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'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.
College athletes join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) – NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced nine former college student-athletes selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Crew Member Development Program. The new class of participants received invitations to train with Rev Racing following standout performances at the first national D4D pit crew combine in May. Multicultural athletes starring in football, basketball and softball at the college level will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams. "We've assembled a very talented group of athletes who we believe has what it takes to excel on pit road in NASCAR," said Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of racing operations. "Each D4D participant will benefit from Rev Racing's best-in-class training program, and we look forward to watching them grow and develop over the next 12 months." This year NASCAR and Rev Racing revamped the crew member scouting process, hosting tryouts at six universities across the country. Eighteen men and women from 12 states and one U.S. territory were selected to compete in the national combine in Concord, N.C. Half earned invitations to join the D4D pit crew program. "We are very excited for the arrival of the new 2016 Drive for Diversity pit crew recruits," said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. "With the national combine and recruitment effort this past year, we were able to select the top level of athletic talent. We look forward to training these individuals and placing them along pit road in the national series. Our academy-style approach to training continues to show success year after year; this class will not fall short." Among the new D4D participants are three former football players from the University of Kansas, one of the schools to host tryouts. Appalachian State's Jeremy Kimbrough, who spent time with the Washington Redskins, and Joshua Tate, an All-American at Clark Atlanta University, are also looking to transition from the gridiron to NASCAR. A pair of female athletes in former Norfolk State, basketball player Brehanna Daniels and former Alcorn State University softball player Breanna O'Leary, will train as tire changers under the tutelage of Phil Horton, Rev Racing's director of human performance. There are 35 graduates of the D4D Crew Member Development Program currently working in NASCAR. Three alums – Raphael Diaz, Kevin Richardson and Richie Williams – celebrated in Victory Lane as members of Chris Buescher 's pit crew after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won his first premier series race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1. Last November, Diaz and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Mike Russell became the first D4D graduates to win a national series championship when Buescher clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. The new members of the D4D Crew Member Development Program include: First Last Hometown University Primary Sport Brehanna Daniels Norfolk, Va. Norfolk State University Basketball Kapil Fletcher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. University of Kansas Football Tedarian Johnson Jackson, Miss. University of Kansas Football Jeremy Kimbrough Decatur, Ga. Appalachian State University Football Corey King Boca Raton, Fla. University of Kansas Football Lamar Neal Virginia Beach, Va. Norfolk State University Football Breanna O'Leary Amarillo, Texas Alcorn State University Softball Jorden Paige Buffalo, N.Y. Clark Atlanta University Football Joshua Tate Memphis, Tenn. Clark Atlanta University Football The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, under the leadership of Rev Racing , supports both crew member and driver development opportunities. Driver graduates include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson , and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr . For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit www.NASCARDiversity.com .
Sherry Pollex announces she's a two-year cancer survivor
RELATED: Truex, Pollex shed tears of joy after huge Charlotte win Sherry Pollex announced Monday evening that she's reached the two-year mark in her recovery from ovarian cancer. Today I'm officially a 2 year cancer survivor. This was my view today at lunch. I'm feeling so blessed. pic.twitter.com/GmQu1Kikab — Sherry Pollex (@SherryPollex) August 15, 2016 @SherryPollex Best tweet I've seen all day. You rock. — Mike Davis (@MikeDavis88) August 16, 2016 Heck yeah! Congrats from all your friends up here @poconoraceway https://t.co/KrYEAGNUdq — Brandon Igdalsky (@bigdalsky) August 16, 2016 Pollex and longtime boyfriend Martin Truex Jr . were the focus of one of the best moments of the 2016 in May, when the duo shared an emotional Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway after the Sprint Cup Series driver walloped the Coca-Cola 600 field, leading 392 of 400 laps for the win. MORE: Truex, Pollex host 'Catwalk for a Cause' for seventh year
GarageCam is ready to rumble in 'The Last Great Colosseum'
Host Matthew Dillner strolls through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Bristol Motor Speedway to talk about the challenges of 'The Last Great Colosseum'.
Stewart finds success in continued consistency
RELATED: Results " Standings WATKINS GLEN, N.Y -- Tony Stewart took a few moments for himself before climbing out of his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevy on Watkins Glen's long pit road after Sunday's race. And when the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion finally emerged and settled back against his car, he looked like the cat that ate the canary. Smile and all. Surviving the last few hairy laps of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen was an accomplishment of its own as drivers all around him spun or crashed out in the final frenzied chase to the checkers. But this veteran is the all-time best on the picturesque Watkins Glen, New York, road course with five career victories. And Stewart certainly drove that way Sunday adding a fifth-place finish to his impressive run toward a championship in his final NASCAR season. Why did he look so satisfied Sunday? "Cause we're not one of the guys that got tore up in the last red there," Stewart said smiling and speaking about the twice red-flagged race eventually won by Denny Hamlin . "The spotter was telling me pairs of guys that were mad at each other. I was like, for once, I'm not mad at anybody with six laps to go. So that was a nice position to be in. "When you get 10 to go like that, you get restarts, it's going to be pretty hectic and guys are going to be running into each other and pushing each other out of the way. "I'm pretty happy to come out of it with a top-five." Since missing the first eight races of the year recovering from injuries in an off-season all-terrain vehicle accident, Stewart has slowly but very surely returned to fighting form. He earned a post-season berth with a dramatic win at the series' other road course in Sonoma , California, last month. He's scored four top-five finishes in the last five races and his five total top-five finishes are more than seven of the drivers currently ranked among the standings' top 16. Half of his 14 starts have resulted in top-10 showings. And although Stewart is 26th in the points standings, he’s only 86 points behind 20th-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr . with eight fewer starts. His victory last month and being ranked among the top-30 in points virtually punches his ticket into the Chase which begins next month at Chicago. The way he drove, survived and overcame this weekend – along with an ever-growing appreciation of new crew chief Mike Bugarewicz -- is exactly what has Stewart hopeful about his chances come Chase time. "Got a top-five out of it, didn't we?" a smiling Stewart said Sunday. "That tells the story right there. There's guys who had top fives going into the last corner and couldn't finish it. We'll take what we got. "We just keep being consistent, even on days we don't have a top-10 or top-five car, we're finding ways to make top-fives out of it. That's what you've got to do in the Chase. You've got to be able to make something out of nothing, and these guys are doing a great job out of that."
Forde's fantasy picks at The Glen
NASCAR's Mike Forde, the 'Loop Dawg,' joins SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to share some NASCAR Fantasy Live picks for Watkins Glen International.
Mike Bliss to drive for Go FAS Racing in 2015
Veteran driver will be one of several drivers to pilot No. 32 Ford Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Moment Mike Bliss will be part of the Go FAS Racing lineup for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, the team announced on Tuesday. Bliss will join Bobby Labonte and Boris Said as drivers of the No. 32 Ford Fusion for select races in 2015. His first start for the team will come in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) "With the top tier teams expanding, we believe our best strategy is to fill the seat with veterans who have performed well in the past," said team owner Archie St. Hilarie in a release provided by the team. "This helps ensure we maintain a healthy standing in the points as the season progresses. Mike Bliss has proven time and time again that he can be competitive in the Sprint Cup Series, while bringing the car home in one piece, which is crucial for a small organization like us." The 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion made eight Sprint Cup Series starts last season for both BK Racing in the No. 93 Toyota and Tommy Baldwin Racing in the No. 37 Chevrolet. His best finish was a 35th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September. "I'm really excited to be driving for Archie St. Hilarie and Go FAS Racing in the Sprint Cup Series," Bliss said in a team release. "I'm really thankful for the opportunity to drive the No. 32 and achieving some good finishes that will help solidify the teams position in the point standings for the 2015 season." The 49-year-old Bliss has made 169 premier series starts with his lone top-five coming in 2004 in the Richmond fall race. For the past seven seasons, he has run a full-time XFINITY Series schedule and will do so again in 2015 for TriStar Motorsports. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Mike Hillman Jr. named Brian Scott's crew chief
Driver on heels of career-best finish in Nationwide Series Richard Childress Racing announced Tuesday that Mike Hillman Jr. will serve as crew chief for driver Brian Scott with the No. 2 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series . Hillman, 36, won championships in the Camping World Truck Series with Todd Bodine in 2006 and 2010. Of his 20 wins in the truck tour, 19 came with Bodine and the other was delivered serving atop the pit box for Jeb Burton 's breakthrough victory in 2013. "This is a great opportunity for a guy like me to become part of RCR and the No. 2 Chevrolet team," Hillman said. "When we first talked about this position, I knew this was something I wanted to do and RCR is known for their storied success at every level in NASCAR. Brian Scott is a talented driver who is coming off the best season of his career. He and I share the same goals -- wanting to win multiple races and ultimately the XFINITY Series championship. With the team they already have in place, I am confident we will achieve our goals." Scott, 26, joined the Childress operation for the 2013 season and worked with crew chief Phil Gould the last two seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which will gain title sponsorship from XFINITY next year. Scott placed fourth in the overall standings, posting the best finish in his five full seasons in the series. "I look forward to building on what we have achieved the past two seasons with RCR," said Scott, who has five Coors Light Pole Awards but is still looking for his first victory in the series. " Mike Hillman Jr. is an excellent addition to our No. 2 Chevrolet team and has a proven track record of success and experience. I am more than confident he will take our team to Victory Lane and race for a championship. "We already have a great nucleus of people on our team and our XFINITY program is strong from top to bottom. With the momentum we had at the end of this past season, I feel confident about our 2015 hopes." Hillman, who starts his RCR tenure immediately, spent last season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis, working with a variety of drivers in 13 races with Circle Sport Racing's No. 33 team. One of those was Scott; the two got a jump on developing chemistry in the season-ending Sprint Cup race, where the two combined for a 28th-place finish. 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
Mike Helton warns drivers about blocking
Vice Chairman: XFINITY race 'example of unintended consequences' NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton warned drivers about blocking in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), addressing the 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pilots during the drivers' meeting at Daytona International Speedway. Following a video highlighting the rules for the 160-lap, 400-mile race, Helton discussed the evolution of the double yellow stripe, which is in place at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway. "The rationale behind that came from the evolution of actions and the equipment on the race track gave you the ability to move around," Helton said. "It got to a point where the drivers, you, were comfortable enough to make moves that ended up putting the rest of the field or many other cars in jeopardy. "So those actions, over time, we tried to figure out how NASCAR would respond to that, and we created that double yellow line that's only in Daytona and Talladega. "And I point to that because blocking is kind of creeping that way here and in Talladega. Last night's race, I think, was an example of the unintended consequences that can come from a blocking move." Late in Saturday's Subway Firecracker 250 , leader Brian Scott moved down the track to block Elliott Sadler , sending both cars into the outside wall on the backstretch and leading to a 10-car pileup. "We were definitely in the catbird seat there going down the back straightaway there; we had Joey Logano pushing us and had a lot of momentum coming off Turn 2 and were making our way to the front," Sadler said. "I think either Brian or his spotter made the block too late; I was already up to his right rear tire. He made the block to late and wrecked us. It was nothing intentional, it's just racing." RELATED: Scott blocks Sadler in Saturday's race Ryan Newman asked Sprint Cup Series Managing Director Richard Buck what constituted going below the double yellow line, and Buck responded left-side tires on the inside of the inside line. Helton noted he was "not telling you how to drive the race cars ... but drivers, be conscious about the moves that you're making on the race track, particularly when it comes to what we call blocking. So just think about that tonight in the race." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NXS drivers switch to rain tires at Mid-Ohio
As rain continues to fall at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers make the switch to rain tires.