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Michael Waltrip Racing penalty upheld in appeal
RELATED: Official release on appeal A three-member appeals panel upheld P4-grade penalties issued to Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 15 Toyota team Wednesday, severely hampering driver Clint Bowyer 's hopes of advancing from the first round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. The National Motorsports Appeals Panel -- which heard the team's appeal at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina -- ruled that the Waltrip -owned organization violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice and the panel affirms and upholds the original penalty assessed by NASCAR. On Sept. 23, NASCAR handed down punishment for an illegally mounted track bar and suspension infractions as part of pre-race technical violations after the postseason-opening race Sept. 20 at Chicagoland Speedway , stripping Bowyer of 25 points in the drivers' championship standings, suspending crew chief Billy Scott for three races and fining the team $75,000. The penalties were issued at the P4 level of discipline in the NASCAR deterrence system, which went into effect in the 2014 season. Scott, who was also placed on probation for six months, was atop the No. 15 team's pit box last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after MWR deferred the penalty until after the appeals process. RELATED: Bowyer to drive No. 14 car for SHR in 2017 Michael Waltrip Racing plans to cease operations at season's end and it was announced on Wednesday that Bowyer will drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017, while he hinted that light will be shed on his 2016 plans shortly. The team announced later Wednesday that it would not appeal the ruling. "We are disappointed with the outcome of today's ruling and still feel our interpretation is within the guidelines," according to the statement. "Rather than continue the appeals process, MWR is ready to focus 100 percent of our company's resources on winning at Dover and trying to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ." With the penalty upheld, Bowyer remains last among the 16 playoff drivers in the Chase, 39 points behind 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who holds a tenuous grip on the final berth to avoid elimination and move to the next postseason segment. The title-eligible Chase field will be whittled to 12 after the Challenger Round finale, Sunday's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Dover. The three members on the National Motorsports Appeals Panel chosen to hear Wednesday's appeal were Paul Brooks, Bill Lester and Bill Mullis.
Michael Waltrip : 'I gave it all I had'
Michael Waltrip Racing will run its final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The two-car team is shuttering its doors at the end of the season. Team owner Michael Waltrip was in a sentimental mood on Twitter late Thursday night and shared some thoughts: Ever built something really special? Where everyone involved in it was really proud to be part of it and then see it end? Happened to me — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015 When from the beginning it was a struggle but you persevered, never taking no for an answer. Then you overcame the seemingly impossible.. — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015 You provided jobs for 100s of families, you gave young racers a chance, you won, and contended for a @NASCAR Cup championship. — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015 Sunday it'll be hard, but I'll choose to smile. We were underdogs who nearly survived in a grown ups world. Ultimately we didn't win it all — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015 But what I will remember is more important to me than the statistics that @MWRteam will be judged by. People appreciate coming to work. — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015 So don't feel sorry for me. I think we get more from what we give. And I gave it all I had. And that's all I have to say about that. ✌️ — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 20, 2015
Moffitt on close-but-no-cigar finish: 'It sucks'
RELATED: Race results BRISTOL, Tenn. -- With only a handful of starts on his schedule, Brett Moffitt competes as if every race is a tryout. And in many ways, that's indeed the case. Called into service by Red Horse Racing to fill the seat of the organization's No. 11 Toyota earlier this year, Moffitt responded with a strong performance at Kentucky before an engine issue left him 31st, and Pocono, where he finished third. Earlier this month, Red Horse officials announced Moffitt would return for three more starts -- at Bristol, Michigan and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway , Moffitt continued to impress with a career-best runner-up finish to first-time race winner Ben Kennedy (GMS Racing ) in the UNOH 200 . MORE: Kennedy: 'This is the coolest day of my life' "It's really fun running like this and being super competitive two weeks in a row now," Moffitt, 24, said. "But second place sucks. We're here to win. I'm happy but I'm not. It sucks being that close." Moffitt has Sprint Cup experience, making a handful of starts a year ago with the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing group before closing the season behind the wheel of the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports . His performance was good enough to earn him Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. It wasn't, however, enough to secure him a ride for '16. Until he was called on to drive the No. 11 for Red Horse earlier this year, subbing for Matt Tifft , his NASCAR career was in a holding pattern. While his future remains uncertain -- he said there have been no conversations beyond his next two starts -- Moffitt is hoping his results lead to more opportunities. The team will carry the same truck to Michigan next week that was used at Kentucky and Pocono. "And they actually did some more work to it," he furthered, "so hopefully it's even better. "We're showing really strong, got a third place and a second place here; we just need one more. That would be a good place to win and hopefully at the road course as well." Moffitt had an opportunity at Bristol, restarting second to Kennedy for a six-lap shootout following the ninth and final caution. But Kennedy, who went from third to first with 20 laps remaining, didn't falter with the win on the line. While he closed on Kennedy's bumper, Moffitt said he couldn't get close enough to either make the pass or move the leader out of the way. Both were options he considered. "I'm going to race people the way I want to be raced," he said. "It is Bristol so if you need to move someone, you've got to move them. "I just wasn't quite good enough through the center (of the turn) to get to him. He slipped up a few times and I was able to get to his bumper once but didn't get to him hard enough. I was really waiting for him to make a mistake so I could shove my nose in there but he executed when he needed to and he hit his marks. I just wasn't able to get to him there." Daniel Hemric ( Brad Keselowski Racing ), William Byron ( Kyle Busch Motorsports) and Johnny Sauter (GMS) rounded out the top five.
Up To Speed: Waltrip talks NAPA, Truex Jr.
Alan Cavanna reports on the latest information concerning NAPA and the future of Martin Truex Jr. at Michael Waltrip Racing .
Harvick, 4 team aim to close deal at New Hampshire
RELATED: See what happened to Harvick last fall LOUDON, N.H. -- During the past two years, Kevin Harvick has led more laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway than any other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Yet in each of those four starts, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver failed to come away with the victory. Harvick, the 2014 series champion, has led 379 of 1,209 laps at the 1.058-mile venue located in Loudon, New Hampshire. He led 216 at NHMS last year in the fall race, the second of 10 that made up Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff. But his No. 4 Chevrolet ran out of fuel with less than three laps remaining, and after pitting, Harvick finished 21st . His two previous starts at NHMS had resulted in third-place finishes after leading 59 laps in the July race of '15 and 104 the race the previous fall. "That's one I want to win really bad because I feel like we've given so many away there," Rodney Childers, Harvick's crew chief, said earlier this week. "Last fall we had a stinking good car, didn't get it full on the last stop, didn't realize it wasn't full. We ran probably the whole last run still leading the race and still ran out." Harvick has one win this year, at Phoenix, and has been the series points leader for much of the season. His return as one of 16 Chase competitors for this year is all but guaranteed. Only one of his 32 career wins have come at the "Magic Mile" however, and that took place nearly a decade ago. While Harvick has done nearly everything but win at Loudon in recent years, the victories have gone to others. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch swept the two races last season and Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were in Victory Lane in '14. Keselowski is the only other competitor in the same vicinity as Harvick when it comes to laps led at NHMS, with 321 to his credit. He's the series' most recent winner, claiming back-to-back victories at Daytona and Kentucky. Childers has one New Hampshire victory, guiding Brian Vickers to the win in 2013. It was the final win for the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing organization. Helping put Harvick back there would be big. Coming off a ninth-place run at Kentucky was a nice rebound after finishing 39th at Daytona a week earlier. "Every time we've been (to New Hampshire) we've been really good so hopefully we can go up there and be good again," Childers said. "I think having that good run last week at Kentucky gave everybody a little bit of confidence back. It's time to start ramping things up and get ready for the Chase." On Friday, Harvick qualified eighth in the 40-car field. He was 21st in Friday's opening practice and fourth in Saturday's two sessions. The New Hampshire 301 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
ThorSport Racing shop rebuilt after being damaged by fire
After being damaged by fire earlier in the year the ThorSport Racing shop is back in operation. The team made sure to thank the first responders who kept it from being a total loss.
RIDE TV partners with ThorSport Racing
Sandusky, Ohio (August 17, 2016) – ThorSport Racing is honored to announce a partnership with Ride Television Network, Inc. (RIDE TV), a 24-hour, high-definition, television network, dedicated to providing quality entertainment to equestrian and agriculture enthusiasts. The Fort Worth, Texas network, which delivers programming to those that enjoy and care about anything and everything horse related, will be featured on the No. 13 Toyota Tundra driven by second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, Cameron Hayley , beginning at Bristol and for select races in 2016 and beyond. "ThorSport Racing is honored to partner with RIDE TV, the nation’s first equestrian lifestyle network," said Matthew LaNeve, VP of Marketing at ThorSport Racing . "We will feature their brand, partners, and programs on TSR's Toyota Tundra’s in 2016 and beyond. We are confident this partnership will help us equate 'horsepower' both on and off the race track to the millions of loyal NASCAR fans." RIDE TV allows you to channel your passion for the horse lifestyle. The 24-hour network airs a mix of reality shows, equine event coverage, inspiring documentaries, cooking demonstrations, children's programs, and more. Their unique programming features celebrities, champions, and the personalities at the heart of America's horse culture. RIDE TV is covering all breeds, all disciplines, all the time. "RIDE TV is very excited to partner with ThorSport Racing ," said RIDE TV President, Craig Morris. "We are the new leader in equine-related television content, so it only makes sense to hitch our wagon with other leaders in their respective industry. Having RIDE TV (branded on a NASCAR national series) plastered across the hood of a 200mph truck was not in our original plan, but it just goes to show you that you can find horse people everywhere, and everywhere is where we want to be!”" The equestrian lifestyle channel will make their debut onboard the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra of Hayley in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 17. The 200-lap race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, in addition to coverage on MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 at 8:30pm ET. Watch RIDE TV on DISH Network Channel 248, or find out how to watch RIDE TV on your local cable operator by visiting www.RIDETV.com . You can also follow RIDE TV on Facebook at Facebook.com/ridetvnetwork or on Twitter @RideTV . About Ride Television Network, Inc. Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com About ThorSport Racing : ThorSport Racing , based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing , which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers' champion Matt Crafton , the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cameron Hayley , the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes , and the No. 98 Safelite/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu in 2016. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com
'Loop Dawg' looks at your best bet for Bristol
NASCAR's Mike Forde, the 'Loop Dawg,' joins SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to share some NASCAR Fantasy Live picks for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Waltrip's iconic No. 11 scheme to return at Darlington
Blake Koch and his No. 11 team at Kaulig Racing unveiled a throwback paint scheme for Darlington weekend that honors the iconic No. 11 paint scheme of Darrell Waltrip .
NASCAR Nation congratulates Ben Kennedy on first win
MORE: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid Ben Kennedy , great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France and son of Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, won his first career NASCAR national series race on Wednesday night, picking up the victory in the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway . The GMS Racing driver received a flood of attention on Twitter, where NASCAR Nation was quick to congratulate him on the momentous occasion. SO excited for @BenKennedy33 ! Wins Bristol and off to the Chase! pic.twitter.com/2rOWdmYStW — Lesa Kennedy (@LesaISC) August 18, 2016 @BenKennedy33 congrats — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) August 18, 2016 So happy for you @BenKennedy33 Big win @BMSupdates buddy! Great driving under intense pressure from @Brett_Moffitt Awesome job boys. — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) August 18, 2016 Good for you @BenKennedy33 ! — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 18, 2016 Hell yea so happy for @BenKennedy33 great dude awesome win! — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 ! — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) August 18, 2016 All in all...nice win @BenKennedy33 !Nice job @BMSupdates with the track! Gonna be interesting Friday n Saturday night! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) August 18, 2016 Well that got the ol ticker beating kinda fast. Congrats @BenKennedy33 .... great job @Brett_Moffitt and @DanielHemric — Corey LaJoie (@CoreyLaJoie) August 18, 2016 Pretty impressive job @BenKennedy33 to hold on for the win. Nice work @Brett_Moffitt — Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 nice win! you are in the Chase. Great racing way to be smooth. Great spotting and coaching @jimmyk146 — Todd Bodine (@Team_Onion) August 18, 2016 Awesome job @BenKennedy33 !!! @NASCAR_Trucks — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 , enjoy it bud! Props to @Brett_Moffitt , made the most out of tonight's opportunity. — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 18, 2016 Congrats on the win @BenKennedy33 well deserved! @NASCAR — Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 ...Victory Lane at @BMSupdates is hard to beat. @NASCAR_Trucks — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) August 18, 2016