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Off-Topic Lounge / Merry Christmas
« Last post by Racing Rocks on December 24, 2017, 11:47:17 AM »
Merry Christmas to all...
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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

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

NASCAR standardizing at track pit crew rosters
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.
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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
NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer 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
NASCAR Talk! / Re: Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018
« Last post by A1cntrler on October 27, 2017, 10:01:10 PM »
I'll reserve judgement on this move until I see it in action.  I've been a follower of Kahne since his Rookie days (wife's driver).  He did fairly well in the Red Bull car when he was there (still looking for that 1:24 diecast....) and did well at Evernham.  The 4th car at Hendrick always seems to carry a curse.  We'll have to see if Uncle Jimmy can help to mentor the fresh crop of youngsters now at Hendrick and see how the 4th team ends up doing.
That's great news.  I was hoping he'd get a ride.  When Blaney was moving to Penske I had hoped Wood Brothers would continue the tradition of putting rookies/young guys in the 21.  But we ended up with the $$$ Menard brought to the 21 team.  I can't really blame them as $$$ rules all in this sport.
NASCAR Talk! / Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive iconic Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43
« Last post by kimmer on October 25, 2017, 01:55:44 PM »
Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive iconic Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43
By Kenny Bruce 
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

“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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