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


Friday, January 30, 2015

Alex Bowman to Drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2015) - Tommy Baldwin Racing has announced that Alex Bowman will drive the team's No. 7 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season. 21-year-old Bowman just completed his rookie season in the series with a notable 13th place finish at Daytona International Speedway.

If you are engaged in numerology, Bowman's new job should be destined for success. In addition to driving the No. 7, the native of Tucson, AZ, began racing at the age of seven. Progressing through the ranks, Bowman moved to full-bodied stock cars when he turned 17 years old. Making his NASCAR debut in 2012, Bowman has been at the forefront of NASCAR's youth movement since his arrival.

With NASCAR's youth movement in full swing, Bowman will join an elite group of young talent in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

"Alex is the future of TBR, and he will be a great representative of our team," said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "He is a young driver who displayed a great talent in both the XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series the past few years. We are pleased to give Alex the opportunity to further showcase his skills behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolet this season."

"I'm looking forward to working with TBR and the entire No. 7 team," said Bowman. "With Tommy's experience and his drive to run competitively, I feel like we can run well this year." 

Further details on the 2015 season will continue to be announced over the next seven days as #TBR7in7 continues.

About Tommy Baldwin Racing

Founded in 2009, Tommy Baldwin Racing is a NASCAR organization that fields Chevrolets in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Baldwin, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Daytona 500-winning crew chief in his seventh season as a full-time Cup Series car owner.

For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, please visit them on Facebook, Twitter or their website. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chase Elliott to Drive Full Time for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016


FIVE-RACE SERIES DEBUT SET FOR 2015 WITH NAPA AUTO PARTS SPONSORSHIP
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2015) – Chase Elliott, who became the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history last season, will join Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Sprint Cup driver beginning in 2016. Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS team will be led by crew chief Alan Gustafson, who has earned 19 wins, 18 pole positions, 98 top-five finishes and 165 top-10s at the elite Cup level.
“Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” said Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, who announced the news this morning during the team’s season kickoff employee event. “Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see. Chase’s personality and demeanor make him popular with fans, teammates and sponsors. He’s a great fit for our organization on many levels, and we feel he and Alan will be a successful combination. There’s a lot to be excited about.”
In preparation for 2016, Elliott, 19, will make his Sprint Cup debut later this year as part of a five-race schedule with primary sponsorship from NAPA AUTO PARTS. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will be paired with veteran crew chief Kenny Francis during the limited campaign.
Driving the No. 25 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott will be entered in 2015 Cup events March 29 at Martinsville Speedway, April 25 at Richmond International Raceway, May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sept. 6 at Darlington Raceway.
“Chase has been a fantastic ambassador for NAPA,” said Gaylord Spencer, senior vice president of marketing for NAPA AUTO PARTS, which also is primary sponsor of Elliott’s JR Motorsports team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. “As he embarks on this important next step in his career, we’re proud to support him across both series in 2015 and look forward to an exciting year on and off the track. The NAPA Family is behind Chase 100 percent.”
At the age of 18 years, 11 months and 18 days, Elliott became the youngest champion in any NASCAR national touring series when he won the 2014 XFINITY Series title. The first racer in NASCAR history to win a championship and rookie of the year honors in the same season, he also was voted by fans as the series’ most popular driver.
Elliott’s 2014 season included three wins, two pole positions and 26 top-10 finishes in 33 races. His first victory (Texas Motor Speedway) came in his sixth career series start and made him the second-youngest winner in XFINITY Series history (behind Joey Logano). He completed 99.5 percent of the 6,063 total laps run and became the first driver since 2010 to clinch the championship before the season finale.
Elliott and father Bill are only the fifth father-son duo to win NASCAR national series championships. They are members of an elite group that includes Lee and Richard Petty, Ned and Dale Jarrett, David and Larry Pearson, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bill Elliott, the 1988 Sprint Cup Series champion, will be enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame tomorrow evening.
“So many people have been behind me, and the first thing I want to do is thank them,” said Chase Elliott, who will run the full 2015 XFINITY Series schedule as the defending champion. “My parents especially have believed in me every step of the way, and I know this wouldn’t be possible without all the sacrifices they’ve made to focus on my racing career. This is such a big week for our family.
“I’m also extremely grateful to Mr. Hendrick and my teammates at both Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports for believing in me. NAPA has been a huge supporter, and I’m honored to represent them on and off the track. Of course the fans have been amazing to me, and I’m so appreciative of that. I know how rare this opportunity is and will work as hard as I can to make everyone proud.”
Hendrick Motorsports will announce sponsorship for Elliott’s 2016 Sprint Cup season at a later date.
CHASE ELLIOTT YEAR-BY-YEAR:
2014: Became youngest NASCAR national series champion in history after winning the XFINITY Series title. Earned three victories, two pole positions, 16 top-five finishes and 26 top-10s in 33 races. Led 390 laps and posted an average finish of 8.0. Scored wins at Texas, Darlington and Chicagoland. Named XFINITY Series rookie of the year and most popular driver.
2013: Became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA Series history at Pocono Raceway on June 8. Nine-race NASCAR national series debut in the Camping World Truck Series reset the record books. In sixth start, became youngest (at the time) winner in CWTS history Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Scored seven top-10 finishes and five top-fives. Became first driver to win all four super late model majors after All-American 400 victory at historic Nashville Fairgrounds.
2012: Scored first NASCAR win in K&N Series competition at Iowa Speedway on May 19. Became youngest pole winner in K&N history and was named the series’ most popular driver. In six ARCA Series events, never finished outside the top 10, earned first series pole and scored runner-up finish in first road course event at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Competed in 17 late model races, posting nine wins, five poles, 14 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s.
2011: Signed with Hendrick Motorsports in February. Earned national champion title in super late models with the Champion Racing Association. Won prestigious Snowball Derby (Pensacola, Florida) in December. Late model season featured seven wins in 23 events. In April, recognized as Sports Illustrated’s High School Player of the Week. Voted by fans as ESPN The Magazine’s “NEXT” racer.
ABOUT NAPA AUTO PARTS:
NAPA (www.NAPAonline.com) was founded in 1925 to meet America’s growing need for an auto parts distribution system. Today NAPA has grown to more than 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 62 distribution centers with more than 400,000 part numbers in inventory and more than 15,000 NAPA AutoCare and AutoCare Collision Centers nationwide.
ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:
Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned more than 200 race victories and a record 11 car owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Sprint Cup circuit with drivers Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, visit HendrickMotorsports.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends during this holiday season! The 2015 NASCAR season is rapidly approaching and will be here before we know it, but in the meantime, enjoy the remainder of the off-season.