GarageCam: Drivers hope to kiss the bricks
Drivers gear up to conquer Indianapolis Motor Speedway in hopes of kissing the bricks on Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GarageCam with host Matthew Dillner.
Ellis makes hard contact with wall
Ryan Ellis receives heavy damage after making contact with the outside wall at Dover International Speedway.
Ellis upset after wreck with Crum
Ryan Ellis shows his displeasure with Jake Crum after an incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
GarageCam gets ready for XFINITY race at Indianapolis
Host Matthew Dillner take you around the XFINITY Series garage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Trackside Live: Charlotte
Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch and Daniel Hemric join NASCAR Trackside Live at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
GarageCam: Ryan Blaney eats his first lobster
GarageCam bumps into Ryan Blaney, who describes how wicked awesome it was to eat his first lobster in New England.
Trackside Live: Dale Jr., Bowyer, Austin, Blaney cut loose with Marcus Smith
Check out New Hampshire Motor Speedway's first NASCAR Trackside Live show featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon.
Trackside Live: Kentucky Show 2
Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Michael McDowell join NASCAR Trackside Live in Kentucky.
Logano, crews, teams answer call at young fan's funeral
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Upon his arrival in Phoenix Thursday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano spent time at the Phoenix Children's Hospital where he met with kids, handed out NASCAR merchandise and made a $5,000 donation to the hospital through his Joey Logano Foundation. Such efforts always leave a lasting impression; Thursday's even more so. Only one day earlier, Logano and his wife, Brittany, attended the funeral for 5-year-old Jake Leatherman in Hickory, North Carolina. Leukemia claimed the youngster, an avid fan of NASCAR in general and Richard Petty in particular. The couple were among the many members of the NASCAR community who responded to a grieving family and a mother's request. Brittany Logano had learned of the child's story while in Texas for last weekend's Sprint Cup race, seeing a Facebook post by Charlotte television reporter Molly Grantham. "She had just watched the video and told me about him and how he was a big race fan," Logano said, "and I thought it would be cool if we could do something for his funeral." The Loganos provided a small race suit with Leatherman's name on it, and because he was big fan of Petty, the suit included the seven-time champion's famous No. 43 car number. But it didn't stop there. "It wasn't just Brittany and myself," Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske , said. "There were around 100 team members there (at the funeral). It was one of the most real moments, one of the proudest moments I have been a part of in this NASCAR community. … We compete against every week out here at the race track and fight the crap out of each other every week. To come together as one team and be NASCAR as a whole for a child that who looked at us as superheroes. That is how his family members described what he thought of NASCAR." According to WBTV, fellow drivers Matt DiBenedetto , Ryan Ellis and J.J. Yeley were among those in attendance. Crewmen and crew chiefs turned out. Driver firesuits and crewmen uniforms replaced coats and ties. Logano said he was "bummed" that he never got to meet the youngster. "We all came together and were all there for him but we didn't get to meet him and give him his race suit and how cool he would have thought that was," he said. "To see all his heroes and pit crew members there that day would have been very special." It was one of the most difficult things he's had to do, but Logano said it was "also one of the most impressive things, to see our NASCAR community come together like that. It was definitely eye opening and it puts life into perspective. "I don't have a kid yet but I can’t even imagine – watching his mom and dad and sister and grandparents all there it tore my heart out." And that was still fresh on his mind when Logano arrived at the Children’s hospital in Phoenix for Thursday's previously scheduled event. "It sure made that visit different for me," he said.
BK Racing shuffle: Ragan, DiBenedetto won't return
BK Racing will have a significant overhaul to its driver lineup for 2017 with announcements on consecutive days that primary drivers David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto would not return to the team next season. DiBenedetto, touting the promise of an exciting announcement in the future, announced Thursday night on Twitter that he would not return to the Charlotte-based team. Ragan's departure was the next bit of news, with the Ron Devine-owned organization confirming that transition Friday afternoon. I've decided to go in a different direction next year. Exciting announcements coming soon. It's been a great ride @BKRacing_2383 Thank you! — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) December 8, 2016 In two years with the organization, DiBenedetto logged 68 starts with one top-10 finish. That finish, in April 2016 at Bristol, was a sixth-place result -- he finished one spot ahead of 2014 champion Kevin Harvick -- and resulted in an emotional, memorable on-air interview. "I can only say so much at this time," DiBenedetto said Thursday night on SiriusXM Radio. "I've been in talks with BK, and no hard feelings. I'm appreciative of everything they've given me. … Just kind of evaluating the team situation for next year. From my end there's a little too much unknown, so I just had to make that decision. I'm excited about what the future has to hold here still, and obviously everyone will have to stay tuned." Devine confirmed DiBenedetto's parting through a statement released later Thursday evening. "Our 33rd- and 34th-place finishes this year did not produce the results we were hoping to achieve," Devine said. "I am, however, very proud of Matt DiBenedetto and his many accomplishments over the past two years. He is a wonderful driver and a special person. I am confident that Matt will go on to be a very successful NASCAR driver, and I believe it is the right time to release him so that he can pursue other opportunities. "Myself and everyone at BK Racing wishes Matt all the best in his future endeavors. I am looking forward to much success for both Matt and BK Racing ." Devine struck a similar tone in his statement on Ragan's release, hinting at measures to better its results next season. " BK Racing has agreed not to renew David Ragan 's contract for next year," Devine said. "Everyone wishes David the best of luck in his career. BK Racing will continue to restructure as an ongoing effort to improve our on-track performance ... and we will be announcing our 2017 driver lineup in the near future." DiBenedetto and Ragan were the primary drivers for BK Racing in 2016, but the organization also fielded Toyotas in spot duty for Jeffrey Earnhardt , Ryan Ellis , Dylan Lupton , Robert Richardson Jr., and Michael Waltrip. The team has been full time in NASCAR's premier series since 2012, when it debuted as a two-car outfit with drivers Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil . Ragan, 31, has two victories in NASCAR's top division since he began full-time competition in 2007. He won at Daytona International Speedway driving for Roush Fenway Racing in July 2011 and handed Front Row Motorsports its first victory at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013. Ragan finished 33rd in the final standings in his only season for BK Racing . His most recent top-10 finish was in March 2015 in a fill-in role for the injured Kyle Busch in Joe Gibbs Racing 's No. 18 Toyota. DiBenedetto missed one race in 2016, at Texas Motor Speedway in November, after not being medically cleared following a wreck in the NASCAR XFINITY Series the day prior. He was cleared from concussion protocol in time for the next race. DiBenedetto, 25, also has 68 career starts in the XFINITY Series. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
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