Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Richard Childress Racing Announce New Driver Additions for 2016 Season

Richard Childress Racing Announced today four new drivers who will pilot the #2 Chevrolet Camaro in upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series Races. The #2 has been driven by Austin Dillon and Paul Menard but becomes challenging when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races somewhere different than the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Today Richard Childress Racing Announced the drivers who will Pilot the #2 at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway.
Beginning with next weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton Iowa, Ben Kennedy will be behind the wheel of the #2 Rudd Chevrolet Camaro. Kennedy has a best finish of 3rd, three times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also has Two poles in his career coming at Daytona and Atlanta. He has a total of 6 Top-5's and 17 Top 10's in 56 Starts Ben Kennedy is the grandson of Bill France, Jr. and great-grandson of Bill France, Sr., the founder of NASCAR.
Joining Kennedy will be Sam Hornish Jr.who has not competed in a NASCAR race in 2016 after losing his RPM Ride due to sponsorship trouble. Sam Hornish Jr. is slated to drive the Rheem Chevrolet for RCR at the second Iowa Speedway race of the season on July 30 and Kentucky Speedway on September 24. Hornish brings a wealth of XFINITY Series experience to the driver’s seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet. To date, Hornish has accumulated 110 starts in the XFINITY Series, earning three victories, seven pole awards, 32 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes with 1,124 laps led. Hornish finished 2nd in the Points in 2013 to Austin Dillon.
With an off weekend on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, AJ Allmendinger will join the Rheem team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13 for the road course race. In more than 40 career road course starts, Allmendinger has garnered seven wins and five pole awards. AJ Allmendinger's NSCS Team JTG Daugherty Racing is affiliated with Richard Childress Racing and AJ will look to win once again in the Xfinity Series. AJ Allmendinger has 1 top-5 and 3 top 10's in 2016 driving the #47 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Rounding out the season’s road course races, Michael McDowell takes to the seat of the Rheem Chevrolet at Road America. The No. 2 team earned the victory at the Plymouth, Wisc.-based track last season with driver Paul Menard. McDowell has 12 road course starts in the XFINITY Series, collecting three top-five and five top-10 finishes with two pole positions. Could this be the one chance Michael McDowell could finally go to victory lane?
“We’re working hard to put together a driver lineup that allows us to compete for the XFINITY Series owner’s championship. With Ben, Sam, AJ and Michael joining Austin (Dillon) and Paul (Menard) in the No. 2 Camaro seat, I’m confident we’ll be able to challenge for the title this season and be a threat to win in each of the races,” said Mike Dillon, RCR's vice president of competition.(Koelle,2016)  

NASCAR Updates Start Times for Two NASCAR XFINITY Series Races This Fall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 8, 2016) – NASCAR, in collaboration with broadcast partner NBC
Sports Group, Kansas Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, today announced adjustments to start times and network coverage for NASCAR XFINITY Series races at both tracks this fall.

The Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway on Oct. 15 will air on NBC at 3 p.m. ET, while the penultimate race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase from Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 12 will air on NBCSN in primetime, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Radio coverage will be provided by the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. The full 2016 broadcast schedule is available at www.nascar.com/tv-schedule. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets.

“These updates were made with the goal of benefitting NASCAR fans, with Kansas now airing on
NBC and Phoenix airing in primetime,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Our ability to adjust the start times
for these two critically important races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is a testament to the collaboration between NASCAR, our broadcast partners, teams and tracks to deliver the best product possible to our fans.”

Both Kansas and Phoenix races are part of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. The NASCAR XFINITY Series, where "Names Are Made," will implement a seven-race, three-round Chase format with unique characteristics, but very much in the same spirit of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All three national series will conclude with a CHAMPIONSHIP 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will crown its champion in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).

All three national series return to action this weekend, beginning with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also will race at Michigan in the Firekeepers Casino 400 Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. ET. FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will provide live coverage for all three events. (NASCAR)

Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to action this weekend with a double hitter with the Verizon Indycar Series at the Texas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton will look to win his 3rd race of the season behind the wheel of the #88 while a few drivers return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Those drivers would be German Quiroga Jr., Cody Coughlin, and Jesse Little. With no NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Regulars in the field it's an opportunity for younger drivers to gain some experience and some Truck Regulars will look to lock their spot in the Chase.

Entry List

00 Cole Custer
02 Tyler Young
4 Christopher Bell
05 John Wes Townley
6 Norm Benning
07 Ryan Lynch
8 John Hunter Nemechek
9 William Byron
10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
11 German Quiroga Jr.
13 Cameron Hayley
17 Timothy Peters
19 Daniel Hemric
20 Austin Hill
21 Johnny Sauter
22 Austin Wayne Self
23 Spencer Gallagher
29 Tyler Reddick
33 Ben Kennedy
41 Ben Rhodes
44 Tommy Joe Martins
49 Timmy Hill
50 Travis Kvapil
51 Cody Coughlin
66 Jordan Anderson
71 Carlos Contreras
75 Caleb Holman
81 Jesse Little
86 Timothy Viens
88 Matt Crafton
92 Parker Kligerman
98 Rico Abreu

Menards 250 presented by Valvoline Entry List

The NASCAR Xfinity Series comes to Michigan for the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline. Always a very exciting race at Michigan and recently the Xfinity Series has been very exciting with Kyle Larson winning a rain shortened Inaugural Race at Michigan, Denny Hamlin winning an exciting race at Charlotte, among many other great finishes this season. With just two drivers locked into the chase, Drivers like Blake Koch, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, among many other contenders will look to capture their first victory of the season this weekend and will look to lock into the chase.

Entry List

0 Garrett Smithley
1 Elliott Sadler
01 Ryan Preece
2 Paul Menard
3 Ty Dillon
4 Ross Chastain
6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
07 Ray Black Jr.
7 Justin Allgaier
10 Matt DiBenedetto
11 Blake Koch
13 Harrison Rhodes
14 Jeff Green
15 Todd Peck
16 Ryan Reed
18 Kyle Busch
19 Daniel Suarez
20 Erik Jones
22 Joey Logano
25 Chris Cockrum
28 Dakoda Armstrong
33 Brandon Jones
39 Ryan Sieg
40 John Jackson
42 Justin Marks
44 J.J. Yeley
48 Brennan Poole
51 Jeremy Clements
52 Joey Gase
62 Brendan Gaughan
70 Derrike Cope
74 Mike Harmon
78 B J McLeod
88 Alex Bowman
89 Morgan Shepherd
90 Martin Roy
92 Mario Gosselin
93 Josh Wise 

FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads Michigan on Sunday for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Former Michigan Winners like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, and Ryan Newman all are still winless entering Michigan. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some momentum after finishing 2nd at Pocono. Also this weekend a new rule package will be used where changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will be put into play. This package will also be ran at Kentucky.

Entry List

1   Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3   Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Trevor Bayne
7 Regan Smith
10 Danica Patrick
11 Denny Hamlin
13 Casey Mears
14 Tony Stewart
15 Clint Bowyer
16 Greg Biffle
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Kyle Busch
19 Carl Edwards
20 Matt Kenseth
21 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
23 David Ragan
24 Chase Elliott
27 Paul Menard
30 Josh Wise
31 Ryan Newman
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt
34 Chris Buescher
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
55 Reed Sorenson
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Ty Dillon
98 Cole Whitt