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A new year and a new season brings reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway . Single event tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday. Fans can take advantage of the reduced ticket prices by reserving their seats in advance to receive the best pricing available. Tickets for Nationwide Series races at Nashville on April 23 and July 23 start at $30, while tickets for Camping World Truck Series races on April 22 and July 22 start at $25. Nashville has also increased the age and reduced the price on all junior tickets for fans 14 and under. Juniors can attend any of the four events for just $10 when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate will increase by $5 for juniors and $10 for adults per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or online at NashvilleSuperspeedway.com. "Our new ticket prices give fans many affordable ways to experience a NASCAR race," said Cliff Hawks, vice president and general manager of Nashville Superspeedway . "Fans who purchase in advance can reap the benefits of locking in a great seat at a reduced price from what will be available at the gate. Coupled with the debut of the new Nationwide Series car at Nashville , there's a lot for fans to be excited about this season." Season ticket packages are also available starting at $129 for adults, and just $40 for juniors. Season ticket packages include tickets for both the April 22-23 and July 22-23 race weekends, a Season Ticket Holder Day at the Superspeedway that gives fans the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the track, and the highly popular ALL ACCESS pass that includes many behind-the-scenes amenities. The ALL ACCESS pass can also be added to any Nationwide Series race ticket for $30. The pass allows fans unprecedented access at the track prior to the race. Fans can attend the pre-race driver's meeting, walk the grid near the cars on pit road, visit Victory Lane and experience the Fan Walk prior to the start of the race.
Irregularity found in pre-qualifying inspection of No. 17 car at Homestead MORE: NASCAR penalizes No. 17 team RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NASCAR announced penalties on Tuesday to the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr . after rear-end suspension parts were confiscated by NASCAR before Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The infraction is a P3 level penalty, meaning it tends to fall between serious and intermediate in nature. The infraction violates section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-12 (suspension: all front end and rear suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension/drive line component beyond normal rotation or suspension/drive line travel). In addition, crew chief Mike Kelley was fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for six months, starting Jan. 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. Additionally, car chief Patrick Magee was also placed on NASCAR probation for the same six month period as Kelley. Officials at the track said the parts were taken in a Friday inspection before qualifying for the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 . Stenhouse started and finished 22nd in the 2014 finale. Stenhouse's sophomore campaign in the Sprint Cup Series saw him finish 27th in the point standings, with five top-10 finishes and a failure to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway . 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
Kenny Francis expected to crew chief Nationwide champ's Cup starts in '15 RELATED: Elliott's path to a championship MORE: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today While the date of Chase Elliott 's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut has not yet been set, Hendrick Motorsports revealed his expected crew chief Thursday. Appearing on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Doug Duchardt said Kenny Francis is expected to be atop the pit box for those efforts. Francis was previously Kasey Kahne 's crew chief at Hendrick and is now in the newly created position of vehicle technical director. "I went to the NASCAR Nationwide banquet and was reminded that Chase is 18 years old," Duchardt said. "He's going to run Nationwide again next year and we've announced that we're going to run some Cup races with him in 2015. I would expect that Kenny (Francis) is going to crew chief those races for him. I think that's going to be a fun aspect of next year to see how Chase does in that. We'll see how things are going in '15 and see what the right steps are in the future. Right now, we're just going to take 2015 and take a look at how things are progressing. " ... It's like having this prospect in Triple-A that's batting .380 and when is he coming up to big club and run? We'll work on that, we'll see where that all heads." As far back as August, team owner Rick Hendrick was open about trying to get Elliott into a Cup car for a handful of races in 2015. "I think you'll probably see him run a few races next year," Hendrick told the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio in August. "Before he ever won a Nationwide race, I watched him test Jimmie's car and Jeff's car at Nashville , and Jimmie and Jeff both commented to me, 'This kid is super smooth and super fast. He takes care of his equipment, and he doesn't get in a jam.' "I said before he ever ran a race, I would put him in a 600-mile race at Charlotte and think he'd finish in the top 15, top 10, because he's so smart," Hendrick added. "He just understands the car and takes care of it. I think he's going to do a super job whenever the time comes. I think we'll surely, probably the second half of next year, we'll probably see him in some races." Dale Earnhardt Jr. , the co-owner of JR Motorsports and owner of the No. 9 car, has repeatedly said that Hendrick has "a great plan" for Elliott. Elliott broke out in 2014, winning three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series en route to becoming the youngest NASCAR national series champion. He is set to drive the No. 9 car for a second straight season with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Elliott will have a new crew chief in Ernie Cope, with Greg Ives joining Earnhardt Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series ranks. 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
Reps for vehicle manufacturers break down Hamlin, Harvick, Logano and Newman RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- One is said to exude quiet confidence. The other's a leader from the cockpit. Another's laser-focused while the fourth is charging. That's how officials from their respective automakers described this year’s four championship contenders Saturday here at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick , Joey Logano and Ryan Newman each will head into Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 seeking a first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. The four are all that remain of the original 16 in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup field, advancing through three rounds to reach one final stop. The highest-finishing driver leaves with the title, meaning a win isn't necessary. But none of the four wants to go out with anything less than a checkered flag. And the championship trophy. Hamlin's been here before, under somewhat different circumstances. In 2010, he led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points heading into Homestead but by most accounts let the pressure of the title get in his way. Johnson won handily, and Hamlin hasn't forgotten. Dave Wilson, president and GM for Toyota Racing Development USA, said that experience should prove valuable to the 34-year-old Hamlin, as well as other recent near misses for the Toyota camp. "Denny thinks a lot, and he's been here before, and I think that really helps him," Wilson said. "We've, as a manufacturer, been the bridesmaid three out of the past four years; Denny has had a second‑place finish, Clint Bowyer has had a second‑place finish, then of course last year Matt Kenseth . But Denny is comfortable. He's confident, quietly confident I would say." Wilson also noted that Hamlin has enjoyed success on the 1.5-mile track, winning twice in the past five years, including last season. "I think it gives him just what he needs to do the job Sunday," he said. Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) won once this year, at Talladega Superspeedway in April. His best Chase finish came last week at Phoenix where he was fifth. He has led multiple laps in five of the nine Chase races. Chevrolet, with Harvick and Newman, is the only manufacturer with multiple representatives going for the title. To some, they represent the most likely and the least likely to emerge with the championship. Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) has four wins this season while Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) is winless. Raw speed has been the calling card for Harvick's No. 4 team while Newman has relied on consistency and an ability to avoid the disastrous finish. "Ryan just keeps coming; he keeps getting stronger race after race, and that team has just gotten in a great rhythm ... every single race," said Chevrolet's Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports. "Now, they haven't won a race yet, but they are charging." Harvick, he said, is more representative of his boss, fellow driver and three-time Sprint Cup champion, Tony Stewart . "He's focused, he's mentally tough and he's a leader from the cockpit of the car," Campbell said. "When I think about the last time Stewart-Haas won the championship ... in '11, Tony had a lot of those same attributes. "And so we'll see where these two guys net out. The competition is tough. Anything can happen, and we expect there's going to be some curveballs and surprises in how the teams react. Same focus, calm, and the guys leading from the cockpit with the team is going to have the best chance to win." Logano is in his second season with Team Penske after a four full seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing that produced just two wins and no Chase appearances. He's yet to not make the Chase since joining the Penske organization. Two of his five wins this year have come in Chase races. "Joey Logano, when he came into the sport was billed as a phenom, and indeed he is a phenom," Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing, said. "He's got the talent, and with the team around him, I think he's very poised to succeed. He is driven and the goal is in sight, and we expect him to succeed. "This is a sport of teams. You've got to put that in context. It's Joey, it's Todd (Gordon, crew chief), it's Penske, it's Ford. When you put that ensemble together, this season has been an absolute standout season." While there is much on the line, none of the three automakers has ramped up its assistance to the individual teams. Instead, most have continued to provide the technical and engineering support that's been the framework of the relationship from the beginning. "There are tendencies in the sport during the race that can be gleaned from mining data that could give a crew chief an opportunity to make a decision based on data rather than just simply on gut feel," said Allison. "The field of analytics is wide open. So really when you're coming down to the final race from a hardware (standpoint), it's largely in the hands of the teams. But in terms of enabling decision making on in‑race situation, that's one scenario." With 19 wins among all Chevrolet teams, and a 38th manufacturer's title in the wings, Campbell said he saw no reason to increase input. "Stick to the fundamentals in terms of providing the right parts, the right engineering people and the right engineering tools and then follow through," he said. Wilson agreed. And while Hamlin likely learned a lesson from his 2010 shortcoming, so too did the manufacturer. "I think we collectively overthought the gravity of it and played from a defensive position," Wilson said. "I think what everyone has seen this year is a different feel. Denny is loose. It's business as usual. The performance that we've collectively brought to the table is what has gotten Denny to this position, and we're just going to execute as a team and see what that brings tomorrow afternoon." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Sprint Cup Series star tells tale of his own childhood mischief RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today DORAL, Fla. -- When Kyle Busch 's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title hopes fizzled in the Contender Round finale at Talladega Superspeedway , there was still plenty of racing to focus on as he turned the page from this season to 2015 preparations in all three national series. But there's another, more important focus from a different perspective coming next year, in the form of a bundle of joy for himself and his wife, Samantha. Busch talked at length about his approaching growth into fatherhood Monday before the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet, where he'll accept team owner championship honors for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the truck tour. The couple announced in October that they were expecting their first child in May. With on-track action complete for the year, the Busches are preparing for an offseason of shopping, studying up for their new arrival and working out schedule logistics. "That is priority number one since Talladega is just trying to get everything ready and all set," Busch said. "We've been online trying to find stuff, trying to figure everything out, reading books and what all comes with it. For us, you've got December and January pretty much to figure out what your nursery is going to be because as soon as you go to Daytona for two weeks, you're home for three days and you're gone for a month when you do your West Coast swing and then it's a month later before the baby's there. It'll all come quick, I'm sure." Though Busch regularly wheels cars at 200 mph for a living, he said the thought of hands-on participation in childbirth terrifies him. So does infancy. "I'm ready for 2, 2 1/2. I'm ready for that age, right now. I could do that, no problem," Busch said, pointing to newly crowned Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick and his 2-year-old son, Keelan. "Walking around, talking a little bit, all that stuff. The zero to 12 months freaks me out -- way too much work. We've got to figure it out on our own." Busch alluded that the two may have their hands full, especially if the newborn's earliest years are anything like his. He said as a youth, he escaped through the front door of his family's home on a handful of occasions, usually on the way to his grandmother's, just a couple of houses down the road. "I knew where the fun was," Busch smiled. The couple should be content as long as the new child is able to avoid repeating the father's mischief as a toddler. Busch recalled one of the first automotive experiences of his life, something that sounded as if it was plucked from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. "I think I was 5 or something like that, my mom, she gave me the keys and was like, 'here, go get in the truck. We're leaving in 5 or 10 minutes.' I was bugging her too much, I guess, so she gave me the keys," Busch said. "So I got in the truck, turned the key. I didn't turn it on, I just turned the key enough to where -- it was a 1983 Chevy Silverado -- I pulled the lever and knocked her into neutral and rolled across the street into the neighbor's wall. "When she came out, I was in the passenger seat and she goes, 'what the hell happened?' and I go, 'I don't know. Wasn't me.' It was fine. I don't think the neighbors ever fixed their wall, but I fixed the truck." 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
Four-time winner in 2014 endorses Gordon's suggested tweak of new format DORAL, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . didn't exactly have a front-row seat for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale's championship battle, finishing 14th in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . But a day later and having had some time to reflect on the new playoff format's conclusion, NASCAR's most popular driver said he thought it was an invigorating success. "I thought it couldn't have gone any better for NASCAR," Earnhardt Jr. said Monday at the Trump National Doral, site of the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet later that night. "I always go back to thinking about how I ran and what I could've done, but looking at the event as a whole, I thought it was great for NASCAR. I thought the right guy won the championship and I thought it was good to have a mix of different seasons, if you will -- you had the guy with no wins and all the consistency, you had the guy with one win, a couple of guys with multiple wins, youth and experience. Everything across the board was represented and we got to see it play out." Kevin Harvick stormed to the front on fresher tires at the end of the Ford EcoBoost 400 , denying runner-up Ryan Newman for the victory and the championship, as Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano also faded late in their bids for the title. But all four hopefuls spent time contending for the lead, and the rash of yellow flags at the end forced their crew chiefs into varying pit-road gambles down the stretch. "I thought those cautions at the end changed the strategy, but they were all legit," Earnhardt said. "There was a lot of stuff happening on the race track and it was an exciting race even without the championship battle involved, but I loved the way it played out. I think that NASCAR has got to be really pleased." Earnhardt's own path in this year's Chase ended in the Contender Round elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway , but he made the most of his ousting with his first Martinsville Speedway victory the following week. While he wasn't able to race for the title, he said that the system provided plenty of memorable moments, culminating in Sunday night's finale. Jeff Gordon , Earnhardt's Hendrick Motorsports teammate and a four-time series champion, said he would like to see tweaks adopted for future postseasons, including a separate points system for Chase drivers that wouldn't penalize mistakes relative to the balance of the field, potentially awarding points for the rounds of 16, 12, 8 and 4 on a scale that equals the amount of title-eligible drivers remaining (16 points for first, 15 for second, 14 for third and so on). Earnhardt said that such a proposal might prompt even more intensity, a tough task after a season full of high-pressure moments. "I like his idea as far as us racing under a separate points system where you have 16 drivers and you get 16 to 1 point regardless of your finishing position, you're just graded against the drivers in the Chase," Earnhardt said. "I think that's fair and I think that would be easy and simple for the fans. I don't particularly know that it would've played out any differently, but I believe yes, it'd be simpler and not so challenging for the drivers. It would allow us a little freedom to race a bit more aggressively, knowing that well, I'm just going to cost myself a couple of points versus 20. Much different scope and you can definitely race with more freedom because I felt, at times, stymied a little bit, by my ability to go out there and be aggressive. I felt sort of hog-tied and racing with too much caution, just trying to do X instead of thinking about Y and Z. "I like that idea a ton, and I think you still maintain the integrity of the system we have and the excitement of it." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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