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Dollar Shave Club and NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Matt Tifft Partner to Support 500 Small Businesses Across the Country18 Nov 2017
Dollar Shave Club (DSC), a men's grooming brand dedicated to helping men live smarter, more successful lives through high-quality personal care products, content and technology, today announced a partnership with NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft for the #DSC500, an initiative that will turn his #19 Toyota Camry into a sponsorship opportunity for 500 small businesses across the country. The first 500 eligible businesses to have an eligible logo submitted will have their logos displayed on Tifft’s car at a race in early 2018.
The campaign originated when Tifft was inspired to give back to the National Brain Tumor Society after being diagnosed and eventually making a full recovery from a brain tumor last year. A DSC member himself, Tifft first approached the brand seeking a sponsor. DSC wanted to pass along the rare opportunity to its millions of members and small business owners to share their companies with millions of brand-loyal NASCAR fans. To celebrate Tifft’s victory over his brain tumor, DSC will also be making a donation in his honor to the National Brain Tumor Society.
“At DSC, we’re always looking for ways to support our members and their passions. When we learned about Matt’s story we were compelled to help him support not only the National Brain Tumor Society but also the small businesses across the country who typically wouldn’t have the chance or budget to have their logos on a racing vehicle,” said Michael Dubin, founder and CEO of Dollar Shave Club.
Any small business can enter via posting a photo of their small business’ logo to a public profile on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #DSC500 and #PromotionEntry. Entries must be made by a person over 18 in the U.S. and be authorized to enter on the business' behalf. Promotional item recipients will be selected and notified in January 2018 by DSC.
“I'm very excited to bring Dollar Shave Club on board this weekend to unveil #DSC500. This truly gives small businesses, which normally wouldn’t have the chance, the opportunity to be on a racecar and is just another way DSC is giving back to its members. I'm very excited and proud to be a part of this charitable campaign alongside DSC and have the opportunity to give back to my personal cause, the National Brain Tumor Society. I can't wait to get to Homestead to kick off this exciting program,” said NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft.
Matt Tifft will end his 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series campaign in seventh place in overall points toward the Drivers’ Points Championship. Tifft has recorded two top-five finishes along with 12 top-10 finishes on the season with one race remaining at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tifft made it into the second of three rounds during the playoffs and narrowly missed out on competing for the championship. Over the last seven races, Tifft has recorded half of his top-10 total with six top-10’s.
For more information, including the promotion’s terms and conditions, please visit: http://dlrshv.es/DSC500
- Gragson started fifth, but fell back throughout the first stage as he told the team his Switch Tundra was "wrecking loose." He finished the first 40-lap stage in 11th and came to pit road for four tires and some major chassis adjustments to help the handling.
- Gragson started the second stage in 11th place and said the truck was still a bit loose, but not as bad as the first stage. He worked his way up to ninth to finish Stage Two. He pitted for four tires and another track bar adjustment. Quick work by the Switch crew helped him gain two positions on pit road moving up to seventh place.
- After a pit road penalty for another competitor, Gragson started the final 54-lap stage in sixth place. Unfortunately, he did not get the chance to see if he could compete for the win. Only seven laps after the restart, Gragson radioed to the team he had a tire going down. He came to pit road under green for new left-side tires, which put him three laps behind the leaders. He finished the race in 18th, while his KBM teammate, Christopher Bell, finished second to claim KBM's second driver's championship and sixth owner's championship.
In a race where each of the Championship 4 contenders finished the Ford EcoBoost 200 in the top six positions, fans witnessed one of NASCAR’s rising young stars, Christopher Bell, come out on top and take home the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
The 22-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma took home the title by finishing second in the Ford EcoBoost 200, ahead of the remaining Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter (3rd), Austin Cindric (5th) and Matt Crafton (6th). The title makes Bell, who drives the No. 4 car for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the 16th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
“A dream come true just doesn’t even describe it,” said Bell. “For me to be at Kyle Busch Motorsports as long as I have and to go out a champion there is something I’m really proud of, and really proud that I’ve got all of our partners at JBL here to victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship.”
Camping World Truck Series rookie Chase Briscoe, who won the Ford EcoBoost 200 pole earlier on Friday, took the checkered flag in the 22nd running of the 134-lap race. For the Mitchell, Indiana native, it was the first win of his career. Briscoe led a race-high 81 laps, while Bell led a total of 10. In addition, the win earned Briscoe the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
“This is a long time coming,” said Briscoe. “I’m so proud of all these guys. To know that they’re not going to have a job next year and we continued to bring really good trucks even though we were outside the playoffs, it’s such a testament to how good these Brad Keselowski guys are. Thank you so much to Ford for believing in me.”
Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, clinched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner title. For Kyle Busch Motorsports, it is the team’s fifth consecutive (2013-17) and sixth all-time owner championship (2010, 2013-17). The team is now the first to win five consecutive titles and the first to win six total series championships.
Tickets to Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race, in addition to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
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- Snider took the green flag for Friday's race from the 12th position. After being shuffled back to 15th within the initial laps of the race, Snider slowly started making his way back through the field. When the 40-lap stage was complete, he was back in the 12th position.
- Snider began Stage Two with four-fresh tires and a track bar adjustment from his No. 51 over-the-wall crew. He took the restart 12th and after being caught in a three-wide racing battle, he ran in the 17th position for most of the stage. Snider fought hard as he battled a tight-handling truck to finish the stage 15th.
- Snider brought his No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment to begin the final stage of the race. The No. 51 team gained three spots on pit road, but after another three-wide restart, Snider was once again pushed back to 17th. Snider used the closing laps of the stage to find his balance in the truck. As the race wound down, Snider found his momentum and raced his way through the field for a 12th-place finish.
NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a renewed sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tire of NASCAR’s top three national series.
The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR” and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR’s six decades of partnership is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for the sanctioning body’s top three series since 1997.
“We proudly join Goodyear in celebrating our renewed and longstanding partnership,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR president. “For more than half a century, NASCAR and our teams have trusted Goodyear tires. Our partners’ commitment to innovation and excellence plays a key role in our unyielding pursuit to deliver the best racing product in the world.”
From the introduction of the radial tire to NASCAR in 1989 to multi-zone tread design in 2013, Goodyear and NASCAR have consistently innovated to deliver compelling racing. NASCAR has served as a proving ground for Goodyear, preparing and supplying tires that meet the most grueling and demanding conditions. The technology that goes into a tire to withstand and perform in those conditions helps inform and differentiate Goodyear’s consumer tires.
“We are tremendously proud of the pivotal role Goodyear plays in the best racing competition in the world and excited that NASCAR drivers will be crossing the finish line on Goodyear tires in the years ahead,” said Rich Kramer, chairman, CEO and president of Goodyear. “With this new agreement in place, we celebrate our enduring relationship with NASCAR and the continuing value of NASCAR to the Goodyear brand"
Each tire Goodyear produces for NASCAR’s top three national series are custom-built by the hands of passionate Goodyear associates in Akron, Ohio – Goodyear’s global headquarters – and donned with the name of the employee who helped produce it.
The depth of the relationship has been built on competition, shared passion and brand growth for the two organizations. Goodyear’s industry-leading brand has been amplified through the duration of the relationship generating awareness for the tiremaker with NASCAR’s passionate fan base. According to a Turnkey Sports & Entertainment sponsor loyalty survey conducted for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily in 2016, Goodyear has been the most recognized sponsor in NASCAR for the past five consecutive years.
Toyota captured its 10th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer’s championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, marking the manufacturer’s fifth-consecutive title and the 10th in 14 seasons competing with the Tundra in the series.
Tundra drivers won 12-of-23 races in 2017 and captured the NCWTS manufacturer’s championship when Christopher Bell finished second with the top-finishing Tundra in the season finale at Homestead.
“Toyota is extremely proud to have captured our fifth-straight Truck Series manufacturer’s title,” said Keith Dahl, motorsports general manager for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has provided a great platform to showcase the Toyota Tundra, which has proven to be successful on the track with 10 titles in 14 seasons competing in the series. We couldn’t have done it without the dedication and hard work of our team partners this season and their talented driver lineups.”
Tundra drivers combined to win 12 races and led 2,041 laps in the NCWTS – more than 50 percent of the races and laps contested – in 2017 and the season and culminated with Bell winning the 2017 NCWTS driver’s championship in the finale.
In addition to Bell’s winning the driver’s title, six Tundra drivers contributed to the NCWTS manufacturer’s championship with victories, including Bell (five wins), Kyle Busch (three), Matt Crafton (one), Noah Gragson (one), Parker Kligerman (one) and Ben Rhodes (one).
Since joining NCWTS competition in 2004, Toyota has won 170 races and captured 132 poles in 334 races. Kyle Busch (43) has the most victories driving a Tundra.
Toyota also claimed manufacturer championships in the following seasons – 2006 (12 wins); 2007 (13 wins); 2008 (13 wins); 2009 (14 wins); 2010 (15 wins); 2013 (13 wins); 2014 (18 wins), 2015 (14 wins) and 2016 (14 wins).
By the slimmest of margins, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) is proud to announce that Marietta, Georgia's Cody Haskins is the program's 2017 champion. Haskins, who won two races and finished in the top-five 13 times, edged out Lakeville, Minnesota's Michael Ostdiek 965-952 after on-track results and community engagement points were taken into account.
The final 2017 KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” point standings:
1) – Cody Haskins - 965
2) – Michael Ostdiek - 952
3) – Brett Yackey - 844
4) – Cole Butcher - 607
5) – Justin Mondeik - 532
6) – Braison Bennett - 472
7) – John Peters – 331
"It's really no surprise that the season title came down to Cody and Michael because they have been neck and neck since the late spring,” said Tom Roberts, Executive Director of the KDDP. “They were nearly equal on and off the track, but Cody really impressed our board with his hands-on approach at the track and his massive amount of off-track activities after his season wrapped up in early October. It doesn’t come as a shock that the two drivers who were invited to return to the program in 2017 finished in the top two spots.”
For Haskins, this championship is the culmination of a yearlong journey that began on a late night drive home after the 2016 KDDP banquet last December. "Cody has often said that the 2016 banquet was one of his most humbling experiences,” said Roberts. “Finishing where he did in the 2016 standings (fifth of the seven drivers) motivated him to improve for 2017. His Alan Kulwicki-like hands-on approach offered a notable parallel to the 1992 NASCAR champion and his on-track results were consistent. But what really put Cody over the top this season was his commitment to engaging with his neighbors and the fans."
An executive with KRC Power Steering, Haskins participated in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the American Red Cross, Goodwill and the Shriner's Hospital. He also helped raise money for the family of Terry Evans, a fellow racer who was killed in an accident after leaving Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway in July.
“Like several of our drivers, Cody also spent time with school kids in and around his hometown, visiting a numer of schools and churches throughout the season,” Roberts said. "It sure seemed like that whenever there was an open weekend in the racing schedule, Cody and his team were somewhere signing autographs and meeting young race fans. What set Cody apart for me, personally, was that even on his wedding day, he and his new wife found the time to visit a local food pantry and help those less fortunate. That just shows what kind of character he has."
If there was any driver in this year’s KDDP class who understood the power of working closely with young people, it had to be Ostdiek. The Iowa State University student from the Twin Cities suburbs focused his off-track energies on his own quarter-midget driver development program, which continues to shape and mold the next generation of Midwest short track racers.
"Michael has really emerged as not only a top young talent on the track, but has established himself as a leader off of it as well,” Roberts said. “His driver development program is second-to-none and his commitment to fundraising and improving the lives of those around him continues to impress.”
Ostdiek won the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, edging out fellow KDDP finalist Justin Mondeik. He picked up three race wins at his home track of Elko (MN) Speedway, along with six top-five finishes throughout the season. "I think Michael impressed a lot of people this year and he will only improve in 2018,” said Roberts. “I know that Gregg McKarns and all the ARCA Midwest Tour community are proud that he represented them so well and they look forward to having him back in the fold next year."
Colorado's Brett Yackey finished a close third, followed by Nova Scotia's Cole Butcher, Wisconsin's Justin Mondeik and Braison Bennett, and Maine's John Peters. Those remaining five drivers all acquitted themselves well on-and-off the track in 2017, with Yackey really standing out throughout the season.
"For a high school senior, Brett really impressed us throughout the year,” said Roberts. “He raced hard at Colorado National against some of the best competition in the West and then impressed us with his off track work.” Among his many off-track activities, Yackey helped raise over $4,000 for former Colorado National Speedway driver Dalton Hewitt's cancer fund, selling baked good, burritos, and hosting a silent auction. It was incredible that he was able to balance all of that with also being a star athlete at Greeley Central High School.”
Cole Butcher, who posted two wins, including the prestigious Atlantic Cat 250, and 10 top-10 finishes, was a big supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, hosting two young race fans and their families at Scotia Speedworld in June. Justin Mondeik showed great improvement on the track during the season, and played a critical role in helping raise funds for the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill, Wisconsin. Braison Bennett embodied the Kulwicki spirit in many ways; owning, maintaining, and fixing his own race cars on a limited budget, but still able to find victory lane at Wisconsin International Raceway. Bennett, along with Maine's John Peters, both suffered incredibly bad luck this season, but both were able to overcome and post strong finishes. At his home track of Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Peters hosted a "Kulwicki Kid" program for seven young fans, selected through a fan drawing on social media, providing them with a up-close-and-personal look at short track racing and sending them home with a number of prizes, including a racing helmet.
"All of our drivers did a remarkable job this year and our board members were superb in completing their voting assignment,” Roberts said. “They continued to place great value on community involvement, off-track projects and social media activities. They awarded bonus points for drivers going the extra mile in representing our organization. With all things being equal and with some better racing luck, any of the drivers could have walked away with the Kulwicki Cup this year. I am so proud of each of them and I know Alan would be also.”
The KDDP points system is based on a combination of judging input from members of the advisory board and the drivers’ on-track performance. Voters are asked to rank the drivers from first to seventh in their job of representing the organization and points (from 70 for first to 10 for seventh) are awarded for those rankings. Each voter is given 10 discretionary “bonus” points to award the drivers for “exceptional contributions” to the program. Community engagement, program representation and social media activities account for much of those points. The remainder of the points come from actual racing statistics. Race wins award 10 points, with 2nd-5th-place finishes getting 6 points, 6th-10th 4 points, 11th-15th 2 points and 15th-plus 1 point.
Here is a look at the final “on-track” competition points (from 4/1/17 through 10/31/17):
Cody Haskins - 98 (2 wins, 13 top-5s)
Brett Yackey - 96 (3 wins, 9 top-5s)
Michael Ostdiek - 90 (3 wins, 6 top-5s)
Braison Bennett - 88 (1 win, 11 top-5s)
Cole Butcher - 87 (2 wins, 10 top-5s)
Justin Mondeik - 64 (0 wins, 2 top-5s)
John Peters - 54 (0 wins, 3 top-5s)
For the third and final round of voting, the two regular season judging points were averaged (however, bonus points continued to accrue) and added to the final vote’s judging points. The overall competition points (maximum 150 points for 15 wins) were applied and the driver with the largest points total, Haskins, earned the 2017 Kulwicki Cup championship.
Haskins is the KDDP's third champion and the first from outside of Wisconsin, following Ty Majeski (2015) and Alex Prunty (2016). While he has big shoes to fill, Roberts feels that Haskins is ready to take the next step.
"Cody has achieved a great deal in late model stock car racing throughout the Southeast and I know that he plans on trying to take the next step in his career,” said Roberts. “It's also impressive that he has seen great success working as a mentor and car owner for Jensen and Taylor Jorgensen, both of whom have a bright future in short track racing. While his 2018 plans are not set in stone, we expect big things for Cody. He has a personal drive much like Alan possessed. He knows every nut and bolt on the race car and expects a lot of himself and those around him. A determination like Cody's can only lead to success."
Haskins and the other six members of the 2017 KDDP class will be honored during the organization’s banquet set for Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Highlighting the activities for the evening (which would have been Alan Kulwicki’s 63rd birthday) will be the presentation of the winner’s check for $54,439 and the special KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” Champion’s trophy to Haskins.
While the 2017 season is over, drivers can start applying for the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program today. Please visit www.kulwickiddp.com for the application and additional information. All applications are due on December 31, 2017.
Youth has been served once more in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Christopher Bell, 22, completed an outstanding sophomore campaign by capturing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship following Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
To capture the crown, Bell, who finished second, outdueled fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter (third-place finish), Austin Cindric (fifth) and Matt Crafton (sixth) at the South Florida track.
At 22 years, 11 months, 1 day, Bell is the fourth-youngest champion in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
Scoring a series-high five wins and winning the regular season championship, Bell dominated the 2017 season to earn a second-consecutive spot in the Championship 4. Bell punched his ticket to the playoffs early, winning the second race of the season at Atlanta. From there he continued his winning ways with regular season victories at Texas, Kentucky and Pocono. Bell’s momentum continued in the playoffs, where he captured a win in the playoff opener at New Hampshire.
Bell finished this season with five wins, and series highs in both top fives (15) and top 10s (21).
A former dirt standout, Bell will run fulltime with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018.
Bell’s No. 4 Toyota won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Championship, the fifth consecutive title for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and sixth overall. The No. 4 Toyota also won the owner title in 2015 with driver Erik Jones.
Chase Briscoe captured the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Driving for Brad Keselowski Racing, Briscoe ended the season in stirring fashion, collecting his career-first win, at Homestead, to collect his 10th top five of the season.
Toyota won its record-extended 10th Manufacturers Championship, and fifth in a row. After a strong season that included 12 victories, a single Toyota needed only to start tonight’s race to ensure the title.