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Seven Unlimited Wins for RCR ...RCR has earned seven checkered flags in the Sprint Unlimited (1986, 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995 with driver Dale Earnhardt and 2009 and 2010 with driver Kevin Harvick).
Lone Ranger ... Harvick will be RCR's sole entry in this year's exhibition event. This is the 27th season that the Welcome, N.C.-based organization has fielded an entry in the Sprint Unlimited's 35-race history.
You Make the Call ... For the first time in NASCAR history, fans will determine the race format, pit stops, elimination and Miss Sprint Cup's firesuit for the Sprint Unlimited. Race fans can submit their votes by using the NASCAR Mobile '13 app, where votes count twice, or by visiting www.nascar.com/sprintunlimited. VOTE NOW! VOTE OFTEN!
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Sprint Unlimited will be televised live Saturday, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 90.
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No.387 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Sprint Unlimited. This Chevrolet has seen significant superspeedway track time making laps at Daytona International Speedway last February and at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2012.
New Look for 2013 ... After featuring a predominantly black paint scheme for the past two seasons, Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet will shift to the Budweiser Bowtie-can inspired red and white scheme as the primary look in 2013. Introduced in August 2011, the current can design is Budweiser's 12th since 1936 when Anheuser-Busch first began offering its flagship brand in cans. The focal point of the design is Budweiser's iconic bowtie, complemented by the time-honored Budweiser creed and Anheuser-Busch medallion. The same elements are prominent in the new No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet paint scheme.
2012 Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team were credited with a 22nd-place finish during the 2012 Sprint Unlimited, after being caught up in a wreck at lap 54.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on the new Sprint Unlimited race format?
"It's a very interesting format. Sprint has done a good job in coming up with something new and it's interesting for the fans. I think as we go through the night you'll be able to see some different things happen and it will all be from a fan vote. I'm just looking forward to getting on the track and racing the new car, and seeing the information that we'll gather for the next week so we know what to expect."
Do you think your team has a good chance of being strong this year?
"I think the door is wide open for anybody this year. I think as you look at the new car coming in there are a lot of unknowns. We haven't even raced them in a complete pack yet, so you've got to understand where you are. There's going to be people that hit it and people that don't."
Will we see the No. 29 team back in the Chase this season?
"We started the year strong last year and were able to gather some points. We had a huge struggle in the middle of the year, but by the end of the year we were able to get our car into the Chase and back into Victory Lane. We didn't perform as well as we'd like to, but I think as you go into the new year you have a pretty unique situation here with the new car and a clean sheet of paper with that. It's just a matter of where you start, how you address the problems that you have and how quickly you can rectify those."
As Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry team shipped off from Joe Gibbs Racing’s (JGR) Huntersville, N.C., race shop to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, the only thing truly known is that there are plenty of unknowns.
That’s because the Sprint Cup series is introducing its highly anticipated sixth-generation (Gen-6) racecar during the annual kickoff to the season at Daytona. Despite the unknowns teams face with a new car, Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers can only hope to come out of the gate like Busch did with the previous-generation Sprint Cup car in 2008. That was Busch’s first season with JGR and it was one that would serve as the breakout year many expected from Busch after three full Sprint Cup seasons at rival Hendrick Motorsports. That year, Busch wheeled his No. 18 Toyota Camry to eight Sprint Cup wins, 17 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s, and made new partner M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies a regular visitor to victory lane.
More encouraging news for Busch and Company: despite the disappointment of missing last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, the M&M’s team showed over the course of the last 10 Chase races it will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. During those 10 races, Busch posted seven top-fives, eight top-10s, and led a whopping 864 laps to finish off the season as strong as he ever has in his eight previous Sprint Cup campaigns.
The 2013 Sprint Cup season warms up with Saturday night’s non-points-paying Sprint Unlimited, where Busch is the defending race winner, continues through next week’s Gatorade Duels, and begins in earnest Feb. 26 with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
So while Busch and the M&M’s team know there are many unknowns with the Gen-6 racecar, he’s hoping to take a page out of his playbook from the beginning of 2008, coupled with the momentum of his last 10 races of 2012 in hopes of bringing home his first Daytona 500 win and the Harley J. Earl Trophy.
Daytona International Speedway plans to make Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 and the 55th annual Daytona 500 a memorable event in many ways, starting with the largest and most expansive social media effort in NASCAR to further engage fans at the “World Center of Racing” and at home.
“Daytona International Speedway boasts the largest social media following of any racetrack on the NASCAR circuit,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “During Budweiser Speedweeks, we’ll continue our efforts to get race fans closer to the sport, while also reaching out to our younger, more technologically savvy race fans.”
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Twitter Trivia and Onsite Giveaways
Race fans following @DISupdates on Twitter will have the chance to win great prizes leading up to the 55th annual Daytona 500. Trivia question giveaways and onsite scavenger hunts are just a few of the ways race fans can win free FanVision scanner rentals, tickets to upcoming races, Daytona International Speedway prize packs and more. Stay tuned for announcements on Twitter to join in the excitement leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” on Sunday, February 24.
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The DIS mobile app gives race fans FREE access to daily schedules, gate policies, directions, event information, a built-in QR code scanner, news articles and interactive GPS facility and parking maps with search capabilities. Fans can also connect with and locate friends at the race via the “Friend Finder.” Download the mobile app to your Sprint® smart phone via Google Play or the iTunes Store.
QR codes will be located throughout the track, allowing race fans to easily download the Daytona International Speedway mobile app for their Android and Apple mobile devices.
Daytona International Speedway Reward Stations
Daytona International Speedway is giving fans the ability to share their race day experiences via Facebook and the chance to win great prizes and VIP experiences by visiting a Daytona International Speedway Reward Station on Saturday, February 16, Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24.
Fans can either pre-register for the program by visiting www.disrewards.com/register or registering onsite by visiting a Daytona International Speedway Reward Station located in the Midway, Sprint FANZONE, DIS Ticket & Tours Building and Gate 8 Pedestrian Bridge.
Following registration, fans will receive a custom credential and lanyard that can be used at any of the above listed locations to take green screen photos that can be shared on Facebook and also get the chance to win instant prizes and VIP experiences.
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Fans can text DISINFO to 69050 to receive automatic updates during Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 with information relating to gate opening times, parking and more. Fans with more specific questions or assistance need can text DISFAN to 69050 and a live attendant will be on hand to respond. Standard SMS rates apply.
As the opening of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season approaches, Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark went on the record to give his annual thoughts about the upcoming season.
Last season, Clark ended up being accurate on 81.25 percent of his predictions. His 2012 season forecast included several bold proclamations, included in those were that Brad Keselowski would be in the championship mix, Denny Hamlin would win five races and that Michael Waltrip Racing would experience a breakout season, all of which came true.
Here are six things that the AMS President thinks will take place in 2013:
Ricky Stenhouse will win a race and win Rookie of the Year
“Ricky’s going to pick up and continue the momentum he had in the Nationwide Series right over into the Sprint Cup Series. Afterall, he’s in Roush-Fenway Racing equipment, so it won’t take him long to get up to speed and run with the leaders on a fairly regular basis. “
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day Weekend for the AdvoCare 500, all three Joe Gibbs Racing cars will be positioned well to lock themselves into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship
“Newly-added Matt Kenseth will provide a positive lift to the whole team. He always shows up at the end of the race near the front, after taking care of his equipment all day. He’s a proven, steady championship contender. His maturity will show through and will elevate his teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.”
Speaking of Kyle Busch, he will have a much-improved season, winning as many as four races and contending for the championship.
“Kyle is going to carry the momentum from the end of 2012 into 2013. He had fast cars last season, but had lots of bad luck. He will make noise all season and be a threat for the title.”
Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Brad Keselowski will again be title contenders right down to the final race, but they will be joined by Kasey Kahne, who will win the championship
“Kasey Kahne is my pick to win the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. He will have the best year of his career to date. He’s right in that time period of his career where drivers excel. He’s driving Hendrick Motorsports equipment, so he’s got the equipment to do everything. He’ll win races and if his early-season luck is better than 2012’s, he’ll win it all. I just hope I don’t jinx him, as I picked Carl Edwards as my championship winner last season and he didn’t even make the Chase!”
Expect to see unusual faces at the front early in the season with teams still figuring out the new Generation-6 cars
“It always takes teams a while to figure out a new body style or a new chassis. The learning curve that the new Gen-6 car will throw the teams should provide a window of opportunity for guys not normally up front to run there before the bigger, better funded teams get their typical handles on the car.”
The Nationwide Series will be more competitive than ever with the infusion of talent of Sprint Cup drivers
“Several Sprint Cup drivers have dropped down to the Nationwide Series and have found success and reinvigorated their careers. When you throw in talented drivers like Brian Vickers and Regan Smith joining up with Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr., the younger drivers will be racing against the best-of-the-best each week. Plus, other Sprint Cup drivers like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski will make appearances in the series. This will only help the young guys, like Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana, develop into better drivers, and quicker.”
Less than eight months ago, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France tasked the team at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., with developing a means to shorten the delay caused by rain.
The reasons for the initiative were many, but at the top of the list: Fans, whether in the grandstands or watching on television, should not have to wait long before racing resumes following a downpour.
NASCAR announced today Phase 1 of France’s vision, introducing the Air Titan™ track drying system that will debut during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. This innovative technology, steeped in science and created by the NASCAR R&D Center, will reduce track drying time, improve the racing product and enhance the fan experience – starting this week and including The Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
“In a short amount of time, our talented team at the NASCAR R&D Center imagined, designed and built the Air Titan, an innovative device that will dramatically improve the race-viewing experience for our fans,” France said of the initiative’s first phase. “With its far-reaching potential and impact, we believe the Air Titan is a big win for the motorsports industry, and eventually will enhance many surface cleaning and drying industries as well.”
With the ultimate goal of reducing track-drying time by up to 80%, the NASCAR R&D team took an advanced scientific approach during the production of the Air Titan™. Using compressed air, the Air Titan™ efficiently and reliably pushes water off of the racing surface and onto the apron where vacuum trucks will remove the remainder of the moisture. Jet dryers will follow each Air Titan™, drying any excess water that remains on the racing surface.
As part of the Air Titan’s™ testing process, NASCAR enlisted the expertise of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Auburn, Ala., International Speedway Corporation’s track construction group, Racing Surface Technologies and QualPro Inc. Additionally, Elgin Sweeper Company, Sullair and Ring Power CAT also provided equipment during the testing, and will be part of the track-drying process at Daytona during Speedweeks.
For the immediate future, jet dryers and vacuum trucks will continue to be used during track-drying efforts. Over time, the innovations of the Air Titan™ will lessen the carbon footprint of track drying, decreasing both emissions and noise pollution. The next evolution in the innovative technology will be to optimize the power source.
Fans will share their journeys to the Indianapolis 500 through the #Indy500or Bust marketing campaign launched March 1 by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The unique campaign, which runs through May 31, encourages fans to upload pictures of their personal journeys to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on popular social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Photos can depict either their actual trip to IMS every May or important parts of their life that attracted them to the great race.
Fans can use a special artwork kit, including instructions and art, for a homemade #Indy500or Bust cardboard sign to be featured in their uploaded photos. The sign is the focal point of the campaign and will appear on billboards, in print and be referenced throughout Month of May activities at IMS.
Instagram users can upload photos and tag themselves on an interactive map with a special hashtag, #Indy500orBust. Fans who claim their photos will have the chance to win an Ultimate VIP Experience at the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
"The Indy 500 is an aspiration for fans and drivers," said Jarrod Krisiloff, IMS senior director of marketing. "The #Indy500orBust campaign empowers fans to be advocates of why the Indy 500 is such an epic event. Pictures are worth a 1,000 words, and we are excited about incorporating Instagram into the campaign because it allows our fans and drivers to show their journey to 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' in a fun and viral way."
Popular IZOD IndyCar Series driver and Indianapolis 500 veteran Josef Newgarden of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing hosts a humorous "how to" video for the #Indy500or Bust campaign, available now at www.indy500orbust.com or the IMS YouTube channel.
The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26.
Texas Motor Speedway Offers Fans Unique Opportunity To Celebrate With Newly-Crowned Daytona 500 Champion
For the second consecutive year the Daytona 500 champion's cross-country tour will include a stop in Dallas as this year's winner will visit the House of Blues for a special champion's luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and fans can join in on the celebration with the newly-crowned champion.
Texas Motor Speedway will help celebrate the 2013 Daytona 500 champion's thrilling win with a Texas-style party, the Victory Lane Luncheon hosted by FOX Sports pit reporter Krista Voda, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Starting today, fans can purchase general admission tickets to the exclusive luncheon, which includes lunch at the House of Blues and a Q&A session with the 2013 Daytona 500 champion, for $60.
Fans also have the chance to purchase tickets for a special meet and greet with the 2013 Daytona 500 champion held prior to the program, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fans will get to the opportunity to visit and have their picture taken with the Daytona 500 champion. VIP tickets are $125. Both general admission and VIP tickets are limited so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets to the Victory Lane Luncheon in advance by calling (817) 255-6002.
To see which NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver will be visiting Dallas, tune into the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at Noon CT on FOX (TV) and MRN (Radio) nationally. Locally, the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway will be broadcast on KDFW (FOX Channel 4) and 105.3 The FAN, the official broadcast partner of Texas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Bandit Industries - a leading manufacturer of equipment for the tree service, logging, biomass, land clearing and wood waste recycling industries - will be the primary sponsor of Parker Kligerman's No. 77 Camry in the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 23.
Additionally, the Michigan-based company will serve as a primary sponsor at their home-state race, June 15 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, as a co-primary for three additional races on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule - March 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, April 12 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and May 4 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway - and an associate sponsor for two events - Kentucky Speedway in Sparta June 29 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway July 6.
"We're pleased to continue our involvement as a team sponsor in NASCAR and excited to be doing so this season with Kyle Busch Motorsports and Parker Kligerman," said Bandit Industries NASCAR Coordinator Travis Lint. "With one of NASCAR's biggest stars as its owner and a talented young driver behind the wheel, we feel that our partnership with KBM will create tremendous awareness for our brand and help drive traffic to BanditChippers.com and all of our other evolving social media channels."
"It's an honor to be representing Bandit Industries, their nearly 450 employees and over 150 worldwide dealer locations through this partnership," Kligerman said. "Kyle (Busch) has put a terrific staff in place -- both in the shop and in the front office -- that is committed to all-around success and I'm confident that we will make this partnership a winning venture for everyone involved.".
Kligerman, who begins his first full-season in the Nationwide Series, has captured one pole and registered five top-10 finishes across 18 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts. Last season, in his second full-time Camping World Truck Series campaign, the talented youngster earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October, captured two pole awards and collected eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes en route to a fifth-place finish in the final Truck Series driver's point standings.
In its inaugural Nationwide Series campaign, KBM registered 1 win, 3 poles, 15 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes en route to an eighth-place finish in the final owner's point standings. The team recorded eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes over the last 13 races of the season.
The 2012 season proved to be yet another successful year for Venturini Motorsports (VMS). Three wins, four poles, an unprecedented 38 Top-10 finishes along with ARCA’s Super Speedway Challenge title, further proved VMS’s strength in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
A mid-December test at Daytona International Speedway, hinted that the racing world would see the continuance of that dominance come the 2013 season. VMS topped the leader board throughout the three day test. John Wes Townley, current ARCA and NASCAR driver, posted the fastest speed of 181.452 MPH.
The drivers may have changed for 2013, but the team remains the same.
With this pre-season power, Venturini will field four cars for this year’s 50th running of the season opener in Daytona, the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Reel. 2013 marks the 31st consecutive year VMS has competed in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway. VMS’s Daytona driver lineup includes, Justin Boston (No.25), Milka Duno (No.35), John Wes Townley (No.15) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (No.55).
Rookie Justin Boston, one of two full-time drivers for VMS, will pilot the No.25 Zloop Computer & Electronic Recycling Toyota.
Justin Boston joins Venturini Motorsports from the world of late models. After competing in the UARA-STARS and REV-OIL Pro Cup Series’ (Formerly Hooters Pro Cup Series) under the Turner Motorsports banner the last few years, Boston is ready to embark on his first full-season campaign with VMS. Boston’s ARCA pre-season test at Daytona was promising as the rookie driver quickly found the top of the leader board, trading positions with his VMS teammates and finishing with the second fastest lap time of the weekend.
The 23 year old from Mooresville, North Carolina is anxious and excited about kicking off his inaugural ARCA stock car season at the world center of speed this weekend. Keith Hinkein will lead and serve as Boston’s crew chief. Follow Justin Boston on twitter @JustinMBoston.
Milka Duno, the second full-time driver in 2013 for VMS, will drive the No.35 CANTV / Milka Way Toyota. Veteran crew chief Kevin Caldwell will be overseeing the team’s efforts. This will be Milka’s fourth consecutive Daytona start and first with Venturini Motorsports.
Milka, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, has attained international notoriety both on and off track. Widely noted for becoming the first-ever Latina driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500, her on-track achievements also include eight wins between the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series. Milka also holds the record of highest finishing female in the annual Rolex 24 in Daytona. Off track, she is known for spear-heading “Milka Way;” an international program which strives to promote academic excellence among young students. Follow Milka Duno on Twitter @MilkaDuno.
John Wes Townley will reunite with VMS at Daytona and run the No.15 Zaxby’s Toyota under team crew chief, Kevin Reed. John Wes earned a career best third place finish with VMS at Daytona in 2010. This will be John Wes’ fourth Daytona start in the ARCA Series. Townley earned a career best third place finish with VMS at Daytona in 2010. Topping the speed charts during ARCA’s offseason testing session at Daytona, Townley has set the tone for another strong performance Saturday afternoon.
In addition to signing with Red Horse Racing to run a full 2013 NASCAR Camping World Series campaign, Townley will also pilot VMS’s No.25 Zaxby’s Toyota entry in a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) schedule. VMS will make their team debut in NNS on March 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr., commonly known as “Bubba,” will be making his ARCA/Daytona debut behind the wheel of VMS’s No.55 Toyota Manufacturing entry. Wallace, whose name has been reverberating throughout the NASCAR world, is a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
He participated in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and has run successful, consecutive years in the K&N Pro Series. In his 36 starts, he won six times and finished in the Top-10 sixteen times. Wallace won Rookie of the Year honors in the K&N Pro Series in 2010. Last season, Wallace also competed in four NASCAR Nationwide Series races; in which he captured three Top-10s. Wallace also announced late last week he will be running the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series. Next weekend Wallace will be in the No. 55 for Venturini Motorsports with NASCAR veteran crew chief Dan Deeringhoff in control. Follow Darrell Wallace on Twitter: @BubbaWallace.
The entire fleet of VMS race cars will carry associate sponsorship from national recording artists, The TRUTH band, Mudd Advertising, featuring TheADMANBook.com, Susie’s Hope, and Everfi, the critical skills company.
The V-team will arrive in Daytona early this week. Practice will be held on Thursday, February 14th from 1pm-5pm, EST. Qualifying takes place on Friday, February 15th at 2pm and the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Reel, on Saturday, February 16th at 4:30pm. Live timing and scoring will be available on arcaracing.com and the main event will be televised, starting at 4pm, on SPEED Channel.
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Platinum selling recording artist Billy Currington will entertain Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400 fans with a special infield prerace concert on Saturday, June 29 at 5:15 p.m.
Currington celebrated a string of No. 1 singles including his fifth consecutive and seventh of his career, “Let Me Down Easy,” from his fourth album, Enjoy Yourself. The album also features the No. 1 hit “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” along with the popular “Love Done Gone.”
Since his 2003 debut, Currington has sold more than 11 million albums, earned multiple Recording Industry Artists Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum certifications while creating 11 top 10 singles that earned him two Grammy Award nominations along with multiple Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards.
His performance is included with the purchase of a Quaker State 400 ticket and guests that purchase a race day Fan Zone pass will be able to view the show near the stage.
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