'Hero' moment for Ty Dillon as Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress has many titles to Ty Dillon : Team owner, hunting buddy, grandfather. And now NASCAR Hall of Famer, thanks to a moment that Dillon and his family -- including brother and fellow driver Austin -- weren't expecting Wednesday. "I was actually standing with my mom when I got a text message, 'Congratulations to your grandfather,'" Dillon said on Thursday during a media availability at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "We were like, 'No way!' We weren't even expecting this year. I'm so happy for him." Childress is part of the five-person 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class that was unveiled Wednesday. Joining Childress in the Hall will be Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin , Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons. H. Clay Earles was named the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. "I think at first, I called him probably five minutes after I found out -- I'm sure he was getting all kinds of calls -- it seemed like it hadn't set in for him yet," Dillon said of his first communication with his grandfather after learning Childress had made the Hall of Fame. "He's a hard worker so he's always thinking about what's going on next. "I saw him this morning (at an appearance at Bass Pro Shops). First thing I did was just give him a big hug because I was proud of him. He's very happy today and excited, and it's well-deserved." Childress, 70, began his career as a driver, making his first NASCAR start in 1969, and he went on to score six top-five finishes and 76 top-10 finishes over 12 years and 285 starts. He formed Richard Childress Racing in 1969 and eventually teamed with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt for six championships. In his storied history as an owner, Childress is the first to have owner championships in all three NASCAR national series, and his 11 driver championships are second all-time. RCR has 212 NASCAR national series victories: 105 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 76 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 31 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The bond Dillon and Childress share is much more than that of your typical grandfather and grandson. "He's my hero and glad that I get to spend time with him not only in our sport but every day at the shop and away from it, when we're hunting and hanging out with family," Dillon said. RCR currently fields Chevrolets for three full-time teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ( Austin Dillon in the No. 3, Paul Menard in the No. 27 and Ryan Newman in the No. 31) and four full-time teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Menard/Dillon primarily in the No. 2, Ty Dillon in the No. 3, Brandon Jones in the No. 33 and Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62). "He's such a focused individual about making this race team great again." Ty Dillon said. "I think this is a moment that is going to be big for him for feeling like he's finally made it. He's the first one at the shop every single day and the last one to leave. Working hard like he did way back when he had a $20 race car. I think it's finally a moment for him to sit back and realize what he's accomplished and hopefully it continues to set in for the rest of the week."
Relive the first Drive for Diversity pit crew combine
Following a national talent search, 18 multicultural and female athletes earned invitations to compete in the first-ever national NASCAR Drive For Diversity® (D4D) Crew Member Development Combine May 27 in Concord, North Carolina. Relive the day in tweets. What's the #NASCARD4D pit-crew member combine? Learn all about what's happening today: https://t.co/f6rpATsS3f pic.twitter.com/dTXIyO0fe2 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 27, 2016 . @VSUTrojans bball player Kasuela Cooper talking to @myfox8 at the @NASCAR National Pit Crew Combine! #NASCARD4D pic.twitter.com/9zR3j5FFPt — Rev Racing (@RevRacin) May 27, 2016 Supporting the participants at the pit crew combine @NASCARDiversity #NASCARD4D #revracing pic.twitter.com/1rXy00SgcB — Collin Cabre (@CollinCabre12) May 27, 2016 #NASCARD4D Alum, now @roushfenway Jackman, @NascarQB giving tips to prospects pic.twitter.com/HCAXTjXeyQ — Brandon Thompson (@BThompson_36) May 27, 2016 THREE Spartans are representing at the #NASCARD4D combine! pic.twitter.com/RBQUL1bbil — NSU Strength (@NSU_Strength) May 27, 2016 more than thankful to be apart of this. tune in to our press conference at 3:45pm https://t.co/oHchQPF9pc #NASCARD4D pic.twitter.com/r2VT5u2pRB — Bree〽ich (@Mindless_BMD) May 26, 2016 Met the National Pit Crew Combine folks #NASCARD4D Cool group..showed them the @SiriusXMNASCAR at track studio!! pic.twitter.com/FBC586HjAm — Claire B Lang (@ClaireBLang) May 26, 2016
GarageCam honors our Heroes
Matthew Dillner and special guest, Jesse Iwuji, host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GarageCam in recognition of fallen heroes and the NASCAR Salutes campaign.
NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Welcomes 2016 class
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2016) – Twenty-six of the best and brightest college students from across the country and abroad ventured to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend as the sport introduced the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) class at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend. The 10-week, paid program exposes multicultural college students to employment opportunities within America’s number one motorsport, whether in departments within the sanctioning body or with organizations that NASCAR partners with to enhance the fan experience both on and off the race track. Through an all-inclusive orientation experience, the interns gain a behind-the-scenes look at the business of the sport and insight into prospective careers in motorsports. " The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has grown to become one of the most popular and attractive internships in sports," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "This program has given talented students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and opportunities for careers in our industry since 2000." NDIP continues to grow in popularity year over year. The key to that growth is the ongoing support of industry partners. Companies such as International Speedway Corporation, Roush Fenway Racing , Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway , Octagon and Taylor have been longstanding supporters of NDIP. Recent partners include Toyota, Switch and Pocono Raceway . These valued partners increase the number of internship opportunities for young talent and contribute to the program's overall success. Interns will work in multiple departments including in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, licensing and public relations. In addition to receiving hand-on experience, the interns will also participate in professional development workshops, networking events and volunteer opportunities throughout their internship experience. Victoria Kim, a recent graduate of Penn State, participated in the program last summer. Kim also received the NASCAR Diversity Outstanding Intern Award at the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Awards and was recently hired at NASCAR. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program was an incredible opportunity to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR," Kim said. "NDIP was a stepping stone and helped me get to where I am today, a full-time employee in the Daytona office for the Touring Series Racing Operations. I am grateful to have been a part of the NDIP class of 2015 and am thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams." More than 300 interns have participated in the NDIP since its inception, and many secured full-time jobs in motorsports following their internships. Recent graduates have found roles at Phoenix International Raceway , Richard Petty Motorsports , event marketing agency Switch , and many other companies tied to the industry. Several NDIP alumni are now employed at NASCAR within multiple business units, including: Brandon Thompson, director, racing operations; Marvin Aylor Jr., manager, marketing; Lauren Houston, senior account executive, multicultural development; Kathryn Lee, manager, events; Jusan Hamilton, senior account executive, industry operations; Ade Herbert, senior coordinator, social media; Jason Simmons, licensing account coordinator; Victoria Kim, coordinator touring series operations and Cameron McCarty, pit road technician. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has proven to be an effective pipeline for hiring top talent across the industry," said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. "We have hired several former interns who are important contributors to the sport's continued growth." The 2016 class participated in NASCAR 101 and received guided tours of the NASCAR Research & Development Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway before watching the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The class includes the following students from colleges and universities across the country:
Burnouts in the 'City of Brotherly Love'
NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Ty Dillon, Ryan Reed, Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. hit the streets of Philadelphia to promote the serie's first ever race at Pocono Raceway in June.
Brandon Jones shows how a 19-year-old does Las Vegas
Imagine you are a 19-year-old NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie spending the weekend in Las Vegas, site of the series' third race of the year, the Boyd Gaming 300 (4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "Sin City," the "City of Lights," the "Entertainment Capital of the World," except you are not of age to partake in the gambling at Las Vegas' many casinos. Brandon Jones , driver of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, took to RCR's Twitter account on Friday night to show off how a 19-year-old makes the most out of Nevada's adult playground. What ensued was something you would not have seen in "The Hangover." It was a night that included making it rain… tickets in Skeeball as well as playing "UNO" at a Steak 'n Shake. The real question is who had to Draw Four? The security guard said the next open seat won't be avail for two years. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/dgkEEyxlJM — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Nothing like a nice, strong…Shirley Temple. Make it a double. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/EbAGtp1D2c — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 In a busy casino it's always good to find a table…draw four. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/tksrLAdx0k — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Making it rain…tickets. #19inVEGAS #LasVegas #MakeItRain pic.twitter.com/h9j9nEZ7XK — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Told the old lady to find another machine. I'm on a heater. You never walk away when you're on a heater. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/lw21oaIjpA — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 #Winning . Now what the hell do I do with this?? #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/o1czfyZwda — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016
Brandon Jones' Texas ride carrying MLB team's logo
RELATED: Buy tickets for Texas Worlds will be colliding as Brandon Jones will sport the colors of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers during next weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Friday, April 8, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1) at the 1.5-mile track. Jones' No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will carry the logo of the defending American League West division champions on the hood of the car. Watch how it came together below. ⚾️ meets ! Introducing the #Rangers33Car to be driven by @BrandonJonesRac on April 8th @TXMotorSpeedway ! pic.twitter.com/KwzmJQX71D — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 30, 2016 Jones is in his first full season in the XFINITY Series. The 19-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate ranks fourth in the series standings with three top 10s through the series' first five races. The scheme's running coincides with the opening week of the Major League Baseball season. A tripleheader of games kicks off the season this Sunday, April 3, with the traditional "Opening Day" for most of the other teams on Monday afternoon. Texas Motor Speedway is located in Fort Worth, Texas, while the Texas Rangers play in nearby Arlington.
XFINITY rookie Brandon Jones to tackle Auto Club
FONTANA, Calif. -- The sprawling and lightning fast Auto Club Speedway can be a little daunting for rookie drivers. Just ask NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Brandon Jones . "The first time I pulled up here a couple hours ago -- man, this place is really big," Jones said on Friday at the speedway. "It looked a little intimidating when you pulled up at first." But while Jones is contending for Sunoco Rookie of the Year, his performance on-track isn't reminiscent of a beginner. In his four starts this season, Jones, 19, has finished 11th or better in every race in his No. 33 Richard Childress Chevrolet, making his XFINITY debut on all four tracks. For Jones, the new tracks have been opportunities to be a student of the sport, studying as much as he can as a young driver. "The biggest thing is just trying to learn these places I haven't been to yet," Jones said. "We kind of kicked off with a pretty tough schedule going from Daytona to pretty bumpy Atlanta. ... So some of these places that I haven't seen so far, it's been kind of tough to learn right off the trailer. "(But) every time we've unloaded so far, we've been top 10 on the speed charts, so I've been really happy about where we've been firing up at these places." He'll hit the books again this weekend, as he makes his debut at Auto Club Speedway in Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 (4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Radio). There's uncertainty that comes with the tricky seams and speed characteristic of the California track -- but there's also confidence that comes from having strong teammates. "I know a couple of our RCR teammates -- Brendan Gaughan being one of them -- (have) finished pretty high up," Jones said. "I've been talking to him a little bit at the race track, going back and watching a couple videos to see how they run over the seams. Like you said, that's a pretty big deal, so learn how to take that to your advantage during the race, making your car better over those is going to be a big key. "I'm just going to try to go out there this first practice session and learn the place as best I can, get behind some people that have been here a lot and try and follow them and see if I can pick up a couple things. But I think we'll be just fine -- I think we'll be pretty fast right off the hauler and we'll start going to work on our Nexteer Chevy."
Custer, Byron top Thursday's Truck practices at Dover
Practice 2: Results DOVER, Del. -- Cole Custer topped the leaderboard in Thursday's second and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway at 157.577 mph in the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Right behind him was Christopher Bell in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota at 157.377 mph. Rounding out the top five were Ben Kennedy in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet, Matt Tifft in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota and Daniel Hemric in the No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Series points leader Timothy Peters was 11th-fastest with a speed of 155.293 mph in the No. 17 RHR Toyota. In the session's closing minutes, Kennedy brought out the caution after hitting the wall. NASCAR did not resume the practice after that. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is Friday at 2:15 p.m. ET on FS1. Practice 1: Results DOVER, Del. -- Last week's Kansas winner William Byron topped the leaderboard in Thursday's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway at 159.426 mph in the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Right behind him was Brandon Jones in the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports Chevrolet at 158.695 mph. Rounding out the top five were Matt Tifft (158.423 mph) in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota, Cameron Hayley (158.402 mph) in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota and Matt Crafton (158.040 mph) in the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. Series points leader Timothy Peters was 13th fastest in the session in the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota. The practice was halted with just over 10 minutes remaining to allow for an ambulance to leave the track. Thirteen minutes were added once trucks resumed the session at 2:58 p.m. ET.
Results from Dover heat races
Heat 1 Fin Str Car Driver 1 2 7 Justin Allgaier * 2 1 20 Erik Jones * 3 3 88 Alex Bowman 4 6 22 Joey Logano 5 4 2 Paul Menard 6 7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 7 5 48 Brennan Poole 8 8 16 Ryan Reed 9 9 44 JJ Yeley 10 11 11 Blake Koch 11 10 24 Drew Herring 12 14 14 Jeff Green 13 15 90 Mario Gosselin 14 16 0 Garrett Smithley 15 18 97 Alex Guenette 16 12 01 Ryan Preece 17 17 13 Timmy Hill 18 20 70 Derrike Cope 19 13 10 Matt DiBenedetto 20 19 74 Mike Harmon * Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race. Heat 2 Fin Str Car Driver 1 3 3 Ty Dillon * 2 1 19 Daniel Suarez * 3 5 39 Ryan Sieg 4 4 18 Matt Tifft 5 7 33 Brandon Jones 6 6 62 Brendan Gaughan 7 13 43 Jeb Burton 8 10 4 Ross Chastain 9 9 51 Jeremy Clements 10 11 07 Ray Black Jr 11 12 28 Dakoda Armstrong 12 20 15 Travis Kvapil 13 15 25 Ryan Ellis 14 16 52 Joey Gase 15 14 78 BJ McLeod 16 2 1 Elliott Sadler 17 8 42 Justin Marks 18 17 40 Carl Long 19 18 89 Morgan Shepherd 20 19 93 Josh Reaume * Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race.