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NASCAR’s 2015 Schedule Finds Changes

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.

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Blaney Wins in Wild Finish at Bristol

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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.

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Ryan Blaney to Race Partial Cup Schedule for Wood Brothers Racing

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Ryan Blaney is ready to run 12 races in the NSCS in 2015. Photo provided

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.

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Three Teams Penalized for Infractions

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.

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New Crew Chief Named for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Team

nscs14_88A crew chief for a popular driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be headed to the Sprint Cup level in 2015.

Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

It was announced at the beginning of this year’s season that Steve Letarte would be leaving as Dale Jr.’s crew chief at the end of 2014 to be an analyst for NBC when NASCAR coverage moves to that affiliate in 2015.

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Ty Dillon Gets Emotional Win at Indianapolis

Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon

Richard Childress has seen a lot of his drivers win at the Brickyard including Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick. Saturday’s win for Richard Childress Racing was even more special – his grandson, Ty Dillon, and his RCR crew kissed the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate Dillon’s first Nationwide Series race since moving into the division this season.

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Chase Elliott Captures Third Win of His Rookie Season

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

He started out strong and faded back, but came back in winning fashion at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott was able to claim his third win of the season and gained the points lead Saturday night.

Pole-sitter Brian Scott took over the lead early but Elliott kept up with the top runners starting from the third position. By lap 16, Elliott was on the bumper of Scott. They swapped the lead beginning on lap 21 with Elliott taking the lead and Scott quickly battling back. Elliott was able to keep the lead until lap 51 when a charging Ryan Blaney took over the top spot.

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INTERVIEW: James Buescher

James BuescherJames Buescher is a champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is working toward that status in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  It’s been a struggle this season, he says, but his team continues to improve.  Listen to what he has to say about his race tonight at Chicagoland Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

James Buescher Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Sam Hornish, Jr.

Sam Hornish Jr

Sam Hornish, Jr.

He was a winner in the Indianapolis 500 and he’s working a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule now for Joe Gibbs Racing after a couple of seasons with then-Penske Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, Sam Hornish, Jr. talks about how he keeps the focus between races and about his outlook for tonight’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Sam Hornish, Jr. Behind the Wheel

 

 

INTERVIEW: Eric McClure

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Eric McClure signs some autographs for the fans

The paint scheme on his car looks just like the box.  Eric McClure drives the No. 14 Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap machine for Tri Star Motorsports and it always looks good going around the track.  In this interview, he talks about his season and his optimism for the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway.  Oh, and I stumped him with the cake question.

Eric McClure Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Erik Jones

Erik Jones

Erik Jones

He’s only 18 and has a couple of wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Now he’s looking to get a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his first attempt at Chicagoland Speedway tonight. Erik Jones talks about his work in the truck series and his Nationwide Series debut in the seat of the  Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Erik Jones Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan

Since the last time we’ve heard from Brendan Gaughan he was looking for a win in NASCAR Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing and he found one at Road America!  He talks about his expectations at Chicagoland Speedway plus Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Brendan Gaughan Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Reed

Even though he was diagnosed with Diabetes three years ago, that hasn’t stopped Ryan Reed from fulfilling his dream of being a NASCAR driver and driving for Roush-Fenway Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about his sponsor for Saturday’s race and the season he’s had so far.  He was pretty strong in practice Friday afternoon so we’ll see how he does in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ryan Reed Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

It’s Ryan Blaney’s first time in a Hertz sponsored No. 22 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and it’s his first time racing at Chicagoland Speedway.  He sounds pretty confident for tonight’s race.  He was in the top ten in practice on Friday and the team is building on more.  Listen to what he has to say about the track, what he expects for the race and about the Penske Files.

Ryan Blaney Behind the Wheel

Interview: Dylan Kwasniewski

Dylan KwasniewskiDylan Kwasniewski is in his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  He had a little bit of trouble in practice on Friday, but he feels like the car will be good to go in Saturday night’s race.  Listen to what he had to say in this Behind the Wheel interview about his issues in his Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 on Friday, his season so far and a preview of Indianapolis:

Dylan Kwasniewski Behind the Wheel

What are the Drivers Saying?

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be at Iowa Speedway on Friday and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers will be at the Magic Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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Paul Menard Wins Second Career Nationwide Series Race

Paul Menard, driver of the #33 Nibco/Menards Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Paul Menard, driver of the #33 Nibco/Menards Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Paul Menard was the first to see the green flag wave to start the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 and he was the first to see the checked flag at the end of the race at Michigan International Speedway. This was Menard’s second win the series – the first since 2006.

Menard was running behind Joey Logano in the closing laps when Logano was slow with five to go with a flat right rear tire. Logano’s bad luck turned into Menard’s good luck when Menard claimed the lead and came out with the win in the 125-lap contest.

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Kyle Busch Tames Monster Mile in Two Races

Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

Miles the Monster should be afraid of Kyle Busch as he won the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click it or Ticket Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. He also won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night. Can he win all three races this weekend?

Busch had to work in the beginning to get to the lead. Pole-sitter Joey Logano had a strong lead and Busch made his way to the second spot by lap 49. By lap 63, Busch gained on Logano and after a debris caution on lap 73, Busch was able to power his way to clean air. Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth attempted to get the lead from Busch on a couple of tries but the No. 54 was too strong to take any opposition.

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What are the Drivers Saying?

This week, NASCAR heads to Delaware to get around the challenging track they call the “Monster Mile”.  Editor’s note: This is my favorite track because of the challenge of the surface and endless strategy it provides a race team.  Plus, it has character – a real one in Miles the Monster.

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Kyle Larson Victorious in History 300

Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENOES Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENOES Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Kyle Larson was the man to beat Saturday afternoon as he took his No. 42 into Victory Lane in the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

He had been running in the five all afternoon but put the moves on Brad Keselowski on lap 119 and took the lead. Lapped traffic had closed the gap between the leader Keselowski and a charging Kyle Larson. In a daring move, Larson squeezed his Chevy close to the wall making it three-wide as Keselowski ran the bottom line to get around a lapped car. It appeared Larson didn’t lift the throttle and powered to the front where he stayed until the checkered flag was displayed.

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