Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the Alabama 500 on Oct. 23, behind the wheel of the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion. In 2011 - having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes Ė the young driver was told he would never get behind the wheel of a race car again.
Founder of Team Jack Foundation wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service
NEW YORK - Andy Hoffman, founder of the Nebraska-based Team Jack Foundation dedicated to funding pediatric brain cancer research, was the recipient of The NASCAR Foundationís sixth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide on Tuesday night, during The Foundationís inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis.
This yearís award presentation is the highlight of the "10 Years of Giving" celebration for The NASCAR Foundation, which has donated approximately $25 million to impact the lives of children since its inception in 2006. The Honors Gala raised more than $1.6 million to benefit hospitalized children across the country through the recently established Speediatrics Childrenís Fund.
Truex and Kenseth stage intense late-race battle - but in vain
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
LOUDON, N.H. - For all appearances, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. were going to settle Sundayís Bad Boy Off Road 300 between them.
Truex led a race-high 141-of-300 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth led 105.
From a restart on Lap 249 until the fifth caution of the race on Lap 285, the Toyota drivers ran 1-2, with Kenseth playing defense from the lead and Truex trying every trick he knew to get past Kensethís No. 20 Camry.
Truex would dive inside and pull up to Kensethís door, only to have Kenseth pinch the No. 78 Toyota toward the apron and break Truexís momentum. Lap after lap, it was a constant parry and thrust, as both drivers wore out their tires in one of the longest sustained battles for the lead in recent memory.
Both drivers raced cleanly. Truex already had a victory in his pocket and a guaranteed ticket into the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. And in a real sense, Truex and Kenseth are teammates, even though they drive for different organizations.
2016 New Hampshire II: Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
TREVOR BAYNE - No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion - "I thought I had a tire go down. I donít know what else it could have been. I hadnít been loose into three all day and all of a sudden it just jumped out. We had some right side damage on that run and I couldnít tell you. I donít know at this point. The right rear looks up, but it just got really loose in and I backed it into the wall. It was a hard hit."
BRAD KESELOWSKI - No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion - "It was just a really great finish to kind of just a so-so day. It takes a team effort to do that as well and thatís part of this sport and my guys did a great job."
2016 New Hampshire II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 DITECH CHEVROLET SS - RACE WINNER
HOW DID YOU GET BY THE NO. 20 OF MATT KENSETH?
ĎI just want to thank all our sponsors and everyone at the shop who works on the Stewart-Haas Racing cars. Man, that worked out really good. The car was pretty good on the restarts. Once we got clean air there at the end, it wound up being really good up front. Iím just really proud of our team. They did a great job."
2016 New Hampshire II: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Saturday Notebook
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
Ganassi cars continue to impress at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. - Kyle Larson tends to undersell his prowess at short tracks in general and at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in particular.
To hear him tell it, you would never suspect that the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished third and second in the first two of his five starts at the Magic Mile.
And on Saturday, in final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for Sundayís Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) - the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - Larson posted the fastest lap in Happy Hour at 132.577 mph.
That was after he and Martin Truex Jr. tied for the top speed (132.186 mph) in Saturdayís first session.
2016 New Hampshire II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Quotes
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS - Qualified 3rd
ON QUALIFYING: "We made improvements. We were borderline on making the Round 2 to Round 3 cut there, but good job by James (Small, lead engineer) is filling in for Luke (Lambert, crew chief) right now. Luke is home just had a baby, so that is cool. Good qualifying effort like you said for the Caterpillar Chevrolet. Closest weíve been in a while so that was good. But definitely want to be up front with all those Chase guys. Itís been a disappointing year because of that, but weíve still got the opportunity to make some big gains here the last nine races."
2016 New Hampshire II: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Friday Notebook
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
Wreck in practice forces Chaser Austin Dillon to backup car
LOUDON, N.H. - A wreck in practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the last thing Austin Dillon needed.
After a 14th-place finish last Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Dillon needs a strong run at New Hampshire to escape the bottom four in the standings.
But with the Round of 16 elimination race looming Oct. 1 at Dover, Dillon had his weekend start catastrophically at the Magic Mile, site of Sundayís Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
2016 New Hampshire II Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Chris Buescher
CHRIS BUESCHER - No. 34 Loveís Travel Stops Ford Fusion - "What didnít happen is we didnít go fast enough to make a long story short. It was a solid effort for our Loveís Travel Stops team. Weíre trying really hard. This fire off speed has been tough on us, especially at Loudon. You look at the last race and it was kind of the same way. Our race speed was OK, and I was happy with that. I feel like we have a car that drives really good in first practice today. Weíve got two practices tomorrow to figure it out. Weíll go into that with plenty of optimism. Weíll keep positive and go pull off something and be ready for the race on Sunday."
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN PRACTICE TOMORROW? "I just like the fact that the car drove well. I know that doesnít always translate into speed, but Iíve had an evil-driving car here and made something of it, and weíve had good-driving cars and made something of it. Itís a lot easier day when it drives good. Itís to a point where I feel we get in the corner decent. Once the groove widens out just a little bit from more traffic, weíll be able to get it over on the right-front and get across the center a little bit better. We have really good forward drive this weekend, which Iím really excited about for Loudon."
2016 New Hampshire II Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Austin Dillon
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 PUMPKIN SPICE CHEERIOS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and discussed his accident in the first practice session, his thoughts on going to a back-up car, his position in the current Chase standings and many other topics. Full Transcript:
ON FIRST PRACTICE:
"It didnít go as planned. Just trying to find some extra speed and drove a little too hard I guess or I donít know what really happened. We just didnít have it together as good as we wanted to in that first practice. Weíve got a good back-up car and we will go try and qualify on the pole with it."
2016 New Hampshire II Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Joey Logano
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford, has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A third this weekend would guarantee him a spot in the Round of 12. He spoke about his team and their chances before todayís practice session.
JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - SPORTS FIGURES HAVE TAKEN A MORE PROMINENT ROLE IN DIFFERENT SOCIAL ISSUES. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ATHLETES, IN YOUR OPINION? "I think any athlete or public figure takes on a responsibility when you sit down here and talk to you guys, or at any point. Thereís a lot of people that you can influence in good ways or bad ways, and I feel like you should know that. There are a lot of athletes and public figures that donít realize that about the reaction they can make across the country or the world in a lot of cases by just a couple of words. I feel like that should be somehow taught. I believe we all should be entitled to our opinions. Thatís A-OK, maybe some of the ways that itís done is not the best way possible, but I personally believe when I sit down here I know the influence that I can have on young eyes watching us that are very fragile at the time that they could go a lot of different ways. You want to be a positive member of society and I think thatís something that I try to preach all the time is that, hey, I want to positively impact somebodyís life. I think ways like weíre doing it today with MPAL, is there a better way of doing it? I donít think so. I donít know a better way. Maybe there is, but I donít know a better way, Iíll tell you that much. I feel like if you can find some great organizations like we have today and impact people in that way, and use this platform that we have as a public figure to positively impact people, thatís the way to do it. I donít honestly believe in a lot of other ways that other athletes are doing it right now."
2016 New Hampshire II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend Preview
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service
Kenseth tries to become next to advance with third straight New Hampshire win
Matt Kenseth has to be one of the happiest drivers in NASCAR right now.
He currently sits seventh on the Chase Grid - 11 points ahead of Austin Dillon on the cutoff line - and gets to head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has won the last two races, for Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Following New Hampshire, he'll travel to Dover - where he won the May race - for the final event of the Chase's Round of 16.
"It will only help us in the first round if we win at them again, but New Hampshire has been a really good track for us the last few years," Kenseth said. "Dover has been a little up and down, particularly our performances in the dominating car, and it wasn't last time either, we were just kind of in the right place at the right time and able to hang on. But that's a track I really enjoy as well."
CHASE FORMAT HAS ADDED AGGRESSION TO ERIK JONESí RACING STYLE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Top-seeded Erik Jones didnít wait for the seven-race XFINITY Series playoff to alter his racing style to suit the new elimination format.
By his own admission, Jones raced conservatively last year in winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. But the win-and-youíre-in structure of the XFINITY Chase has given the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota more freedom to race for victories at any cost.
"I feel like Iíve raced this year a lot different than I would race any other year," said Jones, who led XFINITY regulars with four wins this season. "Last year in the Truck Series, I started out the year kind of going for wins, and the second half of the year, I was very conservative, taking what I could get.
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