NASCAR’s Most-Anticipated Moment of 2013

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Carl Edwards Takes Tony The Tiger And The Cat In The Hat To Bristol Victory Lane

Car Edwards Flips For His Fans Following Food City 500 Victory [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Car Edwards Flips For His Fans Following Food City 500 Victory [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Bristol, TN –  Day became wet.  Wet led to night.  Night led to victory for Carl Edwards as he piloted his number 99 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford Fusion to a big win on the high banks of the world’s fastest half-mile.  Full finishing order follows:

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + / – Change in points Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 12 503 78
3 Position Up
Running 47 4
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 503 0
6 Position Up
Running 42 0
3 43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 503 0
4 Position Up
Running 41 0
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 37 503 0
4 Position Up
Running 40 0
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 5 503 0
4 Position Up
Running 39 0
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 503 4
1 Position Up
Running 39 1
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 503 0
1 Position Up
Running 37 0
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 503 16
4 Position Up
Running 37 1
9 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 38 503 0
2 Position Up
Running 35 0
10 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 503 0
1 Position Up
Running 34 0
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26 503 0
0
Running 33 0
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 8 503 0
0
Running 32 0
13 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 503 165
-1 Position Down
Running 33 2
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 503 40
1 Position Up
Running 31 1
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15 503 5
-2 Position Down
Running 30 1
16 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 9 503 0
0
Running 28 0
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 502 0
3 Position Up
Running 27 0
18 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36 502 0
5 Position Up
Running 26 0
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 501 44
-2 Position Down
Running 26 1
20 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 500 12
-2 Position Down
Running 25 1
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28 500 0
1 Position Up
Running 23 0
22 38 David Gilliland Ford 16 500 0
2 Position Up
Running 22 0
23 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 32 499 0
4 Position Up
Running 21 0
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14 499 0
-1 Position Down
Running 20 0
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 498 0
-4 Position Down
Running 19 0
26 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 34 497 0
1 Position Up
Running 18 0
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 497 0
-2 Position Down
Running 17 0
28 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 35 497 0
-1 Position Down
Running 16 0
29 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 496 73
-4 Position Down
Running 16 1
30 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31 496 0
0
Running 0 0
31 34 David Ragan Ford 19 495 0
-1 Position Down
Running 13 0
32 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 493 0
-1 Position Down
Running 12 0
33 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 39 491 0
2 Position Up
Running 11 0
34 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 487 0
3 Position Up
Running 10 0
35 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 13 473 28
-3 Position Down
Running 10 1
36 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 29 471 0
-4 Position Down
Running 8 0
37 95 Michael McDowell Ford 24 469 0
-1 Position Down
Running 7 0
38 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 17 453 10
-5 Position Down
Accident 7 1
39 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27 450 28
-7 Position Down
Accident 6 1
40 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 18 430 0
-4 Position Down
Running 4 0
41 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 322 0
0
Rear Gear 0 0
42 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 40 271 0
-1 Position Down
Accident 2 0
43 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 160 0
0
Accident 1 0

Rowdy Rolls To Another Bristol Nationwide Series Victory

Kyle Busch scores record 16th National Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Kyle Busch scores record 16th National Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Bristol, TN – Another Bristol Nationwide Series race, another trip to Victory Lane for Kyle “Rowdy” Busch.  Busch did what Busch has come to do at “The Last Great Colosseum”…win.  And in doing so, the 16th National Series win at this track for Busch, he has established a new precedent for wins at the half-mile bullring.  Full finishing results follow:

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + /- Change In Points Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 2 300 120
0
Running 0 0
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 1 300 2
0
Running 0 0
3 5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 300 0
-2 Position Down
Running 0 0
4 22 Ryan Blaney Ford 5 300 0
0
Running 0 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 300 178
-2 Position Down
Running 0 0
6 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 9 300 0
1 Position Up
Running 38 0
7 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 20 300 0
1 Position Up
Running 37 0
8 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 14 300 0
0
Running 36 0
9 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 15 300 0
1 Position Up
Running 35 0
10 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 7 300 0
0
Running 34 0
11 33 Cale Conley Chevrolet 12 300 0
0
Running 0 0
12 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 26 300 0
3 Position Up
Running 32 0
13 99 James Buescher Toyota 8 299 0
1 Position Up
Running 31 0
14 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 4 299 0
-1 Position Down
Running 30 0
15 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 11 298 0
-1 Position Down
Running 29 0
16 60 Chris Buescher Ford 13 298 0
3 Position Up
Running 28 0
17 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 18 297 0
-2 Position Down
Running 27 0
18 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 30 297 0
1 Position Up
Running 26 0
19 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 34 297 0
-3 Position Down
Running 0 0
20 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 19 296 0
-2 Position Down
Running 0 0
21 23 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 25 296 0
0
Running 0 0
22 44 Will Kimmel III Toyota 22 294 0
14 Position Up
Running 22 0
23 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 37 294 0
2 Position Up
Running 21 0
24 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 29 294 0
-1 Position Down
Running 20 0
25 28 Mike Wallace Dodge 28 294 0
-1 Position Down
Running 19 0
26 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 10 293 0
-1 Position Down
Running 18 0
27 14 Eric McClure Toyota 35 290 0
0
Running 17 0
28 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 36 290 0
0
Running 16 0
29 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet 38 285 0
1 Position Up
Running 15 0
30 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 23 270 0
-4 Position Down
Running 0 0
31 16 Ryan Reed Ford 21 258 0
-3 Position Down
Accident 13 0
32 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 17 249 0
-1 Position Down
Running 12 0
33 24 Ruben Garcia Mateos Toyota 39 214 0
3 Position Up
Accident 11 0
34 74 Kevin Lepage Dodge 33 152 0
10 Position Up
Engine 10 0
35 29 Kelly Admiraal Toyota 27 148 0
0
Engine 9 0
36 17 Tanner Berryhill Dodge 31 144 0
0
Engine 8 0
37 13 Matt Carter Toyota 40 18 0
-3 Position Down
Brakes 0 0
38 93 Carl Long Dodge 32 11 0
2 Position Up
Electrical 6 0
39 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 16 6 0
3 Position Up
Electrical 5 0
40 10 Blake Koch Toyota 24 5 0
-3 Position Down
Vibration 4 0

 

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NASCAR Digital Media And OneUp Sports Partner To Launch Predictive Gaming App ‘NASCAR Connect’

NASCAR And OneUp Sports Launch Predictive Gaming App ‘NASCAR Connect’ [OneUp Sports]

NASCAR And OneUp Sports Launch Predictive Gaming App ‘NASCAR Connect’ [OneUp Sports]

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Prediction: NASCAR fans are already thinking about which driver will be visiting Victory Lane at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday. Fact: NASCAR fans will be able to put their prediction skills to the test – against other fans in real time – when OneUp Sports launches a brand new predictive gaming app, NASCAR Connect, on iOS devices this weekend.

“We made it a priority this offseason to focus on enhancing and adding to our arsenal of mobile apps and products, and OneUp Sports has helped us do that,” said Colin Smith, managing director, NASCAR Digital Media. “NASCAR Connect gives fans another unique way to engage with NASCAR content, and each other, while watching the live race broadcast.”

NASCAR Connect will allow fans to compete against each other using live event predictions. As the race unfolds, players can win game tokens by selecting tiles with race action descriptions that predict what happens next on the track. The game will be operational for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning this weekend’s race in Bristol, Tenn. With the launch, OneUp Sports will add NASCAR to a sports portfolio that includes the NFL, MLB, the NBA, the NHL and the PGA Tour.

“OneUp Sports is very excited about this launch and our partnership with NASCAR,” said Daren Trousdell, CEO of OneUp Sports. “Through NASCAR Connect, we are getting fans more involved with the action on their mobile devices. The game’s innovative style of play and engaging social features add new dimensions to watching live racing.”

The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Food City 500 live from Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET. The race will air on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio™, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., 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 follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About OneUp

OneUp Sports offers no-holds-barred, live-action, edge of your seat, split-second decision making, mobile sports platforms that offer a deeper and more engaging live-sports experience. They enhance TV sports watching, using the power of mobile and social platforms to bring professional sports teams, fans and friends together like never before. Visit www.1up.me, on twitter at @oneupgames and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oneupgames.

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Hamlin Takes Food City 500 Pole And Bristol Track Record In Process

Hamlin Sets Bristol Qualifying Record in Food City 500 Pole Run [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Hamlin Sets Bristol Qualifying Record in Food City 500 Pole Run [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Bristol, TN –  Results from Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway, a session which saw the #11 Toyota Camry of Denny Hamlin turn a surprising fast lap in not only taking the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 but also secure the track qualifying fast lap in the process.  Full qualifying results follow:

POS Car # Driver Make Sponsor Best Speed Best Time Behind
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 129.991 14.761 Leader
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 129.965 14.764 –0.003
3 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 129.073 14.866 –0.105
4 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 128.830 14.894 –0.133
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 128.727 14.906 –0.145
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 128.245 14.962 –0.201
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 128.159 14.972 –0.211
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Meguiar’s 127.946 14.997 –0.236
9 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge 127.801 15.014 –0.253
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 127.690 15.027 –0.266
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Kobalt Tools 127.385 15.063 –0.302
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes 127.073 15.100 –0.339
13 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 128.322 14.953 –0.192
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 128.271 14.959 –0.198
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 128.245 14.962 –0.201
16 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 128.236 14.963 –0.202
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 128.168 14.971 –0.210
18 26 Cole Whitt Toyota GEAR Speed Stick 127.929 14.999 –0.238
19 34 David Ragan Ford Dockside Logistics 127.903 15.002 –0.241
20 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 127.792 15.015 –0.254
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide Insurance 127.682 15.028 –0.267
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush’s Grillin’ Beans 127.648 15.032 –0.271
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 127.605 15.037 –0.276
24 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love 127.605 15.037 –0.276
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 127.597 15.038 –0.277
26 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bad Boy Buggies / Realtree 127.529 15.046 –0.285
27 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 127.444 15.056 –0.295
28 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 127.436 15.057 –0.296
29 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 127.351 15.067 –0.306
30 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet SEM Products 127.343 15.068 –0.307
31 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CRC Brakleen 127.182 15.087 –0.326
32 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 127.174 15.088 –0.327
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 127.165 15.089 –0.328
34 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 126.896 15.121 –0.360
35 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 126.645 15.151 –0.390
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet #10 GoDaddy-Get Found Chevrolet 126.628 15.153 –0.392
37 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 126.545 15.163 –0.402
38 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 126.445 15.175 –0.414
39 32 Travis Kvapil Ford AskMore-GetMore.com 126.303 15.192 –0.431
40 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 125.363 15.306 –0.545
41 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota Swan Energy 124.460 15.417 –0.656
42 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 122.537 15.659 –0.898
43 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet LittleJoesAutos.com 122.084 15.717 –0.956

 

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The Profit on CNBC 500 Results

The Profit On CNBC 500

Kevin Harvick leads the field en route to a dominating win during The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2014 in Avondale, AZ. [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix by dominating The Profit on CNBC 500.

Here are the full results:

1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 13 312 224
Position Up
Running 48 5
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 5 312 0
0
Running 42 0
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 312 3
Position Up
Running 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 312 71
Position Up
Running 41 1
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 17 312 4
Position Up
Running 40 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 4 312 0
0
Running 38 0
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15 312 6
Position Up
Running 38 1
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford 23 312 1
Position Up
Running 37 1
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 312 0
Position Up
Running 35 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 3 312 0
Position Up
Running 34 0
11 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 312 0
11 Position Up
Running 33 0
12 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19 312 0
-1 Position Down
Running 32 0
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 14 312 1
16 Position Up
Running 32 1
14 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 18 312 0
-1 Position Down
Running 30 0
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 9 312 0
14 Position Up
Running 29 0
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 20 312 0
12 Position Up
Running 28 0
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6 312 0
-2 Position Down
Running 27 0
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 312 0
-6 Position Down
Running 26 0
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 12 312 0
-6 Position Down
Running 25 0
20 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 8 312 0
Position Up
Running 24 0
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29 311 0
0
Running 23 0
22 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 27 311 0
Position Up
Running 22 0
23 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22 311 0
Position Up
Running 21 0
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 24 311 0
-7 Position Down
Running 20 0
25 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 16 311 0
Position Up
Running 19 0
26 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 25 310 0
Position Up
Running 18 0
27 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 31 310 0
0
Running 17 0
28 34 David Ragan Ford 30 310 0
0
Running 16 0
29 38 David Gilliland Ford 28 309 2
-1 Position Down
Running 16 1
30 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 43 309 0
-2 Position Down
Running 14 0
31 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39 308 0
-4 Position Down
Running 13 0
32 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 32 308 0
-3 Position Down
Running 0 0
33 95 Michael McDowell Ford 26 307 0
Position Up
Running 11 0
34 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 41 307 0
-4 Position Down
Running 10 0
35 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 34 307 0
Position Up
Running 9 0
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 33 306 0
-2 Position Down
Running 8 0
37 35 Blake Koch Ford 37 306 0
0
Running 0 0
38 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 40 302 0
0
Running 6 0
39 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 10 292 0
-10 Position Down
Engine 5 0
40 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38 292 0
-2 Position Down
Running 0 0
41 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 35 230 0
-11 Position Down
Brakes 3 0
42 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 36 226 0
-10 Position Down
Engine 2 0
43 87 Morgan Shepherd Toyota 42 28 0
-2 Position Down
Brakes 0 0

Fantasy Five – 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500

Daytona 500 - Practice

The Fantasy Five is our look at the top 5 fantasy picks for the Fantasy Live game on NASCAR.com

Fantasy Live on NASCAR.com assigns a money value to each driver, with each team consisting of 5 drivers with a total value of $100 or less. Once you “hire” a driver, their value is locked in for the season. However, since a drivers value can fluctuate, it becomes very hard to add and/or drop drivers each week as values seem to increase faster than they decrease.

Last weeks team was Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Cole Whitt and Michael Waltrip.

This week, due to value increases and decent historical statistical value, we are pretty locked into keeping Kenseth, Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr.

Obviously we need to drop Michael Waltrip since he isn’t even racing this week, and we need to look at limited data and evaluate Cole Whitt versus some other options in the same price range.

Cole Whitt’s value on NASCAR.com is $12.00. Similar drivers in his range are Danica Patrick ($16.00 – up $4.50), Justin Allgaier ($15.00 – up $9.25), David Gilliland ($14.00 – up $5), Ryan Truex ($13.00 – up $8), Joe Nemechek ($11.00 – up $6.25) and Swan Racing teammate Parker Kligerman ($11.00 – up $6.25).

If you look at historical data, and unfortunately you need to compare using some Nationwide data for Kligerman and Whitt, but you come up with about an equal rating for Kligerman, Whitt and Patrick.

However, if you look at Sprint Cup results for Patrick, you see some terrible finishes, so I eliminated her until I see some better consistency. I’d rather take a shot on a newer driver, trying to find a bargain.

Allgaier was a great buy if you got him last week at Daytona, but his increase this week ruled him out for me. Gilliland is consistent, but not worth $14.00. Ryan Truex at $13.00 with that team is insane. The same for Nemechek. That left we between Kligerman and Whitt so I stayed with Whitt.

To replace Waltrip, I had $12 left over, so I went and got David Ragan. Another consistent finisher, with a team that is always going to run the full race distance. I’ll gladly take a 25-30 place finish with my two weakest drivers, I just can afford a 4oth. I feel I get that with Ragan and Whitt.

So, while individually Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski are probably the top drivers to select this week, their increase in value is too much for me to withstand so I’ll go with Kenseth, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Whitt and Ragan.

Last week I finished 7th in our league out of 30 so I think I am on the right path.

For my manufactuer, I selected Ford to cover in case Logano or Keselowski win. I took Denny Hamlin’s crew for my pit crew as they were one of the best last year and were top 5 last week as well.

Kyle Busch Wins Rain-Shortened Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix

[Getty Images for NASCAR]

[Getty Images for NASCAR]

Results from the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led Change in points standings Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 3 168 155
-9 Position Down
Running 0 0
2 88 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 7 168 4
0
Running 0 0
3 22 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 168 9
-11 Position Down
Running 0 0
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 9 168 0
-10 Position Down
Running 0 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 4 168 0
-8 Position Down
Running 0 0
6 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 6 168 0
0
Running 38 0
7 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 10 168 0
0
Running 37 0
8 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 8 168 0
0
Running 36 0
9 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 11 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 35 0
10 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 5 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 34 0
11 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 2 168 0
2 Position Up
Running 33 0
12 99 James Buescher Toyota 16 168 0
0
Running 32 0
13 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 13 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 31 0
14 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 18 168 0
-13 Position Down
Running 0 0
15 60 Chris Buescher Ford 12 168 0
23 Position Up
Running 29 0
16 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 14 168 0
-2 Position Down
Running 28 0
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 17 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 27 0
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 20 167 0
1 Position Up
Running 26 0
19 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19 167 0
0
Running 25 0
20 28 Mike Wallace Dodge 24 166 0
-3 Position Down
Running 24 0
21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 31 165 0
5 Position Up
Running 23 0
22 16 Ryan Reed Ford 15 164 0
-1 Position Down
Accident 22 0
23 14 Eric McClure Toyota 28 164 0
8 Position Up
Running 21 0
24 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet 30 164 0
7 Position Up
Running 20 0
25 24 Ruben Garcia Mateos Toyota 32 164 0
0
Running 19 0
26 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 21 164 0
-10 Position Down
Running 0 0
27 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 25 164 0
4 Position Up
Running 17 0
28 17 Tanner Berryhill Dodge 23 163 0
14 Position Up
Running 16 0
29 23 Carlos Contreras Chevrolet 38 163 0
19 Position Up
Running 15 0
30 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet 39 160 0
0
Running 14 0
31 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 36 149 0
3 Position Up
Running 13 0
32 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 27 131 0
0
Engine 12 0
33 44 Will Kimmel III Toyota 26 117 0
0
Running 11 0
34 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 35 86 0
0
Accident 10 0
35 76 Tommy Joe Martins Ford 34 40 0
0
Electrical 9 0
36 87 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 37 18 0
0
Accident 8 0
37 93 Carl Long Dodge 33 13 0
11 Position Up
Brakes 7 0
38 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 29 6 0
9 Position Up
Electrical 6 0
39 10 Blake Koch Toyota 22 3 0
-7 Position Down
Vibration 5 0

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An Interview with Camping World Truck Series Spotter Charli Brown

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s 'The Profit' on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s ‘The Profit’ on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

An interview with vetern spotter Charli Brown, who currently works with Ryan Blaney and Andy Seuss.

Q: Charli, I’ve known you for years through similar online interests, and finally got to meet you this past summer at Eldora. For as long as I have known you, you have been spotting and working for race teams in the Charlotte area. Can you explain some of the different types of events you have spotted at?

A: Good Question. I started right off the bat with Chad Little when he drove his own Tyson Farms #19 Ford in the then Winston Cup Series at Charlotte. I honestly had no clue what I was doing at the time but went back and started again with NASCAR Modifieds, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, various NASCAR, CRA and PASS Late Models as well as the ARCA Racing Series and now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Q: NASCAR has announced some new rules for spotters, and more specifically, the equipment used. Can you explain some of the changes and how this might affect you?

A: Honestly, it doesn’t effect me at all. I still use whatever radios the teams supply me with. The full time spotters in the Sprint Cup Series have had it a little tougher. Mostly with the digital radios they used to communicate with the team. That was basically a closed channel between spotter and crew chief. NASCAR has eliminated that and written the rule to read “Analog Radios Only.” Most Sprint Cup Series spotters were using four radios on the roof. One for Channel One to communicate directly with the driver, One for Channel Two to communicate with the team and crew chief (as to not disturb the driver with unnecessary information – digital radio) One to specifically scan NASCAR’s Race Control as required by NASCAR and a fourth radio to scan themselves as a safety check to make sure all the radios they were using to communicate with the team and driver were broadcasting properly.

Q: Most of the time racetracks are built more in the suburbs and rural areas rather than cities like a football or baseball stadium might be. What are some of the logistical issues that you must deal with and what are some of your favorite tracks to travel to for the food and entertainment outside the track?

A: Well, this answer is a double edged sword. As much as I disliked spotting at Las Vegas, I enjoy playing Blackjack at the South Point Casino. It’s a new hobby I picked up while working the K&N Pro Series at Dover Downs two years ago. As for logistics, it’s pretty much the same every week. Most of the teams charter a plane and most of the teams are all on that very same plane. We’ll fly out of Concord and land at the closest airport that has a private (or seperate) terminal for private planes. Most teams have a rental van waiting for them and we’ll pile in that van with our luggage and either head straight to the track for tech day, or to the hotel we’re booked at and check in. As far as favorite tracks for food, nothing beats heading to New Hampshire and stopping at my favorite pizza place, Papa Gino’s Pizza. Daytona is always good for outside entertainment as well as Talladega and Charlotte. Texas is a new favorite because of Bone Daddy’s BBQ and Grill.

Q: Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Bowman Gray Stadium is one of your most hated places to spot at. Why is that and what other tracks present a real challenge.

A: As a spotter, Bowman Gray Stadium is a great place to learn to spot. Things happen so fast there that it’s a lot like spotting at a flat Bristol. What frustrates me about the place is the way the rules are so loosely adhered to and it’s ran more like a WWF wrestling show on wheels than an actual NASCAR race track.

Q: What about a favorite place to visit or spot at?

A: Martinsville. Iowa. New Hampshire and Gresham Motorsports Park. Least favorite? Right now, it’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I’ve heard the sight lines at Phoenix are a nightmare, too. South Boston is also a challenge because of where the spotter’s stand is located at the top of turn one. My favorite place to visit is my home track, Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

Q: What is it about Las Vegas that makes you say it is your least favorite track to spot at right now?

A: Again, this is purely my personal opinion. To me, Las Vegas is spread out a little more than say Charlotte, or Texas. It’s basically like comparing it to a small Michigan or California. The sight lines for picking up your car on corner exit off of turn four and heading into turn one are a little tricky especially with the sun setting right into your driver’s eyes in turn four at the beginning of the race. Then later in the evening, you’ll see guys trying to go three wide into turn one and not have enough momentum to complete a pass since they’re stuck under two cars (or trucks) racing for position. With the aero deal the way it is right now, that’s a risky move that often doesn’t work.

Q: Having been a spotter from local ranks all the way to Sprint Cup, can you relay a pinnacle moment or a fond memory?

A: There’s been a few. Getting a personal phone call from Ryan Blaney to spot his non-companion NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races last year is the best one, right now. Spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing and J.J. Yeley in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover a couple years ago also is one of them. That was a “right place at the right time” kind of deal. In my heart, I know I helped Dillon Bassett win the Martinsville 300 last fall which is the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race of the year. I truly enjoyed working with Dillon and our pre-race plans worked out perfectly until the final restart.

Q: Part of racing is controversial decisions by sanctioning bodies. I know you wound up on the wrong end of a decision at Martinsville last fall. Can you explain that situation and what NASCAR ruled?

A: As I just mentioned, that race played out perfectly to the way we had planned it earlier in the day. Dillon drove his heart out and followed my directions perfectly. We “lost” the race when the outside pole sitter clearly jumped the final restart before the designated restart point and the race director let it go. They said Dillon spun his tires but I hadn’t even clicked my button to tell him to go because he wasn’t at the designated restart point, yet.

Q: Can you reveal any plans you have for 2014 or are you still working out the schedule?

A: As of right now, I’m heading to New Smyrna Speedweek with my NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver, Andy Seuss. I will probably spot the majority of his races this year and hopefully win my third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship with him. I’m hoping to continue to work with Dillon Bassett again this year in some big NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races and go back and win the Martinsville 300 race this year. I’m also still committed to Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski Racing for another non-companion schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.