NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 32 of the 2016 season at Talladega Superspeedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Wins Attempts 1 Hendrick Motorsports 48 3,100 0 0 1 0 3 32 2 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 3,099 -1 -1 5 3 1 32 3 Team Penske 22 3,089 -11 -10 8 5 2 32 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 3,088 -12 -1 2 -2 2 32 5 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 3,084 -16 -4 3 -2 4 32 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 3,082 -18 -2 7 1 4 32 7 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 3,082 -18 0 4 -3 2 32 8 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 3,078 -22 -4 10 2 3 32 9 Richard Childress Racing 3 3,078 -22 0 9 0 0 32 10 Furniture Row Racing 78 3,060 -40 -18 6 -4 4 32 11 Hendrick Motorsports 24 3,050 -50 -10 12 1 0 32 12 Team Penske 2 3,043 -57 -7 11 -1 4 32 13 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 2,155 -945 -888 14 1 1 32 14 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 2,141 -959 -14 13 -1 1 32 15 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 2,110 -990 -31 16 1 0 32 16 Front Row Motorsports 34 2,109 -991 -1 15 -1 1 32 17 Hendrick Motorsports 5 803 -2,297 -1,306 17 0 0 32 18 Richard Childress Racing 31 794 -2,306 -9 18 0 0 32 19 Hendrick Motorsports 88 770 -2,330 -24 19 0 0 32 20 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 717 -2,383 -53 20 0 0 32 21 Roush Fenway Racing 17 717 -2,383 0 22 1 0 32 22 Wood Brothers Racing 21 713 -2,387 -4 21 -1 0 32 23 Roush Fenway Racing 6 699 -2,401 -14 23 0 0 32 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 621 -2,479 -78 24 0 0 32 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 591 -2,509 -30 25 0 0 32 26 Richard Childress Racing 27 591 -2,509 0 26 0 0 32 27 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 573 -2,527 -18 28 1 0 32 28 HScott Motorsports 15 564 -2,536 -9 27 -1 0 32 29 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 496 -2,604 -68 30 1 0 32 30 Germain Racing 13 488 -2,612 -8 29 -1 0 32 31 Front Row Motorsports 38 465 -2,635 -23 31 0 0 32 32 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 423 -2,677 -42 34 2 0 32 33 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 422 -2,678 -1 32 -1 0 32 34 BK Racing 23 420 -2,680 -2 33 -1 0 32 35 BK Racing 83 363 -2,737 -57 35 0 0 32 36 HScott Motorsports 46 286 -2,814 -77 37 1 0 32 37 Premium Motorsports 98 284 -2,816 -2 36 -1 0 31 38 GO FAS Racing 32 258 -2,842 -26 38 0 0 32 39 Premium Motorsports 55 213 -2,887 -45 39 0 0 27 40 The Motorsports Group 30 167 -2,933 -46 40 0 0 31 41 Front Row Motorsports 35 46 -3,054 -121 41 0 0 4 42 BK Racing 93 29 -3,071 -17 43 1 0 6 43 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -3,074 -3 42 -1 0 1 44 Roush Fenway Racing 99 15 -3,085 -11 46 2 0 1 45 BK Racing 26 3 -3,097 -12 44 -1 0 1 46 Hillman Racing 40 0 -3,100 -3 45 -1 0 1
Harvick, Kurt Busch have post-race skirmish at Talladega
RELATED: Race results " Chase Grid TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A misunderstanding between Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch ended with a confrontation on Talladega Superspeedway pit road following Sunday's Hellmann's 500. Busch finished fourth and Harvick finished seventh. After they parked their cars on pit road, Harvick walked over to Busch, who was still sitting in his race car, leaned inside and had words with his teammate after delivering a jab inside the window. "He [Busch] cleaned the side of our car out after the checkered flag," Harvick said afterward. "I don't understand that." Harvick said his car "didn't have a scratch on it" until the cool-down lap contact with Busch. Asked if Busch gave Harvick an explanation for the incident, Harvick said only, "Not really." Busch was also asked his view of the situation during a pit-road interview with NBCSN later. "He has a misunderstanding of the call at the end of the race," Busch said. "He'll understand it and I'm sure he'll clear it up in his interview. For us, we're great teammates, we're doing good together and we have to work together to beat all these other teams out there. And he knows that." &lt;/p&gt;
Alex Bowman racing for relevancy, full-time status
RELATED: Full starting lineup CONCORD, N.C. -- The guy starting second in this weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway isn't racing to remain relevant in the Chase for the Sprint Cup . He's racing to remain relevant. Period. Alex Bowman , the former Sprint Cup driver, is now doing spot duty for Dale Earnhardt Jr . in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. A nice gig if you can get it. But Bowman doesn't want to become known as Mr. Fill-In. "I don't want to sit here and say that I want to take advantage of that, but it doesn't hurt my feelings if that does come up, if I'm the guy that gets called," Bowman, 23, said Thursday evening, shortly after wheeling his way to the No. 2 spot on Sunday's starting grid. RELATED: McMurray understands fill-in challenges for Bowman "In a perfect world I would love to run a fourth XFINITY (Series) car for JR Motorsports." Perfect hasn't been the case thus far, however. JRM is expected to field four full-time teams in the lower-tier series again next season. Bowman has been a part of that plan this year, sharing time in one of the organization's entries. But next year's lineup will include current Camping World Truck Series driver William Byron and any plans for Bowman, at this point, don't come with full-time status. If he continues to deliver performances akin to Thursday night's qualifying effort, maybe that won't be a problem. For now, though, that seems to be the case. RELATED: Fan mistakes crew chief Ives for his driver Bowman Bowman and Jeff Gordon have been sharing seat time in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet while Earnhardt Jr. continues his recovery from a concussion. Gordon won four championships at NASCAR's top level. He won 93 races. He made it all the way to the Championship 4 last season, his final push before hanging up his helmet (temporarily) and heading off to the television booth. Bowman? He was a virtual unknown until a qualifying effort at Richmond two years ago drew the attention of Earnhardt, "and he gave me a shot in his XFINITY car," Bowman said. The opportunity to compete in a Hendrick Motorsports car has elevated not only his performance, it has elevated his status somewhat as well. "You are definitely viewed differently depending on what you drive and what you do with it," he said. "It's very interesting how the garage works. I feel like if you are in one of the back 10 cars, you are not really almost even looked at as a race car driver sometimes until you do something that you are not supposed to do. "If you run better than you are supposed to, you pass somebody you are not supposed to or you out qualify somebody you are not supposed to. Once you do that I feel like that kind of changes, but showing up to the race track in a Hendrick Motorsports car ... I feel like I walk in and I'm viewed differently." Nearly qualifying on the pole, he missed the top spot by just .004 second, hasn't hurt. Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) will start on the pole. RELATED: See all the cars as they will line up this week Earnhardt "saved my career," Bowman said of the XFINITY opportunity. "He has been a big part of my life and I will definitely cherish that friendship forever." If there's a debt owed, he knows the best way to repay it would be to compete at the level his friend expects. "Obviously I hate the circumstances," Bowman said, "but without him saying 'Hey, put Alex in it,' I don't think that Hendrick Motorsports really would have thought of me. "Maybe they would have, but who knows? I'm definitely thankful for all his support."
Kevin Harvick signs long-term deal with Stewart-Haas Racing
RELATED: Harvick through the years Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that it has signed Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension, scuttling any outlying speculation about his future with the team. Details of the deal were not released. Harvick, 40, is in his third year with the SHR No. 4 Chevrolet team and crew chief Rodney Childers. Harvick won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2014, his first year with the operation co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. "It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision," Harvick said in a release provided by the team. "I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I'm very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning." Thursday's news quashes speculation that Harvick might leave the team, which is moving from Chevrolet to Ford for the 2017 season. Harvick has made 550 starts in NASCAR's top division, all in Chevrolets. "Kevin's results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder," Stewart said in the release. " Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future." Childers signed a multi-year contract with the No. 4 team last June. Thursday's announcement promises to keep one of the series' most successful driver-crew chiefs pairings together for the indefinite future. Harvick has notched nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup wins in Stewart-Haas equipment. Since making the transition to SHR, he has finished first (2014) and second (2015) in the driver standings, and ranks as the top point-earner so far this season. Harvick will address the media Friday at 1:15 p.m. ET in the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway , site of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Video of the news conference will be live-streamed on NASCAR.com.
Custer excited to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017
Cole Custer says he's excited to join Stewart-Haas Racing's XFINITY Series team in 2017 but is also still focused on winning this year in the Camping World Truck Series.
Stewart-Haas , Joe Gibbs Racing secure fourth Charters
RELATED: Who has the 36 Charters? " Fast facts about charters DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing have each obtained an additional Charter for their respective teams, a move that will guarantee NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch (SHR) and Carl Edwards (JGR) a starting spot in all 36 points races each week. Officials with both teams made the announcements separately via social media (Twitter) Saturday afternoon. Securing the Charters was expected. Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said earlier this week that Charters awarded to his organization, which ceased operations at the conclusion of the 2015 season, would likely be purchased by the Stewart-Haas and Joe Gibbs organizations. No purchase price was announced. NASCAR unveiled the new system Feb. 9, announcing a nine-year arrangement that not only will assure Charter teams a starting spot in the field but there will also be financial benefits generated by the move. Based on criteria developed by NASCAR and with input from the industry, Charters were awarded to 36 teams, each of which had attempted to qualify for all races since the start of the 2013 season. It was also announced that beginning this season Sprint Cup Series fields would feature 40 cars rather than 43 as had previously been the case. As a result, there will be four remaining positions in the field each week to be filled by Open (non-Charter) teams. Those will be determined as they have been in previous years, based on qualifying speeds. SHR was awarded three Charters for its Nos. 4, 10 and 14 teams; the No. 41 team did not debut until 2014. Likewise JGR was awarded three Charters for its Nos. 11, 18 and 20 teams, and sought a fourth for the No. 19, which debuted with Edwards last season. Charters may be sold or leased (a one-time transfer), with NASCAR approval, and HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott opted for the latter in order to obtain a Charter for his No. 46 team with driver Michael Annett . Scott announced Friday that he had reached an agreement with Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson for use of that team's Charter for the 2016 season. HScott, a two-team organization, was awarded one Charter, assigned to the No. 15 team of Clint Bowyer , meaning Annett would have to qualify for all races this season. Premium Motorsports will continue to field a Sprint Cup entry. Cole Whitt will attempt to qualify the team's No. 98 Toyota in the field for next week’s season-opening Daytona 500
Stewart-Haas Racing zeroes in on digital dash
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will adjust to a new innovation wrinkle this season, making use of a digital dashboard display that will replace long-used analog gauges. True to the competitive spirit in the NASCAR garage, one team might have a leg up on the rest. Stewart-Haas Racing was the first to apply the technology in actual race conditions, deploying the digital display in Kurt Busch 's No. 41 Chevrolet last September at Darlington Raceway . For the No. 41 team to blaze the trail created an interesting juxtaposition at the South Carolina track. Here was one of NASCAR's most tech-savvy teams making an early embrace of one of the sport's newest technological leaps, but hosting the coming-out party at stock-car racing's oldest superspeedway with one of the most old-school crew chiefs in Tony Gibson leading the charge. "We got on it," Gibson said last week during NASCAR's annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. "… We didn't want to go to Daytona and have, 'What have we got? How does the layout want to be in this dash?' So we worked out all the bugs in ours before the end of the year. Kurt had his own layout and what he wanted to see, and he knows how to run it. We had to move some things around, work some bugs out like everybody else." Other teams followed suit, taking advantage of last season's breaking-in phase as an audition for a NASCAR-mandated rules change in 2016. A quick canvass of drivers and crew chiefs during last week's media tour revealed that some teams still have some fine-tuning to do before cars hit the track for opening Sprint Unlimited practice Feb. 12 at Daytona International Speedway . If the pattern of Stewart-Haas being ahead of the game in the offseason sounds familiar, it should. In a pivotal December 2013 test session with the new driver/crew chief pairing of Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers, SHR's No. 4 team was the class of the field in quickly adapting to the next season's rules package -- a transition that eventually netted the 2014 Sprint Cup championship. "Anything new, you have to put time into it and understand it, and I'm thankful to have that opportunity with Stewart-Haas to have the engineering department, to have a dedicated guy who's working with McLaren on the software and to be able to find new things," Busch said. "Even with us running it last year at Darlington and then the next time I tested it in January, so many new chapters, categories and things were opened up for us to look at. "I'm just glad that I feel like we've done our homework and put our time invested into it to where we won't have problems with it and we're going to succeed with it and not have it be an issue or a distraction on race weekends." The next step for teams beyond making sure the system works: Getting the most out of the information. The existing settings -- tachometer; voltage; water and oil temperatures; oil, water and fuel pressures -- will all be accessible, but delivered on one of 16 different preset displays. Teams will be able to drill down and customize each preset based on driver preferences. The first full-field implementation of the digital display is just weeks away, but NASCAR competition officials say the new system has room to grow. Tire-pressure sensors have been tested ahead of a 2017 rollout, with the potential to help teams make educated decisions about air pressure and other adjustments during pit stops. Tire sensors aren't yet approved for competition, but Sprint Cup Series director Richard Buck says he's hopeful for other advancements in distributing the dashboard data beyond drivers and teams. "The exciting part about it is the possibilities of the future," Buck said. "... Integrating it with the fans, integrating it with (the media), the data that we have on race cars available to us and be able to tailor that and get it out to the fans. That's what makes it exciting to me."
Tony Stewart injury update from Stewart-Haas Racing
RELATED: Stewart hospitalized with injury " Stewart to miss start of Cup season KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2016) -- Tony Stewart , driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday while vacationing on the West Coast. Stewart was transported to a local hospital following the non- racing accident and promptly evaluated. He was awake and alert throughout the process and able to move all of his extremities. Stewart flew to North Carolina Tuesday evening and was admitted to a Charlotte-area hospital for further evaluation. On Wednesday, he underwent surgery. The subsequent recovery period means Stewart will miss the beginning of the Sprint Cup season. A timetable for Stewart's return has not been determined, but he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016. Plans for an interim driver have not been finalized. MORE: Stewart: Full coverage of ATV accident
Stewart-Haas Racing to switch to Ford in 2017
RELATED: Key moments in SHR history Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday that its four-car operation will switch from Chevrolet to Ford-powered cars in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2017 -- the news catching most of the national media and racing insiders off-guard. Co-team owner and driver Tony Stewart considers it a coup that they were even able to keep the past six months of negotiations with Ford under wraps before Wednesday's big announcement -- only two weeks into the 2016 season. "I don't think the timing was a big issue, we just wanted to make sure we were in control of it," Stewart said. "It's very hard to keep secrets in this sport. "In figuring things were going to get out, we wanted to be proactive in announcing this. "We're going to get it out there, and then we're going to get back to business.” Both Stewart and co-owner Gene Haas opened their remarks on a national conference call Wednesday morning by thanking Chevrolet and committing to the 2016 season driving the GM brand before sharing their optimism about the Ford future. Stewart said he spoke with Hendrick Motorsports founder Rick Hendrick last month about the possibility of SHR switching engine makes -- SHR has a technical alliance with Hendrick -- and informed him of the team's final decision before Wednesday's announcement. Both Stewart and Haas were thankful to Chevy, Haas calling it a "long, awesome run” with the company. Stewart stressing, "we weren't disappointed with Chevy" and said he felt this announcement and impending move would not seriously harm the current Chevy alliance with Hendrick Motorsports . "I don't think Rick looks at this as a betrayal," Haas said of Hendrick. "I think he (Hendrick) respects the decision we have made. It's a bottom line, business decision that enhances Stewart-Haas Racing in the future and an opportunity we couldn't pass up." As the SHR announcement was ongoing Wednesday morning, Chevrolet released a statement from its Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell saying, "We are disappointed with Stewart-Haas Racing 's decision, but our focus for 2016 has not changed." Stewart was in complete agreement about the focus. He reiterated the group's plans to win a 2016 Cup championship with Chevy this year and spoke about the move as a difficult, much-contemplated process. "None of this was done on a coin toss," Stewart said. "We've put six months of thought into it." SHR fields cars for 2014 Cup champion Kevin Harvick , 2004 series champion Kurt Busch , Danica Patrick and next year Clint Bowyer will take over for the retiring Stewart behind the wheel of the No. 14. NASCAR released the following statement after the news broke: " Stewart-Haas Racing has been a top-tier team in our sport for many years, and we wish them well in their future endeavor with Ford Performance. Our sport is rooted in healthy competition, and NASCAR is fortunate to have three strong auto manufacturer partners all committed to the common goals of winning and growing the sport. We know that SHR and Chevrolet will work together as hard as ever this season to win races and pursue their third Sprint Cup Championship together." Ford executives were clearly optimistic and eager about increasing their Cup tally, which also currently includes spotlight partners such as Penske Racing and Roush-Fenway Racing , Wood Brothers Racing , Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports . "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year," said Ford's global Director of Performance Dave Pericak, who also noted, "This is just another addition; we're not eliminating or reducing support to other teams." Stewart, who is currently sidelined in his final year of Cup competition while recovering from an L1 vertebrae fracture, admitted he had been monitoring social media such as Twitter after the initial announcement was made Wednesday morning. He was curious to reaction. "I understand some people are upset and I've also read comments from people who are ecstatic about it," he said, adding, "You can't overlook great opportunities.” He also said after a nearly 20-year personal tenure under the Chevy banner, "It was a big decision; it's what's best for our company going forward." In the hours after the decision was made, Ford drivers also reached out via Twitter to congratulate the SHR contingent. "Welcome to the @FordPerformance family @StewartHaasRcng. Excited to have another team join the blue ovals," tweeted Penske Racing driver Joey Logano . MORE: Smith analyzes SHR move
Stewart celebrates American technicians
Tony Stewart visits the Rush Truck Center that services Stewart-Haas Racing as they salute America's technicians.