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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:50:34 AM »
Thursday, November 30
 
  07:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
  09:00 PM: MENCS Award Show      NBCSN
  11:00 PM: MENCS Award Show (re-air)      NBCSN

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Roush Fenway Racing to field driver development team in XFINITY Series in 2018
 
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2017) - Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, each a driver in the Ford family of NASCAR race teams, sharing the iconic No. 60 Ford Mustang. The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three drivers and will be run by Roush Fenway with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske. Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley, who helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of NXS championships, will serve as crew chief on the car.

"Driver development has always been part of our DNA at Roush Fenway and Jack Roush has always taken pride in providing opportunities for up and coming drivers," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "All three of these drivers have exhibited a great deal of potential on and off the track and it's going to be a lot of fun to watch as they hone their skills together and grow into the next generation of champions in our sport."

Majeski, who finished 10th in his third NXS start last weekend at Homestead, recently captured his fourth-consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, winning six of the 12 races. In 32 Late Model races this year, the Wisconsin phenom has scored an impressive 20 wins and 29 top-three finishes. He is coming off a dominating performance in the Governor's Cup at New Smyrna, where he won the event for the third consecutive year. Majeski is also the No. 1 ranked iRacer in the world, with over 830 wins in 1,112 starts.

At the age of 19, Cindric has a very diverse racing background. He has won races in rallycross, IMSA, ARCA, the NASCAR K&N Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In only his rookie season, Cindric advanced to the championship round in the NCWTS playoffs at Homestead. In 2017, Cindric scored eight top fives and 16 top-10 NCWS finishes; including a win this season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Briscoe, whose family has a rich history driving and owning sprint cars, scored 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and finished sixth in the points standings in his NCWTS rookie season, including a dominating victory in the season finale at Homestead. He won the 2016 ARCA championship in dramatic fashion, tallying six victories, leading almost 1000 laps and distancing himself from the second-place finisher by over 500 points.

The trio will look to build on the rich history of Roush Fenway's No. 60 that includes a NASCAR record 93 wins and almost 16,000 laps led. Mark Martin was a dominating fixture in the car in the 90s and Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Chris Buescher each drove the car to NXS championships.

The No. 60 is set to run all of the NXS races in 2018, while competing for the NXS Owner's Championship. Further details will be made available - and a media availability for all three drivers will be conducted - after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

--- Roush Fenway Racing ---

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NASCAR Talk! / NASCAR standardizing at track pit crew rosters
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:36:29 PM »

NASCAR standardizing at track pit crew rosters
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NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that it will standardize at-track team rosters across all three national series in 2018, providing a structure for the number of personnel working on each vehicle during the course of a race weekend.
The biggest competition impact from the rules update is the the number of crew members who go over the wall for pit stops moving from six to five.
At-track rosters for all three series will fall under three headings: Organizational, Road Crew and Pit Crew. Job descriptions and roster maximums for each category:
• Organizational: Examples include competition director, team managers, technical director, IT specialists. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teams will be allotted three organizational roster spots for one- and two-car operations, and four spots for three- and four-car outfits. XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams will be allowed one organizational roster spot each.
• Road Crew: Examples include crew chief, car chief, mechanics, engine tuners, engineers, specialists (for areas such as tires, aerodynamics and shocks) and spotters. The limits for these personnel by series: Monster Energy Series, 12; XFINITY, 7; Camping World Trucks, 6.
• Pit Crew: This designation refers solely to team members who perform over-the-wall service during pit stops. The maximum is five for all three series.
The exceptions to these numbers are slight. Monster Energy Series teams are allowed one extra road crew position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the three road courses (Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Charlotte), where teams often use multiple spotters. Also, an additional road crew roster spot will be allowed for XFINITY teams at 10 races and Truck Series teams at five.
It will be left to the teams' discretion on how to best assemble their team - including the over-the-wall crew - within the roster limits. All rosters will be made public - for fans and media - before each race weekend.
For routine four-tire stops starting next season, teams could forgo one tire carrier and devise a new framework for servicing their vehicles.
The responsibilities of the fueler will also be narrowed, with other over-the-wall duties such as wrenching out chassis adjustments prohibited in 2018.
In another effort to bring further recognition to team members, rostered crew will be assigned letters or numbers worn on their uniforms and on armbands to identify their duties.

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:23:42 PM »
Friday, November 17
 08:30 AM: NCWTS Homestead practice      FS1
 10:00 AM: NCWTS Homestead final practice      FS1
 12:30 PM: MENCS Homestead practice      NBCSN
 02:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NXS Homestead practice      NBCSN
 03:30 PM: NCWTS Homestead qualifying      FS1
 05:00 PM: NXS Homestead final practice      NBCSN
 06:00 PM: MENCS Homestead qualifying      NBCSN
 07:30 PM: NCWTS SetUp      FS1
 08:00 PM: NCWTS Ford Ecoboost 200 (stage laps: 40/80/134)      FS1
 10:00 PM: NCWTS Post Race Show      FS1
 
 
Saturday, November 18
 06:00 AM: NCWTS Homestead race (re-air)      FS1
 10:00 AM: MENCS Homestead practice      CNBC
 11:00 AM: NXS Homestead qualifying      CNBC
 12:30 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 01:00 PM: MENCS Homestead final practice      NBCSN
 02:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 03:00 PM: NXS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
 03:30 PM: NXS Ford EcoBoost 300 (stage laps: 45/90/200)      NBCSN
 06:30 PM: NXS Post Race Show      NBCSN
 
 
Sunday, November 19
 11:30 AM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
 01:30 PM: NASCAR America Sunday      NBC
 02:00 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBC
 03:00 PM: MENCS Ford EcoBoost 400 (stage laps: 80/160/267)      NBC
 03:00 PM: MENCS NASCAR Hot Pass      NBCSN
 07:00 PM: MENCS Post Race Show      NBCSN
 08:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
 09:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1
   

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:59:47 PM »
Friday, November 10
 11:00 AM: NCWTS Phoenix final practice      FS2
 12:45 PM: MENCS Phoenix practice      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NXS Phoenix practice      NBCSN
 04:30 PM: NXS Phoenix final practice      NBCSN
 05:30 PM: NCWTS Phoenix qualifying      FS1
 06:30 PM: MENCS Phoenix qualifying      NBCSN
 08:00 PM: NCWTS SetUp      FS1
 08:30 PM: NCWTS Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix race (stage laps: 40/80/150)       FS1

Saturday, November 11
 08:30 AM: MENCS Phoenix practice (re-air)      NBCSN
 09:00 AM: NCWTS Phoenix race (re-air)      FS1
 10:00AM: MENCS Phoenix qualifying (re-air)      NBCSN
 11:30 AM: MENCS Phoenix practice      NBCSN
 12:30 PM: NXS Phoenix qualifying      NBCSN
 01:30 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 02:00 PM: MENCS Phoenix final practice      NBCSN
 03:00 PM: NXS Countdown to Green      NBC
 03:30 PM: NXS Ticket Galaxy 200 race (stage laps: 60/120/200)      NBC

Sunday, November 12
 12:00 PM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
 01:30 PM: NASCAR America      NBC
 02:30 PM: MENCS Phoenix Can-Am 500(k) race (stage laps: 75/150/312)      NBC
 06:00 PM: MENCS Post Race Show      NBCSN
 06:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
 11:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1

Monday, November 13
 12:00 PM: NASCAR Scan All      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NASCAR 120: MENCS Phoenix race (re-air)      NBCSN
 05:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 06:00 PM: NASCAR Race Hub      FS1

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: November 01, 2017, 01:24:31 PM »
Friday, November 3
 01:00 PM: MENCS Texas practice      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 03:00 PM: NXS Texas practice      NBCSN
 04:00 PM: NCWTS Texas qualifying      FS1
 08:00 PM: NCWTS JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief (stage laps: 35/70/147)      FS1
 11:30 PM: MENCS Texas qualifying* (delayed)      NBCSN
   (Qualifying scheduled for Friday, November 3 at 6:15 pm: TV-NBCSN DELAYED until 11:30 pm)
 
Saturday, November 4
 03:00 PM: MENCS Texas practice      CNBC
 05:00 PM: MENCS Texas practice      CNBC
 08:30 PM: NXS O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (stage laps: 45 / 90 /200)      NBCSN
 11:00 PM: NXS Post Race show      NBCSN
 
Sunday, November 5
 12:00 PM: NASCAR RaceDay :Pv      FS1
 01:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
 02:00 PM: MENCS AAA Texas 500 (stage laps: 85/170/334)      NBCSN
 06:00 PM: MENCS Post Race show      NBCSN
 06:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN

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Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive iconic Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43
By Kenny Bruce NASCAR.com 
October 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who made four starts this year for Richard Petty Motorsports as a relief driver, will compete full-time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series organization in 2018.

RPM officials announced the move Wednesday.

Wallace will replace Aric Almirola, who is leaving at the end of the 2017 season after a six-year stint driving the team’s iconic No. 43.

It was an injury to Almirola earlier this year that briefly put Wallace in the seat of the No. 43. He finished inside the top 20 in three of his four starts, including a best of 11th at Kentucky.

The four-race effort was an eye-opening experience, Wallace told NASCAR.com

“I didn’t know what the Cup Series was about,” he said. “I knew it was taking the next step. I didn’t know how big that step was. …

“Look at XFINITY and Trucks stats, I’m one of the most aggressive drivers out there on restarts. I take pride in that. I thought what I was going to bring to the table was somewhat enough. It barely put a dent in what you need to bring to the Cup series.

“That’s to run 20th and I’m like ‘Holy cow!’ ”

Wallace is a six-time winner in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series with 45 starts. He made 85 starts in the XFINITY Series, including a dozen this year for Roush Fenway Racing before officials there shut the team down due to a lack of funding. Wallace was fourth in points at the time.

A graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, Wallace is the fourth African-American to compete in the Monster Energy Series and the second to win in one of NASCAR’s three national series. NASCAR Hall of Fame member Wendell Scott scored one victory in NASCAR’s top series on Dec. 1, 1963.

Wallace will be the 10th driver to pilot the No. 43 full-time since Petty, a seven-time champion and winner of a NASCAR record 200 races, stepped out of the car in November of 1992. Petty was one of the five inaugural members inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“I think that’s pretty bad-ass, actually,” Wallace said of competing for such a legendary figure and family. “It’s so unique and I think there is a lot of history to unfold behind that between myself and him. The combination there is really just, I think, a dream come true and just a marketing dream for sure.”

Almirola won once while with RPM; he is only 33 but Petty says Wallace brings a bit of youth to the group.

“And he’s had pretty much success about everywhere he’s been,” Petty said. “We feel like he’s got enough experience to come into Cup racing and after running 3-4 races with us, we said ‘This (is) liable to be a good combination.’ ”

Success has been hard to come by for the organization in recent years, with only four wins coming since Petty’s retirement. Bobby Hamilton won twice for the group while John Andretti and Almirola each won once.

Almirola’s victory at Daytona in July of ’14 earned him a berth in the NASCAR Playoffs. But he finished 17th in points the following year and 26th last season. He is currently 29th after missing seven races due to a back injury suffered in May at Kansas Speedway.

Previously a two-car organization, RPM cut back to a single entry beginning in 2017.

“We are not a winning team right now,” Petty said. “We can’t put somebody in it and expect them to win the race. So we put Bubba in the car and say ‘OK we have to get consistent.’ We’ll work on getting in the top 15. We get that settled and we’ll go to 10 and just work your way up. And we feel like Bubba can do that.”

The Petty family has been involved in NASCAR since the very beginning — Richard’s father Lee, also a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, competed in the very first Strictly Stock race held in 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I don’t know that it’s that important for (NASCAR) to have the (Petty) name,” Petty said. “We’ve been here 68 years I guess, since 1949. Always been involved.”

The 2018 changes will likely keep him showing up at the track, something he’s done nearly every weekend since those early days working for his father.

“I think with the coming deal, I sat down and said ‘you’re 80 years old. If you’re ever going to do anything, you better get involved,’ ” he said. “I think I’ll get more involved this coming year than what I’ve been in the past.”

While Wallace earned high marks for his brief time in the car earlier this season, he knows next year will be a different situation with different expectations.

“I think things went so well for me in these four races because I just kind of relaxed and let everything come to me,” Wallace said. “… All the stars need to be in line to win races and run well. You can’t make those stars be aligned. Sometimes it’s your day, sometimes it’s not. Coming to accept that was the biggest thing I think out of those four races that I learned.

“I’ll go into Daytona with fingers crossed and eyes open wide.”

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: October 25, 2017, 01:25:27 PM »
Trucks & CUP only. Xfinity are off.
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Friday, October 27
 02:00 AM: NASCAR Race Hub      FS1
 01:00 PM: NCWTS Martinsville practice      FS1
 02:00 PM: NASCAR Masters of the Clock: the Legend of Martinsville      FS1
 03:00 PM: NCWTS Martinsville final practice      FS1
 05:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 
 
Saturday, October 28
 09:30 AM: Classic NASCAR: 1997 Daytona 500      FS1
 10:00 AM: NCWTS Martinsville qualifying      FS1
 11:30 AM: MENCS Martinsville practice      NBC Sports App
 12:30 PM: NCWTS SetUp      FS1
 01:00 PM: NCWTS Martinsville Alpha Energy Solutions 200 race (stage laps: 50/100/200)      FS1
 03:45 PM: MENCS Martinsville final practice      NBCSN
 
 
Sunday, October 29
 09:00 AM: NCWTS Martinsville race (re-air)      FS1
 11:00 AM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
 12:00 PM: MENCS Martinsville qualifying      NBCSN
 01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
 03:00 PM: MENCS Martinsville First Data 500 race (stage laps:130/260/500)      NBCSN
 07:00 PM: MENCS Post Race show      NBCSN
 07:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
 
 
Monday, October 30
 12:00 AM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1
 12:00 PM: NASCAR 120: MENCS Martinsville race (re-air)      NBCSN
 06:00 PM: NASCAR Race Hub      FS1
 07:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN


   

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: October 19, 2017, 08:43:06 AM »
Xfinity & CUP only. Trucks are off.
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Friday, October 20
 12:30 PM: MENCS Kansas practice      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NXS Kansas practice      NBC Sports App
 05:00 PM: NXS Kansas final practice      NBCSN
 06:00 PM: MENCS Kansas qualifying      NBCSN


Saturday, October 21
 11:00 AM: MENCS Kansas practice      NBC Sports App
 01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 01:30 PM: MENCS Kansas final practice      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: NXS Countdown to Green      NBC
 03:00 PM: NXS Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas race (stage laps: 45 / 90 / 200)       NBC


Sunday, October 22
 11:30 AM: Classic NASCAR: 1993 Daytona 500      FS1
 12:00 PM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
 01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 02:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
 03:00 PM: MENCS Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas race (stage laps: 80/160/267)  NBCSN
 06:30 PM: MENCS Post Race show      NBCSN
 07:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
 10:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:46:20 PM »
I'm headed to the Track Friday morning!! Anyone in the group going?
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DEGA baby!!!  CUP & Trucks only - Xfinity is off
 
Friday, October 13
12:00 PM: NCWTS Talladega practice      FS1
01:00 PM: MENCS Talladega practice      NBCSN
02:00 PM: NCWTS Talladega final practice      FS1
03:00 PM: MENCS Talladega final practice      NBCSN
05:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
 
Saturday, October 14
10:00 AM: 100,000 Cameras : Talladega      FS1
10:30 AM: NCWTS Talladega qualifying      FS1
12:30 PM: NCWTS Pre-Race show      FOX
01:00 PM: NCWTS fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola Talladega race (stage laps: 20/40/94)   FOX
04:00 PM: MENCS Talladega qualifying      NBCSN
 
Sunday, October 15
11:30 AM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
01:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBC
02:00 PM: MENCS Alabama 500 Talladega race (stage laps: 55/110/188)      NBC
06:00 PM: MENCS Post Race show      NBCSN
06:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
11:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1

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NASCAR Camping / Fall DEGA 2017!!!!!
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:03:07 PM »
I'm Dega bound next Friday!!!!
Anyone in the group going?????

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:01:27 PM »
CUP & Xfinity only, Trucks are off
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Friday, October 6
01:30 PM: MENCS Charlotte practice      NBCSN
03:00 PM: NXS Charlotte practice      NBCSN
06:00 PM: NXS Charlotte final practice      NBCSN
07:00 PM: MENCS Charlotte qualifying      NBCSN
 
Saturday, October 7
11:00 AM: MENCS Charlotte practice      NBCSN
12:00 PM: NXS Charlotte qualifying      NBCSN
01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
01:30 PM: MENCS Charlotte final practice      NBCSN
03:00 PM: NXS Drive for the Cure 300 Charlotte race  (stage laps:   45 / 90 /200)    NBCSN
05:30 PM: NXS Post Race      NBCSN
 
Sunday,  October 8
11:00 AM: NASCAR The Decades - 1980s      NBCSN
12:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
01:00 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBC
02:00 PM: MENCS Bank of America 500 Charlotte race (stage laps: 90/180/334)     NBC
06:00 PM: MENCS Post Race      NBCSN
06:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:59:56 PM »
Friday, September 29
10:00 AM: MENCS Dover practice      NBCSN
11:30 AM: NASCAR Special      NBCSN
12:00 PM: NXS Dover practice      NBCSN
02:30 PM: NXS Dover final practice      NBCSN
03:30 PM: MENCS Dover qualifying      NBCSN
05:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
06:00 PM: NASCAR Special      NBCSN

Saturday, September 30
10:30 AM: MENCS Dover practice      CNBC
11:30 AM: NXS Dover qualifying      CNBC
01:00 PM: MENCS Dover final practice      CNBC
02:30 PM: NXS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
03:00 PM: NXS Drive Sober 200 Dover race (stage laps: 90 / 120 /200)   NBCSN
06:00 PM: NCWTS Las Vegas qualifying      FS2
07:00 PM: NCWTS Las Vegas qualifying      FS1
07:30 PM: NCWTS SetUp      FS1
08:00 PM: NCWTS Las Vegas 350 race (stage laps: 35/70/146)     FS1

Sunday, October 1
06:30 AM: NCWTS Las Vegas race (re-air)      FS1
11:30 AM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
02:00 PM: MENCS Apache Warrior 400 Dover race  (stage laps: 120/240/400)   NBCSN
05:30 PM: MENCS Dover Post Race Show      NBCSN
06:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
07:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane      FS1

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NASCAR Talk! / Chicago CUP post-race penalties
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:48:15 PM »
NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Chicagoland Speedway:

Infraction Date: 9/17/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #24-Elliott
Violation: L1 Section 20.20 Assembled Vehicle Overall Rules a. Notes: Modification of components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Penalty: Crew chief (Alan Gustafson) has been fined $25,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Events. Car chief (Joshua Kirk) has been suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points event. Team has been assessed with the loss of 15 owner points and 15 driver points.

Infraction Date: 9/17/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #20-Kenseth
Violation: Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Penalty: Crew chief (Jason Ratcliff) has been fined $10,000.

UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty announced today by NASCAR stemming from a post-race infraction at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kenny Francis, 47, has been named interim crew chief of the No. 24 NASCAR Cup Series team with driver Chase Elliott for this weekend's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Jacksonville, Florida, native, who was Elliott's crew chief for five points races in 2015, currently serves as Hendrick Motorsports' vehicle technical director and has 17 wins, 75 top-five finishes and 149 top-10s as a Cup Series crew chief.

Willmar, Minnesota, native Kevin Hulstein will serve as the team's car chief at New Hampshire. The 38-year-old veteran mechanic joined Hendrick Motorsports in January 2002 and previously was a member of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team under crew chief Francis.

--- Hendrick Motorsports ---

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NASCAR Talk! / Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:40:39 PM »
Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018

CONCORD, N.C. (September 19, 2017) - Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the #95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR's primary driver for the 2018 season.

LFR has recorded impressive finishes as a single-car team during the 2017 MENCS season and feels that Kahne, winner of the Brickyard 400 in 2017, would not only be a top driver for the team in the MENCS series in 2018, but also be instrumental in assisting the team to attract new sponsorship in the future.

"I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving," said Kahne. "I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start. Bob and everyone at Leavine Family Racing put a lot into their program and I'm excited to become a part of it."

"We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level," said LFR team owner, Bob Leavine. "This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship.

Overall, we think Kasey is a good fit and felt we needed a change. There is absolutely nothing that Michael (McDowell) did, it was just a matter of us having to make some changes to help us move up the ladder and be a factor in the playoffs. I know Kasey will bring things that will help us, and I believe our environment will be conducive to his confidence level, which will in turn raise our confidence level. It just seemed like the right time and the right fit for our team."

--- Leavine Family Racing ---

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:26:45 PM »
Friday, September 22
11:30 AM: MENCS New Hampshire practice      NBCSN
01:30 PM: NCWTS New Hampshire practice      FS1
03:30 PM: NCWTS New Hampshire final practice      FS1
04:00 PM: NXS Kentucky practice      NBCSN
05:00 PM: MENCS New Hampshire qualifying      NBCSN
06:30 PM: NXS Kentucky final practice      NBCSN

Saturday, September 23
09:00 AM: MENCS New Hampshire practice      CNBC
10:00 AM: NCWTS New Hampshire qualifying      FS1
11:30 AM: MENCS New Hampshire final practice      NBC Sports App
12:30 PM: NCWTS SetUp      FS1
01:00 PM: NCWTS UNOH 175 New Hampshire race (stage laps: 55/110/175)    FS1
05:30 PM: NXS Kentucky qualifying      NBCSN
06:30 PM: MENCS New Hampshire final practice tape delay      NBCSN
07:30 PM: NXS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
08:00 PM: NXS VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Kentucky race (stage laps: 45 / 90 /200)    NBCSN

Sunday, September 24
12:00 AM: NASCAR - The Decades - 1970s      NBCSN
11:30 AM: NASCAR RaceDay      FS1
01:00 PM: NASCAR America Sunday      NBCSN
01:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green      NBCSN
02:00 PM: MENCS ISM Connect 300 New Hampshire race (stage laps: 75/150/300)       NBCSN
05:30 PM: MENCS Post Race Show      NBCSN
06:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN

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NASCAR Talk! / Pit Crew Swap for Kyle Busch
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:06:29 PM »
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch will get the over-the-wall pit crew from teammate Daniel Suarez for the playoffs, a JGR spokesman confirmed. Busch's pit crew will move to the rookie Suarez, who failed to make the 16-driver championship gird, for the remainder of 2017. Motorsport.com first reported news of the swap.

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NASCAR Talk! / Smithfield moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:03:24 PM »
Smithfield moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018

Smithfield Foods Statement Regarding Richard Petty Motorsports:

"We are extremely disappointed that Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) has chosen to disparage Smithfield - its lead sponsor - after five years and tens of millions of dollars of unwavering financial support, despite years of subpar performance on the track. RPM's claims of a 'handshake deal' to extend our sponsorship are unequivocally and patently false.

Smithfield's numerous discussions with RPM over the past several months focused exclusively around one issue: RPM's inability to deliver on the track and the organization's repeated failure to present a plan to address its lack of competitiveness.

Statement by Richard Petty Regarding Loss of Sponsor

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) was recently notified that its current partner, Smithfield Foods, will not return to the team next season. Aric Almirola will also not return to the #43.

A statement from Richard Petty:

"We have had numerous discussions with Smithfield Foods regarding the extension of our relationship dating as far back as February. Over the past few months, Smithfield had continually told me they wanted to be with us, and I recently shook hands on a deal to extend our relationship. I come from a time when we did major deals with sponsors like STP on a handshake. I'm sad to see this is where we are now. This decision is very unexpected, and we are extremely disappointed in this late and abrupt change of direction.

"Losing a sponsor of this magnitude in September is a significant set-back to Richard Petty Motorsports, but Andy (Murstein) and I are committed to moving forward with the #43 team. We have a lot of great partners who have expressed their continued support, and our fans will rally around the #43. We've been around since 1949, and we'll be around a lot longer."

--- Richard Petty Motorsports ---

AND Smithfield Foods Inc., a global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, announced earlier today it will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018. Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.
 
"We're very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family," said Brett Frood, president, SHR. "Smithfield has activated heavily and successfully within the sport, and we're honored to be a part of the brand's forward initiatives and strategy. Although we're not ready to announce the full details of the program, we look forward to this new endeavor while remaining focused on the upcoming playoffs and putting forth the best effort possible to win more races and contend for another championship."

Stewart-Haas Racing currently fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - the #4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the #10 Ford Fusion for Danica Patrick, the #14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the #41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full time entry - the #00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer - and one part-time entry - the #41 Ford Mustang.

--- Stewart-Haas Racing / True Speed Communication ---

 

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NASCAR Talk! / Danica Patrick will not return to SHR in 2018
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:57:16 PM »
Danica Patrick will not return to SHR in 2018

As many of you are aware, Stewart-Haas Racing announced this morning they will have a new sponsor/driver for the 2018 season. Below is a statement from Danica regarding the announcement.

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons. Together we earned a Daytona 500 pole, seven top-10 finishes and we also had some exciting racing along the way. My time driving for them, however, has come to an end due to a new sponsorship arrangement in 2018."

"Sponsorship plays a vital role in our sport, and I have been very fortunate over the course of my career, but this year threw us for a curve. Our amazing partners, such as Aspen Dental and Code 3, stepped up in a big way on short notice this year and I am incredibly grateful."

"I wish SHR the best of luck with their new sponsorship and driver. Thanks for the memories. Right now, my focus is on the remainder of the 2017 season and finishing the year strong. I have the utmost faith in myself and those around me, and feel confident about my future."

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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:54:07 PM »
Friday, September 15
11:00 AM: NASCAR Special     NBCSN
12:00 PM: NASCAR Special     NBCSN
12:30 PM: MENCS Chicagoland practice     NBCSN
02:00 PM: NXS Chicagoland practice     NBCSN
03:00 PM: NASCAR Special     NBCSN
04:00 PM: NXS Chicagoland practice     NBCSN
05:00 PM: NCWTS Chicagoland qualifying     FS1
06:30 PM: MENCS Chicagoland qualifying     NBCSN
08:00 PM: NCWTS SetUp     FS1
08:30 PM: NCWTS TheHouse.com 225 Chicagoland race (Stage laps: 35/70/150)  FS1
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Saturday, September 16
05:30 AM: NCWTS Chicagoland race (re-air)     FS1
11:30 AM: MENCS Chicagoland practice     CNBC
12:30 PM: NXS Chicagoland qualifying     NBCSN
01:30 PM: NASCAR America     NBCSN
02:00 PM: MENCS Chicagoland final practice     NBCSN
03:00 PM: NXS Countdown to Green     NBCSN
03:30 PM: NXS TheHouse.com 300 Chicagoland race (Stage laps: 45 /90 /200)   NBCN
06:00 PM: NXS Post Race Show     NBCSN
09:30 PM: MENCS Chicagoland qualifying (re-air)     NBCSN
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Sunday, September 17
11:30 AM: NASCAR RaceDay     FS1
01:00 PM: NASCAR America Sunday     NBCSN
02:30 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green     NBCSN
03:00 PM: MENCS Tales of the Turtles 400 Chicagoland race (Stage laps:  80/160/267) NBCSN
06:00 PM: MENCS Post Race Show     NBCSN
10:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lane     FS1


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