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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 13 of the 2016 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 457 0 -- 1 0 13 2 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 421 -36 -36 3 1 13 3 Hendrick Motorsports 48 409 -48 -12 5 2 13 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 405 -52 -4 2 -2 13 5 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 404 -53 -1 4 -1 13 6 Team Penske 2 404 -53 0 6 0 13 7 Furniture Row Racing 78 381 -76 -23 9 2 13 8 Hendrick Motorsports 24 374 -83 -7 7 -1 13 9 Team Penske 22 373 -84 -1 8 -1 13 10 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 347 -110 -26 12 2 13 11 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 345 -112 -2 13 2 13 12 Richard Childress Racing 3 344 -113 -1 10 -2 13 13 Hendrick Motorsports 88 341 -116 -3 11 -2 13 14 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 318 -139 -23 14 0 13 15 Wood Brothers Racing 21 309 -148 -9 15 0 13 16 Richard Childress Racing 31 309 -148 0 17 1 13 17 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 308 -149 -1 16 -1 13 18 Roush Fenway Racing 17 299 -158 -9 19 1 13 19 Roush Fenway Racing 6 291 -166 -8 18 -1 13 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 290 -167 -1 20 0 13 21 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 271 -186 -19 22 1 13 22 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 263 -194 -8 21 -1 13 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 257 -200 -6 23 0 13 24 Roush Fenway Racing 16 245 -212 -12 25 1 13 25 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 236 -221 -9 24 -1 13 26 HScott Motorsports 15 229 -228 -7 27 1 13 27 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 228 -229 -1 26 -1 13 28 Front Row Motorsports 38 216 -241 -12 28 0 13 29 Germain Racing 13 195 -262 -21 29 0 13 30 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 190 -267 -5 30 0 13 31 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 172 -285 -18 31 0 13 32 BK Racing 23 171 -286 -1 32 0 13 33 BK Racing 83 161 -296 -10 33 0 13 34 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 161 -296 0 34 0 13 35 Front Row Motorsports 34 145 -312 -16 35 0 13 36 Premium Motorsports 98 108 -349 -37 37 1 13 37 HScott Motorsports 46 108 -349 0 36 -1 13 38 GO FAS Racing 32 99 -358 -9 38 0 13 39 Premium Motorsports 55 53 -404 -46 39 0 8 40 The Motorsports Group 30 47 -410 -6 40 0 13 41 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -431 -21 41 0 1 42 Front Row Motorsports 35 24 -433 -2 42 0 2 43 BK Racing 93 5 -452 -19 43 0 2 44 BK Racing 26 3 -454 -2 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -457 -3 45 0 1
Bruce: Honor the unfamiliar names on Sprint Cup windshields
RELATED: Learn about the troops being honored this weekend CONCORD, N.C. -- For the second consecutive year, the names displayed across the windshields of the cars that will take the green flag in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX) will be unfamiliar to most race fans. Gone are the names of Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski and Kenseth emblazoned across the tops of the vehicles. There is no Stewart, Busch or Logano. They have been replaced on this Memorial Day weekend with the names of Lynch, Taylor, Massarelli and Miranda. Carter, Jablonsky, Ramseyer and Gonzales. It's a long list. It's too long of a list. Including grand marshal vehicles and two pace cars, 44 of the vehicles here at Charlotte Motor Speedway will carry the names of fallen members of the United States military. Army. Navy. Marines. Air Force. Pilot. Gunner. Seal. Ranger. Their ranks varied. Their job did not. They were soldiers. They made the ultimate sacrifice. It's 600 Miles of Remembrance in the eyes of the NASCAR community. It's a lifetime of memories to those who knew them. RELATED: Every car in the field, plus fallen military member's name NASCAR officials worked with the Honor and Remember organization to pair fallen servicemen and women and their families with teams where no direct affiliations existed. But most of those we honor today at CMS had ties to NASCAR, through relationships with drivers or crewmen, sponsors or owners. Graham Molatch, the jack man for Chip Ganassi Racing 's No. 42 Chevrolet with driver Kyle Larson , is a former Navy Seal. Larson's car carries the name of fellow Seal Denis Miranda. The two were roommates serving in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 when Miranda died in a helicopter crash. "Denis was just a great person and I'm really, really honored to have a chance to have (him) on our car," Molatch said Saturday at CMS. "It means a lot to me. I think it means a lot to the guys on the team that we get to support Denis' name and his family. … "They should be acknowledged more than just once a year but it is great … to display their names. It's an honor for me personally, and a great honor for his family." Jimmy Woolard was a childhood friend of team co-owner Jack Roush. Woolard, whose name is carried on the No. 17 Ford of driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . this weekend, was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Master Sergeant Paul Karpowich was a family friend of Mike Bugarewicz, crew chief of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet for driver Tony Stewart . PFC John Borbonus was a classmate of driver Brian Scott ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) in Boise, Idaho. There are others. Too many others. Their photos are strikingly similar, most showing vibrant, smiling faces, full of life. Some were on their first mission; many had been a part of multiple deployments. There are those who left behind wives and young children. For others, family life would have come later. Later never arrived. There are those who left behind mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. We honor them today every bit as much as we do those who are no longer with us. You may not recognize their names. But you should know why those names are there. It's the very least we can do.
Teams seek final rules clarity before Sprint All-Star Race
CONCORD, N.C. -- Questions about gamesmanship and tire requirements dotted the drivers' meeting before Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, prompting several "what-if" scenarios for the annual non-points event. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director Richard Buck spelled out the race's unique procedures in a nearly six-minute instructional in the Charlotte Motor Speedway garage, but there was conjecture about some of the rules. Teams will compete in three segments (50 laps, 50 laps, 13 laps), with pit road closing on Lap 85 of the second segment. The top nine, 10 or 11 cars -- the number is selected by random draw during the Lap 100 break before the 13-lap final shootout -- will be required to pit for four tires. The basis for the format is to spice up the running order, putting cars with fresher tires behind those in front with older rubber for the dash to the finish. Chad Knaus, crew chief for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson , was the first to ask about the requirement in the question-and-answer session that followed. "I got a little lost there through some of that," Knaus said, before asking Buck if a caution flag during the final 13-lap segment would allow all teams to stop and change tires if they were damaged by an incident. "There's many scenarios there," Buck said. "The premise is to have cars with 15-laps-old tires on them and cars behind them with new tires on them. We will not permit gaming of that. If we have an incident, for an example, we will have to go red and clean it up, we'll take care of that situation, we'll come back to it and then allow the teams to pit on or around (Lap) 85, wherever that may be, or any circumstance like that." Kyle Busch piped up: "That didn't answer the question. Chad's talking about in the last segment, in the last 13 laps if there's a wreck, not after Lap 85 in the second segment, you follow? He's asking about 100 and 113." Buck told the room that the field would not be allowed to take tires. Pressed by Busch about whether tires flat-spotted in a spin or damaged by running over debris would be fair game for a change, Buck replied: "That's EIRI (except in rare instances). Like I said, we'll manage that from the tower." Defending race winner Denny Hamlin , Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, was the next to raise his hand, asking whether the "100 percent rule" requiring competitors to race at their fullest ability was in effect. Buck replied in the affirmative. The question was prompted by suggestions that drivers might hold back and aim for 12th place or further back before the final segment, allowing them to have the benefit of four fresh tires for the final shootout. The "100 percent rule" was added in September 2013 in the wake of the Richmond scandal, where the former Michael Waltrip Racing team was penalized for attempting to manipulate the race results. Buck also said in his explanation of rules that NASCAR officials would make a mandatory lug-nut check during the two breaks between segments. Buck said the penalty for missing or loose lug nuts not fastened up against the wheel will require the offending team to remedy the issue, sending them to the tail of field.
Stewart, Kenseth collide in Sprint All-Star Race
RELATED: Full race results Tony Stewart 's final Sprint All-Star Race was cut short after a wreck midway through the event knocked out his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway . On Lap 23 of the second 50-lap segment, a wreck involving the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, Kasey Kahne , Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth evolved on the front stretch. " I mean, the No. 24 (of Chase Elliott) wrecked everybody and put everybody behind him in jeopardy and we got caught on the outside of it," Stewart said. 'Smoke,' who gave the pre-race command, was referring to a strategy play by Elliott's team. Elliott appeared to be signaling he was going to pit road for his mandatory green-flag pit stop during Segment 2. As cars charged forward behind him, the incident unfolded. "I got more than bumped from behind, I got rolled over," said Kenseth, who was penalized in Segment 1 for not completing the mandatory Segment 1 pit stop under green. "I saw them checking up and wrecking in front of me and I slowed up just a little bit and somebody just drove right over top of me wide open." Stewart would be scored last in the 20-car field. Kenseth finished 18th.
No. 5 Sprint Cup team docked 15 driver points
RELATED: Kenseth survives for Dover victory NASCAR officials handed down a P3-grade penalty Wednesday to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team of driver Kasey Kahne for infractions last weekend at Dover International Speedway . The Hendrick No. 5 team was found in violation of sections 126.96.36.199.2 (post-race general inspection measurements); 188.8.131.52.2 a, b, c, d; and 184.108.40.206.1 n,o (that spell out P3 penalty examples) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. NASCAR fined crew chief Keith Rodden $25,000 and assessed Rick Hendrick a loss of 15 championship owner points and Kahne a loss of 15 championship driver points. Kahne was 16th in the Chase Grid before his penalty. With the 15-point deduction, AJ Allmendinger climbs into the 16th and final postseason spot as it stands today. RELATED: Tracking 2016 points penalties A NASCAR spokesperson announced after Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism that the No. 5 Chevrolet failed the post-race laser inspection. The car was taken for further evaluation at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Kahne's fourth-place finish at the Monster Mile matched a season best, equaling the fourth-place result he achieved at Richmond last month. In a press release, Hendrick Motorsports said it would not appeal the penalty. "We had an unintentional issue at Dover when our left- and right-side truck arms were bent at some point during the race," No. 5 crew chief Keith Rodden said. "I'm disappointed in NASCAR's decision, but we have to accept it and focus on the upcoming races. We have a great team with a lot of positive momentum that we hope to carry into the summer." NASCAR officials also penalized the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 team in the Camping World Truck Series after its second-place finish last Friday at Dover. The No. 51 Toyota operation was assessed a P2 for violations of sections 220.127.116.11.1 a, b, c; 18.104.22.168.1 g; and 22.214.171.124.2 a, b, c, d of the NASCAR Rule Book. Crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion was fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The team was assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points. NASCAR officials announced after the Jacob Companies 200 that the No. 51 truck was found too high in the left rear during a post-race inspection. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series scrapped rules on ride heights before the 2014 season, but the regulations remain in place for the other two NASCAR national series . Daniel Suarez , who competes full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series , logged the fourth runner-up finish of his Truck Series career in Friday's 200-miler. In other penalty news from Dover: -- The No. 23 ( David Ragan ) in Sprint Cup and the No. 25 ( Ryan Ellis ) in XFINITY received P1s for violations of section 126.96.36.199.1 a -- "failure by the driver or crew members to properly wear or secure mandatory safety apparel or equipment (i.e. head socks, under garments, helmet face shields, shoes, gloves, etc.) in accordance with the NASCAR Rules" -- and a crew member for each team was fined $1,000. -- The Nos. 7 ( Regan Smith ), 42 ( Kyle Larson ), 88 ( Dale Earnhardt Jr .) in Sprint Cup received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice, and the No. 24 ( Chase Elliott ) was given a written warning for failing pre-race template inspection twice. -- The No. 18 ( Matt Tifft ) in XFINITY received a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. -- The No. 07 ( Cj Faison ) in the Camping World Truck Series received a written warning because truck trailing arms did not meet specifications.
O'Reilly Auto Parts to sponsor Texas spring Sprint Cup race
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2016) - O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway have signed a multi-year agreement for the national automotive aftermarket retailing leader to serve as the race entitlement sponsor for the annual April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-renowned motorsports facility beginning in 2017. O'Reilly Auto Parts will be linking its brand to the state's best-attended, single-day sporting event and the Sprint Cup Series' third-highest paying race in the newly named O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the signature race entitlement of the deal, but the company also will continue its title sponsorship of the annual November XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure a year-round presence in a top-five metropolitan market. The current O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge XFINITY Series race that is part of a NASCAR tripleheader in November will be rebranded the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 beginning in 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017. In addition to the traditional branding assets in race entitlement agreements, O'Reilly Auto Parts will continue as the "Official Auto Parts Supplier of Texas Motor Speedway " and own exclusive status in the auto parts store category. No financial terms or specific length of the contract were disclosed. "Expanding our partnership with Texas Motor Speedway helps us deepen our connection with loyal NASCAR fans and build the O'Reilly brand on a national stage," O'Reilly Auto Parts Vice President of Marketing Doug Ruble said. "The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 sponsorship gives us new ways to promote our stores, engage our customers and reinforce our commitment to motorsports." The agreement is O'Reilly Auto Parts' initial race sponsorship venture on the Sprint Cup Series level at Texas Motor Speedway , but the publicly traded Fortune 500 company boasts an expansive NASCAR race entitlement portfolio at this venue. Beginning with the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the fall of 1999, O'Reilly Auto Parts has been the title sponsor of six truck series races (1999-2004) and 27 XFINITY Series races (2002 through '16 season) at Texas Motor Speedway . That total includes sponsoring both the spring and fall XFINITY Series races annually since 2005 when Texas Motor Speedway added an annual fall NASCAR national series weekend. Under the new agreement, O'Reilly Auto Parts will relinquish its entitlement of the spring XFINITY Series race. The multi-year deal includes an expansive, multi-pronged promotional plan for the Sprint Cup Series race in O'Reilly Auto Parts' largest metropolitan market. The Springfield, Missouri-based company has more than 150 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth Designated Market Area among its 4,600 in 44 states. O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway will be working in close cooperation to build this NASCAR race on a local, regional and national basis, engage race fans, increase attendance and attract race fans to its stores for all of their automotive needs. "We had a great meeting with the O'Reilly management team in Missouri a few months ago, and the thing that excites me the most about the partnership is this is going to be the promotion they are going to hang their hat on companywide all year long," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "That's exciting because it helps spread the word about the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Texas Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to all of their customers across the country. It helps build this event up and makes it bigger. This is a perfect fit for each other and I don't know how we could have done any better."
No. 18 Sprint Cup team hit with P3 penalty
NASCAR levied a P3 penalty against the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Kyle Busch for infractions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling 400 event on Saturday at Kansas Speedway . Adam Stevens, crew chief, was fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship points events through May 18 and put on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The No. 18 team's front tire changer, Josh Leslie, was suspended through May 18 and put on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The No. 18 was penalized under sections 12:1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 10.11.3 (pit road equipment) and 188.8.131.52.1 (which outlines the P3-level penalty) of the NASCAR Rule Book. According to Richard Buck, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series managing director, an infraction with the No. 18's lug nuts was found in post-race inspection. NASCAR mandates that all wheels and lug nuts be secured in a safe manner and that all five lug nuts be installed. Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal the penalty, the team announced in a press release Wednesday. Todd Berrier will replace Stevens atop the pit box at Dover. The JGR team statement read, "The 18 team utilized unaltered stock lug nuts during Saturday night 's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway and each wheel had all five lug nuts attached to the wheel at the conclusion of the race. The team does acknowledge that not all lug nuts were tightened to the wheel." Busch started sixth and finished first at Kansas for his third win of the season. Busch, the 2015 series champion, sits atop the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. In additon to the No. 18 team's penalty, NASCAR issued written warnings to the Nos. 43 and 78 teams (for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection twice) and the Nos. 7, 43, 47 and 48 teams (for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice).
Stewart, Patrick wreck in Sprint Cup practice at Dover
RELATED: Full results from opening practice DOVER, Del. -- Only four minutes into NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series opening practice on Friday at Dover International Speedway , Danica Patrick , Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray all had single-car wrecks -- a result of a gear failure on Patrick's car that collected the other two drivers when her car left oil on the 1-mile racing surface. The Stewart-Haas Racing team -- that fields Patrick's and Stewart's cars -- confirmed the accident was because of a gear failure on Patrick's No. 10 Nature's Bakery/Autism Delaware Chevrolet, which hit both the outside and inside walls as flames came out from the rear of the car. Both Stewart and McMurray, who were behind Patrick on the track, ran over the oil, spinning and also hitting both walls hard. All three cars came to rest on the frontstretch within yards of one another, and Patrick climbed out of her car to check on Stewart. Even a member of the safety crew that responded to the accidents slipped on the oil and fell hard to the track surface as he came over to survey the situation. Neither McMurray nor Stewart, who is making his fourth start this season after missing the first eight races due to a back injury, spoke to reporters after emerging from the care center. McMurray held his left arm as he left the medical building, and his team said he was icing the arm during the red flag stoppage, at one point unsure whether he'd return for what was left of the delayed practice. He did go into the garage to look over his backup car as practice resumed -- but was not extended -- and ultimately McMurray turned 13 laps in his backup car. Patrick spoke briefly after being examined and released from the care center. "It was very early in practice," Patrick said. "Obviously, there was oil, a fire and the car spun and was caught by the wall. I'm not sure what happened, but this is obviously not something we normally see. You don't see a lot of failures like that. I'm sure they will figure out what it is. "It sucks when it takes other people with you." The SHR team used the red flag stoppage time to change the gear system on all four of its Chevrolets. Another SHR car driven by Kurt Busch also suffered a gear problem minutes before the three-car incident, but Busch was already headed to the garage. "I got lucky, honestly," said Busch, who made only three laps before bringing his No. 41 car back into the garage. "I was feeling something all along with the rear gear, the drive train. ... There was something that was feeling weird, so I came in. I got lucky." SHR's Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli said the team had begun using a different manufacturer for its gears, and wanted to be proactive in changing the system out immediately on all four cars. All the cars involved in the early accident did return to the track to turn a handful of laps when the practice session resumed. Teams considered the track time to be especially vital with questionable weather approaching and qualifying set for later in the afternoon. The field for Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism would be set according to practice speeds should weather affect the qualifying session.
Chase Elliott wins Sprint Fan Vote
The fans have spoken. Chase Elliott is headed to the Sprint All-Star Race as the Sprint Fan Vote winner. Danica Patrick finished in second place and also transfers into the Sprint All-Star Race to complete the 20-car field. "The biggest thing is just very fortunate to have some great fans," Elliott said after coming up just short of racing his way into the field with runner-up finishes is Segments 1 and 3. "Definitely really appreciate everybody voting and taking time out of their day to vote for us and get us in this race. Obviously wish I could've gotten us in racing our way, but fortunately have some great fans to do that for us." Patrick was appreciative of the fan support as well as she will make her third Sprint All-Star Race start. "First and foremost, thank you to the fans," Patrick said. "The only thing that would make this any better is if I could deliver a great finish for them and an exciting race and pass cars and make the car better for next week. "... It’s just even that much better to know that I have incredible fans that always come through. Don't think that I don’t see social media fans. And I see all the times that people said they voted for me. So, thank you very much." The Sprint All-Star Race, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET Saturday night, awards $1 million to the winner. The annual rite of spring boasts an impressive history and plenty of elite drivers. The 2016 version is televised on FS1 with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Fifteen drivers had qualified for the event heading into Saturday morning's Sprint Showdown by virtue of either winning a points-paying race in 2015 or thus far in 2016, having won a previous Sprint All-Star Race or being a former series champion. Three drivers qualified from the Sprint Showdown's three segments: Trevor Bayne , Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson . The top five vote-getters heading into the final week of voting were, in alphabetical order: Ryan Blaney , Matt DiBenedetto , Chase Elliott , Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick.
How the Sprint All-Star Race works
RELATED: New format puts emphasis on intrigue This year's Sprint All-Star Race (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) format gets a fresh coat of paint when cars hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway . For starters, there are three different segments composed of: an opening 50-lap segment, a second 50-lap segment and then a final 13-lap sprint to the finish of a third segment. Here's how it all works. THE RULES, SEGMENT 1 The lineup for Segment 1 is determined by qualifying run earlier Saturday night. There is a mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires (teams can choose to take two or four) during the opening 50 laps. After Segment 1, there is a 3-5 minute break. Cars must pit and take a minimum of two tires. THE RULES, SEGMENT 2 The starting order for Segment 2 is set by the pit-road exit from the mandatory pit stop after Segment 1. During Segment 2, there is a mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires during this set of 50 laps. The twist here is that the pit stop must occur before Lap 85. After Segment 2 concludes, there is another 3-5 minute break. THE RULES, SEGMENT 3 During the break between Segments 2 and 3, there is a random drawing in which the number 9, 10 or 11 is selected. That number determines the number of cars from the 20-car field (starting from whoever is leading the race) which must pit for a mandatory four-tire stop. Pit road is closed to the additional cars. Those who did not pit will be on older tires and at the front of the field. The order off pit road sets the running order behind those cars. So it will be older tires at the front and fresher tires (and likely faster cars) at the rear. Plenty of strategy to be had. Only green-flag laps count in Segment 3, and NASCAR Overtime procedures apply. WHO HAS QUALIFIED? Drivers who won points races in 2015 or thus far in 2016, plus previous Sprint All-Star winners and former series champions still driving. SO THOSE LOCKED IN ARE …