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
RELATED: See photos of NASCAR stars meeting Taylor Swift CONCORD, N.C. -- Even drivers get star struck by seeing celebrities. During a press conference to discuss the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and his upcoming 3-on-3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament, Dillon admitted to being awestruck when meeting singer and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift over the summer. Dillon told the story as he was joined by 12-year-old trauma survivor Louisa "Weezie" Broughton in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center. Broughton suffered a head injury after being struck by a car in Winston-Salem in November of 2014. RELATED: Read more about Broughton's story The two were part of a contingent that attended a Swift concert at Charlotte in June and got to meet the singer backstage as Swift and her tour sponsor, XFINITY , hosted guests on behalf of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. "I was single at the time and I tried to convince her that she ("Weezie") was my little sister," Dillon said. "So we went to meet Taylor Swift and it was like a big deal, that 'my older brother' pulled these tickets off because I wanted to meet Taylor Swift. And that's what our story was when we met Taylor but I choked up and she was good. Her and Taylor were having a great time. I was just kind of like 'oh, wow, its Taylor Swift.' She didn't get as awestruck as I did. I was pretty impressed by that." The energetic Broughton and her family are Dillon's guest at the track for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and she may even pop over the radio to give the driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet some encouragement. "She wants everybody to be happy," Dillon said. "She's a motivator for sure. We'll give her a radio and see what she can do." And for Dillon it's the lasting bonds and relationships that make this interaction special. "You create a relationship with someone and you want it to last and you want them to get to know you. For me, if she ever needs help with anything, I want to be able to be there for her and kind of go through experiences I've grown up doing." The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. "I am avid outdoorsmen, love to play and get outdoors," Dillon said. "Growing up just me and my brother, going out, riding four-wheelers, riding bikes, different things. We've broken bones and had different injuries, but to go through something like "Weezie" went through is a whole different level of that. I think what the Childress Institute is really doing is teaching the first responders how to work on the youth when they do get hurt." Dillon's basketball event is on Tuesday, November 3 at High Point University. For more on the event, click here.
See where your favorite driver will pit on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
As a professional race car driver competing in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr . gets to do a lot of interesting and innovative things as part of his job. But this Wednesday was special by any standards. Truex gave rides around Pikes Peak International Raceway to a paraplegic and quadriplegic in a specially designed "adaptive" stock car whose smart glass technology allows drivers a operate a car using head movement. Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser donated one of the team's No. 78 Chevys to the program and the race team volunteered many hours transforming it with the new technology. Truex flew out to Colorado from Charlotte -- where he'll be competing in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 -- just to participate in Wendesday's Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove RaceDay. It was difficult to tell who was enjoying the experience more. "What an awesome day to be a firsthand witness to some incredible technology," said Truex. "Life is about giving back and Dr. (Scott) Falci and his partners are doing just that. To see the joy of the individuals I gave a ride to was very inspirational." One of Truex's passengers, Stewart Lundy, a paraplegic from Denver, Col., considered it a ride of a lifetime, joking, "And he (Truex) gets paid to do this!" "I need to reassess my life goals. That is probably one them now. I loved every minute of it -- I'm coming down from an adrenalin high." The technology used in the car can also be used in steering a wheelchair and has the potential of increasing mobilization and independence for many disabled. "I wanted to add another adapted sport for the spinal cord and disabled population," said Dr. Scott Falci, a neurosurgeon at Denver's Craig Hospital. "Motorsports is a real exciting sport and we're utilizing the No. 78 Furniture Row car as a platform to get involved in a new adaptive sporting event and also getting involved with the NASCAR community." "The emotional thrill of having Martin and his Furniture Row race car was an uplifting experience not only for the spinal cord injured individuals and their families but for all of our partners who have been passionately working on this new adaptive technology."
10-time ARCA champion will make second Truck Series start of 2013
Officials say issue will be evaluated further at NASCAR's R&D Center next week
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
Hear from all the top finishers from Saturday's American Ethanol 200 from Iowa Speedway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Series are at Kansas Speedway this week, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series practices, qualifying sessions and races can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra . All ti m es are ET FRIDAY, OCT. 16: ON TRACK -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 4:30-5:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 6:15 p.m: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series -- 4 p.m.: XFINITY Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NSCS qualifying SATURDAY, OCT. 17: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 12:45 p.m. ET: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 ( 200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NXS race SUNDAY, OCT. 18: ON TRACK -- 2:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NSCS race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just a few days prior to Kasey Kahne 's annual 5K, organized by the Kasey Kahne Foundation, the Hendrick Motorsports driver announced that for every person that beat him in the 3.1-mile road race, he would then donate an additional $105 to the Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital. As an avid runner and slightly -- OK, very -- competitive individual, I gladly accepted the challenge to beat Kasey Kahne , all in the name of charity, of course. The "Five Kahne" 5K felt like the perfect assignment, an intersection of my line of work -- NASCAR -- and a passion of mine -- running. The perfect assignment it was. At first it was unclear whether or not Kahne would end up racing after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed, thanks to rain, from Saturday, Oct. 10th to Sunday, Oct. 11th. This happened to be the same day as the 5K in which only two-and-a-half hours separated the pair of events. But the driver of the No. 5 promised, via Twitter, that he would be in attendance. Though it still was unclear if he would merely just be there to witness the festivities or if he would actually lace up his sneakers for some cardio. It was confirmed to me in the most incredible way that he would, indeed, fulfill his promise and actually race. Kahne lined up around 9:55 a.m., right outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, about five rows back from the starting line and directly in front of me. So my question was easily answered. It left me with roughly five minutes till the race's start to strategize a plan to beat him, but I managed. Keeping it short, I beat the NASCAR driver by roughly 54 seconds (but who's counting?) and I was more than happy that he could give an additional $105 check to the Charlotte-based children's hospital. I'm going to be honest, it felt pretty great to beat a professional athlete, feeding the competitive beast that, admittedly, lies within me. A total of 39 runners outran Kahne's time of 22:39, making the total donation an additional $4,095. Kahne also had a special guest, Braylon Beam, join him for the morning's events. Click here to learn more about the incredible Beam. Braylon Beam was @kaseykahne 's very special guest for today's race festivities #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/F2cY6EFAmn — Maggie MacKenzie (@Maggie_MKenzie) October 11, 2015 To find our more about the Kasey Kahne Foundation check out the website .