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No. 17 Sprint Cup team hit with P3 penalty
The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr . was assessed a P3 penalty for a violation at Richmond International Raceway , a punishment that includes the suspension of crew chief Nick Sandler. During opening day inspection, the No. 17 did not meet vehicle safety specifications. According to the penalty report, the steering wheel coupling did not meet the SFI 42.1 specification, which relates to the steering wheel quick disconnect/release. Sandler has been suspended from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points events through May 4, which entails one race -- this weekend's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway . Additionally, he was fined $20,000 and is on probation until Dec. 31. Stenhouse, who finished 26th at Richmond, currently sits 19th in the points standings. In addition to the penalty on the No. 17 team, two other teams were issued written warnings for failing pre-race inspection. The No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson failed twice at the template inspection and the No. 14 of Tony Stewart failed twice at the LIS (laser inspection system) station. Both received a written warning as it was the first offense for each.
Tony Stewart cuts tire in first Sprint Cup race of 2016
MORE: Full race results " Top moments for Stewart " Recap all his wins Tony Stewart had a tire go down in his first race back behind the wheel of his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway . On Lap 268 of 400, Stewart and Team Penske driver Joey Logano made contact, cutting the left-rear tire of the No. 14 to bring out the caution. The three-time premier series champion was running 21st and one lap down at the time of the incident. Logano got the free pass as a result of the caution. Earlier in the race, Stewart was battling hard with then-race leader and eventual race winner Carl Edwards to stay on the lead lap. "We got the lap down there," Stewart said after the race. "I got a lap down and almost drove back by and got my lap back. But Carl (Edwards) was strong. I knew I wasn't going to be able to hang on long, but I was going to hold on as long as I could and hope we got a caution." Stewart would get back on the lead lap thanks to earning the free pass on the Lap 325 caution. "Smoke" would go on to finish in 19th place. Of his day back behind the wheel Stewart said, "It was fun. I had a good time and I'm looking forward to running the rest of this year with these guys." RELATED: Whose restart did 'Smoke' describe as 'sexy'?
Four Sprint Cup teams, two XFINITY teams penalized
NASCAR gave written warnings to four teams in the Sprint Cup Series on Wednesday following last weekend's action at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 . Meanwhile, in the XFINITY Series , one team was docked practice time and another will be without its crew chief, who was suspended and fined after the team received a P3-level penalty following the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at the Tennessee short track. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team for Kevin Harvick , the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team for Carl Edwards and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team for Dale Earnhardt Jr . all received written warnings for failing template inspection twice during pre-qualifying. The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team for Trevor Bayne was issued a written warning for failing laser inspection twice, pre-qualifying. The No. 33 team for Brandon Jones will lose 15 minutes of practice time at this weekend's XFINITY event at Richmond International Raceway for failing pre-race laser inspection three times at Bristol. The No. 3 XFINITY team for Ty Dillon will be without crew chief Nick Harrison, who was fined $10,000 and suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship points events through April 27 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The team violated sections 20.4.13 and 18.104.22.168 a, b, c, d of the NASCAR Rule Book -- spoiler extensions didn't conform to NASCAR rules specifications -- and was assesed the P3 in accordance with section 22.214.171.124.1 c.
Carpentier adds two Sprint Cup races with Go Fas Racing
Go Fas Racing announced that Patrick Carpentier will pilot the No. 32 Can-Am, Kappa, Cyclops Ford Fusion at Sonoma Raceway in June, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Carpentier has 40 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 2007-2011. The Ville LaSalle, Quebec, native has two NSCS starts at Sonoma with a best finish of 11th in 2009, and one start at Indianapolis where he finished 18th. "Even if I say that I'm retired, I could not miss the opportunity to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , especially on circuits as interesting as those of Sonoma and Indianapolis," Carpentier said. "I'm really happy to wear the colors of Can-Am, Kappa and Cyclops Gear because I love to use their products." "We are very happy with the choice of drivers made by our partner, Archie St.Hilaire of Go FAS Racing," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO of BRP. "The decision to entrust the wheel of the Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear Ford Fusion No.32 to Patrick Carpentier for the races in Sonoma and Indianapolis, pleases us very much. Patrick is a very talented driver and he is an avid fan of our products." "We look forward to working with Patrick at Sonoma and Indianapolis," said Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire. "The last time he ran at Sonoma he finished 11th, and we plan on giving him a car that can give him a top-10 this June."
Jimmie Johnson tops final Richmond Cup practice
RELATED: Final practice speeds Jimmie Johnson topped the leaderboard in Saturday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Richmond International Raceway at 120.849 mph in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Right behind him was teammate Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 120.622 mph. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, pole-sitter and series points leader Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Tony Stewart , in his second practice session of the 2016 campaign since sustaining a back injury in the offseason, was 23rd at 118.614 mph in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Stewart drove 64 laps. Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet started smoking in the closing minutes of the session. He was 37th on the speed charts at 116.324 mph. Tune in Sunday for the Toyota Owners 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Weather delays start of Texas Sprint Cup Series race
MORE: Live weather updates from Texas FORT WORTH -- Light rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has postponed the start of Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 (green flag originally scheduled for 7:46 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR radio) at Texas Motor Speedway . NASCAR Air Titans were turning laps drying the 1.5-mile track and officials were optimistic to get the race in shortly. Jimmie Johnson , the defending winner of the race, has won the last three straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events here. Carl Edwards will start the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from the pole position tonight alongside the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano . MORE: What drivers are doing in the rain " Every paint scheme, team rosters
2016 Sprint Cup Series pit crew helmets
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Hamlin tops Sprint Cup practice at Bristol
RESULTS: First practice at Bristol Denny Hamlin topped the leaderboard in Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway at 128.666 mph in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin has one win in 20 career Cup starts at Bristol. Right behind him was Martin Truex Jr . in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 128.399 mph. Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski (128.374 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford), Jimmie Johnson (128.176 mph in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) and Jamie McMurray (127.767 mph in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet). Winner of the past two Sprint Cup races and series points leader Kyle Busch was eighth fastest with a speed of 127.478 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be back on track at 4:15 p.m. ET (FS1) for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The series will have two 55-minute practice sessions on Saturday morning, with FS1 providing the TV coverage for both.
Drivers react to thrilling Bristol Cup race
RELATED: Full race results Fans were treated to a thrilling Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, with Carl Edwards sealing the win. Drivers took to Twitter to talk about their respective runs after the race and, in some cases, clear some air. Proud of @Team_FRM today, felt great running up front. Hated the tangle with the 14, needed a bold move to get around him, I tried! — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 17, 2016 I learned a lot today can't thank @TonyStewart and @StewartHaasRcng for the opportunity looking like we had another shot at a top 15 — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) April 17, 2016 Wasn't the car we hoped for today. 2nd certainly is a great result. Team effort top to bottom, and a lot of luck on those late restarts. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) April 17, 2016 Proud to get a top-10 outta that day. We had an @AutoTrader_com Ford that coulda won the race. Too many issues. Frustrating. But we move on — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) April 17, 2016 Had a car capable of winning I felt. Would have been fun to see what we could have done. Onto Richmond. — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) April 17, 2016 NASCAR Nation also made sure to comment on the career-best run for Matt DiBenedetto (6th) and the emotional post-race interview he gave on pit road. Great run by @mattdracing — Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) April 17, 2016 Props to @mattdracing so cool to see them up there. Awesome run and great interview! — Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy11) April 17, 2016 So happy for my boy Matt Burrito getting a top 10 at Bristol! What a drive. @mattdracing — Tanner Berryhill (@tannerberryhill) April 17, 2016 So happy for @mattdracing @BKRacing_2383 @cosmomotorsnc on their great day @BMSupdates Way to go buddy! @ToyotaRacing @nascar — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) April 17, 2016 It was also a season-best finish for Clint Bowyer , who fought back for an eighth-place finish. Glad to see @ClintBowyer with a top 10! — Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) April 17, 2016 Me too!!! good for @ClintBowyer https://t.co/tmFqA52TJk — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) April 17, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 coming to Chicagoland
RELATED: Buy tickets for Chicagoland Photo credit: Stewart-Haas Racing 's Twitter account, @StewartHaasRcng NEW YORK – April 26, 2016 – Nickelodeon today announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway . Danica Patrick has signed on to drive a special car for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which will be broadcast on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. NASCAR star Danica Patrick , a Roscoe, Illinois native, helped kick off the partnership in true Turtles style. She unveiled her No. 10 April O’Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS at an event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then took her car for a spin down Michigan Ave. She will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 18 race. Photo courtesy of Chicagoland Speedway 's Twitter account, @ChicagoIndSpdwy This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kickoff race, as well. "We are excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway to continue sponsoring and participating in marquee racing events that resonate with motorsports fans across the country," said Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing and Development, Nickelodeon. "Just as we did with last season's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway , the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while working with another best-in-class ISC track to give fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy." "We are thrilled to partner with a world class brand like Nickelodeon for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 on Sept. 18," said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway President. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with one of the preeminent youth focused brands on the planet to deliver an unprecedented level of family entertainment while engaging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans of all ages." "It's great to be back in my home state of Illinois to be a part of this exciting announcement for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400," said Patrick. "The Nickelodeon-sponsored races are really cool because they truly are fun for the entire family. Nature's Bakery and Nickelodeon have put together an awesome paint scheme and I can't wait to have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and April O'Neil riding along with me in September." Patrick's unique car was designed by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, who will also design the race trophy, additional Turtles-branded paint schemes and other visual elements. Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art and inspired by his 1980s Chicago upbringing, Brantley's work touches on tough subjects in a way that may be easily digestible to the viewer, by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. Brantley’s work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring. During the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend, attendees will be able to enjoy fun family activities in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in Champion’s Park. The area will feature appearances from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo station and more. Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2015; brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids’ Choice Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2012 and 2013), Kids' Choice Sports Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2014, Ben Kennedy , 2015), Team Umizoomi ( Jeff Gordon , 2012), Hammer Down (2014), which aired on Nicktoon’s NickSports block, and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode ( Jimmie Johnson , 2015). Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo—trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman, the series is created at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. Additionally, this summer the Turtles will once again defend the streets of New York City in Paramount Pictures' highly anticipated theatrical movie, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which arrives in theaters June 3."