Post-Race Reactions: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250
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NASCAR TV schedule: October 17-23
Full schedule for Talladega
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will gather for a doubleheader showing at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Check out the full schedule below. Note: All times are ET FRIDAY, OCT. 21: ON TRACK -- 1-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Follow live ) -- 3-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 4:30-5:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Follow live ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series -- 1:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11:45 a.m.: Daniel Hemric , John Hunter Nemechek , Timothy Peters -- Noon: Major Talladega Superspeedway announcement/ISC announcement with Casey Mears -- 12:30 p.m.: Chase Elliott -- 12:45 p.m.: Joey Logano -- 3:05 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 3:30 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . SATURDAY, OCT. 22: ON TRACK -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (94 laps, 250 .04 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 3 p.m. approx.: Post- Camping World Truck Series race -- 5 p.m. approx.: Post- Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying SUNDAY, OCT. 23: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann's 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 5 p.m. approx.: Post- Sprint Cup Series race
Heads up: Talladega weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Talladega Superspeedway . WEATHER Can you say "Chamber of Commerce weather?" That's what you'll get at Talladega. It'll be sunny all weekend, with a high of 70 on Friday and a high of 68 on Saturday, with the temperature nosing up to 77 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Beautiful outlook for a pair of elimination races. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The biggest change this weekend is Coors Light Qualifying. Rather than qualifying on Friday, the Sprint Cup Series will do so on Saturday afternoon after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The single-car spectacle is set for 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The race is Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, also on NBCSN. Camping World Truck Series: The Camping World Truck Series has a pair of Friday practices (beginning at 1 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, both on FS1). The race is Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying just before at 10:30 a.m. ET (FS1). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Talladega media center at NASCAR.com/presspass . Among the notables Friday: Chase Elliott (12:30 p.m. ET), Joey Logano (12:45 p.m. ET) and Martin Truex Jr . (3:30 p.m. ET). Click here for a full schedule. LAST TIME Joey Logano swept the Round of 12 last year, beating Alabama's favorite son Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- and eliminating him from the Chase -- in the process. The Team Penske driver led 20 laps to Earnhardt Jr.'s 61, and he held off Junior on an abbreviated green-white-checkered finish. Logano was first and Earnhardt Jr. second as the field's only attempt at a GWC conclusion went green. A wreck just past the start/finish line brought out the caution, ending the race just as Logano and Earnhardt Jr. were racing for the lead. Logano was in the lead at the time and declared the winner. Eventually, NASCAR tweaked its green-white-checkered rule in the offseason, leading to the addition of the overtime line. YOU SHOULD KNOW • With Dale Jr. sidelined for the rest of the season, Brad Keselowski may hold the mantle as the best restrictor-plate racer in NASCAR. The driver of the No. 2 Ford has three top-five finishes in the past four Talladega races, including two wins -- to bring his total 'Dega wins to four. He also won at Daytona in July. And following a wreck at Kansas last week, Keselowski likely has to win to advance in the postseason. • It's not just Keselowski who is in win-or-else mode. Chase Elliott essentially is facing a "must-win" scenario to advance into the next round. The rookie is 25 points behind the cutoff line. • Keep an eye on Joey Logano and Austin Dillon . They are tied for the final transfer spot, with Logano currently owning the tiebreaker thanks to his third-place finish at Kansas. Their stories are quite different. Logano won all three Round of 12 races last year, but his performances and speed slipped this year; Dillon is in his first postseason and one race away from making the Round of 8 after being seeded 15th out of 16 drivers at the start of the Chase. • This is the first elimination race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, with two drivers getting knocked out of the postseason. Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek are both 15 points below the cutoff line and will need to make up some serious ground.
Paint Scheme Preview: Talladega
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Talladega Chairman explains burn ban for race weekend
Open campfires, long a staple of fans attending NASCAR races at Talladega Superspeedway , will not be allowed on track property during next weekend's race events at the track featuring the Sprint Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series. The ban is in conjunction with a Drought Emergency Declaration signed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley that covers 46 counties, including Talladega County. "We're not going to allow any open fires," Grant Lynch, Chairman of the 2.66-mile track, told NASCAR.com Thursday. Campfires, fire pits, fireworks, flying lanterns and other similar outdoor activities or items will not be permitted. The use of grills for cooking will still be allowed "but you can't use it as a heat source (to stay warm)," he said. "We are probably just a couple of days ahead of the state putting the same (restrictions) on maybe all the counties that are currently under the burn ban. It's just really a tough situation in the fact that our parking lots, our campgrounds, everywhere is just bone dry and crunches under your feet. "I've been here 23 years and we've never had to do this. There are fires everywhere in Alabama right now. And it's depleting the resources. We are doing the thing that is safest for our fans and to protect the folks that are going to be here having to put out any potential issues we have anyway." While the Carolinas coastal region continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew's heavy rain and high winds, Lynch said last week's wet weather never made it far enough inland to impact his facility. "Not a drop. It never got this far," he said. "We would have taken all we could have gotten. There is no green grass on the property; it's all brown." Approximately 1,200 acres of track property is used for parking and campgrounds. The infield alone accounts for nearly 250 acres. "People say, 'Well, you should water everything,'" Lynch said. "You can't water 1,200 acres." If there's a bright side to the situation, it's the weather outlook for next weekend's doubleheader. Currently, the extended forecast calls for unseasonably warm temperatures. "It's not like we're telling fans you can't have a campfire and it's going to be 30 degrees at night," Lynch said. "A nice jacket and you should be fine all weekend. "If everyone cooperates, it will keep everyone safe here and we don't have unnecessary, runaway fires. We've already had a fire by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. We put it out and about three hours later it came back. We put it out again. This stuff can go down into the ground and come up somewhere else. "We're not doing this without a lot of thought and a lot of concern for taking care of everybody that's going to come to our property in the best way we can and we have to enforce this. It's our duty to do that for our fans."
Suárez visits White House for Hispanic Heritage Month
Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez has exciting things happening for him on and off the track with his XFINITY Series championship hopes still alive and a month-long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration underway. Tuesday, the Mexican-born wheelman visited the White House, representing NASCAR for Hispanic Heritage Month. Take a peak inside his busy day in Washington, D.C. We have landed in Washington D.C! Stay tuned for some pretty cool updates throughout the day! — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) October 11, 2016 We have made it to the White House and about to head in for an event to celebrate National Hispanic Month! pic.twitter.com/2TWtEJvzyl — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) October 11, 2016 Daniel is about to take the stage to participate in the My Brother's Keeper Town Hall here at the White House. #MyBrothersKeeper #HHM pic.twitter.com/0sPiBGNVIs — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) October 11, 2016 . @Daniel_SuarezG is at the @WhiteHouse celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Maybe he’ll be back celebrating a championship in the future! pic.twitter.com/YLe2XuwNGn — NASCAR XFINITY (@NASCAR_ XFINITY ) October 11, 2016 It was an honor to speak to the 250 youth in attendance at The White House Town Hall this afternoon in DC. pic.twitter.com/KAWprS460W — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) October 12, 2016
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row.
Live chat: Talladega
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Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America set for June 13 at MIS
Money raised through innovative partnership benefits paralyzed veterans BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 29, 2015) -- Michigan International Speedway is proud to announce a partnership with Great Clips and Paralyzed Veterans of America to sponsor the June 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track, the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. This innovative partnership continues beyond race weekend. From July 1 through August 8, Great Clips patrons throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana will receive a $2 coupon toward a haircut with every $4 donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Patrons receive $1 voucher for a haircut with every $2 donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America. While Great Clips has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Great Clips will market its brand through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale, all while benefiting paralyzed veterans. "It's special to work with two organizations who tirelessly support our nation's precious veterans," speedway President Roger Curtis said. "We're thrilled to help promote Great Clips and the work Paralyzed Veterans of America does by welcoming them by introducing them to the most brand loyal and giving fans in all of sports." Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed veterans of America has ensured veterans receive the benefits earned through their service to our nation, monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. "We are excited to expand our involvement in motorsports as the beneficiary of the Great Clips 250 ," Paralyzed Veterans National President Al Kovach, Jr. said. "Paralyzed Veterans has a rich history in Motorsports and partnering with Great Clips allows us to continue sharing our mission with so many loyal race fans, donors and veterans. We offer a special thanks to Great Clips Racing and Michigan International Speedway for supporting our ongoing fight for disabled veterans and their families." "Great Clips is proud to contribute our time, talents and resources to a variety of great causes including this partnership with Michigan International Speedway for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America ," Great Clips Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy and Analysis Dave Randall. "We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing. It's gonna be great!" Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,700 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world's largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it's more convenient than ever with Great Clips' Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com . Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. Tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule