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Multicar melee snaps Kurt Busch streak, thins Bristol field
RELATED: Full race results A late-race battle for the lead transformed into an 11-car melee in Sunday's rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway , ending Kurt Busch 's historic streak of lead-lap finishes at 22. Busch was battling for the lead just after a Lap 372 restart when his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet pitched loose out of Turn 2 on the .533-mile track. His car collected Brad Keselowski 's Team Penske No. 2 Ford, sending the front-runners scrambling behind them. Austin Dillon , Matt Kenseth , Ryan Blaney , Joey Logano , Chase Elliott , Paul Menard , Kyle Larson , Brian Scott and Jimmie Johnson were the other drivers listed as involved in the ninth caution period of the rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Of those, Dillon, Logano and Johnson drove away with only minor damage to salvage top-10 finishes. Busch wound up completing 372 of the 500 laps Sunday, sidelined by a DNF for the first time this season. He said that he misjudged the sticky rosin applied to the low side of the turns, triggering the pile-up. "I think I just missed the bottom groove by a few inches, got loose and the wreck was on," said Busch, who ended up in 38th place. "The way that our car was restarting it felt comfortable, it felt good. That inside with the rosin and the VHT (traction compound) if you don't hit it exactly right, you lose a lot of time. I tried to make up for it and got loose. I feel really bad for the Monster Energy guys. We had a win in our sights and I just drove the car at 101 percent instead of that 99." Keselowski, who finished 33rd, said he had little room to escape. "He got loose and by the time I saw it, I was already making contact with him," Keselowski said. "It was kind of one of those Bristol things. I hate it because we were making improvements on the car and we had gotten up to third there and the race was kind of coming to us." Kenseth, a four-time winner at Bristol, now has three consecutive finishes at the .533-mile track of 35th or worse. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota was nudged into a spin by Elliott then sideswiped by fellow rookie Blaney. "I didn't really see what happened except for there were cars wrecking up there and I slowed down as much as the guy in front of me," Kenseth said. "I couldn't slow down any less than that or I would hit him. Chase busted out of nowhere, ran me over and the 21 (Blaney) came through there wide open -- I still don't know if he's lifted yet or not -- and finished us off. As the wreck happened, you've got to slow down. Just not much I could do."
Kyle Larson's Darlington paint scheme revealed
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now Chip Ganassi Racing and Kyle Larson will honor Target's start in auto racing at this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway . The team revealed Tuesday on social media the No. 42 Chevrolet to be used in the Sept. 4 race (6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, Sirius XM Radio) This paint scheme is 3 years older than me! Throwing it back to @Target 's first-ever racecar for @TooToughToTame . pic.twitter.com/dxGBCv13uI — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) August 23, 2016 The slick scheme honors Target's first car in motorsports, in IndyCar in 1990. The bull's-eye on the roof is a nod to both Chip Ganassi Racing 's relationship with Target, and also CGR's roots in IndyCar racing. The Southern 500 will also mark Larson's 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
Biffle honors Kulwicki with Darlington scheme
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle and his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing team will honor 1992 premier series champion Alan Kulwicki during next month's Bojangles' Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio) at Darlington Raceway . On Tuesday, Biffle, along with U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson and Andrew Collier, unveiled a Hooters paint scheme similar to the orange-and-white scheme featured on Kulwicki's Ford Thunderbird entries from 1991 through the first five races of the '93 season. The popular restaurant chain began its solo sponsorship of the No. 7 team at the fifth race of the '91 season at Darlington. Kulwicki was both owner and driver for AK Racing. The 1.366-mile track was also the site of Kulwicki's final start -- he placed sixth in the 1993 TranSouth 500 . Kulwicki, the series' 1986 Rookie of the Year, was killed in a plane crash in Blountville, Tennessee, on April 1, 1993. Biffle will be making his 16th career start at Darlington, where he has two victories (2005, '06) and a pair of poles. His average starting position at the track is 11.1, best for the 46-year-old among the 23 venues hosting Sprint Cup Series races, while his average finish of 13.6 there is fourth overall among active tracks. He has led more laps at Darlington (718) than any track other than Texas Motor Speedway , where he has led 733. This is the second season the legendary track has hosted a throwback-themed race weekend, with teams sporting paint schemes similar to those seen in the past. This story will be updated. &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;gt;
Darlington paint scheme fan vote early top 10 revealed
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now The Darlington Best In Show fan vote is underway, and we have some early returns to share. As Darlington Raceway celebrates NASCAR's history with its second of four planned throwback weekends for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sept. 4, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), fans are voting on their favorite paint schemes honoring drivers and paint schemes of yore. The top 10 vote-getters up until now are, in alphabetical order: AJ Allmendinger , Kurt Busch , Kyle Busch , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Matt Kenseth , Casey Mears , David Ragan , Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr . The top five fan vote getters' paint schemes will be presented to a panel of NASCAR Hall of Fame members, who will make the final selection. The award for the Best Throwback Paint Scheme will be presented to the winning team and driver prior to the Bojangles' Southern 500 . &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;gt;
1964: The Wood Brothers, a road trip and a surprise driver
Noted road-course racer Dan Gurney won the event and Marvin Panch finished second to give Wood Brothers Racing a 1-2 finish in the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway. The name of the fellow who climbed aboard the car in Greenville, South Carolina, however, has been lost in the mists of time. Say what? The year was 1964 and crew chief Leonard Wood, along with brother Ray, was transporting Panch's No. 21 Ford across the country, returning from Riverside to the team's shop in Stuart, Virginia. After a brief stop for dinner in Greenville, the two resumed their journey, planning one more stop in Charlotte, North Carolina. "People were standing around the car, it was 20 degrees," Leonard Wood told NASCAR.com regarding the brief break for a quick meal just across the South Carolina state line. "Normally you'd stop and talk to them a little bit but it was so cold we just jumped in the truck, pulled away and left." The first sign that the two had picked up an uninvited passenger, Wood said, came about halfway between Greenville and Charlotte when their truck "started making this noise and we couldn't figure out what it was." "Ray said 'You can even feel it in the roof. It's vibrating the roof!' " Leonard Wood recalled. Initially, Wood said he thought the loud vibration was the result of a jet aircraft, "so I'm looking around to see if I could see an airport," he said. Neither crewman realized the vibration was coming from the race car, and the engine being revved wide open. But the noise soon stopped so the pair continued on up the road, unaware that a none-too-sober gentleman had climbed inside the race car back in Greenville during the food stop. When they arrived in Charlotte for one final stop, Wood said the noise and vibration had resumed. And this time he realized it wasn't coming from any aircraft. It was coming from the race car on the back of the open truck. "I looked in the side mirror when we got off the highway and I saw steam coming out the exhausts of the race car," he said. "I knew something was wrong and I told Ray to stop this thing. "I saw what looked like a person in the car behind the wheel and I thought, 'Man, one of the crew members is trying to pull a trick on me.' Of course I bypassed that thought immediately because I thought 'There's no one on the crew that's going to be stupid enough to get in that car as cold as it is.' "I look in there and this guy's got Marvin's helmet on. I said 'What do you think you’re doing in here?' and he said 'Let's go!' " In the meantime, Ray Wood had gotten out of the truck, still unaware of the inebriated passenger. With help from Leonard they attempted to pull the unwanted fellow from behind the wheel. "I said 'We'll let you go in a minute,' grabbed ahold of him and jerked him out," Leonard said. "He got his foot hung and was hollering and squalling. We turned him loose and he just settled back in there and got comfortable again. He had a little bit to keep him warm, liquid wise." As fate would have it, a local law enforcement officer happened by and stopped to see what was going on. After explaining the situation, the officer gave the "would-be racer" another ride -- this one in the back of a patrol car. Panch, who would go on to win three times that season for the Wood Brothers, had told Leonard after finishing second at Riverside that the motor had been about to blow near the end of the race. "When I got home," Wood said, "I said, 'Marvin, that thing was good for another 100 miles!' "But the funniest thing is Glen (Wood, team founder) had passed us in the station wagon and didn't see the man in there. "If he had, he would have had a heart attack."
Landon Cassill honors J.D. McDuffie with Darlington look
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now Landon Cassill revealed his throwback paint scheme for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway through a NASCAR Facebook Live event on Tuesday. The No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford's look is inspired by J.D. McDuffie, a racing veteran who passed away in 1991. McDuffie made 653 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, recording 106 top-10 finishes. McDuffie holds the record for making the most starts without ever reaching Victory Lane. "J.D. was a guy who just kept scrapping, week after week, and earned a lot of good finishes as a result," Cassill said in team release. "(Team owner) Bob Jenkins likes to say that Front Row Motorsports is the team that does more with less. You can definitely say that J.D. McDuffie did the same thing, and we're proud to honor his memory at Darlington." The throwback look is sponsored by Rumple Furniture Co. Inc. of Elkin, North Carolina, which also sponsored McDuffie for part of the 1980s. "This isn't just an old paint scheme, this is a great design," Cassill said during the Facebook Live event. "That's what I love about these." In five career Sprint Cup starts at Darlington, Cassill has an average finish of 26.0 and a best finish of 20th in last year's race. The Darlington throwback weekend culminates in the running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 4 (6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). &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;gt;
Chase Bubble: Analyzing the playoff picture post-Bristol
RELATED: See the full Chase Grid Here's a breakdown of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Grid and bubble picture after Sunday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway . BUESCHER'S STANDING Chris Buescher vaulted into the top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with a resounding fifth-place finish in the rain-delayed 500 -lapper. Crossing the top-30 plateau ticked off the final requirement for postseason eligibility, coupling it with his breakthrough Sprint Cup victory earlier in the month at Pocono Raceway . Sunday's effort hands the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate a 13-point cushion over 31st-ranked David Ragan , who finished 21st Sunday. Buescher will need to maintain or improve his spot in the top 30 to give his Front Row Motorsports team its first Chase appearance. LOCKED IN Drivers who have clinched a spot in the Chase are: Brad Keselowski , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch , Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson , Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin (all with multiple wins), along with one-win drivers Kurt Busch , Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr . After Sunday's 500 -lapper, three regular-season races (Michigan, Darlington, Richmond) remain before the postseason field is set. WIN, BASICALLY IN Tony Stewart endured an extended stay behind the wall for a mechanical issue, finishing 29 laps down in 30th place. The Sonoma winner sits 27th in Sprint Cup points with a comfortable cushion on a top 30 spot. With Stewart's stature and Buescher's newfound Chase status, just four at-large spots (at present) for non-winners remain up for grabs based on drivers' positioning in the standings. Here's how that picture looks post-Bristol. BUBBLE WATCH Editor's note: The standings below are the Chase Grid standings, not the Sprint Cup Series drivers standings.
NASCAR launches youth mobile app as 'Kids Drive NASCAR' week continues
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2016) -- Kids everywhere are going back to school, but not before celebrating the end of summer with NASCAR. All this week, Kids Drive NASCAR is engaging the sport's young fans with news, events and social content geared toward kids leading up to the NASCAR national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . As part of the festivities, NASCAR today announced the launch of the Acceleration Nation app, the first digital experience created just for kids featuring racing-themed games, activities and fun ways to learn more about NASCAR. Parents can download the new app for their children at the App Store and Google Play. "This week is all about the kids and bringing NASCAR's youngest fans even closer to the sport through innovative platforms like NASCAR Acceleration Nation," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "With Kids Drive NASCAR, we've created a fun way to engage children by putting them in the driver's seat for a change." Karsyn Elledge, the host of Nickelodeon's "NASCAR Hammer Down," Monday helped introduce Kids Drive NASCAR during a kids-only press conference streamed on Facebook Live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The launch coincided with an industry announcement 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. Jake Short, the star of Disney XD's Lab Rats: Elite Force, will serve as Honorary Kids Drive NASCAR Ambassador this weekend at Michigan International Speedway . Children attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at MIS, as well as those attending the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America , will be featured guests at driver and crew chief meetings and receive behind-the-scenes garage tours and photos with drivers. NASCAR's social media channels will share Kids Drive NASCAR content throughout the week, including videos and Snapchat takeovers featuring young drivers sharing their off-track experiences, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers with their kids. Fans are also invited to get in on the fun by sharing pictures of their children and families enjoying NASCAR races using #KidsDriveNASCAR. Beginning this week, new NASCAR Acceleration Nation learning materials focused on lessons in aerodynamics and energy are being distributed to more than 10,000 elementary and middle schools across the country. NASCAR teamed with Scholastic to develop the motorsports industry’s first Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in-school education program in 2015. The 6,400-square-foot NASCAR Acceleration Nation live experience will be on display at Michigan International Speedway and will host interactive activities and driver autograph signings for kids throughout the weekend. On Thursday, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy and Michigan International Speedway executives will visit students at Ezra Eby Elementary School in Napoleon, Mich., to talk about NASCAR and STEM. Last fall, the school received a grant from MIS Cares, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, for 35 digital tablets for student use across all subjects. For more information about NASCAR Acceleration Nation, visit Accelerationnation.com . 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. A double-header on Saturday, Aug. 27 begins with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at MIS (1 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN) followed by the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, 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;
2015 Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin gets his trophy ... wait, what?
As writers and editors ourselves, we don't like to poke fun at other outlets when typos and mistakes arise. They happen. But it seems like there's a rain cloud following Denny Hamlin around right now, showering him with "Dannys" and "Hamiltons." You had 1 job @brantjames :) #blamejimmy @JimmieJohnson pic.twitter.com/vD5Tsng79I — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) August 9, 2016 I'm disappointed in you too @PaulPabst pic.twitter.com/7SQXPC1tML — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) August 9, 2016 But the latest one takes the (probably misnamed birthday) cake. It just hasn't been the best week as far as mis-prints go. pic.twitter.com/AmpY7XOCd3 — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) August 9, 2016 Hamlin, of course, won the 2016 Daytona 500 , a mere six months ago. Wonder what Joey Logano -- the 2015 winner -- thinks about all this?