David McGrath looks to make mark at New Hampshire
RELATED: Buy tickets for New Hampshire If you happen to be a track promoter or a race fan, there is a pretty good chance you believe there is no such thing as too much racing. At least that's the case for New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath and the fan base that fills the grandstands two weekends a year at the 1-mile track located in Loudon, New Hampshire. "The crowds tell you no," McGrath told NASCAR.com. "Those stands don't empty. "They get it twice a year (at our facility) and they live for it. Like any other part of the country, the Northeast race fan is a rabid fan of our sport. They love it; they can't wait to get up to New Hampshire. They plan their summers and early fall around those races." McGrath, a native New Englander, understands the region's race fans, the bulk of whom arrive from in-state, with nearby Massachusetts and those making the trek from across the Canadian border making up a sizable chunk as well. Named to oversee the Speedway Motorsports Inc. track in October of '15, McGrath has quickly become acquainted with the intricacies and aspects of running such a facility. "Yeah, jack of all trades, master of none," he said. "You have to work at state level, local level, know your governor, senators, representatives and local selectmen. ... We care a great deal about our municipalities and our towns we work with, because we are all in the same boat together. We are the largest driver of economic revenue (in the state), but we don't do that with a swagger. "You are always trying to be understanding, tolerable and work together to figure out solutions. But make no mistake, the vision of the speedway is to be able to utilize that 1,100 acres with the team we've got and find new, cool events, create things for fans to come and experience." The typical race weekend at New Hampshire will see anywhere from three to four series competing during the course of three days. A Sprint Cup/XFINITY Series doubleheader in the summer and a Sprint Cup/Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in the fall headline programs that also include events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Whelen Modified Tour and American Canadian Tour. It's rare to wander into the facility during a race weekend and not hear cars of one sort or another on the track, either practicing, qualifying or racing. Competing at New Hampshire is a big, big deal, especially for the grassroots circuits. "Certainly in the case of the Modifieds it is, no question," McGrath said. "They are a touring series that travels all over the Northeast and they look at New Hampshire as their big, big event. Their Daytona, if you will." The track has played host to the Whelen Modified Series since 1990, three years before Sprint Cup came calling, and the list of previous winners includes such standouts as Mike McLaughlin, Steve Park, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik, Tony Hirschman and Ted Christopher . "Saturday on either race weekend at our track, whether it's July or September, I think is one of the best deals in all of motorsports as far as for the race fans," McGrath said. "Absolutely. You get three great races. In July you've got the K&N race to end the day, you've got XFINITY and then you've got Modifieds. And then in September, you've got Modifieds, Trucks, and the ACT. That's just a great day." In addition to hosting two Sprint Cup Series races, including one that falls in the Round of 16 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the fall Truck Series race will serve as that series' opener for its inaugural seven-race Chase. Off the track, McGrath said his vision is to continue to develop those things that track ownership -- the facility is one of eight operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. -- has already undertaken. "We work for the fans," he said. "One of my visions is to continually improve the facility to make it more fan friendly than it already is. Our company has invested a lot of money since we purchased the track back in 2007 going into 2008. We're going to continue to do those things as it makes sense. "We will continue to evaluate areas where we can improve the fan experience. We've built bath/shower houses, increased and improved site drainage ... and have new paving areas all over the campgrounds and the facility. "But the vision would really be to evolve and improve the track and think about new ways to increase the fan experience."
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 25 Years, 25 Moments
Buy Tickets - SYLVANIA 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 's September event weekend will mark the facility's 25th Anniversary. Relive some of the top moments over the past 25 years. From Rusty Wallace capturing the inagural NASCAR Sprint Cup race win to Cole Custer becoming the youngest driver to visit Victory Lane in a National Series event - check out the top 25 moments below. 1. August 13, 1989: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway (formerly Bryar Motorsports Park). 2. June 5, 1990: Track owner Bob Bahre and N.H. Governor Judd Gregg cut the ribbon to officially open “New Hampshire International Speedway.” 3. July 15, 1990: In NASCAR's debut at NHMS, Tommy Ellis wins the Grand National Series ( XFINITY ) race. 4. August 23, 1992: Joe Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) bump each other on the way to the finish line with Nemechek taking home the win. 5. July 11, 1993: Rusty Wallace wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. 6. July 9, 1995: Jeff Gordon earns his first win at NHMS en route to his first Cup Series championship. 7. July 14, 1996: Ernie Irvan captures the win in one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan, where he was given less than a 10 percent chance of survival. 8. June 28, 1998: In his final season as an IndyCar driver, Tony Stewart wins the IRL New England 200, his final career win in the series. 9. Sept. 17, 2000: Jeff Burton leads all 300 laps of the Dura Lube 300 to earn his record-setting fourth Cup Series win at NHMS. The race is infamously remembered for its use of restrictor plates. 10. Nov. 23, 2001: The New Hampshire 300 runs as the last race of the season on Friday after Thanksgiving. Robby Gordon wins the race and Jeff Gordon holds the Sprint Cup Series trophy for the fourth time. 11. Sept. 19, 2004: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship debuts with its opening race, the SYLVANIA 300. Kurt Busch wins the race and goes on to become crowned Champion. 12. Sept. 18, 2005: Robby Gordon chucks his helmet at Michael Waltrip after a wreck on the backstretch. 13. June 28, 2008: Chuck Hossfeld edges Ted Christopher by 0.001 seconds in the Whelen Modified Tour’s New England 100, the closest margin of victory in speedway history. 14. June 28, 2009: Joey Logano becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at 19 years, 35 days. 15. Sept. 20, 2009: Fifty-year-old Mark Martin takes the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with the 40th and final win of his illustrious career. It was his first and only win at NHMS. 16. June 26, 2010: Kyle Busch ends a streak of 23 straight different winners at NHMS in the XFINITY Series by becoming the first two-time series winner in the track's history. He also won the '09 race and followed up with wins in '11 and '13. 17. July 16, 2011: Kyle Busch earns his 100th NASCAR National Series win and ties Mark Martin ’s record for most XFINITY Series wins with 49. 18. Sept. 25, 2011: Tony Stewart assumes his only lead in the SYLVANIA 300 with two to go when Clint Bowyer runs out of gas. The win was Stewart’s second in as many Chase races and propelled him to the championship. 19. July 14, 2012: NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik beats Ron Silk in the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 by 0.003 seconds. 20. Sept. 23, 2012: Denny Hamlin follows through on his guarantee to win, and celebrates with military personnel in victory lane. 21. July 11, 2013: Toomas Topi Heikkinen wins the SYVLANIA SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross race when leader Tanner Foust crashes on the final hairpin turn. 22. July 14, 2013: Part-time driver Brian Vickers wins the Camping World RV Sales 301, his first win since battling back from blood clots in his legs and lungs that threatened his life. 23. July 11, 2014: Ryan Newman wins the inaugural Modified All-Star Shootout event, a combination race between the best of the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. 24. July 13, 2014: Brad Keselowski ties a NASCAR record by becoming the 13th different non-repeat winner at the same track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 25. Sept. 20, 2014: At 16 years, seven months and 28 days, Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck s Series UNOH 175 to become the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series race.
Carl Edwards' exit could put Christopher Bell on fast track to XFINITY
How long do you think it took Christopher Bell to do the math? Carl Edwards ' announcement of his abrupt exit from the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has had a ripple effect that could go far beyond the promotion of Daniel Suárez to a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride. Because Suárez will fill Edwards' seat in NASCAR’s premier series, he won't defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series title. Bell will be one of the beneficiaries of the changes in Suárez's schedule. "Right now, we have a solid plan for Christopher ," said Dave Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) USA. "He exceeded our expectations. He got all the way to Miami (the championship race of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway ). This year, we expect him to get to Miami and win. "And if circumstances play out, we really would like to get him into an XFINITY car for a couple of races. We're working hard on that, and we're optimistic, but that could very well be a domino that falls. Those are helpful -- those couple of races where there's zero pressure, but it gives you a look at the next step." Last week at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 22-year-old Bell wasn't thinking about the next step. He was contemplating the next race, trying to become the first native Oklahoman to win the marquee event of midget racing since Andy Hillenburg accomplished the feat in 1994. (And, no, the Andy Hillenburg in question is not the Indiana-born driver who ran NASCAR races and later bought Rockingham Speedway . The Andy Hillenburg who won the Chili Bowl is a sprint car racer from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.) Bell was also thinking about the upcoming season in the Camping World Truck Series, where his own expectations mirror those of the Toyota brass. "I guess it could open it up for me," Bell said of Edwards' departure. "But, honestly, I haven't even really thought about it, because my schedule's already set, obviously, with Kyle Busch Motorsports. That's where my focus is, and we're going to aim really hard to win races this year. "We came close on the championship last year, but we didn't win many races -- we won one time. My goal is to win races with KBM." That doesn’t mean, however, that Bell wasn't enthused about the prospect of getting his first taste of the XFINITY Series. "That's great," he said during a break between features at the Chili Bowl. "That's good that I might get a couple of races -- that's really good." The extent of Bell's participation in XFINITY races depends to some degree on sponsorship. Wilson said Suárez's primary sponsor, Arris, which also sponsored Edwards, will be confined to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup car, even though Suárez will still run between eight and 12 XFINITY races. "If he (Bell) does what he should do in '17, then, naturally, we would love to get him into an XFINITY ride in '18," Wilson said. "Yes, this could play into Christopher's further development and get him one or two more XFINITY races that we may not have foreseen prior to the news (about Edwards)." Last Saturday night, Bell fulfilled his long-standing dream of winning the Chili Bowl, noting that competing in the Truck Series had informed his approach to dirt-track racing. Biding his time in the 55-lap "A" Main, Bell started on the front row and passed polesitter Justin Grant on Lap 26. He stayed out front the rest of the way. "In years past, it's been attack, attack, attack," Bell said. "This year, it didn't have to be that way. I just ran hard enough to stay in position but not get into trouble. I was able to ride behind Justin there for a while. I knew the bottom was slowing down quite a bit and I kept trying the top. I tried it two times and I almost got passed, so I knew it was going to be a matter of too early or too late at the top. "I started to watch the big screen. (Eventual runner-up Daryn) Pittman was running the top at the time. I knew he was in eighth, and I looked up and he was third or fourth so I knew I had to go. Once I went, I was able to squeak by Justin on the straightaway, and then it was a matter of just not screwing up." That sort of patience is emblematic of Bell's maturation as a driver. Early last season, he didn't look like a championship contender. In the second race of 2016, at Atlanta, his aggressiveness led to a wreck that collected Suárez, his teammate, and fellow Toyota driver and two-time series champion Matt Crafton . But Bell won at Gateway Motorsports Park nine races into the schedule, and he finished outside the top 10 just twice in the last 16 events.
Christopher Bell claims 2017 Chili Bowl victory
Photo: Toyota Racing Christopher Bell rang in the start of his 2017 season with perhaps the biggest win of his burgeoning racing career -- the 31st annual Chili Bowl. Bell, a full-time driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , won what many consider to be the world's most prestigious sprint car race after midnight ET on Sunday morning. Over the course of a week, he outlasted 364 other drivers who entered -- a Chili Bowl record -- and ended Rico Abreu's two-year reign as champion. Bell is regarded as one of the finer dirt racers in the country, and he was equally adept on pavement as well. The 22-year-old advanced to the Championship Round in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase as a full-time rookie in 2016. In 2015, he won at Eldora Speedway in his third career series start. Making the victory even sweeter is that Bell is an Oklahoma native -- he was born in Norman, about 125 miles southwest of the event site in Tulsa. "Oh my God, I just won the Chili Bowl," Bell said after climbing out of his machine. "This was a long time coming and a dream come true." C Bell up on the wheel tonight! #cbnationals @CBellRacing — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) January 15, 2017 Nice job C Bell! — William Byron (@WilliamByron) January 15, 2017 Daryn Pittman, a fellow Oklahoma native, finished second to Bell with Justin Grant, Tanner Thompson and Jake Swanson rounding out the top five. In all, four drivers with recent NASCAR experience qualified for the championship race. Abreu finished 11th after starting 25th in the 25-driver championship field, needing a champion's provisional to make the final field. Roush Fenway Racing 's Ricky Stenhouse Jr . finished 16th and Chase Briscoe, the newest full-time driver for Brad Keselowski Racing, was 22nd in the A-Main. The Chili Bowl is a week-long event with five days of practice and qualifying events to set the 25-car field for the main event. Saturday started with two O-Feature races -- the top four finishers from each O-Feature event advanced to the corresponding N-Feature races. Then the top four finishers from each N-Feature race advance into the M-Feature races. The format was used all the way up to the A-Main finale, although drivers also could qualify for the A-Main throughout the week. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson , who has stayed behind the wheel all offseason, including a racing trip to Australia -- failed to advance to the championship race after making the A-Main for five consecutive years. Abreu did not make it out of the F-Feature due to a tire issue, but he received a past champion's provisional. Stenhouse, another Chili Bowl veteran, won his B-Feature to advance into the championship race. Justin Allgaier , who will drive in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports in 2017, was ousted after the C-Feature. His most eventful moment of the week, though, came Friday when his car flipped on the last lap of his race.
Snider aims to be quick study with Kyle Busch Motorsports
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Even though Myatt Snider has been deeply rooted in motorsports since a young age, some may only hear his name for the first time this year. Snider is part of a star-studded lineup at Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 51 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . But while his teammates ( Christopher Bell , Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson) have become well-known in racing circles, 2017 will be Snider's first year in a large spotlight. When asked, Snider describes himself as a "Goofy kid from Charlotte." The word nerd also gets tossed about, as Snider mentions his interest in space. Although he's now taking a break from his education because of an increased racing schedule, Snider had been studying physics. In his spare time, he tries to get to as many concerts as he can to feed his "pretty big infatuation" for rock music. Make no mistake Snider has always had a passion for racing. Grandfather Gurney Snider was a car owner in the early days of NASCAR; cousin Jay Hedgecock has experience as a chassis builder as well as a late model car owner, and dad Marty Snider has spent many years as a pit reporter, currently with NBC Sports. As a young child, Snider took in races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and when he was 10, asked his father if he could race. It started with Bandoleros and then Legend cars. Eventually, Snider moved to late models and last year dabbled in the ARCA Racing Series. Snider has also been well-educated along the way, having worked at Joe Gibbs Racing . A senior in high school, Snider did an internship in the fabrication shop because he wanted to learn what went into full-time racing. From the fabrication shop, Snider took the chance to move around and learn other areas. "I moved over to the main shop floor where I was building and tearing down (Matt) Kenseth's cars, and in general learning about what I could with these cars," Snider said. "After working on Kenseth's cars, I went to work in the CNC shop, the engineering department, just kind of worked around the place and learned what I could from everybody." Snider will have no problem fitting in with his teammates, having known all of them in some form the last few years. Kyle Busch Motorsports will not lack personality this season. "It's really interesting because we've got people from all walks of life," Snider said. "(Team owner) Kyle (Busch) is definitely the most interesting one to work with because he's the most experienced out of all of us, and he's an expert on the sport. Running with him and being a teammate, and one of his drivers is such a great position because he's such a great resource. "He knows so much about the sport of racing. So, working with Kyle is probably one of the best assets about being a part of this team. And it's going to be a great asset to me learning how to be a better driver."
Talent, persistence and couch surfing lead Briscoe to Truck ride
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! For Chase Briscoe, stock car racing seemed an unrealistic goal. Having excelled on dirt, switching to pavement racing was never really the plan. Then he participated – and finished second – in the 2013 PEAK Stock Car Challenge. Soon thereafter, Briscoe made a move to North Carolina, slept on couches, and volunteered at shops while looking for a big break. Three years later, Briscoe's a success story. "I ended up going to one shop, and they let me have a test session, and that's the team I drove for last year and won the championship with," Briscoe said of Cunningham Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series. However, entering the year, Briscoe had just a handful of asphalt starts under his belt. Which made his unstoppable season hard to ignore. In 20 races, Briscoe earned six wins, six poles, with 14 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, and 949 laps led. This year, Briscoe takes the next step with a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . In the Ford Performance driver development program, Briscoe will pilot Brad Keselowsk i Racing's No. 29 truck. "The biggest thing going from dirt to asphalt is the patience when it comes to racing on pavement," Briscoe said. "Two-hundred miles is a long time, and I'm used to 25 laps. There's a lot more that can happen and a lot more you can control in longer races. "There's many opportunities to throw a race away when you're going 200 miles, whether it's on pit road or restarts. So, I think the biggest thing (I've learned) is trying to execute an entire race. That's the one thing I've really tried to make myself better at over the past year." Briscoe's quick adaption to pavement is as impressive as his signing with BKR. During his time volunteering at race shops, Briscoe crossed paths with Brian Keselowski , who encouraged his move south. Brian was also in brother and team owner Brad's ear about Briscoe. Briscoe didn't wait around. When Austin Theriault was hurt driving for BKR in late 2015, Briscoe went and offered his services. Then during his ARCA tear, Briscoe was introduced to Brad. By the time Briscoe won the championship, he was offered the truck deal. "My goal is going to be just like it was in the ARCA," Briscoe said. "William Byron set the bar really high as far as rookie wins go. I'd love to beat that and hopefully beat it by a couple. Winning the championship (would) be big, it's a different format than what I ran with ARCA, but if you can win races, it rewards you. So, win races and hopefully a championship." As for sleeping on couches, it wasn't all bad. " Christopher Bell was there," Briscoe said of his friend. "Bell had the spare bedroom with the air mattress, and I was on the couch … It'll be fun racing with him; it's nice to have somebody that I know that I can go to who has experience with trucks like he does from last year." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Christopher Bell recounts harrowing Daytona wreck
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Time away from the driver's seat is not a friend, not after a barrel roll down Daytona International Speedway 's frontstretch. One week removed from his frightening tumble, Christopher Bell is eager to get on the track again and put his dramatic wreck in the season opener behind him. Bell, who is in his first full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, has flipped sprint cars a time or two, but his crash in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota was a first in stock-car racing. It was different in several ways, including having more time to think about the wreck afterward. "In the open-wheel program, you race 100 races a year so you flip on Saturday and you're back racing on Sunday," the 21-year-old driver said before Friday's NCWTS practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway . "Luckily, we didn't have a huge break where you sit there and ponder it. So I'm looking forward to today and tomorrow to get Daytona behind us and I hope to start fresh." The physics of wrecking in NASCAR are different as well. "The biggest thing about the stock car is it might not hurt as bad because you've got more material around you, but the G forces are say more. I think the biggest thing is you're sitting to the left compared to an open-wheel car, you're sitting in the center of the car so everything is flipping around you. In the stock cars, you're off to the side of the truck, so whenever you start barrel rolling, you know, it's trying to throw you out of the car." Bell did start fresh and fast on Friday, posting the second-fastest speed of 178.816 mph in the Truck Series' first practice for Saturday's Great Clips 200 (4:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). He's competing in the truck that Erik Jones drove to the series championship in 2015. And he feels fine. "When I stopped, you got a lot of adrenaline, so I felt really good. … But walking to the ambulance I was pretty dizzy and by the time I got there, I was really dizzy. As far as injuries, other than a little bit of bruising, I mean my face was a little bruised afterwards, but other than that I was fine. The next morning I felt 100 percent until I got out of bed, and once I got out of bed, I realized I couldn't move quite as fast. But after a couple days that was all gone, and I was good to go." Bell is hopeful to keep pushing strong speed into Saturday's race with some solid testing at Atlanta under the team's belt. He got his first win while running seven races for KBM in 2015, taking the checkered flag at Eldora Speedway and is eager for another trip to Victory Lane. But first, Bell is grateful to get back to racing and past the wreck. He said the accident could have been worse if the truck had taken a hard hit to the nose or been hit by another truck rather than dissipating energy as it rolled down the track. "Looking back at it, I saw Larson's crash then Austin Dillon last year," Bell said. "You think, 'That's never going to happen to me. That'll never happen to me.' Then suddenly it is happening to you. Watching it was an eye opener. Even after I went through the crash it didn't sink in, but whenever I got to watching myself flipping, it's like 'Wow, that did happen to me.' It puts it in perspective."
Meet Julia Landauer: A new role model in NASCAR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Growing up in New York City, her parents encouraged her to play against the boys in order to be tough. Fast-forward two decades and that's exactly what Julia Landauer is doing with her racing career booming and off-track accolades, including a recent Forbes feature, helping to form her growing brand. Coming off a fourth-place finish in the standings in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series West, Landauer, who got her start in go-kart racing, is coming back for more in 2017 with a new team, crew chief and car as well as a fresh set of goals. "We're going for the championship," the NASCAR Next product said of her '17 crew -- Bob Bruncati's Sunrise Ford team. "We're really excited to try to win races and hopefully make some more history." And with seasoned crew chief Bill Sedgwick heading the No. 6 team, Landauer could be on track for a record year. "She's probably one of the best female drivers I've seen in awhile," Sedgwick, who owns two K&N Pro Series West titles (1991, '92) and is a championship-winning crew chief, told NASCAR.com. "She handles herself really well on the race track. ... She's very competitive, she's always looking to whatever she's doing to be better and I think that's a good goal to have." Wins are the likely next step for Landauer, 25, who in her rookie year posted the highest finish for a female driver in the 62-year history of the series. She scored 13 top 10s in just 14 starts -- an 11th-place finish at Sonoma being the sole outlier. While her racing achievements have helped her stay relevant on the race track, Landauer's off-track endeavors are helping cement her staying power in the sport. "I learned early on to be a superstar in NASCAR I was going to be able to share my story with the fans and to have that really resonate with them and have them support me," she said. "And so really I've tried to be very vulnerable in who I am and really play up the fact that I love education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ... I've been very conscious of the steps I've taken and the associations I've had, to make sure they really fit what I consider my brand to be and what I want my fans to see." The Stanford University graduate's "brand" became more recognizable in January after becoming an honoree for the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in sports -- she also was a contestant on reality TV show "Survivor" in 2013. "We selected Julia for the Forbes "30 Under 30" list, not only for her remarkable success behind the wheel, but also for what she's done to promote women in sports," Forbes reporter Christopher Smith said. Forbes honored Landauer for, yes, her uniqueness but also for what she has done for the sport as a whole. "I don't think there are many race car drivers who have made that (list) in general," Landauer said. "So to be able to represent the sport of racing and NASCAR by being so different and being from New York City and having gone to college, it's just really cool and really great to see that it's motivating for people and inspiring." Thus, her dream of becoming "a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion" is off to a good start with her starpower growing at a fast rate. Looks like she's pretty fortunate her parents encouraged her all those years ago in New York City.
What time is Daytona 500? 2017 NASCAR quick guide
Daytona 500 , Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, coverage starts on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. Owen Wilson will be the grand marshal ( read more ), and Lady Antebellum is performing in the pre-race show ( read more .) Click here for a full list of drivers that will be in the race ( read more .) What to do before the race: -- Watch the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona on Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET, FS1) and Can-Am Duels on Feb. 23 (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1) -- Download the NASCAR Mobile app ( Android, click here ) and (iPhone, click here ). Be sure to set your favorite driver for each series and turn on notifications for instant breaking news alerts. To set your favorite driver, go to the drivers page in each series. Click on your favorite driver. Click on the text that says "Tap here to set your favorite driver." The mobile app also has live leaderboards; NASCAR Drive with streaming in-car video and a new feature, "Crew Chief," where you can get a live inside look at your driver's dashboard on race day. -- Create or join a NASCAR.com Fantasy League and set your lineup. Click here to play Fantasy Live (registration is open now), and shoot for the grand prize of $3,000 for finishing first at the Daytona 500 . You also can win weekly and end-of-season prizes. -- Test your skills in the Streak to the Finish game, too -- just pick a driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the three national series each week they race. (It's harder than it sounds!) Click here to play (registration is open now.) -- Check the 2017 driver and team lineup chart for all the team changes. Click here for the Driver Tracker. What's new for 2017 -- NASCAR announces race format enhancements " Read more -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series partners high-energy brands " Read more --Junior's back in the No. 88 " Read more --Five drivers to watch in XFINITY Series " Read more --Five drivers to watch in Camping World Truck Series " Read more --Stewart-Haas moves into Ford cars " Read more --Toyota's racing a new Camry " Read more ICYMI in the offseason --Amy and Dale Earnhardt Jr . get married " See the photos -- Carl Edwards steps away from racing; Daniel Suarez moves up " Read more -- Kurt Busch and Ashley Van Metre marry " Read more --Five legends inducted into the Hall of Fame: Childress " Hendrick " Martin " Parks " Parsons " Photos -- Christopher Bell wins Chili Bowl " Read more -- Wood Brothers Racing moves into new shop " Read more
News: Christopher Bell can't sing as well as Huey Lewis and the
There's no denying Christopher Bell is bold. It's what led him to a victory in just his third career Camping World Truck Series start at the age of 20. And it's what led him to show off his vocal abilities in a new video he shared on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it seems his vocal abilities should've hit the gym first before flexing so hard. Time for @JBLaudio "Guess the Song." Tweet me the answer. Use #JBLxToyota #contest RULES: https://t.co/OUltxQpA66 pic.twitter.com/vJnghxLTNZ — Christopher Bell (@CBellRacing) March 30, 2016 Now, we fully admire Bell's ability to give it his all -- and hey, sometimes effort trumps talent -- but the first response tweet to his post kind of encapsulated how everyone is feeling about this. @CBellRacing @JBLaudio Chris please stick to racing — Zan (@Zannabee3) March 30, 2016 Well, maybe everyone except this guy. Does your mood suck? Try some @Huey_Lewis_News @pandora_radio . That will get your ass in gear. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) March 22, 2016 So, Chris, let's stick to what you know best (dominating on the race track), while leaving the mic work to the professionals and let's all jam out to some Huey Lewis and the News to help us get over hump day and one day closer to Martinsville.
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