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Full schedule for Richmond
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series will gather for a doubleheader showing at Richmond International Raceway this weekend while the Camping World Truck Series has an off week. Check out the full schedule below. Note: All times are ET SATURDAY, SEPT. 10: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE -- 5:30:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Tent) -- 7:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions w/ NASCAR Special Awards -- 7:20:00 p.m.: Team Fastrax Skydive Team Jumps -- 7:27:45 p.m.: Pledge of Allegiance: Enlistment members of the 317th Air Force Recruiting Squadron -- 7:28:30 p.m.: God Bless America: SSgt Faith Flippo, Richmond City Police -- 7:29:30 p.m.: Flyby TOT: Bandit Flight Team -- 7:30:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors: Fort Lee Noncommissioned Officer's Academy -- 7:30:15 p.m.: Invocation by: Lieutenant Colonel Ed Hamlin, Deputy Command Chaplain, Military District Washington, DC. -- 7:31:00 p.m.: National Anthem by: US National Marine Corps Band -- 7:32:30 p.m.: Flyby TOT by: 2 T-38’s from Langley Air Force Base (Turn 1 to Turn 4) -- 7:37:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Pete Larson, Owner Larsen’s Automotive, Mt. Pleasant SC; Flyby: Bandit Flight Team -- 7:44:00 p.m.: Start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 (400 Laps, 300 Miles) ON TRACK -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 (400 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NSCS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Hamlin wins at Richmond -- See photos from Saturday's action -- Dale Jr. live-tweets Richmond race -- Late-race wreck thwarts Newman from Chase -- See who's in the Chase FRIDAY, SEPT. 9: ON TRACK -- 8-9:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- Noon-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: Carl Edwards -- 11:15 a.m.: Ryan Reed -- 11:30 a.m.: Elliott Sadler -- 2 p.m.: Austin Dillon -- 2:30 p.m.: Chris Buescher -- 6:45 p.m. approx.: Post-NSCS Qualifying -- 9:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NXS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Mears, Ky. Busch top Sprint Cup practices -- Top 10 consecutive lap averages at Richmond -- Edwards remembers battle with 'Rowdy' at Richmond -- NASCAR's inaugural fan appreciation weekend kicks off at Richmond -- At-track gallery: Friday, Richmond -- Dillon tops XFINITY Coors Light Pole qualifying -- Saturday's starting lineup -- Hamlin on pole for Richmond race -- Elliott hopes career-worst start can yield positive results -- McMurray, Newman, Buescher vie for Chase berths -- Busch dominates for XFINITY win at Richmond -- 2016 XFINITY winners -- Snapshot: Saturday's main event &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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NASCAR enhances competition executive team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 12, 2016) – NASCAR announced today that Elton Sawyer has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Officiating and Technical Inspection and John Probst has joined the organization as Managing Director, Competition and Innovation. Additionally, NASCAR made the following promotions within its competition team: • Brad Moran will transition to Managing Director, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series • Brandon Thompson will become the Senior Director, Touring Series • George Grippo will join the competition team as Managing Director, Competition Technology and Timing & Scoring • Jusan Hamilton will become Manager, Racing Operations & Event Management "With today's announcement, NASCAR has aligned the Competition department to meet the ever changing and challenging needs of a highly competitive sports landscape," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We're delighted to see the growth of a number of our colleagues throughout the company, as well as welcoming a new one with a long history in the industry." Sawyer, who will continue reporting to Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller, transitions to his new role after serving the last two seasons as Managing Director of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will oversee multiple functions to ensure NASCAR events are the best in motorsports, including inspection/officiating; officials training and development; and the events and transportation groups. Sawyer joined NASCAR in 2015 after serving as Director of Team Operations for Action Express Racing in the IMSA Series. Prior to that role, he held competition positions at Red Bull Racing and Evernham Motorsports. Sawyer also spent a portion of his racing career competing in the NASCAR national series as a driver. Probst joins NASCAR after serving as Technical Director for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He also held the same role at Red Bull Racing, and spent more than 11 years as Engineering Supervisor at Ford Motor Company. Probst holds engineering degrees from Penn State University and Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. His work at NASCAR will include oversight of several competition and innovation projects developed out of NASCAR’s expansive Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. Moran will oversee the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after serving in a similar capacity over the NASCAR Touring Series. The Canada native brings more than 25 years of motorsports experience into the role, including serving as owner of Barrie (Ontario) Speedway. Thompson, who will transition into Moran’s role, has more than 10 years of experience at NASCAR. He also served a two-year role as operations manager at Revolution Racing. After rejoining NASCAR in 2012, Thompson has held a number of responsibilities in the company’s Racing Operations team, including the coordination and administration of weekly race activities. Grippo, who has provided oversight of NASCAR Productions’ Technology Field and Media Operations department as its managing director since September 2013, moves to the Competition team to lead the constantly evolving technology and timing and scoring realm, while retaining many of his at-track technology field responsibilities. Prior to joining NASCAR, Grippo held executive level positions at a number of tech companies, including SoleraTec LLC and Constellation Solutions Group. Hamilton first joined NASCAR in 2012 as a member of the company’s Diversity Internship Program in both the Racing Operations and Integrated Marketing Communications departments. In 2013, he joined the sanctioning body fulltime as a member of its IMC team, later transitioning to the Industry Operations department. Hamilton , whose entry into racing began as a driver, will assume many of Thompson’s prior responsibilities, as well as event management assignments under Managing Event Director David Hoots. Each executive will undergo a transition into their new assignments over the balance of the 2016 season.
Ben-Hur's Jack Huston to drive pace car at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) -- Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure "BEN-HUR" from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7. This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions. "I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot," said Huston. "BEN-HUR" is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. "BEN-HUR" will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016. Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO's hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, 'Richard Harrow.' In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster 'Pete Musane.' Additionally, he starred as 'Young Ira' in George Tillman Jr.'s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com . Fans can also watch the Cheez-It™ 355 live on USA at 2:30 p.m. ET or listen on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25 percent of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted "Best NASCAR Track" by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, call 866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Plenty of tests passed already for The Glen's new look
RELATED: See before and after photos of the Watkins Glen repave WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The true test will come this weekend, but in some ways, the new pavement at Watkins Glen International has already had its share of trial runs -- both for the racing surface itself and the safety systems off it. A tire test in May, an organizational test last week, and now Friday's practice before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holds its final road course event of the season, Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen (2:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN, SiriusXM). But another true test came with getting the stamp of approval from the man in charge. "They knocked it out of the park," said Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International track president, lauding the collaborative effort to freshen the 2.45-mile circuit's layout, curbing and drainage. Besides all those laps logged, it's also had its safety measures put to the test with Brad Keselowski 's severe crash in Turn 1 during last Tuesday's opening test day. His Team Penske No. 2 Ford was totaled, and Keselowski escaped without injury. But the Sprint Cup champion was also critical in remarks last weekend at Pocono Raceway , saying that the inherent danger of the Glen's opening corner -- a sharp, 90-degree right-hander at the bottom of a hill -- was an accepted but steep risk with potentially dire consequences. Those comments struck a sour tone with Printup, who cited similar nose-first accidents in the same corner -- by Jimmie Johnson in 2000 and Denny Hamlin in 2011 -- where the safety system in place did its job. The track uses a combination of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system and tire-pack barriers in front of the Armco steel guardrails. "We're glad Brad walked away. We're not happy with the comments, to be blunt," Printup said this week. "I think we all believe he was out of line because if that was anything but Armco and tire barrier, it might've been -- as he put it -- the one out of 1,000. That is by far the best (barrier). … "At 90 degrees, the worst thing you can hit is SAFER, but it's only tube steel for 10 inches and then an 18-inch gap and then it's cement wall. That cement wall would've never have moved for Jimmie or Denny. Who knows what it could've been. But by far, I think Brad just doesn't understand the engineering part of it, and the engineers will tell you that at 90 degrees, tire barrier and Armco is by far the safest." Safety mechanisms were just part of the assessments made in the $12 million offseason project, which Printup said had been debated for at least five years before proceeding. The effect of New York's harsh winters and pounding from competition had yielded nearly annual patching projects. When engineers noticed an advanced degradation in the layers of the asphalt, Printup said the time had come. What ensued was a group effort between NASCAR, paving experts at Lane Construction, International Speedway Corporation and Watkins Glen's team. The result was an ultra-smooth surface that will host stock-car racing for the first time this weekend. "About a year ago, NASCAR really started to get into the foray of understanding the asphalt, said Jerry Kaproth, NASCAR's manager of race track infrastructure. "Otherwise, it's always been left to the experts to do their own thing independently. This is the first year we've really started to track some of that. The cooperation between the organizations has never been better and part of that is we have enough insight from our consultants to know a little bit and to ask the right questions." The early reviews -- muddled somewhat by the necessary use of a harder-compound Goodyear tire for durability's sake -- have been largely positive. Printup said that drivers participating in the tire test in May found no dramatic changes aside from the curbing layout in the bus-stop chicane on the backstretch. The curbs, he said, were rebuilt to the same specifications, but extended length-wise at the corner's entry. "You'll recall some of the exciting racing that's gone on in the bus stop where they're cutting the corners -- they're hitting dirt and grass, and it was getting dangerous because they were basically digging a hole, which then can upset the car or slice a tire," Printup said, adding that track crews were tasked with patching and refilling the gaps multiple times through a race weekend in the past. "It all adds up to the right thing to do." The recent repaving covered not just the 2.45-mile portion of the track used by NASCAR series, but also the 3.4-mile configuration that includes "The Boot" layout of turns used in IMSA and IndyCar events. Tony Stewart , readying for his final Watkins Glen start, raced the longer circuit during a ride-swap here with Formula One star Lewis Hamilton in 2011. After the experience, Printup said Stewart grabbed him by the shirt, saying, "Dude, we gotta race the boot." Printup said he's had informal discussions with NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell about making that happen. He said that one of the only drawbacks would potentially be a reduction in lap count to achieve the same distance, meaning drivers would make fewer appearances at the track's different vantage points, but said that as a self-professed "road course guy," he'd love to see the longer configuration get its own test. "I would love to take a hard look at that and see, can we do the K&N race, can we do XFINITY down there," Printup said. "I don't think it would be right to just jump to the (Sprint) Cup cars, in my opinion, but man, I would like to see sometime in my tenure, I would love to see NASCAR in one of those three or four series run the boot. I think it'd be great."
O'Donnell talks Newman, Stewart after Richmond
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart's on track collision and post-race interviews at Richmond International Raceway.
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