NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell talks about the possibility of changes to pit road at Pocono Raceway and how they can keep drivers and crewmen safe in the aftermath of Kasey Kahne's and Jeb Burton's incidents.
2002 wreck mirrors Austin's Daytona crash, Rusty Wallace involved, too Austin Dillon 's much-talked about Daytona crash paralleled to a wreck from more than a decade ago in Pocono, with both crashes involving Dale Earnhardt Jr . In 2002, Steve Park was lining up with his competition at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 500, hoping to snag his second top-10 at the track. Park never did see a top-10 finish that day. In fact, he didn't even complete the first lap thanks to a nasty wreck involving Park, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt Jr . between Turn 1 and 2. The accident was initially sparked by NASCAR Hall of Famer Wallace. Wallace's No. 2 Team Penske Ford hit the wall after the first turn. Park tried to avoid making contact with the spinning Ford and attempted to move sideways. In his quest to dodge out of Wallace's path, he came into contact with teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr . Dale Jr. got under Park's No. 1 Chevrolet causing both cars to spin onto the grass. While on the grass, Park slammed into an interior guardrail, flipping the car over violently, multiple times. Similar to his reaction to Dilllon's crash, Dale Jr. was concerned about Park's well-being as it took safety workers some time to help him out of his upside-down vehicle. RELATED: 88 crew recalls frenzy to check on Dillon When Junior was able to get out of his own car, he sprinted over to check on his teammate. Not only was it difficult getting Park out of his car, but it led to a 65-minute red-flag caution with repairs to the interior barrier having to take place before the field could go back to green. Park, like Austin Dillon , walked away from the crash just fine and headed to the infield care center arm-in-arm with Junior.
Jeb Burton, Kasey Kahne both had hard hits over weekend A separate pair of incidents at Pocono Raceway has led to plans to alter the facility's pit road wall after two drivers wrecked into it over the weekend, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR.com on Monday. Jeb Burton (final practice) and Kasey Kahne (Sunday's race) both got loose off Turn 3 in separate incidents, lost control of their respective vehicles and wrecked into the inside wall on pit row. Kahne's incident on Sunday knocked him out of the race, and it was almost identical to Burton's wreck -- the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet essentially followed the same tire marks that Burton had put down. "First, it's important to look at what happened in Pocono," O'Donnell said. "Certainly it was unique with Jeb Burton , and then you saw Kasey Kahne really unbelievably follow him with same tire tracks during the event. Tom Gideon, our safety expert, was already up at Pocono drawing up some plans to look at extending the pit wall. "With that comes some challenges. We have to make sure the drivers coming out of Turn 3 during the race, that it's a safe situation by extending the wall. We'll work with the race track. We've got to explore the angles, look at all the data we have from the race cars as well and kind of combine all that. The initial plan is ... we'll plan to extend the wall at Pocono. And certainly from there, to take a look at each one of our venues." President and CEO of Pocono Raceway, Brandon Igdalsky, also commented on the safety procedures that came into question during the Windows 10 400 . “Our commitment to driver safety is paramount,” said Igdalsky. "We have made multiple upgrades and updates to our facility, with more safety improvements rolling out before the 2016 NASCAR season. We work hand-in-hand with NASCAR throughout the year to execute and implement these changes. "Once NASCAR collects the data, as it pertains to the unique incidents involving Jeb Burton and Kasey Kahne from this past weekend, we will communicate with one another and develop the safest solution.” O'Donnell also tackled the question of whether or not the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would race at Iowa Speedway. Saturday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series event at the Rusty Wallace-designed .875-mile oval produced plenty of good racing, a thrilling conclusion ... and some drama, as well. "Well, I think when you look at our Cup schedule right now, there's no secret that it's full," O'Donnell said. "One of the things that's unique about Iowa that we like is the ability for the XFINITY Series to go there and be the showcase event. I believe that's why you're talking about it today, seeing Ryan Blaney hold off a number of hungry competitors on a couple of green-white-checkered (finishes), really doing his job to win that event. "We like the fact the XFINITY Series can be the showcase event. It deserves that. Iowa is a unique venue and it produces some great racing for us … and we like what we're seeing there."
2015 Awards set for Dec. 4 at Wynn Las Vegas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 3, 2015) -- NASCAR® announced today that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Awards -- and all of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week™ -- will return to Las Vegas in 2015 as part of a renewed partnership with the destination. The agreement ensures that Las Vegas will continue hosting the week-long celebration, offering fans and industry members a chance to see the sport’s stars and congratulate the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will headline NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week at Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2015. The 16th annual DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, hosted by SportsBusiness Journal , will kick off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week festivities at The Mirage on December 1-2. "We've had a great experience in Las Vegas and are very pleased to extend our partnership with the city," said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps. "Las Vegas has consistently set the stage for a vibrant, exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, when the sport looks back on the season and toasts its newest Champion." NASCAR began hosting its premier series awards show in Las Vegas in 2009 following a 28-year run in New York City. Since then, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and Champion's Week has hosted events at over 30 venues along the famous Las Vegas Strip, drawing the sport's top drivers and an assortment of high-profile musical and celebrity guests. "We are thrilled that NASCAR and Las Vegas will continue their strong and successful partnership as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week return for the seventh year," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Each year this event gets bigger and better, and Las Vegas provides the ultimate backdrop to this unrivaled experience in the most exciting city in the world." For the first time, the DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum will expand to a third day and make its debut at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, providing sports industry executives a first-look at the newly completed DAYTONA Rising project. The DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum has established itself as the premier event where thought leaders both in and out of the racing community gather to discuss, debate and share insights that impact the future of racing. Registration is required at www.MotorsportsMarketingForum.com , and more details on the agenda will be shared in the weeks and months ahead. "We're very happy to expand our 2015 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing program to include a Daytona component on February 17, given how much excitement there is surrounding the DAYTONA Rising project," said Richard Weiss, Publisher of SportsBusiness Journal . "It's a win-win combination for attendees who will join in our December Motorsports Marketing Forum discussions in Las Vegas who will now also be able to get an insider's perspective on the Daytona International Speedway project." The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on NBCSN beginning at 9 p.m. ET. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live at 8 p.m. ET.
'Six-Time' full of replies to haters Jimmie Johnson was in a giving mood after finishing sixth in Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. He was handing out plenty of barbs and retorts to his Twitter haters for the better part of 45 minutes. Let this be a lesson to everyone: If you try to spit fire at "Six-Time," you're gonna get burned. RELATED: Who's training like 'Six Time'? " Bowyer hints at new (old) teammate in Twitter Q&A @JimmieJohnson @mattkenseth Jimmie Johnson ; you are washed up... Give your ride to someone who can do better. — Vegas Cowboy (@VegasCowboy1) August 2, 2015 Yep, I haven't won a race all year... https://t.co/cqRVZZNLMV — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 @JimmieJohnson why do you and @keselowski insist on responding to people that hate on you instead of acknowledging a compliment? — Robbie Wallace (@RobLSU) August 2, 2015 So you want me to be vanilla... https://t.co/YwZQJNiMqy — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 @JimmieJohnson Will you be Dale and Amy's first child's Godfather? — Scott Mallin (@rwhgme) August 2, 2015 That would really piss off #JrNation ... I kinda like it. https://t.co/zhbjPFO0sh — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 Hey @JimmieJohnson I am by no means a fan of yours, however as a race fan of 34 years I give kudos to talent.... #6timechampdeservesrespect — Tonja Odegaard (@Tootie5665) August 2, 2015 Well I'm no fan of yours but I appreciate your tweet. #SeeWhatIDidThere https://t.co/6aTRzaK1XP — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 @JimmieJohnson bahahahahaha some people are AssHats ! — Kimber-2-4-88 (@kansaskim88) August 2, 2015 AssHat... I'm going to use that, thanks! https://t.co/ym3rRdu0xO — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 @JimmieJohnson @kansaskim88 I'm partial to douche canoe #nofanofyours — Steve Pasztor (@StevePasz) August 2, 2015 That's another new one. https://t.co/MMENxAMb7m — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 @JimmieJohnson So I say you suck and should quit you respond with something .snide...I say good job today and get no response? — Steven (@SteveD29) August 2, 2015 Feel better now? https://t.co/fHYzC42TEj — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015 Thanks for the tweets, I' about to go squeeze my girls. I appreciate all of my fans and the haters can kiss my... ✌️ — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 2, 2015
After earlier trouble, Austin Dillon gets caught up again in an incident, this time with the No. 32 of Steve Arpin .
Partnership to focus on benefits of residential and commercial solar power tech DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., and BELMONT, Calif., (JULY 30, 2015) -- NASCAR and SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced SunEdison as the Official Solar Energy Partner of NASCAR Green. This new partnership builds on the expanded use of solar technology across the sport, particularly at race team shops and race tracks across the country. Over the next three years, SunEdison and NASCAR will embark on an effort to educate millions of NASCAR fans on the financial and environmental benefits of solar power use. SunEdison plans to work with NASCAR partners, tracks and teams on commercial-scale solar solutions. The White House cited this newly forged partnership as a prime example of making renewable energy accessible to all U.S. homeowners. "Solar power is a proven and reliable form of renewable energy and the technology is already making a significant impact throughout our industry," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. "Our strategic partnership with SunEdison will help NASCAR further reduce the sport's environmental impact and help continue to educate our fans on renewable energy." "SunEdison is excited to be partnering with NASCAR to highlight the benefits of solar both at and away from the race track," said Vikas Desai, SunEdison senior vice president of residential and small commercial. "We look forward to being a strategic NASCAR Green partner and helping fans, partners and the sport save money while reducing their carbon footprint." NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to help protect the environment and has been collaborating in earnest with teams, tracks, partners and fans to do that since 2008. NASCAR's efforts to champion sustainable behavior align with NASCAR fan values. According to a 2014 study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Research Now, four out of five NASCAR fans believe the earth is going through a period of climate change, and two out of three of these fans feel a personal responsibility to do something about it. The study shows approximately two out of three NASCAR fans who believe there is climate change support buying cost-effective solar panels for the home. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www.nascar.com/green
The NASCAR Hall of Fame announces Steve Byrnes as the recipient of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award.
See what the driver of the No. 18 Toyota needs to make the Chase RELATED: Updated series standings " Latest Chase Grid With only six races left until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , it's time to check up on Kyle Busch , driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing , as he tries to rebound from early-season injuries and make the Chase. WHAT JUST HAPPENED: The beat goes on for Busch, who won for the fourth time in five races, taking the Crown Royal Presents the Brickyard 400 in overtime on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch held off Joey Logano on the final restart during a green-white-checkered finish to get his first Cup win at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. Busch led only 19 of the 164 laps, but he was perfect on the late restarts en route to his 33rd win in the premier series and fourth since returning from injuries sustained in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. WHAT HE NEEDS: With four wins this season, Busch still needs to finish in the top 30 in the standings and be able to start the remaining regular-season races to be eligible for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . With six races to go before Chicagoland, Busch is unofficially 23 points behind Justin Allgaier , who is in 30th place. At his current pace, Busch needs 19.68 points per remaining event or an average finish of 24th place. WHAT'S NEXT: The Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the Windows 10 400 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 2 (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Busch finished ninth earlier this season at the Tricky Triangle in his third race since returning from injuries. It was his best finish in his comeback until he won two races later at Sonoma. For his career, Busch has eight top-10 finishes in 21 Cup starts at Pocono. He has an average finish of 18.3 and a driver rating of 84.6. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Really hurts to be so close to this one. Wanted it bad for RP. Had awesome restarts. Tired of finishing second. @KyleBusch is on fire — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 27, 2015 If you love cars you have to love @ToyotaRacing and @KyleBusch They build them he drives them. Congrats! — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) July 26, 2015 Pucker Up! @KyleBusch @CoachJoeGibbs JD Gibbs and the @Skittles crew are kissing the bricks at Indy! #Brickyard400 pic.twitter.com/luNe90JjHx — Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 26, 2015 Seeing JD Gibbs today around the track made my day. He is a Great man and I miss seeing him more. — Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) July 27, 2015 RETWEET to congratulate @JoeGibbsRacing ! They swept both poles & races this weekend at @IMS , 2nd week in a row! pic.twitter.com/KGUnVLLHxJ — Toyota Racing (@ToyotaRacing) July 27, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Longtime NASCAR broadcaster named first quarter recipient posthumously DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Steve Byrnes, a highly respected television broadcaster who covered motorsports for over 30 years, has been awarded the NMPA Spirit Award for the first quarter of 2015 by the members of the National Motorsports Press Association. The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Byrnes began his broadcasting career in 1982 and joined Fox Sports in 2001. He served as a pit road reporter for Fox's coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from 2001-2014 and most recently anchored coverage of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and co-hosted the NASCAR Race Hub program on Fox Sports 1. Byrnes' 32-year career as a member of the motorsports media included coverage of racing for CBS, TNN, WTBS and Fox networks. March's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was named the " Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes & Stand Up To Cancer," honoring Steve's battle against head and neck cancer. Byrnes passed away two days after the race and is survived by his wife Karen and son Bryson. Byrnes received votes on more than 92 percent of the ballots cast by the NMPA membership. Others receiving votes were sponsor STP and six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson .