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Sadler dedicates Darlington win to Dale Jr.
Elliott Sadler dedicates his first career win at Darlington Raceway to his friend and boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. after winning the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.
Ryan Sieg's Darlington scheme honors Dale Jarrett
RELATED: Full Darlington coverage " Throwback paint schemes Sugar Hill, GA (August 29, 2016) - RSS Racing is pleased to announce that Tri County Landscape will return as a primary sponsor for three more races in 2016 starting at Darlington Raceway . In addition to Darlington, TCL will be on the No. 39 car at Richmond and Charlotte. At Darlington, the team will run a special throwback paint scheme resembling the famous colors that Dale Jarrett ran in the late '90s. Ryan Sieg commented, "I'm thrilled to have TCL back for three more races and I'm honored to drive this special color scheme at Darlington. Growing up, our family always stayed at the same condo in Daytona as Robert Yates, Dale Jarrett , and their team. He was always one of my favorites and I think I even got tossed in the pool by DJ a few times one year! Needless to say, this will be a fun weekend for everyone involved." Sieg continues to hold down the 12th spot in points with three races left before the Chase begins for NASCAR's XFINITY Series. The RSS team will have two practices on Friday before qualifying and racing Saturday at Darlington. Dale Jarrett's red-white-and-blue paint scheme from 1997
Relive Dale Jarrett's first career win at MIS
It all came down to the last lap of the 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Relive the dramatic finish between two legendary NASCAR drivers, Dale Jarrett and Davey Allison.
NASCAR legends take over broadcast at Darlington
Ned Jarrett , Ken Squier and Dale Jarrett take over the NBC broadcast booth to commentate during the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Jonas brother a Dale Jarrett fan, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. N'AWLINS pic.twitter.com/npoEsAd1A8 — J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) June 15, 2016 2. Vacation pic.twitter.com/ud2UwXaCoO — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) June 17, 2016 3. "Mom, I just can't get the tire pressures right..." #golfgolfgolf pic.twitter.com/E8MMROyNqp — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) June 14, 2016 4. Life is good #whitewatercenter pic.twitter.com/aNSZnElAhJ — Haley Dillon (@HaleyKDillon) June 16, 2016 5. We are really enjoying our off week!! #Bahamas @bscottracing pic.twitter.com/d91nB88CZY — whitney kay scott (@whitneykay_) June 16, 2016 6. Man down!!! pic.twitter.com/nEGgIWgKOs — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) June 15, 2016 7. One man short of a Lithuanian Allstar Basketball team. #waterboy #ballers pic.twitter.com/TSf99KlhvL — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) June 16, 2016 8. Pretty cool when you get home from dinner and see this pic.twitter.com/bC6MSlPjQO — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) June 16, 2016
Wallace, Jarrett wish they could race in current Chase
NASCAR Hall of Famers think new format has been great, added excitement RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace each won championships at NASCAR's highest level under a season-long cumulative points system, years before the advent of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. This year's format is a drastic change from the system of their heyday, with eliminations, rewards for winning and consistency all part of the equation. Even though the current complexion of the Chase represents a dramatic shift, both retired drivers said they'd have welcomed a shot at the title under this year's revised rules. "I would've loved to have been a part of it," Jarrett said. "I think all your champions will tell you the reason they're champions is because of how they thrive and handle pressure-packed situations, and I think we're seeing exactly that. I get ramped up doing the telecasts so I can't imagine what it would've been like driving." The two NASCAR Hall of Famers swapped stories and offered their thoughts about the state of the sport in a rollicking half-hour news conference Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway , site of the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Both former drivers will share in calling the championship finale in their roles as TV analysts. Wallace and Jarrett each won one title in NASCAR's premier series a decade apart, with Wallace reigning in 1989 and Jarrett's crowning moment coming in 1999. For selfish reasons, Wallace said he would have preferred if the idea had been hatched for the new-look Chase during his racing career. "For me, they told me if we'd had this format while I was driving, I'd have won three championships with the amount of wins I've had," Wallace said. "So yeah, I like this a lot. I think it's an exciting series with what they're doing now." Wallace said several fellow members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame would have adapted well to the new format, reeling off the names of Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as drivers who relied on a healthy mix of winning plus consistency. Jarrett added the name of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Terry Labonte to the list, but went back even further to marvel at what Hall of Famers Fireball Roberts or Junior Johnson could have accomplished under Chase rules. "I think that it would've fit all different eras if we had this type of format in those times," Jarrett said. Both agreed that the new format has increased the intensity of the racing this season, some of which has spilled over to post-race confrontations. Jarrett said that some of those same issues cropped up during his driving days, but that the spotlight's glare wasn't as wide as today's, with social media and traditional media expanding the number of eyes focused on the sport. Wallace pointed to Ryan Newman brushing aside rookie Kyle Larson last weekend as an instance of the hard-edged racing that the new Chase format has created. While some of the extracurriculars go over the line and result in punishment, Wallace said there's still a balance in what qualifies as acceptable and what isn't. "It has changed a little bit, but I think the drivers being able to get out there and have a lot of contact and not being penalized for it is a good thing nowadays," Wallace said. "The fighting, the beating each other up -- I'm not a big fan of that. I do like controversy and I do like excitement, and I think that was OK to tolerate. Everybody's going to have a different approach." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Live-tweeting Dale Jr. is the best kind of Dale Jr.
Sassy Dale Earnhardt Jr . is the best Dale Earnhardt Jr . The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports wheelman -- who is sitting out the remainder of 2016 to recover from a concussion -- chose to spend his downtime live-tweeting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 . And he didn't disappoint. NASCAR's Most Popular Driver left no topics off the table and talked everything from fast food joints to his woes with autocorrect. Don't have time to head over to Junior's Twitter timeline? NASCAR.com breaks it down, giving you the best of his best. @jeff_gluck calm down — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 New @nationwide88 commercials are ok. ☺️ — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 . @JeffBurton plenty happy with cup driver at the wheel of @NASCARonNBC turd. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 My phone autocorrect trd to turd. https://t.co/Ocn5HPoX6y — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 Let me tell you @RickAllenracing . Do not be so surprised by the @AxaltaRacing 88 team on pit road. Been solid all season son. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 What happened the last time @RyanJNewman was desperate to make the Chase? @NASCARonNBC ⚡️ — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 10, 2016 Anyone notice that old retired guy @JeffGordonWeb in the top 10 wheeling it?? — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 . @NASCARonNBC non stop would be cool companioned with @pandora_radio — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 This is @dennyhamlin home track. Well, accept @MartinsvilleSwy . I guess any track in the state he was born. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 I like @mattkenseth even tho he drives what he drives. Good dude. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 @DaleJr have you ever thought of stop tweeting — Gonzy (@imgonzy) September 11, 2016 I have a pretty good idea of how the @NASCAR overtime works if you need me next week @RickAllenracing — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 One pulled groin and a chipped tooth. Average night for the over the wall guys. @NASCAR #athletes — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 Brad so mad. He's either being so tough or doing this weird underbite thing. What's that about @keselowski ?? pic.twitter.com/0ddqkyykDr — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016 Fire the art department except the totally different art department that took @TonyStewart photo. pic.twitter.com/0ZylxCO5Hm — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 11, 2016
NBC Sports throws it back at Darlington with Southern 500 coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. -- August 31, 2016 -- NBC Sports gears up for a throwback weekend of racing from Darlington highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on NBC and the XFINITY Series race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports joins Darlington Raceway in celebrating the sights and sounds of the 1975-1984 era with throwback themes integrated into this weekend's coverage. In addition to traditional graphics and historic logos, NASCAR on NBC's on-air team will dress in their best time period apparel. Throughout the weekend, NASCAR on NBC's pre-race set will be flanked by a series of old school cars from the decade. Music and footage from the era will also bring viewers in and out of commercial breaks. Race day coverage kicks off with a revamped version of Blake Shelton's NASCAR on NBC "Bringing Back the Sunshine" Open, full of racing moments spanning the track's incredible history. Legendary NASCAR broadcasters Ken Squier and Ned Jarrett return to the booth, alongside Dale Jarrett , to call a portion of the race. Squier adds his voice to a special pre-race feature on the storied Raceway. Pre-race coverage also includes a special three-car on-track preview of Darlington Raceway . In addition to Jeff Burton in the Toyota Camry on-track car, Kyle Petty will drive his father's famed 1979 No. 43 Championship race car alongside Dale Jarrett in fellow Hall of Famer Benny Parsons' No. 72 car. NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING FROM DARLINGTON SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. ET NBC Sports begins its Sprint Cup coverage from "The Lady in Black" Friday with practice at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by final practice at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. An on-site edition of "NASCAR America" wraps up the day at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Saturday's coverage from Darlington Raceway includes "NASCAR America" at 1 p.m. ET followed by qualifying at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Sunday's race day coverage kicks off on NBCSN with NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET. NBC's coverage begins with "Countdown to Green" at 5:30 p.m. ET followed by race coverage at 6 p.m. ET. "NASCAR Victory Lap" at 11 p.m. ET wraps up the day. Race announcer Rick Allen calls this weekend's action alongside analysts Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton . Pre- and post-race coverage is handled by host Krista Voda, and analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett . Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Dave Burns and Kelli Stavast report from pit road. Rutledge Wood, fresh off his journey to the Olympic Games in Rio, returns to bring viewers closer to the sights and sounds of the original paved superspeedway. XFINITY SERIES RACING RETURNS TO NBC SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET NBC Sports XFINITY coverage from "The Track Too Tough To Tame" begins Friday with practice at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by final practice at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Race day coverage begins with qualifying on 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC's XFINITY coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 3 p.m. ET followed by race coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET. NBC SPORTS PRESENTS "SOUTHERN SPEED: THE LEGEND OF DARLINGTON" TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN Leading up to this weekend's live NASCAR action from Darlington Raceway , NBC Sports presents a new one-hour special created to take fans inside the storied history of "The Track Too Tough To Tame." Produced in partnership with NASCAR productions, "Southern Speed: The Legend of Darlington" premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following a special 8 p.m. ET presentation of "NASCAR America." This morning's release previewing the special is available here . ARIC ALMIROLA & "THE KING" STAR IN THIS WEEK'S "PHONE A FAN" SOCIAL WEB VIDEO Aric Almirola and Richard Petty star in this week's new NASCAR on NBC "Phone a Fan" web video, where unsuspecting fans receive calls from their favorite NASCAR drivers. In the video released today on the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page and Twitter accounts, Barry from Egg Harbor, N.J., grills Almirola and Petty on when the No. 43 is going to make its way back Victory Lane. Check out the full video here . Ben Kennedy joins Ryan on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his first Camping World Truck Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and the outpouring of support he received from some NASCAR luminaries. Available on NASCAR Talk, iTunes, AudioBoom, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps, the NASCAR on NBC podcast discusses the latest NASCAR news each week with the major players in the sport. UPCOMING NASCAR PROGRAMMING Date Coverage Time (ET) Network Wed., Aug. 31 NASCAR America 8:00 PM NBCSN Southern Speed: The Legend of Darlington 9:00 PM NBCSN Thurs., Sept. 1 NASCAR America 6:00 PM NBCSN NASCAR Whelen Modified Series – Riverhead 7:00 PM NBCSN Fri., Sept. 2 NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice – Darlington 12:00 PM NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice – Darlington 1:30 PM NBCSN NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Darlington 2:30 PM NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Darlington 3:30 PM NBCSN NASCAR America 5:00 PM NBCSN NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Douglas County 7:00 PM NBCSN Sat., Sept. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Darlington 11:30 AM NBCSN NASCAR America 1:00 PM NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Darlington 1:30 PM NBCSN NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green 3:00 PM NBC NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing – Darlington 3:30 PM NBC Sun., Sept. 4 NASCAR America Sunday 5:00 PM NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Countdown to Green 5:30 PM NBCSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing – Darlington 6:00 PM NBC NASCAR Victory Lap 11:00 PM NBCSN All of NBC Sports Group's NASCAR coverage is available to stream on NBCSports.com and via the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is powered by Playmaker Media, and is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. NASCARTalk on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on NASCAR drivers, teams and industry news. For all the latest NASCAR content socially, fans can follow @NASCARonNBC and @NASCARTalkNBC on twitter and like the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page. For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com .
Dale Jr. update: 'Confident about the future'
RELATED: Full injury timeline " Junior out for 2016 DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a concussion, and the Hendrick Motorsports driver says he has every intention of returning to competition once he receives medical clearance. That, in a nutshell, was Earnhardt's message during a visit to Darlington Raceway , site of Sunday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 . HMS officials announced the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver had not been cleared to compete for the rest of the 2016 season. A process that has involved daily rehabilitation and re-evaluations every two weeks will continue under the watch of Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Sunday's race at Darlington marked the seventh missed race for Earnhardt since the initial diagnosis was made in mid-July. Earnhardt said the news that he wouldn't be cleared to race again this season did not come as a surprise. "I know how I feel and how I need to feel and how I'm supposed to feel so I'm not shocked," Earnhardt, 41, said. "I'm not hearing things from Micky that I don't already know about myself. ... (But) I am confident about the future." Earnhardt has been down this road before, having missed two races in 2012 after suffering a concussion in a wreck during a test at Kansas Speedway . That experience, he said, was reason enough to believe he would be back behind the wheel sooner rather than later. "When we first went to see Micky, I anticipated the experience to be similar to what I had in the past," he said. "That we would work on getting better and it would happen in a relatively short period of time and I would drive a car before the end of the season. "I think as we continued to go get evaluated we realized that it is going to be a bit more of a process ... I think it's the right decision considering how I feel personally and physically. I definitely don't belong in a race car today by any stretch of the imagination." Earnhardt's condition continues to improve, and Collins said it has accelerated since the decision to end his season now was made. "I don't think it's a coincidence that since we made that decision we are starting to see a lot of progress here that I'm excited about," Collins said. "We sat down and I feel very strongly the right decision was made to take Dale out of racing, so we can focus on getting him better and reduce the stress that is associated with that. Stress and concussions don't get along well and we see stress can really exacerbate and worsen things." In his absence, Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet has been driven by Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman . The two will continue in their respective fill-in roles for the rest of the season. Team owner Rick Hendrick has preached patience from the outset, and continued to stress that the driver's seat remains the property of Earnhardt for as long as he wishes to race. "We were talking before he had to get out of the car about (contract) extensions," Hendrick said. "I want him to race with me as long as he can and he wants to be there. The seat is his and I expect, we've got a lot of time between now and Daytona. "I saw him like two or three weeks ago and then I saw him last Monday and I saw him today; the improvements have been phenomenal and listening to the doctor we are excited about Dale Earnhardt Jr . being in the car at Daytona and we've got right much time. I'm excited about him racing beyond 2017." RELATED: Hendrick on Earnhardt's future It's a goal Earnhardt said he has every intention of reaching. Not returning isn't something he thinks about. "I have the passion and desire to drive; I enjoy it," he said. "I have an amazing team and owner. ... My heart is there to continue. "I'm only 41; I think I have some good years left." Collins had told him before, when he was injured in 2012, that he would recover and go on to win races. "And he was right," Earnhardt said. "We got well and I had some of the greatest years and greatest experiences of my career shortly after that. "He's telling me that this is possible again and I believe it." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Sadler on boss Dale Jr.: I'm 'honored ... to win for him'
RELATED: Saturday's at-track photos " Results " Standings DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Elliott Sadler said Friday that JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s announcement that he will not return to Sprint Cup racing this season gave his own No. 1 team "incentive to finish on a high note." That high note came sooner rather than later, as Sadler held off a fast-charging Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez to win Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway . Following the burnout, Sadler stood on the car across the start-finish line and let out a cheer, full of emotion. The past few weeks have been rough for the No. 1 Chevrolet driver, between his mother's illness and his uncertain future, with OneMain Financial only recently deciding to re-sign. And of course, his boss, friend and mentor Earnhardt Jr.'s tough situation that has been prevalent in his mind. "This is for Dale Earnhardt Jr .," Sadler said, looking into the camera and giving a thumbs-up in Victory Lane. "… This is for you, my man." Earnhardt Jr. also tweeted shortly after Sadler took the checkered flag, wishing his driver a huge congratulations. Fittingly, Sadler's first call came from the bossman himself shortly after, in the midst of victory celebrations. "To hear his voice and jubilation and yelling and screaming and saying a lot of the cool things he likes to say -- I can't really repeat a lot right now," Sadler said. "He and I have a special relationship and have for a long time." Junior's day continued on its upswing, as JRM's Cole Custer won the pole for the Camping World Truck Series Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . 00 @colecuster00 on the pole for the @NASCAR_Trucks weekend keeps getting better — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 3, 2016 For Sadler, this XFINITY win is about giving back to a friend who has afforded him so much. "Look, he's a real race car driver, guys," Sadler said. "He's a true-grit, blue-collar guy … he's one of the good guys. And to see him have to take a step back is really tough on him, but to see him handling it the way he is means a lot to me as driver, but also as a friend. He's given me a great opportunity to drive his cars this year and I think he 100 percent pays attention to what we do and how good we run. "And I think maybe he can feed some his excitement through us. Since he's not in a race car, to hear him talking on the telephone today -- it's neat to hear that excitement in his voice and give him something to be proud of, give him something to cheer about when he's had so much bad news as far as him being able to race. "… I'm very honored and humbled to be the one to be able to win for him."