Tony Stewart to honor Bobby Allison at Darlington
Tony Stewart unveils his throwback paint scheme honoring NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison. Stewart will run the Coca-Cola No. 14 at Darlington Raceway Labor Day weekend.
Tony Eury Jr. to serve as NWMT crew chief at Bristol
Veteran crew chief Tony Eury Jr. will serve as crew chief for Todd Szegedy in the No. 15 15-40 Connection car in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway , Rob Fuller Motorsports announced Monday afternoon. "After getting to know Todd, I am excited to be his crew chief in Bristol," Eury said in a team release. "I think we have a legitimate shot to win, and we're going to have some fun with it as well. I've paid attention to how the track is from past modified races, and I think working on super late models every week can be applied to working on the modified car as well. We are going in with a game plan, but I might bring a few ideas to the table that we can try and see what happens!" Eury Jr. is cousin of Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr . and served as Junior's Sprint Cup crew chief on a part-time basis for four seasons and full-time in 2006 and 2008. The duo won twice during their full-time seasons together. Eury also captained the Sprint Cup pit box for Brad Keselowski and Michael Waltrip briefly, as well as Danica Patrick in the XFINITY Series. Eury's father, Tony Eury Sr., served as crew chief for Earnhardt Jr. as well (1999- 2004) and Dale Earnhardt in the XFINITY Series. Eury Jr. was named general manager for Mooresville, North Carolina-based LFR Chassis, Inc. in 2014. The Bush's Beans 150 will take place Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at Bristol Motor Speedway . The Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 200 follows the conclusion of the 150-miler, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Best in-car audio from the Bristol Night Race
From weather delays, to Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart's dual burnouts, relive the sounds from the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Darlington paint scheme fan vote early top 10 revealed
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now The Darlington Best In Show fan vote is underway, and we have some early returns to share. As Darlington Raceway celebrates NASCAR's history with its second of four planned throwback weekends for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sept. 4, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), fans are voting on their favorite paint schemes honoring drivers and paint schemes of yore. The top 10 vote-getters up until now are, in alphabetical order: AJ Allmendinger , Kurt Busch , Kyle Busch , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Matt Kenseth , Casey Mears , David Ragan , Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr . The top five fan vote getters' paint schemes will be presented to a panel of NASCAR Hall of Fame members, who will make the final selection. The award for the Best Throwback Paint Scheme will be presented to the winning team and driver prior to the Bojangles' Southern 500 . &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Cain: No need to panic about struggling Hendrick
Who's panicking? Not the Hendrick Motorsports team, as some have suggested. Working overtime, brainstorming, gritting their teeth and rolling up their sleeves? Perhaps. But this organization -- which hasn't celebrated a victory since March -- knows a little something about challenging for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championships, and it would be naïve and foolhardy to believe the team's summer doldrums are a definitive sign of playoff potential. At least that's what history has shown us. And what Jimmie Johnson tells us. And what team owner Rick Hendrick has assured. "A lot of hard work went on during the break that we had," Johnson said last weekend at Bristol, Tennessee. "Just judging by the excitement from (crew chief) Chad (Knaus) and all the way through to Mr. Hendrick, we're definitely turning over some stones and are hopeful to bring a little better product to the race track week in and week out. "We've been struggling at times, trying to produce speed and lap times of late and making mistakes in the process. We're still rallying with some decent finishes from time to time, but then again, still having some bad luck. I think Watkins Glen kind of speaks to that as well; and also self-inflicted mistakes. "I think come Chase time, in the middle of the Chase, the way things are looking back at the shop, and the excitement I see in all the departments, we're expecting a good late-season surge for Hendrick Motorsports ." Labor Day -- which traditionally marks the end of summer -- can't come soon enough for this team. Johnson is the only member of this Fab Four lineup to hoist a trophy this season, and the six-time champ did it twice right off the bat -- winning the second race of the year at Atlanta, then three weeks later in California. Chase Elliott opened his rookie campaign with 11 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races, including pole positions for the Daytona 500 and at Talladega Superspeedway . And he capped off that season-starting run with a career-best runner-up at Michigan International Speedway -- where the series returns this weekend. Kasey Kahne is also seeking his first trophy of the year, but already has six top 10s -- more than halfway to his entire total (10) from last year. And he has won at both Michigan (2006 from the pole position) and at Richmond, Virginia (2005), where the Chase field will be formally set on Sept. 10. As the Chase Grid stands now, Kahne is tied with Kyle Larson , three positions shy of qualifying. They trail 16th-place Ryan Newman by 39 points. With Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s return still unknown as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms, the feared Hendrick foursome realizes it is a threesome come title time. But it remains a championship threat. "Our guys have been working really hard these past few weeks," said Elliott, who is Chase-eligible by being ranked 12th in the standings. "Everybody is fired up at Hendrick Motorsports . Mr. Hendrick himself is fired up -- he has been around the shop a lot. We are all just trying to give it the best effort we can to try and make the most of these next 14 weeks. "We are all working hard, we are all in. Hopefully, Michigan will be a step in the right direction." In the past -- such as during Johnson's jaw-dropping six title runs in eight years – this team has made it look almost too easy. So Toyota has stepped it up, winning its first Cup championship last year with Kyle Busch and collecting 11 trophies already this year. Ford's been every bit a player, as well, with Team Penske drivers -- Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano -- earning enough trophies (five) between the two of them to keep the others honest this season. And Hendrick's Chevy "alliance" partner, the Stewart-Haas Racing team, has certainly come to the party with at least three Chase entrants including 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick , who won his second race Sunday at Bristol and leads the championship standings; team owner Tony Stewart , who won at Sonoma , California; and Kurt Busch , who is ranked third in points. And while Johnson's two wins and Elliott's poles seem like it's business as usual, there is a new sense of urgency to right the Hendrick ship heading into the Chase. Johnson has the two wins, but he has only three top 10s in the last 14 races, a stretch that also includes four finishes of 30th or worse. Similarly, Elliott hasn't had a top-10 since his runner-up at Michigan. And Kahne has only one top 10 in that time. "We have been struggling this year, have not been as good as we want or should be," Hendrick said over the weekend while admitting he's even gotten up at 4:30 am to go to the wind tunnel with his team. "We know we have the ingredients and we're not satisfied, and we're going to do whatever it takes. That's been our motto all these years. We're at, what, 242 wins in Cup series? And we're not done. "Nobody's satisfied. We've wrecked more cars. … Haven't led races like we usually do. Not making any excuses, we've got to get to work. That's the deal. We're all committed and we're all excited. Nobody stays on top forever but we're not happy where we are and we want to get back." "I'm accountable," Hendrick continued. "They're accountable. "When you're not doing well, you can walk away and point fingers or you can jump in it and say, 'Let's get with it. We know how to do it. Let's get better working together.' "I'm proud of our company and we're going to be better. I like the challenge."
Tony Stewart Chase Watch
RELATED: Full New Hampshire results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Stewart gear Tony Stewart returned from a back injury in April and the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion is in pursuit of one of the 16 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in his final season. Here's a look at where the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet stands in his hunt after Sunday's runner-up finish in the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the season's 19th of 26 regular-season races. WHAT JUST HAPPENED The three-time champion followed a top-five finish at Kentucky with a runner-up in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at New Hampshire, Stewart's second-best showing of the season. That moved Stewart into 28th place in the drivers point standings. With a win locked up at Sonoma, inside the top 30 is where Stewart needs to be in order to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. As it stands now, he's in the provisional Chase Grid. He leads 29th-place Landon Cassill by three points and 31st-place driver Brian Scott by 67 points. WHAT HE NEEDS Stewart received a waiver from NASCAR for Chase eligibility. The surest way into the Chase is by winning before the end of regular season (at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 10) -- which Stewart did at Sonoma -- and remain in the top 30 in the points standings. En route to his 2015 championship, Kyle Busch faced a similar path after missing the first 11 races with a leg injury. With the win in the bank, Stewart can focus on remaining in the top 30. He sits 28th in the standings with 287 points. He is six points beind Casey Mears , who sits at 27th place in the standings. WHAT'S NEXT "Smoke" heads to his hometrack of Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 24 at 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where he has two victories. In his 17 starts there, Stewart has seven top fives and 11 top 10s. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Crew chief Tony Gibson bullish on adding SHR XFINITY team
ANALYSIS: Potential XFINITY drivers for SHR WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Stewart-Haas Racing's rapid rate of expansion received another significant add-on Monday with the announcement that it will field a single-car entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. To hear Tony Gibson -- the team's most veteran crew chief -- tell it, the move serves only to strengthen an already flourishing organization. "I think there's a lot of plusses to it," Gibson, Kurt Busch's crew chief, said during a break in Day 1 of a two-day organizational test at Watkins Glen International. "Obviously, it's a lot more work and it's just something else you've got to keep track of as a company, but I think in all, when you weigh out the pros and cons, there's a lot more pros." The main positive to potentially emerge is the creation of a farm system for developmental drivers and crew personnel. On Monday, SHR said that the driver and sponsor lineup for the XFINITY Series campaign would be announced at a later date. But for Gibson, the benefits extend beyond having a feeder system to cultivate the next star with his or her name on the windshield. It's about developing all the parts and pieces that boost performance as well. "You look at all these guys that are real successful on the (Sprint) Cup side like Penske and Gibbs, they learn a lot from their XFINITY programs," Gibson said. "I know their drivers talk really highly about it, especially not so much on the car side of it. When we go to these race tracks where something's changed or we've got a new tire, it helps those guys learn more about the tire and what it does throughout a run. That part's a huge gain, but also it lets you experiment and bring up younger crew chiefs and crewmembers and the pit-stop side of it is huge. "I've said the whole time that my guys on the 41 (team), they do way better on Sunday when they do the XFINITY car or trucks on Saturday. It seems to warm them up and they're in that right frame of mind come Sunday." RELATED: Big moments in Stewart-Haas history Stewart-Haas co-owner Gene Haas indicated in Monday's news release that expanding into the XFINITY ranks had long been in the works. It's the latest stage in the evolution of the group that he formed with owner-driver Tony Stewart ahead of the 2009 season. In the years following its debut as a modest two-car Sprint Cup outfit, SHR grew to a three-car operation for 2013 and reached the NASCAR-mandated four-car maximum the following year. But the winds of change have turned gustier of late. Early this year, as Haas was preparing to expand his racing reach a first season in Formula One, SHR announced that it would switch its manufacturer affiliation from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. Add the birth of an XFINITY Series entry to the mix and it makes for a busy stretch ahead at the team's Kannapolis, North Carolina, headquarters. Gibson said it's a tricky balance to strike, forging ahead with progress while doing the best to buoy this season's efforts with three of the organization's four drivers virtually locked into Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff berths. "It's difficult whenever you do that because you want to be the best at both," Gibson said. "But right now as far as me and the rest of our guys, the four teams we have right now, we're just focusing strictly on this year. We have a lot of resources there that are working on projects going forward. You have to do that. You have to structure it or you'll burn everybody out and then you lose them. Keeping the guys focused on what we've got to get done this year is more important."
Johnson talks about a compassionate Tony Stewart
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Gordon honors Tony before Indy
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