Will we see Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. reunited? RELATED: MWR co-owner buys into CGR " Bowyer comments on MWR situation Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr . were teammates at Michael Waltrip Racing for two seasons -- one of which was Bowyer’s best to date, in 2012 -- before MWR granted Truex the freedom to seek other opportunities following a race manipulation scandal that sent shockwaves through the sport in 2013. Truex has spent the past one-plus seasons at Furniture Row Racing , struggling mightily last year but emerging as a title contender in 2015. Bowyer and MWR have since struggled, to the point that co-owner Rob Kauffman has purchased stake in Chip Ganassi Racing in a potential exit from the organization, leaving Bowyer riddled with questions. Truex and Furniture Row may just have the answers he’s looking for. Bowyer took to Twitter to answer fan questions on his flight back from an eighth-place finish at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, and hinted at possibly reuniting with Truex, who was also on the plane. @ClintBowyer are you on the plane with a future teammate??? Lol — James Cunningham (@JamesIV1978) August 2, 2015 Maybe. @MartinTruex_Jr https://t.co/N9ejArwhRa — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 2, 2015 FRR team owner Barney Visser has hinted at a possible manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota , which Bowyer currently drives, and has mentioned that the organization would like to have a second team by 2017 at the latest . Don’t worry, since it was a Bowyer Q&A, the chat quickly turned silly, and for the record, Bowyer won’t give Jamie McMurray a Wet Willy -- not when he has the space to go for the full swirly. (Props to @nascarcasm for tossing the idea to Clint in the first place. Gold.) @ClintBowyer I'll give $50 to a charity of your choice if give McMurray a successful Wet Willy. — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 2, 2015 Screw that, the size of this plane one can successfully hand out a swirly. https://t.co/xk7HkbiiNQ — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 2, Thankfully Blake Shelton wasn’t on the plane with them, otherwise it sounds like this Q&A wouldn’t have even happened. @ClintBowyer is @blakeshelton with you? — Adrianne (@Tony14M5fan) August 2, 2015 Hell no, we can still type can't we? https://t.co/Fk6AOF64Mf — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 A fan then told Bowyer that his mom often gets the MWR driver mixed up with his former Richard Childress Racing teammate and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton -- who is 12 years his senior. @ClintBowyer My mom routinely gets you and Jeff Burton confused because she thinks you look alike. Do you get that a lot (or ever)? — Tommy Chitester (@TChitester) August 3, 2015 He's 60 and I'm 20. He's 4'0 I'm 6'0. Tell u what though. He's a race calling sob though https://t.co/gR02RQgsiW — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 Then there was another fan whose hashtag game was a little off. It’s #BartenderBrad , Mike Richards. Get with it, man. @ClintBowyer Is @keselowski on the plane giving you drinking lessons? #ProfessorBrad — Mike Richards (@autodetailer66) August 3, 2015 Hahahaha!!!!! https://t.co/HnhS7WY4hl — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015 And boy, does he think highly of old (new?!?) teammate Truex. Bowyer and McMurray on a plane be like... #nascar pic.twitter.com/OdIvwAhCtl — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 3, 2015 Pissed u made me the blow up doll, but damn is @MartinTruex_Jr sexy! https://t.co/HCHsyjLQuD — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 3, 2015
Complete news and notes on all 43 cars in the Windows 10 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Breaking down how the full 43-car field fared at Pocono Raceway. 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth was 16 seconds behind leader Kyle Busch in the closing laps, but the driver of the No. 20 saved enough fuel to pass his teammate and coast to his first Pocono win. 2. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . "Sorry about that, guys. Everybody OK?" Keselowski asked his team after he locked up his brakes, slid through his pit box and hit two crew members during his Lap 58 green-flag stop. He rallied to score his fifth top five of the year. 3. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon matched his best 2015 finish when his Pocono finale became a fuel-mileage race and he climbed from 16th. 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt and his team battled through a variety of issues -- a pit road penalty and mid-race spin among them -- to be in the right place and climb from 17th to fourth in the final 10 laps as the leaders ran out of fuel. 5. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle recorded his second top-five of the year thanks to -- you guessed it -- fuel mileage. He also led Laps 125-126 during green-flag stops and kept working with his team to find grip. 6. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson was forced to pit for fuel with three laps to go and climbed through the field to earn his 14th top-10 as competitors faded. 7. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . A missed shift triggered a vibration for Allmendinger, who worked through the issue to score his third top-10 of the year. 8. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer started saving fuel while running 11th with 18 laps to go. 9. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . It was a solid day for Stewart, who started fifth before recording just his second top-10 this season. 10. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards was running ninth in the closing laps when he hit pit road for a quick splash of fuel. 11. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard spent the majority of Sunday’s race running inside the top 15 and saved one lap of fuel to make it to the end. 12. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Fuel mileage wasn’t on Larson’s side, but he was still pleased with the effort and later tweeted, "Best car we’ve had all year though and pit crew did an awesome job all day." 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . With crew chief Slugger Labbe at the helm, Dillon posted his best Pocono result. 14. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill ran as high as second en route to his best career Pocono showing. 15. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray said Pocono was slicker this weekend than it was in June and he spent the race chasing the handling of his car. 16. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick had a mid-race scare when a piece of trash adhered itself to her car’s grille and caused her temperatures to spike. 17. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan improved to run 10th, but ran out of fuel in the final laps and coasted across the finish line. 18. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola reported a throttle issue during the first half of Sunday’s race, but appeared to have the right amount of fuel to make it to the end. 19. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex was running second in the final laps and had to hit pit road for a quick splash to finish the race. A pit road speeding penalty incurred during the stop damaged his forward progress. 20. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano led a race-high 97 laps and was cruising toward his second win of the year when his car ran out of fuel with three laps to go. He then picked up a speeding penalty while refueling. 21. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The pole sitter focused on fuel conservation and took over the race lead briefly before sputtering out himself with two laps to go. 22. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin focused on crisp shifts as he nursed a gearbox issue and maintained his position inside the top 10 until he also ran out of fuel. 23. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman was running 16th when he ran out of fuel in the closing laps. 24. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was having a solid day, running inside the top 15, when he pitted just prior to the Lap 92 caution flag and lost track position. 25. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman improved upon his best Pocono outing after a solid effort on Sunday. 26. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett’s car started tight and then snapped to loose as Sunday’s race unfolded. 27. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt struggled to find consistency in his car and sustained damage while running in the pack. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears restarted 13th after picking up eight spots on pit road during the final caution. Subsequently, he reported that his car was plowing through the corners. 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto stayed out of trouble to post his best Pocono finish. 30. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was awarded the Lucky Dog pass on the seventh caution period, but struggled to capture any momentum. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . On Lap 27, Moffitt made contact with teammate David Gilliland and sustained a significant tire rub. 32. Travis Kvapil , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing. Kvapil held steady to improve upon his most recent Pocono performance. 33. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . During late-race green-flag stops, Gilliland’s team tried to get the front end of the car down after earlier contact elevated his splitter. 34. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Sorenson was the Lucky Dog three times in a row, but struggled to find a rhythm and stay on the lead lap. 35. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . "They’re lucky no one was pitting that time," Burton radioed his team after Kahne’s early-race crash on pit road brought out the red flag. "They’ve gotten lucky twice. Something needs to change." Burton was in a similar incident during Saturday’s final practice session. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Hill recorded his best 2015 result in his third Cup event. 37. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch was inadvertently turned by Paul Menard in Turn 1 and then nailed by Sam Hornish Jr . 38. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy spun on Lap 92 to bring out the eighth caution flag. 39. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish missed a shift early in the race, which caused a world of hurt for him and others navigating the Tricky Triangle. 40. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne’s best Pocono start was stalled just past the midway point when a wayward tail pipe went through the radiator of his car. 41. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenouse braked hard but couldn’t avoid crashing into the back of a slowing Sam Hornish Jr . in Turn 1 on Lap 28. 42. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The outside pole sitter opted to stay on track during the competition caution and blew up after leading the field to green on Lap 17. 43. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne got loose on Lap 5 coming off Turn 3 and slammed into the pit road wall, sending helmets flying and pit crew personnel scurrying. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
After Race 21 of the 2015 season at Pocono Raceway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Tony Stewart 4 780 -- -- 1 0 21 2 Walter Czarnecki 22 734 -46 -46 2 0 21 3 Rick Hendrick 88 717 -63 -17 4 1 21 4 Jeff Gordon 48 713 -67 -4 5 1 21 5 Gene Haas 41 703 -77 -10 3 -2 21 6 Barney Visser 78 694 -86 -9 6 0 21 7 Roger Penske 2 681 -99 -13 7 0 21 8 Joe Gibbs 20 662 -118 -19 8 0 21 9 Felix Sabates 1 631 -149 -31 9 0 21 10 Rick Hendrick 24 617 -163 -14 11 1 21 11 J D Gibbs 11 614 -166 -3 10 -1 21 12 Richard Childress 27 591 -189 -23 13 1 21 13 Richard Childress 31 584 -196 -7 12 -1 21 14 Rob Kauffman 15 574 -206 -10 15 1 21 15 Linda Hendrick 5 559 -221 -15 14 -1 21 16 J D Gibbs 19 553 -227 -6 17 1 21 17 Joe Gibbs 18 546 -234 -7 16 -1 21 18 Richard Petty 43 534 -246 -12 18 0 21 19 Chip Ganassi 42 513 -267 -21 19 0 21 20 Jack Roush 16 502 -278 -11 20 0 21 21 Richard Childress 3 484 -296 -18 21 0 21 22 Bob Germain 13 467 -313 -17 22 0 21 23 Tony Stewart 10 462 -318 -5 23 0 21 24 Tad Geschickter 47 460 -320 -2 24 0 21 25 Margaret Haas 14 417 -363 -43 26 1 21 26 Michael Waltrip 55 406 -374 -11 28 2 21 27 Richard Petty 9 390 -390 -16 25 -2 21 28 John Henry 17 383 -397 -7 27 -1 21 29 John Henry 6 370 -410 -13 29 0 21 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 337 -443 -33 31 1 21 31 Brad Jenkins 38 331 -449 -6 30 -1 21 32 Bob Jenkins 35 331 -449 0 32 0 21 33 Jerry Freeze 34 307 -473 -24 33 0 21 34 Michael Hillman 40 301 -479 -6 34 0 21 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 264 -516 -37 35 0 21 36 Ron Devine 83 245 -535 -19 37 1 21 37 Joe Falk 33 242 -538 -3 36 -1 21 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 233 -547 -9 38 0 21 39 Ron Devine 23 192 -588 -41 40 1 21 40 Mike Curb 98 190 -590 -2 39 -1 21 41 Archie St Hilaire 32 172 -608 -18 41 0 21 42 Glen Wood 21 147 -633 -25 42 0 10 43 Bob Leavine 95 124 -656 -23 43 0 12 44 Anthony Marlowe 26 114 -666 -10 44 0 21 45 Rick Hendrick 25 86 -694 -28 45 0 4 46 Jay Robinson 62 83 -697 -3 46 0 21 47 John Cohen 44 12 -768 -71 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -772 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -774 -2 49 0 8 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -780 -6 51 1 4 51 Gordon Smith 139 0 -780 0 50 -1 2
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Annual Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship event recognized Darrell and Michael Waltrip have been selected by the National Motorsports Press Association as the organization's Spirit Award recipient for the fourth quarter of 2014. The brothers were recognized for their annual Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship event, which raised $450,000 through an auction, dinner and golf tournament. The proceeds from the fifth annual event benefit several organizations including Motor Racing Outreach (a non-profit organization that ministers to the needs of families of those involved in NASCAR ), Feed the Children (a U.S.-based anti-hunger organization) and Tucker's House (an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities that require modifications at home for safety, accessibility and therapy). Darrell Waltrip was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won three premier series titles and 84 premier series races in his storied career. Michael Waltrip is a four-time winner in the sport's premier series with two victories in the Daytona 500 and is also the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, which fields two full-time cars in the Sprint Cup Series . Also receiving votes for the second quarter award were the Kyle Busch Foundation and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter . Lynda Petty, the late wife of seven-time premier series champion Richard Petty, Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr . and longtime car owner Junie Donlavey, who passed away in June, have also won the quarterly award this year. An overall winner of the 2014 NMPA Spirit Award will be determined by the members of the NMPA and announced on January 25, 2015 at the association's annual convention in Concord, North Carolina. The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the race of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. 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
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MWR co-owner not leaving team, 'taking anything' to CGR LONG POND, Pa. -- Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said on Saturday at Pocono Raceway that he plans to integrate MWR and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, in which he has purchased an interest. Meeting with media for the first time since MWR issued a statement two days ago that the team and CGR would "operate separately and compete agains each other for the remainder of the 2015 season" while "evaluating ways to field the most competitive race teams possible" for 2016 and beyond, Kauffman emphasized that he continued to work with Waltrip . "First and foremost, I think it's important to realize that Michael and I own Michael Waltrip Racing ," Kauffman said. "We control Michael Waltrip Racing together. We're business partners. We're great personal friends. So any idea that like I'm leaving or taking anything is actually misplaced. "What we're really doing is integrating the businesses, trying to get the most competitive product on track, do the best for all of our partners and that's really our focus. It's a competitive business as everybody knows. It's competitive on track as well as off track." The timing of the statement was an attempt to keep both organizations focused on 2015, "getting hopefully one to two cars in the Chase and doing a great job for our partners," Kauffman said. "We've been very excited about the developments over the summer we've had with the teams," Kauffman continued. "They're running well. And there's hundreds of people working back in Charlotte. We want to keep them focused on what they need to do." Through the first 20 races, CGR's Jamie McMurray sits 11th in the provisional Chase Grid, the top winless driver in the points standings. MWR's Clint Bowyer holds the final spot in the Chase in 16th place. McMurray's teammate, Kyle Larson , is 20th, and MWR's David Ragan is 24th in points. With all four teams in the top 30 in the standings, each one is a victory away from making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Looking to the future of the two race teams, Kauffman said those plans are still under consideration with their performance helping determine 2016 plans. "In terms of our plans, whether we have three cars, four cars; two roofs, one roof, that's all yet to be determined," Kauffman said. "And how we do in the 2015 season will help determine whether that happens. If we do a great job, that will be one outcome. If we do a less great job, probably another. I think it will be pretty obvious to people." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Talks Chase, MWR owner buying interest in CGR; gets new sponsor RELATED: MWR co-owner buys interest in CGR LONG POND, Pa. -- Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer met with media Friday at Pocono Raceway and gave a statement that echoed the "focused on 2015" sentiments expressed by MWR a day earlier that team owner Rob Kauffman had purchased an interest in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "You need to bear with us," Bowyer said. "There's obviously some change on the horizon. I got the same release you guys did. "We've got a new sponsor on the car this weekend. It's a big deal for us. We've been working on this a long time. Got a lot of momentum going into this. We're 20 points out of the Chase. We've got to finish this year off strong. "Like I said, there's a lot of work to be done in the future, and we're all working on it. When I have something to tell you guys, you all know me, and I'll tell you." According to Thursday's statement, MWR and CGR would "continue to operate separately and compete against each other for the remainder of the 2015 season. They are also currently evaluating ways to field the most competitive race teams possible to provide an excellent platform for their partners and employees for the 2016 season and beyond." The sponsor Bowyer referenced, Maxwell House, will run the first of four races this season as a primary on his No. 15 Toyota Camry in Sunday's Windows 10 400 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM). RELATED: Maxwell House to sponsor MWR cars Bowyer hopes the coffee maker will perk up his Chase chances this weekend and next at Watkins Glen. He currently sits in the final provisional position in the Chase Grid. RELATED: Chase Grid "There's obviously change on the horizon, and we're going to have to work on the future and see what that looks like but for right now, we're focused on 2015 -- getting Maxwell House to Victory Lane this weekend and getting in this Chase," Bowyer said. "We're close, and this can happen and these guys got to stay focused. I've got to stay focused. If we do our job, we can get in this Chase and compete for the championship." During Friday's first practice, in which he was 19th-fastest, Bowyer shed more light on his state of mind. "The good news is there's a car next to me that's kind of falling like a rock ( Hendrick Motorsports ' Kasey Kahne ) and those two RCR cars ( Ryan Newman and Paul Menard ) are right there for the taking, only 20 points out," Bowyer told MRN. "This is doable." Former Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex Jr . expressed surprise at the developments surrounding his former team and teammate Bowyer. "I don't really know a whole lot of what's going on," Truex said. "Hearing that Rob is buying into another team is interesting, for sure, so I'm not sure what they've got going on but it was definitely surprising. "Got a lot of friends over there. They've got a lot of great people there. Hopefully they'll all land on their feet and figure out some way to keep going." Heading into the weekend, Bowyer is 15th in the points standings, 20 behind Kahne and Menard and trails Newman by 25, for the final drivers getting their way into the Chase on points. Currently, 10 drivers are locked into NASCAR playoffs with wins. Kyle Busch can make it 11 and take away another spot if he cracks the top 30 in points and stays there over the next six races. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Race shop hosts event to promote science, technology, engineering, math CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The questions weren't surprising and ranged from "how much do you make" to "how did you get interested in racing." Nothing too bizarre to start off, and with just enough feedback to keep the trip interesting and the attendees attentive. Last month, Michael Waltrip Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers hosted approximately 30 teenagers from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte (Mecklenburg and Union Counties). It was one of four events the organization took part in this year to help demonstrate the importance of STEM, an academic curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math. According to the U.S. Department of Education ( www.ed.gov/stem ), "only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career. The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations." Following the screening of a short video and the open discussion, the teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, toured the expansive facility where MWR personnel explained the engineering and safety aspects of today's Sprint Cup Series cars in a more hands-on setting. Vickers, a three-time winner in Sprint Cup and a former NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, said he has tried to tailor his approach to the interest of each individual group. "I wouldn't say it's changed it dramatically but certainly there are some things you learn as you go through the process," he said. "It's interesting. Every group is different, some are totally engaged, absolutely thought it was the coolest thing ever, especially the younger kids. The older groups, when you're in high school ... they want to pretend like they're not impressed even though they are. They're just that age where all their peers' opinions really matter so you have to really pull it out of them. "One mistake I made early on was just hammering science, technology, engineering and math. Because that's what it's about, right? I think it should be an integral part of it but the reality is you're not going to get 100 kids in one room and they all want to be engineers." The bigger picture, he said, was the opportunity to promote the value of getting an education. And that was the message he tried to impress upon the teens. "Something I have learned is that everyone here is intrigued by different things. Maybe it doesn't involve STEM, but maybe it does," he said. "What I would say to you is you should take your education seriously, but do something you love. Maybe it is working on race cars or building rockets or building skyscrapers, whatever. Maybe it's writing a play, or maybe it's being the next great artist. I don't know. "I'm not going to stand here and tell you that you need to be an engineer if that's not something that intrigues you. But I will tell you that your education is one of the most valuable assets you're going to have in your life." He doesn't undersell the importance of the STEM program, however. Integrating it with the Boys and Girls Clubs has been a success from the standpoint of providing youngsters with hands-on learning opportunities. In addition to the tour of the race shop, the teens were also the guests of the team at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "It works for us," Vickers said of the program. "Because that's what racing is about. It's engineering-based. One of the last ones we did was in Atlanta, and we got just some amazing responses. "Those kids were so engaged. They had these dreams, and yeah, some of them, a big group of them in fact, wanted to be engineers. We had two or three that really wanted to work on race teams. And one young boy wanted to be an architect, a couple wanted to be musicians. ... And that's great. "But to only talk about (engineering), I think, it doesn't go as well. So I've kind of opened it up a little bit more; still focus on that but talk to them about what do they want to do, what are they interested in?" So just how much does he earn? "I always get that question," he said, laughing. "I do pretty well."