Will we see Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. reunited? RELATED: MWR co-owner buys into CGR " Bowyer comments on MWR situation Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr . were teammates at Michael Waltrip Racing for two seasons -- one of which was Bowyer’s best to date, in 2012 -- before MWR granted Truex the freedom to seek other opportunities following a race manipulation scandal that sent shockwaves through the sport in 2013. Truex has spent the past one-plus seasons at Furniture Row Racing , struggling mightily last year but emerging as a title contender in 2015. Bowyer and MWR have since struggled, to the point that co-owner Rob Kauffman has purchased stake in Chip Ganassi Racing in a potential exit from the organization, leaving Bowyer riddled with questions. Truex and Furniture Row may just have the answers he’s looking for. Bowyer took to Twitter to answer fan questions on his flight back from an eighth-place finish at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, and hinted at possibly reuniting with Truex, who was also on the plane. @ClintBowyer are you on the plane with a future teammate??? Lol — James Cunningham (@JamesIV1978) August 2, 2015 Maybe. @MartinTruex_Jr https://t.co/N9ejArwhRa — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 2, 2015 FRR team owner Barney Visser has hinted at a possible manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota , which Bowyer currently drives, and has mentioned that the organization would like to have a second team by 2017 at the latest . Don’t worry, since it was a Bowyer Q&A, the chat quickly turned silly, and for the record, Bowyer won’t give Jamie McMurray a Wet Willy -- not when he has the space to go for the full swirly. (Props to @nascarcasm for tossing the idea to Clint in the first place. Gold.) @ClintBowyer I'll give $50 to a charity of your choice if give McMurray a successful Wet Willy. — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 2, 2015 Screw that, the size of this plane one can successfully hand out a swirly. https://t.co/xk7HkbiiNQ — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 2, Thankfully Blake Shelton wasn’t on the plane with them, otherwise it sounds like this Q&A wouldn’t have even happened. @ClintBowyer is @blakeshelton with you? — Adrianne (@Tony14M5fan) August 2, 2015 Hell no, we can still type can't we? https://t.co/Fk6AOF64Mf — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 A fan then told Bowyer that his mom often gets the MWR driver mixed up with his former Richard Childress Racing teammate and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton -- who is 12 years his senior. @ClintBowyer My mom routinely gets you and Jeff Burton confused because she thinks you look alike. Do you get that a lot (or ever)? — Tommy Chitester (@TChitester) August 3, 2015 He's 60 and I'm 20. He's 4'0 I'm 6'0. Tell u what though. He's a race calling sob though https://t.co/gR02RQgsiW — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 Then there was another fan whose hashtag game was a little off. It’s #BartenderBrad , Mike Richards. Get with it, man. @ClintBowyer Is @keselowski on the plane giving you drinking lessons? #ProfessorBrad — Mike Richards (@autodetailer66) August 3, 2015 Hahahaha!!!!! https://t.co/HnhS7WY4hl — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 And boy, does he think highly of old (new?!?) teammate Truex. Bowyer and McMurray on a plane be like... #nascar pic.twitter.com/OdIvwAhCtl — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 3, 2015 Pissed u made me the blow up doll, but damn is @MartinTruex_Jr sexy! https://t.co/HCHsyjLQuD — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015
Rookie Blake Feese gets loose in front of new points leader James Buescher and brings out the caution.
Clint Bowyer, Blake Feese , Kyle Busch, James Buescher and Ryan Newman comment on their Atlanta finishes.
New at-track shopping experience begins at Pocono RELATED: See photos of the new merchandise experience LONG POND, Pa. -- A new era in NASCAR shopping has officially launched with the new "Trackside Superstore." A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at Pocono Raceway officially ushered in the new retail model as the sport moves away from merchandise haulers and into an at-track shopping experience that is faster and features more selections for fans. Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick , Pocono June race winner Martin Truex Jr ., Ross Tannenbaum, president of Fanatics Authentic, Brandon Igdalsky, president of Pocono Raceway, and Blake Davidson, vice president of Licensing and Consumer Products for NASCAR, spoke before fans rushed in to experience the store. Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton also checked out the "Trackside Superstore." The "Trackside Superstore," which is run by Fanatics, totals 60,000 square feet, has specific sections for most drivers and carries $2.5 million in retail inventory, while also carrying a 50 percent increase in product assortment for most of the drivers. There also are dedicated specialty shops for ladies, kids, collectibles and tailgate. There are still some select haulers, most notably for Team Penske and Brad Keselowski merchandise. "This NASCAR superstore is like nothing I've ever seen," Igdalsky told the crowd. "I'm so excited that we were able to launch this year at Pocono. NASCAR has done a great job of enhancing the fan experience, and this is just the next level." The ease of the shopper experience at the "Trackside Superstore" was something that immediately struck Truex. "I'm super excited about this," Truex said. "I can't tell you how many questions I've had this year on Twitter just about, 'Hey, where do I get that hat? Where do I get that shirt?' This makes it easy. Everybody goes in there, finds their favorite driver, finds what they're looking for very easily." He later jokingly added that, "I feel like it's welcome to 2015 everybody." Harvick echoed Truex's thoughts, while also adding his own perspective from when Kevin Harvick Incorporated handled his merchandise. "You come in and walk through your section and you realize how simple the process is to go about finding your driver and checkout," Harvick said. "The thing I noticed the most was just how easily you can see everything and how there might have been a whole bunch of products before that you didn't know where on the trailers. It's definitely like Martin said, it's welcome to 2015. ... It's a huge step for everybody. "Having the experience that we had running our own merchandise stuff for several years at KHI and now seeing this, it's really something that's really neat. You understand the undertaking it takes to get to this point." Davidson indicated this has been a year-long project, from seeking proposals to revealing Fanatics as the selection to running the business in January to today's opening. "We've been working on this a long time," Davidson said. "And we walked in and saw what they put together. Fanatics has done a tremendous job. It's really blown us away, the breadth of product. The ability of the fans to touch and feel the product, which we knew they would be able to do. There's so much here, there's so much new product here that we've never had a track before. I think people are really going to be excited when they get here." Cayce and Mark Votek have been coming to Pocono for the past 10 years. Cayce, a fan of Denny Hamlin , liked that even with the new setup there was still a feel of familiarity. "I was a little skeptical at first," Cayce said. "I do like that I can touch the stuff first. That's actually really cool, probably dangerous for me because now I just grab it all. I know all of the people from Denny's hauler because I go there all the time and I actually ran into one, so I like that they're still here. There's still some familiarity. So far, so good." In addition to being able to touch and feel the products, Tannenbaum touted the reduced wait times fans will have to buy merchandise. The Fanatics executive estimated that in peak times the wait at a hauler was between 45 minutes and an hour. However, he acknowledged that this new model wasn't without his challenges when compared to running merchandise at other events like the NHL Winter Classic or the SEC Championship Game. "From a process, this is absolutely the most challenging one we've had and I think will ever have," Tannenbaum said. "When you think about it, go set up the Super Bowl and then break it down 38 times and set up again the next week. That's what makes it the most challenging. At Fanatics, it was an exciting challenge. It was 'go for a solution to this and make this work.' And what we presented to NASCAR and where we ended up today is very different because we learned so much." Tannenbaum added that Fanatics has three different tent structures, two different sets of fixtures to hold merchandise and one set of inventory for the trackside superstore. Next weekend's race at Watkins Glen will have a slightly different setup and a team is already up there to set it up. A team from Pocono will drive to Watkins Glen when the Tricky Triangle race weekend ends to build the setup out with the inventory. "What you are seeing here is going to be the standard superstore for all tracks," Tannenbaum said. "What is going to happen is there will be more locations and satellite locations at tracks that do either more revenue or less revenue, wider tracks. I use Richmond as the example. This store at Richmond, everybody walks into that front, it's pretty straightforward. At Daytona or the really big tracks, you are going to have to have multiple locations to meet the consumers' demand. We are going to look at what revenues are at the track, what the flow of traffic is and make sure that we can manage all of that. But this will be the central point for all of the stores." And while the new setup may take some time for fans to get used to, Truex said this was a good change for the long run. "I know a lot of NASCAR fans are worried about things changing, but I assure them this is a change for the better and I think it looks great." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Coors Light Pole Qualifying, 11:35 a.m. ET, July 25 (NBCSN/Live Extra) Entry Car # Driver Team 1 19 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 2 40 Josh Reaume # Phoenix Air Dodge 3 74 Mike Harmon Battery Saver Dodge 4 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 5 52 Joey Gase Donate Life/DB Sales Company Chevrolet 6 13 BJ McLeod (i) Grafoid/Main Gate Dodge 7 89 Morgan Shepherd Malamphy Electric Inc. Chevrolet 8 0 Harrison Rhodes # teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 9 15 Stanton Barrett Navy Seals vs Zombies/Lilly Trucking Ford 10 90 Martin Roy Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet 11 97 Peyton Sellers # VroomBrands Chevrolet 12 24 Eric McClure Reynolds Wrap Toyota 13 4 Ross Chastain # Watermelon.org Chevrolet 14 51 Jeremy Clements AllSouthElectric.com/RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 15 44 David Starr Zachry/Build Your Future Toyota 16 26 Timmy Hill (i) JGL Racing Toyota 17 01 Landon Cassill Flex Seal Chevrolet 18 14 Cale Conley # IAVA Toyota 19 28 JJ Yeley HSG/CodeBlue Toyota 20 8 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Toyota 21 39 Ryan Sieg Uncle Bob's Self Storage Chevrolet 22 16 Ryan Reed Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford 23 43 Dakoda Armstrong WinField Ford 24 25 Alex Bowman (i) Zaxby's Chevrolet 25 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 26 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 27 60 Chris Buescher Zest Ford 28 88 Kevin Harvick (i) Morton Buildings Chevrolet 29 6 Darrell Wallace Jr . # Ford EcoBoost Ford 30 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Ford 31 7 Regan Smith AmericasPower.org Chevrolet 32 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 33 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet 34 98 Aric Almirola (i) Sledgehammer Ford 35 18 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 36 22 Ryan Blaney Discount Tire Ford 37 42 Kyle Larson (i) Dixie Chopper/Big Machine Records/Jacobsen Chevrolet 38 20 Erik Jones (i) Game Stop Toyota 39 33 Paul Menard (i) Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 40 54 Kyle Busch (i) Monster Energy Toyota
Driver will have new number for 2015 XFINITY Series season TriStar Motorsports announced Wednesday that Blake Koch will return to the Mark Smith-owned team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015. Koch is scheduled to drive all 33 races, but in Toyotas fielding a new car number -- No. 8. The 29-year-old Floridian, who has competed in the majority of XFINITY Series events for the last four seasons, drove cars numbered 10, 44, 23 and 91 over a 28-race slate last year. "After a good 2014 season, I am excited to be back with TriStar Motorsports for the 2015 season," Koch said in a news release provided by the team. "I am looking forward to working with Bruce Cook and the No. 8 crew and can't wait to get to Daytona." Koch wound up 24th in the final 2014 standings with a best finish of 18th place at Phoenix International Raceway in November. His top result in 114 career starts in the XFINITY Series was an 11th-place in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "We are happy to have Blake Koch back with our team for the 2015 season," Smith said. " Blake did well with our team last season and we look forward to building on that success throughout the 2015 season." Last year, Cook served as the crew chief for nine races with the No. 80 team in the XFINITY Series. In those races, he served as the crew chief for Alex Bowman (one race), Ross Chastain (five races) and Johnny Sauter (three races) in 2014. Before that, Cook served as the crew chief for Ron Hornaday Jr . in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2013 season. He has one victory in his career in XFINITY competition, overseeing Tony Stewart 's win in the 2011 season opener at Daytona International Speedway in what was then called the Nationwide Series. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based organization indicated that sponsorship announcements for the No. 8 team would be made "in the upcoming weeks." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Koch gearing up to race in Subway Firecracker 250 in his home state TriStar Motorsports has announced that Celsius Energy Drink will return as primary sponsor of the team's No. 8 Toyota and driver Blake Koch for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Celsius -- TriStar's official energy drink partner, based in Boca Raton, Florida -- also sponsored Koch's efforts earlier this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway and for the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I am really excited to have the Celsius Healthy Energy paint scheme on my Toyota Camry this weekend in Daytona," said Koch, who claims West Palm Beach as his hometown in the Sunshine State. "Celsius has been a great partner of ours and I look forward to representing their company during the July 4th race weekend. My No. 8 team has put together a fast Camry and I am ready to race under the lights in my home state!" Koch ranks 18th in XFINITY Series driver standings points heading into Saturday's Subway Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule