CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion – “This is not the interview I wanted to do after the race. Our Subway Fusion was pretty good. I was having a lot of fun driving. I love this race track, but it looks like a piston or something. It started making noise about 25-30 laps ago and it’s just hard to put into words. That’s just how our season has been going and I don’t know what the reason is. We treat these engines like gold and we hardly ever have engine troubles. These guys do a great job – Doug Yates and everyone at Roush Yates Engines – but we’ll go to Richmond and go win that race and somehow maybe a miracle will happen. We’ll make the Chase and go win this championship. That’s our mission.”
WHAT CAN YOU SAY? “I don’t even know what to say. That’s so fitting for how our year has been going. The car was running pretty well. I was having a lot of fun. We were tuning it in and it was getting better and better as the night went on. The pit crew was almost flawless tonight . They did a really good job, but I heard the engine making a little bit of noise about 30-40 laps ago and was kind of in denial. I thought, ‘No, it’s OK. It’s alright,’ and then finally it looks like a piston broke or something like that. I don’t know what to say. Somebody is trying to teach me something here. I hope we get all of this out of our system soon because it sure is fun to go win these races and be in the hunt. This is not fun.”
WERE YOU AWARE STEWART WAS HAVING PROBLEMS AND YOU COULD HAVE BEEN WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE NEXT WEEK? “Yeah, and I don’t know. We could still be within distance. Anything can happen. I don’t ever quit and this team doesn’t ever quit, but, man, that’s getting kicked when you’re down right there. That’s not what we needed, but we’ve got big shoulders. If there’s anybody that can take it, we’ll take it and we’ll go out and do our very best. Like they say, a bad day at the race is better than a good day doing almost anything else. I really enjoyed the race tonight. I had a good time and I’m just trying to come to grips with how pivotal this is for our season, how bad it is, but that’s just the way it is.”
YOU WERE COACHING THE TEAM FROM INSIDE THE CAR. “Yeah, we don’t give up. We won’t quit. I told my wife today, ‘There’s something in Vegas I’m not supposed to go do.’ I mean, I just can’t believe this. We’ve never had this bad of luck. I’ve been trying to live right and do the right things, so I hope there’s a reason for all of this, but, man, it’s just so frustrating. It’s so amazing how many things can compound and go bad, but we’re still standing up and everybody is alright. We’ll go racing at Richmond for the win. There’s no better place. This is as good as it gets and Richmond is almost as good as this place for us.”
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A quick note to all of our fans regarding Office Depot…
When we formed Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of 2008, Office Depot was the first partner to join our team. We became immersed in their business, and they became equally engaged in our business. Strong B2B relationships were fostered off the track, and on the track our partnership culminated with the 2011 Sprint Cup championship.
We remain proud of all that we accomplished together, and are committed to seeing this relationship through by defending the championship we won together and by continuing to act on Office Depot’s behalf in the representation of small businesses everywhere.
Statement from - Stewart-Haas Racing
To all Office Depot and Tony Stewart fans - the bottom line is we LOVE Tony Stewart. He's been a fantastic partner for Office Depot. But we are in a very challenging economy and have been working really hard to improve our business for our customers. We are just not able to continue for next year at the same level of primary sponsorship of the #14 car that we have today. Tony means a lot to Office Depot and the relationship we have built these past four years is about more than our name and logo being on his race car. No matter what, the Office Depot family will always be with Smoke.
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Three local gold medalists from the 2012 Olympics visited Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday for the AdvoCare 500. DeeDee Trotter (Ellenwood, Ga.), Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and Jamie Lynn Gray (Columbus, Ga.) will spend race day at AMS taking pace car rides, touring Victory Lane, attending the Speedway Children’s Charities memorabilia auction and taking in tonight’s spectacular racing action.
Trotter was a member of the 4x400 relay team that won the gold medal this summer in London, and she also won a bronze medal in the 400 meters. She was also a member of the 2004 4x400 gold-medal relay team, a three-time World Champion in the 4x400 relay and a three-time 400 meter USA Champion. She attended Cedar Grove High School and just flew back home Friday from Europe, where she had three more competitions following the Olympics.
“Of course, NASCAR is huge, so you can’t not know anything about it, but I’ve never experienced it at this level,” Trotter said. “But I love cars, and obviously I have a need for speed, whether it’s using my feet or in a car, and I definitely feel the adrenaline already. My heart is starting to pound because it’s just going to be so fast. I’m looking forward to being so close to the action.”
Another NASCAR rookie, Gray set an Olympic record en route to a gold medal in the 50-meter three-position Women’s Rifle event. She lives near Columbus, Ga., and is an assistant rifle coach for the Columbus State University Rifle Team.
She’s been around the speedway all weekend, participating in Speedway Children’s Charities events such as the skeet shoot and track walk.
“I had no idea what a big production a race was,” Gray said. “I knew it was cars going in a circle, but I had no idea everything else that was going on. To see what is happening behind the scenes is amazing.”
For Eatonton, Ga., native Hancock, racing has always been part of his family’s vernacular, so the spectacle of this weekend’s AdvoCare 500 is nothing new. In fact, as a two-time gold medal winner in skeet shooting (2008 and 2012), Hancock was welcomed as a guest at AMS after his first gold four years ago. But that doesn’t make his visit any less exciting for this avid race fan.
“I grew up on racing and have been to several tracks, but Atlanta is my favorite,” Hancock said. “I love how fast this place is.”
A 23-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army, Hancock hopes to meet five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson during his visit this weekend.
“He treat fans so well, and it’s amazing all that he’s won and all that he’s done,” Hancock said. “That takes a lot of mental toughness, and I definitely appreciate his accomplishments.”
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- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Kevin Harvick), fourth (Elliott Sadler) and sixth (Austin Dillon).
- Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by 12 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish ranks third, with Dillon fourth in the standings, trailing his RCR teammate by 37 points.
- The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, five points shy of the No. 18 team's lead, with the No. 3 team fifth in the standings and the No. 33 team seventh.
- Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
- According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Harvick led the field in Average Running Position (1.405), Driver Rating (144.2), Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (172.217 mph), Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (166.806 mph), Fastest Laps Run (94), Fastest on Restarts (169.571 mph), Green Flag Speed (169.662 mph) and Laps Led (157).
- Sadler maintained the Fastest Speed in Traffic (168.211 mph) throughout the 195-lap race and had the third-highest Driver Rating (115.6).
- Dillon made 57 Green Flag Passes, ranking him second, and posted the Fastest Lap of the Race for five circuits.
- Stenhouse earned his fourth Nationwide Series victory of the season and was followed to the finish line by Brad Keselowski, Harvick, Sadler and Justin Allgaier.
- The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Sept. 7. The 25th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Fourth-Place Finish for Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial Team at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team earned a fourth-place finish under the lights in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The green flag dropped on the NRA American Warriors 300 with Sadler starting from the seventh position and wasted little time moving into the fourth position before the first lap was completed. Running in the top five early in the race, the Emporia, Va., driver relayed to the pit crew that he felt that he was using the right-rear tire too much, and the No. 2 Chevrolet was too tight in the entry of the corners. Throughout several scheduled pit stops during the 195-lap event, the Luke Lambert-led crew serviced the No. 2 machine with four tires, fuel and a series of chassis adjustments to alleviate the tight-handling on entry. Sadler battled to the third-position by lap 170 when he came down pit road for a green-flag pit stop. The OneMain Financial team bolted on four tires, added fuel and made a slight chassis adjustment, positioning the No. 2 Chevrolet on track in the seventh position after the field cycled through stops. A large wreck behind the blue and white Chevrolet on lap 187 halted the race, and NASCAR officials displayed the red flag to remove debris from the race track, with Sadler listed in the fifth position. Lining up to for the restart, Sadler moved up to the fourth position, where he would cross the finish line for the team's 11th top-five finish of the 2012 season. Sadler remains the leader of the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 12 points ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Start - 7 Finish - 4 Laps Led - 0 Points - 1
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
"I am so proud of this OneMain Financial team this weekend. This team never gives up, and we had a great car this weekend. We just couldn't hold up on the long runs tonight. We improved on our finish last season here at Atlanta (Motor Speedway), and we continue to show consistency with our second top-five finish in a row. I'm really looking forward to moving onto my home track of Richmond (International Raceway) next weekend."
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Team Earn a Sixth-Place Finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in the NRA American Warriors 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, securing the team's 18th top-10 finish of the 2012 season. Dillon started the 300-mile race from the ninth position and struggled with a loose-handling condition on his No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet until the first round of green-flag pit stops on lap 48 afforded the team an opportunity to make sweeping air pressure and chassis adjustments to correct the handling issues. Dillon showcased speed in the black No. 3 Chevrolet following the pit stop, and although he was running in the top 10, he fell one lap down to the race leader during a long green-flag run in which allowed only seven cars remained on the lead lap. After earning the "Lucky Dog" award on lap 81, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender returned to the lead lap and raced his way into the top three. The AdvoCare Chevrolet was scored in the third position for a late-race restart on lap 192 but dropped to sixth in the closing laps following a hard charge from teams with fresher tires. Dillon remains fourth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.
Start - 9 Finish - 6 Laps Led - 0 Points - 4
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE: "What a crazy race. There was a lot of slipping and sliding out there. The AdvoCare Chevrolet was not handling very well at the beginning of the race but we worked together as a team and recovered well. The car was great towards the end of the race and we had a good shot at a top-three finish. I'm proud of Danny Stockman and the entire team for their hard work tonight."
Kevin Harvick and the Bad Boy Buggies Team Experience Disappointing Third-Place Finish After Dominating in NASCAR Nationwide Series Event at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies team brought home a disappointing third-place finish in the NRA American Warriors 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after leading 157 laps and dominating the 300-mile event Saturday night. The Bakersfield, Calif., native started the NASCAR Nationwide Series event from the third position and worked his way to the front of the field by lap 18. As the race progressed, Harvick continued to extend his lead over the field creating a 15-second gap over the second-place car when NASCAR officials displayed the yellow flag for the third caution period on lap 66. As green-flag racing resumed, the two-time Nationwide Series champion continued to lead the field around the 1.54-mile track until lap 120 when Harvick brought the Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Multiple cars opted to stay on track during the caution period, positioning Harvick sixth for the lap-126 restart. With a bold move on the race track, Harvick regained the lead by lap 127 and maintained his position until the green-white-checkered finish when a two-car tandem with new tires slid by the Bad Boy Buggies machine on the final lap, leaving Harvick to settle for a third-place finish.
Start - 3 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 157 Owner Points - 7
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"We obviously had the dominate race car tonight, but didn't get the finish we should have. The Bad Boy Buggies team worked hard all weekend and deserved the win. We'll move on from this and turn our focus to next week's race at Richmond (International Raceway)."
Danica Patrick's GoDaddy.com No. 7 Chevy is going "pink" in honor of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign next month. The hot pink car is set to be revealed today in Atlanta. It's the car Danica plans to drive in NASCAR's upcoming Nationwide Series race in Charlotte October 12.
The idea is to generate buzz for The National Breast Cancer Foundation and it's a team effort. Go Daddy and JR Motorsports are sponsoring the pink-themed car as part of the Chase Authentics' "Check Your Headlights" program, which works to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and education. Each year some 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those, 40,000 succumb to the disease, according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
"I love the idea of a pink car to help raise awareness about breast cancer. The No. 7 Chevy is known for its iconic Go Daddy green color ... I think the pink car will pop and attract attention for a good cause," Danica said. "We all know someone who has been impacted by this disease and NASCAR fans are so passionate, I know they'll step up to help the cause."
Go Daddy, the world's largest provider of Web hosting and domain name registrations, is also donating money to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, along with the Public Interest Registry which manages .ORG domain names. A $50,000 donation is planned as part of the program in Charlotte next month.
"We are fortunate to be in a position to help others -- awareness and prevention are keys to 'beating breast cancer,'" said Go Daddy's Marketing Vice President Teri D'Hooge, whose own family is dealing with the devastating disease. "Women's health has been a cornerstone of Go Daddy's charity work over the years. We think this campaign is especially powerful because it plays off of Danica and NASCAR in a fun, non-conventional way. Now we hope NASCAR fans will help get more people talking about the breast cancer battle, which unfortunately has touched so many families."
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, Chase Authentics and JR Motorsports will feature a "Check Your Headlights" line of apparel and products. A portion of the proceeds go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. To learn more about the "Check Your Headlights" campaign, visit: www.NASCAR.com/CheckYourHeadlights.
You can watch Danica drive her hot pink No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet October 12 in the NASCAR Nationwide race presented by GoDaddy.com on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Austin Hill will make his second start for MacDonald Motorsports this Monday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. After qualifying 13th and finishing 18th at Columbus Motor Speedway earlier this season, Hill will look to earn his first top-10 finish in the K&N Pro Series Monday driving the A&D Welding/Overnight Wraps No. 49 for MacDonald Motorsports.
“I’m really looking forward the race on Monday at Greenville-Pickens and proud to be driving the A&D Welding/Overnight Wraps No. 49 for MacDonald Motorsports,” explained Austin. “After testing there last week, I really think we have a shot for a top-5 finish if things go our way.’
Austin Hill, from Winston, Georgia, is a very experienced legends racer with multiple track championships and wins. He is the 2008 Legends Semi-Pro Summer Shootout Champion and the 2009 Legends Pro Champion at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In recent years, Hill has competed in a number of late model races across the South East, including the prestigious World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park. This summer racing in the Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Austin qualified on the outside of the front row and ran an excellent race, finishing second against one of the toughest fields in legends racing history.
“Austin did an excellent job for us earlier this year at Columbus,” explained team owner, Jeni Macdonald. “Now with a race under his belt, I think he will really impress some people on Monday. He was really quick in testing there last week.”
Fans in the Greenville area are encouraged to come out to Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Monday. The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will take the green flag on Monday at approximately 6PM ET.
Fans can keep up with everything on the MacDonald Motorsports K&N Pro Series team on facebook and twitter @mms81_pr.
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Fans attending the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Racewayon Saturday, September 8, will once again be able to take advantage of the “Park and Ride” shuttle program from downtown Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum parking lot and The Showplace parking lot on Mechanicsville Turnpike. The shuttle service, which is only available on Saturday, September 8, allows fans to park their vehicles at either location and use the free shuttle service to the main gate of America’s Premier Short Track.
The Richmond Coliseum parking area at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond opens and begins offering free shuttle rides to fans at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. The shuttle service back to the Coliseum parking area resumes immediately after the conclusion of the Federated Auto Parts 400 race from the track’s main entrance. The shuttle is free, but a $6 parking fee applies at the Coliseum lot.
The Richmond Coliseum parking area is conveniently located less than five minutes from the intersections of I-95 and I-64. To see a detailed map of the Richmond Coliseum area visit: http://www.rir.com/About-The-Track/Seating-Chart-and-Maps/Shuttle-Map.aspx.
Fans can also park their cars and RVs at The Showplace and take a free shuttle ride to Richmond International Raceway. The Showplace is conveniently located less than three miles from Richmond International Raceway at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike and is just ¼-mile off of I-64 at exit 192.
The cost for parking at The Showplace on Saturday, September 10 is $10 per car and $25 per RV. The complimentary shuttle to and from the track begins at Noon and operates continuously with pick-up and drop-off points at The Showplace and the main entrance to Richmond International Raceway at Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. To see a detailed map of The Showplace area visit: http://www.rir.com/About-The-Track/Seating-Chart-and-Maps/Shuttle-Map.aspx. Fans can also contact The Showplace at 804-225-8877 with any questions.
Girls, have at it! When racing returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11, the ladies of NASCAR will add their own element of speed, danger and fun to Bank of America 500 Week when they take to the frontstretch quarter-mile for the second annual Better Half Dash on Bojangles' Pole Night.
The charity race, supporting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Speedway Children’s Charities, will pit the women of NASCAR against each other in Bandolero race cars provided by U.S. Legend Cars International.
To date, the entry list for this year’s Better Half Dash includes defending champion Jacquelyn Butler, fiancée of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan; Angie Skinner, wife of 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner; Michelle Gilliland, wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland; Patricia Driscoll, girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch; Ashley Allgaier, wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Justin Allgaier; Kristen Yeley, wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver J.J. Yeley; SPEED TV reporter Wendy Venturrini; and Melanie Self, representing MRO.
“The Better Half Dash was so much fun last year," Butler said. "It was a great trial run for the inaugural race. I thought it was a very successful and entertaining event for the fans and a great way to let everyone know how much MRO and Speedway Children's Charities means to the NASCAR community. I am so excited for this years BHD race, we have some exciting things planned to make it even more entertaining for the fans.”
The Better Half Dash will be a 25-lap race, with a competition caution set for Lap 15. A random inversion will shake up the field before the final 10-lap shootout. Caution laps will not count. If necessary, there will be up to two chances at a green-white-checkered finish. The starting order for the race will be determined by qualifying on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While the better half takes the wheel, her significant other will serve as crew chief and spotter for the race, but drivers and crew members are not permitted to make any engine, chassis or suspension modifications.
Butler said there is added pressuring to do well this year after her success at last year's Better Half Dash race.
"This is the one thing David get's to watch me be competitive at, and we are competitive people," she said. "I want to make him proud and at least finish in the top three."
The winning driver will receive $10,000 to be paid to the charity or charities of her choice.
Better Half Dash practice sessions are scheduled for Sept. 18 from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m. and before qualifying on Oct. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. All practice sessions will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Updates on the race and entrants can be found at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or motorracingoutreach.com or by following #BetterHalfDash on Twitter.
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