Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Carl Edwards comment on their Top 5 finishes at Bristol.
The top finishers comment on their runs in Bristol, while the championship contender's talk about their battle to make it through the night.
Busch comments on his tight finish with Joey Logano while celebrating his Food City 250 win.
Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson comment on their runs after the Food City 250 .
Lorene King, executive director of the NASCAR Foundation, has done a Q&A with each of the four finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. They will appear on NASCAR.com this week. RELATED: Cast your vote today As another year comes swiftly to a close, we should all take time for reflection. As a charitable organization, we are thankful for those of you whose volunteer service impacts the lives of others and our communities. Volunteerism remains strong with one in four adults volunteering in our country. The NASCAR Foundation has established the encouragement and support of volunteerism as one of our major efforts. Through the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that honors our founder, Betty Jane France, we annually receive and review hundreds of nominees from which four finalists are selected. The stories of these four outstanding, everyday champions and the charities they serve are told through special appearances at NASCAR races, our marketing efforts and those of our supporters and sponsors. We are blessed this year that Nationwide has joined us as Presenting Sponsor of the Award and is helping us spread the word about each of our finalists and their work for children. This week, we are giving you a more in-depth look at each of this year's finalists. These outstanding volunteers will touch your heart, so please stay tuned as each of these champions for children share their passion. And you can help -- vote for your favorite every day, share these stories through social media, and tune in to the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 4 (NBCSN), to see the winner of this year's award. Q: What does it mean to you to be among the finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide this year? A: It means the world. Not only is my whole family NASCAR fans, this award will truly help put us on the map and be a game changer for the Stephanie Decker Foundation. The cost of running a camp for amputee kids can be quite high, between scholarships, travel/ food for kids, programming, supplies and staffing. Q: How will being selected as a finalist further your cause? A: This award provides a large platform to bring awareness to children with missing limbs to an audience that we wouldn’t have reached before. Not only is it an opportunity to obtain sponsorships and form partnerships with other like-minded foundations, but it truly helps to bring awareness to the parents of limb different children, letting them know our organization exists to help. Q: Why did you choose to work with this organization and/or cause? A: When I lost my legs and began to get media attention about my survival, I realized that I was given a true opportunity to help make a difference. After experiencing our first camp and seeing the impact on the children we were helping, I knew this was what my family and I were meant to do. We haven’t looked back since. Our foundation helps provide sport opportunities, and sports are huge in our family. Being able to provide kids with confidence, skill, and teach metaphors for life experiences is priceless. Q: What inspires you and your personal commitment to your cause? A: When the kids first come into camp they are shy, but then they just blossom and come out of their shell. The truth is, those kids personally give us so much more in return than we can give them. It's about the kids. They are our "why." Q: What has been the most rewarding moment during your work with your charity so far? A: There was an amazing girl named Ella who never played sports (didn't think she could) and was so quiet. Through her experiences at camp, she has gained so much confidence. Now she does jujitsu and loves to talk -- and her mother said our camp changed her life. Instead of being a victim in other people’s eyes, she is now an advocate for herself and is taking on the world. It is priceless. Q: Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you, your charity and your work? A: We are so honored to even be considered. It's important that people know we are an organization that needs some awareness -- by voting for our foundation, it's a true opportunity to make a difference in children's lives.
The classic NASCAR film "Days of Thunder" was loosely based on the career of 13-time premier series victor Tim Richmond, who had earned the nickname "Hollywood." Given his comfort in the spotlight over the course of the past two decades, perhaps the nickname would also suit Jeff Gordon , who retired from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition after falling just short in his bid for a historic fifth title on Sunday. Born a California boy, it was clear from the start of his career that Gordon was cut from a different cloth than the good ol' boys who had ruled NASCAR throughout its storied history. He was polished. He was refined. He was -- eventually, once mustache met razor -- well-groomed. And people took notice. Before long there were endorsements, seemingly more Gordon memorabilia lining the shelves than shelves themselves and, oh yeah, four titles in his first nine seasons, solidifying a Hall of Fame resume before he even hit age 30. And Gordon's influence on the actual racing part of the sport will be everlasting. Take a look at the final Sprint Cup standings . There are only two drivers in the top 25 who originally hail from North Carolina ( Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Austin Dillon ), NASCAR's original talent pool hot bed. Many factors led to this, but Gordon's All-American appeal, charm and charisma helped pave the way -- even while playing the foil to Dale Earnhardt -- opening up NASCAR to a mainstream audience, flooding stands and couches in front of non-flat-screened TV sets with an audience that stretched from coast to coast, border to border. An audience that tuned in to see Gordon become the first -- and to date, only -- race car driver host one of America's most notable television programs, NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Jeff Gordon 's monologue from a 2003 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." "I asked (Gordon) recently, a while back, about what made you go on 'Saturday Night Live,' what made you want to do that," NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "Number 1, he said, 'Well, they asked me.' And I said, 'Well, OK.' But he said, 'Look, I felt comfortable doing a lot of things that were not mainstream for a NASCAR driver.' "And he was smart about it. He knew that that could separate him from other drivers and he was good at it." Gordon's SNL appearance on Jan. 11, 2003, was a tipping point of bringing NASCAR to the masses, an unquestionable testament to the Hendrick Motorsports driver's popularity and wide-ranging allure. Gordon got to "beat up" a fake Gary Busey while hosting "SNL." It's the crowning achievement in Gordon's on-screen roles, a list that includes 27 appearances on "Live!" (with Regis/Kathie Lee/Kelly/Michael), including 11 guest hosting gigs. He's also appeared in "Spin City ", "Arli$$", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "The Drew Carey Show", "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", "Taxi", "Herbie Fully Loaded", "Sesame Street", "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", "Top Gear", "The Simpsons", "Jeopardy" and even "Cars 2" -- as the appropriately named character "Jeff Gorvette." That curriculum vitae alone -- which is pared down; check out his entire IMDb page -- shows Gordon's star power across generations of fans and television watchers. Gordon also got to play a fighter pilot. Ultimately, with Gordon walking away on such a high note from the sport he's gotten so much out of, NASCAR has reaped the benefits of his contributions. Millions of NASCAR fans can thank Jeff Gordon for opening their eyes to the sport. "He's one of those guys, I always look back at drivers that take out a lot less than they put in," France said. "He's one of those guys that has put in a lot to grow the sport. And other drivers should think about that a little bit. Because he's really a model in that respect. "I have a lot of respect for Jeff Gordon ."
RELATED: Timeline of Busch's injury, recovery NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch , who missed the first 11 races of the 2015 season after suffering multiple injuries in a NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening wreck at Daytona, confirmed he will have two additional surgeries in December. On either Dec. 14 or Dec. 15, Busch hopes to have both procedures done at the same time -- one to remove the plates and screws from his left foot and the other to remove the rod from his right leg. Those devices were put in during corrective surgery in February. RELATED: Watch the crash that injured Busch " When I get the foot surgery done, I haven't heard exactly how long I'm supposed to be off of that, but the doctor made it seem as if once the plates and screws come out, I'll be able to walk on it right away," Busch said during a teleconference. "It'll be to rehab to make sure that all the joints that have been immobilized for the last nine months, we get them kind of woken back up in a smooth fashion and break it in let's say. "And then the leg, though, you know, I'm going to be down for probably they said about four weeks with the leg. Just having to re-go through the knee and to cut the knee open again in order to pull the rod out, that's going to be the most traumatic part and just having that have to heal and go back together." Busch completed his Champion's Tour duties on Tuesday in New York City . Next up is a stop in hometown Las Vegas for Champion's Week.
From a young relief driver to a winless streak being snapped, check out the best in-car audio from the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rachel Rupert catches up with Matt Kenseth after he wins his first Coors Light Pole Award of 2015 putting him on the front row for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr .'s path to the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been one of remarkable consistency. His team hauler's path to Homestead on the other hand, has been filled with adventure, long before it ever set wheels in the Sunshine State. The Furniture Row Racing transporter carrying Truex's No. 78 Chevrolet to the season finale barely made it out of its blizzard-battered home base of Denver, Colorado. Winter Storm Ajax dropped a foot of snow on the Mile High City , with high winds and wintry weather bringing the city to a standstill over a 36-hour period from late Monday to early Wednesday. For Barry Huston and Chuck Lemay, the team's hauler drivers, the severe storm didn't fit into their plans for a Tuesday afternoon departure. "They left 12 hours later than they wanted to," Truex said during media availabilities for the title-eligible drivers Thursday afternoon, just as the team transporter was setting a course to Alligator Alley. "They spent the night at Wal ‑ Mart Tuesday night. They started shutting down all the highways. They had to pull into Wal ‑ Mart, park the truck and spend the night. "Chuck and Barry are here. They should be here by now. The last I heard they were about four or five hours out. So they should be at the track by now." The Barney Visser-owned team has long navigated different travel logistics as the only Sprint Cup team with headquarters west of the Mississippi River. Making the tight turn from a rain-delayed race last weekend in Phoenix to this weekend's race in Homestead some 2,400 miles away is tricky enough, especially with a championship on the line. Throw in the threat of adverse weather conditions and the degree of difficulty goes skyward. "It ended up not being an issue, honestly, but it was scary for a while, I can tell you," said Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing 's general manager. "You get a blizzard coming in town, we all know how hard the weather is to predict anyway, so you're just not sure what's going to happen. It could end up the two main arteries going into Denver end up closed and you could be stuck at home or, worse yet, wrecked on the side of the road. "It ended up playing out. Everything was fine. But it is something you have to take serious and look at, yeah."