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NASCAR Talk! / Chicago CUP post-race penalties
« Last post by kimmer 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 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 ---
NASCAR Talk! / Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018
« Last post by kimmer 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 ---
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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 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
NASCAR Talk! / Re: Pit Crew Swap for Kyle Busch
« Last post by johnnyo00 on September 18, 2017, 07:48:15 PM »
...aaaaaaaaand howd that work out for ya? ;D
NASCAR Talk! / Pit Crew Swap for Kyle Busch
« Last post by kimmer 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. first reported news of the swap.
NASCAR Talk! / Smithfield moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
« Last post by kimmer 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 ---

NASCAR Talk! / Danica Patrick will not return to SHR in 2018
« Last post by kimmer 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."
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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 225 Chicagoland race (Stage laps: 35/70/150)  FS1
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 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
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

NASCAR Talk! / Atlanta opens camping facilities for hurricane evacuees
« Last post by kimmer on September 06, 2017, 06:43:21 PM »
Atlanta opens camping facilities for hurricane evacuees

Atlanta Motor Speedway will open its camping facilities free of charge to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the approaching Hurricane Irma. The Speedway, which is equipped to handle thousands of campers during its annual NASCAR weekend, will open both RV and tent campgrounds to any interested evacuees beginning tomorrow, Sept. 7.

Located adjacent to its unreserved campground, AMS will also open The Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house, allowing evacuees free access to hot showers and restroom facilities.

Those interested in RV or tent camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway should enter the facility at Entrance "E" off GA Highway 19/41. The Unreserved Campgrounds will be on the left. From I-75 and GA Highway 20, campers should see signs to AMS and follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance "H" and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance "G". The campgrounds will be on the right. Click here for a detailed map.

For on-site assistance or directions, visit the ticket office/gift store building. Atlanta Motor Speedway is located approximately 25 miles south of Atlanta on GA Highway 19/41 and approximately eight miles west of I-75 off of GA Highway 20.

For more information, contact Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211 or visit

--- AMS ---
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer on September 06, 2017, 06:39:37 PM »
Cup & Xfinity only. Trucks are off.
Friday     September 8
10:00 AM: MENCS Richmond practice     NBCSN
12:00 PM: MENCS Richmond final practice     NBCSN
04:00 PM: NXS Richmond qualifying     NBCSN
05:30 PM: MENCS Richmond qualifying     NBCSN
07:00 PM: NXS Countdown to Green     NBCSN
07:30 PM: NXS Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Richmond race (stage laps:  75/150/250)    NBCSN
10:00 PM: NXS Post Race Show     NBCSN
Saturday     September 9
03:00 PM: Classic NASCAR: 1987 Winston 500     FS1
03:30 PM: NASCAR RaceDay     FS1
05:00 PM: NASCAR America     NBCSN
07:00 PM: MENCS Countdown to Green     NBCSN
07:30 PM: MENCS Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond race  (stage laps: 100/200/400)   NBCSN
11:00 PM: MENCS Post Race Show     NBCSN
11:30 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap     NBCSN

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