10.21.17: Maine’s Austin Theriault clinched the 2017 ARCA title in spite of a 25th-place finish last night at Kansas Speedway. Theriault and the rest of his No. 52 Ken Schrader racing team will be honoured at the series annual awards banquet on December 9. Michael Self won the Kansas race; his first series victory.

10.19.17: Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday to test the new ‘roval’ – a combo road course/ oval configuration – that will be used for next year’s Bank of America 500. The test got mixed reactions ranging from “interesting” to “exciting” to “slow”.

10.17.17:  Martin Truex Jr. and long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex have been voted the third quarter winners of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Pocono Spirit Award. The Spirit Award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship, and contributions to motorsports. The couple was nominated for their “Drive for Teal & Gold” campaign to raise awareness and funds for ovarian and childhood cancer. They received 45 percent of the vote. Also receiving votes were the NASCAR Foundation, Joey Logano and nominated as a group was Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

10.16.17: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy are expecting their first child, a baby girl. Jr. made the announcement Monday via social media…

10.12.17: When Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, a familiar face will lead him and the rest of the field to the green flag. Earnhardt’s wife, Amy, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the First Data 500. “I was very excited when the track approached me about driving the pace car,” she said. “Martinsville is one of Dale’s favorite tracks and seeing how happy he and the team were in Victory Lane in 2014 is something I’ll never forget. I appreciate the track letting me be a small part of Dale’s last race at a place that means so much to him.”

10.11.17: A cool post by Mark Martin on his Twitter account last night; the NASCAR legend was in Nova Scotia this past July for the IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway…

10.10.17: Brad Keselowski will run a special scheme this weekend in the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to honor Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Keselowski drove for Earnhardt, Jr in late 2007 and the full 2008 XFINITY Series season in the #88, sponsored by the U.S. Navy. This Miller Lite scheme resembles that car. Keselowski reflects on the tribute car and his relationship with Dale Jr. in a post on his blog.

10.09.17: NASCAR has explained why Jimmie Johnson was not penalized in Sunday’s race when his team tightened lug nuts on the No. 48 outside the pit box – something which NASCAR has routinely issued penalties for when teams complete work outside their pit box…A NASCAR official says they view it as a safety issue and that the penalty ended up being the spots the team lost by stopping to fix the problem (vs a one-lap penalty that NASCAR could have issued).

10.08.17: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will become the 19th member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on November 4 when he is honoured with the accolade in a ceremony at The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway. Jr’s first career win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series was at the Texas track in 1998 and in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2000.

10.07.17: The start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been moved ahead by one hour in hopes of beating the rain forecast for as the remnants of Hurricane Nate move through the area. The green flag is now set to fly at 1:10 p.m. ET (2:10 p.m. AT).

10.01.17: The Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Thursday to grant New Hampshire Motor Speedway the variances it needs to hold a three-day country music festival next summer. The country music festival would be promoted by Live Nation, a global entertainment company headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif. The speedway estimates it would bring 20,000 visitors in August 2018. New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager and Executive President David McGrath said at the Aug. 24 meeting that the performers for the festival would be “A-list” and “top-notch” country music acts. There would be four to six acts per day.

09.30.17: Harrison Burton, the 17-year-old son of retired NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, won the NASCAR K&N Series race at Dover yesterday, and in so doing clinched the series championship.

Harrison Burton (NASCAR via Getty Images)

09.26.17: The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will reach a new audience starting in October when the 2017 series races start airing on MAVTV, based in California and reaching 25 million U.S. households. MAVTV is also available in Canada on select cable networks. The 13-race NASCAR Pinty’s Series consists of 12 shows. Nine of the broadcasts will be 60 minutes in length, while three will be 90 minutes long. The shows were produced by Fuel MediaLab and TSN, with events broadcast throughout the season on TSN and RDS2.

09.25.17: Carolinas HealthCare System has announced a charitable commitment from the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation establishing a $2 million endowed chair in support of academic and research efforts at Levine Children’s Hospital. The funds will be designated to create the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer and Blood Disorders.

09.23.17: Austin Theriault picked up his seventh win of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. It was survival of the fittest in a daring four-wide move that included Theriault on a late-race restart and paid off with a win for the Fort Kent, Maine driver. He held off Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith in a green-white-checker finish. The win padded Theriault’s championship point lead unofficially by 405 points with just the series season finale remaining.

09.22.17: Both Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott crashed in Friday practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Both Hendrick Motorsports teams went to backup cars with Johnson getting a couple laps of practice, and Elliott no laps, before qualifying. The crashes were oddly similar with both drivers getting their cars into the outside retaining wall in close to the same spot on the track.

09.21.17: After securing his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory for the Biagi DenBeste Racing team at Talladega Superspeedway, co-owners Bill and Lori DenBeste asked driver Aric Almirola what his favorite color was. After answering that it was is red, Almirola didn’t think anything of it. Little did he know that he would receive a classic Shelby to celebrate his wins. The DenBestes gifted Almirola a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra CSX 6086, black with a red stripe.

Aric Almirola and son Alex in the 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra CSX 6086 gifted by Bill and Lori DenBeste

09.20.17: Good luck to Antigonish’s Donald Chisholm who will race at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Ontario this Saturday in both the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season finale and the late model support class race.

09.19.17: Chase Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team has been hit with an L-1 level penalty from NASCAR following last weekends Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. During the post-race inspection, the car was found to be in violation of “modification of components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle” section of the rule book. As a result, Elliott’s second-place finish was encumbered, crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 and suspended for one race, and the team lost 15 driver points and 15 owner points. Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalties.

09.19.17: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR’s primary driver for the 2018 season. Kahne will replace Michael McDowell in the car.

Mum with Terry Labonte and Dale Jarrett (May, 1995)

09.14.17: Miss my mom every day but especially so on special occasions like today, her birthday; she would have been 84.

09.11.17: Management of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, both in Florida and subjected to Hurricane Irma’s wrath on Sunday, have issued statements saying both facilities sustained damage but that it would not impact schedules.

09.10.17: Maine’s Austin Theriault got his sixth ARCA win of the season Saturday night at Salem Speedway in Indiana., leading 140 of 200 en route to the win. The victory stretches Theriault’s series point lead in his Ken Schrader Racing-owned No. 52 as the ARCA season winds down with three races remaining.

09.07.17: With several parts of Florida being evacuated in advance of a potential landfall by Hurrican Irma, management for both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway have opened campground facilities at their tracks to allow evacuees refuge as they wait out the storm.

09.06.17: Hendrick Motorsports and its drivers have launched a relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims. The goal is to raise $500,000 in two weeks. $200,000 has been pledged to start the fund by the four drivers (Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Chase Elliott) and Hendrick Motorsports. Another $114,900 has been donated since the initiative was launched on Tuesday.

09.05.17: Fort Kent, Maine’s Austin Theriault put an exclamation point on a picture-perfect day for Ken Schrader Racing Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt. Right after his boss Ken Schrader wheeled his own No. 9 Federated Auto Parts Modified to Victory Lane Theriault steered Schrader’s No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota to the winner’s circle in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire GRABBER 100, the 64th edition of the Southern Illinois 100. The win is Theriault’s fifth on the ARCA season and pads his point lead with just four races remaining.

09.04.17: A tough postrace inspection for Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt’s No. 88 had two loose lugnuts which will likely result in the loss of crew chief Greg Ives at this weekend’s race at Richmond. NASCAR typically announces penalties on Tuesday’s.

09.02.17: A new website has been launched at ElliottRacingHeritage.com paying homage to the Elliott family’s racing history, including lots of great info on Bill Elliott and his brothers Ernie and Dan, and Bill’s son, Chase, driver of the No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

08.31.17: NASCAR race cars in the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series will carry ‘Texas Strong’ decals on A-Post this weekend to help encourage donations to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

08.28.17: If you missed the Oxford 250 last night it will be televised October 7 on MAVTV.

08.28.17: What looked like a full course Austin Cindric runaway turned into a last-lap Austin Theriault takeaway Sunday afternoon at Road America. Theriault, in Ken Schrader’s No. 52 Toyota, steered through two last-lap incidents and came out the winner of the wild ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Road America 100. “We were lucky and smart today,” said Theriault. “We made the least amount of mistakes. I knew those guys were fast in front of me and behind me. It came down to not overdoing it, especially on that last lap.” Theriault not only increased his championship points lead with just five races remaining, the Fort Kent, Maine driver secured the Bill France 4 Crown championship at Road America.

08.27.17: With the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour rainout at Petty International Raceway last night Cole Butcher is headed back to Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine for today’s Oxford 250. Colby Smith will pilot Butcher’s No. 53 at Petty this afternoon. Butcher is logging some miles this weekend…Porter’s Lake to Oxford Thursday for Friday practice, back to Petty Saturday for the Pro Stock Tour race, then back to Oxford Saturday night for Sunday’s race, then will head back to Porter’s Lake on Monday…Just over 2500 km or 1500 miles plus laps on the track.

08.24.17: Good luck to the five race teams from the Maritimes who will enter Sunday’s Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. They include Lonnie Sommerville, Craig Slaunwhite, John Flemming, Cole Butcher, and King Racing with Maine’s Cassius Clark at the wheel. Slaunwhite and Butcher are full-time competitors with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour which races at Petty Int’l Raceway Saturday night. Slaunwhite will use substitute driver Russell Smith Jr. in the No. 99; Butcher will run both races.

08.23.17: NASCAR has penalized Kevin Lacroix for his post-race antics at Riverside International Speedway this past Sunday. Lacroix has been fined $1,000.00 plus he and his car owner are each being docked 10 championship points and Lacroix is on probation through Dec. 31. On the cool-down lap Lacroix purposely ran into and caused significant damage to winner Alex Labbe’s car. Lacroix had led much of the race until a last-lap, last-corner bump’n’run pass by Labbe. Lacroix will not appeal the penalty.

08.21.17: Even the King of NASCAR, Richard Petty, partook in eclipse-watching today. The 80-year-old donned his special glasses and reclined on a lounger to take in the show…

08.16.17: Congrats to Denny Hamlin and Jordan Fish on the birth of their second daughter earlier today. Molly Gold Hamlin is a little sister for Taylor (pictured right).

08.15.17: Robert Yates, former crew chief, team owner and engine builder in NASCAR’s top ranks, was at Stewart-Haas Racing yesterday for the unveiling of Danica Patrick’s throwback scheme for Darlington. Mr. Yates, who is to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January, has been battling cancer and told reporters that in the last week one doctor told him his liver cancer had grown 36 percent and he should seek hospice care, and then another doctor said it hadn’t grown much at all. Patrick’s race car pays tribute to Yates and the 1999 championship car driven by Dale Jarrett.

08.14.17: A new cruise ship will debut next year that features a race track on the upper deck. Norwegian Cruise Lines ‘Norwegian Bliss’ will cruise Alaska and the Caribbean seasonally starting in 2018 and among its entertainment features are a two-level track with electric go-karts – check out the promo here

08.12.17: SAD NEWS – The Maritime motorsports community lost two longtime fans in the past few days. Doug Lively, from Bedford, passed away Monday. Mike Conrod, from Dartmouth, passed away Thursday. Lively was a builder of Drag City, a stock car, and drag racing facility in Lower Sackville that operated in the late 60s, early 70s. Conrod has been a fixture in the grandstands at Scotia Speedworld since it opened, rarely missing one of the big races. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of both gentlemen.

08.10.17: Be sure to check out the newly launched website for the restoration project of the 1967 Chevelle stock car that five-time MASCAR champion Greg Sewart got his start in. The car has an amazing lineage and its story along with the restoration project photos are completely documented on the website (www.heartofachamp.ca).

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Twitter feed (8/8/17)

08.09.17: In the LOL department…by his own admission Dale Earnhardt Jr. was so “geeked” out yesterday that he left his truck running at the airport in Charlotte for the entire duration of his trip to the Washington Redskins training camp…

08.09.17: Reports are widespread that William Byron will fill the seat of Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 next year, vacated earlier this week with the news of Kasey Kahne’s departure at the end of this season. Hendrick Motorsports has yet to make an official announcement.

08.07.17: Martin’s Home Heating will sponsor the 150-lap Sportsman race at Speedway 660 on September 2 as part of the Speedweekend activities. The company has been longtime supporters of motorsports in the Fredericton area and this partnership expands their marketing relationship with Speedway 660, where they have been sponsors of the Sportsman division.

08.02.17: Kyle Busch was at Wisconsin International Raceway Tuesday night for the Dixieland 250, a late model race. Busch set fast time in time trials and went on to take the checkered flag in the event, but was disqualified during post-race tech for not meeting weight requirements. Second-place finisher Casey Johnson was awarded the victory.

07.26.17: Tickets are now available for the NASCAR weekend at Riverside International Speedway, set for August 18-19. On Friday, August 18 fans will enjoy the R&D Performancenter 100 for the NAPA Sportsman Series and the MJS Holdings East Coast Mini Stock Tour and on Saturday, August 19, it’s the Bumper to Bumper 300 for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Farrell’s Excavating Maritime Legends 50. Use Riverside’s convenient Order & Pay Online system to get your tickets today.

07.26.17: With the news that Ryan Blaney is vacating the Wood Brother No. 21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride for 2018, came the announcement from the Wood Brothers that they will be back full-time next year with Paul Menard as their driver.

07.16.17: Yowza…Dylan Blenkhorn was not the only big winner at Riverside International Speedway this past weekend. Three lucky fans took home big prizes, too. On Friday night Andrew Ritchie from Hatchet Lake, NS took home $5,623.00 from the 50/50 draw and on Saturday night it was Tracey Barkhouse from Hammonds Plains, NS who took home a whopping $14,606.00. Jerry Zwicker from New Germany, NS won the Official Lawn Tractor of the IWK 250, a brand new John Deere D125 with custom race graphics. The IWK Foundation benefits from the sales of both raffles.

07.13.17: SAD NEWS – Margaret Jean Waltrip, mother of retired NASCAR drivers Darrell and Michael Waltrip, passed away on Wednesday. She was 90.

07.12.17: Kevin and Delana Harvick are expecting a baby girl. Their five-year-old son Keelan made the announcement on his father’s SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 talk show ‘Happy Hours’ Tuesday evening.

07.11.17: Joey Logano and his wife Brittany had a gender reveal party Monday. They announced their first child will be a boy, in a very unique way – watch the video…

07.06.17: NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return in the Pace Car to the historic, 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014).

07.05.17: Single Day Tickets are now available for the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend at Riverside International Speedway from July 13-15; the popular Weekend Pass remains available as well. Order & Pay Online – click here.

06.27.18: SAD NEWS – W.R. ‘Bob’ Slack, the legendary co-owner, and promoter of Cayuga Speedway passed away Monday; he was 88. At Cayuga, Mr. Slack and his wife, Leone, were responsible for hosting some of the biggest stock car races in Canadian history, and in its heyday during the 80s featuring some of NASCAR’s top stars. According to reports Mr. Slack was enjoying being witness to the rebirth of Cayuga, now called Jukasa Motor Speedway, in Nelles Corners, Ontario, where he reportedly visited last week. Mr. & Mrs. Slack were inducted in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002. obituary

06.24.17: Theriault holds off Smith to win ARCA race…Maine’s Austin Theriault didn’t have the best car in the beginning, but his Ken Schrader Racing crew got it right for the most important part. Theriault, in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, held off a hard charge from Zane Smith, in the end, to win the Montgomery Ward 200 Friday night at Madison Int’l Speedway. Theriault also increased his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship points lead, added his third win of the season and fourth of his career.

06.21.17: Tickets are now available for the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend at Riverside International Speedway from July 13 to 15. Order and pay online on the track website. Thirty-six cars are already entered in the big race including NASCAR legend Mark Martin. Fans at the track July 14 and 15 will also have the chance to meet Choclate Myers, Legendary gas man for the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and now an internationally syndicated host of ‘Tradin’ Paint’ on Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90.

06.21.17: CONGRATS to NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne and his wife Ashton on the birth of their son, Levi, on Tuesday morning. Levi is a little brother to the couples 18-month-old daughter, Elizabeth.

06.21.17: Kyle Larson is on a roll this week…Since winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan on Sunday he has won two All-Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek dirt track races, one Monday night at Wayne County Speedway and another Tuesday evening at Sharon Speedway.

06.19.17: CONGRATS to NASCAR driver Joey Logano and his wife Brittany. They are expecting their first child next January.

Cale Yarborough (left) with my father (Laurie Roue) at Michigan Int’l Speedway – June 19, 1983

06.18.17: Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there. I miss my Dad every day but even more on this day. Sharing a favourite Father’s Day photo – our first-ever NASCAR (then) Winston Cup Series race at Michigan in 1983 when we met Dad’s hero Cale Yarborough just as we were arriving at the track. Cale was kind enough to say hi to us and let me get this picture – and then he went on to win the race.

06.16.17: Hendrick Motorsports and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson have agreed to a three-year extension that will keep one of the most accomplished drivers in history behind the wheel through 2020. In addition, Lowe’s Companies Inc. has extended its longstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing an agreement that will continue its full-season, 38-race primary sponsorship of Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS team through 2018.

06.12.17: Competitor Registration is now open for all divisions that will race at Riverside International Speedway over the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend next month (July 13-15). Pro stocks can enter the IWK 250 on July 15 here. Sportsman/Legends can enter the R&D Performancenter 150/Maritime Legends Challenge on July 14 here. Teams that enter by June 23 can get discounted pit passes, recognition in the Official Souvenir Program, and more.

06.10.17: A reminder that today’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway will see an all-driver television broadcast team with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, and Erik Jones. The show starts at 2 p.m. AT.

06.07.17: Looks like at least three pro stock teams from the Maritimes will make the trek to Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday’s event that was rescheduled from Speedway 660 last weekend. Lonnie Sommerville, John Flemming, and Cole Butcher are on the expected entry list. It will be a double-header weekend for Butcher as he is also scheduled to compete in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour race at Petty International Raceway in New Brunswick on Saturday – a test run for Butcher as he plans events at the same two tracks on one weekend in August.

06.06.17: We just got a note from Tom Nicholls, promoter of the Discover KIA Maritime Street Stock Showdown at Oyster Bed Speedway on June 24, that there is one spot available on the 44-car starting grid. To claim the spot contact Tom by phone at 902-940-3552 or email at bpmsone@gmail.com.

06.04.17: Maine’s Austin Theriault edged Christian Eckes by about two feet at the final stripe to win the wild Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night at Elko Speedway (Minnesota). Theriault, in Ken Schrader’s No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, nudged Eckes out of the way inside of four laps remaining before Eckes rooted Theriault off the bottom lane coming to the checkered flag. With their cars locked together off turn four, Theriault held firm on the high side just long enough to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.

05.31.17: Management at Riverside International Speedway have launched a new online ticket sales system. The easy, fast, and secure process presently allows fans to purchase reserved and general admission tickets online for the season-opening Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 on June 17. Tickets ordered by June 9 can be mailed or held for pickup; all orders placed from June 10 to 16 will be held for pickup on race day. Reserved seats are only available in advance and those with advance tickets avoid the lineup at the gate on race day. more here

05.29.17: If you ever questioned how much Kyle Busch hates losing, watch this (post-race interview from Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 where he finished second)…

Gotta love Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s response (via Twitter)…

05.27.17: Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver for Germain Racing, Ty Dillon, was named the ‘Most Interesting Sportsman in the World’ for Spring 2017 by industry leader Fin & Field. Dillon, 25, is the youngest ever nominee of the award. The outdoor life has been a family affair for Dillon, as he joined his brother, Austin Dillon, and his grandfather, Richard Childress, on his first hunt as a nine year old. Childress currently serves as the National Rifle Association’s First Vice President and is chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. Since that hunt 16 years ago, Dillon has hunted and fished domestically in places like Montana, Texas and Missouri and internationally in Canada, Africa and New Zealand. Dillon remains and avid hunter and angler, regularly visiting his family’s property in Davie County, North Carolina to hunt duck, turkey, deer, and fish for bass. His friendship with Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO, Johnny Morris, has led him to unique places to hunt, including his Top of the Rock Resort in Branson, Missouri.

05.26.17: Gordon Ramsay, the British-born, award-winning chef who has gained international recognition for his original TV productions, will serve as the grand marshal for the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 4 (1 p.m. ET, FS1). Ramsay will give the command for the 40 drivers in the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” field to start their engines before the green flag drops.

05.25.17: Richard Petty Motorsports management announced yesterday that Regan Smith will once again drive the iconic No. 43 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. Smith is filling in for injured Aric Almirola as he recovers from injuries sustained in a crash at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago. No replacement past this weekend has been named.

05.23.17: Justin Alexander, who has served as the crew chief of the No. 2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet for RCR and earned two wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will assume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet SS team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Austin Dillon. Alexander holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Prior to RCR, Alexander served in various engineering roles with Hendrick Motorsports. Alexander’s first race in his new role will be for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, replacing Richard “Slugger” Labbe. Labbe is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

05.22.17: Harrison Burton, the 17-year-old son of retired NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, won the ARCA Menard’s 200 at Toledo Speedway (OH) yesterday. Dalton Sargent was second and Chad Finley third. complete results

05.18.17: Saint John’s Lonnie Sommerville is on the ecpexted entry list for Sunday’s ‘Road to the Oxford 250’ PASS North SLM race at Autodrome Montmagny in Quebec. It will be Sommerville’s second run this year in the Brad Silliker Racing owned No. 2. entry list here

05.16.17: The entry list for Saturdays’ Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season oepner shows the King Racing #13 entry as driver TBA…Team owner and Hall of Famer Rollie MacDonald was in the car last Saturday at the pre-season test’n’tune, but no indication if he will run Saturday, or not…

05.12.17: Five-time Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion is expected to be in the field next Saturday (May 20) at Scotia Speedworld when the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour kicks off the 2017 season. Flemming has spent the best part of the winter rebuilding his team from a devastating fire last year that totally destroyed his shop and most of the contents. Early indicators are that Flemming will run a limited schedule with the series this year.

05.08.17: Ricky Stenhouse, father of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., was apparently detained at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday after trying to climb a fence in his excitement to get to Victory Lane to see his son. He had watched the race from the grandstand in Turn 3. When he discovered he couldn’t climb the fence he ran to the Turn 4 vehicle-only tunnel and tried to use it to gain access to the infield where he was apprehended by security. Stenhouse says he showed the officer his ID and several other personal items but they didn’t believe his identity – until Ricky Jr. called to find out where he was. Track personnel then escorted him to Victory Lane.

05.05.17: Inclement weather postponed today’s running of the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. As a result, the General Tire 200 will serve as the anchor event of a Saturday Tripleheader, that will include the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Noon CDT, followed by qualifying for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 3 p.m. The General Tire 200 is tentatively set for 5 p.m. (local).

Scott Kelly

05.02.17: Today’s edition of CheckersToWreckers.com is published in memory of Scott Kelly who passed away May 2, 1999. Scott was an accomplished well-known racer when he lost a two-year battle with cancer at just 28 years of age. He was from Lower Sackville, NS, and son of the late Junior Kelly, also a well-known racer from this region. Both Scott and his father were inducted into the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2008.

05.01.17: It was an electrical problem that sidelined Lonnie Sommerville on lap five of the PASS North race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this past weekend – a disappointing start for his first race with Brad Silliker Racing. The team will look for redemption in its next start on May 21 at Autodrome Montmagny in Quebec, a ‘Road to the Oxford 250’ event for the PASS North series.

05.01.17: Dylan Blenkhorn, from Truro, NS, was a guest on Race Time Radio last night and spoke about his 2017 plans…Blenkhorn will make his full-time return to the Part for Trucks Pro Stock Tour after sitting out the last couple races of last season. Blenkhorn won three races and was leading the point standings before a parts penalty knocked him out of title contention.

04.28.17: The Pro  All Stars Series (PASS) North SLM division is at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine this Saturday for the Beech Ridge 300, a national championship race. Barnesville, New Brunswick’s Lonnie Sommerville will make his first start of the year with new-for-2017 team Brad Silliker Motorsports. Racing starts at 3 p.m. (local time).

04.27.17: The Registration & Rules package for the inaugural Iceberg 200 at Eastbound Speedway (NF) on August 19 is now available. click here

04.27.17: JR Motorsports posted a video with reaction to Dale Jr.’s retirement announcement this week from many top NASCAR stars…

04.25.17: Two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion DJ Kennington announced yesterday that he will enter the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 7. Kennington will be driving for Gaunt Bros Racing, the same team he ran with in the Daytona 500. Sponsor announcements are tba…

04.23.17: The forecast for Bristol. TN today can be described in one word – WET. More than 70 mm of rain are forecast to fall in the area through the wee hours of Monday morning. Monday’s forecast is overcast but dry. The track, however, sits is a valley and often misses the brunt of bad weather – so it is widely expected that officials will not be hasty in making any decisions about postponing the event…

04.23.17: Oxford Plains Speedway dried up enough late Saturday to allow a short practice session in preparation for Sunday’s PASS 150. A full field of super late model race cars is expected with PASS and Oxford regulars along with Greg Fahey from St. Stephen, NB and Cole Butcher from Porter’s Lake, NS.

04.20.17: This is sad…Noted motorsports artist Sam Bass who recently announced he is on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant is now being forced to sell off many of his first editions and other collectibles through two court-ordered bankruptcy sales. The first sale runs from April 25 to May 3, live and online, and the second auction is online only May 2 to May 9. More than 250 pieces of previously unavailable artwork will be sold as well as an extensive collection of custom and vintage guitars and amplifiers. The NASCAR community has started fundraising for Bass to help cover $350,000 in anticipated medical costs.

04.19.17: Yeehaw! How about this for excitement? A $10k-to-win 10 lap race – yep, $10k for 10 laps. The invitation-only event is June 10 at Baer Field Motorsports Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ten of the best drivers Outlaw Super Late Model Drivers in the region will be the invitees. A pill draw will determine the starting lineup and not be revealed until the drivers are in their cars on the grid.

04.19.17: Just as it is about to start its 58th season, Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont has been sold. Long-time track owners Tom Curly and Ken Squier sold the facility to former racer Cris Michaud and local businessman Patrick Malone. Michaud will be in charge of daily operations and continue as Race Director, a role he’s held for the past few seasons since leaving the driver’s seat. Plans are to keep the show structure as already announced while at the same time start improving infrastructure.

04.18.17: The final appeal of the penalties assessed to Team Penske after the Phoenix race will be heard April 25. The No. 2 car driven by Brad Keselowski failed post-race inspection as it had rear steer with more skew than allowed in the rule book. Crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65k and suspended for three races (of which he has served one) and Keselowski docked 35 championship points. Wolfe will be at Bristol this weekend as the appeal is pending; if they lose the appeal he would sit out races at Richmond and Talladega.

Dad  with the ‘Golden Hawk’ (1969)

04.16.17: Today’s edition of CheckersToWreckers.com is published in memory of my father, Laurie Roue, who passed away April 16, 2015. He was my hero. I miss him every day.

04.15.16: Both Cole Buther and Nicholas Naugle were on track at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) Friday in practice sessions for today’s Easter Bunny 150. Only a few of the 32 teams on hand had transponders installed so no times.

04.14.17: Add Nicholas Naugle to the list of local talent in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina this Saturday. Naugle, from Dartmouth (NS), joins Cole Butcher from Porter’s Lake (NS) as two of the names posted on the expected entry list for the PASS-sanctioned race. See the complete entry list here.

04.13.17: Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe will be suspended for the next two races as a three-member NASCAR appeals panel ruled against Team Penske following a hearing Wednesday. Keselowski’s fifth-place car failed postrace inspection March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway as it had a rear steer of more than 0.56 degrees of skew. NASCAR suspended Wolfe for three races, fined him $65,000 and docked Keselowski 35 points. Wolfe sat out one race before Penske decided to appeal the penalty. He is expected to miss the upcoming races at Bristol and Richmond.

04.10.17: Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) won the INEX Legends Cars Semi-Pro division championship in the Battle at the Big Top series held last week at the Lil Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Congrats on a great run!

04.09.17: Sam Bass, a renowned motorsports artist who is responsible for iconic NASCAR racecar designs, program covers, posters, and more, announced earlier today that he needs a kidney transplant and will start dialysis immediately. Bass has Type 1 diabetes which also caused him to lose a portion of his left leg in 2008 and a life-threatening illness in 2014.

04.08.17: An update on Cory Hall’s week in Texas at the INEX Legends Cars Battle at the Big Top series…After winning the first two nights in the semi-pro division, he won again on Thursday evening and finished third on Friday night. The series concludes tonight.

Mum with Terry Labonte and Dale Jarrett (May, 1995)

04.06.17: Today’s edition of CheckersToWreckers.com is published in memory of my mother, Mae Roue, who passed away April 6, 2013. She was my rock. I miss her every day.

04.06.17: Cory Hall grabbed the checkers again last night in Texas for his seventh feature win of 2017; with the win he retains the INEX Legends Semi-Pro division point leader.

04.05.17: CONGRATS to Cory Hall from Jolicure, NB on his Legends Semi-Pro division feature win last night at Lil Texas Motor Speedway in the Battle at the Big Top (April 4,5,6,7,8). It is the 18-year-olds sixth win of the year after making four trips to Victory Lane at the INEX Winter Nationals in Florida, and another win at Concord Speedway in North Carolina. Thanks to Tim Terry/Tim’s Corner for the update; Tim is in Texas announcing the event for LegendsNation.tv where you can catch the action live online.

04.03.17: SAD NEWS – Sam Ard, a two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion, passed away Sunday; he was 78. Ard, from Asheboro, North Carolina, competed in the Busch Series (now XFINITY Series) from 1982 to 1984 and during that short time scored two titles (1983, 1984), 22 wins and 24 poles (92 races) with an amazing average of 5.5. His career was derailed after bing seriously injured in a crash at the North Carolina Speedway. He battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in his later years.

03.30.17: Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced yesterday that crew chief Dave Rogers will take personal leave for an indefinite period of time and Scott Graves will assume the role of crew chief for the #19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team. Graves has been serving as the crew chief for JGR’s #18 NASCAR XFINITY Series team. His replacement will be named next week.

03.30.17: Team Penske will appeal the penalty imposed upon Brad Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix on March 19. A statement to that effect was released by Team Penske yesterday: “After having the opportunity to review the facts, Team Penske has decided to appeal the penalties following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix. We have requested an appeal hearing and we plan to follow the process as outlined in the NASCAR rulebook. The appeals administration has granted our request to defer the two races remaining on Paul Wolfe’s suspension until the results of our appeal are known.”

03.29.17: Planning on going to Monster Jam at Scotia Speedworld in May? Want to save money on your ticket? Groupon is offering a limited time discount offering $24 tickets for $15. As long as quantities last you can pick from any of the three shows. This deal ends at midnight Thursday (March 30).

03.28.17: Entires are rolling in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on August 27. More than 30 names are on the list already and include defending Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion Cole Butcher along with  Oxford 250 champions and PASS champions.

03.23.17: Bristol Motor Speedway held a closed tire test yesterday for super late model teams in advance of the inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals May 19-21.  As a result, officials expect a minimum tire pressure rule to be mandated for the event. One of the cars crashed entering turn three while running a low tire pressure; the driver was not injured.

03.23.17: SAD NEWS – Pete Hamilton, winner of the 1970 Daytona 500 passed away Wednesday; he was 74. Hailing from Newton, Massachusetts, Hamilton won four races in NASCAR’s top division, two at Daytona and two at Talladega. Three of those wins came as a driver for Petty Enterprises. He was the 1967 NASCAR national sportsman champion and the 1968 rookie of the year in NASCAR’s premiere division.

03.20.17: Kyle Busch is selling “Everything Is Great” t-shirts with proceeds going to the Kyle Busch Foundation.  He coined the phrase Friday at Phoenix by saying it repeatedly to reporters questioning him about his run-in with Joey Logano the week before at Las Vegas.

Ralph Lessard

03.16.17: Fifteen-year-old Raphael Lessard, from Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, is set to make his ARCA debut on April 8 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TN), his first of three starts planned for this season with Venturini Motorsports. Lessard in the 2016 CARS Tour champion, scoring four wins en route to the title. He will continue to run super late models this in conjunction with his ARCA schedule and his grade 11 high school studies.

03.16.17: NASCAR’s Las Vegas penalty report is out and it does not include sanctions for anyone involved in the Kyle Busch/Joey Logano fight after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. Two loose lug nut penalties were issued to the tune of $10,000 each, one to Cole Pearn, crew chief on the No. 78 driven by Martin Truex, Jr., and one to Robert ‘Bootie’ Barker, crew chief on the No. 13 driven by Ty Dillon; both cars were found with one loose lug nut post race.

03.15.17: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, was in Charlotte (NC) yesterday to learn more about NASCAR. He visited Hendrick Motorsports and Charlotte Motor Speedway where he took a few speedy laps around the track with Dale Earnhardt Jr., then did a few laps behind the wheel himself. The visit is part of a year-long challenge that involves visiting every U.S. state and meeting with people to learn more from communities and help Facebook continue to positively influence the world. As you might expect Zuckerberg documented his track experience on Facebook Live…

03.15.17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up to host a new exclusive show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio later this month. “Happy Hours” will air every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. ET beginning March 28. The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Series champ will be joined by co-host Matt Yocum to talk about life on and off the race track. Harvick, a winner of the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Southern 500, boasts 35 career NASCAR Cup Series victories. He is also a two-time Xfinity Series champion. The new show will be available to listeners nationwide on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app.

03.14.17: It’s safe to say the talk of the racing world yesterday was focused on the Las Vegas post-race fisticuffs between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, and while public opinion swings both ways three voices will be heard louder than all the others…First, two top NASCAR execs, Brian France and Steve O’Donnell,  commented with O’Donnell saying they will likely not react to the incident unless new evidence emerges and France echoing the sentiment saying the drivers likely won’t face severe penalties if any. Later in the day Busch’s longtime sponsor, Mars Inc. (M&M’s), expressed its disappointment in the actions of their driver: “The recent actions by Kyle Busch are not consistent with the values of Mars Chocolate North America. While we are disappointed with the situation, we hope the drivers and team members involved learn from this experience and continue to grow as professional athletes representing the sport.”

03.12.17: It was reported during the XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas on Saturday that Bubba Wallace was battling flu-like symptoms…After a strong run with a sixth-place finish, he posted a photo on his Twitter account showing himself on a gurney wearing an oxygen mask and saying he’d had three IV’s…

03.09.17: NASCAR doled out penalties yesterday for infractions at Atlanta this past weekend. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, AJ Allmendinger’s team lost 35 points, $65,000, and the crew chief was suspended for three races – Allmendinger’s car had three loose lug nuts in post-race inspection. Kyle Busch’s winning NASCAR XFINITY Series car was found to be too low in post-race inspection and so was fined with the loss of 10 points, $10,000, and the crew chief suspended for one race. Chase Elliott’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride was found to have clearance issues and loose lug nuts in post-race tech resulting in fines of $7,500, a one-race suspension for the crew chief, and the loss of 10 points.

03.08.17: In celebration of Richard Petty’s 80th birthday in 2017, Phoenix Raceway is offering fans a special $43 grandstand ticket for the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 19. Fans will have a chance to say “Happy Birthday” to the “The King” when Petty makes an appearance on the DC Solar Power Pavilion (formerly Fan Midway) main stage for a Q&A at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 prior to the start of the Camping World 500. The first 80 fans to take advantage of this royal ticket offer will also receive a specialty item autographed by the NASCAR Hall of Famer, after the event. Tickets are located in the Upper Petty Grandstand and a portion of each purchase will be donated to the Petty Family Foundation/Victory Junction. Tickets to all events throughout Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.

03.07.17: The MJS Holdings Ltd Maritime Mini Stock Tour will be holding a drivers meeting March 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lower Truro Community Hall, 18 Kent Rd, Truro Heights, NS. The meeting is not mandatory but highly recommended for those who wish to voice opinions, ideas or seek clarification of rules and procedures.

03.06.17: AJ Allmendinger will likely face penalties this week from NASCAR after officials found three loose lug nuts post-race at Atlanta on Sunday. The precedent is a three-week suspension for the crew chief, loss of 35 driver championship points, and a $65,000 fine. Penalties, if any, are expected Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

03.03.17: The first laps under the new lights at Martinsville Speedway (VA) took place last night – very cool…

03.02.17: Do you know someone who should be recognized for their accomplishments in and/or their contribution to Canadian motorsports? If the answer is yes, you have until March 12 to nominate them for the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2017. more info here

03.01.17: As Martinsville Speedway celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, fans will get more value for their ticket to the fall race, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify and race on the same day, Sunday, October 29. Saturday will have an “old-school” feel as well, as NASCAR will return to a true “happy hour” practice session, immediately following the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. All kids 12-and-under are admitted free on Saturday. Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR are also planning a fan event on Friday, October 27, featuring some of NASCAR’s top stars. More information on the event will be available in the coming months. NASCAR makes its first visit to Martinsville Speedway March 31-April. In addition to buying tickets at the track, tickets can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

02.28.17: Management at Riverside International Speedway are working through the IWK 250 Campground renewals…As of yesterday, they had all the Family 1 section packages are in the mail. They expect Family 2 packages to be out this week and then the Adult section packages will follow soon thereafter. Those who want a site this year but didn’t have one last year should email mclean@riversidespeedway.ca with their daytime contact info, RV type and size; these names are being added to the wait list that will be addressed after the renewals are finished.

02.26.17: Six cars will go the rear to start today’s Daytona 500, for various reasons. As a result of damage to primary cars…Jimmie Johnson (#48), Paul Menard (#27), and Ryan Blaney (#21). As a result of failing to meet minimum ride height inspections… (#37), Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger (#47), Martin Truex Jr. (#78).

Mine, too, Dale Jr. Mine, too.

02.25.17: A great tribute to the father-son relationship of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

02.25.17: Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of Sunday’s Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car.

02.24.17: Joey Loagno has signed a 10-year contract extension with Penske Racing. The announcement follows the news that Team Penske partner Shell-Pennzoil will continue as the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Logano through the 2022 season and beyond. Since joining Team Penske in 2013, Logano has earned 15 Cup Series wins, nine XFINITY Series wins, three XFINITY Owners’ titles and he has finished inside the top 10 in the Cup Series championship standings each season.

02.20.17: Reports out of Volusia Couty Speedway (Florida) that a car flipped over a fence into a spectator viewing area last night. The following statement was released by DIRTCar Nationals, sanctioning body for the event: Three participants in the pit area were injured in an incident at a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at Volusia Speedway Park Sunday night when a car went through the fence in turn two. All patients were treated by emergency personnel immediately according to safety protocol and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. UPDATE:  We would like to extend a thank you for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for the three participants injured in the pit area Sunday night during the 46th running of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Two of the three individuals remain in the care of medical staff at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Each have family present at the hospital and have requested privacy at this time. Michael Brooks, 69, of Kalamazoo, Mich., is one of the individuals involved. His family and friends are at Halifax Health Medical Center and have requested privacy. Meanwhile, Gary Streek, of the United Kingdom, has been discharged. His uncle, Alan Wardel, was admitted after experiencing some discomfort while visiting Streek at Halifax, but has since been discharged as well.

Laurie Roué with the ‘Golden Hawk’ (1969).

02.19.17: Remembering my dad, Laurie Roue. It would have been his 85th birthday. Miss him every day.

02.16.17: Just read a great article on Dale Earnhardt Jr. in which he reveals his innermost thoughts about a bevy of subjects including his career, his personal life, his father, and lots more. It’s worth the time to check it out here.

02.14.17: The NASCAR Pinty’s Series has a new director… Cherie Putnam will take over as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series director. Putnam, a native of Windsor, Ontario, has been involved in the sport for over 25 years. She was part of a Sunset Speedway championship and two NASCAR Pinty’s Series titles and has worked the last five years as a NASCAR official. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series, the national championship for racing in Canada, will open the season on its traditional Victoria Day Weekend (Sunday, May 21) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and continue their cross-country trek with 13 races. Putnam replaces Alex Nagy who resigned last fall to become general manager for Jukasa Motor Speedway in Ontario.

02.14.17: Mario Andretti, who along with A.J. Foyt, Jamie McMurray and most recently Jeff Gordon, are the only drivers to win both the DAYTONA 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Andretti and Daytona International Speedway will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his epic 1967 DAYTONA 500 triumph throughout Speedweeks 2017. As part of his Honorary Race Official duties for “The Great American Race,” Andretti will be introduced at the drivers’ meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies, ride in one of the parade cars and take part in question-and-answer sessions in fan hospitality areas and the UNOH Fanzone. In addition, a replica of Andretti’s 1967 DAYTONA 500-winning No. 11 Holman-Moody Ford will be on display on DAYTONA 500 Weekend in the UNOH Fanzone. Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of motorsports, having been named Co-Driver of Century by the Associated Press in 1999. He won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar Series championships and the Indianapolis 500 in 1969. Andretti and Foyt are the only drivers to have won both the DAYTONA 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

02.13.17: An interesting read by Jeff Gordon in a blog post called “Unfinished Business“. Gordon talks about his Rolex 24 experience starting at how the deal with Wayne Taylor Racing came together through the team celebration in Victory Lane just a couple weeks ago.

02.12.17: CONGRATS to 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski who married his longtime girlfriend Paige White Saturday. The couple posted a video of their day on social media.

02.09.17: Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced today that Regan Smith will be behind the wheel of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network/Advance Auto Parts/Valvoline Ford F-150 for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and 11 other series events in 2017. Long-time crew chief Mike Hester will be calling the shots on race day. The team is running Ford F-150s with Roush-Yates engines.

02.05.17: The IWK 250 Celebrity Driver Contest closes Tuesday at midnight, the day before management for Riverside will announce the identity of the celebrity driver for this year’s race. They’ve given three hints: 1) It will be this driver’s first time at the IWK 250, and 2) This driver has raced in all three of NASCAR’s national series, and 3) (final): This driver is one of only 27 who has won races in all three of NASCAR’s national series. Visit the track Facebook page to see the list of 27 drivers and to enter the contest.

02.05.17: Jared Irvan, son of retired NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, won the PASS South Winter Meltdown held Saturday at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina. Christian Eckes was second, Bradley McCaskill third, Ben Rowe fourth, and Spencer Davis rounded out the top five. Complete results here.

02.04.17: Management at Riverside International Speedway are just days away from making their 2017 IWK 250 Celebrity Driver announcement. According to their website and Facebook posts, the driver will be one who has never been in the IWK 250. Fans can enter a contest to win a weekend pass to the event by visiting the RIS Facebook page.

02.04.17: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in the television broadcast booth as a commentator during the Clash at Daytona on February 18. Jr. will join the FOX team to watch his No. 88 in the race with Alex Bowman at the wheel. Bowman earned the Clash entry last season while he was filling in for Earnhardt Jr. as he recovered from a concussion.

02.03.17: Management for the NAPA Sportsman Series will use Facebook as its online presence in 2017 (i.e. the series website is gone), starting with the 2017 Driver Registration Form. more here

02.02.17: Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in Disney•Pixar’s upcoming movie “Cars 3,” will serve as Grand Marshal for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. Wilson is the latest name on a long list of actors who have served as DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including Gerard Butler, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey.

02.02.17: Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr.,  will make his Daytona 500 debut in the Circle Sport TMG chartered number 33 Chevrolet, marking the first time two Earnhardt’s have competed in the Daytona 500 since 2001. Veteran crew chief, Pat Tryson, will make the calls for Jeffrey Earnhardt.

02.01.17: Management at Petty International Raceway are offering reserved camping spaces at the facility for the 2017 season. The cost is $150 and benefits include your lot of choice for every event and the option of leaving it there between events. Camping is still available on a non-reserved basis. Sites are unserviced. more here

02.01.17: Recently retired Carl Edwards was at Phoenix Raceway yesterday to help his replacement driver, Daniel Suarez, in his first laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 19. Edwards spoke with media who quizzed him about rampant rumors Edwards was interested in a political career. Edwards said he isn’t ruling anything out down the road but has no immediate plans to do so. Edwards also seemed perplexed as to the curiosity surrounding his surprise retirement; he thought he had explained himself adequately when he made the announcement in early January. He added that he feels no obligation for further explanation.

01.31.17: Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) announced yesterday that Ryan Truex, the 2009 and 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, will run a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule in 2017, driving the No. 16 Toyota Tundra. Truex, younger brother to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., competed in 15 events with HRE in 2016 bringing home a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in February. Scott Zipadelli will take over the crew chief duties for Truex in 2017, his first season with HRE. In 2016, Zipadelli picked up his first-career NCWTS victory in August at Michigan International Speedway. The veteran crew chief also has three NASCAR Xfinity Series victories on his resume.

01.30.17: The Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2017 class of inductees through March 12. If there is someone you think is a worthy candidate why not nominate them? The process is straightforward and satisfying. To learn more please visit www.cmhf.ca.

01.29.17: As of 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. AT) the Wayne Taylor Racing team is the overall leader in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jordan Taylor is currently at the wheel under an extended caution for heavy rain. Jeff Gordon, Ricky Taylor, and Max Angelelli have all taken stints in the driver’s seat since the race started yesterday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The current forecast shows it will be wet there until mid-morning; they will race in the rain, but not heavy rain, since that impedes visibility to the point it culd be unsafe. Television coverage is back at Noon today; in the meantime, you can watch a live stream here (be sure to click on the manufacturer icon’s at bottom of screen for an in-car expereince that will make you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat!)

01.27.17: Michael Waltrip announced yesterday that this year’s Daytona 500 will be his last NASCAR start. It will be his 30th run in the event, in which he is a two-time winner. Waltrip, 53, retired from full-time racing several years ago and since then has run only NASCAR’s restrictor plate races. He will be driving a No. 15 Toyota sponsored by Aaron’s.

01.27.17: The Rolex 24 at Daytona is this weekend, with practice starting yesterday. Four-time retired NASCAR star Jeff Gordon has teamed up with Taylor Racing for the event, his first start in the race in over 10 years. Along with his co-drivers,  Jordan and Ricky Taylor and endurance driver Max Angelelli, the team put their No. 10 IMSA  Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R atop the scoreboard to finish Thursday’s practice. In qualifying, they finished P4. The race starts Saturday afternoon at 2:30 ET with coverage by Fox Sports and MRN Radio.

01.26.17: Dover International Speedway in Delaware is now offering ‘Carefree Camping’ for its NASCAR race weekends. The experience includes a large tent furnished with your choice of one or two beds or cots, race tickets, pit passes and access to ‘The Retreat’ complete with charging stations, showers, and a community lounge area. Prices start at $330 (USD) which, according to advertisements, can save fans more than $200. more here

Martinsville Speedway during the lighting test on Jan. 25 (photo via Twitter).

01.26.17: And then there was light – at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia – last night when management tested the new  $5 million LED lighting system that has been installed over the past several weeks. The 1/2-mile oval, the oldest track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, was lit up like daytime with only four of 19 poles illuminated, as you can see in the photo they shared on social media. Currently, the lighting system is not scheduled to see competition until September 23 for the Valley Star Credit Union 300, a race for late model stock cars.

01.24.17: JR Motorsports announced today that Liberty University, the largest private, nonprofit university in the United States, will sponsor William Byron in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017. Byron will drive the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro in 17 of 33 events this season, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 25). It was also announced Dave Elenz will serve as crew chief for Byron and the No. 9 Liberty University team in 2017. Elenz, a 35-year-old native of Gaylord, Mich., transitions from a two-year stint as crew chief of JRM’s No. 88 entry. He guided the team to four victories with drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick.

01.22.17: NASCAR has scheduled a press conference for Monday evening where officials are expected to announce format changes for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Speculation includes a new points system and qualifying procedures, although nothing has been confirmed. Monday’s start time is 6 p.m. ET (7 p.m. AT).

01.22.17: While his Hendrick Motorsports teammates and co-workers were partying in Charlotte (NC) with country music stars Zac Brown and  Brad Paisley to celebrate boss-man Rick Hendrick’s induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. traveled to Scottsdale (AZ) for his first-ever Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction. Jr.and his longtime sponsor Nationwide auctioned two vehicles with 100% of the benefits going to charity. A package deal, the 2014 No. 88 Nationwide NASCAR race car and a Jr-custom 1970 Chevelle sold for $400,000.

01.20.17: The NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is tonight at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Richard Childress, Mark Martin, Rick Hendrick, the late Benny Parsons, and the late Raymond Parks will join the prestigious list of inductees. The event will be broadcast on television by NBCSN starting at 8 p.m. ET. According to current program guides the show will not be aired in Canada (grrrr). MRN Radio will open its 2017 broadcast schedule with coverage of the event, starting at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. AT) – fans can listen via SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 or by streaming online on MRNRadio.com and the MRN app.

01.19.17: Tony Stewart has confirmed his 2017 racing season will start February 9 where he will compete in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, a series owned by Stewart. Stewarts spoke at a Ford Performance media event Wednesday indicating he plans to run the series three events at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida from Feb 9-11. His team will follow the series to Volusia Raceway Park for events Feb 15 and 16 but Stewart is not committing himself as the driver, pending how he feels after Ocala. If Stewart sits those races out then Christopher Bell will run the car. Stewart’s 2017 schedule will include as many as 80 races and should be confirmed and released shortly.

01.19.17: Management at Petty International Raceway have posted the 2017 rules amendments as well as an online form for 2017 driver registrations. The registration fee is $20 until April 30 and $30 starting May 1.

01.18.17: Alex Bowman, the young driver who impressed many is his substitute role for Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year, has just one race on his 2017 schedule so far – the Clash at Daytona. He’ll drive the Clash for Hendrick Motorsports where he has a day job and has a strong affiliation with JR Motorsports that fields top XFINITY Series teams. Bowman remains hopeful he’ll put a ride together, with funding the key issue holding him back.

01.15.17: Darrell Waltrip is recovering from full knee replacement surgery. The NASCAR legend let the world know yesterday via Twitter, adding the surgery was the result of old injuries coming back to haunt him…a busted knee in a crash at Daytona in 1990…

01.13.17: Tony Stewart retired? Maybe from NASCAR, but unconfirmed reports are circulating he has 71 races on his 2017 schedule, so far, and is looking to add another 10 or so to round out the season.

01.11.17: If the Indy 500 is on your bucket list and you are a Keith Urban fan, this would be the year to do it. Track management announced yesterday that Urban, one of country music’s biggest stars and a four-time Grammy winner, will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 27, the day before the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Tickets go on-sale Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. with a pre-sale for current 2017 IMS ticketholders taking place at an earlier date. Please visit www.ims.com for more info…

01.10.17: Jon Wes Townley, who won his only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2015, will no longer compete in NASCAR and his family-owned Athenian Motorsports team will shut down operations. Townley, 27, missed two races in 2016 due to concussion symptoms; he made 100 career starts in the Truck Series and 76 in the XFINITY Series.

01.09.17: Kurt Busch and girlfriend Ashley Van Meter were married this past Saturday. Busch made the announcement via social media.

01.08.17: According to a  tweet by Centre for Speed GM Tim Wile, they will be announcing “three new, next generation stock car classes in the coming days…”

01.06.17: Rules Pacakges for the 2017 season at Speedway 660 have been posted. Find them here.

01.05.17: Scotia Speedworld management have opened driver registration for the 2017 season. More here

01.05.17: Management for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour have opened driver registration for the 2017 season – more here

01.03.17: Speedway 660 ‘Early Bird’ 2017 Season Passes are now available. The discounted early bird cost is $200.00 for a grandstand pass and $220.00 for a pit pass. They cover all race events at Speedway 660 throughout the 2017 season. The prices will increase after February 15.  Email shawnaroy@remax.net or call 506-476-0852.

01.01.17: Happy New Year! Only 48 days ’til the first NASCAR race of the year at Daytona…

12.22.16: Management at Scotia Speedworld have released the 2017 rules packages for the Weekly Racing Series divisions. They can be found the track website.

12.21.16: The grand reopening of Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly known as Cayuga Speedway) in Nelles Corners, Ontario will be August 26-27, 2017. The dates were released with the APC Series schedule. Officials at Jukasa acknowledged the announcement as being thrilled to have the series as a big part of their grand reopening weekend and added that more announcements will follow…

12.17.16: Richard Petty Motorsports will be a one car team in 2017. Team officials issued a statement yesterday in response to Thursday’s news they had leased a NASCAR charter to GoFas Racing. “At the conclusion of the 2016 season, we evaluated how to best improve our on-track product. We feel that it’s in the best interest of our partners and for Richard Petty Motorsports to focus our resources on the No. 43 Ford Fusion and Aric (Almirola) in 2017. A concentrated effort on one team will position us for improvement while giving us adequate time to reestablish our two-car team in 2018. For the interim, we will lease one of our two charters.”

12.16.16: The Wood Brothers Racing team has acquired a NASCAR charter for the 2017 season which pretty much guarantees driver Ryan Blaney will have a starting spot for every race next year with the iconic No. 21. The transfer was a result of musical chairs for charters that played out this week seeing GoFas Racing leasing the No. 32 charter to the Wood Brothers and then, in turn, GoFas leased the No. 44 charter from Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Why would they lease one they have and then lease another? Well, the charter system has a provisional that if a team is in the bottom three charter teams for three years then the charter can be revoked. By leasing the No. 32 charter to the Wood Brothers, GoFas is upping the chances the No. 32 charter will not land n the bottom three teams in 2017. Matt DiBenedetto will drive for GoFas Racing. Since RPM has let go of the No. 44 charter for 2017, the unanswered question to-date is whether they will field one or two teams next year.

12.14.16: Braden Langille from Shubenacadie, NS is one of eight finalists in (Gary) Crooks Racing 2017 STAR Tryouts. In November, Crooks Racing made a call out to Legends Car and other drivers interested in applying for the spots. After evaluating the applications, the final eight were announced earlier this week. The drivers will be judged on their abilities on the race track, but also off the track in the realm of media applications as well. The next phase of the Tryouts is a two-day session at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on January 14-15. Eventually, Crooks Racing will announce a winner will receive a contract of a minimum of 20 races in a combination of the Super Late Model events, including but not limited to, PASS and the CARS Tour. Langille is the only Canadian among the Tryout finalists; at 15-years-old, he is also the youngest.

Jukasa Motor Speedway (via Twitter)

Jukasa Motor Speedway (via Twitter)

12.12.16: The rebuild of Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly Cayuga Speedway) is coming along with officials posting an aerial view (above) of the facility taken last week. The 5/8-mile track in Hagersville, Ontario (100 km from Toronto) has hosted some of the biggest stock car races and stars in Canadian stock car racing history. No word on an opening date of schedule yet.

161212_kez12.12.16: CONGRATS to Brad Keselowski and longtime girlfriend Paige White who became engaged yesterday. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ posted the news on his Twitter account last night along with photos of the event.

12.12.16: The newly formed Maritime Mini Stock Tour is looking for board members. There is a meeting on Sunday, December 18 at Dooly’s in Bedford, NS, starting at 2 p.m., for anyone interested in joining the board. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via the series Facebook page. Learn more about the series at www.maritimeministocktour.com.

Presley Elizabeth Bowyer (via Twitter)

Presley Elizabeth Bowyer (via Twitter)

12.10.16: CONGRATS TO Clint Bowyer and his wife Lorra on the birth of their second child, 9 lb 2 oz Presley Elizabeth Bowyer, a sister for Cash. The Bowyer’s announced the news on their Twitter accounts, including a photo of the baby girl.

12.06.16: Martinsville Speedway will celebrate 70 years with its fans by giving one of them an iconic grandfather clock similar to that which is awarded race winners at the Virginia oval. The clock is perhaps the most cherished trophy in all of NASCAR. For each ticket purchased for the STP 500 on April 2, fans will be entered in the Fans 500 with the lucky winner taking home the clock. More info at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

12.03.16: Amy Reimann, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fiance “spilled the beans” (Jr.’s words) Friday night during the NASCAR Awards Red Carpet. The bride-to-be revealed the wedding date as New Year’s Eve, a date that had been kept top secret, until now…

12.02.16: Officials at Petty Int’l. Raceway are holding 2017 Competitor Meetings tomorrow at the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in Petitcodiac. Times as follow: Noon to 1 p.m. – Mini Stock/Women on Wheels; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Street Stock; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Sportsman ; and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Atlantic Modified Tour Info Session.

12.01.16: If you are in the market for a race track be sure to visit the Cape Breton Miner’s Memorial Speedway redone website now promoting the facilities ‘for sale’ status and all the features that come with it.

11.30.16: Good luck to two Nova Scotia race teams competing this weekend at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Cole Butcher, 2016 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion – from Porter’s Lake, has entered the Snowflake 100 on Saturday and Pictou-based King Racing with Maine’s Cassius Clark at the wheel, has entered the Snowball Derby on Sunday. Both races will be broadcast online pay-per-view; Saturday’s ticket is $24.95 (USD) and Sunday’s is $29.95 (USD); a four-day pass for Thursday to Sunday is available for $69.95 (USD). The track opens today with on-track activities starting tomorrow.

11.26.16: Joey Logano will be on this weeks episode of Jay Lenos Garage (CNBC). In the show Logano takes a 1960s era stock car for spin around Auto Club Speedway and during the process compares it to modern era racecars. The show airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. Click here for the promo.

11.24.16: While it was announced last week that the Cape Breton Miner’s Memorial Speedway in Sydney is for sale we wanted to clarify with the owners if the track would open in the spring if they didn’t sell it before then. Unfortunately for the racers and fans in the area, we learned yesterday that the track is closed unless it is sold, rented, or leased. The speedway has been owned and operated since the 2014 season by Bill and Lynne Vasil, who also run the Napa Sportsman Series. Prior to that, the facility had been closed since 2010.

11.22.16: The Maritime Mini Stock Tour was announced via Social Media this week, introduced as follows…”During the fall of 2016 a group of Mini Stock drivers wanting to help grow the division and create equal and fair rules packages got together and have created the Maritime Mini Stock Tour.” More here

11.19.16: Scotia Speedworld officials will hold driver’s meetings in preparation for the 2017 season on Tuesday, Novemeber 22 and Wednesday, November 23 at the Quality Inn located next to the race track. Meetings will be separated by divisions, as follows…Tuesday – Hydraulics Plus Bandolero will meet at 6:30 p.m., Affordable Fuels Sportsman at 7:00 p.m. and Coors Light Trucks at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday – Strictly Hydraulics Legends at 6:30 p.m., Toursec Thunder Cars at 7:00 p.m., and Toursec Lightning Cars at 8:00 p.m.

11.18.16: The date for the 2017 edition of the Oxford 250 has been set as August 27. The event, one of the most prestigious short track races in North America, is held at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine and is sanctioned by the Pro All Stars Series (PASS).

11.17.16: Team leadership at Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy) has announced that the team has secured an ownership charter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Bob Leavine, owner, says the charter was purchased from Tommy Baldwin Racing, which will cease full-time competition in the Cup Series after this weekend’s race at Homestead, meaning Regan Smith (driver of Baldwin’s No. 7) is looking for a ride for 2017 and will have to qualify on speed this weekend. Michael McDowell, who drives for Leavine, by virtue of the newly-acquired charter is guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead.

11.15.16: Monkey business? Carl Edwards hopes not…Apparently, a cheetah named Koda has picked Edwards to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Koda lives at Zoo Miami and during the kickoff of Ford Championship Week yesterday had a choice of picking one of four scale-model replicas representing the Championship 4. He picked Edwards car; it is worthy to note he chose Kevin Harvick last year, but Kyle Busch won the championship…

11.14.16: Joey Logano’s perfect day at Phoenix Sunday nearly ended with a personal faux pas…At some point during Victory Lane ceremonies, the driver lost his wedding ring. He noticed it was gone during a post-race interview and crew members set out to find it. Luckily, they did and returned it to him in the media room. It was the second time in less than two years Logano had lost his wedding ring; the first time on his honeymoon while scuba diving, so the one he lost Sunday was a replacement of the original. His wife’s comment after Sunday’s loss…”think I’ll have him get it tatooed on.”

11.11.16: Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, and his wife Chandra, announced today, at an event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, that 12 schools will receive $599,891 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around their hometowns in San Diego and El Cajon, California and Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in Charlotte, North Carolina.

11.10.16: The track formerly known as Cayuga Speedway (Nelles Corner, ON) has been renamed Jukasa Motor Speedway and is undergoing a rebuild. The 5/8-mile oval was paved this week; the shape is the same but the banking has been increased to 8.5 degrees in the corners and 3.5 degrees on the straights. In its heyday during the 1980s the facility hosted some of the top stock car races in Canada and stock car stars from Canada and the U.S. Former NASCAR Canada Race Director Alex Nagy is the GM for Jukasa; a full season is expected in 2017 with events yet to be announced. Photos of the repave can be found on the track’s Twitter feed…

11.09.16: NASCAR Pinty’s Series drivers Alex Labbe and DJ Kennington will make their NASCAR XFINITY Series debuts at Phoenix Raceway this weekend. Good luck to both!

11.07.16: Retired NASCAR driver Mark Martin has listed his lakeside home in North Carolina, and it can be yours for a cool 2.55 million. The luxurious 5,767-square-foot home in is Cornelius with 190-feet on Lake Norman. It has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. More here

11.06.16: CONGRATS to Frank Fraser who was inducted into the East Hants Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Watch the introduction video below…

11.01.16: Legendary NASCAR team owner and top engine builder, Robert Yates, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Yates son, Doug Yates, made the following post on his Twitter account late yesterday: My dad @robertyates28 was diagnosed w liver cancer, treatment starts today. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers! Robert Yates is 73. His NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record includes 57 car owner wins, 134 engine builder wins (including the car owner wins), three Daytona 500 wins, two Brickyard 400 wins, a championship in 1983 as the engine builder for Bobby Allison, and another championship in 1999 as team owner/engine builder for Dale Jarrett. In 2007, Yates stepped away from the team owner role.

11.01.16: Former NASCAR driver and 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Mark Martin and his wife, Arlene, have announced the launch of their new philanthropic initiative, Hope for Arkansas, Inc. The foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of families in Batesville and combating poverty and homelessness in Arkansas. In honor of the foundation’s new status, Fan Appreciation Days will take place on April 28-April 29 of 2017. Martin, among other NASCAR legends, will be signing autographs for fans who attend. Recycled Percussion, an act out of Las Vegas, will be performing multiple shows and will also visit area schools for inspirational presentations.

10.31.16: More than 20 pedestrians were injured in the parking area of Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon following the Sprint Cup Series race. The fans were apparently gathered near the hele-pad hoping for a glimpse of drivers leaving the track when a car tried to pass an SUV in heavy traffic. The car hit the SUV and then plowed into the crowd of people. According to a track report, 13 of the 22 injuted were treated at the infield car centre. The rest were transported to nearby hospitals; thankfully, none had life-threatening injuries.

10.31.16: Three drivers were treated in the Martinsville Speedway Infield Care Centre Sunday after the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Michael McDowell was treated for dehydration and burns on his feet. A.J. Allmendinger was treated for overheating. Michael Annett was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. All three were released without need for transport to hospital.


10.29.16: This has nothing to do with car racing but something the editor of this site is very proud of – the Willam James Roué Collection has been officially designated as being of “outstanding significance and national importance” – essentially a national treasure, and has found its perpetual home at Canada’s national and most visited museum – the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Roué is Canada’s first and most well-known naval architect, the designer of Bluenose as well as more than 200 other vessels. more here

10.28.16: Is Sunday Jeff Gordon’s last race? He responded to that question at Martinsville on Friday…”Your guess is as good as mine. I can promise you I had no intentions of this happening, but here I am. Never say never is all I know what to say. I really don’t think that I will be getting back in the Cup car again, but go ask Rick Hendrick. That really has more to do with him than anything else. I hope in the future that the drivers don’t have a situation like what we had with (Dale Earnhardt) Junior where they need somebody to fill in for them. This little bit of experience has been kind of good for me, good for the organization and we have had a little bit of fun with it as well. If I had to do it, then certainly I would, but I don’t anticipate it.”

10.20.16: Speedway 660 management are holding their 2017 tech meetings this Sunday (October 23) at the Fredericton Motor Inn. Meeting times are as follows…Pro Stock – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM; Sportsman – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Street Stock – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM; and 4 Cylinder. – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

161018_trudeau10.17.16: In the very cool department…Yesterday, via his Twitter account, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially congratulated Cayden Lapcevich on his 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship!

10.15.16: For the first time ever, the Waltrip Brothers Charity Auction is available online. Previously the unique and one-of-a-kind items were available only to thos who bid in person and the annual dinner. Over 700 items are available including signed sports, music, and entertainment memorabilia. View here. Bidding closes October 19 at 9 p.m. CT. The event is hosted by brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip.

10.12.16: Three teams from Nova Scotia are on the entry list for Saturday’s PASS North SLM season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. 2016 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) champion Cole Butcher (Dartmouth), two-time PST champ Shawn Turple (Enfield), and King Racing (Pictou) with Maine’s Cassius Clark at the helm will all try their best to unseat series and track regulars in pursuit of the checkered flag.

10.10.16: Headquarters for the ARCA Racing series was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The building is located in Toledo, Ohio and housed the series administrative offices as well sa archives and artifacts dating back to the series founding in 1953. Thankfully, many artifacts were recovered, albeit damaged. Photos and more on the series website. Within hours series management had set up a temporary location in a nearby building in order to prepare for the ARCA season finale scheduled for October 14 at Kansas Speedway.

10.08.16: Speculation has it that IF tonight’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway needs to be postponed by weather then fans will be treated to a double-header day on Sunday. Today’s forecast (as of 7 a.m.) calls for heavy rain and wind all day with showers lingering until approx. 8 p.m. All of Friday’s on-track activities, including the XFINITY Series race were postponed until Sunday because of the same weather system, spurred by the massive Hurricane Matthew as it travels up the southeastern U.S. coast.

10.07.16: This morning’s 5 a.m. forecast shows Hurricane Matthew turning back out to sea along the Carolina’s coast on Saturday but still shows significant rain for the Charlotte, NC area from Friday through Saturday afternoon. NASCAR and officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway have yet to make any schedule changes for Friday or Saturday with the XFINITY Series race set for Friday evening and Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday evening.

10.06.16: The PASS North SLM Make-A-Wish 150 that was washed out last weekend at Star Speedway has been rescheduled for this Friday, October 7.

The projected path of Hurricane Matthew as of 11 p.m. ET Tuesday evening

The projected path of Hurricane Matthew as of 11 p.m. ET Tuesday evening

10.05.16: Officials for Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Matthew this week as the Category 4 storm barrels toward the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Currently projected to make landfall on the Atlantic coast of central Florida sometime Thursday and then move through Georgia and South Carolina in North Carolina by late Friday into Saturday. Cars are scheduled to be on track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday through Saturday evening with Sprint Cup and XFINITY practice and Sprint Cup qualifying on Thursday, Sprint Cup practice, XFINITY qualifying and the XFINITY race on Friday, and the Sprint Cup race on Saturday.

10.04.16: Volusia Speedway Park in Volusia County, Florida has closed. A note posted by track management yesterday caught many by surprise. Weekly racing at the dirt track had been scheduled to run through December. The operator for the weekly show had been leasing the track and cites circumstances beyond their control as the reason for the closure. Late yesterday management for DIRTcar Nationals advised that the DIRTcar Nationals will remain as scheduled at Volusia Speedway Park for two weeks from February 14 to 25, 2017, featuring DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models, and DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.

10.03.16: We haven’t seen anything official from the track yet but have fan reports from Centre for Speed that Jonathan Hicken won Sunday’s pro stock 200 with Wayne Smith second and Kevin Moore third. Hearing 19 cars started the race and 15 cautions slowed the pace. Hicken was driving King Racing’s No. 13H and with the win makes it two-in-a-row after collecting the Mike Stevens Memorial checkered flag last weekend at Petty Int’l Raceway.

10.02.16: The PASS North SLM race at Star Speedway that was rescheduled for today has been postponed by weather. The make-up date is TBA.

10.01.16: The PASS North SLM race that was scheduled for Saturday (Oct. 1) at Star Speedway, NH has been postponed until Sunday, due to rain. Qualifying heat races for the the Make-A-Wish 150 are set to start Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET (local time). The event is the second-to-last PASS North SLM championship points race for the season.

Kyle Busch presents United States President Barack Obama with one of his racing helmets. (photo - NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kyle Busch presents United States President Barack Obama with a racing helmets. (photo – NASCAR via Getty Images)

09.29.16: Kyle Busch and his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team were honoured by United States President Barack Obama at the Whitehouse in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Busch presented the President with one his racing helmets and the entire team had their picture taken with the President. The visit has become tradition in NASCAR over ther past several seasons.

Pete Corey picked up his $2,500 'Big Winner Bonus' cheque on Tuesday (photo via Petty Int'l Raceway/Facebook)

Pete Corey picked up his $2,500 ‘Big Winner Bonus’ cheque on Tuesday (photo via Petty Int’l Raceway/Facebook)

09.28.16: Pete Corey was a big winner at Petty International Raceway on Saturday, winning the wildcard ‘Big Winner Bonus’ and a cheque for $2,500 with another $2,500 going to Jonathan Hicken. Corey was the lucky fan who got to pick his choice to win the Mike Stevens Memorial 200; he chose Hicken who went on to win the race and earning a $5,000 bonus split between himself and Corey.

09.27.16: Dale Earnhardt. Jr. will be at Dover International Speedway this coming weekend, not in the car, but for the first time since July will be in the pit area watching Saturday’s XFINITY Series race and Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race. Jr. updated fans Monday via ‘Dirty Mo Radio’, a weekly podcast on www.dalejr.com. Earnhardt has made appearances at tracks since being sidelined by a concussion in July, but this will be the first time he’s stayed to watch the races. He says it will be tough (medically) but feels his condition has improved to the point that he’s ready to challenge himself in such a setting. Jeff Gordon will be driving the No. 88 at Dover. Listen to the podcast here.

09.25.16: Wet weather has washed out events that were scheduled for Sunday at both Petty International Raceway and at Cape Breton Miner’s Memorial Speedway; both will reschedule with dates tba.

09.23.16: (12:20 p.m.) Management at Petty Int’l Raceway have postponed today’s show until Sunday…(10:15 a.m.)…Just heard from management at Petty International Raceway in regard to the weather and tonight’s scheduled opener for the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend. They are making every attempt to get the show in tonight. The current forecast shows clearing in the Petitcodiac/River Glade area late afternoon – fingers crossed!

09.22.16: Hot off the release of their new single “Comeback Kid,” Grammy® Award-winning superstar sibling trio – The Band Perry – will make a special live performance prior to this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race. The Band Perry will be featured in Homestead-Miami Speedway’s pre-race show, which airs on Countdown to Green on NBC that Sunday. The Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, which is televised in 185 countries, will be broadcast on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 2:30 p.m. ET.

09.21.16: NASCAR has decided to increase the tolerances for postrace measurements, eliminating all lower-tier penalties and only issuing a penalty if it reaches the point where suspensions would be issued and a win would not be allowed to count toward advancement in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The decision is retroactive to the race last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, meaning that race winner Martin Truex Jr. and 12th-place finisher Jimmie Johnson will not be penalized for being outside the rear alignment tolerances by a minimal amount.

09.19.16: Congratulations to NASCAR driver Regan Smith and his wife Megan on the birth of Eliza Grace on Sunday afternoon. Smith left his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride at Chicagloland Speedway Saturday to return home after Megan went into labor; Ty Dillon drove the No. 7 on Sunday. Eliza is a sister to Regan and Megan’s son Rhett. Regan Smith made the baby announcement via Twitter, complete with a photo of mother and daughter.

Starting Lineup - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

Starting Lineup – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

09.17.16: Kyle Busch will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway from the pole after rain washed out Friday’s qualifying session. As a result, the field was set according to the NASCAR rulebook, Busch is the top seed in point standings as the Chase for the Championship begins so got the top spot. Brad Keselowski will start in the second spot. The complete lineup can be found in the pop-up to the right.

09.15.16: We want to thank you for your patience over the past several days as our site experienced stability issues due to increased traffic. We have made the appropriate upgrades and are assured the issues are resolved. Should you continue to experience problems with site instability please advise us via email.

09.15.16: SAD NEWS – former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon’s father and stepmother were the victims of a murder-suicide at their home in California on Wednesday. Gordon’s father, Robert ‘Baja Bob’ Gordon was a legendary off-road racer and an inspiration for his son and many other racers. Robby Gordon met with media Thursday outside the home giving an emotional statement saying the ‘truth would come out.’

09.11.16: Team registration opens tonight at 10 p.m. (Atlantic time) for the Mike Stevens Memorial pro stock race at Petty Int’l Raceway on September 24. Tire selection will be based on the order of registration; the registration fee is $100 which will be credited toward the team tire bill. The 200-lap race includes format ‘twists‘ such as cautions every 40 laps of green flag racing and a mandatory pit stop at some point during the straight up (no 1/2-time break) 200 lap feature.  The weekend kicks off Friday, September 23 with racing for mini stock, legends, modifieds, and limited late models.

09.11.16: SAD NEWS coming out of Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Ohio this morning…A racer, Shane Unger, died as the result of injuries sustained last night in a multi-car crash during a heat race for the World 100. Read the track statement here.

09.11.16: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans had a unique opportunity last night…they got to watch the Richmond race with Dale Earnhardt Jr. – well, as close as most of them will ever get. Jr. took to Twitter posting numerous comments about the race, during the race, even interacting with fans. You can see the feed here.

09.10.16: Blenkhorn Racing has their entire operation for sale, listed as available after the pro stock tour season finale at Scotia Speedworld on September 17. Blenkhorn was penalized earlier this week by pro stock tour officials as the result of a post-race technical infraction at Petty Int’l Raceway on August 27. The penalty dropped Blenkhorn from the series lead to fifth in the overall standings.

09.08.16: According to an article published by the Truro Daily News, Dylan Blenkhorn plans to fight the penalty made to his team earlier this week by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. In the story, Blenkhorn is described as being shocked and disappointed with the ruling and also claims the part in question on his car for the alleged infraction, the axles, were not made from titanium. The article says series officials determined during the post-race technical inspection that the axles were made of titanium, which is not allowed according to the series rulebook. The penalty cost Blenkhorn 124 points which shunted him out of the series lead to the sixth spot, insurmountable with just two races left on the season.

09.08.16: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams of Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson have been penalized for infractions at last weekend’s race at Darlington. Newman lost 15 points and his crew chief was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection in post-race tech. The point penalty moves Newman 22 markers out of qualifying for the Chase which puts him in the position of needing a win this Saturday at Richmond to make it in (the Chase). Larson lost 15 points and his crew chief was fined $22,500, also for a laser inspection infraction; Larson is already locked into the Chase. Newman’s team owner Richard Childress maintains the issue with Newman’s car was sustained when the car hit the wall during the race, but according to NASCAR the car must pass the laser inspection even if it was damaged; they will not appeal the penalty. Ryan Blaney was also fined to the tune of $1,000 for not wearing gloves during a practice session at Darlington, albeit briefly.

09.06.16: Management at Centre for Speed (CFS) have posted the rules and format for the Atlantic Stock Car Championships that run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the oval located not far from Shediac, NB (in Grand Barachois). Friday is practice and a pit party, Saturday sees a Sportsman 100, Mini Stock 75, and Four Fun 40; on Sunday it’s a Pro Stock 200, Street Stock 100, and Bandolero Cars.

Chevrolet Silverado 250 Starting Lineup

Chevrolet Silverado 250 Starting Lineup

09.04.16: Rookie Cole Custer will lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field to the green flag for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Custer beat Austin Cindric to win the pole during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying sDaniel. Daniel Hemric and Kaz Grala are on the second row. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. (AT, 2:30 p.m. ET), and will be televised by FS1 (Fox Sports Racing in Canada) as well as on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Southern 500 starting lineup

Southern 500 starting lineup

09.03.16: With the cancellation of Friday activities at Darlington Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500. The lineup was set per the rule book (based on the charter system owner points). Brad Keselowski will start second. The complete lineup can be found on the image to the right.

09.02.16: An estimated 500 people attended a memorial service for Betty Jean France in Daytona Beach, Florida on Thursday. Her family was joined by friends, community members, NASCAR employees and NASCAR notables like Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, and Darrell Waltrip. Her giving nature was memorialized at the service in the eulogies by former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey and by her son Brian France. Betty Jane France, 78, died Monday of undisclosed causes.





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