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Dale Jr. sidelined for next two Sprint Cup races
RELATED: Latest updates, timeline on Dale Jr.'s recovery Dale Earnhardt Jr . will not be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including this weekend's event at Michigan International Speedway , according to a Wednesday news release from Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt did not receive medical clearance to return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, according to the team. He will be replaced this weekend in the No. 88 driver's seat by Alex Bowman , who drives part time for the Earnhardt-owned JR Motorsports team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series , and next weekend at Darlington Raceway by four-time series champ Jeff Gordon . "We know how hard Dale is working to get back," team owner Rick Hendrick said in a press release. "He's following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We're behind him." Earnhardt has been sidelined by concussion-related symptoms for the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The two-time Daytona 500 winner has been keeping fans updated on his progress in recent weeks via social media and "The Dale Jr. Download" on Dirty Mo Radio. The Sprint Cup Series makes its second visit of the season to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, which culminates with Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Earnhardt said that the effects of a crash June 12 in the most recent Michigan race played a factor in his current concussion-related ailment. Gordon, interim driver of the No. 88 for the last four races, indicated last weekend that should an Earnhardt replacement be needed this weekend, a previous engagement would keep him out of the driver's seat. Bowman, 23, subbed in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month for the first race of Earnhardt's absence, finishing 26th after a late-race crash knocked him from the fringes of the top 10. Gordon is a seven-time winner at Darlington and will pilot the retro No. 88 Chevrolet, which honors the "Gray Ghost" paint scheme of Buddy Baker. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Snapchat to bring live stories to Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Snapchat is covering the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ™ this fall with Live Stories from Charlotte Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway , NASCAR announced today. Fans will be able to share their race-day experiences with millions of Snapchat users from the Bank of America 500 in Concord, North Carolina, on Oct. 8, and the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead, Florida, on Nov. 20, when NASCAR will crown its 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ™ champion. "There's no experience in sports quite like attending a NASCAR race, especially during the Chase," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Snapchat's Live Story coverage provides young audiences with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the real Chase race experience, through the lens of our fans and drivers." The announcement comes as the NASCAR industry celebrates Kids Drive NASCAR, a new initiative created to engage the sport's young fans and featuring kids-focused events and activities. All this week, the sport's rising stars, as well as drivers with young children, will be hosting driver takeovers on the NASCAR Snapchat account. Later this fall, Snapchat users at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will contribute their race-day perspectives through video and photo Snaps submitted to collective Live Stories, capturing the real NASCAR story, straight from the fans. The thousands of submitted Snaps from each event will be curated and packaged by Snapchat into a video stream that is shared globally with Snapchat's more than 100 million daily active users. Each NASCAR Live Story will be available to view on Snapchat for 24 hours. In February, NASCAR announced its first-ever partnership with Snapchat doubling the platform’s coverage of NASCAR premier race events in 2016. The 2016 Daytona 500 , which set records for NASCAR social media engagement, and May race at Talladega Superspeedway featured Live Stories this season. Snapchat is available on iOS and Android. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.
Weather delays re-start of Bristol Sprint Cup race
RELATED: Live radar updates " Channel finder for CNBC BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The start of Sunday's rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, postponed from Saturday night, went green at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET, nearly four hours after the scheduled 1 p.m. ET start. Teams completed 48 laps before rain halted Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, forcing officials to reschedule the continuation of the race for Sunday. Morning rain in northeast Tennessee kept NASCAR and track officials busy trying to dry the track between frequent cloud bursts. The race can be seen on CNBC while radio networks PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR are also providing coverage. Kyle Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota) restart today's race out front, with Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ) in second and third. JGR teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth complete the top five. Records indicate this is the first time the annual night race at BMS has been run the following day since the track moved the event under the lights in 1978. NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cale Yarborough won that event, then known as the Volunteer 500. It is the third time this season a race has been delayed one day due to rain, with the other two both coming at Pocono Raceway . &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;gt;
Bristol adds rosin to track before Sprint Cup night race
RELATED: Key story lines for Bristol night race BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR officials applied 18 more inches of rosin to each of the four corners on the bottom groove after Friday night's XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway . A sticky substance that allows drivers to stick and run both the top and bottom grooves, rosin was applied to the track in the same manner on Thursday night prior to Friday's XFINITY Series race. Track re-applied rosin-first 18” above the apron in turns 1-2 and turns 3-4 overnight-Identical to what we did prior to @NASCAR_XFINITY — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) August 20, 2016 Officials originally hadn't planned to add any more rosin before Saturday's Sprint Cup race. Drivers such as Friday night's XFINITY winner Austin Dillon supported the addition of more rosin. "It's interesting to have another lane down there on the bottom," said Dillon, who will also be running Saturday night's Sprint Cup race. "Hopefully they can add a little more (rosin) to the bottom and get that bottom lane just to stay a little bit longer." What @BMSupdates looks like this AM after lower groove was treated with more rosin. Can't wait for green! @PRNlive pic.twitter.com/xMN2nBT4WN — Brad Gillie (@BradGillie) August 20, 2016 Saturday's Sprint Cup Series' Bass Pro Shops NRA night race was set to begin at 8 p.m. ET, but weather forced a rescheduling to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday (CNBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Sprint Cup race at Bristol hampered by rain
RELATED: Live radar for Bristol area " Starting lineup " Full race-day schedule Stormy weather delayed the start of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Bristol Motor Speedway and then caused multiple red flags. An initial red flag on Lap 38 of a scheduled 500 lasted for 1 hour, 24 minutes. It was lifted and the cars returned to the track under caution, but it started storming again 10 laps later, bringing the cars back down pit road. The race is currently under red again. Lightning in the area forced a 50-minute delay to the green flag, and the race got underway just after 9 p.m. ET. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch is the leader, with Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney behind him in spots two and three. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth , Busch's JGR teammates, are fourth and fifth, respectively. Joey Logano , the two-time defending race winner, is ninth. Wet weather delayed the start of Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 , which was won by Ben Kennedy . Rain also washed out Thursday's final practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and delayed Friday's qualifying session for the series . &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;gt;
Kyle Busch tops both Bristol Sprint Cup practices
RELATED: First session results " Second session results Kyle Busch captured the top spot on the leaderboard in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway , clocking in at 129.684 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the final session. Right behind him in Friday's second session was Martin Truex Jr . in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 129.587 mph. Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (129.386 mph), Ryan Blaney in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (129.334 mph) and Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (129.256 mph.) Series points leader Brad Keselowski was 10th in the final session at 128.142 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. The caution flag came out twice in the final session: first, when Greg Biffle spun, though there was no contact, and a second time when Josh Wise lost a right front tire and slammed into the outside wall. -- In the earlier session, Kyle Busch led the way at 128.969 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Right behind him was teammate Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 JGR Toyota at 128.649 mph. Hamlin also logged the most laps in the 80-minute session at 99. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (128.597 mph), Chase Elliott in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (128.511 mph) and Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford (128.503 mph). Series points leader Brad Keselowski was sixth fastest with a speed of 128.468 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. The session got underway five minutes late as crews worked to dry a wet track from morning rain. Practice was extended a few minutes to compensate for the late start. RELATED: Follow Bristol weather updates here </p>
NASCAR to offer free youth tickets for XFINITY Series , Camping World Truck Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) -- NASCAR today announced exclusively via Facebook Live that beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend’s national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . "There really is no other experience like attending a NASCAR race in person, and that's especially true for kids," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "So many children become lifelong NASCAR fans because their parents brought them to their first race, and this new ticket offering makes it even more affordable for families to create memories that will last a lifetime." Many race tracks already have in place a bevy of offerings geared towards youth, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids' clubs and designated kids’ zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place. Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible. This program is another example of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks improving the at-track experience with the ultimate goal of delivering additional value and an unparalleled live-event experience for NASCAR fans. "NASCAR Hammer Down" host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton helped announce the program during Monday’s kids-only press conference, the first in a series of industry events and activities that will celebrate Kids Drive NASCAR week. For the latest Kids Drive NASCAR news and content, fans can visit NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat. Be sure to tune-in when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.
Allmendinger, Truex lead Friday Sprint Cup practices at The Glen
RELATED: Tune in this weekend on USA, CNBC PRACTICE 2: Results " Fastest laps run JTG Daugherty Racing driver AJ Allmendinger led the second Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Watkins Glen International wheeling his No. 47 Chevrolet to a high speed of 127.551 mph. Allmendinger's sole Sprint Cup Series career win came at the New York road course in 2014. Martin Truex Jr . finished the second session runner-up to Allmendinger at a speed of 127.481 mph. The Furniture Row Racing driver was fastest in Friday's opening round. It's been a good week for Truex, who signed a new two-year contract with Furniture Row earlier this week. Roush Fenway Racing 's Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (127.416 mph), Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch (127.381 mph) and JGR's Matt Kenseth (127.280 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick was 11th-fastest in the second run of the day (126.857 mph) in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET (CNBC) for Coors Light Pole Qualifying before hitting the track on Sunday for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). PRACTICE 1: Results " Fastest laps run Martin Truex Jr . led the opening Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday at Watkins Glen International with a high speed of 126.883 mph. The Furniture Row Racing driver is seeking his first win at the New York road course. Denny Hamlin finished the first session second to Truex at a speed of 126.343 mph. Casey Mears (125.896 mph), Carl Edwards (125.654 mph) and Kyle Busch (125.643 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Defending race winner Joey Logano was sixth-fastest in the opening run (125.469 mph). In the final minutes of practice Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 Chevrolet spun after suffering from what the driver says were "brake problems." Bowyer's fastest lap was 123.219 mph, making him 32nd-fastest in the 40-car field. Danica Patrick also spun early due to brake issues.
Gordon makes 800th Sprint Cup start, Kenseth takes No. 600 at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon officially made his 800th NASCAR premier series start Sunday, taking the green flag at Watkins Glen International . Gordon made his 24th start at the 2.45-mile road course in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (USA, MRN, SiriusXM), substituting for the third consecutive week in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet as Dale Earnhardt Jr . recovers from concussion-related symptoms. The green flag also marked big milestones from two other drivers. Matt Kenseth , driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, made his 600th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series . Michael McDowell , in the Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing , made his 200th premier- series appearance. Gordon, who turned 45 on Thursday, becomes the ninth driver in NASCAR history to hit the 800-start plateau in stock-car racing's top division. Of the eight drivers ahead of him on the all-time list, five are inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kenseth becomes the second driver to cross the 600-start barrier this season. The retiring Tony Stewart also achieved the milestone, making start No. 600 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9.
Sprint Cup teams issued warnings post-Watkins Glen
NASCAR gave written warnings to two Sprint Cup Series teams on Wednesday following last weekend's action at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team for Kyle Larson received a written warning for failing template inspection twice pre-qualifying. It was the team's first warning. The Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 team for Ryan Blaney got written warnings for twice failing pre-race laser inspection and for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection twice. Those were the fourth warnings for the team in each category. Also, crew member Michael Casto of the No. 4 Stewart-Hass Racing team for Kevin Harvick was suspended indefinitely for violation of sections 12.1; 19 (behavioral) in the NASCAR Rule Book.