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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series™, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series™) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Mexico Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


 


 

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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series™, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series™) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Mexico Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


Nick Sanchez scores first victory in wild NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck race

 Sean Gardner/Getty Images

February 16, 2024

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With cars wrecking and flipping behind him in overtime, Nick Sanchez claimed the first NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series victory of his young NASCAR Cup Series career in Friday night’s Fresh From Florida 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

The race ended under caution on the second lap of the overtime after Rajah Caruth, running fourth, moved up the track and turned the No. 91 Chevrolet of Jack Wood in front of the field.

 

Sanchez and runner-up Corey Heim were clear of the chaos, and Caruth escaped with minimal damage to run third. But behind them, the Chevy of Daniel Dye launched the Toyota of Taylor Gray, which flipped in mid-air and landed upright on its tires in a gaggle of mangled cars.

 

All told 12 trucks were involved in the wreck, which caused the record 12th caution of the evening.

 

Coincidentally, Sanchez rallied from a 13-truck crash on Lap 6 to score the victory for his No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet team in his sophomore season.

 

“It’s huge,” Sanchez said. “We spent all of last year trying to get a win. I knew coming into this year I knew that I had to, right? What better race than to do it than Daytona? Honestly, out of every race, if I was going to do it, this would have been the last one (I expected), but happy to do it. It’s awesome.

 

“I just knew I had to lead at the white flag, because they were probably going to wreck. I’m glad they wrecked — if everyone is OK. I’m just happy.

 

“It’s huge. Obviously, we have a new technical partner in Spire (Motorsports)—our first race with them. What a better way to start a partnership. (Sponsor) Gainbridge has stuck with me. They were winless last year. They all deserve it, and they’re going to celebrate with me.”

 

Caruth was thankful for his third-place finish, but he rued the wreck that ended the race.

 

“I’m trying to play it back differently in the last laps, but thank you to everybody at Spire Motorsports, HendrickCars.com, the Hendrick Automotive Group, and Mr. H (Hendrick) for what they’ve done for me along with everybody at Spire and Chevy," Carruth said.

 

“Man, I felt like I got a bad push there, and you’re already getting tight off of the corner, and everybody is going for all they have on the last lap. I feel terrible to see trucks like that torn up. I hope Taylor (Gray) is all right. But a good night to start the year.” 

 

Fifty-one of the 101 laps were run under caution, and it didn’t take long for the action to start. The first major incident KO’d a handful of drivers.

 

On the backstretch on Lap 6 of a scheduled 100 circuits, a shove from Christian Eckes’ Chevrolet turned the Ford of three-time series champion Matt Crafton into the Ford of Layne Riggs, igniting a 13-truck accident that eliminated Ty Dillon, Thad Moffitt and Jake Garcia.

 

With his team unable to effect repairs on his No. 38 Ford F-150, Riggs took his Truck to the garage under caution on Lap 17.

 

“Chaos, a lot of craziness — everybody was just kind of all over the place,” Dillon said after a mandatory trip to the infield care center. “I’ve never seen anything look like that from behind the wheel four laps into a race.

 

“With my experience, I knew something like that was going to happen. That’s why I got myself to the bottom to hopefully have a spot to bail. And sure enough, it happened. I thought I got through… I hit the grass and it knocked the tires out of my hand, and I was trying to catch it with the throttle…

 

“Just hate to be taken out so early and not have a chance.”

 

The Lap 6 incident was a harbinger of the chaos to come.

 

Defending series champion Ben Rhodes saw a good night turn bad when Tyler Ankrum door-slammed his Ford on Lap 68. Rhodes pitted with a flat tire a lap later, but after leaving the pits, he spun and crashed as the lead packed tried to dodge the No. 99 Ford in the center of the track.

 

Rhodes exited the race, and soon after, Johhny Sauter was an innocent victim of a four-truck wreck off Turn 4—after leading 24 laps, second only to Sanchez’s 26.

 

Bret Holmes finished fourth, followed by Spencer Boyd. Stefan Parsons, Crafton, Timmy Hill, Bryan Dauzat and Eckes completed the top 10.

 

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Race - Fresh From Florida 250

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Friday, February 16, 2024

 

                1. (6)  Nick Sanchez, Chevrolet, 101.

                2. (26)  Corey Heim, Toyota, 101.

                3. (20)  Rajah Caruth, Chevrolet, 101.

                4. (19)  Bret Holmes, Chevrolet, 101.

                5. (31)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 101.

                6. (27)  Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 101.

                7. (11)  Matt Crafton, Ford, 101.

                8. (33)  Timmy Hill, Toyota, 101.

                9. (29)  Bryan Dauzat, Chevrolet, 101.

                10. (25)  Christian Eckes, Chevrolet, 101.

                11. (5)  Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 101.

                12. (34)  Jason White, Ford, 101.

                13. (9)  Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 101.

                14. (17)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 101.

                15. (1)  Ty Majeski, Ford, 101.

                16. (8)  Tanner Gray, Toyota, 101.

                17. (22)  Grant Enfinger, Chevrolet, 101.

                18. (23)  Jack Wood, Chevrolet, 101.

                19. (12)  Taylor Gray, Toyota, Accident, 100.

                20. (3)  Corey LaJoie(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 100.

                21. (7)  Daniel Dye, Chevrolet, Accident, 100.

                22. (30)  Cory Roper, Chevrolet, Accident, 100.

                23. (14)  Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, Accident, 100.

                24. (15)  Dean Thompson, Toyota, Accident, 100.

                25. (32)  Mason Massey, Chevrolet, 100.

                26. (4)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 99.

                27. (13)  Toni Breidinger, Toyota, 97.

                28. (18)  Chase Purdy, Chevrolet, Accident, 93.

                29. (2)  Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, Accident, 79.

                30. (24)  Ben Rhodes, Ford, Accident, 71.

                31. (36)  Keith McGee, Ford, Accident, 44.

                32. (35)  Lawless Alan, Ford, Overheating, 27.

                33. (21)  Layne Riggs #, Ford, DVP, 13.

                34. (16)  Jake Garcia, Ford, Accident, 6.

                35. (28)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 5.

                36. (10)  Thad Moffitt #, Chevrolet, Accident, 5.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  98.933 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 33 Mins, 8 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Under Caution Seconds.

Caution Flags:  12 for 52 laps.

Lead Changes:  24 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Sauter 1;T. Majeski 2;J. Sauter 3-13;T. Majeski 14;J. Sauter 15-22;T. Majeski 23-26;T. Ankrum 27-41;B. Holmes 42-44;T. Gray 45;B. Holmes 46-51;J. Sauter 52;B. Holmes 53-56;J. Sauter 57-58;G. Enfinger 59-60;N. Sanchez 61-63;B. Rhodes 64-68;J. Sauter 69;T. Ankrum 70;C. Purdy 71;C. Eckes 72;C. LaJoie(i) 73-77;N. Sanchez 78-90;R. Caruth 91;N. Sanchez 92-101.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Nick Sanchez 3 times for 26 laps; Johnny Sauter 6 times for 24 laps; Tyler Ankrum 2 times for 16 laps; Bret Holmes 3 times for 13 laps; Ty Majeski 3 times for 6 laps; Ben Rhodes 1 time for 5 laps; Corey LaJoie(i) 1 time for 5 laps; Grant Enfinger 1 time for 2 laps; Tanner Gray 1 time for 1 lap; Rajah Caruth 1 time for 1 lap; Chase Purdy 1 time for 1 lap; Christian Eckes 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 45,98,41,18,17,32,91,19,5,11

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,19,88,43,99,98,7,9,2,11

 

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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series™, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series™) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Mexico Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


 


 

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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series™, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series™) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Mexico Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 


Thanks to NASCAR’s bold decision, a completed Clash is in the books

 

February 6, 2024

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

Albert Hammond was dead wrong.

 

In his only top-20 hit as a solo performer, Hammond proclaimed “It Never Rains in Southern California.”

 

Quite the contrary. It was the forecast of torrential rains in the Los Angeles area that forced NASCAR to make the unprecedented decision to run the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum a day early.

 

Unlike Hammond, the forecast was spot-on.

 

Heavy rains arrived on Sunday, the day the Clash was supposed to occur. By 10 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times, 7.04 inches of rain had fallen in downtown L.A., nearly twice the average rainfall for the entire month of February—and almost 50 percent of the average downtown rainfall of 14.25 inches for an entire year.

 

From Friday on, every newscast in Southern California centered on the weather, complete with advisories to refrain from driving until the storm passed. On Sunday morning, emergency flash flood warnings lit up cell phones throughout Los Angeles, warnings that were repeated on Monday.

 

In retrospect, all the circumstances that unfolded on Sunday and Monday validated the wisdom and necessity of moving the Clash to Saturday evening.

 

“What we’re doing right now is unprecedented,” NASCAR chief operating officer Steve O’Donnell said in announcing the move on Saturday. “It’s in the best interest of the fans. It’s going to be an inconvenience, certainly, for those who had tickets and were really looking forward to this.

 

“We’re going to reach out to every single fan to see what we can do to make it good on their end, but this was our best option for us to at least see some racing, get people tuning in on FS1 and also those who were already coming out, to put on a race for them.”

 

It was not an ideal solution, but no solution under the prevailing circumstances could have been ideal. In hindsight, it was the only solution that would have allowed the Clash to run.

 

It was unfortunate that the race played to a sparsely populated Coliseum. It was unfortunate that NASCAR had to bear the financial burden of making disappointed ticket holders whole.

 

The bottom line, though, was that NASCAR had to race on Saturday or race not at all. The result was an exciting event, won by Denny Hamlin in overtime, with plenty of bumper-to-bumper action.

 

After the Clash, the NASCAR Mexico Series completed a 150-lap race, won by Daniel Suarez.

 

Because of NASCAR’s decision—made with the blessing of TV partner FOX, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the City of Los Angeles—the NASCAR Cup Series transporters are headed back to the East Coast, soon to be armed for the Feb. 18 DAYTONA 500 (at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

A national television audience got to see a race that otherwise would not have been run. And teams, drivers, officials and the press corps were spared the inconvenience of sitting in the Coliseum on Sunday, watching the rain fall and waiting for the race to be called.

 

NASCAR made the only possible decision that would have allowed racing this past weekend, and Albert Hammond continues to be wrong.

 

Perhaps a more appropriate tune for the weekend would have been Phil Collins’ title song for a film that included scenes shot in the nearby Hollywood hills—"Against All Odds.”


Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus enter NASCAR Hall the way they should—together 

 

January 19, 2024

 

By Reid Spencer 

NASCAR Wire Service

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Call them inseparable.

 

Despite a few rough patches in their 17-year working relationship, driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus achieved a level of success at NASCAR’s highest level unparalleled in the current century.

 

Together, on Friday night in the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center, Johnson and Knaus reaped the rewards of their remarkable accomplishments—induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2024 in their first year of eligibility.

 

Johnson and Knaus entered the Hall along with Donnie Allison, elected to NASCAR’s highest honor from the Pioneer Ballot. An original member of the famed Alabama Gang, Allison helped elevate stock car racing’s visibility with both his driving skills and his fists.

 

Johnson earned high praise from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who lobbied on Johnson’s behalf when team owner Rick Hendrick considered adding a fourth team in 2002.

 

“He’s the best driver I ever raced against,” Gordon said in a video introducing his teammate.

 

In his acceptance speech, Johnson demurred with typical modesty, opening his remarks with a story about the motorcycle he found under the Christmas tree in 1979.

 

“I realize how many people played a role in this Hall of Fame induction,” Johnson said later in the speech. “Thank you to my family, friends, fans—everyone at Jimmie Johnson Racing, former team members and teammates, everyone who has been part of this journey.

 

“This success story of seven championships and 83 wins, and now this, is all about relationships. I’m truly grateful for the journey and the amazing relationships forged and the incredible companies I’ve represented like Lowe’s and Ally.

 

“Whether on two wheels or four, in SoCal or Charlotte, in the driver’s seat or up on top of the pit box, moonlighting as race car mechanic or driving a school bus (as his parents did), whether you’re looking up to your heroes, driving for them or competing against them… if you’re with us now or up in heaven, thank you for being a crucial part of this incredible run.

 

“This is beyond my wildest dreams—and I thought Christmas morning in 1979 was special.”

 

Johson reserved special praise for his teammate and team owner.

 

“I’m forever grateful to Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick,” Johnson said after receiving the Hall of Fame ring from his wife Chani. “You guys selected me for the No. 48 car, and I’m still not sure why.”

 

“Congrats, brother,” Johnson said to Knaus. “I’m so glad that we’re able to go in on the same ballot.”

 

After Tony Stewart won the 2005 series title, Johnson embarked on a remarkable run, claiming a record five straight championships from 2006 through 2010—a streak broken only by Stewart’s unexpected third title in 2011.

 

The pairing of Johnson and Knaus almost ended before the streak began. At the end of the 2005 season, they were barely speaking, and team owner Rick Hendrick considered splitting them up.

 

Before making a decision, Hendrick invited Johnson and Knaus to a meeting and served them milk and cookies on Mickey Mouse plates. 

 

“If you’re going to act like children, I’m going to treat you like children,” was Hendrick’s blunt message to his driver and crew chief. 

 

Hendrick made his point, and with the ice broken, the pair became NASCAR’s version of the “Untouchables” for the next five years.

 

“That shift allowed us to become champions,” Knaus said. 

 

The five straight Cup championships eclipsed NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough’s previous mark of three straight (1976-1978) and is one entry in the NASCAR record book that likely will remain unassailable. With two non-consecutive titles each, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are the only active full-time Cup drivers with more than one.

 

Johnson added championships in 2013 and 2016, tying the record of seven held jointly by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr., both members of the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2010. He won his last Cup race—a track-record 11th victory at Dover Motor Speedway—on June 4, 2017, marking the 16th consecutive year he and Knaus had teamed to win at least two events.

 

That victory was Johnson’s 83rd, tying him with Yarborough for sixth on the career list. The book on Johnson’s career, however, is not quite closed. As co-owner of NASCAR Cup Series entry Legacy Motor Club, he will compete in select races this season, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.

 

Knaus’s wife Brooke presented the 2024 inductee ring to her husband. 

 

“As I was growing up in the Midwest, my father taught me what it meant to have the best race cars,” Knaus said during his induction speech, “to have the proper maintenance schedule, to never settle for second and to continuously learn—and to always push the rules.”

 

Thanking his driver of 17 years, Knaus said, “Jimmie let me find out who I was by believing in me.”

 

A brilliant innovator dedicated to making Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets go faster, Knaus manned the pit box for 81 of Johnson’s 83 Cup wins, having been sidelined under suspension for the first two victories of 2006 for pushing the rules too far in trying to gain an aerodynamic advantage at Daytona.

 

After the Johnson/Knaus pairing ended following the 2018 season, Knaus served as crew chief for William Byron’s first career victory in the summer 2020 race at Daytona. In 2021, Knaus took on a management role as vice president of competition at Hendrick Motorsports.

 

From a career standpoint, Knaus’s seven championships as a crew chief are second only to NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Inman’s eight. His 82 victories are third all-time.

 

Allison and brother Bobby Allison accumulated the second-most Cup victories by two brothers (94), a number exceeded only by Kyle and Kurt Busch, who have accounted for 97 wins (with Kyle still active at 63).

 

Donnie Allison earned his greatest notoriety, however, after he had won the last of his 10 races (1978 at Atlanta). He and Yarborough were battling for the lead on the final lap of the 1979 Daytona 500, the first race featuring live flag-to-flag coverage on national network television, and after repeated contact between their cars, they both wrecked at the end of the backstretch.

 

The drivers climbed from their cars with anger in their eyes and started the fight that would captivate the television audience with its intensity. After Richard Petty inherited the victory, Bobby Allison parked his car near in Turn 3 and joined the fray, as the Alabama drivers ganged up on the South Carolinian.

 

The race and the fisticuffs that followed sparked interest in the sport of stock car racing and launched the sport’s steady growth over the next two decades.

 

Allison is the fourth member of the Alabama Gang to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame, joining brother Bobby, nephew Davey Allison and Hueytown patriarch Red Farmer. 

 

Asked what the induction meant to him, Donnie replied, “The closest thing was the feeling I got when I married my lovely wife Pat.”

 

Allison was the 1967 Cup rookie of the year. He also turned heads with a fourth-place finish in the 1970 Indianapolis 500, earning rookie-of-the-year honors for the race.

 

“All I can say is wow!” Allison said during his induction speech, during which, with tongue in cheek, he disputed the characterization of his altercation with Yarborough in 1979. “Fought? I never fought… I never touched that man. He never touched me…”

 

During the ceremony, pioneering driver Janet Guthrie was honored as the recipient of the Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to NASCAR. An accomplished sports car racer, Guthrie finished 15th in her NASCAR Cup debut in the 1976 Coca-Cola 600 and went on to compete in 33 Cup races, with a best finish of sixth at Bristol.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace received the Buddy Shuman Award for his charitable endeavors. Also recognized at the ceremony were two titans of the sport who passed away in 2023—broadcaster Ken Squier, co-founder of the Motor Racing Network, and Yarborough.

 

It was Squier, providing play-by-play for the 1979 Daytona 500 for CBS, who called the fight against Yarborough that Allison insists never really happened. 

 

Squier’s legacy also extends to the Squier-Hall Award of Media Excellence, conferred on the late Shav Glick of the Los Angeles Times this year.

 


NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Advance

 

January 18, 2024

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson to enter NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday

 

With Jimmie Johnson’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, all three seven-time champions of NASCAR’s premier division will be represented among stock car racing’s elite.

 

Johnson will be ushered into the Hall along with his crew chief of 17 years, Chad Knaus, and Pioneer Ballot inductee Donnie Allison, a member of the famed Alabama Gang.

 

Johnson will join seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr., both of whom were members of the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

 

Allison is the fourth Alabama Gang member to be voted into the Hall, joining his brother, Bobby Allison; his nephew, the late Davey Allison; and seemingly ageless Red Farmer, a Pioneer Ballot inductee from the Class of 2021.

 

Teamed with Knaus from the beginning of his full-time Cup Series career, Johnson won five of his seven series titles consecutively from 2006 through 2010, eclipsing the previous mark of three straight set by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough from 1976 through 1978. Johnson added championships in 2013 and 2016 to tie Petty and Earnhardt for the series record.

 

Driving the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson accumulated 83 career victories, tied with Yarborough for sixth all-time. He retired from full-time Cup racing after the 2020 season and subsequently spent two years driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series.

 

Last year, Johnson returned to NASCAR as co-owner of Legacy Motor Club and competed in three Cup races. He will continue to run a limited schedule this season, with his first appearance slated for the Feb. 18 Daytona 500.

 

Johnson has been anticipating the induction ceremony since his election to the class of 2024 last August.

 

“I knew the day was coming, and I’m very grateful for the success I’ve had in the car,” Johnson said Tuesday during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “But it’s been so fun to lean into this experience and share this moment with so many who helped me get here.

 

“As a race car driver, I often get looked at as just the one who gets it done, but people don’t realize how big of a team sport it really is. After 19 years of full-time Cup racing, I get to go into the Hall, and there’s a lot of people to share that with.”

 

No single person was more integral to Johnson’s success than Knaus, a brilliant innovator who oversaw the building and preparation of the cars Johnson drove. Together, the driver and crew chief were such an inseparable unit that it was difficult to tell where Johnson’s talent ended, and Knaus’ expertise began.   

 

Knaus was adept at getting optimum performance from Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolets, occasionally pushing the limits of the rule book. In fact, Knaus was under suspension for Johnson’s first two victories of 2006, at Daytona and Las Vegas, with substitute crew chief Darian Grubb getting credit for the wins.

 

Knaus, however, added a victory with rising star William Byron in 2020, after his pairing with Johnson had run its course. Knaus currently serves as vice president of competition at Hendrick Motorsports.

 

Allison was particularly adept at the big tracks, winning three times at Charlotte, twice at Talladega and once each at Daytona and Atlanta. All told, Allison won 10 times at NASCAR’s highest level, his last victory coming at Atlanta in 1978.

 

However, the driver from Hueytown, Ala., perhaps is best known for a race he didn’t win. In the 1979 Daytona 500—the first NASCAR event featuring live flag-to-flag coverage on national television—Allison and Yarborough wrecked on the final lap while battling for the lead, handing the victory to Richard Petty.

 

After Petty took the checkered flag, cameras focused on the backstretch, where Allison and his brother Bobby had exited their cars to fight with Yarborough. In effect, Donnie Allison was part of an impromptu fracas that helped put NASCAR on the map.

 


 

 

NASCAR announces new seven-year media rights agreements

 

November 29, 2023

 

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NASCAR announced a major media rights deal Wednesday afternoon during the sport’s annual Champion’s Week in Nashville – a deal beginning with the 2025 season that will include both existing NASCAR television networks, FOX Sports and NBC Sports and also include first-time broadcast rights for Amazon and TNT Sports, a division of Warner Bros., Discovery.

 

Calling it a “monumental day for NASCAR and the NASCAR industry” NASCAR executives as well as front office executives from across all the major media outlets involved in the new broadcast deal addressed a crowd that included key industry leaders and all three NASCAR national series champions - NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney, Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes, who will be honored in Thursday’s NASCAR Awards Banquet.

 

The new media rights agreement will extend through the 2031 season and comes only months after NASCAR announced a record $1.1 billion partnership with the CW network, which will carry all NASCAR Xfinity Series race broadcasts for the next seven years as well.

 

Current broadcast partners FOX and NBC will each carry 14 NASCAR Cup Series events. FOX Sports begins its portion of the schedule with the Feb. 4 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. NBC Sports will bookend the season, again carrying all the Playoff races. The two new broadcast outlets – Amazon and TNT will each carry five races. Amazon Prime and TNT will carry all of the season’s practice and qualifying sessions as well.

 

“We are super excited about what 2025 is going to bring to us  … which is a combination of obviously broadcast, cable and streaming," NASCAR President Steve Phelps said. "We want to meet race fans where they are or potential race fans where they are. We think this group does exactly that for us, so we couldn’t be happier to have them on board."

 

Phelps said this is the culmination of a long, well-received process among the media outlets and NASCAR and that the teams and facilities where they race have been not just supportive but enthusiastic about this outcome.

 

Certainly, it marks a major turning point in how the sport is received – the streaming services are especially popular with the younger generation of race fans and Amazon and NASCAR are banking on that outreach.

 

“It’s been fantastic to get to this point, it’s really the starting line and I can’t wait for 2025 to get here," Amazon’s Prime Video Vice President and Global Head of Sports Jay Marine said.

 

"In terms of why NASCAR for Amazon, what we really look for are premium tier 1 sports that can move the needle for Prime and NASCAR fits that. A sport that has a passionate fan base, a large fan base where the sport is must-see for them. That is extremely valuable."

 

“Then we want to go innovate," Marine continued. “We look at this as a seven-year-plus partnership and we’ll talk about the renewal later, but that’s how we want to invest so that we can innovate for the long-term and we’re excited to do that. We’re excited to reach a younger audience who may have cut the cord and are not watching as much, which we’ve been able to do with Thursday Night Football (NFL) as an example."

 

Amazon and TNT Sports, which broadcast a portion of the NASCAR schedule from 1983-2014, will split the rights to the season-long practice and qualifying sessions. Amazon Prime – NASCAR’s first fully direct-to-consumer partner - will stream the practice and qualifying sessions for the first half of the season – with the exception of the Busch Light Clash, Daytona 500 and NASCAR All-Star Race, which FOX Sports will handle.

 

Similarly, TNT’s truTV and MAX streaming service will handle the practice and qualifying sessions for the second half of the 38-race schedule. No broadcast teams were named by either outlet, but Amazon’s Marine said it will look for announcers that can connect with the fanbase – both the newcomers and long-time supporters.

 

“These agreements not only show NASCAR’s importance to the sports and entertainment ecosystem, but also the willingness of some of the world’s largest and most respected media companies to make significant investments in America’s leading motorsport,” NASCAR Senior Vice President, Media and Productions Brian Herbst said.

 

“The media landscape is rapidly evolving, with new distribution platforms providing more options to the consumer than ever before.

 

“This is the right mix of media partners to promote and deliver content around our sport – positioning NASCAR for growth across different mediums and giving our fans uninterrupted access on the established platforms that they are already using. We are excited to work with this best-in-class group of media companies to deliver the best of NASCAR racing and the excitement of live sports to our fans.”


NASCAR grass-roots racers honored with a Nashville celebration of their own

 

November 28, 2023

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During a week in which Ryan Blaney, the champion of NASCAR’s top series, will be honored on Thursday night, the sport also acknowledged the achievements of drivers in its “grass-roots” divisions in a Tuesday night gala at the Music City Center.

 

The awards dinner recognized an array of drivers—from track, state and regional champions in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series to ARCA Menards Series national champion Jesse Love, who collected 10 victories on his way to the title. 

 

“I think just two years of hard work and determination to get better,” Love said of his path to the championship. “Obviously, our cars were really good in ’23, and I think I was doing a good job as well. We had every piece of the pie figured out—good setups, good aero, good people around us, good crew chief, good spotter, everything. When that happens, you’re bound for success.”

 

Love, 18, will make the jump from ARCA to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Richard Childress Racing in 2024. The 18-year-old from Menlo Park, California, had plenty of suitors during and after the season.

 

“I think having a real good year this year put me on the map of some free agency—it was a contract year for me—so I knew some people were looking,” Love said. “RCR contacted me a few months ago, and it seemed like the right time to move with how some things were shaking out. So, I decided to go talk to them, and once I talked to them, I kind of fell in love with the program.”

 

Love doesn’t expect the leap to the Xfinity Series to be as daunting as his three starts in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series this year.

 

“It’s not that big of a deal for me,” Love said of the transition. “The truck deal was probably a bigger jump initially than Xfinity will be for me, just because I kind of have the jitters of racing in the top three series for the first time out of me. 

 

“I know how to get on and off pit road now and all the different small things I was able to learn this year. It just takes the stress off my shoulders. Got a great team on that 2 car (at RCR) and a great leader in (crew chief) Danny Stockman to point us in the right direction.”

 

Also honored were the respective ARCA Menards Series East and West champions, William Sawalich and Sean Hingorani. 

 

Sawalich, 17, under contract with Joe Gibbs Racing through 2025, won four races on his way to the championship.

 

“I think the team effort was probably the biggest thing, and us all working together and having good coordination and communication at the race track—I feel like that was the key factor in us winning all those races and the championship,” Sawalich said.

 

During an awards dinner that featured a plethora of teenagers, Whelen Modified Tour champion Ronnie Silk was the notable exception. Silk, 40, outdueled Justin Bonsignore for the championship 12 years after he won his first title.

 

“It feels really good,” Silk said before accepting his championship ring from Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing development and strategy. “The first one was quite a while ago, so it’s nice to know that I can still do it.” 

 

The awards celebration had a distinct international flavor, with champions recognized from Canada, Mexico and Europe—and a title still to be won in South America.

 

“We’ve got great race cars every time we show up to the track,” said NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Treyton Lapcevich. “It’s just up to me to drive them.

 

The NASCAR Mexico Series featured a champion, Salvador de Alba Jr., who made the title battle a family affair, winning the championship for his father and car owner Salvador de Alba.

 

Gianmarco Ercoli took the title in the hotly contested NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, with the championship in the eight-event NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race—a series acquired by NASCAR in 2022—to be decided in the next two weeks.

 

Connor Hall was foremost in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, giving a representative from Langley Speedway (Hampton, Va.) that coveted championship for the first time. Blaney made a brief cameo appearance to present the champion’s trophy.

 

“We started off (the season) with a full CARS Tour schedule, built our own (late model) car and started racing that on weekends,” said Hall, who won 11 straight weekly series main events. “It came down to the point where we had to waylay the CARS Tour to pursue the weekly championship.”

 

Sixteen-year-old Lanie Buice, weekly series rookie of the year in South Carolina and a member of NASCAR’s 2024 Drive for Diversity class, was honored with the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award.

 

The award is given to a weekly series driver based not only on performance on the race track but also for admirable qualities such as sportsmanship and a commitment to community service.


 

 

NASCAR starts the engines for Champion’s Week in Nashville

 

November 27, 2023

 

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the fourth year, the always-anticipated NASCAR Awards celebration returns to Nashville this week to officially crown the sport’s series champions from the local series to NASCAR’s national series; the sport’s competitors and its massive fanbase arriving in the “Music City” to honor the 2023 season’s best and to celebrate the sport’s 75th Anniversary.

 

Newly-crowned NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney made the national media rounds in the days immediately after capturing his first series trophy Nov. 5 in Phoenix and the 29-year-old will undoubtedly be a popular sighting around Nashville all week as his work in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford is celebrated.

 

Fans will have a lot of opportunity to join in the season celebrations from sightings of their favorite drivers on Nashville’s famed Broadway Street to a NASCAR Champion car parade on Wednesday and this year, multiple award ceremonies on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

 

The first championship celebration takes place Tuesday at Nashville’s iconic Music City Center where champions and season standouts from more than a half dozen local and foreign NASCAR series will be honored including: the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, ARCA Menards Series West and NASCAR’s International Series featuring the NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

 

A new interactive fan experience debuts on Wednesday, the “NASCAR House,” which is open from noon-6 p.m. ET downtown at Fifth and Broadway. Fans can attend question-and-answer panels with the season’s top drivers across multiple NASCAR series, including two-time champion Kyle Busch, this year’s Nashville Speedway race winner Ross Chastain, three-time Daytona 500 winner, owner/driver Denny Hamlin and former champion Kevin Harvick, who retired from competition at the conclusion of the season.

 

Then the NASCAR Champion Car Parade will take place Wednesday (3:30 p.m. ET) on Nashville’s famed Broadway Street with fans lining up outside iconic bars, restaurants and tourist spots to see their favorite competitors and cars.

 

The NASCAR Awards Red Carpet rolls out Thursday afternoon at the Music City Center where the stars and championship competitors will make their way into the banquet hall for the trophy presentations and speeches. The NASCAR Cup Series champion Blaney, NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing) and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing) and their teams headline the evening.

 

The NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award – voted on by fans - will be announced as well. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott has won this award for the last five seasons. His father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, was a record 16-time recipient during his championship career.

 

“As we continue to commemorate our diamond anniversary, there is no other place we’d rather return for our end of the year celebration than Music City," NASCAR’s Chief Marketing Officer Pete Jung said in announcing the sport’s return to Nashville.

 

“The energy of this city never goes unnoticed and the fans’ dedication for our sport never fails."

 

 


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2024 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

Friday, February 16

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, February 24

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FS1

2:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, March 1

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FS1

9:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 16

Bristol Motor Speedway

FS1

8:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, March 23

COTA

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, April 5

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, April 12

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 4

Kansas Speedway

FS1

8:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, May 10

Darlington Raceway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, May 18

North Wilkesboro Speedway

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, May 24

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, June 1

World Wide Technology Raceway

FOX

1:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, June 28

Nashville Superspeedway

FS1

TBD

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, July 12

Pocono Raceway

FS1

5:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, July 19

Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, August 10

Richmond Raceway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Sunday, August 25

Milwaukee Mile Speedway

FS1

4:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Thursday, September 19

Bristol Motor Speedway

FS1

8:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, September 27

Kansas Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, October 4

Talladega Superspeedway

FS1

5:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Saturday, October 26

Homestead-Miami Speedway

FS1

Noon

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, November 1

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

6:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

Friday, November 8

Phoenix Raceway

FS1

8:00 p.m.

MRN/SiriusXM

 

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