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|NASCAR changes Hall of Fame eligibility process (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 5, 2013, 10:51 am]
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- NASCAR has made sweeping eligibility changes to the Hall of Fame election process, including tweaks that make both Bill Elliott and Mark Martin immediately in line for induction.
NASCAR Hall changes will modernize eligibility pool (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 5, 2013, 9:38 am]
LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR on Thursday announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, including one that could lead to quicker enshrinement for veteran drivers like Mark Martin and Bill Elliott who competed into their 50s. Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three are eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age. The changes to the selection process reflect an era when many drivers are proving competitive well beyond what was once considered retirement age, and will almost certainly add more contemporary names to the pool of drivers eligible for enshrinement.
NASCAR announces changes to Hall of Fame process (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 5, 2013, 7:45 am]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) -- NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport. "We're very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process," said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. "Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track." Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF.
Enthusiasm builds for TUDOR United Sports Car (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 5, 2013, 6:39 am]
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As Scott Atherton put it, Brian France's presence at the 2013 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum at the Aria was lost on no one. France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, kicked off the session on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship by affirming his unqualified support of the racing series formed by the merger of the GRAND-AM Road Racing and American Le Mans Series. "A couple of years ago, we looked at sports car racing, which we had our own position in with Grand-American," France said. "It was very obvious that two separate sports car racing series would never achieve what we needed to.
Drivers stole show, but fans took home prizes (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 7:06 pm]
In the end, there was only one grand prize winner during the fifth annual Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway held at the Fremont Street Experience, and she chose Kyle Busch and his case. Tickets to Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AwardsTM at Wynn Las Vegas (Dec 6., with FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com providing coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET; The game-show format event featured six contest-winning fans selecting cases containing assorted prize packs from among the 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. With unseasonably low temperatures for Las Vegas the top-six drivers in the final series standings were rewarded with personal heaters onstage to bear the cold.
NBC Sports adds Rick Allen to NASCAR booth (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 3:04 pm]
NBC Sports Group has named Rick Allen lead race announcer for its coverage of NASCAR. Allen will join driver Jeff Burton in the booth for coverage that begins in 2015. ''I met Rick early on in his career and it has been fun to watch him develop into one of the most talented voices in motorsports,'' said Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer. ''His energetic delivery, great voice, and ability to bring the best out of his analysts have led him to this well-earned position of covering NASCAR's most-watched events.'' Allen is currently Fox Sports' race announcer for NASCAR's Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series.
NBC tabs Rick Allen as lead race announcer (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 2:16 pm]
NBC Sports announced another key component to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage team Wednesday, signing longtime play-by-play man Rick Allen to a multiyear agreement as the lead announcer for its talent lineup in 2015.
Johnson's come a long way, yet he's still the same (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 2:07 pm]
"They thought I worked for Excedrin, and wondered where the race car driver was," Johnson said, laughing. Johnson is now a six-time champion of NASCAR's premier series, on the short list of the greatest drivers ever, and on the doorstep of matching the sport's record for total titles at the highest level. And yet in many ways, he's still the exact same guy who once handed out product samples outside a drug store, the same person who shook so many hands and handed out so many business cards trying to break through, the same dude from Southern California who enjoys a cold Corona. Aside from his innate talent behind the wheel -- when it comes to clean lines and ruthless efficiency on the race track, the Hendrick Motorsports driver is probably on a par with greats like Michael Schumacher and Jim Clark -- the beauty of Jimmie Johnson is that through it all he's remained so true to himself.
Emotion will be key to NBC's NASCAR approach (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 10:47 am]
LAS VEGAS -- If Sam Flood has his way, the radio communications that NBC viewers will hear between drivers, spotters and crew chiefs won't be taped -- they will be aired live. It's what makes sports great," said Flood, executive producer of NBC Sports, which returns as a NASCAR broadcast partner in 2015. I wouldn't want to be on an NBC show having the FCC catch an F-bomb being plopped out of the air. NBC and NBC Sports Network will air the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season beginning in 2015, and even though that kickoff is still more than a year away, the network's plans for NASCAR are already coming into focus.
Mobil 1, Stewart-Haas Racing extend deal (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 10:39 am]
Mobil 1 announced an extension of its partnership Monday with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The official motor oil of NASCAR will adorn the hood of driver/owner Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet for 11 races next year. Mobil 1 will serve as a co-primary sponsor of the No. 14 Chevrolet with Bass pro Shops.
Josh Wise to drive No. 98 for Phil Parsons Racing (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 9:05 am]
Phil Parsons Racing will have a new driver and a new manufacturer in 2014. Josh Wise, who recently announced his departure from Front Row Motorsports, will drive the No. 98 in 2014, the team announced Wednesday. And the car will be a Chevrolet SS, rather than a Ford Fusion. "I am really looking forward to joining Phil Parsons Racing in 2014," Wise said.
Dakoda Armstrong joins Richard Petty Motorsports (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 8:23 am]
Dakoda Armstrong has signed a multiyear contract with Richard Petty Motorsports and will drive the No. 43 Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the team announced Wednesday. His career-best finish in the series was a third-place run for Duke Thorson in 2012 at Michigan International Speedway. The 43 seat became open when Michael Annett joined Tommy Baldwin Racing to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks. Armstrong has made seven career starts in the Nationwide Series, finishing in the top 15 three times.
Stewart says Mobil 1 renews sponsorship with team (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 8:19 pm]
Tony Stewart said Tuesday that ExxonMobil has renewed its multiyear sponsorship of both the three-time NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart made the announcement that Mobil 1 will continue its relationship with him and his team while hosting the year-end edition of ''Tony Stewart Live'' on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Stewart's Chevrolet for 11 races. Stewart missed the final four months of the season with a broken leg, but is expected to return to his car at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Jeff Burton hired for NBC broadcast booth (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 5:59 pm]
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- NBC Sports Group has made driver Jeff Burton its first hire for the broadcast booth for when the network resumes covering NASCAR in 2015.
Day 1: NASCAR's Champion's week in Las Vegas begins (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 5:00 pm]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2013) -- Jimmie Johnson's four-day, Las Vegas whirlwind odyssey has begun. in Las Vegas officially is underway. champion's rounds of Las Vegas media outlets began early Tuesday with interviews with a pair of top-rated rock and country music radio stations; Johnson also participated in a Q&A session at the 2013 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum and then visited the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip where he signed autographs for waiting fans.
Rebuilt Daytona could host soccer, football (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 3:26 pm]
Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of Daytona's parent company International Speedway Corp., said NASCAR's most famous race track could host other events such as international soccer and college football games once the Daytona Rising project is completed in 2016. "NASCAR is always going to be our primary revenue driver, but we're going to look at some other things," Kennedy said Tuesday at the NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, which kicked off Champion's Week. We are also in discussions with several universities about NCAA football. Kennedy said the track's current backstretch grandstand will be torn down after the 2015 Daytona 500, and the rebuilt venue will feature improved amenities such as 1,600 video screens, seats with armrests and cup holders, and three times the current number of restrooms.
Johnson aiming to get McNabb in a race car (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 3:22 pm]
LAS VEGAS -- Is driving a race car an athletic pursuit? Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb may soon get the chance to find out for himself.
Swan Racing expanding to 2 Sprint Cup teams (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 3:06 pm]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Swan Racing will expand to two teams in 2014 and field cars for Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt.
Burton to join NBC broadcast team in 2015 (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 1:17 pm]
LAS VEGAS -- Jeff Burton will transition from behind the wheel to behind the microphone, becoming part of the NBC broadcast team when the network returns as a NASCAR television partner beginning in 2015.
Jeff Burton bound for NBC broadcast booth (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 1:17 pm]
LAS VEGAS -- When NBC last televised NASCAR races between 2001 and 2006, executive producer Sam Flood knew there was one driver he could turn to for an opinion on whatever issue was most prominent in the sport at the time. So when NBC regained NASCAR broadcast rights beginning with the 2015 season, Flood knew he wanted that same driver in his broadcast booth. ?Jeff Burton was announced Tuesday as the first member of an NBC booth that will begin calling NASCAR races in the summer of 2015. The 21-time race winner on the Sprint Cup Series will trade his steering wheel for a microphone, but Flood wants Burton to retain the same honest, outspoken style that's long made him a favorite of the media he will join next season.