Carmichael starts monster wreck
Ricky Carmichael and David Starr get together to touch off a big wreck that brings out the red flag.
Carmichael , Long crash hard
Ricky Carmichael spins out of Turn 4 and collects Johanna Long.
Johnson on Ricky Hendrick: 'In those closing laps, he took me for a ride'
RELATED: Miami results " Final standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Johnson championship gear Jimmie Johnson could feel that something special was about to happen in those waning laps Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . His No. 48 Chevrolet had struggled throughout the day, considerably slower than the rest of the Championship 4 contenders. But on that final green-white-checkered attempt, Johnson took off like a rocket and didn't look back until taking the checkered flag -- and his seventh, record-tying championship. It was a phenomenon that left many stunned, including crew chief Chad Knaus, who just sat back in his chair atop the pit box with a smile. It was a surprise, a miracle, a legendary moment. It was Ricky Hendrick, Johnson said. "I swear, there was some intervention going on, there was a higher power involved," Johnson told NASCAR.com Tuesday morning. "... I was screaming at ( Ricky ) I needed his help on that last restart and the way we shot out and got going. "I took him along for the ride, but I think in those closing laps, he took me for a ride." The late son of team owner Rick Hendrick, Ricky Hendrick has been "along for the ride" for a seventh title with the team since Johnson first came up with the hashtag #Se7en at the Hendrick Motorsports ' annual Christmas party in December 2013, just after Johnson earned his sixth Sprint Cup Series title. "I was at the Hendrick Christmas party and it just so happened that year that Rick and Linda invited Ricky's favorite band to come in and play, which is O.A.R.," Johnson recalled. "... O.A.R. is playing, I'm watching Rick and Linda sing every word to every song ... I was in that space and reliving Ricky and my heart was full. And it dawned on me that he had a tattoo on his back that was 'Se7en' and spelled out how I've been using the hashtag. So, it hit me hard, right then and there." It took the team three years to be in the title mix again, but Johnson began to have an overwhelming, foretelling feeling this season was going to be special beginning at one special place. Martinsville Speedway . The track where he punched his ticket to the Championship 4 with a win on Oct. 30 -- and the track where Ricky Hendrick was headed when he lost his life in a tragic team plane accident on Oct. 24, 2004. "It was more than just the race itself -- when we won in Martinsville and you think back to when the plane crash happened," Johnson said. "When we won in Martinsville there was just this feeling that 'seven' was alive -- there was this great chance. "I stayed extremely calm in the weeks preparing (for Miami), through the course of the race and I just, I don't know -- I felt like something was going to happen and I was going to be OK with it, I didn't know what it was." The battle for #Se7en was uphill at first: Johnson started the race from the back of the field for unapproved adjustments. He made his way up to the top 10 quickly, but still struggled with the handling of the No. 48 machine, prompting Knaus to "try a bunch of (expletive)" with less than 100 laps to go. RELATED: Knaus closing in on big NASCAR record "I thought, 'All right, this is my moment to be a gracious loser,' " Johnson recalled. "I need to handle this the right way -- I'm going to shake someone else's hand today and handle this the right way. I'm going to have a chance to honor Ricky but it's different then.' "Then the final couple cautions happened, we put tires on, the 19 ( Carl Edwards ) and 22 ( Joey Logano ) wrecked and I'm like, 'Oh no, there's more. This might be what I think it is.' The next restart I get to second, I'm like, 'Oh, this is going to happen, this is really going to happen.' " RELATED: Late wreck ruins Edwards' title hopes Johnson restarted behind leader Kyle Larson , who led a race-high 132 laps, in the bottom lane. "Outside, it's your quarter," No. 48 spotter Earl Barban told Johnson on the radio in the final laps just before he passed Larson for the lead. "Clear, clear, clear, clear, clear, clear! "Come on baby, come home." That was the moment. "When I heard 'clear' off Turn 2, I just knew," Johnson said. "I literally had the goosebumps when I heard 'clear' and there was this register with 'This is why. This was going to happen.' It was insane." For Johnson, having Ricky -- a friend, fellow racer and member of the Hendrick Motorsports family -- along for the #Se7en ride made the accomplishment even more special. "It took us a couple years to get there but I've had the 'Se7en' and it's always taken me back to that place and just filled my heart up, trying to get seven, thinking of it on the Ricky level," Johnson said. "I miss him so much and it was fun way to pay my respects to him and also the others that were on the plane. I know it's meant a lot to Rick and Linda to have it be such a focal point, and so talked about and (to) bring the spirit back. "It's been the perfect thing for our Hendrick family."
Three wrecks in the first 50 laps at Daytona
Joey Logano gets turned early, Ricky Carmichael pounds the wall after a cut tire and Eric McClure gets turned into the fence after a push goes awry.
Elledge named crew chief for Allgaier, No. 31 in 2011
Turner Motorsports announced Wednesday that veteran crew chief Jimmy Elledge has joined the team to lead the efforts of the No. 31 Chevrolet driven by Justin Allgaier. Bringing with him years of experience, Elledge has been a part of several championship-winning organizations and has worked with an impressive mix of veteran and rookie drivers including Turner Motorsports driver, Reed Sorenson, as well as Juan Montoya, Casey Mears, A.J. Allmendinger, Bobby Hamilton and Dale Jarrett. He has one Cup Series win to his credit, leading Hamilton to his final victory at Talladega in 2001. Most recently, Elledge was the crew chief for the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota driven by six drivers including Sorenson, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers. Turner Motorsports is in the midst of its inaugural full season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas-native Steve Turner, the racing organization is expanding in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the Camping World Truck Series to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR's top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in both the Nationwide Series and the Truck Series. The team boasts a driver line-up that includes Allgaier, Kahne, Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Ricky Carmichael , James Buescher and Brad Sweet.
Jeff Gordon to join Cadillac team for Rolex 24 at Daytona
Four-time NASCAR premier series champion Jeff Gordon will make his return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the first time in 10 years as Wayne Taylor Racing on Thursday confirmed Gordon alongside full-season co-drivers Jordan and Ricky Taylor and endurance driver Max Angelelli as the driver lineup in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race opens the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on Jan. 28-29, 2017. Gordon's lone previous Rolex 24 appearance in 2007 came with the same team. He co-drove the No. 10 Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype with Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen to a third-place result. "When I announced I would no longer be competing full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, my hope was that I would get an opportunity like this to compete again in such a prestigious event -- with Konica Minolta and Wayne Taylor Racing -- with the hopes of winning it this time," Gordon said. "I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination." Gordon, now an analyst on NASCAR on FOX telecasts, and the No. 10 team will be part of the debut race for the brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.R, which was officially unveiled Wednesday by the manufacturer. "I think it is exceptional to have Jeff back with us after 10 years," Angelelli said. "I look forward to sharing our new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar with him, discussing our setup and race strategy. It was great the first time -- we might have won that race if some things would have gone our way. Now that it's happening again, with the new car, it's going to be absolutely great." Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who finished third in the 2016 WeatherTech Championship Prototype standings, are also looking forward to running with the NASCAR legend. "It used to be common to have NASCAR guys joining teams for the Rolex but, over recent years, it's become less and less frequent," Jordan Taylor said. " Jeff Gordon is a name that everyone knows worldwide. I can't wait to compare notes and feedback with such a legend of our sport. It's going to be an experience of a lifetime." "Having Jeff Gordon join the team is really a dream come true for all of us," added Ricky Taylor. "It is a huge compliment to how well-respected the team has become over the years for someone with the history and career of Jeff Gordon to want to be a part of it. I'm sure he will be a great addition to the lineup and hopefully we can all get our first Rolex 24 win together." The No. 10 entry will compete for the overall Rolex 24 race victory in the WeatherTech Championship's Prototype (P) class. It will be one of three Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars in the field, as three-time defending series champions Action Express Racing confirmed its plans to field a pair of the new race cars earlier Thursday morning. Gordon, who has participated in private test sessions with the team in recent weeks, is expected to join the team for the upcoming IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway in Dec. 13-14, as well as the three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test on Jan. 6-8, 2017 prior to the race on the final weekend of January. &lt;/p&gt;
@nascarcasm Q&A with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- aka 'Stenja'
RELATED: See Stenhouse Jr. compete on the show It's an age-old debate that's circulated around the world of professional sports for years -- are NASCAR drivers ninjas? Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . is out to prove to the doubters that the answer is an unequivocal yes, as he takes a turn on the challenging "American Ninja Warrior" course on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. NASCAR.com chose yours truly to interview Stenhouse, because of my encyclopedic knowledge of ninjitsu, gleaned from years of playing Mortal Kombat, listening to Wu-Tang Clan albums and sneaking stealthily into the office, several hours late for work. Stenhouse, a fierce devotee to physical fitness and the mysterious ways of the Shinobi, sat down with me to share his ninja thoughts before disapparating into the night. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN FIERCELY DEDICATED TO PHYSICAL FITNESS? IS THIS A RECENT DEVELOPMENT? Stenhouse: When I raced sprint cars when I was still in high school I would go to the gym at 5:30 in the morning before school, go to school, and then that way when I got out of school I didn't have to work out -- I could just work on my cars because I did all the work on my race cars. After growing up in the shop with my dad and him showing me how to do everything he sort of expected me to do it when I started racing. Probably two or three years ago I started doing CrossFit, so I feel like I've probably taken it a little more seriously since then. FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T FOLLOW YOU ON INSTAGRAM, COULD YOU PROVIDE A FEW DETAILS ON YOUR HOME GYM -- IT’S CALLED SLIDE JOB RANCH, I BELIEVE? Stenhouse: ' Slide Job' is more of a term for dirt racing. We do some slide jobs in NASCAR now, but it's a term used for when you slide up in front of somebody to pass somebody. And it just happens to be the same initials of 'Stenhouse Jr.' so it just kind of tied it all in together. ... AH, PERFECT … Stenhouse: … and we were able to build a home gym at the house. It's nice -- I'm able to work out and get done, get on the tractor and go mow, or get on the dirt bike and go ride. DIFFERENT DRIVERS HAVE THEIR PREFERRED WORKOUTS, WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON AND LANDON CASSILL WITH THE TRIATHLONS, AND BUBBA WALLACE JR. PLAYING DRUMS SHIRTLESS, ETC. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC WORKOUT? Stenhouse: CrossFit is the type of workout I do, and the guy that has won the CrossFit games four times in a row, Rich Froning -- every day he sends me a workout to do. So I have, the best programmer is what you would call him to send me workouts. It's funny, when he first started sending me workouts, one day he sent me a workout, and the next day I asked 'Hey, could you send me another workout?' and he said 'Did you do the one I sent you yesterday?' I was like, 'No…' and he was like 'Well do THAT one, THEN call me.' So he was pretty tough on me, but whenever he sends one to me I make sure I send him the results. SO ON TO THE SHOW ... HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SPECIFIC NINJA TRAINING FOR THIS? Stenhouse: I wish that I would have! I went to a gym in Dallas that had some "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle stuff. That was a lot of fun and I could do all the obstacles, but I did them in about an hour time period. I didn't do a lot of stuff back to back to back. And I didn't do everything here. I looked at the course yesterday and I haven't done any of the stuff that’s out here. They switch it up all the time. Yeah … I'm really nervous! I UNDERSTAND. IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR OBSTACLE OUT THERE THAT YOU ARE DREADING? Stenhouse: I’m not sure how the log roll is gonna go (NOTE: This obstacle is a log attached to a track on either side. The ninja must cling to the log for dear life, as it rolls downward about 20 feet, spinning the competitor rapidly until it reaches the end. Picture Bristol, but with a log). I am focused on getting through one at a time. If I make it to the fifth obstacle I'll be happy. I was telling some of the IndyCar guys (NOTE: IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden also compete), 'Man -- we should have done this in like, season two!' The course keeps evolving to meet the standards of the athletes who do this. I thought the course was a little easier a couple years ago when I first started watching than it is now. I wish I would have tried it a little bit sooner! GOTCHA. A LOT HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT NASCAR DRIVERS AND THEIR OFF-TRACK EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. DOES JACK ROUSH KNOW YOU'RE A NINJA? Stenhouse: Um … probably not … OK … Stenhouse: … Jack has always been one to let his drivers enjoy what they do whether it be me riding dirt bikes or doing this ninja course or racing sprint cars. I haven't raced sprint cars for a while because he asked me not to for a while, but there’s nothing in our contracts that says we can't. Jack likes us to have fun -- I won a midget race over the offseason and he called me a couple days later to wish me a Merry Christmas. He asked me what I'd been up to and I was like, 'Umm … I won a midget race a couple of days ago … ' and he was like 'Oh, well how did that go?', so he's pretty laid back. DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR NINJAS YOU’VE IDOLIZED? Stenhouse: No, but when Danica and I started watching the show, Kacy (Catanzaro -- the first female to qualify for the 'American Ninja Warrior' finals) -- she was awesome. She got a huge following from people watching the show and it was really neat to see. But I think that if Chris Farley could be a ninja, I think that I could. THAT’S A VALID POINT. ASIDE FROM YOURSELF IF YOU COULD LOOK UP AND DOWN THE NASCAR ROSTER, WHAT DRIVER DO YOU THINK WOULD MAKE THE BEST NINJA? I JUST WANT TO COMPARE YOUR THOUGHTS TO MINE. I’VE PUT SOME DEEP THOUGHT INTO THIS. Stenhouse: Hmmm. I’m gonna have to think about this. Man. Honestly, I feel like it would be me. REALLY? Stenhouse: Yeah. INTERESTING. I DID NOT CHOOSE YOU. Stenhouse: Who were you thinking? MATT KENSETH, BECAUSE OF HIS ABILITY TO APPROACH WITH STEALTH. AND PAUL MENARD, BECAUSE OF HIS ABILITY TO MAINTAIN TOTAL SILENCE. Stenhouse: Ah -- see, I was thinking in terms of this course. I wasn't thinking of things like that. AND DENNY HAMLIN AND TONY STEWART, BECAUSE OF THEIR ABILITY TO THROW THINGS AT PEOPLE. Stenhouse: That's true. There's different ways of thinking about it. WELL I HAVE A LOT MORE FREE TIME THAN YOU DO, RICKY . IT’S OK, MAN. Stenhouse: Yeah, I was thinking of this course back here, and I think I could do better than any of the other drivers. UNDERSTOOD. FINAL QUESTION -- HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF A COOL NINJA NAME YET? BECAUSE “RICHARD THE NINJA” JUST DOESN’T WORK. Stenhouse: No … I have not. So if you want to give me one at some point ... "JACKIE CHAN-HOUSE JR." Stenhouse: I LIKE THAT -- that's solid. WELL, GOOD LUCK OUT THERE. IT’S AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO SAY I WAS THE LAST ONE TO SPEAK TO RICKY STENHOUSE JR. BEFORE HE BECAME A FULL-FLEDGED NINJA. Stenhouse: I hope we do you proud. BEFORE YOU START RAPPELLING DOWN FROM COLOSSUS, OR NUNCHUCKING PEOPLE. Stenhouse: If I win, I'll do that. IS THAT A PROMISE? Stenhouse: That's a promise. The eighth season of "American Ninja Warrior" premiered on NBC on June 1.
Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse attend CMT Awards
No strangers to A-List, star-studded events, Danica Patrick and boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr . attended Wednesday night's CMT Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing driver had the honor of presenting an award alongside country singer Kellie Pickler. Stenhouse Jr. revealed his red carpet look via Instagram before the show. RELATED: CMT to celebrate NASCAR with TV series The awards were emceed by sportscaster/television host Erin Andrews and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Ricky Stenhouse credits Stewart for ride with RFR
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. credits Tony Stewart for helping him get into NASCAR and with Roush Fenway Racing.
Photos: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on 'American Ninja Warrior'
Check out Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s appearance on 'American Ninja Warrior'