Race Rewind: Wonderful Pistachios 400
Tempers flare as drivers battle for Chase spots and Kevin Harvick battles Carl Edwards for the victory at Richmond.
Post-Race Reactions: Wonderful Pistachios 400
Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson comment on their continuing feud and Junior and Edwards comment on a crazy race.
Sights and Sounds: Wonderful Pistachios 400
Relive a Saturday night at Richmond filled with American spirit and determined drivers vying for a spot in the Chase.
Johnson wins NMPA Richard Petty Driver of the Year
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jimmie Johnson , who won a record-tying seventh NASCAR championship this past season, has been voted the winner of the 2016 Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award presented by the National Motorsports Press Association. Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports , was named on 62 percent of the ballots cast for the award of the NMPA membership. Others receiving votes were Carl Edwards ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ), Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) and Joey Logano ( Team Penske ). Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Johnson are the only NASCAR drivers to win seven titles in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series . The announcement was made during the NMPA's annual Convention and Awards Dinner held in Concord, North Carolina. It marks the seventh time Johnson, 41, has received the Driver of the Year honor. He also won the award in 2004, '06, '07, '09, '10, and '13. Johnson won five races in 2016, including the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway that clinched his seventh championship. He ended the year with 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 36 races. The award is named in honor of Petty, NASCAR's win leader in its top series with 200 victories. It has been presented annually by the NMPA since 1969. Twenty-three different drivers have won the award since its inception. Other awards: Veteran motorsports journalist Al Pearce was named the 2016 recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association's Pocono Spirit Award. Pearce raised more than $13,000 through the auction of a racing helmet bearing the signatures of the 20 living World Driving Champions as well as those of Phil Hill and Sir Jack Brabham prior their passing. Proceeds from the project, which took nearly four years to complete, went to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. ... Veteran public relations representative Dave Ferroni was named the 2016 recipient of the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award. Ferroni has been involved in various forms of auto racing for more than 30 years. His company, DMF Communications, currently handles public relations for Furniture Row Racing and driver Martin Truex, Jr. in NASCAR's premier series. ... ESPN.com motorsports writer Bob Pockrass was named the recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association's Joe Littlejohn Award for 2016. The award is named after the former track owner from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is presented annually by the NMPA in recognition for outstanding service to the organization. Pockrass recently completed his eighth year as secretary treasurer for the NMPA. Richard Petty Driver of the Year Determined by vote of the membership, the Richard Petty Driver of the Year award has been presented annually since 1969 to recognize the season's most outstanding driver. It is named in honor of the seven-time NASCAR premier series champion: 2016, Jimmie Johnson ; 2015, Kyle Busch ; 2014, Kevin Harvick ; 2013, Jimmie Johnson ; 2012, Brad Keselowski ; 2011, Tony Stewart ; 2010, Jimmie Johnson ; 2009, Jimmie Johnson ; 2008, Carl Edwards ; 2007, Jimmie Johnson ; 2006, Jimmie Johnson ; 2005, Tony Stewart ; 2004, Jimmie Johnson ; 2003, Ryan Newman ; 2002, Tony Stewart ; 2001, Kevin Harvick ; 2000, Bobby Labonte ; 1999, Dale Jarrett; 1998, Jeff Gordon ; 1997, Dale Jarrett; 1996, Terry Labonte ; 1995, Jeff Gordon ; 1994, Dale Earnhardt; 1993, Rusty Wallace; 1992, Davey Allison; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990, Dale Earnhardt; 1989, Mark Martin; 1988, Rusty Wallace; 1987, Dale Earnhardt; 1986, Tim Richmond and Dale Earnhardt; 1985, Bill Elliott ; 1984, Terry Labonte ; 1983, Bobby Allison; 1982, Darrell Waltrip; 1981, Darrell Waltrip; 1980 Dale Earnhardt; 1979 Cale Yarborough; 1978 Cale Yarborough; 1977, Cale Yarborough; 1976, Darrell Waltrip; 1975, Richard Petty; 1974, Richard Petty; 1973, David Pearson; 1972, Bobby Allison; 1971, Bobby Allison; 1970, Bobby Isaac; 1969, LeeRoy Yarbrough.
Earnhardts on giving and receiving end of special gifts
It's probably difficult to surprise a driver like Dale Earnhardt Jr . who's used to lightning quick movements in a NASCAR race, but that's exactly what Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, did when it named an activity room after Earnhardt and his wife Amy on Saturday. Both went on social media to share their appreciation for the honor: Blown away by @Nationwide gift to me and @AmyEarnhardt . They renamed the @nationwidekids Activity Room in our honor. Incredibly humbling. pic.twitter.com/cqBBx3Cfob — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 22, 2017 Humbling to say the very least. Thank you so much for all you do for the many treated @nationwidekids ! We will come back to visit soon! https://t.co/WFMDpYjDGN — Amy Earnhardt (@AmyEarnhardt) January 22, 2017 But that's not all that made it a special weekend for the Earnhardts. Junior auctioned off cars at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, and raised $ 400 ,000 for @Nationwidekids . That's a lot of zeros and a good weekend of work for the driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports . A big check with lots of zeros. #ForTheKids #NW88JR pic.twitter.com/gSpytkPAhT — Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) January 22, 2017
Lady Antebellum to perform Daytona 500 pre-race show
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) -- The multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum will perform the pre-race-show prior to the start of the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought Lady Antebellum together, the group returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good," while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album Heart Break (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9. Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood simultaneously share plans to return to the road, with more than 65 shows planned in six countries on their You Look Good World Tour, presented by NABISCO. With more than 18 million units sold, seven-time GRAMMY award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned nine No. 1 hits and countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year" trophies three years in a row. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com . This year's Daytona 500 will be Lady Antebellum's third appearance at Daytona International Speedway . The group performed the 2008 pre-race concert for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and most recently at last year’s inaugural Country 500 Music Festival. " 'The Great American Race' will have one of today's great American country music acts front-and-center for our fans to enjoy," said Speedway President Chip Wile. "Lady Antebellum continues a long-standing DIS tradition of attracting major stars from the world of entertainment to the 'World Center of Racing' and the Daytona 500 ." All race fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the Daytona 500 will be able to view Lady Antebellum's Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions, from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show ticket packages, available starting at $239, have been designed around Lady Antebellum and include a Daytona 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased Daytona 500 tickets can add UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access and VIP area access for $114. All VIP ticket packages are on sale now. Those wishing to attend the 59th annual Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will need to act quickly. Fans should also note: - Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.DAYTONA500.com . - Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Trioval Club, the Rolex 24 Lounge and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race are also available. - For all other Speedweeks events, children 12 and under are $10 in reserved grandstands and free in general admission areas and in the UNOH Fanzone. - Fans can also visit PrimeSport.com, the new official ticket exchange and travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway . Offering multiple options for tickets, lodging and hospitality, https://www.primesport.com/d/daytona-500-tickets is ideal for fans looking for the ultimate racing experience.
@nascarcasm: Vintage tweets from drivers, Vol. 3
RELATED: Vintage tweets from drivers, Vol. 1 " Vol. 2 RELATED: Read more Inside Groove VINTAGE TWEETS, VOLUME THREE! So many NASCAR drivers have mastered the fine art of social media. But it didn't happen overnight, as is evidenced by some of their very early, and often awesome, initial tweets. What follows are actual posts from actual drivers, as they first immersed themselves into the Twitters. Jamie McMurray AH, swell deal. Enjoy the movie. Going to see the move "Its Complicated" with Christy tonite.... — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) January 15, 2010 OK, to save space, we didn't include the tweets informing us that they were almost to the theater to see "It's Complicated," they had found a parking spot at the movie theater that was showing "It's Complicated," and the follow-up reminder that they were going to see "It's Complicated" in case we missed the first two notifications. On the way to see the movie "Its Complicated" w Christy — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) January 15, 2010 Had we just withheld this information, we would have been spared the 5,000 pictures of his Rolex and his ghoulish life-size bobblehead. I hate to admit this but I am not sure how to send pics yet? When I figure it out I will send some. — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) January 18, 2010 Oooooo, someone wins the Daytona 500 in 2010 and suddenly the dude from U2 is his PERSONAL CHAUFFER TO MARTINSVILLE. Fame corrupts. Waiting on Bono to come pick me up so we can drive to Martinsville tonite — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) March 25, 2010 It was spreading false information, such as tweeting that Jamie was on his way to see "Sex And The City 2" instead of "It's Complicated." Stuff like that's gotta be shut down. Do you think you guys could help me get the fake jamie_mcmurray twiiter removed? — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) February 2, 2010 Danica Patrick She's going two months between yoga sessions. I bet she loses interest in yoga entirely, just watch. I went to yoga for the first time in 2 months....I think I might be sore tomorrow! — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) June 16, 2009 OH MAN, needs two cups of coffee to muster the energy to work out. I bet she gives up working out entirely, just watch. I am on my second cup of coffee and as soon as I muster the energy going to workout. I hope everyone has a wonderful day! — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) September 3, 2009 Probably just an innocent little text conversation that doesn't really lead to much. Maybe he just wants to borrow some of her clothes. The rumors are flying about nascar!....I did talk to Tony and he is a great guy. We are looking at nascar as I have always said. — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) September 6, 2009 Now's probably a bad time to point out "dosent." I may have mentioned that spelling is not one of my strengths, and with spell check, its getting worse and obviously dosent save me either. — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) September 22, 2011 OK so maybe she picked yoga back up but doubt it becomes a regular thing. I woke up wanting to do get back to a yoga more often. Its so helpful for my head!......and bod. — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) September 4, 2009 Greg Biffle Da Biff got dat phone hook-up mang. Hooked up on the phone — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) January 27, 2010 Market trends suggest dumping all your money into Blockbuster. Having coffee and watching cnbc trying get get the next hot stock pick. Ready to practice!! — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 19, 2010 What a stout driver lineup for Roush Fenway Racing -- one that will remain intact and solid like mahogany for years to come. Cooking lunch if anyone @NASCARonSPEED is hungry?? pic.twitter.com/0MEmSsLB — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) April 28, 2012 OH MAN, cell phone pics from the inside of race cars! This should become a thing. Pic from where I'm sittin pic.twitter.com/kz7G9qyN — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 18, 2012 Good. Tell that guy the belts may need a little work. My guys are working on the sand car pic.twitter.com/yksLQqon — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) April 23, 2012 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer 's maiden tweet could not possibly have been more Clint Bowyer . Welcome to my Twitter. As soon as someone shows me how to use this damn thing I'll introduce you to my Library of worthless information. Ha! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) March 9, 2012 Whoever explained Twitter to Clint left out that "Your wife can read everything you post" part … Does anybody else's wife g/f watch these stupid reality shows? Shoot me now! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) March 13, 2012 … AND, well, she can now reciprocate with a tweet about this. Best show on TV= "dumbest stuff on wheels" God it's funny when a bad idea gets worse!!! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) March 22, 2012 Clint's first entry into the Folksy Exclamation Hall Of Fame. The other entries in the Hall Of Fame all belong to Clint also. Holy shit balls of fire!!! Man that was a game. Got some homework to do and go at these boys east of the river. Rock Chalk...KU — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) March 19, 2012 If you've ever wanted to experience the first-person perspective of a national treasure, here you are. There's only one person I would dare to pick up at the airport off his Jet driving this... Any guesses who that's be? pic.twitter.com/W0upYCa6 — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) May 19, 2012 Ryan Blaney I have two questions about this tweet and they're both "What?" Alright not super exited anymore cause Emma saidyhats girly, so in uber duber exited — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) May 26, 2011 You got 137 more characters if you want, bro. Out — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) September 12, 2011 Well now that you're in Cup, go back five years later. Won't come off as creepy at all. It's engagement season. I would marry the waitress I just had at hooters... — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) September 29, 2011 I think Dale Jr. tweeted something similar once and got 3,000 likes. There's a reason your phone has a camera, Ryan Blaney . Just saw a weiner dog take a dump in the airport #letitgo — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) October 7, 2011 And here you're complaining about the wiener dog. Hit some turbulence in the plane while I was taking a wee wee #splash &go #wreckinturn3 — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) October 10, 2011
Auto-Owners Insurance expands sponsorship pact with Furniture Row Racing
RELATED: New looks for 2017 DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 16, 2017) -- Furniture Row Racing announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr .'s No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series. The Fortune 500 company, which joined Furniture Row Racing in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018. The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex's No. 78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas Speedway (May 13), Michigan International Speedway (June 18), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 9), Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12). Auto-Owners Insurance, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, provides auto, home, life and business coverage for NASCAR fans and customers through local, independent agents in 26 states. The company is based in Lansing, Michigan. "Teaming up with Furniture Row Racing has been an outstanding fit for Auto-Owners, and we are excited to continue our partnership for the 2017 and 2018 seasons," said Mary Pierce, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Auto-Owners. "Martin and the No. 78 team have pioneered their way to excellence at the highest level of NASCAR. We truly admire their hard work and consistency, and look forward to being a part of their continued success." The Auto-Owners Insurance blue hue shared a competitive experience with Furniture Row Racing in 2016. In the three races that Auto-Owners Insurance was the primary sponsor, Truex won the prestigious Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina, finished seventh at the fall race in Martinsville, Virginia, and was eighth at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis. "There was indeed something special about the success of the blue Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry last year and we are more than thrilled that the company is expanding its partnership with Furniture Row Racing for the next two seasons," said Furniture Row Racing team president Joe Garone. "Auto-Owners Insurance has been a winning company for a century and we are humbled that they have placed their confidence in our race team." Truex was equally excited to hear about the new sponsorship agreement. "Winning the Southern 500 -- a triple crown race -- with the blue Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme was without a doubt one of the main highlights of my racing career," said Truex. "We want to give Auto-Owners Insurance more success as we look forward to the 2017 season. I was able to visit the Auto-Owners Insurance headquarters in Lansing and came away feeling proud to be associated with a company that has had 100 years of success."
Ford EcoBoost 400 sold out at Homestead-Miami
MIAMI -- Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced a grandstand sellout for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race on Sunday. The event, which starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and airs on NBC and MRN Radio/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, has sold out each of the last three years. "Ford Championship Weekend continues to grow in stature each year, and having sold out the Ford EcoBoost 400 three years in-a-row is a testament to that," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "Not only do we have world class racing with Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards competing for a championship amongst a full field of drivers, but we also offer outstanding entertainment as well, including the pre-race concert by The Band Perry. Championship weekend should provide tremendous excitement for the entire family as we celebrate the final race in the Chase for all three NASCAR national series, beginning with the Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight followed by the XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday." A limited number of Sunday tickets still remain for seats in the infield Pit Road Cabanas, in addition to spots in the FanVision Fan Zone, where four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be holding a Q & A on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight at 8:00 p.m. as well as the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday 3:30 p.m. are still available and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255, or online at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com .
Snapshot: Pennsylvania 400
All the top storylines heading into Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 -- the 21st race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season and second event at Pocono.