Friday, August 31, 2018

Former NASCAR Truck Series Driver - Ricky Crawford Found Guilty

Former NASCAR Truck Series Driver - Ricky Crawford Found Guilty

Caught in a Federal Sting Trying to Set Up Sex Date with 12-Year-Old Girl

Crawford Caught in a Federal Sting Tring to Set Up Sex Date with 12-Year-Old Girl
Crawford in 2008
Richard Hoyt Crawford Jr., better known as former NASCAR Driver Ricky Crawford, was arrested on February 28th 2018, when he arrived at an agreed location to have sex with an underage female. He faced a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor into sex.

Crawford had communicated with an undercover Seminole County sheriff’s deputy who was working as part of an FBI undercover child sex crimes task force. The UC posed as the father of a fictitious twelve-year-old girl who was offering the minor’s sexual services.

It was alleged that Crawford had numerous email and text exchanges with the undercover agent over the next two weeks, seeking to set up the meeting, as well as setting the amount of money to procure the “daughter” for an amount between $50 and $75.

A jury found the sixty-year-old guilty of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 26th. 



Crawford spent seventeen years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He made three hundred and thirty-six (336) starts and earned five wins, seventy-five (75) top five as well as a hundred and sixty (160) top 10 finishes. He last appeared in a race in fall 2012 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Playoffs Approach: Only Three Races Remain In The #NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season

Playoffs Approach: Only Three Races Remain In The #NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs are approaching quickly, leaving little time for drivers to lock themselves into the postseason. Just three races remain before the series crowns the regular season champion and awards the winning driver an additional 15 Playoff points.



Justin Allgaier’s win at Road America last weekend vaulted him into the series championship standings lead by five points over second-place Christopher Bell and 12-points over third-place Elliott Sadler. Below is a look at each Playoff-eligible driver and their current Playoff status as the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Sitting Pretty In ‘Clinch-ville’:

So far this season, six drivers have clinched a spot in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs:
  1. Justin Allgaier (four wins)
  2. Christopher Bell (four wins)
  3. Tyler Reddick (one win)
  4. Elliott Sadler (third in points)
  5. Cole Custer (fourth in points)
  6. Daniel Hemric (fifth in points)

These next three races are great opportunities for these drivers who have clinched already to pad their Playoff point totals. All six currently have Playoff points, led by Christopher Bell with 24; followed by Allgaier (19), Reddick (six), Sadler (four), Hemric (three) and Custer (one).

Can Clinch On Points:

Heading into Darlington this weekend only one driver has the opportunity to clinch on points, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones. The youngster from Atlanta, Georgia, can clinch with 52 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he can also clinch if he scores 39 points. Jones could also clinch a Playoff spot with a win.

Jones and the No. 19 JGR team sit sixth in the series standings after making 23 starts this season, posting two top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 14.2. He also has one Playoff point from a stage win.

Keep an eye out for Jones this weekend as he looks to get his first series win. If he accomplishes the feat, he will become the fourth driver in series history to get their first career win at Darlington, joining Geoff Bodine (1982), Neil Bonnett (1983) and Ron Bouchard (1984). Jones has made two series starts at Darlington, recording one top 10 and an average finish of 16.0.

Needs A Win To Clinch:

The next five drivers in the championship standings are currently in position to make the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, but due to the points being so tight they can’t clinch their Playoff spot on points alone this weekend at Darlington. They could lock themselves into the postseason with a win.

Kaulig Racing’s Ryan Truex sits eighth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings following Road America, 176 points ahead of 13th-place Michael Annett (the first standings position outside the Playoffs). Truex has made 23 starts this season, putting together one top five, nine top 10s and an average finish of 13.4. This weekend at Darlington will be Truex’s second career start at the historic facility. His first series start at Darlington was back in 2011 with Pastrana Waltrip Racing; when he started 14th and finished 25th.

Richard Childress Racing’s Matt Tifft is coming off his best performance of the season at Road America, where he started on the pole and finished second. Now the Ohio native is ninth in the series standings with a cushion of 172-points over 13th place Michael Annett. In 23 starts this season, Tifft has posted four top fives, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 13.7. Tifft made his series track debut at Darlington last season, but it didn’t go as planned. At the time driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Tifft started 14th and finished 40th due to an incident on Lap 1. Look for Tifft to want to rebound from last season’s performance and build on his momentum from last week as the Playoffs approach.

Driving the No. 60 for Roush Fenway Racing this weekend, Austin Cindric is currently 10th in the Xfinity Series championship standings, 86-points Ahead of 13th. Cindric has mad 23 starts this season posting three top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 17.5. This weekend will be Cindric’s series track debut at Darlington Raceway.

Cindric’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ryan Reed is looking to make the Playoffs for the third consecutive season and heads to Darlington this weekend 11th in the series championship standings, 73 points ahead of 13th-place Michael Annett. Reed has made four starts at Darlington in his Xfinity Series career with an average finish of 16.0.

On The Hot Seat:

The 12th and final position in the Xfinity Playoffs is currently occupied by driver Ross Chastain, and with three races left in the regular season his position is officially the proverbial ‘Hot Seat.’ While the chances of Chastain’s 49-point cushion in the championship standings disappearing between he and 13th place Michael Annett are slim, it can still happen. But what should have Chastain most filled with worry is the chance for a new winner, which could potentially bounce Chastain out of the postseason. He is just 24 points behind Cindric, and a jump up in the standings would give him a little more security in the event that a new winner were to join the postseason picture. In 23 starts this season, Reed has two top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 16.1.

In 2018, the NASCAR Xfinity Series has seen 12 different winners through the first 23 races, three of which were championship contenders (Bell, Allgaier and Reddick).

Chastain has made 23 starts this season, posting one top five, six top 10s and an average finish of 16.2. The ‘Lady in Black’ has been relatively good to Chastain, he has three series starts at Darlington, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 17.7.

Outside Looking In:

The next three drivers, while not mathematically disqualified from getting in on points, it will most likely take a lot for them to close in on 12th-place Ross Chastain with just three races remaining in the regular season. The best course of action for the drivers outside the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs cutoff is to win.

Of any of the drivers outside the Playoffs looking in, JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett has the best shot of getting in on points with 49-points separating him from 12th place. Annett has made 23 starts this season, recording one top 10 and an average finish of 17.7. In five series starts at Darlington, he has an average finish of 20.4.

Jeremy Clements is currently 14th in the series championship standings, 107 points behind 12th-place Chastain. The South Carolina native has made 23 starts this season, putting together one top 10 and an average finish of 20.3. Clements has made seven series starts at his home track, Darlington, positing one top-10 finish (eighth in 2016) and an average finish of 22.7.

Ryan Sieg is 16th in the driver standings following Road America, 120 points behind 12th-place Ross Chastain. In 23 starts this season, Sieg has tallied one top 10 and an average finish of 20.4. He has made four series start at Darlington in his career with an average finish of 22.8.

source:   NASCAR.com

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Schedule - NASCAR at Darlington Raceway

Schedule - NASCAR at Darlington Raceway

Seven Decades of NASCAR


The NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action at Darlington Raceway Saturday and Sunday respectively. The NASCAR Camping World Truck and the K&N Pro Series are off this weekend.



Darlington will host NASCAR's throwback weekend for the fourth year in a row over this Labor Day weekend. The theme for this year's race is celebrating "Seven Decades of NASCAR."

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

  • Next Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500
  • The Place: Darlington Raceway
  • The Date: Sunday, September 2
  • The Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBCSN, 5 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 501.3 miles (367 Laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 100)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 200)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 367)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

  • Next Race: Sport Clips Haircuts VTW 200
  • The Place: Darlington Raceway
  • The Date: Saturday, September 1
  • The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC, 3 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 200.8 miles (147 Laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)





Check out the full schedule below, which is subject to change:


FRIDAY, Aug. 31

  • 1:05-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 2:05-2:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 3:05-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 4:05-4:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App

SATURDAY, Sept. 1

  • 12:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (147 laps, 200.8 miles), NBC/NBC Sports App

SUNDAY, Sept. 2

  • 6 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 (367 laps, 501.3 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Last Weekend’s NASCAR Events’ Recap

Last Weekend’s #NASCAR Events’ Recap
NASCAR Xfinity Series raced at Road America, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series battled at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, while both the K&N Pro Series East and West competed at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Derek Kraus celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monaco Gateway Classic
Derek Kraus celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monaco Gateway Classic

Derek Kraus Gets Redemption, Wins at Gateway

In the second of two combination races between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West this season, Derek Kraus was able get the best of both those worlds in Friday night’s Monaco Gateway Classic presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Gateway Motorsports Park, as he wound up in Victory Lane.

Following finishes of 20th at Iowa and ninth at Evergreen, both where he ran out of fuel, the Stratford, Wisconsin, native was able to pull away late in the 120-lap event to earn his third K&N Pro Series win of the season and fourth of his career. It was a win he called his biggest.

“It was definitely a difficult night,” a relieved Kraus said. “About 15 laps into it, something with the spark plug went wrong, was really slow down the straightaways. We fell back, I don’t even know where we were, but we restarted the second stage in the back and drove up to third and caught the front two.”



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he starter waves the checkered flag as Harrison Burton (#51) prepares to cross the finish line at Canadian Tire Mosport Park
The starter waves the checkered flag as Harrison Burton (#51)
prepares to cross the finish line at Canadian Tire Mosport Park

Justin Haley Wins Thrilling Truck Playoff Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made the annual trip to Canada to open up their 2018 Playoffs at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Despite missing the 2018 Playoffs, Todd Gilliland seemed almost destined to win his first career truck series race Sunday at CTMP. Taking the lead on Lap 53 from Johnny Sauter, it was smooth sailing for Gilliland, until a late race caution set up a thrilling NASCAR Overtime battle with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate and Playoff driver Noah Gragson. Gragson, who won both previous stages, dove to pass Gilliland in the final turn.

In similar shades to the move made by Chase Elliott in the 2013 race, the contact sent both Gragson and Gilliland spinning. The two trucks blocked the racetrack, causing a massive pile up coming to the checkered flag. The ensuing carnage allowed fellow Playoff driver Justin Haley to sneak through the wreckage and win the Chevrolet Silverado 250.

The 19-year-old driver from Winamac, Indiana lead only a single lap all race long and it proved to be the most important one. With this victory, Haley claims his second checkered flag of the 2018 season.

"We were just in the right place at the right time" said Haley celebrating in Victory Lane. "I can’t thank everyone at GMS Racing enough; it was a truly blessed day."


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Justin Allgaier Celebrates with a Burnout After Winning the ‘Johnsonville 180’
Justin Allgaier Celebrates with a Burnout After Winning the ‘Johnsonville 180’

Justin Allgaier Powers to Fourth Xfinity Win of 2018 at Road America

Continuing to make the most of his banner year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Justin Allgaier took advantage of a mistake by James Davison in the closing laps of the Johnsonville 180 to cruise to his fourth win of the season at the 4.048-mile road course of Road America.

Allgaier who used pit strategy throughout the 45-lap event to keep his No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro up front elected to stay out when the final caution waved at Lap 38 when Josh Bilicki crashed in Turn 12.


But, a push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell on the Lap 39 restart, Davison grabbed the lead entering Turn 1 from Allgaier – but the Australian made a mistake and overshot the corner in Turn 8 – handing the lead back to Allgaier who then cruised to a 5.303 second victory over Matt Tifft.

"The last restart there, (James Davison) kind of left before I did and (Matt Tifft) gave me a shot based on he didn't think (Davison) was going. I spun the tires really bad after I got hit," Allgaier said in Victory Lane. "I thought I had gave it away.

"Then when he made the mistake down in (Turn) 8, I knew I just had to be smooth and fast. This team is awesome. I told them on the radio after the race that it was an honor to drive these race cars. I can thank everyone enough that's on this race team and back at JR Motorsports."

Source: NASCAR.com


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

BF Goodrich Selected to Be Official Tire for NASCAR Euro Series

BF Goodrich Selected to Be Official Tire for NASCAR Euro Series
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is an official NASCAR stock-car racing series based in Europe. Before it was sanctioned by NASCAR, it was known as Racecar Euro-Series. BF Goodrich has a strong history in motorsports as was the first American race tire to score a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1915 and also built the first radial racing tire in 1972. They introduced radial tires to stock car racing in the United States during the 1990s when most series still raced on bias-ply tires. Now most every series competes on radials tires

BF Goodrich Selected to Be Official Tire for #NASCAR Euro Series


“We are excited to be a part of the NASCAR Whelen Series”, said BFGoodrich Global General Manager Harold Phillips. “As the BF Goodrich brand is anxious to develop high performance tyres that will improve our offer in the performance market for Europe.

“The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series provides an excellent opportunity to partner with a series that showcases the American heritage of the BFGoodrich brand, and can help us learn and compete in a dynamic European market place.”

The Hockenheimring Semi Finals, first leg of the 2018 Euro NASCAR playoffs, are just 18 days away and the battle for the Rookie Cup is shaping up as a duel between 17-year-old Florian Venturi and 30-year-old Nicholas Risitano


The winner the Rookie Cup, will be rewarded with the opportunity to take part in a NASCAR race in the United States and with double points on the line, many drivers could climb back and contend for the Rookie Cup, starting with cycling legend Tom Boonen – the Belgian sits 48 points behind the two – Francesco Parli, Kenko Miura and Pedro Bonnet.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series playoffs will begin in Germany on September 15-16 with the American Fan Fest Semi Finals at the legendary Hockenheimring.

“A great American brand joining a great American Series. This is a perfect fit!” declared NWES President - CEO Jerome Galpin. “We are very proud this lifestyle brand with huge legacy of racing performances decided to support our efforts to develop Pure Racing in Europe. We share the common vision to provide the best to everybody looking for fun and authentic experiences!”

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Weekend Schedule For #NASCAR Xfinity, Truck and K&N Pro Series

Weekend Schedule For #NASCAR Xfinity, Truck and K&N Pro Series

Road America, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and Gateway Motorsports Park



NASCAR Xfinity Series will be at Road America, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Canadian Tire, while both the K&N Pro Series East and West will race at Gateway Motorsports Park.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has this weekend off. Check out the full schedule below, which is subject to change.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24

ROAD AMERICA
  • 1:35-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, NBC Sports App
  • 3:35-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, NBC Sports App

GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series First Practice
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series Final Practice
  • 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series Group Qualifying
  • 9:15 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series Monaco Gateway Classic (Time Approx.)

SATURDAY, AUG. 25

ROAD AMERICA
  • 12:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, NBCSN
  • 3 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 (45 laps, 182.16 miles), NBCSN

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
  • 9:30-10:25 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, No TV
  • 11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, No TV
  • 6 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS2

SUNDAY, AUG. 26

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
  • 2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 (64 laps, 157.37 miles), FS1 



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Vote in the Wagner® “Things Worth Braking For” Contest

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Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.

Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.

The Drummer for Justin Moore is a Huge Dale Earnhardt Sr. Fan

Multiplatinum-selling country artist, Justin Cole Moore, is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Machine Records' imprint Valory Music Group. For that label, he has released four studio albums—his self titled debut album in 2009, Outlaws Like Me in 2011, Off the Beaten Path in 2013, and Kinda Don't Care in 2016.


Moore has also charted eleven times on the Hot Country Songs, including with the #1 singles "Small Town USA", "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away", "Til My Last Day", "Lettin' the Night Roll", "You Look Like I Need a Drink", and "Somebody Else Will"; and the top 10 hits "Backwoods" and "Point at You".

Well his drummer Tucker Wilson is one of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s biggest fan. In fact, he is such a big fan, that Tucker made the NASCAR legend the face of his drum kit.  Wilson and his drums are currently making their way across the United States on stages of fairs and festivals.


Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.
Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.
Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.
Tucker Wilson's Drums Feature Dale Sr.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Application Deadline Approaches For 2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Driver Combine

Application Deadline Approaches For 2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Driver Combine
Each year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program along with its competition arm, Rev Racing, seeks to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers.

Application Deadline Approaches For 2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Driver Combine


This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Drivers will have the opportunity to submit a digital application on RevRacing.net, highlighting racing experience, references and historical success. Ethnically diverse and female drivers have until September 7, 2018 to be considered for the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Youth program participants, ages 12-17, are required to apply by October 30, 2018.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • • Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications: American Indian, Alaskan Native or of native/indigenous descent; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black or African-American; Latino or Hispanic
  • • Be at least 15 years of age but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15th of the present year
  • • Be legally eligible to work in the United States. Drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply, however, if the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to the designated location in the United States to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the Drive for Diversity Program.

Application Deadline Approaches For 2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Driver Combine
NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns its drivers with a team of executives, athletic trainers, crew chiefs and mentors helping them achieve professional success, and thus improving their likelihood fo reaching one of the three NASCAR national series. Selected drivers will compete in the NASCAR K&N pro Series East, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series or Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series.

Rev Racing has continued to find success with its current drivers and alumni. In 2018, the Drive for Diversity Program made a major impact, seeing three of its graduates (Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace) compete at the sport’s highest level in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Since the Drive for Diversity Program’s inception, Rev Racing has earned 17 wins, 85 top 5s, and 168 top 10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top 10 in points every season. Current NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Ruben Garcia Jr. made his first trip to victory lane at Memphis International Raceway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in June.

To find more information about the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine or submit an application, please visit:

https://revracing.net/combine-application


For additional information please email info@RevRacing.net

About NASCAR

Application Deadline Approaches For 2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Driver Combine
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series.

The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

For more information visit: http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About REV RACING:

Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and female drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

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Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

Kurt Busch Recorded His 30th Career #NASCAR Cup #Win

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race


Kurt Busch, driving the No.41 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Ford Fusion, won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, in a Saturday night thriller in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch recorded his 30th career Cup win and the Ford Fusion’s milestone 100th race win.

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

“Congratulations to Ford on the Fusion's 100th Cup win, and to Kurt, Gene and Tony on an impressive race,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kurt and the Stewart-Haas team earned every bit of that win tonight. Congratulations to Ryan and Joey on their Stage wins. That really helped set the tone for the night. It’s been a total team effort all year with Ford Performance and it showed tonight as the Ford teams were battling for the lead.”



In a classic battle in the Thunder Valley, Busch raced against SHR teammate, Clint Bowyer to take the lead during a late race restart, only to have the ninth caution of the race come out with 13 laps remaining. Busch showed his grit and determination, as he got a great restart and held off a hard charging Kyle Larson, on fresher tires, to take the checkered flag and win Ford’s 11th points race of the season.

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

“It’s awesome to do it at Bristol. I love this place,” Busch commented in Victory Lane. “We now have won six times here and I have great teams that have always helped me win. This group of guys, Billy Scott, my crew chief, this is his first win and to be able to do it with Ford and Monster and Haas Automation is just what it’s all about is executing as a team and we had good restarts when we had to, and then you’ve got to get clever and start throwing everything at it.”

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

Ford Performance teams ran strong all night with a total of six drivers leading a race high 370 laps out of the 500-lap race. Race winner Busch led the final 24 laps of the race while Ford teammate Ryan Blaney (Stage 1 winner) led 121 laps and Bowyer led 120 laps. In addition, Stage 2 winner, Joey Logano led 95 laps.

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

Five Ford’s finished in the Top-10; Busch (P1), Logano (P4), Bowyer (P6), Blaney (P7), Kevin Harvick (P10). In addition, Roush Fenway Racing, Trevor Bayne finished a season high P11.

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

Ford has six drivers locked into playoff positions with just two races left before the Playoffs start at Las Vegas. Harvick leads the Playoff field in the number one position with 40 points. SHR teammates Bowyer and Busch follow in fourth and fifth respectively, while Team Penske driver Logano sits in sixth, Blaney in tenth and Brad Keselowski in eleventh.

Ford Sweeps Bristol Winning Fusion’s 100th Cup Race

MENCS will take a break this coming weekend as the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to take on the four-mile Road America road course. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

In addition, Roush Yates Engines has achieved a new overall milestone of 30 wins on the season, exceeding its previous total from 2017. This milestone is an accumulation of wins across NASCAR, IMSA and FIA Series.



Source: Ford Performance

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Kyle Busch Loses His Composure Due to Heckling #NASCAR Fan

Kyle Busch Loses His Composure Due to Heckling #NASCAR Fan

Should NASCAR levy a penalty to Mr. Busch.

UPDATE:  Bristol Motor Speedway issued a statement today in regards to a fan confronting Kyle Busch after Saturday night’s race.
 
The track stated: “Our security team has investigated a post-race incident where a guest repeatedly confronted Kyle Busch verbally and physically while he was signing autographs for fans. As Busch then prepared to leave in his golf cart, the individual struck the driver across the chest, and at that time, Busch confronted the individual. The two were separated quickly and a uniformed officer pulled the individual to the side, allowing Busch to depart.” A NASCAR spokesperson told NBC Sports that the sanctioning body was aware of the incident and discussed it with police.


The video is grainy and poorly lit (see below); however the altercation is clear. Fans undoubtedly unhappy with Kyle Busch booed him as he was exiting Bristol Motor Speedway. They were probably unhappy that the NASCAR Star had executed a controversial bump on Series Champion, the popular Martin Truex Jr.

However, rather than just continue on his way, as a responsible adult might do . . . . . it would appear that Busch decided to take it upon himself to escalate the already negative situation.

When Busch left his golf cart to confront the heckling fan, the fan shoved Kyle Busch hard. Crews intervened to separate the two.


Not the actions of a professional athlete. With six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins to his credit just this season . . . . it is, in NASCAR Race Moms opinion, such a shame. Additionally, with M&M’s as his biggest sponsor – this negative behavior is not a proper model for all the kids who love him.


Now the only remaining question is: Should NASCAR levy a penalty up Mr. Busch.




In Fairness - Another View of the Altercation.



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Friday, August 17, 2018

Chip Ganassi Racing Partner, Credit One Bank, Donates $25,000 To School Library

Chip Ganassi Racing Partner, Credit One Bank, Donates $25,000 To School Library

Credit One Bank and NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson Bring Unique Experience to Students of Meeting Street Academy

Chip Ganassi Racing Partner, Credit One Bank, Donates $25,000 To School Library


On Tuesday, August 14, Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and members of the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) team made a pit stop at Meeting Street Academy in Charleston, S.C. to speak with students about teamwork and perseverance during a school-wide assembly. Team partner Credit One Bank was in attendance and donated $25,000 to the school’s literacy program. Larson, the CGR team, and Credit One Bank previously visited the school in August of 2017.

“It was a lot of fun to visit Meeting Street Academy again, seeing the work that’s being done and getting a chance to spend time with the students” said Kyle Larson. “These kids have bright futures and I hope we were able to further motivate and encourage them to work hard and persevere.”

Chip Ganassi Racing Partner, Credit One Bank, Donates $25,000 To School Library
Students got an up-close view of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 complete with the latest addition of the school’s logo to the car, which Larson unveiled during the assembly. Larson then visited K-2 grades, delivering a signed copy of his book to each classroom, coloring books, and die-cast car replicas of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to each student. Additionally, the CGR pit crew gave a presentation about teamwork and life lessons learned through racing to third, fourth, and fifth grade classes.

“We were so pumped to have Kyle come back and update us on everything that’s happened in the last year. His message about responding to setbacks and overcoming obstacles was a really powerful one for us” said Dirk Bedford, Principal of Meeting Street Academy. “Kyle used the things he learned from those challenges to have an extraordinarily successful year and our MSA scholars look forward to doing the same thing at school this year.”

“Credit One Bank is proud to contribute to the mission of Meeting Street Academy to empower young people from underserved neighborhoods. Our hope is that this donation will help a new generation of students get excited about learning, reading, and racing,” said John Coombe, Senior Vice President of Communications for Credit One Bank. “We’re proud to utilize our partnerships with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR to create this unique opportunity for the students of Meeting Street Academy. To have Kyle, a successful NASCAR driver, share his personal story is invaluable to these students.”

Chip Ganassi Racing Partner, Credit One Bank, Donates $25,000 To School Library
Credit One Bank is committed to giving back to local communities through donations, volunteering, and creating special events for those in need. 

Credit One Bank focuses on three primary areas of community outreach: affordable housing, employment services, and education.

About Credit One Bank

Credit One Bank, N.A. is a technology and data-driven financial services company offering a full range of consumer credit card products. In addition to being one of the largest credit card banks in the United States, Credit One Bank is the exclusive issuer of the Official Credit Card of NASCAR and the Official Credit Card of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
For more information, please visit CreditOneBank.com.

About Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include two cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 200 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.

For more information: www.chipganassiracing.com

About Meeting Street Academy

Meeting Street Academy is the flagship school of Meeting Street Schools (MSS) – a network of public and private schools that was founded upon the belief that all children deserve an excellent education regardless of their geographic or socioeconomic circumstances, and that all children have the ability to excel in the classroom. Where access to quality public education or affordable private alternatives is severely limited, MSS is providing children with transformational educational opportunities. Opened in 2008, Meeting Street Academy is a private school serving students in grades PK3 – 5th who would otherwise attend schools that were below average.

For more information: www.meetingstreetschools.org

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