PEAK introduced as title sponsor of NASCAR's Mexico Series
NASCAR announced plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico with a full slate of races in 2017 along with making PEAK the title sponsor of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series.
PEAK becomes title sponsor of NASCAR Mexico Series
RELATED: Peak becomes new sponsor for Mexico Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 18, 2016) -- During an event with team owners, drivers, local dignitaries and media at the InterContinental Presidente Hotel in Mexico City, NASCAR today announced plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico for years to come with a full slate of races in 2017 and beyond. Also announced was a multi-year agreement with Old World Industries (OWI) to make PEAK® title sponsor of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, only the third title sponsor in series history. Additionally, PEAK becomes an Official NASCAR Partner along with other key brands such as BlueDEF®. "The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series is a place where young drivers are honing their skills and competing for a championship against the toughest competition in Latin America," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "The series drives interest in stock car racing in Mexico, while cultivating talented drivers and pit crew members aspiring to compete at the NASCAR national series level." The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will make its return with an exhibition race on Dec. 3-4 in Mexico City. Celebrating its 10th season, the series will officially get underway in 2017, with a full championship schedule that will be announced at a later date. The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series has helped develop some of NASCAR's best young drivers, including Daniel Suárez, who is the first Mexican-born driver to capture Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors; win a NASCAR national series race; lead a national series in points; and compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase for a championship – which he is currently pursuing. Furthermore, the continued development of young Mexican drivers, like reigning NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series Champion Ruben Garcia Jr., exemplifies the wealth of talent competing throughout the series. "I am extremely proud to be a Mexican driver competing against the best young drivers making a name for themselves in the NASCAR XFINITY Series," said Suárez, driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing . "I am lucky to have had the support of NASCAR's developmental programs along the way – including the NASCAR Mexico Series. I am excited to see that other talented Latin American drivers will continue to have similar opportunities for many years to come." "We remain steadfast in our commitment to develop young talent and engage our passionate fan base in Mexico," said Lou Garate, vice president, partnership marketing, NASCAR. "PEAK is a world-class brand, and its three decades of experience in motorsports will help elevate NASCAR-sanctioned racing in Mexico." Old World Industries' PEAK, BlueDEF and HURCULINER brands have a storied history in motorsports. PEAK held race entitlements in NASCAR throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2016, PEAK sponsored Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 Chevrolet, including two primary races and a season-long associate sponsorship. PEAK is also the title sponsor of NASCAR's eSports partner, iRacing.com, which has helped produce current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron. "Old World Industries products have been a recognized part of the racing industry for decades, and we're proud to help bring NASCAR to the passionate fans in Mexico and the U.S. for years to come," said Bryan Emrich, chief marketing officer at Old World Industries. "Whether in the garage or on the track, we'll continue to deliver quality products that auto enthusiasts can count on." As an Official NASCAR Partner, race fans will see the NASCAR bar mark on select products including: PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant (Official Antifreeze/Coolant of NASCAR®), PEAK Windshield Washer Fluid and Wipers (Official Washer Fluid and Wiper Blade of NASCAR®), BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Equipment (Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid of NASCAR® and Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid Equipment of NASCAR®) and Herculiner Truck & Bed Liners (Official Roll-On and Spray-On Bed Liner of NASCAR®). For more information on OWI products and the company's involvement in motorsports, please visit www.PeakAuto.com .
Harvick wins at Kansas, clinches spot in Round of 8
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Harvick gear " Chase gear KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- He did it again. Last in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and faced with an uphill struggle to make the Round of 8, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team did what they do best -- win with their backs to the wall. Moments after a restart on Lap 238 of 267, Harvick cleared Carl Edwards for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 at Kansas Speedway and pulled away to win Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 by 1.183 seconds. With his second victory at Kansas, his fourth of the season and the 35th of his career, Harvick joined last week's Charlotte winner, Jimmie Johnson , in the Chase's Round of 8 and erased the specter of racing under pressure next Sunday in the crapshoot that is Talladega. With his team chanting "I believe that we will win" in unison behind him, Harvick climbed from his car and thrust his fist into the air in triumph. "These races are hard to win, and these guys are just so good at the details," said Harvick, who won elimination races at Phoenix during his championship season in 2014 and at Dover last year. "You put their backs against the wall, and they get better. Really proud of them … "I just got two good restarts against the No. 19 ( Carl Edwards ). He didn't have a car quite as close to him, and I was able to break that draft before I got to the middle of one and two and get away from him, so that was pretty awesome. I just needed to go for it, and that's really the mind-set we go into every race in the Chase (with) -- to go for, and we did." Edwards, who covets a win at the track closest to his Columbia, Missouri, home, was delighted with the way his No. 19 Toyota ran, but he was frustrated with his second runner-up finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. "We ran well," Edwards said philosophically. "That was really fun, getting to race up front. It is really tough for me to finish second here. It's happened twice. Both of them were pretty painful. The bright side is that, yes, we raced up front. Got a lot of support from a lot of people here. Hopefully, they enjoyed that part of it. "That last restart, Kevin and Jimmie just lined up at the bottom, and they just got far enough ahead, I couldn't hang on the outside. Then I ended up having to race Kyle (Busch) really hard there for a few laps. It let Kevin get out ahead. "But, man, we'll just move forward. A day or two will pass, maybe the sting will wear off, and I'll be more excited about the points situation going into Talladega, because that's the bright side. We've got two decent races under our belts to go to Talladega with." Joey Logano ran third in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, an excellent recovery from last week's 36th-place finish at Charlotte in the open race of the Round of 12. Logano enters the cutoff race at Talladega tied for eighth in the Chase standings with Austin Dillon , who finished sixth on Sunday after gaining track position with a late two-tire call. Johnson was fourth at Kansas, followed by Kyle Busch , who leaves his former "Waterloo" track 27 points above the cut line for the next round. Pole winner Matt Kenseth finished eighth behind non-Chasers Alex Bowman and AJ Allmendinger and is 29 points to the good heading to the elimination race. Among other Chase drivers, Martin Truex Jr . ran 11th, Kurt Busch 13th and Denny Hamlin 15th. From that trio, Truex and Busch remained inside the cut line, with Hamlin falling to 10th, six points behind Logano and Dillon. But the real Chase casualties at Kansas were Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski . Six laps after passing Harvick for the lead on Lap 169, Elliott returned to pit road after a green-flag stop with his left rear tire down. That and two subsequent brushes with the outside wall relegated the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader to 31st at the finish, leaving him 25 points behind Logano and Dillon and likely needing a victory at Talladega to advance. Keselowski was a victim of his own mistake. On Lap 190, he joined the growing club of Chase drivers who have experienced major trouble in the Round of 12. Roaring through Turn 4, Keselowski moved up the banking in front of Denny Hamlin . But Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford got loose and slowed exiting the corner, and Hamlin had no room to brake in time to avoid tapping the 2 car. After repairs, he attempted one futile lap but retired in 38th place, dipping to 11th in the standings, seven points out of eighth. "I spun and got in the grass and tore the nose off," Keselowski said. "I probably could have raced less hard with a big points gap coming in. With this format, it's probably the smart thing to do, but I don't want to race like that. "I want to race my guts out and go for wins. I don't want to points-race. I don't care what the damn format is -- I'm going to give it my best." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Lifelong high school friends get surprise of life from Kyle Busch
Photo credit: WTVM RELATED: Busch gets awesome fan reaction on the road Kyle Busch will have VIP guests on hand this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway , fresh from a Homecoming Dance where the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champ played a role in making it an unforgettable moment. Auburn (Alabama) High School students Holman Head and Taylor Johnson celebrated this weekend at homecoming after Johnson asked her longtime friend to the dance earlier this month with a NASCAR-themed proposal. Johnson decorated her car with Busch's No. 18 and a makeshift M&M's paint scheme, asking Head, "Will you race to homecoming with me?" Busch apparently got wind of their special date and Head's status as a dedicated fan in a story first broadcast by WTVM in Columbus, Georgia . The Joe Gibbs Racing driver arranged for a chauffeured ride to homecoming in an Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, and surprised the couple in a personal video message. With both students already overjoyed, Busch sweetened the gift. "I also think that since we are racing Talladega in a couple of weeks, you two should come out and join us for the race weekend," Busch said, making plans to meet the two this weekend before the sixth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. "When I saw the video I cried," Taylor's mom told WTVM. "I just want to say thank you to Kyle Busch for making their dream come true." Busch tweeted Monday morning about the two: Can't wait to meet these 2 this weekend in Dega! Hope u all had a great time at the dance. https://t.co/KtrHCRyeQ5 — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) October 17, 2016
Talladega clinching scenarios for Round of 8
RELATED: Current Chase Grid " Driver standings Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway will shrink the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field from 12 drivers to eight. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are already locked into the Round of 8 with victories at Charlotte and Kansas, respectively, which leaves 10 drivers battling for six spots. Here's a look at how drivers can clinch spots in the next round. Tune in to the Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to see who advances and who is eliminated. Of the drivers below, a win would automatically advance them into the next round. Otherwise ... • Matt Kenseth : Would clinch with 13 points (28th and no laps led, 29th and led at least one lap, 30th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 11 points. • Kyle Busch : Would clinch with 15 points (26th and no laps led, 27th and led at least one lap, 28th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 14 points. • Carl Edwards : Would clinch with 18 points (23rd and no laps led, 24th and led at least one lap, 25th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 16 points. • Kurt Busch : Would clinch with 25 points (16th and no laps led, 17th and led at least one lap, 18th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 24 points. • Martin Truex Jr .: Would clinch with 29 points (12th and no laps led, 13th and led at least one lap, 14th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 28 points. • Joey Logano : If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 41 Points (2nd and led most laps). • Austin Dillon: If there is a repeat winner, would clinch with 41 points (2nd and led most laps). • Denny Hamlin : Could clinch on points with help, but does not control his own destiny without a win. • Brad Keselowski : Could clinch on points with help, but does not control his own destiny without a win. • Chase Elliott : Could clinch on points with help, but does not control his own destiny without a win.
Harvick charges to Kansas win, Round of 8
Kevin Harvick bounces back from a tough race at Charlotte and capitalizes on the final restart to grab the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway, punching his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NSCS Garagecam gears up for Round of 12
GarageCam host, Matthew Dillner, takes you through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage as teams prepare for the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
XFINITY contenders to apply Round of 12 lessons at Kansas
RELATED: Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The first round of the first Chase for NASCAR's XFINITY Series trimmed the field of championship hopefuls from 12 to eight. The three-race subset also served as a learning tool for those who advanced to the second round, which begins Saturday with the Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) here at Kansas Speedway . "I learned that in the first race of the first round the intensity level was very high," Daniel Suarez ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota) said Friday. "It was definitely more high than what I was expecting." Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet) won the Chase opener held at Kentucky Speedway . Suarez was a close second, won the following week at Dover and finished third last weekend at Charlotte, unofficially taking the mantle of Chase favorite with four races remaining. "I thought everyone was going to go out there to try to be consistent and to try to make it for the next round and that wasn't the case," Suarez said. "Everyone was going for the win and everything got a little crazy in the first race in Kentucky. "But, honestly I'm very proud of everyone …. We had three races with three top-three finishes which I think is something really good for the first round. We have to do exactly the same thing for the second round and after that try to put ourselves in a good position for Homestead and pull everything we have for that last race and the most important race of the year." Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano won the Charlotte event, the only race not won by an XFINITY Series regular in the Round of 12. Suarez, 24, said he expects the level of intensity seen in that opening race to return here this weekend as drivers and teams try to knock out an early win and qualify for the Round of 8. "For some reason everyone – I thought everyone was going to be more relaxed in the first race but for some reason everyone was very, like I said, the intensity level was very high," he said. "And, then for the second race it was lower and everyone was more relaxed because everyone was a little bit too crazy in the first one. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same in this second round. "I don't think that I was myself, I don't think I got super crazy in Kentucky and we ended up with a pretty good result. Actually I felt like we should've won that race, we just came up one lap short. "I felt like everything that we learned the whole year we are trying to put that in the most important part of the year in the Chase in the first round and second round in order to get to the last race at Homestead and so far it's been working out. So, hopefully we can keep it up and move forward." Justin Allgaier (JRM), Erik Jones (JGR), Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ), Ryan Reed ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Darrell Wallace Jr . (RFR) and Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing) complete the Round of 8 for the XFINITY Series Chase. Suarez, Sadler and Jones are the only drivers in the postseason with victories this season. Gaughan, who has 15 top 10s, including a season-best runner-up at Road America , said the first round taught his team that "organizationally, to make sure we are prepared. "Make sure … we have everything kind of set and ready. "Another thing Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and I learned was (we) still are clowns that do it our way. It works for us. We don't scream and yell. … He doesn't get down on me when I hit a wall twice at Kentucky. And I don't bark at him when I think he makes the wrong call on pit road or we unload and it doesn't handle quite the way I want. "We're going to do it the way we think it needs to be done, stay patient and stay on each other’s team. A lot of pressure comes on these guys … and a lot of people succumb to that pressure." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won the last three XFINITY Series races at Kansas.
Busch battles back to grab ninth NXS win of 2016
Kyle Busch battles back late in the race to grab the checkered flag in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, leading 150 or 200 laps on the day.
Kenseth gets his first Coors Light Pole Award of 2016
Matt Kenseth grabbed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the 2016 season at Kansas Speedway and is joined on the front row by teammate Kyle Busch.