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FOX Sports, NASCAR Productions announce documentary series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2015) -- FS1 with NASCAR Productions will present, as a part of FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB™, a new documentary short film series entitled Beyond the Wheel to offer an inside look at the sport's most interesting stories and traditions. The documentaries further NASCAR RACE HUB's expansion into dynamic storytelling, taking a new approach to explore pivotal moments and provide never-before-seen insights on influential NASCAR legends and fascinating historical characters. Premiering Wednesday evenings during NASCAR RACE HUB, the first film will launch Sept. 23 on FS1 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The four-part documentary short film series is comprised of the following themes: • Chasing Davey follows Robbie Allison, son of former NASCAR star Davey Allison, as he seeks a connection with his late father by participating in the sport Davey loved. • The Kiss details the once legendary trophy girls and iconic Victory Lane kiss, and how the tradition has evolved through the decades in response to America's changing values. • The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson, Yes! pays homage to the 1965 landmark Esquire article written by journalist Tom Wolfe that introduced the country to stock car racing, the New South and one of NASCAR's most infamous outlaw heroes -- Junior Johnson. • White Knight explores the story of the man many consider to be the winningest race car driver in history, Dick Trickle , who took home victories in an estimated 1,200 races and became NASCAR's Rookie of the Year at age 48 before tragically ending his life in 2013. The subsequent three films in the Beyond the Wheel series air on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, respectively (6:00 p.m. ET). Each documentary will also be available via FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, or on FOXSports.com following its on-air premiere.
Jamie Dick set to make return at Iowa
3M 250 will mark first start for driver since diabetes diagnosis RELATED: Entry list for Iowa Jamie Dick is scheduled to make his return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Iowa Speedway , entering his first race since a diagnosis of new-onset diabetes. Dick was noted on the entry list for Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, Sirius XM), the first of the series' two races this season at Iowa Speedway . Dick , 26, was diagnosed with the disease shortly after the series' event at Phoenix International Raceway on March 14, when he reported to the infield care center after the race, complaining of fatigue and dizziness. After an overnight stay in an Arizona hospital, he was released for further examination and treatment in North Carolina. Dick , the owner and part-time driver for Viva Motorsports, has two starts this season in the team's No. 55 Chevrolet. Jeffrey Earnhardt (five races) and Brandon Gdovic (two) have split time in the team's other events this season. Dick has made 57 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since his series debut in 2011. He's also a veteran of 14 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
XFINITY Series driver Jamie Dick hospitalized
Team: Reasons are unrelated to racing AVONDALE, Ariz. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Jamie Dick was admitted to a local hospital Saturday night following the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway . According to a team release, Dick , driver and owner of the No. 55 Viva Motorsports Chevrolet, was admitted for medical reasons unrelated to racing. Dick , 26, has 57 career starts in the XFINITY Series. Saturday's start was his second of the 2015 season. He finished 28th. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Sprint Cup Series Awards: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon talks about the 2013 season and how he feels his team deserved to be in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase.
Danica finds 'authentic' fit with sponsor, boosts brand
CARROLLTON, Ky. -- Halfway into her first season with Nature's Bakery's backing, Danica Patrick already has run the gamut of sponsorship appearance variety. Yoga with the media, rock-climbing, zip-lining -- Patrick already has checked all of those boxes. Her most recent sponsor obligation Thursday morning was a mix of something familiar and something different. Before a traditional autograph session with a line of fans at a Kroger store just a 15-minute drive from Kentucky Speedway, Patrick went cart-to-cart in challenging local dignitaries -- a tourism director, a local Baptist pastor and an overall-clad county judge executive among them -- to a grocery race through the aisles. "No, I've never done this before. But again, I watched 'Supermarket Sweep' when I was a kid," Patrick said of the long-running grocery game show, making a statement analogous to Cole Trickle proving himself early on in "Days of Thunder" because he learned from watching NASCAR on TV. "We continue as a group, between Nature's Bakery and all the people involved, to make every event just a little bit unique," Patrick said. So it's gone for the 34-year-old and the Nevada-based maker of health-conscious snack foods and fig bars, which signed on as primary sponsor of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 10 Chevrolet for 28 of 38 Sprint Cup Series races (including two non-points events). That announcement last August dovetailed with news of a contract extension that kept Patrick in SHR's four-driver fold. Nature's Bakery has served as Patrick's primary sponsor in 13 of 17 races so far this year, and the business' now-familiar pale blue and white colors will be on display this weekend for Saturday's Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). It's been a full-fledged, both-feet jump for company founder Dave Marson, who said that Nature's Bakery's overall sales had grown more than 50 percent since it entered into a partnership with Patrick and Stewart-Haas. "Even better than we ever thought," Marson said, touting Patrick's natural tie-ins to the company's ideals. "… She's really into an active, healthy lifestyle. She lives it, so it's not forced. It's very authentic. So, very easy to promote our brand through her at any venue that we choose because we align really, really well." The location for Thursday's appearance was also a natural fit. Marson said Kroger, which also partners with JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 team and driver AJ Allmendinger, was one of Nature's Bakery's earliest supporters. Its products are now sold in every store operated by the supermarket chain, which is based in nearby Cincinnati. "Every time I hear about expected projections for the year and how it's gone, it's exceeded that," said Patrick, who helped present a $1,000 donation from the store to the Carroll County Food Bank. "I have to imagine that the program is working. I know that they were already on an upward trajectory, but my goal for Nature's Bakery was to exceed their expectations and be blown away by how it's gone. From everything I understand, it's going really well and all I know is I see Nature's Bakery fig bars everywhere." Though the business relationship has flourished, Patrick is still seeking the proverbial express lane to on-track growth in 2016. She's mired in 26th in the Sprint Cup drivers' standings, with eight laps led and no top-10 finishes. Meanwhile, her Stewart-Haas teammates -- points leader Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch and team co-owner Tony Stewart -- have all secured victories this season, virtually paving their way into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Patrick said she doesn't view the disparity as a pressure-building negative, but that she can benefit from the organization's overarching strength. "For the health of the team, it's great to have cars that have wins that are in the Chase. I know that's just a great thing overall," Patrick said. "Kevin and Kurt won last year and it's Tony's last year. I want to see him do well like so many others; I was so happy for him at Sonoma. But for me, it's only really an upside. "The fact that all your teammates win, there's potential sitting there. We've got to figure it out and you just never know when that day could come. I feel like you just have to be ready and I don't know when that day is going to come. I don't feel confident enough in how it's gone that we've been so fast that the win's around the corner, but you just never know what can happen. There are all kinds of things that can happen in a race, and someday you might show up like it's happened to me over the last couple of years where you're just good and that might be the day, so you have to be ready and you have to be focused." By his own admission, Marson said he's still learning the racing end of things halfway home through the first season of their partnership. While he said he'd love to have Patrick's No. 10 among SHR's Chase-eligible roster, the performance thus far hasn't detracted from the sponsorship's boon. "We can use her and her popularity and what she believes in with our brand," Marson said. "Do we want her to be better in the race car? If you're competitive, anybody wants to be. You look at the challenges within a race team, Stewart-Haas Racing is looking at it and saying how can we get her up there. She's looking at it, she's very driven, so they'll do their work to become more competitive but it doesn't really affect us from a branding side."
The best of Kurt Trickle at Daytona
Kurt Busch teams up with Phoenix Racing and Hendrick Motorsports to bring the City Chevrolet back to Daytona for a good cause.
Darlington Raceway wins NMPA Myers Brothers Award
LAS VEGAS -- Darlington Raceway moved forward by going back in 2015. NASCAR's first paved superspeedway paid homage to stock car racing's past when it launched a "throwback" program for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 , and the move proved to be one of the most talked about, most popular events of the year. So much so that the program has earned the track the National Motorsports Press Association's 2015 Myers Brothers Award. The award was announced Thursday during the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers luncheon at the Wynn Las Vegas. Presented annually by the NMPA, the Myers Brothers Award is named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers. Its' purpose is to recognize individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Others receiving votes for this year's award were four-time series champion Jeff Gordon and 2015 Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch . Darlington Raceway has hosted one or more NASCAR premier series events since 1950. The Southern 500, which returned to its long-held Labor Day weekend date this past season, is considered one of the series' "crown jewel" events. RELATED: Best throwback images " See all the Darlington paint schemes More than 30 cars in this year's 43-car field featured throwback schemes, honoring everything from long-time sponsors to drivers and popular paint schemes from the early 1970s. Several teams got in the act by wearing crew uniforms similar to those worn at the time; concession stand fare included items that were offered at the time and tickets in some sections were even priced similar to that specific time period. Even television partner NBC got in the act, bringing back former announcers Ken Squier and two-time champion Ned Jarrett to call a portion of the race from the broadcast booth. Jarrett’s son, Dale -- a former series champion as well -- joined his father in the booth, marking the first time the two had called a race together. RELATED: Legends in the booth " How Darlington idea came together Track President Chip Wile said at the time that the throwback program is "a five-year platform; this isn't a one-year deal. "We felt like if we could get eight or 10 teams on board to really showcase what we're trying to accomplish, we felt like in 2016 we could get more, in 2017 we would get more and so on," he said. "But the response that we've gotten from everyone in the industry has been incredible." Myers Brothers Award Winners 2015, Darlington Raceway ; 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr .; 2013, Tony Stewart ; 2012, Jeff Gordon ; 2011, Drs. Joseph & Rose Mattioli; 2010, Jim Hunter; 2009, Barney Hall; 2008, Thomas Taylor Warren; 2007, Bill France Jr.; 2006, Benny Parsons; 2005, Rusty Wallace; 2004, Kyle and Patti Petty; 2003, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 2002, Mike Helton; 2001, Dale Earnhardt; 2000, Kyle Petty; 1999, Junie Donlavey; 1998, T. Wayne Robertson; 1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1996, Rick Hendrick; 1995, TNN: The Nashville Network; 1994, Brickyard 400/ Indianapolis Motor Speedway ; 1993, Goody’s Manufacturing Co.; 1992, Richard and Lynda Petty; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990; Dick Beaty; 1989, Bill France Jr.; 1988 Richmond International Raceway ; 1987, ESPN; 1986, Hayride 500; 1985, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1984, Charlotte Motor Speedway ; 1983, CBS-TV; 1982, Motor Racing Network; 1981, Junior Johnson; 1980, STP & Champion Spark Plug Co.; 1979, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1978, Busch Beer; 1977, First National City Travelers Checks; 1976, Junior Johnson; 1975, Bill France Sr.; 1974, H. Clay Earles; 1973, Wood Brothers; 1972, Winston Cigarettes; 1971, Richard Petty; 1970, Richard Howard; 1969, David Pearson; 1968, Wood Brothers; 1967, Richard Petty; 1966, Norris Friel; 1965, Ned Jarrett; 1964, Richard Petty; 1963, Marvin Panch; 1962, Hank Schoolfield; 1961, Ned Jarrett; 1960, Russ Catlin; 1959, Lee Petty; 1958, Bob Colvin.
Viva Motorsports ceases operations
Team release says that assets have been purchased Photo courtesy of Viva Motorsports Viva Motorsports, which fields the No. 55 entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, announced on Monday that the team is ceasing operations effective this week, according to a release issued by the organization. The team was on track at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, where Jeffrey Earnhardt was behind the wheel of the No. 55 Chevrolet and finished in 34th place. The organization made its NASCAR debut in 2009 and competed in both the XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "It takes a tremendous level of commitment to compete at this level of auto racing, especially when striving to get better on limited resources, week in and week out," team owner Jamie Dick said in a release provided by the team. "It has come to a point where my family and I cannot continue to make the personal and financial commitments that this sport requires. I have always been proud of the quality of race team we brought to the track. Instead of lessening that quality, we decided to take a step back from the sport." "I want to thank the whole NASCAR community for allowing me to be part of the family. I want to thank our sponsors and our fans for all the support through the years. But most of all, I want to thank the employees of Viva Motorsports, both past and present, for making this team the best it could be." All the team assets have been purchased and the No. 55 car will appear in a handful of races in the 2015 season, according to the release. This season, Earnhardt (six races), Dick (five races) and Brandon Gdovic (two races) split driving duties in the No. 55 car. Dick missed some time after being diagnosed with new onset diabetes after the Phoenix race in March. The team's best result in 13 races this season was a 12th-place showing by Earnhardt at Talladega in May. A few weeks ago, Dick sat down with NASCAR.com's Pat DeCola at the team's shop in China Grove, North Carolina, to discuss the challenges of running a single-car team. "I do (have a single-car team, "us against the world" mentality). I don’t try to make it a point to spread that opinion throughout our employees and everyone else, but I certainly have that opinion," Dick said. "Because of that mentality, I'm glad we do our own single-car team. Not that we want to be a single-car team, I just mean that we’re independent and we own it and we do it." Dick also reflected on where his own driving career was heading. The 26-year-old has made 60 XFINITY Series starts and 14 Camping World Truck Series starts in his career. "The trajectory and the path of the mountain of my driving career and Viva Motorsports have already started to split and have more and more over the past year or two. I think they'll continue to split more. I don't think that my driving career will blossom into something greater than it is right now. I still like driving and I want to be the best race car driver I can be, but I don’t foresee any opportunities coming along to advance my driving career beyond what it is now, which I'm perfectly OK with. I'm happy with where I am and where I've made it." The Albuquerque, New Mexico native had big hopes for the organization, telling NASCAR.com in May that he would love to work his way into the Sprint Cup Series one day. "The potential for Viva Motorsports to grow with other drivers and other partners and other sponsors, the sky is the limit," Dick said last month. "I'd still love to venture into the Cup Series if the right opportunity presented itself, but I realize how difficult it is and I don't want to go in there with a half-hearted effort. I want the right opportunity to do it right way. That probably will never mean the 'right way' compared to Joe Gibbs or Rick Hendrick, but at least the right way as something that we can be proud of." And those hopes extended to the team's XFINITY efforts. "I hope in three to five years we're no longer a single-car team. I hope we're a two or three car XFINITY car team competing for better finishes, top-10 finishes, and continue to present ourselves professionally like we do now." ---NASCAR.com's Pat DeCola contributed to this report. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR increases penalty for unsecured ballast
Unsecured ballast (lead weight) that becomes detached from a race car as well as the loss of a wheel or wheels due to improper installation will now result in a mandatory minimum four-race suspension for specific team personnel, according to a bulletin issued Wednesday by the sanctioning body. The infractions are P3 level penalties under the 2015 NASCAR Deterrence Policy. Previously the length of suspension was not specified, but listed as "for one or more races." According to the bulletin, the loss of a wheel or wheels due to improper installation would result in a minimum four-race suspension for the crew chief, tire changer and tire carrier of the lost wheel or wheels. For the loss or separation of ballast weight, the crew chief, car chief and head engineer would receive four-race suspensions. Disciplinary action for P3 penalties may also include: • Loss of 15 championship owner and driver points and/or • A monetary fine (varies depending on series) and/ro • Probation until the end of the calendar year for the crew chief and/or any other team members (as determined by NASCAR) or six months if the period following the notice of the penalty spans across two seasons. Because of the danger created by the loss of ballast or a wheel, NASCAR considers the violation a safety issue. The four-race mandatory suspension is for a first offense. At least two incidents of unsecured ballast have occurred this season, most notably at Iowa Speedway in May when XFINITY Series driver Jamie Dick was struck in the helmet by a weight that fell off the entry being driven by Ross Chastain . Dick was not injured. The No. 97 entry with XFINITY Series driver Peyton Sellers was also penalized this year for an improperly attached weight that fell out of Seller’s car at Dover International Speedway in May.
Brandon Gdovic's dad purchases Viva assets
Rick Gdovic unsure when team will run under new banner The assets of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race team Viva Motorsports have been purchased by Brandon Gdovic 's dad, Rick Gdovic, he told the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia. Rick Gdovic told the newspaper he purchased all of Viva's stock-car racing assets last week and the team, under the Precision Performance Motorsports banner, will race out of Viva's former shop in China Grove, North Carolina. The organization raced in the first 13 races of the season with Brandon Gdovic making two starts for the Jamie Dick -owned organization. His best finish was a 26th-place effort at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Two weeks ago, after the Michigan race weekend, Viva Motorsports announced it was ceasing operations. Dick (five races) and Jeffrey Earnhardt (six races) also made starts for the team this year. At the time, a team release said that the assets had been purchased and the No. 55 car would appear in a handful of races. Rick Gdovic told the newspaper that his son will be one of the drivers for the team and that they hope to run selected races over the course of the rest of 2015 with an eye on running the bulk of the 2016 schedule if additional sponsorship and drivers can be secured. The team will be sponsored by Pronius, American Messaging, WindStax and Gdovic's own business, ComServe Verizon Wireless. "We are excited about the purchase of Viva's operation," Gdovic said. "They have continued to build race assets and a reputation over the past few years. "We plan to continue their drive to become a top-level XFINITY Series operation that offers great value for our sponsorship partners, and another step up the ladder for our driver development program." The purchase includes 12 cars as well as race engines, shop, office equipment and a hauler. The China Grove shop will also house the K&N Pro Series East cars of Gray Gaulding , who is part of PPM's team in that series. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule