Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dover Chassis Selections

Not all teams announce their weekly race chassis'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the chassis in the teams race preview:

#1- Jamie McMurray -  Chassis #1109.  Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 McDonald’s team will use Chassis #1109 for Dover.  Chassis #1109 has been used previously this season at Atlanta finishing 24th.

#2- Brad Keselowski - The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-813 during Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (DIS). Keselowski last raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish at Pocono Raceway last month. It has been updated to the current Penske Racing specification.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-717 for Sunday’s race at Dover. Kahne has raced this car to three top-10 finishes in three starts this season, including an eighth-place result in April at Kansas Speedway, a track in the Chase.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 743 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Dover International Speedway. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Bristol and Darlington.

#14-Tony Stewart - Chassis No. 14-708: This car debuted in May in the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C) Raceway where Stewart rallied Chassis No. 14-708 from its 17th-place starting spot to finish third. Its second start came in June at Dover International Speedway. It endured a much different outing, qualifying 29th and finishing 25th69 laps down after getting caught up in a 12-car accident on lap 10 of the 400-lap race around the 1-mile, concrete oval. With new sheet metal all around, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to the concrete for its third career start in August for the night race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. There, the car rallied from being a lap down in 34th place early in the race to vying for the lead with Matt Kenseth on lap 333. Stewart and Kenseth banged fenders and crashed, whereupon Stewart threw his helmet with pinpoint accuracy at Kenseth’s car. The resulting 27th-place finish was at least offset by the “10” Stewart received from the Bristol crowd. Chassis No. 14-708 will make its fourth career start and second at Dover in the AAA 400 on Sunday.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Primary chassis No. 733 finished sixth a Pocono in June and eighth at Pocono in August in its only racing action this season. Backup chassis No. 716 finished sixth at Las Vegas and also ran at Kansas, Kentucky and Indy.

#16- Greg Biffle -  Primary: RK-809 Last ran Michigan – finished 4th; Backup: RK-803 Last ran Pocono – finished 15th. Chassis 809 made its debut in Texas where Biffle earned his first victory of the season. Since then 809 has gone on to finish fourth in Charlotte and fourth in Michigan.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth will race  Primary: chassis RK-802 at Dover, it last raced at Bristol, started 17th, finished 25th.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - Hornish and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing the "PRS-826" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Dover. This is the same car that Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski drove in the May Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In that race, the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge started 24th and finished fifth. Keselowski's team also utilized this Dodge Charger in the August Michigan race, where they started 19th and finished second. The chassis has been sent back through the Penske Racing shop and updated with the latest components and adorned with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil color scheme prior to its return to action this weekend at Dover. The "819" chassis will serve as the backup this weekend. It was the car that AJ Allmendinger drove to a second-place finish in the April Martinsville race and served as the backup at several races including Atlanta.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon will race HMS chassis No. 24-712 at Dover. The car finished 26th at Fontana, fourth at Texas, 35th at Darlington, 13th at Dover, fifth at Kentucky and third in fall Bristol race in 2012

#27- Paul Menard - Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 379 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s AAA 400. This Chevrolet was last raced at Pocono Raceway in August, where he started third and finished 11th. It was also utilized earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (July) in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race where Menard finished 16th, Kansas Speedway where he finished 18th and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March where he finished seventh.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No.383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend’s AAA 400. Harvick raced this chassis at Phoenix International Raceway in March and Dover International Speedway in June, collecting second-place finishes in both events. Most recently, the Bakersfield, Calif., native drove this Chevrolet to a 15th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

#31- Jeff Burton - Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 392 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized in June at Dover International Speedway where engine issues thwarted Burton’s top-five run and relegated him to a 22nd-place finish. This was car also raced at Kentucky Speedway in June where Burton piloted this machine to a 24th-place finish after starting 29th.

#36- J J Yeley - Yeley will drive chassis No. 304. The chassis was recently purchased from Richard Childress Racing. Blaney drove the chassis in its TBR debut at Chicagoland Speedway this season.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-733: It’s been four starts and four top-10 finishes for Chassis No. 39-733 since making its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. At Indianapolis, Newman and his team overcame an ill-handling racecar and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took Chassis No. 39-733 to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway the following weekend. There, Newman ran in the top-10 for most of the rain-shortened race and finished sixth. Two weeks later, Chassis No. 39-733 was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. Its most recent start came two weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where it earned its first top-five finish.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Chassis #1111.  Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will travel to Dover with Chassis #1111.  This Chassis made its debut in last season’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leading two laps and finishing 31st after an accident put the No. 42 four laps down. This season, this chassis has seen track time at Bristol finishing eighth, Darlington Raceway, finishing 27th and Dover, finishing 28th.

#43- Aric Almirola - The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 742 for Dover.  This chassis ran previously this season at Chicago, Pocono and Darlington.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Chassis No. 728 serves as the primary for Johnson at Dover. Chassis No. 681 serves as the backup. The primary car won at Dover in June of 2011, Indy in July this year and finished 2nd in this years Chase opener at Chicagoland.

#55- Mark Martin -  Primary – 729 - Car won pole at Dover in June, finished third at Texas, 10th at Atlanta with Martin behind wheel. Backup – 732 - raced at Charlotte.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a 12th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

#99- Carl Edwards - The No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team will be unloading chassis RK-820 this weekend. This car was new at Indy where Edwards finished 29th after plug wire issues.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

Simpson Performance Products Acquires HANS Performance Products

Simpson Performance Products, Inc. today announced the acquisition of HANS Performance Products. This expands Simpson racing safety products to include the prestigious HANS Device Head & Neck Restraint System.

“We are glad to have the HANS Device under the Simpson umbrella of racing safety products,” stated Chuck Davies, CEO of Simpson. “This acquisition positions Simpson as the clear market leader in innovative racing safety products. Our total restraint system capabilities now include a comprehensive range of car restraints for all types of racing, including seatbelts, in-car nets, parachutes and the top models of head and neck restraints in the world today. We are excited about the new team we are forming and the growth possibilities for the future.”

Jim Downing, co-founder of HANS Performance Products added, “We are thrilled that HANS has joined the Simpson family. Together, we look forward to bringing new and innovative products to the market.”

HANS Performance Products, formed in 1991 by five-time IMSA driving champion Downing and Dr. Robert Hubbard, will be operated in Atlanta as a separate division of Simpson Performance Products. Downing and Dr. Hubbard, inventor of the HANS Device, will continue to provide engineering experience and support to Simpson and its HANS division (

Details and information about Simpson Performance Products are available at or by calling 1-800-654-7223. Since 1959, Simpson Performance Products has been the leading manufacturer of safety equipment for the Motorsports industry. Simpson is the first American company to manufacture an FIA 8860 helmet. Simpson believes in putting safety first, and we are dedicated to elevating the standards of racing safety through continuous development, refinement and testing. The one thing that remains constant is Simpson’s commitment to racer safety.

- Simpson Performance Products Press Release 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NASCAR Driver Press Conference Schedule - Dover

Press Conference Schedule, Dover

NASCAR schedules driver press conferences at every race weekend event. These normally include the Top 12 drivers in championship points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, along with other drivers of note. The press conferences will last approximately 15 minutes each and may be viewed at Times listed are local time.

Friday, Sept. 28:

9:30 a.m. – Kurt Busch/Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing – Media Center

9:45 a.m. – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet), 12th in points (2051)/1 win - #24 hauler

10 a.m. – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet), 1st in points (2096)/3 wins – Media Center

10 a.m. – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing), 11th in points (2061)/1 win - #17 hauler

10:15 a.m. – Danica Patrick (No. 10 GoDaddy Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series/No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series) – Media Center

12:25 p.m. – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet), 4th in points (2086)/3 wins - #14 hauler

1 p.m. – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota), 3rd in points (2089)/5 wins – Media Center

1:15 p.m. – Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota), 10th in points (2062)/0 wins – Media Center

Saturday, Sept. 29:

NSCS Post-qualifying: Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), 2nd in points (2095)/4 wins – Media Center (will come in following qualifying)


Matt Kenseth Goes Pink During Talladega Weekend

Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 for Roush Fenway Racing, will sport a pink Ford Fusion when he rolls into Talladega Superspeedway for the Oct. 5-7 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 weekend.  The pink ride came about through a partnership between Roush Fenway Racing, Talladega Superspeedway and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“As the first race in October we felt it was important to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.  “We reached out through our NASCAR channels to help spread the word and Matt’s team jumped at the opportunity to help out.  We’re excited to work with a championship team and organization to help promote the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”

In addition to Kenseth’s pink ride, Roush Fenway Racing is also auctioning off an honorary pit crew experience to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Fans can bid on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through the NASCAR Foundation auction page at Bidding for the honorary pit crew experience with the No. 17 team closes at 8:00pm EST on Monday, October 1st.

“We're honored to have a chance to run our pink No. 17 NBCF Ford EcoBoost at Talladega,” commented driver of the No. 17 Ford, Matt Kenseth.  “With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we were able to get support from Ford to help raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and I'm happy to help support the cause.”

“When it comes to spreading the message of early detection of breast cancer, we need partners like Talladega Superspeedway and Roush Fenway Racing,” says NBCF Founder & CEO, Janelle Hail. “Their support will help us fulfill our mission to save lives by providing free mammograms for the underserved, and their tradition of excellence and winning spirit will inspire hope in the many NASCAR fans and families that are facing this disease today.”

The first opportunity to see Kenseth’s pink No. 17 NBCF Ford EcoBoost Fusion on the track will be during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday, Oct. 5.  Kenseth has 25 starts at the 2.66-mile track and has earned four top five and seven top-ten finishes.  Earlier this season at Talladega, Kenseth finished third and led for a total of 73 laps.

- Roush Fenway Racing Press Release

Dover Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - McMurray has made 19 NSCS starts at Dover, earning one top-five, five top-10 finishes and 10 top-15 finishes.  He has completed 7,501 laps out of a possible 7,604 or 98.6 percent, and has led 131 laps.  McMurray’s average start is 16.6 and his average finish is 17.6.  His best finish was second in 2006. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 5 starts at Dover with a best finish of 12th this year in june. He hsa an average start of 18.20 and an average finish of 17.0.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, has one top-five finish, five top-10s and has led 88 laps in 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in this race one year ago and crossed the line ninth in June. Kahne has seven starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The Australian native has one top-five and three top-10 finishes at Dover. His best finish (third) came in last year's spring event and his best start (12th) came in last year's fall race. He has completed 3,016 of 3,200 laps attempted at the one-mile speedway. Ambrose enters this weekend's 400-mile race in 17th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has two wins, three second-place finishes, 10 top-fives, 15 top-10s and has led a total of 1,072 laps in his 27 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover. His average start is 20.4, his average finish is 13.4 and he has a lap completion rate of 95.8 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  Bowyer will make his 14th NSCS start at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. In his previous 13 starts Bowyer has six top-10 finishes. He finished fifth in June. Bowyer has led a total of 33 laps in his 13 starts, averages a 19th place starting position and finish of 14th.

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle has an average starting position of 12 and an average finishing position of 12.2 at the Monster Mile. In 20 Starts Biffle has 1 pole,2 wins, 6 top 5's and 10 top 10 finishes with only 1 DNF.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 16.3 and an average finishing position of 11.8 at Dover, and has achieved two poles, two wins, 13 top-five’s and 18 top-10’s at Dover in the Cup series

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has tallied two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes and has led a total of 448 laps in 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover. Busch’s average Dover finish is 14.3.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - Hornish has six Cup series starts at Dover, with his best finish of 13th coming in May of 2009. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon has started 39 Cup races at Dover, earning 4 poles, 4 wins, 14 top 5's, 21 top 10s, an average start of 11.718 and an average finish of 12.256. His last win was in June of 2001.

#27- Paul Menard - In 10 previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Menard has finished each contested race and has completed 98.5 percent of his laps (3,947 of 4,000). He has an average starting position of 20.6 coupled with a 20th-place average finishing position. Menard made his best start of third during the 2011 AAA 400 (October) and claimed his best finish of seventh at the September 2010 event.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway marks Harvick’s 423rd career start in the Sprint Cup Series and 24th at the one-mile track. Since 2001, the 36-year-old driver has collected three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, with his best finish of second coming during the event in June 2012. Harvick maintains a 20.6 average starting position, coupled with a16th-place average finishing position, has completed 98.5 percent (9,064 of 9,204) of laps contested and is credited with 144 laps led.

#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s 400-mile event marks Burton’s 38th start at the one-mile facility and 648th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track and has led 136 laps.

#36- Dave Blaney - In 22 starts at Dover Blaney has only scored 1 top 10 finish, a 9th place finish in June of 2008. Blaney's average finish at the track is 28.091.

#39- Ryan Newman - The AAA 400 will mark Newman’s 397th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start his 22nd Sprint Cup start at Dover International Speedway. Newman has three wins, four poles, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 21 starts at Dover.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - In his NSCS career, Montoya has made 11 starts at Dover.  He has one top-five finish, two top-tens, with his highest finish of second in 2009.  He has completed 4,109 laps out of a possible 4,400 laps, or 93.4 percent, and has led five laps.  Montoya’s average start at Dover is 18.2, while his average finish is 23.4

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola's only start at the Monster Mile came this year in June, he started 12th and finished 6th.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - At the Monster Mile, Johnson has seven wins (June and September 2002, September 2005, June and September 2009, September 2010 and June 2012), three poles (September 2009 and 2010, June 2011), 10 top-five finishes (47.6 percent) and 15 top-10s (71.4 percent) in 21 starts, two DNFs (did not finish – June 2003 and 2004), and an average start of 9.7 and average finish of 8.9.

#51- Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch has made 24 Cup series starts at Dover, earning 1 win,6 top 5's, 8 top 10's with an average start of 10.417 and an average finish of 18.167. His one victory  was scored in October of 2011.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 52 Sprint Cup starts at Dover, Martin owns four victories and 23 top-5 finishes. He’s led 1,769 laps. He’s won five poles at Dover including the pole in June.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 25 Cup starts at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt has one win, five top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He has led 368 laps and completed 99 percent of all laps he's attempted (9,907 of 10,004 total) at the Monster Mile.

#99- Carl Edwards - In 16 starts at the one-mile track, Edwards has one win, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Edwards scored his only Cup win there in Sept. ’07. He has an average start of 15.0 and an average finish of 8.5.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

SRT Motorsports Presents THE NUMBERS: Dover AAA 400

THE NUMBERS for the AAA 400
Dover International Speedway (all 85 Sprint Cup races)
0 – fewest cautions (6/6/71)

1 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11 times, most recent 9/15/91)

3 – fewest leaders (five times, most recent 5/16/82)

3 – fewest lead changes (10/17/71)

4 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

6 – fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 9/24/06)

6 – most poles (David Pearson)

7 – most wins (Bobby Allison and Richard Petty)

13 – fewest cars running at finish (5/17/81)

13 – most leaders (three times, most recent 9/24/00)

13 – wins from the pole

16 – most cautions (9/19/93)

18 – races won from a starting position outside the top 10

21 – most cars on lead lap at finish (6/4/06)

29 – most lead changes (twice, most recent 5/18/86)

33 – different race winners

35 – different pole winners

40 – most running at finish (9/21/08)

52 – wins from a top-five starting position

90 minutes – approximate amount of time it takes to dry the one-mile, all-concrete track after a significant rainfall

103 – most caution laps (9/19/93)

491 – most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty, Dodge, 9/15/74)

2012 Caution Update

1 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana)

7 – races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona1, Martinsville, Talladega,
Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, and Atlanta)

13 – most cautions this season (Bristol2)

156 – cautions in the first 28 races of 2012; includes 73 for accidents, 41 for debris and
15 for spins

827 of 7,831 – laps under caution in 2012

1,152.568 of 10,430.436 – miles under caution in the first 28 races

- Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports, Press Release

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NASCAR Announces 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

NASCAR announced today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for the 2013 season, a highly anticipated campaign that will welcome redesigned race cars to the track.

Though unveiled and tested throughout the 2012 season, the new models – Chevrolet’s SS, Ford’s Fusion and Toyota’s Camry – will make their official entrance into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition on Feb. 16 with the preseason non-points Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Qualifying for the “Great American Race” will take place on Feb. 17, followed by the season-opening 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24. 

“The new NASCAR Sprint Cup cars for next season have dominated fan conversation for more than a year, and the time is approaching to unleash them on the race track,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Next year’s schedule again will offer a strong mix of challenges for our talented drivers, and we believe fans will continue to enjoy what they’ve come to expect – the most exciting and competitive racing in the world.”

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, marking the 65th season for NASCAR’s premier series, will have a familiar feel, opening with the Daytona 500 before moving west to Phoenix International Raceway (March 3) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 10) for races Nos. 2 and 3. For the third consecutive season, NASCAR’s playoffs – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – will start at Chicagoland Speedway, near one of the country’s biggest markets. The Chase will conclude with the season finale on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

With Kansas Speedway’s repave project now complete, next season’s Talladega Super-speedway autumn event will return to its traditional spot on the calendar. Talladega’s 2013 Chase race, No. 6 during the 10-race stretch, will run Oct. 20. Kansas will host its 2013 Chase event on Oct. 6.

Daytona International Speedway (Shootout)
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
Daytona 500
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Phoenix International Raceway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
Bristol Motor Speedway
FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
Auto Club Speedway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Martinsville Speedway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Texas Motor Speedway
FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
Kansas Speedway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Richmond International Raceway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Talladega Superspeedway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Darlington Raceway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Charlotte Motor Speedway
FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
Dover International Speedway
FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
Pocono Raceway
TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
Michigan International Speedway
TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
Kentucky Speedway
TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
Daytona International Speedway
TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
TNT, PRN, SiriusXM
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pocono Raceway
Watkins Glen International
Michigan International Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway
ABC, PRN, SiriusXM
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway
ABC, MRN, SiriusXM
Chicagoland Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Dover International Speedway
Kansas Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
ABC, PRN, SiriusXM
Talladega Superspeedway
Martinsville Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway
Homestead-Miami Speedway

 NASCAR Press Release