When we started the All Pit Road Team four years ago we wanted to make it as legitimate as possible. We wanted pit crew members to vote on who they thought were the best of the best. This year we changed it up and only members of the 16 Chase pit crews were eligible for the awards. We had the best turnout in voting since we started. We had over 1,730 total votes cast among all the positions. The position votes were as tight as they've ever been. Congratulations to everyone who won. Front Tire Changer First Team: No. 19 Clay Robinson (40) Second Team: No. 11 Dustin Necaise (33) Third Team: No. 48 Cam Waugh (26) Honorable Mention: No. 41 Shane Pipala (21) Front Tire Carrier First Team: No. 22 Dylan Dowell (32) Second Team: No. 19 Kevin Harris (30) Third Team: No. 2 Jeremy Ogles (23) Honorable Mention: No. 20 Joe Crossen (19) Jackman First Team: No. 11 Nate Bolling (36) Second Team: No. 22 Ray Gallahan (29) Third Team: No. 2 Braxton Brannon (28) Honorable Mention: No. 19 Trey Burklin (22) Rear Changer First Team: No. 11 Mike Hicks (48) Second Team: No. 18 Jake Seminara (26) Third Team: No. 4 Daniel Smith (25) Honorable Mention: No. 22 Zach Price (23) Rear Tire Carrier First Team: No. 19 Matt Ver Meer (34) Second Team: No. 11 Heath Cherry (30) Third Team: No. 18 Kenny Barber (24) Honorable Mention: No. 4 Mike Morneau (23) Gasmen First Team: No. 22 Kellen Mills (28) Second Team: No. 4 Justin White (27) Third Team: No. 11 Caleb Hurd (25) Honorable Mention: No. 48 Brandon Harder (23) Coach Trent Cherry: Team Penske (30) Mike Lepp: JGR (24) Joe Piette: SHR (22) Crew -- voted on by crewmen Denny Hamlin , JGR No. 11 Crew -- voted on by crew chiefs (Mechanix Wear Award) Kurt Busch , SHR No. 41 For more pit crew news, go to PitTalks.com .
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff weekend fueled by sponsor BUY: Chicagoland race tickets Chicagoland Speedway announced Tuesday that its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 18 will be known as the American Ethanol E15 225 (Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). With support from Growth Energy, an official NASCAR Green partner, and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, American Ethanol will serve as the sponsor for the race leading into the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event as the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's premier series opens at the Joliet, Illinois facility for the fifth consecutive year. "As we kick off our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, we are thrilled to welcome a partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol ," Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway, said in a track release. "Their commitment to reducing emissions through the cleaner burning ethanol fuel has been a vital part of NASCAR's Green Clean Air initiative. American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR's teams, fans and the industry as a whole." The event will be the 16th of the 23-race Camping World Truck Series schedule, and it will be the third event sponsored by American Ethanol , which served as a presenting sponsor for the June 13 American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 Brought to You by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park and as the title sponsor of the American Ethanol 200 on June 19 at Iowa Speedway. "Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225 and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn growers to promote a homegrown, American fuel," Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said in the track release. "The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers." Kyle Busch won last year's event for his fourth career Camping World Truck Series victory at Chicagoland. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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 .
RELATED: Festivities set for Champion's Week " Champion's Week homepage MORE: Full schedule of live streaming at NASCAR.com for Champion's Week Fans going through offseason NASCAR withdrawal have a potent salve to look forward to this week. Champion's Week, NASCAR's annual postseason celebration, kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas with a packed week of activities and special appearances. The week culminates with Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, where first-time champion Kyle Busch will be the toast of his hometown. All 16 drivers from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs will participate in the fan-friendly jubilee, with events centered at the Wynn Las Vegas and other areas along Sin City's Strip. A fan experience at the LINQ Promenade will be open to the public from Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The activities begin in earnest Tuesday with Eli Gold's annual interactive NASCAR Live show from the Wynn's Race and Sports Book, featuring a sit-down interview and fan Q&A with this year's champion. Starting Wednesday, the festivities spread to Las Vegas Motor Speedway 's annual FanFest at Fremont Street, including a red carpet walk and game show activity for all 16 Chase drivers. The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon takes place Thursday with the presentation of several special honors from the NASCAR industry. From there, the 16 Chase drivers will participate in the NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco, a raucous, tire-smoking trip up the Las Vegas Strip, before taking part in the NASCAR After the Lap presented by Ford and Sprint, an unfiltered tell-all hosted by Rutledge Wood and Courtney Hansen. All three Thursday events will be live-streamed on NASCAR.com. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards caps the weeklong bash with a black-tie gala honoring every Chase driver, hosted by comedian and TV personality Drew Carey. The formal event will also reveal the winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, shortly after balloting concludes Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. RELATED: Cast your vote today
RELATED: Full race results " Final standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- To go fast, all Kyle Busch had to do was mash the gas pedal. To go faster, all he had to do was slow down. Had to slow down. No choice there. Busch "got in a fight" with an unprotected, concrete wall at Daytona before the season's first Sprint Cup Series race. He lost. Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway , he won. The road to the Sprint Cup title is a curious one. They say the 30-year-old Busch is a "changed" man -- actually, the word often used is "matured" -- and I hope that's only partly true. It's the competitive fire in Busch that pushes him to dance with a race car on the very edge. Occasionally, the results are disastrous; often, though, they are a thing of beauty. Busch didn't compete in all 36 points races this season, but for reasons out of his control. A broken right leg and a left foot that gave new meaning to the word "fractured" took care of that. For nearly 12 weeks, Busch idled. Idle is not a speed to which the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is accustomed. One doesn't win 154 races across three series by idling. A bed-ridden Busch had to sit and watch as three other drivers climbed into his No. 18 Toyota. It's been said that nothing hurts a racer more than seeing someone else in his car. Rehab was painful; sitting on the sidelines was agonizing. Potential wins were slipping by him on the television screen. When he finally did make it back to the track, no one knew what to expect, least of all Busch. Sure, he was confident. His crew chief, Adam Stevens, and car owner, Joe Gibbs, were confident. But no one was certain. No one knew if a broken leg and fractured foot were the only real injuries Busch suffered in Daytona several months earlier. Maybe the "want to" was still there, but the question was, could he? Could he still feel every nuance of the car as it rocketed around a race track? Could he push it to the very edge, find the sliver of an opening that existed only briefly, and charge his way through the field? Not only could Busch still do those things, but in some ways he did them better. Only six weeks after his return, Busch was back in the winner's circle, victorious at, of all places, Sonoma Raceway. In little more than a month's time, he won three consecutive races and four of five. Nearly as telling was his performance in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The format, tweaked from time to time, has always dealt hefty penalties for miscues with little or no time to recover, and Busch has had his share. This time, he navigated the minefield that stretched from Chicago to Homestead with minimal damage. If Busch has changed, so has his approach, something he called a "just let everything be" tactic. It's a short phrase that speaks volumes about his confidence in himself and his team. Changed? Maybe. Maybe hitting a concrete wall and starting a family and sitting on the sidelines had an effect on him after all. Slowing down wasn't a part of the plan. But in the end, that's what it took. And Busch, the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is just fine with that.
Practice leader Erik Jones will start on the pole in tonight's race RELATED: Full starting lineup " Practice speeds from Gateway Keystone Light Pole Qualifying got underway at Gateway Motorsports Park, but four minutes into the 20-minute opening round, a downpour put a hold on the session at the 1.25-mile track before ultimately washing out the three rounds of knockout qualifying. Since qualifying did not resume, NASCAR set the starting grid based on practice speeds, per the rule book. That puts Erik Jones on the pole position since he topped the lone practice session with a fast lap of 136.766 mph. Jones was also the fastest among the 16 drivers that made a lap during the opening round qualifying before the rain moved in, clocking a lap of 136.087 mph. Second-fastest in practice was JR Motorsports' Cole Custer (136.591 mph), who will start on the front row with Jones. Rounding out the top five from their top speeds in practice are ThorSport Racing's Matt Crafton (136.579 mph) and Johnny Sauter (136.285 mph), and GMS Racing's Brandon Jones (136.240 mph), respectively. Custer won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for this race last year, an event that was ultimately won by Darrell Wallace Jr . There is no Air Titan at the track but there are jet dryers at work to dry the Illinois facility. The American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren is the eighth race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for 2015. The 160-lap, 200 mile event is set for 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1 as well as MRN and SiriusXM. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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RELATED: Full Champion's Week schedule Champion's Week is here, and NASCAR.com will live stream several events from Las Vegas as NASCAR formally wraps up the 2015 season. Below is the complete schedule. All ti m es are ET TUESDAY, DEC. 1: -- 2:30-3 p.m.: Kyle Busch and Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White chat ( Watch live ) WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2: -- 3-3:30 p.m.: Dirty Air Podcast ( Watch live ) THURSDAY, DEC. 3: -- 2-4:15 p.m.: NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon ( Watch live ) -- 6-7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco, live from the Las Vegas Strip ( Watch live ) -- 7:15-7:30 p.m.: Matthew Dillner rides Toyota pace car to NASCAR After the Lap location ( Watch live ) -- 7:30-7:45 p.m.: Tweets You Might Have Missed, with Taylor Starer and Costner Merrifield ( Watch live ) -- 8:05-9:30 p.m.: NASCAR After the Lap, Live from The Palms ( Watch live )
PHOTOS: 'Rowdy' takes Las Vegas LAS VEGAS— Kyle Busch returned to his Las Vegas roots on Tuesday afternoon—but not his racing roots. Busch kicked off NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion's Week with a visit to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class in room 709 at Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School on the west side of the city, less than a 20-minute drive from the middle school he attended as a boy, Hyde Park. Champion's Week, NASCAR's annual postseason celebration, brings together the "who's who" of the racing industry, celebrities and fans for a robust schedule of events and appearances by the 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants. The week culminates with Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, which will be televised by NBCSN (8 p.m. ET). A fast-tracked science and math student in his own formative years, Busch had dreamed of following his childhood hero, Jeff Gordon , into NASCAR racing and ultimately beating his idol for a Sprint Cup Series championship on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . As Busch fielded questions from the class, it was clear that both his words and his stature as a series champion sparked keen interest from the young listeners. One boy in particular, named Ronan, appeared to have his sights set on a racing career. "He was pretty excited," Busch said. "He had his camera going, and he was the one who wanted to be the race car driver, and it seemed like he was the most attentive and interested in the conversation we were having." Interestingly, NASCAR had begun exploring the possibility of a school visit by the Sprint Cup champion eight weeks before the season ended, and the STEM class founded and taught by Stacy Schaumburg was chosen for the honor. It was a fortuitous coincidence that the series champion happened to be a Las Vegas native who had grown up in the Clark County School district. Busch was a good student, good enough to graduate from Durango High School a year early. "Mostly As and Bs," Busch said of his academic performance. But he had a strong incentive to crack the books. "Those were the grades I had to make for my mom to let me race," Busch said. If there was pressure on Busch to perform well in school so he could pursue his passion on the race track, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota said his 2015 championship lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and may make future titles less stressful to achieve. "I was actually pretty surprised by , not necessarily how easy it was, but how I felt through the whole situation, not being too nervous or this or that or other things," Busch said of his drive for the crown. "I've been racing for XFINITY wins or Cup Series wins, and I feel like I've let some slip away because of my internal feeling, maybe and not being able to get the most out of the car. "But this whole experience was far different from any of that. I'm not sure if number two will make me feel nervous or what, but it certainly makes it easier to think, going down the road, that those championships hopefully that we can achieve would be easier."
Quicken Loans announced Tuesday that it will join Kasey Kahne and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet team next season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Quicken plans to be a primary sponsor for three races and an associate sponsor for the remaining events on the 2016 calendar. One of the primary races will be part of a joint promotion with Hendrick Automotive Group, according to a news release provided by the Detroit-based retail mortgage lender. "Quicken Loans has made a big name for itself in our sport, in its industry and certainly in the Motor City," said Kahne, who joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 and signed a contract extension through 2018 last year. "Good partners are important to succeed in racing, and we're thrilled about building this new relationship with Quicken Loans." Quicken served as a primary sponsor for portions of the last four seasons with Ryan Newman , first at Stewart-Haas Racing and later Richard Childress Racing . The company, which was primary sponsor on RCR's No. 31 Chevrolet for nine races last season, thanked Newman for his association and his help as an entry point into NASCAR. "Ryan has been a terrific ambassador for our company and helped us to take our first steps into NASCAR,' said Jay Farner, Quicken's president and chief marketing officer. "He and Richard Childress Racing have helped us accomplish tremendous things during our time together, and we're proud to have been a part of their team. We are grateful for their guidance and support and we look forward to competing alongside them next year."