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NASCAR Talk! / Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday
« Last post by kimmer on February 19, 2017, 10:30:20 AM »

Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday:Persistent rain on Saturday night forced postponement of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, with green flag at 11:35am/et, broadcast on FS1 (coverage starts at 11:00am/et). The Clash will precede Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the Daytona 500, which is scheduled to take place at 3:00pm/et Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)
The Daytona International Speedway stadium admission gates for Clash ticket holders will open at 10:30am. Qualifying ticket holders will not be admitted until 2pm. Qualifying ticket holders wanting to also attend the Clash can upgrade to a general admission ticket for $30.(2-18-2017)

Race Coverage of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is rescheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2016.
Television (TV): FS1 at 11:00 am/et; green flag approx. 11:35am/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Starting lineup was set by a random draw, see the lineup on the Advance Auto Parts Clash race info page

Some Clash Stats: Last year, #11-Denny Hamlin won his 3rd Clash, and his 2nd in the last 3 years after also winning in 2014. No driver has ever won the race 3 times in 4 years.
Most Wins - In Daytona Clash - Last Win
Dale Earnhardt 6 1995
Denny Hamlin >>3 2016
Kevin Harvick 3 2013
Tony Stewart 3 2007
Dale Jarrett 3 2004
>>Won 2 of last 3 years
Won Daytona Clash and Daytona 500 - In Same Season - Season Points Finish
2016 Denny Hamlin 6th
2000 Dale Jarrett 4th
1997 Jeff Gordon 1st
1996 Dale Jarrett 3rd
1987 Bill Elliott 2nd
1982 Bobby Allison 2nd
(ESPN Stats)(2-18-2017)
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NASCAR Talk! / Tire limits, plate-race tweaks among 2017 rules updates
« Last post by kimmer on February 16, 2017, 06:59:22 PM »
Tire limits, plate-race tweaks among 2017 rules updates.
 
NASCAR competition officials issued memos detailing rule book changes for the 2017 season in its three national series, including limits on tire allocation, restrictor-plate and spoiler size, and an allowance for drivers to use biometric devices.
 
The 80 total pages of revisions released Friday afternoon pertain to Sections 20 (Vehicle and Driver Safety specifications) and 21 (Pit Equipment and Crew Safety specifications) across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Among the highlights in the rules updates:
 
NASCAR set its regulations on tire allocation for all three series in 2017. In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the number of tire sets available to teams per event dropped for 28 of the 36 points-paying races.
 
Tracks with two or three fewer set of tires allowed next season: Homestead (three fewer sets), Daytona (500 only, two fewer sets), Phoenix (two fewer sets for both races), Martinsville (two fewer sets for both races), Bristol (two fewer sets for both races), Kansas (two fewer sets for both races), Auto Club (two fewer sets), Kentucky (two fewer sets) and Chicagoland (two fewer sets). Tracks with one fewer set of tires allowed next season: Michigan (both races), Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas (both races), Dover (both races), Charlotte (both races), Indianapolis, Pocono (both races) and Richmond (both races).
 
In 2017, Monster Energy Cup teams will be required to start the race on the tires they used in Coors Light Pole Qualifying. This change does not apply to the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series.
 
Drivers in all three series may use biometrics devices in their vehicles in 2017. The wrist-worn health tracking devices may not transmit data, may not connect to the vehicle in any way and must operate on an internal battery. Devices eligible for use are certain models made by Garmin, Misfit, Polar, Samsung, Tom Tom and Jawbone.
 
The 2017 aerodynamic package for non-restrictor plate tracks in the Monster Energy Cup Series will feature a shortened rear spoiler, measuring 2.35 inches tall. The standard rear-spoiler height for premier series teams last season was 3.5 inches, with a 2.5-inch tall spoiler used at Kentucky and both Michigan races as auditions for this season.
 
For superspeedway events at Daytona and Talladega, the restrictor plate opening will be smaller by 1/64 of an inch -- reduced from 57/64 to 7/8. The change affects only the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY series for those two tracks.
 
Additional safety guidelines were issued for restrictor-plate events for Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY teams. Among them, the previously optional roof hatch is now mandatory as an alternate escape route. Competition officials have also required the use of energy-absorbing materials to strengthen the area occupied by the drivers' feet in the cockpit.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will be required to carry a roof-mounted camera assembly at all times, whether in use by broadcast partner networks or not.
 
 
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NASCAR Talk! / Updated deterrence system aims to 'police within the event'
« Last post by kimmer on February 16, 2017, 06:47:00 PM »
Updated deterrence system aims to 'police within the event'

NASCAR competition officials issued an updated deterrence system Thursday for its three national series, shifting toward an officiating process that penalizes pre-race infractions within a given race weekend. The updated system is months in the making, with the sanctioning body and teams working concurrently on the new procedures.
 
The move was one of several fundamental changes made to the penalty structure ahead of on-track activity this week at Daytona International Speedway.
 
The new system replaces the P1-through-P6 penalty classification which had been in effect since the start of the 2014 season. The new structure grades significant penalties into Levels 1 and 2, both of which involve points deductions and crew chief or team member suspensions that increase with a given violation's severity.
 
Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection, said that in the event that less severe infractions are found before a race, teams or crew members would be disciplined from a menu of penalty options available to NASCAR's three series directors. Those range from the loss of practice time to loss of lap(s) at the start of a race.
 
"Our goal was to be able to, more like football or basketball or any sporting event to where we could officiate and police within the event," Sawyer told NASCAR.com. "I think the real message is that we want to get these infractions, the smaller infractions, we want to get them corrected at the race track.
 
"It's very similar to a 15-yard penalty. If you can get three 15-yard penalties and you can still win the game or drive down and score a touchdown, then good for you. If we can issue these penalties and you lose pit selection or you start at the back or a drive-through (penalty), and you can still come back and win the race, well then we feel like what that infraction was, the penalty fits the crime."
 
A chief reasoning behind the updated policy is to mete out potential penalties more closely to the time and at the event in which they occur.
 
"The Tuesday penalties, they wouldn't necessarily go away," Sawyer told NASCAR.com. "We're hoping that we don't have to write those penalties. That's not what we look forward to. We want all the positive storylines to be around the excitement of the race, and as the stewards of the sport -- or the umpires, if you will -- we want to kind of be in the background. But we have a role and responsibility in this as well to make sure it's a level playing field for all."
The updates also detail the schematics of a new pre-race inspection protocol, which requires that vehicles must proceed through all four inspection stations, regardless of whether issues are found in any stage in the process. Fixes must now be made in each team's garage stall, rather than off to the side of any given station, and then vehicles must proceed through all four inspection sites again.
 
Sawyer said that the additional time it takes to make a full inspection pass serves as a deterrent for teams, which could miss portions of practice or qualifying in the event of an issue. Eliminating repairs made off to the side of inspection stations also tightens up any gray areas on the fringes of the garage.
 
"I think it's fair to say that if we make them go back to the garage, then that's a central location for all cars to be fixed," Sawyer told NASCAR.com. "They know they have to come back through every station again, so it does put the deterrent back on the teams and puts the responsibility back on the teams to present their vehicles in compliance with the rule book."

Among the other highlights from Thursday's updates to the rule book:
 
The penalty structure for violations that rise to the L1 or L2 level were unveiled, subject to enforcement at the following event(s):
 
L1 penalties concern areas of minimum heights and weights, the Laser Inspection Station (LIS), gear ratios, and flagrant lug nut violations where 17 or fewer are properly secured. L2 penalties involve more egregious infractions concerning tampering with the three "no man's land" technical areas of tires, engine and fuel. Major safety violations, the use of telemetry or traction control, plus breaches of the testing policy also fall under the L2 designation.
 
Penalty options for all three NASCAR national series call for the deduction of 10 to 40 points for L1 violations and 75 points for L2 infractions. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, L1 penalties call for crew chief or team member suspensions for 1 to 3 races, plus a $25,000 to $75,000 fine. L2 penalties in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series come with a six-race suspension and fines ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.
 
The disciplinary action is scaled back in the other two national series. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, L1 penalties will result in the same one- to three-race suspension range, but with fines from $10,000-$40,000. L2 violations in XFINITY events also come with a six-race suspension guideline, but a $50,000-$100,000 range for fines.
 
In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, L1 penalties carry a one- or two-race suspension with fines from $5,000 to $20,000. L2 infractions will result in a four-race suspension with monetary penalties of $25,000 to $50,000.
 
Specific penalties were outlined for lug-nut and LIS violations in the Monster Energy Series.
 LIS infractions discovered after Coors Light Pole Qualifying will result in a team's time being disallowed. Post-race, the violation falls under an L1 heading with a three-race crew chief suspension, a $65,000 fine and the loss of 35 championship points.
 
Teams with one improperly attached or missing lug nut post-race are subject to a $10,000 fine. That fine doubles and includes a one-race suspension for the crew chief if two lug nuts are improperly attached or missing. If three or more lug nuts are in violation of the rules, the penalty rises to the L1 level with three-race suspension for the crew chief, a $65,000 fine and the deduction of 35 championship points.

"Encumbered" finishes -- a rules concept introduced before the Monster Energy Series' playoffs last year -- will remain in effect this season for post-race L1 and L2 violations. The rules allow a victory to stand in the event of an infraction, but a winning team will be stripped of the benefits associated with the win.
 
The list of pre-race penalties within a race weekend at the series directors' disposal, in order of increasing severity: Loss of annual "hard card" credential, loss of practice time, loss of pit selection position, tail of the field penalty, a green-flag pass-through on pit road after the initial start, a green-flag stop-and-go in the pits after the start, and lap(s) penalty.

Sawyer said that NASCAR competition officials will continue the practice of taking select cars back to the R&D center for further inspection after a race weekend.

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A lot of unanswered questions about this case how it was handled in the court system... It's a shame that the facts in this case will not be heard in it's entirety because of the way it was handled...
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NASCAR Talk! / Charges dropped for men accused of assaulting Mike Wallace, family
« Last post by kimmer on February 15, 2017, 01:16:59 PM »
Charges dropped for men accused of assaulting Mike Wallace, family: The criminal cases against three men charged in a June 17 fight with former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace have been dropped. The fight, which occurred following a Rascal Flatts concert, resulted in four misdemeanor assault charges against Paul Lucas and two misdemeanor assault charges against Lucas' brother, Nathan, and Randolph Mangum. The 57-year-old Wallace said during a trial in October he still had black floaters in his right eye from getting hit in the face as well as a broken tooth that he needed to have replaced and lacerations in his mouth. His daughter, Lindsey Van Wingerden, suffered a broken wrist and black eye. The trial abruptly ended in a mistrial when prosecutors realized potential witnesses had sat in the courtroom during some of the testimony. The defense never got to present its side of what occurred, and a new trial was never rescheduled in North Carolina District Court. The district attorney's office dismissed the charges Friday, according to court documents. Wallace faced the prospect of reliving the fight at least three additional times. Misdemeanor cases in North Carolina are heard in front of a judge in district court, with appeals automatically going to a jury trial in superior court. Then there could be civil litigation. An attorney for Wallace declined comment and said neither he nor Wallace could comment on why the charges were dropped or the status of any civil claims.(ESPN)(2-15-2017)
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NASCAR Talk! / 2017 Clash at Daytona
« Last post by kimmer on February 14, 2017, 03:32:21 PM »
2017 Clash at Daytona

Recently known as the Sprint Unlimited and Bud Shootout, Saturday night's Clash at Daytona unofficially kicks off the 2017 NASCAR season and pays homage to the event originally known as the Busch Clash, an exciting non-points sprint race featuring an All-Star list of drivers.

Unlike previous years, the starting field for the 2017 Clash at Daytona will not be a predetermined number of cars; rather, the field is limited to drivers who meet more exclusive criteria. Drivers who were 2016 pole winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and drivers who qualified for the 2016 Chase are eligible.

Here are participating drivers, key info, statistics and TV schedule for the the Clash:

Who is driving in the Clash at Daytona?

There are 20 eligible drivers but 17 are slated to drive in the opening-night event. Greg Biffle (no ride), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (concussion, TV booth), Carl Edwards (retired) and Tony Stewart (retired) will not participate.

Daniel Suarez will drive in Edwards' place in the No. 19.

Pole winners from this past season (12)

Alex Bowman (will drive No. 88), Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 pole winners (1)

Danica Patrick

Remaining Chase drivers from this past season (3)

Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray

What are the rules for the NASCAR Clash at Daytona?
The 75-lap race will be split into two segments with a competition caution at Lap 25 separating the segments.

When is the NASCAR Clash at Daytona?
The Monster Energy Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona will be at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 18, and televised by Fox Sports 1.

What is the starting lineup?

A random draw will be held to determine drivers' starting positions. In past years, the crew chiefs have drawn for position.

Who are the drivers to watch in The Clash at Daytona?

Aside from Dale Earnhardt Jr., who isn't driving in the Clash due to injury concerns, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are the favorites to win on Saturday and the Daytona 500 for that matter.

Last year's exhibition winner, Hamlin, went on to beat Truex by less than six inches in the Daytona 500. Hamlin has also won the Clash in 2014 and 2006. He's proven himself as one of the best restrictor-plate racers as have Keselowski, the Busch brothers and Harvick, who also owns three Clash wins.

Don't sleep on Austin Dillon, who owns the fourth-highest average finish at Daytona the past four races and the fifth-best at restrictor-plate tracks since 2015.
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NASCAR Talk! / NASCAR (and more) on TV - 2017
« Last post by kimmer on February 14, 2017, 10:12:38 AM »
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! / Inspection process changes
« Last post by kimmer on February 10, 2017, 01:48:04 PM »
Inspection process changes: NASCAR announced was a new procedure for pre-race inspections. Previously if a team fails a stage in pre-race inspection they could work on the issue and just go back to the inspection stage they failed. Now if a car fails any of the stages, they must go back through all stages of pre-race inspection. While most old-school fans - and even some newer fans - have complained about constant changes every year to the race formats and points structures, the dwindling television ratings and track attendance proved that something needed to be done. I applaud NASCAR for thinking outside of the box. Whether or not the changes work, NASCAR and its partners deserve the opportunity to see how the new formats and points structure evolve and whether fans are engaged in the process. The proof will come in increased fan traffic.(Motorsport)(2-9-2017)
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NASCAR Talk! / Re: NASCAR announces updated damaged vehicle policy
« Last post by Racing Rocks on February 08, 2017, 05:18:25 PM »
Looks like Little Brian France has helped put another nail in NASCAR's coffin..... In addition he's help add to the unemployment line.... Great job Little Brian....


Note: I do understand safety issues... I am a career railroad worker and I do know safety is critical. But this damage thing is overboard.....
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