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XFINITY GarageCam ‘drafts’ at Talladega
Matthew Dillner strolls the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage to catch up with drivers and football personality, Eli Gold, to see who the No. 1 draft pick could be.
NSCS GarageCam walks the 'garage' Blvd in 'Dega
Strolling the infield Boulevard at Talladega is the thing to do, but Matthew Dillner and GarageCam stroll the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage to find your favorite cars and stars.
Dale Jr.'s sandwich project going strong, raising $145K
RELATED: Dale Jr. shows how to make the perfect banana-mayo sandwich BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Just 10 days after Dale Earnhardt Jr . tweeted out a photo of a banana-mayonnaise sandwich, NASCAR's 13-time winner of the NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver has helped raise $145,000 for Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. With $50,000 of the total donation coming from Hellmann's, another $50,000 is being matched by Junior, himself. Along with the Hendrick Motorsports driver's charitable efforts, the sandwich was picked up by Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend's race events. The Tennessee short track plans to sell the unusual sandwich combo to fans for $4, with $1 of every sandwich sold going to the Dale Jr. Foundation. "It's awesome that tracks are participating and anyone donating however they want to donate, that's a great thing," Dale Jr. said on Friday at Bristol. "But it's important to say the whole thing was completely organic. I was sitting there bored with a little time on my hands in between taking pictures for a Hellmann's photoshoot and they always have me make this sandwich at the photoshoots and it was laying there as a prop they were preparing for a picture, and I took a picture of it and I had no idea that that was going to take off like it did." Carrying over 1.4 million Twitter followers, when Dale Jr. tweets, the world listens, so he might be alone in the shock of the sandwich tweet's takeoff, but leave it to the NASCAR veteran to turn what many viewed as gross, to good. "The thing is is 25 percent of the country knew exactly what I was talking about and the rest were completely disgusted," Earnhardt Jr. said. "So, it got a lot of attention and I think the disgust is what really drove the tweet viral. But it had everybody's attention so I called Mike Davis (Director, Brand Strategy and Communications at JR Motorsports) and said, 'It just seems silly to let this fizzle out and not seize this opportunity to do something good.' " And with one simple phone call the JRM team has generated awareness for an important cause, all with the help of just three simple ingredients. "The response from the fans, as far as donations, has been amazing. And also, you have things like this where the tracks are doing their own thing and it's helping people. So it's been an amazing thing, and I'm super glad we have the resources at JR Motorsports to make these things happen." You can donate to the cause at DaleJrSandwich.com .
Dale Jr. takes NFL's Thomas Davis on a wild ride at Charlotte
Carolina Panthers linebacker named honorary pace car driver for Coke 600 CONCORD, N.C. -- Making friends with a member of the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Tuesday wasn't all that easy for Dale Earnhardt Jr ., a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins. The driver's outward allegiance to a rival team wasn't lost on Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis , who rode along with Earnhardt at rapid speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway , shortly after gaining his certification to be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). "It's OK. I mean, we take care of the Redskins, like I said earlier," Davis said, fully aware of his team's three straight victories against Washington. "I'm pretty sure he knows." Davis' crossover into the world of NASCAR was a seamless one, as the 10th-year pro was unfazed as a passenger for Earnhardt's five-lap thrill ride. Part of Davis' nonchalance perhaps stemmed from the similar intensity of his day job, delivering hard hits as part of the Panthers defense. "I ran that thing as hard as it'd go," said Earnhardt, who estimated he approached speeds of nearly 175-180 mph in a Richard Petty Driving Experience machine with his No. 88 colors. "I was watching him over there. He wasn't impressed. He was filming the whole thing with his phone, like he was riding down the interstate." The connection between Earnhardt and Davis reaches further than their common ground as participants in adrenaline-fueled sports. Davis' humanitarian efforts earned him recognition as the 2014 recipient of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an accolade sponsored by Nationwide -- an Earnhardt sponsor. Those bonds, as well as their mutual affiliation with the Charlotte community, have helped Earnhardt separate his fandom from his personal interactions with Panthers players. "Actually, it's gotten easier," Earnhardt said. "I've got a lot of friends -- real, real close friends -- that are Panthers fans and they make it real hard to pull for the Panthers the way they act and cheer for their team is just … I don't know. Some of my close buddies, they just don't have any class when it comes to the Panthers, especially when they beat the Redskins. I have to hear about it years and years later, and they beat 'em two years ago and I still hear about that. "But I got to get to know (Panthers tight end Greg) Olsen really good, working together with him on some stuff for our charities and he restored my faith in the football team. I really appreciate what they do for the Charlotte community and the area. Obviously, being a business owner in downtown Charlotte with Whisky River, they have a huge influence on our business and our company and the decisions we make, and they're something that we're very proud of. I'll always pull for the Redskins, number one, but I'm definitely warming up to the Panthers after meeting some of the players. They've got some genuine, quality people on their team, and Thomas is one of them." The two athletes exchanged helmets as gifts before their ride-along, but Earnhardt said he hadn't given much thought to making a sports crossover of his own. The 40-year-old driver said he's attended Redskins training camps in the past, but seemed content to limit his football participation to made-for-TV backyard games in Wrangler commercials. "I'm really nervous and shy, so I don't know if I'd want to put myself out there like that," Earnhardt said, noting that he was always too small to suit up in high school. "But just because I'm a fan of a particular sport doesn't mean I think I'm very talented in it at participating. I enjoy the occasional softball game with my buddies or basketball in the gym with my friends. And I love going to the training camp to see the 'Skins and just get an idea of how the team feels and how their morale is and their energy on the field is when they're training, but I don't need to be out there trying to play." Davis' own training exercise Tuesday was slightly less rigorous, but he still earned a thumbs-up from NASCAR official Wayne Auton to lead the 43-car field to the green flag in Sunday's 600-miler, stock-car racing's longest event. In some ways, Davis said, his pace-car duties are nothing new, drawing yet another parallel to Earnhardt's day job. "I'm always ready to perform on Sunday," Davis said. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Junior celebrates his first NXS win since 2010
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NXS GarageCam fit for a King
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner gives you a tour of the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage, catches up with some drivers and gets Richard Petty's thoughts on the 2016 low-downforce package that will be run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Race Rewind: Bristol in 15
Relive a feast or famine day for Joe Gibbs Racing as the rest of the field battles at Bristol Motor Speedway.