Bubba Wallace shows off his personal vehicle in this episode of Guys and Gears.
Hear what the drivers had to say about the multi-car crash and the possibility of rain in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Go behind the scenes with all the action in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Cain: Willingness to adapt evident in new lineup MORE: Labor Day weekend at Darlington highlights 2015 schedule " Official NASCAR release on 2015 schedule PRINTABLE SCHEDULES: Sprint Cup Series " Nationwide Series " Camping World Truck Series Long before "Save the Dates" were vogue and news came via Twitter "scoops," the release of NASCAR's three national schedules got less TV time than today's Air Titan track dryers get during a rain delay. For the most part the dates and venues were a formality. Fans -- and the sport itself -- were reasonably set in their ways. And why not? The predictability worked well for fans, tracks and teams, and it was considered a model for continuity and contentment. With NASCAR's explosive venue expansion that began in the mid-to-late 1990s, the schedule grew and diversified. Quite naturally, so did the suspense and intrigue surrounding it. So it is a bit ironic that Tuesday's much-anticipated nationally televised announcement of all three NASCAR national series 2015 schedules was highlighted by a well-received shift back to that tradition -- the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ' Southern 500 returning to Labor Day weekend at historic Darlington Raceway . Bits and pieces of the schedule leaked out and tantalized in the past few weeks, but it was still a massive undertaking to be able to reveal all three national slates at once. And the excitement and attention it has generated is a real sign of the sport's growth. The scheduling shows a common-sense approach that eases travel, restores some traditional dates, factors in local weather trends and adds intrigue and events to race weekends like a same-day doubleheader of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 28. And it even gives everyone a well-timed extra off-week just before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins, situated between the Aug. 22 Bristol night race and the Sept. 6 race at Darlington. Armchair quarterbacks may still clamor for a shakeup in the 10 Chase championship venues -- I'd still love to see a road course included -- but that may also come in due time. Change has been the norm, not the exception in recent years. Beyond restoring Darlington's traditional date, the biggest thing that stands out in 2015 is a much-applauded shift toward geographical practicality. Instead of crisscrossing the country, the first three races out west -- at Phoenix, Las Vegas and Fontana -- occur in consecutive weekends. Not only will that help contain costs for teams and perhaps entice fans to consider a three-race NASCAR road trip, it just makes sense. When the series return east of the Mississippi, there is a robust mix of mile-and-a-half ovals, short tracks and a superspeedway (Talladega) to head into the hot summer with competitive flare. A slight shift in July dates -- the July 5 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona will be on a Sunday just this year and the Kentucky tripleheader moves from June to July -- highlights a familiar summer slate that will culminate and benefit from that extra off-weekend. And the 2015 championship elimination will have the added advantage of following on this year's inaugural format that has already produced Cinderella Chase berths and created dramatic urgency in these final two weeks to set the 2014 16-driver field. The television contract, which brings NBC and NBC Sports Network back into the NASCAR fold along with longstanding trailblazer FOX, will undoubtedly create excitement and a new vibe worthy of NASCAR's willingness to evolve and transform. The new schedule is a tangible example of the sport's wise willingness to balance tradition with forward progress. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Patrick optimistic, believes team can string together top-15s MORE: Danica pours out her purse for Us Weekly RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today For one of NASCAR's highest-profile drivers who is much more accustomed to making headlines and shining in the spotlight, Danica Patrick 's sophomore year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been relatively quiet and workmanlike. At times encouraging, at times frustrating. Consistently inconsistent. Yet Patrick remains enthusiastic and optimistic -- partly because her Stewart-Haas Racing team has proven to be among the best in the garage and partly because she is absolutely certain her stock car education has greatly advanced. Even if the scoring pylon doesn't always reflect the effort. "In general we've been running so much better, qualifying better, running better and just generally being much faster than last year … and I'd say in general, not having the results to show for it,'' Patrick said. "I feel like it's been a much better year, but in terms of getting the most points as possible, we haven't really done that. "We've had a lot of mechanical issues and it seems to happen when we're running well. There've been mistakes, whether it be while running on track or making calls or sometimes the pit stops are slow. I think if we can fire on all cylinders and not make mistakes and have clean weekends, I feel like we're a real solid top-15 car." Patrick spoke to NASCAR.com between practice sessions at Watkins Glen International , a day that started out with a blown engine in the opening practice and would culminate with a crash during the afternoon session due to a mechanical issue (shock failure) -- an extreme example of the rough luck her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet has suffered this year. But at 32, Patrick is experienced enough to know the hard knocks are inevitable, if tough to swallow -- especially when you are under the microscope as she so often is. Her transition to stock cars from IndyCar has naturally come with great interest and great scrutiny. But this is a no-excuses, highly driven racer who nearly won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2005, and earned worldwide accolades again in NASCAR when she won the Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award as a rookie in 2013 -- the first woman in the sport's history to do so. Patrick, however, is not the kind of person to rest on past accomplishment and has methodically worked toward a realistic set of goals: top-20s as a rookie, top-15s this season. But the patient approach aside, Patrick is at heart a competitor and says it's "go time." "I think you get more frustrated for sure, because you're waiting for it to turn and if it hasn't, you're getting frustrated that things aren't going your way," Patrick said. "But the positive side is that the hope is there and the speed is there when everything meets in the middle. "I think the team (has) … great drivers, so more help. I feel like I'm learning for that reason. It doesn't feel like I'm treated any different from the outside, but I really always thought people were relatively fair from the beginning anyway. Yes, people are watching a lot and everybody has opinions for sure, but I expect that I suppose." And Patrick has given them reason to believe in her. She led laps at both Daytona and Talladega. And with a third of the season still to go, Patrick has two top-10s -- twice that of last year. Her eighth-place finish in July's Coke Zero 400 equaled her career best finish at Daytona International Speedway. Her seventh-place at Kansas in May is what she considers her best race weekend from roll-out to load-up. "I think the cars themselves have been just better when they arrive at the track from beginning of the year but especially since the middle of the year,'' Patrick explained. "That's what happened at Kansas, that was the first full new car we got and I finished seventh and we had great night, great weekend. That was the start of those better cars and we've been running and qualifying much better since then. "From the end of last year, we learned that working more methodically through the weekend versus making huge and many changes throughout the practices has also helped us make what we have the best it can be. "That's a challenge in and of itself. I don't think you're going to move mountains with a spring change, so what you've got to do is maximize what you've got … it's more about just optimizing the car itself." Outside the car, Patrick says she couldn't be happier. That's evident to her NASCAR-best million-plus Twitter followers who regularly see photos of her life with boyfriend -- fellow Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- and their puppy, Dallas. She won the Food Network reality competition show "Chopped" one year ago and earned USA Today's "Best Dressed" award as a presenter at the recent ESPY Awards. Beyond that, Patrick says she is also still committed to working on her fledging golf game, something introduced to her by Stenhouse. "I feel like golf might be a little bit like racing where you spend a lot of the time mad and frustrated and say, 'I love it, let's do it again,'" Patrick said with a laugh. "I'd like to see the results come through for the speed of the car and for me. It would be nice to qualify well and run well, to have good pit stops, good restarts and just a solid string of top-15 finishes. "And I believe we can." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Nationwide Series regular will drive the No. 32 car for Go FAS Racing RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Joey Gase will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway in the MyAFibStory.com 400 on Sept. 14. Gase will drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing. "I am very excited and thankful that Archie (St. Hilarie, team owner) and the entire team are giving me this opportunity," Gase said in a team release. "My Nationwide Series career started with Go FAS in 2011, which led to a great 20th-place finish (at Iowa). Hopefully, I can get another good finish with the team." The team currently has a couple of associate sponsors for the race, but is looking for a primary sponsor, according to the release. Gase is currently running a full Nationwide Series schedule for Jimmy Means Racing. He is 20th in the standings with a best finish this season of 11th at Talladega in May. In 66 career Nationwide Series starts, the 21-year-old Iowa native has yet to record a top-10 finish. This season, Go FAS Racing has used other six drivers in the No. 32 car. Travis Kvapil (15 starts), Terry Labonte (three starts), Blake Koch (two starts), Boris Said (two starts), Eddie MacDonald (one start) and J.J. Yeley (one start) have combined to run the first 24 races of the season. Yeley will drive the car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . The team's best finish this season was an 11th-place finish by Labonte in July at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Check out what all the top finishers from Daytona had to say about their run in the Coke Zero 400.