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2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standings
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Points Attempts 1 Roger Penske 22 607 0 0 1 6 11 14 2 Chip Ganassi 42 525 -82 -82 3 2 17 14 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 502 -105 -23 0 3 3 14 4 Joe Gibbs 20 501 -106 -1 3 3 13 14 5 Kelley Earnhardt-Miller 7 477 -130 -24 1 2 7 14 6 Rick Hendrick 9 445 -162 -32 1 1 6 14 7 J D Gibbs 18 430 -177 -15 1 3 3 14 8 Richard Childress 2 418 -189 -12 0 1 1 14 9 Richard Childress 3 391 -216 -27 0 0 0 14 10 Richard Childress 21 356 -251 -35 0 1 1 14 11 Jack Roush 16 347 -260 -9 1 0 5 14 12 Chip Ganassi 48 336 -271 -11 0 0 0 14 13 Jack Roush 60 324 -283 -12 0 0 0 13 14 Chip Ganassi 00 322 -285 -2 0 0 0 14 15 Joe Gibbs 19 310 -297 -11 0 0 0 14 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 304 -303 -6 0 0 0 14 17 James Whitener 28 276 -331 -28 0 0 0 14 18 Matt Kaulig 11 275 -332 -1 0 0 0 14 19 Rod Sieg 39 251 -356 -24 0 0 0 14 20 Richard Childress 62 249 -358 -2 0 1 1 14 21 Mark Smith 14 225 -382 -24 0 0 0 14 22 Tony Clements 51 219 -388 -6 0 0 0 14 23 Maria Gonzalez Hernandez 24 215 -392 -4 0 0 0 14 24 Richard Childress 33 210 -397 -5 0 0 0 14 25 Gary Keller 4 206 -401 -4 0 0 0 14 26 Fred Biagi 98 193 -414 -13 1 1 6 9 27 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 23 187 -420 -6 0 0 0 14 28 Gary Cogswell 0 165 -442 -22 0 0 0 14 29 Jimmy Means 52 163 -444 -2 0 0 0 14 30 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 99 147 -460 -16 0 0 0 14 31 Michelle Gosselin 90 146 -461 -1 0 0 0 14 32 Tony Stewart 41 138 -469 -8 0 2 0 3 33 Johnny Davis 01 138 -469 0 0 0 0 14 34 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 8 135 -472 -3 0 0 0 14 35 Danielle Long 40 122 -485 -13 0 0 0 14 36 Bobby Dotter 07 122 -485 0 0 0 0 14 37 Roger Penske 12 121 -486 -1 2 1 0 3 38 Bj McLeod 78 103 -504 -18 0 0 0 14 39 Rick Hendrick 88 82 -525 -21 0 0 0 2 40 Rick Gdovic 146 72 -535 -10 0 0 0 4 41 Mike Harmon 74 51 -556 -21 0 0 0 14 42 Danielle Long 13 37 -570 -14 0 0 0 14 43 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 96 32 -575 -5 0 0 0 3 44 Lynn Cockrum 25 16 -591 -16 0 0 0 3 45 Pamela Sieg 93 13 -594 -3 0 0 0 12 46 Mark Smith 44 10 -597 -3 0 0 0 1 47 Cindy Shepherd 89 8 -599 -2 0 0 0 11 48 Michelle Gosselin 192 5 -602 -3 0 0 0 1 49 Victor Obaika 97 4 -603 -1 0 0 0 6 50 Craig Martins 45 0 -607 -4 0 0 0 1 51 Victor Obaika 177 0 -607 0 0 0 0 1
Carl Edwards: Still 'crazy' fast, sets SUV speed record
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Kansas When a winning Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series driver tells Carl Edwards he just did something "crazy," that carries some weight. Craig Stanton, a champion road racer and regular test driver for Toyota Racing Development, and Edwards got a Toyota Land Cruiser (heavily modified, of course) up above 230 mph at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Crazy really is the only word for it. "We just did something pretty crazy. We drove an SUV over 230 mph. But I'm telling you, at 225 mph the thing was wandering a little bit, and trying to keep my foot in it," Edwards says. Edwards gives credit to his driving partner after joking before the test run that he really didn't ask Stanton enough questions before agreeing to the driving task. " Craig Stanton said, 'No matter what, keep your foot in it, and we got 230 mph,' " Edwards explained after the run. "It's an unofficial record, but I think it's safe to say it's the fastest SUV on the planet." You can watch the record unfold in the video below. What's next for the driver who stepped away from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2016 season? "I got about 1,800 acres of soybeans to plant, but that's about it for right now," Edwards told Tom Jensen of Fox Sports.com.
Actor Morris Chestnut on Austin Dillon, how NASCAR, Hollywood relate
Actor and star of FOX's police crime drama "Rosewood" Morris Chestnut noticed that the cast seemed nervous while filming a portion of the Season 2 finale in March. For good reason, too. "There was a huge explosion and the explosion was so big that everyone on the set was nervous because it was on the second level of this parking structure," Chestnut recalled Monday to NASCAR.com via telephone. "And it was such a big explosion that everyone thought the second level was going to drop down to the first." But one guest star -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon -- seemed quite unnerved by the exploding car behind him, Chestnut noticed. It seemed his day job lent a hand to dealing with crashes, fires and loud noises on the set of a television show. "He was actually in the scene when this happened," Chestnut said of Dillon. "And to see his reaction -- he was just like a pro, didn't flinch. It was great, he did a great job." In the "Rosewood" season finale, Dillon portrays Wayne Cirito, a character that is associated with a crime gang that the show's protagonist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (played by Chestnut) is trying to interrogate. As for Dillon's acting skills? Chestnut was impressed by the 27-year-old driver's versatility on-screen. "That's one thing that's great about Austin," Chestnut said. "It was a very tough scene because he goes from this hard, tough-as-nails guy, to relating to (character Captain Ira) Hornstock and talking about things he may not have been comfortable (talking about)." But as Chestnut learned after talking with Dillon off-screen, race car drivers have to be tough in a variety of facets in their own jobs -- as well as focused, sharp and able-bodied. It's a familiar area for the 48-year-old actor, as he just released a health and fitness book this month entitled "The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body." "It was great to talk to him about some of the insight toward NASCAR," Chestnut said. "I didn't know some of the things that he goes through as (a driver), that they go through in the cars and everything, so it was great to talk to him about that. "…One thing when I was talking to Austin is the endurance factor. Not only do you have to have a healthy body, but you have to have a healthy and sharp mind because a one-second lapse can not only cost you the race, but you can get into some very bad, brutal accidents. So, health and fitness is a huge part of being sharp and being ready when you're on the track. "These guys are athletes, these drivers are athletes," Chestnut continued. "I didn't realize that. They're not just sitting in the car Sunday driving like I do on the freeway. (They're hitting) 200 mph, going around these tracks and turns … you have to be in tip-top shape and (have) a razor-sharp mind." His conversations with Dillon on set gave Chestnut, who has never attended a NASCAR race, a greater appreciation for the sport of racing. "To be honest, I didn't get (NASCAR)," said Chestnut, who also plans to attend Dillon's 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament this year. "I didn't really get it. But he was breaking everything down to me about the whole entire experience. It's not just about the race -- it's even before the race, everyone coming, meeting the drivers, being right on the track. He was breaking so many little intricate things down to me just about the sport in general to where it really, really piqued my interest. So I'm looking forward to getting out to (a race) … (There were) so many interesting things that he was talking to me about, I was like, 'Man, I have to see one of these.' " The connections between NASCAR and Hollywood have grown deeper in recent years, as more drivers have briefly traded their fire suits and race cars for Hollywood scripts and bright lights for cameo appearances in movies and television shows. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Carl Edwards notably nabbed cameo roles in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed, racing-themed film "Logan Lucky;" which stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough among others. Likewise, several movie and television stars have flocked to the often-unfamiliar race tracks, particularly the Southern California-based Auto Club Speedway and Wine Country's Sonoma Raceway. RELATED: NASCAR meets Hollywood in 'Logan Lucky' movie While he is just starting to learn more about NASCAR, Chestnut already sees parallels between NASCAR and Hollywood, primarily the storytelling aspect of both. "I think they're both very entertaining," Chestnut said. "Like I said, I didn't understand the sport … but once he told me the intricacies of the storylines that are involved and how intimate the fans can be with the drivers, it's a whole other level of entertainment. Even the story within the story, the story within the races with some of the drivers and what happens before they even come to the race. "There's just so many interesting things, I think it's just a natural relationship the two can have. Hollywood has stories -- we tell stories with our show every week. The more you know about our show, the more interested you may be. The more I know about NASCAR drivers, the more interested I am in the sport. It's very similar. They're both very strong forms of entertainment." Catch Dillon and Chestnut on the season finale of "Rosewood" on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
NASCAR meets Hollywood in upcoming 'Logan Lucky' film
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch has traded his fire suit for a state trooper's uniform. (Disclaimer: It's not permanent.) Busch is one of the drivers who will make cameo appearances in the upcoming film "Logan Lucky," a heist movie set at a NASCAR track. Under the watch of multi-time Academy Award winning-director Steven Soderbergh, the film features a star-studded cast including Daniel Craig , Channing Tatum, two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough. Academy and Emmy Award winner Mark Johnson -- who also produced "Rain Man," "Breaking Bad," and "The Notebook," among others -- will serve as one of the film's executive producers. The production team was on the ground during a rainy Bank of America 500 weekend shooting for the film. The crew also shot during Coca-Cola 600 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway . "It’s a movie that's designed to be a lot of fun," Johnson said Sunday at Charlotte, prior to a day of shooting at the track. "It's designed to be very, very commercial, where I joke we're not out to win Oscars -- we're out to win the Bank of America award ... (Viewers) should laugh and they should have fun with the intricacies of the robbery itself. "It's a robbery that couldn't really take place, but (it can) in our world, and it's very important to us that the world of NASCAR be real." What's more real than casting an actual NASCAR driver in a racing film? In addition to Busch, Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson will all be popping into the film for brief roles.
Childress, Ganassi feted at Motorsports Hall
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- One inductee has won six NASCAR premier series titles as an owner. The other has won just about everything else. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owners Richard Childress and Chip Ganassi were among this year's seven-member class inducted into the 2016 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Wednesday evening. For Childress, the ride to the Shores Resort & Spa, site of the induction ceremony, brought back memories. "I passed by Nova Road and got to thinking," the team owner said. "I remember I came down here in 1965 (working as a crewman) and we pitched a tent and camped there in a campground off Nova. "Four years later, in 1969, I came down here and we had six people and a four-person camper. So a couple had to sleep outside on the ground. "And now here tonight, to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, it's just unbelievable." Childress made 285 starts as a driver in NASCAR, and although he failed to win a race, he finished in the top 10 in points five times during his 12-year driving career. Teamed with driver Dale Earnhardt, however, his Richard Childress Racing organization was nearly unbeatable from 1986-95, scoring six championships and 53 wins while finishing first or second in points eight times. Childress will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January of 2017, an honor he said he never imagined. Likewise, his selection into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America was unexpected. "I was just telling Rusty (Wallace), going up to Detroit when they put Dale in, man you just saw all the greats of motorsports," he said. "To be put in this hall of fame is pretty special. In the NASCAR world, it doesn't get any bigger than to be chosen to go into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. But in the motorsports world, this is the top." Earnhardt, a member of the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame class, was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002. Ganassi, a team owner in NASCAR since 2001, has yet to see one of his drivers capture the premier series title, although they have won some of the series' biggest events, including the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Ganassi's teams have excelled elsewhere as well. He is the only team owner to win the Daytona 500 , Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Rolex 24 at Daytona. Now he can also add a Le Mans title to the list. His Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team recently captured the iconic 24-hour endurance race one year after the automaker announced its return to the annual event and 50 years to the day after Ford won its first Le Mans crown. Aside from a NASCAR title, are there other worlds for the owner to capture? "I'm sure I could think of something," Ganassi said Wednesday night. "I've won some big races, sure. I've just been lucky. I've been lucky to be around great drivers and great people in my career. I just want to win. I want to win this weekend. I want to win the next race." Ganassi was still basking in the glow of the Le Mans victory, accepting congratulations from many of those on hand Wednesday evening. "We were over there … and we were learning new rules like drinking from a firehose," Ganassi said. "We raced hard and at the end of the day we were first, third and fourth and all I can say is it was one of the most exciting weeks of my life. … "We go to victory circle and we're shooting champagne, having a good time and you look out and there's 100,000 people there on the frontstretch just standing there cheering at you. "They raise the American flag behind you and they play the national anthem. And I tell you, that really hits you in your stomach. When you're in a foreign land and they play the national anthem for you, that's a big thing, I can tell you. That's something in sports that's not to be taken lightly." His induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame is special, he said, because "your heroes, guys you grew up emulating, are all in this thing. "I'll tell you what a big deal it is," he said. "When you go to lunch and Craig Breedlove wants to get his picture taken with you and I wanted my picture taken with him. I'm thinking, 'Man, this is a big thing.' " Breedlove, who set numerous land speed world records, was inducted into the Hall in 1993. "It's just great to get to see and meet all those guys," Ganassi said. "And I'm shocked that they know me. They say, 'Hey, congratulations,' when I'm trying to introduce myself and they go 'I know who you are.' It's kind of dumbfounding." In addition to Childress and Ganassi, others inductees were Everett Brashear (Motorcycles), Gary Gabelich (At Large), Dave McClelland (Drag Racing), Sam Posey (Sports Cars) and Bob Sweikert (Historic). The event kicked off the Hall's move from its previous location in Novi, Mich., to the grounds of Daytona International Speedway .
RIDE TV partners with ThorSport Racing
Sandusky, Ohio (August 17, 2016) – ThorSport Racing is honored to announce a partnership with Ride Television Network, Inc. (RIDE TV), a 24-hour, high-definition, television network, dedicated to providing quality entertainment to equestrian and agriculture enthusiasts. The Fort Worth, Texas network, which delivers programming to those that enjoy and care about anything and everything horse related, will be featured on the No. 13 Toyota Tundra driven by second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, Cameron Hayley , beginning at Bristol and for select races in 2016 and beyond. "ThorSport Racing is honored to partner with RIDE TV, the nation’s first equestrian lifestyle network," said Matthew LaNeve, VP of Marketing at ThorSport Racing. "We will feature their brand, partners, and programs on TSR's Toyota Tundra’s in 2016 and beyond. We are confident this partnership will help us equate 'horsepower' both on and off the race track to the millions of loyal NASCAR fans." RIDE TV allows you to channel your passion for the horse lifestyle. The 24-hour network airs a mix of reality shows, equine event coverage, inspiring documentaries, cooking demonstrations, children's programs, and more. Their unique programming features celebrities, champions, and the personalities at the heart of America's horse culture. RIDE TV is covering all breeds, all disciplines, all the time. "RIDE TV is very excited to partner with ThorSport Racing," said RIDE TV President, Craig Morris. "We are the new leader in equine-related television content, so it only makes sense to hitch our wagon with other leaders in their respective industry. Having RIDE TV (branded on a NASCAR national series) plastered across the hood of a 200mph truck was not in our original plan, but it just goes to show you that you can find horse people everywhere, and everywhere is where we want to be!”" The equestrian lifestyle channel will make their debut onboard the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra of Hayley in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 17. The 200-lap race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, in addition to coverage on MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 at 8:30pm ET. Watch RIDE TV on DISH Network Channel 248, or find out how to watch RIDE TV on your local cable operator by visiting www.RIDETV.com . You can also follow RIDE TV on Facebook at Facebook.com/ridetvnetwork or on Twitter @RideTV . About Ride Television Network, Inc. Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com About ThorSport Racing: ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers' champion Matt Crafton , the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cameron Hayley , the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes , and the No. 98 Safelite/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu in 2016. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com
Brian France, league commissioners lead social responsibility in sports conversation
Bottom row, from left: Adam Silver, commissioner of NBA; Robert D. Manfred, Jr., commissioner of MLB; Kathy Milthorpe, chief financial officer, LPGA; Don Garber, commissioner of MLS; and Brian France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Top row, from left: Craig Harnett, chief financial officer for NHL; Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies; Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL; and Arthur R. Miller, associate dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. " Photo courtesy of Mark McQueen/NYU • • • NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France and the Commissioners of the NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS, led a group from across nine major professional sports leagues Monday at New York University to collaborate on social responsibility in sports. The industry summit was hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. The intent of Monday's summit was to bring forth league leaders to exchange ideas in an open forum, and also to explain each sport's own commitment to social responsibility. "We are privileged that nine sports organizations, including NASCAR, have participated in this important discussion on the Social Responsibility of Sports at the NYUSPS Tisch Institute summit," said Tony Ponturo, director of industry relations, NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. "We thank Brian France, Chairman and CEO, for his participation, which underlines his leadership in and his commitment to this ongoing dialogue." France, who was joined by Commissioners Roger Goodell (NFL), Rob D. Manfred Jr. (MLB), Don Garber (MLS) and Adam Silver (NBA), discussed NASCAR's wide range of social responsibility programs such as the NASCAR Foundation and NASCAR Drive for Diversity operated by Rev Racing. Monday's event is the latest example of how the leagues are joining forces when it comes to social responsibility. In 2015, NASCAR joined the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and others to partner with RISE, a non-profit started by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross to promote diversity and equality through sports. France was named to the Board of Directors. The nine leagues represented Monday at NYU include: LPGA, MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA and WNBA. "We are grateful for the leagues' open cooperation and encouragement throughout this initial research phase," said Arthur R. Miller, associate dean of the NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. "With the information we have acquired, we hope to help them move forward in a constructive way in using Social Responsibility of Sports as a game changer for the industry."
Thrivent is primary sponsor for Michael McDowell
RELATED: Track all the moves in Cup Series MINNEAPOLIS (January 21, 2016) -- Thrivent Financial is proud to announce its continuing sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing and driver Michael McDowell in the 2016 race season. Thrivent, a not-for-profit financial services organization that serves Christians, will be the primary sponsor for fifteen (15) races during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with McDowell behind the wheel. The organization will also serve as a secondary sponsor on 15 additional races. Thrivent started its relationship with Leavine Family Racing and McDowell in August of 2014. The mutually beneficial relationship expanded in 2015 for a 20-race sponsorship that included 10 primary races. This year, Leavine Family Racing has partnered with Circle Sport to field the No. 95 in the full 36-race schedule and entered into a new technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing , making the manufacturer switch to Chevrolet. "We're thrilled to extend our sponsorship with Michael McDowell and Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing in 2016," said Craig Stacey, Director of Marketing at Thrivent. "We had a tremendous response and reception from NASCAR fans in our first full season as a sponsor. In 2016, we're planning to provide more unique opportunities and content for fans through our social media channels and website. We like to think of our fans as part of our team and it's fun to give them a behind-the-scenes view of Thrivent Racing!" For Thrivent, the off-the-track integration with McDowell and the race team was just as important as the race weekend competition. In 2015, McDowell and the race team raced go-karts with Wounded Warriors, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and volunteered alongside Thrivent members to repair homes of those in need through the organization's Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program. Additionally, by creating a custom, fan-driven online game, Thrivent Financial donated $95,000 to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of NASCAR fans at the end of the 2015 season. "I love working with Thrivent! Their mission to help Christians be wise with money and live generously is really a good fit with my personal values," said McDowell, who became a member of Thrivent in 2014. "We were able to team up and do some great things last year with race fans and Thrivent volunteers -- especially at the Habitat events and speaking with Thrivent members nationwide. This is a perfect partnership and I'm excited to have Thrivent back as a sponsor in 2016." This season, Thrivent will be featured as the primary sponsor at major NASCAR events and tracks including the Daytona 500 , Talladega Superspeedway , Charlotte Motor Speedway , Bristol Motor Speedway , Indianapolis Motor Speedway , Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicks off on Sunday, February 21, 2016, with the Daytona 500 . Fans can keep up with all the action on Twitter by following at @ThriventRacing, via the organization's Thrivent Racing Facebook page, on Instagram at @ThriventRacing and via the web at www.ThriventRacing.com.
Truex Jr. inspired by car technology for people with disabilities
As a professional race car driver competing in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr . gets to do a lot of interesting and innovative things as part of his job. But this Wednesday was special by any standards. Truex gave rides around Pikes Peak International Raceway to a paraplegic and quadriplegic in a specially designed "adaptive" stock car whose smart glass technology allows drivers a operate a car using head movement. Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser donated one of the team's No. 78 Chevys to the program and the race team volunteered many hours transforming it with the new technology. Truex flew out to Colorado from Charlotte -- where he'll be competing in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 -- just to participate in Wendesday's Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove RaceDay. It was difficult to tell who was enjoying the experience more. "What an awesome day to be a firsthand witness to some incredible technology," said Truex. "Life is about giving back and Dr. (Scott) Falci and his partners are doing just that. To see the joy of the individuals I gave a ride to was very inspirational." One of Truex's passengers, Stewart Lundy, a paraplegic from Denver, Col., considered it a ride of a lifetime, joking, "And he (Truex) gets paid to do this!" "I need to reassess my life goals. That is probably one them now. I loved every minute of it -- I'm coming down from an adrenalin high." The technology used in the car can also be used in steering a wheelchair and has the potential of increasing mobilization and independence for many disabled. "I wanted to add another adapted sport for the spinal cord and disabled population," said Dr. Scott Falci, a neurosurgeon at Denver's Craig Hospital. "Motorsports is a real exciting sport and we're utilizing the No. 78 Furniture Row car as a platform to get involved in a new adaptive sporting event and also getting involved with the NASCAR community." "The emotional thrill of having Martin and his Furniture Row race car was an uplifting experience not only for the spinal cord injured individuals and their families but for all of our partners who have been passionately working on this new adaptive technology."
NASCAR partners with Steven Soderbergh on heist-themed film project
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® is collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh on a feature film entitled Logan Lucky , starring Channing Tatum alongside Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig , Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. Depicting a theoretical heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the project will mark Soderbergh's first feature film since announcing his retirement from the film industry in 2013. Soderbergh, who also directed heist film Ocean's Eleven , is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Traffic and Erin Brockovich , which garnered him two Oscar nominations and the accolade of Best Director. This will not be Tatum's first experience working with NASCAR or Soderbergh. He and 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill served as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Pocono 400 in 2014, while Tatum and Soderbergh previously teamed up for the Magic Mike films, Haywire and the 2013 thriller Side Effects , which was the most recent film project led by the acclaimed director. "We are excited to work with Steven, Channing and all of Logan Lucky's incredible cast and producers," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "It's a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven's Ocean's Eleven ." Logan Lucky is tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2017. Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin are producing. Zane Stoddard is executive producing for NASCAR. Pre-production filming will begin this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 , which airs live on FOX at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 29.