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02.23.18: Weather could be an issue at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Friday and Saturday look good but Sunday is calling for rain…All three series practice this afternoon finishing with Cup qualifying at 6 p.m. AT 95 p.m. ET). Saturday sees a doubleheader with the Xfinity Series at 3:30 p.m. AT and the Camping World Truck Series at 5:30 p.m. AT.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday – we hope

02.21.18: An Austin Dillon fan gave him a penny during Speedweeks at Daytona, and much like Dale Earnhardt Sr. did in 1998, Dillon stuck the penny on the dash of his No. Chevrolet race car for the Daytona 500. On Monday after his Daytona 500 win, Dillon asked via social media that the fan get in touch with him – they were reunited today in Charlotte (NC) where the young man joined Dillon on TV for RaceHub and then visited the Richard Childress Racing shop in Welcome (NC)…

02.20.18: Officials for Speedway 660 have posted rules for all house divisions except the Sharp Shooters. links are here

My father, Laurie Roué, in 1969 with his race car – the ‘Golden Hawk’.

02.19.18: Thinking of my Dad today; it would have been his 86th birthday – love you and miss you…

02.19.18: If you are into NASCAR numerology think about this…Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death was Feb 18, 2001, in the last lap of the Daytona 500; since then the iconic race has been run twice on Feb 18…in 2007 Kevin Harvick won it and yesterday when Austin Dillon won it – both driving for the same Richard Childress team that Earnhardt did…

02.19.18: Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. was overcome with emotion after finishing second in the Daytona 500 yesterday showing during the post-race media scrum just how much passion it takes to get to the top level of stock car racing – video here

02.18.18: Want to get to know “Retirement Dale” a little better? Well, check out this Q&A video posted by Earnhardt Jr. yesterday in which he and Steve Letarte visited with fans at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday morning.

02.18.18: The 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing concluded last night at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida where Nicholas Naugle, from Eastern Passage, NS, finished seventh in the Pro Late Model feature. Congrats to Naugle for representing Nova Scotia well this past week.

02.17.18: A fifth-place finish for Nicholas Naugle in the Pro Late Model 100 at New Smyrna Speedway on Friday evening heading into Saturday’s finale for the 2018 edition of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The eastern Passage teenager tweeted post-race that they had to put a new clutch in the car yesterday – and that he is wishing Saturday was not the last night for the Series…

02.16.18: Nicholas Naugle picked up another podium finish Thursday at New Smyrna Speedway, scoring a second-straight third-place in the Pro Late Model feature…

02.16.18: FYI…Green flag times for this weekend’s trifecta of racing at Daytona are 7:42 p.m. ET for Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, 3:49 p.m. for Saturday’s Xfinty Series race, and 4:05 p.m. Sunday for the Daytona 500 (all times Atlantic)…

02.15.18: Nicholas Naugle scored a strong third-place finish Wednesday night in the Pro Late Model division feature at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida…

02.14.18: Today is Daytona 500 Media Day and RaceHub has two two-hour shows on tap each featuring all different drivers. Broadcast times are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. AT (12 and 5 AT), carried by Fox Sports racing in Canada and FS1 in the United States.

02.14.18: Kyle and Samantha Busch took fans on a video tour of their new-for-2018 coach which serves as a home-away-from-home for them and their son Brexton on race weekends. Not too shabby…

02.14.18: Nicholas Naugle had a DNF at New Smyrna Speedway last night. He was parked after a pit-road altercation with head tech official Ricky Brooks. Naugle was called to pit road by officials after following the pace vehicle too closely…when an official (Brooks) leaned into the car to talk to Naugle, the official was tackled by a crew member who turned out to be Naugle’s father. The team met with officials after the race and explained the father didn’t know who Brooks was and was concerned for his son. According to reports, all is forgiven and the Naugle’s will be back in action at New Smyrna Wednesday night.

02.13.18: PASS officials have finalized the North SLM schedule with the addition of July 3 (Tuesday) at Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine – a 200-lap feature paying $5,000 to win with the added bonus of it being a qualifier for the Oxford 250 and Richmond races.

02.13.18: Officials for Oyster Bed Speedway are hosting a meeting for pro stock teams on February 17 at 2 p.m. at MacKinnon Brothers in Charlottetown. Topics of discussion include tires, schedule, and more…

02.13.18: The INEX Winter Nationals kicked off Monday at Citrus County Speedway in Florida with several Atlantic Canadian teams on hand to partake in the five-day series. Owen Mahar had the “best of region” feature finish at fifth in the Bandit division. Cory Hall/Pro Legends and Braden Langille/Semi-Pro Legends set fast time in their respective qualifying time trials. Tuesday’s action has been scrapped due to a wet forecast so the series resumes on Wednesday.

02.13.18: Nicholas Naugle was 11th Monday night in Pro Late Model competition at New Smyrna Speedway…

02.12.18: Management for Scotia Speedworld have posted rules for its Weekly Racing Series divisions; they are here

02.11.18: Nicholas Naugle finished 11th in Saturday’s Pro Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida; the division is not racing Sunday evening, back on track Monday…

02.10.18: Nicholas Naugle, from Eastern Passage, NS, is at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing which runs from Feb 9 through 17. Naugle is competing in the Pro Late Model division where he finished 16th on Friday night.

02.09.18: Alex Labbe, from Quebec and the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, has announced a full-time ride in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series. Labbe, 24, will drive for DGM Racing led by Mario Gosselin. Numerous sponsors will make the season possible, including Kappa (clothing), Cyclops Gear and Wholey Seafood. The team debuts next weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

02.08.18: NASCAR has mandated that side-skirts on Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars be made of a composite material for 2018 (vs. steel in the past). The change is made to ensure the side-skirts hold their shape during a race; the steel skirts have been the subject of scrutiny as they could be deformed (accidentally or intentionally) which provided more downforce and/or sideforce.

02.05.18: Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his ‘TV Dale’ debut yesterday as a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team. Jr. was at the Superbowl along with Rutledge Wood and the two appeared in three segments of the pre-game show. With the game in Minneapolis, Minnesota where it was really cold with lots of snow, the two took part in winter activities like snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snow tubing where Jr. took on two NASCAR drivers, Martin Truex, Jr., and Ryan Blaney; Blaney won followed by Jr., and then Truex. Earnhardt heads for Daytona in time to be the grand marshal of the Daytona 500 on February 18 and then is off to South Korea to join NBC at the Winter Olympics.

02.01.18: ICYMI…The Mason Dixon Mega Meltdown at Hickory Motor Speedway will be shown on MAVTV this Saturday at 7 p.m. AT (6 p.m. ET) and again at 1 a.m. AT Sunday. The PASS South event was held in November; entries included Nova Scotia’s Cole Butcher in his familiar No. 53, Nicholas Naugle in No. 08, and the No. 13 out of King Racing with Maine’s Cassius Clark in the driver’s seat.

01.28.18: Chip Ganassi Racing, which fields cars for Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was the GT Lemans class winner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend. The win was a milestone for the team in being its 200th overall win (56 sportscar victories, 103 IndyCar, 39 stock car, and two rallycross. Chip Ganassi, the team owner, served as the event grand marshal making it an especially memorable one for the team and the owner.

01.26.18: Great news for NASCAR’s Iron Man…Jack Ingram was released from the hospital yesterday. Ingram, 80, was seriously injured in a car accident on December 3 spending time on life support during his many weeks in ICU. He is now well enough to walk with a cane and do self-care tasks unassisted. His recovery will continue through outpatients and in the comfort of his home with Aline, his wife of 58 years. Ingram earned the Iron Man monicker as a result of his intense schedule – sometimes running three or four races a week in as many different states; he was a three-time NASCAR Late Model Sportsman champion, the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity (then Busch Grand National) Series champion in 1982, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2014.

Cole Butcher’s 2018 Schedule (subject to change)

01.25.18: Butcher Racing has announced a tentative 2018 schedule for 2016 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion Cole Butcher. Besides the Pro Stock Tour, Butcher is scheduled to run five PASS races, the Canadian Short Track Challenge at Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway, the Mike Stevens Memorial at Petty Int’l Raceway, and the Snowball Derby in Florida.

01.25.18: Management for Michigan International Speedway have announced several changes to help enhance the fan experience. In 2018, MIS will debut a new high-end campground, seating option, ticket package and hospitality area. A new high-end campground will overlook Turn 1 with upscale amenities. In addition, countertop seating will be added to rows in the Turn 1 Grandstands. The track is also introducing a new all-you-can-eat ticket package and the track’s hospitality area will move to Turn 1.  Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com to learn more or call 888-905-7223 to take advantage of everything in 2018.

01.23.18: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, were presented with North Carolina’s highest honor yesterday at the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce meeting when Governor Roy Cooper made a surprise appearance. Earnhardt responded later on Twitter saying he was “humbled” and congratulating his sister who was on vacation out of town.

01.22.18: ThorSport Racing will partner with Ford Performance for the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond. Racing into its 23rd year of competition, the team looks to add to its notable history with support from the manufacturer. Matt Crafton returns for his 14th consecutive season, continuing his partnership with Menards in the NCWTS. A full driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the near future ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.

01.21.18: Ray Evernham will have to go some to top this weekend…On Friday night he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, and on Saturday evening he was in Scottsdale, AZ at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction where 2.5 million dollars was raised for IGNITE which Evernham founded to help children with autism develop life skills. A 2017 Ford GT donated by collector Ron Pratte was sold to raise the funds of which 100% will go to IGNITE. Evernham’s 25-year-old son, RayJ, is an Asperger’s child (a form of autism).

01.21.18: It was a big night for Martin Truex, Jr. at the annual National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Awards. Truex won the Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award and he and Sherry Pollex won the Pocono Spirit Award.

01.19.18: NASCAR has announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season. As is the case with the season-long points structure, a race win will earn a Sunoco Rookie 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish will earn a Sunoco Rookie 35 points; a third-place finish nets 34 points, and so on. A Sunoco Rookie who wins a stage will earn 10 points and one playoff point. The new Sunoco Rookie of the Year guidelines will take effect in all three NASCAR national series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

01.17.18: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will kick off (no pun intended) his 2018 season at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on February 4. NBC Sports announced Tuesday it will use Earnhardt in its pregame show before the Super Bowl, then send him to South Korea for the network’s coverage of next month’s Olympics.  After his time at the Olympics, he’ll head to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the season-opening Daytona 500. Earnhardt is the grand marshal of the race. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst for NBC Sports, a gig that begins in July. It will be Earnhardt’s first trip to both the Super Bowl and the Olympics. The only drawback? His wife Amy, pregnant with their first child, can’t make the trip to South Korea with him; he figures worrying about her will make for long nights while he’s away.

01.15.18: SAD NEWS – Dan Gurney, the first person to win races in NASCAR Cup, Indy Car, and Formula 1, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia; he was 86. “With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today,” the Gurney family said in a statement. “In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say ‘Godspeed.'”

01.12.18: Glamp at the Glen! Nope, not a typo…Watkins Glen International is now offering turn-key (zipper?) camping packages for its racing weekends. The 12′ x 14′ tents come with beds, linens, table, chairs, and a rug. Prices range from $750 to $900 for a weekend. more info

01.12.18: Just in time for Saturday’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals…subscribers to BellTV in Canada can now get MAVTV, a cable motorsports network. Saturday’s racing marathon on the network features non-stop racing as they show the 2016 and 2017 Chili Bowl, the 2017 Tucson Shootout, and then cap the day with the 2018 (live) editions of both events. Check with your cable network to find out the availability of MAVTV and to subscribe.

01.12.18: Looks like PEI’s Kent Vincent will have a new racecar for this year’s racing campaign. A crewmember on the veteran pro stock racer’s team posted a photo of the car yesterday just as it was being loaded into a hauler at Crooks Racing in North Carolina, owned by Dartmouth NS native Gary Crooks. Vincent is a multi-time winner with his No. 8 on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.

01.11.18: Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts will perform the pre-race show at the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. All race fans who purchase a UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race pass for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Rascal Flatts’ DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show – as well as driver introductions – from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show ticket packages, available starting at $240, have been designed around Rascal Flatts’ appearance. The package includes a DAYTONA 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access and VIP area access for $115. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.DAYTONA500.com.

01.10.18: According to posts on its social media accounts last night, management for Jukasa Motor Speedway (Hagersville, ON) will announce the 2018 schedule today. Three event dates are already known including NASCAR Pinty’s Series races on June 16 and September 29, along with the Canadian Short Track Nationals September 1-3.

01.08.18: Management for Petty International Raceway have posted 2018 rules for all house divisions except late model on the track website.

01.07.18: We’ve updated our Race Calendar with the PASS North and Valley Raceway schedules; it’s a cumulative work this time of year with 2018 schedules and special event dates being announced randomly. Currently, it includes dates for NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity, Trucks, and Pinty’s Series, PASS North, Valley Raceway, and select special events. It can be filtered by month and keywords and displayed as either a calendar or a list. Check it out!

01.06.18: NASCAR’s ‘Iron Man’ Jack Ingram is showing his true mettle as he continues to recover from a serious car accident on December 4 (see posts on this page dated 12/5, 7, 9). Ingram, 81, remains in hospital and, according to an update by his daughter yesterday, is progressing. “Jack is progressing along quite well. He has had his trach tube removed as of last week, and with a few expected stops and starts with solid food, he’s doing well. Where he’s really shining is in physical therapy. He exceeds expectations and usually wears himself out every day. He’s still enjoying close family and friend visits, and we will be working closely with his care planning team in the coming weeks to figure out the next step in his road to recovery. For having broken nearly all his ribs, and given his age, he continues to elate us with his spirit and determination to stay on the planet a bit longer, and for that, we feel blessed…”

01.05.18: Another NASCAR baby…Joey Logano and his wife Brittany welcomed their first child, a boy named Hudson, Thursday night. Logano made the announcement on social media.

01.05.18: Four-time NASCAR premier series champion, now retired, Jeff Gordon is among seven men to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2018. Other inductees include drag racing car builder John Buttera, Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher, record-setting pilot – and world-famous billionaire – Howard Hughes, motorcycle great Fred Merkel, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion owner U.E. Pat Patrick and sports car legend Bob Tullius.The 30th Annual Induction Ceremony will be held in Daytona Beach March 13.

01.03.18: ICYMI – this core sample from Indianapolis Motor Speedway shows 108 years of the track surface. The sample is 18 inches tall and displays several different surfaces starting in the spring of 1909 with a creek gravel/ limestone mix topped with a coal-tar blend and then sealed with stone dust. The fall of 1909 saw a two-inch layer of sand topped with the infamous bricks. More than 50 years later, in 1961, the first layer of asphalt was applied to cover the entire surface except for a three-foot strip of bricks at the start/finish line. Several more layers of asphalt have been applied since then; the strip of bricks remain.

01.02.18: An arrest has been made in the attempted home invasion of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress on December 17. Three men have been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree trespassing in regard to the incident. Childress and his wife Judy were home at the time and after hearing glass breaking and the security alarm ringing, Childress investigated, firing shots at the intruders before they ran away. The three suspects are being held in jail with bail set at $250,000 each until their court date on January 29.

12.30.17: CONGRATS to NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife Delana on the birth of their second child, a daughter named Piper Grace, and a little sister for five-year-old Keelan. Piper was born Thursday; Harvick posted the news on social media Saturday saying everyone was healthy and including a photo of he and Keelan with the baby…

12.27.17: Attorney’s for Tony Stewart have filed a motion for an immediate appeal to a judge’s decision earlier this month (see 12.12.17) deeming the liability waivers that were signed by drivers prior to the August 2014 race in which Kevin Ward Jr. was killed unenforceable. In the motion, Stewart claims an appeal was imminent and that a decision prior to the trial in May would impact the trial. The motion also argues the recent decision has had “an immediate chilling effect on the continuation of” the racing industry in New York.

12.23.17: Kyle Larson and his longtime girlfriend Katelyn Sweet are engaged. Larson made the announcement via social media. The couple are parents to three-year-old Owen.

12.21.17: NASCAR celebrity Kyle Petty and his wife Linda are expecting their first child together in June. Petty, 57, has three children from his first marriage, Adam (passed away in 2000), Austin (35), and Montgomery (32). The baby will be a great-grandchild to NASCAR’s “King” Richard Petty.

12.21.17: Three masked burglars attempted to break into NASCAR team owner Richard Childress’ home in North Carolina on Sunday evening. Childress and his wife Judy were home and heard a crash from the lower level of the home which set off the alarm system. Childress, a member of the NRA, armed himself with a handgun and investigated, firing several shots at the bandits who fled. It is not known if they were hit. Childress is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

12.21.17: SAD NEWS – Champion NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Barry Dodson passed away Wednesday after a brief illness; he was 64. Dodson led Rusty Wallace to the Cup Series title in 1989. He also worked with other drivers in the premier series including Tim Richmond, Kenny Wallace, Rick Mast, Darrell Waltrip, and Kyle Petty. Dodson’s death was announced late Wednesday afternoon by his brother, Keith, “Barry’s passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. He left his mark in the NASCAR history books and he served the sport with a passion that few will ever match. We love him and we miss him.” An outpouring of support from NASCAR stars of today and yesterday followed on social media throughout the evening and into the night.

12.19.17: A spokesperson for NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick has confirmed the couple has parted ways after a five-year relationship, asking for privacy in this regard. The news comes less than a month after Stenhouse Jr. attended the NASCAR Awards in Las Vegas solo and a little more than a month after Patrick announced she would not pursue a full-time ride in NASCAR next year, choosing to end her racing career after making a run at the 2018 Daytona 500 in February and Indianapolis 500 in May.

12.17.17: With the new year looming we have started to compile our 2018 racing calendar which as of now includes schedules for NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, and Pinty’s Series – as well as select special events for which dates have been announced. More schedules will be added as they are announced. You can find our race listings here as well as on the sidebar of our homepage and each and every news page.

12.15.17: Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly known as Cayuga Speedway) in Ontario will host a $25k-to-win race for super late models next Labour Day weekend. The race will be part of the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals weekend for the facility with management speculating it will become a signature event on their calendar. Jukasa Motor Speedway held its grand opening this past August after much of the facility was rebuilt earlier in the year. Since then, teams from throughout Canada and the U.S. have indicated interest in participating in such an event at the 5/8-mile oval. Details are expected to be announced in the new year. Jukasa Motor Speedway is in Hagersville, about 50km (30 miles) from Hamilton.

Cole Butcher (far left) and the other 2017 KDDP finalists in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday evening. (via Twitter/Tom Roberts)

12.14.17: 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion driver Martin Truex, Jr. and his crew chief Cole Pearn will be in Toronto on January 5 to celebrate the life of Pearn’s best friend, Jacob Damen, who died this past August. Damen and Pearn are natives of southwestern Ontario. The event is a fundraiser for Damen’s wife and two young children and will include a silent auction. more info

12.14.17: Congrats to Porters Lake, NS’s Cole Butcher who is in Charlotte, North Carolina this week celebrating with the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP). Butcher is among the seven finalists from all over North America who were selected for the 2017 edition of the prestigious program.

12.13.17: After months of speculation with Kurt Busch as a free agent it was announced yesterday that the driver will remain at Stewart-Haas Racing driving No. 41 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and sponsored by Monster Energy. Busch starts the 2018 season as the defending winner of the Daytona 500.

12.12.17: A judge has ruled that the family of Kevin Ward Jr. can pursue claims against Tony Stewart relating to Ward’s death in August 2014 after he was struck by Stewart’s race car during an event. The judge ruled the waiver which was signed by Ward as unenforceable because the race would be considered recreational under New York law.

Austin Dillon and his bride cut the wedding cake (via Twitter)

12.10.17: NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and his fiance Whitney Ward were married on Saturday at the Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina (owned by Dillon’s grandfather, Richard Childress).

12.09.17: The National Motorsports Press Association has announced its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2018. NASCAR legends Donnie Allison, Terry Labonte, Jake Elder and Buddy Parrott will be honoured January 21 at ceremonies in Charlotte, North Carolina.

12.09.17: Jack Ingram continues to progress in his recovery from a car accident last weekend. The latest update was posted last night by his family: “We couldn’t be happier to tell you that Jack is defying odds and making leaps and bounds in the recovery zone. He’s been breathing on his own without the ventilator for hours at a time, sitting up, and communicating (as best he can) with family members. He even looked out the window and acknowledged the snow (for those of you not in WNC, we’re getting loads snow right now). His vitals look great, and his will to get to the next level of recovery is pretty amazing. Once is he able to go up to 24 hours without the ventilator for assistance, he can move to an actual room (and out of ICU).” (for more, see original post on this page dated 12.05.17)

12.08.17: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) will switch to Chevrolet next season after forming an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a longtime supporter of the Bowtie brand. As part of the RCR deal, RPM will share shop space at RCR. RPM heads into 2018 as a single-car operation with Bubba Wallace set to pilot the iconic No. 43.

12.07.17: Scotia Speedworld management has announced that driver meetings to plan for the 2018 season are set for December 13 and 14 at the Quality Inn Hotel located next to the track. The schedule for Wednesday is Bandolero cars at 6:00 pm, Legend cars at 7:00 pm and Sportsman cars at 8:00 pm. Thursday’s schedule sees Lightning cars at 6:00 pm and Thunder cars at 7:00 pm. All drivers are encouraged to attend.

12.07.17 [update]: Jack Ingram remains in the ICU recovering from his injuries. According to his daughter, the family is “cautiously optimistic”. Ingram is on a breathing apparatus and responsive as sedation has been lifted. 12.05.17: Jack Ingram, NASCAR’s ‘Iron Man’ has been seriously injured in a car accident near his home in Ashville, North Carolina. Ingram and two friends were on their way to breakfast Sunday when his vehicle was struck in the driver’s door area by another vehicle. Ingram, 80, is in the ICU with multiple injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and a spleen injury which required surgery. A family statement says they are by his side and hopeful. Ingram’s passengers and the driver of the other vehicle all escaped without serious injury. Ingram is the 1982 and 1985 champion of what is now known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2014.

12.04.17: Tony Leonard has joined the Napa Sportsman Series as its head tech official. The series raced exclusively at Riverside International Speedway in 2017; there is no word yet about the 2018 schedule dates.

12.01.17: Bubba Pollard led Snowball Derby practice Thursday at Five Flags Speedway in Florida with a lap of 16.552 in the final of three sessions. Porters Lake’s Cole Butcher was P10 in the first practice (16.941), P8 in the second practice (16.864) and P23 in the final practice (16.965). Cassius Clark, in King Racing’s No. 13, was P32 in the first session (18.308), P21 in the second session (17.033), and P33 in the final session (17.076). Fifty-two cars made laps during which time 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter wrecked hard, bending the clip on his car, and ending his bid at the Snowball Derby. Friday sees two more practice sessions and then qualifying time trials at 6 p.m. ET (7 p.m. AT).

11.30.17: A 4.1 earthquake was reported near Dover International Speedway in Delaware late Thursday afternoon. Management of the facility says there is no visible damage and that a full and thorough evaluation of the property will be conducted Friday.

11.27.17: The Snowball Derby qualifying draw took place at Five Flags Speedway last night with 56 teams participating. Pictou King Racing No. 13 with Maine’s Cassius Clark behind the wheel will roll off 37th and Porter’s Lake’s Cole Butcher 48th. The two-lap session goes Friday evening and will determine the cars that will automatically transfer to Sunday’s main event as well as those that will need to run the Last Chance race on Friday. If you can’t be at the track you can catch all the action online at Speed51 TV, offering PPV coverage all weekend long.

11.27.17: It’s Snowball Derby week in Pensacola, Florida for which the entry list is currently 67 strong and includes Porter’s Lake, NS’s Cole Butcher along with many short track standouts (Augie Grill, Ben Rowe, Christian Eckes, Brand McReynolds, Ty Majeski and more) and a NASCAR stars including Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek. While they are not shown on the entry list, Pictou NS’s King Racing with driver Cassius Clark are also expected to be at the big show that runs from Wednesday to Sunday and for those who won’t be there, will be broadcast online PPV at speedtv.com.

11.24.17: Tony Stewart is engaged. The self-proclaimed bachelor for life has proposed to girlfriend Penelope Jimenez. Stewart posted the news Thursday evening on Twitter >>>

11.23.17: Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving today to all of our readers in the U.S. With the majority of those folks gearing up for and celebrating a four-day weekend racing news is on the back burner this week but it will ramp up early next week with the Moster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion’s Week on deck in Las Vegas.

11.23.17: During my career in motorsports which spans over three decades now I was fortunate to meet Allen Bestwick, at the time a turn reporter for the Motor Racing Network. Since then Allen has moved into television broadcasting and last year was the lead for ABC’s broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. Not only is he the consummate professional but a truly good person so I was pleased to find this article published yesterday which not only tells the story of his career but gives the reader some insight into how much work it takes to be a good sports broadcaster.

11.22.17: CONGRATS to NASCAR driver Ty Dillon and his wife Haley on the birth of their first child Tuesday. Oakley Ray Dillon weighed in at nine pounds eight ounces and is a great-granddaughter of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.

11.20.17: Carl Edwards resurfaced this past Saturday in St. Louis to accept a sportsmanship award from Maryville University. The appearance came one year after Edwards was in Homestead battling for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title; with 10 laps to go Edwards and Joey Logano got together and Edwards wrecked, losing his championship bid. Nonetheless, he went to Logano’s pit box and apologized to the crew chief – all caught by the TV cameras. It is the handshake that won him the sportsmanship award this past weekend. Other than a few appearances at NASCAR races early this season Edwards has been absent and self-admittedly didn’t miss the track at all – until last week when he started thinking it might be fun to be at Homestead in the heat of the battle and that he is finally at a point when that would be fun. Edwards was asked about the possibility of returning to his roots in dirt track racing, replying he has a “feeling” that might happen.

11.18.17: NASCAR arranged a photo op at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday for two veterans who will retire after Sunday’s race…

Matt Kenseth (left) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pose with their throwback-themed race cars, both reflective of the retiring drviers early careers. (NASCAR via Getty Images)

11.17.17: UPDATE (7 P.M.) – The King Racing hauler carrying No. 13 to Hickory, North Carolina has cleared the border and is en route. According to a FB post by Andrew Hicken ” The 13 is free! Might not get a lap of practice but we will be racing.” >>> ORIGINAL POST >>> There may be a hitch in the giddy-up for King Racing and their entry in Saturday’s PASS South race at Hickory Motor Speedway. According to reports on social media published by driver Cassius Clark, the team hauler has been tied up at the Houlton, Maine border since Tuesday afternoon. According to the report, they have filled out numerous documents in order to meet the requirements of the border officials but have yet to be successful. The lingering issue seems to be regarding EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) compliance and temporarily importing a race car for competition. King Racing has been crossing the border to compete for more than 40 years and an estimated 10 times this year – without issue. With a 20-hour drive ahead after they leave Houlton the team will be hard-pressed to get to Hickory by Saturday’s posted race time. Clark, along with car chief Andrew Hicken and team owner Rollie MacDonald are in Hickory – waiting.

11.14.17: Good luck to three teams with Maritime connections that are on the entry list for this weekends PASS South race at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Cole Butcher, from Porter’s Lake, will enter driving a car out of the NC-based Wilson Racing, Pictou’s King Racing will make the long haul with Maine’s Cassius Clark set to pilot No. 13, and Dartmouth’s Nicholas Naugle has also made the 25-hour haul.

11.11.17: Barney Visser, the team owner of Furniture Row Racing which fields Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78,  is recovering from a heart attack suffered November 4. Visser underwent bypass surgery earlier this week but – even with his driver a favourite to win the title- will be forced to miss the last two races of the year at Phoenix and Hoemstead due to his recovery.

11.10.17: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and there was lots of laughing…Video clips follow…

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11.07.17: CONGRATS to Kyle Larson and Katelyn Swett who are expecting their second child next May. They posted a photo with three-year-old Owen on social media to share the news >>>

11.05.17: Matt Kenseth is apparently stepping away from NASCAR at the end of this season. The veteran driver learned earlier this year that he would be replaced by Erik Jones in the No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. Since then he’s talked to a couple owners but not seriously. He is not calling his decision retirement, just that he’s taking some time off. Kenseth, 45, has been racing in the Cup Series for 18 seasons and is the 2003 series champion. Kenseth says he’s not made any plans other than spending more time at home, particularly in anticipation of the impending birth of his fifth child. Kenseth’s announcement is the latest in a series of veteran drivers leaving NASCAR’s top division over the past couple seasons including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

11.04.17: Chase Elliott missed qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday after his car did not make it through NASCAR’s pre-qualifying inspection in time to get on track for the session. Six others, including Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, also missed qualifying because their cars didn’t make it through inspection in time. Drivers who do not attempt qualifying are relegated to the rear of the field to start the race.

11.02.17: In the just plain cool department…Love this photo of two motorsports legends taken at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas yesterday >>>

10.31.17: As the 2017 Kulwicki Driver Development Program draws to a close on Tuesday, Cole Butcher from Porter’s Lake has posted a note of appreciation as one of the seven finalists…It was an absolute honour to have the opportunity to represent and keep Alan Kulwicki’s legacy alive this season. While tomorrow marks the end of the 2017 Kulwicki Driver Development Program, our work will not end here. KDDP will continue to be a part of my racing for years to come. A big thank you to everyone involved. I look forward to seeing you all to celebrate in December. Until then, we’ll be getting ready to head to Hickory, North Carolina for the Mega Meltdown 300 and Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby with Wilson Motorsports. The final finishing order for the KDDP will be announced at the banquet December 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

10.29.17: Denny Hamlin has issued an apology to fans for today’s run-in with Chase Elliott at Martinsville. Hamlin posted the following statement on his Twitter account, a statement that when you do the math – led to much head-scratching…

 

10.26.17: After a 20-year hiatus from Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Andy Petree has returned to the team in an advisory role. Petree has held many roles in NASCAR in his 30-year career including two-time championship crew chief (for Dale Earnhardt with RCR), team owner, driver, and most recently as an analyst for Fox Sports.

10.24.17: The annual rules meeting for Petty International Raceway is set for Sunday, November 19 and will be held at the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in Petitcodiac, NB. Rules that will govern the 2018 season, including tire rules, will be discussed. Agenda suggestions should be sent in advance to craig@pettyraceway.com.

10.23.17: Matt Kenseth was parked in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race after one too many crewmembers went over the wall to work on his car, effectively ending Kenseth’s hopes to advance to the Round of Eight, and especially meaningful since the veteran driver is not returning to the 20 car next year. Kenseth spoke about the penalty after exiting the car: “I don’t know what any of the rules are. Seems like we got a lot of stuff that kind of gets, you know, changed so often I honestly can’t keep up with it. My head kind of spins from putting lugnuts out of pit boxes to one too many guys over the wall, you’re not allowed to race anymore. I just don’t get it to be honest with you. I really don’t have a lot good to say right now. I’m more than disappointed.”

10.23.17: The victory at Kansas Speedway on Sunday was an emotional one for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 team…Jim Watson, a fabricator for the team, died Saturday evening after having a heart attack while go-karting with other members of the crew in Kansas City; he was 55.

10.22.17: Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced earlier this week that he and his wife Amy are expecting their first child, a baby girl. Jr. spoke about the experience during a press junket at Kansas Speedway on Saturday…

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.

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