NASCAR Illustrated : Jeff Gordon tribute
Sports Illustrated looks back at some of Jeff Gordon's moments and pays a special thanks to his greatness, along with all that he means to NASCAR .
NASCAR Illustrated spotlights James Bickford
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down with NASCAR Next driver James Bickford to discuss his budding career.
Harvick shows new ride to NASCAR Illustrated
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine chats with Kevin Harvick about bringing back an iconic paint scheme to NASCAR .
NASCAR partners with Steven Soderbergh on heist-themed film project
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® is collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh on a feature film entitled Logan Lucky , starring Channing Tatum alongside Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. Depicting a theoretical heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the project will mark Soderbergh's first feature film since announcing his retirement from the film industry in 2013. Soderbergh, who also directed heist film Ocean's Eleven , is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Traffic and Erin Brockovich , which garnered him two Oscar nominations and the accolade of Best Director. This will not be Tatum's first experience working with NASCAR or Soderbergh. He and 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill served as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Pocono 400 in 2014, while Tatum and Soderbergh previously teamed up for the Magic Mike films, Haywire and the 2013 thriller Side Effects , which was the most recent film project led by the acclaimed director. "We are excited to work with Steven, Channing and all of Logan Lucky's incredible cast and producers," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "It's a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven's Ocean's Eleven ." Logan Lucky is tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2017. Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin are producing. Zane Stoddard is executive producing for NASCAR . Pre-production filming will begin this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 , which airs live on FOX at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 29.
'Hero' moment for Ty Dillon as Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress has many titles to Ty Dillon : Team owner, hunting buddy, grandfather. And now NASCAR Hall of Famer, thanks to a moment that Dillon and his family -- including brother and fellow driver Austin -- weren't expecting Wednesday. "I was actually standing with my mom when I got a text message, 'Congratulations to your grandfather,'" Dillon said on Thursday during a media availability at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "We were like, 'No way!' We weren't even expecting this year. I'm so happy for him." Childress is part of the five-person 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class that was unveiled Wednesday. Joining Childress in the Hall will be Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin , Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons. H. Clay Earles was named the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR . "I think at first, I called him probably five minutes after I found out -- I'm sure he was getting all kinds of calls -- it seemed like it hadn't set in for him yet," Dillon said of his first communication with his grandfather after learning Childress had made the Hall of Fame. "He's a hard worker so he's always thinking about what's going on next. "I saw him this morning (at an appearance at Bass Pro Shops). First thing I did was just give him a big hug because I was proud of him. He's very happy today and excited, and it's well-deserved." Childress, 70, began his career as a driver, making his first NASCAR start in 1969, and he went on to score six top-five finishes and 76 top-10 finishes over 12 years and 285 starts. He formed Richard Childress Racing in 1969 and eventually teamed with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt for six championships. In his storied history as an owner, Childress is the first to have owner championships in all three NASCAR national series, and his 11 driver championships are second all-time. RCR has 212 NASCAR national series victories: 105 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 76 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 31 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The bond Dillon and Childress share is much more than that of your typical grandfather and grandson. "He's my hero and glad that I get to spend time with him not only in our sport but every day at the shop and away from it, when we're hunting and hanging out with family," Dillon said. RCR currently fields Chevrolets for three full-time teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ( Austin Dillon in the No. 3, Paul Menard in the No. 27 and Ryan Newman in the No. 31) and four full-time teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Menard/Dillon primarily in the No. 2, Ty Dillon in the No. 3, Brandon Jones in the No. 33 and Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62). "He's such a focused individual about making this race team great again." Ty Dillon said. "I think this is a moment that is going to be big for him for feeling like he's finally made it. He's the first one at the shop every single day and the last one to leave. Working hard like he did way back when he had a $20 race car. I think it's finally a moment for him to sit back and realize what he's accomplished and hopefully it continues to set in for the rest of the week."
NASCAR tweaks rules for Kentucky, Michigan races
NASCAR announced Thursday morning that changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will be put into play for two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
Martin talks Hall of Fame selection, reconnecting with his NASCAR family
2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Mark Martin talks about returning to a NASCAR track for the first time since 2013 and what he's missed in the time since his retirement from the sport.
NASCAR drivers battle in a go-kart classic
Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and several other NASCAR drivers took to the track at the GoPro Motorplex to compete in the Little 600.
NASCAR Illustrated : Marty Robbins, the racer
NASCAR legends reminisce with NASCAR Illustrated about the racing career and character of country music singer Marty Robbins.
NASCAR Illustrated : Women In Broadcasting Roundtable
Sitting down with the women of FS1 "It's sort of a double-edged sword. A lot of times you get doors opened because you're a female, but you have to try extra hard to keep that door open." That was Krista Voda of NBC Sports in a 2005 NI feature on women broadcasters in NASCAR . Has anything changed? To find out, NI Senior Producer Steven Levine sat down with FOX Sports broadcasters Danielle Trotta, Kaitlyn Vincie and Jamie Little. NI: Is being a voice for the female fan something you're conscious of in what, let's face it, has been historically a male-dominated sport? Danielle Trotta: We certainly stand out, if you will, in a world amongst men — and certainly an industry amongst men. I don't necessarily think I cater my message specifically toward a female audience. My job is to inform and entertain whoever is watching. I certainly try to mentor young women that want to be in this business. That’s a great way to give back to other women and young girls that want to be us one day and take our jobs. "You can take my job eventually, but not right now. You need to have your training wheels on." I don't like it when people think we're just here because we're a pretty face, or we're a girl that can put the dress on and that's our only value. That's really degrading. Our job is to be just as informed and prepared as our male counterparts. At the end of the day, if we can put lipstick on and have some fun with it and be girls in a man's world at the same time, that’s great, but I think we have just as much value and every right to be here as they do. NI: It's interesting to hear you say that because you’ve also worked in football and if there is a man's world to perhaps rival NASCAR , football is it. Did you find fans or co-workers more receptive in NASCAR versus football? Trotta: I feel like I came into the business as Erin Andrews was getting her start. The female sideline reporter was becoming extremely popular. The industry became, I think, oversaturated. At that time, we saw it as: Put the token pretty girl on the sideline. I grew up watching football at a time when it was always men on the sideline, and then Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya and Hannah Storm started to change some of that. Then they kind of went younger with the Erin Andrews of the world. For a while, I didn’t know if I wanted to have that stigma attached to myself, but now I find that it's a sorority I'm really proud to be a part of. The industry is moving away from just sticking anyone down there. (They're) having women that have a strong opinion, a strong voice that can hold their own in a man's world. We're becoming more valued. It's due to a lot of the women who have worked really hard to get here and earn their place. You have to hold your own in a man's world. NI: Kaitlyn, who did you watch as you were coming up? Kaitlyn Vincie: (Gestures to Trotta and Little.) Of course, Krista Voda and Wendy Venturini, as well. In college, I was studying gender communications and I did a project for my course on women in a male-dominated industry, and both of them were in my PowerPoint. I looked toward both of them and some of the other women that I listed as the people I wanted to be like and wanted to mirror. It's really kind of an honor and a privilege to be working alongside them. NI: Jamie, there was a time when you and Shannon Spake were working side by side on pit road. At the 2015 Daytona 500 , you were the only woman represented on the broadcast. Is that just fluctuation, or are we taking three steps forward and two steps back? How do you assess the role of women on NASCAR broadcasts these days? Jamie Little: I think we're in the best place we've ever been. Like Danielle alluded to, it's not just that we're down there because we need a female face. We're down there because we need the best reporters in that role, and I think that’s what you see. You might see three women and one man, or you might see all four men. It just depends on who is the best, who your bosses feel are the best at the time and that’s a great place to be. Personally, Shannon Spake and I couldn’t have been closer friends, but I like being the only female. I don’t see myself as a female down there and I don’t see myself as one of the guys. I just want to be a good reporter and I want people to look at me that way. So when that opportunity (to work in motocross broadcasting), way back when I was 18, opened up and there wasn’t a woman — like Kaitlyn had females to look up to and learn from — I saw it as an opportunity. From that day on, I never saw myself as one female here. I saw it as I’m here just like the men and I have a right to be. Trotta: It's kind of like Danica Patrick . She wants to be known as just another race car driver, not a female race car driver. Little: Yet she embraces her femininity so well. I wasn’t always OK with dressing up or wearing the heels. I didn’t want to be portrayed that way. I wanted to be taken so seriously and it’s taken me a long time. I always wanted to fit in with the guys and didn’t want to stand out, and it’s OK to be that way now. Trotta: It is interesting that Danica kind of embraces it. It’s true, we have to find that balance too. NI: Do you get tired of being asked the gender question? All: No. Trotta: I don’t think we’re past the conversation, but I certainly think, like Jamie said, we’re in the best place we’ve ever been. It’s certainly evolving, and if you don’t have this conversation, I don’t think it ever gets better. Hopefully, girls will be reading this and thinking, “OK, if they did it, I can do it.” NI: How about beyond NASCAR ? Kaitlyn, do you have any professional aspirations beyond motorsports? Vincie: I'm just happy with what I’m doing. I haven’t really thought about what’s next because I’m so busy with what’s now. Little: I always duck that question, too — "OK, when are you going to football?" I'm not. I don't want to do football. This is my goal. SUBSCRIBE NOW!