible job all weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Sam, Roger and the Team Penske organization.”

The No. 22 led a race-high 61 of the 75 laps, dominating the 2.258-mile circuit in the Mid-Ohio Challenge, in addition to collecting the second stage win.

The No. 22 led a race-high 61 of the 75 laps - #NASCAR


The race saw nine lead changes, majority of which were in the last 30 laps. With five laps to go and after a hectic restart, Hornish was able to clear the field and build a 1.33 second lead on the No. 21 Daniel Hemric, to bring home his first XFINITY win in his home state and fifth of his XFINITY career.



 the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano started side-by-side - #NASCAR


In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano started side-by-side, after Keselowski qualified on the pole by turning the fastest Cup lap in the 2017 season at 203.097mph at Michigan International Speedway.

Keselowski led a race-high 105 laps and won the first stage, but it was Trevor Bayne from Roush Fenway Racing who used pit strategy and a strong final restart to be the highest Ford finisher in fifth, while Kurt Busch from Stewart Haas Racing (SHR) was 11th, Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was 12th, Kevin Harvick (SHR) 13th and Ryan Blaney from Wood Brother’s Racing rounded out the top fifteen.

trevor Bayne from Roush Fenway Racing used pit strategy and a strong final restart to be the highest Ford finisher in fifth = #MENCS #NASCAR


Closing in on the last three races of the regular NASCAR season; Bristol, Darlington and Richmond. It will be a fight to the finish to see who secures the remaining spots for the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs.


All three NASCAR series will head to the last GREAT COLOSSEUM in Bristol, Tennessee. Racing starts on Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM ET with the Camping World Truck Series and concludes Saturday August 18th, under the lights with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at 7:30 PM ET.

All three NASCAR series will head to the last GREAT COLOSSEUM in Bristol, Tennessee. #NASCAR





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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Drive to Stop Diabetes

Drive to Stop Diabetes

Commit to Leading an Active and Healthy Lifestyle.

 

Drive to Stop Diabetes - #NASCAR


Many NASCAR® fans are affected by diabetes, which puts one out of three Americans at risk for
Drive to Stop Diabetes - #NASCAR
this life-threatening chronic disease. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, blindness, neuropathy and more.

NASCAR XFINITY Series® driver Ryan Reed was determined not to allow his diabetes diagnosis to stop him. So far this season Ryan has won at Daytona and currently sits eighth in the XFINITY Series Playoff standings. With consistent physical activity, healthy eating, and a supportive health care team, he perseveres every day to stay healthy and safely on the track. Join Ryan to take control of your health and make diabetes care a priority. Ryan is living proof that with commitment and lifestyle changes, diabetes doesn’t have to prevent you from doing what you love.

Drive Your Health


Summer is here, which means that barbecue season is as well. Consider replacing a heavier dish while still satisfying your taste buds with a lighter option like these fresh grilled scallops with chunky salsa verde. For more guilt-free summer recipes, check out our Recipes for Healthy Living.

Accept Ryan’s Challenge and commit to leading an active and healthy lifestyle. You can find diabetes management resources, as well as fitness and nutrition tips, to help you get started. And be sure to tell us how you #DriveYourHealth on social media and inspire others to persevere.


Drive to Stop Diabetes - #NASCAR

 

The 77th Scientific Sessions


The American Diabetes Association® is dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes. That’s why we hold our annual Scientific Sessions, bringing leaders in diabetes research together to share their findings on treatment, care and innovation. Here are some research highlights from the 77th Scientific Sessions, which took place in June in San Diego.


Drive to Stop Diabetes - #NASCAR

Please join us in raising awareness for diabetes issues—and (of course) sending best wishes to Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Team for a great rest of the season!