Sprint Cup qualifying pushed an hour and 25 minutes Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Full Martinsville schedule MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Rain delayed Friday's on-track activity at Martinsville Speedway for roughly four hours on Friday. The first of three Friday practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was slated for a 10 a.m. ET start, but steady rain at the .526-mile track threw the schedule into question. Shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET, a revised schedule was released, that will see Sprint Cup practice run from approximately 2 p.m. ET to 2:50 p.m. ET. The Camping World Truck Series will have just one practice that begins at 3 p.m. ET but will run until 5:30 p.m. ET. Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying was pushed back from 4:45 p.m. ET to 6:10 p.m. ET. Per a NASCAR bulletin sent to teams earlier this week, the opening round of qualifying will be 20 minutes instead of 15 minutes as it had been for the past four events. Cars finally hit the track for Sprint Cup practice at 2:04 p.m. ET after another brief spell of wet weather put the session into a brief hold. Sunday's 500-lapper, the STP 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), is the sixth race of the season and first short-track event of 2015 for the Sprint Cup Series. Saturday's Kroger 250 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1) is the third race of the year for the Camping World Truck Series. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
The topic of the day, tampering with tires. NASCAR.com analyst Chris Rice explains why making holes in a tire could be an advantage for some teams.
Veteran driver sits sixth in the XFINITY Series point standings Related: Full series standings FONTANA, Calif. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Brendan Gaughan earned his career-best Auto Club Speedway finish of second-place in the Drive4Clots.com 300 on Saturday after starting eighth in the field. The Las Vegas native must have been feeling his roots because Gaughan scored three straight top-10 finishes on NASCAR's West Coast swing (Las Vegas, Phoenix, Auto Club). "I'm glad I'm pissed off about being second," Gaughan said at Auto Club Speedway after coming up short to 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick . The NASCAR veteran attributes his success to his commitment to run double-duty this season, splitting his time between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and the XFINITY Series No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. And with double-duty comes a shortage of breaks that drivers who are just running one series get. As the XFINITY Series takes a break until April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway , the Sprint Cup Series keeps roaring on to the shortest track on the Cup Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway . "I'm racing my Premium Motorsports Chevrolet at Martinsville," Gaughan said. "So I'll be going to Martinsville and I'll be having what I consider to be an easy weekend all of a sudden because I only have to do one race car. I don't know where I decided that I was going to turn 40 years old this year and do double-duty all season." Although racing in both the Cup and XFINITY Series can be draining, Gaughan explains that he's learning a lot and looking at things differently than he ever has before. "It's helping me in a lot of ways," Gaughan said. "The main thing is is that I'm getting on the race track first in a Cup car. "It's helping me with the points racing. I'm trying to learn how to race that race car and look at points in a completely different way so we can keep making races. I've never looked a racing that way. I've never been in a situation like that. So it's helping me on the big picture side, but I'm racing different now than I ever have and looking at points differently than I ever have and I think it's going to make me better at the end of the year." Aside from Saturday's runner-up showing, Gaughan's best finish at the Fontana track came in 2009 when he finished seventh. In 122 XFINITY Series starts, the Richard Childress Racing driver has two wins, 12 top-fives and 32 top-10 finishes under his belt. The No. 62 driver's first win came just last season at Road America . He added a win at Kentucky Speedway in September. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get the on-track times for everything at the Lone Star track Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series head to Texas Motor Speedway for a doubleheader of NASCAR action, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Check out the full schedule below. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; All times are ET THURSDAY, APRIL 9: ON TRACK -- 4:30-5:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice ( Follow live ) -- 6:30-8 p.m.: XFINITY Series final practice ( Follow live ) FRIDAY, APRIL 10: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice ( Follow live ) -- 2-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice ( Follow live ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying ( Follow live ) -- 6:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying ( Follow live ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series O'Reily Auto Parts 300 , FOX Sports 1 (200 laps, 300 miles ) ( Follow live ) SATURDAY, APRIL 11: ON TRACK -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 , FOX (334 laps, 501 miles ) ( Follow live ) MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Comparing two of NASCAR's greatest streaks Vote: Who will win at Martinsville? " Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Editor's note: Kevin Harvick has eight consecutive top-two finishes. The all-time best top-two streak is 11, by Richard Petty. Here's a look at how they compare.
Brett Moffitt will pilot No. 55 Toyota at Auto Club FONTANA, Calif. -- Looking understandably forlorn, Michael Waltrip explained Friday morning that his driver Brian Vickers will be out of the Michael Waltrip Racing team's No. 55 Toyota this weekend at Auto Club Speedway after experiencing "a reoccurrence of blood clots" and said he did not have a timetable for Vickers return. Brett Moffitt , 22, will steer the car this weekend -- his first time ever turning at lap at the 2-mile speedway -- while Vickers begins blood-thinning medication which prevents him from racing. "First and foremost our thoughts are with Brian and his family,'' Waltrip said. "He isn't just our race car driver, he is our friend and we know the NASCAR community will continue to rally around Brian. Waltrip said he spent time with Vickers in New Orleans this week before they all travelled to California in preparation for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). The team received a call at 1 a.m. local time Friday from Vickers relaying the situation, and he is still in California under the care of doctors. Waltrip said that when he last saw his driver, there was no indication there was a problem. "Obviously he was disappointed in the results, but Brian has a lot of things in perspective,'' Ty Norris, executive vice president of business development and general manager of Michael Waltrip Racing , said. "He was aware of the issue, thought he knew what it was and it was confirmed." Waltrip reminded that "the situation is very fluid and it's new information," noting that no plans have been made beyond this weekend. He did say, however, that Moffitt, who finished eighth filling in for Vickers at Atlanta, would be the go-to driver as a replacement. "For the foreseeable future, Brett's definitely our guy,'' Waltrip said. Vickers missed the first two races of the year while recovering from heart surgery in December and NASCAR kept him Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -eligible. Waltrip said he has not spoken with NASCAR yet to see how this setback affects his eligibility for NASCAR's 10-race, season-ending playoff. It's the fourth time Vickers has had to take time off for medical issues since 2010. "Thankfully because I recognized the signs and symptoms the doctors caught this early and I'm going to be OK,'' Vickers said in a team statement. "I had finished my treatment for the clot I had in my leg back in 2013 and I haven't needed to be on a blood thinner for a clot in my leg or lung since. "I'm going to follow doctor's orders and do everything I need to do to get well.'' Ironically, Vickers was supposed to be making appearances on behalf of sponsor Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its blood-thinning drug Xarelto at the track marking what is "Blood Clot Awareness Month," including a press conference at Auto Club Speedway . "I'm disappointed I can't be there, but if there is a silver lining in all this, hopefully what's happened to me will help raise awareness on this important health issue,'' he said. Vickers took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to thank his fans for their support. Post by Brian Vickers . Like other Sprint Cup Series competitors, points leader Kevin Harvick said he really felt for Vickers. "I feel bad for Brian because he does have that drive and determination to be in the car, and he's already overcome so much. It's just really really unfortunate." The situation especially hits home for Waltrip, whose mother suffered a stroke after a blood clot and has required round-the-clock care ever since. "When I look at my mom, I'm reminded spreading the word [about blood clots] is so important,'' Waltrip said. "Obviously this is a setback for our team and Brian, but this morning, we're just glad Brian's okay." Moffitt had been driving the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. The team announced that XFINITY Series Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher would take over the ride this weekend. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Alabama superspeedway the latest to make safety enhancements Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Talladega Superspeedway announced plans on Thursday to add SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barriers to its existing barrier system ahead of the NASCAR weekend on May 1-3. The track will add SAFER barriers in three locations -- along the inside wall at entrances to pit road, Turn 1 and Turn 3. "We are committed to making Talladega Superspeedway a safe environment for drivers as well as for our fans," Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. "Safety is our top priority and will continue to collaborate with ISC, NASCAR and ARCA on any future safety enhancements." The 2.66-mile track will host the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2 (3 p.m. ET, FOX) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 3 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Since Kyle Busch 's accident in the XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway , in which the Joe Gibbs Racing driver hit a wall that did not have a SAFER barrier, tracks have been analyzing their protective barriers and making immediate enhancements where possible. Busch suffered a compact fracture to his right lower leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot from the accident and is out indefinitely. Drivers have also been more vocal about the need for more SAFER barriers. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman met with NASCAR officials recently, and safety was among the topics of discussion. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Fortune 500 company leverages partnership to continue driving business Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the "Official Paint of NASCAR" through 2017. Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport. "Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix," said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. "Sherwin-Williams' integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions." By continuing as an Official NASCAR Partner, Sherwin-Williams will also retain its designation in the 'Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR" and the "Official Transportation Finishes of NASCAR" categories. Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes division will further expand its visibility as one of the leading product innovators and servicers to the collision repair and original equipment industries. Sherwin-Williams is the only direct distribution automotive refinish manufacturer and provides service to its collision repair and OEM customers through nearly 200 company stores in the U.S. and Canada. "We're extremely excited and honored to continue and expand our role as the 'Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR,' " said Adam Chafe, vice president of Marketing for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. "Since 2000, some of the biggest names in motorsports have trusted their vehicles’ finish to Sherwin-Williams. We aim to help teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and sponsors always look their best on the track; that also holds true with every repair and repaint our collision repair center customers provide for their end customers." The designation as the "Official Transportation Finishes of NASCAR" will also help Sherwin-Williams further expand its visibility as one of the leading product innovators and servicers to the fleet refinishing, heavy truck and bus, aerospace and commercial manufacturing industries. "Today, more than a dozen NASCAR teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes," said Bobby Moody, Director of Motorsports for Sherwin-Williams. "The 30-plus drivers who now use Sherwin-Williams have more than 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories between them and make up a virtual 'who's who' of NASCAR’s finest finishers." Through its renewal, Sherwin-Williams maintains its role as a Contingency Sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. The NASCAR Contingency Program fosters strong relationships between competitors and the high quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories, and awards money to teams for each race and at the end of each racing season. As part of the Contingency Program, Sherwin-Williams will be title sponsor of the Fastest Lap Award in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In addition, Sherwin-Williams continues as a Proud Partner of the International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®), extending a partnership that began in 2013. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, or the brand’s motorsports program, visit www.sherwin-automotive.com or call 1-800-798-5872. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Virginia short track latest to make safety enhancements Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Martinsville Speedway will install tire pack barriers to exposed wall on the backstretch of the 0.526-mile track before this weekend’s race activities get under way, according to track officials. The portion of wall addressed runs along the inside of the back straightaway and ends just before the entrance to pit road, which is located in Turn 3. The facility is one of 12 owned by International Speedway Corp. that hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. "We are committed to the continued safety of the drivers and our fans," Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said. "We will continue to collaborate with ISC and NASCAR for additional safety enhancements deemed necessary." The track is one of a growing number to add temporary tire packs that could eventually be replaced by the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers. Kyle Busch sustained a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot in an accident last month at Daytona International Speedway when his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota struck an unprotected area of the interior wall during a NASCAR XFINITY Series race. DIS officials announced shortly after Busch's accident that changes would be made to increase the amount of protective barrier around the 2.5-mile track. A week later, four-time series champion Jeff Gordon crashed into a portion of wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway that also was not protected. Gordon wasn't injured but afterward said he was "very frustrated with the fact there are no SAFER barriers down there." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule