The Final Lap Weekly Podcast LogoSHOW #366 – Austin Dillon describes his crash – We recap the Daytona race weekend, Larson turns Indy laps in a beater, New aero package is all the rage man, Dillon becomes an ice cube, Keelan turns laps…already, and Gordon is honored yet again. Plus a full Kentucky preview. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie

( Roughly 48:00 mins)

Continue reading “The Final Lap Weekly #366 Austin Dillon / Kentucky Preview”

1 9 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 60 118.0 $56,726 Running
**2 12 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 60 110.3 $41,713 Running
3 10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 60 101.7 $36,713 Running
4 6 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 60 93.8 $31,713 Running
5 4 88 Dale Earnhardt. Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 60 117.6 $29,713 Running
6 22 98 Josh Wise Curb Records Ford 60 67.4 $27,313 Running
7 7 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 60 92.8 $26,213 Running
8 14 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet 60 89.6 $25,213 Running

THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY #294 NASCAR PODCAST – MORGAN SHEPHERD / DAYTONA 500 PREVIEW

9 16 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 60 87.5 $25,188 Running
10 3 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 60 73.9 $25,163 Running Continue reading “Daytona Race Results for the NASCAR 2014 Budweiser Duel 150 #1”

Position | Car | Driver | Sponsor | Make | Time | Speed

1 3 Austin Dillon # DOW Chevrolet 45.914 196.019
2 78 Martin Truex. Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 45.953 195.852
3 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 45.961 195.818
4 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 45.986 195.712
5 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 45.987 195.707
6 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 46.084 195.296
7 88 Dale Earnhardt. Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 46.104 195.211
8 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 46.144 195.042
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. Nationwide Insurance Ford 46.153 195.004
10 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet 46.173 194.919 Continue reading “2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Front Row Qualifying Results”

Feb. 15, 2014

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kaboom!

First it was the engine in Bobby Labonte’s Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

Then, in short order, the engines of Tony Stewart’s and Danica Patrick’s Chevys failed in spectacular fashion, trailing white smoke as they expired.

The common denominator? All three engines were supplied by Hendrick Motorsports, and the failures were unwelcome complications to Stewart’s return to racing after injury and to Patrick’s quest for a second straight Daytona 500 pole. Continue reading “Engine failures in practice KO Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart At Daytona”

ENTRY LIST

Entry Veh # Driver Owner Crew Chief Veh Mfg Sponsor

1 1 Jamie McMurray Felix Sabates Keith Rodden 14 Chevrolet Cessna
2 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 14 Ford Miller Lite
3 4 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Rodney Childers 14 Chevrolet Jimmy John’s
4 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Drew Blickensderfer 14 Ford Stanley
5 10 Danica Patrick Tony Stewart Tony Gibson 14 Chevrolet GoDaddy
6 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Darian Grubb 14 Toyota FedEx Express
7 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Chad Johnston 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1-Bass Pro Shops
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr John Henry Michael Kelley 14 Ford Nationwide Insurance
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers 14 Toyota M&M’s
10 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff 14 Toyota Dollar General
11 22 Joey Logano Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon 14 Ford Shell Pennzoil
12 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 14 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger
13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Luke Lambert 14 Chevrolet Caterpillar
14 32 Terry Labonte Frank Stoddard Jr Daniel Stillman 14 Ford C&J Energy Services
15 41 Kurt Busch Gene Haas Daniel Knost 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 14 Chevrolet Kobalt Tools
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte 14 Chevrolet National Guard
18 99 Carl Edwards Jack Roush James Fennig 14 Ford Fastenal

On Saturday, Feb. 15 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR kicks off the 2014 season with the annual non-points event – the Sprint Unlimited. Similar to last year, the exhibition race’s format, starting order and restart order for the final segment will be determined by an online fan vote. Among the 18 drivers who are entered are first-time participants Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Can Kevin Harvick, who moved over to Stewart-Haas Racing during the offseason, duplicate last year’s success?

How does a racing sport go from dirt-oval battles between bootleggers and hot rodders to America’s largest and most popular racing series? The rise of NASCAR from its early roots in the Prohibition era to its current position as a multi-million dollar juggernaut with races watched by millions of Americans is a story that’s as suspenseful – and at times colorful – as the Talladega 500.

From Bootlegging to Oval Racing

The sport’s earliest days can be linked not to any race track, but to an activity from the Prohibition era – bootlegging. As Rick Hudson notes in an in-depth look at early NASCAR history, famous NASCAR drivers like Junior Johnson first cut their teeth dodging revenuers in sedans modified to haul as much moonshine as possible, as fast as possible. The sport also had plenty of roots on the sandy shores of Daytona Beach, where promoters like Sig Haugdahl held oval-track races on the firmly packed beach and tarmac.

Photo by Unknown via Wikimedia Commons

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) came about in December 1947, courtesy of Bill France, Sr., then an up-and-coming promoter who saw a need for an official sanctioning body. There had been plenty of early attempts to establish one as far back as the mid-1930s, but NASCAR would soon evolve into the dominate force in stock car racing.

Evolution of an Empire

NASCAR’s establishing formula initially consisted of strictly stock, street-legal family sedans on a series of oval courses, although that formula would also evolve. The newly minted organization held its first sanctioned race on the Daytona Beach road/beach course in February 1948, where Red Byron cinched the win after 150 hard-fought miles. Decades of Racing notes that by 1958, NASCAR sanctioned 24 out of 51 venues, including road races at Bridgehampton and Watkins Glen.

Photo of Red Byron’s car by Nascar1996 via Wikimedia Commons

Changes came to NASCAR in quick succession. Between 1949 and 1950, Harold Brasington built Darlington Raceway, the first of many banked-oval courses for the sport. August, 1959, signaled the end of the Daytona beach/road course and the beginning of the famous Daytona International Speedway. The sixties signaled the beginning of the infamous horsepower wars and, as an example of NASCAR’s marketing potential, the rise of high-horsepower “factory lightweights” such as the 427-equipped 1963 Ford Galaxy 500XL and the “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” mantra. The sixties were also the beginning of Richard Petty’s illustrious racing career, in which he won the NASCAR Championship seven times and a record 27 races in 1967 alone.

Photo of Richard Petty by Darryl W. Moran via Wikimedia Commons

The most significant modern change to NASCAR came in the form of the “Car of Tomorrow,” a technologically advanced chassis introduced for the 2012 season. Geared towards driver safety, the CoT chassis offered a vast number of changes – a higher, wider roll cage, double frame rails and the use of protective foam, for starters. It also signaled the definitive end of the stock car as a vehicle that could win races and sell in volume at dealer showrooms.

The Rise of a Merchandising Giant

NASCAR may be all about stock cars, but that hasn’t stopped a variety of companies from joining forces with the highly successful franchise. For instance, NASCAR and Harley-Davidson came together in 2008 to create the NASCAR 60th Anniversary Motorcycle Series. The custom-built run of 60 motorcycles were individually serialized and offered for sale to the public, according to Motorcyclist Online.

NASCAR and Harley-Davidson presented motorcycle #60 to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Petty, who auctioned the bike for charity during that year’s Coke Zero 400. This rare bike might be hard to get your hands on, but a fresh set of Dunlop D402 Harley-Davidson whitewall motorcycle tires at Bikebandit can help your Harley mimic the one-of-a-kind look of the 60th Anniversary Motorcycle.

Photo of Kyle Petty by APCEvents via Flickr

From t-shirts, hats and other official apparel to posters, die-cast cars and even commemorative versions of today’s most popular automobiles, the sanctioning body has amassed a merchandising empire with revenues of $645.4 million in 2010, according to figures from International Speedway Corporation.