Jim Giaccone honors brother, other 9/11 victims by aiding others
RELATED: All the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalists The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 took so much from Jim Giaccone. But it led him to this: honoring the memory of the brother he lost by helping others affected by that dark day. Giaccone's older brother, Joseph, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Joseph was among the 658 employees of the Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm who were killed. Devastated by grief, Giaccone somehow found the drive to carry on and honor his brother by giving back to others -- especially children -- who likewise were carrying on in the aftermath of 9/11. During his personal aftermath, Giaccone found his future in the form of Tuesday's Children, an organization dedicated to providing long-term support to those directly impacted by the events of 9/11 and other communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Giaccone's involvement in Tuesday's Children is multi-faceted, as a fundraiser, through service on the organization's Mentoring Advisory Board and Family Advisory Board and through what is arguably his most significant contribution: serving as a mentor. His works have not gone unnoticed. Giaccone, from Bayville, New York, is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's 2016 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide. The award will be presented by France -- The NASCAR Foundation's Chairwoman Emeritus and founder -- on Sept. 27 during the inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The foundation will donate $100,000 to the charity represented by the award winner and $25,000 to each of the other three finalists' charities. The award winner will be determined via an online vote now underway and running through Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. (ET) at NASCAR.com/Award . Giaccone, 55, mentors teenage brothers Nicholas and Matthew Reda, who lost their father on 9/11. Suffice to say this is a reciprocal relationship. Giaccone and the boys find healing and comfort in one another. But their time spent together involves more than words. The healing is helped by sharing real-life tasks involving practical skills, such as building rockets and fishing, both activities the boys enjoyed with their father. Said Giaccone: "I am not a man of great wealth where I can personally make a difference financially. My most valuable asset is my time. "It's a delicate balance when I try to explain what I get out of this. But obviously, anything that I've gained over the last 15 years I would trade in a second for my brother's life. But … that's not reality. Through the programs that Tuesday's Children is running and seeing the works that they do … it's almost become a therapy for me, to be honest. When I leave Nicholas and Matthew, it's almost as if I have a 'runner's high.' I feel calmer. If those boys get half of what I get out of this, it's a win-win." More than 10 years and hundreds of hours of service to Tuesday's Children have given Giaccone many rewarding experiences. He wants more, because there is so much more work to do. He has expanded his volunteer efforts to include helping others both domestically and abroad, truly living his life to reflect the organization's motto to "Let Our Past Change the Future." Giaccone is a longtime NASCAR fan, dating to his childhood when enjoying racing was a family tradition. One of his most cherished memories of NASCAR -- and of his life, overall -- is from August 2001 when he and his brother went to Nazareth (Pennsylvania) Speedway to take part in a fan driving experience. "I had gone to Las Vegas and done the Richard Petty Driving Experience twice, so I organized the trip (to Nazareth)." Giaccone said. "It was pretty special ..." As is being a Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalist, and representing Tuesday's Children -- in New York City on Sept. 27. "It's very humbling to be considered," Giaccone said. To learn more about this year’s finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, and to cast your vote today, go to www.NASCAR.com/Award . Voting is open now until September 26 at 5 p.m. ET.
2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " XFINITY owner standings Rank Owner Trk # Points Ldr Next Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Points Attempts 1 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 21 242 0 0 0 3 3 5 2 Kyle Busch 4 227 -15 -15 1 2 7 5 3 Kyle Busch 51 207 -35 -20 2 4 14 5 4 Rhonda Thorson 88 191 -51 -16 0 0 0 5 5 Brad Keselowski 29 171 -71 -20 0 0 0 5 6 Duke Thorson 27 170 -72 -1 0 0 0 5 7 Tom Deloach 17 170 -72 0 0 0 0 5 8 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 24 161 -81 -9 1 1 6 5 9 Mike Curb 98 147 -95 -14 0 0 0 5 10 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 33 139 -103 -8 1 0 5 5 11 Shigeaki Hattori 16 139 -103 0 0 0 0 5 12 Tom Deloach 7 126 -116 -13 0 0 0 5 13 Joe Nemechek 8 124 -118 -2 0 0 0 5 14 Ricky Benton 92 114 -128 -10 0 0 0 5 15 Kyle Busch 18 111 -131 -3 0 0 0 5 16 Jeff Bolen 66 107 -135 -4 0 0 0 5 17 Norm Benning 006 104 -138 -3 0 0 0 4 18 Brad Keselowski 19 99 -143 -5 0 0 0 5 19 Duke Thorson 13 97 -145 -2 0 0 0 5 20 Randy Young 02 93 -149 -4 0 0 0 5 21 Matthew Miller 99 88 -154 -5 0 0 0 5 22 Jennifer Jo Cobb 110 78 -164 -10 0 0 0 4 23 Al Niece 45 78 -164 0 0 0 0 5 24 Jay Robinson 49 64 -178 -14 0 0 0 5 25 D J Copp 83 61 -181 -3 0 0 0 5 26 Mark Beaver 50 60 -182 -1 0 0 0 5 27 Mike Mittler 63 58 -184 -2 0 0 0 5 28 Shane Lamb 44 57 -185 -1 0 0 0 5 29 Chris Larsen 52 55 -187 -2 0 0 0 5 30 Tim Self 22 54 -188 -1 0 0 0 3 31 Tracy Lowe 1 49 -193 -5 0 0 0 5 32 Charles Henderson 75 48 -194 -1 0 0 0 4 33 Richard Wauters 5 36 -206 -12 0 0 0 2 34 Tim Self 132 35 -207 -1 0 0 0 1 35 Rick Ware 12 32 -210 -3 0 0 0 5 36 Mark Rette 130 12 -230 -20 0 0 0 1 37 Norm Benning 6 11 -231 -1 0 0 0 4 38 Jennifer Jo Cobb 10 10 -232 -1 0 0 0 4 39 Clay Greenfield 68 8 -234 -2 0 0 0 1 40 Beverly Mittler 136 7 -235 -1 0 0 0 1 41 Chris Fontaine 47 0 -242 -7 0 0 0 1 42 Jim Rosenblum 28 0 -242 0 0 0 0 1 43 Mike Harmon 74 0 -242 0 0 0 0 1 44 Jerry Brown 86 0 -242 0 0 0 0 1
Ozzy Osbourne and Jim Rome highlight honorary roles at Texas
Photo credit: Texas Motor Speedway BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas -- Legendary musician Ozzy Osbourne and nationally acclaimed sports talk radio and TV personality Jim Rome highlight the honorary positions for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, will serve as Honorary Race Directors that will include the command of "Drivers To Your Cars" and riding in one of the official Chevy SS pace cars that will lead the field to the green for the start of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Osbourne, known as "The Prince of Darkness" rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath before embarking on a successful solo career. He has released 11 studio albums, including the first seven going multi-platinum, and his combined album sales between Black Sabbath and his solo work exceed 100 million. As a member of Black Sabbath, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also went on to become a reality television star, appearing as himself in the MTV reality show "The Osbournes" that included his son. He and Jack currently are appearing in Ozzy & Jack's World Detour that airs on the History Channel. WATCH: Ozzy Osbourne and son, Jack, talk about their honorary roles Rome will handle the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Grand Marshal responsibilities and give the command to the drivers to start their engines. Rome hosts the "The Jim Rome Show" that is syndicated by CBS Sports Radio as well as an interview-format show on the Showtime cable channel. His radio show ranks among the top 25 for the most listened to talk radio shows in the United States. For a number of years, Rome hosted the cable television show Jim Rome Is Burning on ESPN until 2011 when he left the sports network to join the CBS Network. He also previously hosted sports talk TV shows such as Talk2 on ESPN2, The FX Sports Show on FX and The Last Word on FOX Sports Net. Bridgestone Corporation Regional Manager Derek Wessels will wave the green flag as the Honorary Starter for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, the seventh race in the 36-event Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on FOX, national radio partners PRN and Sirius XM Channel 90.
Talladega qualifying order for GEICO 500
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega # Car Driver Team 1 96 * DJ Kennington Triad CNC Toyota 2 55 * Reed Sorenson Xchange of America Toyota 3 75 * Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet 4 7 * Elliott Sadler(i) Golden Corral Chevrolet 5 15 Joey Gase(i) Sparks Energy Chevrolet 6 32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Foundation Ford 7 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet 8 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford 9 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 10 42 Kyle Larson Share an Ice Cold Coke Chevrolet 11 83 * Corey LaJoie # Dustless Blasting Toyota 12 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford 13 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 14 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta Chevrolet 15 23 Gray Gaulding # SunFrog.com Toyota 16 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevrolet 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 18 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 19 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 20 34 Landon Cassill Love's Travel Stops Ford 21 3 Austin Dillon Dow Intellifresh Chevrolet 22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 23 27 Paul Menard Valvoline/Menards Chevrolet 24 95 Michael McDowell Winn-Dixie Chevrolet 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 26 24 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 27 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet 28 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Red White & Blue Toyota 29 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota 30 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 31 77 Erik Jones # ToyotaCare Toyota 32 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 33 43 Aric Almirola Fresh From Florida Ford 34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 35 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 36 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 37 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 38 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 39 2 Brad Keselowski Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford 40 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 41 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Days Ford * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series </p>
Seriously? Golfer, noted actor Jim Furyk sets record
Jim , are you serious? Professional golfer Jim Furyk set a Professional Golf Association Tour record Sunday by shooting 58 (12-under par) in the final round of the Travelers Championship. NASCAR fans may best remember Furyk from the 5-hour Energy campaign with Clint Bowyer years ago. Great job to Jim on his performance. Seriously.
How Matt Kenseth helped John Krasinski land role of 'Jim' on 'The Office'
It's nearly impossible to think an actor besides John Krasinski playing the role of 'Jim Halpert' on the American version of "The Office," but it may not have happened without the help of Matt Kenseth . Did that just blow your mind? It should have. Back in 2002 -- a full three years before the NBC premiere of inarguably the greatest comedy series of all time, in my opinion, at least -- a fresh-faced Krasinski appeared in a commercial with Kenseth that caught the eye of future "Office" executive producer, Greg Daniels. The back-and-forth dialogue between last fall's grand marshal at Texas Motor Speedway and Kenseth (more back than forth, knowing the stoic Joe Gibbs Racing driver) and wild antics by the now-36-year-old led to an audition and before long, " Jim " was born. Krasinski recently spoke about it on NPR's Fresh Air podcast with Dave Davies . "I haven't seen or heard that since the time I did it. That is a real send back to memory lane," Krasinski said. " … That was a huge performance and I remember we had a little bit of script and Matt Kenseth had said he doesn't want to have a line in the script. He was very shy and he didn't want ... he just wanted to walk through the commercial. "At the end of the day, they just asked 'Would you just improv and have fun? Let's see what we get' and we just kept going and I think they just watched the dog go off the leash, just improving all this stuff. By the end, Matt said 'Well, now I do want to say some stuff.' So he came in and we were joking around all day. It was probably one of the more fun times I've had, certainly before I got 'The Office . ' " The commercial worked wonders for both men, as Krasinski is now a household name and Kenseth won five races that year, following it up with his only premier series title the following season. Watch the full commercial below.
Former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter dies at 71
Father of Johnny Sauter made 76 career starts in premier series Jim Sauter, a racer and father of four drivers including NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter , died on Friday night shortly before the conclusion of the Truck event at Texas Motor Speedway , according to ThorSport Racing. He was 71. Sauter competed in 82 NASCAR national series races from 1980 to 2004, including 76 premier series starts. The native of Necedah, Wisconsin, made his final NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the Milwaukee Mile in 2002, racing against his sons Jay, Johnny and Tim. Jim Jr. followed in his father's footsteps as well. In addition to these four sons, Sauter is survived by his wife, Debbie, eight additional children, 51 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two sisters. A two-time champion in the ARTGO Racing Series in the Midwest, Sauter tested International Race of Champions cars with fellow Wisconsin racers Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle. His son, Johnny, learned of his father's passing following Friday's Winstar World Casino & Resort 350. His lone win of 2014 came at Michigan International Speedway , and he acknowledged it was a special victory in his post-race comments that recalled his dad's recollections of the track. "I'm just going to relish in this win because this has been a tough, tough race track for me throughout my career," Johnny said. "My Dad always said, 'That place is easy.' But, I never felt that way. Until today, I mean when you have a truck like this -- it was just awesome." NASCAR issued the following statement on Jim Sauter's passing: "NASCAR offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jim Sauter. A true racer, Jim passed on his passion and competitive spirit to his children and grandchildren. A driver himself with roots in the Midwest, his reach and impact extend across the entire sport." The racing community expressed condolences on social media with a sample included below from Sauter's former competitor Mark Martin ; fellow Wisconsin racer Roy Kenseth, father of Matt; crew chief and former IROC chassis specialist Ray Evernham and NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Operations Jim Cassidy. Sorry to hear Jim Sauter died. He was a really good man and a great racer. — Mark Martin (@markmartin) November 1, 2014 Thoughts and prayers go out to the Jim Sauter family today. pic.twitter.com/ydHNAQcXQT — Roy Kenseth (@roykenseth) November 1, 2014 Really sorry to hear about passing of Jim Sauter. Worked with him for many years at IROC. Crew chiefed for him at Pocono 1990 #RIP — ray evernham (@RayEvernham) November 1, 2014 Thinking about the Sauter family. Jim Sauter's contribution to stock car racing and NASCAR will be felt for many generations. Good man. — Jim Cassidy (@jfcassidy) November 1, 2014 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
No. 22 car fails post-race inspection at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The No. 22 Team Penske Ford of driver Ryan Blaney failed post-race technical inspection following Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The car measured too low in the left front, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. Any penalties arising from the failure will likely be determined and announced Tuesday. Blaney led four times for 61 laps. As a full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Blaney is not awarded points for his results in the XFINITY Series, however the No. 22 team is competing for the owner's title. MORE: Saturday's race results The race winning entry of Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) passed post-race at-track inspection, as did the entries of Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing) and Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports). The Hemric and Allgaier entries finished highest among those competing for the XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus and will be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina for further evaluation.
Jones captures Bristol win; Hemric earns Dash 4 Cash bonus
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: Results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Erik Jones found the ideal way to atone from a mistake in Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it took a bump-and-run for Jones to complete his comeback at the .533-mile short track. Recovering from a Lap 230 pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field, Jones worked his way to the front through a series of quick cautions and muscled Ryan Blaney out of the way to take the lead on Lap 280 of 300. Jones held the top spot the rest of the way, through a caution that slowed the race after William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole and Austin Dillon were involved in a Turn 4 wreck on Lap 291. The race restarted on Lap 298, but Blaney couldn't get to Jones' bumper to return the favor before the checkered flag waved. "It was just hard racing," said Jones, who won his second straight NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season, his second at Bristol and the eighth of his career. "We ended up racing hard and getting by him. To come back from a pit road penalty like that, it's a race I won't forget for a long time -- just an awesome day." Blaney led the field to a restart on Lap 278, but Jones had superior speed on the short runs and quickly pulled up to Blaney's bumper. As they raced hard into Turn 1, Jones applied the bumper of his No. 20 Toyota, sent Blaney's No. 22 Ford up the track and made the decisive pass. "He was so much better than us on the short runs," Blaney said. "He wasn't going to back out, and I wasn't going to back out either. ... I knew I pushed the issue with him. I knew he was close, and I don't blame him for not backing out at that time. "You can't do that, so I took a chance, and we had some contact. Fortunately, we were able to get a restart in fourth (on Lap 298) and get to second and just couldn't quite get close to make a run at him." To Jones, the bump was justified by late-race urgency and the relative speed of his car. "At that point in the race I think there was less than 20 (laps) to go, and you have to do all you can to try to get to the lead," he said. "I knew clean air was important, and we were quite a bit faster than the 22 just to fire off, and I guess just the track cooled down and we got some speed back in the car. "We were able to get around him and get the lead, and from there, I think everyone was stuck on the bottom, and we were able to hold them off." It was a race of radically changing fortunes, and not just for Jones. Polesitter Kyle Larson led 180 laps, but cut a tire after contact with Brandon Jones' Chevrolet on lap 261 -- an incident that started a chain-reaction wreck that eliminated Cole Custer, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Garrett Smithley. Larson compounded his issues with a penalty for a commitment line violation but came from the rear of the field in the final 30 laps to finish seventh. Sunoco rookie Daniel Hemric came from a lap down to win the $100,000 Dash 4 cash bonus after the three other qualifiers for the XFINITY-sponsored prize -- Custer, Allgaier and Brendan Gaughan -- all were involved in accidents. Hemric finished fifth behind Daniel Suarez in third and series leader Elliott Sadler in fourth. Notes: Blaney finished second in the No. 22 Team Penske Mustang for the third time this season. All told, the 22 car has five runner-up results without a win this year. However, the No. 22 was found to be too low in the left front post race. Any potential penalty will be announced early next week … The action-filled race featured nine cautions for 85 laps. </p>
XFINITY race returns to green after rain-related red flag
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol MORE: Weekend schedule " Weather updates from Bristol The XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 went back to green after a lengthy red flag induced by rain at Bristol Motor Speedway. The action was put to a halt on Lap 150 with a yellow flag, followed by a red flag on Lap 162. The time of the red flag officially lasted one hour, 38 minutes and 52 seconds. Prior to this, NASCAR briefly lifted the red flag only to return to red-flag conditions minutes later with more rain hitting the .5333-mile track. As the leaders pitted, Daniel Hemric, Blake Koch, Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler stayed out to hold down the top five spots, and lead the field back to green on Lap 168. The event originally got underway at 1:03 p.m. ET with Larson and Austin Dillon starting on the front row after scoring the top-two fastest qualifying lap times Saturday morning. Larson topped Stage 1, which ended under yellow after Ryan Reed brought out the caution in its waning laps after clipping the wall and losing a tire. Reed briefly wheeled his No. 16 Ford to pit road, but ultimately brought it to the garage with heavy damage, done for the day. RELATED: Watch: Reed spins to bring out the yellow at Bristol The XFINITY Series Bristol race marks the second Dash 4 Cash event of 2017. JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer are eligible for the $100,000 bonus after scoring the top-two spots among XFINITY Series regulars at the end of Stage 1 as well as Hemric and Gaughan after finishing first and third (the two highest-placing XFINITY regulars), respectively, in Stage 2. Hemric earned a playoff bonus point with his Stage win, should he qualify for the 12-driver playoff field. Allgaier won the first Dash 4 Cash race at Phoenix Raceway. The final two legs will be at Richmond (April 29) and Dover (June 3). RELATED: Learn more about the Dash 4 Cash program Friday's on-track schedule, too, got a shake-up due to soggy weather with Monster Energy Series qualifying and the second XFINITY Series practice canceled. The weekend's main event, the Monster Energy Series' Food City 500, is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). &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;lt;/p&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;gt;
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