See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Jessica Ruffin recaps Joe Gibbs Racing 's huge night in Kentucky, and how its four drivers managed to all finish in the top five ... @nascarcasm provides examples of fake text messages Dale Jr. might have received after his incident with Danica Patrick ... The Rundown gives you a note on all 43 finishers in the Quaker State 400. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings presented by Outback may have a new No. 1 driver after a great race on Saturday night ... speaking of the great racing, a new rules package was used for the first time at Kentucky. Zack Albert breaks down which teams benefited the most ... @nascarcasm provides the Facebook page of race-winner Kyle Busch . WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at New Hampshire, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... Dale Earnhardt Jr . paid a visit to the International Speedway Corp., and we tagged along for the ride ... our weekly High 5 feature presents the best NASCAR content from around the web. THURSDAY: Plenty of #TBT action for you, including looking back on Rusty Wallace's win at New Hampshire in 1993, a gallery of the best #TBT posts from drivers, and photos of Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s fiancee sporting vintage NASCAR T-shirts. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 11:30 a.m. ET, and we'll have leaderboards from three total practices and Sprint Cup qualifying ... 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week. Also coming this week: Steve O'Donnell says NASCAR will address Kentucky Speedway's surface before the series returns in 2016 ... Want to hear the best sounds from the scanner? That will be available Tuesday ... Zack Albert will preview next week's race at Eldora, always a crowd favorite.
Edwards the defending race winner at California road course RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings With fewer than 30 laps left in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, Carl Edwards and David Ragan made contact that left both cars with significant damage and ruined their days at Sonoma Raceway. Edwards, the defending race winner, got loose coming into Turn 8 and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota got into Ragan's No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, sending both cars into the wall. Ragan would finish 39th and Edwards was behind him in 40th place. "We're just racing, and David and I race really well together, but it was just one of those deals where we came off of Turn 7 dead-even, and both of us wanted to see who would give first," Edwards said. "My left-rear hit his right-rear and it just … it was pretty small contact, but it bounced both cars sideways and ruined our day. Probably my fault. In fact, that part is my fault, but it's just frustrating because I love this race track and I was having fun. Just wanted to be out there racing and it's a tough one to have to sit out." Ragan was involved in an earlier incident when his contact with Martin Truex Jr . sent the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet into a tire barrier to bring out the second caution of the race. "It's tough," Ragan told reporters. "I mean obviously, I'm there, he's there, we're both racing hard. It's just a racing thing. I don't fault Carl. If his car would've given me some room, I would've been able to go. If I would've given Carl some room, I would've been able to take the spot or he would've been able to take the spot. That's just racing at Sonoma. It's tight back there and you've got to go -- 30-something laps to go, you don't have time to mess around." Edwards already has a win this year while Ragan is still looking for one to make his way into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . -- NASCAR.com's Zack Albert contributed to this report FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
France: 'Tracks are working on the right kind of solution to work with our fans' RELATED: NASCAR statement NASCAR announced Thursday morning an unprecedented collaboration among the tracks that host its national series events in an effort to ask fans to "refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events." The sanctioning body revealed Thursday that every track signed on, vowing to help remove fans' displays of the flag. "We're all trying to be, as we should, the most inclusive sport that we can, and you can't say that on one hand and then fly a very offensive flag to an entire race of people on the other," NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "It just doesn't comport. That's where we are, and there's no daylight between that. And I was clear on that over (last) weekend, and our tracks are working on the right kind of solution to work with our fans." RELATED: Brian France statement on Confederate flag Before last weekend's Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Jeff Gordon threw their support behind NASCAR's recent statement about the ongoing national debate. The flag has become a national talking point in the wake of the shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church July 17 that left nine African-American worshipers dead. Authorities arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof in connection with the tragedy, finding as part of their investigation a supremacist manifesto and photos posed with the Confederate flag attributed to Roof through social media. Days after the killings, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Civil War battle flag of the Confederacy from the state's capitol grounds. Last Friday, Earnhardt issued a no-nonsense statement of his own, reiterating his thoughts on the flag's symbolism. "I've made my comments about the Confederate flag several times, and I stand behind NASCAR's stance to remove it," Earnhardt, NASCAR's most popular driver, said before Friday's opening practice at Sonoma. "I think if it's offensive to an entire race, it really does nothing for anybody to be there flying. It belongs in the history books, that's about it.’’ France said Wednesday that the sanctioning body's stance is clear. "We've taken the position that we need to disassociate ourselves with that symbol, that flag in every way that we can because it just represents a very offensive message, and I think Dale Jr. said it best," France said. "That flag belongs in a museum and part of our history but not flying at a NASCAR race and part of our future. He said it about as well as you could say it." Gordon -- a four-time NASCAR champion in his final full season of competition and like Earnhardt, a driver for Hendrick Motorsports -- echoed his teammate's remarks last weekend at Sonoma. "As far as the Confederate flag I think that… I know how we approach it at Hendrick Motorsports and that is everything that we can control," Gordon said. "We have eliminated the ability to use it in any way or it show up in any of the things that we are involved with. I think that is the stance I see that NASCAR has taken and have had that stance for several years. To me I'm in support of what they are doing. It's a delicate balance. We race all over, but the South is an area where we have a lot of fans. Everyone has different opinions and expression of that. I support NASCAR and the stance that they are taking." RELATED: NASCAR statement " ISC statement Both NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation (ISC) issued statements last week backing Governor Haley's recommendation and to reiterate their views on the flag. Daytona International Speedway, an ISC track, announced Tuesday that it would implement a voluntary program where fans can exchange their Confederate flags for American ones during this weekend's Coke Zero 400 . Zack Albert contributed to this article. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Truex on Ragan: 'He's probably got one coming' RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Martin Truex Jr .'s run at Sonoma Raceway came to a sudden halt Sunday afternoon in the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Truex made contact with David Ragan on Lap 28 and wrecked in Turn 7, going into a tire barrier on the course. Truex went three rows deep into the tire barrier and his No. 78 Chevrolet was towed to the garage. The incident brought out the red flag as track workers repaired the fence. "Definitely a tough day," Truex Jr. said after being released from the infield care center. " ... When you start around 20th on those restarts, it's just a recipe for disaster. I was trying to be aggressive, made some moves. Had a couple cars passed and then the lane that I was in jammed up and the guys that I passed got back behind me. "You just get frustrated, you lose patience. I got into the 55's (Ragan's) door a little bit in Turn 7 and I guess he didn't like it and he figured he'd just dump me. He's probably got one coming, but other than that, it's just part of the restart deal and hate that I got my guys' car torn up." Truex finished 42nd. A winner in 2013 at the 1.99-mile road course, Truex started the race in 12th position but would finish in 42nd-place, his worst result of the season. After a top-10 effort at Michigan on June 14, he became the first driver since Richard Petty in 1969 to have 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races of a season. Ragan would later exit the race after wrecking with Carl Edwards on Lap 78 and finished 39th. "With Martin, he just flat-out door-slammed me and ran me completely off the race track," Ragan said after a wreck later in the race sidelined his No. 55 Toyota. "I had all four tires in the gravel and again, I'm just trying to blend back on the race track and he was right there. So Martin just made a mistake and he paid the price for it." -- NASCAR.com's Zack Albert contributed to this report FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: With the Daytona race ending at nearly 3 a.m. ET, catch up on Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s win and Austin Dillon 's last-lap wreck ... Plus recap the race in GIFs with our Weekend in GIFs ... @nascarcasm recaps the race in photos as only he can. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings, presented by Outback, is sure to get a shakeup. Who will be No. 1? ... Kenny Bruce hits the high notes from the garage in this week's Tech Talk ... @nascarcasm delivers what Dale Jr.'s winning Facebook page might look like ... Wonder what drivers' first-ever tweets were? We've got that, too. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Kentucky, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... Should NASCAR tweak the rules package at midseason? It's a debate in which Kenny Bruce and RJ Kraft will engage ... The Kentucky rules package will see its debut, too, with two testing sessions at the 1.5-mile track. Zack Albert and Jessica Ruffin will provide coverage, and NASCAR.com will have live leaderboards. THURSDAY: There are five on-track events Thursday, and we'll have every one covered -- from the 8 a.m. ET Truck Series practice to the 7:30 p.m. Truck Series race ... Driver Reports highlights which drivers currently in the Chase Grid do well (or poorly) at Kentucky ... It's Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro, Indiana, and @nascarcasm will be there. Seriously. FRIDAY: The second race of the weekend tripleheader is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET when the NASCAR XFINITY Series cars go under the lights ... Eight Tweets You May Have Missed highlights some of the best social media chatter from the past week. Also coming this week: Want to hear the best sounds from the scanner? That's coming Tuesday ... Holly Cain will follow up on Chase Elliott 's third-place finish at Daytona.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Zack Albert follows up on Jeff Gordon 's final Sprint Cup race as a driver at his home track, Sonoma Raceway. ... Find out everything you need to know about NBC's NASCAR coverage as the network returns to racing this weekend at Daytona ... @nascarcasm shares fake photo captions from the weekend that was at Sonoma Raceway. TUESDAY: Kyle Busch won his way into a provisional Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth on Sunday, and senior writer Kenny Bruce has reaction from the driver and his team on how they plan to crack the top 30 in points. ... Power Rankings is back after a weekend off. ... @nascarcasm has Busch's Facebook page. WEDNESDAY: It's 10 races until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and Kathy Sheldon and Jessica Ruffin debate whether Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick is the favorite to win the 2015 title. ... Check out the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series patriotic paint schemes that will be on track this Fourth of July weekend. ...The Dirty Air podcast makes its debut. ... Senior writer Kenny Bruce gets you caught up on all competition aspects of the sport with his weekly Tech Talk story as NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell weighs in on Sonoma weekend on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. THURSDAY: Driver Reports welcomes Kyle Busch to the fold. Senior writer Holly Cain tells you want to expect at Daytona this weekend as it stages a race in the middle of DAYTONA Rising, the reimagining of an American icon ... Take a #TBT look at NBC's first race and Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s first Daytona Sprint Cup win in 2001. ... "From the Vault" looks back as Jeff Gordon beats Dale Earnhardt for his first restrictor plate win 20 years ago at Daytona. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series have two practices apiece, starting at 2 p.m. ET. ... We'll also have eight of the best tweets that you may have missed from the previous week. ... Mobil 1 presents GarageCam, which takes you inside the Sprint Cup and XFINITY garages. Also coming this week: Patriotism is on parade and see the best photos in our special gallery. ... Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series is on Saturday afternoon. Get the live leaderboard at 4:35 p.m. ET and follow Sunday's race on NBC with a live leaderboard, RaceBuddy and RaceView.
From weather to a new rules package, Matt Strickert and Zack Albert try to compartmentalize all the events leading up to the Quaker State 400.
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman and Zack Albert discuss the nuances of Sonoma Raceway and what it will take to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Chevrolets show early strength; pileup mars first session RELATED: Full practice results DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick 's car number atop the scoring pylon is not an unfamiliar site at Daytona International Speedway and the 2013 Daytona 500 pole-winner set the fast pace again Friday in the final Sprint Cup Series practice for Sunday's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Patrick's No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet posted a lap of 198.133 mph to lead a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep of the late afternoon session, pacing teammates Kurt Busch , Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart . Patrick has two top-10 finishes in six Cup starts on the Daytona high banks, including an eighth-place showing in the 2013 Daytona 500 -- the best ever finish for a woman in NASCAR's premier event. Patrick's speed was still slower than Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s 202.284 mph effort in the opening practice when teams did more drafting. Her speed came during mostly single car runs and she was upbeat and encouraged about the weekend. "You've got what you got when you show up at a superspeedway,'' Patrick said. "I'm glad we got a couple single car runs in. While guys like Tony (Stewart) have no problem going from last to first, I find it challenging so I'd like to have a good qualifying session.'' Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Kasey Kahne , Jeff Gordon , Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson were just behind the SHR contingent in the final practice. "I've had the luxury of being with a really good team and Hendrick builds a really fast engine,'' Patrick said, humbly explaining her success on NASCAR's most famous track. "It sounds cheesy, but really, it's great team and great engines." A win Sunday for Patrick would gain her a provisional entry into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. After early season gains that kept her in the top-16 in the points standings, she is now ranked 19 th entering the Coke Zero 400 . “I always like going there,'' Patrick said of Daytona. "It’s where my first stock-car start was in 2010 and I actually have a lot of experience there. "At the end of the day, you just need to be in the right place at the right time. A lot of it is out of your control. But I think we’ll be good and hopefully have a car that can compete and win.” Aside from a handful of moderate-sized packs that formed early in the 55-minute session, teams largely focused on making single-car runs ahead of Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying (4:35 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). Teams especially shied away from drafting in large groups after an 11-car crash in the early stages of opening practice forced several teams to utilize backup cars. Dale Jr. avoids large wreck, paces first practice Dale Earnhardt Jr . rose to the top of the speed charts Friday afternoon in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, a session interrupted early by an 11-car pileup at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt, a three-time winner at the 2.5-mile track, landed atop the 55-minute practice with a fast lap of 202.284 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. He was among 14 drivers to clock laps above the 200-mph barrier. Austin Dillon , a former Daytona 500 pole-starter driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet, was second-fastest at 202.066 mph. Clint Bowyer , Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne completed the top five. Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick , the current series points leader, was 35th-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Aric Almirola , in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford, was 37th-best of the 44 drivers to turn laps. Approximately 10 minutes after the track opened for practice, the cars of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch tangled, sending Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota sliding up the Turn 2 high banks. Other drivers piled in, forcing several teams to unload their backup cars. RELATED: Early 'big one' hits at Daytona Martin Truex Jr ., Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Denny Hamlin , Sam Hornish Jr ., Jamie McMurray , Trevor Bayne , Carl Edwards and Michael Annett were the other drivers involved. Editor's note: Zack Albert contributed to this report FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Martin Truex Jr . didn't win at Michigan, but he accomplished something last done by Richard Petty in 1969. Zack Albert will have more on that story from the Irish Hills. ... @nascarcasm recaps the race in pictures, as only he can. ... The Rundown covers where every driver finished, and why. TUESDAY: Earnhardt Jr. finished second at Michigan and talks to senior writer Kenny Bruce about his plans for the Chase. ... With the off-week upon us, we're starting to look ahead to project the Chase field. ... Wonder what Kurt Busch 's Facebook page might look like after a win? @nascarcasm has you covered. WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at this weekend at Iowa and Chicagoland, which host the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series, respectively. ... Senior writer Kenny Bruce gets you caught up on all competition aspects of the sport with his weekly Tech Talk story. THURSDAY: The U.S. Open begins today, which got us at NASCAR.com thinking ... if NASCAR had four majors, which races would make up that grouping? We'll have more on this concept. ... Senior writer Holly Cain previews the NBC race coverage team in advance of the network's return to covering the sport at Daytona. FRIDAY: There are five on-track events, and we'll cover them all, starting at 11 a.m. ET with Camping World Truck Series practice and culminating later in the evening with the Truck Series race at 8:30 p.m. ET. We'll also have eight of the best tweets that you may have missed from the previous week. Also coming this week: We'll recap the entire Michigan weekend in GIF form, a fun way to look back at the top moments from the track. ... How do Kyle Busch 's Chase chances look? We'll update our Chase Watcher for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. ... Father's Day is Sunday, which means we'll have plenty of pictures of drivers with their dads ... and drivers with their kids.