Veteran's Day weekend at Phoenix International Raceway was the fourth and final stop on Oral-B's Built in the USA tour.
On Saturday, Ryan Newman was on hand as Oral-B presented "Hope For The Warriors" with a check for $100,000 to support their Above & Beyond program, which assists U.S. service members' reintegration into the workforce. The national nonprofit organization helps post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
RICHMOND, VA - MAY 03: Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 alltel Dodge, and his wife Krissie stand on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 3, 2008 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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This Shake and Bake "Wednesday WAG of the Week" is a mother, an animal advocate and married to a "Rocket Man".
LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013 in Loudon, N.H.
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There are plenty of cool trophies in NASCAR, but none of them quite compare to the one given to the winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Along with the traditional hardware, the driver that wins at the 'Magic Mile' is also given a live rock lobster. Provided by Makris Lobster and Steak House in Concord, N.H., the winning driver hoists the living crustacean before usually making one heck of a post-race meal.
Started seven years ago, the tradition of earning a rock lobster at the end of the day is something drivers and fans certainly have fun with.
So it led us to wonder, who has the biggest lobster?
JOLIET, IL - SEPT. 16: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet and Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Farmland Ford, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16, 2012 in Joliet, Ill. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The first race of the Chase is upon us!
After a week full of drama, NASCAR has no plans to let controversy rain on its parade. Rain, however, may rain on NASCAR's parade at Chicagoland Speedway.
9:00 a.m. -- With a 70% chance of rain in Joiet, Ill. today, rain will be the topic of discussion for much of the day, as teams and driver watch the radar in advance of Sunday's GEICO 400.
Well it just started to rain. Not looking too promising. Maybe a night race. LOL
Now that the Chase for the Sprint Cup has arrived - complete with plenty of controversy - the subject of NASCAR's Silly Season has moved to the back burner somewhat. But it's still critically important as next year draws closer.
When the Chase is over in 10 weeks, doubtless there will be another frantic flurry of personnel movements, mostly around the crew chief position. For now, though, here are the five best moves already announced for 2014.
KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 20: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, signs autographs for fans in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2013 in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Geoff Burke/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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The NASCAR fan base is one of the most loyal and passionate group of fans in all of sports, and that is evident on social media. Following nearly every NASCAR race, Facebook and Twitter explode with comments and opinions from fans of nearly every driver and team.
NASCAR acted decisively Monday night in response to the controversy at Richmond International Raceway, heavily penalizing Michael Waltrip Racing for trying to alter the outcome of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400.
The penalties included:
- A $300,000 fine against MWR, the largest monetary fine in NASCAR history.
- A loss of 50 points for each of the three MWR cars at Richmond, which knocked Martin Truex Jr. out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and let Ryan Newman in as the second wild card.
- An indefinite suspension for MWR's Ty Norris for telling team driver Brian Vickers to pit late in the race and allow Joey Logano to pass him, which at the time allowed Logano to move to 10th in points and Truex to get the final wild card spot in the Chase.
- Probation until the end of the year for all three MWR crew chiefs.
Like with every decision NASCAR makes, there were clear winners and losers with this one.
While NASCAR was handing out its stiffest penalty to date against Michael Waltrip Racing, the NASCAR Twittersphere was on fire with reaction from fans and drivers alike.
As part of the penalties, the organization was fined $300,000, all three MWR cars have been penalized 50 owner and driver points, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely, and each of the team's three crew chiefs has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year.
This means Martin Truex Jr. is no longer in the Chase, moving Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman into the 12-driver field fighting for the championship.
Team owner Michael Waltrip took to Twitter to defend his team:
This wasn't a master plan or about a spin. It's about a split-second decision made by Ty to try to help a teammate. I stand by my people.
RICHMOND, VA - SEPT. 07: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2013 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway ended with multiple controversies, as Clint Bowyer appeared to cause an intentional spin to bring out a caution on Lap 394. Race-winner Carl Edwards seemed to jump the restart on Lap 398 and Brian Vickers slowed way down on the final lap, apparently to let Joey Logano pass him.
The net effect of all these shenanigans was profound: Martin Truex Jr., the teammate of Bowyer and Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing, was the final driver to transfer into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning a wild-card spot on a tiebreaker with Ryan Newman. Logano made it into 10th place by a single-point over Jeff Gordon.
Without the Bowyer spin, none of this would have happened and Truex would have been the odd man out and Gordon and Newman would have been in.
RICHMOND, VA - SEPT. 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, leads the field to a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2013 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The annual Chase cut-off race at Richmond International Raceway always comes with drama and excitement, and this year's race was no different.
As the race progressed, the Chase picture was constantly changing. Jeff Gordon was in, then he was out. Ryan Nemwan was in as the Wild Card, then he wasn't. Joey Logano was in, then he was out, then he was back in.
The calculators were certainly working overtime as the stress level was pegged.
After the race, the drama didn't end as many raised questions about the final caution and last restart.
It’s a beautiful day at Richmond International Raceway and tonight’s race is one of the most important of the season, since it will set the final field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what you need to know:
THIS IS IT — Tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 400 is the 26th and final race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. After tonight’s race, the field will be set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s season-ending, 10-race playoff round that will determine the 2013 champion.
Twelve drivers will make the Chase — the top 10 in points after tonight’s race, plus the two drivers in positions 11-20 with the most race victories. After tonight, the top 10 drivers will all have their point totals reset to 2,000 — plus three points for each race victory. For example, Matt Kenseth has won five races, so he will start with 2,015 points, unless he wins again tonight, which would give him 2,018. The two wild-card drivers in positions 11-20 get 2,000 points only, with no bonus points.
WHO’S IN — No matter what happens tonight, seven drivers are guaranteed to advance to the Chase. They are: Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne. The first six are all locked into the top 10 in points; depending on what happens tonight, Kahne will either finish in the top 10 or be a wild card.
HAMPTON, GA - SEPT. 02: A general view of cars as they race into turn four during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2, 2012 in Hampton, Ga. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Alright fans, it's time for another round of Caught on Camera!
The annual Labor Day weekend race at Atlanta Motor Speedway brings out great fans, beautiful sunsets and fireworks both on and off the track.
HAMPTON, GA - SEPT. 02: A detail of a red sky at sun set hovers over the track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2, 2012 in Hampton, Ga. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 11: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 11, 2013 in Watkins Glen, New York.
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It is time for Caught on Camera folks! This time we review some of the most dramatic and unique burnouts of the summer, so far.
With just five races left before the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup, it's now or never for drivers sitting on the Chase bubble.
Each week , we'll take a look at drivers sitting 11-20 in the Sprint Cup standings and observe their progress. Here's a look at who's in and who's out heading into the road course race at Watkins Glen International.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.