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DEWALT Tools have the speed, strength, and toughness for the world’s hardest jobs. That’s why we are proud to announce an expanded partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). DEWALT’s expanded partnership reflects our confidence that JGR and No. 20 Toyota Camry driver, Matt Kenseth, have the speed, power, and reliability to win on the track.

DEWALT has added four races to their 2016 primary sponsorship aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by Matt Kenseth for the upcoming races at Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Homestead. DEWALT also announces that it will provide primary sponsorship for a total of six races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2016 with drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. Beginning with the 2017 season, DEWALT will take over the primary sponsorship for the majority of races on the No. 20 Toyota Camry in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. 

Along with the expanded schedule of primary paint schemes, DEWALT also has associate branding on the No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor. 

This partnership comes at a perfect time as DEWALT recently launched their breakthrough DEWALT FLEXVOLT system, which includes a radical new battery technology that will transform the power tools space. The proprietary battery technology platform provides users with multiple voltage outputs from a single DEWALT battery pack – 20V MAX*, 60V MAX*, and 120V MAX* when two 60V MAX* batteries are combined – thus giving users the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Learn more about the DEWALT FLEXVOLTsystem and DEWALT’s continual breakthrough innovation at DEWALT.com.

DEWALT will have primary sponsorship with two cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway to promote this launch. A special DEWALT FLEXVOLTpaint scheme will appear on the No. 20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the No. 20 Toyota of Erik Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“We’re thrilled to continue to work with Joe Gibbs Racing as NASCAR and DEWALT share a lot of commonalities,” said Scott Bannell, Vice President for Corporate Brand Marketing, Stanley Black & Decker. “Our DEWALT FLEXVOLTlaunch ties perfectly to the power and freedom exemplified by racing.”

DEWALT will utilize NASCAR and JGR as one of the primary platforms to advocate the DEWALT FLEXVOLT message. “This is a multifaceted program.” said Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports, Stanley Black & Decker. “This is more than on-track visibility; it is a pillar of our end-user engagement strategy including trackside demos to get the products in the consumer’s hands, unique content for our digital platforms, and VIP hospitality to host our customers. Our end-user advocates are passionate about motorsports and we will leverage this partnership to interact with them digitally as well as in person at the races.”

“This an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing and for NASCAR,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are honored to be a part of what is really a historic announcement with the product launch of the DEWALT FLEXVOLTsystem and put in place an agreement that will continue our partnership for years to come.”

“I think it’s great that we will be able to see the DEWALT Toyota on track this year for additional races in both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series, as well as knowing that DEWALT will be on our No. 20 Camry for the majority of our 2017 races as well,” said Matt Kenseth, “I’ve been so fortunate to be able to reunite with DEWALT these past two seasons, and knowing that we’ll be together for even longer, is really fantastic news for all of us at JGR.”

Kenseth is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following last Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway. So far in 2016, Kenseth has accrued one win, two top-five, six top-ten finishes, and has led for a total of 429 laps.  The two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion and 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion has enjoyed over 13 years partnered with DEWALT throughout his career. Kenseth earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2000 and also earned his first Sprint Cup Series win with DEWALT as a primary sponsor.


Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, was inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Wednesday night at The Shores Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla. Childress was one of seven individuals inducted into the hall of fame, which honors and preserves the achievements of the greatest legends of motorsports on land, sea and air. He accepted the award presented to him by his grandsons, Austin and Ty Dillon.

"It gives me chills being amongst legends of not only stock car racing, but other forms of motorsports here tonight," Childress said to the audience of about 300. "It is a great honor to be inducted into a hall of fame that honors some of my heroes such as Louis Chevrolet, A.J Foyt, Dale Earnhardt and the France Family. I want to thank my family, my second family - the 525-plus employees at RCR and ECR Engines - and all of our great partners along the way. I could not have done it without them."
Childress has accumulated more than 100 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and more than 200 wins in NASCAR's top three touring series as owner of RCR. With driver Dale Earnhardt and the legendary No. 3 car, Childress won Sprint Cup championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. He has also recorded multiple driver and owner championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Childress is also a two-time winner of the Daytona 500 (1998 and 2007).
The Motorsports Hall of Fame, which moved its operations from Detroit, Mich. to Daytona Beach, Fla. earlier this year, is located in the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway. Its 2016 class includes Childress (Stock Cars), Everett Brashear (Motorcycles), Gary Gabelich (At Large), Chip Ganassi (Open Wheel), Dave McClelland (Drag Racing), Sam Posey (Sports Cars) and Bob Sweikert (Historic).
Some notable current members of the MHOF include former RCR driver, Dale Earnhardt; legendary Indy Car drivers Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears; and NASCAR greats Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough.
For more information about the Motorsports Hall of Fame, its museum and members, visit mshf.com. For more information about today's announcement, visit rcrracing.com.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell and Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing are excited to be returning to Daytona International Speedway, where the team secured its best finish of the season – a 15th place finish in the Daytona 500 to start the season.

Last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, McDowell and the No. 95 K-LOVE Radio team were on track to a solid Top-15 finish until a broken rear axle put the team out of the race.  McDowell secured his best career qualifying effort at the road course with a new chassis. The No. 95 Chevrolet was off to a solid start to the race, clipping positions one by one during the start.  

This week, the team once again has a chance to secure a great finish, as they will sport the same chassis they used in the Daytona 500 and at Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500 earlier in the season.

Getting back behind the wheel of the No. 95 K-LOVE Chevrolet SS, McDowell knows his team always has the opportunity to secure a great finish at superspeedways.

“As a small team, the superspeedways are key races where we can run up front and have a shot at winning,” said McDowell.  “We had a great run going at Sonoma – the car was great and I was able to pass well.  We just had some bad luck.  It was disappointing as we had pinpointed this track as a key race for our team.  We’re looking to gain back our luck at Daytona – this is another track where our team can run well and vie for the win.”

Before hitting the road for the 2.5-mile track, Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing hosted its second annual Camp 95 at the race shop in Concord, NC. Twenty-five high school students from all over the country visited CSLFR for a two-day camp to learn about careers in motorsports. Campers gained hands-on experience in several areas of the racing industry and met with the team crew chief, engineer, tire specialist, pit crew and more.

“We were excited to bring back Camp 95 back this year after having such a successful inaugural camp last summer,” said Jeremy Lange, VP of CSLFR. “It’s a really great opportunity for kids who want to get into motorsports to learn about many of the different career options available. It’s definitely a great way to start the week before heading off to Daytona.”

McDowell and Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing will take to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2 at 7:45 p.m. EST. Race fans can tune-in to NBC for live coverage and follow @CSLFR95 on Twitter for updates.


Danica Patrick Back to Daytona

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Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:35

As Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) near the midpoint of the 2016 season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams return to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this weekend for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.


With 16 races under its belt, the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery team has earned six top-20 finishes, including a season-best 13th-place result at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May. Patrick has led a total of eight laps and is currently ranked 24th in the Sprint Cup driver point standings.


When the team kicked off its season at Daytona in February, Patrick started the Daytona 500 from the 16th position but was relegated to a 35th-place finish after late-race contact sent her to the garage.


While Patrick’s visit to Daytona in February didn’t go well, she’s experienced a moderate degree of success at the track in the past, including a history-making performance at the 2.5-mile track in 2013. That year, she became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the Daytona 500. Patrick led twice for a total of five laps in that event, becoming the first female to lead NASCAR’s most prestigious race, as well as the first woman to lead a NASCAR race under green-flag conditions. She finished the race eighth, setting the mark for the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”


In July 2014, Patrick also earned an eighth-place finish in the Coke Zero 400. In eight Sprint Cup starts at Daytona, those two eighth-place efforts mark her top results at the track. Patrick has also started seven NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Daytona and scored her best finish of 10th in July 2011. She won the pole for the February 2012 event.


As the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet team heads back to Daytona this week, it will be focused on scoring better results than it earned at the track in February, and Patrick will be looking to once again break records at the historic track. 


Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota will carry the USO logo in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The USO (United Service Organizations) is celebrating 75 years of supporting America’s service members and military families through the delivery of morale-boosting programs, services and entertainment.

“Life is about caring and giving back and no one better exemplifies the true meaning of those human qualities than the USO,” said Truex. “It is only fitting the USO will be on our race car on the same weekend we celebrate our independence.”

The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, whose organization consists of nine former military members, will be recognizing the U.S. Armed Forces on its No. 78 race car throughout the 2016 season.

As the Sprint Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 and the traditional start of the second half of the season, there’s a sense of optimism in the Motorcraft/Quick Lane camp.

After the first 16 races, rookie driver Ryan Blaney is 17th in the points standings, 16 points out of 15th place, which would put him in the running for a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup based on his position in the standings. He has finished in the top 25 on 13 occasions. Among those finishes are six top-10s with one of them a fifth-place at Kansas Speedway.

Now Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team begin a stretch of races where they will be returning to tracks with the benefit of experience they didn’t have the first time around, as Blaney had never raced Cup cars on eight of the 16 tracks on the schedule.

For rookie crew chief Jeremy Bullins, the first swing around the Cup circuit has gone by in a hurry.

“As I finished up my Sonoma post-race summary on Monday, it blew me away that we are at the ‘halfway’ point of the season,” Bullins said. “Heading to Daytona for the second time this year has us excited as we have so much confidence in how our speedway cars have raced.”
The anticipation doesn’t end there.
“I'm even more excited to be going back to so many tracks for a second time, and even a third or fourth time counting back to last year,” Bullins said. “The more we run the more Ryan learns and the better we get as a team.”
Bullins said that the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has a lot to be proud of at this point in Blaney’s rookie season.
“To be sitting here 16 races in, knowing we are in a position to earn our way into the Chase via points is a testament to the job he and the team have done in our first full season working together,” he said. “I'm still confident we can put ourselves in position to win before the season is over.”
He said the team’s performance at Kansas in May, where Blaney was the highest finishing Ford driver, shows that the driver and team are building on their experience, as the May race was the third appearance at Kansas for Blaney and Bullins, including one start in 2014 in a Team Penske Ford.
“We ran for the third time and got a top-five,” Bullins said. “If we start cracking off top-10s and top-fives, good things happen.”

Still, Bullins said, he and Blaney will continue to approach each upcoming race with the same determination and work ethic that they have so far in their time together.
“We truly don't talk about points or goals,” he said. “We just work hard and try to run the best we can every week.”  
“All the teams I've been a part of, if you go about your business the way you should, all those things tend to take care of themselves.”


NASCAR announced penalties on Wednesday following the Sonoma Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park weekend. The weekend was quiet on the inspection front while two Camping World Truck Series drivers were hit with fines following an on-track altercation.

Caution was displayed on lap 143 for an incident involving Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley over in turn one. Ten laps later, at lap 155, Gallagher and Townley both clashed once again, resulting in a fight over in turn one upon exiting their damaged race trucks and forcing NASCAR to red flag the event.

Both Townley and Gallagher will be fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. No crew members or crew chiefs were suspended for the incident as it only took place on-track.

Statement issued by Spencer Gallagher on Monday:

Spencer Gallagher Issues Apology Following Incident at Gateway Motorsports Park "I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his te am and fans, I am sorry. The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night. I would also like to apologize to my team owner, who wholeheartedly believes in this organization and expects all of us to perform at our best at all times, no matter the situation. And finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the NASCAR community - representatives and fans. I love this sport just as much as all of you and I am ashamed that I was part of an incident that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light."

The No. 20 and 88 Sprint Cup Series teams were issued written warnings for failing laser and template inspection twice during pre-qualifying inspection at Sonoma Raceway.

Bowyer's Struggles Escalate

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:51

In what Clint Bowyer was hoping to be a good season, it has turned into a dismal season that he would soon like to forget.. The driver of the no. 15 Chevy for HScott Motorsports has struggled in 2016 before his move over to Stewart-Haas Racing to replace Tony Stewart in 2017.


Bowyer’s day at Sonoma ended before it even started. On lap seven, Bowyer’s car went up into smoke after an electrical fire, adding to the setbacks in 2016. Smoke entered into the cockpit, leaving Bowyer unable to breath.


After he exited the car, he slammed his helmet into the car out of frustration. 


“Yeah, it’s terribly frustrating.  This is my favorite race track and I’ve run really good at it.  I don’t know.  It kind of sometimes inexcusable when stuff breaks that quick, but who knows what happened.  I’m sure a wire was rubbing on something or something and just shorted out and burnt up.  It’s a shame.” 


Bowyer has struggled in his one-year deal with Scott. He only has two top-10’s and is 23rd in points. Can he recover and end his season on a high note?

Give Me Five: Sonoma Edition

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:41

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wraps up a weekend at Sonoma Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park for the Toyota Save Mart 350 and the Drivin’ For Lineman 200. Here are my five weekend takeaways:

o   Conspiracy Theories: Can we please stop with the conspiracy theories of Denny Hamlin allowing Tony Stewart to pass him on the final corner? If Hamlin were to truly let Stewart win, he would not have passed him on the last lap. We all want drama and excitement, but the “black-helicopters” have to stop. 

o   Extra-Curricular Activity: I am fine with driver’s participating in extra-curricular activities like fighting, but I am glad that it does not happen often.  However, the issue comes when this activity is taken on a “hot” track. I understand that the red flag was displayed Saturday, but what if it wern't displayed? I understand that drivers are heated in the moment, but judgment should not be deferred. 

o   Road Course Racing: I am thoroughly enjoying the resurgence of racing on a road course. Just a few years ago, we dreaded going to a road course, but now they are one of the most looked forward to events on the schedule. Should a road course race be added to the Chase? I wouldn’t mind seeing one, but only time will tell.

o   Townley/Gallagher: Your “fight” was an embarrassment on the sport. Instead of other media outlets talking about a great race, they were talking more about your tango. Is any publicity good publicity? In my opinion, no, especially with the “fighting” moves demonstrated. 

o   Gateway Motorsports Park: I am glad to see that Gateway was brought on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Despite the past two years being delayed by weather, the racing action was one of the best. I hope to see more events take place at Gateway in the future of NASCAR.

What are your takeaways from this past weekend at Sonoma and Gateway?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty/Warning
6/25/16 (pre- qualifying inspection) Sonoma No. 20 (4) Warning Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying Written warning
6/25/16 (pre- qualifying inspection) Sonoma No. 88 (2) Warning Failed template inspection twice, pre- qualifying Written warning
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty/Warning
6/25/16 (race) Gateway No. 05 Behavioral Sections 12-1; 12.8.1 c Notes: Involved in a physical altercation with another Competitor on the race track during a caution period. Driver (John Wes Townley) has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31
6/25/16 (race) Gateway No. 23 Behavioral Sections 12-1; 12.8.1 c Notes: Involved in a physical altercation with another Competitor on the race track during a caution period. Driver (Spencer Gallagher) has been fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31
() -- Total current warnings.        
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