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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.
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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 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
« Last post by kimmer 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
« Last post by kimmer 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
« Last post by kimmer 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 Talk! / Re: NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by johnnyo00 on October 06, 2017, 12:40:22 PM »
I always forget to write and say thanks for your race schedule postings.  I print them out every week!
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NASCAR Camping / Fall DEGA 2017!!!!!
« Last post by kimmer 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
« Last post by kimmer 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
« Last post by kimmer 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
« 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 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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