See what's coming this week to NASCAR .com Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Here's what you'll see on NASCAR .com this week: MONDAY: Martin Truex Jr. has had an awful recent streak of bad luck on and off the track -- it's why he's celebrating a good start to 2015. TUESDAY: Logano ... Johnson ... Earnhardt Jr. ... Harvick. Just who is No. 1 in our Power Rankings? Plus our weekly video of the best sounds from the scanner. WEDNESDAY: Check out the new paint schemes for this weekend's action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. THURSDAY: Who's best at Las Vegas? It might surprise you. Driver Reports will have the full story. FRIDAY: Can't be on social media all week? No worries. We'll give you the eight best NASCAR -related tweets of the week. Also coming this week: From @nascarcasm -- Why the safety workers were the (hilarious) stars at Atlanta ... senior writer Holly Cain has a story on the Las Vegas race, which won't have either of the hometown Busch brothers entered ... senior writer Kenny Bruce will analyze the new rules package, which has drivers and crew chiefs thrilled with the racing.
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, March 2 5:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Fields of Honor QuikTrip 500 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Fields of Honor QuikTrip 500 (re-air), FOX Sports 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, March 3 10:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, March 4 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, March 5 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 3 (re-air), NBC Sports Network Friday, March 6 2 p.m., A Perfect Storm: The 1979 DAYTONA 500, FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FOX Sports 1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 Saturday, March 7 2 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 3 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Celebrate the States 3 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 3 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FOX Sports 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 2 p.m., The 10: NASCAR's Greatest Races (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Day: XFINITY Series, FOX Sports 1 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300, FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 8 3 a.m., 1979 DAYTONA 500, FOX Sports 1 3:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Boyd Gaming 300, FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Race Day: Las Vegas, FOX 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400, FOX 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400, FOX Deportes 1 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Team owner fielded entries in several NASCAR national series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – " NASCAR extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Thee Dixon, a passionate team owner whose love for racing fueled his unmatched positive spirit. Dixon was one of NASCAR's early African-American team owners, fielding teams in NASCAR's Sportsman Series, Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from the late 1980s through the turn of the century. He was universally admired by all who knew him, a friendly presence on pit road and in garages throughout the series, and his dedication to the sport will forever serve as an example for the NASCAR family." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
First major Chinese firm in NASCAR to sponsor Hamlin's ride, Charlotte race
After Race 2 of the 2015 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway
'Nowhere but NASCAR' brings to life the thrill of the sport DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Riding a surge of momentum generated by the most thrilling Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ ever, NASCAR ® and FOX are releasing a broad portfolio of original creative promoting the return of the most unpredictable and dramatic experience in sports. Variations of nine unique spots across two national series comprise NASCAR's robust season launch campaign, including three exciting pieces of creative showcasing the NASCAR XFINITY Series™. The new ads were designed to reach casual and avid fans and feature appearances from many of the sport's notable drivers. "We wanted to capture and capitalize on the unprecedented excitement fueled by last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," said Kim Brink, NASCAR senior vice president, marketing. " NASCAR's new creative puts its stars at the forefront and conveys the message that our sport is unlike any other -- and that we're anything but ordinary." NASCAR and FOX worked with a pair of agencies to develop the creative across the two national series. NASCAR partners Ogilvy & Mather New York created the prolific NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign while Pereira O’Dell New York, FOX’s agency partner, worked on the NASCAR XFINITY Series spots. "What If" will air during the Daytona 500® on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET on FOX). The spot connects fans with the extraordinary nature of NASCAR , developed over time from a grassroots beginning to a modern era dominated by intense racing competition and driver rivalries. "The Daytona 500 is a large-scale celebration of what makes NASCAR truly unique," said Terry Finley, senior partner, group creative director, Ogilvy & Mather. "By bringing to life these unique qualities -- from the scale and pageantry, to the driver star power, the rich historical roots, or the embrace of technology, among others -- the work makes a compelling case to existing and new fans alike that this type of experience can be found 'nowhere but NASCAR .' " "Ice Cream" will promote the launch of NASCAR Acceleration Nation™, the sport's new national youth platform. The remaining spots -- "Thank You" and "Fantasy Owner" -- highlight the NASCAR digital experience and suite of apps including Raceview and Fantasy Live. The first of three NASCAR XFINITY Series spots will debut during the series' race on Saturday, Feb. 21 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). The original creative, to be released over the next several months, will drive home the narrative that "Names Are Made Here" and feature popular, up-and-coming drivers. "The sheer energy and momentum being felt in the NASCAR community creates a tremendous environment to work in," said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports EVP of marketing. "We are entering our 15th year of working together with NASCAR and our brands are part of each other's DNA. This collaboration -- in this environment -- combines our strong history together with a series of fresh, new ideas that tap into the passion surrounding the sport." The overall NASCAR creative campaign spots are: • What If: Features a fresh and authentic take on NASCAR , highlighting the sport's evolution into the greatest show on pavement. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/FdIYvsCjEf4 • Regular Season : In NASCAR , every race and every win matters. The intensity, the pressure, and the stakes are higher each week and if you win…you’re in the Chase. NASCAR's regular season is anything but regular. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/YD2ZWRabgoE • Ice Cream: Introduces NASCAR Acceleration Nation, the sport's first-ever youth platform designed to make learning math and science fun for kids. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/m5uXQandkJE • Thank You : Promotes NASCAR .com’s Raceview app, which brings fans all the information they need to follow the race when on-the-go. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/GbDIIxhiv5k • Fantasy Owner : Promotes NASCAR .com's Fantasy product and encourages fans to sign up and engage all season long. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/lt_sOU3ToSM • Names : Introduces viewers to up-and-coming NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers who work tirelessly to prepare for their shot at glory on the track. o Click here to view the spot: http://youtu.be/Sb50axXbwaQ
See who our staff members pick to take the checkered flag Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Members of the NASCAR .com editorial team make their picks for the Great American Race below. Who do you have? Let us know in the comments section. Zack Albert Denny Hamlin . Joe Gibbs Racing cars have shown plenty of oomph so far in Speedweeks, making Matt Kenseth another Daytona favorite. Sunday, it should be Hamlin's turn in Victory Lane. Kenny Bruce Dale Earnhardt Jr. Strong all week, and probably as pumped as he's ever been about his team and his car. Holly Cain Jimmie Johnson. Pat DeCola Jimmie Johnson. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has been unstoppable thus far at Speedweeks, but he's coming off one of his worst seasons to date -- making Johnson the rare "dark horse favorite." The No. 48 Chevrolet swept both Daytona races in his 2013 championship season but hadn't finished higher than 20th in the six Daytona races prior to that. Still, I've got a feeling. Stu Hothem Dale Earnhardt Jr. After last Saturday's first practice, the defending Daytona 500 champion said he had the fastest car in the field. On the 20th anniversary of the last back-to-back winner (Sterling Marlin) going to Victory Lane, Earnhardt will join Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon and NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett, Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough with three or more wins in the Great American Race. RJ Kraft Carl Edwards. The Joe Gibbs Racing stable has been as strong as the Hendrick Motorsports fleet during Speedweeks, with the veteran showing plenty of speed. It will be the organization's newest driver that brings Joe Gibbs his first trip to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500 since 1993. Brad Norman Tony Stewart. His car is fast, and Stewart seems more like the 'Smoke' of old than at any other point over the past two years. Plus, he's just due for a good break at Daytona. Jessica Ruffin Jeff Gordon. The three-time Daytona 500 champion is starting from the pole position, has a dynamic duo of Hendrick Motorsports teammates helping him in the front and his No. 24 Chevrolet SS has showcased its speed the entire week. But above all, with this event marking his final Daytona 500, Gordon has plenty of motivation to take the checkered one last time in the Great American Race. Taylor Starer Jeff Gordon. The four-time Cup champion is starting his final Great American Race as a full-time driver from the pole — what more motivation does he need to do well? Three previous Daytona 500 wins under his belt doesn't hurt, either. George Winkler Dale Earnhardt Jr. He becomes the first back-to-back winner of the Daytona 500 since Sterling Marlin in 1995. Junior's car has looked fast all week -- he won in the Daytona Duels -- and he has a strong history in this race (series-best 99.6 driver rating, two previous Daytona 500 wins). MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
NASCAR Chairman and CEO: Young, talented drivers coming up
See what's coming this week to NASCAR .com Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Here's what you'll see on NASCAR .com this week: MONDAY: Joey Logano and Roger Penske make the media circuit -- see what they have to say. TUESDAY: Does Joey Logano's Daytona 500 win vault him to the top of our weekly Power Rankings ? Plus our weekly video of the best sounds from the scanner. WEDNESDAY: Check out the new paint schemes for this week's tripleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway. THURSDAY: Driver Reports will give you a great leg up on setting your Fantasy Live lineup this week. FRIDAY: Can't be on social media all week? No worries. We'll give you the eight best NASCAR -related tweets of the week. Also coming this week: The NOSCARS , a mix of NASCAR and the Oscars by none other than @nascarcasm ... Remember last year, when a squirrel ran across the track at Atlanta? The F-Post team does, and they'll have a video on it ... senior writer Holly Cain has a column on Jeff Gordon following his final Daytona 500 ... senior writer Kenny Bruce will be on the ground in Atlanta on Thursday for a pair of testing sessions .
NASCAR Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon announced Saturday that NASCAR has decided to uphold Kurt Busch's suspension after hearing his appeal.