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Austin Dillon avoids spinning Ranger
Championship contender Austin Dillon keeps his day going by avoiding the spinning Andrew Ranger .
Snapshot: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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
Saturday practice recaps from Atlanta, Canada
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
Sprint Cup Championship 4 pit crews ready for Miami
MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend Each of the teams competing for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title this weekend at Miami has earned its way there. But winning a championship is a different story for the Nos. 18, 19, 22 and 48 crews. Every lap, pit stop, caution, and call could make or break a season. With so much on the line, meet the men who will be pitting for a championship. No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson Front Changer: Kevin Novak Front Carrier: R.J. Barnette Jackman: Kyle Tudor Rear Changer: Calvin Teague Rear Carrier: Ryan Patton Gasman: Brandon Harder The story: The No. 48 pit crew is good, but it has not been easy. They've endured two changes this year and both have been at major positions. Front Tire Changer Cam Waugh left the team midway in the season and was replaced by longtime Roush Fenway Racing changer Kevin Novak. Novak has stepped up and done a great job. Jackman Andrew Childers was replaced by up-and-comer Kyle Tudor. Just like Novak, Tudor has done a great job. This crew mimics their driver and team: Fly under the radar and before anyone knows it, get in position to win another championship. No. 19 of Carl Edwards Front Changer: Clay Robinson Front Carrier: Kevin Harris Jackman: Trey Bruklin Rear Changer: Kip Wolfmier Rear Carrier: Matt Ver Meer Gasman: Kenneth Purcell The story: This crew has tons of experience and success, particularly in winning big races. Clay Robinson and Kenneth Purcell both have multiple championships from their days back at Hendrick Motorsports , and pressure for this team should not be a problem. For the last year and half the No. 19 squad has been a top-two team on pit road, which should give No. 19 fans confidence. If it comes down to a pit stop in Homestead, this could be the crew to beat. No. 22 of Joey Logano Front Changer: Thomas Hatcher Front Carrier: Dylan Dowell Jackman: Ray Gallahan Rear Changer: Zach Price Rear Carrier: Josh Chaney Gasman: Kellen Mills The story: This crew has won as many races over the last three years as anyone. They have superb leadership and tons of experience, and both will play a factor at Miami. They went through a mid-season change at the rear carrier position, and the group has won two of the last four races. This squad will be tough come Sunday. No. 18 of Kyle Busch Front Changer: Josh Leslie Front Carrier: Brad Donaghy Jackman: T.J. Ford Rear Changer: Jake Seminara Rear Carrier: Kenny Barber Gasman: Tom Lampe The story: These are your returning champs. They've been there, done that and thus have a slight advantage over the other crews. The crew members have stayed the same all year, and during the last 12 weeks they've been on fire. Speed is not a problem for this group. When they need to go low, they can. NASCAR has its best four drivers heading to Homestead, and the pit crews rank right up there with them. The Nos. 19, 48, and 22 teams all won quarterly awards for best pit crew by Mechanix Wear, and now we see them all battling it out for a chance to win a championship. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
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'Baddest man' Chuck Norris welcomes Texas Chase opportunity
(Photo credit: Chuck Norris Facebook ) FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chuck Norris is so beloved, treasured and adored that the actor and martial arts expert has internet memes, Twitter handles and fan clubs dedicated to honoring his very existence. According to the hugely popular and always creative Chuck Norris Facts website: "The Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square until Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked one of the corners off.'" Another entry promises, "Chuck Norris can believe it's not butter.'" And of course, "Chuck Norris knows the last digit of pi." There are clever memes picturing Norris. MORE: Chuck Norris and NASCAR -- all the memes you need "When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn't push himself up, he pushes the earth down," says one. "When Google has a question, they Norris it," suggests another. The popularity and fondness bestowed on Norris is much appreciated by the actor, who lives near Houston and will be trackside Sunday to introduce the eight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers prior to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway . It will truly be a mutual appreciation between NASCAR’s biggest stars and one of America's most treasured celebrities. "I'm looking forward to introducing the drivers and being with the NASCAR fans, plus I haven't seen (track president) Eddie Gossage and (Speedway Motorsports Chairman) Bruton Smith in years so this will be a great opportunity to get re-acquainted," Norris said. "I used to go out to the track often when I lived in Dallas filming the Walker, Texas Ranger series. The Norrises just love speed. I used to race off-road and then I did the powerboat racing for a few years. We're into all this racing stuff." Gossage thought it was the ultimate "natural" idea to invite Norris to introduce the Chase drivers prior to Sunday's race. "The thinking was, introducing the eight baddest drivers because they're still in the Chase you need the baddest man on the planet," Gossage said. "And with all the internet facts and memes it was obvious that has t o be Chuck Norris. The fact he's a friend and a Texan and been here a number of times, that’s an easy one to put together." For all of his work on television, in movies and as one of the most accomplished American martial arts experts, the 76-year old Norris is still genuinely amazed at the warm reception he receives everywhere he goes. And he has a good sense of humor about the cult-like following that has developed worldwide with the memes and fan clubs. "It’s interesting," Norris allowed with a laugh. "These Chuck Norris facts have reconnected me with the young people again. There’s a young college kid that sent me the first three Chuck Norris facts and I read them. "The first one I ever read was: 'They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore but the granite wasn't tough enough.' It's been 10 years since I saw that one." "And," he recalled, "I did two tours in Iraq to shake hands with the troops and I did that with over 40,000 soldiers because they were bugging their commanders to shake my hand after hearing these Chuck Norris facts. "Every time one of them came over to shake my hand, he'd tell me a Chuck Norris fact. And then I'd go to the commode and Chuck Norris facts were written on the wall. I thought, 'I can't get away from these things.'" Nor does he really want to. His popularity and decades long work in his first love, martial arts, along with his well-received work in television shows like the long-running Walker, Texas Ranger and movies such as Delta Force and Missing in Action make Norris one of the most recognizable faces in the world. And he is using that support and following to continue his great work with the KickStart Kids Foundation he formed in 1992. The program is truly the heart of his commitment to giving back. He and his wife Gena chair the foundation, which has worked with at-risk children and proudly helped graduate over 85,000 since the organization began. For the next week the Norries are selling "Chuck Yeah" t-shirts at represent.com/chuckyeah to raise money for their KickStart Foundation. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan and my son Eric has been driving in NASCAR for years, so we thought this would be a great opportunity," Norris said. "This race gives me the opportunity to help our fundraiser for the Kick Start program. Most of these kids have gone on to college and been successful in their own right." So for this weekend, Norrises intensity comes with a wide smile and proud heart. "I just love going out there and meeting these drivers," Norris said. "They are just down-to-earth guys and they have great values. Those are the kind of guys I like to be around." And it's definitely a mutual feeling.
Bruce: Honor the unfamiliar names on Sprint Cup windshields
RELATED: Learn about the troops being honored this weekend CONCORD, N.C. -- For the second consecutive year, the names displayed across the windshields of the cars that will take the green flag in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX) will be unfamiliar to most race fans. Gone are the names of Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski and Kenseth emblazoned across the tops of the vehicles. There is no Stewart, Busch or Logano. They have been replaced on this Memorial Day weekend with the names of Lynch, Taylor, Massarelli and Miranda. Carter, Jablonsky, Ramseyer and Gonzales. It's a long list. It's too long of a list. Including grand marshal vehicles and two pace cars, 44 of the vehicles here at Charlotte Motor Speedway will carry the names of fallen members of the United States military. Army. Navy. Marines. Air Force. Pilot. Gunner. Seal. Ranger . Their ranks varied. Their job did not. They were soldiers. They made the ultimate sacrifice. It's 600 Miles of Remembrance in the eyes of the NASCAR community. It's a lifetime of memories to those who knew them. RELATED: Every car in the field, plus fallen military member's name NASCAR officials worked with the Honor and Remember organization to pair fallen servicemen and women and their families with teams where no direct affiliations existed. But most of those we honor today at CMS had ties to NASCAR, through relationships with drivers or crewmen, sponsors or owners. Graham Molatch, the jack man for Chip Ganassi Racing 's No. 42 Chevrolet with driver Kyle Larson , is a former Navy Seal. Larson's car carries the name of fellow Seal Denis Miranda. The two were roommates serving in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 when Miranda died in a helicopter crash. "Denis was just a great person and I'm really, really honored to have a chance to have (him) on our car," Molatch said Saturday at CMS. "It means a lot to me. I think it means a lot to the guys on the team that we get to support Denis' name and his family. … "They should be acknowledged more than just once a year but it is great … to display their names. It's an honor for me personally, and a great honor for his family." Jimmy Woolard was a childhood friend of team co-owner Jack Roush. Woolard, whose name is carried on the No. 17 Ford of driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . this weekend, was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Master Sergeant Paul Karpowich was a family friend of Mike Bugarewicz, crew chief of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet for driver Tony Stewart . PFC John Borbonus was a classmate of driver Brian Scott ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) in Boise, Idaho. There are others. Too many others. Their photos are strikingly similar, most showing vibrant, smiling faces, full of life. Some were on their first mission; many had been a part of multiple deployments. There are those who left behind wives and young children. For others, family life would have come later. Later never arrived. There are those who left behind mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. We honor them today every bit as much as we do those who are no longer with us. You may not recognize their names. But you should know why those names are there. It's the very least we can do.
Twitter handles to replace driver names on windshields during Chase
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2016) -- NASCAR drivers competing in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ™ will display their personal Twitter handles on their respective car windshields during the first three-race round of #TheChase, NASCAR and Twitter announced today. Beginning with Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Twitter handles including @KyleBusch, @keselowski and @austindillon3 will adorn the windshield headers normally reserved for driver last names. The activation is part of an aggressive push by NASCAR to use Twitter, Vine and Periscope to elevate The Chase experience for fans during the sport's most social postseason ever. Earlier today, @NASCAR unveiled a new, racing-themed Twitter emoji, which will help bring #TheChase tweets to life throughout the 10-week postseason. "Twitter brings the passion and excitement of NASCAR to millions of our fans every single day in very unique and innovative ways,” said NASCAR Managing Director, Social Media, Scott Warfield. “As we embark on The Chase, the platform is helping us make the overall social experience that much richer and more memorable for our fans and followers." Beginning this weekend, @NASCAR will curate Twitter Moments and share Vines and live video via Periscope all capturing the spirit, excitement and behind-the-scenes action of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The first Chase race will also feature the Twitter bird logo, @NASCAR and #TheChase displayed as giant stencils in the infield at Chicagoland Speedway . "NASCAR truly embraces Twitter as a bridge between fans and the drivers they love," said Andrew Barge, Sports Partnerships, Twitter. "During this year's Chase, with Twitter handles on windshields and hashtags on the infield grass, NASCAR demonstrates just how much it genuinely values and encourages that fan engagement." After each round of #TheChase, NASCAR will tweet action-packed digital films that feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers reenacting the on-track highlights and storylines. Part of the sport's Ready. Set. Chase marketing campaign, the first video in the five-part series can be viewed on NASCAR.com/TheChase . Twitter handles displayed on Chase driver cars for the Round of 16 include the following: Chase Driver Car Twitter Kyle Busch No. 18 Toyota Camry @KyleBusch Brad Keselowski No. 2 Ford Fusion @keselowski Denny Hamlin No. 11 Toyota Camry @dennyhamlin Kevin Harvick No. 4 Chevrolet SS @KevinHarvick Carl Edwards No. 19 Toyota Camry #CarlEdwards Martin Truex Jr . No. 78 Toyota Camry @MartinTruex_Jr Matt Kenseth No. 20 Toyota Camry @mattkenseth Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Chevrolet SS @JimmieJohnson Joey Logano No. 22 Ford Fusion @joeylogano Kyle Larson No. 42 Chevrolet SS @KyleLarsonRacin Tony Stewart No. 14 Chevrolet SS @TonyStewart Kurt Busch No. 41 Chevrolet SS @KurtBusch Chris Buescher No. 34 Ford Fusion @Chris_Buescher Chase Elliott No. 24 Chevrolet SS @chaseelliott Austin Dillon No. 3 Chevrolet SS @austindillon3 Jamie McMurray No. 1 Chevrolet SS @jamiemcmurray The best and fastest way to join the NASCAR conversation and connect directly with the teams, drivers and fans during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is to Tweet with, and search for, #TheChase.