Young Money Parked It At Michigan!

Kyle Larson

In the last few laps of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, tears began to well up in Kyle Larson’s eyes.

When Larson subsequently took the checkered flag to win the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of his career, the emotion was all but overwhelming—and for good reason.

The victory came in Larson’s 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win. It also broke a 99-race drought for Chip Ganassi Racing, dating to Jamie McMurray’s victory at Talladega in October 2013.

With the triumph, Larson earned a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time in his career, moving winless Ryan Newman 15 points out of the last Chase-eligible position with two races left in the regular season.

With Brett Moffitt winning in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan and Michael McDowell prevailing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.—both on Saturday—Larson’s triumph capped the first weekend in NASCAR history that produced first-time winners in all three national series.

It also marked the first time a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs has reached Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The emotions of the moment, however, were magnified by the recent death at age 27 of Bryan Clauson, who was fatally injured in a midget car accident on Aug. 6 at The Bellville Midget Nationals in Belleville, Kan. Larson came to NASCAR from open-wheel racing, and he and Clauson were close friends.

“Parked it” yelled Larson after he took the checkered flag, echoing Clauson’s signature victory cry. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet followed with a celebratory burnout that left a trail of rubber across all over Victory Lane.

Larson then exited his car, took the checkered flag from the flag man and leapt into the arms of his fueler, who had run out into the infield to congratulate his driver.

“I was teared-up that whole last few laps, because I could just feel it,” Larson said. “It was finally going to be it. This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We’re going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that’s really cool.

“We had a lot of work to do for that first third of the race, and got it done. Thanks to (sponsor) Target. Thanks to everyone on this team. (Crew chief) Chad (Johnston) and the pit crew and everybody. We messed up that last stop but we made it back.”

In fact, Larson lost the lead to race runner-up Chase Elliott when both drivers made their final pit stops under green on Lap 156 of 200. Elliott beat Larson out of the pits by a half car-length and began to pull away. But a caution on Lap 187 because of Michael Annett’s blown right front tire gave Larson the chance he needed.

With a hard push from third-place finisher Brad Keselowski, Larson took the lead on the final restart on Lap 192, as Elliott spun his tires and lost momentum in the outside lane. Larson crossed the finish line with a 1.478-second advantage over Elliott, who passed Keselowski for the second spot on Lap 193.

Still seeking his first victory in his rookie season, Elliott had an opportunity to win at Michigan in June but likewise fell victim to a late restart.

“Bummer again here,” said Elliott, making no attempt to hide his disappointment. “I hate to let my guys down is the biggest thing. For the second time, this has happened. I made a mistake early on in the race. I asked my guys to bail me out (on the final pit stop), and they did. Unfortunately, I didn’t do my part again.

“That’s a couple races in a row in just a few short months here at this place we had a really good car, had an opportunity. That’s one thing I try really hard to do is make the most of opportunities when they’re presented. Obviously I didn’t do a very good job of that here both trips. Need to do my restarts a little better. That’s obviously not a strong point, at least here at Michigan.”

The second-place finish, however, solidified Elliott’s position relative to the Chase. He’s currently 11th in the standings, highest among drivers without a victory and 27 points ahead of Newman, who finished 17th on Sunday.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Blaney finished fourth, holding off fifth-place Kevin Harvick and sixth-place Jimmie Johnson over the final nine-lap run.

Check out the unofficial results of the Pure Michigan 400.

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Ryan Reed Has A Great Day At Road America

Ryan Reed's helmet

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished fifth on Saturday at Road America, a season-best finish so far in 2016.

“I’m just so proud of our No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team,” said Reed. “We never gave up, even after a rough start with not being as good as we wanted in practice yesterday. That’s the key – just never give up on anything in life and you will find success.”

Reed started the race from the seventh position on Saturday afternoon. After just one circuit around the track, the field was slowed by caution. The team did not pit under the caution flag and restarted eighth on Lap 6. Two laps later, crew chief Phil Gould brought Reed down pit road under green for four fresh tires and fuel.

As green-flag stops were cycling through, the second caution flag was displayed on Lap 11. Reed was scored 22nd and stayed out as the rest of drivers who had not pitted made their stops. After the pit stops cycled through, Reed restarted eighth on Lap 15.

After the restart, Reed dropped back to 12th as cars with fresher tires were able to get by. He reported to the team that he needed left-rear lateral grip. Soon after, the caution was displayed for a brief rain shower. Under the caution, Reed pitted on Lap 27 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He restarted in the ninth position on the impending restart.

With 16 laps to go, Reed had advanced to eighth and settled into ninth with 10 laps to go as the caution was again displayed. Gould brought his driver down pit road under the caution flag with eight laps remaining in the race for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He restarted 17th on the following restart as many drivers did not pit.

Reed made his way up to the ninth position by the next caution flag with five to go. He restarted there with three laps to go in the event and was scored 10th when the caution flag was displayed for the last time with one to go. This caution sent the race into overtime.

On the final restart, Reed restarted ninth and was able to pass several cars to cross the finish line fifth at the two-mile road course.

After Saturday’s race, Reed remains 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings.

Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday, September 3rd at Darlington Raceway.

About the Drive to Stop Diabetes

The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about it with their doctor, family, and friends and to actively manage their health.

About Lilly Diabetes

 Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.

 About The American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES(800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Gallagher Motorsports And Descartes Join Forces For Mosport

Gallagher Motorsports officials announced that Descartes, a global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses, will sponsor the team for select races during the second half of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCTWS) season. The company’s NASCAR premier will come at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in September.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based organization will serve as primary sponsor for Kaz Grala, who will make his NCWTS road-course debut at CTMP. In four starts this season, Kaz has two top-10 finishes, with a career-best finish of eighth at Gateway Motorsports Park.

“I am really excited that Descartes has chosen to participate with GMS Racing,” said 17-year-old Kaz Grala. “They are fairly new in the motorsports world and I know that GMS Racing will provide them with the perfect NASCAR experience. It would be really awesome to get the Descartes Chevrolet into victory lane and earn my first NCWTS win.”

The No. 24 Descartes Chevrolet Silverado will take to the track at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with live coverage on FS1 and MRN Radio Sunday, September 4 at 2:30 PM EST.

ABOUT DESCARTES: 
Descartes is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, cloud-based solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com.

ABOUT GMS RACING, LLC: 
GMS Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, Grant Enfinger, Ben Kennedy and Kaz Grala. GMS Racing also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Spencer Gallagher. GMS Racing is housed in a 100,000 square-foot state-of-the-art campus in Statesville, North Carolina.

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Michael McDowell Takes On “The Double”

Michael McDowell
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell will take on “The Double” this weekend, as he will run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Elkhart Lake’s Road America on Saturday then travel to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday.

McDowell is excited for this opportunity, as he recorded a pole and a second place finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the road course. He will be racing for Richard Childress Racing and looking for redemption in Elkhart Lake this weekend.  And redemption McDowell received at Road America!  McDowell led the field to the checkered flag and picked up his very first major NASCAR victory!

As announced by the team earlier this week, Sam Hornish Jr. will fill in for McDowell in practice and qualifying in Michigan while McDowell is at Road America.

McDowell and Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing look to ride a wave of momentum into Michigan after McDowell captured back-to-back Top-20 finishes for the first time in his career at Watkins Glen and Bristol.

Although McDowell has not raced the fast straightaways of Michigan International Speedway since 2013, he is confident in the team’s ability to perform under pressure and prepare for challenging situations.

“I haven’t run at Michigan in a couple years, but we’ve got some good notes and data since Ty ran there earlier in the year with the team,” said McDowell. “It’s a fast track, it’s wide, and has a lot of grooves. It’s getting wider as we run so it should be no problem for our team this weekend. For tracks like Michigan where I haven’t run in a while, you have to try to get a feel for what the car is doing, but also get into a rhythm of what you need to do and adjust both at the same time.”

Crew chief Dave Winston is eager to get to Michigan for the first time with McDowell, but also knows this weekend presents challenges for the team.

“Michigan is a very challenging race track, and with this new aero package I expect it to be even more so,” said Winston. “It is going to be a challenge for all of us. Michael will not be there until Sunday as he is off racing the XFINITY car for Richard Childress Racing at Road America. We are going to ask him to get in a car, with an aero package that he has not driven, one that is significantly different than what he has driven in the past, that was setup by another driver, and go race for another Top-20 finish. We have the confidence in him to do that and are hopeful for a good day come Sunday.”

Thrivent Financial will be the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Chevrolet during the Michigan race weekend.  Thrivent is a Fortune 500, not-for-profit membership organization of Christians. Offering a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds, Thrivent helps its members be wise with money and live generously.

The Pure Michigan 400 will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Race fans can tune-in to NBCSN for live coverage and follow @CSLFR95 on Twitter for race updates.

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Brett Moffitt: “I’m Here To Win”!

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In five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts Brett Moffitt had never led a single lap.

But in Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Moffitt picked the perfect time to take the point for the first time.

Powering around Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters and five-time series winner William Byron off the second corner of the final lap at the two-mile track, Moffitt held off Peters by .098 seconds to win a NASCAR national series race for the first time.

Moffitt’s victory, however, left Shane Huffman, Peters’ crew chief, slapping his seat on the pit box in abject frustration. Peters, who led a race-high 42 laps, could have locked himself into the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase with a victory, but came up one position short.  Running a limited schedule this season, Moffitt is ineligible for the championship this year.

But Moffitt made no apologies for taking advantage of the opportunity that presented itself when Byron pushed Peters into Turn 3 on the white-flag lap, cut to the inside and slowed both trucks down. Moffitt cruised around the outside off Turn 2 on the final lap and kept Peters behind him.

“I’m here to win,” Moffitt said. “I said it earlier and I’ll say it again. I’m not going to wreck him (Peters) for it. I’m going to race him clean because I know he needs to get in the Chase, but this team needs to win and these guys deserve to win.

“That’s what we come to do, and our partners at Toyota want to do the same, and we got it.”

Daniel Hemric passed Byron on the last lap to come home third, with Byron following in fourth and Cameron Hayley in fifth.

The good news for both Peters and Hemric was the wide margin both drivers opened over their closest pursuers in the race to make the Chase. Though winless this year, Hemric and Peters lead Cameron Hayley by 55 and 47 points, respectively, in the battle for the last two Chase spots.

If no new winner surfaces in the final two regular-season races, both Hemric and Peters are highly likely to qualify on points.

“It’s a good day for Red Horse Racing,” Peters said. “Congrats to Brett Moffitt. One-two finish. I wish we were ‘one,’ but all in all, the company brings the trophy back. The 9 (Byron) locked onto our bumper there in Turn 2 and pushed us really hard down into Turn 3.

“We had to do all we had to do to stay in front. … Tough to swallow right there, but it felt good to run the way we did all day.”

Both Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick entered the race needing to win to make the Chase. Reddick’s Ford bounced off the side of Johhny Sauter’s Chevrolet on Lap 70 and sustained heavy damage during contact with the Turn 3 wall.

Custer, however, had the lead for a restart on Lap 84, only to lose control and spin into the Turn 4 wall, grazing the left rear of Moffitt’s No. 11 Toyota in the process.

“We didn’t have the raw speed of the guys up front, but it drove pretty well, and it was hard to keep those guys off of me,” Custer said. “The 11 (Moffitt) stopped pushing me — which it’s his right to do that.

“We were kind of losing the 17 (Peters) there. He (Moffitt) went to the outside and I started getting tight. Once he got on my door, I got loose and over-corrected it. I just hate it for my guys that brought a great truck.”

Like Hayley, Custer and Reddick will have two more chances to force their way into the Chase by winning one of the final two regular-season races.

Check out the unofficial results of the Careers For Veterans 200.

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Michael McDowell Wins The NXS Race At Road America

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Michael McDowell survived a rash of cautions inside the final 10 laps of the Road America 180 and then held off his teammate,Brendan Gaughan, for his first career win Saturday afternoon.

In his 94th Xfinity Series start, and his first since 2014, McDowell led 24 of the race’s 48 laps driving the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing. He took the lead for the final time with 17 laps to go, after making contact with Alex Tagliani. Tagliani won the pole in the No. 22 for Team Penske and was dominant early, but he never recovered from the contact and failed to contend for the win.

As for Richard Childress Racing, it was the third consecutive year the organization was victorious at Road America.

The top five were McDowell, Gaughan, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, and Ryan Reed.

“It’s huge, I’m so thankful and blessed,” McDowell told NBCSN in victory lane. “Thank God, first and foremost. RCR, Rheem, this Chevrolet was super fast. I’ve got to thank all of my guys back in Michigan, Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing for letting me be here, they know how bad I wanted this victory at Road America. So thankful to do it.

“(Crew chief) Justin Alexander, all the guys called the right shots. I had track position there at the end when we needed it and this ECR Chevy was on rails, it was awesome.”

McDowell competes full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing and received a one-race deal in the No. 2 with RCR for Road America. Following the victory, he will fly to Michigan International Speedway to compete in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.

Check out the unofficial race results for the Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville.

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Roush-Fenway Hopes To Rekindle Some Fire And Win At Michigan

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Sprint Cup Series

Michigan

Sun. 8/28/16 – 2:00 PM ET

NBCSN, MRN, Sirius 90

 

Trevor Bayne, No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion

Greg Biffle, No. 16 Roush Performance Products Ford Fusion

Ricky Stenhouse Jr, No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series

Road America

Sat. 8/27/16 – 3:00 PM ET

NBCSN, MRN, Sirius 90

 

Bubba Wallace, No. 6 LoudMouth Exhaust Ford Mustang

Ryan Reed, No. 16 Lilly/American Diabetes Ford Mustang

 

Home Sweet Home

Michigan International Speedway is Roush Fenway owner Jack Roush’s ‘home track.’ Located about an hour drive from Roush Industries in Livonia, Michigan has been one of the organization’s most successful tracks, earning a total of 23 victories across the three major NASCAR touring series.

 

Welcome to Detroit City

In 198 starts at Michigan, Roush Fenway has recorded 13 wins, 55 top-five finishes, 99 top-10 finishes and has led 2,451 laps. Greg Biffle earned the organization’s most recent victory in June 2013 after starting 19th and leading 48 laps. Biffle’s win was also the 1,000th NASCAR victory for Ford Performance.

 

Roush Vs. Everybody

Roush Fenway’s 13 wins in the NSCS at Michigan are the most of any track on the NSCS schedule. Five different drivers have earned victories for Roush Fenway at the two-mile oval with former driver Mark Martin and current driver Biffle both taking the checkered flag on four separate occasions. Former Roush Fenway drivers Matt Kenseth (two), Carl Edwards (two) and Kurt Busch (one) have also gone to victory lane for the organization in Michigan.

 

Consistency in the Motor City

Michigan ranks first overall among all tracks that Roush Fenway has competed on in the NSCS in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and in average finish among tracks that they have run two or more races at. Roush Fenway has recorded 55 top-fives, 99 top-10s and has an average finish of 13.9 at the two-mile oval.

 

One Away from the Century Mark

Roush Fenway is just one top-10 finish away from 100 top-10 finishes at Michigan.

 

Racing in Road America

In 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Road America, Roush Fenway has recorded one win, two top-fives and four top-10s. Former Roush Fenway driver Edwards earned the organization’s lone victory at the Wisconsin road course in 2010 after starting from the pole and leading 35 laps.

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The Biff Honors Alan Kulwicki With The Hooter’s Paint Scheme At Darlington

Greg Biffle
CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2016) –Greg Biffle will honor the late Alan Kulwicki by running a Hooters throwback scheme in the famed Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway on Sunday, September 4th.  In addition to honoring the 1992 Winston Cup Champion, Biffle and Hooters have teamed up to help petition congress to recognize our local and national heroes who risk their lives on a daily basis by creating a National First Responders Day.

“I was a huge Alan Kulwicki fan, so this is a really special opportunity to get to honor him in this way,” said Biffle.  “I’m also a fan of Hooters and really excited to support the campaign to create a National First Responders Day.  There are so many men and women who risk their lives each and every day to keep the rest of us safe, they are the real heroes and definitely deserve a day of recognition.”

Andrew Collier, brother of slain MIT police officer Sean Collier who gave his life protecting his community during the Boston marathon bombing tragedy, has been lobbying Congress since 2013 to formally recognize the contribution and sacrifice of First Responders but so far has been unable to secure enough support in Washington to succeed.

Inspired by Andrew’s determined efforts and on behalf of First Responders across America, Hooters has partnered with the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Black Police Association and Thankyoufirstresponder.org to launchFirstRespondersDay.org. A website where Americans can express gratitude for First Responders and sign a petition formally requesting Congress to pass legislation creating a National First Responders Day.  Fans are encouraged to sign the petition by visiting FirstRespondersDay.org.

In addition to signing the petition, Americans can show their support for First Responders by posting a picture on social media using the hashtag #OneWordOneDay and holding a sign with one word that they believe best represents First Responders.

“We are excited to partner with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing as part of our campaign to help America come together in support of our First Responders,” said Carl Sweat, CMO of Hooters.  “Our First Responders risk a great deal to protect and serve us every day and we are all safer because of their sacrifices.  Hooters is proud to recognize First Responders and join Andrew Collier in creating a National First Responders Day to honor them all.”

Hooters is expressing its thanks to our Nation’s First Responders by treating them to a free entrée.  On Tuesday September 20, all First Responders can select an item from a special menu when they present a valid organization ID at any Hooters location across the nation.

Biffle is no stranger to finding victory lane at Darlington Raceway.  Biffle has two Sprint Cup wins at the track, two poles, has earned three top-five and six top-10 finishes over his 15 starts at the 1.366-mile track.  Biffle has led 718 laps at Darlington, the most laps he led at any track on the Sprint Cup circuit.

 

About Roush Fenway Racing:

Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 29th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle onGoogle+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

 

About Hooters of America:

Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 420 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality.  For more information about Hooters visit www.hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooters,www.Facebook.com/Hooters, www.Instagram.com/Hooters or on Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.

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JR Motorsports Prepares For A Big Race Weekend

Justin Allgaier

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW:

TRACK: RACE: DATE: TRACK: RACE: DATE:

Road America
Road America 180 (45 laps / 182.16 miles) Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Michigan International Speedway
Careers for Veterans 200 (100 laps / 200 miles) Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Broadcast Information – TV: 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN / Radio: MRN & Sirius Ch. 90 2:30 p.m. ET

PR Manager: Josh Masten jmasten@dalejr.com; 704-677-6098

Elliott Sadler

No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet

  •   Elliott Sadler has one top five and three top 10s in five NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at Road America.
  •   Sadler has scored two top-10 finishes in two road-course starts so far this season. He finished sixth at Watkins Glen and ninth at Mid-Ohio for an average effort of 7.5.
  •   The Virginia native has completed 100 percent of the laps in races he’s entered at Road America.
  •   Sadler currently leads full-time NXS drivers in top 10s this season with 19 and sits atop the NXS point standings by 51 points over Daniel Suarez.

PR Manager: Megan Johnson mjohnson@dalejr.com; 704-773-1992

Justin Allgaier

No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet

  •   Justin Allgaier has one top five and two top 10s in four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Road America, with a best finish of second (2013).
  •   Allgaier nearly won the 2011 NXS race at Road America. He was leading when he ran out of fuel on the last lap.
  •   Over the last five races, Allgaier has the best average finish (5.2) among full-time NXS drivers.
  •   His second-place finish last weekend at Bristol allowed him to advance to third in the NXS point standings.
  •   Allgaier now has nine top-five finishes on the season, a career best.

Kenny Habul

No. 88 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet

  •   Kenny Habul has four previous starts at the 4.048-mile road course and has two top-15 finishes.
  •   In the first two road-course races this season, Habul has one top-20 finish, placing 17th at Watkins Glen.
  •   The Road America 180 marks the third and final race for Habul in the No. 88 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet this season. Josh Berry will be behind the wheel of the SunEnergy1 machine in Kentucky (Sept. 24).
  •   The JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series owner standings, 57 markers out of first.

PR Manager: Kelsey Tucker kelsey@dalejr.com; 704-677-6317

Broadcast Information – TV: 1 p.m. ET on FS1 / Radio: MRN & Sirius Ch. 90 12:30 p.m. ET

  •   Cole Custer’s sixth-place run at Bristol last week was his third straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) top-10 finish, matching his total for the first 10 races of the season.
  •   This weekend’s race will be Custer’s first on a 2-mile speedway.
  •   Over the past three races, Custer has earned an average finishof 5.7.
  •   The strong showing over the past three events has seen Custerjump to ninth in points and within nine points of the inaugural Chase for the NCWTS. He has three races to make up that deficit.

Cole Custer

No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet

PR Manager: Ron Lemasters ron@dalejr.com; 704-658-5776

Driver Quotes

“Road America is a really cool track. It’s packed with NASCAR fans and it’s just a lot of fun to drive. It’s very technical. It has a lot of elevation changes and it’s very long. We had a lot of speed at Mid-Ohio when it wasn’t raining so all I’m really hoping for this weekend is a dry track.”

Elliott Sadler

“I am really looking forward to getting to Road America this weekend in the No. 88 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet. We have had some good runs the past two road-course races, including getting up to third place in Ohio, but unfortunately didn’t have a great finish to show for it. JR Motorsports has put together a great road-course program and I am ready to get behind the wheel for the final road-course race of the year.”

“It’s always a lot fun racing at Road America. I actually came close to winning there in 2011, but ran out of fuel on the last lap, so I feel like one got away from me. We’ve been strong on road courses and have come so close to winning this season. It would be great to finally get a victory for this BRANDT Professional Agriculture team.”

Justin Allgaier

Kenny Habul

“We battled really hard to get that sixth-place finish at Bristol, and it’s kind of what we have to do over these next three races if we want to make the Chase. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and the guys are giving me good Chevy Silverados, and we are clicking from a strategy standpoint. We’d like to win and assure ourselves and Haas Automation and OneMain a spot in the Chase, but we’ll take it any way we can get it. I’m looking forward to racing at Michigan, because there’s a lot of room to race and go fast. ”

Cole Custer

Sadler 2016 Stats (NXS)

Starts Wins
Top 5s Top 10s Laps Led Avg. Finish Points

22 1 7 19 27 7.9

1st (+51)

Allgaier 2016 Stats (NXS)

Starts Wins
Top 5s Top 10s Laps Led Avg. Finish Points

22 0
9 18 19 10.0

3rd (-52)

Habul 2016 Stats (NXS)

Starts 2 Wins 0 Top 5s 0 Top 10s 0 Laps Led 0 Avg. Finish 26.5 Points N/A

Custer 2016 Stats (NCWTS)

Starts Wins
Top 5s Top 10s Laps Led Avg. Finish Points

13 0
3
6
3 12.1

9th (-76)

JRM Team Updates

  •   JRM at Road America: In 14 NASCAR Xfinity Series Starts at Road America, JR Motorsports (JRM) has five top fives and eight top 10s. Road- course veteran Ron Fellows earned two second-place finishes for the team in 2010 and 2011. Last year, two of the three of JRM entries finished inside the top 10.
  •   OneMain Extends JRM Sponsorship: OneMain, America’s premier consumer finance company, has signed a multi-year extension to continue its sponsorship of Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports race team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, JRM General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced today. OneMain will receive primary branding on Sadler’s No. 1 car for 20 races in 2017. It will mark the seventh year of partnership between OneMain and Sadler, the current Xfinity Series points leader. The announcement all but solidifies JR Motorsports’ driver line-up in 2017. JRM will compete for a championship with full-time entries for three drivers – Sadler, Justin Allgaier and William Byron. JRM will enter a fourth car on a select-race basis.
  •   Allgaier’s Darlington Throwback: Justin Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro will sport a throwback scheme paying homage to primary sponsor, BRANDT Professional Agriculture, next Saturday, Sept. 3 at Darlington Raceway. The retro scheme will feature the company’s previous name, Brandt’s Fertilizer, in a cherry-red hue to match the equipment that helped build the business over 60 years ago.

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Keselowski And Team Penske Adds Veterans To Car

Brad Keselowski

STATESVILLE, N.C. (August 24, 2016) – Something will be different about Brad Keselowski’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car during the Pure Michigan 400 weekend August 26-28 at Michigan International Speedway.
This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, thanks to a cooperative effort between Miller Lite and Cooper Standard, the rear quarter panels of the No. 2 Ford Fusion will feature CareersForVeterans.org, a veterans initiative created by Cooper Standard, a Brad Keselowski Racing partner.  Miller Lite and MillerCoors have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Team Penske and Keselowski.  Cooper Standard has supported the men and women who serve our country by helping them put their unique skill sets to work when they complete their service.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring national attention to the Careers For Veterans program and it wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation of our longtime partner MillerCoors,” Keselowski said.  “There have been some big moments for me this season and hopefully we can add a few more this weekend at my home track in Michigan.”
The high-profile platform is a direct result of Cooper Standard’s longtime partnership with Keselowski. Cooper Standard continues its long-running relationship with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016 as primary sponsor of the No. 29 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Through Cooper Standard’s relationship with BKR, visibility for the Careers For Veterans program has dramatically increased.  The end result has been more veterans gaining employment once they return to civilian life.
For the third consecutive season, Cooper Standard will serve as the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  The Careers For Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation is scheduled for August 27 at Michigan International Speedway.  The race further supports Cooper Standard’s mission to bring national attention to the importance of hiring our military veterans.
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