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Wallace Jr. shows off 'Shredder' scheme for Chicagoland
NEW YORK -- Nickelodeon today announced that it is has teamed up with NASCAR XFINITY Series star "Bubba" Wallace to drive a special No. 6 Shredder Ford Mustang in the XFINITY 300 on Saturday, September 17. Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. Wallace is in his second full-time season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Roush Fenway Racing. His unique race car at Chicagoland will feature Shredder in his iconic helmet on the hood, rear bumper and left rear quarter-panel. The Foot Clan is right there with him, standing watch on the right rear quarter-panel, ready to do battle. Shredder is the commander of an evil ninja army called the Foot Clan, and is one of the deadliest martial artists in the world. He is cold, cunning, ruthless, and obsessed with destroying Splinter, whom he blames for the death of his true love. Shredder’s thirst for revenge has drained him of all compassion, warmth and connection to humanity. Wallace will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 17-18 race weekend. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick has already been announced to drive the No. 10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 . Additional drivers will be announced this summer. "I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder was always a cool character," said Wallace. "It's an honor to partner with Nickelodeon on this program. Hopefully Shredder and the Foot Clan will lead the way to Victory Lane." This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well. "We are excited to partner with Bubba Wallace and Roush Fenway Racing to showcase Shredder and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the NASCAR XFINITY race," said Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing and Development, Nickelodeon. "Just as we did with last season's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while working with another best-in-class ISC track to give fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy." Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2015; brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids’ Choice Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2012 and 2013), Kids’ Choice Sports Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2014, Ben Kennedy , 2015), Team Umizoomi ( Jeff Gordon , 2012), Hammer Down (2014), which aired on Nicktoon’s NickSports block, and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode ( Jimmie Johnson , 2015). Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles -- Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo -- trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman, the series is created at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
Kyle Busch capitalizes on G-W-C finish to win at Bristol
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings BRISTOL, Tenn. -- When Chris Buescher 's Ford faltered on a green-white-checkered restart on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch took full advantage, as is his custom. In a Food City 300 that went to two laps of overtime at the .533-mile short track, Busch finished .427 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson , as Buescher faded to 11th after his car failed to pick up fuel off Turn 2 of the next-to-last lap. The victory was Busch's third of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, his eighth at Bristol and the 73rd of his career, extending his own series record. "This is home -- this is where I'm supposed to be," Busch said, standing outside the car in Victory Lane. "I wish I was here Wednesday night (after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race), so we could continue the sweep lookout for (Saturday), but that was a second place. Oh, well." Polesitter Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez , who got a bonus for his top-five run. As the highest finishing eligible driver in the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash program, Suarez picked up an extra $100,000. Pit strategy put Buescher at the front of the field under the fourth caution of the race, caused by Cale Conley 's spin in Turn 4. Staying out on older tires while most of the lead-lap cars came to pit road for fresh rubber and fuel, Buescher nevertheless pulled away from Busch during a succession of restarts, as Busch saved his equipment for what he thought would be the inevitable late-race caution. "I let the 60 (Buescher) go," Busch said. "He ran out there to about a straightaway on us, and I was just trying to save and do what I could to keep my tires underneath me. I knew we were going to get some cautions at the end to bunch us back up, and fortunately we did. "I wasn't sure they were going to make it on fuel (having pitted on lap 131 of 302), and obviously they cut it close -- a little too close." Busch got the yellow he needed, just in time. Brad Teague 's wreck on the frontstretch with five laps left set up the green-white-checkered and gave Busch the chance he needed. Buescher, who saw his series lead shrink to 19 points over Ty Dillon , knew he could have made it to the end on fuel, had the race not gone to overtime.
Hamlin wins XFINITY Coors Light Pole Award at Bristol
RELATED: Full starting lineup Denny Hamlin was the car to beat in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading all three rounds en route to his first career XFINITY pole at the Tennessee short track. Hamlin rounded the 0.533-mile oval at 126.896 mph in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin's JGR teammate Kyle Busch will also start on the front row in tonight's Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Busch used a fast lap of 126.312 mph to snag the runner-up spot in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kevin Harvick , piloting the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend, will roll off the grid third (126.021 mph), while Richard Childress Racing 's Brian Scott will start fourth (125.996 mph). Points leader Chris Buescher rounded out the top five in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with a fast lap of 125.699 mph. Practice leader Brendan Gaughan advanced to the second round, but wasn't able to make the final round and will start 15th in tonight's event. Reigning series champion Chase Elliott advanced to the the final round and will roll off the grid 10th tonight.
NASCAR TV schedule: August 17-August 23
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, August 17 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Road America (tape), FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, August 18 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, August 19 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., Uncompromising: Kevin Harvick (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:45 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, August 20 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (tape), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 1:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, August 21 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen Speedway (tape), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 , NBCSN Saturday, August 22 4 p.m., The 10: Greatest Bristol Moments, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Bristol, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race , NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Post-Race Show, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Sunday, August 23 1 p.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Virginia International Raceway, FOX Sports 1 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Brendan Gaughan paces XFINITY practice at Bristol
RELATED: Full NXS practice results from Bristol Brendan Gaughan led NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday morning with a quick lap of 125.289 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another RCR Chevrolet, the No. 33 of Brandon Jones , was quick at the end of practice, notching the second-fastest speed of 124.995 mph, edging out teammate Brian Scott . Scott's No. 2 Camaro was third-fastest with a speed of 124.914 mph at the 0.533-mile concrete oval in Bristol, Tennessee, under clear skies. Sprint Cup regulars Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were fourth- and sixth-fastest, respectively, in their Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Hamlin's No. 20 posted a speed of 124.897 mph, and Busch's No. 54 was clocked at 124.549 mph. Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, posting a fast lap of 124.792 mph. Series points leader Chris Buescher was eighth-fastest in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 124.444 mph. The Food City 300 is scheduled for 7:30 ET tonight (NBCSN/Live Extra, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).
Suarez's Dash 4 Cash bid sets up Darlington thriller
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Daniel Suarez said he's already earmarked the $100,000 he collected Friday night through the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus program, aiming to put the money back into the restoration of his modest collection of vintage cars. But the 23-year-old driver owed much of his six-figure payday to a much newer car and a vintage performance. Suarez endured a taxing 302 laps, an overtime finish and benefited from trouble to bonus contender Ryan Blaney to come home fifth in Friday's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His fourth top-five finish in the last seven XFINITY Series races bumped him up a spot to sixth in the championship standings and put more money into the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team's coffers. Suarez said he wasn't keeping a mental log of where other Dash 4 Cash competitors were on the scoreboard, though the stray thought of clinching the bonus did pop into his head. "We were trying to get better and I said, 'Man, I think we’re in the spot right now.' It was pretty good," Suarez said. "You don't have time to think about it, you have so many things going on with the race car, about the laps and everything. Sometimes, that crosses your mind to think you're in the position to win this thing. I think it was great. Our 100 percent focus was to be better and better during the race and it's how we finish. Thanks to the team and all the hard work, we ended up with a top-five." Suarez outlasted the remaining three drivers eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol -- among them Regan Smith , who finished ninth, and Elliott Sadler , who crashed out to a 31st-place result. But his fiercest competition for the enlarged check was 21-year-old Blaney, who had prevailed in Wednesday's weekend opener for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Blaney rose as high as second in the running order and spent the bulk of the evening on the fringes of the top five. But his car developed problems as the race entered its final quarter with two loose rear wheels. Blaney finished five laps down after making two unscheduled green-flag stops -- one to change the left-side rubber, then the next for the right -- leaving him glum in 22nd place. "I don't know. I thought it was driveline-related, but I've never had two loose rear wheels so I didn't know it was that bad," Blaney said. "Thought it was driveline. It's unfortunate. It sucks. … "Dash 4 Cash was feeling really good and just gave it away." Suarez's outing helped to set the field for the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash finale, scheduled in two weeks at Darlington Raceway -- a track where Suarez has never raced. Richard Childress Racing drivers bracketed Suarez in the final rundown at Bristol, with Ty Dillon taking fourth and Brian Scott sixth. Defending series champion Chase Elliott completed the bonus-eligible quartet for Darlington with a seventh-place effort. For Dillon, the performance had a pleasing side effect, allowing him to chop five points off the series lead held by Chris Buescher , who ran out of fuel while leading on the lone green-white-checkered restart and settled for 11th place. "I felt like I passed a couple of cars seven times there at the end. Our car was just blistering fast," Dillon said. "We had a good restart there and got our fourth top-five in a row, gained some points and we're just chugging away at this thing. They're slowly letting us back in it and we're getting better and better."
Tech Talk: Backstretch pit stalls not so bad at Bristol
RELATED: Bristol schedule " Paint schemes for Bristol It's no longer the pits, figuratively speaking, when setting up shop in a pit stall on the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway. Because it is the only track that still features pit stalls on the front (Nos. 1-22) and back (Nos. 23-43) of the track, teams forced to pit on the backside of the tiny, half-mile bullring often found themselves at a competitive disadvantage, hitting pit road only after those stopping on the frontstretch had already been in for service. Teams pitting on the frontstretch entered pit road at the exit of Turn 4 while those pitting on the back remained behind the pace car until they reached the exit of Turn 2 and were allowed to drop down onto the backstretch of pit road. That changed in 2002 when track officials began requiring all cars to enter pit road in Turn 2, regardless of where their pit stall was located. Now, teams pitting on the frontstretch must maintain pit road speed all the way around to their respective pit stalls before returning to the track in Turn 1. Those pitting on the backstretch get service first, but must also maintain pit road speed all the way back around to Turn 1, still utilizing pit road, before returning to the track as well. It hasn't lessened the advantage of qualifying on the pole and choosing the first pit stall closest to the pit-out area in Turn 1 – that remains a prime piece of real estate regardless of track location. Matt Kenseth , winner of the spring race at BMS, started on the pole and was pitted in pit stall No. 1. But Kenseth also won from a backstretch pit stall (in the 2013 night race at BMS) as did Kasey Kahne (in the spring race of '13). Four of those finishing in the top 10 in this year's spring race at Bristol pitted on the backstretch. When under green, teams pitting on the frontstretch enter pit road off of Turn 4 while those pitting on the backside of the track enter at Turn 2. BMS hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night with the running of the UNOH 200 . The Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race is set for Friday night and on Saturday the track hosts the annual Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). Split Decision NASCAR officials took no action beyond obtaining the splitters from the Team Penske No. 2 and 22 entries prior to last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, leaving most folks to wonder what all the fuss was about. On Sunday morning, officials said the splitters on the cars of Brad Keselowski (No. 2) and teammate Joey Logano (22) were "so close ... we just asked the team to err on the safe side and asked them to switch to a clean splitter." The two pieces were evaluated this week at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. A Reason for Increase in Violations There number of violations on pit road this past weekend at Michigan tripled compared to the series' visit there in June. However, the June race was cut short by rain, with only 138 of the scheduled 200 laps completed. This past weekend's race saw 24 penalties handed down for pit road miscues compared with eight in the series' first stop at the 2-mile track. Tires Good to Go The tire codes for this weekend's Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol are unchanged from recent combinations used at the concrete half-mile, according to Goodyear officials. It is the only track where this particular set of tire codes are currently used.
Sadler: 'A lot of moving parts' for 2016
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elliott Sadler isn't saying he will be back with Roush Fenway Racing for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. And the veteran racer isn't saying he won't. "There are a lot of moving parts right now," Sadler said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "... Just when you think something is going to happen, something else happens over in the corner. There's a lot of stuff going on, so we'll see." Sadler said a recent report that he would exit Roush for JR Motorsports after the 2015 season and take sponsor OneMain Financial with him "was about 50/50." "Fifty percent true and 50 percent not true," he said. "The true part was I had not signed and have not signed with anybody, so that part of the report was definitely true. The rest of it, I have no idea about." Sadler, 40, has 10 career wins in the XFINITY Series. He is in his first season with Roush. He is fifth in the points standings, and has finished ninth or better in 10 of his last 13 starts coming into the Food City 300 at Bristol. A wreck with Brendan Gaughan brought Sadler's night to an end earlier than planned. In addition to three Sprint Cup Series teams, Roush Fenway Racing fields XFINITY Series teams for Sadler, points leader Chris Buescher , Bubba Wallace and Ryan Reed . "I don't have anything to announce here today," Sadler said. "We're still working through some things for next year. ... I want to be a part of this sport. I want to be competitive. I still think to this day that last five years there's no other XFINITY regular that has more poles and more wins than I do and I want to keep that going. I want to stay competitive and stay up front." Sponsor OneMain has the longest tenure of any XFINITY Series sponsor currently in the sport, he said. "They want to be in this sport for a long time and hopefully we'll be able to do that."