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Gentlemen (and Danica) start…your…engines! FOX Sports slams the gas on its 13th season of NASCAR coverage featuring 13 Sprint Cup points races, highlighted by the 55th running of the DAYTONA 500, live on Sunday, Feb. 24 from Daytona International Speedway. Coverage of the “Great American Race” begins that day with a special one-hour prerace program (12:00 - 1:00 PM ET) from FOX’s technologically gifted mobile studio planted in the infield of DIS, the Hollywood Hotel.

The flag officially drops on FOX Sports’ 2013 Speedweeks coverage with the SPRINT UNLIMITED at Daytona, live on Saturday, Feb. 16 in prime time (8:00-10:00 PM ET), followed by live coverage of DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING on Sunday, Feb. 17 (1:00-4:00 PM ET). Prior to the network’s prerace coverage, FOX Sports airs Fusion Evolution presented by Ford, a 30- minute Daytona special beginning at 11:30 AM ET.

One of the biggest stories of the season is the impact that the new Gen-6 car will have on racing. The new body-style for this season’s Fords, Chevrolets and Toyotas feature body panels unique to each manufacturer, making them more recognizable to the car makers’ fans. The Daytona 500 will be the first real test of how the car’s lighter and more aerodynamic body will affect the racing performance on the track.

The dynamic duo of NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and his brother two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip return with host Chris Myers each weekend for FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, the network’s state-of-the-art prerace program. Darrell and former Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds return to the race booth alongside legendary race announcer Mike Joy to provide analysis during races. Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to action in the garages and on pit road. Pit reporters Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda also return to cover teams, drivers and crewmen.

FOX’s 2013 NASCAR schedule is highlighted by races from Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 3; Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 10; Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 17; Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 13; Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 27; Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 5; and the NASCAR on FOX season finale from Dover, Delaware on Sunday, June 2.

FOX Sports’ coverage commands the well-earned distinction as television’s most innovative sports broadcaster. Ranking high among the network’s achievements are honors for its NASCAR coverage. NASCAR on FOX has garnered 15 Emmy Awards for its coverage including three for Outstanding Sports Series (2001, 2005, 2007), five for Outstanding Live Event Audio Sound (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), one for Outstanding Graphic Design (2001), five for Outstanding Technical Team Remote (2001, 2003-05, 2007) and one for Promotional Announcement Episodic for its 2008 marketing campaign.

NASCAR on FOX 2013 Schedule

Date                  Track                                                     Event                             Coverage

Sat. Feb. 16        Daytona Int’l Speedway               Sprint Unlimited                               8:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 17       Daytona Int’l Speedway                Daytona 500 Qualifying                    1:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 24       Daytona Int’l Speedway                Daytona 500                                       12:00 PM

Sun. March 3       Phoenix Int’l Speedway                 NASCAR Racing - Phoenix             2:30 PM

Sun. March 10   Las Vegas Motor Speedway        NASCAR Racing - Las Vegas          2:30 PM

Sun. March 17   Bristol Motor Speedway               NASCAR Racing - Bristol                                 12:30 PM

Sun. March 24   Auto Club Speedway                      NASCAR Racing - Fontana             2:30 PM

Sun. April 7         Martinsville Speedway                  NASCAR Racing - Martinsville      12:30 PM

Sat. April 13        Texas Motor Speedway                                NASCAR Racing - Fort Worth       7:00 PM

Sun. April 21       Kansas Speedway                           NASCAR Racing - Kansas City       12:30 PM

Sat. April 27        Richmond Int’l Raceway                NASCAR Racing - Richmond         7:00 PM

Sun. May 5          Talladega Superspeedway           NASCAR Racing - Talladega          12:00 PM

Sat. May 11         Darlington Raceway                        NASCAR Racing - Darlington        6:00 PM

Sun. May 26       Charlotte Motor Speedway         NASCAR Racing - Charlotte          5:30 PM

Sun. June 2         Dover Int’l Speedway                    NASCAR Racing - Dover                                 12:30 PM

All times Eastern; Schedule subject to change

NASCAR on FOX opens its 13th season with expanded coverage from Daytona, providing live programming across three FOX Sports Media Group networks – FOX Sports, FOX Deportes and SPEED.

The flag officially drops on FOX Sports’ 2013 Speedweeks coverage with the newly named SPRINT UNLIMITED AT DAYTONA, live and in prime time on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET, followed by live coverage of DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Coverage of the DAYTONA 500 on FOX begins Sunday, Feb. 24 with FUSION EVOLUTION PRESENTED BY FORD, a 30-minute special at 11:30 a.m. ET, followed by the traditional one-hour NASCAR on FOX pre-race program, live at noon ET from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ state-of-the-art mobile studio located in the Daytona International Speedway infield. Host Chris Myers is joined by two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and his brother, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip. At 1:00 p.m. ET, Darrell joins NASCAR on FOX race announcer Mike Joy and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds in calling the 55th running of the “Great American Race.”

“We’re extremely excited to begin the 2013 season with a renewed, long-term commitment to NASCAR,” said FSMG Co-President and CEO Eric Shanks. “NASCAR has been an important part of the FOX Sports family for many years, and will be for many years to come. In addition to the award-winning coverage fans have grown to expect from FOX Sports and SPEED, we’re excited to present NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in Spanish on FOX Deportes, another first in what has been more than a decade of firsts.”

This season, FOX Deportes, the No. 1 sports network in Spanish, offers coverage of 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, seven live, including the DAYTONA 500. In addition, FOX Deportes Speedweeks coverage also includes the SPRINT UNLIMITED and DAYTONA 500 qualifying as part of a deal reached last summer. Jorge Koechlin and Tony Rivera call the action on-track, while FOX Deportes produces original NASCAR-related programs specifically for its Latino fan base. This series is complemented by daily NASCAR news segmentson Central FOX, the network’s signature news, highlights and information program and No. 1 sports news program on Spanish cable.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver the NASCAR experience and culture to US Latinos and there is no better way to start our partnership than with coverage of the Daytona 500,” said Vincent Cordero, EVP and General Manager of FOX Deportes.

SPEED opens its coverage from Daytona on Feb. 14 with a NASCAR Race Hub special from Daytona Speedweeks Media Day. In addition to covering practice and qualifying sessions, SPEED is once again home to the BUDWEISER DUEL and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES opener from Daytona.

Major events from 2013 Daytona Speedweeks from the FOX Sports Media Group family of networks (all times Eastern and subject to change):

Feb. 14

  • NASCAR Race Hub – Media Day Special (SPEED, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Feb. 15

  • • Sprint Unlimited practice (SPEED, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE)
  • • Sprint Unlimited final practice (SPEED, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., LIVE)

Feb. 16

  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., LIVE)
  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., LIVE)
  • ARCA Racing Series race (SPEED, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE)
  • NASCAR RaceDay – Sprint Unlimited (SPEED, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., LIVE)
  • Sprint Unlimited (FOX & FOX Deportes, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., LIVE)

Feb. 17

  • Daytona 500 Qualifying (FOX & FOX Deportes, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., LIVE)
  • • Sprint Unlimited Replay (SPEED, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Taped)

Feb. 20

  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, Noon to 1:30, LIVE)
  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (SPEED, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., LIVE)

Feb. 21

  • • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice (SPEED, Noon to 1 p.m., LIVE)
  • NASCAR RaceDay – Budweiser Duel (SPEED, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., LIVE)
  • NASCAR Budweiser Duel (SPEED, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, LIVE)
  • • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (SPEED, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., LIVE)

Feb. 22

  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 11 a.m. to Noon, LIVE)
  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (SPEED, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30, LIVE)
  • • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (SPEED, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., LIVE)
  • NCWTS Setup (SPEED, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., LIVE)
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (SPEED, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., LIVE)

Feb. 23

  • • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (SPEED, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, LIVE)

Feb. 24

  • NASCAR RaceDay – Daytona 500 (SPEED, 9 a.m. to Noon, LIVE)
  • • FOX Daytona 500 Special (11:30 a.m. to Noon)
  • FOX NASCAR Sunday – Daytona 500 (FOX, Noon to 1 p.m., LIVE)
  • 55th Running of the Daytona 500 (FOX & FOX Deportes 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., LIVE)

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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Darrell Wallace, Jr. will run a full season schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra.


“I can’t wait to get started,” said Wallace. “I appreciate everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports for working this out and providing me the opportunity to compete for Rookie of the Year and the Championship in the Truck Series. Having the opportunity to run a full season in the Tundra is exciting. I also appreciate NASCAR for the work they’ve been doing to help drivers like me get these opportunities. Toyota has been a great partner with JGR on their diversity efforts as well and I look forward to continuing our relationship with them. I can’t wait to get on the track at Daytona.”


Wallace has impressed at each level he has competed and 2013 will mark the first time he will race in the truck series. Last year, the 19-year-old made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with four starts that included three top ten finishes and his first pole award at Dover International Raceway.


“This is exciting for Darrell, for Joe Gibbs Racing and really for NASCAR I believe,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “NASCAR has made tremendous progress through their diversity program and we started our diversity program 10 years ago with Reggie White in hopes of providing opportunities to drivers we think have the ability to grow in our sport. Toyota has been a great partner for us in those efforts and will continue to have a big role with Darrell. We have a great deal of confidence in Darrell and this is a big step in his career.”


Wallace spent three seasons competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East from 2010-2012. He would make history when in the first race of the 2010 season he became the Series’ youngest and first African American to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Wallace would also earn Series’ Rookie of the Year honors that season.


“Having Darrell run a full season along with Joey Coulter gives us two young exciting drivers to help further grow our program” said Kyle Busch. “I’ve had the opportunity to race with Darrell and he has proven himself at each level. I can’t wait to see him in one of our Tundras.”



Five legends of stock car auto racing were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention. Four were NASCAR pioneers, building the sport during its formative years; the other ushered it into modern times and its exploding popularity.

Combined, they make the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s a group with talents that run the gamut necessary for NASCAR excellence: Unparalleled driving skills; team unifying and talent evaluating ownership prowess; a brilliant mechanical mind.

Here are the five new members, a group that pushes the total number of NASCAR Hall of Famers to 20.

Buck Baker – a two-time NASCAR premier series champion in 1956-57, the first to ever win back-to-back titles in NASCAR’s top level. Cotton Owens – a master of two crafts, that of driver and owner. Herb Thomas – the first driver to win multiple championships in NASCAR’s premier series. Rusty Wallace –  the 1989 NASCAR premier series champion and a 55-time race winner. Leonard Wood – legendary engine builder, mechanic and crew chief for the Wood Brothers.

Baker, a 46-time winner, joined the ranks of NASCAR royalty after becoming the first driver to capture consecutive championships in NASCAR’s premier series. He earned his first championship driving cars for legendary owner Carl Kiekhaefer; he won his second driving his own cars. Baker passed his immense driving talent to his son Buddy, who himself won 19 times in the premier series. Buddy Baker inducted his father during tonight’s ceremony.

"Buck always made an impression on people, good or bad," said widow Susan Baker, who accepted the induction on Baker’s behalf. Buck Baker passed away in 2002. "If you ever met him, you never forgot him. It was never boring being married to Buck, either. He could make me laugh like no one else could, and he had that same effect on others."

Owens joins Junior Johnson as NASCAR Hall of Famers who excelled as both driver and owner. The Union, S.C., native won nine times as a driver in NASCAR’s premier series, and won more than 100 more races in NASCAR’s Modified division. The latter feat earned him the moniker of “King of the Modifieds.” He wore the crown in the NASCAR premier series as an owner in 1966, winning the championship with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson.

“I know this is a biased opinion, but in our family’s book, there was no better racer than Cotton Owens,” said Kyle Davis, Owens’ grandson, who accepted the induction on his grandfather’s behalf. Owens passes away last year. “My grandfather was one of the most humble, most loyal and hardest working men I’ve ever met. He took great pride in the fact that he could build a race car from the ground up … engine, chassis, transmission, you name it … drive it to the race track and then drive it to Victory Lane. He was a wizard at both turning wrenches and behind the wheel.”

Herb Thomas was one of NASCAR’s first superstars thanks to his premier series championships in 1951 and 1953. Becoming the first driver to win multiple championships, Thomas laid the groundwork for a record-setting career. His 48 victories in 228 starts translates to a winning percentage of 21.05 percent, a NASCAR premier series record.

Thomas’ son Joel accepted the induction on his behalf.

“I truly believe this is the greatest honor a driver could receive,” Joel Thomas said. Herb Thomas passed away in 2000. “My father would have been very honored and humbled in receiving this recognition. ... Thank you all for helping him reach his dreams. Thank you to all of his fans for cheering him on and keeping his memories alive.”

Ninth on the all-time premier series wins list, Rusty Wallace enjoyed one of the most successful careers in modern-day NASCAR. Wallace won the 1989 premier series championship a season after finishing second in the final points standings. For 16 consecutive seasons, from 1986-2001, Wallace scored at least one win per season. That’s tied for the third-longest streak in history.

"I look out in this crowd and I see some of the biggest stars in history,” said an emotional Wallace. “I am humbled that I’m standing up here, and I just can’t thank everybody enough for selecting me to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame."

Leonard Wood again joins his brother Glen, this time in the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Glen was inducted last year). Leonard served as chief mechanic for the Wood Brothers his entire career, winning a total of 94 races with some of biggest names in NASCAR history including brother Glen, Marvin Panch, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough.

“It’s certainly a high honor to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, especially right behind my brother, Glen, and two of our former drivers, David [Pearson] and Cale [Yarborough],” Wood said. “Glen and I always did things together, we learned together and we won together.”

Each of the five inductees had an inductor who officially welcomed them into the hall. The inductors for the five inductees: Herb Thomas was inducted by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett; Cotton Owens was inducted by his former driver NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson; Leonard Wood was inducted by his nephew and Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood; Buck Baker was inducted by his son Buddy Baker; Rusty Wallace was inducted by his son Greg Wallace.

Active drivers introduced each inductee video during tonight’s program. The list of drivers who participated: Carl Edwards for Herb Thomas; Mark Martin for Cotton Owens; Jeff Gordon for Buck Baker; Brad Keselowski for Rusty Wallace; and Trevor Bayne for Leonard Wood.

Prior to tonight’s Induction Ceremony was the presentation of the inaugural Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, awarded to namesakes Ken Squier and Barney Hall.

Squier, co-founder of Motor Racing Network, is perhaps best-known for his work during the 1979 Daytona 500, a milestone moment for the entire sport, as Squier’s voice on CBS welcomed millions to the first live flag-to-flag coverage of "The Great American Race" – a moniker he coined.

Squier proceeded to call races for CBS and TBS until 1997 before shifting to the studio as host for NASCAR broadcasts until 2000. Squier continues to enlighten NASCAR fans to this day, mostly through special appearances on SPEED.

Hall began his career in the 1950s working at local radio stations in North Carolina and served as Bristol Motor Speedway’s first public address announcer when the track opened. He called his first Daytona 500 in 1960, and has missed only three broadcasts in the 54-year history of The Great American Race. He joined MRN as an original announcer at the network’s inception in 1970, first as a turn announcer and then moving to the booth in the late 1970s where he has been a fixture ever since at race tracks from coast to coast. 


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation announced Friday, Feb. 8 its support for proposed legislation in the Indiana General Assembly focused on strengthening the state's position as the Racing Capital of the World and creating benefits for economic development in the tourism, hospitality and motorsports industries.

State Senator Michael Young (R-Speedway) is expected to introduce legislation Monday, Feb. 11 which will create an Indiana Motorsports Investment District that will capture state sales, income and corporate taxes at the commercial property that includes IMS for future investment in the Speedway.

"IMS is an enormous, 100-year-old facility. In addition to the many annual projects to maintain it, we need to make the Speedway more flexible, more modern and better positioned to attract more fans to IMS and Indiana," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "In addition to funding contributed by IMS, the Motorsports Investment District will use dollars generated at IMS to enable the fan experience at the Speedway to continue to be the most enjoyable in motorsport."

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in new racing facilities, combined with upgrades at existing tracks that are publicly financed. This legislation is needed to ensure Indiana remains competitive and maintains its position as a driver for the motorsports economy.

The Purdue Center for Regional Development released in September 2012 a report on the impact of motorsports in Indiana that showed the industry touches 91 of 92 counties in the state and includes 23,000 direct jobs that pay an average wage of nearly $63,000, which is $13,000 more than the average state wage. In fact, a study commissioned by IMS, to be released next week, indicates that 6,100 of those jobs are directly or indirectly related to IMS or INDYCAR racing and contribute nearly $300 million to the Indiana economy.

"It is clear motorsports plays an important role in the success of the Indiana economy, and there is no place in the world better identified with our industry than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Tom Weisenbach, Indiana Motorsports Association executive director. "This is an economic development initiative that will strengthen our tourism and hospitality industries and also help grow our state's economy."

According to the legislative proposal, at least $70 million in significant capital improvements would be made at IMS, using funding from a new Indiana Motorsports Investment District and investments made by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Potential projects that could be implemented by IMS because of this legislation include installing lights for night events at the 2.5-mile oval, the addition of high-definition video boards, LED scoring and information boards, technological upgrades designed for increased fan communication, structural renovations to stands, upgrades to seating and restrooms, and infrastructure improvements to parking, tunnels, gates and fan access points.

IMS officials indicated that the Motorsports Investment District as proposed would not financially impact the local school funding formula because it would not be funded through property tax collections.


The seventh season of ESPN2’s NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will get the green flag on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. ET with a program originating from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

The fourth class of five NASCAR legends will be inducted into the Hall that night, including ESPN analyst and 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace. Also being inducted are famed mechanic Leonard Wood, the late team owner/mechanic Cotton Owens and the late Buck Baker and Herb Thomas, both former driving champions.

Allen Bestwick will host the NASCAR Now Hall of Fame program, joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Ray Evernham. Wallace and Wood are expected to appear.

NASCAR Now will resume its daily schedule on Monday, Feb. 11, with at least five programs per week originating from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Ct.

In a move that allows NASCAR Now to join the strong company of many of ESPN’s other sport-specific studio shows such as Baseball Tonight, NBA Tonight and College Basketball Live, the program will air in West Coast prime time in 2013. Viewers should check their local listings for the NASCAR Now airtime each day.

When the NASCAR season gets underway later this month, a one-hour weekend edition will also air on the morning of each NASCAR Sprint Cup race and NASCAR Now will air a weekend primetime wrap-up edition starting with the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in September.  

New this year for NASCAR Now will be segments throughout the season with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana. The Montoya and Logano segments, which will usually air in the race-morning editions of the program, will show fans where the drivers’ passions lie outside of racing, what they do to relax and what motivates them in life. The Pastrana segments will usually air on the weekday show focusing in on his on-track performance.

Mike Massaro, Nicole Briscoe, Marty Reid, Shannon Spake and Bestwick will be ongoing hosts of NASCAR Now again this season, with ESPN SportsCenter anchors Lindsay Czarniak and Jonathan Coachman also occasionally hosting. Marty Smith will again be the lead reporter with Briscoe, Massaro, Spake, Jim Noble and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee also reporting from the field.

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner Ricky Craven will continue as an analyst for NASCAR Now with regular contributions from Jarrett, Wallace, Evernham and analysts Andy Petree and Brad Daugherty. motorsports writers Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton also will make appearances on the program throughout the season.

A special three-hour edition of NASCAR Now will air on Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon on ESPNEWS with coverage from Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. Briscoe will host from the studio, joined for analysis by Craven, with Massaro conducting interviews on-site at the speedway. 

NASCAR Now will originate from Daytona for four shows surrounding the Daytona 500. In past years, NASCAR Now also has originated from remote locations including the White House, Chicago’s Navy Pier, race team headquarters and other racetracks.

NASCAR Now and all of ESPN’s NASCAR programming also is available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the free WatchESPN app, which are accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated provider.


Front Row Motorsports will take the green flag on the 2013 season with another new partner.  Love's Travel Stops will sponsor Front Row Motorsports for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500.  The travel center's colors will adorn David Gilliland's No. 38 Ford for the "Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway later this month, David Ragan's No. 34 Ford at Texas Motor Speedway in April, and a third race to be determined.


Love's Travel Stops, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., is family-owned and operated with more than 290 locations in 39 states and is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies.


"The partnership with Front Row Motorsports is an exciting one, and NASCAR is a great place to showcase our brand and introduce our new loyalty platform," said Dave Frankenfield, Love's director of marketing. "Love's is known for highly visible locations and friendly team members who serve drivers on the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week across the country, and now we're rolling out a new rewards program. Many of our customers are passionate race fans, and so are we. We look forward to cheering on the Love's MyLoveRewards car as it crosses the finish line."


Team owner Bob Jenkins sees the pairing of Front Row Motorsports and Love's as a natural partnership.


"Everybody knows that NASCAR fans are the most brand-loyal fans in the world," Jenkins said.  "With Love's Travel Stops all over the country, it makes for a pretty easy decision for race fans to choose where they're going to stop for their fuel and convenience items.  We're pretty happy that Love's sees the value in our team in how we can connect them with NASCAR's fan base."


The Feb. 24 Daytona 500 will draw extra attention this year, with the race being the first to showcase the new "Gen-6" car of the Sprint Cup Series.  The remodeled cars, including Ford's Fusions, feature several unique changes, including a look more representative of production models seen on the street.


Both the Daytona and Texas races will be broadcast live on FOX





Turner Scott Motorsports announced today that Nelson Piquet Jr., the first Brazilian to win in one of NASCAR's top-three series, will run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2013. The 27-year-old will pilot the No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro, marking his first full-time NNS season and making him the first Brazilian to compete full time at the Nationwide level. Piquet Jr. will continue his long-standing relationship with crew chief Chris Carrier, who will lead the No. 30 team from atop the pit box. Piquet Jr. will also extend his partnerships with Qualcomm, Autotrac and TAG Heuer Eyewear, while welcoming Worx and Delavaco Capital Inc. on board as new sponsors in 2013.

Piquet Jr. has competed in a total of four NNS events, earning a top-10 in his series debut at Watkins Glen International in 2010. The Brasilia, Brazil native earned his first NNS pole and win at Road America in 2012, only his third start in the series. The event also secured Piquet Jr. as the first Brazilian to win a Nationwide pole, as well as the first Brazilian to win in one of NASCAR's top-three series.


The son of three-time Formula One champion Nelson Piquet, Piquet Jr. made his NASCAR debut in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, where he earned an impressive sixth-place finish. After competing in five races that season, Piquet Jr. added two full-time NCWTS seasons to his resume, the second of which was with Turner Scott Motorsports. In 52 career NCWTS starts, Piquet Jr. has tallied two wins (Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2012), 15 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. Piquet Jr. also has one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway, which he scored in March of 2012, earning him the title of the first foreign-born driver to win at the Tennessee short track.


"I am very happy to be returning with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013, and incredibly excited to be making the move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series" said Piquet Jr. "I said from the very beginning of my NASCAR career that I wanted to go about it the right way and progress through the ranks when the time was right; that I wouldn't rush. I feel that 2012 was a really fantastic season for me and it provided me with the opportunity to go to the next level. I'm very excited about the challenge of the Nationwide Series, and I know that I'm going to be doing it running for one of the best teams in the sport. I'm very grateful to Turner Scott Motorsports and our new partners that have come on board to make this full-time Nationwide season possible."


"We are proud to continue our relationship with Nelson [Piquet Jr.] in 2013, and we are pleased to be the team where he will take his career to the next level," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "Nelson was tremendously successful last season and he has proven to be an asset to Turner Scott Motorsports. He and Chris Carrier are a really good match, and we're glad we can give them a chance to bring that chemistry to the Nationwide Series. We have what is arguably the strongest lineup our Nationwide program has ever had, and we feel very confident that Turner Scott Motorsports will be hoisting the trophy in Homestead."


The NASCAR Nationwide Series season kicks off on Saturday, February 23rd with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway where Worx will debut as primary sponsor of the No. 30 Chevrolet.





Richard Childress Racing has signed 21-year-old Dakoda Armstrong to drive in five races during the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

Armstrong is scheduled to pilot RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro at Auto Club Speedway (March 23). He will then drive the No. 21 Camaro at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (September 21) and a fifth race to be named later. The New Castle, Ind., native has one previous start in the Nationwide Series, qualifying 19th and finishing 25th in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


"I'm really looking forward to driving for a proven winner such as Richard Childress Racing," said Armstrong. "We feel NASCAR's American Ethanol partnership through RCR and my family's extensive farming background makes a great fit. We are excited to show how a fourth generation farmer can activate a great marketing strategy to the agricultural industry to help grow their business."


Armstrong won three races and earned one pole in 33 starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards from 2009 to 2011. He raced the full ARCA Series schedule in 2010, finished seventh in the point standings and earned rookie of the year honors. In 2004, at just 13 and in his rookie season, he was crowned the youngest USAC Kenyon Midget Series champion.


"Dakoda is a great talent with a lot of potential and will be a solid addition to our line-up of young drivers," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Our expectations for him are high, just as they are for all of our drivers. The tracks we've chosen for Dakoda to compete will give him the opportunity to show his talent behind the wheel and his potential to take his career to the next level."



As part of its ongoing efforts to make it easier for fans to see races, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced that beginning with Budweiser Speedweeks 2013, race fans can now select Bill Me Later, a PayPal service, as a payment option for ordering tickets online.

Bill Me Later is an easy, convenient, and secure way to purchase tickets for any of Daytona International Speedway’s major motorsports events.

With Bill Me Later, race fans can buy tickets valued at $99 or more now, but pay for them over time thanks to 6 months financing* from Bill Me Later. It’s a secure, instant, and reusable credit line.



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