Dale Earnhardt Jr. visits the College Football Hall of Fame to surprise fan, Austin Freeman. Freeman suffers from a rare form of pediatric bone cancer.
Ben Rhodes ends up in the wall at Dover International Speedway after pushing the limits too early with the No. 88.
First look at the magazine's Q&A with NBC's lead Sprint Cup race announcer
One week after coming up a single position short at Darlington, Ray Alfalla ( Slip Angle Motorsports ) turned-in a dominating performance at Chicagoland Speedway to score his third victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing. Alfalla started fourth and quickly showed his would be the car to beat, pacing the field for a race-high 117 of 167 laps. Aero Precision 's Taylor Hurst finished second, 3.79s behind the winner. Bryan Blackford was third, followed by Michael Conti ( Drill Aisle ), who battled from thirty-third on the grid, and Chris Overland ( Last Row Motorsports ). The biggest winner of all, however, finished a lowly 29th. That would be Kenny Humpe ( The TEAM ) who came into the race with a virtually insurmountable lead in the points and went on to clinch the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series championship and the $10,000 grand prize. Humpe's race started strong with a third place run in qualifying and, while it was clear he did not have the speed to run with Alfalla, a top five seemed realistic. That all changed on Lap 101 when Humpe got loose and hit the wall off Turn Two, triggering a crash that also involved Allen Boes and Justin Bolton. Despite his damage, Humpe soldered on to the finish and wrapped-up the championship a week early. Alfalla did all he could do to extend the championship battle to the final race of the season. He led for much of the evening and found himself out front when the fifth and final yellow flag flew with 44 laps remaining. With tires at a premium, all lead lap cars headed to the pits for fresh rubber, final adjustments and fuel to the finish. Alfalla won the race off pit road but came under attack from Hurst and Tyler Hudson ( One Up Motorsports ) shortly after the restart. Four laps later, Hudson took advantage of a minor mistake by Alfalla and grabbed the lead with Hurst in tow. Alfalla, knowing he had the best long-run car, was content to bide his time in third. Sure enough, it only took nine laps for Alfalla to catch and re-pass Hurst to move back into second. Hudson too began to struggle and he met the same fate as Hurst three laps later. Once back in clean air, Alfalla checked-out on the rest of the field, never being challenged the rest of the way. The race started with a long green flag run and as the track took rubber and tires wore, some sim racers and cars reacted more positively than others did. Conti flew through the back half of the field after missing qualifying while Corey Vincent ( Premere Motorsports Group ) and Nick Ottinger ( Gale Force Racing ) both struggled with ill-handling cars and fell back. Vincent recovered for a ninth place result but Ottinger's luck ran out when he met the Turn Four wall, ending his night in 39th position. While Humpe took the title, Alfalla locked-up second place in the points, extending a remarkable five-year streak of finishing either first or second in the championship. However, the fight for third is far from over with PJ Stergios currently occupying the final podium spot with Blackford (-17 points) and Overland (-18 points) in pursuit. Just one race remains in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, the traditional season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . With Humpe and Alfalla both locked into their championship positions, it would be no surprise to see both drivers go all-out for one more win to cap off the season. In addition, the battle for third is tight enough that it would not be surprising to see either Blackford or Overland try to play strategy to overtake Stergios. Who will end the season on a high note and who will be left staring at a long off-season? To find the results to all these stories and more be sure to catch the series finale in two weeks' time on iRacingLive !
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2015) – A cross-section of thought leaders and influencers in environmental sustainability, business and sport will gather today for the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol-E15. Convening in Chicago for the second time in the past three years, a distinguished roster of participants will examine the future of environmental sustainability and its impact on the American consumer. Today's keynote speaker is widely considered to be among the world’s leading authorities on energy, Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute. He will be joined by Dr. Marius Stan, Senior Scientist Nuclear Energy at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and actor from the television series Breaking Bad ; Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Economics Lecturer at the University of Chicago in Public Policy and the Program on Global Environment; Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, President and Co-Founder of The Green Sports Alliance; Alderman Edward M. Burke of Chicago's 14th Ward; and John Davies, Vice President and Senior Analyst at GreenBiz Group. "The NASCAR Green Summit brings together an array of corporations, educators, policy makers, economists, scientists and athletes – all who share our commitment to help protect the environment," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. "Today's event allows for the real-time exchange of ideas, which helps the industry advance important initiatives that educate fans and ultimately drive sustainable behavior." As part of today's summit, NASCAR will formally announce its membership of the Green Sports Alliance, a movement to make sports more sustainable through environmental performance. Since its founding in 2011, the Green Sports Alliance has grown to more than 300 professional and collegiate teams and venues from 20 difference sports leagues and 14 countries. The 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol-E15 will recognize a number of Official NASCAR Partners that continue to raise the bar in driving sustainable behavior. The program includes executives from some of the world's most influential brands, such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, POET, Safety-Kleen, SunEdison, Sunoco, Toyota and presenting partner American Ethanol. Additionally, athletes representing a number of sports properties, including NASCAR, NFL, NBA and UFC will be on-site. Scheduled to attend are Austin Dillon , Richard Childress Racing ; Sam Hornish Jr ., Richard Petty Motorsports ; Mike Miller, Portland Trailblazers; Will Weatherspoon, former NFL linebacker, sustainable farmer and reporter for the Rams Radio Network, and Robbie Lawler, current UFC Welterweight Champion. Leading conservation and sustainability organizations will also be represented, including Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, and Sportsmen’s Alliance. NASCAR will honor a number of teams and sanctioned tracks for their dedication to making a positive impact on the environment. Tracks receiving awards include, Daytona International Speedway , Indianapolis Motor Speedway , Michigan International Speedway , Pocono Raceway , Richmond International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway. NASCAR teams being honored include Canada’s Best Racing Team, Ganassi Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing . The NASCAR Green Summit takes place in advance of the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway . For tickets to the September 18-20 race weekend, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223). Single-day tickets are available. NBCSN will air the race at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 20. Fans can also find the race on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www.nascar.com/green .
RELATED: Part 1 " Part 2 " Part 3 MORE: Meet the 16 Chase crew chiefs This is the fourth in a series of four pit crew analysis pieces NASCAR.com will roll out this week as we preview the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase. Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet for Jeff Gordon Pit Coach: Chris Burkey Front Changer: Scott Brzozowski Front Carrier: Dion Williams Jackman: John Gianatto Rear Changer: Chad Avritt Rear Carrier: Jared Erspamer Gas Man: Travis Gordon Strength : They pit for one of the greatest drivers of all time, and this crew would love to send Jeff Gordon off on a solid note at the end of his final full-time Sprint Cup season. They have two changers who are as fast as any two out there and a support team that is solid. Weakness : Early in the year this team was moving some crewmen around. They took a few weeks to look at some young talent at the front carrier, rear carrier and jack man positions. During this time, jackman Bailey Walker and HMS parted ways and John Gianatto took over full time. So the in-experience of this team might play a factor. Also, they took a lot of heat a few weeks back at Bristol over two loose wheels on the rear and getting over that will be key. Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet for Ryan Newman Pit Crew: 31 Pit Coach: Eric Wilson Front Changer: Tim Sheets Front Carrier: J.D. Holcum Jackman: Adam Lewis Rear Changer: Jake Lind Rear Carrier: Brad Robinson Gas Man: Cruz Gonzalez Strength : This team has some very high-end speed. They have been a top 15 crew for most of the year and come Chase time, they must find that top-end speed in order to compete. This is the same group that helped Newman finish second in last year's Chase Weakness : Last year they were a team that was running fast times all year at every track. This year they've fallen off a little bit on the consistency side. Make no mistake ... this team is fast, but being fast sometimes and being fast all the time are two different things. Richard Childress Racing No. 27 for Paul Menard Pit Coach: Eric Wilson Front Changer: Jeff Cordero Front Carrier: Matt Donley Jackman: Sam Abney Rear Changer: Aaron Smith Rear Carrier: Ray Wright Gas Man: Matt Krueter Strength : This is the same group that has pitted the No. 27 all year. They understand their driver and have veteran leadership within the back of their car with Smith, Wright and Krueter. Weakness : It's been a while since they were in contention for a win, and it's hard to get up for each race when your not used to pitting up front. Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota for Clint Bowyer Pit Coach: Walt Smith Front Changer: Terry Spalding Front Carrier: Allen Steel Jackman: Brian Chase Rear Changer: Lee Cunningham Rear Carrier: PJ Brody Gas Man: Evan Marchall Strength : They have a ton of leadership with Spalding and Chase and have plenty of talent in the rear with Brody and Cunningham. They have the ability to go low on any stop. Weakness : They haven't been running up front all year, and pitting under the pressure that the Chase provides will test this group. They have had races where they've been a top team all day and they've had races where you didn't know they were there. This would be a scary crew to handicap one way or the other.
This week's edition of GarageCam is full of Camping World Truck Series drivers preparing for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
What: 55th annual Irwin Tools Night Race . Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, .533-mile oval in Bristol, Tenn. When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. ET. TV/Radio: NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Distance: 500 laps, 266.5 miles. Pit road speed: 30 mph. Caution car speed: 35 mph. Fuel window: 150 laps. On the front row: " Full lineup Denny Hamlin , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota (131.407 mph) Kyle Busch , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (131.263 mph) Did not qualify Travis Kvapil , The Motorsports Group No. 30 Chevrolet; Jeb Burton , BK Racing No. 26 Toyota; Reed Sorensen, Premium No. 62 Motorsports Chevrolet Fastest in practice First practice: Kyle Larson , Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 42 Chevrolet (129.833 mph) " Results Final practice: Kyle Busch , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (131.146 mph). " Results Driver rating (Best driver rating average at Bristol based on past 21 races): Matt Kenseth (104.6) Jeff Gordon (100.3) Last year's winner Joey Logano , Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Milestones in the mountains Two drivers in the field will click off landmark starts in NASCAR's premier series Saturday night. Ryan Newman is scheduled to make his 500th Sprint Cup appearance in Bristol's annual night race, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . will be making his 100th start in the series. For one of the two, the occasion came as a surprise. "I honestly had no idea until someone informed me of it this week," Newman said. "500 is definitely a career milestone but for me, the biggest career start was my very first one. You got to have people who believe in you enough to just give you a chance and for that I am truly grateful." Gordon's landmark The return of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevy's rainbow paint scheme may be a 'one weekend only' occurrence, but Bristol Motor Speedway gave Jeff Gordon a sustaining gift Friday that will last ages. A swath of seats in the mammoth grandstands will be known as the Jeff Gordon Terrace, joining sections named for stock-car racing legends -- Earnhardt, Allison, Petty, Pearson, Waltrip, Johnson, Wallace, Yarborough and Kulwicki. History lesson Then named Bristol International Speedway, the .533-mile track debuted with the Volunteer 500 on July 30, 1961. Jack Smith was credited with the inaugural victory, but he was behind the wheel for only the first 290 laps, giving way to relief driver Johnny Allen for the final 210 circuits in the searing summer heat. They said it "One in 43." -- Matt Kenseth on weighing his chances of securing a second consecutive Sprint Cup victory, and a Bristol season sweep, this weekend. Former Bristol winners in field Kurt Busch , Kyle Busch , Jeff Gordon (5); Matt Kenseth (4); Carl Edwards (3); Brad Keselowski (2); Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Joey Logano , Tony Stewart (1)
NASCAR.com analysts Chris Rice and Marty Snider break down the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. Topics include MWR making the Chase and whether there should be worries about Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Ives.