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Former Team Penske crew chief moves up to Sprint Cup with Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney will have a familiar face atop the pit box in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races next year. So will Wood Brothers Racing as an organization. RELATED: See other driver/crew chief changes in store for 2015 The team announced Monday that Jeremy Bullins will call the shots for the No. 21 Ford in 2015, when Blaney gets behind the wheel on a part-time schedule. Bullins had previously worked with Wood Brothers Racing from 1999-2002, including a stretch as a race engineer. Bullins has spent the past three seasons as a crew chief for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. During that span, he has 21 wins, 57 top-fives and 79 top-10s in 99 races. "This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move to a great organization with a solid driver, while still getting the chance to work with the people that I've come to know and respect at Team Penske ," Bullins said in a team release. "Everyone in the sport knows about the Wood Brothers and recognizes that No. 21. To get a chance to work for Eddie and Len (Wood) and the entire organization and to have Ryan behind the wheel, is pretty much everything I could have asked for." Wood Brothers and Team Penske will begin a technical alliance next year, and Bullins told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's " The Morning Drive" that the Woods will get Penske cars. "Similar to the relationships that they've had in the past, we'll be getting chassis from Penske," Bullins said. Blaney and Bullins made 19 starts together in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a partnership that produced two victories, eight top-fives and 16 top-10s. Sprint Cup rule changes should help their collaboration as they move up to NASCAR's premier series. "If you look at the direction of the rule changes, it's certainly in the direction of the rules package for the XFINITY cars," Bullins said on SiriusXM NASCAR. "Hopefully for us that will be a good thing. It'll make the transition to the Cup car a little bit smaller and make the learning curve pass a little quicker for Ryan. "That part in my mind is a good thing for our particular situation. What testing we've seen so far -- guys doing the aero package tests -- the feedback is a lot like an XFINITY car." The No. 21 ride became open when Trevor Bayne left for a full-time ride with Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR's top series. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Chip Ganassi Racing's Sprint Cup drivers will help pilot one entry Chip Ganassi Racing announced Thursday that Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season-opening event in the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammates for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will be making return trips to the 24-hour endurance event, which will take place Jan. 24-25 at Daytona International Speedway . They will team with a pair of Indianapolis 500 winners in Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan for a four-driver effort in the No. 02 Ford-powered Riley Daytona Prototype chassis. McMurray will mark his seventh appearance in the road-racing classic; his best Rolex 24 finish was a runner-up performance in 2011. Larson, the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the Sprint Cup Series, will be making his second Rolex 24 start, one year after finishing 15th overall in the No. 02 with Dixon, Kanaan and Marino Franchitti. Ganassi will also field the No. 01 entry for primary driver Scott Pruett, who has scored all five of his Rolex 24 triumphs with the venerable team owner. Pruett will team with road racer Joey Hand, IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball and developmental driver Sage Karam. "I love this race because it is one of the few times that we are able to bring all of our drivers and partners together in one race," Ganassi said. "NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA drivers and partners are all represented in this unique endurance event. We have had the good fortune of having success in this event, which is the result of a lot of hard work by the crew, talent behind the wheel and at some level, a little luck. But I think the best thing about the Rolex 24 is that it is the first event of another season. I can't wait." The 53rd running of the Rolex 24 signals not only the kickoff event for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, but also offers a prelude to Daytona's Speedweeks MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Jay Mohr roasts 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion before giving him his due RELATED: See all the driver speeches " View the Red Carpet Arrivals LAS VEGAS -- The spot at the head table at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards was all Kevin Harvick 's, with wife DeLana and 2-year-old son Keelan joining the Stewart-Haas Racing group in the celebration. The only problem was that host Jay Mohr had become accustomed to finding six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Co. to his right, jokingly mistaking the Harvicks' identity. The jokes came fast and heavy in Friday night's awards gala at the Wynn Las Vegas with first-time champion Harvick not immune from Mohr's skewering. But there were also moments of sincerity among the levity as a family photo of father, mother and young son cherishing their victory moment was shown on the screen. "It's pictures like this that show you what NASCAR is all about," Mohr said. "And we all know in this room, it's about family. This is a family, and Kevin Harvick , my friend, what better way to celebrate your first Sprint Cup Series championship than here tonight being honored by your NASCAR family." Harvick's closing kick to the season, with wins in the final two races of 2014, captivated fans and the industry in the first year of the new playoff format, but so did the season-long show of speed that made his No. 4 Chevrolet the car to watch nearly every single weekend. Friday night, he gave his words of thanks after a well-earned first title. "From a kid in Bakersfield who just wanted to race," Harvick said, "just wanted to live out his dream, just for fun, did it as a hobby, this season has been a dream come true." With this season's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field expanded under the new format, all 16 qualifiers walked the red carpet and were honored on stage at the black-tie event. Almost all took some good -natured ribbing from the comedian/host. Mohr initially opened up with the promise of a "kindler, gentler" monologue after last season's stint as presenter got him on Danica Patrick 's bad side. This year, the targets were wide-ranging -- everything from NASCAR's winner stickers, Joey Logano 's pit-crew misstep in the championship race and Michael Waltrip 's tenure on "Dancing with the Stars" made the joke list. Brad Keselowski , who netted the most victories in the 2014 season (six) but also made the most waves in the Chase with a handful of well-publicized run-ins late in the year, saw his turn into NASCAR's pre-eminent villain among fans make him an easy target. "In Kentucky, Brad Keselowski cut his hand in Victory Lane opening a bottle of champagne," Mohr said. "Even booze hates Brad Keselowski . " Keselowski took the joke well. "I think he's just great. He puts us all back down," Keselowski said. "Sometimes we get stuck in -- it kind of reminds me of 'Talladega Nights' -- we kind of get stuck in this place where we put ourselves. Jay does a good job of knocking us back down and putting it in perspective that we're race car drivers, right?" Gordon, the four-time champion at age 43, was the oldest driver in the Chase, leading Mohr to list his season statistics as "four wins, 23 top-10s and five cases of Ensure." The age jokes were a continuation of the barbs from the previous night's NASCAR After the Lap tell-all, but Gordon didn't seem to mind. "If they were making fun of me and I wasn't here, maybe it would bother me," Gordon said. " The fact that we made it here, you have to be very appreciative of the efforts that got you here and the fact that it is a very competitive series. And I am the oldest guy in the Chase, and I'm proud of that. I don't look at it so much as age -- I've been around a long time. I started at a young age, been doing this a long time, and to still be doing it at the level that I'm doing it, yeah, I don't mind being made fun of." Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 12th straight year, tipping his cap to his nation of fans for their votes and engagement with him on Twitter. Daniel Noltemeyer of Louisville secured the fourth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, winning a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation and a 2015 Camry from award sponsor Toyota on behalf of Best Buddies Kentucky, a group that organizes social programs and awareness for people with developmental disabilities. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Exxon Mobil's US Motorsports Manager Bob Greenberg congratulates Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick for winning the Driver of the Year award in the NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.
Young driver finished in fourth place in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dillon Bassett has proven to be a quick study. Yes, racing runs deep in his bloodlines, but the 17-year-old from Winston-Salem, North Carolina has seen the start of his NASCAR racing career get off to a soaring start. Bassett was among the drivers honored at Friday night's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center. The evening recognized champions and rookies of the year on the state and provincial level as well as track champions, the top three finishers in the national title and a handful of other awards. RELATED: Anders honored as 2014 national champion " Awards photo gallery In his first full season, Bassett rolled off an impressive 13 wins, 31 top-five finishes and 35 top-10 finishes in 37 starts while finishing fourth in the final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings. He also finished second in the state championship standings to Lee Pulliam, the two-time national champion. Bassett received the inaugural UNOH Youth Achievement Award, which recognizes the top driver 17-and-under in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. "This is the first year I ran a full NASCAR series schedule and I think to win 13 races in your first year is pretty exciting," Bassett said. "I know after I clicked off like three in a row or something I was getting pumped up. And to finish the season with 13, I feel like it's a pretty good accomplishment for us." Among the tracks Bassett competed at this season included: Motor Mile Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park, Hickory Motor Speedway, Caraway Speedway, East Carolina Motor Speedway and Langley Speedway. Hickory, where Bassett scored several victories this year, was one track that really stood out. "It's a local short track. A lot of good racing. We've been there quite a few times this year and it doesn't matter where you were at on the race track, it seemed like there was always racing going on. It's pretty fun. It had to be fun for the fans just to watch. You know, sometimes you go to tracks and you only have three or four cars racing; when we went to Hickory it just seemed like everybody was racing." At a young age, Bassett found great success in Bandolero Bandits. He won a national championship in 2006 and three national championships in 2007. When he moved to Legends cars in 2009, he won more national championships. Upon moving to limited late models in 2010, he won a track championship the following year. Dillon's father, Ronnie Bassett Sr., was a past NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion with a 1997 title in Stadium Stocks at Bowman Gray Stadium. His older brother, Ronnie Bassett Jr., just completed his first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and finished 11th in the final standings. Ronnie Jr. also was a Bandolero Bandit national champion in 2006 and won track and state championships. Of his family's history in the sport, Dillon says, "It gives you something to shoot for. "Right now I'm at an equal level of where my dad was running late models." In 2015, the plan is for Dillon to move up the NASCAR ladder. "Next year, me and my brother and going to run the (NASCAR) K&N Pro Series East. We're trying to step up as much as we can," Dillon said. He added that the goal was to run the full schedule, plus a handful of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races as well, if the schedule permits. In addition to his strong 2014 season, Dillon turned some heads with his participation in the 2013 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. He scored the pole for the event before finishing seventh in a race that included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch , David Ragan , Kyle Larson , Matt Kenseth , Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Tony Stewart . "It was fun to get out there and race with those guys. You are going to learn a ton considering they run in NASCAR's top series. It was a blast. Look forward to hopefully doing it some more. I know they changed tracks to South Boston this year and we didn't run it. The timing didn't work out. But hopefully, we can run it some more in the future." If Dillon Bassett continues to be a quick study as he moves up the ladder, he may find himself racing against some of those names a little more frequently. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView