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Victory Lane: James Buescher
James Buescher wins the Fan Appreciation 200 Presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway.
Fans will help pick cover of new NASCAR Heat 2 video game
704Games announced that video game NASCAR Heat 2 will have a cover based on both a fan vote and results from the second stage of the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
Ryan Blaney, Jeff Gordon and Kim Coon debate one-piece swim suits vs. bikinis
In this excerpt from the Glass Case Of Emotion Podcast, Jeff Gordon joins Ryan Blaney and Kim Coon to talk their preferred styles of swimwear. Catch new episodes of the Glass Case Of Emotion Podcast every Wednesday at NASCAR.com/podcast
NASCAR to unveil new Snapchat Lens for race fans
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega NASCAR fans at all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races will have a new way to decorate their Snaps with a NASCAR-themed Lens, beginning with the Talladega Superspeedway race on Sunday. The NASCAR and Snapchat-partnered Lens will don Snapchatters attending the events with a NASCAR-branded mesh cap, sunglasses and a full mustache. Lenses are a creative, animated way for Snapchatters to express themselves, and offers them the ability to apply real-time visual effects and sounds to their selfies, and the world around them. They're activated when a Snapchatter taps on their face, or a surface with the rear-facing camera. To add NASCAR on Snapchat, click here or search for "NASCAR" in the app when adding accounts by username.
Blaney welcomes role of helping to grow NASCAR's fan base
Ryan Blaney welcomes the role of helping to grow NASCAR's fan base to a younger generation of fans.
Fan Vote open for Monster Energy All-Star Race
RELATED: Vote now! The polls are open! The Monster Energy All-Star Race Fan Vote is now available on NASCAR.com for fans to chime in on which driver they would like to see make the Monster Energy All-Star Race (May 20, 8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Drivers listed in the Fan Vote have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race; those who have qualified for the race are not represented. They already are in the race, so no need to vote for them. The following drivers have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race and are in the Fan Vote: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Timmy Hill, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Michael McDowell, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson, Daniel Suarez and Cole Whitt. Fans can vote once per day, and votes shared on Facebook or Twitter count double. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtags #AllStarRace and #FanVote. Make sure to vote early -- polls close on Friday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. MORE: Cast your Monster Energy All-Star Fan Vote now Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include drivers who won a points event in either 2016 or 2017; drivers who have won a Monster Energy Series All-Star Race and compete full time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time. Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star spot are: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. The Monster Energy Open event, which precedes the All-Star Race, has a field comprised of drivers not yet qualified for the main event. The three-stage race of 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps will send three drivers into the All-Star Race -- the winners of each of the three stages. The winner of the Fan Vote will then complete the field. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
@nascarcasm: What if the average fan spotted at a superspeedway?
You think driving at Talladega is hard? Spotting might be tougher. @nascarcasm gives us a look at how the average fan might perform spotting at a superspeedway.
Junior endears himself to fans by being the real deal
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond RELATED: Reactions " Relive every Dale Jr. win " Top quotes from day How appropriate that after an emotional, heartfelt press conference to formally share his decision to retire at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked outside into the Hendrick Motorsports parking lot to find a large crowd waiting for him. Some were there to ask him for his autograph, but many more had come to give Earnhardt their support and appreciation as he competes in his final season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The adoration is something Earnhardt, 42, receives in bulk every time he goes anywhere in public. The fan love and positive feedback have translated to more than 2 million followers on Twitter. Sure, two Daytona 500 trophies, the amazing run of restrictor-plate victories and the racing lineage have helped earn him these loyal fans. But perhaps it's the real triumphs and real struggles of Earnhardt's career -- the high highs and low lows -- that the masses of people relate to and appreciate most. "One thing that's made this career the incredible ride that it's been, is Junior Nation," Earnhardt acknowledged. "The fan support that I received straight out of the gate, was in large part because of my famous last name. "But throughout the ups and downs it occurred to me that the fans that stuck it out and the new ones that joined us, they were there because of the person I was and not who they wanted me to be." While Tuesday's news may have caught some off-guard, the sport's reigning 14-time Most Popular Driver seems genuinely content about the decision. And that should give his fans some peace. MORE: Junior: A kid, a son, a racer and fan favorite Earnhardt openly shared the process behind his decision and then answered questions from the media. Often there were long pauses between question and answer and that's because Earnhardt actually thinks about his responses instead of replying with clichés and soundbites. He is honest and heartfelt -- even in the moments after he's just climbed out of his race car. He is genuine. And that -- not just his ability to win big races or even his racing lineage -- is what fans seem to appreciate most about Earnhardt. His time behind the wheel has evolved -- much as the sport's fan base has as well. There was the "Junior" I first met in the mid-1990s -- young, worry-free and sporting bleach-blond highlights. He was learning about the sport, winning Busch Grand National races and hoisting championship trophies under the watchful eye of his dad, seven-time premier-series champion Dale Earnhardt. It was fun to watch their interaction and see the pride on the elder Earnhardt’s face. I remember vividly the way Earnhardt shut down an interview in the Daytona press box one afternoon during Speedweeks just so he could watch his son run practice laps on the speedway down below. Fans were intrigued by the young Earnhardt then -- those that cheered for his father and those that cheered against him. He was a "typical" 20-something making his way up the ranks, having fun and winning. After his legendary father passed away on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Junior's world naturally shifted. Almost immediately he received new fans. So many felt for this young man who had suddenly lost his beloved dad. Many others had already taken him in as "their guy." And Junior never disappointed. Whether he won or not. His career highlight reel includes winning the summer Daytona Monster Energy Series race five months after losing his father and a streak of four consecutive Talladega victories from 2001-03. He has collected 26 trophies in all -- huge triumphs at Daytona and Talladega and workmanlike wins at Phoenix and Pocono. He has challenged for season championships -- finishing a career-best third in 2003. TAKE A DEEPER LOOK: Complete Junior stats It's the success he's collected without trophies that will be remembered most -- the way he has shown how to persevere after tragedy, overcome doubt and recover from injury. Perhaps Earnhardt's announcement this week wasn't honestly a total surprise to his fans and friends. He is 42 years old, just got married on New Year's Eve and maybe there's a "Dale III" in the future. MORE: Dale, Amy's wedding album " Dale and Amy through the years As Junior stressed on Tuesday, his decision to retire after an incredible career came of his own free will. It was not dictated by injury or loss of ability, team orders or even a sponsor decision. It is what Junior wants to do. It is best for him. And what more could you ask. He deserves that. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day returns to NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR announced Wednesday that it will again host its annual NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 21, 2017. Current national series drivers, NASCAR Hall of Famers and members of the NASCAR Next Class are expected to be in attendance for a day-long celebration that will include autograph sessions, opportunities for fan -driver photos and question-and-answer sessions. NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day will follow Friday night's NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN), where Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as its Class of 2017. Also part of Saturday's festivities, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will unveil each inductees' granite markers in the gardens just outside the Hall's doors. Further information about autograph session schedules plus ticket/wristband information will be announced at a later date.
Driver lineup set for NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In what has become a much-anticipated season kick-off event, NASCAR will offer FREE admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day. That's just one of the many exciting offerings during the day-long celebration of NASCAR's passionate fans, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NASCAR stars past and present will participate in autograph and Q&A sessions throughout the day, in addition to free access to the Hall. Fans will be admitted into the Hall on a first-come, first-served basis in lieu of needing a ticket. Doors open at 8 a.m. However, tickets to the below autograph sessions, featuring stars from all three NASCAR national series, must be secured in advance. Tickets for these autograph sessions will be available for free on NASCARHall.com starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 7. Each fan can secure up to two tickets for one of the seven autograph sessions (one ticket for an individual or two tickets for an individual and their guest). Session 1 (9:30 a.m. ET): Richard Childress, Austin Dillon , Ty Dillon Session 2 (10:30 a.m. ET): Aric Almirola , Ryan Reed , Timothy Peters Session 3 (11:30 a.m. ET): Kasey Kahne , Daniel Suarez , John Hunter Nemechek Session 4 (12:30 p.m. ET): Martin Truex Jr., Brandon Jones , Noah Gragson Session 5 (2 p.m. ET): Chase Elliott , Blake Koch , Kaz Grala Session 6 (3 p.m. ET): David Ragan , Brennan Poole , Christopher Bell Session 7 (4 p.m. ET): Paul Menard , Brendan Gaughan , Johnny Sauter Q&A sessions with all of the above drivers will begin 30 minutes prior to their autograph session and are open to all guests. In addition, members of the NASCAR Next program and NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees Rick Hendrick and Mark Martin will participate in Q&As for all those in attendance. NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day will follow the previous evening's NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony on Jan. 20 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). As in previous years, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars will help present each inductee. Scheduled to present at this year's induction ceremony are seven-time premier series champion Jimmie Johnson , Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Brad Keselowski , Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon . For tickets to the Induction Ceremony, visit nascarhall.com/inductees/induction-ceremony .