Cale Conley picks up full-time ride for 2015
Driver to join TriStar Motorsports for full XFINITY Series slate TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday morning that Cale Conley will make the jump to a full-time ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. Conley , 22, competed in 11 races last season in the Nationwide Series -- which is transferring title sponsorship to Comcast's XFINITY brand in 2015. His best finish in Richard Childress Racing 's No. 33 Chevrolet was sixth at Kentucky Speedway in September. "I am looking forward to working with people that are excited to work with me and help me mature as a driver and competitor in this series," Conley said. "I am grateful to Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports for being willing to take a chance with me and let me race weekend after weekend after weekend, so I can get one step closer to my ultimate dream of being a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion." TriStar, owned by Mark Smith, fielded 13 drivers in its four-car operation last season, with Mike Bliss , Eric McClure , Blake Koch and Jeff Green making the majority of the starts in the team's Toyotas. Mooresville, North Carolina-based team's best finish was a ninth-place from David Starr at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring. A spokesperson for TriStar said that more announcements regarding the team's driver lineup for 2015 were coming in the next two weeks. Conley brought his rich sprint-car background to NASCAR competition in 2011, gaining experience in the K&N Pro Series before venturing into Nationwide races. The West Virginia native notched his first victory on the K&N circuit at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012. In addition to his growth on the track last season, Conley made waves off the track when he settled a bet with Emma Blaney by wearing a dress . The campaign to add to Conley's Twitter following and the ensuing pictures prompted the social media hashtag #DriverInADress. Conley is scheduled to appear as a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Cale Conley talks racing and relationships
Cale Conley and Emma Blaney talk about balancing a relationship and trying to make it in racing while paddle boarding on Lake Noman.
Cale Conley to make Nationwide debut at Bristol
Conley will run limited Nationwide Series schedule for Richard Childress
Cale Conley looks to make NNS debut at Bristol
Conley showed good speed in Friday's practice sessions
Conley blows tire, collects Gaughan
Cale Conley blew a right front tire in Turn 2 and collected Brendan Gaughan leaving him with major damage.
Hard hits for Barrett, Conley lead to fire
Stanton Barrett gets loose off Turn 2 and collects Cale Conley , sending both into the wall hard and igniting a fire on the No. 15.
Multicar wreck collects Conley
Ryan Reed gets loose and makes contact with Cale Conley ending Conley's day.
NASCAR Nation reacts to Daniel Suarez's first win
RELATED: See how Suarez was able to beat Busch Daniel Suarez scored his first NASCAR national series win on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway and also became the first Mexican-born driver to win in the sport's national series edging out Kyle Busch late for the victory. Drivers took to Twitter to congratulate the second-year driver in NASCAR. Below is a sampling of that reaction. Great job @Daniel_SuarezG — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) June 11, 2016 @Daniel_SuarezG ! Nice work! — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) June 11, 2016 One heck of a way to win your first, congrats @Daniel_SuarezG . — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 11, 2016 Amazing drive by @Daniel_SuarezG Congratulations — Mark Martin (@markmartin) June 11, 2016 The reason everyone in the garage likes @Daniel_SuarezG was on display in Victory Lane #enthusiasm #class #pride — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) June 11, 2016 Congrats @Daniel_SuarezG great race & a great drive! — Cale Conley (@CaleConley) June 11, 2016 I don't know @Daniel_SuarezG that well but that was a great drive by that young man, congratulations Daniel, 1st win https://t.co/BYpR0kYXzn — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) June 11, 2016 Nothing like the first feeling! congrats @Daniel_SuarezG @ToyotaRacing — Martin Truex Jr . (@MartinTruex_Jr) June 11, 2016 Awesome job by @Daniel_SuarezG Very very cool!! @NASCAR — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) June 11, 2016 Congrats to @Daniel_SuarezG !!! Awesome first win!! — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) June 11, 2016 YOU DID IT @Daniel_SuarezG in dream fashion by outrunning the best ever in @NASCAR_XFINITY series. BIG CONGRATS!!!! — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) June 11, 2016 Wow! @Daniel_SuarezG great job. — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) June 11, 2016
Bliss to return to TriStar Motorsports
Organization also named Eddie Pardue as crew chief for Cale Conley Mike Bliss will be back behind the wheel for TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015, the team announced on Friday. The 2015 campaign will mark Bliss' fifth season in the XFINITY Series together. Paul Clapprood will return to serve as the crew chief for Bliss. In the past four seasons with TriStar, Bliss has recorded five top-10 finishes. TriStar also announced that Eddie Pardue will serve as the crew chief for Cale Conley and the No. 14 Toyota Camry team. Last season, Pardue served as the competition director for TriStar Motorsports. Pardue has served as a crew chief in the XFINITY Series before, working with Greg Biffle , Matt Kenseth , Jason Leffler and several other drivers. In 280 XFINITY Series races, Pardue has been atop the pit box for three wins. He also has crew chief experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (one race) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (22 races). In other announcements, TriStar also said Bruce Cook will serve as the crew chief for Blake Koch in the No. 8 car. 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. Greg Connor will be back as the crew chief for the No. 44 team. Connor has been with the organization since 2013. A driver and sponsor announcement will be made in the upcoming weeks, according to a team release. Wes Ward will now serve as the shop foreman at TriStar as he hangs up his crew chief hat. Ward had over 15 years of crew chief experience with his lone NASCAR national series win coming with Kasey Kahne in the 2003 season finale at Homestead in what is now the XFINITY Series. Rick Viers has come on board as the team's new general manager, while Keith Barnwell will serve as the new executive vice president. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Austin Dillon nabs XFINITY Coors Light Pole
RELATED: See the full lineup Austin Dillon ruled qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday afternoon, securing the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Dillon drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a fast lap of 183.524 mph on the 1.5-mile track. Dillon will start first in Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) after claiming his sixth pole position of the season and the 16th of his XFINITY Series career. Fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne will start the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevy alongside Dillon after posting the second-fastest lap at 183.150 mph. Erik Jones was third-best with series points leader Chris Buescher fourth and Kyle Busch completing the top five. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was among the drivers failing to advance to the final round of qualifying, posting the 13th-fastest time. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 17th-fastest, also missing out on the final cut. Buescher enters the 29th of 33 races this season with a 24-point lead over Elliott and a 36-point advantage over Regan Smith , last week's winner and the 12th-fastest qualifier. Cale Conley brought out an early stoppage in the first round of qualifying with a long spin out of Turn 2. Conley's No. 14 Toyota made slight contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch before he was able to limp back to the XFINITY Series garage.