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In the closing stage of the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin would repeat as a winner of the event by overcoming a nearly twenty second deficit in the closing laps.

With the final stop in sight for the night and well within fuel range to make it to the end, Hamlin would make his way to pit road only to over shoot pit road entirely. Hamlin would be forced to drive all the way back around and pit behind team mate Kyle Busch coming back out in the 14th position.

Hamlin’s trip wouldn’t be without help with stage one and two winner Truex who plowed into the wall with the white flag in sight.

“I was just so loose on those old tires that there wasn’t anything I could do to keep pace and that’s the reason why he caught us. Then with two to go we blew a tire.” Said Truex

Truex for his part leaving Darlington wasn’t without reward. Winning stage one of the night in a pass at the line over eventual race winner Hamlin locking up ten of twenty needed points of the night to clinch the regular season.

Following that up, Truex would back up the first stage win with a stage two win to clinch the first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship prior to the final race at Richmond next weekend  when the series locks in the 16 drivers who will fight it out in the playoffs for the Monster Energy Cup.

“To lock up the regular season points is a huge accomplishment, especially in just two year together as a team.” Continued Truex

“It’s an honor to win the regular-season championship and a milestone for Martin and Furniture Row Racing,” said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. “At the end of the day, though, our sites are set on the long term-goal which is winning the championship at Homestead. We’ll use this regular season championship, and the bad luck the 78 team had at the end of tonight’s race, as a springboard to take us to that goal.” Said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing

Hamlin would lead four times for 124 laps while Truex would finish out the night leading five times for 76 laps.

Kyle Busch would finish 2.599 seconds behind in second followed by Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, and Martin Truex Jr. all finishing all the lead lap.

The series will now roll onto Richmond Raceway for the final regular season event of 2017 for the Federated Auto Parts 400 which is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th at 7:30 PM for 400 laps(300 miles).

In 1987 during the Transouth 500 held in the spring at Darlington, Benny Parsons had taken over the Hendrick No 35 that season for the ailing Tim Richmond.

Early in the race as Parsons would recall at the time a car in front of him was dropping gear oil, he would hit it causing him to wreck and damage the car. After multiple pit stops for repair and approaching halfway Parsons would call to crew chief Harry Hyde asking to come in to make repairs.

Hyde at the time would tell Parsons he and team were on break eating ice cream.

“During a caution about halfway, I asked Harry if he wanted me to pit. Not right then, he replied. I drove another lap and asked again. No, not until he and the crew finished their ice-cream cones, he answered. On the pit stop, I got four tires and ice cream.” Parsons would tell HodRod back in 1998.

The story would later be told in the movie Days of Thunder during an exchange between Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall when Cruise's character Cole Trickle would wreck and ask to pit, when refused similar to Hyde, Trickle would park the car on pit road and get out and end his day.

Parsons however for his effort would continue logging laps that day finishing 21st after starting in ninth completing 314 of 367 laps that day.

NASCAR returns to Darlington Raceway tonight on NBCSN at 6 P.M. for the 68th running of the Bojangles Southern 500.

Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) has renewed its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing as primary sponsor on the No. 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford with driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in a multi-year deal.

“I’m so appreciative to continue racing with Fifth Third Bank on the car. It’s great to have partners who believe in the sport and are committed long-term to supporting the business of racing,” said Stenhouse.

Fifth Third Bank came onboard with Roush Fenway Racing in 2012 and has served as a primary sponsor on the No. 17 Ford for the past six seasons.

“We’re excited to extend our relationship with Roush Fenway Racing and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.,” said Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer for Fifth Third Bank. “To hear Ricky exclaim our tagline, ‘that’s Banking a Fifth Third Better, boys’ when he captured his first victory this season was incredible. We’re banking on another successful run with him behind the wheel.”

Stenhouse captured his first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins while sporting the Fifth Third colors during the 2017 season. He will make his 173rd career Monster Energy Cup Series start at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on September 3, where the No. 17 Fifth Third Ford will feature a throwback paint scheme inspired by a Darrell Waltrip 1997 paint scheme.

“The Roush team has been an outstanding partner for the past six seasons, and this goes beyond the race track. With their help, we’ve become the preferred bank of the motorsports industry, providing strategic financial advice and services to teams, tracks, drivers, suppliers and corporate sponsors,” remarked Tom Heiks, Group Regional President for Fifth Third Bank.

The Bank is actively involved within the racing industry, serving on the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) board, sponsoring the NCMA Industry Tribute Awards Banquet and exhibiting at the Performance Racing Industry Tradeshow. Fifth Third also supports numerous motorsports charities including the NASCAR Foundation, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities, B.R.A.K.E.S. and Motor Racing Outreach.

“It’s a privilege to continue our relationship with Fifth Third Bank,” said Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. “There are few sponsors in NASCAR who have as deep of an understanding of the industry and whose primary objective is to serve the wellbeing of businesses and individuals in the sport.”

In addition to its partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, and a partner with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the IndyCar series.


In 1979, Busch Beer and Timmonsville, South Carolina native Cale Yarborough would team up for a marketing campaign that would roll into the season opening Daytona 500 for the race seen around the world with snow covering the Northeast.

Late in the race that Yarborough and Donnie Allison would wreck each other, get out the car and on national television brawl on the backstretch. A fight still referenced today as a turning point in NASCAR popularity.

Today at Darlington Raceway just down the road from Timmonsville, Harvick driving the Busch schemed car will start from the pole for his second pole since 2014 with a speed of 177.730 mph. The last time he did so he also went to victory lane.  

Starting behind Harvick tomorrow night will be points leader Martin Truex Jr. who clocked in at 177.077 mph and needing just 20 points over second place in points Larson to claim the regular season championship prior to Richmond next week.

Larson for his effort will start in fourth with a speed of 176.565 and Ky. Busch who swept Bristol last time out just in front in third at 176.682.

Rounding out the top-five is McMurray with lapping the track at 176.422.

Playoff bubble drivers Jones and Suarez for their qualifying efforts will start 10th and 19th.

Tomorrow night’s Bojangles Southern 500 will roll off on NBCSN at 6 P.M. and scheduled for 367 laps (501.3 miles).





Kevin Harvick swept all three rounds of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Saturday at Darlington Raceway. Harvick, piloting the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, posted a 27.669, 177.730 mph. to capture his 21st career pole in the series.

The Bakersfield, California, native will go into the Bojangles Southern 500 looking to capture his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. This season, Harvick has captured one victory, eight top five, and 15 top 10 finishes through 24 events thus far.

Martin Truex Jr. will start second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Truex posted a 27.771, 177.077 mph. in the final round of qualifying and was 0.102 seconds behind the pole sitter.

Truex will go into the Bojangles Southern 500 looking to capture his fifth victory of the season. Currently, the New Jersey native holds 10 top five and 16 top 10 finishes through 24 events in 2017.

Kyle Busch, a driver from Las Vegas, Nevada, will round out the top three starters on Sunday. Busch posted a 27.833, 176.682 mph. in the last round of knockout qualifying to earn the spot.

Busch comes into the weekend with momentum after scoring the weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway two weekends ago. The veteran will look to capture his third career win of the year.

With 40 drivers on the weekend entry list, there were no DNQ’s.

Superior Logistics Services joins Circle Sport-TMG, on the No. 33 Hulu Chevrolet, driven by Jeffrey Earnhardt, as an associate sponsor for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500, at Darlington Raceway. 

Superior Logistics Services, a North Carolina based company, has been involved in the motorsports industry for several years. Superior Logistics Services provides shipping solutions across the continental United States, Mexico and to select points in Canada. Their company is known for delivering you fast and efficient storage and shipping solutions which reach and exceed expectations. 

"Superior Logistics Services has been a great partner over the years," commented team owner, Joe Falk. "We are excited to have them on board this weekend in Darlington as a larger partner." 

Tune into NBCSN, Sunday at 6pm ET for the "Throwback" coverage from the Lady in Black. For more information on Superior Logistics Services visit their website

Circle Sport PR

This week was to be a celebration of Shell and Pennzoil coming together in 2002 with a special paint scheme on Joey Logano’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion at Darlington Raceway for the official “Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.” Now, Shell and Logano are asking the NASCAR community to come together to help bring assistance to those impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

On Tuesday, Shell informed the American Red Cross that it would make an initial contribution of $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund. Logano also announced that he would donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross and open a donation portal through the Joey Logano Foundation to collect funds on behalf of the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.  

Shell-Pennzoil will also forgo its traditional red and yellow paint scheme for a Red Cross-inspired look for next weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) regular season finale at Richmond Raceway, in hopes to draw more attention to the needs of the people affected by this historic natural disaster.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website ( You can text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the cause or go to to make your donation through the Joey Logano Foundation.  All proceeds donated through JLF for the next 30 days will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund.

“Our roots run extremely deep in Houston and we are committed to doing our part to help the city move on in the aftermath of Harvey,” said Bruce Culpepper, Shell U.S. President. “Shell employs nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. and nearly half of them are being directly impacted by Harvey.” 

“Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast have suffered a disaster of historic size - one that is going to take months if not years of recovery,” said Logano. “In the last couple of days, we have seen sports icons and organizations step up for Texas and the Gulf Coast. With our strong ties to Shell and the community, we wanted to rally the passionate NASCAR base for this cause as well.”

A special logo for the American Red Cross will also be carried on the TV panel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion this weekend in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 race at Darlington.

Penske Racing PR

NASCAR driver and current Cup series points leader Martin Truex Jr. and his partner, Sherry Pollex, an ovarian cancer survivor, today announced the Martin Truex Jr.Foundation’s second annual “Drive for Teal & Gold” Campaign to raise awareness of and funds for ovarian (teal ribbon) and childhood (gold ribbon) cancers will kick off this weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Throughout September, the national awareness month for both diseases, 27 drivers in MONSTER Energy, XFINITY and Camping World truck series races will sport teal and gold steering wheels customized by MPI (Max Papis Innovations); an additional driver, Ryan Newman, will use customized driving gloves. MPI is donating 25 percent of each steering wheel purchase to the MTJ Foundation. At month’s end, drivers will autograph their customized items for an online auction by NASCAR Foundation to benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.

About the MTJ Foundation and

In 2007, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and partner Sherry Pollex created the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to advocate for children and teens affected by cancer. In 2014, doctors diagnosed Sherry with stage 3c ovarian cancer. After surgery and chemo, Sherry began healing through integrative medicine, nutrition, exercise and the mind/body connection. In 2015, they rebranded the Foundation’s mission to support both childhood and ovarian cancers. In 2016, Sherry launched as a health and wellness resource for women fighting any form of cancer. In July 2017, Sherry underwent successful surgery for a recurrence. Martin and Sherry encourage other cancer survivors with #NeverGiveUp and #SherryStrong.

2017 MTJ Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Drive for Teal & Gold” participants


1. Clint Bowyer

2. Ty Dillon

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4. Chase Elliott

5. Kevin Harvick

6. Jimmie Johnson

7. Erik Jones

8. Kasey Kahne

9. Matt Kenseth

10. Brad Keslowski

11. Joey Logano

12. Michael McDowell

13. Jamie McMurray

14. Paul Menard

15. Ryan Newman –

(driving gloves)

16. Danica Patrick

17. David Ragan

18. Ricky Stenhouse

19. Daniel Suarez

20. Martin Truex Jr.

21. Cole Whitt


1. Justin Allgaier

2. William Byron


1. Todd Gilliland

2. John Hunter Nemechek

3. Ben Rhodes

4. Myatt Snider

5. Ryan Truex

Martin Truex Jr. Foundation PR

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) is the latest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team that will participate in NASCAR’s annual throwback weekend for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

However, for the Thomasville, N.C.-based race team, there’s more than just a cool sleek paint scheme driven by Cody Ware. The team’s attention is primarily focused on the people of Texas who continue to battle ranging flooding from the reminisces of Hurricane Harvey.

For Sunday’s jewel crown race, Rick Ware Racing will utilize the annual Labor Day tradition to encourage race fans across the globe to show their support to Texans whose lives are forever changed because of the savage brutal power of nature.

The devastation of Houston and its surrounding areas has also a personal touch to Rick and Lisa Ware, the owners of Rick Ware Racing.

Born in Houston, Lisa Ware grew up in nearby Kingwood, Texas. The area suffered major devastation from the storm. Several of Lisa’s and Rick’s high school friends have lost everything.

“Most of my family still lives in Texas,” said Lisa Ware. “I am absolutely heartbroken for the people of Houston, but Texans are strong and resilient and they will rebuild better than ever. Please consider donating in any way you possibly can.

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Texas. Thank you to all the first respondents, rescuers and volunteers who are risking their own lives to save lives.”

For team principal Rick Ware, his eccentric career in Motorsports started in Houston racing motorcycles and race cars – so the impact of the storm has weighed heavily on his shoulders.

“I love Texas,” Rick Ware added. “A large part of my family still lives there and we visit often. Having lived through several hurricanes in the 1980’s, I’ve experienced it first-hand. Hurricane Harvey is another level.

“We want to use Darlington this weekend to bring awareness to generate additional donations to help families throughout Texas. Texans are as tough as they come. But, in this scenario, they need our prayers and support now.”

The team’s No. 51 Days of Thunder / Pray for Texas Chevrolet this weekend at the track dubbed “Too Tough To Tame” will resemble the mellow yellow colors from the iconic Days of Thunder film driven by Cole Trickle.

An avid Days of Thunder fan, driver Cody Ware is appreciative for the opportunity to adorn those classic colors on a throwback weekend but is eager to do his part to spread the message of help and recovery for those affected.

“I am very excited to be racing at Darlington this weekend. It is a track with so much history and to be running the Southern 500 with my family is a huge blessing,” offered Ware. “I’m equally excited to be running the Days of Thunder / Tribute to Texas Chevrolet throwback!

“Like my parents, I am also praying for all the people of Texas.”

BUBBA burger® will serve as a primary co-sponsor for Sunday’s race. headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. will serve as a major associate marketing partner for Sunday’s race. Owner Steve Bradenburg has pledged his company’s support to assist in the aid of the recovery in the Lone Star state.

Also, RWR will have additional support from Spoonful of Music, Lilly Trucking and Ucentre for the 25th race on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour.

Coverage of Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 is set for Sun, Sept 3 live on NBC, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET).