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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.
Seasoned veteran with a rookie stripe
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NSCS GarageCam walks the 'garage' Blvd in 'Dega
Strolling the infield Boulevard at Talladega is the thing to do, but Matthew Dillner and GarageCam stroll the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage to find your favorite cars and stars.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Manufacturer: Toyota Engine manufacturer : TRD Debut season: 1992 Owner standings Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991 by former NFL head coach Joe Gibbs. As Gibbs looked to move from coaching to a new chapter in his career, his friend Don Meredith was looking for opportunities to race in NASCAR, and the team was born with its first season of premier series competition coming in 1992. In 1993, driver Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for JGR's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Bobby Labonte took to the drivers seat, replacing Jarrett, in 1995. Since then, the team has claimed three championships in the series: in 2000 with Bobby Labonte and '02 and '05 with Tony Stewart , who became the team's second driver in 1999. The team expanded to a third full-time car in 2006 with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel. 2012 brought Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th Cup win, when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . In 2015, JGR expanded to a fourth full-time car with Carl Edwards behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota. JGR is based in Huntersville, NC, with over 450 employees in a facility of 250,000 square feet. Visit the team's web site here. Follow Joe Gibbs Racing on Facebook and Twitter . Driver: Denny Hamlin Car Number: #11 Hometown: Chesterfield, VA Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2006 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler " Hometown: Southold, NY Car Chief: Leo Thorsen " Hometown: Stoughton, WI Spotter: Chris Lambert " Hometown: Kannapolis, NC Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Caleb Hurd " Hometown: Pulaski, VA Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise " Hometown: Gulfport, MS Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram " Hometown: Statesville, NC Jackman: Nate Bolling " Hometown: Swanton, OH Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks " Hometown: Salisbury, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry " Hometown: Belmont, NC Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa " Hometown: Vienna, VA JGR Athletic Director: Mike Lepp " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Road crew members: Truck Drivers: Frank Hodel " Hometown: High Bridge, NJ, David Ott " Hometown: St. Mary's, PA Tire Specialist: Kerry Ferris " Hometown: Perry, NY Shock Specialist: Drew Bible " Hometown: Coldwater, MI Engineer: Matt Beckman " Hometown: Glenview, IL Engineer: Sam McAuley " Hometown: Huntersville, NC Mechanic: Troy Welty " Hometown: Manchester, PA Mechanic: John Furino " Hometown: East Meadow, NY Interior Mechanic: Sean Kerlin " Hometown: Marysville, PA Driver: Kyle Busch Car Number: #18 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2005 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Adam Stevens " Hometown: Portsmouth, OH Car Chief: Nate Bellows " Hometown: Fairfax, VT Engine Specialist: Mike Johnson " Hometown: Bozeman, MT Spotter: Tony Hirschman " Hometown: Northhampton, PA Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Tom Lampe " Hometown: Beatrice, NE Pit Support: Marcus Bonicelli " Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO Pit Support: Jeff Koons " Hometown: Greenfield, IN Front Tire Changer: Josh Leslie " Hometown: Mount Clemens, MI Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy " Hometown: Orange County, VA Jackman: T.J. Ford " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara " Hometown: Steubenville, OH Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber " Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY Road crew members: Truck Drivers: Brendan “Slim” Greene " Hometown: Midland, NC, Jamie “Montana” Price " Hometown: Choteau, MT Tire Specialist: Gregory Katzke " Hometown: Wausau, WI Shock Specialist: Chris Chase " Hometown: Nichols, NY Engineer: Ben Beshore " Hometown: York, PA Engineer: Gene Watchtel " Hometown: Clearwater, FL Front End Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth " Hometown: Pittsfield, IL Rear End Mechanic: Chris Jones " Hometown: Smith Mountain Lake, VA Mechanic: Todd Foster " Hometown: Birmingham, AL Interior Mechanic: Wesley Lape " Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA Driver: Carl Edwards Car Number: #19 Hometown: Columbia, MO Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Primary team members: Crew Chief: Dave Rogers " Hometown: Marshfield, VT Car Chief: Eric Phillips " Hometown: Canton, IL Engine Specialist: James Dudley " Hometown: Porterville, CA Spotter: Jason Hedlesky " Hometown: Clinton, MI Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: Kenneth Purcell " Hometown: Savannah, GA Windshield: Zack Miller " Hometown: Vista, CA Front Tire Changer: Clay Robinson " Hometown: Simi Valley, CA Front Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris " Hometown: Sanford, FL Jackman: Trey Burklin " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Rear Tire Changer: Matt Ver Meer " Hometown: Montezuma, IA Rear Tire Carrier: Kip Wolfmeir " Hometown: Kingdom City, MO Road crew members: Truck Driver: Kyle Bazzell " Hometown: Fairbury, IL Truck Driver: Bob Hannigan " Hometown: High Bridge, NJ Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski " Hometown: Trumbull, CT Shock Specialist: Ron Denton " Hometown: Bristol, VA Engineer: Lee Hallman " Hometown: Claremont, NC Engineer: Kenny Oates " Hometown: Miami, FL Mechanic: Matt Tyrrell " Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fuel Runner: Ben Surface " Hometown: Pulaski, VA Driver: Matt Kenseth Car Number: #20 Hometown: Cambridge, WI Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Year: 2000 Primary team members: Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff " Hometown: Sumter, SC Car Chief: Jeff Meendering " Hometown: Concord, NC Engine Specialist: Gregg Wilson " Hometown: Charlotte, NC Spotter: Chris Osborne " Hometown: High Point, NC Over-the-wall crew: Gasman: John Eicher " Hometown: London, KY Front Tire Changer: John Royer " Hometown: Otis, KS Front Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen " Hometown: Salisbury, NC Jackman: Jason Tate " Hometown: Statesville, NC Rear Tire Changer: Adam Hartman " Hometown: Oxford, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Blake Haugland " Hometown: My. Ayr, IA Road crew members: Truck Driver: Dennis Valverde " Hometown: Albuquerque, NM Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon " Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC Tire Specialist: Jerold Shires " Hometown: Waiteville, WV Shock Specialist: Scott Myers " Hometown: Modesto, CA Engineer: Michael Lorusso " Hometown: Asburn, VA Engineer: Levi Porter " Hometown: Wyben, MA Mechanic: Alan Buzze " Hometown: Onondoga, NY Mechanic: Jason Overstreet " Hometown: Clearwater, FL
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."
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Dillon, Allgaier make contact, finish 1-2 in the second heat
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Kenseth on '16 woes: Results will come 'eventually'
RELATED: Kenseth honors Steve Byrnes' family a year later CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth spent the majority of his most recent Sunday afternoon running in the top five at Martinsville Speedway , but when the STP 500 came down to a final 11-lap dash, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver began dropping like a stone through the field. Hoping to battle teammate Kyle Busch for the victory, Kenseth instead found himself searching for any opening that would allow him to drop down to the inside and stop the free fall. By the time Busch took the checkered flag, Kenseth had plummeted to 15th . It was another missed opportunity for the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, whose No. 20 Toyota has had plenty of speed but not a lot of good fortune in 2016. "I thought when eight cars stayed out, the way my car handled and the way it would restart … and being on warm tires and all (that) stuff, I knew that it probably wasn’t going to be good," Kenseth said Tuesday during an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "But I didn’t think it would be that bad. "I never thought I would get shuffled to 15th . I thought I would have been able to somewhere find a gap, pop in there fourth or fifth or something like that and hopefully make a position or two up. I knew that my chances for a win were greatly diminished, but I didn’t think that I would fall back that far." Busch and JGR teammate Denny Hamlin each now have wins (Hamlin scored in the season-opening Daytona 500 ). Teammate Carl Edwards posted a solid sixth-place finish on Sunday and sits fourth, just behind Busch, in the points standings after six of 36 races. Kenseth is 14th in points but showing no signs of concern as the series prepares to head to Texas Motor Speedway this week for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 . It’s a long season and there are a lot of laps to be run between now and September, when the field for this year’s 16-team Chase field will be set. His team’s results thus far have been disappointing, "but we’ve run pretty good," Kenseth said. "We were in contention to win a couple of races, neither of them worked out. We had fast enough cars, if all the stars had aligned maybe even won a couple more. "If you run good enough, over time the law of averages is going to work out and you’re going to win some races and get some (good) finishes. It’s just tough to go through when you’re not getting the finishes. "I’d much rather run the way we’re running and perform the way we’re performing and not get the finishes than be a 15th -place car and luck into a ninth-place finish or something like that." Kenseth, 44, has the best average finishing position among active drivers at TMS (8.2) and only six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson has a better driver rating. But his last two starts on the 1.5-mile track haven’t been particularly memorable with finishes outside the top 20. Kenseth missed last year’s Chase race at Texas while serving a two-race suspension. Two of his 36 career victories in the series came at Texas -- both earned while he still was competing for Roush Fenway Racing . "I don’t see anybody hanging their heads around (the team’s shop)," Kenseth said. "I don’t think we need a group intervention. … We’re all grown-ups, been doing it for a long time. I think Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) understands, I understand, I think my crew guys understand. … "It’s easy to dwell on the negatives and be like, 'Man we were in the process of making a pass for the lead and hopefully win the race and a caution came out and we finished 15th .' Is that disappointing? Yeah it’s disappointing. But you’ve got to keep it all in perspective. "You’re going to have days where things go right, as well. Like I said, it all starts with performance. … Sometimes it’s painful, but if you’re patient enough you’re going to end up getting the results eventually."
Drivers soak in West Coast fun, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. @BubbaWallace and I are here @AmericanIdol . About to bring the metal . Tune in at 8pm ET #NASCARGoesWest pic.twitter.com/ByudfQgjac — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) March 17, 2016 2. OMG! Got to go to my fav show @ENews during #NASCARGoesWest media tour today! Jason and Catt were awesome! #framer pic.twitter.com/zQKv3tgfiy — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) March 17, 2016 3. I know I'm in the wrong neighborhood when the valet parks my suburban next to a Ferrari pic.twitter.com/PiVqL0PEhD — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) March 15, 2016 4. #NASCARGoesWest pic.twitter.com/aK2dVN7vnv — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) March 18, 2016 5. I'd say little man had a pretty good time at the @LAKings game... pic.twitter.com/RbfpkfQqg4 — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) March 18, 2016 6. . @brextonbusch is ready to race this weekend in CA. pic.twitter.com/bAX4DF6RYA — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) March 15, 2016 7. Time for some situational crime scene practice at the LAPD Training Facility. #NASCARGoesWest pic.twitter.com/ShQzN9tmzY — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) March 17, 2016 8. I'm sure he will be mad, but after breaking into @KevinHarvick 's room this is the only way to wake him up! #WakeUp pic.twitter.com/0zYaOP29BU — KHI Management (@KHIManagement) March 15, 2016