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Rick Ware Racing welcomes Hampstead, New Hampshire native, Andy Seuss as the driver of the No. 51 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Seuss will pilot the Jacob Companies entry in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut on July 21st.
Andy Seuss is a driver who has carved out quite a racing career. He has won two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championships, along with 22 wins, 70 Top-5's, 93 Top-10's and 13 pole awards. Aside from being a competitor on the track, Seuss is also a competitor off the track, managing an ARCA team, Our Motorsports, with team owner, Chris Our.
“It’s a dream come true, a dream I had honestly gave up on. I can’t thank Rick enough for pursuing me to do this. To do it at my home track, where I’ll be surrounded by my family, friends and everyone that has supported me for so long just makes it that much more amazing,” Andy Seuss said.
"RWR is very excited to have a proven champion behind the wheel of the No. 51 Jacob Companies Monster Energy Cup Series car," commented team owner Rick Ware. "I have been following Andy's success for some time now, and I am thrilled that we were able to put this together. Having a New Hampshire driver, with proven success, in the car at NHMS is going to be very special. The entire RWR crew is ready to build Andy a good car and see what he can do with it!"
Be sure to tune into NBCSN on July 21st at 3pm ET for live coverage of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. For up-to-date information on Rick Ware Racing and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.WareRacing.com or follow along on social media; Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
There are only four race tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule where seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has yet to hoist a trophy. And when it comes to his 0-fer streak at Chicagoland Speedway, Johnson has literally done everything but win.
Perhaps that will change for the veteran in this weekend’s Camping World 400 (June 30 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Certainly Johnson’s resume at this 1.5-mile venue outside Chicago lacks only that Cup victory.
Johnson has led more laps (695), won more pole positions (two), earned the most runner-up finishes (three) and netted the most top-10s (11, tied with Kevin Harvick) in this week’s starting field. And, Johnson’s blink-of-an-eye .159-second loss to Kyle Busch in 2008 is part of the closest margin of victory in track history.
Statistically (since 2005) Johnson has turned the most laps in the top 15 (3,215), the most fastest laps run (413) and made the most quality passes (451). His 10.0 average starting position is best all-time among drivers with at least 10 starts. He is second in Driving Rating (110.2) and Average Running Position (8.12) only to his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott, who has only three starts compared to Johnson’s 17.
Johnson has seven top-five finishes among those 11 top-10s with a best of second place in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Johnson led 172 laps in his 2012 runner-up finish.
And Johnson does have a victory at Chicagoland. He won the very first Xfinity Series race at the track in 2001 – the only Xfinity Series win of his career.
A victory this weekend wouldn’t only be significant historically and check another track off his win list, it would be Johnson’s first win since the Fall Dover, Del. race two full seasons ago.
His No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has looked pretty good this year. He has six top-10 finishes in the opening 16 races including a season best fifth place at Texas from the pole position – and Texas is a 1.5-mile track similar to Chicago.
“Our 1.5 track performances have really improved over the last few races and I am excited for this weekend," Johnson said. “Chicago is a race that we have shown so much strength in the past and just never have been able to finish the job. It’s been so frustrating to have led so many laps and just been so close and not taken the checkers."
XFINITY SERIES IS BACK AT IT
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to competition this Saturday with the Camping World 300 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the big question is whether the series’ “Big 3” – Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Cole Custer - can maintain their dominating form or if a first-time winner emerges this season.
Certainly the work of those three drivers – Reddick, Bell and Custer – has been one of the most productive efforts in recent memories. They account for 10 of the first 14 race victories and have led 1,619 of the 2,587 laps of competition (62.5 percent). Bell, a four-time winner, has led laps in every race of the season. That includes a stellar effort two weeks ago in Iowa, where Bell led 186 of the 250 laps to claim his fourth win. He started 11th and finished 12th in his only previous Xfinity Series start at Chicago last year.
Reddick, who holds a 52-point advantage over Bell atop the championship standings, has three wins and a series best 11 top-five finishes. The Richard Childress Racing driver started last year’s race from the outside pole position but finished 33rd due to an incident in his only start.
Custer has three victories and eight top-five finishes this season. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s most recent win was at Pocono three races ago and he finished runner-up to Bell at Iowa. Custer has been lights out at Chicago as well, making two starts on the 1.5-mile track posting an average finish of 5.0.
This week’s Camping World 300 will feature a couple unique competitive elements.
Father and son, Joe and John Hunter Nemechek will be competing in the same race for the first time since Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season. John Hunter Nemechek is currently second in the Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
And reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Joey Logano will be making his first Xfinity Series start of the season – an Xfinity race he has won twice (2009 and 2013).
GANDER TRUCKS IN THE WINDY CITY
The “Melon Man” Ross Chastain took a major step to assuring his position in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship Playoffs with a win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last weekend. He enters Friday night’s Camping World 225 (9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) needing to earn only 38 more points to break into the Top-20 and formalize his Playoff hopes.
And as motivated as Chastain has been racing, there are plenty of drivers ahead of him in the series driver standings equally as eager to win a race. Chastain won at Kansas before declaring his truck series championship eligibility, then again at Iowa, but his truck was determined to be illegal and he was given only last place points. He needed the win at Gateway to earn that truck series title opportunity.
While Chastain has won twice, championship leader Grant Enfinger is still looking for his first victory of 2019, although his series best 10 top-10 finishes in 11 races have helped him to an impressive 54-point advantage on the rest of the field. Second place Stewart Friesen through fifth place Brett Moffitt – the defending Chicagoland winner – are separated by only 15 points. Fifth place Moffitt (who was awarded the win when Chastain was disqualified) is the only driver currently among the top-five with a victory.
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/FVP Batteries/NRG Energy team showed up with good speed last year at Chicagoland Speedway and earned Menard the pole, the 119th for his Wood Brothers team.
But the notes from that qualifying session won’t be of much use for the team this year in time trials for the Camping World 400. Since that time, NASCAR has adopted a lower horsepower/higher downforce handling package, and the series has scrapped the three-round knockout qualifying format used last year and gone back to a one-car-at-a-time qualifying session.
Menard and the No. 21 team, however, do have the advantage of participating in a test session at Chicagoland earlier this year.
“We were pretty competitive,” Menard said of the performance of the Menards Ford Mustang at the test. “The weather was different. It was 40 degrees and rainy when we were there.”
He said qualifying and racing on the 1.5-mile oval near Joliet, Ill., definitely will be different from a year ago.
“Last year we had big horsepower and no grip,” he said. “This year we’ll be wide open the whole lap in qualifying.”
Menard said that he’s looking forward to the challenge of competing at Chicago.
“It’s a great track,” he said. “It has a good surface. It’s similar to Kansas Speedway, and we were pretty competitive there. We had some problems late and missed out on a top-10 finish.”
He said that overall, he feels good about where the No. 21 team is with its intermediate-track program.
“It’s solid,” Menard said, adding that the new handling package has changed the racing in some ways while in others it’s the same. “It’s harder to pass with less horsepower, and track position is as important as ever.”
Both practices and the qualifying session at Chicagoland will be held on Saturday, with one-lap time trials beginning at 5:35 p.m. (6:30 Eastern Time). The Camping World 400 is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern Time) with TV coverage on NBCSN.
NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, (#NASCARSalutes) a continued effort to show appreciation for the United States Armed Forces, concludes with two full weekends of military appreciation at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, where a NASCAR Xfinity Series windshield header salute to military units and installations will take place during the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
“For NASCAR as an industry, it’s a privilege to honor the military men and women who protect our country’s freedom,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “As we culminate NASCAR Salutes in Chicago and Daytona Beach, we remain humbled by the opportunity to recognize our military community and thank service members for the sacrifices made on our behalf.”
Through the NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola race weekends, “Future” will be the celebrated theme during the Chicagoland Speedway Camping World 400 race weekend alongside the 10th anniversary of NASCAR Troops to the Track hosted by Coca-Cola, a season-long initiative that pays tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by inviting service members from local military installations to a VIP race day experience. At Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR Official Partners Comcast, Mack Trucks and SiriusXM will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their work in the sport and veteran-hiring efforts, showcasing opportunities within the industry as they consider their future transitions to civilian life.
For the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, a patriotic red, white and blue Comcast NBCUniversal “Salute to Service” paint scheme will adorn Jeffrey Earnhardt’s No. 81 Xtreme Concepts Racing Toyota Supra and raise awareness of Comcast’s military community hiring efforts. Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to hiring 21,000 military community members – veterans, National Guard and reserve members, and military spouses by the end of 2021.
Camping World, parent company of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series entitlement partner and sponsor of the Chicagoland Speedway race weekend, provided more than 2,500 tickets to the military community for the race weekend. Additionally, local service members with their families will receive grandstand tickets and access to NASCAR Xfinity Series race day activities on behalf of Comcast.
As part of the NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola “Patriotism”-themed weekend at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields during the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 5 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 3rd Infantry Division, 33rd Fighter Wing, and aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) are among the groups from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that will replace the Xfinity header on NASCAR Xfinity Series race cars for the fourth-consecutive year.
NASCAR Xfinity Series teams were given the opportunity to identify a unit or installation to honor for the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, while NASCAR worked with Comcast’s Military and Veteran Affairs team to match units with the remaining teams for the tribute. Many teams have connections to the units being honored on their cars, such as Cole Custer’s team, who will honor the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, where crew chief Mike Shiplett’s family member serves. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 team will honor the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas National Guard, where driver Brandon Jones’ cousin serves.
New for the NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola race weekend at Daytona International Speedway is a free Coca-Cola fan element in the midway where a local Publix chef will offer food samples, Coca-Cola products and the opportunity to write a “thank you” message to the military community. A VIP section is available for military members and their families by showing their military ID.
For the 11th consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will honor two Medal of Honor recipients throughout the race weekend. Honorees include Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell (Vietnam) and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer II (Afghanistan). Retired U.S. Army Colonel Hal Kushner, a Daytona Beach resident who served in Vietnam and was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years, will drive the Honorary Pace Truck for the 61st annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
In addition, all active, veteran and retired military members and their families will have access a Midway suite within the Daytona facility on Saturday where they can take a break from the busy day of activities to cool off and enjoy complimentary Coca-Cola products and snacks. The suite will be accessible from 3 p.m. through the end of Stage 1 of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Throughout the day, various special guests will visit the suite and participate in Q&A sessions including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace at 4:45 p.m.
Tickets to NASCAR national series events are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.
FOX Sports Delivers Viewership Increase for First Half of 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season26 Jun 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Among 11 FOX Sports 2019 races directly comparable to 2018 events, six scored viewership increases. For the season, the Nielsen U.S. Household Rating was up +3% (2.44 vs. 2.37).
The top five markets for the first half of the season are Greensboro, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Richmond, Va., Charlotte and Indianapolis.
Sunday’s race from Sonoma Raceway delivered 2,478,000 viewers, up +6% from last year’s 2,334,000.
Digital and Social highlights from the first half of the season include:
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series average minute audience per race for the 2019 season up +37% over 2018
- 2019 Daytona 500 was most-streamed FOX NASCAR event ever (53K AMA, +10% over 2018 Daytona)
- Two million fans streamed NASCAR programming on FOX Sports platforms in 2019, up +79% year-over-year
- 177 million video views of FOX NASCAR content across social platforms, up +51% year-over-year
Adding together streaming & social:
- 380 million digital consumption minutes for NASCAR content across FOX properties on streaming and social, up +80% year-over-year
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Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Ruckus Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) venture to the Midwest for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. This weekend marks the second consecutive event and fourth time this season Ruckus will adorn the No. 41 machine.
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Suárez’s strong run in the top-five last Sunday in his third career start on the road course at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway was thwarted by a late-race pit stop penalty that dropped him from fifth to 25th before he finished 17th.
The Mexico native has two starts in the Cup Series at Chicagoland with finishes of 12th and 11th, respectively, completing all 534 possible laps with an average starting and finishing position of 11.5. Dating back to 2014, he’s made six starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Chicagoland with an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 9.2. Additionally, he’s led 21 laps and earned two top-five finishes and four top-10s. The 27-year-old driver also made two starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series at Chicagoland. The efforts resulted in one top-five along with 46 laps led, and an average starting position of 4.5 and an average finish of 7.5. Finally, he’s made one start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland, in which he started second before an engine issue ended his day.
In his last 10 starts at 1.5-mile tracks, Suárez has one top-five and three top-10s. He’s led 21 laps and completed 99.5 percent of all possible laps.
This weekend, fans will have the opportunity to view Suárez’s perspective from inside the Ruckus Mustang courtesy of Coca-Cola, which is sponsoring his in-car camera. Additionally, there will be 200 “Daniel’s Amigos” in the grandstands Sunday, supporting the Monterrey, Mexico driver. “Daniel’s Amigos” is a fan-focused movement to engage and celebrate with Latino NASCAR fans. “We had a big group of Daniel’s Amigos at Auto Club (Speedway in Fontana, California) and they all had a great time, especially the ones who were at my car for prerace,” Suárez said. “This is the second time this season we’re having a group out to the track and I hope they have a great time just like the group in California.”
Suárez is 13th in the Cup Series standings with 421 points to round out the four-car SHR contingent. The top 16 drivers after the 26 regular-season races will earn a spot in the NASCAR playoffs.
So far this season, Suárez has garnered two top-five finishes and six top-10s and has led 52 laps behind the wheel of the No. 41 Ford Mustang. Team co-owner Tony Stewart currently has SHR’s only Cup win at Chicagoland which he captured in 2011.
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Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) looks ahead to a 1.5-mile track that hosted his most laps led in a single race and his first stage win of his career.
Almirola raced the No. 10 Ford from sixth to the lead by lap 40 in the first stage at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. He started Stage 2 from third and regained the lead until he reported a vibration and was forced to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop putting him a lap down and in 25th when the checkered flag waved.
Although Almirola only has one top-10 at Chicagoland, the speed his SHR team found in 2018 is nothing to blink an eye at. This season, Almirola has scored four top-10s out of six races at 1.5-mile tracks and led 46 total laps.
“At about this time last year we really started to find speed and mesh as a team,” said Almirola. “Johnny and the Smithfield team were able to bring me a really fast Ford and we ran up front for a while and earned some stage points. I’m going into the weekend with no expectation like I do every weekend, but it feels good knowing we had success here last year. I have confidence that we’re going to kick it in full gear before and during the playoffs and be serious competitors for the championship.”
Sonoma marks the 14th weekend the iconic black-and-white Smithfield livery will adorn Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its eighth season with Almirola and its second 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.
Fans can now get VIP, behind-the-scenes access in following “Aric ‘Beyond the 10’” by subscribing to his YouTube channel and following episodes on Facebook. Episodes will showcase never-before-seen footage of Almirola at the racetrack, on family trips, and “A Day in the Life” during the week, as well as all that goes into a NASCAR Cup Series driver’s season. Click here to subscribe on YouTube and watch the latest episode.
The 35-year-old Ford driver has earned one pole award, one top-five, nine top-10s and has led 100 laps through 15 races this season. His qualifying efforts have also been strong with five front-row starts and eight top-five starts this season.
Almirola sits 11th in the driver standings with 460 points, 183 behind leader and fellow Ford driver Joey Logano.
Front Row Motorsports, Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children today announced their plans to honor and remember fellow Shriner David Pearson during the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway later this year during Labor Day weekend. David Ragan, a Shiner himself, helped unveil his car that will replicate the livery of the Holman-Moody Racing Ford Tornio Cobra that Pearson raced to his third and final NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1969; 50 years ago, and the same year that Pearson became a Shriner.
The scheme will honor the late Pearson and his life as a driver and a Shriner. The hood features a photo of Pearson during his Hall of Fame career and a photo of him in his Shriner fez. The remainder of the car will have the Shriners Hospitals for Children logos with the 1969 Holman-Moody blue and gold scheme. The car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with members of the Pearson family, Shriners and patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children in attendance.
Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Shriners wanted to recognize Pearson at the track where he found so much success. Pearson is a 10-time winner at Darlington Raceway and won the Southern 500 three times. In 1969, Pearson raced the Holman-Moody gold and blue Ford Tornio Cobra to 11 wins, 14 poles and to his third championship over his rival, Richard Petty. Off the track, Pearson gave back to his community through the Shriners – a practice that Ragan carries on today.
“When you remember or read about David Pearson, it’s all about the success he had on the track, and his legendary and Hall of Fame career,” said Ragan. “On the 50th anniversary of his last championship, and in one of the most iconic cars in our sport, we wanted to honor David Pearson and keep his memory alive. But, we also want his sons and family to talk about David away from the track and what he enjoyed about being a Shriner. This is going to be a great platform to do all of that. I’m humbled that I’ll get to race this car in honor of David, the Shriners and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
“David Pearson was one of our own and now we have a tremendous opportunity to recognize his life accomplishments on a national stage,” said Jim Cain, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We want to thank David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Pearson family for the opportunity to tell more people about the Shriners and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We look forward to Labor Day weekend and seeing this car on the track.”
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They continue to support the on-track efforts of Front Row Motorsports and Ragan, who has an authentic relationship with the national children’s hospitals. Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals throughout the race season and regularly invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ragan also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, personal service announcements, donations and activities.
The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 1. The race will be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 6:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR radio.
Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the addition of DriveSmartWarranty.com who will sponsor the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team for two races beginning with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 6, 2019.
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Veteran driver J.J. Yeley will drive the team’s No. 52 DriveSmartWarranty.com Ford Mustang at the World Center of Racing. The New York-based company will return to the organization in the Cup Series Playoff race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Oct. 6, 2019.
“We here at DriveSmartWarranty.com are excited to be a multi race primary partner for the No. 52 Cup car with Rick Ware Racing,” offered CEO Daniel Rodd. “In my opinion, NASCAR fans are the most passionate and loyal across all major US sports.
“It’s a unique opportunity to help contribute to the overall race day experience for the team and fans alike. At the same time, this partnership gives us the ability to grow our brand and engage with our customers and NASCAR fans through the most powerful racing platform on earth.”
Rick Ware Racing team principal Rick Ware says his organization is proud to welcome another new partner to the pinnacle series of NASCAR with an experienced superspeedway driver such as Yeley.
"We are thrilled to make the announcement that DriveSmart is going to be the primary partner on our No. 52 Ford for the upcoming race at Daytona,” said Ware. “Everyone we have talked with at DriveSmart have been so excited and energetic about seeing their car on the track in one of the most anticipated races of the year.
“This year we have had some very impressive paint schemes that have received a lot of national exposure, we feel this car and scheme will also get a lot of attention too. Daytona is a very special place and our company has had some great finishes there in the past.
“We are hoping that J.J. (Yeley) can rise up to the occasion and give DriveSmart a great race on what we expect will be a great weekend of racing with our friends and guests.”
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Yeley, a native of Phoenix, Ariz. is poised to make his 15th career Cup start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. In his previous 14 outings, he has a career-best 10th place finish after starting 41st in 2013.
“I’m excited to have DriveSmart on our Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang starting at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in July,” offered Yeley. “DriveSmart offers protection plans on all types of vehicles and is the perfect fit to be a part of our NASCAR industry.
“Daytona in July is always an exciting race and to showcase a new sponsor like DriveSmartWarranty.com to our wonderful NASCAR fans will make it even more exciting.”
The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season continues with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sat., July 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
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If anyone’s named his or her car or talked to it regularly – or even felt guilty driving another one – he or she is not alone. American car owners see their vehicles as family members, with 60 percent considering their cars to be part of the family, according to new research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Toco Warranty.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang for Stewart Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, admits he hasn’t named many of his racecars since joining NASCAR, but he has a favorite dirt car from the 2003 season when he was racing around the Midwest.
“I once had a dirt car we called Brown Eyed Girl,” he said. “We named her that because we were dirt racing at the time and she won just about every race she entered that year. I haven’t named many of the racecars since then. But the old Brown Eyed Girl is the one that sticks in my memory.”
About 56 percent of American car owners go as far as naming their cars, according to the survey. With a bond so deep, what goes into the naming process? Results found that 42 percent of named cars get their names from a prominent feature, like color, the sound it makes, etc. Other name inspirations – 20 percent – come from movies, TV shows, and songs, and another 17 percent of names are triggered by famous cars or celebrities. The survey unveiled just how close people are to their cars. Two in five of the 2,000 motorists studied said they regularly talk to their vehicle.
Given that Americans speak to their cars approximately 13 times a week, with 18 percent of owners speaking to them every single trip, one might wonder what they talk about. For 63 percent of owners, car conversations are primarily encouraging the car to go faster or make it up a hill. What other quirky habits do Americans have with their cars? It should come as no surprise that many identify their cars with personality traits. In fact, half of American car owners describe their car as having a “trustworthy” personality. More than one in three say their car’s personality is fun, and 28 percent say their vehicle is adventurous. Twenty-two percent believe their car is charming.
Bowyer doesn’t care as much about his Mustang’s charm as he does its performance on the track.
“I just want my hot rod to be fast,” he said with a laugh. “If she’s fast, I’ll put up with anything.”
Bowyer will carry the Toco Warranty paint scheme on his No. 14 Ford Mustang at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Bowyer arrives at Chicago after finishing 11th on the road course at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway last weekend. He’s 12th in points with just 10 races remaining before the NASCAR playoffs begin Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Maybe if we win this weekend in Chicagoland, we’ll start naming all of our cars,” Bowyer said. “We’ll do anything if it helps us lock down a playoff spot.”
Sunday’s race in Chicagoland marks Toco Warranty’s third appearance as the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s No. 14 Mustang. In its first season as a partner at SHR, Toco has initiated several racing programs, including the Toco All-Star Sweepstakes in which one lucky winner and his or her guest will attend the season finales of both the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The winner will be hosted by Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) for the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 8 to 9 at The Dirt Track near Charlotte, North Carolina, before jetting off to South Florida to see the NASCAR season finale Nov. 16 to 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Toco Warranty will provide VIP access that includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a rental car and event tickets. Tony Stewart, the owner of TSR and the co-owner of SHR, will be at both events, where the winner will see the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in action as an owner, facilitating meet-and-greets with 10-time and reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz at Charlotte and Bowyer in Homestead.
To register, fans simply need to go to www.TocoWarranty.com. A winner will be drawn by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. EDT.
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David Ragan is preparing for an exciting and busy week and weekend with the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Ragan, Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and the Shriners Hospitals for Children will begin Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to unveil its NASCAR “Throwback Weekend” paint scheme. On Friday, Ragan and FRM will visit the patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago. Ragan will again reunite with popular patient ambassador, Alec before visiting with the other patients and staff.
Finally, Ragan and FRM will host Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago patient Drew Beutel at Chicagoland Raceway. Ragan returns to the track with the Shriners Hospitals colors on his No. 38 Ford Mustang.
Beutel, 12, from Naperville, Illinois suffers from transverse myelitis- a rare spinal cord injury disorder that can leave children partially paralyzed, with limited mobility and bladder and bowel problems. In 2010, the family brought Beutel to Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago, where a team of pediatric spinal cord injury specialists began a care plan for him. The hospital’s family-centered care and services reassured his parents during Drew’s treatment.
“Shriners Hospitals is unique in the way they care about the whole child and their family,” said Drew’s mother, Liz. “They make a hospital feel fun and social, rather than the typical sterile and cold environment you might expect. Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago is Drew’s favorite place!”
Beutel, now a seventh grader, can walk for short distances with leg braces and forearm crutches. He stays healthy and active by participating in wheelchair and adapted sports. Beutel is frequently found on the Chicago Shriners Hospital indoor wheelchair basketball court shooting hoops and making friends. In his spare time, he loves competing with a traveling wheelchair basketball team called Synergy Adaptive Athletics.
Beutel just completed two weeks of intensive outpatient rehabilitation at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago using some of the latest technology with physical, occupational and recreational therapists. Shriners Hospitals will continue to support Drew and his family as he rolls, walks and plays his way in a healthy, independent life.
Ragan has a day of activities planned for Beutel, including a tour of the garage, his hauler and joining him during all the pre-race activities before Sunday’s race. The family will stay and watch the race with special seating made possible by Camping World.
“I’m really excited about the next two weeks really,” said Ragan. “We kick things off tomorrow at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to unveil our Darlington car with the Shriners Hospitals for Children before heading to Chicagoland. I’m actually going to Nashville next week to participate in the Shriners International Imperial Session- a gathering of Shriners across the country. So, we have a big next two weeks.”
“But, it’s always an honor to host a patient and donors at the track,” added Ragan. “They all enjoy seeing the Shriners Hospitals for Children car, taking tours of the garage and hauler and just acting like a normal child at the races. Because of the great work the Shriners Hospitals do, these patients can do normal things.”
Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. He visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities. Earlier this year, Ragan auctioned off 2018 Shiners Hospitals for Children race car at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The winning bid, made by Rick Steele of Select Blinds, raised $300,000 for the Hospitals.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families’ ability to pay.