Millennial movement in full effect
If you want an update on NASCAR's Silly Season, look no further than the drivers under 30 -- such as Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney -- who are securing high-profile Cup rides for 2018.
Turn 4: Bowman the right call in the 88?
The 24-year-old driver has yet to win a race in the Cup series, however, he'll be taking over Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s ride at Hendrick in 2018. Our gang of racing experts weigh in on the move.
The NASCAR Cup garage at Pocono is bustling Saturday morning as part of a trial run for a two-day Saturday-Sunday weekend. Teams will practice today and qualify at noon Sunday prior to the 3 p.m. ET race. Watkins Glen next week and Martinsville in October will have similar schedules.
Kyle Larson has had his battles with Jimmie Johnson on the track the last couple of months. Are things getting chippy between the two of them? Larson: "In his eyes, I have done some things that he doesn't like and I think it has gone vice versa a little bit. It's a fun little battle for sure, to battle Seven-Time [Johnson] like that. I think it's fun. I don't think he thinks it's fun."
Kyle Larson said he was extremely thankful to Target for sponsoring his first four years in the NASCAR Cup Series. Target will leave after this season. Larson: "Chip Ganassi Racing in general has been really good at finding partners. So I'm not too concerned about it. … I plan to be there [at Ganassi] for a while, hopefully forever, so it doesn't affect [my future]."
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sported an Ole Miss hat at a fan event Friday at Pocono Raceway. Former football coach Hugh Freeze is friends with Stenhouse and tweeted congratulations following a Stenhouse win at Talladega earlier this year. Stenhouse: "I'm very disappointed in everything that happened. From the coach I know, I stand behind him. He's a good man and does a lot of great things for all the kids there. I don't know all the details and don't pretend to know. … You can't blame one thing in a program on one person. But things happen, and I'm sure everybody regrets things that they do."
Martin Truex Jr. said he didn't think his tire changers did a whole lot wrong to be suspended for three races for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens. Truex: "It's a tough situation for us to be in. There's no doubt about that. I'm obviously not happy with how it all went down. I'm disappointed that I made a mistake and it got us kind of in this position. … You don't want to see guys get in a confrontation, but I think it shows their passion for what they're doing; it shows their passion for our team."
Target's NASCAR exit puts Larson sponsorless
Target's decision to focus its sports marketing budget on soccer and drop NASCAR leaves Kyle Larson, second in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, without an announced sponsor for the majority of 2018.
Target, which is leaving the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR team after 16 years, said it saw tremendous success in NASCAR, but it is shifting its focus to soccer. Target: "As we looked to evolve our sports marketing program, soccer provided Target with a unique opportunity to reach our guests in new places, and at all levels of the sport. Through partnerships with Major League Soccer, Minnesota United FC, US Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Target has been able to create meaningful connections with players, fans and families, no matter how they participate in the sport."
Target will not return as sponsor for Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson after this season. Larson, second in the NASCAR Cup standings, was sponsored for the majority of races by Target, a sponsor for Ganassi in NASCAR for 16 years and 28 years overall with Ganassi. Chip Ganassi: "I have had an unbelievable relationship with Target for 28 years and I have to thank them for their long-time support. ... Kyle Larson is a once-in-a-generation talent, he and the No. 42 Chevrolet will still be on the track for a long time, the only difference is that they will have different colors." SportsBusiness Journal first reported the news.
Earnhardt Sr. widow nets win in trademark case
The widow of Dale Earnhardt Sr. earned a small victory with the news that the appeals board must clarify its decision to allow Kerry Earnhardt use of "Earnhardt Collection."
Clearing the air: Rules package alters racing at Indy
Count Brad Keselowski among the drivers who thought an enhanced rules package on the Xfinity cars at Indianapolis was "the way to go," and should be used in the Cup series.
Teresa Earnhardt won a small victory in court today as the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board must reconsider its decision that allowed Kerry Earnhardt to license the term "Earnhardt Collection" for custom homes built by Schumacher Homes. A three-judge panel ruled "it is unclear whether the Board's analysis properly applied" a past U.S. Court of Appeals decision that is being used as precedence to determine the Earnhardt case.
JGR suspends Truex pit crew members 3 races
Joe Gibbs Racing suspended two Martin Truex Jr. pit crew members for three races for their part in a pit row confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens during the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis.
Team owner Barney Visser, whose Furniture Row Racing gets its pit crew from Joe Gibbs Racing, said he supports the decision to suspend two Martin Truex Jr. pit-crew members for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens at Indianapolis. Visser: "Our No. 78 pit crew is hired, trained and managed by Joe Gibbs Racing. They are one of the best pit crews on the circuit and have kept us up front all season. We admire the talent and dedication of our pit crew and support all of the decisions and actions taken by Joe Gibbs Racing."
Joe Gibbs Racing has suspended Martin Truex Jr. pit crew members Chris Taylor and Lee Cunningham for three races for their confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens following the Busch-Truex wreck at Indianapolis. JGR supplies the pit crew for Truex as part of their alliance.
Ryan Blaney crew chief Jeremy Bullins will move with him from the Wood Brothers No. 21 NASCAR Cup car to the Team Penske No. 12 Cup team next year. Greg Erwin, a former Cup crew chief who has worked in the Penske program in the Xfinity Series, will crew chief Blaney replacement Paul Menard in the No. 21 car.
All good: NASCAR technical inspection is complete and it issued no points penalties/fines/suspensions to NASCAR Cup teams following the Indianapolis race weekend.
Blaney to drive third Penske car next season
Ryan Blaney will make the move to Team Penske and drive a third entry for the team in 2018, while current Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard will replace Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing.
Clint Bowyer wants to do more than make the playoffs
Clint Bowyer will run a Darlington throwback car honoring Mark Martin, and while they could have a joke about that, Bowyer's wreck at Indy and his desire to win a race soon are no laughing matters.
Paul Menard will leave Richard Childress Racing after this season and replace Ryan Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing. Menard is 23rd in the NASCAR Cup point standings.
Team Penske will bring Ryan Blaney in-house for 2018 as it increases its NASCAR Cup Series stable from two to three cars. Blaney, who is signed with Penske through 2018, has driven full time the last two years for Wood Brothers Racing.
Dale Jr. defends crew chief after crash Sunday
After a crash dropped him to 22nd in the NASCAR Cup standings on Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to calm down his fan base after some fans blamed crew chief Greg Ives for having him pit.
Clint Bowyer's chances to make the playoffs on points were dealt a blow when Kasey Kahne won at Indianapolis. Bowyer, winless in his last 169 starts, said Tuesday he needs a win:
Watch out for Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne had a rough go of it the last few years, but at 37, there may be plenty left in the tank. With a win at Indy and the confidence it should bring, we may be about to witness a real resurgence, writes Ricky Craven.
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