Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Matt Tifft Finishes Fourth At Richmond

Matt Tifft Finishes Fourth At Richmond

Qualifies for Xfinity Dash 4 Cash for the First Time

Matt Tifft Finishes Fourth At Richmond


Coming off his first top-five finish of the season, Matt Tifft qualified for the third round of Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash program when he placed fourth at Richmond Raceway last Friday night. This is Tifft’s first time qualifying for the program, in which he now has a shot at earning a $100,000 bonus if he is the highest finisher of the four participants after Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

“I feel like that in qualifying for Dash 4 Cash with our fourth-place finish from Richmond, we showed that we really earned it,” said Tifft. “We hadn’t been able to put together a complete race weekend like we had at Richmond this year, where we earned stage points and a solid finish, so accomplishing that this past weekend really set us up to be able to qualify for this round of Dash 4 Cash.



“It’s almost like it’s a nice added bonus to be able to go after it this weekend at Talladega,” he said. “We were able to accomplish all our goals at Richmond, so now we get to go compete for an extra $100,000 thanks to Xfinity.”

“As far as the race goes, I don’t see making the Dash 4 Cash really affecting our strategy or efforts,” Tifft said. “We’ve talked about some situations we may be in during the race and what to do in each one. For me personally, I’d like to focus on trying to stay in the front of the pack during the race. Every time I’ve dropped back in one of these races, it seems to get pretty ugly.

“I’ve been to Talladega a few times more than I’ve been to Daytona so I’m a little more comfortable there with how wide that place is,” he said. “I feel more confident going there this time since we’ve been running well lately. It’s not like a make-or-break weekend for us.”

The Xfinity Series Hits the Track on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. E.T.

 


att Tifft and crew chief Randall Burnett have had a strong start to the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Matt Tifft and crew chief Randall Burnett have had a strong start
to the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. (HHP/Alan Marler)


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Vote for Your Driver Until May 18th

Monster Energy #NASCAR All-Star Race - Vote Now


Fans will again have a say in who gets to race in NASCAR’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race to be held on May 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s What You Need To Do To Vote:

OR
  • • Download the NASCAR mobile app for free from the App Store or Google Play and vote right through the app.

Not only can you vote once per day, but votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter count as double toward your favorite driver getting a shot at competing for the $1 million prize.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 18. The Fan Vote winner will be announced immediately following the completion of the Monster Energy Open, prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on FS1 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Monster Energy #NASCAR All-Star Race - 2018 Rules Package

How is the NASCAR All-Star Race Field Set?

The field of drivers currently is comprised of all 2017 and 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners, former All-Star Race winners competing full time and former Monster Energy Series champs competing full time.

Currently 17 drivers are eligible for the event. Others can still qualify by winning a race this year, winning one of three stages in the preceding Monster Energy Open event or winning the All-Star Fan Vote.


Rank Driver How qualified
1 Ryan Blaney 2017 Pocono-1 win
2 Clint Bowyer 2018 Martinsville-1 win
3 Kurt Busch 2017 Daytona 500 win
4 Kyle Busch 2017 Pocono-2 win
5 Austin Dillon 2017 Charlotte-1 win
6 Denny Hamlin 2017 New Hampshire-1 win
7 Kevin Harvick 2017 Sonoma win
8 Jimmie Johnson 2017 Texas win
9 Kasey Kahne 2017 Indianapolis win
10 Matt Kenseth 2017 Phoenix-2 win
11 Brad Keselowski 2017 Atlanta win
12 Kyle Larson 2017 Auto Club win
13 Joey Logano 2017 Richmond win
14 Jamie McMurray Former All-Star Race winner
15 Ryan Newman 2017 Phoenix win
 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2017 Talladega-1 win
 17. Martin Truex Jr. 2017 Las Vegas win




Don’t forget to vote for your favorite driver daily.


You can help one of the drivers listed below into the NASCAR’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
    Monster Energy #NASCAR All-Star Race - Vote Now
  1. AJ Allmendinger
  2. Aric Almirola
  3. Trevor Bayne
  4. Alex Bowman
  5. Chris Buescher
  6. William Byron
  7. Landon Cassill
  8. Ross Chastain
  9. Matt DiBenedetto
  10. Ty Dillon
  11. Chase Elliott
  12. Gray Gaulding
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Corey LaJoie
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. Paul Menard
  17. David Ragan
  18. Reed Sorenson
  19. Daniel Suarez
  20. Darrell Wallace Jr.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Hooters Takes Over Charlotte Motor Speedway This Memorial Day Weekend to Crown 2018 Miss Hooters International

Hooters Takes Over Charlotte Motor Speedway This Memorial Day Weekend to Crown 2018 Miss Hooters International

80 Hooters Girls will Compete for One of Hooters Most Iconic Titles



For the first time, Hooters is opening its 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant to the public this spring, as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Memorial Day race weekend events, which includes a special concert from country music singer-songwriter Jake Owen

The event on Saturday, May 26, brings fans front-and-center as celebrity judges, ranging from Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, to Brittany Cartwright, former Hooters Girl and one of the stars of the hit series, Vanderpump Rules, to crown one Hooters Girl with the title of 2018 Miss Hooters International.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at the zMAX Dragway across from Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to free general admission, fans can score preferred seating with race-day tickets and VIP seating with the Hooters International Pageant VIP Package. 

The VIP ticket package is $99 and includes:

  • • Two VIP tickets to the 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant
  • • Two VIP tickets to the Jake Owen concert
  • • Exclusive access to a post-Pageant mingle with NASCAR driver Chase Elliott and a meet and greet with all 80 Hooters International Pageant contestants and
  • • Two tickets to Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race

Chase Elliott Poses with 2017 Top-Ten Contestants #NASCAR
 Chase Elliott Poses with 2017 Top-Ten Contestants

For all VIP ticket bundles purchased, Hooters will match 100 percent of the sales, benefiting the Chase Elliott Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and financial assistance to well-qualified charitable organizations with an emphasis on helping others live healthier, happier lives.

Fans can also support the foundation and enter for a chance to win a VIP weekend experience for two on Prizeo, now through May 15. Visit prizeo.com/chase for more details. In addition to having the chance to win a VIP weekend experience, during race weekend, fans will have the opportunity to audition for a chance to star in the next Hooters NASCAR commercial. Details to be announced on Hooters social channels leading up to race weekend.

The six-person panel of judges to crown 2018 Miss Hooters International.

In addition to Elliott and Cartwright, the six-person panel of judges to crown 2018 Miss Hooters International, includes: 
  • Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Ford Fusion; 
  • Lynn Austin, the original Hooters Girl; 
  • Ovince Saint Preux, UFC Fighter; and 
  • Kim Coon, former contestant on the hit series, The Bachelor, Miss Sprint Cup and NASCAR’s Glass Case of Emotion podcast host.
In advance of Saturday’s show, 80 Hooters Girls from across the U.S. and around the world will convene in Charlotte, North Carolina, growing as Hooters brand ambassadors by participating in women’s empowerment seminars and volunteering in the local Charlotte community. The weekend continues with Hooters Girls competing in a series of preliminary events, with evaluation based on responses to interview questions, personality and overall contribution to the iconic Hooters brand, as well as swimsuit and hometown costume attire.

After days of growth, comradery and competition, all 80 Hooters Girls will take the stage at the historic North Carolina speedway in front of a crowd of fans for the final culmination of the 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant.

The 2018 Miss Hooters International title comes with a $30,000 cash prize and the chance to serve as the face of the iconic brand. The crowned pageant winner will become a brand ambassador, travel to domestic and international openings, lead the #Hooters9 Crew in cheering on NASCAR’s No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver Chase Elliott and contribute to marketing initiatives and special events throughout the year.

Hooters fans are invited to vote for Miss Fan Favorite starting Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25, at hooters.com/fanfavorite and follow “hooters” on Snapchat for a backstage pass to all the excitement of the Hooters pageant festivities. Hooters fans and followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can also follow the pageant action and contestant updates using the hashtag #HootersPageant.


For more information about the Hooters International Pageant and to purchase VIP ticket packages for the weekend events, visit hooters.com/pageant.

For more information about the Hooters International Pageant and to purchase VIP ticket packages for the weekend events, visit hooters.com/pageant. Only a limited number of VIP ticket packages will be available.

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Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps at Richmond

Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps at Richmond
Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps at Richmond #NASCAR

Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell Celebrate Wins at the Short Track

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) signed an extension with Toyota Racing, an agreement confirmed by team owner Joe Gibbs on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.

That was not the only fact confirmed at Richmond Raceway. JGR established dominance at the 0.75 mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track located just outside Richmond, Virginia with a win in both the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

Not too surprising however; over the last 27 seasons, Gibbs' teams have won Cup titles with Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, 2005) and Kyle Busch (2015). The organization switched manufacturers from General Motors to Toyota in 2008. Joe Gibbs Racing has served as the NASCAR flagship team for Toyota ever since.

Kyle Busch wins third straight race with late charge at Richmond #NASCAR
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Flavor Vote Toyota, celebrates
with the fans on the front stretch after winning the Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.
(Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch wins third straight race with late charge at Richmond

The driver of the No. 18 Toyota got what he needed late in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway—cautions and short runs in the final 40 laps—to win his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, matching Kevin Harvick’s feat from earlier in the season.

Busch streaked away from the rest of the field on a series of late restarts, ultimately beating Chase Elliott to the checkered flag in overtime to record his fifth victory at the .75-mile short track and the 46th of his career, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker for 15th on the all-time list.

"I think the difference for us tonight was just the adjustments (to the car)," Busch said. "Trying to stay with the race track all night long. (Crew chief) Adam Stevens and my guys did a phenomenal job. I think one of the other keys to the night was just my guys – my pit crew. They got us out front when it mattered the most those last two pit stops. They were awesome tonight on pit road."

"It’s definitely cool we’ve won three in a row," Busch said. "We did it a couple years ago, and now I don’t know if you can shoot for four in a row. It’s hard to go to Talladega with that much of a winning streak and think that you can go to Victory Lane, but we’re going to go there anyway and give it a shot.

Note: Winning three straight Cup races isn’t a novel experience for Kyle Busch, who scored back-to-back-to-back victories at Kentucky, New Hampshire and Indianapolis after missing the first 11 races of the 2015 season because of injury. Busch went on to win the series championship that year…


Race Summary

  • Average Speed of Race Winner: 96.215 mph.
  • Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 08 Mins, 01 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.511 Seconds.
  • Caution Flags: 6 for 46 laps.
  • Lead Changes: 16 among 7 drivers.
  • Lap Leaders:
    • M. Truex Jr. 1-38
    • J. Logano 39-111
    • Kurt Busch 112-169
    • C. Bowyer 170-192
    • J. Logano 193-211
    • Kurt Busch 212-251
    • C. Bowyer 252-272
    • Kyle Busch 273
    • D. Hamlin 274-276
    • M. Truex Jr. 277-323
    • K. Harvick 324-331
    • C. Bowyer 332
    • D. Hamlin 333-335
    • M. Truex Jr. 336-370
    • Kyle Busch 371-390
    • M. Truex Jr. 391
    • Kyle Busch 392-402.
  • Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. 4 times for 121 laps; Kurt Busch 2 times for 98 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 92 laps; C. Bowyer 3 times for 45 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 32 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 8 laps; D. Hamlin 2 times for 6 laps.
  • Stage #1 Top Ten:22,10,41,24,14,18,9,3,78,4
  • Stage #2 Top Ten:22,14,10,41,24,18,31,2,78,4

 Christopher Bell holds off Noah Gragson for Xfinity win at Richmond
Christopher Bell, Driver Of The #20 Rheem Toyota, Celebrates In
Victory Lane After Winning The NASCAR Xfinity Series
ToyotaCare 250 (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Christopher Bell holds off Noah Gragson for Xfinity win at Richmond

In a long green-flag run fraught with spellbinding tension, Christopher Bell held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Noah Gragson to win Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.

Bell spoiled Gragson’s prospects for a victory in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, passing his teammate for the lead on Lap 172 of 250 and staying in front—if only just barely—the rest of the way.

Bell crossed the finish line .423 seconds ahead of Gragson, after the driver of the No. 18 Toyota got to the bumper of Bell’s No. 20 in the closing laps.

"I had to work for it," Bell said of his second career victory, his first of the season and his first at Richmond. "My teammate was really good. I knew throughout both practices that both of our cars were going to be really strong.

"Joe Gibbs Racing has been producing really, really fast Camrys for the last couple weeks, and it’s really shown… All in all, it was enough to stay in front of him at the end."


Race Summary

  • Average Speed of Race Winner: 93.284 mph.
  • Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 00 Mins, 36 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.423 Seconds.
  • Caution Flags: 5 for 39 laps.
  • Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers.
  • Lap Leaders:
    • C. Custer 1-43
    • C. Bell # 44-68
    • D. Hemric 69-79
    • J. Nemechek 80-115
    • C. Bell # 116-131
    • E. Sadler 132-154
    • N. Gragson(i) 155
    • E. Sadler 156-162
    • N. Gragson(i) 163-171
    • C. Bell # 172-250.
  • Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): C. Bell # 3 times for 120 laps; C. Custer 1 time for 43 laps; J. Nemechek 1 time for 36 laps; E. Sadler 2 times for 30 laps; D. Hemric 1 time for 11 laps; N. Gragson(i) 2 times for 10 laps.
  • Stage #1 Top Ten:21,20,00,3,1,2,9,19,42,22
  • Stage #2 Top Ten:1,18,2,20,00,42,19,9,22,11


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Team Penske NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Report - Cindric at Richmond

Team Penske NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Report - Richmond

No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric


  • Track: Richmond Raceway
  • Race: ToyotaCare 250
  • Date: April 20, 2018
    • Start: 3rd
    • Stage 1: 10th
    • Stage 2: 9th
    • Finish: 5th
  • Status: Running
  • Laps Completed: 250/250
  • Laps Led: 0
  • Owner Points Standings: 1st (+15)
  • Driver Point Standings (behind first): 13th (-140)


Notes:

  • Austin Cindric qualified third for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway in the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Mustang but started from the rear due to unapproved adjustments.
  • Cindric quickly sliced his way through traffic and into the top-15 by lap 63, running speeds equal to the top-five contenders. By the end of the first 75-lap stage, Cindric battled his way into the top-10, earning one valuable stage point.
  • The 19-year-old rookie reported to crew chief Brian Wilson the balance of his Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford was good. The team elected not to make any adjustments during their first scheduled pit stop.
  • During Stage 2 of the 250-lap race, the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford developed a tight handling condition. Cindric reported his Mustang was the strongest in clean air, but in traffic wasn't turning well and lacked drive off the corners. But the young driver brushed that aside and ran the fastest laps on the track and remained inside the top-10 for the entire second segment, claiming a ninth-place finish and collecting two more stage points.
  • The final stage of the race featured the longest green flag run of the race and Cindric responded by continuing to click off fast laps. He moved up to fifth-place and held firm to the position until the checkered flag. He claimed his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and his fourth career top-10. His finish also qualified the No. 22 team for the Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Cindric remains 13th in Drivers Points while the No. 22 team leads the NASCAR XFINITY Owner Points standings.


Quote:

"That was more work than I thought I was going to have to do tonight. Our Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Mustang definitely was a top-three car, we just needed a Cup race worth of distance to get there.

Track position was pretty important. We had a great long-run speed all night and definitely a car that was able to contend for the win. I'm really, really happy with the guys. They've been patient with me.

I'd never seen this track never having seen it before, so I'm happy with the run. This is my best finish so far in the XFINITY Series and we'll just keep going."




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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chase Elliott and NAPA Entertain Fans During Yellow Flag Breaks

Chase Elliott and NAPA Entertain Fans During Yellow Flag Breaks

Watch NAPA Auto Parts' "Caution Channel" on Twitter #CautionFlag


A recent study showed race fans post an average of 300 to 500 angry tweets during caution laps of the average Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Seems that #NASCAR Fans hate caution flags and seventy (70) percent of U.S. adults use a second screen while watching TV.

That’s right, when yellow flags go up, racing stops and fans become disinterested.

NASCAR fans jump to Twitter during those boring yellow flag periods since their drivers aren’t actually driving.

To help NASCAR Fans reclaim more racing action, NAPA created the Caution Channel.

Each time the universally loathed yellow flags are raised at select events, @NAPARacing will push out promoted Caution Channel posts with more racing content that fans love - straight to their phones. 

Click Here to See Sample Content


So remember, during each caution flag period throughout the Richmond race today, the NAPA Auto Parts' "Caution Channel" will featured themed sketches, GIFs, JPGs and other content featuring Chase Elliott, who drives the #9 NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.



Look for the #CautionFlag Hashtag While
You’re Scrolling Through Your Twitter Feed on Today.


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Penske Power

Penske Power

Keselowski - Blaney - Logano
In the #MENCS Top-Six

Penske Power

Although Ryan Blaney understandably left Bristol disappointed last weekend after being crashed out while leading early in the race, he can take some solace in yet another strong showing.

The Penske driver – who led twice for 100 laps at Bristol – is ranked sixth in the standings thanks to five top-10 runs in the season’s opening eight races, including a third place at Martinsville three weeks ago. Blaney’s best showing at Richmond was 18th last fall. But he does have a pair of top fives in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the track.

His Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski -- ranked second and fifth in the standings, respectively, have three wins between them at Richmond. All three victories have come in the last eight races – the team swept the 2014 Richmond races - and Logano is the defending winner of this race.

In the 'Toyota Owners 400', Logano will start from fourth; Blaney from thirteenth; and Keselowski from twenty-eighth. In the 2017 race, Logano won with Keselowski as runner-up. Blaney, who started the race from second on the grid,finished thirty-sixth - thirty-two laps down.

Source: NASCAR PR

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