Sat 8/30: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Great Clips 300, 7pm, PRN
Camping World Truck Series:
Sun 8/31: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1pm, MRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sun 8/31: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Oral-B USA 500, 6:30pm, PRN
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CUP SERIES WIN LIST STAYS AT 12
With Joey Logano’s third win of the season Saturday night at Bristol, the list of 2014 Sprint Cup Series race winners is holding at twelve with just two weeks left in the regular season. Logano, Dale Earnhardt Junior, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski are tied for the series lead with three victories apiece. The list of drivers who won last year but are still without a points-paying victory in 2014 includes Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Junior and David Ragan … If the sixteen spots in the post-season Chase field were being set today, the twelve race winners would qualify along with the top four non-winning drivers in the point standings: Kenseth, Newman, Clint Bowyer and Biffle – who would get the final berth by a comfortable twenty-six points over rookie Kyle Larson. Kahne is next, seven points further back, followed closely by Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.
AMERICAN LEGION HONORS PETTY
NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, the all-time leader in Sprint Cup Series wins with two hundred, was presented with The American Legion’s “James V. Day Good Guy Award” on Monday during the organization’s ninety-sixth annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Petty was honored – in part – for helping to develop Victory Junction Camp, where chronically ill children receive life-changing experiences; and for creating the Petty Family Foundation, which focuses on healthcare and enriching the lives of our country’s servicemen and women. The award is named after World War II veteran and prominent Legionnaire James V. Day. Recent winners include boxing great George Foreman, entertainer Dolly Parton, outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and former professional basketball star David Robinson.
► Chase Elliott of Junior Motorsports had the highest finish by a rookie in either of NASCAR’s two top series that competed this past weekend, placing third in Friday’s night’s Nationwide Series race at Bristol.
► In earning his fifth pole of the season, Kevin Harvick set a Sprint Cup Series qualifying record at Bristol Motor Speedway last Friday with a lap of 131.362 miles per hour. His trip around “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” took just 14.607 seconds … fifteen-hundredths of a second quicker than Denny Hamlin’s old mark that was set earlier this year. Harvick finished eleventh in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race.
► The 2014 post-season Chase is right around the corner, so some Sprint Cup Series teams are busy testing this week at a pair of venues. Roush Fenway Racing is among the five teams wrapping up a two-day test at Chicagoland Speedway today. Carl Edwards has clinched a spot on the Chase Grid with two wins this season. Teammate Greg Biffle currently holds the sixteenth – and last – provisional spot. Chicagoland Speedway will host the first stop in the ten-race title series on Sunday, September 14th … Hendrick Motorsports will open a two-day test at Martinsville Speedway today. Three of its drivers – Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Junior and Jimmie Johnson – have clinched post-season berths. Kasey Kahne is thirty-three points behind Biffle and will most likely need a victory in either of the final two regular-season races – in Atlanta or Richmond – to qualify for the Chase.
ON THIS DATE
August 26th, 1978: Future Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough won the first night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, dominating the Volunteer 500. He led a race-high 327 laps including the final 194. Benny Parsons finished second followed by Darrell Waltrip, Dick Brooks and Richard Petty. Yarborough won his third straight Cup Series championship that season. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2012.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sat 9/6: Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sun 9/14: Chicagoland Speedway, Geico 400, 1pm, MRN
Sun 9/21: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sylvania 300, 1pm, PRN
Sun 9/28: Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/5: Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sat 10/11: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 7pm, PRN
Sun 10/19: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega 500, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/26: Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger, 12:30pm, MRN
Sun 11/2: Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 2pm, PRN
Sun 11/9: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Sprint Cup 500, 2pm MRN
Sun 11/16: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sat 9/13: Chicagoland Speedway, Nationwide 300, 3pm, MRN
Sat 9/20: Kentucky Speedway, Kentucky 300, 7pm, PRN
Sat 9/27: Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3pm, MRN
Sat 10/4: Kansas Speedway, Nationwide 300, 3pm, MRN
Sat 11/1: Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Challenge, 3pm, PRN
Sat 11/8: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30pm, MRN
Sat 11/15: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4pm, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sat 9/20: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, TBD, MRN
Sat 9/27: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Smith's 350, 8pm, MRN
Sat 10/18: Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 3:30pm, MRN
Sat 10/25: Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1pm, MRN
Indy Car Series