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Ray Evernham talks season 3 of 'AmeriCarna'
Season 3 of the popular car culture show "AmeriCarna" began Thursday on Velocity TV (9 p.m. ET), and show host Ray Evernham couldn't be more excited. "We've got some really cool stuff coming this year … just some incredible, incredible stories," Evernham told NASCAR.com. Evernham has an excellent eye for "cool stuff" when it comes to the automobile. From popular vehicles that may have little or nothing to do with the world of racing to those that left their mark on the track, the stories behind the vehicles that turn up on "AmeriCarna" are told well, they're informative and they’re entertaining. It's a labor of love for Evernham, the former championship-winning crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jeff Gordon as well as a winning car owner in NASCAR's premier series with Dodge. "There are so many stories out there because cars have really documented the timeline of America and its history," Evernham said. "Each culture is represented by different things that happened around the automotive market or industry for years. They're connected by music and fashion and politics and all kinds of things." Tonight's premiere details the 2014 disaster at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the efforts to rescue the cars and repair the museum. A 30-foot deep sinkhole opened in the facility two years ago, and eight vehicles -- six owned by the museum and two on loan from General Motors -- were either damaged or completely destroyed. "We've got the complete story of when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed up all these priceless Corvettes … and the story of how they restored it, how they fixed that building," Evernham said. "We've got inside, never-seen-before footage from the folks at GM." Other shows this season will look everything from board tracks to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and a record-setting hot rod from the early '50s. "We're doing a thing on board tracks which is incredible because there was a huge board track right here in Charlotte," he said. "How in the 1930s they build these giant wooden tracks banked up to 45 degrees, a mile and a quarter in length and ran events there. "They were kind of the daredevils of the '30s and we actually went and got Travis Pastrana, who is a daredevil of today you might say, to talk with me about that show. "We found one of Dan Gurney's cars that was lost for 35-plus years and put it back on the track. "We've got a vintage hot rod from California that went across Bonneville at 133 mph in 1951. It's somewhat untouched and we're rebuilding the motor and doing all those things to see if we can make it go 133 mph again just like they did." The series consists of 10 episodes, but Evernham says that only scratches the surface of the incredible tales he and his team uncover. "We have people that bring us incredible car stories every day," he said. "We want more than 10 episodes a year because we've got a lot more stories to tell."
Roush Fenway, Fastenal agree to extend deal
CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Fenway Racing has entered a multi-year partnership extension with primary partner the Fastenal Company that will continue Fastenal's position as the anchor partner of the No. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . As part of the extension, Fastenal will also increase the number of its primary races in 2017 and beyond. "We are really excited to announce that Fastenal will remain the anchor partner of the No. 17 team for years to come," said driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . "Fastenal is a first-class organization with values that align completely with myself and this race team. "We've seen a lot of improvement across the board this year," added Stenhouse. "We are very happy that Fastenal will continue to be a part of the momentum at Roush Fenway. There has been a lot of hard work and effort put into this team and our goal and expectation is to reward Fastenal with a trip to victory lane and the Chase in the near future." Fastenal is currently in its fifth season as a primary partner in Roush Fenway's Sprint Cup stable, and its second full season as the anchor partner on Stenhouse's No. 17 Ford Fusion. "To have a company of the caliber of Fastenal recognize the long-term value of a partnership with Roush Fenway, Ricky and the No. 17 team is gratifying for our entire organization," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "During our relationship, Fastenal has created and implemented a robust and impactful motorsports marketing program, and we are thrilled to have Fastenal continue to be a key part of the Roush Fenway family now and in the future." Fastenal, which boasts 2,600 stores nationwide, first joined Roush Fenway as a primary partner in 2010 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. "We are truly looking forward to continuing our partnership with Roush Fenway Racing as the anchor sponsor of the No. 17," said Fastenal President and CEO Dan Florness. "Ricky has done an excellent job representing our brand -- both on and off the track -- and we are extremely proud of the relationship we have built with Ricky, Jack Roush and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing ." "Extending our partnership as the anchor sponsor of the No. 17 reflects our belief in Roush Fenway Racing and Ricky Stenhouse," said Florness. "The NASCAR program has helped us grow our business and excite our employees, and we feel a strong connection with the NASCAR community and fan base."
GarageCam honors our Heroes
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Full schedule for Dover
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all will head to Dover International Speedway this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, MAY 15: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE — 11 a.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NCWTS Garage Area Tent) — 12:20 p.m.: NSCS Driver Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards presented backstage — 1:00:00 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard — 1:00:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, New Jersey — 1:01:00 p.m.: National Anthem by: Tom Dixon, Nashville recording artist — 1:02:00 p.m.: Aerial Adventures (3) Parachutists Land on track (frontstretch, turn 1 and turn 4) — 1:02:40 p.m.: Flyover TOT by: (2) US Navy F/A – 18C Hornets Strike Fighter Squadron from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia (Turn 3 > Turn 2) — 1:07:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Jason Jones, Star of the TBS comedy, "The Detour" — 1:15:00 p.m.: Green Flag: AAA 400 Drive For Autism (400 Laps / 400 Miles) ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism (400 laps, 400 miles), FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m.: (approx.) NSCS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Kenseth holds off Larson, wins at chaotic "Monster Mile" -- Larson, Elliott hunt down Kenseth in final laps -- Monster-size wreck claims 18 cars at Dover -- Edwards knocked out of contention with 40 laps remaining THURSDAY, MAY 12: ON TRACK -- 2:00-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Results ) -- 4:00-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice ( Results ) DAILY ROUNDUP -- Byron, Custer quickest at Thursday's practices -- Recalling Stewart's last win at Dover -- and looking to his next -- JGR confirms No. 18 pit crew replacement -- Fantasy Fastlane: Dover FRIDAY, MAY 13: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- Ended early due to rain -- 2:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- Canceled due to rain -- 3:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- Canceled due to rain -- 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JACOB Companies 200 (200 laps, 200 miles), FS1 ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 8:45 a.m.: Brendan Gaughan -- 9 a.m.: Joey Logano -- 9:15 a.m.: Ty Dillon -- 9:30 a.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 12:45 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr . -- 1:15 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 5 p.m.: (approx.) NSCS post-qualifying -- 7:30 p.m.: (approx.) NCWTS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Crafton conquers Dover for Truck win -- Harvick to start up front after qualifying rained out -- Stewart, Danica involved in early practice wreck -- RCR teammates discuss A. Dillon's strong start to '16 SATURDAY, MAY 14: ON TRACK -- 9:30-10:25 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 10:45 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS2 ( Results ) -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 Heat #1 (40 laps, 40 miles), FOX ( Results ) -- 2:50 p.m. (approx): NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 Heat #2 (40 laps, 40 miles), FOX ( Results ) -- 3:30 p.m. (approx): NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 main race (120 laps, 120 miles), FOX ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m.: (approx.) NXS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Key story lines to watch for Sunday's race -- Jones wins at Dover, takes Dash 4 Cash prize -- Johnson: A monster talent at Dover -- Bubba makes history, strides with Dover runner-up
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Rolex 24 crown remains high prize for NASCAR stars
RELATED: History of NASCAR drivers in the Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The list of NASCAR greats to hoist a trophy at Daytona's famed Rolex 24 ranges from Hall of Famers such as Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte to stock car greats such as Mark Martin and includes Jamie McMurray , who after seven tries, won a champion's Rolex last year to showcase along with his 2010 Daytona 500 trophy. The late Dale Earnhardt competed just once finishing on the GT podium in his only try driving with his son Dale Earnhardt Jr . in 2001, along with sports car veterans Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins. AJ Allmendinger claimed a much-celebrated Rolex overall win in 2012, the 50th anniversary of the legendary race. The very first full-time NASCAR driver to win overall? Casey Mears in 2006. Through the history of this event full-time NASCAR drivers have been eager to give the Rolex 24 a try. And typically, found it as challenging and confounding as any week in a Sprint Cup Series' competition. McMurray, Allmendinger and third-year Cup driver Kyle Larson -- who co-drove with McMurray to the 2015 Rolex overall win -- will give the great endurance race another shot this weekend at the newly-unveiled, highly-celebrated, ultra-modernized Daytona International Speedway , which is fresh off a $400 million "re-imagining" renovation. RELATED: Learn more about Daytona Rising project The Russia-based prototype team and driver Mikhail Aleshin won the pole in the No. 37 BR01 Nissan and it will lead the 56-car field to green at 2:40 pm ET in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona -- the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. "Looking forward to defending our win," Larson said, smiling. "I think we're a great team and great combo with (Scott) Dixon leading it and me on the tail. I'm hoping we can put together another full 24 hours here and get another watch." Larson is part of Chip Ganassi's defending championship team this weekend co-driving again with McMurray, reigning IndyCar champion and another former Indianapolis 500 champion, Tony Kanaan. The high-wattage, high-achieving lineup is matched by the anticipation of the series' new cars and revised classes fighting it out among the best sports car racers in the world for an entire day. And for much of the great history of this event, the sports car veterans ruled the road. NASCAR champions such as Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart gave it their best but are collectively 0-for-12 in claiming a shiny new watch. Johnson came closest to adding a Rolex to his resume and his wrist after finishing second overall in both 2005 and 2008 -- co-driving, in '08, with sports car royalty Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty and IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser. Stewart's best finish was third in 2005 co-driving with sports car veterans Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers. Danica Patrick and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace have given this race a try too. Patrick finished eighth overall in 2009 with Mears on her team. Wallace's only entry ended before the half-way mark. He was teamed with Patrick in 2006 and their car turned only 273 laps of 734 ultimately run. The race remains a crown sought by NASCAR's best, who compete alongside those sports car talents in one of the most diverse, highly anticipated events on the calendar. "I enjoy it, last year was fun and I think having all the drivers together, it's really the only time of the year we're all together," Larson said, smiling. "Everyone's telling stories. We all have dinner together. And to see everyone's driving talent and share the vehicle is pretty cool."
Move over Nelly, Kanye -- it's Jeff Gordon rapping
MORE: NASCAR Goes West? How 'bout (Kanye) West Goes NASCAR? Look, we all know Jeff Gordon can breakdance, but don't get your hopes up on ever seeing the four-time premier series champ and recently retired driver spinning for us any time soon. Especially since he wouldn't even do it for the Leader of the Free World, President Barack Obama. RELATED: Breakdancing with Barack? Gordon passes So what's the next best thing? Gordon rapping? Yeah, we're just going to go ahead and say the next best thing is Gordon rapping. With NASCAR out west for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio), Gordon stopped by FOX Sports Live in L.A. for an interview with FOX Sports Live hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole, who got the broadcaster to flex his flow and rap some lyrics from songs that name drop him, from Nelly to Kanye West. It's nothing short of amazing. Mic drop. @JeffGordonWeb raps @kanyewest and @Nelly_Mo . We also found his long lost relative. What an interview. Wow https://t.co/1dRdOpTTuk — FSLive: #JayAndDan (@foxsportslive) March 19, 2016 Mic drop. @JeffGordonWeb raps @kanyewest and @Nelly_Mo . We also found his long lost relative. What an interview. Wow https://t.co/1dRdOpTTuk — FSLive: #JayAndDan (@foxsportslive) March 19, 2016