Kurt Busch befriends Ozzy Osbourne, David Spade; more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday during the season, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" presents eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. Follow @NASCAR 1. Checking out the @MonsterEnergy Car at @NASCAR a couple weekends ago while filming for #OzzyAndJack 's World Detour pic.twitter.com/68gKxZwWIr — Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) May 2, 2017 2. Now that's funny. I hit you so damn hard it might skip for awhile. https://t.co/LvP8dutzLI — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) May 1, 2017 Ya bro, you made my CD skip. https://t.co/uW9xf1QQ5R — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) May 1, 2017 3. Well, @KevinHarvick got a stern talking to by during the first #HappyHours break on @SiriusXMNASCAR . He said "Oh my God." #notallowed — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) May 2, 2017 4. What-up @DavidSpade ! Come to a race and we'll make it right. https://t.co/Y1M5Y54sAt — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) May 1, 2017 Shitty pic of me and nascar champ @KurtBusch not worth posting pic.twitter.com/icuec7jV3V — David Spade (@DavidSpade) May 1, 2017 5. Same, but we prefer @roushyates https://t.co/l74njqj4TC — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) May 3, 2017 When you think of a superspeedway, what comes to mind? For us, it's engines. pic.twitter.com/EHockaCQud — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) May 3, 2017 6. My last visit to the @WhiteHouse after winning the 2014 #NASCAR championship. #HappyHours pic.twitter.com/Qai6QpsEUC — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) May 3, 2017 7. Had an amazing day yesterday picking up a history race car my hero @AJFoytRacing drove. Jerry Nemire was willing to sell it to me pic.twitter.com/dWkbSjaGRy — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) May 2, 2017 8. Testing day with @brextonbusch teaching him on the same go cart Tom taught me on. pic.twitter.com/In1PgZ9YbO — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) May 1, 2017
GarageCam replay: Marathon weekend
Matthew Dillner tours the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 in GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1.
David Ragan and Danica Patrick make contact
David Ragan and Danica Patrick make contact on the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading to the 6th caution of the day.
Ray Black Jr. spins, collected by David Starr
Ray Black Jr. loses control of his No. 07 and then receives heavy damage following contact with David Starr's No. 99.
Talladega ties still run deep with immortal 'Alabama Gang'
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega RELATED: Complete stats, race results for Talladega BESSEMER, Ala. -- In the beginning, there was Bobby and Donnie and Red. They were the Alabama Gang. Bobby Allison. Donnie Allison. And Charles "Red" Farmer. Three racers from South Florida who, as the 1950s ended and the '60s began, picked up stakes and relocated to little-known Hueytown, Alabama, in search of bigger race purses and infinitely more opportunities. Across much of the southeastern United States, local tracks were prime entertainment for folks in towns and cities such as Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville. And a driver with good equipment, enough talent, and a bit of luck, could make anywhere from two to three shows a week. You don't win bigger purses, of course, unless you run exceptionally well but that was never a problem for the Allisons or Farmer. In fact, they won so often on the region’s short tracks that other drivers quickly began to lament their arrival. It's a hard thing to pin down exactly when the Alabama Gang moniker first surfaced, and there are numerous versions of the story. But a similar thread runs through each -- whenever and wherever the trio arrived, the quality of the competition increased dramatically. "It was years before I heard the story behind it," former crew chief Larry McReynolds said. "I guess they kind of all traveled together in a caravan and would go to these different short tracks. They went somewhere, I don’t even remember where it was, and they all … Bobby, Donnie, Red, I think even Neil (Bonnett) -- three or four of them pulled in and somebody said, 'Well hell, here comes that damn Alabama Gang.' It just stuck and they kind of picked it up and ran with it." Bonnett, the former pipefitter who grew up in the area, joined the fold in the early '70s, and got his break only after working as a volunteer at the Allison's race shop in Hueytown. "I told him I didn't have money to pay him but what could I do for him," Bobby Allison said of Bonnett. "He said, 'let me drive one of your short track cars in a race or two.' I said, 'Tomorrow night is the night.'" Allison, whose NASCAR career was picking up steam, continued to compete in as many local shows as his schedule would allow. And as luck would have it, he was scheduled to run in two races in two different states the following night. "I promised I would race at Maryville, Tennessee, and I was committed to race at a short track in Virginia," Allison said. "So I gave him the car for Maryville and I went north the other direction." According to Allison, Bonnett won his race, at Smoky Mountain Raceway, "and that’s really when he became a member of the Alabama Gang. "He ran the car for me 64 times over the following year and won 61 of those races on short tracks all around Alabama," Allison said. Eventually they all competed at NASCAR's top level, what's known today as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with varying degrees of success. Bobby Allison's star rose the highest, reaching its zenith when he won the series' championship in 1983 and culminating with 84 career wins and a much-deserved place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A crash at Pocono Raceway in 1988 nearly took his life, and ended Allison's racing career. Donnie, every bit as successful in those early years, won 10 times as a NASCAR regular while often running a limited schedule. Injuries suffered in a hard crash at Charlotte in 1981 eventually ended his career behind the wheel as well, seeing him make just 13 more starts over the course of seven years. At 84, Farmer is the only one of the original Alabama Gang members still competing, and can often be found racing at nearby Talladega Short Track. Bonnett had 18 career wins when he was injured in a crash at Darlington Raceway in 1990. After a brief but successful stint in the television booth, he returned to competition in 1994 only to die when his car hit the wall at Daytona during practice for that season's Daytona 500. • • • It’s a gray, rainy day and the sounds of afternoon traffic rolling across interstate can be heard here -- the thump-thump-thump of 18-wheelers and the hum of cars and pickups and SUVs headed northeast toward Birmingham or southwest toward Tuscaloosa. The rain comes and goes but the traffic is constant, quickly moving past Bessemer and nearby Hueytown and yes, here at Highland Memorial Gardens too. Back in the corner of the cemetery, midway across the section named "Garden of Everlasting Life," is the plaque, centered on a piece of granite. Coins rest atop the marker. Two dimes, a nickel and three pennies here, a quarter and three pennies there. Twenty-eight cents. Always 28 cents. Twenty-eight, the car number of David Carl "Davey" Allison. Nearby, although not in the same section, is the grave of Davey's younger brother Clifford. Another Allison, another second-generation member of the Alabama Gang. Another racer who could seemingly outrun everything except fate. • • • Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Supespeedway (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is a homecoming for McReynolds, a native of Birmingham. As a youngster, McReynolds would often walk to nearby Birmingham International Raceway with his aunt and her husband to watch the weekly shows. Later, he convinced his father to take him to Talladega, to the "big track." McReynolds won 23 times as a crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including 11 times with Davey Allison. One of those, in 1992, came just down the road at Talladega. "Even though I’ve been gone 37 years it’s still my home track," said McReynolds, now an analyst for NASCAR on FOX. "And I guess to finally win there as a crew chief with Davey in '92 -- Davey would start talking about Talladega a month out. He loved that place and obviously had a huge fan following there. And of course he won there three times; he won his first race there in '87 as a rookie. RELATED: Recalling Allison's first win at Talladega "But it was pretty special to be able to go to Victory Lane. … Almost 20 years earlier, I'm sitting in the grandstands with my dad and I asked if we could sit somewhere where I could see the garage area on race morning, and where I could see the pits, that's what I really wanted to see because that's what intrigued me. To know 18-19 years later I actually was the crew chief of the car that won the race and of all people to do it with, Davey Allison, and I guess that's what was even much cooler, 20 years after that, for my son Brandon, who is Davey's godson, to win the ARCA race there. "So to know what all happened in that 40-year span, almost in 20-year increments, is pretty unbelievable." • • • Hueytown once hummed with racing activity, home to the Allisons and Farmer and Bonnett and their families and extended families and when they won, the people of Hueytown won, too. Today? Today the clouds hang low and the rain starts and stops and out on the interstate the traffic is constant. Shops and storefronts have that slightly-used look, some no doubt repurposed for yet another shot at one business venture or another. There are roads and highways in the area bearing their names but the Alabama Gang is more memory than reality around here these days. Members of the next generation of the Alabama Gang, either by birthright or birthplace, have come and gone. Davey Allison, winner of 19 races and a runner-up finish to his father in the 1988 Daytona 500, died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash at Talladega just five years later. He was 32. Clifford, two years younger, was killed when he crashed during practice in 1992 at Michigan International Speedway. Hut Stricklin and Mickey Gibbs and David Bonnett. Guys that had the ties but not the good fortune. • • • In the beginning, there was Bobby, Donnie and Red. They were, and will always will be known, as the Alabama Gang. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Fan Vote open for Monster Energy All-Star Race
RELATED: Vote now! The polls are open! The Monster Energy All-Star Race Fan Vote is now available on NASCAR.com for fans to chime in on which driver they would like to see make the Monster Energy All-Star Race (May 20, 8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Drivers listed in the Fan Vote have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race; those who have qualified for the race are not represented. They already are in the race, so no need to vote for them. The following drivers have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race and are in the Fan Vote: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Timmy Hill, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Michael McDowell, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson, Daniel Suarez and Cole Whitt. Fans can vote once per day, and votes shared on Facebook or Twitter count double. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtags #AllStarRace and #FanVote. Make sure to vote early -- polls close on Friday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. MORE: Cast your Monster Energy All-Star Fan Vote now Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include drivers who won a points event in either 2016 or 2017; drivers who have won a Monster Energy Series All-Star Race and compete full time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time. Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star spot are: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. The Monster Energy Open event, which precedes the All-Star Race, has a field comprised of drivers not yet qualified for the main event. The three-stage race of 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps will send three drivers into the All-Star Race -- the winners of each of the three stages. The winner of the Fan Vote will then complete the field. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Ricky Stenhouse, more like Ricky -- Win Talladega Draft Victory Sten Playoff BringingATrophyHomeToHis house! It came down to -- overtime Stenhouse, Busch, and McMurray the draft in the final laps at Talladega, which left me -- shocked excited wishing Dale Jr. had better luck ! Some fans were so pumped for Stenhouse's win that they -- were detained by track security tried to climb the fence tried to explain to track security that their son had just won the race all of the above . Restrictor plate racing is often called -- the great equalizer the best racing of the year not real racing restrictor plate racing and that was certainly evident when -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Joey Gase Brendan Gaughan Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt and even -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Joey Gase Brendan Gaughan Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt had great runs Sunday. Since I am a -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ryan Blaney fan, I feel quite -- vindicated upset bummed that -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ryan Blaney fell out of contention before the finish of the race with -- mechanical car Gray Gaulding crash tire issues. As it's known to happen at Talladega, the Big One occurred when -- AJ Allmendinger that pesky air that road course guy turned Chase Elliott and -- flipped over like 20 more cars brought out the red flag landed on his roof . I couldn't believe that -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Joey Gase Brendan Gaughan Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt was involved! Maybe -- AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer Chris Buescher Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Landon Cassill Matt DiBenedetto Austin Dillon Ty Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeffrey Earnhardt Chase Elliott Joey Gase Brendan Gaughan Gray Gaulding Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Erik Jones Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Corey LaJoie Kyle Larson Joey Logano Michael McDowell Jamie McMurray Paul Menard Ryan Newman Danica Patrick David Ragan Reed Sorenson Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Daniel Suarez Martin Truex Jr. Cole Whitt will have better luck next time. Hopefully AJ Allmendinger -- enjoyed his flight will feel great today won't do that again understands he's now an enemy of Chase Elliott fans . This Saturday night, the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are off to Kansas Speedway, meaning -- Kyle Busch will be pleased to race at a "real track" you have a few days to buy a nice Mother's Day gift it's Dale Jr.'s last trip to Kansas in the spring Aric Almirola will have a fun week, from the sounds of it it's the first night race of the season AJ Allmendinger gets to take yet another flight !
Talladega qualifying order for GEICO 500
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega # Car Driver Team 1 96 * DJ Kennington Triad CNC Toyota 2 55 * Reed Sorenson Xchange of America Toyota 3 75 * Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet 4 7 * Elliott Sadler(i) Golden Corral Chevrolet 5 15 Joey Gase(i) Sparks Energy Chevrolet 6 32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Foundation Ford 7 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet 8 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford 9 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 10 42 Kyle Larson Share an Ice Cold Coke Chevrolet 11 83 * Corey LaJoie # Dustless Blasting Toyota 12 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford 13 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 14 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta Chevrolet 15 23 Gray Gaulding # SunFrog.com Toyota 16 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevrolet 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 18 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 19 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 20 34 Landon Cassill Love's Travel Stops Ford 21 3 Austin Dillon Dow Intellifresh Chevrolet 22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 23 27 Paul Menard Valvoline/Menards Chevrolet 24 95 Michael McDowell Winn-Dixie Chevrolet 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 26 24 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 27 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet 28 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Red White & Blue Toyota 29 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota 30 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 31 77 Erik Jones # ToyotaCare Toyota 32 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 33 43 Aric Almirola Fresh From Florida Ford 34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 35 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 36 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 37 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 38 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 39 2 Brad Keselowski Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford 40 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 41 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Days Ford * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series </p>
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."
Steer Clear: Danica, Dale, David and Tony avoid Kentucky cautions
Watch as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, David Ragan and Tony Stewart steer clear of some big cautions in Kentucky.
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