Kyle Petty to lead group of motorcycle enthusiasts on coast-to-coast charity ride
Kyle Petty reflects on his son's dream to help others brought to life by the children who enjoy the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Team co-owner Richard Petty says his Richard Petty Motorsports organization is "still working on what we're going to do with the 9 car," and that he doesn't believe current driver Sam Hornish Jr . will return to the two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for 2016. "Things are looking up (on the sponsorship front)," Petty said Saturday morning in the garage at Phoenix International Raceway "We've got some stuff coming down the pike, but we don't have it corralled yet." RPM currently fields two Sprint Cup Series entries, the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola as well as the No. 9 Ford of Hornish. A Chase for the Sprint Cup participant last season, Almirola failed to make this year's 16-team field. He is 17th in points heading into Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). Hornish, a three-time IndyCar champion and winner of the 2006 Indianapolis 500, has been unable to find success in NASCAR's premier series, managing only three top-five finishes in 165 career starts. He is currently 25th in points. He does have three career victories in NASCAR's XFINITY Series. Asked if Hornish would be back, Petty said, "No, I don't think so." Petty , a seven-time series champion as a driver and winner of a series record 200 races, said funding would be a determining factor in driver selection for the No. 9 entry for '16, but that cutting back to only one team was not a consideration for the organization. "No. We're a two-car team," he said. "We have to look at sponsorship as much as anything. It's a combination deal. We can't just go with a driver and not have the money and we can't go with just the money and not have a driver. It’s going to be interesting." Almirola's team carries primary sponsorship from Smithfield Foods with additional funding for select events from Fresh from Florida, the U.S. Air Force and STP. Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea are the primary partners of the No. 9 of Hornish, while several other groups have sponsorship roles for a smaller number of races.
Network's approach 'reinvigorates' him as son Adam's entry into the sport did Kyle Petty has joined the race-day broadcast team for NBC Sports Group, the organization announced Thursday, and is the latest figure to join the network's ever-growing cast of NASCAR experts in preparation for the 2015 season and beyond. Petty will work alongside Krista Voda, whose hiring was announced in late October, as an analyst on pre- and post-race shows surrounding NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage. He will also remain a regular contributor to "NASCAR America" on NBCSN. "Kyle Petty brings a lifetime of experience to our team that is unmatched," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. "As a driver, team owner, philanthropist and multigenerational observer of the sport, he has seen it all, and has great perspectives across NASCAR's full spectrum." Petty joins a group that already includes race announcer Rick Allen and on-air analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, along with reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns. The son of Richard Petty and grandson of Lee Petty , both NASCAR Hall of Famers, Kyle grew up entrenched in the sport and made 829 starts in NASCAR's premier series. A guest on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when the news was released, Petty joked, "Breaking news after I've been on "NASCAR America" on NBC for 23 weeks this year. Breaking news, I have a job next year." From his work on the nightly NBCSN show, Petty said the staff has "reinvigorated" him. He compared the network's fresh-eyed return to NASCAR to his late son's approach to racing when Adam became a national series competitor. "…when Adam came along, it was like I was seeing these race tracks for the first time because he was so excited," Petty said. "Even though he had been around the sport, he hadn't driven, and he was so excited. "(He would) tell me what the race track felt like or tell me what was going on at the race track or what he learned today at the race track. And I get that same feeling from these people at NBC. "They're just excited to be at the race track, and they're excited to be a part of the sport." FOX and NBC have exclusive NASCAR broadcasting rights, beginning next year. NBC will broadcast the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning next year. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Meet Pattie, Official NASCAR Fan Council member of the month Name: Pattie Current City: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Member since: 2011 Getting to know Pattie Q. Why did you join the Official NASCAR Fan Council? "Because I feel it gives NASCAR fans a real opportunity to have a voice. Unlike many sports who do not reach out to their fans, NASCAR not only listens, but in many cases, reacts quickly to make the sport better. I like feeling that I can be a small part of the NASCAR family." Q. What comes to mind when you think of NASCAR? What's your favorite NASCAR memory? "I became a NASCAR fan watching with my dad when the races were first shown on TV. It was a special day in our house when a race was broadcast. From that time, watching Richard Petty became watching Dale Earnhardt, then Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson and now Danica Patrick , Austin Dillon , Chase Elliott and Erik Jones . My favorite moment has to be the first Cup race I went to - the Daytona 500 . It doesn't get much better than that. But, when the XFINITY (then Nationwide) Series came to my home track at Road America I can't describe my feelings. To have a NASCAR race at a very special place for me was a great moment. You see, I was born a week after my mom attended a race at Road America . The sound of racing is in my blood." Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories? Driver: " Jeff Gordon " Track: "Talladega" Memorabilia: "I have the program from our first trip to Daytona, but I have to admit I am not a big memorabilia collector. Except for pictures - lots of pictures." Q: If you could go to any NASCAR race/track, where would you go? "Either Talladega (during the Chase) or Homestead for the last race of the season." Q: What do you like to do in your free time? "I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to travel internationally. Reading is my passion and I enjoy writing reviews and finding just the right book for the right person. My husband has a disability and we are tireless advocates for people with disabilities and enjoy planning and taking part in sporting events for people of all abilities." Q: Tell us about your family. Do you have children and/or pets? "I am married with one son, Sam. Sam served in the Marine Corps for over seven years and is now in college at the University of Wisconsin. We lost our beloved Border Collie a few years ago and don't know if we can ever replace her." Q: What's your dream car? "A black Suburban so I can pack it full of stuff for an adventure or I'll settle for a 1967 Shelby GT500." From all of us at NASCAR, we thank Pattie for her continued support.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) -- The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch , in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC . A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and social media in 2015. NASCAR amassed 4.1 billion social media impressions, 1.1 billion page views – up more than 20 percent from 2014 – and a 34 percent year-over-year increase in its mobile audience. In addition, driver merchandise sales at tracks increased more than 20 percent since the Fanatics Trackside Superstore launched in July. NASCAR Next, a program that identifies and nurtures young drivers, produced the Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner in all three national series: Brett Moffitt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Daniel Suárez, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; and Erik Jones in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “We had unprecedented collaboration with stakeholders this season and saw many positive results in our effort to innovate, better serve our fans and grow the sport,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “We will continue to work tirelessly this offseason to further improve the fan experience at every turn and look forward to kicking off next season at the Daytona 500 where fans will experience the unveiling of the world’s first motorsports stadium.” NASCAR today also announced the top five selling drivers for the 2015 season at the Fanatics Trackside Superstore. Dale Earnhardt Jr . topped the list at No. 1, followed by Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson and newly crowned champion Kyle Busch rounded out the list at No. 5. Other milestones, records and firsts achieved during the 2015 season include: Competition: · Jeff Gordon broke Ricky Rudd’s Iron Man record with his 789 th consecutive start on September 27. He joined the likes of legends Cal Ripken and Brett Favre who hold records for most consecutive games played in baseball and football, respectively. · For the first time since 1993, two different drivers, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch , won three consecutive races in a single season. Sponsorships: · New or renewed NASCAR Official Partnerships with nearly a dozen brands this season, including: 3M, Fanatics, Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft, Sherwin Williams, Sun Edison, Universal Technical Institute, and K&N Filters as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series™. · In 2015, nearly 1 in 2 Fortune 100 companies relied on NASCAR to build their brands. · Partnerships with Fortune 500 technology companies grew by 66% over last two years. Merchandise: · In partnership with Fanatics, NASCAR created a centralized location for merchandise at each track, which led to the average transaction growing by 75 percent. · The three tracks that saw the most significant sales growth were Homestead-Miami Speedway (+100%), Phoenix International Raceway (+66%) and Talladega Superspeedway (+62%). Diversity and Youth: · In addition to the aforementioned diversity breakthroughs on the track, NASCAR partnered with RISE, a recently formed non-profit to promote diversity and equality through sports. NASCAR Chairman Brian France was named to the Board of Directors and will help steer the initiative alongside the commissioners of the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, and other top sports executives. · Roush Fenway Racing pit crew member Mike Russell became the first African American Drive for Diversity graduate to win a national series championship. Technology: · For the first time, cars featured a digital dashboard instead of analog gauges. The new technology will be mandatory for all NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles in 2016. · Air Titan 2.0 track-drying technology helped save numerous races and improved the race experience for fans, teams and partners. · State-of-the-art pit road technology was seamlessly implemented this season to increase the accuracy and safety of pit road officiating. · NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post-race inspections from the NASCAR R&D Center were streamed live to fans across the world. Entertainment Marketing: · Nearly 230 million viewers watched NASCAR drivers appear in 77 primetime shows, including American Idol on FOX , The Soup on E!, Real Housewives on Bravo and Penn Zero on Disney XD . · More than 120 celebrities appeared at races this season, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kid Rock, Vince Vaughn, David Spade and Adam Sandler. · Originally produced TV and digital projects, with more than 150 appearances by NASCAR drivers, tracks and partners, generated 50 million viewers. Tracks: · NASCAR announced multi-year sanctioning agreements with tracks for the first time. The landmark five-year agreements will provide fans more time to plan and tracks more time to promote, sell sponsorships and build the fan experience. · Throwback weekend at Darlington celebrated the storied history of NASCAR with unprecedented industry support including 32 retro paint schemes, by honoring 14 NASCAR Hall of Famers and through a variety of 1970’s-themed food and entertainment. About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TM , NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA ® ) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com , and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR .
The teams of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch head into this weekend's season-ending, championship-determining race with three warnings each, which could be an issue should either have trouble getting through inspection prior to Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing team and Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing squad are two of the four teams in the Championship Round, which is the final round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Also in contention for the 2015 title are Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). Teams lose their opportunity in the pit selection process following qualifying if they receive a fourth warning during inspection. Failing to clear one of the inspection checkpoints, such as the Laser Inspection Station, typically results in a warning being issued. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Harvick, said he isn't concerned about a potential penalty arising at Homestead this weekend. "We've been at three (warnings) for a long time now," Childers said during a teleconference on Wednesday, "and we haven't had any issues at all. You've just got to be a little bit careful going through for qualifying and that type of thing. But honestly, the past month it hasn't even been an issue at all." Earlier this season, teams complained that the LIS platform, which measures specific points underneath the car, wasn't consistent. Childers said that hasn't been the case of late. "NASCAR is doing a really good job with that thing and changed a few lasers out on it," he said. "(Last week) at Phoenix it was really consistent. You've just got to do the best job you can and play it a little bit conservative on some things and get through qualifying and get your pit selection done." Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch, agreed with Childers, noting that his team will "make a couple extra trips across the platform before practice starts to make sure we know exactly where our stuff is. "If there's anything that's marginal or a number we're chasing, we'll make sure that we're on the short side of it rather than taking a chance of having to go around (again)." The No. 18 team picked up its third warning last weekend when it required more than two trips through the LIS during pre-race inspection. Other Sprint Cup teams receiving warnings for inspection issues at Phoenix were the No. 16 of Roush Fenway Racing ( Greg Biffle ), the No. 20 of Joe Gibbs Racing ( Erik Jones , driving Matt Kenseth 's car), the No. 10 of Stewart-Haas Racing ( Danica Patrick ), the No. 27 of Richard Childress Racing ( Paul Menard ) and the No. 46 of HScott Motorsports ( Michael Annett ). The 20, 46, and 10 teams will also be docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday for failing to arrive in the inspection line on time. Non-Chase teams heading into this weekend's event with three warnings are the teams of Alex Bowman ( Tommy Baldwin Racing ), Denny Hamlin (JGR) and Jeb Burton ( BK Racing ), although none of those occurred last week. When it's time to go Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) was penalized last week at Phoenix for beating the leader to the start/finish line at the start of the race, the first time this season the infraction had been called in the Sprint Cup Series. RELATED: Watch video of the incident The NASCAR Rule Book allows a driver other than the leader to cross the line first only during a restart, not the initial green-flag start of a race. Busch, who started the race alongside pole winner Jimmie Johnson , had to serve a pass-through penalty. Although he was able to remain on the lead lap, he fell from the front of the pack to 43rd. While able to rally to a seventh-place finish, Busch was one of four drivers eliminated from Chase contention at PIR. Brad Keselowski was penalized earlier this season at New Hampshire when he jumped a Lap 242 restart, beating the race leader (control car) out of the restart zone. Although he did not beat the leader, Greg Biffle , to the start/finish line, NASCAR officials judged that he accelerated through the defined restart zone ahead of Biffle. Earlier this year, NASCAR added a camera and additional official in the restart zone area to better police restarts. Three other drivers -- AJ Allmendinger , Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise -- have been penalized for passing on a start/restart. Drivers are not allowed to change lanes or pass other cars until ther have crossed the start/finish line. Homestead Test shortened NASCAR officials have announced that the Goodyear tire test, originally slated for Dec. 14-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , has been shortened to a single-day test on Dec. 14. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test are Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet), Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford) and Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). It will be Furniture Row Racing 's first on-track outing under the Toyota banner. The No. 78 team, with driver Martin Truex, currently fields Chevrolet entries. Tuesday, Dec. 15 is a scheduled rain date in case of inclement weather.
Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty review Kevin Harvick's restart, which led to the wreck that brought out the yellow flag.