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Nascar SCS Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday June 22 on TNT at 3:00 PM ET
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Posted on 06/17/2014 8:56:29 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit



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Welcome to the 2014
Nascar at FR race thread!

Toyota - Save Mart 350

Sunday June 22 at 3:00 PM ET on TNT

at the

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway Website

Qualifying: Saturday June 21 at 1:30 PM FS1


Click for Nascar race & news threads at FR


Congratulations to the Quicken Loans 400 winner: Jimmie Johnson !

Congratulations to the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 winner: Paul Menard !

Congratulations to the Drivin' for Linemen 200 winner: Darrell Wallace, Jr. !


Broadcast Schedule
MRN
PRN
TVRacer.com (has a summary of all televised racing sports)


FRFL’ers: Deadline to select drivers for this week is:

Saturday June 21 at 5:00 AM ET ( 2:00 AM PT)

Jayski site for race prep info

Remember, you can join anytime! Let us know if you are interested.


Nationwide and Camping World Schedule

Series Race Track Qualifying Time
Channel
Race Time
Channel
Nationwide
Gardner
Denver
200
Road
America
Sat June 21
11:30 AM ET
ESPN2
Sat June 21
2:45 PM ET
ABC
Camping World
No Race



May God Bless our Troops, their families, and our Nation
The FR Canteen


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 8:56:30 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: 21stCenturion; 4kids dad; Abigail Adams; advertising guy; al baby; al_c; Alaska Wolf; ...

Race Fans, we are road racing this weekend.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 8:57:06 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit
SprintCup Chase Standings:

Driver Wins Points
Jimmie Johnson
3
522
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2
514
Joey Logano
2
454
Kevin Harvick
2
447
Jeff Gordon
1
537
Brad Keselowski
1
490
Carl Edwards
1
462
Kyle Busch
1
446
Denny Hamlin
1
435
Kurt Busch
1
315
Matt Kenseth
513
Kyle Larson
454
Ryan Newman
440
Paul Menard
420
Clint Bowyer
417
Greg Biffle
409

3 posted on 06/17/2014 8:57:41 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Nationwide Standings:

Driver Points Change
Regan Smith
485
-
Elliott Sadler
471
-
Chase Elliott
465
-
Ty Dillon
450
+1
Trevor Bayne
435
-1
Brian Scott
430
-
Brendan Gaughan
363
-
Chris Buescher
362
+1
James Buescher
361
-1
Ryan Reed
333
+2
Landon Cassill
332
-
Dylan Kwasniewski
316
-2
Dakoda Armstrong
314
-

4 posted on 06/17/2014 8:58:12 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Yea, but what happened in the world cup today?


5 posted on 06/17/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Fantasy Top 10 Segment Standings:

Team Segment Points Season Points Change
Jana's Raiders
989
4,274
-
Jake from State Farm
959
4,381
+2
BananaSlugRacing
933
3,744
-1
Richmond Rocker
918
4,218
+6
Shady Bowl Speedway
912
3,861
+4
SHSRacing
903
3,864
-3
Lime City Racing
902
4,415
-2
TexasT
883
3,907
+4
Tennessee Stud
843
3,988
+1
keokuk29fan
841
3,781
-2

Fantasy Top 10 Season Standings:

Team Points Change
Mofo99
4,480
-
Lime City Racing
4,415
-
Jake from State Farm
4,381
-
Jana's Raiders
4,274
-
SgtBob's Privates
4,263
-
Richmond Rocker
4,218
+1
bowtieboys
4,102
+3
paydirt15
4,097
-
Junkheap
3,993
-3
Thomas Brothers Country Ham
3,993
-1

6 posted on 06/17/2014 8:59:07 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

That’s right down the road from here.


7 posted on 06/17/2014 8:59:16 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: DManA

the what?


8 posted on 06/17/2014 8:59:36 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

I saw a guy running in circles screaming. I think that means someone scored a goal.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 9:07:16 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Hey, can I pollute this thread by observing how gay NASCAR is? Does it happen on these sports threads? Just curious.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 9:08:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

If you think “Tide” is gay.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 9:11:34 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Thanks for these weekly posts...this is how I learn where the next race is.


12 posted on 06/18/2014 4:14:16 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 1rudeboy; DManA
Jeff Gordon
13 posted on 06/18/2014 10:54:09 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: Chode; nascarnation; SgtBob; McGruff; umgud; al baby; prisoner6; The_Sword_of_Groo; ...

Testing at Indy UPDATE:

There are six Sprint Cup Series drivers expected to participate testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, June 16 & 17. #14-Stewart, #31-Newman, #16-Biffle, #22-Logano, #18-Busch and #15-Bowyer. As is customary in these things, the event will be officially closed to the public but at the south end of the facility, in front of the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, will be open for free spectator viewing.(Indianapolis Star)(6-13-2014)

UPDATE:

Six drivers hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday afternoon for a tire test ahead of July’s Brickyard 400. During the closed portion of the test, #14-Tony Stewart made contact with the Turn 1 wall. He was not transported by paramedics, according to IMS officials. He is, however, in contact with NASCAR medical personnel. In addition to Stewart, #31-Ryan Newman, #15-Clint Bowyer, #22-Joey Logano, #18-Kyle Busch and #16-Greg Biffle were part of the test. Drivers go through tire tests all the time throughout the year, and Bowyer candidly summed up what the drivers get out of them. “Testing sucks, I’m not going to beat around the bush about it,” said Bowyer, laughing. “It’s so much more fun to come here and compete...You go out there as a driver and make a few laps, and come back in and complain about it, it wasn’t very good, or it may have been good. Then, you make more changes and go back out and try again.” Newman, who won the Brickyard in 2013, was just happy to be home in Indiana. “It always will be a special place. Not just because I won here, but I have family here,” said Newman. “We went over and played some putt-putt last night, rode some go-carts. That type of thing I don’t get to do very often. Just in general, the Speedway is a special place.”(WISH TV)(6-18-2014)


14 posted on 06/18/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: mabarker1

A lot of times the testing isn’t fully useful because of different weather but it’s hot, sunny, and humid so likely a good evaluation for end of July.

Supposedly they were putting the “apron” back in the corners which is an additional half lane on the inside that was removed in 94. Not sure if it happened.


15 posted on 06/18/2014 11:11:22 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: mabarker1

Tony needs to chill.


16 posted on 06/18/2014 11:38:53 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: mabarker1

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2014/6/17/jeff-gordon-adds-new-primary-sponsor-panasonic-through-2016.html

Won’t recognize him in those colors.


17 posted on 06/18/2014 11:46:46 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: mabarker1

Now that is good!


18 posted on 06/18/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT by happydogx2 ( Her eyes were beautiful, her soft wet kisses were heavenly..but to be honest she had me at "woof")
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Hendrick has some superb folks in sponsor sales, I believe.


19 posted on 06/18/2014 3:41:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Weather forecasts have bounced around a lot for the race. No rain but it could be 78 and it could be 92. We’ll be sitting in the (covered portion) of the grandstand up from pit road.

Thanks for your work -


20 posted on 06/18/2014 3:41:37 PM PDT by happydogx2 ( Her eyes were beautiful, her soft wet kisses were heavenly..but to be honest she had me at "woof")
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To: happydogx2

Top of turn 9. I’ll wave.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 5:41:27 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Why does Cup run on one of the sh!ttyest road courses in the country and Busch run’s on one of the best?


22 posted on 06/18/2014 5:41:49 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

Sonoma is owned by Bruton Smith.
Bruton and the France family have a mutual love/hate pact.

And yes it would be awesome to see Cup cars race at Elkhart Lake and Road Atlanta.


23 posted on 06/18/2014 5:46:42 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

That explains it. I’m not sure about Road Atlanta, but I’d love to see Cup and Indycar run Elkhart Lake.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 6:08:07 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon
RA is fast, hilly and beautiful.

A lot of Nas teams test there.

Keselowski got hurt testing in 2011, it was a "big one"


25 posted on 06/18/2014 6:49:00 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: WSGilcrest

Volunteering again? What time are you going to get there?


26 posted on 06/18/2014 9:09:37 PM PDT by happydogx2 ( Her eyes were beautiful, her soft wet kisses were heavenly..but to be honest she had me at "woof")
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To: happydogx2

Early. My ticket lets me in the drivers meeting at 10a.


27 posted on 06/18/2014 11:14:19 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: WSGilcrest
The turnip truck is supposed to drop us off early too. We've got cold pit passes and the drivers meeting passes. I'll be wearing this hat:

Untitled

it'll be sitting on white hair…..

28 posted on 06/19/2014 5:17:15 AM PDT by happydogx2 ( Her eyes were beautiful, her soft wet kisses were heavenly..but to be honest she had me at "woof")
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To: happydogx2

LOL!

OK, I’m done with kids truck from hell.

Back to the real world FR NASCAR Land!!!!


29 posted on 06/19/2014 10:13:49 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: Chode; nascarnation; SgtBob; McGruff; umgud; al baby; prisoner6; The_Sword_of_Groo; ...
OK I'm gonna go backwards this time with the News so MAYBE I can regain My lost 4 days here. (Kinda like spinning the World backwards)

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First NASCAR race...65 years ago today:

Thursday, June 19, marks the 65th anniversary of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' first race, held in 1949. In what was then called the Strictly Stock division, the race was held at Charlotte Speedway, a .75-mile dirt track, and won by #34-Jim Roper. It featured a 33-car field that included NASCAR Hall of Famers Tim Flock(5th), Buck Baker(11th), Lee Petty(17th) and Herb Thomas(29th).(NASCAR), see race results at racing-reference.info. Eventual 1949 Champion, Red Byron, finished 3rd in a Raymond Parks owned car.(6-19-2014)

OOOOHHHH!!! Nifty New Race Info Site ALERT!!

30 posted on 06/19/2014 10:20:30 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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M&M's to move to Edwards if he goes to Gibbs?

Rumors persist that Carl Edwards' sponsor at Joe Gibbs Racing will be none other than the M&Ms/Mars brand. While even the Edwards to JGR piece of the puzzle has yet to be confirmed, the most recent speculation has the current Roush Fenway Racing driver with America's most popular confection as his livery for 2015. Over the last few weeks, representatives from Gibbs have been actively recruiting throughout the garage for a fourth team but both Edwards and Gibbs remain mum on the driver's status. Where would that leave Kyle Busch? Sources say Monster, a long-time supporter of Busch, would step up to the primary sponsorship level. Still, it's hard to fathom an athlete as health-conscious as Edwards could embrace a brand with so little nutritional value. When Motorsport.com asked the driver two weeks ago about representing a company that he would not personally support off the track, the response was similar to Edwards' previous "no comment" replies regarding next year.(Motorsport)(6-19-2014)

31 posted on 06/19/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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MediaCAST to sponsorship #33 Circle Sport Chevy at Sonoma:

MediaCAST, an open and interoperable digital content management and video streaming solution that provides tools to create, manage and deliver live and on-demand multimedia anytime and anywhere for the corporate, education and healthcare sectors, will sponsor Alex Kennedy and the Circle Sport entry this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Kennedy, the only New Mexico native competing in one of NASCAR's major touring series, will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of the season this weekend behind of the wheel of the #33 MediaCAST Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, marking the first NASCAR sponsorship for the Denver-based technology company.

In addition to his season debut at Pocono Raceway earlier this month, Kennedy also completed a two-day test at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with Hillman Racing in preparation for his two starts on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road courses. The 22-year-old Kennedy has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts and one Sprint Cup Series start at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma, Calif., and will look to better his Sprint Cup Series-best 29th-place finish in his fifth career Cup Series start on Sunday. "We've taken a strategic approach to racing this year. It started with a test at VIR in late May and continued with the race at Pocono two weeks ago in an effort to be well prepared for the road-course event at Sonoma," said Kennedy, who made his first start at Sonoma Raceway in a Legends car at age 12 and captured the Legends Pro Series event in 2007 at age 15. "We've put an emphasis on the two road-course events and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the #33 MediaCAST Chevrolet this weekend and using my experience at Sonoma to race against the best in the sport and put together a solid performance."(Circle Sport)(6-19-2014)

32 posted on 06/19/2014 10:28:18 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Nathan's Famous returns to the #43 at Sonoma:

Aric Almirola and the #43 Nathan's Famous team head west this week to Race Sonoma. Despite not being a road course specialist, Race Sonoma is a track Almirola enjoys. He and the team dialed in the #43 Nathan's Famous Ford recently at Carolina MotorSports Park with a day test at the road course. Almirola has three starts at Race Sonoma and six total road course starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last season, he posted his best Race Sonoma finish of 20th gaining eight spots from the following years. He and the #43 Nathan's Famous team look to best the 20th-place finish this weekend. Nathan's Famous will again hold a hot dog eating qualifier for the World Championship on July 4. Seven-time champion Joey Chestnut will be on hand at the qualifier and spend some time with the #43 race team and seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty.(RPM), see an image of the scheme on the #43 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2014)

33 posted on 06/19/2014 10:36:18 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Tomy Drissi To Drive #66 at Sonoma:

Tomy Drissi announced he will be teaming up with Jay Robinson Racing and the #66 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team to drive The Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Drissi will drive a Hercules liveried scheme. “The only thing more fun than driving a Cup car is driving a Cup car at Sonoma,” said Tomy. “These guys are so good... it’s such a good show and really great racing. And, the fans are unbelievable. They’re going to love the the Hercules car. We’ve gone all out on the graphics package, and I’m confident that the Jay Robison Racing crew will have a fast car right off the trailer.” Excited to be partnering with the team, this will be Tomy’s 2nd year in row with JRR at Sonoma. “This is a very important race for our team,” Jay Robinson said. “We are in a very tight [owners] points battle. I am very confident in Tomy’s ability to bring home a good finish.” Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, opens in theaters July 25th. Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Drissi owns an advertising firm that produces upcoming film displays for cinemas. Drissi’s first racing experience in motorsports was street racing on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.(tomydrissi.com), see an image of the scheme on the #66 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2014)


34 posted on 06/19/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Different K-LOVE scheme for the #95 at Sonoma:

Michael McDowell will debut a brand new paint scheme for Leavine Family Racing’s #95 Ford this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. The #95 Ford Fusion team will sport blue, yellow and black colors with K-LOVE adorning the hood and quarter panels and K-LOVE’s “music city” added to the background. K-LOVE Radio, part of EMF Broadcasting, is headquartered in Rocklin, Calif., a growing community in northern California about 30 miles east of Sacramento. Although this weekend marks McDowell’s first Sonoma Raceway appearance with Leavine Family Racing; the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made two other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.99-mile road course. He earned a career-best 28th-place finish at the track in June 2008. McDowell also has one GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series start at the track, where he finished 10th in 2006. In seven previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course races, McDowell has an average starting position of 27.1, and an average finishing position of 33.4. In 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on a road course, McDowell has posted three top-five and five top-10 finishes including two pole awards.(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2014)


35 posted on 06/19/2014 10:43:14 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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#40 Carsforsale.com Chevy to Race at Sonoma:

Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet’s largest online automotive inventory websites, announced the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy will make an appearance with Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 this Sunday, June 22. “Every opportunity we receive to work with Landon and the Hillman Racing team is another chance to say thank you to our dealer family by drawing more consumers to their inventory on Carsforsale.com,” stated Carsforsale.com CEO Sean Coffman. “We hope to see a great finish for the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.” As a portal for consumers to search find the perfect vehicle from nearly 17,000 dealers across the country, Carsforsale.com is happy to increase their visibility and brand awareness with involvement with NASCAR, the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevrolet SS, Landon Cassill and the Hillman Racing team. Carsforsale.com also offers dealership solutions to car, truck, and specialty dealers across the United States.(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(6-19-2014)


36 posted on 06/19/2014 10:44:03 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Ragan to Promote Long John Silver’s ‘Free Fish & Fries’ at Sonoma:

David Ragan’s #34 Ford will carry a special message to fans throughout the Sonoma Raceway race weekend: Mark your calendars for June 28 for Free Fish & Fries from Long John Silver’s. The world’s largest quick service seafood brand will give away its crispy, golden Fish & Fries, completely free of charge, to every guest who visits a Long John Silver’s at participating locations for dine-in or carryout on June 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. “Long John Silver’s wants to celebrate our loyal customers who have made us America’s favorite seafood brand for the past 45 years, and that certainly includes a lot of NASCAR fans,” said Mike Kern, Chief Executive Officer for Long John Silver’s. “There is no better way to say ‘Thank you’ to America than by offering everyone the delicious, classic fish and fries that first made us famous.” A special paint scheme on Ragan’s #34 Ford will promote the Free Fish & Fries offer throughout the Toyota Save Mart 350 race weekend at the twisting and sloping road course in Sonoma, CA.(FRM), see an image of the scheme on the #34 Team Schemes page.(6-18-2014)


37 posted on 06/19/2014 10:47:00 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Germain Racing announces associate sponsors for Sonoma:

Germain Racing is delighted to celebrate the 40th Vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon with Caymus Vineyards this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Caymus is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Californian Casey Mears. In Sunday's race, a special 40th Cabernet logo will appear on the rear quarter panels of the race car.(Germain Racing) AND Similar to how a crew chief involves a race car driver in making decisions about the race car, Oil Can Henry's involves their customers in the repair and maintenance decisions about their vehicles. Germain Racing is proud to announce that Oil Can Henry's will return as an associate sponsor for the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, driven by Casey Mears at Sonoma Raceway. Oil Can Henry's has a unique approach to servicing vehicles. Oil Can Henry's earns its customers' trust with a service that involves them in the process and educates them about their vehicle meanwhile providing premium quality Castrol Lubricants for their cars' engines. There are no waiting rooms at Oil Can Henry's.(Germain Racing)(6-19-2014)

38 posted on 06/19/2014 10:56:34 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Budweiser “Good Sport Program” Featured at Sonoma:

Sonoma Raceway and Budweiser will team up to help race fans make it home safely during the 2014 race season, as the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Booth will be featured at all major event weekends. Good Sport is designed to help facility operators and concessionaires encourage fan responsibility at sporting events. The program is activated in partnership with 95 teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Good Sport programs have also been integrated into high-profile brand and sporting events throughout the year, including the MLB All-Star Game, NBA All-Star Game, NHL Winter Classic, and select NASCAR races, among many others. At Sonoma Raceway, the California Highway Patrol and Budweiser will work together to promote safe alcohol consumption and designated driving during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing and Verizon IndyCar Series event weekends. Fans who visit the Good Sport Designated Driver Booth and pledge to be the designated driver for their group will receive a free non-alcoholic beverage in exchange for refraining from drinking and helping to make sure their group has a safe ride home.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-19-2014)


39 posted on 06/19/2014 10:58:00 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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NASCAR's Mike Helton interviewed on NASCAR Racehub UPDATE:

NASCAR president Mike Helton sat down with NASCAR Race Hub co-host Danielle Trotta for an exclusive, two-part interview airing at 5:00pm/et on Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19, on FOX Sports 1. The NASCAR president talks topics ranging from limiting Sprint Cup Series drivers in lower series; the possibility of adding a road course to the Chase; the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format; the "Dale Earnhardt Jr. effect"; race attendance; the move toward a more technologically-policed pit road in 2015; and a horsepower reduction next season.(FOX)(6-18-2014)

UPDATE - Helton interview part 1 transcript in part: NASCAR President Mike Helton sat down with NASCAR RACE HUB co-host Danielle Trotta for an exclusive, two-part "state of the sport" interview whose first installment aired Wednesday, June 18 on FOX Sports 1.

Part 2 continues on NASCAR RACE HUB on Thursday, June 19 at 5:00pm/et. On Wednesday's show, Helton discussed a variety of topics that have made headlines in the 2014 NASCAR season, including the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format; the "Dale Earnhardt Jr. effect;" race attendance; the youth movement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; and the possibility of limiting NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in the lower series.

The transcript in part, from the interview:

ON WHETHER HE HAS BEEN PLEASED WITH THE CHANGES IMPLEMENTED IN 2014, INCLUDING THE NEW CHASE FORMAT AND KNOCKOUT QUALIFYING:

Helton: "I think we have. Yes. Obviously the qualifying format has grown a lot of interest at the race track, on TV and the 'water cooler talk,' as old folks would call it. Now it's social media, I guess. And it's fun. It's fun to watch, which a sport should be fun. The Chase format was an element to put emphasis on winning. I think that's happened early in the season. The new format is yet to come but leading up to it has been very exciting. So we're pleased so far."

ON WHETHER RACE ATTENDANCE IS A CONCERN, DESPITE THE ON-TRACK PRODUCT:

Helton: "Obviously the product is a priority, and I say 'product' for everybody. But the viewership and the live attendance is something that the whole industry uses to judge successes, and that's something that we've all collectively been working on ever since the swing through the economy. We think we see signs of that. We're encouraged by the uptick. We're encouraged by the enthusiasm that seems to exist among the community now."

ON WHETHER NASCAR IS CONSIDERING LIMITING THE NUMBER OF STARTS THAT CUP SERIES DRIVERS CAN MAKE IN THE NATIONWIDE OR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES:

Helton: "It's a conversation point that doesn't so far go very far because NASCAR is open-minded. It's open-field, too. We don't believe it's correct to tell someone they cannot compete somewhere. We have NASCAR drivers who go compete in IndyCar or ARCA or a weekly track or a weekly show or open-wheel racing in different programs, and that's the culture of NASCAR to be open-minded about who participates. No one is excluded from participating. You can earn your way in. We have, however, changed some of the rules and regulations around in hopes to encourage and get attention to the ones who are competing on a fulltime level in the Nationwide. It happened a couple of years ago. We had the drivers to select what series they would gather points in ... We saw some signs of being successful there. We're just not of the mindset to exclude somebody from participating. We'd rather encourage everyone who wants to participate to participate. So, if we said, 'You can't play over here,' it's kind of contrary to our culture.'"

On Thursday's show, Helton shares his thoughts on subjects that could impact the 2015 season and future of NASCAR, including the likelihood of adding a road course race to the Chase; the move toward a more technologically-policed pit road in 2015; and a horsepower reduction next season.(see interview at FoxSports)(6-18-2014)

40 posted on 06/19/2014 11:24:07 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Four drivers to run K&N Pro Series West race:

#42-Kyle Larson, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Michael Annett and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are entered in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. They’re seeking additional road course experience before Sunday’s Sprint Cup race there.(Motor Racing Network)(6-18-2014)


41 posted on 06/19/2014 11:25:18 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Toyota Signs Multi-Year Extension with Sonoma Raceway:

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. and the Northern California Toyota Dealers have signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway. Toyota has served as co-title sponsor of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 since 2007, as well as the raceway’s official vehicle. The three-year extension will mark 10 years of sponsorship with Sonoma Raceway. The 2014 season marks Toyota’s 10th anniversary participating in NASCAR national series competition. “Sonoma Raceway is one of the premier motor-sports venues on the West Coast and our partnership enables us to showcase the freshest line up of cars, trucks and SUVs in the industry,” said Henry Hansel, president of the Northern California Toyota Dealer Advertising Association. Toyota will also continue as title sponsor of the raceway’s annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 preview show on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The 30-minute special, which airs a minimum of six times during the month of June, has been nominated for a sports Emmy award in past years. The agreement also includes hospitality, extensive signage, promotional rights and other assets during major event weekends in Sonoma, including comprehensive, interactive displays for race fans during the June NASCAR event. “We could not be more proud of our association with the Toyota brand, their terrific lineup of cars and trucks and the outstanding group of dealers in our region,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “We are grateful for their support of the raceway and the NASCAR event and look forward to working together for many years to come.” For tickets or information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22, please call 800-870-RACE or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-18-2014)


42 posted on 06/19/2014 11:26:38 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Ambrose talks about his contract status:

#9-Marcos Ambrose was on the NASCAR Cam Teleconference Wednesday morning, and one of the subjects brought up was his contract situation with Richard Petty Motorsports:

Q) You said last fall when you announced you were going to resign with RPM, this was going to be critical for you, but are you starting to work through that in your head about what's next after this season in terms of NASCAR or elsewhere?

(Insert Aussie Down Under Accent here)

MARCOS AMBROSE: "Yeah, certainly that's right. I'm in a renewal year with Richard Petty for 2015. I'm not really thinking about myself here. I just want the best for RPM. They have decisions to make along the way here. I want to help them make their decisions and be where they want to be. I haven't really thought about anything much but that. I want to make sure that RPM are on the right path and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I help them do that.

(/Insert Aussie Down Under Accent here)

(NASCAR/RPM)(6-18-2014)

43 posted on 06/19/2014 11:29:55 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Amerigas partners with 7-Eleven to sponsor Boris Said on the #32:

7-Eleven, Inc. with AmeriGas will be the primary sponsor on the #32 car owned by Go FAS Racing and driven by Boris Said in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 22. "I'm thrilled to be back in a car sponsored by 7-Eleven," commented Said. "We were partners at the 2008 Sonoma race with 7-Eleven and Slurpee on the car and I am pleased to be able to continue that partnership again this year with 7-Eleven and AmeriGas. I'm looking forward to having a great weekend back on the track. I've always enjoyed Sonoma and have had some solid top-10 finishes there. I'm looking forward to adding to that number on Sunday." Said has competed in 14 Sprint Cup races at Sonoma, earning one pole position and five top-10 finishes. In 47 career Sprint Cup Series starts, Said has earned two top-five finishes, eight top-10s and two pole positions (Sonoma in June 2003 and Daytona Beach, Fla., in July 2006). A native of Carlsbad, Calif., Said continues to compete on road course races several times a year. When he isn't turning left and right, Said is managing his BMW of Murrieta dealership in California.

"AmeriGas is excited to partner with 7-Eleven for this sponsorship in Sonoma with Go FAS Racing," said Andy Patton, AmeriGas' vice president of corporate development. "This is a way to market our partnership together to NASCAR fans around the country. Fans everywhere are using our product for grilling and camping at races and 7-Eleven provides for quick and easy propane exchange." "Ever since Boris and I started together in 2006, we have had a shot to win in Sonoma. I know with Boris in the car this weekend we will have another opportunity to compete for a win," said Frank Stoddard, owner of Go Fas Racing. "We've been working over the past few years to have 7-Eleven back with us and with the support of AmeriGas this year we were able to bring it all together. We're all looking forward to the race weekend and hopefully some great results for 7-Eleven and AmeriGas."(Go FAS Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #32 Team Schemes page.(6-18-2014)

44 posted on 06/19/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials:

Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race

Tire Code: D-4628 (same on all four tire positions)

Tire Circumference: 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front — 23 psi; Right Front — 23 psi;
Left Rear — 20 psi; Right Rear — 20 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Right Front — 20 psi;
Left Rear — 17 psi; Right Rear — 17 psi

Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4628) on all four tire positions at Sonoma . . . this is the first time teams will be running this code, which came out of a Goodyear test at Sonoma on March 25-26 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers . . . compared to what was run at Sonoma last year, this tire features a compound change designed to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Sonoma.


45 posted on 06/19/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 19
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 20
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 5:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 21
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:40 AM NSCS QUALIFYING
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, June 22
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM NSCS RACE 350K

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


46 posted on 06/19/2014 11:47:20 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage
(times in eastern time)

Practices:
Friday, June 20, 3:00pm - 4:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

Happy Hour ‘Final’ practice: Friday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:00pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, June 21 at 1:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for 9:30pm/et on FS2; Sunday, June 22, at 4:30am/et on FS1 and 11:30am/et on FS1.


47 posted on 06/19/2014 11:47:58 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: nascarnation

Jimmie Johnson was fortunate to survive a wreck at Watkins Glen when he was in Busch. I could live without any road courses in NASCAR.


48 posted on 06/19/2014 2:09:38 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

I remember that one, it was a head-on into a big foam barrier.
Then he jumped on the roof of the car IIRC.

I road raced for 7 yrs in SCCA, so I’m kind of partial to it.
There was a time when a Dan Gurney or Parnelli Jones could drop in and win races like that.

Now the Nascar boys are so good at it, the regulars win all the time.


49 posted on 06/19/2014 2:14:10 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: mabarker1; Chode

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3169880/posts


50 posted on 06/19/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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