Friday, March 27, 2015

Keep Fighting, Steve


I believe the power of prayer is a very strong force in this world.  If you would, please keep Steve Byrnes and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his brave fight against cancer.  

Steve, we’re all cheering for you! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Let The Fans Be Heard: Sprint Fan Vote Returns

Let The Fans Be Heard: Sprint Fan Vote Returns



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) – A favorite isn’t always the winner – as the Sprint Fan Vote’s history suggests. In the last 10 seasons, fans have voted 10 different drivers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race™ at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including names like Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

You never know who will win. That’s what makes voting so important. Polls are open for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote – and unpredictability will take center stage until the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16. Fans can vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the All-Star Race by casting ballots daily. Voting closes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15, one day before the green flag.  

For the first time in program history, votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter will count as double towards a driver’s total. Fans can vote daily with a maximum of one vote per day per unique email address by downloading the NASCAR MOBILE application or visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Eligible voters can also enter into the Sprint Fan Vote sweepstakes, in which one lucky Sprint Fan Vote participant will win a trip for two to any 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

The winner of the Sprint Fan Vote will be announced in Victory Lane following the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 15.

To date, 32 drivers are eligible for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote. Eligibility for participation is restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the 2015 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Any eligible Sprint Fan Vote candidate who wins a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2015 season will automatically earn a spot in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the driver’s name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot with their existing votes voided.

To engage in the #SprintAllStar Race conversation throughout the #SprintFanVote window, fans are encouraged to follow @MissSprintCup, @CLTMotorSpdwy and @NASCAR on Twitter.

Fans can catch the entire weekend of May 15-16 All-Star action for just $99, including the Sprint Showdown, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Rayovac presents Little Big Town pre-race concert, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying and the biggest all-star event in sports, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. For an additional $20, fans can purchase a special Golden Ticket for early stagefront access to the Little Big Town concert. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
 
Tune in to the Sprint Showdown at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15 on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio. Then catch NASCAR’s biggest stars in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16 with coverage of qualifying starting at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the Sprint All-Star Race live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

The 32 drivers (as of March 19) eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote include:

1.   Justin Allgaier
2.   Michael Annett
3.   Trevor Bayne
4.   Greg Biffle
5.   Ryan Blaney
6.   Alex Bowman
7.   Clint Bowyer
8.   Jeb Burton
9.   Landon Cassill
10.  Austin Dillon
11.  Ty Dillon
12.  David Gilliland
13.  Ron Hornaday Jr.
14.  Sam Hornish Jr.
15.  Bobby Labonte
16.  Kyle Larson
17.  Justin Marks
18.  Michael McDowell
19.  Casey Mears
20.  Paul Menard
21.  Danica Patrick
22.  David Ragan
23.  Johnny Sauter
24.  Brian Scott
25.  Reed Sorenson
26.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
27.  Martin Truex, Jr.
28.  Mike Wallace
29.  Michael Waltrip
30  Cole Whitt
31.  Josh Wise
32.  JJ Yeley

SPRINT FAN VOTE SWEEPSTAKES - ABBREVIATED RULES

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Sweepstakes/Promotion entry period begins at 12:00:01 a.m., Eastern Time (“ET”), on March 8, 2015 and ends at 7:00:00 p.m., ET, on May 15, 2014. For complete rules, visit http://www.nascar.com/sprintfanvoterules.  Sponsor:  Sprint Communications Company, L.P. NASCAR, Inc. is not a sponsor of the Sweepstakes/Promotion. 

About Sprint
Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About NASCAR
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 (the NASCAR Sprint 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 TUDOR United 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 at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Charlotte Motor Speedway
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages.  Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country.  Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame; and drive an 800-horsepower stock car. Through every event and every decade, Charlotte Motor Speedway puts FANS FIRST with a never-ending commitment to enhance the fan experience.  That tradition continues with unmatched value through affordable season tickets, unparalleled pre-race entertainment and more opportunities for fans to see their favorite drivers.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NASCAR Lifts Kurt Busch Suspension, Outlines On-Going Requirements

NASCAR Lifts Kurt Busch Suspension, Outlines On-Going Requirements 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 11, 2015) — NASCAR announced today that, effectively
immediately, the indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch has been lifted. He is eligible to return to NASCAR racing under indefinite probation subject to additional mandatory requirements that include but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him. 

 On Feb. 20, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 car, was found to be in violation of: 

  • Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
  • Section 12.8: Behavioral Penalty

The decision to lift the suspension was made by NASCAR after Kurt Busch: 

  • Complied with all requirements in its reinstatement program;
  • Completed the mandatory behavioral assessment sessions; and
  • The behavioral health care expert who conducted the sessions recommended to NASCAR that Kurt Busch be allowed to return to competition. 
Kurt Busch now will undergo additional steps to address the behavior for which he was penalized.

The requirement that a driver must compete in all Championship Events of the current season to be eligible for The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has been waived for the period of Kurt Busch’s suspension. Assuming he returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, Kurt Busch would have zero Championship points to date after missing the Daytona 500 and the two most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

“As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. 

“We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return. “We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Daytona 500 Starting Lineup


The 2015 season kicks off Sunday
at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX for the 57th running of the Daytona 500. Will Jeff Gordon win his last Daytona 500?  Will Dale Jr. have a repeat victory?  Will an underdog win?  We won't know until Sunday! 

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Martin Truex, Jr.
  11. Kevin Harvick 
  12. Ryan Blaney
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Reed Sorenson
  15. Jamie McMurray
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Landon Cassill
  18. Justin Allgaier
  19. Cole Whitt
  20. Danica Patrick 
  21. Paul Menard
  22. Ryan Newman 
  23. Michael McDowell 
  24. Kurt Busch
  25. JJ Yeley
  26. David Gilliland 
  27. Michael Annett
  28. David Ragan
  29. Kyle Larson
  30. Austin Dillon 
  31. Ty Dillon
  32. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  33. Aric Almirola
  34. Michael Waltrip
  35. Matt Kenseth
  36. Johnny Sauter
  37. Denny Hamlin
  38. Brad Keselowski
  39. Trevor Bayne
  40. AJ Allmendinger
  41. Sam Hornish, Jr.
  42. Casey Mears
  43. Bobby Labonte 
Did Not Qualify:
  • Alex Bowman
  • Jeb Burton
  • Justin Marks
  • Ron Hornaday, Jr.
  • Brian Scott
  • Josh Wise

Friday, February 13, 2015

NASCAR is Back - Sprint Unlimited Starting Lineup

After a seemingly endless off-season, our wonderful racing is finally back tomorrow night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway for the Sprint Unlimited live on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The race will be split into two segments (75 laps total) with a competition caution at lap 25 to separate the segments.

To be eligible to race in the field of twenty-five drivers, they had to meet one of the following criteria:
  • 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners
  • 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers
  • Former Sprint Unlimited race winners
  • Former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2014
  • All remaining spots were filled by drivers highest in the 2014 Sprint Cup Series driver standings who weren’t already eligible

Here's the starting lineup:
  1. Paul Menard
  2. Kasey Kahne
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Martin Truex, Jr.
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Carl Edwards
  15. Danica Patrick
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Clint Bowyer
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  21. Jamie McMurray
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Casey Mears
  24. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  25. Kyle Larson