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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“Win Kyle’s Bundle of Joy Helmet” Raffle

“Win Kyle’s Bundle of Joy Helmet” Raffle

Empowering Children, Families and Communities

'Kyle & Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund.' Empowering Children, Families and CommunitiesPrior to the birth of their son, Brexton, in 2015, Kyle and Samantha Busch struggled to conceive. They eventually turned to in-vitro fertilization. 

Their experience is the motivation behind the 'Kyle & Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund.' The organization helps other couples with the financial burden of infertility.

Since this week is "National Infertility Awareness Week," the timing is perfect for fund raising. Kyle will compete today wearing a helmet promoting the fund and infertility awareness.

After the Richmond Race, that helmet, which features a year of photos of Brexton, will be raffled off with the proceeds going toward the fund.

“Win Kyle’s Bundle of Joy Helmet” Raffle

“The cool thing about this helmet, we kind of came up with the concept a little bit last year. We only did three photos last year, but obviously Brexton growing up and so many things that he’s into these days, this is a year’s worth of photos so Brexton all over the place – him playing doctor at the house to in Victory Lane being thrown up to getting his hair cut to anything you can imagine.” Kyle Busch

After the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, Kyle's helmet could be yours! It comes with an autograph on the visor. The raffle ends on May 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.  One Hundred Per Cent of  the proceeds will go to the Kyle Busch Foundation. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold for the reasonable cost of $18.00 per ticket.

Click Here to Purchase Your Ticket(s)

 


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There’s No Place Like Home For Hamlin

There’s No Place Like Home For Hamlin

Denny to Start the #ToyotaOwners400 from Fourth

Denny Hamlin to Start the #ToyotaOwners400 from Fourth. #NASCAR


Hamlin doesn’t just love to come home to Virginia for sentimental reasons, he considers Richmond Raceway, in particular, a place he can always contend for victory. And with good reason.

Hamlin has three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at the track, where the series will race in the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday night (6:30 p.m., ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). His mark of 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 23 starts there makes him one of the most productive drivers in the field there. And no one on the track this weekend has led more laps (1,653 or 17.9%).

The three-quarter mile Richmond track is a place where Hamlin has always looked forward to competing. And it could prove to be exactly the shot of adrenalin Hamlin needs to reboot his 2018 season.

After a thrilling third-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin’s season has largely vacillated between near-misses and lost opportunity. He’s had four top-six finishes, but also four showings less characteristically out of the top-10 including a 34th-place finish at Texas two weeks ago after being involved in a crash. 


He’s ranked eighth in the Monster Energy Series standings, but is among the top-three drivers in Richmond proficiency. Hamlin has top-10 finishes in his last six races at Richmond, including a win from the pole position in the 2016 fall race. He’s led 263 laps in the last five races there and had finishes of third in this spring race last year and fifth in the fall race.

"Obviously after some unfortunate circumstances in Bristol, I’m looking forward to returning to Richmond where I know we can be competitive,’’ Hamlin said. "This No. 11 FedEx team is more motivated than ever to get a win and competing in front of my hometown crowd always adds some an extra incentive."
Source:  NASCAR PR

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Denny Hamlin held off Cup Series teammate Kyle Busch to win his charity race for the second time in return to his home track. All proceeds from the 200-Lap Short Track Showdown will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Round Two: Richmond Raceway

Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Round Two: Richmond Raceway

Fighting through some great short track action last weekend, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ryan Preece banked the first $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway when he grabbed his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win of his career.

This weekend, the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program continues at Richmond Raceway for some more short track beatin’-and-bangin’ as Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallagher will compete for the second $100,000 bonus of the season in the ToyotaCare 250 on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The highest finisher at Richmond between Allgaier, Hemric, Sadler and Gallagher will win the $100,000 prize, and that winner and the three highest finishing full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, for a total of four contenders, will qualify for the next week’s Dash 4 Cash event at Talladega. Last weekend’s winner, Ryan Preece, would have qualified for the second round of the Dash 4 Cash at Richmond, but was not scheduled to run this weekend due to his part-time schedule and therefore the spot went to the next-highest finisher - Spencer Gallagher.

The Dash 4 Cash races are being held at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 14), Richmond Raceway (April 20), Talladega Superspeedway (April 28) and Dover International Speedway (May 5) this season. This is the first year Talladega has participated in the Dash 4 Cash program.

Comcast is also donating a total of $40,000 to local organizations within race markets on behalf of the Internet Essentials program. Comcast’s Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest program for getting low-income households online, having connected 4 million low-income Americans since 2011.Comcast's $10,000 Internet Essentials donation during the Bristol race weekend went to the Quest Foundation for Washington County Schools in Tennessee.

All four of the Dash 4 Cash qualifiers for Richmond Raceway this weekend have run well, but none have won, at the 0.75-mile raceway. Daniel Hemric (3.5) has the best average finish of the four qualifiers at Richmond; followed by Sadler (13.5), Allgaier (14.6) and Gallagher (16.3).

Last season, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in this event; just like they did this past weekend at Bristol. Allgaier took home the check at Richmond in 2017 and in doing so became the only driver to win at least one round in the Dash 4 Cash program the past two seasons (2017 Phoenix, Richmond; 2016 Indianapolis).



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#NASCAR Toyota Spring Race Weekend Schedule

#NASCAR Toyota Spring Race Weekend Schedule

Richmond Raceway – Friday and Saturday Races



The Toyota Spring Race Weekend returns “under the lights” for the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash4Cash race and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 20-21.

The third annual Track Takeover driven by AAA will allow fans on the historic Richmond track prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on April 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has this week off.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

  • Next Race: Toyota Owners 400
  • The Place: Richmond Raceway
  • The Date: Saturday, April 21
  • The Time: 6: 30 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, 6 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 300 miles (400 laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 100)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 200)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 400)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

  • Next Race: ToyotaCare 250
  • The Place: Richmond Raceway
  • The Date: Friday, April 20
  • The Time: 7 p.m. ET
    TV:
    FS1, 6: 30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 187.5 miles (250 laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 75)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 150)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 250)

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 20

  • 8-8:45 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice
  • 9:40-10:25 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)
  • 11:05-11:55 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)
  • 12:35-1:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)
  • 4:05 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 3)
  • 7:00 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles), FS1 (Canada: TSN 3)

Saturday, April 21

  • 6:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 (400 laps, 300 miles), FOX (Canada: TSN 1, 4)




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Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Take Students Into the Science of Racing at Richmond Raceway


Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Richmond Raceway hosted 300 eighth grade students from schools in the greater Richmond region for the second annual Speed Into Science, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational event, sponsored by the Gene Haas Foundation and Code 3 Associates. As part of the event, students had the opportunity to learn about the science of racing with NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver for Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste, Cole Custer.

“Our second annual Speed Into Science education event continues our impact in the greater Richmond region to share the science of racing through STEM,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation, Code 3 Associates, and RVA STEM for supporting this event to better the future of students in our community.”

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00, is running full-time in the NXS for Stewart-Haas Racing team.
Custer, driver of the No. 00, is running full-time in the NXS for Stewart-Haas Racing team. He has risen from racing in Quarter Midgets at age four to Late Models to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) to competing in the NXS.

Custer claimed his first win in the NXS in 2017 and earned his first top ten finish in the NXS in 2016’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond. Custer has two career wins in the CWTS and one win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Arca Racing Series.

“It means a lot to get to teach kids the science of racing because they're the future of our sport,” said Custer. “There is obviously a lot of science that goes into racing that people don't know about and letting kids see that is awesome. It's extremely important for kids to know the science behind racing because that’s what makes racing so interesting. The students get to take what they learned in the classroom and experience in person the hands-on science that goes into racing.”

“The Gene Haas Foundation believes in America's youth,” said Joe Custer, president, Stewart-Haas Racing. “Tomorrow's leaders are in our classrooms today; those students that strive to excel by participating in programs like STEM should be commended and we are thrilled to support them.”

“In 1999, Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund grants that target needs of the local Ventura community where Haas Automation is located. These grants support the underserved of the community primarily children,” said Kathy Looman, Foundation Administrator at the Gene Haas Foundation. “Over the years, the foundation has grown and expanded embracing the ‘teach a man to fish’ principal. The foundation has granted over 35 million dollars in grants to school programs focusing on scholarships for manufacturing technology students. This STEM field is anticipating two million open jobs over the next 10 years. The foundation has granted a total of over 50 million dollars in grants since its inception in 1999."

Speed Into Science consists of four turns (i.e. stations), developed alongside local science teachers, focusing on force and motion, chemistry, sound, and thermal energy and friction. The first turn uses distracted driver and airbag simulators, and crash barrier experiments to teach force and motion. The second turn uses hands-on chemistry experiments that let the kids see chemistry happening before their eyes.

“CODE 3 Associates, in conjunction with Array Sports, is proud to partner with Richmond Raceway for their Speed Into Science program,” said Eric Bagdikian, President & Motorsports Operations Director, Code 3 Associates. “Speed Into Science provides an opportunity that allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the track. Racing is, and always will be, heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering, and math.”

In turn three, pace car experiments with Doppler speakers, police radar and race engine power demos teach students about sound. The final turn uses infrared video imaging, tire heat and measurements, for students to learn about thermal energy and friction. The curriculum for the event was developed in partnership with RVAStem and a group of amazing volunteer teachers.

“RVAstem.org is pleased to be a part of the second annual Speed Into Science in conjunction with Richmond Raceway,” said Eric Sundberg, Founder of RVA STEM. “The event is designed to bring to life the STEM topics students are learning about in school. We hope this will aid comprehension and improve scores on the Standards of Learning tests.”

As part of Speed Into Science, Page Custom Rods & Restorations of Oilville, Va. provided several classic cars to showcase as part of the event. Custer drove one of the classic cars as part of Turn 4 on friction and thermal energy.


Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Denny Hamlin’s ‘Short Track Showdown’ Today

Denny Hamlin’s ‘Short Track Showdown’ Today

Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia

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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Qualifying Results
  1.  26E Danny Edwards 15.359
  2. 11 Denny Hamlin 15.400
  3. 51 Kyle Busch 15.411
  4. 12P Timothy Peters 15.413
  5. 18 Ty Gibbs 15.415
  6. 02 CE Falk 15.436
  7. 26S Peyton Sellers 15.440
  8. 12S Nick Smith 15.464
  9. 77 Connor Hall 15.467
  10. 57C Justin T. Carroll 15.484
  11. 01 Philip Morris 15.491
  12. 2S Myatt Snider 15.503
  13. 8 Tyler Hughes 15.505
  14. 83 Matt Bowling 15.510
  15. 2V Ryan Vargas 15.525
  16. 03 Brenden Queen 15.527
  17. 88 Doug Barnes 15.586
  18. 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. 15.600
  19. 24D Mason Diaz 15.629
  20. 98 Nicholas Sanchez 15.631
  21. 16M Brett Moffitt 15.642
  22. 41 Woody Howard 15.643
  23. 92 Casey Wyatt 15.652
  24. 55 Mark Wertz 15.667
  25. 22 Grayson Cullather 15.674
  26. 4 Chase Cabre 15.677
  27. 57J Eddie Johnson 15.729
  28. 90 Terry Carroll 15.786
  29. 24G Colin Garrett 15.853
  30. 91 Justin S. Carroll 15.869
  31. 16J Bubba Johnston 16.020
  32. 00 Christopher Johnson 16.069
  33. 94 Cody Carlton 16.153

Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown returns after a two-year hiatus to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. 

Denny Hamlin’s ‘Short Track Showdown’ Today #NASCAR


Joining Hamlin for the 200-lap pro-am late model charity race is Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch as well as NASCAR veteran Timothy Peters. All proceeds from the Short Track Showdown will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.

“This is truly one of my favorite events to host because of what it means for the local racers,” said Hamlin. “It’s great they get to race against NASCAR veterans like Kyle, Timothy and myself. Plus, I love the attention it gives to these historic Virginia tracks where many drivers, myself included, got our start racing stock cars. Langley has always been special to me, so I’m excited to bring this event there, and look forward to raising money for the Foundation as well.”

Hamlin began his stock car racing career at Langley Speedway in 1997 and would go on to win not only his first stock car race in the tracks mini-stock series, but also capture the track’s rookie-of-the-year honors and the track championship in his debut season.

Denny Hamlin’s ‘Short Track Showdown’ Today #NASCAR

Entries As Of Wednesday:

  1. • CE Falk
  2. • Brenden Queen
  3. • Ryan Vargas
  4. • Myatt Snider
  5. • Chase Cabre
  6. • Ruben Garcia
  7. • Tyler Hughes
  8. • Philip Morris
  9. • Denny Hamlin
  10. • Timothy Peters
  11. • Brett Moffitt
  12. • Doug Barnes
  13. • Cameron Bowen
  14. • Grayson Cullather
  15. • Colin Garrett
  16. • Mason Diaz
  17. • Peyton Sellers
  18. • Bubba Pollard
  19. • Kyle Busch
  20. • Mark Wertz
  21. • Justin T. Carroll
  22. • Connor Hall
  23. • Matt Bowling
  24. • Terry Carroll
  25. • Justin S. Carroll
  26. • Casey Wyatt
  27. • Cody Carlton
  28. • Nicholas Sanchez

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Current Top 10 after the first hour of Practice 2.

  • 1. 26 Sellers- 15.418
  • 2. 57 Carroll- 15.486
  • 3. 83 Bowling- 15.559
  • 4. 24 Garrett- 15.570
  • 5. 16 Moffitt- 15.575
  • 6. 26 Edwards- 15.596
  • 7. 02 Falk- 15.601
  • 8. 18 Gibbs- 15.648
  • 9. 51 Busch- 15.706
  • 10. 77 Hall- 15.707

Denny Hamlin’s ‘Short Track Showdown’ Today #NASCAR

Past Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Winners

  • 2015 - Timothy Peters
  • 2014 - Matt Bowling
  • 2013 - Kyle Busch
  • 2012 – Tony Stewart
  • 2011 - Denny Hamlin
  • 2010 - C.E. Falk
  • 2009 - Kyle Busch
  • 2008 - Kyle Busch


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