Crash that broke his leg and foot, journey back to racing SHOP: Busch gear Nov. 22: Busch wins first Sprint Cup Series championship In a season fit for the silver screen, Kyle Busch completes his emotional comeback from a devastating season-opening injury to capture his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. " Read the full story " Final 2015 standings Nov. 22: Busch wins title with victory at Homestead-Miami Driver Kyle Busch caps an amazing comeback, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 to hold off fellow Championship 4 contenders Kevin Harvick , Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr . " Read the full story " Complete race results Aug. 9: Busch breaks into top 30 in drivers points standings A runner-up finish at Watkins Glen pushed Kyle Busch into 30th place in the Sprint Cup points standings, a requirement of eligibility for him for the Chase. With four race wins under his belt, he must remain in the top 30 to make the Chase. " Read the full story " Full race results July 11: Kyle Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Kentucky A second win helps Kyle Busch 's chances of cracking the top 30 in points, the second condition he must meet to make the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup . " Read the full story " Full race results June 28: Kyle Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Needing victory to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup , Kyle Busch got the victory at Sonoma , a track that had been a concern as he continues to recover because the road course is so physically demanding. " Read the full story " Full race results June 13: Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Michigan Kyle Busch goes to Victory Lane in his first race back in the XFINITY Series after breaking his leg and left foot at Daytona. " Read the full story " Full race results May 24: Kyle Busch completes Coca-Cola 600 , finishes 11th Kyle Busch makes his Sprint Cup points race debut for the season in the Coca-Cola 600 , climbing to second place before fuel strategy led to an 11th-place finish. " Read the full story May 18: Kyle, Samantha Busch welcome first baby Driver Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, had their first child, a boy, at 9:45 p.m. May 18. Brexton Locke Busch is his name. " Read the full story May 16: Busch finishes sixth in All-Star race After a pleasing top-10 run in his first race back from leg and foot injuries, Kyle Busch looks forward to running in the Coca-Cola 600 " Read the full story May 13: Kyle Busch granted Chase waiver NASCAR has granted Kyle Busch a waiver for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Find out what he has to do to make the Chase. " Read the full story " Official NASCAR release " Cain: Making Chase will cap comeback May 12: Kyle Busch announces return After missing 11 events to open the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season following his injury at Daytona, Kyle Busch has set his return for the Sprint All-Star Race on May 16. " Read the full story " Drivers react to news of Busch's return " Herman Unplugged: Reaction to Busch's return " Busch's return a hot topic at Dover test May 9: Jones' promising run crashes at Kansas Making his first Sprint Cup start filling in for the injured Kyle Busch , Erik Jones was working on a great run at Kansas until he found the wall late in the race. " Read the full story April 16: Accident leads Busch to become unexpected safety advocate NASCAR.com's Holly Cain tells the story of how Kyle Busch 's wreck at Daytona has changed the Joe Gibbs Racing driver into a saftey advocate for the sport. Busch talks about how impressed he was of the breadth and depth of detailed information that has been gathered from his accident. " Read the full story April 16: Busch family bonds, finds strength in recovery With a baby on the way, the Busch family discuss how they've worked as a team to recover from Kyle's injury while prepping to expand their family. The parents-to-be explain that it hasn't been easy, but they're counting their blessings. " Read the full story April 15: Kyle Busch analyzes tape of his wreck Kyle Busch holds his first press conference after his crash at Daytona and uses video to break down his thought process as the wreck unfolded. His doctors are pleased with his progress, but he has no timeline for returning to driving. " Read the full story " Herman Unplugged: Busch should sit out 2015 April 15: Kyle Busch responds to Keselowski blog During his first press conference after his Daytona crash, Kyle Busch also addressed his long-running feud with fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski . " Watch the video " More on Keselowski's blog April 15: Kyle Busch , wife discuss crash, impending parenthood In an interview with Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha discussed the driver's accident at Daytona in February " Read the full story March 20: Kyle Busch takes next step in recovery Kyle Busch posts a video on Facebook of himself moving around a bit with the aid of a walker, along with encouragement from his wife, Samantha, and their dog. " Read the full story March 17: KBM drivers keep in touch Daniel Suarez says his team owner's advice is invaluable. And Justin Boston reports Busch is 'recovering quickly.' " Read the full story March 14: Kurt Busch hopes brother doesn't rush return Kurt Busch says, 'You can't rush the healing of bones and surgeries.' And teammate Denny Hamlin says Kyle Busch is staying engaged with the No. 18 team despite being sidelined. " Read the full story March 11: Kyle Busch , Samantha, visit KBM Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, take a field trip to Kyle Busch Motorsports and tell the team, 'Progress is going well.' " Read the full story March 10: Busch gets walking boots Kyle Busch gets soft casts removed from both legs and moves up to walking boots, which Samantha Busch dubs 'Terminator boots' in a Twitter photo. " Read the full story March 2: Subs announced for No. 54 XFINITY Toyota Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones and Boris Said are tapped as substitute drivers for Kyle Busch in the No. 54 NASCAR XFINITY Series Toyota. "Get Well Kyle" stickers adorn the No. 54. " Read the full story Feb. 27: Kyle Busch heads home after second surgery After a second surgery to treat his injuries, Kyle Busch was in a Charlotte hospital for observation for two days before being cleared to go home. The No. 18 racing team put a "Get well Kyle" on the rear bumper of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the Atlanta race. " Read the full story Feb. 25: Kyle Busch has successful surgery on left foot Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Kyle Busch underwent a successful surgery on his left foot at a Charlotte hospital. " Read the full story Feb. 24: Kyle Busch leaves Florida hospital Kyle Busch was released from Halifax Health Medical Center. He boarded a plane on a stretcher and was transferred to a North Carolina hospital for further treatment of multiple leg injuries. " Read the full story Feb. 24: David Ragan to sub for Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing announces that David Ragan will sub for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for several weeks, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway . " Read the full story Feb. 24: ISC working on 'significant plan' for safer barriers In the wake of Kyle Busch 's severe crash and resulting injuries during the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway , International Speedway Corporation announces a plan to expand its use of impact-diffusing barriers at its 12 tracks. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Joe Gibbs says Busch's surgery went well Team owner Joe Gibbs gives an update on Kyle Busch 's status after surgery and says he is 'resting comfortably.' Doctors reported that things went well with surgery on Busch's lower right leg. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Samantha Busch gives update from hospital Samantha Busch posts a selfie with Kyle Busch from his hospital bed on Twitter with a tweet saying, "Getting ready to watch the Daytona 500 ! Cheering on our 18 boys!" " Read the full story Feb. 21: Drivers wish Kyle Busch well after hard hit Kyle Busch is taken to the hospital by ambulance after a big wreck during the XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . Fellow drivers sent well-wishes via Twitter. " Read the full story Feb. 21: Hard hit sidelines Kyle Busch for Daytona 500 A crash in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race caused NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to miss the Daytona 500 after suffering injuries to his right leg and left foot a day before the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway . " Read the full story
RELATED: Full coverage of Gordon's last race Ray Evernham does more than just hope Jeff Gordon can close out his career by capturing a fifth NASCAR premier series title Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). He expects it. "Absolutely. No question," Evernham said in a telephone interview with NASCAR.com earlier this week. "All he has to do is be Jeff Gordon one more time. If he can take the 23 years of who he's been and be that one more time, those guys are in trouble." Who Gordon has been is one of the sport's most dominating drivers, with four championships -- fourth most in series history -- and 93 victories (third overall and tops among active drivers). Evernham speaks from experience. From 1992, when Gordon made his premier series debut in the season-ending race at Atlanta Motor Speedway , through 1999, Evernham was the team’s crew chief, orchestrating a game plan that took the Hendrick Motorsports team, and Gordon, to the very top of the sport. Standing between Gordon and a fifth title are three other drivers -- defending series champion Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), four-time race winner Kyle Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). RELATED: Road to Homestead for the Championship 4 Gordon is the only driver to advance to the final round by winning one of the previous round's three races -- scoring a ninth career victory at Martinsville Speedway . The winners of the remaining two Eliminator Round races were Gordon's teammates, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr . "I know (crew chief) Alan Gustafson and that group have worked incredibly hard on that car for him and I've always said you're only limited by how much time you have to prepare," Evernham said. "And I really believe that those guys have had more time to focus on that car than the other teams. "Everybody else said they could (focus on Homestead) but they couldn't." Harvick has been in this situation before, having survived the pressure cooker of a one-race championship battle last season. His results this season have been no less impressive. Busch missed the season's first 11 Sprint Cup races while recovering from a broken right leg and left foot suffered in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race to win four races in a five-race span. A winner at Pocono, Truex has Chase experience and finished 10th or better in 14 of the season’s first 15 races with his single-car team based in Denver, Colorado. A title by any of the four would be big. A win by Gordon, according to Evernham, would be huge. RELATED: Gordon's drive for five "If he pulls this off this weekend, this is just not a motorsports thing," Evernham said. "This is a major sports story, one of the greatest sports stories of our lifetime. "If you look at somebody who’s been able to be that competitive over 23 years, different cars, different rules, different things. It's not like playing football or baseball. I get what (John) Elway and those guys did and that's fantastic. But if you look at the changes he has had to deal with over the past 23 years, from the time that we rolled into Atlanta in November of 1992, our very first race, he's never missed a race. And here he’s going into his last race to battle for the championship. "To me, that's not just a motorsports story, that’s an incredible sports story overall."
NASCAR RETURNS TO AMS FEB. 26-28; SPEEDWAY INTRODUCES ‘PERFECT RACE WEATHER GUARANTEE’ Buy Tickets for 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 . HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2015) – NASCAR racing will make its thunderous return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2016 with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend Feb. 26-28. The Speedway today announced several great new benefits for fans attending the weekend event. The 2016 NASCAR Weekend has become more affordable and fan-friendly than ever. The majority of grandstand seat prices have been reduced, and no ticket to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is priced at more than $99, with seats starting as low as $39. The new ticket prices represent an overall average reduction of 15 percent from previous levels. Along with reduced ticket prices, Atlanta Motor Speedway has introduced a “Perfect Race Weather Guarantee.” The all-new policy offers fans options in the event that inclement weather prevents them from attending the race. If the daytime high temperature in Hampton, Georgia on Saturday or Sunday of race weekend fails to reach at least 50 degrees as observed by the National Weather Service, or if weather issues postpone the day’s activities to a different day and fans are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, fans who do not enter the admission gates on the day the event is held will receive an account credit for the full price of their tickets. Credits can be applied to any future AMS event or events in 2016 or the 2017 NASCAR Weekend. Also new in 2016, Atlanta Motor Speedway is rolling out the ultra-affordable “Good,” “Better” and “Best” ticket packages that offer unbeatable weekend deals. •The “Good” ticket package, priced at $79, includes upper Petty Grandstand seating for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , plus general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a savings of $40 off the regular prices. •The “Better” ticket package is priced at $139 and offers seating in the Winners, Earnhardt or Petty Grandstand for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a weekend FanVision rental and a Sunday pre-race pit pass, for a total savings of $125 off regular prices •The “Best” package, which offers the best value of all three deals, is priced at $179 and boasts an ultimate NASCAR weekend combination, including a seat in the Upper Champions Grandstand or the Upper Winners Grandstand chairback seats for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a weekend FanVision scanner rental, a weekend pre-race pit pass, and $25 off a purchase of $50 or more in the AMS souvenir shop. In total, the “Best” package shaves a whopping $165 off normal pricing. The Good, Better and Best packages are available for purchase now in addition to other traditional, price-friendly ticket packages. Those include the Two-for-$99 deal, the $159 Start/Finish Line Package, which includes both Saturday and Sunday tickets plus a Sunday pre-race pit pass, and the Jimmie Johnson package, which grants access to a pre-race Q&A session with the defending Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 winner for just $48 and half the price for kids. Another fan-favorite experience available now is the Champions Suite, which offers an indoor, climate-controlled atmosphere, a pre-race pit pass, individual reserved seating, TVs, dedicated restrooms, a delicious food and beverage buffet and much more. For the second consecutive year, AMS will host all three NASCAR national series on the same weekend. Saturday, Feb. 27 features a Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta , for a combined 450 miles of racing, while the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race headlines the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 28. Sprint Cup Series qualifying will open the weekend’s events on Friday, Feb. 26. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early and take advantage of these 2016 NASCAR Weekend specials, as many are available for a limited time and only while supplies last. For event information and to purchase tickets today , fans are encouraged to contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com . -AMS- Buy Tickets for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Now!
HAMPTON, Ga. -- It's never too early to get a jump on next season and that was the case for teams at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday. The track hosted seven teams for a NASCAR open team test on the 2016 rules package. The teams at Atlanta were: the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team with David Ragan , the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team with Ryan Blaney , the No. 22 Team Penske team with Joey Logano , the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports team with Chase Elliott , the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team with Kurt Busch and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team with Aric Almirola . The 2016 rules package is similar to the rules packages that were in place this year at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway where reduced downforce was prevalent. Next year’s base package includes a 3.5-inch spoiler (currently 6 inches), a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge (currently 2 inches) and a 33-inch wide radiator pan (currently 38 inches; it was 28 inches at the Darlington and Kentucky races). Like many drivers, Almirola, who finished 12th at Kentucky and 11th at Darlington, is a fan of the direction the sport is heading. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver compared and contrasted the setups in recent years. "I just think as they pull the downforce away and stuff, it allows me to drive my race car a little more," Almirola said during a media availability during a NASCAR open team test at Atlanta Motor Speedway . "The more downforce that we have had the last couple of years, it really puts us drivers in a box. If you have a really good car, you run good. And if you have a bad car, you run bad and it’s really hard to make any difference inside the car because everybody is carrying so much throttle. "So as we have transitioned to this lower downforce, I think its been an improvement for our sport but its been an improvement for me as well. Because I feel like I can make a difference now and when our car is not handling as good as we want it to. I can kind of do some different things in the cockpit and lift earlier. I can use more brake. All things that you can’t do when you are running close to wide open." Chase Elliott , who will be driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the sport’s top series in 2016, believes that this package should be just the first step. "I think it’s a step in the right direction. Keyword, step," the defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion said. "I don't think we need to be satisfied and happy with the location that we’ve landed at right now. I think we need to continue to try and improve and get better. "There's always room for improvement, definitely, on our side, trying to get better from a driver’s perspective, try to make the cars drive better. Also, from a package standpoint, trying to put on a good show for the fans. I think this is a great step and I think this is the direction we need to go in." The morning portion saw teams making short runs, while the afternoon saw some teams going out for extended runs. There was a brief delay in the afternoon for a sprinkle of rain but after about a 20-minute stoppage, cars were back on track. Atlanta hosts the second race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Feb. 28 and the first race of the year that will use the new rules package. The season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 will not be using this package since it’s a restrictor-plate track. "We've run Kentucky. We’ve run Darlington," Almirola said of the 2015 races that used a reduced downforce package. "We got a pretty good idea of what to expect. Coming back here for the second race of the year, you will really know where everybody stacks up to start the season." A two-day Goodyear tire test that had been scheduled at the track for Oct. 27-28 was moved to next week, Nov. 3-4, due to bad weather in the area. Teams from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Richard Childress Racing , Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing are scheduled to take part.
Podcast includes each noteworthy storyline from Championship 4 As the season comes to a close at the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway , the Dirty Air Podcast has a lot to talk about. Who will win the finale and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship? Chuck Bush, Jonathan Merryman and Matthew Dillner break down the story lines of the four drivers left competing for the title. • Log on to the iTunes Store and subscribe • Or watch the full replay on YouTube With many incredible storylines within the Championship 4, including Kevin Harvick defending his title, Martin Truex Jr . racing as the underdog and Kyle Busch 's legendary comeback. Perhaps the most buzzed about story, however, is Jeff Gordon as he attemps to put an exclamation point on a Hall of Fame career by hitting a walk off with a fifth title. Gordon made his debut in 1992 for the Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway , a race debated as one of the most dramatic championship-deciding races in the history of the sport. The Dirty Air trio examines the uncanny similarities between the '92 Atlanta finale and this year's NASCAR championship title bout at Homestead.
Take a virtual lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway with Kurt Busch.
RELATED: Tire issues crop up at Texas The tire issues that bit a handful of teams last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway aren't expected to be cause for concern when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams head to Homestead-Miami Speedway next week for the season’s final event. Although Goodyear will bring the same tire to HMS as was used at Texas, officials believe a lack of on-track time to fine-tune setups and air pressures led to last week's problems. Both practices on Saturday were canceled due to wet track conditions; the only track time for teams came on Friday during opening practice and qualifying. "We consistently run this combination here and at Homestead, and also at Chicago," Greg Stucker, Goodyear Director of Race Tire Sales, said last week at Texas. The majority of the Texas issues, he said, were likely due to "weather and a lack of practice." "Guys are always pushing the envelope and trying to take advantage of everything," Stucker said. "That's a lot of the things you see in practice. You see it early on and you start dialing back. They just didn’t have the ability to do that (at Texas)." Among those stymied by tire failures at Texas were Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) and Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ). Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards managed to avoid any tire problems, but admitted, "I did worry about the tires that I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn't seen what happened (to others). "I don't know what everybody else's trouble was," he said, "but with limited practice you never know what everybody was trying and what limits they were pushing." AMS Adding More SAFER Barrier Nearly 5,000 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier will be added at Atlanta Motor Speedway before NASCAR returns to the 1.5-mile track next season, according to track officials. Additional barriers will be installed on the outside wall along the backstretch, frontstretch and exit of Turn 4; portions of the inside walls in all four turns not currently featuring SAFER barrier is also scheduled to be upgraded. When completed -- work is scheduled to begin in January -- approximately 4,742 linear feet of SAFER barrier will have been put in place. "The safety of both drivers and fans continues to be our utmost priority," AMS president Ed Clark said. "These additions solidify our commitment to providing the safest racing environment possible and the high-quality entertainment experience our fans deserve." SAFER barrier consists of steel tubes mounted to the wall, with polystyrene foam "blocks" filling the space in between the two. The system greatly reduces the force of impact when struck by a vehicle. Prior to this year's NASCAR weekend at AMS, officials extended the wall at the exit of pit road (near Turn 1) and added a tire barrier in Turn 4 to provide additional protection. AMS is scheduled to host NASCAR Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams Feb. 26-28. Homestead Test on Tap for December The 2015 NASCAR season officially comes to a close next weekend in with the running of the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . But a handful of Sprint Cup Series teams will be back at the 1.5-mile track barely one month later to take part in a two-day tire test with Goodyear officials. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test, on tap for Dec. 14-15, 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. Wednesday, Dec. 16, is a scheduled rain date in case of inclement weather.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will compete in two of the final three races with a Goodyear tire combination that has already been used twice this season, in the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway and the opening Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Chicagoland Speedway . Beneficial yes, but will the results from those two races be repeatable for those that ran well in the two previous events? The series returns to Texas this weekend for the AAA Texas 500 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) and will conclude the 2015 season two weeks later at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford EcoBoost 400 (Nov. 22, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Both are 1.5-mile tracks, as is Chicagoland. "It's good because you can do the same things air-pressure wise; you know the lateral/vertical grip of the tire, what it will handle," Tony Gibson, crew chief for Chase participant Kurt Busch , said. "The difference is the actual material that's in the asphalt at the race tracks. They're a little bit different. "Homestead is a little different because it's surface is older and because of the (variable) banking. So Homestead is kind of in a league of its own. And it sits in the sun down there all year; the asphalt is really abrasive. So it does chew that tire up more so than Chicago or Texas; all of them chew them up, but I'd say Homestead is probably the worst (of the three)." Among drivers that are still in the Chase, Busch has the fourth-best average finish in the races at Texas and Chicagoland (8.5), and along with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick , led double-digit laps. Even though the makeup of the tires is the same, differences in the tracks cause the tires to wear differently. "Texas is different because of the wheel loads, more vertical in your speed," he said. "That tire responds a little bit different at Texas. That's why we've seen in the past some left side failures on tires on low air. To get the grip out of that tire at all three tracks, you need to be pretty low on air pressure. Unfortunately the loads are different at all three. "You want to run low air to get maximum grip out of the tire. But the load at Texas is way high compared to Chicago and Homestead. All three have different characteristics." Busch won the pole at Texas in the spring, and led 45 laps. He led 37 at Chicagoland. "The car we're taking is the Darlington/Dover car," said Gibson, "that was extremely fast at both of those tracks. We're putting together really good cars for (Texas and Homestead), and being on the same tire, we know what this tire does." Joey Logano had the best average finish among the drivers still competing in the Chase in the Texas/Chicagoland combo (5.0), followed by Carl Edwards (6.0) and Brad Keselowski (6.5). New Surface for The Glen Re-paving work at Watkins Glen International has been completed, according to track officials as one of only two road courses on the Sprint Cup Series schedule prepares for the '16 racing season. Next up for the facility is the installation of concrete rumble strips, grading and grassing of off-surface areas, concrete work along pit road as well as various wiring projects. WGI hosted its first NASCAR event in 1957. RELATED: See how the repave got underway Goodyear, Teams Return to AMS Last week's Goodyear test at Atlanta Motor Speedway , postponed due to rain, got underway Tuesday at the 1.5-mile track with Jamie McMurray ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Bobby Labonte ( Richard Childress Racing ), Ricky Stenhouse Jr . ( Roush Fenway Racing ) and David Ragan ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) taking part in the two-day test. Labonte was filling in for Austin Dillon while Ragan was testing with the No. 19 team of Carl Edwards . The test is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.
RELATED: Buy tickets now " 2016 schedules for top two national series MORE: Highlights of the 2016 schedules DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2015) -- NASCAR today announced the 2016 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which features 21 tracks hosting 23 events in the U.S. and Canada. As with the previously announced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series schedules, agreements have also been reached with the tracks to host the Camping World Truck Series through 2020. Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19. Other changes for 2016 are: • The Dover International Speedway event moves two weekends earlier in the schedule (May 13). • The first visit to Texas Motor Speedway moves one week later to June 10. • The Gateway Motorsports Park event moves two weekends later in the schedule to June 25. • The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event returns to the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend, on Sept. 4. "For more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been home to some of the closest side-by-side racing in the sport, and we're committed to delivering that to our fans for many years to come," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We expect that the stability of five-year agreements will benefit the entire industry, and anticipate the continuation of compelling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battles, like the one we're watching unfold in 2015." The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the 2016 season during Daytona Speedweeks, as the iconic track welcomes fans to experience its $400 million redevelopment project, DAYTONA Rising. After Daytona, the trucks will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a double-header with the NASCAR XFINTY Series for the second consecutive season. Two popular Wednesday night events -- at Eldora Speedway (July 20) and Bristol (Aug. 17) -- also return to the schedule for 2016. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series closes the 2016 season with five events in five weekends, including three triple-header weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway , and Homestead-Miami Speedway . FOX Sports will provide broadcast coverage of every race event in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck season.