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After earlier trouble, Austin Dillon gets caught up again in an incident, this time with the No. 32 of Steve Arpin .
Bristol adds rosin to track before Sprint Cup night race
RELATED: Key story lines for Bristol night race BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR officials applied 18 more inches of rosin to each of the four corners on the bottom groove after Friday night's XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway . A sticky substance that allows drivers to stick and run both the top and bottom grooves, rosin was applied to the track in the same manner on Thursday night prior to Friday's XFINITY Series race. Track re-applied rosin-first 18” above the apron in turns 1-2 and turns 3-4 overnight-Identical to what we did prior to @NASCAR_XFINITY — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) August 20, 2016 Officials originally hadn't planned to add any more rosin before Saturday's Sprint Cup race. Drivers such as Friday night's XFINITY winner Austin Dillon supported the addition of more rosin. "It's interesting to have another lane down there on the bottom," said Dillon, who will also be running Saturday night's Sprint Cup race. "Hopefully they can add a little more (rosin) to the bottom and get that bottom lane just to stay a little bit longer." What @BMSupdates looks like this AM after lower groove was treated with more rosin. Can't wait for green! @PRNlive pic.twitter.com/xMN2nBT4WN — Brad Gillie (@BradGillie) August 20, 2016 Saturday's Sprint Cup Series' Bass Pro Shops NRA night race was set to begin at 8 p.m. ET, but weather forced a rescheduling to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday (CNBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
O'Donnell: 'I like the new Bristol'
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to discuss the racing at Bristol after adding rosin to the track to create more passing.
Cain: Remembering Steve Byrnes one year later
Karen Goins-Byrnes certainly wasn't anticipating this autograph request as she and her teenage son Bryson walked out of the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway infield before last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. It wasn't so much "the ask" she received but the canvas she was offered that really stood out. A race fan asked them to sign a flag right next to the signature of her late husband and Bryson's father, Steve , a NASCAR on FOX broadcaster who died on this day, April 21, one year ago after a courageous and well-fought battle with cancer. "You know that on Father's Day and Christmas and Steve's birthday (just last week) those moments are going to be intense, emotional and sad, but then there's these other moments that you completely do not expect that suddenly take your breath away, like the flag on Sunday," Karen Goins-Byrnes shared this week. "I just wasn't expecting that, and all of a sudden it made you realize, 'Oh my goodness, this person is gone from our life.' "I was walking with Bryson and had not anticipated that when we looked down at this flag, wow, there was his signature. And it was just surreal knowing that at some point he had touched that same piece of material; now we we're touching it. Steve's touched everything in this house, so I don't know why that hit me so hard but it was … I don't know, it was out-of-context, unexpected. "I don't think it was a coincidence. It was very impactful for Bryson and I both to see that." RELATED: Steve Byrnes remembered, 1959-2015 In the past year, the Byrnes family has been "adopted" by those close to Steve and also those who never met the longtime NASCAR broadcaster but were touched by his story of courage and strength battling cancer not once but twice. In the time since he passed away Byrnes, then 56, has been honored at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Squier-Hall Award for media excellence. His likeness and another tribute hang on a large plaque at the Charlotte FOX studios. " Steve was not a person who sought out a lot of attention, he was not the look-at-me type of person," Goins-Byrnes said. "I know he's up in heaven going, 'I had no idea.' He is completely surprised at all the different things that have happened to remember him and honor him. I'm shocked, I know he's shocked too." Drivers, fellow broadcasters and FOX personnel have joined the broader NASCAR community supporting this family in ways both obvious and subtle. Their "new" way of life is still so greatly influenced by the one they miss so dearly. "We're persevering," Goins-Byrnes said, after pausing to select the most accurate description. She and her son don't know quite what to anticipate today -- their feelings and emotions. It will be a very busy schedule of things to do and that was purposeful. On Wednesday, she and Bryson attended a luncheon hosted by FOX Sports in Charlotte, where they posed for photos alongside close family friends Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds. There is a wonderful shot of Bryson standing next to a memorial for his father on the studio's wall. Goins-Byrnes, who is now doing part-time work for Charlotte-based Speedway Motorsports Inc., has a professional commitment for part of the day Thursday and will be escorting champion NHRA racer Erica Enders to a Speedway Children's Charities event at Charlotte's Levine Children's Hospital. "It just happened to be the day she's available," Goins-Byrnes said of the timing. "It was funny, when Erica said the 21st, I was like that's the day, but I decided that's the way it's supposed to be, then. Every single month on the 21st will never be just another day for me. Every 21st of the month, I know it's been nine months, 10 months, 11 months. "But honestly, I feel like not continuing to live dishonors Steve . Somebody was asking me about Bryson and I doing a lot of activities. I feel like if we had stopped doing things, that would have dishonored him ( Steve ). Living and doing things honors him. I certainly know he would not have wanted us to say, 'Oh, I can't do something because it was the 21st of the month.' He would have scolded us and said, 'It's just a date; go and do.' " And actually, Goins-Byrnes concedes, it's the times alone or void of activity that have been most challenging. "People will say, 'It looks like ya'll are doing well, doing good.' But I don't post on social media when we're lying on the floor crying," she said. "There are days that are gut-wrenching and those days you have to keep pushing through, pushing on." Pushing on for Bryson Byrnes has been quite literal. His days, nights and most weekends are filled with sports -- football and lacrosse are favorites. And Bryson isn't only succeeding on the field -- he was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this week. "People talk about what an amazing young man he is, and I'll be honest," Goins-Byrnes said adding with a laugh. "He makes straight-As and Steve and I never did that in school. Steve and I used to look at his report cards and go, 'Wow. This must be the nurture part,' because the nature part, we're not responsible for this level of achievement. I can promise you. "We have been blessed with a really good kid. I think God knew what path he was going to ask us to walk and so he gave us a child that was well-equipped." "He still battles, sometimes, the unexpected moments," she said, pausing. "You just hadn't anticipated that even if it's a good thing, it's void of Steve being here." As Goins-Byrnes and I were saying our goodbyes we discussed the cancer battles so deeply affecting so many in NASCAR -- family members and extended family. We weren't sure if it was unusually prevalent among our sport or if circumstances made us more aware. Driver Martin Truex Jr .'s longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, finished up her chemotherapy in January, and remains such a positive force travelling around the country to educate others and bring awareness of ovarian cancer. The couple's Catwalk for a Cause event next month -- which raises money for childhood cancers -- is sold out again this year. While the potential for raising funds is high, it will be the most difficult of programs considering four of last year's models and inspirations have passed away -- a first for Truex and Pollex. Among them is my longtime friend Becky's son, Elijah Aschbrenner, 10, who fought a rare Epitheliod Sarcoma diagnosis and passed away on Nov. 11. His family has started the Prayers for Elijah Foundation to raise money and awareness of the disease. RELATED: Cain: Gratitude for Elijah Aschbrenner's inspiration Torie Costa, Scott Zipadelli’s 20-year old step-daughter, died on Christmas day on her second fight with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Grace, 14, passed away after fighting Osteosarcoma. Clint Bowyer 's wife, Lorra, carried an inspirational sign for her at last year's Catwalk because she was too ill to participate. Jeramiah, 8, passed away after battling leukemia, not once but twice. His passing in August was the first of Truex and Pollex's "Catwalk" kids. The great Buddy Baker died in August after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Erik Jones shared last Saturday after his XFINITY Series win at Bristol that his father was recently diagnosed with cancer. Tabitha Burton, Daytona 500 winner Ward’s wife and XFINITY Series racer Jeb's mom, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is recovering from the surgeries and treatment. Former NASCAR racer Shawna Robinson continues to recover from her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment as well. And I'm still fighting breast cancer myself, with multiple surgeries ahead this year. My hair is -- slowly -- growing, I've regained the weight I lost in chemo and radiation, and many of the NASCAR drivers I deal with now are completely unaware of my medical situation -- which can feel like an achievement. Those that do know have been incredibly kind and encouraging. Cancer is, at the very least, a maddening disease, and its impact on NASCAR is similar to its impact in general. We have lost influential souls such as Byrnes and Baker and the promises of so many so young, like Aschbrenner and Costa. Perhaps the brightest and most lasting legacy left by my friend Byrnes was a feeling of "never give up," and the firm knowledge that this is a community that cares greatly and perpetually. Today will be challenging for the Byrnes family and all those who cared deeply for Steve . There will be times of sadness, of laughter, of gratitude for the time shared, and unquestionably a sense of knowing that he would want us to carry on and prevail. "He was a very humble person," Goins-Byrnes said. "He never looked at himself as being exceptional, just a normal guy, a husband and a father and a guy with a job he enjoys. "I think the way people have responded in remembering him really has shown what type of a person he is. They comment, 'What a great guy he is.' You wouldn't believe how many pictures I've received from race fans with him stopping for a picture or to sign an autograph. "I don't think he realized the kind of influence he had. I certainly didn't. I don't think he had any idea how many people he touched and what kind of influence he had.' " I still have text messages from Steve on my phone -- we exchanged many while going through our treatments. One in particular makes my heart happiest and I will most likely glance at it often today. On the Monday after last year's Bristol spring race -- named in Steve's honor -- I texted him to make sure he had watched the race, seen all the tributes and enjoyed the love. He responded: "Still smilin."
Matt Kenseth honors late Steve Byrnes' family
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly a year after Matt Kenseth drove to victory in the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway , the former series champion met with members of the Byrnes family for a special presentation at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver presented Karen Byrnes, widow of the former NASCAR broadcaster, and son Bryson with a replica of the sword awarded to Kenseth for last year's Bristol win as well as a framed photograph of the team in Victory Lane. Team members in the photo can be seen holding up signs supporting Byrnes, who passed away two days after the race. "It's something we'd talked about for a while ... just kind of thought with the one-year anniversary of the race coming up and losing Steve shortly thereafter it was a good time to ... come down and get a picture with them and give them a replica of the sword trophy and a picture of everybody with their Stand Up With Steve signs," Kenseth said. Karen Byrnes said she and her son had no idea the presentation was part of Tuesday's appearance. "The NASCAR Hall of Fame had asked us to come down and meet Matt for a photo," she said. "But we didn’t know Matt Kenseth was bringing the framed photo and the sword; that was just really sweet and wonderful." Steve Byrnes was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in September of 2014. His wife said the longtime NASCAR on FOX anchor was "shocked and surprised" at the outpouring of support from the NASCAR industry once others learned of his condition. The past year, Karen Byrnes said, has "been bittersweet." "Obviously ... we've lived through the firsts of everything. This month in particular will be tough because his birthday is on the 14th and his passing was on the 21st . So we've had to live through a first Christmas, a first Father's Day and a first Easter. Those are challenging times. "But we've tried to be purposeful and also living, too, and moving forward and experiencing life. Because I don't think we honor Steve in not. I think we do a disservice to him by not going out and living life." Steve Byrnes, whose broadcasting career spanned more than three decades, was named the 2016 recipient of the annual Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. "It makes me feel really happy that not only was Dad loved inside the family but was loved by many people outside the family," Bryson Byrnes said. "He was really special to a lot of people and (that) makes me feel really proud of him."
A Year Later: Kenseth Honors Steve Byrnes' Family
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth honors the family of Steve Byrnes one year after his win in the 2015 Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway.
O'Donnell talks road course resurgence
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to discuss the recent road course success at Watkins Glen and the possibility of more road course racing in NASCAR's future.
O'Donnell: Excessive victory burnouts a concern
NASCAR may soon require drivers to curtail their celebratory burnouts to avoid excess damage to the winning vehicles before the post-race inspection process. Steve O'Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for the sanctioning body, told SiriusXM NASCAR on Tuesday that officials were examining incidents such as Denny Hamlin 's post-race winning celebration following Sunday's victory in the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International . Hamlin's lengthy post-race burnout along the frontstretch and subsequent spins left him unable to drive his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into Victory Lane. "It's something that's been out there that we are trying to avoid yet balance the celebration," O'Donnell said. "I think (we will see something) in the very near future, and this isn't putting it all on the 11 car, this is something we've talked about, it's a trend we don't like to see." Last October, NASCAR officials said there was no plan to regulate such post-race celebrations, saying such instances gave drivers an "opportunity to express their enthusiasm for their win and give fans an exclamation point to the victory." While such incidents have raised concerns that teams were intentionally damaging their entries in an effort to keep officials from uncovering possible rules violations during post-race inspections, no recent inspections have uncovered any wrongdoing. After Kevin Harvick 's dominating victory in last fall's Chase race at Dover, Del., the Stewart-Haas Racing driver appeared to make contact with the wall during his post-race celebration. However, the No. 4 Chevrolet passed inspection at the track as well as two days later when the car went through a more thorough inspection at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. Asked about Harvick's burnout the following week, Hamlin noted that "what he did was really, really impressive. "But obviously, as all the other competitors, whoever doesn't win each week wants to make sure they're on a level playing field with whoever did win," Hamlin said. Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski , the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, said at the time that he had "definitely blown tires out. "I think every driver has done something to do some kind of damage to their car," Keselowski said. O'Donnell said officials want to continue to allow winning drivers and teams, as well as the fans, to enjoy the accomplishment, but, he added, without creating unnecessary damage to the winning vehicle. "We want to see a celebration and we think that drivers can celebrate without doing that," he said. "You'll probably see us sooner than later put something in place that covers us for that as you head into the last quarter of the season. "Again, not there yet, we're talking to a lot of the teams about it but I think everybody is on board with the direction we want to go in." According to the 2016 NASCAR rulebook for its Sprint Cup Series, winning vehicles are allowed to "engage in appropriate celebratory activity … prior to reporting to victory circle." Those activities include a victory lap, burnout(s) or donuts. Once the drivers have taken the checkered flag (or the race is declared complete), all vehicles competing in a NASCAR-sanctioned race are "considered under impound" and "must not be altered or adjusted in any manner during the cool-down lap or on pit road prior to reporting to the inspection area(s)."
O'Donnell: Concerns with excessive post-race celebrations on track
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, joins SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to discuss concerns over excessive victory burnout celebrations.
NASCAR Nation offers condolences on Clauson's passing
Editor's note: Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Turford/The Drivers Project Drivers, crew chiefs and others from NASCAR Nation joined fans from around the racing world in offering condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson, a 27-year-old racer who died Sunday night following a Saturday night wreck in a sprint-car event. Very sad. Thoughts and prayers with Bryan's family and friends. #RIPBryanClauson https://t.co/bzNjfnpW6J — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) August 8, 2016 Tough to hear the news this morning. Thoughts and prayers go out to the @BryanClauson family during this tough time.. #wheelman #RIP — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) August 8, 2016 Thinking of @BryanClauson family today. Very sad day in the Motorsports community. — Erik Jones (@erik_jones) August 8, 2016 pic.twitter.com/dQuRARCGyo — Rico Abreu (@Rico_Abreu) August 8, 2016 Absolutely heart broken for the Clauson family! Rest in peace @BryanClauson — Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) August 8, 2016 My thoughts and prayers are with all of Bryan Clauson's family and friends. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) August 8, 2016 Heartbreaking to learn that Bryan Clauson has passed away. Praying for peace and comfort for his family and friends. #racingfamily — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) August 8, 2016 Card night was on Mondays at my GMA's house back in the day. Grandma always complimented his manners. His parents should be proud. #RIPBryan — landon cassill (@landoncassill) August 8, 2016 Awesome driver and great guy... RIP https://t.co/g8aXGJB89G — Casey Mears (@CJMearsGang) August 8, 2016 I'm really at a loss for words this morning. Im just sick hearing the news about @BryanClauson . Thoughts and prayers to his family #ripchamp — Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) August 8, 2016 Very sad news today regarding @BryanClauson RIP to an incredibly talented race car driver — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) August 8, 2016 Unbelievable. RIP to Bryan Clauson. Lots of prayers to his family right now. — Ryan Reed (@driverRyanReed) August 8, 2016 Horrible, Bryan was an incredible and TRUE racer. My heart and prayers go out to his family. https://t.co/z5PEpnp4QF — Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) August 8, 2016 Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers to Bryan's family. https://t.co/9PJeDxcDAa — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) August 8, 2016 My thoughts are with Bryan's fiancé Lauren and their family and friends. #bc — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 8, 2016 pic.twitter.com/2F9try4u9L — Katelyn Sweet (@Katelyn_Sweet) August 8, 2016 https://t.co/mNG3Zx4L1u — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) August 8, 2016 So saddened to hear the news of Bryan Clauson my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. #RIPBryanClauson — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) August 8, 2016 There aren't enough competitors in our sport like @BryanClauson and now there's one less. RIP my friend. — Justin Marks (@JustinMarksDG) August 8, 2016 Awful news to hear about the passing of a true racer @BryanClauson God speed my friend. — Cole Whitt (@ColeWhitt) August 8, 2016 It's surreal to think Bryan Clauson is gone. He was one of the good ones. He was kind, funny, and a damn good driver. Heavy heart today. — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) August 8, 2016 Bryan Clauson was as good as they get behind the wheel and one of the nicest, happiest guys around. Always smiling and enjoying life... #bc — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 8, 2016 Sad to see the news of @BryanClauson the racing community just lost another great one. #RIPBC — AJ Allmendinger (@AJDinger) August 8, 2016 Thoughts and prayers with the Clauson family. I always admired @BryanClauson love for racing. His determination will never be forgotten. — Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) August 8, 2016 Very sad news this morning on Bryan Clauson my condolences and prayers go out to his family — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) August 8, 2016 RIP. Godspeed BC. Please send prayers to his family and friends. #PrayersForBC https://t.co/eyf332eO3F — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) August 8, 2016 Our hearts are heavy with the news of @BryanClauson 's passing. Godspeed to him, and our thoughts & prayers are with his family. — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 8, 2016 My thoughts and prayers are with all of Bryan Clauson's family and friends. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) August 8, 2016 Very sad to hear about #BryanClauson . He was a wheel man for sure. Thoughts and prayers to his family during this terrible time. — Jeremy Clements (@JClements51) August 8, 2016 https://t.co/Jz07KHXYgT — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) August 8, 2016 A true racer who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. https://t.co/FlSSbjTbnB — Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) August 8, 2016 while @BryanClauson was fighting hard for his life, @steviewaltrip and I were praying hard for his recovery, God had other plans, RIP — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) August 8, 2016 Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control. — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) August 8, 2016 Very well put DW. Such a sad day to hear the passing of a great man and driver. Rest in peace @BryanClauson https://t.co/8nynbxGIPm — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) August 8, 2016 Absolutely unbelievable. Words cant be put into place when you lose family. Were all family in the racing world. Rest in peace BC. — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) August 8, 2016 The racing family lost an amazing young man. Deepest condolences to the family and friends of @BryanClauson . Rest in Peace. — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) August 8, 2016 Man it seems like just yesterday @BryanClauson and I were playing Nintendo 64 and racing quarter midgets. I just can't believe it. Praying. — Brennan Poole (@brennanpoole) August 8, 2016 Bryan and I were teammates back at Ganassi. He always had a smile on his face. Hell of a driver and even more he was a hell of a person. — Kevin Hamlin (@KevinHamlin) August 8, 2016 Godspeed Bryan https://t.co/rSBursglmZ — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 8, 2016 Sending thoughts and prayers to the Clauson Family. — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) August 8, 2016 My thoughts and prayers are with the Clauson family, absolutely terrible hearing about this. — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) August 8, 2016 Love that https://t.co/GVbDcAjY2G — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) August 8, 2016 Please, today, just take a few mins out of your day to look up @BryanClauson 's accomplishments and a few of his best races online — landon cassill (@landoncassill) August 8, 2016 pic.twitter.com/gSRkQKeEYQ — Josh Wise (@Josh_Wise) August 8, 2016 So many Memories we made that I will never forget. We had plans of making so many more together. #ripBC pic.twitter.com/im3OEvMOmJ — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) August 8, 2016 So sad to hear of @BryanClauson 's passing. An incredible man & driver. Thoughts & prayers for his family & friends. https://t.co/dZMp8o4O4s — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) August 8, 2016