NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing and Wood Brothers Racing are honoring the team’s 1987 Coca-Cola 600-winning Ford Thunderbird at this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The throwback paint scheme was revealed during today’s episode of “NASCAR America” on NBCSN.
Driven by Kyle Petty and sponsored at the time by Citgo, the 1987 Wood Brothers Ford won the 600 and finished in the top five on five other occasions. Petty scored a second at North Wilksboro and third-place finishes at Talladega, Pocono, Michigan and Riverside in 29 starts that season.
It took Kyle Busch 12 years to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but one move on Brad Keselowski in Saturday's final segment did the job.
Busch passed Brad Keselowski and Segment 3 winner Jimmie Johnson on the Segment 4 restart and pulled away to become the 23rd driver to win an All-Star Race. Busch prevailed over polesitter Kyle Larson – who dominated the first two segments, but restarted fourth for Segment 4 after Keselowski did not pit. Busch’s victory, coupled with his win in Friday’s N.C. Education Lottery 200, made it a weekend sweep.
With no pit-road speed limit to slow him down Friday, Kyle Larson zoomed to the pole for Saturday’s Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson – making his second start in the biggest All-Star event in sports – earned the pole ahead of Kyle Busch with an average speed of 143.839 mph over three laps and a four-tire pit stop in one minute, 52.636 seconds. Busch was second by just .01 seconds. The pit crew for third-place qualifier Kevin Harvick earned the Pit Crew Challenge award for the fastest pit stop with a blistering, 13.279-second stop in Round 1. Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five in time trials. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified sixth for his final All-Star Race while Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray completed the top 10. Saturday’s 70-lap Monster Energy All-Star Race goes green at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Tony Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and his passion about people, pets, and motorsports will be on full display during the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 this Memorial Day weekend. The Indiana native announced that his Tony Stewart Foundation has launched the Faces of Team One Cure, which will adorn the No. 77 Lucas Oil/Team One Cure Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda driven by Jay Howard in this year's Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
"Together we're racing to find the cure for cancer in both pets and people," shared Tony Stewart. "It's an innovative yet proven approach where treatment of pets with cancer can improve therapies for people. It perfectly aligns with my foundation's mission and we're excited to share stories of people and pets benefitting from comparative oncology."
A year removed from the 20th anniversary of winning the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in 1996, Buddy Lazier confirmed he would attempt to qualify for his 20th Indianapolis 500 this month. One of the league's most experienced drivers returns to the famed oval track for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil behind the wheel of the Lazier Racing Chevrolet.
"It's hard to believe another year has passed and May is upon us again," said Lazier. "We are coming off one of our most successful ski seasons at my family's Tivoli Lodge in Vail (CO) and it's exciting to once again turn my attention to the Brickyard. My fitness and training regimen remains a big priority daily and I'm thrilled at the opportunity to again race at Indy with Chevrolet."
Forty wins and 124 top-10s in 148 NASCAR starts during their 2016 and 2017 seasons, to date. … Three series champions, two of whom are the youngest in their respective NASCAR touring series. … The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year and the 2015 Snowball Derby runner-up.
These are just a few of the accomplishments already earned by the nine drivers in this year’s NASCAR Next class, and they’re just getting started.
Ryan Blaney sped to his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole position today at Kansas Speedway.
Blaney’s drove his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion to qualifying laps of 188.789 mph, 189.480 mph and 189.600 mph and will pace the field to the green flag for tomorrow night’s Go Bowling 400.
“We’ve been really close a few times this year and it’s nice to finally get it done,” said a smiling Blaney. “I know it’s only qualifying but it feels really cool to get the first pole because qualifying hasn’t really been my best thing. That says a lot about this whole team. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this 21 team.”