Denny Hamlin partner

NASCAR Circlejerk: the only thing SAFER than the barriers!

2012.08.03 14:14 cardinals5 NASCAR Circlejerk: the only thing SAFER than the barriers!

Not to be confused with the Dael Earnhardt Circlejerk, which can be found at /NASCAR.
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2020.10.04 09:58 RideshareAZ Delivery News from RideshareArizona.com Report: Denny Hamlin could buy NASCAR team, hire Bubba Wallace... if his current partners join him at a new team, with DoorDash becoming one of the biggest sponsors in NASCAR should they renew their deal.https://ridesharearizona.com/report-denny-hamlin-coul...

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2020.09.25 23:16 ContentForager Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Partner to Form New NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace to drive (/r/NASCAR)

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2020.09.22 19:01 autotldr Michael Jordan buys spot to form NASCAR team, hires Bubba Wallace

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 61%. (I'm a bot)
All-time basketball great Michael Jordan purchased a spot in next year's NASCAR circuit and signed the sport's only full-time Black driver to his team, racing officials said Monday.
Jordan, partnering with long-time friend and veteran racer Denny Hamlin, bought the NASCAR charter of Germain Racing and will begin 2021 competition on Feb. 14 at the Daytona 500."Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I've been a NASCAR fan my whole life," Jordan said in a statement.
"The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more."
"We proudly welcome Michael Jordan into the NASCAR family, and look forward to watching Michael, Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace compete in 2021," NASCAR said in a statement.
The number 23 is now available for any NASCAR competitor, and Jordan said he'd be interested in grabbing those digits that he made famous leading the Chicago Bulls to six world titles between 1991 and 1998.
Wallace is 23rd in current NASCAR Cup Series standings going into Sunday's race, the South Point 400, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which will be televised on NBCSN..
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2020.09.22 04:11 kelboman [OT] Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Partner to Form New NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace to drive

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2020.09.22 03:45 My_name_is_Bot Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Bubba Wallace

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2020.09.22 03:40 kelboman [OT] Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Partner to Form New NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace to drive

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2020.09.22 02:51 Etab Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Partner to Form New NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace to drive

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2020.07.10 00:30 whoiswillo Drivers to Watch and Career Stage Points Statistics and Standings for Kentucky

After two weeks where stage points told us more about a team's dedication to strategy over straight speed, we finally return to the more straightforward at Kentucky. Only three drivers have won stages in the track's history, and all three of them will make our driver's to watch list. Only 20 drivers have earned stage points at Kentucky, and only 16 of them will be racing this weekend.
Drivers to watch:
Four more to watch: Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth.
Other notes:
Career stage points standings at Kentucky:
  1. Kyle Busch 53
  2. Martin Truex Jr. 43
  3. Kevin Harvick 35
  4. Kyle Larson 22
  5. Kurt Busch 22
  6. Erik Jones 20
  7. Joey Logano 19
  8. Ryan Blaney 18
  9. Clint Bowyer 18
  10. Denny Hamlin 14
  11. Matt Kenseth 13
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2020.04.22 21:52 Konner42 List of crazy stuff that has happened in 2020 so far

Less than four months into the decade, and NASCAR already has a year's worth of shocking news:
What am I missing, and what's next in 2020?
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2020.01.01 02:01 CalamariManDan End of the decade thoughts.

Nascar really became a joke of itself. Manufactured finishes, predetermined champions, and forced drama did no favors.
Johnson wont be missed when he leaves.
2015 was an absolute embarrassment to the sport. And toyota really influenced the introduction of the tapered spacer, so it could benefit them. (They were a founding partner in daytona rising)
JGR seems like a terrible work environment.
Hendrick is a criminal who belongs in jail
Tony Stewart is at 0% fault for the Kevin Ward incident (dont think he even knew Ward was there)
Brad Keselowski had one of the besr stories rising to the top.
Joey Logano is very meh but Tom Logano did him no favors. (Matt Kenseth should've punched Tom in the face when Tom tried to jump in the fight at Martinsville)
Jimmie Johnson is not even in the top 20 of best drivers in the sport)
Denny Hamlin does drugs and Jeremy Mayfield does not.
The Dillon brothers are less spoon fed than Chase Elliott
Brian France getting arrested and "leaving the sport" did not effect anything at all
Underdog wins are the best stories in racing 99.99% of the time.
Heres to hoping nascar can get better in the 2020s and put the redneck back in the sport. Happy new year yall!
PS. The one positive thing about this decade overall was the lack of any fatalities.
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2018.05.29 07:01 Select1220 Select1220's 2008 Sprint Cup Series Mock Season Part 3

With my limited time i wanted to get an update out that showed the points and hit the rumor round up for the season. I'm gonna have to take a pause on these posts as i have finals coming up in a week and don't have time to simulate all these races.
Top 20 in points
1 - Carl Edwards - 2860 - 2 Wins
2 - Kurt Busch -14 - 3 Wins
3 - Greg Biffle -261 - 2 Wins
4 - Tony Stewart -281
5 - Ryan Newman -305 - 3 Wins
6 - Jeff Gordon -335 - 2 Wins
7 - Matt Kenseth -404 - 2 Wins
8 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. -423 - 1 Win
9 - Jimmie Johnson -424 - 1 Win
10 - Jamie McMurray -446 - 1 Win
11 - Sam Hornish Jr. R -449 - 1 Win
12 - Denny Hamlin -536
13 - David Ragan -536
14 - Paul Menard -700
15 - Kyle Busch -712
16 - Regan Smith R -718
17 - Brian Vickers -731
18 - Jeff Burton -818
19 - Casey Mears -830 - 1 Win
20 - Kevin Harvick -878
New news stories
NASCAR and Formula 1 have announced a partnership. They will be making the World Racing Network. Fox and ESPN have partnered to split both leagues races for the next 10 years.
Elliott Salder will not be returning to Evernham Motorsports.
Williams have announced they will be joining NASCAR in 2009.
Tony Raines is retiring at the end of the season.
Projected driver line up for 2009 so far. unsigned means that they are likely to resign but no announcement have been made by the teams so far
Chevy Teams
Hendrick Motorsports
5 - Casey Mears (Unsigned)
24 - Jeff Gordon (Signed)
48 - Jimmie Johnson (Signed)
88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Signed)
Dale Earnhardt INC.
01 - Regan Smith (Signed)
1 - Martin Truex Jr. (Signed)
8 - Mark Martin (Signed)
15 Aric Almirola (Signed)
Richard Childress Racing
29 - Kevin Harvick (Signed)
31 - Jeff Burton (Unsigned)
33 - Clint Bowyer (Signed)
Haas CNC Racing
66 -
70 - Jeremy Mayfield (Signed)
Furniture Row Racing
78 - Joe Nemechek (Signed)
Stewart-Ginn Racing
13 - Jason Leffler (Signed)
14 - Tony Stewart (Signed)
39 - Ryan Newman (Signed)
Dodge Teams
Team Penske
2 - Kurt Busch (Signed)
12 - Kenny Irwin Jr. (Signed)
77 - Sam Hornish Jr. (Signed)
Evernham Motorsports
9 - Kasey Kahne (Signed)
10 - Patrick Carpentier (Unsigned)
19 -
Chip Ganassi Racing
40 - Dario Franchitti R (Signed)
41 - Reed Sorrenson (Unsigned)
42 - Juan Pablo Montoya (Signed)
Petty Enterprises
43 - Adam Petty (Signed)
Ford Teams
Roush Fenway Racing
6 -David Ragan (Signed)
16 - Greg Biffle (Signed)
17 - Matt Kenseth (Signed)
26 - Jamie McMurray (Signed)
99 - Carl Edwards (Signed)
Woods Brothers
21 - Dave Blaney (Signed)
Robert Yates Racing
28 - Travis Kvapil (Unsigned)
38 - David Gilliland (Signed)
JTG Racing
Marcos Ambrose - (Signed)
Toyota Teams
Joe Gibbs Racing
11 - Denny Hamlin (Signed)
18 - Kyle Busch (Signed)
20 - Joey Logano (Signed)
Red Bull Racing
82 - Scott Speed (Unsigned)
83 - Brian Vickers (Signed)
84 - A.J Allmendinger (Signed)
Michael Waltrip Racing
00 - David Reutimann (Signed)
44 - Michael McDowell (Signed)
Hall Of Fame Racing
96 - J.J Yeley (Signed)
Free Agents
Elliott Sadler
Scott Riggs
Bobby Labonte
Paul Menard
David Stremme
Eric McClure
Brad Coleman
Max Papis
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2018.05.29 05:18 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's Nextel Cup Mock Season - 2007 [Part 6]

Last week, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer got wins. This week we see races 18-20, including two big races in the Pepsi 400 and Brickyard 500.
Race 18/36: Pepsi 400 @ Daytona
Carl Edwards started on the pole for this 72 lap event with Matt Kenseth second. The first wreck occurred on lap 4 that saw Greg Biffle and Dale Jarrett get together in a battle for second. This triggered a huge crash that saw David Ragan flip over. 12 cars retired following the wreck. The second caution was on lap 24, where Kasey Kahne was turned by teammate Elliott Sadler into Boris Said. Kahne flipped over violently and had minor injuries but nothing serious. The final coccurred on lap 51, which was Johnny Sauter and Tony Stewart get together. Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte exchanged the lead several times during the race, but Labonte would come out with the victory in a huge boost to Petty Enterprises and Labonte's first win since 2004. It would be the first time the 43 has been in victory lane since 1999. Dale Jarrett finished 3rd, the best finish for a Toyota to date, and a few other suprise finishes were JJ Yeley at 4th, Jeff Green at 9th, and Michael Waltrip at 11th.
Top 5: 1. #43 Bobby Labonte 2. #29 Kevin Harvick 3. #44 Dale Jarrett 4. #18 JJ Yeley 5. #2 Kurt Busch
Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/B5zyCsy
Race 19/36: USG Sheetrock 400 @ Chicago
Kasey Kahne would start on the pole for this event with Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2nd. For this race, I forgot to save the replay so I don't have any pictures. The only wreck in this race was on lap 1 and it saw Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, and Ward Burton involved. Kasey Kahne led most the event but Jimmie Johnson was able to get around him with a few laps left to take the win.
Top 5: 1. #48 Jimmie Johnson 2. #99 Carl Edwards 3. #24 Jeff Gordon 4. #9 Kasey Kahne 5. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/kOIIter
Race 20/36: Brickyard 500 presented by Allstate
Once again, Kasey Kahne started on the pole with Dale Jr second for this race. The only crash was on lap 10 with Ward Burton spinning out in a surprisingly uneventful race. The big thing, though, was Dale Earnhardt Jr's domination and victory here. Dale snapped a losing streak since Richmond 2006. He becomes the 13th unique winner this year in 20 events alongside Kenseth, Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, Edwards, Kahne, Harvick, Bowyer, Burton, Kurt Busch, Labonte, & Riggs.
Top 5: 1. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2. #48 Jimmie Johnson 3. #17 Matt Kenseth 4. #29 Kevin Harvick 5. #24 Jeff Gordon
Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/Tv46lbc
Chase Watch (6 races left) (asterisk indicates a win)
1) #17 Matt Kenseth ** 2) #24 Jeff Gordon *** 3) #48 Jimmie Johnson ** 4) #20 Tony Stewart ** 5) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr * 6) #99 Carl Edwards * 7) #9 Kasey Kahne * 8) #29 Kevin Harvick ** 9) #12 Ryan Newman 10) #11 Denny Hamlin 11) #1 Martin Truex Jr 12) #07 Clint Bowyer * CUTOFF 13) #16 Greg Biffle 14) #31 Jeff Burton * 15 ) #2 Kurt Busch ** 16) #43 Bobby Labonte *
Silly Season News
Ginn Racing will be moving to a 2 car team in 2008, running the #01 US Army car for Mark Martin, and the #13 Certanteed Car for Reagan Smith, who will run for ROTY.
In a huge announcement, Dale Earnhardt Inc have revealed their 2008 plans. Tony Stewart, the hottest free agent right now, will sign with the team to drive the #14 Burger King/Old Spice Chevorlet alongside new teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 8 car. Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr will both not be returning, as DEI could reportedly not support a 3 car team after the end of 2007. #14 was chosen as a tribute to Tony Stewart's favorite driver, AJ Foyt, and because DEI ran the #14 in the past. The deal reportedely came about due to Stewart's desire to sign with a Chevy team, and Stewart having experience driving for Jr's Busch Series Teams, Chance 2 Racing and JR Motorsports. With DEI no longer using the #1 or #15 in 2008, Michael Waltrip Racing have agreed to renumber the #44 to #15 in '08.
Indycar Driver Dario Franchitti will join Chip Ganassi Racing in 2008 to drive the 40 Juicy Fruit car. David Stremme, who currently drives the 40 car, will move to the 41 to replace Reed Sorenson. Coors Light will reportedly depart Ganassi after the 2007 season, but nothing is official.
After several months of attempting to get things off the ground, Tim Brown Motorsports will launch in 2008 as new Nextel Cup Team. Owned by Tim Brown, the team will have a technical alliance with Roush Racing as NASCAR has forced Roush to limit the amount of cars they can have to 5. Tim Brown Racing will field the #81 Ford, sponsored by Roush partners Lumber Liquidators and World Financial Group. Danny O' Quinn Jr will run for ROTY in the 81 car.
Another blockbuster deal has been made as Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing have announced Busch to the #18 car in 2008. Also being announced is JJ Yeley's departure from Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley joins Tony Stewart as drivers leaving JGR and an open spot for the #20 car remains.
Off the heels of a victory in the Pepsi 400, Petty Enterprises have announced an expansion in 2008 to a 3 car team. Bobby Labonte will return to the #43 with Cheerios and STP sponsoring. A new team, the #44, which ran in 2007 as the #49 part time, will be driven by Reed Sorenson. It will be sponsored by Super 8 and Dassault Systemes. The #45 will return with Chad McCumbee and a new sponsor, as Marathon Oil expands from a minor sponsor to a primary sponsor. Petty looks to continue their success in 2008.
Wood Brothers Racing is looking for a new driver in 2008. Ken Schrader was let go due to poor performance and a lack of qualifying for races, and Bill Elliott is currently filling out the rest of the schedule.
Silly Season Indicator
Free Agent Drivers: Martin Truex Jr, JJ Yeley, Paul Menard, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green, Kenny Wallace, Travis Kvapil, Bill Elliott, Mike Bliss, Ricky Craven, Jack Sprague, Johnny Benson, John Andretti
Signed Drivers: Reagan Smith (13), Tony Stewart (14), Kyle Busch (18), Dario Franchitti (40), Reed Sorenson (44), Chad McCumbee (45), Joe Nemecheck (78), Danny O Quinn Jr (81)
Available Seats: #5, #15, #20, #21, #66
2008 ROTY Candidates: Reagan Smith (13), Dario Franchitti (40), Chad McCumbee (45), Danny O Quinn Jr (81)
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2018.05.28 07:46 Select1220 Select1220's 2008 Sprint Cup Series Mock Season

So far i am 12 races into the season. I would have liked to make a post sooner but i don't have time in the day to do so. If you've read some of the comments i've made than you'll know that i said Regan Smith won Daytona. Well i my game crashed after i finished and i forgot to export the results so i had to do it over. I am going to do a quick run down on the top 5 each race
Daytona
1 - Sam Hornish Jr. R
2 - Carl Edwards
3 - Scott Speed
4 - Regan Smith R
5 - Bill Elliott
This was an interesting race to say the least. Sam Hornish Took the lead early and never looked back leading 24 out of 30 laps if i can remember correctly. Nothing else to note. No crash and only 1 car fell out of the draft
Atlanta
1 - Matt Kenseth
2 - Joey Logano
3 - Denny Hamlin
4 - Carl Edwards
5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Carl won the pole but Kenseth took the lead and never lost it from there on out. Joey Logano was the biggest surprise as he is running part time for Joe Gibbs in cup and managed to get 2nd
North Carolina
1 - Jeff Gordon
2 - Greg Biffle
3 - Matt Kenseth
4 - Kyle Busch
5 - Jamie McMurray
Don't remember much about this race other than that were 3 races in and still haven't had a caution. Jeff Won with 49 laps lead out of 60.
Las Vegas
1 - Greg Biffle
2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 - Tony Stewart
4 - David Ragan
5 - Jamie McMurray
Finally a caution. Also after this race i started to realize that Roush Fenway Racing is gonna be dominant for years to come. Also we got the first bit of silly season news
Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs annouced that Tony will not be returning to the 20 car next season. He wants to return back to Chevy where he feel the most comfortable. Also Robby Gordon Motorsports are starting to become in danger of going bankrupt
Auto Club
1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 - Greg Biffle
3 - Carl Edwards
4 - Kurt Busch
5 - Matt Kenseth
Tony won the pole but a bad pit stop mid way through the race ended his shot at winning. What looked like a easy win for Kenseth turned bad when he got lose entering the pits than had slow pit stop opening the door for Dale Earnhardt Jr to win.
Riverside
1 - Michael McDowell
2 - Jeff Gordon
3 - Kyle busch
4 - Kevin Harvick
5 - Greg Biffle
The start of this race had Carl Edwards way out in front. But after a bad pit stop and a touch to the wall he was done. Michael McDowell stayed out under caution and it payed of with a win.
Bristol
1 - Carl Edwards
2 - David Reutimann
3 - Regan Smith R
4 - Tony Stewart
5 - Greg Biffle
A wreck fest that almost ended with another MWR win but Edwards was to much for Reutimann and passed him win ease and got his first win of the season.
Darlington
1 - Jimmie Johnson
2 - Jamie McMurray
3 - Casey Mears
4 - Carl Edwards
5 - Regan Smith R
A strong race for Jimmie with 2 cautions. Tony Stewart would end up upside down after being turned by Jeff Gordon.
Silly Season News
Tony Stewart will be partnering up with Ginn Racing to form Stewart-Ginn Racing. 2 cars are confirmed for the full season next year with Tony in the 14 and Jason Leffler in the 13
Chip Ganassi are moving to a 3 car full time operation next season with Dario Franchitti taking over the 40 car
Kenny Irwin Jr. will be leaving Front Row Motorsports at the end of the season
Martinsville
1 - Matt Kenseth
2 - David Ragan
3 - Carl Edwards
4 - Joey Logano
5 - Mark Martin
Roush were not near the front during most of the race but after a debris caution and smart pit strategy they took the top spots away from Jimmie Johnson to the top 3
Texas
1 - Greg Biffle
2 - Kurt Busch
3 - Kyle Busch
4 - Matt Kenseth
5 - Jeff Burton
Greg won pole lead almost every lap and won. Not much to say about that
Kansas
1 - Kurt Busch
2 - Carl Edwards
3 - Joey Logano
4 - Jeff Gordon
5 - Matt Kenseth
Another strong showing from Joey Logano while Kurt Busch gets his first win of the season
Michigan
1 - Jamie McMurray
2 - Tony Stewart
3 - Ryan Newman
4 - Sam Hornish Jr. R
5 - Casey Mears
Jamie McMurray hangs on to win beating out Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman by 3 tenth's of a second and get his first win of the season.
Last of the silly season updates so far
Ryan Newman did not resign with Team Penske for next season
Kenny Irwin Jr. will be taking his spot at Penske next year
Petty Enterprises is scaling down next season. Bobby Labonte is leaving the 43 car and the 45 car of Adam Petty will be taking his spot in the 43 next season
Paul Menard is not returning to DEI next season. Mark Martin will get the 8 full time as Airc Almirola will take over the 15 car next season.
Points Through 12 are
1 - Carl Edwards 1762 1 Win
2 - Greg Biffle -77 2 Wins
3 - Kurt Busch -141 1 Win
4 - Matt Kenseth -226 2 Wins
5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. -256 1 Win
6 - Jamie McMurray -259 1 Win
7 - Tony Stewart -286
8 - Jimmie Johnson -329 1 Win
9 - Kyle Busch -331
10 - Sam Hornish Jr. R -348 1 Win
11 - Ryan Newman -384
12 - Jeff Gordon -385 1 Win
13 - David Ragan -426
14 - Regan Smith R -438
15 - Paul Menard -446
16 - Denny Hamlin -509
17 - Brian Vickers -554
18 - David Reutimann -555
19 - Casey Mears -561
20 - Kevin Harvick -561
Thats about it for. I am also using a financial system to give me flexibility in the story lines i can make, also makes it easier for me when it comes to see who will go bankrupt or be able to get more cars on there team.
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2017.08.18 18:40 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight: Bristol

It's Bristol, baby. Good ol' short track racing under the lights for all three series, with the Truck Series' UNOH 200 last Wednesday, the Xfinity Series' Food City 300 tonight, and the Cup Series' Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race tomorrow.
Since Food City was already covered in the spring Bristol edition, they will not be discussed in this post.
Cup: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Talk about quite a sponsorship combination: fishing and rifles.
Bass Pro Shops is a company that has been involved in NASCAR for over a decade. The company's first sponsorship (race and car) in the sport was in 2003, when it co-sponsored the spring Atlanta Cup race, naming it the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Later in the year, also at Atlanta, BPS sponsored Dale Earnhardt, Inc. driver Hank Parker Jr.'s #8 Busch Series car, where he finished fifth. A month later, at Homestead, Coy Gibbs' #18 was sponsored by BPS, a car that finished 31st.
In 2004, BPS partnered with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Richard Childress Racing on two fronts: DEI in the Busch Series with Martin Truex Jr.'s #8 and RCR in the Cup Series with the part-time #33 of Kerry Earnhardt. Truex, who would go on to win the Busch title that year, made his Cup debut in the #1 Bass Pro Shops car later in the year at Atlanta. BPS won a second Busch championship with Truex in 2005, and the New Jersey native – along with his sponsor – moved up to Cup full-time in 2006, during which he drove the #1 car in all 36 races. He recorded his only DEI win at the top level at the 2007 spring Dover race.
When Truex moved to Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2010 season, BPS remained with the #1 car, now owned by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing following DEI's merger with Chip Ganassi Racing, of Jamie McMurray. In their first race together at the Daytona 500, McMurray scored his third Cup win. The pair won again at Indianapolis, though they fell short in their hunt to make the Chase. At the 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race, a BPS triple threat took place as McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Tony Stewart were sponsored by the company. Of the trio, McMurray finished the highest at fifth (Newman finished eighth, while Stewart ended the day in 28th). The partnership with McMurray lasted through the 2012 season (though Newman's #39 also featured BPS sponsorship at the Aaron's 499), with BPS moving to Stewart-Haas Racing full-time in 2013. Stewart's #14 typically had two primary forms: Bass Pro Shops with Mobil 1 as an associate sponsor and vice versa, though variations such as Ducks Unlimited also saw the track. In 2016, BPS reunited with Truex, now driving the #78 for Furniture Row Racing. In 22 races with BPS and FRR, Truex has won twice: his dominating performance at the 2016 Coca-Cola 600 and again at the 2017 Kobalt 400. BPS/Ducks Unlimited will sponsor Truex at the upcoming Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
With RCR, BPS has almost exclusively sponsored the Dillon brothers since their days in the Truck Series (Austin, Ty), with Austin going on to win the 2011 Truck title with BPS. Martin's brother Ryan also drove a BPS-sponsored truck for Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013 and 2014. When the Dillons moved up to the Nationwide/Xfinity Series, BPS followed. Austin drove the #3 BPS car in the series in six races, winning at the 2012 Kentucky race; Ty has also won once in a BPS car, recording his lone second-tier win at Indianapolis in 2014. In the Cup Series, Austin has raced a Bass Pro Shops car on eight occasions, though BPS has not appeared on his #3 so far in 2017.
In 2016, BPS returned to the race sponsorship spotlight by replacing Irwin Tools as title sponsor of the Bristol August race, naming it the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Its co-sponsor, the National Rifle Association, also has a history in NASCAR – albeit a controversial one. The Night Race is also not the first time the two parties have joined together in the sport...
Like BPS, the NRA began its sponsorship in NASCAR in 2003; in the NRA's case, it sponsored the #91 Busch car of Kenny Hendrick at Nazareth, where he finished 31st. Later in the year, Jimmy Kitchens and Jeff Fuller drove the #97 NRA Foundation car in five races, to little success as neither driver finished inside the top 30 (Fuller's four-race stint was as a start and park). 2004 saw BPS and the NRA partner to sponsor a car for the first time, doing so in the Cup Series with Kerry Earnhardt's #33 at the 2004 Pepsi 400; he finished 28th.
The NRA was dormant in the sponsorship game for seven years before making a return at the 2011 Coke Zero 400, where it and BPS sponsored Newman's #39. Five days later, at the Kentucky Truck race, Austin Dillon's #3 featured the same design and sponsorship as Newman. For the 2012 Nationwide Daytona race in July, Austin drove with BPS and the NRA again, though with an American flag-based scheme. The following evening, McMurray also drove a BPS/NRA car. In August and September, Ty drove the #3 NRA Museum truck to first and second at Atlanta and Iowa, respectively.
The NRA did not sponsor a car during the 2013 season, instead opting to become a race sponsor for the first time. Choosing the spring Texas Cup race, the Samsung Mobile 500 became the NRA 500, but the deal quickly proved to be unpopular among gun control activists, with Senator Chris Murphy calling for Fox to not air the race at all. Regardless, the broadcast went on without any concern, as the Fox booth only said the race name once per hour (as required by NASCAR broadcast rules), and race winner Kyle Busch got to fire his six-shooters in the end. For the 2014 season, the race was known as the Duck Commander 500, which also produced debate lasting until O'Reilly Auto Parts decided to sponsor the event in 2017.
For the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Coke Zero 400s, the two groups returned to Austin's #3 Cup car. He had top-ten finishes in all three events, including a wild ride at his latest outing in the BPS/NRA car. In August, Truex rocked BPS/NRA sponsorship at the sponsors' "host" race in Bristol, where he finished 26th. As stated, BPS will sponsor Truex for the 2017 race, but the NRA will not.
Truck: UNOH 200
The University of Northwestern Ohio (or UNOH) operates a High Performance Motorsports program, fitting as the school's team name is the Racers. UNOH has six motorsports teams, is the first university to offer racing scholarships, and even owns Limaland Motorsports Park. Additionally, the school has sponsored plenty of race cars over the years, with its first involvement in NASCAR occurring in 2010 at the Bristol Truck race, where it was an associate on Mario Gosselin's #12. A year later, Kenny Wallace – a close supporter of the school – piloted the #09 UNOH car in the Nationwide races at Kentucky and Charlotte to sixth- and 16th-place finishes, respectively.
In 2012, UNOH began sponsoring two Truck races: the UNOH 225 at Kentucky and the UNOH 200 at Bristol. The university added a third race, the UNOH 175 at Loudon, in 2014. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Buckle Up in Your Truck program replaced UNOH as the Kentucky race title sponsor in 2016, though the UNOH 200 and UNOH 175 will remain for 2017. This year, UNOH has also sponsored J.J. Yeley in the Truck Series at Charlotte and Dover, where he finished 15th and 29th in Copp Motorsports' #83 and #36, respectively.
Let's go racing.
edit: As pointed out in the comments, I missed the 1998 Winston where Earnhardt drove a BPS car.
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2017.06.23 18:39 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight: Sonoma/Iowa

Finally, the Cup Series arrives at a road course for the first time this season with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. The Xfinity and Trucks also get breaks from following the Cup Series to race at Iowa with the American Ethanol E15 250 and M&M's 200, respectively.
Cup: Toyota/Save Mart 350
I already covered Toyota's involvement in the Richmond edition, so I will be focusing on Save Mart.
Based in Modesto, California, with Sonoma Raceway just two hours away, it's not surprising that Save Mart's lone sponsorships in NASCAR have been at the track. In terms of car sponsorship, the same also applies; Save Mart has sponsored cars on just five occasions, all of which took place at Sonoma.
Save Mart's first sponsorship occurred in 1990, when the track was known as Sears Point and the race was the Banquet Frozen Foods 300. Troy Beebe, running only his second Cup race and first since the previous year's race at Sears Point, drove the #93 Save Mart Buick to a 30th-place finish. Two years later, Save Mart took over the race title sponsorship, dubbing it the Save Mart 300K; Tommy Kendall also drove with sponsorship from the supermarket chain, finishing 13th. Even with a stable title sponsor, the race shuffled between names like the Save Mart Supermarkets 300K (1993) and Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (1994–1997), followed by splitting the sponsorship with Kragen to form the Save Mart/Kragen 350 (1998–2000) and Dodge for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 (2001–2006) before finally settling on the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Other drivers to have raced at the track with Save Mart sponsorship included John Andretti in 1994 (finished 19th), Mattias Ekström in 2010 (finished 21st), and Robby Gordon in 2012 (finished 39th in his final start in NASCAR).
Xfinity: American Ethanol E15 250
The American Ethanol program has been a close partner of NASCAR, promoting the use of greener fuel (particularly E15 ethanol) and appearing on cars' gas tanks, the green flag, and even sponsoring the Green Flag Restart Award.
American Ethanol's first sponsorship in NASCAR began in the spring of 2011, when it appeared on Kenny Wallace's #09 Nationwide car in four races that year. Since then, all of its Nationwide (now Xfinity) sponsorships have been with either RAB Racing or Richard Childress Racing: in the former's case, Wallace has driven every American Ethanol-sponsored RAB car, whether it be the #09, the #99, the #24, or the #29. In the latter's case, the Dillon brothers of Austin and Ty (and Brendan Gaughan).
RCR and American Ethanol's partnership is also the case in the Trucks, with Joey Coulter, Austin Dillon, and future RCR driver Brandon Jones all piloting American Ethanol-sponsored trucks. Wallace also drove an American Ethanol truck at Chicagoland in 2013, the #81 for SS-Green Light Racing.
American Ethanol has appeared on a Cup car on 25 occasions (all with RCR) since 2011, starting with Clint Bowyer and the #33. Jeff Burton's #31 also featured American Ethanol sponsorship at the 2013 spring Kansas race. When Austin Dillon moved up to Cup full-time in 2014, he also brought American Ethanol with him to the #3. American Ethanol E15 started appearing on his car in 2015.
Truck: M&M's 200
Mars, Inc.'s has been in the sport for over two decades, starting in 1990 with Snickers before becoming an associate sponsor; Mars returned to primary sponsorship with Skittles in 1997, sponsoring MB2 Motorsports' #36 car driven by Derrike Cope and Ernie Irvan. In 1998, Mars' M&M's brand sponsored Irvan and the #36 at the inaugural Las Vegas 400. A year later, Mars formally switched to M&M's as sponsor of the #36 full-time, with alternate schemes like Crispy M&M's also appearing on the car. After Irvan's retirement, Jerry Nadeau took over the car until Ken Schrader became the permanent driver in 2000. In three seasons driving the #36, Schrader's M&M's car also featured variations, like green and purple schemes, along with those celebrating July 4 and Halloween.
For the 2003 season, Elliott Sadler and M&M's joined Robert Yates Racing, producing the #38 Ford. In 2004, Sadler scored M&M's first NASCAR victory at Texas and added a second win at Fontana later in the year, Groovy Summer, and others.
In 2005, the great Star Wars movie Revenge of the Sith was released. To promote it, Sadler and Yates teammate Dale Jarrett both ran M&M's-themed schemes at the spring Phoenix race: Sadler was on the Dark Side, while Jarrett urged everyone to join the Jedi. In the end, the Dark Side triumphed as Sadler finished 11th and Jarrett ended the race in 23rd.
When Sadler departed for Evernham Motorsports mid-2006, David Gilliland inherited the #38 M&M's Ford. Gilliland kicked off the following season by winning the Daytona 500 pole, followed by narrowly missing out on a second at the May Talladega race when Gilliland recorded an identical lap time to points leader Jeff Gordon. Despite these two moments, Yates lost the M&M's sponsorship following the season's end.
Mars signed a three-year deal with Joe Gibbs Racing starting in 2008, sponsoring the #18 Toyota Camry of newly-arrived Kyle Busch, who drove with M&M's sponsorship in 24 races that year.
"M&M's Racing has been a fan favorite for years in the sport and it’s an honor to drive for one of the most recognized brands in the world," Busch stated after signing with JGR. "My focus is to win, and I know that everyone at Mars shares that vision as well. I want to thank the associates at Mars U.S. for this opportunity and look forward to a winning relationship."
Busch lived up to his expectation of a winning relationship, scoring his and M&M's first win together at Talladega, followed by four more victories that year in an eight-win season.
As of this weekend, Busch has won 20 races in an M&M's car (including the 2015 championship). During his championship-winning year, he replaced the traditional yellow car with a green Crispy M&M's scheme, one that was also piloted by David Ragan (Erik Jones drove the yellow scheme as part of Red Nose Day). For much of the 2016 season, Busch drove a 75th Anniversary design (which included driving #75 at that year's All-Star Race) before reverting to the standard yellow car for the Chase.
Other variations of the M&M's car that Busch drove have included: M&M's Mint Crisp/Indiana Jones, Susan G. Komen, and Halloween (2008); Transformers, Susan G. Komen, and Halloween (2009); M&M's Pretzel and Ms. Green (2010); Pretzel and Halloween (2011); M&M's Brown, Red, White & Blue, and Halloween (2012); M-Prove America, Peanut Butter M&M's, American Heritage (bonus Kyle wearing a colonial hat), and Halloween (2013); Peanut and Peanut Butter M&M's, Pretzel M&M's, and Halloween (2014); Red Nose Day and Pretty in Pink (2015); Walgreen's / Red Nose Day, Red, White & Blue, and Halloween (2016); Walgreen's / Red Nose Day, Caramel, and Red, White & Blue (2017).
Interestingly, the only time M&M's has sponsored an Xfinity car was in 2012, its Trail Mix product being an associate sponsor of Michael Annett and the #43 at Indianapolis. In addition to finishing sixth, he won that race's Dash 4 Cash.
In the Trucks, M&M's has appeared only three times, all on a #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra. At the 2010 Las Vegas race, Brian Ickler was sponsored by M&M's; two years later, Jason Leffler and Denny Hamlin had M&M's onboard as an associate sponsor at Chicagoland and Pocono, respectively.
Tonight's Truck race at Iowa marks the first race sponsorship by M&M's in NASCAR.
Let's go racing.
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2017.05.26 20:52 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight: Charlotte

Last Friday, we saw the Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a support event for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. This week, the Xfinity Series returns after taking two weeks off for the Hisense 4K TV 300, while the Cup Series participates in NASCAR's longest race with the Coca-Cola 600.
Cup: Coca-Cola 600
To say Coca-Cola has been a big partner of NASCAR would be an understatement. The soda company and Official Soft Drink of NASCAR made its NASCAR debut in 1959 at the Southern 500 with Joe Weatherly, where he finished 43rd with oil pressure problems. A decade later, Coca-Cola appeared on Bobby Allison's #22 car. What followed was a six-year relationship and one of the most well-known sponsorship/driver pairings in NASCAR. Switching to #12 in 1971, Allison and Coca-Cola would win 31 races together from 1970 to 1975, driving for teams like Allison, Holman-Moody, and Penske Racing. During the 1970s, other sponsorships included Don Tarr, Marty Robbins, Neil Bonnett, Earl Ross, and David Hobbs. Chuck Bown, John Krebs, Dave Marcis, Jack Sellers, and Butch Gilliland drove Coke-sponsored cars over the next two decades.
In 1977, Coca-Cola's first NASCAR race sponsorship took place with the Coca-Cola 500 at Pocono Raceway. It lasted until 1980, with the company moving to Atlanta International Raceway's first date. In 1985, NASCAR's longest race, the World 600, received sponsorship from Coke, dubbing it the Coca-Cola World 600. A year later, it became the Coca-Cola 600, where it remains to this day.
With the turn of the millennium, Coca-Cola increased its role in NASCAR by introducing the Coca-Cola Racing Family. For its inaugural class in 1999, the Family featured Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Todd Bodine, Ricky Rudd, Kenny Irwin Jr., and Steve Park. Of the ten, Earnhardt was the first to drive a Coke-sponsored Cup car when he did so at the previous year's Motegi exhibition race (also sponsored by Coke) alongside Dale Jr.. Dale Jr., Tony Stewart, and Michael Waltrip joined the Family in 2001. At Talladega, the Joe Gibbs Racing tandem of Stewart and Labonte were the first Family members to drove Coke-sponsored cars in a Cup points race.
For the 2004 Pepsi 400, the Coca-Cola/Pepsi rivalry flared up as Coca-Cola C2 sponsored a whopping eight drivers for the race. John Andretti, Greg Biffle, Stewart, Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Elliott, and Burton all drove with C2 on their cars. Unfortunately for Coca-Cola, Pepsi (and Jeff Gordon) was triumphant.
Since then, Coke has appeared on a Cup car on sporadic occasions. In 2008, Russian Coca-Cola was an "associate sponsor" of Petty. The company did not sponsor another car until 2015, serving as Kyle Larson's sponsor at the Coke Zero 400. For the 2016 Southern 500, Coke was on Larson and Stewart's cars, the latter being at tribute to Allison. Larson ran with Target/Coke sponsorship for seven more races that year, including six Chase races.
Xfinity: Hisense 4K TV 300
Considering the less-than-positive reception to Japanese-based Toyota's presence in the sport, imagine how some "American purist" fans felt when TV company Hisense, one that is owned by the Chinese government, entered the world of NASCAR in 2015. The company partnered with Joe Gibbs Racing to sponsor the team's #20 Xfinity Series car, along with two races on the NXS schedule: the Hisense 250 at Atlanta and the Hisense 300 at Charlotte. Later in the year, Hisense also became the title sponsor of the fall Dover race, branding it the Hisense 200. In 2016, Hisense focused exclusively on the Charlotte race, giving it a slight name tweak to the Hisense 4K TV 300.
Of the three Hisense-sponsored races in 2015, the #20 only appeared with sponsorship from the company at Dover. In Hisense's #20 sponsorship debut at Richmond, Denny Hamlin kicked it off with a trip to Victory Lane. A year later, Erik Jones drove the #20 Hisense Toyota in five races, winning once at Chicagoland. Meanwhile, Hamlin returned to pilot a Hisense-sponsored car, this time the #18, at the Hisense 4K TV 300; in a fitting manner, he led a race-high 76 laps en route to the win. In 2017, Hisense has sponsored the #20 on two occasions.
Prior to Monster Energy becoming the title sponsor of the Cup Series, Hisense was reported to be a finalist. Considering Hisense's owner, one can only imagine how those "America-only" fans would feel if the Hisense Cup Series became a thing. Hmmm....
Truck: North Carolina Education Lottery 200
The North Carolina Education Lottery was formed in 2005, while its involvement in NASCAR began three years later, sponsoring the Charlotte Truck race and calling it the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Along with the sponsorship came ball mascots and questions regarding how the sponsorship works if the lottery benefits education. Asheville Citizen-Times writer John Boyle described the lottery as "sales and marketing company offering games and prizes to consumers", with funds from ticket sales going to education. Additionally, the NCEL sells lottery tickets at the track.
In 2013, the NCEL added another North Carolina-based Truck race to its portfolio when it sponsored the Rockingham race, replacing Good Sam Roadside Assistance. In its lone season, the Rockingham North Carolina Education Lottery 200 ended with a youngster named Kyle Larson defeating Joey Logano to win his first national series race. It was the final year of the Rockingham Truck race.
600 miles of racing, plus the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco GP on Sunday. Talk about the Greatest Day in Motorsports.
Let's go racing!
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2017.04.28 15:58 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight (presented by Toyota): Richmond

The third short track in the last four races, Richmond International Raceway is the site of this weekend’s Cup and Xfinity Series action. Unlike other weekends, one company is the title sponsor for both races on Saturday and Sunday (though under different “brands”); in this case, Toyota with the Toyota Owners 400 and the ToyotaCare 250.
Due to Toyota’s extensive history in NASCAR in the last 13 years, this Race Sponsor Spotlight will resemble more of a NASCAR Storytime post instead, with no separation by series.
Although Toyota first started fielding a car in 2007, the brand first appeared on a stock car as early as 1980. At that year’s Atlanta 500, Bill Elliott’s #9 was sponsored by Evans Toyota-GMC despite being a Mercury. Similar Toyota dealer sponsorships took place in the Busch Series in 1987, 1995, and 1996: Larry Pollard's #63 Garland Toyota Chevrolet at Martinsville, Reggie Ruggeiro's #06 TJ Toyota Chevy at Loudon, and Sterling Marlin's #92 Toyota Industrial Chevy at Charlotte.
During the 1980s, Lee White was a Porsche sports car worker. Impressed by his work, Jack Roush hired White in 1985; for the next six years, Roush Racing was a powerhouse in the sports car world, winning 116 races and up 15 championships, while White also helped build the team’s Cup Series effort. From 1994 to 1997, he was the general manager of Newman/Haas Racing in CART before becoming the director of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
In 1998, TRD started up a Goody’s Dash Series program, fielding Celicas. The team lasted until the series’ final season in 2003, in which Toyota driver Robert Huffman won the series title. During the year, Toyota left CART and began to focus even more on stock cars, particularly the Craftsman Truck Series. While TRD prepared for an entry into the sport in 2004, Toyota of Paris appeared on Loni Richardson’s truck at the 2003 Fontana race – who then finished in last. Entering the 2004 season, 84 entries placed a bid to become one of four teams with the Toyota Tundra as their vehicle of choice. The four teams that won were Cup regular Bill Davis Racing, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, former Busch team Innovative Motorsports, and the newly-formed Bang! Racing led by 23-year old upstart entrepreneur Alexander Meshkin and crew chief Larry McReynolds. One of my earliest NASCAR Storytime posts was about Bang!. To avoid repeating what was stated in that post, it can be viewed here.
In contrast to Bang!’s early success, Davis had a rockier start to his Toyota tenure. He and Toyota had been in talks since mid-2003, which angered his regular manufacturer, Dodge. Dodge immediately separated themselves from Davis and filed a breach of contract suit; regardless of the result of the case, it meant Davis was the black sheep of the Dodge stable until Toyota could get a Cup operation ready. Despite the less-than-amicable divorce with Dodge, Davis and Toyota built a relationship of their own, the latter setting up shop in Davis’ garage; however, as a technical partner, his team (and Waltrip) did not receive the same full Toyota Tundra sponsorship that Bang! and Innovative had. Davis and Waltrip) eventually also sported Toyota sponsorship.
It did not take long for Toyota to get up to speed in the Truck Series. Bang!’s Travis Kvapil and Mike Skinner finished second in the first two races of the season, respectively. It wouldn’t be until Michigan that Kvapil recorded Toyota’s first win in NASCAR. Fellow Toyota drivers Skinner and Benson finished third and fourth. Despite Bang!’s success, it did not last long, as the team’s funding began to fall and McReynolds left the team. The team shut down at the end of the season. Skinner migrated to BDR for the 2005 season, while Germain Racing became a Toyota team. Other teams fielding Toyotas during the year included Wyler), Fiddleback), and Turn One Racing. Skinner and Benson proved to be Toyota’s top drivers, winning eight combined races in 2005 and 2006, while Benson finished second in points in the latter.
Despite their success, Toyota also faced a challenge that continues to linger today: the ability to gain legitimacy in an American-dominated sport. The Japanese manufacturer was marred by skepticism from various figures, particularly Jack Roush, who compared the introduction of Toyota to World War II. Jimmy Spencer even went as far as to say, “Those sons of bitches bombed Pearl Harbor, don't forget. As long as it's good for the economy, I guess it's OK, but I hope that Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge kick their ass.” Red Horse Racing’s Tom DeLoach commented on the matter, saying Toyota is "kind of semi-loved and kind of semi-unloved".
In 2007, Toyota finally moved up to the Busch and Nextel Cup Series, fielding cars in the former for Braun Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. Like in the Trucks, the manufacturer got off to a strong start in the Busch Series as Braun’s Dave Blaney finished second in the season opener at Daytona. A week later, Blaney won Toyota’s first Busch pole at Fontana. A few weeks after, at Nashville, the Toyotas of Jason Leffler and David Reutimann were the stars of the show, but the Ford of Carl Edwards passed Leffler with 25 laps to go to take the win instead. At IRP, Leffler finally broke through to win Toyota’s first Busch Series race. Toyota ended the 2007 Busch season with two wins (Reutimann won at Memphis).
In the Cup Series, Davis finally made the move to Toyota, while MWR and Team Red Bull joined the party. Despite possessing drivers with solid racing resumes, including 2000 champion Dale Jarrett, Champ Car star A.J. Allmendinger, and defending fall Talladega race winner Brian Vickers, Toyota struggled mightily in the Cup Series. At the Daytona 500, both Red Bull and two of three BDR cars failed to qualify, while the #55 of Michael Waltrip was marred by a giant penalty for the use of an illegal fuel substance, giving him -27 points heading into the next week’s race at Fontana. Although Vickers bounced back at Fontana to give Toyota its first Cup top-ten with a tenth-place run, the other teams lagged behind; Allmendinger DNQ’d in four consecutive races, Waltrip did so for a whopping ten in a row, and Jarrett missed the Richmond race for his first DNQ since 1994. By the end of the year, between 14 total drivers (including 6 who ran most, if not all, of the races), a Toyota failed to qualify a whopping 76 times in 2007.
2008 saw change in NASCAR and Toyota. As the Cup Series changed name from Nextel to Sprint, Toyota started fielding the Camry for Hall of Fame Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, while JTG Daugherty Racing became an MWR affiliate. Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Busch moved to JGR’s #18 M&M’s car and quickly brought the Toyota name to Victory Lane, doing so in just his fourth race with JGR at Atlanta. At the end of the 2008 season, Busch won eight races, while teammates Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart both won once.
Robby Gordon Motorsports, NEMCO Motorsports, and Tommy Baldwin Racing made the switch to Toyota for the 2009 season. JGR continued its success with nine wins (four each for Busch and Hamlin, while 19-year old Joey Logano won once), while MWR and Red Bull won their first races, with Reutimann at the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 and Vickers at Michigan, respectively. 2010 featured Hamlin leading the way for Toyota as he finished second in points with eight wins, while Busch won thrice and Reutimann once.
Busch won four times and Hamlin once in 2011. Kasey Kahne, driving the #4 for Red Bull on a one-year deal before moving to Hendrick’s #5 car, won the team’s final race at Phoenix. Red Bull closed down after the season ended and its assets were bought by Ron Devine, who transformed the team into BK Racing.
For the 2012 season, MWR signed Clint Bowyer to drive the #15 Camry. He went on to win twice at Sonoma and Charlotte and was in championship contention until a certain incident at the penultimate race in Phoenix. He finished second in the championship behind Brad Keselowski as Toyota fell just shy of its first drivers' championship. A year later, MWR continued its rise as Martin Truex Jr. won at Sonoma and Vickers won at Loudon. However, the Federated Auto Parts 400 marked the team’s downfall instead as Bowyer spun late in the race. Since the incident, sponsor NAPA Auto Parts left the #56, the team never won another race, Vickers began suffering from blood clots, and the team shut down after the 2015 season ended. During the season, Kyle Busch delivered Toyota's first drivers' title despite missing much of the year with a leg injury.
Today, three full-time Cup teams currently race with Toyota power: Joe Gibbs Racing, Furniture Row Racing, BK Racing. Premium Motorsports fields the occasional Toyota, while Gaunt Brothers Racing is part-time. In the Xfinity Series, JGR, JGL Racing, and TriStar Motorsports race Toyotas, with MBM Motorsports fielding a plethora of manufacturers (Toyota included). Kyle Busch Motorsports, Hattori Racing Enterprises, Red Horse Racing, ThorSport Racing, AM Racing, Glenden Enterprises, Wauters Motorsports, and Henderson Motorsports currently run Tundras in the Trucks.
In terms of race sponsorship, Toyota began during its 2004 debut season in Trucks with the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 at the Milwaukee Mile and Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville. The sponsorships lasted until 2007 and 2009, respectively. Today, Toyota sponsors the Toyota Tundra 200 at Kansas, an agreement that began in 2015. In the Xfinity Series, its lone foray into race sponsorship was the ToyotaCare 250, which started in 2013. Road racing fans would be familiar with Toyota’s race sponsorship in the Cup Series, when it took over Dodge’s spot for the Infineon (now Sonoma) race in 2007 to form the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The Richmond spring race was renamed the Toyota Owners 400 in 2013.
As a car sponsor, Toyota frequently appears on cars that have no other sponsorship. In 2013, Bowyer drove with ToyotaCare sponsorship) in conjunction with the Toyota Owners 400. This season, Erik Jones) and Kenseth drove with Toyota branding. The act is more common in the lower series, as drivers like Alex Bowman), James Buescher, and Sam Hornish Jr.) have in the Xfinity Series. In the Trucks, the #4 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck of Jones is probably the most well-known case as he piloted the truck to the 2015 championship).
As of the end of the 2016 season, Toyota has nine Truck Series manufacturers' championships, four in Xfinity, and one in Cup.
So there you have it. A brief history on Toyota's role in NASCAR from its dealership sponsor days to its heavy involvement today. With their recent success, it's not too far-fetched to say they're living up to their 2016 commercial's "King of the World" song.
Let's go places racing!
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2017.03.24 15:02 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight: Fontana

NASCAR's West Coast swing wraps up in California with the Auto Club 400 from Auto Club Speedway. When you're the title sponsor of a track and a Cup race, you know you've made it.
For this week, let's take a look at the Auto Club and Service King Collision Repair.
Cup: Auto Club 400
AAA affiliate Automobile Club of Southern California (simply known as Auto Club) has been involved in the Cup Series since 2003, but its participation in racing dates back to 1903, where it hosted the Huntington Cup, a dirt track event held in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.
94 years later, Southern California opened its first NASCAR track since Riverside International Raceway with the California Speedway. Auto Club was among the track’s first partners and sponsored the inaugural race at the track, the Winston West Series’ Auto Club 200; Ken Schrader went on to win. The Auto Club 200 continued in 1998 (also won by Schrader) before the sponsorship moved to the track’s Busch Series race, dubbing it the Auto Club 300. During its four-year sponsorship of the Busch race, the 2001 Fontana Truck Series race was named the Auto Club 200 (won by Ted Musgrave).
In 2003, Auto Club ended its sponsorship of the Busch race as it replaced NAPA Auto Parts as title sponsor of the Winston Cup Series race, renaming it the Auto Club 500. The race was held in February, a week after the Daytona 500. In 2004, California Speedway added a second race, though attendance began to decline. Four years later, Auto Club stepped up its role and assumed the naming rights of the track itself, renaming it to Auto Club Speedway in a ten-year deal.
NASCAR began a schedule realignment process in 2011, which involved dropping the second date and moving the February race to March, becoming the fifth race of the Cup season. During realignment, the track shortened the race to 400 miles, officially naming it the Auto Club 400.
Roger Penske, who owned the speedway before his Penske Motorsports group merged with International Speedway Corporation, formed a partnership with AAA in 2008 and extended to include the Auto Club. Auto Club sponsored Penske driver Sam Hornish Jr.’s #77 for the 2009 and 2010 Fontana races, followed by Joey Logano’s #22 in 2013. Logano was a contender for the race win before tangling with Denny Hamlin and eventually Tony Stewart, finishing 3rd.
Xfinity: Service King 300
The Xfinity race at Fontana has a bit of a reputation for getting last-second title sponsors, and 2017 is no exception. On Wednesday, Service King Collision Repair announced it would sponsor the race, dubbing it the Service King 300.
Service King’s first involvement in NASCAR began in 2013 when it partnered with Axalta Coating Systems’ Spies Hecker brand. Through the deal, Spies Hecker brands became available at Service King stores. Two years later, the Dallas-based company sponsored the fall Texas race weekend’s qualifying session for all three series, along with appearing on Jeff Gordon’s #24 Axalta car for the Cup race. He went on to finish 9th.
With Service King stepping up to sponsor the Fontana Xfinity race, it is quite fitting for a company with over 300 repair centers to sponsor a 300-mile race.
Fontana has been a pretty wild track in terms of finishes in recent years. We'll see if 2017 is any different.
Start your engines!
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2016.12.02 21:13 ZappaOMatic Feeling the Speed (and Caffeine): Energy Drinks in NASCAR

With the news of Monster Energy becoming the title sponsor of the Cup Series, it's time for a new NASCAR Storytime, this time focusing on energy drinks and their involvement in NASCAR.
When most of us hear "energy drinks" and "sports," we typically think of extreme sports like skateboarding and snowboarding. When we narrow "sports" to "motorsports," we think of rallycross and motocross, not stock car racing. As it turns out, there have been many cases of energy drinks appearing on stock cars over the years, especially since the start of the new millennium.
Note: Products like 5-hour Energy will not be included as they are energy shots, not drinks.
AMP
AMP Energy first got its start in NASCAR in 2006, sponsoring the #61 of Kevin Lepage at the Daytona 500, followed by another round at Atlanta.
Two years later, AMP returned to NASCAR to sponsor the new #88 car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.; that year, it also started serving as the title sponsor of the Talladega Chase race, a deal which lasted until 2010. With Earnhardt, AMP also promoted the Sugar-Free and Relaunched editions on the #88. AMP withdrew after the 2013 season as PepsiCo – who owns AMP Energy – elected to put Diet Mountain Dew on the #88 instead. AMP returned for the 2015 Michigan race to promote the Passion Fruit flavor.
Blu Frog
In 2009, Blu Frog, an energy drink that supposedly can only be bought online, partnered with Derrike Cope to sponsor a car for the Daytona 500. With the #75, Cope attempted the 500, but failed to qualify. In the Truck Series, Blu Frog also sponsored Cope's #74 truck for Daytona, fielding it for Larry Foyt, who finished 20th.
Ciclon
In 2002, the Latin-American based Ciclon partnered with HRT Motorsports (not to be confused with the F1 team of the same name) to field the #09 Chevy for David Green. Lowe's Motor Speedway owner Humpy Wheeler expressed his excitement at the deal, as he hoped it would increase NASCAR's popularity among Hispanics, especially as HRT planned to run full-time in the Busch Series in 2003.
"The future growth of NASCAR will greatly depend on increasing diversity among our fans," he stated "Many NASCAR speedways are in heavily Hispanic markets, particularly Texas, Florida, California and Arizona. The HRT team is greatly welcomed by us and we are so pleased with their sponsor."
In two starts with the team, Green finished 14th and 19th at Charlotte and Chicagoland, respectively. Former F1 and CART driver Roberto Guerrero also attempted a start in the #09 at Atlanta, but failed to qualify. HRT also attempted to field the #82 for Guerrero's brother Jaime, but a deal never materialized.
Hard Rock
Hard Rock (yes, the restaurant/hotel chain) is no stranger to NASCAR, having its vodka appear on Robby Gordon's car. In terms of energy drinks, it made one appearance in 2014 on John Hunter Nemechek's #8 truck.
Hooters
Yes, Hooters had an energy drink. Starting in late 2006, the restaurant more famously known for its waitresses and being the sponsor of Alan Kulwicki's #7 car began a partnership with J. L. Pennington in the Truck Series, fielding a #7 Hooters Energy Drink truck. Casey Kingland, Derrike Cope and even Brad Keselowski drove the truck for the majority of 2007 before Jason White took over.
The team's best finish with Hooters Energy sponsorship with a 19th-place run at Atlanta with Keselowski.
Kapoya
In early 2015, Bryan Silas ran three races with Kapoya Premium sponsorship. After recording a 7th-place finish at Daytona, the team did not perform as well in the next two races, finishing 21st and 31st at Atlanta and Martinsville, respectively.
M-150
M-150, a Thai energy drink that apparently tastes like a liquid form of speed (the drug, not the racing term), appeared on Mike Harmon's #84 car in 2008 for three races. For a drink that supposedly tastes like speed, it's somewhat ironic that Harmon finished 40th in all three races.
Monster
Ten years before Monster stepped up to become the Cup Series' title sponsor, it was the sponsor of Robby Gordon and the #7 car in 2007. Those who listened to the press announcement on Thursday regarding the new title sponsorship probably know the story that was told by Monster CMO Mark Hall. For those who did not:
"We’ve been in NASCAR for a while. I was thinking back on the day we got started. It's been nine or 10 years since Robby Gordon was our first foray," Hall said. "I remember it was a great day for me when Robby threw his helmet at some guy – because that was the only time he ever got on camera. I actually called him up and said, 'Robby, can you do that some more?'"
Gordon continued his relationship with Monster for the next three seasons, though with not as much helmets thrown.
Many of us know Monster for its involvement as the title sponsor of AMA Supercross. Likewise, motocross star Ricky Carmichael partnered with Monster when he made the transition to stock car racing in 2009, starting with the #4 in the Truck Series followed by the #10 and #30 Nationwide cars. Unfortunately for him, stock cars weren't his forte.
In 2012, Monster moved to the new Nationwide operation of Kyle Busch Motorsports to sponsor the #54 shared by Kurt and Kyle Busch. While Kyle went winless that year, Kurt survived a dramatic showdown with Denny Hamlin to win at Richmond. KBM shut down their Nationwide team after the season ended and the assets were absorbed by Joe Gibbs Racing. Fielding the #54 for Kyle, Drew Herring, Sam Hornish Jr., Joey Coulter, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Boris Said, the car won multiple times over the next three seasons, most of which by Kyle. In late 2015, Monster began sponsoring the #41 of Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing, which became a full-time deal in 2016. Monster often "split" the sponsorship with Haas Automation.
As we all know, Monster eventually became the title sponsor of the Cup Series.
No Fear
The team of Said Heads everywhere, No Fear Racing was formed in 2006, fielding the #60 car for Boris Said and Brian Simo on a part-time basis. The team broke through at the July Daytona race when Said won the pole; Said backed up the pole run with a 4th-place finish. NFR continued to run part-time until 2009, when it was renamed Carter-Simo Racing, and shut down after the season ended. No Fear's equipment and points were absorbed by Latitude 43 Motorsports, which was later reformed into FAS Lane Racing and competes today as Go FAS Racing.
In 2013, No Fear returned to NASCAR, albeit in the Truck Series, to sponsor the #9 of Ron Hornaday and eventually the #14 of Brennan Newberry. Hornaday recorded the brand's best Truck finish with a 9th-place run at Martinsville.
NOS
NOS Energy might trigger some memories of this season's Xfinity Series domination by Kyle Busch for most fans. Over a decade before joining Joe Gibbs Racing to replace Monster, NOS was a one-off sponsor of Kertus Davis's #31 car in the Busch Series. In 2008, NOS joined Stanton Barrett, sponsoring him in both the Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. A year later, the brand joined JGR and Busch in the #18. Predictably, Busch dominated the season en route to the 2009 Nationwide championship. NOS stayed with JGR until the end of 2011, when they moved to Roush and the #6 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., also sponsoring Stenhouse's #17 Cup car on three occasions.
NOS returned to JGR in 2016 and the #18 car. As previously mentioned, Busch won an awful lot in that car. He also made a commercial.
Potencia
In 2009, Corrie Stott partnered with Potencia Energy Drink, a fruit-based energy drink from Mexico, to field a truck starting at Daytona. As the #00 Potencia Silverado, the truck saw Carlos Contreras, Andy Ponstein, Dillon Oliver, Danny Efland and Charles Lewandoski driving it. Of the five, Contreras was the lone driver to not run a race as he missed the Daytona round, while Oliver was the only one to make multiple starts, running it twice at Milwaukee and Las Vegas in a black scheme. Oliver recorded the truck's best finish at Milwaukee, a 22nd-place effort.
Race Fuel
If you want to win a race, you're going to need fuel. Fittingly, Race Fuel Energy Drink was founded by Baja 1000 champion Bryan Freeman to do just that – only it's fuel for your body, not for your car. Race Fuel appeared on Shelby Howard's #70 Nationwide car in 2011, but its best finish came in 2012 with Johanna Long when she finished 19th at Las Vegas. In the Cup Series, Race Fuel joined Tony Raines's car for two races at Vegas and Fontana. Raines finished 35th and 36th.
ReaXion
ReaXion, which promotes itself as an energy drink with "healthier ingredients" and "without going overboard on caffeine and taurine," appeared on Norm Benning's #57 truck at Phoenix in 2009. Benning finished 25th.
Red Bull
Many fans will probably know about Red Bull's involvement in racing, whether it's F1, Global Rallycross or even NASCAR. Red Bull first got its NASCAR start in 2001, when it sponsored Tim Woods' #54 truck at South Boston, where he finished 29th. Four years later, it moved up to the Busch Series to sponsor Robby Gordon at Mexico City and Watkins Glen, where he drove the #55 and the #83, respectively.
In 2006, Red Bull officially announced plans to start fielding a Cup Series team. A year later, as Toyota entered the sport, it became one of the original Toyota teams. Considering Team Red Bull's history across all three series, I won't be going into detail about the team in this post, but maybe in a future Storytime post.
While Team Red Bull was racing in the Cup series, Red Bull also sponsored some cars in the two other series. In the Busch Series, Red Bull partnered with Michael Waltrip Racing to field the #99 Toyota Camry for Scott Speed and later Cole Whitt. In the Truck Series, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, Bill Davis Racing and Turn One Racing all fielded Red Bull trucks for drivers like A. J. Allmendinger, Speed and Whitt. Of the three, Speed would be the only driver to win a lower series race with Red Bull when he won at the Dover Truck race in 2008.
Red Bull has not appeared on a NASCAR stock car since Team Red Bull shut down its operations after the 2011 season.
Rip It
Richard Childress Racing became Rip It Childress Racing (apologies for the pun) when the two parties joined together to sponsor Joey Coulter's #22 truck. A year later, Rip It also joined ThorSport Racing to sponsor Matt Crafton's #88, which it continues to do so on a part-time basis to this day.
Rockstar
Rockstar Energy, like Red Bull, has more of a presence in other motorsports like rallycross, but that didn't stop the Las Vegas-based company from sponsoring Vegas native Dylan Kwasniewski. The only driver to win both a K&N East and West title, Kwasniewski joined Turner Scott Motorsports' Nationwide Series in 2014, driving the #31 Rockstar Camaro. Despite a strong start with a pole at Daytona, Kwasniewski didn't have much luck with keeping the car off the wall that season. After losing the Rockstar sponsorship, Kwasniewski scaled back his NASCAR career, but hopes to bounce back someday.
Two years later, Rockstar returned to the Nationwide Xfinity Series, appearing on Ryan Preece's #01 car at Charlotte, where he finished 23rd. The brand also appeared on Paul Menard and the #27 car that year at Texas, where they finished 26th.
Shark
In 2008, Shark Energy Drink, a brand created by the makers M-150 and has a similar taste but with different ingredients, began its sale in the United States. To get the name out, Shark sponsored Brian Scott and the #16 truck (which recorded a best finish of 9th at Daytona) and Kenny Wallace's #36 Nationwide car (best finish: 13th at Las Vegas).
Speed
An energy drink created by Robby Gordon, it started appearing on his cars in 2010 in an extension cord orange that would become Gordon's trademark color for the rest of his racing career. For Robby Gordon Motorsports' final three seasons, it would also appear in other colors like yellow and black. RGM's #77 car received Speed Energy sponsorship as well, resulting in rare occasions where there would be two bright orange cars on track together. In 2012, Speed sponsored the #6 Eddie Sharp Racing truck of Justin Lofton and the two won in their first race together at Charlotte.
When RGM shut down after the 2012 season and Gordon moved on from NASCAR to form the Stadium Super Trucks, Speed Energy became the title sponsor of the series. It sponsored the #7 truck driven by Gordon from 2013 to 2015. Speed Energy currently appears on the #20 truck of Dustin Scott.
Speed Zone
Not to be confused with the NASCAR Thunder game mode, the movie, the theme park or the Zone-less energy drink counterpart, Speed Zone Energy partnered with Jay Robinson Racing's Busch Series in 2005 and 2006. The brand appeared on Robinson's #49 and #28 cars driven by Wayne Edwards, Clay Rogers, Shane Hall, James Hylton, Randy LaJoie, Josh Richeson and Derrike Cope. With how much people tend to make fun of Robinson's NASCAR operations for being backmarkers, the Speed Zone car was no exception. In 12 total starts, the car finished no better than 33rd and finished last on three occasions.
When it comes to finding speed, Speed Zone did not seem to have it.
Wave
Wave Energy Drink is an energy drink that has a similar mantra to ReaXion, calling itself a "healthier energy drink." The company joined Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2009, sponsoring the #36 car of Michael McDowell, though it did not make any waves in the NASCAR world as it was a start and park car. When Wave returned to TBR in 2010 with new driver Mike Bliss, he ran the full races and recorded a best finish of 22nd at Fontana.
XBOMB
XBOMB is an energy drink that's "proudly made in the USA" since 2009. With that type of patriotic branding, it only makes sense to give the most patriotic sport a shot. In 2016, XBOMB joined Wayne Edwards and Premium Motorsports' #49 truck for the Eldora race. At the dirt track, Edwards finished 18th.
Across the top three national series, there have been approximately 21 different energy drinks to sponsor a race car. Some of them were more successful than others and have more brand recognition among fans than others.
It will be interesting to see how Monster affects the Cup/Premier Series, especially with their intention to maintain a Viceroy Rule that allows current energy drinks under contract to be grandfathered in.
Is it Speedweeks yet?
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2016.03.01 06:16 HarringtonMAH11 /u/HarringtonMAH11’s Atlanta Weekend Recap, Future Predictions on Low Downforce, and a Favor to Ask From All of You at /r/NASCAR

Well first and foremost, I can say that yesterday was the greatest day of my life because for the first time since I have been allowed pit passes for the AMS race weekend, I got to meet my favorite driver Denny Hamlin. OT, but here’s the proof.
Friday
Practice for the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series went about as always because they had stable cars, and run petal to the floor the whole way around. Sprint Cup practice on the other hand, had teams struggling with the new package especially coming off of turn 4 where most cars just seems to get about 1,000 pounds lighter and barely miss the wall on exit. As the day got under way we saw the teams get more control of their cars, but we saw something very interesting as well, Casey Mears in the top 5 for most of final Friday practice. Leading into Qualifying this was only exemplified by front runners being down the charts, and 2015 backmarkers topping it. I mean we had 2 Roush cars (one of which with no sponsor) in round 3. Sitting in the stands for Q rather than on the infield also showed just how loose cars were out of 4, and in Q 1 Ryan Blaney was literally parallel with pit road off of 4 on his last flying lap to get him into the next round. His hands went from visible to not several times as he sawed the wheel to maintain control. Things are looking good to this point.
Saturday
The Xfinity race was quite good, but suffered as always from a lack of on track passing due to so much downforce. The strategy, and lack of cautions gave for some pretty big swings of exciting and boring for the casual fans around me, but I loved it being the analytical person I am.
The Caution Clock Camping World Truck Series race was great, and though I started out hating the thought of a mandatory cation, I can say not seeing Matt Crafton lead every lap of the race which went totally green was enough to justify it being there. I don’t think that it will come into use anywhere but the 1.5 tracks, and that is okay because I don’t particularly like the trucks racing on those tracks anyway, I’d much rather see them at a multitude of short tracks Cup and Xfinity don’t touch.
The most important part of the day was Sprint Cup Happy Hour, and boy-o-boy was it intense. I watched cars stick to the track and put down blistering laps, but by about lap 8 they had fallen off about a second. They were loose, and they were passing, a clear indication that the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 would be a hellova race. Cars were running just about everywhere, and they seemed to be handling quite nice if there wasn’t a car under you in the corner.
Sunday
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was an incredible race, and a great first showing of the low downforce package. The race was biased on strategy, and driver skill, nothing else, and that is how racing should be. The cars handled more like the days of old where drivers actually had to wheel the things around. Passing happened often, but better than that, 2, 3, and even at one point 4 wide racing was seen all around the track. It was interesting to see the different lines drivers were taking, and the fact that certain drivers could only pass on the outside while others could only pass to the inside of another car. Turns 1 and 2 were multi groove, while the bottom groove was primarily used in turns 3 and 4. Overall the cars put on a good show for the fans at the track, and if FOX was broadcasting battles farther back than 5th, the fans at home probably saw them too.
I would like to call three drivers out on their incredible passing shown at Sunday’s race, and those three are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott. These three drivers used the lower downforce to their advantage, and what a job they did behind the wheel passing. Most of the passing I saw in the race tended to happen out of turn 2, but these guys excelled at getting it done in 3 and 4. They all used a very similar technique that payed off perfectly each time. Coming out of 2 the set up a pass with the run out of the corner, but unlike those who just pushed on by, they seemed to stall out like they had lifted just a bit. This put them in place on the inside of the car ahead, but they just let them have the lane, mostly. This is where it got interesting though, this tactic would upset the front car causing it to get loose, then tight, and plow up the track giving the 88, 4, or 24 the position as well as a pretty nice gap between himself and the car behind. This is why you saw these three make more gains, but have less passes than everyone else. The whole rest of the field were duking it out, passing back and forth, exciting, but this is how those 3 got the passes to stick.
The last thing I’d like to add is that up until the 31 popping a tire, and that GWC attempt (which made me hate the new rules, why not just have the same rule, but with the s/f line) this race was absolutely incredible, and Jimmie Johnson deserved that win because that call was perfect.
The Future of Low Downforce
Sadly even though this race was a great one, I think that by the 600, we will have 2015 racing all over again because the teams are adapting really quick to the changes. The only way to combat this is to lower downforce even more, add a ride height rule, and take off the tapered spacers. Doing those things mid-season would throw a wrench in things, and make racing better for the fans and harder for the drivers. I could go on all day about what the cars should be engineered like so that we have great racing, but that is a topic for another day, which leads me to the favor I need from all of you guys.
I Need Your Help
After being a member of this sub for a little under 3 years, being a NASCAR fan for my whole life, realizing that I pretty much hate my life right now, and comments on my posts like these , I have decided to try and start a podcast on YouTube/Twitch where I host a show for the fans to talk about NASCAR.
Now I have the knowhow when it comes to pretty much anything NASCAR, I can talk NASCAR for hours on end, and I can take damn good pictures of NASCAR cars all day, but I have absolutely no idea on how to run a show with call ins, or what equipment is needed. I want to start at one day a week in the evenings (Wednesday), and eventually move to a 3 day schedule of Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Friday afternoons. Monday would be about the previous weekend, Wednesday about NASCAR theory (what is/isn’t working, what the fans want, technical analysis, ect.) and silly season/week stuff, and Friday would be a weekend preview and fan predictions. The biggest thing about it is that I want to have fans discussing NASCAR in a way that can help it to be what we want. Plus, not being on TV or Radio, we can be as real as it gets without getting in trouble with NASCAR, or being shoved up their ass. We can do it also without censorship, and I’m okay with cussing as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Keep it respectful, state your argument, then how to fix it, and we’ve got a show going, otherwise I hang up.
If anyone has any pointers, I’d love to help, and a partner with the knowhow and drive to do it wouldn’t hurt either. I’m not asking for charity, I’m just clueless, If profit were to eventually come, credit, and money, would go where it is due. Thanks in advance for any help.
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2015.03.31 01:00 Harvickfan4Life Denny's Denny's': Hamlin partners with classic restaurant for unique fan experience

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2015.02.12 23:27 CR_7 Every answer from today's AMA Extravaganza!!

Remaining answers are in the comments.
Let me know if you see any errors/omissions. pinkysugarfree clearly had the most popular question.
Aric Almirola:
Have you ever seen Richard without his hat or sunglasses?
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
What was your favorite motorsport race (doesn't matter which series or when) that you DIDN'T compete in?
Ty Dillon:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Who's really better, you or Austin?
Taking a NASCAR race abroad (like the NFL's London game). Good idea, bad idea?
Matt Crafton:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
What was the most unusual request a fan has ever given you? What were your reasons for either granting it or not?
What, or who, do you think will be the biggest obstacle between you and the three peat?
Clint Bowyer:
Bag any big game in the off season?
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
A dirt track race in a Sprint Cup car. A great idea, or the greatest idea?
Danica Patrick:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Of the commercials for sponsors that you've been in, do you have a particular favorite?
If you could give one piece of advice to Johanna Long, Kenzie Ruston, and all the other female drivers rising through the ranks, what would that advice be?
AJ Allmendinger:
How many tacos can you eat in 20 minutes?
Congratulations, you've been chosen to head up Chevrolet's effort this year at the Le Mans 24 hour race. Pick two of your fellow NASCAR drivers you get to share the race seat with.
How was the Daytona 24, out of all the tracks which one do you want to win at the most - or which one would be the most satisfying?
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Jimmie Johnson:
Who would you rather have along with you in a zombie apocalypse? Chad Knaus or Dale Jr?
If you had a dollar for every time someone misspelled 'Jimmie' to 'Jimmy', would you have enough to own a small, medium or large country? If so, which one would you buy?
Taking a NASCAR race abroad (like the NFL's London game). Good idea, bad idea?
Have you ever considered wearing a rainbow afro to every interview? It's a good look on you. Also, what's the biggest "oh shit" moment you've ever had while going for a championship? You know, like a shifter breaking.
Jamie McMurray:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
What was the most unusual request a fan has ever given you? What were your reasons for either granting it or not?
You've won a fair amount of big races in Sprint Cup. Daytona 500, Brickyard to name a few. Where does the 24 hour Daytona race stack up on that list? Congrats to you and Larson!
Elliot Sadler:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
How did the Kardashian impersonation become a thing? You lose a bet? Haha, thanks!
Has Hermie ever asked you to be his partner in a tag team match? What wrestling moves do you know?
Who would win in a fight; You and Hermie v The Busch Brothers?
Kyle Larson:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Congrats on taking over the 42 seat last year from the highly regarded Juan Pablo Montoya. Do you see yourself following in his multi-series footsteps (F1, Nascar, Indy) with your foray in to sports car racing, or sticking more to a single series career?
Which track would it be most special for you to get your first Cup victory?
Austin Dillon:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
I know you went ice skating with Meryl Davis and Charlie White last year. Have you been skating since then? And were they as awesome to be around as they seem to be?
How many cowboy hats do you own?
Kyle Busch:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
1 - What type of M&Ms is your favorite? 2 - You and Kurt are battling for the title at Homestead, you're one spot behind him going into the white flag lap. Do you turn him or do you try a sick slidejob?
Which is your favorite paint scheme? My son is your biggest fan, and we have done the M&Ms and Monster Energy, so far for his pinewood derby cars.
Joey Logano:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Thanks for all the fantasy points this past year. What are you looking forward to most this season?
Of the commercials for sponsors that you've been in, do you have a particular favorite?
Kevin Harvick:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Would you like to see the Cup Series head to a dirt track, given the Trucks' recent success at Eldora?
Congrats Mr. Champion, 13 years in the making. Is the Championship win a little more sweet since its been so long since your Rookie year?
Carl Edwards:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Taking a NASCAR race abroad (like the NFL's London game). Good idea, bad idea?
What was the most unusual request a fan has ever given you? What were your reasons for either granting it or not?
Denny Hamlin:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Taking a NASCAR race abroad (like the NFL's London game). Good idea, bad idea?
Does the arrow in Fed Ex logo drive you insane?
First I just want you to know that you are the only person with the power to make this daughter of a former UPS driver root for the FedEx car. On to my question - what has been the best moment of your life, either on or off the track?
Trevor Bayne:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
Taking a NASCAR race abroad (like the NFL's London game). Good idea, bad idea?
I gotta know, did you give Bobby Labonte a big thank you hug for that massive push in the 2011 500?
Kasey Kahne:
Michael Waltrip was an entertaining hit on Dancing with the Stars last season. If you could choose any competition/reality show to be on, which would it be?
If you could only win one of the two, would you rather win the Chili Bowl Nationals or the Knoxville Nationals?
Did you get any of the warheads at Chicagoland last year or did your crew eat them all?
You're my pick to win the Cup this year! Also, my Pats beat your Seahawks, can we still be friends? :)
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