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Bruce, Cain reveal NASCAR Hall of Fame ballots
RELATED: Photos of Voting Day, inductees NASCAR.com was privileged to have two ballots cast as part of NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day on Wednesday. Senior writers Kenny Bruce and Holly Cain each submitted their five nominations for induction in the Class of 2017 and a vote for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. A spirited discussion and voting process created one of the most intriguing classes in the stock-car shrine's history with Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons selected as Hall of Fame members. Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles received the Landmark Award. Here are Holly's and Kenny's ballots cast Wednesday with their choices for induction: Kenny Bruce Ron Hornaday Jr. No one dominated NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series like Hornaday, the only four-time series champ. He remains the leader in career wins, top-five and top-10 finishes in Truck Series history. Mark Martin. The working man's racer; Martin finished second in the premier series points battle five times and earned 40 wins in 882 career starts. His XFINITY Series record wasn't too shabby, either. Benny Parsons. Folks who knew Benny the Broadcaster might not know just how talented Parsons was behind the wheel of a race car. The 1973 premier series champion, Parsons won 21 times, including victories in the Daytona 500 (1975) and World 600 ('80). Raymond Parks. The Atlanta-based businessman not only provided much-needed financial assistance as the newly formed NASCAR governing body got up and running, but Parks was a successful car owner as well. His career as an owner peaked in 1949 when driver Red Byron won NASCAR's first Strictly Stock crown. A year earlier, Byron had won the group's first Modified title in a Parks-backed entry. Robert Yates. As an engine builder, Yates helped power Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough to 77 victories. As a car owner, his drivers won three Daytona 500 titles, 57 races and 48 poles. Landmark Award H. Clay Earles. His Martinsville Speedway was there from the beginning (actually before NASCAR was formed) and it remains a popular stop today as one of three short tracks on the premier series schedule. Keeping up with the changing landscape of the sport wasn't easy, and no one did it better than Mr. Earles. Holly Cain These are the Hall of Fame votes I considered the most worthy and timely, considering a ballot of 20 of the sport's most deserving people. I tried to decide on a well-balanced group of drivers, owners and technical people and considered time on the ballot, too. Some I did not vote for this year I feel like will be definite choices in the upcoming Hall of Fame votes. Red Byron. NASCAR's first champion should be in its Hall of Fame for historic reasons. He won NASCAR's very first race on Daytona Beach in 1948, won NASCAR's first "season" championship and then its first Strictly Stock title, which is the modern era Sprint Cup crown. Raymond Parks . He owned the first championship car driven by Red Byron and for many of the same reasons Bryon needs to be in the Hall, so does Parks. Even after the two early titles he fielded cars for greats such as Bob and Fonty Flock. He is the sport's heritage, its beginning. Benny Parsons . Many current NASCAR fans know Benny from his ease and skill behind the television microphone and camera once he retired from driving a race car, but he was an amazing competitor, too, winning NASCAR's two biggest trophies -- the 1973 Cup championship and the 1975 Daytona 500 . Perhaps most amazingly, he finished among the top 10 in 54 percent of the races he ran. Waddell Wilson. It is impressive Wilson was so successful both as an engine builder and a crew chief. He built the motors that David Pearson and Benny Parsons drove to titles and as a crew chief led Buddy Baker and Cale Yarborough (twice) to Daytona 500 wins. He built the first engine that broke 200 mph -- driven by Parsons in qualifying for the 1982 Winston 500. Robert Yates. This is another example of the ultimate in successful multi-tasking. Similar to Wilson, he built championship-quality engines (1983 with Bobby Allison) and then Yates owned a championship team, fielding the car with which Dale Jarrett won a title in 1999. He owns three Daytona 500 wins as part of a 57-win legacy as a team owner and won 77 races as an engine builder. Landmark Award Ralph Seagraves. This was a tough category. My selection was based on his contribution really being a turning point for the entire sport. Under Seagraves' leadership, RJ Reynolds provided top-dollar, high-promotion sponsorship of the sport that lasted for more than 30 years. It thrust NASCAR into another stratosphere as far as the American sports landscape was concerned and absolutely created a foundation that is still enjoyed today.
Hot Lap: David Ragan gives a point-of-view look at Kansas Speedway
Take a pace lap around Kansas Speedway with David Ragan as he explains some of the nuances of the track from a driver's perspective.
Pit road contact hinders Dillon's shot for a win
Contact on pit road between Ty Dillon and David Mayhew cuts down the left-front tire on the No. 3, sending him to pit road for repairs.
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.
Schluter-Systems to Sponsor David Ragan at Talladega
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 25, 2016) - BK Racing announced that Schluter-Systems will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan 's No. 23 Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway . In addition, Schluter-Systems also joins BK Racing as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2016 season. "I'm excited to have Schluter-Systems on board our No.23 car this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway ," Ragan said. "We've got a sharp looking car for a track that I really enjoy." "We're thrilled about this partnership with Schluter-Systems," BK Racing Chief Marketing Officer Doug Fritz said. "The Schluter team has been fantastic to work with and we look forward to connecting them with our loyal NASCAR fans." "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us at Schluter-Systems," said Marco Ludwig, President and CEO of Schluter-Systems North America. "We've come to get to know David Ragan and the whole team at BK Racing , and our relationship evolved to where sponsorship was the next natural step for us. It began where many Schluter relationships begin-- talking tile-- and today, we are very proud to stand behind No. 23 at the Talladega race. We'll be cheering for David , and wishing him a safe race."
Future stars unveiled in NASCAR Next 2016-17 class
RELATED: Get to know the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – Two are following in the footsteps of their former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving fathers. One is a long-time racer who competed on the reality television show "Survivor," and later added a degree from Stanford University. Another is one of the fastest rising stock car drivers in the Midwest. There is even a pair of international phenoms. From Charlotte to New York City, and from Quebec to Israel, the 11 drivers who were announced as the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class today are primed for a successful and impactful future in NASCAR. This is the sixth edition of NASCAR Next, an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing. "The NASCAR Next program has introduced current stars such as Kyle Larson , Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to the NASCAR fan, and we believe this year’s class has the same potential," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of marketing and industry services. "These drivers have shown the talent and intangibles to climb the NASCAR ladder, and we look forward to watching their careers grow." This year's NASCAR Next class was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Council and media. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal. MORE: Full NASCAR Next coverage The following drivers have been selected to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class: Harrison Burton ( @HBurtonRacing ) - The 15-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, is the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton . He has climbed to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series after setting the record last year as the youngest Division I race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history. Collin Cabre ( @CollinCabre12 ) – In his second season driving for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the 22-year-old from Tampa, Florida, captured his first career win last October after making the successful move from racing sprint cars. Spencer Davis ( @SpencerDavis_29 ) – The 17-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia, driver has shown a proficiency in nearly everything he’s raced. After winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award last season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Davis has transitioned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, where he has established himself as a championship contender with top six finishes in his first seven series starts dating back to last season. Alon Day ( @Alon_Day ) – One of two international drivers on the list, Day is the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to earn a NASCAR Next recognition. Day, 24, from Ashdod, Israel, completed his first full season in the Whelen Euro Series as championship runner-up. Including the final two rounds of 2015, Day has won four of the last eight Elite 1 races and is again a threat win the title. Tyler Dippel ( @Tyler_Dippel ) – An accomplished dirt racer, the 16-year-old from Wallkill, New York, has already scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in March. Dippel previously competed in the DIRTcar Racing Series in the northeast, earning the rookie of the year title and becoming the youngest race winner in that series. Todd Gilliland ( @ToddGilliland_ ) – The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland , the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, made NASCAR history by winning his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts. He became the youngest winner in series history with his victory last fall, and has followed it up with wins in both the K&N Pro Series East and West season openers this year. Noah Gragson ( @NoahGragson ) – The 17-year-old from Las Vegas finished second in the championship standings last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, collecting the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the process. Gragson followed the path set by Kyle and Kurt Busch , learning his trade in the Legends and Bandolero Divisions at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . He earned a pair of K&N Pro Series West wins in 2015 and is again a championship contender. Gary Klutt ( @Garyklutt ) – The second Canadian to be named to the program and the first full-time driver from the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Klutt represents a crop of young drivers making an impact on Canada’s championship stock car series. The 23-year-old from Halton Hills, Ontario, earned his first career pole and win last year en route to being named the Jostens Rookie of the Year. He finished fifth in series points and will be among the title contenders when the series opens later this month. Julia Landauer ( @julialandauer ) – Landauer, 24, from New York City, got her start racing a variety of cars – from Formula BMW to Ford Focus Midgets to stock cars. The versatile Landauer was a contestant on the hit reality show 'Survivor' before graduating from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. She became the first female to win a Limited Late Model division championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, last year before graduating to the K&N Pro Series West this season. Ty Majeski ( @TyMajeski ) – The 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, showcased his ability with a dominating display at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February, collecting three wins and earning the 2016 Super Late Model championship in the 50th Annual World Series of Stock Car Racing. Majeski added a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track record and victory in the FrostBuster at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in April. Matt Tifft ( @Matt_Tifft ) – A development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing , the 19-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, is driving part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JGL Racing as well as JGR, and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing. He earned his first career pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Talladega earlier this month. Since its inception in 2011, 27 of the 35 drivers who have been selected as part of the program have gone on to compete in one of NASCAR’s three national series. Nearly a third of the drivers have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, with nine drivers winning a NASCAR national series race. The last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year have been NASCAR Next alum, as are the top two contenders for this year’s award: Blaney and Elliott. The last three Sunoco Rookie of the Year winners in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were also part of the NASCAR Next program. For more information, visit NASCARNext.com and make sure to follow the drivers on Twitter and on the track. About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com , and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat ('NASCAR').
No. 5 Sprint Cup team docked 15 driver points
RELATED: Kenseth survives for Dover victory NASCAR officials handed down a P3-grade penalty Wednesday to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team of driver Kasey Kahne for infractions last weekend at Dover International Speedway . The Hendrick No. 5 team was found in violation of sections 22.214.171.124.2 (post-race general inspection measurements); 126.96.36.199.2 a, b, c, d; and 188.8.131.52.1 n,o (that spell out P3 penalty examples) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. NASCAR fined crew chief Keith Rodden $25,000 and assessed Rick Hendrick a loss of 15 championship owner points and Kahne a loss of 15 championship driver points. Kahne was 16th in the Chase Grid before his penalty. With the 15-point deduction, AJ Allmendinger climbs into the 16th and final postseason spot as it stands today. RELATED: Tracking 2016 points penalties A NASCAR spokesperson announced after Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism that the No. 5 Chevrolet failed the post-race laser inspection. The car was taken for further evaluation at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Kahne's fourth-place finish at the Monster Mile matched a season best, equaling the fourth-place result he achieved at Richmond last month. In a press release, Hendrick Motorsports said it would not appeal the penalty. "We had an unintentional issue at Dover when our left- and right-side truck arms were bent at some point during the race," No. 5 crew chief Keith Rodden said. "I'm disappointed in NASCAR's decision, but we have to accept it and focus on the upcoming races. We have a great team with a lot of positive momentum that we hope to carry into the summer." NASCAR officials also penalized the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 team in the Camping World Truck Series after its second-place finish last Friday at Dover. The No. 51 Toyota operation was assessed a P2 for violations of sections 184.108.40.206.1 a, b, c; 220.127.116.11.1 g; and 18.104.22.168.2 a, b, c, d of the NASCAR Rule Book. Crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion was fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The team was assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points. NASCAR officials announced after the Jacob Companies 200 that the No. 51 truck was found too high in the left rear during a post-race inspection. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series scrapped rules on ride heights before the 2014 season, but the regulations remain in place for the other two NASCAR national series. Daniel Suarez , who competes full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, logged the fourth runner-up finish of his Truck Series career in Friday's 200-miler. In other penalty news from Dover: -- The No. 23 ( David Ragan ) in Sprint Cup and the No. 25 ( Ryan Ellis ) in XFINITY received P1s for violations of section 22.214.171.124.1 a -- "failure by the driver or crew members to properly wear or secure mandatory safety apparel or equipment (i.e. head socks, under garments, helmet face shields, shoes, gloves, etc.) in accordance with the NASCAR Rules" -- and a crew member for each team was fined $1,000. -- The Nos. 7 ( Regan Smith ), 42 ( Kyle Larson ), 88 ( Dale Earnhardt Jr .) in Sprint Cup received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice, and the No. 24 ( Chase Elliott ) was given a written warning for failing pre-race template inspection twice. -- The No. 18 ( Matt Tifft ) in XFINITY received a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. -- The No. 07 ( Cj Faison ) in the Camping World Truck Series received a written warning because truck trailing arms did not meet specifications.
David Ragan, wife welcome baby girl
The off week could not have come at a better time for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan . The 30-year-old Georgia native and his wife, Jacquelyn, welcomed a baby girl into the world. Meredith Leigh Ragan was born on Tuesday morning, March 22, at 2:45 a.m. ET at seven pounds, three ounces and 19 inches long, according to a spokesperson for the driver. Their first daughter, Julia, was born in June of 2014. I am glad she waited till I got home from California! Blessed to have a healthy little girl and a strong Mama! pic.twitter.com/8K1BBQU1GV — David Ragan (@DavidRagan) March 22, 2016 A new addition to our #BKRacing family! Congratulations @DavidRagan , @JacquelynRagan and big sister Julia. https://t.co/6y7beFCZyY — BK Racing (@BKRacing_2383) March 22, 2016 A second child is not the only change for Ragan this year. He is in his first season with BK Racing , driving the No. 23 Toyota for the two-car team. Last weekend's race at Auto Club resulted in his best finish with the team in the season's first five races, a 22nd-place finish.
David Gilliland tweets about uncertain future
Veteran driver David Gilliland took to Twitter on Thursday night to reveal that his 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans are uncertain at the moment. Not really sure what's gonna happen next year. @Team_FRM has been great to me. I wish them nothing but the best. — David Gilliland (@DavidGilliland) December 11, 2015 Hopefully we can put something together! #timewilltell — David Gilliland (@DavidGilliland) December 11, 2015 On Thursday, Roush Fenway Racing and Front Row Motorsports announced that newly crowned NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chris Buescher would drive the No. 34 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series for Front Row under an enhanced technical alliance between the two organizations. The agreement would see Roush provide engineering, equipment and driver support as well as full engineering and pit support. The joint release also noted that plans for Front Row Motorsports ' second Sprint Cup Series entry would be announced at a later date. Gilliland has driven for team owner Bob Jenkins for the past six seasons. The 2015 campaign saw Gilliland make all 36 starts in the No. 38 Ford and finish 32nd in the point standings. The 39-year-old's best finish thus far with Front Row was a runner-up showing in the spring 2013 race at Talladega Superspeedway . That race was won by David Ragan and is the only win Front Row has recorded in the race team's history. In 2014, Gilliland also won the pole for summer race at Daytona International Speedway . In 330 career Cup starts, Gilliland has four top fives, eight top 10s and three poles.
How many times can you bounce David Gilliland's head?
Inside Groove: Racing with an attitude We get it. It's Jan. 5 and we're still a ways away from the opening of the Sprint Cup Series season with the Daytona 500 (Feb. 21, 1 p.m. ET, FOX) at Daytona International Speedway and you're struggling with ways to pass the time until then. Fear not -- we've got your next month and a half covered -- by trying to see how many times you can bounce Cup driver David Gilliland 's head in a row. Wait, what? You read that correctly. DavidGilliland.com now has a games section -- featuring four games, with more on the way -- to keep you occupied and mesmerized, the best of which involves a lot of clicking, a lot of frustration and a whole lot of fun. Until you throw your mouse out the window, at least. So give " David's Head Bounce " a shot and try to beat my current record, which stands at ... three.