Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sport Clips Signs A Multi-Year Partnership Extension With Darlington Raceway

Sport Clips Signs Multi-Year Extension to Sponsor Darlington NNS Race [Darlington Raceway]

Sport Clips Signs Multi-Year Extension to Sponsor Darlington NNS Race [Darlington Raceway]

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Sport Clips Haircuts announced today it has extended its partnership agreement with Darlington Raceway to sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 through the 2016 season.

The agreement ensures that Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway will continue to build on an already strong foundation started in 2012. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is slated to run under the lights at the track Too Tough to Tame on April 11, 2014.

“Sport Clips has been a fantastic partner and we are honored it is going to continue its relationship with Darlington Raceway for the next three years,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “We are proud that this great partner views Darlington Raceway as a valuable platform to increase awareness of its national veterans-support programs. Today’s announcement shows the strength of the relationship and our continued commitment to fostering meaningful lasting partnerships.”

Sport Clips will continue to use its NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW’s mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families.

As the “Official Haircutter” of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated more than $2 million to the organization through its annual “Help A Hero” campaign, which was established in 2007. Since their first contribution of more than $80,000, Sport Clips’ donations have increased annually. Earlier this year, Sport Clips made its most recent, and largest, donation of more than $520,000, benefiting the new VFW-administered “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program. The donations were collected by Sport Clips stylists, managers, and owners in-store and in their communities from October 14, 2013 to Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.

Through this recent contribution, Sport Clips and the VFW provided 43 spring semester scholarships and expect to provide more than 60 additional scholarships, of up to $5,000, for the fall 2014 semester. Eligible service members can now apply through April 30 at www.VFW.org/scholarship. The company also continues to support phone calls home for deployed and hospitalized service members through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ Free Call Days. To learn more about Help A Hero, visit www.sportclips.com/hero.

Darlington Raceway is also continuing its efforts to assist with Sport Clips’ Help A Hero platform. During the week of Tuesday, February 25 to Monday, March 3, the track will donate $2 for every ticket sold to the Help A Hero campaign. The $2 donation will be made on tickets purchased for both the Bojangles’ Southern 500 and VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

“Sport Clips looks forward to continuing our partnership with Darlington Raceway and the VFW in honor of our nation’s heroes,” said Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. “We support our service members while they serve overseas through phone calls home, and now, we’re proud to also support them in the next chapter of their lives through scholarships. I am grateful to our stores, clients, and partners, like Darlington Raceway, who have allowed Sport Clips to grow in our support of the VFW and their important work.”

Founded in 1899, the VFW is America’s largest major combat veterans’ organization.  The VFW offers several assistance programs to lessen the burden on active-duty military, veterans and their families; offers counsel and assistance to military veterans to navigate VA entitlement and disability claims; and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on issues that impact the lives of our nation’s veterans.

 “As an organization comprised of combat veterans, the VFW is truly grateful for the continued effort of Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway in helping support those who’ve sacrificed so much for all of us,” said VFW National Commander William A. Thien

Tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale. Remember, kids 12 and under are FREE for the race in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.

The track offers all current and retired military personnel a half-priced ticket for any adult admission to either the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 by calling 843-395-8802 or visiting the ticket office during normal business hours.

[Darlington Raceway]

LendingTree to Sponsor Parker Kligerman in Daytona 500

Photo of the No. 30 Toyota sponsored by Lending Tree to be driven by Parker Kligerman in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014. [Swan Racing Team]

Photo of the No. 30 Toyota sponsored by LendingTree to be driven by Parker Kligerman in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014. [Swan Racing Team]


Swan Racing announced today that they have signed LendingTree as the primary sponsor for Parker Kligerman and the No. 30 Toyota in the Daytona 500.

The cars first appearance on the track will be during the first Budweiser Duel tonight, which will air on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm est.

It also is the first appearance in NASCAR for LendingTree as a sponsor, leading to this quote from LendingTree founder and CEO, Doug Lebda:

We’re extremely excited to partner with Swan Racing in our first–ever involvement with NASCAR, and proud to support rookie driver Parker Kligerman at Daytona. LendingTree’s primary focus is to empower individuals, whether that’s empowering borrowers against big banks or empowering up-and-coming drivers against more established race teams.

Of course, driver Parker Kligerman is excited to hit the track with the backup car after yesterdays flip in practice:

The No. 30 LendingTree Toyota is ready to roll and we are looking forward to getting on track beginning with tonight’s Budweiser DUEL qualifying race and then Sunday’s Daytona 500.

It will be interesting to see how aggressive the team allows Kilgerman to be during the Duel race, considering they are basically locked into the Daytona 500 through a combination of their qualifying time and last years’ team points.

[Swan Racing Team]

 

 

NASCAR Unveils New NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bodies

New Camping World Truck Series Bodies for 2014 Season Unveiled [NASCAR]

New Camping World Truck Series Bodies for 2014 Season Unveiled [NASCAR]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — At an event today at the SPRINT Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officially unveiled newly designed bodies for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race trucks – set to debut on Friday night in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The newly redesigned bodies will now match the look of their respective showroom counterparts.

Today’s introduction of the new truck bodies follows successful launches of race vehicles in NASCAR’s other two national series – the Gen-6 car last year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the new models in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010.

“Each manufacturer has designed distinctly different trucks that they can use to promote their showroom models through their involvement with NASCAR racing,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development. “We have worked closely with all three manufacturers for the past several years, and we’re excited to unveil a new truck body that will make one of NASCAR’s most exciting series even better

Extensive research and testing went into the development of the new bodies, with the goal of continued close competition while allowing specific features from each model. The new trucks have a unique design that will make it easier for fans to recognize their favorite model.

“The truck has a new look that fans can relate to with their own truck at home,” said Chad Little, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. “The competitors have been happy with the new trucks in testing in January and we expect to continue to have some of the best racing in NASCAR for our fans at Daytona.”

2014 NSCS Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

1 3 Austin Dillon # DOW Chevrolet 45.914 196.019 0 0
2 78 Martin Truex. Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 45.953 195.852 0.039 0.039
3 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 45.961 195.818 0.047 0.008
4 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 45.986 195.712 0.072 0.025
5 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 45.987 195.707 0.073 0.001
6 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 46.084 195.296 0.17 0.097
7 88 Dale Earnhardt. Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 46.104 195.211 0.19 0.02
8 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 46.144 195.042 0.23 0.04
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. Nationwide Insurance Ford 46.153 195.004 0.239 0.009
10 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet 46.173 194.919 0.259 0.02
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 46.179 194.894 0.265 0.006
12 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet 46.207 194.776 0.293 0.028
13 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 46.235 194.658 0.321 0.028
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 46.24 194.637 0.326 0.005
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 46.253 194.582 0.339 0.013
16 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 46.253 194.582 0.339 0
17 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 46.255 194.574 0.341 0.002
18 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers Chevrolet 46.255 194.574 0.341 0
19 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 46.262 194.544 0.348 0.007
20 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 46.267 194.523 0.353 0.005
21 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 46.272 194.502 0.358 0.005
22 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 46.278 194.477 0.364 0.006
23 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 46.291 194.422 0.377 0.013
24 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 46.294 194.41 0.38 0.003
25 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 46.301 194.38 0.387 0.007
26 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 46.312 194.334 0.398 0.011
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet 46.366 194.108 0.452 0.054
28 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 46.373 194.078 0.459 0.007
29 36 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet 46.376 194.066 0.462 0.003
30 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 46.436 193.815 0.522 0.06
31 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 46.455 193.736 0.541 0.019
32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Racing Chevrolet 46.456 193.732 0.542 0.001
33 30 Parker Kligerman # Swan Energy Toyota 46.489 193.594 0.575 0.033
34 66 Michael Waltrip BlueDEF/AAA Toyota 46.529 193.428 0.615 0.04
35 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 46.544 193.365 0.63 0.015
36 35 Eric McClure(i) Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Ford 46.655 192.905 0.741 0.111
37 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 46.681 192.798 0.767 0.026
38 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 46.706 192.695 0.792 0.025
39 26 Cole Whitt # Speed Stick Gear Toyota 46.744 192.538 0.83 0.038
40 34 David Ragan CSX – Play It Safe Ford 46.795 192.328 0.881 0.051
41 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 46.804 192.291 0.89 0.009
42 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 46.842 192.135 0.928 0.038
43 98 Josh Wise Curb Records Ford 46.86 192.061 0.946 0.018
44 52 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 46.999 191.493 1.085 0.139
45 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 300 Rise of an Empire Toyota 47.249 190.48 1.335 0.25
46 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota 47.282 190.347 1.368 0.033
47 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota 47.447 189.685 1.533 0.165
48 93 Morgan Shepherd(i) SupportMilitary.org Toyota 47.483 189.542 1.569 0.036
49 77 Dave Blaney Plinker Arms Ford -45.914 -47.483

 

2014 Budweiser Duel 150?s Race No. 1 Starting Lineup

Pos. No. Driver               Make

 1    3  Austin Dillon #      Chv
 2   16  Greg Biffle          Frd
 3   31  Ryan Newman          Chv
 4   88  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Chv 
 5   17  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Frd
 6    9  Marcos Ambrose       Frd
 7   43  Aric Almirola        Frd
 8   22  Joey Logano          Frd
 9   20  Matt Kenseth         Tyt
10    5  Kasey Kahne          Chv
11   18  Kyle Busch           Tyt
12    4  Kevin Harvick        Chv
13   10  Danica Patrick       Chv
14   47  AJ Allmendinger      Chv
15   36  Reed Sorenson        Chv
16   38  David Gilliland      Frd
17   30  Parker Kligerman #   Tyt
18   14  Tony Stewart         Chv
19   55  Brian Vickers        Tyt
20   26  Cole Whitt #         Tyt
21   95  Michael McDowell     Frd
22   98  Josh Wise            Frd
23   87  Joe Nemechek(i)      Tyt
24   23  Alex Bowman #        Tyt
25   77  Dave Blaney          Arms

2014 Budweiser Duel 150?s Race No. 2 Starting Lineup

Pos. No. Driver               Make

 1   78  Martin Truex, Jr.    Chv
 2   99  Carl Edwards         Frd
 3    2  Brad Keselowski      Frd
 4   24  Jeff Gordon          Chv
 5   27  Paul Menard          Chv
 6   33  Brian Scott(i)       Chv
 7   48  Jimmie Johnson       Chv
 8   13  Casey Mears          Chv 
 9    7  Michael Annett #     Chv
10   15  Clint Bowyer         Tyt
11   11  Denny Hamlin         Tyt
12   42  Kyle Larson #        Chv
13   21  Trevor Bayne(i)      Frd
14   41  Kurt Busch           Chv
15   51  Justin Allgaier #    Chv
16   40  Landon Cassill(i)    Chv
17   66  Michael Waltrip      Tyt
18   35  Eric McClure(i)      Frd
19    1  Jamie McMurray       Chv
20   34  David Ragan          Frd
21   32  Terry Labonte        Frd
22   52  Bobby Labonte        Chv
23   83  Ryan Truex #         Tyt
24   93  Morgan Shepherd(i)   Tyt

(i) I eligible for Driver Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time

Source: Timing and Scoring Provided by NASCARMedia/NASCAR Statistics

– See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/2014/sprintcup/02/16/2014-nscs-daytona-500-qualifying-results/#sthash.5FHr2GIf.dpuf

2014 Daytona 500 Paint Schemes Photo Gallery

Here is a photo gallery for all 49 cars attempting to make the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014.

Click on individual cars for Hi-Res versions:

All photos via Getty Images/NASCAR Media

Dakoda Armstrong Makes 2014 Nationwide Debut with Richard Petty Motorsports

Dakoda Armstrong to Pilot #43 Richard Petty Motorsports WinField Ford in 2014 NNS [RPM]

Dakoda Armstrong to Pilot #43 Richard Petty Motorsports WinField Ford in 2014 NNS [RPM]

CONCORD, N.C. – Dakoda Armstrong will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Daytona International Speedway this weekend with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). The team announced in December that Armstrong, along with sponsor WinField, would be joining RPM to compete in the NNS full-time in 2014.

Still considered a rookie in the series, the 22-year-old has seven NNS starts, one in 2012 and six in 2013. He has two starts at Daytona’s two-and-a-half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and two starts in the ARCA Racing Series. He earned his best finish of 19th at the track last year in the NCWTS race. Between the two series, Armstrong has a total of eight starts at superspeedway races, earning one ARCA win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2010 and one top-five at Talladega in 2013 in the NCWTS.

Armstrong will be at the Ford Racing display, located in the Daytona’s Fan Zone, on Saturday, February 22nd at 8:35 a.m. ET for a Q&A session with fans.

Social Corner

This weekend, @DakodaArmstrong makes debut with @RPMotorsports in No. 43 @WinfieldInsight Ford for first start @DISUpdates in @NASCAR_NNS.

This weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at @Daytona International Speedway will kick-off the third season for @Richard Petty Motorsports’ Nationwide program. New driver, @Dakoda Armstrong will make his first Nationwide series start with the team. Armstrong has one win on Superspeedways, bringing home the checkered flag in the 2010 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Armstrong Weekend Chatter

“I couldn’t be more excited to get to Daytona. I’ve hung out at the shop a good bit over the last few months and have really been able to see how hard the guys are working. It’s the perfect time for me to capitalize on this opportunity with Richard Petty Motorsports. They’ve added an R&D team and have really upped their investment and resources on the competition side.

“After our test at Daytona in January, I feel really confident about this weekend. It was the first test for our team, and we worked together really well. My Crew Chief, Philippe Lopez, is a great leader for our team, and I’m really looking forward to working with him this year. I think we really learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t, and we have a good strategy going into the weekend.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of WinField again this year. We started a relationship with them last year, and they really stepped up their support this year. Growing up on a farm, it’s really neat to have a sponsor that I can relate to, and it’s fun to be able to meet the farmers and WinField customers from all over the country at the race track every weekend.”

[Richard Petty Motorsports]

Talladega Superspeedway Details Plans for Larger High-Definition Video Boards and Kids Free Initiative

Talladega Superspeedway Details Fan Enhancements for 2014 [Talladega Superspeedway]

Talladega Superspeedway Details Fan Enhancements for 2014 [Talladega Superspeedway]

TALLADEGA, AL – Watching 43 cars pack race three- and four-wide at 200 mph around NASCAR’s biggest and most competitive race track – Talladega Superspeedway – has always been a “Must See” event. But now, thanks to a valuable video enhancement initiative launched by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) for 2014, it’s going to be much easier to take in the view of views in NASCAR, beginning with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend set for May 2-4.

Talladega Superspeedway will serve as a test track for the new ISC program, which will strategically place four large Sprint Vision Digital High-Definition video screens along Talladega’s frontstretch. The new video boards will offer all fans in every grandstand unbelievable views of the incredible content to be projected throughout the event weekend. The screens will almost double the size of former Sprint Vision screens, and the high-definition picture will be crisper, clearer and brighter.

With Talladega leading the way, the multi-phase project plans to implement the video boards at all ISC facilities over the next few years. Initially the screens will be temporarily put into place, allowing facilities to listen to fan feedback to create the best digital experience possible. Eventually, permanent digital board locations will be installed as part of the ongoing phase of the initiative.

“The new Sprint Vision screens will provide a positive experience for all fans in the grandstands, with clear sight lines to every seat in the house – not just a percentage of the stands,” said Grant Lynch, Talladega Superspeedway Chairman. “And, because the boards are so close to our fans, it will be easy for them to see packs of cars three and four wide anywhere on the race track.”

The view will be extra special for kids 12 and under, who will get in free to all grandstands for Saturday’s full day of activity. On Sunday kids receive $50 off the regular price of grandstand seating.

“Kids are our fans of tomorrow, and we want them to be able to see all the action on the track no matter where they sit in the grandstands,” added Lynch. “The new video boards will allow them to experience the race live with the same amenities they have on their big screen at home. And, they can do it for free on Saturday, as well as Sunday in the lower grandstands. There is no better deal for kids in sports than right here at Talladega.”

Saturday, May 3 features two races – the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race – as well as NASCAR’s new Coors Light Pole Qualifying format for the Sprint Cup Series, which will consist of three elimination rounds of pack racing. The winner of Sunday’s always unpredictable Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is all but guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup at the end of the year, as a result of NASCAR’s recent changes to the Chase.

In addition to the new video boards and kids “free” opportunity, other fan-friendly changes at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 include:

  • SMOKE FREE throughout the grandstands; designated smoking areas will be set up under the grandstands and towers.
  • Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade; the $50 Pre-Race Pit Pass can now be upgraded to include access to driver introductions for an additional $25.
  • Reserved Saturday Grandstands; all grandstand seating will be reserved on Saturday instead of General Admission to allow fans to find their perfect spot ahead of time.

NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

[Talladega Superspeedway]

Actor Chris Evans, Star of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500

Chris Evans, Star of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for DAYTONA 500 [Marvel]

Chris Evans, Star of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for DAYTONA 500 [Marvel]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.

As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—“Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.

“What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well.

Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars.

Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.

[Daytona International Speedway]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.

As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—“Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.

“What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well.

Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars.

Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.

– See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/2014/sprintcup/02/16/actor-chris-evans-star-marvels-captain-america-winter-soldier-named-grand-marshal-56th-annual-daytona-500/#sthash.sSnTFBpW.dpuf

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.

As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—“Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.

“What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well.

Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars.

Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.

– See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/2014/sprintcup/02/16/actor-chris-evans-star-marvels-captain-america-winter-soldier-named-grand-marshal-56th-annual-daytona-500/#sthash.sSnTFBpW.dpuf

Sprint Unlimited Paint Schemes, Entry List and More

2014-nascar-sprint-cup-sprint-unlimited

UPDATE: Practice results added at the bottom.

The 2014 Sprint Unlimited has 18 entries out of 20 possible.

Entry list: 2013 pole winners and past Unlimited winners
1) #1-Jamie McMurray, Cessna Chevy
2) #2-Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johns Chevy, won in 2013, 2010, 2009
4) #9-Marcos Ambrose, Stanley Ford
5) #10-Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com Chevy
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota
7) #14-Tony Stewart, Mobil1 Chevy, won in 2007, 2002, 2001
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Nationwide Ford
9) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M’s Toyota
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
11) #22-Joey Logano, Sheel Pennzoil Ford
12) #24-Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevy won event in 1997 & 1994
13) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
14) #32-Terry Labonte, C&J Energy Services Ford won 1985
15) #41-Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevy
16) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Kobalt Tolls Chevy
17) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., National Guard Chevy
18) #99-Carl Edwards, Fastenal Ford

Eligible, not entered:
19) Ken Schrader 1990, 1989
20) Mark Martin

Here are paint schemes for all of the entries except Terry Labonte. Click to expand for hi-res gallery:

Practice #1 results:

1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 198.421 45.358 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 198.255 45.396 –0.038
3 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 198.124 45.426 –0.068
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 198.111 45.429 –0.071
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide Insurance 198.094 45.433 –0.075
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 198.024 45.449 –0.091
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 197.954 45.465 –0.107
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 197.850 45.489 –0.131
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 197.420 45.588 –0.230
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1-Bass Pro Shops 197.377 45.598 –0.240
11 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 197.118 45.658 –0.300
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 197.096 45.663 –0.305
13 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 196.846 45.721 –0.363
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 196.812 45.729 –0.371
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 196.812 45.729 –0.371
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 196.730 45.748 –0.390
17 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy Services 190.852 47.157 –1.799
18 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s-Kobalt Tools 190.359 47.279 –1.921

Practice #2 results:

1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 198.421 45.358 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 198.255 45.396 –0.038
3 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 198.124 45.426 –0.068
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 198.111 45.429 –0.071
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide Insurance 198.094 45.433 –0.075
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 198.024 45.449 –0.091
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 197.954 45.465 –0.107
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 197.850 45.489 –0.131
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 197.420 45.588 –0.230
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1-Bass Pro Shops 197.377 45.598 –0.240
11 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 197.118 45.658 –0.300
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 197.096 45.663 –0.305
13 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 196.846 45.721 –0.363
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 196.812 45.729 –0.371
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 196.812 45.729 –0.371
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 196.730 45.748 –0.390
17 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy Services 190.852 47.157 –1.799
18 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s-Kobalt Tools 190.359 47.279 –1.921