Harvick reveals 'worst part of (his) job,' more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday during the season, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" presents eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. Follow @NASCAR 1. Had a stand off this morning trying to leave. Keelan planted himself in the back of my car... #worstpartofmyjob pic.twitter.com/Mez98xo139 — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) April 21, 2017 2. The guys at @donut_media asked me if I could make a lap doing a burnout.... pic.twitter.com/qzkavFIdVj — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) April 20, 2017 3. Solid back to back dinner outfits. #Lydia pic.twitter.com/FynBEdz7Hv — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 17, 2017 4. When you know the code to @BubbaWallace house.... pic.twitter.com/MdYtzL8cE7 — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) April 20, 2017 5. Why not start the day out with a @NASCARHall vote! Not telling you who to vote for, but would you like a latte? https://t.co/iDLobpMZj3 pic.twitter.com/X3WXlNNbfp — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) April 21, 2017 6. #6 is getting a little weird. It was @hoopgroupclt night tonight. Started season wearing #6. Played our 6th game tonight and were 6-0 now pic.twitter.com/oq6TycGcfC — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) April 20, 2017 7. A happy Easter to all! Hope you're having a great day and if not, here's a funny video from a friend to get you started... Nice work John https://t.co/8QsBQlQtvP — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) April 16, 2017 Pastors prepping for Easter like... pic.twitter.com/OrPIkZa3j0 — John Crist (@johnbcrist) April 15, 2017 8. When people ask me "what's the difference between NASCAR and F1?" https://t.co/okfJEo72nw — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 16, 2017 PENALTY - Lewis Hamilton hit with a five-second penalty for driving unnecessarily slow in the pit lane, holding Ricciardo up. #BahrainGP #F1 — Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) April 16, 2017
Rain delays start of on-track activity at Bristol
Rain delayed the start of Friday's NASCAR schedule at Bristol Motor Speedway
Bank of America 500 moving to Sunday afternoon
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Charlotte "Daylight Racing Time" is back for the Bank of America 500 as the race returns to a Sunday afternoon start time in 2017, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced on Thursday. The fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and first race in the Round of 12 will now be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. ET with TV coverage on NBC -- instead of the initial announced date of Saturday, Oct. 7 -- in a move geared for on-track competition and a more family-friendly schedule over a three-day weekend. "Charlotte's so tricky, especially when the sun's out," seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and defending Bank of America 500 winner Jimmie Johnson said in a track release. "And, the track's finally aging and getting to a place with a lot of character (so) that a day race will allow us to run so many more lanes and, I think, create such an entertaining and compelling race ... I'm really excited for a hot, slick, day race." The past two years have seen the race moved from Saturday to Sunday due to inclement weather. The race has not been scheduled for the daytime since 2002. The fall race weekend schedule at Charlotte had been set up to be a Thursday-Friday-Saturday affair in recent years. This year's schedule will also include: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying held on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET, and the XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 7, televised on NBCSN. That race is an elimination race in the XFINITY Series playoffs as the postseason field will shrink from 12 drivers to eight following the event. "We've heard from fans and from several drivers about how much fun it is to race during the daytime at Charlotte Motor Speedway," Marcus Smith, speedway president and general manager, said in the release. "A return to 'Daylight Racing Time' also builds on our commitment to being 'FANS FIRST' by providing families with affordable, world-class entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone should set their clocks for 'Daylight Racing Time,' because it's going to be an unforgettable weekend of racing." In other programming news: the fall race at Martinsville is now scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET start; and the fall Texas race will be broadcast on NBCSN.
No. 21 crew chief Bullins on Blaney: 'I'm proud of him'
No. 21 crew chief Jeremy Bullins shares his thoughts with NASCAR.com on the growth of driver Ryan Blaney, the historic Wood Brothers Racing team
2017 Bank of America 500 to be raced on Sunday
NASCAR announced that October's annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be moved from Saturday night to Sunday starting in 2017
Meet Dr. Fiege: Physician to help further enhance medical efforts
RELATED: NASCAR bolsters emergency response system NASCAR again has upped its level of medical commitment and response, working in conjunction with American Medical Response to announce that Dr. Angela Fiege will serve as the newly appointed NASCAR/AMR Safety Team Medical Director. The Indianapolis-based doctor has served as a physician medical consultant in NASCAR for the past two years, supporting both the infield care centers and on-track response at all NASCAR-sponsored race events. Her new role will include collaboration with NASCAR Medical Liaisons and NASCAR Consulting Physicians in addition to guiding the services provided by AMR. In February, NASCAR announced it was partnering with AMR to expand its capabilities of medical support and enhance on-track incident response -- Fiege's new position is another component of that agreement. Drivers had previously asked for a physician who traveled to the majority of most race weekends as a way to develop familiarity. A lifelong motorsports fan, Fiege said she is enthusiastic about developing her new role and enhancing the sport's medical program. She has been trackside at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a decade working with both NASCAR and open-wheel drivers. She was awarded this year's "Above and Beyond Award" for her work presenting lectures on driver and crew safety at NASCAR's annual summits. "The great thing about this job is that it is an open book waiting to be written," Fiege told NASCAR.com. "I've had the good fortune to get to know a lot of good people along the way. And I think collectively, we'll work to make this something I hope that people who do other forms of motorsport will look to NASCAR and say, 'That was great, let's implement some of their ideas in how we manage our drivers as well.' " Fiege certainly brings a knowledgeable and diverse background to the position. She began her career as a paramedic and then became a nurse before serving 20 years as a flight nurse for Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. She then got her medical doctor degree and has managed emergency care at the hospital for the past 12 years. Part of Fiege's impressive credentialing is that she is board certified in both emergency medicine and neuro critical care. "I wouldn't trade that for the world," Fiege said of her incredibly diverse experience. "My pathway through life is kind of convoluted, but every step of the way you learn something not only medically, but also in interacting with people. "The things I learned on the street as a medic translated into how I approached people as a nurse. And what I learned as a nurse has been a great background for me as I practice as a physician. I feel I'm very lucky and it's been a great way to develop a career." Not only will Fiege oversee the at-track medical response, she also hopes to develop a broader health and fitness program for not only NASCAR's star drivers, but their family members and teammates as well. "One of the things we hope to accomplish is developing a state- of -the-art, type motorsports medical program," she said. "Not only for the drivers but for the sport in general . There are some things we can do for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road to not only enhance their health, but also their families' health. And there are some exciting things to think about moving forward. "There are always things you need to do for a driver involved in an incident, of course, but also a lot of things that go on with drivers that are difficult to see. At most people's forefront are concussions and head injuries and things like that. There are certain injury patterns that are peculiar to motorsports, and we want to investigate in terms of treatment and ways to prevent those injuries. The natural evolution of that is how it translates into safety equipment used in civilian life."
Monster Energy recognized as brand of the year
NASCAR's premier series entitlement sponsor Monster Energy was awarded brand of the year and recognized as a luminary honoree at the sixth annual 2017 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards on Thursday morning in New York City. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer Steve Phelps presented Monster Energy with the Gem Award, which honors the brand of the year. Monster Energy Senior Vice President of Marketing Sam Pontrelli accepted the award on behalf of the company. "It's a great honor," Pontrelli told NASCAR.com. "Monster Energy is 15 years old now and we've come a long way in a very short period of time by doing things a little differently than other people in terms of business community of being kind of a nontraditional brand. So it's really nice to be recognized as brand of the year even though we don't do things like everyone else. It almost acknowledges that fact that, 'OK they are a legitimate player even though they don't play like everyone else.' " Monster Energy was announced with a multi-year deal as the premier series entitlement sponsor in late 2016. The energy drink company, which embodies the notion of being a lifestyle brand with its motto "A lifestyle in a can," now has a large presence at NASCAR races from 300X300 foot activation stations to Monster Energy girls who interact with fans and help winning teams celebrate in Victory Lane. The company also maintains a huge social media presence. For Pontrelli, its nontraditional methods in a very traditional industry like the beverage industry is what sets Monster Energy apart. "So many brands that are in kind of our same (industry) do very traditional things," Pontrelli said. " ... Our roots are very much different than that, so it's nice to see that people have an open mind to something other than just the very traditional and have acknowledged the fact that we can be a legitimate player without doing the same thing that is expected of a company like ours. "…Going into our NASCAR sponsorship, what we really wanted to do was make sure that Monster's personality came through to NASCAR. Rather than becoming kind of another NASCAR brand, we wanted to make sure that we brought our personality to NASCAR." Marrying a popular and traditional brand like NASCAR with Monster Energy's innovative nature has allowed growth for the company. This award validates that, Pontrelli says. "(The award) means that we can continue to evolve as a company and have very positive outcome from it," Pontrelli said. "Originally we started with very, very niche sports; skateboarding, BMX and motocross that were influential in setting the personality for our brand. But there weren't a whole lot of people watching all those sports. And so as we started evolving as a brand and getting into things that got a little more eyeballs, and got a little bit more traditional, we were worried about 'How is this evolution going to affect our brand?' And so by going into NASCAR, it was a really big risk for us because we didn't want to appear like we were evolving too quickly in (becoming) the entitlement sponsor of one of the top four sporting series in the country. "And so to be recognized by Cynopsis in a very positive way kind of legitimizes that we can continue to evolve the brand and do new things and still be recognized as an innovator and a brand that is still very much influential among the sports community in this kind of new way that we're approaching this." NASCAR was nominated in multiple Cynopsis Sports Media Award categories and received top honors in Overall Social Media Excellence, recognizing the best use of social media platforms in sports. From the 2016 Daytona 500 through the playoffs and championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR social media drove record-setting metrics last season as the sport continued to evolve its overall marketing strategy and lead with social media. Last year, NASCAR generated 4.3 billion impressions and 287 million engagements – a 101 percent year-over-year increase – on Facebook and Twitter. NASCAR also doubled its Snapchat Live Stories and brought fans closer to key moments of the season on Facebook Live, including Tony Stewart's final Monster Energy Series race and the announcement of Monster Energy as premier series entitlement partner. The 2016 season also marked the introduction of NASCAR’s Social Media Partner Engagement team, built to provide ongoing strategic counsel and social support for official partners.
Allen Boes earns first win of 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Allen Boes scored his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win of the 2017 season at Texas Motor Speedway, ending Ryan Luza's two-race winning streak as the erstwhile championship leader found trouble late in the going. Boes held off Cody Byus after a restart with seven laps to go. Byus was keeping pace with Boes, but a caution with three laps remaining ended his shot at making a late-race move for the win. Kenny Humpe was third, followed by teammates Bobby Zalenski and Chris Overland. Boes and Luza had the best cars for much of the event with Luza leading 73 of 167 laps while Boes led 72. However, Luza's chance to win evaporated when he got caught back in traffic after a pit stop and had a run-in with Kenny Humpe. The collision with Humpe, and then the wall, caused significant damaged to Luza's car and he wound-up nineteenth. The night began with Michael Conti leading the field to the green flag but the yellow was back out before the field made it to Turn 3. Phillip Diaz got sideways off Turn 2 before being hooked into the wall, causing a huge stack-up halfway back in the field. While most of the pack saw the crash, a couple drivers further back seemed not to and collected nearly a dozen cars. When the dust cleared and the green waved again the lead was hotly contested among several sim racers. Byus wasted little time passing Conti for the lead on Lap Seven only to see Logan Clampitt take the lead for himself one lap later. By Lap 20 the groove had widened and Boes, who was running the middle lane, took his first turn at the front after getting by Clampitt off Turn 4. Boes could not lead for long either as Luza took the top spot on Lap 26, right as the second yellow of the race slowed the action. Luza won the race off pit road and build a decent lead once the race went green. Boes and Byus were quick enough to keep in touch, but not quite quick enough to challenge Luza for the top spot. The field would get another shot at him though, as a caution on Lap 65 slowed the pace right before many of the leaders were planning to pit under green. Once again, Luza was first off pit road and held the lead as the laps wore on after the restart. Byus kept in closer contact this time, never letting Luza get more than a few car lengths ahead. The two ran in the same fashion until both hit pit road under green on Lap 100 for tires and fuel. Boes inherited the lead and before he could pit Bryan Blackford was spun by Nick Ottinger, causing the yellow to fly which trapped many drivers a lap down, necessitating a wave-around. Although he was not among those trapped, Luza did pit again under the caution and restarted third behind Boes and Brian Schoenburg with Byus to his outside in fourth. Boes held off Luza who had fallen to fifth before a crash involving Schoenburg, Ray Alfalla, and several others brought the leaders to the pits again on Lap 120, putting them well within their fuel window. Boes maintained the lead off pit road but it was Luza who was on the move when the race returned to green. Luza quickly moved from fifth to second and looked a bit quicker than Boes on the long run but on Lap 144 yet another caution stopped his progress. The two pitted and maintained their positions, leading to a 19-lap shootout. Luza did not have the best short-run speed and lost second position to Byus after the restart. On Lap 155 Humpe tried to move around Luza in Turn 4 which is when the two got together, sending Luza for a spin and setting up the final dash to the finish. Luza's poor finish cost him the championship lead, as Clampitt now leads by seven points over Luza as the regular season has reached the one-third mark. Zalenski is now third, 18 points behind and three in front of Alfalla, who like Luza, finished mid-pack as the result of his crash. Darik Bourdeau recovered from an early spin to finish and holds down fifth in the standings. After three races at tracks 1.5 mile or more, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series returns to a shorter track as the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway plays host for Week Five. Phoenix takes a much different setup than the downforce tracks, making it somewhat of a sim racing wildcard. Can Luza rebound for his third win, or can Alfalla or Clampitt visit Victory Lane for the first time in 2017? Find out in two weeks on iRacing Live!
Jones captures Bristol win; Hemric earns Dash 4 Cash bonus
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: Results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Erik Jones found the ideal way to atone from a mistake in Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it took a bump-and-run for Jones to complete his comeback at the .533-mile short track. Recovering from a Lap 230 pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field, Jones worked his way to the front through a series of quick cautions and muscled Ryan Blaney out of the way to take the lead on Lap 280 of 300 . Jones held the top spot the rest of the way, through a caution that slowed the race after William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole and Austin Dillon were involved in a Turn 4 wreck on Lap 291. The race restarted on Lap 298, but Blaney couldn't get to Jones' bumper to return the favor before the checkered flag waved. "It was just hard racing," said Jones, who won his second straight NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season, his second at Bristol and the eighth of his career. "We ended up racing hard and getting by him. To come back from a pit road penalty like that, it's a race I won't forget for a long time -- just an awesome day." Blaney led the field to a restart on Lap 278, but Jones had superior speed on the short runs and quickly pulled up to Blaney's bumper. As they raced hard into Turn 1, Jones applied the bumper of his No. 20 Toyota, sent Blaney's No. 22 Ford up the track and made the decisive pass. "He was so much better than us on the short runs," Blaney said. "He wasn't going to back out, and I wasn't going to back out either. ... I knew I pushed the issue with him. I knew he was close, and I don't blame him for not backing out at that time. "You can't do that, so I took a chance, and we had some contact. Fortunately, we were able to get a restart in fourth (on Lap 298) and get to second and just couldn't quite get close to make a run at him." To Jones, the bump was justified by late-race urgency and the relative speed of his car. "At that point in the race I think there was less than 20 (laps) to go, and you have to do all you can to try to get to the lead," he said. "I knew clean air was important, and we were quite a bit faster than the 22 just to fire off, and I guess just the track cooled down and we got some speed back in the car. "We were able to get around him and get the lead, and from there, I think everyone was stuck on the bottom, and we were able to hold them off." It was a race of radically changing fortunes, and not just for Jones. Polesitter Kyle Larson led 180 laps, but cut a tire after contact with Brandon Jones' Chevrolet on lap 261 -- an incident that started a chain-reaction wreck that eliminated Cole Custer, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Garrett Smithley. Larson compounded his issues with a penalty for a commitment line violation but came from the rear of the field in the final 30 laps to finish seventh. Sunoco rookie Daniel Hemric came from a lap down to win the $100,000 Dash 4 cash bonus after the three other qualifiers for the XFINITY-sponsored prize -- Custer, Allgaier and Brendan Gaughan -- all were involved in accidents. Hemric finished fifth behind Daniel Suarez in third and series leader Elliott Sadler in fourth. Notes: Blaney finished second in the No. 22 Team Penske Mustang for the third time this season. All told, the 22 car has five runner-up results without a win this year. However, the No. 22 was found to be too low in the left front post race. Any potential penalty will be announced early next week … The action-filled race featured nine cautions for 85 laps. </p>
Most memorable moments of 2017
Relive the most memorable moments of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far.
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