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JUST THE FACTS: Gilliland has 17 Sprint Cup starts at Dover International Speedway ... He has two top-20 finishes at the one-mile oval ... His best finish is 16th (2008) ... The Pete Store returns as primary sponsor of the No. 38 ... The Peterbilt dealer group has a location in nearby Seaford, Del.
JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has three Sprint Cup career starts at Dover International Speedway ... His best finish is 27th (2013 and 2014).
"It's definitely physically and mentally demanding. It's a long race -- not as long as the 600 -- but it's more demanding. There's really no time to rest. The straightaways are so short and the corners are long and sweeping and fast."
JUST THE FACTS: Sunday's FedEx 400 will be Moffitt's second Sprint Cup start at Dover International Speedway ... The 22-year-old made his Cup debut at the "Monster Mile" in June last year, finishing 22nd ... The Dockside Logistics colors return to the No. 34 Ford for the Dover race.
Honorary co-chairs David Ragan, third-generation NASCAR driver, and his wife, Jacquelyn, will helm the event, set for July 6-8. Teams of friends and supporters navigate from the green flag at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte with pit stops honoring NASCAR legends and history.
The Ragans join LuMind RDS Foundation to help improve opportunities for people with Down syndrome. David Ragan's older brother, Adam, was born with an extra chromosome: Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.
"The Race for Research is a chance for NASCAR fans to meet some of the sport's legends, journey through racing history and also fund research that one day may improve learning and memory in those with Down syndrome, including my brother, Adam," David Ragan said.
Last year's inaugural event was an unprecedented success. With an original goal of raising $50,000 for cognition research, the event cleared $100,000 to aid in awarding grants to the most promising lines of research.
The event is fueled by fundraising teams who then spend three days in ordinary cars (with sponsor decals, of course) navigating through NASCAR country stopping along the way at designated "pit stops," answering scavenger hunt questions, meeting NASCAR legends and even taking laps on famous speedways.
During "pit stops," as the participants complete scavenger hunt tasks, they get a chance to look behind the scenes of famous speedways and meet some of David Ragan's racing friends. The pit stops visited in 2014 included:
Teams in the 2014 event had in-person meet-and-greets with Ty and Austin Dillion, Glen Wood, Dale Inman, and other racing legends. The 2015 route and celebrity appearances are still being finalized but will include new stops as well as some old favorites. Route details will be posted on the event website as they are finalized.
Organizers would like to thank returning sponsors, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and Brinks.
"Cognition research for Down syndrome has made tremendous strides over the last few years, and these new discoveries are now fueling several promising clinical trials," Ragan said. "But a lack of funding is a major reason why my brother and the more than 250,000 Americans living with Down syndrome don't have access to treatments yet," he added.
Sign up your team now and experience the thrills of NASCAR racing while you raise funds for important cognitive development research. For more information on the Race for Research and to sign up for a team or donate to an event participant, visit: www.LuMindRaceforResearch.org.
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Fans expect the answer is either one of the short tracks like Martinsville and Bristol or the high speed tracks like Texas and Charlotte. Maybe, a restrictor-plate track like Daytona and Talladega tops the list.
To the surprise of many, the one track that often tops the drivers’ list of favorite places to race is the concrete high banks of Dover International Speedway where the Sprint Cup Series races on Sunday.
Count No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver David Ragan as one of the drivers who enjoys racing at the 46-year-old Delaware facility that’s also home to a casino and a horse track. Not only does Ragan like the challenge of Dover’s 23-degrees of banking where speeds reach 160 mph in qualifying, but he hopes he has a jump on the competition since his Michael Waltrip Racing team tested there on May 13.
RAGAN ON DOVER: “Dover is such a fun race track. The track changes throughout the day and you have to work to keep up with the changes. It’s certainly a challenge but it rewards the driver and team with the right setup. You can get out there and race and put on a good show for the fans. You have to race hard all the time at Dover or you fall down a lap. It’s just a racer’s track. I think if you ask all the drivers they’ll tell you they love Dover.”
TESTING AT DOVER: “It was a great chance for me, (crew chief) Billy (Scott) and our Aaron’s Dream Machine team to work on some things. The Michael Waltrip Racing group is really working hard on their cars trying to find that sweet spot with this new aerodynamic and engine package. We just have to find a way to produce more speed. I think we got some good information from the tire test. We are adjusting on our race car and I expect we’ll be pretty good when we unload on Friday. We are making progress. We qualified seventh at Charlotte and thought we had a really good car through practice and the first part of the 600. We lost our way in the middle of the race and got the handling back at the end. We’re getting there. As the crew and I get more familiar, the success will come. These guys have been great to work with and we have some really talented people at MWR.”
Hello again, NASCAR fans! It’s Ed Martin… President of Dusenberry Martin Racing. I wanted to take some time to answer some of the questions from the community now that NASCAR ’15 has been released…
Is there going to be an update?
Yes. We are reading everything you write and actively working with the developer to fix the major issues that are found. We will keep you up-to-date on timing and what will be addressed. [Yes, we’ve already fixed the PS3 mic issue.]
Why are some of the things from previous games still in here?
NASCAR ’15 was built directly from the previous games and done by the same developer. While we worked to address comments about the previous games, NASCAR ’15 is not a whole new game. It’s a season update. And we released it at $20 (instead of the previous products’ $50) to price it as an update.
Our first all-new game (built new from the ground up) will be coming in late 2016 and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
NASCAR ’15 is a peer-to-peer multiplayer game. As such, it is subject to the weakest connection among the multiplayer racers – in other words, if one (or more) of the racers has a bad connection, everyone else if going to be impacted by that.
The developer has done all they can to tweak multiplayer in NASCAR ’15 but as noted above, it is based on the same technology as prior games.
Why isn’t in the game?
Figuring out the top 30 or so drivers to be included in a NASCAR game is relatively easy. Filling out the field to get to 43 for the game is a bit more complex – and a lot of it has to do with timing.
The licensing for NASCAR ’15 had to be completed months ago – long before the 2015 season even started (it takes months to license, create and approve a full field of cars and drivers). We try to reach out to all of the teams to see if they are interested in being included. And once we get to 43, we lock the list. Some teams aren’t interested. Some teams weren’t even formed or in a position to do licensing back then. Some times, a team gets back to us after we have already locked the list.
We do our best… Unfortunately, we can’t get every driver in.
More paint schemes!
There will be many new paint schemes released soon as DLC on all 3 platforms. Stay tuned!
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Skittles® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), wheeled the colorful red scheme to an impressive run in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s longest race.
Busch ran in the top-10 at Charlotte for a majority of his first points-paying Sprint Cup race of the season, moving into the top-five for much of the final 150 laps. If not for a late-race jumble in the finishing order because several others gambled on fuel strategy, a top-five finish would have been entirely possible. Still, an 11th-place finish was quite impressive in the grueling 600-mile marathon, especially considering Busch had been sidelined since Feb. 21 after breaking his right leg and left foot during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
At the conclusion of the demanding 600-miler, Busch was even surprised at how good he felt. However, the next challenge is never far away, and Busch looks to keep the strong return going at Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover. While 400 miles may seem like a much lighter workload after Charlotte, Dover actually can be much more taxing on driver and equipment with its abrasive concrete surface and high banking.
With the FedEx 400 being only Busch’s second points-paying start of the season, he is embarking on his own unique chase to make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The Las Vegas native has been given an exemption to make the 2015 Chase field, but he has plenty of work to do over the next 14 races in order to make NASCAR’s playoffs. Along with winning a race, Busch must rally to make it within the top-30 in driver points. The Coca-Cola 600 was a good start as he now has 33 points, sitting 169 markers behind 30-place Tony Stewart after just one race.
As for this weekend, the Dover stats for Busch and his Skittles team are impressive – two Sprint Cup wins to go with nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 20 career Sprint Cup starts on the Delmarva Peninsula. He’s also led an impressive 1,011 laps there.
Like at Charlotte, race fans will get to “Taste the Rainbow” for the second consecutive Sprint Cup event with Busch at the controls at Dover. Busch, who counts Green Apple Skittles among his personal favorite, will also race the No. 18 Skittles Toyota in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, finally, in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.So with the return of the driver they call “Rowdy,” will the reappearance of the rainbow this weekend culminate in a return to victory lane for Busch and Skittles? With his record at the concrete mile oval, Busch has shown that anything is possible.
Johnson brings more than 20 years of combined legal and business development leadership to the multi-championship NASCAR team. He most recently served as the General Counsel for the S.C. State Treasurer's Office. Prior to that position, the South Carolina native served in similar business development roles at Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, where he helped build what was arguably one of the most respected sponsorship bases in professional sports during his tenure.
"We are very happy to have Robin join our team because he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our organization," said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. "We are confident he will be a major contributor to our mission in keeping RCR as one of NASCAR's premier racing teams, both on the track and in the marketplace."
Johnson is an honor graduate of The Citadel (class of 1986) earning his B.S. degree in business administration. He is also an honor graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is licensed in South Carolina and New York.
"I have always admired Richard Childress and his organization, and have marveled at how his team members, business associates and partners are genuinely considered as family," Johnson said. "I'm truly honored and look forward to introducing new partners to the RCR family."
Robin is married to Emily Linder Johnson of Bennettsville, SC, and they have three children - Erin, Lachlan and Jake.
Hornish has seven starts at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and earned his best finish of 13th in the spring of 2009. In the XFINITY Series, Hornish has started second twice, both in 2013, and has one Top-10 and two Top-15 finishes in five starts. His average finish at Dover in the series is 15.6.
Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has 17 Cup starts at Dover atop the pit box. He visited Victory Lane at the one-mile track with Martin Truex Jr. in the spring of 2007 and has accumulated seven Top-15 finishes.
This weekend, @TwistedTea returns to the #9 Ford with @SamHornish at the @MonsterMile. #NASCAR
"I'm looking forward to going to Dover with RPM. I like Dover, but I haven't necessarily had the finishes that I've wanted there. Every time I felt like I've had a good car, something happens like a flat tire, electrical problems or untimely cautions. This weekend, I'm ready to leave there saying, 'Okay, I like the racetrack, and now I like racing there.'
"Dover is a physically demanding racetrack because the corners are tight and you carry a lot of G-forces there. The sense of speed at Dover is greater than most of the other tracks, and then you add in the elevation changes when you dip to the bottom of the track on the turns. There's a lot of close racing because the track doesn't offer a lot of room, and a lot of times that leads to 'the Big One', which you don't typically see at a short track."