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.
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.
@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.
Photos: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on 'American Ninja Warrior'
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Stewart talks special moment with Gordon post-Indy
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid " See the moment SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- With the field lined up for the first of what turned out to be two overtime restarts Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart clicked his radio and made a request. "Tell (the 88) after this is over let's go around the track one more time together," Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and driver of the organization's No. 14 Chevrolet, said. Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and twice a winner of the The Combat Wounded Coalition 400, wanted to slow down instead of go fast, and soak in the moment with a familiar foe and friend, regardless of how his final race at IMS ended. Jeff Gordon , driving the Hendrick Motorsports entry in relief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. , was more than willing to oblige. Hours earlier, Gordon had paid tribute to Stewart, acknowledging him and what he has meant to NASCAR during the morning drivers' meeting. RELATED: Gordon talks return, Dale Jr. " WATCH: Gordon climbs in No. 88 So before race winner Kyle Busch made it to Victory Lane, prior to he and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates gathering to kiss the bricks on the finish line, Stewart and Gordon, two old warhorses with a combined seven championships and 142 Sprint Cup Series wins between them, slowly circled the 2.5-mile track one final time to the cheers of the fans and many of those still on pit road. MORE: Relive 'Smoke's' 49 career victories Afterward, Gordon climbed from his car and approached Stewart; the two hugged on pit road amid a throng of reporters. "I can say that just ranks in the top-three coolest moments of my 18 years in this series," said Stewart, who will retire from Sprint Cup racing at season's end. "To share that moment with Jeff here at Indianapolis, I don't know. I don't even have the words for it. That is a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life." For the record, Stewart finished 11th in his final Sprint Cup start at the famed Brickyard. It was a hard-fought 11th with the 45-year-old rallying from a lap down after running strong in the first half of the 170-lap race. Gordon, scheduled to make at least one more start next week at Pocono's Pennsylvania 400 in relief of Earnhardt Jr., rallied, too, to finish 13th. "Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years," he said. "But he and I have become really good friends. ... I'm just so proud that I was able to be here and race with him in his final race (at Indy)." Stewart ran as high as second early, moving up from his No. 3 starting position in spite of a slow takeoff when the race went green. Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz and the pit crew continued to make adjustments throughout the first half of the race, keeping Stewart inside the top 10, but at one point admitted to his driver, "We're just barely keeping up with the track." Stewart hit pit road at Lap 119 under green, and when the caution came out for an incident involving David Ragan , it appeared the move might work in the team’s favor -- others that hadn't pitted would come to pit road, allowing Stewart to gain track position. But a speeding penalty negated any advantage, and Stewart instead found himself in 31st and one lap down. By then, it was too late to change game plans, according to Bugarewicz. "Normally you would say yes when it's early in the race," he said. "When it's late in the race like that, your fate's almost ... you just have to race for the (free pass) and hope you get it like we did. That's all you've got. "Nobody was going to pit again if it stayed green because they're already in the last fuel window so at that point it was just ... banking on getting a caution and being the best car out of the cars that were a lap down to get the lucky dog, which is what we did. "We got fortunate with a few more cautions to let us line back up at the tail of the field and start picking them off." On Lap 140, Stewart passed Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) to be in positon for the free pass, and when the caution flag waved for debris moments later, he was back on the lead lap. Three more cautions unfolded before the finish, including one that involved Stewart, Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing), Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing) and Brian Scott (Richard Petty Motorsports). WATCH: Big wreck claims multiple cars at Indy "That last one probably hurt us in one sense -- with the nose damage we had, the car was really tight," Bugarewicz said. "But ... we're not going to complain, we're just going to take what we've got and be happy for it." The finish moved Stewart up one spot, to 27th, in points. With a win earlier at California's Sonoma Raceway, he continues to improve his chances at earning a berth in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But with Indy in his rearview, Stewart wasn't in a hurry to look too far down the road. "It was an awesome weekend," he said. "Everything went the way we wanted it to, we just came up short today. "I had fun all day and had fun all weekend. ... Everybody tried to make my weekend as easy as possible. It really gave me the opportunity to savor the moment and enjoy it." MORE: 'Smoke' receives unique gift from Indy
Kyle Busch dominates for back-to-back Indianapolis sweep
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Busch gear SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Mission accomplished, a record set, and a torch passed to the next generation. Kyle Busch set a Brickyard record for laps led and became the first driver to sweep both a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series race from the pole in the same weekend, but the real symbolism of Sunday's Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway didn't come until the event was over. As Busch spun his No. 18 Toyota in a celebratory burnout and took his customary bows near the yard of bricks, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon slowly circled the track, driving side by side, waving to fans acknowledging their career accomplishments after what is expected to be their respective last appearances at the Brickyard. In heat that reached 130 degrees on the asphalt, Stewart recovered from a pit road speeding penalty to finish 11th in his retirement year, and Gordon ran 13th in what was an unanticipated substitute role for ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. But Busch received his share of the applause, too, as fans have begun to acknowledge his ascent, at age 31, to the small group of elite drivers in NASCAR's history. To say he accomplished his second straight weekend sweep of the Indy races emphatically is to understate the case. In a race that went 25 miles beyond its scheduled distance, thanks to a rash of late cautions, Busch led 149 of 170 laps, a record for the event. In the two-lap overtime shootout that decided the issue, Busch crossed the finish line an astounding 2.126 seconds ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth , who ran second. "This Toyota was awesome today," said Busch, who won his second Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis, his fourth of the season and the 38th of his career. "It was just so fast and able to get out front and stay out front. Not even some of my teammates could challenge. This was hooked up and on rails. "Adam Stevens (crew chief) and these guys are a phenomenal group, and I'm proud to be with them. It's fun to come out here and have such a dominant piece at Indy. They don't come along often, so I was just hoping I didn't screw it up." Busch is acutely aware of the history of the sport, and completing a weekend sweep by winning both races from the pole was high on his bucket list. "It's so cool because it hasn't been done before," said the defending Sprint Cup champion, who is the second driver to win back-to-back races at the Brickyard -- the other being Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and 2009. "I've tried and been successful at being able to do a lot of things that others haven't been able to do before. I guess I give myself more chances than others because I run more of those (XFINITY) races. "It helps you, and when it helps you win on Sunday, that's what makes everything so worthwhile on those Saturday races. The guys on Saturday do a good job, too, helping prepare me and being able to do this stuff on Sunday." Busch was on cruise control, heading toward an easy victory, when NASCAR called a debris caution on Lap 150 to remove a piece of sheet metal near the exit from Turn 2. One of six drivers who stayed out on older tires, Busch led the field to green on Lap 154. Moments later, the No. 19 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards tightened up in the inside lane, twitched out of control and ignited a five-car wreck that necessitated a stoppage that lasted 7 minutes, 25 seconds. "It felt like I just got tight down there," Edwards said. "I had a little trouble there on the starts, and I got down there, we were fighting really hard for the bottom, and it felt like I got tight with whoever was on the outside of me. "If indeed that is what happened, I apologize. That's pretty frustrating. ... It felt like I got in there and just scrubbed that right front." The following two restarts also brought cautions, the eighth and final one coming when Jamie McMurray made an ill-advised lane change in front of Stewart near the end of pit road and spun sideways off the front bumper of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet, also collecting Ryan Newman and Brian Scott . When the race restarted on Lap 169, Busch cleared Joey Logano and Kenseth off Turn 1 and pulled away relentlessly until the finish. Johnson overcame a pass-through penalty for speeding on pit road to run third, followed by Denny Hamlin , another speeding penalty victim and the third JGR driver in the top four. Kyle Larson came home fifth, posting his fourth top five of the season. But the story of the day was the long good-bye from Stewart and Gordon, juxtaposed against the backdrop of Busch's emphatic hello to greatness at the flag stand. </p>
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.
Matt Kenseth surges late for New Hampshire win
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid " Standings SHOP: Kenseth gear LOUDON, N.H. -- In a race that saw many of the usual suspects go into hiding in the closing laps, Matt Kenseth battled to the front of the field from the 18th starting position and pulled away after a late restart to win Sunday's New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Winning for the second time this season and for the third time at the Magic Mile, Kenseth crossed the finish line 1.982 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart , who solidified his position in the top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings -- and therefore in the Chase -- with the runner-up finish. "You're always pleased to be in Victory Lane," said the 44-year-old Kenseth, who won for the second straight time at the 1.058-mile flat track and for the 38th time in his career. "The farther down the road you get, the better they feel for sure. Thanks to everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing -- I've said it a million times, but I'm blessed with this opportunity to be over here with the guys I get to work with… "(Crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and the team made great, great adjustments today. I didn't do a very good job qualifying (18th), (but) after round one (of pit stops) today, it was pretty much money. We just had to get there. It was a fun day." Kenseth, who recovered from an early glitch on pit road after his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was blocked in its stall, took the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 271 of 301 and held it the rest of the way, despite three subsequent cautions and restarts. "Every restart you're just hoping not to mess up and spin the tires too bad," Kenseth said. "Thankfully, we had good ones, and we had great power, and we had good traction, and we were able to get going pretty good in a straight line. "And then, after a couple laps, we were able to roll the middle and get away." Joey Logano took third place by .019 seconds in a drag race against Kevin Harvick . Greg Biffle ran fifth followed by Jamie McMurray , Ryan Newman , Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. That cast of characters didn't include Martin Truex Jr. , who led 123 laps before breaking his shifter and losing the clutch, keeping his No. 78 Toyota stuck in fourth gear. It didn't include pole winner Jimmie Johnson , who repeatedly lost ground on restarts and came home 12th. It didn't include Kurt Busch, who ran in the top five most of the afternoon but ultimately was knocked out by contact from the No. 88 Chevrolet of Alex Bowman , who finished 26th in a substitute role for ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. It didn't include 2014 New Hampshire winner Brad Keselowski , who, like Kurt Busch, had a contending car for most of the day but cut a tire in a late four-car wreck that caused his two-race winning streak end in a 15th-place finish. It didn't include Carl Edwards , whose No. 19 Toyota was damaged in the four-car Lap 285 chain-reaction wreck that caused the seventh and final caution. And even though Kyle Busch held eighth place in the late going, his finish was disappointing. Busch led a race-high 133 laps and restarted third with 11 laps left, but lost ground in a fight for fifth with Biffle and dropped two more spots thereafter. Stewart, however, was delighted with the effort of his team. He and first-year crew chief Mike Bugarewicz exchanged texts dealing with setup notes on Saturday night, after Stewart flew to Ohio to oversee the Kings Royal sprint car race at Eldora Speedway, which he owns. When he returned to Loudon for Sunday's race, his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was markedly better than it had been in Saturday's two practice sessions. "Yeah, we had a much better Haas Automation Chevy today than what we had yesterday," said Stewart, who is now 67 points ahead of 31st-place Brian Scott . "Buga (Bugarewicz) did a really good job. I went off and went to Eldora for the Kings Royal last night. "He kept sending me a couple of texts. He was working as late here as I was working late at Eldora. It really paid off. He's doing such a great job for a rookie crew chief that only has half a season. He's got veteran calls and veteran moves." Getting his opportunity to drive the No. 88 Chevy when Earnhardt was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, Bowman had a top-10 run going until contact with Edwards' Toyota on pit road started tire issues that culminated in Bowman sliding into Kurt Busch's car in Turn 3 on Lap 271. The right front tire went completely flat on the frontstretch, sending Bowman into the outside wall. Though the accident knocked the speed out of the car, Bowman was able to stay on the lead lap. The spate of late cautions also gave Logano a chance to move forward. "I'll take a third place after all that," Logano said. "We were awful at the beginning of the race. We tried some new things, and apparently they didn't work, so we aborted the mission in the middle of the race and got some speed back in the 22 -- but not enough to beat the 20." &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;