John Wes Townley apologizes for Gateway fight
RELATED: Townley, Gallagher fight at Gateway NASCAR driver John Wes Townley has issued an apology for his involvement in an on-track altercation a week ago during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Townley was fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31, 2016 for his involvement in the altercation with fellow driver Spencer Gallagher during the Drivin for Lineman 200. Gallagher was fined $12,500 and placed on probation through the end of the year. "I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans," Townley said in the statement. "That's not the way I want to represent myself, (sponsor) Zaxby's or Jive Communications. I'll try my best to make sure it never happens again." The drivers were involved in two separate incidents during the race. The first contact brought out the caution flag on Lap 145 of the 160-lap race. Approximately 10 laps later, they were involved in a second incident, which eventually brought the race under the red flag. Following the second incident, both drivers climbed from their respective trucks and approached one another, with Townley then grabbing Gallagher around the head and wrestling him to the ground. Townley tried several times to punch Gallagher as the pair stood on the lower portion of the racing surface as the fracas continued. Originally scheduled to compete in this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series race for Athenian Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway , Townley, 26, and the team eventually withdrew the entry. "Honestly, we went into this season with our sights set on running strong in the Truck Series and ARCA," Townley said. "We've always said that. And we, as a team, don't need to overlook those goals. ... But considering that we have a Truck race (at Kentucky Speedway ) and an ARCA race next week (at Iowa Speedway ), we felt it was better to pour our time and resources into getting ready for next week." Gallagher, who is competing at Daytona this weekend, issued a statement on Monday, June 27, apologizing to Townley. "Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry," Gallagher said. "The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. "My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night." Gallagher said he was "ashamed" he was involved in an incident "that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light." Townley, currently 18th in points, has one career win in the Truck Series in 101 career starts. He is winless in 76 attempts in the XFINITY Series. Gallagher, 26, is winless in 44 career starts in the Truck Series and four in the XFINITY Series. He is 11th in points in the Truck Series.
@nascarcasm: Townley/Gallagher fight gets the 'Napoleon Dynamite' treatment
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See 'The Fight' like never before -- in reverse
RELATED: See the fight as it actually happened Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley engaged in one of the silliest NASCAR fights we've seen this past Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park , site of the Camping World Truck Series race. By now, you've seen it a dozen times. Believe it or not, it's actually more awkward when played in reverse. Or is it? You know, we can't tell. It's funny frontwards or backwards, which is really the main takeaway here. Give it a watch.
Matt Kenseth surges late for New Hampshire win
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid " Standings SHOP: Kenseth gear LOUDON, N.H. -- In a race that saw many of the usual suspects go into hiding in the closing laps, Matt Kenseth battled to the front of the field from the 18th starting position and pulled away after a late restart to win Sunday's New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Winning for the second time this season and for the third time at the Magic Mile, Kenseth crossed the finish line 1.982 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart , who solidified his position in the top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings -- and therefore in the Chase -- with the runner-up finish. "You're always pleased to be in Victory Lane," said the 44-year-old Kenseth, who won for the second straight time at the 1.058-mile flat track and for the 38th time in his career. "The farther down the road you get, the better they feel for sure. Thanks to everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing -- I've said it a million times, but I'm blessed with this opportunity to be over here with the guys I get to work with… "(Crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and the team made great, great adjustments today. I didn't do a very good job qualifying (18th), (but) after round one (of pit stops) today, it was pretty much money. We just had to get there. It was a fun day." Kenseth, who recovered from an early glitch on pit road after his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was blocked in its stall, took the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 271 of 301 and held it the rest of the way, despite three subsequent cautions and restarts. "Every restart you're just hoping not to mess up and spin the tires too bad," Kenseth said. "Thankfully, we had good ones, and we had great power, and we had good traction, and we were able to get going pretty good in a straight line. "And then, after a couple laps, we were able to roll the middle and get away." Joey Logano took third place by .019 seconds in a drag race against Kevin Harvick . Greg Biffle ran fifth followed by Jamie McMurray , Ryan Newman , Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. That cast of characters didn't include Martin Truex Jr. , who led 123 laps before breaking his shifter and losing the clutch, keeping his No. 78 Toyota stuck in fourth gear. It didn't include pole winner Jimmie Johnson , who repeatedly lost ground on restarts and came home 12th. It didn't include Kurt Busch, who ran in the top five most of the afternoon but ultimately was knocked out by contact from the No. 88 Chevrolet of Alex Bowman , who finished 26th in a substitute role for ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. It didn't include 2014 New Hampshire winner Brad Keselowski , who, like Kurt Busch, had a contending car for most of the day but cut a tire in a late four-car wreck that caused his two-race winning streak end in a 15th-place finish. It didn't include Carl Edwards , whose No. 19 Toyota was damaged in the four-car Lap 285 chain-reaction wreck that caused the seventh and final caution. And even though Kyle Busch held eighth place in the late going, his finish was disappointing. Busch led a race-high 133 laps and restarted third with 11 laps left, but lost ground in a fight for fifth with Biffle and dropped two more spots thereafter. Stewart, however, was delighted with the effort of his team. He and first-year crew chief Mike Bugarewicz exchanged texts dealing with setup notes on Saturday night, after Stewart flew to Ohio to oversee the Kings Royal sprint car race at Eldora Speedway, which he owns. When he returned to Loudon for Sunday's race, his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was markedly better than it had been in Saturday's two practice sessions. "Yeah, we had a much better Haas Automation Chevy today than what we had yesterday," said Stewart, who is now 67 points ahead of 31st-place Brian Scott . "Buga (Bugarewicz) did a really good job. I went off and went to Eldora for the Kings Royal last night. "He kept sending me a couple of texts. He was working as late here as I was working late at Eldora. It really paid off. He's doing such a great job for a rookie crew chief that only has half a season. He's got veteran calls and veteran moves." Getting his opportunity to drive the No. 88 Chevy when Earnhardt was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, Bowman had a top-10 run going until contact with Edwards' Toyota on pit road started tire issues that culminated in Bowman sliding into Kurt Busch's car in Turn 3 on Lap 271. The right front tire went completely flat on the frontstretch, sending Bowman into the outside wall. Though the accident knocked the speed out of the car, Bowman was able to stay on the lead lap. The spate of late cautions also gave Logano a chance to move forward. "I'll take a third place after all that," Logano said. "We were awful at the beginning of the race. We tried some new things, and apparently they didn't work, so we aborted the mission in the middle of the race and got some speed back in the 22 -- but not enough to beat the 20." &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
@nascarcasm: Q&A with a 'salty' Loudon Lobster
Prior to Sunday's New Hampshire 301 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we had an opportunity to sit down with the famous Victory Lane Lobster to get his thoughts on NASCAR and his prominence in Loudon's Victory Lane. What follows is a transcript of the conversation. We tried to edit as much of the profanity as we could. NASCAR.COM: Thank you for joining us today. I know you have a busy schedule. LOBSTER: "Busy schedule?" What the hell are you talking about? I live in a crevice on the ocean floor. Occasionally I scavenge for mollusks. I mean, at least read Wikipedia about my average day before asking stupid questions. I should pince your ass for that. NASCAR.COM: Understood. So what brought you into NASCAR? LOBSTER: What brought me into NASCAR? Well, that’d be some track promoter who thought it’d be really swell and good to bring a live sea creature into Victory Lane for a photo op. I mean, I live on the BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN. Do you think I like flash bulbs, let alone being dangled up there like some unwilling crustacean Simba? YEAH, THAT’D BE A NO. Seriously, you’re a f---ing idiot. NASCAR.COM: Is it true that lobsters don’t feel pain? LOBSTER: That’s just some cockamamie bulls--t you humans tell yourself to assuage yourselves from guilt when you dunk one of us into the boiling cauldron of death. It’s crap, just like your vortex theory. Do we feel physical pain? I guess not. But emotional pain? Yes. The lobster struggle is real. You gotta have a thick skin. Or exoskeleton. Whatever it is, I forget. Doesn’t matter. NASCAR.COM: You seem angry. LOBSTER: Oh, DO I? REALLY? (SMACKS INTERVIEWER IN HEAD WITH PINCER. INTERVIEWER STARTS BLEEDING.) Why does it have to be a lobster? How about a shark? Yeah -- a shark in Victory Lane with the race winner. But OH NOOOOOOOO, we can’t do that. Sharks get all the love. Sharks get THEIR OWN WEEK. WHERE IS LOBSTER WEEK, HUH? WHERE IS ‘LOBSTER-NADO’? *(Public relations handler restrains lobster.)* NASCAR.COM: So, what do you do during the race? LOBSTER: Well, I have one last meal of kelp or seaweed -- I dunno, it’s some leafy vegetable that I steal from Danica Patrick ’s hauler once she’s done Instagramming it. If I can escape, I scamper around the garage area lightly pincing tires so they’ll blow during the race and send someone in the wall. OH, that’s fun -- team will blame Goodyear, Goodyear will blame the team, and I just sit back, drumming my pincers. Or I’ll pinch butts and when the victim turns around all mad and stuff, I’ll gesture toward Tony Stewart and blame him. What would YOU do if you knew you had three hours to live? Or 27, assuming there’s a rain delay, dumbass? NASCAR.COM: What’s your favorite part about being dangled in Victory Lane by the race winner? LOBSTER: OK, can we please maybe ask an intelligent question? I’ve got less than three days to live and I’m wasting it yapping to some woefully unprepared human. Would you like it? First off, the driver smells like death because he’s been sweating like a mother for three hours. THEN, they hold you up for PICTURE after PICTURE after PICTURE. With your claws bound, because OHHHHHH, can’t hurt precious little driver man. Think Brad Keselowski ’s hand was good and bloodied when he sliced it open on the champagne bottle that one time at Kentucky? THAT’S NOTHING compared to what I would do to him. COME ON COWARD, TAKE THESE OPPRESSIVE RUBBER BANDS FROM MY PINCERS AND FIGHT ME LIKE A MAN. NASCAR.COM: Any Victory Lanes you’ve particularly enjoyed? LOBSTER: OH yeah -- the one with Kyle Busch last year. I mean, get a look at Samantha’s face. People say she’s scared. NAH, she’s impressed. You can’t dangle six pounds of meat like this without impressing the ladies. She’s ACTING all freaked out but she’d swipe right if she saw this sexy cephalothorax on CrusTinder. NASCAR.COM: Wait -- so you’re skilled with the ladies? LOBSTER: I try to work my game with them at the track as much as possible. Although, there’s miscommunication all the time. I mean, when I offer to give someone crabs … NASCAR.COM: OK, let’s just stop right there. Who is your favorite NASCAR driver? LOBSTER: That Ryan Newman fellow. He has no neck and neither do I, really. NASCAR.COM: What was the strangest Victory Lane? LOBSTER: Clint Bowyer. Dude was confused. Held me up and yelled "WELL DIP MY BALLS IN BUTTER AND SQUAT ME IN A ROOM FULL OF KITTENS -- THIS HERE OCEAN SCORPION’S BIGGER N’ A HAY BALE, Y’ALL!" NASCAR.COM: Who are you rooting for on Sunday? LOBSTER: Landon Cassill . He doesn’t eat meat, so I’d be safe. Hell, perhaps I’d become his pet. Landon Cassill , taking his pet lobster on a leash for a walk. My God he’d probably Snapchat the hell out of that. NASCAR.COM: Anything else you’d like to add? LOBSTER: Yes. You suck as an interviewer. I can’t believe my final interview before my demise is this one. All that’s left for me is to be paraded around Victory Lane, then bronzed and mounted like some crustacean Han Solo in carbonite. This sucks. Lobster out.
Martin Truex Jr. details girlfriend's cancer fight
Martin Truex Jr . detailed his girlfriend Sherry Pollex's 17-month fight with ovarian cancer in a raw and emotional piece posted Monday on The Players' Tribune . Pollex announced Jan. 11 she had completed her final chemotherapy treatment. Among the specifics revealed in the story was the fact that Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser offered to let Truex sit out the remainder of the 2014 season after Pollex was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer on Aug. 7, 2014. "But Sherry and I never considered it," Truex wrote . "We both needed to get back to our normal. And normal for us is racing." Truex wrote about first meeting Pollex more than 10 years ago, and how "being with her was one of those things where you were all-in right from the start. You never really questioned it, you never really thought about it. You just did it because it felt right." Pollex first began experiencing abdomen pain in April 2014, Truex wrote, but because ovarian cancer often is difficult to diagnose, she did not have a CT scan until August. The following week, Pollex had surgery. Wrote Truex: "The surgery was performed on August 15, just a short week after we first heard those words. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 a.m., and Sherry was prepped for what we thought was going to be a four-hour procedure. Instead, after seven hours of surgery, which included a radical hysterectomy and the removal of tumors all the way up to her spleen and appendix, the doctor was finally confident that he had removed all “visible” signs of cancer. It was only four months from the time Sherry had initially told me she was having abdominal pain, and the cancer had literally spread everywhere." Worse than the surgery was the chemotherapy that followed, Truex wrote. "Watching Sherry go through the grueling eight-hour chemotherapy sessions every couple of weeks for six months was almost unbearable. She lost her hair and lost 27 pounds from her healthy weight of 120 pounds. She could barely walk from the living room to the kitchen in our home. It was one of the darkest times in our lives." Truex has expanded his Martin Truex Jr . Foundation to focus on both pediatric and ovarian cancer since Pollex's diagnosis. You can read the full story here
Race Rewind: New Hampshire in 15
Relive all of the highlights and key moments of the New Hampshire 301 as Matt Kenseth earned his second win of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Logano tweets message saying he 'will fight'
What does vague tweet indicate? RELATED: Logano: 'Complete coward move' " Photos of Sunday's incident After a race-leading Joey Logano was wrecked by non-Chaser Matt Kenseth at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, possibly as retaliation for an incident at Kansas Speedway last month, the Team Penske driver has one message for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver: 'I will fight .' pic.twitter.com/4be2cRtDt9 — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 2, 2015 It's unclear if Logano is indicating he wants to physically engage Kenseth -- we've seen him be physical before, just ask Tony Stewart -- or if he's just really charged up and motivated to overcome the points deficit he finds himself in after a 37th-place finish. According to the YouTube video for the audio track, " 'I Will Fight' is an audio track recorded by Pastor Steven Furtick to help you get focused and to prepare you for the challenges ahead," and includes a line about how his enemy is "not flesh and blood." That said, the site of Sunday's race -- the second in the Eliminator Round -- is Texas Motor Speedway , which saw Logano's teammate, Brad Keselowski , involved in perhaps NASCAR's biggest fracas of all time just last year. Stay tuned. MORE: NASCAR disappointed' " Busch: 'I think it's BS'
Gordon: ‘We’re going to fight until Richmond’
Jeff Gordon says his crash at Indy was disappointing, but his team is going to fight for a win and a way into the Chase all the way through the race at Richmond.
Johnson, Harvick take on 'Mortal Kombat', 'Fight Club'
@nascarcasm sets infamous confrontation to famous fight scenes MORE: Harvick shoves Johnson " Can Harvick recover and advance in Chase? RELATED: All content from @nascarcasm " Follow @nascarcasm