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21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Jason Jones
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford, asks Jason Jones, star of the new TBS comedy series The Detour, 21 hard hitting questions.
NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Welcomes 2016 class
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2016) – Twenty-six of the best and brightest college students from across the country and abroad ventured to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend as the sport introduced the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) class at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend. The 10-week, paid program exposes multicultural college students to employment opportunities within America’s number one motorsport, whether in departments within the sanctioning body or with organizations that NASCAR partners with to enhance the fan experience both on and off the race track. Through an all-inclusive orientation experience, the interns gain a behind-the-scenes look at the business of the sport and insight into prospective careers in motorsports. " The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has grown to become one of the most popular and attractive internships in sports," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "This program has given talented students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and opportunities for careers in our industry since 2000." NDIP continues to grow in popularity year over year. The key to that growth is the ongoing support of industry partners. Companies such as International Speedway Corporation, Roush Fenway Racing , Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway , Octagon and Taylor have been longstanding supporters of NDIP. Recent partners include Toyota, Switch and Pocono Raceway . These valued partners increase the number of internship opportunities for young talent and contribute to the program's overall success. Interns will work in multiple departments including in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, licensing and public relations. In addition to receiving hand-on experience, the interns will also participate in professional development workshops, networking events and volunteer opportunities throughout their internship experience. Victoria Kim, a recent graduate of Penn State, participated in the program last summer. Kim also received the NASCAR Diversity Outstanding Intern Award at the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Awards and was recently hired at NASCAR. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program was an incredible opportunity to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR," Kim said. "NDIP was a stepping stone and helped me get to where I am today, a full-time employee in the Daytona office for the Touring Series Racing Operations. I am grateful to have been a part of the NDIP class of 2015 and am thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams." More than 300 interns have participated in the NDIP since its inception, and many secured full-time jobs in motorsports following their internships. Recent graduates have found roles at Phoenix International Raceway , Richard Petty Motorsports , event marketing agency Switch , and many other companies tied to the industry. Several NDIP alumni are now employed at NASCAR within multiple business units, including: Brandon Thompson, director, racing operations; Marvin Aylor Jr., manager, marketing; Lauren Houston, senior account executive, multicultural development; Kathryn Lee, manager, events; Jusan Hamilton, senior account executive, industry operations; Ade Herbert, senior coordinator, social media; Jason Simmons, licensing account coordinator; Victoria Kim, coordinator touring series operations and Cameron McCarty, pit road technician. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has proven to be an effective pipeline for hiring top talent across the industry," said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. "We have hired several former interns who are important contributors to the sport's continued growth." The 2016 class participated in NASCAR 101 and received guided tours of the NASCAR Research & Development Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway before watching the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The class includes the following students from colleges and universities across the country:
Kenseth penalized after failing to pit under green
RELATED: Full race results The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Matt Kenseth was penalized when it failed to pit under green by the end of Segment 1 in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . According to the event's rules, every team was required to perform at least a two-tire pit stop under green-flag conditions within the first 50 laps. However, Kenseth's team stayed out throughout the segment with the intent to pit under green at the last possible moment. That gamble did not pay off when a Lap 46 caution flag came out after Jamie McMurray 's No. 1 Chevrolet spun in Turn 2. "We were coming that time, which would have been coming to Lap 47 and then try to get two tires and keep your track position," Kenseth said. "That was his (crew chief Jason Ratcliff's) plan and we just caught the caution on the wrong lap." With the caution flag out, Kenseth was unable to pit under green prior to Lap 50. Kenseth was held on pit road and scored one lap down at the start of Segment 2. The sequence led to a pointed discussion between Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff over the scanner. On Lap 73, Kenseth was involved in a multi-car wreck that saw his night come to an early end with an 18th-place finish. RELATED: Stewart, Kenseth involved in wreck
Crown Royal Heroes: Jason Redman
Check out Crown Royal Heroes nominee Jason Redman. One of these five finalists will receive naming rights to the 2016 Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.
Kenseth overcomes tough start for Monster win
Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff talk about winning their first race of the 2016 season at Dover International Speedway.
Full schedule for Dover
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all will head to Dover International Speedway this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, MAY 15: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE — 11 a.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NCWTS Garage Area Tent) — 12:20 p.m.: NSCS Driver Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards presented backstage — 1:00:00 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard — 1:00:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, New Jersey — 1:01:00 p.m.: National Anthem by: Tom Dixon, Nashville recording artist — 1:02:00 p.m.: Aerial Adventures (3) Parachutists Land on track (frontstretch, turn 1 and turn 4) — 1:02:40 p.m.: Flyover TOT by: (2) US Navy F/A – 18C Hornets Strike Fighter Squadron from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia (Turn 3 > Turn 2) — 1:07:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Jason Jones, Star of the TBS comedy, "The Detour" — 1:15:00 p.m.: Green Flag: AAA 400 Drive For Autism (400 Laps / 400 Miles) ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism (400 laps, 400 miles), FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m.: (approx.) NSCS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Kenseth holds off Larson, wins at chaotic "Monster Mile" -- Larson, Elliott hunt down Kenseth in final laps -- Monster-size wreck claims 18 cars at Dover -- Edwards knocked out of contention with 40 laps remaining THURSDAY, MAY 12: ON TRACK -- 2:00-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Results ) -- 4:00-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice ( Results ) DAILY ROUNDUP -- Byron, Custer quickest at Thursday's practices -- Recalling Stewart's last win at Dover -- and looking to his next -- JGR confirms No. 18 pit crew replacement -- Fantasy Fastlane: Dover FRIDAY, MAY 13: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- Ended early due to rain -- 2:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- Canceled due to rain -- 3:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- Canceled due to rain -- 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JACOB Companies 200 (200 laps, 200 miles), FS1 ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 8:45 a.m.: Brendan Gaughan -- 9 a.m.: Joey Logano -- 9:15 a.m.: Ty Dillon -- 9:30 a.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 12:45 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr . -- 1:15 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 5 p.m.: (approx.) NSCS post-qualifying -- 7:30 p.m.: (approx.) NCWTS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Crafton conquers Dover for Truck win -- Harvick to start up front after qualifying rained out -- Stewart, Danica involved in early practice wreck -- RCR teammates discuss A. Dillon's strong start to '16 SATURDAY, MAY 14: ON TRACK -- 9:30-10:25 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 10:45 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS2 ( Results ) -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 Heat #1 (40 laps, 40 miles), FOX ( Results ) -- 2:50 p.m. (approx): NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 Heat #2 (40 laps, 40 miles), FOX ( Results ) -- 3:30 p.m. (approx): NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 main race (120 laps, 120 miles), FOX ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m.: (approx.) NXS post-race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Key story lines to watch for Sunday's race -- Jones wins at Dover, takes Dash 4 Cash prize -- Johnson: A monster talent at Dover -- Bubba makes history, strides with Dover runner-up
Logano wins Sprint All-Star Race, $1 million prize
RELATED: Race results " SHOP: Logano gear CONCORD, N.C. – At the end of a wild and crazy Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Joey Logano got the upper hand in an intense battle with last-chance qualifier Kyle Larson and took home the million-dollar prize as the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Trying to block the stronger car of Logano in the closing 13-lap final segment of the race, Larson buried his car into Turn 1 as Logano edged ahead. Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet got loose and sailed up the track into the outside wall with less than two laps left. "I tell you, Larson is a hard racer," Logano said. "I watched him in the Showdown earlier today, and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was going to run hard. I'm a hard racer, so I knew it was going to be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once, and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high, and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. "I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarter panel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was going to drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was going to drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. "What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It's special just to be in the race. Forget winning it--it’s just special. It's neat to be in Victory Lane." RELATED: Logano reflects on all-star win Larson’s contact with the wall on the penultimate lap was an opportunity for Logano's Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski , who finished second, 1.142 seconds behind the race winner. Dale Earnhardt Jr . came home third, followed by Carl Edwards , Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott . Larson brought his damaged car to pit road as Logano sped to the win. "I was able to get to the front pretty quick there and be in the best position for that last restart," Larson said. "I got clear right away and thought I could cruise, but I got looser throughout the race—we were making adjustments, but I guess we weren't making big enough ones. "I just got loose, and Joey caught me, and he did a really good job of side-drafting me. I tried to hang on his quarter, and I just got really loose as soon as I got down in the corner. We were going so fast I couldn't correct it and drilled the wall." RELATED: Larson heartbroken after late lead slips away The victory was Logano's first in the non-points event. Team Penske 's 1-2 finish marked the first time an organization has swept the top two spots in the All-Star Race. After two segments of 50 laps each, which included a six-car Lap 73 wreck that eliminated the cars of Matt Kenseth , Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart (who was competing in his final All-Star Race), Logano restarted fifth on fresh tires under unique rules devised for this year's event. Larson, who restarted third behind two cars required to stay out on old rubber—those of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch —surged into the lead and held the top spot until Logano tracked him down and made the winning pass on the next-to-last lap. Keselowski was the primary architect of this year's All-Star Race format, and he believed the new rules accomplished their purpose, even though there were unforeseen consequences that confused some of the competitors—as when Kenseth failed to make a mandatory green-flag stop in the first segment and trapped a handful of cars a lap down. "There was a next-to-last-lap pass for the lead," Keselowski said. "There were several passes for the lead. The last four (All-Star) races, there hasn't been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps. I think our fans deserve a better format than that, and they got that today. "I don't know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing."
Kenseth holds off Larson to win at Dover
Matt Kenseth holds off a charging Kyle Larson in the final laps at Dover International Speedway to win.
Jason Leffler remembered
Take a moving look back at the NASCAR career of Jason Leffler.
Tire failures trip up three Joe Gibbs Racing teams
RELATED: Full results from Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. – While Carl Edwards was celebrating in Victory Lane, the rest of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates were left trying to decipher what caused multiple tire failures during Sunday’s running of the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway . It also left Goodyear officials more than just a bit interested and by the end of the day, the official tire supplier had obtained tires from the teams of Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to evaluate further. Busch, the defending series champion and winner of back-to-back Sprint Cup races heading into Bristol, was the first to have a tire issue, his No. 18 Toyota breaking loose in Turn 2 barely 50 laps into the 500-lap event. "Blew a right-front (expletive) tire," Busch relayed over his team's radio. A second No. 18 spin was the result of contact from another car, but when a third incident unfolded at Lap 259, also for a tire issue, the car was too damaged to continue. "I'm not sure what started it, but we were a little snug early on in the first run of the race," Busch said. "As the car would run more and more laps it would get tighter and tighter, that's the weirdest thing that I've felt all day and all weekend we haven't had that problem. Not sure what happened." Kenseth led three times for 142 laps and appeared to be a favorite before his No. 20 Toyota slid up into the wall after a second tire problem on Lap 323. He was in third at the time of the Turn 2 crash. The team was able to make repairs, but he finished 36th, 40 laps behind the race winner. RELATED: Kenseth's rough 2016 continues after tire problems "We just keep blowing right front tires, I don't know why," Kenseth said afterward. "The first one was a little confusing, I knew I blew a right front, but I thought they were telling me it wasn't flat so I was a little confused. "This one just blew a lot earlier and the angle was a lot worse hitting the wall." Hamlin eventually had a tire go down, too, and got into the wall with less than 100 laps remaining. Jason Ratcliff, crew chief for Kenseth, said it didn't appear to be a wear issue and the bead temperatures weren't overly concerning. "But evidently it was just hot and we were working it hard and it just could't take it," he said. "That's all I know." If the failure was a result of excessive heat, Ratcliff said, his team would have to do a better job of cooling its tires in the future. "I can try to take some camber out to transmit the heat across the tire better – it's not like it's wearing out," he said. "But the thing was, in practice we kept an eye on it and things looked really good. Same settings we ran last year with it and it was fine. It kind of caught us by surprise." Greg Stucker, Director of Race Tire Sales for Goodyear, said officials obtained tires from the three JGR Teams. The tires will be transported back to Akron, Ohio, for "thorough" analysis. "Obviously, we're working with the team to try to understand what it might be and solve the problem together," Stucker said. "The important thing is to try to help the team understand what is going on, and ourselves, as well. "Until we get the tires broken down and get a good look at them [we won’t know]. They (JGR) understand nobody else is having the same issues. We need to try to understand that." Busch finished 38th while Hamlin wound up 20th. His teammates' tire issues didn't go unnoticed by Edwards or his crew, but the race winner said crew chief Dave Rogers kept him abreast of the situation. "I was nervous about it, but Dave did a good job of talking to me about how hard we were pushing the tires and what we had going on there," Edwards said, "So I felt pretty comfortable."