Post-Race Reactions: Great Clips - Grit Chips 300
Hear from all the top finishers talking about their run in Atlanta.
Final Laps: Harvick fights off Busch
Kevin Harvick fights off Kyle Busch to win the Great Clips Grit Chips 300 in Atlanta.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 coming to Chicagoland
RELATED: Buy tickets for Chicagoland Photo credit: Stewart-Haas Racing 's Twitter account, @StewartHaasRcng NEW YORK – April 26, 2016 – Nickelodeon today announced that it 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 . Danica Patrick has signed on to drive a special car for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which will be broadcast on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. NASCAR star Danica Patrick , a Roscoe, Illinois native, helped kick off the partnership in true Turtles style. She unveiled her No. 10 April O’Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS at an event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then took her car for a spin down Michigan Ave. She will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 18 race. Photo courtesy of Chicagoland Speedway 's Twitter account, @ChicagoIndSpdwy 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 kickoff race, as well. "We are excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway to continue sponsoring and participating in marquee racing events that resonate with motorsports fans across the country," 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." "We are thrilled to partner with a world class brand like Nickelodeon for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 on Sept. 18," said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway President. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with one of the preeminent youth focused brands on the planet to deliver an unprecedented level of family entertainment while engaging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans of all ages." "It's great to be back in my home state of Illinois to be a part of this exciting announcement for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400," said Patrick. "The Nickelodeon-sponsored races are really cool because they truly are fun for the entire family. Nature's Bakery and Nickelodeon have put together an awesome paint scheme and I can't wait to have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and April O'Neil riding along with me in September." Patrick's unique car was designed by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, who will also design the race trophy, additional Turtles-branded paint schemes and other visual elements. Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art and inspired by his 1980s Chicago upbringing, Brantley's work touches on tough subjects in a way that may be easily digestible to the viewer, by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. Brantley’s work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring. During the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend, attendees will be able to enjoy fun family activities in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in Champion’s Park. The area will feature appearances from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo station and more. 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. Additionally, this summer the Turtles will once again defend the streets of New York City in Paramount Pictures' highly anticipated theatrical movie, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which arrives in theaters June 3."
NASCAR TV schedule: April 25-May 1
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, April 25 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400 (re-air), FS1 Noon, NASCAR Victory Lane, FS11 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, April 26 8:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., 100,000 Cameras: Daytona (re-air), FS1 Wednesday, April 27 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, April 28 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Friday, April 29 11 a.m., The 10: Talladega Moments (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 Saturday, April 30 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), FS1 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX 2:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Sparks Energy 300 , FOX Midnight, NASCAR XFINITY Series: Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 Sunday, May 1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GEICO 500 , FOX 2 p.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Laguna Seca, FS1 6:30 p.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Laguna Seca, FS2 &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;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;
Full schedule for Talladega
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will head to Talladega Superspeedway this week while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET FRIDAY, APRIL 29: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 1:30-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 2:30-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 4:30-5:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:45 a.m.: Ty Dillon -- 11 a.m.: Darrell Wallace Jr . -- 1:10 p.m.: Talladega Superspeedway announcement with Tony Stewart -- 1:30 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 2 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 3:45 p.m.: Bobby Labonte -- 4 p.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr . SATURDAY, APRIL 30: ON TRACK -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 12:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX ( Follow live ) -- 3 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 (113 laps, 300 .58 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 2:30 p.m. (approx.): Post-NSCS qualifying -- 5:30 p.m. (approx.): Post-NXS race SUNDAY, MAY 1: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11:20 a.m.: Casey Mears with USS Montgomery crew -- 5 p.m. (approx.): Post-NSCS race
JGR team orders? Edwards-Busch bump says it isn't so
RELATED: Richmond results " Standings post-race " Updated Chase Grid RICHMOND, Va. -- So much for team orders. With the amount of success Joe Gibbs Racing has enjoyed this season, the recipe for an intra-team skirmish among two of the the team's four drivers in a pressure-filled, late-race situation has been simmering. Sunday at Richmond International Raceway 's short-track cauldron, all the ingredients came together. Carl Edwards nudged teammate Kyle Busch out of the way during the final lap of Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 , leaving Coach Joe Gibbs to celebrate a 1-2 finish -- just not in the order he might have anticipated. Though the team's namesake wound up celebrating in Victory Lane, he first had to endure a brush with his worst nightmare -- hard racing and contact between two of his cars in the closing stages that could've resulted in disaster. "Kind of my fear is always at the end when you got cars as good as we have, and drivers as good as we have, that you wind up with two of your teammates battling there," Gibbs said. "You wish it wouldn't happen. I think Carl would say that, too." He did, likening the scenario to a "double-edged sword." "You're left as a race car driver, what do we do here? We're here to win the race," Edwards said. "You can either finish first or second. It's a tough decision. At this point in the season, we both got wins. Really it's about just going out for trophies and having fun. We still finished first and second. Nobody got wrecked. But you can't just sit there. "I wouldn't expect Kyle -- if the roles were reversed, I'd expect him to bump me the same way. That's hard racing." The JGR twosome savored the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' return to daytime racing at the .75-mile track after a 19-year absence, combining to lead the majority of the 400 laps (Edwards paced 151, Busch 78). But competing under sunshine didn't keep them from conjuring up their own version of full-moon craziness in the final circuit. Edwards' No. 19 Toyota team radio crackled repeatedly with "you and him" as he and Busch separated themselves from the pack during the 37-lap green-flag stretch to the finish. But Edwards also heard encouragement -- "Get him, get him! Dig!" -- as the laps clicked away. WATCH: Edwards: 'I thought, I'm gonna give him a little nudge' Edwards peeked inside Busch's No. 18 through Turns 1 and 2 before falling back in line for the final charge. Midway through Turns 3 and 4, Edwards used his front bumper to push his way past for the checkered flag. Busch's radio largely went silent, with only one reminder during the cool-down lap: "We did everything right. Be smart." Busch's post-race interviews were smart, indeed, as he held his tongue to deflect any potential negatives when asked about his teammate's move and lauded the efforts of his car, team and crew chief instead. "Our Banfield Camry was real awesome today," Busch said, repeating what became a familiar post-race refrain. "We had a great race car. My guys made some awesome adjustments to it. It was really good for us to have an opportunity to run and race for the win like that." Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch and JGR's No. 18, was more forthcoming, saying that lap traffic tended to race the leader slightly harder, giving Edwards an opening to gain ground. Still, Stevens said he thought Busch's third win in four weeks was well within his grasp. "Generally when you take the white (flag) and have a couple car-length lead, you feel pretty good about it, but they don't always pan out that way," Stevens said. " Joe Gibbs Racing had good cars, we had good equipment, we have good drivers. When you're trading paint and out there leading laps, stuff like this'll happen." What didn't happen during Richmond's first scheduled matinee since 1997 was a Joe Gibbs Racing processional, with orders from above dictating that the two teammates play nice and stay in line with a victory up for grabs. Edwards' crew chief Dave Rogers said competing at the highest possible level is an obligation that all teams share -- teammates or not. "If we look at the big picture, today was a great day for NASCAR. Our fans don't want to see teammate orders," said Rogers, who is just nine races into his first season atop Edwards' pit box. "They don't deserve teammates to fall in line. They deserve good, hard racing. So I think today was a great day for the sport. "It stinks that we had to move a teammate. I'm sure Adam and I will talk about it, and Carl and Kyle will talk about it. But I think it would be very disappointing to our fans if Joe imposed a team order and told us, 'Hey, have a parade instead of a race.' There's going to be plenty of days that the 18 is faster than us and they'll probably get to our back bumper and move us. We'll go down to Victory Lane, shake their hands, tell them, 'Good job.' That's just a testament to Joe Gibbs Racing , allowing us to put ourselves in that position." Edwards joined his teammate as a two-time winner this year in NASCAR's premier series, but now the two must sort out Sunday's differences as they navigate the rest of the season. Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls in his 16-year tenure as an NFL head coach, has loads of experience in maintaining team harmony. And though he's also in his 25th year as leader of one of NASCAR's top organizations, Gibbs says there's no road map for calming the waters in the JGR huddle. "What you do is you start out and work your way through it. That's what we'll do," Gibbs said. "So, you know, it's a tough thing because it's certainly painful for one side. You're on such a high with the other side. It's a tough thing. You kind of know what we'll do is kind of go to work and work our way through it."
Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen to drive All-Star Race pace car
CONCORD, N.C. (April 26, 2016) -- While many in the professional football world are focused on the NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will lead a different kind of draft when he drives the Toyota Camry pace car prior to the unforgettable, action-packed May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "Since arriving in Charlotte I have developed a great admiration for NASCAR and their athletes," Olsen said. "Their concept of teamwork and commitment to excellence is second to none and I have a great deal of respect for the drivers and their teams. I am honored to be included in such an event and I am looking forward to driving the pace car to kick off the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race." Olsen, one of the NFL's premier pass catchers, is no stranger to NASCAR. For the past two years, the Charlotte, North Carolina, resident has participated in fundraising efforts with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr . to support The Dale Jr. Foundation and The Greg Olsen Foundation's HEARTest Yard campaign. Olsen has also attended race events at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the past, but never in a dignitary role. Last season, the veteran tight end earned his second Pro Bowl nod after recording a career-high 1,104 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Olsen's efforts helped the Panthers finish with a franchise-best 15-1 record in a season that also saw Carolina advance to Super Bowl 50. Olsen joins linebacker Luke Kuechly as the second Panthers player in the last three years to pace the field prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, a battle among NASCAR's biggest stars for a $1 million prize and the sport's ultimate bragging rights. Frontstretch tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race start at just two for $99 and include a pre-race concert by triple-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer. Fans can purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades to the entire 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shopping online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com .
Cain: Edwards' move is what racing's all about
RELATED: Re-watch Edwards' bump-and-run from Richmond Carl Edwards was still smiling when he walked into the Richmond International Raceway media center to talk about his thrilling Sprint Cup Series win an hour earlier Sunday afternoon. He surveyed the room of reporters and had a little small talk with his crew chief Dave Rogers and team owner Joe Gibbs. Then, to his credit, he got right to it. "First off, if my cat ever gets sick, I don't care how much it costs, I will take it to the Banfield Pet Hospital if that helps," Edwards said allowing a wide smile after immediately plugging his teammate Kyle Busch 's race sponsor even before his own, XFINITY . Earlier, Edwards landed his trademark victory back flip after the checkered flag. But what happened on the white flag lap with Busch may require some additional cordial contortions as well. And that's OK. That's racing. The kind that pumps hearts and generates excitement. Edwards' bump-and-run pass -- importantly not bump-and-wreck -- of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch on the last lap of Sunday's race capped off an intriguing day of competition and amazingly marked the first time in the Richmond track's long and storied history that a race was won with a final-lap pass. The crowd was thrilled with the finish. The media was abuzz with the drama. And somewhere in heaven, Dale Earnhardt was having a good "attaboy" moment too. Lug nuts, schmug nuts. There was no talk of that Sunday afternoon. The week's earlier dramatic obsession with pit stops was completely overshadowed by what makes this sport so good: actual close and dramatic racing on track. And daring last lap passes as Edwards had just executed. It probably wouldn't have mattered if it were Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski , Greg Biffle versus Ricky Stenhouse Jr . or Jimmie Johnson blowing by Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- well, OK maybe on that one. It was good stuff. The reason people like this sport. So, while Edwards was grinning after the race, his JGR teammate Busch was understandably not, his Toyota having been carefully rearranged by Edwards last charge for a victory. Busch, clearly and understandably unhappy with his "adjusted" finish went into a bit of the NFL' s Marshawn Lynch mode in the media center afterward – repeating the same answer to all the questions about the last lap contact with Edwards. It was the second time in the season's nine races that team owner, Joe Gibbs has had to address this kind of situation -- which, if you think about it, isn't a super bad thing. Denny Hamlin 's win in the season-opening Daytona 500 came on a last lap blow by of JGR teammate Matt Kenseth . Gibbs was honest when asked about the team dynamics after such dramatic finishes between teammates. "It's a tough thing because it's certainly painful for one side," Gibbs said. "You're on such a high with the other side. It's tough. You kind of know what we'll do is kind of go to work and work our way through it." Edwards said he and Busch did not speak after the race, but also anticipated some discussion before this week's stop at Talladega Superspeedway , which interestingly enough so often relies on drafting "partners." "I wish it was anybody but my teammate that we had to race like that with,'" Edwards said. "Big picture to me, we both got wins (already) and we're both in the Chase and it’s fun to race your teammate for the win.'" Edwards' crew chief Dave Rogers -- who is also Busch's former crew chief -- was direct with his assessment. And he said what most race fans feel. "If we look at the big picture, today was a great day for NASCAR," Rogers said, reiterating that he and Busch are still close friends. "Our fans don't want to see teammate orders. They don't deserve teammates to fall in line. They deserve good, hard racing. "So, I think today was a great day for the sport. It stinks that we had to move a teammate. I'm sure (Busch's crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and I will talk about it and Carl and Kyle will talk about it. "But I think it would be very disappointing to our fans if Joe imposed a team order and told us, 'Hey, have a parade instead of a race.'" If Edwards hadn't have made the move, we'd be having a whole different, much more difficult conversation. Instead, NASCAR has another shining example of what draws people to this sport: close racing, dramatic finishes and lots of "can-you-believe-that?" instances. Truly last lap passes are what people want to talk about. Not lug nuts, driver councils or pit road penalties. That's not where the authentic action is. Busch will have a chance to "equal the score." It's called intense competition. Would Busch have done the same thing on Sunday? Of course he would. Will he if some opportunity presents itself in the future? You bet. And Edwards knows its coming. And so do we. That's why people love this sport.
Ben Kennedy signs deal with GMS Racing
Ben Kennedy has signed a multi-race deal to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet of GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, the organization announced Monday. A minimum of 10 races have been secured, starting May 6 at Kansas Speedway . Kennedy joins a stable of full- and part-time drivers at GMS that includes Johnny Sauter , Spencer Gallagher , Grant Enfinger and Kaz Grala. "I am very excited to join GMS Racing for the remainder of the 2016 season," Kennedy said in a team release. "I have watched the organization grow into a powerhouse team over the last year. All of their teams show up to the track each weekend with fast Chevrolets and I have total confidence that GMS will provide me with a solid truck each weekend. It's a great privilege to join Johnny (Sauter), Spencer (Gallagher), Kaz (Grala) and Grant (Enfinger) in the driver lineup. I am looking forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together as a team." Jacob Companies will sponsor Kennedy's ride. Kennedy, 24, parted ways with Red Horse Racing earlier this month. In three Truck races with Red Horse this season, Kennedy recorded finishes of 23rd, 15th and 11th. He had joined that organization in 2015, one year after claiming Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the series. He landed four top-five finishes in 23 races last season, and the pole position at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Kennedy is the great -grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.
Junior, Suarez, Dillon avoid potential disaster at Richmond
Watch as Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Dale Earnhardt Jr. make some great moves to avoid wrecks at Richmond International Raceway.