Snapshot: Gardner Denver 200
Catch up quickly before Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Road America
Nationwide Series pit stall assignments for Road America
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Alex Tagliani wins the pole at Road America
Tagliani qualifies up front in first return to the Nationwide Series since 2012
The air up there: Record motorcycle jump planned for 'Dega
BUY TICKETS: See this event, races at Talladega Alex Harvill is used to making the most of wide expanses. His pastime of jumping motorcycles great distances requires it, and the two leaps he's made that stand as current world records have both taken place in the sweeping sand dunes of his home state of Washington. But when Harvill wanted to bring his high-flying show to NASCAR, making the most of his Monster Energy backing and the energy drink maker's sponsorship deal of stock-car racing's top series, Talladega Superspeedway seemed likely to be a natural fit. Combine the 2.66-mile facility's wide stretches of asphalt, its tendency for wild on-track action and its rabid fan base even more so make it an obvious choice. Harvill will attempt to set a world record for the longest ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jump on May 7 before the start of the GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), aiming to go 400 feet or farther. The jump will take place in the fan-frenzied zone called Talladega Boulevard, and the timing is even more audacious -- the 24-year-old rider is scheduled to make his leap in the five-minute window between the national anthem and the command to start engines. "I want to be under the most eyes as possible," Harvill told NASCAR.com, "make it on TV and kick off the NASCAR race with the biggest jump ever." Until this week, Harvill had never been to Talladega, "but I have on NASCAR video games, so it's like I've been here before because I've raced it many times. But this is my first time here, and it's very impressive with how big it is." Harvill currently holds two world records for motorcycle distance jumping -- a 425-foot leap to set the bar for ramp-to-dirt jumps in 2012 and a 297.5-foot distance to establish the dirt-to-dirt benchmark a year later. The current ramp-to-ramp record is 351 feet, set in 2008 by Australian rider Robbie Maddison, but Harvill has designs on more than the target distance of 400 feet. "I want to go for the furthest jump and then to keep going," says Harvill, who projects a target speed of 106 mph to achieve his Talladega goal. "My goal is to go 500 (feet), and I'm hoping Monster and NASCAR provide me platforms to keep going further and further."
Comcast, NASCAR join forces to build up Bristol
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Joining more than 1,500 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners to "make change happen" this weekend, the NASCAR industry and select NASCAR XFINITY Series™ drivers will be supporting the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day , the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer event. These volunteers will participate in 15 different projects across the Greater Knoxville area to celebrate the day, joining more than 100,000 volunteers at nearly 1,000 projects across the country. Among the events in the area, Comcast volunteers helped assemble housing materials at a Habitat for Humanity "ReStore" Center for a local family in Johnson City on Friday. NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers who are racing in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway joined the project to support Comcast's efforts. "The NASCAR family has been so welcoming to Comcast and programs like Comcast Cares Day that are important to us as a company, and the outpouring of support at this year’s events near Bristol Motor Speedway are no exception," explained Matt Lederer, Executive Director, Sports Brand Marketing, Comcast. "Participation from our drivers and support from NASCAR is a great addition to this project and represents the heart of everyone coming together to volunteer in the community." Comcast and NASCAR volunteers are also donating their time to support the Appalachia Service Project on Saturday, April 22, through the "Race to Build" project at Bristol Motor Speedway. Volunteers will build homes that will serve families in the Bristol area. Select NASCAR drivers and Comcast employees joined the group on Saturday morning to "wave the green flag" on the start of the project and assist volunteers in the morning in the fan midway at the track. Drivers Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick, JJ Yeley, Garrett Smithley, Harrison Rhodes, Joey Gase, Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Jordan Anderson and Quinn Houff participated in the weekend's service projects. As a part of the NASCAR Race To Green initiative, NASCAR also donated trees to be planted at the family home. "The NASCAR community is so strong and they're willing to lend a helping hand at any time," Poole said. "So for me to be a part of this, and do cool things like this thanks to Comcast’s partnership with the XFINITY Series is really special." "It's great that through XFINITY's partnership we can come out on a race day and participate in Comcast Cares Day," said Allgaier. "Being a part of the XFINITY Series allows us to be involved in so many different events and projects we wouldn't normally have the opportunity to, including what we're doing here today, helping out some local Bristol families through the Appalachia Service Project." Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day -- it's the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal's commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001. "We are proud to team up with so many incredible organizations this year as we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day," said Doug Guthrie, Regional Senior Vice President, Comcast. "We are thankful for the participants who are stepping up and helping to make a difference in our community." The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
Harvick recounts 2002 WWE-style dust-up with Biffle at Bristol
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol Everyone knows that with short tracks come short tempers. Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, knows this as well as any other driver. He recounted a particularly vibrant run-in with a typically mild-mannered Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway back in 2002 on his "Happy Hours" SiriusXM radio program Tuesday night. With Bristol set to host races once again this weekend and Harvick slated to run Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) co-host Matt Yocum brought up the raucous event that occurred in the XFINITY Series between a wispy-goateed Harvick and Biffle, who was running for a title at the time. (He later went on to win it that season.) "You're sitting there with your arms crossed, big smile on your face and everybody knows what you're going to do," Yocum said. "As soon as that race is over, it was like off the top rope, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, flying across the deck lid." Harvick had been wrecked by Biffle late in the race and waited for Biffle on pit road -- while the race was finishing up -- and had a "chat" with the former Roush Fenway Racing driver once he parked his car. Perhaps inspired by Wrestlemania X8, which aired less than a week prior to the incident, Harvick performed perhaps the most unique maneuver in a scrum that NASCAR has seen throughout its rich history of post-race dust-ups. "Well, I can tell you this. Everybody didn't know what I was going to do while I was standing on that pit box like I was, because I don't even think that I knew I was going to hurdle a car," Harvick said. "But, you know, I'm pissed. "I'm sitting up on that pit box and I don't know why, but when you're 25 you feel like you have to make a scene out of everything and at that particular point I felt like I needed to make a scene out of everything and you're trotting down pit road and you're like 'I'm getting there, I'm getting there ... now what am I going to do?' Just the first instinct was to leap from the wall, over the deck lid and off the top rope. I had Biffle by the collar and I didn't know what to do from that particular point because it was a big mosh pit." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br type=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_moz&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Before Harvick could decide what to do, it was decided for him. "I'll never forget the fact that, I think it was the jackman who was also the pit crew coach and I can't remember his name, but he was the biggest dude I've ever seen on pit road and he just comes through this sea of people and was knocking people out of the way and he grabbed me by the collar and dragged me out like I'm 2 (years old). It may have been fun for the fans, but man I got my butt chewed in that big red trailer after that. They were not happy with me. ... Yeah, I lost (my mind.)" Just shy of a decade later, the pair mixed it up again, this time at Martinsville. Short tracks, man. They'll getcha. On that note, be sure to tune in Sunday to see some great racing action ... and whatever else may come along with it.
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