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By Pat DeCola NASCAR.com
Chip Ganassi Racing superstar Kyle Larson, fresh off his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season in Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, has already piled on another pair of dubs in the two days since.

The 24-year-old was victorious once again in Tuesday night’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions at Ohio’s Sharon Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt track that hosts sprint car races.

“Young Money” held off Carson Macedo and best friend Rico Abreu in a star-studded dirt field that also included NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney and XFINITY Series driver Cale Conley.

The Monster Energy Series points leader also won Monday’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions race at Wayne Count Speedway — holding off a second-place Kasey Kahne — and last week’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, to spark the streak.

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NASCAR Talk! / Baby news: Brittany & Joey Logano expecting
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:33:33 PM »
Brittany & Joey Logano expecting their 1st baby in January

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NASCAR Talk! / Dover International Speedway: Starts
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:19:53 PM »

· 391 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 287 in more than one.

· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56.

· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 36 starts; followed by Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 33 each.

· 64 drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Dover International Speedway.

· Three MENCS active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (09/20/98), Kurt Busch (09/24/00) and David Ragan (09/24/06).

· Ryan Newman (30 starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Dover with a 10.033.

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NASCAR Talk! / Dover International Speedway: History
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:18:27 PM »
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.

· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover was held on July 6, 1969 - won by Richard Petty.

· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.

· The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

· The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.

· The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

· There have been 94 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.

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NASCAR Talk! / Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:16:35 PM »
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 118.3
#20-Matt Kenseth............................ 108.6
#18-Kyle Busch............................... 105.4
#24-Chase Elliott............................. 100.8
#78-Martin Truex Jr........................... 94.8
#42-Kyle Larson................................ 92.6
#2-Brad Keselowski......................... 92.5
#41-Kurt Busch................................. 91.4
#4-Kevin Harvick............................. 90.7
#14-Clint Bowyer............................... 89.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway.

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List of military members to be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance

The windshield headers on all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during the Coca-Cola 600

http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19450695/list-military-members-honored-600-miles-remembrance


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NASCAR Talk! / Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announced
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:34:51 PM »
Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announced
By Staff Report NASCAR.com May 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm
The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class for induction Wednesday, naming Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr. as its ninth group of legends for enshrinement.

Yates, a master engine builder and longtime team owner credited with 57 career wins, received 94 percent of votes cast by the 58 members of the voting panel, which includes one ballot from collective fan voting on NASCAR.com. His percentage is the highest since David Pearson was named on 94 percent of ballots in 2011.

In Byron, the NASCAR Hall welcomes the first champion of its premier series. Byron, who was the second highest vote-getter at 74 percent, was crowned in what was then known as the Strictly Stock division in 1949; that series is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Evernham, who was named on 52 percent of the ballots, was the dominant crew chief of the 1990s, teaming with Jeff Gordon to capture three premier series championships. He also helped revolutionize modern pit stops by treating his crew as a team of professional athletes.

Squier, already recognized by the Hall as one half of the namesake Squier-Hall Award for media excellence, garnered 40 percent of the vote. The 82-year-old Vermont native was instrumental as the lead broadcaster for multiple networks, most notably calling the 1979 Daytona 500, which launched NASCAR onto the national scene.

Hornaday, 58, becomes the first inductee who made his mark in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The four-time series champion secured 38 percent of the votes, earning induction on a tiebreaker vote with fellow nominee Alan Kulwicki.

Nominees Buddy Baker and Davey Allison were seventh and eighth in the balloting respectively.

Longtime International Speedway Corporation executive Jim France was named the 2018 recipient of the Landmark Award. He is the second member of NASCAR’s first family recognized for outstanding contributions to the sport, joining inaugural winner Anne B. France.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be inducted next winter.


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Drivers Eligible For The 2017 Monster  Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
DRIVER   REASON ELIGIBLE
1   #11-Denny Hamlin   Feb 2016 Daytona 500
2   #48-Jimmie Johnson   Feb 2016 Atlanta
3   #2-Brad Keselowski   March 2016 Las Vegas
4   #4-Kevin Harvick   March 2016 Phoenix
5   #18-Kyle Busch   April 2016 Martinsville
6   #20-Matt Kenseth   May 2016 Dover
7   #78-Marin Truex Jr.   May 2016 Charlotte
8   #41-Kurt Busch   June 2016 Pocono
9   #22-Joey Logano   June 2016 Michigan
10   #37-Chris Buescher   August 2016 Pocono
11   #42-Kyle Larson   August 2016 Michigan
12   #31-Ryan Newman   March 2017 Phoenix
13   #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.   May 2017 Talladega
14   #1-Jamie McMurray   2014 All-Star Race Winner
15   #5-Kasey Kahne   2008 All-Star Race Winner
16   #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.   2000 All-Star Race Winner
17   TBD   Open Segment One Winner
18   TBD   Open Segment Two Winner
19   TBD   Open Race Winner
20   TBD   Fan Vote Winner

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NASCAR Talk! / All star race format & info
« on: May 16, 2017, 01:32:52 PM »
NASCAR's annual All-Star race is getting a new format that pays tribute to Charlotte's "One Hot Night" of 25 years ago.

The four-stage format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race on May 20 (8 p.m. ET, FS1) will reward winning and incorporates a strategy component. Each team will have one set of softer tires — for better grip and, thus, speed — available to use at its discretion in the 70-lap exhibition race. The one caveat: Teams that choose to use the softer tires to start the final stage must start behind those that use regular tires.

With $1 million on the line, the only thing to expect Saturday under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the unexpected.

Who is driving in NASCAR's All-Star race?
A total of 20 drivers will be driving in the All-Star race Saturday night. There currently are 16 drivers locked into the shootout with the final four to be determined during the Monster Energy Open.


Drivers who have already clinched All-Star spots: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

What is the Monster Energy Open?
The Monster Energy Open is for drivers not locked into the All-Star race and will occur Saturday prior to the main event. The Open will include three stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps) and the winner of each stage will earn a spot in the All-Star race. The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knock-out qualifying. The 20th and final spot in the All-Star race will be determined through a fan vote.

What is the format and rules for the All-Star race?
The race format is as follows:

— The race will feature four stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps), totaling 70 laps, an ode to the 1992 edition of the same distance.

— The goal for all competitors: Earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage.

— The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage.

— The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage.

— The remaining 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines starting order for final stage.

— The winner will be awarded $1,000,000.

Qualifying for the main event will include the popular "no speed limit" four-tire pit stop. Each team will have three timed laps, one of which will include a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit-road speed limits enforced. The five quickest teams will advance to the final round of qualifying to determine starting positions one through five. The team that completes the fastest stop will earn the Pit Crew Competition Award.

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NASCAR Talk! / GREGORY COLUMN: 5 Things from Talladega
« on: May 10, 2017, 08:24:29 PM »
GREGORY COLUMN: 5 Things from Talladega
Allen Gregory | Bristol Herald Courier  | The Associated Press

BIG FINISH
The big picture was all good from Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. To the delight of the fans, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. executed a final-lap pass of Kyle Busch and then held off a horde of challengers to win for the first time in 158 career starts and break a 101-race winless streak for Roush Fenway Racing. Stenhouse dedicated the victory, along with his earnings from Saturday’s pole position, to his late friend Bryan Clauson, who died in early August from injuries sustained in a crash at the Kansas Midget Nationals.

FULL HOUSE
One week after the Xfinity and Cup races in Richmond drew a combined total of around 40,000 fans, the seats were full in Talladega Sunday.

HIGH SPEED CHESS
While there were some lulls in Sunday’s event, the restrictor-plate suspense from Talladega remains irresistible. In addition to breathtaking speeds, the Talladega melodrama includes dangerous bump-drafting, complex side-drafting, risky blocking maneuvers and the inevitable big crash. Talladega is an anomaly on the Cup schedule, but it rarely fails to disappoint.


SAME OLD KYLE
During a rough time for the sport when drivers should be reaching out to fans instead of alienating them, the antics of Busch have gotten old. Instead of accepting his misfortune after crashes or losses, Busch continually rips the track, other drivers or his crew.

WORKING PRESS?
The number one rule for all journalists is to never cheer or clap while covering an event. Thomas Bowles, who was working for SI.com at the time, was fired in 2011 for violating that cardinal rule when he cheered from the media center as Trevor Bayne pulled off his surprise victory in the Daytona 500. But there was yelling, cheering and clapping from a member (yes, Darrell Waltrip again) of the Fox broadcast crew during the final laps of Sunday’s race.

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NASCAR Talk! / Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Go Bowling 400
« on: May 10, 2017, 08:20:28 PM »
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Go Bowling 400

History:

· Groundbreaking for the speedway was held on May 25, 1999.

· The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day - June 2.

· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 - won by Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet, 110.576 mph, 3:37:19).

· During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners.

Starts

· There have been 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.

· 126 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas; 98 in more than one.

· Four drivers have started all 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway - Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.

· Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 10.267.

· Four drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Kansas Speedway: Erik Jones (5/09/2015), Ryan Blaney (5/10/2014), Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005).

Poles

· 14 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne with three each.

· Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph (Dodge) driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. Leffler is the only driver to post his first career MENCS pole at Kansas.

· Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only two drivers to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (Johnson: 2007-2008 and Harvick: Fall of 2013-2014 sweep).

· Youngest Kansas pole winner: Joey Logano (05/09/2015 - 24 years, 11 months, 15 days).

· Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 - 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).

· Four manufacturers have won Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 10; followed by Ford (five), Dodge (four) and Toyota (three).

Wins

· 13 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with three each. Eight of the 13 Kansas winners are currently active.

· Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with six: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014) and Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015).

· Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the MENCS; led by Chevrolet with 11 victories, Ford with six, Toyota has three and Dodge has two.

· Four of the 22 (18.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole: Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013) and Kevin Harvick (fall 2013).

· Five of the 22 (22.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.

· 12 of the 22 (54.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

· 19 of the 22 (86.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-20 starting position (Most recent: Kevin Harvick - Fall of 2016).

· Two of the 22 (9%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. - 21st (Tony Stewart, 2006) and 25th (Brad Keselowski, 2011).

· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway is 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.

· Youngest Kansas winner: Joey Logano (10/05/2014 - 24 years, 4 months, 11 days).

· Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 - 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).

· Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 - the first two MENCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall 2012, spring 2013).

· Jeff Gordon is the only driver to win at Kansas in his first appearance.

· No MENCS drivers have won their first career race at Kansas Speedway.

· Kyle Busch competed at Kansas Speedway 16 times before winning in 2016; the longest span of any the eight active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Kansas.

· Kyle Busch (16), Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.

· Kurt Busch leads the series with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 22.

Additional Finishing Positions

· Kevin Harvick has the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with three; followed by Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Newman with two each.

· Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11; followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle each have seven.

· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 17; followed by Jeff Gordon (14), Carl Edwards (13) and Matt Kenseth (13).

· Jimmie Johnson (8.905) is the only active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver with more than one start at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position inside the top 10.

· There have been two MENCS races resulting a NASCAR Overtime finish at Kansas Speedway: 10/18/2015 and 10/9/2011

· Only one of the 22 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: 9/30/2007

· Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.

· The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kansas race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.

· Of the 22 MENCS races held at Kansas Speedway, only the Sept. 30, 2007 event has ended under caution - weather - Greg Biffle won the event.


· A total of 65 drivers in the MENCS have led at least one lap at Kansas Speedway.

· Matt Kenseth leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 774 laps led in 22 starts.

Female Competitor Stats

· Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy

· Danica Patrick's seventh-place finish (2014) at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the third-highest finish by a female driver in series history. Patrick's series career-best finish is sixth (Atlanta), and the best finish by a female driver in the MENCS is Sarah Christian's fifth-place finish (Heidelberg) in 1949.

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NASCAR Talk! / Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas:
« on: May 10, 2017, 08:18:42 PM »
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas:
Jimmie Johnson........................ 110.6
Matt Kenseth............................ 108.1
Kevin Harvick........................... 105.3
Martin Truex Jr........................... 95.7
Kasey Kahne.............................. 91.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 90.0
Brad Keselowski......................... 89.9
Kyle Larson................................ 87.8
Joey Logano............................... 87.6
Kurt Busch................................. 87.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (18 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)


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NASCAR Talk! / Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:09:55 AM »
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega
Chase Elliott .............................. 97.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 92.0
Kurt Busch................................. 88.8
Matt Kenseth.............................. 88.0
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 87.9
Brad Keselowski......................... 87.4
Denny Hamlin............................. 84.0
Joey Logano............................... 83.8
Ryan Blaney............................... 83.5
Kevin Harvick............................. 81.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.

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NASCAR Talk! / Junior to retire after 2017 season
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:17:17 PM »
Junior to step away after 2017 | Drivers react

Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced via a team press release Tuesday that he would retire following the 2017 season.

Earnhardt Jr. and team owner Rick Hendrick will have a joint a press conference at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the driver's decision. NASCAR.com will live stream the press conference.

Stay tuned to NASCAR.com for complete Earnhardt Jr. coverage, and bookmark this link for the live stream at 3 p.m. ET: www.nascar.com/presspass.

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NASCAR Talk! / BRISTOL RACE POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY 1 PM ET
« on: April 23, 2017, 01:44:56 PM »
BRISTOL RACE POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY 1 PM ET

NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that the Food City 500 has been rescheduled to Monday April 24th.

Kyle Larson, who earned the pole position Friday via series points, will lead the 39-car field to the green flag, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET). FOX will provide live television coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

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NASCAR Talk! / All-Star race format unveiled
« on: April 12, 2017, 02:02:06 PM »
All-Star race format unveiled

As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed - a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed "One Hot Night," the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event. And now, 25 years later, past meets present ... as another new era begins with the first all-star race under the Monster Energy banner.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning, and incorporates a fascinating strategy component.

The race format is as follows:
- The race will feature four stages (20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps), totaling 70 laps, an ode to the 1992 edition of the same distance.

- The goal for all competitors: Earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage.

- The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage.

- The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage.

- The remaining 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines starting order for final stage.

- The winner will be awarded $1,000,000.

 Crew chief strategy has been at a premium throughout this season, and that won't change in the all-star race thanks to a unique opportunity granted each team: a coveted set of softer tires. Each team will have one set of these tires available to use at their discretion. A softer tire provides the car with more grip and, thus, speed. In other words, it's a game-changer. But there's a catch: Teams that choose to put on their softer tires to start the final stage must start behind those that choose regular tires. "The Monster Energy All-Star Race is designed to be fun for fans, showcasing the best drivers and race teams in NASCAR," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "With the effort that Goodyear has put into this race with multiple tire compounds, I am excited to see how the stages play out, especially the final 10-car, 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag."

"The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is etched in the history of our sport for the most memorable moments, trend-setting innovation and big-money payouts," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "This new 70-lap format pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of 'One Hot Night' while pushing the drivers to the brink of insanity with the chances they'll take to win $1 million. I'm as ready as our fans for a May 20 Saturday night shootout where only a daredevil behind the wheel truly has a shot at Victory Lane."

Qualifying for the main event, which returns to Friday night, will again include the wildly popular 'no speed limit' four-tire pit stop. Each team will have three timed laps, one of which will include a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit-road speed limits enforced. The five quickest teams will advance to the final round of qualifying to determine starting positions one through five. The team that completes the fastest stop will earn the Pit Crew Competition Award.
The Monster Energy Open will occur Saturday evening prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race and will include three stages (20 laps / 20 Laps / 10 laps). The winner of each stage will earn a spot in the all-star race. The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knock-out qualifying.

Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include: drivers who won a points event in either 2016 or 2017; drivers who won a Monster Energy All-Star Race and compete full-time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete fulltime. Those who have not already earned a spot via the above criteria can still lock-in by winning a stage in the Monster Energy Open or by winning the Fan Vote.
Drivers who have already clinched an all-star spot: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

Weekend passes for the Monster Energy All-Star Race start at just $79 and include admission to the May 19 N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, May 20 Justin Moore All-Star pre-race concert presented by Rayovac and Kwikset and the Monster Energy Open. Individual adult tickets for the May 20 Monster Energy All-Star Race start at just $39 and tickets for children 13 and under are just $10. To obtain tickets, camping or race-day upgrades, fans should call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. The Monster Energy All-Star Race and Monster Energy Open will air live on FS1 starting at 6 p.m. ET. The races can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.


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NASCAR levied L1-level penalties against the No. 2 car of Team Penske and the No. 4 car of Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday following Sunday's race at Phoenix Raceway.

The violation for the No. 2 car is detailed in sections 20.17.3.1.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book (post-race general inspection measurements), and driver Brad Keselowski's fifth-place finish in the Camping World 500 is encumbered, per section 12.10 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

Meanwhile, the violation for the No. 4 car is detailed in sections 20.3.3.3 I-4 of the NASCAR Rule Book (track bar mount and supports) and driver Kevin Harvick's sixth-place finish at Phoenix is encumbered.

As a result of the violation, No. 2 crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points races. The team was assessed with the loss of 35 driver points and 35 owner points.

The No. 4 crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $25,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points race. The team was assessed with the loss of 10 driver and 10 team owner points.

Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing both have the option to file an appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

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NASCAR Talk! / TRUEX JR., ALLMENDINGER, BUESCHER FAIL POST-RACE INSPECTION
« on: February 24, 2017, 01:23:17 PM »
TRUEX JR., ALLMENDINGER, BUESCHER FAIL POST-RACE INSPECTION

By Staff report | NASCAR.com |
February 23, 2017 at 11.50 PM

Three cars failed post-race inspection following Thursday's Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway, disallowing their finishing positions and forcing them to the rear of Sunday's Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The No. 37 and 47 Chevrolets of Chris Buescherand AJ Allmendinger, both of JTG Daugherty Racing, and the No. 78 Furniture Row RacingToyota of Martin Truex Jr. all failed at the height station.

Truex Jr. finished seventh in Duel 1 initially, with Buescher coming in 16th in that event; Allmendinger finished fourth in Duel 2.

Truex Jr. and Allmendinger also forfeited their respective stage points for finishing their races in the top 10. Initially, Allmendinger earned seven points and Truex Jr. earned four.

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NASCAR Talk! / Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday
« on: February 19, 2017, 10:30:20 AM »

Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday:Persistent rain on Saturday night forced postponement of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, with green flag at 11:35am/et, broadcast on FS1 (coverage starts at 11:00am/et). The Clash will precede Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the Daytona 500, which is scheduled to take place at 3:00pm/et Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)
The Daytona International Speedway stadium admission gates for Clash ticket holders will open at 10:30am. Qualifying ticket holders will not be admitted until 2pm. Qualifying ticket holders wanting to also attend the Clash can upgrade to a general admission ticket for $30.(2-18-2017)

Race Coverage of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is rescheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2016.
Television (TV): FS1 at 11:00 am/et; green flag approx. 11:35am/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Starting lineup was set by a random draw, see the lineup on the Advance Auto Parts Clash race info page

Some Clash Stats: Last year, #11-Denny Hamlin won his 3rd Clash, and his 2nd in the last 3 years after also winning in 2014. No driver has ever won the race 3 times in 4 years.
Most Wins - In Daytona Clash - Last Win
Dale Earnhardt 6 1995
Denny Hamlin >>3 2016
Kevin Harvick 3 2013
Tony Stewart 3 2007
Dale Jarrett 3 2004
>>Won 2 of last 3 years
Won Daytona Clash and Daytona 500 - In Same Season - Season Points Finish
2016 Denny Hamlin 6th
2000 Dale Jarrett 4th
1997 Jeff Gordon 1st
1996 Dale Jarrett 3rd
1987 Bill Elliott 2nd
1982 Bobby Allison 2nd
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NASCAR Talk! / Tire limits, plate-race tweaks among 2017 rules updates
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:59:22 PM »
Tire limits, plate-race tweaks among 2017 rules updates.
 
NASCAR competition officials issued memos detailing rule book changes for the 2017 season in its three national series, including limits on tire allocation, restrictor-plate and spoiler size, and an allowance for drivers to use biometric devices.
 
The 80 total pages of revisions released Friday afternoon pertain to Sections 20 (Vehicle and Driver Safety specifications) and 21 (Pit Equipment and Crew Safety specifications) across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Among the highlights in the rules updates:
 
• NASCAR set its regulations on tire allocation for all three series in 2017. In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the number of tire sets available to teams per event dropped for 28 of the 36 points-paying races.
 
Tracks with two or three fewer set of tires allowed next season: Homestead (three fewer sets), Daytona (500 only, two fewer sets), Phoenix (two fewer sets for both races), Martinsville (two fewer sets for both races), Bristol (two fewer sets for both races), Kansas (two fewer sets for both races), Auto Club (two fewer sets), Kentucky (two fewer sets) and Chicagoland (two fewer sets). Tracks with one fewer set of tires allowed next season: Michigan (both races), Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas (both races), Dover (both races), Charlotte (both races), Indianapolis, Pocono (both races) and Richmond (both races).
 
• In 2017, Monster Energy Cup teams will be required to start the race on the tires they used in Coors Light Pole Qualifying. This change does not apply to the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series.
 
• Drivers in all three series may use biometrics devices in their vehicles in 2017. The wrist-worn health tracking devices may not transmit data, may not connect to the vehicle in any way and must operate on an internal battery. Devices eligible for use are certain models made by Garmin, Misfit, Polar, Samsung, Tom Tom and Jawbone.
 
• The 2017 aerodynamic package for non-restrictor plate tracks in the Monster Energy Cup Series will feature a shortened rear spoiler, measuring 2.35 inches tall. The standard rear-spoiler height for premier series teams last season was 3.5 inches, with a 2.5-inch tall spoiler used at Kentucky and both Michigan races as auditions for this season.
 
• For superspeedway events at Daytona and Talladega, the restrictor plate opening will be smaller by 1/64 of an inch -- reduced from 57/64 to 7/8. The change affects only the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY series for those two tracks.
 
• Additional safety guidelines were issued for restrictor-plate events for Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY teams. Among them, the previously optional roof hatch is now mandatory as an alternate escape route. Competition officials have also required the use of energy-absorbing materials to strengthen the area occupied by the drivers' feet in the cockpit.
 
• Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will be required to carry a roof-mounted camera assembly at all times, whether in use by broadcast partner networks or not.
 
 

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