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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 ---

 
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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."
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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 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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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 www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

--- AMS ---
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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.
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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
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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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NASCAR Talk! / NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Darlington Raceway
« Last post by kimmer on September 06, 2017, 06:38:45 PM »
NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Darlington Raceway:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Infraction Date: 9/3/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #11-Hamlin
Violation: L1 Section 20.14.2 Rear Suspension I-4 f Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. Spacers/pinion angle shims must conform to the following drawing: A-008-01016d-16 REV. A. Notes: 6 The Truck trailing arm spacer / pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.
Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Penalty: Crew chief (Mike Wheeler) has been fined $50,000 and suspended from two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 25 owner points and 25 driver points.

Infraction Date: 9/3/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
Violation: Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Penalty:Crew chief (Greg Ives) has been fined $20,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship points event.

NASCAR XFINITY Series

Infraction Date: 9/2/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #18 Joe Gibbs Racing
Violation: L1 Sections 20.14.2 Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims;
h. Spacers/pinion angle shims must have single planar mating surfaces. Notes: All mating surfaces between the truck; trailing arm and the U-bolt saddle must be in complete contact with each other.
Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Penalty: Crew chief (Eric Phillips) has been fined $25,000 and suspended from two NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 25 owner points.

Infraction Date: 9/2/2017 (post-race inspection)
Team: #22 Team Penske
Violation: L1 Sections 20.14.2 Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims;
h. Spacers/pinion angle shims must have single planar mating surfaces. Notes: All mating surfaces between the truck; trailing arm and the U-bolt saddle must be in complete contact with each other.
Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Penalty: Crew chief (Greg Irwin) has been fined $25,000 and suspended from two NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 25 owner points.
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NASCAR Talk! / Re: William Byron to drive #5 cup car in 2018 for Hendrick
« Last post by Thrash13 on September 01, 2017, 01:21:15 AM »
It's pretty cool that Elliott will be in the 9 next season. He has a great future, although it's fairly surprising he hasn't won a Cup race yet. Many will come I'm sure.

I just keep wondering what's going to happen to Kasey Kahne moving forward. At one point, he was as popular as anyone outside of Jr. and maybe a couple others. He never lived up to the hype at Hendrick, but surely he'll find a Cup ride in 2018. I'm hoping he ends up in the 77 Furniture Row car next to Truex Jr. if the team returns. I just have a feeling Kahne may end up at Stewart-Haas though, but that's just a hunch.

There are several good drivers with a cloudy 2018 status right now. Crazy.
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NASCAR Talk! / Re: UPDATED: William Byron to drive #24 cup car in 2018 for Hendrick
« Last post by kimmer on August 31, 2017, 01:10:02 PM »
UPDATED as of 8/29/17:

Chase Elliott to drive the #9 in 2018; William Byron in the #24
Aug 29, 2017, Jayski.com staff

CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2017) - When a new NASCAR season begins in February, rising star Chase Elliott will be reunited with the number synonymous with his legendary racing family and rookie William Byron will take the wheel of one of the most iconic cars in motor sports history.

In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver's seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship.

"I wasn't sure I'd ever drive the '9' again," said Chase Elliott, 21, who is currently in his second season driving the #24 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. "It's a huge deal to my family and everyone back home (in Georgia), and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There's a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on. I think it's awesome that Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA wanted to do this. It's impossible not to be excited."

When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.

"Jeff and Jimmie (Johnson) are the drivers I've always watched most closely and tried to learn from," said Byron, 19, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and signed with Hendrick Motorsports in August 2016. "I didn't think I could be more motivated, but when Mr. (Rick) Hendrick called to tell me (about driving the #24), it took things to another level. I have so much respect for all the people who have contributed to the success of the '24.' I know it's rare to have the chance to be part of something like this. I'm going to make the most of it."

Next season, Elliott and Byron will team with the #48 of seven-time Cup champion Johnson, 41, and the #88 of 24-year-old newcomer Alex Bowman in the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

"I know what the '9' means to Chase and his whole family," said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "They've contributed so much to our sport, and I'm happy we can honor that history by bringing the number back. I think fans will really love seeing it out there. I told Chase we'd only do it if he promised to win a bunch of races, so I'm going to hold him to that.

"The 'fit factor' is something I've always believed in, and that's what I see with William and our organization. He reminds me a lot of Jeff at that age with regard to being a special talent and having a great head on his shoulders. But William is also his own person with his own career ahead of him. It's going to be fun to watch him jump in the '24' and show what he's capable of."

The debut of the #9 will mark the first time in nearly a decade that Hendrick Motorsports will field a new car number for one of its full-time teams. The most recent addition was the No. 88, which was added in 2008 when driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the organization.

"I'm excited about the future," Hendrick said. "We've made some management decisions recently that I feel really good about. Looking at next year, Jimmie will continue to be a leader and help set the tone. Alex is chomping at the bit and ready to go. When you add the (new) Chevrolet Camaro race car into the mix, it'll definitely be a new look for us. Everyone's energized."

Following the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports will withdraw its No. 5 car number from competition. It was the organization's first car number and has run full-time since the team was founded in 1984. The No. 5 was raced to Hendrick Motorsports' first victory at Martinsville Speedway during its inaugural season, and Terry Labonte drove it to a Cup Series championship in 1996.

"That was by far the hardest part (of the car number decisions)," Hendrick said. "The '5' means so much to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and to a lot of our fans. The memories and the history will always be there, and I won't rule out bringing it back some day. Never say never."

Next season, Elliott and the #9 will be fielded by his current #24 team while Byron and the #24 will be fielded by the current #5 team.
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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer on August 31, 2017, 01:06:14 PM »
Friday, September 1
12:00 PM: NXS Darlington practice      NBCSN
01:00 PM: MENCS Darlington practice      NBCSN
02:30 PM: NXS Darlington final practice      NBCSN
03:30 PM: MENCS Darlington final practice      NBCSN
05:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
06:00 PM: NASCAR Southern Speed: Legend of Darlington      NBCSN
09:00 PM: NXS Darlington final practice      (re-air)      NBCSN
10:00 PM: MENCS Darlington final practice      (re-air)      NBCSN
11:30 PM: NASCAR Southern Speed: Legend of Darlington      NBCSN
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Saturday, September 2
12:00 PM: NXS Darlington qualifying      NBCSN
01:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
01:30 PM: MENCS Darlington qualifying      NBCSN
03:30 PM: NXS Darlington Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race (stage laps: 45 / 90 / 147)     NBCSN
05:30 PM: NCWTS Canadian Tire Motorsports Park qualifying      FS2
05:30 PM: NXS Post Race Show      NBCSN
10:30 PM: MENCS Darlington qualifying (re-air)      NBCSN
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Sunday, September 3
10:30 AM: NASCAR Southern Speed: Legend of Darlington      NBCSN
11:30 AM: MENCS Darlington qualifying (re-air)      NBCSN
02:30 PM: NCWTS Chevrolet Silverado 250 Canada race  (stage laps: 20/40/64)    FS1
04:00 PM: NASCAR America      NBCSN
06:00 PM: MENCS Darlington Bojangles' Southern 500 race (Stage laps: 100/200/367)    NBCSN
10:30 PM: MENCS Post Race Show      NBCSN
11:00 PM: NASCAR Victory Lap      NBCSN
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NASCAR Talk! / Re: William Byron to drive #5 cup car in 2018 for Hendrick
« Last post by johnnyo00 on August 30, 2017, 02:46:33 AM »
Actually I heard that he will drive the 24 and Chase will drive the 9.
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