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|Columbus Blue Jackets’ James Wisniewski, Jared Boll named Mid-Ohio grand marshals [NBC Sports: July 30, 2014, 4:00 pm]
Pair of Blue Jackets players to give the command for Honda Indy 200 this weekend.
Mobil 1 Auto Tech: Sickler proving passion pays off (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 4:00 pm]
Considering the path to his current career in motorsports, that person could have been talking about Jonathan Sickler. Â For the last four years, Sickler has been an integral part of Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he serves as a finish fabricator and drives the team rig that hauls the Toyota race cars. All those miles on the road and hours in the garage could take a toll on a person, but not Sickler. "If you're passionate about what you do and enjoy it, it doesn't seem like work," Sickler said.
Better mindset, form for Briscoe, CGR heading into final month of 2014 [NBC Sports: July 30, 2014, 3:00 pm]
Perhaps you haven't noticed the uptick in form of Ryan Briscoe and the NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing team over the last couple months. Here's a recap...
Follow the Pocono and Iowa races from anywhere (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 2:40 pm]
The Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 is Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 is Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1.
Indy officials seek new ways to attract fans (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 2:32 pm]
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats. He has a full weekend of NASCAR and sports car races leading up to the Brickyard 400. He's kept motorcycles on the summer schedule at Indy and added road races and vintage car races.
Alfalla Returns to Victory Lane (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 2:30 pm]
After a rocky start to his 2014 season, Ray Alfalla dominated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and made his long-awaited return to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Chad Laughton was second, nearly two seconds behind Alfalla after battling with the winner for much of the race.
Signs point to a strong finish for Carl Edwards (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 2:11 pm]
Matt Kenseth was the points leader when news broke in June 2012 that the former champion would leave Roush Fenway Racing -- the only home he'd ever known at NASCAR's top level -- at the end of that year. With the shadow of the transition hanging constantly over him, Edwards' former teammate won twice late in the season to rebound from a rough start to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It wasn't the best of seasons anyway for NASCAR's most popular driver, but it got worse -- over the final 22 races Earnhardt suffered six DNFs, most of them engine failures that sparked whispers of sabotage given the strained relationships within the organization at the time. Earnhardt crashed in two of his final four starts and limped out of Homestead a distant 16th in final points.
MRTI: Jam-packed weekend for all three ladder series on tap at Mid-Ohio [NBC Sports: July 30, 2014, 2:00 pm]
Seven races on tap for Indy Lights (2), Pro Mazda (2) and USF2000 (3) in critical Mid-Ohio weekend.
New sponsor, race name for Chase opener (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 1:34 pm]
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR, will serve as the title sponsor for the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2014. "The first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup provides a unique and elevated stage within the sport, one that delivers an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation with the MyAFibStory.com 400," Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock said in a track release. Janssen sponsored a NASCAR event earlier this year, the TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. "Millions of Americans are living with AFib, and could have an increased risk for an AFib-related stroke if it is not being treated properly," Janssen Group Product Director Gregg Ruppersberger said in the release.
Ten with Townsend: Toronto debrief [NBC Sports: July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm]
Insights and observations from NBCSN's Townsend Bell after the pair of Toronto races, heading into Mid-Ohio.
Latest news on Hamlin-JGR penalties (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 10:53 pm]
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JGR’s Brickyard penalties in line with similar ’08 penalty for Edwards, Roush [NBC Sports: July 29, 2014, 10:34 pm]
Carl Edwards, Jack Roush and crew chief Bob Osborne were severely penalized for a missing oil tank container lid after Edwards' win at Las Vegas six years ago.
Denny Hamlin’s team hit with big penalties after Brickyard infraction [NBC Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:41 pm]
No. 11 crew chief Darian Grubb suspended for six races, fined $125,000; No. 11 car chief Wesley Sherrill suspended for six races; Denny Hamlin loses 75 championship points, but still in position to make the Chase.
JGR to appeal heavy penalties against No. 11 team (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:38 pm]
NASCAR stripped Denny Hamlin 75 points and levied six-race suspensions against crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill as part of penalties stemming from violations discovered in the car's firewall following Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis, where Hamlin finished third. The violationÂ falls under the heading of a P5-class infraction, according to the new NASCAR deterrence system. In a statement, JGR said it would appealÂ theÂ penalties, but still begin serving the suspensions to Grubb and Sherrill beginning this weekend at Pocono Raceway. By beginning to serve theÂ suspensionsÂ this week, the No. 11 team would be almost assured of having Grubb and Sherrill back on the pit box for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14.
Crew chief analysis: Inside No. 11 penalty (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:38 pm]
Editor's note: Chris Rice, competition director for RAB Racing, has joined NASCAR.com as a guest writer and crew chief expert for the 2014 season. Tuesday's ruling against Joe Gibbs Racing with a 75-point penalty for Denny Hamlin and a six-race suspension for crew chief Darian Grubb is easily the biggest penalty of the NASCAR season thus far. NASCAR is pretty tight on stuff that goes into the driver's compartment because that goes toward the safety side of it. I understand it from the NASCAR side of it, but from the team side of it, we look at it as pretty severe for what may have been wrong with it.
High 5: Chip Ganassi Racing’s win streak at Mid-Ohio (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:30 pm]
A look back at Ganassi's half-decade of dominance at the old-school road course in the Ohio countryside.
NASCAR suspends Hamlin crew chief Grubb 6 races (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:30 pm]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
How Hamlin's penalty stacks up historically (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:00 pm]
Related: Hamlin, JGR hit with big penalties " Official NASCAR release
No. 11 team docked for Indy infraction (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 8:00 pm]
RELATED: NASCAR penalizes Hamlin, JGR
NASCAR AMERICA Minute: Where is Jeff Gordon among NASCAR’s greats? (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: July 29, 2014, 7:30 pm]
Richard Petty and David Pearson were joined on Sunday by Jeff Gordon as the only Sprint Cup drivers to win at least 90 races at NASCAR's top level.