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In his 85th career Nationwide Series start, Rusty Wallace Racing's Michael Annett earned his first top-10 finish of his 2011 Nationwide Series campaign on Saturday. Under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway, Annett drove his No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry from an 11th place start to a ninth place finish despite running out of fuel on the final lap of the 200 lap STP 300. The 24-year-old racer's top-10 finish moved him to 10th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings.
"I'm really proud of my guys this week. We finally got a finish we deserve, and this should be the perfect momentum builder for the season ahead," said Annett, "We unloaded one of the best cars I've had all season, and we consistently got better throughout Friday's practice sessions and the race. This season's start hasn't played out quite as expected, but our ninth place finish proves that we've taken a turn in the right direction. I definitely think we're on the path to contending with the top-10 week-in and week-out, so I look forward to the rest of the season. Thanks to my team for all of their hard work, and thank you to my sponsor, Pilot Flying J, for their partnership and support."
Annett's crew chief commented, "Great job all around this weekend. Michael battled a loose handling racecar and was still able to keep it consistent and finish in the top-10. We knew we were cutting it extremely close on fuel, so conserving it was key. Michael did a good job doing that and we ran out just in time to be able to finish it. We'll take this top-10 and head to our next race in Michigan looking for another strong run."
Saturday's ninth place finish gave Rusty Wallace Racing the organization's fourth top-10 finish of the 2011 season.
The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team will enjoy a week free from competition before traveling to Michigan International Speedway the following week for the Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250. Watch and listen live to the 125 lap event on Saturday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and MRN Radio.
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Today Lionel NASCAR® Collectables, in partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, unveiled a multi-car, on-track program which pays tribute to the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and helps raise funds to build homes for the only three surviving quadruple amputees of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – United States Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, United States Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely and United States Marine Corps Corporal John Peck.
As part of the “Honoring Our Heroes” program, NASCAR stars Greg Biffle, David Gilliland, Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart will drive special patriotic paint schemes which feature the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation logo during the September race weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
“I think it’s important for NASCAR to do something as a sport to honor all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to remember American heroes like Stephen Siller,” said Howard Hitchcock, Vice President of LNC.
“Partnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to help make a real difference in the lives of three military heroes who have sacrificed almost everything for their country was something we, as a company, felt compelled to do,” he continued.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2001 by the family of Stephen Siller – an FDNY firefighter. Siller was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got the call about the attack on the World Trade Center. When he couldn’t drive his truck through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Siller donned 75 pounds of firefighting gear and ran through the tunnel to the towers to help rescue his fellow Americans. Siller lost his life as a result of his heroic actions.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each “Honoring Our Heroes” die-cast and associated merchandise will be donated to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation which has earmarked these funds for the construction of customized “smart” homes for wounded United States servicemen Marrocco, Nicely and Peck.
“We are honored that these NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and the folks at Lionel NASCAR Collectables have embraced our Foundation and its cause in such a big way,” said George Siller, Vice Chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and brother of Stephen Siller.
“It means so much to us that my brother’s name will be remembered by the sport and that, in turn, his heroism will be used to better the lives of heroes like Brendan, Todd and John.”
To bring even more attention to the Foundation’s charitable efforts, David Gilliland will run the No. 34 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports on Sept. 10. Front Row Motorsports has donated Gilliland’s entire paint scheme to honor the legacy of Stephen Siller and to help increase awareness of the Foundation’s efforts to help the heroes of the U.S. military.
“I feel humbled to have Stephen Siller’s name on my car on such an important and emotional anniversary for our country,” said Gilliland. “And I hope that seeing the No. 34 Ford on track on Sept. 10 will bring a smile to those three soldier’s faces and let them know that their country cares about them and is thankful for their heroic service.”
Danica Patrick will drive a special version of the No. 7 Go Daddy Get Your.Net Chevrolet for JR Motorsports during the Sept. 9 Nationwide Series race at Richmond. Patrick's car will feature a star-covered design and a black paint scheme.
"Each star on the Go Daddy No. 7 Chevrolet represents a soul lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack," said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. "We will always remember 9/11. I'm glad to see NASCAR supporting this extraordinary tribute!"
During the Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 10, Greg Biffle will drive the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and Tony Stewart will drive the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet – all in patriotic paint schemes. The No. 7 “We Salute You” JRM Chevrolet driven by Josh Wise at Dover International Speedway on May 14 will also be included in the “Honoring Our Heroes” program.
Following the events at Richmond, Lionel NASCAR Collectables will take part in the 2011 Tunnel to Towers Run on Sept. 25. Tunnel to Towers is an annual run in Manhattan hosted by the Foundation in which thousands of runners and walkers retrace the steps of Stephen Siller, honor his legacy and remember the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001. This year for the first time, Tunnel to Towers Runs will be held in cities nationwide on 9/11 as a way to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
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The final lap of a NASCAR race is usually a blur of speed.
Saturday night's STP 300 was something else. Justin Allgaier coasted across the finish line to win despite running out of fuel after passing Carl Edwards on the final lap at Chicagoland Speedway as Edwards also ran out of fuel.
Both were traveling about 50 mph when they rolled across the finish line, even as Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was barreling toward them from behind. Bayne finished third.
The outcome was almost surreal, given the ferocity of the first 199 laps. Edwards and Elliott Sadler dueled for most of the last 50 laps. First Edwards was in control, then Sadler. Then Edwards, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, forced the issue and retook the lead with 25 laps remaining.
Did that scrap use too much fuel?
"I thought I'd saved about a lap of fuel," Edwards said. "With five or six laps to go, Justin really started coming, so I laid it down."
And ran out just before the entrance to Turn 3 on the 200th and final lap. Allgaier was wide-eyed at the sight.
"Coming off Turn 2, I didn't know if I'd have the time to catch him," Allgaier said. "Then he started wiggling, and I got a big grin."
Allgaier drew even, and as he did, his engine went silent. It was a coast to the finish, and Allgaier would win it. He led only the final lap, and only about seven-tenths of a mile of it.
"We were on power another 100 feet, and that was the difference," Allgaier said.
The difference by 1.719 seconds brought Allgaier his first win since last year at Bristol, and the second win in the last three races by a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contender.
Bayne's third place finish came in his return after a six-week absence for an illness that baffled even doctors from the Mayo Clinic. He told ESPN during the race he "felt like an astronaut" with all of the air hoses blowing on him, fitting given the way he rocketed through the field. Bayne started 31st and ran as high as sixth after 57 laps. Then he held steady until the final laps, when drivers, including Sadler, had to pit for a splash of fuel.
"Man, I should have started going six laps earlier," Bayne said. "You can always say 'Shoulda.' "
Reed Sorenson finished sixth, the 38 points he earned enough to move him into the standings lead. Sadler is two points behind after finishing 11th, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dropped from second to third in the standings after running 14th.
Danica Patrick, in a one-week visit to NASCAR between IndyCar Series races, finished 10th, the first car a lap down. She also finished 10th in last week's Indianapolis 500.
An afternoon thunderstorm in the middle of qualifying forced the gridding of the field based on owner points, but the skies were clear throughout the race.
Travis Pastrana helps launch the seventh annual Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 promotion this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas MGM Hotel in a style fitting for the action sports star embarking on a NASCAR career in 2011.
The 11-time X Games gold medal winner plans a 75-foot, ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jump over the familiar Sunoco logo and barrels, representing 5,000 gallons of Sunoco gasoline to kick off Sunoco’s Free Fuel 5000 promotion. The promotion officially began on June 1 and ends August 31.
Taking part in the Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 promotion is easy. Simply visit any participating Sunoco station, pick up a free Sunoco decal, put it on your car, and visit Sunoco stations on a regular basis for a chance to be “spotted” for your chance to win. There will be spotters at every Sunoco station at least once this summer, and there is no limit on how many times you can win. Winning is easy as well. In fact, 17,000 people won last year.
If you are at a Sunoco station and the Sunoco Prize Patrol sees a Sunoco decal on your car, you instantly win one of thousands of $10 Sunoco gift cards, and you are automatically entered to win 5,000 gallons of Sunoco fuel. To put this much free fuel in perspective, if a customer drives 12,000 miles each year and averages 20 miles per gallon, 5,000 gallons of Sunoco fuel would last for more than eight years.
“Sunoco is looking forward to another summer of rewarding our loyal consumers with free gas as well as providing one lucky Sunoco customer with 5,000 gallons of free fuel,” said Sunoco brand marketing manager Drew Kabakoff.
Pastrana will enter seven Nationwide races beginning in Indianapolis on July 30 driving the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota. He plans to run at least 20 races in 2012 driving for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, which is owned by Pastrana, Michael Waltrip Racing along with Gary and Blake Bechtel.
“This is a pretty cool way for Sunoco and I to begin our relationship,” said Pastrana. “I’m really looking forward to the jump on Saturday as well as all the ways we’ll be promoting the Free Fuel 5000 over the next few months. Coming to NASCAR has been a lot of fun so far and it’s only just starting. It’s cool to see my fans turn on to NASCAR and to see the NASCAR fans take a look at some of the stuff we do with Nitro Circus.”
Sunoco and Pastrana plan to wage an aggressive social media effort through Pastrana’s and PWR’s Facebook, Twitter and websites reaching more than 25 million fans. Fans can visit Sunoco’s Facebook page this month to view Pastrana’s exclusive Vegas jump. Additional behind-the-scenes videos of Pastrana and his Nitro Circus team as well as other exclusive activities will continue to be rolled out during the summer.
Sunoco will also be giving away Pastrana autographed items on its Facebook page
Pastrana is in Las Vegas this weekend performing with the Nitro Circus Live Show at the MGM Grand. No fewer than 10 world-firsts are planned to be attempted Saturday night. With sold-out shows in Australia and New Zealand, the international tour is being billed as the “greatest live action sports show of all time” for its stunning choreographed displays in FMX, BMX and skate, as well as world-first stunts and crazy contraptions launched off the infamous 50-foot high Nitro Giganta Ramp, all performed by the best action sports stars on the planet.
Log on to www.GoSunoco.com/freefuel5000 for more information.
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Roush Fenway Racing rolls into Chicagoland Speedway this weekend riding a hot streak and looking for its fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory. Roush Fenway has wins in the last three events at Dover, Iowa and Charlotte, but in order to pull off the fourth, it will require the organization’s first NASCAR victory - ever - at Chicagoland Speeedway.
“I’m thinking about what a difference a year makes,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Last year it seemed for a long time we couldn’t buy one and this year we moved Chris Andrews to be the crew chief on the 16 car and provide his vision of engineering leadership to the program. We got the FR9 engine going and got a new Mustang car, and what a difference a year makes.”
Roush Fenway has been close at the 1.5-mile track, posting five runner-up finishes (three in the Sprint Cup and two in the NNS), including Carl Edwards’ second-place finish in the Cup race last year. Chicagoland remains the only current track on the NASCAR circuit, that hosts multiple series, where Roush Fenway has never won. However, riding a huge wave of momentum Roush Fenway’s trio of drivers - Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne – will look to change that statistic.
Currently Roush has fielded 79 entries at Chicagoland, while putting up 14 top-five finishes, 30 top 10s, two poles and led 659 laps.
In addition to going for Roush Fenway’s first Chicagoland win, Stenhouse - on the strength of three consecutive top-five finishes and a win - has pulled back to within one point of the Nationwide Series points lead and will look to retake the top spot this weekend in Joliet.
In addition, the Roush Fenway stable will again have the services of Trevor Bayne, who returns to action this weekend.
“I can’t explain how excited I am to get back in a race car,” said Bayne. “Sitting out for the last month and a half has made me realize how much I love to drive race cars and how blessed I am to do it. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of this, but after watching races on TV you realize how fortunate you are to be in there. I’m very excited about getting back in the car at Chicago and hopefully we’ll have a good showing.”
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Gerber Collision & Glass will be an associate sponsor this weekend for Mike Wallace’s No. 01 Cowboys & Aliens Chevrolet Impala at Chicagoland Speedway.
“We are very excited to have Gerber Collision & Glass come back on board for this year’s Chicagoland efforts,” Tony Priscaro VP of Marketing and Sales for JD Motorsports said. “These last few weekends have been great. With the help of Universal Studios and now Gerber Collision & Glass, we look to be in great shape for races to come.”
This will be the second time that Gerber Collision & Glass and JD Motorsports have partnered for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Last year, the team finished 22nd after starting 34th. Now, the team looks to surpass last year’s finish as they bring back their old chassis that has a great track record.
“Gerber Collision & Glass is excited to again partner with JD Motorsports and help sponsor the #01 Cowboys & Aliens Chevrolet. We enjoyed Mike Wallace’s exciting finish in the race last year at Joliet and look forward to Mike’s return to the Chicagoland Speedway.” said Jim Maliszewski, Director – Centralized Support and Program Management, Gerber Collision & Glass.
After a 25th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, the team jumped up to 15th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point’s standings. So far this year, the team has captured five top 20 finishes and one top 10 finish. The top 10 finish came at Dover International Speedway on May 14.
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Trevor Bayne will make his ninth start of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway in the STP 300 this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to concentrating on our Nationwide program this weekend at Chicago. I am thankful to be able to get back into a race car and I am going to savor this moment forever,” said the driver of the No. 16 Avnet/BMA Ford Mustang.
“We as race car drivers are so blessed to be doing this for a living and I think we take that for granted sometimes. I am ready to get back to work and compete at the highest level. Our Nationwide program has been unstoppable as of late and I want to contribute to that success as much as I can. Chris Andrews [crew chief] and the guys give me awesome race cars to drive, so there is no doubt in my mind that we can win this thing on Saturday night.”
Bayne will pilot the RK-646 chassis, which last ran at Texas in April and finished 13th, in the 300 mile race. In two starts at Chicagoland Speedway Bayne has one top-15 finish
Crew chief Chris Andrews said, “We are all glad to see Trevor back in the seat this weekend. I know he has been waiting for this moment a long time and I am confident he will take advantage of it and drive as hard as he can Saturday night.
“Our team got a taste of victory at Charlotte last weekend thanks to Matt Kenseth, so we know what it takes to set up a fast race car. Our preparation has to be impeccable to win in this series, and I believe that is what sets Roush apart from other race teams right now. There will be a lot of young drivers in the race, so our main focus is to stay up front and out of trouble. If we can make timely in-race adjustments on the race car I am confident we contend for a win this weekend.” Roush Fenway Racing PR
“Our team got a taste of victory at Charlotte last weekend thanks to Matt Kenseth, so we know what it takes to set up a fast race car. Our preparation has to be impeccable to win in this series, and I believe that is what sets Roush apart from other race teams right now. There will be a lot of young drivers in the race, so our main focus is to stay up front and out of trouble. If we can make timely in-race adjustments on the race car I am confident we contend for a win this weekend.”
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Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will return to action this weekend in the Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Bayne's Ford Mustang will feature a customized paint scheme that spotlights the single-race alliance between Avnet, the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and Roush Fenway Racing.
Roush Fenway Racing, the world's largest motorsports organization, has partnered with Avnet (NYSE:AVT), one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and IT products and services, and the BMA, an organization bringing together the nations top professionals focused on business-to-business marketing and communications, to highlight the power of NASCAR's motorsports marketing platform during the BMA's "Unleash" 2011 international conference in Chicago June 1-3.
BMA Chairman and Avnet's Chief Communication Officer Al Maag noted, "The excitement of NASCAR coupled with one of the most popular drivers on the circuit makes this a unique and exciting branding experience for three premier organizations, Roush Fenway, BMA and Avnet.. it was an opportunity we could not pass up."
Bayne and Roush Fenway Racing were part of the BMA's conference activities that took place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers on the Chicago River and lakefront in downtown Chicago. Over 500 top business-business marketers attended and had the opportunity to meet Bayne, along with Roush Fenway Racing's sponsorship sales team, aboard the Odyssey Networking Cruise on June 1.
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On the heels of its sweeping one-two finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday, Fastenal announced today it will add an additional seven races to its 2011 Nationwide Series schedule; serving as the primary sponsor on the No. 60 Ford Mustang of Carl Edwards.
“With all the success we’ve had on the track with Carl Edwards and the entire Roush Fenway team, we feel our racing program has taken a big step forward this season,” said Fastenal’s Executive Vice President of Operations Cory Jansen. “We’re excited to keep the momentum going for the expanded race schedule and, hopefully, get the Fastenal name into victory lane a few more times in 2011.”
Fastenal was originally the scheduled primary on the Roush Fenway No. 60 Ford Mustang for 15 NASCAR Nationwide races in 2011, but will increase that number to 23 events with today’s announcement.
“I am proud to represent Fastenal,” said Edwards. “They have been great partners. They not only sponsor the car but they provide the services and the tools that Roush Fenway Racing needs to get our business done. I am honored to drive the Fastenal Ford and hopefully we can get them some more victories. It has been a blast standing in victory lane with the folks from Fastenal.”
Edwards has won three NASCAR Nationwide races this year, including two in the No. 60 Fastenal Ford. In addition, Matt Kenseth took the victory last weekend in the No. 16 Fastenal Ford, with Edwards coming in a close second.
Fastenal is now on track to be the primary sponsor on 25 Roush Fenway NNS entries this season, including its sponsorship of all three Roush Fenway Fords in the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday. The company made a splash at Charlotte by posting the 1-2 finish and placing all three Fastenal Fords in the top four, after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started the race from the pole.
The seven additional races include:
Chicagoland Speedway – June 4
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – July 16
Nashville Superspeedway – July 23
Chicagoland Speedway – September 17
Dover International Speedway – October 1
Texas Motor Speedway – November 5
Homestead-Miami Speedway – November 19
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