Championship contender Austin Dillon keeps his day going by avoiding the spinning Andrew Ranger .
Get race details, storylines and quotes ahead of Sunday's race (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) What: Second annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada When: Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN Distance: 64 laps, 157.37 miles On the front row 1. Alex Tagliani, No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford (109.889 mph) 2. Gray Gaulding , No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet (109.301 mph) Failed to qualify None Fastest in practice First practice: German Quiroga , No. 77 Red Horse Racing Toyota (108.967 mph) Second practice: Andrew Ranger , No. 53 NDS Motorsports Dodge RAM (109.614 mph) Inaugural winner Chase Elliott Former winners in the field None. Darrell Wallace Jr. has the best finish among drivers competing in the race. He was fourth place last year. Double duty: Three drivers -- Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Ray Courtemanche Jr. -- will compete in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Canadian Tire Series events this weekend. Try, try again: "You know, the biggest thing, I think, is just taking care of your equipment -- making sure you don't shift when you're not supposed to and burn the brakes off the thing, and ultimately just finish this race. I've never claimed to be a road race expert, so having said all that, I just need to keep all four tires on the asphalt all day and I think we'll come away with a better finish than what we think we can." -- Johnny Sauter Road course compliments: "Road course racing is a blast. It's a lot of fun turning left and right, plus shifting." -- John Hunter Nemechek on racing at CTMP Applied experience: "It will be kind of new, but with all the data acquisition, simulation and all the other stuff we use these days, I don't know if you are ever truly going to a race track for the first time." - No. 51 crew chief Eric Phillips on both he and driver Erik Jones racing at Mosport for the first time Collaborative effort: "(Friday), I was going around with the Ford safety truck with Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy ... and Matt was pretty nice to give us some tips of what he felt last year around the track. I think as a driver, you have to feel the beast that you're going to be driving, and then it makes more sense once you're in the truck. So all the things that he was saying to us while we were driving out there, they were very valuable and then they all made sense because when I went out, what he was saying, it really kind of applied on what the truck was doing out there. So it was quite nice of him to give us all those tips before we went out." -- Alex Tagliani Whew!: "I'd say one ... trying to push it into 5 A and B, back in the corner there, I'd gotten in a little too hot, and you've always gotta have a couple of those or you're not driving it hard enough." -- Cameron Hayley on whether he'd had any nervous moments Saturday. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kenseth paces final Sprint Cup practice; Logano led day's first session RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Sprint Cup Series practice 3 " Results Matt Kenseth topped Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' final practice in advance of Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Still searching for his first win of 2014, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver rounded the track at a high speed of 188.251 mph. Coming in second-fastest was Team Penske driver Joey Logano at 187.869 mph. Logano led Saturday's opening practice session. Denny Hamlin (187.114 mph), Jeff Gordon (186.956 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (186.855 mph) completed the top five for the final session. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick was 23rd-fastest after posting a speed of 183.473 mph on his first of 41 laps. Making his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, Ty Dillon came in as 28th-fastest in the closing session (182.362 mph). The Sprint Cup Series will return to the track Sunday for the Oral-B USA 500 at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN. Sprint Cup Series practice 2 " Results Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the 50-minute practice session of Sprint Cup Series practice for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Practice was called five minutes early due to rain. Logano's opening lap of 189.351 mph was good to lead the entire practice. The three-time winner in 2014 has shown plenty of speed all year long. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick placed second in the session with a fast lap of 188.328 mph. Harvick earned his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of 2014 and the 12th of his career on Friday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the way for a Hendrick Motorsports contingent that placed all four of its cars in the top 11 of practice. Earnhardt ran a lap of 187.843 mph, which placed him third overall. Future Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (187.405 mph) and Carl Edwards (187.215 mph) rounded out the top five. Edwards led Friday's lone practice session with a fast lap of 192.855 mph. Greg Biffle , Edwards' current teammate at Roush Fenway Racing , placed sixth in the session. Tony Stewart , who was participating in just his second practice since return to the track, after a three-race absence finished in 15th place for the session. Brad Keselowski , who will start on the front row with Harvick, placed 26th in the session. He was 18th in the opening practice on Friday. Camping World Truck Series practice 2 " Results Andrew Ranger topped the final practice for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Ranger's lap of 109.614 mph set the pace in the final 85-minute practice session. Ranger is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend. The 27-year-old Quebec native is a regular in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and has two wins in eight events on that circuit this season. Ranger does have 17 Nationwide Series starts and one Sprint Cup Series start to his name. German Quiroga Jr. , who topped the charts in the opening practice, placed second in this session with a speed of 109.597 mph. Cole Custer was third with a speed of 109.526 mph. Ryan Blaney and Gray Gaulding rounded out the top five. Defending series champion Matt Crafton placed seventh in the session. Darrell Wallace Jr. , a two-time winner this season, finished ninth. Points leader Johnny Sauter placed 10th in the session. There was a brief caution during the session for debris in Turn 5. Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Results German Quiroga Jr. used his final lap of opening practice to take the top spot in the session for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Quiroga led the way with a fast lap of 108.967 mph. Brennan Newberry was second on the speed chart with a lap of 108.492 mph. Road course specialist Alex Tagliani , who is making his first Truck Series start, placed third with a lap of 108.406 mph. Gray Gaulding and Jeb Burton rounded out the top five. Points leader Johnny Sauter finished 13th in the session, while his ThorSport Racing teammate and defending series champion Matt Crafton placed 11th. NASCAR Next alumnus Cameron Hayley placed 14th. Hayley is making his first Truck Series start in the No. 32 for Turner Scott Motorsports. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: Gordon to join FOX's NASCAR coverage in 2016 With just one race remaining until the season's end, FOX Sports has announced its broadcaster lineup for 2016, which is highlighted by the previous addition of Jeff Gordon as an analyst for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gordon, who is competing for his fifth Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend before ending his career as a full-time driver, will join play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst Darrell Waltrip. Joy and Waltrip have been in the booth together for 15 years. Former crew chief Larry McReynolds will remain part of the network's coverage providing in-race analysis. Reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum will handle pit road duty for the FOX Sports' 16 Sprint Cup telecasts. FOX will televise 10 races, while FS1 will televise six. Welch will also serve as the new full-time play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after being a part of a rotation for this role in 2015. Welch has been a FOX pit reporter for the Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015, and has served in a similar capacity for ABC Sports and ESPN. Analysts Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons will flank Welch in the booth. Hermie Sadler , Kaitlyn Vincie and Yocum will handle pit road reporting in that series. FS1 is broadcasting 22 of the 23 Truck races and FOX has the October race at Talladega. The network also announced Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip will continue to team together for the FOX Sports' portion of the XFINITY Series schedule, along with a rotation of drivers from the Sprint Cup Series. Neville, Sadler, Little, Welch and Yocum will alternate to cover pit road for this series. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1's prerace show for Sprint Cup races, will return with Chris Myers, Danielle Trotta and John Roberts sharing the hosting duties. Analysts Kenny Wallace , Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach as well as reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Vincie. Trotta will host NASCAR RaceDay- XFINITY with McReynolds and Wallace as analysts while Roberts will host NCWTS SetUp with two-time series champion Todd Bodine providing insight and features reports from Ray Dunlap. NASCAR Race Hub will air live at 6 p.m. ET every Monday through Thursday on FS1 with Alexander, Trotta and Roberts co-hosting the hour-long program. McReynolds, Hammond and Dallenbach will serve as analysts as will a rotation of active drivers and crew chiefs. Cavanna, Doud and Vincie will have daily reports from around the circuit, while Dunlap will have Truck Series feature reports and analysis. There will be a weekend edition of the program on Friday and Saturday with at-track updates as well as NASCAR Victory Lane to recap each Sprint Cup Series race.
Blaney scores first Camping World Truck Series victory of 2014
Plenty of NASCAR action at Charlotte, Iowa and more over the next two weeks
Brian Scott turns the No. 66, setting off a multi-car pileup off Turn 2 late in the race.
Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr and Many More at First-Ever Dega Jam Music Festival at Talladega Superspeedway , July 1-3, 2016 Tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages on Sale Now Early-Bird Pricing for 3-Day Passes Available for a Limited Time (Talladega, Ala.) - October 25, 2015 – Dega Jam , the first-ever country music festival held at Talladega Superspeedway , announced a monster lineup for the first-time event. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr and dozens more will keep the party rocking over Fourth of July weekend, July 1, 2 & 3, 2016 at the famed Talladega Superspeedway . Dega Jam, which will take place in the infield of the biggest NASCAR track in the country, will feature a huge music lineup over three days and nights, programmed on three specially designed performance stages. The mega-music festival will offer fans a thrilling new annual way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend. General Admission 3-day passes, VIP packages and travel packages are all on sale now. Early-bird pricing for weekend passes is available for a limited time. Camping opportunities will be available for purchase starting October 29. Visit DegaJam.com for all festival information, including participating hotels. The full 2016 Dega Jam lineup includes: Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and Ranger Doug Green, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stuart, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Clare Dunn, John Anderson, Kristian Bush, The Cadillac Three, Aaron Lewis, Pat Green, Josh Thompson, RaeLynn, Mac Powell, Rodney Atkins, Cassadee Pope, Shooter Jennings The Swon Brothers, Mo Pitney, Frank Foster, Whiskey Myers, and Ruthie Collins. Quint Davis, producer/director said, “Dega Jam is coming to join the thunder that rocks Talladega Superspeedway . From the opening night strains of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd to Eric Church and his mega-hit ‘Talladega’ on Saturday night, to taking it home with Kid Rock’s ‘Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long,’ the Dega Jam will live up to its namesake. A country festival like no other, Dega Jam headlines Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., and 40 more stars from all branches of country music. In the infield of the Superspeedway, on three stages for three days, country music will be celebrated from modern superstar Martina McBride, to legendary rocker Dwight Yoakam, and everything in between, including Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr, native Alabamians Sara Evans and Jamey Johnson. Even Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his Time Jumpers to the party. And a party it will be; for sure there is something for everyone. All tickets go on sale today. Be one of the lucky few that get to actually camp out in the infield, inside the Festival itself, where the party really never stops. Hey, it’s not just a music Festival, it’s Talladega!” “Being the biggest race track in NASCAR and having nearly 3,000 acres of unlimited camping opportunities, Dega Jam is uniquely positioned to become one of the – if not the – biggest country music festival in the country,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway . “More than 70 percent of our NASCAR customers come from outside of the state, generating more than $380 million annually for Alabama tourism, and we expect Dega Jam to add significantly to this economic impact. When these fans make their journey to Dega Jam, they will find that ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ has lots more to offer, too. From delicious food delicacies to incredible road-trip destinations, Alabama has it all. We can’t wait for July 2016.” Just as it is for the races at Talladega, Dega Jam will allow fans to camp in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations adjacent to the stages. Special VIP packages – the “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” - will allow for a variety of special privileges, depending upon which package is selected: an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage and with VIP viewing at the other stages; access to the White Lightning VIP Club offering a comfortable hospitality tent and private cash bar; and other comforts and amenities. VIP packages will be available in limited quantities. Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and inside NASCAR garages. Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; country-and-western merchandise; cool zone water elements; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Dega Jam transforms Talladega Superspeedway into a festival-goer’s paradise. Be part of the Dega Jam community at any of the following: DegaJam.com DegaJam on Facebook @degajam on Twitter degajam on Instagram AEG Live along with Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans are partnering with the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to produce the Dega Jam . PLEASE NOTE: Artist b-roll video is available at https://vimeo.com/141839637 . Festival Contact: Matthew Goldman, 504-410-4100, Matthew@fpi-no.com Talladega Contact: Russell Branham, 256-315-4556, Rbranham@talladegasuperspeedway.com ### DEGA JAM WEEKEND FESTIVAL PASSES 3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($179 early bird all-in pricing) • 3-day general admission; passes are non-transferable • Includes access to over 40 bands on three festival stages, a select menu of food and beverage offerings available for purchase from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, official festival merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements and much more VIP PIT PASS - ($599 all-in pricing) • 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable • Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Dega Jam Stage and VIP viewing at the Sweet Home Dega Stage and Honky Tonk Hall • Access to the White Lightning VIP Club, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations and more • Private air-conditioned flushable restrooms • Exclusive festival merchandise item • Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend • Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space • On-site experience concierge CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing) • 3-day admission; non-transferable • Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Dega Jam Stage and VIP viewing at the Sweet Home Dega Stage and Honky Tonk Hall • Exclusive access to the Crew Chief Super VIP Deck at the Dega Jam Stage featuring a covered viewing platform with premium views of the main stage, open bar featuring select wine, beer and spirits, complimentary light snacks and refreshments, and air-conditioned restrooms • Crew Chief VIP-only exclusive festival merchandise items • Access to the White Lightning VIP Club, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations and more • Crew Chief VIP only festival merchandise item • Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend • Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space • On-site experience concierge Plus a few surprises!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COUNTRY 500 ANNOUNCES COMPLETE MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP! Jason Aldean Added to the List of Headliners Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Dwight Yoakam, Jamey Johnson and Many More Stars Coming to Daytona International Speedway Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2016 3-Day Weekend Passes, VIP Packages, Camping and Travel Packages on Sale Now! (Daytona Beach, Fla.) – November 3, 2015 – Organizers today announced the full artist lineup for the first-ever Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona --, to be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 28 & 29, 2016. Jason Aldean has been added to the list of previously announced headlining artists that includes Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Willie Nelson. Other country superstars on the Country 500 lineup include, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson and dozens more. Country 500 will take place on the infield of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway , a historic first mega-music festival inside the hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic motorsports venues in the world. Three-day weekend passes, VIP packages, camping and travel packages are on sale now through Country500.com. Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early bird pricing ($199) for 3-day weekend general admission passes. The complete artist lineup for Country 500 will feature: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Stapleton, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, Brothers Osborne, Marty Stuart, Clare Dunn, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Joe Diffie, The Cadillac Three, Eric Paslay, Josh Thompson, Mo Pitney, Craig Campbell, Mac Powell, Brooke Eden, Jamestown Revival, Frank Foster, and Charlie Worsham. Country 500 festivities will be spread over three days and nights, with music programmed on three huge performance stages—all specially designed and built for the festival. Just as it is for the great races at the Speedway, Country 500 will allow fans to actually camp out in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations. Country 500 also offers on-site lodging and travel packages for a hassle-free way to enjoy the festival. Travel packages include hotel accommodations, roundtrip transportation to the festival grounds and official t-shirts plus festival admission. Visit Country500.com for information on the on-site lodging opportunities and travel packages. “The Country 500 is coming to Daytona! From Jason Aldean Friday night to Luke Bryan Sunday night, and a rocked-out home coming for Florida Georgia Line, plus Kid Rock and Willie Nelson on the big Saturday night. Country 500 is a festival like no other,” said Festival Producer Quint Davis. “And the headliner who will not be appearing anywhere else in the world is, of course, Daytona International Speedway itself. The entire festival fits inside the legendary speedway’s massive infield, with plenty of infield camping areas! You can actually camp out inside the track during the festival. If camping is not your thing, we’re in Daytona Beach—with its miles of ocean front hotels close to the track, where you can still drive your car along the beach where American racing all began. The Country 500 at Daytona on Memorial Day Weekend, when Sunday is still a Saturday night!” “This star-studded lineup of talented musicians will transform the ‘World Center of Racing’ into the ‘World Center of Entertainment’ on Memorial Day Weekend,” Daytona International Speedway Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “Festival Productions – New Orleans has done an amazing job putting together top-notch entertainment that will entertain thousands of guests in the infield of Daytona International Speedway .” Special VIP packages called “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” (see attached) allow for an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage with side stage access at the other performances areas plus access to comfortable hospitality areas, private cash bars and many other comforts and amenities. For VIP benefits, camping information, festival details and flexible payment plan options, call 1-844-500-FEST or visit Country500.com . Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and the garages. Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; cooling water elements; country-and-western merchandise; fireworks; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Country 500 transforms racing’s greatest venue into a festival-goer’s dream. Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for tickets, camping, parking, and other festival information. Make sure to sign up on the Country 500 mailing list and get all the festival info as it becomes available. Customizable travel packages, on-site lodging opportunities and hotel information are also available at Country500.com. Stay connected with Country 500 on Facebook , Country500.com on the web and #Country500 on Twitter . AEG Live and Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans are partnering with Daytona International Speedway to produce the Country 500. Festival Contact: Matthew Goldman, 504-410-4100, Matthew@fpi-no.com Daytona International Speedway Contact: Andrew Booth, 386-681-6714, Abooth@daytonainternationalspeedway.com PLEASE NOTE: Artist images and the official Country 500 logo can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/country500-pr and artist b-roll video is available at http://bit.ly/country500-video . ### Country 500 Weekend Festival Passes 3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($199 early bird all-in pricing) -3-day general admission; passes are non-transferable -Includes access to over 40 bands on three festival stages, a select menu of food and beverage offerings sold from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, official festival merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements and much more VIP PIT PASS - ($599 all-in pricing) -3-day admission; passes are non-transferable -Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater -Access to the VIP Pit Stop, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations and more. -Private air-conditioned flushable restrooms -Exclusive festival merchandise item -Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend -Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space -On-site experience concierge CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing) -3-day admission; passes are non-transferable -Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater -Exclusive access to the Crew Chief Super VIP Deck at the Country 500 Stage featuring a covered viewing platform with premium views of the main stage, private cash bar and air-conditioned restrooms -Exclusive access to the Country 500 VIP Club, a private indoor air-conditioned hospitality lounge featuring cash bar, comfortable furnishings, private merchandise stand, complimentary light snacks and refreshments, massages, Wi-Fi, charging stations and more -Crew Chief VIP-only exclusive festival merchandise item -Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend -Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space -On-site experience concierge -Plus a few surprises! 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MORE: Revisiting one night in Richmond In the movie "The Replacements," quarterback Shane Falco discusses his biggest fear: quicksand. Basically, a snowball effect, where one thing goes wrong, then another and another until it's completely out of control. Well, that is what has happened with Michael Waltrip Racing over the past two years. The latest event: A P4 penalty that saw Clint Bowyer lose 25 driver championship points, Rob Kauffman lose 25 owner championship points and Bowyer's crew chief, Billy Scott, suspended for three races. This comes on top of last month's news that MWR would no longer field a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and that the organization was allowing Clint Bowyer to pursue other opportunities for 2016. However, everything with the fall of MWR can be traced back to one fateful night in Richmond. NASCAR ruled that Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome of the final regular-season race at Richmond in 2013. Drivers were docked points, a penalty which took Martin Truex Jr . out of the Chase and put Ryan Newman in. The aftermath saw the sponsor of Truex's car, NAPA, leave MWR. NAPA would eventually end up sponsoring the JR Motorsports' NASCAR XFINITY Series ride for Chase Elliott in 2014 and 2015. Elliott instantly became a star in the series and won the XFINITY championship in '14. NAPA has committed to go with him as a primary sponsor as he moves to Cup ranks in 2016 with Hendrick Motorsports and will be wheeling Jeff Gordon 's No. 24 Chevrolet. With NAPA out, MWR elected to downsize to two full-time teams, leaving Truex as the odd man out. He landed at single-car Furniture Row Racing , which was fresh off making the Chase with Kurt Busch behind the wheel. Truex struggled in his first season with the team, but he has been solid in 2015, winning at Pocono and making the postseason. In 2012, Bowyer's best season, he had 10 top fives to go with his three wins. Since the Richmond incident in 2013, he has just nine top fives in 74 races. He also has a winless drought that is now at 105 races after New Hampshire. RELATED: MWR through the years This is not the first time that one decision has caused a ripple effect throughout a sport's landscape. One of the most famous examples of this is "The Curse of the Bambino." Legendary baseball player and Hall of Famer Babe Ruth had led the Boston Red Sox to three World Series titles. Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920, which would go on to become a heated rival for Boston. As legend has it, the owner of the Red Sox Harry Frazee used the money from the sale to finance a play, "No, No, Nanette." The deal reversed the fortunes of both teams. The Yankees became a powerhouse, winning the first four of their 27 World Series championships in club history. The Red Sox would go through a title drought of 86 years with misfortunate finding them in different ways, most notably the Bill Buckner misplay in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Boston did eventually win a World Series title in 2004 and won three titles in 10 years. ... In the 1984 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected big man Sam Bowie with the No. 2 pick, while passing up the chance to draft shooting guard Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls grabbed Jordan with the No. 3 pick and the rest is NBA history. Jordan went on to become of the best players, if not the best player, in NBA history and led the Bulls to six championships, which consisted of two three-peats. Bowie battled a number of injuries to his knees that didn't allow him to live up to the promise and potential Portland thought it had drafted. While Portland remained a consistent playoff presence up until 2004, the organization is still searching for its first title since 1977. Jordan even led the Bulls past Portland in the 1992 NBA Finals. Similar luck struck Portland when it selected big man Greg Oden with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft over Kevin Durant. Oden's professional career has been marred by knee issues, while Durant is one of the league's top talents. ... A neck injury to NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning sent a big ripple thoughout the league. The then-Indianapolis Colts quarterback wound up missing the entire 2011 season and the Colts suffered through a miserable year, ultimately landing the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Quarterback Andrew Luck was considered to be the top player available in that year's draft, but the Colts still had a rehabbing Manning, although he was owed a whopping $28 million roster bonus. Indianapolis made the decision to cut Manning and drafted Luck to be its new franchise quarterback. Luck has led the Colts to the playoffs in the first three seasons of his career. RELATED: NFL quarterback picks Dale Jr. to win the Chase Manning would go on to land in Denver, where he would make the Broncos instant Super Bowl contenders and power the Broncos to the playoffs the past three seasons. Manning's arrival in Denver paved the way for the team to trade Tim Tebow. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner guided the Broncos guiding to a Wild Card Round win but he was dealt to the New York Jets months later. The Jets struggled to find ways to use him and he was released in April of 2013. With some of these cases, the fallout still continues and is subject to much debate. How would the Colts have been if they had held on to Manning? Would Tebow's career have turned out differently if Denver hadn't brought in Manning? How different would the past few years at MWR had been without the Richmond incident? Would a sponsor have backed Elliott so quickly and as a result, would his meteoric rise have happened? Those debates are part of the reason we talk about sports, to dream up the fantasy and hypothetical scenarios. But in the end it's those events that have a lasting effect on the sports we love.