Thursday, June 30, 2016

Eleven Winners Will Receive $5,000 Free Fuel (#sunoco #nascar)

This summer, Sunoco is giving away $5,000 in free fuel to 11 grand prize winners. The Sweepstakes  begins on July 1, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on August 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

It is easy to enter:

  1. Obtain A Decal: You will need to display a SUNOCO® Contingency Decal (“Decal”) on your motor vehicle.
  2. Affix the Decal to your Vehicle: Once you obtain your Decal, immediately affix it in a visible location on the outside of your vehicle (i.e. rear window or bumper).
  3. Get Spotted by an Official Representative of Sponsor: To be spotted during the Promotion Period for a chance to receive a First Prize and to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a Market, you must be driving in one (1) of the following Market areas set forth in the chart below:

Three ways to get your decal:

  • Stop by any participating Sunoco Station and pick one up for free.

  • Request a decal on Facebook at

  • By mail: send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a 3" x 5" card with your name, home mailing address, age, and phone number to:

    Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Sweepstakes Decal Request
    c/o Department
    585547 P.O. Box 5046
    Kalamazoo Ml 49003-5046

You can check back to see as they announce all of the Free Fuel 5000 Grand prize winners. For more prizes and chances to win, make sure to follow GoSunoco on Facebook!

Past Winner: Angylene J.

Click Here to See More Past Winners

For more information, read the official contest rules.



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Victory Junction, Providing Extraordinary Kids with Extraordinary Experiences (#nascar)

Hanging Out with Ashlei & Elissa

Ashlei, left, and Elissa, right, after taking a ride on the zip line. 

As campers and counselors gather behind the Adventure Tower, two girls raise their hands to volunteer to be the first in their group to zipline. Ashlei, 14, and Elissa, also 14, step into their harnesses, put on their helmets and take a swig of water before they approach the zipline platform. For Ashlei and Elissa, this was more than just ziplining; this was a competition. The goal: be the first one to reach the other side of the zipline platform.

As the young ladies are secured onto the cable, camp counselors sang a rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ hit, I Want It That Way—in a slightly different key than the original—while lounging under the shade.

“I’ve been on the highest roller coaster in North Carolina and South Carolina,” said Elissa. “This is nothing!”

“This is my fourth year at camp, and I love it,” said Elissa.

The counselors chant the zipline song: “Feel the rhythm; feel the run. Step right up, it’s zipline time,” and just like that, the girls were launched into motion.

Ziplining proved to be no challenge for Ashlei and Elissa; it was their favorite activity at camp. The only obstacle they didn’t predict, however, was climbing the steep hill to get back to the beginning of the platform.

“I won going down on the zipline,” said Elissa. “But [Ashlei] beat me coming up the hill. It’s too steep!”

However, ziplining isn’t the only thing that keeps Ashlei and Elissa coming back to camp. When Ashlei and Elissa aren’t ziplining, you can find them teaching their counselors the art of hula hooping, perfecting their aim at the archery range and swimming at the waterpark.

“I like [camp] because every time that I come, there is something different that you can do. Especially when you start getting older,” Ashlei said.

At Victory Junction, it is their purpose to provide extraordinary kids with extraordinary experiences so they are empowered to look beyond their medical diagnoses and recognize their strength and courage. Ashley and Elissa, like many of our campers, don’t let any obstacle—whether it be a medical diagnosis or the steep hill at the zipline platform—stop them from coming to camp and showing us what it means to Be Your Campself.

#NASCAR Industry to Salute U.S. Military Units with #XFINITY Series Tribute

An American Salute Continues Independence Day Weekend; Daytona International Speedway to Host Medal of Honor Recipients, Active Service Members and Veterans


“NASCAR’s long-standing tradition of honoring the U.S. Armed Forces will never waver – it is woven into the fabric of our sport,” said Brent Dewar, Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR. “We have a unique opportunity with the NASCAR XFINITY Series to pay tribute to the military units and bases integral to preserving our country’s freedom.”

Several NASCAR XFINITY Series teams have personal or direct connections to the units displayed on their race cars. Driver Brendan Gaughan’s windshield will read “23RD STS,” representing the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (U.S. Air Force) from Hurlburt Field in Fort Walton, Fla. Gaughan is one of a handful of civilians recognized as an Honorary Member of the Combat Control Association.

Elliott Sadler’s windshield will be adorned with Fort Campbell to honor JR Motorsports employee Lee Langley, who served for six years at the Army base as an infantry team leader in the 101st Airborne Division. Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones both work with Hope 4 Warriors and will honor 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, respectively, from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

Justin Allgaier will honor the U.S. Air Force 469th Flight Training Squadron through a personal connection, as Allgaier is friends with Major Robert Harms, one of the pilots serving in that specific unit. The squadron operates out of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

“I always look forward to getting a chance to pay homage those who serve our country at Daytona each year,” said Allgaier. “We’re thankful to Comcast for providing the space on all of our cars to support these military heroes and to NASCAR for continuing their NASCAR Salutes program. This year there’s a personal tie for me as I get to display the squadron of one of my friends. We love that we’re able to support our military, but a sticker or event will never be enough to truly give them all the credit they deserve for what they do.”

The special windshield tribute is one of several military activities planned for the Independence Day weekend races at Daytona International Speedway, culminating with Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The race track will again host and recognize three recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award given to military service members, continuing a tradition dating back several years. The Medal of Honor recipients in attendance this weekend will include Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell and Captain Florent Groberg, each representing the U.S. Army.

NASCAR, together with Daytona International Speedway and race teams, will host hundreds of active military and veterans, and their families, during the race weekend. Among them will be the 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, nicknamed “The Borinqueneers,” a Puerto Rican regiment that was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in April.

Several active military members present for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will take part in a special moment of recognition for the U.S. Armed Forces before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Pre-race activities will also feature a flyover of four F-16s from the 93rd Fighter Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base during the national anthem, which will be performed by the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band from Fort Benning, Ga. The national anthem will be performed as 200 military members unfurl a giant American flag in the infield.

Retired U.S. Air Force Sergeant Kelly Miller will be grand marshal for Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. A Subway franchisee, Miller served as an aeromedical service specialist, responsible for the healthcare of Air Force pilots and flight crews. Retired Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Fred Gardner, also a Subway franchisee, will serve as the honorary starter. Gardner operated the Terrier missile first control system during Mediterranean tours.

Additional live coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola can be found on

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chip Ganassi To Be Inducted Into The Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America

Chip is a great businessman and he is the definition of a racer. It doesn't matter what series, whether it's the Indianapolis 500 or the Brickyard 400, whether it's the Daytona 500 or the 24 Hours of Daytona, or Le Mans, Chip's teams will be battling for the win. It takes a great leader to accomplish the impressive victory resume he has. Chip is a very deserving honoree. - Jeff Gordon

Chip Ganassi To Be Inducted Into The Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America

Chip Ganassi, one of the most successful owners in all of auto racing, will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony, later today at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ganassi is joined in the Hall of Fame class by fellow NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, NHRA announcer Dave McClelland and racer and broadcaster Sam Posey. 

Also being inducted posthumously will be AMA dirt-track motorcycle racer Everett Brashear, land-speed racer Gary Gabelich and 1955 Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert.

Notes of Interest:

  • • Winning the Big Ones: Ganassi is the only car owner in history to have won the Daytona 500,
    Chip Ganassi To Be Inducted Into The Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America
    the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, the Brickyard 400 in addition to adding the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this month. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his teams swept the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 followed by wins at the Brickyard 400 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, giving him an unprecedented “Grand Slam” in America’s major auto races. Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and 175 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories, including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. In addition to his recent win at Le Mans, his sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories to complement their seven WeatherTech Sports Car Series championships.
  • • One Team: Ganassi’s teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GTs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GTs in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. In all he runs 14 cars in six different touring series. His current driver lineup boasts 18 drivers from seven different countries.
  • • Ganassi on the Track: Before becoming one of the most successful team owners in American racing history, Ganassi raced himself. He competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times with a best finish of eighth in 1983. Ganassi also made 27 career Indy car starts, scoring a best finish of second in Cleveland in 1984.

You can't think of Indy car racing without Chip's name and his organization coming to mind. He has been a pioneer for the whole world of motorsports and he has turned his organization into such a powerhouse across so many different series. I've had the pleasure of watching Chip's team grow into what it is today over the years and it's nothing short of impressive. It's really been an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip and I can't think of anyone more deserving of being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.- Tony Kanaan.

Austin Dillon's New Shades

Costa makes its home on the sandy shores of Daytona Beach, the birthplace of stock car racing. The area is best known for its sun, sand, and one particular turn on a very unique track that all began back in the 1930s. Then, cars would race south down A1A highway and then turn north back up the hard packed sands of Daytona Beach.

Now, as fans gear up for the next speed chase under the lights at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, Costa honors racing’s heritage with a new sunglass style, North Turn.

Professional stock car driver and NASCAR Sprint Series racing competitor Austin Dillon currently sports Costa’s North Turn style. “Besides the fact that I love the heritage and history of North Turn’s namesake, these sunglasses are my go-to shades both on and off the water,” said Dillon. “When I’m not racing, I’m fishing - and these sunglasses are a key piece of gear for me.”

Costa’s North Turn is a bold metal frame with timeless styling. It features a large rectangular frame fit, comprised of quality Monel ® metal and nearly indestructible bio-based resin material sourced from the castor plant, a sustainable, hardy perennial.

The bio-based resin produces increased durability, overall sunglasses weight reduction, and the ability for the frame to hold shape from extreme heat to bitter cold temperatures, crucial for anglers out battling the elements. Incorporating a bio-based resin frame construction reduces Costa's manufacturing process emissions, and cuts the company's overall carbon footprint significantly.

North Turn is available in frame colors including palladium with shiny black temples, gunmetal with matte black temples, and rose gold with matte tortoise temples. The style also features sturdy integral hinge technology and adjustable silicone nose pads, for a superior comfort fit.

Costa’s North Turn is available in gray, copper, blue mirror, green mirror  and silver mirror  lens colors, in Costa’s patented color enhancing polarized 580™ lenses. The brand’s 580 lens technology selectively filters out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. Filtering yellow light enhances reds, blues and greens, and produces better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.

Costa’s 580™ lenses, the clearest lenses on the planet, are available in either glass or impact resistant polycarbonate. North Turn is also available in customized prescription sun lenses.

The style ranges in retail price from $199 to $279, with prescription sunglass prices varying. North Turn is now available at, and at authorized participating Costa retail partners.

About Costa™

As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology and unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa has created the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983.

For Costa, conservation is all about sustainable fishing. Many fisheries that should be vibrant and healthy are all but devoid of native fish because they have fallen victim to poor fishing practices, unregulated development, lack of watershed protection or all of the above. Costa works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters to enjoy. Costa encourages others to help in any way they can.

For more information, contact 1-800-447-3700 or visit the company’s web site at Join the conversation on Facebook at, on Instagram @CostaSunglasses, or on Twitter @CostaSunglasses.

Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway Benefits The #NASCAR Foundation

Speediatrics 200  at Iowa Speedway Benefits The #NASCAR Foundation

Speediatrics 200  at Iowa Speedway Benefits The #NASCAR Foundation
The NASCAR Foundation was thrilled to be showcased during the Speediatrics 200 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Iowa Speedway.  This first-ever opportunity allowed the Foundation to highlight its Speediatrics Program, which is expanding to make children's health our biggest priority.  Our efforts focus on providing much needed health care and assistance to children who need it the most.

On Thursday, NCWTS driver Ben Rhodes visited Mercy Children's Hospital in Des Moines, delivering Speedy Bears to children. And on Saturday, the Foundation hosted two families from the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Des Moines for a VIP Experience at Iowa Speedway.

The families started their day by taking a ride in the official pace car with a garage tour and visit to the MRN Hauler to learn how the radio broadcasts are put together.  The day continued with being introduced in the Drivers/Crew Chiefs Meeting, greeting the drivers on the pre-race stage. 

Speediatrics 200  at Iowa Speedway Benefits The #NASCAR Foundation The most famous words in racing - - Drivers Start Your Engines - - was delivered by Emmett (age 6) who has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House while undergoing cancer treatments joined by his brothers, Chandler & Tate (ages 10) and Alec (age 12). 

Jacy (age 16) who also has been going through cancer treatment and staying at the RMH was chosen to drop the green flag from hi atop the flag stand.  Following the pre-race festivities, the families enjoyed the race from a luxury
 suite provided by Iowa Speedway and celebrated with race winner William Byron in victory lane. 

Emmett’s mom, Cora said, “the race was a new adventure for our family. We now have racing fans in our household and have already been asked "when can we do that again?"

And Jacy’s mom, Kerri, remarked about the experience as follows, “The NASCAR Foundation truly gave Jacy a once in a lifetime experience that I know he will never forget (and neither will his mom!). You have four new race fans who are very grateful for a magical day!”

At The NASCAR Foundation, we are so happy to provide opportunities for children to take their mind off of an otherwise scary time in their lives.  Hopefully, we can create ten more fans in the process!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Toyota - Save Mart 350
Paint Schemes of the Top-Ten Finishers

Winner - Tony Stewart

Winner - Tony Stewart

2nd - Denny Hamlin

2nd - Denny Hamlin

3rd - Joey Logano

3rd - Joey Logano

4th - Carl Edwards

4th - Carl Edwards

5th - Martin Truex Jr

5th - Martin Truex Jr

6th - Kevin Harvick

6th - Kevin Harvick

7th - Kyle Busch

7th - Kyle Busch

8th - Ryan Newman

8th - Ryan Newman

9th - Kasey Kahne

9th - Kasey Kahne

10th - Kurt Busch

10th - Kurt Busch

Spencer Gallagher Apologizes #nascar #ncwt

Spencer Gallagher issued an apology following an incident in the Drivin' for Lineman 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.


"I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry. The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night. I would also like to apologize to my team owner, who wholeheartedly believes in this organization and expects all of us to perform at our best at all times, no matter the situation. And finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the NASCAR community - representatives and fans. I love this sport just as much as all of you and I am ashamed that I was part of an incident that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light."

Gallagher and Townley collided twice during Saturday's Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. The second crash eliminated both drivers from the race and triggered an on-track wrestling match after both drivers exited their crumpled trucks.

Hamlin Comes Home Second
in Thrilling Sonoma Finish

Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway,  following a thrilling last lap battle with eventual winner Tony Stewart.

Hamlin led a race-high 33 laps but was running second on the final lap behind Stewart after running him down following the final caution with 14 laps to go. Hamlin took advantage of a mistake by Stewart in Turn 7 and nudged his way to the lead. But Hamlin wheel-hopped the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota entering Turn 11, opening the door for Stewart to pull alongside, making contact in the process. The contact caused the #11 to brush the outside wall allowing Stewart to retake the lead, beating Hamlin to the checkered flag by 0.625 seconds.

“Tony was doing a good job of maintaining his tires, a good job of running consistent laps there. Really, he gave me an opportunity to get close. On the last lap he wheel hopped into Turn 7, that allowed us to get by and I just did a poor job of getting through Turn 11. I was expecting him to really drive deep and I really thought that was going to happen and he did, but I also left the bottom open and that was a bad mistake on my part. Still a great race. I was proud of the FedEx Cares Toyota team for giving me a car that could win. We'll take this and go with it.”

Hamlin started sixth and was running eighth when he made his second scheduled green flag pit stop at lap 45. As the FedEx crew was servicing the car, a well-timed caution waved. Since Hamlin was one of only two cars to pit prior to the caution, he stayed out as the rest of the lead lap cars pitted, catapulting the FedEx car to second for the restart with 61 laps to go.

With track position at a premium, Hamlin would lead twice and race among the top-three for the remainder of the event, allowing him to make the last lap move on Stewart.

The second place finish is Hamlin's seventh top-ten finish of 2016 season and moved him up two spots to 11th in the NASCAR standings after 16 of 26 regular season races.

The series returns to action Saturday, July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Clint Bowyer's #NASCAR Race Recap - Very Short

Clint Bowyer, a winner at Sonoma in 2012, was sidelined after completing just five laps by an electrical issue that filled the cockpit of his No. 15 Chevrolet with smoke.

"Smoke is never good in the cockpit and it stinks. Hell, I couldn't breathe," said Bowyer, who finished last in the 40-car field. … “

On Lap 5 of the 110-lap race, Bowyer’s HScott Motorsports Chevrolet had an electric fire, forcing him to stop on course in Turn 8. Clearly upset, Bowyer threw his helmet into the cockpit of his car.

“Yeah, it’s terribly frustrating,” said Bowyer, who came into this race 23rd in points. “This is my favorite race track and I’ve run really good at it. I don’t know. It kind of sometimes inexcusable when stuff breaks that quick, but who knows what happened. I’m sure a wire was rubbing on something or something and just shorted out and burnt up. It’s a shame.”

To The Victor Go The Spoils (#nascar)

"All you’ve got to do is just give me that little bit of hope, and I’ll run with it.” Smoke.

To The Victor Go The Spoils - Tony Stewart (#nascar)

After winning Sunday’s Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, that adage is one Tony Stewart intends to fulfill to the tune of a berth in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Championship.

Driving the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Stewart took the lead with 22 laps to go and sparred with Denny Hamlin on the last lap to score his 49th career Sprint Cup Series win, his third at Sonoma and his first since winning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on June 2, 2013. This was also Stewart’s eighth Sprint Cup win on a road course, as he has five victories at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

“All of these wins are meaningful – it doesn’t matter where you get them,” said Stewart, now a three-time winner at Sonoma (2001, 2005 and 2016). “We ran close to those guys up front all day. It’s pretty ironic that the last win we got was in a Code 3 Associates car, and I’m proud to do it again. I’m really proud for all of our sponsors – Mobil 1, Bass Pro Shops and everybody.
“I’m excited for Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) to get his first win and proud that I could get him a win before the end of the year,” Stewart added. “I’m excited for this team. My guys have been through this whole disastrous roller coaster the last three or four years and never backed down. They’ve never quit on me. There have been days I quit on myself, and they are the guys that send you text messages and call you when you get home like, ‘Hey, this isn’t over.’ I’m proud for them, and it meant more for me to get it for them than for myself.”

Stewart missed the first eight races of the season after injuring his back in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident, but NASCAR granted him a medical waiver that made Stewart eligible for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. To compete for the series championship, Stewart had to win at least one race and secure a position within the top-30 of the championship standings by the 26th race of the season Sept. 10 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. With the victory at Sonoma, Stewart checks one box on his way toward eligibility and seems likely to satisfy the other requirement, as he is only nine points behind 30th-place Brian Scott.

Stewart was fast throughout the race weekend, posting top-10 lap times in both practices Friday, then qualifying 10th on Saturday. It marked his third consecutive top-10 qualifying effort.

Once the green flag waved, Stewart wasted no time in showing his road-racing skills as he drove from 10th to seventh in the opening laps and executed a daring three-wide pass in the turn 11 hairpin.

Stewart held his ground through the first round of pit stops, but he restarted 15th after the lap-38 caution that saw him pit while others stayed on the track or had quicker pit stops.

“We are tight on the right-handers and loose on the left-handers,” Stewart told the crew, who made adjustments to correct the issues during the pit stop.

The No. 14 struggled in race traffic on the restart, and Stewart was only able to make it to 14th by the time he pitted again on lap 70 of the 110-lap race. With 40 laps remaining, the crew told Stewart to “go get them for now” but warned that if the race went caution-free, they might need Stewart to save fuel.

Stewart couldn’t gain much ground, so the team pitted once more with 25 to go. Although he dropped to 32nd, the team gambled that a caution in the final laps would enable Stewart to take advantage of track position and fresher tires. As it turns out, that’s just what happened one lap later when NASCAR threw the yellow for a spring rubber in turn seven.

The caution brought most of the field to pit lane on lap 88, allowing Stewart to move to fourth. As the laps wound down the tension increased for drivers that wrestled their 3,300-pound cars on the 11-turn track in 90-degree temperatures, resting only during three brief cautions in the first 100 laps.

“I can’t ask for any better position that what I am in,” Stewart said before restarting the race in the lead with 20 laps remaining. “I’m going to take what I can get out of this.”

During the final laps, Stewart put on a display of what has made him a power on the NASCAR road courses, holding off hard charges by both Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin, trading the lead with the latter just once before coming to the checkered flag.

“This place has meant a lot to me,” said Stewart, who has openly acknowledged Sonoma as his favorite track. “If I don’t win another one, it’s cool to win the last one here. If it doesn’t happen again, it’s cool. I’ll be all right if this is the last place I win one. I’m going for more – just for the record. I’m not saying I’m laying down. I’m just saying if that’s the only one I get this year, then I’ll be content. I think you’ve known me long enough, you guys know that I don’t lay down for anything. All you’ve got to do is just give me that little bit of hope, and I’ll run with it.”

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday.

To The Victor Go The Spoils - Tony Stewart (#nascar)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Eggleston and Gilliland Sidelined Early In Sonoma (#knwest #nascar)

Their Teams Thrashed to Return Them To The Track

Drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tackled their first road course event of the season with the Chevy’s Fresh Mex 200 at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.  The annual visit to the winding 1.99-mile track in Northern California’s wine country will featured two Bill McAnally Racing drivers.

Eggleston and Gilliland Sidelined Early In Sonoma (#knwest #nascar)
& collected in first lap accident.
Crews thrashing to rebuild. via ‏@BMR_NASCAR

Unfortunately, defending series champion Chris Eggleston and the points leader going into the road race, Todd Gilliland were caught up in a multi-car pileup when the Green Flag dropped which sent both their race cars to the garage. Gilliland managed a twenty-fourth place finish (23 laps down) while Eggleston came in twenty-sixth (30 laps down).

For Gilliland, this race was his first road course start.

“We watched a bunch of videos of (David - Todd's Father) out here and also my grandpa (Butch), so it’s crazy to hear all the history about my family in the K&N Series on the West Coast going to all these tracks. He’s definitely been a big help thus far and I’m sure he’s gonna continue to be a big help. He’s helped me a lot and I can’t wait to get out on track.”

It is truly a shame that these two talented driver were taken out of contention so early and through no fault of their own.  It would have been very exciting to see how they would have challenged the eventual race winner, the driver of the #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Chase Elliott. 

The Chevy’s Fresh Mex 200 will be broadcast on NBCSN on June 30 at 8 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action at Idaho's Stateline Speedway for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, July 9.


Fastest Qualifier: Chase Elliott, Time: 77.892 Seconds, Speed: 91.974 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 58 mins, 3 secs Average Speed: 64.732 mph Margin of Victory: 2.336 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 3-5 (38 Stopped Frt Straight Engine - No FP); 32-33 (Half Way Break - #88 Free Pass); 39-41 (#88 Stalled on Track - No Free Pass); 45-47 (# 40 Accident - #11 Free Pass); 49-52 (#30 drove off Trk & stopped - #22 FPass); 55-57 (Debris on Front St. - #36 Free Pass). 6 for 18 laps.
Lap Leaders: Chase Elliott 0, Ryan Partridge 1-7, Chase Elliott 8-13, Ryan Partridge 14-17, Gracin Raz 18-25, Noah Gragson 26-33, Gracin Raz 34, Noah Gragson 35-41, Gracin Raz 42, Noah Gragson 43-61, Chase Elliott 62-64.
Total Laps Led: Noah Gragson 34, Ryan Partridge 11, Gracin Raz 10, Chase Elliott 9. 10 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Ryan Partridge 256, Todd Gilliland * 241, Chris Eggleston 235, Noah Gragson 231, Gracin Raz 222, Julia Landauer * 219, Cole Rouse * 215, Riley Herbst * 213, Ron Norman 194, Matt Levin 193


21 MEANS 21 POLE AWARD: #24 Chase Elliott
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: #19 Riley Herbst

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Chevys Fresh Mex 200 Results
(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, GA, Chevrolet, 64 laps, 64.732 mph.
  2. (4) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 64.
  3. (7) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 64.
  4. (2) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 64.
  5. (10) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 64.
  6. (17) Michael Shawhan, Los Gatos, Calif., Chevrolet, 64.
  7. (23) Tom Klauer, Reno, Nev., Chevrolet, 64.
  8. (20) Scott Ivie, Mountain View, Calif., Toyota, 64.
  9. (22) Carlos Vieira, Atwater, Calif., Chevrolet, 64.
  10. (8) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 64.
  11. (6) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 64.
  12. (21) Tim Spurgeon, Danville, CA, Chevrolet, 64.
  13. (26) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 64.
  14. (24) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 64.
  15. (27) Jesse Iwuji, Dallas, Texas, Toyota, 63.
  16. (15) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 63.
  17. (9) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Chevrolet, 62.
  18. (29) Rodd Kneeland, Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 62.
  19. (16) James Bruncati, Glendora, Calif., Ford, 58, accident.
  20. (30) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, CA, Chevrolet, 50, accident.
  21. (19) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 50.
  22. (25) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 45, suspension.
  23. (14) Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevrolet, 44, accident.
  24. (5) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 41.
  25. (13) Alex Schutte, Redding, Calif., Ford, 38, suspension.
  26. (11) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 34.
  27. (31) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 2, suspension.
  28. (28) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Chevrolet, 1, engine.
  29. (18) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 0, accident.
  30. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 0, electrical.
  31. (12) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 0, did not start.