Ingersoll Rand will serve as primary sponsor for Kimmel's five NNS starts
10-time ARCA champion will make second Truck Series start of 2013
RELATED: Keselowski pens searing blog post about daughter Brad Keselowski said he considers his family fortunate after a recent medical scare with his nearly 3-month-old daughter, Scarlett, saying that the traumatic experience has brought him closer to his longtime girlfriend, Paige White. Keselowski first detailed the harrowing episode in a blog post Aug. 6, revealing a grave diagnosis of severe laryngomalacia, a weakness of the infant's throat muscles. The former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion recalled the experience in a teleconference Tuesday, adding a happier anecdote about how a stock-car racing legend helped the couple meet. "Certainly that is a tough experience to go through, but I guess I kind of count the blessings on it and think of how all those things kind of came together perfectly with off weeks," Keselowski said. "The way things could have unfolded as good as they can for the situation. So certainly those are very galvanizing moments that probably affect you in ways you don't realize until many years down the road. But I feel lucky to have a great family and support structure to get through it, whether it's Paige or guys like Roger (Penske, car owner) who help me get in the hospital and get her taken care of, I felt very, very lucky and fortunate." Shortly after the diagnosis in June, the couple quickly flew to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for emergency surgery, with Penske helping to facilitate the arrangement. The three returned home on Father's Day and celebrated as a group in Victory Lane three weeks later at Kentucky Speedway after a NASCAR XFINITY Series win. "I think it was certainly a very difficult but, like I said, galvanizing time for Paige and I, and in some ways it was an incredible moment for me and the Penske family to kind of galvanize together as well with the help that they gave me through the process," Keselowski said. "It was certainly not the most enjoyable in‑the‑moment situation to go through, but I think it's a moment that we'll certainly take something away from for the rest of our life, and has brought me closer to my personal life and professional life all in one instance. Kind of an incredibly difficult, strange, but inspiring thing to go through." Keselowski also said he owed fellow Midwesterner Frank Kimmel a level of gratitude for his relationship with White, saying that the veteran racer helped introduce the two. Keselowski tagged the 53-year-old Kimmel , closing in on his 500th career start in the ARCA Series, with the nickname "the big kid" growing up, noting his tendency to surprise him with squirt guns during his childhood. Keselowski lauded Kimmel's accomplishments as a 10-time series champion, but also offered thanks for a chance meeting with him at Kentucky Speedway for changing his life. "Actually, I saw him in Kentucky, and I went over to say hello, and Paige was with him as a friend of the family," Keselowski said. "I asked him later, 'Who was that girl? She's really pretty cute.' And that's kind of how it all started."
Frank Mundy, also known as Francisco Eduardo Menendez, was a founding organizer of NASCAR. Mundy’s contributions to the sport began before the first official laps were run. His chapter is the first in a long history of Hispanic Heritage in NASCAR.
Frank Mundy, cuyo nombre real es Francisco Eduardo Menéndez, fue uno de los fundadores de la NASCAR. Sus contribuciones comenzaron con las primeras vueltas en la historia de la organización. Su legado es el primer capítulo en la larga historia de la
Regan Smith, who is trying to get back into the championship battle, celebrates a key victory at Dover International Speedway.
RCR driver sees restrictor plate tracks as opportunities
12-time Most Popular Driver still gets a little shy around celebs CHICAGO -- Part of Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s obligations before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs set sail included a trip to Los Angeles for a Wednesday appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," discussing the details of his recent trip to Germany, where he proposed to longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann and traced his family's roots. Even though he reigns as NASCAR's Most Popular Driver, Earnhardt said he still gets "star-struck" with the celebrity experience, declining to place himself in such rarefied air. "I don't feel like a star. I'm just a race car driver," Earnhardt said Thursday from Chase Media Day at The Murphy. "Race car drivers are not celebrities in my opinion, not like an actor or a guy who's in a movie. I mean, to meet Mark Wahlberg, that's a bit different than a race car driver for me." #TheChase pic.twitter.com/FUFtPxMVld — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 16, 2015 Pressed to name a celeb with the most star power in his eyes, Earnhardt had a ready answer. "Tom Hanks," Earnhardt said. "That's the first guy I followed on Twitter and I just love his movies. I think he'd be fun to talk to, got a great sense of humor and could probably give you some great advice." Asked the same for Greg Ives, his Hendrick Motorsports crew chief with an engineer's background, Earnhardt wasn't quite as quick to reply. After mulling over the question, he quipped: "Einstein, probably."
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16, drivers will participate in the Chase Across North America, a multi-city media tour, crisscrossing the nation to make special appearances and build excitement for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Markets include: Every Chase track market, Los Angeles, New York City and ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Tuesday, Sept. 15 ESPN / Bristol, CT Headquarters Driver: Kyle Busch Event Time: Noon – 6 p.m. Event Overview: Kyle Busch will spend the day on campus at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While onsite, he will appear live on SportsCenter at various times throughout the day and participate in interviews with ESPN.com, Marty and McGee, among others. Chicago Driver: Brad Keselowski Event Time: 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Event Overview: Brad Keselowski will help Chicagoland Speedway announce a new Victory Lane tradition: A Chicago-style hot dog photo opportunity with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner. Keselowski will visit three iconic hot dog locations and rank the Chicago-style hot dogs, with media invited to join at each stop along the way. New Hampshire Driver: Joey Logano Event Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Event Overview: Joey Logano will visit New Hampshire, home to the U.S. first presidential primary for the past 100 years, for a "campaign" stop in the Granite State. Logano will begin his quest for the title by “campaigning” throughout the southern New Hampshire area, visiting traditional key stops along the campaign trail. Dover Driver: Ryan Newman Event Time: 11:15 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. Event Overview: Newman will participate in a media luncheon with at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, followed by two large pep rallies at Fred Fifer III Middle School in nearby Camden, Delaware. Each pep rally will include over 400 students, a cheerleading squad, school band and more, and will be emceed by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host and Delaware native Mike Bagley. Kansas Driver: Jimmie Johnson Event Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Event Overview: Jimmie Johnson and Kansas Speedway will visit the University of Kansas Hospital to visit with children in the Pediatric Wing. During his visit, Johnson will deliver Lowe’s Build & Grow kits and host an ice cream social with Blue Bunny for the children. On Wednesday, Johnson will participate in a media availability during the lunch break of the NASCAR open team test at Kansas Speedway . Charlotte/Greenville/Greensboro Driver: Matt Kenseth Event Time: 1 – 4 p.m. Event Overview: Matt Kenseth will travel from Charlotte to Greenville (SC) to Greensboro and back to Charlotte to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Throughout the day, he will participate in brief presentations, fan Q&As, autograph signings and media availabilities. Talladega Driver: Jamie McMurray Event: Time: 10:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Event Overview: McMurray will spend the day at Talladega Superspeedway , participating in the final hour of "NBC Day" during which time he'll conduct a media Q&A over lunch. Following, McMurray will co-host an hour-long live radio show with WJOX and finish up the day painting a car is Tallaega's Victory Lane with local elementary school students. Martinsville Driver: Paul Menard Event Time: 3 – 6 p.m. Event Overview: Menard will help Martinsville Speedway celebrate the kickoff of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the City of Martinsville. Menard will be presented with a key to the city by the mayor and participate in a celebratory parade around downtown Martinsville, followed by a "happy hour" event at 37 East (restaurant). Texas (Dallas) Driver: Clint Bowyer Event Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Event Overview: Clint Bowyer will make a surprise appearance to some of Texas Motor Speedway 's best season ticketholders as selected by the track. Following the surprise visits, Bowyer and the season ticket holders will participate in media availability. Homestead-Miami (Ft. Lauderdale) Driver: Denny Hamlin Event Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Event Overview: Denny Hamlin will team up with Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Museum of Discovery and Science to host students from Broward County High School, where Hamlin and the students will participate in a variety of activities and exhibits at the Ft. Lauderdale museum. Wednesday, Sept. 16 New York City Driver: Jeff Gordon Event Time: TBD Event Overview: Gordon will participate in a national media tour around New York City. Phoenix Driver: Kurt Busch Event Time: 8 – 11 a.m. Event Overview: Kurt Busch will participate in the second annual "Breakfast With Champions" event with Phoenix International Raceway and The Heard Museum. Emceed by veteran motorsports reporter Ralph Sheheen, Busch will break down his picks in the Chase Grid for the invite-only audience that will include Phoenix area media and PIR partners. Los Angeles Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr . Event: Time: Noon – 6 p.m. Event Overview: Dale Earnhardt Jr . will participate in a media tour at the FOX Studios in Los Angeles, appearing on America's Pregame Show, FOX Sports Live, among others. Following the visit to FOX, he will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Two-time Camping World Truck champ and sponsor together for 11th consecutive season