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Fast and Fun Facts...
This weekend's UNOH 200 will mark the 14th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at BMS. In 12 previous starts, Hornaday is the only active NCWTS driver that has been to victory lane in the "Thunder Valley" (1997, 1998)     
 Three drivers have won at Bristol and gone on to win the championship including Hornaday in 1998                         
 Terry "Richie" Snyder will continue to call the shots for Hornaday at BMS

Flashback...
The 2011 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at BMS was a strong one for Joe Denette Motorsports (JDM). The rookie team had two entries for the event; the No. 23 of Jason White and the No. 24 of Elliott Sadler. Sadler, making his first start with JDM, captured the team's first Keystone Light Pole Award and both entries combined to lead 91 of 200 laps.

 

Thunder Valley Stats...
In 12 previous starts at BMS, Hornaday has led 388 laps en route to two wins from the pole.. Additionally, Hornaday has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes including an average start of 10.4, coupled with an average finish of 11.5 and has completed 98.8 percent of the laps he's attempted (2337 of 2365).

Welcome Aboard...
JDM would like to welcome loyal sponsor Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup back onboard Hornaday's No. 9 Chevrolet as primary sponsor for this weekend's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.  JDM would also like to welcome first-time associate sponsor Arthur Krenzel Lett (AKL) Insurance Group, a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products, for their first of three races in the NCWTS with Hornaday. For more information on Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup visit: www.AndersonsMapleSyrup.com. For more information on AKL Insurance visit: www.AKLInsuranceGroup.com.

In The Loop...
According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Hornaday has the following stats at BMS:
* A driver rating of 85.9, ranking him 12th overall and seventh among active NCWTS drivers
* Ranked fourth among fastest laps run with 35, second among active NCWTS drivers
* Ranked fourth among laps in the top-15 with 926, second among active NCWTS drivers
* Ranked fourth among green flag passes with 138

This Week's No. 9 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet...
Hornaday will pilot "JDM11" from the JDM stables in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at BMS. Built new for the 2012 season, this chassis will make its debut in the Volunteer State for the 13th event on the 2012 NCWTS schedule.

Get to the Point...
Following a hard-fought 17th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway, Hornaday is down one position to ninth in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings heading into this weekend's NCWTS event, just 38 points out of fifth and 63 points behind leader, Timothy Peters.

Meet Ron Hornaday...
Ron Hornaday and his No. 9 Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Chevrolet will make several race-week Food City appearances in Bristol, TN:
Tuesday, August 21 at 1320 Euclid Ave in Bristol, VA. Show truck on site 12-4pm and Hornaday signing 2-3pm.
Wednesday, August 22 at 100 Bonham Rd. Lee Highway in Bristol, VA from 10am to 2pm.
Wednesday, August 22 at 1320 Euclid Ave in Bristol , VA from 3:30 to 7pm
Thursday, August 23 at Food City Race Night - Bristol from 1-9pm. Ron Hornaday will sign autographs 1-3pm.                                                    

A Penny For Your Thoughts-Ron Hornaday...
"It will be nice to get back to Bristol Motor Speedway, a track I've had success at in the past. The last four races have been at tracks that I've never won at and getting back to a place like Bristol will be refreshing. We have gone through some changes in the last few weeks at Joe Denette Motorsports and I finally feel like this team is headed in the right direction. We found some things in our trucks in the last couple weeks and I feel like I finally have the trucks where I can drive them. Everyone on the team including myself has confidence heading into this week's race. Our short-track program has been strong this season and I like the package we are taking to Bristol. Obviously, it would be huge to get Joe his first win as an owner at what he considers his favorite track and this young team as a whole would benefit from a win. There are a few tracks left on the schedule I'm confident we will contend for wins at and Bristol is one of them. If we can do it there, it will most definitely help us capitalize on momentum for the back-half of the season."

JDM PR

Nelson Piquet Jr.
No. 30 Drink B Chevrolet
Bristol Motor Speedway - Volunteer 200
August 22, 2012

No. 30 Drink B Chevrolet News and Notes
This Week's Silverado...Last week's winning team will be bringing Turner Motorsports chassis TMS-211 to this week's Bristol Motor Speedway Volunteer 200. Chassis TMS-211 was used earlier this year at both Iowa Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

Spin and Win...After qualifying second and being one of the dominant trucks this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), Piquet Jr. went on to claim his first career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). When Piquet Jr. went for a spin while racing hard for the lead on lap 56, the No. 30 team was forced to gamble with pit strategy. He became the first Brazilian to ever win in the NCWTS, and the second born outside of the United States.

Double Duty...Piquet Jr. will be competing in both the NCWTS and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events this week at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 27-year-old Brazilian will be coming off wins in both series, as he dominated his last race in NNS at Road America, claiming the pole, track record and the win. Bristol is a favorite track of Piquet Jr. as he captured his first stock-car win there earlier this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

"Drink B"...Turner Motorsports welcomes "B" to the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado for Wednesday night's Volunteer 200. "B" is a premium cachaça (rum) mixed with honey and lime. The sweet mixture, combined with a lower alcoholic volume of 21% makes it easy to enjoy. "B" was founded by Piquet Jr. in his home country of Brazil and will be available in the United States in 2013.

Follow me...To keep up with Piquet Jr.'s day-to-day life, give him a follow on Twitter, @NelsonPiquet and for a pictorial version, give him a follow on Instagram, "PiquetJr."
Watch LIVE...This week's NCWTS race from Bristol Motor Speedway will be live on SPEED, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST, with pre-race coverage starting at 7:30 pm EST. For even more coverage, you can also tune in to MRN Radio or SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR channel 90.

Nelson Piquet Jr. on returning to Bristol Motor Speedway -

"Last weekend in Michigan was a dream come true for me. I couldn't be more proud of my team, and I'm hoping to get them another win this Wednesday night. I really enjoy racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, it's a driver's track, it's very short, and very challenging. Bristol is also my crew chief Chris Carrier's home track, so I'm hoping we can get him to victory lane. Two wins in a row would be amazing."  

Nelson Piquet Jr. NCWTS results at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 1
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 2.0
Average Finish: 8.0

James Buescher
No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet
Bristol Motor Speedway - Volunteer 200
August 22, 2012

No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet News and Notes
Bristol Bound...James Buescher and the No. 31 team head to Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday's Volunteer 200 after a quick turnaround from Saturday's race at Michigan International Speedway. Buescher goes into the Wednesday-night race with three previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at the 0.533-mile track, an average start of 9.7 and an average finish of 16.7.

Start Positive, Stay Positive...Buescher and the No.31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team will sport the blue and black colors of Exide Batteries in Wednesday's event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Exide Technologies, with operations in more than 80 countries, is one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. The company's four global business groups -- Transportation Americas, Transportation Europe and Rest of World, Industrial Energy Americas and Industrial Energy Europe and Rest of World -- provide a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services for industrial and transportation applications.

This Week's Silverado...The No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-011 at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. TMS-011 has not gotten any track time in 2012, but has served as backup truck for several events this year.

Last Race Recap...Buescher scored his seventh top-five finish of 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, leading five laps and maintaining the third position in the NCWTS driver point standings, just six points outside of the lead. A combination of stellar handling and fuel strategy gave Buescher and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals team the edge needed to finish fifth in the VFW 200.

Watch LIVE...The Volunteer 200 can be seen live on Wednesday, August 22nd on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Buescher on returning to Bristol Motor Speedway -

"I'm a big fan of Bristol Motor Speedway since the reconfiguration because it's led to so much more side-by-side racing. It's a tough track where things can happen fast, and I've experienced that firsthand, but I had a really good race the last time I was there and I'm hoping to improve on that fourth-place finish. You've got to be ready for anything and keep your nose clean in order to get a solid finish. The points battle is really heating up, and now that we're only six points behind first, there's a very real possibility that we could leave Bristol with the lead."


James Buescher NCWTS results at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts: 3  
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 1 
Top 10: 1
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 9.7
Average Finish: 16.7

Miguel Paludo
No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet
Bristol Motor Speedway - Volunteer 200
August 22, 2012

No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet News and Notes
Two Years Ago...Just four days after the wave of the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will take the green at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), the site of Miguel Paludo's first race in one of NASCAR's top-three series. Paludo made his NCWTS debut at the 0.533-mile bullring in 2010, earning an impressive ninth-place finish. In his 41-career starts in the series, Paludo has accrued three top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes, as well as one pole.

One Year Ago...Last year in Bristol, Paludo had something to celebrate before the engines were even fired for the 200-lap race: He and wife Patricia welcomed their first child, Oliver, just two days prior to the event. One year later, the Wednesday-night race falls on Oliver's birthday, and the team will celebrate with a special tribute on the No. 32 Brakes and Components Chevrolet. The truck's bed will feature an image of Paludo's son and a happy birthday message, as well as the one-year-old's name above the right-side door

This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components team will unload chassis TMS-205 for this week's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. TMS-205 last hit the track at Dover International Speedway in June where Paludo finished 12th in a rain-shortened race.

Diabetes Fact of the Week...Looking for a way you can support the Paludo family in their fight against diabetes? Frontstretch.com writer and NCWTS supporter Beth Lunkenheimer is participating in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Lunkenheimer has chosen to walk for Paludo and his son Oliver, and has set a goal of raising $1,000 for the ADA. If you wish to find out more or make a donation, please visit: http://stepout.diabetes.org then click the Donate button and search for Beth Lunkenheimer under participants.

Previous Race Recap...Paludo earned his second top-10 finish of 2012 at Michigan International Speedway in his debut pairing with new crew chief Jeff Hensley. Paludo ran in the top-five for most of the second half of the 100-lap event before varying pit strategy resulted in a 10th-place finish in the VFW 200.
Follow Me...Visit www.twitter.com/miguelpaludo or www.facebook.com/miguelpaludo for the latest news and updates on Paludo and the No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components team.

Watch and Listen...The Volunteer 200 can be seen live on Wednesday, August 22nd on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Miguel Paludo on driving at Bristol Motor Speedway -

"Bristol is a very special track to me for many reasons. It is the place where I made my very first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2010, which was the beginning of a whole new career path for me in NASCAR's top-three series and a new adventure in my life. It was also the first race I competed in after the birth of my son Oliver in 2011. Having Oliver in our lives has been an amazing journey for my wife Patricia and I, both in terms of being parents and experiencing that whole other level of love, as well as what his diagnosis with diabetes has meant to us and our focus. I'm really looking forward to celebrating his first birthday on race day, and I hope that Bristol will become an even more special place by becoming the place where I get my first win."

Miguel Paludo NCWTS results at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts: 2 
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 1
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 19.5
Average Finish: 20.0 

Turner Motorsports PR

Brad Keselowski, driver of the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), finished second in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on Sunday afternoon. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native raced at the front of the field for most of the day and had a shot to win at the end, but he couldn’t hold off eventual race winner, Greg Biffle, on the final race restart.

The finish marks the seventh-consecutive top-10 finish for Keselowski, the longest such streak of his young NSCS career. It also marked his second straight runner-up result in 2012.

Keselowski qualified 19th for the scheduled 200-lap event with a time of 36.701 seconds, or 196.180 miles per hour, around the two-mile road oval during the Friday afternoon qualifying session. As the race began, Keselowski radioed to crew chief Paul Wolfe that his car was handling well on the exit of Turn 4, but slightly tight in traffic. He quickly began to make his way toward the top 10 – which he reached at lap 17 – by turning top-five lap times. At lap 34, Keselowski was the fastest car on the track and as the leaders began to make green-flag pit stops, he assumed the lead at lap 37. Wolfe called his driver down pit road at lap 39 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. When the stops cycled through at lap 47, Keselowski found himself running in the eighth position.

Once again, Keselowski was forced to deal with “dirty” air as he tried to make his way to the front of the field. When the first caution flag of the day waved at lap 65, Keselowski again brought his Miller Lite Dodge to the attention of his pit crew for a two-tire stop that included filling the car with fuel. Good pit work by the Miller Lite crew – a consistent theme throughout the race – resulted in Keselowski restarting the race from the sixth position at lap 74. A fuel-only stop at lap 90 placed the team inside a window to make it to the end of the race on only two additional pit stops. 

The fuel-only stop did not initially mesh with the handling of the Miller Lite Dodge and, as a result, Keselowski was only able to keep his car positioned just outside the top 10 in the running order. However, as the fuel began to burn off, the handling of the car improved and Keselowski started to post lap times faster than the race leader. He once again claimed the lead at lap 127, before pitting for the fourth time at lap 128 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

After green-flag pit stops concluded on lap 130, a caution flag was displayed at lap 136. This dashed the fuel strategy of Wolfe and the team as it reset the field by placing everyone in the same fuel window. By staying out on the racing surface under this caution period, however, Keselowski was able to restart the race from the third position at lap 141 to regain precious track position.

Over the final 50 laps, it became clear that the biggest competition to Keselowski for the race win would be Biffle and Jimmie Johnson. After a great two-tire pit stop under the green flag, at lap 169, Keselowski found himself in front of both drivers as the laps wound down. Johnson was able to make his way around Keselowski on lap 191 and Biffle followed a few laps later. Johnson, however, lost an engine at lap 196 to set up a green-white-checkered flag duel between Biffle and Keselowski over the final two laps. Biffle proved to be too strong as Keselowski crossed the finish line in the second position.

Penske Racing teammate, Sam Hornish, Jr., finished 12th in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Following Sunday’s result, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team are ranked fifth in the Cup Series driver and owner point standings.

“My Miller Lite Dodge team team just did an awesome job just executing on pit road and strategy and everything it takes to make it happen to get us up to the front. We just needed that little bit more speed to be able to get with him (Greg Biffle). I tell you what – it felt good to be racing up there at my home track here at Michigan. There’s nothing I want more than to win here at Michigan and you can feel a little bit of foreshadowing going on with the Chase coming on and those cars running right by each other.”

Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team will next race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 25 in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Keselowski enters the race as the defending winner from 2011. Coverage of the event will be seen live beginning at 7:00 pm EST on ABC. The race will also be heard on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 90.

Penske Racing PR

Sam Hornish Jr. did not sit behind the wheel of the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge this weekend at Michigan International Speedway until 1:04 p.m. this afternoon.  When the command to start engines for today’s Pure Michigan 400 was given at 1:07 p.m., Hornish began one of the most impressive performances of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Hornish charged to the front, led laps and posted the fastest lap times for much of the race en route to a respectable 12th-place finish.

“We were hoping for a top-10 finish, but it wasn’t a bad day,” Hornish said after the race.  “I felt like it was a pretty good from the point that we started in the back and worked our way up and by the midpoint of the race we were running in the top five.  I ran there for quite a bit. We just got off on our strategy and that kept us from getting the finish that we wanted. There were too many yellows at the end because we had a good long run car. Man, it was like whatever you seem to have you don’t get enough of but too many restarts there and just couldn’t move forward. You get by one guy then all of a sudden three guys behind you have a run on you.

“We had a really strong Shell-Pennzoil Dodge until the very end,” Hornish said.  “We were off-sequence with our teammate (Brad Keselowski who finished second) and the others up front, but it was a solid run and I really appreciate the opportunity to work with Todd (Gordon, crew chief) and the guys on the 22 team.  When we took on the four tires near the end of the race, they were sticker tires and our car got really tight.  We had slid to about 17th and were able to rebound to finish 12th, so it was another pretty solid day.”

Parker Kligerman practiced and qualified the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge 17th here while Hornish was in Montreal competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Hornish posted an impressive performance there; qualifying second and finishing second…climbing to a tie for second in the series points.

Hornish did not arrive at the Michigan track until just before midnight, but he could be found making the rounds to numerous track and sponsor functions early this morning.

Hornish was among four drivers who had to drop to the rear for the start of today’s 200-lap, 400-mile battle.  Jimmie Johnson (engine change), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (backup car) and Aric Almirola (backup car) joined the No. 22 Dodge at the tail of the field when the green flag was displayed.

Only five laps into the action, David Gilliland spun in Turn 4 after a nudge from Almirola to bring out the first caution of the race.  Hornish was up to 31st and steered left to avoid Gilliland, but still caught very slight contact with his right-rear quarter-panel.

Crew chief Gordon called Hornish down pit road to check out the damage, take on fuel and take out two rounds on the track bar.

When the race restarted on Lap 9, Hornish was 31st.  He began a steady charge to the front and as green-flag stops began, he climbed into the top 10.  When Penske teammate Brad Keselowski pitted on Lap 39, Hornish gained the lead.  He held the point until pitting on Lap 45.

 
The call was for four tires and fuel with a half-pound (air) added to the right-side tires.  Excellent pit work (a 12.1-second stop) had Hornish running 20th when the stops cycled around on Lap 47.

Turning the fastest lap times of any car on the track, Hornish had climbed to 18th when a bizarre accident saw Mark Martin’s Toyota slam sideways into a pit wall opening down at the Turn 4 end.  Juan Pablo Montoya got into the back of Bobby Labonte on Lap 65 to trigger the incident.  Martin and Kasey Kahne tangled behind them, sending Martin’s No. 55 car sliding wildly onto pit road.  Fortunately, all drivers and crew members escaped without injury.

Hornish was up to 15th at the time and hit pit road on Lap 70 right-side tires and fuel.  He lined up 10th for the Lap 74 restart.  Clint Bowyer was the leader, with Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Johnson and Keselowski making up the top five.

A bold inside move by Hornish had him up to sixth on Lap 74.  He had climbed to fifth when Regan Smith slammed the wall to bring out the third caution of the race on Lap 76.

All the leaders had stayed out during the caution and Hornish was still fifth for the Lap 81 restart  He had gotten shuffled back to eighth when Joey Logano smacked the wall and left debris on the track to bring out the fourth yellow flag on Lap 88.

There were 12 cars that stayed out during the caution (56, 17, 99, 16, 29, 22, 27, 1, 21, 11, 42 & 93).  All the other cars made a trip to pit road, most getting two tires and a tank full of fuel.

Hornish was sixth on the Lap 94 restart.  Again running the fastest laps of all competitors, he climbed to third and was running in that position at the halfway mark of the race (Lap 100).  When green-flag stops became the order again, Greg Biffle hit pit road on Lap 111, giving the lead back to Hornish.

Hornish had reported that his temperature gauges were becoming a concern and spotter Chris Osborne detected some trash had collected on the front grill area.  When the 22 car was called to pit road on Lap 113, Hornish slid to a forward stop in his pits and the crew had to adjust.  The call was for four tires and fuel (14.8 seconds).

Hornish returned to the track running in the 22nd position.  Reporting that his Dodge was now too tight, he continued to advance through the field as the others had to hit pit road under the green.  He had climbed all the way up to fourth when Kurt Busch slammed the wall to bring out the fifth caution of the race on Lap 136.

This yellow flag brought all the competitors back onto the same pitting scenario.  After stopping during this caution, all the leaders could now make the distance with only one more trip to pit road.

Hornish pitted on Lap 137 for two tires and fuel (7.2 seconds).  The team caught a big break as tire specialist Dave Nichols determined that the right-rear tire that came off their car was losing air.

The No. 22 Dodge lined up 15th for the Lap 141 restart.  Only a lap later, the sixth caution of the race flew – this one for debris down the backstretch.  There were no takers to hit pit road.

Hornish was 16th on the Lap 148 restart and was all the way up to 11th only a lap into the run.  Drivers started making their final stops under the green on Lap 163.  The 22 team had enough fuel to stay out for 15 more circuits.

Hornish took the lead on Lap 170 and held it till hitting pit road on Lap 174.  The call was for right-side tires and fuel (7.6 seconds).  He returned to the track running in the 13th position, but radioed in that he felt a vibration.

Trevor Bayne tagged the wall in between Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 180 to bring out the seventh caution flag of the race.  When Hornish reported that the vibration had gotten worse, Gordon called him down pit road on Lap 182 for four tires and fuel (14.2 seconds).

“Those are sticker tires, Sam,” Gordon radioed to his driver.  “Make sure you scuff them in as much as you can before we go back to green.”  Hornish did as good of job as possible in getting heat put into the fresh tires.

The race returned to green with 14 laps remaining.  Keselowski was leading, with Johnson second, Kahne third, Earnhardt fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.  Hornish was shown in the 14th position as 22 cars remained on the lead lap.

“It’s so tight that I can hardly drive it,” Hornish radioed on Lap 188 as he fell to 15th.

Up front, Johnson had cleared Keselowski for the lead on Lap 191 and Biffle had climbed to second two laps later.  Johnson’s engine blew on Lap 195 and the eighth yellow flag of the race was displayed for oil that was dropped on the frontstretch.

The time it took to clean up the oil set up a green-white-checkered finish.  Biffle, Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Earnhardt and Kahne made up the top five.  Hornish was 14th on the restart.

Biffle was able to get a good grip from the inside line and led to the finish, taking a 0.416-second victory over Keselowski.  Kahne finished third, with Earnhardt fourth and Marcos Ambrose fifth.  Edwards, Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Truex rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Denny Hamlin was 11th, with Hornish powering up to finish 12th on the final lap.  Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Travis Kvapil completed the top 15 here today.

“I’m really proud of the job Sam and all our guys did here this weekend,” said Gordon.  “Parker (Kligerman) did an excellent job for us in practicing and qualifying the car for us.  That allowed Sam to stay in Montreal and focus on what he needed to do there.  He certainly got the job done up there.  For him to not even get a single lap of practice here before today’s race, Sam put in an extremely impressive performance.  I think what hurt us the most was not having another set of scuffed tires to put on there at the end.  We had a really fast Shell-Pennzoil Dodge today, but that last set of tires cost us by making the car too tight.”

Biffle’s win here today allowed him to take the points lead by 20 points over Kenseth.  Earnhardt is third (-22 points), Johnson fourth (-28 points) and Keselowski fifth (-47 points).

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for next weekend’s annual August battle under the lights.  This weekend’s action at BMS gets under way with Sprint Cup practice on Friday from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m.  The final practice for the Sprint Cup cars is set from 2:45 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. on Friday (live on SPEED).  Saturday night’s 43-car starting field will be determined in Friday’s 5:10 p.m. single round of Cup qualifying (live on ESPN2).  Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race (500 laps, 266.5 miles) Sprint Cup race has a 7:30 p.m. EDT starting time, with ABC-TV and PRN Radio presenting live coverage.  Due to some ABC affiliates carrying telecasts of NFL pre-season football games or other programming on Saturday night, the race will air regionally on ESPN2 in some markets.

Penske Racing PR

Short Tracks Take Me Back: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway this Wednesday night for a mid-week 200-lap shootout. Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team enter this week's competition after a short turnaround from Michigan on Saturday hoping to clear Bristol unscathed. Improving his results every year since 2009, Peters finished a career best fifth last season in the No. 17. Crew chief Butch Hylton and the team will bring one of their favorite Tundras to the Tennessee bull ring this week after its visit to victory lane with Peters behind the wheel in July at Iowa Speedway.

A change in the surface of the half-mile concrete oval may throw a curve ball at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competitors, taking away the progressive banking and the high groove up near the wall. Most drivers feel there will still be plenty of side-by-side racing and typical Bristol tangles on the track. Despite the changes, Peters is looking forward to the short track racing that reminds him of his racing roots.

"I really enjoy racing on short tracks because it reminds me of my late model racing career and the tracks I got my start on. It's comfortable for me to go to high banked, fast tracks like Bristol because it reminds me a lot of Orange County Speedway, one of those places where I got my start racing late models," Peters explained.

Previous Race Recap:NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team traveled to Michigan Speedway with a brand new chassis ready for battle in the VFW 200. Looking for stability and the correct balance throughout the weekend, Peters and his crew never relented in their search and survived an intense 200 miles to come home in 13th.

RHR PR

One Position to Go:The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway this Wednesday for what is almost certain to be 200 laps of exciting, on the edge racing. Two-time series champion and NASCAR veteran Todd Bodine is prepared for competition with his No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra, carrying several years of experience and success with him to the half-mile oval.

Bodine enters Bristol with three runner-up finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to his credit, as well as a third place finish in 2011. Though he hasn't visited victory lane in truck series competition, he has claimed two victories, along with seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. With an impressive resume at the stadium-like track, Bodine is ready to compete on the Tennessee track in front of the remarkable crowd of fans Bristol offers up each year.

"Bristol is just plain fun," Bodine said. "The atmosphere there is always great and the fans are some of the best we see all year. You never know what's going to happen because everything comes at you so quickly. It's important to keep your truck clean and have the right track position so you can try to stay out of the way of mistakes other drivers make."

Bodine Visits Notre Dame:Prior to making the trip to Michigan International Speedway last weekend, Bodine and his wife, Janet, visited the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Avid Fighting Irish football fans, the Bodine's visited with the football coaching staff and sat in on pre-season practice. Todd will also help support Kelly Cares Foundation at one of its fundraising events later this year. For more information, visit KellyCaresFoundation.org.

RHR PR

Second Time Around: Parker Kligerman will travel to Bristol Motor Speedway this Wednesday night, just four days after the 22-year-old driver made his first start with the No. 7 Red Horse Racing team.  After starting 11th, Kligerman kept his Toyota Tundra clean and raced well within the lead pack most of the afternoon, claiming a fourth place finish at Michigan. This weekend, Kligerman hopes he can continue the momentum and come away with a strong finish in the NCWTS 200.

Kligerman has competed at the stadium-style short track just one previous time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his credit as well. In all three appearances, Kligerman has left with top-10 finishes.

"So far I've been pretty successful there with a top-10 finish in every start, both Nationwide and Trucks, so I look forward to improving on that and hopefully getting up front and challenging for the win," Kligerman commented.

During the summer months, the very top groove of the track was resurfaced to change the characteristics of the racing. Those changes may be an adjustment during the race, but Kligerman is prepared for more close proximity racing.

"From what I've heard it won't change it tremendously, but the new track surface will have an effect on the third groove, which is a groove I found that I could use pretty successfully. You used to be able to go up there and find a lot of grip. I think you'll just see a lot more close quarters racing with the lack of that groove and even a little more contact and rough and tumble like we used to see in the old Bristol."

Previous Race Recap: Making his first start in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, Parker Kligerman set his sights on a solid finish to bring home after his crew worked countless hours to put together his Tundra for competition over the past week. New pavement on the two-mile asphalt oval created pack racing that relied heavily on drafting, much like restrictor plate racing. Kligerman put his driving skills to work and raced tight with the lead pack from the drop of the green flag, allowing him to pull away with a fourth place finish in the VFW 200.

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As the Tri-Cities prepare for the upcoming Irwin Tools Night Race, select Walmart stores will offer authentic NASCAR merchandise and host exclusive fan events starting Aug. 21. Customers are invited to attend these special events and enjoy special appearances by Brad Keselowski and Eric McClure along with show car and simulator displays– perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR – on Aug. 21-24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., varying by location.

"Walmart is the champion of the racing fan, and we are committed to providing customers with savings on authentic merchandise, as well as unique race time experiences," said Walmart market manager Jon Tunnell. "We want to give fans affordability and accessibility, so they can enjoy race time with their families and friends."

Race Time at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.

Participating stores in the Tri-Cities include:

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the Scott Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Budweiser Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, and Coors Light Show Car at:

Store #3852
110 Rocky Bottom Drive
Unicoi, Tenn.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, Cheez-It Simulator, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car, Oreo Ritz Show Car, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Hefty's Show Car Simulator, M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #3829
2915 W. Market St.
Johnson City, Tenn.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Hefty's Nationwide Driver Eric McClure from 11 a.m. – noon.
Displays free and open to the public include the Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Budweiser Show Car, Hefty's Show Car Simulator and the Coors Light Show Car at:

Store #742
2500 W. Stone Drive
Kingsport, Tenn.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Oreo Ritz Show Car, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Cheez-It Simulator, Miller Lite Show Car, Scott Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Wheaties Show Car, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Cars at:

Store #599
3200 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport, Tenn.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the Scott Ultimate Tailgate Truck, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Oreo Ritz Show Car, Budweiser Show Car, Wheaties Show Car and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at:

Store #690
1001 Over Mountain Drive
Elizabethton, Tenn.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

MillerCoors' Sprint Cup Driver Brad Keselowski from 4 p.m.5 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Miller Lite Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Cheez-It Simulator, Hefty's Show Car Simulator, M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #1080
3111 Browns Mill Road
Johnson City, Tenn.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Scott Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Budweiser Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Cheez-It Simulator, Wheaties Show Car, 5-Hour Energy Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #620
220 Century Blvd.
Bristol, Tenn.
9 a.m.3 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Oreo Ritz Show Car, Hefty's Show Car Simulator, and M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display at:

Store #2089
13245 Lee Highway
Bristol, Va.
10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.

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Fans looking for daily and overnight RV parking during the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend at Richmond International RacewaySeptember 7-8, should look no further than the Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking (Lot J). This lot opens at noon on Thursday, September 6 and at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for daily and overnight parking. Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved daily and overnight parking spaces are available for oversized vehicles, RVs and motorcoaches in Lot J.

Passes for Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking can be purchased in advance or upon arrival on race weekend. Spaces are $80 for the weekend or $60 for Saturday only. To purchase passes in advance, please click here or call 866-455-7223.

The lot is located north of the track on Meadowbridge Road and offers continuous tram service throughout the day until approximately an hour and a half post-race Friday-Saturday, as well as 24-hour security. Sites do not contain utilities (no power, water or waste connections) and showers are not provided. Portable restrooms are provided. Pump out and fresh water service is available for a fee.

To best accommodate our fans, we offer two options in Lot J. The “Quiet” section is a family-friendly atmosphere with strictly enforced quiet hours from 1:00 am to 7:00 am. During that time, generators, loud music, large gatherings and unruly behavior are strictly prohibited. The traditional RV parking section will foster a typical “camping” atmosphere. The lot manager and RIR security staff will be enforcing the rules for each area. Any fans who would like to park in the “Quiet” section should tell the parking representative or the lot manager upon arrival to Lot J.

Tent camping is not allowed. For complete rules and regulations, please visit http://www.rir.com/Tickets-Events/Camping/Camping-Rules.aspx.

RIR PR

The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 has long been the most exciting Late Model Stock car race around.

The excitement level just got cranked up a few notches.

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced today a major format change for the October 21 running of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300.

Time trials have been scrapped for NASCAR’s premier Late Model Stock race as on-track action has been reduced from three days to two days.

The field will be set through four 25-lap qualifying races on Sunday, followed by a 50-lap last chance race. The feature race will be 150 laps, with a break at the halfway point.

Eight drivers will advance from each of the 25-lap heat races, with 10 coming from the 50-lap last-chance race to fill out the 42-car field.

“We are excited about our changes to the format of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300,” said Campbell. “We feel that both the competitors and fans will benefit from the changes we are making.

“While the old format has worked and there was nothing wrong with it, we also felt it’s time to mix things up a little and re-energize the event.”

In the past teams loaded in on Thursday, went through inspection and practiced on Friday and practiced and qualified on Saturday. With the changes, teams will not be able to load into the infield until late Friday, October 19. Inspection and practice will be on Saturday, October 20.

Starting positions in the 25-lap heat races will be determined by practice speeds on Saturday.

“By eliminating qualifying and having everyone in qualifying races on Sunday, we can reduce the time competitors spend at the track,” said Campbell. “Saturday will be an action-packed day for the fans with practice sessions in the afternoon.

“I’m confident race day will be one of the most exciting days fans have ever witnessed here at Martinsville Speedway. I think the changes will really bring the intensity level up.”

Campbell also announced that the open practice date for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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