Three-time Sprint Cup Series race winner tweets out news Brian Vickers will be part of NBC's NASCAR coverage starting today with an appearance on "NASCAR America," NBC Sports Network's show covering the sport, according to tweets from the driver. Vickers is slated to appear on the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the show as well. Really excited to welcome @BrianLVickers to #NASCARAmerica today on @NBCSN ! — NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) June 1, 2015 For those wondering what I am up to-happy for an opportunity to join @NASCARonNBC on some of their shows. Great to see them back in NASCAR — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 I will be on NASCAR Night in America Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as well as numerous other times this season. — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 In addition, Vickers will be involved in their telecasts of races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway . Also lending a hand to their NH & MI races & maybe some others. Looking forward to seeing the other side of the broadcasts! Tune in tonight — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 Vickers has been sidelined since March because of recurring blood clots. The 31-year-old made two starts this season at Las Vegas and Phoenix, with a best result of 15th-place at Las Vegas. David Ragan is filling in on the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of the season. Michael Waltrip and Brett Moffitt also have been behind the wheel of the No. 55. NBC's coverage of Sprint Cup Series races kicks off Fourth of July weekend at Daytona with the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 5 (NBC, 7:45 p.m. ET).
JR Motorsports driver is the only one with a shot at $1 million bonus RELATED: Dash 4 Cash Dover photo gallery DOVER, Del. -- Going home $100,000 richer is Regan Smith after finishing highest in the first 2015 XFINITY Dash 4 Cash race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday. The JR Motorsports driver finished third in the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket . Smith was also the winner of last season's first Dash 4 Cash event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . MORE: Smith attempts to cash giant Dash 4 Cash check When asked what the No. 7 Chevrolet driver was going to spend his crisp $100,000 check on, he put family first. "Well, I've got a baby now and babies seem to take a lot of money," Smith said. "So we'll probably use it for him some how, some shape or form … When he's old enough to know what it is, we'll dump some of it into his college fund." MORE: Smith, wife welcome son Rhett Lee Along with Smith, Chris Buescher , Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan will advance to the second round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . Smith is the only driver able to win an additional $600,000 bonus if he is the highest finishing eligible driver in the three remaining events, and wins the fourth and final race in the contest for a total of $1 million. Looking ahead, the final Dash 4 Cash race will take place at Darlington Raceway , where Smith earned his first Sprint Cup Series victory. "There's a lot of racing and we've got to do a lot of things right between now and (Darlington)," Smith said. "I think the next race is going to be Indy … so we've got to get through Indy first, once we get through Indy, get through Bristol. But I feel like all the tracks that are on the deal this year -- with the exception of Dover (are good for me). Dover was the one I was most worried about. "The rest of them I feel like are tracks that we go into with a lot of confidence as a race team and me as a driver and I think it will definitely be a cool story to pull off that million-dollar deal and winning at Darlington is always special and that place has a special place in my heart so I'd love to get back to Victory Lane there and if that means we can take a million dollars of XFINITY 's money that would be perfect." Daniel Suarez started the race fourth, but finished 19th after receiving a pass-thru penalty for speeding on pit road and then another stop-and-go penalty for speeding on his pass-thru. The No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver will not advance to the next Dash 4 Cash lineup. Ty Dillon finished eighth and just missed the cut-off to advance to the next Dash 4 Cash event when Richard Childress Racing teammate Gaughan finished seventh. Darrell Wallace Jr . started the race on the Coors Light Pole and led a total of 52 laps, but contact in the final laps with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Buescher cost him the race and a spot in the next Dash 4 Cash lineup. Buescher won Saturday's race, leading 10 of 200 laps and extending his lead in the points standings to 15 points over Dillon. The next Dash 4 Cash event will be the Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 25 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS, SiriusXM) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . After that, drivers will compete for the prize money on Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway and Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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The Dover trophy uniquely ties in the track and mascot RELATED: Go behind the scenes to see the making of Miles " Learn more about Dover Trophies are the ultimate prize in sports. They come in all shapes and sizes, symbolizing a significant team or individual accomplishment. In some sports like NASCAR, they are awarded after a race. In other sports like Major League Baseball, the National Football League or the National Basketball Association to name a few, trophies are given out at the end of the season upon completion of each sport's championship round. The trophies themselves can be filled with storied history like the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup trophy. The trophy features every team to win the championship in the NHL, as well as the names of the players on the team and key management personnel. Upon winning the championship, a player gets to spend a day with the Stanley Cup and can pretty much do whatever they want with it. The rich history of trophies extends to the Green Jacket tradition for the winner of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The green sport coat is the official attire of members of the club, and the ceremony is seen as a passing of the torch as the year's previous winner puts the jacket on the current winner. NASCAR has something similar with its blue blazer for the members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. WATCH: Learn more about the blue blazer NASCAR Hall of Fame members receive The Stanley Cup and Green Jacket are just a handful of countless examples we could mention. In some cases, the trophies do a magnificent job of tying the victory hardware to the event's history and heritage. One such place that does that well is Dover International Speedway , site of this weekend's NASCAR national series tripleheader and the headlining event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). The Delaware track has hosted NASCAR events since 1969 and carries the nickname "The Monster Mile" for its 1-mile oval layout as well as the track's mascot , "Miles the Monster." Miles is on everything from memorabilia, to tickets, to the trophy given to race winners. There's also the Monster Monument in Victory Plaza. The integration of Miles makes the mascot synonymous with everything at Dover on a NASCAR weekend. It's also why the Dover trophy is among the best in all of sports and one of the most unique in NASCAR. PHOTOS: Unique trophies in NASCAR " Miles the Monster trophy requires plenty of space Last year, before yet another win at Dover, Jimmie Johnson described the Dover trophies as ones that "stand out. They're a big trophy and they certainly draw a lot of attention." The Hendrick Motorsports driver should know, as he has the most career premier series wins at Dover (nine entering this weekend). It may not have as much storied history behind it, like winning a grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway , nor may it carry the prestige of the Harley J. Earl Trophy for winning the season-opening Great American Race, the Daytona 500 . It certainly doesn't taste as good as a win in wine country at Sonoma Raceway or come with food like the lobster winners get at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . But does any other trophy hold the intimidation factor and menacing look that Miles the Monster invokes? In short, no. The trophy balances the right amount of track history, heritage and tradition, while keeping its hardware fun and interesting for the winners to display.
Get the on-track times for all the NASCAR action RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE / BUY TICKETS FOR KENTUCKY / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway , while the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Kentucky Speedway . SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: RACE-DAY RUNDOWN -- 1:16 p.m.: Official Welcome by Jerry Gappens, executive vice president & general manager of NHMS -- 1:19 p.m.: Intro Honorary Pace Car Driver: Brad Park, retired ice hockey defenseman of the Boston Bruins -- 1:22:30 p.m.: Intro Honorary Starter: Chris Hagestad, VP, Advance Auto Parts -- 1:23 p.m.: Intro Grand Marshal: Jes Hansen, President & CEO, OSRAM Sylvania -- 1:23:30 p.m.: Intro Miss Sprint Cup: Madison Martin -- 1:24 p.m.: Intro Miss zMax: Christina Davidson -- 1:24:30 p.m.: Intro: Milo the Moose -- 1:25 p.m.: NSCS Driver Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards -- 1:45 p.m.: Team Fastrax jumps with large flag -- 1:54:45 p.m.: Intro Canadian National Anthem -- 1:55 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem by: Kirk Young, Music Teacher from Tilton, NH -- 1:57 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Combined Services Color Guard -- 1:57:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Graham Siemon, Worship Pastor from Crossway Christian Church -- 1:57:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem -- 1:58 p.m.: National Anthem by Whitney Doucet, Speedway Star Contest Winner -- 1:59:30 p.m.: Fly-by TOT: B-17 provided by the Collings Foundation -- 2:04:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Jes Hansen, President & CEO, OSRAM Sylvania -- 2:12 p.m.: Start of the Sylvania 300 (300 laps, 317.4 miles) ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 (300 laps, 317.4 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- Approx. 5:15 p.m.: Post-NSCS race -------------- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: ON TRACK -- 9:30-10:50 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Get results ) -- Noon-1:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1:30-2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3:30-4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice ( Get results ) -- 4:40 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 6:30-7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GarageCam -- 2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series GarageCam PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: Kyle Larson -- 10:45 a.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 11 a.m.: Aric Almirola -- 11:15 a.m.: Brad Keselowski -- 2 p.m.: Ryan Newman -- 2:15 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 2:30 p.m.: Denny Hamlin -- Approx. 6 p.m.: Post-NSCS qualifying SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: ON TRACK -- 9-9:50 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 10:10 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 11:30 a.m-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 (175 laps, 185.15 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:10 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying ( Get results ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), ESPNEWS ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- Approx. 4:15 p.m.: Post-Truck Series race MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Four-time champion has three career wins at 1-mile track Jeff Gordon has led the most laps of any driver to compete in the Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . In 39 races, the four-time series champion has led 1,371 laps, while winning three races at the 1-mile track. Despite the high laps led count, Gordon has not won at the Loudon, New Hampshire track since 1998.
Alan Cavanna previews the weekend racing schedule with New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosting the Camping World Truck Series and the Sprint Cup Series, and Kentucky Speedway hosting the Nationwide Series
Brad Keselowski dominates at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and holds off Kyle Busch to get the NNS win.
Earnhardt reflects on ninth-place at Loudon, looks forward to Dover RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Count Dale Earnhardt Jr . as one that appreciates the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format. "This Chase, I'm telling you, this thing is intense," Earnhardt said on " The Dale Jr. Download " as part of Dirty Mo Radio. He later added, "I think these rounds are harder than I anticipated." A good portion of drivers in the Chase found some sort of trouble in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Junior had some issues but was able to overcome them for a ninth-place finish. A loose wheel brought Junior back to pit road on Lap 123 and left him a lap down. On the download, the three-time 2014 winner took us through a driver's mindset when that happens. "You're going to have loose wheels, you just are. That's going to happen. Those guys are working their guts out," he said. "They have those air wrenches tuned to do the job as fast as they can and try to cut some time off of the overall stop. In talking to my right front changer, I think that also opens the window for those kind of things to happen so there's a balance there between having a gun that can do the job quickly but also being able to get those things tight every time and being consistent on that. I wasn't too worried about it. I've had loose wheels before. You just gotta understand that the wheel's going to come off eventually. So you need to get your butt on pit road as fast as you can because you can't run well or run in the top 10 if you back it in the wall. You just come down pit road, you're going to lose a little time. Steve (Letarte) was smart to put four tires on it because we were going to lose a lap anyways." The No. 88 team battled back and got the beneficiary of the free pass on Lap 189. "We were patient, we got our (free pass) eventually, it was a little bit late in the race when we got it, but we were able to pass a lot of guys on restarts. Not every restart is going to be awesome but we were able to make a lot of ground up on restarts," he said. Earnhardt recorded 29 quality passes, the third-most in the race, according to loop data. A late restart on the inside hindered Junior's chances for a top-five finish, but overall Junior seemed happy to avoid a big issue that affected other Chase drivers. "After everything that happened, after everything we went through, we dodged a big bullet." The attention now shifts to the final race of the Challenger Round, the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET, Sunday, ESPN). In 29 starts at the Monster Mile, Earnhardt has one win, six top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and a pole, which he earned last fall. In the past five races at the 1-mile track, he has finished no worse than 11th place. Junior enters Dover in sixth place in the standings with a 28-point cushion to move on to the Contender Round, a fact not lost on the Hendrick Motorsports driver. "We are going in with a little bit of a cushion, 28 points. If we give up 28 points and don't make the next round, with that kind of finish, I don't know that we deserve to go any further. But that's not what we're going to worry about. We got a good cushion and that makes the whole weekend a lot easier. And we'll try to get on through this round. Try to go out there and win the race. We get to move on to some tracks that I think we have a better shot at to be more competitive at and we'll try to continue to improve on consistency. We've had some good speed so we just got to get the results to match with the way the car's been running. "Hopefully we can avoid all the nonsense. We love to win races and we're going out there to try and win races. Trust me, I want to finish as high as I can. We're working every lap trying to pass cars but as long as we're in that last round with a shot, that's all that matters." 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
Brad Keselowski takes stall No. 1 for Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire