Cameron Hayley will be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunday at Canadian Motorsports Park. He sounds pretty confident headed into this weekend’s event that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET. Hear what he has to say about his road to this level and other tracks on his schedule this season in this Behind the Wheel interview:
The schedule for the 2015 NASCAR season was released on Tuesday and there are some changes to the Sprint Cup Series schedule. Atlanta Motor Speedway’s only race was moved from August to March next season while Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race has been moved to April 19 from the third weekend in March. With the change in the date for Atlanta Motor Speedway, that allowed the Darlington Raceway race to move back to the Labor Day spot on Sept. 6.
NASCAR has penalized three teams in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) after an inspection found that No. 00, No. 19 and No. 30 trucks failed to meet post-race height requirements after the Bristol Motor Speedway race on Aug. 21.
The crew chiefs, Joel Shear, Doug Randolph and Doug George for drivers Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski and Ron Hornaday, Jr., were all fined $5,000. In addition, each team lost 10 championship driver and owner points.
It’s been quite a season for Team Penske’s Joey Logano. He joined the team in 2013 and got one win in his inaugural season and this year he’s got three wins to his name. He collected his third win Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He was able to lead the second highest amount of laps with 76 with taking the lead for the last time on lap 456 when he got by Matt Kenseth who didn’t pit after the last caution. Starting fifth, Logano was able to run at the front throughout the entire race and keep track position after each pit stop.
This was Logano’s first win at Bristol Motor Speedway and the sixth in his Sprint Cup career. He joins his teammate, Brad Keselowski, plus Jeff Gordon, Dale Earhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson in getting three wins on the season to lock into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
It was short track racing at its finest Friday night for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Blaney was able to take his No. 22 Ford for Team Penske to the front of the field beating a dominant Kyle Busch on the last restart of the race to claim his first victory of 2014.
The way in which it happened was nothing short of amazing. Just a few laps prior to the checkered flag, Blaney was racing Kyle Larson for position on the track. Blaney was working on Larson on the inside when Blaney got loose. He slid up the racetrack and bumped Larson into the wall. Larson went spinning off of turn two and collected Dylan Kwaniewski. Blaney was able to continue on the race.
Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano swapped the lead all day long at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, but Gordon took over the lead at the right time which launched him to the 91st win of his career in the Pure Michigan 400.
He had qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and found himself running behind lap leader Joey Logano for much of the day. Logano had been a master of restarts on the day, often times playing games with his competitors and got the upper hand each time. Gordon was able to figure out something with 16 laps to go. Gordon and Logano were lined up for the restart and Gordon powered to the lead. Logano found himself moving backwards in the field and ended up running fourth when things straightened out. He was able to pass Paul Menard in the closing laps to claim the third spot when the race ended.
NASCAR has added an addendum to its safety rules and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.
The rule reads as follows:
“During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
· Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
· Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
· After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
· At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
· At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle
All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.”
The rule was made in light of an incident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York on Aug. 9. He had gotten out of his racecar after the racing field was under a caution situation and approached other drivers as they were mobile on the track. He was hit by a competitor’s race car which resulted in fatal injuries.
Many racetracks around the country have enacted a similar rule pertaining to their own facility.
In a technical alliance with Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing officials announced Thursday that Ryan Blaney, 20, will race in 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Wood Brothers Racing in 2015.
Blaney will drive the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford beginning with the Daytona 500. Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Indianapolis, and other tracks will accompany the schedule.
Officials at Stewart-Haas Racing have announced that Tony Stewart will not be in the No. 14 for the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday afternoon.
Jeff Burton will take Stewart’s place for the team’s entry in the race.
In the announcement, officials indicated that the driver change pertains only to this weekend’s race. Tony Stewart has not decided on plans for upcoming races on the schedule.
The driver of the No. 16 for Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is looking for a comeback this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle is the only driver to have four wins at the track and with the testing his team has done there this season, he believes his team will become a contender for the Chase.
Biffle admits that his season hasn’t been the greatest, but the team making a strong attempt at turning it around.
In his sophomore year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Ryan Blaney, 20, has turned a lot of heads with his driving skills. He’s won races in the NCWTS and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and he keeps getting better.
We could very well be witnessing his championship year.
The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint car accident on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York will continue for another couple of weeks.
Investigators are working on gathering evidence and developing a racetrack crash reconstruction, according to Sheriff Philip C. Povero of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department. He stated that when a thorough investigation is complete, those involved with the investigation will meet with the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and discuss all aspects of the investigation. It will be then when authorities may release information concerning the accident.
New York’s Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero conducted a press conference on Monday evening to release the autopsy findings on Kevin Ward, Jr. Ward was fatally injured in a Sprint car accident at a dirt track in upstate New York on Saturday night.
According to a press release, Ontario County Coroner Kevin Henderson found that the cause of death was massive blunt force trauma. No other information regarding the autopsy findings will be released.
Two of the best in road course racing in the NASCAR ranks went bumper to bumper in closing laps of the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.
After a race that had a little over an hour-and-a-half of red flagged minutes, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose were set up side by side on the start of the race in a green-white-checkered conclusion. Allmendinger got a good restart, but Ambrose wasn’t going to back down. Ambrose got to the inside of Allmendinger and the pair were door to door for a few turns before the pair traded paint and Allmendinger powered to the lead. Kurt Busch attempted a run on Ambrose but didn’t have enough for the No. 9 who had shown power all day long.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a Winged Sprint Car accident that happened late Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was racing in that event and was involved in the accident.
A report released by the sheriff’s department and tweeted by NASCAR reporters explains that Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. had contact in the race and the action was operating under the caution flag. Ward left his race car and walked down the track onto the racing surface. According to the report, Stewart and another car were in tandem and approached Ward who was gesturing to the cars. The first car swerved to avoid Ward while Stewart’s rear tire struck Ward.
A Winged Sprint car driver suffered fatal injuries after an incident with a NASCAR driver at a New York dirt track.
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was participating in a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York when he and another driver, identified as Kevin Ward, Jr., 20, had contact on the track. Ward left his race car and approached Stewart’s car on foot. It was then when Stewart reportedly struck Ward with his Winged Sprint car.
Three teams were penalized from the weekend’s NASCAR races.
The No. 17 truck driven by Timothy Peters in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was found to have improper sizes of throttle shafts and plates. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Paul Richmond was fined $7,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Pit strategies at the Tricky Triangle resulted in different lead changes throughout the race, but it was the money stop by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team that got him his third win of the season – and a sweep at Pocono Raceway.
Earnhardt, Jr.’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, called him in under green flag conditions in the latter part of the race for fuel and Earnhardt, Jr. was able to race this way to the front. With 14 laps to go, he took the lead and put a large gap between him and the second place car. A caution with seven laps to go would bunch up the field which would create a restart between Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick under a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick stayed with Earnhardt, Jr. but the outside lane proved to be a powerhouse position for Earnhardt, Jr. who went to the front of the field. Harvick had a couple of runs on Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead but ran out of laps.
The last time he won in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was in the inaugural 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway. Austin Dillon was able to taste victory again Saturday afternoon in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway.
A green-white-checkered restart allowed Dillon to get out front and claim the win in the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet for Richard Childress.
It was a rather quick 60 laps on the day – even though NASCAR added 10 laps to the race.
While I was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had the chance to see some of the media members who I constantly follow on Twitter including Doug Rice, Bob Pockrass, Dustin Long, Claire B. Lang, Tom Jensen, Jenna Fryer, Jim Utter, and Nate Ryan.
USA Today’s Nate Ryan is a journalist as well as an analyst in the sport of NASCAR and stopped to chat with me about different aspects of the season. Also, he said he doesn’t really consider himself as a fan of the sport but appreciates some of its more intricate qualities.