Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards comment on their strong runs in Texas.
Watch as two title contenders duel under the lights, along with the other sights and sounds from Texas.
Jimmie Johnson reacts to Biffle's pass on him, plus Martin, Gordon, Kenseth and Truex Jr. give their takes on racing in Texas.
Rachel chats with Martin Truex Jr. about winning his first pole award of 2012.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) -- The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch , in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC . A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and social media in 2015. NASCAR amassed 4.1 billion social media impressions, 1.1 billion page views – up more than 20 percent from 2014 – and a 34 percent year-over-year increase in its mobile audience. In addition, driver merchandise sales at tracks increased more than 20 percent since the Fanatics Trackside Superstore launched in July. NASCAR Next, a program that identifies and nurtures young drivers, produced the Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner in all three national series: Brett Moffitt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Daniel Suárez, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; and Erik Jones in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “We had unprecedented collaboration with stakeholders this season and saw many positive results in our effort to innovate, better serve our fans and grow the sport,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “We will continue to work tirelessly this offseason to further improve the fan experience at every turn and look forward to kicking off next season at the Daytona 500 where fans will experience the unveiling of the world’s first motorsports stadium.” NASCAR today also announced the top five selling drivers for the 2015 season at the Fanatics Trackside Superstore. Dale Earnhardt Jr . topped the list at No. 1, followed by Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson and newly crowned champion Kyle Busch rounded out the list at No. 5. Other milestones, records and firsts achieved during the 2015 season include: Competition: · Jeff Gordon broke Ricky Rudd’s Iron Man record with his 789 th consecutive start on September 27. He joined the likes of legends Cal Ripken and Brett Favre who hold records for most consecutive games played in baseball and football, respectively. · For the first time since 1993, two different drivers, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch , won three consecutive races in a single season. Sponsorships: · New or renewed NASCAR Official Partnerships with nearly a dozen brands this season, including: 3M, Fanatics, Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft, Sherwin Williams, Sun Edison, Universal Technical Institute, and K&N Filters as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series™. · In 2015, nearly 1 in 2 Fortune 100 companies relied on NASCAR to build their brands. · Partnerships with Fortune 500 technology companies grew by 66% over last two years. Merchandise: · In partnership with Fanatics, NASCAR created a centralized location for merchandise at each track, which led to the average transaction growing by 75 percent. · The three tracks that saw the most significant sales growth were Homestead-Miami Speedway (+100%), Phoenix International Raceway (+66%) and Talladega Superspeedway (+62%). Diversity and Youth: · In addition to the aforementioned diversity breakthroughs on the track, NASCAR partnered with RISE, a recently formed non-profit to promote diversity and equality through sports. NASCAR Chairman Brian France was named to the Board of Directors and will help steer the initiative alongside the commissioners of the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, and other top sports executives. · Roush Fenway Racing pit crew member Mike Russell became the first African American Drive for Diversity graduate to win a national series championship. Technology: · For the first time, cars featured a digital dashboard instead of analog gauges. The new technology will be mandatory for all NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles in 2016. · Air Titan 2.0 track-drying technology helped save numerous races and improved the race experience for fans, teams and partners. · State-of-the-art pit road technology was seamlessly implemented this season to increase the accuracy and safety of pit road officiating. · NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post-race inspections from the NASCAR R&D Center were streamed live to fans across the world. Entertainment Marketing: · Nearly 230 million viewers watched NASCAR drivers appear in 77 primetime shows, including American Idol on FOX , The Soup on E!, Real Housewives on Bravo and Penn Zero on Disney XD . · More than 120 celebrities appeared at races this season, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kid Rock, Vince Vaughn, David Spade and Adam Sandler. · Originally produced TV and digital projects, with more than 150 appearances by NASCAR drivers, tracks and partners, generated 50 million viewers. Tracks: · NASCAR announced multi-year sanctioning agreements with tracks for the first time. The landmark five-year agreements will provide fans more time to plan and tracks more time to promote, sell sponsorships and build the fan experience. · Throwback weekend at Darlington celebrated the storied history of NASCAR with unprecedented industry support including 32 retro paint schemes, by honoring 14 NASCAR Hall of Famers and through a variety of 1970’s-themed food and entertainment. About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TM , NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA ® ) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com , and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR .
Meet Pattie, Official NASCAR Fan Council member of the month Name: Pattie Current City: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Member since: 2011 Getting to know Pattie Q. Why did you join the Official NASCAR Fan Council? "Because I feel it gives NASCAR fans a real opportunity to have a voice. Unlike many sports who do not reach out to their fans, NASCAR not only listens, but in many cases, reacts quickly to make the sport better. I like feeling that I can be a small part of the NASCAR family." Q. What comes to mind when you think of NASCAR? What's your favorite NASCAR memory? "I became a NASCAR fan watching with my dad when the races were first shown on TV. It was a special day in our house when a race was broadcast. From that time, watching Richard Petty became watching Dale Earnhardt, then Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson and now Danica Patrick , Austin Dillon , Chase Elliott and Erik Jones . My favorite moment has to be the first Cup race I went to - the Daytona 500 . It doesn't get much better than that. But, when the XFINITY (then Nationwide) Series came to my home track at Road America I can't describe my feelings. To have a NASCAR race at a very special place for me was a great moment. You see, I was born a week after my mom attended a race at Road America . The sound of racing is in my blood." Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories? Driver: " Jeff Gordon " Track: "Talladega" Memorabilia: "I have the program from our first trip to Daytona, but I have to admit I am not a big memorabilia collector. Except for pictures - lots of pictures." Q: If you could go to any NASCAR race/track, where would you go? "Either Talladega (during the Chase) or Homestead for the last race of the season." Q: What do you like to do in your free time? "I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to travel internationally. Reading is my passion and I enjoy writing reviews and finding just the right book for the right person. My husband has a disability and we are tireless advocates for people with disabilities and enjoy planning and taking part in sporting events for people of all abilities." Q: Tell us about your family. Do you have children and/or pets? "I am married with one son, Sam. Sam served in the Marine Corps for over seven years and is now in college at the University of Wisconsin. We lost our beloved Border Collie a few years ago and don't know if we can ever replace her." Q: What's your dream car? "A black Suburban so I can pack it full of stuff for an adventure or I'll settle for a 1967 Shelby GT500." From all of us at NASCAR, we thank Pattie for her continued support.
Go beyond the microphone and listen to some of the moments from the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway from the team communications in this week’s edition of Scanner Sounds.
Check out some on the best radio chatter from the AAA Texas 500 , as Jimmie Johnson claims his 5th win of the 2015 campaign and Joey Logano looks to climb out of a Texas-sized hole.