2012 Sprint Cup champ now one of 25 drivers to win in all three national series
Two of his five career Sprint Cup wins at Thunder Valley came in 2009 Kyle Busch is the last driver to have completed a sweep of the Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway . He did so in 2009, leading 446 of a possible 1,003 laps en route to the sweep. Busch is not the only driver to sweep both Sprint Cup events at Thunder Valley. Others that have done so: Fred Lorenzen (1964), David Pearson (1968), Bobby Allison (1972), Cale Yarborough (1974, 1976, 1977), Richard Petty (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1981, 1982, 1983), Dale Earnhardt (1985, 1987), Rusty Wallace (2000) and Kurt Busch (2003).
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Rules infraction for No. 4 team a P3 penalty Daytona Beach, Fla. -- The No. 4 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized due to a rules infraction committed during the Aug. 10 race at Watkins Glen International. The infraction is a P3 level penalty and is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 rule book: • A. Violation examples could include but are not limited to: • 1(c): Unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly (e.g. Unapproved added weight (size and material); unapproved added weight location, but not of a nature rising to a higher numbered penalty. The infraction violates the following sections in the rule book: • 12-1 : Actions detrimental to stock car racing; • 20-2.3: Added car weight -- A. Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials -- Added weight must be in block form of not less than five pound blocks (no pellets) and painted white with the car number or team identification permanently legible on it. As a result of this violation, crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $25,000. ________________________________________________________________________________ Per Section 12-4.1 of the NASCAR rule book, a Warning has been issued to the No. 98 team for an infraction occurring on Aug. 8. The infraction was: • 20-16.6 : Fuel filler cans -- G . When adding or removing fuel to/from the car in the garage area, the car must be outside the garage structure. Multiple warnings issued to the same vehicle number/member within a given time period will result in one or more penalties in accordance to Section 12-4.1 of the rule book.
Technical alliance formed with Team Penske RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Ryan Blaney will fill in for Trevor Bayne in the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Friday and Saturday at Michigan International Speedway as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams begin preparations for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Next season, Blaney will replace Bayne on a more permanent basis. Blaney, 20, has been named driver for the legendary team beginning in 2015, and will compete in at least 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Bayne will move into a full-time role in Sprint Cup with Roush Fenway Racing next season. This weekend, he will be at Mid-Ohio to compete in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, creating the opening for Blaney to practice and qualify the Sprint Cup car for the Wood Brothers. The opportunity to drive the familiar red and white No. 21 Ford, which has carried some of the sport's most legendary figures to victory lane is "unbelievable," Blaney said. "It's really a dream come true so I couldn't be happier. "I'm ready to finish out this 2014 season very strong, try to go after this Truck championship and I'm really excited and looking forward to '15. I think it'll be a great year for us." Blaney currently competes in the Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing. He is the series' points leader after 11 of this season's 22 events with a series' best seven top-five finishes. He has two career wins. Eddie Wood said the search for Bayne's replacement began as soon as Bayne announced his plans to move up to Cup full-time with RFR. "Of course, that left us without a driver," Wood said. "As the summer went on the name that kept popping up was Ryan Blaney and it just kept coming up over and over and over again, so we went in that direction and fortunately we put that deal together. "We've had Trevor for the last four years and had that one great big win at Daytona (in 2011). That was almost a life-changing event for us as well as Trevor. I hope that we can repeat some of that success with Ryan. "He's the next big deal, I think, and we're real excited to have him. We've got a lot of pictures on our wall up in Virginia in the museum and we'd sure love to put him up there as a winner." Wood said for now the team's limited schedule likely would remain unchanged for next season, with the team competing in at least 12 Sprint Cup events. Motorcraft/Quick Lane will return as primary sponsor for 2015. Additional funding could mean an expanded schedule. "We're always chasing other dollars to run more races and we're certainly going to be in a position to do that," Wood said. In addition to the driver move, officials also announced the formation of a technical alliance with Team Penske , which fields Ford teams in the Sprint Cup Series for drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano . Since 2012, Blaney has made several starts for Team Penske in the Nationwide Series , and made his Sprint Cup debut earlier this year with the organization, finishing 27th at Kansas. He is scheduled to make one more Sprint Cup start with the team this year, at Talladega. The alliance "is something that's foreign to us to be honest," said Team Penske president Tim Cindric, "because it's not something we've done in the past. "We've been approached in different ways and … some of that has to do with how well you run and how well you don't run. When you're running up front, everybody wants to work with you and when you're not, then you don't get as many calls. But our answer has usually been the same. Our answer has usually been, ‘We've got enough to focus on at our place.'" Working closely with the Wood Brothers made sense "for many reasons," he said. "We're certainly focused on not only ensuring that Ryan has the tools to be successful and continues his career, but ensuring that the Wood Brothers have everything that we have." In addition to his Sprint Cup duties, Blaney will likely continue to share seat time in the No. 22 Ford fielded by Team Penske in the Nationwide Series next season. "I'd like to do as much racing as possible next year and that stuff will come later on down the road," Blaney said. "We're just excited to announce the stuff today. … I'd like to race as much as possible but we're focused on finishing out this year strong and I'm really excited about the Wood Brothers deal next year and I'm sure we'll figure all that stuff out later." Wood Brothers Racing is one of the longest tenured groups competing in NASCAR's premier series . Founded by Glen Wood when NASCAR was just beginning to take root in the early 1950s, the team has won 98 races and has always been affiliated with Ford Motor Company. Glen and younger brother Leonard Wood, who served as crew chief, are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Glen's children, Eddie, Len and Kim, run the organization today. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where each driver will pit during the Cheez-It 355 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International . Coors Light Pole Qualifying winner Jeff Gordon chose the first stall off pit road. No. 9 Marcos Ambrose qualifed second for the race and chose the 37th pit stall with space behind it. Jimmie Johnson chose pit stall 38 with space in front of him. Johnson will be lining up third for Sunday's race. The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
The Truck Series regulars both spent time in Sprint Cup cars Friday
An ecstatic AJ Allmendinger reacts to winning his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.
Keep tabs on all three national series this weekend RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Bristol Motor Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race is on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ABC. Click here for alternate channels in the 15 markets where ABC affiliates are not covering the race. The Nationwide Series Food City 300 is on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 is on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times, see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Bristol. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard , Nationwide Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. NASCAR Nationwide Series RaceBuddy is back on NASCAR.com and NASCAR Mobile . Get 10 live high-definition feeds, including views of pit road and battle cams. Kevin Harvick , Regan Smith , Chase Elliott , Elliott Sadler , Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch are the drivers who will be featured. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can take a peek here and there. Check in now and then to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series , and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Owner won two titles with 'Smoke' RELATED: Complete coverage of Tony Stewart incident Joe Gibbs, who won 33 races and two championships with Tony Stewart from 1999-2008, said Tuesday from his team's headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, that the time hasn't yet been right for him to reach out to the racer. ''I didn't feel like it was the right time (to call him),'' Gibbs said, according to the Associated Press. ''We all love Tony. I love what he did for us here. We all know he's a racer's racer, and he's big for our sport.'' Stewart has missed the past two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since an August 9 sprint car tragedy in which fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. died. Several drivers at Michigan last week said they had reached out to Stewart to offer support, and had not yet heard back. All those drivers also reiterated that racing sprint cars was a passion for Stewart, something Gibbs picked up early in their relationship. ''I had to spend 30 minutes listening to him how he won a dirt late model race," Gibbs said. "He was so excited. I came to the conclusion that was him -- for him to be happy and doing the things that he wanted to do, he was going to be racing. ''Tony's got great courage. He's smart. He loves this sport. He's totally focused on it. He doesn't have distractions. He's very important to our sport. This is a horrible thing to have happen for the Ward family, for him.'' MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule