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The National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss, heard and considered the appeal of an L1 level penalty issued on Oct. 17 to Chad Johnston (crew chief), David Bryant (car chief), Kyle Larson (driver) and Chip Ganassi Racing (owner), relative to the No. 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team at Talladega Superspeedway.

The penalty concerns the following section in the 2018 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 10.9.9.d Damage Vehicle Policy/Mechanical Repair.

The original penalty assessed: Johnston was fined $25,000; Bryant was suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event; Chip Ganassi Racing was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner points; Larson was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points.

Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer made the following decisions:

  1. The Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice;
  2. The decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to uphold the original Penalty issued by NASCAR is affirmed and upheld. 

The decision of the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer is final and binding on all parties.

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team had a case of the second-round blues during Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying at Kansas Speedway Friday evening.

After posting top-10 speeds in opening practice and the first of three rounds of qualifying, Menard was just 18th fastest in the second round and therefore not among the elite 12 who ran for the pole.
 
 Menard was seventh fastest in opening practice on Friday with a speed of 191.130 miles per hour. Then in Round One of qualifying, he toured the 1.5-mile track at 189.720 mph, which was ninth on the speed chart.
 
Then in the second round, he ran a lap at 189.122 mph on his third lap, which left him 18th in a starting line-up that features a Ford driver, Joey Logano, on the pole followed by four other from the Blue Oval contingent in the top five.
 
Menard and the Menards/NIBCO team have two practice sessions on Saturday to fine-tune their No. 21 Fusion for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
 
Saturday’s practice sessions – at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and 1:05 p.m. Eastern – will be broadcast on CNBC and NBCSN respectively.
 
Sunday’s 400-miler is scheduled to start just after 2:30 p.m. with TV coverage on NBC.

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Joey Logano scored the Hollywood Casino 400 pole on Friday at Kansas Speedway - earning his 20th career pole in the series. Logano, holding two victories at Kansas in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, posted a 28.177, 191.645 mph in the final round.

 

Logano goes into the 1.5-mile track looking to score his 11th top five and 23rd top 10 of the year in the cup series. In the spring at Kansas, Logano started ninth and finished third on the leaderboard.

 

Kevin Harvick, with seven wins this year on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, qualified in the runner-up spot with a 28.248, 191.178 mph. Harvick started on the pole in the spring and went on to score the win in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Since 2013, Harvick has gone on to score eight top 10 finishes in the last 10 events.

 

Aric Almirola, who went to victory lane last weekend at Talladega, will round out the top three starters. Almirola posted a 28.277, 190.968 in the final round of knockout qualifying.

 

The Florida native locked himself into the Round of Eight with the win last weekend at Talladega and has no pressure going into the weekend. Almirola sat 10th in round one and led round two of knockout qualifying.

 

Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

 

Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.

 

Kyle Larson had some struggles throughout the day at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Larson smacked the wall off of turn two in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session that damaged the right side of his No. 42 Chevrolet. They then switched to their backup car.

 

Larson will start 27th on the leaderboard after posting a 28.852, 187.162 mph. in round one.

Ryan Blaney led the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Blaney, looking to score his third career win in the series on Sunday, posted a 28.106, 192.130 mph.

 

The North Carolina native enters Kansas with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes along with a win in 2018. In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Blaney has three top five and four top 10 finishes.

 

Kyle Busch sat second on the charts after posting a 28.159, 191.768 mph in the opening session. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota with seven trips to victory lane in 2018 enters the weekend looking to score his 25th top 10 finish of the season.

 

Kevin Harvick rounded out the top three in the opening practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Harvick, one of 12 drivers racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, posted a 28.160, 191.761 mph in the session. If Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers can win on Sunday -- it’ll mark their eighth win of the year and Harvick’s fourth win at the Midwest oval.

 

Playoff drivers Joey Logano and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five in practice.

 

Erik Jones, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.

 

Kyle Larson will move to a backup car after making contact with the wall off turn two. Larson sat 22nd in the opening practice session and was the deepest of the 12 Playoff drivers.

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will go qualifying at 7:10 p.m. ET. on NBCSN and MRN.

Joey Gase will add another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race to his 2018 schedule as he will hop back in the #00 for StarCom Racing next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Gase returns to the #00 Chevy Camaro just two weeks after finishing 18th in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Speedway. The October 14th result was his best career Cup Series finish yet and matched StarCom’s best team finish.

Next weekend will only be Gase’s second ever start at Martinsville but that doesn’t deter any excitement. “I can’t wait to head to Martinsville next weekend,” said Gase. “It’s one of the most iconic tracks in NASCAR and the closest related track to Hawkeye Downs Speedway where I grew up racing. I can’t thank our great friends at Donate Life Virginia for helping make this weekend possible.”
“We are excited to have Joey back in the car and looking forward to see what he can do on the track at Martinsville,” said CEO of SCR, Michael Kohler. “More importantly, we are honored to work with Donate for Life and know how close this one is to Joey’s heart.”

Donate Life Virginia has been a partner of Gase’s for several years and partnered up with him on his XFINITY ride back in September. Next weekend the TV Panel of the #00 Donate Life Virginia Chevy will adorn the photo of Meredith Haga-Fox. Meredith received a kidney transplant in 2012 from her step father which jump started her passion and advocacy for organ donation. Her passion led her to a job at Donate Life Virginia as an Organ Recovery Coordinator. Sadly, on July 20th of this year Meredith passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Although Meredith is greatly missed, her passion to help others still lives on as she was an organ donor in her passing. “Meredith was a good friend and we shared the passion of organ donation. I can honestly say I hadn’t met anyone more passionate about it until I met her,” Gase added. “Next weekend will be special having Meredith’s family with us at the track and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

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The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L1 level penalty issued on Oct. 17 to Chad Johnston (crew chief), David Bryant (car chief), Kyle Larson (driver) and Chip Ganassi Racing (owner), relative to the No. 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team at Talladega Superspeedway.

The penalty concerns the following section in the 2018 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 10.9.9.d Damage Vehicle Policy/Mechanical Repair.

The original penalty assessed: Johnston was fined $25,000; Bryant was suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event; Chip Ganassi Racing was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner points; Larson was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

  1. That the Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
  2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.

The panel consisted of the following three individuals:

- Mr. Chuck Deery

- Mr. Dixon Johnston

- Ms. Cathy Rice

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, and the request must be made by noon CT on October 19, 2018.

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Obaika Racing plans to finish the 2018 NASCAR season strong by competing in the final three races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The No. 97 Toyota Camry will enter the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway (Phoenix, AZ), and the season-closing Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The drivers and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to end this season on a high note,” said team owner, Victor Obaika. “Everyone on this team has been working hard to prepare these cars for racing in the highest level of this sport. We’re going bring everything we have to these last three races.”

Space Grill will continue to be on board as an associate sponsor. As part of their partnership, Obaika Racing and Space Grill are offering fans the chance to join the team at any other upcoming NASCAR race of their choice. Fans of team can not only be able to purchase a Space Grill at a race team discount, but their purchase also includes an exclusive race weekend experience. The race weekend experience will include 2 HOT passes that will give them access to the garage and pit road at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of their choice in 2018 or 2019, as well as lunch with the Obaika race team at the team hauler and a meet-and-greet with the driver. Visit the team website to purchase.

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Fresh off a ninth-place finish in a typically topsy-turvy race at Talladega, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team head to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.

The veteran driver said he’s feeling good about his team’s prospects for Sunday’s race.
 
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Kansas,” he said. “That’s been a pretty good track for me.” 
 
Menard finished sixth in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas in May and has five other top-10s there in his career. He also is encouraged by the performance of his No. 21 Fusion showed in a recent test session at Kansas, and he’s interested to see how the race plays out.

“We had good speed at the test, and we were surprised how fast the top groove came in,” he said. “You run right by the wall to get the best speed.
 
“It’s definitely going to be a little different than the average race on an intermediate track.”
 
Looking back at Talladega, Menard said he was proud of the way his team kept its focus despite falling two laps down early in the race because of a flat tire and the resulting green-flag pit stop.
 
“We fought through a lot and got a good finish,” he said, adding that he believes his team’s perseverance at Talladega is a sign of ongoing improvement. “We’re still learning each other, and we’re getting more comfortable with the decisions we make throughout the weekend.”
 
Qualifying at Kansas is set for Friday at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday with TV coverage for both events on NBCSN.

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Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head into Kansas Speedway in Kansas City this weekend coming off a win Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The four-car SHR contingent dominated the superspeedway race by leading 155 of 193 laps. Almirola only led a single lap, the final one, but it was the most important lap. The Tampa native crossed the finish line in the Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford Fusion first to earn his first win while driving for SHR and the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of his career.

 

Overall, SHR had a solid weekend at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, which started by seizing the first four starting positions during qualifying Saturday. Almirola’s victory was SHR’s first at Talladega in the team’s 10 year history. Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is the only remaining active track where SHR is winless.
 

Capturing the victory at Talladega also means Almirola and the No. 10 team automatically transfer to the Round of 8 in the Cup Series playoffs. While Almirola’s spot is secure in the Round of 8, it’s still vital for the team to perform at its highest potential and score maximum points this weekend at Kansas. Each point will be crucial for the No. 10 team as it works to advance to the Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will be crowned.
 

Almirola piloted a special bacon-themed Smithfield Ford Fusion at Talladega. The unique paint scheme coincides with Smithfield’s Bacon for Life promotion. Yes, it’s possible to win bacon for life. The sweepstakes can be entered by finding specially marked packages of Smithfield bacon in stores, then visiting Smithfield.com/BaconForLife and entering the unique code provided in the package. More than 1,000 runners-up will be awarded select bacon merchandise during the sweepstakes, which runs until Dec. 31.
 

The No. 10 team rolls into Kansas after qualifying fourth and finishing ninth at this year’s spring event there. In his 13 Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Almirola has accumulated five top-10 finishes along with 69 laps led. Almirola finished ninth at Kansas last fall. Overall, the Smithfield driver has an average starting position of 15.8 and an average finishing positon of 19.8 at Kansas.
 

Almirola heads into Sunday’s race fifth in the standings with 3,087 points and, having automatically secured his spot in the Round of 8 with the Talladega victory, he will advance farther into the playoffs than ever has in his seven-year Cup Series career. All four SHR entries are still alive in the playoffs, making up 33.3 percent of the remaining playoff field with all four cars in the top-six in points.
 

Kansas is the 29th points-paying event during which the Smithfield livery has adorned Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Fusion. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its seventh season with Almirola and its first with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.
 

Almirola’s Talladega win marked Ford’s 16th victory this season with SHR accounting for 11 of those. The manufacturer has seven Cup Series wins at Kansas with the most recent Ford win captured by SHR’s Kevin Harvick this past spring. All seven Ford drivers who remain in contention for the NASCAR playoffs have earned victories, the first time since 1997 that Ford has had seven different drivers visit victory lane.
 

Through the first 31 races this season, Almirola has earned one win with an average start of 16.8 and an average finish of 13.5 with three top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He’s also led 181 laps this season, already a career best with five races remaining in the 2018 season.

 

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Bubba Wallace continues to make national headlines in his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving the famed No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports. Wallace Jr. was recently named to the EBONY Power 100 list published by EBONY Magazine. Wallace Jr. was listed as an "MVP" and joined other athletes such as Antonio Brown, Stephen Curry, Venus Williams as well as former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama on the prestigious list.

The list is to recognize and celebrate the most inspiring and influential leaders of color who are impacting and shaping our world today. This year's list includes people who have had made a significant impact in creating movements, changing culture and bettering society.

"This is quite an honor to be recognized with others in the African-American community," commented Wallace Jr. "It's humbling to join a list of the other star athletes, artists and community and national leaders. I'm just trying to be the best driver that I can be and focus on winning races for Richard Petty Motorsports and our partners. To be recognized for some of our accomplishments this season is an honor and I'd like to thank EBONY for the recognition."

Wallace Jr. burst onto the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series scene during this year's Daytona 500, finishing second. He later scored a Top-10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway and then raced the iconic No. 43 STP Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the front at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has also earned numerous Sunoco Rookie of the Race awards throughout the season and has led laps at Bristol, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Off the track, Wallace Jr. has proven to be one of the fastest-rising stars not only in NASCAR, but in all of sports. Social media leader, Facebook, began the year following Wallace Jr. leading up to his first Daytona 500 start. The "Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace" Facebook Watch digital docuseries propelled Wallace Jr. into the mainstream media with over five million views. Wallace Jr. has also been named as one of the top 50 Most Influential People in Sports Culture by Bleacher Report and one of the World's Most Marketable athletes named by SportsPro.

"We are proud of what Bubba is doing both on and off the track for our race team and our partners," said Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer, Richard Petty Motorsports. "We know that we have something very special with him and he continues to break barriers outside our sport to be a first-class athlete, spokesperson and inspiration to many."

Wallace Jr. will compete this Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway.
 
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