He's 20. The car is No. 24. William Byron (and the hype) is here
The age of the kid and the number on the car should tell you plenty about the potential of William Byron, who some feel can contend early on given he already has an Xfinity Series title in his back pocket.
Will it be the pits? New rules might change the game
Pit stops are going to be different next season. How different? One fewer crew member over the wall, a spec pit gun for changing tires issued by NASCAR and a serious trial-and-error period for starters. So what do drivers and crew chiefs think?
William Byron, the Xfinity Series champion who will replace Kasey Kahne next season at Hendrick Motorsports, talks about what he has seen while at Hendrick the last couple of weeks and expectations for him in his NASCAR Cup rookie season in 2018:
Boston convicted of fraud, money laundering
Robert Boston, father of former NASCAR driver Justin, was convicted on conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.
According to testimony in Robert Boston's trial, his computer recycling company Zloop spent more than $6 million on racing, including for his son Justin to race in ARCA and NASCAR. Venturini Motorsports sponsor reports indicated that the Zloop name alone earned about $3.8 million worth of television exposure in ARCA from 2013-14 -- Zloop appeared for 3 hours, 22 minutes during ARCA telecasts in 2013 – and more than $9 million when also including mentions of its website, the Zloop 150 ARCA race and other Zloop-related programs. Social media value was not included in those estimates.
Robert Boston was found guilty on felony counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, security fraud and money laundering as a 12-member jury determined he defrauded investors in his now-bankrupt company Zloop. Prosecutors alleged Boston spent money on non-business-related items and did not make the required disclosures of past bankruptcies and fraud complaints against him when pitching investors, who put approximately $33 million into the company. Boston's attorneys had argued that despite Boston's best intentions, the company was poorly run and the $6 million spent on his son, Justin, to race in ARCA and NASCAR was part of the marketing plan known to investors. A date for sentencing was not scheduled.
RPM switches to Chevy in alliance with RCR
Richard Petty Motorsports' makeover continues, as the team announced it will switch to Chevrolet for 2018 after fielding Fords since 2010. The team also has formed an alliance with Richard Petty Motorsports.
Robert Boston did not testify in his defense, and a 12-member jury will begin deliberations Friday after four days of testimony in federal court in Charlotte. Boston, who faces four charges for alleged fraud and money laundering, is accused by prosecutors of not accurately disclosing past financial history and using investor money to fund a lavish lifestyle and the racing career of son, Justin. Boston's attorneys argued that a poorly run business is not a crime, and there was no attempt by Boston to defraud investors of the computer recycling company Zloop.
Richard Petty Motorsports will move from Ford to Chevrolet next season and form an alliance with Richard Childress Racing. RPM majority Andrew Murstein: "We needed a change, and Chevrolet and RCR clearly saw the immense value of the Petty brand, which I believe is simply the best in the sport. We hope to combine our best with their best and take it to another level in 2018. ... With this new move, and with Bubba (Wallace) coming aboard who is one of the most talented and hottest young drivers in the sport, we couldn't be more excited about our future. "
Richard Childress Racing has names Andy Petree, a former team owner and crew chief, as its Vice President of Competition. Former competition director Eric Warren has been named chief technology officer.
With inspiration from girlfriend Sherry Pollex, Martin Truex Jr. realizes dream
Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex basked in the glow of Truex's title at Thursday night's awards ceremony. Monday, it's back for a round of chemotherapy for Pollex as she fights ovarian cancer. That is part of what makes them so compelling.
Lynch Racing Co., a division of Sport Venture Group, bought BK Racing minority owner Anthony Marlowe's stake in the race team.
Earnhardt earns Most Popular Driver award
For the 15th consecutive year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named the National Motorsports Press Association Most Popular Driver by receiving the most votes from fans who voted online over the final 10 weeks of the season.
Martin Truex Jr. talks about the respect he has and was shown to him by the industry during the 2017 NASCAR Cup Awards ceremony Thursday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. introduced him prior to his championship speech.
A year ago when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Most Popular Driver award, he was days away from going to test to see if he was healthy enough to race after recovering from vision and balance issues because of a concussion that kept him out for half of the 2016 season. He won it again Thursday, less than two weeks following his retirement after racing in 2017. His thoughts on that journey:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named the National Motorsports Press Association Most Popular Driver for the 15th consecutive year, extending his record for consecutive years winning the award. Earnhardt will retire with one fewer overall most popular driver awards than 16-time winner Bill Elliott. Fans voted for the award online over the final 10 weeks of the season.
The 24-carat gold car trophy from Goodyear has incredible detail of the NASCAR Cup champion car:
Where do I stand? Marks on the "black carpet" for the NASCAR Awards tonight indicate where people need to stand for photos:
Dover International Speedway has no visible damage after a 4.1 earthquake near Dover, a track spokesman said. A more thorough evaluation of the property will be conducted during the day Friday.
Surprise party: Team owner Visser hit airport to see Truex off
Furniture Row owner Barney Visser can't be at Thursday's celebration honoring Martin Truex Jr.'s championship because Visser is only three weeks past heart bypass surgery. He still found a way to meet his guys on Monday before they left Denver for Vegas.
Fast and less fancy suits Truex and Furniture Row crew just fine
The annual NASCAR awards ceremony is going to be less extravagant this year in Las Vegas. But that's no problem for a championship team, Furniture Row Racing, and driver Martin Truex Jr. who owe their first title to a no-frills approach to finding speed.
Burnouts on the Las Vegas Strip as performed by a few NASCAR Cup playoff drivers:
Kurt Busch plans to stay with Stewart-Haas
Though his option wasn't picked up at the end of the season, Kurt Busch said he expects to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Engines are loud: One of the workers apparently wasn't expecting the cars to be so loud when they fired the engines prior to doing a lap down the Las Vegas Strip:
NASCAR Cup playoff drivers pull from their holding location to drive down the Las Vegas Strip.
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