Stenhouse Jr. Will Make His 125th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start at Same Track as His First Start
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his 125th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the same track where he got his first NSCS start in 2011 driving the legendary No. 21 machine earning a respectable 11th - place finish as a rookie. With 14 races remaining before the NSCS Chase cut-off, Stenhouse is just a mere 10 points out of 16th place.
Roush to honor old friend as part of NASCAR's 600 Miles of Remembrance
By Don Coble, NASCAR Wire Service
The black and white photograph of childhood buddies on a go-kart serves as a constant reminder of simpler times, when the bonds of friendship were tied by endless afternoons of playing baseball, fishing or building a crude street racer powered by a small lawnmower engine.
It’s a picture taken 63 years ago. For Jack Roush, it continues to keep alive the memory - and reverence - of his neighbor, Jimmy Woolard, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War 16 years after all four were photographed on the homemade go-kart.
"That [picture] stopped the time for me," Roush said.
The photo included Jimmy, Jack, Jimmy’s brother Butch Woolard and Jack’s brother Frank.
Forty Years Ago, 'The Silver Fox' Ruled The Coca-Cola 600
During the 1970s, epic on-track battles were status quo for NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Richard Petty; however, it was the three-time champion Pearson who owned the deed to Charlotte Motor Speedway in that decade.
Logano Speeds to Exhilarating NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Victory
Under a full moon on a thrilling Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joey Logano corralled $1 million by passing Kyle Larson with two laps to go in a stirring NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that was full of memorable moments and heavy on passing.
Joey Logano triumphs in scintillating NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race finish
By Mike Sulka
CONCORD, N.C. - At the end of a wild and crazy Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joey Logano got the upper hand in an intense battle with last-chance qualifier Kyle Larson and took home the million-dollar prize as the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Trying to block the stronger car of Logano in the closing 13-lap final segment of the race, Larson buried his car into Turn 1 as Logano edged ahead. Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet got loose and sailed up the track into the outside wall with less than two laps left.
"I tell you, Larson is a hard racer," Logano said. "I watched him in the Showdown earlier today, and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was going to run hard. I’m a hard racer, so I knew it was going to be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once, and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high, and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him.
"I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarter panel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was going to drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was going to drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter.
2016 Charlotte (All-Star): Joey Logano NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Press Conference
TODD GORDON, Crew Chief - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - "I thought it was pretty cool. It’s a different format with the 50-50-13 and it definitely brought some different strategies forward. I thought a quick synopsis of what we thought, but I thought our long-run speed was pretty good in the first section. The second section the cautions kind of almost seemed like it frustrated us because they didn’t let us get to where we were really good. But then the pit crew stepped up and performed and transitioned to the 13-lap final segment and got us a little bit there. You give Joey Logano four tires and at least eye shot of where the front row is and he elevates in that final and showed it again tonight."
2016 Charlotte (All-Star): Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "I tell you, Larson is a hard racer. I watched him in the Showdown earlier today and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was gonna run hard. I’m a hard racer, I knew it was gonna be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarterpanel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was gonna drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was gonna drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It’s special just to be in the race. Forget winning it, it’s just special. It’s neat to be in victory lane."
2016 Charlotte (All-Star): NASCAR Sprint Cup - Saturday Notebook
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
LARSON UNLEASHES AGGRESSIVE APPROACH IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN
CONCORD, N.C. - Different week. Different circumstances. Same driver.
Last Sunday at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Larson was chasing Matt Kenseth for the win in the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Larson treated Kenseth, the 2003 series champion, with the utmost respect, taking great pains to run the veteran driver as cleanly as possibly. Kenseth won, with Larson trailing him in second place by a fraction of a second.
But that was not the case on Saturday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Larson was battling Chase Elliott for the lead in the final segment of the Sprint Showdown, with the last spot in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET on FS1) on the line.
Matt Crafton dominates NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
CONCORD, N.C. - Matt Crafton had a lot to overcome on Saturday—a 17th-place starting position and a difficult pit stall that cost him dearly in the early stages of Saturday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
But after 134 laps, Crafton was 5.748 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Busch, winning the race and extending his series lead to 12 points over seventh-place finisher Timothy Peters. In fact, the two-time champion won consecutive races for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, going back-to-back in successive weeks at Dover and Charlotte.
Even though it took Crafton more than half the race to get to the front, he sensed the quality of his ride from the drop of the green flag.
"I literally did," Crafton said. "I was like, ‘Wow!’ This thing was unbelievable from the time we dropped the green. This thing went through (Turns) 1 and 2—well, the first original start, everybody got jumbled up and went through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4, and I’m like, ‘This thing feels really good right here.’
"Then we fell back to the 20s (after pit road issues) at that point and we started driving back through them and I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, these boys are in trouble today.’"
Bayne, Biffle, Larson Advance to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; Elliott and Patrick Claim Sprint Fan Vote
Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson rocketed to segment victories in an exhilarating Saturday afternoon Sprint Showdown, the prelude to Saturday night’s fender-banging NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick claimed the final two positions in the biggest all-star event in sports by being the top vote-getters in the Sprint Fan Vote.
Larson, Bayne and Biffle race their way into NASCAR Sprint All-Star main event
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
CONCORD, N.C. - With Chase Elliott’s Chevrolet bouncing off the outside wall, and Kyle Larson’s Chevy bouncing off Elliott’s car coming to the finish line, Larson won a wild drag race to claim the last of three available spots in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (9 p.m. ET on FS1).
At the end of the final 10-lap dash in the Sprint Showdown, Larson pinched Elliott into the outside wall entering the dogleg at the 1.5-mile track and banged into the left side of Elliott’s No. 24 Chevy as the drivers raced side by side to the finish.
Both cars were battered as they crossed the finish line.
"I knew (Elliott) was going to be good on four tires and was probably going to win the Fan Vote, so I knew I had to win because I knew I wasn’t going to win the Fan Vote," Larson said. "So, I did what I could do. Hopefully, they can repair the right side good enough or we can pull out the backup — or whatever.
2016 Charlotte (Showdown): Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
Trevor Bayne won the first 20-lap segment of the Sprint Showdown to advance to tonight’s scheduled All-Star Race. Here are Bayne’s post-race comments.
TREVOR BAYNE - No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion - "That was pretty cool. That takes me back to Texas in 2011 in the XFINITY race when I restarted fourth and pushed Carl out before winning the race. I was thinking about what I could do and I timed the restart really good and got right to the 21’s bumper at the line and was able to get three-wide off of turn two. The car was pretty good there. In clean air I was alright. I was a little concerned with dirty air, but I got a run and went through the middle. It was a little sketchy squeezing through that hole, but it worked."
WHAT WAS THE KEY TO MAKING IT WORK? "We had a fast race car for no practice and no teammates in the earlier practice. My guys did a great job guessing where we should start at. The car was good in clean air, but in dirty air I just couldn’t go, so with one lap to go all you’ve got is the restart and I kind of treated it like it was for the win for the All-Star Race for a million bucks. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get in. I thought that would be our best shot. I got a good restart and off two there was a tiny hole and somehow our car got through it without getting beat up, so we’ll take it."
2016 Charlotte (All-Star): NASCAR Sprint Cup LIVE Streaming, Timing, Weather & TV Schedule
By PaddockTalk.com Staff Writers
The NASCAR Sprint Cup annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will be be held today at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. TV coverage today will start airing at 7 PM ET until 11 PM. All sessions will be shown LIVE on FS1.
If you'd like more or need alternative coverage you can check out web streaming, live-timing, and radio.
For LIVE timing and scoring be sure to check out nascar.com which has LIVE timing and scoring, and lap by lap updates.
For LIVE audio web streaming of All-star qualifying be sure to check out MRN who will begin coverage at 7 PM.
The weather today will be challenging again with temperatures in the low-70s F and cloudy skies. There is a 50-70 percent chance of rain from 6PM until 11 PM.
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