Star of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET/PT) on Jeff Gordon and more Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Eric Christian Olsen had just finished his freshman year of college in Michigan when, to help pay the bills, he moved to Los Angeles to try and get work in commercials. It wasn't long before Olsen's studies were put on hold to make room for acting gigs, not in commercials, but in big productions like "Not Another Teen Movie," "Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and "The Thing." A 2010 guest spot on the CBS drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" led to a full-time spot for Olsen on the show, playing detective Marty Deeks, and the show's sixth season kicked off Sept. 29. An avid surfer, the 37-year-old actor lives in L.A. with his wife, actress Sarah Wright, and the couple's 1-year-old son, Wyatt. Getting The Call "I was shooting 'The Thing' in Toronto and had just gotten done with a scene where we were burning the aliens with flamethrowers. I was sweaty and exhausted when I got the call from 'NCIS' producers that they were going to pick up my option. 'Elated' doesn't do justice to how I felt. It's the closest thing that actors get to winning a race." Got What I Wanted "I love the combination of comedy and drama. In searching for a project to do, that's exactly what I wanted: a drama with action but also with comedic elements. That's why I liked the idea of playing Deeks; he captures all those genres." Table Reading "I'm sure it's just like NASCAR . The first time you get the call to the 'big leagues,' your heart is pumping so fast. It still pumps every time we do a table read, but now it's more of an appreciation versus a fear." Serenity Now "There's a moment when you come off the freeway, which is jam-packed, and onto Pacific Coast Highway. It's just ocean as far as your eye can see. There is a peace in that and an escape from the claustrophobia of L.A. traffic." My Hideaway "It's a barn on 40 acres in Idaho. My mom, dad, brother and my wife and I redid it together. We go up there every summer for a month. It's a chance to get away and recharge your batteries . There's one traffic light in the whole town." Daddy-O "Fatherhood has exceeded all of my expectations -- and I set the bar pretty high as far as what I thought this experience was going to be. I studied child psychology in college, and I intellectualized what fatherhood would be like, but it is more fun than anything that I could have ever imagined. There is a whole new realm of love that I didn't know I was capable of." Sound Reasoning "Simon and Garfunkel is what I grew up on, and my wife and I walked down the aisle to 'For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her.' It's one of my favorite songs of all time. I think Radiohead's 'OK Computer' is one of the best albums ever made." 'Wonder Boy' "To me, Jeff Gordon is one of the most successful athletes of all time -- in any sport. He got started in NASCAR in the 1990s and is still one of the best drivers. I don't know if there is anyone else who has been that consistently great in their sport." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and 'Nashville's' Stella Sisters to perform DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2014) -- The slogan is as recognizable as any: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But NASCAR will make an exception on Dec. 5 when it gives audiences a front row seat as Jay Mohr, Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Lennon and Maisy take the stage at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ show from the Wynn Las Vegas® live on FOX Sports 1. This year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will honor 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, as well as celebrate the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET. Mohr will serve as the host for the second consecutive year. The actor, comedian, radio host and best-selling author has one of the most expansive backgrounds in show business. After landing his dream job at "Saturday Night Live" and launching his career in film alongside Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," Mohr appeared in approximately 200 network television episodes and more than 25 feature films. Additionally, his national radio show, "Jay Mohr Sports," is syndicated in more than 155 markets across the U.S. With a career in entertainment that spans over three decades, Mohr has become an artist who knows no limits, making him the perfect person to help celebrate NASCAR ’s most prominent drivers. "This is my fifth time hosting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and I'm honored to share the stage once again with some of the most talented athletes in the world," said Mohr. "This has been an incredibly exciting year for NASCAR and it's not every day that you get to be a part of a defining moment in the history of a sport." Keeping his NASCAR performance streak rolling following his act at NASCAR's season-opening, crown jewel event the 2014 DAYTONA 500® at Daytona International Speedway®, Blacc will kick off the musical entertainment for the night with the soulful selection that has "woken up" audiences around the world. The singer / songwriter collaborated as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicci’s 2013 track "Wake Me Up," which topped the charts in more than 100 countries across the globe, before releasing his third album "Lift Your Spirit" in March 2014. The rapper-turned-singer uses his surging popularity to affect social change and to deliver messages of positivity and passion. Later in the evening, the seven-time GRAMMY™ Award winning trio Lady Antebellum will keep the audience rocking with a new song from their fifth album entitled "747." The 11-song disc has already spawned the PLATINUM certified multi-week chart-topping smash hit "Bartender," and its new single "Freestyle" is quickly climbing the charts. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and "Vocal Group of the Year" honors from both the CMA and ACMs three years in a row. Lady Antebellum just wrapped their headlining "TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR," which hit 80 cities in Canada and the U.S. over the course of the year, and delighted both fans and critics with the "Dallas Morning News" declaring, "Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom." For more information visit: www.ladyantebellum.com . Additionally, 15-year-old Lennon Stella and her 10-year-old sister Maisy Stella from ABC’s hit drama "Nashville" will perform. The daughters of the recording duo Brad and MaryLynne Stella, Lennon and Maisy's musical roots run deep. In 2013, the sisters had a show-stopping performance of "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers on "Nashville," which quickly entered the top 40 of Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" list. Later that same year, Lennon and Maisy performed at the CMA Awards™ and presented Taylor Swift with her Pinnacle award. They also performed at The White House this year and sang alongside cast members from "Degrassi," Magic Johnson, Martin Sheen, The Band Perry, and J.R. Martinez at "We Day Minnesota" last month. This year's talent will join the esteemed list of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show artists from previous years, which include chart-topping singers, such as John Mellencamp, Phillip Phillips, Sara Bareilles, Dierks Bentley and Kid Rock. "The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards present the opportunity to spotlight the biggest names in NASCAR , and we are thrilled to augment that star power with some of the most popular personalities in the entertainment industry," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "This year's line-up is sure to add to what has been one of NASCAR's most climactic racing seasons ever."
NASCAR Illustarted highlights the deeper meaning behind the Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp and how the legacy of the camp we be made through the kids who visit.
NASCAR Illustrated spotlights how the Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp welcomes children with serious illnesses and gives them a place to escape reality through difficult times.
NASCAR Illustrated visits the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which helps to empower children with serious illnesses.
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Robin Pemberton: 'It really is such a small, minute deal that it's fine' RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The presence of Hendrick Motorsports representatives was requested at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hauler after Sunday's season finale for disobeying a NASCAR directive. Doug Duchardt, executive vice president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports, and Chad Knaus, crew chief for the team's No. 48 Chevrolet and six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson , were among those called to the hauler at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Though a summons to the NASCAR garage's version of the principal's office usually carries a certain amount of gloom and doom, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton said the discussion was no monumental dust-up. "We just had a discussion on pit road between our official and Chad and really it was just to discuss what they tried to do," Pemberton said. "That's it, really. It was really not a big deal. We were just trying to clarify what went on, that's all." FYI: CK put a wheel spacer on because of a loose wheel. That destroys the threads on the studs & won't let the wheel tighten up #ChillHaters — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 17, 2014 Duchardt said that the disagreement centered on whether Knaus' crew was allowed to place a wheel spacer on the No. 48 Chevy. "During one of the pit stops, we had a loose wheel and Chad wanted to put a wheel spacer on to help the threads on the back … you hurt the threads of the tire with a loose wheel," Duchardt said. "Chad wanted to put a wheel spacer on, they told him not to, he said he wanted to so we didn't have another loose wheel and that was the misunderstanding. Then we talked about it, and that was that." Duchardt said that adding a wheel spacer was "a common situation," but Pemberton would not say whether the maneuver was a violation of NASCAR rules. "I'm not going to get into the weeds on that, but sometimes if you thought you had an issue with a wheel stud or something mechanical like that, you may need to put a spacer on to get some clean threads for the lug nuts," Pemberton said. "I have no idea, and that's not our question. It really is such a small, minute deal that it's fine. Everything's good." Pemberton said there would be no penalties or further action taken by NASCAR officials, adding that had Knaus asked permission to place the wheel spacer, the disagreement would have blown over. "That would be a better way to do that, but in the heat of the battle, it's fine," Pemberton said. "Everything's fine. It's so far under that, it's ridiculous. We're good." Pemberton added that the race officials' decision to park the GoFAS Racing No. 32 entry driven by Blake Koch was for "disobeying a directive from the (race control) tower." Koch's car played a role in the final two caution periods in the Ford EcoBoost 400 , first in a two-car crash with J.J. Yeley and the second for dropping debris. Pemberton also said that a review of the rear suspension parts that officials confiscated from the Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford driven would begin Monday at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. NASCAR officials found the issue on Ricky Stenhouse Jr .'s car during a Friday inspection ahead of Coors Light Pole Qualifying. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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