Junior ramping up recovery by shooting hoops?
MORE: Latest Dale Jr. updates With Dale Earnhardt Jr. in recovery mode as he works his way back from battling concussion-like symptoms, the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports driver has a bit of extra time on his hands as he lays low and won't be making a trip to the race track until Watkins Glen, at the earliest. Enter NBA Live. Confessing my addiction to @EASPORTSNBA on my iPad. I'm up at 5:30 cause there's a shooting drill to get done. #LV25 #Hornets #BanksNotOpen — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 25, 2016 5:30 a.m. shooting drills? That's some Kobe-level committment. EA Sports took notice. @EASPORTSNBA I got em all matched up nice, but 2way and Bigs are playing well. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 25, 2016 Hey, at least he isn't playing "Pokémon Go." RELATED: Hate it or love it, 'Pokémon Go' is the future
Who's in the No. 48? Flub gives 'Six-Time' extra drive
Jimmy Jimmie Johnson found some extra motivation for the Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio) Sunday morning. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion saw something amiss during a morning check of his pit stall. Morning motivation @rpatton22 pic.twitter.com/4TDoLM1bRf — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 24, 2016 Oops. A little credit, though. The fact that Indianapolis puts driver names on the pit road wall and above the garage stalls is immeasurably cool. And it looks like everything is fast at Indy, including the speed of folks in charge of the signage. Boo pic.twitter.com/yuOWY07Wzq — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 24, 2016
'Slide job' pledge with Stewart drains Logano's wallet
RELATED: Relive Eldora in photos Although he wasn't racing in Wednesday night's Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, Joey Logano -- and his wallet -- got in on the Eldora Speedway fun by supporting track owner Tony Stewart and the Tony Stewart Foundation. For all @TonyStewart has done 4 our sport, I'm giving $22 to @14TSF every time you hear "Slide Job" during the race @EldoraSpeedway on @FS1 — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 20, 2016 And what is a slide job, exactly? Slide job: Commonly used in dirt track racing, when one vehicle takes a low line around a turn and allows their vehicle to drift or slide up in front of another vehicle taking the high line, thus completing the pass and blocking the overtaken vehicle from crossing over to try and make a pass themselves. MORE: Eldora words to know " Key NASCAR terms Drivers, FS1 announcers and more eagerly participated -- all in the name of charity, of course -- and made sure that "slide job" became the trending, most overused phrase of the evening. Thank you @FS1 for the #SlideJob count — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 21, 2016 The Team Penske wheelman announced the grand total Thursday afternoon with the final count coming to $4,004 after 182 mentions throughout the Eldora coverage. Time to pay up Logano.
Keelan makes a regrettable deal with DeLana, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. KPH "Can I go on dates with you and dad?" Me "Sure, if I can go on all the dates you go on when you're older." KPH "DEAL!!" — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) July 21, 2016 2. . @MartinTruex_Jr has more bad luck than any one person I can remember. #NASCAR — Mark Martin (@markmartin) July 18, 2016 3. Can anyone say Spaceballs? #ChevyDay @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/n2NZ2tkOCq — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 22, 2016 4. Looks cool. But I'm glad I have a engine. pic.twitter.com/M7Bj5WbTKz — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 20, 2016 5. Lucas and Jami made it back from China safe and sounds this morning. Got to spend a few moments with them before heading to Indy. #Thankful — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) July 22, 2016 6. Why won't anyone take me seriously pic.twitter.com/YedNTeFZWn — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 18, 2016 7. Stand off.... #welcometoindy pic.twitter.com/5NVeD8I0y7 — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) July 21, 2016 8. We had so much fun @Purdue today!! pic.twitter.com/3iEJeC0iMP — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) July 22, 2016
Drivers live up 'Sunday Funday', more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Sunday fun day with my girls. pic.twitter.com/mNZVkDKmHt — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 10, 2016 2. Last pic was cropped weird. Here's the full view from our trip today to the ARC. pic.twitter.com/r4h27JR7Ex — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 10, 2016 3. Keelan and I are taking in the Triple-A Home Run Derby tonight in Charlotte. It's a great night at BB&T Ballpark. pic.twitter.com/bFWiXq4JhK — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) July 11, 2016 4. Why doesn't anyone take me seriously pic.twitter.com/ZZKl02aFsK — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 14, 2016 5. How about that for a North Carolina sunset.. #LKN @MooresvilleNC pic.twitter.com/UXK4E43Mhj — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 11, 2016 6. You know you're truly friends with someone when you're talking on the and they say "I gotta call you back, I gotta go !!!" — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) July 12, 2016 7. perfect pic.twitter.com/Esu7Z07iYf — Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) July 13, 2016 8. @tydillon I love your man bag pic.twitter.com/UO0shRqikb — Haley Dillon (@HaleyKDillon) July 12, 2016
What it's like to eat a 'pork chop sandwich' at Eldora Speedway
ROSSBURG, Ohio -- A couple of factoids you may or may not know -- Tony Stewart owns a race track (Eldora Speedway) and he also owns a pet pig (which he's nicknamed 'Porkchop'). Porkchop and I are wore out after watching the truck race #Porkchop pic.twitter.com/VyrMHubRsF — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) May 17, 2014 Another little tidbit -- on site at Eldora, where the Camping World Truck Series will be putting on arguably the most anticipated show of the season in Wednesday night's Aspen Dental Dirt Derby (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), there is a vendor selling pork chop sandwiches . Dark? Yes. In poor taste? Not at all. Quite delicious, actually. I hear the guy who owns Eldora has a pet pig named "Porkchop." Dark? Yes. Poor taste? Nope. Delicious. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/Ooneuy1S9j — Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) July 20, 2016 You can judge a sandwich (or most foods, honestly) by the "Seventh-bite factor," which is a term that I literally just made up as I started writing this sentence. But hear me out. It's easy enough for a food to catch you off-guard -- good or bad -- on the first bite. When you find yourself saying "Oh my gosh, this sandwich," seven bites in, you know you've got yourself a sandwich among sandwiches. Boylan's Original Pork Chop Sandwich is that kind of sandwich. I mean, just look at it. Boylan's Original Pork Chop Sandwich (est. 1967) @EldoraSpeedway . #NASCAR #AspenDerby pic.twitter.com/ox1gadBU3P — Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) July 20, 2016 It looks so simple -- the thing is enclosed in literally just a run-of-the-mill, store-bought plain hamburger bun -- but you can tell just from the picture that it's tasty AF. The secret is the marinade, which, just guessing, is a secret in itself. But whatever marination process that led to this perfectly seasoned pork tenderloin resulted in a delectably tangy-yet-sweet creation that had me actually considering getting another despite a serious lack of room in my stomach. Oh, and about that pet pig? Sorry, Porkchop. I recommend this sandwich. #NASCAR #AspenDerby pic.twitter.com/eVEPMkszZJ — Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) July 20, 2016
@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.
Dale's call: Bowman misses FaceTime with boss
LOUDON, N.H. -- We found out earlier this weekend that Alex Bowman is prone to missing important phone calls, but you'd think when the boss man tries to FaceTime, he'd answer. Not quite. RELATED: Bowman gets call to jump in No. 88 -- sends it to voicemail After placing eighth in Saturday's AutoLotto 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bowman -- tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event -- mentioned in his post-race press conference that Junior "loves to FaceTime." But he's never answered the, for lack of a better term, Dale Call. "I don't think I've ever actually answered any type of video chat from him," Bowman said. "Definitely missed a few from him." Race weekends are busy, sure, but you'd think the 23-year-old would jump at the opportunity to take a video chat from the man for whom he's subbing, knowing Earnhardt is hanging around his house, bored and probably Netflixed-out as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. "Dale's probably sitting at home, super bored, watching the TV," said Bowman, who will line up 20th in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. "He's probably criticizing what I did today, saying 'Why didn't you do a better job?.' I don't know; he's probably just really bored at home trying to talk to everybody last night. "I just know that everybody's phone kept ringing (Friday) night. I was in the shower, (spotter) TJ Majors told me that he was in the shower and his phone rang three times. So, Dale was just wanting to talk." </p>
Stewart talks special moment with Gordon post-Indy
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid " See the moment SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- With the field lined up for the first of what turned out to be two overtime restarts Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart clicked his radio and made a request. "Tell (the 88) after this is over let's go around the track one more time together," Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and driver of the organization's No. 14 Chevrolet, said. Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and twice a winner of the The Combat Wounded Coalition 400, wanted to slow down instead of go fast, and soak in the moment with a familiar foe and friend, regardless of how his final race at IMS ended. Jeff Gordon , driving the Hendrick Motorsports entry in relief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. , was more than willing to oblige. Hours earlier, Gordon had paid tribute to Stewart, acknowledging him and what he has meant to NASCAR during the morning drivers' meeting. RELATED: Gordon talks return, Dale Jr. " WATCH: Gordon climbs in No. 88 So before race winner Kyle Busch made it to Victory Lane, prior to he and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates gathering to kiss the bricks on the finish line, Stewart and Gordon, two old warhorses with a combined seven championships and 142 Sprint Cup Series wins between them, slowly circled the 2.5-mile track one final time to the cheers of the fans and many of those still on pit road. MORE: Relive 'Smoke's' 49 career victories Afterward, Gordon climbed from his car and approached Stewart; the two hugged on pit road amid a throng of reporters. "I can say that just ranks in the top-three coolest moments of my 18 years in this series," said Stewart, who will retire from Sprint Cup racing at season's end. "To share that moment with Jeff here at Indianapolis, I don't know. I don't even have the words for it. That is a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life." For the record, Stewart finished 11th in his final Sprint Cup start at the famed Brickyard. It was a hard-fought 11th with the 45-year-old rallying from a lap down after running strong in the first half of the 170-lap race. Gordon, scheduled to make at least one more start next week at Pocono's Pennsylvania 400 in relief of Earnhardt Jr., rallied, too, to finish 13th. "Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years," he said. "But he and I have become really good friends. ... I'm just so proud that I was able to be here and race with him in his final race (at Indy)." Stewart ran as high as second early, moving up from his No. 3 starting position in spite of a slow takeoff when the race went green. Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz and the pit crew continued to make adjustments throughout the first half of the race, keeping Stewart inside the top 10, but at one point admitted to his driver, "We're just barely keeping up with the track." Stewart hit pit road at Lap 119 under green, and when the caution came out for an incident involving David Ragan , it appeared the move might work in the team’s favor -- others that hadn't pitted would come to pit road, allowing Stewart to gain track position. But a speeding penalty negated any advantage, and Stewart instead found himself in 31st and one lap down. By then, it was too late to change game plans, according to Bugarewicz. "Normally you would say yes when it's early in the race," he said. "When it's late in the race like that, your fate's almost ... you just have to race for the (free pass) and hope you get it like we did. That's all you've got. "Nobody was going to pit again if it stayed green because they're already in the last fuel window so at that point it was just ... banking on getting a caution and being the best car out of the cars that were a lap down to get the lucky dog, which is what we did. "We got fortunate with a few more cautions to let us line back up at the tail of the field and start picking them off." On Lap 140, Stewart passed Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) to be in positon for the free pass, and when the caution flag waved for debris moments later, he was back on the lead lap. Three more cautions unfolded before the finish, including one that involved Stewart, Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing), Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing) and Brian Scott (Richard Petty Motorsports). WATCH: Big wreck claims multiple cars at Indy "That last one probably hurt us in one sense -- with the nose damage we had, the car was really tight," Bugarewicz said. "But ... we're not going to complain, we're just going to take what we've got and be happy for it." The finish moved Stewart up one spot, to 27th, in points. With a win earlier at California's Sonoma Raceway, he continues to improve his chances at earning a berth in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But with Indy in his rearview, Stewart wasn't in a hurry to look too far down the road. "It was an awesome weekend," he said. "Everything went the way we wanted it to, we just came up short today. "I had fun all day and had fun all weekend. ... Everybody tried to make my weekend as easy as possible. It really gave me the opportunity to savor the moment and enjoy it." MORE: 'Smoke' receives unique gift from Indy
Kyle Busch holds off Harvick for third straight XFINITY win
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Every winner in 2016 SHOP: Busch gear SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- About the only thing Kyle Busch didn't win on Saturday was the one prize he wasn't eligible for. But the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won everything else, capping a phenomenal day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race -- and he did so with tires that were 23 laps older than those of his pursuers. Busch led 62 of 63 laps but had to hold off Kevin Harvick on a two lap dash in overtime to win for the third time at the Brickyard, the seventh time in 11 starts this season and the 83rd time in his career, extending his series record. The XFINITY race was actually the fourth competition Busch won on Saturday. First, he won the top starting spot for the Lilly Diabetes 250, the 54th pole of his career. Next, he won the pole position for Sunday's Crown Royal 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN), one of the marquee NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events of the season. After that Busch led all 20 laps and took the checkered flag in the first heat race under the XFINITY Series' final Dash 4 Cash event of the season. Busch didn't win the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, a prize available only to series regulars. That check went to Justin Allgaier , who rolled home in fifth place, the highest finisher among the four drivers who earned eligibility in the heat races. Busch, however, has one more mountain to climb. On Sunday, he'll attempt to complete his second straight weekend sweep at the vaunted Brickyard. Busch held off Harvick, third-place finisher Paul Menard and fourth-place Kyle Larson even though Busch had stayed out on old rubber while those behind him pitted for new tires under the first caution on Lap 50. "The new tires for those guys were good for them but not so good for us," Busch said. "I just dug in deep and gave it everything I had. I knew I had to get really good restarts. On the second-to-last one (on Lap 54), I got a really good one, and then the last one (on lap 62 in overtime), it was OK. "I got an OK one, and I saw Harvick pull out… but he never got alongside of me. I never felt him close enough that he was going to pull alongside. ... It's a pretty awesome feeling to be able to go back to Victory Lane here this year. We're sitting on the pole tomorrow, and hopefully we can have another sweep here." Busch had a lead of more than eight seconds on Lap 48 of a scheduled 60 when JGR teammate Erik Jones , the wire-to-wire winner of the second heat race, blew a right rear tire entering Turn 1 and spun, causing the afternoon's first caution. While Busch and series leader Daniel Suarez stayed out on old tires, the remaining eight lead-lap cars came to pit road. Busch survived the restart on lap 54, but a lap later, ay Black Jr. and Harrison Rhodes wrecked off Turn 2 to bring put the second yellow and force the overtime. On the Lap 62 restart, Harvick pushed Larson, then ducked to the inside but was reluctant to take a bad angle into the first corner. As Harvick and Larson battled briefly for second, Busch pulled away and ultimately crossed the finish line .411 seconds ahead of Harvick's No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. "I really thought I could beat him down the backstretch if I got off of (Turn) 2 well and could clear the 42 (Larson)," Harvick said. "I got to the inside and kind of hit the chip and decided to hold the line up a little bit and try to get a run, and the 42 got stuck on the outside and that ruined my plan. "But our goal was to overachieve today, and we did that and capitalized on some situations and had a couple of good restarts and wound up second. All in all, it wasn't a bad day." Just nowhere near as good as the one Busch had.