Truex Jr. Eager for Brickyard Victory

Sept. 6, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. would like nothing more than to make amends for last year’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We had a shot at winning Indy last year and I screwed it up,” said a candid Truex. Truex and Toyota teammate Kyle Busch had by far the two best cars in last year’s Brickyard 400 but during a restart with 50 laps remaining in regulation, the two cars got tangled and crashed entering Turn 1, resulting in premature endings for both drivers. Without hesitation Truex took the blame for the incident when he exited the infield care center. The Furniture Row Racing driver, who will pilot the No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Camry in Sunday’s regular season NASCAR Cup Series finale, is looking for another strong performance at the iconic 2.5-mile oval. “I always look forward to Indy, it’s such a historical race,” Truex said. “The [...]

Furniture Row Racing to Leave NASCAR Competition

Sept. 4, 2018 – Due to a lack of necessary funding to field a competitive team, Furniture Row Racing has been left with no reasonable option but to cease operations following the completion of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. “This is not good for anybody,” said team owner Barney Visser. “The numbers just don’t add up. I would have to borrow money to continue as a competitive team and I’m not going to do that. This was obviously a painful decision to arrive at knowing how it will affect a number of quality and talented people. “We’ve been aggressively seeking sponsorship to replace 5-hour ENERGY and to offset the rising costs of continuing a team alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing but haven’t had any success. I feel that it’s only proper to make the decision at this time to allow all team members to start seeking employment [...]

Frikadella Takes Checkered at Nurburgring

July 9, 2018 -- Two weeks after the victory in the third round of this year's Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN), the #31 Frikadelli Porsche again took the chequered flag in first place. Norbert Siedler (A) and Lance David Arnold (Duisburg), the winner of VLN leg 3, started from pole position, took the lead and brought their Porsche 911 GT3 R home in front after the four-hour race. In the #30 sister car, Sabine Schmitz, Klaus Abbelen (both from Barweiler) and Felipe Laser (Leipzig) experienced some very intense fighting for positions and ended the race in fifth place, equalling the car’s finishing position from two weeks before. Both Frikadelli Porsche laid the foundation for this success in qualifying. Norbert Siedler opened the 90-minute session with a 7:56.644 m lap in the #31 car, thus posting the current season’s fastest VLN qualifying lap time overall. Felipe Laser in the #31 car had [...]

Beyond The Wheel Film Returns to Television

July 9, 2018– FS1 and NASCAR Productions are gearing up for the fourth season of the critically acclaimed documentary series “Beyond the Wheel” beginning this week on “NASCAR Race Hub.” Featuring dynamic storytelling and never-before-seen insights, the short films take viewers inside the sport’s most compelling traditions and pivotal moments through the eyes of influential NASCAR legends and characters – both past and present. The first film, titled “Davey Lives On,” premieres this Wednesday, July 11 during “NASCAR Race Hub” on FS1 at 6 p.m. ET. FOX Sports and NASCAR.com will celebrate the life of Davey with exclusive all-day content, including a special NASCAR.com page dedicated to articles, videos and photos about his legacy, as told by those who knew him best. Watch the trailer for “Davey Lives On”here. The following documentaries comprise the fourth season of the short film series: “Davey Lives On” – Twenty-five years after the tragic death [...]

Truex, Jr. Second at Daytona

July 7, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. broke his curse at the summer race at Daytona International Speedway with a powerful runner-up finish in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Truex lost to last year’s Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones in the overtime shootout by 0.125 seconds. But before the final caution came out Truex had the lead and was approximately 100 yards short of the white flag, which would have officially ended the race and sent the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to Victory Lane. When the race was restarted for the final time, Truex initially maintained his lead in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. But as the race was approaching the checkered flag he was left alone without any drafting help that allowed Jones to pass him for the win. The second-place result was Truex’s best career finish at the summer Daytona race, which [...]

Corvette Racing Achieves Podium Finishes in Sportscar Grand Prix

July 8, 2018 – Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvettes both finished on the class podium Sunday at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It marked the team’s first double podium of the season and allowed both Corvette C7.Rs to gain positions in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) points standings of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, just ahead of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. The results vaulted Garcia and Magnussen to second place in the GTLM Driver’s Championship while Gavin and Milner are now tied for fourth.  “Being by myself for a little bit there in that first stint, it was hard to know kind of what is going on with the pace and things like that," said Milner.  "I had good [...]

Mercedes Excels at IMSA Championship Run

July 7, 2018 -- Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams turned in a trio of season-best performances in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series competition Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The competitive showing included the first pole and podium finish for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in IMSA Continental Tire series competition and a season-best fourth-place Mercedes-AMG GT3 qualifying effort for Ben Keating and Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class. Alexandre Premat and the No. 92 Ramsey Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 team set the day’s first milestone Saturday morning by winning the pole in qualifying for that afternoon’s IMSA Continental Tire series two-hour race. Premat then led the majority of the race’s opening hour before handing off to teammate Mark Ramsey at the halfway point. Ramsey ran competitively in only his fifth race start in the IMSA Continental Tire series and [...]

Elliott Scores Daytona Pole

July 6, 2018 – Chase Elliott scored his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) pole putting the No. 9 Hooters Camaro ZL1 in the top spot at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 46.381 seconds and an average speed of 194.045 mph.  The run marks Elliott’s third pole in six races at the ‘World Center of Racing’ and his first pole win of the 2018 MENCS season. “Our Hooters Chevy has been nice all weekend,” Elliott said after capturing the pole.  “We made a couple of changes actually at the end of that last practice before the rain and made it go a little faster.  I hope that translates to a good driving car tomorrow night.  Obviously, a lot of speed in our Chevrolet’s.  I’ve said this before, but we have put a lot of effort into our speedway program at Hendrick Motorsports.  The engine shop, chassis shop, body shop, we take a lot of [...]

Hagan Tops in Funny Car

July 6, 2018 -- Matt Hagan continued his recent hot stretch in the Funny Car class by earning the preliminary No. 1 qualifier at the sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Hagan jumped atop the category lead with a pass of 3.932-seconds at 322.04 mph in his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger R/T recorded during his second qualifying run of the day. He entered the weekend tied for second in the Funny Car points standings following his victory in Norwalk, Ohio as he also chases his second consecutive win in Epping. “Coming off the race win in Ohio gives us confidence heading into this event, and so far we have continued to [...]

Steve Waid Honored With Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence

July 6, 2018 – NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame today announced legendary motorsports reporter Steve Waid as the eighth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. A familiar face in the NASCAR garage for nearly 50 years, Waid began covering motorsports in 1972 for the Martinsville Bulletin before a 10-year stint at the Roanoke Times & World News. In 1981, Waid moved to Grand National Scene, a weekly NASCAR publication – and the spot where Waid cemented his legacy as a NASCAR media giant. Waid would later become publisher of what became known as NASCAR Scene and the monthly magazine NASCAR Illustrated, remaining with the publications until his retirement from full-time reporting in 2010. “For decades, Steve Waid tirelessly worked the NASCAR garage, becoming a familiar, trusted and beloved voice to both competitors and the passionate fans alike,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Waid’s [...]